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making news in america this morning, candidates clash. presidential hopefuls speak out overnight. new polls jolting the campaigns and donald trump defending his temper. a live report just ahead. destination, cuba. president obama set to become the first president in 80 years to visit the nation. new reaction overnight. camera. a cargo vessel smashes through a harbor walkway. the incredible scene, what caused this accident? and passenger pinch. outrage as your legroom may be shrinking but is this actually a good thing?
we begin with a surprise shift in the latest presidential polls. >> as the republicans scramble to win over undecided voters across south carolina, a new national poll shows ted cruz inching ahead of donald trump for the first time making it a statistical dead heat. >> marco rubio is holding on to third place and he's going into saturday's primary with a key endorsement from south carolina's popular governor. >> it's "your voice, your vote." we get the latest right now on the campaign trail from abc's ray raimundi starting with the republicans. >> reporter: the clash of the republican candidates now going into overdrive. the battleground, south carolina, where four of the six republican candidates participated in town hall for rums across two cable networks. >> i do attack people when i'm attacked. >> reporter: republican front-runner donald trump all alone on msnbc where he attacked his fellow counterparts and defended his fiery temperament. >> in a year from now, people will respect what i did.
nice and being politically correct. what would you rather have me do, be nice to everybody. >> reporter: over on cnn ted cruz and marco rubio along with dr. ben carson got their chance to address questions from south carolina voters. cruz whipping out the hammer on trump after receiving a cease and desist letter. >> what did you think when you actually got the letter. >> i'll confess i laughed out loud and i don't think anyone is surprised that donald is threatening to sue anyone. >> reporter: rubio with a more personal message smiling from ear to ear from nikki haley's endorsement. >> tomorrow we'll be campaigning alongside an african-american republican senator. all three are doing that here in south carolina. >> reporter: on the democratic side, hillary clinton and bernie sanders are battling it out in nevada ahead of that state's caucuses this weekend, new polls show the race in nevada at a
and with the race so tight in nevada the democratic party is providing an unopened deck of cards at all 250 precinct locations. if there is a tie a single card, a vegas game of chance can break the tie possibly coming down to a high card draw. >> how very vegas. huge voter turnout expected there. ray, thank you. some of the republican hopefuls are siding with the obama administration. they think apple is wrong and refusing to hack an iphone for the fbi. >> the iphone was used by one of the san bernardino terrorists and the fbi feels it may have important data on it. apple says that breaking the encryption would compromise the privacy of every iphone. the white house disagrees. >> they are not asking apple to redesign its product or to create a new back door to one of their products. they're simply asking for something that would have an impact on this one device.
judge's ruling in favor of the fbi and it could end up in the supreme court. several of the republican candidates say that apple has a valid concern but should comply. a major announcement from the white house this morning. president obama is going to cuba. sources tell abc news the historic trip is planned for next month. about 15 months after the administration began re-opening diplomatic relations with cuba. president obama will be the first president in 80 years to visit the island while in office. overnight republican presidential hopeful marco rubio calling the decision a mistake. and the president will not attend funeral services for the supreme court justice antonin scalia. the white house says the president and first lady will however pay respects tomorrow at the supreme court where scalia will lie in repose. vice president biden will attend the private funeral mass on saturday. in the meantime, retired supreme court justice sandra day o'connor is siding with
get to nominate scalia's replacement. pope francis will be back at the vatican this morning after delivering a powerful message in mexico just yards from the u.s. border. as he wrapped up his five-day visit the pope appealed to governments to open their hearts to migrants and prayed for the thousands who died trying to reach the united states to escape poverty, violence and persecution. the mass was beamed lived across the border to 30,000 in a stadium in el paso. air strikes on isis banks in iraq and syria have destroyed more than $500 million in cash. the loss of all that cash is putting a severe strain on the terror group's finances. in fact, so much so that some isis fighters report their salaries have been cut by half. the air strikes have also taken a heavy toll on isis and its oil smuggling which provides major revenue for its operations. breaking overnight the turkish government officials now say that as syrian national was
turkey's capital that killed at least 28 people and injured dozens more. the explosion went off at a busy intersection during the height of the evening rush hour where two buses carrying military personnel weretoed at a traffic light. well, it rained in los angeles for the first time this month yesterday and will happen again. the storm system moving across the entire west coast. >> impressive system there. except for a little bit of rain in the northwest plains, that's about it for precipitation today. the midwest with higher than usual temperatures but a little chilly in the east. still no rain or snow here so we'll take it. coming up a pair of health alerts for both men and women. plus, troubling news for gwyneth paltrow. the case of her alleged stalker now over. why the man was acquitted by a jury. but first baby-sitters nationwide experiencing a pay raise.
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in southern california, a driver was crushed and killed when a transformer fell on to his pickup truck. police say he was distracted as he passed by another accident, lost control of his truck and smashed into a utility pole. two other transformers also came down causing a major power outage in the area. also in california, federal investigators now say corrosion along the exterior of a pipeline is the cause of that massive oil spill off the coast of santa barbara last year. preliminary findings indicate that the oil began gushing from a two-foot section of pipe. after pumps were shut down and restarted. those findings also note that the spill dumped nearly 143,000
the original estimate of 100,000. hollywood presbyterian medical center in los angeles confirming it has paid about $17,000 in ransom to hackers who disabled its computer network. the ceo says that was the most efficient way to get the hospital's system running again. the hackers demanded the ransom be paid in bit coin because the online currency is difficult to trace. health alert this morning. another potential risk for women who wait until they're older to have kids. research found women who became pregnant at 40 or older were more likely to have a stroke later in life. for those women there was a 60% increase in the risk of a brain bleed. there is also a slight increase in heart disease. but experts say more research is necessary to confirm a direct link. a highly anticipated study finds testosterone gel treatment is no fountain of youth. the study revealed mostly modest improvements in the sex lives, walking strength and the mood of
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luke kennard corner three. dukies have the lead. ten seconds left. north carolina had three time-outs, didn't use any of them. joel berry is blocked by derek thornton and that's the way this one ends. duke wins at north carolina by a single point. meanwhile, buddy heald, texas tech. just over two minutes to play. texas tech is down four. toddrick gotcher got that three. cuts it to one. here's oklahoma. keenan evans coming up with a texas tech steal, run of the floor and the bucket, red raiders up one. 14 seconds to go. oklahoma is down two. eisai yeah cousins on the drive trying for the lob to khadeem lattin off the mark. texas tech completes the upset and the fans rush the court. as they often do. that'll do it for us. be sure to tune in 7:00 a.m. eastern time for a fresh look at
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our top stories on this thursday morning for the first time ted cruz has a slight lead over donald trump in a national poll. marco rubio came in third as he picked up an endorsement from south carolina governor nikki haley ahead of saturday's primary there. and as part of his program to re-establish ties with cuba, president obama will go there next month, only one other president has visited cuba while in office and that was calvin coolidge back in 1928. and by the end of today pitchers and catchers for most major league baseball teams will have officially opened spring training. for those counting there's just over six weeks until opening day. and today's weather, sunny but chilly in the east, very warm and windy in the south. warmer, though, than usual in the midwest. well, it doesn't matter what the weather conditions are, you
carrier to get the job done. >> but it's not always the elements that give him the hardest time. birds can apparently give him a tough time too. wabc's kimberly richardson explains. >> some people hear roosters. we wake up to it. >> reporter: it seems wild turkeys rule here in this picturesque cul-de-sac in hillsdale. if you shoo, them leave, right? >> no, they don't run. >> reporter: which is why we were here in the first place. >> it's ridiculous. >> reporter: helen is talking about what happened after wild turkeys, yes, we found them, surrounded a letter carrier's truck on tuesday. he was so upset, couldn't get out and called his boss for help. the postmaster dialed 911. this is the actual call. >> you're not going to believe this but i got a carrier that's being attacked by wild turkeys, won't let him deliver the mail. >> reporter: here on he practice nad drive, he wasn't attacked
word is that pail carrier was a substitute and while folks got a really good laugh about this, intimidating. >> i don't want to judge anybody. especially if you're not used to it. we're used to it. we see them every day. >> reporter: helen watches from her window. >> summer we don't see them. they're out there swimming or -- >> reporter: to be clear this isn't a 100% positive i.d. the gang we just spotted may not be the same one that stopped that mail carrier in his tracks. my gut tells me it is. >> my truck is in the driveway, they always peck at it. they don't peck at the metal part, just the tires they don't like. >> reporter: something tells me that mail carrier will proceed with caution next time he's here. in hillsdale. >> we've got loads of deer here also. >> reporter: we'll get to them next week. kimberly richardson channel 7, eyewitness news. >> we know where to go for thanksgiving dinner.
>> that's what's making news in america this monk. >> stay with us for "good morning america," ev randy: good morning. thursday, february 18. emily: stories we are following right now -- a deadly fire under investigation in plymouth. the raging flames trapping victims inside. randy: a massachusetts senator under the micros. the federal probe involving senator brian joyce. emily: and new travel plans for the president -- the controversial trip he is expected to announce today. randy: today is pretty nice. felt a little bit like spring. cindy: it did. we' re about 30 days away if you are counting. it could be colder today -- skies are clear in boston and we are right at the reason mark.