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firefighters battle a blaze, the record-breaking cold. and snowy conditions this morning. and pucker up. the british awards handing out awards to hollywood and pushing celebrities to smooch on the kiss caption. setting up some surprises. well, good morning on this presidents' day. we begin with the political fallout on the sudden death of supreme court justice antonin scalia. >> with the balancef the supreme court at stake, both sides of the aisles are gearing up foror a fight >> there are new details this morning on the days and hours leading up to scalia's death. he died of natural causes saturday at a texas ranch during a quail hunting trip. for a replacement to be selected by the next president. but president obama already said that he intends to fill the
from the recess. >> the body of the 79-year-old justice is believed to have arrived at dulles airport near washington overnight on a private plane from austin. a first-time guest at that resort ranch in west texas. his body was discovered in his room after he missed breakfast and luncnch. abc's jim avila is there. he spoke with one of the people who saw him last. >> reporter: the high of end hunting lodge and ranch was host this weekend of an exclusive g group of stly texan couples. justice scalia was the only faus guest. he arrived friday about noon. toured the property. did not join that day's hunt. but he had dinner with the group overlooking the scenic lake. >> at about 9:00 p.m., he said, it's been a long day, had a long week, i'd like to be excused. >> reporter: others told investigators they heard the 79-year-old justice mention an illness.
pronounce him dead over the phone told abc news that she talked to his doctor in washington told her he'd been ill. and came to his office wednesday and thursday before the trip. the scalia family, his nine children and wife maureen, she says, objected to an autopsy. and after talking with sheriff investigators and u.s. marshals on the scene, she agreed one was not necessary. >> any signs of foul play could have easily caused, that i asked for an autopsy. >> reporter: instead, the county judge said the death ceificate will read natural causes, due to his heart stopping. jim avila, abc news, in west texas. this morning, justice scalia is being remembereas a conservative icon. of course, he served on the high court for some 30 years. >> and he led the charge to take constitutional law back to what he called its original meaning. scalia developed a reputation of
to speak his mind. now the battle lines are drawn over who should pick his replacement. latest on the showdown in washington. >> reporter: good morning. justice scalia's vacancy on the court is sure to be a big topic of discussion on the campaign trail today. we've got several candidates campaigning in south carolina while here in washington, we wait. within an hour of the supreme court confirming scalia's death, senate majority leader mitch mcconnell declared that this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new presiden t president obama made it clear he's ready to move. >> i plan to fulfill my constitutional responsibility to name a new succeor. >> reporter: both sides have reason to fight. how it could shift the balce on the supreme court, which without scalia is split 4-4.4. >> so now, this next appointment will be critical for some important decisions that are coming down the pipe. >> reporter: including decisions regarding abortion, immigration.
this yr's presidential race. >> it is outragegeous that republicans in the senate and on the campaign trail h have alrey pledged to block any replacement that president obama nominates. >> reporter: republicans backing up mcconnell in saturday night's debate. >> it's called, delay, delay, delay. >> reporter: senator ted cruz on "this week" vowing to filibuster if necessaryry. >> we should not let a lame-duck to capture the supremeourt in the waning months of his presidency. >> who might the president nominate? two names jane kelly and sri srinavasan. >> megan, what is next in the nomination process, what do we expect? >> well,l, we're wting for the president to announce whose his nominee is, then the ball goes over to senate republicans and leadership needs to decide whether or not they are indeed going to hold confirmation
question right now. >> seems like a long fight. thank you so much. > presidents, politicians and colleagues are reflectcting on scalia's life and legacy. liberal justice ruth bader ginsburg said that they were best buddies. even though disagreed on the bench, the two justices were known to hang out often, even vacation together with their families. >> former president george w. bush called him a towering figure, an important one. he hits the campaign trail today, he'll join his brother jeb at an event in south carolina. this comes after a blistering attack on the bushes from donald trump. trump accused the foformer president of ignoring the cia and destabilizing the middle east by invading iraq. now, according to the latest poll, trump has a commanding lead in south carolina, with 42%
>> on the democratic side, something of a campaign concidence involving "hot topics" and bernie sananders. they attended the same service. there's no video of the meeting. they both addressed the congress geg grags with the race in nevada extremely close, hillary clinton canceled a trip in order to stay in nevada. sanders takes his campaign to michigan today. we switch gears now to the cold. bitterly colold in theortheast today. morning in nearly 60 years, 9 degrees below zero. transit and commuter rail service disrupted when rails shattered in the cold. there were also delays at logan airport because of cold weather problemsith equipment. and new york city saw its lowest february temperature since 1963, one degree below zero. and three degrees below the valentine's day record set a but the bitter cold didn't stop
big apple -- weddings in times square. they'll remember that. and further west, this was the scene, heavy snow in chicago and its surrounding areas. it's continuing intoto this morning's commute. hundreds of flights were canceled or delayed. and traffic was snarled on area highways. in indiana, two multiple vehicle pileups on the roads. well, what's in store for those of us on the east coast today, the only consolation is, it will be get warmer. >> let's get the complete weather forecast right now from paul williams at accuweather. >> good morning to you as well. we have an ice storm that's on the way. affecting the folks in the deep south, throughout virginia going into north carolina, covering charlotte, roanoke, as well as
travel and power outrages connectsed to this. widespread flooding in jackson. a really cruy way to start monday. >> a meteorological term. right there. coming up -- kanye west reaching out to a billionaire for help. >> but fit, pope francis in mexico, why some see his message as controversial. and the so-called diamond
stopped working. not all were skiers, some wanted to sightsee. after about three hours, everyone was rescued without injury. overseas, police in britain are instigating a laser strike on a virgin atlantic plane that forced a flight to return to london. the plane was heading for new york city and virgin said one of the pilotsts reportea mecal issue, apparently linked to the laser strike. passengers were put up for the night and will fly to new york later on today. expect anotherowerful message from the pope today, his visit to mexico takes him to the state where there are many migrants who travel through that area trying to reach the u.s. border. >> and yesterday in mexico city, onlookers cheered as pope francis passed by his all hard-top fiat. the pope wading into the crowd and touching the faithful. before that, there was this emotional moment, the pope visit
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an eerily beautiful scene in philadelphia after a six-alarm blaze this weekend destroyed an auto repair shop. ice covered everything nearby, even cars that were parked on the street. fighting the fire in cold was especially difficult as you can imagine. firefighters called in salt trucks so they could have better footing. roads may be slippery today throughout the northeast and in parts of the northern plains and western mountains. flooding could be a problem for drivers throughout the south. roads will be wet in the pacific northwest. and if you're flying, airport delays are likeliest in new orleans, atlanta, charlotte, washington, new york and boston. under investigation this morning, a deadly crash in philadelphia and its possible link to a feature on the popular app snapchat. >> three young women died in the crash last deember when their car hit a tractor-trler at highpeed.
whether les per hour app on snapchat may have played a roll. one of the uncles of the victims believed it did. >> one friend told me she was snapchatting throughout the night, their speed. how fast they were driving. >> a snapchat spokesperson told abc ws it warns users not to snap and drive. foer new york k state governor who left office in disgrace is now under investigation by police. sources say a 25-year-old claims that eliot spitzer tried to choke her at the plaza hotel in manhattan. the pair apparently had a romantic relationship for two years. spitzer resigned in 2008 after being involved in a prostitution scandal. new details this morning about the so-called diamond diva who gained notoriety of robbing jewelry stores.
for mths after stealing $4 million worth of jules from six stores. the documents say during that training, she learned how to handle a gun, how to tie people up using zip ties. kemp and three others are under arrest. all are facing up to 20 years in prison. and off the east coast of florida, tens of thousands of sharks, take a look. you can see them on the left side of your screen here. all those dots that you see there, making their migration north. they shot e footage from the air. these are black-tipped sharks which are usually only six feet long. despite the huge numbers, there are very few shark bites from them. all right, let's get to some nba action. the nba doesn't get back to meaningful games until thursday night. >> last night, the league held its annual shooting practice,
details now from espn. kobe bryant's final all-star game was played last night in toronto. >> and they just quit scoring three minutes ago. let's take a look at the nearly 200 points that were scored by one team. >> oh. >> there's kobe, 18th all-star game, loving up another former great laker, magic johnson, he and bill russell talked about going to dinner in l.a. second quarter, lebron was going to lock down on defense and kobe was going to go at him. that was the only shot that wasn't made. kobe finished with 10 points, of 11 shooting, 26 minutes. you see there -- he got in there. good for kobe. so he had his ten. but that fellow, last year's mvp, russell westbrook dominated. he's superstrong. tomahawk dunk. and as you see, minimal resistance from dwyane wade.
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checking our top stories -- the bodydy of supre court justice antonin scalia is lieved to have been flown back to dulles airport outside washington. scalia died in his sleep at a tes ranch during a quail hunting trip. he was 79. scalia's death setting off a political showdown, republans looking to block predent obama but the president says he plans to nominate a replacement soon. but don't try to mail a letter to congress today with your thoughts of his replacement, post offices are closed for presidents' day. looking at today's weather. rain in washington state, snow in the western mountains and upper plains, severe storms in
the northeast this morning. and finally, from us, a look back at the life and legacy justice antonin scalia had. >> scali is being remembered as a legal giant with an imcomparablele sense ohumor, larger than life figure on the bench as well as off. more now from abc's terry moran. >> reporter: for decades, justice antonin scalia led the charge to take constitutional law back, he says, to its original meaning. >> the constitution is not meant to facilitate change. it is meant to impede change, to make it difficult to change. >> reporter: on that score perhaphis greatest triumph, his ruling in 2008 on the right to bear arms, where he brushed aside concerns about gun violence in america. it's not the role of this court to pronounce the second amendment extinct, he wrote.
gore. awarded george w. bush the presidency. >> we owe no apology whatever for bush versus gore. we did the right thing. so -- so, there. [ lahter ] >> reporter: in dissent, he was biting, caustic, clear. when the court upheld obamacare for the second time last year, scalia sneered, we should start calling this law scotus care. in other arguments, lawyers feared his pointed questions. and he challenged the idea that the court could create a right to gay marriage, after 200 years of laws banning it. >> when did it become unconstitutional to exclude homosexual couples from marriage? when did the law become this? >> reporter: his death leaves the court shorthanded and divided on key issues. the stakes could not be higher. especially since once of those four conservatives justice
liberal side unpredictability. terry moran, abc news, mexico city. >> a man passionate about his work and man beloved by his colleague. >> reporter: we'll hear much about it in the weeks ahead. stay with us for "good morning america."moring iowa in hd. we are iowa's most accurate weather team. good morning iowa starts now " elias: good morning iowa! i'm elias johnson... sabrina: and i'm sabrina ahmed. it's x:00 a-m on monday february 15th.....president s day! elias: good to have everyone with us! and it's great to have central iowa's most accurate forecast with meterologist sam schreier! hey sam! sam: (sam adlibs) sam (sam adlibs) sam:
after a brutal weekend of snow and deep cold air, we are turning up the heat in the forecast, but we do have to wait a couple days. today is going to be mostly cloudy but temperatures should be able to warm above freezing, which means we are looking at some good snow melt today. highs will climb into the upper 30s and then lows tonight will fall down to a low near 30. a system is going to pass through the state tonight into tomorrow morning and should bring us a wide range of precipitation. we'll start out with a pretty good amount of rain overnight and as we go towards tomorrow morning some of that rain will turn into freezing rain. temperatures will bottom out by tomorrow morning and we'll see a very wet snow with around 1 to 2 inches of accumulation possible. highs tomorrow will stay above freezing in the afternoon and then cool back down into the mid 20s that night. warmer air will return rapidly