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making news in america this morning, voting day, all eyes on nevada as caucusgoers make their picks for the republican nominee. donald trump turning out huge crowds overnight as hillary clinton looks to hollywood for a boost. we're live with the latest. new details in the case of that deadly shooting, the uber driver admitting to his rampage and the family of a teenage victim clinging to life speaks out. crash landing, a plane caught on camera going down in the middle of a city street. the pilot being credited as a hero this morning. and sir air up there. this imagine of a gravity-defying high school basketball player going viral. looking more like he's levitating than leaping.
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that moment. well, good tuesday morning. we begin with the battle for votes in nevada as donald trump three? yeah, trump is heading into today's caucuses way ahead of his republican rivals. marco rubio is picking up support from the gop establishment and ted cruz is hoping to bounce back after a tumultuous day that called his integrity into question and left him without a chief spokesman. >> now, many are wondering if trump is unstoppable. it's "your voice, your vote." we get the latest from abc's kenneth moton. kenneth, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, reena and ken dis. yes, donald trump in vegas overnight and no need for campaign signage there because the real estate mogul's name is in bright lights on the strip. his odds of winning nevada are good but the big gop endorsements are pouring in for his rival marco rubio. it's caucus time in america.
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great again and we're going to keep winning, winning. >> reporter: overnight donald trump rallied his biggest crowd yet in las vegas. the billionaire's banking on a hot streak that will carry him into the gop nomination as he continued attacking his rivals. >> this guy cruz lies more than any human being i've ever dealt with. >> reporter: the fight getting nasty. ted cruz fired his communications director for spreading a false rumor that marco rubio had disparaged the bible. >> we will conduct this campaign with the very highest standards of integrity. >> reporter: but rubio is focused on trump who is leading in nevada by 26 points. his apparent unstoppable rise has the republican establishment rallying around rubio. >> donald has a base of support but the majority of our party doesn't want him as our nominee. >> reporter: the democratic contenders were on opposite in front of more than 8,000 people at the university of bernie sanders again hit hillary clinton on her wall street connection. america.
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>> reporter: ahead of south carolina's primary this weekend clinton has a big lead against bernie sanders. she's heavily favored with african-americans. so as the two work to court the black vote in the state actor morgan freeman's voice is being used in a clinton television ad. sanders answered with an endorsement from filmmaker spike lee who will be featured in radio spots that will start airing today in the palmetto state. reena and kendis. weekend, i can report that >> kenneth moton, thank you very much. clinton's also picking up celebrity support as she got a financial boost in southern california. clinton stopped by the set of abc's hit "scandal" and hung out with the cast. kerry washington posting a picture with the #imwithher and hosted several fund-raisers in l.a. and told supporters that donald trump and the white house would be a risk to the nation's security. vice president biden is downplaying remarks he made nearly 25 years ago about supreme court vacancies. he recently criticized a plan by senate republicans to block any nominee president obama picks to
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antonin scalia. but as a senator back in 1992 biden said if a seat on the high court becomes vacant, president bush should not fill it until after the election. well, the vice president now says the excerpt is not an accurate description of his views. well, police say they still don't know why a man shot eight people in kalamazoo this weekend killing six of them. investigators say jason dalton lives but during his arraignment yesterday the uber driver said silent. police say the uber driver apparently chose his victims at random. none had any known connection to him. one of the two people wounded was a 14-year-old girl who is clinging to life support. >> my daughter is not dead. she is alive, and she is fighting for her life. i want everybody to understand that. abigail is strong, and she was a vibrant, beautiful young lady and did not deserve this. >> the girl's father said he
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them. married father of two has issued a statement saying this type of violence has no place in our society. well, uber admits that they got complaints saturday night about dalton while the attacks were taking place, but those were the first complaints about him. uber says no background check would have flagged dalton because he had no criminal history, and some say uber should have a panic button in its u.s. apps as it does in india. but the ride service says in 911 is the panic button, and it doesn't want to interfere. americans are choosing sides in the apple fbi security showdown. support of the tech giant at its stores in more than 40 cities and at fbi headquarters in washington, d.c. apple says helping the fbi would open the door to abuses by other law enforcement agencies. well, not everyone agrees with apple's refusal to hack into the iphone used by one of the san bernardino shooters.
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are siding with the fbi. enand that's prettily evenly split between republicans and democrats and between different age groups and education levels. only 38% think apple is in the right. a new development in the five-year-long civil war in syria. the u.s. and russia have agreed to a cease-fire set to begin saturday. the agreement does not cover terror groups like isis which claimed responsibility for two deadly attacks over the weekend. 250,000 have died in the civil war. the white house is downplaying expectations saying there are bound to be obstacles and setbacks. a major effort under way today in brazil in the battle against the zika virus. joint teams of u.s. and brazilian health workers are fanning out across the country in search of mothers and infants. they're trying to confirm that zika causes babies to be born with small heads, and in this country, president obama asking congress for nearly $2 billion to stop the spread of that virus. switching gears into the
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it looks pretty good for most of the u.s. but not the south. a storm system is bringing the threat of tornadoes and severe storms back to the region. by this afternoon the greatest threat will be along the gulf coast from louisiana to the florida panhandle. well, coming up, the breed named america's top dog for a quarter century. first new warnings from the government regarding a popular flooring company doubling the cancer risk of those exposed. and a terrifying scene overnight, a giant crane catching fire on the brink of collapse. so you can coax out great flavor effortlessly. hillshire farm. because it's worth doing right. at hillshire farm, there's a reason our slow roasted turkey taste so fresh seconds after carving, we not only seal every slice, we double seal it. the results are something to savor.
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the house not so lucky. it'll condemned likely. there are 11 million auto accidents a year in the u.s. and two-thirds were caused by distractions. researchers put video cameras in 3500 cars to see what the drivers were doing right before accidents. using a mobile device increased the risk of a crash by more than 3 1/2 times but emotional distress like being angry or crying was even worse increasing the risk ten-fold. bill cosby's wife has testified about sexual assault allegations. cosby was deposed for more than two hours under heavy scrutiny at a hotel in springfield, massachusetts. the session was tense and the judge called twice or rulings. shares of lumber liquidators could be under pressure after new warnings about some of its flooring. the cdc says the cancer risk from certain types of laminate particularing is three times greater than original estimates.
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the cdc is overstating potential health risks. lumber liquidators' stock dropped nearly 20% yesterday. sea levels are rising faster than they have in nearly 3,000 years and scientists say man-made global warming is to blame before the world's industrialized nations sea levels rose no more than an inch and a half a century but in just the past two decades that rate has soared to a foot percentry. the study found oceans will jump more than four feet over the next 100 years. that number could be drastically reduced if countries limit greenhouse gas pollution. coming up, veterans fight continui coming up, veterans fight continuing here at home. the effort to get them proper health care and showing their frustrating experiences. an airplane crash landing in a city street. how everyone miraculously walked away.ative colitis, the possibility of a flare was almost always on my mind.
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york, boston and denver. well, this morning there is a viral effort aimed at getting veterans the health care that they need. >> it all started with this video seen here, an afghanistan veteran battling a never ending voice mail loop while trying to get an appointment at a v.a. clinic in massachusetts. he works in the office of congressman seth moulton who served with the marines in iraq. to try to fix the program mouth moulton wrote a bill to try to fix it. that's what we should get after putting our lives on the line for the country. >> the v.a. says the problem has been corrected. congressman moulton's bill would require the v.a. to run a pilot program letting veterans use an app on their phone to schedule or cancel v.a. appointments themselves. there is a dramatic increase in the number of women opting for mastectomies although breast cancer rates remain the same.
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mastectomies increased 36% from 2005 to 2013 and the rate of double mastectomies more than tripled. one health official said the numbers show a new willingness to treat mastectomyies as preventive to decrease chances of cancer later on. support is pouring in this morning after senator claire mccaskill revealed that she is battling breast cancer. the missouri democrat says that the tumor was found through a routine mammogram. mccaskill says that her prognosis is good, and she is expects to make a full recover. coaches at the university of tennessee are expected to address allegations in a new federal lawsuit today that suit includes a mention of peyton manning and claims the school has created a hostile environment for women. a 20-year-old sexual assault accusation against manning is reportedly cited in the suit. espn reports manning's accuser called a sexual assault crisis center and that the incident was
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manning was never the subject of a criminal investigation in that case, and he's denied assaulting the former school trainer who made the allegation. two people have been seriously hurt in a tour bus crash east of kansas city. investigators say the bus had pulled to the side of interstate 70 with a flat tire when it was sideswiped by a tractor trailer. the driver of that truck claimed he was choking on a piece of gum when he swerved out of his lane and into the bus. and amazingly no one was hurt when this small plane crash landed at an intersection near a small airport in los angeles. witnesses said they heard the plane's engine failing just before it came down. five cars were damaged, however, the pilot, who was the only person on board, is being given credit for dodging homes and train tracks. investigators are looking into what went wrong. there were no injuries in a construction accident in australia this morning. a fire at the base of a crane collapsed -- caused it to collapse more than 12 stories
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officials think the fire started in electrical wiring that construction workers had cleared out as soon as that fire broke out and the road you see below was also closed. timing was everything in the rescue of a northern california girl. 10-year-old samantha white suddenly fell into a ten-foot hole you see right here while snowshoeing with her family in the sierra. a marin county search and rescue team happened to be hiking down the same trail after spending a day training. the team used ropes to hoist the wet, freezing and terrified girl out before hypothermia could set in. thankfully she's going to be just fine. let's come on back inside to the safety and warmth of this morning's sports highlight. >> and we get those from our guys at espn. good morning. it's our "sportscenter" studio. i'm stan verrett and he's neil everett. golden state lose in portland and bounce back aennd beat the clippers in l.a. saturday and it's on to atlanta. >> where they won. now we have video to prove it. steph curry, this is right
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kicks it then just throws it up. oh. the dude had 19 in the first half. the team was up 19. they had a horrible third quarter like they had in portland. atlanta was actually down one after three. took a lead early in the fourth quarter. a 28-6 run, but then the fellows got it together. and by the fellows, i mean steph curry and the fellows. shoulder shake right there. you see that. when you do what he does, you can do that. he had 36. warriors win again. lebron james and the cavaliers, an impressive win over the thunder on sunday. tyronn lue's club. at home hosting the pistons so they got to win this one, right, well, not if they're tired and they certainly looked tired. lebron james, one for seven. lue says he'll think about resting lebron james once they lock up the eastern conference. james, you don't see this. stripped by kentavious caldwell-pope. 19 points for him, 23 for reggie
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james just 12 points on 5 for 18 shooting. 0 for 4 from three-point range. pistons, 96-88. >> the raptors beat the nicks. kyle lowry had a triple-double. also a triple double as the bucks beat the lakers. that's all we got. >> thank you, gentlemen. well, coming up floating to victory, the basketball player defying odds and gravity with this viral image. and certainly a space oddity. a gorilla at the international space station, or is it? "the pulse" is next.friends coming over? yeah, so? it stinks in here. you've got to wash this whole room are you kidding? wash it? let's wash it with febreze. for all the things you can't wash, use... ...febreze fabric refresher hey mrs. webber inhales hey, it smells nice in here and try pluggable febreze... continuously eliminate odors for... ...up to 45 days of freshness pluggable febreze and fabric refresher... ...[inhale + exhale mnemonic]...
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and intelligent blondies, the golden retriever. >> runner-up, the athletic and loyal german shepherd and number one, the versatile and lovable labrador retriever. >> this all-american canine takes the top spot for the 25th year in a row apparently. they are cute. they are adorable. i would love one but we also have to mention mutts, mutts too deserve just as much love and there are many labrador mixes available for adoption. >> rescue dog. >> that's my plug for the count. next an image that's really going viral and some explanation behind it. >> well, his name, you see him right there, that's walker stillman but he's more like walker jumpman after this image of the high school junior from illinois playing basketball was picked up online. he's being called everything from float boy to jesus for his levitating style leap. >> nice attempt there, walker
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we now know what he was doing. stillman explains saying here, quote, i had jumped for a rebound, saw that it wasn't coming my way and kind of stopped what i was doing. he also confirmed that he is not a jedi. >> this was not also a mind trick of any sort. mind meld. >> yeah, something along those lines. >> yeah. >> might be a jedi. >> he just ate his wheaties. that's all it is. after nearly a year on board the international space station no one can be blamed for going a little bananas, right, and maybe that's what led astronaut scott kelly to behave like this. >> okay, so that's kelly dressed in a rather life-like gorilla suit at the iss. it was recently sent up to him as part of a care package from his family and, excuse the pun, but you could say that he really went ape with it. >> i got to say it looks very, very real, doesn't it. almost looks like someone from the zoo escaped on the international space station. apparently kelly was floating around up there chasing one of his space station colleagues. he will be up part of the crew for another week before coming home i think on march 1st. >> yeah, after spending a year
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checking our top stories, donald trump is hoping to continue his winning streak as gop voters caucus in nevada today. trump is holding a commanding lead over his rivals, but he ripped into ted cruz last night calling him sick. demonstrations outside many apple stores today will be in support of the company, which is fighting a court order to hack an iphone for the fbi. the phone was used by one of the san bernardino terrorists. the kalamazoo, michigan, community held a second candlelight vigil last night after this weekend's deadly shooting spree. the alleged gunman, an uber driver, is not saying what sparked the rampage. looking at today's weather, severe weather returns to the south from eastern texas and across the gulf coast. rain will stretch down into florida and up into the northeast. well, the countdown to the oscars has officially begun. we are less than a week away from the academy awards, and in
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under way, as well. constructing the red carpet, of course, that's a big deal, and they're making sure the stars will be able to strut their stuff. >> and the other star of the evening, oscar, of course, getting a fresh coat of paint. abc's brandi hitt is covering it all including this year's crop of leading men. >> reporter: they are hollywood's leading men competing for oscar gold. >> it's such an extraordinary ride. >> reporter: this year's best actor nominees include bryan cranston, matt damon, leo dicaprio, michael fassbender and eddie redmayne, fresh off his win last year. >> i am a lucky man. >> reporter: damon starring in "the martian" is also an oscar winner taking home 1998's best original screenplay alongside friend ben affleck. >> all our friends and family and everybody back in boston watching us. >> 18 years later i think this is great and i'm going to smell the roses. >> reporter: this is fassbender's second nomination playing the role of steve jobs.
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>> reporter: and "trumbo's" bryan cranston is up for his first oscar ever. >> i'm delirious about it. i'm real happy about it. >> reporter: but this year's favorite is dicaprio in the brutal drama "the revenant." >> it's us immersed in this world. it's very rewarding. >> leo is one of those stars who seems to be nominated every single year and shockingly has never won. >> reporter: look, that's dicaprio in 1984 nominated for "what's eating gilbert grape," then "the aviator," "blood diamond" and "the wolf of wall street," but no win. >> that's going to end. it's his year this year. >> reporter: in fact, he's won countless awards for "the revenant" including a screen actor's guild and golden globe. find out if he takes home his first oscar sunday. brandi hitt, abc news, hollywood. >> look forward to sunday night. >> uh-huh. >> that's what's making news in america this morning.
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have a great tuesday.3 pattie it's mostly good news for lynchburg. details from the state of the city address..coming up. nats today i left my kitchen, cause kasich has no vision x2whit protestors met presidential candidate john kasich with opposition while he made a few campaign stops in virginia. pattie plus, a look ahead to today's gop caucus in nevada. the latest from the campaign trail, just ahead. 3 3 3 you'll need the jacket and umbrella as cloudy, cool and wet weather is here to stay through wednesday. i'll have the details up next. 3 3 pattie good morning virginia. it is tuesday, february 23rd, 2016. i'm pattie martin.whit and, i'm whitney delbdrige. thanks for starting your day


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