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a good samaritan who tried helping two stranded swimmers was swept away by a strong current. all three ended up near a sand bar near plum island between new york and massachusetts. eventually a coast guard crew managed to rescue them. the swimmers swallowed a lot of saltwater but are expected to be okay. turning now to the growing concern among health care workers about the rising rates of coronavirus infection. now a new call for nationwide shutdowns. i spoke earlier with dr. ravi.
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more than 1,000 health professionals have now signed a letter to the government saying it's time to "reboot our fight against covid-19." they argue we should shut down the country again and start over with testing and tracing. what's your take? >> kenneth, i agree with many of the tenets of the letter. i think we do need to improve our testing, i think we need to ramp up our contact tracing. i do think it is going to be difficult to go back to square one across the nation. i think we do need to definitely pause and take a step back across the nation, but really look at where individual regions are and stop playing whac-a-mole in trying to put out fires, but really come up with a national strategy to move forward. >> there's some new concern about the long-term risk from coronavirus.
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a new study finds three-quarters of recovered patients had heart damage months after they were first diagnosed. what do we know about the risk after recovery? >> i think we're still learning the long-term effects. we're about five to six months into the pandemic here in the u.s. we've moved from looking at the clinical outcomes, knowing that some individuals continue to have heart failure, some individuals continue to have loss of smell and taste many months later. we're learning about the molecular reasons of loss of taste and smell, realizing it's coming from olfactory cells and not neurons. we need to learn more about specifics. the german study that you referred to about the heart issues was primarily looking at those that already had heart disease and heart failure. and so we're continuing to learn about how different populations are impacted by the virus. >> on schools, dr. anthony fauci was talking to a teachers union, he recommended teachers not just
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wear a mask but also goggles to protect their eyes. what are your thoughts? >> i tend to agree with dr. fauci on most things, including this. health care workers, when we enter the hospital, we wear a mask and either goggles or a face shield the second we enter the hospital. i think those basic precautions can and should be applied to nonhealth care workers as well. i think especially in situations where individuals are in close proximity to others, whether that's in schools, whether that's riding mass transit, in grocery stores, i think things like wearing a goggle or face shield can have an impact. >> our thanks to dr. ravi. coming up, using rays of light to kill the coronavirus. >> the new technology that jet blue is already trying out that can disinfect the entire cabin of a plane in mere minutes.
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imagine being able to disinfect an entire plane cabin faster than a ray of light. >> jet blue is already trying it in a first of its kind pilot program. here's abc's gio benitez. >> reporter: what you're looking at may be the next tool in fighting the coronavirus on a plane. honeywell's uv cabin system, a sort of high-tech snack cart. instead of peanuts it's serving up a powerful dose of uv light
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aimed at killing germs and viruses like covid-19. >> coronavirus has changed how we all look at health and safety. >> reporter: president joanna geraghty giving an exclusive look at the airline's latest initiative. the device's wings spread out wide, shining uv light over the seats. other lights zero in on the overhead compartment. the operator standing behind a uv light shield. the light so powerful, it can be dangerous to others, so the cabin must be empty. >> i think a lot of people might be watching this and say, how do you know it works? >> that's what this test is all about. we've got a team from honeywell here and we've got a jet blue team, and we'll be looking at the effectiveness of the application, whether or not -- in samples, whether or not the coronavirus has been killed. we think uv technology has a tremendous application, similar to what's been used in hospitals. >> reporter: the manufacturer,
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honeywell, says the device can disinfect a plane in less than disinfect a plane in less than ten minutes. >> this is technology that's been used in hospitals for many years, demonstrated to be over 90% effective on all kinds of pathogens, not just viruses but bacteria, et cetera. >> reporter: jet blue says it's not just stopping at planes. and the airline has already been testing uv light technology at the check-in kiosk. this device here is called uv clean. it's meant to disinfect the screen before you touch it. still, the big question, is uv light an effective disinfectant? >> uv light is another tool in our toolbox. it's no substitute for proper disinfection and cleaning. i believe in it, i think it can work. i think it just needs to be done in a smart way and in a way to keep people safe. >> reporter: that's why geraghty says this test is critical. >> if this is something that is
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effective, it's something we would absolutely consider using longer-term. >> reporter: geraghty says this is not going to replace the cleaning they're already doing and electrostatic spraying, that's going to keep happening. honeywell tells us they're talking with other airlines about possibly bringing this on board too. gio benitez, abc news, new york. >> thanks, gio. mona already wants to take her own uv light onto a plane. >> it also shows you where the exits are.
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♪ ♪ kicking off "this happened" with a dummy. >> what happened? >> a man who decided to -- mona, let me set you up here. people were just like going to an aquarium in sydney, at sydney zoo, then this happened. a man dived into the aquarium. >> lord. >> with the fishes. >> we can't have anything nice, can we? >> we cannot. this man, he was charged with trespassing. and you would see why there, because he went swimming with the creatures. don't do this, people. >> this is their home, their natural habitat. >> not that natural. we took them out of natural habitat. >> this is their apartment.
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>> they were bred and born in that, but no, leave them alone, just leave them alone. take a look at this, because this happened in alabama. this woman was driving past decatur and saw a waterspout. and she screams, it just keeps getting bigger. if i saw that i'd be like, tornado, it's a twister! i'm in that movie! but yeah, they managed to -- >> pretty cool image right there. >> it is. >> i like those when the waterspouts -- you want to keep them right there, not on land. >> we're good. they turn into volcanos -- volcanos. tornados. >> call ginger zee and ask her, you know i don't know anything about that meteorology stuff. >> i took meteorology 101 and i don't remember. let's take you to the great state of south carolina and see an alligator, a baby alligator making an unusual stop there at pawleys island. >> what happened? >> yeah.
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police in south carolina say an expert trapper was summoned to the beach there when that baby alligator showed up. they can't pick him up and put him back in the swamp or something? >> new orleans, they'd just fry him right up. >> oh, no, not the baby alligator? >> the big alligator? >> just the big ones. see you later. >> the florida alligators, they just chill on your front porch. the new orleans ones you eat. the south carolina ones just tan on the beach. >> they said this alligator was wrangled by the local "gator lady." >> okay. y'all got a gator lady. >> gator lady, carolina exterminators, shout-out to them in the great state of south carolina. in the p.d. region. this also happened. this dog was clearly in his rem sleep. name's junior. >> hey, junior. no, junior, junior, oh, no, junior! oh, no. >> doesn't miss a beat. apparently he was chasing a squirrel in his dream. squirrel got away, junior fell off, the owners say this happens quite often.
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right now on "america this morning." this morning on "world news now," the coronavirus emergency, and another grim new milestone. more than 150,000 americans have >> both florida and texas with their deadliest days so far, and there are 30 states with 98 hot spots. also this mourfair housing blasting the change to the obama-era rule. the delicate cleanup operation this morning as a bridge near phoenix partially collapses, derailing a freight train carrying hazardous material and igniting an inferno. the brand-new rubik's cube record, yep, on a pogo stick. you won't believe how fast this kid did it.
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that's later this half hour in it's thursday, july 30th. i'm thinking about how mona tripped coming into the studio, and this kid -- >> oh, you just had to put me on blast, right? >> and this kid is doing all the work right there. >> it's hard, i was talking, i was walking, had to do both at the same time. >> yeah. >> oh, man. we showed earlier too the guy, i think a week or two ago, playing the piano with the rubik's cube. >> oh, right. >> what's next? >> this kid said, hold my rubik's cube, let me show you what i can do. we'll get to him in just a moment. we begin with the latest developments on this pandemic, hitting yet another devastating milestone. >> covid-19 has claimed the lives of more than 150,000 americans, and there are more than 4.4 million confirmed cases across the country. >> on wednesday, florida reported another 217 deaths, shattering the single-day record
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set a day earlier. >> house speaker nancy pelosi has just made it a requirement to wear masks on the house floor after republican congressman louie gohmert tested positive for the virus. gohmert, who often refuses to wear a mask, was diagnosed ahead of a planned trip tmp >> reporter: florida and texas seeing their deadliest days yet. doctors are pushed to the breaking point. >> they're exhausted. they're not a deep bench of physicians. >> reporter: e.r. doctor robert rodriguez is back in his hometown of brownsville, texas, helping on the front lines. >> we're trying everything, but these patients are extremely, extremely sick. >> reporter: behind every patient, a family. in arizona, 20-year-old adrian garcia, who had diabetes, lost his battle with the virus. his entire family was infected, but adrian was the only one who didn't recover. he leaves behind a 3-month-old daughter. >> for the average person with no underlying health conditions, you'll be okay. we're okay. but my son is not. >> reporter: homeland security
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identifying 98 emerging hot spots across 30 states. a new front in the war on covid. dr. anthony fauci telling our dr. jen ashton he's concerned about cases ticking up in states like ohio, tennessee, kentucky, and indiana. >> which is a surefire hint that you may be getting into the same sort of trouble with those states that the southern states got into trouble. >> reporter: in jeffersonville, indiana, about 70% of students were back in school with masks and social distancing. parents can choose virtual or in-person learning. some parents feel they have little choice. >> honestly, the options were limited. my husband and i both work outside of the home. >> reporter: in florida, la toya floyd is a single mother of two, an essential worker at a grocery store. she's worried about sending her kids back to the classroom. >> i absolutely have no choice but to send them to school.
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because i work 45 hours a week. >> reporter: with the debate raging over safely reopening schools, doctors in florida are demanding more robust safety measures. >> putting hundreds and thousands of young people, teachers, and staff together in enclosed spaces like school buildings is an invitation for a covid-19 super spreader event. >> reporter: officials taking no chances south of orlando ordering students to self-quarantine after one person who attended an outdoor graduation ceremony tested positive. the vice president, who pushed for reopening of in-person classes, visiting a private elementary school in north carolina where teachers and students wore masks, taking off his mask for a time to talk to kids. >> we really do believe it's in the best interests of our children to be back in the classroom. >> reporter: education secretary betsy devos acknowledging there is no national plan for schools. >> there's not a national
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superintendent, nor should there be. therefore, there's not a national plan for reopening. >> reporter: here in miami-dade county, the nation's fourth-largest school district, they'll be starting the year with online learning. that's the same story in other major cities throughout florida. but some school districts will start with in-person classes. that's something the governor has pushed for. he said if his kids were old enough, he'd have no problem sendg them back to school. victor oquendo, abc news, miami. president trump is amping up his push to capture white subburr bab voters, claiming democrats are out to destroy their american dream. the president slammed an obama-era fair housing rule. he assured suburbanites they won't be bothered or financially hurt by low-income housing in their neighborhoods. >> there will be no more low-income housing forced into the suburbs. i abandoned and took away and just rescinded the rule. it's been going on for years. i've seen conflict for years. it's been hell for suburbia. we rescinded the rule three days
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ago, so enjoy your life, ladies and gentlemen, enjoy your life. >> housing advocates are blasting the rule change, some calling it an overt attempt to legalize discrimination. democrats say there's new evidence that president trump is reluctant to confront russia's vladimir putin. trump refused to discuss intelligence of russian bounties paid to the taliban to kill u.s. troops during a recent conversation with putin. abc's terry moran reports. >> reporter: after those reports that russia might have been paying bounties to the taliban to kill u.s. troops in afghanistan, president trump admitting in an interview with axios that he never even raised the matter in a call with vladimir putin last week. >> we discussed numerous things, we did not discuss that, no. >> you've never discussed it? >> i've never discussed it with him. >> reporter: trump denied he never heard anything about the bounties despite reports he was briefed. >> it never reached my desk, they didn't think it was real, they didn't think it was worthy. fit reached my desk, i would have done something about it.
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it never reached my desk. >> reporter: when asked about russia supplying arms to the taliban, trump said the u.s. did the same thing in afghanistan, too. >> well, we supplied weapons when they were fighting russia. wh--s t. t prede awe making a major strategic move in europe, withdrawing one-third of u.s. troops from germany, citing his longstanding gripe that germany doesn't pay its fair share for defense in europe. >> we don't want to be the suckers anymore. >> reporter: there was bipartisan condemnation of the president's move. those american troops in germany have been the cornerstone of u.s. security in europe for decades. senator mitt romney calling the withdrawal "a grave error" and "a slap in the face of a friend and ally." the biden campaign blasted trump in a statement saying, "the withdrawal does not reflect a
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thoughtful defense strategy, this is a gift to vladimir putin." half the nearly 12,000 troops being pulled out of germany, they're going to be rotated to other parts of eastern europe. the pentagon saying they'll continue to help deter russian aggression. but president trump made clear this move is more about punishing germany than deterring russia. terry moran, abc news, washington. >> terry, thank you. a supreme court spokeswoman says justice ruth bader ginsburg is resting comfortably in a new york hospital. she says ginsburg has undergone a procedure meant to minimize the risk of infection. the 87-year-old ginsburg is rattling a reoccurrence of liver cancer. she's expected to be released by the end of the week. when a new york couple realized a big wedding was not in the cards for them, they decided to go bare bones, tying the knot on the brooklyn bridge with no guests, not even a photographer. >> a woman passing by noticed they were alone so used her phone to capture the sunset ceremony, then tweeted the sage if you were getting married on the brooklyn bridge this
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evening, i've got some photos for you. >> that tweet immediately went viral and quickly connected the couple and the photographer. the bride and groom say they are surprised and thrilled, especially by the outpouring of love and support that filled the online comments there. >> isn't that -- you know what? sometimes those moments are more precious than a huge wedding. kenneth's like, no. >> no, no, no. i was like -- >> you're like, yeah, no. >> i'm like, no, i need everything. the whole big wedding. apparently they met in south america. you see those pictures there. they looked forward to one day celebrating with family in europe. >> yes. >> so -- everybody had to change -- a lot of people had to change their plans when it came to this pandemic. and so -- i love the stories where you saw the people still getting married, just like that, in a ceremony just like that, because it really brings it back to what it's all about, which is love.
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>> exactly. >> love is love. so all of that bridezilla, groomzilla, the dancing, the groom dance, all those things. >> the slide, not necessary. >> you don't need all that you just need the other person. >> exactly. coming up, a brand-new record for the rubik's cube. plus the train derailment inferno outside phoenix. the investigation into that partial bridge collapse and what we're learning this morning. later, the young rock climber who's reaching new heights. how he's inspiring other inner-city kids one sky-high challenge at a time.
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we're back with some real fear for beachgoers on new york's long island. there have been at least nine shark sightings in those waters since monday. one large shark was seen just five feet from a swimming area. >> incredible. to the west now and a frightening scene on land as the partial collapse of a bridge in arizona sent several train cars crashing into a park below, bursting into flames. >> some of those cars were carrying hazardous material. >> reporter: the flaming freight train inferno outside phoenix, arizona, derailing on a bridge in tempo.
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>> a fire on the mill avenue train bridge. >> reporter: part of that bridge collapsed, a mess of twisted metal, tracks, and train cars falling into a park below. nearly 100 firefighters raced to the scene as flames raced to the scene. the fire is traveling north along the train bridge, which is making it extraordinarily difficult for firefighters to fight. >> reporter: union pacific says tanker cars that fell off the bridge contain a hazardous and highly flammable chemical. the fire department says one tanker is leaking and is using heavy equipment to pull the car upright, stop the leak, and prevent another fire. as flames raged, a light rail passenger train on a nearby bridge slowly pushed its way through the smoke. valley metro rail telling us it was safer for this final train to pass through than stop on the bridge. federal investigators now working to figure out why the derailment happened. firefighters tell us the chemical that is leaking from that tanker ignites very easily, which is why this is going to be a very delicate cleanup
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operation that could last for days. keep in mind, crews are working in heat that is hovering right around 110 degrees. clayton sandell, abc news, tempe. >> definitely a hot one there, clayton, thank you for those images. coming up next half hour, the 3-year-old girl fount floating in her grandparents' pool unconscious. how two quick-thinking police officers revived her. and the reminder to all parents about swimming pool safety. first, the young climber reaching new heights, breaking down barriers.
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♪ reach reach for a shiny new tomorrow ♪ one man reaching for something higher and brighter is creating a new day of inspiration for so many young people. >> he is our amazing american this morning and will ganss is here with more on thinks story. >> good morning, mona, kenneth, good morning to all of you at
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home. as a little kid he used to climb from one story of his apartment building to another to say hell climbing ever since, busting stereotypes and breaking down barriers along the way. you never really expect to see anyone clinging to the side of a cliff for pure sport. but ky leitner says it's even crazier he's that guy. >> it's a pretty obscure sport for inner-city kids for sure. >> reporter: for ky it's always been high time for a high climb, even at the ripe old age of 6. >> my mother was at her job. she was talking to her boss, and i decided to climb the 50-foot flagpole behind her. shimmied my way up the top. as i was up there, a lady walked by and saw me, and she got me down, said that i should try rock climbing. >> reporter: ky tried, and he rocked. he began competing and made nationals his very first year. reaching new heights with each passing season. he since won 10 youth national
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titles, five youth world medals. now the 20-year-old phenom has won adult world titles. ky traveling to six of seven continents. the north carolina native saying climbing has changed his worldview. >> being able to appreciate different cultures. not seeing things that are different as being scary. >> reporter: speaking of scary -- >> have you ever looked down and been like, how did i get here? >> no, for me, i've always looked up. for me, i feel like for some reason, when i'm climbing, everything clicks for me. i'm the most in tune with my body, my mind is the sharpest. i get that euphoric feeling i can't replicate with any other activity. >> reporter: ky blazing a trial with equity and inclusion with outdoor sports. >> i remember when i first started climbing, walking into the gym, there were not any other climbers on the team or in the competitions who were black or who looked like me, on came
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from a background similar to me. >> what does it mean to you, to open that door? >> i feel the more i accomplish, the more i realize that i'm kind of setting the tone for minorities in the sport, for people who look like me to follow me. >> reporter: he's spoken out about eating disorders, a topic typically swept under the rug, especially for men. >> i grew up thinking that i had to fit this mold in order to be successful, because all the world cup athletes at the time were 5'6" to 5'8", and i was that height when i was 13. and so to be competitive i had to be smaller. in my head, that's what i thought. i've talked to therapists and i feel like i'm better now. but obviously eating disorders are something that are kind of lifelong. >> reporter: ky proving there's no barrier he won't climb over to get to where he's going. >> talent comes in so many
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shapes and sizes. realizing your full potential looks different between every athlete, every person. you have to tailor your goals and yo dd your training to your own personal capabilities. >> reporter: ky is currently pursuing a business degree. oh, and there's this. >> also, i can move my eyebrows, watch this. >> forget rock climbing, i can't even get the eyebrow thing done. this week ky launched climbing for change, a nonprofit aimed at improving diversity and inclusion in outdoor sports. learn more about >> i might need to stretch for that one, did you see that? >> oh, yeah, he had a whole split going on on the rock-climbing wall, and i was like, oh, my thighs hurt, i can' i edck myself. >>hei was yo on those rocbing walls, nothing like tthank the wh icomes to him, he's an incredible young man, and that's very impressive. coming up, the world's
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oldest flight instructor, you won't believe how old she is. and the newest rubik's cube record. "the mix" is next.
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it's time for "the mix." we introduced you to robina asti. i believe this california woman is the oldest pilot and flight instructor. it's official, it's in the guinness world record books. she was able to pilot the plane and gave a flight lesson in the air. she is 99 years old, you guys. >> just incredible. >> young, 99 years young. >> yes, that's right. she's flying a plane. her blinker was on the entire time, but she still does a great job. >> leave robina alone, she'll school you on how to fly this plane. >> i love that. i also love this kid here. >> what did he do?
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>> we showed you at the top of the show. he was able to conquer two things that i would never be able to do. rubik's cube, and jumping on this pogo stick. he was given it, she said go. he's doing it, he's jumping, they're timing it. he was able to do it in 16 seconds and some change. he's actually like -- very confidently goes, done! there it is. he's solved the rubik's cube. this is evan blecher, 14 years old out of boulder. he's now a guinness book of world recorders holder. >> congratulations to him. i know his parents are happy he's finally off that pogo stick. just looking at that video, done, say done. >> you heard him bouncing bouncing bouncing bouncing bouncing bouncing -- am i annoying? >> we get it. these days, in order to join the police force, you just have to be ready to capture wild
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animals. >> got to be versatile. they're doing a lot of different things. >> kangaroos on the loose. check out the steer on the loose in alberta. yeah, they had to round him up. it led to a slow but kind of dodgy police chase. >> oh, yeah, there in the city of red deer. look, that is -->>lberta city. >> that's too much right there. >> yeah. eventually it was captured safely. but, i mean -- it's a bull run. >> you know steers, they're castrated. >> i just googled that. i was like, wasn't that a bull? a steer. >> that steer is like, i seen what you guys done to me before. >> you are not about to make me a hamburger. i am not your steak. i'm free. let me show you some animals that say they're not going yw sepnto e -- ty' g a rabo two asian elephant friends at the oregon zoo looking beautiful. >> oh, they're more than friends. >> mudra and samson.
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>> they are more than friends.
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this morning on "world news now," the coronavirus emergency, and another grim new milestone. more than 150,000 americans have now died from covid-19. this as a dismal jobs report is expected to come out later today. and a final farewell for the late representative john lewis. he will be laid to rest today. the eulogy planned from former president obama, and the other former presidents who will be there at his funeral. the dramatic rescue of a 3-year-old found floating in her grandparents' pool. the hero officers who revived her and what doctors are saying about her condition this morning. the surprise move by garth brooks. what the country music hall of famer is telling the country music association he doesn't want to do for the eighth time. >> we'll have that and more
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later this half hour in "the skinny." it is thursday, july 30th. hm, what could it be? >> i don't know, but it definitely deserved a dramatic pause by mona. >> yes, because i was trying to figure out who garth brooks is -- just kidding. i was trying to -- is he the one who sang with nelly? i could see him not wanting to sing that song -- ♪ over and over again hey, see what i did there? >> garth brooks is a legend, mona. we love garth brooks. >> sometimes i casually mix him up with tim mcgraw. you know. >> faith hill doesn't. >> we'll have that for you in "the skinny." let's get to the latest on the pandemic this hour with the number of daily deaths soaring past 1,400, the highest level since may. >> more than 150,000 americans
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have been lost to covid-19, and 4.4 million have tested positive nationwide. >> the country is bracing for another dismal jobs report this morning. analysts expect it to show nearly 1.5 million people filed for unemployment benefits last week. the $600 unemployment benefit is set to expire tomorrow. now new trouble spots are emerging. abc's andrea fujii has the latest. >> reporter: this morning, nearly 100 hot spots around the country are raising new concerns in the fight against the coronavirus. >> what happens if you are really in a hot zone? then you've got to be careful. >> reporter: homeland security flagging the troublesome trends in at least 30 states. dr. anthony fauci now saying he's especially concerned about potential outbreaks in ohio, tennessee, kentucky, and indiana. >> you may be getting into the same sort of trouble with those states that the southern states got into trouble with. >> reporter: it comes as florida and texas report their deadliest days yet. >> texas must remain vigilant.
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>> reporter: president trump visiting midland, texas. many in the crowd at a campaign fund-raiser forgoing masks as the president focused on the decrease in cases even as the state confirmed a record 313 deaths wednesday. >> i'm asymptomatic. i don't have any of the symptoms that are listed as part of covid-19. >> reporter: meanwhile, new virus worries among lawmakers. republican congressman louie gohmert, who has resisted mask mandates in the past, announced wednesday he is infected, while making the baseless claim wearing the mask may have contributed to him getting sick. >> i can't help wonder if i might have put some germs, some of the virus onto the mask, and breathed it in. >> reporter: tuesday, gohmert was seen walking with attorney general william barr, neither wearing a mask. barr's staff announcing wednesday night he's tested negative. speaker nancy pelosi is now making masks mandatory on the house floor.
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>> members and staff will be required to wear masks at all times in the hall of the house. >> reporter: with debate raging over safely reopening schools, officials in orlando say nearly 300 students are in quarantine after one person at this outdoor graduation tested positive for coronavirus. >> just like any other bubbly little girl out there. she was perfect. >> reporter: and now the mother of florida's youngest victim is speaking out. >> i don't think these kids really. octorsn e school.ston ta state demanding mo tieds anousands of young people teachers, staff together in enclosed spaces like school buildings is an invitation for a covid-19 super spreader event. >> reporter: one school district in indiana bringing students back with safety measures in place.
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but many parents around the country still aren't convinced. we were lacking with paper towels, we were lacking in so much already. has that changed? >> reporter: education secretary betsy devos says there is no national plan for reopening schools, but many experts like dr. anthony fauci agree that decision must be made at a local level. kenneth, mona? >> andrea, thank you. nearly 16 weeks after its season was suspended, the nba is ready to tip off again. the jazz and pelicans get things restarted tonight before lebron james and the lakers take on the clippers. all games are in the nba's bubble at disney world in florida. while the florida marlins deal with covid-19 cases, we've learned the owner of their top minor league team has died from the virus. he was 62 years old. the entire rutgers university football team is in a two-week quarantine. 15 players have tested positive. a party they attended may have led to their infection. the search is on for a suspect accused of inciting violence in minneapolis after
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the death of george floyd. he's known as umbrella man, and police say he has ties to the hell's angels and a white supremacist prison gang. abc's alex perez has more. >> reporter: authorities in minneapolis say they have finally identified the man they claim incited days of violent protest there after george floyd was killed. dubbed the umbrella man on social media, he was captured in this viral video breaking windows at this auto zone, dressed in black, holding an umbrella. in a court filing police identifying him as a white supremacist. brad svensson recorded the may 27th incident. >> it was strange because he was casually walking through this war-like space. >> reporter: according to court documents, the man also spray painted the words "free expletive for everyone zone" on the business' doors. not long after, looting and fires began in the area, police say.
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officers telling the court, until umbrella man, the protests had been relatively peaceful. this individual's sole aim was to incite violence. after a tip, investigators zeroing in on the 32-year-old, police say also a known member of a whites-only motorcycle gang. investigators are working to obtain the man's cell phone location data. at this point charges have not yet been filed. alex perez, abc news, chicago. >> disturbing. alex, thank you. civil rights icon and congressman john lewis will be laid to rest today, capping off six days of memorials. lewis was praised as a hero wednesday at the georgia state capitol, where he is lying in repose celebrated by democrats and republicans alike. former president barack obama will deliver the eulogy at lewis' funeral. former presidents bill clinton and george w. bush will also attend the service at ebenezer baptist church, once led by lewis' mentor, the reverend dr. martin luther king jr. abc news will carry the service live starting at 11:00 a.m. eastern. america's big four tech giants testified on capitol
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hill, defending themselves from accusations that they've become too big and powerful. lawmakers hammered the ceos from amazon, apple, facebook, and google about their business practices, and facebook ceo mark zuckerberg faced questions about political influence, saying his company is cracking down on hate speech but it's not engaged in but any kind of bias. >> and we do not want to become the arbiters of truth. i think that would be a bad position for us to be in and not what we should be doing. >> one more note of interest, the combined market value of these four companies is greater than the entire economy of germany. >> that's a lot of rich men up there. >> a lot. >> a lot of money. it's a big day for nasa because it's launching a new mission to mars. it's the mars perseverance. the rover will be sent on a more than six-month mission this morning from the kennedy space center in florida.
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>> the rover will search for signs of life on mars. it also has a helicopter which will test for the possibility of flight on the martian surface. perseverance will collect samples that will ultimately be brought back to earth. interesting. >> okay. so there's a two-hour launch window which begins at 7:50 a.m. eastern. likely launch, forecasters say there's an 80% chance of favorable weather conditions for this launch. >> should be interesting. >> i love a good launch. >> right, brings back some interesting stuff. coming up, tracking the latest trouble in the tropics. plus, the miracle rescue of a 3-year-old girl found unconscious floating in her grandparents' swimming pool. what we're hearing this morning from the two police officers who revived her. later in "the skinny," how netflix is about to put a smile on so many faces, including mona kosar abdi. apparently they're going to bring back a collection of classic black sitcoms. work together on a project.
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tracking a tropical storm system threatening the u.s. virgin islands. it's bringing heavy rain and strong winds across the area, including to the island of st. thomas. warnings and watches also extend
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to puerto rico. forecasters say the system has a 90% chance of becoming a tropical storm. they also predict it's on track to hit south florida this weekend. lawyers for ghislaine maxwell are expected to appeal a federal judge's ruling ordering the release of dozens of court filings. maxwell is behind bars in new york waiting to be tried on charges she recruited young girls for abuse by her friend jeffrey epstein. most of the documents in question stem from a settled civil case involving maxwell and one of epstein's accusers. the dramatic rescue in florida that's being called a miracle. >> two police officers raced to the scene after a little girl was found floating in a swimming pool unconscious. this morning, police body camera video showing two officers sprinting to save a child's life in florida. >> please hurry! oh my god, please hurry! >> reporter: the 3-year-old seen lying lifeless, her arms turning purple after the girl's grandparents found her floating
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in their pool. >> my first thought was there was no way we were going to bring her back. as purple and blue as her skin was, i thought for sure she was. >> breat me. orter:r performing thoughts of their ow children passing through their minds. >> i've got a 3-year-old girl, same age, a 4-year-old son. it hits home. >> i've got a 7-year-old and 11-year-old of my own. they immediately went through my head. >> yeah, semiconscious. >> okay, good. >> we got a pulse. >> good, good. >> reporter: the little girl finally taking a breath and regaining her pulse. >> for me when i saw her take that breath, i really -- i really just thought it was a miracle. >> reporter: the officers were able to get to the child so quickly because they were already responding to a call nearby.
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>> whether it was fate or divine intervention or just, look, i'm glad we were there. >> just incredible there. i just -- i mean, those officers there in pensacola deserve all the recognition there. and that girl has since made a full recovery. doctors say she wouldn't have survived if she went any longer without oxygen. >> cannot even imagine what is going through their minds. i know the tip for parents and grandparents is to install proper barriers. but there's also swim instructors, that as young as 6-month-olds, will teach them how to swim, not necessarily swim, but at least float on their backs. kids move fast. >> they really do. we are thankful she's okay. we are thankful for those officers. when we come back, why garth brooks is saying thanks but no thanks to cma entertainer of the year. and the big news for fans of "girlfriends" and "sister, sister." as well as "moesha." "the skinny" is next. no cover-up spray here. it's the irresistibly fresh scent of febreze air effects.
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♪ skinny just gimme the skinny ♪ time now for "the skinny" starting with an unusual move by garth brooks. >> the country music hall of
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famer is withdrawing himself from consideration for the cma awards entertainer of the year prize. brooks, who has won the award seven times, most recently last year, reportedly said in a press conference on wednesday "it's time for somebody else to hold that award." >> he went on to say he made the decision to withdraw because of a tweet from a fan he couldn't shake. the tweet said, this guy, why doesn't he step down and leave the entertainer for the next generation? >> yikes. garth said, 100% agree. the 54th annual cma awards are still on track to take place this november in nashville. >> two things, though. i think oprah did this where she was like, take my name out of the running for daytime awards because she was winning all of them all the time. number two, garth gave all this credit to this person on twitter, like -- lets the tweeters know and the trolls know. hey, they may listen to you if you tweet at them harshly.
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>> yikes. no, this was constructive criticism. and he accepted it. so please -- >> okay, send all constructive criticism to mona -- what's your twitter handle again? >> @kennethmoton. looking forward to hearing your constructive criticism. next to the stunning new revelation surrounding taylor swift's surprise new album release. >> in an interview with "pitchfork," her collaborator says swift kept "folklore" such a secret she didn't even tell her record label until mere hours before it launched. ♪ i knew you your heartbeat on the high line ♪ ♪ once in 20 lifetimes i ♪ i felt like i was an old cardigan under someone's bed ♪ >> clearly she can do that because she can deliver. swift's "folklore" has been breaking records all over the place on spotify, apple music, and guinness world records. >> incredible there, yeah.
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next to the new move by netflix that's sure to excite a whole lot of fans. >> oh, yes. the streaming giant has announced it's secured the streaming rights to a litany of popular black sitcoms from '99 to the 2000s. "sister, sister," "girlfriends," "the parkers," "moesha." >> what a beautiful cake. >> thanks, it was made with love. >> love tastes a lot like eggshells. >> yeah, man. i'll take jell-o for my birthday. that way i can see what's in it. >> like we're going to celebrate your birthday. >> how i was introduced to ray jay. >> moesha and the gang will hit netflix in august. "sister, sister" and "girlfriends" in september. "the parkers," "half and half," and "one on one" in october. how about that, mona. when it comes to this, it's incredible because we know that these were black leads, these are stories that were told,
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sitcoms that happened that really impacted generations. >> yes. and it was just friends doing their thing. it was a family. it just happened to be a black family, happened to be a black group of friends. >> they were funny. >> oh, you guys, watch "girlfriends." next to the wild success of rihanna's new skin care line. >> after two years in the making, rihanna is launching her fenty skin line. the official launch date is friday, july 31st. fans may have to wait even longer because according to reports it's already sold out. >> are we really surprised? the three initial products are already being resold on ebay at astronomical prices. one set including the cleanser, toner, moisturizer is listed for as much as $550. >> wow. finally another offering from our favorite celebrity do it yourself, jennifer garner.
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>> a new installment of her pretend cooking show, making her family's cornbread, with special guest star, her mother. >> i'm pretty sure that cornbread is just delicious because jennifer garner can do anything.
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♪ ♪ your teddy bear ♪ put a chain around my neck and lead my anywhere ♪ it was a humble little teddy bear that was making our "skinny" headlines earlier this week. >> ryan reynolds made a public appeal on behalf of a woman who had her very special teddy bear stolen. but this morning we have a new development and our own will ganss has been following this story from the very beginning. hey, will. >> hey, mona, kenneth. if you're looking for a story that will give you warm and
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fuzzies, literally, this is it. i spoke with mara soriano about her teddy bear and the incredibly special person who gave it to her, her mom. >> honestly, my mom is the most generous person i've ever met. she put a few of my cousins through school. she would take the shirt off her back for you if you really needed it. >> reporter: mara and her mother, marilyn, were always close. when mara moved from the east coast of canada to the west, her mother gave her a teddy bear. when you press its paw, a message from mom. >> i love you to infinity and beyond. >> she's always a reminder of home and a reminder of who i am. the first half of the message is in filipino. it reminds me of my roots. >> reporter: that message one of the last before marilyn passed away from cancer in 2019. you can imagine mara's heartbreak when the bear went missing as she was moving into a new apartment with her fiance. >> i was so hoping i left it in the u-haul. when they said no, my heart just sank. >> reporter: left alone for only
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ten minutes, the bag with it bear in it stolen by a stranger. mara searching through dumpsters and alleyways before going to the local news for help, which is how ryan reynolds spotted her story. the vancouver native offering a $5,000 reward for momma bear's return, and it worked. mara got an email around midnight wednesday from a good samaritan who saw the security footage. >> recognized the perp, immediately knew who he was and where the bear was. >> reporter: mara meeting in a public place and not hiding her joy when they were finally reunited. >> i snatched it out of his arms. i couldn't -- i couldn't wait. like i just had to have her. and i played the recording. she's in perfect condition. it's just amazing that we were reunited. >> do you have any ideas of where you're going to be keeping momma bear nowadays? handcuffed to your wrist? what's the plan going forward? >> i'm never letting her out of my sight. >> what do you think your mom would say, seeing this community of love surrounding you and momma bear? >> there's good in the world still, if you look hard enough. you know?
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just don't lose hope, think kind thoughts, do positive things, s a good grip on life.
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right now on "america this morning," troubling trends. the u.s. coronavirus death toll surges past 150,000 as more states see their deadliest day yet. what doctors are saying about the potential for new outbreaks in northern states. and a new warning about the toll the virus is taking on men. plus, the new mandate on capitol hill after a congressman set to fly on air force one with president trump tests positive. ginsburg hospitalized. the supreme court justice back in the hospital just weeks after revealing her cancer has returned. housing division. >> there will be no more low income housing forced into the suburbs. >> the announcement from president trump about low income housing in the suburbs. why some critics claim he's stoking racial division.


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