Skip to main content

tv   World News Now  ABC  March 25, 2019 2:30am-4:00am PDT

2:30 am
good morning. i am kenneth moton. >> i am stephanie ramos in for janai norman. here are some of the top headlines we are following this morning on "world news now." president trump is declaring total exoneration after mueller found no collusion with russia. but democrats say not so fast, they want to see the entire report. full coverage and reaction straight ahead. a second florida high school student who survived last year's mass shooting has committed suicide. the boy died over the weekend. a girl that died last week was reportedly suffering from survivor's guilt. boeing may be close to rolling out a software update for the grounded 737 max jets. it's briefing pilots and experts this week. meanwhile american and southwest have been canceling flights
2:31 am
involving their ground planes. jordan peele peele peele pee in more than $70 million. that's more than double the numbers from "get out." those are our headlines for this monday, march 25th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." good morning, everyone. >> good morning. >> i saw "us" this weekend. it was creepy, a little scared -- >> it looks creepy but it looks good. >> it was good. a lot of chatter on social media about it. people got a lot of feelings about this one, so jordan peele has done it again. >> he's talented. >> yes. >> i'm trying not to go on social media and look up things about "us." don't want any spoilers, but it did well over the weekend. >> "get out." you have "us" this morning, and we had to get out of washington because we have to deal with the reactions from both sides of the aisle after the mueller report found no collusion.
2:32 am
>> special counsel robert mueller stopped short when it came to obstructing justice. still, the president is casting the findings as complete vindication and blasted the probe as a failed illegal take down. >> attorney general william barr summed up the report for congress but democrats have plenty of questions. now they want to summon barr to capitol hill, they don't want a summary from the hand-picked attorney general and they demand he turn over the full mueller report. >> reporter: after so much secrecy, robert mueller was spotted by the white house leaving church. his massive investigation that lasted 22 months went to the attorney general on friday. in two days, william barr, working with attorney general rod rose enstein, boiled it down to just 3 1/2 pages. in it, barr wrote the special counsel's investigation did not find the trump campaign or
2:33 am
anybody associated with it conspired or coordinated with russia in its efforts to influence the election. >> it was a complete and total exoneration. it's a shame our country had to go through this. to be honest, it's a shame your president has had to go through this for -- before i even got elected. >> reporter: mueller also drew no conclusion as to whether trump illegally obstructed justice. the attorney general wrote, while this report does not conclude the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him. >> president trump is wrong. this report does not amount to a so-called total exoneration. >> reporter: new york's jerry nadler, who chairs the judiciary committee, promised a fight. democratic leaders said attorney barr's letter raises as many questions as answers. they go on, barr is not a neutral observer. they say congress requires the full report. >> the president and his people are saying it's a total exoneration, and that contradicts what the special
2:34 am
counsel found, and it's a lie what the special counsel found but we should not be surprised that they lie anymore. >> reporter: now the huge fights begins on whether the public will get to see the mueller report. >> it began illegally. hopefully, somebody is going to look at the other side. this was an illegal takedown that failed. >> reporter: one white house official on air force one said everyone on the plane is having a great time, happy, very excited. upon landing the president was thankful. >> i just want to tell you that america is the greatest place on earth. >> that report from dave evans. the summary of robert mueller's findings came at the close of a sweeping investigation. >> the russia probe spanned over a 22 month period and taxpayers picked up the tab of $25 million. there were 37 indictments. 500 witnesses interviewed. as we mentioned, democrats are not satisfied with the attorney
2:35 am
general's four-page write up. abc's mary bruce has more details from capitol hill. >> reporter: democrats here on the hill are ramping up the pressure to get the full mueller report and underlying evidence. democrats are zeroing in that fact that mueller was unwilling to fully exonerate the president and they want to know why. republicans are declaring case closed. senator lindsey graham, the chairman of the senate judicial committee says it was a great day for the president and now it's time to move on. stephanie and kenneth? >> thanks very much, mary. president trump never sat down for an interview with the special counsel's team. >> one of trump's lawyers is calling the report a victory for the president, even though he didn't clear him on obstruction. >> this is exactly what -- this is what exactly what i anticipated, because you don't know until you see it, they would lay out the facts and not draw conclusions, but leave it to the office of legal counsel
2:36 am
to make those conclusions, and remember unlike an independent counsel, this is a special counsel and they are governed by the guidelines and policies of the department of justice. that falls into that precedent. >> here's the thing when it comes to the full report, congress overwhelmingly has said make the report public. we know barr said he would go through it with mueller and rosenstein and the team and see what can be released publicly, but the public needs to see this. >> many lawmakers on capitol hill are demanding it's released in it's entirety, and a lot of democratic presidential candidates are saying the same thing. they are saying how can this investigation have lasted two years and a summary can be whipped up in two days. we'll be hearing a lot about that today. >> we have seen this line today, and the headline says teflon don because when it comes to certain investigations, the president seems to -- his critics say he goes unscathed a lot when it comes to investigations. here in the southern district of
2:37 am
new york, there's still an ongoing investigation into campaign finance. "the new york times" says mueller finds no trump-russia conspiracy. we have "the wall street journal" -- >> this is going to be big. >> people are waking up to these headlines on monday morning. >> the big story today on this monday morning. it's the big talk on capitol hill, across the country as well, and the house judiciary chairman, jerry nadler saying, not so fast. of course president trump is claiming victory. the report is done but this is not over yet. >> as mary bruce pointed out, not is it not over, but democrats who control the house are just getting started on their investigations, so for the american people it's not over yet. so if you are exhausted talking about the mueller report, just hang in there because we have more to talk about. >> our complete coverage of the mueller report will continue here on abc. we have a live report from washington ahead on "america
2:38 am
this morning" and analysis on "good morning america." the bodies of two soldiers killed in afghanistan last week are now back. both were based at ft. carson in colorado. their deaths bring to four the number of soldiers killed in afghanistan in 2019. the war is now in its 18th year. in southern africa, rescuers and aide workers are having trouble reaching survivors of the deadly cyclone and flooding earlier this month. people trapped by flooding. helicopters and boats are slowly rescuing people, but the death toll in mozambique is well past 400. it's expected to rise sharply. hundreds more were killed in neighboring zimbabwe and malawi. turning to a new study that tries to answer a dilemma for parents of toddlers, e-books or
2:39 am
real books? >> researchers say parents and toddlers engage more while using paper books. the study also found parents used richer language while reading print books compared to tablets. parents were less responsive and children less engaged when reading e-books together. that's what this study found. >> what do you do? >> it's about a balance. we have got the books and we have got the tablet. it's about making sure what apps you have on the tablet, and are educational apps, or are the kids roaming around kids youtube? >> they love youtube, don't they? >> yeah, you have to be careful because there are things that sneak up in there. a balance is key. >> i will say for my god kids, the screen time -- i feel like they are more careful with the screens than the real books. the real books, the pages get ripped, but the tablets, precious cargo there. >> they learn what to do so
2:40 am
quickly. my 4-year-old can swipe and knows the cord. he's got it down. an arizona restaurant added a special item to make people feel more comfortable. >> sign of the times outside phoenix, it's training its staff in sign language. one of the owners has a cyst hor is deaf and has been signing since he was a child. their goal is for the deaf community to have a place where they feel comfortable placing an order. that's cool there. >> that's awesome. yeah. coming up, a possible real life winnie the pooh on the lookout for a bear that might have stole honey. the latest fright fest from jordan peele, and why the oscar-winning director says the real terror in "us" is coming from within. you are watching "world news now." oscar-winning director says the real fear in "us" is coming within. you are watching "world news now."
2:41 am
total exoneration.
2:42 am
stop fearing your alarm clock...
2:43 am
with zzzquil pure zzzs. a drug-free blend of botanicals with melatonin that supports your natural sleep cycle so you can seize the morning. zzzquil pure zzzs. whoa, look at this cool video from mexico. a tourist took a stroll through a dust devil. yep. it touched down at the foot of the mayan pyramid. some reach speeds of 60 miles per hour. for this one, he needed to hold on to his hat, really. that's really cool. >> yeah, it really is cool. don't breathe in the dust. great.
2:44 am
a fiery pileup snarled traffic for hours on a california highway, north of l.a. >> authorities say the crash was triggered by heavy fog and rain. here's abc's will carr. >> oh, my god. >> reporter: a frightening scene on a california highway this weekend. watch as flames shoot from these two vehicles. >> southbound 5 near fort tejon -- multivehicle accident. >> reporter: authorities say at least 30 vehicles crashed into one another shutting down the southbound lane for hours, and clogging traffic for miles. police say thick fog and rain triggered the pileup. >> that caused a chain reaction slowdown which then caused two subsequent traffic collisions. >> reporter: dozens of firefighters and rescuers raced to the scene -- >> zero visibility. >> reporter: families stranded
2:45 am
on the side of the road for hours, and at least 30 people injured, including a 21-month-old boy. he was flown to a hospital in critical condition. in a tragedy for the owner of a horse that died in the crash, the animal was inside a trailer. the toddler is still in the hospital and after being shut down for hours the interstate is back open. in los angeles county, will carr, abc news. >> a tough one there. a bear has made its way on to a pennsylvania most wanted list. >> i love how serious you say that. you are so serious. a beekeepers club said somebody broke into a beehive and snatched some of the honey and club members are assuming it was a rather hungry bear. there aren't any witnesses. a wanted poster has been released just in case. also, they are looking for punxsutawney. >> i was still thinking about the california pileup. coming up, the weekend's top movie. >> we'll see ya. >> we'll see ya.
2:46 am
use heavy duty r sweeper and dusters. for hard-to-reach places, duster makes it easy to cle it captures dust in one swipe. ha! gotcha! and sweeper heavy duty cloths lock away twice as much dirt and dust. it gets stuff deep in the grooves other tools can miss. y'know what? my place... is a lot cleaner now. stop cleaning. start swiffering.
2:47 am
♪ the weekend box office results are in. "us" broke records taking in
2:48 am
more than $70 million. "captain marvel" was second. "wonder park" was third. >> "us" is the latest by director jordan peele. a family was scared by doppelgangers. >> scares don't come without a commentary in today's political climate. here's abc's chris conley. >> there's a family in our driveway. >> silent, shadowy figures gathered in the night outside an isolated home. >> i knew writing it, i was, like, okay, there's my iconic image. >> hey! hey! >> reporter: for acclaimed director and writer, jordan peele, it's the latest that sets his image, "us" for the terrifying and provocative course. >> it's "us." >> they are standing there waiting for you to make the move or something. you don't know. and then finally when they do come, the pit of your stomach is supposed to drop out from under itself. >> reporter: so it does over and again during "us."
2:49 am
the 40-year-old peele deploying the skills he showed in 2017's "get out". a savage new fright gig. >> she is a woman who is riddled by this trauma from her childhood that she just can't shake off. >> reporter: peele using the pure sensations of horror -- >> run. >> reporter: to challenge his audience's mind set. why is this genre the perfect place for you to explore your ideas? >> i love horror because it gets a visceral reaction. it gets an audible reaction. it makes you feel, first. art that makes you feel makes you think. >> reporter: peele once again serves up a scathing social critique. >> they look exactly like us. >> reporter: as his vacations family, battles, manifestations of themselves, they convey deeper meanings,
2:50 am
while taking on their dual roles. >> it is in our nature to fear the idea of the outsider, the alien. i think we are our own worst enemy because we are so capable of lying to ourselves. >> reporter: about what? >> our guilt. about our shame. about our sins. we're very good at saying it's not us, it's them. when you suppress something as a group, whether it's racism, classism, xenophobia, historically we see it come out in atrocious ways. >> reporter: a "twilight zone" fan who is rebooting the classic series, and peele says "us" was inspired in part in the episode "mirror image," while including their 20-month-old son helped as well. >> just going from not a dad to
2:51 am
a dad is like confronting yourself. but there's a completely different reason for living. i think that's part of it, having a kid around this time. then there's something, you know, terrifying that happens when you stop living for just yourself. >> reporter: aided by "us," a $20 million budget, peele remains guided by his own pioneering views. >> you were coming off the most remarkable success one could imagine, and what let you center yourself to be able to do this film and not have that freak you out? >> i always would return to this idea that "get out," i made my favorite movie that doesn't exist. i returned to that. what movie would i most like to watch right now? make that movie. i think people respond to your truth when it's real. >> "get out" was a great movie, and "us" is a hit and only costs
2:52 am
$20 million to make and already has made $50 million in pure profit. >> go and see it. o make and already has made $50 million in pure profit. >> go and see it. make. >> go and see it.
2:53 am
test. test.
2:54 am
test. test.
2:55 am
♪ a live look on capitol hill there on this monday morning with certainly a big weekend for news headlines with the release of the mueller report front and center. >> that story pretty much eclipsed all the others. take a look at what else happened in our weekend rewind. >> u.s.-backed forces declared victory over isis, the syrian democratic forces putting an end to the so-called caliphate, the islamic state group declared back in 2014. back here at home, a violent confrontation in alabama. a man pulling a machete on a clerk when the clerk pulls out
2:56 am
one of his own. the fight quickly turning into an all out duel. the clerk hacking at their getaway car. two suspects involved in this were later called. turning to the huge clean up underway in texas where a chemical plant fire burned for days. >> authorities say they were caught off guard when a containment wall breach caused several chemicals to leak and burst into flames. the potential cancer-causing benzine leaked into the air and prompting a shelter in place in the surrounding towns. epa officials say the levels are not a concern for now. >> march equals madness. saturday's match-ups brought heart-pounding and heart-breaking moments. the defending champs, villanova falling to the purdue boilermakers in a 26-point loss. lsu taking a one-point lead over maryland after this game-winning basket with one second to spare, and auburn crushing the kansas jayhawks in a shutout, and then after a roller coaster day, oh, my goodness, michigan celebrating their victory with a party in the locker room.
2:57 am
>> who wants to be an almost billionaire. if no winner on saturday, the powerball jackpot is getting close to the $1 billion mark. wednesday's drawing is estimated to be worth $750 million. that's the biggest powerball jackpot this year. >> so yeah, big lottery. we have got more march madness. how is your bracket doing? >> it's done. >> your pick was for kansas. >> yes, my pick was kansas, ku. >> they're not in it. >> they're not in it. >> they're still good. >> my bracket, i am looking good. at one point, i was tied with karen in d.c. >> really? >> i'm doing pretty good. >> look at you. >> i still got duke. they're still in it. >> you might win. >> we'll see. >> good luck to everybody >> we'll see. >> good luck to everybody.
2:58 am
martin luther king jr.: we hold these truths to be self-evident -- that all men are created equal. john f. kennedy: the torch has been passed to a new generation of americans. barbara jordan: the american dream need not forever be deferred. lyndon johnson: this is the richest and the most powerful country...
2:59 am
3:00 am
this morning on "world news now," president trump claiming victory. >> the nearly two-yearlong investigation found no evidence the trump campaign conspired with russia. the president is claiming total exoneration. the report does not go that far. >> as you would imagine, the outcome is turning into a political fight. republicans are joining president trump in vindication, the democrats are demanding to see muellers full report. we have team coverage straight ahead. making news this morning, the aftermath of a massacre. a second parkland student died of apparent suicide in a week. the latest death and the investigation. a heart stopping finish for duke and march madness. the number one team coming this close to being knocked out.
3:01 am
plus, the tallest player in college or the pros, hits the court. does someone really have the most perfect bracket, ever? it didn't get busted. it's monday, march 25th. announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >> are they still in? is your team still in? >> i'm not sure. i have been busy. >> we'll check your bracket to find out. >> we'll check. >> good morning, good morning, good morning, everyone. janai norman is out this morning. i'm kenneth moton. great to be back. we have stephanie ramos in the house as well. >> always a warm welcome. >> anything happen over the weekend? >> a couple things. it was a busy weekend. >> it was. >> i came up here to talk it over with you guys. >> that's a good thing. we are both in d.c. they brought us both up here on this busy monday morning, the mueller report. that's what we are going to get to this half hour. special counsel robert mueller
3:02 am
confirming what president trump said all along, no collusion. >> it's a big victory following the russia investigation that he frequently slammed as a witch hunt as it plagued him nearly two years. the president says he's been vindicated. >> it was a complete and total exoneration. it's a shame our country had to go through this. to be honest, it's a shame your president had to go through this for, before i even got elected, it began. >> william barr released a summary to congress on sunday. he also revealed that mueller stopped short of exonerating the president on obstruction of justice. >> democrats are calling for full transparency, demanding to see the entire report. we begin with abc's pierre thomas. >> reporter: after months in the shadows, robert mueller in daylight before the cameras in
3:03 am
broad daylight as he and his wife passed the white house leaving church. around the same time, the attorney general leaving his home in virginia heading to the justice department where he and rod rosenstein working on a letter to congress. at 3:30 p.m., the letter went out. barr tells congress, mueller determined there were two main russia efforts to influence the 2016 election. one a social media information campaign designed to settle a score. the other, a plan to hack computers and disimnate e-mails from the clinton campaign and the democratic national committee, using intermediaries like wikileaks. barr writes, the trump campaign or anyone associated with it did not collude with russia. despite, he says, multiple offers from russian affiliated officials to assist. in the letter, bar, for the first time, lays out the vast sweep of the investigation. mueller employed 19 attorneys,
3:04 am
used 40 fbi agents and experts, issued 2,800 subpoenas and executed 500 search warrants. all in all, the special counsel's team interviewed 500 witnesses. for nearly two years, the president dismissed it all as a witch hunt. >> the entire thing has been a witch hunt. it's a witch hunt, that's all it is. >> reporter: attacks on the investigation, including the decision to fire james comey, that took questions about whether he obstructed justice. the special counsel has evidence on both sides of the question. mueller writes, this does not conclude the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him. still, the attorney general says mueller did not draw a conclusion one way or the other. in his letter to congress, barr, himself, does draw a conclusion, writing he and his deputy,
3:05 am
rosenstein, believe the evidence developed during the special counsel investigation is not sufficient to establish that the president committed an obstruction of justice offense. barr's three and a half pages. in his confirmation hearing, democrats making it clear, they expect a lot more than that. >> will you commit to making any report mueller produces in his conclusion available to congress and to the public. >> as i said in my statement, i am going to make as much information available as i can, consistent with the rules and regulation that is are part of the special counsel regulations. >> reporter: working with rosenstein and mueller to figure out how much of the report can be released to congress and the press, a process sources tell us will take days, if not weeks, because of the classified and grand jury material. i was just told, that process is already under way. pierre thomas, abc news, washington. as president trump returned to washington last night, he called america the greatest place on earth. >> the president waking up in
3:06 am
the white house feeling good, his comments followed an earlier tweet, quote, no collusion, no obstruction, complete and total exoneration. keep america great. we have more from the white house. >> reporter: president trump feeling defiant, taking victory lap for 22 months. this is a cloud that hung over the white house. right now, they feel no longer. the stance from the white house, the stance from the president's allies is that we told you so. take a listen to what president trump had to say. >> after a long investigation, after so many people have been so badly hurt, after not looking at the other side, where a lot of bad things happened, a lot of horrible things happened, very bad things happened for our country, it was just announced there was no collusion with
quote
3:07 am
russia, the most ridiculous thing i have ever heard. there was no collusion with russia. >> reporter: press secretary sarah sanders saying the findings of the department of justice are a total and complete exoneration for the president of the united states. for president trump, this is personal. he said as much. it is a shame the country and he, personally had to go through it. now, his re-election campaign is fund raising off the findings. they texted supporters, asking for donations saying now is the time to fight back. cecilia vega, abc news, the white house. to capitol hill, there is mixed reaction this morning. republicans, like the president, feel vindicated. >> house speaker nancy pelosi tweeted attorney general barr raises as many questions as it answers. the fact it does not exonerate the president on a charge as serious as obstruction of justice shows how urgent it is for it to be made public without
3:08 am
any further delay. >> chuck grassley tweeted two years of false accusations. i'm glad mueller's work is done. i appreciate the good work and recommendations. let's not gloat. move on and do the country's business. that senior republican senator trying to tell other republicans, you know, don't gloat about this. there's obviously much more to go when it comes to the full report. the papers this morning, got headlines. >> major headlines. >> this one here, teflon don on "the daily news." this one from "the new york times," no trump russia conspiracy. you can see that headline there. that's what you will be waking up to this morning. even though this report has, you know, been delivered to congress, we are not done talking about this. this is going to go on for quite some time. keep in mind, this is a very narrow scope as part of the investigation. there's still a lot of unanswered questions. >> the president's critics will
3:09 am
be the first to point out, there's still an investigation in the southern district of new york when it comes to the campaign finance, violations of michael cohen, hush money payments. so when it comes to the president's investigations, we have a long way to go. as pierre pointed out, it's important to find out what it said. 37 indictments and giuilty plea. there's much more to go here. >> absolutely. stay with us for more on the mueller report. we have a live report on "america this morning" and expert analysis on good morning america. let's move on to this tough and sad update here in florida. another parkland high school student committed suicide. the second death after the mass shooting there more than a year ago. the most recent was a male sophomore. the funeral for another student was held friday.
3:10 am
her mother said she suffered from survivors guilt and ptsd. another parent says there are students and staff still at risk. if you are at risk, there is a suicide prevention line, that number on your screen. it's so important. 800-273-8255. counselors are always there to help. i'm sure that community is coming together to save as many lives as possible and help those students and staff. >> absolutely. boeing says it invited more than 200 airline pilots, regulators and others for an information session on the grounded 737 max jet. that indicates the aircraft manufacturer is close to fixing the plane's software issue after two recent deadly crashes. meanwhile, american and southwest have been cancelling flights involving their grounded planes. united doesn't foresee cancellations. a flight school official
3:11 am
hopes a photo will lead to more women in the skies. >> take a look. that's captain wendy on the left. on the right, her daughter, kelly. they were the pilots on a delta flight earlier this month. get this, kelly's sister is also a pilot. only 7% of certified u.s. pilots are women. that one family has a good percentage of them. >> they do. it's running in the family. >> it really is. just to see them, i wondser wha they talked about? hey mom, how's dad? what's going on? >> maybe they focused on the job at hand. let's land, then get to talking. >> mom was the captain, like in the household, i'm sure. those discussions, did she take orders from the captain? of course, she's the captain. >> i'm sure they have a good working relationship. that's why they were place >> love it. coming up, 84-year-old pole ed in that cockpit. vaulter ready to compete for an international title. that's latest in the mix. plus, why we are about to be
3:12 am
seeing a lot less of rob gronkowski. say it ain't so, gronk. more news ahead. you are watching "world news now." you are watching "world news now." insurance on a fixed budget, e remember the three p's. what are the three p's? the three p's of life insurance on a fixed budget are price, price, and price. a price you can afford, a price that can't increase, and a price that fits your budget. i'm 54. alex, what's my price? you can get coverage for $9.95 a month. i'm 65 and take medications. what's my price? also $9.95 a month. i just turned 80. what's my price? $9.95 a month for you too. if you're age 50 to 85, call now about the #1 most popular whole life insurance plan, available through the colonial penn program.
3:13 am
it has an affordable rate starting at $9.95 a month. no medical exam, no health questions. your acceptance is guaranteed. and this plan has a guaranteed lifetime rate lock, so your rate can never go up for any reason. so call now for free information. and you'll also get this free beneficiary planner. and it's yours just for calling. so call now.
3:14 am
dr
3:15 am
dramatic images from the cruise ship rescued near norway, rescue and helicopter crews lifting hundreds of passengers one by one to safety from the disabled "viking sky" on saturday. norwegian officials say nearly all the 1,400 people onboard are safe, many of them americans. the ship put out a may day call after the engines failed in bad weather. a fraternity at the university of georgia is suspended over an allegedly racist video. >> it went viral over the weekend and shows members using racial slurs and mocking slavery. georgia's chafter was suspended by the national chapter. the fraternity expelled four members seen in the video and the university condemned the video. new england patriots owner, robert kraft is in phoenix, arizona where the nfl has opened its annual meeting. >> it comes after kraft opened up for the first time since being charged in the prostitution sting. has co sonymous in hish in busi
3:16 am
home, he's done a lot of winning, but he's doing damage first time since he was charged with two misdemeanor counts of soliciting prostitution. after pleading not guilty to the charges, he wrote i have remained silent these past several weeks. the 77-year-old apologizing to his family, friends and fans for his actions without admitting to any wrong doing or referencing the charges, rather emphasizing his feelings for the women in his life. adding, i have extraordinary respect for women. my morals and my soul were shaped by the most wonderful woman, the love of my life, that i was blessed to have as my partner for 50 years. the orchid of asia day spa was the focus of a human trafficking investigation. they caught kraft when he visited the salon twice in a 24-hour period. >> this is not about lonely old men or victimless crimes.
3:17 am
this is enabling a network of criminals to traffic women into our country for forced labor and sex. >> reporter: kraft and more than a dozen other defendants filed a protective order to prevent surveillance video that shows the facts from going public. >> there's a video of mr. kraft inside receiving the alleged acts. the answer is yes. >> reporter: the video was obtained illegally. prosecutors floated kraft a plea deal that would have dismissed the charges but would have required him to accept the responsibility and acknowledge he would have been found guilty, and he turned it down. >> i do think robert kraft will be punished for this. the statement is necessary and it's a good first step but that statement does not change the details of the allegations. >> in that statement kraft says he hopes to regain confidence and respect. his next court date is on thursday. i'm sure we will follow developments there. >> definitely will. there's a new headline from one of kraft's most popular
3:18 am
>> why rob gronkowski is moving forward with a big ole smile. that's coming up next on "world news now." forward with a big ole smile. that's coming up next on "world news now." that's coming up next on "world news now." [female narrator] foods rich in folic acid like white bread and leafy greens can help prevent some birth defects before you even know you're pregnant.
3:19 am
3:20 am
time for sports and we are going to see less dancing in patriots nation next season. gronk called it quits. >> tight end rob gronkowski is retiring after nine seasons. he made the announcement on instagram saying it's time to move forward and move forward with a big smile. he leaves the game seven weeks short of his 30th birthday. >> the three-time super bowl champ has the record for most post season catches and touchdowns for a tight end. arm, back and other injuries may have taken a toll. >> patriots tom brady tweeted, love you, man. along with an emoji for greatest of all time. >> we are not done with gronk. we will still see him dancing. i am sure he will still be around. in basketball, bracket holders far and wide breathe a sigh of relief after duke survived florida.
3:21 am
>> the blue devils were down three, late, when zion williamson scored. 7'6" ball. williamson scores and he's fouled. he would miss the free throw, but duke grabs the rebound and scores to go up one. and in the last five seconds, with two chances for the win. it won't go. duke wins, 77-76. >> stephanie ramos, my favorite sportscaster. we mentioned the 23-year-old is the tallest player in college or the pros right now. he was born in senegal and came to the u.s. to study biochemistry. he wears a size 22 shoe. he has a wingspan of 28 inches. big boy. sweet 16 is set. duke, virginia, north carolina, gonzaga, michigan state, lsu, purr tu, houston tech, virginia tech, auburn, oregon and florida state. >> at least one person picked that very outcome. here's the only perfect bracket
3:22 am
remaining according to the ncaa. it's a user named center road. that person correctly picked the outcomes of all 48 games, so far. >> wow. >> wow. that has picked the correct outcomes of all 40 games so far. >> wow. by dentists, with a round brush head. go pro with oral-b. oral-b's gentle rounded brush head removes more plaque along the gum line. for cleaner teeth and healthier gums. and unlike sonicare, oral-b is the first electric toothbrush brand accepted by the ada for its effectiveness and safety. what an amazing clean! i'll only use an oral-b! oral-b. brush like a pro.
3:23 am
3:24 am
just between us, you know what's better than mopping? anything! at the end of a long day, it's the last thing i want to do. well i switched to swiffer wet jet and its awesome. it's an all-in-one so it's ready to go when i am. the cleaning solution actually breaks down dirt and grime. and the pad absorbs it deep inside. so, it prevents streaks and haze better than my old mop. plus, it's safe to use on all my floors, even wood.
3:25 am
glad i got that off my chest and the day off my floor. try wet jet with a moneyback guarantee time for "the mix." apple is about to make a big ole announcement. it's apple monday, i guess. >> what else can it buy? what else can i buy? >> what else? do you have the iphone xlr 1,000 future phone? >> just the x. >> i did get a picture this week with somebody who had it. it's a good one. apple has been teasing this big announcement. the event will focus on its streaming and news production effort. you are looking at a live stream there of an auditorium. >> that's not a still picture? >> no, it's the steve jobs theater. not much happening there. soon, they are going to light that place up, make that big announcement. it's focused on streaming and news production effort. so, no big phone or ipad announcement. who knows with apple?
3:26 am
we will see. >> we'll see. we'll see. i'm sure it will surface in the next couple hours. check this lady out. this lady is impressive. she's 84-year-old and will compete in the world's master's athletic championship in poland this week. she's most known for her pole vaulting prowess. that's what she does. she is 84 years old and doing this. i feel like i need to go and do more. >> 84 is the new 24. most 84-year-olds i know are trying not to fall to break anything, and she's trying to break records here. >> she is trying to break records, yes, yes. she actually broke a record when she was 80 years old. she set a record when she complete add six foot pole vault. overall record is 16.6 feet. keep moving, ladies. she's doing it. >> granny on the pole vaulting. that's pretty cool. a website is offering $1,000 to bing 20 marvel movies in a row.
3:27 am
>> it's doable. >> cable.com is creating a chance for somebody to win the $1,000 for watching them in chronological order. again, 20 movies. to be eligible to win, tweet the company page while watching the movie. 20 marvel films is enough for a weekend's worth of watching, bing watching. sounds like a regular weekend for me, watching a bunch of movies. >> that's my dream weekend right there. >> on the couch watching 20 marvel movies in a row, and you win $1,000. >> hey! get paid for it. why not? check out this dog. this dog, he goes by the name of stanley. he's insta famous -- >> that's a wind scream for all that you don't know about the components of a microphone. >> this reporter here was asking the dog, because a dog can talk back, right. he's asking the dog, how are you coping with all the fame on
3:28 am
instagram and he grabbed the mi
3:29 am
3:30 am
complete exoneration, no collusion, no obstruction. >> this morning on "world news now," president trump claiming victory. the mueller report did not find his campaign conspired with russia. but it's not over yet. democrats are moving ahead with other investigations. full coverage ahead. also this morning, potential cancer causing chemicals leaked into waterways and the air after the massive chemical plant fire. this morning a community is concerned. hear what epa officials are saying. there are other health concerns this morning. a major recall. >> avocados are being recalled in six states for possible listeria contamination. we have the brand you need to look out for. and hollywood nights on "american idol."
3:31 am
the first night was emotional, not just for one, not just for the contestants, but also for katy perry, who broke down in tears. that's in "the skinny" on this monday, march 25th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." good morning, everyone. i guess because of everything that happened over the weekend they had to bring in a couple d.c. folks to help sort it all out. >> exactly. it was a very busy weekend in d.c., indeed, but here we are in the big apple and it's good to see you, my friend. >> good to see you as well. stephanie ramos in, and janai norman off this morning. a slow clap. >> thank you, as always. >> again, a very busy morning. we have brought the d.c. news up here to new york to tell you we begin this half hour with president trump taking a victory lap after special robert mueller failed to find evidence that his campaign colluded with russia, but there was no definitive answer on obstruction. >> the investigation lasted 22
3:32 am
months and costs taxpayers $25 million. there were 37 indictments and prosecutors interviewed 500 witnesses. after nearly two years of keeping a low profile, mueller was spotted with his wife going to and from church near the white house. >> attorney general, william barr, gave congress a four-page summary of mueller's report and will work with mueller to figure out how much of it can be released to congress and the public. the president and his allies say he has been completely exonerated, but democrats are refusing to back down until they see the full report. lana zak has the latest from washington. >> reporter: attorney general william barr seen leaving the department of justice after delivering his letter to the committees in congress, outlining the conclusion of special counsel mueller's 22 month long investigation. the letter states the special counsel's investigation did not find the trump campaign or anyone associated with it conspired or coordinated with russia to influence the 2016
3:33 am
presidential election, despite offers from russian affiliated individuals to assist. barr says on the question of obstruction of justice the special counsel sets out evidence on both sides of the question, noting that mueller wrote while this report does not conclude the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him. the attorney general adding mueller did not draw a conclusion one way or the other. barr writes he and his deputy believe the evidence developed during the special investigation is not enough to establish the president committed an obstruction of justice offense, and the president calling the investigation an illegal takedown that failed. >> hopefully somebody will be looking at the other side so it's complete exoneration, no collusion, no obstruction. >> reporter: but house judiciary committee chairman, jerry nadler disagrees. >> president trump is wrong. this report does not amount to a so-called total exoneration. is it unconscionable that
3:34 am
president trump would use this to spin the special counsel's finding as if his conduct is remotely acceptable. >> reporter: the fight is clearly far from over with the battle lines being drawn on capitol hill. >> democrats call for transparency, and republicans are urging them to move on. abc's mary bruce is on capitol hill. >> reporter: good morning. while democrats here on the hill are ramping up the pressure to get the full mueller report and underlying evidence, the democrats are zeroing in on the fact that mueller was unwilling fully exonerate the president and they want to know why. the chairman of the house judicial committee, jerry nadler saying he wants the attorney general to testify before congress in the near future. now democratic leaders, schumer and pelosi are questioning the attorney general saying he has a record of bias against the mueller investigation and is not a neutral observer. meanwhile the republicans are declaring case closed.
3:35 am
lindsey graham, a chairman of the committee and trump ally says this is a great day for the president. the cloud hanging over him has been removed. now, it is time to move on. stephanie and kenneth. >> thank you, mary. let's break this down a little more. the report confirms that there was no collusion, but what about obstruction of justice when it comes to the president? >> abc's chief legal analyst, dan abrams, explains why the special counsel wouldn't come to conclusion on that issue. >> he said he determined not to make a traditional prosecution decision here. i interpret that to mean mueller believed the president is immune from prosecution because he is the president. as a result, he decided not to make a judgment. attorney general barr and rosenstein did make a judgment saying, in part because there was no collusion and conspiracy, it makes the obstruction case even harder and there will be questions now whether the attorney general should have been weighing in.e wholon youav.
3:36 am
>> so what about the full report? sources tell abc news the process of figuring how much of the report can be released is under way. >> as we mentioned, house democrats are preparing to call in attorney general william barr to question him about his determination there wasn't enough evidence to prove that president trump obstructed justice. the president could still face legal jeopardy in several ongoing investigations. his former attorney, michael cohen, implicated him in hush money payments, and the house is looking into alleged misconduct within the trump administration, and democrats are trying to get a hold of his tax returns. >> stay with abc news for continuing coverage on the mueller report. we have much more ahead on "america this morning" and "gma." also this morning, the first group of defendare scheduled to appear in a boston federal court this afternoon.
3:37 am
the 12 include coaches and administrator and testing officials. all are accused of accepting bribes to help get the children of wealthy families into top schools. also in tooup are two people that worked for the alleged mastermind, and the parents and other defendants are set to appear next week. crews are working around the clock to clean up after a chemical plant disaster near houston. there was another flare-up on friday and that shut down the houston ship channel, one of the country's busiest. concerns are growing because of the high levels of benzine detected in the air and waterways. authorities are still trying to determine what caused the fire. the flood advisory in the omaha area runs through thursday afternoon with with the missouri river close to flood stage. >> bellevue, nebraska, already mostly underwater especially the town's two rental communities. most of the mobile homes will be declared uninhabitable. there's too much contamination in the water. nobody is allowed into the area right now. it will be dry and cool in
3:38 am
the midwest today. a major storm is arriving on the west coast while another brings rain and possibly severe storms to the southeast. this morning, avocados are being recalled over listeria concerns. the fruits were packed at a henry avocado's packing facility in california and distributed in arizona, california, florida, new hampshire, north carolina and wisconsin. there are no reported illnesses associated with this recall. and a quick lottery update. in case you missed it, nobody took home saturday's $625 million power ball jackpot. eight tickets came close, matching five numbers but missing the powerball. wednesday's drawing is worth an estimated $750 million. it's the fourth largest lottery in u.s. history. >> still a chance. get a ticket. and to borrow something from '80s rocker, billy idol
3:39 am
saturday was a nice day for a white ithow it goes?the lycso the n. >> yeah, maybe. >> brandy and robin tie the not at white castle restaurant. it was in indianapolis, and they were surrounded by friends, family and sliders. the new mr. and mrs. jackson gobbled up the chance after winning a radio contest. the one-time middle school sweethearts received a cake and a photographer, flowers, wedding bands and a deejay. those nice little slider that is are so delicious. >> i have not had white castle since i was in the bronx. decades ago. are they still around? >> yes. >> well, obviously. they just got married at one. >> i hope they got a discount for the wedding venue,ho can be. i'm sure they did. but they won a contest. >> they are probably huge superhero fans and white castle
3:40 am
fans. >> congratulations to the jacksons. coming up, the cruise ship nightmare and the daring rescue mission. many of the passengers were americans. later in "the skinny," why justin bieber may have to say he's sorry to an entire country. you are watching "world news now." ♪ you are watching "world news now." about the colonial penn program. here to tell you if you're age 50 to 85, and looking to buy life insurance on a fixed budget, remember the three p's.
3:41 am
what are the three p's? the three p's of life insurance on a fixed budget are price, price, and price. a price you can afford, a price that can't increase, and a price that fits your budget. i'm 54. alex, what's my price? you can get coverage for $9.95 a month. i'm 65 and take medications. what's my price? also $9.95 a month. i just turned 80. what's my price? $9.95 a month for you too. if you're age 50 to 85, call now about the #1 most popular whole life insurance plan, available through the colonial penn program. it has an affordable rate starting at $9.95 a month. no medical exam, no health questions. your acceptance is guaranteed. and this plan has a guaranteed lifetime rate lock, so your rate can never go up for any reason. so call now for free information. and you'll also get this free beneficiary planner.
3:42 am
and it's yours just for calling. so call now. just between us, cleaning with a mop and bucket is such a hassle. well i switched to swiffer wet jet and it's awesome. it's an all-in-one that absorbs dirt and grime deep inside. and it helps prevent streaks and haze.
3:43 am
new images released of a heart-stopping moment in los angeles a dad was hit and thrown into the air by a car as he shielded his daughter. he shoved his 11-year-old out of the way just in time. he's still recovering from a broken leg. the incident happened in november. the driver has not been caught. a father's love on full display there. >> thank goodness they are okay. a luxury cruise ship safely arrived in port in norway after what some officials are calling a near disaster on the high seas. >> the "viking sky" was crippled after being rocked by high winds and dangerous waves triggering hundreds of evacuations by helicopters, many of them americans. >> here's abc's eva pilgrim. >> reporter: scare at sea. that cruise ship stranded off of norwegian coast safely docked at several american passengers recount their nightmare ride.
3:44 am
>> reporter: furniture sliding, parts of the ceiling crashing down, and people in life vests stranded for hours. it was supposed to be an ideal 12-day sail, a northern lights tour for the 1300 passengers and crew aboard the viking sky hit bad weather saturday. the cruise liner putting out a may day call after suffering engine failure. >> we looked at each other and said this is really happening. >> reporter: emergency helicopters and boats rushed to the scene battling high winds and waves to air lift more than 450 people, one by one, to dry land. >> we were on a helicopter with a sling, two of us together. it was quite scary. >> reporter: two cargo ships and one tugboat helping the cruise liner to shore. coast guard officials say it was very close to being a more desperate situation. the ship was about 300 feet from hitting rocks under the water
3:45 am
when it came to a stop. eva pilgrim, abc news, london. >> so close. >> so frightening. you watch that video and you see the furniture and people rocking side to side. thankfully everybody is okay. the case of the missing hot air balloon has been solved. >> the investigators say the balloon was stolen from its owner in bloomington, indiana. it was spotted over the weekend at a festival outside orlando, florida, about 750 miles away. no word how it got there. the owner does not plan to press charges. he just wants the balloon back. >> so it just flew away. >> just there, "wizard of oz" style in orlando. in florida, of course. when we come back, a big moment and antics on "american idol." a surprise for a lucky crowd of new yorkers from adele and jennifer lawrence. "the skinny" is up next. wash the really dirty clothes separately.
3:46 am
remember -hard work builds character! th upgde ology unleash a foolproof clean in one step. aww, you did the laundry! but you didn't fold it. oh, that wasn't in the note. should have sent a text. #1 stain and odor fighter, #1 trusted. it's got to be tide. you're in a group most likely to develop skin cancer, including melanoma. that's why your best shot is to check for a spot. follow through and check your skin. go to spotskincancer.org to find out how.
3:47 am
♪ ♪ skinny, just give me the skinny ♪ >> there we go, sang it, stephanie ramos. >> i love this little tune every time i hear it!
3:48 am
>> that's pretty good. ♪ give me "the skinny" >> skin any time. >> that diane, right? diana macedo. >> yes. >> we start with an emotional-filled night on "american idol." >> last night was the first round of competition on hollywood week as 17 young hopefuls made it around the country and got together in l.a. >> among them, 25-year-old courtney penry, better known as crazy chicken girl who appeared on "idol" eight years ago. >> my makeup is probably messed up. >> we got you covered. >> you're great. don't worry. okay, ready? three breaths. >> katy perry, the snot rag -- ahhh! ahhh! >> unfortunately, courtney was promptly sent packing there. maybe katy perry shouldn't have taken that dirty kleenex.
3:49 am
>> she was trying to be friendly and show that she didn't mind. that young lady, talk about determination, eight years, eight years later there she was onstage. >> here's why i say she should not have taken it, because another classic katy perry moment happened because the young judge there battling through a cold, and she proved to fellow judges even under the weather she can still belt it out. >> katy has to sneeze. you have allergies today. >> no, i have a cold. i am just going to stick this up here -- >> there's no days off in katy perry land. >> never is there a day off. you think you can just lounge when you make it? forget about it. >> oh, no. >> sing "firework" with that in there. ♪ baby you're a firework >> that's probably why she
3:50 am
grabbed the other girl's tissue because she was already sick. didn't care. she can sing. in another touching moment luke bryant gave a 19-year-old contestant the boots off his own feet after he revealed he had a hole in his own right boot, the singer, and it was right after his powerful rendition of freddy fender's "before the next teardrop falls" when he gave him the good news. >> those boots are made for walking to the next round, and your whole line is going to the next line. ♪ these boots are made for walking ♪ ♪ and that's just what they'll do ♪ >> a good moment, but perhaps the most powerful moment is when 27-year-old baltimore native, demetrius graham face timed his mother who is hospitalized as he covered bette midler's classic, "wind beneath my wings." >> it brought katy to wings.
3:51 am
>> uh-huh. ♪ did you know you were my hero ♪ ♪ everything i would like to be ♪ ♪ i can fly higher than a hero >> graham made the cut. "american idol" picks up tonight at 8:00 right here on abc. these guys have been through a lot to get to that stage, lots of rounds. >> emotions were running high in new york city thanks to adele and jennifer lawrence. >> the two stars went to pieces, literally went to pieces. >> they showed up at a drag bar named pieces, hence pieces. they drove the lucky bar hoppers out of their minds. >> according to multiple witnesses, the "hello" singer participated in a drinking game called musical shots. what is going on there? that's it. adele was later asked what she does for a living, and she said i am, at the moment, a
3:52 am
stay-at-home mum. >> you see adele and jennifer lawrence there and think, are those drag queens? they look pretty good. >> right. sound just like them. what? right. sound just like them. what? think, are those drag queens? they look pretty good. >> yeah, sound just like them. what? yeah, sound just like them. what in what?
3:53 am
3:54 am
3:55 am
♪ ♪ >> we're not sorry about this. we have so much "skinny" on a monday morning, we have to give you a bonus round. starting with justin beeper who, apparently, has another reason to say, i'm sorry. this time, the apology is directed toward the country of iceland. >> the entire country. iceland has been forced to close to the public after a significant influx of visitors. since it was featured in bieber's "i'll show you" video four years ago. >> officials say since then there's been a nearly 100% increase in visitor foot traffic, which is killing the local vegetation. no apparent comment yet from the biebs, himself.
3:56 am
he wanted to show the scenery there. you can't blame the biebs for that. >> it's gorgeous. i want to go there, too. moving on to the royals. >> yes. >> still no baby on the baby watch. they are making royal history. >> we are not talking about will and kate or harry and megan, but prince charles and camilla touched down for their stop of a caribbean tour in cuba. >> it marks the first time any member of the royal family have made an official visit to the communist country. they will spend today and tomorrow on a guided tour of havana. >> back here at home, football fans -- that was good. i won't ignore it. football fans are marking an end of the an era for the new england patriots. >> one of the most colorful players announced he's about to move on. >> seems new england fans have seen the last of gronk being gronk. he announced he was retiring after nine seasons.
3:57 am
on instagram, he thanked kraft and belichick for 2010. there's nothing silly about his stats. he racked up 79 touchdown catches, including 12 on the post season, the most ever by a tight end and that could land him in the hall of fame. teammate, tom brady, posted his love for gronk on ig, saying the nfl was a better place with you in it. in a statement, belichick noted gronk's positive energy, energy that's on display in the season and year round. like when he twerked on "family feud" or was in the ring for "wrestle mania," or interrupted the white house press briefing. >> all right, thanks, man. see you in a minute. >> or all those victory parades that usually feature gronk shirtless. >> he has a lot more twerking to do, i'm pretty sure. even though he won't be in the nfl, we will see him more. >> twerking. he's super young, too. he turns 30 in may. >> gronk, what are you going to do for us next?
3:58 am
>> what are you going to see? asthma. this one? contaminated food. this one? west-nile virus. this? five billion dollars in property damage. and how about this one? lime disease. [male announcer] once you know the serious threats they pose, you'll never see household pests the same way again. learn more at pestworld dot org.
3:59 am
4:00 am
making news in america this morning -- no collusion. president trump declares victory as the mueller investigation comes to an end. >> it was a complete and total exoneration. >> trump now calling for democrats to be investigated. as they demand the fuel mueller report be released. threatening to go to the supreme court. this morning, the questions that remain and what comes next. jefr night, severe storms on the move. cascades of hail pummeling cars. tornado warning issued. towns covered by needs bracing for more rain. dramatic rescue. hundreds of

302 Views

info Stream Only

Uploaded by TV Archive on