August 8-- Today’s Top Stories from ABC News
DELTA COMPUTER GLITCH
Delta Airlines grounded all departing flights due to unspecified computer systems issues. The airlines confirmed the outages to its customers in tweets, saying they should check the status of their flight before heading to the airport flights awaiting departure are currently delayed. Flights en route are operating normally.
Tragedy at a Kansas City water park Sunday afternoon. Authorities confirming a 12-year-old boy, the son of a state lawmaker, died on a ride billed as the world's tallest water slide, taller than the Statue of Liberty. It features a 168-foot drop. Officials at the Schlitterbahn Water Park say the ride and the park have been shut down pending an investigation.
- The United States biggest swimming stars got the gold last night when Katie Ledecky and Michael Phelps each won their first gold medals of the 2016 Olympics. Ledecky shattered her own world record in the women’s 400m freestyle while Phelps swam the second leg of the men’s 4x100m freestyle relay that took home gold. It was Phelps' 19th gold medal.
- Team USA women gymnasts are burning up the mats, 10 points ahead of second place China in the qualifications. Mens' team finals are today.
- A French gymnast Samir ait-is saying he plans to be back for the 2020 Olympic games after breaking his leg in Rio in a horrific vault accident.
- Venus and Serena Williams are out of the Olympics, after losing in straight sets (6-3, 6-4) to a team from the Czech Republic. The sisters have never lost a doubles match at the Olympic level, collecting gold in 2000, 2008 and in 2012. that record has been broken. Serena Williams put it bluntly: ‘We played terrible.’
- Russia is appealing the ban of its paralympians from competing next month in Rio. The International Paralympic Committee banned Russia because of what it called the country's state sponsored doping program. In a scathing attack, the president of the IPC, Sir Philip Craven said Russia had "catastrophically failed" its paralympic athletes with a system that was "broken, corrupted and entirely compromised. The World Anti-Doping Agency released a statement late Sunday night commending the IPC's decision.
-- Hillary Clinton has advanced among women and consolidated support within her party since her nominating convention, while a difficult few weeks have left Donald Trump still struggling on basic ratings from his temperament to his qualifications for office. Clinton now leads Trump by 8 points in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll. She's in St. Petersburg, Florida, today.
-- Republican Donald Trump will be giving a speech on his economic policy at the Detroit Economic Club today. It will tout the biggest tax cut since the Reagan administration, limit taxation of business income to 15% and exclude all childcare expenses from taxation.
New numbers out reveal nearly 83.6 million ... or 1 in 4 sleep-deprived Americans chooses to hit the road every day. The report estimates that drowsy driving killed 5000 people last year. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration researchers estimate the annual societal cost of drowsy driving at $109 billion per year, not including property damage.Teens and young adults are especially at risk and involved in more than half of all drowsy driving crashes annually.
PAKISTAN HOSPITAL EXPLOSION
At least 50 people are confirmed dead from a blast that happened inside the hospital in Quetta. The blast took place shortly after the body of a prominent lawyer killed in a shooting attack earlier in the day was brought to the hospital though it was unclear if the two events were in any way connected. Nearly 100 lawyers and other people had gathered there at the time and are thought to be among the dead. It's the worst bombing in the country in two years.
It what is considered a rare TV address, Emperor Akihito spoke to Japan for 10 minutes. He never said he was “abdicating” but did say his age and failing health means he will be doing less. The revered 82-year-old emperor’s comments came in his second ever televised address to the public. The country’s constitution prevents him from abdicating.
Iran executed a nuclear scientist convicted of spying for the United States, an official said Sunday, Shahram Amiri defected to the U.S. at the height of Western efforts to thwart Iran's nuclear program. When he returned in 2010, he was welcomed with flowers by government leaders and even went on the Iranian talk-show circuit. Then he mysteriously disappeared. He was hanged the same week that Tehran executed a group of militants.
Two professors at American University in Afghanistan were abducted at gunpoint near the school. One is an American…the other Australian. Kabul police chief Abdel Rahman Rahimi confirmed the kidnappings. The news comes days after the Taliban claimed responsibility for an attack on a group of foreign tourists in western Afghanistan. Details are still coming in on this story.
A prison spokesperson said he was injured when he fell out of his prison bed. South African media reported he had injuries to his wrist. His brother took to Twitter and said reports Oscar tried to injure himself (suicide attempt??) are “untrue”.
New York Yankees' star Alex Rodriguez said a tearful goodbye to the game of baseball today as the team announced that he will play in his final game next Friday, Aug. 12 before taking on the role as a special adviser and instructor to the team. "This is a tough day. I love this game and I love this team. And today I'm saying goodbye to both," Rodriguez said before shedding tears.
Heavy rain, flooded streets and strong winds slammed Tampa, Florida over the weekend. Tropical storm Javier is forming off the West Coast of Mexico.
Police in New York is expected to give updates on the investigation into the death of Karina Vetrano, a 30-year-old woman from Howard Beach, New York, who went for a jog last week and vanished, only to be found strangled to death. Her mother addressed her daughter's killer directly Sunday, saying that "it's the whole entire world against you."
`POKEMON GO' PLAYER FATALLY WOUNDED
Calvin Riley, 20, was shot to death while playing the popular mobile game at a tourist attraction along San Francisco's waterfront, authorities and a family friend say.
A deadly ending to a tandem skydive Saturday in Northern California. Lieutenant Randy Johnson of the San Joaquin County Sherrif's Office say a parachute didn't open during the tandum dive. The victims, two men believed to be in their 20s, haven't been identified.
FATHER OF THE BRIDE
When the father of the bride couldn't be there to give her away at her wedding, Jeni Stepien got the next best thing-- the man who got her father's heart after his death...walked her down the aisle.