celebrations are going on south of the border today -- as mexico celebrates its independence day. / "pretty crazy individua honestly, brandishing a very large meat clever" plus-- police in new york attacked by a man wielding a large knife. we'll hear from witnesses about the chaos that followed. "donald trump's campaign issues a surprising statement and its not clear if donald trump himself agrees, i'm abc's lana zak in washington with that story coming up" a very good morning el paso, las cruces, and juarez. i'm stephanie valle. and i'm hillary floren. good morning, everyone. westerly winds have returned to the borderland with dry air spreading across the region for the next couple of days. most of the region will stay dry with no storms expected. just a few storms possible over eastern otero and hudspeth counties. sunday and monday moisture begins to creep back into the area. slight chances for storms return sunday and monday. tuesday onward into midweek the area should see isolated to scattered showers and thunderstorms as moisture continues to stream into the region. "bell rings 3 times... long liv our national independence. long live mexico! long live mexico! long live mexico!"" president enrique pena nieto led a celebration last night in mexico city -- to mark the 206th celebration of the country's independence. tens of thousands gathered in the main square for the traditional "cry of independence." the ceremony included music and a fireworks show. new this morning ... a fifth west nile case has been reported in el paso. the patient is a woman in her 70's who lives in the upper valley, and we are told she is recovering. the el paso department of public health says there were 12 cases at this time last year. if you want to avoid getting bitten by mosquitoes -- make sure your windows and doors have screens. you should wear long sleeves and pants -- and use insect repellent with deet. also new this morning--- a long impasse in congress over funding to fight zika may be nearing an end. congressional aides say republicans will give in and let clinics affiliated with planned parenthood share in the new funding. the deal would ease the way for congress to finish work until after the election. a man in new york city is in critical condition with gunshot wounds after getting into a confrontation with police. police say officers confronted 32- year-old akram joudeh yesterday , when they saw him trying to remove a boot from the wheel of a car he apparently was living in. you see police investigating the vehicle after the incident. police say after a brief chase, seen here on witness cellphone video, joudeh hacked an off-duty detective's face with an 11-inch meat cleaver. police shot and wounded him. witnesses describe the moments when they heard the gunshots. "they hear gunshots and everybody starts running and screaming people are ducking behind cars, people are running, people are getting trampled the detective that was hurt was treated for his injuries and is expected to be okay.. former utep football player david hamm is a free man this morning. a jury found him "not guilty" sexual assault. the trial lasted three days... and included testimony from the accuser. she testified she was kissing hamm - and took off her own clothes the night of the incident. when the defense questioned the accuser and asked if she felt threatened - she said no. prosecutors maintained - she did not consent.. hillary clinton returned to the campaign trail with the slogan 'stronger together.' meanwhile the donald trump campaign was trying to make clear--trump believes president obama was born in the us.. but the candidate himself seems to be having a hard time saying it ..abc's lana zak is in washington to break it down for us-- it's your voice, your voice. overnight, a stunning statement from the donald trump campaign, claiming that trump did the nation and president obama great service by definitively demonstrating that mr. obama was born in the us, -the statement reading in part " i 2011, mr. trump was finally able to bring this ugly incident to its conclusion by successfully compelling president obama to release his birth certificate. " but trum himself continued to raise this quote--"ugly" issue in tweet and statements after 2011-- and as recently as 36-hours ago would not answer a washington post reporter who asked him if he believed president obama was born in the us. saying, ""i' answer that question at the right time," trump said. "i ju don't want to answer it yet." clinton pouncing on his refusal to answer a question on obama's birthplace say hawaii. still wouldn't say america also hitting trump for calling the minister in flint, michigan a "nervous wreck. "every time think he's hit rock bottom, he sinks even lower," clinton made her way back to the campaign trail nats "i feel good" aft taking a break to recover from pneumonia and trump taking part in a light-hearted moment on the tonight show nats "can i mess your hair up? fallon: "you say yes? trump: "go ahead" "donald tru everybody." new this morning -- three young americans who never joined the u.s. military but died fighting the islamic state group in syria -- will return home today to military- type honors. the caskets of levi shirley, jordan mactaggart and william savage arrived at chicago's o'hare wednesday. shirley and mactaggart's bodies will go to denver and savage's remains will arrive in north carolina. the men died separately while fighting with a kurdish guerrilla group. 6-07... weather and traffic on the 7s... yesterday worked out as anticipated as moisture, instability, and dynamics lined up to produce numerous strong and severe thunderstorms across far west texas and southern new mexico. today those ingredients are mostly gone, and thus we expect a very different weather scenario today. ...abc-7 traffic track ... now it's time to take a look at the tx-dot traffic cams... we still have more come here on gmep--- " the first thought that went through my head was oh crap, i'm in sandals." but those sandals didn't stop her from chasing after a man who mugged her. our new mexico mobile newsroom sits down with her. why she took matters into her own hands. and this is abc-7, where news comes first! a woman in las cruces says she there was "no justice" for her when she learned the charges against