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♪ re you at? >> you said you'd be right there for me >> where you at? >> and i can't see♪ oprah: new album. jennifer's new album "i remember me" will be out in march. all the best to you. all the best to you. all the best. listen to this, guys ok? jennifer wants you to be the next weight loss success story. hold your breath. here you go. so weight watchers is offering everybody in our studio audience a great deal. each of you here
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will receive 3 free one-year memberships to weight watchers. [cheering and applause] oprah: ok? so let me tell you what this means. let me tell you what this means. the reason why they're doing 3, so you and two friends-- [cheering and applause] oprah: life is better when you share it. you and two friends can sign up and do it together just like jennifer and her family did. you've seen their great success. and you--this means that you will be able to attend unlimited meetings, get all the weight watchers e-tools, and get advice from leaders like liz... [laughter] oprah: if you can't find a meeting in your area, you can do it all on weight watchers online. it's a $1,500 value, so thank you, jennifer, weight watchers, tim gunn, and the
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hudson family. bye, everybody. [cheering and applause] [captioning made possible by king world] [captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org--] e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e
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welcome back, everybody. of course, sunday night is the 53rd annual grammy awards, music industry's biggest night. joining us from miami with his
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predictions is music and media consultant bruno del granado. good morning. >> good morning. >> should be an exciting night. an unpredictable award show. let's go through the big categories starting with album of the year. what's your gut telling you? >> my gut is telling me eminem is going to win and he should. he's been previously nominated twice, lost. you've got ten nominations this year. it's his year. he has the best selling album of the year. he's already won an oscar so he deserves to win album of the year award. >> some of the folks saying this could be his night all the way around for eminem. >> ten nominations. that's more than anybody else this year. >> wow. what about song of the year -- i'm sorry, record of the year? >> my take who should win is jay-z and alicia keys with "empire state of mind." that song has become an them. this generation thinks of that song like frank sinatra's "new york new york." but i've got to tell you eminem
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is a close runner-up here with "love the way you lie" with rihanna. it's another category where eminem will duke it out with jay-z. >> we're rooting for "empire state of mind." unbelievable. moving on to song of the year. what are your thoughts? >> song of the year as you know, song of the year category is nominated and based on the song writing craft of the actual song and given to the songwriter. beautiful melodies, ballads and lady antebellum but my personal pick is cee lo. he's got five nominations for the song. and it really is a beautiful song. it's -- it's a throwback soulful song, '70s philly song. >> i won't ask you to say the full title, we don't want to get fired, you or me. best new artist?
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what are your thought on that? >> my thoughts is justin bieber because he's a cultural icon. justin bieber is probably the biggest male pop artist of the moment, but i don't think the academy tends to look too positively on giving them to pop idols. two years ago jonas brothers lost so i think they'll give it to drake, an r & b from canada. he's the man to go to when it comes to collaborations. i think drake will be the guy walking away with with best new artist. >> we'll see how bieber fever plays out. last question, after the super bowl debacle, rumors is christina aguilera perform? yes or no? >> yes, she will definitely perform. she is one of the most talented singers out there and her voice is tremendous. this is just a snafu she had. i think it's stage fright. 111 million people tuned into the super bowl. i think she realized she was
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singing to one out of every three americans. we'll see on sunday. the woman really has tremendous pipes. >> bruno, thanks for being here. we appreciate it. enjoy the show sunday. tune in monday morning for a complete wrap from the grammys' big winners. more coming up after this. ab
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♪ skinny so skinny ♪ the folks at "national enquirer" let out a quiet bombshell yesterday when it comes to elizabeth taylor. i don't know if you saw it. i didn't see it yesterday either. but apparently they reported she was in a fight for her life. they said she had been suffering from intense abdominal pain as of tuesday and that doctors suspected she was bleeding internally. they went on to say she was transported by ambulance that day from her bel air home to cedar sinai medical center where she remained in critical condition. we're finally hearing from liz taylor's publicist, a woman by
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the name of sally morrison and i have to say, she's not doing much to dispel the rumors. she referenced an event liz taylor was supposed to be at. she said she was supposed to be recognized by an organization and they say it was a combination of unstable weather conditions and the fact she was feeling under the weather that forced her to not make the decision to travel. so, obviously, she was absent from an event. "national enquirer" not mentioning that, just saying she's not doing well. prayers are with her. but it's also sort of interesting like is she sick? is she not sick? rumors are spinning out of control right now. >> wish her the best to matter what. hollywood legend, that's for sure. another legend already and only will get bigger and better for years to come, jennifer hudson. i'm a big fan of hers. such an amazing backstory. if you've seen those weight watchers commercials, she's lost a tremendous amount of weight, looks good. she was on opera yesterday and finally revealed the number quantifying how much she's lost. take a listen. >> so, you're not going to say the number? >> i really want to tell it. i'm like, enough of this.
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>> but you're jennifer hudson. >> i've lost -- hold on. i've lost 80 pounds. >> 80 pounds! >> 80 pound dropped and looking good. she looks fantastic. such a talent. didn't win "american idol" but still got that oscar gold. great musical career. as part of that show, oprah gave everyone in her audience a one-year weight watch membership and two friends. jennifer hudson got emotional about the horrible murders with her family. she's just a wonderful -- congrats. you look great. >> in case you wonder, who is she looking at in the audience. because when i watched that clip, there was like what was going on. there was someone from weight watchers in the audience. they didn't want her to say the weight because the whole goal of weight watchers to tell people it's not about the pounds, it's about how you feel. so it made sense when you saw the weight watchers people there explaining it. >> arnold schwarzenegger, i don't even want to say, i'll be
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back, it's overused but it's true. now that he's reportedly left being governor he tweeted himself, exciting news my friends at caa, his talent agency, have been asking me for seven years when they could take offers seriously. i gave them the green light. he's well enough aware of what happens to older guys in the role that he is. he says he kind of wants to be like clint eastwood. no extreme fighting or shooting. it's just not possible anymore. he wants to be encouraged as an actor. he believes he can make this challenge work for himself. >> he wants more serious roles or more money? >> apparently. >> good luck to that. interestingly -- interesting thing here, of course, movies come out this weekend "just go with it," the new movie adam sandler/jennifer aniston. heidi montag makes a cameo. she said jennifer aniston didn't want her to walk the red carpet because she's too polarizing a figure. she says i've been such a huge fan of jennifer aniston my
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here are some stories to watch today on abc news. protests in egypt are intensifying this morning after the president went on television and did not resign. egypt's military leaders met today to discuss their response. plans for fannie mae and freddie mac's future will be presented today. one option calls for the federal government getting out of the mortgage business. and julien asange returns to a london courtroom for more extradition hearings. he's fighting sex abuse charges in sweden. finally this half hour, unless you want this valentine's day to be your last one with your significant other, you better get shopping. >> flowers seem to be a popular choice, considering we'll spend $2 billion on them by monday. how do you know your dozen roses don't come with dozens of tiny
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bugs? here's elisabeth leamy. >> reporter: you're looking at thousands of flowers just landed at jfk airport. but what you're not seeing are the flowers' tiny hitchhikers. >> it's warming up and running. >> reporter: exotic insects that don't exist in this country. these customs and border patrol agriculture experts are hoping to keep it this way because foreign invaders like this could wreak havoc on u.s.-grown flowers and food crops. >> it could damage our agricultural industry. >> reporter: that's why they inspect the flowers right at the airport. most are from colombia and ecuador. on this day a big shipment of greenery arrives from italy. >> it secures our way of life. >> reporter: as we watch, they identify a threatening plant disease and shake out at least three different kinds of insects. this specialist believe all of these parasites got here by careless accident but they're
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always alert to the possibility of deliberate agra-terrorism. >> it could potentially contaminate crops, wipe out entire species of plants. the impact could be -- could be incalculable. >> reporter: last year during valentine's season they intercepted nearly 300 pests. >> look at this big guy. >> reporter: the tiny insects are then sent to the department of agriculture to confirm the threat. if it's significant, the flowers they rode in on will either be fumigated or destroyed, rather than heading to somebody's home. if you spot insects on a bouquet of flowers, here's what they want you to do. put the flowers, all of them n a plastic bag, seal it up tight, stick it in your freezer for at least 48 hours to kill the bugs and then throw the entire thing away. at dulles airport, elisabeth leamy, abc news.
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intensify when the president went on national tv but did not resign. >> and now the anti-government demonstrators are not the only people upset with hosni mubarak. it is friday, february 11th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." everyone including the white house a little surprised that there's -- >> yeah. >> good morning, thanks for being with us. i'm vinita nair. >> and i'm rob nelson. all eyes, of course, are on mubarak after he passed along power to his vice president and action closely watched in the mid east and also at the white house, did nothing to calm those crowds. they're gathering by the thousands again today, day 18.
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>> hard to believe. also ahead, i'm surprised this has happened again. another deadly gas explosion in pennsylvania. why these powerful blasts are happening so often. some important information about what's causing them and what you can do, what little you can do. >> we saw that awful case in california a few months back. with valentine's day approaching, get some tasteful advice on food and drink for the romantic day from on our entertainment expert tim laird. he'll be in. looking good this morning. first, the crisis in egypt is now entering its 18th day. organizers have called for a ten-mile march from freedom square to the presidential palace. >> they have warned egypt could explode in violence and have pleaded for the military to intervene. aaron katersky joining us by phone from cairo with more on this dangerous situation. good morning, aaron. >> reporter: good morning to you. in fact, egypt's military council has just convened. it is preparing to issue a statement, so we'll see what the army ultimately decides to do. it is a misty morning here in cairo and it will bring more
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demonstrators into the streets after a long night of disappointment and anger. there was so much anticipation in tahrir square that demonstrators thought they had done it. they prepared for a resignation speech. but president mubarak defied them again. and it hurt. his voice echoed through crackling speakers when it became clear he would again ignore their main demand, it stung. one protester called mubarak's speech a provocation. president obama said the egyptian government has failed to outline a credible path to democracy although hosni mubarak said he would not bow to international pressure. the protesters are hoping he bows to their pressure. today after friday prayers organizers have called millions of egyptians into the streets. and rob and vinita we'll be watching to see if those protests are going off without any intervention. >> yesterday was a day of some unmet expectations. what did mubarak agree to do
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last night when he went on tv? >> reporter: he spoke in what many demonstrators consider to be a patronizing tone, rob. he said he would hand over some functions of the president. he did not specify what those functions would be, to his vice president and deputy, omar suleiman. for now, and this is where the demonstrators are really upset, president mubarak retains the title. he then, of course, keeps control of the political process here. >> all right. aaron katersky reporting live from cairo. should be a fascinating day again there today. thanks. well, those dramatic events in egypt have widespread implications throughout the middle east. that is especially true in israel. abc's christiane amanpour spoke earlier to the israeli defense minister ehud barak. >> israeli government has not spoken out until today. i just spoke to ehud barak,
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defense minister and he started by telling me, egypt is not iran. >> the role of the rest of the world is to tell them honestly but behind closed doors, we are ready to be there beside you if you move concretely toward change. we respect your need to avoid following extremist. we understand you need some time. the real -- the real winners of any short-term election let's say, within 90 days, will be the muslim brotherhood. >> time has to be given for them to be able to mount a credible reform and democratic process. he says for israel democracy coming to that part of the region can only be good. >> abc's christiane amanpour. demonstrators gather near the egyptian embassy in beirut to celebrate what they thought would be mubarak's resignation yesterday. they waved flags in support.
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police and soldiers stepped in to secure the embassy. you can stay with abc news throughout date as we cover this unpredictable and still-evolving crisis. more live reports coming up on "america this morning" as well as "good morning america." you can get instant updates on abcnews.com. a three-hour siege ended when police killed a teenager who had taken hostages. the standoff began after an attempted robbery. dozens of officers surrounded the bank where six people were being held. none of them was hurt. the suspect was shot and killed as he attempted to leave with a female hostage. concern is growing over the nation's aging network of pipelines. after yet another deadly natural gas explosion. the blast ripped through allentown, pennsylvania, setting nearly 50 homes on fire and sending hundreds of people literally running for their lives. more now from david kerley. >> reporter: just before bedtime in this former steel town, a massive explosion and a gas-fed inferno. >> i was reading a book in the living room and it felt like a giant kicked the house.
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like it all shook. >> reporter: daylight reveal what had looks like a war zone. the house where the natural gas exploded, nothing more than a crater. it was the home of william and beatrice hall, a couple in their 70s. they were killed. next door a 4-month-old boy, a 16-year-old and one of their parents also killed. ed pawlowski took us to the scene. this is the house that started it. it's gone. >> yes, it's gone. >> reporter: this is just the latest explosion. three weeks ago, in philadelphia, this blast killed one. and last year in california, eight were killed in san bruno. last year there was a spike in the number of deaths involving pipeline explosions. watch dog groups don't believe the federal government is doing enough to safeguard us from these aging pipelines. there are nearly 2 1/2 million miles of pipes delivering natural gas to our homes. >> are we inspecting enough? no. are we putting money into this, giving the attention? no. >> reporter: in that california explosion, it turns out there were problems with the pipe.
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the welds, according to experts, were flawed. on tuesdays the day before explosion here in allentown, utility inspected the area and no leak was detected. it was a cast iron pipe installed in 1928 which fed this explosion. many wonder if enough is being done to prevent these disasters. david kerley, abc news, allentown, pennsylvania. the frigid weather in oklahoma city made for treacherous driving conditions. it wasn't just what was on the road, but over it. massive ice cycles formed on a bridge and dangled over a major interstate when a water main broke and temps dipped to 5 below zero. firefighters removed them but had to do it when they reformed later on. oklahoma is bearing the brunt of a lot of this bad weather. here's a look at your weather. snow showers from the northern plains to the great lakes and fargo, minneapolis, chicago and detroit. rain and mountain snow from washington state to western montana. scattered showers and thunderstorms for the coastal carolinas and much of florida.
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for you. get lunesta for a $0 co-pay at lunesta.com. sleep well, on the wings of lunesta. welcome back, everybody. let's take a look at the trend burning up the yahoo! search engine for valentine's day coming up, you can bet some guys are looking for last-minute deals. >> and searches for justin bieber were shooting through the roof. that's what he's looking at right now. heather cabot joins us to explain why. good morning, heather. >> good morning, rob and vinita. we're heading into a monster weekend for pop star justin bieber. he was the top searched male celebrity last year on yahoo! and buzz about the teen's 3d movie "never say never" is off the charts. the film opens tonight and over the last 30 days we've seen fans flocking to the web to find out as much as they can about the
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singer, like how tall he is, what's his phone number and, of course, who he's dating, including selena gomez. searches for bieber and the disney starlet are up 1200% this month. though the two have denied a romance, it seems heartbroken girls still don't believe it. they want to see new photos posted on radar.com of bieber and gomez cuddling on santa monica beach. and speaking of love if you haven't ordered those roses or planned a romantic valentine's day dinner, you're running out of time. seems we have a lot of procrastinators heading to yahoo!. most are women. ladies are definitely putting in more effort to find the perfect present. searches for valentine gifts for boyfriends are up 271% this week. and we saw valentine relate-ed searches for women start way back before christmas. we are not seeing a similar spike from guys online. maybe they'll be sending a text, e-mail or facebook message.
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searches for how to type a heart on a keyboard jumped this week. and for the gamer in your life, we're also seeing a surge in queries for angry birds and farmville valentine's. what does it say when your boyfriend gives you credits for farmville instead of, say, flowers or candy? finally for those of you who have held back from saying what you really think about your boss and your status updates, you are free to let it rip, or it seems that is the impact of a settlement between the feds and a connecticut company that fired a worker for airing her gripes on facebook. the story made a splash online this week and it was one of the most popular on yahoo! news. back to you guys. >> have you gotten your valentine's gift for the hubby? >> i don't believe in valentine's day. i don't ask for anything. i i think it's -- i love you 365 days a year. >> a constant love fest. >> yes. i don't want flowers. i tell him that every year. i'm boring. what's trending at yahoo.com, ashlee simpson, maria sharapova
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which she just pulled out of the paris indoors, and jennifer aniston. i'm fascinated what's trending as the news break. >> and tax topics. when we return, how to impress your valentine's sweetie. >> some food and drink to express your love and good taste. n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n
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here again. so, a lot of fun. you know what i love about this, it doesn't have to be a romantic experience. you can invite friends over and have some fun foods and beverages that are a nice pairing. like a match made in heaven that are romantic in themselves. i have great examples of food and beverage that go together so well. >> another kind of pairing. equally delicious. we're starting off with the good cocktails. >> this is a valentini. i'm going to start off with a shaker. and very nice liquor helps. >> it does. >> i'm going to put in one pat of chambord vodka, which is really, what we call the world's most romantic vodka because it comes from france and infused with black raspberries. just beautiful. to that, one part of lemonade. one part of pomegranate juice. a quarter part of orange liqueur. and a squeeze -- i bring citrus into my cocktails. that wakes up all the flavors.
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and we'll give this a good shake. >> tom cruise. >> that's the sound of my alarm clock in the morning. i hear that, oh, i love it. >> worse ways to get up. >> i pour that into a chilled cocktail glass. >> great color. >> perfect for valentine's day. >> you have your hearts here, too. >> very appropriate. cupid's spear with some hearts on it. anyway, that's the garnish. >> perfect valentine's day drink. >> cheers, rob. >> this looks good. >> let's see how we did. >> oh, that's good. >> that is good. >> what's cool about this part of the table, you've combined sweet and savory. >> these combinations go incredibly well together. one of those is sweet and salty. everybody knows like chocolate-covered pretzels, how good that is as a combination. now this, rob, this is actually chocolate-covered bacon. how decadent is that? just give a little taste of that. see what you think. we all know about the pretzels.
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how is that? >> that's good. >> i mean, there's that -- >> oh, man. >> -- salty/sweet combination coming in. it doesn't get any better than that. >> i'm loving life. keep talking. >> sweet and savory, that's another combination that goes well. for that example i have a little popcorn with butter, maple syrup, a little rosemary flavoring there. it really has that sweet and savory -- >> oh, wow. good mix there, too. >> beautiful. >> amazing the combos that come together. >> another classic, sweet and heat. now, what that does is, the heat in this case, this is cayenne pepper on the outside with chocolate, so the chocolate actually softens the heat and the heat kicks up the chocolate. so, they're working together. >> nice combo. >> nice combination. >> let's go right to the wine and cheese. >> i've been waiting for this. >> this is lobster mac and cheese. i call this big and rich with big and bold pairing. here it is.
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oh mac 'n' cheese, can't go wrong with that. >> lobster. >> you want to pair that up with a big, bold chardonnay like this. the combination, this will just melt that. >> that goes great together. that's really good. >> that's a beautiful pairing. >> collecting my drinks, moving down this way. >> speaking of pairings -- >> this is so simple but so good. >> i love this. there is nothing better than chocolate and red wine. >> amen. >> i mean rob, you've got to try this. this is just a little chocolate. >> a little chocolate. >> take a taste of the red wine. what happens is, the chocolate makes the red wine velvety smooth and then the wine kicks up the vanilla in the chocolate and makes that just a great pairing. if you're entertaining -- >> that works so well together. >> here's a wonderful idea. just melt a little chocolate, dip your wine glasses in there and set this up for your guests and pour a little red wine in there. you get both, all in one glass. >> like the margarita with the salt but wine with chocolate. >> everyone loves this combination. the final. >> kickoff dessert. i love this. nothing's better than strawberries dipped in whipped
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cream with korbal sweet rose. >> dip it in the whipped cream. >> take a nice bite. is that good? then take a little sip of the korbel sweet rose. see how that goes. >> i'm feeling very close to you tonight. >> oh. >> that's so good. >> it actually makes the champagne taste a little strawberry like. whipped cream, strawberries, champagne. is that good? >> perfect valentine's. i can't imagine anyone not being impressed. thanks. you've outdone yourself. i want you to come cook for me and my girlfriend for valentine's day. >> love to do it. >> tim laird, chief entertaining officer. you can pick up his book "that's entertaining" at bookstores now. check out these recipes on facebook. another cheers, my friend. thank you very much. we'll be right back.
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take the next step. call today. >> announcer: "world news now" delivers your "morning papers." this is a story for all you romantics out there. you may run out of ideas. valentine's day coming up on monday so you need a little inspiration. the folks at bronx zoo have something. i know you would really appreciate, as most women would. for just $10 you can actually name one of the madagascar hissing cockroaches after your lady love. the guy at the zoo says nothing says forever like a cockroach. literally you spend ten bucks and get an e-card and find out which cockroach you have named after your lovely lady or boyfriend or whatever you're getting it for. that's what the bronx zoo is doing. they have a cool thing on their website telling you which animal you would match up most commonly with.
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tigers have not monogamous. crocodiles are pretty steady and will help take care of the kids. >> men, we don't want constellations named after us. or roaches or anything. jewelry, perfume, candy, these are the things. i don't believe in valentine's day. i'm just telling what women like. >> i believe in barry mitchell and friday polka. here's your polka, folks. have a wonderful weekend. ♪ ♪ that's the world news polka ♪ ♪ business news from london times ♪ ♪ night line pieces that's the world news polka ♪ ♪ it's late at night you're wide awake and you're not wearing pants ♪ ♪ grab your world news mug and
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unrest and what could happen today after an announcement by the egyptian president. demonstrators expected hosni mubarak's resignation but did not get it. it's friday, february 11th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >> so many expect -- people expecting him to say, i'm out of here. of course, he's saying, i'm sticking around. good morning and thanks for being with us. i'm vinita nair. >> i'm rob nelson. mubarak told his country he was transferring powers to the vice president but has not done that just yet and now the white house is responding with new demands. also, ahead, i think this is a pivotal question so many americans have been asking. how did mubarak lose so much support at home while keeping up friendships with the u.s.?
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we'll look at his leadership and downfall. >> a key u.s. ally for sure. later, much lighter news, a gourmet chef's take on a sweet favorite, special strawberries for your special someone, a special valentine's day edition of "insomniac kitchen." good strawberries. new ideas. >> is jenny getting that? >> oh, yes. we begin with angry protesters calling for another huge march to honor the hundreds who have been killed. they are calling it the day of martyrs. >> the crowds are already gathering this morning following a very emotional day in that country. demonstrators expected president mubarak to announce his resignation but that did not happen. t.j. winick has the latest. hi, t.j. >> reporter: good morning, rob and vinita. as part of his remarks, mubarak promised constitutional reforms and that he would not run again for president in september in what he said would be open and transparent elections.
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there was bitter disappointment among the tens of thousands gathered in cairo's liberation square. after president hosni mubarak told the country, he's not going anywhere. i will be responsible for changing the constitution, he said, to assure stability and a smooth transfer of power. >> he is liar. >> reporter: the 82-year-old president said he was delegating some of his powers to his handpicked vice president, omar suleiman, who then tried to reassure protesters. let's work on this together, he said, people of egypt go back to your homes. >> both of them are just two sides of one coin. >> reporter: many in the massive crowd were already marching. some headed for the presidential palace, some for egyptian television. it was a day that had started with such promise for the demonstrators, even a rainbow over cairo. and then one of the country's highest ranking officers made his way to a platform and spoke to the crowd. he told them, all your demands will be met.
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everything you have said will come true. even the 30-year-old google executive whose online organization of the protests and ten-day detention made him a national leader thought they had won. >> that's the dream come true. you know, the dream became true. >> reporter: but there is no resolution to the very fluid, very dangerous crisis in egypt. despite his decision to remain as president, mubarak said he had transferred many of his powers to the vice president. rob and vinita. >> a day of unmet expectations and president obama is clearly losing patience with the egyptian president. in a statement issued last night the president said, quote, we urge the egyptian government to move swiftly to explain the changes and to spell out in clear and unambiguous language the step-by-step process that will lead to democracy. there must be restraint by all parties. violence must be forsaken. the mubarak bombshell caught the white house by surprise. during a speech in michigan, the president seemed optimistic that an orderly transfer of power would take place.
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and back in washington cia director leon panetta incorrectly told congress that there was a strong likelihood that the egyptian leader was on his way out. >> this provides a tremendous opportunity to try to move egypt in the right direction. and i think the administration, and i think the world for that matter, hopes that that will be the case. >> the director of the national intelligence also gave the spy agencies a b-plus if not an a-minus for their recent predictions about the middle east. the uprising against hosni mubarak raises key questions -- what brought about his public loss of support and why now? answers now from frank gardner of the bbc. >> reporter: the downfall of president hosni mubarak has been wishful thinking by many egyptians for a long time. seen by the west as a symbol of stability, his country has been a police state for 30 years. until this uprising burst onto the streets, opponents of his regime risked arrest, interrogation and torture by the
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secret police. this is one man who experienced it firsthand. >> translator: they beat me, tied my hands and put a stick between my neck and arms like this. then they hung me from the door frame, trying to make me confess. >> reporter: but outside cairo, mubarak has his supporters. many egyptians have grown accustomed to having a strong man in charge. washington, too, has seen him as a calming influence in a troubled region. >> hosni mubarak was continuity, stability, strength, maybe artificial strength. they overestimated the strength. and, of course, he maintained the peace treaty with israel, which was very important. and he managed to convince them that after him, would be the deluge. >> reporter: hosni mubarak has certainly been a world statesman. over this years, he's forged
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close ties with u.s. presidents and egypt has received billions in american aid, but none of that has brought democratic change. >> the united states will pay a price, i think, for having had a close relationship with mubarak and for having not used that relationship to press for improvements in the lives of egyptian citizens. >> reporter: those citizens have now seen changes unthinkable just one month ago. egypt is now entering a period of uncertainty. its troubles may be far from over. frank gardner, bbc news. >> it could be an unpredictable few hours ahead in egypt so stay with abc news throughout the morning as we cover the still-unfolding crisis. we'll take you live to cairo on "america this morning" and get some expert analysis coming up on "good morning america." a bank robbery in raleigh, north carolina, did not end the way police had hoped. the suspect was shot dead trying to leave the bank with a female hostage. six people were held inside for up to three hours. none of the hostages was hurt.
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in an update on a natural gas explosion in allentown, pennsylvania. five people, including a 4-month-old baby, were killed wednesday night when that blast flattened two row homes and set an entire block on fire. investigators are focusing on a cast iron pipe installed back in 1928. it's the latest in a series of explosions across the country involving aging pipelines. well, it is not looking good for labor talks aimed at a new nfl collective bargaining agreement. the leagues and players unions didn't bother getting together yesterday for what would have been the second day of a two-day bargaining session. the sides are far, far apart on several issues, including expanding the season to 18 games. the current labor deal expires on march 3rd. if a new deal is made, the minnesota vikings will likely play their home games next season under a completely new roof. last december the roof of the metrodome collapsed under heavy, heavy snow. we remember that image there. now, instead of simply repairing several torn panels the dome's owners want to replace the whole thing.
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most of the $18 million price tag will be paid for with insurance. the hope is to have it finished by august 1st. well, now here is a look at your friday forecast. scattered snow around the twin cities, chicago and detroit. showers and thunderstorms for the coastal carolinas and much of florida. rain and mountain snow from seattle into the cascades and northern rockies. >> mostly 40s from boise to albuquerque. 70 in phoenix. a big warm-up in the middle of the country, 32 in minneapolis and 35 in kansas city. 35 here in new york. and 47 in atlanta. all forecasters say some warm weather on the way to the northeast next week. thank you. >> i'm not counting my chickens yet. >> fingers crossed. as we all know, britain is getting ready for the royal wedding and also counting down to another milestone. the 90th birthday of the queen's husband, prince philip. >> the royals are opening an exhibit on philip's life. including photos, paintings, gifts and even never before seen memorabilia. >> it owns tomorrow and runs through philip's birthday in june. while you're over there for the
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wedding, check it out. >> a couple months out there in britain, all right. more "world news now" coming up after this.
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welcome back, everybody. of course the crisis in egypt dominated the headlines this past week as the world's still waiting to see what happens next. >> back home in the middle of the country was covered in snow yet again but we were able to forget it for a while to enjoy the super bowl. here now is a look at the week in quotes. >> do you agree the people here are heroes? >> yes, each one. they are everyone a hero. >> everybody's afraid of you. afraid of the muslim brother. >> why, i say? i ask why. give me an answer. >> because they don't want to see a fundamentalist regime where people don't have choice. >> we're not fundamentalists like the westerners think. >> if you had known you did not have --
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>> i didn't know. >> if you had -- >> i didn't. >> if you had -- >> i have no idea. >> for her to request toast, i don't think i've ever gotten so excited about toast. >> we're not equipped to handle this so work stopped, school stops, life kind of stops. >> until we see a sustained period of stronger job creation, we cannot consider the recovery to be truly established. >> if we stay on the path that we are on, we could see $5 gasoline towards the end of 2012. >> you're no different than anyone else. so, please, don't push your luck. do you understand what i'm telling you? >> yes, sir. >> i really am sorry to have to do this. but i've got kids. >> how about i give you $40 and this is it? >> well, i can't do that, sir. i've got rent to pay, bills, and the kids need to eat. >> we drove from green bay, wisconsin, through bad, bad weather to get here. and we can't get in. they're holding them like
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animals. >> the green bay packers have won the super bowl! >> president obama called the coach of the green bay packers to congratulate him on his team's super bowl victory. that was nice. yeah, yeah. then he met with the victims of the black-eyed peas' halftime show. >> a lot of victims from christina aguilera as well. >> that didn't make the cut. it was an interesting week as always. next week should be interesting, too. the budget battles on capitol hill, of course, valentine's day, and the grammy awards coming up sunday night. we'll see what makes the clip next week. >> speaking of coming up, coming up this week valentine's day treats from a gourmet chef. >> we make strawberries extra special for your valentine sweetie.
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♪ welcome back, everybody, to a very special edition of "insomniac's kitchen." it's almost valentine's day, a lot of special dinners and what's better to end a good dinner with a great dessert. we're here at veritas restaurant, in the flat iron neighborhood of manhattan with pastry chef emily. thank you for doing this. we appreciate it. walk us through exactly what we'll be whipping up today. >> we'll do some chocolate-covered strawberries. >> that's an oldie, classic, but goody. >> absolutely. >> a sexy dessert and people love that. >> we have chocolate melting, 72% dark chocolate. i think the bitter sweet helps to bring out the sweetness of the strawberries. this is about two cups of chocolate. actually, you don't want to boil it. just nice and hot. once we have this completely melted, we'll add a little canola oil. go ahead and pour that in.
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>> the full thing here? >> yes. >> all right. >> now that we have the chocolate dip ready to go -- >> it smells so good. >> i know. >> oh, man. >> next, we're going to do some spicy hazelnuts. >> why that particular nut? >> i love the taste of chocolate and hazelnuts. it's one of my favorite. i'm going to give you this little spatula. >> put me to work. >> absolutely. i'm adding a little salt, a little bit of sugar, a little cayenne pepper. >> cayenne pepper? >> yes. >> i'm a new orleans boy so i know about cayenne pepper but i've never seen it in this recipe. what's that for? >> a little bit of heat. you have to scrape that out. this is corn syrup. >> what's the trick to this? >> this is going to give you a nice crunch on the outside, and it's also going to add a little bit of sweetness to it. that looks pretty good. >> we good? >> yeah.
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you pour that right on here. spread it out. >> all over. >> and then we're just going to throw that in an oven at 325 degrees until it's nice and toasted. really how you know when they're done is when you can smell the nuts. there we go. >> they smell great. now, we get to the fun part where we get to build the dessert, which is the fun part. >> yes, absolutely. >> let's hit it. >> okay. so, what we have here are some fun little garnishes. so, we have the hazelnuts, we have saigon cinnamon, which is a red hot flavor, and then the cayenne pepper, a fun sea salt right here as well. that is a pinot noir. >> oh, nice. >> grab our chocolate dip. for me, it helps to put it into a deeper container. >> what's the next step? >> okay. we dip our strawberries. >> oh, the good part. very cool.
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>> grab a strawberry. first we dip it in the chocolate. >> don't take the leaves off. hold it by the leaves and dip it. >> let it drip off. >> oh, okay. so, we dip all the way in right there. >> uh-huh. >> pull out, let the extra fall off. you've created a dipping station. >> exactly. so, it helps to -- if you're going to sit them on a rack, put a little parchment paper underneath to catch the drippings so you can reuse them. i'm going to take some of these and sprinkle them on top. adds a nice addition. something complex. >> looks nice. the colors, they look good to eat, which always helps. one more step left and that's to stick these in the fridge. here we are now at the final stage of this. the strawberries are just out of the fridge, looking good. chocolate has hardened up a little bit. >> the finishing touch.
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now, i have some chocolate mousse set up. >> thank you so much. this was delicious. thank you so much. >> thank you. >> enjoy your valentine's day. >> i will. you, too. >> for chef he emily's recipe check us out on wnnfans.com. happy valentine's day. eat well, just like this. >> cheers. >> cheers. >> oh, many thanks to chef emily. she made us this special mousse. the strawberries and mousse, both on our facebook page so check it out. vinita, you've got to try one. hazelnut one -- >> yeah, you're right. >> go for it. >> i'm going to dip mine in the mousse. >> hey, what about me? >> you want some, too. >> oh, oh. >> that's your valentine's spirit. >> oh, all right. >> oh, you want -- they're getting jealous. >> here's willis. >> oh, i'm attached. >> go ahead. >> it makes it so much better to know it's live tv, right? >> open wide. >> i have to feed this one to you, too? >> oh, yes.
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♪ you say yes i say no you say so ♪ finally this half hour, the magical mystery tour of a popular street in london. one visited by almost day tripper. >> famous thanks to four guys who know a little about rock 'n' roll music. >> do you want to know a secret? a lot of what we said were titles to beatles songs. why? here's jeffrey kofman with a day in the life of abbey road. >> reporter: big ben, buckingham palace, they're on the must-see list for tourists visiting london, so it would seem like a crosswalk, like pilgrims, that come to see it from far and wide. where are you from? >> argentina. >> japan. >> venezuela.
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>> reporter: there are literally thousands of crosswalks like this in london. here they call them zebra crossings. actually they say zebra. so, what makes this crossing such a big draw for tourists? well, maybe now you're starting to get the picture. ♪ come together ♪ >> reporter: that picture. one of the most famous album covers of all time, featuring those beatles classics "here comes the sun" and "come together." abbey road? >> yes. >> reporter: the never-ending parade of wannabe beatles can be monitored from home on the abbey road webcam. just watch for the cluster on the swinging gate. plant foot firmly forward and pause. >> you. >> you got it. >> i'm just a beatles fan. always have been. lifetime to come here and i've seen it today. >> reporter: and that's abbey road studio. where the beatles recorded their final album. out front, one of the few places in london where graffiti is
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legal. abbey road, though, is a busy road. one london cabbies like jason have come to dread. this girl, what is she doing? >> trying to recreate the beatles' album cover. >> reporter: how often do you see that? >> every time you cross it. every time. >> reporter: these four teenagers have come together from mexico to live a little history. >> we rehearsed and everything. >> reporter: when you woke up this morning, you put on white clothes? >> yeah. >> reporter: so you could be john lennon. >> i could be john lennon, yes. >> george. >> paul mccartney. >> ringo starr. yeah! >> reporter: which answers the enduring question, why did the tourists cross the road? to get a picture. jeffrey kofman, abc news, on abbey road in london. >> the photographer only had ten minutes to take that picture. he was up on a ladder while a cop kind of stopped traffic for a few minutes to get that classic shot. >> it's interesting, too. a lot of people think it was supposed to symbolize -- oh, i didn't even get it.
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nsion in egypt after an unexpected announcement from president hosni mubarak. >> and the rage on the streets there aimed at the presidential palace. it's friday, february 11th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >> the stalemate seems to continue. good morning and thanks for being with us. i'm vinita nair. >> i'm rob nelson. mubarak went on tv yesterday to say he's transferring most of his power to his vice president but he didn't do it just yet. what an impatient white house is saying now. also ahead, another headline that just won't seem to go away and that is the weather. after one of the most miserable winters in years, forecasters are predicting an intense meltdown.
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in some areas they're saying it could be 100 degrees warmer next week compared to last week. some places 30 below could get to 70 in one week. >> there's happy folks in that state. later in this half hour, valentine's day roses and the unwelcome guests hiding in those flowers. that's a bug right there. what you should do if your bouquet bugs you out. very interesting story. >> nice. before all that, the chaos in egypt. another tremendous demonstration, perhaps the biggest yet is expected today. protesters are calling for a march from freedom square to the presidential palace ten miles away. >> many of them are gathered. anger and frustration is building after president mubarak spoke to the nation but refused to step down. aaron katersky reports from cairo on how it unfolded. >> reporter: demonstrators in tahrir square thought they had done it. they thought on the 17th day of
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protests, they had finally forced president mubarak out. an army official said, your demands will be met. this will end tonight. and the celebrations began. and families began pouring into the square from all over cairo. as president mubarak was about to speak, there was a hush in the crowd. people stood with their hands folded, praying almost for the right words. as president mubarak's voice echoed through the square, quieter than it has ever been, the loud speakers made clear his words were not going to suffice. as soon as he said he was transferring some authority but not stepping down entirely, they started to chant, leave, leave, fists went into the air, flags went up and the crowd became more angry. vice president omar suleiman followed on egyptian state television. he told the protesters, it's
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time to go. demonstrators have summoned their followers into the streets, asking 20 million egyptians to join them in the streets for more protests after friday prayers. this time they hope president mubarak will listen. aaron katersky, abc news, cairo. >> our thanks to aaron. the mubarak bombshell brought an impatient response from the white house. president obama issued a statement last night saying in part, we urge the egyptian government to move swiftly to explain the changes and to spell out in clear and unambiguous language the step-by-step process to lead to democracy. there must be restraint by all parties. violence must be forsaken. mubarak's refusal to step down caught the cia by surprise. hours earlier the cia chief leon panetta told congress the egyptian leader could be gone by the end of the day. >> john hendren joining us from washington. >> reporter: good morning. u.s. officials are anxiously watching egypt wondering if the next egyptian government will be as friendly to u.s. interests and what we'll know. this is the change president obama says he believes in.
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>> we are witnessing history unfold. it's a moment of transformation that's taking place because the people of egypt are calling for change. >> reporter: but is this what he wanted? america's 30-year alliance with mubarak has left many egyptians looking to the u.s. with anger and mistrust. >> america? what is america now? you should stand with us. you should support us. >> reporter: gaining a stronger hand in the new egypt is the long band muslim brotherhood leaving some u.s. officials worrying a more islamic government could make fertile ground for terrorism. >> al qaeda, for example, has had a very much a standoff relationship, and i think they are watching and observing this very much just as we are. and are looking for opportunities, perhaps, to exploit or further their interests. >> reporter: for now, the obama administration is hoping for the best. >> this provides a tremendous opportunity to try to move egypt in the right direction.
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and i think the administration, and i think the world for that matter, hopes that will be the case. >> reporter: there's little more the administration can do other than hope and wait. regardless of what president obama has said about egypt, mubarak says he's not listening. he says he has never succumb to international pressure. rob and vinita. and abc news has you covered from the white house to egypt's presidential palace. we'll have more live reporting on this crisis later on "america this morning" and "good morning america" with instant updates, of course, at abcnews.com. what you heard from leon panetta in john hendren's report, he also issued a warning yesterday about increasing computer attacks. he said the next pearl harbor could be a cyber attack and claimed hackers could paralyze u.s. with malicious computer activity. interesting political news this morning, donald trump stirred up a conservative conference in washington by suggesting that he may seek the republican presidential nomination.
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the real estate mogul and reality tv star sure sounded like a candidate when talking about trade and spending. he said the u.s. has become the laughingstock of the world. >> if i run and if i win, this country will be respected again. this country will be respected again. i can tell you that. >> trump said he would decide whether to run for president by june. he also showed interest in running back in 1988 and in 2000 but never actually launched a campaign. >> sure did seem like he was taking a temperature to see if people were buying it. >> he likes the pr, too. it looks like punxsutawney phil is right on target. despite paralyzing snowstorms and biting subzero temperatures, the early spring predicted on groundhog day may be on the horizon. sam champion reports it's about to get a whole lot warmer across the country. >> reporter: the winter to remember we'd all like to forget. in just two months eight powerful storms, toppling the metrodome, spoiling christmas,
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blizzard conditions that came with thunder snow and lightning. burying chicago, trapping drivers for hours, even snow in the south. georgia, texas, arkansas. >> this winter is probably the most brutal winter i remember in a long time. >> reporter: what happened? as we showed you weeks ago this was blocked, creating a bulge across the u.s. allowing arctic air to flow south. every wet storm became a snowstorm. now the block has weakened and that let's milder air flow across the country, shoving arctic air back to its normal place with welcome relief. >> the pattern we're looking at may be the beginning of the end of winter. >> reporter: so, while winter may not be over for many communities around the country, this much needed thaw will allow us to dig out -- >> you can do it! >> reporter: -- and get out for the first time since december. of course, there will be march
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and april snowstorms with ice, but we're expecting temperatures in the next week to actually like 77 in atlanta. dallas, 80 degrees. oklahoma city, 77. remember that 31 below zero was the all-time record temperature never reported before in oklahoma. if they get to 77 that's a 100-degree difference in one week. 100 degrees. sam champion, abc news. new york. >> there was the 100 degrees we told you about. >> wow. here's a look at your friday forecast. a new storm in the northwest bringing rain and mountain snow from seattle into idaho and montana. a dusting to a couple inches of snow from fargo to detroit. showers and thunderstorms from miami up to the outer banks. >> frost and freeze warnings in texas and louisiana. then it will warm up to 50 in dallas. 47 in new orleans. boston hits 29. baltimore 40. 35 in omaha. 40s across the rockies. if frosty the snowman is looking for a girlfriend there's a tall beauty in michigan who might catch his eye. >> a family in grand haven spent
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the last two weeks sculpting this giant snowwoman in their front yard, all 19 feet of her. they used blue plastic plates for her eyes and pipe cleaners to make those lovely lashes. her nose is made of a road cone and they joined with water noodles to form her mouth. >> they said they ran out of steam before they were done but their neighbors pitched in to help finish the job. >> good looking lady there. we'll be back with more after this. hó
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welcome back, everybody. of course, sunday night is the 53rd annual grammy awards, music industry's biggest night. joining us from miami with his
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predictions is music and media consultant bruno del granado. good morning to you, bruno. >> good morning, rob. >> should be an exciting night. an unpredictable award show. let's go through the big categories starting with album of the year. what's your gut telling you? >> my gut is telling me eminem is going to win and he should. he's been previously nominated twice, lost. he's got ten nominations this year. it's his year. he has the best selling album of the year. he's already won an oscar so he deserves to win album of the year award. >> some of the folks saying this could be his night all the way around for eminem. >> ten nominations. that's more than anybody else this year. >> wow. what about song of the year -- i'm sorry, record of the year? >> my take who should win is jay-z and alicia keys with "empire state of mind." that song has become an them. this generation thinks of that song like frank sinatra's "new
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york new york." but i've got to tell you eminem is a close runner-up here with "love the way you lie" with rihanna. it's another category where eminem will duke it out with jay-z. >> we're rooting for "empire state of mind." that really was such a huge hit this past year. unbelievable. moving on to song of the year. what are your thoughts? >> song of the year, as you know, song of the year category is nominated and based on the song writing craft of the actual song and given to the songwriter. beautiful melodies, ballads and lady antebellum with "need you now" but my personal pick of who should win is cee lo. he's got five nominations for the song. and it really is a beautiful song. it's -- it's a throwback soulful song '70s philly sound. >> i won't ask you to say the full title, we don't want to get fired, you or me. best new artist? what are your thought on that?
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>> my thought is who should win is justin bieber. because he's a cultural icon. justin bieber is probably the biggest male pop artist of the moment, but i don't think the academy tends to look too positively on giving them to pop idols. two years ago jonas brothers lost so i think they'll give it to drake, an r & b from canada. he's had a bunch of hits last year. he's the man to go to when it comes to collaborations. i think drake will be the guy walking away with with best new artist. >> we'll see how bieber fever plays out. last question, after the super bowl debacle, rumor is christina aguilera perform? yes or no? >> yes, she will definitely perform. a tribute to aretha franklin. she is one of the most talented singers out there and her voice is tremendous. this is just a snafu she had. i think it's stage fright. 111 million people tuned into the super bowl. i think she realized she was singing to one out of every three americans.
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and that's probably what did it. we'll see on sunday. the woman really has tremendous pipes. >> bruno, thanks for being here. we appreciate it. enjoy the show sunday. tune in monday morning for a complete wrap from the grammys' big winners. more coming up after this. ♪ skinny so skinny ♪
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♪ quiet bombshell yesterday when it comes to elizabeth taylor. i don't know if you saw it. i didn't see it yesterday either. but apparently they reported she was in a fight for her life. they said she had been suffering from intense abdominal pain as of tuesday and that doctors suspected she was bleeding internally. they went on to say she was transported by ambulance that day from her bel air home to cedar sinai medical center where she remained in critical condition. we're finally hearing from liz taylor's publicist, a woman by the name of sally morrison, and i have to say, she's not doing much to dispel the rumors. she referenced an event liz taylor was supposed to be at. she said she was supposed to be
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honored by an organization amfar, and basically they said it was a combination of unstable weather conditions and the fact she was feeling under the weather that forced her to not make the decision to travel. so, obviously, she was absent from an event. "national enquirer" not mentioning that, just saying she's not doing well. prayers are with her. but it's also sort of interesting like is she sick? is she not sick? rumors are spinning out of control right now. >> wish her the best to matter what. hollywood legend, that's for sure. another legend already and only will get bigger and better for years to come, jennifer hudson. i'm a big fan of hers. such an amazing backstory. if you've seen those weight watchers commercials, she's lost a tremendous amount of weight, looks good. she was on opera yesterday and finally revealed the number quantifying how much she's lost. take a listen. >> so, you're not going to say the number? >> i really want to tell it. i'm like, enough of this.
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>> but you're jennifer hudson. >> i've lost -- hold on. i've lost 80 pounds. >> 80 pounds! >> 80 pounds dropped and looking good. she looks fantastic. such a talent. didn't win "american idol" but still got that oscar gold. great musical career. as part of that show, oprah gave everyone in her audience a one-year weight watch membership and two friends. jennifer hudson got emotional about the horrible murders with her family. she said only thing i can to to honor their memory is to make them proud. she's certainly doing that. she's just a wonderful -- congrats. you look great. >> in case you wonder, who is she looking at in the audience. because when i watched that clip, there was like what was going on. there was someone from weight watchers in the audience. they didn't want her to say the weight because the whole goal of weight watchers to tell people it's not about the pounds, it's about how you feel. so it made sense when you saw the weight watchers people there explaining it. >> arnold schwarzenegger, i don't even want to say, i'll be back, it's overused but it's true. now that he's reportedly left being governor he tweeted
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himself, exciting news my friends at caa, his talent agency, have been asking me for seven years when they could take offers seriously. i gave them the green light. he's well enough aware of what happens to older guys in the role that he is. he says he kind of wants to be like clint eastwood. no extreme fighting or shooting. it's just not possible anymore. he wants to be encouraged as an actor. he believes he can make this challenge work for himself. >> he wants more serious roles or more money? >> apparently. >> good luck to that. interestingly -- interesting thing here, of course, movies come out this weekend "just go with it," the new movie adam sandler/jennifer aniston. heidi montag makes a cameo. and the premier happened here in new york tuesday. she said jennifer aniston didn't want her to walk the red carpet because she's too polarizing a figure. she says i've been such a huge fan of jennifer aniston my entire life, it's upsetting she would do this to me. jennifer's reps say jen had
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here are some stories to watch today on abc news. protests in egypt are intensifying this morning after the president went on television and did not resign. egypt's military leaders met today to discuss their response. plans for fannie mae and freddie mac's future will be presented today. one option calls for the federal government getting out of the mortgage business. and julian assange returns to a london courtroom for more extradition hearings. he's fighting sex abuse charges in sweden. finally this half hour, unless you want this valentine's day to be your last one with your significant other, you better get shopping. >> flowers seem to be a popular choice, considering we'll spend $2 billion on them by monday.
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how do you know your dozen roses don't come with dozens of tiny bugs? here's elisabeth leamy. >> reporter: you're looking at thousands of flowers just landed at jfk airport. but what you're not seeing are the flowers' tiny hitchhikers. >> it's warming up and running. >> reporter: exotic insects that don't exist in this country. these customs and border protection agriculture experts are hoping to keep it this way because foreign invaders like this could wreak havoc on u.s.-grown flowers and food crops. >> it could damage our agricultural industry. >> reporter: that's why they inspect the flowers right at the airport. most are from colombia and ecuador. on this day a big shipment of greenery arrives from italy. >> it secures our way of life. >> reporter: as we watch, they identify a threatening plant disease and shake out at least three different kinds of insects.
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this specialist believe all of these parasites got here by careless accident but they're always alert to the possibility of deliberate agra-terrorism. >> it could potentially contaminate crops, wipe out entire species of plants. the impact could be -- could be incalculable. >> reporter: last year during valentine's season they intercepted nearly 300 pests. >> look at this big guy. >> reporter: the tiny insects are then sent to the department of agriculture to confirm the threat. if it's significant, the flowers they rode in on will either be fumigated or destroyed, rather than heading to somebody's home. if you spot insects on a bouquet of flowers, here's what they want you to do. put the flowers, all of them in a plastic bag, seal it up tight, stick it in your freezer for at least 48 hours to kill the bugs and then throw the entire thing away. at dulles airport, elisabeth leamy, abc news. >> and while vinita admires the
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