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>> "o magazine" presents: the official collector's edition. looking back at 25 years of oprah >> i have many favorite memories walking out and there she was. i
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well, if you believe at least one prediction this will be the last broadcast of "world news now." >> and on a much grander scale, this whole thing called life on earth is just about over. we can finally get a good night's sleep. >> we can go to bed. get some rest. wouldn't that be nice? it's the belief of a religious broadcaster in california and kfsn's liz harrison spoke to him. take a listen. >> there is going to be a great earthquake such as never been. it'll be so great that all the tombs everywhere in the world are going to be thrown open. that's going to require a granddaddy earthquake. >> reporter: that was harold camping at his oakland office in november. he described for me what he thought would happen on may 21, 2011.
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by phone harold camping told me he's more sure than ever that this saturday is judgment day. >> absolutely beyond a shadow of a doubt, it's going to happen. >> reporter: 89-year-old harold camping hosts a christian radio show five nights a week. it's broadcast on family radio and translated all over the world. he bases his prediction on a mathematical system to interpret prophecies in the bible. many people disagree. >> my personal opinion is whenever somebody sets a specific date, the lord says, i will not come back on that day. >> reporter: pastor jan van eusten of covenant community church is doing a series of sermons on the end of time because of all of the chat about judgment day. he says he believes no one knows the day or time of the end of the world. but harold camping says it will begin at 6:00 on saturday on the
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other side of the world. >> kind of like a progressive earthquake. from everything that we can learn, the bible talks about it going from nation to nation. the bible speaks about those standing off and weeping and wailing. >> reporter: camping says he will spend what he believes is his last hours on earth watching it all unfold on tv at home with his family. if you are still here on monday can we interview you on monday? >> i will not answer your question. >> oh, well -- >> he's not going to answer. he's pretty convinced. a lot of people in fact you hear about this on facebook. my gosh. it's starting early. >> what's going on? >> jimmy, what's happening? >> come on, this can't happen. i have got clothes in the cleaners. this is crazy. it's been a pleasure, everybody. >> it has been. >> have a good one. >> have a great weekend. >> say good-bye. >> have the cheesecake. >> it's been nice knowing you for a few months. >> gees, ever so brief. >> we'll do "the skinny" next when we come right back.
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stay with us. skinny" next when we come right back.
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♪ so skinny welcome back, everybody. your friday edition of "the skinny." >> a big day in "the skinny." a lot going on. >> one of our colleagues in the news biz kind of signed off yesterday. katie couric will spend her last night/evening at the anchor desk over there at cbs. >> she's done a great job. >> really, after five years. she started september 5, 2006, over there at cbs replacing above schieffer at the time. take a look at how she said farewell last night. we'll have that bite but she basically said she could never come up with a good sign-off. she simply said i'm katie couric, thanks. for watching, good night. those decisions are way above our pay grade so we don't know much about that. >> we wonder, look around for clues so far nothing concrete but would that be nice to have her. >> and the first woman ever solo anchor the evening news.
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>> congrats to katie. did you all see "american idol" last night? because we had a big elimination. it's down to two. sort of like the country fans that have really kept these two at the top. we're talking of course about haley reinhart, she was booted off and she seemed sort of shocked. am i the only one who seemed like -- she seemed sort of shocked. in fact, her face was sort of mad. >> was she your favorite? >> when they made the announce permanent they're down to three and everyone liked these three but everyone seems to have a soft spot for scotty mccreery. his nickname is hottie scotty. he's really cute and his parents were there. i love to see the parents. they cry, it is so wonderful. haley, really put the emotion into it too for her final song. she gave it her all. 95 million people voted. i mean when you think about that. >> that's incredible numbers, isn't it? >> 95 million people voted to keep their favorite people there. >> i wonder at this point people are voting on talent or who is the cutest, hottest. >> i like scotty. i like that he's humble. people like humble, nice and he really is, i think that he will do well. they both are, lauren and scotty.
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>> a big finale coming up. all right also, speaking of "american idol," beyonce made a guest appearance on the show last night. she was one the guest mentors and we got a glimpse into her new music video called -- >> that must have been tough for you. >> i was glued to the tv. my ex-wife beyonce called "run the world girls." take a listen. ♪ girls we run this mother ♪ girls we run this mother >> you can tell because obviously a female empowerment kind of song. the video, another one of her maybe bound-to-be classics. i think this is the same song that she actually performed at the big tribute to oprah this week in chicago. it seems appropriate with oprah going out on top. but looking good, beyonce. looking good. >> not as terrible when jay-z came between the two of you. >> i don't know why she picked him. what does he have? >> i don't know. also completely shocking, how would you feel if you were maria shriver when this whole
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story went down? it continues to evolve. this is the very latest. according to radaronline and also "star" magazine they did a joint investigation. they say maria actually confronted the housekeeper, mildred baena goes by patty and asked her, is this child arnold's? his likeness is so profound apparently that she was very suspicious and however might remember that arnold said this week. after leaving the governor's office i told my wife about this event which occurred over a decade on ago. sources are saying it is not true. maria had her speculations about this situation and actually confronted patty, the housekeeper, about this little boy. >> that's a double betrayal. your husband and someone living in your own house for years. >> working in your home, and i think that that has to make it doubly tough. >> a joke in that house for years how much that the kid looked like and it was a ha, ha, ha a joke and wait a minute it looks too much like arnold. let's end on a hot note, on this friday version of "the skinny," spike tv which is kind of you know it's like lifetime for men. it's our tv channel and they presented their decade of hotness award, one my personal favorites got the award. jennifer aniston the honor bestowed upon her. past winners of the award halle
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berry and charlize theron. excellent choices. >> her and her boyfriend because she is dating bradley cooper. >> that's her man now. >> very cute. what do you got? restrained driver...
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here are some stories to watch today on abc news. it could be weeks before floodwaters recede in vicksburg, mississippi. their mississippi river crested there 14 feet above flood stage. and expect more tearful testimony today from nancy kerrigan's mother. she defended her son who is now on trial for manslaughter near boston. prosecutors say mark kerrigan is responsible for his father's death because at the time, mark, they say, was drunk and he and his dad were arguing. also queen elizabeth's historic trip to dublin ends today, but she'll continue her state tour elsewhere in ireland. finally this half hour let's just call this guy, determination personified. >> those closest to him know him by another simpler name, superman. our dr. richard besser shows us why.
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>> reporter: what you're witnessing is groundbreaking. rob summers making history by standing up. to understand just how incredible this moment is, you have to go back to a summer night in 2006 when rob, a baseball player nicknamed superman, met tragedy. >> i was playing the best i ever had and was hit by a car in a hit and run while i was standing in my driveway. >> reporter: what do you remember from that time? >> i couldn't move my arms. i tried to yell and nothing would come out. it was like my worst nightmare realized. >> reporter: his mother rushed to the hospital. >> and they said, we have signs of spinal cord injury. and you just -- your world stops spinning. >> reporter: rob was paralyzed from the chest down. told he would never walk again. >> i turned to the doctor and i said, obviously you don't know me very well. i'm going to walk again. >> nice to meet you. >> very nice meeting you. >> reporter: soon after rob learned of groundbreaking
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research, a first in the treatment of spinal cord injuries. doctors implanted a tiny stimulator in his spinal cord below the area that was damaged. when the stimulator is turned on, it energizes his damaged nerves. allowing him to move parts of his body that were paralyzed. >> i turned, i go, hey, look. my toe's moving. everyone's mouths hit the floor. >> left leg up. >> reporter: so every day now rob spends hours training, willing his body to move. do you think that there is a possibility that one day rob summers and people like him may be able to walk on their own? >> yes, yes, i do. we still have a lot of studies to do. >> reporter: it was the dream of dana and christopher reeve that those with spinal cord injuries would one day walk again. >> they would have seen rob as their personal superman. it gives incredible hope to that. >> reporter: and for rob it is one small step at a time. dr. richard besser, abc news, new york. >> wouldn't that be amazing? so many people in that situation
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this morning on "world news now," under water. the huge disaster for farmers as the mighty mississippi overflows. the farmers are suffering, though meanwhile critics are wondering why they continue to plant crops in harm's way. it's friday, may 20th. >> announcer: from abc news, this "world news now." >> good friday morning, i'm peggy bunker. >> and i'm rob nelson. parts of vicksburg, mississippi, are under water this morning and so are farm fields in louisiana. it's so bad you will see why wild pigs may be causing problems for the levee system along that still raging river. tough couple of days. several weeks actually. >> it really has been. also this half hour coming
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up, it's been a mystery for years. who is responsible for the deadly tylenol tampering back in the 1980s? well the surprising new development about that that could point to a notorious unabomber. and later on as we learn more details about maria shriver and arnold schwarzenegger's break-up marriage as an institution could be a little bit stronger than some people may think in fact. so encouraging news actually in the midst of this horrible scandal. >> you sort of wonder where are we headed in terms of marriage but some encouraging news. >> don't lose the faith, folks. there you go but first the very latest on those damaging floodwaters. louisiana farmland is now bearing the brunt of all of it while others are breathing a sigh of relief. >> the river crested at vicksburg, mississippi. well above flood stage but it did not breach the main levee, thank goodness. it's a far different scenario downstream where cajun country is getting swamped. yunji de nies is in mccrea,
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louisiana. >> reporter: this thin sliver of land is one of the few dry places left on george's farm, more than 2,000 acres of crops are under water. >> it's such a sad sinking feeling to see all of the time and effort put into making a crop be washed away. >> reporter: water is gushing through the morganza spillway. this is the land below before and here it is completely submerged. how much money do you think that you stand to lose this year? >> i'm not going to add it up yet. that'll be another depressing moment. >> reporter: now there is growing debate as to whether so many who farm and live along the river should be here at all. some environmentalists and state officials say that levees have constrained so much of the river that communities downstream are put at greater risk of flood damage. the river should be allowed to spread out, have fewer levees, and permanent outlets, relocating farmers and in some cases, entire towns. >> it's a difficult conversation but it's also difficult to tell the people who are down river from these levies that we're willing to put you at risk.
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>> reporter: but lecor's family has been farming here for five generations. he's not moving. >> the farmers are the most optimistic people in the world. and some the heaviest gamblers. >> reporter: yunji de nies. abc news, lecrea, louisiana. >> and the overflowing water is not the only thing posing a threat to those levees in mississippi. wildlife officers are trying to round up large packs of wild hogs that are digging on those backwater levees. the hogs in yazoo county are struggling to find dry ground and food and destroying everything if their path the property owners have been given the green light to shoot them. the former head of the imf is expected to be bailed out of jail later on today. dominique strauss-kahn will be freed under the condition that he remain under house arrest. his wife has rented a two-bedroom apartment which goes for about $14,000 a month. strauss-kahn has now been indicted on seven counts in connection with a sexual assault of a hotel maid. he returns to court in early june. rumors have been circulating for years that the unabomber might have been responsible for chicago's deadly tylenol scare
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nearly 30 years ago. the cold case has burdened investigators until the fbi asked the unabomber for a dna sample. pierre thomas has the story. >> reporter: it was a national nightmare. someone was lacing tylenol with cyanide. seven people murdered in chicago in the fall of 1982. >> cyanide-contained tylenol. >> this product may be contaminated with cyanide and should be destroyed. >> reporter: it dominated headlines. >> a nationwide search is under way today to find a man and a woman wanted for questioning in the tylenol murders. >> reporter: the case that literally changed the way americans shop. the tylenol scare prompted the nation's first mass recall of a retail product. tamper-proof medicine's now a fact of life. three decades later, the case remains unsolved. now a shot in the dark. the unabomber terrorized the country for 18 years. >> are you responsible for these bombings? >> reporter: injuring 23 people and killing three in a series of
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mail bombings. as it turns out kaczynski grew up in the chicago area where the tylenol attacks happened. four of his bombings took place there between 1978 and 1980. sources tell abc news, given kaczynski's ties to the region, the fbi requested a sample of his dna to compare to evidence recovered in the case. so how did we find out about this? the government had planned an online auction to sell items from the unabomber's montana cabin. the infamous hood and sunglasses, his typewriter used to write the manifesto. kaczynski has defiantly objected to the sale filing for a handwritten motion asking the judge to block it. in the motion revealed the government's request for dna. kaczynski says he's innocent but he's trying to strike a bargain. he says he's willing to voluntary give the dna if the auction is stopped. but the fbi is saying no deal, and plans to seek a court order to force him to give it up. pierre thomas, abc news, washington.
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the owner of the damaged japanese nuclear plant is announcing that it lost $14 billion due to the disaster. overall losses from that disaster are expected to be far bigger, including compensation for the thousands of folks forced to evacuate from their home. the president of the utility which owns the fukushima plant is resigning to take responsibility for the way the disaster was handled. a scathing report on last year's coal mine disaster in west virginia confirms what the victims' families have been saying all along. the mine's owner cared very little about workers' safety. now those families would like justice for the 29 men who died. david kerley has the details. >> reporter: from deep underground the first haunting images of that massive mine explosion. block walls crumbled. metal equipment twisted. we learned that not all the 29 minors were killed instantly. a survivor says he put rescue breathers on seven men still alive. but with his air running out, he was forced to leave. the hardest thing i ever done, he said. only one of those miners survived. and none of this should have ever happened.
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>> this was a preventible accident. an accident that was manmade. it was not preordained. >> reporter: the majority of the blame is directed at the mine owner, massey energy, and its then-ceo, don blankenship who told diane sawyer he always puts safety before production. >> but when you employ 6,000, 7,000, 8,000 people you do your best to protect all of them. >> reporter: but the report calls that just a slogan that massey blatantly and. water sprinklers were ineffective. there wasn't enough ventilation to carry away dangerous gas and the company let highly combustible coal dust build up. all touched off by a small spark. the company continues to claim it was a massive gas release that caused the explosion, not a lack of safety precautions. last year after the explosion, diana davis told david muir of her loss. >> and we just miss him and we love him so much. >> reporter: so you lost three people in the mine?
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>> mm-hmm, yes, at one time. >> reporter: her family is letting the report speak for itself. david kerley, abc news, washington. a swiss driver is recovering from a fiery crash at the indianapolis speedway. simona de silvestro lost control of her car yesterday during practice for the indy 500. the car burst into flames after slamming into the wall and then flipping over. the 22-year-old was treated for second degree burns to her hands. last year she was voted rookie of the year following her 14th place finish at the speedway. >> just 22 years old. now there are renewed allegations that lance armstrong used performance-enhancing drugs. tyler hamilton, a former teammate, told "60 minutes, that he saw armstrong use a performance-boosting drug called epo. he claims it happened during and after the tour de france. >> what did you actually witness?
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>> i mean i saw it in his refrigerator, you know? i saw him inject it more than one time. >> now shortly after those accusations went public armstrong tweeted this message which said, 20-year career, never failed a test. i rest my case. and interestingly enough that accusation is coming from tyler hamilton, who was busted for illegal drug use in the cycling -- in his profession. >> right which means credibility is an issue. >> a bit of an issue. >> you who will you choose to believe? but you hate to see another sports hero plagued with this again. no heroes left. this and baseball. it's sad. >> he's been tested. >> 500 times in fact. we'll see how this plays out yet again. all right, well at the height of prom season, that means dresses and tuxes, corsages, limos and of course parents snapping all of those embarrassing pictures. >> it's so true. but an alabama teen thought that she was going to miss the whole picture-taking thing. because her dad is serving in afghanistan. he did manage to pull off a big surprise coming home just before
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prom night. >> a great day for both dad and daughter. very, very cool. >> queue the tears. i love it that he made it for the moment. that's so cool. we'll be right back, everyone, with more of "world news now." ♪ i'm going home to the place where i belong and where your love has always been enough for me ♪
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welcome back, everybody. well, now we turn to a criminal case that's not only cold, it's pretty much arctic. it's the one from christmastime surrounding the murder of former pentagon official jack wheeler. >> and we're hearing now from his widow and son for the very first time. both of them spoke to abc's claire shipman. >> reporter: the last images of jack wheeler. they haunt his family and
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confound investigators, who have labored for five months to piece together his mysterious final days. >> we are desperate for information. >> not knowing what happened is -- preoccupies you. >> reporter: the one-time pentagon official was found in a delaware land fill on new year's eve beaten to death. and the blurry trail which led him there at times seems ripped from a political thriller. a defense expert with laser-like intelligent and passion to spare was spending the christmas holiday with his wife kathy in new york city. he left for washington on the 28th to deliver some gifts to friends. typical jack. >> he was in d.c. he had lunch at the metropolitan club, i think. he had a plan to deliver christmas presents, which he did. >> reporter: records show he then took the train to delaware
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where the couple has a home. not unusual. but that's where things get bizarre. so you were expecting him wednesday night. >> yes. i tried to call his cell phone. and it just went straight to voicemail. >> reporter: a pharmacist friend says he came into this drugstore in new castle looking worried. asking for a ride to wilmington. >> i think he was afraid. i mean, he looked afraid to me on the video tapes. >> reporter: she means this surveillance video from a parking garage in wilmington, a few days later. an anxious wheeler with a shoe in one hand telling the attendant he'd been robbed. and the last time that wheeler was seen alive was a day later outside this hotel in a hooded sweatshirt heading toward a rough wilmington neighborhood. >> like everything else about this case i just try to put it in a box and with a lot of question marks. >> reporter: and there are so many. was this all a robbery gone bad? his family thinks it's more. >> it sounded like someone who had thought it out pretty carefully what to do with him.
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and they didn't take his watch or his class ring. >> reporter: so it wasn't a standard robbery? >> right. >> reporter: the ivy-league educated wheeler was influential in washington. he played a key role in getting the vietnam memorial built. and he had access to government secrets. was he targeted? >> my dad did work at the pentagon several times in his career. did work on chemical warfare. did work on a series of other things. and the latest was cyberdefense. but i don't think he was involved with anything where -- you know, where someone would have him killed. >> reporter: wheeler had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. could what he was doing in those final days have been a result of not being on his medication? >> no, it wouldn't. a person who is depressed, they just don't do anything. >> reporter: right. >> a person who is manic is pretty focused. >> reporter: determined to solve the tragic mystery, the family has offered a $25,000 reward for
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more information. but nobody at all has come forward. >> typically, you get something. some people come forward. but i think you know, so far, i don't think anyone has. >> reporter: for the family, the unknown is unbearable. >> the strangest thing is watching my dad's last days on the internet. >> yeah. >> it's like seeing a digital ghost. >> claire shipman reporting there. what a bizarre case. you would like to think it didn't involve something he knew through all his government work on the pentagon. but it's so odd. it wasn't a clear-cut robbery? there are questions, that is really the main question, was it robbery? something that was targeted? but interesting that no valuables were taken. he had valuables on him but not taken. >> the class ring and the watch. >> jewelry.
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>> frustrating, too, a $25,000 reward, that's not a small amount of money and no significant leads in the case. just bizarre all the way around. >> it's tough when these things happen over the holidays and when people are not watching the headlines, that sort thing, sort of got brushed under the rug a little bit. >> hopefulthat wil get closurend g sp so coming up nex break, as a scandus bp headlines these days it's important toote all marriages end up like arnoln >> that's good to know. i hope that's true. >> yes. >> why more and more couples >> yes. >> why more and more couples statcccccccccccccccccccccccccccc
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well, arnold schwarzenegger is delaying his hollywood comeback. telling his talent agency to put all of his movie projects on hold until further notice. that, of course, follows this week's revelation of his love child with a former maid. he is going ahead however with an animated tv series. meanwhile, maria shriver is said to have hired a prominent l.a. divorce attorney.
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>> no one is surprised by that, i'm sure. well, their marriage meltdown has dominated the headlines this week. it's been as painful as it's been public. >> and it also makes it more difficult to believe that actually marriage in america is doing better as of late but indeed it is. and andrea canning has a little sign of hope. >> reporter: arnold schwarzenegger's bombshell revelation, another marriage breaking apart. the latest in a long line of high-profile splits. but before you say, i don't, a hopeful trend from the census bureau. longer-lasting marriages are on the rise. >> americans shouldn't be confused by the marital misadventures of elites in hollywood and in washington. in fact, we're seeing in the country is that marital stability is up in most of america, and that's good news. >> reporter: you can see the difference in just a decade. 3 out of 4 couples who married in the 1990s were still together after ten years. up 3% compared to those who tied the knot in the 1980s. america's divorce rate still stands at nearly 4 in 10 marriages failing, but the trends are improving.
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couples today are not only marrying later, they tend to be more educated and more economically secure. >> the 1970s, the introduction of women to the workforce often caused friction in many couples as they struggled to figure out who was supposed to do what. today we're seeing a lot less friction over that question. >> reporter: just married 15 seconds or so, how does it feel? >> it's amazing. it's absolutely amazing. >> yeah. >> reporter: and how about the extra bonus that couples are staying married longer these days? >> i think that's fantastic. i think that's really true. we know what we want. and no doubt that we'll be together for the rest of our lives. >> reporter: and now signs that happily ever after is making a comeback. ♪ andrea canning, abc news, new york. >> that's good to hear. >> interesting. >> especially in light of all of the news because you do hear about these horrible, horrific
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>> announcer: "world news now" delivers your morning papers. all right. how many of you out there have the iphone, the ipad, the whole thing? everybody's got that and used to be the only way that you could get the iphone is if you were an at&t customer, correct? well turns out up to 20 million americans could have been overcharged by at&t for data usage which is making a lot of -- people sort of sit up and take attention. when they did the study and looked at different charges on your iphone or your ipad sometimes charges for browsing, downloading items when you weren't even using your iphone. >> man, check your bills, folks. check your bills. >> there you go. >> and also picked this story just for me. the news observer down there in
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raleigh, north carolina, saying that the accent is kind of being diluted a little bit. it's called the southern vowel shift. it's becoming softer as the generations move on. influx of yankees and softening with the generation. >> that would be sad. >> i like the accent. >> y'all. >> y'all. i went to college in north carolina and after living in new orleans y'all is just natural. natural. >> like a phrase like besides y'all? like y'all come down. >> your mama right here. i love that accent. >> you can say the polka in the southern accent. >> yes and it's doomsday tomorrow and of course mitchell loves the theme. check out your doomsday polka. ♪ what's the 21st of may ♪ mankind's final saturday ♪ that's the doomsday polka ♪ if you're planning weekend trips ♪ ♪ make one the apocalypse ♪ that's the doomsday polka ♪ there's lots of things we must get ready in our final haste ♪ ♪ just don't buy any green bananas they'll just go to waste ♪ ♪ looks like this is it my
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friend ♪ ♪ welcome to the bitter end ♪ and the doomsday polka ♪ ♪ that's the doomsday polka ♪ ♪ it's the doomsday polka ♪ some head to their house of worship ♪ ♪ others go to bars ♪ but judgment day comes every week on "dancing with the stars" ♪ ♪ one thing's doomed and that's real plain ♪ ♪ donald trump's white house campaign ♪ ♪ that's the doomsday polka ♪ we're all sinners ♪ we're depraved and why we must pay but charlie sheen still around so i'd say we're okay ♪ ♪ the mayan calendar i fear says the end will come next year ♪ ♪ that's the world end polka i'll see you monday.
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thisng on "world n this morning on "world news now," bailing out. the former head of the imf, dominique strauss-kahn, leaves new york's notorious rikers island jail today. >> a judge agreed to a costly and elaborate bond deal to keep strauss-kahn under arrest. it's friday, may 20th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >> good morning, everybody. happy friday. >> whoo. thank goodness. >> i'm rob nelson. >> and i'm peggy bunker. strauss-kahn's attorney convinced the judge to allow him to bail him out of jail today. as we learn about his generous severance deal that he's getting from the imf. >> you will not believe what his annual pension will be. no matter how this trial -- >> no matter what goes down.
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>> unbelievable. also in this half hour, congresswoman gabby giffords gets a new nickname from her doctors in houston as her astronaut husband showed everyone a symbol of their love. this is truly such a miraculous story on every, like, level. >> and very romantic, too. these two remarkable people doing incredible things at the same time. very cool. and also, really important news that everybody needs to know. we're going to give you a followup on my 17-day diet. you're going to see if the regimen helped me to slim down. really? we had to queue those pictures? i was getting to work there, rob nelson. >> that was a nice hat. steel magnolia you. >> the whole scoop on the 17-day diet followup. did i get back into the jeans, the whole thing. >> it's verdict day. >> yes it's verdict day. but before all of that, abc news has learned that dominique strauss-kahn got a golden parachute when me resigned from the imf. get this, his severance is $318,000 a year. for the rest of his life. >> we're in the wrong sort of job, aren't we? >> totally.
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>> that money will come in handy because of his high-priced bail deal which gets him out of jail in a matter of hours. t.j. winick is joining us with the very latest. good morning, t.j. >> reporter: good morning, rob and peggy. during yesterday's hearing strauss-kahn's wife and daughter were holding hands in the front row of a packed courtroom in lower manhattan. desperate for his freedom, former imf chief dominique strauss-kahn appeared in court. the judge complied despite a vigorous argument from prosecutors that the international financier is a flight risk. >> the proof against him is substantial. it is continuing to grow every day as the investigation continues. and it should be considered by the court when evaluating the issue of bail. >> reporter: strauss-kahn was indicted on seven counts including first-degree criminal sexual act and attempted rape. in arguing for his client's release, defense attorney bill taylor presented dsk's hotel check-out and air france reservation the day of the alleged incident. >> these two pieces of evidence authoritatively rebut the idea
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that mr. strauss-kahn was in a panic. >> reporter: under the bail packa package, strauss-kahn will surrender his passport, post $1 million cash bail and wear an electronic monitoring bracelet and remain confined to a new york city apartment. abc news news has learned that evidence including hotel key cards, security cameras and interviews support the hotel housekeeper's claim of being in the room at the same time as dsk, perhaps for as long as 15 minutes. strauss-kahn blew a kiss to his wife and daughter before leaving the courtroom. the case is adjourned until june 6th. rob and peggy. in other news now, the mother of a boy found dead along a road in maine has told her attorney that she wants to be with her son in heaven. julianne mccreary has been ordered held without bond on second-degree murder charges after a court appearance. mccreary told police that she gave her child an overdose of cough syrup before leaving his body on the side of the road. >> that's a heartbreaking story. the stage is now set for a
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tense meeting today when president obama sits down with israel's prime minister benjamin netanyahu at the white house. >> netanyahu is not happy with a key part of the president's new mideast policy. karen travers is in washington with details now. good morning, karen. >> reporter: good morning, rob. good morning, peggy. the president used the recent events in north africa to make his case that a sustainable peace between the israelis and the palestinians is now more urgent than ever. wading into the volatile middle east peace process, president obama sent a pointed message to the israelis and palestinians. for the first time, mr. obama said that any future peace agreement between the two sides should be determined by the 1967 borders. >> the united states believes that negotiations should result in two states with permanent palestinian borders with israel, jordan and egypt, and permanent israeli borders with palestine. >> reporter: while this is not a new position for a u.s. president, it is controversial.
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the israelis believe a return to those boundaries would threaten their security. the president's comments come on the eve of israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu's visit to the white house. in a statement after the president's speech, netanyahu said the 1967 borders were indefensible. president obama focused heavily on the historic change that has taken place in the middle east and north africa during the arab spring. >> the people of the region have achieved more change in six months than terrorists have accomplished in decades. >> reporter: the president emphasized the key role the u.s. can play in fostering democratic reform. but there is growing skepticism in the region. two years ago mr. obama brought his message of hope and change to cairo. >> i've come here to cairo to seek a new beginning between the united states and muslims around the world. >> reporter: that was then, this is now. >> he promised many things but nothing happened after. >> reporter: president obama had a message for the skeptics,
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change of this magnitude does not come easy. and it's up to the people of the middle east to make it happen. rob and peggy? >> well, thank you so much, karen. world champion cyclist lance armstrong is now fighting back against new allegations that he used performance-enhancing drugs. a former teammate says that he and armstrong used a blood booster called epo before and during the tour de france. now another former teammate made similar allegations last year. shortly after the new accusations went public, armstrong tweeted this message, he said, "20-year career, never failed a test, i rest my case." the arizona college that suspended the tucson shooting suspect has now released 250 e-mails documenting a string of disturbing incidents. >> investigators say that jared loughner's e-mails show that he was unstable, and that he also drew complaints from classmates and teachers alike. the congresswoman shot in that rampage is now making great strides to recover. diana alvear has our update. good morning, diana. >> reporter: rob and peggy, good morning. i am happy to report that when it comes to gabrielle giffords the good news keeps on coming.
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doctors say she's making a remarkable recovery following some major surgery. miles above earth, mark kelly keeps his wife, gabrielle giffords, close to him. >> this is the peace love gabby bracelet. >> reporter: kelly's also wearing giffords' wedding ring on a chain around his neck. on wednesday, she was wearing his as well, while she underwent 3 1/2 hours of surgery to replace the section of her skull they initially removed to relieve swelling. >> i started calling her gorgeous gabby today. and she hasn't looked in the mirror yet, but as soon as she does, she'll be very pleased. >> reporter: shortly after giffords was shot in the head, surgeons removed a section of her skull to let her brain expand more freely. with swelling down doctors performed a procedure called cranioplasty. covering that area with a plastic cast using small titanium screws to attach it to her skull. doctors also implanted a shunt beneath her skin to allow the fluid in her brain to absorb properly. >> so it's not visible.
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it's something that nobody would tell somebody has. >> reporter: the surgery carried a slightly higher risk of infection. but doctors are optimistic. throughout this ordeal they say giffords has handled it all with a healthy sense of humor. >> she's cracked me up several times. she's made some jokes. we've had very good social conversations, as well. >> reporter: and she's looking forward to conversations with her husband. giffords reportedly has her blackberry by her side just in case kelly calls from space. her surgery was timed to allow giffords to attend monday's launch of the space shuttle "endeavour." afterwards, she reportedly said, good stuff. rob, peggy? nasa says it may ask commander kelly and his crew to inspect damage on the underbelly of "endeavour" this weekend. some the thermal tiles were gouged during liftoff. however, commander kelly says that he saw similar damage on his 2006 shuttle flight and it was later cleared for re-entry. >> you can see there how it makes the hair stand up just a little bit. >> isn't that incredible? and so many chores up there.
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what they're accomplishing it's really very cool. >> already accomplished their number one mission which is this $2 billion cosmic ray detector, which will scan the universe for years to come. >> and international space station gives us so much information. much of the stuff that we don't realize. very important. >> the shuttle program begins to wind down. >> yep there you go. all right, why a south florida dump site known as mt. trashmore is now being transformed into one of most famous landmarks. >> the hollywood sign has been re-created in pompano beach. did i say that correctly? pompano beach? i wanted to make sure. this is for the upcoming film version of the hit broadway musical "rock of ages." looks identical. >> since big hills are pretty scarce down in south florida movie makers used this huge pile of trash. hopefully the movie starring tom cruise, alec baldwin, mary j. blige and julianne hough is not garbage when it's released a year from now. if that's not recycling, i don't
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know what is. >> that looks like an interesting movie. wait for that one that's for sure. we'll be right back with more of "world news now." stay with us. ♪ those hollywood nights in those hollywood hills ♪ ♪ it was looking so right it was giving him chills ♪
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welcome back, everybody. of course it is the end of another week, and this one seemed pretty news-packed to say the least. a lot of big stories going on in the last five days. >> for instance, we had the shuttle launch, the sex scandal, a pretty big one there, and of course, the flooding that is devastating a lot of the country. and also a flash of a grand night in chicago. check out the quotes of the week. >> zero and liftoff! on the final launch of "endeavour." >> she's been working really hard to make sure that her doctors would permit her to come. >> she's gonna look at herself in the mirror today and see a person who is well on the mend. someone who is really recovering. >> it's really heart wrenching that we here are going to be sacrificed for others and it's a number's game, i guess. >> this is my house. this is my dream house. i don't want to leave it. >> you don't know what you're gonna have when it's over.
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>> he sexually assaulted her and attempted to forcibly rape her. when he was unsuccessful he forced her to perform oral sex on him. >> he intends to vigorously defend these charges. and he denies any wrongdoing. >> the defendant was indicted on all of the charges by the grand jury. these are extremely serious charges. >> we believe the borders of israel and palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps. >> when you have money, power and sex, you have an explosive cocktail mix that results in such behavior. >> we're just waiting for the money now that arnold's buying the property for one of his staff that is retiring. >> he had this kid, okay, and maria never knew? what did she think this was? water weight gain? >> all of the factors say go. but my heart says no. >> i will not be running for president, as much as i'd like to. >> stop the hate.
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stop the anti-gay politics. >> we're sad to see oprah leave. you know, and we still can't believe it. >> she's kind of like a piece of american history, you know what i mean? >> you are surrounded by nothing but love. >> i think what happened last night was out of this world. >> they got that footage of oprah at the big brunch the next morning after her big party on tuesday night. so huge. >> and so sad to see her go. people say there could be like a psychological aftermath for people who are used to watching "oprah." >> the oprah era, it's true. and monday and tuesday you'll see the two episodes that she taped in chicago and wednesday is supposed to be the best kept secret in hollywood right now. what she's going to do for her last show, the 25th. >> farewell to the big o. coming up next, when peggy decides to do something, miss bunker does it. >> so embarrassing. >> that picture is hot. >> i wanted to go back into my prebaby jeans, do it just 17 days. was i able to pull it off? the diet details, sordid and
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♪ you are beautiful, no matter what they say ♪ >> that's nice. i know. feel a little lighter. >> yes, it is time to face the music for my coanchor here who a few weeks ago launched her 17-day diet. >> whoo-hoo! >> she said i've been torturing her. i eat everything, you know that. i ate my bagels. my garlic bagels, which she likes so much. >> he eats a garlic baseball every day. thank you. >> and skittles, chocolate, everything up here. so basically you weren't allowed to eat anything but what, lettuce and air. >> and while rob continued to plow through the bagel platter every day i did spend 17 days trying to shed those post-baby
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pounds. and i know that a lot of moms out there know what i'm talking about. the goal? to get back into the skinny jeans. it turns out, it was so easy to stay on the 17-day diet. but i did it. here's what happens. >> reporter: here's a thing about publicly declaring you're going on a diet -- so i'm going on the 17-day diet, i'll let you know how it goes. a lot of people are going on it with me. you can't back out. but that's okay. i didn't exactly hold back when i was pregnant. so you could say i had some pounds to lose. but the real goal was to get back into my prepregnancy jeans without having to do this. >> pajama jeans look like designer denim jeans. >> reporter: the 17-day diet preached the low carb heavy protein dieting for 17 days. with tons of green tea between meals. 17 days and done sounded pretty good to me. 17 days to drop some of those pounds. day one. "17 day diet" author mike moreno
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explains what you are eating is critical. >> we're eliminating sugars, processed foods, all of the crap and we're putting you on healthy food. >> okay so being on the 17-day diet means eating a lot more of these, fruits and vegetables. snacking on things like that, little mini satsuma oranges and also not paying too many visits to this drawer, my former secret stash cookie drawer, which i will not be opening for at least 17 days. the book mandates 17 minutes of exercise per day, which is all i can handle right now with the twins and an overnight job. the exercise was easy. not eating my daily dose of cookies or wine, that was hard. by day six i needed some relief. mama has to have her wine. is that so bad? >> babe, do you want a cookie? >> reporter: plus there seemed to be saboteurs all around me. even the dog didn't seem to want to let me exercise. by day seven i had to hand over my secret stash of chocolate to the my husband because my resolve was wearing thin. despite feeling that the diet was working, i hit complete disaster when easter rolled around on day ten. i was no match for a cadbury egg and that opened the floodgates for all of the forbidden foods i'd been missing.
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but, dr. moreno says, if you fall off the diet, get right back on. and so i did, with gusto, until day 14. i am getting sick of the diet, rob. i'm starting to feel. >> how many days? >> i have three more days. >> why are cheating with this big bag of m&ms? >> i cannot eat any more yogurt or green tea. >> what about vegetables? blueberries? >> b >> reporter: but i was very disciplined for the last three days. and finally, day 17. when i hobbled over the day 17 finish line, i did it in my prepregnancy jeans. okay, ready? ready? >> so what happened? >> oh, oh! >> are these the skinny jeans? >> look at it, yeah. ♪ >> congratulations. you're back. >> i'm not kidding. i will not say not a muffin top when i sit down. >> oh, please. >> but standing up they look
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rather fetching. >> twins five months ago and you're back in your skinny jeans. i'm impressed. >> i kid you not. i didn't think that i was going to be able to get into these guys, i really didn't. >> did you count a number? >> four, five. that wasn't the focus. just getting back into the clothes. hes.
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♪ here in my car i'm the safest of all i can lock all my doors ♪ ♪ in cars i don't know why i took that deep breath like i was going to start. go ahead. >> something about the cars. i like that song. finally this half hour, what may come as a surprise. something of a surprise. did you know that the going rate for a used car right now is at a 16-year high? >> wow. no kidding? all right, matt gutman discovered the reasons behind all of this. impressive stuff here. take a look. >> reporter: that rusty wreck in your driveway may actually be a golden opportunity. for larry, selling his old 2008 dodge pickup, it was. you bought it for how much. >> 18,500. >> reporter: how much did you sell it for?
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>> 20,000. >> reporter: that's right a $1,500 profit. >> we were pretty shocked and didn't fully understand that you know that it was worth more than we ever paid for it. >> right now, as far as the prices go, you won't get a better price for your used car. >> reporter: some models are up nearly 30% since the beginning the year. a lot of that has been fueled by the quest for cars that don't take much fuel. take that toyota prius in your driveway. a 3-year-old prius is worth $4,100 more than they paid for it. camries and ford focuses are not far behind almost $3,000 more. but it's not just fuel-efficient vehicles. take a 3-year-old ford explorer, had it sold in 2007 it would have gone for about $7,100. if you sold ford explorer today twice as much over $14,000. the price is so good, dealers like alex andreas of brickell motors say customers are becoming suspicious. >> sometimes they don't believe us. sometimes they think there's something we're trying to pull.
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>> reporter: in fact, supply has to do with the revival. during the recession, americans bought 40% fewer new cars. and the cars they did buy, they hung on to for a lot longer. and the earthquake and tsunami in japan triggered a huge shortage of new cars and parts. even affecting american factories. but analysts say cash in while you can because after a 16-year high, there's only one direction prices are likely to go. down. matt gutman, abc news, miami. >> and that's so funny because they always say the car is the worst investment that you can make because it depreciates as soon as you drive off the lot. but get this. nearly 15% of 1-year-old used cars are currently bringing higher prices than a new model of the very same car. >> people think that you're getting the discount. or no matter what you're usually spending less for a used car. >> that's crazy. no, i never got one. i got rid of my car after i moved here after ten years. oh, yeah. what can i do to put you in that hoopty today?
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this morning on "world news now," costly bailout. finance expert dominique strauss-kahn's bond deal to get out of jail today. >> he gets to leave new york's rikers island in just a matter of hours, even though prosecutors are stacking up even more evidence in the sex assault case against him. it's friday, may 20th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >> good morning, everyone. i'm peggy bunker. >> and i'm rob nelson. strauss-kahn resigned from the imf and he's getting quite a generous severance package on his way out the door. but you'll see why he needs that money, though, for legal expenses on his ongoing sexual assault case. >> i would say so. also this half hour, the texas mom who told new england police that she gave her son too much cough medicine. after her court appearances,
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we're learning more about the little boy's final days. and this story's been a water-cooler topic for the last several days. seen a lot of news reports on this. doomsday is supposed to be tomorrow if you believe a religious broadcaster's prediction. he's convinced there will be a worldwide earthquake 6:00 p.m., saturday night, may 21st. >> see, all of that dieting for nothing. >> that's right. should have had those bonbons. >> if you have anything to do, get it done by the weekend. but first we do want to update you on dominique strauss-kahn. he is expected to move from rikers island to manhattan's tony upper east side today. his wife his rented a two-bedroom apartment that goes for about $14,000 a month. >> that's all? money of course is not an issue for this couple. strauss-kahn's severance from the imf includes a lifetime annual salary of more than $300,000. chris cuomo is following the court case. >> reporter: dominique strauss-kahn blew kisses to his family in a rare light moment after the judge accepted his argument that he had no reason to run.
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and his offer to stay confined in a new york city apartment rented by his wife while wearing an electronic monitoring device. >> i think the conditions that have been proposed, i believe that they are sufficient to ensure that you will be here when we need you. >> reporter: likening the offer to that made by bernie madoff the defendant pledged $1 million in cash and $5 million in assets. the prosecution argued dominique strauss-kahn tried to flee once and that he has the means and incentive to flee again. >> he has the stature and the resources to live a life of ease and comfort in parts of the world that are beyond this court. >> reporter: good news for the prosecution came from the grand jury indictment that was revealed, which seemed to indicate they found the alleged victim's account completely believable. strauss-kahn denied wrongdoing for the first time in his letter resigning as the head of the imf on wednesday. writing "i deny with the greatest possible firmness all the allegations that have been made against me." the grand jury, however, sent
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down seven counts, including forced sex and attempted rape. counts that carry up to 25 years in prison. >> the defendant was indicted on all of the charges presented to the grand jury. these are extremely serious charges. >> reporter: a harsh indictment that may have given some comfort to the alleged victim. >> she's extraordinarily vulnerable here having basically her life taken away from her because of this incident. >> reporter: chris cuomo, abc news, new york. the fbi is investigating a possible link between the unabomber and the deadly tylenol scare in chicago nearly 30 years ago. seven people died there in the fall of 1982 after taking tylenol that was laced with cyanide. despite a nationwide manhunt, the case was never solved. but it turns out now that ted kaczynski, known as the unabomber, grew up in chicago and four of his bombs exploded there between 1978 and 1980. the mom accused of killing her son and then leaving his body on a roadside in maine is now being held without bond this morning. her attorney says that julianne mccreary apparently traveled
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from texas with the idea of taking her son's life and then committing suicide. wmtw's keith baldy has the latest. >> reporter: five days after authorities say 42-year-old julianne mccreary murdered her 6-year-old son camden hughes and disposed of his body -- she was arraigned in court twice. first in massachusetts as a fugitive from justice and then in new hampshire on two counts of second-degree murder. there she was visibly shaky and crying. her massachusetts defense attorney says she hasn't eaten in days and was only thinking about one thing -- killing herself. in fact, he says that's why she was in new hampshire in the first place. >> i don't believe she was up here for a trip. i believe she was up here to bring both her son and herself to heaven. i asked her how she felt about her son and she said i love my son very much. her focus and i think this is from her religious experience is i know where he is and i want to be with him. he's in heaven and i want to be there as soon as possible. >> reporter: prosecutors would not comment about mccreary's
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motivation for traveling from texas to new england, but did say she murdered camden on saturday in hampton, new hampshire, by asphyxiating him. she was staying with the 6-year-old at this hampton motel which police searched and where others say they saw and heard mccreary. >> i did hear her yelling. i knew that for a fact. >> what was she saying? >> she was just going off about, pick this up, pick that up. >> reporter: authorities would not comment about a confession, how exactly she asphyxiated the boy, or why mccreary might have picked south berwick to dispose of the body. >> we're early on in the investigation. we're collecting a lot of facts and a lot of background information. things happened very quickly yesterday. there's always the opportunity to upgrade charges when we go before the grand jury. >> reporter: they also would not say why second-degree murder is the charge they chose to pursue. >> that was keith baldy reporting. family members from texas are traveling to new england to claim the boy's body for burial. the family of a virginia
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teenager is now suing the makers of the alcoholic beverage four loko saying it is partly to blame for his death. 15-year-old beau rupp was struck and killed by a car after drinking two cans of four loko. his mother says the drink impaired him so much that he lost touch with reality. caffeine has since been taken out of that drink. but rupp's parents say it is still a dangerous drink and should be banned. chrysler could pay off its taxpayer loans by next week. they've been able to raise $7.5 billion through bank loans, bond sales and money from its corporate parent, fiat. chrysler took the federal loan two years ago. this month, chrysler posted its first profitable quarter in five years. president obama's mideast policy speech will likely dominate the agenda today. when prime minister netanyahu visits the white house. netanyahu is not thrilled to say the least with everything that the president had to say. and as alex marquardt reports the speech also did not play
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well on the streets of cairo. >> reporter: it was a tough crowd for president obama. egyptians in cairo watched the speech with skepticism, those who cared to watch it at all. in the end, some positive steps but falling short. >> i still wanted to hear more. i expected some parts of the speech was a little bit late. he should have said that a long time ago. >> i have come here to cairo to seek a new beginning between the united states and muslims around the world. >> reporter: obama outlined his vision for relations with the arab world shortly after taking office. a speech that was widely praised and viewed as a new beginning. >> after that, nothing happened. no promises fulfilled. >> reporter: obama was criticized for not doing enough to support the egyptian revolution or the other uprisings across the region. but the biggest complaint here is the failure to solve the israeli/palestinian conflict. if you want to find a new way in the middle east, you have to speak about the palestinian/israeli conflict, this man said. thursday, obama did that.
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>> we believe the borders of israel and palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps. >> reporter: but he left many unanswered questions. >> what we need in this region, not any more, not more beautiful speeches. we don't see it. >> reporter: this speech was an effort by president obama to redeem himself in the eyes of people across this region, an effort that clearly still has a long way to go. alex marquardt, abc news, cairo. another former teammate is now accusing lance armstrong of taking performance-enhancing drugs. the latest allegation comes from tyler hamilton. he claims he took a blood booster with armstrong before and during their tour de france competition. but attorneys for armstrong point out the champ actually passed nearly 500 drug tests during a career that spanned two decades. and this actually follows a year ago. a teammate, another man, made a similar accusation that the team that armstrong had used
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performance-enhancing drugs and now this. >> his whole career really but he's really one the most tested athletes in sports because he's been so challenged about his ability to do these tour de frances, it's been amazing. >> to me if you pass 500 tests what more do you need to do? but i mean -- >> are they doing things that are not detectible, that's the question. moving on to other news. a fugitive wallaby has been spotted all over a coastal area of western england has been caught. >> this giant marsupial first showed up in jan cooper's garden earlier this week. she managed to grab some pictures before the beast, so to speak, scampered over her fence. >> our friends at the bbc tell us that an off-duty firefighter finally managed to rugby tackle the wallaby to the ground, yeah and it's now safely in a wild animal sanctuary. >> that's good. poor guy. >> world crisis has been solved. speaking of world crisis, we're going to update you with an apparent world crisis headed our way this weekend. right? >> right. >> what everyone is saying.
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well, if you believe at least one prediction this will be the last broadcast of "world news now." >> and on a much grander scale, this whole thing called life on earth is just about over. we can finally get a good night's sleep. >> we can go to bed. get some rest. wouldn't that be nice? it's the belief of a religious broadcaster in california and kfsn's liz harrison spoke to him. take a listen. >> there is going to be a great earthquake such as never been. it'll be so great that all the tombs everywhere in the world are going to be thrown open. that's going to require a granddaddy earthquake. >> reporter: that was harold camping at his oakland office in november. he described for me what he thought would happen on may 21, 2011. by phone harold camping told me
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he's more sure than ever that this saturday is judgment day. >> absolutely beyond a shadow of a doubt, it's going to happen. >> reporter: 89-year-old harold camping hosts a christian radio show five nights a week. that is broadcast on family radio and is translated all over the world. he bases his prediction on a mathematical system to interpret prophecies in the bible. there are many in the world-wide christian community that disagree with camping's theology. >> my personal opinion is whenever somebody sets a specific date, the lord says, i will not come back on that day. >> reporter: pastor jan van oosten of covenant community church is doing a series of sermons on the end of time because of all of the chat about judgment day. he says he believes no one knows the day or time of the end of the world. but harold camping says it will begin at 6:00 on saturday on the other side of the world. >> kind of like a progressive earthquake. from everything that we can
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learn, the bible talks about it going from nation to nation. the bible speaks about those standing off and weeping and wailing. >> reporter: camping says he will spend what he believes will be his last hours on earth watching it all unfold on tv at home with his family. if you are still here on monday can we interview you on monday? >> i will not answer your question. >> oh, well -- >> he's not going to answer. he's pretty convinced. a lot of people in fact you hear about this on facebook. my gosh. it's starting early. >> what's going on? >> jimmy, what's happening? >> come on, this can't happen. i have got clothes in the cleaners. i gotta pay my tab. [ sirens wailing ] >> it's been a pleasure, everybody. >> it has been. >> have a good one. >> have a great weekend. >> say good-bye. >> have the cheesecake. >> it's been nice knowing you for a few months.
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. >> ever so brief. >> we'll do "the skinny" next when we come right back. stay with us.
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♪ so skinny welcome back, everybody. your friday edition of "the skinny." >> a big day in "the skinny." a lot going on. >> one of our colleagues in the news biz kind of signed off yesterday. katie couric will spend her last night/evening at the anchor desk over there at cbs. >> she's done a great job. >> really, after five years. she started september 5, 2006, over there at cbs replacing bob schieffer at the time. take a look at how she said farewell last night. we don't have that bite. but she basically said, she could never come up with a good sign-off. she simply said i'm katie couric, thanks. for watching, good night. those decisions are way above our pay grade so we don't know much about that. >> we wonder, look around for clues so far nothing concrete but that would be nice to have her. >> and the first woman ever solo anchor the evening news. >> congrats to katie. did you all see "american idol" last night? because we had a big
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elimination. it's down to two. sort of like the country fans that have really kept these two at the top. we're talking of course about haley reinhart, she was booted off and she seemed sort of shocked. am i the only one who seemed like -- she seemed sort of shocked. in fact, her face was sort of mad. >> was she a favorite? >> when they made the announcement, they're down to three. and everyone liked these three. but everyone seems to have a soft spot for scotty mccreery. his nickname is hottie scotty. he's really cute and his parents were there. i love to see the parents. they cry, it is so wonderful. haley, really put the emotion into it too for her final song. she gave it her all. 95 million people voted. i mean when you think about that. >> that's incredible numbers, isn't it? >> 95 million people voted to keep their favorite people there. >> i wonder at this point people whether -- whether people are voting on talent, or who is the cutest? the hottest? >> i like scotty. i like that he's humble. people like humble, nice and he
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really is, i think that he will do well. they both are, lauren and scotty. >> a big finale coming up. all right also, speaking of "american idol," beyonce made a guest appearance on the show last night. she was one the guest mentors and we got a glimpse into her new music video called -- >> that must have been tough for you. >> i was glued to the tv. my ex-wife beyonce called "run the world girls." take a listen. ♪ girls we run this mother ♪ girls we run this mother >> you can tell this is obviously a sort of female empowerment kind of song. the video, another one of her maybe bound-to-be classics. i think this is the same song that she actually performed at the big tribute to oprah this week in chicago. it seems appropriate with oprah going out on top. but looking good, beyonce. looking good. >> not as terrible when jay-z came between the two of you. >> i don't know why she picked him. what does he have? >> i don't know. i thought that was completely shocking. also completely shocking, how would you feel if you were maria shriver when this whole story went down? it continues to evolve. this is the very latest. according to radaronline and also "star" magazine they did a joint investigation. they say maria actually confronted the housekeeper,
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mildred baena who goes by patty, and asked her, is this child arnold's? his likeness is so profound apparently that she was very suspicious and however might remember that arnold said this week. after leaving the governor's office i told my wife about this event which occurred over a decade on ago. sources are saying it is not true. maria had her speculations about this situation and actually confronted patty, the housekeeper, about this little boy. >> that's a double betrayal. your husband and someone living in your own house for years. >> working in your home, and i think that that has to make it doubly tough. >> it was a joke in that house for years, how much that kid looked like arnold, ha, ha, ha. a joke. and wait a minute, it looks too much like arnold. let's end on a hot note, on this friday version of "the skinny," spike tv which is kind of you know it's like lifetime for men. it's our tv channel and they presented their decade of hotness award, one my personal favorites got the award. jennifer aniston the honor
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bestowed upon her. past winners of the award halle berry and charlize theron. excellent choices. >> her and her boyfriend because she is dating bradley cooper. >> that's her man now. >> very cute. oyfriend because she is dating bradley cooper. >> that's her man now. >> very cute. what do you got? restrained driver...
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here are some stories to watch today on abc news. it could be weeks before floodwaters recede in vicksburg, mississippi. their mississippi river crested there 14 feet above flood stage. and expect more tearful testimony today from nancy kerrigan's mother. she defended her son, who is now on trial for manslaughter near boston. prosecutors say mark kerrigan is responsible for his father's death because at the time, mark, they say, was drunk, and he and his dad were arguing. also queen elizabeth's historic trip to dublin ends today, but she'll continue her state tour elsewhere in ireland. finally this half hour let's just call this guy determination personified. >> those closest to him know him by another simpler name,
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superman. our dr. richard besser shows us why. >> reporter: what you're witnessing is groundbreaking. rob summers making history by standing up. to understand just how incredible this moment is, you have to go back to a summer night in 2006 when rob, a baseball player nicknamed superman, met tragedy. >> i was playing the best i ever had and was hit by a car in a hit and run while i was standing in my driveway. >> reporter: what do you remember from that time? >> i couldn't move my arms. i tried to yell and nothing would come out. it was like my worst nightmare realized. >> reporter: his mother rushed to the hospital. >> and they said, we have signs of spinal cord injury. and you just -- your world stops spinning. >> reporter: rob was paralyzed from the chest down. told he would never walk again. >> i turned to the doctor and i said, obviously you don't know me very well. i'm going to walk again. >> nice to meet you. >> very nice meeting you. >> reporter: soon after rob learned of groundbreaking
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research, a first in the treatment of spinal cord injuries. doctors implanted a tiny stimulator in his spinal cord below the area that was damaged. when the stimulator is turned on, it energizes his damaged nerves. allowing him to move parts of his body that were paralyzed. >> i turned, i go, hey, look. my toe's moving. everyone's mouths hit the floor. >> left leg up. >> reporter: so every day now rob spends hours training, willing his body to move. do you think that there is a possibility that one day rob summers and people like him may be able to walk on their own? >> yes, yes, i do. we still have a lot of studies to do. >> reporter: it was the dream of dana and christopher reeve that those with spinal cord injuries would one day walk again. >> they would have seen rob as their personal superman. it gives incredible hope to that. >> reporter: and for rob it is one small step at a time. dr. richard besser, abc news, new york. >> wouldn't that be amazing? so many people in that situation that would really just love
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technology that would help them walk again.
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