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rvices inc. tonight on "world news," brand new flood worries this evening, as a flood wall collapses outside a nuclear power plant in nebraska. tonight, federal inspectors on the scene. what they're saying. and we ask, where is all the flooding coming from? water rises across nearly two dozen states now. new clues tonight. what happened in the moments before that truck slammed into an amtrak train. tonight, the death toll grows, as do the troubling questions. the one to watch. on the eve of her announcement, michele bachmann, already racing to the top of a new poll. what drives this mother of five, foster mother to 23? changing face of the american baby. is the gerber image outdated? new numbers painting a new picture tonight. and caught on tape, by accident. the florida surfers and the photographer who had no idea they were swimming with a shark, until they watched the tape.
good evening. great to have you with us on this sunday. we begin with a soaked portrait of america this evening, and there is a brand new worry, after flooding surrounding a nuclear plant. here's the map tonight. nearly two dozen states now, all dealing with rising waters. and in one state in particular, the nuclear plant they're now watching. a flood wall has collapsed outside the ft. calhoun nuclear plant near omaha, nebraska. here's what we know tonight. the power station is now surrounded by flood waters and there's been a power failure there today. authorities maintain there is no immediate danger, but they are watching it, and so is abc's david kerley, on the flooding picture again tonight. >> reporter: early this morning, a berm at the ft. calhoun plant collapsed, allowing waters to reach containment buildings, forcing the shutdown of power. tonight, backup generators are cooling the nuclear material. the plant has not been in operation since april, and officials say there is no danger.
federal inspectors are on the scene, but the government is so concerned, the head of the nuclear regulatory commission is headed to the plant. there was no protecting thousands of houses in minot, north dakota, as the river hit its peak today, flooding more than 4,000 homes, including leslie doll's. >> when you actually see your house, and you know it's not just your basement, it's your whole house -- i'm sorry. >> reporter: it is an eerie feeling starting to come in between these houses. >> it's almost apocalyptic. >> reporter: we traveled by boat into the flooded neighborhoods with this national guard general. the good news here? the river peaked two feet lower than expected. but it's nearly 13 feet above flood stage and it's going to stay near that level for days. >> could be two to four to six weeks or more before the water actually goes back into its banks. >> reporter: and before people get to come see their houses. >> before they get to come and see their houses.
>> reporter: one of those homeowners is now living in this shopping center parking lot. randy nelson and his wife bought this camper, knowing their house is flooded and powerless to do anything but wait. >> probably a week at this level. >> reporter: so, what's the hardest thing now, just being patient? >> patient, waiting, see what's going to happen. where you are going to live afterwards. >> reporter: randy nelson thinks the water at his house is actually even higher than it is here. so, where did all the water come from? heavy rains and snow melt in canada. and it's all moving down. they couldn't hold it back, it's got to come through the system. david? >> incredible to see the roof tops there behind you. david, i wanted to get back to that nuclear plant. the held of the nrc headed there tomorrow. and you told me earlier, they're concerned about where all the water is coming from, too. >> reporter: yeah, and it's the same problem -- as a helicopter, a blackhawk national guard helicopter flies overhead -- it's the same problem. it's going to take weeks for the water to move through the system, because that's what they are concerned about, the nuclear power plants.
there could be more to come. >> all right, david kerley leading us off again tonight. david, thank you. we turn now to the unfolding investigation into that fiery collision with an amtrak train in nevada. we now know of six people killed, and we learned today, two other truck drivers watched in horror as that trailer smashed into the train. abc's lisa stark has been following the investigation, working her sources all weekend. lisa, good evening. >> reporter: good evening. well, investigators, david, will be obtaining cell phone records for the truck driver who died in the crash, to see if he might have been distracted, even as they try to determine how many train passengers are still unaccounted for. more than 48 hours after that fatal collision, investigators are still trying to figure out why, in clear weather and with unobstructed views, a tractor trailer plowed through a rail crossing and into an amtrak passenger train. >> we'll not be determining the probable cause of this accident while we are here on the scene, nor will we speculate about what may have caused the accident. >> reporter: we learned today that the fatal truck was the
lead in a three-truck convoy. the two other trucks stopped in plenty of time, but the lead driver apparently saw the train too late, slammed on his brakes and skidded 300 feet before smashing into the california zephyr and setting off a huge fire ball. >> tell her to jump. >> reporter: the highway speed limit at the crossing is 70 miles an hour. no word on how fast the truck was going, but enough for the cab to become imbedded in the side of the train. >> my heart felt like it was up in my throat. you know, because we didn't know if it was the end or what. >> reporter: as the search goes on for passengers still unaccounted for, two forensic anthropologists were brought in today to look for victims who may have been in the two rail cars that were incinerated. some passengers who got out alive have little more than the clothes on their backs. >> i went to grab my purse and she was just like, out, go! and i have nothing. >> reporter: the nevada truck company involved in this
horrific accident reportedly has a number of state safety violations, that's according to the associated press, and federal records reviewed by abc show the company has had two accidents in the past two years. david? >> all right, lisa stark, we know you'll stay on it. and lisa has also covered the controversial airport security pat-downs here for us. there was that image of the 6-year-old being checked at this new orleans airport in april, and tonight, another tale emerging from "the panama city news herald." a 95-year-old woman suffering from leukemia, reportedly subjected to a 45-minute security check, forced to remove her undergarments. the tsa says no comment, they are investigating. and, now, to the political headlines unfolding in iowa tonight. republican congresswoman michele bachmann is getting ready to kick off her presidential campaign. her announcement comes tomorrow. but this evening, the numbers are already in. among likely republican voters in iowa, that crucial state, a new poll shows bachmann in a statistical tie with front-runner mitt romney.
so, what drives this lawyer, wife and foster mom to 23? abc's jonathan karl is in iowa tonight. jon, good to see you. >> reporter: good to see you, david. michele bachmann is here in waterloo, iowa, to kick off her campaign. as you mentioned, that won't happen until tomorrow. but she is already on a roll. in the political world, she's the woman of the moment. at the top of the polls in iowa even before starting her campaign. >> president obama is a one-term president. >> reporter: coming off a presidential debate earlier this month where she outshined the more experienced candidates, bachmann has just been dubbed "queen of the tea party" by the conservative "weekly standard" magazine. suddenly, the congresswoman from minnesota, once seen as something of a fringe candidate, has emerged as the person to beat, especially in the critical first caucus state of iowa, the place where she was born. how big a deal is that poll? "the des moines register" has you tied for first place. >> it is a very nice welcome home gift, let me tell you. we are excited. you know, we had heard wonderful things on the ground and this confirmed what we were hearing. >> reporter: another clear sign
bachmann has broken through -- >> believe it or not, my makeup was done by a child. and live from new york, it's saturday night! >> reporter: she's already been parodied on "saturday night live." bachmann's appeal is partly because of her unyieldingly conservative views. she started the tea party caucus in the house. there's also her personal story. she's the mother of five and has provided care for 23 foster children. she is controversial, known for some over-the-top criticism of the president. >> i am very concerned that he may have anti-american views. >> reporter: bachmann says she regrets saying that, but her more controversial statements like that led today to this question from chris wallace on "fox news sunday." >> are you a flake? >> well, i think that would be insulting, to say something like that. because i'm a serious person. >> reporter: wallace later apologized for that, but it's barely a bump in the road, as michele bachmann prepares to kick off her campaign. >> and jon is back with us now. they have got to be happy about these new numbers tonight, jon.
>> reporter: oh, no question about that. you know, she -- this has her tied with mitt romney. but it's more than that, because if you really look at this poll, david, it shows that among conservatives, and those are the ones that vote in the iowa caucuses, they show up in the caucuses, she has a big lead over romney. >> all right, we'll see you here tomorrow night. jon karl, thanks. in new york today, a yearly parade of tens of thousands swelled as new york state became the largest in the nation to make same sex marriage legal. new york governor andrew cuomo, who signed the law, led off the annual gay pride parade, celebrating the controversial milestone. >> i believe new york has sent a message to this nation, loud and clear. it is time for marriage equality all across this country. >> meanwhile, new york's arch bishop spoke out today, as well. timothy dolan said while the new law hurts, quote, the common good, he went on to say he loves the gay community very much. the debate in washington
tomorrow will center on this nation's ballooning debt. and what to do about it. the president and democrats at an impasse with republicans. they have agreed on cuts, but not enough. so, now what? leaders of both parties will be at the white house. tonight, though, a number that caught our eye, about money spent. this one, part of the cost of war. the u.s. spends more than $20 billion a year for air conditioning in iraq and afghanistan. no one argues our forces don't need it, but many say it does illustrate money spent in ways many tax payers never think of. and so, tonight, jim avila tonight on the angry mayors across this country, who say it's time to spend that money on rebuilding here at home. >> reporter: the elizabeth, new jersey, version of the bridge to nowhere. a monument, says mayor chris bollwage, to the billions of war dollars, spent over there this year and not spent here. you've seen a direct effect on your city? >> we can't get money for this bridge, it's impossible. i don't know what other city in world would want a bridge standing straight up like that and not having people able to get to their jobs. >> reporter: but u.s. tax payers are paying to build roads and bridges and create jobs as part
of the effort to defeat the taliban in afghanistan. real money. in fact, $120 billion americans will spend in afghanistan this year alone would fund the construction of 90 golden gate bridges. >> please raise your cards. >> reporter: which led the u.s. mayor's conference to pass a rare an tim wanti anti-war reso' last week, demanding that all that money be redirected home. >> we can't continue to build bridges, roads and hospitals in kandahar and baghdad and not in kansas city and baltimore. the fact is, we got to put people back to work here at home. >> reporter: in mayor villaraigosa's state of california, alone, their share of the war budget could cover the state deficit or enough to hire 200,000 new teachers. or 203,000 new firefighters. in mayor bollwage's state of new jersey, their share of the yearly war cost could fund the full four-year tuition at rutgers university for the entire freshman class over the next 22 years. or they could hire 59,000 new police and sheriff's deputies.
and of course, it's enough to rebuild the mayor's bridge to nowhere. >> i mean, we got to figure out better ways to rebuild our infrastructure. we've done it around the world. let's do it here. >> reporter: it's a growing part of this country's war fatigue. a decade of human cost and damage to a struggling economy. jim avila, abc news, elizabeth, new jersey. >> our thanks to you, jim. and we turn to libya tonight, where this evening, the noose is tightening around strongman moammar gadhafi. tomorrow, the international criminal court is expected to charge gadhafi and his sons with war crimes. abc's jeffrey kofman reports from libya tonight, that will vastly narrow gadhafi's exit options. jeffrey? >> reporter: david, that indictment will make gadhafi an international war criminal. it means fewer countries will be willing to harbor him, even if he wants to leave libya. cornered and now with the indictment, humiliated, he may choose to fight to the end, allowing himself to be murdered. it's been 100 days since the nato bombing campaign began here. and while gadhafi is still very
much in control of the capital tripoli, the rebels are moving closer. they are now just 50 miles south of us. today, gadhafi's spokesman said they will be arming 1.2 million civilians to defend the regime. these women with ak-47s told us today they are prepared to die for gadhafi. if that's the case, what is now a civil war could become a very bloody civil war. david? >> jeffrey, thank you. in pakistan tonight, word of an horrific suicide attack. the taliban sent a husband and wife team to attack a police station. they killed ten people with grenades and machine guns before blowing themselves up. and, in baghdad today, a suicide bomber also targeted a police station there, by blowing himself up while in a wheelchair. and still ahead here on "world news" this sunday, the crucial week ahead in the casey anthony murder trial. tonight, a closer look at what happens when you can't tell which side the family is really on. also ahead tonight, the famous gerber babies. are these images outdated?
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the jury must decide whose side the rest of the family is really on. abc's yunji de nies is in orlando tonight. yunji? >> reporter: good evening, david. at it's heart, this is a story about a family. and when the key witnesses are also the defendants own mother, father and brother, it's sometimes difficult to tell where their loyalties lie. they are a family torn apart. a mother accused of murdering her own daughter. a defense based on sexual abuse and dark secrets. in court, brother and sister cried together, as lee anthony described being shut out of casey's pregnancy. >> they didn't find it important enough to tell me. >> if it's true, then this is a family that operates with a lot of what we call disassociation. that is exactly what the defense is saying that casey is about. why she went dancing while her daughter was missing. >> reporter: and this bombshell from her casey's mother. >> do you recall doing any kinds of searches for any items that
might include chloroform? >> well, i started looking at chlorophyll, and it prompted me to look up chloroform. >> reporter: prosecutors say little caylee was drugged. if casey didn't search for chloroform online, it will be extremely difficult to prove premeditated murder. an idea perhaps not lost on this mother. >> i think virtually any mother would lie to save their daughter's life. >> reporter: prosecutors are in the awkward position of now having to undermine their own key witnesses. >> did you input the words into the google search engine "how to make chloroform"? >> reporter: and for the anthonys, there are no good outcomes. next week promises to be the final week of testimony, and as hard as the last three years have been on the anthony family, what could happen next to casey could further fracture this family. david? >> yunji, thank you. and when we come back here tonight, for 80 years that
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meet yaretzy, born last wednesday in new york city. according to projections of census figures, hers is the face of america's future. for the first time, non-white children, latino, african-american, asian-american, outnumber white children. >> the idea that where we had a white middle class pop ration, that we talk about in the 1950s and 1960s, that's disappearing. >> reporter: this new generation is still in the cradle, but as these infants grow up, america will start to look very different. already, the trend lines are clear. older americans are whiter. younger americans, more non-white. most of that change is being driven a surging latino population. with a much higher birthrate than any other ethnic group, further bolstered by legal immigration. latinos have already passed african-americans as the largest minority. the implications of this evolving america will touch everything from politics, where hispanic voters will wield increasing power, to education.
>> we need to focus to making sure that we can adjust and adapt our educational systems to people who speak different languages at home than they do outside. >> reporter: baby yaretzy will grow up in a new america, but her parents have the same hopes that american parents have always had. >> that she have everything that she want, and a good life. >> and ron is with us here on the set in new york. big changes with these numbers. and you pointed out, by the time she turns 40, this baby -- >> reporter: about 40 years old, mid-century this country will be what they call majority minority. that is, the majority of the population of the united states will be non-white. and we are seeing a glimpse in that direction. >> and that baby will be apart of it. >> reporter: and she will be in the new majority. >> ron claiborne, thanks so much. when we come back here tonight, the shark caught on tape on a florida beach, but surfers and the photographer himself had no idea what he'd captured. photographer himself had no idea what he'd captured. with an irregular heartbeat
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now, to that shark caught on tape by accident. if you blink, you'll miss it. and so did the photographer that captured it north of orlando. and this newest image comes just as we get our first look at some other pictures, too, of the most famous fake shark ever known. but first, the real one here. the photographer was standing in the waters of new smyrna beach north of orlando when another surfer said to him, "dude, did you see that?" the photographer, jacob langston, had no idea what he was talking about. it was that shark right in the center of the screen, a four-foot spinner that jumped out of the water and over another surfer. it wasn't until that photographer was back in the office, editing his video, that he realized what that surfer was talking about. and it turns out, this newest image of a real-life shark comes on the same weekend we learned of other never before seen images of the most famous pretend shark. photographs and film captured by the people who live on martha's vineyard, while "jaws" was shot in 1975, are now being chronicled in a new book. >> people came from all over to
be in it. people that were here were in it. they married people because they were in it. >> reporter: stills of the extras hired to race from the water. one woman said she was terrified during filming, not because of "jaws," instead, fearful of the stampede to get out. the locals saved so much. 8 millimeter film of the model of the shark in the water. pieces of equipment used to control the sharks. and the harpoon gun. >> hen up fire it off, the dot comes off and that's what goes into the shark. >> reporter: and how fitting all of this comes on a weekend when we saw the real thing. not terrifying beachgoers this time, but instead, surprising the photographer that caught him. >> and to think, he almost missed it. that's the brooke. "gma" first thing in the morning and i hope you'll join diane right here tomorrow night. good night.