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making news in america this morning -- >> watching the water. millions are doing just that this morning from flooded neighborhoods in north dakota to a threatened nuclear plant in nebraska. crash questions. investigators have a lot of them. as they look into the truck-train collision in nevada. jackson jacket. the king of pop's famous red and black number from the "thriller" video goes on the auction block. good morning. i'm daniel sieberg. rob nelson is on assignment. >> i'm andrea canning. in for peggy bunker. federal regulators are in nebraska keeping a close watch on the state's nuclear plants. >> nebraska is just one midwest spot extending from montana,
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john hendren has the details. >> reporter: nearly two dozen states are coping with rising flood waters. near minot, north dakota, high water have driven 11,000 people from their homes. >> it's so easy to close your doors and say i'm going to go home tonight. i thought about that last night. well, we'll go home tonight. i don't have a home anymore. >> reporter: 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. >> when you actually see your house and you know it's -- it's not just your basement, it's your whole house, i'm sorry. >> reporter: the river hit its peak on sunday, flooding more than 4,000 homes. >> basically, i got back from a year deployment from afghanistan. and coming back to this, this is honestly, to me, t ts is worse than being over there. >> reporter: why is that? >> you have no control.
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>> reporter: in nebraska, a nuclear power plant is flooded surrounded by flood water from the missouri river. of the thousands in the flooded region, fema says few homes have flood insurances. stores here are rationing bottled water. but hope is not in short supply >> failure is not an option. remember? we go on. we stay strong. we stay -- we stay aligned and we go on. >> reporter: john hendren, abc news. a fast-moving wildfire has broken out into new mexico. forced officials at the national laboratory to close for business today. up to 100 nearby homes have been ordered evacuated. the news is much more encouraging for massive fires in arizona. one fire is fully contained and the third is growing only in an area with few residents. federal investigators are
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swarming the scene of a friday explosive crash between a truck and a train in a nevada desert. it turns out that the trucking company has a spotty safety record. cited repeatedly for safety violations. investors have pinpointed the cause of the crash. >> we will not determining the probable cause of the accident while we're here on scene, nor will we speculate about what may have caused the accident. we expect to be on the scene between seven and ten days. >> my heart felt like it was up in my throat. you know, because we didn't know if it was the end or what. >> i went to grab my purse. and she just said, out, go. and i have nothing. >> investigators say they don't get any help from the train's so-called black box. because it was too badly damaged in the crash. at least 23 people including several children were injured when a school bus flipped over on a southern pennsylvania highway. the bus collided with a car that was passing on the left. then suddenly veered to avoid an oncoming vehicle.
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amazingly, none of the injuries turned out to be life threatening. president obama's re-entering the debate over reducing the nation's debt. the president is trying to push talks forward before the nation's borrowing exceeds its over $14 trillion limit in early august. congresswoman michele bachmann is in waterloo, iowa, this morning, the place where he was born. a tea party favorite, bachmann has gone back to her roots to announce that she's running for the president. numbers.enenuraging poll jonathan karl reports from waterloo. >> reporter: in the political world, she's the woman of the moment. at top of the polls in iowa. >> 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 team party" by the conservative "weekly standard" magazine.
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suddenly, the congresswoman from minnesota once seen as something of a fringngcandidate 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. 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 ththmother 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
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may have anti-american views. >> reporter: but her more controversial statements led 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 only a bump in the road, as michele bachmann prepares to kick off her campaign. >> reporter: on tuesday, sarah palin will be visising iowa, now w me see palin and bachmann as potential rivals. when i asked a bachmann supporter about palin, his response was, who? one of the most recognizable jackets in the world is in new hands. the red and black leather jacket that michael jackson wore in the thriller video. the texas man who brought the jacket plans to use it to raise
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money for children's charity. we were really lucky, beautiful weather here in new york yesterday. supposed to be another beautiful day today. let's take a look at the morning's weather from around the nation. high winds, hail and a chance of tornadoes around chicago, st. louis, nashville and cincinnati. stormy from the texas panhandle to colorado springs. scattered showers in the southeast. evening showers in the pacific northwest. >> 77 in seattle. 85 in sacramento and a scorching 113 in phoenix. mostly 80s from the twin cities to indianapolis, 83, very comfortable here inn new york. 93 in atlanta. coming up -- a new study about the nation's doctors. plus, the big launch from microsoft coming up tomorrow. that's all in your business news, straight ahead. and another week getting under way in the casey anthony trial. the question is, just whose side is her family really on?
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asian markets are mostly down today, this time amid worries about the state of banks in italy. tokyo's nikkei average lost 100 points today. in london, the ftse opened higher. on wall street, the dow lost 69 points last week and the nasdaq index gained 36 points. microsoft office 365 launches tomorrow. providing a virtual environment for various devices to store and share software.
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90% of workplace computers use versions of microsoft office. the company needs at least some of those users to switch to this new version in order for this product to succece. the obama administration wants automakers to double their fuel efficiency. thth administration may require automakers to raise their fuel economy to 56 miles a gallon by 2025. natural gas wells, in the marcellus shale, concerns that it might threatened the water supply. and cars takes the checkered flag, racing to the top spot of the box office this weekend. the disney pixar film was number one in the nation over the weekend. taking in $68 million. bad teacher despite bad reviews, also in its openeng weekend was second. green lantern was third. >> cars t definitely a favorite
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with the kids. when we come back -- your heroes on the baseball diamond. with highlights from espn. and an extra celebratory atmosphere for new york's gay community on the heels of a landmark new marriage law. lights, camera, activia it's the best job in the world. to be there for r em, you've gotta feel your best. that' why i love eating activia every day. help regulate youre digestive system.ings/ activia helps me feel good inside./ love how you feel or yur money back. i feel like i have to wind myself up
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your favorites, in pieces. nausea, dizziness and sweating. some treacherous moments off of china's eastern coast over the weekend. rescuers were busy saving crews from a couple of ships that were stranded as a tropical storm passed through. ultimately everyone was brought to safety and no one was seriously injured. now, a look for morning road conditions -- flooding on i-80 from des moines to cleveland. on 94 from the twin cities to chicago. wet on i-70 from st. louis to columbus, ohio. rain drenches i-25 from santa fe to denver. i-40 from oklahoma city to amarillo. if you're flying today, airport delays are possible in chicago, minneapolis and miami. to get back to it in the
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murder trial of casey anthony, that after the judge called saturday's scheduled session off for an unspecified legal matter. >> the case would go to the jury next week. that's when the jurors will face the question, whose side is casey anthony's family really on? >> reporter: 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 that 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 casey's mother. >> do you recall doing any types of searches for any items that might include chloroform?
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>> well, i started looking at chlorophyll, and then that 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 anthony's, there are no good outcomes. this 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. the obama administration is reportedly launching a mystery shopping team, to determine how
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difficult it is to get to medical care. this morning's new york times reports that the shoppers will pose as patients. calling to request a doctor's appointment. under the plan 4,000 doctor offices in 9 states would be call. new advice for parents for preschoolers who are having trouble sleeping. turn off the tv. researchers have found that sleep problems are more common to 3-year-old to 5-year-olds who watch television after 7:00 p.m. watching shows with violence including kids' cartoons was tied to sleep issues. many moms and dads mistakenly believe having the tv on in a children's room will help them sleep. new york city's already over the top gay pride parade was even more spectacular this weekend. that's thanks to the state's well-timed legislation of same-sex marriage. gay and lesbian couples filled the streets saying, now that new york has made the move, it's time for all states to adopt marriage equality. now some sports, the second week of the tennis championships
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at wimbledon is getting under way. as for your sunday baseball highlights, here's espn news. good morning, roy halladay has a well-earned reputation of one of the best pitchers in all of baseball. the phillies taking on the a's. he throws his mlb best fifth complete game of the season. doc now 30-3 in 35 starts. 3-1 was the final. other baseball action. weaver on the mound, as the angels take on the dodgers. bottom of the first, weaver. a swing and a miss. bottom of four, juan uriba, weaver, seven innings pitched. four strikeouts and one earned run. bottom of the ninth, aaron miles, and miles to go before he sleeps. a fly ball a fly ball to center. slides in for the score.
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game tied at 2. old school baseball. next batter will be tony quinn. quinn will stand and deliver. base thoit right. and the dodgers win in walk-off fashion. 3-2 is your final. but a tough year for l.a. there's reason for celebrate. rockies taking on the yankees. bottom of the eighth. yanks up, a-4. mark teixeira. crank you very much. 23rd home run. top of the ninth, it's time to enter the sandman. rivera getting blackmon swinging, the yankees winning, 6-4. you're up to date for now. don't forget for all of your highlights, join us for the highlight express on espn news. and this is the animal portion of our news cast. hundreds of dogs and cast
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displaced by joplin tornado are waking up in new homes. a massive adopt a thon. >> many were matched with the perfect pets. many of those pets are being called joplin. in new zealand, a wayward penguin known as happy feet is recovering from a third life-saving surgery this morning. >> s sgeons said that the penguin had a clogged digestive system after eating sand. which he mistook for snow. we hope that he's all right, eventually. up next -- the stories we'll be following later today, including a possible arrest warrant for libya's moammar gadhafi. attention earthlings, we're in for something of a close call day. ♪
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exactly why the judge canceled saturday's court session because of a legal matter that cropped up. anthony is accused of murdering her 2-year-old daughter caylee. >> judges in the criminal court in the hague are supposed to decide whether to issue arrest warrants for libya leader moammar gadhafi and his sons. >> the appeal hearing for amanda knocks resumes today in italy. a man already convicted of that murder is set to testify against knox. prosecutors want him to refute testimony from a fellow inmate who claimed that he had information clearing knox of the crime. and an asteroid is zipping by our blue marble this morning. scientists insists that it's not on a collision course. it's about 30 feet long and it's expected passed above the earth surface. for some of you your local news is next. for everybody else, we'll be right back with reports of
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coming up next on abc7 news at 4:30 -- cable cars make their long-awaited return to san francisco after system upgrades. free speech, versus protection of children. today is the day u.s. supreme court will decide on california's law banning the sale or rental of violent video games to minors. mike nicco has the forecast. >> kristen is back. did she bring the rain back? and finally this morning, is mtv saying so long to snooki and the rest of "jersey shore's" hard-partying cast mates. >> well, the network said no worries. denying rumors that it's
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recasting the show that everybody loves to hate. linsey davis has all of the details. >> reporter: could it be that soon there will be no more snooki stumbling? or jwowww's fits? or the situation doing -- well, this. >> this is the situation right here. >> reporter: is jersey shore as we know it coming to an end? >> an insider for the show tells us magazine they're e oking to shake up the cast a bit. they'll be wiping the slate clean. >> reporter: so out with the old, in with the new. well, maybe. in a statement to abc news, mtv said that we love the present cast, we currently have no plans to recast the show. but as more media outlets report they're out of here, and as each successive season begins with more contentious salary negotiations it's not unfathomable the cast is expensive.
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making a reported $100,000 an episode. the show's stars might not even need that income anymore. snooki has her own spin-off with mtv, plus her book, her jewelry and now her flip flops. >> it's unlikely that anyone can top snooki and her wild bar antics and the hook-ups. and who has the situation's abs? but the situation. it's crazy that they're going to improve beyond this cast. >> reporter: while in italy there was a car accident, a fist fight and rumors that they would be thrown out of the country. now, they're reportedly sequestered in jersey. waiting to film the last of their fifth season. linsey davis, ababnews. >> all of those crazy kids. that's what's making news in america this morning.

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