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terry mcmillan, you know, who really started areally, that was a watershed moment when you wrote "waiting to exhale" years ago. >> so they say. [cheering and applause] oprah: and now, it's come full circle with all the women from "waiting to exhale" in a new book called "getting to happy." will we--tell me how this experience helped you get to this book, and especially get to the title, "getting to happy." >> i realized that i needed to do what it would take to get me back to happy. oprah: and that was? >> and that was to basically let all of this go. oprah: let it go? >> i had to let it go. and also, you know, i never--you know, when i was ready to run him over, it wasn't because he was gay. i never hated his guts because he was gay.
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oprah: because you know a lot of gay people thought that. >> no--i know, and that was part of the one reason why i sued. because i hated the idea of being known as a homophobe. jonathan deep down inside knew i was not homophobic. you know? i have too many gay and lesbian friends. too many to--but anyway, the bottom line is that-- oprah: yeah, we all know why you were upset. any reasonable person knows you were upset because you were betrayed. >> he lied. oprah: you were lied to. >> yeah. and i thought i would hate his guts until i died. i really did. and i wanted to. i really did, because i thought that the more i hated him, the more he would suffer. oprah: mm-hmm. but that's the thing about when you're carrying a grudge against somebody else. i realized this a long time ago. i was mad at somebody, and then i happened to be--this was many years ago--i was holding a--i can't even remember what it was for. and i saw them on michigan avenue laughing. [laughter]
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oprah: and i'm, like, "she ain't even upset." and i'm walking around like--"yeah, i can't believe that. i'm going to cross the street and" [laughter] oprah: and i saw her going into the tiffany store. [laughter] oprah: i go, "not only is she laughing, she's laughing and going into tiffany's." >> uh-huh. oprah: "what am i doing?" >> yup. oprah: have you forgiven him? >> oh, definitely. oprah: that was the letting go? >> that's--well, my anger and everything--it just evaporated. i am not kidding you. oprah: ok. so the new book is about getting to happy, finally getting to happy. would you say you are there? >> i am, i am. oprah: "getting to happy." [applause] oprah: thank you, terry. and, jonathan, thank you. bye, everybody. it was great. [captioning made possible by king world] captioning instied by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org--]
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now an alarming trend gaining popularity. it's called swatting. that's when a prank caller phones policicand reports a serious but fake emergency. >> scary stuff here. the goal in all of this is to ultimately have a s.w.a.t. team mobilized and go to the scene. but the real victims, as linsey davis reports, are victims of real crimes. >> reporter: it was the call that launched an eight-man s.w.a.t. team. >> i've got two people here held hostage, all right? >> okay. >> now, you know what happens to people that are held hostage. >> reporter: assault rifles drawn. the team swarmd down
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on this colorado springs house. inside, a teenage girl and father, bound and in critical danger, or so they thought. >> i am armed with a pistol and i swear to god i will kill these people. >> reporter: it turned out, it was all a hoax. one of hundreds of incidents each year of cyber criminals hacking into phone lines and placing false 911 calls. 's called swatting, prank emergency calls so violent sounding they provoke a s.w.a.t. team response. >> hunter had been stabbed and parents and other people were being held hostage at the house. >> reporter: 15-year-old hunter told cnn how a swatter hacked into his xbox and used the game's internet connection to type a message to 911. >> i come out of my room, they got guns pointed at me. i'm like, oh, my god, i'm going to die. >> reporter: swatters are young computer hackers working alone or in groups. they often choose their victims carefully, although sometimes it's completely random. >> i think i just saw somebody at linden with something that looks like a gun.
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>> reporter: the female voice in this new york 911 call, an internet voice mail operator repeating a message left by a swatter. police responded and identified a suspect. >> they stopped him and secured him. and, you know, searched him for a gun based on this call. it turned out he was just an innocent person walking down the street. >> some of the motivation for swatting has been revenge to their victims or it's been ego or bragging rights. >> reporter: the fbi is crackingng down on swatting. one of their biggest arrests, matthew weigman, a 19-year-old hacker from massachusetts, he's serving 11 years in a federal prison for swatting. including that colorado springs case. but the fbi's biggest concern that one day these criminal prank calls will turn deadly. >> that was linsey davis reporting. you know, there are real costs to this. the fbi says each swatting incident costs law enforcement an average of $10,000 in spent resources. >> that's scary. get this, too, one group of swatters, that was recently
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prosecuted made 300 calls in 17 different states. this is not an isolated problem. this is becoming increasingly popular. that was just frightening, too. the hacking part of it, and then the real danger of the s.w.a.t. teamamoming in. >> and wasting precious time that could be spent on real crimes. good thing this is gaining attention as far as getting resources back. >> exactly. just scary. coming up next, we'll lighten the mood a little bit. real life drama that may be too dramatic, even for reality tv. some sad news in reality tv world. and from hollywood movies to a soap opera, one star's unusual career move next in "the skinny."
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♪ skinny so skinny ♪ and now it's time for "the skinny." this is a very, very sad story we're starting off with. the real housewives brand is very popular and real housewives of beverly hills was a particularly popular one. very sad news out of that show. the estranged husband of taylor armstrong, russell armstrong,
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was found hanged. he committed suicide, police say. there were just a lot of issues going on. some of his friends say he was having tremendous financial problems, he was really upset the two were separated. taylor had filed for divorce. she claimed he had been physically and verbally abusive for years. so, just this terrible situation involving russell. so sad. the weirdest part about it, i met him a few weeks ago when i was out and about in l.a. >> wow, really? >> i had to ask him, can you -- yeah, that's the night that i met him. >> right. >> i asked him, i said, you really are portrayed as a villain on that show. how do you feel about it? he told me he never wanted to do the show and he only did it because taylor wanted to do it. and that he had agreed to do it as long as he didn't have to be on camera. heheaid the producers spun the storyline. this is all what he said. i have no idea if it's true or not. >> i think this story will spawn lot of questions about reality tv, who should be on it, who shouldn't, the effect of it all. the season of beverly hills, the new one, i isupposed to start in
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a few dadays, and it focuses heavily on how that marriage deteriorated. the ethical question, should bravo still air it? sounds like they are. a lot of issues. a sad story all the way around. >> it's going to -- people are going to be interested in seeing it, though so bravo has -- >> sensitivity versus ratings. constant battle. >> right, exactly. >> it's there. another sad story, casey anthony, the story of the summer in so many ways but guess who got the first interview with her parents, george and cindy anthony? dr. phil will start his next season -- he has the interview. he says nothing was off limits during the interview. his new season will air september 12th. he'll make a donation to the charity. he says the couple themselves will not profit off being on the show or get profit from his donation. but season premiere will start off with a bang, his exclusive interview with casey's parents. >> that doesn't answer the question, when is casey anthony going to speak? >> we don't know that. >> let's lighten the mood. >> let's talk about something i really enjoy.
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"sex and the city" is back in the news but i don't know how i feel about this. >> this is weird. >> they're thinking of putting the show back on tv, carrie and her friends when they were young. like in their 20s. >> the prequel. >> elizabeth olsen playing carrie, blake lively will be samantha. selena gomez, who is 18 years old, charlotte and emma roberts as miranda. >> there was going to be a movie as prequel and now it may be a tv show prequel. >> i like my carrie bradshaw as sarah jessica parker. i'm attached to this character. that's what i remember. >> a lot of people will feel that same way. it will be weird on tv. they're milking it for all it's worth. let it just be after a while. >> you know you love it. >> all right. this story i do love here. the situation, everyone knows this guy from the "jersey shore." say what you want about those ds, you and i both enjoy the show. >> i love it. >> those kids have made a ton of money off endorsement deals and
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public appearances. but now get this, abercrombie & fitch want to strike a very different deal. they want to pay the situation and other cast members to not wear their clothes. they released a statement -- >> the situation doesn't wear clothes. it's his abs we're talking about. >> he says we understand the show is for entertainment purposes but we believe this association is contrary to the aspirational nature of our brand and may be distressing to many of our fans. no response yet from the cast, no comment from mtv. very interesting. and jennifer aniston may be appearing on "days of our lives". in fact, it's kind of cool because her father, victor aniston, he made his start on that show, so she's going to be a guest star on the soap. >> it may get cancelled and she's trying to come on the show to save rating. >> she's a ratings kind of girl. >> i would watch anything jennifer's in. good luck with that. be right back. medicare is one of the great things about turning 65, but it doesn't cover everything. in fact, it only pays up to " 80% of your part b expenses. if you're already on or eligible for medicare
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out ♪ >> g gss what this next story is about? >> finally this half hour, hit the stamp. this is a -- >> oh, they jumped the gun today. that's all right. all right, here we go. >> one more time? boom! >> as we said, we relish bringing you this one. >> the legal battle over the all-american treat the hot dog and our own hot dog, dan harris, has all the meaty details. >> is there really meat in that? >> reporter: if nothing else this case is a field day for pun-happy journalists who are calling it everything from a dog fight to the dogs day in court, to the frankfurter fracas. that last one is mine, actually. there's been talk of legal efs, of arguments being mustered against the other side, and of a possibility of a hung-ry jury, despite the fact there is no jury in this case. even the judge himself got into the action kicking off the trial on monday by saying, let the wiener wars begin.
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the trial pits america's two largest hot dog makers against one another. in one corner, sara lee, maker of ballpark franks. in the other corner, kraft food, which makes oscar mayer. the whole thing started with this ad in 2009 in which oscar mayer claimed its dogs beat out ballpark franks in a national taste test. ballpark filed suit, claiming those taste tests were rigged and also taking issue with oscar mayer's claim that its dogs are 100% beef. >> oscar mayer just made their 100% pure beef franks. >> reporter: untrue, says ballpark. oscar mayer countersued taking issue with ballpark's ads in which it claims it sells america's best franks. despite the fact that even the participants in this trial are making light of it with one ballpark official calling oscar mayer's claims baloney, this fight could have real implications in terms of how far the companies who are competeting for your dollars can go when they claim to be top dog.
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>> if kraft foods, which is a major blue chip advertiser, told you you can no longer do this, i expect it will have some ripple effects. >> reporter: dan harris, abc news. >> these hot dogs are not quite as appetizing as the ones in the story. the truth is, you don't -- you're a vegetarian. you don't eat meat. that's just a bun. >> that's not a hot dog. that's a not dog. that's my kind of dog. >> all relish in there for you. i think hot dogs with relish and ketchup are delicious. i'm going to eat this. i don't care who wins the lawsuit. >> i'm going to o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o
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investigators from australia all the way to kentucky for the takedown. it's wednesday, august 17th. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." good morning, everybody. i'm rob nelson. >> i'm diana alvear. police say the suspect, paul douglas peters, arrived in kentucky five days after he strapped a fake bomb onto an austlian teen's collar. investigators are revealing more intriguing and very frightening details. >> a link between this guy and the business of the family. just kind of a wild story there. also ahead, mother nature'e's big scare last night at an orlando theme park. several people went to the hospital after a bolt of lightning struck seaworld. and later this half hour, something we can all relate to. a major jolt of caffeine from an energy drink called cocaine. one reporter's experiment with the product and why doctors are warning consumers. i will stick to coffee. >> with such a subtle name, i'm shocked it's causing controversy. oh, man. the new details in that bogus bomb extortion plot.
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court documents reveal how the suspect went about setting his crime in motion. >> that's right. the teenage victim says she's relieved the ordeal is over. but still has no idea why she was targeted. scott goldberg is joining us this morning with more on this story. scott? >> good morning, rob and diana. paul peters is in jail in kentucky facing extradition to australia. and new details in court papers are connecting the dots between that collar bomb hoax near sydney and his arrest in suburban louisville. >> reporter: as paul douglas peters left federal courts in kentucky, reporters asked him if he had anything to say to madeleine pulver. peters is accused of strapping a fake bomb to the 18-year-old's neck in an extortion plot that played out on two continents. >> mr. peters is an attorney, an investment banker in australia. . >> reporter: peters is also an australian citizen but the fbi arrested him at his ex-wife's home near louisville, where police say he landed five days after the collar bomb incident near sydney. >> how are you feeling, maddy? >> i'm okay.
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thank you. >> reporter: madeleine pulver is the daughter of a wealthy software ceo and peters once worked for a company with ties to their family. two weeks ago court papers say peters walked into maddy's room while she was home alone and she told police he was carrying a baseball bat and wearing a ski mask. he chained a black box to her neck, told her, sit down and no one needs to get hurt and told her not to call police. but police came after she contacted her parents. officers also found a usb storage device and a note. >> it was financial demands made. again, i can't go into too much detail on exactly what they were. >> reporter: police say they found peters by tracing an e-mail address he was using, an address with a reference to the book "tai-pan" the story of one businessman trying to destroy another. police say peters used his personal credicard to buy that baseball bat and the usb device. he's due back in court for an extradition hearing october 14th. rob and diana? >> so bizarre. >> what a weird link to the book
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at the end about the plot line of that. really weird. it could take more than two months to extradite this guy back to sydney or longer because his lawyer in kentucky says he's going to fight it. >> just thinking about what that poor girl went through. her family says they still don't know why she was targeted. it really doesn't make any sense. and think about the life-long trauma she'll have to deal with. >> the psychology of it. the suspect was -- is a -- you know, was a businessman and a lawyer and -- >> what's the motive? >> well educated, privileged guy, so -- >> it's purely financial. >> yeah, weird, weird story all the way around. wellll, police in missouri have found the body of a missing 3-year-old. breeann rodriguez was discovered in a floodway drainage ditch where shawn morgan, the man who admits to killing her, told them to look. morgan made his first court appearance yesterday. he confessed to suffocating breeann the day she is disappeared. morgan is the father of three and lived just a few houses from
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breeann's family. we now turn to a very scary story. those violent flash mobs converging in an instant in cities across the country. police are struggling to get a handle on these throngs of folks, they are out of control, teens taking part in looting, and attacks that are fueled, actually, by social media. here's abc's brian ross. >> reporter: police described it as 60 seconds of anarchy. a so-called flash mob. more than two dozen people invaded a 7-eleven convenience store this past weekend in suburban washington and stole anything they could get their hands on. it is the latest example of what police and retailers around the country say is a growing and troubling trend. >> these incidents can turn violent. they can injure customers. they can damage the store. and then there's the financial losses that retailers suffer. >> reporter: the term flash mob was first used to describe imprptu gatherings of people to sing or dance in public places. all alerted by texts or twitter messages. but using that same technology,
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it has quickly turned ugly. with flash mob robberies reported in many major cities in the country, including this one in las vegas. and this one in st. paul, minnesota. at the wisconsin state fair last week, a flash mob turned into a violent free for all with racial overtones. >> my mom just got attacked by a flash mob. >> punched in the face for no reason. >> reporter: in philadelphia, a series of flash mob robberies and street fights led the mayor last week to impose a 9 p.m. curfew on friday and saturday nights in downtown areas. >> if you want to act like a butt head, your butt is going to get locked up. >> reporter: the problem continues to spread. the flash mob robbery over the weekend in suburban washington, police say at least 28 different individuals were involved and if identified, could face felony charges. to make it clear, there is nothing funny or cool about this. the national retail federation estimates that one in ten of its stores may have been victims of flash mob robberies in the last six to nine months. their best advice to store
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employees, let it happen and wait for police to arrive, who often come well after the flash mobs have left. brian ross, abc news, new york. >> one in ten. how scary is that? one in ten stores. this is not a small problem. it's a growing problem and frightening. >> it's not just that. how are you going to control this? i would have to imagine that the police are going to have to use social media to counteract the social media-driven flash mobs. that's the only way to do it. >> and perhaps find a way to crack down on social media. how you do that, i have no idea to limit what they can do here. and they say if this h hpens in your stores, those watching late night, they say the best thing to do is nothing. let them do what they're g going to do. don't let it turn violent. >> that's hard to do. >> but it could save your life. switching gears, a stolen rembrandt drawing has been recovered in an episcopal church in southern california. a tip led police to the church in encino about 20 miles from where the artwork was taken over the weekend. they suspect the thieves ditched the drawing after seeing the intense media coverage of the theft.
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now to a new report just out this morning that reveals some new eye-opening stats about children living in poverty. researchers say childhood poverty increased in 38 states during the last decade. they discovered nearly 15 million american children were poor during 2009. that is a dramatic increase. some good news, though. researchers did reveal infant mortality and high school dropout rates are actually on the decline. to politics. governor rick perry's attacks on president obama. during stops in iowa the texas republican said it's time the government get out of the job creation business and let the private sector do it instead. perry said the nation is not in the midst of a recovery but in an economic disaster. perry takes his campaign to new hampshire today. president obama was also in iowa talking up his new plan to spur growth in the nation's rural areas. responding to perry's criticism over his lack of military service, mr. obama said he'd cut the texas governor some slack given he's only been running for president for a few days. visitors to seaworld in orlando, florida, had a close encounter with the power of mother nature.
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a hugege lightning bolt injured eight people there. reportrt jeff diel of station wftv in orlando has the details. >> reporter: u uer darkened skies at seaworld, lightning crashed down. >> i've never been scared by lightning until today because it was right above us. it was really, really scary. >> reporter: guests at the park say they were warned severe weather was on the way. >> they told us to clear the pool. clear the pool, so we came out of the pool ananwere sheltering underneath. and then there's a huge crack. >> reporter: a bolt of lightning cut to the ground, striking near several people. seaworld officials sayay eight people felt the shock. three guests and five employees were rhed to dr. phillips hospital as a precaution. our cameras saw these seaworld vans in the hospital parking lot. emergency crews don't think anyone took a direct strike. taking a look at the discovery cove map, we've learned the three guests were near the laguna patio and five employees were near adventure photo area. guests leaving the park told us they thought lightning struck some of the equipment. >> a fuse box got hit and speakers around and there was a
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large crackling on the speakers. >> reporter: but most of them didn't have any idea anyone got hurt. shortly after the accident, the skies cleared and we captured video of people back in the water swimming with dolphins. the guests left here thankful. this appears to have been just a close call. >> kind of lucky i didn't get hit. >> reporter: one guest told us they knew florida was sometimes referred to as the lightning strike capital of the u.s., but they never expected to experience anything like this on their family vacation. jeff diel, reporting for abc news, orlando, florida. we're going to need a bigger boat. a growing number of shark sightings has forced the closing of several beaches on cape cod and massachusetts. swimming will be allowed for part of the day on one beach where there are lifeguards and boat patrols. all oceanside beaches are off limits. marine experts say the many seals in the area are attracting sharks and the number of seals have fallen victim to the sharks lately.
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so, don't go in the water. >> stay out of the water. please, stay out of the water. >> those are -- wait, was that a shark or dolphin? >> i wasn't looking. >> you wouldn't. >> i'll be honest. >> i was saying, oh, look how cute those dolphins and you' like -- >> adorable. >> whatever, animals. here's a look now at your forecast on this wednesday morning. a few pockets of stormy weather, gusty winds and hail from eastern colorado into nebraska and kansas. a chance o of flooding in the southwest. some scattered thunderstorms around chicago, detroit and much of florida. >> oh, wow. 91 in hialeah. that's where i went to high school. 80s from baltimore to boston. indianapolis climbs to 85. twin cities, 82. fargo, 81. another scorcherer across texas with dallas hitting 105. 91 in billings. 96 in colorado springs. >> i'm looking for hialeah on the map. where did you go to high school? >> it's awesome. >> sounds awesome. >> hialeah. >> what city? >> it's in miami. >> it's in miami? >> yeah, yeah. it's awesome.
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>> miami, one of my favorite cities. all right. that tells me a lot about you. >> i need a t-shirt that says, i heart hialeah. they sell them. >> do they really? >> yeah. you may come from a small town, but -- buford, wyoming. >> the smallest town in america. population, one. don is the only resident. he operates a general store and he's also the mayor. wonder who voted for him? it was founded in 1866 and once had 2,000 people. mostly railroad workers. >> don is the only person who lives there since his wife died and his son moved away. but he says he's not lonely since he gets lots of visitors at his store just off interstate 80. now he's thinking of retiring and has the town up for sale. carry on, don. >> we'll be right back with more "world news now." ♪ one is the loneliest number ♪ ♪ one is the loneliest number ♪ hó
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♪ ♪ cocaine ♪ >> all right. >> the song "cocaine" as you just heard. our next story does feature cocaine but not the kind you think. >> this cocaine is a controversial brand of energy drinks that are so popular, kqtv william see tried it in st. joseph, missouri. >> reporter: at any convenience store you may have noticed these tiny bottles. these so-called energy shots have exploded in popularity in the past few years but a new one stands out among the rest. cocaine. >> i don't like the name of it. cocaine.
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i would never take nothing like this. >> i'd kick my kids' butt if they bought it. >> they're just pushing the limits on kind of sensationalism. >> reporter: the name is provocative but the contents are equally as jarring. 280 milligrams of caffeine in just one dose. >> recommended daily allowance for an a average adult is 200 milligrams and this product has 280 so they're already over the recommended daily allowance the day. >> reporter: dr. cynthia brownfield says it's the caffeine equivalent of nine cans of coca-cola and caffeine can be a powerful drug. >> it can raise your b blood pressure, raise your heart rate, cause sleep disturbance. a lot of people believe it will enhance your performance but it actually w opposite. >> reporer: the caffeine contest to the test. a nurse took my blood pressure and pulse and then i drank an entire dose of cocaine. an hour later we checked the pulse and blood pressureagai t
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chaut md ha emo health risks aside, the nine it stand out. among its brightly colored counterpart, it's very plain. like a bottle of medicine. >> inio way packaged, labeling as a drug of cocaine in a be thks like it could be dispensd frm unethical. >> reporter: regardles$ cocaine energy supplement is legal for people over 18 to buy, bubuthe doctor concludes it may not produce the best results. >> taking something like this, you are going to come down from that and your performance is going to be less. so, i actually think it would be worsen your performance or worsen your study abilities after you come down. >> i would imagine the fda, like four loko that caused the controver-- >> the energy drinks say, not evaluated by the fda. i know they have to get involved risn ito th >> some people -- some sta
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my favorite show on tv. >> mine, too. >> it's so good. the theme from "modern family" the new season of the hit show starts wednesday, september 21st. can't wait. >> the cast and crew are in jackson hole, wyoming, taping the season's first episode. marissa vodner of kifi was there as their western adventure began. i bet it was awesome. >> reporter: led by rico rodriguez, aka, manny, the cast of abc's "modern family" steps out of a chartered plane into the wild, wild west. >> we just landed. i can't believe the scenery here. it's awesome. >> we were looking through the windows of the plane. it was just incredible. >> reporter: one by one came familiar faces of the show that's captured the hearts of more than 12 million views. sofia vergara, ty burrell, julie bowen. all greeted by the mayor and
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jackson pd mounted patrol. >> we're thrilled to have this kind of publicity in jackson hole. more importantly, to be able to show off our community to the world. >> reporter: the cast and crew of more than 100 will shoot the one-hour season three premiere at lost creek ranch. >> obviously, the month of august is a huge vacation time. and this town came together to find us the hotel rooms, make it affordable for us. >> reporter: the highly anticipated episode is super secret but we do know the big boisterous family heads to a dude ranch. >> a lot of funniness. i can tell you that. >> reporter: there will be horses. >> we have neveeen t on horses or anything like yoow, chan to become macho, it's going to be hilarious. >> reporter: and the debut of the new character, talking lily. 4-year-old aubrey, who stopped to saddle up as tv dad jesse tyler ferguson snapped pictures. the emmy-award winning comedy ensemble may be a modern family but they're also real behind the
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scenes. >> the craziest family ever. >> i think we are the craziest tv family since "married with children." we're just -- we're just really real. everything that happens on the show actually happens to our producers in real life, so it's pretty crazy. >> reporter: now, shooting continues here at the ranch through friday night. then we're told the cast and crew will ie airport to shoot scen on saturday. just before boardiplan back to losange rep jaci'm marisa bodner. >> who's your favorite character? >> i think phil is the funniest guy on that show. such a great character. funny guy. of course, sofia -- >> i love sofia vergara. she's so funny. >> there's our family. >> i can be the crazy latin one screaming and yelling. i was born in colombia. >> that's true. you can play that part. and the premp>>rall
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"world news now" delivers your "morning papers." welcome back. time for your "morning papers" here. and this is a new study out by the pew research centers that
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confirms something that everybody does. they finally put numbers to it. >> i can't hear you. i'm talking. >> they surveyed 2,300 american and 83% of us own cell phones and 13% have used our cell phones to avoid having a face-to-face conversation with someone. >> i would never do that. >> fake a conversatition to avoid a conversation with other people. 13%. we've all ne that. all right. i love this story. if you were 11 years old and mayor for the day, what would you do? well, if you are carolina gonzalez you'd rename a straet after justin bieber. isn't that adorable? >> are you kidding? >> she got to be mayor for a day. she wrote an essay on civics and her first major act in office was renaming main street in honor of her favorite pop star. by the way, he's from canada, so
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he's not even american. hey, you know what, that's an honor. >> justin is a global phenomenon. you said you didn't know who he was at first? >> you have to out me like that. i thought his name was justin beaver. they said, no, it's bieber. i said, that's what i said. >> you do have a little sofia vergara. >> i said beaver! >> oh, man. this story puts gender stereotypes on their head. another survey says men tend to do the whole love at first sight thing more than women. women take up to date number six before saying, yes, i'm going to marry this guy. >> you have to take it for a test drive before you commit. >> that's my philosophy. one in five men say they have had a love at first sight experience. more are more apt to do, i love her, bam, right off the top, than women are. >> and firstst come men and then baby. have you ever wondered what it was like to be pregnant?
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>> never in life. >> now have you a chance with the mommy tummy pregnancy suit dey a scientist. it mimics nine months of pregnant. drastic weight gain, kicking, enlarged chest area and change in balance.-minu to hats li it's a bullet proof vest with extra storage space at the chehest and stomach. they have bladders tt fill up. and you -- >> wow. >> -- can feel -- feels like a kickininbaby. and the way you relieve it is you rub your belly. >> men who want to experience the same thing alonhateput
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this morning on "world news now" -- fighting words. texas governor rick perry enters the presidential race with harsh criticism for barack obama.
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and the president wasted no time firing right back. taking aim at the economy, congress and the very vocal governrn perry. it's wednesday, august 17th. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." good morning, i'm diana alvear. >> i'm rob nelson. republican candidates are speaking out against the president on so many issues and rick perry may be leading the pack in all of that. he's lashing out at the obama administration. meanwhile, michele bachmann's comments about elvis presley have raised quite a few eyebrows. a little confused on important elvis dates she was in the speech yesterday. >> that's right. also ahead, the florida teen who made national headlines for her hiccups is a aused in a murder case and is getting attention again. you'll hear her emotional confession to a crime. and later in this half hour, remarkable pictures of animals taken by animals. these images truly expose a secret and pretty wild w world. very cool story. >> fabulous pictures
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>> animal lovers out there, like you. >> like me. >> that's right. we'll talk about politics first. president obama wraps up his trip to the midwest with town hall meetings in illinois. while the president is focused on creating jobs, the republican candidates are focused on getting his job. >> john hendren joining us from washington this morning with more on the campaign back and forth. good morning, john. >> reporter: good morning, rob and diana. president obama and texas governor rick perry have been crisscrossing the state of iowa and the texas governor had choice words about the president. since leaving texas to campaign in iowa this week, governor rick perry has been quick on the draw. >> his idea is to study this thing. we don't need to study this anymore. we know what the problem is. we're being overtaxed, overregulated and overlitigated. >> reporter: preside obama, also in iowa, has been trying to talk economics in small town america. >> i'm announcing that we're ramping up our efforts to get
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capital to small businesses in rural areas. >> reporter: but the president has been dodging one cow patty after another from perry. >> the only job he cares about is the one he's got. >> reporter: what does he think about federal reserve chairman ben bernanke, first appointed by president george w. bush? >> printing more money to play politics at this particular time in american history is aost treasonous in my opinion. >> reporter: perry a newcomer to the campaign, joining mitt romney and michele bachmann, the tea party darling who took her conservative message to south carolina. >> we believe in life from conception until natural death. >> reporter: she walked out to the king of rock 'n' roll's "the promised land," even if she did get his birthday wrong. >> let's all say happy birthday to elvis presley today! >> reporter: actually, it was the day the king and his music died. the president ends his three-day, three-state tour in illinois before returning to
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washington, but he'll continue to hear from his rivals. they will remain on the campaign trail. rob and diana? >> thanks, john. it's funny, president obama is giving back as much as he's getting yelled at here. he said that he wants perry to be a little more careful about what he's saying, but he's going to cut him a little slack because he's new. >> yeah. the president has the advantage of being able to say i'm the statesman, i've been in the game a little while. you're new to the game. also, this isn't over yet. two more candidates may jump in the race on the republican side. wisconsin republican congressman paul ryan says he is still considering whether to jump in and yet donald trump says he still may jump in the race. he has a lot to say. he's had kind things to say about perry so far. >> that man loves the limelight. >> we'll show you more on "good morning america," sits down exclusively with george stephanopoulos to discuss that. never dull in politics. we're learning more details about t at fake bomb extortion plot in australia. paul douglas peters has been ordered held until an
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extradition hearing set for october. he was discovered hiding out louisvillnt court documents reveal peters actually had once worked for a company with ties to the victim's wealthy family. they also show that peters atatched a note demanding money to that bomb he placed around the victim's neck. police in missouri have found the body of a missing 3-year-old. breeann rodriguez was discovered in a floodway drainage ditch. that's where shawn morgan, the man who admits to killing her, told them to look. morgan made his first court appearance yesterday. he confessed to suffocating breeann the day she disappeared. morgan is the father of three and lilid just a few houses from breeann's family. the florida girl who gained national attention because she couldn't stop hiccupping is back in the news. you may remember the jennifer mee was arrested last year in connection with the murder of a man she met online. now our tampa affiliate obtained the audiotape of not only her interrogation but also her confession. here is serena of wfts. >> reporter: we have heard her hiccup, heard her weep and hiccup. >> would in any way -- >> reporter: now we're hearing what appears to be a hiccup-free
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jennifer mee, crying through a confession of a robbery gone horribly wrong. >> when i walked off, i was to the corner i heard the first gunshot. after the first gunshot i ran. >> reporter: you're listening to mee describing to detectives the shooting death of 22-year-old shannon griffen last october. >> today's date is octcter 24, 2010. >> reporter: gasping through tears, she admits meeting griffen online and luring him to a vacant home with promises of marijuana, but there was no marijuana. police say mee admitted it was a setup so her roommates, laron raiford and lamont newton could rob him. >> i ran into the house and locked the door and sat in there until the boys came back up and that is when laron started screaming he shot and killed the man. >> reporter: police say griffen was shot four times. in these transcripts, raiford and newton point fger at each
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other but mee tells detectives while she did not see the shooting, it was raiford's gun. he pulled the trigger and getting rid of evidence, which police say is now in their custody. >> that is the first thing that came to my mind. >> reporter: while mee appears contrite, police say she is not. they say she was just as culpable. mee, along with the other two men, are charged with the most serious of crimes, first degree murder. >> i didn't know what to do so i just ran. >> again, that report from tampa. ththe mee family claims she has the intelligence of a 12-year-old. her attorney says mee is a victim of bad judgment and simply following the crowd but could not have orchestrated the crime. the trial has been set for february. the standoff at an oklahoma tv station tower is over. a 25-year-old man with a history of mental problems finally agreed to lelee his perch in tulsa after six days. police said the man had refused to eat or drink during the standoff and was very weak and dehydrated. he's being treated at a hospital and was expected to be transfsfred to a mental health facility.
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in orlando, florida, a lightning bolt injured eight people at seaworld's'siscovery cove. yesterday park officials warned them severe weather was on the way and then cleared everyone from the water. three guests, though, and five employees were injured when that lightning struck near where they were taking shelter. none were hit directly. all of the injured were treated at hospitals. two employees remain there under observation. the new school year starts today in joplin, missouri. the town that was devastated by an ef-5 tornado in may. ten schools are either destroyed or damaged, including the high school. many students will meet in make-shift classrooms. counselors will be on hand to help kids of all ages cope with the loss and change. the tornado killed 159 people there. >> good to see that town getting back on its feet a little bit. you can blame the full moon on sacramento's baby boom. 45 babies were born last weekend at southern memorial sacramento hospital. studies suggest the full moon's gravitational pull might speed
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along the childbirth process. researchers have little trouble finding proof of that. tell that to hospital staffers in sacramento who insist the emergency room always gets busy during a full moon. >> wow. that's a lot of babies. that stork was super busy. >> very interesting, the full moon's effect on things. very cool. here's a look at your wednesday weather now. gusty winds and hail from eastern colorado into kansas and nebraska. some thunderstorms and floods threaten new mexico and arizona. meanwhile, scattered storms around detroit, chicago and indianapolis and pop-up showers across much of louisiana and florida. >> 91 in miami. sunny 86 here in new york. 80s across the midwest. dallas hits triple digits for the 50th time this year. 73 in seattle. 90 in salt lake city. >> is that the local pronunciation of miami? >> welcome to miami. >> loving the native stuff. an update on a bird we told you about last week. petey the parrot was hit by a car in coral springs, florida,
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and then got stuck in the grille of the vehicle. firemen came to the rescue, took him to a local nature center. >> there's good news. petey's now been a apted by a couple who love birds and rock 'n' roll. they have several other birds they let fly around their house. they say their flock likes classic rock, especially, what else, "free bird" by lenonardynyrd skynyrd skynyrd. it's funny the parrots like rock 'n' roll because i had a parakeet that loved david lee roth. i'm not kidding. i could play "panama" and he would go crazy. his head would bob all around. >> we've learned so much interesting information about you in the last three days. i love it. more "world news now" when we come right back. congratulations, petey. >> oh, petey. ♪ and this bird you cannot change ♪
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♪ hey hey yeah ♪ ♪ dance dance dance the night away ♪ while presidential candidates argue about how to create more jobs and congress argues about how to slash federal spending, it seems american families are way ahead of the game. >> this is actually pretty good news here. maybe the government should take a look at the average american household because many of you have been slashing your own spending and making some real progress. abc's jim avila reports. >> reporter: the american billfold has fewer credit cards in it today. more money in the bank. families like joanna in fairfax, virginin, are rebuilding personal balance sheets by changing the way they spend and save. >> we used to drive a bmw. now we have a toyota camry. we are able to pay off our credit card loans better. >> reporter: the average american has $4,700 on their credit cards. down more than 5% from last year.
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and 16% lower than their high point. owing less and paying on time. the fewest credit card delinquency in 17 years. a hard lesson from the recession. >> most people just don't have the extra funds to take on debt. more than that, they're scared. >> reporter: instead, we're saving more. from a paltry 1% of income in 2001 to a respectable 5.5% last month. buying cheaper brands, cutting back on family vacations, and dropping cable and satellite tv. is year, suffering their biggest decline in history. >> we used to host a lot of big parties. now after i got laid off, friends come over and do potlucks and stuff. >> reporter: a new summertime poll shows a dramatic change in personal financial behavior. even when hard times end, 62% say they will continue to cut back on household spending. 48% say they plan to save more. difficult times forcing diffffult decisions and americans deciding that they can, in fact, protect themselves with more savings, even if washington seems out of control.
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jim avila, abc news, new york. >> i applaud that. >> i think it's great news. i think the point is well made, if the average american family can do it, why can't d.c. get its act together? >> right. >> good news. the credit ratings we've been talking about, another one named fitch came out yesterday and gave the country a aaa rating, highest possible. they said, look, america still has the second most productive economy on earth behind only norway. >> maybe we just need to get a few families together and they'll tackle the debt problem and come up with a solution. >> yes. quick stat. what do you think the average income in american household is these days? >> i have no idea. >> 50,000 bucks, which is not bad. >> no. if you're saving more, hey. >> there you go. congratulations, america. coming up after the break, the trend on dance floors. this is not a new thing. we're talking about this, grinding. >> these sexy moves are too sexy for some young women. see how they're putting -- oh, my goodness -- stop it. >> don't be --
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>> they're watching a scandalous "world news now." >> don't be -- >> they're watching a scandalous "world news now."
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♪ d dcing dancing dancing ♪ ♪ she's a dancing machine ♪ ♪ dancing dancing dancing ♪ ♪ she's a dancing machine ♪ ♪ oh baby do it baby ♪ >> i love disco. >> you like alalmusic. you're good. this story i find fascinating. some dance music getting us in the mood now for our next story you just heard. maybe you have seen it out on the dance floor. people grinding. >> this isn't the cabbage patch, this isn't the running man. if you're unfamiliar with the dancing, it may be too close for comfort. >> for some. >> now there's somewhat of a grinding backlash going on, as andrea canning tells us. ♪ getting hot in here ♪ >> reporter: from racy music videos -- ♪
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>> reporter: to "the jersey shore" -- ♪ grinding is everywhere. snooki even got busy with this potted plant. no pregnancy scare there, but in the movie "knocked up" grinding led to a passionate night and a baby. the dirty dancing that mimics sex has been taking over high school gyms s d dance clubs around the country. but lately there appears to be a backlash to grinding, also known as freak dancing. it's been banned at some school dances in a number of states from maine to minnesota to california. >> we're not talking about the twist here or elvis and his hips. >> reporter: reminiscent of the movie "footloose." >> i cannot let this dance hahaen. >> reporter: the latest person to launch an assault on gyrating is jenna marbles and her anti-grinding movement. >> can i get pregnant from this? >> reporter: millions are
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watching her video blog which creatively instructs how to fend off annoying grinderers. >> what i started doing is this. guy comes up to you, start dancing on you. you turn around and you give him one of these. >> reporter: after graduating with a master's in sports psychology, jenna began making the popular youtube videos. tired of the unwanted attention she was getting. one has been viewed over 9 million times. >> i'm sick and tired of guys thinking that just because i showed up at a club or a dance or a bar that i want to have their genitalia touching my backside. i made that video as a foolproof defense mechanism against that because it's disgusting. >> reporter: we wanted to know how bad it's really gotten out there on the dance floor, so we asked a panel of 21-year-old girls and one guy to weigh in. how often do people try to grind on you? >> every night. every time we go out. >> usually the type to come up to you and grind are the sweaty type that you're not really down to dance with.
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>> there should be that introduction first where you do another type of dance before you just start grinding because that's when it's a little weird. >> reporter: what do you guys do when you want someone just to stop? >> usually your friend will recognize if you don't want that person to be near you and try to swoop you away from them or something. >> reporter: has anyone actually tried the jenna marbles technique? >> i haven't seen any girls actually do it, but i'm sure it would work pretty effectively. >> reporter: maybe because it might scare the guy, i guess? >> it would scare me. >> have you ever tried the jenna technique? >> no, i haven't tried the jenna technique. i will tell you something. if someone comes up behind you they're like, i want to dance behind you, i'm like, huh-uh, no.
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>> all right. finally this half hour, now that you're a little less traumatized, we'll go behind the scenes in the animal world. >> we have some really fascinating pictures of what real animals do, not the club animals, when no one's watching. abc's dan n rris is our guide to the wildlife. >> reporter: the jaguar is perhaps the most elusive animal on earth. but here's one practically staring you in the face. these are postcards from a secret world. an intimate moment between a momma mountain gorilla and her baby. a close-up of our closest animal cousin, the chimpanznz. a family portrait of the white-lipped peccary. >> the fact that we're capturing this moment should be a signal to people that we're not really alone. >> reporter: in a massive unprecedented effort, conservation groups on three continents strategically placed 420 cameras, which are triggered to snap a photo when they sense heat from an approaching animal. producing truly candid shots of
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everything from cougars to ant eaters to macaques. seeing these animals in the wild can be incredibly difficult, as i can attest, after hiking for five hours up a steep, slippery, slug-infested mountain in madagascar to see these lemurs. or choppering into a cloud forest in the mountains of papua new guinea and using radio antennas to track down a tree kangaroo. >> she's cute. >> she's beautiful. >> reporter: getting close to wild animals is not only difficult, but dangerous. one time i got chased by a wild elephant. but really it's we humans who are the threat. in these new pictures you can actually see poachers on the hunt. the hope is these candid shots will wake all of us up to the beauty of the creatures with whom we share this planet. from four-ton elephants all the way down to five-inch long mouse opossums. dan harris, abc news.
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>> did that makekeou nostalgic for your park ranger days, your old job? >> i love anything to do with animals. animal stories are like catnip for me. >> you love it you love it. but you had a bad monkey experience. >> they tried to kill me in south africa. i'm not kidding. my sister will back me up. my step dad almost had a heart attack laughing at me. they swarmed me and almost ran me into an electric fence. >> but you lived to tell the story on national tv. >> i did but now i'm afraid of monkees. and i just jinxed myself. >> all right.
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this morning on "world news now" -- relentless republicans. texas governor rick perry throws some powerful political punches at president obama. >> perry has been in the presidential race for just days and he's already stealing all
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the headlines. it's wednesday, august 17th. from abc news, this is "world news now." >> and good wednesday morning, everybody. i'm rob nelson. > d diana alvear. >> and during president obama's midwest tour, , ck perry was campaigning not far away, spreading his message about jobs. his remarks about barack obama and his gop opponents got plenty of attention. >> governor perry has come o swinging, that's for sure. he's not bashful. got that texas swagger. don't mess with texas, right? also ahead, you have to give a specially trained police dog major credit and how about a treat? get this. the canine discovered $432,000 hidden in the most unusual places. that is only part of the story. later this half hour, let's be frank. we are relishing the headlines about two brands of hot dogs in a juicy legal battle. this wiener war is our favorite story of the day. >> i love that. the wiener war.
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before all that, president obama wraps up his tour of the midwest today with stops in illinois, meanwhile, texas governor rick perry heads to new hampshire. >> things got combative as they crisscrossed the state of iowa. abc's jake tapper is traveling with the president. >> reporter: he's fashioning himself as some sort of jobs cowboy, striding into town to rescue the american people. >> how many jobs are you going to create? >> as many as i can, okay? >> reporter: governor perry has been relentlessly criticizing president obama, almost stalking him in iowa. at one point their bus tours were within seven miles of each other. >> how do you fix the economy, mr. president? well, apparently he thinks it's to create a new jobs agency. >> reporter: does the president love america? >> you need to ask him. >> reporter: in an interview on cnn the president was asked about perry's attacks. he demurred. >> i'll cut him some slack. he's only been at it for a few days now. >> reporter: perry watchers say this is just classic perry. >> i said, yep.
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>> reporter: the swaggering texan who says he packs heat is often, shall we say, quick on the draw. >> adios, mofo. >> reporter: and he's something of a ham. here he is asked about his republican opponent mitt romney. >> what was that? >> give him my love. >> reporter: james richard perry was raised in a ranch house without running water in paint creek, texas. he was an eagle scout, a yell leader at texas a&m, an air force pilot in the 1970s. his is a message that appeals to conservatives. cut taxes, cut spending, deregulate. it's made him a popular figure in conservative texas. in elections, he's 9-0, and a hero to the tea party. karl rove, the political guru for former president george w. bush, called the comments perry made about ben bernanke, unfortunate and unpresidential. the recent bad blood between rove and perry and the bush and perry camps, which we'll no doubt hear about in the weeks and months to come. jake tapper, abc news, traveling with the president in iowa.
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>> we have many miles to go in this campaign. more than a year away. between bachmann and perry we'll have incredible sound bites. >> i know. >> over the next 15 months. it will be wild. >> and there may be other people that may be jumping into the race as well. we have wisconsin republican congressman paul ryan considering a presidential run. >> the field is not done. >> and the don, news about him. donald trump likes what he sees in governor perry so far, but the donald stopped short of endorsing perry and said he hasn't ruled out running for president himself as an independent. >> i think he's an impressive guy with a very good record. so, it will be interesting to see how he does under the spotlight. it's a big spotlight. but texas is a big spotlight also. i think he'll do very well. >> and we'll hear much more from the don in his exclusive interview with abc's george stephanopoulos. tune in later to "good morning america." >> maybe we'll get a final
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decision from the donald one of these days. we have dramatic new pictures of a rescue at north carolina national forest as a helicopter hovered overhead one rescuer was lowered to a teenager who was trapped at the top of a waterfall. once the teen was secured to a tree, a second rescuer slid down and plucked the frightened boy to safety. the teen was scraped up but not seriously hurt. an australian man charged in that extortion bomb plot will be held until his extradition hearing in october. peters was found out hiding in kentucky at the home of his ex-wife. just released federal court documents reveal paul douglas peters is an investment banker who once worked with a company connected to the victim's family. the victim, madeleine pulver, is relieved it's over but has no idea why she was targeted. a rembrandt stolen in southern california over the weekend has now turned up about 20 miles away. police say they got a tip that the drawing was at an episcopal church in encino. the suspect, they -- they suspect, i should say, the thieves may have ditched the drawing when they saw all the news coverage about it. police in one south texas town are holding on to nearly
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$500,000 they found hidden in a truck during a traffic stop. the man driving the truck is under investigation. ktrk's debra wrigley has the story. >> reporter: highway 59 is the corridor that connects houston to the border. drug busts, human trafficking arrests have all been made here over the hundreds of miles spanned by 59. but last week came an unprecedented seizure for rosenberg police. it all began with a traffic stop. >> makes a traffic stop. he decides he's going to have casey do what they call open-air search or sniff. so, you're not invading anything. >> reporter: this is casey, rosenberg pd's detection canine. police say she detected a lot in the driver's truck. >> jumps up on the bed and starts indicating an alert on this cardboard box. >> reporter: in the box, a propane canister. inside the canister, rolls of $20 bills. small pickings compared to what
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was inside the large tv case. filled with even more cash. between the two, nearly $432,000. >> and i've never seen where they were rolled up like this or in a tank. it just shows ononmore thing that we need to be aware of. >> reporter: the cash is now in a locked evidence room. the driver, who isn't being identified, but is said to be from houston, was released at the time. but is still said to remain under investigation. >> drug related, if it's weapons related, if it's human trafficking related, what -- you know, that's the key. >> wow. >> debra wrigley reporting froro houston. i need to get one of those dogs and just walk around and say, go sniff that out. let me know if there's any cash. >> i'd be happy to find lunch money. 430,000 bucks? whoa. it's not illegal to carry cash in the car. if police are suspicious they can test it for drug residue. that kind of thing. >> sniffing through a propane tank? that's impressive.
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he gets a treat. >> wow. congrats to that dog. how do you like your burrito? i like mine with beef and beans and cold hard cash. a federal customs agent at cincinnati airport found a shipment of tortilla presses stuffed with more than $600,000 in u.s. bills. the money was tightly rolled and wrapped in plastic. the tortilla machines were being shipped from mexico to colombia and agents say the sender had no idea it would be routed through the usa. >> could they route that through the news room? >> when it comes to cash, people get creative. about how to get their money. oh, man. here's a look at your wednesday weather. stormy with hail, dangerous winds from denver to kansas. thunderstorms in the desert southwest and also in parts of michigan, illinois and indiana. showers in louisiana and from orlando to miami. >> nice. >> the way you like to say it. >> 105 in dallas. 95 in new orleans. 90 i iatlanta. a wet 81 in chicago. 84 in omaha. phoenix hits 107. mostly 90s from boise to
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albuquerque. 72 in seattle. 82 in portlala. well, not all prisoners make license plates. some train wild horses to be put up for adoption. among their clients, the u.s. border patrol, which has just adopted six mustangs from nevada prisons. the animals are headed to the mexican and canadian borders. >> the border patrol now has 123 formerly wild horses. which they say are particularly well suited for the roadless areas they patrol. research shows the prison program seems to tame the horses and inmates. that is just the coolest thing ever. >> yeah, look at that. there are several wild horse training programs in prisons throughout that part of the country. >> and man and horse work together 5 days a week, 7 hours a day for 120 days. you get to know that horse pretty well. sounds like the perfect job for rob. you love animals. >> you are the park ranger. i'll be elsewhere. well, more "world news now" coming up after the break. don't go far.
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now an alarming trend gaining popularity. it's called swatting. that's when a prank caller phones police and reports a serious but fake emergency. >> scary stuff here. the goal in all of this is to ultimately have a s.w.a.t. team mobilized and go to the scene. but the real victims, as linsey davis reports, are victims of real crimes. >> reporter: it was the call that launched an eight-man s.w.a.t. team. >> i've got two people here held hostage, all right? >> okay. >> now, you know what happens to people that are held hostage.
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>> reporter: assault rifles drawn. the team swarmed down on this colorado springs house. inside, a teenage girl and father, bound and in critical danger, or so they thought. >> i am armed with a pistol and i swear to god i will kill these people. >> reporter: it turned out, it was all a hoax. one of hundreds of incidents each year of cyber criminals hacking into phone lines and placing false 911 calls. it's called swatting, prank emergency calls so violent sounding they provoke a s.w.a.t. team response. >> hunter had been stabbed and parents and other people were being held hostage at the house. >> reporter: 15-year-old hunter told cnn how a swatter hacked into his xbox and used the game's internet connection to type a message to 911. >> i come out of my room, they got guns pointed at me. i'm like, oh, my god, i'm going to die. >> reporter: swatters are young computer hackers working alone or in groups. they often choose their victims carefully, although sometimes
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it's completely random. >> i think i just saw somebody at linden with something that looks like a gun. >> reporter: the female voice in this new york 911 call, an internet voice mail operator repeating a message left by a swatter. police responded and identified a suspect. >> they stopped him and secured him. and, you know, searched him for a gun based on this call. it turned out he was just an innocent person walking down the street. >> some of the motivation for swatting has been revenge to their victims or it's been ego or bragging rights. >> reporter: the fbi is cracking down on swatting. one of their biggest arrests, matthew weigman, a 19-year-old hacker from massachusetts, he's serving 11 years in a federal prison for swatting. including that colorado springs case. but the fbi's biggest concern that one day these criminal prank calls will turn deadly. >> that was linsey davis reporting. you know, there are real costs to this. the fbi says each swatting incident costs law enforcement an average of $10,000 in spent resources. >> that's scary.
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get this, too, one group of swatters, that was recently prosecuted made 300 calls in 17 different states. this is not an isolated problem. this is becoming increasingly popular. that was just frightening, too. the hacking part of it, and then the real danger of the s.w.a.t. team coming in. >> and wasting precious time thatatould be spent on real crimes. good thing this is gaining attention as far as getting resources back. >> exactly. just scary. coming up next, we'll lighten the mood a little bit. real life drama that may be too dramatic, even for reality tv. some sad news in reality tv world. and from hollywood movies to a soap opera, one star's unusual career move next in "the skinny." career move next in "the skinny."
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♪ skinny so skinny ♪ and now it's time for "the skinny." this is a very, very sad story we're starting off with. the real housewives brand is ry popular and real housewives of beverly hills was a particularly popular one. very sad news out of that show. the estranged husband of taylor
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armstrong, one of the characters on the show russell armstrong, was found hanged. he committed suicide, police say. there were just a lot of issues going on. some of his friends say he was having tremendous financial problems, he was really upset the two were separated. taylor had filed for divorce. she claimed he had been physicalally and verbally abusive for years. so, juju this terrible situation involving russell. so sad. the weirdeststart about it, i met him a few weeks ago when i was out and about in l.a. >> wow, really? >> i had to ask him, can you -- yeah, that's the night that i met him. >> right. >> i asked him, i said, you really are portrayed as a villain on that show. how do you feel about it? he told me he never wanted to do the show and he only did it because taylor wanted to do it. and that he had agreed to do it as long as he didn't have to be on came. he said the producers spun the storyline. this is all what he said. i have no idea if it's true or not. >> i think this story will spawn a lot of questions about reality tv, who should be on it, who shouldn't, the effect of it all. the season of beverly hills, the new one, is supposed to start in
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a few days, and it focuses heavily on how that marriage deteriorated. >> taylor has a breakdown. >> the ethical question, should bravo still air it? sounds like they are. a lot of issues. a sad story all the way around. >> it's going to -- people are going to be interested in seeing it, though, so bravo has -- >> sensitivity versus ratings. constant battle. >> right, exactly. >> it's there. another sad story, casey anthony, the story of the summer in so many ways but guess who got the first interview with her parents, george and cindy anthony? dr. phil will start his next seasonon- he has the interview. he says nothing was off limits during the interview. his new season will air september 12th. he'll make a donation to the charity. he says the couple themselves will not profit off being on the show or get profit from his donation. but season premiere will start off with a bang, his exclusive interview with casey's parents. >> that doesn't answer the question, when is casey anthony going to speak? >> we don't know that. >> let's lighten the mood. >> let's talk about something i really enjoy. "sex and the city" is back
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in the news but i don't know how i feel about this. >> this is weird. >> they're thinking of putting the show back on tv, carrie and her friends when they were young. like in their 20s. >> the prequel. >> elizabeth olsen playing carrie, blake lively will be samantha. selena gomez, , o is 18 years old, charlotte and emma roberts as miranda. >> there was going to be a movie as a prequel and now it may be a tv show prequel. >> i like my carrie bradshaw as sarah jessica parker. i'm attached to this character. that's what i remember. >> a lot of people will feel that same way. it will be weird on tv. they're milking it for all it's worth. let it just be after a while. >> you know you love it. >> all right. this story i do love here. the situation, everyone knows this guy from the "jersey shore." say what you want about those kids, you and i both enjoy the show. >> i love it. >> those kids have made a ton of money off endorsement deals and public appearances. but now, get this, abercrombie & fitch want to strike a very different deal.
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they want to pay the situation and other cast members to not wear their clothes. they released a statement tuesday saying -- >> t situation doesn't wear clothes. it's his abs we're talking about. >> he says we understand the show is for entertainment purposes but we believe this association is contrary to the asasrational nature of our brand and may be distressing to many of our fans. no response yeyefrom the cast, no comment from mtv. very interesting. and jennifer aniston may be appearing on "days of our ves."" in fact, it's kind of cool because her father, victor aniston, he made his start on that show, so she's going to be a guest star on the soap. >> it may get cancelled and she's trying to come on the show to save ratings. >> she's a ratings kind of girl. >> i would watch anything jennifer's in. good luck with that. be right back. medicare is one of the great things about turning 65, but it doesn't cover everything. in fact, it only pays up to " 80% of your part b expenses. if you're already on or eligible for medicare
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about? >> finally this half hour, hit the stamp. this is a -- >> oh, they jumped the gun today. that's all right. all right, here we go. >> one more time? boom! >> as we said, we relish bringing you this one. >> the legal battle over the all-american treat the hot dog and our own hot dog, dan harris, has all the meaty details. >> is there really meat in that? >> reporter: if nothing else this case is a field day for pun-happy journalists who are calling it everything from a dog fight to the dogs day in court, to the frankfurter fracas. that last one is mine, actually. there's been talk of legal beefs, of arguments being mustered against the other side, and of a possibility of a hung-ry jury, despite the fact there is no jury in this case. even the judge himself got into the acon kicking off the trial on monday by saying, let the wiener wars begin. the trial pits america's two largest hot dog makers against
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one another. in one corner, sara lee, maker of ballpark franks. in the other corner, kraft food, which makes oscar mayer. the whole thing started with this ad in 2009 in which oscar mayer claimed its dogs beat out ballpark franks in a national taste test. ballpark filed suit, claiming those taste tests were rigged and also taking issue with oscar mayer's claim that its dogs are 100% beef. >> oscar mayer just made their 100% pure beef franks. >> reporter: untrue, says ballpark. oscar mayer countersued taking issue with ballpark's ads in which it claims it sells america's best franks. despite the fact that even the participants in this trial are making light of it with one ballpark official cacalling oscar mayer's claims baloney, this fight could have real implications in terms of how far the companies who are competing for your dollars can go when they claim to be top dog. >> if kraft foods, which is a major blue chip advertiser, told you can no longer do this, i
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expect it will have some ripple effects. >> reporter: dan harris, abc news. >> these hot dogs are not quite as appetizing as the ones in the story. the truth is, you don't -- you're a vegetarian. you don't eat meat. that's just a bun. >> that's not a hot dog. that's a not dog. that's my kind of dog. >> all relish in there for you. i think hot dogs with relish and ketchup are delicious. i'm going to eat this. i don't care who wins the lawsuit. >> i'm going to let that sit there. >> they're delicious. you don't want to ws
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making news in america this morning, political punches. >> president obama wraps up his midwest bus tour but it's a republican opponent who is stealing the spotline. then lone wolf.

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