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welcome back, everybody. now the four-letter word that is causing quite a controversy, and this is a word we can say on tv, d-i-e-t, diet. >> that's not the word i thought you were going to say.
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>> sorry to disappoint. >> it is the basis of a forthcoming children's book about an overweight teenager and as abc's andrea canning reports, the critics are already up in arms about it. >> reporter: on the cover of the new book "maggie goes on a diet" maggie is seen dreaming of a thinner self. the 14-year-old character is bullied relentlessly. maggie was teased and made fun of just about every day at school. she was called fatty and chubby and other names that were very cruel. searching the refrigerator in hopes she would feel better, eating lots of bread and cheeses, including some cheddar. but after losing a lot of weight by eating healthier foods like oatmeal and fruit and exercising more, maggie instantly makes new friends. now the book's weight loss message targeting girls as young as 6 is stirring up big controversy before it's even been released. >> there is no question that books like this that teach our
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kids to focus on what's outside and to suggest to them that popularity comes with being thin, it is the wrong message to send to our kids. >> reporter: in fact, a recent study shows eating disorders for children under 12 have increased by 119% over the past decade. taylor was a healthy 6-year-old but she said something that shocked her mother, tonya. >> she out of the blue said, mommy, why is my tummy so fat? a girl in the bathroom at school asked me why i was fat. >> i don't like to be like my weight. and my teacher always tells me that i have to run so i can be really not like this. >> reporter: her pediatrician says her weight is completely normal but at this age, perception can sometimes override reality. >> when kidsdsaugh or giggle at someone they think is chubby, it's a wake-up call to all of us to start changngg how we describe people and to change the way we treat people who may
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not look the way we do. >> reporter: the author of "maggie goes on a diet," paul kramer, says the wrote the book not to stir up controversy but to help children build confidence and know they're not alone with their struggles. andrea canning, abc news, new york. >> you have kids, mom. what do you think? >> i don't know. i have two boys and they're toddlers, so i don't know if they're really facing -- >> they have at least six months. >> they need to put on a f pounds, to be honest. yeah, it's a tough issue, adolescence and weight. definitely a loaded issue, no doubt. >> we saw that story. a few days ago about the lingerie and the sexy clothes they're marketing to young children. they get so many mixed messages about body weight. >> tough being a young girl in today's society. be strong. >> how about that, just be happy. coming up next, important new information about amy winehouse's death from the medical examiner in the case. and are jada and will smith breaking up? find out what they're saying next in "the skinny."
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♪ skinny so skinny all righty! we have a lot to get through today. >> lot going on. big news out of hollywood, a lot being reported by radaronline but could be another hollywood split. will smith and jada pinkett that smith, after 13 years are splitting up here. family members are denying this. saying this is not the case. as soon as this story started to bubble up yesterday, they -- >> their son came right out and tweeted, let me just say. the rumors need to stop. will and jada are not getting divorced. this is will's son from a previous marriage. it's not jada's son but he does live with the family. still, that didn't stop the rumors.
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>> and "intouch weekly," let me correct that, reporting this. also, some rumors are out there from " "ople" magazine that, guess what, jada hooked up with marc anthony, her one-time co-star. her rep is denying that. marc just split up with j.lo -- >> but that prompted them to come out and make a statement. all of this, they said, among other things, we are still together and our marriage is intact. >> that's -- yeah, the couple released. that's what they're saying about it. it's very interesting. plus now they're hiring perhaps reports and possibly sue saying we're not going to allow you to demean our marriage. the rumor mill is going strong. wish them luck no matter what the deal is going on there. >> i want them to stay together. >> 13 years? >> they're great together. >> a-list couple? yeah. >> weather is out. moving on to amy winehouse, toxicology reports are in and her family says there were no illegal drugs found in her system. >> whoa. >> alcoholol was found, however but no illegal drugs. what's interesting, though, it makes the omission of
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prescription drugs because there could have been. i mean, there's no indication because they didn't release that, but there may have been prescription drugs. we don't know. >> we don't know yet. that news probably surprised some folks assuming they would nd a treasure trove of god knows what but they did not apparently. a little more dark news and then we'll lighten it up. russell armstrong, the husband who committed suicide. from "the real housewives of beverly hills." reports from radaronline saying he stopped taking his antidepression meds two weeks before that suicide. he had been on them for months and for some reason stopped. and because of family strife. there will be two memorial services, one with the wife from the show, one from the previous wife because the families are not getting along and blaming each other for what happened. >> can't be in the same room. sad news. also, jimmy kimmel, more sad news. uncle frank from the show, a big part of the show, he passed away at the age of 77. if you're a big jimmy kimmel
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fan, you've seen the uncle frank feature, so long, on the right. passed away at 77 years old. 20 years he spent as a cop in new york city police officer and became a staple on the show in 2003. our condolences to jimmy. he was really nice. cute old guy, great part of the show. >> his presence will be missed on the show for sure. >> he will. rest in peace. hó
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here are some stories to watch today on abc news. attorney general eric holder meets with relatives of 9/11 victims today. he is updating them on the federal investigation into phone-hacking allegations after the news corp. scandal in great britain. controversial tv and radio personality glenn beck is in israel today. he's hosting what he calls a rally to restore courage in the holy city of jerusalem. and vice president joe biden wraps up his asian tour today. he's meeting with japanese aders, military families and u.s. embassy staff in tokyo.
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all right. now this is our you know what. here we go again. our -- >> oh, good. >> that was nice. >> nice, nice. >> all sync'd up. this is a no-brainer. >> that's right. which, frankly, is also what you might think about the story. >> oh, yes. >> george is in penn valley, california with the details. ç >> reporter: penn valley's anything green hydroponics store is holding a raffle next month. keep that in mind as we show you how the store uses video surveillance to protect its merchandise. >> you are on television. >> reporter: the sign apparently meant nothing to a young woman who came into the store on friday. >> she had a plan. >> reporter: for nearly a half hour the young woman browsed items on the shelf while occasionally ducking down to ll her handbag with them. >> this will be a third time, her opening that bag. how much more can she fit in there? >> reporter: when the bag bebeme full, she made a quick trip out to the parking lot.
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>> so, she went out to say she was making a phone call. and just unloaded and came back in. >> reporter: the $300 shop-lifting spree continued until the young woman finally paid $20 for something and left. >> so, we just upgraded to, you know, more cameras around the store. and it's definitely paying off. >> reporter: the trouble with video surveillance is you often don't know you've been ripped off until you've seen the recording after the fact. that's what happened to the partners at this store and they would have been out of luck, except for the young shop-lifter, who thought she could extend her luck. >> she's filling out a raffle ticket right now with her name, her phone number, her address. brilliant. >> a little on the not bright side, absolutely. absolutely. >> reporter: the raffle ticket led a sheriff's deputy directly to 20-year-old elizabeth null. she has been disqualified. george warren, abc news. >> i love that.
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a little on the not bright side. file that under the quotation of the day. >> disqualified from the raffle. i like that. >> there is justice in the world.
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this morning on "world news now," tropical threat. millions of americans batten down in preparation for that massive hurricane. >> irene left a mess behind in the caribbean as the category 2 hurricane and it could strengthen even more before making a beeline for the east coast. it's wednesday, august 24th. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." and good morning, everybody. i'm rob nelson. >> and i'm tanya rivero. it is the first hurricane in years to threaten the east
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coast. look at the size of this storm system. see who's preparing for this emergency and find out the hurricane's latest track. >> they say that report yesterday, they say that thing is 700 miles wide. so, a lot of us on the east coast, we're going to feel something over this next couple of days. >> absolutely. i think sunday it's supposed to hit up here, right? >> sunday is the d-day here in new york. another big story on wednesday morning, the strongest earthquake in nearly 70 years here on the east coast. the mess it left behind and the millions of people who were put on edge. >> boy, did we feel that one this afternoon, earlier today. wow. as the last summer weekend approaches, how about an instant party to go? america's chief entertaining officer, tim laird, whips up food and drinks for an outdoor feast. first, hurricane irene spoiling vacations from the caribbean all the way up to the east coast.
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>> that's right. turks and caicos and bahamas are the latest to feel irene's wrath. the next stop may be north carolina and the storm could trigger flooding and power outages all the e y up to maine. more from abc's diana alvear. >> reporter: good morning. when it comes to hurricane irene, meteorologists say we're dealing with a very strong and very unpredictable storm system. and residents say they aren't taking any chances. its monster clouds visible from space. it's easy to see why when it comes to hurricane irene there is no calm before the storm. from the southern tip of florida to the carolinas, residents are preparing for the first hurricane in three years that poses a serious threat to the united states. >> bottled water and food that won't perish. >> reporter: the system is churning its way through the caribbean. 100-mile-an-hour wind whipped the dominican republic and pounded puerto rico, leaving more than a million residents without power and prompting president obama to declare a
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state of emergency. while tracking models vary by hundreds of miles, one even showing irene moving back out to sea. meteorologists are warning the entire eastern seaboard to be on alert. flights to affected areas have been canceled. emergency management operations are up and running. >> making sure our vehicles are ready. making sure our communications work. making sure the i.t.'s good to go. >> reporter: the last hurricane to make landfall in the u.s. was ike back in 2008. it kilild 20 americans and caused $20 billion worth of damage. rob, tanya? >> earthquakes, hurricanes, we got it all this week, don't we? >> oh, yeah. mother nature's not happy apparently. >> no, no. thanks for that. irene is now a cat 2 hurricane. let's get the latest on its path. >> our coverage continues at the accuweather forecast center and meteorologist jim dickey. good morning.
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>> good morning, rob and tanya. hurricane irene showing signs of strengthening. you see the satellite imagery, an eye appearing as it moves over the turks and caicos, bearing down on the bahamas. this is a very dangerous situation here setting up for the east coast. anywhere from the carolinas up into the northeast and new england needs to keep an eye on this storm as we expect it to make landfall across the carolinas in the weekend and move up the coast. very least, some heavy, heavy rainfall and some powerful winds. a storm is expected to expected to become the first major hurricane of the atlantic hurricane season, reaching category 4 strength, making landfa potentially as a strong category 3 storm. rob and tanya, back to you. >> tense few days ahead. thanks, jim. look for hurricane updates all day long on abc news. we'll update irene's path on "america this morning" and abc's sam champion will track the storm later this morning, of
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course, on "good morning america." residents on the east coast are kings over yeste hur i know i am. the 5.8 quake was strong enough to knock groceries off the shelves at this store in the epicenter in southern virginia. look at that. >> west coast still laughing at that. >> yes, they are. >> that's the most dramatic footage we may have yet. what's the big deal? but mos thally hom abc's john hendren has detai from washinn. >> reporter: good morning, rob and tanya.a. the white house tells us president obama did not feel the quake in massachusetts where he was vacationing on martha's vineyard. a few blocks away here thee us felt capitol arte rumlongg damuake- the temblor was the biggest on record here. >> we are not prepared at all. our buildings don't sway like those in california and japan. our buildings would collapse if we had a major earthquake in manhattan. >> reporter: the previous
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biggest quake in recent years was a 3.6 that happened just last july. this one evacuated the white house, the capitol and the pentagon and stopped a lot of planes from traveling at national airport. >> i heard a couple people say, it's a bomb. a couple scream, it's an earthquake. >> reporter: buildings swayed, streets were filled. a number of people initially said they thought it might be some kind of terrorist event. in the end, the damage was minimal. a pinnacle on top of the washington national cathedral was sheared off but in the end, there wasn't nearly the kind of damage you might see on the west coast. now, in california, they may be what you call quake snobs. they'll tell you that 7.1 earthquake in san francisco in 1989 was enormous. but this one here, as the biggest on record, here this was massive. rob and tanya? >> quake snobs. >> quake snobs, i like that term. i like that term a lot. washington monument did suffer some cracks at the top. that will be off-limits today while they try to make repairs. >> it's worth mentioning as well that 24 hours ago a 5.3 magnitude quake hit southern colorado. a less populated area.
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less people were affected. but earthquake going on there, too. >> not just california. fault lines all ovov the country. no one has a monopoly on that stuff. >> that's for sure. >> scary, huh? in other news, moammar gadhafi vows his forces will fight until either victory or death. the libyan leader has not been seen since before rebels overran his compound in tripoli yesterday. though gadhafi's rule is essentially over, there are still pockets of resistance around the city and victory will not be complete until gadhafi and his sons are found. major economic news in japan. moody' downgraded the japanese government's credit rating to aa3 from aa2. three notches below somber rating. they say japan's economic outlook is weak after this year's disasters. the government is also facing a debt crisis and some uncertain political leadership. in other news, french banker dominique strauss-kahn says he may file a lawsuit against his accuser. a new york judge dismissed the sexual assault charges against
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strauss-kahn yesterday. prosecutors dropped the case saying they did not believe the hotel housekeeper, who accused him. although that housekeeper admits lie being certain aspects of her life, she insists that strauss-kahn did attack her. the owner of a landmark south philadelphia cheesesteak shop has died. joey vento made headlines in 2006 when he posted signs saying, this is america, when ordering, speak english. he always insisted he'd never refuse service to anyone. coworkers say he put in a full day at the stand and died of a heart attack later on. he was 71 years old. >> there's nothing like a philly cheesesteak. >> indeed. support is pouring in for popular college basketball coach pat summitt going public with her diagnosis of early onset of dementia. the hall of fame leader of tennessee's lady vols says she initially chalked up her memory loss to medication she was taking for rheumatoid arthritis.
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summitt, 59 years old, says she was angry abobout her diagnosis but now she's determinened to sy on the job as long as possible. >> i plan to continue to be your coach. for that reason, i will be relying on my outstanding coaching staff like never before. >> she is a legend. summitt is college basketball's winningest coach with more than 1,000 career victories and eight national titles. her players say they don't intend to let her down this season. and sprint says it will start selling the iphone in mid-october, according to "the wall street journal." sources say the country's third largest cell phone company will offer the current model, thehe iphone 4, and also launch the new iphone 5 at the same time as its competitors, verizon and at&t. >> competitive market for that. >> that's right. everybody's fighting for it. morning commuters in nashville ran into a most unusual traffic jam. i warn you, this is a little
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icky. the backup was caused by a -- by canisters of frozen bull semen. >> file that under too much information. but when they first fell from a greyhound bus, there was a bit of panic because the contents were unknown. you see that on the street you think, what the heck is that? the canisters were steaming because they were packed in dry ice. not because of the other stuff. and they were giving off a truly foul odor. oh, man. >> i wish this show was on hbo some mornings because i have a lot to say. the mystery was finally solved. the freeway was cleared. traffic began moving again and the semen continued on it's way to a texas breeding facility. >> and all was right with the world. >> all wasasight. with the comings and goings on the road. it was 20,000 bucks apiece, the going price now for bull semen. >> expensive stuff. >> all in a day's work, tanya. we'll be right back. ♪ we're going riding on the freeway of love ♪ [ male announcer ] colorf, smooth and in excellent condition...
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welcome back, everyone. our next story is one i can relate to as a working mom. >> it's about moms and stress. turns out working moms have it better in some ways than their stay-at-home mom counterparts. >> that's a relief. >> abc's stephanie sy has the story. >> reporter: super moms of the world, relax. holding yourselves to unrealistically high standards may be costing you more than you think. a study presented to the american sociological association finds working mothers have lower rates of depression than their stay-at-home counterparts. that's the good news. but trying to have it all could put some professional women at greater risk for depression. the author surveyed 1,600 american women age 40 and married. they found working women with a super mom view that jobs could be juggled with home lives
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fairly easily showed higher levels of depressive symptoms than working moms who expected to sacrifice some elements of career and parenting to balance out the burden. so, it's okay if super mom can't make time for the supermarket. i'm stephanie sy. >> share your secrets, tanya, as a mom who works incredibly -- >> i have no idea how anybody does it. >> there you are. >> oh, that's really funny. it looks a lot like -- i don't know. i don't know how i feel about that picture. fresh direct, that's where i get my groceries. that's part of it. >> you get it delivered. >> i don't have time to go to the grocery store. i'm a working mom. i order everything online. >> i love that. coming up next after the break, you'll have details on how to make the perfect summer outdoor feast. >> mm, yum. you can make the most of it coming up.
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♪ outside in the summertime with summer quickly ticking away and kids getting ready to go back to school, you're running out of time for that summer picnic you've been talking about. never fear, joining me with his tips for a party to go, ready to go is america's chief entertainment officer and author of the book "that's entertaining," tim laird. >> great to see you. >> we have fun tips for those great picnics or party to go, as i call them. we like to start out and keep things light and refreshing. it's the end of summer. things are a lot of hot. >> we're not talking about a heavy fried chicken picnic. >> no, light and good for you, too. you can have it all but still have all the flavor. for example, this is a wonderful yogurt and cucumber soup. see that? >> smells amazing. >> it is. you can take a little taste. i serve them in these little canning jars so you can put the lid on. when you get to your event, shake it up. do a little taste. i'll show you how easy this is. in a blender, i have two cups of low-fat yogurt. you can have 2%, whatever you
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wish. >> unsweetened. >> unsweetened. and to that i've got about one cucumber that's been diced. that goes in. if you want to help me out. here's a little dill that goes in. that's wonderful. i got a little dry mustard, that goes in to kick that up. and then, of course, salt and pepper. we want both those things. a little of that. see how easy that is? >> i like the dry mustard. i wouldn't have thought -- >> it makes it so good. it really does. sometimes you need to take a spoon, give it a little action there. >> do you need to do this -- you can do this before you head out? >> yes, you can. >> you don't have to bring your blender. >> exactly. do this before and keep it in the refrigerator until you're ready to go. boom, just that easy. let it go. >> it is delicious. >> isn't it great? then you pour it into a jar, put the lid on it until you're ready to go and garnish it at the end. >> beautiful. >> wonderful thing. also i got a couple great sides you want to have. this is a coleslaw made with no mayonnaise.
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leave the mayonnaise at home. it's a party outside, so forget the mayonnaise. and we're keeping it light and healthy. a little olive oilila little bit of vinegar. i'll tell you what, this is really good. it will are a good crunch factor. you don't need that mayonnaise -- still a lot of flavor? a little crunch? >> delicious. >> green onion in there as well. >> i love it. >> you'll love this, too. another fun side. this is a real easy to make, a brown rice with a little chopped walnuts, chopped celery and chopped white onion. >> i like that. a little more filling. >> filling, brown rice good for you and a lot of crunch factor. i think that helps out, too. >> i love the walnuts. >> there you go. see what you think. >> mm. >> see, we can have flavor without having all the bad calories. >> fantastic. >> then for ouentree, here's what i like to do. you can either buy these or make them yourself. get an assortment of wraps. what i do, i cut them into thirds. you want to have everybody try a little different of anything else. >> that's a great idea because you can never decide what you want. >> exactly.
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you'll want to actually label them. when you get to the party, you remember what each one was. i can try the veggie or turkey or chicken with beans and rice. >> you are so organized. >> there it is. >> you're so organized. >> that's fun to do. of course, how about a cocktail to go with that? in a jar, again -- >> i'm game. >> a quart jar. 12 ounces of lemonade in there. to that, 6 ounces of nice pomegranate juice. when i stop there, you can keep this as a nice, refreshing alcohol-free drink. i pack that along with me for those that want alcohol-free. which you have right there. >> that's where i've got to go. >> you can try the pomegranate and lemonade. see what you think of that. just kind of light and refreshing. the flavors go together. >> delicious. >> for mine, i'm going to kick it up a little bit with tequila. >> you're not messing around, tim. >> oh, no. i'm going to put a few ounces of that on top of that. >> right for the jugular. i like that. >> always look for 100% blue agave. they're a good tequila.
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that fits that bill. boom, i put a lid on it. when i get to the party, your destination, in goes the ice. >> you keep the ice separate until you get there. >> right. >> because it dilutes and -- >> exactly. goes in like that. when you get to the party, you can actually shake it in its own container. shake, pour it over ice -- >> like a real bartender. >> exactly. >> love it. >> then you have your cocktail ready to go, alcohol-free -- >> i can just imagine what that tastes like. let's talk about this delicious dessert. >> i actually packed plastic martini glasses, put a little fruit, on top a little vananla yogurt and that tops you off. light and refreshing. >> i want to make sure you tell us about this fantastic packing situation. >> a couple things. a couple tips. remember, if you want to invest in a nice rolling cooler, that works out well. don't forget bug spray or, actually, sun tan lotion and even flowers in a water bottle works. for packing, this is where a lot of people make mistakes. put the food in the bottom, take your ice packs and put those on top. >> on top, not on the bottom. >> right, tanya. because you know why?
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the cool air goes down. >> fantastic. tim, thank you so much. >> happy party to go. >> can't wait to head out and check this out. if you want to know about these recipes you can go to our facebook page, wnnfans.com. thanks for watching. thanks for watching. [ drew ] give me volume. not clumps or gaps.
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>> "world news now" delivers your "morning papers." all right, everybody. >> yes, indeed. >> it is that time. >> it is that time. >> we've been talking about the east coast earthquake a lot this morning. obviously, big story of the day. we've been giving it proper due. now we'll have fun with it because it seems a lot of people out there are having fun with this story. >> west coast. >> we didn't want to miss out, so, you know, we want to share with you some of the pictures of the outrageous damage caused by this earthquake. this is a picture -- >> look at that. look at that. >> devastating.
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moving on to this one from wakefield, massachusetts. the yogurt cup falls over so easily. >> get me some tissues. >> this next one from somewhere in connecticut is devastating. >> post-it note fell on the carpet. dear, sweelt sweet lord. >> how are we going to recover? but this is my favorite -- >> this says it all. >> we will rebuild, people. we will come back from this devastation. this will not -- >> that cracks me up. >> -- keep us down. >> no, we will come back and build a better america. >> we get it. we g g it, okay? >> we get it. back on our feet after yesterday's catastrophe. i hate it when that yogurt thing falls over. ruins my whole breakfast. >> it falls over all the time, even without an earthquake is falls over. >> that plastic spoon weighs more than the yogurt container. makes me angry. >> it's a design flaw. >> we'll get to the bottom of that tomorrow. women have the advantage in
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another category of life here. this is according to "the wall street journal." women tend to have more deep sleep and awaken fewer times during t t night than men do. they also say you weather the effects of being tired better than men do. we come into work exhausted, you come into work exhausted, you fare better throughout the show than i do. >> i don't know. that's to be determined. >> this one i like, too. most people who regularly sleep with a partner, they say that if you wake up -- they wake up more and you have less deep sleep if you sleep with someone in the bed. it's better to sleep alone. >> i believe that. oh, that's so lonely. >> i know. but interesting. >> here's another interesting story. remember those days when you were studying for the s.a.t.s and you had the hard vocabulary words to figure out? here's two more you don't have to worry about because they are being cut out of the english language according to wise publishers of the collins zishg dirkary.
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char-a-banc, a sight seeing motor coach, is no longer of significance in the english language nor is the word aerodrome. a landing area for private aircraft. >> i'm heartbroken. i use those words so much all the time. i'm heartbroken to see them go. >> bye-bye.
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this morning on "world news now," historic earthquake. the strongest jolt to hit the east coast since world war ii. it made a huge mess at the epicenter in virginia and was felt all the way up totoew england. >> the washington monuments off-limits today, just one of the buildings damaged. it is wednesday, august 24th. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." good morning, everybody. i'm rob nelson. >> and i'm tanya rivero. millions of people felt that jolt leading to evacuations from washington, d.c. to right here
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in new york. it sparked a lot of fear at our nuclear power plants, especially one in virginia close to the epicenter. >> this is the one story everyone on the east coast is talking about this morning. >> we felt it here in new york. >> i felt it after i woke up. i slept right through it. i did not know until 5:00 yeerday afternoon. i woke up like, oh, what's going on? >> i sat at the table shaking. saying what's going on? >> you really felt it? oh, crazy. a rare occurrence here in the northeast. we'll get to all that in a second. another top story on this wednesday morning. of course, the threat from hurricane irene. people from florida to the carolinas now preparing for the worst while vacationers in the bahamas, as you can imagine, are anxious to get out of dodge. >> get on that plane. and later this half hour, an abc news exclusive, glen campbell tells us about his alzheimer's diagnosis and his big final steps in his career. first, new details on the quakthat shook up millions along the east coast. it was the strongest quake to hit the northeast in nearly 70 years. >> yes, it caused plenty of
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damage. one example, the washington monument is closed indefinitely after engineers found cracks near the top. abc's john hendren is in washington now. good morning, john. >> reporter: good morning, rob and tanya. the white house tells us president obama did not feel the quake in massachusetts where he was vacationing on martha's vineyard, but a few blocks away from here at the white house, they felt it. capitol architects are still assessing the damage of a quake that has rumbled all along the atlantic coast. the east coast just isn't used to this. >> we are not prepared at all. our buildings don't sway like those in california and japan. our buildings would collapse if we had a major earthquake in manhattan. >> reporter: it was all too reminiscent of something else. something worse. >> i heard people saying, it's a bomb. a couple scream, it's an earthqhqke. >> reporter: the 5.8 magnitude quake rattled the white house. it rocked the capitol. and it rumbled through the corridors of official
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washington, evacuating parts of several federal buildings. >> a couple things fell off the table and then everybody scrambled to the exit. >> reporter: the temblor radiated southwest of washington. the shutters convulsed the ground as far south as the carolinas. they rumbled the earth in new york, shaking the federal courthouse. at the washington national cathedral, one of the pinnacles sheared off. >> but in the end, there wasn't nearly the kind of damage you might see on the west coast. now, in california they may be what you call quake snobs. they'll tell you that the 7.1 earthquake in san francisco in 1989 was enormous. but this one here, as the biggest on record, here this was massive. rob and tanya? >> a wild day in the northeast. the epicenter of the quake was nearly four miles underground near the small town of mineral, virginia. surveillance video shows the moment of impact inside miller's market with groceries tumbling off the shelves. most damage was very minor. meanwhile, a nuclear powerer
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station is within five miles of that epicenter. abc's jim sciutto reports on the damage there. >> reporter: this is the north anna nuclear power station. we're just five miles from the epicenter of this quake. but this is not considered a high-risk area. in fact, the álant designed to withstand quakes of 6.2 on the richter scale, about four times as long. we're told there was no damage to infrastructure, no radiation released, no damage to the cooling pool for fuel rods, for instance. but power was cut off to the plant so they had to go to backup generators inside. when they did that, one of those backup generators failed, so they had to go to a backup-backup generator, showing the importance of all the failsafes in a nuclear power station like this one. full power is expected to be restored shortly. and officials say at no time were people living in the area in any danger. jim sciutto, abc news, mineral, virginia. >> you know, we should point out at the west coast is having a bit of a chuckle at our expense. >> 5.8, what is that? that's a picnic. what are you worried about? the population centers we have here, millions and millions of
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people. you heard the guy say in the piece, we don't have the same kind of buildings that sway. we're not used to this kind of stuff. >> we get nervous. >> this is the biggest one to hit the east coast since world war ii, but it's the biggest one to hit new york city since 1884. back then it was a 5.3 tremor back then. this is just not what we're used to. >> it's a big deal for us. >> yeah, we'll laugh at l.a. when they get snow. how about that? >> that's right, yeah, snow in l.a. and we'll have a chuckle. in other news, moammar gadhafi's wheabouts are a mystery this morning after rebel troops stormed his compound in tripoli. hours after the battle erupted a prgadhafi tv channel quoted the libyan leader as saying he retreated in a tactical move. after 64 nato air strikes turned the compound to rubble, his chief spokesman managed to get word out saying, quote, we will take tripoli back. french banker dominique strauss-kahn now says he may file a lawsuit against his accuser. the sexual assault charges against strauss-kahn were
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officially dismissed yesterday by a new york judge. prosecutors dropped the case saying they did not believe the hotel maid who accused him. although she did admit lying about certain aspects of her life, she insists she is telling the truth about being attacked by strauss-kahn. hurricane irene is now zeroing in on the bahamas and turks and caicos. forecasters say the storm could intensify to a category 3 or 4 and flood streets as far north as new england. our coverage begins with wtvd's steve dorsey on the north carolina shore. >> reporter: the waiting days of summer tourist season at wrightsville beach could soon be disrupted. since the start of the week, people throughout wrightsville and new hanover county have been keeping a close eye on hurricane irene. >> it kind of concerns me being that big and that strong of winds. >> reporter: this family visiting the beach says they're worried hurricane irene could cut short their vacation planned through saturday. they're trying to enjoy the beach while they have the
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chance, but they've already stocked up on supplies. and have paid close attention to forecasts. >> this is the hurricane planning tool we use. it's called hurr-evac. >> reporter: throughout the day, new hanover emergency management officials, like warren lee, have been closely following the storm's progress. lee says the area could still feel the effects of irene, even >> this s is a big storm. t hit. even if we don't get a direct hit, the tropical storm force winds will be on top of us for an extended period of time. i expect we'll have some infrastructure damage. i expect we'll have a considerable power outage. expect the worst. it could happen. >> reporter: lee's encouraging residents and visitors to plan for the worst. but in the crucial last few days of the summer tourist season, hurricane irene could mean a washout for the local economy. emergency officials say any decision on plans to evacuate could come as early as thursday. at wrightsville beach, steve dorsey for abc news. with irene making its
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approach, airports in the bahamas were packed as tourists scrambled to leave that area. residents who were abroad rushed home to prepare their properties. some airlines are allowing passengers heading to affected areas to change their flights without any penalties. let's get an update on irene's storm track as it threatens the eastern u.s. >> our coverage continues withth meteorologist jim dickey in the accuweather forecast center. good morning to you, jim. >> good morning. hurricane irene lookokto be gaining strength here. as we head through the early morning hours here on infrared satellite imagery, you can make out an eye here as it's moving through the turks and caicos. it did show some weakening during the day on tuesday. that means it drew its inflow over the warmer waters of hispaniola. moving into warmer water, we expect it now to strengthen and batter the bahamas. good news, you see the wind radius. this little dot of red. that is the hurricane force winds. the hurricane force winds not all through that wide e sca
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view you saw of the storm. it's still going to bring at the very least winds at 100 miles per hour. high storm surge and torrential rainfall here to the bahamas through the next two days. rob and tanya, back to you. >> thanks, jim. we will be following hurricane irene's every move. we'll update the storm's path on "america this morning" and sam champion will have thehe latestn "good morning america." hurricanes, earthquakes, libya. let's lighten the mood, shall we, a little bit? >> this is "world news now." we have to bring a little levity. >> that's right, a little bit. first, a quick look at weather. hail, gusty winds around detroit, indianapolis be st. louis, louisville and cleveland. thunderstorms from savannah to ç miami. and along the gulf coast. showers in the northwest. >> phoenix hits 111. 90s from albuquerque to billing. 80s across the midwest and northeast. 91 in atlanta. 95 in new orleans. now let us lighten the mood. as we mentioned, some in new york were rattled by that rare quake yesterday, but in one albuquere neighborhood, it was a wandering bear that caused the commotion. >> that's right. there is he, that little critter. it was first spotted near a high school. by the time police arrived, the
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bear was in someone's backyard. it jumped a fence and was tranquilized. this is at least the third bear capturured inside the city so f this month. who knew albuquerque was having such a bear attack. >> we've had a lot of bear stories the last couple of weeks. they're everywhere. apparently a neighbor told our local abc affiliate albuquerque the bear bit his dog. i would think -- well, would do more damage than just biting the dog. >> forget planet of the apes, it's planet of the bears. >> more "world news now" when we come right back. stay wititus. ♪ i've been hanging around this town on the corner ♪ you go next if you had a hoveround power chair? the statue of liberty? the grand canyon? it's all possible ith a hoveround., tom: hi i'm tom kruse, inventor rand founder of hoveround.,
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♪ i feel the earth move under my feet ♪ ♪ i feel the sky tumbling down the replay of what we felt this afternoon here in new york
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city. and it is our top story. fefeing the earth moving under our feet, millions of us felt just that on the east coast yesterday. >> that quake does raise some serious questions, though, about next time and whether we are ready here for the big one. abc's john berman talked to an expert. >> reporter: the white house shshk, new york swayed, much of the east coast reasonably shocked that it happened here. all the pictures from japan, haiti, indonesia, for all the history on our own west coast, the virginia earthquake was a stark reminder, earthquakes know few boundaries or borders. so, are we ready for a bad one? >> no. not at all. >> not even close. >> reporter: the u.s. government says earthquakes pose a significant risk to more than 75 million americans in 39 states, and not just where you think. look at this map. hot spots for the greatest potential for earthquake
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destruction in america. we know about the threat out west, but utah? charleston, south carolina? if you're looking at records for some of the strongest quakes ever in the continental u.s., it's not just california. but the heartland. the new madrid fault line, the biggest fault line east of the rockies. 120 miles through five states, memphis and st. louis in its path. a series of some of the strongest quakes in u.s. history hit there 200 years ago, measuring more than 7.5, with shocks felt as far away as boston and washington, d.c. a major earthquake there now would affect 15 million people in seven states. and scientists told abc's sam champion there's every reason to fear it could happen. >> do we think there's a big earthquake on the way for this zone? >> yes. we have a history of large earthquakes that have occurred here at least over the last
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1,500 years about every 500 years. >> reporter: new york, new jersey and pennsylvania have a 70-mile long fault, the ramapo. an 1884 quake centered in brooklyn was magnitude 5.0. no one was killed but buildings were badly damaged. scientists say that strong could happen here every 100 years. we may be due. there's even a fault line that goes under new york city. after the devastating earthquake in japan, i went walking on it. with the director for the center forr disaster preparedness at columbia university. he's'she author of "americans at risk." what happens if an earthquake like that were to hit new york city today? >> what we would see were a number of predictable, i emphasize predictable, catastrophic events that would include building collapses, flooding potentially, bursting of water mains and gas lines,
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fires ensuing from that and a great deal of chaos, and an overwhelming of our emergency response systems. and that overwhelming would happen virtually immediately. >> reporter: the scope of these disasters is daunting, but thinking they y n't happen to you, deadly. john berman, abc news, new york. >> that's true, though. people in this country think, oh, earthquakes, only california. no way in the world. it's all over. >> absolutely. but, you know, speaking of california, they're certainly having a little laugh at our expense. some of these tweets. one wise guy on the west coast tweeted, east coast quake is now a 5.9. guess it's not that high but almost. californians, yawn, shrug and go back to their iced latte. >> thanks for the compassion from the west coast. so nice of them. coming up next, family budget so tight these days, the pawn shop business is booming. >> we'll show you some of the surprising items that are showing up. you're watching "world news now."
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welcome back, everybody. tough times call for some extreme measures when it comes to making ends meet. >> for more and more folks these days, that means selling practically anything at the local pawn shop. >> and as abc's andrea canning reports, anything really means everything. >> reporter: on the hit show "pawn stars" we've seen sales on everything from swords - >> how much you want for it? >> reporter: -- to super bowl rings. the harrison family has opened a pandora's box of opportunities for everyone out there looking to make fast cash. >> 40 bucks.
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>> really? >> reporter: elliott salter has also seen it all. he says weird is the new normal at his pawn shop in los angeles. got a neon clock? salter will buy it. how about an old marionette puppet? yep, he'll buy that too. even an urn with the ashes of a pet, sold here for 50 bucks. even this painting by serial killer john wayne gacy was up for sale for $1,500. >> people need money. they know if they bring me something they'll get their money right now. >> reporter: susie, owner of we buy everything in farmington hills, michigan, really will buy anything, including someone's stuffed pet dog. she paid $320 for it and sold it for $500. >> they brought me the strangest things. i have a baboon skull. even sometimes i get bras, people bring in items as many
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collateral for loans. heven managed to buy an oscar brought in by a famous movie producer, who wishes to remain anonymous, for $3,000. >> wow. apparently people even come in and try to sell their teeth. >> really? >> yeah. >> man, tough times, huh? it's ugly out there. more from abc coming right up. it's new! ahhh-ahh-ahh!
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♪ and the wichita lineman ♪ is still on the line some good tunes there. hard to believe but it's been 42 years since glen campbell's "wichita lineman" topped the charts. now campbell is going public as he battles alzheimer's disease. >> he's releasing his farewell album next week and then hitting the road for a final tour. he spoke exclusively with abc's terry moran. ♪ like a rhinestone cowboy >> reporter: his music is a part
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of the american song book. ♪ riding out on a horse and a star spangled rodeo ♪ ♪ by the time i get the phoenix ♪ >> i have been blessed. i really have. i figured it out that i'm not that bright, but god gave me a break. >> reporter: and now at 75, glen campbell is struggling to remember that blessed life. he is fighting alzheimer's disease. >> i wasn't a big star. anyway -- >> reporter: you are a big star. >> well, it's still the same size. what was i saying? i do -- i was right in the middle of a sentence, man. >> reporter: we talked with glen and kim, his wife of nearly 30 years, in their malibu home. their first television interview since sharing the news. you guys came out recently and you told all of us that you have been diagnosed with alzheimer's.
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>> i hadn't got it yet. i don't know -- in fact, don't even know where it came from. >> yes, you've been diagnosed with alzheimer's. >> what? i haven't -- i haven't felt it yet. i mean, i've always been forgetful anyway. but it's -- well, i guess i'm only, what, 78? >> 75. >> 75. oh. i got a couple more. ♪ it's my rain >> reporter: now there will be one final album "ghost on the canvas" to be called and one last tour to say good-bye. to all of us. terry moran, abc news, malibu, california. >> certainly a legend. his album comes out on tuesday. >> that tour -- album called "ghost on the canvas" and he's going to go on tour, it
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will kick off in toronto a week from today. he'll use those gifts as long as he has them. the way you go out n your essence. >> a towering talent, that's for sure. >> more news from abc coming up after the break.
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this morning on "world news now," east coast jolt. the strongest earthquake in more than half a century shakes the ground from virginia to maine and some of the damage was serious. the washington monument is one of the buildings off-limits today because of structural problems due to the quake. it is wednesday, august 24th. >> from abc news, thisiss "world news now." steady, steady. all right. so far, so good. we're all right. >> we're okay. >> good morning, everyone. i'm tanya rivero. >> and i'm rob nelson. this quake, though, was the biggest in the east since world
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war ii. it caught millions of people from d.c. to new york completely off guard yesterday. inspectors at nuclear plants near the epicenter immediately had to go into emergency operations. >> it was scary. we were in the middle of it. >> it was nuts. i slept through it, but -- >> yes. i felt it. another big story this morning -- libyan rebels force their way into moammar gadhafi's compound but where did the dictator go and when will he give up his power? later this half hour, too, the toxicology report on amy winehouse. after 13 years of marriage, rumors right now that will smith and jada are going splitsville. >> what is the truth there? everybody's buzzing about that. >> lots of rumors. that and more coming up in "the skinny" later on. first, millions of people felt the jolt along the east coast. coming just three weeks before the 9/11 anniversary, many were relieved to find out it was an act of nature and not something else. >> that's for sure. the quake was felt as far away as toronto, canada, and as far west as indiana and kentucky,
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all the way out to chicago. you can see from the map, kentucky as well. abc's david muir begins our coverage in the nation's capital. david? >> reporter: good morning. there were some pretty extraordinary moments, some tense moments when that earthquake hit here in washington. we had just pulled into the amtrak station here and within minutes that entire train station, union station, shaking, a rumble like we had never seen, never heard before. what we didn't realize at that moment is that millions of americans up and down the east coast feeling the same thing and fearing the same thing. that this could potentially be something worse. within minutes here in washington, they were evacuating the pentagon, the capitol and that train station. there was enormous relief when people here and in new york and in many of the other cities experienced this, learned this was, in fact, an earthquake and not an act of terror. one other image we took note of. the number of families using their cell phones, blackberries to call loved ones. fema put out an alert after the cell phone systems jammed saying if it's not an actual emergency to text message. you can get more text messages out than you can actual cell phone calls.
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something for all of us to keep in mind for the future. back to you. >> good advice to text instead. the washington monument is closed until further notice after engineers found cracks at the top because of that quake. and the national cathedral in washington also suffered some damage yesterday, but all other landmarks in the nation's capital have been reopened. the epicenter of the quake was nearly four miles underground near the small town of mineral, virginia. surveillance video shows the moment of impact inside miller's market with groceries tumbling right there off the shelves. most of the damage luckily, though, was pretty minor. and not far from that grocery store is one of the nation's nuclear power plants. workers went into emergency mode in the quake's aftermath. abc's jim sciutto reports. >> reporter: at the epicenter, residents of mineral, virginia, felt the earth move, the ground rumble. and the post office sustained so much damage, the mail carriers had to sort the letters in the street. at the north end, a nuclear facility just miles from the epicenter. the two reactors were
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automatically shut down. >> tell me what it felt like. >> initially it was a low rumbling. and then you could see the noise increasing. you could start to see motion in the building. >> reporter: both lost offsite power just like japan's fukushima did after the devastating tsunami in march. they were forced to use emergency reserve generators for electricity. in this demonstration last march, engineers at the north anna simulator showed us exactly what it looks and sounds like when the reactor is shut down. were you ever concerned that this was significant enough to damage the reactor? >> no, i was not. >> reporter: this u.s. geological survey map shows that quake is in what was considered to be a low-risk area. across the country there are dozens of plants in medium to high-risk quake areas. north anna is just one of half a dozen plants up and down the east coast inside the quake zone and is the only one that shut
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down. although the nuclear regulatoror commission said 12 plants in nortrtcarolina, virginia, maryland, pennsylvania and new jersey, and even michigan, declared unusual event emergencies. there have been at least half a dozen aftershocks reported since the main quake. we learned when n ose emergency backup generators started, one of them failed, so they had to go to a backup-backup generator. we're told full power will be restored to the plant soon. jim sciutto, abc news, mineral, virginia. >> scary to think we could have an american version of fukushima here if a big earthquake would ever strike near one of those plants. >> absolututy. we've been saying this. californians have been poking fun at us. but this is the biggest quake of its kind in 67 years. >> the biggest we felt in new york city since the late 1800s. keep that in mind. >> that's why we were a little nervous. >> put in perspective, new york, california, in japan they had a huge earthquake and tsunami, since march 11th they've had 71 quakes since the big one 6.0 or higher. imagine that.
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put all of our little things in perspective. >> of course, it is our facebook question of the day. people have been weighing in on our fan page, talking about -- mostly poking fun. >> oh, yeah, yeah. they like to take a a b at new york. we get it. we turn now to libya where moammar gadhafi says it was a tactical move to retreat from his tripoli compound after it was reduced to rubble by nato air strikes. >> gadhafi insists his forces will resist aggression with all strength until victory or death. abc's scott goldberg has the latest. . good morning, scott. >> reporter: good morning, rob and tanya. much of the area rebels have taken over still isn't secure but they are advancing and they seized a very symbolic piece of property. hundreds of rebels crashed through the gates and have taken control of libyan leader moammar gadhafi's compound in tripoli. they danced on gadhafi's prize sculure of a fist crushing an american fighter plane and
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kicked the head of the statue of the leader himself. these are iconic images marking a symbolic end to gadhafi's 42-year-old reign. >> these are people in front of his compound. where is he? he's underground. >> reporter: russian news agency reported he spoke to his friend, head of the world chess federation. he said gadhafafis alive and well in tripoli. these images tell a different story with rebels in control of the building where gadhafi used to make impassioned speeches to his people, he has lost control and is losing the war. but the fighting is far from over. there are areas still described as pockets of resistance. as for gadhafi, a nato spokesman says the allies have no clue where he might be. rob and tanya? >> scott, thank you. the bahamas are getting a two-day lashing from hurririne irene before it takes aim at the southeast coast. tourists cut their vacations short yesterday and scrambled to get seats on departing flights. and residents who were out of
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the country rushed back to secure their homes. irene could become the most powerful storm to hit the east coast in seven years. they're stocking up and filling up their tanks in north carolina where the storm will most likely blow ashore over the weekend. it could be a category 3 with soaking rains and winds as high as 115 miles an hour. got to get prepared for that one. >> got to get ready. millions of people are keeping an eye on irene's path. >> let us check in with accuweather and meteorologist jim dickey. good morning, jim. >> good morning. well, hurricane irene continues to show signs of strengthening. you can see an eye appeared with this storm here, that little spot of some clear skies in this i.r. satellite imagery. pressure continues to drop here. we did see it weaken during the day on tuesday, but as that pressure continues to deepen, showing signs it's going to strengthen. moving over warmer waters. conditions are favorable for it to strengthen here as it moves through the bahamas, torrential rainfall there. very, very powerful wind. we are expecting this to near
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the east coast here. a couple factors. area of high pressure over central atlantic and a dip in the jet stream moving in the upper midwest, that will steer it to o e north and northeast but it is expected to make landfall here in the outer banks of north carolina as we head into the weekend. rob and tanya, back to you. >> this really i ithe height of storm season. august and september tend to be busy. 19 years ago today hurricane andrew slammed into south florida. a hugely disruptive storm there. and monday marks six years since katrina along the gulf coast. this is just that time of year. >> earthquake, hurricanes, mother nature is not messing around right now. >> we have it all. not easy. thanks for that report, jim. cape cod is teeming with tourists this time of the year most of them are very welcome but great white sharks, not so much. >> so many great whites have been spotted near the cape's beaches this summer, the so-called shark hunters are tagging them for scientific study to figure out when there might be impending danger. i just think that looks dangerous to me. >> i'm scared.
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just yesterday marine experts tagged an eight-footer off chatham's south beach. just a few days ago seals swimming near the shore attracted the sharks putting swimmers and lifeguards very much on edge. >> yeah, i'd be on edge too. >> just leave nature alone every now and then. just let them be. >> we'll be right back. ♪ follow you wherever you may go ♪ ♪ there isn't an ocean too deep ♪ [ male announcer ] meet r. we asked them to be part of an experiment to prove febreze air effects eliminates tough cooking odors. [ facilitator ] take a deep breath, tell me what you smell. it's grassy. it's green. it smells like fresh wood. like a latte. [ facilitator ] go ahead and take your blindfolds off. oh my goodness. are you serious? wow. i think my nose touched that.
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welcome back, everybyby. now the four-letter word that is causing quite a controversy, and this is a word we can say on tv, d-i-e-t, diet. >> that's not the word i thought you were going to say.
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>> sorry to disappoint. >> it is the basis of a forthcoming children's book about an overweight teenager and as abc's andrea canning reports, the critics are already up in arms about it. >> reporter: on the cover of the new book "maggie goeoeon a diet" maggie is seen dreaming of a thinner self. the 14-year-old character is bullied relentlessly. maggie was teased and made fun of just about every day at school. she was called fatty and chubby and other names that were very cruel. searching the refrigerator in hopes she would feel better, eating lots of bread and cheeses, including some cheddar. but after losing a lot of weight by eating healthier foods like oatmeal and fruit and exercising more, maggie instantly makes new friends. now the book's weight loss message targeting girls as y yng as 6 is stirring up big controversy before it's even been released. >> there is no question that books like this that teach our
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kids to focus on what's outside and to suggest to them that popularity comes with being thin, it is the wrong message to send to our kids. >> reporter: in fact, a recent study shows eating disorders for children under 12 have increased by 119% over the past decade. taylor was a healthy 6-year-old but she sasa something that shocked her mother, tonya. > she out of the blueueaid, mommy, whyhys my tummy so fat? a girl in the bathroom at school asked me why i was fat. >> i don't like to be like my weight. and my teacher always tells me that i h he to run so i can be really not like this. >> reporter: her pediatrician says her weight is completely normal but at this age, perception can sometimes override reality. >> when kids laugh or giggle at someone they think is chubby, it's a wake-up call to all of us to start changing how we describe people and to change the way we treat people who may not look the way we do.
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>> reporter: the author of "maggie goes on a diet," paul kramer, says the wrote the book not to stir up controversy but to help children build confidence and know they're not alone with their struggles. andrea canning, abc news, new york. >> you have kids, mom. what do you think? >> i don't know. i have two boys and they're toddlers, so i don't know if they're really facing -- >> they have at least six months. >> they need to put on a few pounds, to be honest. yeah, it's a tough issue, adolescence and weight. finitely a loaded issue, no doubt. >> we saw that story. a few days ago about the lingerie and the sexy clothes they're marketing to young girls. they get so many mixed messages about body weight. >> tough being a young girl in today's society. no doubt about that. just be strong. >> how about that, just be happy. coming up next, important new information about amy winehouse's death from the medical examiner in the case. and are jada and will smith breaking up? find out what they're saying next in "the skinny."
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♪ skinny so skinny all l ghty! we have a lot to get through today. >> lot going on. big news out of hollywood, a lot being reported by radaronline but could be another hollywood split. there are reports out there that will smith and jada pinkett smith, after 13 years, are splitting up here. family members are denyingnghis. saying this is not the case. as soon as this story started to bubble up yesterday, they -- >> their son came right out and tweeted, let me just say. the rumors need to stop. will and jada are not getting divorced. this is will's son from a previous marriage. it's not jada's son but he does live with the family. still, that didn't stop the rumors. >> and "intouch weekly," let me
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correct myself, is the source reporting this. also, some rumors are out there from "people" magazine that, guess whwh, jada hooked up with marc anthony, her one-time co-star on her show. her rep is denying that. rc just split up with j.lo -- >> but that prompted them to come out and make a statement. all of this, they said, among other things, we are still together and our marriage is intact. that's what they said. >> that's -- yeah, the couple released. that's what they're saying about it. it's very interesting. plus now they're hiring perhaps a legal team to look into these reports and possibly sue saying we're not going to allow you to demean our mararage. the rumor mill is going strong. wish them luck no matter what the deal is going on there. >> i want them to stay together. >> 13 years? >> they're great together. >> a-list couple? yeah. >> weather is out. moving on to amy winehouse, toxicology reports are in and her family says there were no illegal drugs found in her system. >> whoa. >> alcohol was found, however, but no illegal drugs. what's interesting, though, it makes the omission of prescription drugs because there
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could have been. i mean, there's no indication because they didn't release that, but there may have been prescription drugs. we don't know. >> we don't know yet. that news probably surprised some folks assuming they would find a treasure trove of god knows what but they did not apparently. a little more e rk news and then we'll lighten it up a little bit here. russell armstrong, the husband who committed suicide from "the real housewives of beverly hills." reports from radaronline saying he stopped taking his anti-depression meds two weeks before that suicide. he had been on them for months and for some reason stopped. and because of family strife. there will be two memorial services, one with the wife from the show, one from the previous wife because the families are not getting along and blaming each other for what happened. >> can't be in the same room. sad news. also, jimmy kimmel, more sad news.. uncle frank from the show, a big part of the show, he passed away at the age of 77. if you're a big jimmy kimmel fan, you've seen the uncle frank
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feature, so many times, there on the right. passed away at 77 years old. 20 years he spent as a cop in w york city police officer and became a staple on the show in 2003. our condolences to jimmymy he was really nice. cute old guy, great part of the show. >> his presence will be missed on the show for sure. >> he will. rest in peace. >> he will. rest in peace. hó
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here are some stories to watch today on abc news. attorney general eric holder meets with relatives of 9/11 victims today. he is updating them on the federal investigation into phone-hacking allegations after the news corp. scandal in great britain. controversial tv and radio personality glenn beck is in israel today. he's hosting what he calls a rally to restore courage in the holy city of jerusalem. and vice president joe biden wraps up his asian tour today. he's meeting with japanese leaders, military families and u.s. embassy staff in tokyo. all right.
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now this is our you know what. here we go again. our -- >> oh, good. >> that was nice. >> nice, nice. >> all sync'd up. this is a no-brainer. >> that's right. which, frankly, is also what you might think about the subject of the story. >> oh, yes. >> george is in penn valley, california w wh the details. >> reporter: penn valley's anything green hydroponics store is holding a raffle next month. keep that in mind as we show you how the store uses video surveillance to protect its merchandise. >> you are on television. >> reporter: the sign apparently meant nothing to a young woman who came into the store on friday. >> she had a plan. >> reporter: for nearly a half hour the young woman browsed items on the shelf while occasionally ducking down to fill her handbag with them. >> this will be a third time, her opening that bag. how much more can she fit in there? >> reporter: when the bag became full, she made a quick trip out to the parking lot. >> so, she went out to say she
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was making a phone call. and just unloaded and came back in. >> reporter: the $300 shop-lifting spree continued until the young woman finally paid $20 for something and left. >> so, we just upgraded to, you know, more cameras around the store. and it's definitely paying off. >> reporter: the trouble with video surveillance is you often don't know you've been ripped off until you've seen the recording after the fact. that's what happened to the partners at the hydroponics store, and they would have been out of luck, except for the young shop-lifter, who thought she could extend her luck. >> she's filling out a raffle ticket right now with her name, her phone number, her address. brilliant. >> a little on the not bright side, absolutely. absolutely. >> reporter: the raffle ticket led a sheriff's deputy directly to 20-year-old elizabeth null. she has been disqualified. >> i love that.
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a little on the not bright side. file that under the quotation of the day. >> disqualified from the raffle. i like that. >> there is justice in the world.
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