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the u.s. a stunning reversal of fortune after four years in prison. we have all the emotion after the verdict that finally set her free. >> we're thankful that amanda's nightmare is over. >> this morning, new details about the hours after amanda knox left prison. her message for all her supporters. and the dramatic homecoming ahead. how she plans to rebuild her life. and her first wish when she reaches seattle. and one-on-one with president obama. you sent us over 40,000 questions. we grilled him on the economy, the contenders. and why he says he's now the underdog in this race. ♪ are you ready for some football ♪ and out of bounds. country star hank williams jr. yanked from "monday night football," after 22 years. why his extreme words about the president had espn calling foul.
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good morning, everyone. to our viewers in the west especially seattle. where amanda knox is heading with her family right now. she's flying to london first, then to the west coast, where she's expected to spend her first full night of freedom in her seattle home. one of her supporters said amanda is full of many different emotions this morning, but holds nothing against italy. >> her family clearly joyous. our entire team is still there, including josh elliott, just outside of rome. josh? >> reporter: that's right, robin. amanda knox's journey home continues at this hour. we're on the outskirts of rome, at leonardo da vinci airport, where at 12:10 local time today,
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amanda and her family were on a flight for london. where they would then connect and catch a final flight for the final leg of the trip home to seattle. i want to look at the images we saw. curt knox, so tense and so happy to finally have his daughter home. playing with amanda's sisters, as they checked in for the flight. and then that playful photograph of edda mellas amanda's mother teasing photographers, desperate for a final glimpse of amanda. arrangements had previously been made to escort amanda directly to the plane. i want to return to the chaos last night after the verdict was read. i had a chance to speak with amanda knox's lawyer, just outside of the courthouse. amanda knox has no ill will against italy or italians. in fablgt a country she still loves and hopes to return to some day. and amanda knox today, is happy to leave all of this behind, on her way to freedom, on her way home. robin? george? >> okay, josh. thanks very much.
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there is so much drama in this case. and "20/20" co-anchor elizabeth vargas has covered it from the start. she joins us from perugia this morning. good morning, elizabeth. >> reporter: only a story as sensational and as lurid can end in such a spectacular and emotional way. a late evening verdict in a 15th century courtroom. acquittal on all murder charges. and pandemonium in the streets of perugia. the streets this morning are calm. and amanda knox is enjoying her first morning of freedom. her first breakfast with her parents, her first walk outside prison walls in four years. >> both defendants have been acquitted. >> reporter: just 90 minutes after hearing the words she longed for, behind the darkened windows of this black sedan, amanda knox finally left the prison that held her here for four years. she was raced here from court, to finalize paperwork and pack. rocco, girlanda, a member of the
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parliament greeted her, along with fellow inmates, who he says were jumping for joy, shouting free, free. she was very tranquil, and very happy, he said. from prison, she is making the long-awaited trip home to seattle. a joyful homecoming. but a challenging one, as well. >> i think we won't know the extent to how she's changed until she comes out and reenters normal life. right now, she is a person that she needs to be to survive in that jail. >> reporter: you have to figure out how to make this as controlled as possible? >> exactly. >> reporter: what do you worry about the most? >> trauma. >> reporter: some sort of post traumatic stress disorder. >> yes. the one thing amanda has asked for is privacy. she does not want to face media. or even the thought of a lot of well-wishers at one time is upsetting to her. >> reporter: relief monday night as an italian judge read the verdict. her 26-year sentence for the murder of meredith kercher, thrown out.
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amanda's younger sister, deanna, now a joyful family spokesman. >> we're thankful that amanda's nightmare is over. she suffered for three years for a crime she did not commit. >> reporter: carlo della vedova has been her lawyer for four years. >> the entire week was stress. for her, it was a big, big surprise to hear the nonguilty decision. >> reporter: while there is relief for the knox family, there is anger for the kerchers. >> for us it feels very much like back to square one. the search goes on really to find out what really happened. >> reporter: for amanda, a new life begins today. this morning amanda knox thanks the italians that supported her through the ordeal. there were pockets of support, that grew steadily as the evidence against her began to disintegrate. her mother says the first thing she wants to do is feel the grass, something she hasn't felt in that concrete prison in four years. george?
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>> i'll bet she can't wait for that. thanks elizabeth. and boy, no one has covered this case more closely than elizabeth. >> from the very beginning. joining us now is dan abrams and her u.s. attorney, ted simons, in seattle. ted, i saw you before you left. and you were cautiously optimistic before the verdict was read. now, we do know. and you had a chance to talk to amanda last night, after she was released. what can you tell us about that conversation? >> yes. yesterday was a long day. i was in continuous contact with all the family -- curt edda, chris, deanna -- in every possible way. and after the verdict, i was able to speak to amanda. it was an amazing moment, an extremely emotional moment. she was incredibly joyful, thankful, and ever so grateful. she could not contain her thanks and appreciation, for all of the support that she's been given.
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for all the help she's been given everywhere, from her family and around the world. >> and there in her hometown of seattle. and she's headed back there. when do you expect her to arrive? and what's going to happen when she gets home? >> all those -- we know she's in the air. we're very happy about that. i think when she arrives, it's going to be time to reflect and re-evaluate and regroup and spend some -- you know, try to regain very, very precious lost time she's not had with her family. so, we'll wait to see. we expect wonderful things. she's a bright, beautiful, wonderful, young woman. and we're just expecting wonderful things from her. >> taking it moment by moment, as can be expected. and, dan, as we've been saying, this appeal process was really a retrial. because the evidence was able to be re-examined, that is the primary reason why she's free? >> that's right. unlike what would happen here in the united states. here in the united states, in the appellate court, they would
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really only evaluate errors of law. here, they retried all of the facts. the prosecution and the defense was appealing. the prosecution wanted a stiffer sentence. the defense in the end won here, which is interesting because now, the prosecution could appeal again. >> what would that mean? she wouldn't come back? >> the prosecution to appeal, which they've said they're going to. in this case it would be issues of law. in the highest court of italy, can't retry it again. sort of similar to our system in the sense that there would have to be mistakes with regard to the legal process. if somehow this court said there were mistakes made and there ought to be a new proceeding amanda knox should come back i think it would be very hard for them to get her back to italy. >> ted, would she go back to italy? you don't want to get ahead of yourself. but that's one of the questions out there this morning. >> i don't think there's a need to get ahead of ourselves. let's be very clear. this is a day to be
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extremely appreciative. extremely thankful. and there's a clear recognition by this verdict, an announcement, an unmistakable announcement to the world that amanda knox was previously wrongfully convicted. and she is not responsible for the tragic loss of meredith kercher. that's what we have to remain mindful of. of course, we also have to remain mindful of the tragic loss of meredith herself. and that's not lost on amanda or her family. >> and rudy guede, was convicted of that murder. but they're saying he may claim that the evidence against him was tainted. >> no question. there's no question. >> rudy guede, every piece of physical evidence was against him. his dna was on her bra. on her sweatshirt. on her -- in her most private parts. he admitted to being there. there's no doubt that every piece of evidence -- >> but as a legal matter. >> -- that he was guilty. >> that's true. but as a legal matter, rudy
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guede's lawyer has made it clear that he's now going to try to use this to try to overturn his own conviction. he's going to have a much harder time. it's a totally different kind of case. but no doubt they see an opportunity now to say, wait a second. what about us? but it is important to look at the cases very differently. >> dan, thank you very much. ted, thank you. i know you've been wearing that bracelet that you started, free amanda. an it has now happened. thank you. >> that's right. >> thank you very much. you take care. we'll talk to you soon. >> okay, robin. thanks. now, to politics. your voice, your vote. and a brand new abc news/"washington post" poll, that has startling results, especially for former gop front-runner rick perry. he's dropped like a rock into a second place tie with businessman herman cain. mitt romney is out in front. it's a tough poll for president obama, too. his approval rating down to 42%. the lowest of his presidency. and for the first time, a majority of americans believe he will be a one-term president. so when i sat down with the president at the white house yesterday to kick off the new partnership between abc news and yahoo! that's where i began.
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are you the underdog now? >> absolutely. the -- because given the economy, there's no doubt that, you know, whatever happens on your watch, you've got -- >> you embrace that pretty quickly. >> you know, i don't mind. i'm used to being an underdog. and i think that at the end of the day, though, what people are going to say is, who's got a vision for the future that can actually help ordinary families recapture that american dream? >> so many people simply don't think they're better off than they were four years ago. >> right. >> how do you convince them they are? >> i don't think they're better off than they were four years ago. they're not better off than they were before lehman's collapse, before the financial crisis, before this extraordinary recession we're going through. what we've seen is, we've been able to make steady progress to stabilize the economy. but the unemployment rate is still way too high. and that's why it's so critical for us to make sure that we're taking every action that we can
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take to put people back to work. >> reporter: more than 40,000 questions came in online for the president. most expressing anxiety and anger about the economy. including outrage at bank of america's new $5 debit card fee. vicki minkle wrote -- those are the types of things government should get involved in and put a stop to. can you put a stop to that? >> well what we did was we put a stop through the financial reform act, of them charging fees for credit cards. >> and the banks are saying that's what caused the new charges. >> what the banks are saying, rather than take a little less of a profit, rather than paying multimillion-dollar bonuses, let's treat our customers right. this is exactly why we need a consumer finance protection bureau that we set up. that is ready to go -- >> can you stop this service charge? >> well you can stop it because if you say to the banks, you don't have some inherent right
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just to, you know get a certain amount of profit if your customers are being mistreated. and my hope is, you're going to see a bunch of the banks who say to themselves, you know what? this is actually not good business practice. >> one of your potential opponents, governor chris christie governor of new jersey very tough speech at the reagan library last week. he said you don't have the courage to lead. and he asked -- >> what happened to state senator obama? when did he decide to become one of the dividers he spoke so eloquently of in 2004? >> if a guy is going to run for president, he's going to say a lot of stuff. and republicans in the primaries, saying nasty stuff -- >> he said in new jersey, he was able to bring people together. which you were not able to do -- >> well i'm not sure that the folks in new jersey would necessarily agree with that. but here's the finer point. i don't think the american people would dispute that at every step of the way, i have done everything i can to try to get the republican party to work with me.
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and each time, all we've gotten from them is no. >> reporter: this weekend, a little break from politics. the first couple celebrated their 19th wedding anniversary. the president says the best piece of advice he got from michelle, that the mark of success comes from having happy and loving children. how do you protect them this time around, when everybody's saying all these bad things about you? >> you know, so far, so good. they know who their daddy is. the thing i do worry about, is trying to figure out that balance of making sure they've got space to make mistakes, be teenagers. so, they're still going to the mall. they're still going to movies. but they've got this guy with a gun following them around. >> reporter: and for those of you who wanted to know where the president goes online -- which websites do you surf? >> i'm pretty eclectic. >> do you have an ipad? >> i have an ipad. and steve jobs actually gave it to me a little bit early. >> that's pretty cool. >> it was cool. i got it directly from him. typically, i read on the web
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what i read in hard copy. there's some exceptions. there's some blogs and websites that are interesting. that you don't have -- >> ever feel compelled to make a comment? >> you know, i don't. i figure if i got started, i wouldn't stop. and i've got other things to do. >> mr. president, thanks for your time. >> i appreciate it. thank you so much. >> does he ever feel like he wants to comment online? >> i thought you were going to ask, does he play angry birds? >> i'll leave that to you. let's get other major stories developing right now. bianna in for josh. >> good morning, everyone. begin with global stocks plummeting for a second straight day. europe is down as much as 3% this morning, just as wall street begins the day at its lowest point of the year. the culprit, once again, greece. protests there escalated after the country admitted it would not be able to reduce its budget as much as promised. this morning, country music star hank williams jr. is trying to clarify remarks about president obama that have landed him at the center of controversy.
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fans are outraged. and espn has pulled his famous song from "monday night football." for 22 years, hank williams jr. has been asking football fans, one question every monday night. ♪ are you ready for some football ♪ >> reporter: but it was the answer he gave monday morning on "fox and friends" that may have cost him that job, when he compared president obama to hitler. >> you mean when john boehner played golf with president obama? >> oh, yeah. >> what did you not like about it? >> come on. come on. that would be like hitler playing golf with netanyahu. okay? >> reporter: espn, the home of "monday night football," reacted immediately, pulling the song off of monday's broadcast. espn said, while williams is not an employee, quote, we are extremely disappointed with his comments. the country music star was questioned about his choice of words. >> i don't understand that analogy, actually. >> i'm glad you don't, brother. because a lot of people do.
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they're the enemy. they're the enemy. >> who's the enemy? >> obama! >> reporter: in a statement, williams later said he was comparing two extreme opponents working together. saying, quote, my analogy was extreme. but it was to make a point. they don't see eye-to-eye and never will. i have always respected the office of the president. espn has not said whether williams' song will return next monday night. about 1,000 people were evacuated when this chemical plant caught fire south of dallas. they've now been allowed to return home. flames shooting into the sky could be seen 30 miles away. luckily, no one was injured. and we have a remarkable picture for you this morning. the man dubbed rocket man, yves rossy, has become the first person to fly in formation with a high-speed aircraft. that's him right there. using his self-propelled jet back pack with wings.
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he hit 142 miles per hour over the alps. back in may, the 51-year-old soared over the grand canyon at nearly 200 miles per hour. >> is that him, too? oh, my goodness. >> i feel lazy this morning. >> i feel dizzy just looking at the pictures. my gosh. >> more power to him. literally. >> 51 years old and going. >> that's it. >> how's the weather going there, sam? >> we're going to start with heavy rain. one to two inches of water north of boston. this rain is beginning to pull out. very heavy rain this morning. that's part of a bigger system that's been delivering rain now for six or seven days. that system will slowly pull away. from new york city to boston, there's that easterly flow. showers and clouds. you start to dry out. d.c. going to 70 probably close to today. that's the trend in new england for the next few days. on the west coast, there's a lot of heavy rain, as well. big rain, going towards vegas. san francisco north of that, towards portland. and we're talking 10 to 18 inches of snow. in some places like the sierras in california. and one or two points of the rockies will get some snow, as well. we'll talk more about that throughout the morning.
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a berkeley scientist is being congratulated as one of three winners of this year's nobel prize in physics. the professor saul perlmutter is a scientist at lawrence berkeley national lab. he will split the prize with fellow american and australian. let's see about the roads. busy morning. roads are still slick from overnight rain southbound 680 earlier stall cleared brake
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70 minutes. pretty quiet this morning just leftover drizzle for the next hour or so. mid to upper 50s. mid to you upper 60s until you get to low to me 70s east bay and south bay. -- rain moving into the north bay
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looking at the scene this morning as amanda knox's family checked in at the rome airport. her mom, edda, shrugging
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playfully. i bet they said, where's amanda? she was not there because she was at a private waiting area waiting to board with her family. we'll look at what's ahead for her and how she will rebuild her life. we'll talk about that. >> we have some experts coming in on that. also, an abc news exclusive on the michael jackson -- the trial of michael jackson's doctor, conrad murray. a potential bomb shell. we'll have all of the details coming up. a lot of happy people around here, especially women, because hugh jackman is here live. he'll talking about his new movie. had to train with sugar ray leonard. to get ready for it. >> such a nice guy. >> such a nice man. >> good movie coming up. we begin with more on amanda knox. as she heads home to pick up where her life left off for man four years ago. josh elliott has more from italy on what that homecoming may bring for her. good morning, josh. >> reporter: good morning, george. today, amanda knox has left perugia far behind, the small, idyllic town, where she came to
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study italian for one year in to 07. after spending four years in a nearby prison, she leaves here a vastly different person. one that must now reclaim her life. this morning, as amanda knox returns to her home in seattle, she must begin to cope with what she's longed for, freedom. for nearly four years, as she sat in prison, the now 24-year-old, was vilified. portrayed in the international press, as a promiscuous bad girl. foxy knoxy. there was this lifetime movie. >> foxy knoxy, swept into court. like an invitee at a gala event. >> under the angel face, she's capable of anything. >> reporter: but the 20-year-old who came to perugia to study italian is gone. and the amanda is now older, and changed. >> the first thing i think really needs to take place, figure out what these four years
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have done to her emotionally. where's the trauma going to slide in and so forth? and that's the part i'm worried about. >> reporter: experts say knox will need the support of her family, and privacy, to rediscover the person she once was. >> she's going to have to slowly adjust. she'll probably have symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder. nightmares. she'll be jumpy. this is a time for her friends to pull around her. certainly for her family to pull around her. to give her lots of tlc. lots of time. lots of patience. and lots of love. >> reporter: as she looks for a way back to some form of normal, something amanda's sister talked about with abc's elizabeth vargas. >> i've already got plans for me and amanda. when we get back. >> what are your plans? what are you thinking of doing? >> i have the canvases. i don't know when the last time amanda painted. we're going down to lincoln park, which is right by our house. we're going to sit in the middle of the park and paint. we're going to have a little amanda and deanna date. >> reporter: once home, amanda
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knox will be surrounded by family and friends who fought nearly four years for her release. but after spending those four years in the harsh world spotlight, her transition back to a normal life will be difficult, indeed. as such, her family has asked for privacy, as she attempts to move forward. george? >> josh, thanks. let's get more on the transition, public and privately, from two experts. psychiatrist janet taylor and howard bragman. janet, let me begin with you. the word keeps being used. you heard it from chuck knox, many times. trauma. >> she was 20 years old when she went into a prison. she has to think about what she suffered. and suffered is a word they use a lot. let her talk about whatever trauma she suffered and then the mental health professionals can help her. >> how does she talk about it now? >> to ask her what her experience is. not everyone that suffers has posttraumatic stress disorder. probably 50% or maybe even less have it. just allow her the time to talk about ha she experienced and what she has felt.
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and then, she can move on. >> is this the kind of thing where you push her to talk about it? you set up structured conversations? or let her come to you? >> a combination of both. she will talk with her family. her family's been with her the whole way. but given the opportunity to talk to a professional, so she can leave it in the office with the professional. and they can analyze and work with her. >> and the family makes all the difference. i've been reading some of the stories. you don't know how to weigh them about casey anthony, who is estranged from her family. and seems to be having a difficult time with reentry. >> reentry from prison, people who do the best are those whose families have been with them the whole time. and hers has. she went into prison within the support of family. they've supported her throughout. she can lean on them through this difficult transition. >> howard, how about the public side? there's going to be so many people clamoring for amanda to tell her story. if she were to bring you in to talk about how she should do it, what would you tell her? >> a couple of things. number one. i would defer to an expert, like dr. taylor. and get her psychiatric issues in line. >> first things first.
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>> because the media says we need to talk to you now, that's not her first priority. her first priority is her psychological health. then she has competing issues, george. she says she wants to go on with her life. but she's not going to go on with her life unless and until, she gets rid of the pent-up energy that the media wants to talk to her. this is america. she's been acquitted in the court of law. we like somebody to look in the camera and say, i didn't do it. >> you rule out the possibility. i think you're right. but you rule out the possibility that she could go home and live a private life? >> it's just not going to happen. it's not realistic. there's hundreds of media people just waiting for her. and i've seen it many times in my life. she can't just go on. and the ability to go on with her life, she wants to look people in the eye and say, i didn't do it. we like that as the american people. and that's going to help her go on with her life, if people
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believe her. >> telling her story would actually help from a therapeutic perspective. >> at some point. i would run from the media if i were her. i would absolutely run. first, she has to look within herself and her family, to decide which story it is she wants to tell. and she should not feel pressured to go and give big interviews right away. this is going to take time. and only she can dictate how long that time will take. for four years, everything she has done has been structured. she's been dictated to. now, she needs to regroup and feel like she has the psychological freedom to make the decisions she needs to for herself. >> what's the best way to tell it? when she decides? >> to sit down with one person that you feel comfortable with. somebody that she feels will give her a fair hearing. that will be empathetic. that will allow her to tell her truth. we live in a world where you do
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one or two interviews and then you go on with your life. >> she has to decide what she wants to do with her life. >> exactly. >> i would go back to school. let her finish school. let her paint with her sister. try to establish some normal behavior. as normal as that can be. just so she can regain those four years that she lost. >> okay. janet taylor, howard bragman, thanks very much. let's get some weather from sam. hey, sam. >> good morning, george. the heat's on. but you'll never guess where. look at the dakotas. look at those red spots there. those are 90s. 93 and 94 degrees in north and south dakota. that's near a record, about a degree off. kansas has got some. it's 87 in bismarck. this is crazy. i know a little bit about crazy. 88 in dallas. 85 in san antonio. 82 in el paso. the numbers are not the 90s in texas. they have shifted north today. i know that got your attention. i know that got your attention. and here's where -- more crazy. here's where the snow is going today. can you believe 12 to 18 inches of snow in some cases in the sierras? >> that's crazy. >> that's crazy. >> now, that's crazy. >> that's the weather around the nation.
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we're back at 7:42. now, to the trial of michael jackson's doctor. key witnesses expected to testify today, including a girlfriend that conrad murray called on the phone while he was rushing to the hospital with jackson in the ambulance. and abc news has learned of a potentially big setback for murray's defense. jim avila has the latest from l.a. good morning, jim. >> a tough day for the defense inand outsaid the court. abc hz learned that all of the fingerprints on the bottles of prop follow have been accounted for. and none of them belongs to michael jackson. that, perhaps, is a crippling blow to the main theory of the defense, that it was michael jackson who, delivered the fatal
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dose of propofol to himself. and in court they continue to portray murray as a caring but dangerous physician. now, we may know a little more about why conrad murray is seen pacing through the halls of ucla medical center, as his one and only patient, michael jackson, lay lifeless in this trauma room close by. >> when you talked to him, it was clear, this guy's devastated? >> yes, sir. >> he told you, please, doctor. don't give up, is that correct? >> do not give up easily. please try to save his life. >> reporter: thao nguyen is a heart specialist at ucla. on the day michael jackson died, she is called down to the emergency room stat. told a v.i.p. patient was dying. >> time was not on mr. jackson's side. >> reporter: and the e.r. doctor is convinced there's little chance of saving him. >> mr. jackson died long before he became a patient that i was personally responsible for. >> reporter: but dr. murray would not accept that diagnosis. so, dr. nguyen strikes a deal. she would try one more extraordinary measure on a man who had not been breathing for
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more than an hour, if dr. murray would agree to let him go if it did not work. the procedure, called the balloon pump, inserts a device through the artery and into the heart for direct stimulation. >> if this should fail everybody agreed to call the time of death, including dr. murray. it's not a case of too little too late. it seems like a case of too late. >> reporter: like the e.r. doctor before her, the heart specialist testified that dr. murray never mentioned propofol to her, either. even though she questioned him repeatedly about michael jackson's drug use. and she came down hard on the fact that murray had used it at home, with no backup plan or equipment to save his patient if something went wrong. >> always in the hospital setting. always in the icu or the procedure room, always have to think, what is the worst-case scenario? propofol can cause severe lung collapse, respiratory collapse, breathing collapse.
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and it could cause cardiovascular collapse. and propofol does not have an antidote. >> reporter: and dr. nguyen testified that use of propofol at home is unheard of to her. robin? >> jim, thank you. coming up, ballroom blitz, why judges called carson kressley's tango insanely brilliant. all the highlights from "dancing with the stars." and hugh jackman, right here in times square. brilliant. and hugh jackman, right here in times square. [ rapid coughing ] [ female announcer ] ...the grand dad... [ hoarse cough ] [ female announcer ] ...and the big squeezy. [ heavy coughing ] [ female announcer ] so this year kim's getting prepared at walgreens with answers like mucinex dm to help break up mucus and quiet lots of coughs. right now, buy 2 mucinex products and get a $5 coupon. only at walgreens. [ male announcer ] a soup opera from bertolli. ♪ vegetables picked at their peak ♪ ♪ so fresh my knees grow weak
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'80s. the seaver family, everybody. "growing pains." we got them all back together. we got them to talk about things you probably never knew on camera and off. take a look. i read a few places that you, joanna, had a crush on -- >> that's a rumor i started. >> how could i not have a crush on him? >> make my day. >> we spent some time together off the set, rehearsing lines. and i thought you were terribly attractive. but we were also smart enough to make the executive business decision that the series looked like it was pretty good. and it would probably last longer than a relationship. >> you never really answered the question. was there any romance? any dating? >> no. we were just really good friends. >> she says with a big smile on her face. we have so much fun. you'll see that. and coming up william
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in oakland a city councilmember will make his push for the expansion of the city's controversial gang injunctions and curfews in response to the august shooting death of a 3-year-old. the council man says the legislation has been denied before but he's again calling for a gang injunction. here's mike with the forecast. isolated drizzle good morning. otherwise quiet. flight arrival delays at sfo. 60s and 70s today heaviest rain from midnight to 4:00. rain starting 6:00 through thursday. accident southbound 17 santa cruz mountains just now cleared but slow. 80's bun slow from the carquinez bridge. -- >> news continues
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and jackets in times square. but on "dancing with the stars," last night, j.r. was hot. this was the most personal night yet on "dancing with the stars." every dancer telling a story -- picking a song and a dance that was most meaningful for them. trying to symbolize a day most meaningful for them. carson was called brilliant. how about that? we'll have louis van amstel to come in and decode the night. give all of his handicapping. there he is right there. >> he's fabulous. and the bangles are going to be here live, too. part of our totally awesome '80s week. they're one of the breakthrough bands, shooting to number one with "walk like an egyptian." and they're here to help us celebrate. and bianna told us this was her first concert. the bangles. >> imagine that. >> a walk down memory lane. and also, two men we're so excited to have with us. hugh jackman. i mean, hello. how are you? looking forward to that. and then, the first of all of the "star trek" captains. there he is. he'll explain what he's doing there. william shatner, in the house.
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busier than ever. wow. one more time, with meaning. >> giving it all he's got. we have a lot more on amanda knox, as well. >> we certainly do. she is headed home to seattle right now. we're going to show you pictures of her family checking in at rome's airport earlier this morning. we go back to "20/20" co-anchor, elizabeth vargas, who was there in italy, with the latest on amanda knox's release. elizabeth? >> reporter: robin it was a dramatic scene here in perugia last night, as the judge and jury acquitted amanda knox and her former boyfriend, raffaele sollecito, of all murder charges and ordered that they be freed immediately. and sure enough, within 90 minutes after getting that verdict, amanda was leaving the capanne prison, to cheers of her fellow inmates. she is popular there. she and her family are en route back to seattle. and she expected to be back in
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seattle by the end of today. she said the first singh -- thing she wants to see is her bedroom and feel the grass. according to her mother because she hasn't felt that for four years. her father did tell me that he suspects this road to transition to normal life could be a bumpy one. they could seek posttraumatic stress therapy or counseling for her. she has been through an incredible ordeal. four years behind bars in prison, for a crime she says she did not commit. and finally, the italian justice system agrees with her, that she is innocent. robin, back to you. >> it does appear that way. her true emotion, when she heard she was going to be set free, was something to see yesterday. >> it's hard to imagine she won't need some therapy. in seattle right now, family, friends and so many supporters who have stood by amanda from the beginning are getting ready to welcome her home. neal karlinsky is in seattle with more. neal, what can amanda expect when she arrives? >> reporter: the countdown is officially on here at sea-tac airport, in seattle. here's the newspaper that the family will see when they get off the plane.
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in their hometown. nightmare is over. knox coming home. she left this very airport four years ago, at the same time of year. but friends tell us, the amanda knox who will be coming home later today, by all accounts, will be a very different person. we were with many of those friends yesterday as they watched the rer verdict come down live in a hotel room. it was an electric atmosphere. there were tears and cheers. people from a group of friends of amanda. many are parents of former high school classmates. when she went to seattle prep. also attorneys. people who have helped out on the appeal, the whole time they have been with her. many of them, we expect, will be here waiting for her, as she comes home today. unclear if she will speak. we're hopeful her parents will. as they get off the plane, there will be extra security. and they will whisk her out of here. and they intend to bring her home and hopefully have some quiet time, trying to catch up on four years lost. george? >> and she is going to be surrounded by love. neal, thanks very much. now, let's bring in bianna golodryga for the rest of the top stories. >> good morning, everyone.
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we begin on wall street. stocks are plummeting once again today. ben bernanke told congress this morning that the economy is growing slower than expecteded. one encouraging bit of news? ford is bringing in jobs as part of a new union deal. the president will try to present his jobs bill. his rival, rick perry, loseing ground in a new poll. breaking news sources say new jersey governor chris christie will not be joining the race. he'll hold a news conference later on today. the trial of the so-called underwear bomber gets under way today. umar farouk abdulmutallab is charged with trying to blow up a northwest airlines flight on christmas 2009, with the bomb in his underwear. he plans to defend himself. he called the united states a cancer today in court.
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a manhunt is under way in southern california for a man shooting at two cars along two freeways. one driver was hit and several cars have been damaged. a bus driver is on leave this morning after kicking a crying baby and her mother off the bus. the driver said it wasn't just crying, it was screaming all the way. other passengers stormed off the bus in protest. >> that's what i kept thinking of. what if that was me? >> they said the bus driver should have alerted a supervisor if she thought her safety was in jeopardy. and finally forget dancing queen. they call her the kicking queen. a high school senior in michigan kicked a winning field goal for her high school's football team. an amazing establishment in itself. but listen to this. it gets better. brianna amat, who has been a star on the soccer field, was crowned homecoming queen on that same night. >> that's what i'm talking about. >> the school named the
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homecoming queen at halftime, which allowed brianna to sport a helmet and a tiara. >> good for her. >> good for her. >> how would your date not be intimidated? >> that's okay. >> that's fantastic. what's popping, lara? >> here we go with "the pop news heat index." first up the curious case of brad pitt. the actor admitting he's afraid of going backwards. saying, quote, if i'm driving down the road, and i miss a turn, i have to keep going forward. i can't reverse. it is some kind of psychological defect. now, we're playing movies backwards for you. >> oh. >> it's going backwards. >> wondering what you were doing. >> you're seeing everything going in reverse here. apparently, he said, if he forgets something in the house, it's so bad, he cannot bring himself to go back inside to get it. always moving forward. >> wow. and we move forward now. with the amazing basketball skills of petey the dog. border collie can dunk, he can
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assist. and like every great player, he can even do a little victory dance. hopefully we're going to see that. well, that doesn't look that good. i've seen good skills. trust me when i tell you, petey can play. >> better than i can do. >> work it for us. now, he's going to dance. petey wears special little booties to protect his feet. we hope he's not looking for a higher salary. with the lockout, we might need petey to keep us entertained. and other sports news. looking at josh. the yankees just one game away from striking out in the postseason. they may need an angel it appears in the outfield. that would be a "charlie's angel," specifically. derek jeter's batting average has dropped pretty significantly since minka kelly has take an powder. he's now batting .264, which is a long way from the .344 average he had when he and kelly were together. and perhaps a-rod needs a bad teacher in the batting cage.
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since splitting with cameron diaz, his batting average has dropped to a dismal .150. come on, ladies. new york needs your help. >> i think it's the tigers' pitching. i'm just saying. i think it's the detroit tigers' pitching. >> are you sure it's not the angels? that's my theory. finally, the all-important symbol of the '80s. in honor of "totally awesome '80s" week. the cassette tape may be making a comeback. and maybe not a moment too soon, actually. this summer, it turns out the oxford english dictionary decided to remove the word cassette tape. they may have jumped the gun, though. because music-related cassette album sales are up. some say it comes from indy bands trying to put out music inexpensively. >> where are they selling them? >> at cool, hip, music stores. and it's growing. hopefully you didn't throw away your boom box. >> i did. >> we can make mix tapes. remember? >> i loved mix tapes. all right. you two. we have a big crowd outside. they're very excited because
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hugh jackman is going to be going out there. and sam is out there right now. >> hugh jackman. on his way out. i still have a cassette player. i have one in my office. margaret's looking at me like, it's still there. one or two things going on we want to talk about as you head outside your doors this morning. if you're in the northeast, when i was talking about how cold it was, i didn't know how cool it was until i walked outside the door. it's chilly out here this morning. in boston, it's drier, with the heavier band of rain has moved north of you. cvb knows everything there is to to know about boston. was giving us info on the flooding and the nickel-sized hail that was going on north of the city this morning. here comes the drier air. and with the warmup, as well. new york city will be into the 70-degree mark by wednesday. and by the time we get to the end of the weekend, it stays warm. gets warm. stays warm. it's absolutely beautiful. the long look is, it's beautiful next week. now, the problem is, we showed you the 80s and 90s in the middle of the country. this is so dry right now. and with that additional heat, there's high fire danger. that's goes from kansas, into
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nebraska and the dakotas and wyoming. so do be aware that anything can spark a fire in those areas. >> you're good. >> i got you. you're good. you're not going anywhere. i got you. he's incredibly tall. you can't stand up? hang on. we'll get you. back into the studio. lara? >> sam, thank you. what a crowd out there. here's a look at what's coming up on our "gma morning menu."
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bangles coming up. first, that emotional night on "dancing with the stars." each celebrity picked a dance that symbolized the most meaningful years of their lives. dance expert louis van amstel is standing by live to handicap the night. but first, here's a look at the highlights. the dances monday were the most personal yet. ♪ and the ten remaining couples did not disappoint. chynna phillips looked back on 1990. >> hold on for one more day. dancing like that you're going to be here for weeks and weeks. >> reporter: rob kardashian dedicated his fox trot to his father. >> i hope your dad's looking down and saying rob, you did
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good. >> reporter: and nancy grace's twins watched as she dedicated her dance to them. chaz bono celebrated 2011, the best year of his life. but the judges were not impressed. >> it wasn't your best performance. you looked really distracted. >> reporter: carson kressley kicked his way into judges' hearts. >> i love you. >> reporter: it was a rumba dedicated to soldiers. >> that says it all. >> that was one of the most profound dances i've seen. >> reporter: also, it was ricki lake's rumba that won the night. >> tonight. >> reporter: and continue, we find out who sticks around to dance another day. right now, let's bring in louis van amstel a dancing veteran. louis, i'm loving your blog on
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goodmorningamerica.com. let's begin with j.r. that was a hero's dance. >> it was stunning. there was not a dry eye in the room last night. it was so honest. and even in my blog i had to kind of say, from a technical point of view, i don't think it was his best dance. but it was moments like this magical moments like this you forget dance. and you're taken by the journey. it was stunning. he wasn't the only one, though. >> who else? who else did you like last night? >> i couldn't take a pick there. i was writing it down. and there's six or seven stories that got to me for many different reasons. ricki lake's story. chynna's story. david's story. rob's story with his dad. they were all so honest. those packaged together were like a brilliant --
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>> that was a word you used. talking about honest. let's talk about chynna phillips, for a second. it was a bit of a risk for her to come out and dance for her own song. >> it was. but how beautiful was that? and she got the first nine. and from a professional point of view, i don't know if i would have given her a nine. but i couldn't disagree with the judges. it was her best dance. they said she wants to express more. and i would like to push her from a dancing point of view. she did a beautiful job. >> how would you push her? >> i would push her with the body. don't be afraid. you can see that she thinks a lot. but she is really improving. and i'm really happy. now, she may become a contender. >> and you want to see a little more -- you want to see kristin cavallari reach down a little more? >> yes. i mean the girl is so beautiful. she needs to become more expressive. like chynna you can see in her
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eyes, she is tentative and almost scared. and kristin cavallari has nothing to be scared of. the girl is beautiful. and i would love to push her a little harder. >> carson kressley it seems like he's about to steal the show. you said who knew camp could sell so well and still be classy? >> yes. i mean to me i love carson. i was a fan of his the moment he did "queer for straight guy." and i just love him because he is so being himself. he is not throwing anything in anyone's face. and he does it with class. and last night, he got the crowd crazy. i mean j.r. got the crowd crying. he got the crowd crazy. and his package really got to me. >> he shook it up. we're just about out of time. but is this it for chaz? >> i'm worried for him. and i saw that cher was
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tweeting, that she is nervous, too. well, cher why didn't you come week one? you're a mother. i do understand that you know she doesn't want to take it away from chaz. at the same time, chris jenner is a mother. and she's there to support her son. i hope he's safe. but i'm a little worried for chaz. >> everyone can read your blog at goodmorningamerica.com. and tune in for "dancing with the stars" at 8:00 7:00 central. we'll have the booted couple on tomorrow. now, we have an exciting guest with robin. >> we do my friend. "real steel" and in his upcoming one-man show. hugh jackman. he does it all. it's great to have you back. >> thank you. good to be back. >> you're one of our favorites. you have so much going on. you have to start rehearse for your one-man show. >> put on my dancing shoes.
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when it's a one-man show you do the things you like to do. three weeks today, we start. >> very excited about your film "reel steel." >> yeah. >> you got to work with one of my friends, sugar ray leonard. >> i love hollywood. the day, are you okay to work with sugar ray on the boxing? the greatest boxer of all-time? yes. he gave he so much. not only just about boxing. but the life of a boxer. even though it's the boxing movie, i'm the corner man. the action is the robots in the middle. a movie that has a lot of heart. and he really got me to get inside the head of a boxer. being in the ring you know. >> he's the right person to do that. >> he's like the poster child of what boxing should be. he was a great champion. he's actually unlike my character outside of the ring had a successful happy life. >> your dad was a boxer, too.
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>> champion in 1955. i didn't find out until i was 15 because me and my brother were at it all the time. so, my dad thought it's probably not wise to talk about boxing. >> encourage you. >> my uncle, his brother, who told me. yes, yes yes. but i don't want you to box. now, when i saw the movie with him, i saw it with him and my kids. and both my kids and my dad were crying at one point. >> yeah. it is a sweet film. i want to play a little bit of it now because your character, your dad. and you weren't always there for your son. >> not at all. no. >> but you turned things around. >> yeah. >> let's see it now. "reel steel." >> relax, kid. heeds on our side. >> funny. >> he has voice recognition. >> when i fought in brazil they must have put it in. right, left upper cut. doesn't work. right, left upper cut. i knew that price was too good to be true. >> see if i can fix it.
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>> look how good he is. >> let me look at something. >> why didn't you answer him. >> is that japanese? >> let me see if i can reset it in english? >> how the hell do you know japanese? >> video games. >> from the mouths of babes. charlie is your character. the dad. wasn't always there for your son in the film. so not you in real life. how were you able to relate? because you're such a great dad. >> i kind of relate to charlie because he's someone who has been excuse the pun, knocked down at the hard times in real life. a movie about him getting a second chance. and the boy kind of brings him out. there's one line in the movie when the boy says i want you to fight for me. if i ever heard that out of -- i hope my son's not watching many. if i hear that from my kids it would be hard to recover from. the movie is ultimately about
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second chances and comebacks. >> we always ask our viewers questions. they came in through yahoo! too. an degree says you can act, sing and dance. is there any other challenge you would like to mast center. >> i have never been in a movie musical? but i'm doing "les mis rabble." we're going to shoot that next year. that's something i've been thinking about for a long time. >> thanks for the question. we never would have known that had you not sent that great question. diane wants to know this. because he seems so confident, does anything make him blush? >> oh. photo shoots. yeah. i was reading this morning about johnny depp saying how much he hates photo shoots. i feel the same. look at me. just give me a -- i don't know. the whole thing is embarrassing. i don't know. do you -- >> i hate them. so uncomfortable.
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>> yeah. >> like i have so many of them. oh yeah. a final question you're great. you're the youngest of how many children? >> five. >> everyone knows you're happy married. denise wants to know, does he have a single brother? >> i have a brother who has been with a girl for eight years. not yet married. but his girlfriend will kill me for mentioning that. >> true. >> sorry, denise. get yourself to england now. >> "real steel" opens night wide on friday." all the best. east palo alto girl hit and kill by a car last week
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will be laid to rest this morning. thousands mourned the loss last night. council membership are expected to take up the issue of improving safety at that intersection during tonight's council meeting. hopefully drivers are being safe this morning. a little a little wet still. series of incidents at daly city san francisco's northbound 20 101 chavez left lane blocked eastbound 80 past harrison accident blocking a lane there. is one. toughest commutes of the morning 80 westbound bumper-to-bumper in the carquinez bridge to the maze an hour. >> not going to get
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. welcome back. mostly cloudy right now. 6:00 this evening should see rain start moving into the north bay. until then low 60s around half moon bay mountain view the rest of us upper 50s. heaviest rainfall from midnight to 4:00 tomorrow morning. showers linger through thursday. >> the news continues with ♪ look around leaves are brown ♪ ♪ there's a patch of snow on the ground ♪
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♪ look around leaves are brown ♪ ♪ there's a patch of snow on the ground ♪ ♪ look around leaves are brown ♪ ♪ there's a patch of snow on the ground ♪ [ cheers and applause ] we are up now. "walk like an egyptian," 1986, the first of many hits by the bangles. the perfect band to celebrate totally awesome '80s. and new music coming out. we're going to hear it all in this half hour. >> playing one of my favorites. "manic monday." that's coming up. lara, you have a special guest. >> i'm excited. >> be careful. >> where is the camera? here i come. look at you. secret service. everybody knows, shatner rules. right? so, he is here. william shatner, on military island. not coming? how do i get out of here? anyway, here i am.
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we know there's not much that this man can't do. i can't get outside. this man can do everything. here's a look back at the icon, william shatner. all right. ready for an '80s flashback? see that guy in the crashing car? the guy winning the fight. you know, the guy rescuing heather locklear? that's right. it's william shatner, in his '80s classic, "t.j. hooker." >> does william shatner identify with t.j. hooker? >> well, i think we all do. we travel with trepidation in the world today. and i think what we like most about the past is the nostalgia. >> reporter: if you watch tv you know that shatner isn't limited to just one decade. in 1966, he boldly went where no man had gone before. as "star trek" captain, james t. kirk. >> how your lost love affects your vision, doctor, doesn't interest me. i've lost a man. >> reporter: and he scored back-to-back emmy wins for
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"boston legal." >> sorry, your honor. i have mad cow disease. >> reporter: now, the actor for all-times is enjoying everything life has to offer. and he's even written a new book called "shatner rules, your guide to understanding the shatnerverse and the world at large." william shatner's cd goes on sale october 11th. we're so lucky to have -- >> a week from today. >> i want to talk about this music. we were having so much fun listening to you screaming "i am ironman." pretty angry. >> just trying to keep up with zakk wylde. i got the head banger award, honorary, for heavy metal. heavy metal head banger award. >> that's what we're talking about. and your voice does amazing things on this spoken word album. how did it come about? >> well, a sheet of lyrics were
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laid out in front of me. i said, i don't want to do that. but what i will do, is follow major tom, the iconic character from the david bowie song, and speculate what would have happened to him when he exited the capsule, using all those songs like "space cowboy," and "rocketman." 20 of the greatest musicians in the world are on my record. and i'm so proud to be part of it. >> i want to show our audience a clip. bootsy collins and you do, "she blinded me with science." >> "she blinded me with science." take a look. ♪ poetry in motion she turned her eyes to me ♪ ♪ as deep as any ocean ♪ >> listen to you. you're speaking. but you still -- >> well, it's in the rhythm. the words are the rhythm. so, i don't sustain the note. but i think that's highly overrated.
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>> when you're not being musical genius, you're writing. prolific writer. and your new book is called "your guide to understanding the shatnerverse." >> "shatner rules." it releases today. and i'm proud to make that announcement. >> your prolific career. started acting when you were 6 years old. and you say you've never taken a sick day. >> that's right. but the book says it's not only funny. it's an amusing read. but it expounds on saying yes to opportunity. saying yes to life. opening yourself up to life. by saying no, you're saying no to life. >> yeah. >> so, the book is an amusing read. very funny. and yet, it has something to say. >> one of the things in the book, it is very funny. fun facts. you debunk the myth, you can tell us quickly, of that iconic phrase, beam me up, scottie. >> i never said beam me up
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scottie. but everybody says beam me up, scottie. it never happened. >> where did we get it? >> i don't know. where did you get anything else? >> there you have it. and flashback. i love your play. >> it's an attempt to amuse the reader and entertain them at the same time. tell them something that was meaningful to me. >> and something else meaningful to you, i really enjoyed your movie, the documentary called "the captain." >> thank you. >> you get all of the people who have played, the actors who have played the captains in "the star trek" movies. >> it's coming out on dvd in a couple of weeks. >> i love the advice you got, you admitted, from patrick stewart. >> isn't that wonderful? i had felt the derision, of thought, of beam me up scottie. and listening to patrick, he changed my mind. i had an epiphany. about what i was doing. >> and that is excepting the fact for all of your prolific
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body of work you will always be to us, captain james t. kirk. >> i was and still am. it debuted, "the captains," on "the intrepid," the aircraft carrier here, one evening a few months ago. 1,000 people on the landing deck of "the intrepid," watching that film. it comes out in a couple of weeks. >> i want to do one facebook question. >> please. >> we had so many express interest in you. and one viewer asks, tom asks, will you make amens with george takei. >> how do you make amens? >> too long? >> it's a story with no meaning whatsoever. >> we would like to think that the incredible team you worked with is all well. >> everybody's fine and happy. >> congratulations on everything. >> thank you. >> you are as naughty as ever. >> i am.
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what do you know? >> william shatner, everybody. the book, music, directing. sam, it's hard to keep up? >> what do you do with those '80s prom dresses? since we're talking about the '80s today. they were of the moment fashion choices, right? and some could still -- well, tell me why we do this. >> ladies night out. and moms grab the prom dresses and donate money to the cause. >> a little chilly this morning. and it's momproms.org. by the way, congratulations. you can still get these things up. and you're all fitting in them and you look great. the fashion choices might not be of the moment today. let's get to the boards. one or two things going on this morning. who am i to criticize? i don't know fashion. we'll show you what's going on. we start with our facebook right now. we appreciate you sending in what your conditions are. and theresa says, bring back the heat.
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we would if we could. and the twitter and facebook picture where the leaves are starting to change. in comes some cooler air. rain and snow in the west. l.a. is dropping down. vegas, going down. phoenix, on your way down. today is 92 in phoenix. and also, the rain and snow in the western areas, summer-like conditions in texas. but the 90s are not there. the 90s are in the dakotas and into montana today. chicagoland, 74. atlantic city, 66. >> all that weather was brought to you by the united states postal service. lara, i have to go do "the chew" today. >> we will miss you "walking like an egyptian." i have somebody to take your
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spot, sam. totally awesome '80s week continues, with the bangles. >> oh, the bangles.
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the bangles exciting everyone here in times square. we take our fall concert series back to the '80s. they have a brand-new album. we'll hear from that in a little bit. but first, a classic from 1986, "manic monday." ♪ 6:00 already i was just in the ♪ ♪ middle of a dream i was kissin' valentino ♪ ♪ by a crystal blue italian stream ♪ ♪ but i can't be late 'cause then i guess ♪ ♪ i just won't get paid these are the days ♪ ♪ when you wish
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your bed was already made ♪ ♪ it's just another manic monday ♪ ♪ oh, whoa i wish it was sunday ♪ ♪ oh, whoa 'cause that's my fun day ♪ ♪ oh, whoa my i don't have to run day ♪ ♪ it's just another manic monday ♪ ♪ have to catch an early train ♪ ♪ got to be to work by 9:00 and if i had an airplane ♪ ♪ i still couldn't make it on time ♪ ♪ 'cause it takes me so long just to figure out ♪ ♪ what i'm gonna wear blame it on the train ♪ ♪ but the boss is already there ♪ ♪ it's just another manic monday ♪ ♪ oh, whoa i wish it was sunday ♪
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♪ oh, whoa 'cause that's my fun day ♪ ♪ oh, whoa my i don't have to run day ♪ ♪ it's just another manic monday ♪ ♪ out of all nights why did my lover ♪ ♪ have to pick last night to come round ♪ ♪ last night last night ♪ ♪ doesn't it matter that i have to ♪ ♪ feed the both of us employment's down ♪ ♪ he tells me in his bedroom voice ♪ ♪ c'mon, honey let's go make some noise ♪ ♪ time, it goes so fast when you're having fun ♪ ♪ it's just another manic monday ♪ ♪ oh, whoa i wish it was sunday ♪ ♪ oh, whoa 'cause that's my fun day ♪ ♪ oh, whoa my i don't have to run day ♪ ♪ it's just another manic monday ♪
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♪ oh, whoa i wish it was sunday ♪ ♪ oh, whoa 'cause that's my fun day ♪ ♪ oh, whoa ♪ ♪ it's just another man manic monday ♪ [ cheers and applause ]
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we're having a good time. welcome back to our fall concert series. we're having such fun with the bangles. they have a new album out called
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"sweetheart of the sun." they're on tour right now. we're going to talk more about that. please welcome, susanna hoffs, vicki peterson and debbi peterson on drums, the bangles. that would be me, debbi. >> go for it. >> you make us happy. can i say that? thank you. and your new music. even though you make us think of the '80s your new music is inspired by the '60s? >> we've always been obsessed with the '60s. >> you're on tour, right? you play a mix of your new music and some of the classics. what gets a biggest rise out of people? what vintage classic? >> you know, that one. that one. yeah. >> you know? >> we usually do that towards the end of the evening.
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people are kind of warmed up by then. >> you make us wait, don't you. >> of course. >> have to wait until the bitter end. >> what's it like being back together? and being out on the road again? >> it's great. it's very comfortable. just like old times. we have a great time. say the same jokes over and over again. >> yeah. >> you sound really good. >> i might come in and do a little cowbell for you. >> sure. >> come on. >> here are the bangles, singing a song from their new album, called "annalee" off the album, "sweetheart of the sun." the bangles. ♪ ♪ got a picture of you
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beautiful and ♪ ♪ natural as can be later in the hour ♪ ♪ in the dark and seeing flowers ♪ ♪ the boys they flock to you ♪ ♪ want to talk to you right now ♪ ♪ they want to be annalee ♪ ♪ annalee ♪ ♪ maybe we would looking down the sea ♪
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♪ wonder how the evening will go ♪ ♪ now, i want to celebrate all of us who ♪ ♪ came in later by no one can see you ♪ ♪ any place right now they all want to be ♪ ♪ annalee ♪ ♪ annalee ♪ ♪ ba, ba, ba, ba ♪ ♪ ba, ba, ba, ba ♪
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♪ annalee ♪ ♪ annalee ♪ ♪ annalee ♪ ♪ annalee ♪ [ cheers and applause ]
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> thanks so much, guys. >> thank you. >> i just want to listen to their music again. love it. >> going to boston for a big concert. good luck. and good luck on the whole tour. and sam is headed over to "the chew" today. big guest appearance for sam this afternoon. >> that's it. thanks for watching. abc news. we're all online at "good morning america." rock on with the '80s, baby. [ cheers and applause ]
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the professor saul perlmutter is a scientist at lawrence berkeley lab. he will share the prize with fellow american and australian. studies found the expansion of the universe is accelerating. >> the rain clouds are they expanding or shrinking? >> hard between midnight and 4:00. thunderstorms later through thursday. sunshine and mild temperatures through the weekend. union city major accident southbound 880 past alvarado three lanes blocked slow from highway 9. drive times in the area: >> our next newscast is coming announcer: it's "live with regis & kelly." today, broadway film star hugh jackman. and from "the big bang theory," kaley cuoco.

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