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>> the family has now finally hired their own private investigator to look into this. >> they want to help, the investigators, help with the family, police, deal with the media for the family as well. no resolution there yet. uh-uh. moving on now to bad news this morning for beef eaters. not the british variety, but the burger variety. a los angeles company is recalling 375,000 pounds of ground beef products that were shipped to california, nevada restaurants. the usda says they could be contaminated with e.coli. the beef was produced between september 7 and october 6. so far no one reported being sick. this is my favorite story of the day. i don't care what else is going on today, you will remember this story for the rest of your morning. this was about a very different kind of food contamination. listen to this. three elderly people had to be taken to a southern california emergency room after they ate pot-laced brownies at a funeral.
>> our understanding is the person who passed away consumed brownies with medical marijuana. someone put out the tray to honor the person. didn't tell everybody what was in them. >> the seniors were hospitalized after complaining of nausea, dizziness, and couldn't stand up. without help. they're expected to be just okay. >> that was a wild ride. >> why would you not. if you have different brownies at a party, it would help to label them. >> little something. >> spiked, not spiked. >> one at a time. maybe start with that. see how that does you. >> oh, man. >> all right. moving on before we get in too much trouble. a look at your forecast. stormy in the middle of the country. expect hail and gusty winds from tulsa, saint louis. raining detroit, washington, d.c. new england, thunderstorms in the southeast. showers from seattle and portland it helena. >> 65, billings, 73,
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welcome back, everybody. deer hunting season is under way in pennsylvania. that may explain a little bit about this next story. >> yeah, maybe a buck was seeking some shelter when he briefly made himself at home in a pennsylvania store. wpvi's john rawlings reports the animal made quite a mess. >> reporter: something you don't often see, a white tailed deer high tailing it out of a cell phone store. the colleagues minding their own business at the counter when the young buck came calling. >> i think we both looked up, looked at each other. saw the deer coming at us. >> we were both really startled.
we look up, look at each other and see the deer charging at us. >> reporter: the deer apparently not looking for smartphone technology instead jumps the counter. >> knocks the monitor over. ran in the back room. we were like, i guess we should leave. we called 911. >> reporter: the surveillance still catches the confused beast checking out the back room. in the washroom he confronts a porcelain sing. the sink loses. sharp deer hooves can do serious damage. the cell phone video shows one of several police officers who persuaded the deer to leave the way he came, an open front door. passed an amazed woman who ducked behind a parked car. >> it went so fast, the antlers on it were so, not that they were big this way, but in diameter, they looked really strong. so, we definitely felt better being between two cars. >> reporter: except the crushed sink the deer did little damage turning over a box or two. patel place aid sign saying the store would be closed for the remainder of the evening. taking a bit of license,
calling the unexpected visitor one of santa's reindeer. >> a cute little fellow. >> what would you have done if you were in the store and the cute fellow was running in there. >> probably would have hit the ground under one of the tables there. >> that is a huge animal. could do some serious damage. >> yeah. >> oh, man. see, the hunting season up there doesn't end until end of january. >> you going to do something about it? >> legally you couldn't. >> packing some heat there. >> uh-huh. coming up, who's accusing beyonce of steeling? >> not me. her trademark dance moves may not be her own steps. you are watching "world news now."
♪ i'll be your naughty girl >> that's right. the sweet sounds of beyonce there on a wednesday morning. these days expecting a child with husband jay-z and fighting accusations she is stealing her dance moves. >> this story is pretty wild and not the first time though her routines have been questioned. as abc's andrea canning reports. >> reporter: the dance-off playing out around the world. mega pop star beyonce versus a little known belgian choreographer who claims the singer stole her signature moves. take a look at beyonce's countdown video. and now watch anna theresa's choreographer. she told a belgian radio station "this is plagiarism, this is stealing. what's rude about it is that they don't even bother hiding it." >> reporter: can it get catty in the dance world? >> yeah. >> reporter: we showed the video to this renowned choreographer. >> when i watched the 30-second clip of the video. i feel it its a little bit of a
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w welcome back, everybody. if i do this -- eh, eh. what -- >> you have to do better. >> fonzi from happy days. henry winkler's classic character. if you love the bike he rode in the show, it will actually go up for auction. i thought for some reason it was a harley, it's not. 1949 triumph trophy tr5. will go on sale november 12th. annual classic sale, classic california sale. interesting thing here, the bike needs a lot of repairs. it is broken, rusted.
hasn't run since the '70s. still expect to get $60,000 to $80,000. and henry winkler himself could not ride the bike. first day crashed into the sound truck. from that day on, a crew pulling him along on the board. he was not a rider. >> didn't he jump 14 garbage cans? >> he can do it all. >> the fonz. eh, eh. >> you do it. >> eh. all right. moving on to a corny catastrophe out of the "boston globe." a couple in massachusetts got lost in one of the corn mazes with their 3 week old baby. >> look at that thing. >> what they did -- it started to get dark. they called 911, we're in a corn maze, we can't get out, starting to get dark. the police kept them on the phone the entire while they sent their canine unit out to find them. it's scary. >> had to be embarrassed. she admitted she was embarrassed when she called. lost in a corn maze. >> i would have called the police. >> they looked scared. >> children of the corn, my friend.
children of the corn. >> got to get out of there before it gets dark. >> that is so true. you know more about this than i do. this super high end brand, hermes, hermes. >> scarves. bags. shoes. >> you know it all. apparently they're taking their lining and creating these saris trying to market to india. apparently a huge high-end market there in india, $2.2 million. 27 designs of this thing. valued between $6,100 and $8,200 a pop, on sale in india. >> emerging markets. right? >> really. speaking of high-end luxury goods, remember carrie bradshaw from "sex and the city" and she would buy $400 pairs of manolos, that shoe, $4,125. this is the new status symbol, the $4,000 shoe. >> the 1% the wall street folks
this morning on "world news now" -- republican showdown. the gop candidates running for president debate america's hot button money issues. >> herman cain up in the polls right now finds himself in the hot seat. it's wednesday, october 12th. good morning, everyone. i'm tanya rivero. >> i'm rob nelson. the republicans zeroed in on former pizza executive herman cain's tax overhaul plan and at one point poked a little fun at it. if you were expecting political fireworks between front-runner mitt romney and texas governor rick perry, you were in for a little disappointment last night. early announcements suggest that really perry did not do much to
help himself. romney just starting to see everything fall in line behind him, acting like he is the man to beat. >> exactly. he is starting to extend some olive branches to republican candidates, in a sense, making his peace saying, look, i will be number one, we should all join forces behind me. >> threw a question to michele bachmann last night. we'll get to that. another big headline this morning -- >> an assassination plot against the saudi ambassador to the u.s., who may behind it and why new terrorism warnings are going out worldwide. pretty scary stuff. >> a link to the mexican cartel, who sought to carry out the possible assassination would have happened this week. >> unbelievable how powerful the cartels are becoming. >> yes. later this half-hour -- here we go -- the restaurant called -- hey. called heart attack grill. known for -- get this -- its 8 -- 8 -- 8,000-calorie burger. the restaurant is expanding like your waistline if you eat there. is this a recipe for success?
>> what is supposed to give you the heart attack? the girls' outfits or the burger? >> call 911. all right. first, herman cain took most of the heat at last night's debate -- a good sign for his candidacy. >> cain's rivals are taking his surge in the polls seriously. karen travers has debate highlights. good morning, karen. >> reporter: good morning. at first it seemed like republican candidates were going to keep their eye on president obama last night. but as the debate went on, it became clear the candidates polling in the single digits were going to take their shots at the front-runner. >> reporter: mitt romney's key selling point is simple -- >> you want someone smart, who has experience, who knows how the financial services sector works, who knows how to protect american jobs. and i do, i've done it. >> reporter: the current front-runner made it through "the washington post" debate on the economy relatively unscathed. but herman cain probably can't say the same. the former pizza ceo was catapulted into second place in
the race for the republican nomination. with that comes the inevitable attacks. cain's 999 economic plan came under fire. his proposal calls for a 9% business flat tax, 9% personal income flat tax and 9% sales tax. >> when you take the 999 plan and you turn it upside down, i think the devil's in the details. >> i don't need 999. >> thought it was the price of a pizza when i first heard about it. >> they want to pass what they think they can get passed rather than what we need which is a bold solution. >> reporter: at one point rick perry was the front-runner but he has fallen sharply in the polls. he seemed to be itching to spar with romney but didn't land any significant punches. >> mitt has had six years to be working on a plan. i have been in this eight weeks. >> reporter: romney received a big endorsement, perhaps the biggest one up for grabs. >> america cannot survive another four years of barack obama. mitt romney is the man we need to lead america and need him now. >> reporter: mitt romney is trying to win over skeptical
republicans. his endorsement of the 2008 wall street bailout probably won't help. chris christie's endorsement could. rob, tanya? >> kristi's endorsement is a pretty big deal and suggests -- look, start to get behind the guy. he will be the eventual nominee. >> herman cain is not backing down the he will put up a fight. >> 999. that's it. indeed. president obama is promising to fight on after his jobs bill was killed by republicans in the senate last night. the $447 billion package was defeated. vote was 50 to 49. discussions continue behind the scenes to come up with a jobs plan that both parties can support. and if president obama does win reelection he will have to get a new chief of staff. that's because bill daly will return to chicago after the 2012 election. daly became white house chief of staff in january after rahm emanuel resigned to become mayor of chicago.
he is committed to staying with the president through re-election and predicts mr. obama will win. learning new details about the terror plot aimed at killing the saudi ambassador to the u.s. one man has confessed to his role in the plot. and the fbi is looking for a second man. abc's steven portnoy has the latest. >> reporter: according to a filing in federal court, the plan to assassinate adel al-juebier. saudi ambassador to the u.s. >> the plan was conceived from iran. >> reporter: the iranians wanted to kill the ambassador while dining at a capitol hill restaurant by exploding a bomb. >> when the confidential source noted there could be 100 or 150 people in a fictional restaurant where the requested bombing would take place the lead defendant said no problem and no big deal. >> reporter: officials said 56-year-old manssor arbabsiar an iranian born american citizen met with a man he thought was a leader of a mexican drug cartel
but in fact he was a government informant. arbabsiar apparently went to iran where officials claim he wired two payments totaling nearly $100,000 as a down payment for the $1.5 million he agreed to pay for the murder-for-hire. officials say the plan also included follow-up attacks on the saudi and israeli embassies in washington. >> we will be consulting with our friends and partners around the world about how we can send a very strong message that this kind of action which violates international norms must be ended. >> reporter: abc news, washington. >> the scary part about this, too, is if the attack had been carried out in d.c., in the crowded restaurant, that really would, some think, provoked military action between us and iran.
we would have had to militarily responded. which we don't want a third war, against a muslim country. >> good thing that was averted. nipped in the bud. absolutely. in other news now, prosecutors in the underwear bomber trial say the defendant was on a mission for al qaeda and wanted to be a martyr. they say umar farouk abdulmutallab performed a cleansing ritual in the plane's bathroom before trying to detonate those explosives that were hidden in his underwear. and he sat expressionless as a fireball broke out on his lap. the attorney assisting abdulmutallab surprised the court announcing he would save opening statements later in the trial. police spent hours searching an abandoned well for the missing baby in kansas city after a tip was called in. authorities say they found nothing. the well was at a condemned home in the neighborhood where lisa irwin's family lives. her parents say she was taken from her crib a week ago and they have hired their own private investigator to help find her. >> "gma" did an interview with the aunt yesterday. interesting to listen to here. she thinks the mom in the case will be arrested not because she
believes she's guilty, but because police are coming up empty-handed and need some one to pin it on. >> such a sad story. >> it is bizarre. >> shifting gears. more devastating testimony in the conrad murray trial yesterday. this time from the doctor who actually conducted michael jackson's autopsy. >> jurors heard how conrad murray broke the news of jackson's death to his family. diana alvear has the latest from los angeles. good morning, diana. >> reporter: good morning. most of the medical examiner's testimony was highly scientific and very, very dense. but make no mistake about it. what he said could be disastrous for conrad murray's defense. >> truth -- >> truth, the whole truth -- >> reporter: detail by detail, a medical examiner for los angeles county dissected dr. conrad murray's defense -- that jackson gave himself the fatal dose of propofol. >> you would have to assume that mr. jackson woke up, he was able to somehow administer propofol to himself. and then he -- stops breathing and all of this takes place in,
in the two-minute period of time. >> reporter: christopher rodgers said the lack of monitoring equipment indicated murray had no way of measuring exactly how much propofol he was administering. earlier the court heard the rest of murray's interview with police. he described his first meeting with katherine jackson, when she arrived at the hospital to see her son michael. >> he is not dead, is he? and the doctor said yes. and she broke down. >> reporter: jackson's children were inconsolable. paris telling murray -- >> i will wake up in the morning. i will see my daddy. >> reporter: murray said jackson's father never showed up. detectives told the doctor they tried several times to reach him but were unsuccessful. murray's attorney said they ordered him to turn off his phone. a detective also testified the scene was not locked down until four days after jackson died. once a search warrant was issued. rob, tanya?
>> all right, thank you, diana, for the report. i have not heard one thing in this case that would salvage the doctor's reputation. every bit of evidence mounting against him. >> not looking good for dr. conrad murray for sure. >> not at all. tourists at resort town in mexico can put away the sunscreen at least for now. that area is being pounded by rain. hurricane jova roars ashore. it weakened a little bit as it hit land but still had winds of 100 miles an hour. dozens of shelters have been set up. many vacationers plan to ride it out at their hotel bars. >> as good a place as any, right? >> and hurricane parties, all the time. wasn't the smartest move. it was fun. >> you know what? what else are you going to do? >> you're right. >> here's the wednesday weather -- rain from washington, d.c., to new england, detroit to buffalo. thunderstorms from the carolinas to florida. showers from minnesota, kentucky, and gusty winds, hail. st. louis, and tulsa. >> mostly 70s in the middle of the country. 64, new york.
75, atlanta. 88, miami. phoenix, 95. still hot out there. sacramento 83. just 58 in seattle. i love this. now to a thrill that shows -- it never gets old for a california granny showing again and again she truly is young at heart. >> frances gabe just celebrated her 91st birthday with -- what else -- a breathtaking bungee jump. there she goes. >> oh, my gosh. >> unbelievable. she said she was nervous of course but encouraged by the crowd. the crowd was cheering, go, granny, go. >> my goodness. bungee jumping is a tradition. frances began ten years ago after surviving colon cancer and plans to do it next year when she turns 92. >> that is unbelievable. >> she puts me to shame. i would be petrified. >> may we all age that well. 92 jumping like that, you kidding me? >> do you think that is the secret to her longevity? >> she survived cancer living every day like it is my last,
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we've reported here before about the price of gold. welcome back, everybody. we've reported here before about the price of gold. for the record, it is now at $1,665 an ounce. whoo. >> not bad. with prices like that of course it is not a surprise at all that lots of people seem to be doing whatever it takes, whatever it takes to cash in. abc's david wright has more. >> reporter: they walk into this family-owned jewelry store in denver, cool as can be. >> they were not even nervous. >> reporter: these men aren't
customers. police say they're con artists, claiming they want to sell gold. >> it was 445 grams of gold. that's a lot of gold. watch closely as the man on the right distraction the clerk, the other guy switches the bag. the new bag contains identical looking items, but a simple test revealed -- >> bubbling with green foam. foam. so it's not real. >> reporter: the store got taken paying $11,000 for worthless junk. these days, stores do more business buying gold than selling it. because real gold melted down is worth real money. thieves know that, too. as the price of gold has spiked, so has the crime rate surrounding it. from smash-and-grab robberies to more elaborate heists. last month a woman brandishing a handgun allegedly stole more than $10,000 worth of gold coins from a coin shop in van nuys, california. this footage from brighton, new york, outside buffalo earlier this summer where a group of four men entered a gold-for-cash store, leapt over the counter
and overpowered the two clerks. >> in this business every once in a while you get burned. >> it happens to everybody? >> everybody. >> reporter: the silver lining here -- it was all caught on camera. >> makes you feel horrible. >> reporter: which may prevent it from happening again. david wright, abc news, los angeles. >> cool as cucumbers. can't believe they got away with it. >> smart. just switch the bag. i'm out of there. a gold rush these days. yeah, there i am. >> you know all about the gold rush there, rob. >> sell that to flavor-flav make a fortune. >> this show is all the rush i need. >> about right. all right. coming up next, a worldwide search for an organ donor using facebook. >> amazing story. and how an alabama girl found her match is closer than you'd expect. found her match is closer than you'd expect. closer than you expect. that's next. nenenenenenenenenene
well, there are more than 800 million facebook user worldwide and a global reach, of course, where virtually anything is possible. >> it turns out facebook may have saved an alabama girl's life. bryant summerville of our station in birmingham has her story. >> reporter: christie davenport about to give the gift of life or at least a piece of it. >> something she has to have to live. >> reporter: about a year ago she learned via facebook a family friend's daughter needed a new kidney. she went to be tested hoping to be a match. three weeks later, more tests. ekgs, ecgs, cat scans, blood work. when she finally got the answer there was no question. >> when i found out i was a match, it was like i knew i was supposed to do it. >> reporter: 15-year-old carly chadwick is the recipient. her mother says the hardest part of her daughter's three-year struggle with dialysis was finding a donor. >> almost daily. i was searching for anyone that would test. >> reporter: now the search is
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these nurses at aptly named heart attack grill are serving up an unhealthy prescription. >> i help you and make sure that you get as many calories as you can into that body. >> reporter: meet the quadruple bypass burger, 8,000 calories of beef, bacon, and cheese. >> i can't pick it up. >> there you go. ah. >> reporter: really not bad. it is pretty good. not good for you. pretty good. >> reporter: need something to wash it down? how about a butterfat shake? >> the butterfat shake, garnished with a pad of butter. >> reporter: john vasso is the doctor behind the idea. >> i have never once claimed to be recognized by the american medical association. now they refuse to recognize me. >> reporter: you're probably condemned by them. he heard all the criticism before. dr. john believes his restaurant is at least honest with what they're serving up. >> we have big warning signs on our door that say -- caution, this establishment is bad for your health.
i don't see any major chain restaurants doing that. i am doing that. >> reporter: we noticed curious people peering in so we took the quadruple bypass burger out to the street. would you eat this? >> no. >> reporter: not at all? >> no. it's horrible. >> share it with my family when the kids get here. >> i better pass. >> reporter: 8,000 calories. >> i think i would pass out. >> reporter: others were a little more adventurous. it squirted on me. would you go in and get one of these? depending on how much you had to drink that night? >> the weekend. yes, indeed. >> for the burger or nurses? >> there we go. there we go. >> how was the burger, rob? >> that's what i'm talking about, yeah, buddy. listen to this -- four half-pound beef patties, eight slices of american cheese, whole tomato, half an onion. served in a bun covered with lard. >> they're trying to kill their customers. >> you know what, hey, man. splurge every now and then. >> the customer can't go back to eat more burgers. >> that nurse's phone number real quick. >> you know what, hey, man. splurge every now and then. >> the customer can't go back to
this morning on "world news now" -- political blow. the senate defeats the president's plan to create more jobs. >> capitol hill lawmakers and the president say while the jobs bill its dead, the idea is still alive. it is wednesday, october 12th. good morning, everybody. i'm rob nelson. >> i'm tanya rivero. two democrats joined republicans in defeating the president's jobs plan while the senate vote would make it seem as though the president's job creation ideas are dead. they're not. we'll explain what is next on this critical issue. >> not dead just yet. also this morning, the outrageous on wall street
spreads not only worldwide but right here in new york. the protestors took their anger uptown to get attention in one of manhattan's wealthiest neighborhoods. >> look at that. this is the part of town not used to seeing this. >> upper eastside wasn't it? hoity-toity eastside. >> mixing it up. and later this morning, some feline purrr-formers getting so much attention in new orleans. acrobat cats putting on a hit show. >> always a story from the coolest city on the planet. the one animal story i will like in year is from new orleans. >> anything that makes you happy. >> thank you. first, the president says this is not the end in the fight over his jobs plan. all 46 in the senate and two democrats voted against it. >> now the president and lawmakers are trying to figure out what is next. we have the latest from capitol hill. >> reporter: good morning.
president obama has been pushing for this vote for two months now. the senate defeat is a crushing blow for president obama who personally put himself on the line. it wasn't even close. >> on this vote, the yeas are 50, nays are 49. not having voted in the -- >> reporter: democrats were ten votes short, the bill now defeated, goes nowhere. republicans and even some democrats said the $447 billion price tag was just too high. president obama blamed the republicans, calling it obstruction and said in a statement, "this vote is by no means the end of this fight. we will work with senator reid to make sure that individual proposals in this jobs bill get a vote as soon as possible." the white house supports breaking the bill up into pieces. they think they can pick up more support on individual votes on the payroll tax extension,
unemployment insurance, increased spending on infrastructure. >> we are not going to wait for congress. so, my instruction to jeff and gene and valerie and all the advisers sitting around the table is scour this report, identify all those areas in which we can act, administratively, without additional congressional authorization, and just get it done. >> reporter: starting today, senators will go back to the drawing board, basically starting over to find a way to advance this bill. they'll look at the individual parts and see what parts of those can pass. rob, tanya. >> you know one controversial thing here, senators voted to increase tariffs on chinese-made products, you know, arguing that it's taking over american business. a lot of economists, criticizing that, saying if you anger china they can start dumping our debt. that could be disastrous. >> we owe a few pennies to china. all right.
moving on now, the economy took center stage at last night's republican debate. herman cain's tax overhaul plan came under fire by rivals. the plan calls for a 9% income tax. 9% national sales tax, and 9% corporate income tax. cain says it would create tax equity. not so much according to his challengers. >> when you take the 999 plan and turn it upside down, i think the devil's in the details. >> i don't need 999. >> i thought that was the price of a pizza when i heard it. >> they want to pass what they think they can get passed rather than what we need which is a bold solution. >> front-runner mitt romney says cain's simple answers aren't adequate for the job. speaking of romney, he head speaking of romney, he headed into last night's debate with a major endorsement, new jersey governor
chris christie was backing the former massachusetts governor. at the joint news conference, christie and romney hammered rick perry on the issue of religious intolerance. they're angry about remarks by a supporter who said romney is not a true christian. >> i think that any campaign that associates itself with that type of conduct is beneath the office of president of the united states in my view. governor perry selected an individual to introduce him who then used religion as a basis for which he said he would endorse governor perry and a reason to not support me. i just don't believe that that kind of divisiveness based on religion has a place in this country. >> experts say christie's endorsement is meant to send a signal to the republican establishment they should begin falling in line behind romney. this is significant, too. this is the first time romney came head on in a -- he addressed the issue of religion and his faith. >> something he will have to do going forward. from a total endorsement to a rejection. those wall street demonstrators
moved their protest from manhattan's financial district to new york's swankiest residential district yesterday. >> they gathered outside the homes of some of the richest executives in the country hoping to make their grievances heard loud and clear. we have more details on this. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, rob, tanya. protestors sent a powerful message. the demonstrators took their anger from where the richest work to where they live and come home to wives, husbands, children. the occupy wall street protestors marched in one of america's wealthiest neighborhoods, the upper west side. home to jp morgan chase ceo, oil tycoon david coke. it is a section of the city where apartments and doormen are common place. they're demanding an extension of new york's so-called millionaire's tax. the state's highest income tax rate on people with annual incomes above $500,000. demonstrators believe tax
revenue could and should be used to help the non-rich. they carried oversized checks to symbolize how much less the wealthy will pay when new york's 2% millionaire's tax expires in december. >> there is a big social disparity in terms of the people that have and don't have. >> reporter: protests have spread to more than 250 american cities and more than 1,000 countries. in boston, 200 police officers in riot gear surrounded a park tuesday morning when they said protestors refused to leave. roughly 100 demonstrators were tied up with cables and arrested. [ chanting ] >> we are the 99%! >> reporter: hours later in the nation's capital, approximately 100 people showed up at the office building as part of a flash mob. six people were arrested, some dragged off and charged with unlawful conduct. >> the issue is that certain individuals that are very wealthy have pretty much corrupted our political system. >> reporter: the demonstrators vow their protests will continue.
and in an irony, the comptroller says that because of the global financial downturn, the financial industry expects to lose 10,000 jobs by 2012. in new york for abc news. >> you see it in the protests, see it in the underbelly of the president's jobs bill. all about this idea -- should the rich in tough times come through to support the rest of the country. rich citizens, corporations. the central argument now as a country. >> also now how they are taxed. the percentage of their taxes based on everyone else's doesn't look as equal. >> today protestors will target headquarters in new york of chase bank. see how that plays out. >> absolutely. shifting gears now, americans around the world are being warned about possible retaliation from iran after the breakup of a huge terror plot. the justice department says it was an iranian-backed plot aimed at killing the saudi ambassador to the u.s., actually setting off a bomb at a restaurant in washington, d.c. two people have been charged in the case. that san francisco giants' fan who was nearly beaten to death outside dodgers stadium
last march has been released from the hospital. doctors say bryan stow will now continue his recovery at a rehab center. 42-year-old stow suffered brain injuries after being attacked at the dodgers home opener. his family says he is making progress, started to stand up but isn't walking yet. two men have been charged in the beating. >> truly senseless crime there. here's your wednesday weather now, everybody. rainy in the northeast, eastern great lakes. thunderstorms from raleigh, southward. showers upper midwest. texas. 70 mile an hour winds. hail, arkansas to kansas. chilly with showers. >> 58, seattle. 64, salt lake city. 67 in detroit. 74, chicago. 80s, dallas to miami. 60s, baltimore, new york, boston. well, some helping hands and feet from the first lady for children here at home and across the globe. >> first lady michelle obama led hundreds of kids in a jumping jack challenge on the white
house lawn, exercising for a full minute without breaking a sweat. it was part of a day-long challenge with 20,000 people around the world. >> they're trying to break the guinness world record for the most people doing jumping jacks in a 24-hour period and falls -- and follows the line of the first lady's let's move campaign. jumping jack. >> just to get it going. >> try it out. all wired up. maybe from the chair. whew. all right. >> i'm beat. >> winded. >> the heart rate up. we'll be back with more "world news now." >> i'm exhausted. ♪ jump jump ♪ jump jump ♪ crisscross will make you ♪ crisscross will make you ♪ jump jump
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♪ girls who run the world girls ♪ >> excellent musical selection. >> beyonce. >> poor rob. one of the nation's tradition-rich organizations is undergoing a major overhaul. we're talking of course about the girl scouts. >> they're changing what the girls put on their vests and sashes, badges. first time they've changed this since 1987. >> for every girl scout the uniform has a special personal meaning. >> reporter: the staple of the girl scout uniform, the sash, is getting a 21st century overhaul. girl scouts will have a chance to earn badges for things like cooking, athletics, and first aid. but now also to earn badges in financial literacy, public policy, and website design. they have always tried to be cutting edge with their badges.
>> yes, she wears her badges proudly. >> reporter: in 1913, nearly 24 years before amelia earhart made history, they introduced the flyer badge. >> it's quite a thrill for a young lady to have the possibility of thrustability, torque, wing span and power on the tip of her tongue. >> reporter: they introduced a business woman badge. in 1947, a poultry raiser badge. and by the '80s, boldly introduced us to the aerospace badge. they also introduced the fashion of fitness and makeup badge. which has since been retired and replaced with a more politically correct science of style badge. the changes come as the girl scouts prepare to celebrate their centennial. >> they carry our prayers and our high hopes as women of tomorrow. ♪ >> reporter: 100 years old and still trailblazing. abc news, new york. >> got to love that old footage, right? >> really. >> 50s.
>> you were never a girl scout? >> no, i was a brownie. i sold the cookies door to door. >> where did they come up with that picture? >> looks like the beginning of a really bad "saturday night live" sketch. >> or a movie not for family audiences. >> i love when tanya flirts. all right. coming up next, why beyonce is answering questions about her baby bump. and who got the boot on "dancing with the stars." get the backstage scoop in "the skinny." 6 >> so do you come here often? ome here often? backstage scoop in "the skinny."
♪ skinny ♪ so skinny >> oh, boy. >> uh-hu ♪ skinny ♪ so skinny >> oh, boy. >> uh-huh. all right, everybody. time for "the skinny." we'll start off with what else, "dancing with the stars" news, chynna phillips sadly voted off the show last night. she was pretty devastated. she had been in a three-way tie near the bottom of the scoreboard, alongside chaz bono and nancy grace. after a disappointing tango she forgot the choreography and failed to properly execute the
steps. >> got a little stage fright. froze up. >> the judges awarded her 21 of 30. she was upset. said, i am disappointed, i am sad. i have to take responsibility. i messed up. thanking her partner and the fans who voted for her. >> she is out of there. getting rid of the good looking women. lost kristin, chynna, another one -- clooney's elk girlfriend. >> it is not about the looks. >> all about the talent. that's what it is. this story kind of crazy. beyonce, a moment, vma, showed up, red carpet, showed off the baby bump, proud, expecting mama. internet and bloggers are going crazy with the thought. some are saying she is wearing a prosthetic baby bump. she is not actually pregnant. they have seen photos, the baby bump looks smaller not quite right. the rumor out there, totally debunked by her camp, she is wearing the fake bump, not pregnant. using a surrogate to carry the
baby. her publicist released a statement calling the story, stupid, ridiculous and false. that she is wearing prosthetic. all the rumors swirling right now. i don't believe someone would go that far. why would she have to do that? >> people are fascinated by beyonce and her baby-to-be. >> and that baby's going to look good. >> absolutely. and another musician, adele has the year's most popular album "21", made sense she had the most nominations for this year's american music awards. the nominees were announced tuesday. and see who else -- "sophomore album," best-selling album with more than 3.7 million copies sold in the u.s. taylor swift, lady gaga, lil wayne, katy perry, rihanna, all trailed adele with three nominations each. >> back on tour.
adele is a great talent. she can sing. my girlfriend's in love with her album. you can catch the music awards, november 20th. on the air from l.a. showing them live here on abc. >> check it out. >> congratulations to adele. all right. many hot women have been on the list before. minka kelly, halle berry. so "esquire" for 2011, sexiest woman on the planet is boom, rihanna. partially nude. on the cover. the interview inside. she's kind of made peace with the chris brown thing. she says, i like the music he is putting out. a fan of his stuff. always a fan. obviously i had resentment towards him for a while for obvious reasons, but i put that behind me. she is moving on. looks great. you know what? >> we love you. >> we still love you. >> you go girl. >> she joins the illustrious ranks, sexiest woman alive. here is rihanna as we go to break. i will sit here and drool a little bit. just kidding. ♪ be my prisoner for the night ool a
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move your itunes. >> it is. make it simpler starting today. finally this half-hour, the joys of my former hometown, new orleans. the food, the jazz, the great people. you can find it on bourbon street and across the crescent city. >> sounds look you miss it, rob. >> always. >> while that is wonderful. the big easy is purring right now. >> oh, tanya. >> thanks to a few furry friends. >> chris knight of wgno does the introductions. ♪ >> reporter: they jump through hoops. fly through the air with the greatest of ease. and their musical skills rival any pop group. >> they're like the partridge family of cats. >> reporter: meet the acro-cats. >> she's the bandleader and cow bell player. newy on keyboard, synthesizer. and fiji on drums. we have a backup drummer named dakota. >> reporter: and samantha martin
is their trainer. >> it's my gift. everybody is born with a gift. i've been training animals since i was 10. i knew since i was 7 years old that i wanted to be a trainer. i use a clicker, a type of training method involving positive reinforcement only. >> reporter: what makes the cats even more amazing is that all of the acro-cats including this one were either rescues, orphans, or strays. samantha rescued hundreds of cats over the years and found them happy homes out of the spotlight. her mission is simple. >> i want to spread the word that cats can be trained and should be trained. it's great for mental, physical health. it's a great way to bond with your cat. >> reporter: it also makes for a purr-fect performance. >> indeed. want to catch one of the performances in atlanta and chattanooga later on this month. so go check them out. >> meow. >> meow.