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good morning, america. this morning, target terror. overnight, the u.s. takes out seven key members of al qaeda in yemen, reportedly including the son of a u.s.-born cleric, who was considered the most dangerous man in the world until the u.s. took him out three weeks ago. so, is al qaeda on the run? battle on the streets. those massive crowds occupying wall street clash with police, as they prepare to march throughout new york, across the country, and now, around the world. huge crowds turning out today to protest the banks and corporate greed. how big can they get? abc news investigates. the makers of one of the most popular birth control pills on the market is being sued. one woman alleges it put her into a coma and made her go blind. chris cuomo is on the case with
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a story that every woman should see. and buzz kill. a starbucks exec says that the whole world was just decades away from running out of coffee. how could that possibly be true? that the entire world may soon grind to a halt? what's behind the java jitters? that has to be one of the most frightening previews i've seen in a long time. it's not even halloween yet. you drink coffee, don't you? >> um, no. why do you ask? >> and guess what. it may not just be coffee. there may be another one of life's spices or necessities. >> i find this hard to believe. and the second one, that we're saving for later in the show. >> you at home, you don't want to miss it. this is a big one. we'll tell you about that story coming up. obviously, we're happy to welcome abc's legal analyst, dan abrams in for dan harris this
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morning. dan, you know. he's off on one of his awesome assignments. bringing us an upclose visit with the king of bhutan on his wedding day. there you see dan meeting the king right there. dan is going to join us coming up. >> dan the right. >> dan is on the right, yes. not in the robe on the left. dan will be joining us later in the show, halfway around the world for a fascinating look at this tiny south asian country, tucked in the himalayas, that considers itself one of the happiest places in the world. >> i love that title. >> great title. >> good for tourism. also this morning, on a not as happy note, lindsay lohan heading back to court this week, amid new questions about just how seriously she is not taking her court-ordered probation. sentenced to 480 hours of community service. so far, she has apparently done 21. and also, you know the phrase leave no man behind. well, we're going to tell you about the epic, all-out quest, to leave no bear behind. this little girl lost this teddy bear.
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a gift from her dad serving overseas. we're going to introduce you to the strangers who gave up so much of their time to bring that bear home. this is one of those pieces that just has got to make you smile. >> we're already smiling here. bears are very important. don't underestimate a bear. >> no underestimation going on here. we're going to begin in yemen this morning. the second successful u.s. air strike against al qaeda in the country in the past two weeks. this one reportedly killed seven al qaeda militants, including the son of the group's u.s.-born leader that was killed in the last strike. abc's david kerley has the latest from washington. and, david, how big of a coup was this for the u.s.? >> reporter: very important. it shows that the u.s. is not giving up. that was a big strike that killed al awlaki. and this says that the united states is not going to take the pressure off. what we're hearing from reports from tribal leaders, there were several strikes, at least three different strikes. and a number of people, seven were killed, possibly the son of al awlaki. we have confirmed from tribal
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leaders that another operator among the al qaeda group on the arabian peninsula, was killed, as well. the u.s. keeping the pressure up. these could have been meetings reconstituting leadership after the strikes a couple weeks ago. so letup so far. >> and, david, the u.s. seems to be on a roll, when it comes to taking out top leaders. taking out osama bin laden in the spring. u.s.-born cleric, al awlaki, just a few weeks ago. and now, his son. politically speaking, how significant is this for president obama? >> reporter: i think politically, democrats and republicans alike will tell you the president is strong on this. and it's difficult to touch him politically. it also says something about the president's determination that he's going after this group particularly on the arabian peninsula. this was considered the most dangerous arm of al qaeda. and the u.s. seems to be focusing its attention on it and having, as we see this morning again, additional success, bianna. >> all right. we appreciate you bringing this
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breaking story, david. thank you. also, there's breaking news out of afghanistan this morning. ron claiborne is here with that story. good morning, ron. >> good morning, everyone. that brazen attack, that is the breaking news. on an american military base in afghanistan. taliban militants used rocket-propelled grenades and a vehicle packed with explosives in the assault, in what was considered one of the safest provinces in that country. all four attackers were killed and afghan security guards were wounded. no americans were injured in that incident. and the obama administration is killing a key part of its signature health care overhaul. it is scrapping a long-term insurance plan that was supposed to begin next year, saying it is not financially viable. it would have helped cover costs for nursing home care or in-home assistance for people with severe disabilities. critics have blasted it for being too expensive. for the first time, a u.s. bishop is facing criminal charges for allegedly failing to report a case of child abuse by a priest. the bishop, robert finn, is accused of waiting five months before telling police about child pornography discovered on the priest's computer.
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finn and the kansas city/st. joseph diocese have pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor charges in that case. and prosecutors in california say they will seek the death penalty for the man charged in wednesday's deadly shooting rampage at a salon. eight people were killed and another critically wounded in that attack. prosecutors say scott dekraai wanted revenge of against his ex-wife for their bitter custody battle over their son. she died in that attack. and wall street is back in positive territory for the year. the dow surged 166 points on friday. it is now more than 9% up in the past two weeks. strong retail sales numbers reached on friday offered the latest evidence that the u.s. will probably, probably avoid another recession. and the days of so-called cell phone bill shock could be over soon. "the washington post" is reporting that wireless carriers and the fcc will announce a program on monday that warns customers before they go over the monthly limits,
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wracking up huge bills. the bills will cover voice, text and data. finally, a massachusetts man who lost both hands to amputation may soon be able to perform what he calls a miracle. touching his grandsons' faces for the first time. 55-year-old richard mangino had a rare double hand transplant last week. at a news conference in boston on friday, he says he is looking forward to doing ordinary things once again. >> taking a shower, shaving. getting coffee ready. all of those things that for the past nine years, i've been doing. people say, you're a miracle because you do what everybody else does. >> and doctors say it will take six to nine months to regain a sense of touch. he said having the hands transplanted made him feel like he can fly again. bianna? >> such an amazing story, ron. it makes you really appreciate the small things in life. all right. thank you. we're going to turn, now, to an important abc news investigation. the highly-advertised birth control pill taken by millions is under scrutiny for possible causing health problems.
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"20/20" co-anchor chris cuomo has been looking at the drug, yaz. >> reporter: in 2007, carissa ubersox started a new pediatric nursing job. on christmas day, her boyfriend surprised her at work with a marriage proposal. she wanted to look her best for the wedding and says she saw commercials suggesting help with bloating and acne. >> to treat the emotional and physical premenstrual systems that are severe enough to impact your life. >> oh, yeah. that sounds like a miracle drug. >> reporter: bayer pitched yaz as the birth control of choice for women desperate for relief from severe pms and even acne. billed as birth control with ben benefits. two months later, carissa's legs started to ache. she had worked a long shift and didn't think much of it. by the next evening, she was gasping for air. her fiance called 911. on the way to the hospital, carissa's heart stopped. four minutes. no heartbeat.
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also known as dead to some people, right? carissa had massive blood clots in both lungs. her coma lasted almost two weeks. but the damage will last forever. right now, can you see me? >> no. >> reporter: can you see anything? >> no. >> reporter: and that's how you woke up? >> yes. >> reporter: the big question, was yaz the cause of the clotting? her coma? and her blindness? all birth control pills come with some risk. 2 to 4 women per 10,000 will suffer blood clots. yaz contains a unique hormone called drospirenone, that some experts say can trigger more blood clots than other birth control pills. bayer cites its own studies that yaz is just as safe as other birth control pills. but several independent studies have put yaz's risk two-times to three-times higher. thousands of women are now suing
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bayer, including carissa ubersox. >> everything that i fought and i worked so hard for has disappeared. >> reporter: but the company denies any wrongdoing, citing those lawsuits, bayer refused to be interviewed. and instead, sent us a statement. saying, yaz is as safe as any other birth control pill when used correctly. >> our thanks to chris cuomo for that. want to tell you folks at home the fda is reopening the case on yaz, conducting its own review of the drug's safety. and if you're considering your birth control options, experts say, as always, you should consult your doctor. this was such a heavily promoted and advertised drug, that all women should be taking precautions and paying attention. >> looking at the latest studies, et cetera. the occupy wall street movement has been spreading across america. now going worldwide this morning. protests are planned in solidarity from europe to australia this weekend. abc's dan koeffler is in lower
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manhattan where the protests began a month ago. >> reporter: in new york, a police officer throws a punch at a demonstrator, igniting a crowd of protesters, armed with cameras. not far away, another protester wriggles in pain. hit by an officer's scooter. all this after demonstrators held their own at zuccotti park, refusing to leave, forcing prosecute owners to back off a threat to clear the grounds for cleaning. to the west, san diego police fired pepper spray to keep protesters in check. >> the only thing we want is to have the tents taken down. >> that tent isn't necessarily because we need to sleep in it. but it's to show we're here to stay. >> reporter: outside colorado's capitol building, police were forced to break up a human chain of protesters. >> they can bring the riot police. we're not leaving this. >> reporter: media mogul rupert murdoch, a corporate target, is heckled during a speech.
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>> it's okay. a little controversy makes everything more interesting. >> reporter: that little controversy, now spanning the country, with protests in ohio, north carolina, virginia, massachusetts and oregon. and the message being translated around the globe. in tokyo, protesters are fighting inequality. filipino demonstrators cried, u.s. troops out now. and about 300 australians chanted the cry that started on wall street. >> we are the 99%. and we're here. >> reporter: and those 99%ers here have two events today. one is a march to times square. the second, a rally at jpmorgan chase bank, where they say they will be closing their accounts and putting them out together. bianna? time, now, for the weather. and scott padgett from our miami affiliate, wplg. good morning, scott. >> a relatively quiet saturday
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across the majority of the nation except in the great lakes and the northeast. we have an area of low pressure in canada and with it, gusting winds. winding gusting 30 miles per hour to 50 miles per hour. showers around the lakes also pushing its way into new england. temperatures in the mid-60s. new york, pittsburgh, 60 degrees. not the best day out there. in florida, nice up in tallahassee. 88 degrees. on the south side, temperatures in the mid-80s. maybe some rip current risks. and showers popping up. s
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>> your leaf forecast coming up in the next half hour. dan? >> thanks, scott. to hollywood, now, where, shocker, lindsay lohan could be in trouble again. there's new allegations the actress has violated terms of her probation. she's due back in court next week and could soon be back in jail. abc's steve osunsami has details. >> reporter: she has a history of not showing up for hearings, violating her probation and getting sent back to jail. and next week, lindsay lohan could repeat herself again. an l.a. county judge wants to know why she finished so little community service since may. barely 21 hours of the 480 hours she's required to finish by next april. lohan was sentenced after she pleaded no contest to stealing a necklace from a jewelry store. >> lindsay's attitude is to simply continue to blow these
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things off. to not do her community service. to ignore her obligation to engage in counseling. >> reporter: at the women's shelter where she was ordered to serve, they haven't seen much of her. at her current rate, she'll need 114 months, a whole 9 1/2 years, to finish her sentence. >> she's testing everybody's patience. and pretty soon, the judge has no alternative but to send her to jail. >> reporter: if she doubles down and puts in just 19 hours a week, she'll make it in time. and if she worked at least 40 hours a week, she'd be finished in january. >> these people, time and time again, enter rehab. and are unable to understand the logical consequences. got to do community service. got to really be clean and sober for a really long time. >> reporter: lohan took to twitter to defend herself. saying, i'm working hard and fulfilling my obligations every, single day. i'd appreciate it if people will just let me do what is asked of me so that i can get my life back. she's had a difficult week. facing all kinds of questions about her health, after these unflattering pictures from a red carpet premiere in los angeles. many wondered if her dental
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hygiene might be a sign of unhealthy behavior. the week before she was modeling and attending fashion shows in italy. her critics say she should have been home, chipping away at that community service. for "good morning america," steve osunsami, abc news. >> dan, i know one of the centers where lindsay's supposed to be volunteering asked that she not come back. >> can you imagine? >> how does that affect her sentence? >> she's been transferred effectively from the women's shelter to the red cross. but think about what that says. they need volunteers there, right? they they're saying no thank you. you've become too unreliable. one of the areas of the sentence is she has to serve it in four-hour blocks. she can't just show up for half an hour, an hour here. that's been another one of the problems. >> she can't seem to catch a break. so many people rooting for her. but finds herself in trouble once again. >> maybe we her own fault. >> that's right. are your hands shaking? >> from the coffee? >> you coffee lovers, put your coffee cup down and brace yourself. what you're about to see, may be emotionally disturbing.
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an expert in the field has a dire warning. and abc's barbara pinto has that story. >> here, pickers such as juan valdez pick their coffee with pride. >> reporter: imagine juan valdez without his beans. >> imagine you had run out of coffee. >> reporter: the taster's choice couple with nothing to taste. >> i wouldn't want to live in a world without coffee, to be honest with you. >> i'm double-fisting with my coffee here. >> reporter: a workforce without its morning jolt of java. legions of uncaffeinated zombies slogging through the day. >> my fourth cup of coffee today. so, i would be pretty miserable. >> reporter: but the director of sustainability for starbucks warned members of congress this is no joke. jim hanna told "the guardian" newspaper, what we're seeing 10, 20, 30 years down the road, if conditions consist how they are, is a potentially significant risk to our supply chain, which is the arabica coffee bean. hanna and that ad, warns that heavy rains, long droughts and
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insect infestations linked to climate change threaten the future of your morning joe. in barista speak, that means no venti. no grande. not even a tall. so, starbucks may hedge its beverage bets, investing in a chain of smoothie and juice bars. >> not the same thing. and that's a lot of calories, compared to coffee. >> reporter: more bad news? another report out this week warned that the future may be bitter for chocolate. global warming, it says, could make parts of africa too hot to grow cocoa. >> a world without chocolate and coffee? that doesn't sound fun at all. >> it's not a world i would want to live in. >> reporter: experts in global warning say these warnings are brewing unnecessary concern. a tempest in a coffee pot. for "good morning america," barbara pinto, abc news, chicago. >> my bet, worst-case scenario, synthetic coffee and cocoa. >> coffee to smoothies is like pizza to falafel. i mean, you know, it's a long way to go.
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now, the other story we've been talking about all morning, a little girl's desperate plea answered by strangers. >> we know how important a teddy bear can be to a young child. but abc's john donvan has this heartwarming story. >> reporter: he's called daddy bear, this teddy bear. that's because to justice wadsworth, it's what she holds on to when her dad is overseas. right now, he's in korea. but this started four years ago when he was sent out to afghanistan. daddy bear, always there. until this week when -- >> she was so upset when we got home that night and didn't have him. >> reporter: it happened along i-90, when the family was traveling back from a visit to idaho and pulled over briefly outside a town called ellensburg. somehow daddy bear got left behind. and when grandma realized that, she got on facebook.
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>> that's daddy when daddy's gone. she goes to bed with him every night. >> reporter: she put out the word. then, it was washington state's department of transportation that took up the mission. sending a twitter message to all of its employees out on the field. and sending these guys to go look out on the road. harry nelson and terry kukes, who went to look and actually found him. >> when we found that bear, it was exciting for us. >> reporter: and then, they drove nearly four hours to deliver daddy bear back home. >> daddy bear. >> reporter: where they got emotional themselves. >> when my daughter was born, i bought her a similar teddy bear. and she's 13 now. and she still cherishes the thing and won't part with it. so, we both really understand. >> reporter: and they also got their reward, which, of course, from a little girl, is just two words. >> thank you. >> you're very welcome. >> you're very welcome. >> reporter: john donvan, abc news. >> such a great story. and coming up on "good
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morning america," a big reward is offered in the case of missing baby lisa. but why have the child's parents been staying out of sight? plus, another fairy tale royal wedding. our dan harris joins us from the other side of the world with an exclusive look at this royal extravaganza. [ male announcer ] imagine facing the day with less chronic low back pain. imagine living your life with less chronic osteoarthritis pain. imagine you, with less pain.
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dan harris from abc news. congratulations. >> thank you. >> congratulations. >> thank you. >> you heard him introduce himself. that is or very own dan harris. who he is meeting is the king of bhutan. 31 years old. dan traveled around the world to attend their wedding. he didn't know he would end up meeting them. but he did because he's our intrepid reporter. can you imagine if you were the one reporter prince william personally greeted at his wedding? i didn't get to do that. dan outdid me once again. things are a bit different in that tiny himalayan country, that people call the happiest place on earth. dan better come back with a big smile on his face. >> not really fair to compare the british to bhutan. >> yes. >> but nevertheless. in terms of being able to get access. don't beat yourself up.
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>> i haven't met a king yet. good morning, america. i'm bianna golodryga. >> i'm dan abrams in for the other dan. it's saturday, october 15th. also this morning, firefighting. considered one of the more macho jobs in the world. so, it's entirely fair to ask why this firefighter is wearing this pink uniform. it's not a fashion statement but rather a small part of how he's fighting another kind of battle that has taken so much from him and his family. that's coming up. >> real men wear pink. plus, on the show, "your week in three words." find out why this dog isn't getting off that coach anytime soon. but we begin with the latest in the case of missing baby lisa. an anonymous donor is apparently offering a large reward for her safe return. so, where does the investigation into the missing 11-month-old stand? abc's t.j. winick is here with more. good morning, t.j. >> reporter: good morning, dan. it has to be so frustrating for investigators. in the 11 days since baby lisa went missing, kansas city authorities have fielded hundreds of calls and tips about the case. but still, no real leads. friday, the fbi scoured the
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woods near baby lisa's home. fbi agents also combed the neighborhood with metal detectors. ending outside the family's house, from where the little girl seemingly vanished the night of october 3rd. once again, investigators came up empty. lisa's parents deny having anything to do with their daughter's disappearance. but recently, deborah bradley and jeremy irwin have remained out of the public eye. >> right now, they feel it's in their best interest to not say anything. >> reporter: the same anonymous, wealthy benefactor that hired bill stanton to search for the girl has now put up $100,000. the reward is for lisa's return for or information leading to the conviction of those responsible for her disappearance. >> i hope this opens up someone's heart, someone's eyes. and they realize this is serious. >> reporter: earlier in the day, lisa's relatives thanked the kansas city community and authorities.
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they also placed signs and pictures in the front yard of the baby's grandparents. >> at this time, i would gladly give my life to bring lisa home to us. >> reporter: earlier this week, the family posted videos online, showing lisa when she was just 3 months old. >> who are you talking to? drink your baba. >> reporter: you can hear her mom, deborah, behind the camera. >> say, hi, mom mom. hi, mom mom. >> reporter: they are memories the family holds even closer to their hearts. >> we're hanging in there. thank you very much. just keep praying. please, please, please. keep praying. >> reporter: bill stanton, the private eye had a reporter speak to the benefactor yesterday to confirm that such a person actually exists. stanton also announced today, a psychologist that used to work with the u.s. secret service is joining him in the search for the missing child. you know, the longer this goes on, the more and more heartbreaking it is to look at those pictures and home video. >> that's right. our thanks to you, t.j. dan, i know you're flying out to kansas city today to interview the parents. so many questions you want to
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ask. >> yeah. this remains such a mystery. i think getting down there and talking to folks is important. i'm going to do that for monday's "good morning america." now, to ron claiborne for the other headlines. good morning, ron. >> good morning, everyone. in the news, the anti-wall street protests that started in new york city and spread across this country are now going global. occupy wall street protests in solidarity with those in the u.s. are planned from europe all the way to australia. and a mixed ruling on alabama's new controversial new immigration law, a federal appeals court has blocked part of the law that requires schools to check immigration status of students. police can still detain immigrants suspected of being in the country illegally. and clint eastwood saved the president in the movie, "in the line of fire," and apparently was once considered to be next in line for the oval office. newly-released interviews from senior officials in george h.w. bush's administration revealed that he seriously considered eastwood to be his running mate in 1988. imagine that. finally, you know it's almost halloween when the
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well, this has truly been the year of the royal wedding. first, william and kate. and then, the prince albert of monaco. and then, this week in the tiny nation of bhutan, another wedding. their king tied the knot. and our very own dan harris was the only western reporter there for the big day. he joins us, now, from bhutan. good morning to you, dan. >> reporter: good morning to you from the other side of the planet. i remember vividly last spring when you spent all that time covering william and kate and their royal wedding over in the u.k. i'm now covering a very different set of royal newlyweds, here in a country that's sometimes called the last shangri-la. where this morning, they are wrapping up a huge, three-day, national party. the royal newlyweds are spending
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this weekend traveling through the country, celebrating with their subjects. king jigme khesar wangchuck, known as the asian elvis, for his slicked-back coif, along with his new bride, the 21-year-old commoner-turned-queen, jetsun pema. bhutan, about the size of iowa with a population roughly the size of el paso. where there are zero stoplights. where they got their first escalator a month ago. and where the national animal looks like a cross between a cow, a yak and a bear. that's lunch. at 31, king jigme khesar is the youngest king in the world. he went to college in the boston area and is a huge celtics fan. he was coronated in 2008, when his father, a man with four wives, all sisters, decided to step down. after several years of national hand wringing about the king's persistent bachelorhood, he announced that he'd finally
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chosen a wife. >> and i wish you all the best. >> reporter: a 21-year-old student, the daughter of an airline pilot. a lover of painting and sports. she sometimes looked a little bit overwhelmed amidst all the solemnity and pageantry. but there one was moment of real tenderness, as the king placed a crown on her head. and then, caressed her face reassuringly. there was no kiss on the balcony, like with william and kate. they're too modest for that here. while i've been here, i've had the privilege of experiencing one of the most fascinating cultures on earth. they only got tv here in 1999. the bhutanese answer to "american idol" is called "druk superstar." marijuana plants grow freely all over the place here. although nobody smokes the stuff. but what bhutan is most famous for is happiness. ♪ if you're happy and you know it ♪ ♪ stamp your feet >> reporter: instead of measuring their economy by gross domestic product, they use
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something called gross national happiness. >> how are you? >> reporter: hello, sir. dan harris, abc news. congratulations. >> thank you. >> reporter: one shining example of bhutan's chipper attitude, right in the middle of his own wedding, the king surprised me by asking whether i was having a good time. always cool under preside, i very smoothly filmed the ground during the entire exchange. luckily, however, a camera from bhutan national television was there, broadcasting the whole thing live. >> are you enjoying your stay here? >> reporter: it's one of the most beautiful places i've ever been. >> first visit? >> reporter: first visit, yeah. >> very happy you're here. >> reporter: thank you, sir. take care. congratulations. as he moved on, continuing to work the rope line, he called me over once again. >> do you want to take a picture? >> reporter: can i? can you say congratulations? do you know how to say congratulations, girls? >> thank you. thank you.
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thank you. thank you. thank you. >> reporter: and that was it. my little king and i moment. it was rather thrilling, i have to say. the royal newlyweds, after they're done celebrating with the rest of the country, they're going to have their honeymoon right here in bhutan. and next week, bianna, i'll be back in new york with you and my man, ron claiborne. for now, take care. >> dan will have bragging rights, to have befriending a king. thank you for that report. and coming up on "good morning america," the man who wears pink to work. and why his co-workers never give him a hard time. s so frust. i found out that connected to our muscles are nerves that send messages through the body. my doctor diagnosed it as fibromyalgia -- thought to be the result of overactive nerves that cause chronic, widespread pain. lyrica is believed to calm these nerves. i learned lyrica can provide significant relief from fibromyalgia pain. and less pain means i can feel better and do more of what i love.
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when you think firefighter, you think heroic. you probably think tough guy or gal.
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but do you think hot pink? >> well, one firefighter in maryland proudly wears hot pink gear, all in the name of breast cancer awareness. and as abc's david kerley explains, he has a very personal reason for doing it. >> reporter: think of firefighters. heavy gear. heavy smoke. but not something that looks like this. you do stick out a little bit. >> a good conversation starter. >> reporter: and marshall moneymaker, wearing his hot pink fire gear, wants to tell his story. not about his job as a firefighter. the guy that drives the back of the ladder truck just outside of d.c. no. marshall wants to talk about his three sisters. his three sisters who all died of breast cancer in the span of two years. vicky. >> had a mastectomy. >> reporter: valessa. >> i was like, what's going on here? >> reporter: and penny. marshall needed time off to take penny to chemo. to care for her before she died.
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he didn't realize he was becoming seriously depressed. broken, as he says. >> pretty broken. i was awful towards my shift mates. just mean. i did my job. when it came time and the bells rang, i did my job. but my social environment declined. i isolated myself. >> we all love marshall like a brother. we would do anything in the world for the guy. but sometimes he was just so closed down, like, don't know what to do for you, buddy. >> reporter: his fellow firefighters didn't give up on him. >> we don't like to admit it. we're there to take care of you and everyone else. so, accept that vulnerability and say i need help, can you be there for me, guys? it was a humbling lesson for me. >> reporter: then, everything changed when a breast cancer walk used marshall's firehouse as a water stop, he went out and talked about his sisters. they asked him to kept telling his story. >> that day, it changed my life.
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it's been a rollercoaster ride since. >> reporter: he started wearing pink and supporting breast cancer walks. and then, his fire buddies surprised him with all that pink gear, which he now wears around proudly. not on fires, but to cancer events. with his new passion of advocacy. >> it's a good color, isn't it? it's a feel, a sense of encouragement they're giving back to me. you're making a difference for us. >> reporter: a year to the date of his last sister's death, a flag was raised at the capitol in her honor. >> and all i could think about was, we love you, penny. we're here to honor you. obviously, i hope you're proud of your little brother. >> reporter: the little brother in pink, who is now recognized on the streets. [ horn honking ] >> reporter: with the fire gear that changed his life he hopes will help save others. david kerley, abc news, silver spring, maryland. >> sometimes, we forget how important awareness is. pink is all about awareness. reminding people self-exams, et cetera.
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>> i wish we had worn pink. the empire state building was lit up in pink, all in awareness, as well. >> really nice. coming up on "good morning america," what all these people have in common. it's "your week in three words." exclusive to the military. and commitment is not limited to one's military oath. the same set of values that drive our nation's military are the ones we used to build usaa bank. from free checking to credit cards to loans,
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as we say good-bye, here is a look at "your week in three words." the song is andy grammer's "keep your head up." and as always, the words are yours. >> have a good weekend, everybody. >> let's go. ♪ i've been waiting on the sunset ♪ ♪ bills on my mindset i can't deny ♪ ♪ they're getting high higher than my income ♪ ♪ in comes breadcrumbs i've been trying to survive ♪ ♪ the glow that the sun gives right around sunset ♪ ♪ helps me realize this is just a journey ♪ ♪ drop your worries you are gonna turn out fine ♪ ♪ oh, you'll turn out fine fine, oh, you'll turn out fine ♪ ♪ but you gotta keep your head up, oh ♪ ♪ and you can let your hair down, hey ♪ ♪ you gotta keep your head up, oh ♪
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♪ and you can let your hair down, hey ♪ ♪ i know it's hard know it's hard ♪ ♪ to remember sometimes but you gotta ♪ ♪ keep your head up, oh and you can let ♪ ♪ your hair down, hey ♪ only rainbows after rain the sun will always come again ♪ ♪ it's a circle circling around again ♪ ♪ it comes around again ♪ only rainbows after rain the sun will always come again ♪ ♪ it's a circle circling around again ♪ ♪ it comes around again ♪ but you gotta keep your head up, oh ♪ ♪ and you can let your hair down, hey ♪ ♪ you gotta keep your head up, oh ♪ ♪ and you can let your hair down, hey ♪ ♪ i know it's hard know it's hard ♪ ♪ to remember sometimes but you gotta ♪ ♪ keep your head up, oh and you can let ♪ ♪ your hair down, hey ♪ keep your head up, oh and you can let ♪ ♪ your hair down, hey keep your head up, oh ♪ ♪ and you can let your hair down, hey ♪ ♪ keep your head up, oh
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and you can let your hair down ♪ ♪ and you can let your hair down, hey ♪ good morning, let's check the forecast, here is lisa. >> from coit tower you can see downtown. it looks pretty good. we're going to see a few higher clouds and that will keep temperatures a little cooler but the onshore push is going to added to the cooling as well. we have fog along the coast.
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58 in the city. no airport delays, 58 in novato. mid-50s everywhere this morning. mild conditions at oakland at 62. satellite radar composite, notice higher clouds moving from up the south. that will allow for the partly cloudy skies today. subtropical moisture continues to slide toward the coast but it won't get here until the middle of next week. between now and then, we'll see partly cloudy skies and a cooldown to due to the slick in the bend. later on tonight, the winds will transported the fog a little further across the bay. 72 in san francisco, the numbers are coming down from 4-6 degrees. 78 in oakland. low 80s in concord. 80 in san jose. nice afternoon, partly cloudy skies but further cooling tomorrow on sunday. another five degrees of cooling.
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high temperatures coming up just around 80 tomorrow and warmest inland valleys. bump the numbers up on month monday and then the cooling will take place tuesday right on through next week. terry? >> coming up next, occupied demonstrators are staying in place they have plans in the bay area. and bay area home prices drop for the 12 month in a row but sales are up. what is going on? what is going on? join us for the news at 8:00.
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