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here's the birthday girl of the morning. she is juana rodriguez down in cuba. she turned 127 years young this week. >> good lord. look at that. she's got the document to prove it. in fact, it says she was born back in 1885. for those counting, that is just 20 years after the american civil war came to an end. juana's youngest son, youngest son, he's 82. and she's lived at the same address for more than a century. >> she has 15 great grandchildren, six great great grandchildren, and she has outlived seven younger brothers and says she's still as strong as a tree. >> god bless. 127. the things she's seen. more power to you. we'll be right back. ♪ but i'm still here that was me the day i learned i had to start insulin
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♪ ♪ squirrels, squirrels, squirrels, squirrels ♪ ♪ squirrels, squirrels, squirrels, squirrels ♪ this morning a little education on squirrels. squirrels. once there were only red squirrels. then as we see pretty much all over the u.s., there were gray squirrels. >> and now the black squirrels seem to be taking over. as the bbc's keith doyle reports, though, it is not good news. >> reporter: in the squirrel world there's an almighty battle for supremacy going on. the native red is a rare sight as it's lost out to the gray invader from north america. but now the 2 million grays could be threatened by this dark invader, the black squirrel. it's thought around a dozen were released or escaped from a victorian collection of exotic animals 100 years ago. they are the same species as the gray and also originate from north america, but a dna quirk has given them all black fur and some believe a more aggressive nature.
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scientists think they could gradually become the dominant species. >> they're exactly the same species as the gray squirrel, and i want to know if the blacks are spreading any faster than you'd expect the grays to spread. it's a population genetics question and evolutionary biologist's question. >> reporter: now researchers at anglia ruskin university in cambridge are asking the public to log any sightings on the black squirrel website. they think they've spread around 50 miles in the last century, but it's hoped with the help of the public they'll be able to track the rise of the black squirrel far more accurately and predict where they'll go next. keith doyle, bbc news. >> but they are -- black squirrels are more known to be tolerant of the cold. >> that's wonderful. what a perfect black history month story. that's great. see, black squirrels come in, y'all start moving out of the neighborhood. we've seen that story play out a thousand times, have we not? oh, yes indeed. more from us coming right up.
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♪ welcome back, everybody. with the big game fast approaching, it is time to start of course planning for all those gameday festivities. and here now with his tips on how to make your party scores big is tim laird, america's chief entertaining officer and author of the book "that is entertaining." good, as always, tim, to have you back. and the reason we love you here on "world news now," because you bring an incredible spread every time. and with the super bowl around the corner it is game time, my friend. >> it is game time. >> giants and pats. >> i am so excited about this. it's going to be a great game. and i tell you what, what we know about super bowl -- or big game parties is everybody likes to eat before, during, and after the game. >> bring on the grub. >> so the whole thing is you want to put a lot of field of food out there for all your guests and you want them to make it self-service so you can don't
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have to miss any of the action. >> that's right. you want to be on the couch watching the game like a true sports fan. >> you bet. >> and what i enjoy, a little cocktail while you're watching too. >> let's show our team spirits. i'll show you how to do this. my first cocktail is the pats punch. >> okay. >> starts out -- when i think of new england, i think about cranberry juice. that comes to mind. a little bit of cranberry juice goes in. and nothing goes better with cranberry juice than a little bit of southern comfort on top of that cranberry juice. >> amen. >> just a little topper of that. >> then, rob, i'm going to put a little squeeze of lime. that goes in. boom. >> is that because after they lose they'll be bitter? just kidding, pats fans. >> and star fruit is my final garnish. actually, i made an alcohol-free version without the southern comfort. if you want to try this one. >> thank you so much. we've got to get through the whole show. >> cheers. >> salud. >> wow. >> that is good. >> hit it with a little southern comfort. you'll love it. >> i'm not rooting for the team. i'm rooting for this drink. >> moving on we have the big blue. >> yes. >> this is a fun cocktail. basically i'm going to start off with about an ounce and a half
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of finlandia tangerine vodka. that goes in. then a bit of white cranberry juice in there. boom. and then the big blue. a little blue curacao. >> give it that magic color. there it is. >> and the colors, blue and white. a little lychee fruit. >> salud again. >> oh, yeah. that is good. >> this is coming with me. yes. that's good. >> we have a couple of tips for your big game party. basically, have the traditional chili, chips, dogs. i make it all. >> whole spread. >> make a lot of it. this veggie chili here starts out. but then here's what the idea is. put out a lot of toppers. these toppers do triple duty. you can load up your nachos, load up your dogs, your chili. however you and your fans want it. >> they work on everything. >> yeah. even spaghetti. some people like spaghetti with chili. they can put it in their hot
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sauce, beans, boom, whatever you want. >> and it's self-serve. he set the table and enjoy the game. >> and build it like you like it. >> we like it. and what i love here is that you have specialty hot dogs for all the various teams that we saw this year. i love this. so besides the giants and the pats, we'll save them for last, explain what else you have going on over here. >> if your team's not in the big game you can still show your spirit through the hot dog. the green bay dog, which is a bratwurst and beer cheese. houston dog barbecue sauce. >> texas barbecue. >> i love that. of course a little new orleans love with a little crawfish and remoulade. >> there you go. i'm going to have a bite of this. crawfish on the hot dog. all right, yes. you keep on talking. i'll have this crawfish. >> chicago. that's the famous chicago dog with a little. he area, little green relish. and of course for new england this is what -- instead of a chili dog it's a chowder dog. and then for new york i have a little bit of blue mustard. so basically -- >> the blue again. >> take a little mustard, put a
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little blue food coloring. boom. you've got your giants dog and everything else. anyway, have fun with your dogs. you can do that. san francisco dog, a little bit of bean sprouts, avocado, hummus. >> healthy out there. >> this is your healthy dog. >> and from the wieners to the balls. >> these are rice crispy treats formed in a little ball with a skewer in them and of course with a team color. you can tell which ones are the white and blue. blue and white. >> we like the blue and white this time of year. great spread here. self-serve. all the various toppings, works on the nachos, the chili, and the hot dogs and cocktails on top of that. >> absolutely. to the big game. here we go. >> super bowl week. we love it. here we go. >> cheers. >> and you can get all these tips on our facebook fan page, i'll be starting my gameday preparation far before kickoff. thanks again, tim. salud. >> salud. >> enjoy the game, everybody. let me tell you about a very important phone call i made.
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>> announcer: "world news now" delivers your morning papers. welcome back, everybody. really fun video here. this restaurant chain called moe's southwestern grill put a video on youtube that's gotten a million hits so far called microwaves ruin everything, showing all the stuff that you should not put in a microwave because it will explode. so -- >> foil. >> tin foil was horrible. don't ever put tin foil in a microwave. i guess an egg -- >> oh! >> and they did this in slow motion too to give you the full effect. eggs apparently don't do well in a microwave. tomatoes. you're about to see this bad boy explode. uh-oh. looks like a lightning storm. tin foil is dangerous in a microwave. >> that's beautiful. >> that's a lime. >> oh, one of those little juice pack things. i guess that's not good to put on there either. that caught fire. a light bulb.
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they said they went through three or four microwaves shooting all this stuff. oh, i love that one. that one's going to be -- >> splitting in half. >> check it out on youtube. if you go on youtube. again, moe's southwestern grill put that on there. stuff you shouldn't put in the microwave but it's kind of cool to watch it blow up. >> okay. you can probably put doritos in, right? >> oh, yeah, they're indestructible. >> some ding dongs, cupcakes. a study from the "daily mail" says women, the average female office workers consumes 650 calories a day in snacks. i love to eat at work. >> 650 calories? >> yeah. and most of the women say it's not due to hunger, it's just boredom. and they call -- the women polled differed on their reasons for snacking but 49% said boredom. 11% said it was to be social. want a bite? >> if you're only supposed to have 2,000 calories at day and you eat 650 at work just snacking out of boredom, that's a good portion of your recommended diet. it's delicious, though.
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>> i'll sit at my desk even when i'm not hungry and i've got i a whole little drawer of snacks. >> this is actually all from your purse, which is kind of scary. >> mm-hmm. are you going to eat that? >> no, you can have that. there you go, paula. >> menus. when you go to restaurants here, there's always a theory that your eye kind of goes to the middle of the right-hand side. but now, according to the "daily mail," that is not true at all. they're saying there's no sweet spot really on a menu and that your eye tends to totally graze over the part about salads and the history of the restaurant, that kind of thing. that whole fear about how they design menus is a crock because we don't look at that stuff. we read it more like a book left to right. >> real quick, "forbes" says that 18% of americans would give up sex for six months, don't eat all those, in exchange for someone else paying their bills for one month. >> no sex for six months to have someone pay your bill for one month. that's a -- that's tough times out there.
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this morning on "world news now" -- soccer stampede. an unexpected victory in a soccer match in egypt leads to tragedy. >> the fighting among fans killed dozens in a senseless display of violence. it's thursday, february 2nd. good thursday morning, everybody. i'm rob nelson. >> and i'm paula faris. a three-day period of mourning begins today in egypt after the worst soccer violence since 1996. look at this. the scene was so out of control that soccer players ran to safety and police officers appeared overwhelmed. again, the worst violence, sporting violence that we have seen since 1996. >> and don't get confused. this was not just fans taking the game too seriously. this is kind of another ripple
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effect of arab spring and some of the politics playing out in egypt that we've been talking about for several months now. but no one ever expected a scene quite like that. also another big headline this morning comes from american airlines, where 15% of the workforce is now facing layoffs. the once mighty airline is now bankrupt and forced to make some drastic cuts. and later this half hour, a huge threat to the citrus crop from something so tiny it's smaller than the head of a pin. what growers are forced to do to protect the fruit. well, before we get to all of that, we turn to that deadly riot by soccer fans in egypt. 74 people were killed. hundreds now, the number still being totaled, were hurt. >> one player described it as being in a war, and one in which stadium security largely stood by and did nothing. abc's alex marquardt has the details. >> reporter: as the final whistle blew, thousands poured onto the field. they started chasing these players in red from cairo's al ahly club who, along with their fans, fled in fear.
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al ahly is the top team in egypt and had just been beaten 3-1 by the home team in white, al masry. more and more masry fans rushed onto the field. fights broke out. flares were thrown. thick flames sprung up around the stadium. the health ministry said most of the dead and more than 1,000 injured received blows to the head. >> translator: where's the security forces? where's the police? you cannot call this a game of football. >> reporter: it was the deadliest day in egypt since the revolution a year ago that toppled president hosni mubarak. sportscasters were stunned and emotional as they heard the news. soccer rivalries and violence in egypt are nothing new. but many immediately tie it to the country's ongoing political turmoil. ahly fans, known as ultras, have been involved in the country's revolutionary protests and riots since the beginning. they're notoriously anti-police, who many say stood by and let the violence happen.
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but whatever the origins, the fear now is that the death toll and violence will grow. alex marquardt, abc news, tel aviv. >> just a stunning scene out there. the military is the group that called for this three-day mourning period here. hopefully some calm will eventually prevail out of the chaos you just saw. >> so they were throwing a lot of stones and chased players and fans from that rival team. we read that some of the deaths were -- a lot of the deaths, actually, were from blunt trauma to the head. so you can just only imagine what's going on down there on the scene. >> and the death toll will surely rise, unfortunately. well, strict security measures are being put in place for sunday's super bowl in indianapolis. homeland security secretary janet napolitano was in indianapolis to detail those measures. fans are told not to bring anything to the stadium that could disrupt the game. that includes umbrellas, camcorders, and even those vuvuzelas, those horns that made so much noise at the world cup. and a no-fly zone will be in effect near the stadium.
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another big news story this morning, a southern california nuclear plant is now shut down this morning after a possible radiation leak. the san onofre plant provides electricity to about 14 million customers. a spokesman for the nrc says a small amount of radioactive gas could have escaped but that it posed no danger to the public. now they want to know why a system installed just over a year ago has now malfunctioned. workers at american airlines are facing tough times now that the company says it wants to cut thousands of jobs and dump their pension plan. the news hits especially hard at the company's texas headquarters. wfaa's jason whitely reports from dallas. >> reporter: 33,000 men and women keep american airlines moving on the ground. now the airline wants to cut more than one fourth of those jobs. for jay sleeman they're not jobs, they're his co-workers. >> that's the sad part about it, is it's going to be your neighbor, it's going to be somebody at church. it's going to be somebody that
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you're -- a customer of yours at a store. >> reporter: sleeman has worked at american for 24 years. his dad did too. he's seen the proposal that eliminates 8,800 ground workers and mechanics and wonders what the airline is thinking. the transport workers union says it gave back more than 30% of salary and benefits in 2003 to keep american flying. union members hope the loyalty would be repaid this time around, but it wasn't. flight attendants called their 2,300 layoffs betrayal. >> i can only tell them the cuts they're talking about are in relation to this term sheet and this is not a term sheet that we would ever agree to. >> reporter: pilots lose 400 jobs. but sleeman will lose hundreds of friends. and he wishes american would see that. >> they don't put names. they don't put faces on the situation. all they're going to do is they're going to do a math formula and at the end of the day they're going to say this money slides over here and this money slides over that. >> so 13,000, which doesn't include the layoffs to its
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commuter airline, which is american eagle. so the total number of layoffs, rob, could be more like 15,000 to 20,000. >> that's a huge blow to the industry. and all this kind of comes on the heels, too, of a lot of merger talk between the airlines in terms of this group plus us air and delta. not quite sure yet who's going to merge with who, but that clearly is coming down the pike a little bit. a lot of changes. and unfortunately, more layoffs is not the news we want to hear. sign of the times. switching gears now, mississippi's highest court will hear legal challenges now to those controversial pardons granted by the state's outgoing governor. former governor haley barbour, as you may remember, sparked a lot of outrage among victims' groups by pardoning dozens of people including killers and rapists. the state attorney general argues, though, that the pardons were illegal because the governor did not give 30 days' advance notice. scientists are calling this another example of global warming. we want you to look at this long vertical crack in a glacier in antarctica. a nasa flight captured it late last year.
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now, it may look small to the human eye, but it's actually 18 miles long, about 260 feet wide, and nearly 200 feet deep. and because of that nasa says it could create an iceberg bigger than new york city in the next few months. >> think about it. an iceberg bigger than new york city. that's unfathomable. wow. and speaking of that, a potent snowstorm is now moving through the rockies and great plains from this afternoon through saturday. it's pretty normal, of course, for this time of year. unlike, though, the record warm that's been hitting much of the country and that epic winter that's now slamming both europe and asia. with more on this weird string of weather, here's abc's sam champion. >> reporter: in europe it's a full-fledged crisis. parts of eastern europe are experiencing colder temperatures than they have seen in a century of recordkeeping. in ukraine as cold as 20 degrees below zero. rivers are frozen, blocking shipping. roads and rails also shut down. at least 80 people have died across europe. and more than 700 have been
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hospitalized for hypothermia or frostbite. in japan cold and snow is also a headline. snow drifts more than ten feet tall. at least 50 people there have died, and many have been buried by snow falling off their roofs. the jet stream is keeping the u.s. warm while chilling europe and asia. in north america the jet has been acting like a fence all winter, keeping the arctic air out. but in europe it's now drifting south, bringing with it frigid temperatures. back in the u.s. what a difference a year makes. chicago just finished the warmest january in 80 years. this was chicago just a year ago. hundreds of people trapped in their cars on lakeshore drive as the city was slammed by one of the worst winter storms in its history. according to noaa, our government's forecasters, the unusual warmth in this country continues through february. sam champion, abc news, new york. >> that blizzard, i was in it last year. third worst in the city's history. >> unbelievable. don't forget today is actually
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groundhog day as well. we'll know whether punxsutawney phil will see his shadow, we'll get six more weeks of winter or -- >> no shadow. no shadow. >> you would think no shadow and the way the weather's going we'd get some spring sooner than later. so no shadow. please. >> i remember a mild february like this and then we just got hammered till april. >> really? you were drinking heavy? >> this was in college. no, the weather. hammered by snow. >> misread that. >> your mind's always going there. >> here's your thursday forecast, everybody. some late-day blizzard-like conditions from the northern rockies to denver. gusty winds, hail. also a chance of tornadoes from oklahoma city to dallas. thunderstorms in houston and new orleans. heavy morning fog in the upper midwest as some showers from west virginia to d.c. >> nearly 50 here in new york. 67 atlanta. kansas city 62. chicago 46. 50s in the pacific northwest. 68 in phoenix. well, we love these stories here on the show for good reason, too. a soldier comes home from overseas to the surprise of a loved one.
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and this one is kind of fun as well. >> a whole lot of fun. sergeant james reynolds had been sending pictures of jeffrey the giraffe from afghanistan back to his daughters in connecticut. and jeffrey himself arrived at the school of 10-year-old kaitlin reynolds just in time. >> just in time, that is, for the big reunion between kaitlin and her dad. got to love that moment when she sees him walking in the room. the big hug. dad called it all perfect. he also surprised kaitlin's big sister in her high school class as well. >> those kind of moments are priceless, bring a tear to my eye. >> and actually we'll see more of these in the next couple of months because they're bringing home the troops from afghanistan about 18 months early as well. we'll get into that later in the show as well. but for now, we'll be back with more right after this. ♪ surprise, surprise, surprise ♪ surprise, surprise, surprise ♪ well, surprise, surprise ♪ open your eyes
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welcomck, ev welcome back, everyone. the tanning business is a huge business. there are more tanning salons in america than there are starbucks. can you believe that? >> that's a staggering statistic. more tanning salons than starbucks in this country. >> now a recently released congressional report is accusing those tanning salons of deception. something you won't find at starbucks. >> not at all. we will show you now some abc news tapes of salon employees luring kids into tanning beds and under those lights. here's jim avila. >> reporter: it's part of the come-on, promises of a safe tan indoors under the lights. >> it's the same as being outside. if you got a sunburn in here, it wouldn't be as bad. >> reporter: this "20/20" investigation caught on tape exactly what congress said is happening at 90% of the salons they investigated. blatant denials that these tanning machines can be harmful. in fact, most falsely claimed indoor tanning is actually good for you. >> it produces a lot of vitamin
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d, makes your bones strong. >> tanning beds are brightly lit cancer-causing coffins, plain and simple. >> reporter: in fact, indoor tanning under the lights, says the world health organization, is just as dangerous as inhaling asbestos, swallowing arsenic, or smoking. in america melanoma is the leading cancer killer for women in their 20s. deadlier than lung cancer. >> it was terrifying. >> reporter: becky casone started hitting the salons during her high school years in ohio, competing with friends for best tan. eventually going two and three times a week before melanoma struck, leaving her with a lesion on her thigh. >> did you think it was safe at the time? >> one salon owner said that he had bulbs that would not cause skin cancer. >> reporter: not true. and nearly two years ago the fda's own experts along with pediatricians and dermatologists recommended a ban on indoor tanning for minors. but the tanning lobbyists have spent nearly $500,000 since, defending the industry's health claims, and so far no fda action.
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>> by not acting the fda is allowing young people to be exposed to an agent that causes cancer. >> reporter: the industry said most of its workers are trained not to overclaim. but critics say no matter what you're told at the salon -- >> it's up to you. you could come every day if you want. you just can't tan two times in one day. >> reporter: -- there is no safe indoor tan. a lesson becky casone, who no longer leaves the house without a floppy hat, learned the hard way. jim avila, abc news, washington. >> and among women in their 20s melanoma is up 50% since the 1980s. >> scary. get this, of the 300 salons the congressional investigator reached out to, 90% of them, 90% told customers there were no dangers with indoor tanning. don't believe that hype. don't believe the "jersey shore" kids. be careful. >> just spray tan if you want to get a tan. >> exactly. coming up, something's invading california. you can barely see it. >> the citrus crop is at risk.
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and so are the prices you could pay for fruit. that story's next. and so are the prices you could pay for fruit. that story's next.
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hey, paula. hey, paula. happy anniversary. >> rob, i'm a little busy right now. >> i'm talking about the 20th anniversary. >> can't you see i'm busy? we've got a newscast to do in a little bit. >> come on. 20 years live overnight news. fun, smart, a little bit of attitude. >> now i know what you're talking about. the 20th anniversary of "world news now." we should do a promo. >> now you're seeing the whole picture. >> and that's a great line to use in the promo. >> we need a promo. big one! >> we do need a promo. >> hey. promo. >> this has been the abc "world news now" 20th anniversary promo. sleep is overrated. we should stick to -- >> somebody call the emmy committee. we were very convincing in that. the big boys at abc. this show has a promo now. we've come a long way. >> i know. a really long way. >> i forgot to say to you
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yesterday happy one-month anniversary on the show. you started january 3rd. >> where's my cupcake? >> i ate it. sorry about that. actually, you know, we couldn't afford it because we spent all of it on the promo. sorry about that. next year. >> i feel like we're finally on the 25-man roster, though, right? >> yes. >> but we're still pinch-hitting. we're still on the bench. yes. now we turn to a tiny bug that's causing some big problems out in southern california. an invasive insect could cripple the state's nearly $2 billion citrus industry. >> kabc's leticia juarez shows us what this bug can do and what farmers are doing to fight it. >> reporter: the insect, the asian citrus psyllid can spread a citrus disease known as citrus greening, threatens california's billion-dollar citrus industry because there is no cure for it. once a tree has been infected with the bacteria from the insect, the only option is to destroy the tree. >> it causes the trees to drop the leaves. and the leaves will turn a mottled yellow. the fruit will become misshapen
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and bitter. and you can't sell that fruit at that point. >> reporter: the psyllid's discovery in the inland empire has prompted an all-out attack with insecticides. a quarantine mandates that all fruit shipped out of the area must be free of stems and leaves. the disease carried by the asian citrus psyllid has not been spotted in california yet but cities like redlands are drawing a line in the sand to put an end to it. last month, the city-owned grove tested positive for the insect. on tuesday redlands city council members approved a $38,000 measure to squash the citrus pest in its tracks. >> we have a fire management company that's going to go ahead and as a result of last night's council action is going to go ahead and proceed to treat all of the approximately 200 acres of citrus that the city owns and operates. >> reporter: commercial growers aren't the only ones under threat. households are also being told to be on the lookout for the insect in back yard trees. leticia juarez, abc news. >> ooh. they can do a lot of damage.
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one female can lay up to 800 eggs in a lifetime. >> be careful out there picking orange juice for the staff in the morning. >> love me some citrus. picking orange juice for the staff in the morning. >> love me some citrus.
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♪ ♪ ♪ i see a paradise ♪ this world that i found ♪ is too good to be true ♪ standing here beside you ♪ want so much to love you >> oh, sorry, i messed it up. ♪ in my heart that i'm feeling for you ♪ >> somebody call the grammy committee -- ♪ let them say we're crazy >> whoa! >> i love that song. >> that's a flash back. ♪ don't ever look >> all right. there are cats in the studio. remember that, of course. that little flash from the past there. kim cattrall before we knew her as samantha jones of course from "sex and the city." well, we actually played that little movie clip and got paula to sing that -- >> love it. >> -- because it sets up our next story very well about a mannequin repair shop. yes, there is such a thing. >> it's essentially an emergency
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room for mannequins in houston. ktrk's katie mccall brings us out on a limb to bring us this story. ♪ standing there beside you >> our goal is to put it back like it was originally. >> reporter: timber childress is a trauma surgeon for mannequins. >> i guess that's the mother in me, to fix things that are broken. >> reporter: piece by piece the 80-year-old patiently brings beauty back to mannequins that could have landed in landfills. her customers range from department stores to art collectors. this patient is sadie. she's 40 years old, sent from virginia. >> this is an old mannequin. but they want to keep the face. >> reporter: childress is one of the only people in the world who can save her. >> we're going to make her pretty. she's on her way. >> reporter: she and her daughter sherry are carrying on a 65-year-old business started by timber's late husband. they know every make and model and own 4,000 mannequins themselves. but their favorites are the older ones no longer in production.
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>> it's the old ones with the -- even though their faces are not beautiful sometimes, but they still have class. they are just a breed to themselves. you know, the older ones are no longer being made like the new ones are. >> these were made in china. a little bit thinner. come on. this is a cranston. and he's made much better. he's going to last a lot longer. and i can repair him for the next 50 years. >> reporter: a good mannequin can cost $1,200 new, refurbished $400. but they say this business is not about the money. >> it's a miracle how bad they can come in and how great they can leave. ♪ and we can build this thing together ♪ >> give it to me. ♪ standing strong forever >> come on. >> sing it, paula. ♪ nothing's gonna stop us now ♪ and if this world runs out
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this morning on "world news now" -- nuclear scare. the malfunction at a southern california power plant leads to a major investigation. >> the big safety questions about this plant in the middle of an earthquake zone where millions of people live. it's thursday, february 2nd. and good thursday morning, everyone. i'm paula faris. >> and i'm rob nelson. ever since the earthquake and nuclear disaster in japan, nuclear plants here in the u.s. have been under the microscope big-time. the latest problem now is a small leak at a plant out in california. >> also this morning, what we could learn from facebook now that mark zuckerberg put his huge company up for a public stock offering. it's the biggest financial move
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in the tech industry in years. and by biggest we mean big, billions. >> the amount of money involved in this transaction is absolutely staggering. >> yeah. >> i have some numbers i'm going to share that will blow your mind here. rich guys. all you need to know. also later this half hour, the police vehicle of the future has just three wheels. nasa engineers who developed it say it's safer than a motorcycle and goes places that cars simply cannot. >> kind of sweet-looking, isn't it? >> look at that. interesting little ride there. >> three-wheeling. >> that's intimidating, though, pulling you over. but it looks cool. >> you could probably just outrace him. >> exactly. on foot. >> yes. but first, crews are working to fix a leak at the nuclear plant in southern california. officials say there was never any danger, though. >> still, though, the plant is under new scrutiny because the leak actually occurred in a part that was practically brand new. abc's david wright reports from san onofre. >> reporter: officials say the radiation leak likely occurred
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in the steam generator tubes of san onofre's reactor number 3. >> no danger to the public. no danger to our workers. >> did any radiation leak out? >> if there was any leakage at all, it would have been so minor. >> reporter: that steam system, which is supposed to be shielded from any exposure to radiation, was replaced in december 2010. so the question is why did those parts fail now? >> it could be a mechanical issue due to new equipment. there was also a possibility that the equipment was defective, that this is a harbinger of more problems. >> reporter: san onofre is one of dozens of u.s. reactors facing new scrutiny after japan's nuclear crisis. right on the coast in the heart of america's earthquake country. just next door to the marine corps's west coast hub camp pendleton. we came here the day the fukushima daiichi plant in japan melted down. plant officials were eager to reassure the public the same thing could not happen here. >> is this plant safe? >> absolutely, this plant is
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safe. >> reporter: after japan the nuclear regulatory commission updated its seismic model. and in a report issued found that 96 reactors in the central and southern u.s. are in regions at higher risk of a quake than previously thought. major metropolitan areas are uncomfortably close to major nuclear power plants. indian point, just outside new york city, 20 million people live in a 50-mile radius. dresden, just 50 miles from the heavily populated suburbs of chicago. >> if we don't make them shut it down, it's going to be too late. we can't wait for the nrc. we can't wait for the government. >> reporter: now, it is essential to underscore that it is not clear that this event had anything to do with earthquakes. it's likely just faulty equipment. and plant officials are reassuring the public and their workers that there's no danger whatsoever. however, after what happened in japan, people are understandably nervous. david wright, abc news, at the san onofre nuclear power station
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in southern california. >> again, the danger here is -- seems to be minimal, and they didn't have to -- there are no supply problems out there with this hit. but you can imagine with so many major population centers near these plants, what tragically could happen one day if a big one should strike. it's frightening. >> including a very large military base in the area of san onofre. >> it really is scary. in other news this morning, three days of mourning are now under way in egypt following a fatal stampede of soccer fans. this all took place after the home team won an upset victory over egypt's top club. get this, at least 74 people were actually killed, hundreds more injured. afterward, many fans and players accused security forces of just standing by and doing nothing as that violence erupted. u.s. combat troops could leave afghanistan by the end of next year under a new military withdrawal plan. the original deadline in all this was 2014. meaning this new plan gets troops home earlier about 18 months. defense secretary leon panetta says once combat troops come home the u.s. will maintain a
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training and advisory role in that country for at least another year. the plant is similar to the one used when the u.s. ended its military involvement in iraq. the president, of course, will make the final decision. and we want to tell you again about that recall of birth control pills. pfizer has recalled about 1 million packets of lo/ovral 28 and its generic equivalent because some of the pills are not in the correct order. that means some women could become pregnant. but the drug company stressed that only about 30 packets were affected out of the million being recalled. and there's a lot of finger pointing going on stemming from a decision about funding for breast cancer screenings. the controversy exploded after planned parenthood said that it's losing grants for those screenings from the susan g. komen foundation. that's the organization behind so many breast cancer fund-raising events. planned parenthood is also the leading u.s. abortion provider. it is accusing the komen foundation of succumbing to pressure from anti-abortion
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activists. the komen foundation claims its decision is solely based on newly adopted criteria for how it issues grants. >> i have a feeling we've not heard the end of that debate. all right. well, chalk up one for the consumer because this is the case of a woman in southern california who has scored a legal victory against car maker honda. heather peters won a small claims suit against the auto giant in a case in which she claimed that she was misled about the potential fuel economy of her hybrid car. and get this, a judge awarded her nearly 10,000 bucks, much more than the company was offering in a settlement. honda says, though, as expected, it will appeal that ruling. but that can pave the way for a lot of folks to do the same. not getting the miles they were promised. >> i don't think i've ever had a vehicle where it got the miles that it claimed. but then again, i am a little bit of a lead foot. >> oh, really? >> mm-hmm. >> explains a lot. after months of anticipation facebook has finally announced its plans to go public. >> and that has all led to a guessing game about what the
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stock symbol might be. f.b. perhaps? some say that's a little too obvious. >> a little obvious. >> but with more than $100 billion on the line here, abc's diana alvear is joining us from l.a. with more on this. hey, diana. >> reporter: rob and paula, good morning. let me ask you a question. what were you doing when you were 27 years old? well, chances are you were not filing an ipo for your company worth billions. any news about facebook tends to be big. but it doesn't get much bigger than this. a $5 billion initial public offering. it's the largest ipo ever for an internet company. eclipsing the record set by google of 1.9 billion in 2004. and this is just the beginning. now that analysts are getting their first look at the inner workings of facebook. >> we know it's a profitable company, but we haven't known how much. >> i know it's a private company. how much profit? how much income? >> we're not going to answer that question. that's the advantage of being a private company.
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>> reporter: ceo mark zuckerberg's already reportedly worth $24 billion. the ipo could catapult the 27-year-old tycoon to even more staggering levels of wealth. and about 1,000 of his employees will make millions as well. going public was bound to be profitable. so why now? blame the s.e.c. its regulations require facebook to disclose certain financial information because it currently has more than 500 investors. so zuckerberg chose to go all the way with an ipo. some say the company could end up being worth between $75 billion and $100 billion. now, bear in mind facebook stock won't be traded for a while. perhaps not even until may. that's when we're going to get a much more accurate picture of what this company is really worth. rob, paula? time to call your stock broker. >> ain't that the truth. >> hold on. >> yeah, call him. actually, f.b. will be the
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official stock symbol for those looking to get involved here. but the numbers are staggering. 845 million monthly active users as of december of last year. that's up 39%. daily active users, including one right here, 483 million. that's up almost 50%. you can't even describe what a monster this thing has become, facebook. it is staggering. >> all right. well, here's your thursday money forecast. is it money in your neck of the woods? denver braces for the biggest storm of the season tonight with nearly a foot of snow. stormy around oklahoma city, houston, and new orleans. showers in the d.c. area. heavy morning fog around minneapolis, des moines, and peoria. by the way, my financial guy is not up in the middle of the night. >> oh, really? loser. >> yeah. >> 43 in detroit, 55 in omaha, near 40 in beantown. 82 to our friends in miami. 70s in new orleans and the big "d." >> that's right. well, pink floyd sang about it back in their heyday, and now nasa is showing it to us for the very first time. we're talking of course about the dark side of the moon. >> one of nasa's spacecraft up there took these images on a flyby -- on flyby of the side of the moon that we usually don't see here on earth.
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they say the surface is pretty rugged and pocketed with craters that are a result of asteroids hitting the surface. >> you floyd fans will know what we mean when we say that sure looks like the great gig in the sky. and listening to pink floyd makes me want to sit back and relax and chill. >> isn't that the album you play backwards and it's supposed to be the soundtrack to "wizard of oz"? am i thinking about the right thing? remember that? >> i thought it was something else. >> "dark side of the moon"? i thought it was -- you know what? i'll put it out on facebook and see -- >> let's do our newscast backwards. >> it would probably make more sense at this hour. we'll be back after this. ♪ ♪ starts playing different tunes ♪ ♪ i'll see you on the dark side of the moon ♪
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hey,, ha hey, paula, happy anniversary. >> rob, i'm a little busy right now. >> i'm talking about the 20th anniversary. >> can't you see i'm busy? we've got a newscast to do in a little bit. >> oh, come on now. 20 years live overnight news. fun, smart. a little bit of attitude. >> now i know what you're talking about. the 20th anniversary of "world news now." and we should do a promo. >> now you're seeing the whole picture. >> and that's a great line to use in the promo. >> we need a promo. big one. >> we do need a promo. hey. >> promo! >> this has been the abc "world news now" 20th anniversary promo. sleep is overrated. >> you know what we need? we just need more cowbell. >> we need more cowbell. i can't wait till the oscar nominations come out next year because clearly we're going to get a nod for that promo. but move over, big boys. we finally got a promo. thank you to our colleagues at abc for that. >> and we're on the wall of -- >> for those of you who don't know, in our lobby downstairs in our big abc building here on the upper west side we have a wall of stars. you see katie couric, the cast from "gma" and david muir, george stephanopoulos. well, right there in the middle now, this happened just earlier
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this week, bam. look at the latest additions to the wall. rob and paula. >> finally -- we're finally in the family photo. >> we're finally there. from off the kids' table to the adult table. >> all because of your loyal viewership. so thank you. >> thank you very much for that. it feels good. remind people we're still on the air, still in the building. >> we're actually on the roster now. >> we are. some good news for nasa. when the shuttle program closed in cape canaveral, florida it put a whole lot of engineers out of work. >> so one engineer decided to work on something a little new, designing a high-tech police car of the future. wfts reporter brad davis brings us up to -- >> -- speed. >> there you go. >> lift-off of space shuttle "atlantis." >> reporter: once the space shuttle was launched for the last time, many employees at nasa were left without an outlet for their talents. now some have quit looking toward the sky and hope to find a creative avenue for their skills back on the ground. it's called the treycicle, a prototype three-wheeled vehicle that's being offered as a safer alternative to law enforcement
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motorcycles. >> instead of dealing with trying to fix the problem, you have to fix the solution. and the solution is to develop a frame which is going to provide additional protection for motorcycle riders. >> reporter: and there's no shortage of qualified workers on the space coast wanting to be a part of the project. >> over the last year, with so many nasa engineers being out of work over that period, there's been an influx of those coming into the shop. >> reporter: with the frame providing 360 degrees protection for the rider and a kevlar strength body, designers feel like it's a perfect fit for the future. unlike a conventional motorcycle, the prototype has two recumbent seats. >> would our department use them? >> reporter: a member of the tampa police motorcycle squad looked over the futuristic vehicle and relayed his thoughts in private to the designers. with stability, speed, and increased protection for its riders, the prototype may have a future somewhere in law enforcement. exactly where and when remain to be seen.
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brad davis, abc news. >> pretty cool car there. i like that. >> put some siren lights on that thing. >> and let it go. actually, 1,000 jobs were lost in florida when the space shuttle program stopped. so good to see that back. >> and i am behind the wheel because of that study that women are better drivers than men. at least we're better at parking the car. >> there should be another graphic of you crashing. >> i think i'm actually parallel parking right there. trying to get out of the car. >> excited for some donuts. >> that's right. time for some donuts. it's also time for a couple of other things in "the skinny." >> yeah. including this one. daniel radcliffe of "harry potter" fame, of course, is talking about hair. but not harry. >> and gwyneth paltrow is putting some extra skin in "the skinny." it's all next.
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h. ♪ skinny ♪ skinny ♪ so skinny unfortunately, we start out "the skinny" on a sad note this morning. it was hard to -- it's kind of a sad twist of irony a little bit. on the first day of black history month we lose kind of a -- this african-american cultural icon, don cornelius passed away yesterday. at the age of 75 out in
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california. of an apparent suicide attempt, to make things even more -- a little more sad in all this. but just the thing we should remember today is just what a cultural phenomenon the show "soul train" was after it premiered back in 19 -- august of 1970. he was the host until '93. and some of the biggest names in music came through there. james brown, aretha franklin, gladys knight, stevie wonder, smokey robinson, elton john, david bowie, name them, they were all on that show. and the doors he opened for black music, for black entertainment, but really across the country and people of all races who loved that show. >> loved that show. >> it was a cultural launching pad. you can't tell me you haven't been to at least one party or one wedding where they've busted out a "soul train" line. don, you did a lot of good for a lot of people. rest in peace, my friend. whatever led you to what you did, that's between you and wherever you are right now. what you did here on earth, we thank you. >> mm-hmm. well, gwyneth paltrow, she's got legs. that's for sure. in the recent edition of "harper's bazaar" she's showing
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off her little -- her gams. and she also reveals a little bit about her marriage to coldplay front man chris martin. of course lots of rumors, years past, that they've been on the rocks. but she says he's very communicative. she doesn't -- they don't plan on getting divorced anytime soon. she's like, i do think you fall in and out of love and you just keep going and every time you go through a really hard phase you discover something new and it gets better. she says, we've been married eight years now, and we're still into it. so they're sticking together. why wouldn't you if you've got legs like that? why would he ever leave? >> does nothing for me. don't get it. >> she's beautiful. >> eh. daniel radcliffe of "harry potter" fame kind of gave a very interesting interview here because we have talked about the term manscaping or whatever. he just kind of busted it out there and said you know what, i don't do a lot of maintenance down there, i just kind of let nature do what it does. and he says he also doesn't even like women who overly scape -- >> womanscape. >> he says it's kind of creepy if there's nothing down there. he says for whatever reason because of a link to his new movie he decided to share this deeply personal information about his nether regions.
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call. let's go to the replay. the refs say the winner is new england by a nose. in all, five different kinds of animals will make their picks. what do the turtles say? well, we'll check back. pecha the tiger also picked the patriots on this day, much to the disappointment of the crowd. >> oh. not that one. >> no. oh, come on. >> reporter: the meerkats make their predictions the same way the tigers do. but they'll choose from two different boxes filled with crickets and other insects, instead of boxes filled with meat. even underwater animals will have their say. each day divers wearing each team's hat will offer food. whoever gets the most cow nose rays to bite wins. >> do you want peyton manning's brother to win? yeah? i think we want eli's team to win, huh? >> which one is the smartest animal? who should we trust the most? >> you could trust the elephant. >> you think so?
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>> elephants remember everything. >> reporter: tobby the elephant had her game face on when she picked up her paint brush and chose the easel done in the logo of the colts' arch-rivals. as for those turtles, nope, still not moving. only time will tell if these animal instincts will be right. >> i think they all have a 50-50 chance of picking it right. >> all right, little fella. well, get this, too. there apparently right now is a three-point spread in the game in favor of the pats. right now. you're going to the pats. that's music to your ears. >> i'm going with the patriots. >> i'm going with the giants. and of course their new orleans native quarterback eli manning. i love throwing that in there. there we are. >> cheaper by the dozen. actually, that was my husband's number in college playing basketball. 12. >> 12? really? >> tip of the cap to him. >> oh, see? i thought that was the number of
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