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ll the big money behind santorum's super pac here. and later santorum, kind of like you said, making a little distance, saying he's a good man or what have you but it was a stupid joke for his supporter to tell like that. >> i've heard that joke a lot. back in the day. what's the best form of contraception? just keep something between your legs. so i've heard that -- >> saying that as a joke and in the presidential campaign very different things, though. >> when it's coming from a donor. >> here's a look at weather, everybody. showers in orlando, southern georgia, and mobile, alabama. some downpours and thunderstorms in much of texas to new orleans. snow in new mexico's mountains and in the northern rockies and cascades. flurries in minneapolis and michigan's upper peninsula. >> the u-pers. 50s and mild in the northeast. upper 40s in chicago. indianapolis. fargo 37, 44 in colorado springs. and 67 in phoenix. well, we don't like to admit this, but sometimes reports from some of our news colleagues aren't always the most interesting or exciting, and
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that's when a screw-up on live tv can perk things up. >> we wouldn't know anything about that, would we? so take this business news update from cbc in canada. look to the top right of your screen. the woman entering that picture. she's walking, she's texting, and down she goes. and down she goes again because we're going to put this on a continuous loop, right? how many of us have ever been there, though? >> texting. distracted texting can be bad. i've almost walked into light poles. i've tripped on the sidewalk. i mean, it is a serious -- >> it's a problem. >> it's funny when it's not you, i guess. i hope she's okay. >> she is. she's fine. >> be careful, folks. be careful. all right. we'll be right -- maybe she needs an aspirin. we'll be right back with more "world news now" after this. ♪ stupid girl ♪ ♪ stupid girl ♪ ♪ all you have you wasted ♪ ♪ all you have you wasted ♪ ♪ all youu wasted ♪
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♪ if don't matter if you're ♪ if don't matter if you're black or white ♪ a great song choice. well done, liz. here's a fact that some of us find it difficult to wrap your head around. get this. it was just 45 years ago, 45 years, that the supreme court struck down this nation's ban on interracial marriage. >> it's crazy to think there was ever a ban on interracial marriage. >> this country has a long history. >> and some new statistics show just how many couples are getting hitched without regard to the color of their skin. that's great to hear. abc's linsey davis has the details. >> reporter: this new data from the pew research center just might support the idea that love really is colorblind. >> as the country has become more diverse, kind of old taboos and old biases, if you will, have melted away. we see this very clearly in particular among younger adults. >> reporter: and it's those in their 20s and 30s who are most accepting of interracial dating and marriage. about 1 in 6 couples who got
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married in 2010 were across racial lines. in 1980 only 3% of marriages were interracial. it all started with mildred and richard loving, who got married in 1958, only to be arrested five weeks later because she was black and he was white. the lovings' story debuted this week on hbo, about the landmark case that went all the way to the supreme court. >> that is the right of richard and mildred loving to wake up in the morning or to go to sleep at night knowing that the sheriff will not be knocking on their door. >> reporter: in 1967 the justices ruled in favor of ending race-based legal restrictions on marriage. and that same year -- >> mom. this is john. >> reporter: -- sydney poitier starred in this groundbreaking drama, "guess who's coming to dinner," about a parent's acceptance of an interracial couple. and now nearly 50 years later? >> it's clearly a case where the
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behavior and the attitude reinforce each other. so the more commonplace racial intermarriage becomes, the more accepting the public becomes. >> reporter: the boundaries of marriage are clearly changing. no longer quite so black and white. linsey davis, abc news, new york. >> it's only been 45 years subjects that ruling came down but it is heartening to see the progress society has made. things to change. things do evolve in time. >> but it sounds like primarily this was something that had to be overturned in south years and years ago, this case, this loving versus virginia. >> right. >> just great to see the progress. very, very refreshing. >> absolutely. love is love at the end of the day. >> yes, it is. >> keep that in mind. when we come back, mothers making a big fashion statement on the runway. >> and what a statement they are making. you're watching "world news now." you strut your stuff, girl. you go. making. you're watching "world news now." you strut your stuff, girl. you go. wowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowo
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well, it's all over here in the big apple. another fashion week has come and gone, and finally rob can get some sleep. thank you for the louis vuitton heels and -- >> yeah. i am not a fashion dude. i don't know how that whole world works. god bless those folks. one of the last major events didn't feature skinny mini models in clothes and wears. it was all about moms, in fact, who were the real stars of the show. ♪ as your shadow crosses mine ♪ >> being able to bring real fashion to real women at the end of the fashion week was just something that sang out to me. for the retailers it's so important for the industry to be able to have that instant gratification for the consumer. so what better than to have moms show up in real clothing, real bodies, and to strut the runway? >> everybody jumped on board, actually. and everyone wants in next time. so i think we're going to be in a really good position to really grow this brand called strut, the fashionable mom show. we're excited about it. >> with motherhood, you know, your focus sometimes shifts.
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and so it's really important to still put yourself together during the day because that will make you feel better and carry you. >> top designer brands. 20 real moms on the runway. and all fashion that's available in stores right now. comfort is key. but you can be comfortable and pulled together. ♪ >> i'm 37 weeks pregnant. so i'm getting ready, you know, to give birth any moment. and was hesitant at first, feeling so big and swollen. but you know, this is real. this is what moms are. and what a great opportunity to be able to show that to other moms. >> everybody that was chosen to walk is a social media mom. we had about 18 women sitting in the twitterazzi area that were also chosen for that reason. they also became the untraditional media of the event. so social media has given moms a platform, and we're natural communicators. so you can put those two things together and you can see why
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social has exploded. >> the show itself totally on par with everything else i saw at fashion week. i refuse to sacrifice my style for motherhood. so fashion is really important to me. i've always had a passion for fashion. and just because i'm a mom, you know, i live in new york city. i never felt for a second that i was going to trade my lubitans for flats. >> pulling together does not apply to one group of women. it applies to all of us. you feel better about yourself. and i'm telling you your kids will appreciate it, your husband will appreciate it. just pulled together. little bit of makeup. little bit of a hair done. if nothing works, put sunglasses, red lipstick on, a little bit of a heel and go. ♪ you look lovely as can be ♪ ♪ are you lonely just like me ♪ >> aw. >> a celebration of motherhood. >> it is. it's so important, too, because after you have kids you just -- you know, at least me, you feel
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a little frumpy, not as attractive as you once were. so this is great. it's a great way to honor moms. >> we found one of your pics from back in the day. >> yeah, that was when i was three months pregnant. just imagine what i looked like when i was nine months. >> that was when i was three months pregnant. just imagine what i looked like when i was nine months. dad used. and me... discovering once-daily levemir flexpen. flexpen is prefilled. doesn't need refrigeration for up to 42 days. no drawing from a vial. dial the exact dose. inject by pushing a button. flexpen is insulin delivery my way. levemir is long acting insulin used to control high blood sugar in adults and children with diabetes. do not take if your blood sugar is too low. tell your health care provider about all medicines you take and all of your medical conditions including if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. the most common side effect is low blood sugar. other possible side effects include reactions at the injection site. get medical help right away if you experience serious allergic reactions body rash, trouble with breathing fast heartbeat or sweating. with flexpen, say good night to vial
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>> announcer: "world news now" delivers your "morning papers." ladies, you're not going to believe this one. a turkish woman who's had kidney problems for years needed a kidney transplant. and so she ended up getting the transplant from her husband's mistress. so now she has the mistress's blood and the kidney in her body and says "we have shared blood, we have shared my husband, and now we are sharing kidneys." and she thanks her husband and the mistress. and the husband met the mistress while at the hospital with the wife while the wife was getting treatment. ladies, discuss amongst yourselves. >> so she didn't have to kill her first to get the kidney? >> no. you would assume that but no. it's a gracious wife. whoo. >> yes, very gracious.
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very forgiving. cheaterville.com is the website where you can go to find philanderers and pictures of infidels basically. >> you know it well. >> come on. >> joking. >> well, the website's founder is good friends with the mayor of bucyrus, ohio. which is a small city in ohio. he's offering that small city a million dollars to rename the city cheaterville. okay? they say it will help financing for new schools, community centers. ironically, bucyrus is currently one of the only cities in the u.s. that doesn't have a cheater posted on cheaterville. one of the lowest infidelity rates in america. >> what's the town saying? >> no comment from the town at this moment. >> a million bucks, though. >> a million bucks. what do you think? would you do it? >> no. they need the money, though. i thought l.a. was cheaterville. >> make it rain. >> here's your friday polka. ♪ politics and foreign wars ♪ ♪ all the weather, all the scores ♪ ♪ that's the world news polka ♪ ♪ tapes that roll in way too slow ♪ ♪ stuff you saw on koppel's show ♪ ♪ that's the world news polka ♪
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n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n this morning on "world news now," deadly scene. a developing story this morning from southern california after fatal gunshots ring out in a federal building near l.a. >> three people were shot, and federal immigration agents are among the victims. it is friday february 17th. and good friday morning, everybody. i'm rob nelson. >> and i'm paula faris. that shooting at the federal building in long beach, california last night claimed at least one life, and we are learning that it involves immigrations agents. investigators are trying to sort out this entire frightening ordeal. again, this is developing. but as of now an agent firing
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shots at a superior, and the gunman is dead. >> you really have to wonder what possibly could be the motivation. also this morning, as whitney houston's pharmacies and doctors get subpoenas from investigators, her fans and loved ones are getting ready for tomorrow's memorial service at her childhood church in newark, new jersey. it will be a sad but a truly star-studded farewell for the pop icon. and later this half hour, it's a bittersweet problem this winter. the mild weather is causing big problems for the maple syrup industry. what's happening to your favorite breakfast topping? we discuss that a little bit later on "world news now." >> indeed we will. we begin with that developing story out of southern california. >> two agents from the immigration and customs enforcement agency, or i.c.e., were shot. at least one of them is dead. a third agent was injured at the federal building shooting in downtown long beach.
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the fbi is leading the investigation. and investigators are trying to sort out these details. >> the situation began with what we can characterize as an incident of workplace violence involving two federal agents in their office space. when the incident escalated, one agent fired several rounds at the other agent, wounding him. the victim is currently hospitalized and in stable condition. at that time when that incident occurred another agent working nearby intervened and fired his weapon to prevent additional rounds being fired at the victim. this resulted in the death of the shooter. >> the names of those involved will not be released until later today. and now we turn to tomorrow's funeral in new jersey for whitney houston. among the high-profile stars expected there, oprah winfrey and stevie wonder. but meanwhile, her fans are of course being kept away. six square blocks around the church will be off limits as that service moves on. wabc's jeff begaze reports from newark. >> reporter: in the rain the work continued at new hope baptist church. preparations are well under way. one of music's most memorable voices will be eulogized here on saturday, exactly a week after
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her death. this whitney houston fan wants to be a part of it. >> it's devastating to everybody. >> are you going to come out here on saturday? >> i don't know. i would like to. it's my intention. >> reporter: but we learned that there will be tight security around the church, keeping the fans away. >> the inner perimeter of the church, which there will be no admission of anyone that's not invited to the service, will be approximately two blocks surrounding the church. >> reporter: the funeral is invitation-only, and it will be a star-studded event that will include houston's co-star from the movie "bodyguard," kevin costner, her friend and producer clive davis, as well as stevie wonder and houston's godmother, aretha franklin. also reportedly on the guest list, oprah. some fans feel shut out. >> i respect, you know, they want to have a private ceremony. it would have been nice if they could have put the thing out so the fans could see what was going on. >> reporter: whitney houston's fans are grieving as well, expressing their feelings by adding messages to this growing
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memorial. >> i felt like i lost a family member. >> reporter: there will be staging areas for fans, but they won't be anywhere near where the funeral is at the church. police here in newark telling fans to essentially stay home. jeff begaze, abc news, newark. >> and the fans should respect the family's wishes. it is their day, their time, for her friends and close family. i twhi all understand that. after such a public life and the way she died. >> and her ex bobby brown will be there. and later that night he is going to be performing with new edition. >> going back on the road. >> 8:00 that night, i believe in connecticut. >> interesting choice there. but again, that service tomorrow in newark. and probably the best way to watch it is they're going to stream it online. so that's probably the best way. if you want to catch it and be part of it, check it out that way. in addition to checking out the funeral tomorrow, also be on the lookout for tomorrow's special edition of "20/20" on the life and death of whitney houston. it is called "one moment in time." it will kick off at 9:00 p.m. eastern, 8:00 central.
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investigators near trenton, new jersey are trying to figure out what caused a deadly crash between a dump truck and a school bus full of children. among those on the bus, the 11-year-old triplet daughters of a new jersey state trooper. one of the girls died. the other two, along with an 11-year-old boy, are in critical condition. 17 other children were also injured in that accident. in other news this morning, the nigerian man known as the underwear bomber has now been sentenced to life in prison for trying to blow up a delta jet in detroit two years ago. for the first time we're getting a look at what would have happened had that christmas attack actually been carried out. more now from abc's pierre thomas. >> two, one -- >> reporter: this is how umar farouk abdulmutallab planned to kill himself and all 289 passengers on board a commercial flight over detroit on christmas day 2009. this fbi video was designed to show the true power of
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abdulmutallab's underwear bomb. watching the video at his sentencing abdulmutallab yelled in arabic, "god is great." and he said in the statement to the judge, "i am proud to kill in the name of god." >> the only thing that prevented the defendant from being successful that day was his own bad luck. >> reporter: abdulmutallab's goal -- maximum destruction. he sat in seat 19a near the left wing, close to an 11,000-gallon fuel tank. the only reason he did not kill everyone on board is because the bomb's detonator malfunctioned. prosecutors bluntly say abdulmutallab is an unrepentant mass murderer who would try to kill again if given the chance. pierre thomas, abc news, washington. >> so chilling. now we turn to the federal crackdown on distracted driving. regulators are now urging automakers to simplify car dashboards to prevent accidents. many new cars of course feature gps navigation screens. some even have built-in cell phones. some luxury models even have the ability to surf the net. now the feds want most gadgets to automatically shut off when
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cars are in motion. and speaking of cars, general motors just reported its largest profit ever. two years after the automaker nearly collapsed. last year's profit was more than $7.5 billion. abc's david muir went to suburban detroit, where the assembly lines are busy yet again. >> reporter: it was an unthinkable headline just two years ago, but gm is celebrating its biggest profits ever. that $7.6 billion beating the last record set nearly 15 years ago. 640,000 more cars and trucks sold last year than the year before. we were invited into this plant in lake orion, michigan, halted in 2009. >> you make about 800 cars here in this plant every day? >> reporter: they do now, after it sat idle for 18 months. they were all laid off, but they are all back. 2,200 employees. those 800 cars a day. >> how relieved are you? >> if i could jump and touch the
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sky, i would. >> well, we want to get it on camera. >> reporter: how did they do it? gm sales up in north america, but up someplace else, too. china. last year selling one gm car or truck every 12 seconds there. and get this. gm's buick excel is the most popular car in china. but it's not just sales overseas being credited. it's sacrifice here at home. those workers took pay cuts up to 40% and cuts in benefits all as part of the bailout. they'll earn 47,500 workers will get a check of up to $7,000 in profit sharing. it was promised if they hit this mark. >> this is on the rear seat. >> reporter: maureen stover oversees the seats and the seat belts on the line. >> it's good. >> reporter: she says that check on the way, already spent. >> get caught up on some bills and maybe i'll be able to get my new gm vehicle. >> a gm. >> yeah. of course. of course. >> reporter: and what a difference just a couple of
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years makes at this very same plant outside detroit. 800 cars now coming off this line every day. and those workers telling me they believe they're playing a huge part in gm's comeback. david muir, abc news, outside detroit. >> what a turnaround there. you look in the last couple of weeks of economic news in this country. things are beginning slowly of course to turn around. jobs numbers are good. house numbers are good. the dow now flirting with 13,000, highest in almost four years. impressive turnaround. >> gm has paid back 26 bill of the 49.5 billion of that government bailout. and just in 2011 they sold 640,000 more cars and trucks than they did in 2010. so a phenomenal turnaround. in just a short period of time. >> keep on rocking, detroit. well, investors in asia are encouraged this morning by the upbeat economic news here in the united states. stocks rose sharply in early overseas trading, reacted to reports that american weekly unemployment applications dropped to a four-year low. the boost in asia was also triggered by the number of american building permits going up. of course that same good economic news helped propel the
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dow to its third triple-digit gain this year. it's the highest close for the dow since may of 2008. just under the 13,000 mark. >> we can finally start looking at our 401(k)s again. >> no. i'm not going there yet. >> we're getting closer. well, a distraught south florida woman is now pleading for help after losing her 6.8 carat engagement ring and wedding band. marina alter says she forgot to put her rings back on after putting on some hand lotion. they apparently fell to the ground in a parking lot. alter is more upset over the wedding band because, get this, it belonged to her mother-in-law, who's a survivor of the holocaust. on top of that she recently passed away. >> it's the only thing i have left. and i'm praying that anyone out there, anyone who finds this ring, this is all i want back. because it's their family. they have no one left. >> let's hope she gets it back. alter says to lose the ring now is especially heartbreaking because it had somehow made it through four concentration camps. >> you just hope that somebody
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has a conscience and is able to give that back. if it has indeed been found. >> historical and sentimental value. crazy. well, here's your friday forecast. that's right, it is friday. tgif. showers from orlando to mobile. stormy in south texas. heavy rain from waco no new orleans. mountain snow in new mexico and the texas panhandle. up to eight inches of snow in the cascades and rockies. bays know you're going to go skiing this weekend, right, rob? >> i would be at mardi gras if i had my rain. keep the rain away from those new orleans parades. 40 from boise to albuquerque. 27 fargo. 47 in chicago and 56 in kansas city. 60s from dallas to atlanta. miami at a nice-sounding 81 but not bad here in new york. we're at 52. >> okay, wait for it. >> ready. boom. >> our favorite story of the day. a big surprise for some young visitors taking a tour of the white house. >> there she is. mrs. obama and her dog beau shocked that tour group, popping up to greet them as they strolled through the public
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rooms of the white house. the school kids and seniors were thrilled, as you can imagine. one woman in a wheelchair was so overwhelmed she actually broke into tears right there. >> the first lady freaked out some of the young ladies, saying there would be a 50-question test at the end of the tour and they wouldn't be able to leave unless they passed it. she was just kidding, but i'm sure -- if i was put in their shoes i would want to flunk it just so i could hang out -- >> hang out at the white house. >> she said it. >> not a bad place to get stuck. we'll be right back on "world news now" after this. ♪ be our guest ♪ ♪ be our guest ♪ ♪ put our service to the test ♪ ♪ tie your napkin ♪ ♪ it's not right ♪ guest ♪ ♪ put our service to the test ♪ ♪ tie your napkin ♪
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♪ it's not right ♪ ♪ but it'ay ♪ it's not right ♪ ♪ but it's okay ♪ ♪ i'm gonna make it anyway ♪ ♪ pack your bags ♪ welcome back to "world news now," everyone. we have mentioned that whitney houston's funeral is tomorrow, and her death dominated our headlines this past week. >> headlines around the world. memories of whitney and our other top stories all part of this week's "friday rewind." >> we do not know the cause of death. we don't know the circumstances leading up to her death.
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>> whitney was a beautiful person. and she had a talent beyond compare. >> if you scratched the surface, it didn't take you long to find out that she was still that little girl from new jersey. >> the reality of it is that you can protect someone from everything but you cannot protect from themselves. ♪ will always love you ♪ ♪ ooh, baby ♪ ♪ i'll always love you ♪ >> pass the extension of unemployment insurance. do it before it's too late. and i will sign it right away. >> isn't this a great country? >> let's not nominate someone who hasn't run anything and has not been a leader. >> we are concerned about use of international terrorism by iran or any anybody else against israel or against any other innocents and about a spike in the number of incidents that we've seen. >> i'm proud that our same-sex couples will no longer be treated as separately equal. they will be equal in the great
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state of washington. >> we like him, yeah. >> the level of buzz, if 10 was the highest, he's at an 11 right now. >> the attention is definitely a blessing and a curse at the same time. me and my family are pretty low-key. so sometimes it can be a little overwhelming. ♪ we could have had it all ♪ ♪ rolling in the deep ♪ >> she is an icon to me. and i was like, wow. when target called, i really felt that my dream was coming true. >> a bright future for that little girl. and guess what? coming up next week, a big 70th birthday party in vegas for the one and only muhammad ali. 70. unbelievable. >> it's going to be a pretty amazing birthday party. also next wednesday, if you
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can't get enough of those republican presidential debates, wednesday in arizona. >> and fat tuesday in new orleans and around the world coming up on tuesday. mardi gras. >> love it. >> my favorite holiday. coming up next, a maple syrup meltdown. >> yeah. the mild winter is not good news when it's time to make pancakes. you're watching "world news now."
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♪ ♪ ♪ and all that counts is here and now ♪ well, we've talked here for weeks about this warmer than usual winter that we've been enjoying virtually across the country this winter. and that is just fine by me. >> fine by you. but it's not fine by maple syrup producers in wisconsin. the mild temperatures are leading to heavy losses. bo vang of wvay reports. >> reporter: this sound is not one maple syrup producers want
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to hear just yet. >> we should have had them in two weeks ago. >> reporter: regret is what blazer's acres owner chris blazer is feeling, knowing the sap of his 300 maple trees has been running all winter and he didn't tap until now. >> if we tapped, we could have had 75, 100 gallons. >> and what does that amount to in dollars? >> 100 gallons is roughly $5,000 to $6,000 worth. >> reporter: after a look at the ten-day forecast, blazer couldn't stand to wait. perfect conditions for sapping are between 20 and 25 degrees at night and between 40 and 45 in the day. >> the warm weather looks to continue for the next ten days on and off. we kind of want to get going so we don't miss it completely. >> reporter: but of course if the maple syrup production isn't as lucrative had as in years past, he said it all evens out at the end of this season, he has high hopes for his other crops. the mild winter is giving him a head start. >> raspberries are looking good. they're already starting to get little buds on them and coming through. they should all -- it should be good. strawberries are looking good. >> hey.
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♪ and finally this half hour, time for a little "insomniac theater." president's day weekend is usually good for some big numbers over the box office. >> feel like going to the theater. >> the theater. >> we're going to go to the theater with one of our wonderful d.n.a.s today. here to talk about an action thriller with some heavyweight stars in its second weekend of release is our digital news associate. we also call them d.n.a.s. amanda van allen. what do you have for us?
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hopefully something with a hot guy. >> actually, i have two hot guys for you, paula. take that. >> there it is. a threesome. >> i went to see "safe house" last weekend. it was an awesome -- it was an awesome, awesome movie. denzel was in it. ryan reynolds was in it. and you know, you can just come and look at the screen. they can turn the sound down. and you just stare at it. and that would kind of be okay. so it was good. it was a really action-packed movie. lots of guns, lots of fighting. lots of dead people. so, you know, good for us girls. >> it's about a house that's safe. >> it's about a house that used to be safe until it's attacked. and then ryan reynolds kind of runs around the city with denzel. >> denzel looks like he's really good in this movie, like kind of almost like a "training day" like character. >> he is amazing. so let's listen to what some people had to say. >> i thought it was really good. it was -- you know, it was really original. and it was intriguing. >> it had a lot of different twists and turns you that didn't
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normally expect. >> the action. there was a lot of action. >> i didn't like the whole thing. i'm not even lying. >> and the twist at the end. it was pretty awesome. >> the plot was the plot. it was good. typical little, you know, government taking down the small man while the small man does the same. but it was a very good movie nonetheless. >> so you know. >> romance? >> there was a little bit of romance. ryan reynolds had a girlfriend. but you know -- >> didn't work out? >> it didn't work out. he had to send her on a train somewhere because his love got too crazy. >> how many stars did you give this little flick? >> i gave it 3 1/2 out of 5 stars. i thought the plot was lacking a little bit but the action made up for it and of course denzel washington and ryan reynolds. >> i hate the way you guys objectify men. >> you feel cheap and disgusting? >> this is a disgusting conversation. >> should we talk about the "s.i." cover again? >> that was good stuff. that was good stuff. but you said denzel was strong, the plot was a little weak in spots but worth -- >> it was a little weak. you kind of knew that there was going to be some twists and
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this mning o this morning on "world news now" -- arsenic alert. the potential for danger in popular packaged food products is linked to a new yet common sweetener. >> and public health experts are most concerned about small children and babies being exposed. it's friday february 17th. and good friday morning. i'm paula faris. love that the weekend is here. >> yes. 'tis friday yet again. good morning, everybody. i'm rob nelson. when the food industry phased out high fructose corn syrup as a sweetener, well, something else of course was introduced and that something else is what's causing so much alarm about arsenic right now.
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see which products you and your family may want to avoid. >> i just saw a clif bar, and i eat those. >> i know. >> that would be bad. also this morning, the pilot of a private plane who's busted on so many levels. investigators say the plane flew too close to the president's helicopter and it was loaded with a huge payload of pot. >> flying high indeed. and later this half hour, a utah man whose wife is expecting four rare bundles of joy. and that could mean dozens and dozens of diaper changes every day. you have two kids. you know how many diapers you go through. this guy's about to double you. >> four? >> four kids coming naturally. >> that is a lot of diapers. >> that's a lot of -- >> yeah. i can't imagine if he actually wanted to like use natural diapers instead of ones that you just toss in the garbage. i tried that, but not with four. >> thank you for sharing.
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but we begin with the latest concerns over arsenic lurking in our food. arsenic of course could be deadly. >> and a new study says it is turning up in surprisingly high levels in brown rice, which a lot of folks eat because it's healthier. it's also showing up in organic formula for babies. we get the latest from abc's dr. richard besser. >> reporter: first it was arsenic in apple juice. now it's showing up in toddler formula. the dartmouth researchers tested baby formulas and found babys only organic toddler dairy and soy contained six times more arsenic than what the fda says is safe in drinking water. the researchers also found it in many energy bars. the main culprit? arsenic in one of the main ingredients, brown rice syrup. >> which is increasingly used as a sweetener to replace high fructose corn syrup is also unfortunately high in arsenic levels. >> reporter: high. but is it dangerous? arsenic is found in a lot of foods in tiny amounts. it can be natural. but it can also be a result of things like pesticides. long-term exposure to high doses can cause a myriad of health problems. everything from heart and liver
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damage to cancers of the bladder, lung, and skin. but for adults at the levels found it's not considered a danger. an adult would have to eat three of those energy bars a day every day just to begin to exceed what's considered safe. but infants and children are a different story. with developing brains and bodies doctors simply don't know what level is completely safe. how did the arsenic get into the food? when cotton was king in the united states, arsenic was legal as a pesticide. that arsenic is still in the soil. those cotton fields now grow rice, and rice is especially good at pulling arsenic up out of the dirt. and in a shock to healthy eaters, brown rice is found to have more arsenic than white. so where is the government in all this? today there are no standards defining what's a safe level of arsenic in food. none. >> this is the territory for the food and drug administration, and they give a lot of advice to the companies, they call it
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guidance. we need them to set some limits and say this is the line and you have to come in under this line. >> reporter: nature's one, the company that makes that toddler formula, said their testing showed undetectable levels of arsenic within their laboratory's testing limits. dr. richard besser, abc news, new york. >> and brown rice they say is so much better than white rice. so what you should do, dr. besser says, is to wash, rinse off your brown rice to get rid of some of the arsenic that's in there. but if you're an adult you should be generally okay like you heard in the piece. >> typically, if you look at the package instructions -- i cook rice quite often. and it tells you even if it's white rice to rinse it off because you never know what's on it. >> i don't worry about that because -- >> you just order in, so it doesn't matter, right? >> yeah, that's true. >> caught you. >> busted. the fda is warning everybody now about a hazardous motorized toothbrush that actually can cause some pretty serious injuries. it is called the spin brush. you give your kids this, right? it's marketed under the crest as well as the arm & hammer brands. the fda has had complaints about that spinning brush literally
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breaking off, causing cuts, chipped teeth, and even injuries to the face, eyes, and gums. there's been no recall, at least just yet. the manufacturer, though, says to users look for those loose parts before turning on that toothbrush. you don't want any toothbrush-related injuries. not pretty. >> always supervise your kids when they're using those things, too. >> get all that brown rice syrup -- >> my son likes to clean the toilet bowl with it. >> again, thank you for sharing. >> boys. well, here's a clue. if you're going to carry pot on board an aircraft, don't interfere with the president's helicopter. kabc's eileen ferrer reports on a private plane intercepted over long beach. >> reporter: a cessna 182 forced to land at long beach airport around 12:30 in the afternoon. authorities say the privately owned plane entered restricted airspace of marine one, the helicopter carrying president obama, shortly before he left los angeles, forcing two f-16 fighters to intercept the aircraft and divert it to long beach. the u.s. secret service interviewed the pilot and say the president was never in any
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danger. the plane, built in 1961. authorities allege a search turned up narcotics. sources say the drug was marijuana. the plane is registered to a man in san luis obispo county. however, it's not clear if he was involved. as crews moved the plane into an airport hangar, the secret service says the pilot was turned over to local police. this is eileen frere reporting. >> mm. >> you know how much pot was on that plane? >> how much? >> somewhere in between 30 and 50 pounds. 40 pounds. >> 40 pounds? that's not a small amount. the dude was -- clearly had a hobby. >> what did you say? flying the -- >> flying high. flying high. >> you're so good with words, rob. >> thank you. investigators in long beach, california are trying to sort out a workplace shooting that ended with one federal agent shot to death and another one
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wounded. the fbi says it all started with a dispute between an agent from the immigration and customs enforced agency, or i.c.e., and his supervisor. things escalated. one agent shot the other. then a third intervened and opened fire. investigators say they believe this was an isolated incident. >> you have to wonder what was the motive. such a weird story. in other news now, the memorial to whitney houston outside a newark church keeps growing. the fans are now stopping by to pay their respects before tomorrow's big funeral service. six square blocks around that church, in fact, will be off limits before the service begins. as to the death investigation, doctors in the atlanta area where houston lived have now been asked to provide their medical records. >> if there's suspicion of some type of prescription drug overuse, they may want to get the records to see if some doctor was just popping pills for somebody that might have been paying him a little bit extra or just anything unusual. >> houston of course died a week ago tomorrow in her beverly hills hotel room. sad news in the world of sports. baseball fans remembering the legendary catcher gary carter this morning. the hall of famer died yesterday in florida after battling brain cancer. he was an 11-time all-star.
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his bottom of the tenth single in game 6 of the '86 world series helped the mets mount a charge against the boston red sox and eventually beat them. gary carter was just 57 years old. so sad. now we turn to an update on the story we told you about yesterday. advocacy groups are now calling on the heart attack grill in las vegas to shut down. the patron who was enjoying a triple bypass burger collapsed. his burger is described as 1 1/2 pounds of beef topped with 12 slices of bacon. nutritionists say the incident should be a wake-up call and that bypass surgery simply isn't fun. >> from burgers to chocolate. candy giant mars incorporated is going to count some calories for you. and that means some candy might be a little less satisfying. mars says that by the end of next year all its chocolate products will be 250 calories or less. you know, it's not really that big of a change, though. a standard snickers is just 280 calories, and twix and peanut
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m&ms are right at the 250 calorie mark already. i'm sure they'll be reducing prices with that as well. >> don't count on that. a perfect story to have food on the set with. but you know what? tight budget times on the show. >> we needed our bypass burger and our chocolate. >> yes indeed. next week. here's your friday forecast now, everybody. up to ten inches of snow in the cascades, northern rockies, new mexico mountains, and texas panhandle. downpours in waco, houston, and new orleans. rain in all those great places. thunderstorms in brownsville, corpus christi, showers around mobile, orlando, and tallahassee. >> 64 in atlanta and 50s for much of the northeast. 40 in detroit. 37 in the twin cities. a wet 50 in seattle. and it's 61 in sacramento. i love this story. about 800,000 revelers are expected to descend upon rio de janeiro this weekend for carnival. >> and the city is hoping its new smartphone app will come in handy. along with the usual hotel and restaurant information, the carnival app, it's going to provide partygoers with alerts and maps of the more than 400
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street parties taking place through next wednesday. 400 parties. >> that's what i'm talking about. the new app is compatible with androids as well as with iphones. it is the culmination of carnival season. people don't get mardi gras is actually the last day of carnival season. so mardi gras is the end. carnival season starts january 6th and goes up until fat tuesday, which is next week. my favorite time of year. >> all kinds of knowledge from this guy. >> that's right. salud. we'll be right back. more "world news now" after this. ♪ her name is rio ♪ ♪ and she dances on the sand ♪ ♪ and she dances on the sand ♪
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well, given the week's dominating story, the death of whitney houston, there's no surprise what internet users were looking up over the past couple of days. >> for sure. for our weekly check of all those hot searches, we're joined now by yahoo's web life editor heather cabot. good morning to you, heather. >> good morning, guys. on the eve of whitney houston's funeral, searches for the singer's final moments and an outpouring of memorials dominate the web this week. as the world mourns her death, questions about the circumstances loom large. lookups for the coroner handling the investigation are up more than 300% right now on yahoo. tomorrow's private service in newark, new jersey will be streamed live online by the associated press and millions of fans are expected to watch. and they continue to look up how various celebrities are reacting to the tragic passion of the pop star, including searches for former movie co-stars denzel
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washington and kevin costner and famous singers influenced by houston's superstar vocals like beyonce, mariah carey, and celine dion. on a happier note this week, even non-sports fans are getting swept up by linsanity. the out of nowhere rise of knicks number 17, only the fourth asian player to play in the nba, is taking the world by storm. jeremy lin's historic climb from bench warmer to outdunking kobe bryant continues to dazzle and inspire the web. searches for lin are up close to 1,000% on yahoo right now, and we're seeing spikes for jeremy lin harvard, where he was an econ major. his physical stats and christian faith. hawaii leads the states in searches for lin, followed by new york, california, nevada, and d.c. lin's newfound celebrity begs lots of other questions about his personal life. fans are looking up whether he has a girlfriend. it's unclear. and if he's still sleeping on his brother's couch. not anymore. he's gotten his own place about ten minutes from the knicks' training facility. and finally, spring is in the air, but not as much as last year.
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look-ups for the first day of spring are half of what they were at this time last february. nonetheless, searches for flip-flops, swimwear, and ray-bans are all up this week. outdoor kitchen, patio furniture, and ceiling fans are big right now as well as spring flowers and garden design. have a great holiday weekend, guys. back to you. >> all right, heather. thanks a lot for that. and also apparently what is trending right now, pro golfer natalie gulbis. she's in the new "s.i." swimsuit issue too and they say that may be why people are trending -- or searching for that pic. very popular issue. >> did you get your magazine? >> huh? >> or did you just look everything up online? >> i have yet to -- on my way home i'm going to buy a copy from one of the newsstands. i'll make sure i take care of that. it's my weekend project. >> what a tough project. >> it's all journalistic research, of course. that's all it is. >> research. >> coming up next, the latest additions to the guests of celebrities who will be at tomorrow's funeral for whitney houston. >> and keeping up with the new york knicks rookie. just guess who's going on a date with jeremy lin. it's all next in "the skinny."
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all kinds of good stuff today. >> yes. so of course we'll all be able to watch whitney houston's funeral online tomorrow at noon. she's going to be at new hope baptist in new jersey, which is where she grew up singing. but bobby brown, her ex, will indeed be at the funeral. there was some talk, some people were angry at him, but that's just grief. he will be there, a close family friend says. but then he is high-tailing to connecticut for an 8:00 concert with new edition. so he will be performing just a couple of hours later over in connecticut. but there are some high-profile names coming to the funeral. kevin costner, who was her co-star in "the bodyguard" back in 1992. he will speak, according to "people." and then oprah, jay-z. we've got clive davis, who actually discovered her. he's supposed to speak as well. stevie wonder will perform. aretha franklin will reportedly perform. >> her godmother. >> oprah will be there as well.
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we don't think she's going to speak. but a lot of people showing their support for the family and showing their love for whitney. >> invitation only. they just want family and friends there. and that list is reflective of that. also, in some lighter news this morning we've all been talking this week about jeremy lin. linsanity. the nba phenom. after what, seven games and he's worked some magic in some of those games here for the new york knicks. well, guess who he could be dating. or starting to date pretty shortly. people are going to freak out. kim kardashian. oh, my lord. apparently -- this is all according to the website media takeout, which actually is a very cool celebrity site. one of kim's friends told media takeout she thinks jeremy is cute and she's actually good friends with jeremy's teammate, carmelo anthony's wife, who's lala. we're told it's going to be a double-team date. jeremy is extremely excited to be meeting kim. we'll see what happens.
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that could be his easiest score yet. so we'll see if he ends up going with her but -- >> he's a nice christian boy. >> linsanity meets kim kardashian. well, he said yes. >> he might try to convert her. >> other way around. we'll see. good luck, jeremy. hold on tight. >> okay. so charlie sheen is back. we've been waiting for him to say something a little edgy. >> yes. >> he called in to tmz to tell them what he really thought about ashton kutcher, who replaced him in "two and a half men." and take a listen to what he said. >> i'm tired of pretending like the show doesn't suck. i'm tired of pretending like ashton doesn't suck. i'm tired of pretending like they're not completely adrift. because when you take away the anchor from your show, which they stupidly did, you go adrift. >> how do you really feel, charlie? >> yeah. he said it's nothing personal, i just feel bad for him, he said it was such bad writing. >> again, he took jabs at the show, ashton, and the writing. charlie, he's back in the news. >> killing three birds with one stone. >> oh, charlie.
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never minces words. well, guess what. there's now a theory out there that janet jackson could be the next judge on "the x factor." she was on anderson cooper's show. and he kind of said, so are you going to be a judge on "the x factor"? if you're nasty.
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♪ baby baby ♪ ♪ i'm taken with the notion ♪ ♪ to love you with the sweetest of devotion ♪ i bet you're an amy grant fan. >> i am an amy grant fan. >> i had a feeling. >> i like her christmas album, actually. but finally this half hour, when bob dylan sang about the times they are a-changing, he may as well have had this next young man in mind. >> he is soon to be the father of four children, all of whom will arrive soon at the same time. his story now from don hudson of ktvx in salt lake city. >> now, you want a combo with a cup of soup? >> reporter: these are busy times for anthony consolo. he's a manager at a popular salt
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lake city restaurant. >> i have a chicken carbonara. you're going to love that pasta. >> reporter: and he's about to become a father of a baby boy, a baby girl, another girl, and one more girl. >> and then she started counting. then when she reached number four, my wife and i, well, we looked at each other. i think i went like this. >> reporter: the consolos are 31 weeks into the pregnancy, two weeks more than the average for quads. and to avoid really premature births like the ones you see here, natalie consolo has been hospitalized for more than two months. anthony says while she didn't want to be on tv she's very excited. >> she's very uncomfortable right now, obviously. but she's a very strong person mentally, physically, and spiritually. and she's embracing it too. >> reporter: having quads forced
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the consolos to move from their utah county home into a bigger house just north of salt lake. >> four bedrooms, two bathrooms. it's on almost an acre of land. >> reporter: plus there are all the bottles, too many to even try to count. and don't forget about the diapers. >> four kids at the same time. that's -- i mean, that's going to be over 60 diapers a day. >> reporter: despite all of that, the consolos do not look at this as a baby burden but a baby blessing. >> it feels like i've been called to do it. and i'm embracing it. >> reporter: and soon anthony and natalie will be embracing four bundles of joy. >> i'd rather have this than winning the lottery. >> okay. this was not done via artificial insemination or in vitro. au natural. >> yes. and this is the stat that kills me. the odds of having quads naturally without the in vitro is 1 in 700,000. dude, you start playing the lottery with those kinds of numbers. look at us. see? >> look at that. how did that happen? >> you never know which twins are going to anchor the show. >> i look like dad. you look like mom. >> 60 diapers a day. >> at least. more power to them, man. >> that is a house full of joy. >> that's four full-time jobs. >> more abc news next. >> announcer: this is abc's "world news now."
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