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us. world news is next. from all of us here, thanks for watching. we appreciate your time and will see you at 6:00. tonight on "world news," we a delta flight is the quarantined. a mysterious medical emergency. passengers held on board tweeting out pictures, as medical teams and the cdc move in. terror threat. new intelligence and a new warning. as the anniversary of osama bin laden's death draws near. why this master bomb maker has officials so worried. health scare. ann romney confides that multiple sclerosis recently left her weak and struggling to talk on the campaign trail. and no fair? this smiling fan grabs a foul ball. but what about the little boy who thought he had it? >> oh, my god. they can't give it to the kid? >> all america weighing in on this one tonight.
good evening. as we come on the air, we have breaking news out of chicago. a delta flight from detroit landed at midway airport there and was immediately quarantined. passengers held on board. but in relief, they have now been released. and it was all because of a mysterious medical emergency on board, reportedly involving a passenger from africa and a rash. a medical team swarmed the tarmac. passengers tweeting out pictures of what they saw. let's go straight to senior national correspondent jim avila with the latest. jim? >> reporter: good evening, diane. a rare event at chicago's other airport tonight, midway. passengers and crew panicked by the sight of a blister on the leg of a woman who had been traveling in africa. her relatives fearing it mite be the monkey pox.
it set alarm bells off in the chicago health department all the way to the cdc headquarters if georgia. passengers were told they were quarantined and kept on the plane for a period longer than the flight itself. it's a short flight from detroit to chicago, less than an hour. but something bizarre happened on the flight today. an unidentified passengers from uganda in africa, had a strange rash on the leg. disturbing enough for flight attendants to alert the captain and for medical personnel to surround the plane on the tarmac. quarantining the flight, no one allowed off. as health department officials and chicago firefighters boarded and sent pictures to investigators at the centers for disease control in atlanta. >> it was terrifying. they didn't tell us very much at all. we were on this tiny plane and being held for, you know, medical purposes. very scary. >> reporter: while all that happened, passengers on board tweeted pictures and sent
messages that they were being held on the tarmac. while on board, the woman was questioned about the smallpox like disease called monkey pox. but in the 90 minutes the plane was held, the cdc determined she did not have an infectious disease. while there was an extensive rash, there was no fever and her symptoms were not consistent. it may have just been a bug bite. >> as we said, this is extremely rare and there has to be a big sigh of relief being breathed right now by everything on board of that plane. th thanks to you, jim avila. and now, the new intelligence tonight, raising concern inside the fbi and homeland security, about terror threats from al qaeda. the president was briefed today about the possibility that al qaeda is making plans to retaliate as the anniversary of osama bin laden's death draws near. and from coast to coast, and overseas, there is extra security tonight at airports and on board planes.
abc's chief investigative correspondent brian ross has the latest. >> reporter: diane, while in public, u.s. officials say there is no specific threat of impending attack, behind the scenes, law enforcement officials tell abc news, there are plans for a major security surge at airports and transportation hubs in advance of next week's anniversary, all based on intelligence reports that al qaeda is determined to avenge bin laden's death. of greatest concern to u.s. officials is the al qaeda group in yemen and its master bomb maker, who has survived repeated u.s. efforts to kill him. it was he who u.s. officials say designed the so-called underwear bomb that got past security but failed to detonate. and he designed the bombs hidden in printers being shipped to chicago that were detected only at the last minute. in a joint intelligence bulletin issued overnight, the fbi and homeland security describe concerns that the yemen group intends to advance plots among
multiple fronts, including renewed efforts to target western aviation. >> it doesn't take a great number of people to do the attacks that we had on september 11th. that was less than two dozen people. and it's clear that they have that number available in places like yemen today. >> reporter: the threats of a revenge attack have been monitored by the u.s. ever since last may's raid on bin laden's compound in pakistan. among the papers found in his home were repeated references to the importance of attacks timed to coincide with anniversary dates, something not preview pr understood about bin laden. >> i think the major issue for al qaeda is to do something to prove that they're still alive, to do some fairly major event or series of attacks that prove that they're not down, they're not out. >> reporter: as a result, american law enforcement and white house officials say travelers at airports in the u.s. and europe should expect to see enhanced security over the next several days.
>> so, brian, when we hear these reports, we always wonder, what do we do about traveling, our families? you talked to fbi, homeland security. what are they saying? >> reporter: they are confident the u.s. has a handle on this and if there's enough to warn their families, the entire public would be warned, as well. >> they make that promise to you, if they are warning their families, they are going to warn us. >> reporter: these are decent men and women who are out there to protect us. they would not let that go, they say. >> okay, brian ross, thank you. and now, the secret service scandal and new accusations that agents had hired prostitutes before. another presidential trip, this one, in el salvador. the agency has launched yet another internal investigation amid concern there is an emerging culture of secrets. here's abc's senior justice correspondent pierre thomas. >> reporter: first, a scandal involving the secret service hiring prostitutes in colombia. now, authorities are investigating new allegations about sex with prostitutes in el salvador, prior to a march 2011
presidential trip. a government contractor tells a seattle tv station that he accompanied secret service personnel to strip clubs where he witnessed them drinking heavily. he says at least two of the men brought prostitutes back to their hotel. >> especially in this climate, in view of what happened in colombia, the secret service has to investigate all allegations. >> right now, they are establishing a working group to discern whether there is a pattern. >> reporter: tonight, "the wall street journal" is reporting allegations of a rowdy strip club party in moscow involving secret service agents and white house advance staffers 12 years ago. administration officials have said their investigation is far reaching, but they have found no evidence of rogue behavior beyond colombia. >> you know, we're going back now through all the records. but we are going to get to the bottom of this. >> reporter: it looks like this story is far from over and the secret service has a lot more investigating to do. pierre thomas, abc news, washington. and now, a kind of greek drama, playing out today, something surprising, from media titan rupert murdoch, his empire
at fox touching nearly every american household, as well as his other businesses. and murdoch was back in the hot seat, facing allegations that some of his tabloid reporters in london had hacked into private voicemails of celebrities and parents of missing children. and today, the billionaire dropped a bombshell, conceding that the mess was his fault. here's abc's jeffrey kofman. >> reporter: summoned to the royal court of justice, one of the most powerful men in the world, rupert murdoch, utters words he has rarely said before. if ever. >> i also have to say that i failed. >> reporter: murdoch's british newspapers are under investigation for bribery, perjury, intercepting e-mails, hacking the voicemails of a murdered schoolgirl and celebrities, all in search of sensational stories. like the private life of actor hugh grant. >> i, for instance, have seen now the notes of the private
investigator hired by "the news of the world" on my messages. you know, there he was, tapping my messages. >> reporter: 27 of murdoch's employees, including journalists and senior editors, have been arrested. his once powerful son pushed aside. murdoch closed his "news of the world" tabloid here, but today, he insisted he had no idea of its dirty deeds. no one told him. >> someone took charge of a cover-up which we were victim to and i regret. >> reporter: the one time murdoch lost his temper, when the lawyer questioning him wondered whether he simply did not want to know. >> a desire to cover up, rather than the desire to expose? would you agree with that? >> well, people with minds like yours, yes, perhaps. i'm sorry. i take that back. >> reporter: what is at stake here is nothing less than murdoch's control of a $60 billion global media empire, one that touches every american through his ownership of fox news, "the wall street journal" and "the new york post."
this is much more than a business story. it is the fall of a titan. >> a man who built up one of the great media empires the world has known and seen his life work destroyed and rubbished and exposed for what it was, a criminal organization. >> reporter: at 81, murdoch might have hoped he'd be resting on his laurels, not fighting to save everything he's built. jeffrey kofman, abc news, london. and back here at home, a blistering day at the trial of former presidential hopeful john edwards. his defense lawyers spent hours trying to undermine the credibility of the star witness for the prosecution, former edwards aide andrew young, who claims he was asked to conceal edwards' extramarital affair. the defense lawyer was able to pick apart young's testimony, highlighting inconsistencies. young also admitted using hundreds of thousands of dollars from edwards' supporters for his
own benefit, including the financing of a new home. and now, healthy living, the results of a giant study released today about a kind of super fruit that allegedly can boost your brain. we've been hearing for some time about the health benefits of blueberries, how they can help preserve memory. well, today, this study told us how much you have to eat and how it might work on your mind. here's abc's dan harris. >> reporter: 16,000 women over the age of 70 took this quiz. try it for yourself. can you remember these words? cabin, pipe, elephant, chest, silk, theater, watch, whip, giant, hello. we're going to test you in a minute. but first, we want to tell you the researchers who found the women who did the best on this quiz were eating the most strawberries and blueberries. on average, a cup of strawberries or half a cup of blueberries a week. turns out, that may have slowed down their memory boss by two
and a half years. berries contain an antioxidant called anthocyanins. which move from your blood up into your brain, where they concentrate in your hippocampus, which is responsible for memory and learning. they help reduce inflammation, which protects the connections that make memory. do you find today's study convincing? >> yes, i do. >> reporter: now, before you go on a berry binge, a few caveats. this study was funded in part by the strawberry industry and the women who did the best on the test were healthier anyway. but even when the researchers who were from harvard medical school took that into account, they say the berries still improved memory. and berries have been shown to have all sorts of other health benefits. studies say as little as three quarters of a cup of mixed berries a day can help you lower cholesterol, ease diabetes and prevent both clogged arteries and kidney stones. of course, berries are expensive, but you can do it on a budget. >> frozen blueberries actually are much cheaper than when you
are looking at the fresh. >> reporter: and they are just as good. >> they're just as good. >> reporter: and there are other cheaper foods that have the same benefits, including onions, teas, apples, even wine. >> taken in moderation, it works. >> reporter: that's the key point here. okay, so, time not for that quiz. can you remember the words? think hard, any of them? here are the answers. cabin, pipe, elephant, chest, silk, theater, watch, whip, giant, hello. didn't do as well as you wanted? try the berries. dan harris, abc news, new york. and coming up, ann romney and her health scare. >> i start to almost lose my words. i almost can't think, and i thought, oh, no, big trouble. spring has sprung but so have my allergies. nighttime is the worst. i can't breathe and forget sleeping. good mornings? not likely!
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a grueling schedule for anyone, but for someone with ms? >> if it is overwhelming to them and they are chronically stressed, it can actually worsen their multiple sclerosis. >> reporter: ms has also touched the obama family. the first lady's father was diagnosed with the disease in his 30s. >> if he was in pain, he never let on. he never stopped smiling and laughing. >> reporter: ann romney was diagnosed more than a decade ago. she says she felt crushed into dust, too exhausted to even open the mail. to treat the disease, she's used a mix of traditional and alternative therapies, like riding her horse to regain muscle tone. but in the months ahead, it's the campaign trail she'll be negotiating. >> is this the happiest time in the campaign so far, for you? >> probably, i'd say, that's a yes. it is a very stressful thing and you put your heart and soul into it and you believe in yourself and you believe in the person that you're supporting. >> reporter: the campaign has tried to protect her from being overworked. she'll often introduce her husband and go sit on the campaign bus, rather than stand behind him.
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and finally, the baseball play everybody's been talking about. you saw that picture. it didn't happen on the field, but in the stands. last night's yankees/rangers game in texas. raising the question, how far would you go to get a foul ball? america weighing in on it tonight. abc's ryan owens is in dallas. >> aww. this little guy is crying. >> oh, my goodness. >> reporter: the rangers were winning, so, why is this texas toddler so upset? >> he didn't get hit. he just didn't get the ball. >> reporter: who did? let's go to the replay. >> here's what happened. moreland tossed the ball. >> reporter: the couple picks up the ball, oblivious to the teary toddler reaching for it. the yankees announcer calls foul. >> oh my god, they can't give it to the kid? that's awful. >> reporter: it gets worse.
the woman poses for a picture with the ball. >> oh. they're actually, like, rubbing it in the kid's face. >> reporter: they aren't the first adults to act childish with a baseball headed their way. this dad actually dropped his daughter to reach for a ball at dodger stadium. >> he lost the kid and the ball. >> reporter: this lady wrestled a ball away from a little girl. perhaps the adults could learn from this 12-year-old. >> are you kidding me? this kid is going to do this? >> reporter: ian mcmillan gave his foul ball to a younger fan last summer at the diamondbacks game in arizona. that good deed made him our "person of the week." >> i saw the kid. he was really sad, so i decided just to give the ball back. >> reporter: tonight, the man behind this latest incident, sean leonard, spoke to our dallas station, wfaa. >> had we seen that he was upset, we would have given the ball to the child. >> reporter: luckily for all involved, someone in the rangers bull pen tossed the teary toddler another ball. >> he goes home happy, so do the rangers.
>> reporter: no harm, no foul. ryan owens, abc news, dallas. >> they didn't see him. well, we thank you for watching. we're always here at abcnews.com. "nightline," of course, along later. and we will see you again, right back here, tomorrow night, to close out this week. thanks for watching. good night. we have developing news on the boat wreck at the farallons. the coast guard pulls the plug on races around the bay. >> a weekend closure of a major san francisco artery already forcing one couple to make their wedding plans. >> a bart dispute.
will hundreds of new rail cars be made in america? the higher bidder refuses to go down without a fight. >> nfl makes andrew luck his number one pick of the season. >> this is the boat that washed up on the farrah lonz two weeks ago after a fatal yacht racing accident. the coast guard is taking steps to ensure nobody else gets hurt. >> and everyone wants safety, some think a race ban is an overreaction, especially with the start of boating season two days from now. we're live tonight with the story. >> this is a tough call but the coast guard wants to make sure nobody else gets hurt. they have temporarily suspended event permits for racing outside, into the ogs. take a look at this video i want