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welcome back, everybody. well, 20 years ago right now one of the more painful chapters of modern u.s. history was coming to an end. those deadly riots in the city of los angeles. >> they followed the beating of rodney king by l.a. police officers and their acquittals at trial. we look back at our coverage now from our "abc news vault." >> from abc news, "world news" saturday. substituting for carole simpson, jeff rose. >> the nightmare appears to be over. today those who lived in the burned out and looted neighborhoods were assessing the damage both physical and emotional from one of the deadliest urban riots in modern american history. with the latest from los angeles here's abc's john martin. >> reporter: amid the smoke and haze this morning, it seemed that the violence and destruction were at an end, even
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though 40 more suspected looters were arrested overnight. everywhere there were reminders of what had happened. 43 dead, 1,765 injured. 3,767 structure fires. $500 million or more in damages. there were bitter ironies. at the martin luther king shopping center in watts, built from the ashes of the watts riots, a symbol of three generations for blacks in los angeles. at midday the pentagon said federal troops were moving to close in staging areas. mayor tom bradley said they would be deployed but did not appear on the streets. >> curfew which has worked well for two nights will be maintained during the course of the weekend. >> reporter: national guard soldiers protected unusual properties and damaged properties. in front of them, the city tried to clean up today. in hollywood, volunteers streamed along the sidewalks and
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in passing trucks to help wherever they were needed. this afternoon, demonstrators showed up outside while the first of thousands of suspected looters were arraigned on burglary charges. more due tomorrow. meanwhile, about 5,000 residents, mostly korean ancestry, called for justice and peace. so a city that has endured what is nearly the most destructive riot in american history is turning to clean itself up and heal its wounds. john martin, abc news, los angeles. >> the violent response to the verdict spread to at least eight major cities. a mob made up of white teenagers went on a rampage through downtown seattle breaking windows, setting fires and attacking bystanders. police made 115 arrests. in the normally quiet town of new rochelle outside new york city, police had to call in reinforcements from neighboring communities when hundreds of
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young people started looting stores and overturning cars at a local shopping mall. here in washington in the fashionable georgetown area, crowds smashed shop windows while downtown a high-tech office complex was set on fire. >> dark, dark days. i remember them well too and highlighted still the racial divide in the country, a little bit -- the numbers on this, 54 people ultimately died. more than a billion dollars in damage is the final stats from those few days. >> i don't think people realized 54 people died during the riots. >> and believe it or not, of course, the saying that came out of that, everyone remembers rodney king saying "can't we all just get along." it's become a punch line but at the moment it was a sincere question, what's going on here? you know, it is crazy, so, but, yeah, 20 years. >> 20 years. >> we didn't see anything quite like that until the o.j. trial years later. coming up next after the break separating fact from fiction for parents of newborns out there. >> the latest research on pacifiers is music to a nursing mother's ears. you're watching "world news now." ccccccccccccccccccccccccccc
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♪ i was your baby baby baby ♪ i was your baby baby baby baby ♪ ♪ i was your baby baby baby baby ♪ ♪ i needed love a message for the new parents out there this morning, we know you are watching and we thank you. by the way, here's some good news about that pacifier stuck in your newborn's mouth. >> some new research says that pacifier can actually promote good health. the details from abc's dr. tim johnson. >> reporter: no sooner do we pop into the world than they're popped into our mouths. but some experts say giving pacifiers to newborns impedes proper breast-feeding. now a new study says don't be so quick to pull the plug on pacifiers. research presented to the annual meeting of the pediatric
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academic societies finds pacifiers may increase the rate of breast-feeding. scientists studied more than 2,200 infants during their birth hospitalization. their rate of exclusive breast-feeding decreased from 79% to 68% after newborns' use of pacifiers was restricted. the authors aren't sure why and don't advocate a radical change in hospital policy on pacifiers. but it seems that babies' earliest creature comfort may be a healthy attachment after all. i'm dr. timothy johnson. >> you said your kids didn't like them, though. >> no, i didn't get the advantage of that. spit them out. >> what didn't they like? >> you like them. >> i'm a big -- i'm a big -- before the show i get nervous, need some quiet time. >> i soothe myself. you know what i mean. pacifier. and i'm not going to go any further like that because i don't feel like getting fired
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♪ oh yeah little red corvette baby you're much too fast yes you are ♪ ♪ little red corvette need to find a lover that's going to last ♪ ♪ uh-huh >> who doesn't love that song, who doesn't love prince. i love it. finally this half hour that little red corvette out on a joyride. who can forget the classic scenes of joyriding from "ferris bueller's day off." >> life repeating art starring a guy who runs a parking lot in florida. jeff deal from our station in orlando reports.
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>> reporter: it's red. it's fast, and it proved too tempting for the owner of this parking lot. we got a tip that jay nieves of premier parking spot in orlando, florida, was doing more than just watching customer's cars. to investigate, we rented this flashy, corvette convertible, equipped it with a gps tracking device and dropped it off, pretending to be a husband and wife headed for vacation. just six hours later, the gps tracking device sent us a text message, alerting the car was in motion. that's when we captured this video of nieves and another employee joyriding in our car. they were peeling out on dirt roads and even smoking cigarettes along the highway. we saw him taking pictures with the corvette, driving it to applebee's and even parking it at his home overnight. he went to ace hardware. this is nieves walking from the store. later he loaded it with lumber at his home and even allowed a dog to run around inside the customer's car. for two days we followed him all over town hitting speeds over 65 miles an hour and racking up more than 60 miles.
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finally, when he left it in the parking lot with the top down and door open, we'd seen enough. whose car are you guys driving out there? >> whose car are we driveing? >> reporter: yeah, the red corvette. we're not driving anybody's car, why? >> reporter: you guys were driving that car all over town. >> what are you talking about? >> reporter: even though we had all this video -- let me show you something, jay. let me show you this video. you recognize this road? you recognize those people in that car? >> we weren't driving anybody's car. >> reporter: he denied he ever took a joy ride. you're going to say you weren't driving that car? tell me the truth. be honest with us. >> you're completely wrong. >> reporter: it would appear our video tells a different story. for abc news, jeff deal, cocoa, florida. >> caught red-handed and still going to lie. i got the videotape. >> how can you -- >> see, that's who really took the car.
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this morning on "world news now," afghan agreement. this morning on "world news now," afghan agreement. president obama's secret trip to afghanistan and the deal he made with leaders there. >> the political and military impact after a visit that will go down in history. it's wednesday, may 2nd. good morning. i'm sunny hostin. paula faris is on assignment. >> and i'm rob nelson. good morning, everybody. while the president is proud of progress made in afghanistan, that country is still anything but secure. a series of explosions went off in kabul not long after air force one took off, headed back to the white house. we will take a look at what the
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president actually accomplished. also this morning, the nasty protest worldwide as the occupy movement expressed widespread anger. in one city a plot by a homegrown terror group appeared very threatening. >> still hard to decipher what their main goal is. there's never been -- one of the criticisms been there's not a -- >> a centralized message. >> of what the next step is, what the demands are, nothing. just kind of violence after hibernating for most of the winter re-emerged yesterday. what are we trying to get besides press coverage. but also later this half hour, was it a surprise to see jaleel white, urkel, got the boot off "dancing with the stars"? did i do that here? what urkel says about his earlier-than-expected exit coming up later in "the skinny." we begin with that developing story in afghanistan just hours after president obama declared the taliban had been broken, the terror group launched a series of attacks in kabul. >> at least six people have been killed as explosions and gunfire rang out in the eastern part of the city. the u.s. embassy there warned of an ongoing attack.
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with more on the president's trip now, abc's jake tapper is at the white house. >> reporter: the president stepped down from air force one on to bagram airfield cloaked in secrecy and darkest night, a surprise visit not coincidentally on the anniversary of the killing of osama bin laden. as he spoke to the nation, the first president ever to do so from a war zone. >> this time of war began in afghanistan, and this is where it will end. >> reporter: taking credit for a strategy in afghanistan, he said it's succeeding. >> and one year ago from a base here in afghanistan, our troops launched the operation that killed osama bin laden. the goal that i set to defeat al qaeda and deny it a chance to rebuild is now within our reach. >> reporter: the president had two almost contradictory messages to americans that u.s. troops are coming home by the end of 2014. >> we traveled through more than a decade under the dark cloud of war, yet, here in the predawn
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darkness of afghanistan, we can see the light of a new day on the horizon. >> reporter: to afghans, that the u.s. will remain their partner long after that. >> the agreement we signed today sends a clear message to the afghan people. as you stand up, you will not stand alone. it establishes the basis for our cooperation over the next decade including shared commitments to combat terrorism and strengthen democratic institutions. >> reporter: earlier president obama and afghan president hamid karzai signed a strategic partnership agreement outlining ways the u.s. will remain engaged in afghanistan's development and security. after which the president travelled to bagram where he spoke to u.s. troops. >> and there's going to be heartbreak and pain and difficulty ahead, but there's a light on the horizon because of the sacrifices you've made. >> reporter: the successful mission to take out osama bin laden has emerged as a major obama campaign talking point in recent days, even if polls
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indicate most americans are far more concerned about the state of the economy than they are about national security. jake tapper, abc news, the white house. >> interesting. we have about 88,000 troops still there, 68,000 will be left and by the end of september. the goal is to get everyone out by the end of 2014. now that compromise that the president signed will keep us there till 2024, not in a combat role but other ways to aid the country because the lesson is years after the soviets occupied afghanistan, when they left, there was this leadership vacuum that allowed the taliban, that allowed al qaeda to grow and led to 9/11. >> provided the time line which some are criticizing him for. now our enemies know when we're getting out. our friends are concerned we're getting out, but it's been ten years. >> how long can we stay to police -- interesting too. the speech came on the anniversary of president bush's "mission accomplished" speech way back when which seems like a lifetime ago. but shows you how history can kind of twist and turn a little
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bit, interesting. >> that's right. five people are expected to face serious charges today in connection with the hazing death of a florida drum major. detectives say robert champion suffered blunt trauma blows, that he died from shock caused by severe bleeding after he was hazed by other band members. the band was suspended following his death, and two music professors were forced to resign in another hazing related incident. a 14-year-old texas boy is in critical condition after getting shot by a police officer at his school. police say the eighth grader was burglarizing the school in the middle of the night and the officer responding to the break-in said i felt threatened and opened fire when that boy refused his order to stop. >> called for backup. before backup arrived, the suspect came out of the building. the officer confronted the suspect at that point, and a single shot was fired. >> what the kid did was wrong. did he deserve to maybe possibly
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lose his life over it? no, i don't think so. >> now, that teen was not armed at the time. the officer said it was too dark to see how old the suspect was or to see exactly what he was holding. after a winter lull, the occupy protesters have once again popped up across the globe hoping to re-energize their movement. >> the anti-wall street activists joined worldwide may day demonstrations yesterday, and they clashed with police in a number of cities including oakland, california, here in new york, as well as in seattle. more on this now from abc's t.j. winick. good morning to you, t.j. >> reporter: good morning, rob and sunny. in many cases may day celebrations consisted of acts of civil disobedience. in cleveland of all places it was a terrorist plot that threatened countless lives. thousands of protesters marched in major cities around the globe. may day, a day of workers' rights, saw huge turnouts at a time when public distrust of corporations is at an all-time high.
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>> all: shut it down. new york is the people's town. >> reporter: in new york city it was the biggest day of protests by the occupy wall street movement since the fall. pockets of demonstrators fanned out targeting banks and corporations. >> this has to do with you and i being able to say that we have quality and affordable health care, quality and affordable housing, quality and affordable education. >> reporter: extra police were deployed to keep the peace. for the most part they seemed content to let the marchers have their say. in cleveland the fbi called one may day plot a threat to national security after five men were arrested for attempting to blow up a bridge. the five self-proclaimed anarchists even tried to detonate improvised explosive devices monday in a dry run. >> the individuals explored the illegal purchase of explosives as well as using precursor chemicals and internet knowledge to make homemade explosives. >> reporter: demonstrations in
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seattle turned violent as several black clad protesters used sticks to smash downtown store windows. there were multiple the arrests in several u.s. cities and the size of the demonstrations did grow throughout the day. rob and sunny. >> all right, thanks a lot, t.j., for that report. now let's take a look at your wednesday weather. severe storms from the plains into the upper midwest all the way to pittsburgh and d.c. near record highs across the south. thunderstorms from florida over to mississippi. some showers in the dakotas, pacific northwest and northern cali. >> 71 in sacramento. 69 in salt lake city and 80 in colorado springs. 80s in dallas, omaha and atlanta. 70s in detroit and baltimore. a cool 53 in boston. well, a needle in a haystack type story here takes us down to florida. >> that's where a guy named eddie frazier was working construction on interstate 75. he was doing his job when he found an urn containing the ashes of a deceased woman. >> turns out her husband had lost the urn in a serious car crash on that road about three years ago. he returned to look for the urn but couldn't find it.
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>> and our hero eddie turned it over to police who are working to return it to the man. he chalked it up to god working miracles. >> lose an urn. >> i know. why is the urn in the car? >> something you'd keep -- it is something you think you'd keep -- it was a car crash. >> why was the urn in the car? >> losing an urn. >> but they're reunited soon hopefully. >> good lost and found story. coming up next, what experts are learning from crash test dummies in airplanes. and later, mark zuckerberg's business-changing and life-saving idea for facebook. how he came up with the potential breakthrough. >> you're watching the "world news now." [ male announcer ] we put a week's worth of bad odors in a home.
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♪ almost had your hopes and dreams ♪ welcome back. well, we take a look at the science of survival now, survival that is in the event of a plane crash. >> yeah, more people than you might expect actually make it out of one alive, and experts are now working on improving your odds even more as abc's jim avila reports. >> reporter: an astounding 76% of passengers aboard serious airplane crashes somehow survive. even fireballs like this 1989 dc-10 crash in sioux city, iowa. more than half on board somehow alive or this ethiopian airliner ditched into the sea. still, 54 people lived to tell, and in crash after crash, a denver fiery takeoff in 2008 and this 737 in 2009 where the jet cracked in two, everyone survived. that's why spectacular, deliberate test crashes like the
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one orchestrated by discovery tv and captured for youtube on what appear to be cell phone cameras in the mexican desert are not just amazing video, they are science projects to improve survivability. >> the chase plane that was actually flying this airplane at the time probably pushed the nose down quite hard so that some of the aircraft would break apart and give them an idea on what was survivable and what wasn't. >> reporter: just like this nasa experiment nearly 30 years ago, there were crash test dummies on board who can be seen absorbing impact and even fire. >> the idea was to look at what could they do to mitigate the fireball that is created by many crashes. >> reporter: among the things learned, ways to improve your personal safety. sit within five rows of an exit. count the number of rows from the exit. sit on an aisle, and don't sleep during takeoff and landing. an mit study found the chance of dying on a scheduled flight in the united states is 1 in 14 million. >> riding on a commercial airplane has got about the same
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amount of risk as riding on an escalator. >> reporter: so despite, and, in fact, because of some of these scary test crashes, even when all seems hopeless, surviving a plane going down is possible, even likely. jim avila, abc news, washington. >> most of you flying today, thanks for watching. >> i'm happy to see that because you know i'm a nervous flier. >> you don't like it. >> i don't. maybe it's the control freak in me. i don't like to fly. i'm always very, very nervous. >> ambien and cocktails. this plane crash that we saw here, the pilots obviously ejected right before the crash here and one of the pilot has a helmet -- had a camera on his helmet, so we'll be able to see his view as he was ejected from that plane when this documentary airs on discovery in the fall, so stay tuned for that, but i feel vindicated in my preference for the aisle seat. you window people, i want to get some sleep. i'm on that aisle seat. i'm gone. >> i'm an aisle seat person. >> that window sleep, you can sleep when you're -- huh-uh.
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♪ skinny so skinny ♪ skinny so skinny well, it's time for the skinny and the update on who got kicked off and bounced off of "dancing with the stars." now, we know that melissa gilbert -- >> who should be gone. >> who should have been gone had the lowest score, and her partner was injured, as well. well, apparently she is still there and, unfortunately, urkel -- >> oh, disappointing the whole winslow family. >> urkel is gone, but you know what, he's not a sore loser. take a listen to what he had to say after he got kicked off. >> i really only thought i would last about three dances in this competition, and i wanted to get three good dances off. that was what i told my momma. to get this far, i've made incredible friends.
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the fans have been incredible. >> yes. [ cheers and applause ] >> i love roshon fegan. i'm happy they saved him. he has a bright future. >> you know, that's very gracious, i think. i think it was very gracious and they all do seem to become close. he mentioned how close he became with roshon. and i notice that the partners get very close. his arm around his partner. >> i think to be dancing that much behind the scenes, the kind of dancing they do, there's got to be some strong sexual energy going on on that dance floor. >> i wasn't thinking sexual energy. >> i'm always thinking sexual energy. >> i was saying chemistry. >> oh, boy, and chemistry leads to sexual energy. just saying, sunny. favorite early on but not anymore. urkel, good to see you -- >> urkel. >> we miss you from "the family
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matters" days. we were talking about jessica simpson's pregnancy since about 1987. finally she's given birth, little daughter maxwell drew johnson was born may 1st after they announced it on her website, 9 pounds, 13 ounces and 21 3/4 inches long. again, the girl's name, maxwell drew johnson. simpson is 31. her fiance eric johnson is 32, and he's a former nfl player and they're doing well. thank god that baby was born because she was huge. >> so uncomfortable. i've been there. i gained 70 pounds. with both of my pregnancies. >> she gained 406 pounds with her pregnancy and gave birth to dumbo. the hospital where she gave birth, cedars-sinai, they have vip rooms where people can give births. so she spent -- >> look at that. >> 4,000 bucks a night for a three-bedroom, two-bath private pad in the hospital. it had flat screen tvs, chilled juices on ice, muffin baskets, manis and pedis, a private dinner for two post labor, sounds like a fancy hotel room. that's how the rich and famous
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roll when they give birth. >> i'm filled with jealousy and resentment. >> big deal. that baby is living better in a couple hours than i have my whole life. >> ashton kutcher's deal is a bill smaller and shorter than anyone expected on "2 1/2 men." talk about the fact that he may get a million dollars an episode going forward. well, no, no, no. apparently he'll be paid slightly more than $700,000, $725,000 per episode, which is about 15 million to 16 million a year and apparently it may not be a two-year deal. it may be a little less than that. >> really. not well so he could be on his way out. probably time to wrap up the show to be honest. >> with charlie gone, maybe it's time. >> charlie sheen speaking of "2 1/2 men" he's suing a strip club here in new york because they named a vip room after charlie sheen and they had it covered with photos of him when his acting days and people are paying 250 bucks to go into the private room and you can actually eat sushi from the bodies of the dancers there.
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♪ someone saved my life tonight ♪ ♪ sugar bear sugar bear ♪ you almost had your hooks in me didn't you dear ♪ oh, nice, nice. >> well, finally this half hour facebook for something other than sharing party pictures and playing farmville. ceo mark zuckerberg took steps yesterday to make his social network into the organ sharing network. >> really cool story here. its impact could be immeasurable to put it mildly. abc's diana perez joins us now with ail the details. good morning, diana. >> reporter: it's already become a part of our everyday lives and how we connect with friends and now it's revolutionizing something else, the way potential donors and recipients can find each other.
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there are more than 113,000 people waiting for a transplant now. barb carpenter needs a liver. >> the wait gets old, really, because you just are always on pins and needles. >> reporter: penny pearson, a lung. >> nobody realizes how hard it is to breathe. >> reporter: 18 people just like barb and penny die every day waiting for a donation, but facebook is about to revolutionize how donors and recipients find each other. in an exclusive interview with our own robin roberts, facebook ceo mark zuckerberg announced you can tell the facebook universe that you're an organ donation. his inspiration to save thousands came after seeing the impact facebook has around the world and from longtime girlfriend and aspiring pediatrician priscilla chan. >> our dinner conversations are often about facebook and the
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kids and the kids that she's meeting, and she'll see them getting sicker, and then all of a sudden an organ becomes available, and it's like she comes home and it's like her face is all lit up because someone's life is going to be better because of this. >> reporter: and the goal to make lives better for everyone says facebook coo and disney board member sheryl sandberg. >> the organ donation crisis is a social crisis. >> reporter: experts say with the number of people on facebook, more than 1 billion, enough connections can be made to make that transplant list disappear. rob and sunny? >> i think it's amazing to use something as powerful as facebook for greater good. >> terrific. >> bravo to facebook. this is our facebook question of the day. will you be identifying yourself as an organ donor on facebook. let us know. wnnfans.com. >> very, very important to be a donor. >> it is, half the nation now on facebook. that's amazing, isn't it? congrats n n n n n n n n n n n q
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this morning on "world news now," explosive plot. federal agents accuse five men of planning to blow up a bridge. >> how the feds went undercover to bust this new kind of home grown terror and blow open a potentially deadly plan. it's wednesday, may 2nd. good wednesday morning, everybody. i'm rob nelson. >> and i'm sunny hostin in for paula faris. we'll get the latest on that may day bomb plot coming up, and we'll bring you up to date on the dramatic and emotional testimony in the john edwards trial. his former campaign aide's wife returns to the stand today. >> that trial is worse than "melrose place." it is wild, wild. >> oh, my goodness. >> so we'll get to that in just
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a second. also this morning, foreigners have loved visiting the netherlands because of the country's relaxed, mellow lull on recreational marijuana use, man. the government is cracking down though now, and tourists are seeing red, so those who love to go overseas and get your high on, it may not be quite as easy now. >> that's right. that's right. >> uh-huh. later this half hour, the exotic animals confiscated after a bizarre series of events in ohio last year. some controversial decisions were made about those animals and their care. >> that was a big story a few months ago. >> it certainly was. >> an interesting twist in that. but first, five suspected homegrown terrorists are in jail this morning charged with trying to blow up a bridge linking two wealthy suburbs in cleveland. >> investigators say the men were fed up with corporate
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america and the federal government. here's abcthom >> reporter: the target of potentially deadly t, t route 82 bridge south of cleveland. more than 13,000 people cross it every day. the fbi says these men placed what they thought were plastic explosives at the foot of two of the bridge's pillars. >> the defendants armed the explosives. the defendants left and went to a remote site, and they then sitting there entered the codes that they thought would blow up a bridge with innocent people traveling over it. >> reporter: but it was all a sting. the explosives were inert provided by an undercover fbi agent. the men had been targeted after an informant came to the fbi claiming he heard them advocating violence at peaceful rally in october. the fbi calls the men self-proclaimed anarchists. >> this case also demonstrates that the threat we face is a diverse one, that terrorism can come in many hues and from many homelands. >> reporter: the fbi recorded one of the suspects, brandon baxter, a/k/a skabby, allegedly talking about his hatred of corporate america.
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authorities say they have him on tape insisting "taking out a bridge in the business district would cost the corporate bigwigs a lot of money." they say they also discussed a federal reserve bank and new casino in cleveland and the republican national convention in tampa, florida. if convicted of the bridge plot, the men could face up to 25 years in prison. pierre thomas, abc news, washington. >> wow. that's what scares me more sometimes. we know about the enemies overseas. it's these homegrown terrorists plotting their agenda that are scary. the fbi has this new method where they're posing as comrades and busting them that way. we've seen this before. effective. >> easy to prove in court when you have that, when you have the fbi informant working in concert with the perpetrators. >> you have tapes perhaps, you have the video. >> and you have their testimony. i think that's going to be
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effective going forward. >> absolutely. we turn overseas. a series of attacks have rocked the capital of afghanistan. at least six people were killed when a suicide car bomber attacked a compound housing hundreds of foreigners. the taliban militants disguised in burqas set the explosives. a taliban spokesman did claim responsibility for the attack saying it was in response to president obama's top secret trip to the country. those bombs went off hours after the president left. that presidential visit carried out under heavy secrecy lasted just over six hours. president obama and afghan president hamid karzai signed a strategic partnership agreement. it outlines ways the u.s. will remain engaged in afghanistan's development and security. later, president obama made the first live presidential address from inside a war zone. >> my administration has been in direct discussions with the taliban. we've made it clear that they can be a part of this future if they break with al qaeda, renounce violence and abide by afghan laws. >> the president told u.s.
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troops that there's a light on the horizon after the long and costly war. in other news this morning, the wife of the key prosecution witness in the john edwards trial is back on the stand today. defense attorneys yesterday tried to damage cheri young's credibility by suggesting migraine headaches may have impaired her memory, and they tried to suggest the youngs made big bucks from the scandal. jurors also saw tax documents in which the youngs acknowledged only $191,000 of the $1.2 million they received went to hunter. it's testimony legal experts say is very significant. >> when they said $1.2 million went to hide the affair, we know from the testimony that most of that $1.2 million went into a lavish home, a pool with $100,000, extravagant trips for the youngs, and it undermines the government's case. >> credibility such an issue in this case. now to convict, prosecutors must
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show that edwards knew that the campaign funds were being used to keep voters, not just his wife, from finding out about his affair. that's the central question, was it trying to protect elizabeth or trying to protect voters and thus the campaign. if it's the latter, that can be a crime. >> remarkable. the players in this, all of them have sort of dirtied up their credibility, so i think that, you know, a jury listening to something like that may have some problems convicting john edwards because the government's star witnesses aren't really clean themselves. >> but the prosecution had to know that going in, so was the strategy here just to kind of publicly embarrass john edwards again? >> i hope not. i mean i think it's a very novel way of bringing a campaign contribution case. i think it's going to be very difficult for them to prove this case, but we'll see. it's so entertaining. >> it's a soap opera. can't argue with that. all right, well, they were once friends and baseball teammates, but yesterday andy
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pettitte and roger clemens were on opposite sides in clemens' perjury trial. pettitte testified that clemens once mentioned to him that he had taken human growth hormones in order to speed up recovery from an injury. clemens says that pettitte misremembers that conversation. federal prosecutors underestimated the amount of city funds stolen by a former financial officer in northern illinois. rita crundwell was arrested last month, accused of funneling $30 million from the city of dixon into a private account. a new indictment says she actually siphoned off $53 million from the small town since 1990. crundwell is accused of using the money to buy a horse farm, lavish homes and cars. >> a lot of upon for a very small town. 53. we turn overseas where lawmakers in britain have issued a critical report aimed at billionaire media mogul rupert murdoch, and it questions his executive abilities after that big phone hacking scandal. for more on this, here's abc's jeffrey kofman from london.
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>> reporter: he is not a fit person to run an international company. he is media titan rupert murdoch. the scathing words come from a british parliamentary committee. >> everybody in the world knows who is responsible for the wrongdoing of news corp. rupert murdoch. more than any individual alive, he is to blame. morally, the deeds are his. >> reporter: the blistering committee report slams murdoch and accuses his son james of willful ignorance in not knowing about the corrupt media practices of their british tabloid, "news of the world," and it accuses senior executives of lying under oath. >> we find news corporation carried out an extensive cover-up of its rampant law breaking. >> reporter: just last week murdoch appeared before a british inquiry into the conduct of his papers. >> i also have to say that i failed. >> reporter: that may not be enough because what was a public relations problem for the head of a global media empire that includes fox news and "the wall street journal" is now a question of integrity.
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>> it's a sad thing, but he's finished. he's over. i think now of mr. murdoch in the past tense. >> reporter: murdoch's company, news corporation, is under investigation by the fbi for violating u.s. law. what was a scandal just here in britain now threatens to undermine his leadership of a $60 billion empire. jeffrey kofman, abc news, london. >> and the murdochs do run or own a tv network out in britain too, so the government controls the licensing for that, so he could lose that license as this thing progresses further. >> that's right. and that's significant. >> yes, it is. chipping away at the empire. a fire has damaged at least one building at the tyler perry studios in atlanta. the fire broke out around 9:00 last night, and it took firefighters about an hour to put it out. the complex includes the 200,000-square-foot studio where perry makes all of his hit films.
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no reports of injuries. no word on what started the fire. a new reality this morning for foreign tourists who normally flock to the netherlands to buy their marijuana. get this, a new policy just went into effect in three provinces requiring a so-called weed pass to now purchase the drug. nonresidents are not eligible for the passes. cafe owners who sell weed plan to protest the policy. obviously. marijuana is technically illegal in the netherlands, but the sale in small quantities, of course, is very much tolerated. apparently it will be a year before this goes into effect. and amsterdam and the government there, of course, amsterdam is famous for extracurriculars, and they don't like the law for obvious reasons, so it may not go into effect there but if it does it'll be about a year from now in case you're mapping out your summer vacation. >> people are upset. >> uh-huh. here's a look at your forecast. showers in the dakotas and pacific northwest. hail with 70-mile-an-hour winds from omaha to des moines to minneapolis and green bay and
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all the way to pittsburgh and baltimore. hot in the south. thunderstorms around birmingham and pensacola. >> 83, miami. 61 here in new york. 53 in beantown. mostly 80s from the twin cities to indianapolis. phoenix at 90. sacramento, 71. billings, 61. the ballroom is a little less crowded this morning now that urkel has been ousted. >> yes, it is our solemn duty to report that jaleel white was last night's big loser on "dancing with the stars." he was defeated in the final "dance duel" of the season by roshon fegan. >> white was gracious in defeat and he said he made great friends and that his fans have been great, as well and said he thought he would only last three dances. he did twice as well as that. >> there we go. well -- >> good to see urkel again. >> yeah, yeah, definitely. coming up, what's next for exotic animals caught in the middle of bizarre circumstances? and later in the show we'll reveal secret menu items at national food chains, something you don't know about. we'll share the good taste. >> you're watching "world news now." ♪ have a whole bunch it doesn't matter what you had for lunch just eat it ♪
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well, you might recall a rather bizarre story from late last year. well, you might recall a rather bizarre story from late last year. dozens of exotic animals killed by authorities as they roamed free in ohio. they had been released by their owner, then he committed suicide. >> and now some of the surviving animals are going right back to that ohio farm, not the most popular decision as paula faris reports. >> reporter: this video obtained by abc news shows the conditions the only surviving exotic animals may be headed back to. only six months ago, this zanesville farm was the scene of a night of terror. 56 wild animals on the loose. >> i'm pretty sure i just saw a wolf in our parking lot. >> reporter: their owner, terry thompson, freeing them from their cages before committing
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suicide. terrified authorities gunning down 48 tigers, lions and bears. now this week the five remaining animals currently under the care of the columbus zoo will be returning to that farm and thompson's widow marian. upon hearing the news late monday the zoo's director emeritus jack hanna took to twitter. "it breaks my heart to think that these animals could be returned to the horrid conditions in which we found them. what i saw in zanesville last october changed my life forever." hanna tried to help wrangle the animals that night and shortly afterward spoke with "good morning america." >> i know you said you are going to be haunted by this. >> when i see these pictures it's hard to believe. >> reporter: the animals in question could be sent back into
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these cages which reportedly haven't been repaired or improved since that october 18th catastrophe. >> the state has no authority to dictate any improvements be made to the property. >> reporter: the local humane society says in their past three visits, they found no violations and thompson's lawyer says she is ready to hm >> we really don't want the animals coming back here after the experience we had. >> reporter: paula faris, abc news, new york. >> i wouldn't want the animals coming back either. i mean if you look at the numbers, there were 50 animals including 18 bengal tigers, 17 lions, 8 bears, 2 wolves and a baboon at this farm. >> that story blew my mind in october and it blows my mind now. if you're keeping count out there, the animals going back are two leopards, two monkeys and a bear heading back to that same farm, so we'll see. just no word for that. we will be right back after this. this. ccccccccccccccccccccccccccc
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question on a wednesday morning, will the miracles never cease when it comes to the internet? here's another example of one. >> that's right.
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after you're done gambling or watching porn, try this, try finding some secret restaurant recipes, secret ones then go ask for them. abc's john berman did just that. >> reporter: we all have secrets. there are secret codes, secret agents, secret lovers, but no secret quite so tasty as secret menus. a monster mac from mcdonald's, a cap'n crunch frappuccino from starbucks, the dirty orgasm from jamba juice. never heard of them? they're not on the menu, but the internet says you can get them. exotic, exciting, unheard of creations that fast food chains will allegedly make you if -- if you know what to ask for. we had to try. >> can i help you? >> reporter: yes, can i get a meat cube, please? >> a what? >> reporter: the meat cube. >> what? >> reporter: you don't offer the meat cube? >> no. >> reporter: okay, so maybe the wendy's drive-through wasn't so
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sure about the four beef patties of the meat cube, but burger king, they nailed the rodeo bbq with a side of frings. can i get a side of frings with that? >> french fries? >> reporter: half french fries, half onion rings. i tried the chocolate dalmatian with java and chocolate chips mixed in but ended up with another secret drink. can i get a chocolate dalmatian here? >> half white mocha, half mocha. >> reporter: that's a tuxedo, but i'll take that too. this is a tuxedo off menu. pretty good. want eight beef patties on your big mac? that's allegedly called a monster mac burger. i tried to get one at mcdonald's but baffled them. can i get a monster mac here? >> what's that? >> reporter: it's eight patties on the big mac. and at jamba juice i got a white gummy bear and fruity pebbles
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even though they were nowhere on the menu. this is the white gummy bear, tastes like gummi bears, and this, this is the fruity pebbles. they did not have the dirty orgasm though they say they get asked for it all the time. these menus are not published by the restaurants but circulated by fans and customers online. it's safe to say it is delicious to be in on the secret. this was the rodeo burger. they did it. it's a cheeseburger with barbecue sauce and onion rings, rodeo. giddyap, cowboy. a bite? john berman, abc news, new york. >> i want the frings. french fries and onion rings. >> i want the dirty orgasm. >> i'm just -- >> i knew i would get you with that. something called the mcgang bang burger at mcdonald's which is a mcchicken sandwich stuffed inside a double cheeseburger. just saying there, folks. pardon me. >> i'm just going to get the frings.
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>> announcer: "world news now" delivers your "morning papers." i love this next story. this would be the topper story of the day like the one yesterday about -- something that was really funny yesterday. why am i blanking on it? >> the teeth. >> yeah, the dentist with the teeth. this one is even better i think. a man in california has now sued bmw north america because he says he took a four-hour trip, round trip on his 1993 bmw bike which has a ridge-like seat. after these four hours on the bike, he now has a condition that he says has given him a persistent lasting erection that has now gone on for 20 months. nearly a two-year erection and says he is suffering emotionally, emotional distress and is unable to engage in sexual activity which is causing him emotional and mental anguish.
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>> and he wants some compensation from bmw? >> he wants some compensation. he wants this issue, you know, to go down, and so he's trying to figure out -- trying to figure out what to do here but that ridge-like seat, that banana seat, you know, it kind of triggered something, and he's had this standing problem now for two years. so this is fascinating to me. but i don't understand when he says it hasn't helped his sexual performance because you've been in that state for two years. >> i can't understand either. >> emotional distress and now suing and thank our colleagues out in california for reporting on this. it's crazy. it's crazy. maybe he'll join the secret service. it'll work out for him, i have a feeling. >> wow. >> thank you. thank you. next in our papers, "the daily mail" is reporting that in germany apparently toddlers are very stressed out, that they are
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stressed out under 5 years old because of the economy, because of all these things that are stressing out adults, sort of being imposed on children, and so now they have in kindergarten these toddlers are getting massages, foot baths, they're walking through wet grass without shoes and socks in an effort to sort of make them less i guess stressed out. so they're in therapy. they also are encouraged to lie quietly while thinking of their favorite things. now, i have a kindergartner, and i think this is absurd. >> stressed out toddlers. give me a break. >> what is that about? they don't have jobs or anything. >> what a coddled world we live in. get out of here. go ride a bmw. relax. >> they're not up at 2:30 in the morning talking about erections. >> and a woman in iowa city named jordan ramos who is suing a bar because she wanted to be a girl to dance on the bar. they said you're not that attractive and you're pregnant which is their way of calling her fat. she's not pregnant and suing for
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this morning on "world news now," secret trip. president obama's visit to afghanistan one year after osama bin laden's dramatic and deadly takedown. his address to the nation from a military base in a war-torn country that's anything but secure. it's wednesday, may 2nd. good morning, everybody. i'm rob nelson. >> and i'm sunny hostin in for paula faris. this morning, we're seeing firsthand how insecure it is in afghanistan. explosions went off just a short time after president obama left the country. we'll update the situation in a live report. >> certainly dramatic moment, the first ever live presidential address from in the middle of a war zone and a war zone clearly it still is hours after the president left bombings took
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place. also, this morning, grandparents in deep trouble. someone thought it would be fun to hitch a kiddie car to their suv and give a 7-year-old a thrill ride. the police, not so amused. >> i'm not amused either actually. >> i don't know what grandpa and grandma were thinking on that one. later this half hour an important medical headline for parents of newborns that has to do with pacifiers, their safety and breast-feeding. >> they are pretty safe which is good to know. >> everyone uses them. >> yeah, you know, okay. but first president obama is on his way back to the white house this morning after a swift and top secret visit to afghanistan. >> he was there about six hours and he delivered the first ever live presidential address from inside a war zone. abc's karen travers is live in washington with the details. good morning, karen. >> reporter: good morning, sunny, good morning, rob. last night the president took
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credit for a strategy that he says changed the tide in afghanistan. after a decade of war, the president declared the end is near. it was an historic moment, the first time a u.s. president addressed the nation live from a war zone. >> my fellow americans we traveled more than a decade under the dark cloud of war, yet, here in the predawn darkness of afghanistan, we can see the light of a new day on the horizon reports it's no coincidence the president picked the one-year anniversary of the raid that killed osama bin laden to make a surprise visit to the place once the terror leader's stronghold. >> this time of war began in afghanistan and this is where it will end. >> reporter: under the cover of darkness air force one landed at bagram airfield tuesday evening. [ applause ] >> reporter: president obama and afghan president hamid karzai signed an agreement on the u.s. role there after 2014. that's when afghan forces are expected to take control of their nation's security. but the deal is limited. it doesn't outline any specific
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troop levels or funding levels after that point. there are roughly 88,000 u.s. forces in afghanistan right now. the surge troops are scheduled to come home by september. the remainder by the end of 2014. a senior administration official says it was important for the president to sign this deal in afghanistan to reinforce the message that even after troops leave, the u.s. remains committed to the afghan people. >> the reason that the afghans have an opportunity for a new tomorrow is because of you. >> reporter: the latest poll from abc news and "the washington post" found that 66% of american, that's a record high, say the war in afghanistan has not been worth fighting. rob and sunny? >> certainly good to see there is a long-term roughly a ten-year plan, plus, for the security of that country but already seeing how tenuous things are there all these years later.
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what can you tell us about the explosions in kabul hours after the president left? >> reporter: it shows that it is still clearly a war zone. six have been killed in a series of suicide attacks. there were three explosions, they were followed by gunfire. the taliban has claimed responsibility in a statement and, rob and sunny, they say it was in direct response to the president's visit. >> and, karen, you've been on these secret trips to afghanistan before. many were surprised that the president just arrived in afghanistan. can you tell us a bit more about how those arrangements are made? >> reporter: completely secret, sunny. if any word leaks out that the president is going to a war zone they might have to call off the trip because that could risk the president's safety. the reporters on the plane, it's a very small group, they are not allowed to report the president is there until he has landed or until the white house says it is okay. today in that instance it was a couple minutes after they had already been on the ground. as you said, the president was only on the ground for a short time. less than seven hours. it is very key the timing there. he arrived in the dark. he left before the sun came up. that is all because of security. these are very, very tricky trips to pull off but this is the president's third trip to afghanistan.
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all has been a secret. rob and sunny. >> karen travers live for us in washington, thank you. >> important milestone for that war. thanks again, karen. mitt romney earlier accused the president of politicizing that fleeting national sense of unity that came, of course, with the death of bin laden. but his campaign later issued a statement saying that romney was pleased that the president had returned to afghanistan, that the troops and the american people deserve to hear from the president exactly what is at stake in the ongoing war. >> well, he had promised the political fight all the way to tampa, but today newt gingrich ends his presidential campaign. gingrich says he will continue to travel with his wife making speeches to defeat president obama. the romney campaign and the republican national committee have offered to be helpful as gingrich works to retire his campaign debt. >> about 4 million in debt, in fact. the dow opens on the upswing this morning after rallying to a four-year high, the best close
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since december of 2007. it's all being driven by strong numbers in u.s. manufacturing. americans are seeing a boost in their 401(k)s. thank you. we get the details now from abc's david muir. >> reporter: wall street hit a four-year high during trading today. what sent it there? inside americans factories, new numbers revealing the pace of manufacturing in the u.s. rising to its highest level in nearly a year. economists and wall street hope for something else. they say these stronger manufacturing numbers deliver job security to workers already on the line and the hope that more workers will be added like the new jobs we saw in charlotte, north carolina where just back from the factory here they're choosing america to their turbine that power plants all over the world, saudi arabia, venezuela, thailand, able to support their family again. but a challenge he and so many other workers were desperate for, 750 new hires in the last
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year, ready to hire 825 more. >> now that i have my electrolux washer -- >> reporter: appliance maker electrolux putting their american factories on spin cycle, 500 new hires in the last year and plan to hire 200 more and it's that strength fueling the market and so many americans' 401(k)s, retirements that had taken a beating. the average 401(k) at the lowest point of the market three years ago, $109,000. that same 401(k) tonight, $225,000. the market has now more than doubled since that low. at one point the dow was up to its highest level during trading not seen since 2007 all because of that promise, workers on the assembly line kicking up the pace not only in those factories but in our 401(k)s too. david muir, abc news, new york. >> occupy protesters hit the streets yesterday re-emerging in dozens of cities across the country and the world.
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things got violent in some areas. police fired tear gas at anti-wall street demonstrators in oakland, california, before making several arrests and there were also clashes here in new york but thousands later gathered for a peaceful protest. a florida couple has been arrested taking their granddaughter on a dangerous joyride. sarasota police officers spotted paul and belinda berloni towing the girl in a toy car attached to their suv by two dog leashes and say both grandparents were intoxicated. the little girl was sitting in the hot wheels car wearing a bathing suit. make matters worse, she wasn't even wearing a helmet. the grandfather was driving about ten miles an hour on a paved access road. fortunately, though, the child was not hurt. who spiked grandma and grandpa's prune juice? >> the grandparents were intoxicated. >> it's a crazy world. are you kidding me? oh, man. >> thank goodness no one was hurt. >> yes.
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here's your wednesday weather, hail, gusty winds and chance of tornadoes from omaha to des moines, minneapolis and chicago and detroit. also stormy around pittsburgh and d.c. scattered afternoon thunderstorms from tallahassee to biloxi. in the pacific northwest, showers. >> you know it's biloxi. near 60 in seattle, boise and billings, phoenix at 90, albuquerque, ten degrees less, 80. 61 here in the big apple. >> well, there's nothing like a new hairdo to make anyone or anything feel a little bit better. check these out. >> yes, that is quite a look there. dear lord. what is called an alpaca, a close relative of the llama. these 'dos are the handiwork of a farming family in australia. >> they have to be shaved to allow them to grow a new coat for next winter.
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>> they say between five and ten pounds of hair is cut off the alpacas every year. most of it is used in stuff like fleeces, maybe even socks, and fur from hundreds of then was helped to soak up oil, in fact, during the bp gulf of mexico disaster. so multi-purpose. >> and they look good. i went to peru and the alpaca wool sweaters and socks, very popular. >> really? so peta, send your e-mails to sunny hostin at abc. coming up, what parents of newborns need to know about pacifiers, a major medical study. >> who doesn't love a nipple? the rodney king riots, 20 years ago this week. our look inside the "abc news vault." >> you're watching "world news now." let me tell you about a very important phone call i made.
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welcome back, everybody. well, 20 years ago right now one of the more painful chapters of modern u.s. history was coming to an end. those deadly riots in the city of los angeles. >> they followed the beating of rodney king by l.a. police officers and their acquittals at trial. we look back at our coverage now from our "abc news vault." >> from abc news, "world news" saturday. substituting for carole simpson, jeff rose. >> finally, the nightmare in los angeles appears to be over. today those who lived in the burned out and looted neighborhoods were assessing the damage both physical and emotional from one of the deadliest urban riots in modern american history. with the latest from los angeles here's abc's john martin. >> reporter: amid the smoke and haze this morning, it seemed that the violence and
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destruction were at an end, even though 40 more suspected looters were arrested overnight. everywhere there were reminders of what had happened. 43 dead, 1,765 injured. 3,767 structure fires. $500 million or more in damages. there were bitter ironies. at the martin luther king shopping center in watts, built from the ashes of the watts riots of 1965, all the shops were destroyed, symbols of three generations of poverty and violence for blacks in los angeles. at midday the pentagon said federal troops were moving to close in staging areas. mayor tom bradley said they would be deployed but did not appear on the streets. >> curfew which has worked well for two nights will be maintained during the course of the weekend. >> reporter: national guard soldiers protected unusual properties and damaged properties. in front of them, the city tried to clean up today. in hollywood, volunteers
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streamed along the sidewalks and in passing trucks to help wherever they were needed. this afternoon, demonstrators showed up outside while the first of thousands of suspected looters were arraigned on burglary charges. more due tomorrow. meanwhile, about 5,000 residents, mostly korean ancestry, called for justice and peace. so a city that has endured what is nearly the most destructive urban riot in american history is turning now to clean itself up and to try to heal its wounds. john martin, abc news, los angeles. >> the violent response to the verdict spread to at least eight major cities across the country, last night and today. a mob made up of white teenagers went on a rampage through downtown seattle breaking windows, setting fires and attacking bystanders. police made 115 arrests. in the normally quiet town of new rochelle outside new york city, police had to call in reinforcements from neighboring communities when hundreds of young people started looting stores and overturning cars at a
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local shopping mall. here in washington in the fashionable georgetown area, crowds smashed shop windows while downtown a high-tech office complex was set on fire. >> dark, dark days. i remember them well too and highlighted still the racial divide in the country, a little bit -- the numbers on this, 54 people ultimately died. more than a billion dollars in damage is the final stats from those few days. >> i don't think people realized 54 people died during the riots. >> and believe it or not, of course, the saying that came out of that, everyone remembers rodney king saying "can't we all just get along." it's become a punch line but at the moment it was a sincere question, what's going on here? you know, it is crazy, so, but, yeah, 20 years. >> 20 years. >> we didn't see anything quite like that until the o.j. trial years later. coming up next after the break separating fact from fiction for parents of newborns out there. >> the latest research on pacifiers is music to a nursing mother's ears. you're watching "world news now."
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♪ i was your baby baby baby ♪ i w ♪ i was your baby baby baby baby ♪ ♪ i was your baby baby baby baby ♪ ♪ i needed love a message for the new parents out there this morning, we know you are watching and we thank you. by the way, here's some good news about that pacifier stuck in your newborn's mouth. >> some new research says that pacifier can actually promote good health. the details from abc's dr. tim johnson. >> reporter: no sooner do we pop into the world than they're popped into our mouths. but some experts say giving pacifiers to newborns impedes proper breast-feeding. now a new study says don't be so quick to pull the plug on pacifiers. research presented to the annual
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meeting of the pediatric academic societies finds pacifiers may increase the rate of breast-feeding. scientists studied more than 2,200 infants during their birth hospitalization. their rate of exclusive breast-feeding decreased from 79% to 68% after newborns' use of pacifiers was restricted. the authors aren't sure why and don't advocate a radical change in hospital policy on pacifiers. but it seems that babies' earliest creature comfort may be a healthy attachment after all. i'm dr. timothy johnson. >> you said your kids didn't like them, though. >> no, i didn't get the advantage of that. spit them out. >> what didn't they like? >> you like them. >> i'm a big -- i'm a big -- before the show i get nervous, need some quiet time. >> i soothe myself. you know what i mean. pacifier. and i'm not going to go any further like that because i don't feel like getting fired
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♪ oh yeah little red corvette ♪ oh yeah little red corvette baby you're much too fast yes you are ♪ ♪ little red corvette need to find a lover that's going to last ♪ ♪ uh-huh >> who doesn't love that song, who doesn't love prince. i love it. finally this half hour that little red corvette out on a joyride. who can forget the classic scenes of joyriding from "ferris bueller's day off." >> life repeating art starring a guy who runs a parking lot in florida. jeff deal from our station in orlando reports. >> reporter: it's red.
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it's fast, and it proved too tempting for the owner of this parking lot. we got a tip that jay nieves of premier parking spot in orlando, florida, was doing more than just watching customer's cars. to investigate, we rented this flashy, corvette convertible, equipped it with a gps tracking device and dropped it off, pretending to be a husband and wife headed for vacation. just six hours later, the gps tracking device sent us a text message, alerting the car was in motion. that's when we captured this video of nieves and another employee joyriding in our car. they were peeling out on dirt roads and even smoking cigarettes along the highway. we saw him taking pictures with the corvette, driving it to applebee's and even parking it at his home overnight. he went to ace hardware. this is nieves walking from the store. later he loaded it with lumber at his home and even allowed a dog to run around inside the customer's car. for two days we followed him all over town hitting speeds over 65 miles an hour and racking up
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more than 60 miles. finally, when he left it in the parking lot with the top down and door open, we'd seen enough. whose car are you guys driving out there? >> whose car are we driving? >> reporter: yeah, the red corvette. we're not driving anybody's car, why? >> reporter: you guys were driving that car all over town. >> what are you talking about? >> reporter: even though we had all this video -- let me show you something, jay. let me show you this video. you recognize this road? you recognize those people in that car? >> we weren't driving anybody's car. >> reporter: he denied he ever took a joy ride. you're going to say you weren't driving that car? tell me the truth. be honest with us. >> you're completely wrong. >> reporter: it would appear our video tells a different story. for abc news, jeff deal, cocoa, florida. >> caught red-handed and still going to lie. i got the videotape. >> how can you -- >> see, that's who really took the car. that's right. you got to look good when you go
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this morning on ld new this morning on "world news now," afghan agreement. president obama's secret trip to afghanistan and the deal he made with leaders there. >> the political and military impact after a visit that will go down in history. it's wednesday, may 2nd. good morning. i'm sunny hostin. paula faris is on assignment. >> and i'm rob nelson. good morning, everybody. while the president is proud of progress made in afghanistan, that country is still anything but secure. a series of explosions went off in kabul not long after air force one took off, headed back to the white house. we will take a look at what the president actually accomplished. also this morning, the nasty protest worldwide as the occupy movement expressed widespread anger. in one city a plot by a
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homegrown terror group appeared very threatening. >> still hard to decipher what their main goal is. there's never been -- one of the criticisms been there's not a -- >> a centralized message. >> of what the next step is, what the demands are, nothing. just kind of violence after hibernating for most of the winter re-emerged yesterday. what are we trying to get besides press coverage? but also later this half hour, was it a surprise to see jaleel white, urkel, got the boot off "dancing with the stars"? did i do that here? what urkel says about his earlier-than-expected exit coming up later in "the skinny." we begin with that developing story in afghanistan just hours after president obama declared the taliban had been broken, the terror group launched a series of attacks in kabul. >> at least six people have been killed as explosions and gunfire rang out in the eastern part of
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the city. the u.s. embassy there warned of an ongoing attack. with more on the president's trip now, abc's jake tapper is at the white house. >> reporter: the president stepped down from air force one on to bagram airfield cloaked in secrecy and darkest night, a surprise visit not coincidentally on the anniversary of the killing of osama bin laden. as he spoke to the nation, the first president ever to do so from a war zone. >> this time of war began in afghanistan, and this is where it will end. >> reporter: taking credit for a strategy in afghanistan, he said it's succeeding. >> and one year ago from a base here in afghanistan, our troops launched the operation that killed osama bin laden. the goal that i set to defeat al qaeda and deny it a chance to rebuild is now within our reach. >> reporter: the president had two almost contradictory messages to americans that u.s. troops are coming home by the end of 2014. >> we traveled through more than a decade under the dark cloud of
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war, yet, here in the predawn darkness of afghanistan, we can see the light of a new day on the horizon. >> reporter: to afghans, that the u.s. will remain their partner long after that. >> the agreement we signed today sends a clear message to the afghan people. as you stand up, you will not stand alone. it establishes the basis for our cooperation over the next decade including shared commitments to combat terrorism and strengthen democratic institutions. >> reporter: earlier president obama and afghan president hamid karzai signed a strategic partnership agreement outlining ways the u.s. will remain engaged in afghanistan's development and security. after which the president travelled to bagram where he spoke to u.s. troops. >> and there's going to be heartbreak and pain and difficulty ahead, but there's a light on the horizon because of the sacrifices you've made. >> reporter: the successful mission to take out osama bin laden has emerged as a major
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obama campaign talking point in recent days, even if polls indicate most americans are far more concerned about the state of the economy than they are about national security. jake tapper, abc news, the white house. >> interesting. we have about 88,000 troops still there, 68,000 will be left and by the end of september. the goal is to get everyone out by the end of 2014. now that compromise that the president signed will keep us there till 2024, not in a combat role but other ways to aid the country because the lesson is years after the soviets occupied afghanistan, when they left, there was this leadership vacuum that allowed the taliban, that allowed al qaeda to grow and led to 9/11. they don't want to make those same mistakes. >> provided the time line which some are criticizing him for. now our enemies know when we're getting out. our friends are concerned we're getting out, but it's been ten years. >> how long can we stay to police -- interesting too. the speech came on the anniversary of president bush's "mission accomplished" speech way back when which seems like a lifetime ago.
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but shows you how history can kind of twist and turn a little bit, interesting. >> that's right. five people are expected to face serious charges today in connection with the hazing death of a florida drum major. detectives say robert champion suffered blunt trauma blows, that he died from shock caused by severe bleeding after he was hazed by other band members. the band was suspended following his death, and two music professors were forced to resign in another hazing related incident. a 14-year-old texas boy is in critical condition after getting shot by a police officer at his school. police say the eighth grader was burglarizing the school in the middle of the night and the officer responding to the break-in said i felt threatened and opened fire when that boy refused his order to stop. >> called for backup. before backup arrived, the suspect came out of the building. the officer confronted the suspect at that point, and a single shot was fired. >> what the kid did was wrong. did he deserve to maybe possibly
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lose his life over it? no, i don't think so. >> now, that teen was not armed at the time. the officer said it was too dark to see how old the suspect was or to see exactly what he was holding. after a winter lull, the occupy protesters have once again popped up across the globe hoping to re-energize their movement. >> the anti-wall street activists joined worldwide may day demonstrations yesterday, and they clashed with police in a number of cities including oakland, california, here in new york, as well as in seattle. more on this now from abc's t.j. winick. good morning to you, t.j. >> reporter: good morning, rob and sunny. in many cases may day celebrations consisted of acts of civil disobedience. in cleveland of all places it was a terrorist plot that threatened countless lives. thousands of protesters marched in major cities around the globe. may day, a day of workers' rights, saw huge turnouts at a time when public distrust of corporations is at an all-time high. >> all: shut it down. new york is the people's town.
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>> reporter: in new york city it was the biggest day of protests by the occupy wall street movement since the fall. pockets of demonstrators fanned out targeting banks and corporations. >> this has to do with you and i being able to say that we have quality and affordable health care, quality and affordable housing, quality and affordable education. >> reporter: extra police were deployed to keep the peace. for the most part they seemed content to let the marchers have their say. in cleveland the fbi called one may day plot a threat to national security after five men were arrested for attempting to blow up a bridge. the five self-proclaimed anarchists even tried to detonate improvised explosive devices monday in a dry run. >> the individuals explored the illegal purchase of explosives as well as using precursor chemicals and internet knowledge to make homemade explosives. >> reporter: demonstrations in seattle turned violent as several black clad protesters used sticks to smash downtown store windows.
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there were multiple the arrests in several u.s. cities and the size of the demonstrations did grow throughout the day. rob and sunny. >> all right, thanks a lot, t.j., for that report. now let's take a look at your wednesday weather. severe storms from the plains into the upper midwest all the way to pittsburgh and d.c. near record highs across the south. thunderstorms from florida over to mississippi. some showers in the dakotas, pacific northwest and northern cali. >> 71 in sacramento. 69 in salt lake city and 80 in colorado springs. 80s in dallas, omaha and atlanta. 70s in detroit and baltimore. a cool 53 in boston. well, a needle in a haystack type story here takes us down to florida. >> that's where a guy named eddie frazier was working construction on interstate 75. he was doing his job when he found an urn containing the ashes of a deceased woman. >> turns out her husband had lost the urn in a serious car crash on that road about three years ago.
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he returned to look for the urn but couldn't find it. >> and our hero eddie turned it over to police who are working to return it to the man. he chalked it up to god working miracles. >> lose an urn. >> i know. why is the urn in the car? >> something you'd keep -- it is something you think you'd keep -- it was a car crash. >> why was the urn in the car? >> losing an urn. >> but they're reunited soon hopefully. >> good lost and found story. coming up next, what experts are learning from crash test dummies in airplanes. and later, mark zuckerberg's business-changing and life-saving idea for facebook. how he came up with the potential breakthrough. >> you're watching the "world news now." [ male announcer ] we put a week's worth of bad odors in a home.
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welcome back. well, we take a look at the science of survival now, survival that is in the event of a plane crash. >> yeah, more people than you might expect actually make it out of one alive, and experts are now working on improving your odds even more as abc's jim avila reports. >> reporter: an astounding 76% of passengers aboard serious airplane crashes somehow survive. even fireballs like this 1989 dc-10 crash in sioux city, iowa. more than half on board somehow alive or this ethiopian airliner ditched into the sea. still, 54 people lived to tell, and in crash after crash, a denver fiery takeoff in 2008 and this 737 in 2009 where the jet cracked in two, everyone survived. that's why spectacular, deliberate test crashes like the one orchestrated by discovery tv and captured for youtube on what
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appear to be cell phone cameras in the mexican desert are not just amazing video, they are science projects to improve survivability. >> the chase plane that was actually flying this airplane at the time probably pushed the nose down quite hard so that some of the aircraft would break apart and give them an idea on what was survivable and what wasn't. >> reporter: just like this nasa experiment nearly 30 years ago, there were crash test dummies on board who can be seen absorbing impact and even fire. >> the idea was to look at what could they do to mitigate the fireball that is created by many crashes. >> reporter: among the things learned, ways to improve your personal safety. sit within five rows of an exit. count the number of rows from the exit. sit on an aisle, and don't sleep during takeoff and landing. an mit study found the chance of dying on a scheduled flight in the united states is 1 in 14 million. >> riding on a commercial airplane has got about the same
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amount of risk as riding on an escalator. >> reporter: so despite, and, in fact, because of some of these scary test crashes, even when all seems hopeless, surviving a plane going down is possible, even likely. jim avila, abc news, washington. >> most of you flying today, thanks for watching. >> i'm happy to see that because you know i'm a nervous flier. >> you don't like it. >> i don't. maybe it's the control freak in me. i don't like to fly. i'm always very, very nervous. >> ambien and cocktails. this plane crash that we saw here, the pilots obviously ejected right before the crash here and one of the pilot has a helmet -- had a camera on his helmet, so we'll be able to see his view as he was ejected from that plane when this documentary airs on discovery in the fall, so stay tuned for that, but i feel vindicated in my preference for the aisle seat. you window people, i want to get some sleep.
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i'm on that aisle seat. i'm gone. >> i'm an aisle seat person. >> that window sleep, you can sleep when you're -- huh-uh. coming up next, big news about jessica simpson, long awaited news about jessica simpson. and no hard feelings as urkel exits the ballroom. it's all next in "the skinny."
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♪ skinny so skinny ♪ skinny so skinny ♪ skinny so skinny well, it's time for the skinny and the update on who got kicked off and bounced off of "dancing with the stars." now, we know that melissa gilbert -- >> who should be gone. >> who should have been gone had the lowest score, and her partner was injured, as well. well, apparently she is still there and, unfortunately, urkel -- >> oh, disappointing the whole winslow family. >> urkel is gone, but you know what, he's not a sore loser. take a listen to what he had to say after he got kicked off. >> i really only thought i would last about three dances in this competition, and i wanted to get three good dances off. that was what i told my momma.
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to get this far, i've made incredible friends. the fans have been incredible. >> yes. [ cheers and applause ] >> i love roshon fegan. i'm happy they saved him. he has a bright future. >> you know, that's very gracious, i think. i think it was very gracious and they all do seem to become close. he mentioned how close he became with roshon. and i notice that the partners get very close. his arm around his partner. >> i think to be dancing that much behind the scenes, the kind of dancing they do, there's got to be some strong sexual energy going on on that dance floor. >> i wasn't thinking sexual energy. >> i'm always thinking sexual energy. >> i was saying chemistry. >> oh, boy, and chemistry leads to sexual energy. just saying, sunny. favorite early on but not anymore. urkel, good to see you -- >> urkel. >> we miss you from "the family matters" days. we were talking about jessica simpson's pregnancy since about 1987. finally she's given birth,
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little daughter maxwell drew johnson was born may 1st after they announced it on her website, 9 pounds, 13 ounces and 21 3/4 inches long. again, the girl's name, maxwell drew johnson. simpson is 31. her fiance eric johnson is 32, and he's a former nfl player and they're doing well. thank god that baby was born because she was huge. >> so uncomfortable. i've been there. i gained 70 pounds. with both of my pregnancies. >> she gained 406 pounds with her pregnancy and gave birth to dumbo. the hospital where she gave birth, cedars-sinai, they have vip rooms where people can give births. so she spent -- >> look at that. >> 4,000 bucks a night for a three-bedroom, two-bath private pad in the hospital. it had flat screen tvs, chilled juices on ice, muffin baskets, manis and pedis, a private dinner for two post labor, sounds like a fancy hotel room. that's how the rich and famous roll when they give birth.
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>> i'm filled with jealousy and resentment. >> big deal. >> i didn't get anything like that. >> that baby is living better in a couple hours than i have my whole life. >> ashton kutcher's deal is a bill smaller and shorter than anyone expected on "2 1/2 men." talk about the fact that he may get a million dollars an episode going forward. well, no, no, no. apparently he'll be paid slightly more than $700,000, $725,000 per episode, which is about 15 million to 16 million a year and apparently it may not be a two-year deal. it may be a little less than that. >> really. not well so he could be on his way out. probably time to wrap up the show to be honest. >> with charlie gone, maybe it's time. >> charlie sheen speaking of "2 1/2 men" he's suing a strip club here in new york because they named a vip room after charlie sheen and they had it covered with photos of him when his acting days and people are paying 250 bucks to go into the private room and you can actually eat sushi from the
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bodies of the dancers there. now he's suing them saying take down my name. nothing like bad sushi in the champagne room. bad sushi in the champagne room. follow the wings.
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♪ someone saved my life ♪ someone saved my life tonight ♪ ♪ sugar bear sugar bear ♪ you almost had your hooks in me didn't you dear ♪ oh, nice, nice. >> well, finally this half hour facebook for something other than sharing party pictures and playing farmville. ceo mark zuckerberg took steps yesterday to make his social network into the organ sharing network. >> really cool story here. its impact could be immeasurable to put it mildly. abc's diana perez joins us now with ail the details. good morning, diana. >> reporter: it's already become a part of our everyday lives and how we connect with friends and
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now it's revolutionizing something else, the way potential donors and recipients can find each other. there are more than 113,000 people waiting for a transplant now. barb carpenter needs a liver. >> the wait gets old, really, because you just are always on pins and needles. >> reporter: penny pearson, a lung. >> nobody realizes how hard it is to breathe. >> reporter: 18 people just like barb and pery waiting for a dnati revolutionize how donors and recipients fd ea in an esive our own robin roberts, facebook ceo mark zuckerberg announced you can tell the facebook universe that you're an organ donation. his inspiration to save thousands came after seeing the impact facebook has around the world and from longtime girlfriend and aspiring pediatrician priscilla chan. >> our dinner conversations are often about facebook and the kids and the kids that she's
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meeting, and she'll see them getting sicker, and then all of a sudden an organ becomes available, and it's like she comes home and it's like her face is all lit up because someone's life is going to be better because of this. >> reporter: and the goal to make lives better for everyone says facebook coo and disney board member sheryl sandberg. >> the organ donation crisis is a social crisis. >> reporter: experts say with the number of people on facebook, more than 1 billion, enough connections can be made to make that transplant list disappear. rob and sunny? >> i think it's amazing to use something as powerful as facebook for greater good. >> terrific. >> bravo to facebook. this is our facebook question of the day. will you be identifying yourself as an organ donor on facebook. let us know. wnnfans.com. >> very, very important to b
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