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this morning, beginning of the end. >> president obama swoops into afghanistan and does a delicate dance, offering an end game to the war without abandoning our long-term mission there. your money. stock markets overseas soaring today, after the dow's biggest trading day in four years. also this morning, child endangerment. the mom accused of taking her 5-year-old to a tanning salon. did the little girl's sunburn come from the sun or from the salon? and the final dance duel of the season gets one more celeb booted from the ballroom. good morning. i'm sunny hostin. paula faris is on assignment. >> good morning, everybody. i'm rob nelson. air force one is on its way back
to washington now. but just after it left, the taliban launched a series of assaults in kabul. >> the deadly attack underscores the major challenges that remain in afghanistan. but during his brief visit, the commander in chief focused, instead, on what the u.s. has accomplished during the long war. we begin with abc's tahman bradley. >> reporter: president obama is on his way home, after delivering the first presidential address from inside a war zone. during his remarks last night, the president declared that the war in afghanistan is coming to an end. >> here, in the pre-dawn darkness of afghanistan, we can see the light of a new day on the horizon. >> reporter: president obama made the secret trip to afghanistan on the anniversary of osama bin laden's death. the president took credit for a strategy that he says helped turn the tide in the decade-long war. >> we broke the taliban's momentum. we built strong afghan security forces.
the goal that i set, to defeat al qaeda and deny it a chance to rebuild, is now within our reach. >> reporter: the u.s. and its nato allies are set to hand off security to afghans by the end of 2014. but the president signed an agreement on the trip, with afghan president hamid karzai, outlining a role for the u.s. in afghanistan for security and development through 2024. >> the agreement we signed today sends a clear message to the afghan people. as you stand up, you will not stand alone. >> reporter: the president also greeted troops while in afghanistan, thanking them for their sacrifice and service. hours after the president departed, a reminder of the fragile security situation with an early-morning suicide attack in the capital of kabul. authorities say at least six people were killed. the president said his administration will work with afghanistan past 2014 to determine what support they need. but there will be no permanent military bases. rob and sunny? >> end game, indeed. tahman bradley, thanks for that
report. and it is a very key point that tahman just mentioned. the president's message to afghans, that america's not bailing, despite a war that may soon be over. abc's global affairs anchor, christiane amanpour, talked about just that on "nightline." >> absolutely vital that the president did what he did. that there will be an american presence, even after combat troops come home. that terribly dangerous vacuum after the soviets were defeated, led to the taliban, led to al qaeda and led to the 9/11 plot and all the violence afterward. now, the challenge for the president is to make sure that the taliban is either defeated or there's a negotiated settlement. but that doesn't look like it's bearing fruit at the moment. there are no negotiations. and they have to have the safe havens in pakistan neutralized. and that's going to take getting the relationship between the u.s. and pakistan back on track. it's broken right now. so, how do they fly the world's most recognizable plane right into an active war zone? well, abc news has a reporter
with the president who says few people knew about the trip. they showed up late monday night to a back gate at andrews air force base, finding a completely dark air force one. the seven-hour stay in afghanistan, coordinated so the plane would arrive and take off in darkness. you can read more behind the scenes of the clandestine mission at abcnews.com. while some republicans accused the president of making a campaign-style visit to afghanistan, his chief rival was a bit more measured. the romney campaign issued a t y 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, what is at stake in the war. he had promised a 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 help pay off gingrich's debt.
well, there are some major developments in the case of that chinese dissident who escaped house arrest last week. a senior u.s. official says chen guangcheng has now arrived at a medical facility in beijing are me will receive medical treatment and also be reunited with his family. china is asking for an apology from the u.s. for protecting him. lots of tension, just as high-level talks between chinese officials and secretary of state hillary clinton begin. she arrived in beijing overnight. occupy protesters have reemerged, joining may day demonstrators in dozens of cities across the country and the world. some of the wildest clashes took place in oakland, california, overnight. police there used tear gas again to disperse an anti-wall street crowd. they also fired tear gas at demonstrators hours earlier and made several arrests. things also got out of hand here in new york, as activists called for an end for income inequality and housing foreclosures.
after confrontations with police ended in arrest, thousands of people later gathered for a peaceful demonstration. five men described as homegrown terrorists are now under arrest in ohio for plotting to blow up a bridge. investigators described the suspects as anarchists who were fed up with corporate america and the federal government. there was never any real danger, though, since the men had been unknowingly working with an fbi informant for months before their arrest. if convicted of the bridge plot, the men years behind bars. time, now, for the weather from across the nation. severe storms with hail and high winds from the plains into the upper midwest, all the way to pittsburgh and d.c. near record highs across the south. thunderstorms from florida to mississippi. showers in the dakotas, pacific northwest and northern california. >> 71 in sacramento. 69 in salt lake city. 80 in colorado springs. 80s in dallas, omaha and atlanta. 70s in detroit and baltimore.
december 2007. that was the first month, actually, of the great recession. lifting the market is news that u.s. manufacturing grew faster than expected last month. new orders, production and one measure of hiring were also up. well, retirement accounts are up, too. the average 401(k) rose from over $69,000 back in december, to $74,600 in march. that's an increase of about 8%. the market rally accounted for most of the increase. but workers put aside more. and employers, well, they matched it. and that good news for the u.s. markets is lifting stocks overseas, as well. tokyo's nikkei average gained 29 points today. hong kong's hang seng was up 251 points in late trading. and in london, the ftse opened higher. investors are marking their calendars for may 18th. "the wall street journal" reports that's the day facebook stock will go on sale to the public for the very first time. on monday, company executives begin meetings to promote the sale.
the ipo is expected to raise $5 billion. and facebook's new campaign to boost organ donation has already exceeded expectations. just hours after chief executive mark zuckerberg revealed on "good morning america" that the site's 900 million users can share their donor status and link with state databases, california's registry said its donor signup has soared nearly 800%. >> that's such great news. and now, the social security administration is going online. the department used to mail workers an annual statement, estimating how much they could expect when they retire. but now, it is all online. you can go to ssa.gov, to create an account and find out your information anytime. >> that's good. >> yeah. catching up with the time. next up, the new jersey mom accused of taking her 5-year-old to a tanning salon. >> a little snooki. great. and also this morning, two jets on a collision course.
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people in the denver area got an upclose look at a huge dust devil. this rotating column of air whipy air whipped through adams county yesterday. it spins like a twister but does not touch the clouds. this one was pretty much harmless. now, for a look at road conditions on this wednesday. drenching rain i-80, from pennsylvania to nebraska. wet on 75 and 95 in florida. and i-10, from pensacola, to new orleans. also slick on i-5, in the pacific northwest. >> if you're flying, airport delays are possible in chicago, minneapolis, detroit and washington, d.c. back to the news this morning. the wife of the key prosecution witness in the john edwards'
trial, she will be back on the stand later today. defense attorneys yesterday tried to damage cheri young's credibility, by suggesting migraine headaches may have impaired her memory. >> and they also tried to suggest the youngs made big bucks from the scandal. jurors saw tax documents in which the youngs acknowledge that only $191,000 of the $1.2 million they received went to hunter. 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 and he died from shock, caused by severe bleeding after he was hazed by other band members. florida a&m suspended the band after champion's death. two florida grandparents after under arrest after pulling a dangerous stunt. they were caught towing their 7-year-old granddaughter in a toy car attached to their suv with two dog leashes. the child was not wearing a
helmet. both grandparents were sfwox intoxicated. the grandfather was driving about 10 miles per hour on a paved access road. the child was not hurt. >> what were they thinking? a new jersey mom is in trouble with the law. she's accused of taking her 5-year-old daughter in a tanning booth. patricia crenfield was arrested for child endangerment. the mom insists her daughter sits outside the booth while she tans. >> i never, once in my life, would let my daughter, especially at that age, go into a tanning booth. >> my lord. officials say the child was taken into the booth without the salon's knowledge. we'll have much more on this story later today on "good morning america." that picture kind of says it all. >> yes, it does. some harsh blame is being placed for an air traffic
control error in hawaii, that put two jets on a collision course. it happened at honolulu's airport in january. an air traffic controller had put a j put a japan airline 767 and a u.p.s. jet on the same flight path. they were at the same altitude and came within two miles of each other. the report says it was all the fault of an inexperienced controller who had only been fully certified for a couple of weeks. he was then offered more training. and a fire has damaged at least one building at the tyler perry studios in atlanta. the fire broke out around 9:00 last night. it took firefighters about an hour to put it out. the complex includes the 200,000-square-foot studio where perry makes his hit films. no injuries. no word on what started the fire. more american teens aret. th spoking pot. that's according to a report that will be released this morning. a quarter of them used marijuana last year. that's up 8% from just four
years ago. also, nearly one in ten teens is lighting up at least 20 times a month. the study finds abuse of prescription medicines, though, easing just slightly. and here's something to think about on your commute. a new report from the society of automotive engineers finds a staggering number of us do not use turn signals, causing 2,000 accidents every year. we fail to signal half the time we're changing lanes. and fail a quarter of the time a turn. scary. time, now, from sports. we get the latest highlights from espn. >> good morning. i'm zubin mehenti. the bulls lost home court advantage to the sixers. game two in chicago. d.j. watson has been rose's primary replacement. coming up big. coming up even bigger, holiday, had 26. andre iguodala, showing why he's
a first-time nba all-star. sixers up seven. then, iguodala, passing and finding williams, one of the nba's top players off the sixers rolling. sixers win, 109-92. and even the series at 1-1 games, much to the chagrin of rose. kobe bryant and the lakers looking to go up 2-0 on the denver nuggets. 21 in the first half for kobe. third quarter, kobe making it happen. spinning, scoring. it counts, and the foul. he had 38. andrew bynum, coming off that triple-double. very effective. nuggets down five. kobe, boy. nothing you can do about that. nuggets down four. late, bryant. remember back in the day, he wanted bynum traded?
pretty public about it. glad to have him now. lakers win 104-100. they take a 2-0 series lead. wednesday night baseball tonight at 7:00 eastern on espn. buck showalter coming off his historic win in the bronx. wednesday night baseball, on espn, and on the watch espn app. coming up next, the help for stressed-out toddlers. and the delivery months and months in the making. jessica simpson's new baby arrives in style. >> about time. another day in paradise, huh george? i can't feel my toes, greg. yeah... cold feels nice on sore muscles, huh? you know you could just use bengay zero degrees. medicated pain relief you store in the freezer. just rub it on...brrr... and go.
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world wears us down comes with the territory of being an adult, of course. or so we thought. >> apparently, toddlers can be just as stressed out. germany, now, has the first health resort that caters strictly to the under-5 set. the little ones get massages, foot baths and other relaxing spa treatments. >> living better. experts behind the program say toddlers are taking on the adult worries of their parents, like the economy. and they also have hectic timetables that increase their stress. don't get that one. all right. well, a new reality this morning for foreign tourists that normally flock to the netherlands to buy some marijuana. >> yes. a new policy just went into effect in three provinces, requiring a so-called weed pass to purchase the drug. but nonresidents are not eligible for the passes. >> cafe owners who sell weed are protesting all this. marijuana is technically illegal in the netherlands. but the sale in small quantities is tolerated. for some of you, your local news is next. >> for everyone else, booted from the ballroom. we'll talk to urkle.
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. a contra costa community ordered to shelter in place now while deputies search for an armed man. overnight crash creates a geyser in millbrae. picking up the pieces, a look at damage left after last night's protests. meteorologist mike nicco with the forecast. cooler, but dry this morning. >> frances is back with your updating the top stories. president obama returns to the secretive visit to afghanistan. while on the ground, president
obama said u.s.-led forces broke the taliban's momentum and built up the afghan military. occupy demonstrations turned violent in several cities overnight, as the movement resurfaced yesterday. otherwise known as may day. police in oakland, california, had to use tear gas on protesters. and there were similar clashes here in new york and in seattle. on wall street, the dow opens at a four-year high today. strong manufacturing numbers lifted the markets. and could mean the economy is on the mend. showers, meanwhile, for your weather today, in the pacific northwest and dakotas. severe weather from omaha to chicago. and finally from us this half hour, it was an early exit for urkle on "dancing with the stars." >> that's right. jaleel white becomes the latest celebrity to be booted off the show. but he was a gracious loser. here's abc's george pennacchio. ♪ >> reporter: week seven of "dancing with the stars" came down to a danceoff between jaleel white and kym johnson, and roshon fegan and chelsie
hightower. the judges chose to save roshon. but jaleel is out. but not without taking away more than just dance lessons. >> patience with yourself. don't be anxious. in the beginning, it was petrifying. t kept me doing e up at night. figures at 1:00 in the morning when my daughter was asleep. i'm going to get some sleep now. >> reporter: jaleel found himself at the top of the leaderboard and near the bottom during his time on the show. >> i'm going to continue to do what my manager tells me to do. that's step outside of my comfort zone. >> we definitely did that. >> this was such an amazing journey. >> reporter: and the journey continues for the six remaining teams, including melissa gilbert and maksim chmerkovskiy. the judges ranked them last this week. but viewer votes kept them out of the bottom two. >> i didn't want to go home. i wanted to stay. i want to keep dancing. i want to see this face every
day. i'm crazy, maybe, but i do. >> reporter: next week, the teams will tackle ballroom and latin dances. but the latin round has a new twist. each remaining team has picked an eliminated pro to join them to dance as a trio in a "dancing with the stars" first. that's the first time i've seen a little bit worry in your face, donald. >> no worry at all. i'm always doing something crazy. >> reporter: next week, the remaining six couples each get two dances. and to go with it, a double elimination. in los angeles, george pennacchio, for abc news. that's what's making news in america this morning. >> stay with us for "good morning america," everybody. thanks so much for watching. have a great wednesday. ni closed captioning by closed captioning services,inc