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this morning, firing up the culture wars. >> will president obama's historic endorsement of same-sex marriage, further polarize a divided country? evil genius. who is the al qaeda bombmaker who iss.-bound u.s.-bound planes? and what other plans does he have in the works? also this morning, over a cliff. the video showing this bus full of tourists driving off the road and down a hill. and scent of a woman. a legendary french perfume namea brad pitt its first male spokesmodel. good thursday morning, everybody. i'm rob nelson.
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>> and i'm sunny hostin, in for paula faris. there had been rumblings about gay marriage from the administration in the past few days. first, from the vice president on sunday. then, the secretary of education a day later. >> but despite all that, president obama's support yesterday did come as a bombshell. abc's tahman bradley joins us with news of the continuing fallout. good morning, tahman. >> reporter: good morning, rob and sunny. for years, president obama has moved towards supporting same-sex marriage, but stopped short of outright backing it. until now. in an exclusive interview with abc news' robin roberts, president obama made history, becoming the first u.s. president to say this. >> i've just concluded that, for me personally, it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that i think same-sex couples should be able to get married. >> reporter: the announcement ended years of what the president described as an evolving stance on gay marriage. mr. obama said his family helped
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change his mind. >> there's been times where michelle and i have been sitting around the dinner table. and we've been talking about their friends and their parents. and malia and sasha, it wouldn't dawn on them that somehow their friends' parents would be treated differently. it doesn't make sense to them. >> reporter: many across the country celebrated the president's shift in thinking. >> it's a surprise. shocking. we're all still in shock. >> pretty glad that he finally came out and said something clear and concise about it. >> reporter: but not everyone. >> i'm totally against it. it's not right. it's against my religious beliefs. it's against what i grew up believing. >> reporter: the president's likely republican opponent in the fall, mitt romney, said he disagrees with mr. obama's stance. >> marriage itself is a relationship between a man and a woman. and that's my own preference. >> reporter: president obama has faced heavy pressure to clarify his position. and its evolution comes at a politically beneficial time, heading into the fall campaign. >> if he did not come out in
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favor of same-sex marriage, he risked something very important, which is his reputation for honesty and integrity. that's one of his core assets. >> reporter: despite his support, mr. obama says he thinks it's up to individual states to decide how to handle the issue. 31 states have said no to same-sex marriage. rob and sunny? >> tahman bradley live in washington, thank you. still, the latest polls show, overall, 52% of americans support gay marriage. and the divide is not just ideological but generational. most americans under the age of 40 support same-sex marriage. most over the age of 65, oppose it. there is a racial divide, as well. a majority of whites are supportive. but a majority of african-americans remain against it. >> and another number, president obama's tweet announcing his support has been retweeted more than 53,000 times. >> that's amazing. then, there's also this. in the first 90 minutes after the president's endorsement, his
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re-election campaign raised $1 million, believe it or not. we'll have much more of robin's interview coming up later on "good morning america." and now, to breaking news just coming in from syria. two, powerful explosions rocked the capital of damascus during the morning rush hour. state tv is showing graphic images of the aftermath. dozens are dead and injured. syria is, of course, a nation in conflict. we'll keep an eye on this breaking story. we also have new details on what al qaeda's top bombmaker is working on for the next attack against the u.s. the designs involve implanting bombs in people and pets. here's abc's chief investigative correspondent, brian ross. >> reporter: at the age of only 30, ibrahim al asiri, has now emerged as the most feared face of terror for american authorit. the master bombmaker, behind the efforts of al qaeda in the arabian peninsula, to blow up a u.s. passenger jet. >> al qaeda affiliates in the arabian peninsula, represent the top counterterrorism threat to
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the nation. >> reporter: u.s. authorities tell abc news, that al asiri's latest designs involve bombs surgically implanted in terrorists. as well as bombs hidden in pets to be carried on aircraft. in cameras, and in external hard drives that would explode when plugged into a laptop computer. >> he has an operational savvy to him that is useful for an al qaeda operative. >> reporter: a saudi citizen, who studied chemistry in college, al asiri's parents say he became radicalized after the death of a brother. >> he hates american ideology. he hates western values. >> reporter: because of the threat of al asiri and his al qaeda group, the u.s. has vastly expanded its drone operations inside yemen. al asiri has survived at least one u.s. drone strike in the last year. >> we want to make sure that he doesn't have the opportunity, "a," to continue to do -- to build any device whatsoever. or impart his knowledge to anyone else. >> reporter: but al asiri and al qaeda's latest plot was foiled. foiled. authorities tell abc news, thert
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are several other plots aimed at u.s. airlines that are, at the very least, in the planning stages, if not further along. brian ross, abc news, new york. in other news this morning, the parents of a missing u.s. soldier have now gone public in the battle to bring their son home. bowe bergdahl was captured by militants two years ago in pakistan. now, his parents say there's behind-the-scenes negotiations to trade their son for taliban prisoners the u.s. is currently holding. the proposed deal has been in limbo for months and faces serious opposition in congress if it ever gets off the ground. the white house says russian president vladimir putin will not be visiting the u.s. next week after all. putin was supposed to attend a group of eight economic summit, that had been moved from chicago to camp david, in part, to accommodate him. the newly inaugurated leader told president obama by phone, he needs to finish setting up his new cabinet. well, vice president joe
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biden has made a special tv appearance, landing a hand to long-time "jeopardy!" host, alex trebek. biden delivered clues to "jeopardy!" contestants last night, in the category called cars in america. the show was recorded from his white house office last month for teen tournament week. vice president make a lot of tv rounds the last couple of days. >> who doesn't love "jeopardy!" >> yeah. less controversial than the last one. time to look at weather across the nation on this thursday morning. it will be stormy across much of texas and southern new mexico. up to a half-foot of much-needed rain, plus flooding and some damaging winds, as well. showers in the northern rockies. the rain ends by afternoon from new england down to d.c. it will be drier in the carolinas. but some showers across south florida. >> 87 in miami. 77 in atlanta. and 68 right here in new york. omaha gets up to 80. minneapolis, 75. and detroit, 64. a hot 91 in phoenix. 82 in sacramento. and mostly 60s from portland to billings. and when we come back this
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morning, in the mail. the decision that will allow the post office to keep their famous pledge. and it turned out that ban on school bake sales was half-baked. we have an update.
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welcome back, everybody. well, it is taking a while to find that right first job. a rutgers study out this morning says many recent college grads are settling for any job, rather than holding out for their dream position. only one-fifth think they're on
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a firm career path. and less than half land a full-time job within a year of graduation. and your local post office may not be closing after all. the postal service is actually suspending plans to close 3,700 small stations. instead, they'll be cutting their hours. there's been, of course, some pretty strong local opposition to those closings. and the agency hopes that in return, now, congress will move quickly on a postal overall plan. and honda won't have to pay a hybrid owner $10,000 after all. a los angeles judge reversed the small claims judgment that found that honda had overstated the hybrid's fuel economy. the car's owner says honda lost in the court of public opinion. and there's other small claims cases pending. overseas markets are pretty mixed today, as investors remain cautious about europe. tokyo's nikkei average lost 35 points today. hong kong's hang seng gave up 107. and in london, the ftse opened higher. now, on wall street, the dow fell 97 points today.
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that slide continues. the nasdaq index was off 12. the massachusetts school bake sale ban that sparked a nationwide debate has been overturned. state lawmakers instead voted in favor of an amendment that allows local communities to decide whether to adopt the strict guidelines. those guidelines prohibit pizza, white bread and 2% milk. >> get the brownies and cupcakes. enjoy yourself. >> that's right. >> jog afterwards, please. all right, when we come back this morning, at the john edwards trial, prosecutors deliver a surprise about who will and who will not take the stand. and the monster wave and the extraordinary surfer who rode it to a new world record. ♪ [ male announcer ] it's happening right now at your local walgreens. pharmacists are going above and beyond...
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that is garrett mcnamara, clinching the record for the biggest wave ever surfed. that wave off of portugal was 78 feet tall. that's as tall as a seven-story building. mcnamara's feat was served by the folks over at guinness. and he will be live on "good morning america" later today. braver than i. >> yes. now, for a look at your morning road conditions. flooding across south and west texas on parts of i-10, 20 and 35. some heavy rain also drenches i-25 in southern new mexico. it will be wet in the northeast on stretches of i-95, 91 and 90. and showers dampen i-75 and 95 in south florida. >> if you're flying, airport delays are possible in boston, new york city and miami. and back to the news this morning. the man suspected of killing a mother and her oldest daughter in order to kidnap two, young sisters have now been rushed to the fbi's ten-most wanted list. >> authorities believe that adam mayes has the two little girls with him. a relative says mayes believed
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he might be the girls' biological father. jury deliberations are set to resume this morning in the triple-murder trial of jennifer hudson's former brother-in-law. william balfour is accused of killing hudson's mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew as an act of vengeance against his former wife. jurors will be sequestered until they reach a verdict. prosecutors in the john edwards corruption trial are expected to wrap up their case today without putting rielle hunter on the stand. edwards' former mistress is on the defense's witness list. so, she still may be called to testify in all of this. much of the government's case against edwards hinges on whether he used campaign funds to cover up their affair. a $15 million settlement has been reached in a deadly boat accident off of philadelphia. the money will go to the families of two hungarian students killed when a river barge rammed into a sightseeing. the tug pilot pushing the barge had been on his cell phone with the radio turned down. also, an important medical
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story this morning for the millions out there that take medicine for osteoporosis. an fda analysis finds the drugs used to fight the brittle-bone disease find the drugs are no longer effective after five years of use. that finding may mean that women who at low risk for fractures can stop taking the drug after a small toars. a small tour bus visiting a national park in taiwan suddenly veered off the road and went over a cliff.ll caught on camer. and it was all caught on camera. the images are frightening and disturbing, capturing the moment the bus rolled over and crashed. amazingly, it came to a full stop before plunging into the river below. all 15 people onboard suffered some injuries, though most were not seriously injured. >> lucky folks. all right. time, now, for sports news this morning. you can fill in one more bracket in the nba playoffs. with more, here's espn news. >> good morning. i'm don bell with your "sportscenter" update. and it's time for a big-time match-up between the heat and knicks. second quarter we go. heat up by five.
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mario chalmers, finding dwyane wade. he split up the lane. heat up 33-26. later in the second, wade to bosh. sharing is caring. bosh, he made the free throw. heat lead 36-30. still in the second. heat up by eight. lebron, isolation. yeah, that's working out for him. heat lead 44-34. under a minute to go in the first half. wade, fouled and off the glass. it still goes. dwyane wade, feeling it on this night. finished with 19, including that powerful jam right there. later in the third, d. wade and lebron again. dwyane wade, 26 of 30 inside of 5 feet in this series. so, basically, he was living in the lane. carmelo anthony, game-high 35 points. but the knicks down 87-73. later in the fourth, lebron, fadeaway. corner pocket. good. he had 29 points, 8 rebounds, 7
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assists. heat win 106-94. they will take on the indiana pacers in the semifinals of the eastern conference. now, on to baseball. angels and twins. pick it up in the top of the fifth. man on second. angels up 3-0. alberto callaspo to the wall. that will score one. albert pujols, two for five. two rbis. angels win, 6-2. and speaking of the angels, want to remind you of "sunday night baseball." the halos hooking up with the texas rangers. sunday night on espn at 8:00 p.m. eastern. well, during baseball season, sometimes everything just goes right when you're at the ballpark. and here's the latest example of that. >> i do like this story. tuesday night, the rockies/padres game in san diego. foul ball on the left side. boom, wait for it. that's right. right there. it landed right in that guy's beer. a ball in a cold one. >> and let's face it, at that point, there's only one thing to do, chug, chug the beer.
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welcome back, everybody. time to check "the pulse," the stories you'll be talking about today, beginning with a big advertising change for the classic french perfume chanel number 5. >> yes. for the first time ever, a man will become the face of the iconic female fragrance. and, rob, as much as i would like to announce that that face is yours, the new spokesman is actually, wow, brad pitt. he is set to begin shooting the ads next week in london. >> my fragrance would be cheesecake, not chanel. different. the word is pitt will earn seven figures from chanel, which should come in handy, as partial payment for his upcoming wedding to long-time partner, angelina jolie. what a wedding that's going to be. all right.
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friends and fans are pretty worried that singer rihanna may be partying just too hard. the caribbean-born singer was rushed to the hospital after the gala at the met museum here in new york city monday night. rihanna tweeted a photo of herself getting an i.v. >> and last week, there were some negative feelings after rihanna refused to attend a rehearsal for "snl" because she claimed she was fatigued and sick. >> we hope this isn't the beginning of a downward spiral. we've seen way too many of them recently. >> let's hope. now that jessica simpson has finally given birth, she has a good reason to shed all of that baby weight. >> the 31-year-old star has struck a $3 million deal with weight watchers. simpson will star in the company's national campaign this year, hoping to lose the reported 75 pounds she gained during her pregnancy. >> baby girl, maxwell drew, weighed almost ten pounds. that still adds up to more than $40,000 for every lost pound. not a bad deal. >> i'll take that. >> we'll all that that. for some of you, your local news is coming up next. >> for everyone else, we're coming back with a new business where people come to blow off steam.
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up next at 4:30. san francisco police shoot and kill a murder suspect. what he started doing to convince officers to end the standoff. flames shoot hundred feet in the sky. the story behind a massive fire that destroyed three homes. mike nicco will have the forecast. >> starting off clear this morning and warming trend is on the way. >> franses will have a look updating our top stories now. president barack obama is taking
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his just-announced support for same-sex marriage on a fund-raising tour, now, capped by a hollywood dinner at the home of george clooney tonight. breaking news from syria. two powerful explosions rocked the capital damascus during the morning rush hour. 1 report says 200 people have been killed. and prosecutors are set to wrap up their campaign finance violation case today against john edwards. they've been indicating they will finish up without calling his former mistress, rielle hunter to the stand. looking at today's weather. morning showers in the northeast and florida. flooding much of texas and southern new mexico. and finally this morning, have you ever been so angry or frustrated that you just want to smash something? if so, you're definitely not alone. alone. >> we've all been there. and now, at many spots across the country, you can break, shatter and youthing you can see without going to jail. here's abc's ryan owens.
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>> reporter: you are not watching a crime in progress. quite the contrary. this dallas man says you are watching his therapy. and it's all very legal. >> i can't afford going to the psychiatrist. but i can afford this. >> reporter: hugo paid $45 for 15 minutes in the anger room. he says it's worth every penny. >> stuff you want to do to other people, you can do here, without getting in trouble. >> reporter: this isn't just a guy thing. take this soccer mom who blew off steam as her family watched through that window of bullet-proof glass. ♪ i will survive >> women come in with their relationship problems that they, of course, always ask for a mannequin. and our mannequins are mostly males. and they try to beat the crap out of them. >> reporter: the brains behind all this brawn is don in alexander.
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>> you can tear up stuff. we don't think you're crazy. we don't think anything's wrong with you. we let you go on about your day. >> reporter: donna says most of her clients are here to relieve stress that's purely professional. like this broker. >> no. >> reporter: who pretends his co-worker is on the phone. >> $550 per share. you [ bleep ]. >> reporter: still, the anger room does have its critics who say its glorifies violence. >> you can't tell me that you've never been mad. that you've never wanted to, once in your life, break something. if you have never felt like this, and maybe you're the person that may be crazy. i mean, i'm just saying. >> reporter: her customers agree. this business is all the rage. i'm ryan owens, in dallas. well, that's what's making news in america this morning. stay

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