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welcome to "world news." tonight, inside the rescue. the dramatic moments those two little girls saved from one of the most wanted men in america. hidden in the woods, the girls had not eaten for days. what they did when they spotted the officers, about to save them. rejected. john edwards fighting for that case to be thrown out. but tonight, the judge throws him a giant setback. get thin quick. the wildly popular weight loss program and tonight, the doctors under investigation after five deaths. what do they say when brian ross arrives? >> i want to talk to dr. omidi. and a made in america can't miss tonight. the mothers of invention. three different moms, three simple ideas making millions. watch as this mom finds her invention in stores across america. >> yes!
good evening. as we come on the air tonight, two little girls are back with their family after 13 days held captive by a man who the fbi called one of the most dangerous criminals in america. the girls were being hidden in the woods, held at gunpoint, when suddenly, they spotted help through the trees. tonight, look at this fbi photo. now, the suspect deceased, after taking his own life when police arrived. and those girls are free, shielded behind a giant white sheet. the reunion bittersweet. their mother and older sister did not survive the ordeal. abc's yunji de nies on the scene all day where authorities spoke just a short time ago. >> reporter: the little girls missing for 13 days were in the middle of the mississippi woods. they had not eaten for days, held captive by a man the fbi considered one of the most dangerous criminals in america. and then, the turn in the case.
acting on a tip that came in in the middle of the night, a team of 31 mississippi officers, some of whom had just finished their training, were now quietly moving in on the woods, where they believed they would find the little girls being held in a hunting camp by adam mayes. minutes in, as they peered through the trees, they found what they were looking for, those girls lying on the ground, peering up at the officers who had saved them. and adam mayes then dropping to his knees, shooting himself to death. >> little girl picked her head up, another little girl picked her head up. we ordered mr. hayes to drop the weapon numerous times. at that time, he took his life. >> reporter: the sisters emerged from the woods hungry, thirsty, covered in poison ivy and bug bites, but relatively unharmed. >> brings tears to your eyes. it was just a beautiful sight. >> reporter: did they say anything to you? how did they seem? >> i didn't ask them any questions, i just loved them and hugged them and told them it was going to be okay. >> reporter: it was two weeks
ago today that police say mayes, a close family friend, killed the girls' mother joanne and 14-year-old sister adrienne at their home in whiteville, tennessee. he and his wife teresa took the bodies to guntown, mississippi, where they live, and mayes kidnapped alexandria and kyliyah, who he claimed were his daughters. his wife and mother, who knew about the crime, were arrested, but he managed to flee with the children. >> make you go home and love your kids. >> reporter: a family spokesman tells abc news the family has not questioned the girls about their ordeal, leaving that to law enforcement and mental health professionals. investigators are now combing these woods, trying to figure out if anyone was helping adam mayes hide out. those two little girls are safe tonight, but this investigation is far from over. david? >> yunji de nies, thank you. we're going to turn now to another case closely followed this evening. john edwards, who was so hopeful a judge would throw out his case today over whether he used campaign money to hide his
affair from the voters. edwards seemed so certain, in fact, when the prosecution was finishing its part of the case, edwards said, "that's it?" but the judge must have thought otherwise. she said today, the case goes on. and the big question tonight, will edwards himself take the stand? will his daughter? could rielle hunter enter the courtroom? abc's bob woodruff on the case again tonight. bob? >> reporter: good evening, david. yes, edwards' defense team was clearly disappointed. they'll start calling their own witnesses next week, in hopes of tearing down the government's case. possible witnesses for the defense include edwards' paramour, rielle hunter, his oldest daughter, cate, and if they decide to gamble, even edwards himself. >> y'all have a nice weekend. >> reporter: risky, after the government wrapped up its case with exhibit 328, the avalanche of lies edwards told mel on "nightline" in 2008. >> one of the purposes for having this interview with you, bob, is to tell the truth. >> reporter: prosecutors wanted
the jury to see edwards lie, repeatedly, with such apparent ease. a report has been published that the baby of miss hunter is your baby. true? >> not true. >> reporter: edwards abandoned that lie himself early last year, and his former aide, andrew young, the key prosecution witness, told jurors he pretended to be the father at the candidate's request. what were you thinking? >> well, what i was thinking was, this was something that was personal to my own family. my family knew everything about it. everything. >> reporter: but one of elizabeth edwards' closest friends testified that back then, john still hadn't told his wife the truth about the length of the affair and that he was the baby's father. >> i have a football right here. >> reporter: and when i asked edwards about secret payments to support and seclude hunter, which cuts to the heart of the government's case, he professed ignorance. >> i know absolutely nothing about that. >> reporter: prosecutors argue that, too, is a lie.
and produced two witnesses who say they heard the campaign's top money man, fred baron, discussing the scheme in edwards' presence. now, this morning, in court, a lawyer for edwards told the judge that no one is going to deny that mr. edwards lied and lied and lied, but he really insisted that the government's case is full of gaping holes. david? >> bob woodruff again tonight, bob, thank you. we're going to turn to a new development in that stunning headline from wall street. just when we thought the big banks learned their session, we hear j.p. morgan lost $2 billion on more of those risky trades, the kind of toxic moves that crippled the financial system just a couple of years ago. jpmorgan saying it suffered that loss in just six weeks time and could lose another $2 billion in the next couple of months. tonight, we learned the trades have been traced to a mysterious banker in their london office, nicknamed voldemort. after the villain in harry potter. tonight, federal regulators are now investigating and late today, jpmorgan was downgraded
by one of the three major rating agencies. their stock taking a hit, as well, closing down more than 9%, helping to bring down the dow again today, marking the single worst week so far this year. we've been reporting quite a bit also here on facebook, and the fortune about to be made by its founders when it goes public. today, we learned one of those founders renounced his u.s. citizenship, giving it up. we wondered why. is it taxes? and when dan harris started digging, we learned it's happening a lot more than anyone thought. >> reporter: you could argue that eduardo saverin is a case study in the american dream. founding facebook in a dorm room with mark zuckerberg, as dramatized in the movie "the social network." >> that is really good. >> reporter: later, he would feel cut out of the business by zuckerbe zuckerberg. >> and i bet what you hated the most is that they identified me as a co-founder of facebook, which i am. >> reporter: he still owns an estimated 4% of facebook, which
means when it goes public, he stands to cash in to the tune of nearly $4 billion. but his tax bill to the country that gave him all this opportunity may now be much lower. because, as we're learning tonight, he has renounced his american citizenship. according to his spokesman, "eduardo recently found it more practical to become a resident of singapore since he plans to live there for an indefinite period of time." many online today were harshly critical, urging people to close their facebook accounts and "let them eat their ipo." >> to the extent that there's some tax savings that comes from renouncing the citizenship, that doesn't sit well with people. >> reporter: saverin is one of a growing number of wealthy americans dropping their citizenship, multiplying sevenfold since 2008 from just 235 to more than 1,700. in the facebook movie, saverin was the one that many of us felt sorry. tonight, some are painting him as the bad guy. dan harris, abc news, new york. >> dan harris on the case tonight.
our thanks to dan. and now, to the race for president here, your voice, your vote. and to a debate playing out in many living rooms in america about bullying and that headline about mitt romney we reported on last night here. tonight, we ask whether what a presidential candidate did back in high school is really fair game. and if so, what does mitt romney do now? here's jon karl. >> thanks, guys. thank you. >> reporter: a rousing reception for mitt romney in north carolina today. but in an interview with a local reporter, he was asked directly if he was a bully in high school. >> i was one who did some stupid things in high school. and if anyone feels that they were offended by that, i cert n certainly apologize for that. >> reporter: it was a much different tone from romney than when he was first asked about "the washington post" report that he and his high school classmates allegedly attacked a presumed homosexual student named john lauber and forcibly cut his hair 48 years ago. yesterday, he laughed it off. >> you know, i don't -- i don't
remember that incident. and i'll tell you, i certainly don't believe that i thought the fellow was homosexual. >> reporter: now, the family of the alleged victim, who died in 2004, is criticizing the story and tells abc news, "the portrayal of john is factually incorrect and we are aggrieved that he would be used to further a political agenda." they would not elaborate. the story has set off a furious debate about whether things that happened so long ago matter today. >> if teenagers ran the white house, this would be a relevant conversation. >> in these days, if something like that happened, that person would be prosecuted, perhaps for a hate crime. >> did obama pull off any pranks in high school? >> reporter: now, some conservatives are pointing to the president's own memoir, where he acknowledged at a 10-year-old, mistreating the only other black kid in his class. a girl named coretta, who had no friends. >> i ran up to coretta and gave her a slight shove. she staggered back and looked up
at me, but still said nothing. "leave me alone!" i shouted again. and suddenly coretta was running, faster and faster. >> reporter: as for the obama campaign, reaction to all this controversy surrounding romney, tonight, a spokesperson for the obama campaign would tell me only that romney did the right thing by apologizing to anybody he may have offended back in high school. david? >> jon karl, thank you. and one more note, and a sizable one from the campaign trail. president obama and that fund-raiser in hollywood hosted by george clooney bringing in more than $12 million in campaign funds. and today, the president played hoops with clooney and actor b tobey mcguire. clooney played on the president's team. here's what the president said about that match-up. >> as you might expect, george and i won. but you know, i think we are all winners because nobody got hurt. >> the president fresh off his hollywood help. we turn now to a brian ross investigation tonight, it's one of the biggest weight loss empires in the country. the advertisements are everywhere.
1-800-get thin. two doctors making millions off the promise of helping people lose weight and fast. but tonight, five people have died. investigations have begun. and abc's chief investigative correspondent brian ross tracked those doctors down. >> reporter: at about 180 pounds, paula rojeski told friends she was desperate to finally lose some weight. >> i want to be skinny. i want to be skinny. >> reporter: for years, like thousands of others in southern california, she had seen ads for 1-800-get thin, promising an easy surgery where her stomach would be shrunk with a lap-band. >> it was the easiest thing i've ever done. >> reporter: but paula died on the operating table. >> is she breathing? >> no. >> okay. paramedics are on the way. >> reporter: and her death and the death of four other patients who died after the surgery has led to state and federal investigations of the hugely popular clinics. >> this place seems to be a mag knelt for bad outcomes. >> reporter: the clinics are run by two playboy brothers who were
featured on the program "dr. 90210." michael and julian omidi. >> thought it was an easy operation. >> reporter: john faitro says his life laura died a few days after doctors sent her home, never reveefling th inrevealing lacerated her liver. you weren't told -- >> they told me nothing. >> reporter: the clinic's lawyer say lawyer fay laura faitro's lacerated liver was not the cause of her death and that the omidi's are deeply upset about it. perhaps. but this is what the doctor who operated on her said in testimony about the lawsuit. >> julian omidi's response to me was, "don't worry, we make $21 million a month, $1 million is okay." >> reporter: the omidis deny the doctor's allegations, but they would not speak with abc news about the patient deaths or the new investigation. been trying to get ahold of you to ask you questions about what's happening in your clinic.
>> it's very nice to talk to you -- >> reporter: we tried to reach you. i want to talk to dr. omidi. >> very nice -- >> reporter: can we speak to you? the brothers say their clinics meet the highest professional standards, but it turns out they never did any of the actual surgeries themselves. julian omidi had his medical license revoked for dishonesty and michael omidi's license was suspended for three years, following allegations of gross negligence when he was a plastic surgeon and he only got it back last year, david. >> so hard to watch that husband talk about losing his wife, brian. i know you are going to continue digging into this later tonight on "20/20." brian reveals just how much money those doctors made, the numbers are staggering. that's tonight on "20/20." and when we come back here on "world news," the woman behind this picture, sparking a nationwide debate, breastfeeding her 3 1/2-year-old. now she's being threatened and tonight, she's right here on "world news," defending that photograph, next. ♪
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>> oh, thank you. i know, well, i'm noermal. >> reporter: but nursing a nearly 4-year-old, for the world to see? you said people have threatened to call child protective services. they call it sexual molestation. >> i think it's a lot of ignorance. and so, it's really hard to get mad at that. they're ma'mmory glands. this is what they were designed for. >> reporter: attachment parenting means her sons share a family bed, spend 24/7 with their parents and nurse until they wean themselves. grumet herself was nursed until she was 6. >> if feels like the most safe and nurturing place and you feel completely loved. >> reporter: what does he call it? >> what do you call nursing? >> reporter: what do you call nursing? >> um -- nursing. >> reporter: nursing. the american academy of bpediatrics recommends breastfeeding for the first year. the world health organization says two, but most pediatricians see little nutritional value beyond that. and some question its emotional value.
>> between the ages of 1 and 3, that's when a child is learning to develop as an individual and to separate. so i want to look there during that period to make sure that prolonged breastfeeding isn't interfering with that development. >> i completely disagree with that, just from my own personal experience with my mother. i wasn't afraid that she wouldn't be there when i got back. it was like, almost like giving a strong foundation. >> reporter: of course, the provocative cover asks, are you mom enough, which reopens a contentious divide between stay at home moms, who have the time for extreme parenting, and those who have to work. >> all right, juju, thank you very much. and i know juju will have much more on a very powerful "nightline," which comes your way later tonight. join the debate. when we come back this evening, what looks like an ordinary prom photo, but stay tuned. you're not going to believe what happened to this image, next. what happened to this image, next. park assist? no hands. i didn't think that was possible. make me want the fusion. it's pretty. it's fun to drive. and the fuel-efficiency... up to 33 miles per gallon.
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and finally tonight here, a mother's day, made in america. turns out, they really are the mothers of invention. there was something about that trip to spartanburg, south carolina, that stuck with us. >> oh, my god! come on in! >> reporter: more than that southern hospitality, more than that secret recipe. >> oh, i get a hug! oh! >> reporter: it was the fire, the drive behind this one mom, her cakes made in america. you remember she taught us how to make the red velvet. >> that's about right. >> reporter: and who was cheering this mother on? how are we doing? her own mom, turning the family recipe into a fortune. selling 25,000 cakes already. but they're hardly the only mothers of invention. this is america. tiffany had a simple idea, too. and she told us about it. >> hi, david! >> reporter: from her tiny georgia town, just one stoplight, this young mom and those hurdles facing any new
mom. >> there's little things you have to come up with to get a kid to do what they need to do, whether it be take medicine or eat their peas. >> reporter: she came up with a solution for the medicine part, braving trying to sell it to the sharks on that abc show "shark tank." and they were sold, investing in a children's medicine dispenser, that talks. >> and press the button. >> reporter: and hides the medicine in that trunk. it gets even better. after struggling to find an american manufacturer, she was eager to reach us at "world news." >> we now have a manufacturer here in the united states. >> reporter: $2.5 million in sales now made in america and now in that aisle, right here at cvs. >> i can't believe it. >> reporter: and there's hanna, who just weeks ago had a brave pitch, too. a young mom, frustrated over the sippy cups that always leave leftover juice at the bottom. >> you don't know how many times my daughter has done this, ask me for more milk simply because the straw was lodged up here and the liquid was resting down at the bottom.
>> reporter: enter her invention, the lollacup. with a straw and designed to be good til the last drop. and where is it made? >> safety is really our number one concern. that's why we decided to manufacture the product here in the united states. >> reporter: assembling the cups at home at first, bogging them right in her living room. now selling 1,000 cups a month. >> made in america! >> reporter: along with tiffany and her daughter and ava the elephant. >> made in america! >> reporter: while back in that kitchen tonight on this mother's day weekend, a mother and her daughter and their recipe for success. >> oh, we're proud of her. >> reporter: you're proud of her? >> yep. >> reporter: we're proud, too. and so we choose the made in america moms, our "persons of the week." tonight the facebook road show comes to the bay area. mark zuckerberg meets with investors. >> and that thing that took my
family is not a person. i don't know what that is. >> she lost her husband and two sons to murder now in witness protection she sits down with vic lee here is a mess one man is faced with tonight. aftermath of a police shootout involving tenant upstairs. >> the price of protecting san francisco bay from a potential shipping disaster. it's an i team investigation. >> good evening, i'm dan ashley. >> one week from today, facebook goes public. >> perhaps the most anticipated public offering ever. the fortunate few will become richer and facebook infused with a staggering amount of cash. abc news's david louie is live in menlo park tonight. >> anyone with a facebook page knows how popular the social network is. investors are a hard