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that you've set aside for retirement. and the frenzy in norway over the biebs. plus, the controversy her faces when he comes back home. you're watching "world news now." justin bieber! you're watching "world news now." justin bieber! >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by no no hair removal. follow the wings.
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welcome back, everyone. the house of representatives spent yesterday debating a ban on abortions that are based solely on the sex, the gender, of that unborn child. >> hot-button story here to say the least. a vote on this bill could come as early as today. all of this on the heels of a hidden camera investigation launched by a pro-life group. kabc's miriam hernandez shows us the highly controversial video. >> usually at five months is usually when they detect, you
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know, whether or not it's a boy or girl. >> reporter: this video posted by "live action" shows clips of a planned parenthood counseling session at an austin, texas, clinic. a woman posing as a patient tells the counselor she may need help to abort her baby if tests determine the fetus is a girl instead of the boy she desires. >> but you think i still just shouldn't worry about telling them that i'm -- i would be terminating if it's a girl, just keep it quiet and then come here? >> yeah, i wouldn't. >> reporter: planned parenthood says the counselor in the video was entry level. she was fired and that staff is being retrained. but questions remain about what the counselor should have said. planned parenthood in los angeles says the policy across the country is to provide nonjudgmental counseling. yet -- >> we absolutely condemn sex selection. >> reporter: and you would tell her that? >> i don't think that that's typical, again, in conversation with a patient. >> reporter: it's not typical, but it's a conversation that can
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happen. >> and in that case, again, we encourage the woman to really discuss with her family and consult her faith on the matter. >> reporter: live action responded in this statement. planned parenthood believes it can sweep this under the rug. one worker fired. problem solved, unquote. live action released the video as conservatives in congress prepare to vote on a bill that would impose criminal penalties for helping abort a child for the purposes of gender selection and deny funds to agencies who aid in sex selection abortion. planned parenthood, meantime, says its services are critical to providing women a range of health services. this is miriam hernandez reports for abc news. >> pretty heavy stuff here. this sort of practice actually became somewhat common in the 1990s in certain cultures and asian cultures where they put a heavier emphasis on having a boy. surprisingly in the u.s., there's no ban on this right now. there's a ban in canada, uk, france, germany, sweden,
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finland, the list goes on. gendercide is what they are calling it. >> and critics say if this is a sneak attack on abortions, but on the other hand you have to wonder how many gender-based abortions happen in this country. we don't know any numbers on that just yet. they can tell actually the gender of the baby about 14 weeks into the pregnancy. you have to wonder how many mothers say i want a girl, i want a boy and if it's not what i want, i'm going to terminate the pregnancy. obviously what people find pretty gruesome and hard to take. >> they said at the end of the video it was, again, by a pro-life group. that was part one. they think there are even more videos that are going to be released. maybe if there are other planned parenthood employees involved, then -- >> it's true. we saw the contraception debate with planned parenthood. now this. heavy discussion. talk amongst yourself on that one. coming up next, we've heard so much lately about unfair bank fees. >> but now the outrage over eye-popping fees imposed on your 401(k) account. who's blowing the whistle?
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♪ your cheating heart will pine for me ♪ now we turn to a very important and eye-opening story for anyone out there with one of those all-important 401(k) retirement accounts. most people have them. hidden fees are eating away at the nest eggs of millions of americans, and you may not even know it. >> do you actually review your 401(k) statement? >> not the last couple of years. it's a little hard to do that. >> i'm going to be looking closely after this story. an investigation shows an average couple could be socked with more than $150,000 in fees over their lifetime. abc's elizabeth leamy has more. >> reporter: somebody has been taking money out of americans' 401(k) accounts for years.
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not thieves. big firms that manage the 401(k)s. >> most employees are in the dark. >> reporter: one new report estimates a working couple could pay as much as $155,000 in hidden 401(k) management fees over their lifetime. the fees are deducted from the money you put in. and yet an aarp survey found 7 out of 10 people didn't know they paid 401(k) fees at all. >> if you're not aware of what you're paying, then at the end of a 30-year working career, you can have a lot less in retirement savings than you expected to have. >> reporter: for example, if you put $5,000 into your 401(k) every year and your fee is about 0.5%, you could end up with about $950,000 at retirement. but if your fee was 1.5%, you'd end up with just $769,000. >> was the industry doing a good enough job of disclosure on its own? >> no, we didn't think they were.
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>> reporter: the investment industry says the fees are not nearly as high as some say. but there's no way for consumers to know. that's why starting july 1st, the labor department is forcing companies to send notices like this one that disclose the fees. >> people will have to be told exactly what they're paying for and exactly what they're getting for this money. >> reporter: experts say first figure out the type of fund you want to invest in. then look for the one with the lowest fee. if all the fees are high, band together with your co-workers and push for better choices. and if that fails, make the minimum contribution to get the company match and put the rest of your retirement savings into a low-fee i.r.a. elizabeth leamy, abc news, washington. >> obviously so many of us are building up that 401(k). in hopes of fairly easy retirement years down the road. but you can lose up to 30% of your income to fees by the time you retire. we're not talking small numbers here. check your -- i'm going to do today. >> i'm doing it right now. >> check your forms at home and
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♪ so i should probably know that's the new justin bieber song that just came out? >> "die in your arms" is his new single. indeed. >> wouldn't all those young girls just love to die in his arms. well, maybe do something else in his arms. anyway. bieber fever hit an all-time high last night in norway. police were on the verge of declaring a state of emergency. they could not control tens of thousands of screaming fans before the biebs concert in oslo. rob, you were all over this story. >> all over it. i love the sound of screaming teenagers. such a lovely sound. new video has emerged of a
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photographer bieber allegedly scuffled with. all of this as police say they are still waiting to hear from the pop star himself. justin bieber made time tuesday to wave to fans before a concert in norway. and to release "die in your arms," the second single off his new album. ♪ if i could just die in your arms ♪ >> reporter: what he has not made time for is talking to police. l.a. county sheriff's investigators still have not spoken to bieber about charges that he roughed up this photographer. once they do talk to the star, they say they'll most likely forward the case to the d.a. who could charge bieber with battery. meantime, new details and video are emerging from the scuffle. this newly released video shows the still unnamed photographer getting into an ambulance, being treated by paramedics. he says he was pushed by the 18-year-old pop star. witnesses, including other photographers, say bieber lost his cool and his shoe after the paparazzo snapped photos of
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bieber and girlfriend selena go mez, later blocking their car. >> got out of the car. came this way. right here. boom. just punched him against the car. >> reporter: during the aftermath as gomez tried to calm down her boyfriend, witnesses say she lost her phone and some even accuse the paparazzi of taking it. >> we don't have the phone. we really don't. i don't know how else to tell you guys. i really don't have it. >> reporter: at a memorial day party, gomez, however, was in no mood to chat. blowing off questions about the incident. >> selena, was that self-defense with justin? was that self-defense with justin, selena? >> great story. hard-hitting, rob. >> hard hitting. >> by the way, that concert for 15,000 screaming young girls in oslo was free. >> oh, that's good. that's nice. he is a phenomenon. the girls love him out there. of course, selena is going to be questioned over exactly what happened here. and police now officially have asked to talk to bieber as well.
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this morning on "world new this morning on "world news now" -- city under siege. unheard of violence in normally safe seattle. >> the latest, a gunman's rampage leaving six dead and a city shaken. it's thursday, may 31st. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >> good morning, everybody. i'm paula faris. it is friday eve. >> eve. oh, that sounds good. >> but it's your friday. >> it is my friday. i've got a flight to new orleans in just a few hours for a wedding. good morning, everybody. i'm rob nelson. we'll get to our top story in just a second. those incredible shootings in seattle. six folks dead. we'll get to that in a moment. plus, who is behind a move to ban extra large servings of sugary drinks.
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is this really the answer to the nation's obesity crisis? drastic steps happening in new york. >> nothing like a good popcorn and large beverage at the movie theaters, though. >> the theaters, you smell that popcorn. you want it. fake butter oozing out of the machine. >> so good, isn't it? >> can't beat it. bathe in that stuff. also, outrage over a note sent home by an arizona teacher giving an 8-year-old a so-called catastrophe award. so what led up to this, and how a little girl and school administrators are responding. >> there are two sides of that story. it'll be interesting to see what people think about that on facebook. also, later this hour, usually when comic martin short sits down for a high-profile interview, you are in for a few laughs. see how yesterday's interview, kathie lee and hoda, things took a weird and extraordinarily awkward turn. we'll get into that in "the skinny." >> we like to say uncomfortable. >> yeah. kathie lee kind of had a blunder
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there. >> more than sticking your foot in your mouth. it was worse than that. >> it was her whole leg, yes. first, everybody, our top story, seattle was a city gripped by terror after word of a series of cold-blooded killings just a half hour apart in broad daylight. >> the police say one man was responsible for the killing spree. 40-year-old ian stawicki. but they still don't know why. abc's brad wheelis has the details. >> cafe racer. >> reporter: just before the urgent call came over police radio late wednesday morning, images released later by police show a man entering a cafe near the university of washington. a second picture shows him holding a gun. >> all we know is that a man who you see goes in there with a firearm and intentionally shoots people. >> reporter: police don't know what prompted the man to kill three people in the cafe and critically injure two more. the suspect shot himself after police cornered him. he later died at a hospital. the killings rattled seattle
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residents. >> made me nervous. i was scared. i live and work in this neighborhood. i've never seen anything like this before. >> reporter: shortly after the carnage in the cafe, the city was rocked again by violence. >> we've had two tragic shootings today that have shaken this city. >> reporter: a woman was killed in an apparent carjacking near seattle's downtown area. >> they heard a scuffle, some screaming, some yelling, a gunshot. >> reporter: the suspect fled in a black suv. police later found the car during an intense manhunt. officers with dogs and guns drawn swept through neighborhoods. stunned residents were ordered to lock doors, close windows and stay inside. >> it's just crazy. two shootings within a matter of 20 minutes. >> reporter: two shootings that police now say were related. they believe the same man terrorized seattle in two places. brad wheelis, abc news, los angeles. >> go ahead. still trying to figure out that motive. i think a telling statistic is
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seattle, you typically think it's a pretty safe city. last year i believe they only had 21 murders all year. and so far, five months into the year, almost six months into the year, already matched that total from last year. >> that's scary. unusual community for that kind of violence there. and the building where that shooting happened was kind of like a hangout for artists and the cafe was kind of like a performance space area. i don't know whether he was targeting members of that particular community or just purely random. cops hopefully will get more answers later today as this investigation continues. we'll see. >> we all want to know the motive into that. staying on the west coast, a scary incident outside a high school in southern california. it happened in a crosswalk. ten people were injured, three of them critically, when a pickup truck crashed into them. most of those who were injured were students. the driver who's also a student reportedly ran a red light before hitting those pedestrians, rob. just when you thought you heard it all about sky-high bank fees, get this. closing an account could cost you as well. a new survey shows major banks
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charge up to 55 bucks to customers closing relatively new accounts. transferring your money from an old bank to a new one is not cheap. the survey shows a wire transfer can cost 30 bucks and a certified check can cost about $10. the advocacy group called consumers union conducted that survey. >> find any way to make a buck. >> any way to make a buck. nothing is free. anything. all right. and while we are addressing financial matters this morning, time for the day's check on facebook stock. and, yeah, another down day. >> facebook will open just above $28 a share this morning after losing more than 2% yesterday. it's hemorrhaging down 25% since its ipo just two weeks ago. >> not pretty at all. abc's scott goldberg joins us with more on the free-fall. good morning, scott. >> reporter: good morning rob and paula. facebook got roughed up again yesterday. if closed down 65 cents for the day. it's now down almost $10 from
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its debut price of $38 less than two weeks ago. from so many investors, facebook has been getting the stink eye since it went public and proceeded to lose more than a quarter of its value. but public relations consultant peter himler still calls himself a friend. >> i saw it as a good investment and i intend to hold on to my investment. >> reporter: his views are shared by some investors. but on the forward looking options market, there are predictions facebook stock will keep sliding to $25 a share by mid-july. down from its debut a little less than two weeks ago at $38. >> is this the bottom for facebook? doubt it. all bets are off until we see what their next product line's going to be. >> reporter: right now we know facebook seemed surprised by the number of users switching to mobile apps. when facebook's revenue depends on ads that show up on full-size computers. and we know mark zuckerberg has been on a honeymoon in italy while his company's stock is tanking. >> mark zuckerberg is one guy you never want to bet against.
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he's a guy who's seen the future, who has conquered the future and in many ways defined the future. and a lot of people are going to continue betting on mark zuckerberg for that very reason. >> reporter: others are too busy snickering at reports that zuckerberg and his new wife priscilla chan didn't leave a tip after they spent about $40 on a lunch in rome. was it because tipping isn't customary in italy or was zuck upset he's worth about $5 billion less than he was two weeks ago. facebook is expanding. planning to open new buildings at its campus in california. it just opened a new office in dubai. rob and paula? >> thanks, scott. and chalk one up for all the consumers out there. >> really. the fda just made a decision that will upset the food industry but will protect consumers. listen to this. the fda denied requests to change the name of high fructose corn syrup to corn sugar. they spent millions arguing the corn syrup product was identical to sugar but the fda said a name
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change would confuse the public and pose a health risk to those who suffer from fructose intolerance, and they say sugar should be grainy, not a syrup. >> no matter what they call it it's bad for you. speaking of sugar, here's a story getting a lot of buzz this morning. a proposed ban on the sale of those large sodas and other sugary drinks here in new york city. new york's mayor michael bloomberg is backing the ban as a way of combatting obesity. the sale of any sweetened drink larger than 16 ounces would be prohibited in restaurants, theaters and other places as well. the beverage industry says the proposal goes too far because soda is not driving obesity rates. come on. all these big gulp -- >> mm-hmm. that's how i roll! >> this this shift, i can't fault you for it.
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>> it's actually good. >> what is it? >> coke and fruit punch. >> so anything of a certain size would be banned. paula could be arrested and spend 30 years in jail. >> i don't think that's the city's place. are you going to take pizza off my dinner table? are you going to take hamburgers and french fries? that seems more egregious than a soda, for god's sakes. where do you draw the line? >> you look at the sugar content. the grams of sugar. >> but it's my choice. >> we've heard this debate with the whole first lady, with her let's move campaign and school lunches. how far should the government go in regulating stuff. i drink a lot of diet caffeinated soda on this shift. so i get it. but it's not the worst thing for you, but it ain't helping either. we are a fat country. >> they think this is going to pass because the board of health, all the officials on it were appointed by the mayor. take this, nyc! >> look at her. you go, paula. >> take my taxes. i'm going to drink my sugary drink. >> you go for it. be hopped up until the weekend. here's your thursday -- i'm
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too sugary. i can't even talk. here's your thursday forecast, everybody. warm here on the east coast. showers from jacksonville to miami. now i have to pee. >> you have to pee? >> already. storms and possible tornadoes in texas and tennessee and mississippi valleys. afternoon rain around louisville, chicago, detroit and cincinnati. some scattered showers in the northwest. >> is that physiologically possible for you to have to -- who knows? >> i do everything quickly. >> 66 in seattle. salt lake city 84. 71 in fargo. 61 in omaha. 64 in detroit. i'm reading quickly. 80s from boston to baltimore. the first week of the nfl regular season is just 14 weeks away but, of course, who is counting? >> 14 weeks. and with organized training activities about to start for the tennessee titans, it's time for a little namaste, a little yoga. a few titans got on their mats yesterday in a room capped at over 100 degrees. it's bikram when it's really
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hot and nasty and sweaty and skanky? >> i don't exercise. i don't know. one of them, defensive tackle shaun smith, actually taught two classes that included a few teammates. it was actually part of a fundraiser for his youth charity. seeing the nfl guys out there finding their center, getting zen, whatever all that yoga stuff is. >> a little downward dog on this thursday. >> that's a little personal. coming up -- finger pointing and accusations involving two musical superstars. and one teacher's award sent home with a second grader that was hardly complimentary. you are watching some version of "world news now." >> something. >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by crest pro health clinical toothpaste. linical toothpaste.
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welcome back, everyone. an award from your child's teacher is something a parent usually brags about. but this award has upset the little girl and landed the teacher in some hot water. >> i like this story. the 8-year-old was given the catastrophe award for having the most excuses for not completing her homework. valerie cavazos from our tucson affiliate confronted the principal. >> reporter: 8-year-old cassandra garcia proudly showed us her completed homework in her labeled folder. it confused her mother kristina when her daughter came home with this end of the year award. it's a catastrophe award for most excuses for not having homework. followed by a smiley face and the teacher's signature. not only confused, kristina was upset because she says her daughter felt humiliated. >> she had announced it in front of the whole class, and all the
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children were laughing at her. >> reporter: kristina contacted the principal to complain about the award. >> and she blew me off and said that it was a joke that was played -- that the teachers joke around with the children. >> reporter: i headed to cassandra's school, desert springs acadeacademy, for an explanation. the principal said she wouldn't comment. i asked if she thought it was okay for teachers to hand out catastrophe awards. she shrugged her shoulders and then she blew me off. >> as a parent, what do you think about that award? >> i think it's cruel, and no child should be given an award like this. it's disturbing. >> reporter: you don't see this as a joke? >> no. >> reporter: and neither do experts. >> that isn't an award. it doesn't fit the criteria. >> reporter: psychologist sherry bonnman at the university of arizona college of education says any negative award, joke or not, is inappropriate, especially at that grade level. >> they feel less than. they feel fearful of authority,
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of what might happen if they make a mistake. >> reporter: which she says is counterproductive to learning. former teacher marlon jones agrees. he says educators should always strive to empower kids. >> make them feel better about learning. i don't think a catastrophe award is doing that. it's just not. we have to set a better example, i think. >> you were a top student, a prize student, weren't you? always getting stars and a-pluses? >> i was a prized pupil. i was. look at that. oh, that's very -- >> it all balances out. >> i do look exhausted in that picture, too. well done, graphics. >> exhausted and mad. you know what would make you feel better? >> "the skinny." >> a sugary drink. >> i still got it. there you go. coming up, the high-profile interview with funny man martin short and why nobody was laughing. >> this is so painfully awkward. plus, bristol palin's ex and his latest plan to get rich. we'll be back with "the skinny." >> sugary.
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so skinny ♪ ♪ skinny, so skinny is it bad? scraping the sugar off my teeth? >> we do two hours of live tv every day. so we've had our fair share of awkward moments. we make our mistakes. everyone in tv does this. but kathie lee gifford on the "today" show yesterday really had a rough ride here. she was interviewing martin short. he was there promoting his new project. and kathie lee starts asking him about his wife and say how lovely they are, what a great couple they are. and he's responding kind of taking the cue and going along with it. but the elephant in the room was that his wife actually passed away two years ago of ovarian cancer. apparently kathie lee did not know. so take a look at the interview and then her apology that followed. >> he and nancy have got one of the greatest marriages of anybody in show business. how many years now for you guys? >> we married -- 36 years. >> but you're still like in love. >> madly in love. madly in love.
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>> why? >> cute. i'm cute. >> he said kathie lee, you probably didn't know, but his beautiful, precious wife nancy did pass away a year and a half ago of ovarian cancer. i feel so badly that -- and the way he was speaking of her sounded like -- >> he said he had one of the great marriages and at the end, he told you, i still do. >> a tough moment there. she later tweeted an apology as well. but awkward to say the least. but they both handled it as well as could be expected. >> i think i just held my breath that entire story. >> that's tough to watch. >> that is tough. something else tough to watch, anything involving levi johnston. >> ain't that the truth. >> he's broke. he's living with his parents and he knocked up his girlfriend and he's looking for money. >> winning! >> he sold his baby's name to "inside edition." got some money for that. he's naming his daughter breeze beretta after the gun. he's probably going to get about $5,000 to $10,000 for pictures and the former vp of marketing for "playgirl" says that she was
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privy to his endowment and can say he has nothing to be ashamed of and can go for it if he wants to put it out. >> levi's johnston. follow the wings.
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lady gaga has made no secret of her admiration for madonna. >> there is really no one that is a more adoring and loving madonna fan than me. >> reporter: but when does inspiration cross the line into imitation? "nightline" anchor cynthia mcfadden asked madonna about that earlier this year after the material girl admitted she thought "born this way" sounded strikingly similar to "express yourself." >> it feels reductive. >> is that good? >> look it up. >> reporter: reductive, that's simplified or crude. ouch. gaga answered back in an interview with a british music magazine saying, i'm not dumb enough or moronic enough to think you're dumb enough or moronic enough not to see that i would have stolen a melody. and now madonna's expressing herself on the controversy yet again. check out this footage shot during a tour rehearsal over the
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weekend. madonna mashing up the two songs. first hers. then straight into a cover of gaga's. at the end, madonna sings a verse from her 2008 song about a young copycat who doesn't have her flare. >> there's no question that we wouldn't all be talking about madonna in quite the way we are today if it weren't for her singing a little snip-it of "born this way." so do i think that madonna is aware of that? absolutely. i think this only helps her. >> reporter: linsey davis, abc news, new york. >> a little catfight. so our facebook question of the day, which artist do you find more talented? lady gaga or madonna? go to wnnfans.com. >> madonna should take it as a compliment. get over it, madonna. >> announcer: this is abc's
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this morning on "world news now" -- tighter race. this morning on "world news now" -- tighter race. the latest abc news poll shows the presidential race getting even closer. >> mitt romney and barack obama try to appeal to the most critical voters, women. it's thursday, may 31st. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." good friday eve, everybody. i'm rob nelson. >> i'm paula faris. we're going to catch up with campaign politics coming up. i know you can't wait. and then update you on that bizarre and disturbing case of cannibalism in miami and what may have led a crazed man to bite into his victim before police killed him. >> interesting twist in this case. what the motivation may have been here. also this morning, the
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foreign visitor who got a very costly lesson on american health care after a rattlesnake attacked him. that vennom nearly killed him. but a hospital bill this big may be reason for a heart attack on top of that snakebite. >> that bill took a bite out of his checkbook. >> to say the least. later this half hour, the youngest contestant ever takes the stage at the national spelling bee. how she did on day one as tension builds before tonight's final round. just 6 years old. >> cute little girl, too. >> very cute. >> she's doing well. first, president obama phoned mitt romney yesterday to congratulate him on clinching the republican nomination with that big primary win in the state of texas. >> but that campaign courtesy lasted about a second. because a new line of attack quickly followed from the obama re-election campaign. abc's karen travers is following the campaign. good morning, karen. >> reporter: good morning, rob. good morning, paula.
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aides to both the president and mitt romney say their phone call was brief, but it was cordial. and it comes as a new poll shows that romney's gaining on his rival. mitt romney formally clinched the republican nomination, and he got a phone call from his rival. >> he was very collegial and friendly. it was not, of course, particularly long. >> reporter: a new abc news/"washington post" poll found romney is at his highest favorability of the presidential campaign. boosted by sharp gains among women voters. while president obama has lost 7 points among women, romney is up 13 points in personal popularity compared to last month. >> he's been able to rally republican women to his cause and that has overall helped his favorability ratings. >> reporter: the poll found the president still beats romney when it comes to favorability by an 11-point margin. but that's a big change from last month when he led by 21 points. their brief phone call may have been cordial, but the obama campaign has signaled they're
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ready to launch a new front against romney, going after his record as governor. and the campaign promises they say he hasn't kept. like this statement to college students in 2002. >> this is a critical election for you. this may determine whether or not there's a job waiting at the end of your graduation. >> reporter: the obama campaign says that under romney, massachusetts was 47th in job creation. and that romney's selling voters the same hooey. >> their belief is to win re-election, they need to destroy mitt romney as an unacceptable alternative for voters. >> reporter: romney may be moving up in the polls, but he still has ground to gain. he's less popular than past eventual nominees were at this same stage of the campaign. rob and paula? >> thank you, karen. >> those polls, like you said, a new one out every day. up and down, plus/minus three in terms of its accuracy. >> and they are good at showing general trends. i think not until we get to september-ish, labor day, polls really start to indicate who may
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come out on top here. both of these guys are trying to raise a ton of cash. could be the most expensive presidential election ever. of course, president obama was at george clooney's house raising money with hollywood folks. he's also had a meeting with sheldon adelson, the casino mogul worth a gazillion dollars who was bankrolling newt gingrich's campaign. until newt backed out. >> how do you do that? >> making it rain. just making it rain. >> nobody does it like rob. >> my friends taught me about it. i don't know from personal -- >> you don't remember it. former presidential candidate john edwards is still waiting for the jury to deliver a verdict in his campaign corruption trial. today is day nine of deliberations that never end. at the end of the day yesterday, the judge dismissed the four alternate jurors without saying why. also a mystery why she closed the courtroom to talk to the attorneys about a note from one of the 12 regular jurors. a killing rampage that gripped all of seattle ended
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late last night with the death of the gunman. 40-year-old ian stawicki walked into a cafe and shot five people, killing four of them. a half hour later, he killed a woman in another part of town while stealing her suv. police launched a citywide man hunt. when they found stawicki, he shot himself and later died. we turn to the vatican where pope benedict xvi spoke out about the leaked documents for the first time. the pontiff said he was saddened by the betrayal. his butler was arrested last week, as we've reported, and accused of being the source of those leaks. when the pope rode into st. peter's square yesterday his new butler was there in the front seat. and in northern italy, the death toll from this week's earthquake now stands at 17. the body of a worker pulled from the rubble of a factory is believed to be the last victim of the 5.8 magnitude quake. old and new buildings were destroyed. many of them already weakened by
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a stronger quake 11 days ago. the earthquakes are now raising some new questions about italy's building codes and possible corruption. the obama administration added sanctions on the syrian bank under more pressure to protect syrian civilians as yet another massacre is revealed. the call is growing for the u.s. to do more. but that next move is anybody's guess. here's abc's christiane amanpour. >> reporter: the cycle of violence in syria seems to be spinning out of control. u.n. observers discovered dead civilians, hands tied behind their backs, shot execution style. two shrouded bodies were placed by their families on the hood of this u.n. vehicle. they want the world to know. an army shelling was reported close to the town where just days ago over 100 villagers were executed. including more than 30 children. >> i think we may be beginning to see the wheels coming off of this bus. >> reporter: and on this tribute page, a graduate film student from syracuse university who was killed by syrian government forces while filming this week's
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attacks. basar al shahada, a fulbright scholar is a native of syria who went back to his homeland to document his people's struggle. meantime, syrian dictator bashar al assad is still clinging to the excuses he gave in an exclusive interview to barbara walters back in december. >> do you think that your forces crack down too hard? >> they are not my forces. they are -- the military forces belong to the government. i don't own them. i'm president. >> reporter: that, of course, is a preposterous statement. every world leader i've spoken to says bashar assad is firmly in control of his own forces. so what are the options for the united states? one, to hope that the nonexistent cease-fire somehow works. two, to hope that russia can exert some influence on bashar say assad. if neither of those options
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work, then some are saying that the u.s. will have to resort to arming the rebels and perhaps even to respond to calls to send in targeted air strikes. no question of u.s. boots on the ground, but at least some help for those in the uprising. christiane amanpour, abc news, new york. in southern california now, a college exchange student from norway was attacked by a rattlesnake and then got another shock when he got the hospital bill. doug treadle was walking near the campus of uc san diego when this snake bit him. there was a hospital right across the street, fortunately. but on his way there, the venom kicked in. >> i was really scared because, i don't know much about the snakes here and how dangerous they are. and as i was walking over, my heart started pumping and i could feel tingling in my body and a metallic taste in my mouth. >> he credits the hospital with saving his life, but they charged him a total of $128,000 for the antidote and nearly
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$144,000 for his stay in the hospital which lasted about 24 hours. that made big headlines in norway where medical care is free. but treadle had bought travel insurance before he left home. >> but he was still on the hook for that money and they are hoping to come to terms to lower his medical bill. >> obviously he was near death so it's important care, but 150 grand for a snake bite and back in his home country, medical care is free. take that as you will. the state of american health care. >> how could it cost that much? >> state of our health care system. >> all righty, everybody. on another note. >> just saying. the remnants of tropical storm beryl have finally drifted out to sea. but look at the damage from a tornado along the north carolina coast. winds topping 110 miles an hour ripped apart dozens of homes. heavy rain also triggering flooding and washing out roads near wilmington. and the downpours from beryl may ruin crops and drive up grocery prices. in northeast florida, they are
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rushing to pull muddy potatoes from soggy fields because they could rot. six weeks of rain fell in three days after a severe drought. in addition to ruined crops, some farmers could lose equipment in the mud. it has been a tough season for farmers. so warm and then the freeze destroyed some of their crops. now this. >> it's dry, get the rain, that's good. hurting crops here. can't win for losing. >> equipment is going to get stuck in the mud. here's a look at your weather on this thursday morning. even more rain down in the state of florida. also violent storms from shreveport to birmingham and memphis. thunderstorms in dallas and oklahoma city. also rain from chicago to cincinnati. showers in the pacific northwest and northern rockies. >> 73 in billings. 77 in colorado springs. and a scorching 103 degrees in phoenix. 60s from the twin cities to kansas city. atlanta 91 and boston is 80. 103 degrees? >> but it's a dry heat is always what they say. it's a dry heat. >> heat is heat. >> i agree. a sports note to pass on to you this morning. the l.a. kings are now just three wins away from their franchise's first ever stanley
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cup. >> they were tied in game one against the devils late last night in new jersey. that was until a winning goal on a breakaway in ot. it secured l.a.'s ninth win on the road in this year's playoffs which is a record. >> but don't count the devils out just yet, though. this is the third straight series in which they've lost the first game. oh, and they beat the rangers in the last round. in case you are wondering if you detect any bias for the devils in our show, our producer, jack, is a huge devils fan. he's a very happy man, particularly when they beat the rangers. so that's jack's doing in our scripts. >> it's a best of seven. >> it is. >> it's one game, people. >> right, jack? >> that's right! >> thank you. coming up, reinventing -- you'll like this story. reinventing ice cream and pampering dairy cows in our morning papers. >> got to take care of the udders. and the youngest spelling bee contestant ever and her uh-oh moment on stage. you're watching "world news now."
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hd-3. everyone. we told you early ber the horrific story from miami in the week where a man attacked welcome back, everyone. we told you earlier about the horrific story from miami in the week where a man attacked another man, chewing off part of his face. >> this story is just beyond words. could this vicious attack have been caused by a new street drug known as bath salts? abc's matt gutman shows us what has police and doctors across the country very concerned. >> reporter: watch this police video of a man in a psychotic state called excited delirium. a name for a syndrome decidedly sinister. the violence and superhuman strength. it appears, immunity to pain.
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bloody, naked and hallucinating, they fight their demons and anybody near them. walking through bullets, snapping off taser prongs. growling. those afflicted by it are literally cooking in their adrenaline fueled bodies, minutes away from death. most in these psychotic episodes are overdosing on drugs and lately increasing numbers on a new drug. legal for the most part, its street name, bath salts. >> this may be the next epidemic. >> reporter: dr. debra nash is a neuroscientist and one of the leading experts on excited delirium and addiction. >> the numbers of adverse events associated with bath salts has increased threefold in the past year. >> reporter: cases of excited delirium have shot to national attention since saturday when rudy eugene, 31, was found here
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in miami naked and chewing another man's face off. >> i never thought i would see somebody else eating someone, you know. it was really horrific. >> reporter: the victim of the attack, a homeless miami man, lost up to 80% of his face. police think it may be connected to bath salts. and it has scientists like mash who have been studying these drugs for a generation genuinely scared. >> this, for me, is almost like a science fiction episode where someone makes a very dangerous molecule and it's released into the public. >> reporter: the powder is mostly snorted, creating a euphoria or rush that comes with dangerous side effects. bath salts, they're not the kind you may be thinking of. these would be useless in a tub. still legal in many states, the drug mimics the effects of cocaine or methamphetamine. but each strain is different, sold under names like cloud ten and euphoria at suburban malls and even convenience stores across the country. >> around the world in the headlines, rudy eugene is a zombie, a monster, a cannibal.
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>> reporter: it could be weeks before a toxicology report reveals whether rudy eugene was high on bath salts when he attacked his victim. with balt bath salts on the rise, law enforcement is bracing for more horror like this. i'm matt gutman in miami. >> the appetite for drugs in this country is just beyond i think what any of us can get our mind around. the reason some of the guys in the video are naked is the drug causes your body temperature to go up so fast you feel like you're burning up. that's why they end up tearing their clothes off. it's scary on every possible level. >> police say they're not responding to stun guns or tasers. a 50 milligram packet sells for $25 to $50. >> other names, the same drug, ivory wave, vanilla sky, bliss and purple rain are all other names of the same drug that it goes by. be careful. we'll be right back with more after this. >> announcer: abc's "world news @@q
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♪ a-b-c easy as 1-2-3 ♪ my favorite. >> this story or the song? >> the song. >> so this week we introduced you to lori anne madison, the youngest person to compete in the national spelling bee. >> the 6-year-old little girl went up against kids more than twice her age as the bee began yesterday. so how did she do? well, take a look at the very first word. >> dirigible. d-i-r-i-g-i-b-l-e. dirigible. >> haven't even heard of that word and she's already spelling it. i feel dumb. >> do you know what it means? >> no. >> so some high-fives after
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round one, right? >> yes, that was good. >> and a lot of us feeling dumb because we don't know what that word even means. >> i could look it up. little lori anne's luck ran out in round two. >> ingluvies. >> can i have the definition, please? ingluvies is the crop of a bird or insect. >> ingluvies. e-n-g-l-u-v-i-e-s. ingluvies. >> that is incorrect. ingluvies is i-n-g-l-u-v-i-e-s. >> very gracious after being eliminated. she got some more high fives and watched more of the tournament from right there in her chair. >> her disappointment kind of showed when espn got up with her afterwards. >> when espn's samantha steele was asked to spell a dicht word
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she called on lori anne. lori anne, any help back here? slobberhannes, you can't spell it? >> i think it's a joke. >> it's a joke? schlaberhanas, you can't spell it?
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>> announcer: "world news now" delivers your "morning papers." >> raise your hand if exercise is kind of a pain in the butt. okay. so we're both going to like this story. >> don't do it. >> i'm going to go there. a new study says that exercise might actually be bad for you. >> oh, finally a study i can get into. all right. >> and the researchers here, it's not like they had a hidden agenda. these are actually researchers who made guidelines that promote exercise, okay? so what they did, they tested 1,687 people. 10% of them got worse in at least one of the following measures related to heart disease. blood pressure, their levels of insulin, hdl cholesterol or triglycerides. they're saying that it's very bizarre, but it's a very well done study as well. it's going to give slackers like
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you and i a reason not to want to exercise. >> beautiful. if exercise is bad for you i'm going to live forever. that's fantastic. >> we are the 10%. embrace it. >> go get some mcdonald's on the way home and call it a day. milk does a body good. we've all heard that saying before. but now farmers are taking extra special care of their cows because they believe that a happy, contented cow simply produces more milk. so they are taking some pretty drastic steps to keep -- >> got to take care of those udders. >> to keep those cows happy. they are putting them on water beds. they are playing classical music in the barns. they are even, as you see in this picture, giving them chiropractic care. help them stay relaxed and loose and tender and all that good stuff. so cows are getting treated -- better treatment than some humans out there. >> chiropractor? shouldn't it be "cowropractor"? >> a relaxed cow makes more milk. good to be relaxed when you're getting your udder yanked. >> speaking of udders yanked and
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milk and ice cream, ice cream i think we'll have a shortage of this summer. we'll still make some strange flavors. there's a sushi ice cream that's going to be out. puke in my mouth. that's just foul. carl's jr. is also testing the ice cream bugger. chocolate ice cream sandwiched between two sugar cookies. then ketchup and mustard coloring. >> that's all sweet stuff. but back to that first thing. is that really -- ice cream is literally flavored like sushi? >> it has coconut, gummy candy and, yes, sushi. no. i don't think it's going to taste like sushi. >> just shaped like it. that's creative, actually. >> i keep saying shushi. sushi. >> sushi. all right. number four, i want your opinion on this. another new -- >> yes, please. >> "shape" magazine says women feel so much pressure to get the perfect body they would actually forgo sex for one month in order to get the perfect bikini body for the summer. >> what was the word from the spelling bee?wcwcwcwcwcwcwcwcwcc
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this morning on "world news now" -- seattle siege. the six lives lost in a gunman's deadly rampage. >> the frightening scenes, the gunman's suicide, and what may have led to such unspeakable violence. it's thursday, may 31st. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >> good morning, everybody. i'm rob nelson. >> and i'm paula faris. we're going to take you to seattle momentarily for the latest from police. and then, we're hearing from etan patz's mother for the very first time since the suspect came forward and confessed to the murder of her son which happened oh, so long ago, over three decades ago. >> 33 years. also this morning, women who have abortions based on the unborn's gender. we're going to bring you some undercover video and explain why members of congress are
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addressing this highly controversial issue later today. and from one outrage to another, the investment company that you trust with your 401(k) retirement savings. at least you thought you trusted them. well, they may be charging you huge fees and you may not even know it. so how can you avoid getting cheated? i know i'm going to be looking at my 401(k) statement a whole lot closer. >> we all are. and political action related to that story as well. we'll have that in just a second. of course, the big story of the morning, seattle was under siege as police launched a citywide manhunt. but they didn't know if they were looking for one killer or two. >> when they finally cornered a suspect, he shot himself. 40-year-old ian lee stawicki died late last night of that wound. abc's neal karlinsky is in seattle. >> reporter: in a place that prides itself as one of the safest big cities in america, the sight of officers out with guns drawn, running door to door, couldn't have been more out of place. two shootings, six victims, four of them dead.
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a surveillance camera captured the moment police say one suspect walked into a cafe not far from the university of washington and began shooting wildly, hitting five people, including two men who died at the scene. >> the four that came in, they all had suffered from gunshot wounds to the head. they're very critical injuries. minute by minute, hour by hour. >> reporter: in the hours before the suspect was found, public schools were on lockdown. one even telling its students to shelter in place for a time. residents were warned to lock their doors, not to answer unless it was someone they absolutely knew. amidst the chaos, more gunfire just a few miles away. a shooting detectives now believe may have been connected. police say a man carjacked a mercedes suv in downtown seattle shooting and killing the woman who was driving it. >> made me nervous. i was scared. i live and work in this neighborhood. and i've never seen anything like this before. >> reporter: all of this comes on the heels of a series of shootings during an unusually
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violent holiday weekend. so much so that the seattle city council this very week pressed police on the issue. >> both of the shootings were in broad daylight in neighborhoods filled with kids and schools, leaving block after block filled with locked homes and very worried families. >> i'm worrying what the heck is going on in the city. everybody's getting gun happy in this town. it's just crazy. it's two shootings within a matter of 20 minutes. >> reporter: neal karlinsky, abc news, seattle. >> and that story does make a great point. you think of seattle. you think of a very peaceful, quiet, largely crime-free city here. but the deaths yesterday now bring the total of homicides for the year to 21. that matches the total from all of 2011. >> so not even halfway into 2012 and they've already matched last year's total. and also, just to bring you up to date. four victims at the cafe and then that one woman in the car and then the gunman took his own life. they say that that cafe was kind of like an artists' hangout space.
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so very, very, very bizarre. >> i have no idea why he'd target that particular place but six people gone just like that. for the first time since her son's decades-old disappearance recently hit the headlines again, we're hearing from the mother of etan patz. julie patz spoke last night outside her new york city apartment saying, quote, this is taking my freedom away. i just wish this could be over. 6-year-old etan patz disappeared 33 years ago. this month a man named pedro hernandez confessed to kidnapping and murdering little etan. hernandez is on suicide watch at a new york hospital while police work to corroborate his statements. a hearing continues today in los angeles to determine if two men can be tried for attacking a rival fan at dodgers stadium on baseball's opening day last season. in evidence presented yesterday, one of the men, marvin norwood, was heard admitting to his own mother that he was involved. but norwood has also pleaded not guilty to the charges against him. the attack left san francisco
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giants fan bryan stow with serious brain injuries. and an incident near chicago's wrigley field has also raised some eyebrows. three live grenades were found in the basement of an apartment building. nearby buildings were evacuated and fans attending the cubs game that was going on at the same time were kept away. the live world war ii era grenades actually belonged to a deceased man whose family owns that building. they were safely disposed of. >> so he had no idea they were actually live grenades, but they were. for the second time in a week, a small plane has crashed in southern utah killing everyone on board. four people died when the single engine plane went down on a remote mountain tuesday just hours after taking off from las vegas. but rescuers didn't reach the wreckage until yesterday. and the names of the victims have not been released. on saturday, four men were killed at a nearby airport when their cessna crashed on takeoff. and that crash in utah is just a reminder of how dangerous flying can be. but two recent episodes at
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american airports show that it's not always safe on the ground either. abc's senior national correspondent jim avila has the details. >> reporter: oops, a chinese cargo jet. the behemoth 747 clipped the tail of this 2 1/2 times smaller american airlines commuter. awkward, even alarming, for the 18 uninjured passengers onboard. >> here you are in a little, you know, commuter jet and you look up and see this huge, what i call the bow, the front end of a 747-400. >> reporter: they tell you to keep your seat belt on for a reason. major airport jetways are crowded. remember this a-380, the world's largest plane, spinning a commuter jet at jfk like a top? >> just when you think you are home and scot-free, something can happen. >> reporter: at san diego's lindbergh field, a separate kind of chaos when a modern day stowaway crashed through this emergency exit directly on to the tarmac. a just released convict loose for six minutes on the field
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before he was nabbed on a united commuter plane boarding for takeoff. >> six minutes is a very long time. six minutes provides a terrific amount of opportunity. >> reporter: in the breach, the wandering parolee totally skipped the tsa's layered security plan, never going to the ticket agent where his identity would be verified. avoiding the tsa officer who checks ids at the screening line. never going through a body scanner or even presenting a ticket at the gate. instead, bypassing it all by marching through that emergency exit in the luggage area directly to the plane. everybody ordered off after a flight attendant noticed she had one too many passengers on board. the tsa is investigating how this could happen. the parolee is back in jail charged, oddly enough, only with violating parole. jim avila, abc news, washington. an enormous wildfire raging in new mexico has become that state's largest fire ever.
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so far more than 170,000 acres and 12 homes have burned. and it is still growing at this hour. about 1,200 firefighters are now on the ground facing low humidity and shifting winds. experts say the massive fire is just a preview of what's to come after months of dry conditions out west. >> don't like to hear that at all. >> no, no. ominous. here's your thursday forecast, everybody. it's going to be windy with hail and a chance of tornadoes from birmingham to nashville. i love it when i can say hail. >> hail. >> yes. not bad hail, everybody. little rock and shreveport. chilly afternoon rain across much of the midwest and ohio valley. thunderstorms in florida, scattered showers from seattle to billings. >> what the hail is the temperature again? >> it's going to be haily. >> 84 in boise. 91 in sacramento. 103 in phoenix. 58 in chicago. 67 in kansas city. upper 80s from dallas to miami. 91 in atlanta. 83 here in new york. >> don't you love what we can get away with on this show? >> it's amazing.
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i don't know how i haven't been fired yet. what would a friday eve be without something of a religious symbol seen in an everyday household occurrence? you know, like god in a piece of toast? stuff like that. >> we've seen stories like this before. here you go. this morning's example comes to us from texas, right there on the bathroom wall. yep, that's jesus in mold. they say it's been growing for months, actually, and obviously nobody wants to wash it off. >> wait. i got to see that again. it started growing while one of the men who lives there was in prison. he says it's jesus watching over him making sure he doesn't get in trouble and go back to jail. so if it's in a bathroom, it kind of feels blasphemous. >> i believe it was the 11th commandment that said wash your nasty tub and you don't have to worry about that. just saying. thou shall wash your nasty tub. >> i think we need an amendment there. >> just a slight one. coming up next -- hidden fees eating away at the money that you've set aside for
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welcome back, everyone. the house of representatives spent yesterday debating a ban on abortions that are based solely on the sex, the gender, of that unborn child. >> hot-button story here to say the least. well, a vote on this bill could come as early as today. all of this on the heels of a hidden camera investigation launched by a pro-life group. kabc's miriam hernandez shows us the highly controversial video. >> usually at five months is usually when they detect, you know, whether or not it's a boy or girl. >> reporter: this video posted by the pro-life group live
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action shows clips of a planned parenthood counseling session at an austin, texas, clinic. a woman posing as a patient tells the counselor she may need help to abort her baby if tests determine the fetus is a girl instead of the boy she desires. >> but you think i still just shouldn't worry about telling them that i'm -- i would be terminating if it's a girl, just kind of -- just keep it quiet and then come here? >> yeah, i wouldn't. >> reporter: planned parenthood says the counselor in the video was entry level. she was fired. and that staff is being retrained. but questions remain about what the counselor should have said. planned parenthood in los angeles says the policy across the country is to provide nonjudgmental counseling. yet -- >> we absolutely condemn sex selection. >> reporter: and you would tell her that? >> i don't think that that's typical, again, in conversation with a patient. >> reporter: it's not typical, but it's a conversation that can happen. >> and in that case, again, we encourage the woman to really
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discuss with her family and consult her faith on the matter. >> reporter: live action responded in this statement. quote, planned parenthood believes it can sweep this under the rug. one worker fired. problem solved, unquote. live action released the video as conservatives in congress prepare to vote on a bill that would impose criminal penalties for helping abort a child for the purposes of gender selection and deny funds to agencies who aid in sex selection abortion. planned parenthood, meantime, says its services are critical to providing women with a range of health services. this is miriam hernandez reporting for abc news. >> pretty heavy stuff here. >> very heavy. >> this sort of practice actually became somewhat common in the 1990s in certain cultures, in asian cultures where they put a heavier emphasis on having a boy. surprisingly in the u.s., there's no ban on this right now. there's a ban in canada, uk, france, germany, sweden, finland, the list goes on. against gendercide is what
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they're calling it. >> and critics say if this is a sneak attack on abortions, but on the other hand you have to wonder how many gender-based abortions happen in this country. we don't know any numbers on that just yet. they can tell actually the gender of the baby about 14 weeks into the pregnancy. you have to wonder how many mothers out there say, i want a girl, i want a boy. if it's not what i want, i'm going to terminate the pregnancy. that's, obviously, what most people find pretty gruesome and hard to take. >> they said at the end of the video it was, again, by a pro-life group. that was part one. they think there are even more videos that are going to be released. maybe if there are other planned parenthood employees involved, then -- >> it's true. we saw the contraception debate with planned parenthood. now this. heavy discussion. talk amongst yourself on that one. coming up next, we've heard so much lately about unfair bank fees. >> but now the outrage over eye-popping fees imposed on your 401(k) account. who's blowing the whistle? it's all next.
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♪ your cheating heart will pine some day ♪ now we turn to a very important and eye-opening story for anyone out there with one of those all-important 401(k) retirement accounts. most people have them. hidden fees are eating away at the nest eggs of millions of americans, and you may not even know it. >> do you actually review your 401(k) statement? >> not the last couple of years. it's a little hard to do that. >> i'm going to be looking closely after this story. an investigation shows an average couple could be socked with more than $150,000 in fees over their lifetime. abc's elizabeth leamy has more. >> reporter: somebody has been taking money out of americans' 401(k) accounts for years.
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not thieves. big firms that manage the 401(k)s. >> most employees are in the dark. >> reporter: one new report estimates a working couple could pay as much as $155,000 in hidden 401(k) management fees over their lifetime. the fees are deducted from the money you put in. and yet an aarp survey found 7 out of 10 people didn't know they paid 401(k) fees at all. >> if you're not aware of what you're paying, then at the end of a 30-year working career, you can have a lot less in retirement savings than you expected to have. >> reporter: for example, if you put $5,000 into your 401(k) every year and your fee is a low .5%, you could end up with about $950,000 in retirement. but if your fee was 1.5%, you'd end up with just $769,000. >> was the industry doing a good enough job of disclosure on its own? >> no, we didn't think they were. >> reporter: the investment industry says the fees are not nearly as high as some say.
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but there's no way for consumers to know. that's why starting july 1st, the labor department is forcing companies to send notices like this one that disclose the fees. >> people will have to be told exactly what they're paying for and exactly what they're getting for this money. >> reporter: experts say first figure out the type of fund you want to invest in. then look for the one with the lowest fee. if all the fees are high, band together with your co-workers and push for better choices. and if that fails, make the minimum contribution to get the company match and put the rest of your retirement savings into a low-fee i.r.a. elizabeth leamy, abc news, washington. >> i get this. obviously so many of us are building up that 401(k). >> yeah. >> in hopes of a fairly easy retirement years down the road. but you can lose up to 30% of your income to fees by the time you retire. we're not talking small numbers here. check your -- i'm going to do today. >> i'm doing it right now. >> check your forms at home and
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♪ ♪ if i could just die in your arms ♪ ♪ every time you touched me i'd just die in your arms ♪ >> so i should probably know that's the new justin bieber song that just came out? >> "die in your arms" is his new single. indeed. >> wouldn't all those young girls just love to die in his arms. well, maybe do something else in his arms. anyway. bieber fever hit an all-time high last night in norway. police were on the verge of declaring a state of emergency. they could not control tens of thousands of screaming fans before the biebs concert in oslo. rob, you were all over this story. >> all over it. i love the sound of screaming teenagers. such a lovely sound.
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new video now has emerged of a photographer bieber allegedly scuffled with. all of this as police say they are still waiting to hear from the pop star himself. >> reporter: justin bieber made time tuesday to wave to fans before a concert in norway. and to release "die in your arms," the second single off his new album. ♪ if i could just die in your arms ♪ >> reporter: what he has not made time for is talking to police. l.a. county sheriff's investigators still have not spoken to bieber about charges that he roughed up this photographer. once they do talk to the star, they say they'll most likely forward the case to the d.a. who could charge bieber with battery. meantime, new details and video are emerging from the scuffle. this newly released video shows the still unnamed photographer getting into an ambulance, being treated by paramedics. he says he was pushed by the 18-year-old pop star. witnesses, including other photographers, say bieber lost his cool and his shoe after the paparazzo snapped photos of bieber and girlfriend selena
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gomez, later blocking their car. >> got out of the car. came this way. and then come over here. boom. just punched him against the car. >> reporter: during the aftermath as gomez apparently tried to calm down her boyfriend, witnesses say she lost her phone, and some even accuse the paparazzi of taking it. >> we don't have the phone. we really don't. i don't know how else to tell you guys. i really don't have it. >> reporter: at a memorial day party, gomez, however, was in no mood to chat. blowing off questions about the incident. >> selena, was that self-defense with justin? was that self-defense with justin, selena? >> great story. hard hitting, rob. >> hard hitting. >> by the way, that concert for 15,000 screaming young girls in oslo was free. >> oh, that's good. that's nice. he is a phenomenon. the girls love him out there. of course, now, selena is going to be questioned over exactly what happened here. and police now officially have asked to talk to bieber as well.
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this morning on "world news now" -- city under siege. unheard of violence in normally safe seattle. >> the latest, a gunman's rampage leaving six dead and a city shaken. it's thursday, may 31st. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >> good morning, everybody. i'm paula faris. it is friday eve. >> eve. oh, that sounds good. >> but it's your friday. >> it is my friday. i've got a flight to new orleans in just a few hours for a wedding. good morning, everybody. i'm rob nelson. we'll get to our top story in just a second. of course, those incredible shootings in seattle. six folks dead. we'll get to that in a moment. also, who is behind bans to serve extra large servings of
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the sugary soft drinks in this calorie counting world. is this really the answer to the nation's obesity crisis? drastic steps happening in new york. >> nothing like a good popcorn and large beverage at the movie theaters, though. >> the theaters, you smell that popcorn. you want it. fake butter oozing out of the machine. >> so good, isn't it? >> can't beat it. bathe in that stuff. also this morning, outrage over a note sent home by an arizona teacher giving an 8-year-old a so-called catastrophe award. so what led up to this, and how a little girl and school administrators are responding. >> there are two sides of that story. it'll be interesting to see what people think about that on facebook. also, later this half hour, usually when comic martin short sits down for a high-profile interview, you are in for a few laughs. he's a really funny guy. see how yesterday's interview, everyone's favorite ladies, kathie lee and hoda, things took a really weird and extraordinarily awkward turn. we'll get into that in "the
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skinny." >> we like to say uncomfortable. >> yeah. kathie lee kind of had a blunder there. >> more than sticking your foot in your mouth. it was worse than that. >> it was her whole leg, yes. first, everybody, our top story, seattle was a city gripped by terror after word of a series of cold-blooded killings just a half hour apart in broad daylight. >> the police say one man was responsible for the killing spree. 40-year-old ian stawicki. but they still don't know why. abc's brad wheelis has the details. >> there's a shooting at cafe racer. multiple people down. >> reporter: just before the urgent call came over police radio late wednesday morning, images released later by police show a man entering a cafe near the university of washington. a second picture shows him holding a gun. >> all we know is that a man who you see goes in there with a firearm and intentionally shoots people. >> reporter: police don't know what prompted the man to kill three people in the cafe and critically injure two more. the suspect shot himself after police cornered him. he later died at a hospital. the killings rattled seattle residents.
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>> it made me nervous. i'm scared. i live and work in this neighborhood. and i've never seen anything like this before. >> reporter: shortly after the carnage in the cafe, the city was rocked again by violence. >> we've had two tragic shootings today that have shaken this city. >> reporter: a woman was killed in an apparent carjacking near seattle's downtown area. >> they heard a scuffle, some screaming, some yelling, a gunshot. >> reporter: the suspect fled in a black suv. police later found the car during an intense manhunt. officers with dogs and guns drawn swept through neighborhoods. stunned residents were ordered to lock doors, close windows and stay inside. >> it's just crazy. two shootings within a matter of 20 minutes. >> reporter: two shootings that police now say were related. they believe the same man terrorized seattle in two places. brad wheelis, abc news, los angeles. >> go ahead. still trying to figure out that motive. but i think a telling statistic is seattle, you typically think it's a pretty safe city.
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last year i believe they only had 21 murders all year. and so far, five months into the year, almost six months into the year, already matched that total from last year. >> that's scary. an unusual community for that kind of violence there. and the building where that shooting happened was kind of like a hangout for artists and the cafe was kind of like a performance space area. so i don't know whether he was targeting members of that particular community or whether it was just purely random. cops hope they will get some more answers later today as this investigation continues. we'll see. >> we all want to know the motive into that. egregious. staying on the west coast, a scary incident outside a high school in southern california. it happened in a crosswalk. ten people were injured, three of them critically, when a pickup truck crashed into them. most of those who were injured were students. the driver who's also a student reportedly ran a red light before hitting those pedestrians, rob. just when you thought you heard it all about sky-high bank fees, get this. closing an account could cost you as well. a new survey shows major banks
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charge up to 55 bucks to customers closing relatively new accounts. transferring your money from an old bank to a new one is not cheap. the survey shows a wire transfer can cost 30 bucks and a certified check can cost about $10. the advocacy group called consumers union conducted that survey. >> find any way to make a buck. >> any way to make a buck. nothing is free. anything. all right. and while we are addressing financial matters this morning, time for the day's check on facebook stock. and, yeah, another down day. >> facebook will open just above $28 a share this morning after losing more than 2% yesterday. it's hemorrhaging down 25% since its ipo just two weeks ago. >> not pretty at all. abc's scott goldberg joins us with more on the free-fall. good morning, scott. >> reporter: good morning rob and paula. facebook got roughed up again yesterday. if closed down 65 cents for the day. it's now down almost $10 from its debut price of $38 less than two weeks ago.
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from so many investors, facebook has been getting the stink eye since it went public and proceeded to lose more than a quarter of its value. but public relations consultant peter himler still calls himself a friend. >> i saw it as a good investment and i intend to hold on to my investment. >> reporter: his views are shared by some investors. but on the forward looking options market, there are predictions facebook stock will keep sliding to $25 a share by mid-july. down from its debut a little less than two weeks ago at $38. >> is this the bottom for facebook? doubt it. all bets are kind of off until we see what their next product line's going to be. >> reporter: right now we know facebook seemed surprised by the number of users switching to mobile apps. when facebook's revenue depends on ads that show up on full-size computers. and we know mark zuckerberg has been on a honeymoon in italy while his company's stock is tanking. >> mark zuckerberg is one guy you never want to bet against. he's a guy who's seen the
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future, who's conquered the future, and in many ways defined the future. and a lot of people are going to continue betting on mark zuckerberg for that very reason. >> reporter: others are too busy snickering at reports that zuckerberg and his new wife priscilla chan didn't leave a tip after they spent about $40 on a lunch in rome. was it because tipping isn't customary in italy or was zuck upset he's worth about $5 billion less than he was two weeks ago. despite all of this, facebook is expanding. it's moving forward with plans to add more buildings to its campus in california. and it just opened a new office in dubai. rob and paula? >> thanks, scott. and chalk one up for all the consumers out there. >> really. the fda just made a decision that will upset the food industry but will protect consumers. listen to this. the fda denied requests to change the name of high fructose corn syrup to corn sugar. industry leaders spent millions arguing that the corn syrup product was identical to sugar.
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but the fda said a name change would confuse the public and pose a health risk to those who suffer from fructose intolerance. and they say sugar should be grainy, not a syrup. >> no matter what they call it it's bad for you. that's the bottom line. speaking of sugar, here's a story getting a lot of buzz this morning. a proposed ban on the sale of those large sodas and other sugary drinks here in new york city. new york's mayor michael bloomberg is backing the ban as a way of combatting obesity. if it's enacted, the sale of any sweetened drink larger than 16 ounces would be prohibited in restaurants, theaters and other places as well. the beverage industry says the proposal, though, simply goes too far because, it says, soda is not driving obesity rates. come on. all these big gulp -- >> mm-hmm. that's how i roll! >> on this shift, i can't fault you for it. >> it's actually kind of good. >> what is it? >> coke and fruit punch. >> so anything of a certain size
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would be banned. paula could get arrested and spend 30 years in jail. they'd take her off the street. >> i don't think that's the city's place. are you going to take pizza off my dinner table? are you going to take hamburgers and french fries? that seems more egregious than a soda, for god's sakes. where do you draw the line? >> if you look at the sugar content on these things, it is pretty sad. the grams of sugar. >> but it's my choice. >> we've heard this debate with the whole first lady, with her let's move campaign and school lunches. how far should the government go in regulating stuff. i drink a lot of diet caffeinated soda on this shift. so i get it. but it's not the worst thing for you, but it ain't helping either. you know, we are a fat country. >> they think this is going to pass because the board of health, all the officials on it were appointed by the mayor. take this, nyc! >> she's a rebel. look at her. you go, paula. >> take my taxes. i'm going to drink my sugary drink. >> you go for it. be hopped up until the weekend.
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>> here's your thursday -- here's your thursday -- i'm too sugary. i can't even talk. here's your thursday forecast, everybody. warm here on the east coast. showers from jacksonville to miami. now i have to pee. >> you have to pee? >> already. storms and possible tornadoes in texas and tennessee and mississippi valleys. afternoon rain around louisville, chicago, detroit and cincinnati. some scattered showers in the northwest. >> is that physiologically possible for you to have to -- who knows? >> i do everything quickly. >> 66 in seattle. salt lake city 84. 71 in fargo. 61 in omaha. 64 in detroit. i'm reading quickly. 80s from boston to baltimore. the first week of the nfl regular season is just 14 weeks away but, of course, who is counting? >> 14 weeks. and with organized training activities about to start for the tennessee titans, it's time for a little namaste, a little yoga. a few of the titans got on their mats yesterday in a room capped at over 100 degrees. it's bikram when it's really hot
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and sweaty and nasty and skanky? >> i don't exercise. i don't know. one of them, defensive tackle shaun smith, actually taught two classes that included a few teammates. it was all part of a fundraiser for his youth charity. seeing the nfl guys out there finding their center, getting zen, whatever all that yoga stuff is. >> a little downward dog on this thursday. >> that's a little personal. coming up -- finger pointing and accusations involving two musical superstars. and one teacher's award sent home with a second grader that was hardly complimentary. you are watching some version of "world news now." >> something. >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by crest pro health clinical toothpaste. linical toothpaste.
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welcome back, everyone. an award from your child's teacher is something a parent usually brags about. but this award has upset the little girl and landed the teacher in some hot water. >> i like this story. the 8-year-old was given the catastrophe award for having the most excuses for not completing her homework. valerie cavazos from our tucson affiliate confronted the principal. >> reporter: 8-year-old cassandra garcia proudly showed us her completed homework in her labeled folder. so it confused her mother, christina, when her daughter came home with this end of the year award. it is a catastrophe award for most excuses for not having homework. followed by a smiley face and a teacher's signature. not only confused, christina was upset. because she says her daughter felt humiliated. >> she had announced it in front of the whole class, and all the children were laughing at her.
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>> reporter: christina contacted the principal to complain about the award. >> and she blew me off and said that it was a joke that was played -- that the teachers joke around with the children. >> reporter: i headed to cassandra's school, desert springs academy, for an plaex nation. the principal said she wouldn't comment. i asked if she thought it was okay for teachers to hand out catastrophe awards. she shrugged her shoulders, and then she blew me off. as a parent, what do you think about that award? >> i think it's cruel, and no child should be given an award like this. it's disturbing. >> reporter: you don't see this as a joke? >> no. >> reporter: and neither do experts. >> that isn't an award. it doesn't fit the criteria. >> reporter: psychologist sherry baman at the university of arizona college of education says any negative award, joke or not, is inappropriate, especially at that grade level. >> they feel less than. they feel fearful of authority, of what might happen if they make a mistake.
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>> reporter: which she says is counterproductive to learning. former teacher marlon jones agrees. he says educators should always strive to empower kids. >> make them feel better about learning. i don't think a catastrophe award is doing that. it's just not. we have to set a better example, i think. >> you were a top student, a prize student, weren't you? always getting stars and a-pluses? >> i was a prized pupil. i was. look at that. sleeping, "d." >> it all balances out. you're still a "b" student. >> i do look exhausted in that picture, too. well done, graphics. >> exhausted and mad. you know what would make you feel better? >> "the skinny." >> a sugary drink. >> oh, yeah. i still got it. there you go. coming up, the high-profile interview with funny man martin short and why nobody was laughing. >> this is so painfully awkward. plus, bristol palin's ex and his latest plan to get rich. we'll be back with "the skinny." >> sugary. >> good.
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♪ skinny, so skinny >> is it bad? scraping the sugar off my teeth? >> no kidding. we do two hours of live tv every day. so we've had our fair share of awkward moments. we make our mistakes. everyone in tv does this. but kathie lee gifford on the "today" show yesterday really had a rough ride here. she was interviewing martin short. he was there promoting his new project. and kathie lee starts asking him about his wife and saying how lovely they are, what a great couple they are. and he's responding kind of taking the cue and going along with it. but the elephant in the room was that his wife actually passed away two years ago of ovarian cancer. apparently kathie lee did not know. so take a look at the interview and then her apology that followed. >> he and nancy have got one of the greatest marriages of anybody in show business. how many years now for you guys? >> we married -- 36 years. >> but you're still like in love. >> madly in love. madly in love. >> why? >> cute. i'm cute.
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>> he said kathie lee, you probably didn't know, but his beautiful, precious wife nancy did pass away a year and a half ago of ovarian cancer. i feel so badly that -- and the way he was speaking of her sounded like -- >> he said he had one of the great marriages and at the end, he told you, i still do. >> i still do. >> a tough moment there. she later tweeted an apology as well. but awkward to say the least. but they both handled it as well as could be expected. >> i think i just held my breath that entire story. >> that's tough to watch. >> that is tough. something else tough to watch, anything involving levi johnston. >> ain't that the truth. >> so he's broke. he's living with his parents and he knocked up his girlfriend and he's looking for money. >> winning! >> yes, he is a winner. so he sold his baby's name to "inside edition." got some money for that. he's naming his daughter breeze beretta after the gun. he's probably going to get about $5,000 to $10,000 for pictures and the former vp of marketing for "playgirl" says that she was privy to his endowment and can say he has nothing to be ashamed
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of if he wants to go for it and lay it all out. >> levi's johnston. can go for it if he wants to put it out. >> levi's johnston. follow the wings.
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lady gaga has made no secret of her admiration for madonna. >> there is really no one that is a more adoring and loving madonna fan than me. >> reporter: but when does inspiration cross the line into imitation? "nightline" anchor cynthia mcfadden asked madonna about that earlier this year after the material girl admitted she thought "born this way" sounded strikingly similar to "express yourself." >> it feels reductive. >> is that good? >> look it up. >> reporter: reductive, that's simplified or crude. ouch. gaga answered back in an interview with a british music magazine saying, i'm not dumb enough or moronic enough to think you're dumb enough or moronic enough not to see that i would have stolen a melody. and now madonna's expressing herself on the controversy yet again. check out this footage shot during a tour rehearsal over the weekend. madonna mashing up the two songs. first hers.
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♪ then straight into a cover of gaga's. ♪ at the end, madonna sings a verse from her 2008 song about a young copycat who doesn't have her flare. >> there's no question that we wouldn't all be talking about madonna in quite the way we are today if it weren't for her singing a little snip-it of "born this way." so do i think that madonna is aware of that? absolutely. i think this only helps her. >> reporter: linsey davis, abc news, new york. >> a little catfight. so our facebook question of the day, which artist do you find more talented, lady gaga or madonna? go to wnnfans.com. >> madonna should take it as a compliment. get over it, madonna. >> announcer: this is abc's "world news now," informing
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