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round and round she goes and goes and goes. >> where she stops nobody knows. >>he next line. one woman to add a checkmark on her bucket list. >> a california woman earned her place in the record books for the longest ferris wheel ride ever. christina lockmiller spent more than a day on the ride at the california state fair, that is 26:43:46 to be exact. she got plenty of bathroom breaks but no sleep at all. >> she was allowed to get off to tinkle. >> go pee-pee in the potty. >> she felt like a 2-year-old who needed a nap. we're sure the unpadded seats didn't help. we've seen stupider records broken on the show. nice day on the ferris wheel. not a bad way to spend the day. >> 26 hours up straight, nothing compared to this shift. >> we're used to that. well, coming up next, the actress reinventing herself and also cashing in a little bit
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after her high profile breakup. and the bait and switch involving your favorite fish. it could be costing you a fortune. reeling in this story next on "world news now." >> well done. ♪ reeling in this story next on "world news now." >> well done. ♪ ♪ ♪
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penn state could lose much more than the $60 million it was fined by the ncaa earlier this week. on top of that, sponsors are canceling ads on penn state games. state farm will not advertise on home game broadcasts because it does not want to support the university any longer. on top of that, general motors is reconsidering its sponsorship deal. wall street is threatening to downgrade the school's credit rating. meantime, good news for the school. according to "the harrisburg patriot news," the football coach, bill brian, said no
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players informed him of plans to transfer out of the program. the option given to all the players as part of the agreement with ncaa. several reports say it created a feeding frenzy among top collegiate teams. you can't imagine everyone is going to stay, thghou. >> created free agency, unprecedented territory. schools that have max scholarships are going to waive that because of unprecedented territory. state farm is dropping its football sponsorship, still sponsoring some other sports. pepsi is considering sponsorship as well. >> amazing fallout. well, the ncaa sanctions, they are a hot topic on our facebook fan page. >> gretchen, for example, she says taking away the wins retroactively shows the severity of the offense and send a warning to all other universities, football or any other sporting program will not and should not control a university. >> jerika, a cool name, jeremiah and erica mixed together. why are the students and players being penalized for actions of a select few, taking the wins away
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will not change what happened nor disgrace paterno any further because he is already gone. >> tia says, they got off easy. i was hoping that every program under the jurisdiction of the athletic director would be suspended for five years to show sports are not more important than children. >> uh-huh. >> interesting. >> another interesting bit of fallout. moody investor services says they say -- they may downgrade the school's rating which is going to hurt enrollment, fund-raising. ramifications well beyond the playing field. >> let me throw one point out there. i know the ramifications to the football program, a hot topic, how will the football program recover, how long will it hurt the game? let me ask a question, let's talk about the recovery of sandusky's victims, how long will it take for them to recover, get their lives back on track. let's focus on that a little bit. football will be okay. the lives have been irreparably harmed, the human toll, not the athletic toll. we will be back with more. stay with us. >> exactly. >> announcer: abc's "world news now" will continue after this from our abc stations. athletic toll. we will be back wi
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if you order fish in a restaurant -- does mcdonald's count? >> that ain't fish. >> or buy it at a supermarket, there's an indication you might not be getting what you pay for. >> a new investigation shows fish fraud is now rampant. abc's matt gutman tells us though why it is hard to stop. >> reporter: that first bite of grouper -- taste fishy? that's because fraud is often what's for dinner. the conversation group oceana sampled 61 florida seafood businesses, finding a one in three chance of a bait and switch. instead of that prime filet of fish you get another cheaper fish. red snapper is almost always constituted with something else. >> reporter: almost always substituted for something else. this man has been testing fish for years. >> out and out consumer fraud. customers not getting what paid for. secondly, potential health risks
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because substitutes are often contaminated with pollutants. >> reporter: florida is just the beginning. oceana found in boston. 48% of the fish is mislabeled. in l.a., 55%. being listed in yelp or zagot doesn't help. >> expensive restaurants as well as lower priced restaurants. >> reporter: now, there are regulations to protect consumers but there is little oversight. you may think you are getting when, in fact, you are getting tilapia. maybe think you are getting grouper when, again, you are getting tilapia. nationally 2% of our fish is inspected. less than .001 of the fish is inspected for mislabeling. national restaurant association tells us deliberate fraud is certainly not accepted at any point in the supply chain no matter what the product. so, how can consumers protect themselves? at the casablanca fish market, it's recommended to buy whole fish and use common sense. >> if you pay a very cheap price on the filet, you are not buying
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what you are supposed to be getting. >> reporter: matt gutman, abc news, miami. >> i could go for fish and chips. >> bring me my fish sticks. keep is it simple. >> filet of fish. >> the good stuff. sticks. >> filet of fish. t simple.od stuff. >> filet of fish. >> the good stuff. so many people before. when taking lunesta, don't drive or operate machinery until you feel fully awake. walking, eating, driving, or engaging in other activities while asleep, without remembering it the next day, have been reported. abnormal behaviors may include aggressiveness, agitation, hallucinations or confusion. in depressed patients, worsening of depression, including risk of suicide, may occur. alcohol may increase these risks. allergic reactions, such as tongue or throat swelling, occur rarely and may be fatal. side effects may include unpleasant taste, headache, dizziness and morning drowsiness. ask your doctor if lunesta is right for you.
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york city with daughter suri in tow. it appears holmes is taking full advantage of her post s divorce publicity and highlighting her role as a rising style icon by gracing los angeles based "c" magazine, revealing a more sexy, confident look. in the interview conducted one day before she announced she'd be divorcing tom cruise, holmes speaks out on her future telling the magazine, quote, i am ready to take on some more challenging roles. i feel look i worked so much at a young age that i really wanted to have life experiences. i feel more balanced and like i have more to bring to the table. holmes, who launched the ready-to-wear label holmes and yang in 2009 with jean yang, is rocking elegant looks from her latest collection. >> when we spoke to katie holmes she was excited about her future. she definitely had a plan. and she knew that going forward she would want to put her energy into -- her fashion line and --
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and upcoming movie projects. >> reporter: but 33-year-old holmes isn't just gracing magazine covers. on thursday producers announced she would make her return to the great white way this fall starring in the broadway play "dead accounts." her movie career seems to be back on track as well. holmes set to film "molly" this month, centered on a single mother and her daughter. a project she is producing and co-wrote. >> katie holmes had never had a more exciting time in her life in terms of her career. you know, she has got it all. she's got money behind her. looks. talent. she has got fame. this is it. strike while the iron is incredibly hot. >> reporter: amy robach, abc news, new york. >> the last point is very true. she was a star before she met tom cruise. the marriage blew her up. making the money. the business of show business. >> she is relatable, likable. i might buy some of her fashion designs if i can afford them. >> well we will see. more from abc next! she met tom cruise. the marriage blew her up. making the money. the business of show business.
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>> she is relatable, likable. i might buy some of her fashion designs if i can afford them. >> well we will see. more from abc next!
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this morning on "world news no- dram this morning on "world news now" -- drama in aurora, a shooting victim delivers a healthy baby while the infant's father fights for life. the debate over gun control after the tragedy reaches capitol hill. will it go far? it is wednesday, july 25th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." good morning, everybody. i'm paula faris. wednesday, right? >> hump day. >> the humpty dance. >> all right. i'm rob nelson. we'll get to the developments in colorado and the top story this half-hour.
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the astounding sex abuse cover-up involving the catholic church. a high ranking member of the clergy faces a severe punishment, the first u.s. official to do so. this morning, frantic calls to 911 from a southern california woman. she thought she saw a sleeping mountain lion out her back window. but this was a prank. and you will hear how the police responded to it. it looks kind of real to me. i'm freaked out too. >> gave away the best part. it was not really real. >> you have to hear the ex-change, it is priceless. >> the operator was funny. really big decision from a tv star. sharon osborne's career decision. does it mean you will see less of her, coming up in "the skinny." first, our top story on this wednesday morning, in aurora, colorado. a birth and a visit from "batman" star christian bale. >> pain and promise went hand in hand in a hospital where one family's story has touched so
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many people. abc's larry jacobs has the latest. >> reporter: katie medley was 9 months pregnant and escaped unharmed from the shooting spree inside the movie theater. her husband did not. caleb medley was shot and remains in critical condition at university medical center. just one floor above his wife gave birth on tuesday morning to their son hugo, some are calling a miracle baby. >> we know we are in the hospital but felt like we are surrounded by friends from the moment we've been here. >> reporter: in another area hospital, actor christian bale, plays batman in "the dark knight rises" movie playing the night of the aurora shooting paid a surprise visit spending time with survivors. the denver broncos have given comfort to some 58 movie-goers that were injured. >> they actually care. that's why they are coming around to everybody. >> this is our community. we've got to come together during tough times. >> reporter: the massacre sparked a vigorous debate on tightening some gun laws. >> maybe it is time to ban assault weapons and high
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capacity magazines that have no purpose other than the wanton destruction of human life. >> the president has the made clear he is not going to use this horrific event to push for new gun laws. i agree. >> reporter: gun sales have jumped sharply in colorado in the three days following the massacre. the "denver post" reports background checks went up 41% compared to the week before. the alleged shooter, james holm, -- holmes will be formally charged next week. prosecutors may seek the death penalty. larry jacobs, abc news, new york. >> wow. >> an update on some of the casualties. there were 12 fatalities. 58 injuries. 23 patients brought to university of colorado hospital. 14 have been treated and released. five patients remain in critical condition. one in good condition. two in fair. you heard the wonderful story about the baby boy hugo that was born. >> against all odds. >> mom was 9 months pregnant. a healthy little boy. his father in critical condition but is making some strides.
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breathing on his own. and his heart rate, everything goes up when, when, he hears the name and people talk about him. >> every tragedy has its silver lining. the baby is the silver lining in what happened in colorado too. scary, too -- the assault weapon ban was in effect, expired in 2004 under president bush. holmes would not have been able to purchase the deadliest of the weapons, ar-15 assault rifle. politically on both sides of the aisle there is no will to get anything done this year. very interesting the idea gun sales are up 41% in colorado since the tragedy. you know, at a certain point, violence begets violence. and nobody knows what the right answer its. nothing will happen on capitol hill. are more guns the answer? >> same thing happened in arizona after gabrielle giffords was shot. it went up 60%. >> yeah. it is never ending problem in the country for sure. we shift gears to a story from niagara falls where a suspect being chased by police plummeted to his death. the man jumped over a wall and fell 100 feet into the niagara
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gorge, a sloped wooded area downstream. the officer jumped in after him, suffered a broken leg. rescuers managed to lift the officer to safety and retrieved the body of the suspect. police now think they know what cause aid horrific truck crash in south texas. as the accident claimed yet another life. a 15th victim died. eight passengers are still in the hospital after the sunday crash. investigators say the -- rather, sorry about that, the right front tire the pickup truck came apart. all 23 people packed into the truck are believed illegal immigrants who just crossed into texas. reaction is coming in to a legal landmark in the city of philadelphia. a high-ranking roman catholic church official was sentenced for his role in covering up sex abuse charges against priests. as abc's linsey davis reports, the judge delivered not just the sentence, but also a devastating
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rebuke. >> reporter: monsignor william lynn, the first official in the catholic church convicted of a crime for shielding priests known to be predators, will have to pay a three to six years penance behind bars. >> he locked in a vault the names of men that he knew had abused children. he now will be locked away for a fraction of the time he kept that secret vault. >> reporter: lynn of the official in the fiscalia archdiocese -- in the philadelphia archdiocese in charge of investigating sex abuse allegations against priests but he was convicted of covering them up. during sentencing the judge told him he allowed monsters in clerical garb to destroy the souls of children to whom you turned a hard heart. a message that was welcomed by survivors of child abuse at the hands of priests. >> we believe this will have a tremendous deterrent effect on other church officials who even now may be concealing child sex crimes. the day is gone when you can ignore and enable child sex crimes in a church and hope to
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get by with it scot-free. >> reporter: but the monsignor's lawyer said lynn had been following orders and vowed to appeal. >> all of a sudden he's being held responsible for all of the abuse that occurred over, over 30 to 40 years. none of which he participated in. >> reporter: a similar case is pending in kansas. so while lynn was the first u.s. church official convicted for his handling of child sex abuse claims, he may not be the last. linsey davis, abc news, new york. >> can't be the only person who is stunned that after all of these years of hearing about abuse in the catholic church against young kids that this is the first church official to be branded a felon and going to serve time. just watched what the ncaa did to penn state for similar things. this is the first church official in all these years after decades of cover-up that its astounding to me. >> six years max. maybe the ncaa should sanction the catholic church. >> talk about things that need to be deterred, that behavior,
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not just a sin, a felony. some folks should be in jail. the first guy after all these years? >> although theard archdiocese of philadelphia which paid for lynn's defense, they issued a statement calling the sentence severe and they say it hoped it will be adjusted. >> i don't think the victim would say the is severe or the many others out there as well. the los angeles city council is now cracking down on medical marijuana shops, and some critics there say it is high time for some action. the council voted to ban hundreds of medical marijuana dispensaries that have popped up like weeds across the city. oh. tip your bartenders. neighbors who live near pot shops, though, say the establishments are nothing but trouble. if the mayor approves the crackdown, patients and care givers will be allowed to grow their own. dramatic rescue video out of china this morning. a bridge collapses in torrential rain sending a man in his car crashing into the raging river
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below. rescuers risking their lives to free the man from his crushed car. even as a mudslide threatens to bury them, the man suffered a head wound and some broken bones. he is expected to make a full recovery. just amazing video right there. and violent thunderstorms slamming the chicago area. leaving more than 300,000 folks without power. soaking rain and winds as high as 80 miles per hour toppled trees and power poles. shutting down train lines, power may not be fully restored until friday. >> mother nature has been rough this summer. all across the country. the heat, the rain, the flooding, unbelievable. >> no reprieve. >> no, not a break. here is your wednesday weather. hope it's a better day here. another day of severe storms midwest, ohio valley, minneapolis, cleveland, and thunderstorms across the south, thunderstorms in the dakotas and rockies. >> triple digits in phoenix, kansas city, chicago. 80s in the northeast. 90s from albuquerque all the way to miami.
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and check the calendar, because halloween now is a little more than three months away. the severe drought has people wondering what is going on in the pumpkin patch. >> pumpkin patch. at least some farms, it turns out things aren't so bad after all. i did not know this. growers say they're keeping a very watchful eye. pumpkins stand up to the hot, dry weather better than other crops. the conditions fight off fungus which can ruin pumpkins. get ready for a good harvest. get ready for 300 pumpkin pies on your thanksgiving spread. not just 250. >> that is a lot. get this -- one to five billion pounds of pumpkins are grown in the u.s. every year. we love our pumpkins in this country. >> speaking of, we mentioned the pumpkin pie. the largest pumpkin pie made was over five feet in diameter -- guess how much it weighed? throw a number out there? >> 200, 300 pounds.
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>> close, 350 pounds. >> see, i know food, baby. >> 80 pounds of pumpkin. sugar. 2 pounds of cool-whip. >> coming up next, the prank that had police officers and 911 operators sharing a good laugh. the actor who made us laugh in a trailblazing sitcom. you are watching "world news now." ♪ to a deluxe apartment in the sky ♪ ♪ moving on up moving on up ♪ to the eastside ♪ we finally got a piece of the pie ♪ ♪ to the eastside ♪ we finally got a piece of the pie ♪ ♪ we finally got a piece of the pie ♪ ♪ ♪ >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by hotwire.com. we know a place where tossing and turning
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♪ >> sing it! >> uh. ♪ deluxe apartment >> don't go there. who can forget one of the best sitcoms ever, if you grew up in the '70s or '80s, and sherman hemsley was part of the family. >> hemsley played george jefferson on "all in the family" then on "the jeffersons" passed away yesterday at age 74. john donvan has our remembrance. ♪ moving on up to the eastside >> reporter: from the first time the song played in 1975, two things were always going to be true -- that he would always afterwards be known to the world as george jefferson, the dad he played, and that on the day he died his being african-american would be more than duly noted. because sherman hemsley broke into television back when he didn't have much company in that regard, playing george jefferson, the black neighbor on a show about the white family, classic, "all in the family." two years later, the spin-off, a middle-class african-american
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family that every american family enjoyed. an amazing 11 seasons with hemsley at its head. not bad for a kid raised by a mom who worked in a factory and delivered mail while he was studying to be an actor. in his 74 years, as the song says, he moved up and took us with him. john donvan, abc news, washington. >> the reason i think that is such an important story. in terms of black portrayal on tv, we went from junkyard of "sanford and son" to the projects of "good times" and deluxe apartment in the sky for "the jefferso jeffersons" which paid the way for the brooklyn brownstone on "the cosby show." the trajectory. so sleep well, mr. jefferson. love the song. i love that show. it did a lot. >> another actor familiar to millions of television viewers has passed away. >> chad everett acted for 40 years, remembered most for his role on "medical center" in the '70s when he played doctor joe
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gannon. he died from lung cancer in l.a. he was 75 years old. > coming up -- who is turning o.j. simpson's real-life drama into a movie? >> uh-huh. and will you soon see less of sharon osborne on reality tv? the answer is next in "the skinny." >> announcer: abc's "world news now" will continue after this from our abc stations. tv? the answer is next in "the skinny." >> announc
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♪ skinny ♪ so skinny >> apparently nbc is still waiting to hear straight from the horse's mouth, from sharon osborne, that she is not returning to "america's got talent." she tweeted yesterday, she says "my darling howard stern." howard stern joined the show, and they moved it from l.a. to new york to accommodate him. she says, my darling howard stern, money is not the reason i am not returning to "america's got talent." it is because, dot, dot, dot, it is a surprise. nbc has no idea. she hasn't officially given them word. she is quitting the show for good. she's been with them since season two.
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>> we have seen so many reality show judges, the shift on "american idol" everyone, jumping ship, mariah carey jumping on. >> it's tough work. >> it's tough, maybe the hours. she has another talk show. sick of juggling. you don't hurt for money. >> the news with her son, battling ms as well. i would image that has something to do with it. spend more time with him. >> that makes sense. >> and the fact that she probably hates howard stern. >> look you do. -- like you do? >> i didn't want to say i hate him. i am ambivalent. not really! >> exactly. there you go. also, alex trebek, we reported a few weeks ago, suffered a mild heart attack. good news, it was a mild heart attack, and number two, he is back on the set of "jeopardy!" without his mustache, i might add. back on the set. in good health. planning to start a few new home improvement projects. alex is back. glad to see that. and keep on keeping on. doing the show so many years now.
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good to have him back. o.j. simpson, he and his people will be releasing a movie to try to rebrand himself and change his public image. he is in jail right now. sentenced in 2008 after an incident in a las vegas casino hotel room. he is behind jail. his people are set to release this new movie. they chronicled him right after his acquittal of, you know, the accusations that he murdered his ex-wife and his ex-wife's boyfriend. the film was called "unpromotable" cut from 70 hours of footage taken by a one-time promoter when they toured the u.s. in '01. if the won't be released until after the presidential elections, it has racial undertones and doesn't want it to affect obama's chances. >> okay. on the behalf of black and white america, o.j., go away. and last but not least, one of our favorites on the overnights. sunny hostin, if you are up watching, one of our favorite fill-in co-hosts here, on the "view" this morning.
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she'll be part of -- there we go. breaking it down. one of the legal segments. talking about sandusky, colorado, and jackson family. check out sunny. i am sure she will rock the spotlight. she always does. check her out. check out sunny. i am sure she will rock the spotlight. she always does. check her out.
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♪ welcome back. oh. while it was a terrifying sight for a southern california woman, her ordeal is our -- boom, favorite story of the day. she actually spotted a giant mountain lion on her neighbor's property. >> do you think diane sawyer must cringe to see how we defile the desk. >> she doesn't know the show is on the air still. >> it turned out the predator was a prank. kabc's rob hayes, not rob nelson, explains.
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>> reporter: laguna beach, a quaint little burg nestled between the pacific and the san joaquin hills. hills home to more than just people. >> recently we notified residents in the south laguna area we had a bobcat coming down, snatching domesticated cats. >> reporter: that's why beverly branham's heart started pounding when she glanced in the neighbor's yard and saw this. >> a huge mountain lion sleeping on may neighbor -- my neighbor's patio table. >> reporter: she didn't have the phone number and with the potentially hungry cat on the prowl she dialed 911. what appeared to be a giant mountain lion, lying on somebody's patio table. >> a mountain lion? >> a big one. really big. somebody's got to get down here as soon as you can. >> reporter: police and animal patrol officers rushed to the scene. the problem was the cat was a
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fake. not really a fake. it's just not breathing anymore. >> it was a real cat, dead taxidermy cat. >> reporter: stuffed. for the past s 20 years, according to the owner. he didn't want to go on camera but admits to lending the lion to friends as part of a prank. >> as a joke, we thought put it in the neighbor's yard and scare the neighbor's wife. well, before the neighbor could come home -- >> reporter: that would be branham -- >> the neighbor called the police, next thing you know we have animal control and police here. >> reporter: as well as one annoyed neighbor. >> the joke was on me. >> reporter: who probably made a second 911 call. >> it is an artificial stuffed mountain lion. i am so sorry. everybody is laughing except for me. i was shaking of terror. i am so sorry.
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>> don't be sorry. it kind of made my day. >> reporter: does your neighbor @
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this morning on "world news now" -- extreme season. the relentless dust storms, poor air quality and heat watches and warnings again gripping the country. >> insects are loving the heat, consuming crops and attacking people. it's wednesday, july 25th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." yeah, i spilled a little -- on my jacket. yes, then i tried to water it. made it more conspicuous. >> i can't take it -- >> just like this, i am messy. so excuse this.
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>> on this side actually. >> there it is. >> there we go. >> this is your left, that's your right. >> opposite on the tv screen -- >> how many fingers am i holding up? >> 12. good wednesday morning, everybody. a very wet rob nelson. >> i'm paula faris. we'll get to the dangerous weather conditions in a moment. then we'll take you to aurora, colorado, where a "batman" star paid his respects, a baby is born in the middle of the drama, and detectives uncover new details about the suspected gunman. >> a miracle baby, that is for sure. i love that story. love that it turned out the way it did. also this morning, we'll turn to the presidential campaign and a war of words over military policy. why president obama and mitt romney are trading jabs over foreign affairs. >> we have 99 more days of this?
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99 -- a good drinking game isn't it? >> forever. counting down. later this half-hour, the dark secret bruce springsteen has kept for years. and what the boss did to >> i kind of like that he revealed himself in this lengthy profile because it's a common -- >> and stigmatized. >> it is. that some one at that level of success may help some folks out there. glad he shared it. >> he wasn't born to run. >> there you go. first we get to the latest blast of hot air baking the country. >> heat warnings and watches have been issued in 15 states today from minnesota to georgia with near record triple-digit heat in kansas city and chicago. abc's ryan owens reports on this extreme season. >> reporter: this is what it is like to be caught inside a dust storm. >> oh, my god. >> reporter: in a matter of
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minutes the bright sky near people run inside a church for shelter as howling winds blow down trees and shatter windows. the cars in this parking lot seem to vanish. experts say the southwest is seeing its most intense dust storms, also known as haboobs, since the dust bowl of the 1930s. they're just the latest example of this country's extreme weather. the l hottest ever recorded. and the unusually mild winter has led to a pesky problem this summer. entomologist, dr. michael merchant, has never seen thi manhis >> a lot of insects have gotten a running start this year because we had one of the warmest and wettest early parts of the year. >> reporter: in dallas they're spraying to kill the mosquitoes a month before they usually do. thpopledie mosquito-borne west nile virus. a california woman was stung 100 times by a swarm of bees. there are the grasshoppers.
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look how they invaded this town last month. they're not just a noisy nuisance. grasshoppers ate so much of texas rancher aaron colter's grass he is out tens of thousands of dollars. here is some more bad news for america's farmers and ranchers, these insects may have shown up so early this year, entomologists worry they will have time to reproduce, we can all be stuck with second, third generation of these critters well into the fall. ryan owens, abc news, ponder, texas. >> i can't tell you how many cockroaches i found at the apartment. they look like they're on steroids. my shoe won. i sanitized it. it was like -- >> they're hard to kill. >> i got it with the heels. it is gone. >> thank you for covering my stain with the mike. i can hardly see it. here is your wednesday cityher, everybody.
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nobody notices. pop-up showers in the south. thunderstorms in the colorado. and the new mexico mountains. and the dakotas. >> not to be confused. this is america. america. >> the ohio state university. >> upper 90s -- in atlanta and dallas. and just shy of 80 in seattle. while some survivors of the colorado shooting massacre are sharing new details about what exactly happened in the theater early last friday morning. they say suspect james holmes stalked around the theater shouting and appeared to pick out and target his victims. meantime "batman" star christian bale visited with survivors in the hospital thanking the medical staff and the police. some survivors got visits from the denver broncos. >> you can tell they actually care. that's why they're coming around to everybody. >> at the university of colorado hospital, hugo jackson medley was born tuesday morning. he and his mom, katie, who also was at the movie theater but not injured, they're doing well. in the same hospital her husband caleb critically injured. in a medically induced coma one floor below where his son was born. there are reports he is starting to breathe on his own.
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just the news of his son's birth is doing him a lot of good. >> so good to hear that. praying for both of the folks. the gun-control debate is heating up after the colorado shootings. but on capitol hill debate is not going to turn into any action at least during the election year. democratic and congressional leaders say there are no plans to take up the gun issue right now. still there is a new call for democrats to ban the high capacity ammunition clips. the presidential race is moving the spotlight from the economy to foreign policy. >> it is no surprise that president obama and mitt romney are taking starkly different positions. abc's karen travers has the latest. good morning, karen. >> reporter: good morning, rob. good morning, paula. it was a rare break from all the economic talk. this week, president obama and mitt romney are trading jabs over foreign policy. the number-one priority for americans right now is the economy. this week, the campaign focus has shifted. in remarks to the veterans of foreign wars national
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convention, mitt romney issued a scathing indictment of president obama's foreign policy. >> why haven't seen much in the president's first term that inspires confidence in a second. >> reporter: mitt romney's in europe this week. he will make stops in the united kingdom, israel and poland. romney is expected to leave the attacks against the president behind. before he left, he got in some tough jabs. >> he has given trust where it is not earned, insult where it was not deserved, and apology where it is not due. >> four years ago i made you a promise. i pledged to take the fight to our enemies and renew our leadership in the world. as president, that's what i have done. >> reporter: unlike romney, the president never mentioned his rival by name. given the criticism that romney launched against the president over the timetable for withdrawal in afghanistan, it was clear who the president was referring to. >> when your commander-in-chief, you owe the troops a plan.
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you owe the country a plan. and that includes recognizing not just when to begin wars but also how to end them. >> reporter: the romney campaign calls the european trip a learning opportunity, not a chance for him to present his foreign policy. but the obama campaign dismissed it as just a bunch of photo-ops and fund-raisers. rob, paula, back to you. >> thank you, karen. the wars are so unpopular and have been so long. hard to believe the majority of the country will fault the president for setting time lines to bring our troops back hope. don't see how that is a losing point. concerning what the polls show. >> the polls, i mean going to be different tomorrow than it is, you know, in three days, a very, very volatile -- of course, mitt romney is winning on economics. the president wins on likability. typically, 70% of the time, i sound like a line from -- what is that -- "anchorman"? 73% of the time, works all the time. a stat. they say 70%.
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hard to recover after that. >> paula was a math major. >> the likeable candidate wins 70% or more of public elections. there you have it. >> the country does vote on who they like. for better or worse. we're superficial. >> i vote for ron burgundy. >> the beer test. we'll see. miles to go. no one knows for sure just yet. no one knows. >> 70% of the time it works. 60% of the time. >> thank you, paula. now to turn to some serious news this morning. syria and to reports of violence are now pouring in from that country's largest city. the president bashar al-assad forces are in aleppo unleashing air strikes. >> reporter: we joined a convoy on a highly dangerous mission to aleppo, driving around army checkpoints, sneaking along back roads. headlights off. passing under the nose of government troops. and into syria's second city where the insurgency has found its loudest voice.
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[ gunfire ] and the battle is at its most fierce. [ chanting ] by daylight rebel snipers take to the roofs. it was another day of intensive fighting as the fighters try to extend their control. losing aleppo would be a potentially fatal blow to president assad and the fight-back began. with helicopters, gun ships firing at rebel positions. [ gunfire ] >> reporter: what happened next marked a dramatic escalation. for the first time, fighter jets took to the skies, arcing through the air, and striking the ground. a mark of how desperate the government's become. bbc news in aleppo city. unbelievable access there. and now to a potentially
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deadly defect found in popular baby strollers. nearly a quarter million of peg perego strollers are being recalled. a child's head could get stuck between the seat and the tray posing a strangulation risk. the defect is blamed on one death. the strollers recalled were made between 2004-2007. so parents if you own one of the strollers make sure you contact the manufacturer, the onus is upon you to make that initial contact. apple is releasing an upgraded macintosh operating system today. it is called mountain lion. available as download, no disk or memory sticks. the company says mountain lion has more than 200 features including integration of twitter and facebook and the upgrade $20, $10 less than the last one. a detroit family is fighting to keep their beloved pet. neighbors are crying fowl. >> meet waffle the rooster. his owners insist he is part of the family just like the cat or
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the dog. and a judge agreed, actually, allowing waffle to stay in the home despite a town ordinance against keeping farm animals. >> that's not what neighbors say. they say that waffle crows at any time of day. so they're appealing the decision. >> that rooster impression, paula? >> i can't do it again. i did a terrible ron burgundy impression. i will stop right now while i'm ahead. >> smart move. coming up, the takedown of london tabloid reporters and editors accused in the phone hacking scandal. >> the boss has had bittersweet times and he faced very dark days. you are watching "world news now." ♪ >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by -- has had bittersweet times and he faced very dark days. you are watching "world news now." ♪ ♪ >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by -- >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by -- is complete,
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amazing what a little seltzer and blow dryer, hair dryer can do. >> nice and warm. >> thank you. rules package's empire -- rupert murdoch's empire continues to crumble. >> several top employees of "news of the world" face charges in britain's phone hacking scandal. >> reporter: paul mccartney was considered fair game. so was his estranged wife, heather mills. so were prince william, brad pitt and angelina jolie. after more than a year in the headlines, eight of rupert murdoch's reporters and editors here in britain have been charged with hacking the voice mails of more than 600 people over a period of five years. all in search of sensational stories for murdoch's now shuttered tabloid, "the news of the world." >> it is sufficient evidence for there to be a realistic prospect of conviction in relation to one or more offenses.
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>> reporter: among those charged are andy colson, ex-editor of "news of the world" and the former aide to britain's prime minister. and the trusted head of british operations. the story exploded last year when it was learned news of the world hacked the mail and reported on desperate messages left by her parents. the calls led her family to believe she was still alive when in fact she had been murdered. that revelation revolted the entire country and sparked what has been the decline of murdoch's global media empire. >> the idea that i would sit in my office dreaming up schemes to undermine investigations is simply untrue. >> reporter: in a statement, rebecca brooks denied the accusation saying she was distressed and angry at prosecutors' decisions to charge her. jeffrey kaufmann, abc news, london. >> a penalty eventually for some of that sensational journalism like that. maximum penalty for each charge,
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two years in prison, a fine or both. >> and the phone hacking scandal first came to light in 2006. they claim that the illegal activity was the work of one rogue reporter. >> all of the reporters, real reporters, kept digging and exposed a massive cover-up. ugly. coming up next, bruce springsteen, the boss, reveals a lifelong struggle. >> he shares a secret with hopes of helping others. it is all next. ♪ >> announcer: abc's "world news now" will continue after this from our abc stations.
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i'm tired. sorry. i was sitting back and relaxing. this story is great. just tell me to shut up now. >> you are in a mood today, faris, i like it. bruce springsteen on top of the music world in the '70s and '80s. he says that is when he hit
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bottom. >> the boss is revealing for the very first time he has struggled with serious depression. abc's bob woodruff has the story. ♪ we're going to have some fun tonight ♪ >> reporter: bruce springsteen has been on fire for more than 40 years. now at age 62, he just won't stop. but in a new interview with the "new yorker" magazine, he opens up about his battle with depression and even thoughts of suicide which he traces in part to his relationship with his parents, struggles he calls the subject of my life. it is the thing that eats at me and always will, springsteen says, the wounds stay with you and you turn them into a language and a purpose. springsteen long told his audiences stories of his difficult relationship with his father who himself suffered from paralyzing depression according to "the new yorker."
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the singer's depression bubbled to the surface in the early 30s after "born run" and "darkness on the edge of town." ♪ >> reporter: in 1982, with a dark acoustic album "nebraska" he was falling deeper into depression. ♪ >> reporter: he was feeling suicidal, his friend dave marsh said, he was on a rocket ride from nothing to something. what helped him, he says, psychotherapy. he started seeing a therapist when the dark clouds gathered. ♪ >> reporter: springsteen calls his time on stage, the marathon three-hour concerts, a kind of relief from self-medication. he is now on tour again with his 17th album "wrecking ball." bob woodruff, abc news, new york. >> amazing, people get to that level of success and fame, that,
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this morning on "world news now" -- paying respects. the star of "batman," christian bale, visits aurora, colorado, the scene of the movie theater massacre. >> while detectives uncover more disturbing details about the suspected gunman. it's wednesday, july 25th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." good morning, everybody. happy wednesday. i'm rob nelson. r >> i'm paula faris. sorry. was going to say beige team
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activate. >> gray-beige. neutral, it is all right. >> we're going to got to our top story and homecoming from the tragedy in colorado in a moment. the real-life family drama made for reality tv involves, michael jackson's mother, children, siblings in a feud that could end up in court in a few hours. if we have available time, abc, for new soap, drama. >> this begs for a special report or some kind of special hour-long thing. apparently got really nasty, to the point, there was pretty hot verbal and physical confrontation between janet jackson and michael's daughter paris. so things have gotten wild all over the dispute over his, his will. where that money is going. whether a fraudulent will or not. just turned into a hot mess on every possible level. we'll get to that. >> kind of a lesson in that, if you have specific ideas of how you want things to be done after your death, lay it out, get your will done, so that your family doesn't fall into this mess. >> it is a mess. also this half-hour, the price tag for penn state's sex abuse scandal gets higher, hour by hour. we'll explain why the university $60 million fine is the beginning.
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and the scandal is burning up our facebook page. everybody has an opinion on this. >> some people saying they went too far, others saying not far enough. make sure you weigh in if you haven't already. later, you think you're about to enjoy a high priced filet of fish. investigators discover a real bait and switch. you may be falling for it hook, line, and sinker. >> oh, good use of puns, paula. well done. something is fishy about the story. >> i like carp. >> what? carp. fry it. if you fry it, it is all good. first in aurora, signs of hope and healing in the middle of so much hurt. >> the movie star all the victims lined up to see on screen, "batman's" christian bale, he visited colorado to visit survivors and thank first responders. as abc's dan harris reports, investigators are now questioning the suspect's state of mind. >> reporter: christian bale, star of "the dark knight rises," publicly expressed his quote, horror of the massacre carried
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out on the opening night of his hit movie. he has gone further than issuing a statement, flying in to personally see the victims in the hospital. meanwhile abc news learned new details about the bizarre behavior of the man who allegedly modeled his massacre on the joker. abc news learned that inside the aurora police headquarters, in the hours after the shooting, holmes was staring at the wall with his eyebrows twitching. >> this could all be behavior indicative of some sort of psychotic episode. it might be there is other stuff going on in his head. >> reporter: "the washington post" tells holmes' mother told friends she worried for years about her son being socially isolated and wanted him in counseling. in the days before the massacre, mixed signals. on the one hand, eight days beforehand, a neighbor says holmes was out looking for a new apartment. two days before, he was spotted in this bar chatting sports. on the other hand, holmes had a profile on match.com that read will you come visit me in prison?
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meanwhile extraordinary new stories from the survivors. amanda's boyfriend, alex tevez sacrificed himself to save her. >> he pulled me down and he covered my head. he said, shh, shh, stay down. it is okay. stay down. i did. >> reporter: you think he knew that he was putting himself in danger for you? >> i know he did. he would do anything for me. >> reporter: it is an incredible story. we have a hopeful note now involving a woman, katie medley, seated in theater nine directly behind me. next to her husband caleb, when he got shot. she has just given birth to the baby boy in the same hospital where her husband is being treated. no word yet on whether they have been visited by christian bale. dan harris, abc news, aurora, colorado. >> before we get to pictures of the beautiful little baby, jackson, i think it was great
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christian bale did this unannounced, no publicity. goes to show the type of person he is. typically when the a listers, hollywood actors, actresses do something, it is all about me, see how good a person, humanitarian, benefactor i am. >> this seemed genuine and unchoreographed which was good. >> uh-huh. the little baby boy, jackson, of course, see the first pictures of him right there born on tuesday. there is the mom, katie medley. the father remains in critical condition. he had three surgeries since friday. in a medically induced coma. he is starting to breathe on his own. they say his heart rate shot up to 130 beats per minute when folks started talking about the new baby, little beautiful little jackson there. >> i heard another report that his medical bills could be in the millions of dollars, all its said and done. i don't have the address here, but there is a web site where they're collecting money for him. as of yesterday morning, $50,000 they raised so far. again, a small drop in the bucket compared to what he is going to need. google and find out. a spot you can donate to help
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him out with what he has been through and a new baby. they could use every dime. let's help them out. >> for sure. well, there is a new call for gun control after the massacre. but in washington, the talk it is not likely to turn to action. house and senate leaders from both side of the aisle said they have no plans to revisit the gun issue with little time left for congress to deal with it now. a small group of democrats is continuing the push calling for a ban on high-capacity actionnition clips. in syria, the violence is escalating in a battle for the country's largest city. president assad's military has been pounding rebels in city of aleppo. war planes circling, attack helicopters deliver strike after strike. while the battle rages government forces now appear to have the upper hand in the capital of damascus. a dramatic police foot chase ended with a deadly plunge at niagara falls. the man was running from a
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police officer last night when he jumped over a retaining wall and fell 100 feet into the niagara gorge. a wooded area just downstream from the main falls. the officejumped in after him. the suspect did eventually die. the officer was lifted to safety. he suffered a broken leg. the new orleans police department is bracing for a sweeping overhaul aimed at wiping out decades of corruption and mismanagement. attorney general eric holder announced the signing of a federal decree yesterday. said to be the broadest, toughest reforms ever imposed on a law enforcement agency in this country. the agreement needs final approval from a federal judge. in chicago the man who murdered three members of actress jennifer hudson's family will spend the rest of his life behind bars. hudson was in the courtroom tuesday when william balfour was sentenced. he faces life for the shooting death of the star's mother, brother and nephew four years ago. he was married to hudson's sister.
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the bitter family feud involving michael jackson's siblings, mother and his children is intensifying. things got physical, reportedly with slaps, punches even a headlock. the famous family is divided over the children's custody, a battle playing out for the world to see. abc's t.j. winick has the latest. >> reporter: michael jackson's three children, paris, prince and blanket are caught in the middle of a full-fledged custody battle between their famous family members. this surveillance video is believed to show the kids in the driveway of their grandmother katherine's california estate followed by their aunt janet, uncles randy and jermaine. trent jackson, the cousin currently taking care of the youngsters, claimed jermaine and the group tried to take the kids. >> janet jackson slapped paris jackson in the face. after the slap, janet jackson told paris jackson, you are a spoiled little [ bleep ]. paris jackson retaliated. paris jackson slapped janet jackson back, get the [ bleep ] of here.
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it was like a scene from "the jerry springer show." trent punched jermaine jackson in the mouth and grabbed randy in a headlock. >> reporter: paris, prince, and blanket have not seen their guardian katherine jackson for days. she is in arizona. the children believe she has essentially been kidnapped by michael jackson's siblings. many claim it is over money, jermaine wants a share of his dead brother's fortune. >> i believe katherine and the children as benefactors of the estate fall on one side. and then randy and jermaine and reebie, janet, and tito fall on the other side. >> reporter: now according to tmz, tj jackson, the 34-year-old cousin is making a bid to become their temporary guardian. claiming that the children are being manipulated, but they can visit katherine at any time. >> the grandkids force her, and she is a force of calm. when she is not there there is a real void in the family. >> reporter: michael jackson's estate is now worth $1 billion. two former managers will be in court asking for unpaid commissions.
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t.j. winick, abc news, new york. >> do you see my mind explode right now, trying to figure out who is who? >> a wild family. more money more problems. a billion dollars on the line. kids involved. not a huge surprise it has gotten messy. nobody expected jerry springer messy which sound like it is. >> we need a diagram, who is who. feel like there is a new family member. >> t.j., never heard of him. >> you're getting into the fold. >> i'm getting my cut. >> apparently, janet isn't in it for the money. she has tons of money. she wants to protect paris who is now an aspiring actress. she said michael did such a good job of protecting the kids, integrity, hiding their faces making sure they stayed out of the spotlight. she wants to be in the spotlight. that is not how michael would have wanted it. she is getting involved.
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>> at a certain point she will be her own person. i don't know what will happen. we will keep an eye on that. it has the gotten messy. round and round she goes and goes and goes. >> where she stops nobody knows. >> the next line. one woman to add a checkmark on her bucket list. >> a california woman earned her place in the record books for the longest ferris wheel ride ever. christina lockmiller spent more than a day on the ride at the california state fair, that is 26:43:46 to be exact. she got plenty of bathroom breaks but no sleep at all. >> she was allowed to get off to tinkle. >> go pee-pee in the potty. >> she felt like a 2-year-old who needed a nap. we're sure the unpadded seats didn't help. we've seen stupider records broken on the show. nice day on the ferris wheel. not a bad way to spend the day. >> 26 hours up straight, nothing compared to this shift. >> we're used to that. well, coming up next, the actress reinventing herself and also cashing in a little bit after her high profile breakup.
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and the bait and switch involving your favorite fish. it could be costing you a fortune. reeling in this story next on "world news now." >> well done. ♪ costing you a fortune. reeling in this story next on "world news now." >> well done. ♪ reeling in this story next on "world news now." >> well done. ♪ ♪ ♪
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penn state could lose much penn state could lose much more than the $60 million it was fined by the ncaa earlier this week. on top of that, sponsors are canceling ads on penn state games. state farm will not advertise on home game broadcasts because it does not want to support the university any longer. on top of that, general motors is reconsidering its sponsorship deal. wall street is threatening to downgrade the school's credit rating. meantime, good news for the school. according to "the harrisburg patriot news," the football coach, bill brian, said no players informed him of plans to transfer out of the program. the option given to all the
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players as part of the agreement with ncaa. several reports say it created a feeding frenzy among top collegiate teams. you can't imagine everyone is going to stay, though. >> created free agency, unprecedented territory. schools that have max scholarships are going to waive that because of unprecedented territory. state farm is dropping its football sponsorship, still sponsoring some other sports. pepsi is considering sponsorship as well. >> amazing fallout. well, the ncaa sanctions, they are a hot topic on our facebook fan page. >> gretchen, for example, she says taking away the wins retroactively shows the severity of the offense and send a warning to all other universities, football or any other sporting program will not and should not control a university. >> jerika, a cool name, jeremiah and erica mixed together. why are the students and players being penalized for actions of a select few, taking the wins away will not change what happened nor disgrace paterno any further because
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he is already gone. >> tia says, they got off easy. i was hoping that every program under the jurisdiction of the athletic director would be suspended for five years to show sports are not more important than children. >> uh-huh. >> interesting. >> another interesting bit of fallout. moody investor services says they may downgrade the school's rating which is going to hurt enrollment, fund-raising. ramifications well beyond the playing field. >> let me throw one point out there. i know the ramifications to the football program, a hot topic, how will the football program recover, how long will it hurt the game? let me ask a question, let's talk about the recovery of sandusky's victims, how long will it take for them to recover, get their lives back on track. let's focus on that a little bit. football will be okay. the lives have been irreparably harmed, the human toll, not the athletic toll. we will be back with more. stay with us. >> exactly. >> announcer: abc's "world news now" will continue after this from our abc stations. ur abc stations. athletic toll.
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if you order fish in a restaurant -- does mcdonald's count? >> that ain't fish. >> or buy it at a supermarket, there's an indication you might not be getting what you pay for. >> a new investigation shows fish fraud is now rampant. abc's matt gutman tells us though why it is hard to stop. >> reporter: that first bite of grouper -- taste fishy? that's because fraud is often what's for dinner. the conversation group oceana sampled 61 florida seafood businesses, finding a one in three chance of a bait and switch. instead of that prime filet of fish you get another cheaper fish. red snapper is almost always substituted with something else. >> reporter: almost always substituted for something else. >> over 80% of the time. >> reporter: this man has been testing fish for years. >> out and out consumer fraud.
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customers not getting what paid for. secondly, potential health risks because substitutes are often contaminated with pollutants. >> reporter: florida is just the beginning. oceana found in boston. 48% of the fish is mislabeled. in l.a., 55%. being listed in yelp or zagot doesn't help. >> expensive restaurants as well as lower priced restaurants. >> reporter: now, there are regulations to protect consumers but there is little oversight. you may think you are getting when, in fact, you are getting tilapia. maybe think you are getting grouper when, again, you are getting tilapia. nationally 2% of our fish is inspected. less than .001 of the fish is inspected for mislabeling. national restaurant association tells us deliberate fraud is certainly not accepted at any point in the supply chain no matter what the product. so, how can consumers protect themselves? at the casablanca fish market, it's recommended to buy whole fish and use common sense. >> if you pay a very cheap price on the filet, you are not buying what you are supposed to be getting.
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spotted on the streets of new york city with daughter suri in tow. it appears holmes is taking full advantage of her post s divorce publicity and highlighting her role as a rising style icon by gracing los angeles based "c" magazine, revealing a more sexy, confident look. in the interview conducted one day before she announced she'd be divorcing tom cruise, holmes speaks out on her future telling the magazine, quote, i am ready to take on some more challenging roles. i feel look i worked so much at a young age that i really wanted to have life experiences. i feel more balanced and like i have more to bring to the table. holmes, who launched the ready-to-wear label holmes and yang in 2009 with jean yang, is pictured inside the magazine rocking elegant looks from her latest collection. >> when we spoke to katie holmes she was excited about her future. she definitely had a plan. and she knew that going forward she would want to put her energy
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into her fashion line and upcoming movie projects. >> reporter: but 33-year-old holmes isn't just gracing magazine covers. on thursday producers announced she would make her return to the great white way this fall starring in the broadway play "dead accounts." her movie career seems to be back on track as well. holmes set to film "molly" this month, centered on a single mother and her daughter. a project she is producing and co-wrote. >> katie holmes had never had a more exciting time in her life in terms of her career. you know, she has got it all. she's got money behind her. looks. talent. she has got fame. this is it. strike while the iron is incredibly hot. >> reporter: amy robach, abc news, new york. >> the last point is very true. she was a star before she met tom cruise. the marriage blew her up. making the money. the business of show business. >> she is relatable, likable. i might buy some of her fashion designs if i can afford them. >> well we will see. more from abc next! siness of show business.
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this morning on "world news now" -- drama in aurora, a shooting victim delivers a healthy baby while the infant's father fights for life. the debate over gun control after the tragedy reaches capitol hill. will it go far? it is wednesday, july 25th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." good morning, everybody. i'm paula faris. wednesday, right? >> hump day. >> the humpty dance. >> all right. i'm rob nelson. we'll get to the developments in colorado and the top story this half-hour. the astounding sex abuse cover-up involving the catholic church.
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a high ranking member of the clergy faces a severe punishment, the first u.s. official to do so. this morning, frantic calls to 911 from a southern california woman. she thought she saw a sleeping mountain lion out her back window. but this was a prank. and you will hear how the police responded to it. it looks kind of real to me. i'm freaked out too. >> gave away the best part. it was not really real. >> you have to hear the ex-change, it is priceless. >> the operator was funny. really big decision from a tv star. sharon osborne's career decision. does it mean you will see less of her, coming up in "the skinny." first, our top story on this wednesday morning, in aurora, colorado. a birth and a visit from "batman" star christian bale. >> pain and promise went hand in hand in a hospital where one family's story has touched so many people.
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abc's larry jacobs has the latest. >> reporter: katie medley was 9 months pregnant and escaped unharmed from the shooting spree inside the movie theater. her husband did not. caleb medley was shot and remains in critical condition at university medical center. just one floor above his wife gave birth on tuesday morning to their son hugo, some are calling a miracle baby. >> we know we are in the hospital but felt like we are surrounded by friends from the moment we've been here. >> reporter: in another area hospital, actor christian bale, plays batman in "the dark knight rises" movie playing the night of the aurora shooting paid a surprise visit spending time with survivors. the denver broncos have given comfort to some 58 movie-goers that were injured. >> they actually care. that's why they are coming around to everybody. >> this is our community. we've got to come together during tough times. >> reporter: the massacre sparked a vigorous debate on tightening some gun laws. >> maybe it is time to ban assault weapons and high capacity magazines that have no purpose other than the wanton destruction of human life. >> the president has the made clear he is not going to use this horrific event to push for new gun laws.
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i agree. >> reporter: gun sales have jumped sharply in colorado in the three days following the massacre. the "denver post" reports background checks went up 41% compared to the week before. the alleged ooter, james holmes will be formally charged next week. prosecutors may seek the death penalty. larry jacobs, abc news, new york. >> wow. >> an update on some of the casualties. there were 12 fatalities. 58 injuries. 23 patients brought to university of colorado hospital. 14 have been treated and released. five patients remain in critical condition. one in good condition. two in fair. you heard the wonderful story about the baby boy hugo that was born. >> against all odds. >> mom was 9 months pregnant. a healthy little boy. his father in critical condition but is making some strides.
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breathing on his own. and his heart rate, everything goes up when, when, he hears the name and people talk about him. >> every tragedy has its silver lining. the baby is the silver lining in what happened in colorado too. scary, too -- the assault weapon ban was in effect, expired in 2004 under president bush. holmes would not have been able to purchase the deadliest of the weapons, ar-15 assault rifle. politically on both sides of the aisle there is no will to get anything done this year. very interesting the idea gun sales are up 41% in colorado since the tragedy. you know, at a certain point, violence begets violence. and nobody knows what the right answer its. nothing will happen on capitol hill. are more guns the answer? >> same thing happened in arizona after gabrielle giffords was shot. it went up 60%. >> yeah. it is never ending problem in the country for sure. we shift gears to a story from niagara falls where a suspect being chased by police plummeted to his death. the man jumped over a wall and fell 100 feet into the niagara
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gorge, a sloped wooded area downstream. the officer jumped in after him, suffered a broken leg. rescuers managed to lift the officer to safety and retrieved the body of the suspect. police now think they know what cause aid horrific truck crash in south texas. as the accident claimed yet another life. a 15th victim died. eight passengers are still in the hospital after the sunday crash. investigators say the -- rather, sorry about that, the right front tire the pickup truck came apart. all 23 people packed into the truck are believed illegal immigrants who just crossed into texas. reaction is coming in to a legal landmark in the city of philadelphia. a high-ranking roman catholic church official was sentenced for his role in covering up sex abuse charges against priests. as abc's linsey davis reports, the judge delivered not just the sentence, but also a devastating rebuke. >> reporter: monsignor william lynn, the first official in the
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catholic church convicted of a crime for shielding priests known to be predators, will have to pay a three to six years penance behind bars. >> he locked in a vault the names of men that he knew had abused children. he now will be locked away for a fraction of the time he kept that secret vault. >> reporter: lynn of the official in the philadelphia archdiocese in charge of investigating sex abuse allegations against priests but he was convicted of covering them up. during sentencing the judge told him he allowed monsters in clerical garb to destroy the souls of children to whom you turned a hard heart. a message that was welcomed by survivors of child abuse at the hands of priests. >> we believe this will have a tremendous deterrent effect on other church officials who even now may be concealing child sex crimes. the day is gone when you can ignore and enable child sex crimes in a church and hope to get by with it scot-free.
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>> reporter: but the monsignor's lawyer said lynn had been following orders and vowed to appeal. >> all of a sudden he's being held responsible for all of the abuse that occurred over, over 30 to 40 years. none of which he participated in. >> reporter: a similar case is pending in kansas. so while lynn was the first u.s. church official convicted for his handling of child sex abuse claims, he may not be the last. linsey davis, abc news, new york. >> can't be the only person who is stunned that after all of these years of hearing about abuse in the catholic church against young kids that this is the first church official to be branded a felon and going to serve time. just watched what the ncaa did to penn state for similar things. this is the first church official in all these years after decades of cover-up that its astounding to me. >> six years max. maybe the ncaa should sanction the catholic church. >> talk about things that need to be deterred, that behavior, not just a sin, a felony.
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some folks should be in jail. the first guy after all these years? >> although the archdiocese of philadelphia which paid for lynn's defense, they issued a statement calling the sentence severe and they say it hoped it will be adjusted. >> i don't think the victim would say the is severe or the many others out there as well. the los angeles city council is now cracking down on medical marijuana shops, and some critics there say it is high time for some action. the council voted to ban hundreds of medical marijuana dispensaries that have popped up like weeds across the city. oh. tip your bartenders. neighbors who live near pot shops, though, say the establishments are nothing but trouble. if the mayor approves the crackdown, patients and care givers will be allowed to grow their own. dramatic rescue video out of china this morning. a bridge collapses in torrential rain sending a man in his car crashing into the raging river
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below. rescuers risking their lives to free the man from his crushed car. even as a mudslide threatens to bury them, the man suffered a head wound and some broken bones. he is expected to make a full recovery. just amazing video right there. and violent thunderstorms slamming the chicago area. leaving more than 300,000 folks without power. soaking rain and winds as high as 80 miles per hour toppled trees and power poles. shutting down train lines, power may not be fully restored until friday. >> mother nature has been rough this summer. all across the country. the heat, the rain, the flooding, unbelievable. >> no reprieve. >> no, not a break. here is your wednesday weather. hope it's a better day here. another day of severe storms midwest, ohio valley, minneapolis, cleveland, and thunderstorms across the south, thunderstorms in the dakotas and rockies. >> triple digits in phoenix, kansas city, chicago. 80s in the northeast. 90s from albuquerque all the way to miami. and check the calendar, because halloween now is a
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little more than three months away. the severe drought has people wondering what is going on in the pumpkin patch. >> pumpkin patch. at least some farms, it turns out things aren't so bad after all. i did not know this. growers say they're keeping a very watchful eye. pumpkins stand up to the hot, dry weather better than other crops. the conditions fight off fungus which can ruin pumpkins. get ready for a good harvest. get ready for 300 pumpkin pies on your thanksgiving spread. not just 250. >> that is a lot. get this -- one to five billion pounds of pumpkins are grown in the u.s. every year. we love our pumpkins in this country. >> speaking of, we mentioned the pumpkin pie. the largest pumpkin pie made was over five feet in diameter -- guess how much it weighed? throw a number out there? >> 200, 300 pounds. >> close, 350 pounds. >> see, i know food, baby. >> 80 pounds of pumpkin. sugar.
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20 pounds of cool-whip. >> coming up next, the prank that had police officers and 911 operators sharing a good laugh. the actor who made us lah in a trailblazing sitcom. you are watching "world news now." ♪ to a deluxe apartment in the sky ♪ ♪ moving on up moving on up ♪ to the eastside ♪ we finally got a piece of the pie ♪ ♪ to the eastside ♪ we finally got a piece of the pie ♪ ♪ we finally got a piece of the pie ♪ ♪ ♪ >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by hotwire.com. we know a place where tossing and turning
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>> don't go there. who can forget one of the best sitcoms ever, if you grew up in the '70s or '80s, and sherman hemsley was part of the family. >> hemsley played george jefferson on "all in the family" then on "the jeffersons" passed away yesterday at age 74. john donvan has our remembrance. ♪ moving on up to the eastside >> reporter: from the first time the song played in 1975, two things were always going to be true -- that he would always afterwards be known to the world as george jefferson, the dad he played, and that on the day he died his being african-american would be more than duly noted. because sherman hemsley broke into television back when he didn't have much company in that regard, playing george jefferson, the black neighbor on a show about the white family, classic, "all in the family." two years later, the spin-off, a middle-class african-american family that every american family enjoyed. an amazing 11 seasons with hemsley at its head. not bad for a kid raised by a mom who worked in a factory and delivered mail while he was
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studying to be an actor. in his 74 years, as the song says, he moved up and took us with him. john donvan, abc news, washington. >> the reason i think that is such an important story. in terms of black portrayal on tv, we went from junkyard of "sanford and son" to the projects of "good times" and deluxe apartment in the sky for "the jeffersons" which paved the way for the brooklyn brownstone on "the cosby show." the trajectory. a pivotal show and culture. that will be his legacy. so sleep well, mr. jefferson. love the song. i love that show. it did a lot. >> another actor familiar to millions of television viewers has passed away. >> chad everett acted for 40 years, remembered most for his role on "medical center" in the '70s when he played doctor joe gannon. he died from lung cancer in l.a.
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he was 75 years old. coming up -- who is turning o.j. simpson's real-life drama into a movie? >> uh-huh. and will you soon see less of sharon osborne on reality tv? the answer is next in "the skinny." >> announcer: abc's "world news now" will continue after this from our abc stations. he skinny." >> announcer: abc's "world news now" will continue after this from our abc stations. tv? the answer is next in "the skinny." >> ann
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♪ skinny ♪ so skinny ♪ skinny ♪ so skinny >> apparently nbc is still waiting to hear straight from the horse's mouth, from sharon osborne, that she is not returning to "america's got talent." she tweeted yesterday, she says "my darling howard stern." howard stern joined the show, and they moved it from l.a. to new york to accommodate him. she says, my darling howard stern, money is not the reason i am not returning to "america's got talent." it is because, dot, dot, dot, it is a surprise. nbc has no idea. she hasn't officially given them word. she is quitting the show for good. she's been with them since
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season two. >> we have seen so many reality show judges, the shift on "american idol" everyone, jumping ship, mariah carey jumping on. >> it's tough work. >> it's tough, maybe the hours. she has another talk show. sick of juggling. you don't hurt for money. >> the news with her son, battling ms as well. i would image that has something to do with it. spend more time with him. >> that makes sense. >> and the fact that she probably hates howard stern. >> look you do. -- like you do? >> i didn't want to say i hate him. i am ambivalent. not really! >> exactly. there you go. also, alex trebek, we reported a few weeks ago, suffered a mild heart attack. good news, it was a mild heart attack, and number two, he is back on the set of "jeopardy!" without his mustache, i might add. back on the set. in good health. planning to start a few new home improvement projects. alex is back. glad to see that. and keep on keeping on. doing the show so many years now. good to have him back. o.j. simpson, he and his
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people will be releasing a movie to try to rebrand himself and change his public image. he is in jail right now. sentenced in 2008 after an incident in a las vegas casino hotel room. he is behind jail. his people are set to release this new movie. they chronicled him right after his acquittal of, you know, the accusations that he murdered his ex-wife and his ex-wife's boyfriend. the film was called "unpromotable" cut from 70 hours of footage taken by a one-time promoter when they toured the u.s. in '01. if the won't be released until after the presidential elections, it has racial undertones and doesn't want it to affect obama's chances. >> okay. on the behalf of black and white america, o.j., go away. and last but not least, one of our favorites on the overnights. sunny hostin, if you are up watching, one of our favorite fill-in co-hosts here, on the "view" this morning. she'll be part of --
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there we go. breaking it down. one of the legal segments. talking about sandusky, colorado, and jackson family. check out sunny. i am sure she will rock the spotlight. she always does. check her out. e she will rock the spotlight. she always does. check her out.
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♪ welcome back. oh. while it was a terrifying sight for a southern california woman, her ordeal is our -- boom, favorite story of the day. she actually spotted a giant mountain lion on her neighbor's property. >> do you think diane sawyer must cringe to see how we defile the desk. >> she doesn't know the show is on the air still. >> it turned out the predator was a prank. kabc's rob hayes, not rob
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nelson, explains. >> reporter: laguna beach, a quaint little burg nestled between the pacific and the san joaquin hills. hills home to more than just people. >> recently we notified residents in the south laguna area we had a bobcat coming down, snatching domesticated cats. >> reporter: that's why beverly branham's heart started pounding when she glanced in the neighbor's yard and saw this. >> a huge mountain lion sleeping on my neighbor's patio table. >> reporter: she didn't have the phone number and with the potentially hungry cat on the prowl she dialed 911. what appeared to be a giant mountain lion, lying on somebody's patio table. >> a mountain lion? >> a big one. really big. somebody's got to get down here as soon as you can. >> reporter: police and animal patrol officers rushed to the scene. the problem was the cat was a
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fake. not really a fake. it's just not breathing anymore. >> it was a real cat, dead taxidermy cat. >> reporter: stuffed. for the past s 20 years, according to the owner. he didn't want to go on camera but admits to lending the lion to friends as part of a prank. >> as a joke, we thought put it in the neighbor's yard and scare the neighbor's wife. well, before the neighbor could come home -- >> reporter: that would be branham -- >> the neighbor called the police, next thing you know we have animal control and police here. >> reporter: as well as one annoyed neighbor. >> the joke was on me. >> reporter: who probably made a second 911 call. >> it is an artificial stuffed mountain lion. i am so sorry. everybody is laughing except for me. i was shaking of terror. i am so sorry. >> don't be sorry. it kind of made my day.
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making news in america this morning. healing and hope. >> those wounded in the colorado movie massacre gets some high profile support just as a woman saved by her husband welcomes a new addition. >> angry anaheim, hundreds take to the streets for a fourth straight night demanding answers about recent police shootings. family turmoil, tempers boiling over the future of michael jackson's children and plenty of money at stake. and frightening incident at sea world. a trainer nearly dragged to his

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