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medaled olympian. and he's not even done yet. good wednesday morning. i'm sunny hostin in for paula faris. >> and i'm rob nelson. we begin with the threats to airline passengers and unattended camera, a bird strike and another needle in an on-flight meal. >> with all that, it's no surprise we've become so jittery with the safety of flying. here's tahman bradley. >> reporter: tense moments onboard a united airlines jumbo jet, headed from newark, new jersey, to geneva, switzerland. the flight diverted, escorted by fighter jets after a pilot noticed something unusual. a camera in a compartment in an empty seat. passengers were rescreened and the camera inspected. tsa said the measures were taken out of an abundance of caution. another emergency aboard a plane yesterday. a gaping hole near the nose of
this united 737. on approach to denver international airport, the plane collided with what appears to be a large bird. flight sensors were ripped off. but none of the 151 passengers or the crew were injured. bird strikes are a growing threat. they cost the airline industry $600 million of damage every year. one of the most famous incidents, when sully sullenberger landed on the hudson river. >> it's dangerous when an aircraft hits a bird. in this case, it was something that the crews were trained to handle. >> reporter: a different scare, this time the food. the discovery after a sewing needle in a sandwich onboard of an air canada flight from victoria to toronto on monday. no word if the scare was tied to the half-dozen sewing needles two weeks ago on delta flights. one more word on bird strikes, they're rising. the faa said there were nearly
1,900 bird strikes. in 2010, 9,600. >> a huge hole. >> what an image that is. tahman bradley in washington. thanks, tahman. mitt romney is back home in boston this morning, after his high-profile trip to britain, israel and poland. now, speculation is building about his choice of a running mate. and the campaign is likely glad to have the attention shift away from that foreign trip that was marred by a series of gaffes. abc's david muir covered the trip. >> reporter: in the final hours of his foreign tour here, mitt romney visiting the tomb of the unknown soldier in warsaw. the kind of photo op the campaign hopes for many on his world audition. but there was also this. >> what about your gaffe? >> mr. romney? what about your gaffe? >> reporter: he didn't answer. but an angry spokesperson telling one reporter to shove it. >> we haven't had a chance to
ask some questions. >> [ bleep ]. this is a holy site for the polish people. >> reporter: another unwelcome headline. the palestinians suggested culture. why israelis are widely superior. the campaign called that a mischaracterization. mitt romney is back in boston. his wife, ann, in london to watch the olympics. mitt romney is to choose a running mate. and if ann romney's horse does well, she won't be back until august 9th or 10th. david muir, abc news, warsaw. one other political note. the tea party is favoring a big win in texas. conservative ted cruz won the runoff for the republican nomination for the senate seat being vacated by kay bailey hutchison. cruz, a lawyer and state solicitor general has never ran for office. he thanked supporters, including sarah palin.
and secretary of state hillary clinton began a new multination tour overnight. arriving in the african nation of senegal. she'll speak, today, at a university there and preside over a peace corps swearing in. later, she travels to four other nations and will meet privately with nelson mandela. conditions in syria's largest city continue in an 11th day. residents in aleppo are running out of food and cooking gas and electric power is spotty. thousands of people are streaming out of the country. in india, power has been restored across the country, after a major system collapse led to the worst blackout in world history. an estimated 620 million people were without power after 3 power grids failed. now, questions on whether india's outdated infrastructure can keep up with the surging demands for electricity. overnight, we learned about the passing of gore vidal, one
of the most influential literary voices of the last century. vidal was known for his over-the-top personality and scathing wit. his works included hundreds of essays and the best-selling novels, "lincoln" and "myra breckenridge." he died after a battle with pneumonia. he was 86 years old. summer vacation is over for children in oklahoma city. but the heat is on for their first day of school. they're returning to class, as temperatures soar to a record 110 degrees. dozens of classrooms do not have a.c. even just the school buss, in fact. officials say students will be watched closely and given plenty of water breaks. a hot day in class. hard to learn when you're sweating everywhere. that is early. august 1st. well, time, now, for the weather from across the nation. stormy with flash flooding from the four corners region into
southern california and nevada. scat etered showers in the northern plains and upper midwest. pop-up thunderstorms from new england, down to florida and alabama. >> mostly 90s in the southeast. great plains and rockies. triple-digits from the rockies to phoenix. and 70s in the pacific northwest. and still ahead after the break, scandal at the olympics, after a team appeared to lose on purpose. plus, that developing story from overnight. rising waters from severe summer storms, stranding people in their cars. also this morning, the oscar-winning
welcome back, everybody. there is one less worry this morning for the financial markets. congressional leaders have a tentative agreement to keep the government running past the election. but there was little reaction on wall street, perhaps because congress still has to deal with the automatic spending cuts and the expiration of tax cuts, both of which are set to take affect at the end of the year. and also, a key revision of the health care reform law takes effect today. the new law requires most insurers to provide birth control to women for free with no deductible or out-of-pocket provision. u.s. treasury secretary, timothy geithner, says europe has the tools it needs to deal with its financial crisis. but its leaders need to be more forceful. he spoke yesterday at the los angeles world affairs council, after meetings in europe the day before. geithner says the challenge for
european leaders is how to sell the fixes to their voters. and it may be a little crowded outside chick-fil-a restaurants today. thousands of people plan to demonstrate their support of comments made by the chain's ceo opposing same-sex marriage. protests by the other side are scheduled for friday. chick-fil-a says it does not discriminate, either in hiring or who it serves. facebook shares are at a new low. some 43% below their initial price. and major investment bank, ubs, says it lost more than $500 million on facebook because of, quote, the gross mishandling of facebook's debut by the nasdaq exchange. ubs now plans to sue nasdaq, which has put aside only 62 million bucks to compensate customers who lost money. and tickets for a canceled rock concert will be honored, 33 years later. the 1979 performance by the who in providence, rhode island, was cancelled because of safety
concerns after a fatal concert stampede in another city. anyone who still has providence tickets can trade them in for the band's concert this february. the tickets originally cost $11.50. >> can you imagine that these days? a concert for 12 bucks. are you kidding me? >> and i wonder if anyone still has those tickets. >> you never know. there's still one angry fan out there. one day. coming up next on this wednesday morning, on alert. new reason to fear great whites. new details on that weekend shark attack. and the golden glow around team usa. a day to remember for michael phelps and gymnastics' fab five. [ alicia ] i snack all the time throughout the day. i love fruit. grapefruits, pineapple. i put lemon in my water. these are all highly acidic. the acid can affect the enamel. i think lemons are good for you. [ laughs ] just not for my teeth. my dentist recommended pronamel. he told me that pronamel
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storms triggered some flash flooding, leaving them stranded. in some spots the water was three feet deep. and more stormy weather is on tap for later today. those storms drench highways from the southwest to the four corners region to las vegas. showers and thunderstorms make for a slick commute from the dakotas to wisconsin. and look for wet roads along the east coast. >> and if you're flying today, airport delays are possible in minneapolis, vegas, new york, philly, and the nation's capital. now, for an update on that apparent shark attack on cape cod. experts believe a great white shark may be to blame. >> this happened on monday when christopher myers was swimming with his teenage son. myers was rushed to the hospital with severe cuts on both legs. and marine officials say the injuries and the presence of gray seals, which sharks feed on are consistent with a great white attack. we'll get a firsthand account from the victim himself. that's coming up later today on "gma." well, police in maryland
have released the video of the man wanted for kidnapping cal ripken's mother. the video shows the man in an orange cap and a light-colored coat going in and out of what appears to be a walmart. vy ripken say she was taken from her home last week, blindfolded and driven around. eventually, she was released unharmed. it was an emotional first day in the murder trial of drew peterson. the former suburban chicago police sergeant charged with killing his third wife. kathleen savio's neighbor testified about finding her dead in the bathtub. and she cried when she saw a photo of her friend's lifeless body. prosecutors say peterson killed savio to keep her from getting his money in a divorce settlement. he was only charged after his fourth wife went missing. you know what that music means. all that glitters, is, in fact, gold.
the americans are shining in london right now. >> yes. from the pool to the gym, team usa wracked up the medals tuesday. and michael phelps showed the world he is truly an athlete for the ages. abc's tom rivers is at the games. >> reporter: michael phelps is on top of mt. olympus. the superstar swimmer needed just two more medals, any medal, to make history as the most-decorated olympian of all-time with 19. phelps surpassed the record, been held since 1964, by winning the 200 freestyle relay. his 15th gold overall. he came close to another gold, slipping out of first place right at the end of the men's 200-meter butterfly. ye shiwen won the 200 meter individual medley. the 16-year-old raised eyebrows on saturday, when she swam the last 50 meters in the 400 individual medley, faster than ryan lochte in the same discipline. the incredible victory raised accusations of possible doping,
which olympic and chinese officials have vehemently denied. american men return to the basketball court. team usa defeated tunisia, giving them their second win in a row. american women gymnasts achieved exactly what they set out to do. flipping, spinning and soaring their way to a gold medal, the first since 1996. and it wasn't even close. the americans were favored to win. but superstrong performances from top-to-bottom sealed the deal. and it was a bull's eye for vincent hancock. he struck gold in the men's skeet competition, his second straight, giving the u.s. a sweep, after kimberly won the women's competition. tom rivers, abc news, london. >> as tom said, michael phelps' 19 medals make him the king of the olympics. no athlete has ever won in a many. >> and phelps shattered a record that stood for 48 years. 48 years.
now, larisa latynina was a gymnast for the former soviet union. and between the 1956, 1960 and 1964 games, she hauled in 18 medals. she's now 77 years old. and she was actually on-hand in london to see michael phelps eclipse her great achievement. look at that. >> what a great moment in olympic history. very cool that she was there. also, the investigation is on into an olympic badminton controversy that is boiling over. you know how hot and testy badminton can get. >> the chinese women team threw a match, deliberately serving into the net over and over, as the crowd booed. they had already qualified and didn't want to end up in the same round as the other chinese team. so, by losing, they hope to get in a different round and then, meet in the finals with a lock on gold and silver. >> oh. interesting dilemma there. can you purposely lose? taking a look at the standings, now. the u.s. and china are tied up in the medal count. 23 apiece, as of right now. china leads in the gold medals at 13. the u.s. has nine.
japan in third, with 13 medals. >> looking at some of the events coming up today. men's swimming will be a good one. the finals of the 100-meter freestyle and the 200-meter breaststroke. >> and men's gymnastics is also taking place today. it will be the individual all-around final. and women's fencing will be closely watched, as well. the u.s. opening ceremony's flag bearer, mariel zagunis, is going for the gold. exciting. >> i'm obsessed with the olympics. i'm obsessed. >> it's been good so far. really good. up next, where is cuba gooding jr.? new orleans police would like to know. and the well-planned marriage proposal that didn't go quite as planned. with joint dam. help stop the damage before it stops you with hirum adalimumab. for many adults with moderate to severe ra, humira's proven to help relieve pain and stop joint damage.
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all right. time to check "the pulse" this morning, the stories you'll be talking about today. >> and some people have olympic fever. others have olympic anger, though. a lot of fans have been furious about nbc's decision to tape-delay the action. the tweets criticizing the coverage have been flying for days now. >> but the folks at "the wall street journal" aren't about to let some billion-dollar broadcasting rule put a damper on their courage. they got creative and put together this re-enactment of michael phelps' triumph. showing, a few popsicle sticks and a little imagination is all you really need.
>> well done. well, cuba gooding jr. is a wanted man in the big easy. police say the "jerry maguire" actor was at a bourbon street bar in the wee, wee hours when he became upset that some of the other patrons were taking his picture. >> he's now accused of pushing a bartender after she told him to calm down. and pushed him again after she told him to leave and calling the cops. his attorney is taking necessary actions to address the matter. he was in the big easy, working on a new movie with oprah winfrey. show me the jail cell. and a guy who wanted to score big points by popping the big question at a baseball game almost struck out. >> the man took his unsuspecting girlfriend to a chicago cubs' game and arranged for the scoreboard to flash, erica, will you marry me? erica missed that magic moment, all because she was in line for a beer. >> she got the ring anyway, saying yes to a more traditional proposal.
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up next at 4:30. san francisco police have launched a murder investigation in the wake of a double shooting. one victim is dead and the other fighting for his life. chick-fil-a is supposed to show up at the restaurant to show their appreciation. mike nicco will have the forecast. >> we'll talk about hot temperatures inland and big ch some pop-up thunderstorms along the east coast. and a scorcher in the plains. scattered showers from wisconsin to the dakotas. thunderstorms and flash flooding in the southwest. and finally from us this
morning, the erotic novel, and your favorite, "fifty shades of grey," has now expanded its influence from the bedroom to the delivery room. >> yes. ob-gyns, including my sister-in-law, say they are seeing a baby boom, nine months after mom read the sexy book. here's amy robach. >> reporter: the immensely popular book, previously called porn for the mommy set, have been heating bedrooms across the country for months. >> i got caught up in that little fantasy world. >> it was erotic and sensual. >> reporter: and now, nine months later, the book is being credited with its very own baby boom. >> reading "fifty shades of grey" is acting like an aphrodisiac for women. and it's putting them in the mood more frequently. they're having more sex. and they're ultimately getting pregnant faster. ♪ i'm bringing sexy back >> reporter: bringing sexy back in the bedroom is one thing. but could the book be stirring the birds and the bees, too? according to some couples, it
does just that. after 14 months, carly and leroy gibson after spokane, washington, were finding that trying for another baby had taken the sexy out of sex. >> yes. it was definitely a score. >> i think the fun was taken out of it at times because you were -- you're like, okay. here it is, day 14. we got five days to go. go strong. i don't care if you're tired or whatnot. it's time. get to work. >> reporter: after having two kids with relative ease, scott and danielle of new york were also striking out. >> it was getting frustrating. >> she was stressed. >> and christian grey entered my life. >> reporter: the author, e.l. james, hasn't weighed in on a possible baby boom. but sales figures seem to show a pattern. >> i'm due february 1st. >> my due date is february 20th. >> reporter: and the book may have spawned another trend. >> i would like to name the baby anastasia, if it's a girl, which is the name of the main
character. he's not sure it's worthy of the idea yet. >> that book is working wonders. >> it sure is. >> that's what's making news i in the news this wednesday morning, one man is dead and another in critical condition after a shooting in san francisco. >> also this morning, a controversial program begins in san francisco that will pay panhandlers to care for dogs. >> and postal service is expected to default on $5.5 billion payment. the money is earmarked to pay for workers health benefits. >> i'm sue hall and you are looking at overnight road work in the macarthur