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this morning on "world news now" -- 57 days to go. with the conventions now behind them, the candidates hit the campaign trail. >> a new poll gives an edge to the president as mitt romney makes his surprising statement. it is monday, september 10th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." good monday morning, everybody. i'm rob nelson. >> 57 days, not till the weekend. >> till the election. >> i'm paula faris on this monday morning. we'll get to the latest in the race for president in just a moment. also, this half hour eyes on the bad guys. the federal government is using some pretty high-tech methods to weed out potential terrorists as they go about their daily lives. but some say that it goes slightly too far. plus, it was the defining
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moment of one of the highest profile trials in modern history. the glove that did not fit and the jury that did acquit. now the prosecutor in the o.j. simpson case says the defense actually pulled a fast one. who does not remember that moment and johnnie cochran's now famous quote on that. wow. >> yes, fascinates information. and a top tennis player told to slim down or stay home. how she let her game speak for herself. >> exactly. that story is kind of mind-boggling a little bit as to what they were -- what their criteria was for telling the young lady she was not fit, and then she goes out and proves them wrong. >> yes, she does. >> stay tuned for that. getting to the big news monday morning. the president got quite a lift in florida over the weekend. an enthusiastic supporter gave mr. obama a bear hug -- >> hello. >> -- lifting the commander in
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chief right off the ground. you don't see that moment every day, huh. >> no, you don't. he got the okay from the secret service beforehand. as for serious, use on the campaign trail -- not that making pizza isn't serious, we turn to abc's ann compton. >> reporter: at the last stop on his two-day battleground state tour, president obama told the west palm beach crowd that his fate is in their hands. >> if we win palm beach county, we will win florida. and if we win florida, we win this election. >> reporter: for republican challenger mitt romney, it was obama care and what sounded like backing off the pledge for full repeal. >> i'm not getting rid of all of health care reform. of course a number of things i look in health care reform i am going to put in place. one those with pre-existing conditions can get coverage. >> reporter: before the republican convention, a gallup poll had governor romney at 47% and president obama at 46%. now the gallup daily tracking poll shows the president with a
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five-point lead over governor romney. republicans are ramping up their efforts in wisconsin. >> here in wisconsin, we're not better off under president obama. >> governor romney went to church in massachusetts after hammering home his own economic message. >> if this president's re-elected, you're going to see chronic high unemployment continue for another four years or longer. >> president obama accuses his opponent of fuzzy math. >> governor romney said he wouldn't take a deal with $10 of spending cuts for $1 of revenue increases. and the problem is the math or the arithmetic, as president clinton said, doesn't add up. >> reporter: the race to add up swing states intensifies. ann compton, abc news traveling with the obama campaign in florida. >> the interesting part here, too, the new gallup poll out shows the president nationally has a five-point lead. saying he did get a bounce coming out of the convention in charlotte. really with the romney campaign, looking at carefully, state of ohio.
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a battleground state. now the president according to latest polls has a high single digit lead in the state. if romney does not win ohio, the path to the white house gets very, very difficult. so they're really watching that state closely out there. but the bad news for the obama campaign, of the 68%, of the 68%, most don't like the president too well white, college educated and aged. the president struggles in the groups. numbers getting interesting. >> a lot of people will be fascinated despite the jobs report he got such a bump, but the poll actually factored in, it was two days before the dnc and two days after, so the jobs report was factored into all of this, and with all of that a five-point edge over romney, biggest since july. >> crazy too. all this underscores, a thousand more polls, things will change. >> 9,000 actually. >> 9,000. shows you how much weight to give to those debates coming up in a few weeks. those could be a make-or-break moment for sure. moving on.
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a tragic incident as president obama campaigned in florida. a police officer on a motorcycle working security for the president's motorcade was hit by a pickup truck and killed. the officer, a 20-year veteran of the jupiter police department, was helping shut down interstate 95 ahead of the motorcade when he was struck. the white house says the president did not see the fatal accident. iraq is reeling this morning from one of its deadliest days since withdrawal of u.s. troops. more than 90 people were killed and nearly two dozen bombings and shootings across the country. more than 350 wounded. many attacks targeted soldiers and police recruits. so far, though no one has claimed any responsibility, but the government is blaming al qaeda. and there was even more bloodshed in syria. overnight a car bomb ripped through the city of aleppo and killed 17 and wounded several others. fighting continued throughout the country between government troops and rebel forces.
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several military officers and civilians were also killed when a roadside bomb blew up a bus. and people are -- go ahead. >> no. i was going to say the concern here is that a lot of extremist groups are going to start popping up here. shortly -- just a couple of hours before this blast, a jordanian militant leader linked to al qaeda warned his extremist group will launch deadly attacks to help the rebels in syria topple assad. so you see a lot of extremist groups just kind of joining the cause as well. >> some folks advocated american action in syria. if you don't get there and get control of the situation, get assad out of office, that becomes fertile ground for terrorist groups to come in there, take advantage of civil unrest, and create new headquarters for themselves. besides that, death toll, like 20,000. >> more than 21,000. it's heartbreaking. well, the fbi is closer than ever to usin the system that the agency is working on uses eye scans and other so-called biometrics in
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cameras that randomly scan people's faces. we have the details. >> looks like we got a hit. u.s. marshals. >> reporter: you've seen it on tv -- >> facial recognition match on the father. >> reporter: -- and in the movies for years. now it may soon be coming to a city near you. the fbi's billion-dollar project will use available surveillance cameras to scan faces and match those images against their national database of known criminals. dubbed the next generation identification program, face recognition, dna, iris scans and voice identification will make it harder for the most wanted to hide. some worry about the potential to invade privacy. others believe it's a crime-fighting tool whose time has come. >> you've got to go after them where they are, go after them smart, intelligence and special operations units. >> reporter: and as we approach the anniversary of september 11th a new bulletin obtained by
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abc news from law enforcement says officials have been told of a decline in 9/11 messaged by al qaeda, but warned lone offender threats are still a concern. security sources tell us attack buys lone wolves are harder to track making new technology all the more useful. >> i am placing you under arrest for the murder of sara marx. >> reporter: even if we're nowhere near being able to predict crimes before they happen. the fbi tells us the program will be fully running in less than two years and the next phase will include identifying scars and even tattoos. >> thanks for that report. and a fifth suspect has been arrested in the 2010 murder of a u.s. border patrol agent. brian terry's death exposed the u.s. government's controversial fast and furious gun buying program. the suspect was picked up in mexico, but mexico wants the u.s. to promise the suspect will not face the death penalty after extradition. we now turn to a major medical study released this morning about risk of cancer in
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young marijuana smokers. listen up, fellows. the journal "cancer" reports young men who use marijuana increase their risk of testicular cancer. pot use exceeds cigarette smoking among high school seniors. one in three now smokes marijuana. experts want more research that links cancer to the use of pot. >> interesting there. we love a good implosion over here on the overnight, so take a look at this one from ft. worth. yep. an old medical building came on down in order to make way for an office building and parking lot. it all want off without a hitch. that sometimes is what this show feels like. >> i will never understand why tv news loves implosions as much as it does, but there's another one for you. >> it's great video. >> i hope it makes your day. >> well the major final of tennis wraps up when andrew murray and djokovic face off. of course, andy murray was an
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olympic gold medalist. >> indeed. as for women, serena williams was two points from losing yesterday before she realed -- say it, paula. >> -- vickvictoria as azarenka. the win gave williams her fourth u.s. open title and 15th career grand slam victory. >> she also became the first woman in a decade to win the u.s. open and wimbledon in the same year. the last person to do that was, rob. >> serena williams. >> oh, very good. look at those muscles on her. >> that's the gun show, baby. look at that. >> i love it. >> the guns are out. >> she was playing so poorly she had prepared her runner-up speech. she says, i thought, quote, she is playing so great. >> no kidding. she's the first woman in her 30s to win the u.s. open since martina navratilova, serena turns 31 september 26. since her loss at the french open back in may, she's 26-1. hot streak. >> yes, that's what a little loss can do for you. >> fires you up. i like it serena. gun show.
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>> say it again? >> the gun show. this is the lightning. this is the thunder. don't get caught in the storm. coming up next -- another u.s. open competitor criticized for her weight. >> there it is. okay. >> there it is. you'll never find it. and the moment in the o.j. simpson murder case. new questions about the unforgettable glove that did not fit. you're watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by swiffer wet jet. >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by swiffer jet. i'm gonna find out. [ female announcer ] swiffer wetjet's pads are better than ever. now they have the scrubbing power of mr. clean magic eraser so you don't have to get down on your hands and knees to scrub away tough, dried-on stains. hey, do you guys think i'm "momtacular" or "momtrocious"? ♪ ♪ [ female announcer ] swiffer. now with the scrubbing power of mr. clean magic eraser. every time someone chooses finish
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♪ welcome back to your nightmare version of "law & order." i love that music. well, it was probably one of the most dramatic courtroom moments of a lifetime, o.j. simpson trying on that glove found at the murder scene, a critical piece of evidence. what's the quote? if it doesn't fit, you must acquit.j >> that was it. 18 years after the murders of simpson's wife and her friend, there are serious new questions
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about that glove. abc's clayton sandell reports. >> if it doesn't fit, you must acquit. >> reporter: it was the defining moment in the criminal trial of the century. >> he would have killed, could have killed, and did kill these two people. >> reporter: accused murderer o.j. simpson struggling into those blood-soaked gloves. prosecutors argued he wore them during the brutal 1994 slayings of his ex-wife nicole brown simpson and her friend ron goldman. the jury wasn't convinced. now, 17 years later, christopher darden, the same prosecutor who told simpson to put on the glovesing, is acushion the defense of evidence tampering. >> he put on the glove so it did not appear that it looked to fit. >> reporter: christopher darden claims attorney johnny con rack tore the lining so his fingers
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would get stuck. cochran died in 2005, but another member of simpson's legal dream team is firing back. >> if he had a complaint, he should have made it in front of the judge, you know, 17 years later, he makes a serious allegation against a dead lawyer. there ought to be a full investigation, and if he's lying, which i am convinced he is, he should be disbarred. >> reporter: darden could not be reached for comment, but some legal experts believe no harm was done. >> when you lose what was billed as a slam-dunk case, became the most publicized case in modern- day history, it does cause a little pain. frankly he has the right to, you know, give his thoughts whether it's speculation or not. >> reporter: the question now is whether darden can prove his theory or not. clayton sandell, abc news, denver. >> wow. fascinating information. but if you thought that, why do you wait all these years later -- >> exactly. >> -- to drop that bombshell. >> and, secondly has it been 17817 years? >> i know. crazy how much time has gone by. get this. an entire line of questioning
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during the trial about how much leather gloves shrink after they have been wet. the jury heard testimony that leather gloves when they're stretched after being shrunk go back to 92% of their original size. a lot of these leather, you know related questions came up. line of questioning about the glove and what happens to it. interesting. >> there are a lot of questions as to whether or not those were nicole's gloves because she had much smaller hands as well that were found at the scene. >> unforgettable moment here. it's interesting. can darden back it up? the key question. yes. coming up next, outrage at the u.s. open. >> one competitor was told she wasn't fit enough for pro tennis. her response and her womening performance, it's all next. >> announcer: abc's "world news now" will continue after thi>ñ?x?xç7
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ennis pro taylor townsend left the u.s. open this weekend a champion after the tennis association told her she may not be fit enough. >> unbelievable. the comments opened up a new
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debate about athletes' weight as abc's tanya rivero reports. >> reporter: this number one ranked junior tennis player in the world says she was told she shouldn't compete in the u.s. open. why? the united states tennis association said she needed to slim down and get in better shape. >> i didn't get a definite answer on why they didn't want me to play. they just told me that they felt as though i should work on my fitness more. >> reporter: taylor townsend and her mother sheila say the association refused to cover her expenses to the u.s. open because they felt she needed to stay home and up her fitness level. >> i think it was more conditioning more so, you know, than a specific number for my weight. >> reporter: so she paid her own way to the tournament where she made it to the quarterfinals in singles and won the finals. >> the reality is there are a lot of different shapes and sizes in tennis, and if you look at lindsay davenport, if you look at serena williams, those are two muscular, strong, terrific athletes who achieved
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greatness. >> but patrick mcenroe head of usta players' development, tells a abc the open was never off limits to taylor. they simply suggested she take a pass after she struggled with her game earlier this summer. no one tournament is bigger than a player's career, especially when the player is 16. taylor continues to be one of our best prospects, and our goal is her long-term development. the association is now saying it will reimburse townsend for u.s. open expenses and tennis fans certainly aren't watching her weight, but rather her rise to the top of the game. tanya rivero, abc news, new york. >> just because she was struggling with her game, i wonder why they link that to her not being fit. >> but a lot of times if you are struggling -- if you're a football player and you struggle, they're not going to let you on the field due to injury or risk of injury, not
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♪ ♪ well, for the first time since 9/11, get that, not a single movie made 10 million buckk bb the boxks@ >> "insomniac theater" went looking for laughs with "the bachelorette." digital associate jayce henderson saw it and has his take. did you find the laughs that you were looking for? >> no, not too much. and i'm a fan of "bridesmaids," the movie. thought it would be similar. it was not. raunchy. the script was horrible. i left really disappointed.
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it's a shame because the cast is really extraordinary. kirsten dunst, main central, and rebel wilson, who was also in the "bridesmaids" film, the central character in this movie. basically the whole story is about these old friends who end up becoming the bridesmaids at their friend's wedding who they used to make fun of in high school. instead of attending to the bride and making sure things are going according to plan that if decide to go out before the wedding, ditch the bride and get wasted. in doing so, they actually ruin the bride's dress. the ending barely comes together at the end. you are left wondering whether to laugh or cry for this bride. take a listen to some of the reactions. >> the worst movie i have ever, i was really looking forward to it. the premise was amusing, but it was just awful. i didn't know whether it was a comedy or a drama. it was just stupid. >> there were some funny things, but it was pretty stupid overall. >> i really had better expectations for the movie.
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you know, it had some parts that made me laugh out loud but i felt like guilty after laughing about some of the things. >> out of five stars, how many stars would you rate the film? >> 2, 2.5 at the most. it did make me laugh but not as much as it could have. >> so that's right. i am going to give this film two out of five stars. i did actually think there were some funny parts about the movie. the script was just bad. the screenwriting was horrible. leslie helen wrote the script and directed it. i think she was try gog for a "bridesmaids" kind of feel. you were left, is this a comedy? is this a drama? i didn't feel like it was funny at all. >> you felt, dirty, how dirty, earmuffs throughout? >> earmuffs for adults. >> poor-man attended "bridesmaids" that did not pan out. >> yeah. that's the bottom line here. >> exactly. >> all right, jayce. >> appreciate it. better luck next weekend, jayce. more from abc coming up ne
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orni this morning on "world news this morning on "world news now" -- breaking news. chicago teachers say they will strike this morning. the city's first teacher walkout in a generation. >> and now parents of 400,000 students are scrambling to make other plans. it's monday, september 10th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." good monday morning, everyone. i'm paula faris. hope you had a nice weekend. >> indeed. and this is our last morning together for a little while indeed. >> where are you going? >> just days. not leaving. dayside for a few weeks. tour of duty for some other shows here. back end of the month. so hold it down for me. >> have fun doing the kardashian stories, okay. >> i'm sure i will get a few of them. we know that.
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good morning, everybody. happy monday. i'm rob nelson. we'll get to the looming strike in the nation's third largest school district in just a second. a messy time in the city of chicago for a lot of folks. also this half hour, those incredible images over new york city, what we are learning after not one but two rare tornados tore through this area over the weekend. >> i believe only the 13th and 14th tornadoes in this area in tornadic history. did that make sense? >> i followed that. i did. >> tornadic? >> compared to other areas, we have no right to complain or be upset here in new york, it's just the rarity that makes it real interesting, not the damages or injury, thank god. >> i slept through all the bad weather over the weekend. >> as did i. and then an incredibly rare disease strikes this little girl from denver a plague from the middle ages. we're going to hear her remarkable recovery story coming up in just a couple of minutes. and later, are blake lively and rile -- rile? ryan reynolds. so monday. >> you saw her. what she does to you.
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>> she is hot. are they husband and wife? the big question, the trail of clues about a possible weekend wedding. that is coming up in "the skinny." >> that will be your first assignment dayside. >> it will be the top of the show, yeah. but first, the breaking news out of chicago. the nation's third largest school district bracing for a teacher's strike this morn the first such strike here in 25 years. >> tense contract talks, over pay and job security broke down late last night. now, 29,000 teachers and staff members are going to walk. more than 400,000 students will be impacted by this mess. and their parents are all now forced to look for alternatives. >> i would have to stay home and watch them. i've got to work, so this will make it easier for me. >> how dare you guys stop school in session. how dare you do that to our children. what are you thinking about? not about them. >> agreed.
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>> almost 150 chicago schools will open in the morning, though, just so students can get breakfast, lunch, and have some kind of supervision. there will not be any classes there. the first stoppage in chicago since 1987. that lasted 19 days back then. we'll see how long this one lasts. >> yeah. it is sad. you can agree with that mother. 400,000 students are going to be displaced. that's going to put an unnecessary burden on the parents. what are you going do for child care? you think of all the athletes who want to play friday night football, who have scholarships on the line. the trickle-down effect for this is unbelievable. apparently there is a huge rift between the chicago mayor and union chief. they're close on compensation, what they weren't close on, was medical benefits and the makeup of the teacher evaluation system and job security. but 400,000 students. >> and speaking of salary, i thought this was interesting. the district officials say teachers' average pay in chicago is $76,000 a year. >> yes. >> that strikes me particularly for teachers a very liveable
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decent salary. >> and they offered the teachers a 16% pay raise over four years and a host of benefit proposealsproposals, allegedly. >> and meanwhile, speaking of money, 84% of the city's public school kids quality for free and reduced lunch. tells you the poverty they're dealing with there and the hardship for families to get money to find other ways to take care of their kids. for however long this goes on. >> strike of '87 lasted 19 days. let's hope they can get this one done a little more expeditiously. well, to presidential politics now, with just 57 days left to go before the vote, we learned overnight the obama campaign raised $114 million during august. that far exceeds earlier monthly fund-raising totals. the president campaigned yesterday in florida, telling voters there his fate rests in their hands. and the romney campaign raised more than $111 million during august, best month of fund-raising thus far. romney traveling to ohio for a rally in mansfield. during a campaign stop yesterday he said that he would keep some parts of the president's health care overhaul, including coverage for pre-existing
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conditions. the first time we've actually heard him say anything quite like that. >> he said before, i'm going to repeal, i'm going to repeal. day one, i will repeal. now, a slight softening. of that position. >> right. he says i'll repeal it and replace it with my own, but we didn't know what parts of his own he would maintain. >> now we're hearing it finally, yes. well, the latest gallup poll suggests president obama picked up some momentum after the big convention in charlotte. in august the two candidates were basically in a dead heat. >> but the latest numbers put the president ahead by five points. abc's senior washington editor looks at a state in play. good morning, rick klein. >> rob and paula, ohio is the key and here's why. according to abc news' latest race projections, president obama is in line for 237 electoral votes to romney's 206. but if you add in ohio's 18 votes, he has a commanding lead. 255 of the 270 he needs. he'd need only one or two more states to take it all. if romney doesn't win ohio he
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would have to win every other battleground state to even have a chance. the president getting one of the photo ops on the campaign trail. visiting a pizza shop. he got a literal lift. not bad coming out of the convention again. doesn't hurt that it was in florida. rob, paula. >> that guy actually, president said, man, look at your guns. if i eat some of your pizza, can i get guns like that? he picked him up. by the way, that guy is a republican. voted for obama in '08. he said he will vote for him zboen. i never saw the leader of the free world bearing-hug and picked up in a pizza joint that was a rare moment on the trail. >> real quick, ohio, no republican candidate has ever won the presidency without winning ohio. in fact, the presidency in general from 1904 through 2004, the candidate who won ohio, democrat or republican, won the presidency, 24 out of 26 times. ohio, uber important. 17 or 18. >> i think 19 electoral votes. >> maybe 19. >> something like that. >> that's what i meant. >> bellwether state for sure.
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fighting hard for ohio. see how it plays out. moving on to other news this morning -- a wildfire that erupted near jackson, wyoming, has scorched more than 800 acres since saturday. tourists were temporarily ordered to evacuate a resort that had to be shut down over the weekend. now residents are being told to be ready to leave at a moment's notice. firefighters are facing more high winds later today. and a big clean-up job is still under way here in new york after the city got slammed by two very rare tornadoes. the twisters touched down moments apart in brooklyn and queens, damaging homes and taking new yorkers by surprise. we have more now from abc's ginger zee. >> oh, my god. look at the tornado. >> not only is that a tornado, but it's a tornado in new york city, one of two that ripped through queens and brooklyn. the first born around 11:00 a.m. on the water, then hitting land slicing through the beach community of queens with 70-mile-per-hour winds. cabana roofs were ripped off, and debris went flying everywhere.
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>> just 15 second of intense wind, white noise, things crashing all around me. >> seven minutes later, the same storm formed a new tornado, packing winds of up to 100 miles per hour, whipping through brooklyn. >> holy [ bleep ] that's a tornado! >> today, while erasing the evidence, it was still hard to grasp what had hit them. >> now is the clean-up. i started early this morning. i'm almost done, but thank god we're okay. >> 13 other states from south carolina to maine were rocked by damaging winds. some of the hardest hit, the nation's capital. more than 200,000 customers reported power outages. tornados are rare in new york city. there had only been 12 since 1950. that included one in brooklyn in 2010. ginger zee, abc news, new york. >> thanks ginger. it was a different kind of storm that darkened the sky over phoenix. a giant cloud of dust, known as a haboob, which is the arabic word for wind, blanketed the city. the wall of dust stretching 2,500 feet in the air, so thick,
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some flights were delayed, and drivers were forced to pull off of the road. >> they've seen four or five of them in the area this year so far. wow! here's your monday forecast, everybody. still stormy in the southwest with heavy monsoons from new mexico to southern cally. more scorching heat down in texas. also some thunderstorms around orlando, tampa, and ft. lauderdale. >> 91, miami. mostly 70s in the northeast, midwest. 80s from albuquerque to omaha, just 60s in the pacific northwest. talk about lighting up the night sky, there was a spectacular sight in reno, nevada. >> take a look at these special balloons known as the dawn patrol lighting up things at daybreak over the weekend, part of the great reno balloon race featuring more than 100 balloons soaring above the crowd. that's beautiful. look at that. >> gorgeous. >> have you seen the movie with "rapunzel" in it recently? they have all those lights and balloons? >> no. >> what were they called?
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"tangled." i called it "rapunzel." "tangled" a really cute movie. that's what it reminded me of. >> cool. really sweet. >> you need to see some kids' movies. >> almost as cool as the image of landing in vegas at night. you see the oasis pop up from the dark. i get a little teary about that. okay. coming up, what heidi klum is claiming now after a war of wards and a big break-up with seal. what a story of survival for a 7-year-old colorado girl who thought she just had the flu, but instead, had a disease that dates back to the middle ages. now she is recovering. that's the good news. we'll have more when "world news now" returns right after this. ♪ work on time again this morning ♪ ♪ this old job is all that i got now ♪ >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by charmin ultra strong. >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by charmin ultra strong. try charmin ultra strong.ttvwkun+og#wvs#q'ppu;v?ñkñ0k9%"@nkgh@ú&?,0 with a new duraclean texturett>fc@=a÷#-3w9"qqú a'pvaa&@59n, charmin ultra strong
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the emergency room, what a road well, from a camping trip to the emergency room, what a road to recovery for a 7-year-old colorado girl who came down with an illness that dates back to the middle ages. >> thanks to specialists at a denver pediatric hospital, her condition was quickly diagnosed as bubonic plague. abc's clayton sandell reports. >> reporter: little sierra jane downing is in the hospital recovering from the fight of her life. >> can you get up and walk? >> yeah. i already did a little. >> reporter: the big-dimpled 7-year-old came down with what her parents thought was flu. >> my little sierra wasn't herself. >> reporter: but then a seizure. her breathing stopped. >> i thought, "oh, my gosh, we're going to lose her." >> reporter: sierra jane was airlifted to the rocky mountain hospital for children in denver, fever spiking, 107 degrees. >> i remember leaving that morning scared when i came back that night that she wasn't going to survive. >> reporter: that's when doctors jennifer snow and wendy drummond
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found new clues, an unusually swollen lymph node in her leg and bug bites. >> that was my eureka a-ha moment. >> we are not really sure how to feel. >> reporter: then her parents remembered, just days before, the family had been to a campground where sierra jane found a dead squirrel. doctors suspect fleas jumped from the squirrel to their young host infecting her with bubonic plague, the same black death that killed 25 million people during the middle ages. but with an average of only seven u.s. cases a year it's a disease doctors rarely see. >> so there's a saying in medicine if you hear hoof beats, look for horses, don't forget about the zebras, more unusual diseases. in this case this is a zebra. >> it's okay to smile. >> reporter: thanks to quick thinking and antibiotics, sierra jane will make a full recovery. >> they sat her on my lap, and she just melted into me. and she goes, "mommy, it feels so good to be held." and i just -- that was the best moment. the best.
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>> reporter: clayton sandell, abc news, denver. >> and to think she was so sweet. she just wanted to bury the dead little squirrel, and the flooes could have infected her. that's just heartbreaking. she will make the recovery. that's the grade news. >> and to think something that killed 25 million people so long ago is now treatable, that's amazing. >> the strides we've made. that's for sure. >> let's lighten the mood a little bit. when we come back, breaking "the skinny" news this morning, a former sexiest man alive, off the market this morning. >> did you -- did you, really? oh. >> have to stay tune and find out. >> what heidi klum says she never did while married to seal. it's all next in "the skinny."úd
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♪ skinny ♪ ♪ so skinny ♪ ♪ skinny ♪ ♪ so skinny ♪ ah, has there ever been a lovelier couple than blake lively and ryan reynolds? has there? they're both gorgeous. >> no there hasn't. >> well now she might be mrs. ryan reynolds. according to a radio station out
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of charlotte, they got hitched over the weekend. yes. they said they got married at the cotton docks at boon hollow plantation in mt. pleasant. this is according to a tweet. "people" magazine says that the two were spotted in south carolina with bette midler, and a big event did take place on the alleged plantation. and a large cake was driven down from virginia. her mother, her sister were spotted in town. reps for both of the actors are not commenting but if you remember earlier in the summer another rumor came out like this, but they were quick to shoot it down. haven't said anything. a little suspect. >> a lot couple. some good-looking kids. two a-listers. good for them. a little secret wedding. kept the media away. probably smart. >> i love ryan reynolds. and you love her. >> blake. >> she is pretty. >> she's a pretty girl. congratulations to the lovebirds there. on the opposite end of the spectrum here, heidi klum, giving an interview to katie
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couric, by the way. check out katie's new talk show, premieres today. i don't know what time. check it out. katie will be asleep. opening up to katie about, kind of, something that seal said, pretty much accused her of fornicating with the help meaning a clear reference to her relationship with her bodyguard, martin christian and heidi told katie, a unique choice of words. i am used to it. other people aren't. meaning -- maybe she's used to some biting words by seal. maybe insight what turned sour in the marriage. he back tracked, he was clarifying, wasn't accusing heidi of cheating while they were married, but saying the relationship with the bodyguard started while they technically, on paper at least, were still married. heidi says she moved on. that is the end of that. heidi speaking out. saying i did not cheat on my man and don't like those words. >> you will dvr katie's show to make sure, right? >> i will check it out. i'll check it out to see heidi, console her in her time of need. okay. this could have been really, really catastrophic for miley cyrus had she been home in her
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studio city residence. a guy clutching a pair of scissors at 4:00 a.m. in the morning saturday morning tried to force his way into her residence. he claimed that he was a friend of her. luckily, as we just mentioned, she was not home. he has been arrested. you can see the guy right there. after they saw him jump behind some bushes. no charges have been filed against the trespasser at this point. but that could have been a frightening scene. >> and maybe it could have been a good thing too. maybe he was trying to give her a new haircut. which would be nice. >> there's not much to be cut, not much left. just the mohawk on top. >> whoo. all right here. jennifer lawrence, star of "the hunger games" in an interview at toronto film festival almost passed out on "the hunger games." didn't want to do it. was scared how famous it would make her, the size, the aftermath. she used to do independent films. a big studio production. but she says the truth was in the bottom of my heart i wanted to do it, i wanted to play the character.
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i was scared of the aftermath. but you can't say no to things because you are scared, you have to go for it. she is. they'll film the sequel. she will get a cool $10 million to shoot part two. smart move, girl. >> mm-hmm. $10 million to shoot part two. smart move, girl. >> uh-huh. help you get there, like it has for 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. then find out how to get lunesta for as low as $15 at there's a land of restful sleep. we can help you go there on the wings
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that's right for you. ♪ mommy's taking us to the zoo tomorrow zoo tomorrow zoo tomorrow ♪ ♪ mommy's taking us to the zoo tomorrow we can stay all day ♪ i've got that on a loop in my car. >> oh, yes. it's playing at home. finally, this half hour, a lesson in the bird and bees,
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courtesy of our friend at the national zoo in washington. >> zookeepers there believe that a high-profile couple visiting from overseas may be welcoming a bundle of joy. abc's john muller breaks the news. >> reporter: are they or aren't they? all eyes now focused on the famous couple and their highly anticipated baby. no not william and kate the duke and duchess of cambridge. it's these popular pandas mei and and tian-tian, adored by the hoard of visitors to d.c. national zoo could have a new cub in a few weeks. that's right. the panda pregnancy watch is on. the clues, mei has begun building a nest. her uterine wall is thickening, her hormone levels have changed. sounds like a done deal. but panda pregnancy is never a done deal until the cub is born. that's because panda moms often have a phenomena called false pregnancy. >> it's a time during which the
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reproductive tract changes and the hormone profile mimics regular pregnancy. >> reporter: the couple who came to the u.s. from china in 2000 already had one baby cub, but that was seven years ago. they've also had seven false pregnantcyies pregnancies. even with ultrasound, it is almost impossible for doctors to tell if it is real or fake. if mei fails this time, she could be headed back to china, replaced by a younger, more fertile female. but so far the zoo says signs are good and everyone's hoping this time it really will be pandemonium. john muller, abc news. >> so glad we informed you with that this monday morning. you're so much more enlightened? >> so much more. mondays are slow news days folks, but it's not slow in the faris household. take a look at you taking care of all of those little critters. >> paula panda. >> panda, pandemonium. i'll breast-feed. >> au natural. >> that's right. >> getting in touch. breast milk is the best milk. >> lucy panda. ♪ we're going to the zoo, zoo, zoo ♪ >> announcer: this is abc's "world news now," informing insomniac for two decades.
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