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good morning, america. this morning -- washington burning. two giant wildfires in the america northwest have now merged. people evacuated. the dangerous choking smoke spreading for hundreds of miles. new revelations. arnold schwarzenegger opening up for the first time about the moment his wife maria shriver confronted him over his love child. did he really think that he could get away with it. the little league stalker. the baseball rivalry allegedly taken way too far. did he stalk a rival coach and son all because of a -- epic meltdown. what sent off green day's billy
joe. to lead to this. and this. and happy sunday morning, everybody. at home. hard to believe just 44 days left until the presidential election. mitt romney is heading back out on the trial this week. after one rough week, how does he plan to turn things around. george stephanopoulos will join us to discuss that all. we'll talk about that coming up. some answers on that crazy story about the guy who jumped into the tiger's den into the bronx zoo. turns out that this wasn't a suicide attempt. something very different. and we're just hours away from one of hollywood's biggest
nights. the big emmy awards tonight on abc. we have your backstage pass to everything you need to know like, what happened to "modern family" when all six adult actors are up against each other? only two can get the prize. >> i want to know what happens on the set the next day. lot of news breaking overnight. we want to start this morning. ron is on vacation. but paula faris. >> good morning. dan and the ladies this morning, right? >> just the way we like it the giant wildfires scorching the northwest. two large fires in the northwest are threatening to merge. forcing them to wear masks. fierce that lightning storms today could add more fuel to the fires. ginger zee is tracking it all.
>> 23 large fires in six western states. all of the fires plotted here. it's been one of the driest septembers on record. from the ground, the flames rise in washington state. leaving acres of scorched wilderness in their wake. from a distance, you can see just how huge these fires have become. the dangerous choking smoke rising up over the mountaintops. these fires have been burning for 13 days. firefighters working around the clock to contain them. and hundreds of residents have been driven from their homes, which now stand in destruction's path. >> you combine all of these conditions together, yeah, i can see a perfect storm here. >> but the real danger lies in the smoke, smothering nearby towns. rendering air quality so bad that people must now wear masks
when outside. officials say the air quality here is spiking over 900. >> i have asthma. my wife has breathing issues. >> reporter: and as firefighters try to put out the 22 separate fires burning uncontrolbly, the fear that the largest two, just one mile apart, may soon merge into one giant, dangerous blaze. >> not just the state of washington. look at washington. you can see that highlighted there. that's why they're having all of those air quality issues. so the fire weather not good, some dry lightning still possible. temperatures aren't too terrible. but red-flag warnings still in effect.
almost 8 million acres burned so far. syrian rebels taking a big step forward in their effort to overthrow ba shshgs ir al assad. in the past few months, the rebels have captured large chunks of land along the bortd with turkey. trader joe's recalling its creamy salted peanut butter. the store has removed the peanut from its shefs. stores do expect to restock the iphone tomorrow. meanwhile apple and samsung are demanding changes to the verdict in their bitter patent battle.
samsung is asking for a knew trial. while apple is seeking additional $700 million in damages on top of the $1 billion that they were just awarded. finally the man known as the french spiderman, he's done it again, successfully scaling the largest steel tower in china. it's nearly 1300 feet tall. no thank you. he usually climbs without saf y safety. ginger doesn't know this, but this is her next assignment. >> no way. >> my money is on ginger. >> all right, paula, thank you. we'll turn now to the race to the white house. just 44 days away from the election day and the romney campaign is hoping to get past a
rough week. will it be enough to regain the momentum? it's your voice, your vote. david kerley has the lastest from washington. >> reporter: the days are slipping away now. many republicans are begging mitt romney to reset his campaign. some of the gop complain romney is losing. he's not on the trial enough. spending too much time fund-raising. as he was last night in california. >> just coming to town to see you. >> reporter: there are calls for big changes for his campaign, which romney dismisses on "60 minutes." >> i got a very effective campaign, doing a very good job. >> reporter: will he turn around his campaign in. >> well, it doesn't need a turnaround. we got a campaign that's tied with an incumbent president of the united states. >> while he seizes on the president's line that he can't
change washington from the inside. but the romney campaign is changing. with aides promising an intense batt battleground schedule. campaigning in virginia. he doesn't lead in any battleground states. but the campaign is making inroads in wisconsin. not surprisingly the president hoping to block any momentum visited. even though he won this state by 14 points, the president admits this year is harder in wisconsin. >> i don't believe in just looking out for workers or businesses or rich or poor, or 53% or 47%, i'm going to look out for everybody. that's why i'm running for a second term. that's why i need your vote. >> that's what the president wants to talk about when he's
out on the campaign trial. romney's 47% comment. by the way, that was the president's first visit to wisconsin in 220 days showing just how team obama hoping to blunt any momentum romney may gain in those battleground states. for more on all of this, let's bring in the hard egs working man in news, his name is george stephanopoulos. how is that for an intree? >> like it. >> his advisers are saying it needs a reset. >> number one, he just -- he has to have do no harm strategy. knowing that the president is going to pounce on anything that might resemble a pounce. saturate the battleground states with mitt romney. right now, he's behind or barely tied in any single battleground.
he's not ahead. number three, he's got to focus, again, hard on the economy, one of this things that's helping president obama right now is more and more americans think the country is going in the right direction and he's pulled to even with romney on the economy. >> another big turning point in ten days, the debate, the first debate, they say this is a real potential opportunity for romney. if you're in the room prepping him what are you telling him to do that night? >> every single answer that mitt romney gives in that first debate, the last big audience of the campaign has to be about the economy, focused on president obama. the candidate of status quo, the way things are. and he has to offer specific solutions. >> only the first debate is the one with the big audience? >> in part, voting has already
begun in some states. by the third debate in late october, more than a third of the country will have already vote zmrd thank you very much for coming on. george has a big show this morning. his guests include david axelrod and reince priebus. the story about the guy who jumped into the tiger enclosure at the bronx zoo. we know now why he did it. john muller has the latest. good morning, john. >> reporter: good morning, bianna. it doesn't get much stranger than jumping from a monorail into the tiger den. the police asked this 25-year-old fighting for his life why he did it? he said, quote, i want to be one with the tiger. just as strange, police have no
reason that he was intoxicated. 75 feet down right into the tiger pen. no, it was not a suicide attempt. 25-year-old david villalobos did it on his own. to be one with a tiger, a tiger like this one, capable of killing a man in matter of seconds. >> this is new york. we have 8.4 million people here. and you know, strange things can sometimes happen. >> the new details are starltling. he told police that he landed on all four like a cat. on his facebook page, his obsession. a picture of siberian tiger. >> we h-- he has a picture of a tiger. >> a former class mate confirmed his behavior as of late.
>> it just seemed a little strange. >> reporter: it seemed that he sustained most of his serious injuries from the fall. villalobos did succeed with becoming one with the tiger. >> he was rescued by zoo personnel. who used a fire extinguisher to get the tiger. they instructed him to roll under the fence. >> reporter: he told police quote, everyone in life makes choices. this choice nearly killed him. villalobos remains in critical condition at the hospital. if he's convicted he could be one with a jail cell. he told police after this initial mauling, he had a chance to pet the tiger and he has vivid memories of this.
dan, back to you. >> one with the jail cell, perhaps deservedly so. now to a bombshell revelation that's just days away from hitting book stores. arnold schwarzenegger out with a tell-all memoir about the moment that maria shriver confronted him about his secret love child. john, good morning to you. >> it was more than a year ago that the world of politics and entertainment were rocked. after 25 years, shriver was leaving her husband. the real bombshell didn't come until later when the world heard for the first time why. it's his total mea culpa. he's come clean in his new book "total recall." finally, opening up about the wrenching moment his wife, maria shriver confronted him about his love child.
it was a couples therapy when quote, the therapist turned to me and said maria wanted to come here and ask about a child. whether you fathered a child with the housekeeper mill dread. shriver had questioned him before the love child. but around had denied it. she let the issue go. for a while, she refused to believe that the child was his. during that confrontation, he first gave shriver quote, three lame reasons why he hid the child joseph from her, embarrassment. a compulsion for secrecy. he writes in the book after he came clean, he grubled that she was a perfect wife.
of the affair, he said that he was stupid. and the former governor and box office star in true hollywood style is hoping for a happy ending. he's hoping to reunite with shriver. his book hit the book stores on october 1st. >> should we take -- should we read into this that he's not running for office again? >> no. >> john, back over to ginger zee. it's so cold in parts of the great lakes. des moines this morning, just under 40. bismarck, 26 degrees. ten states at least in frost and freeze warnings and advisories. 13 by tomorrow morning. some of the coldest air in chicago waking up by the way. a place much warmer and oh so much wetter, a funnel cloud,
this is indiantown, florida. they had a lot of flooding rain, too, in some places up to 6 inches. they're so far above average and they'll get even more today. if you're looking for a dryout in miami, it's not happening in the latter half of your weekend. more rain here in that 2 inch to 3-inch area. some great lake effect showers. much cooler behind that front that brought those storms, we're seeing temperatures in the upper 60s, low 70s. that's what i'll leave you with here. that's the big picture. let's get a check a little closer to home.
>> it doesn't matter what kind of day i'm having. when i get a great sunset photo, here you go. look at that. key west, florida. so tranquil and pretty. find me on facebook.com/gingerzee. she was saying that some of the colors are starting to come out there. it's about a week, week and a half ahead for the colors. >> it looks like artwork. >> who knew it was so easy to get ginger out of a bad mood. >> yes. just a little yun sunset.
hot new comers competing for the most coveted trophy. rachel smith joins us from los angeles with a preview of the big event. >> that's right, guys. television's biggest night. the star power attending is tremendous. not a nominee in sight when i was rehearsing for on the red carpet at the emmys. i couldn't help but get wrapped up in all of the excitement. here's look at the preparation and talk, leading up to the main event. the red carpet is rolled out. the emmys in place. the audi green room decked to perfection. everything is ready for this -- >> the emmy goes to -- >> goes to -- >> tonight's emmy awards features a showdown between newbies and the best.
can mad men make it a record five wins for best drama? >> was i supposed to say something. >> or could the new series "homeland" pose a threat? will bryan cranston crank up a new win? or will damian lewis break his tweak. will julia louis-dreyfus sweep in or will amy poehler final win? the supporting actor in a drama category is dominated with newbies. but maybe the biggest face-offs of all, a true family fight, all six adult actors on the abc hit modern family are nominated. all four men battling it out in the interest supporting actor.
ty burrell, one last year. >> you're burning up. you might have a flu. >> julie bowen tries to repeat her win squaring off with sofia vergara. >> manny, put your stuff away and put the ears on. >> jesse tyler ferguson told me friday night that the cast is just thrilled all six were nominated. now, julie bowen, she told me she's hoping to pass off the win to sofia vergara. >> absolutely. you realize how good tv has become. >> how many hours i spent watching television, too. >> tell me about it. >> we'll be back on the couch tonight. we'll come back to rachel for some fearless emmy predictions. rachel will also be hosting the preparty show starting at 5:00
on select abc stations. then our own lara spencer and josh elliot pick up the coverage hosting emmys red carpet today. >> look at how dapper and beautiful they look in that shot. then it's the main event. jimmy kimmel hosts the emmys at 8:00/5:00. coming up little league big issues. a coach threatening a rival coach because one son struck out the other. plus, rocker rant. the lead singer of green day lets loose with an angry, epic tantrum, what set him off? and, the question of the morning -- what did this reporter do to this adorable baby to make him cry? we'll have the answer coming up in "fixation." [ female announcer ] what happens when beauty meets strength?
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♪ even by rock star standards this was an outrageous, over the top tantrum from the lead singer of green day. what is billie joe armstrong scaring about. and how does his freakout compare to past stage spectacles. like those of billy joel and elton john. good morning, america. i'm bianna golodryga. >> billie joe clearly not having the time of his life i'm dan harris. also coming up, these people have a much better excuse for freaking out, they have a cheetah on the hood of their vehicle, we'll tell you how this
turned out coming up in our "fixation" segment. tonight,s a big night in hollywood. the red carpet is rolled out. the emmy awards is lined up and a showdown is brewing for "modern family." who's going to win? predictions coming up. coming up, this case is pretty extreme, little league coach accused of stalking a rival coach and his son all allegedly over a strikeout. abc's rob nelson is on the story. >> reporter: good morning, guys. youth sports organization has been dealing with the growing problem with out of control parents who take their children's sports too seriously. his team may be called the long isla island vengers but little league coach robert sanfilippo took his too name a little too far. it all started earlier this
year, sane flip poe got into an altercation with rival coach john reardon and then. >> i started receiving text messages of pictures of myself and my son in front of the house. >> reporter: he said that those texts became more threatening towards his wife and my son. >> saying i'm going to pick your son up at the bus stop. >> reporter: the text came from an untraceable phone. the tension between the two began build after an altercation in may. when reardon struck out the last batter in the final inning he didn't like it. he had something to say. said something back. >> reporter: but sanfilippo said that he's innocent and that reardon was upset. >> disgruntled parents that
don't make travel baseball. >> reporter: sanfilippo is charged with 20 counts with aggravated assault and one count of stalking as well. the worst thing about kids' sports is these parents these days. time now for a check of the other top stories with paula faris. it's the overnight team here. >> what time is it right now? i'm so confused. we have an overnight show here at abc. od morni firefighters in washington state with battling two huge wildfires, just as dangerous is the suffocating smoke forcing people to wear masks when they go outside. in politics, mitt romney is back on the campaign trial in colorado. an intense battleground state schedule. president obama stumped in
washington yesterday. another key swing state. and lindsay lohan is supposedly suing the guy in the alleged accident in new york. going gangnam on campus. the ohio university marching band played the hottest song in the world gangnam style saturday. the team went on to win the game. you guys have actually gotten off to 4-0 start. give it up to the bobcats of ohio university in athens, ohio >> i heard someone compare it to the macarena. >> come on, dan. >> what merged the macarena with
the gangnam style. time now for a check of to weather and ginger. okay, let's go ahead and get started. this for paula. we go to southeast michigan. she's from jackson. ann arbor, temperatures in the only upper 30s this morning. beautiful look at the campus there and some blue skies there the rest of the cold air is certainly going to be in place. that autumnal stretches all of the way to boston. philadelphia, 70 on monday. 75 by tuesday. d.c. is going to be 72 today. let's fly across the country. the emmys are happening. it's going to be dry, 87. colorado, 84. that's a look at the big picture. let's get a check a little closer to home.
>> this weather report brought to you by nasonex. coming up on "good morning america" -- frontman freak out. green day's billie joe armstrong snapped on stage. why did he go berserk and does it compare to past freakouts like stars billy joel. what on earth did an reporter to this baby? coming up in "fixation." keep it here. [ male announcer ] it started long ago.
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in las vegas. billie joe armstrong storms off stage after unleashing an epic rant. it started suddenly. >> give me a break. >> billie joe armstrong goes off, out of nowhere, diving into a tirade. >> i'm not justin bieber. >> smashing the guitar before storming off stage. shocks the thousands of fans who just moments earlier were rocking out with own of the biggest bands in the world. ♪ >> so how did it go from this to this? >> i got one minute. one minute left. now i got nothing left. >> it turned his freakout was a matter of time, you can see a monitor, cue the band, they have one minute left that's what set him off. >> look at that sign right there. >> their entire set was nearly cut in half so so usher could
have more time >> i have been around since 1988. >> the melton came just after the megapopular band rocked out on the roof of "good morning america." but the eyeliner-loving singer isn't the first to turn into a basket case on stage. in the late 1980s, the piano man goes off the rails. billy joel flipping over his keyboard, smashing his microphone, all because the lighting was bad. and here kanye west stopped his concert in washington, d.c., always because of the lighting and watch elton john suddenly get slap-happy with his mike at a concert in new york. but all in all, armstrong's tirade might take the cake. oh, no comment from billie joe armstrong's camp. as he was leaving the stage he
declared, quote, we'll be back. our lighting is good. imagine if it wasn't? >> we would flip out all right, paula thank you. still ahead on "good morning america" -- holy animal kingdom. what's going on here? we'll tell you how it all turned out when we return. two years ago, the people of bp made a commitment to the gulf. and every day since, we've worked hard to keep it. bp has paid over twenty-three billion dollars to help people and businesses who were affected, and to cover cleanup costs.
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little. he cannot stop. poor thing. it's okay. okay, so, you know, everyone goes on a safari. wild animals coming up to your car. sometimes they get a little too close. take a look at this cheetah. walking up to a car full of tourists and then he just sits on top. he sat there for an hour. the car could not move until he finally decided to goen on his very way. you say that cheetahs don't attack, dan. >> they're beautiful. random facts with dan harris. this group in china they were trying to break the record
for tallest human tower, they get close, they're all wearing padded helmets in case this goes array. see how this -- and down they go like dominos. everyone was okay. >> no random fact for that. this is whats a happens when reporters ask the wrong question. >> e equals mc squared. i'll take the cantaloupe. >> way to make a baby boy cry on live television. >> they say never work with babies or animals. that's an example of why. >> that face is priceless do we have time for one more. this is panda being poked and prodded by veterinarians. we don't have the video, i'm
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yes, just to make sure that i'm not a liar, there's the panda video. >> so cute. >> he's handling the checkup very well. >> yes, very cute. meanwhile excitement is building in hollywood. before we go, some lightning round of pro dictions from rachel smith in los angeles. drama. >> i'm going to say it, i'm going with an upset, "breaking bad." >> wow, not my homeland, ouch. >> what about comedy. >> what do you think? i think it's going be a three-peat for "modern family." they are delivering the funny,
can't go wrong with "modern family." >> and with "modern family" who are the two winners? >> clearly the odds are in modern family favors. of the gents, i say eric stonestreet. and for actress, i would have to say, julie bowen, i think it's going to be a repeat for her. i don't see her passing along that torch to her co-worker sofia vergara. >> you heard it first, rachel smith. >> big risk this morning. >> i am. we'll find out tomorrow. >> thank you, rachel. you can watch our own lara spencer and josh elliott co-hosting the emmys on the red carpet. join us tomorrow morning for our huge "good morning america"