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good morning, america. this morning, breaking news -- a disastrous milestone in afghanistan overnight. the 2,000th american service member killed and more troubling it was once again at the hand of the afghan ally. >> gunned down. outrage and confusion. a border patrol agent shoots and kills this mother of five after she may have tried to run him over. who's to blame? murder for hire, the teacher accused of trying to kill his colleague, caught on tape, hiring a hit man. >> what do you done with bob meredith. >> i want him killed. >> inside a sensational crime. we got the trips. and never say never. justin bieber gets violently sick on stage, mid-concert.
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but he rallies back. we have his emotional comments to the crowd. and happy sunday morning to everyone at home. we have a lot to tell you about this on this last day of september, already. including the tsa now under fire, the agency is charged with keeping the airports safe, how did two loaded guns make it through security this week. >> two loaded guns? they also allowed a cat. a brother and sister missing since their home burned down a week ago. the kids were not inside the home that burned down, so where are they now? is the amber alert this morning. plus, you may have hundreds or thousands of dollars in hidden accounts that you don't know about, a true story, you won't believe that we have
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helped one family uncovered. we'll show you how you can get your money. check this out from the brilliant minds of two engineers, $11,000 coffee machine. 11 grand for this coffee machine, these guys said they have made the perfect cup of coffee. how does it taste? we'll test it this morning. >> ron took a sip and ran around the block. >> pretty powerful. but we begin with grim news out of afghanistan a milestone there, the 2,000th u.s. service member in that 11-year-old war. the latest occurred late last night in eastern afghanistan. most of the american combat
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forces are expected to be out of that country by the beginning of next year. the fbi is investigated a deadly shooting by a border patrol agent. >> good morning, to you, ron. the family called the killing senseless and that the agent involv involved. unjustifiable murder how the family of 32-year-old woman killed by a border patrol feel about their death. this morning, they're demanding answers, saying a plain clothesed border patrol agent gunned down and killed this woman without reason. >> wife threatened a trained officer, you know, a trained
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officer, to use lethal force. >> the agent's body leaving this very large dent in the window. police say that the agents were in the neighborhood to serve a felony warrant. >> literally ran our agent down. our agent was impacted, hit by the vehicle and carried several hundreds of feet on the hood before fearing for his life. >> that's when he fired five fatal blows. leaving this mother of five with bullet wounds in her arms and chest and her husband says -- >> i want justice, yes. whoever shot my wife, that guy needs to get shot. >> the mother leaves behind five kids ages 3 to 17. ron? >> all right, thanks for that report. a man charged with killing
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his girlfriend in the state of university of new york dormitory has pleaded not guilty. he was arrested yesterday after allegedly beating his girlfriend to death in her room at a suny-brockport. and in spain, protests over government austerity measures turned violence saturday night. at least one person was injured in those incidents. third time this week that protesters and police have clashed. the show must go on. justin bieber's new concert tour got off to a pretty rough start in arizona last night. the singer threw up, on stage, check it out. right there. video evidence. ran off. only to rush off again. that didn't stop him from going on. he kept performing.
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>> it's not really a great feeling when you're throwing up in front of a bunch of people. >> he went on to finish the n r nearly two-hour concert. dan? >> and we admire your ability to do such a smooth new cast when you have that high-priced caffeine coursing through your veins. t-minus three days to what could be a pivotal point in the presidential race. cramming their facts and honing their one-liners. it's your voice, your vote with just 37 days left until the election. david kerley is with us here at the desk. good to see you. >> dan, this is a big debate. this is part performance, part policy. the stakes are always high. for mitt romney, some are saying it's make or break.
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for the president, it's about not letting his challenger back in the race. president obama is in nevada this morning when he'll spend the next three days in debate camp. and he heads into the debate with the latest gallup tracking poll still showing president obama showing a lead this morning, 6 points. >> if romney doesn't do well in this debate it will be hard to get back in this race. >> mitt romney has to avoid be appearing detached. his to-do list, the three cs show compassion, that he's competent and that he indeed can connect to voters. >> on those three cs, that's where he's got to really do well. >> reporter: while they lead in the polls, team obama know that
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debates can be a game-changer. he needs to avoid appearing irritable aor impatient. >> they need him to answer questions short, concise. >> the pressure is on for this debate. it could be a huge audience. anywhere between 50 million to 65 million may tune in to see these two men square off on wednesday night. >> david, great to see you live. let's bring in "this week" host george stephanopoulos. the goal wednesday night is for each candidate to focus on the other person's weakness. >> exactly. to avoid a justin bieber moment. i think obviously, there's much more pressure as david said on mitt romney. he's got to force an error out of president obama, he wants to dominate the coverage coming out
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of the debate so that he can get some momentum. on one hand, he has to be very tough on putting the pressure on president obama. he'll have a tough balancing act on wednesday night. >> how much pressure is he under? >> huge, huge. romney is behind in all of the battleground states. this is the last big audience that mitt romney is going to have with about 4 1/2 weeks to go. the third debate in late october n the battle ground states, because of this early voting a third of the voters with votes already in the can. >> so far, the polls at least that mitt romney hasn't been able to capitalize on the economy right now. do you think that he could do that with foreign policy? >> that's right. the president is facing a lot of questions of the american
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ambassador chris stevens in benghazi. >> going to be something. thank you so much. don't forget to watch "this week" later this morning. george's guests will include chris christie and david plouffe. tune in wednesday of special coverage of one-on-one the candidates debate. at 9:00 p.m. eastern. >> george and diane hosting the debate wednesday night. an embarrassing week for airport screeners. now, more ominously two incidents of loaded guns making it through the x-ray machines undetected. >> good morning to you, dan. frequent travelers complain
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about evasive skreerng procedures. many travelers on edge and worried about their safety. a long line of high-profiled security blunders of tsa came to a head on friday, when a lo loaded.38 caliber gun went undetected by screeners. he mistakenly took it with him on a flight from new orleans to newark. in just one day earlier in orlando, officers missed another loaded gun, this time in a firefighter's purse, it made it passed security and on the way to her plane. those lapses came to light. some in congress worry now about what else is slipping through. >> unfortunately the reports that i get, it's not just this one weapon, it's hundreds of items every day. it can't be tolerated. >> reporter: in dallas, the tsa
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couldn't keep up with this 65-year-old grandma who carried a gun right past them in january. >> makes me concerned about what's really going on. >> reporter: even a live animal got through in columbus. bound for disney world. the tsa has had many successes. confiscating 1100 weapons so far. but when it comes to all of the mistakes, some experts think that the tsa's own screeners may need better screening themselves. >> it goes back to type of hiring they did. the educational requirements they put in place that weren't high enough in my view. >> reporter: this morning that screener that let that firefight on to a plane in orlando with a loaded gun has been removed from screening altogether.
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they take any incident like this, quote, very seriously. >> a lot of pressure on the tsa. all right, mark. thank you. the search for two missing children in tennessee. an amber alert has been issued for a sister and brother ages 7 and 9. abc's clayton sandell have the latest. >> reporter: a desperate search for 9-year-old and her 7-year-old half-brother, a fire destroyed the unionville, tennessee, home where the children lived with their grandparents. both died in last sunday's blaze and at first everybody thought that the kids were killed, too. >> the children were last seen by a neighbor at 6:30, three hours before the fire broke out. we know that they were in close proximity of the home. >> reporter: but after five days
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searching through ashes, police found no signs of khloe or gauge. they don't think they burned up in the fire, christopher's father said. on saturday, they issued an amber alert. >> when you have children of tenders years like these two, you know that unless they are with someone who no intention of harming them, they're very concerned that they have been in harm's way. >> reporter: the clock ticking. the police are now questioning everyone who knew the kids. including their parents who have extensive criminal records. investigators say they have no suspects and aren't even sure they have a crime. >> the origin of the fire, is it an accident? or intentional. >> reporter: questions so far, with no answers and two small children still missing. for "good morning america," clayton sandell, abc news,
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denver. >> we're hoping those children are found. time now to switch gears, this is football sunday and finally, it's the real deal this time. the official nfl refs are back after three weeks of chaos caused by those replacement refs culminating in this horrible call on monday night. the replacement refs became national bad guys. now, one is speaking out to john muller. >> reporter: like most football fans i was ranting and raving about replacement refs. after hearing from one of them, they're not monsters, they're imperfect human beings like the rest of us. >> wilson scramblings to keep it up. >> it was the play that changed everything. perhaps the worse and most controversial call. >> touchdown! >> it's like a jennings interception. >> the call on the field stands,
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touchdown. >> the reaction was fast and furious. >> awful. look at the replay. >> this football fan didn't watch because he was on the field, mike, number 77, replacement ref in the game speaks out. >> one of those things that makes you go back in the back room and cry a few tears. he had more experience than most of his fellow fill-ins. 13 years of division i college revving. you know someone asked me if it's a good call or a bad call it depends on where you live. the replacement refs were at mercy of the crowd. >> reporter: and the mercy of the nation. time is 2:15. >> i'm not dead. also it's 4:30. [ whistle ] >> through all of the outrage and ridicule, he said that the
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replacement refs have plenty to proud of. >> we kept the league afloat during the preseason and during the first few weeks of the regular season. >> reporter: what about the standing ovation when the real refs returned thursday night? >> you know, they're the heroes now, they're the stars, i wish them well. i hope they have a great season. >> likable guy, right? more than 100% of these replacement refs will be watching these games on their couches and no doubt about it, everyone in green bay, wisconsin, for sure is happy about that. >> as you said, likable guy, gracious. time now for the weather and ginger zee in grand rapids, michigan, this morning, where she was inducted into your high school hall of fame last night. there's the video. good morning and congratulations. >> oh, my gosh. i can't say thank you enough to the community. this is pretty wild. we got all of these beautiful kids who came out.
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i love gma signs. this is one of my favorite teachers. a friend of mine. these are like sisters. some of my cheerpleading buddies. and andy, will you go to homecoming with this young lady. here's what we want to do, we want to say good morning not only to the great lakes, but the weather for the entire nation. we'll take a look first at all of that rain, boy, did they have too much in a lot of places. flooding was better yesterday. today, flash floodi ining in atlanta. isolated tornadoes. some hail and damaging winds. jackson, mississippi, you're included in that. all of the heat, 100 in los angeles. cool and showery in the
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northeast. that's the big picture. how about a big crowd cheer? >> i have to leave this off this is my brother and his band. they're the rock stars, the outer vibe. the crowd is excited to go after this. right? all right, a big good morning.
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they all love dan, bianna and ron. >> ginger, you managed to gather a bigger crowd today than yesterday. lot of people are proud of you and celebrating you. great job, ginger. >> thank you. and now we're going to turn to another aspiring high school story. a 16-year-old bullying victim is nominated for her high school homecoming court as a cool prank. she managed to turn the table on her bullies. it was the whirlwind weekend that wasn't to be. standing ovation on the football field. sophomore whitney kropp sealing the fate on the homecoming. she found last week that her nomination was a complete prank engineered by bullies. . the 16-year-old was so upset she
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thought about killing herself. >> i thought about suicide. i thought that i wasn't worthy at all. >> reporter: the bullied teen didn't let it get the best offi offier. with help from family and friends, a facebook page was set up. her story touching hundreds of thousands of people around the country and world. >> i think it's awful what happened to her. >> in rally of support, local businesses stepped in, offering a makeover and donating everything from prom dresses to jewelry to anti-bully t-shirts. flowers came in from as far away as california. on friday, at halftime of the homecoming football game, she bravely took the field to accept the nomination. her father walking her down the aisle in the ceremony. the opposing team showcasing banners in support.
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>> i'm surprised that the team we're going against is supporting me. it's overwhelming. i have no words for this right now. >> reporter: and though she didn't win homecoming queen, her courage takes the crown. >> don't let them bring you down. go with your heart and go with your gut. >> she won a lot more than a crown. confidence. she looked beautiful. coming up here on "good morning america" -- an inside look at a sensational crime, a teacher allegedly hiring a hitman to kill a fellow teacher. >> it only gets worse from there. plus, show me the money. "good morning america" helps these unsuspected mall shoppers find thousands of dollars in hidden accounts that they didn't even know they had. you won't believe how much money one family found.
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>> elisabeth laemy is hooking people up. does this contraption make the best coffee? it cost 11 grand. the teaste test coming up. [ white ] in my kitchen the heart of a great dish
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♪ those are random shoppers being given some really good news. "good morning america" helped them find hundreds even thousands of dollars of unclaimed money that they didn't even know they had. we even found a family a life-changing amount of money. >> i'm really thinking about going on online to get myself some money. >> apparently i got some money. >> i did. lot of "good morning america" staff did, we had no clue. i'm dan harris, this is sunday, september 30th. we're working on a morning show, as you know, coffee becomes extremely important, so you can imagine our response when we
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heard about this thing. it's possibly the holy grail of caffeinated coffee. it cost $11,000. how does the coffee taste? we'll test it comes up. >> all right, but first that dramatic recording, the teacher allegedly trying to hire a hitman to a colleague. the friend was recording the entire conversation. abc's john schriffen is here with the latest. >> it seems to get wilder by the day. because police say no money was exchanged, this audio recording becomes a major piece of evidence. it filled with racial slurs and profanities and details how to kill a high schoolteacher. >> what do you want done with bob meredith? >> i want him killed. >> all right. >> reporter: stunning revelations inside a courtroom
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on saturday. when they played a phone conversation allegedly between james pepe and his friend. >> we got to kill this [ bleep ]. >> reporter: not exactly what you would expect to hear from a history teacher. >> originally i remember, you know, you and i talked about it and you wanted to pay me to kill him and then i was uncomfortable with that because i have kids. >> reporter: if 11 minutes, the two talked about ways to carry out the plan. at one point, pepe allegedly suggests finding a former student of his. >> reporter: police say pepe was upset because he thought that the man he used to work was spreading rumors about him,
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saying he was a child molester. but meredith said that's not true, that the two barely knew each other. >> never words exchanged never? >> reporter: police were tipped off two weeks ago. using an undercover agent posing as the hit man. >> here's the deal, you should just talk to the guy. why don't you just talk to him? how do you want meredith killed? >> anyway he wants. i don't give a [ bleep ]. >> reporter: the prosecution claims that pepe would meredith off a school event. if inconvicted of the charge of solicitation, he takes a year in prison.
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hard to fight those tapes, though, in court. john, thank you. lot of other news overnight. for that, let's go to the man we turn for overnight headlines. good morning, everyone. in the news, a tragic milestone in afghanistan, the 2,000th u.s. service member has been killed in an apparent inside attack in eastern afghanistan. the last detainee at guantanamo bay has returned to a maximum security prison. some of the biggest names in music raised the awareness for worldwide poverty in new york last night. 06,000 people packed in central park, more tuned in online to watch the foo fighter and others at the global citizens festival. finally, actress anne hathaway and fiance adam shulman, they tied the knot in
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big sur, california. time now for the weather and over to ginger zee in grand rapids, michigan, home to the best hamburger, i believe. >> i have been there. you're so right, ron. thank you for mentioning. my brother said that he had really weird dream or great surprise. good morning to everyone else. we begin this forecast. i want to get into how warm it's going be. bismarck, 80. rapid city, 80. up near st. paul, minnesota, we got some great video to leave you with. we'll take a look at the rest of the forecast in a bit. but for now, that's the big picture, big smile and cheers. let's get a check a little
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closer to home. all right, this weather brought to you by jimmy dean sausage. i have to say good morning. this is ashland. she wanted to say something to grandma and grandpa. >> hi. >> so cute. big smiles and cheers. everybody happy? we are. back to all of you in the studio. >> bye, ginger. we'll see you later. coming up on "good morning america" -- show me the money, shoppers get the vise of their lives. cash that they didn't even know they had. coffee buzz. the machine created by engineers
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♪ it's not about the money, money, money ♪ >> there are literally billions, billions with a "b" of unclaimed cash, money owed to you that you may not even know existed. enter elisabeth leamy, she sets up shop at the mall of america to reunite shoppers with the money. >> reporter: at the mall of america, people expect this -- after all, this over the top shopping center is known for its indoor roll eer coasters and th adrenaline rush that goes with it. we have teamed up with the minnesota department of commerce to give back free, yes free, money. right in the middle of the mall. >> you guys want to find some money? >> reporter: there's just one problem. >> want some money?
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you sure. >> reporter: these skeptical shoppers don't believe us. >> we got thousands of dollars. millions of dollars. >> reporter: but they should. statistics show 1 in 10 of us have unclaimed money waiting. forgotten apartment security deposits. final paychecks that you didn't pick up and money left to you from loved ones. minnesota commerce department chair loves giving it back. >> you never know, it could be $1,000 or tens of thousands of dollars that's your money. >> reporter: katy westin is one of the doubters. can we change her mind? yes. with a nice find. $675 for from her extended family if other see the hubbub
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and start to line up at at the station. she searched her grandmother's name. >> 1625. >> reporter: wow. >> she's retired. >> reporter: jason bennett checked his mom's name and found $2,600 in insurance money. >> spend it on the grand kids. >> reporter: as the day goes on, the checks get even bigger. interthis family. then, a snag. >> we'll be right back with you. >> all right, let's go have some fun, though. >> reporter: we send them off to try one of the mall of america's ride rides,.
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>> look at this. i got 65,466.85 for you. >> reporter: how can $66,000 be bittersweet, it was left to them when their parents die. their mom always wanted to go to italy but didn't make it. they planned to use the money to travel there in her honor the entire extended family approves. show me the money mobile strikes again. we gave back more than $87,500 in minnesota. so the next time you go to the mall you never know, maybe instead of spending money you'll be getting money. for "good morning america," elisabeth leamy, abc news, bloomington, minnesota. >> the family, $65,000, they're going to go now to italy or they
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we're back now with the most ridiculously priced coffeemaker in the history of the planet. it's called -- what is it called again? >> our production model is the blossom one limited. he's an mit grad.
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>> correct. >> what provoked you to build this thing in >> i was drinking a lot of coffee in college and i noticed that the flavors were always different because of the temperature that i was brewing it at. >> so, where did does this $11,000 figure come? >> we're focused on cafes. >> all right, we should try it. ron claiborne. >> i tasted it a little bit earlier. real quick. >> it's really good. it's really good. what makes it so good? what is it about this machine that makes the coffee terrific. >> we measured the temperature of the coffee, it allows us to maintain the perfect temperature. which makes a huge impact on flavors. >> if you got a 11 k sitting around, you know what to invest it in. justin, thank you very much for
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all right, we're around the coffeemaker, because not only are we fans of coffee, we want to do a special salute to a very special colleague who is leaving today. his name is matt, the senior producer in charge of this broadcast for two years. there he is. handsome guy. look at that handsome guy. during the past two years, he has made this broadcast a very, very successful one and a very fun place to be. and we're going miss you dearly,
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matt. ginger also wants to say something. >> hey, matt, i have to thank you for supporting me and letting me jump off mountains. >> matt, we got you the world's most expensive coffeemaker. just kidding. úd
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