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♪ old school beyonce. >> back in the day. >> back in the day. all right. bills, bills, bills. we all have them and hate them. and paying a bank to pay those bills, that never made a whole lot of sense to me. >> never-ending quest to save us all money, paula faris found a way to get the bank to pay you. here's her report. >> reporter: chicagoans jeff and kim strickland say they're getting burned by their banks. late payments, low balances, it all adds up. >> we try to pay those credit cards up every month. we probably miss here and there. >> reporter: dad in i.t., mom an author, together wracking up $276 and counting in fees just this year. at the same time, their bank accounts are earning them 0.05
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interest. a total of $22.50. how confident are you that you're not leaving money out there? >> i don't know. probably not that confident. >> reporter: so we brought in financial expert anish sekar from nerdwallet.com. >> first, the low-interest accounts. tip number one -- head to depositaccounts.com. they track every bank and credit union on record. >> and looking for the highest yield interest checking accounts. 4%. >> we find the stricklands one that will earn them 4% interest. now that may not seem like a big deal, but, for example, if you have $10,000 in the bank, that 4% will earn you $400. and, remember, that's 80 times what they were making before. they just have to agree to do all their banking online. >> i'm surprised we didn't do as well. >> if you are getting stung by atm fees, consider a credit union.
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>> many of these credit unions will actually reimburse your atm fees. >> and about their credit cards? >> do they have the right credit cards? >> unfortunately, got to go with no. >> how did i know you were going to say that? >> tip number two, logon to the free site nerdwallet. it will crunch the numbers based on your spending habits and recommend credit cards right for you. saving them $50 in annual fees and even cutting their interest rate. finally, those irritating fees. tip number three, never pay another again with this free app mint. it tracks your spending and sends you warnings so you don't get hit with late and overdraft fees. remember, these companies count on you not paying attention to those little charges that add up. all told, the stricklands will cash in on an extra $3,000 in five years. and we should note that in order to retain those high interest rates in the checking accounts, many times the banks and credit unions have certain requirements and parameters.
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paula faris, abc news, chicago. >> the moral of that story is to read the fine print on everything. your bank statement, cell phone bill. all those little things. add up all the fees and this and that. i know it's boring and a lot of legalese. read them. >> so you don't want to read it all, then find credit cards that make sense. credit cards that, obviously, are going to give you something back by using, you know, the credit cards. like cash or points that you can use to buy, you know, you can gather up your points and buy an airline ticket or use them for all of your christmas presents one year. >> a lot of cards offer great reward programs. stuff adds up quick. >> once again, common sense. and pay your credit card bill at the end of the month. >> not the minimum payment. that will take you 40 years. >> pay it all so you aren't paying interest for years and years. pay it all. get it out of the way. >> the website again was nerdwallet.com. check it out. doing good work. coming up next, putting a dent in the traditional marriage ceremony.
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>> meet a couple who is smashing old traditions. and then ahead in our next half hour, an abc news fusion investigation on how easy it is to get automatic weapons. the surprising result of a little cash and a few phone calls. you're watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our abc stations.
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♪ ♪ ♪ crash into me ♪ >> that was great. sounds like a dog being tortured. that's a perfect wedding song. >> it is. >> it's a walk down the aisle. that's a perfect wedding song. >> we agree. >> if i could redo it, that's the one i would pick. >> really? i would pick "jungle love." all right. a guy we were talking about yesterday morning, dave matthews, of course, "crash into
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me" or just "crash," but now a couple of folks you may be talking about today. >> they live in minnesota. and you could say their life together is starting off with a smash. smashing good time here. this is our favorite story of the day. kevin wallevand of our station in fargo, north dakota, has their story. >> go, go, go, go. >> reporter: who knew smack dab in the middle of the henning harvest festival derby, fender-bender love could be found in the midst of flying dirt and debris. john jorgenson and jess holcomb are dedicated demolition derby diehards. >> getting in the arena and making the hard hit. >> reporter: they both fix up and drive derby cars. when the two met recently at an area derby, well it was all bumper and body business. >> i do. >> reporter: and so as the demolition derby got under way, john and jess, along with a few friends and smashed up cars got
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married in a demolition derby pit. they've heard it all. comparisons to duck dynasty and redneck weddings. you name it. didn't matter. >> just because it was cheap and we both love derby. >> reporter: nothing fancy. a real budget saver. no high-end flowers, photos. just true love at the derby. >> and it was her idea to get married at the derby. heck, yeah, we've got to do it. >> reporter: jess sat out this derby but plans to drive. as her new husband john careened and crashed his way to a trophy in the muck and mud, jess was in the stands. a new bride still wearing her garter, cheering on her champion derby driver. even the car alerted the crowd his status had changed. kevin wallevand, wday, 6 news. >> just in case there was any question, she was still wearing her garter. garter was still there.
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>> i appreciate that. >> in case somebody else wanted to pick her up and take her to another derby. >> love in all its forms. h another derby. >> flof all its forms.
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welcome back, everybody. always great news coming out of the great state of texas. >> where it's all bigger. >> it's all bigger. so apparently there's a little bar down there in texas in lewisville, texas, called redneck heaven bar. redneck heaven bar. >> yee haw. >> and they at this little bar have something called a, b, c days. anything but clothes. so they had on little bikini bottoms but the tops were not covered. was all body paint. okay. this was not against the law. perfectly fine according to city ordinance in lewisville, texas. however, they say if you work at a restaurant you can no longer have body paint. you must have on actual clothing at this bar. so now it is -- can no longer be
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truly topless, even with body paint in lewisville, texas. >> it doesn't look like they're wearing body paint. it doesn't look like they're naked at all. they must have pasties on and then paint on top of the pasties. so that's not considered clothing? >> i've asked the producers to fly me down so i can investigate and get you back the full report in the coming months. so i will do some deep investigation and let you all know what is going on down there in lewisville, texas. >> we cannot wait for your report. >> i mean, look. i appreciate the female form, as much as the next guy. but there's a fine line between sexy and unsanitary. you are serving me drinks and the girls are out? >> i understand that. but if it's not against the law and people go there knowing what they are going to get, if it's a, b, c night then, obviously, this woman who walked in and happened to see what she saw and didn't know what was happening in the restaurant or decided that was the day she wanted to complain about body paint. >> very interesting. somebody leans over and your
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getting served -- >> do that again? >> i'm sorry, baby. ooh, i'm sorry. i've been practicing that. >> so you are going to fly down there. you have to at least know what you are getting into. >> i'll get back to you. you'll see the whole picture here at abc. whole picture. moving on to this. this one heading up north. a canadian man has his girlfriend arrested. now this is all part of an elaborate marriage proposal. take a listen. >> i'll have you wait in here. right now it says you owe over $2,000 worth of unpaid fines or 30 days in jail. >> we've come to an agreement where we've agreed to let you go if you take his hand in marriage. >> oh, my god. >> she said yes. i'd say no and smack him in the face. >> you don't like this proposal? >> i do not like proposals like this. don't scare me and then come with a cute face and want to give me a ring.
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no thanks.
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this morning on "world news now" -- verdict aftershocks. the nation's top law enforcement official gets personal about the verdict in the george zimmerman case. plus, a heat wave for half the nation. millions are sweltering under 90-plus temperatures. and the end is still days away. guns in america. an abc news/fusion investigation reveals how easy it is to buy a gun, even an automatic weapon. a few hundred dollars. a meeting at a fast food parking lot and nearly anyone can be armed to the teeth. kim kardashian fires off a controversial tweet about the zimmerman case. we'll tell you what she had to say and why her followers responded saying it was a little hypocritical. it's wednesday, july 17th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now."
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welcome in, everybody, on this fine day. once again, rob nelson joining us for the fun this evening. >> indeed. one more day. filling in. always good to be back. i want to say thank you to all the folks on facebook and twitter who said some kind things. thank you guys. i do miss the show. loyal fan base. >> and they tune in just to watch you. >> yeah, right. >> also wednesday is hump day, which reminds me of my favorite commercial on tv right now, the camel. have you seen this? >> you know what day it is? >> mike, mike, tell me what day it is. >> tell me what day it is. >> it's hump day! i love that commercial. that is the most brilliant commercial on tv. >> that is a pretty good one. i must give that to you. it's a good one. and it is hump day. we like hump day. >> we like hump day, that's right. get over it. >> let's get started. we begin this half hour with even more fallout from the george zimmerman verdict. four jurors in the case are now distancing themselves from the comments made to cnn by juror b-37. >> that juror had said both
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zimmerman and trayvon martin bore some responsibility for what happened that night. for more reaction to the verdict, here's abc's matt gutman. >> reporter: the aftershocks from the case still rippling out. protests across the country because, for so many, it is personal. including the nation's attorney general. talking about a conversation his father had with him years ago about being black and dealing with the police with caution. after trayvon martin's shooting, he said he had to have the same talk with his son. >> yes, for all the progress that we've seen, recent events demonstrate that we still have much more work to do and much further to go. >> reporter: and now we're learning what was going on inside that jury room. a woman cnn identified as juror b-37 saying race wasn't an issue. >> i think all of us thought race did not play a role. >> so nobody felt race played a role? >> i don't think so. >> none of the jurors? >> i can't speak for them. >> that wasn't part of the discussion in the jury room? >> no, we never had that discussion. >> reporter: they worked right up there on the third floor.
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at first, it was a split decision. after 16 hours of deliberations they decided they had to acquit george zimmerman. something that juror said was painful. >> i want people to know that we put everything into everything to get this verdict. we didn't just go in there and say, we're going to come in here and just do guilty/not guilty. we thought about it for hours and cried over it afterwards. >> reporter: her comments also sparking outrage when discussing her difficulty understanding rachel jeantel, one of the prosecutor's star witnesses. >> i don't think it's really racial. i think it's just everyday life. the type of life that they live and how they are living. the environment that they are living in. >> reporter: as for martin's mother who said she's heartbroken because of the verdict, again calling for calm. god is healing my heart this very moment. but as i watch so many people come together, it reminds me
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that we have a lot of work to do. matt gutman, abc news, sanford, florida. you know, returning to what attorney general eric holder said, you know, in that -- when he was making that speech. what he essentially said was, the conversation that he had to have with his son that his father had with him was, if you are ever presented with a situation where you feel like someone is treating you unfairly or you run into someone in the street and you have to defend yourself in a way that clearly is racially motivated, this is what you need to do in that situation. he was -- i think what he was trying to say is how sad it is in this day and age because of the verdict he had to sit down with his son and have that conversation at all with his child. >> we've made progress but still the same conversation my dad had with me "x" number of decades ago, i have still in 2013 still have to have, pointing out that we've come a long way. we have miles to go. and the other four jurors distancing themselves from that juror who spoke to anderson cooper. they released a statement. one line in that statement was -- serving on this jury has been a
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highly emotional and physically draining experience for each of us. the death of a teenager weighs heavily on our hearts, but in the end we did what the law required us to do. they tried to make it clear that the juror who spoke to cnn does not speak for all of them. and they asked for privacy. >> once again asking for privacy. i think it will be awhile before we hear from the jurors. i don't doubt that we'll begin to hear from them and give us some insight of what it was like inside that jury room. >> may be a good move for them to wait until the country's temperature cools down. maybe a few months or six months or a year from now when things have subsided. a lot of folks are upset with them, too. you know what can happen. >> absolutely. moving on to the other news of the day. we're heading into another day of extreme heat for much of the eastern half of the nation. now water has been shut off for more than 100,000 people living in maryland. here's abc's lana zach. >> reporter: the sun is sweltering as warnings and heat advisories reflect the sizzle on the sidewalk. >> oh, i've been feeling hot.
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>> reporter: and it will likely get worse. heat indices could reach 115 degrees as excessive temperatures move west this week. >> what makes this heat wave so uncomfortable is is the temperatures during the day well in the 90s but at night in fact, new york city, philadelphia, washington, d.c., will be hard pressed to fall below 80 degrees. >> reporter: the blistering heat is affecting a quarter of the country. it's already so hot in philly, chocolate doesn't stand a chance. in triple-digit temperatures, officials are on alert around d.c. as thousands learn they'll be without water for several days because of a water main failure in maryland. >> it's going to be hot. and we're going to come back and we're going to need a shower. >> reporter: here in the big apple, it feels more like a baked apple. >> there are about 425 cooling centers that we have open around the city for those needing relief from the heat. >> reporter: new york is seeing its longest stretch of extreme heat in more than a decade. but it's not enough to deter these fans from mlb all-star game. >> it's like we're in an oven like burning.
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>> reporter: the two most important things in all this hot weather, staying hydrated and cool. easy to do here at the minus 5 ice bar where steamy new yorkers are instantly transported to the arctic. lana zach, abc news, new york. >> i'm jealous of that assignment. a day at the bar? you go, girl. well, drivers are feeling more pain at the pump with gas prices up 15 cents in just a week. the average price for a gallon of gas now stands at $3.63 a gallon, and they are expected to shoot up another 15 cents by the end of the month. a big supply of domestic oil is not helping things actually because it's costly and subject to strict regulations. aaa says gas will probably never again, listen to that, never again dip below 3 bucks a gallon. in a rare move toward bipartisan cooperation, the senate has confirmed the first of seven pending nominations to the obama administration. the appointee is richard cordray as director of the consumer financial protection bureau.
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the approval comes nearly two full years after he was nominated. the senate has also promised quick action on the other nominees. a florida teenager who lit up the internet with her inspiring story has lost her six-year battle with cancer. talia joy castellano was an aspiring makeup artist. she touched millions with her beauty tutorials on youtube. she was so popular in fact, that cover girl made her an honorary ambassador. recently she said she'd like to be remembered as the bubbly girl who wanted to do something about childhood cancer. talia joy castellano was just 13 years old. south africans continue to pay tribute to nelson mandela as they prepare to celebrate his 95th birthday tomorrow. mandela remains in a pretoria hospital in critical condition. hundreds of schoolchildren showed up at his home in johannesburg to sing to his family. mandela's wife came out to thank them for their well wishes saying the song simply melted her heart. >> mandela is on life support according to the family.
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so they can decide, in a way, if they'll take him off or keep him on. you just don't know how much longer they're going to let him live or whether some infection will happen. you don't know. potentially, he could live a couple more months on life support. it's a real tenuous situation. >> there were some words about maybe him being able to be sent home to live out the rest of his time at home, but the president said that was probably just wishful thinking after people had been visiting him because there is probably no way for them to logistically be able to do that. >> 95 on july 18th. a longer life than most. >> absolutely. >> an amazing one. now to a truly amazing story. it happened late last week off the coast of virginia beach. that was where a couple of guys were fishing for tuna and came across an endangered white whale tangled up in a fishing trap. it was struggling to swim. one of the fishermen decided to help. he grabbed a knife and a small camera and went for it. back on dry land he says the whale actually seemed to help him come to the rescue.
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>> as he is passing and we kind of came face-to-face and his eye comes into the frame, he slowed down, and it was kind of crazy. i know it sounds corny, but it seemed like he stopped for that reason. >> and, he says, he made one cut and that was enough to set the whale free. after that, the animal swam to the surface for a breath, waved his tail and swam off. experts say this one went well, but they suggest you not try this on your next fishing trip. >> sound advice. coming up, the baseball fan who managed to snag 9,000 foul and home run balls. is that even possible? he's got it down to a science and will share his secret with us. before that an abc news/fusion investigation that shows just how easy it is for nearly anyone to get their hands-on deadly weapons. you're watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by colonial penn life insurance.
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welcome back, everybody. guns in america is our next story. as you likely know, efforts to change federal gun laws failed in congress earlier this year. >> and this morning, new proof about just how easy it is to get your hands on big military-style weapons. this is our first report that we've aired from mariana van zeller. she's a reporter for our new partner with univision called fusion. >> reporter: for our first target, we aim high. an ak-47. >> what i'll do is punch in the word ak-47 under keywords and then we'll see what comes up. this one has a phone number. >> hi, nick.
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i'm calling about the ad. is it still for sale? >> yes, it is. >> okay, good. i have $750 in cash. would you agree to that? >> yeah, i can do that. >> yeah? do you -- can we meet now? cool. thanks so much. now i'm heading to a fast food parking lot to make a cash deal for an assault rifle. >> how are you doing, man? >> hi. >> can i take a look at it? >> thank you. >> this is good to go for me. $750? >> yep. >> all right. >> reporter: if it's that easy to buy an ak-47 from a fast food parking lot, we need to aim even bigger. we're going to try and buy a 50 caliber sniper rifle. a weapon so powerful that the u.s. military uses it to penetrate concrete walls and pierce steel. it's a gun that could do an
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unthinkable amount of damage if it fell into the wrong hands. >> so from here should be about 3 to 5 minutes to his house. >> we found someone who claims to be selling one in just a couple of minutes online. >> how are you guys doing? thank you so much for meeting me. >> i'm mike. >> hi, how are you? >> this round right here, $15 a piece to fire this. you're getting 11 boxes with 12 rounds a piece. >> fired powered stuff -- >> what did he say? >> thank you so much. i appreciate it. >> you were ready for war, he said. so it's a war gun. >> it's a war gun. all you need is a finger to pull the trigger. >> reporter: for abc news, mariana van zeller, abc news, phoenix, arizona. >> hard not to have a strong reaction to that. >> who -- obviously we're seeing that she, a journalist is getting her hands on them. who else has these things in their basement ready to use them at any moment. you walk up to them and they
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seem to be upset about whatever. you don't treat them the way they'd like you to treat them. you're dead. >> that's crazy. >> and online like you're ordering something for the house. that's how she found all that stuff. if you want to see the full report, it's going to air on national geographic tonight at 10:00 p.m. eastern time. i think as a country we all should probably watch that. >> absolutely. when we come back, why no one in the state of florida will be able to see stevie wonder perform live. plus, kim kardashian gets some heat over her response to the zimmerman verdict, and it has to do with something in her past. you're watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our abc stations.
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♪ skinny so skinny ♪ ♪ skinny so skinny ♪ welcome to "the skinny." we've been talking in the news about the zimmerman verdict and all the fallout from coast to coast, really. and overseas in some parts of the country as well. now it's hit hollywood, in more ways than one. we've got this from stevie wonder saying that he vows to stay out of florida until that state repeals the stand your ground law, which, obviously, was the center of the case here. stand your ground law essentially what zimmerman claimed to be doing when he allegedly shot and killed trayvon martin. this is a quote from stevie. he said, i decided today that until the stand your ground law is abolished in florida, i will never perform there again.
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as a matter of fact, wherever i find the law exists, i will not perform in that state or in that part of the world. so there you go. you will not be able to see stevie wonder live if your state has the stand your ground law. >> stevie taking a stand. and he is not alone. someone you know just as much who is significantly less talented than stevie, kim kardashian -- i still love her. she's beautiful. >> i know you love her. she's talented in your eyes. >> she is very talented. she's thorough. she tweeted out about trayvon saying my heart goes out to trayvon martin's family and loved ones. thoughts and prayers being sent their way. #nojustice. well, some folks did not like this and were like, wait a minute here. this person tweeted out, a bit like when your dad got o.j. set free? calamity jane wrote, well in her defense that was completely different because it brought her family money and fame. and then c.g. casey kim said, how is o.j. doing? did you pray for ron goldman,
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nicole brown and their families, too? look, it's kind of hard to argue with some of that logic a little bit considering her dad became really well known and infamous in some circles for helping o.j. get acquitted back in the mid '90s. >> absolutely. that was probably the last high, high profile case that was this racially charged, probably since, you know in our generation that i can remember. >> rodney king, o.j. and trayvon martin. those have been the three big ones. kim has not responded yet. we'll see if she does. but the zimmerman fallout continues. >> just go back to being a mama and -- okay. all right. >> happy news now. >> happy news. "forbes" just published its list of hollywood's highest paid actors. coming in at number one is -- drum roll please -- robert downey jr. there he is with an estimated $75 million in earnings. he is your number one pick. rounding out the top three is channing tatum at number two and hugh jackman at number three. oh, what a good life they lead.
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>> with that kind of money. >> i just want to be in their circle of friends. >> yeah, really. call me.
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♪ ♪ take me out to the ball game take me out to the crowd ♪ i can go for peanuts and cracker jacks right about now. finally this half hour, baseball's major leagues have today off after last night's all-star game. >> the american league defeated the national league, 3-0, but actually this story has nothing to do with the game itself. >> but it is about an all-star of sorts. he truly is the man when it comes to getting his hands on balls. baseballs, that is. abc's -- i tried so hard to get through it. >> reporter: it's a thrill no diehard baseball fan ever outgrows. snagging a ball at a game and watching it happen live on television. >> hey, batter, batter.
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>> reporter: in the movie, ferris was lucky enough to do it on his day off. millions saw this dedicated dad do it holding a baby. another holding a hat and a baby. while reading a book. he has snagged more than 9,000 balls at games. so what's his secret? show up early for batting practice. bring a hat for home and visiting teams and know how to say give me a ball in every possible language. >> can you say give me a ball in korean? [ speaking korean ] >> reporter: japanese? [ speaking japanese ] >> reporter: chinese? [ speaking chinese ] >> reporter: italian? i stumped you. we got advice from all-stars. >> try to put yourself in a good position. >> yell my name and say please. >> jordan, can i please have a ball.
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it's that easy. did you catch that? jonathan karl, abc news at citi field in new york. for this story we had to bring out our resident sports expert, the comish. >> don't let anybody fool you. it's not that warm in here. i'm sitting over there with my steelers snow hat on. that's how cold it is in this studio. >> i'm not so impressed by that guy. he asks for the ball, he gets the ball. >> basically, he was cheating. he was cheating. the guy who was the star was that guy in cleveland who caught, i don't know -- >> four. >> four foul balls. >> 1 in 100 trillion. >> that's more impressive. >> he was a season ticketholder who was not even in his own seat. >> check it out. you see? this guy is just asking. hey, can i have a pen? give me your pen. can i have a pen? i caught a pen. >> you know how to say beer in
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good morning. i'm rob nelson. >> i'm diana perez. here are some of the top stories we're following this morning on "world news now." the senate has reached a deal to save the filibuster. democrats agreed not to change the existing filibuster rules. in exchange, republicans are clearing the way to confirmation for several of president obama's nominees. former vice president dick cheney's daughter liz says she'll challenge wyoming's senior senator mike enzi in next year's republican primary. he's seeking his sixth four-year term. an inspirational internet star has lost her six-year battle with cancer. talia castellano touched millions with her beauty blogs on youtube and became the honorary face of cover girl. she was just 13 years old. an abc news investigation with our univision partners and fusion reveal just how easy it
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is to buy a gun in america, even an automatic weapon with a few hundred dollars, an internet connection and a phone, nearly anyone can be armed to the teeth. those are some of our top stories on this wednesday. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." my little clown dance. >> a day has not made that much of a difference. it is still -- it is still warm in here, man. we have to pay the ac bill, energy bill here. >> and here's the thing. i don't know -- it must be, it's obviously the lights that are pounding down on us because everyone around us is wearing sweaters and clearly much cooler than we are. just on a regular basis, it's much cooler in here than it is today. i'm hot. i'm never hot. >> we never agree on the thermostat. ever. we argue like an old married couple. >> we agreed yesterday and today that it has been hot.
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>> hot in here. >> indeed. >> my last day with you for a while. >> yes. >> indeed. >> our two-night stand is over. >> it's been worth every minute. >> every second. >> it's been so wonderful. >> uh-huh. come on, read the news. we do begin this half hour with the heat wave that is blanketing nearly half the country. for thousands of residents in philly, there was no place to beat the heat quite like the jersey shore. people were relaxing and trying to catch a breeze off the ocean. >> and the main risk factor was the burning hot sand. even with shoes on, some found it just too hot to walk. but back to philly itself. check out these guys wearing ten pounds of wool while marching holding heavy metal. oh, drums and flutes. the plymouth fife and drum corps performers didn't miss a beat on independence mall even as the ground temperatures climbed through the roof this morning. talk about dedication. >> far more dedicated than we
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are. >> we're complaining and we're not wearing nearly as much and we're inside in air conditioning. >> i know. pampered television anchors. so tough. oh, yeah. okay. we'll stop whining. sorry about that. as temperatures rise, thousands in maryland, though, will have to cope with this extreme heat without any running water. the water has been shut in a big section of prince george's county as workers scramble to repair a water main on the brink of rupturing. abc's devin dwyer has more. >> reporter: it's the hottest heat wave of the summer, but the real scorcher in prince george's county, maryland, is the loss of tap water. >> luckily electricity is on, but water, you cannot do without water. so that was shock and awe. >> reporter: she used a garden hose to fill her 40-gallon recycling bin to the brim. she says buckets of the reserved water will help keep her toilets flowing.
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>> my toilets, they are one gallon tanks. they just use one gallon of water to flush. i'm hoping that this will last a little while. >> reporter: as many as 200,000 residents in the suburb of the nation's capital could be without water for five days or more. the culpit? a 54-inch water main that's about to burst. officials warn residents to le ore urn off the tap to make repairs. >> get it ior tit's to be for the next 12 hours, 18 hours. do something now. >> we want people to fill up their tubs and available containers with watergt. >> reporter: eric merrill, a retired engineer is taking that advice and hoping that drai meanwhile, bottled water is flying off store shelves truckload. some good samaritans are promising to share their hoard. >> i hope that we keep our water. but if we don't, if we don't have water, we want to be able to help, not only our family but our neighbors as well.
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>> reporter: county officials are opening cooling centers with showers and bathrooms. tankers of water are also rolling through those neighborhoods. but some residents told us they just may use this water outae as an excuse to hit the rond diana and rob? >> thank you. i support that vacation theory. i think that's how eal it. >> that is a good idea. >> i feel bad about us nin andhaveown >> we have nothing it's wonderfle. >> we retract. good luck to those folks in that county. a break in the weather is still several days away. that's the bad news. >> our coverage continues now with accuweather metest > gog. this dangerous heat wave will continue today and r relief not coming until the weekend. one thing about this heat wave that is so dangerous is it's hot not just in the afternoon. in righ so not a chance to cool down. theing
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96 degrees in washington, dc. but the most dangerous aspect continues to be the humidity. t'sl li we're in the triple digits all across the region. today the hottest areas, the tennessee valley and especially along the i-95 corridor from our nation's capital through relief not coming until nd. saturday a cold front but that could bring severe thunderstorms attorney general eric holder maym re-evaluate florida's stand your oud speaking about the acquittal of george zimmerman, holder says and he knows the justice department is still keeping an eye on thi >> while that inquiry is ongoing, i can promise that the department of justice will consider all available information before determining what action to take. >> four of the jurors are now distancing themselves from the comments made by juror b-37 to anderson cooper. incredible this continues. protests continue. and, you know, the interesting thing about this, usually when there's an acquittal in a case like this, only one side really gets the brunt of the anger, of the people who are out there. but not only are george
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zimmerman's parents and george zimmerman himself receiving death threats, but the trayvon martin family is as well. his parents have come out to say that they, too, would like for whatever protests are happening or whatever reaction we're going to have to be as peaceful as possible because they are also getting death threats in this case. >> and attorney general holder did point this out. i thought it was interesting in his speech yesterday. he said some fear the anger of those who disagree with the jury might overshadow and obscure the issues at the heart of this case. but the people of sanford and for the most part thousands of others across america rejected this destructive path. people really feared the worst, like l.a. '92. there were some incidents, but nothing that bad. >> the protests were peaceful, for the most part. there's been no shortage of reaction to the zimmerman verdict from celebrities. and this morning we're hearing about a boycott by the one and only stevie wonder. the grammy award-winning singer says he will not perform in the state of florida until the stand your ground self-defense law is repealed. a coroner says "glee" star cory monteith died of an
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overdose of heroin and alcohol. he was found dead saturday in a hotel in vancouver, british columbia, after he didn't check out on time. police say it's too early to say if the death was caused by a batch of bad heroin. fugitive intelligence leaker edward snowden has applied for temporary asylum in russia. but there is a condition. the former nsa contractor has agreed to stop harming the u.s. with the release of more intelligence secrets. that's according to his lawyer. snowden has been stuck in moscow's airport now for weeks claiming he'd be persecuted in the u.s. and could face torture or even death. and in lighter news, some very special beagles are getting their first taste of freedom after spending their entire lives in a lab as testers for product research. >> it may surprise you to learn it's not just lab rats used as product test dummies. because they are so docile, beagles make ideal research subjects, believe it or not. it's not pretty really. these beagles were constantly under anesthesia and would have
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been killed eventually until the beagle freedom project stepped in and rescued them. now they'll be under the care of foster families. and that was the first time they'd been outside touching grass under their paws ever. >> everyone deserves to be free. good for those dogs. oh, man. >> adorable. coming up next, we wanted to go to the beach, but the bosses upstairs wouldn't let us. it's not in the budget. never nothing's in the budget. so we brought the beach to us. >> never anything will hold us back. >> that's right. >> later on, the nerve-racking drama high above the earth. the astronaut whose helmet inexplicably filled up with water while he was walking in space. >> hate when that happens. >> you're watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by hotwire.com. l not t to ma hanks to hotwire's ibly low travel prices i can afford to cross more things off my list. this year alone, we went to the
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listen, your story line, it makes for incredible tv drama. thing is, your drug use is too adult for the kids, so i'm going to have to block you. oh, man. yeah. [inhales] well, have a good one.
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you're a nice lady. ♪ ♪ it's getting hot in here ♪ yes, indeed. hot in here. another summer classic. well, short of taking off all our clothes, which we'll not do today, not only until sweeps. we're trying anything to finally cool down. >> so we figure, if we can't get to the beach, we're going to bring the beach to us. check it out. we have our umbrella. i'm wearing my big old hat. you're wearing your ridiculous hat. >> i am. i don't know what this is, but whatever. i'm just kind of playing along, folks. all i want is the emmy. so i got my beach shirt on and my sunglasses. >> i'm having a little bit of a
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hard time with this thing. >> that hat is pretty massive. >> it's a big one. >> don't change the channel, folks. we literally planned this segment for a good two or three minutes. so just stick with us for the ride. all this beach talk got us thinking about the old days, way back, when things were a lot different here on the beach. >> that's right. and you know you are of a certain age when you laid out in your backyard with a boom box or a bottle of baby oil. or coca-cola, which i did, by the way. >> that was something new i'd never heard. >> coca-cola, lather it and you will tan. it works. the sugars and enzymes and whatever is in the coke, including coke, will help you -- >> you lather on coca-cola and that was like your suntan lotion? >> si. si. >> that was something i never heard of.
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>> well, when you are poor and you don't got money for baby oil. you got to do what you got to do. >> should have sat on the stove at the same time. >> we found this example of old-school summertime. check it ♪ there's a new girl in town ♪ >> you have to -- oh, that was pretty risque. you see where she pulled that thing from? of course, beautiful woman there in the commercial. but, of course, now we know all the dangers and things it can do to your health. we found that woman in the commercial and look at her now. look at her now, folks. let that be -- >> she used my coca-cola. >> let that be a lesson to you. sunscreen, folks. spf. >> you have got to learn your lesson. and in that spirit, we want to share some things you may not have known about heat and the summer. did you know, according to nasa, >> which happens on this show when it hits 70 degrees.
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>> it's about 50 right now. i'm not feeling likm ou is all that great. >> it's all right, jackie o. we'll get through this. how about this. mosquitoes, one of the most annoying parts of summer, they have been around for 30 million years. it's said they can actually find warm-blooded mammals from 100 feet away. >> and speaking of critters, the frequency of a cricket's chirp fluctuates with the temperature. if you count a cricket's chirp for 15 seconds and add 37, you'll have the proximate outdoor temperature in fahrenheit. >> that's fascinating. >> that's a math problem at the beach. >> if you have time to do that you have no life whatsoever. and another random summer factoid -- france's eiffel tower can grow by more than 6 inches because of the expansion of the iron. six inches more during the summer? that sounds good to me. >> sounds like it happens with more than just the eiffel tower. >> you tell them, diana. you tell them. also, inventors are hard at work these days making sure we can beat all this heat. >> for that pesky sunburn on
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your nose, there's a little doodad. it's a nose guard padded with this foam backing. but the manufacturer warns, before ordering, measure your nose carefully and check the sizing chart. there are no returns or exchanges for this product doodad here because of health concerns. >> yes. >> probably all the boogies that will -- yikes. >> here's something i need when i work in this sauna of a studio. it's been hot this week. an air-conditioned shirt. three colors it comes in. light blue, medium blue and dark blue. it has two fans inside the shirt to keep you cool. another warning, though, from the manufacturer. the instructions are in japanese. and they promise they are easy to understand. i'm sure they are. >> in case your head gets a little too hot, try this one on for size. it's a fan hat. that's right. a fan hat. not only does it keep the forehead cool, it is solar powered. yes, the cooler you stay.
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>> and finally, if you can't beat them, join them. this is a mermaid tail for 100 bucks. cool down under the sea. a pair of water wings might come in handy along with this. or give to someone who you want to drown. yes, give that to -- >> you need one of these if you're going to wear a mermaid tail. i don't know how this one works. >> thank you for another high-tech segment everyone here at "world news now." enjoy your summer. stay cool. we'll be right back. ♪ >> announcer: "world news now" continues af
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♪ ♪ back from the beach. it was a quick trip.
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we ain't got no money. >> okay. we're lathering up in coca-cola over here. we've got no money. >> a little oasis in the morning there. good song selection. but all kidding aside, this is a serious story about a pretty harrowing space walk outside the international space station. >> the search for what went wrong is well under way right now. we get the unbelievable details from abc's gina sunseri of houston. >> reporter: space walks are dangerous. but when italian astronaut luca parmitano started complaining about, well, something wet inside his helmet, the space walking partner did a double take. >> i see beads of sweat. >> it's not sweat. >> luca, can you clarify, is it increasing or not increasing? >> it's hard to tell, but it feels like a lot of water. >> water? in his helmet? >> yes, if there's enough water, he certainly had that risk today and that's why we took it so
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seriously. >> reporter: that's right. she said luca parmitano was in danger of drowning in his space suit, orbiting 260 miles above planet earth. >> it was only his second time out on a space walk. >> i feel a lot of water on the back of my head, but i don't think it's from my back. >> are you sweating? are you working hard? >> i am sweating, but it feels like a lot of water. >> reporter: it was roughly two glasses of water inside his helmet. mission control immediately aborted the space walk. >> luca, we'll have you head back to the air lock. >> reporter: his crew mates inside yank off his helmet and grab towels to dry him off. it will take a couple of days before engineers figure out just what went wrong. if the water came from his hydration bag or from the cooling tubes that run through his space suit. ironically, just a day ago he posted this video as a joke showing how he keeps his shiny head clean. gina sunseri, abc news, at the
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johnson space center in houston. >> dangerous job in more ways than one. >> scary stuff. >> we'll be back.
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♪ ♪ thank god for "the bachelorette." >> oh, boy. made it to the list. >> that's right. finally this half hour, a truly bizarre mystery. this is a strange one. at the center of it all, an american man who suddenly, randomly, could not speak english anymore. >> not only that, he forgot just about everything about himself. and he's just now starting to piece his life back together. we are up on "nightline" with john donvan. >> reporter: a man is found passed out in a motel 6 in palm
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springs, california. an ambulance is called. he is rushed to the desert regional medical center. he is still unconscious when he arrives, but at least the contents of his room contain identifying information. name, michael thomas boatwright. age 61. birth place, florida, usa. except when he finally comes to, and opens his mouth, he can only speak one language, and it's not english. and he was suddenly calling himself by a swedish name which spelled out looks like this. johan ek. and his american past, it was gone, he said. forgotten. the question is, what is this? what it's not is a condition called fas, foreign accent o cfsynd something that this british woman, kay russell, developed after suffering a terrible migraine. >> what do i think it sounds i know it sounds totally differentused >> reporter: hear that?
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here's how she sounded in a sales video a few years earlier. >> hello. my name is kay lawrence and i'd like to welcome you to the premiere in-flight vi >> when i see that, i see the person i used to be. >> reporter: so this spontaneous french accent she now has, this foreign act sy not something she can control. at least in boatwright's there does seem to ible1o a former wife who was tracked down mentioned two sisters who were said to live i the social worker looking into his past found he lepion o nte where he called himsellchin in the meantime, what boatwright has written on facebook ag swedish, again translated, i know that some day this will pass and i will remember ver but for now, i have to take it one day at a time. thank you so muc >> that is a scary -- >> stunning. >> -- scary story. >> i'm going to do some more reporting on that story for
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ever been close to death? it's about two steps closer. >> this morning on "world news now" -- sweltering heat blankets nearly half the nation. millions are in the grip of a heat wave that is likely to last all week long. >> also this morning, the news not unexpected, but still heartbreaking. investigators say popular young actor cory monteith was killed by a mix of drugs and alcohol. plus this -- >> and it was her idea to get married at the derby. heck, yeah, we've got to do it. >> then a smashing good time was had by all. the fender-bending nuptials on the freeway of love. it is wednesday, july 17th. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> oh, man. it's a little cooler than yesterday.
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>> better than yesterday, yes, it is. >> i've got a fan next to me today. >> you've got your sunglasses on. now that you're prepared, it's cool. >> they hate that. the producer asked him to take that fan out of here wondering why he needed it. what did he say? he said i'm going to do something in the open. now we know what. mess around with the audio guys. >> this is like the first fan ever made. >> that's 1980s. >> it doesn't. that's all i care about. my grandmother had that in her bedroom when she was a young girl. >> just getting in the summer mood here. everything is good. >> welcome in. welcome you once again. >> one more time for posterity. >> just today, though, unfortunately. only got you one more day. then back off to your wonderful life in daytime. >> on to the sunlight, yes. let's have some fun while i'm still here. it's been fun. let's get started. the big story is the weather. much of the nation is heading into another day of dangerous heat. new york city right here is experiencing the highest above
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normal temperatures in any place in the country. that's the truth. >> and in suburban, washington, d.c., the misery is compounded by a lack of water. we begin with abc's sam champion. >> reporter: from maine to the great lakes and into the deep south, nearly one-half of this country is feeling the blistering heat. it's a combination of high daytime temperatures, high nighttime temperatures and pulse-pumping humidity that never gives your body the chance to feel cooler. near washington, d.c., where it felt like 100 degrees, nearly 150,000 residents told to stockpile water for as long as five days because the main water pipe that supplies the area will be shut down over fears it may fail. >> buy bottled water to drink. have about two gallons on hand in your house per person to get you through. >> reporter: a new use for the kid's play pool. >> i'm going to have to use it now to flush our toilets with. >> reporter: even if the
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temperature stays in the 90s, add the humidity and it can feel like it's above 100 degrees. in conditions like these, the human body can sweat as much as a quart and a half of liquid in an hour. in new york, emergency services standing by for those overcome by the heat. in philadelphia, despite temperatures flirting with 100-degree mark, the plymouth fife and drum corps sweated it out for the tourists. >> i know they're hot. i'm hot in this. >> reporter: you have to think creatively to get cool. in new york, the hottest bar right now is the coolest bar. inside the hilton hotel, a bar made of ice. >> 100 degrees outside. 23 degrees in here. >> reporter: and this heat wave is widespread and long lasting. underneath the heat dome it goes from the east coast all the way west to kansas, texas, even into oklahoma. and most major cities will see the 90s until friday. meaning much of this area will have a five or six-day heat wave. sam champion, abc news, new york. >> no break for a few days. i have to try that ice bar,
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though. that's in new york. that looks good to me. >> i don't know about wearing a big old jacket to enjoy a cocktail, though. >> it's hard to drink in the big jacket. >> it's on the jacket and then you are sitting on ice. is it comfortable? >> horrible shrinkage. horrible. >> talking about the bill, obviously. >> exactly. hey, girl. we'll continue our coverage with a look at how long this brutal weather might last. >> here is accuweather's andrew baglini. >> good morning, diana and rob. unfortunately this dangerous heat wave continues not only today but over the next couple of days. relief not coming until the weekend. temperaturewise getting well into the 90s. 96 degrees in washington, d.c. 94 in new york. the most dangerous aspect is when you factor in the humidity. that's where temperatures will be feeling like they're in the triple digits all across the region. the hottest areas around the tennessee valley and along the i-95 corridor, including washington, d.c., philadelphia and new york. also the overnight lows not helping things.
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temperatures dropping only into the lower 80s. buildings, houses, not getting a chance to cool down. this will be dangerous through the rest of the week. finally relief coming into the weekend on saturday with a cold front but that could be accompanied with some severe thunderstorms. diana and rob, back to you. >> i think people will welcome that rain if it means things cool off. usually things cool off after a nice rain. bring on the rain. >> i think so. >> listen, every summer if you watch even five minutes of news you'll hear about some kind of heat wave and people who work outside. got to be outside in the sun. it's 100 degrees. it's a heat wave. we do these stories all summer, all the time. the deal is you have to use common sense. don't stand outside in the blazing heat if you have a condition. drink a lot of water and check on everybody around you. make sure they are doing okay. >> i feel bad for the folks that work outside. postal workers. guys in the food trucks, window washers, valets outside the hotel. that kind of stuff. >> i think the people who have it the worst are the construction workers because they have to wear all that stuff in order to stay safe on the workplace -- at the workplace. they are the ones i feel the
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worst for. everybody that has to be outside in 100-degree weather, yikes. >> time for a sick day. >> just one. in a heat wave, one. why not? moving on to other news. a ferocious wildfire that destroyed several homes is still blazing through southern california this morning. the fire has scorched more than 9,000 acres and forced evacuations about 50 miles south of palm springs. hundreds of firefighters are facing 100-foot flames. all of it in dry, rugged terrain. that fire is only 10% contained. we now know what killed "glee" star cory monteith. the coroner in canada says the young actor died from an accidental overdose of heroin and alcohol. monteith was discovered in his vancouver hotel room over the weekend. he had been quite open about his struggles with addiction. attorney general eric holder says it may be time to re-evaluate florida's stand your ground law. speaking about the acquittal of george zimmerman, holder says such laws sow dangerous conflict.
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holder's speech then turned personal. he mentioned a talk he had with his son after the trayvon martin shooting. >> yet for all the progress that we've seen, recent events demonstrate that we still have much more work to do. and much further to go. >> four of the jurors in the zimmerman trial are now distancing themselves from the comments made by juror b-37 in the interview with anderson cooper on cnn. and one provocative reaction to the zimmerman verdict has now gone viral. former white house adviser van jones tweeted this picture after the not guilty verdict. as you can see it shows martin luther king jr. wearing a hoodie that looks a lot like the one trayvon martin was wearing when he was killed. jones also tweeted the declaration, quote, racism won. the senate reached a deal ending a bitter showdown over filibuster rules. majority leader harry reid had threatened to change the required votes for a filibuster from 60 to 51. and that would have made it
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virtually impossible for the republican minority to block president obama's nominees. but democrats agreed to leave the old rules in place. in exchange, republicans are moving forward with several stalled nominations. and the daughter of former vice president dick cheney says she'll challenge wyoming's senior senator in next year's republican primary. liz cheney is taking on popular incumbent mike enzi saying it's time for a new generation of leaders in washington. cheney won't have an easy time here. enzi easily won re-election in 2008 with more than 75% of the vote. and rare kind of republican challenging a very entrenched republican incumbent. very interesting. he was supposed to retire. you know, i'm going to stay in and run. she's like i'm going for it. >> you get the sense maybe she already had her running boots on when he said he was going to stay in. she knew she wanted to run. she said i'm running anyway. >> game on. >> yes. as for last night's baseball game, the all-star game, it got off to a painful start courtesy of a couple of hometown players.
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here we go. in the top of the first, robinson cano was hit by matt harvey. he left the game and says he now has a bruise. >> the american league broke a scoreless tie in the fourth. they tacked on another run. a.l. pitchers were mowing down national league hitters. >> the n.l. could only muster three hits. and that was that. the american league wins 3-0. that means the a.l. representative will have home field advantage come world series time. >> we were talking of people who have to work outside. they were working outside. 89 degrees when the game started. i can't imagine having to run around in that heat. >> those guys, they make enough money. they can -- >> they can have air conditioned shirts and fanned hats. >> they'll be fine. >> that's true. coming up -- it is not topless if you are covered, right? that's always been the rules i've lived by. officials in one texas town, though, say body paste does not count. we'll get to that coming up.
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♪ ♪ old school beyonce. >> back in the day. >> back in the day. all right. bills, bills, bills. we all have them and hate them. and paying a bank to pay those bills, that never made a whole lot of sense to me. >> never-ending quest to save us all money, paula faris found a way to get the bank to pay you. here's her report. >> reporter: chicagoans jeff and kim strickland say they're getting burned by their banks. late payments, low balances, it all adds up. >> we try to pay those credit cards up every month. we probably miss here and there. >> reporter: dad in i.t., mom an author, together wracking up $276 and counting in fees just this year. at the same time, their bank accounts are earning them 0.05 interest.
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a total of $22.50. how confident are you that you're not leaving money out there? >> i don't know. probably not that confident. >> reporter: so we brought in financial expert anish sekar from nerdwallet.com. >> first, the low-interest accounts. tip number one -- head to depositaccounts.com. they track every bank and credit union on record. >> and looking for the highest yield interest checking accounts. 4%. >> we find the stricklands one that will earn them 4% interest. now that may not seem like a big deal, but, for example, if you have $10,000 in the bank, that 4% will earn you $400. and, remember, that's 80 times what they were making before. they just have to agree to do all their banking online. >> i'm surprised we didn't do as well. >> if you are getting stung by atm fees, consider a credit
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union. >> many of these credit unions will actually reimburse your atm fees. >> and about their credit cards? >> do they have the right credit cards? >> unfortunately, got to go with no. >> how did i know you were going to say that? >> tip number two, logon to the free site nerdwallet. it will crunch the numbers based on your spending habits and recommend credit cards right for you. saving them $50 in annual fees and even cutting their interest rate. finally, those irritating fees. tip number three, never pay another again with this free app mint. it tracks your spending and sends you warnings so you don't get hit with late and overdraft fees. remember, these companies count on you not paying attention to those little charges that add up. all told, the stricklands will cash in on an extra $3,000 in five years. and we should note that in order to retain those high interest rates in the checking accounts, many times the banks and credit unions have certain requirements
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and parameters. paula faris, abc news, chicago. >> the moral of that story is to read the fine print on everything. your bank statement, cell phone bill. all those little things. add up all the fees and this and that. i know it's boring and a lot of legalese. read them. >> so you don't want to read it all, then find credit cards that make sense. credit cards that, obviously, are going to give you something back by using, you know, the credit cards. like cash or points that you can use to buy, you know, you can gather up your points and buy an airline ticket or use them for all of your christmas presents one year. >> a lot of cards offer great reward programs. use it a lot. stuff adds up quick. >> once again, common sense. and pay your credit card bill at the end of the month. >> not the minimum payment. that will take you 40 years. >> pay it all so you aren't paying interest for years and years. pay it all. get it out of the way. >> the website again was nerdwallet.com. check it out. doing good work. coming up next, putting a dent in the traditional marriage ceremony. >> meet a couple who is smashing old traditions.
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and then ahead in our next half hour, an abc news fusion investigation on how easy it is to get automatic weapons. the surprising result of a little cash and a few phone calls. you're watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our abc stations.
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♪ ♪ crash into me ♪ >> that was great. sounds like a dog being tortured. that's a perfect wedding song. >> it is. >> it's a walk down the aisle. that's a perfect wedding song. >> we agree. >> if i could redo it, that's the one i would pick. >> really? i would pick "jungle love." all right. a guy we were talking about yesterday morning, dave matthews, of course, "crash into me" or just "crash," but now a
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couple of folks you may be talking about today. >> they live in minnesota. and you could say their life together is starting off with a smash. smashing good time here. this is our favorite story of the day. kevin wallevand of our station in fargo, north dakota, has their story. >> go, go, go, go. >> reporter: who knew smack dab in the middle of the henning harvest festival derby, fender-bender love could be found in the midst of flying dirt and debris. john jorgenson and jess holcomb are dedicated demolition derby diehards. >> the thrill of getting in the arena and making the hard hit. >> reporter: they both fix up and drive derby cars. when the two met recently at an area derby, well it was all bumper and body business. >> i do. >> reporter: and so as the henning demolition derby got under way, john and jess, along
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with a few friends and smashed-up cars got married in the demolition derby pit. ♪ they've heard it all. comparisons to duck dynasty and redneck weddings. you name it. didn't matter. >> just because it was cheap and we both love derby. >> reporter: nothing fancy. a real budget saver. no high-end flowers, photos. just true love at the derby. >> and it was her idea to get married at the derby. heck, yeah, we've got to do it. >> reporter: jess sat out this derby but plans to drive. as her new husband john careened and crashed his way to a trophy in the muck and mud, jess was in the stands. a new bride still wearing her garter, cheering on her champion derby driver. even the car alerted the crowd his status had changed. kevin wallevand, wday, 6 news. >> just in case there was any question, she was still wearing her garter. garter was still there.
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>> i appreciate that. >> in case somebody else wanted to pick her up and take her to another derby. >> love in all its forms. h her derby. >> flof all its forms.
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welcome back, everybody. always great news coming out of the great state of texas. >> where it's all bigger. >> it's all bigger. so apparently there's a little bar down there in texas in lewisville, texas, called redneck heaven bar. redneck heaven bar. >> yee haw. >> and they at this little bar have something called a, b, c days. anything but clothes. so they had on little bikini bottoms but the tops were not covered. was all body paint. okay. this was not against the law. perfectly fine according to city ordinance in lewisville, texas. however, they say if you work at a restaurant you can no longer have body paint. you must have on actual clothing at this bar. so now it is -- can no longer be
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truly topless, even with body paint in lewisville, texas. >> it doesn't look like they're wearing body paint. it doesn't look like they're naked at all. they must have pasties on and then paint on top of the pasties. so that's not considered clothing? >> i've asked the producers to fly me down so i can investigate and get you back the full report in the coming months. so i will do some deep investigation and let you all know what is going on down there in lewisville, texas. >> we cannot wait for your report. >> i mean, look. i appreciate the female form, as much as the next guy. but there's a fine line between sexy and unsanitary. you are serving me drinks and the girls are out? >> i understand that. but if it's not against the law and people go there knowing what they are going to get, if it's a, b, c night then, obviously, this woman who walked in and happened to see what she saw and didn't know what was happening in the restaurant or decided that was the day she wanted to complain about body paint. >> very interesting. somebody leans over and your getting served -- >> do that again?
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>> i'm sorry, baby. ooh, i'm sorry. i've been practicing that. >> so you are going to fly down there. you have to at least know what you are getting into. >> i'll get back to you. you'll see the whole picture here at abc. whole picture. moving on to this. this one heading up north. a canadian man has his girlfriend arrested. now this is all part of an elaborate marriage proposal. take a listen. >> i'll have you wait in here. right now it says you owe over $2,000 worth of unpaid fines or 30 days in jail. >> we've come to an agreement where we've agreed to waive the fine and let you go if you take his hand in marriage. >> oh, my god. >> she said yes. i'd say no and smack him in the face. >> you don't like this proposal? >> i do not like proposals like this. don't scare me and then come with a cute face and want to give me a ring. no thanks. not me.
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this morning on "world news now" -- verdict aftershocks. the nation's top law enforcement official gets personal about the verdict in the george zimmerman case. plus, a heat wave for half the nation. millions are sweltering under 90-plus temperatures. and the end is still days away. guns in america. an abc news/fusion investigation reveals how easy it is to buy a gun, even an automatic weapon. a few hundred dollars. a meeting at a fast food parking lot and nearly anyone can be armed to the teeth. kim kardashian fires off a controversial tweet about the zimmerman case. we'll tell you what she had to say and why her followers responded saying it was a little hypocritical. it's wednesday, july 17th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now."
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welcome in, everybody, on this fine day. once again, rob nelson joining us for the fun this evening. >> indeed. one more day. filling in. always good to be back. i want to say thank you to all the folks on facebook and twitter who said some kind things. thank you guys. i do miss the show. loyal fan base. you guys are great. >> and they tune in just to watch you. you know that for sure. >> yeah, right. >> also wednesday is hump day, which reminds me of my favorite commercial on tv right now, the camel. have you seen this? >> you know what day it is? >> mike, mike, tell me what day it is. >> tell me what day it is. >> it's hump day! i love that commercial. that is the most brilliant commercial on tv. >> that is a pretty good one. i must give that to you. it's a good one. and it is hump day. we like hump day. >> we like hump day, that's right. get over it. >> let's get started. we begin this half hour with even more fallout from the george zimmerman verdict. four jurors in the case are now distancing themselves from the comments made to cnn by juror b-37. >> that juror had said both
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zimmerman and trayvon martin bore some responsibility for what happened that night. for more reaction to the verdict, here's abc's matt gutman. >> reporter: the aftershocks from the case still rippling out. protests across the country because, for so many, it is personal. including the nation's attorney general. talking about a conversation his father had with him years ago about being black and dealing with the police with caution. after trayvon martin's shooting, he said he had to have the same talk with his son. >> yes, for all the progress that we've seen, recent events demonstrate that we still have much more work to do and much further to go. >> reporter: and now we're learning what was going on inside that jury room. a woman cnn identified as juror b-37 saying race wasn't an issue. >> i think all of us thought race did not play a role. >> so nobody felt race played a role? >> i don't think so. >> none of the jurors? >> i can't speak for them. >> that wasn't part of the discussion in the jury room? >> no, we never had that discussion. >> reporter: they worked right up there on the third floor. at first, it was a split
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decision. after 16 hours of deliberations they decided they had to acquit george zimmerman. something that juror said was painful. >> i want people to know that we put everything into everything to get this verdict. we didn't just go in there and say, we're going to come in here and just do guilty/not guilty. we thought about it for hours and cried over it afterwards. >> reporter: her comments also sparking outrage when discussing her difficulty understanding rachel jeantel, one of the prosecutor's star witnesses. >> i don't think it's really racial. i think it's just everyday life. the type of life that they live and how they are living. the environment that they are living in. >> reporter: as for martin's mother who said she's heartbroken because of the verdict, again calling for calm. god is healing my heart this very moment. but as i watch so many people come together, it reminds me
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that we have a lot of work to do. matt gutman, abc news, sanford, florida. you know, returning to what attorney general eric holder said, you know, in that -- when he was making that speech. what he essentially said was, the conversation that he had to have with his son that his father had with him was, if you are ever presented with a situation where you feel like someone is treating you unfairly or you run into someone in the street and you have to defend yourself in a way that clearly is racially motivated, this is what you need to do in that situation. he was -- i think what he was trying to say is how sad it is in this day and age because of the verdict he had to sit down with his son and have that conversation at all with his child. >> we've made progress but still the same conversation my dad had with me "x" number of decades ago, i have still in 2013 still have to have, pointing out that we've come a long way. we have miles to go. and the other four jurors distancing themselves from that juror who spoke to anderson cooper. they released a statement. one line in that statement was -- serving on this jury has been a
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draining experience for each of us. the death of a teenager weighs heavily on our hearts, but in the end we did what the law required us to do. they tried to make it clear that the juror who spoke to cnn does not speak for all of them. and they asked for privacy. >> once again asking for privacy. i think it will be awhile before we hear from the jurors. i don't doubt that we'll begin to hear from them and give us some insight of what it was like inside that jury room. >> may be a good move for them to wait until the country's temperature cools down. maybe a few months or six months or a year from now when things have subsided. a lot of folks are upset with them, too. you know what can happen. >> absolutely. moving on to the other news of the day. we're heading into another day of extreme heat for much of the eastern half of the nation. now water has been shut off for more than 100,000 people living in maryland. here's abc's lana zach. >> reporter: the sun is sweltering as warnings and heat advisories reflect the sizzle on the sidewalk. >> oh, i've been feeling hot.
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>> reporter: and it will likely get worse. heat indices could reach 115 degrees as excessive temperatures move west this week. >> what makes this heat wave so uncomfortable is not only the temperatures during the day well in the 90s but at night in fact, new york city, philadelphia, washington, d.c., will be hard pressed to fall below 80 degrees. >> reporter: the blistering heat is affecting a quarter of the country. it's already so hot in philly, chocolate doesn't stand a chance. in triple-digit temperatures, officials are on alert around d.c. as thousands learn they'll be without water for several days because of a water main failure in maryland. >> it's going to be hot. and we're going to come back and we're going to need a shower. >> reporter: here in the big apple, it feels more like a baked apple. >> there are about 425 cooling centers that we have open around the city for those needing relief from the heat. >> reporter: new york is seeing its longest stretch of extreme heat in more than a decade. but it's not enough to deter these fans from mlb all-star game. >> it's like we're in an oven like burning. >> reporter: the two most
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important things in all this hot weather, staying hydrated and cool. easy to do here at the minus 5 ice bar where steamy new yorkers are instantly transported to the arctic. lana zach, abc news, new york. >> i'm jealous of that assignment. a day at the bar? you go, girl. well, drivers are feeling more pain at the pump with gas prices up 15 cents in just a week. the average price for a gallon of gas now stands at $3.63 a gallon, and they are expected to shoot up another 15 cents by the end of the month. a big supply of domestic oil is not helping things actually because it's costly and subject to strict regulations. aaa says gas will probably never again, listen to that, never again dip below 3 bucks a gallon. in a rare move toward bipartisan cooperation, the senate has confirmed the first of seven pending nominations to the obama administration. the appointee is richard cordray as director of the consumer financial protection bureau. the approval comes nearly two
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full years after he was nominated. the senate has also promised quick action on the other nominees. a florida teenager who lit up the internet with her inspiring story has lost her six-year battle with cancer. talia joy castellano was an aspiring makeup artist. she touched millions with her beauty tutorials on youtube. she was so popular in fact, that cover girl made her an honorary ambassador. recently she said she'd like to be remembered as the bubbly girl who wanted to do something about childhood cancer. talia joy castellano was just 13 years old. south africans continue to pay tribute to nelson mandela as they prepare to celebrate his 95th birthday tomorrow. mandela remains in a pretoria hospital in critical condition. hundreds of schoolchildren showed up at his home in johannesburg to sing to his family. mandela's wife came out to thank them for their well wishes saying the song simply melted her heart. >> the thing that we don't know
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about mandela is that he's on life support according to the family. so they can decide, in a way, if they'll take him off or keep him on. you just don't know how much longer they're going to let him live or whether some infection will happen. you don't know. potentially, he could live a couple more months on life support. it's a real tenuous situation. >> there were some words about maybe him being able to be sent home to live out the rest of his time at home, but the president said that was probably just wishful thinking after people had been visiting him because there is probably no way for them to logistically be able to do that. >> 95 on july 18th. a longer life than most. >> absolutely. >> an amazing one. now to a truly amazing story. it happened late last week off the coast of virginia beach. that was where a couple of guys were fishing for tuna and came across an endangered white whale tangled up in a fishing trap. it was struggling to swim. one of the fishermen decided to help. he grabbed a knife and a small camera and went for it. back on dry land he says the whale actually seemed to help him come to the rescue. >> as he is passing and we kind of came face-to-face and his eye
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comes into the frame, he slowed down, and it was kind of crazy. i know it sounds corny, but it seemed like he stopped for that reason. >> and, he says, he made one cut and that was enough to set the whale free. after that, the animal swam to the surface for a breath, waved his tail and swam off. experts say this one went well, but they suggest you not try this on your next fishing trip. >> sound advice. coming up, the baseball fan who managed to snag 9,000 foul and home run balls. is that even possible? he's got it down to a science and will share his secret with us. before that, an abc news/fusion investigation that shows just how easy it is for nearly anyone to get their hands-on deadly weapons. you're watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by colonial penn life insurance.
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welcome back, everybody. guns in america is our next story. as you likely know, efforts to change federal gun laws failed in congress earlier this year. >> and this morning, new proof about just how easy it is to get your hands on big military-style weapons. this is our first report that we've aired from mariana van zeller. she's a reporter for our new partner with univision called fusion. >> reporter: for our first target, we aim high. an ak-47. >> what i'll do is punch in the word ak-47 under keywords and then we'll see what comes up. this one has a phone number. >> hi, nick.
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i'm calling about the ad. is it still for sale? >> yes, it is. >> okay, good. i have $750 in cash. would you agree to that? >> yeah, i can do that. >> yeah? do you -- can we meet now? cool. thanks so much. now i'm heading to a fast food parking lot to make a cash deal for an assault rifle. >> how are you doing, man? >> hi. >> can i take a look at it? >> thank you. >> this is good to go for me. $750? >> yep. >> all right. >> reporter: if it's that easy to buy an ak-47 from a fast food parking lot, we need to aim even bigger. we're going to try and buy a 50 caliber sniper rifle. a weapon so powerful that the u.s. military uses it to penetrate concrete walls and pierce steel. it's a gun that could do an
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unthinkable amount of damage if it fell into the wrong hands. >> so from here should be about 3 to 5 minutes to his house. >> we found someone who claims to be selling one in just a couple of minutes online. >> how are you guys doing? thank you so much for meeting me. >> i'm mike. >> hi, how are you? >> this round right here, $15 a piece to fire this. you're getting 11 boxes with 12 rounds a piece. >> fired powered stuff -- >> what did he say? >> thank you so much. i appreciate it. >> you were ready for war, he said. so it's a war gun. >> it's a war gun. all you need is a finger to pull the trigger. >> reporter: for abc news, mariana van zeller, phoenix, arizona. >> hard not to have a strong reaction to that. >> who -- obviously we're seeing that she, a journalist is getting her hands on them. who else has these things in their basement ready to use them at any moment. you walk up to them and they seem to be upset about whatever.
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you don't treat them the way they'd like you to treat them. you're dead. >> that's crazy. >> and online like you're ordering something for the house. that's how she found all that stuff. if you want to see the full report, it's going to air on national geographic tonight at 10:00 p.m. eastern time. i think as a country we all should probably watch that. >> absolutely. when we come back, why no one in the state of florida will be able to see stevie wonder perform live. plus, kim kardashian gets some heat over her response to the zimmerman verdict, and it has to do with something in her past. you're watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our abc stations. abc stations.
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♪ skinny so skinny ♪ welcome to "the skinny." we've been talking in the news about the zimmerman verdict and all the fallout from coast to coast, really. and overseas in some parts of the country as well. now it's hit hollywood, in more ways than one. we've got this from stevie wonder saying that he vows to stay out of florida until that state repeals the stand your ground law, which, obviously, was the center of the case here. stand your ground law essentially what zimmerman claimed to be doing when he allegedly shot and killed trayvon martin. this is a quote from stevie. he said, i decided today that until the stand your ground law is abolished in florida, i will never perform there again. as a matter of fact, wherever i find the law exists, i will not perform in that state or in that
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part of the world. so there you go. you will not be able to see stevie wonder live if your state has the stand your ground law. >> stevie taking a stand. and he is not alone. someone you know just as much who is significantly less talented than stevie, kim kardashian -- i still love her. she's beautiful. >> i know you love her. she's talented in your eyes. >> she is very talented. she's thorough. she tweeted out about trayvon saying my heart goes out to trayvon martin's family and loved ones. thoughts and prayers being sent their way. #nojustice. well, some folks did not like this and were like, wait a minute here. this person tweeted out, a bit like when your dad got o.j. set free? calamity jane wrote, well in her defense that was completely different because it brought her family money and fame. and then c.g. casey kim said, how is o.j. doing? did you pray for ron goldman,
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nicole brown and their families, too? look, it's kind of hard to argue with some of that logic a little bit considering her dad became really well known and infamous in some circles for helping o.j. get acquitted back in the mid '90s. >> absolutely. that was probably the last high, high profile case that was this racially charged, probably since, you know in our generation that i can remember. >> rodney king, o.j. and trayvon martin. those have been the three big ones. kim has not responded yet. we'll see if she does. but the zimmerman fallout continues. >> just go back to being a mama and -- okay. all right. >> happy news now. >> happy news. "forbes" just published its list of hollywood's highest paid actors. coming in at number one is -- drum roll please -- robert downey jr. there he is with an estimated $75 million in earnings. he is your number one pick. rounding out the top three is channing tatum at number two and hugh jackman at number three. oh, what a good life they lead.
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>> with that kind of money. >> i just want to be in their circle of friends. >> yeah, really. call me. call me.
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♪ ♪ take me out to the ball game take me out to the crowd ♪ i can go for peanuts and cracker jacks right about now. finally this half hour, baseball's major leagues have today off after last night's all-star game. >> the american league defeated the national league, 3-0, but actually this story has nothing to do with the game itself. >> but it is about an all-star of sorts. he truly is the man when it comes to getting his hands on balls. baseballs, that is. abc's -- i tried so hard to get through it. >> reporter: it's a thrill no diehard baseball fan ever outgrows. snagging a ball at a game and watching it happen live on television. >> hey, batter, batter. >> reporter: in the movie,
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ferris was lucky enough to do it on his day off. millions saw this dedicated dad do it holding a baby. another holding a hat and a baby. while reading a book. zack has them all beat. he has snagged more than 9,000 balls at games. so what's his secret? show up early for batting practice. bring a hat for home and visiting teams and know how to say give me a ball in every possible language. >> can you say give me a ball in korean? [ speaking korean ] >> reporter: japanese? [ speaking japanese ] >> reporter: chinese? [ speaking chinese ] >> reporter: italian? i stumped you. we got advice from all-stars. >> try to put yourself in a good position. >> yell my name and say please. >> jordan, can i please have a ball. it's that easy.
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did you catch that? jonathan karl, abc news at citi field in new york. for this story we had to bring out our resident sports expert, the comish. >> don't let anybody fool you. it's not that warm in here. i'm sitting over there with my steelers snow hat on. that's how cold it is in this studio. >> i'm not so impressed by that guy. he asks for the ball, he gets the ball. >> basically, he was cheating. he was cheating. the guy who was the star was that guy in cleveland who caught, i don't know -- >> four. >> four foul balls. >> 1 in 100 trillion. >> that's more impressive. >> he was a season ticketholder who was not even in his own seat. >> check it out. you see? this guy is just asking. hey, can i have a pen? give me your pen. can i have a pen? i caught a pen. >> you know how to say beer
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and have a great day, everyone.
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making news in america this morning, another day of blistering heat. as half of the country continues to bake, hundreds of thousands are dealing with no water. crime and culpability. attorney general eric holder attacked the stand your ground law in the wake of the george zimmerman acquittal. and mystery man. this american woke up in a hotel room knowing nothing about himself. and that's not the strangest part of the story. and whale of a tale here. a fisherman comes to the rescue while at sea. and it's captured on camera. good wednesd

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