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good morning, america. finally, a late-night, last-minute deal. after 16 days and hundreds of millions wasted, a major crisis averted, just hours before the country could have defaulted. >> we'll begin reopening our government immediately. >> who won? who lost? and how long will the deal hold? developing at this hour, massive manhunt. two convicted murderers on the run, after being accidentally released from prison. they were behind bars with life sentences. who forged the documents to get them out? fight of his life. three coyotes stalked this man on his walk to work. a savage attack. he fought back with only a flashlight. how he survived. and how experts think this could be happening more often. behold his mighty hand. >> and from moses to jesus.
biblical blockbusters are a huge box office. why is the new film about noah and his ark causing the faithful to abandon ship? troubled waters for one of hollywood's biggest bets, right now. and good morning, america. robin on assignment today. welcome back to elizabeth vargas. and welcome back to the government. the shutdown finally over. federal employees back on the job today after 16 days. >> that's right. you're looking at johnson space center in houston. and in just a moment, there's also the world war ii memorial in washington, d.c. the sight of so many protests during the 16-day standoff. and there's capitol hill, also back in business after that dramatic, late-night deal. >> right up to midnight. and prince william on the job today. first full-time gig as a royal. standing in for the queen.
he gave out some knighthoods today. andy murray got to order the british empire. and we're going to get into that in a little bit. let's get to the latest on the last-minute budget deal. we're going to talk to matt dowd in a moment for insight and analysis. let's begin in washington, d.c., with abc's chief white house correspondent, jonathan karl. good morning, jon. >> reporter: good morning, elizabeth. the president signed the bill shortly after midnight. and notices have already gone out to federal workers that it is time to get back to work. >> the motion is adopted. >> reporter: after all the drama, the house approved the bill. although most republicans voted no, speaker boehner allowed the vote rather than risk an economic meltdown. even before the bill passed, president obama declared an end to the crisis, at least for now. >> once this agreement arrives on my desk, i will sign it immediately. we'll begin reopening our government immediately. >> reporter: the agreement was crafted in the senate, where republican leaders decided to give up on the demand that triggered the crisis. there will be no major changes
to obama care. senator ted cruz who started the fight with a nearly 22-hour talk-a-thon nearly two weeks ago, called it a terrible bill. and he put the blame on senate republicans for failing to support tea party republicans in the house. >> it is heartbreaking to the american people that senate republicans divided as they did and decided to direct their criticism, direct their attention, direct their canon fire at house republicans and at those standing with the american people. >> reporter: senator cruz and his fellow tea partiers are vowing another fight. is the president worried about another crisis? >> is this going to happen again in a few months? >> no. >> reporter: what did congress do after passing the bill? they adjourned and left town. the senate doesn't return back to work until october 28th. so, while the government is reopened, congress is taking a little break. >> all right, jon. thanks so much.
we're going to go to political contributor matthew dowd. the president says it's not going to happen again. but the differences between the parties, still very deep. >> huge differences. this is a carton of milk with a short-term expiration date on this. if they don't do something in 30 to 60 days, part of it expires in january. part of it expires in february. they have to do something fairly quickly to try to reach agreement again, even after this agreement yesterday. >> and there seems to be a civil war going on inside the republican party. we fought a good fight. let's do it again. others say, we can't do this again. that's going to play out in the next three months. >> absolutely going to play out. and it's going to play out for the next three years. i think it's going to play out through the course of the mid-term elections. it's going to play out in the presidential primaries. this is a huge fissure in the party, between people who say let's get the job done. and people who say we're going to stand on principle no matter what and shut the government down. the president stood up to the principle of not negotiating over the debt limit.
gave no concessions over the course of the several weeks. but the official white house line, no winners here. and you agree with that. >> absolutely there's no winners here. anybody who tries to talk about a winner, is someone saying they're the sexiest person in clown college. they're still a clown. and nobody wins in this. everybody loses. and the biggest losers is the federal government as a whole, which basically puts it in the position of no faith, no trust, and no relevancy in the american public's mind. >> could be real economic fallout in the coming news as well. >> absolutely. >> okay. matthew dowd, thanks very much. let's get the headlines from josh. >> we're going to begin with a manhunt in florida right now. two convicted killers on the loose, after a prison released them by accident. joseph jenkins and charles walker, you see them there, were serving life sentences for murders in the orlando area. both were freed after someone forged their documents. one of the men has been on the run since last month. but it took authorities until this week to realize that the documents had been faked. and the mayor of newark, new
jersey, cory booker, has been elected to the u.s. senate. booker, considered a rising star in the democratic party, easily won a special election. although, with a smaller margin of victory than was expected. he now becomes the first african-american elected to the senate since barack obama. and some powerful images to show you from australia right now. a massive cloud of smoke from 1 of at least 60 wildfires raging near sydney. fire conditions there, the worst in a decade. fires get no more wild than in a dry australia. officials are calling this a perfect firestorm. thousands of homes are in danger today. meanwhile, here at home, a big scare for a surfer in southern california. this is manhattan beach. my childhood beach. scary to know this happens there. that's a young great white shark, swimming right under his board. that's about 200 yards from the beach. it makes me rethink my entire childhood. and finally, a sheep on the lam.
>> oh. >> what do you want from me? it's thursday. seeking a safe haven. but in a very unlikely place. take a look at this. comes running through the door of an auto body shop in detroit. and turns out little fella or lady, don't know yet, looking for help. however, the sheep had tags on him, which means he likely escaped from a butcher. however, animal control has not been able to find his owner. so, now, he's being adopted by a local farm. it will keep him as a pet. which means that sheep won big yesterday. that is averting catastrophe. washington, take that. learn from the sheep. >> learn from the sheep. hmm. all right. thanks so much, josh. we're going to turn, now, to new details this morning on that scare on a spirit airlines flight from dallas to atlanta. the plane forced to make an emergency landing after an explosion and fireball engulfed part of the plane. federal investigators are now saying it was an uncontained engine failure. abc's david kerley is at dulles
international airport with the very latest on this. good morning, david. >> reporter: good morning, elizabeth. it's a scary time, not just for the passengers but for the pilots, too, when an engine explodes. this morning, new details on what happened to that spirit airlines jet. it was an emergency at 20,000 feet. spirit airlines flight 361 from dallas to atlanta. >> are you having any instrument difficulties? >> yes. >> reporter: it was just a few minutes into the flight when the passengers felt and heard an explosion, coming from the plane's left engine. >> when the engine actually blew up, and the fireball went by us and all that, the plane started shaking violently. >> reporter: in that passenger compartment, smoke started filling the cabin. some of the passengers texting what they thought were their last messages to loved ones. >> people were starting to scream and panic and cry. it was a situation where nobody really knew what was going on. >> reporter: investigators say the plane experienced an uncontained engine failure.
meaning the engine actually blew up, similar to what happened to this plane in a youtube video. engines are designed when something goes wrong and breaks, the debris exits in a contained manner, out the back of the engine. but the spirit engine failed in an uncontained manner. meaning parts spray out in all directions. >> they spray out like bullets, frankly. and occasionally they do. but they can actually penetrate the cabin and cause depressurization. >> reporter: a small team is on the scene in dallas. elizabeth, we heard they recalled experts on black box to assemble the team. they did that before the government reopened. elizabeth. >> scary, scary moment. going to turn to new details on the arrest of the two girls
charged with using facebook to taunt and bully their 12-year-old schoolmate until she killed herself. police are looking into charging their parents, too. and matt gutman has the latest on the case. good morning, matt. >> reporter: good morning, george. >> those girls, 14 and 12 years old. that 14-year-old is waking up in this mosquito-infested jail here. she can spend another nine days here until she's arraigned, locked up by a sheriff who says he's now investigating her parents. this morning, a community is reeling from the failure to prevent the suicide and what police say was a bullied 12-year-old girl, rebecca sedwick. two girls, 14 and 12 years old, arrested, charged with felony aggravated stalking. but sedwick's parents feel the girls aren't solely responsible. >> i would rather see the parents and administrators of that school behind bars. >> reporter: and the sheriff in charge of the investigation, now tells abc news, he's investigating the 14-year-old's parents. is it possible you could charge the parents? >> if i could, they would already be in jail. i can tell you this, we're keeping our options open. >> reporter: polk county
sheriff, grady judd, has accused one of the girls of gloating on facebook, about bullying sedwick, after her suicide. her parents insist her facebook was hacked. they monitor her facebook every night. any credence to that? >> yeah, that's baloney. those parents haven't cared from the very beginning. after the initial event. after the initial interviews, why did they let her stay on facebook? >> reporter: according to the police, sedwick was bullied online for ten months. and before that, sedwick's mother told us her daughter had been physically attacked five times before she finally pulled her daughter from that school. >> i made several reports from the school. i did one online bullying report because nothing was done by the school. and nothing was done with that, either. >> reporter: school officials wouldn't comment on the allegations. but they told abc news, progress on bullying is being made. >> we've seen an increase in the reporting of bullying. parents seem to be paying attention now. >> reporter: when we went to sedwick's school to talk to parents and students, they say
bullying still goes unreported. >> the teachers watch but they don't no anything about it. >> we don't need no more lives taken. one time is enough. zero tolerance is zero tolerance. >> reporter: now, the sheriff told me that even if the girls are convicted, they're not likely to face much, if any jail time. he says the only way to stop this national epidemic of bullying is not through police work, but by parenting. george? let's talk more about this with dan abrams. pick up where matt left off. even if the girls are convicted, it's not going to be a long sentence. >> that's right. which is why i'm surprised that the 14-year-old, the older one, is still behind bars right now. in the juvenile system they have 21 days to decide where to go with the case. but in a case where you're talking about the likelihood of no prison time, possible, some prison time. but currently before she's even been tried, having to stay behind bars, very unusual. the charges in and of themselves are unusual. >> why? >> it's unusual in a case like
this where you see a felony being used against two kids. now, you have to keep in mind, you need to separate out the suicide from the criminal acts. i know it's hard to do that. and people don't want to do that. they're going to say, wait a second. this is what led to the suicide. they're not being charged for the girl committing suicide. they're being charged for their actions before then that ended up leading to it. but the actions are what the charges are here. and it is unusual to charge 12-year-olds and 14-year-olds with felonies, in connection with something like this, putting aside what the ultimate result was. >> even more unusual, the sheriff now saying he would like to find a way to charge the parents, as well. >> he's not going to be able to. the way you deal with parents in a case like this, is in civil suits. the families could certainly sue the parents of the girls in a case like this. you sue in civil court. that's where you have one family against another. i appreciate this sheriff is
taking this really seriously. and i think it's sending an important message throughout the country. but he's got to be careful about extending this beyond where the law allows. and i think he's thinking about that carefully. you hear him saying, he would have had them behind bars if he had a charge. >> there has been a dramatic expansion in anti-bullying laws across the country. >> 1999, there was one state in the country that had an anti-bullying law. now, every state except for one. since 2008, we've seen more than half the states take action against bullying. no question, this is being treated very differently today than even 15 years ago. >> dan abrams, thanks very much. we're all wearing purple today as part of spirit day to stand up against bullying. >> great cause. now, to a colorado man recovering this morning after being stalked and attacked by three coyotes. the animals snuck up on him as he walked to work and had to fight his way free. abc's clayton sandell has the story. >> reporter: this morning,
andrew is nursing too many bites and scratches to count. >> that's the one that hurt the worst. >> reporter: after surviving a vicious attack, by not one, but three coyotes. >> you feel the initial impact. and as soon as you felt it, you could react and go to shove. >> reporter: andrew, his car broken down, was walking from his longmont, colorado, home, to work early monday. when the teeth-bearing trio came charging out of the darkness. >> i took my flashlight and hit right over the side of the head to get it to let go. as soon as i got it to let go, another one lunged at me. and all i thought to do was to swing and knock it to keep it from jumping at me again. >> reporter: he manages to stand his ground, fighting the coyotes off himself. wildlife officials killed two of the animals and are tracking the third. they worry rare attacks like this are becoming more common among coyotes, because they lost their fear of people. >> we need to be aware that our
coyotes are really comfortable with people. we need to do something to change our behavior to get them back to natural, healthy fear of people. >> reporter: as for andrew, one set of rabies shots later, from now on, he's catching a ride to work. for "good morning america," clayton sandell, abc news, denver. >> incredible he survived. >> unbelievable that he survived that. three of them. wow. >> amazing. different story, lara. >> yeah. happy to shift gears here. brand-new pictures out of london, of prince william knighting people, in the first appearance of full-time royal at buckingham palace. it's a big change from life as a search and rescue pilot and one william looks like he is fully embracing. at buckingham palace this morning, sword in hand, prince william took part in his first investiture ceremony. standing in for his grandmother, the queen, the duke of cambridge granted knighthood and handed out medals to the likes of of wimbledon champ, andy murray. >> mr. andrew murray for services to tennis. >> reporter: just another sign that the new father and future king is shifting into life as a full-time royal.
>> the fact it's the first time william has done this is significant. it's a very senior duty. to do investiture at this moment is the highlight of these people's lives. so, it's an honor. >> reporter: the pomp and circumstance was a big change from the last 7 1/2 years he spent with the royal military, as flight lieutenant williams wales. before leaving the royal air force in september, prince william spent three years as a search and rescue pilot, taking part in 156 missions and 149 rescues. a job he relished. >> there's no greater calling in life for someone. to be able to see a son or daughter's face when you bring their father or mother back from the edge of death, it's quite powerful. >> reporter: since the birth of his son, george, prince william has focused on his charitable interests, including protecting endangered species. and he's ramping up for more responsibilities. >> so, while he is take on this investiture and is a significant
step, it doesn't mean we'll see him do 400 engagements this year. he's going to slowly start in his engagements. >> reporter: looking good. very comfortable in the role. >> pretty fun job. >> yeah. sam, you have a fun job, too. but we have this rain coming north. >> and a big change coming. the first half of october has been warm for a lot of people. let me tell you, what we're seeing about the second half of october is completely the opposite on a very cold side. let's start with what's first first. here comes the cold front. it makes its way toward the east coast today. you notice the heaviest rain moves out of the lower part of this front to the northern edge, because the lows driving into canada. pittsburgh to western new york state. a little bit of vermont and new hampshire. will get one inch of rain. a little vermont, new hampshire, will get one inch-plus, rain of rain. let me show you this. this is the first pocket of cold air. these chilly temperatures drop in. four states from texas to wisconsin now that have frost or freeze watches, warnings, or
advisories in those areas. this is step one. by the time we're at the end of next week, this is a real cold pocket of air and there will be several pushes between now and then. this cold air doesn't really get to the east coast by the weekend. so, the weekend is probably fine. by next week, we've got to think about what the temperatures really should be like this time of year and maybe in some cases, a little colder. today, memphis is 70. minneapolis is 56. boston, 71. orlando, 89.
good morning. i'm abc7 news meteorologist mike nicco. check out the high pressure and the sunshine it brings back to our neighborhood again today, light winds, above average temperatures all the way through the weekend. pattern shifts next week, hoping for some rain. right now looks like it's going to be a little cooler. today's temperatures mid to upper 70s in most neighborhoods. we could touch 80. that would be in the east bay valleys and deep into the santa clara valley. tonight, some 30s in the north bay valleys, most of us in the 40s to 50s. west coast, also flawless, all the way from the sea-tac area, to san diego today. beautiful weather. >> we like flawless. thanks. coming up on "gma," opening arguments set to start in a trial of the former doctor and sunday schoolteacher, charged with killing his wife. dan and nancy weigh in, live. also, biblical battle over a new blockbuster. is "noah's ark" headed for troubled waters? and the hair care product in drug stores everywhere meant to tame curly hair. now, women calling it a
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apartments on woodside road and union avenue. firefighters are battling flames or were on the third floor. it seems to have spread beyond that. they believe everyone has been accounted for. they're fighting it defensively. you see the thick plumes of smoke rising from there. stay with abc7 news for the latest on this breaking news story throughout the morning. a check on the commute. leyla, you can see it from the freeway. >> you can. the smoke has been engulfing the 101 freeway. as we take you to the scene of this fire, woodside road, highway 84, will be shut down in both directions between hudson street and massachusetts avenue. that's going to be the perimeter. the way to get around this is going to be jefferson avenue. that will connect you between 101 and 280. we have a report of a crash northbound along 101 at woodside. that's causing heavy backups, eric. >> thank you very much. when we
i'm on the edge of glory. >> look what's happening in vegas, now. what a daredevil spectacle. high above the las vegas strip. a new world record, for the longest high wire ever walked. >> get over here. he made it. >> robin is on assignment today. great to have elizabeth vargas here. >> with that kind of view looking down, so far down, yeah. afraid of heights. also this morning, there is a big trial getting under way in utah. opening statements are scheduled for today in the case of a former doctor and sunday schoolteacher who is accused of killing his wife to make room for another woman. dan and nancy will weigh in live
on that case. it's an interesting one and a complicated one. and this is really something. could a popular hair care product from suave, drugstores everywhere. it's intended to straighten and smooth your curls. could it be unsafe? why it is the center of a major lawsuit brought on by women who used it. >> so many women use products to do that to their hair. >> you and i love a little straighter in. >> and sam. also, melissa mccarthy, one of the funniest women in hollywood. but a lot of people are talking about an "elle" magazine cover. she looks gorgeous. but something is different about this "elle" shot. she's hiding her curves with a coat. and today, people are talking about why her cover is different from other superstars' covers. why would she be covering up? we're going to talk about that. >> she's gorgeous.
we're going to start with the trial elizabeth was talking about. a utah doctor who is accused of killing his wife so he could be with his mistress. aditi roy has all of the details on the case that took years to make. >> reporter: today, martin mcneil is beginning the trial of his life. the former physician and mormon sunday schoolteacher is ready to prove his innocence to the newly-selected jury. he says he did not kill his wife so he can carry on an affair with another woman. >> while he is very stressed, he also is quite relieved to finally have the opportunity for the trial to occur. >> reporter: michelle macneill was discovered dead in 2007. the medical examiner found drugs in her system. prosecutors and his own daughters say macneill gave his wife a deadly dose of prescription painkillers while she was recovering from a face-lift, one they say he insisted she had. >> he had a plan to murder my
mother. and this was just part of his plan. >> reporter: this morning, more than six years after their mother's death, eight jurors will finally be seated to decide their father's fate. potential jurors answered 22 pages of questions, including, would the fact the defendant was having an affair at the time of his wife's death cause you to believe you would not be a fair juror? are you inclined to believe the testimony of a child witness between the ages of 8 and 15, more so or less so than an adult witness? explain. 12-year-old aidan macneill, the youngest daughter and the one that discovered michelle's body is expected to testify. so is alexis and rachel, who held up pictures of their mother when their father was in court yesterday. both sides poised for opening arguments today. >> this isn't a popularity contest. we need to let the jurors know that. this is much more serious than that. much more important. >> reporter: martin macneill, facing first-degree murder and a fight for freedom.
for "good morning america," aditi roy, abc news, provo, utah. and joining us now from the courthouse in provo, utah, where she will be covering the trial tonight and every other night on her show, is in nancy grace. and in the studio with me, dan abrams. nancy, this case took years to come to court. the two daughters, the two older sisters, really pushing police for a long, long time. they believed from the very start that their father was guilty of murder. will this be a tough case to make? >> well, i think that there are a lot of obstacles for the state. and the biggest obstacle for the prosecution is that the original medical examiner who has now sadly passed away by breast cancer, ruled the death natural causes. she was not privy to the facts surrounding the case as we are. when it was opened up, reopened and other medical examiners looked at it, other medical
examiners believed it was not natural causes. medical examiners now believe that she was drowned in the bathtub. the defense has just come out with their defense is going to be alibi. and i've got a lot of problems with dr. macneill's so-called alibi. >> well, dr. macneill has credibility problems. he's a conman. he has a long history of swindling money from the military and other organizations. lying about other parts of his life. >> this is a bad guy. i don't think there's any question about it. the question is going to be how much of him being a bad guy is going to be in front of the jury? some of it the judge has excluded from evidence. but i think nancy's right, in the sense that the key to the defense here, is this idea that maybe she wasn't murdered at all. i don't think the alibi's going to hold up. they're going to be able to knock down the alibi quickly. the question is going to be, can they prove beyond a reasonable doubt that there was a murder at all? but when you actually take a step back, this is one of the
craziest cases i have ever seen. >> it really is. >> you covered this, as well. the number of facts about the way this guy behaved, the lies that unraveled. and you have to give the daughters so much credit. these are two, young women where the police are saying, sorry. case is closed. we're not investigating anymore. and there was a suggestion, you're just upset because your dad was having an affair. a lot of people have affairs. there is so much evidence now that's unraveled about what a bad guy this was. >> and when i would talk to those daughters over the years, since their mom was killed, i would look them in the eye, with no doubt in my mind that this case was going to be reopened. all i can say to dr. mcneill, if he's watching this morning, he better be glad they're not seeking the death penalty. here in utah, they have the firing squad here.
this is not a death penalty case. but i think it is a very good shot at a guilty verdict. and this is why. within two or three hours, hours after his wife is pronounced dead at the hospital, he's cleaned out her entire closet. her perfume. her antiperspirant, her shoes, her pocketbooks and put it in bags. the daughter comes home from medical school, where is mom's stuff. it's been three hours. >> i think it's more important -- you can make an argument there that didn't want the stuff around. it brought him bad memories. even though it's three hours later. i think it's more trouble that his alleged girlfriend, gypsy willis, he brings into the family home as the nanny. >> as the nanny. >> and she doesn't cook. she doesn't clean. she doesn't take care of kids. >> and she comes to the funeral. she comes to the funeral. >> honestly -- >> hello.
brings the girlfriend to the funeral. >> and gypsy is on the witness list. >> yes. >> she is no longer the girlfriend of martin macneill. it will be interesting to see what her testimony will be. bottom line, both of you, how effective will the daughters be? that were the ones who pressed for the prosecution of their dad. they're going to take the stand. do you think taking the stand -- >> it's going to be very effective. one is a doctor. she went to medical school. and she just gave birth to twins. she's going to appeal to that jury. the daughters that are on to him are very, very powerful. and i just want to say, before you go to break, one more thing that i think will come into evidence, they had eight children. he tried to give back four of them that were adopted. he tried to give away his children, after he got rid of his wife. >> and he was convicted of identity theft in connection with one of them. but -- >> how about that, dan? tried to give away the children? >> you're not going to corner me on this one.
>> dan, nancy -- >> i'm not defending this guy. yeah. time, now, for the weather and sam champion. hey, sam. >> hey, elizabeth. how about a moment of zen. let's start with broward county, florida. and a beautiful shot from the earth cam this morning. one of the places that is holding on to the warmth with a tight grip. as is new orleans, jackson, atlanta, tampa. some of the numbers in florida, by the way, are close to record numbers. even raleigh, at about 80 degrees. washington, at 76. new york at 71. this is the warmest for a little while. they'll dip down a little bit. but i really need to tell you. get ready for what happens, several times with these big pockets of cold air pushing out of canada over the next few days. the end of this week, the weekend, in the middle of next week, another push of cold air. watch the temperatures. and denver, tonight -- if tonight's the night and the forecast is real, this is your first inch of snow you'll get tonight. it looks like it's right about on target for this time of year. right around this day or tomorrow to get the first inch
of snow. 45 degrees in denver, by the way. it's late tonight into tomorrow that you get the good morning. i'm mike nicco. look for more sunshine and warmer than average temperatures once again from 68 at the coast to about 82 inland. let's take a look at that accuweather seven-day forecast. you will see a slow tempering of the >> all that weather was brought to you by kohl's. we'll have more of america's weather in the next half hour. coming right up, a biblical blockbuster "noah's ark" headed for troubled waters?
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and we welcome you back. it's 7:44, with the latest on the upcoming big-screen adaptation of "noah's ark," hitting rough waters, so to speak. it's not out until 2014. but early screenings of the russell crowe film are getting criticism from religious groups. dan harris has the story. >> reporter: from "moses," -- to jesus. bringing the bible to the big screen has often produced what hollywood holds most sacred, box office profit. now, hollywood is putting its faith in a few take on an old testament hero, noah. but could this movie already be hitting troubled waters? it stars russell crowe, who
apparently plays an edgy version of the savior of animal and mankind. >> the entire population of the planet perish. >> reporter: the studio has been testing an early version of the movie with audiences across the country recently. and apparently, it has not gone so well. >> the scores have been quite low. some members of that audience have found that the film is just not true enough to the biblical story. >> reporter: according to "the hollywood reporter," many of the test audiences have been religious. while the movie was a hit with some. darren aronofskaronofsky's stor too fracture offcourse. one christian movie blogger who claims to have seen an early version of the script, wrote, it's an uninteresting and unbiblical waste of $150 million. >> it's a tricky thing to keep
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chase. so you can >> announcer: this is an abc news special report. good morning, i'm george stephanopoulos in new york breaking into your programming. i know that's "gma" for many because president obama is about to speak. the subject, the deal passing congress late last night that ended the government shutdown and extended the nation's debt limit. he signed into law early opening up the government after 16 days, 16 days that created real hardship for government workers, uncertainty in the economy, by some estimates, the total was $24 billion, might be right back to the brinksmanship soon. it only keeps it open until january 15th. extending the debt limit till february 7th. vice president biden greeting some workers. jon karl at the white house. jon, the president said this cannot happen again and
expecting to hear from him right now about his plans how to go forward. >> that's right. he'll welcome back federal workers as the chief of staff was doing at the gates but looking forward saying that congress has to get back to work right now on a plan to keep the government funded once we hit that -- before we hit that deadline of january 15th. last night he was asked if this could happen again as he was leaving his announcement last night and said, no, the line here is absolutely not. this cannot happen again. we cannot allow this to go to the brink. >> of course, there are many members of congress that say they want that fight one more time. we'll see how it plays out over the next several weeks as congress tries to hammer out a budget. the distance is wide between the two parties. as i said waiting for the president. a group of white house workers who worked through the shutdown as the president comes to the podium. good morning, everybody. please have a seat. last night i signed legislation
to re-open our government and pay america's bills. because democrats and responsible republicans came togeth together, the first government shutdown in 17 years is now over. the first default in more than 200 years will not happen. these twin threats to our economy have now been lifted and i want to thank those democrats and republicans for getting together and ultimately getting this job done. now, there's been a lot of discussion lately, the politics of this shutdown. but let's be clear, there are no winners here. these last few weeks have inflicted completely unnecessary damage on our economy. we don't know yet the full scope of the damage, but every analyst out there believes it's slowed our growth. we know that families have gone without paychecks or services they depend on. we know that potential home buyers have gotten fewer
mortgages and small business loans have been put on hold. we know that consumers have cut back on spending and that half of all ceos say that the shutdown and the threat of shutdown set back their plans to hire over the next six months. we know that just the threat of default of america not paying all the bills that we owe on time increased our borrowing costs, which adds to our deficit. and, of course, we know that the american people's frustration with what goes on in this town has never been higher. that's not a surprise, that the american people are completely fed up with washington. at a moment when our economic recovery demands more jobs, more momentum, we've got yet another self-inflicted crisis that set
our economy back. and for what? there was no economic rationale for all of this. over the past four years, our economy has been growing. our businesses have been creating jobs, and our deficits have been cut in half. we hear some members who pushed for the shutdown say they were doing it to save the american economy, but nothing has done more to undermine our economy these past three years than the kind of tactics that create these manufactured crises. and you don't have to take my word for it. the agency that put america's credit rating on watch the other day explicitly cited all of this saying that our economy remains more dynamic and resilient than other advanced economies and
that the only thing putting us at risk is and i'm quoting here repeated brinksmanship. that's what the credit rating agency said. it wasn't a political statement. that was an analysis of what's hurting our economy, by people whose job it is to analyze these things. and it also happens to be the view of our diplomats who have been hearing from their counterparts internationally, so some of the same folks that pushed for the shutdown and threatened default claim their actions were needed to get america back on the right track, to make sure we're strong. but probably nothing has done more damage to america's credibility in the world, our standing with other countries than the spectacle that we've seen these past several weeks. it's encouraged our enemies, it's emboldened our competitors,
and it's depressed our friends who look to us for steady leadership. now, the good news is we'll bounce back from this. w we always do. america, there bedrock of the economy for a reason. the rest look to us as the most reliable place to invest. something that's made it easier for generations of americans to invest in their own futures. we have earned that responsibility over more than two centuries because of the dine manism of our economy and our entrepreneurs, the productivity of our workers but also because we keep our word and we meet our obligations. that's what full faith and credit means. you can count on us and today i want our people and our businesses and the rest of the
world to know that the full faith and credit of the united states remains unquestioned. but all my friends in congress, understand that how business is done in this town has to change. because we've all got a lot of work to do on behalf of the american people, and that includes the hard work of regaining their trust. our system of self-government doesn't function without it and now that the government is re-opened, and this threat to our economy is removed, all of us need to stop focusing on the lobby ifs a hav lobbyists and professional activists who profit from conflict and focus on what the majority of americans sent us here to do and that's grow this economy, create good jobs, strengthen the middle class, educate our kids, lay the
foundation for broad-based prosperity and get our fiscal house in order for the long haul. that's why we're here. that should be our focus. now, that won't be easy. we all know that we have divided government right now. there's a lot of noise out there and the pressure from the extreme extremes affect how a lot of members of congress see the day-to-day work that's supposed to be done here and let's face it, the american people don't see every issue the same way. but that doesn't mean we can't make progress and when we disagree, we don't have to suggest that the other side doesn't love this country or believe in free enterprise or all the other rhetoric that seems to get worse every single ye year.
if we disagree on something, we can move on and focus on the things we agree on. and get some stuff done. let me be specific about three places where i believe we can make progress right now. first, in the coming days and weeks, we should sit down and pursue a balanced approach to a responsible budget. a budget that grows our economy faster and shrinks our long-term deficits further. at the beginning of this year that's what both democrats and republicans committed to doing. the senate passed a budget, the house passed a budget. they were supposed to come together and negotiate. and had one side not decided to pursue a strategy of brinksmanship, each side could have gotten together and figured out how do we shape a budget
that provides certainty to businesses and people who rely on government, provide certainly to the investors and our economy and we'd be growing faster right now. now, the good news is the legislation i signed yesterday now requires congress to do exactly that. what it could have been doing all along. and we shouldn't approach this process of creating a budget as an ideological exercise. just cutting for the sake of cutting. the issue is not growth versus fiscal responsibility, we need both. we need a budget that deals with the issues that most americans are focused on, creating more good jobs that pay better wages. and, remember, the deficit is getting smaller, not bigger. it's going down faster than it has in the last 50 years.
the challenge we have right now are not short-term deficits, it's the long-term obligations that we have around things like medicare and social security. we want to make sure those are there for future generations. so the key now is a budget that cuts out the things that we don't need, closes corporate tax loopholes that don't help create j jobs and frees up resources for the things that do help us grow like education and infrastructure and research and these things historically have not been partisan. and this shouldn't be as difficult as it's been in past years because we already spend less than we did a few years ago. our deficits are half of what they were a few years ago. the debt problems we have now are long term and we can address
them without short-changing our kids or short-changing our grandkids or weakening the security that current generations have earned from their hard work. so that's number one. number two, we should finish fixing the job of our -- let me say that again. number two, we should finish the job of fixing our broken immigration system. there's already a broad coalition across america that's behind this effort of comprehensive immigration reform from business leaders to faith leaders to law enforcement. in fact, the senate has already passed a bill with strong bipartisan support that would make the biggest commitment to border security in our history, would modernize our legal immigration system, make sure everyone plays by the same rues, make sure that folks who came
here illegally have to pay a fine, pay back taxes, meet their responsibilities, that bill has already passed the senate. and economists estimate that if that bill becomes law, our economy would be 5% larger two decades from now. that's $1.4 trillion in new economic growth. the majority of americans think this is the right thing to do. and it's sitting there waiting for the house to pass it. now, if the house has ideas on how to improve the national bill, let's hear them. let's start the negotiations. but let's not leave this problem to keep festering for another two years or three years or four years, this can and should get done by the end of this year. number three, we should pass a farm bill. one that american farmers and
ranchers can depend on, one that protects vulnerable children and adults in times of need, one that gives rural communities opportunities to grow and the long-term certainty that they deserve. again, the senate's already passed a solid bipartisan bill. it's got support from democrats and republicans. it's sitting in the house waiting for passage. if house republicans have ideas that they think would improve the farm bill, let's see them. let's negotiate. what are we waiting for? let's get this done. so, passing a budget, immigration reform, farm bill. those are three specific things that would make a huge difference in our economy right now. and we could get them done by the end of the year if our focus
is on what's good for the american people. and that's just the big stuff. there are all kinds of other things we could be doing that don't get as much attention. i understand, we will not suddenly agree on everything now that the cloud of crisis has passed. democrats and republicans are far apart on a lot of issues. and i recognize there are folks on the other side who think my policies are misguided. that's putting it mildly. that's okay. that's democracy. that's how it works. we can debate those differences vigorously, passionately, in good faith through the normal democratic process. and sometimes we'll be just too far apart to forge an agreement,
but that should not hold back our efforts in areas where we do agr agree. we shouldn't fail to act on areas that we do agree or could agree just because we don't think it's good politics. just because the extremes in our party don't like the word "compromise." i will look for willing partners wherever i can to get important work done. and there's no good reason why we can't govern responsibly despite our differences without lurching from manufactured crisis to manufactured crisis. in fact, one of the things that i hope all of us have learned these past few weeks is that it
turns out smart, effective government is important. it matters. i think the american people during the shutdown had a chance to get some idea of all the things large and small that government does that make a difference in people's lives. and we hear all the time about how government is the problem. well, it turns out we rely on it in a whole lot of ways, not only does it keep us strong through our military and law enforcement, it plays a vital role in caring for our seniors and our veterans, educating our k kids, making sure our workers have trained for the jobs that are being created. arming our business with the best science and technology so they can compete with companies from other countries. it plays a key role in keeping our toys and food and workplaces
safe. it helps folks rebuild after a storm. it conserves our natural resources. it finances start-ups. it helps to sell our products overseas. it provides security to our diplomats abroad. so let's work together to make government work better, instead of treating it like an enemy or purposely making it work worse. that's not what the founders of this nation envisioned when they gave us the gift of self-government. you don't like a particular policy or a particular presid t president, then argue for your position. go out there and win an election. push to change it, but don't break it. don't break what our
predecessors spent over two centuries building. that's not being faithful to what this country is about. and that brings me to one last point, i've got a simple message for all the dedicated and patriotic federal workers who worked without pay or forced off the job without pay these past few weeks including most of my own staff. thank you. thanks for your service. welcome back. what you do is important. it matters. you defend our country overseas, you deliver benefits to our troops who have earned them, protect our borders and civil rights and help businesses grow and gain footholds in overseas
markets. you protect the air we breathe and the water our children drink and you push the boundaries of science and space and you got hundreds of thousands of people each day through the glories of this country. thank you. what you do is important and don't let anybody else tell you different. especially the young people who come to this city to serve. believe that it matters. well, you know what, you're right. it does. and those of us who have the privilege to serve this country have an obligation to do our job as best we can. and we come from different parties, but we are americans first and that's why disagreement cannot mean dysfunction. it can't degenerate into hatred.
the american people's hopes and dreams are what matters, not ours. our obligations are to them. our regard for them compels us all, democrats and republicans, to cooperate and compromise and act in the best interests of our nati nation. one nation, under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. thanks very much. >> president obama ending on a note of gratitude for those government workers hit by the 16-day government shutdown now over, also, laying out where he hopes congress makes some progress in the coming weeks and months, and, of course, says he wants to avoid what he called lurching from manufactured crisis to manufactured crisis, we cannot, he said, have another government shutdown, another round of brinksmanship. matt dowd is here.
our political contributor. he seemed to be alternating between scolding congress and urging compromise. >> i thought the speech was fascinating, here the president was talking about the biggest threat 0 our economy was dysfunction in the political divide and we'll about to have the fifth anniversary of the president's election who ran on how to fix this problem in washington which he believed existed. his presidency is captured in that speech so far, seesawed between attack and accommodation between conflict and consensus and i think for the next three years he has to figure out is he going to be on one side of that seesaw or other because he's gone between both and that speech typified i. at points in time he said we need to come together and at other times he was pointing the finger and saying it's a problem in the house and that's what damaging it to our democracy right now so he's got to pick one side of the seesaw or he'll do this balancing trick for the next three years. >> jon karl, the president laying out three specific area,
budget, immigration refor, on the farm bill and there are some now in the congress prepared to start working with the president on this. but you just met with one of the leading firebrands who was leading the fight over this government shutdown, senator ted cruz of texas. i take it he's not in a compromising mood yet. >> reporter: absolutely not, george. ted cruz just told me that first of all, no apologies for leading this fight, he said the only problem in all of this was that republicans did not fight hard enough. they should have kept the fight up. as for whether or not he is willing to push this to the brink again on january 15th when government funding runs out, he does not rule it out. he won't say yes, he won't say no but says his fight to fund obama care has only just begun go we'll see as we get into the new year, jon karl, matthew dowd very much. we'll turn now to regular programming. that is "gma" for many on the west coast. covering it at abcnews.com and diane sawyer will have a full
heart" spent their spare time e solving crimes. >> hey. >> you would be a natural for "the gong show." >> reporter: series superfans amy poehler and adam scott sat down with robert wagner, a.k.a. jonathan heart, and stephanie powers, or jennifer heart, reuniting the power couple for "entertainment weekly's" reunion issue. >> you two kind of act like you're married. in a nice way. is it nice to be married on tv but not in real life? >> you know, it's great to be married, if it works. >> uh-huh. >> we never got into any domestic squabbles. they constantly wanted to have conflict between us. and we fought very hard for that. >> two people who were adults who had in love with each other and had chosen to be together and were there because of free will. >> he said it was so easy, a child could do it. >> maybe we should send out for a child. >> we re-enacted the opening
credit of "heart to heart." we've been studying your work recently, very closely. >> this is mrs. h. she's gorgeous. >> we decided that you were great friends in real life. >> we had so much joy, that they came down, the front office, saying we don't want them to be together anymore. we would laugh. >> we would get tired. and we would start laughing at each other. >> and they said we have to separate them. >> you know something? >> what? >> i know barry has a great reputation. but i love it when you do your own hair. >> mrs. heart has a real intimate relationship with her hair. >> she has the -- this hair is an amazing thing. never had a hairdresser. >> are you kidding? >> i never had a dinner. >> you had such chemistry on "heart to heart." can you tell us how and when you first met. >> "west side story." i was a jet. and we were rehearsing.
and one day, on walks the two most beautiful people in the world. real movie stars. robert wagner and natalie wood. >> you did eight reunion movies. and the last one was 17 years ago. you think there's any chance of another one? >> is there a chance for another one? >> yeah. >> well, you got the money? >> don't you think this is carrying togetherness a little too far. >> the questions that adam and i both want to ask, is can you have us over for dinner? can we all go to dinner? >> sure. >> aren't you afraid? everyone that came to dinner with us, they usually got killed. >> you're right. "heart to heart" always did -- >> the '70s love. >> i love seeing them together again. >> they're so glamorous, even
today. love that hair. >> yeah. her hair is something. >> by the way, "the waltons" will be right here on the reunion tomorrow. yeah. all of you youngsters will know why we say good night, john boy because you don't know. and, lara, turning that trash to treasure. >> yeah. got to put my overalls on. >> or as we like to say, "improve this." >> and this time, it's for you, our "gma" viewers. stay with us.
good morning. i'm kristen sze. b.a.r.t. trains are running this morning as talks to avert a strike continue, but there's no contract agreement yet, so a strike is still possible as soon as tomorrow morning. keep it on abc7 news for updates throughout the day on this story. how about this morning's commute? leyla gulen has that. >> we've been keeping our eye on this in redwood city, the apartment fire, the blaze that has shut down highway 84 or woodside road between hudson street and massachusetts avenue. so the best way to get around that is to jefferson instead. that will connect you between 101 and 280. kristen? >> leyla, thanks a lot. >> leyla, thanks a lot. we'll
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around fairfield, antioch, livermore, morgan hill, some 80s there. here's your accuweather seven-day forecast. ♪ i got the eye of the tiger a fighter ♪ right now, the videos we showed you all last week. the five finalists from "the roar" the katy perry contest. hundreds of high schools got involved. submitting videos, telling stories and hoping that katy perry would, in fact, pick them because the grand prize winner is going to get a concert from katy perry at the high school live, next friday. she narrowed them to five. >> who did you pick? >> we're going to find out. >> she's going to perform at the winning high school. "gma" is going to broadcast it. >> so excited. all of the submissions were fantastic. and one is going to get a
special treat. also coming up, we can't wait for a special edition -- i can't wait to share with you -- our series "improve this." our viewers sent us pieces that were in need of a little repair. we solved it. we turned -- i don't want to say trash into treasure because these are pieces that mean something to you. and the whole idea is to "improve this." so, we'll show you. >> gave it a little lara love. >> a little lara love. can we look at this? >> thank you. >> guy fieri is here. and he brought a large shopping cart. i guess we're going to do some megash megashopping. >> and you're cooking as well, right? >> i came for you.
first, we're going to begin with an amazing transformation for the upcoming movie "dallas buyers club." matthew mcconaughey shed nearly 50 pounds for his starring role in the movie. but jared leto went through a change, losing more than 30 pounds and changing his look. abc's nick watt has the story. ♪ lost in the city of angels >> reporter: here are a few of the many faces of jared leto. teenage heartthrob in "my so-called life." and "chapter 27." on stage as the front man of 30 seconds to mars. and now, talking about his first movie role, in six years. so, why did you do it? >> i did it because i fell in love. i fell in love with the role. >> reporter: and the role was rayon. >> do you like this dress?
>> reporter: you're a beautiful transsexual. >> thank you very much. >> reporter: this is how leto normally looks. this as rayon. leto lost nearly one-third of his body weight. and waxed everything in sight. >> i was playing someone addicted to drugs and diagnose of aids. >> reporter: alongside an emaciated matthew mcconaughey, who contracted hiv in '86 and teams up with rayon in importing and distributing antiviral medication. you stayed in character as rayon, the whole time? >> it was pretty hard to leave that role. >> reporter: who is he these days? pretty much full-time musicians. with three critically acclaimed albums and touring the world, with 30 seconds to mars. >> it wasn't supposed to be successful. but it did become that. >> reporter: acting and the
movies is now the sideline. >> why are you so good to me? >> i don't know how long it's going to be until i make another one. >> reporter: nothing else in the pipeline? >> no. not at all. >> reporter: he'll be back. from this movie, he'll take away a hat full of awards and some life lessons. >> i learned a lot. it was a beautiful person to get to know. she had this charm and humor and grace and openness. and you hope -- i hope to keep some of those qualities with me. ♪ one life one love ♪ ♪ in the city of angels >> reporter: for "good morning america," nick watt, abc news, los angeles. >> thank you. by the way, we should say -- i want you to know that "gma" has gone pink for october in honor of breast cancer awareness month. we're getting help today. pink pledge, friends at soul cycle, great groups of folks. one in eight women will be
diagnosed with breast cancer. talking about breast cancer awareness and how to exercise and improve the numbers and get attention, i think. i'm going to be out of breath in 60 seconds. master instructor, she won't be out of breath. tell me about what you are doing for breast cancer awareness. >> across the country, we're hosting initiatives for breast cancer awareness, starting this saturday in los angeles, at our santa monica studio. we're hosting the walker pink party ride that anne hathaway is co-hosting. and next week, in new york, i'm hosting a ride with kelly ripa and anderson cooper. >> two incredible people. >> all the time. >> if you want to see celebs, it's new york soul cycle. they stack up. >> they love it. live for it. we're a community of people who are interested in making a difference. so, through that, we're interested in each other's
health and wellness. and the only way to fight and reduce the risk of breast cancer, is to exercise. why don't we exercise a little bit. >> well, hang on. i have to do weather at the same time. >> i'm sorry. >> we want to thank you for coming from soulcycle, as well. the point is to have a conversation, an open discussion and dialogue about checking yourself for breast cancer. being aware of what your risks are. a quick weather. let's get to it right now. i don't know what's coming up. but i think twitter and facebook pictures. you got the great smokey mountains national park. and gorgeous foliage in wisconsin, as well. in comes the cold air. this is the first pocket of cold air. is there snow in this? there is today. and there's more next week. laurie? >> we're not ready for the snow. >> that's the weather. good morning. i'm mike nicco. look for more sunshine and
warmer than average temperatures once again from 68 at the coast to about 82 inland. let's take a look at that accuweather seven-day forecast. you will see a slow tempering o >> you're my gal. you're my gal. all that weather was brought to you by pronamle, ladies and gentlemen. george? >> you can relax right now. i want the cheers to continue. the newest morning team to television. the team from fusion, that's a new channel, being launched by abc news and univision. welcome to morning television, guys. >> thank you so much. >> yeah. >> every morning, you have to have a greet? >> every show. i think every abc company has to have one difficult name to pronounce on the morning show. >> here's the twist for you. you're actually a comedian. >> i'm a comedian. >> this is a big change for you. >> i am waking up when i used to
go to bed. i wake up at 3:00. it's dark when i go to sleep. i'm a morning show host or a vampire. >> we will learn which one. >> or both. you never know. >> how has it been for you, the transition? the 3:00 wake-up call? >> my relationship has taken a toll. i'll tell you that. yo uh have to have dinner at 6:00 p.m. >> early bird special, my friends. >> with the miami sunshine. you can't pretend that that's even remotely, you know, comfortable. but you know, we're doing it. and we're having fun. and we're going to car pool to make sure he gets in. >> in a few months, 6:00 p.m. will feel like a late dinner. >> it's not waking up. it's going to dead early. waking up at 3:30, it's okay. but 7:00, before coming home from work. and they're like getting ready to go to the gym or ready to go to dinner. and you're standing there, i have to get to bed. you start learning tips how to go to bed. i watch "golden girls." it puts you to sleep like
ambien. make no mistake. >> it's nice to see you guys, by the way. thank you for coming in. nice to see you. the backdrop is miami, which is spectacular. tell me a little bit about how gorgeous the view is. >> oh, unbelievable. >> beautiful. >> unbelievable. >> everything is happening in miami. we have a segment called welcome to florida. >> right now, we're in the studio so much, that we hardly see miami at all. but we're excited for our schedule to change so we can go to the beach. >> we have a crazy night. man, we were out until 8:30 last night. >> going wild. >> everything was going to 8:45. it was crazy. >> you're trying to do something different in the morning. >> a morning show for 24-year-olds. a show like they love. very fast-paste. sometimes very fun world that
young people live in. >> he's brazilian. she's venezuelan. i'm a greek-american. we're like the united nations of morning show. >> we have to be very transparent and open about our personal lives and make fun of ourselves all the time. >> you're missing a surfer-like weather man who loves miami so much. >> we need you. >> we're taking it up with your producers. >> and we have a platform that talks about everything from hard news to really fun stuff. it's a dream job. >> you're already calling the delay button. >> standards and practices. >> they tape my face on it. they can just smack it when i say something bad. >> you're a natural. >> yeah.
oh, yeah. it's time to "improve this." we're going to show you how to turn your favorite finds, or worn-out items into something wonderful. and we asked you, our "gma" viewers, to send us notes or videotapes. beta tape, actually. send us videos and let us know why you wanted an item of yours to be transformed. to "improve this." this is laurel terrell. and you sent this chair to us a
long, long time ago. and really wanted to make sure -- let me show you the picture. we have a video, as well. it looked really tired. even i was terrified of it. but you said it was very important to you to keep. >> yes. this is my grandmother's chair. and i really loved how sturdy it was. i loved the look of it. i loved the color. i loved everything about it. my mom told me she sat in she was mother of the year in 1955 and had her picture taken of it. >> that's an heirloom. i saw the picture and the video. and i thought this had great bones. it was worth transforms. it wasn't that hard to do. seven yards of fabric and light paint and a professional upholstery job. i ran into you and said what's your favorite colors? >> i said denim, yellows and greens. >> to me, you said blue. and i'm so glad. >> oh, my god. oh, my god.
it's perfect. this is perfect. this is my denim chair. >> look at this. >> now, it's fresh and modern. the wooden legs made it feel old ladyish. it's now clean and white. you can do a yellow picture on this. a solid, you need less fabric, as we. that's why it's less expensive. and upholstery is not the cheapest thing to do. i recommend getting three quotes. if it's a family piece that's priceless, you're getting it for less than you would at a custom shop. you'll think of us when you have grandchildren. >> it's beautiful. >> let's get to our second. this is mora. tell us the story of the trunk. >> i found it in my uncle's attic. it was his father's drunk. the two loves of my life, the
boston bruins and my family. >> you mentioned the boston bruins. you sent us that e-mail you saw. an old travel case. i think it's from my grandparents. maybe even great grandparents. it's important to keep things like this in our family. i'd like to show it off instead of leaving it in the attic. absolutely, you should. it has great bones. you love the boston bruins. you asked us to do a little something with that in mind. and so, we created this really nice coffee table. something for the end of a child's bed or in a family room. it becomes -- it has storage in it. this is a simple trick. you go to any hardware store. these are castors. you get them in all heights if you want them higher. they're very inexpensive. we screwed them to the bottom. we sanded it and painted it white. we did the bruins colors. >> and you nailed it. >> from this to this. and i hope you enjoy it for years to come. >> awesome.
thank you. and finally, a girl after my own heart. rachel, you sent us a tweet from gulf breeze, florida. and you said, found metal head board in trash. just gorgeous. i love finding diamonds in the rough. we turned your headboard into a bench. >> my god. >> this was before. we upholstered it. this is plywood. you can take it off. you can have a headboard again. or use it in a mud room, to sit and take your shoes off. that is your transformation from trash to treasure. >> thank you so much. >> i'm so happy we could do it for you. all of these great ideas, we hope you like them. we're going to show you how to take a lawn chair from drab to fab on our website, goodmorningamerica.com. coming up, our friend guy fieri with a supervised grocery shopping cart. we're going to tell you why.
friend of the program, and the man piloting a 21-foot-long shopping cart, guy fieri. our neighbor from down the block. >> what do you think? >> i want to take a ride after the show. >> when you get as many groceries as i get, you have to have a cart like that. >> let's get to "guy's grocery games." tell us about it. >> if you love "supermarket
sweep," where people grab stuff and score money, this is that times 1 million. three chefs, race through the aisles, grab the groceries. you can't use more than five items to make a dish. you can't spend more than 6 bucks to make dinner for four. all these trials and tribulations go on. the winner after the competition gets a chance to shop for 20,000 bucks. you want to see competition, on the edge of your seat, watch the show. >> real-life cooking competitively. >> we've all shopped in the grocery store. and here's one of my favorites. closing time. three minutes to get it all. >> we barely have three minutes. >> i know. we're doing kebabs. >> grilling time. everyone loves pork loin. but there's not a lot of flavor to it because there's no fat. we're going to wrap it in some bacon. we bring that over the top. we brian the pork ahead of time. >> this really is pork on pork. >> this is pork on pork.
i'm glad you get the concept. over the top. hit this. now, we throw it on to the grill. when it goes on the grill, i have a fantastic little basting sauce here, with whole grain mustard. >> can i get our fusion anchors in here, please? get in here. they're going to be premiering. and -- the cooking segment is what it's all about. >> yeah. >> i'm glad that i made enough for 90 people. i have to feed the audience. let me get you some of the warm ones here. try this out. >> okay. >> you want a warm one, too. and this also -- now, the healthy component of this is the solid. i don't know if you're a farro fan. it's one of the greatest grains in the world. citrus to it. and fresh fruit. what do you think of that, huh? >> stand over here. >> i'm kicking it over to you. >> i have to get a piece -- you got it? you got it?
what do you think? >> turns out, it's delicious. no shock. >> if you don't want to cook this at home, guy's america is right down the street. go there, we'll have it for you. >> premieres this sunday. food network. all these recipes and a whole lot more on our website, goodmorningamerica.com. friend of the program, guy fieri. we'll be right back.
there it is. "guy fieri's grocery game." and sam can't wait to get that right there. thank for coming in this morning. i'll have a little bit. we want to thank our fusion guys, as well. what do you think? >> it's good. >> katy perry's going to be here live tomorrow. going to announce the winner of the huge "roar" contest.
good morning. i'm kristen sze. breaking news right now. an explosive six-alarm apartment fire in redwood city has injured four people. the fire started about 4:30 this morning at the terrace apartments at woodside road and union avenue. the third floor was completely engulfed when crews got there. stay with abc7 news for the latest on breaking news throughout the this morning. mike, you're going to warm things up. >> here's your accuweather seven-day forecast. i want to he way of it so you can see it. leyla? we have closure on woodside road, highway 84, where we have that redwood city fire. right now looks like highway 84 shut down between hudson street
and massachusetts avenue. kristen. >> the news continues with the midday news at 11:00. announcer: it's "live with kelly and michael." today, from "the vampire diaries," ian somerholder. and star of the new film "carrie," chloe grace moretz. plus, all the way from california, get ready to meet the world's largest pumpkin. all next on "live." [captioning made possible by disney-abc domestic television] announcer: now here are kelly ripa and michael strahan! [cheers and applause] ♪