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♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ the countdown is on. hollywood's big night. subsunday night the 86th academy awards take place at the dolby theater and preparations are underway. >> the red carpet is already rolled out. it was rolled out a day early because of the threat of rain and the red carpet is one of the other stars of the night where fashion and photography collide. >> another iconic star of sunday night's production, the envelope, please. we got a preview of the actual envelope. it weighs a quarter of a pound. each one is hand-crafted. >> each goes through a ten step process to make sure it is perfect. each costs $200. get this, the company makes a
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card with all of the potential winners' names. that way it is a surprise to everyone. >> who knew. one person who may be equally as important as actors and actresses nominated is the host of the show. this year the incomparable ellen degeneres. >> the height began months ago when ellen was with tux clad in the video. she sat down to talk with robin roberts from "good morning america" to talk about pre-show jitters and hosting her own show. >> that audience comes to see me and god bless them, they travel from all over the world to come to taping. and they wait for a year for tickets. they are my core group of people that get me, know me. and love me. and i feel that. and you know, that room is like church. >> this is ellen's second time hosting the oscars. first was in 2007. she's so funny. naturally it is easy for me to say but she will be great. >> she will be.
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i remember in 2007 she was hilarious. she nailed it. she has nothing to worry about. i'm looking forward to the oscars. i know you and i are cramming to watch the last movies we haven't seen yet. >> for oscar season, i have to take a long trip. i took one to asia this year. i watched half of the oscar movies on the plane. i'm way more plugged in than usual for the oscars. this is a formula for me. >> who are you rooting for? >> i think "american hustle" for best picture. australian actress from the woody allen movie, cate blanchett. for best actor, i don't know. how about you? >> i'll save my picks and see who wins. that way i can say, oh, yeah, that's who i chose. >> we'll be talking all about it. coming up, red carpet ready. >> we will hear from the team of stylists that make the stars shine. >> and lifting spirits of our wounded warriors, the hollywood star whose role as a vet changed
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are endorsed by weight watchers. so many delicious flavors that taste outta sight. all right. oscars are about talent for sure. but some watch for the fashion. >> the red carpet are the battle grounds on which the style wars are fought, and it takes a team to win. cynthia mcfadden has what it takes to get red carpet ready. >> reporter: the awards may be presented inside. but these days, outside on the red carpet, winners and losers are also crowned. and out here, stakes are make or break high. a whole lot of casting directors are watching along with 40 million other people. >> the dress can change things for girls. >> do you believe that? >> absolutely.
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>> reporter: image is power in hollywood and two of the biggest celebrity stylist, leslie freemar and carla welch pull back the curtain of that secret world for us. >> okay, come on. >> reporter: are these the oscar dresses? >> these are the oscar -- this thing must weigh 10 pounds. >> at least. >> will we see this on the red carpet? >> you might. >> reporter: here's the thing. nobody can just buy one of these dresses. they are one-of-a-kind. that's where the stylist comes in. person in charge of making sure the star is runway ready from head to toe. >> isn't that incredible? >> reporter: while anyone can call themselves a stylist, at the tippy top, there are only about 20 that matter. leslie freemar was chosen fairest of them all by "the hollywood reporter." she is always in the front row. >> everybody doesn't get every dress, right? >> only one person gets the dress.
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>> reporter: back at her home studio, she shows us what this client has worn. >> this was for charlize for the golden globes. >> this is under a week. i assume the dress was made at this point. >> it is being made, probably, as we speak. >> reporter: meanwhile, in los angeles, carla welch is getting two stars ready for the big night on sunday. >> can you tell me who you are dressing for the oscars? >> no. but one of them is very top secret. >> reporter: top secret? >> top secret. >> reporter: if you're wondering if what an actress wears on the red carpet really makes a difference, consider lupita nyong'o, nominated as best actress for her stellar acting in "12 years a slave." >> somebody like lupita nyong'o is incredibly beautiful,
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incredibly hot actress that nobody has known before. >> her style launched her into a whole new level of fame. >> she was so incredible in that movie. so stunning and you're asking me about my picks, i'm rooting for her. i loved "12 years a slave." i hope that takes home best picture and best actor. i know you are rooting for matthew mcconaughey. we are head to head on that. and meryl streep was incredible. i'm rooting for her for best actress. >> she's got enough in her trophy case. she is incredible. >> she has a lot, i understand that. she deserves every one she gets. she is absolutely incredible. should be an exciting night. i think ellen will do a great job. we will have all of our analysts and everybody here. >> experts and the whole thing. looking forward to it. >> me too. monday morning, complete coverage of the 86th academy award here. the fashion, reaction, we will have it all.
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time now for "the mix." you know when parents bring their children to the supermarket or any store, it can be hard to keep they're entertained or occupied. this little boy at costco found a way to entertain himself and everyone there shopping. listen to this kid. ♪ ♪ ♪ incredible talent, right? >> absolutely. >> the little boy walked up to the piano that was on display. just put on an amazing show. >> he is a prodigy. has the hat and everything. can't be too easy standing up, either. >> and a new girlfriend. checking him out. >> he will have admirers real quick. cute alert. get ready to go awwwwwe.
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come on now. yeah. this is a bulldog, and those are kittens and he is a dude, by the way. he decided, i'll be mom to these guys. the owner originally got the dog an cats separated but it was obviously soon they loved each other. >> polka time. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪
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this morning on "world news now," at risk. alarming new research shows soccer athletes have the same deadly head injuries as football players. the new warning to parents. >> curbing car jackers. major round-up of suspected thieves targeting luxury car owners. putting drivers' lines on the line. surprising new information about the crack down. funeral home surprise. an elderly man declared dead at the hospital wakes up in a body bag. an unforgettable scene for the mortician and emotional roller coaster for his loved ones. and political race. how the president and vice president work up a sweat at the white house. an exercise routine you've got to see to believe. it's friday, february 28th. >> from abc news, this is "world news now."
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>> good morning. i'm marci gonzalez in for diana perez. >> i'm john muller. interesting workout outfits the president and vice president have, suit and tie. >> nice choice. i like it. that's how you go to the gym, right? >> that's exactly how i do it. well, i'll do it now that they are doing it. new research about head injuries suffered by soccer players. >> the result of a study from a former soccer pro who died of lou gehrig's disease at age 29. >> as abc's jim avila reports, it is shown that traumatic brain injuries may be more widespread than originally thought. >> american kids love to play soccer. long seen as the safe alternative to u.s. football. for the first time, a soccer player has been diagnosed with cte. the very same repetitive head trauma disease found in some pro football players. >> our son, patrick, was doing headers at age three. >> patrick grange died nearly two years ago, his brain donated to scientist at boston university, studying cte,
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doctors announcing the frontal lobe of his brain was badly damaged. riddled with the same mind-numbing disease that leads to dementia and depression. >> getting hit in the head hundreds of thousands of times is not a normal part of life. it does not happen outside of sports and abuse. >> it is this move, the header, so dangerous for youngsters. players typically head the ball up to 12 times in a single game. watch again. that black and white sphere traveling up to 50 miles an hour. while football players are typically protected by a helmet, in soccer there is nothing between skull and leather. >> headers, as a youth, under age 14, should not happen. >> since the human brain doesn't develop until age 25, many doctors and even coaching clinics now advise parents against allowing header practice until age 14. while closely monitoring their children for concussions. jim avila, abc news, washington.
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now the blast of bitter cold air in the u.s. temperatures now blamed for the death of a little girl. the 6-year-old was found dead at her northern minnesota apartment building after her mother called 911. police say she had signs of exposure to the frigid weather. still not clear how the girl got outside. temperatures at the time dipped to about minus 30. people in chicago are struggling to cope with polar conditions as well. after one of its coldest winters ever. the windy city could hit minus 4 this morning, breaking a record. brutal temperatures are expected to stick around for at least another week. and today they are bracing for more snow. the second of two rainstorms beginning right now to pound california, there's a mandatory evacuation order from more than a thousand homes in the foot hills of southern california. police went door to door in that area where the colby wildfire happened last month. it incinerated so much ground cover that residents are building barriers to keep
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mudslides out of their homes. hundreds of miles to the north in the sierra range a mess of ice and snow and rain. the first storm lulled by a lack of snow so far this winter, police ordered the use of chains on larger vehicles. >> the northeast will be dry, though much colder than earlier in the week. also chilly along the eastern gulf coast with frost and freeze advisories this morning in north florida. light showers elsewhere in the south. wintery mix in the midwest. and light snow in the upper midwest. >> highs only in the 20s and 30s from virginia up to new england. temperatures in the 40s in the central plains, much colder north. investigators in new mexico can't tell what caused the accident that caused 13 workers to radioactive particles in a waste dump. workers in the above ground radioactive material, the dump near carlsbad is the only waste disposal facility for nuclear waste in the country.
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nearly three dozen people face charges after police in new york and new jersey after what they describe as a major auto theft ring. 27 of more than 160 cars recovered in the investigation were car jacked. abc's gio benitez reports. >> reporter: watch how quickly it can happen. a car jacker hijacks man right in front of his own house demanding his car keys to drive off with the victim's mercedes. just before christmas, a car jacker killed dustin friedman right in front of his wife at the mall, to take his car. it is part of a carjacking epidemic. police broke up a sophisticated carjacking ring. accused of swiping more than $8 million worth of high end cars. even allegedly pistol whipping some of their victims. more than two dozen people in jail. >> they will get what they deserve. >> the cars were stolen in new jersey and new york to be shipped all the way to west africa.
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these are some of the 160 stolen cars seized and we are told in west africa, they would have sold for a whole lot more than they're worth. this mercedes sells for $94,000 here. in west africa, it would fetch 30% more. that demand and new technology that makes cars impossible to hot wire, are fuelling those crimes. >> it is probably the compliment to the car companies here, is this they made it so it you've to steal a car in the conventional manner, they need the key. >> and getting that key means confronting the driver. abc news, newark, new jersey. >> mississippi family rejoicing after the apparent death and resurrection of a loved one. what a story. 78-year-old walter williams pronounced dead by a car coroner wednesday night. they put him in a plastic bag, zipped him up and took him away in a hurst. two hours later, the family got a call from the funeral home. he was alive and kicking, so to speak.
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>> i don't know how long he will bless us and grace us with his presence. but hallelujah, we thank him right now. right now. >> the funeral director said he's never seen anything like it. even the coroner said it is a miracle. >> he was kicking in the bag, that's how they were alerted he is alive. he is doing just fine now. full of life. >> they say he is full of life. it happens. that is just incredible. they call it a miracle. and gift from god. congratulations. >> yeah. >> moving on to new video of president obama and the vice president. it is getting a lot of attention right now. it starts calmly enough with the president working in the oval office. >> but then joe biden arrives. he asked the president if he's ready to move. and of course, they are. so, they head out for a run. take a lap around the white house. if you haven't figured it out by now, the video is part of the first lady's let's move initiative, which combats childhood obesity.
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>> when they are done, they start stretching and rehydrate with a glass of water. they promise to do the same thing next week. marci, i don't expect you to recognize that music but i think that is old monday night football music. >> you want to sing the whole thing? go for it. >> now we want to see the first lady and joe biden. they say that joe biden and the first lady won't want to hear the next run is scheduled for next week. they want to see it more often. but we want to see the ladies in their dresses and heels run around the white house. >> got to do it more than once a week. >> coming up, mila kunis rocking an impressive diamond. what we're learning about her engagement later in "the skinny." >> and a hero to war director. a dedication to gary sinise. you're watching "world news now." ♪ ♪ ♪
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to give you a sparkling clean with less harsh chemicals. because these are not just glasses. they're what your family drinks from. finish power and free. sparkling clean. less harsh chemicals. ♪ ♪ ♪ it is hard to believe. it's been 20 years since the movie "forest gump" opened in theaters.
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>> the movie inspired a real life mission from one of the characters. we hear how an actor is changing the lives of america's wounded warriors. >> run, forest, run. >> it is a true classic. the tale of a loveable, if naive hero. >> stupid is as stupid does. >> who embarks on an unforgettable, decades' long and singular american journey. >> my momma always said, life was like a box of chocolates. >> the journey that continues still for the movie's oscar-nominated actor gary sinise. >> try not to do anything stupid. >> aka, disgruntled amputee, lieutenant dan. >> who would have thought 20 years later lieutenant dan would be a part of my life. the veterans of my family. what happened to them when they came home from war. i just felt such compassion for them. >> he formed the gary sinise foundation in their honor. and this month took 50 wounded
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warriors from their hospital rooms and with a private charter on an all-expenses paid trip to where it began. hollywood. brian anderson lost his arm and both legs in iraq. >> he put together this event that will change a lot of peoples' lives. and give people the mind-set that you can still be a whole person. >> the a-list heavy celebration starting at the film's ancestral home. >> welcome to hollywood and paramount pictures. >> then, one more surprise. a cameo appearance -- >> mr. tom hanks. >> by the man himself. >> i'm forest gump. you can call me forest gump. >> i would like to say, gary, you can see the enjoyment radiating off of you.
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so thank you for everything that you've done. >> and on this night, the stars lining this hollywood walk of fame, and those among us, who have sacrificed for the freedoms we hold so dear. >> they should know that they're appreciated. >> gary sinise, with whom he calls his new generation of lieutenant dans, they are america strong. josh elliott, abc news, new york. >> how great is that. >> awesome. so nice to see how he is helping people but also how that role changed his life and enriched it in so many ways, just from the experiences. and his foundation does more than what was discussed in that piece, too. it also provides wounded vets with home modifications, adapted vehicles, wheel chairs, all kinds of stuff. >> unbelievable. he has an outreach program. there are people recovering from emotional loss. it helps emotional wounds. they have exciting events and activities. lifestyle type things.
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like an a to z commitment gary sinise made. just unbelievable. hats off to him. still to come, "gravity" was very good to sandra bullock. her huge payday. we will talk about that in the skinny. >> a high profile couple might be engaged. you're watching "world news now." >> "world news now" continues after this. from our abc stations.
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♪ ♪ all right, folks. time for "the skinny." we are reporting an engagement between two hollywood celebrities. >> and some say possibly the most adorable. we'll see. ashton kutcher and mila kunis are engaged. they are pretty cute. that's a cute shot there. >> good looking. >> a photographer spotted a big old diamond ring on her left
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finger and a source told the site the two are planning to make it official. the couple has been dating for about two years now. >> you may remember they played opposite each other on the '70s show. the characters even dated for a little while on the show. that's awesome. life imitating art for sure. you date on a show then wined up in real life later on getting engaged. >> yeah, years later. >> congrats to them. cool. >> we will move on to robin thicke. he was back on stage last night since the first time that he announced that he and his wife of eight years were cutting things off. >> at an airport yesterday, thicke indicated to tmz he wants to try to work things out. >> you know, just trying to get her back. >> just trying to get her back. >> the distance between them and rumors of his infidelity have been said to be the cause of their split. >> also yesterday, thicke said that his infamous mtv show with miley cyrus does not have anything to do with the separation. he said he has no reason to tone down the stage act. it must be tough to be in the spotlight and have all this going on.
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hard too try to work things out. it is hard to work things out when you have everybody saying, what's going on. let's talk about sandra bullock. talk about a payday. a lot more than an academy award nomination than her role in "gravity." the star pocketed about $70 million from this movie. >> wow. that is because she gets 15% of the takings in addition to her $20 million fee. so far, "gravity" made $700 million worldwide. and it is still in movie theaters. she was not the first choice to play the marooned-in-space scientist. actually, angelina jolie was supposed to play that part but she dropped out. >> i wonder after learning about a $70 million payday, angelina is having some second thoughts. >> kicking herself now. >> i get royalties from "world news now." >> five bucks. >> you get a shave and a hair cut. actress jennifer hudson is showing a whole new side. the 32-year-old oscar winner and b magazine are creating quite a buzz.
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the pictures were taken by terry richardson, who is known for steamy photos. >> hudson has completed work on an upcoming film, "lull la by." she looks fantastic. the movie and album are in the future. these photos that have people talking right now. >> really looking fantastic. and she made it stick. this is a great thing. >> right. exactly. she is doing it the healthy way. she looks fantastic. >> let's look at celebrity birthdays today. country singer jason aldean, turning 36. he sings that "night train." >> your favorite, right? you love country music. >> i don't dislike it. >> comedian gilbert gottfried. turns 58 years old. >> bernadette peters turns 65 today. >> oh, love her. >> racing legend mario andretti is 73. happy birthday to them all. coming up, winter weather continues to dominate the news. but an international crisis took over the headlines. >> up next, look back at the
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♪ ♪ >> you know how to put a smile on my face with the music. >> you have learned to like country. >> i have. i totally have. we have our dancing boots on. we have to dance indoors because new york city is so cold. >> finally a quiet week on the weather front but headlines were active with international news. here is our friday rewind. >> el chappo does not play by the rules. he has unlimited resources. >> he is sometimes called the osama bin laden of drug trafficking. mostly because of the impact he had in the united states. >> the president of ukraine disappeared. >> that's why we have to elect a new ones. >> we chose further reductions
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in troop strength in order to keep up our readiness and technological superiority. >> this is for the protection of religious rights. >> this is discrimination couched behind the belief that i can hide behind my religious beliefs. >> after weighing all of the arguments, i have vetoed senate bill 1062 moments ago. >> usually one of the background players, and it's weird, obviously, this, but at the same time, it is what it is. and part of life. >> it might work to get people all torn up and upset and everybody mad all the time. but it is a dumb way to run a country. >> every time he's come, it's been really good for me. >> i had to fake it for "argo." i get to see the real thing here. >> i personally have seen the massive amount of financial strain this disease causes. and if the american people ever decide to reject genitalia
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driven comedy, i will no longer be able to afford it. >> not that much. >> not that much at once. but we do need the rain. >> i want the ipad. >> i want the ipad, too. want to remind you about a special feature for our facebook fans. >> called in case you missed it. you can check out all the highlights from our shows. log on to wnnfans.com to take a look. >> one thing we did this week that was a lot of fun, we tried to get out of the grip of old man winter by bringing the beach to us. >> we celebrated "world news now" beach day. you can relive some of the fun by logging on to our facebook page. such a good time. beach chairs. the snorkel, thank you. umbrellas, lemonade, even beach volleyball. my favorite part is when you fell. >> yes. >> hopefully that will be in the friday rewind. >> my mic got stuck to the chair. wasn't as spazy as it looks. >> this is abc's "world news now." informing insomniacs for two decades.
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good morning. i'm marci gonzalez in for diana he perez. >> i'm john muller. here are top headlines we are following in "world news now." round two for heavy rainstorms in california. fears of flash floods and mudslides in some areas. the arctic blast remains in the upper midwest at least through next week. tension in ukraine. officials say the russian military blocked the airport in the crimea region despite assurances from the u.s. they will not intervene. >> more analysis needed to determine how much radiation workers were exposed to during recent leak at the nation's underground nuclear waste dump in southeastern new mexico.
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it is believed the workers inhaled radioactive particles. a mississippi man seemed to come back to life hours after he was mistakenly pronounced dead. the 78-year-old was zipped inside a body bag when he started kicking to get out. even the coroner says it is a miracle. those are some of our top stories on this friday, february 28th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." that would be the story. good morning, everyone. happy friday. >> it may be cold, may be brutal, but it is friday? >> it ishe weekend. i am a happy girl. >> me too. >> you're a happy girl? >> i'm happy girl. >> we begin this half hour with california's dangerous weather. second of two storms bringing heavy rain to nearly the entire state. >> some homeowners have been ordered to evacuate. this is because of mudslides likely to happen. we begin coverage with abc's david wright. >> when it rains, it pours. that's the problem here in drought-stricken california. already these storms whipped up
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waves, snapped trees, and caused plenty of wrecks on the roads. more than a hundred crashes in l.a. county alone, including this big rig. and the worst may be yet to come. here in glendora, they are bracing for mudslides. last month, these hills were on fire. the fire killed off the plants that glue the earth to the hillside. so you bring on the rain, and you could see a tsunami of thick rocky mud. landslides can travel at speeds up to 35 miles an hour. in 1969, a mudslides wiped out 160 homes here in glendora. >> scary stuff. you never know. since your home could be gone. >> the unknown. >> this home might not be here. if you see pictures from 1969, all of the homes here, you can see the facia and roof, and that's it. >> what can they do to protect themselves? not much. throughout these neighborhoods, they are installing concrete
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barricades like these. think of it as a giant funnel. designed to channel the must all the way down the street and the barricades will stay here for three to five years. until the vegetation grows back. >> that's not a lot of great curb appeal. but if it keeps us safe, i'm all for that. >> from here, storm moves to the frozen midwest, where blowing snow is already wreaking havoc on the roads. see that steam? it is so cold in minnesota, lake superior is 50 degrees warmer than the air. david wright, abc news, los angeles. >> and in the midwest, tragic consequences to the dangerous deep freeze. a 6-year-old girl was found dead at northern minnesota apartment building where she lived. her mother and a neighbor called police who said she had signs of exposure to the frigid weather. it is not clear how the girl got outside but temperatures at the time dipped to nearly 30 below 0. near toronto, a blinding
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snow squall causing this mammoth pile-up. nearly a hundred cars and trucks slamming into one another. terrified drivers saying they couldn't see more than three feet in front of them and they slid off the highway. there were so many damaged cars, police had to tow them to a racetrack to investigate. big part of the country heading into a deep freeze on this final day of february. >> accu weather meteorologist jim dickey has the latest on this record-breaking cold. good morning, jim. >> good morning john and marci. challenging record lows across the north and east here. through morning hours, on the left, expected lows this morning on the right. the records. so detroit likely shattering the record here this morning. similarly in chicago down to minus 4. the record would be zero. then challenging records, pittsburgh, philadelphia, all in all keeping things cold here. moving in from off-shore, bringing in torrential rain. too much after good thing will lead to flooding here as we see the rain pour down throughout the day. l.a., san diego, up into san
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francisco. heavy mountain snow. from here the storm streaks to the east on through the weekend. on monday, spreads all the way to the eastern seaboard. john and marci, back to you? thank you. a plane crash in hawaii left three people dead, including the pilot. the aircraft went down not far from lanai's airport. two critically injured and another seriously hurt. the ntsb and faa are investigating. attorney general eric holder is resting at home after a brief stay in the hospital. holder was treated for an elevated heart rate. he was light-headed and short of breath yesterday. the department said holder did not suffer a heart attack. california's governor jerry brown decided to run for reelection. it was not a complete surprise. the 75-year-old democrat has been fund-raising. the official announcement was posted on brown's campaign website. polls show the republicans entered for the race are for the most port unknown to california voters. >> the president unveiling a new program reaching out to black
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and latino kids. mr. obama drawing out on his own experiences when he spoke. >> reporter: blanked by young men struggling to grow up in some of chicago's roughest neighborhoods, president obama opened up about his own troubles as a teenager. >> i didn't have a dad in the house. and i was angry about it, even though i didn't necessarily realize it at the time. i made bad choices. i got high. without always thinking about the harm that it could do. >> the side of the president we rarely see. >> i could see myself in these young men. and the only difference is, that i grew up in an environment that was a little bit more forgiving. so when i made a mistake, the consequences were not as severe. >> reporter: teens from chicago saw themselves in the president as well. >> to my surprise, he was just like me. growing up without a father. and sometimes not too concerned
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with school. >> reporter: the event was to launch, my brother's keeper, a mentoring program for at-risk youth. >> part of our message in this initiative is, no excuses. it'll take courage, but you have to tune out the nay sayers who say the deck is stacked against you. you might as well just give up. or settle into the stereo type. >> reporter: this is the third time the president met with this group of teens from chicago. last time was on father's day and you can expect he will meet with them again. this is clearly a group the president established a real personal connection with. jonathan karl, abc news, the us white house. jason collins said what he did last night over what he did after his team won, one of those cool treats. following the game he met with the family of matthew shepherd who was murdered in 1998 because he was gay. he wears number 98 for that honor. word is collins might be signed by the nets for the rest of the season.
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jury deliberations continue in new york this morning and kerry kennedy's dui trial. in closing arguments, prosecution disputed kennedy's claim she didn't know she was impaired after accidentally taking a sleeping pill. they said kennedy, daughter of robert kennedy, must have felt drowsy before she slammed that truck with her lexus. images recorded on private yahoo! web cams may be in the hands of the british spy agency. the guardian reports the agency is stealing hundreds of thousands of screen shots including a huge haul of intimate photographs. it is not clear how many people had their images stolen but yahoo! messengers has 75 million users around the world. they got the information from nsa leaker edward snowden. >> they say they were unaware of the snooping and would never condone it calling on governments across the world to reform their practices. >> a lot of people use webcams to have normal conversations
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with people far away. but also inappropriate things going on there too. and to think that those image are saved out there somewhere -- >> someone watching right now is going oh, boy, this isn't good. >> yeah. >> all right. if you're gnat in the market for a smartphone for the smart spy. the boeing black self destructs if someone tries to open or tamper it. the aerospace company's black makes it harder for someone to listen in. runs on android. uses two sim cards so it can access more than one network. that's all it's about, boeing saying no more, to spy. now the soccer goal bet are than anything we're likely to see at some summer's world cup. happening in georgia and it is our favorite story of the day. >> this is how the game starts. you got to love that. >> that is awesome!
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>> that was andrew delltack of georgia's harrison high school. striking that goal from 67 yards out. this happened ten days ago against a team from walton high of marietta. >> i love it. despite early setback, walton got their act together and won the match 3-2. i'm not a soccer aficionado, but i've never seen anything like that. >> i played soccer in high school. i'm feeling forthat goalie. they put me in goal for half a season once. i know what a nightmare that is. that guy, how can you see this coming. >> i'm afraid to ask, the soccer players will say, are you kidding? but is the soccer goalie there from the beginning? does he have to run back there? why isn't he back there guarding his net? >> yeah, you can move out. you want to back up your teammates. you would never expect a goalie -- >> shouldn't he be up there on the 15-yard line. >> i don't think he is to blame. i think that's freak thing. there is no way to be prepared for that. >> he is famous now for all the wrong reasons.
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coming up, two movies competing for your attention just before the oscars. ahead, those shiny statuettes. get the story behind these golden guys. first, personalized pornography. couples who share their intimacy with cameras rolling. apparently all in the name of art. you're watching "world news now." ♪ ♪ >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by colonial penn life insurance.
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in this era of social media oversharing, it used to be called sex tapes, but today it
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is called personalized porn. >> couples are, shall we say, commemorating their intimate moments hiring a professional photographer to record them having sex. we are up all nightline with abc's linsey davis. >> reporter: this is not your typical photo shoot. in fact, these aren't even models. this is the latest way couples are immortalizing their love, in an age where everyone seems to be comfortable sharing even the most intimate details of their personal life. this is the newest frontier. >> we've been together for two years. but we've been friends since we were 13. >> reporter: erotic photography professionally made, purely for personal enjoyment. that's where constance and eric come in. they are taking pictures of rory and charlotte having sex. this couple's business is booming. this is the latest edition to their extensive body of work in the lucrative area of personalized porn.
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>> there is born-again christians. there's people who you would completely expect to do this. >> so you'll be good. >> reporter: eric and constance live in brooklyn and have a 2-year-old daughter. but after dark, you can often find them inside a client's bedroom. >> so we are going to shoot a couple having sex tonight. it is their anniversary gift to each other. >> reporter: this couple, who asked us not to use their names, wants sexy photos to celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary. >> we just want to enjoy them >> you're not going to hang them on the walls? >> probably -- i don't know -- >> we haven't talked about that. >> i haven't talked about that. >> reporter: constance and eric insist their work is not pornography, it's art. >> don't feel any shame or guilt out of what we do. >> reporter: each shoot can cost up to $4,000.
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but are these private moments really appropriate for public consumption? >> i never have any issue with what consenting adults decide what to do with their bodies. >> dr. logan levkoff is a sexologist and the author of a new book "got teens." a parents' guide to sexuality and social media. >> it is part of the overshare culture. i'm not sure how many people in our lives want to be that involved in our personal intimate lives. >> wow. this is cool. >> reporter: eric and constance are now getting recognized for their work. the museum of sex in new york, has recently added one of their portraits to their permanent collection. back in their bedroom, this couple can't wait to see their master piece. >> it will definitely be a anniversary to remember. >> reporter: quite a departure from the traditional fifth year anniversary gift of wood. linsey davis, abc news, new york. >> that was kind of awkward to watch, wasn't it? >> that was really uncomfortable. but this is their way of expressing their love, who are we to judge? >> i'm not going to judge. >> some people keep this for
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their personal collections. but others share it. there is a website, makelovenotporn.tv. couples can up load their very personal videos. >> i would be scared in theory, can you trust the person taking the pictures? just so many variables. >> all right. we'll be right back.
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tonight, a drama unlike any other. a big night for movie stars, between the speeches, fashion and hosts, always something is unexpected. >> but the one thing you can count on that never changes is oscar himself. brandi hitt shows us how this little guy gets to the world's biggest stage. >> you guys are going to take it away. >> reporter: for such a small statue, just holding oscar can bring out the biggest emotions.
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>> i had a dream. and it came true. >> reporter: and it's a long road for this 8 1/2 pound golden guy to even make it to hollywood. it all starts here at rso based in chicago. where they have been creating oscars since 1983. >> i quality. i see the most prestigious award in the world. >> reporter: first, oscar is molded out of the composite metal brittania. he is then cooled, polished and then finally 24 carat gold. each statue is marked with a signature and then a name plate. >> all the nominees get engraved. as the telecast is going on, when they announce the winners, they pull out winning names and put them on the trophies. >> we were there as anne hathaway's name plate was attached to her oscar, following last year's ceremony. technically the stars don't fully own their oscar. since 1951 winners signed
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agreements that state if they ever want it sell the statute, they must first offer it to the academy for $1. but judging by these smiles, most appear happy to keep oscar at home. older oscars do appear on the market from time to time. when bette davis's 1938 oscar was up for sale, steven spielberg bought it for $578,000 and donated it back to the academy. brandi hitt, abc news, los angeles. >> so many interesting facts. listen to this one. the name oscar comes from a remark by an academy secretary margaret herrick who said the statue looked like her uncle oscar. the academy didn't officially use the nickname until 1939. >> but it stuck. >> it stuck. >> that's really cool. the first ceremony only lasted 15 minutes. i think the speeches would last that long if they didn't have music start to play. >> during world war ii the statues were made of plaster
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♪ ♪ it's time now for insomniac theater. the true story of jesus christ comes to the big screen. >> not the first time it's been told but this time it is billed as an action epic. portuguese actor plays the role of jesus. the film follows the life of christ from birth through teachings, crucifixion and ultimate resurrection. we also see his more triumphant moment and miracles. >> thank you, father. for what you bring us. >> our father in heaven feeds the birds in the air.
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how much more will he give to you? >> all right, so what did the critics think? claudia from usa today says "son of god" takes no real chances opting for a moderately involving retelling of an oft-told story. and shawn o'connell says, the movie is the textbook definition of preaching to the choir. going through the motions and playing it incredibly safe. >> next up, nonstop. a thriller at 40,000 feet starring liam neeson and julianne moore. neeson plays a u.s. air marshal who receives text messages demanding the u.s. government wires $150 million into an off-shore account or someone will die in 20 minutes. the problem is he has no idea which passenger is the bad guy. >> i've been wondering, why the window seat? >> what? why the window seat?
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>> why did you sit next to me? >> what? >> i found a hole in the first class toilet. clear shot to the captain. >> the reviews of this one, not so great. >> the movie is preposterous, complicated. and a fair amount of fun until it tries to make sense in the final ten minutes. as an airborne drama it is the most preposterous flight since the plane that had the snakes on it. >> how do you get a text message on a plane to begin with? >> good point. right. >> i think they probably explain that. >> in ten years from now, we might not have that problem. but you're right. but alec baldwin might know. >> i think it looks interesting but you believe the critics. they know their stuff. >> they're he's not always right. >> that's true. good point. >> visit us at wnnfans.com.
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this morning on "world news now," late winter wallop. california homeowners expecting flooding rains and dangerous mud slides are told to get out. >> i am prepared to evacuate with our daughters. >> while an arctic cold snap turns deadly with record subzero temperatures expected today. >> boiling over. the intense up rising in the ukraine sends protesters into the streets again and threatens a major airport. can the u.s. stop russia from taking military action? >> and fashion wars, it is the super bowl of style. the scene on the oscar red carpet. why the stars are obsessed about the way they look. >> the dress can change things for girls. do you believe that? >> absolutely. >> we're exposing hollywood's style secrets just before its biggest night of the year.
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it is friday, february 28th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >> tgif, i'm john muller. >> and i'm martha gonzalez in for diana perez. the second of two rainstorms is beginning to pound the golden state, and this is the stronger of the pair. >> in suffolk, california, there is a mandatory evacuation order. abc's brandi hitt beginning our coverage from los angeles. >> reporter: with trucks sliding out of control on california's rain-soaked street, there's concerns walls of mud could son do the same. in glendora, families are filling thousands of sand bags near lands scorched by wildfires that could give way to dangerous mud slides. >> i'm prepared to evacuate with our daughters. >> reporter: mandatory evacuations are in effect with hundreds of homes located in what's called the primary impact
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area. they're hoping to avoid landslides like this one in la conchita years ago. the first storms for california wednesday, but that's nothing compared to the second system that could dump up to six inches of heavy rain. >> from the possibility of flash flooding to mud slides to major travel delays. >> reporter: there have already been flight delays and cancellations but not all airline passengers are complaining. >> everyone from california cheered. we're very pleased to hear it's raining. >> reporter: that's because the golden state is in the midst of a severe drought that is already impacting farmers and ranchers. with little grass, they're emptying their pockets to buy supplemental animal feed. >> while this week's rain is welcome, it's expected to have very little impact on the drought. there is a possibility of hail, weak tornadoes, even water spouts, john and marci.
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>> brandi, thank you. dangerous deep freeze still gripping the midwest with tragic consequences. a 6-year-old girl was found dead at the northern minnesota apartment complex. her mother and a neighbor called the police and said she had signs of severe exposure. it's not clear how the girl got outside. temperatures dropped to nearly 30 below zero. blowing snow and slick roads being blamed for a slick set of pileups. a chain reaction crash injured three people. cars, semis, and a tour bus ran off the road in the white out conditions. traffic backed up for hours. in canada a blinding snow squall causing this massive pileup. nearly 100 cars and trucks slamming into each other. terrified drivers said they couldn't see more than three feet in front of them as they were slid off the highway. there were so many cars there damaged police had to tow them all to a racetrack to sort it all out. this wave of blustery weather is blowing from coast to coast. >> record-breaking cold. accuweather's jim dickey brings us the latest on all of it.
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>> good morning, john and marci. challenging records as arctic air remains in place. the graphic on the left is the predicted low for the early morning hours. the right is the record. pittsburgh, detroit, cleveland, chicago, all challenging if not setting new records to the early morning hours. many spots well down below zero. meanwhile, another storm system is moving into the west. the rain is starting to creep towards l.a. soaking rainfall. watch for flooding. >> jim dickey, thank you so much. images recorded on private yahoo web cams may now be in the hands of the british spy agency. the guardian newspaper reports the agency is stealing thousands of screen shots including hundreds of intimate shots. it's not clear how many people had their images stolen, but yahoo! messenger has 75 million users around the world. the paper said it got the information from nsa leaker edward snowden.
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speaking of images, a protester appears to have smuggled a camera into the u.s. supreme court, captured footage of proceedings and then posted it to youtube. cameras have never been allowed inside the nation's highest court. the video seems to show two separate hearings, one from october and another one from wednesday. investigators want to know how a camera slipped through the court's heavy security. the crisis is heating up in the ukraine this morning. the russian military is blocking an airport in the strategic crimea region and it comes after they've descended on the crimean parliament and racing the russian flag. all of this as tensions build between the u.s. and russia. >> reporter: a day of celebration in russia handing out mercedes benzs on red square to their victorious olympic athletes. putin ordered a massive military drill.
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thousands on alert near ukraine's border. russian jets patrolling the skies. united states warned the russians to avoid provocation. >> this is a time for very cool, wise leadership, on the russian's side, on everybody's side. >> reporter: ukraine a country of sides, on the verge of falling apart. the west leaning towards europe and the u.s., the east towards russia and putin. nowhere stronger than on ukraine's crimean peninsula where dozens of gun men raised the russian flag. the russian fervor in this crowd could not be any higher. chance chants of russia, chants of putin. they r playing a revolutionary song. now the speaker is calling
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everyone in this crowd, comrades. russia is already in ukraine. a naval fleet and almost 30,000 troops on base but one man who's not is impeached former president viktor yanukovych asking moscow to keep him safe, vowing to fight to the end. the united states trying to make sure russia and the ukraine don't do the same. veterans groups angry about a battle over their benefits on capitol hill. republicans blocked $21 million worth of medical education and job training benefits earmarked for them. gop lawmakers say they want to help veterans. they say the democratic bill was too expensive. cigarettes can be bad for your pregnancy even if you're not smoking. secondhand smoke increases the risk of miscarriages, still birth and other problems. but other studies show there have been fewer complications since smoking became banned in many public places. it appears orange juice is no longer our main squeeze. o.j. sales per person are down
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40% since the late 1990s. one reason is the trend towards consuming less sugar. oranges have a lot of sugar. another reason is fewer of us are stopping for breakfast. higher prices aren't helping either. you may be able to fly to europe in a few years for about the price of a bus ticket. ryanair, europe's biggest discount airline, plans to offer $14 flights to the u.s. they have to pay for just about everything, includes meals, baggage, anything under the sun. >> very interesting. >> they say it will take several years to get the long haul aircraft they would need for this. there have been endless complaints about this airline. you're getting what you pay for there. >> yes. >> the seats don't recline. can you imagine flying to europe sitting like this. those kinds of flights are uncomfortable as it is. you're not getting all the perks. >> right now they currently
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charge $75 a bag where it only costs 25 in the u.s. the charges add up. if you want to get your boarding pass reissued, 20 bucks. credit card, 2% more. if you're traveling with an infant, it's $41 more. it starts to add up. it sounds like if you're traveling light, you play your cards right, you could get there a lot cheaper. definitely a good deal. moving on to some brave lawmakers in michigan who took the plunge for a very good cause. unfortunately, for them the plunge was into a pool of cold water outside of the statehouse. >> some of them got into it wearing penguin, superman outfits. maybe the best was the guy who looked like he arrived from the oktoberfest. he didn't spill a drop of beer. >> the temperatures was 6 degrees. think about this as they're waiting in the water right there. they raised about 30,000 bucks for the special olympics events in michigan. totally worth it. there he is, saving his beer. >> he didn't spill a drop. >> he's a pro. you can tell. what a great fund-raiser and great cause.
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>> no doubt about it. coming up, why oscar sunday is serious business for host ellen degeneres, getting ready for hollywood's biggest night of the year. >> forget about the movies. for many oscar stance, it's bawl what the stars are wearing. we're exposing hollywood's cut throat world of fashion. you're watching "world news now." ♪ ♪ >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by hotwire.com. com. bnt com. com..com.
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♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ the countdown is on. hollywood's big night. sunday night the 86th academy awards take place at the dolby theater and preparations are underway. >> the red carpet is already rolled out. it was rolled out a day early because of the threat of rain and the red carpet is one of the other stars of the night where fashion and photography collide. >> another iconic star of sunday night's production, the envelope, please. we got a preview of the actual envelope. it weighs a quarter of a pound. each one is hand-crafted. hand-assembled. >> each goes through a ten step process to make sure it is perfect. each costs $200. get this, the company makes a card with all of the potential
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winners' names. that way it is a surprise to everyone. >> who knew. one person who may be equally as important as actors and actresses nominated is the host of the show. this year the incomparable ellen degeneres. >> the hype began months ago when ellen was joined by hundreds of tuxedo glad men and women dancing and singing in this video. she sat down to talk with robin roberts from "good morning america" to talk about pre-show jitters and hosting her own show. >> that audience comes to see me and god bless them, they travel from all over the world to come to taping. and they wait for a year for tickets. they are my core group of people that get me, know me. and love me. and i feel that. and you know, that room is like church. >> this is ellen's second time hosting the oscars. first was in 2007. she's so funny. naturally it is easy for me to say but she will be great. >> she will be.
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i remember in 2007 she was hilarious. she nailed it. she has nothing to worry about. i'm looking forward to the oscars. i know you and i are cramming to watch the last movies we haven't seen yet. >> i tell you what, for oscar season, i have to take a long trip. i took one to asia this year. i watched half of the oscar movies on the plane. i'm way more plugged in than usual for the oscars. this is a formula for me. >> who are you rooting for? >> i think "american hustle" for best picture. australian actress from the woody allen movie, cate blanchett. for best actor, i don't know. how about you? >> i'll save my picks and see who wins. that way i can say, oh, yeah, that's who i chose. >> we'll be talking all about it. coming up, red carpet ready. >> we will hear from the team of stylists that make the stars shine. >> and lifting spirits of our wounded warriors, the hollywood star whose role as a vet changed his life and the lives of hundreds of american heroes.
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♪ ♪ all right. oscars are about talent for sure. but some watch for the fashion. >> the red carpet are the battle grounds on which the style wars are fought, and it takes a team to win. cynthia mcfadden has what it takes to get red carpet ready. >> reporter: the awards may be presented inside. but these days, outside on the red carpet, winners and losers are also crowned. and out here, stakes are make or break high. a whole lot of casting directors are watching along with 40 million other people. >> the dress can change things for girls. >> do you believe that? >> absolutely.
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>> reporter: image is power in hollywood and two of the biggest celebrity stylists, leslie freemar and carla welch pull back the curtain of that secret world for us. >> okay, come on. >> reporter: are these the oscar dresses? >> these are the oscar -- this thing must weigh 10 pounds. >> at least. >> will we see this on the red carpet? >> you might. >> reporter: here's the thing. nobody can just buy one of these dresses. they are one-of-a-kind. that's where the stylist comes in. person in charge of making sure the star is runway ready from head to toe. >> isn't that incredible? >> reporter: while anyone can call themselves a stylist, at the tippy top, there are only about 20 that matter. leslie freemar was chosen fairest of them all by "the hollywood reporter." she is always in the front row. >> everybody doesn't get every dress, right? >> only one person gets the
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dress. >> reporter: back at her home studio, she shows us what this client has worn. >> this is a dress that christian dior made for charlize for the golden globes. >> this is under a week. i assume the dress was made at this point. >> it is being made, probably, as we speak. >> reporter: meanwhile, in los angeles, carla welch is getting two stars ready for the big night on sunday. >> can you tell me who you are dressing for the oscars? >> no. but one of them is very top secret. >> reporter: top secret? >> top secret. >> reporter: if you're wondering if what an actress wears on the red carpet really makes a difference, consider lupita nyong'o, nominated as best supporting actress for her stellar performance in "12 years a slave." >> somebody like lupita nyong'o this year is incredibly beautiful, incredibly hot
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actress that nobody has really known before. >> her talent got her nominated but her style has launched her into a whole new level of fame. >> she was so incredible in that movie. so stunning and you're asking me about my picks, i'm rooting for her. i loved "12 years a slave." i hope that takes home best picture and best actor. i know you are rooting for matthew mcconaughey. we are head to head on that. and meryl streep was incredible. i'm rooting for her for best actress. >> i'm telling you what, she's got enough in her trophy case. she is incredible. >> she has a lot, i understand that. she deserves every one she gets. she is absolutely incredible. should be an exciting night. i think ellen will do a great job. we will have all of our analysts and everybody here. >> experts and the whole thing. looking forward to it. >> me too. monday morning, complete coverage of the 86th academy
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award here. the fashion, reaction, we will have it all. coming up, little boy who amazed shoppers in costco with an unexpected talent. >> and mothers of a mixed breed. "the mix" is next. a mixed breed. "the mix" is next. & free. powered by hydrogen peroxide action to give you sparkling results with less harsh chemicals than ever before. because these are not just glasses. they're what your family drinks from. finish power and free. sparkling clean. less harsh chemicals.
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time now for "the mix." you know when parents bring their children to the supermarket or any store, it can be hard to keep they're entertained or occupied. this little boy at costco found a way to entertain himself and everyone there shopping. listen to this kid. ♪ ♪ ♪ incredible talent, right? >> absolutely. >> the little boy walked up to the piano that was on display. just put on an amazing show. >> he is a prodigy. has the hat and everything. can't be too easy standing up, either. >> and a new girlfriend. checking him out. >> he will have admirers real quick. cute alert. get ready to go awwwwwe. come on now.
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yeah. this is a bulldog, and those are kittens and he is a dude, by the way. he decided, i'll be mom to these guys. the owner kept the dog separated from the kittens but it's obvious they soon will love each other. >> polka time. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪
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this morning on "world news now," at risk. this morning on "world news now," at risk. alarming new research shows soccer athletes have the same deadly head injuries as football players. the new warning to parents. curbing car jackers. major round-up of suspected thieves targeting luxury car owners. putting drivers' lines on the line. surprising new information about the crack down. funeral home surprise. an elderly man declared dead at the hospital wakes up in a body bag. an unforgettable scene for the mortician and emotional roller coaster for his loved ones. and political race. how the president and vice president work up a sweat at the white house. an exercise routine you've got to see to believe. it's friday, february 28th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now."
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good morning. i'm marci gonzalez in for diana perez. >> i'm john muller. interesting workout outfits the president and vice president have, suit and tie. >> nice choice. i like it. that's how you go to the gym, right? >> that's exactly how i do it. well, i'll do it now that they are doing it. we'll begin this half hour with new research about head injuries suffered by soccer players. >> the result of a study from a former soccer pro who died of lou gehrig's disease at age 29. >> as abc's jim avila reports, it is shown that traumatic brain injuries may be more widespread than originally thought. >> reporter: american kids love to play soccer. long seen as the safe alternative to u.s. football. for the first time, a soccer player has been diagnosed with cte. the very same repetitive head trauma disease found in some pro football players. >> our son, patrick, was doing headers at age three. >> reporter: patrick granger died nearly two years ago. his brain donated to scientists
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at boston university studying cte. doctors announcing the frontal lobe of his brain was badly damaged, riddled with the same mind-numbing disease that leads to dementia and depression. >> getting hit in the head hundreds of thousands of times is not a normal part of life. it does not happen outside of sports and abuse. >> reporter: it's this move, the header, that's so dangerous for youngsters. players typically head the ball up to 12 times in a single game. watch again. that black and white sphere traveling up to 50 miles an hour. while football players are typically protected by a helmet, in soccer there is nothing between skull and leather. >> headers, as a youth, under age 14, should not happen. >> reporter: since the human brain doesn't develop until age 25, many doctors and even coaching clinics now advise parents against allowing header practice until the age of 14. while closely monitoring their children for concussions. jim avila, abc news, washington.
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now the blast of bitter cold air in the u.s. subzero temperatures now blamed for the death of a little girl. the 6-year-old was found dead at her northern minnesota apartment building after her mother called 911. police say she had signs of exposure to the frigid weather. still not clear how the girl got outside. temperatures at the time dipped to about minus 30. people in chicago are struggling to cope with polar conditions as well. after one of its coldest winters ever. the windy city could hit minus 4 this morning, breaking a record. brutal temperatures are expected to stick around for at least another week. and today they are bracing for more snow. the second of two rainstorms beginning right now to pound california, there's a mandatory evacuation order for more than a thousand homes in the foothills of southern california. police went door to door in that area where the colby wildfire happened last month. it incinerated so much ground cover that residents are
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building barriers to keep mudslides out of their homes. hundreds of miles to the north in the sierra range a mess of ice and snow and rain. many drivers in the higher elevations caught off guard by the snowstorm. the first storm lulled by a lack of snow so far this winter, police ordered the use of chains on larger vehicles. r. >> a look at the rest of the country's weather, the northeast will be dry, though much colder than earlier in the week. also chilly along the eastern gulf coast with frost and freeze advisories this morning in north florida. light showers elsewhere in the south. wintery mix in the midwest. and light snow in the upper midwest. >> highs only in the 20s and 30s from virginia up to new england. temperatures in the 40s in the central plains, much colder north. investigators in new mexico can't tell what caused the accident that caused 13 workers to radioactive particles in a nuclear waste dump. workers in the above ground radioactive material, the dump near carlsbad is the only waste disposal facility for nuclear waste in the country. nearly three dozen people
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face charges after police in new york and new jersey busted what they describe as a major auto theft ring. 27 of more than 160 cars recovered in the investigation were car jacked. abc's gio benitez reports. >> reporter: watch how quickly it can happen. a car jacker hijacks man right in front of his own house demanding his car keys to drive off with the victim's mercedes. just before christmas, a car jacker killed dustin friedman right in front of his wife at the mall, to take his car. it is part of a carjacking epidemic. police broke up a sophisticated carjacking ring. accused of swiping more than $8 million worth of high end cars. even allegedly pistol whipping some of their victims. more than two dozen people in jail. >> they will get what they deserve. >> reporter: the cars were stolen in new jersey and new york to be shipped all the way to west africa.
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these are some of the 160 stolen cars seized and we are told in west africa, they would have sold for a whole lot more than they're worth. this mercedes sells for $94,000 here. in west africa, it would fetch 30% more. that demand and new technology that makes cars impossible to hot wire, are fuelling those crimes. >> it is probably the compliment to the car companies here, is this they made it so it you've tough to steal a car in the conventional manner they need to get the key. >> reporter: and getting that key means confronting the driver. abc news, newark, new jersey. mississippi family rejoicing after the apparent death and resurrection of a loved one. what a story. 78-year-old walter williams pronounced dead by a coroner wednesday night. they put him in a plastic bag, zipped him up and took him away in a hearse.
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two hours later, the family got a call from the funeral home. he was alive and kicking, so to speak. >> i don't know how long he will bless us and grace us with his presence. but hallelujah, we thank him right now. right now. >> reporter: the funeral director said he's never seen anything like it. even the coroner said it is a miracle. >> he was kicking in the bag, that's how they were alerted he is alive. he is doing just fine now. full of life. >> they say he is full of life. it happens. that is just incredible. they call it a miracle. and gift from god. congratulations. >> yeah. moving on to new video of president obama and the vice president. it is getting a lot of attention right now. it starts calmly enough with the president working in the oval office. >> but then joe biden arrives. he asked the president if he's ready to move. and of course, they are. so, they head out for a run. take a lap around the white house. if you haven't figured it out by now, the video is part of the first lady's let's move initiative, which combats childhood obesity.
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>> when they are done, they start stretching and rehydrate with a glass of water. they promise to do the same thing next week. marci, i don't expect you to recognize that music but i think that is old monday night football music. >> you want to sing the whole thing? go for it. >> now we want to see the first lady and joe biden. they say that joe biden and the first lady won't want to hear the next run is scheduled for next week. they want to see it more often. but we want to see the ladies in their dresses and heels run around the white house. >> that would be a trick for su sure. got to do it more than once a week. >> coming up, mila kunis rocking an impressive diamond. what we're learning about her engagement later in "the skinny." >> and a hero to war director. a dedication to gary sinise. you're watching "world news now." ♪ ♪
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characters. abc's josh elliott tells us how an american actor is changing the lives of america's wounded warriors. >> run, forest, run. >> reporter: it is a true classic. the tale of a loveable, if naive hero. >> stupid is as stupid does. >> reporter: who embarks on an unforgettable, decades' long and singular american journey. >> my momma always said, life was like a box of chocolates. >> reporter: the journey that continues still for the movie's oscar-nominated actor gary sinise. >> try not to do anything stupid. >> reporter: aka, disgruntled amputee, lieutenant dan. >> who would have thought 20 years later lieutenant dan would be a part of my life. the veterans of my family. what happened to them when they came home from war. i just felt such compassion for them. >> reporter: he formed the gary sinise foundation in their
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honor. and this month took 50 wounded warriors from their hospital rooms and with a private charter on an all-expenses paid trip to where it began. lieutenant dan. hollywood. men and women such as brian anderson who lost his arm and both his legs in iraq. >> he put together this event that will change a lot of peoples' lives. and give people the mind-set that you can still be a whole person. >> reporter: the a-list heavy celebration starting at the film's ancestral home. >> welcome to hollywood and paramount pictures. >> reporter: then, one more surprise. a cameo appearance -- >> mr. tom hanks. >> reporter: -- by the man himself. >> i'm forest gump. you can call me forest gump. >> i would like to say, gary, you can see the enjoyment radiating off of you. so thank you for everything that you've done.
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>> reporter: and on this night, the stars lining this hollywood walk of fame, and those among us, who have sacrificed for the freedoms we hold so dear. >> they should know that they're appreciated. >> reporter: gary sinise, with whom he calls his new generation of lieutenant dans, they are america strong. josh elliott, abc news, new york. >> how great is that. >> awesome. so nice to see how he is helping people but also how that role changed his life and enriched it in so many ways, just from the experiences. and his foundation does more than what was discussed in that piece, too. it also provides wounded vets with home modifications, adapted vehicles, wheel chairs, all kinds of stuff. >> unbelievable. he has an outreach program. there are people recovering from emotional loss. it helps emotional wounds. they have exciting events and activities. lifestyle type things. like an a to z commitment gary sinise made.
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just unbelievable. hats off to him. still to come, "gravity" was very good to sandra bullock. her huge payday. we will talk about that in "the skinny." plus, a high profile couple might be engaged. you're watching "world news now."
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♪ ♪ all right, folks. time for "the skinny." we are reporting an engagement between two hollywood celebrities. >> and some say possibly the most adorable. we'll see. ashton kutcher and mila kunis are engaged. they are pretty cute. that's a cute shot there. >> good looking. >> a photographer spotted a big old diamond ring on her left finger and a source told the site the two are planning to make it official.
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the couple has been dating for about two years now. >> you may remember they played opposite each other on "the '70s show." the characters even dated for a little while on the show. that's awesome. life imitating art for sure. you date on a show then wined up in real life later on getting engaged. >> yeah, years later. >> congrats to them. cool. >> we will move on to robin thicke. he was back on stage last night since the first time that he announced that he and his wife of eight years were cutting things off. >> at an airport yesterday, thicke indicated to tmz he wants to try to work things out. >> you know, just trying to get her back. >> just trying to get her back. >> the distance between them and rumors of his infidelity have been said to be the cause of their split. >> also yesterday, thicke said that his infamous mtv show with miley cyrus does not have anything to do with the separation. he said he has no reason to tone down the stage act. it must be tough to be in the spotlight and have all this going on.
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hard to try to work things out. when you have everybody saying, what's going on. let's talk about sandra bullock. talk about a payday. a lot more than an academy award nomination than her role in "gravity." the star pocketed about $70 million from this movie. >> wow. that is because she gets 15% of the takings in addition to her $20 million fee. so far, "gravity" made $700 million worldwide. and it is still in movie theaters. she was not the first choice to play the marooned-in-space scientist. actually, angelina jolie was supposed to play that part but she dropped out. >> i wonder after learning about a $70 million payday, angelina is having some second thoughts. >> kicking herself now. >> i get royalties from "world news now." >> oh, really? >> i hope you have that in your contract? >> five bucks. >> you get a shave and a hair cut. actress jennifer hudson is showing a whole new side. the 32-year-old oscar winner and b magazine are creating quite a buzz. the pictures were taken by terry
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richardson, who is known for steamy photos. >> hudson has completed work on an upcoming film, "lullaby." she looks fantastic. the movie and album are in the future. these photos that have people talking right now. >> really looking fantastic. what a transformation, and she's made it stick. this is a great thing. >> right. exactly. she is doing it the healthy way. she looks fantastic. let's look at celebrity birthdays today. country singer jason aldean, turning 36. he sings that "night train." >> your favorite, right? you love country music. >> i don't dislike it. >> comedian gilbert gottfried. turns 58 years old. >> bernadette peters turns 65 today. >> oh, love her. >> racing legend mario andretti is 73. happy birthday to them all. coming up, winter weather continues to dominate the news. but an international crisis took over the headlines.
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♪ ♪ you know how to put a smile on my face with the music. >> you have learned to like country. >> i have. i totally have. we have our dancing boots on. we have to dance indoors because new york city is so cold. >> finally a quiet week on the weather front but headlines were active with international news. here is our friday rewind. el chappo does not play by the rules. he has unlimited resources. >> he is sometimes called the osama bin laden of drug trafficking. mostly because of the impact he had in the united states. the president of ukraine disappeared. >> that's why we have to elect a new ones. we chose further reductions in troop strength in order to keep up our readiness and
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technological superiority. this is not about hate or bigotry of any sort but rather about the protection of religious rights. >> this is discrimination couched behind the belief that i can hide behind my religious beliefs. >> after weighing all of the arguments, i have vetoed senate bill 1062 moments ago. usually one of the background players, and it's weird, obviously, this, but at the same time, it is what it is. and part of life. it might work to get people all torn up and upset and everybody mad all the time. but it is a dumb way to run a country. every time he's come, it's been really good for me. >> i had to fake it for "argo." i get to see the real thing here. i personally have seen the massive amount of financial strain this disease causes. and if the american people ever decide to reject genitalia driven comedy, i will no longer be able to afford it. >> we need the rain.
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>> well, i know, but not that much. >> not that much at once. but we do need the rain. >> i want the ipad. >> i want the ipad, too. want to remind you about a special feature for our facebook fans. >> called in case you missed it. you can check out all the highlights from our shows. log on to wnnfans.com to take a look. one thing we did this week that was a lot of fun, we tried to get out of the grip of old man winter by bringing the beach to us. >> we celebrated "world news now" beach day. you can relive some of the fun by logging on to our facebook page. such a good time. beach chairs. the snorkel, thank you. umbrellas, lemonade, even beach volleyball. my favorite part is when you fell. >> yes. >> hopefully that will be in the friday rewind. >> my mic got stuck to the chair. wasn't as spazy as it looks. >> announcer: this is abc's
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making news in america this morning, evacuations under way. mud slides and flooding fears gripping people in parts of california. a new powerful storm coming ashore right now. breaking overnight, tensions rising in ukraine as armed men take over an airport and the world waits for the ousted president to break his silence today. back to life. a man pronounced dead and put in a body bag. what happened next is living, breathing proof that miracles do happen. work it out. a run around the white house with the president and vice president. good friday morning, everyone. i'm john muller. >> and i'm marci gonzalez in for diana perez.

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