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♪ welcome back. as we remember robin williams, so many of you asking on our facebook page how someone who made the whole world laugh could be so sad himself? are the two linked in some way? what are warning signs of depression all of us should look out for? dan childs is here with us. thank you for being here. >> thank you. >> what does science say, a link between being a comedian and suffering from depression? >> research at this point is
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inconclusive, somewhat preliminary. there is one study that suggests the rate of suicide amongst the acting comedian community is twice the rate. >> double the rate? >> one young comedian, kevin green, talked about his depression and struggles with suicide. one thing he said, real depression is not being sad when something goes wrong. real depression is being sad when everything is going right. and that's perhaps something that really sort of typifies what we see here with robin williams. >> yeah, robin's death now making us take a closer look at the warning signs. what are some signs we should all be looking out for? >> they basically break down into all elements of your person. you can have physical manifestations. are you feeling fatigued, kind of weak, agitated? you can also have the mental effects. are you feeling clouded, indecisive? but especially the emotional effects, the most important of these, are you losing pleasure
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in things that would normally give you pleasure, feeling hopeless, are you feeling withdrawn? these are all the signs that can point to something truly being wrong. and signs that you need to seek help. >> not just daily basis. recurring, persistent issues. >> correct. at any given time any of us can experience any one of these things. if it has a pattern, keeps happening, typifies your existence. that is the time to seek help. >> telling us two simple questions you can ask if there is some one you are concerned about. ask them if they could be at risk for suicide. >> correct. one of the questions -- have you been feeling down, depressed, withdrawn? the other is have you been losing pleasure in things that are supposed to bring you pleasure? two things can really indicate that you are dealing with real depression. >> before we let you go. we understand so many people in the wake of robin williams' death, reaching out to the
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government hot lines. what does this mean? >> correct. we talked with one major government hotline. 4,300 people calling in the day after robin williams' death. we have seen a spike in this. in a way could be a silver lining, people who have been struggling with this quite some time are seeking help they need. >> dan childs, thank you, managing editor of our medical unit. thank you. we want everyone to know help is out there. you can call national suicide prevention line at -- 1-800-273-talk. michelle? >> thank you, devin. as we continue on "world news now," robin williams and his many funny phrases. >> good morning, vietnam! >> which is your favorite? we'll look at williams' impact on pop culture. ahead in our next half hour, did you ever want to get away for just an hour or so, to work without interruption or just hear yourself think? we'll look at a new app that takes away your stress. you're watching "world news no
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♪ as we mourn the loss of robin williams, we have also been celebrating all of the moments where he made us laugh, cry, and everything in between. >> and you've been sharing with us through social media your favorite big screen moments and catchphrases. did yours make our list of the top five? here's abc's chris conley. >> i'm popeye -- >> reporter: in words, in sounds and scenes.
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robin williams gave us iconic moments so many still treasure. first, that memorable catchphrase -- >> nanu-nanu. >> reporter: nanu-nanu from "mork & mindy." today, this handwritten sign at mork's tv home, you will be missed. how about the iconic wake-up call from 1987's "good morning, vietnam." >> good morning, vietnam! >> reporter: williams then carried it around the world! >> good morning -- >> good morning, virginia! >> good morning, baghdad! >> reporter: and even sent it up to space. >> good morning, "discovery!" >> reporter: "dead poet's society" would offer this scene and inspiration and later youthful defiance. >> i stand upon my desk to remind myself that we must constantly look at things in a different way. >> reporter: and fans around the world doing it too. posting these images. in his memory.
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>> genie, i need help. >> all right, sparky, here's the deal. >> reporter: the greatest ad-libber of his comic generation, williams was unbottled anarchy as the voice of the genie in "aladdin." >> patches, what are we trying to say? beggar? no. work with me here. >> reporter: who could ever forget williams' role as mrs. doubtfire, the clean-up woman undercover. even in the sadness of his passing, his sensibility shines. warm, generous, with laugher for all. chris conley, abc news, los angeles. >> so many -- >> great gems there. in my office i have frames, the quotation from when he was john keating in "dead poet's society." carpe diem, seize the day, boys, make your lives extraordinary. love the line. >> "mrs. doubtfire," clips, a drive-by fruiting, i love all
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welcome back. it's time for "the mix". and time for some good laughs. if you didn't think fish could fly, think again. i introduce you to the woosh fish cannon. take a look. >> woosh. >> there it is. designed by some guy in washington state to take salmon, put them through the tube there -- feed them in. get them out of the river, feed them in, shoot the salmon. you'll see it over a manmade dam. dams on the rivers in the northwest. a big challenge for salmon. they swim upstream to breed, spawn. if you love salmon, you know, the salmon have got to get up there to reproduce. what better way to get them over
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the dam? >> looks like a wild ride. originally designed for fruit. but someone got the idea -- >> 15, 22 miles an hour. 100 feet, like a fish slip and slide. >> i have a giant fish, whale shark of a story coming up next. two fishermen off the coast of the atlantic ocean spear fishing. they got the surprise of their lives. look at this shark. >> look at that thing. >> you can hear underwater gasps from one of the divers. the other one, he decides to just try and get on board. and i love the way whale sharks have an entourage of their own. all the little fish. >> and i do understand whale sharks are some of the more benign sharks. they're called filter feeders. they have the wide mouths. they eat plankton they don't like to bite, thankfully, humans. >> moving on in case you've haven't seen online the craze, the ice bucket challenge for als. so many videos on social media. this caught our eye. a daughter showing daddy how it is done. here she is. take a look. >> whoo!
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refreshing. then she moves on to dad. >> and, there they go. all of this a good cause for als. the ap is reporting that the als association has seen 1,000% spike already in donations thanks to this craze. get out there. give it a try. apparently word is that new jersey governor chris christie is dishing out challenges. we could see some stars soon. >> that was a very touching one to see. >> it is, very sweet. >> what happens when you can't make major league baseball? well, you do the next best thing. you catch foul balls. and one manhattan guy named zach campbell decided he was going to catch foul balls for his hobby. he has collected over 7,500. his goal is 10,000. he's well on his way. he says he has a technique where he's not even watching the ball. he just sees how it moves and he goes after it. >> climb over you to get it, so watch out --
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this morning on "world news now" -- dangerous downpours. the killer storms flooding big cities across a wide area of the country. the overnight damage reports and the latest from accuweather. remembering lauren bacall. the glamorous superstar's life and death. condolences coming in overnight. best friends. the unbreakable bond between fellow actors, robin williams and christopher reeve. the pact they made as classmates and the laughs they shared. and making a deal. new developments involving justin bieber and his drunk driving arrest just hours before the case goes to court. that's in "the skinny," on this wednesday, august 13th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >> good morning. i'm michelle franzen.
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>> i'm devin dwyer. great to have you with us. a lot of people watching what's happening in the biebs case in miami and what kind of penalty the judge might dish out here. we get to that later this half hour. we begin with the record-breaking soaker bearing down on the northeast. torrential downpours, triggering widespread flooding and water rescues. >> the storms killed at least two people in michigan before battering pennsylvania, opening up this sinkhole. take a look at a tanning salon near pittsburgh. one car completely swallowed up. no longer visible here. thankfully no one was hurt. abc's karen travers has more. >> reporter: from the midwest to the east coast, soaking rain. record-setting rain around detroit. >> a river, outside the door. the water is up to the curb. >> reporter: in some areas more than 6 inches in about ten hours. that's the most rain in a single day there since 1925. >> my son just called and said his basement is all flooded. >> reporter: across the metro region, hundreds of car rescues.
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and hundreds of more vehicles just abandoned. >> saw about six cars get stuck on the way home. just trying to help out. i'm sure there will be more getting stuck over there. >> reporter: the drenching rain hit the east coast next. areas south and east of baltimore, maryland, saw more than half a foot. that led to dangerous road conditions and more rescues. maryland firefighters were busy helping stranded drivers. no injuries were reported. this photo was taken at baltimore washington international airport. cars under water after 6 inches of rain poured down. and flash flood watches are in effect all up and down the east coast. karen travers, abc news, washington. >> and that heavy rain isn't done yet. more potential flooding from the pacific northwest to the southwest and here in the northeast. >> that's right. with heavy downpours, this morning's commute could be dangerous. our coverage continues at accuweather with meteorologist jim dickey. good morning, jim. >> good morning, devin, michelle. after bringing flooding to the
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detroit area on monday, then baltimore, d.c., yesterday, storm system crawl eastward. now the heavy rain, flooding rain aimed at new england. watching the corridor from burlington, vermont done to long island. northeast ward boston, we're talking 2 to 4 inches of rainfall. locally higher amounts here through the day. again, flash flooding, river flooding major concern in these areas. across the northwest, storm system continues to push in, bringing rain and storms here. a few will be severe especially eastern oregon, idaho, packing gusty winds, packing large hail. into the southwest, moisture drawn to the four corners. heavy thunderstorms through the late part of the day, flash flooding and the threat for dust storms. devin, michelle, back to you. >> thank you so much, jim. we are learning more details this morning about the death of actor robin williams. investigators say it was his personal assistant who found his body monday before noon. authorities say he committed suicide by hanging. they also found a pocketknife near his body with cuts on his wrist. friends of williams tell abc
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news they were getting increasingly concerned about his state of mind. >> we have been worried. we have been -- he has been fragile. he has been like really, it was clear to us that, you know that he was not in great shape. >> landmarks made famous by his legendary career, spilling over, with tributes this morning. from the bench in boston, from "good will hunting" to the san francisco home of "mrs. doubtfire," and the house in boulder, colorado, where it all started with "mork & mindy." to another sad passing. hollywood legend, lauren bacall has died here in new york. the actress had a long career in movies, broadway and television. here's abc's juju chang. >> reporter: lauren bacall's life story is the stuff hollywood dreams are made of. spotted at 19 on the cover of "harper's bazaar" brought to hollywood to star in her first picture. >> what did you do that for? >> reporter: opposite humphrey bogart in "to have and have not." >> what's the decision? >> i don't know yet. >> reporter: they fell in love and despite a 25-year age difference, married the next year. ♪
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>> reporter: on and off screen, they were hollywood's golden couple. >> i like that. i'd like more. >> reporter: no one, bacall said, has ever written a romance better than we lived it. in 1957, bogey died of cancer. bacall had a well-publicized romance with frank sinatra and a ill-fated marriage to jason robards. >> the men were all mistakes except for bogart. every one of them was a mistake. >> reporter: bacall found her salvation on stage. ♪ >> reporter: singing and dancing her way to two tony awards. on screen she evolved from seductress to the elegant older woman. >> i mean there was a man in my compartment last night. it was pitch-dark of course, and my eyes were closed in terror. >> reporter: you can't always be a leading lady, a glamour puss she said. >> how would it look, the mother dating and the daughter stays home alone? >> mom, who's looking? >> reporter: people did look. bacall commanded attention. she exuded class.
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elegance. independence. in her 70s, she was nominated for an oscar. and honored at the kennedy center. [ applause ] it's hard to believe, she once said, that it all happened to me. >> because you do have a sense of it. how could i have lived through all of that? >> reporter: juju chang, abc news, new york. >> what an incredible actress. you know she said she named her son steven after the character of that first movie, "to have and have not" which was bogey's character's name. >> fascinating. so many remembrances you have been noting have been pouring in on twitter and facebook. this one from richard roeper, film critic, tweeted just moments ago, lauren bacall was a great beauty, a natural to be filmed in glorious black and white. >> she will be missed. moving on to the crisis in iraq and word that more than 130 more u.s. troops are arriving on
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the ground there to assess the situation in that key city of erbil. the pentagon says they joined more than 800 u.s. service members already in iraq. meanwhile thousands of iraqi refugees have been trying to flee their village after isis forces took over. u.s. air force cargo planes made a sixth airdrop overnight of food and water to help the trapped civilians on sinjar mountain. and the world health organization approved the use of an experimental ebola treatment given to two american aid workers. now the question, who should get it? the last doses made in the u.s. is going to two doctors battling ebola in liberia. it could take months to make more. canada just announced plans to donate up to 1,000 doses of its experimental vaccine to africa. but it's far short of what's needed there. topping our health headlines, putting hand sanitizer in your child's backpack may be a waste of time and money. a new study finds the use of hand sanitizer in the classroom did not keep kids from getting sick. researchers in new zealand said sanitizer in school was no better than just teaching students to wash their hands with good old soap and water.
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and since you are watching us, maybe you're struggling with insomnia or maybe you're a night shift worker. if that's the case, a new study about sleeping aids might come as a surprise. it says those medications aren't worth their cost. it claims taking melatonin increased the average length of sleep time after a night shift by just 24 minutes. and that users' level of alertness when they were taking and were awake after taking the sleep aid improved only moderately. so we're back -- >> what do you think? >> we're back to just finding your own remedy, i think. what do you do? >> i don't know. i take over-the-counter sleeping remedy. i think it helps get you to sleep every night. if getting you to sleep gets you in there quicker, on the pillow, i'm all for it. >> i try not to. i try to just use -- >> naturally. >> -- stated of mind. >> i also use eye masks. very scary looking. >> i was going to ask you about that. a wild variety of eye masks.
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>> i have a collection, maybe we should feature some time. >> need to bring those in. >> abc "world news now." all right. well, moving on with some kudos for the u.s. coast guard. often see their crews in action rescuing people from a boat. that's not the case here. >> these guys were off the new jersey coast last weekend helping a huge leatherback turtle. the turtle was said to be about 800 pounds. you can see its flipper splashing the water. >> it had become entangled with fishing gear which was interfering, obviously, with its ability to swim. once it was freed, the little guy -- big guy just drifted away very happy. flipping his way through there. >> that's right. >> i've never seen a turtle that big, i must say, even at aquariums. >> didn't know they would be off the coast there. >> coast guard to the rescue. they do great work out there. from babies, sailboats to turtles. they're doing it all. and a big splash to them. coming up in the skinny, major developments for hard core fans f you're a fan, of "breaking bad."
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as we continue to remember, robin williams, we are discovering awe the ways he touched the lives of those closest to him. and one of his dearest friends was christopher reeve. >> the two met as aspiring actors in school and made a pact that would last a lifetime even after reeves' death. abc's barbara walters has a special look at that incredible bond. >> reporter: it was 1973, two young men part of,000 students who were auditioning for just 20 spots at the prestigious julliard school of drama. and they both made it in. reeve and williams became roommates and formed a friendship that would last for decades even after death. >> i just want to thank, also, a very, very special person tonight. chris reeve, i miss you and i also say, may flights of angels sing to you thy sweet rest, sweet prince. good night.
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>> reporter: legend has it the two made a pact as students that whoever made it first would always support the other one. in 1995 reeve injured his spine in a horse riding accident. and was paralyzed from the neck down. when i interviewed him four months later, he said the greatest gift williams ever gave him was the gift of laughter. >> you had a very good friend named robin williams. >> yes. yes. >> and i understand that he came here to see you? >> i was hanging upside down, semiconscious, not eating, not drinking. and i turned to my side and there is robin williams dressed as a doctor, wearing one of those funny blue scrub hats. and for the first time since i crashed, i laughed. as i always -- as we all always do with robin. and i felt such joy at seeing him. he had come all that way. and, you know, seeing him and laughing and enjoying each other like the old days was one of the first indicators that life could be good again.
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>> so powerful there to see him with barbara back many years ago. and i love this, from reeve's book, his description of william, short-haired, stocky, long-haired fellow, wore tie-dye shirts with track bottoms and talked a mile a minute. when they first met back in school. they, of course -- they would go on to become, in the words of reeve's widow, closer than brothers. >> described him perfectly. it's fun to hear now just the story line of their powerful relationship as you mentioned, reeve's wife mentioning they're close as brothers. kind of unlikely they would be close. fun to hear those stories. >> and there in a time of need. >> when we come back, big news for "breaking bad" fans. >> if you watch "breaking bad", you know walter white may be no more. the story lives on. see what his lawyer is up to in "better call saul." that
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♪ skinny so skinny ♪ it is time now for "the skinny." and a legal break for justin bieber. >> a big break. his drunk driving case in miami, florida, expected to conclude today with a plea deal and the state dropping the big dui charge. bieber, of course, was arrested last january along with a friend after they allegedly drag raced. bieber behind the wheel of the
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yellow lamborghini. "the miami herald" reporting this morning that lawyers will accept a guilty plea for careless driving and resisting arrest. >> also part of the deal, anger management courses and compulsory viewing of videos showing the real life tragic consequences of drunk driving. >> all right. maybe he'll actually sit in on those classes or watch them online. we'll see. >> a judge says yes. >> a judge is going to give him the order. next, another reason fans of abc's "nashville," lovers of country music will want to check this out. season premiere next month. >> season two cliffhanger back in may, left charles' character in the midst of a love triangle. but wait, there's more. >> that's right. during season three's premiere, he will perform a song he co-wrote with country singer dinah carter, live from the show bluebird cafe set. the special live season premiere of "nashville" airs on september 24th here on abc. next up, attention "breaking
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bad" fans, amc is out with a trailer for a prequel. better call saul >> he was walter white's sleazy colorful attorney. the upcoming show takes place before they meet. >> for your viewing pleasure, here's the teaser, basically in its entirety. >> lawyers, we're like health insurance. we hope you never need it. man, oh, man, not having it. no. >> showing a lot of leg there. amc execs hinted, bryan cranston could make an appearance. love bryan cranston. airs in february. >> fun pictures to share. taylor swift, her bff, lorde, showing their talent goes well beyond the recording studio. >> two singing sensations are also brushing up on culinary skills. they took a cooking class together in rhode island. swift posted this on instagram. calling it the best and only
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cooking lesson they have ever had. >> in lorde's photo you get a taste of what they're making. take a look. tacos there. she referred to swift as a super good cook. no word on whether their next collaboration will be a musical one. that would be fun. if the face on the cover of "harper's bazaar" looks vaguely familiar, there is a good reason. take a look, emma ferrer, the grand daughter of legendary audrey hepburn. >> same dark hair, beautiful complexion. famous cheek bones. emma never got to know her grandmother but says she watches her old movies. >> she is styling. looks very good there. let's move on to some birthdays on this wednesday. celebrating birthdays, danny bonaducci, once the 10-year-old danny from "partridge family." hard to believe danny is 55. >> john flaherty is 52. >> emma king is 29. and demarcus cousins is 24. happy birthday to all. it's hard to believe danny's 55.
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clients two times a month. breather is there. for that kind of meeting, you can have a professional looking space. >> reporter: as for security, rooms are only located in commercial buildings and close each day at 10 p.m. >> we have a network of people around city i can contact at any time who can come and help out anyone who is having any issues with the room whatsoever. >> reporter: the next time you could use a breather, just download the app and book one. tina trinh, abc new, new york. >> that's a really good concept. you know, it started out of canada, a $1.5 million venture. it's going to san francisco soon, but i have a feeling new yorkers will find a way -- >> new yorkers lover stuff like that. >> come up with whole new ideas. >> $25 an hour in new york city. to rent the space. includes the wi-fi. here's the catch, the rooms are cleaned after each use. you never know what's going on in there each day. >> definitely makes sense for business people coming, who don't need to get a room, they just need to present something. >> it does. >> announcer: this is abc's "world news now," informing insomniacs for two decades.
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good morning. i'm devin dwyer. >> i'm michelle franzen. here are some of the top headlines we're following this morning on "world news now." tributes are overflowing at notable robin williams' landmarks around the country from the "good will hunting" bench in boston to the "mork & mindy" house in boulder, colorado, as we learn new details about his death. fans are remembering screen legend lauren bacall this morning. the actress died yesterday here in new york city following a stroke at age 89. bacall was famously paired with humphrey bogart both on and off the screen. the clippers are under new ownership now that a judge has confirmed shelly sterling's right to sell the team. the purchase by microsoft ceo steve ballmer was completed yesterday.
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and a study about sleep aids says they hardly improve the sleep of workers following the night shift. they say users' alertness was only slightly improved when they were awake. those are some of the top stories on this wednesday, august 13th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." good morning to you. great to have you with us. we begin this half hour with new details surrounding the death of robin williams. >> fans, friends and family are still stunned this morning as we find out more about how the hollywood legend ended his own life. abc's cecelia vega is in san francisco. >> reporter: new details about robin williams' final hours. at 10:30 p.m. sunday night, williams was last seen alive by his wife, susan schneider. investigators say she woke up monday morning and left their house thinking her husband was still asleep. but just before noon, his personal assistant discovered his body. distraught she called 911. emergency crews responded in minutes. >> apparent suicide attempt by hanging.
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>> our indication is that it is a suicide due to asphyxia, due to hanging. >> reporter: a pocketknife found near his body, cuts on his wrist. >> mr. williams had been seeking treatment for depression. >> reporter: this long-time friend who saw williams just last week told me he and others close to him were concerned. >> we've been worried. he's been fragile. he's been like really -- it was clear to us that he was not in great shape. >> reporter: did you think it would come to this? >> no. i mean, he was getting so much love and support all around him. you know, it's -- i mean, for me, there's no making sense of any of this. >> reporter: those landmarks made famous over the course of a legendary career, now memorials. from the bench in boston seen in "good will hunting." >> you don't know about real love because it only occurs when you love something more than you love yourself. >> reporter: now surrounded by
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tributes written in chalk to his star on the hollywood walk of fame, spilling over with flowers and notes. as fans mourn the loss of a movie legend, williams' family mourned in private. his wife saying in a statement i am utterly heartbroken. from those who worked with williams, the tributes keep pouring in. ben affleck saying, he made matt and my dreams come true. what do you owe a guy who does that? everything. and "mork & mindy" producer gary marshall discovered robin williams, and he said, he had more energy than any one in any room. >> i think i will miss mostly that he is not here anymore and i could call him up and get a laugh. because he sure could do that. better than anybody i ever saw. >> reporter: investigators won't say whether robin williams left behind a suicide note. they do say this investigation will remain open as they await the results of a toxicology test. cecelia vega, abc news, san francisco. >> our coverage of robin williams' death does not end here. find out how fellow cast member from the movie "patch adams" is remembering the actor who helped
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her through a crisis. that's later this half hour. much of the northeast is getting slammed today with soaking downpours that could make a mess of the morning commute. the same storm system pounded maryland yesterday. dumping more than 7 inches of rain near baltimore in just a few hours. rapidly rising floodwaters there trapped drivers in their cars, backed up traffic and submerged some roads under ten feet of water. meanwhile, the pouring rain caused the sinkhole to open in a parking lot of a tanning salon in pittsburgh. one car, you can't see it there, completely swallowed up in minutes. but the driver was rescued before the entire car vanished. powerful storms also wreaking havoc on the other side of the country, trapping drivers near phoenix. you see it here. one man who escaped to the roof of his car was forced to jump as the rushing floodwaters rocked the car. firefighters there waiting to scoop him up to safety. >> from the west to the northeast, these storms are
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posing a threat in the hours ahead, with watches and warning posted for millions. >> accuweather meteorologist jim dickey is here with the latest. good morning, jim. >> good morning, devin and michelle. an area of low pressure continues to crawl eastward, dragging a cold front into new england. this system produced flooding through the past couple days. monday, brought flooding to detroit, toledo, yesterday, baltimore and d.c. now the flooding rainfall aimed at new england. this rain will come down in buckets at times. we're talking 2 to 4 inches of rain across a wide area, new york city, montreal, burlington, vermont, boston area. again, flooding a major concern. flash flooding and river flooding. in the northwest, upper level low moving in here as well. keeping rain and storms in place. a few storms will be severe. packing gusty winds. packing large hail. expecting widespread thunderstorms across the four corners also bringing flash flooding. devin and michelle, back to you. >> thanks, jim. the u.s. military has conducted a sixth airdrop of
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food and water for thousands of iraqi citizens threatened by isis forces. the pentagon says 10 far 100,000 meals and 27,000 gallons of drinking water have been delivered since the airdrops began late last week. the military has sent an additional 130 troops to iraq to assess the crisis. >> i would also say it follows the criteria president obama made clearly. that this is not any -- any extension of -- of any role other -- for the united states other than to find ways to assist and help advise the iraqi security forces, which we have been doing. >> thousands of refugees are on the move in iraq as isis fighters take over their villages. hillary clinton is trying to smooth things over this morning with her former boss, after seeming to credit size his
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foreign policy philosophy in a recent interview. clinton called president obama's early approach to syria a, quote, failure. yesterday the former secretary of state called mr. obama to talk about the comments. her spokesman says, clinton plans to, quote, hug it out, when the two couples see each other later today on martha's vineyard. instead of unrest, there has been community forum in st. louis about the weekend shooting of an unarmed black teen by ferguson police. reverend al sharpton and the governor of missouri were among those appealing for calm. abc's steve osunsami spoke with the boy's parents. >> i close my eyes and think about him. and i wake up. >> reporter: we sat down with grieving parents who now find themselves at the center of this storm. they're asking authorities to tell them the name of the officer who killed michael brown, their 18-year-old son. >> he sees a black walking down the street, he fits the profile. >> reporter: have the police been working with you at all? >> no, no. >> no. >> this person got to pay for this.
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>> uh-huh. >> this person got to pay. >> reporter: these are exclusive new pictures taken moments after brown was shot to death by a still unidentified ferguson city police officer. >> you shoot out the window at a child? >> reporter: there's the officer's police suv with his lights still flashing. the teenager was unarmed. he and a friend walking home to his grandmother's house when the friend says the officer drove up telling them to get off the street. police say there was a fight with the officer. witnesses say that's not true. the president weighing in. calling the death heartbreaking. police are telling us they're not identifying the police officer because they fear for his safety. >> we think that the value that might have been gained, if any, by releasing the name is far outweighed by the risk of danger at this point. >> reporter: michael brown was supposed to start school. instead there's this roadside memorial where he died. his father told me he knew his
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son would light up the world, but not this way. steve osunsami, abc news, ferguson, missouri. the mystery behind the switching of the brooklyn bridge flags may be solved. two german artists claimed responsibility for removing two american flags from the bridge last month and replacing them with faded white flags. the artists who are now in berlin say the stunt was not anti-american, but a celebration of public art. new york police have not confirmed their story. >> yeah, i don't think they anticipated reaction from new york police. they gave cryptic video from the top of the bridge there to "the new york times" to corroborate their story. interesting, they said they will give back the original american flags. they folded them according to code. they have always planned to forward. >> they say they were just honoring the architect of that bridge, john roebling. >> who was german. >> he was german.
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>> interesting. moving onto the aftermath of a teenage rape case that brought so much attention to the small town of steubenville, ohio. one of the high school football players there found guilty of raping a 16-year-old two years ago. he is back on the field. malik richmond was sentenced to a year in detention and is now classified as a sex offender. they leave it up to schools to determine if any student can participate in sports. troubled pop star justin bieber is reportedly set to cut a plea deal today in his drunk driving case in miami, florida. his lawyers reportedly accepted a guilty plea for careless driving in the alleged drag race, resisting arrest, with the state dropping the dui charge. bieber will also be required to attend anger management courses. pepsi, quacker oats, this morning facing a $2 billion lawsuit from the great grandchildren of the woman behind their multimillion dollar
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brand, aunt jemima, the lawsuit alleges the company exploited anna short harrington and recipes. the lawsuit claims they failed to pay her or her family, a fair share of royalties for over 60 years. harrington's family found out last year, that quaker oats trademarked the imagine 1937. well, we have seen plenty of bears this summer. and they've been walking around on their hind legs in new jersey, and eating from dumpsters. practically everywhere. >> here is another one we like. making itself comfortable in the cab of a cleaning crew. the front range arborists, colorado springs, colorado. >> they say the bear didn't damage the inside of the truck but it apparently did slobber on someone's sandwich. after a few minutes, it just wandered off. >> there we go. happy ending. >> don't leave your lunch in the truck. >> unattended. smokey the bear might come and chow down on it before going back out to fight those fires. we saw him running away. that's a good sign. >> he's taking off. coming up -- returning to our last story and little known
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co-star of robin williams as she faced the battle of her life. the breakthrough treatment for ebola. the major advance and tough question as but supply and tremendous demand. later, looking for medical help and finding it at walmart. can discount stores provide topnotch health care? >> you're watching "world news now." ♪ doctor doctor is this love i'm feeling ♪ >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by iams pet food. >> announcer: "world news now" weather fwrut -- weather brought to-up by iams pet food.
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welcome back. with over 1,000 lives lost in the latest ebola outbreak, the effort to aid patients is increasing. there's a major debate brewing over that new treatment of the virus. >> that's right. the experimental treatment given to the two sick americans is having difficulty reaching the thousands of patients in africa. more from abc's mara schiavocampo. >> reporter: the world health organization has approved the use of zmapp to combat ebola. calling it the largest most severe and most complex outbreak of ebola virus disease in history. that drug has shown so much promise, it's been given to two american aid workers being treated for ebola in atlanta. while they both improved, many others are in desperate need and demand for the drug is soaring. but zmapp, which is in extremely limited supply, has notably not been provided to the africans who make up the majority of the victims, raising questions about
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its distribution. >> the ethical question is how we should decide who should get it if we have limited supply. we want to make sure we have clear criteria to make sure it is done fairly. >> reporter: the drug made from tobacco plants in the u.s. can take weeks to produce. and the manufacturer says the available supply has been exhausted. that drug is being made in kentucky and medical experts say it will likely be the end of the year before they have enough new supply to begin trials. mara schiavocampo, abc news, new york. >> you know the government clearing the way for expediting those trilsz in recent weeks but it raises some very interesting questions. when you have the experimental treatment, only using it on americans, only using it on sdrs, and highway do you decide who gets when you have such a limited supply? >> exactly. there is such a need for it, the death rate between 50% and 60%. they need to find something that will help. >> they do. the traditional methods, apparently, obviously not working. more than 1,000 dead now and it's continuing. it's been going on for weeks now. we'll continue to follow it here.
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coming up, though, speaking of medicine, the doctor will see you now, apparently at walmart. well, almost the country's biggest retailer adding health care to its product line. >> will they be able to provide the health care, cheaper and better? the details right after this. >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our abc stations.
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♪ oh oh doctor doctor can't you see i'm burning burning ♪ walmart has always promised one-stop shopping and now it wants to add health care to what you can buy there. >> they are adding it there. we love that '80s song. we are into it. they are opening clinics in their stores. not everyone thinking turning customers into patients is a good idea. abc's brandi hitt has the story. >> reporter: walmart, the one-stop shopping destination
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for everything from groceries to clothing and even treadmills. and now your physician. the nation's largest retailer is marketing itself as primary medical provider. in addition to 100 basic care clinics, walmart is opening six primary care clinics inside stores in texas and south carolina. with licensed nurse practitioners ready to diagnose and treat chronic illnesses and injuries. all for $40 a visit. just $4 if you're a walmart employee. the clinics are located in areas where doctors are scarce. and off-site supervising physicians are ready to step in when needed. dr. michael rodriguez is not affiliated with walmart. >> more access to care is extremely important. but that care needs to be high-quality care. >> reporter: it's the latest step in a growing trend. drugstore clinics at walgreens and cvs stores offering limited screenings and vaccines have been growing in popularity. >> when i am jammed with time,
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our time schedules are tight. it is very convenient for us. >> reporter: but dr. rodriguez says walmart is taking it a step further and he's concerned that primary care givers at the helm are nurse practitioners, not docto doctors. >> their training and expertise is not the same as primary care physicians. >> reporter: walmart is opening six more primary care clinics by the end. year. it tells abc news we aim to be part of a continuum of care, while driving down costs for our associates and customers. adding that it also offers referrals to specialists as needed. brandi hitt, abc new, los angeles. >> you know, it makes sense. bring the clinic to where people are. there's certainly a need for it. >> a big movement. target doing it. cvs doing it with the minute clinics. if you find me there, after hours -- >> i understand amongst your many duties also include patient care there. >> that's right. i love the white jacket. >> where do you find the time for all of this?
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today at age 22, cameron brooke stanley is cancer-free. she remembers how robin williams cared deeply about the kids in the cast. >> he was such a real person. so when even off the set, when we weren't -- when we weren't filming, he was just trying to hang out with the kids and trying to make us forget that we were sick. >> reporter: cameron was undergoing both chemotherapy and radiation for a tumor on her kidney. williams gave her a nickname, little buddha because of her bald head. >> he didn't really act like a big star. he just acted like one of us. i mean, even during lunchtime, we would all be sitting out on a table outside, and he would run over, hey, did you try the lemonade? oh, my gosh, it's so good. >> reporter: cameron has keepsake photos of the "patch adams" shoot and this one with williams and the 12 cast members. she says there was a real
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chemistry between them. we both loved to laugh. we both loved to tell jokes. that's what our friendship was, was just laughs and we worked really well together. and he's just an amazing man. >> reporter: cameron was first cast as an extra but ended up as a principal with a speaking role. she is convinced williams helped her through a challenging period in her life. today she's a fashion designer of hand-beaded mini skirts and crystal-covered clutch bags. and robin williams' lasting legacy is teaching her the value of laughter. >> definitely laughter is the best medicine. >> reporter: david louis, abc 7 news. >> a lesson for all of us. laughter, the best medicine, even at such a time of sorrow. you know, some of those red noses showing up on his hollywood star, the walk of fame, and at so many memorials this morning. >> very touching. >> well, that's the news for this half hour. >> remember to follow us on facebook at wnnfans.com.
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this morning on "world news now" -- loss of a legend. remembering the silver screen superstar lauren bacall. from her marriage to humphrey bogart to her dazzling film roles, hollywood at a loss. shocking news -- the disturbing details about robin williams' suicide and the spotlight now being shined on mental health. we'll have team coverage. and killer floods -- the dangerous downpours from detroit to the east coast. the impact of this powerful storm. >> i guess she drove into the water, it rows and she got stuck. >> and the storms that could lead to a messy morning commute. it's wednesday, august 13th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >> good morning, i'm michelle franzen. >> i'm devin dwyer. it's great to have you with us.
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you know, the memorials for robin williams still pouring in overnight. so many people having a hard time letting go of the star. >> yes, they are. certainly a lot of other people are mourning another loss. >> another huge loss this morning for hollywood, legendary actress, lauren bacall, the bronx born star died yesterday here in new york at a hospital after suffering a stroke. she was 89. >> she appeared in movies for a half century and was known for her high-profile love life. here's abc's brandi hitt. >> reporter: lauren bacall had the look, that sultry side-long glance and that throaty voice full of promise. >> you know to whistle, don't you, steve? you just put your lips together and blow. >> reporter: bacall's life story is the stuff hollywood movies are made of. spotted at 19 on the cover of "harper's bazaar" she was brought to hollywood to star in her first picture opposite humphrey bogart in "to have and have not." >> what's the decision? >> i don't know yet. >> reporter: they fell in love.
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and despite a 25-year age difference, married the next year. on and off screen, they were hollywood's golden couple. >> i like that. i'd like more. >> reporter: no one, bacall said, has ever written a romance better than we lived it. in 1957, bogey died of cancer. bacall had a well-publicized romance with frank sinatra and an ill-fated marriage to actor jason robards. >> the men were all a mistake except for bogart. every single one of them was a mistake. >> reporter: bacall found salvation on stage. singing and dancing her way to two tony awards. on screen, she evolved from seductress to the elegant elderly woman. >> there was a man in my compartment. it was pitch-dark. my eyes were closed in terror. >> reporter: you can't always be a leading lady, a glamour puss she said. >> how would it look, the mother is dating, the daughter stays home alone? >> mom, who's looking?
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>> reporter: people did look. bacall commanded attention. she exuded class, elegance and independence. in her 70s she was nominated for an oscar and honored at the kennedy center. [ applause ] >> reporter: it's hard to believe, she once said, that it all happened to me. of course, you do have a sense of it. how could i have lived through all of that? >> reporter: brandi hitt, abc news, los angeles. >> such a big loss. such a big star. you met her once. >> i did get to meet her a few years back. she was a fixture at the dog show. she was an avid animal lover. i met her at westminster dog show. she was a wonderful person to talk to. she just really loved talking about the animals. that voice, you know, never left. >> just beautiful onscreen there. she, as brandi said there, didn't get her oscar nomination until 1996. she never won one but got the honorary oscar a few years later for her work. our hats off to her. >> she will be missed now. now to a new devastating
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detail about the passing of another hollywood legend. distraught fans in los angeles have been leaving tributes on robin williams' star on the hollywood walk of fame. as well as outside his home in marin county, just north of san francisco. abc's kirk hawkins has more. >> reporter: the coroner confirming earlier suspicions actor/comedian robin williams committed suicide. >> mr. williams' life ended from asphyxia due to hanging. >> reporter: the 63-year-old was last seen alive by his wife, susan schneider. investigators say she woke up monday morning and left their house, thinking her husband was still asleep. but just before noon, his personal assistant discovered his body. distraught, she called 911. emergency crews responded in minutes. >> apparent suicide attempt by hanging. >> reporter: family friends speaking out. >> we've been worried. he's been fragile. he's been really -- it was clear to us that, you know, that he was not in great shape. >> reporter: hollywood still reeling from the news. >> i cried. he was a good man.
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he wasn't my family. he wasn't my brother or any of that stuff. he was my friend. >> reporter: tributes from coast to coast. at the smithsonian national portrait gallery in washington, d.c., they installed a photograph. at the san francisco home the setting for the movie "mrs. doubtfire." >> i think many, many people looked up to him. and so did i. >> reporter: robin williams' star on hollywood boulevard's walk of fame, now a memorial, spilling over with flowers, candles and notes. >> i mean, obviously, he brings laugher to many people. >> reporter: even outside the northern california home where he died. >> still shocking that he was unhappy, somewhere deep in there. to end his life like that. he will be really missed. >> reporter: a stunning loss for fans, friends and his family. kirk hawkins, abc news, los angeles. >> stay with abc news as we learn more about robin williams' final days. coming up, the new spotlight
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shed on suicide prevention. and the important warning signs about severe depression. that's later this half hour. now to missouri where civil rights leader al sharpton and the state's governor called for calm last night at a community forum near st. louis. violent protests you will recall broke out several night there. following the police shooting of an unarmed teen. michael brown's grieving parents are now asking authorities to tell them the name of the officer who killed their son. >> because he sees a young black walking down the street, doesn't mean he fits the profile. >> police say they're withholding the officer's name because of threats against his life. an autopsy has confirmed that michael brown died of multiple gunshot wounds. killer rain storms that flooded homes and trapped drivers from michigan to maryland are moving up the east coast this morning. more big cities are in the bull's eye. philadelphia, new york and boston all bracing now for a dangerous washout. abc's ginger zee has more. >> reporter: the rescues -- >> oh, my god. oh, my god. oh, my god.
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>> reporter: flash floods swallowing parts of the northeast. >> we sat and watched my car go deeper and deeper. and now you can't see it. >> reporter: forcing land to give way near pittsburgh. more than 7 inches of rain in just hours near baltimore. the rising water trapping this woman in her car. >> i guess she drove into the water, it rose and she got stuck. >> reporter: stuck like estimated hundreds of vehicles abandoned in detroit monday. >> a lot of them were swimming out of there. people were climbing up the embankment. >> people were actually swimming out of their cars on 75 and -- >> standing on them initially. the water kept rising. they had no choice. but it's probably 13, 12 feet deep right there. >> reporter: almost a half foot of rain falling, the water rising to the clearance under highways, killing at least two people. parts of southeast michigan in a state of emergency. >> there's significant damage on a number of freeways in terms of flooding. we made a significant survey of the area. >> reporter: the water so high, forklifts were brought in to get
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the vehicles out. >> it probably took us about three hours to get, i don't know, maybe 15-minute drive last night. and identi've never seen anythi like this in my whole life. >> reporter: in part of the city, the pumps vandalized and failing. the water going nowhere. and that system, yes, is on the move. today we'll see it moving through the rest of the northeast and new england. some places getting more than 3 inches. flash flood watches from the mid-atlantic through maine. ginger zee, abc news, new york. this morning a new era for the l.a. clippers is under way now that the team has officially been sold. former microsoft ceo steve ballmer completed his purchase of the team for $2 billion. that happened after a court in l.a. confirmed yesterday that shelly sterling had the authority to sell on behalf of her family's trust. >> i hate losing the team, but it is going to a wonderful person who is going to make us all proud. >> the sale of the team basically ends the saga that started when former owner donald sterling's racist remarks went public.
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those remarks, you will recall, got him a lifetime ban from the nba and a multimillion dollar fine. well, we've been getting great stories lately from the nation's heartland. butter sculptures and husband calling competitions at state fairs among them. >> hog calling too. something slightly more serious. since this is an election year. take a look, the white great pyrenees, duke, the new mayor of the small village of cormorant, minnesota. >> that's right. he was the overwhelming voice getting more than a dozen votes. duke has something of a law and order agenda. locals say he roams around keeping an eye on everyone. slowing down cars that pass through town. and now duke can settle down. he's got a one-year term. he looks like he is loving and reveling in his role. >> a whopping 12 votes. he really can scamper across the street there. we're also told he'll be sworn in this weekend. not sure how that will happen. >> i'm sure, dog bones for everyone.
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also makes you wonder, none of the other 12 residents wanted the job. >> the one-year term, the control room reminded us, what's that in dog years? seven years? >> exactly. he might take it. >> good for him. coming up -- the dogs to fish, the cannon. you will want to see cannon used to send salmon in the right direction. what a blast. it's coming in "the mix." also ahead, robin williams' impact on pop culture. >> nanu-nanu. >> some of the unforgettable things that w s that williams s did in his many roles. you're watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by lysol. . you are watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by lysol. >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by ts pro. like how to fight germs.
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♪ welcome back. as we remember robin williams, so many of you asking on our facebook page how someone who made the whole world laugh could be so sad himself? are the two linked in some way? what are warning signs of depression all of us should look out for? abc's medical unit managing director dan child's is here with us. thank you for being here. >> thank you. >> what does science say, a link between being a comedian and suffering from depression? >> research at this point is inconclusive, somewhat preliminary.
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there is one study that suggests the rate of suicide amongst the acting and comedian community is twice the rate of the general population. >> double the rate? >> one young comedian, kevin breen, he talked about his depression and struggles with suicide. one thing he said, real depression is not being sad when something goes wrong. real depression is being sad when everything is going right. and that's perhaps something that really sort of typifies what we see here with robin williams. >> yeah, robin's death now making us take a closer look at the warning signs. what are some signs we should all be looking out for? >> they basically break down into all elements of your person. you can have physical manifestations. are you feeling fatigued, kind of weak, agitated? you can also have the mental effects. are you feeling clouded, indecisive? but especially the emotional effects, the most important of these, are you losing pleasure in things that would normally give you pleasure?
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are you feeling hopeless? are you feeling withdrawn? these are all the signs that can point to something truly being wrong. and signs that you need to seek help. >> not just daily basis. but recurring, these are persistent issues to look out for? >> correct. at any given time any of us can experience any one of these things. but if you find it's a pattern, something that keeps happening, something that typifies your existence, that's really the time to seek help. >> you were telling us there are two simple questions you can ask if there is someone you are concerned about. ask them if they could be at risk for suicide. >> correct. one of the questions -- have you been feeling down, depressed, withdrawn? the other one is, have you been losing pleasure in things that are supposed to bring you pleasure? those two things can really indicate that you are dealing with real depression. >> before we let you go. we understand so many people in the wake of robin williams' death, reaching out to the government hot lines. what does this mean? >> correct. we talked with one major government hotline. 4,300 people calling in the day after robin williams' death.
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so, we have definitely seen a spike in this. in a way this could be a silver lining, people who have been struggling with this quite some time are seeking help they need. >> dan childs, thank you, managing editor of our medical unit. thank you. we want everyone to know help is out there. you can call national suicide prevention line at -- 1-800-273-talk. michelle? >> thank you, devin. as we continue on "world news now," robin williams and his many funny phrases. >> good morning, vietnam! >> which is your favorite? we'll look at williams' impact on pop culture. ahead in our next half hour, did you ever want to get away for just an hour or so, to work without interruption or just hear yourself think? we'll look at a new app that takes away your stress. you're watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our abc stations.
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♪ as we mourn the loss of robin williams, we have also been celebrating all of the moments where he made us laugh, cry, and everything in between. >> and you've been sharing with us through social media your favorite big screen moments and catchphrases. did yours make our list of the top five? here's abc's chris conley. >> i'm popeye -- >> reporter: in words, in sounds and scenes.
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robin williams gave us iconic moments so many still treasure. first, that memorable catchphrase -- >> nanu-nanu. >> reporter: nanu-nanu from "mork & mindy." today, this handwritten sign at mork's tv home, you will be missed. how about the iconic wake-up call from 1987's "good morning, vietnam." >> good morning, vietnam! >> reporter: williams then carried it around the world! >> good morning -- >> good morning, virginia! >> good morning, baghdad! >> reporter: and even sent it up to space. >> good morning, "discovery!" >> reporter: "dead poet's society" would offer this scene and inspiration and later youthful defiance. >> i stand upon my desk to remind myself that we must constantly look at things in a different way. >> reporter: and fans around the world doing it too. posting these images. in his memory.
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>> genie, i need help. >> all right, sparky, here's the deal. >> reporter: the greatest ad-libber of his comic generation, williams was unbottled anarchy as the voice of the genie in "aladdin." >> patches, what are we trying to say? beggar? no. work with me here. >> reporter: who could ever forget williams' role as mrs. doubtfire, the clean-up woman undercover. even in the sadness of his passing, his sensibility shines. warm, generous, with laugher for all. chris conley, abc news, los angeles. >> so many -- >> great gems there. in my office i have frames, the quotation from when he was john keating in "dead poet's society." carpe diem, seize the day, boys, make your lives extraordinary. love the line. >> "mrs. doubtfire," clips, a drive-by fruiting, i love all
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welcome back. it's time for "the mix". and time for some good laughs. if you didn't think fish could fly, think again. i introduce you to the woosh fish cannon. take a look. >> woosh. >> there it is. designed by some guy in washington state to take salmon, put them through the tube there -- feed them in. get them out of the river, feed them in, shoot the salmon. you'll see it over a manmade dam. dams on the rivers in the northwest. a big challenge for salmon. they swim upstream to breed, spawn. if you love salmon, you know, the salmon have got to get up there to reproduce.
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what better way to get them over the dam? >> looks like a wild ride. originally designed for fruit. but someone got the idea -- >> 15, 22 miles an hour. 100 feet, like a fish slip and slide. >> i have a giant fish, whale shark of a story coming up next. two fishermen off the coast of the atlantic ocean spear fishing. they got the surprise of their lives. look at this shark. >> look at that thing. >> you can hear underwater gasps from one of the divers. the other one, he decides to just try and get on board. and i love the way whale sharks have an entourage of their own. all the little fish. >> and i do understand whale sharks are some of the more benign sharks. they're called filter feeders. they have the wide mouths. they eat plankton they don't like to bite, thankfully, humans. >> moving on in case you've haven't seen online the craze, the ice bucket challenge for als. so many videos on social media. this caught our eye. a daughter showing daddy how it is done. here she is. take a look.
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>> whoo! refreshing. then she moves on to dad. >> and, there they go. all of this a good cause for als. the ap is reporting that the als association has seen 1,000% spike already in donations thanks to this craze. get out there. give it a try. apparently word is that new jersey governor chris christie is dishing out challenges. we could see some stars soon. >> that was a very touching one to see. >> it is, very sweet. >> what happens when you can't make major league baseball? well, you do the next best thing. you catch foul balls. and one manhattan guy named zach campbell decided he was going to catch foul balls for his hobby. he has collected over 7,500. his goal is 10,000. he's well on his way. he says he has a technique where he's not even watching the ball. he just sees how it moves and he goes after it. >> climb over you to get it, so watch out --
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this morning on "world news now" -- dangerous downpours. the killer storms flooding big cities across a wide area of the country. the overnight damage reports and the latest from accuweather. remembering lauren bacall. the glamorous superstar's life and death. condolences coming in overnight. best friends. the unbreakable bond between fellow actors, robin williams and christopher reeve. the pact they made as classmates and the laughs they shared. and making a deal. new developments involving justin bieber and his drunk driving arrest just hours before the case goes to court. that's in "the skinny," on this wednesday, august 13th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >> good morning. i'm michelle franzen.
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>> i'm devin dwyer. great to have you with us. a lot of people watching what's happening in the biebs case in miami and what kind of penalty the judge might dish out here. we get to that later this half hour. we begin with the record-breaking soaker bearing down on the northeast. torrential downpours, triggering widespread flooding and water rescues. >> the storms killed at least two people in michigan before battering pennsylvania, opening up this sinkhole. take a look at a tanning salon near pittsburgh. one car completely swallowed up. no longer visible here. thankfully no one was hurt. abc's karen travers has more. >> reporter: from the midwest to the east coast, soaking rain. record-setting rain around detroit. >> a river, outside the door. wa >> reporter: in some areas more than 6 inches in about ten hours. that's the most rain in a single day there since 1925. >> my son just called and said his basement is all flooded. >> reporter: across the metro region, hundreds of car rescues.
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and hundreds of more vehicles just abandoned. >> saw about six cars get stuck on the way home. just trying to help out. i'm sure there will be more getting stuck over there. >> reporter: the drenching rain hit the east coast next. areas south and east of baltimore, maryland, saw more than half a foot. that led to dangerous road conditions and more rescues. maryland firefighters were busy helping stranded drivers. no injuries were reported. this photo was taken at baltimore washington international airport. cars under water after 6 inches of rain poured down. and flash flood watches are in effect all up and down the east coast. karen travers, abc news, washington. >> and that heavy rain isn't done yet. more potential flooding from the pacific northwest to the southwest and here in the northeast. >> that's right. with heavy downpours, this morning's commute could be dangerous. our coverage continues at accuweather with meteorologist jim dickey. good morning, jim. >> good morning, devin, michelle. after bringing flooding to the detroit area on monday, then
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baltimore, d.c., yesterday, storm system continues to crawl eastward. now the heavy rain, flooding rain aimed at new england. watching the corridor from burlington, vermont, down to long island. northeast toward boston, we're talking 2 to 4 inches of rainfall. locally higher amounts here through the day. again, flash flooding, river flooding major concern in these areas. across the northwest, storm system continues to push in, bringing rain and storms here. a few will be severe especially eastern oregon, idaho, packing gusty winds, packing large hail. into the southwest, moisture drawn to the four corners. heavy thunderstorms through the late part of the day, bringing flash flooding and also the throat for dust storms. devin, michelle, back to you. >> thank you so much, jim. we are learning more details this morning about the death of actor robin williams. investigators say it was his personal assistant who found his body monday before noon. authorities say he committed suicide by hanging. they also found a pocketknife near his body with cuts on his wrist. friends of williams tell abc news they were getting increasingly concerned about his state of mind.
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>> we have been worried. we've been -- he's been fragile. he's been -- really, it was clear to us that, you know, that he was not in great shape. >> landmarks made famous by his legendary career, spilling over, with tributes this morning. from the bench in boston, from "good will hunting" to the san francisco home of "mrs. doubtfire," and the house in boulder, colorado, where it all started with "mork & mindy." to another sad passing. hollywood legend, lauren bacall has died here in new york. the actress had a long career in movies, on broadway and television. here's abc's juju chang. >> reporter: lauren bacall's life story is the stuff hollywood dreams are made of. spotted at 19 on the cover of "harper's bazaar" brought to hollywood to star in her first picture. >> what did you do that for? >> reporter: opposite humphrey bogart in "to have and have not." >> what's the decision? >> i don't know yet. >> reporter: they fell in love and despite a 25-year age difference, married the next year. ♪
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>> reporter: on and off screen, they were hollywood's golden couple. >> i like that. i'd like more. >> reporter: no one, bacall said, has ever written a romance better than we lived it. in 1957, bogey died of cancer. bacall had a well-publicized romance with frank sinatra and a ill-fated marriage to jason robards. >> the men were all mistakes except for bogart. every one of them was a mistake. >> reporter: bacall found her salvation on stage. ♪ >> reporter: singing and dancing her way to two tony awards. on screen she evolved from seductress to the elegant older woman. >> i mean there was a man in my compartment last night. it was pitch-dark of course, and my eyes were closed in terror. >> reporter: you can't always be a leading lady, a glamour puss she said. >> how would it look, the mother dating and the daughter stays home alone? >> mom, who's looking? >> reporter: people did look. bacall commanded attention.
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she exuded class, elegance, independence. in her 70s, she was nominated for an oscar. and honored at the kennedy center. [ applause ] it's hard to believe, she once said, that it all happened to me. >> because you do have a sense of it. how could i have lived through all of that? >> reporter: juju chang, abc news, new york. >> what an incredible actress. you know she said she named her son steven after the character of that first movie, "to have and have not" which was bogey's character's name. >> fascinating. so many remembrances you have been noting have been pouring in on twitter and facebook. this one from richard roeper, film critic, tweeted just moments ago, lauren bacall was a great beauty, a natural to be filmed in glorious black and white. >> she will be missed. moving on to the crisis in iraq and word that more than 130 more u.s. troops are arriving on the ground there to assess the situation in that key city of erbil. the pentagon says they joined more than 800 u.s. service
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members already in iraq. meanwhile thousands of iraqi refugees have been trying to flee their village after isis forces took over. u.s. air force cargo planes made a sixth airdrop overnight of food and water to help the trapped civilians on sinjar mountain. and the world health organization approved the use of an experimental ebola treatment given to two american aid workers. the big question is now, who should get it? one of the last doses of zmapp, made here in the u.s., is going to two u.s. doctors battling ebola in liberia. it could take months to make more. canada just announced plans to donate up to 1,000 doses of its experimental vaccine to africa. but it's far short of what's needed there. topping our health headlines, putting hand sanitizer in your child's backpack may be a waste of time and money. a new study finds the use of hand sanitizer in the classroom did not keep kids from getting sick. researchers in new zealand said sanitizer in school was no better than just teaching students to wash their hands with good old soap and water.
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and since you are watching us, maybe you're struggling with insomnia or maybe you're a night shift worker. if that's the case, a new study about sleeping aids might come as a surprise. it says those medications aren't worth their cost. it claims taking melatonin increased the average length of sleep time after a night shift by just 24 minutes. and that users' level of alertness when they were taking and were awake after taking the sleep aid improved only moderately. so we're back -- >> what do you think? >> we're back to just finding your own remedy, i think. what do you do? >> i don't know. i take over-the-counter sleeping remedy. i think it helps get you to sleep every night. if getting you to sleep gets you in there quicker, on the pillow, i'm all for it. >> i try not to. i try to just use -- >> naturally. >> -- state of mind. >> i also use eye masks. they're very scary looking. >> i was going to ask you about that. you said you have a wild variety of eye masks. >> i have a collection, maybe we
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should feature some time. >> need to bring those in. >> abc "world news now." all right. well, moving on with some kudos for the u.s. coast guard. we often see their crews in action rescuing people from a boat. that's not the case here. >> these guys were off the new jersey coast last weekend helping a huge leatherback turtle. the turtle was said to be about 800 pounds. you can see its flipper splashing the water. >> it had become entangled with fishing gear which was interfering, obviously, with its ability to swim. once it was freed, the little guy -- big guy just drifted away very happy. flipping his way through there. >> that's right. >> i've never seen a turtle that big, i must say, even at aquariums. >> didn't know they would be off the coast there. >> coast guard to the rescue. they do great work out there. from babies and sailboats to turtles. they're doing it all. and a big splash to them. coming up in the sk"the ski,
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as we continue to remember, robin williams, we are discovering awe the ways he touched the lives of those closest to him. and one of his dearest friends was christopher reeve. >> the two met as aspiring actors in school and made a pact that would last a lifetime even after reeves' death. abc's barbara walters has a special look at that incredible bond. >> reporter: it was 1973, two young men part of,000 students who were auditioning for just 20 spots at the prestigious julliard school of drama. and they both made it in. reeve and williams became roommates and formed a friendship that would last for decades even after death. >> i just want to thank, also, a very, very special person tonight. chris reeve, i miss you and i also say, may flights of angels sing to you thy sweet rest, sweet prince. good night.
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>> reporter: legend has it the two made a pact as students that whoever made it first would always support the other one. in 1995 reeve injured his spine in a horse riding accident. and was paralyzed from the neck down. when i interviewed him four months later, he said the greatest gift williams ever gave him was the gift of laughter. >> you had a very good friend named robin williams. >> yes. yes. >> and i understand that he came here to see you? >> i was hanging upside down, semiconscious, not eating, not drinking. and i turned to my side and there is robin williams dressed as a doctor, wearing one of those funny blue scrub hats. and for the first time since i crashed, i laughed. as i always -- as we all always do with robin. and i felt such joy at seeing him. he had come all that way. and, you know, seeing him and laughing and enjoying each other like the old days was one of the first indicators that life could
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be good again. >> so powerful there to see him with barbara back many years ago. and i love this, from reeve's book, his description of william, short-haired, stocky, long-haired fellow, wore tie-dye shirts with track bottoms and talked a mile a minute. when they first met back in school. they, of course -- they would go on to become, in the words of reeve's widow, closer than brothers. >> described him perfectly. it's fun to hear now just the story line of their powerful relationship as you mentioned, reeve's wife mentioning they're close as brothers. kind of unlikely they would be close. fun to hear those stories. >> and there in a time of need. >> when we come back, big news for "breaking bad" fans. >> if you watch "breaking bad", you know walter white may be no more. the story lives on. see what his lawyer is up to in "better call saul." that's next in "th ♪
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♪ skinny so skinny ♪ it is time now for "the skinny." and a legal break for justin bieber. >> a big break. his drunk driving case in miami, florida, expected to conclude today with a plea deal and the state dropping the big dui charge. bieber, of course, was arrested last january along with a friend after they allegedly drag raced.
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bieber behind the wheel of the yellow lamborghini. "the miami herald" reporting this morning that lawyers will accept a guilty plea for careless driving and resisting arrest. >> also part of the deal, anger management courses and compulsory viewing of videos showing the real life tragic consequences of drunk driving. >> all right. maybe he'll actually sit in on those classes or watch them online. we'll see. >> a judge says yes. >> a judge is going to give him the order. next, another reason fans of abc's "nashville," lovers of country music will want to check this out. season premiere next month. >> season two cliffhanger back in may, left charles' character in the midst of a love triangle. but wait, there's more. >> that's right. during season three's premiere, he will perform a song he co-wrote with country singer dinah carter, live from the show bluebird cafe set. the special live season premiere of "nashville" airs on september 24th here on abc. next up, attention "breaking
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bad" fans, amc is out with a trailer for a prequel. better call saul >> he was walter white's sleazy colorful attorney. the upcoming show takes place before they meet. >> for your viewing pleasure, here's the teaser, basically in its entirety. >> lawyers, we're like health insurance. we hope you never need it. man, oh, man, not having it. no. >> showing a lot of leg there. amc execs hinted, bryan cranston could make an appearance. love bryan cranston. airs in february. >> fun pictures to share. taylor swift, her bff, lorde, showing their talent goes well beyond the recording studio. >> two singing sensations are also brushing up on culinary skills. they took a cooking class together in rhode island. swift posted this on instagram. calling it the best and only
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cooking lesson they have ever had. >> in lorde's photo you get a taste of what they're making. take a look. tacos there. she referred to swift as a super good cook. no word on whether their next collaboration will be a musical one. that would be fun. if the face on the cover of "harper's bazaar" looks vaguely familiar, there is a good reason. take a look, emma ferrer, the grand daughter of legendary audrey hepburn. >> same dark hair, beautiful complexion. famous cheek bones. emma never got to know her grandmother but says she watches her old movies. >> she is styling. looks very good there. let's move on to some birthdays on this wednesday. celebrating birthdays, danny bonaducci, once the 10-year-old danny from "partridge family." hard to believe danny is 55. >> john flaherty is 52. >> emma king is 29. and demarcus cousins is 24. happy birthday to all. it's hard to believe danny's 55.
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♪ i'm on stressed i'm so stressed ♪ >> stress balls here, we're all a little stressed. . >> you know, we could all use a little escape from stress every now and then. but it could be hard to get away. >> that's right. a start-up company helping people find a relaxing place to call their own for a few hours to get away from the stress. here's abc's tech contributor, tina trinh. >> reporter: new york city is nonstop. sometimes you just need a place get away from it all. your local coffee shop doesn't quite cut it. i'm in a breather. it's an on-demand space booked using an app to get some work done, get peace and quiet, basically to catch a breather. >> it's not your office.
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not your home. somewhere you can get away and work on your own or relax in the middle of the day. >> reporter: breather works like zipcar, for private spaces. book a room through the app. when you arrive, unlock it with the entry code. unlike a hotel room, there are no tvs or fancy amenities. bathrooms are on the premises but not in the room itself still beats your other options. >> go to a starbucks, find the one table in the corner that has milk all over it, but that is a gold mine, not that space. >> reporter: breather spaces are stylish, have wi-fi, and another major bonus, charging stations for your mobile devices. users can stay from 30 minutes to all day. >> you are not going to be interrupted in the space for the time that you have it. does really feel like your own space. >> reporter: for anyone who needs down time. especially suited for consultants and small business owners. >> say you need five hours, running a small pr shop, run it out of your home.
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but you need to meet with clients two times a month. breather is there. for that kind of meeting, you can have a professional looking space. >> reporter: as for security, rooms are only located in commercial buildings and close each day at 10 p.m. >> we have a network of people around city i can contact at any time who can come and help out anyone who is having any issues with the room whatsoever. >> reporter: the next time you could use a breather, just download the app and book one. tina trinh, abc new, new york. >> that's a really good concept. you know, it started out of canada, a $1.5 million venture. it's going to san francisco soon, but i have a feeling new yorkers will find a way -- >> new yorkers lover stuff like that. >> come up with whole new ideas. >> $25 an hour in new york city. to rent the space. includes the wi-fi. here's the catch, the rooms are cleaned after each use. you never know what's going on in there each day. >> definitely makes sense for business people coming, who don't need to get a room, they just need to present something. >> it does. >> announcer: this is abc's "world news now," informing insomniacs for two decades.
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