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it's only two of us. how much dirt can we manufacture? more than you think. very little. [doorbell rings] what's this? swiffer sweeper. i came in under the assumption that it was clean. i've been living in a fool's paradise. all right. take all right. take a look at this out of birmingham, alabama. this is the rescue of a guy stranded on the second story apartment that inferno raging around him.
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do you see that? he and his dog trying to make it out of there. neighbors say the fire started in a top floor apartment. someone apparently left food on the stove. >> hard to imagine. there were also tense moments at l.a.x. last night after someone called in a bomb threat to a flight from taiwan. nothing was found. >> a day after a dozen when a dozen similar calls from made to airliners. david kerley reports for us. >> the fbi is looking for an anonymous suspect responsible for this. >> shut down at your discretion. we may be here for a while. >> an air france jet surrounded at jfk. as it approaches the u.s., fighter jets scrambled and watched from a distance as the jetliner landed. just one of about ten flights in which an unidentified caller made a threat to local authorities about a chemical device on board. jets landing at five different
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airports all fakes. >> the fbi has to take every one of these seriously. >> they almost don't have a choice particularly if the plane is in the air. you're going to search it. >> the fbi is trying to trace back the phone caller. was the call made in the u.s. or overseas. is that caller linked to an organization or just an individual? >> you want to charge that person. this costs hundreds of thousands of dollars. they've got to send a signal out. >> if you do this, we're going to lock you up. >> threatening a jetliner can mean five years in prison. david kerley, abc news, washington. >> coming up, model mother. the new magazine cover showing a supermodel breastfeeding her child. the images going viral and sparking a heated debate. >> in our next half hour, money talks. your monthly cell phone bill pulling big dollars out of your wallet. there is a way to save. you can start with chatting with your providers. our tips on what to say. you're watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now"
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♪ >> well, a magazine cover is generating a lot of second looks. a supermodel breastfeeding her baby. the response overwhelmingly positive but not without controversy. >> if you want to check it out, pick up this magazine at newstands. you can't do that. there's some fear out there that people would take issue with the issue. that's why you can't get it. abc's linsey davis with the story for us. >> on the runway, nicole is used to turning heads. but it's this photo that has everyone buzzing. appearing on the june cover of "elle" australia breastfeeding 5-month-old son zion. >> he was on the set with me all day. there were periods where i had to feed him. i had on this beautiful outfit and the stylist was like wow, that's amazing.
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let's move you on set to have this picture taken. not that it was going to be a part of the shoot. >> the images now going viral with the #normalize breastfeeding. trunfio who is engaged to musician gary clark junior says she doesn't mind being a voice for moms. >> there's nothing worse as a mother doing something that's so necessary like feeding your child. and feeling like somebody could have an opinion about it or somebody's looking at you in the wrong way. >> trunfio isn't the first celebrity to advocate normalizing breastfeeding. in 2008, this age of angelina jolie appeared on the cover of w magazine. a candid moment snapped by husband brad pitt. other stars like gisele bundchen and alyssa milano attempting to make breastfeeding less taboo. >> over all the social media response has been overwhelmingly positive.
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women have been really happy to see motherhood and breastfeeding celebrated and out in the open. >> but not everyone will be seeing this cover. exclusive to subscribers only. this is the cover appearing on supermarket stands. elle saying in a note from the editor-in-chief not everyone walking through a supermarket is our target demographic nor are they all going to be understanding of the message behind this cover. >> it should be something that isn't a cover mom. it's a huge part of being a woman and motherhood my two worlds collided at that moment. >> linsey davis, abc news, new york. >> please weigh in, t.j. >> it never fails. she's feeding the baby. it would be great to get to a day where nothing is controversial about it. she's feeding her child. a mother has to feed -- >> interesting though the decision not to have it here in the u.s. there are -- i was reading this book called "bringing up baby," about french parenting. apparently a lot of women in
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and now it's time for "the mix." do you ever imagine a world where men have periods. >> i do not. >> you never have tampons would be called man pons. you don't have to imagine it because an international non-profit organization set this up in 1981, this organization up as a response to the u.n. international drinking and water sanitation decade. they came up with this to bring awareness that 1.25 billion women around the world don't have access to a toilet during their period. 1.25 billion. so they came up with this to have greater awareness that if men had periods, people would talk more openly about #if men had periods that they would talk about it and that possibly as
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much as 30%, nearly 30% of people would probably talk about it on sports newscasts if men had periods during sporting events. >> we're going to go past the manpon thing. it just flowed -- when i say flowed it just came out of your mouth there and we just went past the word manpon. i didn't get past the word for a second. >> so i had you at manpon. >> you did. but the idea is we just focus more on it. we don't focus on it enough because it's not a man issue. >> men aren't going through it so people don't realize 1.25 million don't have toilet access. >> what's the #again. #if men had periods. >> i might tweet something out. >> t.j. holmes a little grumpy today. #if men had periods. they would only be premenstrual five days out of the month. >> could i make a suggestion here on air at all that a woman's attitude, her behavior changed in any way. >> no, because i am consistent. you would never know what's
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going on with my cycle but you. >> you're right. careful, t.j. good advice. that's what we're saying. if a man dare suggested that a woman, you could tell if it's her time of the month because of her -- we would go crazy around here. wouldn't you? >> you're close to -- >> i'm the moodiest person you know. all right. look, i got to get to what, pizza. >> oh, oops. tack this one up. >> all right. nobody likes to be delayed on a flight. it's awful. but there was a flight, a delta flight from philly to atlanta had to be diverted to knoxville because of weather in atlanta. so the folks are sitting on the tarmac and looked out the window and look what's in that cart? what's coming, pizza. >> no. >> delta air lines say hey, if you have to be delayed we're going to throw you a pizza party. they did this on several flights. handed out pizza and the folks were happy. everybody likes pizza.
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this morning on "world news now," state of emergency. this morning on "world news now," state of emergency. the disastrous floods in texas and oklahoma. the search for the missing and the record rainfall. new predictions from accuweather as waterways are surging. >> taxpayers targeted. thieves hack into irs computers stealing sensitive information from tens of thousands of americans. the agency takes action. >> cleveland's celebration. look at this, the cavaliers and lebron james sweep my boys in atlanta. excitement now as the team moves on to the nba finals. >> and dog drama. the dispute involving would -- hollywood superstar johnny depp and his pets heats up in australia. the international incident in "the skinny" on this wednesday may 27th. >> announcer: from abc news this is "world news now" with
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t.j. holmes and reena ninan. >> that's where we are. i don't know if you all heard that. if our mics were up. it's wednesday, right? >> yeah, we tend to do that. >> yes. good morning. >> we're halfway there. >> halfway there. good morning to you all. welcoming back reena, a little under the weather yesterday. we missed you as always. thank you to marci gonzales. stepping in. >> but poor reena had some back issues. >> they asked me not to show this. >> what is that? >> it's a hot water pack. you fill it up with hot water. >> it looks like a whoopie cushion. >> it does. is that what that noise was? oh. >> makes sense now. >> i didn't have that problem. it's the back. >> i'm relieved to know it was that. but welcome back. she's doing better. she's doing better. >> thank you. we have to start. >> we got these storms that are essentially parked over the southern plains right now making a mess. they've been unleashing a new wave of torrential rain and floodings and yes, we've seen tornadoes, as well. >> this is one of many twisters
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spotted in the past 24 hours touching down in rural oklahoma last night. flooding is the big story in houston, parts of the city totally overwhelmed. >> nearly a foot of rain in one night, shutting down schools and offices. six people killed bringing the death toll across texas to 14. more than a dozen still missing this morning. let's get the latest from abc's phillip mena. >> surging waters from swollen rivers turning highways into canals leaving hundreds of cars trapped, families forced to carry children through waist high water. >> we have a thousand properties that we visually inspected. we believe that there may be as many as 4,000 with significant damage. >> reporter: in houston, thousands evacuated from their homes. in just 24 hours, the city got nearly a quarter of its yearly rainfall. this man's dashcam showing what drivers were up against. >> i can't see. >> rescuers responding to more than 900 emergency calls, more than half water rescues. >> a female is stranded on top
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of the car underneath the bridge awaiting rescue. >> days of record rainfall in texas left the ground saturated. more than a dozen people confirmed dead and more missing including laura mccomb and her two children swept away inside this house. her husband survived but remains hospitalized. >> she called me. she said i'm in a house. i'm floating down the river. tell mom and dad i love you and pray. >> the search efforts continue with some help from mother nature. the storms finally moving out of this area and the floodwaters beginning to recede. phillip mena, abc news, women berle, texas. >> the flooding couldn't have come at a worse time for a woman near houston. she went into labor while stranded in high water on a highway. firefighters couldn't reach her with their truck or ambulance so they rescued her in a dump truck. they took her to the hospital when the water receded. that's where she gave birth. >> a storm system so big it also left its mark in the midwest and
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the ohio valley. >> a tornado touched down near dayton, ohio flipping over cars, sending them crashing to the ground leaving behind a trail of wreckage in the parking lot of a shopping center. two people injured. several restaurants and stores damaged, as well. powerful winds also swept through illinois toppling trees and power lines, some crashing down on cars. just making a mess. you're seeing video here near chicago. as the system moves east, the southern plains not getting much of a break. let's bring in justin povick at accuweather. hello to you, justin. >> thanks and good morning. the south plains after severe weather yesterday will likely see another round later on this afternoon. this is again a dual threat. severe weather and flash flooding targeting many of the same areas including oklahoma city, close enough to dallas, we're going to put them in the risk zone, as well and then back off to the west. record rainfall continuing here for the month of may. the northeast sizzling with high humidity.
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t.j. and reena, back to you. >> thank you. families in a mexico border town mourned loved ones yesterday afternoon after a tornado killed 13 people. hundreds of homes destroyed when the twister touched down without any warning. many of the homes reduced to rubble making the search for victims all the more difficult. >> stay with abc news as we cover these extreme storms. look for updates from our weather team on "america this morning" and "good morning america." >> word this morning of a new threat to your data security. this time the irs says thieves obtained the past tax returns of tens of thousands of us from one of its online sites. the scheme started in february but the tax agency just discovered last week. >> abc's pierre thomas with more. >> those 100,000 taxpayers will be getting very bad news. thieves who had already stolen some of their personal information including names, dates of birth and social security numbers used that information to get past irs security. >> here's where the story gets worse. once inside, they targeted those
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specific taxpayers getting more sensitive information commonly found on tax returns. like where they work, salaries, bank accounts and personal family information. the irs said it has fixed the problem and that it is offering free credit monitoring for those who got hacked. like i said, bad news. pierre thomas, abc news, washington. >> chilling new details emerging as the aurora, colorado shooting trial of james holmes enters a fifth week. prosecution focusing on the notebook holmes mailed to his psychiatrist. in it, he described what he called his broken mind and his obsession to kill since childhood. also revealed he considered attacking an airport instead but didn't want his attack confused with terrorism. he faces 166 charges in the attack which killed 12 people and wounded 70 others. he's pled not guilty by reason of insanity. >> the fbi investigating a threat phoned into l.a.x. yesterday.
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against as eva airline flight arriving from taipei. the plane landed safely and was taken to a secure location where passengers were evacuated and the plane searched. officials say nothing was found. the latest threat comes just a day after threats were phoned in. again six flights landing in new york and boston. nothing found on those planes either. >> meantime, a breach of protocol has landed this had chicago flight attendant in hot water with her airline. passengers who boarded a spirit airline spotted this attendant posing inside one of the jet engine wells. that's right. that wasn't photo shopped. they tracked down her facebook page where she just posted this and other photos and reported her to the airline. spirit spokesman says the airline is now investigating the incident. it could have been worse. she could have tried to take a selfie. at least she had someone else -- >> is it just me? it's kind of a cool picture. >> it is. but kind of a dangerous picture. i think that's what people took issue to. >> we'll do anything for that perfect profile picture, won't we?
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>> we are the age of selfie social media. >> that's a cool picture. she's going to be looking for a job soon. we turn to cleveland. a lot of bad news coming out of there lately about the police force, about shootings and so on and so forth. the city has something to celebrate and it has everything to do with lebron james. he and the cavaliers heading to the nba finals. >> they completed a four-game sweep against my boys from atlanta last night. crowd was into this thing. cavs made it look pretty easy against the number one seed winning 118-88. king james set to play in his fifth straight nba championship series. >> takes a lot of hard work, takes a lot of time to make a team become whole. and you know, we've worked our tail off all season to get to this point. and to be able to represent the eastern conference in the nba finals is the ultimate especially in this city. >> of course, james returned back to cleveland, went back to the cavaliers after spending a few years in miami, winning a couple championships there. this is the first finals
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appearance since eight years ago when they were swept by the spurs. cleveland's going to face either golden state or houston in the finals. it's going to be golden state. that starts a week from tomorrow. golden state up three games to one in their series in the western conference finals now. >> big event this saturday apparently. saturday afternoon, huh? >> yes. >> that's because the brewers taking on the arizona diamondbacks. did i get that right? >> i don't know. i baent pay ago tension, like always. >> the game is at milwaukee's miller park. but the big event before the game is this thing. the debut of what's dubbed as griller park. barbecue grill made to look like the brewer stadium. a creation of a guy named matt tyler. >> he first had the idea for the grill seven years ago but only finished it up recently and now it's set for its big debut. >> you like that? >> i do. that's pretty impressive. >> that is impressive. i always do. >> i know. you always do. >> like to give me a hard time with the sports stories. >> one day i'm going to show you up on the sports stories. you watch.
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know a statistic or something you don't know. >> i can't wait. coming up in "the skinny" -- you noticed they stopped giving you the sports stories. did you? >> why are you laughing? >> they used to. it was a conscious effort. but you used to get all sports stories. you don't get them anymore. >> i did mess up a couple people's names. i apologized to them on twitter. every time. i always send an apology. >> we've got the celebrities who are most trusted in product endorsements coming up. you're going to like who is who is at the top of the list. >> we'll take your word for it. later avoiding the nastiest conversations by sending a text message instead. who is breaking up by typing instead of talking. you're watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by resolve. now" weather, brought to you by resolve.
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welcome back. welcome back. a new study suggests that waiting a few moments to cut a child's umbilical cord leads to benefits later in life. >> what? >> yeah. researchers found children whose cord were cut more than three minutes after birth had slightly higher social and fine motor skills. >> what? >> i know, your mama should have waited. >> they think it's because babies have the chance to absorb more iron rich blood from the placenta, but no, t.j.'s cord was cut five seconds after delivery. >> oh. we can blame my mama. >> no, no, no don't blame your mama. blame your mama's doctor. >> oh, from the very beginning. i didn't have a chance. >> you didn't have a chance. >> oh. >> they should have waited but they had the next one crying out
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so cut you off and move to the next one. >> i was looking for somebody to blame. the average american family spends about $1,000 a year on cell phone bills including hundreds of mystery charges most of us don't even look at, don't understand and don't need either. >> and you don't have to spend that much. abc's rebecca jarvis shows us how to cut that bill. >> it's a tough expense for so many families like the wilsons. >> i feel like we're still paying a lot of money for cell phones. >> this dallas family of five wants to cut their $195 monthly wireless bill and add their daughter to the plan. enter insider todd dunphy. he helps businesses cut wireless waste. he says use free web sites like whistleout.com and myrateplan.com. you tell them what you need and they'll tell you if there's a cheaper plan available. >> cost is very complicated now. it's not like what it used to be. >> watch out for common mystery charges like service fee, membership, usage fee or voice mail. see this inphone item on the
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wilson's bill? that's fancy language for an iphone case. >> you don't pay $3 a month for something that most likely over two years is going to cost you $72. >> finally check the latest promotions. even if you're already a customer, you may be able to cash in. that's how todd found them a new offer with a big return. >> that's $720 savings. >> that is amazing. >> a new phone for their daughter and $720 back in their pocket. but the best tip, negotiate on your ownby half. you can go to your wireless carrier, tell them you found alternate plans for less money in general, the experts tell us they will lower your rate by 20 to 30%. it really does pay to speak up. t.j., reena? >> i love rebecca. she always saves us money. it's always stuff you can really use and it works. you can take her to the bank or her ideas to the bank. don't take her to the bank. coming up, the most likable and
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bankable celebrity endorsements. >> and why johnny depp could end up in australian prison. seriously? "the skinny" is next. >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our abc stations.
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♪ skinny, so skinny ♪ ♪ skinny, so skinny ♪ >> skinny time. we begin with the most likable celebrities pitching us products. >> if you want a famous face to
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sell you something, a new study says this is the guy. liam neeson. listen to him sell this to you. >> think again. i'm coming for you with lots of -- >> wow. is he selling something or scaring the heck out of you? out of all celebrities liam neeson apparently the best super bowl ad for the game clash of clans earned him the highest likability rating in the study conducted by nielsen. >> he pulled 78% in the study which means americans aware of the film star, 78% liked him. coming in second, pierce brosnan for a kia a sorrento ad and matthew mcconaughey for the lincoln ad. >> nielsen scores for the first quarter of 2015. their aim to provide advertisers is information on the effectiveness of celebrity endorsers. apparently men have an edge here. >> wondering where the women are?
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jennifer garner fourth behind mcconaughey and for her capital one commercials. out of the top ten, only three were women. >> that's kind of surprising. >> we turn to actor johnny depp has been in australia filming the new "pirates of the caribbean" movie. he brought his dogs along for a ride. that is a problem. >> so much so the australian agriculture minister threatened to euthanize the dogs if they weren't removed from the country. they have a strict pet policy that requires quarantining them for ten days. he's facing up to ten years in prison and a $340,000 fine for his furry little unclaimed imports. >> the issue apparently so serious that it was addressed at an australian senate hearing. this is a serious thing having to do with wildlife and what not. it might sound crazy but it is very serious there. he's trying to get it handled. what are the names? pistol and boo are the dog names. >> good luck with that. next to a reboot for a hollywood cult classic. >> it's been 24 years since "point break" remember that? the katherine bigelow directed movie starring
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keanu reeves going undercover to catch a of extreme surfing bank robbers led by patrick swayze. now the first trailer of the "point break" remake has been released. check this out. >> do you have any idea how many people you've killed, how many laws you've broken? >> the only law that matters is gravity. >> stop. >> the original "point break" focused on the surf scenes and parachuting. the remake starring edgar ramirez and luke bracy widens the sports to include wing suit flying, snow boarding and free rock climbing. hits theaters christmas day. >> finally a picture to show you. rumer willis, we should hope the dancing with the star" champ is enjoying her reign. well deserved victory. what better way to enjoy the win than by celebrating with her twin. >> it's really her mom. demi moore. the two wearing the same black jumpsuit, glasses and hairstyle. rumer with the caption that moment when you realize you are actually becoming your mother. #twinning.
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>> is this a thing now, twinning? >> they look great. >> who would be your twin? >> i don't know. >> who would be your twin? >> i don't know. re-nuked. and re-baked. and when leftovers are done... there's always stuff left over. new dawn platinum power clean calls dibs on those. it powers through tough, dried-on messes in seconds. even 48 hour stuck-on food. so go ahead, triple that recipe! a drop of dawn and grease is gone. they say after seeing a magician make his assistant disappear mr.clean came up with a product that makes dirt virtually disappear. he called it the magic eraser. it cleans like magic. even baked on dirt disappears right before your eyes. mr.clean's magic eraser.
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all right. for many americans, text messaging has been the preferred communication method, but when it comes to relationships, it can make things a bit awkward. >> especially when those relationships come to an end. for some, very funny, sad last words. we're up all nightline with abc's dan harris. >> sorry i rescheduled our date. i actually have a girlfriend. >> i'm not going to pretend it's work. >> have you been dumped by text message? >> comedians eva mcenroe and mel owens, youtube stars in their own rights asked 20-somethings to read the last text they received from their exes. >> hey. >> the video posted on youtube has now gone viral in just over a week it skyrocketed to more than 1.5 million views. >> we woke up one morning, we're like oh, my god.
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>> fun. >> the art of the breakup has come a long way from the days of "sex and the city" but the inspiration still the same. >> having relationships not really break up but just kind of fade away. >> just like one day you're suddenly not texting anymore and you're like oh. i guess that's that. >> don't come over. there is no chili. >> mel and eva decided to find the humor in those last messages and brought together a group of friends who were willing to share their sad endings with the cameras rolling. >> i was at my friend's wake yesterday and on my way to the burial now. can't really talk. >> there was no need for enhancement. and i think that's what made it so real and interesting why people could relate because they were just what they were. >> on my way. >> all she has is the memories that he was on his way. >> thanks, eva. >> they say millennials have perfected the text message breakup. >> i'll keep you posted.
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>> the phrase breaking up is hard to do. we don't really like hard things. everyone just kind of takes the easy road out and just goes silent. >> but they say it's not all bad. sometimes the text you thought went unanswered was in fact. >> oh, my god, he did respond. how did i not see this? no, no, he responded. >> and that may be something worth celebrating. >> yes, yes! >> dan harris, abc news, new york. >> that's cool they make light of it. but it could be painful. >> it could be painful. i'm not so sure about the texting. >> about breaking up in a text. >> just texting in general. >> what is that? >> sorry, t.j. what does it say? >> what does it -- >> i'm not feeling it anymore. that was my last text to you. >> what was my response? i couldn't see it. >> thank god. i couldn't see it. >> thank god.
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good morning. good morning. i'm reena ninan. >> hello to you all. i'm t.j. holmes. here are some of the top headlines we're following this morning on "world news now." we have epic floodwaters, deadly downpours overwhelming houston, pouring into thousands of homes and stranding drivers, hundreds of people rescued from rapidly rising water bringing america's fourth largest city to a virtual stand still. we have full coverage ahead. town mourning the loss of loved >> families in a mexican border town mourning the loss of loved ones after a devastating tornado touched down without warning. 13 people killed and more than 200 homes destroyed. >> if you used the irs get transcripts online service, you may be in danger of identity thefts. the past tax returns of more than 100,000 people were -- >> lebron james and the cleveland cavs are the nba's eastern conference champs after completing a four-game sweep against atlanta. for james, it's his fifth straight trip to the nba finals
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which starts a week from tomorrow. those are some of our top stories on this wednesday, may 27th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now" with t.j. holmes and reena ninan. >> what's that face for? >> you were very excited about doing the sports stories you said. >> i love sports. >> i could tell. there was a different energy. even shortened it to cavs even though the script said cavaliers. >> i was feeling it. i like how you make fun of my on sports. >> i am not. you know we all love when you do sports around here. >> you encourage me to do sports segments. >> yes. reena is back. she was off yesterday. had a bit of a back issue. but we've got it all worked out. >> a little bit of a, like you said okay. >> what? >> a back issue. >> all right. >> all good now. but welcome. glad you could be with us. we're talking about not even nasty, this is extreme and almost ridiculous weather.
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>> devastating in some parts of texas right now. houston swamped after getting nearly a quarter of its yearly rainfall in one night. >> water overflowing from swollen rivers. trapping hundreds of drivers in their cars. some for the entire night. more than 500 people had to be rescued from rising waters. >> at least six people were killed in houston bringing the death toll across texas to 14. many homes inundated by mud and water. >> we have a thousand properties that we visually inspected. we believe there may be as many as 4,000 with significant damage. >> a lot of people had to climb on roofs of cars and homes to survive. >> the search for 12 missing people in central texas has been shifted to a recovery effort. a vacation home filled with family, friends and children swept away over the weekend, torn from the stilts meant to protect it from floodwaters and sucked into the river. here's more from abc's phillip mena. >> laura mccomb, her husband and two kids were here for the holiday weekend.
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the home sitting right along the blanco river when it rose 26 feet in one hour. it ripped this house right from its foundation sending it crashing down stream. the sheer force of the river washing at least 70 homes off their foundations and 1400 damaged. her husband managed to escape and he's recovering in the hospital with a collapsed lung. >> he is absolutely devastated. he did everything he possibly could to save them. >> at least 12 are confirmed dead across texas, including alyssa ramirez, the homecoming queen and student council president driving home from her prom when she got stranded in high water. she called 911 and called her father, but it was too much too quick. and there are still several dozen people who are either unaccounted for or missing. phillip mena, abc news, wimberley, texas. >> in today's forecast, storms threaten most of the eastern half of the nation from the gulf coast to the great lakes and up into new england.
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severe storms move across oklahoma and into the intermountain west. hard hit houston and austin will catch a bit of a break. >> hot and sticky august-like temperatures going to blanket most of the east and southeast. 80s and 90s. 60s over the rockies, 70s along the west coast. >> a series of changes are coming to the police department in cleveland as part of its new settlement with the department of justice. among the changes officers are now banned from using force against people who just talked back to them or run away. they are also banned from pistol whipping suspects and from firing warning shots. a federal monitor will oversee come pliens. the deal with the government was announced days after a cleveland cop was acquitted of manslaughter for firing 15 shots into a car windshield killing an unarmed black couple. >> a woman set to be arraigned on murder charges on friday in the death of her fiance. prosecutors say the woman admitted to pulling the plug on his kayak and then tampering with the paddle. here now abc's linsey davis. >> on the surface, they appeared
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happy. vincent viafore and his fiance ang lick a grass wald. it happened april 19th. the athletic couple taking their kayaks down to the hudson river. in this choppy frigid water, something goes wrong. graswald describing frantic moments in a local tv interview. >> he was trying to figure out how to the paddle the waves because they were getting crazy and then i just saw him flip. >> she says the 46-year-old disappeared and she couldn't save him calling 911 and later posting this on facebook with the caption "if only i could have paddled harder." on april 30th, she is arrested. prosecutors saying she killed her fiance for insurance money telling them it felt good knowing viafore was going to die. prosecutors revealing they have reason to believe before the couple took this walk down the path to the water, that graswald removed the plug from his kayak causing it to fill up with
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water. graswald's attorney denying all of it, saying his client is innocent. >> they're trying to paint her as a murderer. when in fact, she was just a fiance who was very much in love. >> viafore's body missing for more than a month, was finally found this weekend here on the shores of the river. linsey davis, abc news, cornwall, new york. >> the trial of a "washington post" reporter in the iran adjourned after one day. california native jason rezaian is charged with espionage and spreading propaganda. the hearing yesterday was closed to the public and family members. it's unclear if or when the trial will resume. >> turning now to the increasing tension between the u.s. and iraq over who is to blame for the fall of ramadi. >> the white house not disputing the contention that the iraqi army lacked the will to fight. this as iraq begins an offensive to retake the city. here karen travers. >> the harsh comments out of the pentagon may have had an immediate impact.
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>> iraq announced it's launching a major offensive to reclaim territory it lost to the islamic state. anbar province is iraq's largest and isis made major gains there recently. since friday, tens of thousands of people have been displaced from the ramadi area, many trying to get to baghdad to flee the threat from the isis. in an interview with the bbc, iraq's prime minister pledged to take action. >> i can assure you we can bring it back soon. i'm talking about days now. >> the iraqi military offensive comes as top u.s. officials are questioning the security forces there. these candid remarks from are ash carter came in app interview with cnn. >> the iraqi forces showed no will to fight. they were not outnumbered. in fact, they vastly outnumbered the opposing force. and yet, they failed to fight. >> the white house danced around questions whether president obama agreed with secretary carter's assessment, instead pointing to military action by the iraqis.
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>> i think that is a clear indication of the will of the iraqi security forces to fight and the united states and our coalition partners will stand with them as they do so. >> vice president biden spoke to iraq's prime minister to reiterate u.s. support and perhaps clean up secretary carter's comments. the white house said biden acknowledged the bravery and sacrifice of iraq's security forces over the past 18 months. reena, t.j. >> thank you so much. a major sports story to tell you about. we expect to learn details later today about u.s. federal corruption charges being brought against several top world soccer officials, among them high ranking figures within fifa, that's the organization that runs soccer's world cup. swiss authorities arrested those officials as they were gathering for fifa's annual meeting. among those not charged is fifa's president. his organization plagued with accusations of bribery and corruption for decades.
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>> back here at home another international flight scare on the west coast. the fbi investigating a threat phoned into l.a.x. yesterday against an evas air flight arriving from taipei. officials say nothing was found on the plane. this comes a day after threats were phoned in against six flights landing in airports at new york and boston. nothing was found on either plane. >> our good friends in silicon valley. at least one research lab got some time on their hands. they're brilliant. this is what they're working on. who knew? >> on the bottom, there's a robotic roach. yeah, it's riding on a robotic bird. of course, they just had to put the two of them together. >> why would you work on a robotic roach in the first place? >> believe it or not, this combination as crazy as it may look could be the perfect combo for search and rescue robots. both have components that can deal with just about any surface. so that's interesting. >> it had to be a roach. >> why did it have to be a
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roach? >> it could have been a tj. >> did you just call me a nasty critter that should be stomped on? >> i didn't say that. you took it to the next level. >> that's what you do with a roach. you kill it. >> you can't find things sometimes. >> finding things like a roach? >> wow. i've been compared to a lot of stuff, man. i don't think i've been as offended, compared to a dog before. >> i never called you a dog. >> i can embrace that. >> you're good at finding things. you're good at finding things. >> what have i found lately? >> you find things in scripts all the time. >> okay. coming up, i don't want to read no more. >> no. >> it is a reality show, "19 kids a >> a roach. >> there are a good reason to cancel it. >> a roach. >> also ahead, three reasons to celebrate a set of smart triplets accepted into one of the most prestigious universities in america. >> a roach. first to the rescue, teej, to the rescue. shores of california help
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downtown santa fe restaurant. he earned an academy award nomination for his role in the right stuff. his film credits include "black hawk down" and "the notebook." >> we're getting a new look at some of the animals being cared for at seaworld in san diego. >> the experts are looking after six sea lions and two elephant seals affected by the oil that flowed into the water. with the latest on the investigation, here's abc's brandi hitt. >> the ruptured oil line that caused this devastating spill along santa barbara's coastline is in the process of being removed for further investigation. >> after we've removed the affected section of pipeline, the remaining portion of the line will be completely purged with inert gas. >> that's not the only potential problem site. plains all american pipelines as a preliminary report red flagged four other possible hazard areas along the 11 mile stretch of pipe. >> we'll uncover to determine if
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it needs any maintenance work. if not, we'll cover it back up and go onto the next one. >> it's believed up to 101,000 gallons of oil spilled during last week's break leaving no escape for wildlife swimming through the blackened water. at least one sea lion and nine oil covered pelicans have been killed, along with countless amounts of fish. and with so much thick sludge washing ashore, hundreds of additional volunteers are now being given a crash course on safely removing oil from beaches that remain closed. >> now is the time for helping. right now, i think we ought to come together, clean this mess up. >> governor jerry brown's emergency proclamation is freeing up state funding for immediate clean-up costs. it's unknown just how much that tab will total but plains au american insists it will pay for everything. reena and t.j. >> sea word has expert trainers ho who deal with this type of
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situation but there's a second sea lion passed away, unfortunately. it's a very tough situation. >> who knows how many more if they weren't doing the work they're doing. it could have been worse. still bad at this point. everybody needs to come together right now. right now let's get this mess cleaned up. >> we're talking reality tv. there's a family that have now come under fire. >> petitions calling for the duggars to be taken off the air. the latest on this growing controversy. you're watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world ♪ we're a ♪ when you recognize something
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>> growing demands for the cancellation of the popular reality show that preaches christian values and chastity. >> obviously, no sex before marriage. >> several online petitions now demanding tlc take it off the air for good. one petitioner writing, there should be no place for people who get rich holding up family values while hiding a criminal in their midst, all of this after "in touch" published a police report alleging josh duggar engaged in inappropriate sexual conduct with five girls. who were underage when he was 14 and 15 years old. a source confirming that police report stemmed from an investigation launched after oprah winfrey's production company harpo was tipped to accusations while planning a segment on the duggars in 2006 and notified authorities. >> last week the 27-year-old father of three took to facebook admitting that as a teenager, he acted inexcusably for which i am extremely sorry and deeply regret. duggar was never arrested or
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charged with a crime. the police report now expunged. >> advertising dollars and ratings. both of those will be affected by this scandal. >> with the show set to enter its 11th season this year, tlc isn't saying whether it will cancel the show or fire joshua duggar. >> always resolve your conflicts. >> but one major sponsor, general mills, already pulling its ads in the wake of the scandal. >> tlc confronted a similar controversy. "here comes honey boo boo" was one of the most popular series on their network. and after the molestation scandal, they canceled it. it's safe to say the duggar family show will suffer the same fate. linsey davis, abc news, new york. >> it doesn't seem that controversy is going away anytime soon. curious to see what tlc does this time. >> people are watching. family ties leading to school ties. >> a set of triplets deciding to go to college together. they're not sick of each other yet. meet the soon to be m.i.t. freshmen. that's next on "world news now."
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♪ well, heading off to college can be an overwhelming experience. so many freshmen might take comfort in having a familiar face nearby. >> what about a couple of familiar faces? a set of triplets from california decided to enroll at one of the nation's top institutions. here now kabc's greg lee. >> this year's acceptance rate at the massachusetts institute of technology just under 8% continuing to make it one of the most selective universities in the country which makes claire, edward and christopher ghoul all the more incredible. the triplets from newport beach will all attend m.i.t. in the
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fall. >> to have two other people who i lived with my whole life who i can go to if i have any problems will be really helpful. >> the goul's grandfather taught at m.i.t. but all three say they fell in love with the school on their own and say all of them getting accepted was a surprise. >> he was also pretty excited and it was a really great moment. >> the three seniors will graduate from sage hill school next week. while they excelled in class, they also found time to succeed in other areas each competing in a varsity sport among other activities. >> doing some sort of internships is more like hands on experience outside of the classroom which made a difference in us getting in. >> claire the second born will speak at commencement. her message for other students very simple. >> relax, have fun and do what you love. >> the three best friends say it will be nice to have each other close but also nice to give each other some space. >> once every few months or so maybe or a week. i don't know. we'll see each other.
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>> the dean of admissions at m.i.t. says this is not the first time triplets will attend m.i.t., but he did say it's extremely rare. newport beach, greg lee, abc 7, eyewitness news . >> that's impressive. after spending 18 years together, they still want to be together. >> do you want to stay together? >> are you asking me? >> do you have a sibling. >> he's 18 months younger than me. a brother. i wish we had gone to the same school. i do. really? >> that's sweet. don't you want to break free, get out? >> no, i like that story for that reason. >> maybe they'll end up working for nasa together. >> exactly. >> living together. >> got to be smart to get into mitt. there's no question about that. >> congrats to them. that's the news for us. >> follow us on facebook at wnnfans.com. facebook at wnnfans.com. captions by vitac
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>> this morning on "world news >> this morning on "world news now," record floods in texas. the intense rainfall state of emergency and the desperate search for people swept away by rising waters. >> she called me. she said i'm in a house. i'm floating down the river. >> the heart break, the human toll and new predictions from accuweather. >> cleveland crackdown. the justice department delivers a blow to the city's police requiring sweeping changes to a police force accused of unjustified shootings and brutality. >> later, super model firestorm. the fashion model reigniting a heated debate over breastfeeding in public. >> i didn't think it was going to be such a big deal. >> her daring photo shoot in the magazine cover not everyone will get to see. it's wednesday, may 27th >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now" with
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t.j. holmes and reena ninan. >> good morning, everybody. why is it that every time it seems like we're always welcoming you back. >> me? >> welcome back. hey, everybody. welcome reena back. i can't even get it together. we just did this the other day. >> thank you. glad to -- three people in the newsroom applauded. >> reena's back again. >> come on now. >> this was legit. >> i wanted to tell people you were under the weather. >> i think you did because i got some tweets from people saying they were praying for me. i was worried about what you told them. >> that's fair. >> but she just had a little issue. >> a little back problem. >> a back issue. but we got it worked out. everything's all good. welcome back once again. >> thank you for that warm re-entry. >> we're doing weather once again. it's that time of year, springtime we get nasty weather. this rain is just ridiculous. another round of punishing rain, texas hard hit.
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houston underwater. >> ridiculous and heart breaking. the latest storm dumped nearly a foot of rain across the city, flooding entire neighborhoods, shutting down highways and forcing drivers to spend their night in the cars. >> storms being blamed 0 for at least 14 deaths across texas, five in houston alone. 13 people still missing. let's turn to abc's matt gutman has the latest now. >> houston still swamped. in just 24 hours the city getting nearly a quarter of its yearly rainfall turning highways into canals cars and floating like bath toys, motorists abandoning them, families carrying children through the waist high water. >> we have a thousand properties we visually inspected. there may be as many as 4,000 with significant damage. >> dispatchers responding to more than 900 emergency calls, more than 500 of them water rescues. >> it's overflowed. >> rescuers barely able to keep up. >> we have a female who's stranded on top of a car underneath a bridge.
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>> this man's dashcam rolling as he drives through the floods. >> i can't see. >> rescuers launching boats in submerged neighborhoods. from the sky you can see how high the water has been. still dozens of cars stranded down there. the traffic continues to back up. more than 16 hours after all of that rain fell. in hays county, texas, at least 13 unaccounted for. including laura mccomb and her two young children. they were inside this house when it was swept away. her husband was injured but is now safe. their family dog found alive in a tree. >> she called me. she said i'm in a house. i'm floating down the river. tell mom and dad, i love you and pray. >> nearby, this bridge on the blanco river washed away. the water taking this suv with it. >> oh, my god. oh, my god. >> somehow the man inside climbed to safety. >> that clearance sign behind me reads 14 feet.
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water has to be at least 10 feet deep. city officials still don't know whether or not there may be cars submerged under the waters. what they do know is across most of the city, the waters have begun to recede. matt gutman, abc news, houston. >> the folks in oklahoma bracing for severe weather as the death toll there climbed to four. take a look at this shot. a storm hitting it right around sunset last night created this scene over the skies of oklahoma city. this was just after the evening rush. also, small tornado, that's what you're seeing right in the middle there touched down in a rural area. golf ball sized hail. no reports of major damage. let's get to our predictions about the weather with justin povick from accuweather. good morning, justin. >> thanks and good morning. the south plains unfortunately at it again, once again, later on this afternoon. more severe weather. i'm very concerned about renewed flash flooding.
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many of the streams rivers and creeks are still above where they should be. the northeast feeling like summer without so many of the storms. real feel temperatures 90 to 95 degrees. t.j. and reena, let's send it back to you. >> our coverage of these historic storms does not end here. find out about a baby delivered in the flood zone in our next half hour. now to india where at least 800 people have died from a heat wave. temperatures have soared to 118 degrees. in southeastern states, residents are being warned the scorching heat will last for at least another week. >> iraqi forces have started a military operation to retake the strategic city of ramadi. the u.s. and iraq have now been trading accusations over who is to blame for the fall of the city. iraq is getting new help from america. here's abc's terry moran. >> new weapons made in america delivered to iraqi troops. the officers checking out the shiny new guns and ammo
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courtesy of the u.s. taxpayer. these shipments arriving as iraq's government announces a counter offensive to retake the crucial city of ramadi days after it fell to isis fighters. a major isis victory with many of those u.s. trained iraqi troops just running from the fight, fleeing in convoys, even airlifted out even though they vastly outnumbered isis fighters and leaving millions of dollars of u.s. weapons and equipment behind for isis to use now. secretary of defense ashton carter speaking of the iraqi army almost with contempt saying its soldiers showed no will to fight. u.s. officials are skeptical of the entire iraqi effort. for all the billions spent on training and equipping the iraqi army, it seems the people willing to fight the hardest are the isis forces who are trying to conquer it. terry moran, abc news, london. >> the trial of a washington
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post reporter in iran has been adjourned after one day. california native be jason rezaian has been charged with espionage. conviction could be 20 years in prison. since the trial was held behind closed doors, family members say it's difficult to know what happened. but they say he's innocent. >> there's nothing he's done wrong. he would never do anything malicious to iran or the united states. and we want that to be as loud as clear to everybody in the world. >> rezaian has been held for ten months. it's unclear when or if the trial resume. >> the mayor of cleveland says it will take years for his police department to implement sweeping changes part of a settlement with the department of justice aimed at remaking the way officers deal with cleveland's community. alex perez has the details. >> a police officer fired 15 shots into a car windshield, an unarmed black couple inside.
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12-year-old tamir rice shot and killed by a police officer within two seconds after the officer pulled up. images that have put the cleveland police department under a microscope. a settlement with the justice department includes major changes. police officer now banned from using force against people who talk back or run away. banned from pistol whipping suspects. and from firing warning shots. >> since 2010, the justice department reached settlements with 14 police departments after finding patterns of excessive force. among them, seattle, albuquerque, new orleans and newark and cleveland the police department will now mandate new training on use of force, hire more minority officers and outfit every cop with body cameras. >> do you think they believe this reform is going to happen. >> i think the people right now would say we've got to see it to believe it. >> the announcement days after a judge acquitted officer michael brelo of manslaughter charges.
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after firing the shots into the windshield calling it a reasonable use of force. now cleveland wondering there will even be a trial for the officer who shot rice in that park. police and prosecutors tight-lipped about that six months after the shooting, the investigation still on going. >> and still no word on when a decision in the tamir rice case will be announced. the memorial here in the park where he was killed, still growing. alex perez, abc news, cleveland. >> the irs calls you it's not good news. but if they call you in the next couple days and weeks, i need you to answer the phone. important information about your records that have possibly been stolen. the irs has been hacked. thieves gained access to past tax returns of more than 100,000 people. they used data stolen from elsewhere like your name, social security number to hack into an irs system called get transcript. irs was alerted by the large number of transcript requests. if your returns were accessed,
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the irs will be notifying you. here's your fast food second. >> two more restaurant chains are removing artificial ingredients. taco bell hopes to replace most of them by the end of the year. it will affect almost all of taco bell's items. but not beverages and the doritos tacos. and the co-owned pizza hut plans to remove colors and flavors by midsummer. it's already eliminated transfat and monosodium glutamate. >> love that. >> i wonder it's tasteless into don't even tell us about this just make the food taste good. >> a lot of stories. we do some animal stories. we had one about an alligator you missed yesterday. you would have loved. we do stories about world records. we're combining the two now. you might get a little squeamish on this one. >> check out this guy. having a cigarette while setting a new record for being cover the with the most bees. how they count them? no one knows.
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this guy is 55 years old, a beekeeper in china. he spread honey on himself to attract the bees. he was stung more than 2,000 times. bees we're told weighed 240 pounds. this is a record. how do you know? how do you count? >> do you count the bee stings? i'm told the cigarette was to prevent the bees from swarming his lips. that's a good idea. the bees love honey but don't like tobacco. my kind of bees. >> i learned something from you the other day. >> put that in this case you missed it away. >> it was authentic. you told me about something. thank you. we got the mix coming your way. we've got a way to celebrate a delay on the tarmac, a pizza party. find out who threw one on an airline. >> the heated debate over mothers who nurse babies in public. how a super model posing for pictures in a fashion magazine is getting worldwide attention. >> the latest phone-in threat on an international flight.
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it's only two of us. how much dirt can we manufacture? more than you think. very little. [doorbell rings] what's this? swiffer sweeper. i came in under the assumption that it was clean. i've been living in a fool's paradise. all right. take a look at this out of birmingham, alabama. this is the rescue of a guy stranded on the second story apartment that inferno raging around him.
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do you see that? he and his dog trying to make it out of there. neighbors say the fire started in a top floor apartment. someone apparently left food on the stove. >> hard to imagine. there were also tense moments at l.a.x. last night after someone called in a bomb threat to a flight from taiwan. nothing was found. >> a day after a dozen when a dozen similar calls from made to airliners. david kerley reports for us. >> the fbi is looking for an anonymous suspect responsible for this. >> shut down at your discretion. we may be here for a while. >> an air france jet surrounded at jfk. as it approaches the u.s., fighter jets scrambled and watched from a distance as the jetliner landed. just one of about ten flights in which an unidentified caller made a threat to local authorities about a chemical device on board. jets landing at five different airports all fakes. >> the fbi has to take every one
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of these seriously. >> they almost don't have a choice particularly if the plane is in the air. what are you going do? you're going to search it. >> the fbi is trying to trace back the phone caller. was the call made in the u.s. or overseas. is that caller linked to an organization or just an individual? >> you want to charge that person. this costs hundreds of thousands of dollars. they've got to send a signal out. >> if you do this, we're going to lock you up. >> threatening a jetliner can mean five years in prison. david kerley, abc news, washington. >> coming up, model mother. the new magazine cover showing a supermodel breastfeeding her child. the images going viral and sparking a heated debate. >> in our next half hour, money talks. your monthly cell phone bill pulling big dollars out of your wallet. there is a way to save. you can start with chatting with your providers. our tips on what to say. you're watching "world news now."
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♪ >> well, a magazine cover is generating a lot of second looks. a supermodel breastfeeding her baby. the response overwhelmingly positive but not without controversy. >> if you want to check it out, pick up this magazine at newstands. you can't do that. there's some fear out there that people would take issue with the issue. that's why you can't get it. abc's linsey davis with the story for us. >> on the runway, nicole is used to turning heads. but it's this photo that has everyone buzzing. appearing on the june cover of "elle" australia breastfeeding 5-month-old son zion. >> he was on the set with me all day. there were periods where i had to feed him. i had on this beautiful outfit and the stylist was like wow, that's amazing. let's move you on set to have
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this picture taken. not that it was going to be a part of the shoot. >> the images now going viral with the #normalize breastfeeding. trunfio who is engaged to musician gary clark junior says she doesn't mind being a voice for moms. >> there's nothing worse as a mother doing something that's so necessary like feeding your child. and feeling like somebody could have an opinion about it or somebody's looking at you in the wrong way. >> trunfio isn't the first celebrity to advocate normalizing breastfeeding. in 2008, this image of angelina jolie appeared on the cover of w magazine. a candid moment snapped by husband brad pitt. other stars like gisele bundchen and alyssa milano attempting to make breastfeeding less taboo. >> over all the social media response has been overwhelmingly positive. women have been really happy to see motherhood and breastfeeding
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celebrated and out in the open. >> but not everyone will be seeing this cover. exclusive to subscribers only. this is the cover appearing on supermarket stands. elle saying in a note from the editor-in-chief not everyone walking through a supermarket is our target demographic nor are they all going to be understanding of the message behind this cover. >> it should be something that isn't a cover mom. it's a huge part of being a woman and motherhood my two worlds collided at that moment. >> linsey davis, abc news, new york. >> please weigh in, t.j. >> it never fails. she's feeding the baby. it would be great to get to a day where nothing is controversial about it. she's feeding her child. a mother has to feed -- >> interesting though the decision not to have it here in the u.s. there are -- i was reading this book called "bringing up baby," about french parenting. apparently a lot of women in france decide not to breast-feed from the get-go despite a lot of proven benefits. a lot of women have varying views.
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and now it's time for "the mix." do you ever imagine a world where men have periods. >> i do not. >> you never have? >> not once. >> tampons would be called manpons. you don't have to imagine it because an international non-profit organization set this up in 1981, this organization up as a response to the u.n. international drinking and water sanitation decade. they came up with this to bring awareness that 1.25 billion women around the world don't have access to a toilet during their period. 1.25 billion. so they came up with this to have greater awareness that if men had periods, people would talk more openly about #if men had periods that they would talk about it and that possibly as much as 30%, nearly 30% of people would probably talk about
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it on sports newscasts if men had periods during sporting events. >> we're going to go past the manpon thing. it just flowed -- when i say flowed it just came out of your mouth there and we just went past the word manpon. i didn't get past the word for a second. >> so i had you at manpon. >> you did. but the idea is we just focus more on it. we don't focus on it enough because it's not a man issue. >> men aren't going through it so people don't realize 1.25 billion don't have toilet access. >> what's the #again. #if men had periods. >> i might tweet something out. >> t.j. holmes a little grumpy today. #if men had periods. they would only be premenstrual five days out of the month. >> could i say that? >> could i make a suggestion here on air at all that a woman's attitude, her behavior changed in any way? >> no, because i am consistent.
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you would never know what's going on with my cycle but you. >> you're right. careful, t.j. good advice. that's what we're saying. if a man dare suggested that a woman, you could tell if it's her time of the month because of her -- we would go crazy around here. wouldn't you? >> you're close to -- >> i'm the moodiest person you know. all right. look, i got to get to what, pizza. >> oh, oops. tack this one up. >> all right. nobody likes to be delayed on a flight. it's awful. but there was a flight, a delta flight from philly to atlanta had to be diverted to knoxville because of weather in atlanta. so the folks are sitting on the tarmac and looked out the window and look what's in that cart? what's coming, pizza. >> no. >> delta airlines made a smart move and said, hey, if you have to be delayed we're going to throw you a pizza party. they did this on several flight
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this morning on "world news now," state of emergency. the disastrous floods in texas and oklahoma. the search for the missing and the record rainfall. new predictions from accuweather as waterways are surging. >> taxpayers targeted. thieves hack into irs computers stealing sensitive information from tens of thousands of americans. the agency takes action. >> cleveland's celebration. look at this, the cavaliers and lebron james sweep my boys in atlanta. excitement now as the team moves on to the nba finals. >> and dog drama. the dispute involving the dispute involving would -- hollywood superstar johnny depp and his pets heats up in australia. the international incident in "the skinny" on this wednesday may 27th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now" with t.j. holmes and reena ninan.
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>> that's where we are. i don't know if you all heard that. if our mics were up. it's wednesday, right? >> yeah, we tend to do that. >> yes. good morning. >> we're halfway there. >> halfway there. good morning to you all. welcoming back reena, a little under the weather yesterday. we missed you as always. thank you to marci gonzales. stepping in. >> but poor reena had some back issues. >> they asked me not to show this. >> what is that? >> it's a hot water pack. you fill it up with hot water. >> it looks like a whoopie cushion. >> it does. is that what that noise was? oh. >> makes sense now. >> i didn't have that problem. it's the back. >> i'm relieved to know it was that. but welcome back. she's doing better. she's doing better. >> thank you. we have to start. >> we got these storms that are essentially parked over the southern plains right now making a mess. they've been unleashing a new wave of torrential rain and floodings and yes, we've seen tornadoes, as well. >> this is one of many twisters spotted in the past 24 hours touching down in rural oklahoma
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last night. flooding is the big story in houston, parts of the city totally overwhelmed. >> nearly a foot of rain in one night, shutting down schools and offices. six people killed bringing the death toll across texas to 14. more than a dozen still missing this morning. let's get the latest from abc's phillip mena. >> surging waters from swollen rivers turning highways into canals leaving hundreds of cars trapped, families forced to carry children through waist high water. >> we have a thousand properties that we visually inspected. we believe that there may be as many as 4,000 with significant damage. >> reporter: in houston, thousands evacuated from their homes. in just 24 hours, the city got nearly a quarter of its yearly rainfall. this man's dashcam showing what drivers were up against. >> i can't see. >> rescuers responding to more than 900 emergency calls, more than half water rescues. >> a female is stranded on top of the car underneath the bridge awaiting rescue.
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>> days of record rainfall in texas left the ground saturated. more than a dozen people confirmed dead and more missing including laura mccomb and her two children swept away inside this house. her husband survived but remains hospitalized. >> she called me. she said i'm in a house. i'm floating down the river. tell mom and dad i love you and pray. >> the search efforts continue with some help from mother nature. the storms finally moving out of this area and the floodwaters beginning to recede. phillip mena, abc news, wimberley, texas. >> the flooding couldn't have come at a worse time for a woman near houston. she went into labor while stranded in high water on a highway. firefighters couldn't reach her with their truck or ambulance so they rescued her in a dump truck. they took her to the hospital when the water receded. that's where she gave birth. >> a storm system so big it also left its mark in the midwest and
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the ohio valley. >> a tornado touched down near dayton, ohio flipping over cars, sending them crashing to the ground leaving behind a trail of wreckage in the parking lot of a shopping center. two people injured. several restaurants and stores damaged, as well. powerful winds also swept through illinois toppling trees and power lines, some crashing down on cars. just making a mess. you're seeing video here near chicago. as the system moves east, the southern plains not getting much of a break. let's bring in justin povick at accuweather. hello to you, justin. >> thanks and good morning. the south plains after severe weather yesterday will likely see another round later on this afternoon. this is again a dual threat. severe weather and flash flooding targeting many of the same areas including oklahoma city, close enough to dallas, we're going to put them in the risk zone, as well and then back off to the west. record rainfall continuing here for the month of may. the northeast sizzling with high humidity.
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t.j. and reena, back to you. >> thank you. families in a mexico border town mourned loved ones yesterday afternoon after a tornado killed 13 people. hundreds of homes destroyed when the twister touched down without any warning. many of the homes reduced to rubble making the search for victims all the more difficult. >> stay with abc news as we cover these extreme storms. look for updates from our weather team on "america this morning" and "good morning america." >> word this morning of a new threat to your data security. this time the irs says thieves obtained the past tax returns of tens of thousands of us from one of its online sites. the scheme started in february but the tax agency just discovered last week. >> abc's pierre thomas with more. >> those 100,000 taxpayers will be getting very bad news. thieves who had already stolen some of their personal information including names, dates of birth and social security numbers used that information to get past irs security. >> here's where the story gets worse. once inside, they targeted those
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specific taxpayers getting more sensitive information commonly found on tax returns. like where they work, salaries, bank accounts and personal family information. the irs said it has fixed the problem and that it is offering free credit monitoring for those who got hacked. like i said, bad news. pierre thomas, abc news, washington. >> chilling new details emerging as the aurora, colorado shooting trial of james holmes enters a fifth week. prosecution focusing on the notebook holmes mailed to his psychiatrist. in it, he described what he called his broken mind and his obsession to kill since childhood. also revealed he considered attacking an airport instead but didn't want his attack confused with terrorism. he faces 166 charges in the attack which killed 12 people and wounded 70 others. he's pled not guilty by reason of insanity. >> the fbi investigating a threat phoned into l.a.x. yesterday. against as eva airline flight arriving from taipei. the plane landed safely and was taken to a secure location where
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passengers were evacuated and the plane searched. officials say nothing was found. the latest threat comes just a day after threats were phoned in. again six flights landing in new york and boston. nothing found on those planes either. >> meantime, a breach of protocol has landed this had chicago flight attendant in hot water with her airline. passengers who boarded a spirit airline spotted this attendant posing inside one of the jet engine wells. that's right. that wasn't photo shopped. they tracked down her facebook page where she just posted this and other photos and reported her to the airline. spirit spokesman says the airline is now investigating the incident. it could have been worse. she could have tried to take a selfie. at least she had someone else -- >> is it just me? it's kind of a cool picture. >> it is. but kind of a dangerous picture. i think that's what people took issue to. >> we'll do anything for that perfect profile picture, won't we? >> we are the age of selfie social media.
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>> that's a cool picture. she's going to be looking for a job soon. we turn to cleveland. a lot of bad news coming out of there lately about the police force, about shootings and so on and so forth. the city has something to celebrate and it has everything to do with lebron james. he and the cavaliers heading to the nba finals. >> they completed a four-game sweep against my boys from atlanta last night. crowd was into this thing. cavs made it look pretty easy against the number one seed winning 118-88. king james set to play in his fifth straight nba championship series. >> takes a lot of hard work, takes a lot of time to make a team become whole. and you know, we've worked our tail off all season to get to this point. and to be able to represent the eastern conference in the nba finals is the ultimate especially in this city. >> of course, james returned back to cleveland, went back to the cavaliers after spending a few years in miami, winning a couple championships there. this is the first finals
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appearance since eight years ago when they were swept by the spurs. cleveland's going to face either golden state or houston in the finals. it's going to be golden state. that starts a week from tomorrow. golden state up three games to one in their series in the western conference finals now. >> big event this saturday apparently. saturday afternoon, huh? >> yes. >> that's because the brewers taking on the arizona diamondbacks. did i get that right? >> i don't know. i wasn't paying attention, like always. >> the game is at milwaukee's miller park. but the big event before the game is this thing. the debut of what's dubbed as griller park. barbecue grill made to look like the brewer stadium. a creation of a guy named matt tyler. >> he first had the idea for the grill seven years ago but only finished it up recently and now it's set for its big debut. >> you like that? >> i do. that's pretty impressive. >> that is impressive. and i was listening to you.
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i always do. >> i know. you always do. >> like to give me a hard time with the sports stories. >> one day i'm going to show you up on the sports stories. you watch. know a statistic or something you don't know. >> i can't wait. coming up in "the skinny" -- you noticed they stopped giving you the sports stories. did you? >> why are you laughing? >> they used to. it was a conscious effort. but you used to get all sports stories. you don't get them anymore. >> i did mess up a couple people's names. i apologized to them on twitter. every time. i always send an apology. >> we've got the celebrities who are most trusted in product endorsements coming up. you're going to like who is who is at the top of the list. >> we'll take your word for it. later avoiding the nastiest conversations by sending a text message instead. who is breaking up by typing instead of talking. you're watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by resolve. >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by resolve. now" weather, brought to you by resolve.
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welcome back. welcome back. a new study suggests that waiting a few moments to cut a child's umbilical cord leads to benefits later in life. >> what? >> yeah. researchers found children whose cord were cut more than three minutes after birth had slightly higher social and fine motor skills. >> what? >> i know, your mama should have waited. >> they think it's because babies have the chance to absorb more iron rich blood from the placenta, but no, t.j.'s cord was cut five seconds after delivery. >> oh. we can blame my mama. >> no, no, no don't blame your mama. blame your mama's doctor. >> oh, from the very beginning. i didn't have a chance. >> you didn't have a chance. >> oh. >> they should have waited but they had the next one crying out
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so cut you off and move to the next one. >> i was looking for somebody to blame. the average american family spends about $1,000 a year on cell phone bills including hundreds of mystery charges most of us don't even look at, don't understand and don't need either. >> and you don't have to spend that much. abc's rebecca jarvis shows us how to cut that bill. >> it's a tough expense for so many families like the wilsons. >> i feel like we're still paying a lot of money for cell phones. >> this dallas family of five wants to cut their $195 monthly wireless bill and add their daughter to the plan. enter insider todd dunphy. he helps businesses cut wireless waste. he says use free web sites like whistleout.com and myrateplan.com. you tell them what you need and they'll tell you if there's a cheaper plan available. >> cost is very complicated now. it's not like what it used to be. >> watch out for common mystery charges like service fee, membership, usage fee or voice mail.
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see had iphone 6 item on the wilson's bill? that's fancy language for an iphone case. >> you don't pay $3 a month for something that most likely over two years is going to cost you $72. >> finally check the latest promotions. even if you're already a customer, you may be able to cash in. that's how todd found them a new offer with a big return. >> that's $720 savings. >> that is amazing. >> a new phone for their daughter and $720 back in their pocket. but the best tip, negotiate on your ownby half. you can go to your wireless carrier, tell them you found alternate plans for less money in general, the experts tell us they will lower your rate by 20 to 30%. it really does pay to speak up. t.j., reena? >> i love rebecca. she always saves us money. it's always stuff you can really use and it works. you can take her to the bank or her ideas to the bank. don't take her to the bank. coming up, the most likable and bankable celebrity endorsements.
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>> and why johnny depp could end up in australian prison. seriously? "the skinny" is next. >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our abc stations. er this from our abc stations.
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♪ skinny, so skinny ♪ ♪ skinny, so skinny ♪ >> skinny time. we begin with the most likable celebrities pitching us products. >> if you want a famous face to sell you something, a new study
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says this is the guy. liam neeson. listen to him sell this to you. >> think again. i'm coming for you with lots of -- >> wow. is he selling something or scaring the heck out of you? out of all celebrities liam neeson apparently the best super bowl ad for the game clash of clans earned him the highest likability rating in the study conducted by nielsen. >> he pulled 78% in the study which means americans aware of the film star, 78% liked him. coming in second, pierce brosnan for a kia sorrento ad and third, matthew mcconaughey for the lincoln ad. it created quite a stir. >> nielsen scores for the first quarter of 2015. their aim to provide advertisers with information on the effectiveness of celebrity endorsers. apparently men have an edge here. >> wondering where the women are? jennifer garner fourth behind mcconaughey and for her capital one commercials. out of the top ten, only three were women.
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>> that's kind of surprising. >> we turn to actor johnny depp has been in australia filming the new "pirates of the caribbean" movie. he brought his dogs along for a ride. that is a problem. >> so much so the australian agriculture minister threatened to euthanize the dogs if they weren't removed from the country. they have a strict pet policy that requires quarantining them for ten days. depp did not appear. he's facing up to ten years in prison and a $340,000 fine for his furry little unclaimed imports. >> the issue apparently so serious that it was addressed at an australian senate hearing. this is a serious thing having to do with wildlife and what not. it might sound crazy but it is very serious there. he's trying to get it handled. what are the names? pistol and boo are the dog names. >> good luck with that. next to a reboot for a hollywood cult classic. >> it's been 24 years since "point break" remember that? the katherine bigelow directed movie starring keanu reeves going undercover to
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catch a gang of extreme surfing bank robbers led by gang leader patrick swayze. now the first trailer of the "point break" remake has been released. check this out. >> do you have any idea how many people you've killed, how many laws you've broken? >> the only law that matters is gravity. >> stop. >> the original "point break" focused on the surf scenes and parachuting. the remake starring edgar ramirez and luke bracy widens the sports to include wing suit flying, snow boarding and free rock climbing. hits theaters christmas day. >> finally a picture to show you. the newly crowned dancing queen, rumer willis, we should hope the dancing with the star" champ is enjoying her reign. well deserved victory. what better way to enjoy the win than by celebrating with her twin. did you know she had one? >> it's really her mom. demi moore. the two wearing the same black jumpsuit, glasses and hairstyle. rumer with the caption that moment when you realize you are actually becoming your mother. #twinning. >> is this a thing now, twinning?
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all right. for many americans, text messaging has been the preferred communication method, but when it comes to relationships, it can make things a bit awkward. >> especially when those relationships come t >> especially when those relationships come to an end. for some, very funny, sad last words. we're up all nightline with abc's dan harris. >> sorry i rescheduled our date. i actually have a girlfriend. >> i'm not going to pretend it's work. >> have you been dumped by text message? >> comedians eva mcenroe and mel owens, youtube stars in their own rights asked 20-somethings to read the last text they received from their exes. >> hey. >> the video posted on youtube has now gone viral in just over
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a week it skyrocketed to more than 1.5 million views. >> we woke up one morning, we're like oh, my god. >> fun. >> the art of the breakup has come a long way from the days of "sex and the city" but the inspiration still the same. >> having relationships not really break up but just kind of fade away. >> just like one day you're suddenly not texting anymore and you're like oh. i guess that's that. >> don't come over. there is no chili. >> mel and eva decided to find the humor in those last messages and brought together a group of friends who were willing to share their sad endings with the cameras rolling. >> i was at my friend's wake yesterday and on my way to the burial now. can't really talk. >> there was no need for enhancement. and i think that's what made it so real and interesting why people could relate because they were just what they were. >> on my way. >> all she has is the memories that he was on his way. >> thanks, eva. >> they say millennials have perfected the text message breakup. >> i'll keep you posted. >> the phrase breaking up is
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hard to do. we don't really like hard things. everyone just kind of takes the easy road out and just goes silent. >> but they say it's not all bad. sometimes the text you thought went unanswered was in fact. >> oh, my god, he did respond. how did i not see this? no, no, he responded. >> and that may be something worth celebrating. >> yes, yes! >> dan harris, abc news, new york. >> that's cool they make light of it. but it could be painful. >> it could be painful. i'm not so sure about the texting. >> about breaking up in a text. >> just texting in general. >> what is that? >> sorry, t.j. what does it say? >> what does it -- >> i'm not feeling it anymore. that was my last text to you. >> what was my response? i couldn't see it. >> thank god. i couldn't see it. >> thank god.
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making news in america this morning -- deadly floods. walls of water taking out homes and covering entire communities. the number of missing still rising, including a mother and her two young children. plus, the the hazards now surfacing. a casket unearthed. and even snakes seeking higher ground. breaking overnight. american investigators going after officials connected to the world's biggest sport. why authorities arrested fifa members in the early morning hours. caught on camera. robbers storm a jewelry store. smashing the cases with hammers. an employee fighting back with a weapon of her own. tarmac trouble. posing in a plane's engine. a flight attendant trying to get the perfect picture now answering questions as the image goes viral.

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