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take a look at this. whoa! yes, that is not supposed to be a part of traffic. a small plane from a sky diving school, you see that? was forced to make an emergency landing on a new jersey highway after pilot reported a sudden loss of power. the plane bounced a couple times, straightened out. the skydiving instructor on board had a small cut on his arm, but the other four people on board were not hurt. well the washington state teenager who survived a terrifying plane crash over the weekend is now out of the hospital. >> autumn veatch will have an amazing story to tell when she's recovered from her ordeal in the wilderness.
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but the 911 call she made after finally emerging from the woods provides a bit of a preview. here's abc's ryan owens. >> reporter: a selfie in her hospital room. she's 16, after all. autumn veatch continues to recover, even watching news coverage of her survival story. we hear the young woman's voice for the first time as she tells a 911 operator how she lived through a plane crash. >> yeah, i'm the only one that survived. >> okay. are you injured at all? >> yeah, i have a lot of burns on my hands and i'm like kind of covered in bruises and scratches and stuff. >> reporter: they were flying from montana to washington state saturday afternoon when she says the small plane hit bad weather and slammed into the side of a mountain. >> she's kind of like a superhero. >> reporter: with no sign of help, she started hiking down a mountain, following a creek that led to a river. she kept walking the water's edge until finally on monday she found a road and flagged down a car. her dad says she learned how to
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stay alive in this rugged wilderness by watching survival shows with him, including discovery's "survivor man." >> survival. >> "survivor man" should be very proud of her. >> reporter: after undergoing a battery of tests at this hospital on tuesday afternoon, autumn is cleared to go home. meanwhile, searchers are still looking for any sign of that downed plane. ryan owens, abc news, brewster, washington. >> heck of a story. >> it is an incredible story. >> for her at this point. the sheriff is calling her a little superhero for making it out. >> for making it out. but the idea of following the creek, i never knew that that's one of the strategies for getting out. >> well, now you know. >> now we know. >> teaching us all something. apparently she's going to be all right. unfortunately, apparently her stepgrandparents did not survive that crash. coming up here, the transgender child who is making remarkable transition before adulthood. her name is jazz. her story unforgettable. and the fight for your dollars between two of the
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♪ ♪ well caitlyn jenner gave america its transgender moment, but another, much younger transgender trailblazer also paved the way. >> jazz jennings is her name and she began her transformation more than ten years ago. now a new reality television show will document her latest transition from child to adult. we're "up all nightline" with alicia menendez. >> this is my like hangout chill place where i just do whatever. >> reporter: jazz has a room full of pretty things.
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>> i like flowy stuff. nothing too, like you know showy-showy. >> reporter: but inside this case something she considers a godsend. >> ah! so this is like this is the estrogen pill that i take. >> reporter: jazz is transgender, and at just 14 years old, she's staving off male puberty and introducing female hormones, all before adulthood. >> i started getting breasts, softer features you know everything more feminine and it's what i've always wanted. so i mean, this little thing is a power pill. >> reporter: known publicly as jazz jennings she is perhaps one of the most well-known transgender kids in america. >> can i come in your house? >> yes. >> reporter: first sharing her story nearly a decade ago in this landmark interview with barbara walters. >> if people say to you, are you a boy or a girl, what do you say? >> a girl. >> hola mi amigos!
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>> reporter: the trail blazing teen now has her own reality series on tlc called "i am jazz," which chronicles her life as a transgender teen about to navigate the challenges of high school. on national television you're sharing some very intimate details. why? >> i just want to be as open as i can. it will show other people that being transgender is okay. it's not something negative at all. it's something that i embrace, that my family embraces. >> the boys for sure are. >> reporter: assigned male at birth, she was just a toddler when her parents, jeanette and greg, noticed something different. >> she liked sparkly. pink she was really into it. so feminine. her movements were like this and that. >> reporter: doctors told her parents she had what is now called gender disfora, feeling different on the inside than you look on the outside. >> i was dumbfounded. i didn't know that a child could have issues like this. >> reporter: jazz's parents decided to let her live as a girl, allowing her to grow out her hair and to wear dresses.
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when she was 11, the jennings chose to medically intervene with the support of doctors and experts, shaving off male puberty with an implant in her arm that blocks testosterone production. do you worry about the decision to use these therapies? >> i feel that it was the right decision to make. even though you're worried about it, what would be the consequences if she didn't? we didn't want a child that was going through life just hating herself. >> reporter: you've been called a trailblazer for transgender kids. is that how you see yourself? >> it's a not about me but my message. in the end everyone deserves the right to be their authentic self, be who they are. and i hope that we can come to that place one day. >> reporter: for "nightline," i'm alicia menendez in southern florida. >> what a powerful story. thanks to alicia for that. the bravery also of the parents to stand by her. and these pills are actually very expensive. some insurance companies do cover them but it varies from state to state. >> you think about an adult going through that transition. a child doing that now, having to go through high school?
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♪ ♪ all right. time for "the mix." would you believe latest poll to actually come out has donald trump as front-runner on the republican side right about now. he's very popular these days. there he is. and you know i say his popularity. a lot has been talked about his hair over the years. it's just a part of pop culture. now they're having fun on the internet by doing this. the hashtag is #trumpyourcat. brush your cat and you take the hair that comes out of the brush and you form a little hairpiece. that's supposed to look like cat. are you buying any of these? >> oh, look at that. that kind of looks like donald trump with those eyes, yeah. >> look at that cat. >> yeah, that's pretty scary. >> the final one here, they brushed all the hair off that
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cat, apparently, to use for the hairpiece. but this thing is going crazy online people having some fun out there with that guy, donald trump. >> okay interesting. it looks kind of possibly like -- >> what? >> could be a trump cat. >> a trump cat. how about we move on? they always say young people are on their iphones digital devices, don't care about the world, saving people. this kid proves everybody who says that wrong. look at it. san francisco giants game versus the philadelphia phillies. that ball goes in, goes in, boom! he catches it before it hits dad's head. do you know how fast that was going? dad was too busy washing down food and we think with something at that point, focused on his food and then didn't see that but his son reached over and -- here it comes, here it comes, here it comes. boom! in the glove. it could have been a very bad situation. >> that's a good catch for the kid. >> that's a good catch. >> you usually see the dads
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catching the foul balls while holding their kids, babies and everything. >> that's for the next generation. we have another one here. "star wars: episode vii" coming out in december. everybody's getting excited. we're getting little dribbles and drabs from the trailers and what not. so people are making their own videos. this guy put this together online, a gopro. he's a jedi with a gopro. this is what it's supposed to look like. he's out in the desert somewhere and he's fighting storm troopers and what not, deflecting with these lasers. we'll tell you. >> it looks like fun. >> looks like a lot of fun. >> this is actually pretty well done. the gopro. he submitted to our video today contest. everybody is excited about the new movie. >> totally psyched. i'm excited about this, too. i told you one day i'm going to do my princess leia hairstyle. >> donna will hook you up i'm sure. >> donna does my hair every day. >> can we talk about your hair again? i love your hair today. i love when your hair's up. you look amazing.
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this morning on "world news now," to the jury. deliberations set to start today in the james holmes theater shooting trial. the big question in colorado, was holmes insane when the shots were fired. landmark deal. iran's nuclear agreement going down in history. the celebrations going on now as a political fight is just getting started. fertility fight. the husband and wife battling over their frozen embryos. how their divorce case is shaking up the legal system. and later in "the skinny," the member of one direction whose life is going into a new direction. the boy band star taking on a big personal commitment now offstage. it's wednesday, july 15th. >> announcer: from abc news this is "world news now" with t.j. holmes and reena ninan.
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well we start right now with that movie theater massacre trial in colorado. after months of testimony and years of agony for families and survivors, the case in the hands of the jury now. >> deliberations follow an emotional day of closing arguments, both sides squaring off over the insanity defense. with more, here's abc's clayton sandell. >> reporter: after an 11-week trial, more than 250 witnesses, this morning the jury in the aurora theater shooting case begins deciding james holmes' fate. >> we've got seven down in theater nine! seven down! >> reporter: prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for his 2012 rampage that left 12 moviegoers dead 70 injured in a midnight showing of "the dark knight rises." in closing arguments, asking the jury to reject the gunman's insanity claim. >> that guy was sane beyond a reasonable doubt. and he needs to be held accountable for what he did. >> reporter: the defense admits holmes was the gunman but says his mind was controlled by schizophrenia. >> this is a disease that you
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get because you inherit it, just like you get cancer. and we don't blame people for getting cancer. so you can't blame someone for coming down with schizophrenia. >> reporter: families of victims tried in court. sandy and lonnie phillips lost their daughter, jessica. >> there are a lot of people, millions of people in this country that are mentally ill that don't go out and kill people. >> reporter: one of the jurors has a history with mass shootings. he knew both the shooters and victims of the 1999 columbine high school massacre just a few miles away. now one of three men and nine women deciding what will happen to the man who killed tom teves' son. >> what would you tell them? >> that it's not okay to walk into a theater and start shooting people. >> reporter: clayton sandell, abc news, centennial, colorado. president obama expected to defend the nuclear deal with iran when he holds a press conference later today. that deal meant to keep iran
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from building a nuclear bond eases crippling economic sanctions against iran. republicans in congress and gop presidential candidates have been highly critical of the agreement, saying it will bring violent chaos to the middle east. >> this deal offers an opportunity to move in a new direction. we should seize it. >> it looks very much like he -- they made a worse deal than even we had feared. >> hillary clinton has come out strongly in favor of the agreement. she calls it the most effective path for the u.s. to prevent iran from getting nuclear weapons. word of the agreement sparked jubilation in iran where many have suffered under severe economic sanctions. abc's martha raddatz the only network correspondent in iran's capital. >> reporter: coming to you from the very noisy streets of tehran where spontaneous celebrations have been breaking out, celebrating the historic deal between america, its partners, and iran. all of these people know that those punishing sanctions will be lifted within the next couple
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of months and many civilians, many of these people have suffered under those sanctions. what is even more remarkable is we're about two miles from the former american embassy where in 1979, 52 americans were held hostage for 444 days. that event changed the relationship between iran and america for 35 years, but here we are. martha raddatz abc news tehran. turning now to the hunt for the mexican drug lord joaquin "el chapo" guzman. new video here showing him in his prison cell before that bold escape getting a look inside the tunnel that went from el chapo's prison shower to a house a mile away. there's a ladder a motorcycle and a generator there, and it's custom built to his height, just 5'6" high. the mexican government acknowledged that el chapo had inside help on a grand scale. so far, three top prison officials have been fired. well a regional airline is
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being punished by the faa due to a recent incident in which one of the crews stalled an aircraft. the skywest airlines crew was operating a flight for united express in april when the stall occurred. the plane lost about 12,000 feet of altitude. so the faa says skywest flights now must fly at a low altitude and must maintain minimum speeds. skywest says no stall took place. much of the nation being hammered by heavy storms triggering widespread flooding. in new york, a woman slipped down the side of a creek and was trapped by rushing water. rescuers finally managed to mull her to safety. this morning, kentucky is where those storms are hitting hardest, killing at least two people. abc's kendis gibson with the details for us. >> reporter: the power of a flooding river shoving this house underneath a bridge and tearing off the roof. just one of many homes in kentucky carried away by flash floods. >> they can't get out. oh, you know they're scared to death. oh, my god. >> reporter: 4 inches of rain in one hour forming a wall of
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water that ripped these homes off their foundations. the stapleton family barely escaping clinging to a tree as their house floated away. husband and dad paul rescuing them by boat. >> it wasn't pretty. >> it wasn't pretty. >> it wasn't a pretty sight at all. nothing pretty about this. >> at least they're alive. >> they're alive. >> reporter: the floodwaters washing out roads, leaving debris everywhere making it harder to search for survivors. up to six people are still missing, and at least two people have died in the floodwaters. luckily, no one was injured when this tornado with wind speeds topping 160 miles an hour swept through hutchinson, kansas, destroying a farmhouse and a cabin. just 1 of 500 severe weather reports across the country in the past 36 hours. and there's more to come. kendis gibson, abc news, johnson county, kentucky. well there's more heavy rain in today's forecast. lightning and downpours from the rockies to the great plains. a cold front from canada brings thunderstorms and heavy rain from new england to the
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mid-atlantic. heat advisories posted in texas and the mid-south. >> 90s in dallas, new orleans and memphis. 80s in minneapolis and new york. 70s in l.a., chicago and boston. some sunny skies possibly thought to return for struggling ice cream maker blue bell. the company stopped production and recalled products in april after the ice cream was linked to listeria illnesses and at least three people died. now blue bell has received a big investment from a prominent texas businessman, which the company says will ensure its return to shelves. no date for that return has been given just yet. well anyone who's been married knows a groom and a bride, they just can't control everything or everybody on your wedding day. case in point, what happened to a group of bridesmaids in wales. >> some variables always. this is a fun shot. isn't it? here are the bridesmaids hitch-hiking trying to get to the wedding. why? because their cab broke down. didn't have time to wait for a replacement. luckily for them, they along with the bride's mother were picked up by a woman and brought
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to the venue. >> the bride reached out through facebook and was able to offer the driver a personal thank you note afterwards. >> this is why you have -- that's why they're picked to be bridesmaids, because they're good friends and they're going to do what they have to do to be there for you. >> this happened to my mother on her wedding day. >> what happened? >> the car broke down, the fancy car. >> while she was on the way to the wedding? >> yeah, she was late to the wedding. >> how late? >> an hour. >> dad waited? >> yeah! he waited with his bell bottoms and all. >> well, fashionably late. he's a better man than i am. your dad's patience is why you're still here. >> still together. >> why you're here right now. you think i would have waited an hour? i'm gone! 15 minutes, you ain't here? >> he's a good man, daddy. >> he's a better man than i. all right, coming up in "the skinny," we have a scandal involve involving two pro athletes, pregnant with twins. their very brief marriage and the run-in with police. also ahead the why the woman who endured cat calls and harassment while walking through new york is suing the man who
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how you doing? how you doing? >> a lot of people might remember this video. it went viral for a little while. it was about cat calling, ten hours of walking in new york city as a woman is what it was called. it's been viewed more than 40 million times online. now, the actress there you see has filed a $500,000 lawsuit against the guys who made the
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video video. shoshanna roberts is her name. she claims that the makers failed to get her signed permission before making the video to sell advertising. she says she was only paid $200 for it. well a california couple is heading to court in what could become a landmark legal case. >> the issue here is whether one party in a bitter divorce can keep the couple's frozen embryos. abc's kayna whitworth with the details. >> reporter: each fantastic in their own right, both harvard educated. mimi lee, a juilliard-trained pianist and doctor specializing in neuroscience married steven finley a financial analyst. just before they tied the knot, mimi was diagnosed with cancer. in a race against time, they decided to freeze embryos, knowing her treatment would render her infertile, signing a consent form that they would be destroyed if they divorced. now five years later and divorced, they're on opposing sides of a historic case as they fight over the fate of their
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embryos in california superior court. >> the court needs to give individuals more direction. it needs to give the fertility clinics more direction. what should be in those contracts that can make them impenetrable? >> reporter: in court documents obtained by abc news lee says the embryos now represent the "destruction of my last and final chance of fertility." >> she's currently infertile given her age and also a cancer survivor. we think that with her infertility, the balance is going to tip in her favor. >> reporter: lee says finley who wants the embryos destroyed, would have no parental responsibility. >> he's the biological father, courts will be reluctant to wholesale give him a pass. >> reporter: this modern-age dilemma fought publicly by sofia vergara, who made a similar decision as she told "gma's" amy robach. >> i don't want to allow this person to take more advantage of my career and try to promote himself. >> reporter: her ex nick lobe has filed a second lawsuit, seeking custody of the frozen
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embryos they created, something vergara doesn't want. meanwhile, the court will decide if the consent form signed by lee and finley is a binding contract or if it can be voided for a variety of reasons. either way, it will be precedent-setting. kayna whitworth, abc news, los angeles. >> this has become a really big issue for a lot of couples across the country, in fact. and our "gma's" dan abrams has weighed in and he said that the cases where it's gone through and they've actually allowed this to happen have been where women say this is a one-shot deal. you know men usually get another chance but largely, the women, you know is the issue. so, when they say this is our last shot at fertility, some of those cases do go through. >> fascinating legal case. >> yeah. well when we come back a boy band heartthrob about to become a daddy. and "rolling stone" magazine taking heat over its latest cover girl. "the skinny" next. "world news now" continues after
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♪ ne direction's louis tomlinson is going in a new direction, fatherhood. >> the british pop star expecting a child now with an l.a.-based stylist, breanna jung worth. there she is reportedly a very private person. she hasn't even been to a one direction concert until recently. >> "people" magazine reports the pregnancy was a surprise to him at first, but he's happy and excited about it. although he and breanna are not in a relationship, he plans to be a hands-on dad when the baby arrives early next year. >> congrats to them. >> yeah. >> and i haven't seen a lot of stuff that's been going on online about this, but one direction fans are something else. >> i wonder what the lady fans and people who love tomlinson might feel. >> but they should be happy for
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him. congrats. >> is he off the market now? >> not in a relationship. he's going to be busy. >> that makes sense, teej. a more troubled pregnancy for wnba star glory johnson, carrying twins and demanding $20,000 a month in spousal support as her marriage is ending. johnson's relationship with her estranged wife fellow wnba player brittney griner has been a roller coaster from the start. >> get this. they played against each other in college. johnson played at tennessee, griner played at baylor. then they got engaged last august. in april, though, they were arrested after a domestic violence incident. that didn't stop the wedding though, that took place in may, didn't stop the pregnancy, either. but as we are talking about now, griner has filed to annul that marriage. again, just happened a couple months ago. and johnson is demanding financial support. hope they can get it together. >> very messy situation. >> that's been a tumultuous relationship. >> i just hope they're not on facebook where they do their year in review. >> year in review? >> yeah they do your year in review and post all the photos
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and everything and then it's hard to watch when you break up. >> oh no. >> a rough ending. well sinead o'connor has found a new target for her rants. the irish singer who has strong opinions and lets everyone know what her opinions are is bashing "rolling stone" magazine for its cover. kim kardashian is on the cover and featured with an in-depth interview. she's a self-promoting reality star but she's also married to an industry powerhouse in the music world. but on facebook sinead writes "what is this blank doing on the cover of rolling stone? music has officially died. who would know it would be rolling stone who murdered it?" some fans say it's little over the top. >> she has a problem with it. a lot of people have a problem with miss kardashian west, mrs. kardashian west i should say. sinead o'connor is someone who has made inroads in the music industry, a lot of people respect. i'm sure she looked at this magazine. this is a music bible in a lot of ways. like what is this girl doing on the cover? >> yeah.
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>> and she let loose. >> wow. don't put them together at the same party. >> no, i'd love to be at that party. there's word of a new hollywood couple this morning. "real housewives new york" star bethenny frankel reported ly dating "modern family's" eric stonestreet. >> what do you think? >> they've been out and about a number of times in new york and l.a. >> i love this guy. neither of them confirming that they're dating but frankel did tweet recently "i'm very happy right now, stay tuned." >> very interesting. >> that is the perfect reality star answer, right? >> can i just tell you, he is such a fun dude. i spent a white house correspondents dinner with him once and he was amazing. just so much fun and so down to earth. so he would be the guy i'd want to party with, too. >> that was one of the last places i saw him was in d.c., the correspondents dinner but then i saw him in vegas. >> oh! so you probably had an even better, better night with him. >> different stories. well coming up get ready, set, shop.
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are promoting some giant sales today. >> it's been six months since the holiday shopping ended and retailers want your business. abc's mara schiavocampo with some of their deals. >> reporter: online shopping showdown. mega retailers amazon and walmart going head to head with virtual doorbusters in what some are hoping will be christmas in july. amazon naming july 15th prime day, a super sale for members of its $99-per-year prime service. on items like bose headphones at their lowest amazon price ever and a 32-inch led tv for $75. and a 32-inch l.e.d. tv for $75. walmart following suit announcing more than 2,000 special atomic deals on online purchases the very same day. bargains like $174 off an ipad mini 2 and more than $250 off a toshiba laptop. >> july is a quiet time for them in shopping terms. it's changing now, though. we're shopping mobile. this year's christmas in july promotions might do a little better because we can shop while
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we're sitting in the park. >> reporter: all leading to deals promising to be as hot as the weather. and it's not just online. lots of major retailers offering big deals right now, including best buy, planning a major sale for next week. mara schiavocampo, abc news, new york. >> reena, i really hope that's me you're shopping for. my birthday's next month. i see you online. >> i was looking at the ipad mini 2. >> i really hope you're shopping for me right now. >> it is a mini 2, walmart 16 gigabytes is $239 on walmart at this very moment and a 16 gigabyte apple mini 2 is $295. $5 less. wait, do i have that right? no it's much less. >> is that right? >> it's $239 at walmart, $239, and almost $300. >> we'll get a call from walmart and amazon. >> that's at this moment. >> announcer: this is abc's "world news now," informing insomniacs for two decades.
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good morning to you all. i'm t.j. holmes. >> and i'm reena ninan. here are some of the top headlines we're following this morning on "world news now." the search for at least six people missing in kentucky resumes at daybreak. floodwaters going through kentucky's appalachian mountains have already killed at least two people. details are just ahead. the fate of the colorado movie theater gunman now in the hands of a jury. deliberations begin this morning. they must decide whether james holmes was sane or insane when he opened fire killing 12 people and injuring dozens of others. the 16-year-old washington state girl who survived a terrifying plane crash has left the hospital and returned home. her father says she's in amazing physical shape considering her two-day ordeal and search crews may have found the plane that went down in the rugged wilderness. and mike trout led off last night's all-star game in
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cincinnati with a home run for the american league. trout was named mvp in the a.l.'s 6-3 victory. before the game, reds legends pete rose made a rare on field appearance and got a long ovation. those are some of our top stories on this wednesday, july 15th. >> announcer: from abc news this is "world news now" with t.j. holmes and reena ninan. and we start this half hour with the dangerous storms pounding much of the country. >> south of chicago, dozens of families were evacuated after torrential rain sends a river there gushing over its banks and flooding nearby neighborhoods, but it's the state of kentucky that's been hardest hit. at least two people are dead and at least six missing. abc's kendis gibson is there. >> reporter: severe weather turning deadly. >> they can't get out. oh, you know they're scared to death. oh my god! >> reporter: in johnson county kentucky 4 inches of rain in a flash, wiping out dozens of homes, many with people still inside.
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>> jesus, please be with these people. >> reporter: those floating homes slamming right into this bridge. this is your brother's place. >> my brother's place. >> reporter: paul stapleton's family washing away with their home. he managed to rescue them with a boat the family clinging to a tree down river. >> it wasn't pretty. >> it wasn't pretty. >> it wasn't a pretty sight at all. nothing pretty about this. >> but at least they're alive. >> they're alive. >> reporter: washed-out roads and debris everywhere, making the search for survivors even harder. in the last 24 hours, nearly 500 reports of severe weather, a tornado touching down in hutchinson, kansas. the twister packing 165-mile-an-hour winds captured by a drone. many of the residents around here have lived in their homes for decades with the creek in their backyard. still, they stay this is the worst they've ever seen. kendis gibson, abc news, flat gap, kentucky. well in much of texas, it's really intense heat that people are seeking relief from
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temperatures hovering around the 100 mark forcing dozens of communities to open cooling centers. this one you see in dallas says it's already helped thousands of people beat the heat. here we go. offering cold drinks snacks and movies to help them pass the time. today's forecast though heat advisories continue in texas, across the midsouth as well heavy rain from the rockies to the great plains storms and downpours from new england to the mid-atlantic as a cold front, cold front? moves in from canada. >> 70s in detroit, los angeles and boston 80s in portland kansas city and new york 90 in dallas, memphis and atlanta. well president obama has picked up the support of hillary clinton on the new nuclear deal with iran but many republicans in congress and the gop presidential candidates are speaking out against the agreement. here now abc's mary bruce. >> reporter: negotiators in vienna emerging from marathon talks jubilant and victorious announcing they finally reached a deal to prevent iran from developing a nuclear weapon. >> this moment has been a long
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time coming and we have worked very hard to get here. >> reporter: it was a rocky road, 18 days in vienna two years of high-stakes diplomacy, six years since president obama first reached out directly to iran's supreme leader and 36 years since this -- >> khamenei! khamenei! >> reporter: the crisis of 1979 when 52 americans were held hostage for 444 days. the president now hailing a new chapter in iran's relationship with the west. >> this deal offers an opportunity to move in a new direction. we should seize it. >> reporter: under the deal iran agreed to sharply cut back its nuclear program, and in exchange the u.s. agreed to end crippling economic sanctions on iran. celebrations in the streets of tehran. but not everyone is cheering. israel blasted the agreement. >> the world is a much more dangerous place today than it was yesterday. >> reporter: and in washington
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lawmakers who now have 60 days to review the deal are already threatening to derail it. >> it looks very much like they made a worse deal than even we had feared. >> reporter: the president will now try to convince those hesitant lawmakers that this is the right deal starting with a press conference this afternoon. reena and t.j.? >> mary, thank you. three top mexican prison officials have been fired as the manhunt intensifies for drug kingpin joaquin "el chapo" guzman seen here before his brazen prison break. this is his escape tunnel that went from his prison shower to a house a mile away. there's a ladder, a motorcycle and a generator custom built to his 5'5" frame. the dea reportedly obtained intelligence last year that el chapo may be planning another escape. government officials in mexico claim they were never informed. you know what i don't get about this? he is the most notorious drug kingpin that the u.s. treasury department has said that he is the most wanted.
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he is out there. he is what a trillionair, really $2 billion, right? but they call him el chapo, shorty. >> little guy. >> of all the influence you, you have, the people you've killed, you can't change the nickname? el shorty? he's 5'5". >> maybe he embraces it. >> he was nicknamed that as a teenager because he was short. >> he embraced it and became a billionaire. >> so is that what you said? >> little guy. >> don't change it, just keep it, embrace it? >> it's who he is. and he's short. he's on the run. >> i'd like to be known as la explosiva. not la shorty. >> la explosiva? >> yeah like boom! >> surely that twitter handle is available. let's turn now to a massachusetts man. he's been ordered to remain in jail. we told you about this young man. he's there on terrorism-related charges. in court, prosecutors played a portion of an fbi interview in which alexander ciccolo expressed his support for isis. here now, marci gonzalez. >> reporter: in court, a former
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peace activist investigators say was plotting a vicious isis-inspired attack. the fbi explains alexander ciccolo planned to set off pressure cooker bombs in a crowded cafeteria of a major college campus and a nearby gay bar, then execute non-muslim students live via the internet. investigators say the 23-year-old was motivated in part by the boston marathon bombings, where his father a respected police captain, was among the first responders who rushed to the scene. officials says robert ciccolo took brave action again last year reporting his own son to the fbi, saying he had gone off the deep end and become a jihadist. >> other than some radio, you know, that was, you know, definitely middle eastern that you could hear every now and then, he was generally very quiet. >> reporter: the fbi saying they closed in on alexander ciccolo after he bought four high-powered weapons from an undercover operative and was arrested on july 4th at his massachusetts apartment.
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inside the fbi claims agents found a pressure cooker bought just the day before along with other bomb-making materials. ciccolo's family saying in a statement, "while we are saddened and disappointed to learn of our son's intentions we are grateful that authorities were able to prevent any loss of life or harm to others." and he is 1 of at least 11 suspects arrested by the fbi in just the past six weeks believed to have ties to isis. t.j. and reena? >> marci, thank you. a regional airline is being punished by the faa because of a recent incident in which one of its crews stalled an aircraft. the skywest airlines crew was operating a flight for united express in april when a stall occurred. the plane lost about 12,000 feet of altitude. so the faa says skywest flights now have to fly at a lower altitude and must maintain minimum speeds. skywest says no stall took place. and this from a blue angels air show in pensacola, florida.
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one jet flying low along the shoreline where thousands had gathered. so low, in fact that the jet's power sent tents and umbrellas flying into the air. fans forced to pick up their belongings while enjoying the rest of the show. >> that was intentional though? man. >> looks a little too low for me, a little too low for comfort. well a big sigh of relief for nasa getting confirmation last night that its mission to pluto was a huge success. >> this was a big deal. >> yes. >> 13 hours of silence. the new horizons spacecraft phoned home letting the space agency know that it had come within less than 8,000 miles of the distant planet. the nearly ten-year $3 billion mile journey unfolding just like they had planned. today the spacecraft will beam back the closest pictures ever taken of pluto. >> we haven't had space probes really studying things in detail at this distance. i think it could be the start of something new. >> new horizons will spent 16 months transmitting data back to earth.
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president obama tweeted "pluto just had its first visitor," and he called it a great day for discovery and american leadership. >> congrats to nasa. coming up demanding answers from the police department accused of dropping the ball on a kidnapping case. also ahead the florida state football player accused of battery. he's telling his side of the story in an abc news exclusive. and later, paul rudd's co-star in "ant-man." what she's admitting about the superhero movie. you're watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by colonial penn life insurance. write down this number now. right now, people are receiving this free information kit for guaranteed acceptance life insurance with a rate lock through the colonial penn program. if you are on a fixed income learn about affordable whole life insurance that guarantees your rate can never increase for any reason. if you did not receive your information call this number now.
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three shots were fired. the officer hits the pavement. help arrives moments later. the teenage driver was arrested and has been charged. well police in vallejo, california, are refusing to apologize in that bizarre, "gone girl"-style kidnap case saying they believe it was a hoax. >> that's despite fbi affidavits and the suspect who is now behind bars. cecilia vega with the details. >> reporter: a resounding we told you so. >> today there is vindication. today is a fabulous day for denise huskins, for aaron quinn. >> reporter: tears of relief for the couple accused of staging an elaborate kidnapping hoax straight out of the blockbuster "gone girl" -- >> ridiculously stage your crime scene. >> reporter: the fbi arresting the accused mastermind 38-year-old matthew muller a harvard-educated former lawyer. unsealed court documents revealing bizarre new details. it was march 23rd, about 3:00 a.m., the intruders wearing wet suits and carrying squirt guns with laser pointers attached.
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investigators say they tied up, drugged and forced the couple to wear swimming goggles with tape covering the lenses and headsets. a prerecorded, calm-sounding voice giving orders. huskins telling police the intruders had protocols in place as if they'd done this before. two days later, huskins emerges 400 miles away near her father's southern california home. the fbi says near muller's home, agents found goggles with a strand of long blond hair the same color as huskins'. but the police department that called the whole thing a hoax is not apologizing. >> does the vallejo police department owe this couple an apology? >> we're going to evaluate that when the investigation is complete and then go from there. >> did you drop the ball? >> i don't believe so, no. >> reporter: and now different police departments in the area are looking at past home invasions, bizarre ones involving masked men. they are looking for possible ties to muller. cecilia vega, abc news, vallejo, california.
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>> that's a strange case. >> very strange. >> to hear the police department still saying we're standing by our story to a certain degree. it's just fascinating. >> yeah. well coming up here new insight into that barroom incident involving a florida state quarterback. we've got some new insight about this video. it's hard to watch. >> that's right. a young woman punched in the face. a promising football career and a future ahead. we'll explain in our abc news exclusive. >> announcer: "worl
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♪ a promising florida state football player just a freshman is now facing battery charges after a videotaped incident at a bar. a 21-year-old woman was punched in the face. >> in an abc news exclusive, that football player de'andre johnson, is telling the story with his mother by his side. here's abc's michael strahan. >> reporter: the disturbing video at a tallahassee bar. first a confrontation, then a 21-year-old woman punched in the face, left bruised. the man who threw the punch, de'andre johnson, a freshman at florida state. thrown off the football team at one of the nation's top programs as a result of the video.
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now in an abc news exclusive, johnson tells his story for the first time. >> why didn't you just walk away? there are a lot of people wondering, why wouldn't you just walk away from an incident like that? >> well, you're right. there is no explanation for that. i totally should have walked away. i'm sorry. if i could do it all over again, i would. >> reporter: now, were there any drinks involved? did you have any drinks that night at the bar? >> no. i'm not going to comment on that. >> reporter: according to the arrest affidavit, the victim suffered bruising under her left eye, swelling to the left cheek and upper lip and a small cut. johnson was arrested and charged with misdemeanor battery. he is pleading not guilty. >> your lawyer has said that you're not the instigator. that the young lady said some racial slurs toward you and that was part of the equation. did that happen? >> it doesn't matter. i should have walked away. >> is he guilty of battery? >> that's going to be for the courts to determine. there are people who make mistakes but don't deserve to pay the rest of their life for them. >> who do you think you let down
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the most? >> my mother. she didn't raise me this way. you know? she didn't raise me this way. she's -- it kills me inside to know that i hurt her heart. >> i cry. i just cry. i cried for three days. i still cry, because i don't teach my kids to raise their hand. and for this just to happen, i'm sorry. i'm sorry. >> when this happened, what did you say to de'andre? >> i wanted to jump through the phone and wring his neck. >> have you ever been violent towards women? >> i've never been violent towards a woman. >> ever? >> ever. >> reporter: johnson says that he doesn't second guess florida state's decision to kick him off the team but he is devastated. >> now, do you believe you deserve a second chance? >> yes, sir, without a doubt. what you saw on the video was not who i am. >> reporter: johnson's attorney says his client is forbidden from court from reaching out to
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the woman he struck, but he does have a message. >> i would like to say to her and her family, i am sorry. no words can describe this feeling. >> johnson says he's now focused on his education and he's volunteering at a battered women's shelter. you know there's a court date set for later this month as well. >> this is hard to watch. and i didn't understand his answer. i'm not going to comment on that, was he drinking or not. he's at a bar, you could make an assumption assumption, but he could say no if he wasn't drinking. that should have nothing to do with it. a lot of people are perplexed by this. you walk away. i don't care. she took a little swipe at him. to have that reaction is a little unnerving and unbelievable to a lot of people out there. doesn't matter. this is just standard rule, folks. no matter what is going on in that situation, you cannot raise your hand to a woman under any circumstance just ever. and for him to have that reaction. his mother sitting there with him. you can tell she's hurt. >> yes. >> but we'll see what happens to that young man in that case.
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♪ so finally this half hour big movie news but first, this disclaimer. >> disney is the parent company of abc news. >> so good. >> we have spent so much money on that so we don't ever have to say that again. >> that's why we don't have birthdays anymore. >> yeah we can't afford the pictures. have we told you all? have you all noticed we don't do birthdays anymore? marvel's new movie, "ant-man" opens today. stars paul rudd, a superhero.
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his co-star, they're expanding horizons. here kabc's george pennacchio. >> you're like a bullet. you punch too hard, you kill someone too soft, it's a love tap. >> reporter: evangeline lilly brings action and heart to the marvel world in "ant-man." she admits she was new to the comic book world before she made this movie, but she loves the fact that it's easily understandable for everyone. the story begins at the beginning, "i don't need a degree in marvel to get 100% of this." >> right. i actually felt the same way. i felt like oh, man, this movie is super accessible to everybody. even a 5-year-old child can follow this movie and love it and understand it and really get into it. even i was like absorbed and really into it. and i think it's for that exact reason. you don't have to stop, wait what i don't -- you're not questioning all the time. >> reporter: lilly, who plays ant-man's potential love interest underwent some rigorous training to play the character convincingly. >> i had to learn how to punch like a boxer. and i had no aptitude for that
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type of action. i like the more graceful stuff. so that took some training that took some time and i would just get the giggles all the time when i would try to be serious and lift my fists up. i felt like an idiot. so that was -- i put some work into that. >> reporter: her hard work pays off on screen and lilly hopes fans will be able to sit back and enjoy the ride. >> from the moment that scott lang gets the ant suit, the ant-man suit to the end of the film you are so washed up in this tide of fun and action that you forget yourself. and even and i am such a critical actor when i watch my own films, forgot myself and was just so absorbed in the story and the fantasy. >> reporter: this is george pennacchio reporting for abc news. >> okay. >> looks fun. >> it does look fun. >> paul rudd. >> not even into sci-fi movies but it does look very interesting. angelene lilly is amazing. >> and he's a superhero, paul
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this morning on "world news now," historic agreement. after 20 months of talks, the far-reaching nuclear agreement with iran is a done deal. the celebrations and the backlash. >> it may be the worst diplomatic agreement in the history of the united states. >> the growing opposition here and overseas. escape route. our first look at a tunnel built for a notorious drug kingpin who broke out of jail. who helped him find freedom. baseball's all-stars. last night's big game between the american and national leagues and the standing ovation for a controversial veteran. and later, transgender trailblazer. she's been sharing her story since childhood, and now this teen is taking her journey of transition before adulthood to a worldwide audience. it's wednesday, july 15th.
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>> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now" with t.j. holmes and reena ninan. let's start with that landmark nuclear deal with iran. it goes before the u.n. here in new york later today for a first read-through. >> allowing u.n. inspectors into iranian military sites was part of the agreement. abc's terry moran is actually in vienna where the deal was hammered out. >> reporter: here they are, those jubilant negotiators in their moment of triumph. you can see it on john kerry's face. >> this moment has been a long time coming, and we have worked very hard to get here. >> reporter: 18 days in vienna, two years of high-stakes diplomacy, six years since president obama first reached out directly to iran's supreme leader and 36 years since this. >> khomeini! khomeini khomeini! >> reporter: the 1979 hostage crisis, iran holding 52 american diplomats and citizens hostage for 444 long, terrifying, humiliating days.
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>> this deal offers an opportunity to move in a new direction. we should seize it. >> reporter: iran now agrees to sharply cut back its nuclear program that has alarmed the world by dismantling two-thirds of all its key nuclear machinery for ten years, reducing its uranium stockpile by 98% for 15 years and submitting to continuous international monitoring and inspections. and the u.s. agrees to help iran thrive by ending those crippling economic sanctions, recognizing iran's right to even keep a peaceful nuclear program and allowing iran over time to buy weapons, even ballistic missiles. >> this deal demonstrates that american diplomacy can bring about real and meaningful change. >> reporter: critics pounced on the deal. among the first and fiercest, israeli prime minister netanyahu, who called it a stunning, historic mistake. but secretary kerry shot back in a spirited interview with us. >> the alternative is to what go to war immediately? bomb them? sanction them further?
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well, wait no you can't sanction them further. >> reporter: for decades, the united states and iran have been sworn enemies, but you got the sense here as this deal came to a completion that a new era has begun, for better or worse. terry moran, abc news, vienna. >> and they were celebrating in the streets of tehran as word came that the agreement had been reached. many iranians have struggled under the tough economic restrictions imposed by the u.s. and other countries. much-needed medicine has been in short supply. bank investments and insurance have also been severely limited. well, the deal sets up a major clash between hillary clinton and the republican presidential contenders. in a lengthy statement released late last night, clinton says she strongly favors the agreement. republican candidates have been highly critical with jeb bush calling the deal naive and wrong. the agreement also faces harsh criticism on capitol hill. here's abc's jonathan karl. >> reporter: walking the halls of congress, we found republicans unified in opposing the iran deal. leading the charge, freshman senator tom cotton.
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>> so what do you think of this deal? >> it's bad. a terrible tragic mistake. >> reporter: cotton tried to derail the iran negotiations back in march by writing a letter signed by 47 republican senators and sent to iran's supreme leader. it warned the next president could undo any agreement with the stroke of a pen. now he says he wants congress to kill the deal. >> what's the bottom line? how bad do you think this agreement is? >> it may be the worst diplomatic agreement in the history of the united states. >> really? why? >> because it's putting outlaw terrorist regime on the path to a nuclear weapon. >> reporter: congress has 60 days to vote on all of this. the president said point blank that he will veto any effort by congress to derail the agreement. republicans would need a lot of support from democrats to override that veto. i don't see that happening, but there is significant concern among democrats about this deal. jonathan karl, abc news, the white house. deliberations begin this morning in the mass murder trial
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stemming from the colorado movie theater massacre. in closing arguments, prosecutors insisted that james holmes was sane and he deliberately planned that shooting and killed 12 people and injured 70 others. the defense said, though, that holmes was controlled by his schizophrenia and could not tell right from wrong. the jury has to consider evidence and testimony from 250 witnesses. well, as the international manhunt continues this morning for the world's most notorious drug lord at least three mexican prison officials have been fired, and that includes the director. and the world is getting an up-close look at the sophisticated tunnel the kingpin known as el chapo used to make his brazen prison break. abc's gio benitez is there. >> reporter: our first look inside the tunnel used by drug lord joaquin "el chapo" guzman to escape from prison. all right, we're inside the el chapo tunnel. the first room filled with supplies a generator, electrical wires, buckets used to move earth.
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>> he would have come up these stairs and then into this underground section here. >> reporter: down that ladder, a well-lit, ventilated tunnel custom built to his height, just 5'6" tall, leading from his prison shower into the house. >> and here it is. this is the house where he just walked into and disappeared. >> reporter: the house is set just a mile away from the prison where el chapo escaped from. three top officials at this maximum security prison now fired, authorities telling us someone on the inside must have helped him escape to this house. >> these thick, brick walls are just concealing everything inside here. >> reporter: this is the most recent photo of el chapo. mexican officials offering nearly $4 million for information leading to his capture. >> it's going to be very difficult, and we may never see him again. >> reporter: sources now telling us that el chapo's escape means more violence in mexico and more drugs into the u.s. gio benitez, abc news, mexico.
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relatives of eric garner say the $5.9 million settlement they reached with the city of new york is not a victory. the family stood with reverend al sharpton to call for federal civil rights charges against the white police officer who put garner in that choke hold. they say the victory will come when they get justice and someone is held accountable for garner's death. >> they deserve to be prosecuted. they treated my husband like an animal, and i think that they give animals more respect than they give humans. >> and you'll remember garner's final words, "i can't breathe" spurred a national movement. the family says it's not going to end until there's a change in policing here in new york. well turning to politics and the latest poll showing a surge in popularity for donald trump. among the republicans, 17% favored trump, jumping six points in just a month in this "usa today" poll. jeb bush is three points behind. scott walker, ted cruz round out the top four.
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all of the republicans now trail democrat hillary clinton. well, new jersey republican governor chris christie gets just 3% in that poll, but that's not hurting fund-raising, apparently. an independent group of christie's allies say that it's raised $11 million since february. the group is buying a million-dollar ad campaign next week. it's already purchased nearly $3 million in ad time in new hampshire. and scott walker hosted his first campaign event at a harley-davidson dealership in las vegas. walker rides a harley. he called himself a harley guy, talking about his taking on the unions in wisconsin. he also said he would terminate the nuclear deal with iran if he is elected. the next story's a sports story. you want to do this one? >> you know, clearly -- >> the all-star game. >> reporter: -- the producers want to give you more opportunity -- >> you're the sports expert. why don't you take this one. sports with reena. here we go. >> last night's all-star game in chicago got off to a -- >> it was cincinnati! cincinnati. >> cincinnati. >> oh, god!
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>> i'm thinking chicago bulls. >> oh, dang! we tried! we tried. oh. you couldn't get past the first line. >> the prompter there. thank you for those words of inspiration. >> try it again, reena. go, go, go. >> last night's all-star game in cincinnati got off to a good start for the american league. mike trout of the angels became the first player in 38 years to hit the first inning lead-off home run. then, with the score tied in the fifth, prince fielder singled, scored trout, and putting the american league ahead for good, trout becoming the first player to be named all-star game mvp two years in a row. the american league won it, 6-3. its team will open the world series at home for the tenth time in 13 years. [ applause ] >> sports with reena, everybody. sports with reena. >> thank you. >> i love it. >> thank you. >> now, before this game started let's show you something else. former reds great pete rose made a rare onfield appearance,
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receiving a long ovation. he's banned from baseball, as you know, after betting on games. baseball's new commissioner actually has said he hasn't set a meeting with rose to discuss his application for reinstatement, but a nice moment for him, at least, coming back into that hometown field to get that ovation. good job. good stuff. sports with reena, folks. love it. coming up in "the mix" here, transforming your cat into a donald trump look-alike. yes, there's another new internet sensation. you've got to see this one. also ahead, the transgender trailblazer who shared her remarkable story since childhood. now she's an even bigger role model. first, though, the young woman who survived a plane crash in the wilderness. how she's sharing her bravery with the world now. and remember to find us on facebook, wnnfans.com and twitter @abcwnn. you're watching "world news now." twitter @abcwnn. you're watching "world news now." twitter @abcwnn. you're watching "world news now." olay regenerist. it regenerates surface cells. new skin is revealed in only 5 days.
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take a look at this. whoa! yes, that is not supposed to be a part of traffic. a small plane from a skydiving school -- do you see that? was forced to make an emergency landing on a new jersey highway after pilot reported a sudden loss of power. the plane bounced a couple times, straightened out. the skydiving instructor on board had a small cut on his arm, but the other four people on board were not hurt. well, the washington state teenager who survived a terrifying plane crash over the weekend is now out of the hospital. >> autumn veach veatch is her name. she will have an amazing story to tell when she's recovered from her two-day ordeal in the
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wilderness, but the 911 call she made after finally emerging from the woods provides a preview. here's abc's ryan owens. >> reporter: a selfie in her hospital room. she's 16, after all. autumn veatch continues to recover, even watching news coverage of her survival story. we hear the young woman's voice for the first time as she tells a 911 operator how she lived through a plane crash. >> yeah, i'm the only one that survived. >> okay. are you injured at all? >> yeah, i have a lot of burns on my hands and i'm like kind of covered in bruises and scratches and stuff. >> reporter: they were flying from montana to washington state saturday afternoon when she says the small plane hit bad weather and slammed into the side of a mountain. >> she's kind of like a superhero. >> reporter: with no sign of help she started hiking down the mountain following a creek that led to a river. she kept walking the water's edge until finally on monday she found a road and flagged down a car. her dad says she learned how to
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stay alive in this rugged wilderness by watching survival shows with him, including discovery's "survivor man." >> survival. >> "survivor man" should be very proud of her. >> reporter: after undergoing a battery of tests at this hospital on tuesday afternoon, autumn is cleared to go home. meanwhile, searchers are still looking for any sign of that downed plane. ryan owens, abc news, brewster, washington. >> heck of a story. >> it is an incredible story. >> for her at this point. the sheriff is calling her a little superhero for making it out. >> for making it out. but the idea of following the creek, i never knew that that's one of the strategies for getting out. >> well, now you know. >> now we know. >> she's teaching us all a little something. apparently she's going to be all right, but it's unfortunate. apparently, her step grandparents did not survive that crash. >> yeah. coming up here, the journey to tell you about for the transgender child who is making a remarkable transition before adulthood. her name is jazz. her story unforgettable. and the fight for your dollars between two of the biggest retailers on earth.
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♪ well, caitlyn jenner gave america its transgender moment, but another, much younger transgender trailblazer also paved the way. >> jazz jennings is her name and she began her transformation more than ten years ago. now a new reality television show will document her latest transition from child to adult. we're "up all nightline" with alicia menendez. >> this is my like hangout, chill place where i just do whatever. >> reporter: jazz has a room full of pretty things. >> i like flowy stuff. nothing too, like, you know,
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showy-showy. >> reporter: but inside this case, something she considers a godsend. >> ah! so, this is, like, this is the estrogen pill that i take. >> reporter: jazz is transgender, and at just 14 years old, she's staving off male puberty and introducing female hormones, all before adulthood. >> i start getting breasts softer features, you know, everything more feminine, and it's what i've always wanted. so, i mean, this little thing is a power pill. >> reporter: known publicly as jazz jennings, she is perhaps one of the most well-known transgender kids in america. >> can i come in your house? >> yes. >> reporter: first sharing her story nearly a decade ago in this landmark interview with barbara walters. >> if people say to you, are you a boy or a girl, what do you say? >> a girl. >> hola, mi amigos! >> reporter: the trailblazing teen now has her own reality series on tlc called "i am
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jazz," which chronicles her life as a transgender teen about to navigate the challenges of high school. on national television you're sharing some very intimate details. why? >> i just want to be as open as i can. it will show other people that being transgender is okay. it's not something negative at all. it's something that i embrace, that my family embraces. >> a boy, for sure. >> reporter: assigned a male at birth, she was just a toddler when her parents, jeanette and greg, noticed something different. >> she liked sparkly. pink she was really into it. she was always so feminine like her movements were like this and that. >> reporter: doctors told her parents she had what is now called gender dysphoria, feeling different on the inside than you look on the outside. >> i was dumbfounded. i didn't know that a child could have issues like this. >> reporter: jazz's parents decided to let her live as a girl, allowing her to grow out her hair and to wear dresses. when she was 11, the jennings chose to medically intervene
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with the support of doctors and experts, shaving off male puberty with an implant in her arm that blocks testosterone production. do you worry about the decision to use these therapies? >> i feel that it was the right decision to make. and even though you know you're worried about it what would be the consequences if she didn't? we didn't want a child that was going through life just hating herself. >> reporter: you've been called a trailblazer for transgender kids. is that how you see yourself? >> i would say it's not about me but more about my message. in the end, everyone just deserves the right to be their authentic self just be who they are, and i hope we can come to that place one day. >> reporter: for "nightline," i'm alicia menendez in southern florida. >> what a powerful story. our thanks to elisea menendez for that. the bravery also of the parents to stand by her. and these pills are actually very expensive. some insurance companies do cover them but it varies from state to state. >> you think about an adult going through that transition. a child doing that now, having to go through high school? jazz, we applaud you.
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♪ ♪ all right. time for "the mix." would you believe latest poll to actually come out has donald frump as trump as the front-runner on the republican side right about now. he's very popular these days. there he is. and you know, i say his popularity. a lot has been talked about his hair over the years. it's just a part of pop culture. now they're having a good time with it on the internet by doing this. the hashtag is #trumpyourcat. what you do is you brush your cat, and then you take the hair that comes out of the brush and then you form a little hairpiece. that's supposed to look like trump. are you buying any of these? >> oh, look at that. that kind of looks like donald trump with those eyes, yeah. >> look at that cat. >> yeah, that's pretty scary. >> the final one here, they brushed all the hair off that cat, apparently, to use for the hairpiece. but this thing is going crazy online, people having some fun
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out there with that guy, donald trump. >> okay, interesting. it looks kind of, possibly, like -- >> what? >> could be a trump cat. >> a trump cat. how about we move on? they always say young people are always into their iphones, digital devices. >> of course. >> don't really care about the world, saving people. this kid proves everybody who says that wrong. look at it. san francisco giants game versus the philadelphia phillies. that ball goes in, goes in, boom! he catches it before it hits dad's head. do you know how fast that was going? dad was too busy washing down food with something at that point, focused on his food and then didn't see that. but his son reached over and then here it comes, here it comes, here it comes. boom! in the glove. it could have been a very bad situation. >> that's a good catch for the kid. >> that's a good catch. >> you usually see the dads catching the foul balls while
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holding their kids, babies and everything. >> hope for the next generation. we have another one here. "star wars: episode vii" coming out in december. everybody's getting excited. we're only getting little dribbles and drabs from the actual movie, trailers and what not, so people are making their own videos. this guy put this together online, a gopro. he's a jedi with a gopro. this is what it's supposed to look like. he's out in the desert somewhere and he's fighting storm troopers and what not, deflecting these lasers with his light saber. we'll tell you. >> it looks like fun. >> looks like a lot of fun. >> this is actually pretty well done. the gopro. he submitted to our video today contest. everybody is excited about the new movie. >> totally psyched. i'm excited about this, too. i told you one day i'm going to do my princess leia hairstyle. >> donna will hook you up, i'm sure. >> donna's going to do it, does my hair every day. >> can we talk about your hair again? i love your hair today. i love when your hair's up. i mean, you look amazing. >> t.j. holmes, i think you di
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this morning on "world news now," to the jury. deliberations set to start today in the james holmes theater shooting trial. the big question in colorado, was holmes insane when the shots were fired. landmark deal. iran's nuclear agreement going down in history. the celebrations going on now as a political fight is just getting started. fertility fight. the husband and wife battling over their frozen embryos. how their divorce case is shaking up the legal system. and later in "the skinny," the member of one direction whose life is going into a new direction. the boy band star taking on a big personal commitment now offstage. it's wednesday, july 15th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now" with t.j. holmes and reena ninan. well, we start right now
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with that movie theater massacre trial in colorado. after months of testimony and years of agony for families and survivors, the case in the hands of the jury now. >> deliberations follow an emotional day of closing arguments, both sides squaring off over the insanity defense. with more, here's abc's clayton sandell. >> reporter: after an 11-week trial, more than 250 witnesses, this morning the jury in the aurora theater shooting case begins deciding james holmes' fate. >> we've got seven down in theater nine! seven down! >> reporter: prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for his 2012 rampage that left 12 moviegoers dead, 70 injured in a midnight showing of "the dark knight rises." in closing arguments, asking the jury to reject the gunman's insanity claim. >> that guy was sane beyond a reasonable doubt. and he needs to be held accountable for what he did. >> reporter: the defense admits holmes was the gunman but says his mind was controlled by schizophrenia. >> this is a disease that you get because you inherit it, just like you get cancer.
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and we don't blame people for getting cancer. so, you can't blame someone for coming down with schizophrenia. >> reporter: families of victims cried in court. sandy and lonnie phillips lost their daughter, jessica. >> there are a lot of people, millions of people in this country that are mentally ill that don't go out and kill people. >> reporter: one of the jurors has a history with mass shootings. he knew both the shooters and victims of the 1999 columbine high school massacre just a few miles away. now one of three men and nine women deciding what will happen to the man who killed tom teves' son. >> what would you tell them? >> that it's not okay to walk into a theater and start shooting people. >> reporter: clayton sandell, abc news, centennial, colorado. president obama expected to defend the nuclear deal with iran when he holds a press conference later today. that deal meant to keep iran from building a nuclear bond bomb eases crippling economic sanctions against iran.
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republicans in congress and gop presidential candidates have been highly critical of the agreement, saying it will bring violent chaos to the middle east. >> this deal offers an opportunity to move in a new direction. we should seize it. >> it looks very much like they made a worse deal than even we had feared. >> hillary clinton has come out strongly in favor of the agreement. she calls it the most effective path for the u.s. to prevent iran from getting nuclear weapons. word of the agreement sparked jubilation in iran, where many have suffered under severe economic sanctions. abc's martha raddatz the only network correspondent in iran's capital. >> reporter: coming to you from the very noisy streets of tehran, where spontaneous celebrations have been breaking out, celebrating the historic deal between america, its partners, and iran. all of these people know that those punishing sanctions will be lifted within the next couple of months, and many civilians,
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many of these people have suffered under those sanctions. what is even more remarkable is we're about two miles from the former american embassy where in 1979, 52 americans were held hostage for 444 days. that event changed the relationship between iran and america for 35 years, but here we are. martha raddatz, abc news, tehran. turning now to the hunt for the mexican drug lord joaquin "el chapo" guzman. new video here showing him in his prison cell before that bold escape, getting a look inside the tunnel that went from el chapo's prison shower to a house a mile away. there's a ladder, a motorcycle and a generator there, and it's custom built to his height, just 5'6" high. the mexican government acknowledged that el chapo had inside help on a grand scale. so far, three top prison officials have been fired. well, a regional airline is
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being punished by the faa because of a recent incident in which one of the crews stalled an aircraft. the skywest airlines crew was operating a flight for united express in april when the stall occurred. the plane lost about 12,000 feet of altitude. so, the faa says skywest flights now must fly at a low altitude and must maintain minimum speeds. skywest says no stall took place. much of the nation being hammered by heavy storms, triggering widespread flooding. in new york, a woman slipped down the side of a creek and was trapped by rushing water. rescuers finally managed to mull her to safety. this morning, kentucky is where those storms are hitting hardest, killing at least two people. abc's kendis gibson with the details for us. >> reporter: the power of a flooding river shoving this house underneath a bridge and tearing off the roof. just one of many homes in kentucky carried away by flash floods. >> they can't get out. oh, you know they're scared to death. oh, my god. >> reporter: 4 inches of rain in one hour, forming a wall of water that ripped these homes
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off their foundations. the stapleton family barely escaping, clinging to a tree as their house floated away. husband and dad paul rescuing them by boat. >> it wasn't pretty. >> it wasn't pretty. >> it wasn't a pretty sight at all. nothing pretty about this. >> but at least they're alive. >> they're alive. >> reporter: the floodwaters washing out roads, leaving debris everywhere, making it harder to search for survivors. up to six people are still missing, and at least two people have died in the floodwaters. luckily, no one was injured when this tornado with wind speeds topping 160 miles an hour swept through hutchinson, kansas, destroying a farmhouse and a cabin. just 1 of 500 severe weather reports across the country in the past 36 hours. and there's more to come. kendis gibson, abc news, johnson county, kentucky. well, there's more heavy rain in today's forecast. lightning and downpours from the rockies to the great plains. a cold front from canada brings thunderstorms and heavy rain from new england to the mid-atlantic. heat advisories posted in texas
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and the mid-south. >> 90s in dallas, new orleans and memphis. 80s in minneapolis and new york. 70s in l.a., chicago and boston. some sunny skies possibly thought to return for struggling ice cream maker blue bell. the company stopped production and recalled products in april after the ice cream was linked to listeria illnesses and at least three people died. now blue bell has received a big investment from a prominent texas businessman, which the company says will ensure its return to shelves. no date for that return has been given just yet. well, anyone who's been married knows a groom and a bride, they just can't control everything or everybody on your wedding day. case in point, what happened to a group of bridesmaids in wales. >> yeah, there's some variables, always. this is a fun shot isn't it? here are the bridesmaids. they're hitch-hiking trying to get to the wedding. why? because their cab broke down. didn't have time to wait for a replacement. luckily for them, they along with the bride's mother were picked up by a woman and brought to the venue. >> the bride reached out through
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facebook and was able to offer the driver a personal thank you note afterwards. >> this is why you have -- that's why they're picked to be bridesmaids, because they're good friends and they're going to do what they have to do to be there for you. >> this happened to my mother on her wedding day. >> on her -- what happened? >> the car broke down, the fancy car. >> wait while she was on the way to the wedding? >> yeah, she was late to the wedding. >> how late? >> an hour. >> dad waited? >> yeah! he waited with his bell bottoms and all. >> well, fashionably late. he's a better man than i am. your dad's patience is why you're still here. >> still together. >> why you're here right now. you think i would have waited an hour? i'm gone! 15 minutes, you ain't here? >> he's a good man, daddy. >> he's a better man than i. all right, coming up in "the skinny," we have a scandal involving two pro athletes, pregnant with twins. their very brief marriage and the run-in with police. also ahead, why the woman who endured cat calls and harassment while walking through new york is suing the man who made the viral video.
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how you doing? how you doing? >> a lot of people might remember this video. it went viral for a little while. it was about cat calling. "ten hours of walking in new york city as a woman" is what it was called. it's been viewed more than 40 million times online. now, the actress there you see has filed a $500,000 lawsuit against the guys who made the video. shoshana roberts is her name.
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she claims that the makers failed to get her signed permission before making the video to sell advertising. she says she was only paid $200 for it. well, a california couple is heading to court in what could become a landmark legal case. >> the issue here is whether one party in a bitter divorce can keep the couple's frozen embryos. abc's kayna whitworth with the details. >> reporter: each fantastic in their own right, both harvard educated. mimi lee, a juilliard-trained pianist. ♪ and doctor specializing in neuroscience married steven finley a financial analyst. but just before they tied the knot mimi was diagnosed with cancer. in a race against time, they decided to freeze embryos, knowing her treatment would render her infertile, signing a consent form that they would be destroyed if they divorced. now five years later and divorced, they're on opposing sides of a historic case as they fight over the fate of their embryos in california superior court. >> the court needs to give
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individuals more direction. it needs to give the fertility clinics more direction. what should be in those contracts that can make them impenetrable? >> reporter: in court documents obtained by abc news, lee says "the embryos now represent the destruction of my last and final chance of fertility." >> she's currently infertile given her age and also a cancer survivor. we think that with her infertility, the balance is going to tip in her favor. >> reporter: lee says finley, who wants the embryos destroyed, would have no parental responsibility. >> he's the biological father. courts are going to be reluctant to wholesale give him a pass. >> reporter: this modern-age dilemma fought publicly by actress sofia vergara, who made a similar decision as she told "gma's" amy robach. >> i don't want to allow this person to take more advantage of my career and try to promote himself. >> reporter: her ex, nick loeb, has filed a second lawsuit, seeking custody of the frozen embryos they created, something vergara doesn't want. meanwhile, the court will decide
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if the consent form signed by lee and finley is a binding contract or if it can be voided for a variety of reasons. either way, it will be precedent-setting. kayna whitworth, abc news, los angeles. >> this has become a really big issue for a lot of couples across the country, in fact. and our "gma's" dan abrams has weighed in and he said that the cases where it's gone through and they've actually allowed this to happen have been where women say this is a one-shot deal. you know, men usually get another chance, but largely, the women, you know, is the issue. so, when they say this is our last shot at fertility, some of those cases do go through. >> fascinating legal case. >> yeah. well, when we come back, a boy band heartthrob about to become a daddy. and "rolling stone" magazine taking heat over its latest cover girl. "the skinny" next. >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our
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♪ s ♪ skinny so skinny ♪ what's up in "the skinny" this morning, one direction's louis tomlinson is going in a new direction, fatherhood. >> the british pop star expecting a child now with an l.a.-based stylist. her name is breanna jung worth. there she is, reportedly a very private person. she hasn't even been to a one direction concert until recently. >> "people" magazine reports the pregnancy was a surprise to him at first, but he's happy and excited about it. although he and breanna are not in a relationship, he plans to be a hands-on dad when the baby arrives early next year. >> congrats to them. >> yeah. >> and i haven't seen a lot of stuff that's been going on online about this, but one direction fans are something else. >> i wonder what the lady fans and people who love tomlinson might feel. >> but they should be happy for him. congrats. >> is he off the market now? >> not in a relationship. well he's going to be off the market because he's going to be
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busy. >> all right. that makes sense, teej. well a more troubled pregnancy for wnba star glory johnson. she's carrying twins and now demanding $20,000 a month in spousal support as her marriage is ending. johnson's relationship with her estranged wife fellow wnba player brittney griner has been a roller coaster from the start. >> get this. they played against each other in college. johnson played at tennessee, griner played at baylor. well, then they got engaged last august. in april, though, they were arrested after a domestic violence incident. that didn't stop the wedding, though, that took place in may, didn't stop the pregnancy, either. but as we are talking about now, griner has filed to annul that marriage. again, just happened a couple months ago. and johnson is demanding financial support. hope they can get it together. >> very messy situation. >> that's been a tumultuous relationship. >> i just hope they're not on facebook where they do their year in review. >> year in review? >> yeah, they do your year in review and post all the photos and everything, and then it's kind of hard to watch when you break up.
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>> oh, no. >> a rough ending. well, sinead o'connor has found a new target for her rants. the irish singer who has strong opinions and lets everyone know what they are is bashing "rolling stone" magazine for its latest cover and called for a boycott. kim kardashian graces the cover and is featured with an in-depth interview. she's a self-promoting reality star, but she's also married to an industry powerhouse in the music world. but on facebook, sinead writes "what is this blank doing on the cover of rolling stone? music has officially died. who would know it would be rolling stone that murdered it?" >> geez. >> yeah but even some of her fans say the language is a little over the top. >> she has a problem with it. a lot of people have a problem with ms. kardashian west -- mrs. kardashian west, i should say. sinead o'connor is someone who has made inroads in the music industry, a lot of people respect. i'm sure she looked at this magazine. this is a music bible in a lot of ways. like, what is this girl doing on the cover? >> yeah. >> and she let loose. >> wow.
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don't put them together at the same party. >> no. i'd love to be at that party. there's word of a new hollywood couple this morning. "real housewives of new york" star bethenny frankel reportedly dating "modern family's" eric stonestreet. >> what do you think? what do you think? >> they've been out and about a number of times in new york and l.a. >> i love this guy. neither of them confirming that they're dating, but frankel did tweet recently, "i'm very happy right now, stay tuned." >> very interesting. >> that is the perfect reality star answer, right? >> can i just tell you, he is such a fun dude. i spent a white house correspondents dinner with him once, and he was amazing. just so much fun and so down to earth. so, he would be the guy i'd want to party with, too. >> that was one of the last places i saw him was in d.c., the correspondents dinner, but then i saw him in vegas. >> oh! so, you probably had an even better, better night with him. >> different stories. well, coming up, get ready, set, shop. it's christmas in july, a new shopping season. >> big discounts from amazon and walmart and other retailers all
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♪ ♪ ♪ all right. a lot of insomniacs may be watching right about now and you're online. you're watching on tv, but you're online as well, maybe doing some shopping. well amazon and now walmart as well, are promoting some giant sales today. >> after all, it's been six months since the holiday
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shopping ended, and retailers want your business. abc's mara schiavocampo with some of their deals. >> reporter: online shopping showdown. mega retailers amazon and walmart going head to head with virtual doorbusters in what some are hoping will be christmas in july. amazon naming july 15th prime day, a super sale for members of its $99-per-year prime service. on items like bose headphones at on items like bose headphones at their lowest amazon price ever and a 32-inch l.e.d. tv for $75. walmart following suit announcing more than 2,000 special atomic deals on online purchases the very same day. bargains like $174 off an ipad mini 2 and more than $250 off a toshiba laptop. >> july is a quiet time for them in shopping terms. it's changing now, though. we're shopping mobile. this year's christmas in july promotions might do a little better because we can shop while
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we're sitting in the park. >> reporter: all leading to deals promising to be as hot as the weather. and it's not just online. lots of major retailers offering big deals right now, including best buy, planning a major sale for next week. mara schiavocampo, abc news, new york. >> reena, i really hope that's me you're shopping for. my birthday's next month. i see you online. >> i was looking at the ipad mini 2. >> i really hope you're shopping for me right now. >> it is a mini 2, walmart 16 gigabytes is $239 on walmart at this very moment. >> good okay. >> i think that's really good. and a 16-gigabyte apple mini 2 is $295! $5 less. wait, do i have that right? >> is that right? >> no it's much less. it's $239 at walmart, $239 and almost $300 at amazon. >> we'll get a call from walmart and amazon. >> that's at this moment. >> announcer: this is abc's "world news now," informing insomniacs for two decades. iacs for two decades.
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making news in america this morning, playing politics with the historic agreement with iran now a done deal. a new round of debate just beginning. those who are vowing to fight the new deal. trump on top. the new poll numbers putting the donald ahead of the ever-growing field. his opponents forced to take him seriously. cybersummer. americans hopping online right now to take advantage of bargain sales but is christmas in july living up to the hype? something borrowed like a ride on the big day. the bridesmaids who had to improvise on the way to the wedding by hitchhiking. well, good wednesday

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