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will be home for the holidays now that he's been cleared of a crime made famous in the movie "good fellas." in "the skinny," this is something i cannot wait for. new albums today for justin bieber and one direction. and the guy who puts together the map, max columbo, it's his birthday. >> happy birthday. >> "world news now" weather brought to you by mucinex dm. to ymucinex dm. broug. yeah...but what about mike? he has that dry scratchy thing going on. guess what? it works on his cough too. cough! guess what? it works on his cough too. what? stop! don't pull me! spoiler alert! she doesn't make it! only mucinex dm relieves both wet and dry coughs for 12 hours with two medicines in one pill. start the relief. ditch the misery. let's end this.
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he's the masked man seen in gruesome videos beheading hostages including the u.s. reporter james foley. sources tell abc news it was a 100% direct hit and jihadi john "evaporated." a stunning release of an aging mobster in new york. acquitted of charges he helped plan the legendary lufthanza heist in 1978 that inspired the hit film "good fellas." more details. >> reporter: 80-year-old vincent asaro was triumphant and astonished. amid the bewildering crush of reporters and photographers, he said not even john gotti got this much coverage. "freedom," he said, "felt good." >> i'd like to thank my two lawyers. without them, i wouldn't be here now. i'd like to thank you for treating me great. >> now i think mr. asaro intends
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to go g home and spend thanksgiving with his family. >> i've been two years here. >> reporter: he was arrested more than 35 years after the crime. a reputed mobster from howard beach, queens, charged with helping mastermind the 1978 lufthanza heist at kennedy airport. at the time, the largest heist in american history. just over $6 million in cash and jewels. some of the robbers were killed off, and others testified against asaro. the defense raised doubts about their motives and their credibility saying the case was just a lot of yadda, yadda, yadda. >> the dee winning the case is that our client is innocent of the charges. >> reporter: the verdict here was a major blow to the prosecution. the fbi and the u.s. attorney's office spent years building this high-profile case. to many, asaro seemed destined to die in federal prison. that clearly will not happen. >> okay. that was actually a big heist back in the day, 1978. it was a $6 million heist.
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if we adjusted it for inflation, that's about $21.5 million today. >> a lot of money. >> really a huge heist there. when we come back, the big announcement from actor david hasselhoff. and a big day today for both justin bieber and one direction. "the skinny" is next. "the skinny" is next. justin bieber and one direction. the skinny i
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♪ ♪ skinny so skinny ♪ okay, topping our headlines this morning, a big announcement from david hasselhoff. >> the 63-year-old actor took to youtube and twitter, announcing that he's made a major change in his life. we'll leave it to him to explain. >> wanted to drop the hassel from my name for years. now i've made it official, david hoff. >> it turns out it's a publicity stunt for his show, "hoff the record." >> huh? >> airing in the u.k. hasselhoff's rep tells page 6 it was part of an ad campaign that launches in australia this weekend. >> oh, like -- "off the record." >> get it? >> all right. next up, let's move on to this wonderful day that it is, friday the 13th. we're lucky, justin bieber and one direction with new albums. >> both acts are dropping new albums today. at least one critic from "the new york times" is referring to them all as joyless boys.
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>> what? >> i know. blasphemy. bieber's purpose, he writes, is less of a contribution to popular music and more of a plot point in bieber's ongoing narrative of himself. did you get that? the theme of the entire album that a pseudo sort of outlook. meantime british boy band, and they are a band, one direction releasing an album. it's seen as some as a tragedy after zayn malik left the band in march. the band announced it would go into hiatus next year. critics sas it won't affect their music sales because they've been less of a musical proposition than a popular one. i think they are thinking way too hard about these groups. and daniel radcliffe is among the scars on the hollywood walk of -- the stars on the hollywood walk of fame. honored with the 2,565th star.
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shaved his head. he captured the world's hearts at the tender age of 11 as boy wizard in the "harry potter" films. >> he still captures a lot of people's hearts. >> he does. >> radcliffe has earned his stripes in several other movies and plays. he plays assistant to a mad scientist in "mad scientist" november 25th. >> we'll look out for that. an update on the continuing coverage over the last few days. we've had a number of crews on another hollywood star. >> shia labeouf, your guy. he's been camped out since tuesday inside new york's angelica film center. live streaming himself watching all 27 of his movies in reverse crhronological order. it's apparently finally ended his cinematic marathon with his debut in disney's "even stevens." >> our parent company. he called it "my all my movies project. "for nearly three solid days he was glued to that seat. he didn't shower except for
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ten-minute breaks. i went to check it out. the line was so long, one person saw him and said it was unimpressive. >> ooh.
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the first times i've seen stands together uniteded. >> nothing is more important than this badge we wear on our uniform. tonight, that badge has been tarnished. >> just smile and bust out laughing at the sky like he's almost like talking to god. >> a noise was heard in the last seconds of the cvr recording. >> if this is a bomb by the affiliate of isis in the sinai, isis has fully eclipsed al qaeda as the gravest terrorist threat in the world. >> you knew that they were doping during the olympics. >> i was aware that it was a very, very, very high possibility. >> the burden of proof is not going to be on me to corroborate everything that i've ever talked about in my life. we have much more important things. >> if you try and hit your mother over the head with a hammer, your poll numbers go up. i never saw anything like it. >> ronald reagan didn't -- >> reagan walked away at reykjavik. he walked away.
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he quit talking when it was time to quit -- >> can i finish with my time? >> why does she keep interrupting everybody? >> yeah. >> come on. >> we're going to keep investing in the facilities and the physicians and the staff to make sure that our veterans get the care that you need when you need it. >> hope is not lost today. >> i sort of feel like when he is revealed to us, like he will be the luke skywalker we know and love. that said, if he is evil, i think that would be so interesting and fascinating. >> so many people waiting for that, huh? >> yeah. and an eventful week ahead, of course. >> the president heads to turkey, malaysia, and the philippines this weekend. >> big trip. and also we should point out -- we're hours away from hearing whether russian athletes will get banned, some of them will get banned from next year's olympics in rio. don't miss our updates on facebook, wnnfans.com. this is abc's "world news now." informing insomniacs for two decades. informing
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good morning, i'm reena ninan. >> i'm kendis gibson. here are some of the top headlines we're following on "world news now" -- breaking now, the terrorist known as jihadi john has apparently been killed in a u.s. drone strike in syria. he's the masked man seen in gruesome videos beheading hostages. full live coverage coming up. on the attack, donald trump taking aim at his closest competitor. trump put on a live demonstration for supporters to mock carson's story about trying to stab a friend. he's also had more than a few choice words for campus protesters. dramatic video shows high winds making it nearly impossible to steer a passenger jet landing at a british airport. the plane swerved so badly that the pilot at first reported a mechanical problem. and in this country, there are very strong winds in the
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upper midwest. whipping up huge waves on lake michigan and lake erie. travel disruptions are likely as are power outages and property damage. those are some of our top stories on this friday, the 13th of november. from abc news, this is "world news now." >> good morning to you. we begin with that breaking news. the cia had been on the trail of jihadi john for more than a year. but hours ago, he was the target by a u.s. drone strike over syria. >> yeah. he had become the face of islamic terrorism through a series of beheading videos. abc's molly hunter joining us now from jerusalem, working the story. molly? >> reporter: a direct hit overnight. possibly killing one of the most wanted men in the world. jihadi john, the british terrorist with the islamic state, front and center in those disturbing beheading videos. real name, mohammed emwazi. the u.s. has been tracking him
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for months now. hours ago, a cia drone strike targeted a figure leaving a building in raqqa, syria, getting into a car. one u.s. official telling abc news, "this strike was 100% flawless." seen for the first time last august beheading american journalist james foley and again beheading american steven sotloff, american aid work abdel rahman coissic. his voice recognizable. >> you have interfered in our fairs. >> reporter: always in black. after being identified this year, disappeared from all isis videos. born in kuwait, growing up in west london, he attended the university of manchester. he's believed to have traveled to syria in 2013 and joined isis. in a statement to abc news, the parents of murdered hostage james foley said the air strike
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against jihadi john was of small solace. quote, "this huge effort to go after this deranged man filled with hate when they can't make half that effort to save the hostages while these young americans were still alive. it's unfortunate that the government doesn't get it. they think it gives us solace, but it doesn't." american officials believe emwazi was killed based on what they observed of that hit. the car that he was in burst flo into flames. one u.s. official saying he essentially evaporate. reena, kendis? >> yeah. a lot of people saying that he basically -- we're getting the word from many officials that he basically evaporated with that hit. >> yeah. and can you tell us, what does this mean for america's broader fight against isis? >> reporter: reena, if this is true, this is a big win for president obama. his syria policy has been marred with challenges and controversy. and as we find out more today and if it turns out that emwazi
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was actually killed, this is proof that the intel and coordination are working. >> abc's molly hunter reporting from jerusalem, live for us this morning. molly, our thanks to you. now to the race for the white house. the gop front-runners firing off about the protesters at the university of missouri at campuses across the country. donald trump blasting the students and the school officials who stepped down under pressure. here's more from abc's john karl. >> reporter: donald trump is weighing in with explosive words on those protests over racial inequality at the university of missouri calling the protests disgusting and the school's president and chancellor weak for stepping down. >> i think it's disgusting. i think the two people that resign read weak, ineffective people. i think that when they resigned, they set something in motion that's going to be a disaster for the next long period of time. >> it is our duty to fight for our freedom! >> reporter: the protests over alleged racial incidents escalated this week when the
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college football team joined in, threatening not to play this weekend. students are demanding more black faculty and staff and more money for campus-wide diversity programs. [ chanting ] >> reporter: similar protests spread nationwide to other college campuses. yale protesters shouting down a professor. >> if that is what you think about that, you should step down! >> reporter: ben carson, a yale graduate, called the protests there infantile. >> we're being a little bit too tolerant i guess you might say searching infantile behavior. i don't care which side it comes from. >> reporter: in stark contrast to donald trump, jeb bush said the student protesters at the university of missouri had "legitimate concerns." while he wouldn't say whether or not the president should have resigned, he said he probably missed a good opportunity to have a moment of healing by making it clear that the university had no tolerance for racism. jonathan karl, abc news, washington.
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now to another embarchrassmt for the secret service. a uniformed agent has been arrested for sex ting someone he believed to be a 14-year-old girl. the recipient was actually a state trooper posing as the girl. some of the communication, we're told, actually took place while lee moore office duty working at the white house. he is also accused of trying to arrange a meeting with a girl. moore reportedly admitted he had contacted other 14-year-old girls. whoever killed a young indianapolis mother inside her own home may face a second murder charge because the woman was pregnant. >> no arrests as of yet. brandi hitt reports so far the case has police baffled. >> reporter: the search is on for the gunman who shot and killed 28-year-old amanda blackburn here inside the pregnant mother's indianapolis home during what police believe was a home invasion/robbery. >> taking a romantic getaway -- >> reporter: here's amanda in a recent youtube video posted with her husband, local pastor davey
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blackburn. he told police after getting home from the gym tuesday morning he found his home broken into, his wife on the ground shot in the head. and the couple's 1-year-old son, seen in this halloween photo, was home at the time of the shooting. >> amanda was an amazing person. she was a good mother and a good wife. they had such a happy family. >> reporter: the couple had moved into indianapolis just a few years ago to start a church and appeared to be in love. police are investigating another home invasion in the same area just hours before the shooting. >> our detectives are following up on several promising leads. this appears to be a random act. >> reporter: in a statement, davey blackburn said, "i have not only lost my ministry partner and support but also my very best friend." investigators say no family members are considered suspects in this case as they now comb through footage that was captured on neighbors' surveillance cameras, reena and kendis. >> thank you very much. surgeons at the cleveland clinic are preparing for the first uterus transplant ever
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performed in the u.s. the surgery will allow a woman who doesn't have a uterus, had it removed, or suffered uterine damage to become pregnant. eight women from around the country have already started the screening process to become the first patient. the uterus won't be removed after a woman had children so that she could stop taking powerful anti-rejection drugs. sweden, the only country where the transplants have been successful so far. a new government study finds a significant jump in the number of children with autism. it finds that one in 45 american children are autistic. about 2.2% that works out to be. researchers warn other studies find the disorder is less common. police are crediting a philadelphia convenience store clerk for helping end a kidnapping. something didn't look right to him when a man and woman went to use the atm. he confronted the man, sheltered the woman in the store, and then called the cops. police say that the man had kidnapped the woman, a doctor, from a hospital parking garage
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and forced her to make withdrawals at atms. amazing how alert that attendant was to know that something was wrong. >> yeah. glad to know she's safe after all that. okay, if you ask most traffic cops -- they'll tell you they've heard every excuse in the book when they pull drivers over. >> when a northern california officer stopped this car, he didn't hear a peep. why? this was one of google's driverless cars. turned out the officer stopped the car not because it was speeding but because it was going too slow. 24 in a 35 mile-per-hour zone, causing traffic to back up. >> absolutely. he didn't give him a ticket. >> google's going to have a ticket now. coming up, just a couple of kentucky girls hanging out. >> i love this story. we're talking about jennifer lawrence and our own diane sawyer. the oscar winner talks about her new attitude when it comes to hollywood. and the nation's newest medal of honor recipient simply selfless. first, a chilly spot on the map. 13 degrees in anchorage.
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this army general has been this army general has been removed from his post as top military aide to the secretary of defense. ash carter would only say there are allegations of misconduct against lieutenant general ron lewis. no word on what lewis might have done wrong. he's been reassigned while the army investigators. carter and lewis have worked together for several years. a former army captain has been given the military's top honor. not only for his extraordinary bravery but for his personal sacrifice. >> yeah. he's known best by his friends as "flo. "this morning, the nation is really calling him hero. here's megan hughes. >> reporter: as captain florent groberg received the
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medal of honor, friends of flo had tears in their eyes. >> he said it was the worst day of his life. the stark reality behind these medal of honor ceremonies. >> reporter: that was august 8th in 2012 afghanistan. he was escorting brigade commanders and an afghan general when he noticed a suspicious man walking backward. the former university of maryland track star acted quickly. >> flo sprinted toward him. he noticed an object under the man's clothing -- a ban. >> reporter: he and another soldier pushed the man away and to the ground where the bomb detonated. action caused another suicide bomber's weapon to detonate prematurely. >> my job was simple -- protect the principals. no matter the outcome. >> reporter: groberg's leg was severely injured. four of his fellow soldiers died though more would have been killed in he had not acted. >> he showed his guts. he showed his training. that's an american we can all be grateful for. >> reporter: it seemed it was
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the faces in the audience more than the president's words that moved him. >> i've got four families that don't have a father, son, brother, you know, a husband. >> reporter: after the ceremony, in appropriately gloomy weather, he paid tribute sglmptd this medal -- tribute. >> this medal belongs to the true heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice. >> reporter: groberg says he'll try to be a better american for the rest of his life because of those four individuals. reena, kendis? >> got such a great story indeed. >> and he spent three years recovering from his wounds at walter reed army medical center. that's where he met the president. but these guys return home from the war, and they still carry so much with them. and jack, a producer upstairs, saying it's incredible that when he went to the poed dwroum speak to the media -- podium to speak to the media that he remembered all four names. to honor those who had fallen. >> i'm sure he lives with their memories constantly. he's now, by the way, medically retired from the army. >> what a true hero.
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>> all right. coming up, the young actress making headlines for taking on hollywood's pay gap. >> "hunger games" star jennifer lawrence opens up to our own diane sawyer about the trap women everywhere are facing. you're watching "world news now." verywhere are facing. you're watching "world news now."
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♪ ♪ okay, she's made name for herself on the big screen, of course, as a warrior. now she's making headlines off the screen as an activist. >> we're talking about "hunger games" star jennifer lawrence bucking the system that made her a star. as she tells our own diane sawyer, she's taking a stand for women everywhere. >> reporter: jennifer lawrence, a dazzling hybrid. young, irreverent, and a hollywood powerhouse. the final episode of "the hunger games: mockingjay part 2" is about to arrive. she is katniss, the embodiment of strength and face of fear. off screen, lawrence herself has been making news in a kind of warrior challenge all her own.
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when hacked emails about her movie "american hustle" revealed that she was paid less than her male co-stars, she wrote about it saying if she were honest with herself, it was partly because she had fallen into a trap women face -- not wanting is on seem difficult or spoiled. while men don't have to care. >> i felt like i had to say something because we need to talk about it. on average, women are paid 21% less than men. we can act for the same exact thing that men do. and we do face the reality that we do get judged more. >> reporter: now, several of her co-stars with speaking out for her, adding to the chorus of voices speaking for women everywhere. >> i would just hope that there's no longer a separation of, oh, it's a female-driven movie. point down a little. >> reporter: we spent the day together -- >> your form is just horrible. >> reporter: we are two kentucky girls, born 45 years apart,
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eating hometown barbecue in my kitchen. >> mm. >> reporter: she also took me to new york's union square where ten years ago she was the new kid in town when a photographer wanted to take her picture. she said, okay, but she wanted more. >> i'm only going to sign with a modeling agency if they'll let me act which came out of nowhere. >> reporter: you were already making demands. >> i was already negotiating. >> reporter: a young woman leaving a legacy as the girl who awakened a generation of tiny fans, showing them what it's like when you believe in yourself. >> it was so much fun watching her and diane together. >> yes. two -- two kentucky girls hanging out together there. >> i actually thought diane had great form, by the way, with that bow and arrow. >> absolutely. we should point out that the final chapter in "the hunger games" opens up on november 20th. and you know, in that interview which was a wonderful interview, if you get to go on line, look at it, jennifer lawrence says that she's playing an actress on tv.
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but it really has an impacted the lives of young girls all over. >> it's true. and women everywhere, as well. and she's raising a very important issue. and a lot of times it takes someone from hollywood to say something for the rest of the world to pay attention. it's great that she's using her star power for such a great cause. >> it is. of course, she's an oscar winner. she won the best supporting actress for her "american hustle." >> yeah. >> see how the "hunger games" does at the box office -- >> are you at big "hunger games" -- >> i got into it after the first. i assume you're a big fan? >> yeah. yeah. she's an incredible actress, i have to say. i enjoy watching her. >> besties with amy schumer. >> yeah! coming up, what's opening at the box office this weekend. >> angelina jolie, brad pitt on the screen together. what diane keeping is hoping. become the next christmas classic.
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>> mr. and ms. smith today. jolie says at its core, it's a movie about grief. but it's apparently the audiences who will be grieving. rotten tomatoes is giving it a splat with a dismal 26% approval. and it's hard to find any critics who like it. get this -- a.p.'s jack. >> caller: writes, "it's too languid and artfully successful to work as intended." "variety's" justin chang calls it "an unabashed vanity project that struggles to turn its own beautiful inertia into a virtue." >> okay, i do like angelina jolie. give it a shot. >> and brad. on a lighter note, what's trying to really -- really hard to be the next holiday staple -- "love the coopers." starring diane keaton and john goodman trying to create the perfect christmas for their family. in typical fashion, the best-laid plans fall comically short. case in point, daughter eleanor,
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played by olivia wilde, killing time in an airport picking up a stranger to come home. >> just be my boyfriend for one night. >> no way. >> what are you going do? there's no flights until morning. look, you're going to spend christmas by yourself eating dinner at wetzel's pretzels? that's crazy, you're being deployed. >> stop. >> you deserve a crazy, pull out all the stops, home-cooked meal. i can guarantee that. i would make my parents so happy. >> oh, something tells me he shows up. the star-studded cast including marisa tomei, alan arkin and steve martin, not enough to save it. suzanne turner wrote, "santa claus himself would walk out angry enough to wage his own war on christmas." in a glimmer of hope, another, "it may be too willing to jerk tears, but its heart is in the right place." >> ouch. >> that's the news for this half-hour. the news for this half hour.
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good morning. this this good morning, this morning on "world news now," breaking news. the u.s. targeting the man known to the world as jihadi john. he was the masked man who became a symbol of isis after beheading an american and other hostages. u.s. officials now presuming he's been killed in a drone strike. the breaking details from our brian ross team straight ahead. and donald trump on the attack, taking on his closest rival, dr. ben carson, even demonstrating a fake stabbing and asking how stupid are the people of iowa. plus, what the president thinks about trump's immigration plan. big questions in italy. are italian olive oil makers trying to fool you whether it comes to what's in their bottles? a "world news now" exclusive. an inspiring story.
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we'll catch up with the world's oldest yoga instructor. she's 97 years old and says she has no plans to slow down even after reena attended one of her sessions. it's time to stretch out on this friday, november 13th. from abc news, this is "world news now." >> good morning, everyone on this friday, the 13th. >> are you feeling more zen? >> i do feel more zen. i walked away with life lessons from this woman. of all the interviews i've done, she's the top three. she transformed the way i think about life, this woman. you're a big workout junkie. you would have had a tough time -- >> keeping up with the 93-year-old yoga instructor. >> yes. breaking overnight, the notorious terrorist known as jihadi john. he's believed to have been killed by a drone strike in syria. >> the kuwaiti-born killer seen in so many gruesome beheading videos had been tracked by the u.s. for months.
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abc's chief investigating correspondent, brian ross, has been following the story and has the latest now for us. >> reporter: the world first came to know jihadi john a little over a year ago when he appeared in this video wearing a black mask, holding a knife, and threatening the life of american journalist james foley. his voice was disguised, but he could not hide his british accent. >> you have plotted against us and gone out of your way to find reasons to interfere in our affairs. >> reporter: one after another, he presided over the murders of foley, steven sotloff, peter cassic, two britons and two japanese hostages. >> we'll cut the necks of your people. >> reporter: earlier this year, his true identity was identified as mohammed emwazi. seen here wearing an american baseball cap. the son of kuwaiti parents who emigrated to the united kingdom. even as a schoolboy in london, emwazi was spotted by teachers as having a violent streak.
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one teacher told the bbc that at the age of 11, he was put in anger management therapy. >> we'd find that he'd get very angry and worked up. it would take him a long time to calm himself down. >> reporter: flaunting his role as executioner once he joined isis, with his piercing eyes and gravelly voice, emwazi became one of the world's most wanted men. in a statement to abc news, the parents of murdered hostage james foley said the air strike against jihadi john was of small solace. "this huge effort to go after this der ranged man filled with hate when they can't make half the effort to save the hostages when the hostages were still alive. it's unfortunate the government doesn't get it. they think it gives us solace, but it doesn't." brian ross, abc news, new york. >> interesting to hear the comment. it is so heart wrenching for these families of the hostages. while it is a huge get for the u.s. government, they've put resources, wanted to get this man, because it also sends a
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message to other militants across the middle east that you are going to do this, justice will be brought at some point. for these families, they're not getting their loved ones back. it has in many ways transformed how the white house has looked at the hostage policy situation. >> it does give them a little bit of closure, but it definitely does not change the war on isis. there will be other high-value targets, i'm sure, as well. speaking of isis, it may have expanded its terror operations into lebanon with the deadly attack. the group has claimed responsibility for twin suicide bombings in beirut that killed at least 43 people, one of the worst such attacks in lebanon in years. until now, isis has not had a recognized affiliate in lebanon, but its forces are fighting in neighboring syria and iraq. many say a spillover is not surprising. an ohio man is under arrest for the alarming way that he tried to help isis. officials say he used social media to promote violence against members of the u.s. armed forces. the 25-year-old akron man kept
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opening new twitter, facebook, and tumblr accounts as soon as he opened them and had names and addresses of service personnel. to politics, donald trump stepping up attacks on fellow front-runner ben carson. he said the pathological temper carson ascribed to himself in his memoir cannot be cured any more than a child molester can be cured. trump also mocked carson's account of trying to stab a friend, demonstrating to supporters in iowa how a belt buckle couldn't stop a knife. he also doubted carson's religious awakening. so far, no comment from the carson camp. president obama had plenty to say about donald trump after the last debate. he joined the chorus of criticism over trump's promise to deport millions of undocumented immigrants. in an exclusive interview with abc's george stephanopoulos, the president called the plan unrealistic and un-american. >> donald trump is speaking
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about history, he wants to bring back operation wetback from president eisenhower and deportation force. what would that mean? >> i think the name of the operation tells you something about the dangers of looking backwards. the notion that we're going to depart 11 million, 12 million people from the country, first of all, i have no idea where mr. trump thinks the money's going come from. it would cost us hundreds of billions of dollars to execute that. imagine the images on the screen flashed around the world as we were dragging parents away from their children. and putting them in detention centers and systematically sending them out -- nobody thinks that that is realistic, but more importantly, that's not who we are as americans. >> much more on what the president had to say to george later on "good morning america."
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and the entire interview sunday on "this week." three more planes in the dallas area have been hit by laser strikes. the faa says pilots from the southwest jet, a cessna, and a corporate jet all reported that they had the powerful lights shone in their cockpits. this comes one day after more than 20 aircraft were struck by laser beams across the country. there have been more than 5,000 reports of laser strikes so far this year. the university of missouri has named a retired federal civil rights attorney and one of the first black graduates of its law school as interim president. michael middleton says he's no stranger to what he calls systemic racism on campus. he's promising to work directly with black activists on issues of racial inequality. from coast to coast, protesters took part in a million student march to show solidarity with the university of missouri. walkouts and rallies took place at more than 100 public colleges with demonstrators calling for free tuition and $15 minimum wage for campus workers. the weather threat overnight
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is not rain or snow, it's actually very strong winds in the midwest, especially around the great lakes. the region has seen gusts as high as 66 miles per hour. >> wow. what's causing very high waves on lake michigan and lakeshore is flooding likely. the strong winds could also be a problem for travel, both airline and highway. and they may cause some power outages. today of course is friday the 13th. a day most consider very unlucky. it turns out that it can actually be very lucky for some lottery players. >> in at least five years alone, mega millions players in michigan have won more than $95 million on friday the 13th drawings. and with a jackpot of $200 million for tonight's drawing, this particular friday the 13th could be the most profitable yet for some lucky winners. what does this mean? do we have to fly to michigan? get someone in michigan to buy the ticket? >> michigan is a lucky state, but we can play the multimillion-dollar lotto anywhere and see if we have luck
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♪ some of italy's top olive oil brands are under investigation this morning, accused of passing off regular olive oil as extra virgin. seven companies including bertolli and carapelli came under scrutiny after a magazine reported the accusations this year. extra virgin olive oil is more expensive and processed without chemicals or heat. italy is the world's second largest olive oil producer after spain. and here at home, retailers are hoping to soon see merchandise flying off the shelves as the holiday shopping season shifts into high gear. >> for years black friday had been the traditional kickoff. this year, something different. major retailers redefining what the notion of black friday means. >> reporter: you no longer have to endure this to walk away with this. walmart announcing that for the
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first time ever, most of those famous black friday door busters will be available on line at walmart.com starting at 12:01 a.m. thanksgiving morning. for those who prefer a more hands-on experience, the main event kicks off inside walmart stores at 6:00 p.m. on thanksgiving. the world's largest retailer promising there will be plenty of the most popular products. deals including this 40-inch h.d. tv for $149. an ipad air 2 for $100 off. and toys like this "star wars" light sabre for $5. and walmart isn't alone. target launching ten days of black friday starting the sunday before thanksgiving. best buy already has eight black friday deals on sale now. as they have in years past, walmart will be handing out wristbands for the most in-demand products. as long as you have one of
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these, you get the door buster. rebecca jarvis, abc news, new york. coming up in our next half-hour, a stunning verdict in the case of a reputed mob leader. he was charged in that notorious $6 million lufthanza heist nearly 40 years ago, inspiring the movie "good fellas." from facing life in prison to life as a free man. first, meet the woman who's considered the oldest living yoga teacher. we'll tell you why she's now being called the real-life forrest gump. "world news now" exclusive is coming up. reena gets a closeup with her. >> let me tell you, she beat me to the punch on this one. she's very good for yoga. >> great. "world news now" continues after this from our abc stations.
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is that our music of zen? it is. tao porchon-lynch is a former dancer, model, and actress, and for past three years has been recognized as the world's oldest living yoga teacher. >> she's been bending, stretching, and breathing her way into longevity since the coolidge presidency. her positive message today, it's timeless. meet the real-live forrest gump. >> listen to your heartbeat. >> reporter: throughout her 97 years, tao, like gump, has witnessed historic moments firsthand and met with some of most influential icons like bob hope, the dalai lama, and deepak chopra. unlike the famed character played by tom hanks -- >> run, forrest, run! >> reporter: -- her secret isn't running, it's stretching. her longevity has made her the oldest living yoga teacher. born in india in 1918, tao moved to france as a young woman. she had early success in modeling for famed designers like coco chanel.
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when world war ii broke out, she found herself drawn into the resistance against nazi germany. it was then that she realized the power of positive change in teaching yoga to others. >> i didn't -- really and truly, the nicest thing i can accomplish is when somebody says they can't do something, and i show them they can. >> reporter: she toured the u.s. and even wrote over 300 film scripts. combining a career in show business with her love of yoga and call to social activism. she's walked with gandhi and martin luther king jr. she credits her uncle who raised her with teaching her compassion and acceptance. >> never look down on anybody. know that even a farmer may be illiterate in education but knows more about the soil than you do. so you're illiterate about the soil. >> reporter: what is your secret to success in life? >> so when i wake up in the morning, i say this is going to be the best day of my life. >> reporter: you really say that
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to yourself? >> yes. whatever you put in your mind materializes. so don't materialize anything negative. materialize everything positive. >> reporter: she's broken a wrist and had three hip replacements, but tao doesn't count the injuries or even the years. and she has no intention of slowing down. >> i'm not interested in what i can't do. nothing seems impossible. -- nothing's impossible. ♪ >> reporter: in fact, she learned to dance when she was 85. since then, she's won more than 700 first place dance prizes. even traveling to countries as far away as india where she danced with a famed bollywood choreographer. [ applause ] >> she's a gift. and i think whoever has come across her, they are bless good her. >> reporter: tao has inspired people all over the world, young or old. she makes quite an impression on
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her students. >> a little girl, 6 years old, said to me, "tao, what are you going do when you retire?" i said, "i'm not going to retire." i said, "i'm going to dance my way to the next planet." she said, "oh, that makes sense. we put a man on the moon. when i get to be your age, i'll be able to find you." >> reporter: do you ever think about death and the other side? >> no, no. i have a feeling that this is not the end of life. this tiny little planet. >> reporter: and she offers this advice for a younger generation -- >> don't procrastinate. tomorrow never comes. one minute into tonight is already today. >> reporter: wow! look at you. i wasted no time trying to figure out her moves. >> never stop crying. >> reporter: that's tao, master of yoga. >> may the light of yoga join your body, mind, and spirit.
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>> reporter: and of life. >> to bring you peace, to bring you love, to bring you health, make the unreal the real, from darkness into light of inner knowledge. shanti, shalom, amen, amen. ♪ >> how cool. >> he is hands down one of the top three people i've ever interviewed in my life and such an invasion. she's got a book out, "dancing light." anyone looking for a christmas gift, it tells the story. she believes whatever you manifest in your head and believe in comes out. i think she's a classic example of how thinking positively can really transform your life. >> i love her whole theory of living in the moment. one minute after midnight is a new day, and to start each day as if it's different. and what was like the big inspirational moment that you
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got from her? >> that i would have to cut off my legs if i wanted to get into those yoga positions. one of the many takeaways i learned. >> very flexible. very flexible. arned. >> she is very flexible. all right. we'll be back.
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this morning, breaking news from the middle east. what a u.s. official calls a direct hit on the isis terrorist known as jihadi john. the man wanted for allegedly beheading americans and hostages from other countries, as well, now presumed dead. live coverage straight ahead. also ahead, widespread protests on college campuses across the country. students angry about how racist incidents are being treated now speaking out. the big change at the university of missouri now under new leadership. and new this half-hour, a good fella goes free. a reputed mobster walks out of court after being acquitted in connection with one of the most infamous heists in u.s. history. part of his defense -- straight out of an episode of "seinfeld." and what's in a name? not much apparently when the guy
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we all got to know on "bay watch" wants to make a change. it's sort of a hassle with the hoff. that's ahead in "the skinny." it's friday, november 13th. ♪ from abc news, this is "world news now." >> good friday morning. we begin with the breaking news months in the making. the likely death of the terrorist known as jihadi john. the masked man, a british citizen seen in videos beheading u.s. journalists steven sotloff, james foley, and a number of other hostages. >> jihadi john, his real name mohammed emwazi, was tracked by the u.s. for month. he was targeted by a u.s. drone strike as he left a building and entered a vehicle in syria. one official telling abc news it was a 100% direct hit, and that jihadi john basically evaporated. >> new details about the killing are still coming in this morning. abc news investigative producer
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james meek has been working his sources and joins us live. james, jihadi john was not the head of isis. but the u.s. military really wanted to get him. how long were they tracking him, and how does his death impact isis? >> reporter: good morning, reena. they've been tracking jihadi john, his real name is mohammed emwazi. he was unmasked finally in a series of leaked news reports early in the winter of this year after presiding over the video of the beheading of a number of u.s. and british and japanese aid workers. they'd been tracking him for a long time. intelligence agencies in the u.s. finally zeroed in on his location and got the green light to attack him with a drone strike in raqqa, syria. as he was entering a building, a drone missile hit the vehicle he was in. it was one that officials said to me evaporate on the impact, leaving his car in flames. >> okay, james, we're getting that from that one official.
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will the u.s. ever have like 100% confirmation that he's dead, and how will they possibly try to confirm this? >> reporter: well, they may not ever have 100%, but they can come close because they will be looking -- listening to the chatter of isis operatives as well as social media and other chat or cell phones of people in the vicinity of the strike. they'll be talking to each other. you know, the group, in fact, may acknowledge, it's possible, jihad john's death. he was called jihad john because some of the hostages called several british captors who were particularly brutal to them the beatles, as sort of a -- a way to identify them. he was known as john, amongst the so-called beatles of these isis hostage-takers. >> and you also spoke to the mother of murdered journalist james foley just a short time ago. he was seen with jihadi john just before his execution. what was her reaction to all of this, james? >> reporter: the foley family
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has been anticipating the possibility of the man who at least on video presented himself as their son's killer, journalist james foley. what diane foley told me tonight is she said, you know, if only so much effort that was undertaken to find and kill jihad john had been undertaken to find and rescue her son and the other hostages who were subsequently murdered by isis in a very high-profile way over the past 14, 15 months or so, that that would have been something -- she said it was very small solace to learn that jihad john had been killed in an air strike. she said the government just doesn't get it. you know, officially -- doesn't bring their son back. that was their point. and they are -- i don't think they're going to miss jihad john, but i think they would have preferred to get jim back alive. >> that's so understandable. one mother's grief and several other families who likely very
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much feel the same way. james meek, part of our brian ross investigative unit. thank you very much for your time this morning. and that major strike on a member of isis coming just hours after isis claimed it carried out deadly attacks in lebanon. at least 43 people were killed in twin suicide bombings in beirut. one of the deadliest terror attacks in recent years. it would be especially ominous if those claims are true since isis has not recognized affiliates in lebanon before. students at more than 100 college campuses nationwide staged walkouts and rallies to show their solidarity with protesters at the university of missouri. >> it was called the million student march and planned before tensions erupted at missouri. the protesters say they used the opportunity to speak out against overt and subtle forms of racism that they say pervades most campuses. escalating complaints about race issues has prompted yet another resignation. the dean of students at claremont mckenna college in southern california has stepped down. >> and then there's a new man in
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charge at the university of missouri at least for now as abc's elizabeth hur reports, he says he's ready to act with residents on campus to resolve racial tensions. >> reporter: the university of missouri wasting no time meeting their new interim president, michael middleton. a long-time law school professor. >> we all know that the university has faced its share of troubling incidents, and we recognize that we must move forward as a community. >> reporter: it was just on monday that now-former president tim wolf and the university chancellor announced their resignations, bowing to mounting pressure from students and faculty protesting what they call racial injustice on campus. >> this is what democracy looks like! >> really what's at question here is the racial climate on campus. >> reporter: raising concerns and some already getting results. >> i committed to them that we will work to make this the best yale it can be. >> reporter: yale devoting $50
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million to increase faculty diversity, and ithaca creating a new chief diversity officer position. back in missouri, the situation still tense with the legion of black collegians tweeting this photo outside the black cultural center and social media pictures showing nearly empty lecture halls after two missouri college students posted threats on line against black students. both students were arrested, and yesterday 19-year-old hunter park was in court and denied bail. prosecutors say he told investigators he had a "deep interest in the oregon mass shooter." kendis and reena, back to you. >> thank you very much. the student protesters are getting no sympathy from the republican presidential front-runners. donald trump blasted the campus demonstrators, calling their demands crazy.
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he slammed the former university of missouri president and chancellor for stepping down. >> i think it's disgusting -- >> yeah -- >> i think the two people that resigned are weak, ineffective people. i think that when they resign, they set something in motion that's going to be a disaster for the next long period of time. >> we're being a little bit too tolerant i guess you might say accepting infantile behavior. i don't care which side it comes from. >> ben carson added that the two sides need to have a sit down and have an open conversation. speaking of trump, he had explosive words for carson about his self-proclaimed troubled youth. trump poked fun at carson's account of trying to stab a friend as a teenager showing supporters in animated fashion you might say that a belt buckle couldn't stop a knife. he likened carson's past temper to a child molester. >> if you're pathological, there's no cure for that, folks. there's no cure for that. i did one of the shows today, and i don't want to say what i said, but i'll tell you anyway. i said that if you're a child molester, a sick puppy, you're a child molester, there's no cure for that.
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there's only one cure -- we don't want to talk about that cure. that's the ultimate cure. >> trump also told the crowd at a rally in iowa that carson went into a bathroom and came out religious. then he said, "don't be fools. doesn't happen that way." the coast guard is searching overnight for a cruise ship passenger. the woman was a passenger on the norwegian "pearl" and jumped from the ship about 20 miles off the coast of cuba. the "pearl" is chartered for electronic dance music crews and on its way from miami to a mexican caribbean resort.
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she is the second cruise ship passenger to go overboard this week. we're going to switch gears now. in last night's nfl game, it looked like christmas came a little bit early. the jets were in all green, and the bills were in all red. >> it was the start of the league's color rush experiment which will continue on thursday nights. as for the game, the bills scored nine points in nine seconds thanks to a field goal and fumble return for a touchdown. buffalo led from there, and despite a jets comeback, rex ryan and the bills win it 22-17. it's not unusual, actually, for people to look for that one unique thing that sets them apart from everyone else. >> for kenichi ito of japan, that unique thing is running on all of course at the 11th annual guinness world records day in tokyo. he ran 100 meters in 15.71 seconds shattering the world record. >> the fastest man on all fours says he spent nine years studying how monkeys move to improve this technique. hence, his nickname "monkey man." as we were saying in our meeting, hussein bolt has nothing to worry about from that guy. well, coming up, we're going to wrap our continuing coverage of shia labeouf's movie watching. >> this was your favorite story
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he's the masked man seen in gruesome videos beheading hostages including the u.s. reporter james foley. sources tell abc news it was a 100% direct hit and jihadi john "evaporated." a stunning release of an aging mobster in new york. acquitted of charges he helped plan the legendary lufthanza heist in 1978 that inspired the hit film "good fellas." more details. >> reporter: 80-year-old vincent asaro was triumphant and astonished. amid the bewildering crush of reporters and photographers, he said not even john gotti got this much coverage. "freedom," he said, "felt good." >> i'd like to thank my two lawyers. without them, i wouldn't be here now. i'd like to thank you for treating me great. >> now i think mr. asaro intends to go home and spend
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thanksgiving with his family. >> i've been two years here. >> reporter: he was arrested more than 35 years after the crime. a reputed mobster from howard beach, queens, charged with helping mastermind the 1978 lufthanza heist at kennedy airport. at the time, the largest heist in american history. just over $6 million in cash and jewels. some of the robbers were killed off, and others testified against asaro. the defense raised doubts about their motives and their credibility saying the case was just a lot of yadda, yadda, yadda. >> the key to winning the case is that our client is innocent of the charges. >> reporter: the verdict here was a major blow to the prosecution. the fbi and the u.s. attorney's office spent years building this high-profile case. to many, asaro seemed destined to die in federal prison. that clearly will not happen. >> okay. that was actually a big heist back in the day, 1978.
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it was a $6 million heist. if we adjusted it for inflation, that's about $21.5 million today. >> a lot of money. >> really a huge heist there. when we come back, the big announcement from actor david hasselhoff. and a big day today for both justin bieber and one direction. "the skinny" is next. "world news now" continues after this from our abc stations. "the skinny" is next. "the skinny" is next. justin bieber and one direction. the skinny i
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♪ ♪ ♪ skinny so skinny ♪ okay, topping our headlines this morning, a big announcement from david hasselhoff. >> the 63-year-old actor took to youtube and twitter, announcing that he's made a major change in his life. we'll leave it to him to explain. >> wanted to drop the hassel from my name for years. now i've made it official, david hoff. >> it turns out it's a publicity stunt for his show, "hoff the record." >> huh? >> airing in the u.k. hasselhoff's rep tells page 6 it was part of an ad campaign that launches in australia this weekend. >> oh, like -- "off the record." >> get it? >> all right. next up, let's move on to this wonderful day that it is, friday the 13th. we're lucky, justin bieber and one direction with new albums. >> both acts are dropping new albums today. at least one critic from "the
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new york times" is referring to them all as joyless boys. >> what? >> i know. blasphemy. bieber's purpose, he writes, is less of a contribution to popular music and more of a plot point in bieber's ongoing narrative of himself. did you get that? the theme of the entire album that a pseudo sort of outlook. meantime british boy band, and they are a band, one direction releasing an album. it's seen as some as a tragedy after zayn malik left the band in march. the band announced it would go into hiatus next year. critics say it won't affect their music sales because they've been less of a musical proposition than a popular one. i think they are thinking way too hard about these groups. next, to a boy who is full of joy this morning. >> yes, daniel radcliffe is among the stars on the hollywood walk of fame. honored with the 2,565th star.
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shaved his head. the 26-year-old who captured the world's hearts at the tender age of 11 as boy wizard in the "harry potter" films. >> he still captures a lot of people's hearts. >> he does. >> radcliffe has earned his stripes in several other movies and plays. he plays assistant to a mad scientist in "mad scientist" november 25th. >> we'll look out for that. an update on the continuing coverage over the last few days. we've had a number of crews on another hollywood star. >> shia labeouf, your guy. he's been camped out since tuesday inside new york's angelica film center. live streaming himself watching all 27 of his movies in reverse chronological order. it's apparently finally ended his cinematic marathon with his debut in disney's "even stevens." >> our parent company. he called it "my all my movies project. "for nearly three solid days he was glued to that seat. he didn't shower except for ten-minute breaks. i went to check it out. the line was so long, one person
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about tim wolf resigning. it's about getting equal rights. >> the mizzou community, one of the first times i've seen stands together uniteded. >> nothing is more important than this badge we wear on our uniform. tonight, that badge has been tarnished. >> just smile and bust out laughing at the sky like he's almost like talking to god. >> a noise was heard in the last seconds of the cvr recording. >> if this is a bomb by the affiliate of isis in the sinai, isis has fully eclipsed al qaeda as the gravest terrorist threat in the world. >> you knew that they were doping during the olympics. >> i was aware that it was a very, very, very high possibility. >> the burden of proof is not going to be on me to corroborate everything that i've ever talked about in my life. we have much more important things. >> if you try and hit your mother over the head with a hammer, your poll numbers go up. i never saw anything like it. >> ronald reagan didn't -- >> reagan walked away at reykjavik. he walked away.
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he quit talking when it was time to quit -- >> can i finish with my time? >> why does she keep interrupting everybody? >> yeah. >> come on. >> we're going to keep investing in the facilities and the physicians and the staff to make sure that our veterans get the care that you need when you need it. >> hope is not lost today. >> i sort of feel like when he is revealed to us, like he will be the luke skywalker we know and love. that said, if he is evil, i think that would be so interesting and fascinating. >> so many people waiting for that, huh? >> yeah. and an eventful week ahead, of course. >> the president heads to turkey, malaysia, and the philippines this weekend. >> big trip. and also we should point out -- we're hours away from hearing whether russian athletes will get banned, some of them will get banned from next year's olympics in rio. don't miss our updates on facebook, wnnfans.com. this is abc's "world news now." informing insomniacs for two decades. this is abc's "world news now." informing insomniacs for two decades. informing
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making news in america this morning, breaking overnight, the terrorist known as jihadi john targeted in a u.s. air strike. the knife-wielding masked man, a symbol of isis, believed to be dead. live team coverage with the late breaking details. trump's tirade. the republican candidate going off mocking ben carson, his book and stabbing incident, plus the candidates weighing in on the university of missouri protest, critical of the protesters. caller rush. the nfl debuting new uniforms for thursday night football and a lot of fans are not happy with them. and pull over, google's driverless car getting a lesson in the rules of the road.

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