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good morning. i'm janai norman. >> and i'm kenneth moton. here are so much the top headlines we're following this morning on "world news now." sources say guards watching accused child molester jeffrey epstein did not check on him as often as they were supposed to. federal investigations are now under way into his apparent suicide and conspiracy theories are flourishing. there are new pro-democracy protests in hong kong this morning a day after the demonstrations turned violent. there are fears that the protests could impact the global economy. bill cosby heads to court in harrisburg, pennsylvania, to appeal his sex assault conviction. his lawyers say it was unfair to allow five other accusers to testify at his trial last year. he's serving up to ten years. and gymnast simone biles flies into the record books.
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she tied a mark with her sixth u.s. national championship, while becoming the first woman to perform an amazing move. yep, that triple-double right there. those are some of our top stories on this monday, august 12th. good monday morning. so glad to be back with you after a couple of days off. a good way to start the week. >> did you miss me? >> he said, did i miss him? i talked to him every day, i saw him when i was in miami. did i miss you? no, i saw you. >> so? tell the people. >> i miss sharing this desk with you. how about that? >> oh, there it is. i just have to force her to say something nice. >> so glad kenneth is back. >> hey, thanks. we do begin this half hour with the capture of a suspected killer who had been on the run in tennessee. >> the search came to an end yesterday hours after he was spotted on a home security camera.
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here's abc's will reeve. >> reporter: a fugitive, convicted kidnapper and accused murderer caught in tennessee after a tense five-day manhunt. >> officers from t-dot, dhb, tdi, spotted watson coming out of a soybean field. watson surrendered without incident. >> reporter: homeowners spotting curtis ray watson on their doorbell camera wearing camouflage, rummaging through an outdoor refrigerator. the first sighting of him since his wednesday escape. >> he said, that's him, that's him. i prepared for if he tried to come inside. and then we called 911. >> reporter: watson, still looking very much like his mugshot, his appearance unchanged, also seen here in the hospital after his capture. watson's daughter speaking exclusively to abc news. >> this has always been a childhood nightmare of mine, that he was going to come out and -- because i am one daughter he hasn't hurt, and i was just always scared he's going to come out, he's going to finally hurt me. >> reporter: watson had been
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serving a 15-year term for kidnapping his then-wife. considered a minimum security prisoner action he was out on lawn-mowing duty on wednesday morning. at 8:30 he's seen near the home of corrections administrator deborah johnson, who lived on prison grounds. it was there officials say watson sexually assaulted and murdered her. watson then making his getaway on a tractor, apparently not getting very far. the home in henning, tennessee, just ten miles from the prison. >> i can assure you that our office will be resolved to see he is put back where he can never escape again and harm anybody in our communities. we're looking at whether or not we might apply the death penalty in this case. >> reporter: authorities had offered a reward of $60,000. watson's daughter says she believes at least some of that money should go toward paying for the funeral of that prison employee, deborah johnson. now to the latest on the apparent suicide of accused sex trafficker jeffrey epstein. new york's medical examiner performed autopsy but says more information is needed before determining the cause of death.
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guards were supposed to check on epstein in his jail cell every 30 minutes. but sources say they were short staffed, working overtime, and did not follow protocol. as the justice department looks into epstein's death, the child sexual abuse investigation continues. here's stephanie ramos. >> reporter: after billionaire financier and accused sex trafficker jeffrey epstein died by apparent suicide in his manhattan jail cell, an investigation is under way into how this could have happened. >> was there a crime connected with the suicide? was someone paid, was someone else involved, et cetera? and those are going to be very important questions to get answered. >> reporter: president trump promoting an unfounded conspiracy theory on twitter about how epstein died in prison. epstein's social acquaintances with donald trump, bill clinton, and prince andrew were at the center of online rumors and theories, many of which
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questioned what politicians could new about epstein's crimes? a spokesman for the former president acknowledged the president took four trips on epstein's plane in 2002 and 2003, but knows nothing about the terrible crimes jeffrey epstein pleaded guilty to. president trump said that he and epstein had a falling-out years ago. epstein's death comes less than 24 hours after 2,000 pages of new documents were made public for the first time, with accusations leveled against epstein and other prominent men. three weeks ago, epstein was put on suicide watch after being found unresponsive in his cell. abc news has learned he was taken off a week later. attorney general william barr announced two federal investigations -- one by the fbi, and another by the inspector general. sources tell abc news, protocol required epstein to be checked every 30 minutes, but this did not happen in the hours before his death. guards at the prison have complained of understaffing. that claim is now part of the investigation. stephanie ramos, abc news, new
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york. the trump administration is defending last week's crackdown on undocumented workers in mississippi. the arrests of nearly 700 workers at food processing plants had children in tears and it took place on the same day of president trump's visit to el paso after a gunman targeted latinos. acting homeland security secretary kevin mcaleenan called the timing unfortunate but said the operation had been planned for over a year. critics say the employers should be punished, not the workers. former vice president al gore says the climate is getting worse faster than the world is responding to the crisis. however, he told abc news that activism is rising. gore says a worldwide effort is needed and the u.s. should be leading those efforts but he isn't optimistic that it will come from the trump administration. he did meet with the president shortly before he took office. >> i did think at the time that there was a chance he might change on climate when presented
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with the facts. i was clearly wrong about that. i think it was worth the effort to see. but i was wrong. he doesn't want to change on it. >> gore is encouraged that democratic primary voters rank climate change among their top five issues, and that the candidates are addressing the issue. the suspect in the norway mosque shooting was reportedly inspired by recent terror attacks by white supremacists. in messages posted on the day of the attack he described himself as chosen by the man charged in the deadly new zealand mosque attacks. abc's julia macfarlane has more. >> reporter: police are investigating the attack on a norway mosque as an attempted terrorist attack. as new details emerge about the heroic bystanders who helped thwart a gunman when he opened fire at the al noor islamic center. explaining how he grabbed the gunman, throwing him so that the gun fell out of the suspect's hands. >> he was wearing this brown leather belt with a lot of bullets on it.
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>> reporter: police describing the suspect as a white norwegian citizen, around 20 years old. he had expressed extreme right-wing views and hostile attitudes towards immigrants. authorities later visited his residence where they found his 17-year-old stepsister dead. he is now suspected in that death. there are reports that the suspect praised the gunman who killed more than 50 people at two mosques in new zealand back in march. on sunday police in norway say there is no response, that the swift and firm response of people inside stopped the aggressor and prevented more casualties. julia macfarlane, abc news, london. muslims are wrapping up their annual pilgrimage to mecca. an estimated 2.5 million muslims from around the world took part in the hajj to saudi arabia. instill a sense of equality and brotherhood. it is required at least once in his or her lifetime for every
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able-bodied muslim who can afford it. a sheriff's deputy in northern california was at the right place at the right time to help out a family of ducks. >> he jumped out into a storm drain in auburn and helped some ducklings back onto the street. the deputy was flagged down by a witness who saw the animals fall down into that drain. he was able to rescue all the little ones that were down there and they went right back to their mother and waddled away. >> there you go. and a grandfather decided to put his hard-earned frequent flier miles to work to throw a big family party in hawaii. >> grandpa of the year. sam pratt redeemed more than 1 million miles with southwest airlines to fly 33 relatives to honolulu. >> 33? >> incredible. the week-long vacation ended saturday and was filled with celebrations, including birthdays, anniversaries, and a gender reveal party. pratt recently found out his cancer was in remission and decided the trip would be the best way to celebrate. yes.
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it was. good idea. >> that's a good time. i often say, family, number one priority. >> yes, completely. >> mr. pratt there, he put them all there in the forefront, taking them out for a good vacation. >> 33 people, all flew for free. >> on southwest, using 1 million points? >> that means they got their bags for free too. grand pa knew what he was doing. >> two free checked bags. >> yes. you know how much money they saved? grandpa is the man. >> discount carrier, southwest, they're always bringing the deals. with 33 people, i'm sure about 10 of those were flying on the wing. >> ba-bum. >> that's pretty cool. that was very special. hawaii as special place as well. >> the family will never forget that trip. >> i am sure. with cancer? >> a lot to celebrate. >> oh, i just love that so much. can we go next time? >> please. >> use some of those miles on us. coming up, how the empire is
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striking back in the skies over england. but first, the new developments here at home in the case of that mother of three from california missing now for nearly three weeks. and later, an inside look at the "uss theodore roosevelt." what you may not have known about this floating city of 5,000 personnel. you're watching "world news now." when you rest on a leesa hybrid mattress, bedtime is no longer simply the time you go to sleep. it's time to switch off and catch up. enjoy me time, and we
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we're back with chaos and panic at houston's memorial mall. authorities say it started when a masked man jumped on a table at a food court. he then threatened to kill himself and threw down a bag. that sent hundreds of panicked shoppers and store employees running for safety. at least two people, a teen and his mother, were injured. police are searching for the suspect. >> we had chaos. people started fleeing. he actually exited out the south entrance and headed in this direction over here towards these apartment complexes. >> what is the criminal investigation here? >> terroristic threat. this is indeed a terroristic threat that incited a lot of panic and a lot of fear. >> authorities say people who left behind their personal belongings can claim them today. investigators say there was nothing harmful in the bag
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thrown by the suspect. and from texas to california, where police near sacramento are intensifying their search for a mother of three who's been missing for nearly three weeks. >> she was last seen driving away from her home in her car. that vehicle has now been recovered and this morning we're hearing from her family and friends. here's abc's kaylee hartung. >> reporter: a break in the case in the search for a married mother of three in california missing for nearly a month. >> her children miss her terribly and it's been a very, very painful thing for my family every day. >> reporter: police recovering 33-year-old heather gumina's black infiniti coupe. abandoned in el dorado county. >> always loving her mom, always there. i just miss her. >> reporter: this, the first break in a mystery that stumped investigators for weeks. investigators say gamina was released from the hospital july 15th after being treated for a broken collarbone. the next day police say she left
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her home in her car and then vanished. her disappearance sending family, friends, and community members on a desperate search but turning up nothing. >> just imagine how distraught a mother could be looking for her missing child. >> reporter: policing are being very tight-lipped about this active investigation and whether or not they have any leads. kaylee hartung, abc news, los angeles. >> our thanks to kaylee there. coming up, we're getting a rare firsthand look inside a u.s. aircraft carrier. >> and how these giants of the oceans can remain at sea for 25 years at a time. you're watching "world news now." . i tell them, it may be your detergent... that's why more dishwasher brands recommend cascade platinum. it's specially-designed with the soaking, scrubbing and rinsing built right in. cascade platinum's unique actionpacs dissolve quickly... ...to remove stuck-on food. . .
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♪ wings take me out tonight wings take me out tonight tonight ♪ and some of america's mightiest wings take off and land from any one of the nation's 11 aircraft carriers. >> and this morning, we're getting a rare inside look at one of these phenomenal masters of the sea from abc's rob marciano. >> reporter: this is the "uss theodore roosevelt," one of then nimitz-class aircraft carriers around the world. over 70 combat aircraft utilizing a four and a half acre floating flight deck. but that noise is nothing compared to the up-close action of an f-18 super hornet
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catapulted from 0 to 160 in just 2 seconds. as one squadron takes of, the next unit comes in to land, catching one of four steel cables laid across a short landing strip. the captain calls it a full sensory immersion, and why it's important to always be trained. >> that's what we're doing out here is training to make sure that our sword is sharp and we'll do the tasking as it comes up. >> reporter: he's in charge of 5,000 personnel working this floating city 24/7. the nuclear-powered ship can be at sea for 25 years, but holds 90 days of jet fuel and supplies. in the galleys, that means nearly 20,000 meals a day. >> food's not bad. >> reporter: and of course, there's a weather department and an accurate forecast for combat ops is crucial. but not always foolproof. >> the pilots ever come back and give you grief about inaccurate forecasts? >> sometimes.
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sometimes, yeah. >> 113 is coming to power, cap 3, up on the power. >> reporter: but the most impressive view is from the flight control tower. >> flight deck control, we are launching aircraft. >> reporter: it's where the air bosses bark commands to the guys working aircraft on and off the flight deck. defending america and our allies all over the world. >> all i got is "cool." that is cool. >> very cool. >> also cool, rob's faces. >> he was really impressed. >> because he was like a little boy. i would have been the same thing. just so amazed by this. >> the numbers. 20,000 meals a day. 4 1/2-acre floating flight deck. >> who's cooking back there? >> yeah, no kidding. >> also important to point out that these are not just for war, these are also humanitarian ships that have responded to earthquakes in haiti, tsunami in japan. >> the ship is capable of powering a city -- a city, you
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is that him? >> oh, my gosh. very, very cool. >> i bet it's bigger in person. >> even mark hamill approved of the vader balloon. he tweeted after a horrible, no-good, terrible week, there's nothing like a giant vader balloon to distract from reality and raise your spirits. #thanksdad. >> oh, luke. >> that's pretty cool. >> that's your dad. also pretty cool? >> this happened. this happened right here. >> so look, this woman's about to be proposed to, but look at the friend in the back who's just like throwing those petals. that's right, you be a flower girl for your friend when he needs you to be. >> it made for great pictures, though. >> it really did, look, that is a good friend back there. >> congrats to those two right there who are now engaged. that proposal in ottawa, ontario, and canada got some, you know, people there who were cheering them on. but the biggest -- hopefully he'll be the best man.
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>> yeah, well, he embraced it on twitter and instagram saying that he's available for your petal-throwing needs. >> love it. love it. also this happened. cart game master here flawlessly pushing shopping carts across parking lots -- this is a skill. wait for it, wait for it. >> say what? that happened. >> missouri man right there who discovered a hidden skill. really a talent. >> how does he get that arc on it just right? >> i know. my only skill with shopping carts, or buggies as we had to call them down south, is jumping on them and going, whee! >> and time-out, are you the kind of person who puts your boogie back? >> i put it back. >> you better be. >> also i help others. like the elderly. i take their shopping cart for them. >> good for you. >> one time i scared someone, get away from me! no, i was trying to help you. >> make sure you put the cart back, come on. a seagull also, this happened.
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this morning on "world news now," protocol breakdown. >> that's what apparently happened inside a new york city jail allowing jeffrey epstein to take his own life over the weekend. the procedures inside that notoriously harsh lockup are now under scrutiny. also this morning, defending the i.c.e. raids. the trump administration makes its case for the timing of raids that took hundreds of migrants into custody bringing children to tears. it's a hot topic for democrats on the campaign trail. plus, a frightening scene on a highway, a fiery crash creates new questions about cars made by tesla. why did this one burst into flames? and the latest rankings are out, revealing the top drinking colleges in the nation. see if your school made the list on this monday, august 12th.
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good monday morning. >> good morning, it is great to be back. >> it sure is. >> we felt the love down in miami, did we not? >> oh, my goodness. we -- that's like an understatement. >> it really is. >> yes. >> we're happy to be back. we will get into all the miami fun we had. >> tell you all about it. >> all those a.m. newsers watching, good morning, we are here for you, it was great to see you. >> absolutely. >> again, we'll talk about that in just a moment. but we do start this monday morning with the very serious story, the growing demand for answers following the jailhouse death of accused child molester jeffrey epstein. >> sources say guards failed to follow protocol before the 66-year-old multimillionaire's apparent suicide. federal officials are looking into epstein's death now and his accusers are outraged that he will never see justice. but the criminal investigation will continue into allegations that he spent decades preying on young girls.
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abc's rachel scott has more. >> reporter: investigators now poring over evidence and surveillance footage to discover the major breakdown in protocol that allowed jeffrey epstein's apparent suicide in his manhattan jail cell. >> was there a crime connected with the suicide? was someone paid, was someone else involved? >> reporter: abc news has learned guards were supposed to check in on the alleged sex trafficker every 30 minutes, but sources say that protocol was not followed in the hours before epstein's death. a source familiar with the federal facility tells abc news understaffing was a problem, and morale low. and another source says the two guards at the special housing unit where epstein was held were both on overtime. >> what the guards do and what they're supposed to do are almost always two different things. >> reporter: attorney bruce barket represents epstein's former cellmate who roomed with epstein until he was found unresponsive in his cell with marks around his neck less than three weeks ago. six days later epstein was taken off suicide watch.
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then saturday morning at 6:39, he was found hanging inside his cell. some of epstein's accusers outraged. >> i really wanted him to take up for what he did and to be put in jail. >> reporter: epstein's death coming less than 24 hours after 2,000 pages of new documents were made public when virginia roberts guiffre's 2015 defamation suit against ghislaine maxwell was unsealed. maxwell, a longtime associate of epstein, has not been charged with any crimes and has consistently denied the allegations. >> the people who really have to be concerned are the ones who worked with jeffrey epstein. >> reporter: rachel scott, abc news, washington. all right, turning to tennessee, an escaped prisoner who is also a murder suspect is back in custody this morning after being on the run since last week. curtis ray watson was captured yesterday morning in henning about 40 miles outside memphis.
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he escaped from a nearby state penitentiary wednesday morning. authorities believe he killed correctional administrator deborah johnson before he went on the run. wats's daughter says she was worried her father would escape. >> this has always been a childhood nightmare of mine, that he was going to come out and -- because i am one daughter he hasn't hurt, and i was just always scared he's going to come out and he's going to finally hurt me. >> watson was caught coming out of a soybean field hours after authorities received a tip that from a family had seen him on their home security device. watson was already serving a sentence for kidnapping. top administration officials are defending the sweeping crackdown on undocumented workers in mississippi. children were left sobbing after finding out their parents were detained. it all unfolded as president trump traveled to el paso in the aftermath of a deadly mass shooting targeting mexicans. abc's tara palmeri tells us the head of homeland security is
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calling the timing unfortunate. >> reporter: the trump administration on defense after that mass immigration crackdown in mississippi the same day the president visited el paso, a border community in mourning. acting director of homeland security kevin mcaleenan saying the operation was already in motion. >> the timing was unfortunate. something like this has been planned for over a year. this is a criminal investigation with 14 federal warrants issued by a judge. and i.c.e. had to follow through on that. >> reporter: on wednesday, i.c.e. agents stormed seven food processing plants in mississippi, detaining 680 people. 377 remain in custody. court documents allege the companies were, quote, willfully and unlawfully employing those who were not authorized to work in this country. >> in most cases they can pay them reduced wages, exploit them further for their bottom line. that's what this investigation was about. >> reporter: many children, including this young girl, coming home from school to find their parents were arrested.
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>> i need my dad by me. my dad didn't do nothing. he's not a criminal. >> reporter: abc's will carr showing her tearful interview to mcaleenan early this week. >> what would you say to that little girl? >> obviously the impact of enforcing the law can be devastating for families. what i would say is that i.c.e. is going to go through a case-by-case process. >> reporter: 2020 presidential hopeful, senator kamala harris saying the employers should be punished, not the employees. >> this administration has directed dhs to conduct these raids as part of what i believe is this administration's campaign of terror. >> reporter: the acting head of custom and border protections, pushing back. >> i think words matter. these aren't raids, these are targeted operations. >> reporter: the president said crackdowns like the one in mississippi serve as a warning to undocumented workers and other migrants looking to come to this country.
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he said, quote, they know they're not saying here. tara palmeri, abc news, berkeley heights, new jersey. and in the race for 2020 the democratic presidential hopefuls reached out to voters at the iowa state fair as they embarked on a six-month sprint to the nation's first caucuses. in the wake of the two recent mass shootings, they called for universal background checks. senator elizabeth warren unveiled an ambitious plan to reduce gun deaths by 80%. and former vice president joe biden accused the president of aligning himself with white nationalists saying he offers no moral leadership. senator bernie sanders called the president a racist, sexist, and homophobe, and senator kamala harris slammed trump on his tax bill and trade policy. overseas, police are investigating a shooting at a mosque in norway as a terror attack. the suspect was overpowered by a 65-year-old worshipper at the mosque in oslo. he was reportedly inspired by the new zealand mosque and el paso shootings. the alleged gunman is also a murder suspect in the death of his 17-year-old sister. her body was discovered at a separate location. also overseas, hong kong is
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bracing for more protests today, that's after another weekend of the violent clashes between police and demonstrators there. police stormed some underground train stations, firing tear gas and arresting protesters. anti-government protesters reportedly tossed gas bombs at police. the protests blocked roads in key commercial and shopping districts. well, a major sightseeing attraction is closed at the height of the summer after what canadian police say was vandalism. >> someone cut the cable of the sea to sky gondola, causing almost all of its 30 gondola cars to crash to the ground. the ride soars some 3,000 feet above sea level north of vancouver. it was not operating when the two-inch-thick cable was cut about 4:00 a.m. it's not known when the ride will reopen. so actually for me on a personal story, about five years ago, one month after this ride, this sea or sky to sea gondola opened, i actually went on it. i was in vancouver, went 30 miles north, that's my video right there.
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>> that's the view. >> that's the shoulder of a friend who was literally crouched down, scared, because i had to convince her to go on this gondola. it gets you up there pretty fast. again, about 3,000 feet into the air. and the fact that someone did this, obviously doesn't seem like it would be a small operation, because those tables -- >> two-inch thick. >> -- are very thick. but now there's concern about obviously the workers. that's me on one of the sky bridges there once you make it to the top. it was -- it's kind of scary to think that someone would do this, but luckily no one was injured, no one was on that gondola. >> very scary. very nice to see you with some hair, though. and we also have some show and tell -- >> that was good. >> i had to, i had to. there was a reason we were both away last friday. we were in miami. >> yes, we were. >> for the annual convention of the national association of black journalists. and we had such a great time. >> it was so much fun, meeting so many people.
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so we mentioned -- oh, and i like to hang out with bosses. hanging out with the president of abc news. we saw so many friends. i often call nabj a family reunion. there were so many people -- >> that's one of our closest friends, darlene, she actually introduced us to each other. >> she's down at wftv, our station in orlando. >> there were journalists from all over the country. >> i spotted my alma mater representing there. and you had an incredible panel. >> thank you, i was on a fantastic panel on friday. i mean, incredible -- there are some of your philly family too. >> wpbi there. >> i mean, abby phillips from cnn, sheinelle from nbc, danya, nicole. there's also jeanette from pbi, our powerhouse in philly. it was an amazing panel. i mean, that room was full of women. we called it the sister circle. talking just real deal about the business, life, relationships. we had a really good time. oh, and -- >> oh, and then we happened to run into this guy right here. >> me and my backup dancers
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there. no, we had a great time, so many people. >> it's very important for people to see that kendis and i are not the same person. >> right, right. >> we are two separate people. what i will say about nabj, it really is just an incredible organization. for those who don't know, it was started decades ago to advocate for black journalists. there are so many, and there are other organizations out there for asian american journalists, hispanic journalists, that advocate for people of color in newsrooms because there are challenges. i think many people would see us up here and say, you know, good job, nabj, way to go abc. but as we know, the work continues. >> absolutely. >> and it will always continue. when it comes to nabj, we were able to fellowship, honor each other, meet each other. that's what we saw there. the love for the show? >> oh, my gosh, we saw so many a.m. newsers. >> newsers! >> and it was incredible, so many people saying what's up? all over, like i can't get my show started without seeing you guys, without watching the show. >> they like janai's antics, her
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curls. >> i did have a lot of people say, free the curls! >> those curls are so important to so many people. this bald head, so important to so many people is what i learned. >> absolutely, absolutely. >> so you guys give us energy, we are renewed. we got the spirit down there in miami. >> yes. >> and it was such a great, great, great time, because representation matters. >> yes. >> our voices matter. and we'll be back next year. >> yep, we had a blast. in the meantime, coming up, the act of kindness on a busy street that's going viral. but first, the frightening scene involving a tesla bursting into flames while reportedly on autopilot. and back here at home, the terrifying harassment that spooked a new jersey family right out of their home. spooked a new jersey family right out of their home. trampoline. ahh brain freeze! no, it's my teeth. your teeth hurt? sensitivity. i should do something about it. 80% of sensitivity starts at the gum line, so treat sensitivity at the source. new crest gum and sensitivity starts treating sensitivity immediately,
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of one family who was apparently terrorized right out of their new home. >> shortly after moving in they started to get harassing letters signed by "the watcher." here's our friend trevor ault. >> reporter: a new jersey family moving on from a still-unsolved mystery that for years kept them from moving into their dream home. just days after derrick and maria brotus bought this westfield house in 2014, sinister letters began arriving in the mail, the anonymous writer referring to themselves only as the watcher, furious about planned renovations to the 100-year-old colonial, threatening the family and their three children. one reading, "i watch and wait for the day the young blood will be mine again." the messages putting the town on edge. >> i was shocked. i've lived here my whole life. >> the people are alarmed to see something like this. >> reporter: after buying the six-bedroom house for $1.3 million, record shows the family sold it for $900,000, taking a $400,000 loss. our gio benitez spoke with their attorney two years ago. >> they want a sense of peace in
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their life. they can never see themselves living in this particular house. >> reporter: the town's police department investigated the letters but the watcher's identity is still unknown. there's been no comment from the home's new owners or the brotus family, but we do know they did warn prospective buyers about the letters and the watcher. janai, kenneth? >> spooky. >> yep. >> i don't want to talk about it. >> our thanks to trevor. coming up, the act of charity by a 6-year-old girl. >> is teaching us all the meaning of fellowship and helping others. that's next on "world news now." helping others. that's next on "world news now." so the thing no one tells you about tampons? you gotta change sizes to match your flow. only tampax pearl makes five. so if it hurts to remove? go down a size. leaking? go up one. and every size has our leakguard braid for back-up protection. find your flow combo with tampax.
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♪ ♪ so helping to shelter homeless women and children in phoenix is a 6-year-old girl with a heart of pure gold. >> over the weekend ellie handed over the cash she made from her lemonade stand to the leaders of the changing lives of women and children. >> she says all the time, we're so lucky. >> they don't have home and shelter and water like we do. >> my wife and i were just so
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touched that she wanted to help. >> it took just two hours for ellie and her dad to collect $100. so sweet. >> great job. and another man's act of kindness is getting national attention. >> he's one of america's heroes stationed at tinker air force base in oklahoma city. but to a 71-year-old woman, he was a godsend. here's abc's tom llamas. >> reporter: when senior airman gibril jennings was driving near the interstate in oklahoma city, he noticed drivers starting to swerve, avoiding something up the road. >> i started to go around too. and then i realized, as i got closer, i started to see her. >> reporter: there was no accident, no street closure. it was 71-year-old janice hall. >> i saw that it was a woman that was struggling to walk. >> reporter: trying to carry groceries in 100-degree heat, so he stopped, putting off his own plans to lend a helping hand. >> would you like a ride? she said, thank you, i would love that. >> reporter: a stranger seeing this act of kindness capturing the moment on camera as jennings loaded the groceries into his car, then drove her two miles back to her home.
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>> i just felt, what if it was my grandmother on the side of the road? >> reporter: neither of the two knew they were being recorded. >> i really appreciated it and he's such a good man and you just don't find people like that every day. >> reporter: but airman jennings said he would expect no less from his community. >> these are people that built oklahoma. they made oklahoma what it is. they gave us these people. and it's just -- those people need to help too. >> reporter: the helping hand going viral, seen online nearly 4 million times and growing. and when you look at the video, you realize so many drivers that day kept going, but jennings had to slow down. he says that's just how he lives his life, offering this advice. >> don't let anyone be forgotten, don't let anyone be ignored. >> kindness costs nothing. >> yeah, and jennings said they plan to remain lifelong friends and jennings even organized to have other airmen come to her house to help with some repairs. >> i love it. >> yep, very sweet. >> i'm glad it was caught on camera there. coming up, this year's rankings of the top drinking
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>> beer before liquor, never been thicker. the review had a hard question and it asked, how widely is hard liquor used at your school? the top liquor-drinking colleges -- uc, santa barbara. followed by syracuse -- ken, do you agree? he agrees. >> there's a couple of syracuse here on "world news now." >> lloyd? >> lloyd? yeah. >> i think he's in too. wake forest university. colgate university. colgate's throwing everything back. and university of delaware. >> they got beer and liquor. >> they're like, what is there to drink, yes, we're on it. >> and they're like, we have been sicker. >> bottom of the list, brigham young. >> oh, they're sober. >> yeah. >> not to be a buzzkill, but drink responsibly. >> absolutely. how about this, austrian athlete saying ice ice baby? spending two hours in this box of ice to break a guinness world record!
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yeah, so he's an austrian athlete. his name is joseph. he spent 2:08:47 immersed up to his shoulders in a box of ice there saturday to break the record of 1:53:10. set by a chinese athlete in 2014. >> no. so i'm glad it wasn't just a big block of ice because he probably couldn't breathe in that, right? >> right, right, and then they had to freeze him. >> right, and then defrost him. >> the science of that wouldn't really work. >> but, how cold? >> that would be very cold. >> i couldn't take that. >> and he's on a stretcher on the way out of there. >> yeah, i bet. >> but you got that world record. >> there you go, all worth it. lucky charms, these are all worth it. you can now buy an oversized bag of just the marshmallows. >> no! >> i'm not a lucky charms eater. >> diabetes in a bag. >> magically delicious. >> except for -- i mean, what's the milk taste like? a unicorn? >> like diabetes. >> like diabetes.
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this morning on "world news now," new questions about the apparent suicide of alleged sex trafficker jeffrey epstein. his victims are expressing their outrage, so who could still be in legal jeopardy? also, some wd summer weather with rainfall records being set and tornadoes in locations you probably wouldn't expect them. meanwhile, overseas, a deadly storm took the lives of dozens of people. and new this half hour, the champion again. >> gymnast simone biles wows the crowd with that triple-double before walking away with another united states championship. she's already looking for her next goal. and one member of "rhythm nation" got the surprise of a lifetime from janet jackson.
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how she surprised him and why it's not the first time. his reaction to a surprise is going viral. that's in "the skinny" on this monday, august 12th. ♪ i was getting my best rhythm nation on. >> i was going to say, we're starting with some excellence this morning. >> i know. ♪ da da da da da da >> and simone biles killing it over the weekend. >> big day for her yesterday. we'll get into that. but we do begin this half hour with the fallout over the death of accused sex trafficker jeffrey epstein. growing questions about how he took his own life in a high-security jail. >> we're told epstein was no longer on suicide watch and the staff did not follow protocol by checking on him every half hour. sources say two guards on duty were working overtime shifts because of staffing shortages. more now from abc's stephanie ramos. >> reporter: investigators are
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poring over evidence and surveillance footage to figure out the major breakdown that allowed jeffrey epstein's apparent suicide in his jail cell. abc news has learned guards were supposed to check on the alleged sex trafficker every 30 minutes. sources say that protocol was not followed in the hours before he was discovered. >> it really is a -- an insane system on so many levels. >> reporter: attorney bruce barket represents epstein's former cellmate who roomed with epstein less than three weeks ago when he was found unresponsive with marks on his neck. >> what the guards do and what they're supposed to do are almost always two different things. one has to wonder how it is that this man, who just tried to take his own life by hanging himself a few weeks ago, was in a position to successfully hang himself. >> reporter: just six days after that first incident, epstein was taken off suicide watch. saturday morning at 6:39, the multimillionaire was found hanging inside of his cell.
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>> there are just a lot of people that are, yes, angry and livid. >> reporter: michelle licata says epstein sexually assaulted her when she was just 16. she and other accusers of are outraged he will not face a criminal trial. >> i really wanted justice. i really wanted him to take up for what he did and to be put in jail or prison and have to sit there and think about what it is he exactly did to so many people. >> reporter: authorities are pledging to continue the investigation. epstein's death comes less than 24 hours after 2,000 pages of new documents were made public. >> you're screaming on the inside, and you don't know how to let it come out. all you do is obey. >> reporter: virginia roberts giuffre's 2015 defamation suit was unsealed against ghislaine maxwell. a longtime epstein associate. giuffre says maxwell recruited her to be a teenage sex slave to epstein. >> "give jeffrey what he wants."
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a lot of this training came from ghislaine herself. >> reporter: maxwell has not been charged with any crimes. she has consistently denied the allegations. accusers are calling for those who enabled epstein to be held accountable. >> the people who really have to be concerned are the ones who worked with jeffrey epstein or the ones who may have helped facilitate what he was doing. >> reporter: federal prosecutors here in new york are still investigating the alleged sex trafficking conspiracy, asking more accusers to come forward. so, it's still possible that others may be charged. separately there are two federal investigations into epstein's suicide and how that happened. stephanie ramos, abc news, new york. turning now to a tragic fire that ripped through a day care center in erie, pennsylvania, killing five children. the flames broke out after midnight sunday on the first floor of a residential house that was turned into a 24-hour day care used by parents who work nights. and the kids were trapped on the second floor. >> it just didn't look real. but you know it was.
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you're right there, you can feel the heat, you can smell the smoke. and then when those firemen carried out them babies -- i can't -- i just can't imagine that. i really can't imagine that. >> absolutely unimaginable. the cause of the fire remains under investigation. the children who died were between the ages of 8 months and 7 years old. the owner is in stable condition after being airlifted to the hospital. police have found the car of a missing northern california mother, but not the woman herself. heather gumina disappeared three weeks ago. the mother of three had just been released from the hospital after breaking her collarbone. her mother calls the disappearance, quote, very suspicious. police are not saying exactly where in el dorado county gumina's car was found or if there are any other developments in the investigation. the area is about 60 miles east of sacramento. and police are searching for a suspect who incited panic at a houston mall.
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a man wearing a red half mask jumped on a table in the food court and announced he was going to kill himself. the suspect was holding a bag and threw it and that sparked chaos, sending shoppers, as you see there, fleeing from the mall. police are investigating this as a terror the three. at least two people were injured in the stampeding crowds. it's the latest in a string of false alarms since last week's mass shootings. bill cosby heads to court today in pennsylvania to appeal his sexual assault conviction. he's serving up to ten years in prison after being found guilty last year on three felony charges. the court is looking at a number of alleged errors during his second trial, among them, cosby's lawyer says testimony from five women who were not part of the case should not have been allowed. the midwest will begin the week with a series of thunderstorms. they bring a threat of flooding, damaging winds, hail, even tornadoes today. north little rock, arkansas, has already seen flooded streets. look at that car there. after record-breaking rainfall this weekend.
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farther west, a possible tornado was spotted in central washington state. those thunderstorms are now in the spokane area. dozens are dead after a typhoon in eastern china. roads are flooded and some buildings destroyed. most of the deaths were caused by a landslide. all told about 5 million people have been affected with 1 million evacuated. the typhoon has now been downgraded to a tropical storm. it's estimated the typhoon will cost the chinese economy billions of dollars. in australia, a multimillion-dollar super yacht crashed into a marina just narrowly missing diners. there was a mechanical mishap that caused one of the engines to lock on full speed. crew members frantically waved their arms, warning people to get out of the way, while others dropped the anchor to minimize the damage. incredibly, no injuries were reported. serena williams' sunday came to a tearful end in toronto. she was playing in the rogers cup final when she asked for a medical time-out.
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a minute later williams retired from the match and then as you see there she burst into tears. her opponent came over to console her and williams was heard saying she had back spasms the night before the final. a tough end there. >> just an incredible athlete. and while serena williams was feeling low, simone biles was flying high sunday. >> yeah, she sure was. biles literally soared to her sixth u.s. national gymnastics -- my goodness -- championship in the past seven years, hitting this amazing triple-double. watch it again. >> i'm counting. >> unreal. at the end of her first tumbling run in the floor exercise, she's the first woman to stick the move in competition. >> one, two, three, four, five. that was five. >> biles took gold in four of the five events in kansas city. she's expected to be the favorite in october's world championships. she also broke a record with a double-double dismount, something.
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>> six ties a record set 67 years ago? >> this woman is incredible. >> just think, we knew her when she was just a little -- >> yes, look, simone, we are here for all of it. >> we sure are. >> all of it. coming up, the danger on america's beaches. not in the water, but on the sand. but first, the home explosion that rocked an entire neighborhood. what we're learning this morning. and later in "the skinny," the big surprise at last night's teen choice awards. you're watching "world news now." en choice awards. you're watching "world news now." e age 50 to 85, and looking to buy life insurance on a fixed budget, remember the three p's. what are the three p's? the three p's of life insurance on a fixed budget are price, price, and price. a price you can afford, a price that can't increase, and a price that fits your budget. i'm 54. alex, what's my price?
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we're back with a house explosion shattering the early morning calm of a central wisconsin neighborhood. the homeowner there died. he was likely sleeping when the blast occurred. witnesses say the blast rocked the entire neighborhood. debris was seen flying hundreds of feet into the air damaging some buildings nearby. no word yet on a cause. and dramatic video shows two young girls being rescued off the coast of dublin, ireland. their inflatable flamingo float drifted out to sea pushed by the strong tide and winds. four men jumped in and swam to the float and were able to pull it to shore. the girls were returned to their
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parents safe and sound. a 13-year-old boy is recovering this morning after being impaled by a beach umbrella. >> it happened at the good harbor beach in gloucester, massachusetts, north of boston. here's abc's eva pilgrim. >> reporter: it happened here at a massachusetts beach. authorities saying a gust of wind blew the umbrella from the sand, piercing the boy's arm friday afternoon. >> the kid just -- he was just walking along. and all of a sudden the umbrella just stabbed him. >> reporter: bystanders rushing in to help, first responders seen offering the child first aid before taking him to a hospital. >> when we heard it come over the radio, it was -- we kind of did a double-take. >> reporter: this isn't the first umbrella sent this year. in june, a terrifyingly close call for this toddler as a gust of wind launches an umbrella into the air narrowly missing the little one. and back in 2015, a bystander capturing this wild scene as winds whip umbrellas across a
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beach in maryland. the consumer product safety commission reports an estimated 2800 people were treated for beach umbrella-related injuries between 2010 and 2018. several u.s. senators now calling on the cpsc for tougher safety standards. >> so no one's calling for a ban on beach umbrellas, but something is wrong when any consumer product can so easily take off and kill someone. >> reporter: eva pilgrim, abc news, new york. >> we still got a lot of summer left, so thanks to our friend eva pilgrim for bringing us that important story. at the beginning of the summer, we had our big summer edition of "world news now" that we did, and we mentioned that this could be a danger. it doesn't take much, 20, 30-mile-per-hour wind gusts to rip a beach umbrella out of the sand so you've got to be careful there. >> fortunately, in this case, that 13-year-old boy is expected to make a full recovery. when we come back, the big moments and the big shocker at last night's teen choice awards.
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and does beyonce get starstruck when she sees us? "the skinny" is next. .
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♪ skinny just gimme "the skinny" ♪ time now for "the skinny" and we begin with a star-studded affair in hermosa beach, california. there you go. the 2019 teen choice awards celebrating the best of film, tv and music. >> the show was hosted by "pretty little liars" star lucy hale and youtube personality david dobrik. major stars were on hand, including robert downey jr., who won choice action movie actor for playing iron man in "avengers: end game." he brought some pint-sized superfans on stage with him to collect the award. >> and sarah hyland shocked a lot of fans when she came on stage to sing with jordan mcgraw. the actress there performing her new song, met at a party ahead of the final season of "modern family." ♪ then i forgot it because i lied to my face ♪
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>> there you go. good job, hyland. taylor swift was also on stage, on hand in versace, accepting the teen choice awards first-ever icon award from u.s. women's national team star alex morgan. taylor used her acceptance speech to spotlight the importance of equal pay. the soccer star's push to close the gender pay gap. she also announced her next single will drop friday. >> oh, start the countdown clock. and it seems impossible but the jonas brothers accepted the decade award on stage. >> a decade? >> a decade, ten years since releasing their last album. kevin, nick and joe who kicked off their brand-new tour this weekend in miami followed the footsteps of previous decade-award winners like justin timberlake and maroon 5. >> a decade? just think, it started with purity rings and now we're at they're all married. >> you're hilarious. >> not -- different rings. >> you're hilarious, the subtle shade is back, y'all.
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>> it's true. one of hollywood's most famous couples calling it quits over the weekend. miley cyrus and liam hemsworth announcing their separation after less than a year of marriage. >> the singer and the actor who tied the knot last december saying in a statement they have decided this is what's best while they both focus on themselves and careers. >> miley also taking to instagram with this photo captioned, don't fight evolution because you will never win. miley dropping a word there, don't fight evolution because you will never win, that is right, miley. >> they are young, they are both brilliant at what they do and we do wish them the best. >> absolutely. so, an "austin powers" reunion seven years in the making. get this -- beyonce recently reunited with her former "goldmemb"gol "goldfinger" co-star.
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fred savage at their kid school. >> savage saying he was nervous to talk to beyonce, and when he finally got up the courage to say hi, she said, quote, i know who you are, i just didn't want to bother you. savage jokingly saying, beyonce, bother away. >> okay, you guys. so not only is she the queen of everything, but she's obviously very sweet and humble too. >> very, very. >> could we not love her any more? he also said beyonce and jay-z are very involved at the school their kids attend. he says they show up to the picnics and that they're great friends. >> tag line from her "austin powers: goldmember" role. >> oh, wait. foxy cleopatra, and a whole lot of woman. you put me on the spot, and i was ready for it. >> you were ready, she comes prepared, ready. that's pretty cool. >> very cool. >> i think i said it here on the show maybe once or twice about my conversation or a conversation in my head about beyonce. what would i say? and i still don't know, to be honest. >> no. >> but i do think that i would do more talking. >> yeah. you would just ramble. >> because i listen to everything beyonce puts out. so now i want her to hear my
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voice. >> you're so funny. i'm too shy. in real life i'm too shy for stuff like this. i would just try to make eye contact and be like, hey, bey. >> i'd be very respectful of beyonce. when i see you soon, i'll put it out in the universe, it's going to happen, i won't scream, cry -- >> yes, he will. >> fall on the floor. >> yes, he will. how about bts? >> yes! >> bts, the army, listen up, bts made a big announcement. >> they roll deep. >> they're taking a break. >> the group announcing sunday that for the first time they're ready for a, quote, official and extended period of rest and relaxation. the k-pop group came together back in 2013. since then, they released six full-length albums. nobody works harder. >> in an official statement the group asked the army, that bts army, to give the guys a chance to relax during this break so they might enjoy ordinary lives of young people in their 20s, albeit briefly.
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>> you know what -- >> albeit briefly. >> they deserve it. >> they're like, army, we're coming back, we're coming back strong. >> and we're coming back strong, "skinny bonus round" next. they deserve it. >> they're like, army, we're coming back, we're coming back strong. >> we're coming back strong, "skinny bonus round" next.
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"skinny bonus round." step aside, elsa and anna, because arendelle castle needs to make room for pride rock. the lion king remake just became the highest grossing animated feature film of all time. >> simba, nala and the pride making more than $1.3 billion worldwide as of this weekend, surpassing the $1.2 million -- billion record set by "frozen" back in 2013. >> the film roaring in overseas market. making twice as much internationally as it did in domestic box offices. and janai would like to say? >> disney is the parent company of abc news. we tell you guys that so much.
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>> you know what i'm going to tell anna and elsa? >> what? >> let it go. ♪ let it go let it go >> somebody giggle. >> i heard the giggle back there, somebody liked that bad joke. >> cam? constance? >> that pity laugh. all right, so, if you want to live like rob lowe, you don't need to make any trips to the west wing but you will need a bit of money, more than $42 million to be exact. >> yeah, the actor is listing his three-acre estate in montecito, california. >> fancy. >> the home itself, 10,000 square feet, comes with six bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, a movie theater, catering kitchen, and a swimming pool. >> lowe and his wife built the home back in 2005, and were inspired by mt. vernon, the famous estate of president george washington. >> okay, whenever we talk about homes like this, i'm thinking about all those bathrooms, and you guys, like those are a lot of toilets to clean. >> i'm thinking about how when
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i'm rushing into the home to go to the bathroom there's one to get to real fast. >> what if you leave something in your bedroom and you're like out at the car, and you're like, you know what, chalk this one up because i'm out. >> long distance probably because if you -- yes. also, 2005, was that "brothers and sisters" money, right here on abc? great show. maybe it was "west wing." i think "west wing" was just ending. definitely not "outsider" money. and finally, janet jackson gave one superfan the surprise of a lifetime after he came to see her residency in las vegas. >> you may remember when this member of rhythm nation, yeah, got a father's day surprise fit for a janet superfan. k.b. strotter's son. posting the epic reaction after being gifted to see the show in vegas. >> oh, my goodness! >> the surprises kept coming when janet herself, look at him, she's right behind him. sneak attack. right behind him after he saw the concert. he can't believe it.
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he was speechless. >> unreal. >> i would die.
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