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making news in america this morning, gop debate without the front-runner. donald trump wasn't there, but his presence was felt. >> let's address the elephant not in the room tonight. >> the big moments of the night, winners and losers, we're live in iowa. new this morning, under arrest in the investigation of three men escaping from a southern california jail, a woman accused of helping the inmates, her connection to that jail. monster sinkhole swallowing part of the highway. the hole widening and the collapse caught on camera. going viral, wearing a speedo and his medals, why did
basketball game like that? hey, good friday morning. right to the top story here, that unusual republican debate just three days until the high stakes iowa caucuses and the front-runner, well, he wasn't there. >> yeah, so seven top candidates agreed to show up and be quizzed by fox news moderators by donald trump refused because he didn't like one of the moderators, megyn kelly. >> so, who did that decision help and would did it hurt? lana zak joins us from des moines with "your voice, your vote." good morning, lana. >> reporter: good morning, reena and good morning, kendis. you know, donald trump wasn't even on the debate main stage but there was still plenty of memorable moments however most of them were about donald trump. it was the final debate before the first votes are cast in iowa and the national front-runner was absent. >> let's address the elephant not in the room tonight. still, donald trump's influence
>> everyone on this stage is stupid, fat and ugly. now that we've gotten the donald trump portion out of the way. >> reporter: but ted cruz's jokes turned tense. >> the last four questions have been, rapid, please attack ted, chris, please attack ted. jeb, please attack jeb. let me say this -- >> it is a debate, sir. >> if you guys ask one more mean question i may have to leave the stage. >> reporter: setting marco rubio up for the first of several applause lines. >> don't worry, i'm not leaving the stage no matter what you ask me. >> all: usa, usa. >> reporter: a few miles away trump held his own event. >> i didn't want to be here, i have to be honest. i wanted to be five minutes away. >> reporter: and raised millions for veterans. >> will i get more or less votes? nobody knows. >> reporter: the candidates took on issues from abortion. >> let's get rid of planned parenthood funding.
>> used to support a path to citizenship. >> so did you. >> reporter: how is this for a wild card, the debate moderators were actually prepared for the possibility that trump could arrive even after the debate started. i have to tell you, nothing like this has happened in recent years in iowa and led to a very memorable evening. >> yeah, we didn't know what was going to happen. very interesting. lana, thank you very much. >> truly has been exciting. it does appear this hour that donald trump's decision to skip the debate might be paying off. >> experts say this debate was a front-runner's easiest win yet. without trump's presence there was no obvious standout candidate. according to matthew dowd. >> the biggest winner of this politically was donald trump. i think if you pick somebody on stage, i think rand paul actually did the best. i thought marco rubio won the first half but faded in the second half but if you had to pick somebody that did well and
trump there, it was rand paul. >> if you're looking for concrete numbers an important poll will be released from "the de niro register -- des moines register." >> he still dominated on social media. >> the most talked about on twitter and the most searched on google. on facebook these were the most talked about issues, immigration, isis and islam and muslims. stay with abc news for complete coverage. more analysis on "good morning america." >> we should note the next republican debate will be right here on abc saturday, february 6th in new hampshire. moderated by "world news tonight" anchor david muir and co-anchored by martha raddatz. >> in case you haven't had your fill the democrats add one more, hillary clinton and martin o'malley agreed to another on february 9th. a reversal for clinton who originally tried to keep them at
now she says she's waiting for sanders to agree. abc's jonathan karl asked sanders what's up. >> i wanted more debates from day one. >> reporter: i know. >> wasn't the clinton people interested. what happened now that they want more debates? >> what's changed clinton used to be the clear front-runner. now sanders is surging. debates can be risky for anyone in the lead. stay tuned to this one. a teacher arrested for providing material support to nose three escapees from a southern california jail. this woman taught english as a second language at the jail and suspected of giving the inmates google maps, and authorities released the photos of this van that was stolen and say the escapees may be living in it. the four remaining militia members still at the oregon wildlife refuge say they'll leave if no one is is
this video was released showing lavoy finicum being shot by the state police. they say finicum was killed after twice reaching for a loaded weapon. the so-called affluenza teen ethan couch is in a texas juvenile detention center. couch and his mother fled to mexico in december after a video surfaced with him at a party with alcohol. later today, a judge expected to decide whether couch should be moved to an adult jail until a hearing next month. well, the west coast is bracing for another el nino driven storm. looking at the radar you can see it taking shape. this weekend showers likely in san francisco, phoenix, las vegas, as well. and the heaviest rain may fall from los angeles to san diego. still ahead, new concerns about the zika virus causing birth defects. the earth opening up along a
bad luck for with would-be bank robber who ran into the bank manager at the front door. that manager who would not let go of the door even when the masked man banged on the door with his gun but he quickly gave up and ran away. police there in north carolina still looking for him. the latest on the zika virus. the head of the world health organization sounding the alarm saying it's, quote, spreading explosively. here in the u.s. at least 31 cases in 11 states all
the u.s. the mosquito-borne virus is linked to birth defects. dr. richard besser is in brazil where the first cases in this current outbreak surfaced last summer. >> if you're looking at similar type viruses what they find, when a person recovers from that infection after about a week or so and their symptoms are gone, the virus is out of their body. so scientists don't believe that future pregnancies are going to be at any risk at all, just the current one when you're infected. >> emergency w.h.o. committee will be convened on this national health emergency. circuit city coming back. once the biggest big box technology retailer, the company went bankrupt eight years ago and now the new circuit city plans to open as many as 100 stores by next year. the stores will sell small electronics with wider inventory online and market their own brand of inexpensive computer
another defunct brand, radio shack. mcdonald's is testing the mcgriddle. it saw its biggest quarterly sales jump in years after it launched alt day breakfast in october. now rolling out the mcgriddle and biscuit all day long at 72 restaurants in tulsa, oklahoma, if they can figure out how to juggle the equipment to make it happen it could roll out nationwide. >> i do love a good breakfast sandwich any time of day. >> road trip to tulsa. when we come back the so-called concussion dr. portrayed by will smith in a new movie now making an intriguing claim about o.j. simpson. a new look in barbie's world, the major change coming to the toy. jane didn' t like restrictions. not in life. and not when it came to watching her calories. why settle on taste? jane thought.
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possible. well, classes are canceled at a texas middle school because of a suspected carbon monoxide leak. >> 145 were made sick and some students left on stretchers, others loaded on to buses to a hospital. they were treated and released. all the students are expected to be okay and authorities are vowing no one will be allowed in until it's safe. a massive sinkhole forced southern oregon. the slide started on the freeway, the 101 around noon after a storm dumped nearly an inch and a half of rain. the owner of a nearby diner capturing it all. take a listen. >> well, the sinkhole has now undermined all four lanes of the
the doctor who inspired ed d "concussion" says o.j. simpson may be suffering from a degenerative brain disease telling "people" magazine he strongly suspects simpson is suffering from cte. it can lead to a wide range of behavior problems and led to un untimely deaths of many former players. simpson considered arguing he had a brain disorder when he was arrested last. one of the members of jefferson airplane has passed away talking about songwriter, paul can'ter in. he passed away in san francisco last night after suffering from septic shock. he was behind "white rabbit" and "somebody to love." he was 74 years old. a mystery solved this morning after the greater new york area was rattled by what felt like a major earthquake. reports of the ground shaking stretched from southern new
long island. military officials now say it was a series of sonic booms that cause were caused by sonic jets which broke the sound barrier. >> from the ground shaking on one coast to messup by the grounds crew for the super bowl. >> they're preparing the levi stadium field in santa clara. the broncos end zone but the closer end zone, it was also painted with the broncos logo at one point. >> oh, come on. they forgot to paint a panthers end zone and scrubbed one of them and repainted it with the panthers logo. >> so there will be no confusion come super bowl sunday. >> but the middle, they painted super bowl 49 so they have -- kidding. >> well, time now for sports and some college basketball. >> with the highlights here's neil and stan at espn. >> good morning.
neil everett, stan verrett and big ten college basketball. >> yeah, let's go maryland and iowa. this was a good game. it was on television. rasheed sulaimon, former dukie, fear the turtle, 17 points, a a 5 assists, the big kid that scores all the points for iowa, he didn't score a lot. he had nine. he was 2 of 13. mark turgeon former oregon assistant coach. big win for his club. harold by a six-pack. michigan state and northwestern. denzel valentine, leading man, way out there. and that worked once. why not try it again? and then valentine, he's got no
4 for 4 in threes in the first half. michigan state up by 12 in the first half and matt mccade took over. give him a screen and three more. he had 17, valentine had 19, michigan state wins it, 76-45. 16 threes in that game, a season high for them. >> we're hoping we're going to do tennis highlights. >> but we're not. back to you. >> that would be tomorrow. practice that move. up next in "the pulse," michael phelps trending all night long. why did he show up to a college basketball game wearing his medals and a speedo. why these people are waiting outside a store for several days. i'm billy, and i quit smoking with chantix. i decided to take chantix to shut everybody else up about me quitting smoking. i was going to give it a try, but i didn't think it was going to really happen. after one week of chantix, i knew i could quit. along with support,
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time to check "the pulse" and first up, america's changing and now so is barbie. mattel unveiling three new body types for the doll that has shaped so many american girls' idea of beauty alongside the original, impossibly thin model there are now tall, petite and curvy bodied barbies too. >> barbie will come in a variety of skin tones and hairstyles. mattel started making changes two years ago. they're for sale online and in stores starting march 1st.
>> that's a major change. barbies are really pricey. not that i know but they can be. michael phelps getting a crowd fired up. but he wasn't wearing much while doing it. >> he did have a bow tie. >> temperatures is supposed to be focused on olympics training but joined fans at the arizona state's basketball team and the curtain of distraction. >> okay, so the group's goal is to distract opponents' free throws and worked. the player missed both free throws. michael phelps in a speedo. >> training is going just fine for michael. >> you're saying the body is -- >> on fleek as -- >> flick, not fleek. >> would you wait in line for days for a pair of shoes? we're not talking jimmy shoes. fans here who are camped out in
to buy air jordan hitting the shelves tomorrow. one guy there since early monday morning. >> the limited supply air jordan 2 retro has quilted sides, suede detailing and the price tag, $650. >> wow, is there gold with that? >> i would think so. many people in line say that they intend to resell the shoes for triple that. >> which is what a lot of people do. it's an incredible market. >> didn't know that. if you're fed up with your job and need a new career, how about hugging a panda? >> okay, but if you're willing and able the giant panda protection research center in china is looking for full time year. >> and if you think about it, if you factor in the cost of living, that salary stretches a lot further than it does here. one possible downside, though, you don't get any days off in this gig. year. the pandas want you to cuddle
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