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this morning -- eruption disruption. that giant cloud of volcanic ash spreads deeper into europe, grounding flights around the world. millions of people are stranded. the airlines are losing tens of millions of dollars and it's only getting worse. under fire. one of the biggest and most profitable banks on wall street is accused of fraud. accused of selling bad mortgage investments to clients, at the same time, they're betting on them to fail. more charges against other banks likely to come. war of words, bill clinton and rush limbaugh.
both say their words are encouraging domestic terrorism. we'll hear from both sides. and pop-up payday. you can win big cash and prizes by participating in the online sweepstakes. our becky worley spent a week trying. we'll tell if you she took home big prizes or big headaches. good morning, america. i'm bill weir. >> good morning, i'm ashleigh banfield. it is saturday, april 17th. >> and the big story continues to be the world versus the volcano. it's gotten from bad to worse overnight. this is exclusive new video in a chopper over iceland. it could get worse. it's an economic and human disaster, really, on a global scale. reports from around the globe in just a moment. but that case in philadelphia where school officials are accused of spying on students at home with
school-issued laptops. now, we're learning what the teachers did with the pictures that were snapped unknowingly. the teens, one of the teenage evers, the angry students, is going to join us live. and now the gigantic cloud of volcanic ash that stretches as far south as italy, eastern russia. 6 million people could be affected worldwide. and it could cost the airlines $1 billion in the shutdown continues through tomorrow. and this morning, scientists in iceland are getting their first clear look at the volcano that started it all. our neal karlinsky is there. good morning, neal. >> reporter: bill, good morning from iceland, where conditions are deteriorating and raining down ash. we collected up a sample yesterday. you can see how thick and unforgiving it is, raining down on the farmlands over there. this morning, we were able to get up in a helicopter.
you can see exclusive footage down into the eruption. this is important because this is the first clear day scientists have had since the eruption began. this will help them determine how much longer the erungs might keep on going. the ice because of this eruption that is the fuel for this. they can determine, based on what they see today, they hope, how much is melted and how much is left to go. it's important, they say, because if there's a lot of glacier left, the eruption will have a lot of fuel for many days. if the steam coming off that glacier that's creating the huge pools raining down over europe. if it looks like a lot of the glacier has melted, that will be good news. because it could mean that the erungs could end sometime soon. ashleigh. >> thanks, neal. and the ash cloud has shut down virtually all of the major airports across europe. as the volcanic eruption gets worse, so do the nightmares for
the stranded passengers. lama hasan is live from heathrow airport in london. >> reporter: good morning, that's right. welcome to heathrow on a very sunny day here. the planes are still grounded for a third day. that's because uk airspace is closed and will remain closed until 1:00 a.m. tomorrow at the very earliest. this morning, more airport closures and more cancellations. poland, belarus, denmark and austria, all closed for business. no planes are taking off and no planes are landing from airports across europe, making it another frustrating day for hundreds of thousands of passengers. >> i'm on my way to go, one day behind. so, completely lost. >> reporter: travelers are scrambling to get home any way they can. london ferries are sold out and passengers are struggling to get on trains. >> we took a train to belgium
and then from there. but it's been so interesting. >> reporter: even john cleese had to make a 900-mile cab ride from oslo to brussels. scientists have been tracking the cloud and the picture looks grim. >> i wouldn't want to be putting a big airplane up there at the moment. there's a lot of fairly nasty stuff there. >> reporter: what about the heads of states heading to the president's funerals. so far, no vips, including president obama, have canceled their flights. that cloud continues to move eastward, covering most of the europe. expect more closures month, cancellations, kernel more frustration for at least the next 24 hour, ashleigh. >> lama, thank you. the volcanic cloud has had an effect on this side of the u.s. while no u.s. airports are closed, plenty of flights are grounded and it's a big mess that's not going to be cleared
up quickly. lisa stark has that part of the story from reagan national airport. lisa? >> reporter: good morning, ashleigh. i'm going to use the same word "frustration." yesterday, u.s. carriers canceled more than 80% of their flights headed to europe. that's more than 280 flights. no reason to expect much difference today. it's almost more than the scott family can take. they had come to new york for a short celebration, now, they're stuck. >> we came for a 40th birthday celebration for three days. and now, we're obviously stuck for another search. >> reporter: they're franticly searching for flights home to england because their airline says they can't find them seats until next thursday. their nerves are shot, so is the wallet. >> and it's got costs, if we haven't got it, where we do go? >> it's a complete nightmare. >> reporter: the travel mess has
ruined vacations, work trips, weddings. and in the case of these senior high school students from buffalo, the trip of a lifetime. they spent 2 1/2 years planning a visit to france. >> all of our hearts just sank, because most of us are seniors, it was the big trip of the year. a few of us gave up our big senior trip to go so it was a big disappointment. >> reporter: instead, they'll be heading just across the water to toronto, canada. >> we thought we had smooth sailing, and the volcanos were definitely not on the radar. >> reporter: and there's likely to be no smooth sailing anytime soon. >> almost every flight between europe and the united states, especially, is completely full right now, so there's going to be no place to put these people over the next week or two. this borders on probably one of the bigger messes around. >> reporter: and what is so difficult, really, is the uncertainty. no sun is certain when flights will be able to get back in the air. that's tough for passengers. and it's tough for airlines who are trying to plan how to resume
business. and what can stranded passengers do? what can they expect from their airlines? well, if they're here in the u.s., carriers under u.s. law are not required to provide any assistance, really, any hotels, any meals, because this is considered an act of nature. an act of god. not something in the airline's control. in europe, it's a little different. they are provide something help mainly for connecting flights. air france, for example, told me they had 2,000 hotel rooms booked near the charles de gaulle airport. some travelers on their own until this is over, bill? >> okay, lisa, thanks very much. and the question on everyone's minds in airports around the world, when could this possibly end. helping us to answer that is a physics professor on the science channel. >> good to see you. >> is there any way to predict volcanic activity? >> only way to predict is to
look at the past. the very same volcano erupted for 13 months off and on. and benjamin franklin in paris noticed a year without summer. the summer was wiped out because of a volcanic eruption. these things cup and go. >> of course, these days, the population has exploded so so many more people are affected by this. but it's also the combination of this ash. the jet stream? >> this is the perfect storm. first you have going into europe, the wind conditions are right. and the key factor is ice. ice made all the difference. that's what we're looking for today. first you have the magma punching through the glacier, bottled up energy punching through, glassifying it. this was like industrial-grade sandpaper that we're finding
here. >> right. but are those wind patterns going to change seasonally? >> even if the volcano keeps going, could it change it in a way that clears it out? >> that's right. we have to look at wind patterns every day, almost hour by hour because sometimes it takes it into an area that's unpopulated. but it's the perfect storm, right into heathrow airport. >> it's stunning. so if you are sitting at heathrow, knowing what you know about physics and this sort of thing, what would you do? >> i'd kiss my ticket good-bye. president obama is in big trouble. some weeks it will be clear, other days, oh, my god. >> it will take us back to 18th century sea travel and prop planes? >> that's right, what we're doing is calculating how much ice is left. that's the key. look for how much ice is left. it's the ice that made this extraordinary volcanic eruption into the mother of all volcanic
disruptions. >> we've got neal karlinsky keeping an eye on that. dr. kaku, thank you. and now to the wall street story. powerhouse being accused of fraud. goldman sachs being charged with selling mortgage-backed securities that were secretly designed to fail. investors lost while a huge hedge fund profited. stephanie sy is here. . >> morning. goldman sachs, the bank that wall street loves to hate. saw almost 13% down. its reputation may have hit a new low and now it's got the federal government going after it for fraud. >> reporter: the s.e.c. charges that goldman sachs sold mortgage investments to its clientses that were created with the help of a hedge fund manager who was simultaneously betting that those mortgage investments would fail. think of it like a company selling a car with faulty brakes, installed by someone hoping the car will crash.
when the mortgage market collapsed, clients, including pension funds for working-class americans, lost more than $1 billion. and that hedge fund manager, john paulson who installed those metaphorical brakes profited. the government says goldman's alleged fraud was in the lack of disclosure. >> investors were not told that somebody of opposite economic interest was involved in selecting the portfolio. >> reporter: in a march from the financial crisis not only unscathed but in a shiny new headquarters and record profits, but the firm denies the fraud charge, stating we did not structure a portfolio that was designed to lose money." during a recent hearing, goldman's chief signatured how the firm's legal defense may play out. >> these are the professional investors who want this exposure. of course, we have an obligation to fully disclose what an instrument is and to be honest in our dealings. but we are not managing somebody
else's money. >> reporter: whether goldman was really at fault it puts the spot light on what many say continues to be a dysfunctional system. >> it sends a loud and clear message to the others that they're probably going to be next. if the s.e.c. is willing to take on goalman, they'll take on anybody. >> and goldman was not the only firm setting up the deals. a dutch bank has filed similar charges. this is only the tip of theizeberg. >> and the president pushing for wall street reform. >> that's right. this is going to add ammunition. >> absolutely. let's turn to the news desk. jeremy hubbard filling in. good morning. we begin with the brutal death of two california teenagers, john albert gardner admitted to the murders that will bring tougher laws. >> reporter: with his hands shackled and his head bowed,
john gardner pleated guilty to deplorable crimes. >> you attacked chelsea king while she was running. you grabbed her through a remote area where you raped and strangled her, you then buried her in a shallow grave. did you that? >> yes. >> reporter: an army of volunteers had searched tirelessly for 17-year-old chelsea king who went missing along this trail. a year later, another girl, 14-year-old amber dubois was on her way to school. >> on february the 13th, 2009, you took amber dubois to a remote area where you raped and stabbed her. you then buried her in a shall dough grave. do you admit the truth of those facts? >> yes. 3. >> reporter: by cooperating with investigators and pleading guilty, he's avoided the death penalty.
the family has agreed to this to life in prison without parole, but they called it a tortuous decision. >> there's nothing satisfying about this moment. it's only one more unbearably painful day that we have to carry in our memory as long as we live. >> reporter: and other people here were outraged that a convicted child molester who spent five years in prison was able to lurk undetected in their neighborhood. for gam "gma," mike von fremd, abc news, los angeles. inspectors have found more than 60 safety violations at underground coal mines run by massey energy since the explosion that killed 29 miners in west virginia. investigators say coal dust may be to blame for that explosion. the leader of hewitt hutaree leader planning to rage war against the u.s. toyota is recalling 600,000
sienna minivans because of spare tire cables that could rust. and toyota engineers have confirmed that the 2010 lexus gs-460 can roll over as "consumer reports" found in a don't-buy warning. and finally, a wisconsin man has found what may be a piece of that fiery meteor that lid up the sky. the frag mant hment has a black trust. experts say he'll probably be coming home with a meteor -- >> how long did you work on that? >> a couple hours. >> we have a thing about puns here, jeremy. you're a guest, we'll let that slide. >> meteorites, volcanos. >> i feel like i'm twiddling my thumbs. good morning to you.
let's go to lubbock, texas. to the scene -- that's not lubbock, texas, yes, it is. lubbock has seen 10 inches of rain since january 1st. a record. you can see getting around town was not very easy. there was some structural damage in and around lubbock. unfortunately, that system sits over it. in between l >> the cold front is finally moving just to the south of the d.c. get ready. a much cooler day compared to yesterday on the way. skies will clear later on this afternoon. look for a daytime high of about 65 degrees. yesterday, we had a high temperature of 85. yesterday, we had a high temperature of 85.
>> thanks so much. more on your saturday outlook a little bit later on in the show. bill? >> okay, marysol. we turn now to strong words about strong words. former president bill clinton is take on the heated tea parties and right-wing radio saying those words could foster violence. david kerley is in washington with both sides. hey, bill. it's the former president touched this off when he impaired the recent impassioned rhetoric with a time when he was president. >> the words we use really do matter -- >> reporter: bill clinton suggests today's civil or uncivil discourse is very similar to what he was hearing as president in the 1990s, right before the oklahoma city bombing. a heat anger fueled by right-wing radio hosts.
>> it's this vast echo chamber, and they go across space and they fall on the serious lines. >> reporter: one radio talk show host was having none of that. >> bill clinton with the sound bite you just heard just gave for the cooks, the excuse to be violent. >> reporter: and the former president also got into words with representative michele bachman who addressed a tea party rally. >> we're in this gangster government and we're not going to let them have their win. they don't get to take over anymore of our economy. >> reporter: a gangster government? no, says bill clinton, politicians are doing what they're elected to do. unlike the boston tea party, today's tea partiers have the right to throw out the government at the voting booth. bachman said democrats are taking the government. >> to let them stop spending at levels beyond what the people's ability to pay taxes is.
>> reporter: but even those who study social movement don't always agree. clinton has a point. >> because around every social movement, we're likely to produce something that is crazy. >> reporter: or the former president is overstating his case. >> clinton is saying there's a pretty thin line between anger and violence. and i'm saying that i think there's a thicker line. i actually think that this is kind of an exciting time to be an american. >> president clinton calls it a bright line that should not be crossed. he's not backing down from his warning either. but he did say at that tea partiers are doing some good, making sure politics account for all the tax dollars they spend. bill? >> david kerley, our thanks to you. coming up, new details in that case in philadelphia. school districts accused of spying on students with school-issued webcams. and you have ever wondered what would happen if you
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rain with it. the wind will pick up this morning and later on this afternoon. most of the rain now to the south and east of d.c. heading toward the peninsula. for western maryland, there'll be plenty of sunshine. we will have a hard time warming up our temperatures. partly cloudy and cool today, 60-65 degrees. that is about 20 degrees cooler than yesterday. tonight, it will drop down to the upper 40's. have a good weekend.
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school in pennsylvania. these are pictures of a 15-year-old in his room. the problem is he didn't know he was being photographed. it was taken by a webcam by his school-issued computer turned on remotely. the family is suing. and they'll join us live. >> that's troublesome, got to admit. we're also going to do "your week in three words." >> that's coming up. but first, jeremy hubbard in for ron for headlines. at least 30 refugees have died in bombings in northwest pakistan. more than 60 others were wounded in the explosions which targeted camps for people fleeing a military offensive. president obama is calling for tough reform in the financial system in his weekly address, the president says without changes the dumed to economic crisis. eric massa wrote a $40,000 check to his chief of staff.
the aid said it was for work on the nasa campaign. and finally, a cat that went missing eight months ago in new mexico has been found 1,300 miles away in chicago. vets were able to i.d. charles the cat using a microchip implanted in his shoulder. looks a little freaked out but winter in chicago will do that to you, i suppose. that's a look at the headlines. good morning, everyone. we turn our focus to the north east. temperatures a little cooler than what we're used to. on the northeast, it's caught between two storm systems. the highlight here, new hampshire and portions of maine. you could see 3 to 5 inches in the higher elevations. showers around new york, d.c. and boston. off and showers throughout the day. by contrast, the midwest looks absolutely gorgeous. look at this fancy >> a cool and breezy day on the way. daytime highs at about 65 degrees.
tonight, even cooler. tomorrow, high in the upper 50's. we have a warm >> thanks so much. this weather report has been brought do you by the alzheimer's association. ashleigh? >> thank you, marysol. now, to a developing story that has outraged parents and students. a philadelphia school district is accused of spying on students while they were at home by using webcams on school-issued laptop computers. one family sued. and now we're finding that the number of photos taken of unsuspecting students may number the thousands. >> reporter: these pictures taken of 15-year-old blake robbins in his own room without his knowledge, sparked outrage for this pennsylvania family. some of the photos even show b robbins getting undressed. >> oh, my god, video taken of my
son in his room. >> reporter: when students were issued brand-new laptops to their students, it was intended to enhance education. now, the school is getting a lesson of its own. >> law says you can't go into a person's home either through wiretapping or other devices stuck into a home and secretly take pictures or record them. >> reporter: the robbins family sued the school district in february for using software to track stolen laptops. the family says blake's school-issued computer was never reported stolen. but the camera was activated anyway. the school says the camera was switched on after robbins took the laptop home without paying $55, the required insurance. the family just released it showing them marveling. images taken of student was like
a little soap opera. >> reporter: in a statement to "good morning america," the harrington school board president appall jeezes saying "we are not aware of any evidence that district employees used any la there rev photographs for screen shots. still parents and students are outraged. over 1,000 pictures have been taken of stuvdents without thei knowledge. joining us live are blake robbins and his parents and sister. welcome to you all. the school suspected that you had pills in your hand and they confronteded you about this. how did you find out that there were hundreds of pictures of you? >> well, we didn't know at first until our lawyer got his hands on the pictures.
but she, my assistant principal told me at the time, that every 15 minutes, the pictures were taken. >> you have seen the pictures? >> i've seen quite a few. >> this must be disturbing to you as the parents of two students knowing that the pictures were out there? >> it's extremely disturbing because they were able to download to their home computers. and who knows how many they did that. >> and blake is not the only one that was photographed? >> yeah. >> page, you as well. >> yeah, i was watched for over two weeks last june. >> do you have any access to getting photographs back? or do you know how far they've gone? have they gone viral? have you seen them pop up anywhere? >> we're not really sure because they claim that some of them were deleted. our attorney is looking to see if they can be retrieved because apparently some of the pictures, my son was undressed. we're not really sure where those pictures are or might end up. >> the way i understand it, wait
this worked, the school wants to track the laptops, at the same time, they say, if you don't pay the insurance on them to take them home, they have the right to activate the software. i know you didn't pay that insurance, but did you know about that fine printed? >> no, we did. they were only allowed to track it if you had the insurance issued. we knew that we paid only half. they knew and they were aware. they knew where the computer was at all times. he could have taken it back at the end of the day if they wanted it. >> i know there's an allegation towards voyeurism as far as the school district. why do you think it goes as far as that eregeous nature. >> they were obviously looking at more than where the computer
was. >> do you think that's because the program was auto mated? >> it wasn't auto mated. it was turned on by district control in their technology department, which they've admitted in a deposition. >> how are things at school? >> it's awkward when my assistant principal, i know she's seen me naked. >> you all put tape over this thing, right? >> i have not. >> blake, thank you very much for coming in. >> thank you very much. >> and we will be right back after this. coming up on "good morning america" -- they plague your every web session. those pop-up sweepstakes ads. but is it possible to actually win anything? our reporter spent a week trying. and it is time to hear from you. it's your week in three words. ♪ what if they were # stolen from you? by alzheimer's.
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>> reporter: she entered facebook contests, twitter contests. she's never given out her credit card to enter contests and always unchecks those tiny boxes at the bottom of the screen. >> the company will sell your information to third-party companies. and you give them permission to do that by filling out the form. >> reporter: but she avoids that by track on heavily-traveled sweepstakes. >> that is a waste of my time. >> reporter: i think i could have used wendy's tips. so far, no prizes. but lucky me, 53 new messages in my inbox. all spam. ten telemarketers calling with special offers, costing valuable cell minutes. no, thank you for the offer. i'm going to pass. then i got hammered with text messages. standard rates apply. i just got four messages in ten seconds. why? they want me to sign up for premium text skrimgss. these are sneaky monthly charges
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so, we're doing another insanely popular best bites challenge, is where people submit their favorite foods. >> this time, it's the breakfast addition, if you have a good egg white omelet, chorizo or truffle oil, sent your entries our way because i'm starved. >> 93, marysol is our official >> live and in hd, this is an abc 7 news update. >> good morning. here is a look at our forecast bridge we will start with their temperatures outside, 58 degrees in fairfax. we're holding in the upper 40's just off the west.
satellite and radar, not a whole lot to see. the cold front has moved on it through an skies will clear out later this afternoon. temperatures well below average for this type -- time of year. temperatures today 60-65 degrees. for tonight, 35-42 degrees for an overnight low. tomorrow, in other:. just around 60 degrees. here is our extended outlook. will call for temperatures that are going to slowly warm to just around the middle 50's by monday and tuesday. by thursday and friday, which will rebound nicely into the lower 70's.