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this is "world news." and tonight, the 11th hour. amanda knox, choosing her every word carefully this evening, on the eve of that crucial ruling. she will speak in that italian courtroom tomorrow and tomorrow she will learn if she walks free. tonight, why we're asking here, has the jury decided already? no surrender. the demonstrations against wall street grow. a half dozen steps joining in what's fuelling the answerer? and tonight, the protesters in their own words. taking the mound. the president with his boldest swipe yet at the republicans that want his job, asking why they didn't say anything when this gay soldier was booed during the republican debate. tonight, one candidate wishes he'd done more. fair price? a "world news" fact check tonight. the president's new jobs plan, and this evening, we ask, would every one of those jobs created
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cost taxpayers $200,000 each? one on one tonight with the treasury secretary, how he answered. and silence broken. a 29-year-old mother, born deaf, tonight, you'll see the extraordinary moment she was able to hear clearly for the first time. good evening on this sunday night. and these are anxious hours for that convicted american college student, amanda knox. the stakes could not be higher. tomorrow morning, she'll walk into an italian courtroom, deliver a final plea to the jury and then learn if she walks free. knox and her former boyfriend are, of course, fighting their convictions in the murder of her british roommate. after spending four years in prison, 6,500 miles away from her seattle home, knox could be freed or told she must spend the rest of her life in prison. we do have a team on the case tonight, beginning with "20/20" co-anchor elizabeth vargas who
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has covered this case from the start. she's in italy tonight. >> reporter: david, tonight could be amanda knox's final night behind bars. tomorrow morning, her attorney will make his closing argument in court and an man day knox herself will make a statement to the court. and then, it is upto the jury to decide her fate. while per rouge ja celebrated its sunday rituals, amanda knox put finishing touches on the plea she's expected to deliver tomorrow before she learns her fate. is she nervous about making this statement? >> yes. i mean, it's trying to put into words how to plead for your life. it's ptty tough thing to do. >> reporter: will she be editing and writing right up until the last second, do you think? >> i think it's going to be relatively to the point. but there's some things that she definitely wants to say. >> reporter: tomorrow's decision is in the hands of this appeals
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court. the new judge ordered an independent review in the dna evidence, so crucial in convicting knox. the ruchling was a stunning turnaround. >> sitting in court with just tearing running down my face when they said they wanted the independent review. it was huge. >> reporter: the experts found that the police collect of kercher's brass clasp was so sloppy, it could have caused contamination. and that the knife the prosecution said was used to kill kercher should have never been introduced. do you feel like you got that point driven home? >> we have explained this to the court. it's the court that has to accept our view. >> reporter: knox's entire family will be in court tomorrow. not far from them, meredith kercher's family. their lawyer says meredith's mother will look the jury in the eye and wants knox to stay in prison. >> i have my hopes for my daughter.
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but unfortunately, they don't for theirs. and that's a tough one. >> reporter: she's gone forever. >> they don't have a chance with her. and we do, with ours. >> reporter: tomorrow, in her statement to court, knox is expected to express her deepest sympathy for her slain roommate who, just like her, more than four years ago, came to this city to learn italian. david? >> elizabeth, we will see you tomorrow. and the italian courts, of course, are very different than what we know here at home. two judges and a half dozen jurors on this case. they will all deliberate together, the judges included. and there's a very good chance they've been deliberating already. "good morning america's" josh elliott, also in perugia tonight. >> reporter: the decision to keep amanda knox in prison or set her free will be made by these eight people. two judges and six jurors. unlike in the american jury system, this group of five women and one man has been free to discuss the case among
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themselves and with the judges. >> jurors can read newspapers, they can watch tv. there is no sequestering of jurors in italy at all. so they are as vulnerable as any member of the public to a lot of the hyperbole that appears in italian newspapers and tv to this day. >> reporter: perhaps the strongest influence on these jurors, the judges themselves. italian judges help guide the jury in weighing evidence. which is why many believe knox's case has to convince them. the lead judge in the case, this 68-year-old, is said to be respected and experienced. >> the judge, who is really running this appeal, is a very fair judge, by and large. he's the one who allowed independent forensic specialists to look at the evidence. >> reporter: a couple of points to emphasize. again, those two judges lead the deliberations with the six
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jurors. and perhaps just as important, these deliberations have been ongoing throughout the entire process. it seems possible that a decision here could have, in essence, already been reached. david? >> josh, thank you so much. i want to bring in abc news legal analyst dan abrams tonight. you've been watching the case so closely. tomorrow, we could learn if she's going to return home. >> reporter: that's right. and she could be set free tomorrow. some processing and she could be going home. now, it's possible prosecutors could appeal and people talked about the possibility of extradition. the bottom line is, if she walks free, i think it's safe to say she's free. >> i want to ask what everyone is asking you, what are the chances of that? >> reporter: i think there's a slightly more than 50% chance that she'll be released. with that said, there are people here who are presuming she'll be released. look, there is still evidence to suggest that she and her boyfriend were in the home that night. the problem is, there's not a lot of evidence, if any at all, that she was actually involved
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in the murder. and that's the problem that the prosecutors have. >> more at hand here than just the dna. dan abrams, thank you. and abc will broadcast a special edition of "good morning america," amanda knox, judgment day, as the ruling handed down. and abc news will break in when that verdict comes. "gma," first thing in the morning from italy. we move on tonight and here in new york, demonstrators are camped out on wall street this evening as they protests now grow across several states. this weekend, there were 700 arrests as protesters tried to make their way across the brooklyn bridge. and so tonight, here, we ask, what's driving these protesters? and this is just the beginning? here's abc's t.j. winick. >> reporter: they are hundreds strong, bcalling themselves occupy wall street and speak for millions. >> anybody here has an opportunity to speak, an opportunity to be heard. >> reporter: their causes? everything from global warming to gasoline prices to corporate greed. but all here are unite bid their anger over what they say is a broken system.
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that serves the wealthy and powerful at the expense of the rest. >> i don't care if you're rich or poor, black or white, where you live. everyone has financial inequity system oppressing them. >> reporter: few heard of this 14 days ago, when protesters moved into this park in the heart of new york's financial district. after 15 days, they are now getting the backing of celebrities and labor unions. sympathetic protests are popping up in l.a., boston and washington. >> americans think the country is on the wrong track. so, they're just expressing what people have been feeling for at least a decade, probably. >> reporter: the protesters call this block of downtown manhattan liberty square. it's been their home for nearly two weeks. there's a kitchen right here. they even have their own medical clippic. the protesters are getting the word out through social media and their own newspaper. the majority are under 30 but they are activists of every age. >> every demonstration has
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begun, first with ignoring it and then with sneering at it and then with hating it and then finally people get the message. >> reporter: the demonstrations have been mostly peaceful. until yesterday, when 700 were arrested trying to take over a lane of the brooklyn bridge. >> the key thing about any social movement is that it is on an agenda. >> reporter: while they have yet to attain tea party influence, they hope to have some influence in the 2012 elections. david? >> t.j. winick downtown tonight, thank you so much. and we do move onto to the presidential race this evening and the sharpest attacks yet by president obama against the republicans who want his job. the president asking why none of them spoke out at that recent debate when a gay soldier was booed. here's abc's david kerley. >> reporter: the election may be a year away, but candidate obama went after every republican running for president. >> we don't believe in the kind
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of smallness that says it's okay for a stage full of political leaders, one of whom could end up being the president of the united states, being silent when an american soldier is booed. we don't believe in that. >> reporter: that american soldier appeared on videotape at the most recent republican debate, an openly gay soldier, booed by some in the audience when he asked a question. >> do you intend to circumvent the progress that's been made for gay and lesbian soldiers in the military. [ booing ] >> reporter: not one of the candidates on the stage said anything about the booing. leaving them open to the comb combative chiding by the president. >> you want to be commander in chief, you can start by standing up for the men and women who wear the uniform of the united states, even when it's not politically convenient. >> reporter: some of the republican candidates said after the debate, they didn't hear the boos, others said they weren't
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given time to comment. today on abc's "this week," herman cain was asked if he regrets not rebuking the boos. >> i did not have that luxury because i was not in control. i was not -- >> in retrospect, would you have done something, given the -- >> in retrospect, because of the controversy it has created and because of the different interpretations it could have had, yes, that would have been appropriate. >> reporter: we reached out to the other republican campaigns today, asking for reaction to the president's comments. only michele bachmann responded, but she did not directly address what the president had to say. david? >> david kerley tonight, thank you. and now to another political headline this evening, involving texas governor rick perry, and a hunting ranch in texas used for years by him and his family. the original name of it included a racial slur. it's now been painted over, but real questions about how long the change was made. so, we want to bring in our senior washington editor rick klein, in washington this evening. rick, how is the perry campaign
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responding? >> reporter: david, this is a real challenge for them to deal with. now, the governor says his father had the sign painted over nearly three decades ago, but people told "the washington post" they could read the word as recently as a few years back. the perry campaign has been fierce in responding, but herman cain told abc today that the fact the sign was still visible shows a, quote, lack of sensitivity. republicans are more worried than ever about finding a candidate who can defeat the president. >> more to come from him on this. and watching chris christie this week. an announcement expected. watching his wife, rick. we know she wasn't warm on the idea of a presidential campaign but things could be turning? >> reporter: campaign aides say she's changed her mind on this and she's open to the possibility of her husband running for president. we do expect the final decision, or the next final decision, i suppose, in the next couple of days. the first timing dee in filing
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two weeks. >> thank you, rick. we turn oversapps this evening after that attack that killed one of al qaeda's most prominent voices, anwar al awlaki. he's a ligrowing list of terrorists that the u.s. has killed. this evening, a new threat emerging. a criminal clan that specializes in extortion, murder and kidnapping. abc's nick schifrin in the region tonight. >> reporter: deep in the pa pakistani tribal areas, there is only one law -- the gun. the area is controlled by militants, a network of 5,000 called the haqqani. as al qaeda as weakened, the haqqanis have used bombs, crimes and murrer to become the region's most powerful terrorists. >> my name is bo. >> reporter: for two years, they have held u.s. soldier bowe bergdahl. they ambush u.s. troops along the border. and their most audacious attack?
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they fired rockets into the u.s. military headquarters and the u.s. embassy in kabul. >> you got muzzle fire from that brown building! >> reporter: all the while, they were supported by the organizations that get billions of dollars of u.s. aide. pakistan's military and intelligence agency. >> the haqqani network acts as an arm of pakistan's internal service intelligence agency. with isi support, haqqani ope operatives planned that attack, as well as the assault on our embassy. >> reporter: the haqqanis are wealthy, powerful and brutal. when they find cia spies, they force them to confess on camera and then shoot them in the street. pakistan has worked with the haqqani for decades but it denies making deems with them to attack in afghanistan. >> the men in uniform, they do not believe in the agreements with terrorists. >> reporter: but the fact is,
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the haqqani leadership isn't based here in afghanistan. it's based in pakistan. and until pakistan and the u.s. together deal with the haqqanis, the network will only grow stronger and kill more u.s. troops. nick schifrin, abc news, kabul. >> our thanks to nick tonight. still ahead on "world news" this sunday night, that astounding figure. the president wants to create jobs, but at what price? will taxpayers really be spending $200,000 for every one of those jobs? we're one-on-one with the treasury secretary. and the amazing rescue tonight after a small plane slams into a ferris wheel. and later here, this young mother, born deaf, wearing hearing aides since she was a baby. tonight, she laughs and hears that laughter for the first time. m ba
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congress is. >> it's time for congress to get its act together and to pass this jobs bill so i can sign it into law. >> reporter: and while the president now argues congress isn't doing much, some economists have. one in particular, doing the math. the harvard economist started with the price tag, nearly $450 billion. and thendy vimds it by the most generous forecast, creating 2 million jobs next year. the cost per job? about $200,000, perhaps even more. that economist has been sharing those numbers -- >> and that sounds like a lot, until you realize that's $200,000 per job. >> reporter: we took that math to treasury secretary tim geithner. one harvard economist crunched the numbers and said of the nearly $450 billion spent, if you break down the numbers, that every job created would cost the american taxpayer $200,000. that's a lot of money for a relatively few number of jobs. >> i think it's the wrong way to
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look at it. think about the the tealternati. if people do nothing, the economy will be much weaker. unemployment will be higher. the average american will feel much more pressure. >> reporter: even if every job costs $200,000? >> you have to think about the cost of the alternative. >> mr. geithner arguing that the $200,000 price tag ignores tax cuts, incentives for small business and the new inf infrastructure built by the plan. we want you to weigh in on the debate. the entire transcript of the interview at abcnews.com/worldnews. coming up, that delicate rescue after a plane slams into coming up, that delicate rescue after a plane slams into a ferris wheel. with more painp. the evening guests arrive. back to sore knees. back to more pills. the day is done but hang on... her doctor recommended aleve. just 2 pills can keep arthritis pain away all day with fewer pills than tylenol. this is lara who chose 2 aleve and fewer pills for a day free of pain.
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and finally tonight here, that extraordinary image. a young mother, hearing her own cries for the first time. the video has gone viral. sarah, 29, a mother of two, born deaf, wearing hearing aides since she was a baby, never able to hear clearly. here in houston, after an implant in the middle ear. they turn the device on. >> now technically, your device is on. there you go. it's exciting. >> reporter: she holds her hands
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to her face in disbelief. >> you can put it down for a second, just get used to the sound. what does it sound like? >> reporter: hearing herself cry and hearing the nurse, too. >> can you hear me? you hear your voice? >> reporter: she's written about her laughter since, blogging, "i just started crying, then crying more because i could hear myself crying, then laughing, then freaking out over my laugh." and about her husband, rare appreciation when it comes to his snoring. "i have to be the only wife that's looking forward to that." all those years teaching herself how to speak with those hearing aides. that's the broadcast tonight. thanks for being here. diane, right here tomorrow night. good night.
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