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this is "world news." and tonight, the anger spreads. those wall street protests now going global. this evening here, we learn about the lives behind the protesters here in this country, showing up in cities coast to coast. >> i got laid off at 3:00 today. and i decided to just, you know, instead of going home, come down here. religion and politics. the preacher who ignited a fire storm this weekend. the fallout after what he said about mitt romney's religion. and tom, we ask, how far is too far? hunger at home. our reporter eer on the childr across this country, 1 in 4 hungry. and tonight, the bold move on that famous street. the mom-preneurs. the women finding a way to make money in their home home.
and the famous beatle and his bride tonight. which famous song did he choose to sing to her after the altar? good evening and it's great to have you with us this sunday night. as we come on the air here, protesters are beginning their fourth week of protesting right here in new york. south of wall street. but with a huge difference this occupy wall street movement is multiplying not only in cities across this country, but now around the world. look at the images coming in tonight, spelling out the anger. this sign in new york, the rich get bailed out, the poor get sold out. in cincinnati today, this image, as 500 people rallied there. and overseas from dublin, demonstrators gathering along ireland's wall street. and so tonight here we ask a simple question what's happened in the lives of the americans who have joined the protests. what was it that set them off? we begin here with abc's cecilia vega.
>> reporter: in las vegas, the protests are huge in houston. the frustration is in portland. the outrage has spread all the way to anchorage, alaska. this is a group of protesters that is growing in size and diversity. a number of college students are here saying they're not going anywhere soon. but on a sunday after, we are seeing a number of people coming out who have never been here before, from senior citizens to people with their children. like tom eck and his kids. one of his sons has been camping out for two weeks. >> it's hard to get -- afford food sometimes. i almost lost my house last year and i know a lot of people who have lost their house. >> reporter: and will hopkins. a 30-year-old veteran of the iraq war. >> this is a group of people who are upset about the way business is being done and with good reason. >> reporter: protests continue today in the nation's capital.
one day after marchers, including some anti-war groups, stormed the national air and space museum. guards pepper sprayed the crow anshut the museum down for the day. the camping and marching near wall street goes on and the people, some of them familiar faces, keep showing up. what is it going to take for this to stop, for guys to go home and go back to their lives and to walk away from all these marches? >> well, i -- i hope that we continue to make the country better. >> and cecilia vega is here with us at the desk in new york. people have said this movement lacks a central message, but we're hearing people echo one another. >> reporter: it really is. there's a central message here. it's the economy. it's a frustration with the economy, it's a frustration with the lack of accountability and the inequality in the economy. so many people are bringing their personal stories to this, these marches, whether it's a lack of a job or facing
foreclosure. >> cecilia, thank you. you'll be on this again tomorrow morning. in the meantime, with the protests entering their fourth week, there's no question they are getting a rise out of washington. it's forced their hand. poll titicians now picking side. here's eric cantor and nancy me low si's reaction to him just today on abc. >> i, for one, am concerned about the growing mobs occupying wall street and the other cities across the country. and believe it or not, some in this town have actually condoned the pitting of americans against americans. >> to heyou didn't hear him say anything when the tea party was spitting on members of the congress here on the capitol and he and his colleagues were putting signs in the windows -- >> reporter: you think it's americans against americans? >> it's the american system. it's the democratic system. we don't all agree. >> reporter: and now even the
candidates for president forced to weigh in. republican mooilt romnitt romne. >> just trying to occupy the white house. >> reporter: and that response from her maine caman cain. >> don't blame wall street. if you don't have a job and you have not rich, blame yourself. >> four weeks in and now weighing in. i want to bring in rick klein. rick, politicians taking sides now but doesn't this come with a bit of a risk? >> that's right. look, david, channeling anger to political end is seldom as easy as it seems. for republicans, it is a little awkward for them to be criticizing the occupy wall street gatherings when they cheered the tea party a few months ago. democrats would love a liberal antidote to the tea party but the anti-establishment rhetoric is tricky to handle when democrats control a chamber of commerce and of course the white house. and we hear this anger that is directed at the lack of ability for corporate america. it has been president obama's
economy for three years now. >> all right, rick klein, thank you. and we continue tonight, there's real fallout after a preacher this weekend, a supporter of republican rick perry, said that mitt romney is not a true christian. he is a mormon, and when it comes to religion in politics, we asked, how far is too far? here's david kerley. >> reporter: mitt romney walk into this room knowing he had been called a member of a cult. >> poisonous language doesn't advance our cause. let no agenda narrow our vision or drive us apart. >> reporter: but the question of religion was revived. >> governor of the great state of texas, rick perry. >> reporter: when the man who introduced governor rick perry to the same group -- >> pastor, thank you for a rousing introduction. >> reporter: told reporters after that evangelical christians should support perry because romney isn't a true christian. >> mormon schism ism is a cult.
>> reporter: mormonism is the subject of a hit broadway comedy. but evangelicals have long been troubled by mormons who rely on more than the bible for their theology. so, will romney face more questions? >> i don't think this issue goes away. >> reporter: we crunched the numbers from four years ago. with nearly half of the republican primary voters defining themselves as evangelicals, only 20% of them voted for romney. >> this wasn't just attitude. it was behavior. he struggled among those voters all the way, particularly in south carolina, which is a critical turning point. >> reporter: so, is romney a christian? he says so. but some of his republican opponents dodged that question today. >> i'm not getting into that. i am a christian. >> i think what the real focus here is, again, is on religious tolerance. >> and david kerley, you
mentioned there where e v evangelicals stand, but americans as a whole, have they moved their opinion on the mormon faith? >> reporter: they have. about 20% of those leaning republican say they're less likely to vote for a mormon. but back in 2008, that number was 36%. so it certainly has dropped. but for romney, it's the evangelicals has to deal with. >> david kerley, thank you. we do move only the weather, though, and it's been a weekend of extremes. parts of the country saw record highs today. chicago well into the 80s and we learned that a 35-year-old man died while running the marathon. authorities respect sure if the warmer weather played a role. up and down the east coast, temperatures reached 20 degrees above average. in the south, though, the rain. and drought-stricken texas, the rangers/tigers game was delayed this weekend. tex and one more extreme to pass
along, this one from colorado. look at this. three feet of snow blanketed this state this weekend. it might seem early but it's just in time, apparently, for the official start of ski season. we move on now to that troubling story out of kansas city, the 10-month-old baby allegedly abducted from her home. it's been nearly a week now and still so few clues. tonight, a huge shift. the parents who stopped talking to police are now talking again. right or wrong, a community is now studying their every move and here is abc's clayton s sandell. >> reporter: detectives were at baby lisa's home again today, trying to recreate how an intruder may have gotten inside. getting in did not look easy. this is the same window jeremy irwin says was found tampered with in the middle of the night tuesday when he and fiance deborah bradley discovered lisa had vanished. >> all of those things are extremely important, because they add credibility to, did, in fact, somebody break in, did somebody stage this?
>> reporter: police have appeared suspicious of the parents, at one point, saying they had stopped cooperating. deborah said she was told she failed a polygraph test. they are again working with police and the fbi. little lisa's family and volunteers are still trying to spread the word. today, taking advantage of the crowds at a nearby nascar race to hand out flyers. david, this is an extreme lip frustrating case for police. few new leads no suspects and no arrests. and nearly a week later, still no lisa. david? >> clayton sandell, thank you. and now to our reporting on hunger at home. a staggering number tonight, nearly 10 million american children under the age of 6 are hungry. we have reported here on those children and tonight we've learned of a new effort to help them. and that help comes from the muppets who have moved so many people to act before. we introduced you to these girls in arkansas, their nightly prayer before dinner, grateful
for the meal. this 10-year-old in philadelphia, his tiny camera and that nearly empty refrigerator. in every corner of the country, a portrait of hunger no longer hidden. 17 million children are now food insecure, meaning their parents often don't know where the next meal is coming from. simply put, 1 in 4 american children don't have enough food. in arkansas, this family has moved into a trailer to save money. mom works at a hotel, dad deliverers pizza. whatever work they can find. >> i hear my kids ask me, mommy, what's for dinner? and i think, there are sometimes, i sit there and kind of pace around back and forth, thinking to myself, oh, my gosh, what is for dinner? >> reporter: and in philadelphia, jazeer, who knows when the food stamps run out. >> i like to help by collecting food for the food drive. >> reporter: that has been heard by the producers of "ses see
street" who want children to know they know, too. and this is the first time you've tackled hunger in thi way? >> absolutely. >> reporter: tonight, the program tackles hunger head on and for the first time ever, a muppet, whose family is hunger, will talk about it. >> elmo didn't know there were so many people who don't have all the food they need. >> when you don't even know whether you're going to have a next meal or not -- you know, it helps when we all come together, david. >> reporter: lily is that new muppet. what do you want to say to the children we met? >> you're not alone. >> reporter: and hopefully we can help them out. >> i hope so. >> reporter: while her first appearance is tonight -- >> hi! >> reporter: he was drawing a crowd on that bench in central park. fist bump? >> yeah! >> big night for lily. great to meet her. so many have helped after our hunger at home reporting before. and you can still help at abcnews.com/help. there is still much more
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demonstration of her family recipe for super bowl nachos. >> i had this idea of making a video and uploading it to youtube. >> reporter: twice a week, her kentucky kitchen becomes her studio, thanks to a digital camera. >> reporter: did you tell her, don't do this turn around that way? >> she doesn't usually invite them. i do, anyway. >> reporter: she's had a million page vums, too. sponsorship offers, even a couple of cook books. in gainesville, florida, vanessa swapped her law degree for a sewing machine. >> i just want to be able to provide for my family and do what i love to do. >> reporter: right now where do you make your videos? >> you really want to know? >> reporter: i do. >> we just got rid of a dining room table and i bought two plastic foldout tables. >> reporter: she entered a contest with this video. >> you win! >> reporter: and vanessa pocketed a $35,000 check. three women in their one homes, turning the tables on an economy
that's been so unforgiving. >> and deborah roberts is here with us in new york. so cool to see the women able to find ways even in this economy to make extra money. and everyone wonders how much are they making? >> i wondered the same thing. they're not allowed to talk money because they are youtube partners and they can't disclose. they are making some money. but conceivably they could make hundreds of thousands of dollars through endorsement deem dealsf they become more popular, you never know. >> every dollar counts. >> reporter: that's right. >> deborah roberts, thank you so much. when we come back here, hear it here first. the song paul mccartney chose for his new wife, "let it be." but what do we know about his american bride? only your doctor can determine if your persistent heartburn is actually something more serious... like acid reflux disease. over time, stomach acid can damage the lining of your esophagus. for many, prescription nexium not only provides 24-hour heartburn relief,
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>> thank you. feeling married. >> reporter: it's third time around for paul. he married first in 1969 in the same building to his beloved linda. she lost her battle to breast cancer in 1998. his four-year marriage to the former model heather mills ended in a bitter divorce. paul and nancy have been together for four years. she these aheir to a $400 millin trucking fortune. they semibralted their marriage on what would have been john lennon's 71st birthday. john was expected to sing "let it be" and a new song, specially written for his new bride. simon mcgregor-wood, abc news, lond london. back in this country, california back the first state to ban teenagers under the age of 18 from using tanning beds. 30 other states do have restrictions on tanning beds but californ california's is the toughest law. and al davis, the hall of fame owner of the oakland
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and finally tonight, it's a sign of the times. people judge ming or trying to juggle so many thing at worse. walking, texting, answering e-mail. we all like to think of ourselves as multitaskers. but what's really happening inside the brain? tonight, a look with t.j. winick. >> reporter: like a lot of this, this man believes he's an expert multitasker. >> i can focus on whatever issue is at hand. i have to be able to deal with many things simultaneously. >> reporter: researchers put him to the test. >> eight times four plus two
equal to 30? >> no. >> reporter: he must use this part of the brain to answer math questions. driving, this part. we may believe we can pay full attention to a bunch of different things at once, but scientists say, really -- hello -- that's just an illusion. >> we're effectively serial processors where we are doing one task at a time. >> reporter: our brains evolved to focus on one important task, like hunting. fast forward a few thousands years and there's much more competing for our attention. that's why an ill losist can trick you and steal your wallet, for example. so, how did that champion multitasker do? >> you got worse when you started to multitask. >> reporter: like 98% of us, his performance suffered. >> my confidence is absolutely shaken. i was surprised how i did on this. >> reporter: proof we should all give it a break next time we're behind the wheel. t.j. winick, abc news, new york. >> something for all of us to
think about. and the national geographic program "brain games" premieres on the. look out for that. that is "world news" this sunday night. don't forget, "good morning america" comes your way first thing in the morning. diane sawyer right back in this chair tomorrow night and so is made in america. we hope to see you then. for all of us at abc news, thanks for watching tonight and we hope you have a great week ahead. good night.