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this morning on "world news now" -- halloween headache. that surprise october storm downs trees and power lines, threatening truck or treating from maryland to maine. >> towns were able to clean up all this mess from a record breaking snowtober. it's monday, october 31st. good morning. i'm cecelia vega. happy halloween. >> happy halloween. pigging out. the pop rocks. haven't seen them in years. >> don't know if you should eat them on live tv. >> put them in your mouth. here if you can hear them.
listen. >> all over your seat. >> tv moment. magic of live tv. >> abc news has learned. >> pop rocks still mess with your mouth. big storm over the weekend. obviously the big, the big story this weekend. putting a damper on celebrations. several towns worry that more trees could fall under the weight of the snow. actually started postponing trick-or-treating. the storm was nothing to mess around with awe weekend long. millions actually still without power. shelters full of people who have no heat at home. big mess throughout the week. >> definitely a mess. another big headline we have got, allegations about gop candidate herman cain. leading the polls in the critical state of iowa. politico is reporting two former employees accused him of sexual harassment. >> not a good headline for him. see how that plays out this week. coming up in this half-hour, the huge python in the florida everglades must have had an enormous appetite. the reptile swallowed an entire deer.
if you are scared of snakes, this ought to give you a nice good old-fashioned halloween scare this morning. >> i qualify for that one. >> you and me both. >> first some of the much more than trick-or-treating going on for millions facing another day without power in the northeast. >> the storm over the weekend now being blamed for at least 11 deaths. states of emergency have been declared in new jersey, connecticut, massachusetts, parts of new york as well. wabc's lucy yang reports. >> reporter: moving is never easy, try doing it into the dark in a house with no power. the only way to see in the driveway from car headlights. this is how ebony hill, her husband and three children are beginning life in their new home until electricity is restored in mont claire. >> we got caught in the storm yesterday. we had to move today. we don't have any power. >> reporter: for denise, a second night without power has brought out her inner girl scout. >> some chicken. >> reporter: she put all the
food into coolers and filled it with what else, october snow. >> hold it for a couple days. and five-day cooler. >> reporter: she outfitted the house with candles. instead of a campfire to keep warm she turned on all the stove burners. >> we are hoping it is back on really soon. but, we'll just have to do what we have to do. >> reporter: this freak snowstorm, packed a one-two punch for residents from power outages to fallen trees. in glenridge, rick gerhardt happened to be outside videotaping the snow fest when a towering oak crash landed on his neighbor's 100-year-old home. as you are watching it come down what were you thinking? >> i was luke wow, never seen that before. >> there is several holes in the roof. and tree limbs coming into the bed rooms and things like that. >> reporter: the move for the hill family proved especially difficult after their car battery died and they were really left in the dark. and we should mention, using the stove to heat the home is highly
discouraged. the last thing anyone needs is a house fire or carbon monoxide poisoning. lucy yang, abc news. >> it happened again. hundreds of passengers forced to sit on the tarmac for hours in the storms aftermath. three jetblue planes, one american airlines jet were diverted to bradley airport in connecticut. the passengers were stuck for more than seven hours with no food, no water, and in the last few hours, no toilet facilities. when they were finally let out of the plane. passengers slept on cots and chairs in the airport. >> i think we can agree there is nothing more frustrating in the world than being stuck on the plane they won't let you out a parentally they broke the three hour rule, passed, we can't sit here longer than three hours even when they were presented with that, pit lot wouldn't let them out. >> but the pilot, audio tapes of the pilot talking to air traffic control impressive. this pilot was furious with his own company basically throwing
them under the bus. saying air traffic you have got to get us off the run way. people are furious in the backc. not only furious, they had a passenger needed medical attention. only reason they got off because fire fighters and police officers showed up to open the doors. >> the guy was in intense pain. jetblue has questions to answer this morning for sure. >> certainly do. >> take a look at weather around the country on this halloween morning. travel should be better in the northeast today. thankfully. mild, drier weather. there will be showers in florida also in the pacific northwest. just good fall weather in the midwest. warm in southern california. also warm in southwest. >> mercury will reach 52 in baltimore today. 54 in both new york and chicago. 84 in miami. 77 in dallas. 60 in both boise and billings. and 57 in portland. in other news this monday morning, iran complaining abut u.s. claims it was involved in a plot to kill saudi arabia's
ambassador. iran had denied any involvement in the plot now its formal protest questions u.s. diplomatic tactics and calls for an apology as well as compensation for damages. the two countries have not had diplomatic relations for more than 30 years. republican presidential candidate herman cain on the defensive this morning over sexual harassment allegations. his campaign disputing a politico report that says cain had been accused of sexually suggestive behavior towards two female employees back in the 90s. the questions are sure to come up again late tire day when cain is scheduled to speak to the national press club and later on at capitol hill. iowa poll taken before those latest allegations finds cain pulling ahead of mitt romney. cain ahead by one point though he spent little time campaigning in the state. abc's david kerley reports on cain's surprising surge to the top.
herman cain will cut campaign stops and interviews to avoid making mistakes. blaming gaffes on exhaustion. but does sense momentum. >> so my message is connected and people are connecting with me. the specific solutions i am putting on the table. >> reporter: while cain leads slightly in iowa, the obama campaign is already running against mitt romney. >> he has no core. you get the sense with mitt romney that, you know if he thought he -- was good to say the sky was green and the grass was blue to win he would say it. >> reporter: romney provided more ammunition to flip-flopper charge when he said he had no stand on bargaining rights for ohio government workers. next day said restrictions should remain in place. >> sorry if i krefated confusion. >> reporter: the flip-flopper attacks have not stopped romney from hitting top of the polls in many states. with perry, bachmann and others in single digits. bachmann on abc's this week. >> we are not worried about day-to-day snapshots we are focused on primary dates. everything changes by then.
>> reporter: unless there are shakeups, november may claim candidates thinning the field. even traditional conservatives worry. comb up nis, george will, said romney may be damaging the party. >> when you are a serial revisor of your opinions, you are going to have trouble in gent ral election whether you know it or not. just ask john kerry. who was for something before he was against something. >> reporter: conservatives are trying to keep fellow republicans from settling on romney. if he is the nominee, republicans have got to figure out a way to explain his changing positions. as one opponent said romney is a well lubricated weather vane. david kerley, abc news. a california man lucky to be alive this morning after an attack by a shark possibly a great white. the man was surfing with a friend in monterey early saturday morning when the shark first took a bite out of his surfboard then bit him in the neck and arm. >> came down on the top of the
wave. just saw him screaming shark, shark, shark. and at that point, i didn't know what was going on. >> he got the victim to shore where surfers used towels as tourniquets until paramedics arrived. doctors say the bites just missed his jugular vein. beaches close ford swimming for seven days. >> lucky guy. wildlife experts have killed a 16-foot burmese python in the florida everglades. one of the largest ever found in that area. actually it had eaten an entire adult deer. the men who shot the python noticed a bulge and found the 76 pound female deer's body intact inside the snake. officials hope the kill will stop the spread of pythons further north. not happy to kill the snake. nude stop it from reproducing. 16 feet. >> 16 feet. and the deer. >> the deer. fully intact inside. that's hungry. >> the largest they have ever
seen in the area. the snake was so big. >> that's crazy. the deer weighed almost 80 pounds. >> no. >> hungry python. >> something you run the opposite direction from when you see that out there. >> i'd be gone. >> can't do that. >> at the white house this weekend. grounds keepers swept off the snow so the president and first lady could hand out halloween tricks -- halloween treats. that would be a whole different halloween. halloween treats to trick or treaters. mrs. obama can be blamed for the dried fruit. got to stay on message. >> fortunately though the goody bags also uncluedincluded a box special white house m & ms. i want some of those. and cookies baked in the white house kitchen. >> nice. the first lady with all her nutrition kick, a great cause. >> he's been out there handing out the dried fruit. saying the the white house is going to get egged.
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♪ ♪ >> as you can see we are totally into halloween, halloween spirit here this morning. >> yes. >> what better way to do that than talking about, a haunted house. >> everyone's favorite. the one we are taking you to is in alabama. owners have proof that they're not there alone. abc's dan harris tells us. >> i wouldn't hurt you. >> reporter: in the ammityville
horror, blood oozed from the wall. in poltergeist, it was a hand reaching out of the television. >> they're here. >> reporter: in the gambrell home, the signs of a haunting are everywhere. shadows moving through the house. doors owning on their own. footsteps in the hallway. and then -- the lights. >> we unplugged the lamp we had all the lights were off in the neighborhood. and all of a sudden the lamp came on. >> reporter: sid gambrell used to share his family home with his parents before they passed away. now he is sure that mom and dad still stop by. >> it was a way of their communication to me to tell me i wasn't alone here that someone was still watching out for me. >> reporter: is his house really haunted? >> nice to meet you. >> reporter: we asked chip coffee, world renowned medium and gator for "paranormal state"
to come visit. he walked through the house looking for signs. >> your mother had something abdominal. i am getting pain in the abdomen in this room. >> reporter: he can feel the presence of sid's parents. >> i just got touched on the back like right here on this part of my back right there. >> reporter: and a lot more. >> this room feels like it could be very active. i think the spirits, they're drawn to your goodness. >> reporter: then a mysterious hit. >> who is with the m, beginning of her name. like a millie or mildred. chip says not every message is about the present or the past, sometimes about people you haven't met yet. to be sont safe side. chip sweeps the rest of the house for ghosts. the living room and kids bed rooms are clean. but it is sichd comes back with spooky message. >> a patient, scald me back wants to meet. her name starts with an m.
>> what is her name? >> mildred. i said mildred. >> oh. we're both thinking the same thing. >> i don't know. >> no, no, no. >> that's what i was wondering. if i was living in a house like that. i'm out. >> okay, bye. when we come back this morning. time for some football. one of your favorite segments. >> all righty. embarrassing performances of week eight in the nfl. those and the world news now picks competition coming up. ♪ ooh
time for week eight, nfl highlights. of course, much ballyhooed "world news now" picks competition. cecelia you will love this. trust us. >> trust is here. 49ers fan, san francisco girl, born and raised. they weren't one of your games this week. vikings, and panthers were. let's get to the highlights. bring it on. >> here we go. vikings/panthers. carolina up, 21-13 in the third. adrian peterson ties it up. minnesota would have a field goal. minnesota did have a chance to tight. kick sails wide to the left. and vikings win 24-21. >> redskins/bills, went north of the border to toronto for their game. the skins well, they never really arrived. this one all buffalo on on the scoreboard. wins, 23-0. >> ugly, ugly, ugly. steelers/patriots, the marquee match up of the day.
steelers may have figured out how to stop the patriots' offense by keeping their own on the feed. when ben roethlisberger wasn't moving the steelers down the field, pittsburgh's defense was smothering. steelers win, one of the best of the day. 25-14. pitt pulls it out. >> watch out now. cowboys visiting resurgent philadelphia eagles. close game until right after the coin toss. michael vick, two touchdown passes. lesean mccoy, watch out now, 185 yards. he had two scores of the his own. this one was a joke. embarrassment for dallas. philadelphia 34, dallas, 7. it wasn't even that close. >> that's for sure. >> really important part. what do results mean for our little in staff "world news now" picks competition. our old friend, tanya rivero and i are still, locked at the top of the field. fireman bob. still one game back.
see him in a second. we all went 2-2 on the week. >> we did. jack and david went 3 and 1 on the week. they made up for a game on every one. >> lucky. now, making his triumphant return to the set here on the morning show, our own fireman bob. welcome back, big fellow. >> i'm so glad to be back. >> tonya is here. >> tonya is here. >> in the spirit of halloween. tonya is here. spirit of tonya is here. >> it is here. you became an eagles fan. and wore your jersey tonight? >> yes, yes. desean is in the house. very happy to be here and back on the set thank you. >> you did gain a game. you are doing well. >> say bye, tanya. >> what does a girl got to do to get one of these around here. >> jack is behind you waving the terrible towel. jack. >> get out of here. >> he was lucky. lucky this weekend. >> where did you get the helmet, jack-o'-lantern on the side.
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all right, cecelia, your first morning papers. the floor is yours. >> news of the weird right. >> exactly what it is. >> how do you even start? the story is, laughable. burbury, high end designer, plaid, famous for the tan plaid, red plaid. they have a leather dress out, short leather dress. zippers all that. not for women. it's for todders. check it out. black leather. gatt a round neckline, back zipper, flared skirt. to the girls knees. it's not the kick, the price tag, $695 for this dress the who is going to buy that for a
little kid. >> you are less bothered -- >> the voice inside my head screaming. that was me. >> $700. leather dress. for a toddler. >> toddler. oeven f >> for a little girl the that will raise controversy. kind of nasty. somebody is going to buy it. >> always a fool out there that will buy it. >> speaking of fools like to introduce you to two of them. lake city reporter. these two work for local domino's pizza. papa johns is a tough competitor. what can we do to get a leg up. they decided to try to burn down the neighboring papa johns. built a dough vice with a battery whatever. charred the inside pauf of papa johns. domino's guys frying to burn down papa john's store. that's how tight the pizza wars are these days. they started the fire in less than 30 minutes. >> figures the they go fast.
here's one. got to get to halloween news. best halloween costume ever. two ipads. if you don't have a costume. two ipads, one front, one back. wait you program it, makes it looks luke you have a giant gaping hole, add a little blood. really sum pull. have to have a laugh like that. >> the famous laugh. >> cut a couple holes in your t-shirt. put fake blood. put the screen to, just, sort of, so that it looks like you are seeing right through the person. >> that's a great idea. >> if you have an ipad and second one at home. slap those on. walk out the door. >> you know, good idea. and cheaper than this one. look at this picture. most expensive halloween costume ever. human slinky. if you have an extra $1 million lying around. feel free to go on e-bay and make yourself human slinky for $1 million.
this morning on "world news now" -- halloween canceled. that record snowstorm in the northeast left so many downed trees and power lines the sidewalks aren't even safe for trick-or-treaters. >> what happens when the grinch steals halloween it? is monday, october 31st. good morning, everybody. i'm rob nelson. >> good morning to everyone. happy halloween. >> welcome on board here. >> thank you. >> good to have you here. you know, dull, regular, run of the mill show. >> done up and ready to go. >> candy and everything. actually not a very happy halloween for many kids here in the northeast. just listen to the numbers.
two feet of snow in massachusetts. millions of people without power. schools and businesses closed from new jersey to maine. some towns are so worried about the downed power lines they're rescheduling trick-or-treating for friday. unbelievable. >> unbelievable. also this morning the book about the madoffs that has everyone talking. is finally out today. ruth and andrew madoff are promoting it. they're, they were asked how is it possible that you could not have known about this colossal ponzi scheme. hear the answers ahead. >> fascinating look into their life we are getting through the book. and the world hits a major milestone today, the 7 billionth person will be born this hall wevenlt hall -- halloween, 250 born while we've been on the air. what does the population boom mean to the planet. you may be surprised. all 7 billion people in the world could actually fit in the state of texas. >> no. >> hard to believe.
get into that a little later. first at least 11 people are dead from the freak storm over the weekend. a rare october scene for sure. states of emergency in effect in new jersey, connecticut, massachusetts, and parts of new york. >> yeah, severe weather is also creating a halloween nightmare for thousands of travelers around the country. we begin our coverage with larry jacobs. >> reporter: freak october nor'easter proved a nightmare for air travelers. the government its investigating passengers being traineded seven hours on a jetblue flight diverted to connecticut. no food, no water, no bathrooms. the captain notified air traffic control of tension aboard the aircraft. >> i have a problem here on the airplane. i need to ha the cops on board. we got on the ground at 17:24 z. and we have been here now for 7 1/2 hours. >> reporter: under the passenger bill of rights. jetblue could be fined $27,000 per passenger. except in extreme cases airlines rarely get the maximum penalty
and passengers don't get a share. the weekend wallop, unlike any other in october, seven weeks before winter. crews clearing trees weighted down by wet, heavy snow, they tumbled on to anything, homes, cars, power lines. 3 million homes and businesses maryland to maine are without electrici electricity. >> we are going to have extensive and long term power outages. and i am advised that it, at least, initially, looks luke some people could be without power for at much as a week. >> reporter: hundreds of schools will be closed monday. the extended weekend is bittersweet for countless children who may not be able to go truck or treating because with no power and downed wires it will be too dark and too dangerous. larry jacobs, abc news. >> what a weird halloween. the storm has been especially dangerous because of the huge number of power lines that came down. a 20-year-old man was electrocute in springfield, massachusetts when he stepped on a downed line. in new jersey, an elderly man
dined ape house fire sparked by a live wire. scary there t the thing is, people didn't mind the snow so much. seemed so early for awful this. >> it's halloween, talking fun factor. stad factor, halloween is postponed. the reality, this footage. this really hit folks hard. i saw cars with broken sunroofs on the walk into roof today. and all kinds of people. >> heavy snow which can be really, really dangerous. postponing halloween for some of the kids. better safe than sorry. >> the big issue is the leaves saturated with the snow that hit. again, the first time it snowed here in new york city since the civil war. unbelievable. >> weird, hope not a sign of what is to come for winter. >> i had to buy glove tuesday. >> welcome back. >> i'm a california girl. >> yeah. a look now at your weather around the country. northeast will get a chance to clean up from all the messy weekend weather with milder temperatures today.
fair, pleasant. in the nation's midsection from minnesota down to texas. northwest will have showers and in the mountains some snow. >> and expect a warm-up into the 50s for much of the northeast and the midwest. kansas city, 64. salt lake city, 63. a warm, 87 in phoenix. 77 in dallas. >> sound nice doesn't it. shifting gears now, going to turn to kansas where three people are still missing after an horrific explosion at a grain elevator. three people were killed, two others hospitalized. the search for the missing has been suspended until the morning. so officials can be sure crews entering the building will not be at any further risk. the saturday night blast triggered a huge fire ball that could be seen for miles. >> moving on to a topic in the news a lot. the new book about bernie madoff is released to day. ruth madoff and surviving son andrew cooperated with the author of truth and consequences. in it and on 60 minutes.
andrew denies he and his brother knew knew anything about their father's business. and worse than that he believes his father used the brothers legitimate investment business as a shield for his ponzi scheme. >> what he did to me, to my brother, stand to my family is unforgivable. what he did to thousands of other people, destroyed their lives, i'll never understand it. i will never foreggive him for or speak to him. >> the one-time ruth madoff, loses her composure when she looks at a photograph with her and her two sons, when they were small, mentioning the family's happier times. >> unbelievable story. an extraordinary glimpse into the final hours of steve job's life. comes from the moving eulogy his sister, read at his memorial and sharing it with "the new york times." she says at the ends jobs seemed to be climbing a pretty steep path.
looked at his family one by one. looked into the distance and said, oh, wow, oh, wow, oh, wow. those ended up being steve's final words. >> prosecutors will get a chance to catch up this morning when the manslaughter trial of michael jackson's doctor resumes. they asked for more time after conrad murray's defense team dropped this bombshell. an expert witness, who claims the singer caused his own death, by taking additional prescription drugs without conrad murray's knowledge. dr. paul white presented computer simulations to support the claim. big story in political news this morning. republican presidential candidate herman cain on the defensive now over allegations of sexual harassment. his campaign is disputing a report that cain had been accused of sexually suggestive behavior towards two female employees in the 90s. questions to come up again today when cain is set to speak to the national press club and later on capitol hill. a poll in iowa taken before
these allegations surfaced shows cain pulling ahead of mitt romney by a whisker. cain had 23%. romney, 22%. ron paul came in distant third at 12%. abc's david kerley has a look behind the numbers. >> reporter: it was a much anticipated iowa poll. it shows basically statistical tie between mitt romney and herman cain. cain says he will slow down his campaign, cut interviews, cut campaign stops and blames exhaustion for some of his gaffes. the obama campaign seems to be running against mitt romney. >> he has no core. you get the sense with mitt romney if he thought he, it was good to say the sky was green and grass was blue to win an election he would say it. the next day, said restrictions should remain in place. >> i am sorry if i created any confusion. >> reporter: the flip-flopper attacks have not stopped romney
from hitting the top of the polls in many states. with perry, bachmann and others polling in single digits. unless there is dramatic shakeups, november may start to claim candidates. thinning the field. traditional conservatives are worried about that. abc's jorng wigeorge will says >> if you are a serial revisor you will have problems. just ask john kerry who was for something before he was against something. >> conservatives trying to keep republicans from settling on romney. if he is the nominee. republicans have to figure a way to xw ex ex plain. romney is a well lubricated weather vane. david kerley, abc news. >> moving on to the theme of the day, halloween. when your ghosts and goblins are out, bringing back the haul of candy.
how quickly does it need to be eat snen don't know if that is the question i want to be asking. what is the shelf life on halloween candy. we decided to investigate this. >> hard hitting investigation. the good news, most candy will last about two years. pretty impressive. if you wait that long to eat it probably won't kill you but may not taste as good. >> bad news when you go to steal from your kids' treat bags there is really no good option for mom and dad. all of that candy is bad for you. sorry to, breaking news, all that candy is bad for you. but, some actually are worse than others. >> listen to this. try to avoid chocolate bars packed with peanuts and caramel. snickers, twix. they tend to have most calories and saturated fat. the most delicious. >> instead, good news. my candy. yours too. go for the nonchocolate, chewy like candy. skittles, got some, starburst, we bonded over swedish fish earlier tonight. those are the ones that tend to have fewer calories but worse
for your teeth. >> i'll deal with the cavies. i can deal with it. a few interesting candy facts here. candy bars are high in sugar. low in moisture. helps them stay fresher and longer. pure chocolate can last two years. >> what cracked me up not that it goes bad necessarily sitting on your shelf. it starts to get ugly the you don't want to i the. it is looking nasty after two years. >> don't waste candy. chow down, have some. it's halloween. we'll be back with more "world news now." right after this. >> he said we'll be back.
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>> cute. >> for our viewers. thank you for sending the great pictures in. its it getting crowded in here, not our studio, actually i mean planet snert seem earth? it's getting a little tight. >> probably because the world's population is passing a milestone today. 7 billion, with a b, billion. right? abc's chris bury talked with some of them about what that means. >> reporter: just how scary is it that sometime on halloween, our planet will welcome its 7 billionth more tal soul. >> very scary. not enough water not enough food. >> 7 billion, scary? >> no, not at all. exciting. >> reporter: really? >> yes. >> reporter: why? >> the more the merrier. >> reporter: baby 7 billion will be likely be born in india. every minute there, 51 bundles of joy.
newt comer joining a rapidly growing global population. china still boasts the most, 1.35 billion. india growing faster will be bigger in only 14 years. mind blowing to think that just 12 years ago the u.n. leader welcomed baby 6 billion. born in sarajevo. turn back the clock to the 60s. half the number. 3 billion people. back to jefferson and napoleon to mark the first billion. not so long ago in egypt, the planet held 15 million. ever since the population exploded. >> i don't think growth of the human race should be scary. >> reporter: inevitable question with one in seven going hungry now how can't world feed more. >> we need how to do a better job. >> reporter: it's not as if the word its busting at the seams in theory. all 7 billion of us could fit in texas. >> be very interesting. very crowded too. >> reporter: though we will keep growing, another billion by
2025, the birth rate is slowing remarkably. only half its peak of the 1960s. so when baby 7 billion arrives on halloween it may not be so scary after all. i'm chris bury, abc news, chicago. >> hmm. big cool planet. >> big planet. all right. we have more insomniac theater is next. we'll be right back.
thank you. it was my birthday. >> happy 40th. >> you wish. that's how old you are. >> so a birthday gift for me is that i had to watch one of the scariest movies, "paranormal activity" the third movie una series of paranormal. a family. little girl. an imaginary friend. things that go bump in the night. the man sets up surveillance cameras to see what is going on. lo and behold there is super natural activity, ghosts in the house. one of the great things about seeing a horror movie, a solidarity amongst movie-goers. we scream, we cry, laugh at the same time. let's take a listen to what some of the people had to say. >> kind of crazy. really freaked me out. >> i haven't seen one or two. now i have to see one or two. i am not going to sleep. >> slow the first hour. definitely picked up the second hour. >> the end was crazy. crazy. >> and glad i came with my
friends. and, i was the biggest -- >> i didn't see most of the movies. >> i had my hood up over my face. it was -- i didn't see the movie. >> it is so true. i mean those are my two best friends i saw it with. they were so scared. my one friend didn't see the movie at all, hidden, the whole time. my friend peered through her hoody. made me think i was stronger. really, i was brave. but as soon as i came hope. i was so scared. i had to turn on all the lights. >> stars. >> two out of five. left me scared. i was really freaked out. i feel like there is ghosts everywhere. >> i've don't know. i can't do it. i'm not horror movie. freak out. nightmares. i have nightmares. >> yeah. >> watch it like this. >> i watched it like that. i watched it in its entirety. one, jurmiournalistic integrity. >> that's so cute.
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this morning on "world news now" -- no trick-or-treat. towns across the northeast cancel halloween after the freak october storm. >> schools and binesses closed as crews clear the streets of downed trees and power lines. it is monday, october 31st. can you tell it's halloween. >> subtle. subtle here. >> sugar high, big time. >> good morning, everybody, happy halloween, i'm rob nelson. >> happy halloween, i'm cecelia vega. glad to be here, everyone. >> more than 3 million lost power in the surprise storm over the weekend. the storm dumped up to two feet of snow unsome -- in some areas,
smashing all sorts of records and makes for dangerous conditions for trick-or-treaters see. how some towns are responding to keep people safe on this halloween. >> how is this for a halloween scare? what would you do if you were in an elevator when it suddenly plunged eight floors? don't they have a disneyland ride like this? happened to some people at a hotel. what made for, finally made this elevator stop. what should you do, hopefully this won't, what should you do if this happened to you? that's next. >> i would have a heart attack on the way down. just me. do you love your family dog enough to clone him? well get this a woman in new mexico did just that. she cloned her dog. the clone is a 12 week old puppy. we'll tell you, how she did it and what that critter is like. cool story for you animal lovers out there this morning. >> yeah, that's a good one. a good one. i don't know. >> first, new details on the halloween nightmare created by the snowstorm here in the northeast. passengers on four flights say they were stranded for hours on the tarmac at connecticut's biggest airport. >> for hours. eight hours. and with temperatures in the teens this morning. millions of homeowners are still
waiting for their power to come back on. t.j. winick is joining us this morning from hartford with the latest. t.j. >> reporter: good morning. this intersection like so many in hartford is blocked by downed branches and trees. despite warnings about live power lines on the ground, many folks are getting fed up and frustrated and clearing these streets themselves. the nor'easter was like a sock in the jaw, seven weeks before winter. too early? too bad. in new jersey, this uprooted tree collapsed onto a home. the heavy, wet snow blanketed branches taking down power lines. here in connecticut, utility crews racing around the state, residents are in the dark. customers want to know when their power will be back on? >> we are encouraging customers to prepare for worst case scenario which means some areas won't get restored much sooner than a week from now. >> reporter: at the height of the storm saturday travelers were going nowhere fast. the government is investigating a jetblue flight from fort lauderdale to newark diverted to
hartford before passengers were stranded on board for seven hours. >> i got a problem on the airplane. i will need to have the cops on board. we have got on the ground, at 17:24z and we have been here now for 7 1/2 hours. >> this 69-year-old described the nightmare, no food, water or working bathrooms. >> some of them were yelling get us off the planes. i know what it feels like to be incarcerated. >> under the passenger bill of rights, jetblue could be fined $27,000 per passenger. the airline claims because the the airport lost power jet ways were not operational and the plane couldn't be deiced. for countless children, the early storm has put the trick-or-treating in jeopardy. with all the downed power lines and blocked streets in west hartford, dylan and megan richard's parents aren't sure about going door to door. >> usually people put their lights on. we won't know who is home and
who is not. >> we need to make sure everything is safe before we can do anything. >> reporter: the snow has begun to melt here in hartford, but the damage has been done. 250 schools here in connecticut will reportedly be closed later today. when classes resume all de depends on when the communities get their power back. back to you. >> is it december or what? where does this come from? crazy here. >> the snow outside, is still out there. >> be careful driving. a lot is going to freeze up. black ice, salt crews are out. be careful driving. >> this could make for an ugly commute first thing when the sun comes up. folks are ahead of the black ice. we still see cars parked outside with broken windows. first time it snowed in this city, since the civil war. >> don't you miss the west coast where you came from? long for san francisco. >> 70 degrees in l.a. i don't know about this snow thing. >> i hear you, trust me. takes a little adjusting to, i get. oh, man, a look at your weather around the country. it will be warming up in the northeast. thank goodness. most of the snow getting out of here and melting.
there will be showers from delmarva peninsula down to the carolinas. also in florida. nice weather in the midwest though. some warm weather in the west and southwest. >> it will be 47 in boston today. 54 in chicago and detroit. sunny 72 in new or leans. 51 in minneapolis. and 76 in sacramento. all right, a new book that its out today, bernie madoff's wife and surviving son andrew tell their side of this bitter and very dramatic story. they both claim his ponzi scheme was a complete surprise to them. but for ruth it was actually not the most painful revelation. abc's david kerley has more on this. >> reporter: bernie madoff scammed 15,000 investors. some out of their life savings. but madoff's wife ruth says it was not the ponzi scheme that caused her the most pain, she was more deeply troubled by her husband's long running affair with another woman. >> mrs. madoff --
>> reporter: according to the book, ruth madoff says the affair was the most hurtful thing that ever happened to her. the book says when madoff revealed his scam, ruth asked what's a ponzi scheme? >> it's really hard for people to believe that you didn't know that you must have known. >> i -- i can't explain it. i mean -- i trusted him. >> reporter: she says on "60 minutes" she and bernie madoff attempted suicide. the attempt failed. but she stayed with madoff infuriating her sons. one of them mark, took his own life. his wife recently spoke to abc's chris cuomo. >> he couldn't understand how she could continuously stand by this man who ruined so many lives. who ruined his life. >> reporter: the book says ruth madoff confronted her husband during a prison visit about the affair. his response, denial. and in a prison interview with barbara walters, bernie madoff suggested it was the suicide of his son, not an affair that caused the rift with ruth. >> they are estranged.
he says after his son's suicide. when she said let me go. he said yes. he has not heard from her since. >> reporter: some suggested the book, story of the attempted suicide are ruth madoff's attempt to gain public sympathy. she does reveal her sister and brother-in-law in their 70s lost money with bernie and they're now driving airport taxis for a living. david kerley, abc news. >> what a fall from grace. wow. >> this guy was capable of swindling billions, and also capable of deceiving his wife and having some affairs not a shocker. >> to hear her say she didn't know what a ponzi scheme was, i mean. >> heartbreaking. >> for all the victims still out there, trying to recover from this. this has got to be really hard for them to watch. >> many have not gotten their money back. ruth is living in a three bedroom apartment in south florida, far cry from, three room apartment down in south florida. far cry from the penthouse life they had here in manhattan. >> what a fall. wow.
>> in other news -- another day before qantas flight schedule returns to normal. australian court ended a lockout that grounded the airline saturday which stranded thousands of passengers. the court banned further rolling strikes by unions. pilots, mechanics, baggage handlers and caterers are protesting pay, work conditions and plans to base operations in asia. hollywood almost lost some of its brightest rising stars, in a freak accident following a movie premiere party in a high-rise new york hotel. as abc's andrea canning reports it was perhaps a case of life almost imitating art. >> reporter: it was a terrifying scene right out of a hollywood movie. like in "die hard." or "inception." the irony most everyone on board works in hollywood. including josh charles, one of the stars of "the good wife." >> i'm happy where i am. >> reporter: it happened here at the gramercy
park hotel in new york city after the premiere of "janie jones" on thursday night. >> i'm talking to you! charles, movie's director and several actors piled into the elevator. comedian seth herzog was there. >> bunch of us got into the elevator. i don't know if you know, the elevators are not huge. they are very small. >> reporter: it was then the elevator suddenly shockingly begin to plunge. with the door open, everyone could see the floors just flying by. >> what's more fear inducing to me an elevator in free fall. you know you are going to fall. don't know when it is going stop. >> reporter: finally, it came to a hard stop. the elevator ground to a halt thanks to the emergency brakes. the group was left waiting for help. >> we are like waiting for a long time. people are getting angry that they're not saying anything to us. >> reporter: gramercy park hotel general manager later released a statement saying although an incredibly unusual incident moving forward we will have staff assist from the flow of departures from high volume events to ease any potential crowding. elevators are behind many
people's most nagging fears, fear of a sudden drop or getting stuck. experts say the fears are irrational. >> they're safer than riding in an airplane, driving a car or being in a bus. >> reporter: tell that to seth herzog. >> my biggest fear was that i was going to die with people more famous than me, so i wouldn't get top billing. andrea canning, abc news, new york. keeping your sense of humor. i like that. >> that's what you worried about? >> i thought it was bad when someone farted in an elevator. that is worse. weather did not interfere with festivities in tennessee this weekend. plenty of sunshine for pumpkin fest near nashville. raggedy ann was there, elvis, and a, dog, dressed as a dog. >> good costume. a guest of honor, enormous pumpkin from canada. visitors could guess how much it weighed. after the holiday, farmers will scoop the seeds and plant them. so man next year, pumpkinfest centerpiece will be home grown. >> elvis there.
very cool. meanwhile, reno, nevada, was crawling with zombies. a kind of flash mob in which hundreds of ghouls danced to michael jackson's "thriller" hear that a billion times this time of year. >> halloween, just got to be there. >> still the greatest video ever made. my humble opinion. find all those zombies this weekend in front of harrah's plaza where the music was booming. >> reno more than 200 cities, reno to new york, as far away as romania, took part in a halloween tradition, altogether hoping to set a new record for the number of people dancing to thriller in multiple locations. no results on that just yet. >> i like it. keep the "thriller" spirit alive. all right. love that. more "world news now" coming up after the break. ♪ thriller ♪ thriller
♪ ghostbusters ♪ ghostbusters ♪ something strange in the neighborhood who you going to call ghostbusters ♪ ♪ there's something weird and it don't look good who you going to call ghostbusters ♪ >> oh, thanks to facebook fans for sending in their cool photos. >> loved those. >> wondered when we would hear the song tonight. as much as "thriller" is and "ghostbusters." something else. a scary story on this halloween morning, creating carbon copies of animals also known, of course, as cloning, aka cloning. >> one dog owner wanted to keep man's best friend in the family forever.
so as our correspondent from albuquerque reports, this owner made it happen with science and money. >> reporter: he sure looks like a normal 12 we're old puppy. a healthy appetite. plenty of oh, so cute attention. >> everybody would want a dozen of these around. >> reporter: truth be told this long time albuquerque vet is amazed to see just one. >> he has a great personality, loves everybody. but this is a special situation. >> reporter: blue, a half mastiff, half great dane is unlike any other cross breed maybe in the world. >> it is a new copy of the old one. >> reporter: new blue is a carbon copy of old blue who passed away. this folks is one of only, what is believed, seven cloned dogs living in the u.s. $100,000 investment that puts the concept of pure breeding to shame. >> we try to get a litter that, you know would have a puppy that
would be similar, this is closer to similar. yeah. this is an identical copy. >> reporter: before old blue died, the owner who did not want to be interviewed, had the dog's dna shipped overseas to south korea. there in a lab like this that other canine clones like blue are produced each month. the country has become the dog cloning capital of the word with scientists and researchers taking dna from living dogs and storing it until nature or rather some one calls for it. seven cloned golden retrievers patrol the korean airport sniffing for drugs while also finding a little time to act like the puppies they are. closer to home, blue's responsibilities are considerably less but his existence is an exact match. >> an identical version. >> both inside and out. >> wow. >> i'll try to find words. >> that's some love. you got to love your pet. >> new blue, old blue. >> see there, there i am. yes. >> look at that.
>> look at that. >> whose dog is that? >> look a little drunk. >> you are bonding with the dog. >> my boy, blue! man, all right. coming up next, member of the kardashian family reveals some untold secrets of o.j. simpson. >> dying to go to the kardashians, aren't you? >> coming up next. >> stay with us. o.j. sim sichlt asimpson. >> coming up next. >> stay with us.
♪ skinny ♪ so skinny >> well, my first "skinny" i love the music. >> that's it. michael lohan in the news. talked about this last week. back in court over the weekend. in front of the judge twice in the past week. once for allegedly threatening getting physical with his girlfriend. the jumg said, look stay away from her. ended up back in court. didn't stay away from her. after the first hearing. called made a move.
so, he had to go back in front of court. interesting thing not that michael lohan is in trouble. we kind of learned to expect that. >> has he ever been out of the news. >> no, neither him or lindsay. the interesting thing. he pleaded with the judge to get out of jail. and gave specific reasons. own in hollywood. he told the judge, i got to get out of here i have a taping for the dr. drew show, commitment to a boxing match, and i have to be by lindsay's side she is going in front of her own separate case going in front of the judge for violating probation. that's what he tried to say to the judge. >> the judge was not having that. >> judge was like, bottom line, no bond, get out of here. good call, judge. >> moving on to celebrity country superstar, taylor swift. good girl, country music world. at the center of unwanted attention this morning. there are new photos out there, fully clothed, she is going to war with a website that is called celebrity jihad. claiming that this website, wrongfully, wrongly identified
her in the nude photos. she is saying that she and her lawyers are saying they could be suing over this. the person in question, photos in question are just a photo of a woman who kind of resembles her. >> may not be taylor and her goodies. >> headline, taylor swift topless, private pic leaked. she's saying, look, this isn't me. a lady that looks look me. lawyers are floating, letters are floating. >> see if she gets paid off of that. it's not her. it's not her. check this out. kris jenner, mama of the kardashian clan. out with a new book. hits shelves november 1. in the book she is spilling the beans on o.j. simpson. her ex-husband, robert kardashian one of o.j.'s lawyers and really good friend, nicole simpson. she quotes nicole saying he is going to kill me and get away with it. i never believed o.j. not for one second. spilling the beans on the case.
new pictures from facebook fans out there. >> so cute. i can't talk you seriously. >> a serious news show. you haven't figured that out yet. welcome to the overnight. >> love it. first of all. >> favorite story. well done. >> howling for halloween, makes us nostalgic. for our youth. what happened to the good old days? and the good old candy? what happened to the lemon heads? and bubblegum? >> if you want to buy the old candy. we found some, you web sites sell the candy of yesteryear.
two old-time nostalgic candies. went on line. ordered some from the 70s. 80s. i am not going to lie, i am a product of both of the decades. >> these are the 70s, which, okay, i found my favorite. making, ants on the set after we are done. pixie sticks. remember these? >> yeah, they are good. >> good. >> old-time candy. nostalgia candy. names of the come of pae-- name companies, if you want to get good stuff too. >> fun dip. joking earlier. who ever came up with fun dip. is -- you lick the stick and dip it in the sugar. >> dip the stick in sugar and lick it. brilliant. multimillion dollars. >> some i do not remember. >> razzles. you don't remember razzles. good candy. >> whatchamacallits. >> juju-bees. >> juju-bees. >> juju-bees. great stuff. >> candy necklace. girls wear it.
you try to bite it of. >> you have -- >> i have the 80s. >> one of my favorites. >> pop rocks, drink with soda. stomach would explode. bubble tape. a crowd favorite. more fun. and cow tail. caramel and cream thing. >> the one weep were debating. and this one is controversial. this one. >> gits -- get us in trouble. >> remember the candy, and the bubblegum cigarettes. >> have powder inside. >> how these got into stores. never know. controversial. the tootsie roll pops. peanut chews. then you have the peanut choose. ring pop. ring lollipop. >> yum-yum candy cone, marshmallows. says fat-free. >> diabetic's dream in here. >> happy halloween. >> happy halloween. eat up. >> right. more "world news now" coming up right after the break. dodon't go far.
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