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the passengers, test dummies. the crash was orchestrated by remote control part of a grand experiment by the discovery channel. it should unlock the secrets of the moment of impact. experts hope it will help them make planes safer. >> brave pilots. >> yes. >> better them than me. air travelers who feel they're being unfairly treated can turn to something at their fingertips. yep, a new app. civil rights groups are unveiling the fly right app for iphones as well as androids that allows passengers to instantly report racial profiling and other discrimination claims during tsa screening and the passenger can remain anonymous. >> i've been a victim of it myself. you get asked questions that have nothing to do with the playbook like what church you belong to, what relevance is a question like that? >> the app was created by a sikh advocacy group. since 9/11 sikhs, muslims and other groups have complained
about additional scrutiny. >> where can i find it? i want it. >> you have other stuff. >> you can't play words with friends. you can't do anything. it's just a nightmare. >> it will be unveiled today. stay tuned for details. >> i will. the nation's largest airline, delta, is spending money to save money on fuel. the airline will buy its own refinery near philadelphia from conoco phillips. delta is paying $150 million on the refinery and another 100 million to update it to make it jet fuel but the investment should help delta save 300 million a year on fuel bills. the deal will be announced today. >> say how much money -- i want a bigger bag of pretzels next time i fly. >> i don't want to pay for my luggage either. heading into summer we're usually talking about soaring gas prices, but surprisingly not this year. the average price of gas is now 3.83 a gallon. it's actually down 4 cents from last week and 13 cents from a year ago.
the question is, will the trend last? here's abc's cecilia vega. >> reporter: it has been a roller-coaster ride for drivers like stephanie nelson. >> it cost me almost $60 to fill up my tank. >> reporter: after record high gas prices finally much needed relief at the pump. the national average now stands at $3.83. that's a 13-cent drop in a year ago. in fact, 40 states now pay less for gas than last year. nearly 40 cents less for drivers in places like ohio, and experts say prices will continue to fall. perhaps as low as $3.50 a gallon on average this summer. what went up is already coming down. thanks to calm nerves over tensions in iraq. a steady supply in oil around the country and a decrease in demand for gas from booming countries like china and india and also from drivers here at home. >> it's driven the american
consumer into a wall and the high gas prices are slowing down demand. >> reporter: for every 10-cent drop at the pump the average american family saves nearly $100 a year on gas but still stephanie nelson says families can save more. this atlanta mother of two has made an online name for herself as couponmom.com. her first tip, properly inflate your tires. >> if you do that you can save as much as 11 cents a gallon. >> reporter: also buying gas at wholesalers like costco can save up to a nickel a gallon and pay with cash. stations sometimes knock off 10 cents a gallon for skipping plastic. this is one of the cheapest stations in all in los angeles. drivers lined up at the pomp. economists say think of it as an unexpected tax break. for every 10-cent drop over the course of the year, it frees up $11 billion for consumers to spend on other things giving a much-needed boost to this economy.
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♪ ♪ come on nearly seven years after hurricane katrina new orleans is making a comeback in a weakness for decades attracting new businesses and young minds to town. >> with the help of a local nonprofit and generous investors entrepreneurs there are finding fertile ground for their very big ideas right there in the bayou. it's that moment in "the social network" when you know these college guys have struck gold. >> million dollars isn't cool. you know what's cool? a billion dollars. >> reporter: it's the american entrepreneurial spirit pushing some of us to dream and build the next big thing. new orleans recently caught that spirit during its fourth annual
entrepreneur week giving budding business stars the chance to chase their dreams. >> what's special in new orleans we have an engaged community that is connected and really believes that we could be a world class entrepreneurial committee. that's critical we believe. >> reporter: a local group called the ideal village spent more than a decade supporting the city's entrepreneurs and this one week in march is pretty much their super bowl. i had the pleasure of hosting the week's event. four top candidates make their pitch. at stake is a trip to san francisco to meet with some big-time potential backers. >> new kind of -- >> reporter: new orleans resident jennifer medbury took the crown creating kickboard for teachers he to collect and analyze student data. >> puts us on the map and gives us an opportunity to grow. >> reporter: jim coulter, a wealthy private equity investor sponsors it. >> it was clear new orleans
needed to remake itself in the aftermath of a terrible tragedy and ultimately to remake it had had to lean on government and business. quite frankly it was to become a entrepreneurial center. >> reporter: according to a recent report activity in new orleans is 40% above the national average and "forbes" last year named the big easy as the number one brain magnet in the country. the entrepreneurial buzz also plays out on the national stage. a new jobs act signed by the president this month eases regulation on start-up companies so they can move more quickly to get to the next level. >> this is a country that has always been on the cutting edge, and the reason is that america has always had the most daring entrepreneurs in the world. >> reporter: and that group includes these young new orleanians looking to make it big from the bayou. >> oh, i wanted to thank the ideal village doing such great
work. in case you're wondering what all of this is, this was not some local yokel event. two years ago back in the spring of 2010 three young guys in new orleans won with this idea right here. you may have seen it in your stores called cordina, think of it as a capri sun for adults. le mud slide, pina colada. freeze it, open it up on the beach and guess what these guys won the competition, got the big trip out west, got the backers, launched this business, expanding and in this calendar year expect between $30 million and $40 million in sales. all part of that competition in just two years blowing up even coming to new york in walgreen's -- >> and in new orleans where we need it. where we need it. >> this is the problem in the city for yeyears. could never get young folks and the right businesses and now post-katrina one of the many silver linings, the city is coming back and guys like this
and groups like ideal village helping to rebuild that city. >> the packaging is incredible. margorita. i didn't taste it because i wanted to -- >> do it. >> oh, it's delicious. >> oh, yeah, the show just got better. so congratulations, again, thanks for having me down there, guys. good luck. these are good to. go get some and we'll be back right after this. >> cheers. >> i love that report. >> salut. when some people struguggle with their mortgage payments, they become frozen, petrified. not knowing what to do, they do nohing, butut the peop who take actcti, are far me likely to get the most positive outcome. making hohome affordable is a free government program. are far me likely to get the most positive outcome. call now to talk one on one with a housing expert about the options that are right for you. real help, real answers right now.
competition to win the best job in the world and the winner got to move to australia and live in the lap of luxury. >> sounded great, didn't it? the six-figure salary for blogging about that dream job, was it really a dream, though. a little more like a night their. nick watt caught up with the big winner. >> reporter: the job specs were simple, ability to speak english and swim. 100,000 bucks for six months work. i use that term loosely. weekly blog and a whole lot of this. but we heard gleeful rumors that ben found the work exhausting, a victory for jealous retches wishing misery on this soul. >> there wasn't experience that wasn't quite so nice. >> reporter: potentially fatal jellyfish sting while jet skiing. schadenfreude and his relationship fizzled and died. look at his face.
he hasn't aged a bit in three years and looks very, very smug. >> the best job in the world for me was idea. the job far exceeded my expectations. adventure. sometimes i was jumping out of planes and skydiving or in the barrier reef. >> reporter: promoted to tourism ambassador and paddled the great barrier reef never leaving australia and not pining for that lost love. >> that relationship really ran its natural course a couple of years ago. >> reporter: he's a glass half full guy. met so fiat a tourism convention. >> spotted her down below and thought i have to talk to that girl. >> reporter: in a few months they're getting married on the beach of hamilton island, the island he was hired to be caretaker. turns out it really might have been the best job in the world. nick watt, abc news, london. >> careful what you wish for. >> he's having a good time. >> not bad. i'll take it. coming up next a dentist's
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your "morning papers." time for your "morning papers" and this first story really is something. so there was a breakup, it's never easy but apparently the dumpee was a scorned dentist. well, her e. boyfriend decided he would keep his appointment with her and goes in because he's got a toothache. well, while he is under anesthesia, she surgically removed all 32 of her ex-boyfriend's teeth. >> good lord. >> because he dumped her. marek olszewski, 45 years old is the now person with no teeth
and -- >> all 34. >> 34-year-old anna mackowiak is the dentist who is now under investigation for medical malpractice, abusing the trust of a patient and apparently she could face three years in jail. but this is my question. why did he dump her? maybe she was a little nutty and so if she was a little nutty then why do you go and get -- why do you keep the appointment. >> i would like to cancel my extraction for thursday at 10:00. i'm not coming in with the ex-with the pliers and novocain. >> didn't deserve this to happen but it wasn't the smartest thing. >> she's obviously a little nuts but come on now. the dude, hell hath no fury. enjoy your pudding. all right. hear about this honeybee shortage. bad for the crops. it's not the case in cape may because there was this place called victoria clayton -- 18666 house and this worker spent much
of thursday last week reming a huge wax honeycomb and 30,000 bees from the attic crawl space of that house. buzzing, knew something was going on and that brave soul had to go take out 30,000 bees in the attic. >> hear something, go check it out. funny honey. well, this story is very interesting, so pennsylvania boy has been charged with institutional vandalism and criminal mischief. you know why? he had to go to the bathroom. so he went outside to do a number one and there were several mac book, computers, kind of sitting outside in a car and he urinated on them to the tune of ruining $36,000 worth of computers. how -- >> what did the boy drink? that is a lot of urine. >> $36,000 worth of computers.
will keep you updated on the go. so, check out usa.gov. because the cotry runs better when we stay connected. this morning on "world news now," hidden bombs. new warnings about terrorists with surgically implanted explosives. they could be targeting airlines with bombs carefully hidden inside their bodies. it's tuesday, may 1st. >> good tuesday, morning, i'm rob nelson. >> and i'm sunny hostin in for paula faris. the terror warnings come on the anniversary of osama bin laden's death in a take-down by navy s.e.a.l.s. we'll look back at that historic day and why it's so significant today. >> hard to believe it's been a year. >> a year.
>> amazing too. we shouldn't be surprised. we've seen these threats go up during anniversary time whether 9/11, now early may, going to be another sensitive time for the country. here we go, surgically implanted bombs. >> takes it to another level. >> it is just scary. frightening world. also, the desperate pleas for help from jennifer hudson's sister. her calls to 911 released to the public after they were heard in court last week. the singer's ex-brother-in-law, of course, is on trial for killing her mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew. later this half hour, toddlers in full makeup and kids as young as 4 who insist on taking lipstick and eye shadow seriously. >> you're the mother of a young daughter. what do you think? >> not going to happen. they don't have jobs. i don't know where they're getting the makeup from because they can't afford to buy it. my thought. >> spoking like a tough mom. i like that. of course, we get to the terror threat that comes one year after the death of osama bin laden. >> u.s. officials are warning about the possibility of a body
bomb on board an aircraft. abc's chief investigative correspondent brian ross has the details. >> reporter: as a result, security at several airports and the united kingdom and elsewhere in the middle east has been stepped up with a focus on u.s. carriers. and additional federal air marshals have been shifted overseas in advance of this week's anniversary of the bin laden raid. the plot is not farfetched. medical experts say there is plenty of room in the stomach area for surgically implanted explosives. >> they could implant it in amongst the internal organs right in between the intestine, liver and stomach. >> reporter: for the last year u.s. authorities are publicly warned the al qaeda affiliate in yemen and its master bombmaker, al asiri have been designing body bombs with no metal parts to get past airport security. >> we are treating the information seriously.
>> reporter: asiri put a bomb inside his own brother hugging him good-bye year. the saudi official survived. but asiri's brother died in the attack. there is no credible information of an imminent attack. white house counterterrorism official john brennan called the al qaeda group in yemen the greatest threat to the u.s. >> it continues to seek the opportunity to strike our homeland. >> reporter: brennan revealed for the first time some of the details of osama bin laden's seemingly despondent writings discovered in his compound after the raid. brennan said bin laden admitted al qaeda had lost its way agreeing that a large portion of muslims around the world have lost their trust in al qaeda. confessing to disaster after disaster in al qaeda plots brennan said bin laden urged his followers to flee to places away from aircraft photography and bombardment. u.s. authorities tell abc news they have made adjustments to
security screenings to make it easier to spot the so-called body bomb. technique that now will be put to the test. brian ross, abc news, new york. how sobering is that? the one thing, because after the explosive gets surgically implanted like that, they have to obviously go quickly because a bomb can't survive inside your body that long. if there's a bomb in there, what will help to target them they'll be walking funny, have obvious scars so hope that's a telltale sign that someone will carry this out. >> i can't believe it. i'm floored by that report. >> it's scary. it shouldn't surprise anybody. i don't think. >> how do you combat that, fight that? >> it's a level of hate that may be unbeatable in some ways, you know, it's scary. we'll see what the next couple of months bring in terms of that. in other news. california man charged with shooting seven people to death at a small college in oakland pleaded not quilt.
o he faces the special circumstance of committing multiple murders making him eligible, of course, for the death penalty. another day of graphic testimony in the triple murder trial of jennifer hudson's former brother-in-law. >> chicago police detectives testified about finding the body of hudson's young nephew and for the first time the public is now hearing the frantic 911 call from the singer's sister. more now from abc's diana perez. good morning, diana. >> reporter: rob and sunny, you can feel the desperation in her voice as she tries to figure out what happened to her family. at the time of this call all she knows is her mother has been killed. she has no idea where her brother and her young son are. >> somebody killed my momma. somebody killed my momma, please. >> reporter: jennifer hudson's sister julia, sometimes desperate hard to understand
pleas are for help after finding her mother. her call was released to the public. >> do you see any blood on her? >> i don't know. i don't know. i'm scared. >> okay. >> reporter: julia tells the dispatcher. there's a bullet hole in the front door and her mother is on the floor. >> she's 57 years old. please, help my momma. >> reporter: in the background she can be heard asking neighbors about her brother jason. police would later find his body inside the home, as well. >> i don't know where julian is or nothing. >> reporter: her son was discovered three days later in an abandoned van also shot to death. police arrested 30-year-old william balfour for the triple murder. they say he killed them because he was mad his ex-wife julia was seeing another man. one of the first witnesses to the stand was superstar jennifer hudson. she told jurors she never approved of balfour and her sister's relationship saying we did not like how he treated her and i didn't like how he treated my nephew. as for that gut wrenching tape it was already played in the
courtroom. >> can you please send an ambulance? please. >> reporter: a place jennifer hudson has vowed to be every day of the trial. it's entirely circumstantial meaning they will have to convince the jury he is guilty without much evidence. rob and sunny >> that's the problem. lack of forensic evidence so you don't have sort of that csi stuff that i think juries really expect after watching all of these movie, but the 911 call at least places the jury there and it's emotional. it connects. i think it connects juries to sort of the crime. >> aren't there text messages from this guy saying i'm going to kill your family if you leave me and i'm going to kill you last so you can watch them suffer? i know that's circumstantial. >> it's not enough, though. the argument that the defense will make how many types do you hear people get angry and say i'm going to kill you, i'm going to hurt you. those are idle words. this is not an easy case for the prosecution. not a slam dunk. i want to know what's going to
happen, what the jury comes down with. but it's not a slam dunk. >> not a slam dunk. all right. well, the occupy movement is now threatening a day of disruptive protests around the world on this so-called payday. le organizers are pushing for no working, no shopping, even no banking. they're targeting at least 125 cities as we as some world capitals. now, in new york occupy protesters plan to block bridges and tunnels and also interfere with today's commute. on the west coast, meanwhile, protesters say there they will converge on downtown l.a. and will try to shut down ferry service into san francisco. 1 world trade center is now the tallest building in new york city. yesterday workers placed a beam making the freedom tower taller than the empire state building. when it's finally finished 1 world trade center will be the tallest building in the western hemisphere. >> that's great coverage yesterday. cool to see george stephanopoulos at the top. a great piece. it meant a lot to see that for the city, for the country.
>> absolutely. >> congratulations to that construction crew. hard-working fellow, wow. i know. >> tuesday forecast, everybody. morning showers from new england to the carolinas. some heavy rain from louisville to chicago. hail, gusty winds and tornadoes around minneapolis, des moines, omaha and wichita. also some mountain snow from wyoming to montana. showers in the colorado rockies and pacific northwest. >> 67 in salt lake city and 93 in phoenix. mostly 70s from fargo to indianapolis. 71 right here in new york, 87 in atlanta and a nice 81 in miami. >> always nice in miami. >> it is, isn't it. >> the final countdown is on for the ladies of wisteria lane with just two episodes left for the hit show "desperate housewives." >> they gathered for a party after eight years of marriages and all-around melodrama. >> a fun show. look at my girl eva.
the thele finale is on abc. unlike "lost" or "the sopranos" this finale will make sense to the show's fans. >> i love "the soprano" ending. >> you think tony got killed or not. >> i don't know but i don't want to know. >> oh, i wanted to know. i was so frustrated. >> i loved it. i loved it. it was like don't stop blowing. >> then the music cuts off and goes to black. we'll have this debate on the commercial. coming up next uproar over 4-year-old girls insisting on wearing full makeup. what are the parents thinking. >> from underwear model to ballroom. what you don't know about william levy. >> you're watching "world news now." ♪
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operation. >> a night we remember well. well, my co-anchor at the time and current anchor for seattle affiliate peggy bunker had the opportunity to bring you that historic news. a look back now inside the news vault from may 2nd, 2011. >> the mission to kill bin laden was carried out by navy s.e.a.l.s in a city not far from the capital of pakistan. >> thousands of americans are gathering around the nation to share their joy over bin laden's death. this was the scene at times square in new york as hundreds chanted and waved signs. >> this has president obama earlier at the white house. >> tonight, i can report to the american people and to the world that the united states has conducted an operation that killed osama bin laden, the leader of al qaeda. and a terrorist who's responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent men, women and children. let me say to the families who
lost loved ones on 9/11, that we have never forgotten your loss, nor wavered in our commitment to see that we do whatever it takes to prevent another attack on our shores. >> here are the details as far as we have heard they went down. high-level officials had meetings all day at the white house while waiting for the results of the operation. people inside the situation room described it as incredibly tense. president obama learned of the tentative identification of bin laden midafternoon. >> reporter: they got the lead last august and president obama said that he had told when he started as president he told the cia director leon panetta he wanted the capture or killing of osama bin laden to be the number one priority when it came to the fight against al qaeda and then in august they got a lead, they followed the thread. he gave the order and u.s. troops were told from our reporter on the ground we're told it was an on the ground
operation in this one mansion, this one compound and it was a successful mission. no civilians were killed. no u.s. troops were killed and the u.s. has bin laden's body. there's jubilation here inside the white house, outside the white house, tourists and others have gathered outside. we should also point out that 9/11, of course, was bin laden's most devastating and deadly attack but there are other attacks linked to al qaeda including the 1998 bombings of the u.s. embassies in tanzania and kenya where more than 200 individuals were killed and, of course, the bombing of the "uss cole" where 17 service members were killed in 2000 and those families have to be experiencing the same things as the victims of 9/11 are reliving, a real happiness that the u.s. has not taken its eye off the ball throughout the bush administration and continuing into the obama administration. >> i'll never forget, that was a sunday night and the president
spoke about 11:30 at night. we all had the sense something big has happened because when does the president speak. >> ever at that time. >> that late. i know this has gotten political but i think something like that you tip your hat to the navy s.e.a.l.s for the men and women over there for years and still fighting. >> it hasbecome political. they're accusing them of excessive celebration. that will be a big talking point today. >> right back with more right after this. you're watching "world news now." when we solve to stop snacking and slacking, resoe to start reading and running. this year,esolve to help someonelse, too. resolve to support the american red cross. because the red crososs provis hope, helpand compassion, not only during disasters, but every day. resolve to do something that means something.
support the red cross before the new year. visit redcross.org today. well, here is a story that disturbed me as a mother of two. a mom that sparked controversy by allowing her 4-year-old daughter to wear full-on makeup. >> lots of kids of course like to play with makeup but only inside the house pretty much but our own paula faris met the mom behind this facial firestorm.
♪ >> reporter: she's already a makeup guru. okay, so maybe she's not a total pro but like the madeup girls on idea toddlers & tiaras" bren that's cosmetics has set off a debate. her mom writing on mommyish.com. i let my toddler wear makeup, eye, cheeks, lip, the whole thing. >> when i wrote the piece i didn't think it was that monumental of a deal. i didn't think it was something that was too out of the norm. but i did notice a lot of articles on like sari cruise who wears very bright lipstick and there were so many people that were critiquing their parenting choices. >> reporter: what she didn't expect was an online backlash. one wrote as someone whose mom couldn't leave the house without being done up, i say watch out. please don't help your daughters fall into the pretty trap so young.
and some experts agree saying 4 is too young for makeup. >> makeup in some way can be addicted to and the pursuit of perfection, kind of a superficial skin deep i'm only as good as i look. >> why do you love to put makeup on. >> because i love to. >> reporter: what makes it so special. >> because it makes me pretty. >> reporter: do you think it's kind of contradictory where you don't have to have makeup on to be beautiful but i know that you feel the prettiest when you have it on and i'll let you do it. >> i understand that and i still think those are discussions we'll have as she gets older. >> reporter: for now cross says she wants her daughter to enjoy being a child. paula faris, abc news, new york. >> i'll leave this with you. >> look, bottom line is you're not your child's friend. you're your child's parent and so children don't have jobs so they don't have money and my question always is, when mothers say my child -- i can't get her to stop wearing makeup.
♪ that's dancing hunk william levy tied for third heading into tonight's elimination round. he may not have had the highest score last night, but he is definitely one of the reasons millions of us -- millions of us have tuned in this season. especially me, i mean, he's my boyfriend in my head. >> you've caught the vapors as they say. >> boyfriend in my head. >> you find out about him tonight. >> that's all i needed to know. >> he's been anointed. this guy is known as the latin brad pitt. i assume you agree with that. >> i completely agree with that. >> all right. >> he's a heartthrob and this heartthrob's road to international stardom has not
been easy. open up to abc's juju chiaang about his life offstage. >> reporter: those chiseled abs. and that latin flair that have catapulted 31-year-old william levy to a new level of stardom on "dancing with the stars." >> okay. that was ridiculous to watch. the intensity. >> reporter: but there is more to william levy than meets the eye. >> no, i never get in front of a woman. >> reporter: so shrivel rouse. levy says he's misunderstood. probably because he's always typecast as the latin loverer. he's the king of the telenovelas, spanish language soap operas with a massive audience. dad to two kings on spanish "people" magazine with their mother elizabeth gutierrez. the former model's personal life has long been fodder for latin
magazines but finally crossed over to mainstream american popularity with his dynamic performances on "dancing." you want to be more than a pretty face? >> i don't think i'm a pretty face. >> reporter: beauty may only be skin deep but for levy character is much deeper. his was molded by a childhood of deprivation. do you remember being hungry growing up? >> yes, yeah, of course, during the whole day we would eat only at night. you know, you can't. and just let people step all over you. >> reporter: you were ready to risk your life to come to the states. >> yes, yes, i was. ♪ >> reporter: a lot has changed since he was a skinny little boy from cuba. levy is clearly having the time of his life. >> like this. >> and you go. >> reporter: oh, my colleagues. don't tell my husband i just did that, okay. yet his past is helping him savor every moment of it. i'm juju chang in hollywood, california.
this morning on "world news now," disruptive demonstrations on this may day. occupy protesters are planning mayhem to express their anger in big cities worldwide. >> the rallies on this international labor holiday could interfere with not only big business but also your morning commute. it's tuesday, may 1st. good morning, i'm sunny hostin. paula faris is on assignment. >> happy tuesday morning. i'm rob nelson. well, more than 100 cities could be targeted today and already here in new york police are on edge after a
threatening note and white powder were delivered to at least seven banks, a common target of those occupy protesters. also this morning, testimony so emotional everyone in the courtroom took a break. who was brought to tears and why in the john edwards criminal trial and what's in store for today? >> also some renewed chatter in that case about that sex tape with john edwards and rielle hunter. that tape could be winding its way back into the courtroom discussions for the jury. uh-huh. >> that's right. later this half hour as well the performance that made history last night on "dancing with the stars," maria menounos did something no other contestant has done this season. she stayed calm. no. we'll have details coming up in "the skinny." maria is my favorite. i got a crush on maria. i know you like mr. levy. >> levy. he's my boyfriend in my head. >> hi, maria. good morning. we begin this half hour with the promises of mayhem on this may day. >> yeah, could be a rough day out there for a lot of folks.
those occupy wall street protesters are pushing supporters to avoid working, shopping, even banking today. organizers are targeting 125 cities in the u.s., as well as some worldwide capitals. in california, for example, crowds there are expected to converge on downtown los angeles, and in san francisco, ferry service could be disrupted. >> right here in new york bridges and tunnels are targeted making for a miserable commute and as abc's jeff pegues reports, a scare at new york banks put police on edge. [ sirens ] >> reporter: law enforcement officials responded to several locations after a suspicious white powder appeared in envelopes delivered to the city mail rooms of six banks and one office building. sources tell abc news the envelopes contained the following threat, "this is a reminder that you are not in control. just in case you needed some incentive to stop working, we have a little surprise for you. think fast, you have seconds." law enforcement officials suspect the messages came from
occupy wall street. according to an nypd spokesman, apparently the message was aimed at the mail room workers among the 99%. investigators believe the envelopes were intended for a may 1st delivery but instead arrived a day early. giving law enforcement a taste of what may come from may day protests fueled by occupy wall street and organized labor. the planned demonstrations are expected to rival some of last year's ows disruptions marking a spring awakening for the anti-greed message during this election year. >> it's going to be an incredible historic day in which we act in solidarity with labor, immigrant, students and all the rest of99% and take the city back. >> reporter: bank security has already been tested by mail room scares. all seven incidents have come back negative for any type of dangerous substance. the nypd planning to beef up their ranks on the streets of new york to counter the protesters.
jeff pegues, abc news, new york. >> a scary message though came with that powder. this is a reminder that you are not in control. just in case you needed some incentive to stop working, we have a little surprise for you, think fast. you have seconds. that was the note and inside that white powder that turned out to be corn starch. >> can you imagine. you'd freak out. >> you'd freak out. that's a scary moment. one thing about the protesters and movement, they certainly are persistent. >> oh, yeah. >> there is that message. they have that message. >> months of this. they went down in the winter. temps got cold. may 1st, not a big holiday in the u.s. but in other countries it's either a celebration of spring or, more importantly, it is a labor kind of holiday like our version of labor day, so that's why may day, may 1st they're deciding to kind of rev things back up again. also this morning abc news has learned that u.s. authorities are studying a new threat. terrorists using body bombs. those are explosives literally surgically implanted inside the
terrorists' bodies. as a result, security has been stepped up at airports around the world. additional federal air marshals have also been shifted overseas in advance of the anniversary of osama bin laden's killing. also, secretary of state hillary clinton is headed to china this morning with the fate of a blind chinese dissident still unresolved. president obama meanwhile, refused to address the issue or even to confirm that chen guangcheng is under u.s. protection in the city of beijing, however, a top u.s. diplomat has been working furiously behind the scenes so that the issue does not cloud secretary clinton's visit. the wife of a former aide to john edwards is back on the stand later today in his criminal trial. sherry young's testimony was cut short yesterday after she suffered a migraine, but there was plenty of emotion before that. here's abc's dan harris. >> reporter: on the stand, sherry young cried so hard that the judge asked the jury to temporarily leave the courtroom. she was describing the moment her husband andrew took her to
this mcdonald's drive-through and revealed that his boss, the presidential candidate, john edwards, had just asked him to claim paternity of the child edwards was soon to have with his girlfriend, rielle hunter. "i was mad, i was upset," she said. "of course, i said absolutely not. i screamed at him. i cursed at him." she described that moment to abc news in 2010 in her first interview. >> how could you ask me that? how could john edwards -- how could john edwards ask you to do that? >> reporter: young testified about a phone call in which she said edwards gave what she described as a campaign speech. "this is it. this is our time. it's a one-day story if you take responsibility, andrew." sherry young said she ultimately backed down for fear that the campaign would explode and i would be responsible. and that goes to the key question. did edwards illegally use money from wealthy donors to influence the election or just to hide the affair from his wife?
still unclear when rielle hunter will take the stand. young described her as a demanding houseguest who occasionally threatened to let the world know who her baby's real father was. by now we certainly do. dan harris, abc news, new york. >> ooh. this is the thing for me at least, these are not great witnesses for the prosecution because we were talking off the air, i mean they took money themselves. >> to build their dream house. >> to build their dream home, so i think the jury looks at that and thinks they're not credible. i mean certainly john edwards may have asked them to claim paternity, but why did they agree to do that? >> why did the wife say, yes, go ahead and agree you're the dad. that's the question, right? >> i don't see it. i think this will be a very hard case for the prosecution to prove. i mean everyone behaved badly, no question about it, but was it criminal? i find it hard to believe that a jury is going to convict him. >> better question whether
edwards himself will take the stand. you say he will. we made a bet on it earlier. >> $10. >> that's right. >> i'm looking forward to my 10. >> all right. turning to more serious news, this morning, the latest on that devastating accident that killed seven members of a new york family over the weekend. aaa now says that highway has inadequate guardrails and on top of that there are narrow lanes, steep hills, tight turns and no breakdown lane. the driver clipped a concrete barrier and damaged a tire before her suv plunged 60 feet into a ravine at the bronx zoo. investigators searching for a missing arizona girl are combing through more surveillance video after an apparent mix-up. five people spotted in the video have come forward to say the footage was not from the night 6-year-old isabel celis disappeared from her bedroom. isabel was last seen april 20th when her parents put her to bed. investigators say they're working with businesses to make sure they get surveillance from the right date. >> that video was widely disseminated in the media. that's a bad blunder by the cops there.
show that tape. two men wrongly convicted of a rape and shooting nearly 30 years ago have now been cleared of all charges thanks to dna testing. with apologies and a few handshakes, a judge exonerated raymond jackson as well as james williams. they spent nearly half of their lives in prison until recent dna tests implicated two other men. jackson is hoping to start a business now, and williams recently reconnected with his childhood sweetheart. they are now engaged to be married. it's heartbreaking that three decades behind bars, at least they get out and have a chance to start over with what's left of their life. i hate to hear cases like that. >> the power of dna. the power of dna. >> can't argue with that. here's your tuesday forecast. showers and mountain snow in the pacific northwest and northern rockies. strong storms with a chance of tornadoes from kansas to wisconsin. downpours around chicago, indianapolis and louisville. morning showers from new england to the carolinas. pretty hot across the south.
>> 30s south. 80s from dallas to atlanta. 49 up in beantown, 69 in detroit. 78 in kansas city. phoenix at 93. albuquerque, a comfortable 82. well, anyone with a bicycle knows how important it is to carry a sturdy lock and chain, so it won't get stolen like my bike. >> that's right. lock it up and it won't go. unless you're a bike owner with this golden retriever, probably the best guard dog ever. his name is lili, he lives in china, and he is so fierce about protecting that bike, there isn't a soul on this planet who could even get near. look at lili. >> no one can get near at least until the owner gets back. that's when he shows off his other talent, balancing perfectly on the back of that bike. perfectly. >> a coordinated and protective dog. >> retrievers are pretty big. i've got a retriever. they're big, heavy dogs. >> balance on that little bike. >> i'm impressed. >> look at little lili. all right. coming up next, kardashians make a decision that could disappoint their tv viewers. and an fda warning about the
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120 chemicals. for men, it's 6 cosmetics and 80 chemicals. and few, including bette lee hanson, think much about what's in them. >> no, i don't. shame on me. >> reporter: but right now, no one has the authority to help her, not even the government. so here are some of the chemicals advocates say americans put on their body every day from formaldehyde, a known carcinogen and dioxin in some shampoos to lead on your lips, parabens, possibly linked to cancer in deodorant, even mercury, in skin-lightening creams, toluene, known to cause headaches in nail polish and diethyl phthalate linked to allergies, hormone disruption and dermatitis in perfume. europe has banned 1,200 such chemicals, the u.s., only 10, so critics say cosmeticmakers mix a riskier brew of the same product for domestic use. >> companies think that their european customers deserve safer products. >> reporter: there is now a move in congress to pass a bill
regulating cosmetics by summer, requiring labeling all ingredients and prohibiting chemicals linked to cancer or reproductive products. cosmetic companies spent $3.5 million lobbying against the bill, saying it would curtail innovation and compromise trade secrets. until congress acts, advocates recommend finding the shortest label with the fewest ingredients, and if you can't pronounce them, don't use it. jim avila, abc news, washington. >> choosing money over health. i'm stunned. it's stunning. well, coming up, who's revealing new secrets about how whitney houston got hooked on drugs? >> yeah, a bombshell there. and "dancing with the stars" contestant doing something last night that no one else has done this season, all that next in "the skinny."
this has been a very, very fierce competition. maria menounos, your girlfriend in your head, got a perfect 30 on "dancing with the stars." >> perfection. >> first time this season, first trio of 10s, and apparently she did sort of this -- she wore fangs and a vampire theme dancing with her partner. and the judges absolutely loved it. loved it. >> what's not to love. >> well, i've got to tell you, i think we should devote a segment to william levy and cheryl burke. i mean, they came in a close second, a close second. we're talking 27, score of 27. they were -- there he goes. they were absolutely fantastic. >> first my favorite. now your favorite. they're the top two. >> fantastic. i gave them 10. i'm giving them a 10 right now, and, of course, on the other end of the spectrum was melissa gilbert. she's recovering from a head injury only to see her pro partner, maksim, he was hobbled
by a cyst to his ankle, and their clunky tango got a low score of 21. unfortunate. they had injuries. the headline was not necessarily the 30. i think the perfect 30, the headline was the perfection of william. >> here we go. here we go. i'm going to move on to some other skinny news this morning. bobby brown is speaking out for the first time since the death of whitney houston, gave an interview to nbc. of course, the popular theory he's the one that brought whitney houston down, introduced her to drugs. he's denying that. he said, i didn't get high on narcotics before i met whitney. i smoke weed. i drank the beer, but, no, i wasn't the one that got whitney on drugs at all. he said drugs were part of the singer's life way before they got together and, of course, got married back in '93, divorced in 2007. he says it's just unexplainable how one could say i got her addicted to drugs. he's been clean and sober. >> i believe that's true. i did interview someone close to the couple, and she also
confirmed that it was not bobby brown that got whitney houston hooked. that is true. >> bad rap. well, khloe kardashian and lamar odom, there will be many people upset about this, they are canceling their reality show. >> oh, man. >> they are canceling it. kris jenner is very, very upset about it. apparently she gets 10% of the earnings. she's very upset. they called it quits and don't want to do it anymore. i mean, i think there will be many, many people upset about it. >> the real deal is he obviously got bounced from the lakers and to dallas and traded to the mavericks, and he's already off that team and say we got to stop doing the show because they need to focus on getting his basketball career back and being out there publicly while looking for a job is not good for his career. they are bowing out of the show. that's what they're saying anyway. all i'm saying is jennifer aniston must be hotter than i thought. get this, three years after the breakup, john mayer has a new song called out called "shadow days." and a source tells "us weekly" it's all about jen.
♪ we built this city on rock 'n' roll ♪ ♪ we built this city we built this city on rock 'n' roll ♪ ♪ built this city nice shot that. you got to love that. it is official, new york city has a new tallest building and, of course, it does mark an emotional milestone more than a decade after 9/11. >> yes, the building reaching new heights symbolizing the spirit and rebirth of manhattan's skyline. abc's bob woodruff shows us how we got to this incredible moment. >> reporter: with this one beam, the world trade center reclaimed the skyline. new york's tallest building, 1,250 feet high, so high not
even 8 statues of liberty would reach the top. >> really a symbol of the american people. >> reporter: for 6 years, 900 workers labored around the clock 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, driven by more than a paycheck. >> everybody's focused on a mission. there's nothing they can't accomplish. >> reporter: this is your mission. >> and this is our mission. >> reporter: we set out to meet them at their perch. to get there we needed steel stomachs and sure footing traveling 90 floors by elevator and 16 cert cal ladders. at eye level with helicopters, this is no place for a fear of heights. don't you ever get worried this high up? >> i mean, about what? >> reporter: about falling. a marvel of american engineering. there's enough concrete to run a sidewalk from here all the way to chicago. 48,000 tons of steel, the equivalent of 22,500 cars. but these workers know it means so much more. >> tough coming to work every day, and there were family members outside trying to give you flowers to bring in. tough.
>> reporter: ivor hall immigrated to the u.s. almost 30 years ago. >> it's a gift that i personally felt that i give to this country for giving me the opportunity to be here. this building is so emotional for me. you can't even imagine how i feel. i really feel proud. >> reporter: proud, yes, because this is american spirit. bob woodruff, abc news, new york. >> there's no more powerful symbol of rebirth we could have done since 9/11. >> it needed to be done. to see the new york skyline, i'm a native new yorker. >> yeah. >> to see that skyline again. >> back, restored. 104 floors. >> oh, and look. and look. >> yeah, you know what, i am not worthy of that graphic. the guys that built that building deserve all the honors.
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