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making news in america this morning. >> some tough reading for president obama's campaign. our new poll, in america's opinions on how the economy is being handled. can mitt romney capitalize? on its way. the launch for the space station. the second time is a charm, for an unmanned cargo flight into space. there it goes. a dramatic rescue at niagara falls after a man tried to take his own life. the harrowing work by those who brought him to safety. and "dancing with the stars," goes into its final night. the moves, the standings, all ahead of tonight's finale.
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good morning, everyone. i'm diana perez, in for paula faris. >> i'm rob nelson. we begin with a mixed message from our latest poll. most americans do not like the way president obama is handling our nation's economy. >> with more on the poll, we're joined by abc's tahman bradley. >> reporter: good morning, diana and rob. ronald reagan asked a simple question in 1980. are you better off than you were four years ago. president obama probably doesn't want americans thinking about this question this november. most americans say they are worse off than better. with the election less than six months away, president obama looks vulnerable. according to a new abc news/"washington post" poll, the president's job approval rating has become 16%. and 30% say they are worse off.
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the prosperity short fall echoes george w. bush in 1992, when he lost his re-election bid. not wanting history to repeat itself, the president and his campaign has been on the attack, going after mitt romney's record as a businessman. >> if your main argument for how to grow the economy is, i knew how to make a lot of money for investors, then you're missing what this job is about. >> reporter: the obama campaign argues the job of president is to figure out how ever american has a fair shot. romney calls president obama's attack on his business record, an attack on free enterprise. and argues the president refuses to accept responsibility for his failed policies. but there's signs mr. obama's argument may be working. the president and romney are locked in a dead heat. and only 19% of voters feel they would be better off with a romney presidency. the obama campaign drives home
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its message in this ad, portraying romney, as a heartless correspondent raider. >> romney takes from the poor and gives to the rich. just the opposite of robin hood. >> reporter: president obama says his campaign will keep focusing on romney's business record because mr. obama says romney's business experience is his calling card. >> thanks, tahman. speaking of the president, he took time out for a quick trip to joplin, missouri, to deliver the high school commencement address there. >> today marks one year, after an ef-5 tornado obliterated that city. president obama praised them for their resiliency. and he urged the class to give back, like others have given to them. >> there's such a decency. a bigness of spirit in this country of ours. so, class of 2012, you have to remember that. remember what people did here.
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and like that man who came all the way from japan to joplin, make sure, in your own life, that you pay it forward. >> the twister hit just hours after last year's graduation, killing 161 people, including 2 high school students. we're getting a new look this morning at the sheer force of that tornado. newly released surveillance video, shows the mercy hospital, just as the disaster struck. blowing away chairs and pretty much everything else. >> that building was a total loss. but it's being replaced by a $500 million campus, which is now under construction. and they are totalling up the damages from the deadly earthquake that hit italy's farming region. total agriculture losses have topped $250 million, including damage to some 400,000 wheels of cheese. there's fears about the long-term impact on italy's already shaky economy. and a fourth body has been
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found on mt. everest. all four victims died saturday, while descending from the summit. experts worry that too many climbers may have led to the deaths, since people waited until dangerously late to begin the assent. a developing story overnight. there's been an arrest in the disappearance of a northern california teenager. sierra lamar disappeared while walking to the bus stop. and police say they have strong physical evidence in this case. a single-engine plane managed to miss homes and people, when it crashed into a southern california neighborhood last night. the plane sliced through power lines and landed upside-down on the sidewalk, in the city of glendale. the pilot who reported engine problems, was able to free himself, though, from the wreckage. lucky him. and lucky for that neighborhood. >> that's right. there's a new era in space flight. it opened up overnight in florida. a commercial rocket has blast
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off with a bloload of supplies the international space station. >> abc's lisa stark has more on this historic flight. >> three, two, one, zero. and launch. >> reporter: after years of effort and months of delay, history in the making. for the first time, a privately-built rocket and space capsule is heading to the international space station. spacex, with its cap chul named dragon, is the dream of elan luck. it's one of a number of companies vying to get into space. >> reporter: with the space shuttle at museums and the u.s. relying on the russians to ferry astronauts and cargo to the space station, nasa is turning to private companies to fill the gap. it paid spacex, $400 million for
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two launches. >> they're going to be responsible for building and operating. we're going to buy the service for them. >> reporter: dragon's job is to pull up to the space station. the capsule is carrying the ashes of 308 people, including james duhon, scottie from "star trek." the ashes in a canister will be jet jet jettisonned into space. a rutgers convicted of spying on his gay roommate. prosecutors say the punishment is too lenient. and they plan to appeal. and ravi's attorney says he never should have been convicted in the first place. and they are also appealing. medical experts are recommending that healthy men should not get routine prostate cancer screening tests. the government panel is
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afwirming its earlier findings, that the screenings used by half of men over 40, do more harm than good. too many men offer from side-effects from unnecessary treatment. all right. time, now, for the check of the weather. another wet day on the east coast, with a few breaks in the rain. hot and humid, with thunderstorms from the carolinas to florida. warming up in the midwest. but severe storms in the dakotas. and showers from montana into the pacific northwest. >> 58 in seattle. 70 in boise. colorado springs, 95. 85 in fargo. 80s from dallas to atlanta. and a rainy 73 here in the big apple. when we come back, of all the companies out there, which is the world's most popular brand. and facebook shares down, on an otherwise up day, costing investors billions. your business news is next. also, that dramatic rescue at niagara falls. we'll talk to witnesses who say they saw the whole thing.
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welcome back, everybody. well, investors are a little upset about facebook's fizzle. the social network's stock has lost 11% of its value since its debut last friday. investors are blaming not only the lead banker for the ipo. but also the nasdaq exchange, and even facebook itself. by the way, ceo mark zuckerberg himself has lost $2 billion. leaving him with just a mere $17 billion. hope he's okay.
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overseas markets were up, ahead of a european union summit that opens tomorrow. tokyo's nikkei average was up 95 points today. hong kong's hang seng added 224. in london, the ftse opened higher. and the dow picked up 135 points yesterday. the nasdaq index gained 68. good timing for this year's college grads. the outlook for getting a job is the best it's been in four years. campus job fairs have been packed. some students have been weighing multiple offers. many, though, began preparing for the job hunt in their freshman year. and many of the grads want to work for apple. it's really no wonder. apple is still the world's most valuable brand. a survey finds the brand rose 19% in the past year. seven of the top ten most valuable brands were, of course, technology firms. no surprise there. >> good days at apple. that's for sure. a juice company's brand just lost quite a bit of its luster. a judge says pom's wonderful
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welcome back, everyone. it's time for a look at the morning road conditions. wet on i-95, from new england, to florida. i-20, on colombia, south carolina, to atlanta. slick on i-90 and 94. windy on parts of i-15, and 40
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in the southwest. >> if you're flying today, airport delays are possible in new york, d.c., atlanta and charlotte. now, to a death-defying plunge from one of the most well-known tourist attractions in the world. an attempted suicide at niagara falls. >> this really is incredible. a man stunned tourists yesterday when he climbed over a retaining wall and deliberately jumped. amazingly, he survived. and rescuers were able to pluck him to safety. >> just saw a person, a gentleman, jump in the water. >> he was just -- i think a guy is already on the river, going down on the falls. >> that man, as you can imagine, was seriously injured. but he is expected to live. he is now the third person to survive going over the falls without a safety device. there was another dramatic scene at another waterfall. this one involving a 13-year-old boy in washington state.
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he was rescued after spending eight hours stuck on a tiny ledge. he had slipped on river rocks and gone over a ten-foot waterfall. had he not grabbed on to the ledge, he would have been swept down a bigger waterfall. that, a 270-foot drop. prominent program catholics are taking their battle over birth control to a whole new level. many arch diocese are suing the obama administration, for the mandate for employers to provide coverage for birth control. many of the clergy oppose the mandate, saying it violates religious freedom. more investigators are under investigation for prostitutes in colombia. employees of the d.e.a. interstained others. this follows the secret service scandal of prostitutes at another hotel in that city.
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>> second scandal. time for sports highlights. we get those from espn news. >> i'm zubin mehenti. the thunders corner grew up watching kobe bryant. monday night, they eliminated the mamba from the playoffs. the thunder, 7-1, in the playoffs. road and home. metta world peace, james harden, exchanging pleasantries. we've seen that before. and world peace, getting into it. taking down thabo sefolosha. looked like he was making a play for the ball. gets teed up. he doesn't like it. bryant also gets "t'd" up. the steal. the score. he had 32 in the past season. but they had no answer for russell westbrook. led oklahoma city with 28. and everything he threw up went in. thunder space the spurs in the western conference final. they've won 18 in a row. meanwhile, game five in
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boston. sixers/celtics, knotted at 2-2. off the feed from rondo. boston's won 18 of its last 20 home games, dating back to the regular season. that's an 18 points in the third. the sixers have 16 points. in the third. fourth quarter, it's rondo, not passing. but scoring. celtics roll. they're up 3-2. 4-0, in the playoffs after a loss. wednesday night baseball on espn. and look who is taking the mound for the phillies. cole hamil, facing grant parker for the first time. that's wednesday, at 7:00 eastern, on espn2. thousands of visitors have gotten to new heights in tokyo. >> we'll get through it. >> to the public. >> you'll know why we're laughing. the tower is 280 feet high.
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all right. it's time, now, to check "the pulse." these are stories you'll be talking about today. nearly a year after their split, arnold schwarzenegger is describing his relationship with maria shriver has terrific. >> all right. schwarzenegger told "entertainment tonight" that he and shriver are having a great time raising their kids together. he called her an extraordinary mother. despite fathering a child with their housekeeper, he said he and shriver were always a good team when it came to their children. >> oh. a little strange. we're getting some behind-the-scenes accounts of the british royal wedding from groom himself. >> prince williams says he saw a guest list with hundreds of names, none he knew. he complained to his grand mum. well, look at the list and start off with the couple's friends because the queen said, quote, it's your day.
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>> wow. that was sweet. also, william said he got one hour of sleep the night before because of his nerves and the crowd outside of his window. if you arrive at a airport, all you want is a friendly face offering a little bit of helpful information. >> your wish, believe it or not, is about to come true, as long as you don't need that friendly face to be, you know, human. the smiling female avatars will provide information about all kinds of things. airport services, connecting flights, shuttle buses, taxis. for now, they will not be interactive. they will only be available at the three, main airports here in new york city. a test run, perhaps to spread nationwide at some point down the road. >> it would be cool if they were holograms and you could stick your hand through. >> people want to talk to human beings, some of the times. just gets a little -- for some of you, your local
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news is coming up next. >> for everyone else, we'll hit the dance floor ahead of tonight's big finale. who will walk away with the tonight's big finale. who will walk away with the mirrorball trophy? i never do. uld you pay fo motorcycles -- check. atv. i ride those. do you? no. boat. house. hello, dear. hello. hello. oh! check it -- [ loud r&b on car radio ] i'm going on break! the more you bundle, the more you save. now, that's progressive. the calcium they take because they don't take it with food. switch to citracal maximum plus d. it's the only calcium supplement that can be taken with or without food. that's why my doctor recommends citracal maximum. it's all about absorption.
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truvia. honestly sweet. updating our top stories now. our latest poll finds president obama and mitt romney locked in a very tight race, despite the fact that most americans disapprove at the way the president is handling the economy. for the first time, a private business has launched a rocket to the international space station. a man apparently tried to kill himself in dramatic fashion, by plunging 180 feet over niagara falls. amazingly, though, he didn't die. rescuers airlifted him out of the water. he's only the third person to survive that fall without a safety device. today's weather, wet on the east coast. showers in the pacific northwest. and here record highs in the southwest. finally from us this morning, it is down to the wire for "dancing with the stars" season 14.
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a champion, though, will be crowned tonight. >> last night's competition was all about the numbers. three couples, six dances and four perfect scores. abc's george pennacchio has all the highlights. ♪ >> reporter: in the judge's choice round, katherine jenkins and her partner, mark ballas, danced the paso doble, scoring their first perfect score of the season. they returned for 10, 10, 10, for a freestyle number, the judges said was rich in content. calling it the dance of a champion. ♪ >> i have to say, i'm pretty relieved now. really, you know, we worked so hard. mark choreographed such a great, fun routine. i wanted to get it out for all the hard work you put into it. i'm so happy. >> reporter: william levy and his partner, cheryl burke got a perfect 10, 10, 10, iffer the cha, cha, cha.
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they returned to score 29 points if their freestyle routine. >> we got to the finals. we did everything that we could. everything we were supposed to do. and we nailed it. we totally nailed it. i was pretty happy. >> reporter: donald driver and his partner, pita merg detroit were one away from a perfect score with their routine. >> we let everything out. we threw the kitchen sink at them. at the end of the day, we nailed our freestyle. look at us now. we're hoping we stay home with that mirrorball. >> reporter: we're down to one more dance from the final three. you'll see it during the big two-hour "dancing with the stars" finale, tonight on abc. from los angeles, george pennacchio, for abc news. >> tune in tonight.

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