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this morning on "world news now," marriage standoff. more same-sex couples denied by the county clerk. still refusing to issue marriage licenses. why today she may no longer have a choice as she faces a judge. breaking overnight, manhunt changes course. police searching for the suspects in the tragic death of a beloved officer. his wife's emotional message just ahead. and new this half hour, is joe biden dropping hints? as the nation waits for his decision to run or not, the vice president gets support from a would be adversary. new developments ahead. >> and dancing days are here again. the new lineup of "dancing with the stars" is set. find out who rounds out the year's ballroom hopefuls that's later in "the skinny" on then thursday, september 3rd. from abc news, this is
"world news now." our top story this half hour is the kentucky clerk refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. >> kim davis appears in court today for a contempt of court hearing. abc's alex perez reports that despite a court order to issue the licenses davis is sticking to her guns. >> reporter: county clerk kim davis defiant, her husband at her side arped with a handgun tucked in his waistband. waiting for inside, another gay couple looking for a marriage license. >> your interpretation of the bible does not trump the constitution. >> no, this is not. >> my god is loving. >> >> davis asking a federal judge to allow her to deny marriage licenses to same sex couples while her case makes its way through the courts. the controversial clerk catapulted to the spotlight in july with this cell phone video. david moore and david ermold arriving for a marriage license.
>> if i can mention, i have the letter from the governor's office stating that all the county clerks are to issue marriage licenses. i also have the supreme court ruling. >> reporter: davis turning them away. they tried again in august and again same result. >> when you heard her say she's working under god's authority, what did you think? >> you are not in the church. i respect religion. i respect people, people's faith. okay? but this is a civil institution. >> reporter: but in this small town of about 6900 people, kim davis has her supporters, too. >> i'm standing behind her because i believe she is right. she's following god's law and i believe that trumps all. >> reporter: and the u.s. attorney saying it's time for davis to follow the law. thursday a judge could decide if she will be held in contempt of court. alex perez, moorhead, kentucky. breaking news in the search for suspects in the killing of a police officer just north of chicago. police on the move both on the
ground and in the air after reports of suspicious circumstances about ten miles from where lieutenant charles joseph gliniewicz was killed tuesday. last night think remembered and honored gliniewicz who was known as "g.i. joe." his wife speaking about his publicly for the very first time. >> joe was my best friend in my world, my hero, the love of my life for the last 26 1/2 years. he was my rock as much as i was his rock. >> reporter: gliniewicz leaves behind four sons. he was planning to retire at the end of this month. at that vigil last night, the mayor of fox lake said he'll miss gliniewicz daily comments especially the one in which he reported being vertical and caffeinated. a new video raises questions about the so-called hands up shooting in texas. in the first video, the suspect gilbert flores appears to have his arms raised in the air before sheriff's deputies shot
and killed him. a second video has not been made public but reported appears to show something possibly a knife in flores' hand. that video has been sent to a state crime lab for analysis. court records show flores asked police to kill him before and during an arrest in 1999. >> the justice department releasing a final report on the police response to the unrest in ferguson, missouri, following the death of michael brown. the scathing report flushes out a draft version that came out in june and blasts ferguson police for poor community relations infringing on rights and using military style tactics and found the police response offered lessons how not to handle mass demonstrations. >> there is an escalating war of words between donald trump and jeb bush. trump said that bush should set a good example and speak english while in the united states. this comes a day after bush spoke spanish to supporters in florida. spanish, by the way, is the native language of jeb bush's wife columba as well as more
than 37 million other americans. speculation continues to grow whether vice president joe biden will join the race. biden tested the political waters during a fund-raising trip to florida. here's abc's cecilia vega. >> reporter: in this key battle ground, did joe biden drop a hint? >> people who aren't willing to risk failing never succeed. >> reporter: the vice-president looking a lot like a candidate during his first road trip since he began quietly exploring a possible 2016 bid. behind the scenes, biden land is heatating up, his supporters hiring staff. one source close to him telling abc news it now seems more likely than not that biden will run. challenging not just a political ally but a friend. biden and hillary clinton working side by side for years. just last week, the democratic front-runner, offering nothing but praise. >> i have a great deal of admiration and affection for him. >> reporter: will he or won't he?
it's a decision that may not come until the end of the month. >> one of the things weighing heavily in this decision is the death of his son beau. biden recently telling supporters his heart and soul has to be in this decision. and right now, he says he is pretty bang add up. cecilia vega, abc news, new york. president obama is on his way home from a three-day visit to alaska. highway he was in the arctic circle, the white house wants to understand and lessen the effects of climate change. mr. obama used the slowly sinking town where he was speaking to show the effects of warmer temperatures. he said if another country were threatening the town, americans would rush to help. i thought he was going to walk on a glacier but he did not. i was slightly worried what the secret service would think about this. apparently he walked to a glacier on tuesday. he was about a couple hundred feet from the bottom of the glacier but he did not walk on one. >> important distinction. >> we would call them the wallenda brothers if that was the case. the president watched a
cultural performance by students and surprised them by joining in on the last dance. he told them he had been practicing and it appears he really had. looks pretty good. look at that. >> nice. >> he's got rhythm. >> yeah, he always has. serena williams is safely through to the third round of the u.s. open, but she did struggle a bit yesterday afternoon against her dutch opponent. williams double faulted ten times and made two dozen more unforced errors but she pulled out the win in straight sets trying to become the first player to win all four grand slam tournaments in a single season since 1988. >> and serena's older sister venus has also advanced to the third round. one woman who didn't, cocoa vandeweghe. >> here she is losing her mind, going nuts on her racket after fall behind five games to none in the first set of her second round loss. vandeweghe acknowledges the crowd, as you saw, took a bow, kept slamming it. >> forget that racket.
vandeweghe lost the match 6-22, 6-1. afterwards she said i definitely had a lot of nervous pent up and frustration and i let it rip. oh, you sure did. maybe the wwe will call. >> she also had a little bug about to climb up and had to make sure it would not. >> is that what it was? a little mosquito? coming up, the skinny, the familiar face who is rosie o'donnell is reportedly dating >> but first the heroic actions taken at a school. the teacher who kept her students safe. >> and later the sprying trend of divorced couple taking selfies. they say it's too nice to be true. we'll explain. but first, here's today's weather. >> "world news now" weather brought to you by fixodent plus true feel. like your natural teeth.
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a video posted on facebook showing a high school football coach and nearly 20 players in georgia being baptized before practice last month. critics say because they're from a public school, the mass baptism crosses the line. school administrators weren't aware it was going to happen. they say they're looking into the incident and will take appropriate measures. one person who attended called it a soulful bonding experience. a huge poisonous snake is on the loose in orlando. the owner of a king cobra like this one reported it escaped within the past 24 hours. the missing snake is about eight feet long and so venomous one bite can kill an elephant. wildlife officials are canvassing the area near an elementary school hoping to find
that cobra before anyone gets hurt. >> near an elementary school? it can get into a pipe, it can get in through a toilet. >> anywhere, yeah. it makes it that much more scary. >> i would not be going to school. yes, it's scary. it makes me -- we talk about every teacher's other nightmare a student holding a gun and her class hostage. >> a west virginia woman last week not only kept her cool but resolved the situation peacefully and talked about it with our friend t.j. holmes. >> it was just nine days into the new school year and phillip barbour high school in philly me, west virginia, goes on lockdown. the hostages according to police, twyla smith and her class of 27 students. the hostage taker a freshman who walked in and put a gun to smith's head. >> he said that he was going to kill people and himself. >> reporter: what were you in there talking to him about? >> i just kept asking him to let everybody leave and he and i
would stay, anything i could think of. just telling him that he hadn't gone too far. >> reporter: when the bell rang, for the next class to come in it, other students began knocking on door but smith turned them back and signaled another teacher, jen swift. >> he was standing by the bulletin board with the gun raised and said you can get in here too. swift ran for help. smith now credited with keeping her students alive. >> when they walk in here, we're supposed to teach them and we're supposed to take care of them. >> reporter: for these two teachers, job well done. t.j. holmes, abc news, philippi, west virginia. >> look at mr. holmes in his element there. >> that teacher now she had been teaching there -- she has been teaching for three decades and guess what, all of this didn't traumatize her, she was back the very next day in school teaching after really her heroic actions. >> that's pretty incredible.
it's unsuspected. there's obviously no plan. you have fire drills, have you tornado drills but not often do you have drills for somebody who walks in with a gun and takes your entire class hostage. i'm such a big fan of teachers on the show. we never express enough gratitude for teachers. don't forget, school starting up, say thank you to those teachers because they do so much more than we realized. >> that kid who is a freshman is now facing charges. he's in juvenile detention facility. he actually was not in that class but his ex-girlfriend who he had just broken up with was in there. that's why he went in there. teenage kid couldn't handle the breakup, walked in and did that. won't be going back to school, that's for sure. not that one. up next, a "dancing with the stars" shocker. >> a new lucille ball movie. who is set to play the redhead. "the skinny" up next. "world news now" continues after this from our abc stations.
>> he topping the ♪ skinny, so skinny . >> topping "the skinny" this morning, the final four surprise contestants on the new season of "dancing with the stars" were revealed on "good morning america"ing >> two reality tv stars among them. kim zolciak from "real housewives of atlanta" should add spice to the cast, tamar braxton who shares the limelight with her sisters on the show "braxton family values." the third new contestant celebrity chef paula deen making a career comeback after her racial comments and the biggest surprise, alek skarlatos. look at him. of course, you remember one of the three american heroes from that train attack in france. just two weeks ago, the national guardsman just back from afghanistan was apparently added at the last minute and dancing host tom bergeron joked that he might double as security. >> that's awesome. >> how his life has changed in the last couple weeks is incredible. he was out there.
this really scary situation happens. he handles it in an incredible way and now has all the honors. you've seen him on red carpets. and now this. well deserved. >> interesting to see paula deen back, too. we haven't seen much of her. i'll be interested to see how it goes. >> and can they dance which is the big question. there are two celebrity names they are reported to be in a relationship. rosie o'donnell and tatum o'neal. this report coming from "people" magazine saying they've been romantically involved for about two months now. rosie's reps say that they just friends but so did -- i remember kermit and his rep said that he's just friends with his new girl. >> who knows. a rough few months for rosie. she separated from her second wife in november. her daughter ran away last month. tatum who is divorced from tennis great john mcenroe related to people" in may that she is dating mostly women now. >> rosie o'donnell and tatum o'neal are in two of my favorite
baseball movies of all time. rosie o'donnell in "league of their own," and tatum was the kid pitcher in "bad news bears." >> i forgot about that one. >> walter matthew, terrific performance. but ran a little tidbit. both baseball movies. >> speaking of movies, an authorized biopic about the comedian lucille ball is in the works and cate blanchett has agreed to play lucy. >> according to the wrap, the move will chronicle her 20-year marriage to desi arnaz with whom she created the "i love lucy" show. one of the most influential tv sitcoms of all time. the couple had two children and divorced in 1960. it is their children producing this film. >> that should be really good. cate blanchett is not known as a comedic actress. that should be interesting. no word who will be cast to play desi. aaron sorkin is in talks to write the movie. it's early though and it's not clear when the movie would actually be released. but i would love to see it.
the fact her children are producing it might make it to a really authentic movie. >> perfect casting. she -- i can already see it. >> a good actress. >> all right. justin bieber fans an biebers, you there? you can be fanatic about your boy. now the model who stars in his latest video says she's getting death threats. here's why. take a look ♪ what do you mean you nod your head yes but you want to say no, what do you mean ♪ >> is that zenia deli? >> i think so, his love interest in the video. she says she was doing her job and didn't expect so much hate online. some fans are loyal to selena gomez. justin's one-type girlfriend, remember? >> oh, yeah, i remember. i can't stop thinking about that. >> people are thinking backoff. the two were seen having dinner in l.a. last month and he had glowing things to say about her
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one pill each morning. 24 hours. zero heartburn. so let's face it, divorce is awkward. how do you tell your friends, your family or your colleagues? >> now some modern couples are making the announcement on social media with one final selfie. >> oh, boy. >> abc's sara haines on what could be a new trend. >> reporter: it's the post breakup phenomenon taking social media by storm. divorce es ditching their marriage and saying i do to divorce selfies. finding a silver lining in splitsville by turning a heartbreaking situation into a fun photo op. >> a light-hearted way to announce your divorce in one shot. and also let people know that they don't have to feel awkward around you.
>> reporter: this is florida couple keith and michele knight on their wedding day. fast forward three years, they're happily divorced. >> the most amicable easy going divorce in history. >> reporter: the exes sealing the deal with a selfie right outside the courtroom. >> she said you want to take a selfie? kind of as a joke. and i said why not. sharing this photo on instagram with a caption, here's to the most friendly, respectful and loving split imaginable. the response? >> 99% positive. we're celebrating the fact that we can move forward. >> reporter: but keith and michele not the only ones showing divorce can have a happy ending. chan couple shannon and chris newman declaring their 11 year marriage officially over by snapping a selfie outside this calgary courthouse thursday. >> we kind of high fived and did a silly selfie and went on our way. >> reporter: in a matter of days, the candid photos gone viral, shared on facebook a whopping 36,000 times and counting. >> it shocked me that other
people were responding to it. >> reporter: shannon hopes her kids will appreciate it too when they're older. >> i think they'll recognize that we love them. we'll always work really hard to be -- this makes me cry, to be their parents. >> reporter: the selfies proving divorce doesn't have to be ugly. sara haines, abc news, new york. there's one way to get it done. >> i kind of get it now after seeing the piece. shannon who was mentioned in the piece says love your kids more that you know hate your ex. >> there you go. if there are no kids involved, and my friends are getting a divorce, congratulations. they usually feel that way. they're happy to do it. that's one way. you got to post something before you do that status change because then it gets weird. >> then we're talking social media etiquette. >> that's what we're doing. >> we'll be right back. this is abc's "world news now" informing insomniacs for two decades. informing insomniacs for two decades.
making news in america this morning, breaking overnight, police converging in one area in the urgent manhunt for suspects in an officer's murder. the search intensifying as the widow breaks her silence. also breaking overnight, a chaotic scene inside an airport. smoke filled terminals, panicked passengers and thousands of people evacuated. new details just in. close call. an iphone with a smashed screen destroyed by a bullett. its owner saved the smartphone. caught on camera. a pachyderm's power on full display. the elephant lifting a truck with people inside. well, good thursday morning, i'm reena ninan. >> and i'm