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this morning on "world news now" volatile conditions in south carolina. >> dams are breaking and rivers are rising. what's keeping everyone in the flood zone on edge tonight as a major city is under curfew. trucks of terror. isis radicals and their fleet of toyotas. tough questions for the automaker in an abc news investigation. political bombshell. ben carson telling everyone that kindergarten teachers should be armed. the candidate's comments setting off a firestorm. and later the instant multimillionaire. the overnight factory worker who just won the $310 million powerball jackpot. what's next for her, her family, and her love life. it's wednesday october 7. >> announcer: from abc news this is "world news now."
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well, she has an interesting love life. we're talking about the newest millionaire. >> i said would we be asking if it was a man that he has an interesting love life? >> yeah. we probably could because hers is interesting. she's been with her partner for some 36 years. so if it had been a man who had not been married we'd be talking about -- >> you think so? >> yes. >> i'm looking forward to hearing this story. >> trying to put a ring on it. we'll begin with the deadly flood waters men ags south carolina. devastating pictures. swollen rivers. still days away from reaching their peak. >> the death toll from the historic rainstorm has now climbed to 17. crews are working through the night to fix a breach in a canal. and 200 engineers have fanned out across the state to inspect washed-out roads. our abc's elizabeth hur is in columbus, south carolina where they had their first dry day in nearly two weeks. we say good morning. elizabeth. aren't reena and kend-its, good
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morning to you. ander, the rain may be gone but officials stress they are not out of the woods just yet. in fact we are told a citywide curfew and a boil water advisory are in effect until further notice. the potential for rising rivers to crest and flood is the latest concern for authorities in south carolina, reminding residents they are still not out of danger. authorities carefully watching 18 dams at risk of breaching under pressure. >> the next 36 to 48 hours are going to be a time that we need to continue to be careful. >> it's been a horrifying few days here. 11 trillion gallons of water too much for the ground to absorb. making already swollen rivers overflow long after the rain is gone. from charleston to columbia, residents finally returning home. some to utter devastation. waterlogged possessions strewn about the lawn, basking in the bright sunshine in a scene reminiscent of a giant yard sale, if it wasn't so tragic. >> at least i have -- some of my
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stuff is going to be saved. i don't know that some of these other people are going to be able to salvage anything. >> reporter: as of tuesday afternoon nearly 500 buckled roads and bridges all across the state remain closed, and as many as 40,000 people still have that water. >> i have three children at home. we don't have anything to even flush toilets or take showers. >> reporter: the national guard now on site. long lines for much-needed supplies. at this time the governor says it is just too soon to put a dollar figure on the damages. but again, the focus for now is keeping an eye on these rising rivers and creeks and keeping everyone safe. kendis and reena, back to you. >> elizabeth, thank you. downpours also a problem in the southwest. a line of thunderstorms dropped about an inch of rain in the phoenix area. the storms also brought hail and strong winds. cars and trucks were stranded by the rushing water. a possible funnel cloud was spotted. but no tornadoes touched down. improving weather is expected today. the ntsb has joined the
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coast guard investigation into what caused the cargo ship "el faro" to sink off the bahamas. 33 crew members were on board the ship at the time. despite a massive search only one body has been recovered so far. investigators say finding the voyage data recorder would be a huge help in figuring out what went wrong. the united states is taking full responsibility for the bombing of a hospital in afghanistan. 12 doctors without borders staffers and ten patients were killed. that includes three children. the top u.s. commander in afghanistan told congress the air strike was requested by afghan troops. but general john campbell says the ultimate responsibility belongs to the u.s. >> the decision to provide aerial fires was a u.s. decision made within the u.s. chain of command. a hospital was mistakenly struck. we would never intentionally target a protected medical facility. >> reports say the u.s. may have violated its own rules of
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conduct. defense secretary ash carter says he will hold those responsible accountable. meanwhile, campbell is recommending the u.s. keep more troops in afghanistan than is currently planned. now to those often seen images of isis fighters driving toyota pickups and toyota land cruisers. u.s. terrorism officials are trying to figure out how so many similar vehicles make their way to terror groups. abc's brian ross looking for answers. >> reporter: the toyota hilux pickup is one tough truck. as the bbc auto show "top gear" demonstrated. >> here it is! >> reporter: seemingly indestructible. which has made the toyota hilux a truck of choice in war zones around the world, including by isis. their propaganda videos show convoys made up mostly of toyota hilux pickups and land krugsers. now abc news has learned that a
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u.s. treasury counterterrorism unit is asking toyota to help them determine how so many of its trucks, both newer and older models, have ended up in the hands of isis. >> there are too many that could be just stolen. >> reporter: former american diplomat mark wallace, who now returns the counterextremism project, says he suspects isis supporters are buying many of the trucks from toyota dealerships and then turning them over to the terror group. >> we believe that sales are being diverted from these dealerships in order to support isis. i think it's a concern of the united states government and their allies. >> reporter: the iraqi ambassador to the united states says isis has hundreds of brand new toyotas in its fleet. >> how could they -- these four-wheel drives, hundreds of them. where are they coming from? >> reporter: toyed says it does not know how isis is getting its vehicles and that it is impossible to control indirect or black market sales. but no one from toyota would agree to appear in our report. and when we went to last moss
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big toyota dealer meeting in las vegas hotel security officials flashed lights into our camera lens and order us to stop taping or else. >> sir, if you could jt walk right out this way. >> reporter: in a statement to abc news toyota said it's not aware of any of its dealerships violating the company policy to not sell to terrorists. this is all part of a broad u.s. effort by the treasury department to crack down on isis and stop it from using all of its cash to resupply and reequip its terrorist army. brian ross, abc news, new york. >> fascinating report, brian. thank you. auto workers may walk off the job at fiat chrysler plants tomorrow. their union has rejected a tentative contract deal and issued a strike notice. fiat chrysler says it is continuing to work toward an agreement. the union could call a national strike involving all 40,000 members or could stage strikes at specific plants that would cause production problems elsewhere. a new development in the volkswagen emissions test cheating scandal. a massive recall of those 11 million diesel-powered calls
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will begin in january and is expected to take all of next year. in the u.s. the fix must first be approved by the epa. we're expected to learn more when vw head of american operations appears before congress. and that's tomorrow. now to another mid-air scare. the second medical emergency in the cockpit in only two days. a united airlines co-pilot suffering a seizure, passing out yesterday on a flight from houston to san francisco with nearly 200 people on board. he regained consciousness and was able to walk off the plane on his own when it was diverted to albuquerque. on monday you may recall an american airlines pilot died in the cockpit from an apparent heart attack. to new jersey now and a man from that state is in jail now after being busted with hidden cocaine at newark airport. ten pounds of the drug was found stuffed inside food products. the street value of the cocaine said to be about $170,000. the man had flown in from peru. and now he's facing smuggling
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charges. a consumer alert this morning. if you're going to be making pumpkin pie for thanksgiving, better get that pumpkin filling now. apparently, experts say there isn't enough pumpkins for jack-o'-lanterns at halloween but that might not be the case for the canned pumpkin used in those turkey day pies. the looming shortage is being blamed on june's record rainfall in illinois, which is the center of u.s. pumpkin growing. >> don't we always have one of these shortages we talk about this time of year? >> are we just buying into the hype? >> wasn't there a turkey shortage last year? >> interesting. >> we all survived. >> i'm not taking any risks. i'm going to go -- >> you're going to go out? well, you know it was a beautiful day in new york city yesterday and there was a beautiful event right across from our studios in central park. as you can see, it was all about peace. >> that giant peace sign was organized by the woman you saw there, yoko ono. the widow of former beatle john
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lennon. it was a sort of gift to lennon, who would have sturturned 75 ye old friday. >> more than 200,000 people took part in the peace sign. trying to set a guinness world record for the largest group of people to form a peace sign. they came up a few thousand shot. but still -- >> pretty impressive. >> very impressive scene there. coming up in "the mix" the most elaborate holiday gifts in the just released neiman marcus catalog. what would you pay to send a loved ones into space? >> depends if they return or not. also ahead, the overnight factory worker who just won the $310 million powerball jackpot. her big plans now involve her family, her boss, and her boyfriend. >> but first, presidential candidate ben carson, political firestorm, his comments on gun violence and allowing teachers to carry guns, getting worldwide attention this morning. >> follow us on facebook, and twitter, @abcwnn.
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two accidents marred the annual balloon fiesta in albuquerque, new mexico yesterday. one balloon landed on a tractor-trailer park at an intersection. another became tangled in power lines, knocking out electricity to nearly 3,000 customers. there were no injuries in either accident. more than 500 balloons are taking part in the festival this year. the community college of philadelphia was locked down
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after report of a teenager on campus with a gun. no gun was found, but police believe he may have ditched the weapon. a student said he had had an argument with a teen who had pulled a gun on him but after the dispute the teen walked calmly to class and sat down. witnesses say they never saw a gun. but it was the campus shooting rampage in oregon that's making headlines this morning for republican presidential hopeful ben carson. >> it was carson's comments about what he'd do if a gunman pointed a gun at him that's triggering an uproar. here's abc's cecilia vega. >> reporter: this is what ben carson says he would have done had he come face to face with the gunman in that oregon classroom. >> dr. carson, if a gunman walks up and puts a gun at you and says what religion are you, that is the ultimate test of your faith. >> i'm glad you asked that question. because not only would i probably not cooperate with him, i would not just stand there and let him shoot me. i would say hey, guys, everybody
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attack him, he may shoot me but he can't get us all. >> reporter: carson didn't end there. the gop candidate also bashing president obama's plan to visit with victims, saying if he were elected he would not go. >> i would probably have so many things on my agenda that i'd go to the next one. >> reporter: this all comes after the retired neurosurgeon wrote on facebook, "i never saw a body with bullet holes that was more devastating than taking the right to arm ourselves away." and suggesting some kindergarten teachers should be armed. and defending himself on "the view." >> you said that you'd be very comfortable if kindergarten teachers had guns in the classroom. why do you think that's a good idea? >> not all kindergarten teachers. i said people who are trained. >> okay. >> and understand all the implications. and you obviously are not just going to have a weapon signature on the kindergarten teacher's desk. >> reporter: the republican candidates all speaking out against gun control since last week's shooting but in iowa hillary clinton making the case for tougher laws. >> we have to act against those
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people who should not have guns in the first place. >> reporter: and ben carson accusing hillary clinton and president obama of playing politics with these mass shootings. but right now he's the one making headlines on that very topic. cecilia vega, abc news, musketini, iowa. >> reporter: the federal law enforcement association releasing comments saying dr. carson's may seem tactically reckless but they have great merit. we should learn from 9/11 that if not for the brave passengers on flight 93 who exerted extraordinary courage the fatality count may have been worse. >> okay. many people would be surprised that they're coming out in favor of this. but it does seem a little reckless but it's also a good thing for carson. when he made comments, controversial comments about muslims, he gained more than $500,000 in funds in support within a 24-hour period. so we'll see what sort of impact this has. >> so you think he's sort of
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reaching out to a specific target of republican voters? >> i'm not sure that he's reaching out. i think he's just speaking his mind and he's having some success fund-raising as a result. >> okay. >> so we'll see. coming up, america's newest multimillionaire. >> yes. the lucky factory worker from michigan who's the sole winner of last week's $310 million powerball lottery jackpot. how long it took her to check her numbers. straight ahead. and ahead in our next half hour, what happened to this arizona mother in an airplane bathroom? what one flight attendant did to her that's causing an online uproar. you're watching "world news now."
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♪ we are learning more this morning about america's newest
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millionaire. >> the factory worker from western michigan who won $310 million in last week's powerball lottery drawing may have one thing in common with us. she worked the overnights. and here's abc's -- >> reporter: the dream of hopeful lottery players comes true for 50-year-old julie leach. >> it's crazy. >> reporter: the sole winner of last wednesday's powerball jackpot for 310 million bought her ticket at this gas station in three rivers, michigan on her way to work the overnight shift at a fiberglass factory. >> oh, i quit automatically. i was done. >> reporter: but she didn't quit as soon as she could have. she waited until her lunch break to check her numbers. >> i was having a really bad night at work. thought might as well check my numbers while i'm sitting here waiting for my lunch. i didn't believe it. i had to go back to work and get verified from a couple other
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co-workers and just couldn't believe it. >> reporter: leach is taking the lump sum, about 140 million after taxes. so what will she do with all that cash? a little house shopping. leach says she will stay in michigan and buy up property for her family. >> i'm going to take care of my kids. i don't want them to have to work like i had to work and deal with the kind of things that i had to deal with over life. i just want to make it a good life for them. >> reporter: and there may be a marriage proposal in her future from her partner of-3036 years. >> i said he'd have to sign a prenup now. >> reporter: leach says she has hired an atern and financial adviser who would help her manage the money. reena? kendis? >> bazi, thank you. she has 11 grandkids. so that money's going to spread out over all the kids. what would you -- would you still be working here if you had luck? buying -- >> maybe not the overnights. but i might be selling lottery
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to go the distance with you. go long. and now it's time for "the mix." hard to believe that christmas is around the corner. >> yes. >> since 1926 neiman marcus has issued their christmas book. lots of fun things in there, right? among the cool things that you can get, for $150,000 an arch mo motorcycle and ride experience. this is keanu reeves and guard holinger's motorcycle company. they'll take you on a two-day ride along the california coast. another is a tour of italy. and that's $150,000. >> 150,000 for a tour of italy? ? yep. and then it gets better. there's also a world view edge of space trip. $90,000 per person. >> that makes sense at 90,000. >> you do? you think so? >> yeah. expensive to go to space, outer space. >> and this one, my kind of
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favorite. the iris atfell, 93-year-old fashion icon. you'll get a trunk of her accessories for $80,000. >> some pricey accessories. >> they include vintage finds handcrafted by women globally that inspired her personally. >> i looked through the christmas catalog, and i've got to admit i could not find this particular thing in catalog. this lamp that was designed by some folks in london. it says it gives you a sense of lasting enjoyment. look at that. that's how you turn on these lamps. >> that is not what i'm thinking. >> it's called the slap it lamp. you can slap it, pinch it -- >> wait. you're glossing over something here. this is someone's booty. >> this is 'form of a butt. clearly it's not nikki minaj's booty because it wouldn't fit on that screen. >> oh. >> but you have 10 different colors you can light it up in. >> and this is really selling? >> it's 149 pounds. less than $300. >> the butt is $149? >> yes.
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the lamlamp. >> you mean $149 in london -- >> xwrep le >> yes. less than 300 -- >> okay. they have a new music video based on bieber's "what do you mean." take a look. it's pretty impressive. ♪ when you nod your head yes but you want to say no ♪ ♪ what do you mean ♪ when you don't want me no more ♪ ♪ but you tell me to go >> very cool. >> isn't that cool? >> it was directed choreographed edited and filmed by david moore, and it is pretty impressive i think. this should actually be justin bieber's. is his music video better than this one? >> it's very cool. if i was bieber i would look into this for the video to this song. it's hard enough to do it on a segway, just walk down the street or the sidewalk. this is very impressive to coordinate this. you're wowed by it. that's the news for this half hour.
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this morning on "world news now," washed away. property and lives as well as dreams destroyed. in the historic floods in the carolinas. the imminent threat in the hours ahead as this emergency is far from over. controversial comments from presidential candidate ben carson. his views on gun violence. the oregon campus shooting and the president's tribute to those victims. setting off a heated debate. and new this half hour, bill cosby one step closer to a criminal investigation. >> the brand new lawsuit filed by a fashion model. why her case is being watched so closely by prosecutors. and later, tom hanks proves he's a heroic gentleman away from the movie screen. what he did to make sure an i.d. card he found in the park was returned to its owner. it's lost and found in "the


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