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grab your bag . it's on™west so our low fares stay low. ( ding ) book now at i'm dan harris, and this is "world news." tonight, swept away. a rogue wave from hurricane bill crashes into a crowd watching the rough surf if maine, pulling at least a dozen people out to sea, including a 7-year-old girl. first vacation. the first family is now on mar than's vineyard, though the president won't get a break from the health care fight. there's talk of a side trip to go see his ailing ally ted kennedy. the new math. colleges swamped by last minute pleas for more financial aid. a record number of students can't pay their tuition. and, leap of faipt.
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tough times force two churches, one white and one black, to merge. can two vastly different congregations find common can two vastly different congregations find common ground? captions paid for by abc, inc. good evening. we're going to start tonight with breaking news out of maine, where a huge wave kicked up by hurricane bill pulled at least a dozen people out into the at late tick ocean. the storm had been losing steam all weekend, as it spun north, but the wave hit a spot in acadia national park, called thunder hole, where as one guide book puts it, visitors can experience the thunder of the sea against the rocky shores. today, that experience turned into a disaster. stephanie sy is along the coast tonight. stephanie, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, dan. well, bar harbor, maine, as most of the east coast was under a
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high surf advisory today. at this hour, the coast guard is continuing to search for two missing people, but the incident was several hours ago, and that water is a cold 55 degrees. they were able to rescue nine people, some of them suffer broken bones. we have learned that a 7-year-old girl was pulled from the water, unresponsive, and we do not have word on her condition tonight. >> we had three ultimately handed over to ems. there's about nine people involved. one male with a heart problem. we had a female with a broken leg. to the best of our knowledge, we know the wave came over the rock, swept them offshore. >> reporter: this is video from a stormy day in 2006 at the national park. the crowd today was watching the unusually high surf kicked up by hurricane bill in the same area of thunder hole. as you can see, the waves can be unpredictable. the high tide from the new moon cycle combined with the affects of bill, which passed offshore maine early saturday, creating
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massive waves. the arnd ya was under a high surf advisory. the high seas have been a spectacle all weekend for people from cape cod to canada, despite the danger. the waves continue to be larger than normal, even at this beach, which was closed until just an hour ago. people here are swimming at their own risk, dan. all weekend, they were saying, do not go into the water. people cannot stay away. they were not taking hurricane bill all that seriously. of course, until this tragic incident. dan? >> so, you are several hours south of bar harbor, acadia national park. how are the conditions up there affecting the ongoing surge? >> reporter: well, i think what's happening is that there's only a couple hours of light. the coast guard has a helicopter in the sky, they have a plane in the sky. they have boats searching for these people. but remember, the high surf is continuing, at least until tomorrow, so, we're talking about nine foot seas they are
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contending with as they search for the two missing people. >> stephanie sy along the northeast coast tonight in massachusetts, thank you. after waiting a couple of hours for the hurricane to pass by, president obama and his family arrived today on martha's vineyard. but on his vacation, he's going to be dealing with the health care debate, and there are reports tonight that the president may pay a sick call to viz chief ally in this fight, his friend, senator ted kennedy, who is nearby, fighting brain cancer. yunji de nies is on martha's vineyard tonight. >> reporter: good evening, dan. the obamas are spending a week-long vacation here. the first full-week off since the president took office in january. the first family hopes to spend quality time together, but the issues back home are following him here. the first family arrived under sunny skies after hurricane bill skimmed this coast, but there's another storm the president can't escape, the contentious fight on health care reform. abc news has learned the secret
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service was at the kennedy family compound today, preparing for a possible presidential visit with senator ted kennedy, who is staying a short helicopter ride away. the ailing senator, who is battling a brain tumor, has been pushing health care reform for decades, but missed much of the debate in washington. so the president would have a chance to discuss the issue in person. conservative critics are attacking mr. obama for leaving town. >> the beach is nice this time of year, but while president obama vacations, concerns mount about his health care plan. >> reporter: the president has no public schedule. so, unlike last week where he was front and center -- >> one of the options we want to provide them is a public option. there's been a lot of confusion about this, so let me just clarify. >> reporter: this week, he'll do his pushing behind the scenes from this secluded 28-acre estate, making calls to key members of congress. the blue heron farm rents for an estimated $30,000 to $50,000 a week. the white house says the obamas are paying their own way.
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still, in a time of near double-digit unemployment, there are some concerns this pricey getaway sends the wrong message. >> i do think some will make the case that when he is proposing an increase in government and his popularity is falling and the unemployment rate is high that this is a president who doesn't see the problems of average americans. >> i don't think the american people begrudge a president taking some time with his family >> reporter: no word on when the president might visit senator kennedy. we do not expect to see much of mr. obama this week. the white house has repeatedly asked the press to give their family privacy during their time together. dan? >> yunji de nies on martha's vineyard tonight. if the president does go to see senator kennedy that get together could help rally democrats as the president pushes for one of kennedy's life long goals. universal health coverage. but tonight, that goal seems as illusive as ever.
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senior correspondent john cochran is in washington tonight. john, good evening to you. >> reporter: neither the president nor sarah palin were talking today, but they were talked about. palin has said mr. obama would set up death panels that could encourage euthanasia. asked about that, an uneasy john mccain refused to condemn his former running mate for what the president has called an extraordinary lie. >> reporter: so you think sarah palin was right? >> look, i don't think they were called death panels, don't get me wrong. but it does open it up to decisions being made as -- that should be left, those choices left to the patient and the individual. >> reporter: mccain and other republicans said today they will negotiate on health care if the president drops the public or government-run insurance option. republican senator charles grassley says the white house has made compromise difficult. >> the president's told me lots of times he wants bipartisanship, and part of the problem is, you get conflicting signals out of the white house. >> reporter: the president appears to have intentionally
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sent conflicting signals. fearful of losing liberals in the house, the white house says he want an option for government-run insurance. fearful of losing moderates votes in the senate, the president signals he is willing to consider other options. the white house hopes that even if the two houses pass very different bills, they will then work out a compromise. >> the white house has always known that if it sets lines in the dust, it's going to end with conflicts and probably end up striking out. >> reporter: but the absence of the ailing ted kennedy has hurt attempts at compromise in the senate. >> he had a unique way of sitting down with the parties at a table and making the right concessions which really are the essence of successful negotiations. >> reporter: so dan, if the president does visit senator kennedy this week, it's a pretty safe bet that mr. obama will listen closely to any advice that the senator has to offer. >> john cochran in washington tonight, thank you. this, as you may know is the final weekend for the government's wildly popular cash for clunkers program. it ends at 8:00 tomorrow night.
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but some car dealers are calling it quits early, so, today, their lots were full of frenzied buyers. here's john hendren. >> reporter: it's the end of the road for cash for clunkers. >> this is the last day. we came in today to get it. >> reporter: here at this toyota dealership, employees counted down the hours and the deals. >> people are making deals one after another. >> i had been sort of thinking about it and putting it off. when i heard about monday's deadline, i decided to jump on it. >> reporter: it's cause for celebration here. with 18 locations, darcars has sold 1464 cars through the cash for clunkers program. 80% of overall sales. but getting the government to make good on up to $4500 per car has been slow going. how many of those have you been paid for? >> nine. >> reporter: so the federal government opens you for almost 1400? >> correct. >> reporter: that's $5.8 million darcars has tied up in
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government ious. >> we never, ever dreamed that it would be tied up for as long as it is. >> reporter: and there's the paperwork. more than a dozen forms for each sale. the program ends at 8:00 p.m. monday, but darcars will stop taking clunkers tonight and spend the last day processing paper. this location sold 53 cars yesterday, a record in recent memory. they're unlikely to sell that many today, as they are running out of cars. this lot is usually full. as dealers across the country worry that sales will dry up tuesday morning, the darcars sales staff is contemplating another problem. some have sold the demo models they'd be using for transportation. tonight, some of them are wondering how they'll get home. john hendren, abc news, maryland. now to medical news, and help for pregnant women dealing with depression, an all too common condition and one that poses a dilemma for doctors and parntds. here's andrea canning. >> reporter: heather armstrong's
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first pregnancy should have been th happiest time of her life. but when she went off her antidepressant, it became a nightmare. >> i started to have panic attacks. when i finally had my daughter it was total feelings of wanting to commit suicide. >> reporter: armstrong was hospitalized for serious depression. so, during her second pregnancy, she and her doctor decided she would stay on prozac. >> i'm a better mother having been medicated. i really do feel like i am there fully mentally for my child and emotionally. >> reporter: as many as 23% of expectant mothers suffer from depression. now a new report offers concrete guidelines in deciding whether or not to take an anti-depressant. >> the hope is as a result of this report, more o.b.'s will be savvy to depressive symptoms. >> reporter: the report recommends women with mild depression rely on talk therapy. but those with suicidal feelings or feelings of hopelessness need more aggressive treatment. >> they are the women that need to stay on medication through pregnancy and beyond.
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>> reporter: doctors say there is no separating the health of the mother from the health of her baby. some studies suggest that untreated depression can lead to poor prenatal care, premature delivery and even developmental problem for the child later on. there is some evidence linking anti-depressant to rare fetal abnormalities, but doctors caution the jury is still out. >> we simply don't have enough evidence to say it is coming from the anti-depressants or the depression itself? >> reporter: today heather armstrong has two healthy daughters. >> the anxiety during my first pregnancy stole some of the most beautiful moments of my daughter's life from me. >> reporter: precious moments she's now treasuring the second time around. andrea canning, abc news, new york. and one quick note from overseas tonight. a state of emergencies that been declared outside of athens, greece, where a huge wildfire is closing in on the northern suburbs. at least 10,000 people have been forced to evacuate already. italy, france and cyprus have
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sent their fire fighting aircraft to help out. and coming up on "world news," as students head off to college, a record number are finding that they cannot pay their tube pigs. is it too late now to get hall snp. two churches, one black and one white. now merging to save money. can they break through one of the most persistent devilds in this country? and the tiniest bank in america. no atms, no drive through, and no talk of a bailout. bad cholesterol but your good cholesterol and triglycerides are still out of line? then you may not be seeing the whole picture. ask your doctor about trilipix. if you're at high risk of heart disease and taking a statin to lower bad cholesterol, along with diet, adding trilipix can lower fatty triglycerides and raise good cholesterol to help improve all three cholesterol numbers.
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talk to your doctor and ask if toviaz is right for you. college students all over the country are heading back to campus this week, and if more of them, their first stop is going to be the financial aid office. in this bleak economy, there are a lot of families who cannot afford tuition and who are scrambling for last minute help. ray chal martin has that story. >> reporter: the financial aid office as george mason unit is swamped with calls and questions. >> one of your parents lost their job? what is his projected income going to be for 2009? >> bankruptcy. >> reporter: john leinberger's dad recently lost his home building business. now he needs help paying his tuition. >> the banks are knocking on the door, and he can't help me out at all with student loans. >> reporter: he's not the only one. >> we've probably received a two-fold increase as far as how many appeals we've received this year compared to last year.
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>> reporter: colleges and universities around the country are seeing record numbers of financial aid applications and thousands of last minute appeals, leaving schools scrambling to meet the demand. the u.s. department of education sent a letter last spring asking colleges and universities to "reach out to your students, particularly those who seem to have hit a rough patch, to make sure that they know there may be ways that you can help." federal loans and grants have caps, but individual schools can fund a needy student's education, depending on the school's finances. >> i've never seen anything like it before. >> reporter: sarah bauder directs financl aid for the university of maryland. her school set up an emergency aid fund for families who come in with stories like this. >> the father couldn't look at me. he kept looking at the table. and he said, "i can't afford for my daughter to go to college." and he was so shamed. >> reporter: but there are limits even to what schools can do. >> there's going to be some students that have to go part time to the community college,
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rather than the four-year public or have to go in-state than out of state. >> reporter: before making any big decisions, school officials say visit your college financial aid office, because the only way to get more help is to ask for it. rachel martin, abc news, washington. and coming up, two churches merging, bringing a century-old racial divide. can two very different congregations get along? (announcer) take your time to find the right time with cialis for daily use... a clinically proven, low-dose tablet for erectile dysfunction you take every day so you can be ready anytime the moment is right. tell your doctor about your medical condition and all medications and ask if you're healthy enough for sexual activity. don't take cialis if you take nitrates for chest pain, as this may cause an unsafe drop in blood pressure. don't drink alcohol in excess with cialis. side effects may include headache, upset stomach, delayed backache or muscle ache. to avoid long term injury seek immediate medical help
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martin luther king jr. once called 11:00 a.m. on sunday the most se regaited hour in america. that notion is being challenged by two churches in kentucky. one black, the other white. abc's eric horng has our "closer look." ♪ >> reporter: they gathered under one roof. two southern baptist congregations, taking a true leap of faith. did you ever think you'd see a day like this? >> no, not really. >> reporter: before today, these followers had spent a lifetime worshipping separately. whites in this church. blacks in this other one, seven miles away. but when the recession hit, pastors lincoln bingham and mark payton said a merger made sense, and not just
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economically. the white church needed younger members. the black church a larger space. both found the answer in the bible's message of inclusion. >> there's no point in preaching the word or teaching the word if you aren't going to live the word. >> reporter: in an age when racially-diverse schools and workplaces are the rule, integrated churches are still the rare exception. only 5% nationwide are considered mixed-race. it may be a matter of style. the black church historically has been more celebratory. the white church more stoic. >> in church, we lay ourselves bare. we lay ourselves open. we come to eat together and it's in those intimate spaces that our racial stereotypes get exposed in ways we don't always even know. >> reporter: blending vastly-different church cultures won't be easy, especially for a denomination, southern baptist, whose racial divide has its roots in slavery. >> it will be a challenge, but i
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think god has put these two congregations together, and the people we will rise to that challenge. >> reporter: at today's service, not everyone seemed comfortable. and about 20% of the church's original members have gone elsewhere. >> if you've been somewhere for your whole life, it's a difference, and they don't understand where i'm coming from when i say that church is history. >> reporter: but most here seem to embrace their new church. one that's practicing what many only preach. eric horng, abc news, louisville, kentucky. coming up, banking in the slow lane. america's smallest bank may also be the most reliable. with rheum s like my life is .split in two. there's the ife i live. and the life i want to live. fortunately, there's enbrel. enbrel can help relieve .pain, stiffness, fatigue, and stop joint damage. because enbrel suppresses .your immune system, it may lower your ability .to fight infections. serious, sometimes fatal, .events including infections,
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here it is today. >> we claim to be an antique bank run by antiques. there's nobody here under 70. >> reporter: bank president r.r. wiley is 85 and still comes to work everyday writing checks on his typewriter. he has two employees, 76-year-old lela coates -- that's her opening the vault -- and on the adding machine is the 71-year-old neta eldridge. the trio runs america's smallest bank with machines so old they couldn't find anyone to fix them if they ever broke down. >> i ask for 90 cents and that's what i got. >> most of what we do is in our head. but because of the government, we have to keep a certain amount of paperwork. >> reporter: this place redefines bankers' hours. it's open five hours a day. closed at noon for an hour lunch. and if you don't get your money by three in the afternoon, you're out of luck. one more thing the bank doesn't
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have -- an atm. if you want your money, you have to walk up to the teller and ask for it. mr. wiley's attitude is if you need money after hours, you're probably up to no good. customers say that inconvenience is a fair trade for this personal service. >> is mr. wiley in? >> yes. >> they know you by name when you come in. you don't have to worry about where your money is going. >> they can call and tell you that you need to put some money in your account. >> reporter: and it's working. oakwood only has 471 people. the oakwood state bank has more than 600 customers and three employees who aren't going anywhere. >> they will probably drag me out one day. >> reporter: from a bank that doesn't need a bailout and certainly isn't too big to fail. ryan owens, abc news, oakwood, texas. that's going to do it for "world news" on this sunday. tomorrow on "good morning america" the latest from maine on those people swept out to sea. i'm dan harris. for all of us here at abc news,
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