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good morning, america, on this monday, september 28th. breaking news. an international tug of war over oscar winning director roman polanski, arrested 31 years after fleeing the u.s. on a sex charge. france and poland ask hillary clinton to release him and exclusively his attorney speaks to us. also, breaking overnight iran rattling sabers firing off its longest range missile. an intelligence expert tells us what the u.s. should do next.
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medical mix-up. dozens of parents find out their hospital mislabeled or lost the embryos being stored. and simon cowell about to become the highest paid television performer turns his critical eye on himself, his failure, losing money and for the first time the lessons of the long way back. and here we are on a monday. good morning, america. i'm diane. with robin. 76 years old, roman polanski. true international incident. the french cultural minister called it absolutely horrifying. >> international chess game this morning. we have discovered that the oscar-winning director such as "the pianist" and "chinatown" was taken into custody in switzerland over the weekend. faces extradition to the u.s. for having sex with a minor in 1977. there's been an outstanding warrant for his arrest for more
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than three decades. many developments this morning and our nick watt is in zurich with the latest. good morning, nick. >> reporter: good morning, robin. well, this morning the french and polish foreign ministers have written to hillary clinton asking for clemency when polanski walked foo a police trap here at zurich airport he sparked an international rage. a french minister said there is a scary america that is just showing its face. roman polanski has been on the run since 1978 avoiding countries that might extradite him. he hasn't set foot on u.s. soil in 31 years. he won an oscar for "the pianist" in 2003. ♪ and had harrison ford collect it for him. >> roman polanski. >> reporter: in 1977 polanski pled guilty to having sex with a minor. he was accused of drugging and raining a 13-year-old. he says he didn't know her age. polanski spent 42 days in the california jail being psychologically evaluated then
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he fled to france. >> he wouldn't surrender himself. he pled this jurisdiction to avoid sentencing. he fled the jurisdiction. so it took this long because he was a fugitive. well, now he's no longer a fugitive. >> reporter: now he's in a swiss jail awaiting an extradition hearing. diane sawyer interviewed him in 1994. >> i think at that time i had a hard time to persuade myself that it was wrong. because i don't think anybody was hurt. >> you don't? >> at that time i said. later on i realized, you know, it's just, you know, i was too close to the forest to see the trees. >> reporter: polanski learned his trade in poland and earned global acclaim with his first hollywood feature "rosemary's baby" released in 1968. >> we have to make a baby. >> reporter: the following year his actress wife sharon tate and their unborn son were murdered by followers of charles manson. "chinatown" followed in 1974.
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and then three years later the rape of 13-year-old samantha geimer during a photo shoot. >> he changed me to change and change in front of him and stuff. it didn't feel right. i didn't at that time have the like self-confidence to tell my mother and everyone, no, i'm not going to go. >> reporter: geimer now in her 40s says she has forgiven polanski and does not want him jailed. >> you know, if he could, i'm sure he'd go back and he wouldn't do it again. >> reporter: the swiss say they might grant bail and actually awaiting for an official extradition request from the u.s. he has hired lawyers to fight had his corner. he doesn't want to be cuffed and put on a plane to l.a. robin? >> we'll talk to one of those attorneys. i spoke via phone with his attorney irbe it pomema just moments ago. sir, have you seen or talked to mr. polanski? can you give us an idea of his
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state of mind right now? >> yes, i talked with mr. polanski. he is in very good shape. he was shocked by this but, you know, he wants to struggle and i think that we -- it could be possible for us to obtain his freedom. >> you're going to fight, of course, for his -- fight his extradition. what is your position on this? >> yes, i think that i'm very shocked by the demand of tra tradition because you know this case has been a very long time, 32 years and during this time mr. polanski traveled a lot around the world. he was -- he had both a house in switzerland and couldn't imagine he would be arrested in switzerland. >> do you have any idea why u.s. authorities waited this long to
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act? >> we have no exact idea. we're working on the file, and we will see, but i think that it will be possible for the swiss judge to tell the right and to make mr. polanski free as soon as possible. not at the time we can't comment on what the judge can do but could obtain a decision that would be fair and if he was released he could have some conditions but first we have to make the request and to struggle to obtain his freedom, okay. >> how do you feel about how u.s. authorities, especially in los angeles, are handling this case right now? >> i don't understand really -- don't really understand the positions of the united states authorities and i hope that this position could change in the future, you know. it's a real question for us, but
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i think that it's not finished and the position of mr. polanski could -- the position of the u.s. authorities could change. >> and we thank the lawyer and from an international incident with roman polanski we now turn to an international standoff with iran. after a week of condemnations at the united nations iran answering with a battery of missile tests this morning. firing its 1,200-mile range missile one that can easily reach israel and comes, of course, after the disclosure of a secret nuclear enrichment site. abc senior foreign affairs correspondent martha raddatz following this hourly. martha? >> reporter: even after being caught red-handed iran is clearly not backing down under world pressure. in fact, they are turning up the heat. iran is continuing its dangerous provocation. testing both short and
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long-range missiles sunday and today, yom kippur, the holiest of jewish holidays. israel is outraged calling iran "the most serious threat today to the peace of the world and its security." all this as a once hidden and highly suspicious iranian facility has come to light. >> the islamic republic of iran has been building a covert enrichment facility near qom for several years. >> reporter: on cnn's "larry king." president ahmadinejad denied the project had anything to do with nuclear weapons. >> translator: how can he possibly accuse us of secretly engaging in an activity that did not take place? >> reporter: representatives from the united states, russia, china, britain, france and germany are to meet in geneva with iranian officials on october 1st and will demand immediate access for international nuclear inspectors to the qom facility.
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>> words are not enough. they're going to have to come and demonstrate clearly to the international community what they're up to. >> reporter: on "this week" with george stephanopoulos, the obama administration was talking tough pointing to serious consequences if iran does not comply. >> that their security will be diminished by trying to get nuclear weapons rather than enhanced. >> reporter: while world leaders have pointed to severe sanctions should iran not comply with demands, the president said earlier that iran is feeling the pressure. >> iran is on notice. they are going to have to come clean and they are going to have to make a choice. >> reporter: a choice that the administration and its allies want to come very soon. diane? >> but, martha, let's look at the extreme option for a moment which is military action. you're talking about qom which is this holy shrine for islam so to strike anything near that would be a tinderbox at the very least. are there military options? >> reporter: there certainly are
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military option, diane. the u.s. is currently working on a bomb, a bunker-busting bomb. it's called a massive ordnance penetrator. a 15-ton bomb. it is not like the one you see. the thing you see right there is a bomb that's a conventional bomb. it hits the fast. what this massive ordnance penetrator would do is go very deep into the earth, about 60 yards down and that bomb is almost finished, although as you say, diane, it's not an option the u.s. wants to take. >> okay, martha, our thanks to you. we'll turn now to former cia officer, robert bayer, also the author of a new become about iran called "the devil we know." bob, thanks for coming in. any chance of the military option? >> i doubt it. the chief of staff mullen has said it's the last option simply because iran could retaliate closing the strait of hormuz and could wreak havoc in iraq.
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it would have to be very serious. >> we did hear the defense secretary say he thought that if the iranians don't comply in this round, extreme sanctions would take effect and have an effect. just want to run through for everybody what they would be. if the europeans get on board with the united states, there would be sanctions on cars, machinery, chemicals. if the russians get on board, that's harder, sanctions on weapons, 70% of which come from russia and then if the chinese get on board hardest of all 40% of the refined gasoline even though iran has oil, they don't have refinement capacity and turn to china for that. do you think this would really stop them from developing a nuclear weapon? >> i don't think so, not this regime. ahmadinejad and the islamic revolutionary guard corps which runs the country are very bloody-minded and would look at this as a challenge that they're ready to meet. i mean, they have stated over and over again they will not
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submit to crippling sanctions. they will retaliate. they have a deterrence doctrine which is looking at saudi arabia as i said and the rest of the gulf. i just don't think they'll sit down for this and if they do submit to complete inspections, it will be a humiliation for the regime and i'm not sure it would survive it. >> so what does the u.s. do? >> we're in a tough spot. look, we can move on energy equipment going into iran. we can go after some banks, but that's only marginal. i think we're going to see a step-up of this conflict or this confrontation going into this fall, and we could at some point enter the logic of war and have to bomb. >> the military option, the worst option of all. but let me ask you one question, because we know that this nuclear site that caused so much consternation over recent days is monitored, is entirely on a revolutionary guard base. now, what does that say to you
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that this is in the hands of the revolutionary guard? >> well, we've known about a parallel nuclear program for many years. in fact, when i was in the cia, we used to monitor it. the revolutionary guard wants its own bomb event whalley. i'm not saying now but sometime in the future. what we're seeing is if the revolutionary guard has this bomb, it's? the hands of the hard-liners rather than simply the state of iran. which makes it much more dangerous and that's the reason for the reaction of the obama administration. >> all right. bob, thanks again this morning, again, no way to overestimate the situation and how dangerous it is right now. thanks so much to you. turning to chris cuomo with the other headlines. >> good morning, diane, robin, and good morning, everybody. president obama is under growing pressure to revise his afghanistan war strategy. he meets tomorrow with defense secretary robert gates and his top military advisers. top afghanistan commander general stanley mcchrystal has
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formally requested a troop surge warning his mission rivengs failure without it but there is growing concern it may come at too high a cot. if the philippines the death toll is climbing after the worst flooding in 40 years. more than 140 bodies have been recovered so far. a relentless storm dumped a month's worth of rain in just 12 hours. turning to the economy now, we're expecting to learn this week that the national unemployment rate has edged closer to 10%. figures already show the middle class and the young are being hardest hit. the jobless rate among workers under age 24 has hit 52%. it's the highest in three generations. and layoffs among traditional white collar workers like middle managers are up 56%. some sad news. pulitzer prize winning columnist who paved the way for a generation of conservative pundits has died. william safire wrote for president nixon, nattering nay bombs of and pussyfooters.
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he died of pancreatic cancer, 79 years of age. a major drug bust. the british navy fired on this ship and seized more than 200 bales of cocaine. street value, 3$380 million. michael vick returned to the football field sunday for his first game since serving prison time for dogfighting. gained only seven yards in 11 plays and was thinking of his late grandmother and how she would be proud of him. finally an incredible crash. rookie nascar driver joey logano hit the wall, flipped his car at least seven times before coming to a hard landing. after all this, he walked away. was he hurt? nope. was he sore? nope. but he said no roller coaster in the world could offer such a wild ride. it's the news at 7:15. what you're watching there is a statement of the safety that nascar has built into those vehicles. to go through that and walk away.
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imagine if he was in anything less. >> when you see that, how airborne he is and how many times that he flipped, but you're right, the safety measures that have been taken in recent years. thanks, chris. i'm just happy the sans are 3-0. the new orleans saints, 3-0. >> so are the jets. so are the gentlemens. >> what about your team? >> that would be, what, the cold air team. well, we'll start with that and there's plenty of cold air that begins to move into the country over the next couple of days. we'll take a three-day spell and watch it swing in really. look at chicagoland dropping in the next 24 hours and stays in the 50s, cleveland does about the same thing. even in boston and new york over the next couple of days we'll see the numbers drop by at least 10 degrees. now, the one thing you need to know as this low moves into new york state and pennsylvania it will kick off scattered strong thunderstorms that will be today into tonight. probably new york city area by later on tonight and the big heat, los angeles about 78
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degrees isle cooer but look at vegas at 101. phoenix at 10, tucson, 102. all kind of shoved into the southwest. reno and sacramento are still in the 80s. yep, it's still warm in the western coast there. seattle at about 62 degrees. that cold air does unlock and also help swing drier air and deep south after such a heavy week of rain last week finally gets a good at of sunshine and in a lot of locations including atlanta.
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comi coming up in the next half hour with these cooler temperatures in the great lakes and new england also come some big winds today and tonight. we'll talk about that. robin? >> all right, sam. what began as one woman's revolt could spark a national revolution. after bank of america raised a california woman's interest rates on her credit card, she unleashed her anger online. her video went viral and now her bank is responding and other disgruntled customers are taking notice. dan harris has more. >> there comes a time when we must make a stand and my time is now.
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>> reporter: after anne says bank of america jacked up her credit card rates and refused to lower them. >> 30% apr. i could get a better rate from a loan shark. >> reporter: she took her case to youtube. >> i'm staging a debtors' revolt right here right now and thereby refuse to pay you one more red cent on your 30% credit card account. >> reporter: the video went viral with more than 300,000 views. and then came this triumphant encore video in which she announced a bank of america executive had called her to cut a deal. >> mr. crawford tried to get me to agree to 16.99% on the account and i said, no. >> reporter: she says she bargained him down to 12.99%. in a statement bank of america seemed to confirm her story saying "based on additional information we received from her about her situation, we reached a mutually agreeable resolution." >> just because my personal account situation has apparently been resolved, which is a small
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victory for this debtors revolt movement but we still have a war to fight. >> reporter: she is now launching a new website and promising a continued crusade against the big banks. for "good morning america," dan harris, abc news, new york. >> not taking it anymore. how many times has mellody hobson told us about picking up the phone, something like that doesn't happen, she decided to go viral. >> well, coming up an american college student accused of murdering her roommate in italy. after two years in jail, countless witnesses called to trial. it is almost over. what is the evidence saying at this point? later as many as 100 embryos mislabeled as a fertility clinic. how this could happen.
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good morning, i'm meteorologist susan schrak, a beautiful start to the work week. a take a look at this picture of the sunrising over the horizon, a beautiful start to the morning. 54 degrees right now, relative humidity 97%, wind is calm. and it will be picking up through the course of the day. there you can see just to the west a little bit of rain activity coming in just into the western portion there at the mountains. that will be making its way across to us, most of the energy travels to the north of us though and we are left with clouds and windy conditions kicking in as we head into the afternoon hours. here is what it looks like 57 degrees for most of us this morning, 69 by noon, a couple clouds moving in 77 degrees, maybe a stray thunderstorm in there for us this afternoon. let's see how the roads with here's kim. we don't have any problems at 95 approaching the white marsh boulevard in both directions. traffic is traveling below speed on the southbound lanes, that's
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expected as you approach the 695 and 895 split. a crash in baltimore city at howard and chase streets, avoid that area. inner loop we're dealing with a crash at security boulevard that blocks two left lanes. delays begin at the b more national pike. abington we have traffic lights not working at route 24 and emerton road. downtown pratt and president street, no problem getting on or off the jfx at this time. we'll be back with your morning news update next. looking to save more? use your giant card and get double the number of deals, like dannon yogurt, a weekly special, 20 for $8. pepperidge farm goldfish, a multiweek real deal, 5 for $10, and other great deals. enjoy more savings, only with your giant card.
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and glenmore to unveil the first of 51 speed cameras they plan to put around public schools. baltimore city and county approved installing the cameras in 15 school zones. the city plans to issue warning tickets the first month with $40 citations to follow beginning november 1st. maryland's new ban on texting while driving also goes into effect this week. the law takes effect thursday, prohibits writing or sending text messages but not reading text messages while driving. assistant state's attorney general katherine row says police officers will have a lot of discretion with this new law. enforcement will be based on what officers see like other laws. the new law fines drivers $500 if they're caught writing or sending a text message while driving a car. the ex-wife of convicted dc sniper john allen mohammed is publishing a memoir about her life with him. mildred mohammed says her book is based on journals that she
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that is amanda knox, the american college student on trial in italy for murdering her roommate. after two years it has now come down to the closing arguments in this long, long case. so what happens to her now? we will have the latest in just moments as we say good morning, america, on this monday morning alongside diane sawyer, i'm robin roberts. >> and also coming up, dozens of babies switched. this possibility? switched before birth? a fertility clinic has suspended
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operations after mislabeling at many as 100 embryos and hospital and medical facilities say that a number of embryos they are unable to account for. what does that mean? unable to account for? how does this happen? we'll delve in this morning. later, we'll get our flu shots right here on the air. these are seasonal flu, the regular flu, not the swine flu shots but time to get started and we'll answer all the questions about shots and the upcoming flu season ahead. but we begin and get right to amanda knox's trial. over the defense they called the last witness. now after nearly spending two years in an italian jail she will learn her fate. here's our david muir. >> reporter: after seven months of hearings and more than 100 witnesses the final witnesses took the stand over the weekend. among them a dna expert called by amanda knox's defense team would took aim at the kitchen knife prosecutors believe was the weapon used to murder british student meredith
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kerchner. prosecutors say amanda knox's dna was found on the handle and that her roommate kercher's dna was found on the blade but they told the court it was too small to be reliable and that the knife easily could have been inadvertently contaminated at the lab. amanda knox's attorneys also point out it's never been proven that was the actual knife. a coroner testifying it doesn't match the injuries. prosecutors have tried to convince the court it was amanda knox then boyfriend italian raffaello sollecito who held meredith kerchner by the shoulders as amanda knox fatally stabbed her but with closing arguments expected next amanda knox's attorneys will not only point to these new questions surrounding the knife they'll also point out none of amanda knox's dna was actually found in meredith kerchner's bedroom. they point to amanda knox's own testimony explaining discrepancies. she originally told police she recalled a vision of herself cowering in the kitchen as kercher was killed but later said she was at her boyfriend's house the entire knife night.
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that was the result of brutal interrogation, she says and finally the defense will point to a third person, rudy guede who sold drugs already convicted in the murder. the defense will point out he was with meredith kerchner at a party the night before her murder and that it was his dna and his dna alone found in the room where kercher was murdered. for "good morning america," david muir, abc news, new york. joining us live from seattle is attorney anne bremner, also a spokesperson for friends of amanda knox. anne, thanks very much for joining us. i know you've been in contact with her family. how are they doing right now? >> well, i think that they're hopeful that justice will be done this morning. but, you know, this has been every parent's nightmare and such a long journey. we're coming up on two-year anniversary, the two-year anniversary of this horrible crime which was committed by a perch that's been convicted and is in prison. >> amanda's defense team seem to be hinging their case on
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implications of contaminated evidence and tampering and such trying to, of course, establish a reasonable doubt that we often hear in the american court system. how is it different in italy, anne? >> it's a completely different system. first of all, these jurors aren't questioned like they are here about what they've read, and they don't have to be unanimous. eight jurors and two judges and then in terms of their deliberation process, they don't -- they don't have to have -- they have input from the judge that is different from what we have here in the united states. we have a great system here. and it's something so different that we see in italy. what the defense has done here is tried to look at this evidence and say, you know, witnesses can lie but the evidence never lie. >> part of the problem in her defense is that the conflicting statements she made when she was under -- being questioned by the police and her defense put up a psychologist and trying to explain her state of mind at the
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time. do you think they did a good case of pleading her side of it there? >> i do. we have the miranda rule in the united states about coerced confessions that you can't -- have you a right to a lawyer and a right to remain silent, those types of things we take for granted. she was questioned for over 41 hours, was hit in the head and there were stressors there and suggestibility, so, you know, it's a whole different situation and finally they asked her to imagine what could have happened had she been there. >> so what happens now and we know that the last witness has been called. closing arguments. i know it's different from what it is here in the u.s. >> it's absolutely so different. of course, it's based on roman law. ours is common law from britain. but the fact is there may be an independent inquiry. we don't know. they're going to reconvene on the 9th and 10th of october to look into that issue but then if that's not brought under way, then there will be closing arguments which could go on for
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some time. but, you know, they're not in session. they weren't in session. there was a hiatus over the entire summer and in session like a couple of days a week. >> you've been watching it closely. you're an attorney. what is your gut? when you're -- all this evidence, what do you think? >> you know, i'm cautiously optimistic. i think in justice anywhere in justice everywhere and closely watching it in seattle and europe and i think the world is watching but the evidence right now, there's no evidence that links her at all. it's not the murder weapon involved. the dna doesn't match. there's not enough to even be measured. there's no physical evidence at all to connect her and reasonable doubt is clearly established. >> thank you for your insight and know that we're thinking of her. thanks so much. 36 minutes after the hour. another check of the weather with sam. >> western wildfires and start with at least yakima, pictures out of yakima, washington, talk about the 12 large portfolios
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out in the west and at least five of them are in oregon, believe it or not, been very hot and dry as of late. we'll watch some cooler temperatures swing into the northwest over the next 24 hours that could even deliver a little mountain snow in oregon around 4,000 feet and above but still not going to help in the southwest. here's our red flag warnings and the fire weather watches are out in the other areas. at least 10, 12 states out west have those fire weather watches or warnings out so still very hot and dry there. here's a shot of some cooler air that drops in. which list ston, duluth, marquette, michigan. with this low moving across into the northeast, all areas will pick up some very windy conditions over the next 24 hours and a little bit of chill after that. so first comes the gusty winds even in detroit and chicago and marquette. could be some airport delays because of
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now we turn to the medical mix-up raising questions about precision and care in in vitro fertilization clinics. a woman in ohio gave birth to a baby that is not hers and a clinic in new orleans is closed after mislabeling saying they can't account for dozens of embryos. what are these signs about what are the details? andrea canning has more. >> reporter: in the ultimate medical mix-up as many as 100 embryos at this new orleans infertility clinic were labeled wrong. already facing the hardships of conceiving some couples are now suing over the loss of embryos and the emotional toll this error has taken. >> it's been incredibly emotionally taxing for them. there is initially there's the shock and then comes the fear. there's the fear of, well, where
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is it. >> reporter: ochsner has suspended operations for now but say none were implanted in the wrong mother. >> it was just surreal. unbelievable. >> shannon morrell wasn't so lucky. her embryo was implanted into another woman's woman. carolyn savage carried it and gave birth to the baby boy last week. >> we have to turn away from our loss and focus on the gift we're giving their family. >> they have high morals and ethics and are willing to do what's right. >> reporter: not everyone find that kind of resolution and there are many things that can go wrong with more than 100,000 embryo transfers every year in the u.s. kitty sued her california fertility clinic because she says her eggs were accidentally combined with sperm that wasn't her husband's. >> they had gotten the slots mixed up in the incubator and we
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were pretty crushed. it was devastating. >> reporter: that clinic wouldn't comment on the allegations but doctors say human error is almost always the culprit. >> we're in a practice where there is zero tolerance for error. you cannot have an error because it affects so many lives. >> reporter: for "good morning america," andrea canning, abc news, new york. and joining us now live from new orleans is attorney melanie laguard representing kim and abraham whitney a couple suing suit against the hospital in new orleans for losing their four frozen embryos and maybe 100 to 125 couples have been affected. let me understand what happened. emily, age 2, is an in vitro baby from ochsner and go back to have possibly other implanted embryos, have the bloodwork, getting ready for this and what does the hospital say? >> they called them just days before the scheduled transfer of
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the whitneys' frozen embryos and told them that they were lost, that they believed they had either misplaced or mislabeled their embryos. >> misplaced. how do you misplace embryos? >> we have no idea. we really cannot understand and have spent a year now trying to understand and trying to find answers to that exact question, how can you misplace or mislabel someone's baby, someone's human embryos. >> and given you no information whether they scrambled them or were actually thrown into a wastebasket or something? >> they have -- they have no idea. they -- over the past year we've gone through genetic testing to see if they were possibly mislabeled and put in with one of a number of other couples' embryos and all of that came back just on friday and that none of the mislabeled or misidentified or possible tested embryos belonged to the
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whitneys. >> so you have genetically tested all the other embryos there. they have said there's no evidence that they implanted them in the wrong person. do you accept this? >> no. absolutely not and my clients don't accept it either. -- it is their greatest fear at this point that could have happened. we understand that oc hchhsner that concern and there's no evidence of that but at this time we have no evidence provided that it didn't happen. >> they offered an apology to the whitneys. what are the whitneys saying in return? >> the whitneys need a little time to process this. they absolutely appreciate the fact that ochsner has taken responsibility for the situation. that oc hchhsner has apologized do what they can to make it right for their patients but at this point in time i don't know what could make it right for the whitneys.
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they lay awake at night wondering where their embryos might be. >> and, of course, there's the devastating question of having another child. can they try again somewhere else? >> absolutely, absolutely, and although the process is incredibly scary to them at this point, they do have a beautiful child who was the product of in vitro fertilization. they believe in the process. so i think they absolutely will try again. they want a family and a bigger family desperately. >> well, ms. lagarde, thanks again for joining us. we're sending our regards to the whitneys and this is a truly stunning story. we'll be back. >> thank you.
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we promise you will not see grown people cry, but we are going to get our seasonal flu shots right here on the air because it's just as important as getting a swine flu shot and we'll also be answering questions about the combination. >> also later the world's harshest critic turns criticism on himself. what does simon think of sam
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wearing that glove right now? his revealing letter he wrote to himself. that's right. he addressed the packet that he lost his money. he simply squandered it. the failures he's had in his life and he really does take as harsh a look at himself as he does everyone else. >> and we have melissa etheridge. that makes getting a shot worth it. >> now your stay healthy tip of the day bout to you by cvs. >> good hand washing can help against the flu but did you know bar soap is a breeding ground so wash frequently with anti-bacterial soap. for more go to abcnews.com.
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good morning, things are looking nice for us this morning. we have lots of sunshine out there and clear conditions. let's take a look at the temperatures, 97 per rent relative humidity, 54 degrees, a little chilly. wind is calm at this hour, that will be changing.
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satellite and radar composite shows we have mainly clear skies across the state, a little bit of stuff moving in from the west. that will be continuing as we head into the afternoon hours. we may see a couple showers, maybe even a thunderstorm in the northern areas of the state later on today. 77 degrees is where we'll top out and we're going to see windy conditions blowing in there this afternoon. we could see gusts as high as 30 miles per hour. let's check out the roads. here's kim. some heavier traffic we had earlier, here on the outer loop at the harper road area making your way down to providence road has thinned out considerably. you see traffic moving along at a good pace at that point tonight beltway. however, we have some pretty decent delays on the southeast corner of the beltway due to an earlier crash at security boulevard. it's been cleared from the two left lanes, it blocks the left shoulder. delays begin at wilkins avenue. traffic lights not working in abington, route 24 at emerton
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"good morning america" continues with outsmarting the flu. seasonal or h1n1. which shot should you get? we're rolling up our sleeves to keep you healthy. plus, simon says. on the eve of his 00th birthday, the "american idol" megastar judges how he's lived his life so far turning his harshest criticism on himself. and melissa etheridge stepping into our fall concert series spotlight and raising her voice to save lives.
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♪ come to my window ♪ i'll go home soon >> unmistakable voice of melissa etheridge. >> it is. >> good morning, everyone on this the holiest day on the jewish calendar, yom kippur. alongside diane sawyer, i'm be robin. monday, september 28th. as we said we'll take off our jacks here and -- >> pull up our sleeves and get our flu shots here but as we do this we want to tell you who else is coming along. >> i'm getting nervous. where is she going this? started pulling and tugging away. a lot of people have questioned about it. >> we do. also ahead, you know her, she is the poet of everyday life. she took the internet by storm lecturing her kids to the william tell overture. she is the hilarious wonderful anita renfroe and she is with us this morning. why real women do not fear carbs. no, no, no. >> she is a real woman. sometimes it take ace village to change one life and sometimes
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one life can change an entire village. you'll meet a remarkable boy whose determination to build a better life for those he loves literally brought light to the darkness and you will not forget him and you're going to meet him in this hour. >> what a story. it's one of the most wonderful we've ever heard. chris cuomo has got the news. >> should be taking off my tie and getting ready for the shot. i need a pillow for my head for when i faint. good morning, again, everyone. there is word president obama will travel overseas to lobby the international olympic committee to choose chicago for the site of the 2016 games. yunji de nies is at the white house following this for us this morning. yunji, this has never happened before, right? >> reporter: this is a power move by the president. the white house says the president is traveling to copenhagen taking the red eye to seal the deal. this would be major for chicago in terms of economic and infrastructure benefits, and the white house says there were two factors that went into the president's decision, first off the closeness of this race. they believe that chicago has to give everything they've got and
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who better to do that than the president himself. the second is that health care, there was some debate as to whether or not the president would go. he believes the negotiations are in such a place that his absence for just one day won't necessarily hurt the negotiations so he's going thursday night. of course, the first lady is also going and oprah is also going, so, chris, these games before the games are certainly ones to watch. >> all right. yunji, thanks. we'll have to watch that for sure. let's move on. iran says it has successfully completed two days of missile testing intended to showcase its military readiness. among the most lethal, the shehab 3 calling it the most serious threat to the world. representatives from the u.s. and other powers are set to meet with officials there in geneva to demand immediate access to international access for nuclear inspections. an international tug of war is intensifying following the
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arrest of oscar-winning director roman polanski. three decades after fleeing the u.s., polanski is awaiting an extradition hearing in a swiss jail for the 1977 rape of a 13-year-old girl in california. authorities in his native france and in poland where he began his career have now appealed to secretary of state hillary clinton for polanski's release. polanski's agent defended him this an interview with the bbc this morning. >> if you also look at the broader issues in his life that contribute to someone's psychological makeup going back to the holocaust, going back to the tate killings -- manson killings of his wife, who knows? >> at this point they say bail for him is not out of the question. the government in the philippines is pleading for international help this morning after the country's worst flooding in decades. at least 140 people have died
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after a fierce weekend storm and the region is now bracing for more bad weather this week. we do have good news this morning as we head into the winter months. the price of heating oil, it's expected to be half of what it was last year. a new report predicts prices will be about $2.70 a gallon depending where you live. finally it is being called the largest nondisaster free health care clinic in history. almost 1,800 people showed up for me medical care at a clinic provided by dr. mehmet oz a frequent guest on our show and on oprah. hundreds had checkups and minor procedures. lines starting forming before dawn. that is the news at 8:05. time for the weather. mr. sam champion ready to get his flu shot, as well. >> yep, yep, chris, remember we asked them if i could give you your flu shot and you could give me my flu shot but they said there was some kind of medical licensing thing. >> you asked to give it to me in my neck, sam. that's not nice.
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>> well, yeah, you know. good morning, everybody. >> all: good morning. >> can i tell you, sweep the crowd just a little bit. this is a huge crowd this morning. just -- i'm telling you right outside times square. let's get to a few spots to have coffee with us this morning and brought her little sign to say good morning. you're going to get on tv, donna. that's just the way it is. happy birthday. happy birthday, everybody. show the picture of your dad too. isn't he the spitting -- your name? >> jake. >> aw. >> don't you look exactly like your father? people tell you that? >> yes. >> what do you think about that? do you like that. >> no, i look like me, you say. to the boards. one or two things we want to tell you about. a system letting loose out of the great lakes moving into the northeast and as it does some strong gusty winds. here's a couple of wind watches and warnings around the great
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a huge monday morning crowd in times square. more weather in the next half hour, chris, robin, diane. >> sam, get up here. it's time for your seasonal flu shot and flu season is truly upon us. which raises questions also about swine flu as well as the regular flu. so dr. holly anderson of new york-presbyterian cornell medical center is here to administer our shots and answer some of our questions.
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great to have you here. 10,000 hospitalizations so far. more than 900 people have died from flu but most of that is still swine flu. >> right now we're thinking 99% of that is the swine flu based on our testing but we're testing less for it right now. just assuming that it is swine flu. >> and as we know, the vaccine for 2009 is not available to most of us right now. so why go ahead and get a regular flu vaccine if we haven't seen the regular flu yet? >> well, don't forget. this is the time to get vaccinated for the regular seasonal flu. and the seasonal flu can kill people, as well. elderly, frail, young, it's not to be taken lightly and everybody is worried about h1n1, which is the swine flu, but this is time. this is the time to get vaccinated for the seasonal flu. >> but is there a time you should have between the seasonal flu vaccine and the swine flu vaccine so you don't pile them on top of each other. >> the think something no. the thinking is if we had the swine flu or h1n1 vaccine ready we'd give them both.
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next year we hope to give them together. >> going to run through some of the people who should not take this because one of them is robin roberts, in fact, coming up here. you say people of obviously children under 6 months. >> children under 6 months should mott have this flu shot. also people allergic to eggs. i have never thought of this. >> all right. >> not allergic. >> not leaving yet. >> it is incubated, it is manufactured in eggs. people who have an allergy to eggs for h1n1 which is swine or seasonal flu cannot have it and a severe previous reaction. >> that's what i had. >> really? >> yeah, severe previous reaction. very rare. >> i am rare. >> yes, you are. >> you should know this about me. >> those are -- less than six months and egg allergy and previous severe reaction. >> i think you're just stalling. i think why you're asking so many questions. >> okay. >> they said they were a little bit nervous. >> how are you feeling? are you okay with shots.
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>> i stay stare at the nose. >> dr. anderson, tell us what they're getting. there is not preservatives. >> this is a preservative-free prefilled syringe. for the seasonal flu that we made ready from last year. you can ask for that. and it's always good to talk to the person while they're getting it so they don't notice it they're getting it because it's over just like that. >> you didn't even given. >> i know. >> of course not. >> blue blue steel. >> i'm strong. >> do you ask which arm? >> well, i typically try to give it to them nondominant arm which is -- >> your right hand. >> i can go left or right. >> that's not amphibious. >> what is that. >> what is that? >> that would be ambidextrous. do you have webbed feet and hands. >> charles shackleford said i can go left, i can go right, i'm amphibious. >> this is for the seasonal flu. when are we thinking the h1n1 vaccination will be available? >> they have a shipment to go out the first week of october. >> okay.
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>> about 7 or 8 million doses. half of that is going to be the inactivated nasal vaccine only given to healthy people between the ages of 2 and 49 and it's going to be reserved for very good chris. >> ooh. >> reserved for the high-risk groups meaning household members of people at high risk. >> i'm tearing up already. >> do i get it? my wife is pregnant. i have little kids. should i get the swine flu vaccine? >> you should. you can get it whenever it's available but to you -- because you have a pregnant wife, you are in a higher risk group. household member at someone at risk. >> i want to reduce this idea that we heard -- >> hold my hand. >> we are such babies here. >> i'm the one who can't look at them. >> there was a report out of canada -- >> just like you holding my hand. >> another flu vaccine might make you more likely -- >> please, ma'am. >> there is a report coming out
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of canada that people -- that some observational work -- >> i'm sweating. >> that people that got it were more likely to get the h1n1 flu disease, the swine flu. however, that data -- >> good job. good job. good job. >> you were great. you were really good. >> where is his lollipop? >> that data -- i told him i wouldn't draw blood. i drew a little on you. i'm sorry. >> oh. >> the wrong guy to say that 0. >> that date father out of canada has not been reported or scrutinized yet so we haven't had the ability -- we haven't made those same on surveyings and the cdc hasn't seen it. haven't made those same observations in britain, united states and australia and there's a theory it helps prevent your immune system from getting it. >> absolutely get your regular flu vaccine. >> it is definitely recommended you get the seasonal flu vaccine. >> how are you doing? >> good.
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she's good. very, very, very. >> thank you. >> didn't move at all. didn't flinch at all. very proud of you all. >> i couldn't once they didn't. >> this -- she was looking right through me. >> she was in a conversation. >> you can get the swine flu if you've already had this and no duration time that's relevant but you have to check to see if you're someone that needs it in the first place. >> no guarantee that you're not going to get the flu because you get the flu shot. i think some people think -- if means you might get a less severe reaction. >> some years are better than not. we don't know that until after. i think you, you know, the swine flu has been sometimes in people that come with symptoms that are more gradual than the seasonal flu which hits you like a freight train and i think it's important for people to realize that, you know, dangerous symptoms of the flu include difficulty breathing, you know, if you get a blue color which means you're not ox gentlemen nating well. get to an emergency room but not
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to abcnews.com to enter "good morning america's" fall concert series bill your own sweepstakes presented by denny's. "american idol" judge simon cowell has one of the sharpest tongues in the entertainment industry. his withering look, biting words have reduced performers to tears. now he is turning his critical eye on a new target, himself as he prepares to celebrate his 50th birthday. our chris connelly live in l.a. all the details for us, good morning, chris. >> reporter: good morning, robin. it's so true, "american idol"'s quality control officer is starting with the man in the mirror checking out at least a younger version of himself and he doesn't like what he sees. >> dreadful, pathetic. hated it. they have no experience. nothing. they just think they have a god given talent and a god given right to be successful. >> did you really believe you could become "american idol"? >> yes, sir.
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>> well then you're deft. >> reporter: ever wish someone could give simon cowell a taste of his own medicine? well now someone has. simon cowell has. for his 50th birthday "american idol"'s hanging judge has written in a british newspaper a dear simon letter to what he calls my shallow younger self. for once his scathing critiques are aimed at his self-delusts from back in the dale. as a soon-to-fail foppish music director clad head to toe in hi high-priced designer getups. look at you, you look like a complete idiot, could you be any worse? at the wheel of a fancy sports car purchased he writes to try and impress the chicks. stop it, simon. this is embarrassing. you are making me cringe. spending like crazy with zero in his bank account and nearly a million in debt. i am tearing my hair out just watching you. can you not see what is happening? it's the kind of language that may sound plenty familiar to anyone who ever watched cowell simonize a hapless "idol"
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auditioner ♪ i hear the clock >> honest to god you're so far off. >> not good. ♪ >> you don't look like an "american idol." i don't think if aretha franklin looking as she looks now if she walked into the competition would have got through. >> reporter: while he recalls times so tough he had to move back in with his parents he added messages to his self-mockery lessons learned from a life of hard work and constant challenges that blaming others is a big mistake and that success is often preceded by humiliating failure. >> i actually think i'm doing most of these people a favor by telling them which they've never been told in their lives you can't sing. ♪ way i've always dreamed it could be ♪ >> jason, useless in everything. even the juggling what pathetic. >> reporter: today happy to be unmarried and he writes still on good terms with three of his
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ex-girlfriends he calls himself a realist who is happy, content and just incredibly grateful especially as he recalls the pathetic figure he himself cut back in the '90s. you feel that everyone is laughing at you behind your back, he writes. that's because they are. but look who is laughing now. >> sorry. >> that's okay. >> reporter: in honor of his 50th birthday he's planning what he calls a fabulous bash. how do we know it's going to be fabulous? he's paying for it. like he always does, robin. >> who was on that list, that party list pray tell, chris? >> reporter: boy, i don't know but i can think of a lot of people who won't oben the list. a lot of fun to work the door for that party, wouldn't it just to have like the little clipboard in front of you, not you, not you, never you, never you, not you. >> that is the case but, you know, this is really great advice. a little self-inventory never hurt, right, chris. >> reporter: absolutely right and he's known failure unlike a
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lot of people who are just coming on that show for the first time. he says that failure helped pave the way for his success. >> we can always learn a little something-something. chris connelly, have a great day in l.a. thanks. >> same to you. coming up melissa etheridge lifting her voice to save lives. aw, come on back. ocean spray craisins, sweetened dried cranberries, are sweet. we'll take that as a yes. craisins -- the sweetest way to eat a cranberry.
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good morning, everyone. a beautiful, bright start to the monday for us. let's look at what's happening outside. there you can see nice clear skies. 56 degrees at this hour, relative humidity 93%, wind is light out of the west southwest, that will pick up throughout the day today. the satellite is clear across most of the state. we do have a little activity
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coming in in the western areas of the state, we see clouds and a little rain shower activity, that will continue to spread across the region not so much this morning or noon, but late this afternoon, most of us should be seeing at least the cloud cover if not a couple sprinkles here and there. 77 degrees for the daytime high. look for that wind to pick up this afternoon. let's check out the road, here's kim. thank you, susan. traffic is running lighter than normal today as we check the beltway here on the west side at liberty road. traffic is moving about at a good pace, however you will see minor slowing between the area of security boulevard and the baltimore national pike there was a crash earlier that has been cleared. the right lane is blocked on the inner loop of the southbound lanes of the key bridge because of a disabling vehicle. at abington at route 24 and emerton road, the traffic lights are not working there are major delays. a crash on southbound 795 approaching the beltway on the southbound side. a light rail train crash at
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howard street and west center street has been clear. that's good news downtown. the jfx at cold spring lane, traffic is moderate to somewhat heavy in spots as you make your way southbound toward downtown. no real issues or delays at this time. we'll be back with your morning news update next. good morning, i'm megan bring he will. abc2 news is following these headlines this morning: you may want to take it easy on the something cell rater on your commute to work from now on.
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baltimore city plans to unveil the first of dozens of new speed cameras. beginning on thursday, speeders in school and construction zones across the state will get tickets in the mail. those traveling at least 12 miles per hour over the limit will be find $40. maryland's new ban on texting while driving also goes into effect this week. assistant state attorney general katherine row says police officers will have to use a lot of discretion with this new law because the law prohibits writing or sending texts, but not reading messages while you're driving. enforcement will be based on what officers see, just like other laws. the new law fines drivers $500 if they are caught writing or sending a text message while they are behind the wheel. the ex-wife of convicted dc sniper john allen mohammed is telling you will in a memoir about her life with the convicted killer. her book is based on journals she began writing henner ex-husband took her three young children from her nearly a
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decade ago. she continued writing when he was convicted of the 2002 sniper attacks which terrorized, dc, maryland and virginia. the book is titled scared silent and comes out next month. we hope you will join us in a half hour for good morning maryland at 9:00, we wish you could have a makeover to get back on your financial feet, we'll tell you how you can have a chance to do just that. plus why one local group is helping in a national campaign to get people out of financial trouble. that, mortgage monday, scott donahue will be here and a lot more. we hope to see you on good morning maryland at 9:00. have a great day.
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♪ come to my window crawl inside and wait by the light of the moon ♪ ♪ come to my window and i'll be home soon ♪ >> one of the most distinctive voices in all of music.
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melissa etheridge. and it's just wonderful to hear your voice and your guitar. >> thank you. >> i know that's what you'll do for us later as well as we say good morning, america. we're just in awe, melissa. >> that's right. >> we just want more and more and more and, of course h. is october. breast cancer awareness month and who better than you to be singing us home in the month of october. melissa etheridge coming up. give me hope it grows back. look at that. >> longer every day it grows. >> thanks, thanks so much. we'll have melissa coming up -- so they took -- they had the flu shots, the three here and two boys want to keep their muscle shirts on because of the shot they had. >> that is a muscle shirt. this is not a muscle shirt. >> i put back mine on thought to show you up. that's right a little bit of working out. you got the weather. >> we do. we'll show this side of the audience because this side hasn't gotten on yet.
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good morning, everybody. >> good morning. >> okay, i got to tell you right here let me get right behind you. right here melissa etheridge going to be right there. you're right here. that never happens anyplace else but right here. i'm telling you. good morning, everybody. to the boards. one or two things we want to talk about and we're going to start, by the way, with -- wait a minute. what's our first graphic? i don't even know. what is it? i can't see the graphic. oh, wait. this is where the scattered storms develop today. as we watch that low kind of come out of the great lakes and work into northern new england it's pennsylvania and really new york state and probably later on this afternoon the possibility extends into new york for some strong to severe storms to pop up. flying out of the new york area this morning, probably fine. flying in later on this afternoon or out you may have a
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>> all that weather was brought to you by kohl's department store. robin? >> thank you. she's gone from stay-at-home to comedy phenomenon. anita renfroe became an internet hit with her youtube hit momisms. hysterical. now she has a new book out called "don't say i didn't warn you." kids, carbs and the coming hormonal apocalypse. this rolls off the tongue. >> it does. don't say it too fast. thank you. >> i'm looking down here. i see you have this. what is going on? >> apparently you can't water ski in your own basement. there are laws of physical sicks that keep that from happening. the atlanta floods last week, i was going down. a little water, one foot went
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one way, but it's a broken ankle. it's just an inconvenience. it's not a real problem but i am not going to wear this boot without bedazzling it. >> you're a saints fan too. >> it goes with my normal ideas about life which is if you can't lose it decorate it. so this is what i'm doing with it. >> but everything is fine because atlanta there were a lot of problem. >> there were. so what -- i have is an inconvenience. what a lot of people have with flooded homes is a problem. we're fine. >> another funny book, my friend. another funny book. what is the funniest thing about being a mom? >> well, the fact that you go crazy immediately when you have kids is number one, but i think probably the idea that every mom has -- i mean i don't care if you have them this way or you adopt them, every mom believes that she's going to be the one, the one who gets it right, the one who never yells at her kid, the one who answers them in complete sentences. you know, that lasts about 2 1/2 seconds into motherhood and you
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realize you're just like everyone else and possibly the only thing funnier is that when you have a new baby, you believe somehow that you don't know anything about this process, but that you can do it better than anyone else. i call it the novice expert syndrome. the fact that you know you can't do anything but you know you can do it better than everyone. >> you can't do it but you can do it better. i heard snickering from the moms in the audience. it's complete sentence, yeah. but you know what you speak about. children growing. aren't you a grandmom. >> i just became a grandma 11, 12 weeks ago. baby seattle right there. he's the sweetest thing on two legs. i love my grandbaby now. i'm totally not responsible for this child. i can just love him. >> i love the name seattle. >> my daughter loves rain, coffee and cherries and that was what seattle meant to her. >> it does. >> sweetie. >> he is adorable. looking at the cover here, kids, carbs and the coming hormonal
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apocalypse. >> yes. >> what's the hormonal -- what are you talking about? explain it. >> mid-life, of course, we now have all these medical terms for what's going on. perry menopause which just the prefix peri means on the edge. every woman in perry menopause feels like you're on the edge all the time. they just hijack your life. hormones turn you into somebody else. i don't mean to make fun of women trying to have babies later in life. i understand infertility issues but i really question the sanity of any woman who would risk a hot flash and a contraction at the same time. i mean that is not right. seriously, but i mean i can see some convenience in it that you could nurse them right here on your lap now that everything is -- >> makes it a lot easier. >> some convenience. >> always looking for that silver lining. >> to everything. >> we have melissa etheridge coming up because october is breast cancer awareness month and you're very keen about that. >> absolutely.
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>> about how you should get your mammogram. >> without a doubt. my grandmother passed from breast cancer and so, of course, i do take it very seriously but it is an issue where they don't really prepare you quite well enough. they just tell you not to wear any deode rapts and god knows if there is ever a day you need your dei had rant it's that day. you come in and they'll do unnatural things to things that are supposed to be rounded and i believe on that occasion you specifically need to schedule yours the same day as your best friend so you can laugh your way through yours knowing it's happening to her in another room and as soon as it's over you get some coffee and chock and those babies will fluff back up. that is not medically proven but it's true. >> i was wondering how you were going to be able to describe that on morning television. did you really good. >> for some women it's too much waffle mix in the waffle iron so it kind of goes. big careful bigger girls when you go. >> i gave you the room. anita, it is hysterical as are you on the mend hope you're
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someone said once you can measure a person's character by how much it takes to discourage them. if you do nothing else top for a moment and join us now and hear the story of a young man in malayi who had nothing around him except a dream that he could light up the lives of all he knew. william kamkwaba grew up in direst poverty. his dad a struggling farmer. a hungry family but dreamed on a star. he helped his father on the farm by day, was excellent in school but couldn't study at night after dark. electricity was too expensive. there was none in their home. when famine struck malayi in 2001 drought destroyed the crops on the family farm. william dropped out of school. his parents couldn't afford $80 a year tuition. he longed and peeked through the windows of the school and went to the library to study on his own and there one day he found a
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book called "using energy." it described how you make a windmill. a windmill that can produce electricity. electricity in a town with nothing? he began. he used tractor parts, a bicycle wheel, a pair of flip-flops for a homemade switch, a circuit breaker of anyways and wire and not since thomas edison has there been excitement when a light bulb shined. news of his ingenuity spilled through the village, the continent, the world and the boy, the neighbors had once called crazy, became a kind of light for everyone else. all things are possible, william says, when your dreams are powered from the heart. and william kamkwaba joins us this morning along with bryan mealer who co-authored with him "the boy who harnessed the wind." it is great to have you here. so tell me what this word masala means. >> it's the way in which we use
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to describe somebody crazy, so -- >> really crazy. >> really crazy. >> everybody said masala. including your mother. nobody thought you could do this. >> yeah. because it was strange for them because they haven't had anything or seen anything, that's why they are saying that. >> you really used little pieces of bicycles and shoes, little thongs to make all your parts? >> yeah, that's right because i didn't have money to buy proper tears so i was just using anything i found. >> tell me what you felt in your heart when that light bulb went on for the first time? >> i was -- i was very happy that day because it was like now i'm proving to the people that what i was doing, it wasn't craziness, it was something useful so i felt happy seeing
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the bulb is light. >> what a moment to be there. bryan, we don't quite understand i think fully the pressure on william to do this because there was a tradition in the village that you can harness the wind at your peril and that, in fact, that these windmills could be witches that could change the weather? >> right. well, there is this culture of magic in many parts of africa and so when william was going and collecting his pieces people were saying to him why don't you help your father in the fields because at the time there was a devastating famine happening and people were dying all around but william had this forward vision he wanted to produce electricity and pump water in a defense against hunger and people couldn't see that far as him and so, yeah, they thought it was strange. they thought he was crazy. they thought he was smoking marijuana. and he couldn't really explain
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that what he was really trying to do was going to save his family. >> i want to show everybody. here are the books you pound in the library that you decided on your own on your own to read explaining physics, sure. >> he couldn't really read english that well so he used a diagram and learn the words around them. was able to teach him basic physics "using energy," as well and now people come from the village to power up cell phones because they can have cell phones. >> yeah. right now people are coming to my place and having to charge their mobile phones because that's their like cheapest way of charging them. >> your six sisters can now study at night. >> yeah, my sisters, six sisters, one the oldest, so they let us study and they start at night, yeah. >> i know you are just getting ready to graduate from the african leadership academy in johannesburg. looking ahead to college, maybe
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in the united states? >> yeah, yeah. right now i'm just getting prepared for my s.a.t.s, yeah. i have just finish ed the africn academy one. it was a bit experience studying with a student all over africa. >> and, bryan, if you leave everyone with one thing to think about when you look at william, one thing that you think is the lesson he teaches all of us about life, it's what? >> uh-huh, well, it's that there are people in africa, it's a big continent and we hear a lot of bad news about africa every day. but just know that if there was one person in malayi like william that means there are hundreds of people all over the continent like him and need to put their resources and energy into fining them and lifting them up because that's the real hope for this continent. >> one by one you can light the world. >> yeah, yeah, that's like also like the name is to transform
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future generations of africa. by doing that i know that in africa there's lots of talented young people everywhere so by taking them together. >> all together. >> yeah. >> watch out, world. well, again, great to meet you. i loved this book. check an excerpt of it on our website, abcnews.com. and you got to belie so will the tv in my house look that amazing?
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♪ i run for -- >> our "gma" concert series melissa etheridge is here to sing and launch pinktober. turned her own bout with the disease into a battle cry for hope for other cancer survivors. love it when you're here. cannot believe, 2004? >> yeah. >> you were diagnosed. >> it's been five years that magic five-year number. we all love it. >> you paved the way for many of us to follow with your strength and courage and you're hooking
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up with hard rock yet again to bring awareness. >> hard rock, it works for me. they're doing their pinktober again and where they sell lots of pins, all the money going to breast cancer research. i just love what they do and, you know, you go to any of your hard rocks and pick it all up and do it. >> and help out, exactly. >> we love it when you're here to sing for us. you're about to do your -- it's about your journey with your battle with breast cancer and determination and it is called "i run for life." ♪ it's been a year since they told her about it the darkness her body possessed ♪ ♪ and the scars are still there in the mirror every day she gets herself dressed ♪
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♪ though the pain is miles and miles behind her and the fear is now a docile beast ♪ ♪ if you ask her why she is still running she'll tell you it makes her complete ♪ ♪ because i run for hope i run to feel i run for the truth for all that is real ♪ ♪ i run for your mother your sister, your wife i run for you and me my friend i run for life ♪ ♪ it's a blur since they told me about it how the darkness had taken its toll ♪ ♪ and they cut into my skin
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and they cut into my body but they will never get a piece of my soul ♪ ♪ and now i'm still learning the lesson to awake when i hear the call ♪ ♪ and if you ask me why i am still running i'll tell you i run for us all ♪ ♪ because i run for hope i run to feel and i run for the truth for all that is real ♪ ♪ i run for your mother your sister, your wife i run for you and me my friend i run for life ♪ ♪ oh oh oh oh
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now, the forecast certified baltimore's most accurate by weather rating and maryland most powerful doppler radar. good morning everyone. a beautiful bright start to this monday for us. let's take a look outside over the harbor, lots of bright blue sky, temperatures are nice too, 56 degrees, relative humidity 93%, winds out of the west-southwest at 5 miles per hour. mainly clear skies across most of the state. you see a little activity way out to the west of us, west beyond the mountains even. most of that continues to move up into pennsylvania. we're not seeing it so much in our area we could see the cloud cover start this afternoon and we may see a few scattered showers around this afternoon as well. maybe even a little thunderstorm here and there. 77 degrees as we head into this evening, 57 degrees, it's going to get cold tonight, 49 degrees. the wind will pick up as well.
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be aware of that, we're having a change it will finally start feeling like fall. let's check out the roads, here's kim. traffic is running lighter than normal today. no real problems to let you know about here on the beltway. traffic is wide open here at liberty road as you make your way to the route 70 interchange. the earlier disabled vehicle that was blocking the right lane of the inner loop lanes of the key bridge has been cleared. we have a crash off to the left shoulder that's going to be northbound 95 as you approach 195, delays begin at route 100. as we look here at the jfx for the final time at cold spring lane looking good as you make your way southbound to downtown baltimore this morning. we'll be right back with good morning maryland starts in 90 seconds.
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