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officer. the attack sunday upsetting for regular customers of this family run store. >> oh, my god. yeah that's horrible. i live right down the street so i've been coming here forever. but hopefully she's going to be okay then. >> reporter: this is eileen freer reporting. >> vicious. >> and the suspect now facing possible charges of attempted murder and being held on $500,000 bail. attempted murder for a bottle of beer! >> it's awful. mind boggling. >> the woman was a little -- >> something else going on there. >> must have been something else going on. let's turn to politics now. our latest abc news poll on the presidential race which brings encouraging news to the obama campaign. the president now leads likely gop nominee mitt romney by seven points. last month our poll put them in a dead heat. our poll also shows far more women voters support the
president than romney by nearly a 20-point margin. more men steam back romney who ranks at the top among the republicans running for president. >> the gender gap becoming a real important issue as this election finally shapes up down to two men. the economy is all but certain to be the issue that shapd the general election campaign for sure and there's some pessimism about it among investors. >> the major asian markets followed wall street's move overnight to the down side. karen travers explains why. >> reporter: good morning, rob. good morning, meg. it was a delayed reaction, but it wasn't a good one on wall street to that jobs report from last friday. it was a rough start to the week on wall street. stocks opened in the red and stayed down all day as investors raebl reacted to last friday's weaker than expected jobs numbers. the government reported that only 120,000 jobs were added in march. just half of what we saw in previous months. the market was closed last week for good friday. >> that number on friday
definitely got people to stop and say, huh. maybe we've already seen the best of the recovery. that's the big concern out there. >> reporter: last week's jobs report showed the unemployment rate ticked down from 8.3% to 8.2%. they attributed that to fewer americans looking for work. >> it's clear to every american that there will still be ups and downs along the way. and that we got a lot more work to do. >> reporter: even before the weak jobs report on friday, the dow had dropped four straight days. investors are concerned that the federal reserve isn't likely to take steps to spur economic growth. and skittish about the ongoing european debt crisis. look at the trend. the u.s. economy has added 858,000 jobs since december. that's the best four months of hiring in two years. the number of americans filing for unemployment is the lowest since april of 2008, the depth of the recession. >> we've had a huge rally. the market has been up 30% in the last six months. so i wouldn't get too concerned about a day or two of big
declines because when you put it into context, we're still up a long way from where we were back in october. >> reporter: investors are eagerly awaiting first quarter corporate earnings reports this week for more signs of where the economy is heading. rob and meg, back to you. also driving the markets, the fear of iran's nuclear program. >> that's a big deal. >> talks begin on saturday. if they don't get any progress, that could affect the prices. >> as you heard, the bigger picture is one that should cause a bit of optimism. the market had its strongest first quarter in god knows how many years and the average 401(k) went up $10,000 because of that strong start. >> put it in perspective. >> overall, we're getting better. fingers crossed. speaking of gas, drivers should be getting a bit of a break at the gas pump. the average price of a gallon of gas is now $3.94 a gallon nationwide. that's actually down -- down a penny from a week ago, but up 15 cents from this same time last
year. analysts predict gas prices will go up again but not anywhere as high as they were four years ago when they hit those record highs. there are a lot of busted windshields and windows this morning in the area around oklahoma city. hail the size of grapefruits dropped from the sky last evening. and that same powerful weather system spawned at least two tornados in woodward county. no damage was reported from those twisters. here's a look at your tuesday forecast, everybody. oklahoma could get hammered again today by some severe storms. also the gulf coast could see dangerous weather as well. raining in san francisco most of the day. and there could somebody wet weather far south as san diego. >> you will need your jackets in the midwest where temperatures are up to ten degrees cooler than usual. a damp day in seattle and portland. there's a top new -- new top dog on broadway. it just happens to actually be a lion. that's in "the lion king" which is now officially the all-time highest grossing show in the
history of the great white way. >> last week "the lion king's gross was just under $854 million. that's just ahead of another broadway classic "the phantom of the opera." >> the "lion king" produced by our parent company disney opened nearly a decade after "phantom" but it's performed in a slightly larger theater and the ticket prices are higher. that's for sure. i tried to get tickets to that show. those tickets are not cheap. it's not cheap to catch a broadway show. we congratulate "the lion king" nonetheless. we'll be right back with more "world news now." ♪ >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by hotwire.com. let me tell you about a very important phone call i made.
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♪ and i see your true colors shining through ♪ she's singing along. she likes this song. >> now our favorite story of the day. you ready? >> boom. >> green with envy story at that. facebook created even more multimillionaires when it brought a popular smartphone sharing service called instagram. >> a company with only 13 employees and has yet to turn a profit was sold for $1 billion. abc's david wright has the whole picture. >> reporter: it's a company that, as of a week ago, didn't even have office furniture. instagram's 13 employees work out of a conference room in silicon valley. these young entrepreneurs are worth more than if they'd won the powerball. >> basically, you are counting the number of employees on your
hands, and those people are definitely walking away with a lot of money. >> reporter: insta gram's 28-year-old founder kevin systrom graduated from stanford in 2006 and owns 40% of the company, giving him a net worth of $400 million. his company doesn't even make money but it's worth more than "the new york times." systrom set out to make the pictures you take with your cell phone look better and easier to share. >> clearly there was a need for this that hadn't been done before. i'm so glad we tackled these simple problems. >> reporter: he came up with a free app that allows you to take any picture and make it a memory. so it looks like an old black and white or even a polaroid from the '70s. you can also take a new picture. change it up and then easily share it with friends. photo sharing is one of the most popular things people do online. instagram's 30 million users include celebrities like justin
bieber and kim kardashian. as well as ordinary users documenting their lives and even some news events. like the blizzard of 2010. they reacted visually to the news that facebook had bought the company. not all of them favorable. now in dollar terms, this is, by far, facebook's biggest acquisition to date. and it's the silicon valley dream. smart people rewarded for great ideas. and these days, mobile is king. but a billion dollars for a company that has no revenues? even in this new economy, it's bound to raise some eyebrows. david wright, abc news, los angeles. >> i will suppress my jealousy long enough to share one incredible statistic here. on average, 250 million photos uploaded to facebook every day. this seems to be a brilliant partnership. >> every single day. >> every day. people have this need to document every part of their lives. and this is further proof. 13 employees. they didn't have furniture.
now a billion dollars. >> how does -- we're in the wrong business. we can say it all night. >> what have i done wrong in my life? congratulations to those kids. >> it's amazing. >> it really is. we will stay with the internet photo theme when we come back. >> and find out how this incredibly photogenic guy became such an online sensation. that's next. >> announcer: abc'
♪ freeze frame freeze frame ♪ when people set out to do a marathon they don't expect to be picture perfect at the end of the race. they are usually tired, sweaty, out of breath. >> i don't know about you. but a 25-year-old man looking straight at the camera looking like he is straight out of a catalog has become an internet
sensation. abc's john berman takes a look. >> reporter: he didn't win the 10k he was running in south carolina. he wins life, everything. in a race a couple of weeks ago that featured pacman, spider-man and holy cow, what are you wearing man, it it was this photo that went completely galactic. photographer will king was snapping pictures of the race. >> i posted about a little over 100. he just looked really good in that picture. >> reporter: he posted the photo online. he tagged the 25-year-old little ridiculously photogenic guy. and, boom, the internet loved it. i mean, loved it! check out youtube. ♪ you're beautiful >> overnight if you googled ridiculously photogenic guy you came up with more than 59 million hits. on twitter, notes like zeddie little is the meaning of beauty. and my favorite, always be
yourself, unless you can be zeddie little. always be zeddie little. there are creative adaptations. gladiator. political. artistic. even fake posters. goes for a jog. whole town follows him. runs marathon and wins. my heart. the unsuspecting heartthrob is in public relations in new york. but now apparently feels he is a little too public. he deactivated his facebook page. why did it get so big so fast? who knows. but if it worked for him why not others? ridiculously photogenic vice president. ridiculously photogenic farm animal. even ridiculously photogenic weather guy. john berman, abc news, new york. >> sam champion there. >> but he is off the market. his father came out and said, listen, ladies, sorry. his girlfriend of five years, they are very close. nobody is getting in between those two. >> disappointed, meg?
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and then special vip service where for extra money the doctor will come to your room if you are unable, if your that hungover to make it downstairs to the actual bus. some worry this encourages binge drinking. a whole i.v. bus thing as opposed to the advil, coffee, greasy food, gatorade remedy most of us use. hangover heaven if you're in vegas. check it out. news you can use this morning for all our alcoholic friends in vegas. let's talk about this new invention from a team of scientists called the ibrain. >> ibrain? >> the world's first portable brain scanner. basically, their goal is to be able to read your brain. and mind reading. it has potential medical applications. this could really further research. kind of impressive. >> technology is a beautiful
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this morning on "world news now" -- suspects' confessions. the two gunmen wanted in racially charged fatal shootings in tulsa now admit they opened fire at african-american victims. >> and detectives are finding more signs that the shootings may have been an act of revenge. it's tuesday, april 10th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >> good tuesday morning, everybody. i'm rob nelson. welcome back. here we go again. >> it's great to see you back again. >> caffeinated and ready to roll. >> i'm ready to roll. i'm in for paula faris. three people were shot and killed in last week's rampage in tulsa's african-american neighborhoods. one of the suspects may have
been angry about his father's shooting death by a black suspect two years ago. >> apparently that young man had also witnessed his girlfriend's suicide. he was beginning to unravel and all of that emotional turmoil could have led to the shootings. that case still ongoing. also concerns about a hometown star upstaging the legal process in the city of chicago. three of jennifer hudson's family members, of course, were murdered and the suspect is out to go on trial. jury selection expected to wrap up later today. and later this half hour, he is not your typical masters champion and not your typical golf pro. find out what makes bubba watson tick. >> i love that a guy named bubba won the masters. >> just got to watch that last shot. >> incredible. unconventional guy winning the most storied golf tournament. he's a great back story. love this guy's story. we'll get to that, too. first, the two suspects in the racially charged shootings have now both confessed. police say jake england confessed to shooting three people and alvin watts confessed
to shooting two others. >> revenge may be the motive. abc's paul beeben has more. >> reporter: friends of one of the suspects are saying he was distraught over the death of his father and that he may have been out for revenge. prosecutors in tulsa say they are looking into the question being asked everywhere. will jake england and alvin watts face hate crime charges for gunning down five people, all of them african-american. >> certainly, we will look at all the facts and evidence and make the kind of decision that the facts bear out. it's preliminary to determine what the motivation was behind this. >> reporter: there were no cameras inside the courtroom where england and watts appeared via closed circuit video from jail. and while law enforcement remains reluctant to characterize the shootings as a hate crime, others officials aren't holding back. >> i think that somebody that committed these crimes were very upset with black people. >> reporter: jake england's father carl was shot and killed
in april 2010. this man, pernell jefferson is serving a prison sentence in the shooting. just hours before tulsa's nightmare began early friday, england wrote on his facebook page, today is two years that my dad has been gone. shot by an [ expletive ] "n" word. abc news has learned a series of critical tips helped crack the case. late saturday afternoon a caller to the local crimestoppers said they might know who was behind the shootings. identifying england and that he had a white truck. additional tips led to england the house and a nearby trailer where he and watts were arrested early sunday morning. tulsa police believe they found the murder weapon. now watts and england are due back in court on monday. meanwhile, they are being held on $9 million bail apiece. rob and meg? >> sometimes there's criticism these cases play out in the media. when they had the press conference saturday afternoon,
within minutes that's when that tip came in. these tipsters really helped break the case. >> yeah, absolutely. and as you saw that trailer there where they were arrested. they apparently, the suspects had moved in together. they were trying to help him with his rage. it was really, as you mentioned, kind of unraveling for him. >> severe anger management issues. hopefully that community can sleep a little easier. they've not only been caught but confessed. moving on, for the first time, we are hearing from the suburban orlando man who shot trayvon martin. in a statement on a new website, george zimmerman says i've been forced to leave my home, my school, my employer, my family and ultimately my entire life. the site also solicits donations for his legal fight. this comes as the special prosecutor decides against having a grand jury hear testimony in the case. sources close to the investigation say charges could be filed against zimmerman within days. a mother discovered a horrible scene at a home-based day care center in suburban minneapolis. the woman had already dropped her child off when she noticed a
man acting pretty suspiciously. she called the day care back and was talking to someone and that's when the line went dead. she returned and then found three people there had been shot to death. her toddler was in that house but was luckily unharmed. police are now searching for a suspect. jury selection should wrap up today in the trial of the man accused of killing three members of singer jennifer hudson's family. >> four more jurors need to be found, though. given hudson's stardom, that is not going to be easy. abc's diana alvear has the latest. good morning. >> reporter: rob and meg, good morning. jennifer hudson was already quite famous at the time of the murders. and her star has risen even more over the last couple of years. and that has defense attorneys quite concerned for their client. "american idol" finalist, oscar winner, weight watchers spokeswoman, jennifer hudson's presence is inescapable. and that's the problem when it comes to selecting the jury in the trial of a man charged with
murdering her family. >> she is a very, very likable person. she is somebody who we look upon as a hometown person. we want to help this person who has made it big. >> reporter: the tragedy unfolded in october of 2008. the bodies of hudson's mother and brother were found shot to death in their chicago home. days later, the body of 7-year-old julian king, hudson's neveu was found in a vehicle. william balfour the singer's brother-in-law was charged with their murders. prosecutors allege he was angry hudson's sister was seeing someone else. his attorneys are concerned he may not get a fair trial because of the singer's fame. potential jurors have killed out a survey that include questions such as, have you ever seen "american idol" and have you ever watched the movie "dreamgirls"? >> it's no different than the questionnaire used in the r. kelly case or michael jackson case. these are standard in high-profile cases. >> reporter: and the challenge for attorneys continues even after a jury is seated. >> all attention usually is on that celebrity sitting in the
courtroom. and that's the biggest challenge is to try to shift the focus to the action on the witness stand. >> reporter: hudson's name is on the prosecution's witness list. at this point, there's no indication she plans to testify. rob, meg? >> diana alvear, thank we turn to the aftermath of the fiery jet crash in virginia beach. they are handing checks to those forced out of their homes by friday's accident. recordings of some of the 911 calls made after the crash were just released. >> virginia beach 911. what is the emergency? >> we just had a jet explode on birdneck. >> a what? >> they ejected from the plane. >> do you know if anybody's injured? >> what? >> do you know if anybody's injured? >> i have no idea. the place is on fire. i don't know. get everybody out there. >> the navy is using heavy duty equipment to clear debris while the investigation continues. the two pilots who ejected before the crash are now back
home with their families. if you ever thought there was no such thing as a bad day at the beach, you might want to think again. we reported last year from the caribbean island of st. maurten where the airport runway is right next to the beach. watch the woman in the red top riding the jet blast of a jetblue airliner. she cannot hang on and off she goes head first into the curb. that had to hurt. we don't know the exact extent of her injuries. can you imagine that moment of impact for her? be careful. i know it's a thrillseeker thing. you have to be careful. hope she's okay. >> painful to watch. and we're going to learn more today about another winner of the $656 million meg mega millions jackpot. this time it's the winner from maryland who is choosing to remain anonymous. we know right now is that it is not the mcdonald's employee mirlande wilson. >> shocking. >> she claims she bought theic ticket but misplaced it.
also winners in kansas and illinois. each gets more than $218 million before taxes. >> all right. so we've got the kansas thing cleared pup they'll stay anonymous. maryland, the mcdonald's woman who hid it under the mcflurry machine, she didn't win. the one thing we don't know is in the tiny town of red bud, illinois, no one has come forward yet. a town of 3500 foelks. >> i wouldn't come forward. would you? >> no. it's a smart state law. you don't have to come forward. i don't want that target on my back if i have $200 million. >> i just can't believe it's at the mcdonald's. what a wild ride. here's a look at your weather. severe storms could hit western oklahoma for a second day. also wet in san francisco. md that rain will then spread south towards san diego by later tonight. new england meanwhile will see some snow showers here in mid-april. >> temperatures in the midwest fall to below normal for the first time in months. chicago and detroit in the low 50s. sunny and warm in albuquerque
and salt lake city. honolulu and miami in the 80s again. >> jealous of those folks. if you didn't know the difference you might have thought it was the 1940s yesterday in birmingham, alabama. >> for good reason. hundreds were lining up in period dress. there was a casting call for a movie about baseball great jackie robinson who broke the game's race barrier. >> the extras who were hired start shooting next month. the movie is called "42." that's the number of robinson's jersey. look for it in theaters some time next year. >> i will line up with them. >> very cool. glad there's finally a movie being done about that. a very cool movie about sports and american history. i was an extra one time in the movie "ray" with jamie foxx. if you blink, you'll miss me. it's the scene he walks away from the segregated -- i'm playing a reporter on the sidelines. literally the camera goes right past me but i'm there. >> a star in the making. >> yeah. don't blink. >> we'll be right back.
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♪ feeling hot, hot, hot yes, indeed. it has been confirmed. the nation's top scientist crunched the heat index numbers and this past march was the hottest ever on record. >> i buy it. more than 15,000 records were broken. abc's weather editor sam champion explains on extreme weather and its extreme consequences. >> reporter: some are calling it the year without winter. and now it's one for the record books. the average temperature in march is usually 42.5 degrees. but this year, 51 degrees. about 8.6 degrees higher than normal. >> under normal circumstances, we would expect this large of a temperature departure from normal about once every 280
years. >> reporter: the up side of the heat wave, scenes like this. people enjoying the sun. skiing in bathing suits. but the potential downside, so much darker. and some say we're already seeing it. local governments are racing to meet these challenges head-on. los angeles hosting a meeting of top scientists and public health officials to plan for what they are calling extreme climate risks. danger number one -- extreme weather. the rising temperatures may create ideal conditions for more severe thunderstorms and tornadoes. 223 twisters reported in march alone. a month which typically sees 80. danger number two -- economic crisis. this unprecedented heat also raising alarms for farmers. >> to say that they're concerned would be an understatement. >> reporter: it's feared these extreme temperature fluctuations can endanger a whole year's crops. danger number three -- a possible public health crisis. a harvard study revealed even small increases in summer
temperatures as small as two degrees had a direct link to shorter life expectancy for seniors with chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, heart failure or lung disease. reseveners predicted a tiny heat spike could result in 10,000 additional deaths a year. the national weather service has a 90-day outlook. it tells you what to expect for the next 90 days which takes you well into the summer months. they say for at least a half of the country. the southern areas and the eastern areas you should expect warmer than normal temperatures throughout the summer months. sam champion, abc news, new york. >> it's a great thing. more days in the summer. there's a down side to this for sure. the trn outbreak in early march killed at least 40 people and caused more than $1.5 billion in damage. >> that's crazy. there is a down side to all of this sunny weather we've had. on top of that it's weird. this is what they're worried about. now false warnings in the midwest. it's dipped below normal there. farmers and their crops.
all this warm weather and then it gets cold again. that's what they're worried about. hurts the crops. let's go to our favorite story of the morning. it's going to be coming up. bubba watson. >> we love this story. coming up next, a success story that bubba watson is now. >> from humble roots to a worldwide champ. no ordinary golf pro. >> announc
world as espn's jeremy shop reports. >> reporter: no matter how you slice it, bubba watson innocent your typical masters champion. he doesn't sound the part. he doesn't act the part. ♪ let the bogeys go >> and he certainly doesn't look the part. from his all-pink driver to towering physique. but none of that matters now. with a swing and style all his own, jerry bubba watson jr. ironed out his place in the annals of golf winning the most coveted prize in all of the game, augusta's green jacket. when asked to put the win into words. >> i never got this far in my dreams. >> reporter: he grew up in baghdad, florida. he's never had a golf lesson and spends more time tweet with fans and friends than analyzing his swing. but his skills are nevertheless extraordinary. which was especially evident on the 10th hole at augusta. two holes into a sudden death
playoff, 50 yards into the trees with no visual of the green -- >> oh, what a shot! >> reporter: -- watson hooked his way to his first major championship. still not quite believing what he'd done, watson motioned to ecstatic fans, not yet as he carefully two-putted his way to victory and into the arms of his mother. >> the hug was just saying thanks for all the hard work she's done. >> reporter: watson lost his father bubba sr. to cancer in 2010. bubba jr. was playing as a father for one of the first times. his newly adopted son caleb was watching as home as the announcers crowned him a masters champion. >> his name is bubba. >> reporter: for abc news, jeremy schat, espn. >> just incredible back story. just a genuineness about him. you know, the crying and the new dad and i think it's a great sports story. >> so endearing. md the whole aspect of being a new dad. we're going to talk about that more later on in the show which is really, really sweet and
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>> reporter: she's famous for her voice, for those moves and for her ongoing struggle with her weight. from a rock hard abs to full-figured curves. >> this is what success looks like. >> reporter: now, though in a new commercial for the weight loss program nutrisystem, janet jackson is revealing her newly trimmed and toned figure. >> i lost the pounds i wanted to lose. you can, too. >> reporter: but this isn't the first time jackson's dramatic weight loss has been in the spotlight. the pop icon flaunted her famous body in videos and magazines has had a life-long struggle with food. >> she's just my size and she's my friend. >> reporter: producers on "good times" told her she needed to lose weight when she was just 11 years old. as her career took off, she became famous for yo-yo dieting. at her heaviest she weighed 180 pounds on her 5'4" frame. last december, jackson told
abc's ju ju chang that even when she was in top form she wasn't at peace with her body. >> you didn't like it? >> we always find something wrong with us. if it's not our arms, it's our thighs. so i could very easily pick myself apart and that's what i would do. >> reporter: but today she feels settled on nutrisystem's weight loss program. >> the best program is to eat clean, eat real foods and every successful program is starting to incorporate more of those. >> reporter: and while her music might be for all of us, this time she says her weight loss is just for her. >> she always looks good. that face is gorgeous. >> yes, it is. >> she looks stunning, right? >> yes, always to me. she's at peace with her body and so am i. >> oh, there you are. on the red carpet. >> that picture somehow got out. i tried to keep that just between us, baby girl. but some things it just happens. miss jackson, if you're nasty.
this morning on "world news now" -- major developments in the trayvon martin shooting case near orlando. we're hearing from the gunman, george zimmerman, for the first time. >> and the special prosecutor who is investigating says this case will not go to a grand jury. it is tuesday, april 10th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >> good morning. i'm meg oliver. paula faris is on assignment. >> welcome back. here we go again. i'm rob nelson. good morning. the gunman in this case, george zimmerman, has not been seen, but his comments on his website give us a glimpse into his troubled life since the shooting. we'll bring you the latest from sanford, florida, on a case that
still has the world talking. >> and this next story is going to have everyone talking. heroic middle school students caught on camera helping their bus driver. he had a heart attack while behind the wheel. you'll be amazed to see how these students knew exactly what to do in such a time of danger. >> you never know when those health classes in school may pay off. certainly did in that case. scary situation. those kids handled it heroically, to say the least. also, in this half hour, what is sending a "dancing with the stars" contestant to the hospital after last night's performance. we'll bring you the latest scoop coming up in "the skinny." nothing too major, but we want to keep you up to date on every possible thing about "dancing with the stars." >> all right. but first, a grand jury was supposed to meet today in the trayvon martin shooting case. that's not going to happen. the prosecutor says she will decide what, if any, charges to bring against the gunman. >> on top of that, we're now hearing from that gunman george zimmerman for the very first time. matt gutman has the latest from suburban orlando.
>> reporter: george zimmerman's first public words since the trayvon martin shooting six weeks ago. in a statement on a new website saying, i've been forced to leave my home, my school, my employer, my family and ultimately my entire life. this site also solicits donations for his legal fund. that as the special prosecutor angela corey investigating the shooting decides against using a grand jury to win an indictment. >> the prosecutor should have faith in her case and believe that she can prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt before moving forward. >> reporter: but the decision to forgo a grand jury takes first-degree murder off the table. prosecutors insist that was never a viable option. and sources close to the investigation say charges could be filed against zimmerman within days. martin's family released this statement saying, we're not surprised by this announcement and we are hopeful that a decision will be reached very soon to arrest george zimmerman. corey took over the case three weeks after the shooting. her team has had to
re-investigate all the evidence from scratch after a series of alleged police missteps. zimmerman says he acted in self-defense, firing that single shot captured in these 911 calls. >> reporter: meantime, sanford remains a city on the edge. protesters demanding zimmerman's arrest blockaded the sanford police station forcing it to close for several hours. we spoke with zimmerman's attorney who says he's also not surprised corey decided to sidestep the grand jury. she's got a reputation of being a tough and fair prosecutor. he's hopeful she'll see all the evidence in the case and decide not to prosecute. and that still is a possibility. matt gutman, abc news, sanford, florida. >> this prosecutor does have a tough rep. what this does is gives her a situation where she doesn't have to depend potentially on the unpredictability of a grand jury. now this case is solely in her hands. what happens next is on her shoulders.
>> huge debate going on. a lot of people weighing in. bill cosby told the "washington times" that volunteers like george zimmerman should not be allowed to carry guns. he went on to say, when you carry a gun you mean to harm somebody, kill somebody. and, of course, these remarks immediately circulated around the web. a lot of people upset he's pinpointing the gun as a problem and not exactly what happened. >> the perennial american debate about gun control. another family member of george zimmerman has written a letter to attorney general eric holder saying, look, why haven't you charged some members of the new black panther party since they put a bounty out on zimmerman's head. we'll see in the attorney general responds to that. this case continues to deepen and twist and turn. switching gears now. police in tulsa say the two suspects in a shooting rampage that terrorized that city's black community have now both confessed. 19-year-old jake england confessed to shooting three people and 32-year-old alvin watts confessed to shooting two others. england may have been motivated by revenge for his father's
fatal shooting by a black man. that shooting took place about two years ago. a full jury is expected to be seated at the murder trial of the man accused of killing three members of jennifer hudson's family. william balfour is accused of murdering hudson's mother, brother and nephew in october 2008. if convicted he faces life in prison. 14 people were selected yesterday to be among the 12 jurors along with 6 alternates. in other news, there's some high praise for some middle schoolers in washington state who sprang into action when their bus driver passed out while behind the wheel. he was driving at the time. cameras recorded all of this. komo's keith eldridge reports from suburban seattle. >> reporter: instead of reacting in panic, middle school students jumped into action after their driver stopped breathing going down the road. >> oh, my gosh! >> reporter: that's jeremy leaping for the steering wheel. the bus is now slowly rolling to a stop and the attention turns to the bus driver. >> somebody call 911. >> 911.
>> reporter: classmate johnny wood came to help while the others got on the phone to 911. >> my bus driver he just like passed out and we're like right in front of the school. >> reporter: jeremy told me that he just acted without really thinking. >> i was just acting on instinct. it was all happening really quickly. >> reporter: he credits the book "absolute power" with showing him what to do. >> i was reading a book about these superheroes and this guy was in a bus and talking on his walkie-talkie. and the guy was telling him to turn the ignition off. >> reporter: johnny told me he'd recently taken a cpr class on what to do. >> i was doing chest compressions on his chest. >> reporter: school administrator john mccrossen just happened to be driving by and saw that there was trouble. he took over the cpr until police and paramedics arrived. he used to be the kids' principal and really credits them. >> 11 and 12-year-olds are interesting creatures. sometimes in times of, i guess, need, they come through. amazing kids. >> reporter: the kids know that some will call them heroes, but their thoughts are with the
driver. just glad this wasn't a whole lot worse. >> the only thing i was looking at was the road and cars that were coming. i didn't want to crash into them. >> reporter: that's where the bus came to a stop on this very busy road. as you can see, it almost made its final destination here at the schoolhouse before the kids had to jump into action. in milton, new seattle, keith eldridge for abc news. >> wow. quick-thinking kids. >> quick thinking. he raced up there so fast. >> unbelievable. in case you're wondering the state of the driver, his name has not been released. we understand he is in grave condition. doesn't look like he's doing too well. the accident could have been a lot worse if those kids had not sprang into action. a funny story, he knows how to drive a little bit because his mom lets him back the car out of the garage every once in a while. good thing for mom. he had a little behind the wheel experience. that's for sure. moving on. now to some medical headlines just out this morning that links dental x-rays to brain cancer.
researchers at yale discovered patients are more likely to develop a common type of brain cancer if they've had bite wing dental x-rays at least once a year. the brain cancer risk was five times greater in those who have had full mouth dental x-rays prior to age 10. while the findings in today's cancer journal seem alarming, the researchers say much more study needs to be done. there's new fallout from the spending scandal at the general services administration. an eighth employee has been placed on administrative leave as the agency's investigation of lavish spending at a 2010 conference in las vegas continues. that employee is the deputy commissioner named david foley. he's the guy who gave an award to a colleague for producing a rap video about the gsa's free-spending ways. >> sure they regret that little video now. we turn to texas where the victims of last week's horrific tornadoes are now being targeted a second time, and police are cracking down. looters are preying on neighborhoods where people's homes are too damaged to live in anymore. they are stealing what's left behind and been exposed from stripping copper from air
conditioning units. police have made more than a dozen arrests. predators striking. hard to believe people would do that in tough times, but that's the way it goes. also, firefighters in new jersey are working through the night to contain a brush fire that could force people to evacuate their homes. about 1,000 acres in the pine barrens forest are on fire now. the flames are fueled by dry conditions out there, plus winds gusting above 40 miles an hour. the people in its path are trying to protect their homes but they've also packed their cars in case they have to get out of dodge. that fire is considered, though, at this point, to be suspicious. >> that's not something you see every april. >> maybe in scenes out west, but not in that neck of the woods. hopefully that will be okay as the night wears on. here's a look at your weather on this tuesday morning. the fire danger continues from new york to north carolina, in fact. atlanta, meanwhile, could see a few showers. maybe even a thunderstorm by the afternoon. it also will be pretty stormy up in seattle. >> it's going to be a chilly morning in the midwest with frost and freeze warnings posted. the dakotas will drop into the 20s.
boston, new york and baltimore in the 60s with those gusty winds kicking up in the afternoon. when it comes to betting around this time of year, march madness, masters, maybe even horse race aeg triple crown. >> in west danville, vermont, the locals bet on when some cinderblocks will fall through the ice. it costs $1 to place a bet. >> that sounds riveting. md whoever guessed sunday evening, april 8th at 5:25 p.m., yeah, that was the winner. those blocks are now at the bottom of the pond right there with the fish. >> it's better than frying the egg on the sidewalk when it's hot. it's kind of creative. >> we all just have to pass the time somehow. when will that block fall? let the good times roll. good luck. we'll be back with more "world news now" after this. >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by arriva medical. [ male announcer ] most people tend to think more about how they brush than what they brush with.
♪ my heart will go on and on i know. >> gets me every time. >> a little choked up. welcome back. a moment of silence will be observed this morning in the british port where the "titanic" set sail 100 years ago. >> a commemorative cruise is retracing the route. and it arrived safely in ireland yesterday. the bbc's jon kay is on board. >> reporter: this was always going to be an unusual cruise. and so it is proving to be. but after rough seas and gale force winds, a welcoming sight for passengers on the memorial voyage. when "titanic" made her final l stop here 100 years ago, this
port was called queenstown. today, it's changed to cobh. but the welcome remains the same. >> it's 100 years out. >> it's 100 years out. it's good to remember it, i think. >> it's part of our history, of course. and we're hopefully making a few out of it. we need it badly. >> reporter: for the ship's passengers who are tracing "titanic's" exact route it was a final chance to be on dry land before crossing the atlantic. >> to be here and be part of this, it's a once in a lifetime experience. and it's very touching. >> it just brings you right back to the "titanic." >> reporter: 123 irish passengers boarded here a century ago. most of them drowned just a few days later. passengers are reboarding the cruise ship. the next destination is that site in the atlantic where "titanic" sank after sailing from here. jon kay, bbc news, on board the "balmoral." >> and they were paying a pretty
penny for those tickets. between $4,000 and $9,000. >> wow! >> that's a lot. >> hopefully they have a better ending than the real thing. that's cool, though. they're trying to commemorate it. and there will be a formal dinner. oh, look at that, meg. yes, indeed. that's the sequel. guess who is coming to "titanic." catch that at a local theater. it's going to be good. updating it. they've got to modernize that film. >> we'll just come back. next in "the skinny," it's a family affair for sure. a little scandalous here. famous actor is marrying a member of his own family. >> and "dancing with the stars" with a lot of big news here. one of the contestants went to the hospital. we'll bring it all next to you in "the skinny." >> you jump, i jump, girl. >> announcer: abc's "world news now" will continue after this from our abc stations.
got a little injury. she's really been going through a hard time. apparently this was her best dance. the judges came out, gave her the highest score she's received yet, a 22. she's had a lot of back problems. they had to fuse her back. so she's taking a big risk here. they rushed her off. they haven't given us any specifics. it's just a precaution right now. we wish her well. >> hope she's okay. she's turning things around. doing well on the show. hope she gets better and heals quickly. warm thoughts to melissa gilbert here. but not warm thoughts -- and i love morgan freeman. he's one of the best actors out there, but this story is going to get some conversation going. this blew my mind. it's been in the news for quite some time. or been known for quite some time. he kind of has been dating or seeing his step-granddaughter. now morgan is 74 years old. she is 27 years old. according to reports just out, the two are going to get married once his divorce is final. so morgan freeman is going to
marry his step-granddaughter. apparently they've been having this affair for about ten years. so do the math. she was 17 when things started. he was 64. he had literally helped raise her. so now apparently it's a family affair. morgan apparently is trying to get back to shawshank and is messing with his step-granddaughter which i think just is the creepiest thing i've heard in awhile. it's just, whoo, not only the age gap, but step-granddaughter. now you're going to marry her? morgan, morgan. get busy living. get busy dying. whatever. >> let's move on. >> let's move on. >> warm and fuzzy. let's go to bubba watson. everybody loves bubba watson. this is a really endearing story. he's opening up to "people" magazine about the couple's struggle to have a baby. on their very first date, he was told by his now wife angie she couldn't have kids. they said it wasn't a problem. let's take a look at the tweet
he just sent out. right after the masters a couple of days after that, the tweet says, changed my first two diapers today. masters champ. he's a proud father of a new baby boy caleb. and they got the baby just a few weeks before the masters. and so his wife was home trying to change a diaper and put the baby down for a nap when he won. >> again, everyone loves this guy's story. you won a million bucks, the masters, a new kid at home, a loving wife. doesn't get better than that. bubba is living the life. russell brand is living the life, too. he has so much money he can literally set money on fire. this is from tmz. they caught him somewhere in l.a. living the life and he literally started setting some bills on fire. of course, the interesting thing here is that he just got divorced from katy perry and was bragging he didn't have to ask her for any money. he has so much money he can just burn it in the street. he's just lighting the bills on fire. must be nice to literally burn your money away. russell brand. class act. >> before we leave, let's talk really quickly.
hey, paula. happy anniversary. >> rob, i'm a little busy right now. >> i'm talking about the 20th anniversary. >> can't you see i'm busy? we've got a newscast to do in a little bit. >> 20 years, live overnight news, a little fun, smart, attitude. >> the 20th anniversary of "world news now." we should do a promo. >> now you're seeing the whole picture. >> and that's a great line to use in the promo. >> we need a promo. >> this has been the abc "world news now" 20th anniversary promo. sleep is overrated. ♪ welcome back, everybody. finally this half hour, the president and the first lady welcomed thousands to the white house for a springtime rite of
passage. >> it was the annual easter egg roll, and the celebration had plenty of surprises. abc's mary bruce tells us exactly what happened. >> reporter: president obama and the first lady welcomed thousands of visitors to the white house for the annual rite of spring known as the easter egg roll. >> we are so thrilled all of you could join us. >> reporter: the event dates back to 1878 when rutherford b. hayes was president. while many traditions remain the same, this year's festivities included story reading, cooking, an obstacle course and even yoga. the president kicked it off with the signature easter egg roll. then the president was off for a wild rumpus giving a spirited reading of the classic children's book "where the wild things are." >> who can do the wild rumpus? >> reporter: the activities were designed to get children moving and to encourage them to live healthier lives. it's part of the first lady's initiative to fight childhood obesity. and the president set the example.
just check out his push-ups. the basketball fan in chief joined pro players and the harlem globetrotters on the court and later played tennis with star chris evert. some 30,000 children and their families came to the white house making it the largest public event held here all year. mary bruce, abc news, the white house. >> that's a house full. 30,000 folks? that's crazy. it started at 7:30 in the morning and went to the evening times. that's a long day. >> you know when it comes to the obamas, there's going to be a little basketball. i heard you were in there. mixed it up. >> i schooled the president. i dunked over him. oh, man. he was embarrassed. i don't want to call him out on national tv, but the president has no game. sorry, mr. obama. >> you've got some moves. looked pretty good there. >> solved the tax problem. i was doing mideast peace. i did it all yesterday. you're welcome, mr. president. more from abc next. >> announcer: this is abc's