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welcome to "world news." tonight, inside the rescue. the dramatic moments those two little girls saved from one of the most wanted men in america. hidden in the woods, the girls had not eaten for days. what they did when they spotted the officers, about to save them. rejected. john edwards fighting for that case to be thrown out. tonight, the judge throws him a giant set back. get thin quick. the wildly popular weight loss program and tonight, the doctors under investigation after five deaths. what do they say when brian ross arrives. >> i want to talk to the doctor. and a made in america can't miss tonight. the mothers of invention. three different moms, three simple ideas making millions. watch as this mom finds her invention in stores across america. >> yes! good evening.
as we come on the air tonight, two little girls are back with their family after 134 days held captive by a man who the fbi called one of the most dangerous criminals in america. the girls were being hidden in the woods when suddenly they supported help through the trees. tonight, look at this fbi photo. now, the suspect, deceased, after taking his own life when police arrived. and those girls are free, shielded behind a giant white sheet. their mother and older sister did not survive the ordeal. abc's yunji de nies on the scene all day where authorities spoke just a moment ago. >> reporter: the little girls missing for 13 days were in the middle of the mississippi woods. they had not eaten for days, held captive by a man the fbi considered one of the most dangerous criminals in america. and then, the turn in the case. acting on a tip that came in in the middle of the night, a team of 31 mississippi officers, some of whom had just finished their training, were not quietly moving in, on the woods where
they believed they would find the little girls being held in a hunting camp by adam mayes. minutes in, as they peered through the trees, they found what they were looking for, those girls lying on the ground, peering up at the officers who had saved them. and adam mayes dropping to his knees, shooting himself to death. >> little girl picked her head up, other little girl picked her head up. we ordered mr. hayes to drop the weapon numerous times. >> reporter: the sisters emerged from the woods hungry, thirsty, coverered in pieson ivy and bug bites, but relatively unharmed. >> brings tears to your eyes. it was just a beautiful sight. >> reporter: how did they seem? >> i didn't ask them any questions, i just loved them and hugged them and told them it was going to be okay. >> reporter: it was two weeks ago today that police say mayes, a close family friend, killed the girls' mother joanne and 14-year-old sister adrienne at their home in tennessee.
he and his wife took the bolds to guntown, mississippi, where they live and mayes kidnapped alexandria and kyliyah, who he claimed were his daughters. his wife and mother, who knew about the crime, were arrested, but he managed to flee with the children. >> make you go home and love your kids. >> reporter: a family spokesman tells abc news the family has not questioned the girls about their ordeal, leaving that to law enforcement and mental health professionals. investigators are now combing these woods, trying to figure out if anyone was helping adam mayes hide out. the little girls are safe tonight, but this investigation is far from over. david? >> yunji de nies, thank you. we're going to turn now to although case closely followed this evening. john edwards, who was so hopeful a judge would throw out his case today over whether he used campaign money to hide his affair. when the prosecution was finishing its part of the case, edwards said, "that's it?" but the judge must have thought
otherwise. she said today, the case goes on. and the big question tonight, will edwards himself take the stand? will his daughter? could rielle hunter enter the courtroom? abc's bob woodward on the case again tonight. >> reporter: edwards' defense clearly disappointed today. they will hope to tear down the government's case next week. possible witnesses for the defense include rielle hunter, his old els daughter, cate, and if they decide to gamble, even edwards himself. >> have a nice weekend. >> reporter: risky, after the government wrapped up its case with exhibit 328, the avalanche of lines edwards told me on "nightline" on 2008. >> one of the purposes for having this interview with you, bob, is to tell the truth. >> reporter: prosecutors wanted the jury to see edwards lie, repeatedly, with such apparent ease. a report has been published that the baby of miss hunter is your baby. true?
>> not true. >> reporter: edwards abandoned that lie himself early last year, and his former aide, andrew young, the key pros kus witness, told jurors he pretended to be the father at the candidate's request. what were you thinking? >> what i was thinking was, this is personal to my own family. my family knew everything about it. everything. >> reporter: but one of elizabeth edwards' closest friends testified that back then, john still hadn't told his wife the truth about the length of the affair and that he was the baby's father. and when i asked edwards about secret payments to support and seclude hunter, which cuts to the heart of the government's case, he professed ignorance. >> i know absolutely nothing about that. >> reporter: prosecutors argue that, too, is a lie. and produced two witnesses who say they heard the campaign's top money man, fred baron, discussing the scheme in edwards' presence. now, this morning, in court, a lawyer for edwards told the judge that no one is going to
deny that mr. edwards lied and lied and lied, but he really insisted that the government's case is full of gaping holes. david? >> bob woodruff again tonight, thank you. we're going to turn to a new development in that stunning headline from wall street. just when we thought the big banks learned their session, we hear jpmorgan lost $2 billion on the kind of toxic moves that crippled the financial system just a couple of years ago. jpmorgan said it suffered that loss in six weeks time and could lose $2 billion in the next couple of months. tonight, we learned the trades have been traced to a mysterious banker in their london office, nicknamed voldemort. tonight, federal regulators are investigating, and today, jpmorgan was downgraded, their stock taking a hit, as well, closing down more than 9%, helping to bring down the dow again today, marking the single worst week so far this year. we've been reporting quite a
bit here on facebook and the fortune about to be made by its founders when it goes public. today, we learned one of those founders renounced his u.s. citizenship, giving it up. we wondered why. is it taxes? and when dan harp ris started digging, we learned it's hatching a lot more than anyone thought. >> reporter: you could argue that eduardo saverin is a case study in the american dream. founding facebook in a dorm room with mark zuckerberg, as dramatized in the movie "the social network." >> that is really good. >> reporter: later, he would feel cut out of the business. >> i belt what you hated the most is that they identified me as a co-founder of facebook, which i am. >> reporter: he still owns an estimated 4% of facebook, which means when it goes public, he stands to cash in to the tune of nearly $4 billion. but his tax bill to the country that gave him all this opportunity may now be lower. because, as we're learning tonight, he has renounced his american citizenship. according to his spokesman,
"eduardo recently found it more practical to become a resident of singapore since he plans to live there for an indefinite period of time." many online were harshly critical, urging people to close their facebook accounts and let them eat their ipo. >> to the extent that there's some tax savings that comes from renouncing the citizenship, that doesn't sit well with people. >> reporter: saverin is one of a growing number of wealthy americans dropping their citizenship, multiplying sevenfold since 2008 from just 235 to more than 1,700. in the movie, saverin was the one that many of us felt sorry for. tonight, some are painting him as the bad guy. dan harris, abc news, new york. >> dan harris on the case tonight. our thanks to dan. and now, to the race for president here, your voice, your vote. and to a debate playing out about bullying and that headline about mitt romney we reported on
last night here. tonight, we ask whether what a presidential candidate did back in high school is really fair game. and if so, what does mitt romney do now? here's jon karl. >> thanks, guys. thank you. >> reporter: a rousing reception for mitt romney in north carolina today. but in an interview with a local reporter, he was asked directly if he was a bully in high school. >> i was one who did some stupid things in high school and if anyone feels that they were offended by that i certainly apologize for that. >> reporter: it was a much different tone from romney than when he was first asked about "the washington post" report that he and his high school classmates allegedly attacked a presumed homosexual student named john lauber and forcibly cut his hair 48 years ago. yesterday, he latched it off. >> you know, i don't remember that incident. and i tell you, i certainly don't believe that i thought the fellow was homosexual.
>> reporter: now, the family of the alleged victim, who died in 2004, is criticizing the story telling abc news, the fportraya of john is factually incorrect and we are aggrieved that he would be used to further a political agenda. the story has set off a furious debate about whether things that happened so long ago matter today. >> if teenagers ran the white house, this your a relevant conversation. >> in these days, if something like that happened, that person would be prosecuted, perhaps for a hate crime. >> did obama pull off any pranks in high school? >> reporter: now, some conservatives are pointing to the president's own memoir, where he acknowledged at a 10-year-old, mistreating the only other black kid in his class. a girl named coretta, who had no friends. >> i ran up to coretta and gave he a slight shove, she staggered back and looked up at me, but still said nothing. "leave me alone!" i shouted again. and suddenly coretta was running, faster and faster. >> reporter: as for the obama campaign, reaction to all this
controversy surrounding romney, tonight, a spokesperson for the obama campaign told me only romney did the right thing by apologizing anybody he may have offended back in high school. david? >> jon karl, thank you. and one more note, and a sizable note from the campaign trail. president obama and that fund-raiser in hollywood hosted by george clooney bringing in more than $12 million in campaign funds. and today, the president played hoops with clooney and actor to bi-mcguire. clooney played on the president's team. here's what the president said about that match-up. >> as you might expect, george and i won. but you know, i think we are all winners because nobody got hurt. >> the president fresh off his hollywood help. we turn now to a brian ross investigation tonight, it's one of the biggest weight loss empires in the country. the advertisements are everywhere. 1-800-get thin. two doctors making promise off the promise of helping people lose weight and fast. tonight, five people have died. investigations have begun.
and abc's chief investigative correspondent brian ross tracked those doctors down. >> reporter: paula rojeski told friends she was desperate to finally lose some weight. >> i want to be skinny. i want to be skinny. . >> reporter: for years, she had seen ads for 1-800-get thin, promising an easy surgery, where her stomach would be shrunk with a lap-band. but paula died on the operating table. >> is she breathing? >> no. >> okay. paramedics are on the way. >> reporter: and her death and the death of four other patients who died after the surgery has led to state and federal investigations of the hugely popular clinics. >> this place seems to be a magnet if for bad outcomes. >> reporter: the clinics are run by two playboy brothers who were featured on the program "dr. 90210." michael and julian omidi.
this man says his wife died a few days after they sent her home, never reveefling they lacerated her liver. you weren't told? >> they told me nothing. >> reporter: the clinic's lawyer says laura's lacerated liver was not the cause of her death and that the omidis are deeply upset about it. perhaps. but this is what the doctor who operated on her said in testimony about the lawsuit. >> julian omidi's response to me was, don't worry, we make $21 million a month, $1 million is okay. >> reporter: the omidis deny the doctor's allegations, but they would not speak with abc news about the patient deaths or the new investigation. trying to get ahold of you to ask you about what is happening at your clinic. >> very nice of you -- >> reporter: we try to reach you. i want to talk to dr. omidi. >> very nice -- >> reporter: can we speak to you? the brothers say their clinics meet the highest professional
standards, but it turns out they never did any of the actual surge rips themselves. julian omidi had his medical license revoked for dishonesty and michael 0 me deep's license was suspended for three years following allegations of gross negligence when he was a plastic surgeon and only got it back last year. >> so hard to watch that husband talk about losing his wife, brian. i know you are going to continue digging into this later tonight on "20/20." brian reveals just how much money those doctors made, the numbers are staggers. that's tonight on "20/20." and when we come back here on "world news," the woman behind this picture, sparking a nationwide debate. brea breastfeeding her 3 1/2-year-old. now she's being threatened and tonight, she's right here on "world news," defending that photograph, next. ♪ [ male announcer ] american innovation.
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protective services. they call it sexual molestation. >> i think it's a lot of ignorance. it's hard to get mad at that. this is what they were designed for. >> reporter: attachment parenting means her sons share a family bed, spend 24/7 with had their parents and nurse until they wean themselves. grumet herself was nursed until she was 6. >> if feels like the most safe and nurturing place and you feel completely loved. >> reporter: what does he call it? >> what do you call nursing? >> um -- nursing. >> reporter: nursing. the american academy of pediatrics recommending breastfeeding for the first year. the world health organization says two, but most pediatricians see little nutritional value beyond that and question the emotional value. >> between the ages of 1 and 3, that's when a child is learning to develop as an individual and to separate. so i want to look there during is that period to make sure that prolonged breastfeeding isn't interfering with that
development. >> i completely disagree with that just with my own personal experience with my mother. i wasn't afraid that she wouldn't be there when i got back. it was like, almost like giving a strong foundation. >> reporter: of course, the provocative cover asks, are you mom enough, which reouches a divide between stay at home moms who have the time for extreme parenting and those who have to work. >> all right, juju, thank you very much. and i know juju will have much more on a very powerful "nightline," which comes your way later tonight. join the debate. when we come back this evening, what looks like an ordinary prom foe tophoto, but tuned. you're not going to believe what happened to this image, next. park assist? no hands. i didn't think that was possible. make me want the fusion. it's pretty. it's fun to drive. and the fuel-efficiency... up to 33 miles per gallon. pretty awesome. it's the swap your ride sales event. get a fusion or escape with 0% financing for 60 months plus up to $1750 cash back.
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mother's day, made in america. turns out, they really are the mothers of invention. there was something about that trip to spartanburg, south carolina, that stuck with us. >> oh, my god! how are you? >> reporter: more than that southern hospitality, more than that secret recipe. >> oh, i get a hug! >> reporter: it was the fire, the drive behind this one mom, her cakes made in america. you remember she taught us how to make the red velvet. >> that's about right. >> reporter: and who was cheering this mother on? how are we doing? her own mom, turning the family recipe into a fortune. selling 25,000 cakes already. but they're hardly the only mothers of invention. this is america. tiffany had a simple idea, too. she told us about it. from her tiny georgia town, just one stoplight, this young mom and those hurdles facing any new mom. >> there's little things you have to come up with to get a kid to do what they need to do, take medicine or eat their peas. >> reporter: she came up with a
solution. bravely trying to sell it to the sharks on that abc show "shark tank." and they were told, investing in a children's medicine dispenser that talks. >> and press the button. >> reporter: and hides the medicine in that trunk. it gets even better. after struggling to find an american manufacture, she was eager to reach us at "world news." >> we now have a manufacture here in the united states. >> reporter: $2.5 million in sales now made in america and now in that aisle, right here at cvs. >> i can't believe it. >> reporter: and there's hanna, who just weeks ago had a brave pitch, too. a young mom, frustrated over the sippy cups that always leave leftover juice at the bottom. >> you don't know how many times my daughter has done this, ask me for more milk because the liquid is resting at the bottom. >> reporter: enter her invention, the lollacup. where is it made? >> we decided to manufacture the product here in the united
states. >> reporter: assembling the cups at home, boxing them right in her living room. now receiving 1,000 cups a month. >> made in america! >> reporter: along with tiffany and her daughter and ava the elephant. >> made in america! >> reporter: while back in that kitchen tonight on this mother's day weekend, a mother and her daughter and their recipe for success. >> oh, we're proud of her. >> reporter: you're proud of her? >> yep. >> reporter: we're proud, too. we choose the made in america moms, our "persons of the week." die beyoane and i wish you a ha mother's day this weekend. i'll see you here for the news. have a good night.