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last couple of days and transported to the roadside. so many were missing vital body parts that identifying them will be difficult. and from london, we've learned a sonic weapon is going to be used to keep those olympic crowds safe. the device will deliver a long-range ear-splitting beam of sound, and that's not all. the top officials have in mind. nick schifrin got a bird's-eye view of all the security. >> reporter: welcome to lockdown london. the navy's largest ship invades the capital. the air force buzzes your neighborhood. and your local park has a missile battery. the olympics are coming with almost $2 billion of security. the british military flew me out to the hms ocean. it may look like a war zone, but this helicopter carrier is deploying home. >> we have to be prepared for any and every eventuality. >> reporter: the british military will deploy more troops to protect the olympics, 13,000, than it deploys to afghanistan.
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it's the largest military presence in london since world war ii. the brand new stadium is protected by six missile batteries designed to prevent a 9/11-style attack. one is right on top of brian whalen's apartment. >> this is the tower that sticks out right above my apartment. as you can see there's now a high velocity missile battery stationed on the roof. this is my home. >> reporter: whalen filmed this video himself. >> beside the unguarded military rockets. >> reporter: whilen had a million-dollar view of the olympic stadium. but today, he feels like he's living in a military base. he's not the only one. the uk hopes these exercises reassure the public, but they are also a reminder this level of security is needed so close to home. nick schifrin, abc news, london. three executives at jpmorgan chase are reportedly being shown the door, all because of the bank's recent $2 billion loss. "the wall street journal" is
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reporting that among those expected to leave their job this week is the company's chief investment officer. 24ths with direct responsibility are also reportedly out. in some shaking going on. internet search giant yahoo!. 48-year-old ross levenson is taking over. on top of that, amoroso is now chairman of yahoo!'s board. all these come after scott thompson was removed yesterday as ceo. he had been under fire because of inaccuracies on his resume, including mention of a computer science degree that he actually did not earn. also late word that just before resigning, thompson told yahoo!'s board he's been diagnosed with thyroid cancer and is now beginning treatment. and it's a big day for famous ceo who didn't graduate from college at all. facebook founder mark zuckerberg is celebrating his 28th birthday. it comes just four days before
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his social network goes public. the expected $100 million ipo will be one of the biggest stock offerings in history. and that means facebook will be worth more than iconic companies like mcdonald's, ford and disney. >> happy birthday. staggering. >> zuckerberg and his little facebook thing are going to take over the world. >> slowly, but surely. >> are you kidding me? $100 million for that -- i'm sorry, $100 billion ipo. that's staggering. an issue last week with him. some folks upset during his tour. he was wearing the hoody instead of the suit and tie. >> when you are worth that much, who cares? >> if i had that -- i'd be buck naked in the boardroom if i had his kind of money. just saying. >> that's a little much, but -- >> just so you know. >> that's why you'll never make that much money. >> i'll let that mental image waft across the country. here's a look at -- welcome to the overnight. here's a look at the weather. some severe storms across new
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mexico and western texas. wet day from new england down to florida. some heavy rain inland with some light rain from bean town to d.c. thunderstorms in northern california. >> 73 in sacramento. a record 88 in portland. and 79 in salt lake city. 82 degrees in minneapolis. 70s from kansas city all the way to detroit. 68 in boston. 72 in baltimore and 82 degrees in new orleans. >> let's get the legal stuff out of the way right off the top here. abc is part of the walt disney company and, of course, part of disney is mickey mouse. >> we mention that because tomorrow marks the 84th anniversary of mickey premiering in his first cartoon. it was called "plain crazy" and debuted way back in 1928. >> i was just a kid. mickey didn't go over too well, but walt disney kept at it and, of course, the rest is history. or you can say things only get better for mickey as all these years have rolled along.
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from everyone in the building, we are -- send our love and happiness and loyalty to no one except mickey mouse. >> we love you, mickey. >> for so many reasons, mickey. the check clears on friday. coming up next -- trading in a mop for a cap and gown. one very inspiring college grad. cracking down on walking and texting. the dangerous practice could get you into some big trouble. you're watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by pantene. h oh ♪ you see it in the brush... ♪ oh oh oh oh ooh oh ...and then there's the pillow. ♪ i dare you to dare me so they dared me to try this pantene. [ female announcer ] pantene anti-breakage the keratin protection system makes hair stronger reducing breakage up to 97%. ♪ think only salon brands can do that? i took the dare... will you?
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♪ ♪ trouble ahead trouble behind ♪ welcome back, everybody. we have heard so much about the dangers of texting while
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driving. but now there's a growing concern about another risk of texting while walking. >> scientists are proving just how much it can send off -- it can send us off course. one town is now taking action to stop it. abc's john muller explains. >> reporter: most of us have done it, walking and texting on the street. it took seconds soto see it outside of abc's new york studios. this guy texts off the curb, unconcerned as a car turns inches in front of him. he then continues to cross broadway, head down, fingers flying. don't try that in ft. lee, new jersey. if police see you, you'll get an $85 jaywalking ticket. this after 20 pedestrian accidents so far this year. >> a big distraction. pedestrians aren't walking where they are walking. >> reporter: who could forget the video of a woman texting in a shopping mall before taking the plunge into the fountain. or this guy texting in a hotel lobby before slamming into the wall. and remember the guy who was texting only to look up and go eye to eye with a wild bear?
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yikes. a professor at stonybrook university even conducted research on walking and texting. watch the suspect slowly drift to his right. texters are 60 motor more likely to veer offline than nontexters. padded posts to prevent texting and walking injuries. but back in new jersey, this law is getting mixed reviews. >> i think that's kind of crazy. that's a lot of money. >> reporter: $85 fines or not, experts agree texting is distracting. potentially dangerous and sometimes just plain rude. something to bear in mind. john muller, abc news, new york. >> something we all do these days. how do you enforce that. we're all out there. >> i know. walking through -- oh. >> they caught us on the way in tonight. moments before we were hit by the bus. >> it's light out. that was definitely -- that's not me. and i don't own a suit that color anyway. >> oh, really? >> not your color?
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>> that's not me. nice try, guys. coming up -- separating fact from fiction when it comes to lady gaga's love life. >> and jessica simpson is tweeting about her very proud moment yesterday. all coming up next in "the skinny." >> announcer: abc's "world news
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♪ skinny so skinny ♪ all right, boys and girls. it's time for "the skinny." we love this segment. >> your first skinny. >> yes, my first one. we're starting off with something that's very, very cool. because jessica simpson tweeted out a picture post birth of her baby daughter, baby maxwell drew johnson. >> ah. >> and her tweet is actually -- it's not a tweet of the baby, but still a nice tweet. >> let's face it. she's saving the first picture for the millions some magazine will pay her. we'll see maxwell soon enough once the check clears. >> she said happy mother's day to mom and ashley. you all are my inspiration. but what's really cute is she's been tweeting little things about her daughter since she had
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her saying she's addicted to shopping now, buying headbands, massive flowers on them because her baby is insanely cute. but what was really cute is after she had her baby who was, by the way, almost 10 pounds -- that explains -- >> yeah, that exexplains the expansion. i'm so in love with baby maxwell, i want to cry every time i look at her. motherhood is by far the best thing i have experienced. >> plus it's finally interesting to get a look at post pregnancy body of jessica simpson. >> everybody made such a big deal about that poor girl. when you are pregnant you gain weight, people. >> she just seemed to be pregnant forever and -- >> she was pregnant for 3 1/2 years. >> that baby was like ready for high school. so if she's looking like she's slimming down, like she's coming back together. >> she looks great already. >> good for jessica. a big rumor over the weekend that the one and only lady gaga was engaged. so someone -- pretty famous
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photographer terry richardson posted a photo of gaga sporting this huge rock. you see it right there on her hand. and then the tweet was gaga showing off her new engagement ring. the cat is out of the bag. now a rep saying, no, gaga is not engaged. do not even worry about it. they don't know whether she's dating anyone right now. she just broke up with her boyfriend in the last month or two. she's not engaged. she's still very much back on the mark fet you are looking for a very low-profile stay at home gi kind of gal. she is not engaged. >> the things that girl will do for attention. >> she's very -- she's a wallflower. she's got come out of her shell. >> she's trying. next up, demi lovato has signed a deal to judge next season of "the x factor." according to y exciting. this will not interfere with her touring, so hearts can stay at ease. she's still going to be out there. you'll still be able to go see demi lovato do her thing on
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stage. she's also going to be on a different kind of stage because she's now going to be on "the x factor" and tmz has previously reported that britney spears will also be a judge. >> interesting times, in the world of all these judges. howard stern is going to "america's got talent." now demi and britney on this show. at least demi can sing unlike britney. >> so your chances are done for being a judge. >> yeah. >> unless you can sing. >> yx season. unless you can lip-sync. >> that's all it takes these days. from the kardashian file. clearly there was this transgender woman is suing khloe kardashian, the tall sister. the woman now filed new papers saying if you give me 150 grand, i will drop the suit and get out of here. >> oh, that's it? >> she wants money for her mental and emotional excite. shantel whose real name is ronald wants a cool 150k for the suit to go away.
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you're watching "world news now." >> sleep is overrated. ♪ very hip. >> that's like the technograd mix. i like that. >> very "jersey shore." >> very. finally this half hour, one graduate who is a real inspiration came to america to escape civil war and persevered for decades. >> this weekend, he finally picked up his diploma to the cheers of an entire university. abc's john berman has his story. >> reporter: college graduation for most students is the end of a journey. for 52-year-old gac filipai, the end of a 20-year intercontinental round the clock odyssey. the most recent grad from cloumbia university has been a
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janitor at the school for nearly 20 years. mopping the floors, cleaning the bathrooms, taking care of the trash. >> i proved that i have enough strength to finish what i start to do. >> reporter: gac fled to the u.s. from yugoslavia in 1992 to escape the civil war. he spoke -- >> no english at all. >> reporter: after landing the janiter's job and seven years of english classes he was accepted at the university. he was take plass in the morning and work an eight-hour shift into the night. nothing about it was easy. >> gac filipai. >> reporter: including his major. graduating with honors in classics. he's become a bit of a celebrity on campus. >> best moment in my life so far. >> reporter: even his boss, who, by the way, expects him back to work monday morning, is amazed. >> he was tenacious about keeping to his schedule. really you know, fulfilling his goal. >> reporter: he says he plans to
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keep his job for now, but what he really wants -- >> i would like to go to graduate school. either for masters or even better, for ph.d. >> reporter: 52 years old, one odyssey complete, a new one just beginning. john berman, abc news, new york. >> how do you not love that story? >> that is an inspiration. the man could not speak english and now he's graduating from columbia university. >> so great, too. there we are. looks like my cap and gown from my alma mater chapel hill. my degree in -- >> classics. >> i studied the classics. bud light, zima. what else? >> announcer: this is abc's "world news now," informing
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this morning on "world news now" -- corporate bloodbath. the executives at jpmorgan chase who are expected now to be out of their jobs. >> after the big banking company admitted to billions of dollars of losses over the course of a few weeks. it's monday, may 14th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." good monday morning. i'm rob nelson, everybody. welcome, diana perez. filling in this week while paula is on assignment. >> very excited to be here. that's right. >> that's good. came to us from -- >> still awake. >> you came to us from boston. but originally from right here in new york. queens. >> right here. >> local girl. >> queens, lived in connecticut, doing the suburbs thing. trying to figure it out. long commutes. >> you are new to abc? third or fourth week? >> third week. >> trial by fire. >> hello, everybody.
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>> welcome to "world news now." it's great to have you here for the week. >> what's happening at jpmorgan chase could have a real impact on your money, your retirement and the financial system. and it's happening when there's a push to loosen up federal regulations on banking. we'll hear the intense criticism as heads are about to roll at the financial giant today. >> there had to be some fallout from this. three executives could be gone today. also new revelations about the disappearance of isabel salis in arizona. the missing girl's parents have now separated and her father is under orders to stay away from her siblings. does this mean there are some new leads in the case? >> and later this half hour, so far away and yet so close. one mom went into labor in north carolina. dad was on active duty in afghanistan. thanks to skype, everyone was there in high-tech spirit for the big moment on this mother's day weekend. >> powers of technology.
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>> sweet moment. look at that. talking her through it. >> daddy is there from a safe distance. >> wonder where he wanted to be that day. lots of eyes on wall street this morning with plenty of attention being paid to jpmorgan chase. the dow starts trading this morning at 12,820, after slipping 217 points last week. >> as for jpmorgan chase, the "wall street journal" says three high-ranking executives are out following the trading disaster that cost the company billions. more from abc's t.j. winick. >> reporter: what's next for jpmorgan chase? last week, the nation's largest bank disclosed it had run up $2 billion in losses over just six weeks. ceo jamie dimon was blunt. >> we made a terrible, egregious mistake. almost no excuse for it. >> reporter: as for how it happened? >> we took far too much risk. the strategy was badly vetted, badly machine tored. it should never have happened. >> reporter: financial stocks took a beating on wall street
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friday with jpmorgan chase leading the way down. >> this is just a huge throwback to the two years of trying to regain the investment public's trust. >> reporter: for many, it's a painful reminder of the battle days of the 2008 banking crisis. the huge reversal comes at a time when the financial industry is seeking to loosen regulations on trading. >> entities like jpmorgan chase made bets on derivatives and couldn't pay for it. we now have rules that say, no you can't get yourself in that position. >> reporter: one top lawmaker says the jpmorgan chase debacle dooms efforts to change regulations. >> the price will be that they will lose their battle in washington to weaken the rule. >> reporter: still, some are skeptical. >> the banks have always figured out how to circumnavigate the rules without breaking them. >> reporter: jpmorgan clas admits it may lose an additional $1 billion, but says it's not in danger. >> we're still going to earn a lot of money this quarter. it isn't like the company is jeopardized. >> reporter: t.j. winick, abc
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news, new york. now to another corporate crisis at internet search giant yahoo!. the 48-year-old executive ross levinsohn is now interim ceo. and alfred amoroso is chairman of the board. this comes after scott thompson was removed at ceo yesterday. he'd been under fire because of inaccuracies on his resume including mention of a computer science degree that he actually did not earn. sources say that just before resigning, thompson actually told yahoo!'s board that he's been diagnosed with thyroid cancer and is now beginning treatment. now to spain to that country's financial crisis and thousands of people upset about it. demonstrators oppose new government measures to reduce the national debt. spain has entered a recession for now the second time since the global economic downturn. and its unemployment rate is the highest among the 17 countries in the eurozone. in greece, it's even worse. the major political parties have failed to form a government. if today's talks do not resolve
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the issue, there will be new elections in greece next month. and now to massachusetts where police are trying to unravel a bizarre murder mystery. first a baby was found in a car seat in the middle of the road. then officers tried to track down his parents. found a man and two women tied up inside an apartment. the man was dead. the woman critically injured. also a loose pit bull inside. the baby, though, was apparently not hurt. also, new developments this morning in the disappearance of a tucson girl who now vanished more than three weeks ago. the parents of 6-year-old isabel salis have separated and her dad is no longer allowed to see his two sons. more from abc's clayton sandell. >> reporter: for the family of isabel salis, the last three weeks have been heartbreaking. >> we're looking for you. we love you and we miss you so much. >> reporter: now another shockwave. sourced tell abc news that authorities have banned isabel's father sergio from contacting his two sons, isabel's older
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brothers. the boys are in the custody of their mother rebecca. police won't say why. >> we're not able to kind of share additional details of why we're at this point. >> reporter: this new development sources say does not mean investigators are focusing on sergio salis in isabel's disapierceance. last week, detectives learned something that concerned them enough to call in child protective services. >> there was a need to institute some measures to ensure the welfare of the older siblings. >> reporter: sergio salis says she discovered isabel missing from the family's tucson home the morning of april 21st. her bedroom screen removed. police say they do not have any suspects. >> as they look at this family under a microscope, they're probably seeing a number of things that maybe just aren't right. but they may not have really, at the end of the day, anything to do with isabel's disappearance. >> reporter: isabel's parents no longer living together did not return our calls.
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since their daughter vanished, 1,000 tips, tens of thousands in reward dollars and countless searches still haven't been able to find just one little girl. >> and we will never give up. we will never give up looking for you. >> reporter: clayton sandell, abc news, denver. >> such a heartbreaking story. >> hard to see when both mom and dad get up there and talk about how much they miss her, how much they want her back and then to hear this is the newest development about the dad and you don't know what that means. it's scary and heartbreaking. >> i think it can easily read into it. there's something going on with the dad in that family dynamic. the separation plus can't see the other children involved. all that adds up to something that's got to be a little disconcerting. you have to imagine the mother's day that woman had yesterday. sad all the way around. >> not easy. defense lawyers for john edwards get their turn in a north carolina courtroom today. they'll set out to prove that edwards did not knowingly use campaign funds to hide his affair with rielle hunter.
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edwards' oldest daughter cat se likely to be called to the witness stand. it's still unclear whether edwards or hunter are going to testify. political news this morning, president obama travels here to new york city today where he will tape an appearance on "the view" which will air tomorrow. >> his support of gay marriage is sure to get a lot of air time on the show and his stance on the issue is front and center politically. abc's rick klein has more. good morning, rick. >> reporter: rob and diana, "newsweek" declaring president obama the first gay president and for once, this is an image that doesn't scare democrats. the obama campaign went into the interview last week with abc's robin roberts with a little trepidation but they are comfortable with the fallout so far. the bottom sideline the president has a new on same-sex marriage that's shared by a majority of americans. the lack of huge pushback means this is a fight democrats are more than willing to have in 2012. mitt romney's position in opposition to same-sex marriage is clear. >> marriage is a relationship between one man and one woman. >> but don't expect him to talk.
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romney is in the midst of sprucing himsespruce i introducie ining himself to the american public. mitt romney would rather be talking about the obama economy than same-sex marriage. >> the president will be in town. we saw the barricades up in the streets here. getting ready for his visit. he'll tape that interview with "the view" today but it will air on tuesday. >> it will be interesting to see where this all goes. it's an election year. we know what's really going on and why they're doing it. mitt romney has already publicly said he opposes it. and nevada apparently is losing all kinds of business because people can't get married there. so -- >> and that was actually mitt's biggest applause line. that line about one man, one woman. he was talking to a christian evangelical school. that got the crowd riled up. culture wars are burning fast and furious again.
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firefighters are battling at least four wildfires in arizona. half a dozen air tankers were being used to gain control of a fire in the central part of the state. the flames burned at least two buildings and some families have been ordered to evacuate. there are fire warnings due to dry vegetation and abnearly hot conditions. with tharkts here's a look at your monday forecast. excessive heat warnings in the desert southwest. also some scattered showers from boston down to d.c. pouring rain inland, though, from northern georgia to the catskills and vermont, hail and gusty winds from el paso to albuquerque and some showers around dallas and oklahoma city. >> 100 degrees in phoenix. a record 88 in portland. 80s in boise. and the twin cities. 70s in chicago, new york and atlanta. one of the former space shuttles is taking another small step toward its ultimate destination. >> over the weekend, "enterprise," a shuttle prototype, was lifted off the 747 which flew it to new york last month. it's now being kept at a storage
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hangar at jfk airport. >> ultimately "enterprise" will be moved to a barge and floated to a permanent exhibit here in manhattan. it's expected to be open to the public come late july. that was an incredible scene the day it flew home here to new york. they flew very, very low in the sky just over the skyscrapers here. finally making its last lap. very cool scene. >> what was very funny. i was watching on wabc and one of the seasoned reporters was out there and he -- the excitement in his voice, these are people who don't get excited about anything. he was like, oh, my gosh, it's right overhead. it was really fun to watch. grown men were so excited about this thing. >> how often do you see something like that in life. the space shuttle over your city. good for them. anger and uproar aimed at a major airline. >> and an unforgettable mother's day weekend for a mother in north carolina and her delivery room. and a dad in afghanistan. you're watching "world news now."
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♪ well, airlines are fighting hard these days to stay afloat, adding those annoying fees to do it. but awhile back, one airline thought it had a much better idea. >> that's right. it offered a special pass. lifetime first class anywhere, any time, for one time lump sum. but that deal turned into a no deal. here's abc's john berman. >> this is australia. >> reporter: steven is a frequent flier. actually frequent doesn't begin to describe it. >> here's zurich, frankfurt,
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munich, france. all places that i went to dozens and dozens of times. london, probably 500 or 600 trips in my lifetime. >> hundred? >> in 1987 he bought an unlimited ticket on american airlines. yes, there is such a thing. and he used it. >> you really want to know? >> reporter: george clooney's 10 million miles seems like a lot in "up in the air." >> i'd be the seventh person to do it. more people have walked on the moon. >> how many miles? >> around 40 million miles. >> reporter: american started selling the unlimited air pass back in the '80s looking for quick cash. just 66 people got on board before they stopped selling them. for as low as $350,000, the pass guarantees the holder and a guess unlimited first class travel for life. mark cuban bought one when he hit it big. >> if there weren't any seats in first class, they had to kick somebody off. i remember one time they kicked off magic johnson. >> reporter: steven flew around the world for work as an
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investment banker and with his family. he flew to new york 1,000 times. 500 trips to los angeles, san francisco and london. 80 trips to paris. 80 flights to sydney and at least 50 to hong kong. but three years ago, american cracked down. canceling his air pass claiming he abused the system by booking flights he never planned to use. in a statement to abc, american said fraud cases are an extremely small percentage of our overall airpass accounts but fraudulent activity costs all of our customers money. steven says he did nothing wrong. he's now suing the airline and hopes to get his pass back. >> american must have been spending a lot of money on you toward the end. >> a deal is a deal. >> reporter: because even for this most frequent of flyers, there are still places to go. john berman, abc news, new york. >> a deal is a deal. >> i think so, too. all those fees you are collecting and the billions you
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are making off everybody. this guy signed up. let him have it. see? >> see, this is why -- this is why. >> very friendly. >> yes. >> customer service at the gate. >> now i feel like i should be on the airline's side. >> oh, no, no. >> forget it, guys. hand it over. >> don't go to the dark side. >> no more lifetime travel for you. >> all the people who have this pass. willie mayes and computer mogul michael dell were part of those only 66 people who had it. >> and they got all kinds of other perks. >> oh, yeah. vip lounges, frequent flier miles. >> honor your deal, guys. >> we'll be right back. >> announcer:
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talk about a digital need. if a baby born was born in north carolina yesterday with the help from skype. >> his dad coached his mom through labor even though he was deployed half a world away in
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afghanistan. shea christen of wtvd has the story. >> reporter: inside central carolina hospital in sanford, staff sergeant barron scott got to witness the birth of his first born. his son named william. even though scott is serving in afghanistan. >> happy mother's day. >> thank you, honey. >> reporter: it's a happy mother's day indeed. despite being deployed, scott was able to help his wife amy through the delivery using skype. >> you know, during the whole process was just -- it was great. it was really great. >> being able to get on skype -- i could possibly imagine without actually being there. >> reporter: the idea came from their midwife at carolina women's health who has helped other military couples in the same situation. >> it's just wonderful for bonding and for participation in
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a birth that ordinarily they would not be able to. >> reporter: scott feared he'd miss the whole ordeal, becoming a father, seeing his son's precious face. those tiny fingers. but thanks to technology, he didn't miss a thing. he even admits some anxiety from so far away. >> scary and exciting all at the same time. scary for the simple fact i am now responsible for another human being, but excited that i am responsible for another human being. >> reporter: now amy can't wait for him to get home and help out with their little human being. >> how cool is that. dad got to be there. even though through the tv screen he was right there for that moment. the hospital has delivered four babies with the help of skype. this is becoming old hat for them. >> it's very cute. but i'm very curious as to what the camera angle was. >> you want to know how -- >> i'm hoping it was up toward her face. >> let's hope. everybody is involved.
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>> announcer: "world news now" delivers your "morning papers." >> all right. welcome back, everybody. time for the "morning papers." this one i love, love, love. so apparently there's a woman who wrote a book called "shades of grey." not to be mistaken with "50 shades of grey." >> the mommy porn that sold like a trillion copies. "shades of grey" is about a -- prevention teacher. but her and her husband have been asked all kinds of questions. everybody wants to talk to her about her "50 shades of grey" book which she did not write. >> which is about s & m and all kinds of freaky sex. >> it's about romance between a college student and a wealthy entrepreneur who happens to be a sadomasochi sadomasochist. real romantic. >> but i think what she's trying to say is please stop
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approaching me about that sexual book because i didn't write it. my book is about teen pregnancy. you open it, you crack it open and then you are like, nah, and you return it. >> where's the s & m scene? they are really disappointed. >> be careful there buying those books. this i found interesting, too if you are a health nut, which i'm not. there's something out there called the e-bra. they have textile sensors women can put in there or dudes can put it in their vest and it managers your body temperature, blood pressure, respiratory rate, oxygen consumption and feeds those stats back to your iphone. so it doesn't require anything -- any extra equipment or accessories. just the thing. but if you work out, that's a good thing, right? >> there are bands that do that. >> well, but this one fits snugly into -- >> no, this is a bra. this doesn't fit snugly into anywhere. this is i'm wearing like heavy stuff as i try to --
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>> it's a little thing. i'm just saying. >> i don't think you know. i think you are making that up. >> we'll discuss it after the show. this is great. fist-pumping record attempt in akron. this gentleman went around the . he's actually still at it. he started friday at 11:00 a.m. and heap e ends today at 3:00 a. his attempt is to go around and do this as many times as possible. of course, this is just like jersey shore style. he tried this awhile ago but it wasn't documented. now he's trying to set a world record. >> i'm sure he'll get lots of dates from his fist pumping record. also what's cool it is actually national egg month. more importantly today is national dance like a chicken day. so we've asked for the help of nicole, our lovely prompt operator to demonstrate t
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this morning on "world news now" -- legal challenge. john edwards' lawyers begin their defense strategy today in his conspiracy trial in north carolina. >> can his attorneys prove that edwards did not intentionally break campaign laws to cover up his affair? it's monday, may 14th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >> good monday morning, everybody. i'm rob nelson. we welcome yet another new face here to the anchor chair filling in for the week. diana perez. welcome aboard. welcome to the low point of your career here on the overnights. >> i'm happy to be here. i'm very excited filling in for paula faris. this is exciting. >> this is going to be good. it's going to be fun. we're a little crazy and cuky on this shift. >> oh, i've already learned. >> yeah you know. >> i've been here for a couple of hours. >> you know we're crazy. welcome aboard.
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here's to a good week. >> thank you so much. in our top story -- the john edwards defense team presents his case in north carolina. we'll look at the challenges the attorneys face and ask who is going to testify on edwards' behalf. >> will rielle hunter take the stand? >> everyone wants to know. >> that will be a soap opera moment if there ever was one in that courtroom. also this morning, the class of 2012 is graduating. and so many of them begin a new chapter of their lives. very deep in debt. we'll hear from the grads and their parents face something new fiscal challenges. later this half hour, did johnny depp impress film fans in the new movie version of an old classic "dark shadows"? get our take on the popular picture later in "insomniac theater." >> did you see any movies this weekend or sleeping in preparation for the shift? >> i saw old movies but haven't seen any new movies. >> apparently the guy who saw this wasn't a huge fan. we'll get to his critique later in the half hour. before all that, lawyers for john edwards have already
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admitted the former presidential candidate committed many sins. >> and beginning today, they are trying to convince at least one juror that edwards is not a criminal. abc's reena ninan looks at the defense strategy. >> reporter: he'll need to convince jurors he did not intentionally violate campaign finance laws with nearly $1 million in hush money was used to keep his mistress rielle hunter quiet about their daughter. >> i think it's been proven already that edwards is a cheat, he's a liar, disspeckable actions altogether but was what he did a criminal act? and that's not at all clear. >> reporter: what will the defense strategy be? discredit the testimony of the prosecution's main witness. his former aide and confidante andrew young who already testified he and his wife pocketed much of the million-dollar payout for their own personal use. and continue to insist edwards did not knowingly violate campaign finance laws. who will the defense possibly
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call on to testify? oldest daughter cate edwards? perhaps a long shot but still a possibility, mistress rielle hunter who could help the defense by testifying the money was used to hide the affair from edwards' wife elizabeth and not the voters. but perhaps the strongest testimony could come from former members of the federal election commission. >> here are people who used to be on the federal election commission deciding cases of federal election law. and if they're not sure a law was violated then why would some juror be able to convict edwards? >> reporter: another big question, will john edwards take the stand in his own defense? nobody is saying, so we'll have to wait and see. in washington, reena ninan, abc news. >> could be a dramatic week in that courtroom. and the charlotte observer, the newspaper in north carolina did a piece about all that john edwards has lost. obviously, he had huge political ambition. so, one, the presidency. that kind of went away. he also wanted to be attorney general under president obama. that went away.
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also an eye on the supreme court of all things. that's now gone. >> now his freedom could be next, which is probably very scary for him. it's going to be interesting to see, though, do they put him on the stand because this then becomes a tit-for-tat or just let the evidence or lack thereof speak for itself. >> some think he kill stake the stand. he's a caristmatic guy. he knows how the courtroom works and think he's can portray himself as a sympathetic figure and a knowing figure in all of this. we'll see whether that legal theater plays out in court. >> it's already a theater. >> that's for sure. some major fallout stemming from the loss of $2 billion, billion with a "b" dollars at jpmorgan chase. three high-ranking executives are expected to resign this week. that's according to t"the wall street journal". among them is the firm's chief investment officer, ina drew. the two others are directly expected to the moves that cost this huge loss. >> this is just a huge throwback to the two years of trying to
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regain the investing public's trust in the financial system. >> entities like jpmorgan chase made bets on derivatives and then couldn't pay for it. we now have rules that say, no you can't get yourself in that position. >> definitely heating up the debate on regulation. jpmorgan chase ceo jamie dimon who is an outspoken critic of regulation says the trading blunder damaged his bank and its credibility and he's calling the mistakes that were made, quote, egregious and almost inexcusable. now to financial pain overseas. so bad that thousands of protesters have taken over the streets in spain's major cities. they're angry over government measures to reduce the national debt. spain has entered a recession for the second time since the global economic downturn. the country's unemployment rate is the highest among the 17 countries in the eurozone. and the government crisis appears to be deepening in greece where more financial talks are planned later today. the leader of the anti-austerity movement led a rally yesterday
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in athens. his hard-line stance is being blamed for helping to fuel the currency crisis. >> of course, overseas they are watching two big things here. the europe's ongoing debt problems, including greece and then also here our jpmorgan chase story that we just reported on, too. but the asian markets seem to be recovering a little bit today. we'll see how that plays out over the next couple of days. >> when do we start watching them and imitating what they do. >> people argue here that the austerity measures they use got them deeper into trouble. we took a different route. >> i'm talking about the asian markets. >> oh, that would be different. we'll see. >> let's do what they're doing. >> whatever workss. in the middle east, the u.s. is on the attack against terrorists in yemen. dozens of militants have been killed in an assault on a town controlled by al qaeda. this all comes less than a week after we learned about the bomb plot against aircraft bound for the u.s. with more on this, here's david kerley. >> reporter: the drone attacks are intensifying. and u.s. counterterrorism trainers are back in yemen work
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with local forces. and escalation that includes targeting this man, al qaeda's master bomb builder whose latest underwear bomb plot to bring down a jetliner was undone by a double agent. >> a history of trying to kill american citizens. that automatically pushes him at the top of the strike list. >> reporter: the strikes have jumped dramatically. just look at this. two separate attacks. 11 suspected terrorists killed. thursday, two attacks as well. seven killed, including two top leaders. and a week ago, a drone strike that killed fahd muhammad al quso who was plotting to bring down a plane with that underwear bomb and was responsible for the "uss cole" bomb. there have been nearly as many drone strikes already this year as there were all of last year. >> we used to, when i was at cia go against point targets. now we've gone into the fabric, the network of the organization. the same strategy, it seems to me is now being applied in
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yemen. that is, look at the entire organization. not just a few leaders, and decimate it from the inside. >> reporter: while this escalation may not be aimed at any one terrorist, officials would undoubtedly like to get the bombmaker, ibrahim al asiri. we've learned he's plotting to put his ingenious bombs into cameras, hard drives and surprise league to some, surgically implanting bombs in pets, even people. would our airport scanners catch them? and is this a realistic plan? >> that's not only possible. i would say it's likely. you get to a point where especially if there aren't parts you can identify by x-ray, especially metal parts it will be very difficult to find these kinds of people. >> reporter: the yemeni army has been pushed to fight al qaeda and they have been more aiskt. heavy fighting on sunday in the south. the president will get a full briefing when john brennan returns from yemen. david kerley, abc news, the white house. now to massachusetts and a bizarre crime scene in worcester. a baby was found in a car seat in the middle of the road.
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they found three people tied up in a nearby apartment. one man was dead. two women critically injured. there was also a loose pit bull inside. the baby, about 6 months old, was apparently not hurt. there were some stormy weather over the weekend near magdalena, new mexico. a woman was videotaping hailstones as they rained down in her backyard. she was so captivated it took her awhile to notice that a tornado was sneaking up right behind her. the tornado looked pretty menacing as it headed her way but it eventually broke up. lucky for her. don't worry about the hail. >> can you imagine? >> don't worry about that hail. >> look at all this hail, guys. oh, no! >> a tornado. oh, lucky woman. oh, man. >> wow, yeah. that's scary. >> i'm impressed with you, too. obviously you came to abc from boston. and you knew how to say worcester which is not at all
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spelled like it sounds. >> i am glad i knew how to say it before i went on tv. >> that's good. here's your monday forecast, everybody. scattered showers from boston to d.c. also heavy rain inland from northern georgia into west virginia and western pennsylvania. thunderstorms from montgomery to atlanta. also severe weather around midland, el paso and albuquerque. >> a storching 100 degrees in phoenix. 88 in portland and 81 in seattle. omaha climbs to 80. chicago, 77. 72 degrees here in new york. miami gets up to 85 degrees. and in dallas, it is 82. what would a monday morning be here on "world news now" without a new world record. i'll let you do the honors on this one. this is big news. >> i'm very excited about this. this morning's new world record comes to us from south american city of bogota, colombia. they set the record for most people spinning at the same time. >> look at them go. look at that. nearly 1,100 took part in the
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event. that's a couple dozen more than set the old record back in 2010. good for those folks setting a record and getting healthy as well. neither one of us are particularly health conscious, so -- i really am impressed with those folks. coming up next, graduates entering the real world with some very real debt. >> and the tainted love story involving actress reese witherspoon's father. a new wife and a real life courtroom drama. you're watching "world news now." ♪ >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by swiffer wet jet. cleaning better, doesn't have to take longer. i'm done. i'm going to... drink this... on the porch! ♪ give me just a little more time ♪ [ female announcer ] mops can be a hassle, but swiffer wetjet's spray cleaner and absorbent pads
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welcome back, everybody. there were college commencements, of course, all around the country this weekend. but after the celebrations, there will be a very sobering reality. >> get this. of the nearly 1.8 million graduates who will get four-year degrees this year, 94% of them are going to graduate in debt. abc's t.j. winick has the
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details. >> how much debt you have? >> over $100,000 worth of student loans to repay. >> so about $120,000. >> because i worry for him. i worry for his generation. >> reporter: it's that staggering number we reported. 94% of the class of 2012 are graduating with student loans. that's up from 45% in 1993. the average debt, over $23,000 per student. kyle wriggle graduated columbia at $40,000 in the red. >> it is our only option to succeed in america, right? and so it's scary. >> reporter: as many as 3 in 10 graduates are returning home to live with their parents. frustration with the cost of higher education has even given birth to a new occupy movement. where students are encouraged to wear a fake ball and chain during the ceremonies. >> they're being dragged down by this fiscal weight of this debt that is on their backs no matter
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what they do. >> reporter: with young people a key voting demographic, the cost of college has become a political football. president obama pushing to keep interest rates on those loans from jumping up. >> e-mail your member of congress and tell them, don't double my rates. >> reporter: mitt romney now says he agrees on that point, but weeks earlier, he told a prospective college student this. >> shop around. and to compare -- compare tuition in different places. >> reporter: this year's class started college in september 2008. the same month investment giant lehman brothers collapsed. the beginning of the recession. it's been a tough lesson for these students who say they learned what it takes to survive in this economy. now entering the workforce hungrier with even more determination. >> you know, it's just an investment in your future. it sounds cliche, but it's true. >> reporter: according to one recent study, 93% of baby boomers say they are providing some sort of support to their college graduate children, whether it be with loans, rent or automobile payments.
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t.j. winick, abc news, new york. >> those numbers tell it all. i've said this before. it is amazing that student loan debt in this country right now is greater than credit card debt. that says it all. think about that. just amazing, too. people can chime in on facebook. >> here's our question of the day. how much did you borrow for college and are you still paying it off? that is the question of the day. and i am embarrassed to say that i'm still paying off my college debt. >> are you really? >> yes. >> how much longer do you think? >> oh, the rest of my life. >> that's about right. we'll be back with more right after this. >> announcer: abc's "world news now" will continue after
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actress reith witherspoon has a new role in a bizarre family drama. and this is no movie. >> this is very real. her mother claims her sfaurth a bigamist and his new wife an
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opportunist. here's akiko fujita with more. >> a visibly pregnant reese witherspoon surround by her family walked her father into a tennessee courtroom. inside, the judge deciding this issue. is her 70-year-old father competent enough to handle his own financial affairs? >> conservatorship alaws a family member to step in and seize control if you will, over the person and over that person's finances. >> reporter: the family believes john witherspoon is being taken advantage of by his new wife and unable to protect himself. it started with the actress' mother filed a lawsuit saying her husband had wed another woman, even though betty and john witherspoon were still married. the picture of the newlyweds was splashed across the local paper and a wedding announcement detailing the, quote, intimate double ring ceremony. in court documents, betty says her husband did not recall getting married to patricia ann taylor, though taylor tried to take out bank loans in her husband's name.
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in documents, betty says she fears her husband may be suffering from an early onset of dementia. a restraining order was granted to prevent taylor from using the witherspoon name. >> they have a great fear that if he is suffering frommy is nihility or dementia, that type of thing, that it could damage the witherspoon brand. >> reporter: it's a wrenching family drama. witherspoon's father has been by her side at every step of her career. celebrating her star on the hollywood walk of fame, the oscar win in 2006. now she's trying to give him the support he needs far away from the red carpet. akiko fujita, abc news, new york. >> i have to say one thing, the man is sick. >> clearly. he didn't remember marrying the woman? clearly some mental issues going on. sadly. hope she's not taking advantage of a guy who is obviously getting a little senile. >> hope she's not?
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i think the answer is she is.
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♪ time for "insomniac theater." our take on movies you may want to leave the house to see. this morning -- well, maybe not this morning. this morning it's "dark shadows" the latest from johnny depp and director tim burton. >> digital news associate jas henderson went to see it and joins us with his thoughts this morning. good morning. johnny depp's big comeback here. so what was it? what did you think? >> if anyone remembers the original soap opera which actually aired on abc in the late '60s, it was about a vampire who got cursed and locked up into, i guess you know, whatever you want to call
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those things vampires are locked up into for 200 years. comes back and has to adjust to new life. i felt like i was locked up for 200 years watching this movie because it was way too long. i have to say, you know, tim burton is notorious for taking really, you know, scripts like this and really doing it up and making it really cheesy, really going overboard. he achieved that with this film but there were parts of it that i just thought they were missing links. i didn't understand certain aspects of the film. and it's interesting. a lot of people i spoke with, half of them liked it and half of them agreed with me, too. so let's take a listen to those responses. >> we thought the movie was no beetlejuice. it was good. johnny depp was excellent but it was comical but no beetlejuice. kind of slow moving. it was too much detail. a really that didn't need so much details. >> it was great. tim burton and johnny depp have such a great relationship and rapport. this is very much tim burton's
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style. >> it was awful. probably the best johnny depp movie i've ever seen. >> what about it would you want different? >> the plot -- it didn't have a plot. >> out of five stars, how many stars? >> 1 for humor. >> so, you know, and that -- and johnny depp is really what upheld my interest throughout the entire film. >> he said he was great but what was around him was -- >> he was fantastic. his acting is superb. i love that about him. rotten tomatoes has it at 42%. i am giving this film 2.5 stars out of five. and i'm surprised. i'm a huge tim burton fan. i loved "nightmare before christmas" and "edward scissorhands" and all those films. >> too long? >> just too long. they need to shorten it up. >> so long that you admit you dozed off during the movie. >> i did. i dozed off three different times in this one. i'm sorry. i was trying to pay attention.
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this morning on "world news now" -- explosive issue. "newsweek" magazine on the newsstands today proclaims barack obama is the country's first gay president. >> while members of the clergy and conservative politicians declare war over this increasingly divisive campaign issue. it's monday, may 14th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >> good morning. i'm diana perez. paula faris is on assignment this week. >> welcome to the overnight shift. some new blood in the house filling in this week. >> oh, yeah. >> you're still awake. that's a good sign. >> i'm still awake. coffee is keeping me alive. >> that is tomato juice. don't lie to the public like that. i've never seen an anchor have tomato juice on the set. this is new. >> a bloody mary is what it is. >> that's my girl. >> good monday morning. i'm rob nelson. the battle lines are drawn over the same-sex marriage issue as
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influential members of the clergy now add their voices to an already intense political debate. could this be the campaign issue, though, that really interferes with the president's re-election. the big announcement last week. the interview with robin roberts. now more and more folks chiming into the issue. this kind of controversial "newsweek" cover. we'll get into that in just a second. a little shock value with that cover. >> oh, yeah. also this morning, we've heard about distracted driving. how about distracted walking. people texting and walking into traffic has become such a hazard that it's now against the law in one new jersey city. but is this crackdown a bit out of step? see, that's interesting. i don't know how i feel about that. oh, i love this video. >> this is great video. everyone remembers -- >> that's my favorite video. she deserves a ticket. >> yes. >> i don't know if everybody deserves a ticket. >> the mall fountain. that's got to be the most embarrassing thing ever. >> that's a ticket. >> oh, man. poor lady. >> caught on tape. later this half hour, too, how jessica simpson's latest
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tweet has now turned into a -- wow -- turned into a major headline. this tweet does not have 140 characters, but it does tell a story worth a thousand words. see what we mean coming up later in "the skinny." of course, this is jessica's first mother's day as a mommy. by the way, belated happy mother's day to all the mothers out there. hope you had a great weekend. got breakfast in bed and all that good stuff. >> and it's a sweet tweet once we get to it. but first we want to get to this. president obama travels to new york today where he's going to deliver a commencement address and attend campaign events. >> the president's support of gay marriage resounded in churches across the country yesterday. abc's scott goldberg reports. >> reporter: the battle over same-sex marriage moved into churches on sunday. >> for right now, yes, it's going to make a difference. i don't think that he's following god's words. >> reporter: her pastor thinks politics trumped religious beliefs that define marriage as one man, one woman. >> he's pretty much said what
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you believe and know is not that important. political expediency is more important. >> reporter: the debate over gay marriage also made its way into commencement addresses. >> and i have no doubt that in your lifetime, liberty's life will allow us to see more clearly the truth of our nation's founding principles and allow us to see all people and all couples as full and equal members of the american family. >> reporter: the politicians weighed in on both sides. >> i expected the president to be supporting same-sex marriage because, frankly, of the absence of any good reason against it, which you believe that peopleat. >> you know, he said his views were evolving. call me cynical, but i wasn't sure that his views on marriage could get any gayer. >> reporter: gayer than this "newsweek" cover? it sparked more discussion. and the debate made yet another jolt on tuesday when the
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president gets to explain his evolved views on abc's "the view." scott goldberg, abc news, new york. in other news this morning, jurors in the john edwards corruption trial will begin to hear his side of the story later this morning. defense attorneys will set out to prove that edwards did not use campaign funds to keep his affair a secret from voters. the jury has already heard from some pretty damaging things or heard some damaging things about the former presidential candidate. >> i think it's been proven already that edwards is a cheat, he's a liar, despicable actions altogether. but was what he did a criminal act? and that's not at all clear. >> we do not know yet whether edwards or his mistress rielle hunter will actually take the stand. now to mexico and what authorities say is the latest evidence of an escalating war between two dominant drug cartels. that evidence, 49 decapitated and mutilated bodies left along a highway in northern mexico, not far from the texas border. police say it was likely that the victims were killed over the last couple of days and
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transported to the roadside. so many were missing vital body parts that identifying them will be difficult. and from london, we've learned a sonic weapon is going to be used to keep those olympic crowds safe. the device will deliver a long-range ear-splitting beam of sound, and that's not all. the top officials have in mind. nick schifrin got a bird's-eye view of all the security.the to. nick schifrin got a bird's-eye view of all the security. >> reporter: welcome to lockdown london. the navy's largest ship invades the capital. the air force buzzes your neighborhood. and your local park has a missile battery. the olympics are coming with almost $2 billion of security. the british military flew me out to the "hms ocean." it may look like a war zone, but this helicopter carrier is deploying home. >> we have to be prepared for any and every eventuality. >> reporter: the british military will deploy more troops to protect the olympics, 13,000, than it deploys to afghanistan.
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it's the largest military presence in london since world war ii. the brand new stadium is protected by six missile batteries designed to prevent a 9/11-style attack. one is right on top of brian whalen's apartment. >> this is the tower that sticks out right above my apartment. as you can see, there's now a high velocity missile battery stationed on the roof. this is my home. >> reporter: whalen filmed this video himself. >> standing at the bottom of the lexington tower beside the unguarded military rockets. >> reporter: whalen had a million-dollar view of the olympic stadium. but today, he feels like he's living in a military base. he's not the only one. the uk hopes these exercises reassure the public, but they are also a reminder this level of security is needed so close to home. nick schifrin, abc news, london. three executives at jpmorgan chase are reportedly being shown the door, all because of the bank's recent $2 billion loss. "the wall street journal" is reporting that among those
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expected to leave their job this week is the company's chief investment officer. two others with direct responsibility for the moves that led to the loss are also reportedly out. also some shaking going on at internet search giant yahoo!. 48-year-old ross levinsohn is take over at interim ceo. on top of that, alfred amoroso is now chairman of yahoo!'s board. all these come after scott thompson was removed yesterday as ceo. he had been under fire because of inaccuracies on his resume, including mention of a computer science degree that he actually did not earn. also late word that just before resigning, thompson told yahoo!'s board he's been diagnosed with thyroid cancer and is now beginning treatment. and it's a big day for a famous ceo who didn't graduate from college at all. facebook founder mark zuckerberg is celebrating his 28th birthday. it comes just four days before his wildly popular social
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network goes public. the expected $100 million ipo will be one of the biggest stock offerings in history. and that means facebook will be worth more than iconic companies like mcdonald's, ford and disney. >> happy birthday. staggering. >> zuckerberg and his little facebook thing are going to take over the world. >> slowly, but surely. are you kidding me? $100 million for that ipo -- i'm sorry, $100 billion ipo. that's staggering. an issue last week with him. some folks upset during his tour. he was wearing the hoody instead of the suit and tie. >> when you are worth that much, who cares? >> if i had that -- i'd be buck naked in the boardroom if i had his kind of money. just saying. >> that's a little much, but -- >> i'm just saying. just so you know. >> that's why you'll never make that much money. >> i'll let that mental image waft across the country. here's a look at -- welcome to the overnight. here's a look at the weather. some severe storms across new mexico and western texas.
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showers from dallas to oklahoma city. a wet day from new england down to florida. some heavy rain inland with some light rain from bean town to d.c. thunderstorms in northern california. >> 73 in sacramento. a record 88 in portland. and 79 in salt lake city. 82 degrees in minneapolis. 70s from kansas city all the way to detroit. 68 in boston. 72 in baltimore, and 82 degrees in new orleans. >> let's get the legal stuff out of the way right off the top here. abc is part of the walt disney company and, of course, part of disney is mickey mouse. >> we mention that because tomorrow marks the 84th anniversary of mickey premiering in his first cartoon. it was called "plain crazy" and it debuted way back in 1928. >> i was just a kid. mickey didn't go over too well, but walt disney kept at it and, well, of course, the rest is history. or you can say things only get better for mickey as all these years have rolled along. from everyone in the building,
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we are -- we send our love and happiness and loyalty to no one except mickey mouse. >> we love you, mickey. >> for so many reasons, mickey. the check clears on friday. coming up next -- trading in a mop for a cap and gown. one very inspiring college grad. and cracking down on walking and texting. the dangerous practice could get you into some big trouble. you're watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by pantene. ♪ oh oh oh oh ooh oh ...and then there's the pillow. ♪ i dare you to dare me so they dared me to try this pantene. [ female announcer ] pantene anti-breakage the keratin protection system makes hair stronger reducing breakage up to 97%. ♪ think only salon brands can do that? i took the dare... will you?
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♪ trouble ahead trouble behind ♪ welcome back, everybody. we have heard so much about the dangers of texting while driving.
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but now there's a growing concern about another risk of texting while walking. >> scientists are proving just how much it can send off -- it can send us off course. one town is now taking action to stop it. abc's john muller explains. >> reporter: most of us have done it, walking and texting on the street. it took seconds to see it outside of abc's new york studios. this guy texts off the curb, unconcerned as a car turns inches in front of him. he then continues to cross broadway, head down, fingers flying. well, don't try that in ft. lee, new jersey. if police see you, you'll get an $85 jaywalking ticket. this after 20 pedestrian accidents so far this year. >> it's a big distraction. pedestrians aren't walking where they are walking. they aren't aware. >> reporter: who could forget the video of a woman texting in a shopping mall before taking the plunge into the fountain. or this guy texting in a hotel lobby before slamming into the wall. and remember the guy who was texting only to look up and go eye to eye with a wild bear?
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yikes. a professor at stonybrook university even conducted research on walking and texting. watch the subject slowly drift to his right. texters are 60% more likely to veer offline than nontexters. in london, padded posts to prevent texting and walking injuries. but back in new jersey, this law is getting mixed reviews. >> i think that's kind of crazy. that's a lot of money. >> reporter: $85 fines or not, experts agree texting is distracting, potentially dangerous and sometimes just plain rude. something to bear in mind. john muller, abc news, new york. >> something we all do these days. how do you enforce that? we're all out there. >> i know. walking through -- oh. >> they caught us on the way in tonight. moments before we were hit by the bus. >> it's light out. that was definitely -- that's not me. and i don't own a suit that color anyway. >> oh, really? not your color? >> that's not me. nice try, guys.
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coming up -- separating fact from fiction when it comes to lady gaga's love life. >> and jessica simpson is tweeting about her very proud moment yesterday. all coming up next in "the skinny." >> announcer: abc's "world news now" will continue after this from our abc stations.
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♪ skinny so skinny ♪ all right, boys and girls, it's time for "the skinny." we love this segment. >> your first "skinny." >> yes, my first one. we're starting off with something that's very, very cool. because jessica simpson tweeted out a picture post birth of her baby daughter, baby maxwell drew johnson. >> ah. >> and her tweet is actually -- it's not a tweet of the baby, but still a nice tweet. >> let's face it. she's saving the first picture for the millions some magazine will pay her. we know that. we'll see maxwell soon enough once the check clears. >> she said happy mother's day to mom and ashlee. you all are my inspiration. so blessed to be in your company. but what's really cute is she's been tweeting little things about her daughter since she had
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her saying she's addicted to shopping now, buying headbands, massive flowers on them because her baby is insanely cute. but what was really cute is after she had her baby who was, by the way, almost 10 pounds -- that explains -- >> yeah, that explains -- >> -- the expansion. i'm so in love with baby maxwell, i want to cry every time i look at her. motherhood is by far the best thing i have experienced. >> plus it's finally interesting to get a look at postpregnancy body of jessica simpson. >> everybody made such a big deal about that poor girl. when you are pregnant, you gain weight, people. >> she just seemed to be pregnant forever and -- >> she was pregnant for 3 1/2 years. >> that baby was like ready for high school. so if she's looking like she's slimming down, like she's coming back together. >> she looks great already. >> good for jessica. a big rumor over the weekend that the one and only lady gaga was engaged.
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so someone -- a pretty famous photographer terry richardson posted a photo of gaga sporting this huge rock. you see it right there on her hand. and then the tweet was gaga showing off her new engagement ring. the cat is out of the bag. apparently a rep saying, no, gaga is not engaged. do not even worry about it. they don't know whether she's dating anyone right now. she just broke up with her boyfriend in the last month or two. she's not engaged. she's still very much back on the market if you are looking for a very low-profile stay-at-home kind of gal. she is not engaged. don't believe the rock. >> the things that girl will do for attention. >> she's very -- she's a wallflower. she's got come out of her shell. >> she's trying. next up, demi lovato has officially signed a deal to judge next season of "the x factor," according to tmz, which is very exciting. this will not interfere with her touring, so hearts can stay at ease. she's still going to be out there. you'll still be able to go see demi lovato do her thing on stage.
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but she's also going to be on a different kind of stage because she's now going to be on "the x factor" and tmz has previously reported that britney spears will also be a judge. >> interesting times in the world of all these judges. howard stern is going to "america's got talent." that's going to be interesting. now demi and britney on this show. that's going to be very interesting. at least demi can sing unlike britney. >> so your chances are done for being a judge. >> yeah. >> unless you can sing. >> next season. >> unless you can lip-sync. >> that's all it takes these days. also, from the kardashian file. apparently there was this transgender woman is suing khloe kardashian, the tall sister. they say khloe kind of roughed her up outside a nightclub last year. the woman now filed new papers saying if you give me 150 grand, i will drop the suit and get out of here.hose real name is ronald just wants a cool 150k for the suit to go away. >> come on. keeping up with the kardashians.
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you're watching "world news now." >> sleep is overrated. ♪ very hip. >> that's like the techno grad mix. i like that. get out your glow sticks. >> very "jersey shore." >> very. finally this half hour, one graduate who is a real inspiration. came to america to escape civil war and persevered for decades. >> this weekend, he finally picked up his diploma to the cheers of an entire university. abc's john berman has his story. >> reporter: college graduation for most students is the end of a journey. for 52-year-old gac filipaj, the end of a 20-year intercontinental round the clock odyssey. the most recent grad from columbia university has been a janitor at the school for nearly
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20 years. mopping the floors, cleaning the bathrooms, taking care of the trash. >> i proved that i have enough strength to finish what i start to do. >> reporter: gac fled to the u.s. from yugoslavia in 1992 to escape the civil war. he spoke -- >> no english at all. >> reporter: after landing the janitor's job and seven years of english classes, he was accepted at the university. he would take classes in the morning and work an eight-hour shift into the night. nothing about it was easy. >> gac filipaj. >> reporter: including his major. graduating with honors in classics. he's become a bit of a celebrity on campus. >> best moment in my life so far. >> reporter: even his boss, who, by the way, expects him back to work monday morning, is amazed. >> he was tenacious about keeping to his schedule. really, you know, fulfilling his goal. >> reporter: he says he plans to keep his job for now, but what
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he really wants -- >> i would like to go to graduate school either for masters or, even better, for ph.d. >> reporter: 52 years old, one odyssey complete, a new one just beginning. john berman, abc news, new york. >> how do you not love that story? >> that is an inspiration. the man could not speak english, and now he's graduating from columbia university. >> so great, too. there we are. almost looks like my cap and gown from my alma mater chapel hill. my degree in -- >> classics. >> i studied the classics. bud light, zima. what else? >> announcer: this is abc's "world news now," informing insomniacs for two decades.
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