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tonight on "world news," not guilty. a jury finds john edwards not guilty. he gives a dramatic courthouse speech about god and family. >> i did an awful, awful lot that was wrong. sugar shock. the bold mayor of new york, about to ban giant sugary drinks? is a nation going to follow? we go one-on-one with a man behind the plane. made in america. americans striking gold overseas. how do americans sell car, even cheesecakes to millionaires in the desert? and, picture this. george bush, back in the white house today. what did he say to michelle obama that had everyone rolling in the aisles?
good evening. as we come on the air tonight, the verdict is in. former presidential candidate john edwards found not guilty on one big count of campaign finance krepgs and there was a hung jury on the rest of the charges. what does this mean for this man, whose life and infidelity played out in the courtroom like some turbulent soap opera? his defense always said this was a sin, but not a crime. and we walked out of the courtroom to say sinner is the right word. let's get right to abc's bob woodruff, at the courthouse in north carolina. bob? >> reporter: good evening, diane. yes, when this decision was actually handed down, i watched john edwards close his eyes in relief and then the jurors left the room. he turned around to hug his daughter and his patierents. his mom told me she prayed for this and his father just pointed
to his smile, said, "this says it all." and then john edwards broke his silence. it was relief on the face of john edwards, leaving court with his daughter cate, by his side nearly every day of this six-week trial. >> i want to make sure that everyone hears from me and from my voice that while ill do not believe i did anything illegal or ever thought i was doing anything illegal, i did an awful, awful lot that was wrong. and if i want to find the person that should be held accountable for my sins, i don't have to go any further than the mirror. it's me. it is me and me alone. >> reporter: and he acknowledged how difficult these weeks have been for his children, especially cate. >> she has been here no matter what. no matter how awful and painful a lot of the evidence was for her. evidence about her dad, evidence
about her mom, who she loves so, so dearly. but she never once flinched. she said, "dad, i love you, i'll billion there for you no matter what." >> reporter: then, for the first time, he ocean moll aly spoke of his young daughter, quinn, the child he long refused to acknowledge. >> and then, finally, my precious quinn. who i love more than any of you could ever imagine. and i am so close to and so, so grateful for. so grateful for quinn. i'm grateful for all my children. including my son wade, who were lost years ago. >> reporter: refhe finished wit what amounted to a stump speech, beginning of his rehabilitation. >> i don't think gold's throud'
with me. i believe he believes there are good things i can do. and whatever happens with this legal stuff going forward, what i'm hopeful about is all those kids that i've seen, you know, in the poorest parts of this country and in some of the poorest places in the world, that i can help them. in whatever way i'm still capable. >> reporter: now, we didn't hear yet from the prosecution at all. when the decision came down, they just really just stared straight ahead, perhaps even shocked. now, they need to make that decision, whether they will have a new trial. a few justice department officials we talked to did tell us that this is unlikely. diane? >> all right, thank you so much, bob woodruff. i want to bring in abc's legal analyst dan abrams here with me. is it unlikely they will retry this? >> reporter: i think it's unlikely. this was a complicated case. a tough case. a case some thought never should have been brought and it was expensive. and the notion that they would now spend that time, effort and
money to retry him after an acquittal on one count? very unlikely. >> we've been talking all day. this was a big gamble for hi. he could have faced 30 years in prison and he refused a plea deal that would have given him a short amount of jail. he refused it. he rolled the dice here. >> reporter: that's right. he was suffered some very small amount of jail time. he said, nope. not going to do it. i'm going to take it to trial. he took the chance. and it seems it paid off. remember, still possible they could retry him. but as of right now, looks very good for him. >> and he keeps his law license? >> reporter: absolutely. which is really his livelihood. >> so, we will see what the career ahead brings. thank you so much, dan abrams. big verdict today. and we turn now to new mexico tonight, and the gigantic wild fire, the nation's largest, continuing to spread in all directions. 300 square miles already scorched and the winds are expected to pick up over the next few days. smoke and haze from the fire
triggering health alerts hundreds of miles away. and now, to a major crackdown, highway hazard. the biggest crackdown in history on this target, which is dangerous buses. today, government s.w.a.t. teams shut down 26 bus operators, the kind 720 million americans use each year, citing a kre cerecen pattern of accidents involving other vehicles, too. abc's senior national correspondent jim avila gives us an exclusive look at the s.w.a.t. teams as they are moving in. >> reporter: they were horrifying crashes, bus drivers falling asleep on crowded freeways, their 40,000 pound coaches careening out of control, one in new york killing 14 passengers. >> sheared the bus nearly in half. >> reporter: the other in virginia, killing four, injuring 54 more when this discount ride flipped. >> the bus came to rest on its roof. >> reporter: overall, since march of last year, 2 deaths,
169 people injured on these buses. accidents the government says highlight the risk of climbing aboard the cubside budget bus. >> just mup more anordable. >> reporter: picking up passengers on the street. no depot, but with safety records seven-times worse than the higher end greyhound, says the ntsb. accidents that today led to the largest single safety crowddown in department of safety history. and this month, surprise inspections in 13 states and the district of columbia. checking tires, lights, horns and brakes. 26 bus companies in all shut down. 116 drivers suspended for license violations. and 169 buses pulled off the road. abc news went along with philadelphia police and d.o.t. agents as they closed new
century travel, operating out of a beauty supply office. they wouldn't talk to us, as we watched the feds take this bus out of service or respond to e-mails. so, what's the headline today? >> we're shutting down bus companies that are operating unethically, unlawfully. >> reporter: cracking down on the fastest growing and riskiest segment of american travel. jim avila, abc news, washington. >> our thanks to jim. and it was a down day, concluding a down month on wall street today. on this last day of may, the dow closed down 25 points, capping off a dismal month, the worst in two years. and tough news for american 401(k)s and the stock market. but there was some historic news for homeowners today or anyone looking to buy a house. the average rate an a 30-year loan fell to a new low, 3.75%. the lowest since long-term mortgages were invented in the 1950s.
a 15-year morning broke the 3% barrier and though are now down to 2.97%. up next, a battle cry from the bold, outspoken mayor of new york, michael bloomberg, who created a firestorm, proposing a ban of super-sized sugary sodas, including sweetened tapes and energy drinks. nothing over 16 ounces. he says the epidemic of 0 pie piecety is so dire in this country, someone has to act. here's abc's sharyn alfonsi. >> reporter: big drink lovers, brace yourselves. new york mayor michael bloomberg now wants to ban the sale of large sodas and sugary drinks. the sale of any sweetened drunk larger than 16 ounces at restaurants, movie theaters, even stadiums would be illegal. part of the mayor's pet project. >> now there are many factors that are contributing to childhood obesity, but the single biggest is soda. >> reporter: it's no secret, so day is packed with calories.
but do you have any idea how much sugar? look at this. in just 16 ounce glass of soda, 200 calories, and sugar, 27 cubes. and a 51-ounce gut-buster side, more than 600 calories. 86 cubes of sugar. >> it's a big difference, cutting out that 16 ounces per day, 20 pounds in a year. >> reporter: but is soda really enemy number one? remember, this has 200 calories, but a glass of orange juice has almost as many. and what about a candy bar or a dou doughnut? or even this margarita. it has a whole lot more. so, where do you draw the line? >> the ban itself makes no sense. it says that restaurants can't serve you a 17 ounce soda, but they can serve you a 17 ounce or 22 or 32 ounce milkshake that can have two or three times as many calories. this is the most ridiculous sort of nanny state-ism. >> reporter: getting around the
ban won't be so tough. instead of buying one soda, you could buy two. but mayor bloomberg says stud dills show we're a lot less likely to do that. sharyn alfonsi, abc news new york. >> and i traveled down to city hall today in new york to talk to mayor bloomberg about the firestorm he created and the critics who call him the nanny mayor. i wake up this morning and i read nanny mike and i read soda scrooge. >> i don't know if those are derogatory terms. as long as they spell your name right, it's good publicity. >> reporter: shouldn't the government stay out -- >> all we're doing here is educating. if you want to order 32 ounces of soda, in a restaurant, that we supervise, they must give you two 16 ounce glasses. and what's likely to happen is, you'll drink one and not the other. that was the size of the popcorn that i used to get, not the drink. >> reporter: we went in and asked for 16 ounce, they gave us
a 21 ounce, said it was 16. and this is medium. just to show everybody. so, you are not looking at this as a government prescription. you are looking at it as education? >> it forces you to see the difference, in the case of the two, the size cups, and you can decide. we're not taking away anybody's rights at all to do anything. all we're doing is forcing you to recognize that you're drinking an enormous amount of sugar. >> reporter: cdc has said it's the added sugar in food that is the real problem. >> that's true. but show me a state health food agency that is doing something about obesity. >> reporter: so, the crisis demands action of some kind? >> yes. and who is going to do this? invariably, it is mayors who do this. it's not governors or the president. it's not legislators. a mayor, you are either foror against. pick up the garbage or you don't. and we have a responsibility to improve the public health.
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and now, made in america. tonight, going almost half a planet away. what if american manufacturers could strike gold in the desert, selling everything from cheesecakes to chevrolets? and what people who have millions of dollars to buy them. david muir heads the made in america team, as you know and joins us tonight. david? >> reporter: diane, i know you love this. by one estimate, the u.s. will export $117 billion in goods to the arab world next year. that's 50 billion more than just two years ago. turns out, american brands big and small striking it rich tonight, where they are willing to pay a premium for made in america. 20-year-old elham mohamed, in her rear view mirror, looking for made in america. for two years, planning this day. her new dream car. a shiny new chevy bought in dubai. >> all american cars have something special. you know it's an american car. even the look, the colors everything. >> reporter: just look at this show and tell ad playing out on
tvs throughout the gulf, telling us -- >> me and my father on our excellent adventure. >> reporter: their adventure through the dubai desert. in fact, the number one american car in the middle east? the chevy tahoe, and why? gm tells us customers cite the way it handles in the sand. those tahoe's are built and shipped from arlington, texas -- all the way to their new owners in the gulf. american cars are hardly the only thing selling fast and furious. u.s. exports to the gulf skyrocketing. america now the number one export earl to saudi arabia and qatar, too. exporting three times what china sends there. the moment you land in doha, the brand new airport. >> hi, david, i'm dennis. >> reporter: dennis telling us to look up. those ceilings, custom made tiles throughout the whole airport? made by ceilings plus, a small company in los angeles. now, installing 3 million square feet of ceilings made in america. >> now, we get startled
exporting, i -- china, i think, should watch out. we are the sleeping giant and they are just waking us up. >> reporter: there's the famous fountain in front of the tallest building in the world in dubai. it took 18 months to build. the parts, the design? made in america. wet design, sun valley, california. the newest american hotel in qatar, the hilton. they had a greeting for me. they showed us the rooms, selling american amenities, but a much different view. and then there's the food. we showed you what we found in china, so many of you writing about the seafood pringles. we found foreign flavors in the gulf, too. french cheese chips. and something else. all the way from the windy city, chicago cheesecake. eli's cheesecake, now making 20,000 cakes a day, growing 50% in just the last year. all because of their growing slice of overseas sales. >> made in america! >> reporter: who knew eli's cheesecakes from chicago? now, at 250 employees because of
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you had to blink twice if you were at the white house today. former president george w. bush has been keeping a low profile since he left office. but he and mrs. bush were back at the white house today, alongside president and mrs mrs. obama. it's one of those nice traditions, the unveiling of the official portraits. and the four presidential comedians came out in good form. here's abc's jake tapper. >> reporter: president obama welcomed his predecessor back to the white house today. the occasion? the unveiling of the official white house portraits of the
bushes. >> thank you so much for inviting our rowdy friends to my hanging. >> reporter: former president bush seemed to enjoy his return to the limelight, recalling that when the british burned down the white house in 1814, the first lady at the time ran to rescue the first portrait of george washington. >> now michelle -- if anything happens -- there's your man. it is my privilege to introduce the greatest first lady ever. sorry mom. >> reporter: laura bush enjoyed her moment as well. >> nothing makes a house a home like having portraits of its former occupants staring down at you from the wall. >> reporter: but it was also a day of emotion. from a son to his father. >> i am honored to be hanging near a man who gave me the greatest gift possible. unconditional love. >> reporter: and the current president thanked his preds
soor. >> george, i will always remember your kind words of encouragement. plus you also left me a really good tv sports package. i use it. >> reporter: that other sport, politics, seemed a world away. jake tapper, abc news, the white house. >> and thank you so much for watching. we're always here at abcnews.com. "nightline" will be along later. and we hope to see you right back here again tomorrow night to close out the week. until then, have a great night. good night.