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good morning, america. this morning, kennedy in trouble. kerry kennedy, the daughter of robert kennedy, charged with driving while impaired after leaving the scene of an accident. she was found passed out behind the wheel. is ambien to blame? happening now, a storm has erupted on the sun, sending out a massive flare that's hitting earth this morning. nasa says it could throw off our power grid, our gps systems and more. we are tracking it all. breaking overnight. sylvester stallone's son found dead in his los angeles home. the action star is devastated. how did this healthy, seemingly
happy 36-year-old end up dead? and caught on tape. call him daring. call him dumb. and if you happen to run into him, call the cops. the guy who recorded himself weaving through traffic at over 180 miles per hour. wait until you hear what happened next. it's very important to start your saturdays with a little ac/dc. >> i'm just wondering if that was my husband driving because peter is a fast driver. if i'm in the car with him, i'm holding on for dear life. 180 miles per hour. >> that, bianna's husband, and i'm one of them, would not suspect that this video was made by him. just for the record. >> he says he has the need for speed on the road. there you go. we do have a lot going on this morning, as well, including that bizarre adoption case that shocked the world. remember that tennessee woman who sent the boy she adopted
back to mass moscow on a plane with just a note? that mother is finally speaking out for the first time. so, what does she have to say about it? >> the first time we've heard from her. you can see the pictures. we'll see how the boy is doing back in russia. also this morning, a mystery involving money, social status and secret lives. a stunner involving one of the richest couples in england. socialites and personal friends with prince charles. he's a billionaire and she's an heiress. this morning, she is dead and he's in jail. also this morning, we're going to meet the man who just may be the best boss in the world. after-hours, right? >> no disrespect to our boss. >> he pays his workers $7,500, get this, just to go on vacation. this isn't paid vacation. he pays for your vacation. there's a hitch. but it's not what you think. we'll tell you about what coming up in the show. first, we want to welcome ron claiborne back from vacation. good morning. >> good morning to you, america. all of you out there. we'll begin with that massive
solar flare on a collision course with earth. it could trigger, could trigger, a geomagnetic storm and causes communications to go haywire. brian monahan, from ktrk from orlando, florida, is in for ginger zee this morning. he is at the weather wall. good morning. >> that solar flare. here's what it looked like on thursday, is hitting earth right now. let me show you cool pictures from nasa. this coming from space earlier on in the last couple of days. a solar flare. it's a big ejection of energy from the sun. a couple of options here. one group of scientists, including nasa, believes this has the potential of creating a geomagnetic storm, that could affect the power grids, gps systems and also interfere with travel on the high latitudes. and other scientists think we could see video like this. check out this video of the northern lights. we see those across the high latitudes. we could see pretty colors in the sky tonight and tomorrow night as far south as a line from idaho to the middle atlantic.
we'll be watching that for you and watching the effects of the solar flare here over the weekend. ron? >> okay, brian. we'll check back with you later for the weather report. to another developing story this morning. two americans being held hostage in egypt. they were abducted on friday, taken from their tour bus. alex marquardt who covers the middle east has the latest. good morning to you, alex. >> reporter: good morning, ron. this is the third time this year that american tourists have been kidnapped in the lawless sinai peninsula. the two americans, who are reportedly from boston, were taken by gunpoint and are now being held by a bedouin tribesman. they've been treated well. they've been given tea and a traditional meal of lamb. but they won't be released until his uncle in an egyptian jail is released, as well. the american embassy in cairo tells us this morning they are working closely with egyptian authorities to free the two americans. ron? >> alex marquardt, thanks for that report. it could soon cost you more to use your credit card. mastercard, visa, and major
banks reached an agreement with millions of merchants. under the agreement, merchants will be allowed to charge higher prices to consumers who use credit cards. and the firestorm over the u.s. olympic uniforms that were made in china has led to a change of clothing in the future. designer ralph lauren says the uniforms americans wear at opening ceremonies will be made in the united states for the next olympics. the winter games coming up in russia in two years. the decision to garb american athletes in chinese-made outfits was criticized by washington lawmakers and the white house. they decided there isn't enough times to order new ones for the olympic games in london that start later this month. and finally, a close encounter with a great white shark. look at this video. a couple of divers came face-to-face with the 13-foot shark while diving in australia. it took about 25 seconds. how about that authentic accent there? >> can we go over that again?
>> australia, mate. they managed to keep their cool and swim back to the boat. they are calling it a life-changing experience, as opposed to a life-ending experience. >> sharks get a bad rep. most times they do not attack you. >> if they do attack you, you're supposed to punch them in the nose. really. >> or scare them off with an australian accent. we turn to new details on the latest kennedy family drama. kerry kennedy, the daughter of robert kennedy, arrested her driving while impaired after leaving the scene of an accident. police found her passed out behind the wheel. and abc's linsey davis is here with what may have caused this. good morning, linsey. >> reporter: there are conflicting reports this morning not about what happened or why it happened. abc news has learned kennedy told police she took a sleeping pill prior to the crash. but a spokesperson for kennedy said she was, in fact, not impaired.
another kennedy in trouble. kerry kennedy, arrested and charged with driving while impaired. it happened here friday morning, on a highway just north of new york city. police say she was driving erratically. then, collided with a tractor-trailer. then, left the scene of the accident. police later found her parked off the interstate, passed out behind the wheel of her lexus. abc news has learned she had told police she had taken an ambien that morning. in a statement to abc, kerry kennedy voluntarily took breathalyzer and blood tests. all show no drugs or alcohol were in her system. kennedy is the daughter of robert kennedy. and has three kids with her ex-husband, new york governor, andrew cuomo. that marriage ended bitterly in 2005. she has no known history of substance abuse. but many of her siblings have battled drug and alcohol issues. in may 2006, her cousin and
former rhode island representative, patrick kennedy, crashed into a barrier on capitol hill, saying he was disoriented after taking ambien. doctors say driving after taking ambien can be dangerous. >> i see it all the time. they can do things. be able to drive. be able to walk. be able to have conversations. but have no memory of those events. >> reporter: it's been a tough couple of months for kennedy, her brother's wife, and her best friend, mary kennedy, killed herself in may. >> she was an angel who was brought to us, to live with us here on earth. and i think that god just brought her back up to heaven and said, you don't have to fight for me anymore. >> reporter: it was kerry who introduced mary to her brother. they had been roommates from the time they were 15 until 30. in addition to being a writer and human rights activist, kerry kennedy is a lawyer. and she's due to appear in court on tuesday because of traffic tickets she was issued yesterday morning. >> thank you.
let's go to jean cazares a legal analyst. good morning to you. she told police she had taken ambien. yet, her publicist put out a statement saying there were no drugs or alcohol in her system. how do we square with that? >> can we have no prosecution then? there's no evidence in her blood or urine. yes, you can. an old-fashioned prosecution because the officer at the scene can look. was she had inability to speak? to look? to walk? the 911 call showed erratic driving. and i think most of all, allegedly, she gave a confession that she had taken ambien. there can be a prosecution. a car's a deadly weapon. it's illegal to be infirmed and driving on the highway. >> assuming she's found guilty here, how a charge is this? >> it goes on her record. there can be jail time. there can be a fine. she can have to attend counseling sessions, where victims of driving while impaired can talk about them. but it's very lucky.
someone could have been killed here. she or someone else. >> we've heard of people doing all sorts of things while on ambien, including driving. is that a legitimate defense? >> that's very interesting. it's recognized by the fda, that you can take ambien. you fall asleep. you start to sleepwalk, you get in your car and start to drive. that plausibly can be a defense because it's involuntary. you don't know what you're doing. my question is, was she in her pajamas? that could be important evidence right there. and is there a video also? sometimes that's manned on the police car. >> a lot to look for. we'll have a lot more coming out in this case. jean casarez. good to see you on a saturday morning. >> thank you very much. we turn to presidential politics now. it's "your voice, your vote." an angry mitt romney is demanding an apology from president obama for what he calls reckless attacks on his business record. the republican presidential candidate went on an all-out offensive, pushing back on the president's claims.
david kerley has more on this from washington. good morning, david. >> reporter: this is remarkable. mitt romney has not agreed to do a lot of interviews. but he did a bunch last night, trying to fight back against this obama attack, that appears to be working. >> how is it going? thank you, virginia. >> reporter: the obama campaign is getting to mitt romney. >> chicago-style politics at its worst. you have to disavow it and rein in these people that are running out of control. >> reporter: it's romney's business record which he's running on. and that's the problem, says the president. >> his business record is starting a company that's been investing in what are called pioneers of outsourcing. >> he supports tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas. >> reporter: the obama campaign has been pummeling romney with ads, claiming that his company, bain capital, outsourced jobs. >> outsourcing, versus insourcing. >> reporter: a lie, says romney, who, for the first time since becoming the nominee, did interviews with every network to repudiate the president.
>> i had no association with bain capital after february of 1999. >> reporter: the problem is, romney is listed on official documents for three more years as the ceo and sole shareholder of bain. romney says he was running the olympics, not managing bain. and this is a smear campaign. >> it was a report that said their campaign would be based upon a strategy of quote, kill romney. end of quote. that's what they're trying to do. >> reporter: romney is demanding on apology. and hours earlier, reports were circulating that on romney's short list for vice president, is former secretary of state condoleezza rice. never to change the subject. well, rice has said recently she's not interested. it's really not her. she's interested in policy, not politics. but romney had only good things to say about rice when he talked to him. >> she's been helpful to my campaign already, with advice on foreign policy matters. i speak with her from time to time. i know my campaign does.
>> reporter: a lot of people in washington are skeptical of the condoleezza rice story, whether it's true. so, why did he go back on the defense on the bain question? all of the ads the obama campaign is throwing at romney in the swing states are actually working, defining him as an outsourcer. bianna? >> a busy night for mitt romney. thank you. there will be much more on the race for the white house on abc's "this week," when chicago mayor and former obama chief of staff, rahm emanuel, and kelly ayotte speak to george stephanopoulos. >> big show for george tomorrow. meanwhile, we are hearing for the first time from the woman who has become the poster child for failed adoption. she caused an international incident when she put her adopted russian son, this young boy, on a plane home to russia with nothing but a note saying he was violent and mentally ill. now, she's telling her side of
the story. and abc's john schriffen is here this morning. john, good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you. this made headlines around the world. and after two years of delays, torry hansen is speaking out in a tennessee courtroom. >> i have never mistreated or abused him or any child. we're hearing from the woman responsible for setting back relations between the u.s. and russia, because of the way she got rid of an adopted child from overseas she and her parents no longer wanted. >> they put him on a plane and he was went back to russia. >> reporter: when this happened two years ago, russian authorities were outraged that the 7-year-old boy was sent packing and showed up in moscow all by himself. but torry hansen, who appeared in front of a tennessee judge friday, got emotional when she described her former adopted son, she called justin, a little boy she says terrorized her family. >> he was very violent. i can say that he wanted to kill me. i can say that he tried to kill my sister. and that he started a fire. and after he started the fire,
that's when my parents decided, because it was started in their home, to send him back. >> reporter: instead of going to police or the department of children's services, hansen says she told her social worker about the problem child. >> if he doesn't get his way, he's wetting his pants. we took him to universal studios. he wet his pants. she said, they are orphanage behaviors. >> reporter: after months of not getting any help, hansen says the family reached their breaking point. >> there's an aunaccompanied minor. >> reporter: that boy is back in an orphanage on native land. >> i find any remark that this child was a threat to be totally incredible, based on information we've gotten from our team that have actually visited the child in russia. >> reporter: the question is, who pays for his care? the judge back in tennessee ruled, because hansen signed a contract to take care of the boy, she is responsible to pay child support, a total of $150,000.
and hansen's lawyer says the reason she's not paid child support for all this time is she fears theres no way to be sure that the money will actually go to the boy. this case has led to changes in how russia handles cases where the adoption is by u.s. couples. dan and bianna? >> the social worker that overseas the care, says he has not been violent at all. thank you for your reporting. we're going to turn to the murder mystery in london. an american socialite is found dead inside her $100 million home. her husband, a billionaire, one of the richest men in britain, is now accused of her murder. this morning, there's new details about this very dark and disturbing secret life. abc's kirit radia has the latest from london. >> reporter: they seem to have it all. billions of dollars. friends, including britain's prince charles and the queen of sweden. and luxurious homes around the world.
now, eva rausing, an american from an extremely wealthy family, has been found dead in their mansion. and her husband, hans kristian rausing, a suspect. on monday, hans was stopped by police on suspicious of drugs. police searched his home and found the body of his wife. how did the couple get to this? this was them in 1996. glamorous among britain's high society. he, the heir to a multibillion-dollar fortune of petra pack juice cartons. she, giving millions to charity. and this was them just weeks ago, caught on camera on a busy london street, parked illegally. clearly struggling. in their five-story mansion in london's wealthiest neighborhood, they reportedly lived in just two rooms. they lost custody of their children. in 2008, she was found caught smuggling crack and heroin into a party in london. now, another twist. reports that her husband lived with her body in that mansion for several days.
>> the question begs, why in the world would you do that? unless you had something to do with her death. >> reporter: police have not been able to question hans kristian yet. he's still suffering from drug and alcohol withdrawal. her mother says that eva had recently checked into rehab in the united states. she traveled back to london to convince her husband to join, as well. but it was already too late. another tragic twist in an already sad story. dan? >> a sad story. kirit, thank you very much. brian monahan in from our affiliate in orlando, in for the vacationing ginger zee. brian, welcome back. >> good to be here. thanks for having me here on this saturday morning, as we start out with a wet saturday morning. a wetter-than-average pattern across the western parts of the country. a lot of moisture moving in. here's a scene from southern california, as we take you to palm springs. lightning last night across the southern part of that state. all this moisture moves in as we go.
over the next 24 hours or so, we're going to see the potential for an inch or so of rain, from arizona up into utah. idaho, as well. areas that are usually dry at this time of year, are going to see potential for heavy rain. across the east, the heat is returning. we got a little bit of a break, triple digits. now, cooler air. warm >> so, the heat is coming back into the east right now.
i'm also tracking rain across texas. i'll have more on that coming up in the next half hour. >> i noticed it was 93 in orlando today. >> yes. >> you'll be happy to be in new york. >> a little cooler here. >> thanks, brian. appreciate it. at a time when so many people are looking for work, we've found an employer so desperate to fill jobs, he's offering an amazing perk. >> this is such an incredible story. it's not just a paid vacation. the company gives you cash money you can use to go anywhere you want. but as clayton sandell explains, there is a catch. >> reporter: at a time when more companies seem to be dumping workers, bart can't find enough. >> we're a competitor for the top talent. >> reporter: to recruit and keep happy programmers turning out lines of code. the flip-flop-wearing founder and ceo of this denver internet start-up is now offering what he calls paid paid vacation. >> $7,500, before taxes. >> reporter: you heard right.
every employee gets 7,500 bucks every year for a dream vacation to anywhere. but the guy who may be the best boss ever, has rules. >> one, you actually have to take a vacation to get the money. two, you have to disconnect from work. so, that means no calls, no e-mails, no tweets to work of any kind. i suck at it. >> reporter: case in point, that's lorangs' fiancee, sara. and there's bart, checking e-mail. >> we're going to be hiring about 12 folks in the next 6 months. >> reporter: so, you have jobs available? >> absolutely. >> reporter: just asking for a friend. tech companies are known for their extravagant perks. google offers onsite health care and pays for college degrees, even legal advice. at facebook, employees with new arrivals get $4,000 in baby cash. but it's not just about recruiting talent. new studies show employees who occasionally unplug are less stressed and more productive.
>> it's a real break for your brain. you come back refreshed, reinvigorated and more excited about the stuff you were working on before you left. >> reporter: for bosses, it's a new push to make a better business. by leaving work behind. for "good morning america," clayton sandell, abc news, denver. >> i'm telling you, it really is hard for me to leave this thing behind, though. wherever i go. >> it's a compulsion. i love the studies that show if you stop checking your e-mail, you're better off. >> yeah. i wonder how clayton's friend is making off with that company. coming up, sudden loss. a tragedy for one of hollywood's biggest stars. sylvester stallone's son found dead. was it an overdose? how the star is handling the loss this morning. also, we showed you this videotape which we promise was not shot by bianna's husband, peter. this is the genius going 180 miles per hour on his motorcycle. zipping along the highway. and "idol" implosion. first, steven tyler. now, j. lo out as an "american
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♪ we're on a highway to hell we're getting a lot of ac/dc this morning because this is a video that's burning up the internet. this is a guy on a motorcycle -- i think it's fair to say an idiot on a motorcycle. weaving in and out of traffic. recording himself the whole time. now, there's a manhunt on for him. we're going to tell you about it on "good morning america" on this saturday morning. good morning. >> i'm bianna golodryga. it's saturday, july 14th, along with dan harris. and you have to think, this probably wasn't the first time he did that, too. >> that's scary in itself. two big entertainment stories this morning. "american idol" judges jumping ship.
can the show survive after another major overhaul? or is this the beginning of the end? and the big actor that made a big name for himself in the movie "green mile" suffers a heart attack. and you'll never guess who saves his life. >> that story has a great twist. we're going to get to that in a bit. we're going to start with a mystery and a personal disaster involving sly stallone. sylvester stallone, his oldest son, sage, who is an actor in his own right, has been found dead. and abc's john muller is on the story this morning. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, dan. it is a real mystery at this point. how does sage stallone die? was it an overdose? was it suicide? was it something else? the los angeles county coroner's office confirms, prescription bottles were recovered at the scene. but they won't say what kind of pills were found or if they played a role in his death. he was seen by millions as a boy in 1990. sage stallone, playing rocky balboa's son in "rocky 5." but now, the 36-year-old eldest
son of sylvester stallone is gone found by a housekeeper after loved ones said there was something wrong. there were no signs of forced entry or foul play. and no suicide note. there were prescription drugs. >> there are some prescription bottles. however, i'm not going to detail what they were or how many. >> reporter: sylvester stallone was at comic-con, in san diego, promoting his new film, "expendables 2" when he got the news. they released this statement. sylvester stallone is devastated and grief-stricken over the loss of his son, sage stallone. his compassion and thoughts are with sage's mother, sasha. >> sly adored his son. he really adored his son. he was the biggest supporter in terms of his acting. in terms of his directing. and sage was, reportedly, at a very good time in his life. >> reporter: sage's own attorney agrees. his client didn't seem depressed.
>> everything was up and positive. he couldn't have been more happy. >> i would do ten for a week $5500 apiece. >> reporter: seen here in "daylight" sage stallone was skilled working behind the camera as a director. >> i want to focus on my directing. >> reporter: now, investigators have the grim task of focusing on how sage stallone's life ended so young. so, what happens now? there will be an autopsy in the next few days. the medical examiner will review sage stallone's history. and of course, the toxicology tests will be performed. those tests will take time. it's likely no real cause of death will be known for sure for several weeks. let's switch gears now. a lot of news breaking overnight. let's get to ron claiborne for the headlines. >> good morning, everyone. in the news, george zimmerman is asking for a new judge again. the florida man charged with killing trayvon martin says the judge in his case is
biased because he said that zimmerman had flaunted the system, that's a quote. the judge was the second in the case. he was appointed in april, after zimmerman had a conflict with the original judge. and penn state university is promising changes in the latest fallout from the report of the sex abuse controversy. the university plans to renovate the locker room where coach jerry sandusky allegedly molested boys. but those plans are on hold until all possible legal proceedings have been completed. and a new recommendation for soldiers returning from iraq and afghanistan. the institute of medicine says all troops should undergo an annual screening for posttraumatic stress disorder. as many as 20% of soldiers returning have symptoms of ptsd. and finally, a wild story about a wild ride on a motorcycle that was as daring as it was dumb. and it was all captured on video. there's speed.
and then, there's this. this is a biker's-eye view as a motorcycle threads his way through traffic, at speeds up to 185 miles per hour. the video, which was posted on youtube, is certainly thrilling. it showed an extremely fast, extremely dangerous ride up a highway near victoria, british columbia. the video posted in april attracted thousands of viewers. if it was attention he wanted, he's got it. someone told police about the video, they investigated. after searching for the driver for months, they now say they know who it was. >> we are in a different place today. that's thanks to the media reports and thanks to this video going viral on the internet. >> reporter: 25-year-old randy scott has been charged with dangerous driving. he reportedly has an extensive record of driving infractions. police have a key piece of evidence now, the motorcycle, that was registered to scott's mother.
canadian police are looking for scott. he's believed to be on the run, presumably to be on the run on a different motorcycle. it's time for the weather. with channel 9 eyewitness news' orlando's own brian monahan. i got that twisted. brian, it goes to you. >> that's a little bit of a tongue twister. i'll let you off. plus, that man just got back from iceland. good morning, everyone. it is saturday morning. it's been a rainy time across texas. here's video from houston taken yesterday from ktrk. you can see the flooding there. up to 15 inches of rain falling across south texas since tuesday. more rain and thunderstorms on the way. the heaviest of the action actually shifting east of the mississippi valley. nashville, a good chance of rain. you're up to 89 degrees. it is hot again across the middle part of the country. 97 denver. 91, omaha. and that's expanding eastward. we'll be 90 in new york. 90s into florida.
>> and this weather report has been brought to you by cadbury ice cream bars. coming up on "gma," the big shakeup at "american idol." they have survived before after popular judges left the show. but can they make it past the mass defection that's going on right now? and the health crisis for "the green mile" actor michael clarke duncan. we'll tell you about the so-called villain that came to his rescue. that's coming up next on "good morning america." [ male announcer ] ever wonder what's behind two little fleas?
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first, it was steven tyler. now, jennifer lopez says she's leaving. and randy jackson may be right behind them. "american idol" is in full shakeup mode. so, is television's most popular show collapsing? abc's diana perez has a look at this implosion. >> reporter: j. lo, out. steven tyler, out. original judge, randy jackson, who knows? what's happening to "american idol" as we know it? >> 7,000 idol fans are here to
see it all go down. >> reporter: even the rock 'n' roll er tweeted as only he can. what's happening? lots of stuff this week. aerosmith and me are about to repopulate the world. >> steven tyler got what he needed to get out of "idol." he resurrected the career of his band, aerosmith. he made a good amount of money. he raised his profile. >> reporter: and j. lo. something's got to give. a world tour, two kids, commercials and an acting career. she broke the news on ryan seacrest's radio show. >> the time has come that i have to get back to doing the other things that i do that i put on hold because i love "idol" so much. >> reporter: so, who is next? rumors have it mariah carey and "idol" alum adam lambert are in talks to come on. >> it can make or break an artist's career.
so, i would love to be a part of that. >> reporter: judge shakeups have drawn attention before. randy, simon and paula were dysfunctional for seven years. then, it got crazier by there. kara dioguardi was added in season eight. by season nine, the cracks started showing. >> wait a minute. >> reporter: unpredictable paula left. then, ellen degeneres joined. then, ellen and simon left one season later. >> between last year and this year, they've lost 20% of their audience. so, a dramatic change is called for at this point. >> reporter: but the question remains -- who can breathe new life into the show that turned unknowns like jennifer hudson and kelly clarkson into chart-toppers? brace yourself for the most unlikely of choices. >> is it hard for you to find another guy because i set the bar too high? >> reporter: "idol's" executive producer is reportedly looking at charlie sheen. >> thanks to diana perez for that report. you can hear much more when j. lo's on "gma" on tuesday. coming up on "good morning america," a surprise hero rushes to the rescue of "green mile" actor michael clarke duncan when
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brian, are you ready for this? >> i'm ready. >> your first "pop news." entertainment reporter and host of "on the red carpet" rachel smith, joins us from the city of angels, los angeles. good to see you, rachel. >> you got that right. good morning, guys. we begin this morning with baby news. kelsey grammer and wife, kate, welcomed a healthy baby girl to the world early friday morning. it's his first child with his fourth wife. in a note, they said mother and
child are in excellent health. there's lots of speculation about what katie holmes will do now that she is divorced. well, it looks like she may have one more options. michelle williams wants to get the old "dawson's creek" gang back together. at comic-con in san diego, williams says she would happily do a reunion show. holmes and james van der beek have expressed interest in reprising their roles. the only problem for michelle williams, her character died at the end of the hit show. you all know this song. ♪ and this is crazy but here's my number ♪ ♪ so, call me maybe >> carly rae jepsen's "call me maybe" is the hit of the summer. the only problem, she's never done it. jepsen says, she's done things for love before. but not that. and she doesn't think she ever will. she says it would be really,
really awkward. and finally, we've been telling you about it all morning long. the giant from "the green mile," michael clarke duncan suffered a heart attack friday morning. he's expected to make a full recovery. so, who does he have to thank? his girlfriend, reality tv star, omarosa stallworth. tmz reports that she called 911 and did cpr until medics arrived. that's right. the villain from "the apprentice" is now a hero. >> why was she such a villain? >> back stabbing. you know. >> that she did not -- she didn't do a life saving thing? >> who knew they were a couple? that's news of itself. >> kelsey grammer, his fourth marriage? >> yeah. fourth time's a charm. >> dan's on his first. >> getting it done. >> dan never heard "call me maybe." that's the news of the day. >> let me rewind a little bit. former secretary of state, colin
powell, he's heard of it. dan harris, no. >> the music. >> i've heard it now. i've heard it now. and it's awesome. >> catchy. >> yes. yes. all right. we'll be right back with more "gma." maybe. for months, i had this deep pain all over my body. it just wouldn't go away. my doctor diagnosed it as fibromyalgia, thought to be the result of overactive nerves
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