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together. >> is that too much? >> but still, little guy seven miles away from the ocean. my goodness. they are scrambling trying to save these little guys. all right. thank you to our brandi hitt. that is something -- i hadn't heard about before this story. >> i'm slightly jealous of them because it looks warm wither. i'm sorry. >> that's a way to look on the bright sglied that's a positive. it could be snow little fellas. >> could be lost in new york. we will tap in to the secrets of human taste cravings. >> with some of our favorite foods seemingly addictive and the man who says he's discovered the secret and is building an entire empire around it. you are watching "world news now."
all right. how is your gustatory perception these days. >> who. >> it is your sense of taste. gustatory perception. >> did you look that up? >> it is what served us humans to determine what is nutritious and poisonous. >> taste is bound to emotion which is why we have developed cuisine and cravings. we are hearing more from the man
who says he has the secret behind it all. we are up all "nightline" with abc's nick watt. >> rich savory taste found in many foods we crave most. rich former finance guy one-time wine expert has bate burger empire on that taste called umami. >> you are selling how many burg withers. >> a million dollars a week. >> how many restaurants. >> 25ish. lost track. >> reporter: armed with umami, japanese for delicious, he muscled his way though a crowded burger market shake shack, five guys. he's in l.a. vegas, chicago and new york. ♪ what is umami and why do we crave it? >> human breast milk has eight times more -- umami than cow's milk.
from our infancy and first meal we are getting a very rich umami taste that we carry on through the rest of our lives. >> reporter: recognized by western science as the salt taste first discovered in 1908 bay japanese economist. he figured out that umami is a natural amino acid that makes certain savory foods so delicious and found a way to mass produce i in a lab. he called his creation msg. yep, the same msg you have been conditioned to fear based on the theory that msg laden chinese food gives you headaches, dizziness, fatigue. >> the chinese thing has been debunked. >> the majority of studies, many sponsored by producers who use it show that msg is safe and only a tiny percentage of the population has a sensitivity to large serve issings. bottom line msg is fda
approved. his company puts it in everything from dor rhee toes to stove top stuffing and camp bells soup. back to the burgers. would you ever use msg. >> i have never used it in a restaurant. i would use it at home in something. to me it is not creative. >> reporter: creative like pumpkin latte burgers. that's amazing. >> yep. >> reporter: i have eating an lot of umami making this report. >> this is smoked onion strings, house made cheese that we put beer in. this is the original. >> reporter: the taste is almost inexplicable ethereal really good. but bacon those are magic words in my book. i'm nick watt for "nightline" in los angeles. >> tell me you tonight want a burger now. >> i'm vegetarian and i want a
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practical gifts. when it comes to the oscars even the losers are winners. this is the ultimate goody bag, $160,000 in pure luxury. only gifted to the nominees who don't take home an oscar. >> the oscar goes to -- >> reporter: to cheer up the stars that have everything there's a $14,000 luxury rail ride through the rockies, $20,000 worth of mind-control lessons and because it's hollywood there are thousands in beauty and weight loss products. >> the day after the oscars, you think that is when you would be binge eating. >> not if you didn't win because you need to get the next role and be leaner and meaner than the girl that won. >> no mercy. >> reporter: as hollywood's top gifting gu rye rue he knows a thing or two with about gifting the car stars. >> everyone would rather have an oscar but if you can't this is the next best thing. >> reporter: if the jewelry, massages and pampers don't do
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this morning on "world news now," deep freeze. the dangerous arctic blast penetrating half of the country, sending a chill as far south as key west. the snow ice and predictions from accu-weather. legal challenge. defending the actions of the man accused of killing the navy s.e.a.l. who inspired the "american sniper" movie. key testimony in court. my brother just came by here and told me he's committed a murder. >> as this high-profile trial moves closer to a dramatic close. political power plachl jeb bush the likely gop presidential candidate sets himself apart from his powerful family. >> there were mistakes made in iraq for sure. >> reporter: his criticism and comments on foreign policy getting attention. so will he run? it is thursday, february 19th.
>> announcer: from abc news this is "world news now." >> the sband back together again. >> the rumors were not true. t.j. did not run off with sara haines. >> those were the rumors. >> yeah. >> could have been worse. >> i want to run away with sara haines. >> we tried it and i had to bring her back. >> stop. >> we love sara around here but my dear reena it has been almost two weeks since we were on the air together. >> a void. >> why go with void. i tried to give you a compliment but you have to turn it around. i did miss you. >> happy chinese new year. the year of the sheep. we are supposed to wear red. i will wear my red tomorrow. this will not be a bad year for you. you didn't miss those times, did
you. >> i won't be here tomorrow guys. really. >> had enough. not even one minute in to the show. >> must have been too much. you were in florida. weather was nice there. >> great. >> weather not so nice up here. >> one thing hasn't changed. still talking about the winter weather. extreme winter weather. five people in the boston area were hurt after snow fell off the roof of a skating rink on to them. >> one of the five had to be pulled out by firefighters. no serious injuries to report but as marci gonzalez reports the winter mess doesn't end there. >> reporter: this winter -- >> it's awful. >> reporter: weighing on nerves -- >> i'm about ready for spring. >> reporter: resources and rooftops. this is the latest of more than 70 roof collapses in massachusetts in just more than a week. it's not just the lingering piles of snow causing problems it's the ice. pretty in some places but creating ugly driving disasters in others.
here in tennessee, officials declared a state of emergency. some schools are closed for the rest of the week as the coldest air of the season moves through the great lakes and upper midwest. >> it is terrible. >> today is bitter cold. >> reporter: forecasters say it is about to get worse. windchill advisories going in effect across 24 states including florida atlanta and chicago bracing for the potential of record-breaking low temperatures with the windy city getting ready for windchills that could get down to 30 below. >> it is bone chilling. as long as you are not out too long it is not too bad. >> reporter: here in new york this week we could get the coldest weather in 20 years them expect temperatures are expected to stay below normal the rest of the month. marci gonzalez ax news new york. >> great to hear marci. >> great to see her reporting. >> she's in the freezing cold there. the blast will be felt as far south as key west believe it
or not. >> picture our coverage continues with justin povick at accu-weather. thanks and good morning. coastal new england preparing for another snowstorm. just no rest for the weary from portland north and eastbound we expect six to 12 inches of snow that will slow travel to a nail snail's pace along 95 south and westbound toward boston to hartford. one to two inches of snow before it is said and done. a lot of cold. record low temperatures and many are in jeopardy throughout the south early friday. t.j. and reena, back to you. >> thank you as always. the brother of slain hostage kayla mueller says he has a hole in his soul that will never be replaced now. the american aide worker killed while held hostage by isis was remembered in her them town. many wearing pink ribbons attended the vj. the president says the u.s.
is not at war with muslims. he said that extremists groups corrupted the religion for recruiting and propaganda and blunting the appeal of isis will require cooperation including main stream groups. >> we are not at war with islam. we are at war with people that perverted islam. >> the administration and others say the u.s. has to do a better job using social media. president obama has chosen the acting director of the secret service to lead the embattled agency now. joe clancey is his name. he spent 30 years with the secret service. an independent panel tasked with reviewing the agency recommended an outsider for the job. some members of congress disappointed with clancey's collection. now to the american sniper trial in texas. family and friends of the man who killed former navy s.e.a.l. chris kyle are testifying about
his behavior and state of mind the days before and after the shooting. the defendant's sister and girlfriend among those taking the stand for the defense. for more here's abc's ryan owens. >> reporter: she was closer to the killer than anyone else in the months leading up to the crime, and eddie routh's girlfriend may have done more to help his insanity defense than any witness yet. jennifer weed has a degree in psychology and met routh through a dating website the year before he killed american sniper chris kyle and chad littlefield. she argued with routh the morning of the murders. the night before she said he was paranoid and hadn't showered in weeks. they are listening to us, he told her and asked her to write down her thoughts so the government wouldn't hear them. we told the jury two weeks before routh held her and her roommate hostage with a decorative ninja sword and butcher knife. routh was arrested and put back
in a mental hospital. eddie routh's sister testified about her brother's history of erratic behavior. she recounted after routh killed the two men he visited her and her husband. they called 911. >> yes, ma'am, my brother just came by herein told me he dmited a murder. she told my brother i love you but i hate your demons. they say justice is swift in texas and this case is moving fast. the judge says testimony could wrap up by friday. then closing arguments on monday. ryan owens, abc news stephenville texas. new hope for women battling an agres gresive form of breast cancer. one in five women have her two positive. it is almost always fatal. test shows a cocktail of three medicines had no significant change in side effects and can add 16 months to patients lives. while the drug shows promise they are expensive, costing $10,000 a month.
for christians lent is now in full swing and for an increasing number of them it got underway in a distinctly modern way. they got their wednesday ashes behind the wheel at this texas church. plenty of others across the country doing the same thing. clergy offering a road side blessing. they acknowledge this is not the same as attending service but say it is better than nothing. better than not showing up at all. do what you have to do. sign of the times. is this ridiculous. >> even if it is a drive by. >> that's okay, right? >> you don't have five extra minute s for the good lord on the day after mardi gras. >> full service. it takes time. >> there you go. something else we have talked a lot about the cold weather and snow. finally we can show you a guy who's having fun with it all. he's david goldberg a hardware store owner in maryland. >> he's riding his snowplow. but the best part of it is look at how he rigged these things. okay, that's a toilet he's sitting on. he is riding around in a
motorized toilet. >> that is a toilet. >> okay. he rode this toilet around. he used this thing last summer we're told just attached the plow when the snow started to come down and got a snowplow on the toilet. does this look ridiculous. >> it looks ridiculous. >> it works, right. >> he named the contraption, he called it loo-cy. get it they call the bathroom the loo it works. sometimes taxi services don't work. i wouldn't mind hitching a ride. >> with the guy on the toilt toilet. my little pony dolls not just for girls there are some grown ups, grown men obsessed with these little toys. ahead, our favorite movie insiders ahead with oscar picks. will your list match hollywood experts? you are watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by resolve.
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another sign the roman catholic church is changing attitude toward gais and lesbians. the group i tending the audience did not mention the gay and lesbian group by name. many see it as a big deal and significant step. oregon has the first openly bisexual governor. kate brown was sworn in following the resignation of john kitzhaber.
he left office in the midst of a influence pedaling scandal. he said her office must restore other 0 other's trust. could we be leading up to the swearing in of another bush in the white house? >> former florida governor jeb bush increasingly sounding like a presidential candidate but careful to draw some lines in the sand. here's abc's john karl. >> reporter: there's no hiding from it. that's his brother. that's his father and if jeb bush is elected president it would be three straight republican presidents from the same family. as he gave his first big foreign policy speech he wanted to make one thing clear. >> for the record one more time. i love my brother. i love my dad. i love my mother as well. i hope that's okay. and i admire their service to the nation and the difficult decisions they had to make. but i'm my own man. >> reporter: as if to underline that jeb acknowledged his brother got some things wrong. >> this were mistakes made in
iraq for sure. >> reporter: he's had to work to get his own family on board or at least mom who once said. >> there are other people out there that are very fall qualified and we have had enough bushes. >> reporter: via skype the other night she said she changed her mind. the bushes are now on the same page. the first president bush approving, too. but the sharpest lines in jeb bush's speech were aimed at president obama's foreign policy which he called indecisive and inconsistent. jonathan karl abc news the white house. >> his message yesterday seemed tailored to the republican base over there. interesting to see how they respond. >> to get through that republican primary will be -- it gets nasty. >> it does get nasty. >> you have to go so far right sometimes. he'll see. oscars are we working on monday. >> you going to show up. >> what do you mean show up. like you have to wait and see if t.j. is going to come tonight. three dals away from oscar sunday.
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is it really -- i don't know how many films we have nominated for best film best picture now. >> eight. >> are we down to two going head to head. >> absolutely. >> no doubt. >> you are not expecting a surprise at all. either between boyhood or birdman. >> that's it? >> that's it. write it down. >> my many heart i'd love to see whiplash walk away with the froe fi. have you seen it yet? >> not yet. >> you have to see it. i think realistically based on the other awards these movies have won it is between those two that are exceptional, as well. >> how can "boyhood" lose? given what they put in to this -- i have never heard of anything ever done like, this right? how could it lose? >> 12 years it took him to make the film it is seamless beautiful story. it is a story everyone can relate to on some level and it can lose because it's going up against an equally as innovative film which is "birdman." right? it is done in seamingly one
take which has never been done very well in movies before not since alfred hitchcock. put it that way. he did a movie called "rope" and it was wonderful and people have said do a movie in one take and they are not good. and you have birdman and michael keaton shines in this movie, performances are spectacular. it is really hard to say who will win. >> let's go to the acting categories. any surprise we should look out for. pem what should people look for in the acting categories? >> the acting categories are something you can win an oscar pool on this year because based on the awards that everybody has already won it looks like solid choices already. i know who's going to win. i will tell you who's going to win. i'm going to sound that confident. >> okay. >> best actress is going to be eddie redmayne "the theory of everything." he was so unbelievable as stephen hawking. his journey as an actor i think, incredible.
and he's been rewarded by nearly every single award show. similarly, best actress julianne moore for "still alice." it is a beautiful performance. and no one else is winning. >> both of those categories who could sneak in there and grab it? >> boy, you are going to make me say that. say michael keaton. he might be best actor because he got the golden globe. now golden globes do a category for comedy and category for drama but that's the only way there's going to be a surprise. >> who can knock off julianne moore? >> if i had it my way it would be rosamund pike. "gone girl," she was unbelievable. she's gotten recognized in nominations but hasn't won. >> what's glaring, a lot tuked about with "selma" and the actor and lead actor and david and the director left out of the awards.
best acting category no, diversity in all of the acting categories. should that be there will that hover around the oscars. >> it should be hovering around the oscars. nempb the oscars branch that neglected to nominate david should be a shamed of themselves. he was unbelievable. he brought dr. king back to life and that cast a -- over the ceremony. how could he not be part of the game. >> you answer the kwish, how could he not? >> i wish i had an answer. i think it is disgusting he didn't. and the director was so brilliant. the movie was wonderful. i don't think it will get best picture but certainly deserves a nod for crying out loud. it is such a drag and that's an understatement. >> grae drake always good to see you. >> you too. >> senior editor of rotten tomato tomatoes. tune photo the academy awards this sunday night here on abc. stay with us. we will be right back on "world news now."
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you go long™. ♪ ♪ >> i'm george clooney. all new "world news now" friday morning on abc. time for "the mix." >> interesting mix today. >> are you excited about this one? i'm not sure if excited is the word. >> okay. can you believe people do this in boston they will shovel out a parking spot and then another car, not the people that shoveled it out, but another person will come and park in the spot. >> that's rude. >> they have gotten to creative methods with all of the snow how to reserve the parking spot. look at the signs, don't park your car here. >> does that work?
>> don't park your car here. i like that one. look at this one. it is a lobster trap. >> does it work? >> it apparently works. it will trap you in here. >> that is funny. >> how do you park in a spot with a cane and walker. the next one, baby like an actual baby. >> wait a minute. i don't think somebody really left a baby in the cold by themselves but you have to do what you have to do. >> that's a lot of work to get the snow out of the way. >> lawn chair. >> a lot of work. you should -- >> creative ways. bostonians have not let the brain freeze their ingenuity. >> there's some brain freezing going on in brock lynn right now. this is odd. there's a convention. it is called pony con. my little pony your kids. >> my daughter loves them in a lot of people familiar with the cartoon. makes sense. they have pony con. grown men. >> with wings.
>> grown men. look at this. >> yes. >> are in to these my little ponies. >> are you in to this? >> i don't understand this for me life of me. >> this is not a fetish you subscribe to. >> we're not supposed to say fetish. >> i didn't realize. >> these grown men are in to it. they say the writing in the cartoon is sophisticated and they get in it to. grown men. >> each his own. >> we have to get to the next story. >> yes, we do. all the single ladies if you want a man who is kind, polite and women, look at the ring finger. if it is the same level as the index they are kind and considerate. that's t.j.'s hand. a long way from the index finger the ring finger. that means you are stubborn and rude. stubborn and rude. anyone in our newsroom anyone have a finger that actually -- >> ironically enough i do. >> are you serious? let's check it out. >> i have never been a hand model before on national television. >> that means what. >> he
this morning on wednesday, fighting terrorism. the president's latest comments drawing fire and what he thinks it will take to stop isis from killing innocent people. february freeze. the dangerous windchills felt as far south as florida. the extreme conditions and more snow for new england. stolen dog. the pet sitters van taken at gun point. the police manhunt for two suspects, six missing dogs and a motive. a little later, criminal charges for reena's favorite rapper of all time, vanilla. ice. >> ding ding ding ding ding ding. >> the serious accusations for the reality tv star who's been in trouble before. that's in "the skinny" on this thursday, february 19th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." am i making this up, america?
there was a vanilla ice dance. i was asking fj he did it back in the day >> he had a patented dance. >> he puts his leg -- >> he jumps over. >> over his leg. that's the big move. >> with the pants. >> did you have those pants. >> i don't think so. >> you were classing up the joint coming to school in a tie. >> you came to high school in a tie? >> there were days. >> oh. >> tie with my vanilla ice pants. it was a great look. >> oh, boy. now might be a good point to get to our real news before that image -- >> good morning to you on this thursday. thank you for spending some time with us. three-day summit at the white house. the summit on extremism. >> the president, president obama says it will require a global effort to stop isis, al qaeda and other groups and not just military force. we get the latest from abc's karen travers. president obama said violent extremism isn't just terrorists killing innocent people.
>> we are not at war with islam. we are at war with people who have perverted islam. we are focused on prevention, preventing these groups from radicalizing recruiting or inspiring other people to violence in the first place. >> reporter: the u.s.-led coalition launched 2500 air strike against isis targets in iraq and syria. the use of military force hasn't stopped what u.s. officials say is a robust on-line effort by isis to bring in new recruits. >> they have the ability to reach in to our communities and attempt to recruit and inspire individuals. who may turn toward violence here in the homeland. >> the house brought together community leaders, law enforcement officials, religious leaders and politicians to share the ways they have approached the threat of violent extremism so other communities can learn. >> somali community leaders have trained 600 sworn officers in
the saint paul police department in the somali culture, and in some cases the somali language. >> we want to work with all minnesotans to stop terror recruitment. >> critics say it was a lot of speeches and won't end in anything immediately tangible. reena, t.j. >> thank you so much. a victim of islamic extremists is remembered in her hometown. last night's candle light vigil was the first public appearance for kayla mueller's family since it was confirmed she had died while held hostage by isis. speaking for the family, her brother said the american aide worker changed the world and thanked the community for its support. nearly 200 patients have been exposed to a deadly bacteria at a southern california hospital. a statement from the ronald reagan ucla medical center is confirming patients were with infected by the bacteria, two who died. the bacteria is resistant to antibiotics. they were exposed through contaminated medical instruments. they have been sent home testing
kits that will be analyzed by the hospital. chicago public schools are closed today as a region braces for record-breaking cold. today's temperatures could set new records with a low of eight below zero expected overnight. the record is seven and winds will make it feel 20 to 30 below. 20 people died in the chicago area because of the cold. the overnight low at niagara falls is only expected to be zero but that's not keeping tourists indoors. when there is an incredible sight like this, niagara falls frozen. not completely frozen. the water is actually still flowing beneath the ice. the mercury reached 30 below zero. as a tourism official tweeted, niagara fall a's looks pretty cool. how cool is boston looking and feeling right now the city has spent $35 million on snow removal this year. the nightmare winter is not over yet. a record and twice what was budgeted at $35 million. one catholic seminar jokes it is postponing lent because bostonians have already suffered enough.
abc's tom llamas with the story. >> reporter: this drone's eye view revealing boston's endless crippling snow and hidden danger massive rooftop icicles. falling ice to blame at this hospital splitting a gas main, 40 people evacuated. >> i just want it gone. keep the winter by get rid of the snow. >> the snow leading to 80 reports of roof collapses or buildings damaged like this one at a shopping plaza. mass transit a nightmare. when streets and sidewalks look like this, just walking around requires creativity. boston's plows have covered 285,000 miles of road. that's the distance from here to the moon and then some. >> there's so much snow here the red sox offered free tickets to anyone who would help to dig out fire hydrants covered, at least five of them like this that a real danger and one more obstacle for firefighters. tom llamas, abc news, boston. >> like that effort. that's good.
boston can't get a break this winter at all. a few more inches today. up to ten inches in southern maine. windchill advisories are posted for a huge area down to south florida. flurries in the central plains and heavy snow in the great lakes. >> single digits in minneapolis to detroit. 17 in d.c. 20s kansas city to atlanta. 50s in denver and new orleans. 60s in salt lake city as well as miami. an a explosion at an exxon mobil refinery rattled a southern california community with residents fearing they just experienced an earthquake. it sent flames in the air and ash-like substance to the neighborhoods. authorities say the power of the blast equalled a 1.7 magnitude earthquake. four people injured. a disruption to production is likely to spike gas prices in california. we're in the surveillance video of the fatal crash involving bruce jenner. law enforcement source says the video appears to show that jenner started the chain-reaction crash. jenner's suv reportedly rear
ended two cars including the lexus of the woman who died when her car was pushed in to oncoming traffic. police are considering citations that could lead to criminal charges. a man who was about to go on a tour with rapper nicki minaj was stabbed to death after a bar fight in philadelphia. the killer left another tour member in critical condition. minaj tweeted the men were in the city for rehearsals. she described the man killed as a great guy saying he was taken by another senseless act of violence. police are searching for a missing minivan. a half dozen dog owners are hoping for the best this morning. because that minivan belongs to a doggy day care. it was left running yesterday as the driver was bringing the dogs home. two armed men stole the van with the dogs inside. the dogs owners, you can imagine the concern right now. >> i got a text from my wife saying that our dog had been kidnapped and i couldn't even comprehend what that meant. i'm really worried she may not
survive the night if we can't find her. >> reporter: the van is a 2002 chrysler town and country. like the one you are seeing there. a good samaritan tried to stop the suspects from driving off but failed. he was uninjured in the confrontation. look at your screen. the side of the building, you make out that guy there. he got stuck outside of a second-story window trying to evade police in vermont. the fire department brought in the ladder to get the guy down. the man was helped to the ground and treated for minor injuries at the hospital. here's the thing, he wasn't the target of the police raid. he ended up released. another guy inside was arrested on drug charges. not every day we can report a sewer visit by the heir to the british throne. they were sprucing up the place. ahead of prince charles arrival he took the lift 230 feet below the surface to mark the anniversary of the london sewer system. it was charles great great grandfather who opened the
system back in 1865. hong kong, the rush was on to make new year's wishers a at just the right time. people charge in the temple to place their incense sticks and pray at what is considered the right moment. as the chinese new year gets underway. this is the year of the sheep. depending on the translation you may see it referred to as the year of the goat. a lot of moms to be choose to work up until their due date. a texas woman is doing it. big deal, it is done all the time but she is raising eyebrows because of her profession. >> because she is a professional sword swallower. veronica hernandez is still taking the stage even though she is nine months pregnant. she says the 14" sword does not put her unborn baby in danger as it goes down her throat, past the heart and to the stomach. >> we will take your word for it, sister. to show she is not totally reckless, at least she is not eating the flames as well. she put the fire eating part on hold until the baby is born.
>> this is hard to watch. i am actually going to -- i find this hard to watch. >> do you think she got the doctor's okay to do this? >> i'm not sure. doctor's okay to do this. >> even if you are not pregnant i don't think a doctor recommends you do this for a living. >> that's what the baby will say as the sword is passing by. "the skinny" coming your way, the buzz before the academy awards. neil patrick harris plans to out do ellen degeneres as the oscar host. >> that will be interesting. later a big surprise of fans of the grinch and the cat and the hat. an amazing discovery from dr. seuss. you are watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by lysol toilet bowl cleaner. to you by lysol toilet bowl cleaner. of all the places in your house, this one's the busiest. so you want it to be the cleanest. that's why you need lysol. because when you use bleach, some stains are left behind. as this dye reveals. lysol toilet
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♪ all right. we have a major new development to tell you about after an abc news investigation uncovered a deadly risk hiding in plain sight along america's roads and highways. >> new tests are conducted on one of the most common types of guardrails and the results are not good. here's abc's chief investigative corporate brian ross. >> reporter: reporters covering the guardrail safety test at this texas track were with prohibited from taking any pictures. >> you have no phones or recording devices with you, correct? >> reporter: working with our abc station in san antonio, we caught it on tape from the air. in the first seven tests at different heights and angles, the guardrails passed or appeared to pass with minimum damage to the test vehicle. this eight and final test, head
on at 62 miles an hour had a much different result. a dangerous failure according to the u.s. senator who demanded these tests. >> that final video is absolutely hideously shocking. the damage done to the driver's side is supposed to not happen. >> reporter: the company says it is too soon to call it a failure. >> you can not judge a crash test by pictures. you have to wait until all of the data is in, until it is analyzed. >> reporter: the guardrails have to pass eight tests to be considered safe by federal standards and critics said it did not. >> it locked up and flipped around. this is what some of the crashes we are seeing in real world look like. >> reporter: the tests in a wake of a rash of serious fatal accidents involving guardrails. >> i i've lost my legs in a wreck. >> reporter: by design the head of the guardrail is supposed to absorb the impact and curl the rail away. a successful lawsuit against the manufacturer brought by a competitor alleged the guardrails were modified by just an inch to save a few dollars. >> this failed. this is a classic failure.
>> reporter: turning them to dangerous highway hazards. in the wake of our abc news investigation and that lawsuit, some 35 states have now suspended the use of the controversial guardrails and everyone's waiting for the official government results of the final tests. the results expected soon. brian ross, abc news, new york. >> they say there is an estimate that 200,000 of these guardrails are put up across the country. >> we don't think of them. we see them all the time. they are hiding in plain sight. getting some results with the abc news investigation. brian ross has been on it. >> great report by brian, thank you. we're coming back. you don't want to miss this. her favorite rapper of all time. >> top three. >> really? vanilla ice is on ice right now. the rapper turned interior designer. we will tell you what landed him in hot water. >> i can only name three rappers. topping ellen is neil patrick harris. is he really up to the challenge
taken in to custody. he's facing charges for allegedly stealing furniture from a vacant house. reportedly renovating a nearby home for his tv show "the vanilla ice project," the do it yourself network. >> van winkle is best known for his hit song "ice ice baby" released in 1990. we screamed out the news that nobody could give us another song. can't come up with another one. >> why do you need another song when you reach such global fame over one song? >> you are right that. was a good song. >> not only that. it impacted the fashion industry. >> positively though? >> both negative and positive. it impacted the fashion industry. >> good song. >> you never wore those pants. >> i did not, no. i made other fashion mistakes, not that one. >> i'd like to hear about them another time. three days away from tinseltown's biggest night of the year. >> the host of the academy awards is making no bones about his oscar night anxiety. neil ma patrick harris compared
notes with ellen, last year's host and he admitted she's quite the tough act to follow. >> your selfie shot was the most spectacular successful thing. [ applause ] >> it worked out. it worked out, yeah. >> it worked out so well that it is this horrible, dark cloud above my head now. how do you beat that moment. he is promising to do something bigger, though. in other words, the pressure's on. >> neil patrick harris can take comfort in one thing going well for him, his modeling career. who knew. he is featured in the ad campaign by london fog. channelling a bit of the old "singing in the rain" classic hollywood style, doing his best gene kelly impersonation posing in a mono chromatic gray suit and patterned umbrella. he looks great. >> that is a good look. another good look. he is seated supporting a herringbone jacket touching his wedding ring. >> the second time n.p.h. has
been the face of london fog and he and his husband posed last year for london fog's holiday ads. >> n.p.h. does he go by that or are we being cool? >> you thought i made that up. we have been referring to him. >> that's a thing. >> oh, my gosh. get with it. >> sorry. finally the alien queen may once again rear her ugly head. >> 20 years since the last "alien" movie. 20th century fox is close to a -- or closed a deal with the director to develop a new installment. neill blomkamp is his name, the director directed "district 9." he posted several pieces of concept art on instagram depicting what the alien will likely look like. >> maybe sigourney weaver will be involved. >> that too. >> not clear yet. but stay tuned. an exciting moment. all of these years. >> love these moments. >> you were in to these. >> big in to it. >> sci-fi is not my thing. >> i could see that. no i know you like -- what's
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♪ well, over the course of more than 50 years -- best known as dr. seuss published some of the best loved children's book. >> he crafty scribe had a couple more tricks up his sleeve. here now abc's chris connelly. ♪ you're a mean one mr. grinch ♪ were we have read and watched the grinchs and whos and now it appears there's very good news. >> that day all the sneetches
forgot about stars and whether they had one or not upon thars. >> we loved yertle the turtle. we are happy to share. it's the news of the day. dr. seuss fans rejoice, a new book's on the way. a manuscript, drawings found after he passed. now coming to bookstores this summer at last. >> in the fall of 2013, i got a call from our friends at seuss house to say they had found a box in a closet while cleaning up. >> reporter: it is his 45th book called "what pet should i get" and here's a sneak peek. you're excite i bet. >> this is a dr. seuss you are recognize instantly. to seuss loving readers the young and old, the 650 mil books have been sold. we love green eggs "the lorax," the cat in the hat, one fish and two fish why look at the kids in this new book. how, how about that? >> the kids in this book are
absolutely the same kids we see in "one fish two fish." >> reporter: we are happy we could just about cry. prepare for what pet should i get this july. we're hoping this helps to brighten your day, sincerely, signed chris, "gma" from l.a. >> well done, chris. >> that was a good piece. >> whoa. >> i'm thing one and you are dr. seuss. >> okay. leave that picture up, please. where do they find these outfits for you? for you. >> what do you mean? this is last night. welcoming you back. >> where were you. >> both down the street. >> we were not at the same party. i was at pony con. you were somewhere else. >> cat in the hat. the cat doesn't come to the pony show, does he? crashing the wrong one. >> that woman was at my bachelor party. >> this is abc's "world news now" informing insomniacs for two decades. "world news now" informing insomniacs for two ank you for calling
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making news in america this morning, arctic blast. another deep freeze for most of the country. plus a new concern for new england. roofs giving way under feet of snow. also an avalanche of ice falling from a building burying people below. superbug squared. people being notified after possibly being exposed to a deadly bacteria resistant to drug. the mistake already costing lives. animal rescue. a desperate search under way after a doggie day care van gets carjacked. vanilla heist. the '90s rappers behind "ice ice baby" arrested. what he said to cameras while leaving jail overnight.