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decide if it will be life in prison or the death penalty. new details about the brazen gold heist on one of america's busiest highways. >> the nationwide manhunt heating up for three armed robbers that made off with more than $4 million in gold bars. abc's lana zak has the story. >> reporter: police say you could be $50,000 richer today if you have information about a brazen highway theft that took place here along this stretch of i-95 in north carolina. >> 911. location of your energy. >> there's a couple of guys that look like they hands zip tied behind their backs. apparently they were hauling gold and stuff. >> reporter: the new released 911 calls paint the picture of a heist that looks like a movie script. >> they were the guards that were robbed. >> apparently. >> approximately $4 million in gold bars were transported from south florida to attleboro, massachusetts, when engine troubles in this truck forced the security team to stop.
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>> i'm going to the truck stop, you know what i'm saying. that's dangerous. >> reporter: that's when three armed men in a white van allegedly over powered security. according to police, the suspects ordered the victims to get on the ground. while on the ground the suspects tied the victims hands behind their backs and made them walk in to the woods. >> it is scary. i'm shaking. it is scary. >> reporter: the robbers took off with the gold, leaving the truck behind, no easy task. one gold bar weighs more than 27 pounds. this is a case that has so many people scratching their heads. instead of an armored vehicle, the gold was transported in what looked like a furniture truck according to one eyewitness. in new york, lana zak, abc news. >> furniture truck. >> this is an odd story. this is something -- i love heist movies and this sounds like one of those movies. >> they made off with 275 pounds of gold bars. you don't just put that in your
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pocket and walk off. >> you can not do that at all. the company knows what they are doing, specialize in transporting cash and precious metals so supposedly a reputable company that did it. >> none of the security team members were reportedly hurt. so that's a good thing. >> also can't wait. a special visit, some special guests we are excited about. >> i love this. they were coming all the way from the san diego zoo. zookeeper rick schwartz and friends. this is an iguana. there were a lot of over
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they dime us as a sanctuary to raise and work with them. for these skunks if particular they have their ability to spray but they are so used to being around people and doing ambassador work with us they are not going to. you see them in your yard. best thing to do is leave them be and don't touch or approach them because wild ones would get scared and possibly spray but they are there because there is stuff they want to eat. >> the skunk is studious and enjoys reading my scripts. >> the next guy here is a tamandua. and they are a lesser ant eater. he's adorable but can spray four times worse than a skunk. the way -- they are good because they will let us know when they will spray like a skunk will stomp their feet. >> how do they let you know. >> stand on their hind legs and spray in the eyes of the
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predator. >> this is not a good feeling. >> other clue is show their claw stos to show how big and scary they are. >> i will take over with the yogurt because i want you feed this one. >> this long tail is this is the kinkajoo. they are a relative of the raccoon. they are known as a honey bear because of the bear-like face and honey color and they like fruits and sweets. important thing about both species they play an important role in their environments their environments are charged and san diego zoo do a lot of work around the world for conservation efforts. they are fruit eaters they disperse the seeds for the plants and will pollinate other plants because they love to get their face in the flower they pollinate the plants that way. >> we have iguanas. i'm terrified he is at the
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bottom of his bananas. >> he's having a good snack. >> he really enjoys that. these animals are like insomniacs who watch our show. very nocturnal. >> the kinkajoo is a nocturnal species. do you want to hold? you don't have to if you don't want to. >> see how i am holding, under the chest. >> under the chest. stay with me. on the butt why do we hold it on the butt in case we have a little -- we're not going to have a bathroom issue. >> we might. they are animals. >> people are used to seeing standard igstandard iguan this species is only on certain islands in jamaica and surrounding islands there. their species are highly endangered due to habitat and development. we are studying if they could be relocated to survive the development of their habitat. so we'll see what happens.
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♪ okay. we are back with zoo keep keeper
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rick from the san diego zoo and some of his very special friends. >> yes. you want to meet somebody else. >> i'd love to. >> come over here, buddy. >> who's this? >> this is beals a raven. like our skunks he was injured in the wild and couldn't be released. he's a great ambassador. one of the things i like to talk about with this guy, he is a raven. people think i see them all over the place, crow also. they are important to their ecosystem. there is a hawaiian crow that is exnint the wild and we have a breeding program in the islands of hawaii and we hope in the next year and a half to start to release them to the wild for the first time and they are important for their environment. certain plants will not continue to prosper from this animal eating the fruit from them and spreading their seeds. >> does he speak? >> he says hi sometimes. >> one more guy to bring out. >> we do. >> this is a boa. they are found in madagascar
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one of the few boas on the island of madagascar. they face many challenges with loss of habitat. are you brave enough to pet? you don't pull but you can pet. notice how smooth. >> coming over here. >> not even looking at you. very smooth. you are right. earlier that the iguana was rough and you ask why is this smoother, no legs no arms. the ig juan that can walk through its environment fine. these guys rely on being nice and smooth to go with minimal friction. >> rick, i can't thank you enough for bringing all of your friends. >> my pleasure. thank you for having us. >> thank you for making me look like a cool, calm elected anchor through all of this. >> you totally got sglit for more information on their conservation initiative go to the san diego zoo.rrg. you are watching "world news now."
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this morning on "world news now," renewed outrage. the justice department's scathing report on the ferguson police department finding sweeping patterns of racial injustice and excessive force against the black community. >> we have been harass sod much we are tired of it. this is our breaking point. >> reporter: the full report released today. we will have the latest. fighting back the on-line bullies attacking the daughter of a former baseball star curt schilling. dad pulling no punches and defending his daughter. >> never in my life have i ever uttered half of the words these guys were posting. >> the family clearing the bench to take on their attackers. oh, my dog. the superstar pit bull of epic proportions.
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that is hulk. all 173 pounds of him. we're told he is a gentle giant. he does it all, even will sing to you. he is winning over hearts one song at a time. it is wednesday, march 4th ♪ >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." . >> good morning to you. i'm reena ninan. >> i'm t.j. holmes. thank you for spending some of your wednesday here with us. >> we begin with the blistering report on the fefrg son police department accused of routinely violating the constitutional rights of african-americans. >> after a six-month investigation and widespread protests the justice department findings released today to show a disturbing pattern of discrimination and excessive force. with we get the latest from abc's steve osunsami. >> reporter: we have seen the protesters in the streets but the u.s. justice department accusing officers in ferguson missouri of racially biased policing. the scathing report engage ed in
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conduct that violates the constitution and federal law. justice department investigators went through 35,000 pages of police records. they found while black residents make up 67% of the city, they are 85% of traffic stops 93% of all arrests and 88% of cases where police used force. black drivers were twice as likely to be searched during police stops. >> we are guilty until proven innocent. >> reporter: black families here have been saying it for years. we heard it over and over after the shooting death of michael brown in sglaug we are harassed so much we are tired of it. this is our breaking point. >> reporter: ferguson's police chief admits things could be better. >> there is a lot of training and a lot of training will be forthcoming. >> reporter: what investigators found was beyond sensitivity courses an e-mail chain showing president obama woulden not be president very long because what black man holds a steady job for nan four years.
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>> if michael brown were white, this would have gone down the same way? >> yes. >> no question? >> no question. >> reporter: the justice department hasn't yet decided if it will file federal charges against officer wilson. despite this new report every indication that they won't. steve osunsami abc news, atlanta. let's turn to hillary clinton now. she spoke at a political gala last night without mentioning the growing controversy surrounding her. clinton is under fire for using her personal e-mail instead of official account from the state department while she was secretary of state. she did not address that controversy during her speech but did hint at a presidential run. republicans say she skirted federal rules. clinton turned over 55,000 pages of e-mails in december at the state department's request. it has been almost two years since the attack on the boston marathon. today begins the trial of 21-year-old dzhokhar tsarnaev. >> more than half of the charges he's facing carry the possibility of a death penalty.
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abc's marci gonzalez with the latest details from boston. >> reporter: after nearly two month of jury selection, today the 12 jurors and six alternates that will decide dzhokhar tsarnaev's fate will take the seat in the boston courthouse. opening statements are set to begin this morning two years after prosecutors say dzhokhar tsarnaev and his brother detonated bombs. three were killed 260 hurt. the only surviving suspect plead not guilty to the 30 charges he faces in connection with the bombing and shooting death of an m.i.t. police officer. >> he is animal. he knew there were kids women, families. >> reporter: the strong emotion shared by many in boston prompted the defense to repeatedly try unsuccessfully to get the trial moved. the ten women and eight men who were chosen for the jury had to agree not to let any preconceived ideas of the 21-year-old suspect influence them and had to be willing to
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consider the death penalty which dzhokhar tsarnaev could face if convicted. >> everything will boil down 0 the >> marci gonzalez abc, boston. big test for obamacare. conservative opponents say the law does not authorize subsidies to make mandated health insurance available in 34 states. a ruling against the administration could lead to loss of coverage for millions of americans and the collapse of the individual market system and in those 34 states. after a bitter political battle congress has funded the department of homeland security for the next year. president obama says he will sign the bill as soon as it hits his desk. it's a victory for the white house since conservatives had hoped to overturn the president's action on immigration as part of any funding deal. a frightening crash landing in nepal this morning. a turkish airlines flight skidded off the runway and ended
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node down in a field. the airbus was arriving from istanbul and trying to touch down on a slippery runway. the emergency slides deployed allowing 240 people aboard to evacuate safely. there were no reports of serious injuries. a troubling report warns the nation's air traffic control system is vulnerable to a cyberattack. >> investigators say the faa hasn'tdown done enough to protect its computers from hackers. with more here's abc's lana zak. >> reporter: every day 2 million travellers are screened before boarding flights in the u.s. the goal is to keep the airplanes safe from all dangers, including terrorism. a new report outlines a threat that bypasses security check points. >> the faa from a cybersecurity standpoint is functioning like ten or 15 years ago. it's just unacceptable today. >> reporter: the government accountability office warned that even commercial aircraft could be exposed to cyberattacks. >> think of the catastrophes you
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could unfold getting inside of the faa's computer system potentially controlling planes crashing planes. >> reporter: fixes include beefing up cybersafe guards, better encryptinging data and regularly changing pass words. the faa reassured the public it is fixing these vulnerabilities and people should feel safe to fly. >> we have remediated a significant number of the technical findings already. >> reporter: in an era of increasingly common cyber-based threats staying a step ahead requires constant vigilance. >> picking it certainly could be fixed. maintaining it and making sure it works day in and out, that's a different story. >> reporter: the report detailed more than 150 secret recommendations. reena, and t.j., one security expert i spoke with said at this point it may be easier to rebuild the system entirely. back to you. >> all right. thank you so much. the wild crash we will show you from houston. i need to give you a heads up
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here that everybody is all right involved. look at the right side of the screen. this pickup truck coming in slams in to a van and another truck sending part of a tree flying. there was a mother and her 2-year-old son trapped inside of that truck. rescuers had to use the jaws of life, had to can cut the roof off the truck to get them out. both were taken to the hospital for treatment but again everybody expected to be okay. >> good newsn 't the seemingly never ending winter turned deadly again. 94 closed four hours after scores of crashes leaving at least one person dead. a big rig that rolled over created a commuter nightmare. in wisconsin one woman died after losing control of her car on a snow and ice-covered road. of course boston, poor boston, it cannot seem to catch a break. the city already accumulated nearly 106 inches this winter. that's not fair. 106. come on. less than two inches shy of the
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all-time record. so much snow has piled up residents worry it will impact the st. paddy's day parade. as we speak it is raining in boston. more snow could be coming tonight. lord, have mercy on the folks in boston. they deserve 70 degree weather year round for the next year. >> you want to go 90. >> that could be too much for people snowed in the last two months. >> spring is coming in two weeks. may be hard to picture that but it is on the way. >> you are right. it is true. for now our mantra is one day at a time. justin povick is joining us with what to expect today. good morning. >> t.j., reena, thanks. good morning. for the northeast, depending on where you are it is a break or turning wintry and wet again over new england a cold start with a couple of snow flurry and showers. wet weather from boston to philadelphia to new york city to d.c. then here we go again with more
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sleet, freezing rain and snow back off to the west. in fact, we will see some significant travel impacts over time later on wednesday night. t.j. and reena, back to you. >> justin thank you. time now for t.j.'s favorite daily dose of dog news. >> love it. love my dogs. >> we start in seton hall new jersey, stressed out students got a break when four therapy dogs came to campus. >> this is cool. it is a two year program, the visit came at a the right time because it is midterms this week. you take a break, go outside, shower the dogs with love and a stress reliever for the kids. this is a good idea. >> i think it is a great idea. dog day afternoons. another dog showered with love but i don't know how comforting this one would be on campus. it is called hulk. it is a big pit bull you see there. >> hulk may be the largest pit bull in the world. the video of him being weighed last montshoed him at more than
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173 pounds but his owners say he is a complete sweetie. >> you see the 3-year-old son there. that is hulk's best friend. the boy playing the harmonica and the dog is essentially singing along. >> i love this. >> the family said they are putting the video out and would like to change the perception that people have about pit bulls being wild and vicious. >> hulk will be on "good morning america" later this morning. the owners say they own dark dynasty k-9s. it trains and breeds pit bulls for protection of clients around the world. >> you said the dog will be on "gma" this morning. >> he will be on "gma." >> in the studio. >> i'm not sure if the little boy -- they make a great duo. >> i don't do dogs? i don't do big dogs especially. >> i'd like to see a picture of the two of you together. >> the me and the dog?
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well a tragic plane crash of rock 'n' roll pioneers them ntsb is reconsidering an investigation in toe accident that killed buddy holly, and ritchie valens. the 1859 krarn had been blamed on weather conditions. an experience pilot contends other factors were involved. federal agents launched a massive crackdown in southern california raiding a secret world that's been hiding in plain sight. >> it is called maternity tourism, women traveling to the u.s. to give birth. it is growing, lucrative and big business. here's abc's brandi hitt. >> reporter: federal agents raiding apartments in 20 luxury build gds across southern california they say are maternity hotels housing foreign women, waiting to give birth on with their newborn infants.
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>> people who come from china to the united states for the sole purpose of having their children born as american citizens. >> reporter: this port affidavit claiming the website you win usa vacation resort was used to attract pregnant chinese women who authorities claim paid 15 to $50,000 for housing, food and visas that allow them to be here legally. the ring leaders accused of pocketing hundreds of thousands of dollars could face criminal tax fraud, money laundering and con spirscy charges. federal agents estimate 400 children born at one hospital alone. this is one of the apartment complexes raided. authorities aren't expecting to make any immediate arrests. these pregnant women now considered material witnesses. many said to be scared during the raids. with paramedics on hand just in case they went in to labor. brandi hitt, abc news roland heights, california. >> talk about crazy weird twist of fate one of them, one of
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these companies set up offices across from the feds irvine field office. >> a lot of people say they have been hiding in plain sight. this has gone on a long long time. in a lot of ways it is hard to find a crime in it. you come to the united states. you shouldn't set up a business like this. but for women in other countries it is so important for their child to have a u.s. passport and have access to our schools and back to college and they can do it. >> a lot of these women spent tens of thousands of dollars for hospital fees, all sorts of things and the affidavit shows they defrauded a lot of these hospitals by claiming they were low-income families. so a lot of craziness going on. >> all right. coming up here next stepping up to the plate. the curve ball that former major league pitcher fired at his daughter's on-line bullies. this morning it is making him america's all-star dad. >> don't mess with dad. and the next half hour high-tech car theft, how keyless entry systems are making it
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easier than ever for thieves to slip in to your car and drive off. i'm the parent of a victim of sex trafficking. people need to know that even good kids from good neighborhoods are still vulnerable to this tricked environment where they're being taken off the street and put into bondage.
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it started with a tweet congratulating his daughter for getting in to college. >> this is no ordinary father. he's a former major league baseball play who are went on the ofinance i have outing his daughter's bullies. here's abc's gio benitez. >> reporter: a father has had enough. >> she's my only daughter. she has a pure heart. >> reporter: that's why baseball great curt schilling posted this loving tweet when she got accepted in to college, congrats to gabby shilling who will pitch for the seahawks next year. then a barrage of sexually explicit tweets came in.
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>> so many comments and they got worse and worse with. it was disgusting. >> reporter: curt wasn't about to let the internet trolls take on his child. he posted screen shots of the nasty tweets and identified the tweeters. >> i grew up in a locker room. i grew up playing sports and i know what it means to be a guy. never in my life have i ever uttered half of the words these guys were posting. >> reporter: one of the people named by schilling used to work here as a ticket seller. not anymore. the yankees say they have zero tolerance for anything like this. another tweeter has been suspended from school. >> nobody should be able to get away saying things like that to a father about their daughter. >> idiots. >> anyone. >> not unless you want the father to strike you out. gene owe benitez, abc news new york. >> curt schilling said there's been a generation of kids that have grown up behind the computer screen and keyboard and don't realize there are serious consequences to what you say.
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it's a work of art. now it's time for "the mix." a lot of us have these biases that we don't care to admit that we have. for instance it took me a long time to get over the prejs of you wearing your tie. >> i didn't know where that was going. could have gone a lot of directions, reena. >> i like when you don't wear your tie. >> don't get used to it. >> there's a psa, a heart-warming psa with people with biases and trying to get over them. it is called love has no labels. it is done by the ad council. it doesn't matter your religion disability, we all work to overcome our biases. >> the video is interesting. there you go. some of the video is interesting. >> you could never guess. if you look at the other side of that, you don't know what is
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going on. just two people. >> it is touching. >> let me turn now to you tube and everybody -- when you go on wrub and look at a video they have the ads and in the corner it says you can skip the ad in five, four three. most of us as soon as it is done we click. geico found a way to get the ad in before you are able to click skip. they come up with five-second ads. >> don't thank me, skip the savings. >> you can't skip this geico ad because it is already over. geico could save you 15%er or more on insurance. >> it is great because i think this is the way they will go. >> geico can save you 15% or more on car insurance. >> everybody knows that. >> point. maybe need five seconds. next one. there was a man who stopped for
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a dui and he had a little marijuana. he thought he could use reverse psychology. he put his pot in this a sour cream land o'lakes little tub but he wrote not weed. that did not stop the police officers from opening the container and discovering nearly 12 grams of marijuana. supposedly it was an inside joke with this man and himself. but note to self even if you write not weed the cops will search. >> there has to be something else to that story. 12 grams, is that a lot? i'm not up on -- is that a lot of weed? jack is that a lot of weed. >> i'm not sure. >> i'm told it is a lot of weed. >> it's a lot of weed. we showed you this picture of the weasel riding the woodpecker yesterday. the guy who took the picture said he wasn't riding actually attacking the woodpecker but of course internet memes abound.ank you for calling
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this morning on "world news now," day one. the trial beginning today for boston bombing suspect dzhokhar tsarnaev. as we learn more about his brother's widow and what she may have to say when she takes the stand. new developments in the deadly lapd shooting. confusion about the man killed by officers allegedly using a stolen identity and wanted by police before the tragic incident. anger continues to grow over his death. over the edge, as boston is set to break their snowfall record today. much of the rest of the country faces treacherous conditions on the roads. millions asking when will it end? accu-weather has the forecast. it could be one of the most
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expensive bed and bath experiences in the country. how much leonardo dicaprio is charging for you to call his palm springs estate yours for the night and no, he will not be staying with you. that's ahead in "the skinny" on this wednesday, march 4th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." it's the clarifying he's not going to stay with us. >> you know, details matter. >> details are important details. >> very expensive. you would think he would stay there for how much he is charging. >> at least cook you dinner. >> something. give me something, leo. hello. thank you for spending some time with us here on this wednesday. we start with a big day, the beginning of the trial of boston marathon bombing suspect dzhokhar tsarnaev. >> the 21-year-old is facing 30 federal charges, more than half of which carry the death penalty. death penalty.p death penalty.o death penalty.s death penalty.s death penalty.i death penalty.bi death penalty.l death penalty.i death penalty.t death penalty.y death penalty. the trial is expected to last up to four months. >>en one person unlikely to appear at the trial is the wife
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of dzhokhar tsarnaev's older n one person unlikely to appear at the trial is the wife of dzhokhar tsarnaev's older one person unlikely to appear at the trial is the wife of dzhokhar tsarnaev's older brother who died in a shootout with police after the marathon attack. abc's brian ross explains. >> reporter: growing up in rhode island, katherine russell was a daughter of a well-to-do doctor's family who fell in love, converted to islam and changed her name to marry tamerlan tsarnaev, the man that would be identified as the mastermind of a horrific act of terrorism. law enforcement authorities say russell herself is under investigation and could face criminal charges in connection with the marathon bombing over whether she knew but kept quiet about what her late husband tamerlan and his brother dzhokhar were up to and then prosecutors say were caught on camera placing the marathon bombs. after her husband was killed in a police shootout, the 24-year-old russell denied to the fbi knowing anything about the attack. >> as a mother, a sister, a daughter, a wife, katie deeply mourns the pain and loss to innocent victims. >> reporter: now law enforcement authorities say they believe russell accompanied her husband
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to this macy's store in boston two months before the attacks and helped to buy five pressure cookers, two of which were used to make the deadly bombs. >> somebody is up to something other than cooking food to buy five pressure cookers. >> reporter: since the bombing, russell moved to new jersey. she's the one in black, to live near the sisters of her dead husband where our boston station wccb caught up with them. authorities say the fbi put russell under surveillance during last year's marathon and they continue to track her to this day. targets of ongoing investigations are almost never called to testify and russell is not expected to be a witness at the trial here of her brother in law, even though she clearly would know a lot about what the two brothers were doing before and after the bombing. neither already lawyers or the fbi or federal prosecutors had any official comment on her status. brian ross, abc news, boston. hillary clinton again hinted at a presidential run during her speech last night to a democratic group. she made no mention of the growing controversy over her use
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of private e-mail to conduct state department business. critics say that's against the rules. clinton did turn over 55,000 e-mails in december. israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu got to say his piece in an emotionally charged speech to congress on iran. netanyahu criticized an emerging nuclear agreement between iran and the u.s. saying it would pave iran's path to the bomb. >> that deal will not prevent iran from developing nuclear weapons, it would all but guarantee that iran gets those weapons, lots of them. >> some democrats were outraged, sitting stone faced during the speech. many other democrats, some 40 plus boycotted, didn't even show up for the speech. president obama said he didn't watch the speech but said that netanyahu offered quote nothing new. >> the alternative to that the prime minister offers is no deal in which case iran will hat the
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prime minister offers is no deal in which case iran will hat the prime minister offers is no deal in which case iran will immediately gin once again pursuing the nuclear program. >> netanyahu is facing a tight re-election race back home. he did score points for the speech back home with israeli commentators calling it a great speech. decorated army general and former cia director david petraeus will plead guilty to mishandling classified information. the charges stem in part from documents the former director allegedly provided to his mistress. petraeus was forced to resign as head of the cia when the affair was revealed. he's remained largely out of the public eye ever since. new details this morning about the homeless man killed by police on the streets of l.a. >> a u.s. marshal says he was wanted for violating probation and bank robbery case. a warrant was issued for his arrest in early january. >> anger about the incident is growing as abc's ted rowlands reports. >> reporter: more than 100 people marching from l.a.'s skid row to police headquarters protesting the shooting of a homeless man shown in a mug shot
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from back in 2000. >> tragic, sad, happening too often. >> reporter: he was initially identified as charlie robinet but authorities say he stole that name from a french citizen more than 15 years ago. these pictures show police arresting him for bank robbery in february of 2000. he was later convicted. new video obtained by abc news shows the man just before officers shot and killed him, arguing with a person inside of an orange tent. surveillance video then shows police questioning the man. he ducks in to his tent when police pull him out he starts swinging eventually as the new viral video shows officers shoot and kill him. while police and the city of los angeles are vowing full investigations, critics are speaking out. >> we have to fix this. this is too much. >> reporter: l.a.'s police chief says the photos taken of the officer's gun after the shooting
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shows robinet had his hand on the gun. >> a round as been partially ejected. this is indicative over a struggle over the weapon. >> reporter: two officers were wearing body cameras which the l.a. mayor hopes will provide clarity. >> the murkiness we have had in the past should be cleared up more often than not. nobody should depend on cameras. by themselves. >> as the investigation continues, three lpd officers are on administrative leave. >> thank you so much. we turn to a disturbing report on the growing number of fatal heroin overdoses. the cdc finds those deaths tripled since 2010. young people still have the highest rate of fatal overdoses. the increase was seen in every age group. abc's dr. richard besser says prescription narcotics are the gateway to heroin use in many communities and people switch to heroin often because it is much cheaper. another round of sleet and snow on the way to southern new england. so far this winter, boston has
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accumulated 106 inches less than two inches shy of an all-time record. as if conditions weren't messy enough, snow has turned to rain during the overnight hours. more snow is possible by the end of the day. unfortunately boston is not the only area in for more bad weather today. >> accu-weather's justin povick with the good news for you. he joins us with the forecast. good morning to you. >> t.j. and reena, thanks and good morning. over the northeast preparing for another winter storm but first we are going to have milder temperatures along the 95 corridor. we are looking rain from boston to new york city to d.c. with temperatures in the 40s. not going to last. off to the west the colder air approaching and catching up to the precipitation. sleet and snow around pittsburgh. heavier snows working in to cincinnati and louisville as we get in to the evening time frame. later on wednesday evening and wednesday night in to thursday morning significant snow amounts from d.c. to new york city. several inches of snow going to be a possibility with upwards of a foot possible throughout west virginia and back in to central kentucky.
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t.j. and reena, back to you. >> justin, thanks. the weather was just good enough for some members of the harlem globetrotters to put on something of a snow a rather unique place. >> this is what they do. they were on the deck of the uss new jersey a decommissioned battleship -- trying to see this video. it was docked in camden, new jersey. the hoop wasn't on the ship. did you see that? it was on a tug boat that goes by. >> maybe the icy delaware river or the fact the hoop was 20 feet away and 30 feet down. the globetrotters sank two baskets. that's more than enough reason to celebrate. >> these guys never get old. always impressive. "the skinny" coming your way. inside a super star's swanky palm springs hide away. how safe is your car when you walk away? not as safe as you think. from a new generation of high-tech car thieves how they figured out a way to exploit your car's entry system to gain
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target has announced plans to slash thousands of jobs over the next two years. the layoffs are part of a cost-cutting plan aimed at saving $2 billion. most of the affected jobs are coming from the company's minneapolis headquarters where they employ 13,000 workers. the money saved pay for a number of changes including investments in technology and development of smaller urban stores. apple getting more good news. they have had a lot of that lately, haven't they?
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they can call themselves the new smartphone king. sales of the iphone 6 propeled them passed them past samsung in the fourth quarter of last year. samsung had been the top seller since 2011. apple won the last quarter. samsung sold more for all of last year. speaking of technology, gone are the days where you had to stick your key in the ignition to turn your car on and unlock it, right. >> all you do now, push a button, keyless-entry systems. it's a huge convenience but they are making it easier than ever for a new generation of high-tech car thieves to slip in and drive away in a matter of seconds. here now abc's becky worley. >> reporter: you are watching withing a high-tech felony. security cameras catching this -- the doors open no alarm. he walked away with a suitcase and $15,000 bike. the owner a professional triathlete believes the bad guy
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was no amateur. >> the way he went in to the car and got the bike out. you know, just knew exactly what he was doing. >> reporter: police agree. >> believed to use an unknown type of electronic device or remote to open the car doors. >> reporter: the incident isn't isolated. surveillance video has caught thieves an the country using mysterious devices to pop locks and open doors. they are spoofing operation so effortless, you could easily mistake them for the car's real owners. >> if you use this technology that imitates your key fob, no alarm, get away clean. >> reporter: in the u.k., watch this, the lights flash as the doors are wirelessly opened and the thieves roll the whole $65,000 car right out of the driveway. the key fob is basically a radio. >> yeah, it sends out a signal. >> reporter: experts say hacking the radio signal is an inexact science that works on some models some of the time.
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>> key fobs transmit a code to your car that unlocks the doors and turn off the alarm. and that code changes every time you press the button. >> reporter: watch this alleged thief in chicago seems to be walking by parked cars scanning to see if the signal from his device matches any of them. >> mind boggling how quickly and how smart they are. >> reporter: in the u.k., police revealing an average of 17 vehicles a day were stolen by exploiting keyless systems in 2014. >> manufacturers are trying really hard to make sure they are aware of any current or future exploits. it's a game of cat and mouse and always will be. >> reporter: to beat these high-tech thieves, use low-tech methods a steering wheel lock, well-lit parking space and double checking no valuables are left in the car. becky worley, abc news, san francisco. >> simple stuff. >> simple stuff, right. coming up, the end of an era for our friend oprah winfrey and nearly 200 of her employees in the windy city.
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>> you threw that friend in there. >> i am hoping -- we'll explain. >> how much it will cost you to spend the night in leonardo dicaprio's palm springs pad? will he
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♪ skinny so skinny. >> topping the headlines in "the skinny" today. it is the end of an era for oprah winfrey in the windy city. >> the 61-year-old media mogul personally deliver the news yesterday to her staff in chicago, all 200 of them. after 26 years harpo studios is closing its doors at the end of the year. >> handful of her chicago staffers will be joining her at the l.a. base offices of own network in west hollywood. oprah said it will be sad to bid farewell to chicago but she feels it's the right time to consolidate our network's operations under one roof. >> i called her friend because she did television, we do television. she started off at one point, we started off at one point. maybe she will be open to us -- >> i see the connection. >> that's why i said friend. >> hoping it might. >> makes perfect sense now. >> i have a lot of friends if that is the only connection it takes. we're good. next another hollywood
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a-lister with more than one roof. >> he has five properties across the u.s. but of course leonardo dicaprio can't be in more than one place at a time. >> it won't come cheap. guests will have full access to the $5 million, 7,000 square foot estate for the princely sum of $4500 a night. of course there's a two-night minimum. >> this is a heck of a spot here. every square inch you can see here is beautifully decorated. it has dining for ten. also a gorgeous swimming pool. it has tennis court next door. and the backdrop, the mountains. >> you can even sleep in leo's bed, without leo of course. >> we have to put that disclaimer in. >> i'd still save my pennies up for the harpo studio. >> if you could sleep in the bed leonardo dicaprio sleeps in -- you sure you wouldn't go for that? >> it is a one-night thing. i'd rather think of longevity. >> sound like a woman. the newest addition to the carrie underwood mike fisher family. let's go to family now.
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>> this singer happily tweeted out the baby pic of isaiah michael fisher born february 27th writing tiny hands, tiny feet. god has blessed us with an amazing gift. she admitted that her hockey player husband was ecstatic to become a dad. this is their first child. congrats to the couple and the starting of a new family. >> absolutely. finally to some absolutely hysterical pictures, poking fun at stock photos. >> those generic looking shots that companies put out. you see these things here. like this one, the people in the office or park s, riding horses, laughing eating a salad. you have seen these everywhere. >> funny man vince vaughn couldn't resist poking fun "unfinsihed business" with the help of images. >> they shot poses that you can see them in a few of these office settings. but they are all over.
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we have been talking a lot about dresses lately. >> yes, we have. we have been talking a lot about dresses lately. >> yes, we have. >> dresses that have been stolen, dresses that appear to be different colors to different people. >> yours was what again. >> gold and white. yours was wrong. >> still can't let it go. >> no. another dress to talk about. another dress debate. the gown worn by cinderella. here now abc's dan harris. >> my fairy godmother. >> reporter: call it extreme makeover fairy tale edition with just the flick of a wand cinderella's fairy god mother creates a breathtaking version of the iconic blue dress in disney's live action remake of the film. in reality the oscar winning
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costume creator sandy powell needed more than magic to get cinderella ready for the ball. >> i have never spent so long on one costume than this ball gown. >> the dress took 20 minutes to get in and 20 minutes to get out. >> 270 yards of fabric, three miles of thread and 10,000 swarovski crystals. there's no denies this dress is a true work of art. >> they are all looking at you. >> believe me, they are all looking at you. >> reporter: and yet it is generating a bit of controversy. some say cinderella's waist looks too tiny. suspecting disney may have used special effects to make actress lily james thinner. one tweeter said what happened to cinderella's waist. james said it is actually a corset. >> i have actually a small waist and on top of that i have a corset that pulled me in for every inch of my life. >> and then the slippers. >> made of glass.
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>> you find it really comfortable. >> reporter: you won't need a fairy godmother to find a version of the shoes. sax fifth avenue is featuring a glass slipper inspired shoe collections and jimmy choo and stuart weitzman are coming out dazzling interpretations. they may not be as extravagant as the gown. >> remember, the magic will only last so long. >> midnight. >> midnight. >> reporter: at least they will last past the stroke of midnight. dan harris, abc news, new york. >> who's turn is it? >> your turn. >> are you sure. >> i did it last time. >> you might be right but we do it so much. you may have to do it tomorrow. here we go. "cinderella" is produced by our parent company disney. >> do we get a discount to see the show. >> we do. >> we should also state that possibly. >> announcer: this is abc's "world news now" informing insomniacs for two decades. "world news now" informing insomniacs for two decades. hi, anne. how are you doing?
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making news in america this morning, wicked weather. slow moving and massive. a massive winter storm stretching dozens -- across dozens of states creating dangerous road conditions. we are tracking it all. political storm, hillary clinton speaking for the first time since her e-mail controversy, also making a hint about her future. breaking overnight hundreds of passengers forced to escape a plane after skidding off the runway in dense fog. dramatic new video just in. and big dog. a supersized pit bull quickly becoming the world's most famous pet. well good wednesday morning to you. we begin, of course with the

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