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good morning, america. breaking overnight, dramatic rescues. this school bus caught by rising floodwaters. inflatable boats ferrying the kids to safety. >> these are firefighters rescuing more than 135 people. >> others towed to high ground from flooded homes. and the lightning, how it started this massive fire. terror arrest. the feds raiding this home. the woman calling herself young lioness now behind bars. investigators revealing her frightening plan, the third woman arrested in the latest efforts to stop home grown attacks. shark attack. a diver bitten in florida. >> a lot of blood on the boat. he was bleeding, you know, quite a bit. >> it comes just as families are hitting the beach for spring break.
the predators spotted swimming nearby, even just a few feet away from the beach. the lurking danger in the water. ♪ the story of my life ♪ ♪ i take her home ♪ and new direction. the first photo of the boy band as a foursome. their revealing words on zayn's departure and promise to fans as they move on with their music and their lives. ♪ the story of my life ♪ ♪ i take her home i drive all night to keep her warm and time is frozen ♪ good morning. on a huge day for sports fans, we are just hours away from the tip-off in final four games, the two final four game that is will be played tonight. >> yes, sports fanaticism, the story of so many of our lives, right? it is the unbeaten kentucky team taking on wisconsin and michigan state versus duke the respective winners will then face off in the championship game on monday night and we will
have full coverage coming up on "good morning america." >> i want to point out. i want to brag on paula a little bit. she picked three out of the four teams in her bracket. >> dumb luck. >> i don't remember how many teams i picked but it is hovering around zero. moving on now we want to start here with some pretty serious overnietght developments from the flood zone. >> a night of incredible water rescues after rain triggered major flash flooding. alex perez is in louisville, kentucky, one of the worst hit spots with the very latest. hi, alex. >> reporter: hey, good morning, paula. they got more than 5 inches of rain here in a 24-hour period and this creating big problems across the midsouth. overnight more than 30 million americans dealing with a deadly string of storms. [ sirens ] tornado warning sirens sounding the alarms as hail, torrential rains and wind up to 68 miles
per hour battered tennessee causing power outages in thousands of homes and reports of hail in georgia. in kentucky friday, roads collapsing as rushing waters tear through neighborhoods. one woman dead after floodwaters swept her car off the road. rescuers using inflatable rafts to pull students and a driver from their submerged school bus. across the state, the heavy rains stranding drivers and trapping people in their homes. abc louisville's brooke hash capturing some of the rescues live. >> this is what we've been seeing all morning long. these are firefighters rescuing more than 135 people at this point. >> reporter: this morning, firefighters still battling a fire at this ge plant believed to be sparked by lightning. overnight in alabama, up to five strikes hitting every minute. >> wow. >> reporter: lighting up the skies. and as they begin the process of drying out here in louisville good news, there is
sunshine is in the forecast for the weekend. dan. >> alex perez on the ground in louisville, thank you. so the question of course is when do we get a break from the severe weather. over to rob who is tracking it all. good morning, sir. >> good morning, dan. the shift has moved to the east but it won't be as bad as it was yesterday. the last two days, as a matter of fact but the rainfall is really what's the most dramatic. over 5 inches in louisville and lexington, jackson, over 4 inches. that's the most they've ever recorded in a 24-hour period. look at these storm reports. 64 of them. mostly wind and hail throughout the day yesterday and in those two areas, low pressure moves off to the east. the change in the weather will be across the northeast where the back side is going to have cold air. with that we'll see snow. could see over 8 inches in some of the higher elevations northern new york, northern new england and strong winds today so even though it's spring we're feeling a little bit of winter weather across the northeast. we'll talk about that later on. >> all right, rob, thank you. we do have some more disturbing signs of homegrown radicals on u.s.
soil. yet another woman, that's the sixth american in just the last few weeks, has been busted for allegedly trying to join isis overseas or even launch an attack. she is from philadelphia and was traced through her social media account where allegedly she told an isis fighter the opportunity, quote, would be amazing. had abc's jim avila joining us from the white house. hi, jim. >> reporter: good morning, paula. it's become one of our biggest homeland security threats, americans threatening other americans with terror. turning on their own country. take a look at this exclusive video from our station in philadelphia, wpvi. a federal agent searching the home of 30-year-old keonna thomas. just two days before prosecutors say she was set to board a plane to join isis fighters overseas. thomas, officials say, went by name of young lioness telling a known isis fighter that becoming a martyr would be
amazing, a girl could only wish. >> on wednesday we'll be back in court for a detention hearing and a preliminary hearing. >> reporter: thomas, now the third american woman in just two days, arrested on terrorism charges after a sting operation thursday captured two new york women allegedly planning to detonate a bomb somewhere on u.s. soil. according to court documents, 28-year-old noelle velentzas and fellow queens native asia siddiqui, prosecutors say the pair were obsessed with pressure cookers like those used to attack in the boston marathon to launch an attack on the homeland. >> this is another great example of the fbi getting in front of a potential terrorist act and they basically are able to sort of control what happens. >> reporter: investigators say thursday's arrest was triggered when siddiqui who allegedly calls osama bin laden a hero gathered several propane tanks along with instructions on how to turn them into explosives. her attorney says she plans to plead not guilty. >> i know it's a serious case
but we're going to fight it out in court. >> reporter: velentzas' defense did not comment. if convicted, thomas would serve 15 years in prison. she has not entered a plea. dan and paula. >> all right jim avila at the white house. jim, we thank you. time to check the morning's other headlines. we get it over to ron. you're leading with breaking news on an escaped killer, i understand. >> actually we just changed and have an updated story overnight about a casino brawl right here in queens. a massive brawl inside of a packed casino here in new york city, the dramatic scene inside the resorts world casino in queen, it happened late friday night captured on cell phone video. police say two dozen people were involved in the melee. chairs were flying in parts of the 4-year-old casino trashed. so far people have been arrested in connection with that fight. no word on how many people were injured. and now to that story that you're referring to there,
dan, new details breaking overnight. a convicted killer at the center of a dramatic prison escape has been captured. kamron taylor, you see him there in possession of a gun and arrested friday. surveillance pictures wednesday from the corrects facility show the 23-year-old wearing the uniform of an officer that he was accused of overpowering and allegedly stealing his keys before making his getaway. and a somali militant group al shabaab has released a statement promising more bloody attacks like the one inside the university where 150 people were killed. this morning a survivor of that massacre was found alive after hiding out in a cupboard for two days. this as the kenyan interior minister says that there were five arrests have been made in connection with that attack. a solemn procession in rome as the pope celebrated good friday mass. at one point pope francis praying before the main altar, you see there at st. peter's basilica. the pontiff later leading a
candlelit procession around the colosseum. the symbolic walk around one of rome's most famous landmarks commemorating jesus' final walk through the streets of jerusalem carrying the cross. and sarah brady, the widow of former white house press secretary james brady on president reagan has died. her late husband, of course, was gravely wounded during the attempt on president reagan's that was in 1981. afterward she became one of the country's leading advocates of gun control. sarah brady was 73 years of age. and a pet owner's cat cam video has helped police in eugene oregon, nab a couple that they say pulled off a string of thefts and burglaries. the video shows the man allegedly breaking into a home armed with a large knife and taking off with bags loaded with items from that house. police say the man in the video and his girlfriend are believed to have stolen $9,000 in jewelry at a local walmart. >> the camera was on the actual cat? >> the camera was on -- yes. >> cats are known for a lot of thing, crime-stopping, not one of them.
>> hey, it worked out. it worked out. >> we got more. finally, a missouri woman gets her stolen car back with some flashy new upgrades. this is what becky shoenig's ford fusion used to look like before it was stolen monday. 48 hours later on wednesday, going to show there, becky posted a facebook picture of her new ride thanks to the thieves for, quote, pimp inging out her car in a new -- with a new red stripe and painted rims. it turns out a neighbor spotted the stolen car and called police. becky says she's having a hard time getting that red paint out and also there is the distinctive odor of marijuana in that that she's trying to fumigate. >> any hydraulics or bounce? >> i don't know. we'll look into that. >> maybe some new tunes. thank you, ron. >> we'll look into that and have that by the time of "pop news." >> investigates later in the show. thank you, ron. we go to florida and one man's close encounter with a shark. this man had to be airlifted to the hospital after an attack in
the water and this comes at an especially worrying time as it is packed with spring breakers. linzie janis is on the story. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, dan. florida is ground zero for shark attacks in america and beachgoers are on high alert after this latest attack, the victim bitten at least twice by a suspected bull shark. this morning, a man lucky to be alive after his spearfishing trip off the coast of the jupiter inlet turned violent. >> there was a lot of blood on the boat. he was pleading, you know, quite a bit. >> reporter: the victim attacked friday by what some witnesses believe was a bull shark. >> and you could see his wet suit was embedded in it and it looked like it took a good chuck of it out. >> reporter: suffering wounds to his torso and neck he was airlifted to the nearest trauma center conscious the entire time. >> he had injuries to his torso and neck. >> reporter: yesterday ae's horrific incident comes just as spring break is in full swing, families and college students flocking to florida beaches have plenty of unwanted company. these destinations common for
the deadly predators, more than half of u.s. shark attacks in 2014 were in florida's warm waters. take a look at this. just one day earlier, hundreds of sharks flooded the waters south of the sebastian inlet and earlier this week -- >> shark! >> reporter: -- this terrifying warning. >> get out. >> it's a shark. >> reporter: yelled out from a beachside balcony to swimmers in destin, florida. >> a hammerhead. >> reporter: the two men just feet from a feeding frenzy. the shark taking on a stingray in the shallow gulf waters. >> get out! >> wow, according to the university of florida's international shark attack file, there were 72 unprovoked shark attacks worldwide last year. 52 of those occurred in the waters off the united states. most of those in florida. on the upside, though, these nonfatal attacks, best described as a shark bite, are increasing whereas fatales are decreasing. >> worth pointing out that shark attacks are still very rare. >> very rare. >> very, very rare. >> one more reason to stay in
fresh water. just saying that, as well. >> but there are other things, snapping turtles and leeches. you know better to just stay in your home. >> never leave your home. you'll be okay. >> exactly. linzie, thank you. what started with 64 teams is now down to four. it's all come down to the final four matchups in march madness for the coveted college hoop crown and all eyes are on the kentucky wildcats who are trying to do something that no other team has done in roughly 40 years. and espn "sportscenter's" lindsay czarniak joining us with all the excitement. >> hey, paula. all four teams described as loose, really doing their best to enjoy and soak up this experience. but that's understandable because of the leadership. the four coaches leading these teams tonight have combined to make 25 appearances in the final four, so now it's time for the players to keep those title hopes alive. this morning, the remaining teams that have made it this far to the final four wake up knowing tonight dreams will be
made and hearts will be broken. kentucky, wisconsin, duke and michigan state hoping they are one of the two left standing. kentucky continues its pursuit of perfection trying to make history with a perfect 40-0 undefeated record. kentucky coach john calipari staying humble. >> we are not a perfect team. we're undefeated, but we're not perfect. >> reporter: kentucky's opponent, wisconsin. >> dekker with a three. >> reporter: with a chip on its shoulder after losing to kentucky in last year's final four and now touting the a pchltp player of the year, frank kaminski the winner of that game will face either duke or michigan state, the lowest seed but not to be counted out. spartans head coach tom izzo is loose, so loose earlier this week he shared some of his other hobbies with me. >> if this job doesn't pan out, i can always go back to putting soles and heels on shoes. >> reporter: and to the team
izzo's facing duke team's tius jones and jahlil okafor making a pact to play college hoops together and running down the court towards a national title. politicians getting in on the madness. wisconsin governor scott walker and kentucky governor steve beshear striking a friendly wager. walker betting wisconsin cheese sausage and root beer and beshear betting kentucky bourbon for a wildcats win. a bet with higher stakes. michigan alum derek steven threw down $20,000 on arch rival michigan state spartans so if they win it all he collects a cool million bucks. >> i was trying to take a bet that had some good long shot odds. it's easy to go in at the beginning of the year and try to pick the big favorite like kentucky. >> reporter: michigan state head coach tom izzo is the first coach, by the way, to reach three final fours as a five seed or lower. and you had them going very far initially. >> i did. i had them willing it all. and somebody called me out. i had michigan state playing in the national championship game against kentucky. >> you're in the top ten, by the way, in the celebrity bracket. >> thank you. >> girl power. >> i'll slip you your money later.
>> i have wisconsin winning so we'll see what happens. very good. >> i picked a team that had a logo of a bird. >> that was the -- >> louisville cardinals. >> that wasn't even a basketball team. >> oh, it wasn't a basketball team? >> but it was a good effort. >> a good effort. i will say it was a good pick until last week. >> randomly with my mouth. >> always a pleasure to have you here. >> thanks, guys. great to be here. >> thank you. and turning now to a comedy legend she entertained so many of us with her crazy antics on the "i love lucy" show but some people say there's really nothing funny about the lucille ball statue built in her hometown. >> yeah, critics say this thing is scary -- >> it is scary. >> and it makes her look possessed. >> that is not her. >> now though there is a new push to change this thing and sara haines is here with that story. what's going on? >> well, we've all had pictures taken where we wonder is it a bad angle or is that what everyone is actually seeing? now, imagine that being set in stone. this morning this statue of beloved comedian lucille ball has "i love lucy" fans expressing their hate online.
>> i'm sick of the sight of your face. >> reporter: a facebook campaign called we love lucy, get rid of the statue says the mayor of the town has some 'splainin' to do. >> lucy. >> reporter: the complaint, the monument looks nothing like the iconic -- vitameatavegamin girl >> are you unpopular? the answer is in this little bought. >> reporter: the mayor says he knows the bronze is a bust. >> right then and there they knew it didn't look like lucy. >> reporter: critics online calling the monument online to the comedy legend, ugly, a dishonor, even terrifying. >> waaahhh! >> reporter: the statue erected near lucille ball's hometown of jamestown, new york, in 2009 goes down alongside other famously misbegotten memorials. this painting of the duchess of cambridge royally criticized as frumpy and ghastly. football fans outraged when deion sanders was honored at hall of fame induction with this bust looking more like quarterback troy aikman than the former 49er.
♪ ba-ba-loo ♪ >> that's pretty ba-ba-lousy. >> reporter: the mayor says while the brand-new statue lucy fans are calling for might not happen plans are under way to have a new artist to show the current statue some much-needed love. ♪ i love lucy and she loves me ♪ ♪ we're as happy as two can be ♪ >> i mean, i don't want to insult someone who clearly put a lot of work into it, but it lacks a little resemblance. >> you should feel tree to insult. >> okay, it's rough. >> just go for it. >> it looks a bit like a man demon version of lucy. >> look at the smile on her face as she says that >> no one wants to see that. >> the deion sanders bust also a bust. >> would not have recognized that at all. >> not worthy of primetime. >> no. we would make sure that if we ever erected a bust in your honor it would look just like you. >> i should hope so. >> you can't make that face twice. you can't make that face twice. >> no i -- oh thank you.
i don't know where you're going with that. >> it was a compliment. i have no idea what i'm saying. >> there are so few from you, i have to watch my back. let's take -- you know, i'm holding on to winter. so is ron, so we give you this video -- >> no, you're not. a little bit of snow coming down across the sierra nevada. we'll get a little bit from this system that will pour into the pacific northwest and slide into california. they say another one coming next week that's the good news for california. 31 degrees in kansas. 30 in denver. colder air coming in behind the
system that produced the severe weather. pattern shift coming the trough out east for all winter long it will become a ridge. spring is here finally from texas to the northeast. that means spring energy from a strong jet stream and thunderstorms could be severe as we go toward wednesday and thursday of next week. that's a look at the national forecast. here's what's shaking locally. >> reporter: that's the big issue next week we'll see warmer temperatures and see rain to go along with it. in the meantime, double scan live looks crystal clear. skies are beginning to brighten up a little bit. temperatures are on the mild side. one thing you'll notice, the winds are whipping around. the exclusive accuweather seven-day forecast, 56 degrees winds and lots of sun feel like the upper 40s. 62 for easter sunday him bust on this desk, and it's ron. >> you're right. correct.
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let's go outside to meteorologist chris sowers with the latest from accuweather. easter this weekend and passover this weekend. how is the weather looking? >> reporter: it's not bad, it's so windy, i would give the weather a ten. unfortunately with the winds whipping around it will feel unpleasant, 56 today 62 sunday. we go back to "good morning america" and we'll see you at 9:00 a.m.
look closely. that is a real treat from the skies. it's a total lunar eclipse, also known as a blood moon taking place this morning. the moon enters the earth's shadow. the full eclipse lasting only about five minutes and those on the western coastline having the best visibility. others just witnessing the partial eclipse but still totally cool. >> totally cool. >> i love official weather nerd rob marciano when the video comes up, he goes, yes. >> i know. >> come on. how do you not get excited about that? >> that wasn't a total eclipse of the heart, though, was it? >> bonnie raitt. who was that? >> no. >> who sang that song? >> oh, my gosh. >> wow. stumper. >> anyway, we'll get it. >> "pop news." >> we'll search the google and -- >> update in "pop."
also in this half hour we're going to travel to a remote outpost of an outlaw religion. the flds who practice polygamy and alleged lyly controlled by this man, warren jeffs but new and intriguing signs of change in this community. as we said, that is coming up. first, though the new sound and fury in the case of the real estate heir, robert durst. >> there was apparent yelling after several defense witnesses failed to show for the last hearing and mara schiavocampo is on the case for us this morning. good morning, mara. >> reporter: paula, good morning. two of those no shows were law enforcement agents, prosecutors saying they needed more time to review documents. that gun charge hearing is now postponed for a week this as durst attorneys are trying to get him extradited to california so he can begin fighting first degree murder charges. this morning preliminary hearings coming to a
screeching halt for robert durst awaiting trial for murder as this louisiana courtroom has become the scene of shouting matches between prosecutors and durst defense team. >> it sounds like to me they're trying to hide the ball. >> reporter: dick degeurin filing this motion overnight, asking the judge to declare durst's arrest in the new orleans hotel illegal after prosecutors called no witnesses and despite being subpoenaed by the defense, two fbi agents and a state trooper never showed up. >> we're entitled to cross-examine the witnesses against us. you cannot cross-examine an affidavit. >> reporter: the agents were supposed to testify about the warrant used to search durst's room where they discovered a .38 caliber special revolver and marijuana. degeurin says there was no probable cause and because of that, the prosecution's case is shockingly inadequate. >> there is almost no chance that a judge is going to rule that the arrest warrant was invalid. this case is almost certainly going to go to trial. >> reporter: the legal roadblock a surprising turn for a case that shot to national fame with what appears to be durst's
on-mike confession to conclusion of the hbo docudrama "the jinx." >> i killed them all, of course. >> reporter: the judge issuing a ruling on thursday postponing the trial for at least one more week pending the outcome of an april 9th hearing to determine whether durst can be extradited to california to face the first degree murder charge and saying the missing law enforcement officers may be held in contempt of court for what degeurin called a misguided attempt to conceal facts. now, in the california murder case, durst could face the death penalty. but right now he's being held without bail in louisiana on those gun charges and he could stay there until they are resolved. a lot of issues going on. >> yeah this thing may not resolve quickly. >> could take a long time before we get to the murder case. >> thank you. now a farmer is reliving the moment that he thought he was a goner. eric baker knew that climbing into a grain bin is a risky thing to do but never thought his life was about to change in an instant.
>> what i was doing specifically that day is by far the most dangerous thing a farmer can do. on a farm you're always around dangerous things and a grain bin is one of the most dangerous. the unload from the grain bin stopped running, so there was something wrong. my job that day was to go up over the top of the grain bin, crawl down the ladder inside and poke for rotten corn. we were guessing that that's what was wrong. i made the rotten shelf of corn collapse. when that happened i actually fell through the corn. >> ben! ben! ben! >> i stopped, looked up at the top of the bin and he didn't surface and i thought he's probably doing a little knocking some corn down. >> never think those silos can be so dangerous. it's like quicksand but
something eric baker was wearing may have helped save his life. watch the rest of the story tonight on "in an instant" tonight at 9:00 right here on abc. i know all of us are compelled to watch that after seeing bits and pieces. >> quite a clip. quite a clip. let's get a look at the other headlines from ron. what's going on? >> good morning to you again, dan and paula. sara, robert, good morning to you. good morning, everyone. we begin with the deadly string of storms battering the midsouth. dramatic rescues across kentucky, crews using inflatable rafts to pull students from a submerged school bus along with the driver. one woman died after her car was swept off the road. rob's forecast will be coming up a little bit later. and tiger woods says he's ready for augusta. woods announcing he will return to play in the masters tournament ending a two-month absence from competition. tiger woods has not won a major since the 2008 u.s. open. and this woman, sarah thomas, who reportedly is the nfl's first referee, the mother
of three could be making the calls on the field this upcoming nfl season. >> good for her. >> finally instead of chasing a criminal, police in round rock, texas, were chasing a buffalo. apparently the bison, whose name is big boy escaped by jumping a hot wire and barbed wire fence at one point narrowly missing an oncoming car. it would have done a lot of damage to the car and the buffalo probably. big boy's owner says the bison is a gentle giant and since it's springtime he was getting a little frisky looking for some new grass and other stuff. >> really? just the new grass, right? >> news the new grass. >> racing after him with lights and horns, i'd run too. >> yes. that's a good point. >> if you were a buffalo you'd run too, right? >> i can channel my inner buffalo. >> your inner tutonka. >> tutonks 5 from "dances with wolves"? >> yes.
>> let's get it over to sans a there it is, looking good, boston 48 degrees, breezy, the front that brought the severe weather across the mid south is pushing off to the east. the backside of it will bring chilly conditions across the northeast and the appalachians, as well. we'll see winds gusting 50 miles per hour in spots. winter weather advisory in northern new england. could see several inches of snow the winter that won't end across the northeast. temperatures will cool behind the 50s new york city. 39 in buffalo. 60 degrees thankfully drier across the flood zone of the ohio river valley. dry and warm out west. 90 degrees in palm springs. 80 saturday in los angeles you'll cool down next week. what would today be without an easter sunday forecast. rain across the south and
showers move into northern california. that's check on the national forecast here's what's happening locally. >> reporter: good morning, everybody, i'm chris sowers with this accuweather update. no moisture on storm tracker 6 live double scan. 56 degrees today, 62 comfortable easter sunday. those fantastic color eded eggs brought to you by dan manzo. >> way to go. >> happy passover to our friends who celebrated last night. >> absolutely. >> holy weekend. >> belated good friday. thank you. coming up here on "gma," in a polygamist community, still allegedly controlled about i an impressisoned prophet intriguing changes. why this simple public school is actually a radical act. and the royal treat for "game of thrones" fans from the man who wrote the book up ahead in "pop news." in "pop news."
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to this isolated desert community that is still allegedly controlled by the imprisoned flds prophet, this man, warren jeffs and what we found is that things are slowly starting to shift in fascinating and sometimes moving ways. this would not have been possible even just last year. >> so you guys looked it up to make sure that it would work. good job. >> reporter: a public school for 13 years, public education was outlawed by the prophet of the flds, warren jeffs, who even though he's now in prison for marrying and raping underage girls is alleged by federal authorities to still govern nearly every aspect of life in this polygamist community where the women wear prairie dresses but now in these twin towns along the border of arizona and utah warren jeffs' grip to be weakening as this school illustrates. for kesha barlow it's her first time in school. >> i thought it would be kind of weird but i guess it's okay. >> i have noticed that sometimes
they will be wearing your traditional dresses or your traditional wear. they have slowly evolved into blue jeans. >> reporter: there are other signs of change here. a new subway and the decision by warren jeffs' bodyguard to purchase a compound that was built for the prophet and turn it into a bed and breakfast. >> these are typical rooms here and very comfortable. >> reporter: the church is under legal assault too. the federal government accusing local officials here of being controlled by warren jeffs, a charge town council members did not seem to want to answer. you wouldn't want to respond to that? an attorney for the town council later insisted that officials do not take their orders from jeffs but it's clear in this divided town that many believe their prophet, an admitted pedophile, is a victim of prejudice. is that the view of what's happening with the prophet that it's persecution? >> in my opinion, yes. can i just ask you a quick question >> reporter: despite the ongoing tension optimists point to this school as evidence that this
community is now firmly on its way to joining mainstream america. they weren't super happy to see me at the town council meeting but we should say about that school, many of the kids come in several grade levels behind but the principal says they are able to catch up quickly. >> it's just great to see some progress and its fascinating to see that's still going on in america in 2015. >> i know. that was my thought exactly. >> thank you very much. coming up on "good morning america" one direction speaking out about their new direction. life without zayn and their plans for the future. it's all coming up with the one and only sara haines in the poppiest news of all time.
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it can only mean one thing, time for "pop news" and sara haines. >> the news everyone has been waiting for. "the sun" newspaper revealed the first photos of one direction minus one as a foursome. speaking to "the sun" reporter dan wootton, the remaining members of the band opened up about their life on the regard following zayn's departure sawing they're gutted but even stronger and they're 100% committed to the band which is good to hear. they will continue. taylor swift and calvin harris are one of the hottest couples right now. they still haven't publicly confirmed their relationship but as the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words, and look how cute they are right here almost holding hands as they leave a club in l.a. at one point during the night swift was even spotted sitting in the deejay's lap. things are heating up. >> naughty, naughty. >> yeah. and "game of thrones" author george r.r. martin is developing a new tv series. "the hollywood reporter" says it's called "captain cosmos" who focuses on a young science fiction writer who spends his day writing stories no one else
dares to writes. "game of thrones" fans need not worry the author just released an excerpt that follows sansa stark in her new life in the vale. >> the new show sounds like it's strongly autobiographical on his part. fascinating guy. >> this is my favorite. get ready. a comedy trio in sydney, australia, has gone viral with their hi lair house lip-sync video called mime through time. the girls rock out to the most popular songs through seven decades including elvis presley's "hound dog. ♪ you ain't nothing but a hound dog crying all the time ♪ >> looks like elvis. ♪ you ain't no friend of mine ♪ ♪ help i need somebody help not just anybody ♪ >> these girls are so super talented, i could not get enough. i've watched it three times just this morning. i'm not sure why they're inside a car but it certainly doesn't inhibit their dance moves. >> i've seen several of their calypsos before.
they're always in a car. i don't know why. >> i think it kind of gives them a novelty but racked up more than 23 million views on facebook. i know it's not the important facts but they're beautiful and as they transform throughout the video you're like these girls are so awesome. >> i love that you had enough time before the show to watch this several times over. >> "pop news" needs a lot of -- >> she gets up very early. >> can i just quickly say in my against at the beginning of this half hour we were talking about "total eclipse of the heart." i said it's bonnie raitt. i was close. bonnie tyler. bonnie tyler. there we go. ♪ tonight ♪ >> yes. >> it brings me back to the the '80s. ♪ and i need you more than ever ♪ >> on national tv. >> bring it, sara. come on. ♪ if you only hold me tight ♪ ♪ we'd be holding on forever ♪ ♪ and we'd only be making it right ♪ >> if i through that was going to happen maybe i wouldn't have brought it back. >> that was the cherry on top of "pop news." thank you, saar r >> great "pop news" as always. we'll be right back.
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front of a philadelphia nightclub. phillies fans go through a full metal detection when he entered the philadelphia ballpark. the showers have moved out but as you can see the winds are making what would normally be a perfect saturday morning, a little interesting. hold on to your hats, here's meteorologist chris sowers. i'll tell you it is, it's a shame it's so windy otherwise i would give it a perfect ten. look at the camera, we're in atlantic city, you can see the puffy cumulus clouds they are leftover from the rain. you can see the camera shaking around as the winds pick up, funneling in cooler temperatures. mild for this time of the year. not as warm as yesterday. 51 degrees, windchills in time mid 40s because of the wind. all in all doesn't feel that balanced. allentown,