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king world] wiwiwiwiwiwii princess diana in the ritual calling upon her spirit to protect her son william. very cool, the spirit in diana will be there. >> that's right, everybody will be thinking of her her tomorrow, that's for sure. we'll be right back with more "world news now."
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welcome back, everybody. well, tomorrow of course all eyes will be on prince william and his bride-to-be kate including the groom's grandma. >> the groom's grandma, hard to think of queen elizabeth that way but she's seen her fair share of royal weddings during her 60 years on the throne. here is barbara walters with a look back at the queen through the years. >> reporter: from her very first speech, listen to her voice, at 14 a princess, an heir to the throne, she was already showing compassion for the people in her kingdom and around the world. >> it will be for us, the children of today to make the world of tomorrow a better and happier place. >> reporter: just seven years later in 1947, when at 21, she
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married philip mountbatten. she was loved even more. the country was still in a very austere place following the war. how did that affect the wedding? >> it highlighted it because everything was so drab and so sad and so worn out and gray, gray, gray. and then suddenly there was this fairy tale occasion, and she was in love and so she was beautiful. >> i here present unto you queen elizabeth, your undoubted queen. >> reporter: and her coronation in 1953. the first ever to be televised is breathtaking in its color, and its regal beauty. the hat she likes to wear today is that of being a grandmother. what was it like for prince william and prince harry with their grandmother, the queen of england? >> diana was very careful to make sure that they visited her regularly.
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they would go to see the grandmother for tea. they would visit her in windsor and sandringham and also in scotland. >> reporter: but one of her longest points and almost affected her monarchy was the reaction to something she did or didn't do after princess diana's death in 1997. she stayed at home in scotland for five days, which brought great criticism from the press and the grieving crowds in london, but eventually it healed. >> we have all been trying to help william and harry come to terms with the devastating loss that they and the rest of us have suffered. >> reporter: but the current recession in britain has fed into anti-government anger, as in december when prince charles and camilla were attacked in their car by protesters. some even yelling "off with their heads." >> off with their heads! >> reporter: critics of the monarchy say, it costs a fortune. she's not elected or he's not elected, and these days that's obsolete.
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>> the critics can say what they want, but it works for us. and 80% of the country in poll after poll have said, we like the monarchy. we have a completely functioning democracy. >> reporter: what does she mean to the public? >> she means history. she means continuity. she means duty. she means loyalty. one historian once described the monarchy as the light above politics. >> yeah, like it or not, and let's face it, this wedding is bringing a lot of cash into london and britain in general. >> they need -- it could be up to a billion dollars this could generate into the city, that's incredible and don't forget our coverage 4:00 a.m. tomorrow. set your alarm clocks. diane sawyer, barbara walters. the whole team over there in london to bring you every second of the big day. >> and of course we'll be here as well. >> that's right, yeah. well, coming up, our first look at julianne moore playing the role that tina fey made famous. >> and the story that put steven tyler, your love, on the cover "rolling stone." >> i love him.
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♪ skinny ♪ so skinny welcome back, everybody. lots of good stuff in "the skinny" today. >> lots.
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>> of course, we all know the news that donald trump has been making lately in terms of going after the president. the president released birth certificate yesterday. networks broke in, all this crazy stuff. exclusive research out now that says "celebrity apprentice" obviously a spin-off of trump's big show, another show in his empire there, that ratings are way down and did some research and found out surprisingly that that has one of the most liberal left-leaning audiences in all of primetime tv. and that ratings for "celebrity apprentice" are down from a year ago and kind of dropping pretty quickly, in fact. they're wondering if this backlash, of course, because he's gone after the democratic president obama. interesting stat there. wondering if, you know, any time someone comes out politically, there is always a backlash on his career. and he may be feeling the affect on his show. >> has the trumpster put on a few lbs? i can say that because i'm on the 17-day diet. i'm weathering out this diet. >> you should demand his weight records. >> call me.
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moving on to the next story, we're talking about steven tyler. steven tyler of course on "american idol." i don't know why i have a crush on this man because he's a big hot mess but i still love him. he's in "rolling stone" magazine. look at him. why am i attracted to him? he's got feathers in his hair and the whole nine yards. he said the reason he did "american idol" is his band mates were trying to ditch him as the lead singer. they wanted him out of the band. he did this to sort of resurrect his own career. because when you think of "american idol" you don't think steven tyler. it's clean, all-american -- >> when you think of aerosmith, you think of steven tyler. he is the man. >> he is the aerosmith, let's face it. but speaking of the all-clean american, doesn't ryan seacrest look more and more like dick clark, every day. especially last night watching the show. i'm just saying he really does. i don't know what's going on there. >> ryan makes a lot of money. i will not talk bad about seacrest. oh, man. told you a few weeks about the hbo movie they're making based upon the book "the game" and the 2008 election and julianne moore is playing the role of sarah palin in the movie. well, there is julianne. >> you're kidding me? >> that's her on the right
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dressed up as sarah palin. i think the resemblance is pretty good. shooting the movie this week so it's looking pretty good. julianne, a nice spitting image there. >> i love tina fey, hard to beat tina fey. guess who is getting married? we are talking about goldie hawn's daughter, kate hudson of course. she used to be married to -- oh, gosh from -- >> the rocker. >> robinson. >> black eyed crows. >> no, black crows. just the black crows. >> sorry. >> there's her new hubby-to-be. matthew bellamy and they're expecting their first child together. she already has ryder. her little cute son who had the longest hair for the longest time. check out bling. that's like j. lo size ring. it's hard to miss. that is the ring. i don't know how many carats that is. >> a lot, a lot. that's good for her. >> a sweet girl like her mom. there's a sweetness about her. >> she's great. also those you out there fans of "the office" tonight, steve carell's final episode. the boss is out of there. he's leaving of course. rumors swirling about who his replacement may be. will farrell or someone else was on earlier this week. jim carrey, that's who it was. >> right. >> but if you want -- looks like
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a pretty emotional farewell, and of course it will be funny. >> who has not worked for a boss like that once or twice? not here of course but i'm just saying we've all had a boss like that. s like that.
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and here are some stories to watch today on abc news. emergency management officials in alabama will be out at daybreak seeing how extensive the tornado damage is after last night's deadly storms. homeland security secretary janet napolitano will be in st. louis today touring neighborhoods hit by last weekend's tornados. she will also conduct earthquake preparedness drills. and the president meets with secretary of state hillary clinton at the white house today. on the agenda, the crisis in libya. and finally this half hour, every guy's favorite topic, shopping. >> woo-hoo. i love it. i will take it from here. >> yes, it's all you. >> when it comes to shopping, guys have it pretty easy. you walk into a store, you grab something. maybe try it on.
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but do you get your cosco socks, that sort of thing? >> yes, in a bundle. 400 socks for 16 cents, that's a deal. >> you grab your pants and you're out of door. we hope that we have a solution for you. we are talking dressing room now going digital. sharyn alfonsi has the scoop. >> reporter: if we are what we wear, many of us are confused. >> i actually go from a 0 to sometimes a 4. >> i'm a size 2 all the way up to a size 6. >> reporter: the problem, that as much as the number's tied to our psyche, sizing is arbitrary. there is no true standard. consider a woman with a 27-inch waist. in marc jacobs she'd wear an 8 or a 10 but at chico's that same woman is a triple 0. but now this device will size you up, literally. it's called my best fit. shoppers stand in this kiosk in the middle of the mall. >> step on inside. >> reporter: and assume the position. think tsa minus the fun pat-down. the machine scans your body recording 200,000 different body measurements. customers receive a printout of
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what style and size would fit best for them at what store. i decided to try it out. i just need a little silent prayer. i feel like i should have got spray tanned in there or something. and then waited for my results. i feel like i'm getting my report card and the news isn't good. so is the idea is now it will tell me what jeans should probably fit me. do i still need to try the jeans on? >> we have a lot of people who buy them straight out, they fit and take them home. >> reporter: so we decided to test it out. arming three scanned shoppers with their printouts and sent them on a mission. they were given one hour to find a pair of jeans -- >> i'll be back. >> reporter: -- that actually fit. wendy's recommended jeans worked for her. no dressing room meltdown for new mom jessica. she bought two pairs on her list. >> i was in and out and i found exactly what i wanted. >> reporter: and tiara grabbed the jeans selected for her. you got the swagger of a girl who likes her jeans. >> oh -- >> how are your skinny jeans working out though? >> i still don't fit into the
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this morning on "world news now," breaking news. a monster tornado swallows cities in alabama. >> as the death toll starts to approach 100, the president rushes to declare a state of emergency in alabama. it is thursday, april 28th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." good morning. i'm peggy bunker. >> and i'm rob nelson. we are covering breaking news from the south this morning after that giant storm system sent a tornado one-mile wide through tuscaloosa, alabama. emergency managers predict they will find mind-boggling damage come daybreak. >> and we are just seeing fresh pictures this morning of the devastation left behind after twi twisters tore through the south.
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at least 77 people have been killed. >> and by far, the hardest hit, city of tuscaloosa, home to the university of alabama. mike marusarz is joining us now this morning with the latest details. hi, mike. >> reporter: peggy and rob, good morning. several tornados rolled across the south last night. a massive tornado appears to have directly hit tuscaloosa, alabama. cameras captured the twister grow in size as it approached birmingham. in tuscaloosa, the town sustained major damage. people were trapped in collapsed buildings. rescuers pulled a child from the debris. >> just kind of like, it makes you stop and you think, you know, wow, you know, we're here one minute and we could be gone the next. >> that was the front of the house. that was the front of the house. pieces of our house scattered all over two or three county, i think. but like i say, we're alive. >> reporter: nearly 400,000 people were without power in many parts of alabama. it was widespread severe weather all across the
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south on wednesday night. >> we're going to reach out to everyone that's hurting, and it's going to take days. it's not -- or weeks. it's not going to be a quick response. >> reporter: and dozens of rivers are rising at record rates. more than 15 inches of rain in five days forcing thousands of evacuations. and today that recipe still exists. the threat shifts a bit to the east where more heavy rain and even tornados are predicted. rob, peggy. >> all right, and now we do want to get the very latest from alabama. joining us on the phone is lori ashcam. she's a spokeswoman with the alabama emergency management agency. good morning, lori. thank you for joining us. >> thank you for having me. >> now, of course, it's the middle of the night there. we probably will not fully understand the situation in alabama until morning when light is up. but what do you know according to what's happening right now? >> well, we have 28 counties so far that have reported damage. and we have just finally had some storms that have finally
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left the area. so we've been -- we've had lots of hours of storms come through. right now, we have confirmed 45 fatalities. but that could change throughout the morning. >> and we've heard -- we've been covering the weather how for the last several days and in other states we've heard about their emergency alert systems. that some people literally credited for saving their lives. what kind of alert system do you have, and do you feel that it worked effectively occurring that 45 fatalities so far and counting? >> well, every county has their own kind of alert system. and so as an agency, we encourage people to have a weather radio and that sort of thing but every county handles that in their own way. >> and, lauree, being there locally, what have you personally witnessed in terms of these storms? there have been so many tornados lately. >> well, we're lucky we've watched the things on television. the different reports like from tuscaloosa and from jefferson
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county in the birmingham area. we've watched some of the videos, and been as an agency have been in contact with the local emergency managers to see what we can help them with. >> how afraid are you of what you'll find come daybreak? >> i think it's one of those things we cannot know what it's going to be totally. i mean they saw a lot of the damage today because as you know we had two lines of storms come through. one in the morning and another in the afternoon. and so we'll -- they'll start assessments in the morning when the light -- when the sun comes up. >> it's fair to say, this is the worst you've seen in quite a while? >> i think that's fair to say. >> yeah, that was actually -- before we let you go, real quick, we just want to know is this something the people of alabama, the people of tuscaloosa county, is this what they're used to? is this standard? >> i think that from what i've seen today, it was -- it was
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beyond things that we normally see. but alabama's a resilient state and we have great people here. and it's been interesting because one of the things we're trying to encourage people is if you don't have a reason to be in an area where there's been damage, then you shouldn't go. >> oh, boy. >> so don't add to the problem. >> we certainly appreciate you joining us in the middle of the night there. best of luck to you. our thoughts and prayers are with you as you all begin the process of cleaning up and moving through this. thank you again. all right, and now to this other storm system and its next potential threat. it's not over yet. >> and for that, we turn to meteorologist adrienne veilleux at accuweather now for the very latest. good morning, adrienne. >> well, thank you, rob and peggy. and the storm system is actually quite large extending from upstate new york the whole way down into the deep south and that's where we've actually seen a lot of tornados in the last 24 hours extending across portions of tennessee, even back in
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through the gulf coast states. however, that threat for tornados actually going to be winding down. but we are still looking for heavy rain to continue and that means more flash flooding and even large-size hail and gusty winds to continue to translate further eastward. so places like lynchburg, even back in through charlottesville, you're going to be under the gun for some strong thunderstorms. even washington, d.c., getting in on the mix as we head in through these morning hours. so certainly take it easy out there on the roadways and cooler air moves in behind it. peggy and rob, back to you. >> thanks for that, adrienne. and you can stay with abc news throughout the morning as we continue coverage of these deadly storms that have just crushed the south overnight. we'll get the latest on "america this morning" and also bring you live reports from georgia and alabama on "good morning america." keep it here on abc news. and now turning to london and of course tomorrow's royal wedding. if prince william is nervous he is certainly not showing any
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signs. >> not at al st laccer al with some friends that foll wermade which ts >> diana alvears in good morning, diana. >> reporter: rob and peggy, good morning. the atmosphere here at westminster a s p electri there are crowds everywhere. everybody's staking out a spot on the sidewal all excited about seeing this wedding with their own eyes and even the bride-to-be has been spotted around town doing some last-minute preparations. >> reporter: a black range rover arrived at westminster abbey carrying kate, william and harry to their private rehearsal. their surprise appearance thrilling the crowds. earlier in the day, the most famous bride-to-be on the planet was spotted unloading a box from the trunk of her car. and several garment bags were delivered to the goring hotel. that's where kate and her family will spend the eve of her wedding to prince william and where will he spend his last night as a single man? having dinner with his family including his best man, brother harry. outside the abbey, the atmosphere is electric. the sidewalks have spawned a circus of sorts. people, colorful fans of the
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royal family. >> to have the best seat. the best seat to see the royal wedding. i want to see kate and william and come and enjoy in the atmosphere, really. >> reporter: people are even making bets on how the event will unfold especially what the vips will be wearing. >> people are betting on the biggest market by far the color of the queen's hat. and it's believed that it's going to be a yellow hat on friday. >> reporter: wednesday's dress rehearsal was a full run-through complete with carriage and cavalry. even the royal air force jets did a test flight to make sure every moment of their ceremonial flight is picture-perfect. and here's a wacky sidenote. electricity usage in the uk is expected to spike right around the time kate emerges from her carriage presumably because everybody's going to be rushing to turn on their tvs to see what she's wearing. rob and peggy. >> everyone loves the dress. all right, you can stay with abc news for the best seat in the house as we cover everything on the royal wedding day. robin roberts leads our team
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following the royal's every move later today on "good morning america" live in london and our special coverage of the wedding ceremony will begin right here tomorrow. set your alarm clocks. things kick off at 4:00 a.m. and now to the president, shaking up his national security team. it's an announcement that is expected later today. cia director leon panetta is being nominated to head the defense department. he'll replace robert gates, who is retiring. general david petraeus will be nominated to take over panetta's job leading the cia. marine general john allen will be nominated to replace general petraeus. a federal judge has sacked an attempt by the nfl owners to put their lockout of players back in place. the ruling late yesterday led to an immediate appeal by the league's owners. the legal wrangling comes just as the nfl's newest players are getting ready for the beginning of the league's draft which does begin tonight. both sides are not scheduled to resume talks until the middle of next month. the new york yankees are known to have some ornery fans and you can't blame them after hearing this one. the team is apologizing now for
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accidentally distributing the personal information of thousands of season ticket holders in a mass e-mail. the information was disclosed when an employee mistakenly attached an internal spreadsheet to that e-mail. that list includes names and addresses, but not credit card or social security numbers, thankfully. >> hearing a lot of that lately. >> yeah, the playstation stuff, yankees, scary. >> watch that information. well, the belgrade zoo has welcomed a brand-new resident and it's so tiny, it can fit into the palm of your hand. >> staffers at the zoo are carefully attending to this rare baby -- what's it called? griffin -- okay, griffin vulture. i know nothing about animals. rejected by its mother, ah, the tine bird of prey is said to be doing very well. >> it's sad. >> we had the bunny rejected by its mother yesterday. the vulture will be kept in an incubator until it gets stronger. and do not let the size fool you. full grown, the wingspan can stretch touch nine feet. rather large. more "world news now" coming up after the break.
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now we turn to what has become an odd but highly controversial topic. president obama's birth certificate. there are those including donald trump of course who have repeatedly questioned if the president was in fact born here in the u.s. >> yeah, are you tired of this yet? well, now he has released the birth certificate to prove it putting an end to this. the president has taken a huge step that he hopes that will just completely put this conversation to rest. here is jake tapper. >> reporter: it's the lie that would not die. >> he doesn't have a birth certificate. now, he may have one but there's something on that birth certificate, maybe religion, maybe it says he's a muslim. i don't know. >> this is really the biggest hoax ever contemplated against our country in over 200 years.
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>> reporter: president obama came before the american people to provide even more documentation that he was born in the u.s. and is thus constitutionally eligible for the position he holds. >> i was born in hawaii, august 4th, 1961 in kapiolani hospital. >> reporter: the birthers smear appears to have been hatched in an anonymous e-mail campaign in the spring of 2008. then senator obama responded by posting on his campaign website the certification of live birth that hawaii issues but for some that was not enough nor were the 1961 birth announcements in honolulu's major newspapers. the lie persisted. >> if i had some dna, it wouldn't assuage those who don't believe he was born here. >> reporter: their numbers have been growing. 43% of all americans say the president was either not born in the u.s. or they're not sure where he was born according to polls including two-thirds of republicans and almost half of independents. the president said polling did not prompt action, instead he cited how earlier this month a budget debate between him and republicans was overshadowed by
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possible republican candidate donald trump's bombastic birther bunk. so last week the president sent a letter to hawaii's director of health requesting that the state make an exception and provide him with certified copies of his original birth certificate. >> we're not going to be able to solve our problems if we get distracted by sideshows and carnival barkers. >> reporter: in new hampshire, a triumphant trump. >> i feel i've accomplished something really, really important, and i'm honored by it. >> reporter: in a taping of "the oprah winfrey show" to air on monday, president obama joked that, of course, he knee he had been born in the u.s. he was there. he remembers it. jake tapper, abc news, the white house. >> and of course while donald trump continues to ponder his run for the white house, he's gone on a media blitz often talking about the birth certificate issue, but he's also talked about china, as well. >> have you heard this? repeatedly he's accused china of taking manufacturing jobs from the united states.
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so does that mean that all of the donald's branded merchandise is, quote, made in america? well, we checked this out. we have some things that are stole dan -- purchased. >> our friends from abcnews.com. yes. >> purchased from the donald trump store. this could number his hotels and also from big department stores here in the country. all of them are made in china. all of them. this one says "a product of china." this little bear here, it says trump towers there, a product of china. and this hat here that says trump, very clearly. you look inside the label, it says "made in china." >> and many guys out there who have to put on a suit and tie every day like we do may know that he makes a brand of ties too. checking things out. again, boom, the label right to. made in china, mr. trump. again nice pretty tie here. again made in china here. so, you know, talking about politics, be prepare for people to look into your business as well. >> that's right. that's for sure. for more on this story logon to abcnews.com. later this morning, 7:00 a.m. eastern. a full report of what exactly made in america means to donald trump. coming up next, a worldwide
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warning to anyone with a sony playstation. >> what a security breach could impact a lot of people here. tens of millions of users in fact. it's no laughing matter. that's coming up next.
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a very important story here. sony has issued a worldwide warning to any users of its playstation network. after one of the largest online security breaches ever. >> this is affecting a lot of people. as we reported yesterday, hackers have stolen personal data from 77 million people. this includes credit card numbers. the bbc's technology correspondent rory cellan jones has the latest. >> reporter: for the last week, it's been game over for millions wanting to connect with other playstation users online. but now they've been hit with much worse news. a hacker attack has put them at risk of identity theft. these are just a few among the many unhappy playstation network users.
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>> my frustration is that the onus is on me now to minimize the damage and not sony and they should have really taken the necessary steps in the first place to make sure this didn't happen. >> i think sony has done a huge disservice by taking so long to advise people of the scale of the problem. >> it makes it harder certainly to trust sony and also i don't really -- i don't know what's going to happen to this data beyond this point. >> reporter: a lot of people are affected. 77 million worldwide and 3 million just in the uk. sony's e-mail to these customers warns them that the hacker appears to have obtained their name, their address, their date of birth, their passwords, and the company says it can't rule out the possibility that even their credit card details may have been leaked. sony and the banks are warning customers to check their credit card statements and be on the lookout for scams and the data protection regulator is promising an inquiry. >> any organization has a responsibility to keep customer data secure.
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so there's some pretty serious questions to be asked of sony in this situation. were their procedures secure enough? >> reporter: rick ferguson is both a sony playstation customer and an expert on computer security. he says everyone needs to learn from this. >> the big lesson certainly for sony and any other company holding personal information, store it securely, store it encrypted. make sure you adequately test your network and your security. the lesson for consumers, really make sure that you're using unique passwords for every service that you use. >> reporter: sony says it will aggressively track down those responsible for the attack. but there's still no word on when the playstation network will be up and running again. rory cellan jones, bbc news. >> now this is really incredible, if this intruder successfully stole that credit card data that was mentioned there, this would rank among the biggest known thefts of financial data. >> that is so scary and it could cost sony, get this, up to $24 billion.
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>> announcer: "world news now" delivers your morning papers. >> announcer: "world news now" delivers your morning papers. and time now for your morning papers. starting out with a story that i think most folks can relate to. if you go to the grocery store and you're hungry, which you should never do, by the way. >> yeah, true. >> fyi. but if you go in and they have like those self-serve counters where maybe you can help yourself to a coffee, hot dog while you shop, this one eastern washington university student decided to do that. helped himself to a hot dog. as he went and did his shopping. got some peanut butter and jelly, bread, some other items. when he left, he left the counter. he paid 28 bucks for his groceries. he forgot to pay for the hot dog. well, the store managers had been watching him the entire time, and they called the police and pulled this guy out and arrested him and said, you didn't pay for the hot dog. so he put up his hands. he said i will pay for the 99 cent hot dog right now and the store managers would have
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nothing of it. they waited for the cops to come. they arrested him. put the cuffs on the guy. listed in the police report he had stolen a bronze german sausage. >> oh. >> that was the stolen property. it went to court. >> grade "a" hot dog too. >> went to court. there was a jury. the jurors took five minutes to say, this is so ridiculous. will you please let this guy go? he ate a 99 cent hot dog. clearly forgot to pay. he was released on his own recognizance. >> are you kidding me? for a hot dog? >> make sure that you pay for the 99 cent bronze german sausage. >> a lot of trouble for a wiener. i really liked this story here from "the naples news." this guy is driving. cop pulls him over and says, he doesn't have a license, he says, oh, well, okay, let me go and check your record. the guy lies about having a license. the cop runs the records and finds out he didn't have one, but the important part of the story is the guy calls in a shooting and the cop says, okay there's been a shooting and just go about your business. >> to sort of like distract the cop.
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this morning on "world news this morning on "world news now," breaking news overnight. severe storms and tornados kill at least 77 people across the south. >> it is so bad in areas of alabama, the president wasted no time declaring a state of emergency there. it is thursday, april 28th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." good morning. i'm peggy bunker. >> and i'm rob nelson. we do have breaking news this morning. those severe storms hit several states, but alabama was by far the hardest hit. and come daybreak today, we will know just how extensive all of that damage there is, especially in the city of tuscaloosa. one hospital there says it admitted at least 100 people through its emergency rooms. >> yeah, we're hearing 100 have been admitted. 400 there treated.
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this was in tuscaloosa. we have the very latest from the storm ravaged areas. and a man who shot some incredible video. a tornado a mile wide swallowing up an entire city. can you imagine being behind that camera as you can see this image coming toward you. so much devastation left in its wake. >> a mile wide there. almost 80 deaths in this. talking about the weather for days now and it seems to be getting worse in the southeastern part of the country. >> yes. it could be historic actually, this many tornadoes. this is unfolding right now as we're continuing to see what is left there. president obama has already issued a statement saying that his heart goes out to all of those who have been affected by the devastation. >> and at least 61 victims were in alabama, and that's where the mile-wide twister reduced whole sections of that city to rubble. mike marusarz is joining us now with the latest details in all of this. mike? >> reporter: peggy and rob, good morning. several tornados rolled across the south last night. a massive twister appears to have hit tuscaloosa, alabama. >> that is something that you pray that you never, ever, ever
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see. >> reporter: this monster tornado swelling to at least a mile wide. cameras captured it feeding on buildings below. >> goodness, look at that. >> that is huge. >> reporter: as it roared into birmingham, debris was reported raining on towns 100 miles away. by the time the twister lifted, people were trapped and massive destruction was left in its wake. rescuers carry this child from a collapsed home in tuscaloosa. the mayor described the damage as catastrophic. by wednesday evening, at least two dozen weather-related deaths were reported in alabama. this surveillance camera spotted a storm slamming covington, mississippi. at the university of tennessee, giant trees toppled trapping students. >> it just got really loud really fast. >> reporter: an uprooted tree sliced this building in half in northwest georgia. and dozens of rivers are rising at record rates. more than 15 inches of rain has fallen in a week. so much rain, flooding is widespread along the mississippi and ohio rivers.
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this suv was nearly swallowed in clarksville, indiana. and in the tourist town of branson, missouri, families aren't sticking around for mother nature's show. >> my dad's born and raised here. we've never seen it this bad. >> reporter: as much of the country now braces for what is next. this unprecedented outbreak is likely not over. the recipe is still there today for more damaging, possibly severe storms in the eastern part of the country. peggy, rob. >> all right, thanks, mike. that is pretty amazing as you see that. and we want to turn now to the man who shot that incredible video of the tornado in alabama. >> christopher england is the assistant director of crimson tide productions at the university of alabama in tuscaloosa. he's joining us on the phone. good morning, christopher. certainly our thoughts and prayers are with you and so many folks across that region of the country this morning. exactly what did you see? what was that experience like? >> good morning, peggy and rob. i appreciate that. it was -- it was just amazing. it was surreal. you see things like that on
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movies and on tv, but you never expect to see anything like that, you know, live in person. my boss and i, we were inside coleman coliseum, our basketball arena here on campus at the university of alabama, and it's a safe place but the power went out and we had no clue of what was going on. and so we went up to our third floor where you could see out, you know, over our parking lot going towards the hospital there, and as soon as we stepped up, we just saw this massive, huge mile-wide tornado, and we didn't know where it was going. we didn't know whether it was coming towards us, away from us or what. >> so, of course, anybody looking at this, christopher, would wonder, how on earth you sort of escaped it. you didn't know if it was coming towards you, you didn't know if it was going to dodge you or not. how did you escape it? did you turn around and run after filming this? >> well, basically where i was shooting was from inside. so i was shooting through our -- through a window. and what you see is the video's like going over the parking lot. towards the dch hospital.
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and i just kind of stayed up there as long as i could. i stayed up there about a minute, a minute and a half and i could feel the pressure and i could kind of -- i just felt like the windows were kind of doing some things they shouldn't do and i just realized it was just time to get out of there and that's what i did. >> and according to reports that we're getting in right now, this is for parents who may have students at the university there, folks in that area there, we understand that there really wasn't much damage, very minor damage i should say literally at the university of alabama. have you had a chance to survey any of the damage or see that for yourself? >> from what i've read in our e-mails and stuff, that there wasn't really any damage directly on campus, but right -- i mean right next to our campus is 15th street and mcfarland boulevard is -- kind of surrounds our campus and that's where most of the devastation was and i did see that businesses -- like there's a barbecue place, a hamburger place, a krispy kreme place, a
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shopping center, some of those buildings are just leveled. they're just gone. and i went to check on a friend of mine that lives behind the krispy kreme because i tried to get to my house, and i still haven't been able to get there, so i don't know what it is like there, even yet, but i wanted to check on a friend of mine who lived behind krispy kreme because i was told it was leveled and i went over there, and you just can't get there, but everything i could see was just leveled where homes used to be. >> well, christopher, we certainly appreciate the firsthand account. and as you just mentioned, you have not even been to your own home yet to see if it's still standing, and so, of course, we really extend our best wishes for you there and, of course, so many people there of the 77 people that we know have been confirmed dead, 61 of those were in alabama. so once again, we'll continue to follow this story. christopher england, thank you for joining us. and let's get an update now on where this storm system is headed next. >> accuweather meteorologist adrienne veilleux is now tracking this storm. good morning, adrienne. >> well, thank you, rob and peggy. and we are continuing to track
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this storm system as it does continue to translate further east where these storms have turned deadly across the deep south, and we are still watching this system, however, the threat for tornados actually going to be winding down as it translates further eastward. we are still looking for the threat for damaging winds, hail, and torrential downpours. certainly going to be a messy morning commute up and down interstate 81 from hagerstown, maryland, down in through charlotte, north carolina. flash flooding does remain a threat, and flooding does continue across the ohio river valley. some places have been inundated with more than 2, 3 inches of rain. even looking for a couple of thunderstorms to rumble through. new york city the whole way down through jacksonville, florida. rob and peggy, back to you. >> thanks, adrienne. stay with abc throughout the morning as we cover the deadly storms in the south. we'll get the very latest on "america this morning" and also bring you more live reports from georgia and alabama on "good morning america." >> and, again, our thoughts and prayers with everyone in that part of the country this morning. now, in other news right now there is a major shake-up in the president's top national
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security team. president obama is announcing today that cia director leon panetta will be nominated as the next secretary of defense. he will replace robert gates, who is retiring. now, general david petraeus will be nominated to take over panetta's job as the head of the cia. marine general john allen will be nominated to replace general petraeus. >> and president obama took aim at what he called sideshows and carnival barkers. finally releasing the official long form version of his birth certificate. >> so what do the so-called birthers do now? john hendren is in washington with the details. good morning to you, john. >> reporter: good morning, rob and peggy. the president's birth certificate is now out there for everyone to see but don't expect that to resolve all controversy. birthers are already turning their attention to the president's parents' dual citizenship and whether his social security number is authentic. this two-page document proves what president obama has said all along -- >> yes, in fact, i was born in hawaii, august 4th, 1961 in
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kapiolani hospital. >> reporter: the president says he did it because the week he introduced his place of birth were prominent in the media. in fact, every major network including abc broke into their regular broadcast for the president's remarks on his birth certificate. the president told oprah winfrey for a show airing monday may 2nd he wanted to end the distraction. >> we can't be distracted by sideshows, and as i said at my press conference, carnival barkers who are going around trying to get attention instead of -- [ applause ] >> reporter: that was almost certainly a reference to donald trump, who'd made obama's place of birth a major campaign issue. >> i think it actually shows how empty and what an empty windbag donald trump really is. >> reporter: trump was proven wrong, but that didn't stop him congratulating himself for resolving an issue he alone among presidential contenders had raised. >> i'm very proud of myself because i've accomplished something that nobody else has been able to accomplish.
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>> reporter: trump did not commit to releasing his tax returns as he suggested he might do to abc's george stephanopoulos. >> we'll look at this. maybe i'm going to do the tax returns when obama does his birth certificate. >> reporter: the president also took a dig at the press, saying he can't get the networks to break into their programming for other topics like the budget. rob and peggy. >> all right. well, three famous baby birds are getting a fresh start after a terrible family tragedy. the whole country was watching this. >> i know. the bald eagle chicks hatched at the norfolk botanical garden five weeks ago as millions of followers watched through their webcam. unfortunately, their mom was struck and killed by an airplane this week. but they're now getting plenty of tlc at a virginia wildlife center. >> wildlife experts there didn't think that the dad would be able to provide enough food for those chicks. they will now be released once they learn how to survive on their own. >> ah, sad story. >> yeah, that mom took great care of those little burs. >> more "world news now" coming up after the break. stay with us. ♪ where eagles fly
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♪ >> i know that because i've had a wedding here. >> really? >> yes. everybody who gets married knows that song. >> you've brought back two memories this morning. unless if you've been living under the world's biggest rock you know that tomorrow is prince william and kate's big day. and like any wedding before the big day, there is the big rehearsal. >> we've got to do the rehearsal. this wedding, of course, is like any other wedding. when the royal couple rehearses, all of london rehearses with them. here's the bbc's nicholas witchell. >> reporter: almost there but kate not to be seen.
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the couple with prince harry and the middleton family arrived at abbey behind blacked out windows. at a side entrance police vans were positioned to try to block the view as william and kate slid the party into the abbey for a brief run-through. the final episode in a day of rehearsals. more than 12 hours earlier as most of london slept, the household cavalry and the rest of the military were completing their run-through of friday's parade. ♪ when they return, there will be in their full ceremonial uniforms and the streets will be packed. for this rehearsal, soldiers, sailors and airmen had paraded before dawn. this was a chance for the sergeant majors to do things as only they can. to check their measurements along the route and to inspect the soldiers who will be lining it to ensure that everything is just as they want it. on friday the world will be
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watching london and it has to be right. one man who understands the pressures is sir malcolm ross who masterminded the great state occasions for the queen for 15 years. >> if you are putting that show on, it is very akin to something on a stage or in a circus and putting it all together so that it looks good and feels good. i think on this occasion we are looking for a wow factor. and i'm quite sure we'll get one. >> reporter: for the crowds who will be outside the abbey, the main wow moment will be when this carriage moves forward and the couple emerge from the abbey as man and wife for the ceremonial ride to the palace. the couple left as they arrived guarding their privacy and knowing full well that on friday there will be precious few hiding places. nicholas witchell, bbc news at westminster abbey. >> big day. coming up tomorrow. i bet you won't even be able to sleep. coming up --
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>> and of course abc's coverage, huge coverage "good morning america" again today and set your alarm clocks, friday 4:00 a.m., full monty coverage. wall to wall. >> the whole thing, that's right. >> everything is getting covered 4:00 a.m. eastern time friday. keep it right here on abc. >> yeah, big abc team over there covering every single detail so don't miss it. >> that's right. >> looking forward to it. coming up, you could say that paris hilton is used to being the center of attention. >> but she and her boyfriend probably didn't have a crazy scene like this in mind when they went to court. you won't believe the footage. that and more when we come right back. >> she lost her shirt. . >> she lost her shirt. ccuit@am@d u
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welcome er welcome back, everybody. well, paris hilton is used to being mobbed by her fans, but things got way out of control wednesday out in los angeles. >> that's right. take a look at this. hilton and her boyfriend sy waits were heading into court, when out of nowhere waits was attacked. and as kabc's leo stallworth
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report, it was all caught on tape. >> where is the entrance? >> reporter: paris hilton and her boyfriend arrived at the van nuys courthouse to take the witness stand against nathan lee parada, the man accused of trying to break into hilton's home august of last year. before entering the courts a man suddenly lunged at hilton and her boyfriend. one of hilton's security guards stepped in and took the man into custody. >> oh, my god. that's another intruder who came to my house on a bike. he attacked my security at my home. >> are you okay? >> honey, are you okay? >> are you okay, dude? >> yeah, i'm good. >> this guy just attacked my boyfriend. >> who was that guy? >> are you all right, sweetheart? >> are you okay, paris? >> i cannot believe that's the same person that was here. >> reporter: the man taken into custody is james rainford. rainford was arrested and charged with civil assault charges for showing up at hilton's gated community last october and riding past security guards and failing to stop. he entered a plea of no contest to the charges and served 20 hours of community service. we talked to rainford. were you trying to attack paris hilton? >> no, i wasn't. >> reporter: then what were you
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doing? >> i have already proposed to her and her dad already said yes. >> reporter: you already proposed to her as in marriage? >> proposed to paris. marriage. >> reporter: you said that you proposed to her and she's accepted? >> yeah, she did. >> what did you want to achieve today? >> i wanted to get her to sign my autograph -- to autograph my picture of me proposing to her. >> paris basically said you are a raging lunatic. >> yeah, must be. >> reporter: with that rainford was led away to be arrested by police and in court paris hilton spent nearly 20 minutes on the witness stand describing how parada allegedly attempted to break into her home last august. afterwards she came out and said a few words to us. how do you feel about what happened in court? >> we'll see what the judgment is in a few days i guess. >> are you a little tired of this whole thing, paris? >> yes, thank you. bye, guys. have a nice day. >> pretty amazing. as they were heading in. she also tweeted about the whole thing and said, by the way, that sy just got punched on her
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sleep well, on the wings of lunesta. ♪ if i could read your mind love what a tale your thoughts could tell ♪ ♪ just like a paperbock novel the kind the drugstore sells ♪ well, there will be a lot of pomp and circumstance at tomorrow's big royal wedding. after all, they are english. they're the professionals at pomp and circumstance. >> yes, they are, but there will be one thing, though, that breaks the mold of a royal wedding. the afer-party that will turn buckingham palace into a disco. here is bianna golodryga. ♪ >> reporter: buckingham palace is traditionally associated with formal dinners and regal waves but on friday night when the lights go down the
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queen's primary residence will be converted into a -- ♪ -- disco? >> william and kate, they have got a hair letting down. i think in london we call it a knees up, and that's exactly what it's going to be. there will be a sit-down dinner and then a band and disco. >> reporter: in a royal wedding first, william and kate elected to have an evening party for an intimate circle of just 300 family and friends. three rooms on the west side of the palace have reportedly been set aside for the occasion. notably the gilded red and gold throne room traditionally used for visiting heads of state. >> it's going to be used as what william calls a chill-out room that when people are fairly tired and they want to get a breather, they can go in there, they can relax. >> reporter: a larger room, the ballroom will be used quite possibly for the disco. measuring 120 by 60 feet, it's the largest room in the palace. kate's sister, event planner pippa middleton has reportedly taken it upon herself to install several actual disco balls into the palace for the party. raising it said the eyebrows of palace staff.
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royal insiders say the nighttime party is symptomatic of a new generation of royals. poised to inherit the throne in the not so distant future. >> that's the sort of character that william is. he's very easy. he's very relaxed. doesn't have to be as formal as his father was. >> reporter: among the tunes expected to fill the palace friday night, abba. a reported favorite of kate's. ♪ she is the dancing queen >> reporter: and will the queen be a dancing queen the night of the festivities? >> she has already said she will let the youngsters get on with it and they will get on with it. >> reporter: and just how will the queen be able to sleep? her majesty and prince philip will be heading to windsor castle leaving the newlyweds and their friends to party at buckingham all night long. >> i love that. you know what, let the kids have a run at the palace. party hard. party until the sun comes up. i like it. that's a wedding. >> doing the appearance. like the worm on the dance floor. >> i am sure. the queen. oh, look at that.
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this morning on "world news now," breaking news. huge destructive tornados tear apart a wide section of alabama. >> several dozen people are killed and just hours after the giant storms hit, the president has already declared a state of emergency. it's thursday, april 28th. >> announcer: from abc news this is "world news now." >> good morning, everybody. i'm rob nelson. >> and i'm peggy bunker. we do have breaking news to tell you about this morning. that's being called an outbreak of monstrous storms. they started in the midwest and then moved their way into alabama and georgia with explosive strength. there have been at least 130 reports of tornados overnight and it does cap a terrible month of weather. about 800 reports of tornados are now recorded for the month of april. >> unbelievable stat there. and this latest outbreak was all
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caught on tape. we'll hear how one man in alabama grabbed his camera and shot some frightening scenes of a gigantic mile-wide tornado taking a destructive path through the city of tuscaloosa. that doesn't even look real. that looks like something out of a movie. >> doesn't it? yeah, like something that is computer generated. but it was shot firsthand. really just incredible. these storms, though, unfortunately have been deadly. at least 77 people have been killed across 4 states. most of those deaths were in alabama. >> mike marusarz is now joining us this morning with more details on all of this good morning, mike. >> reporter: several tornadoes rolled across the south last night. a massive twister appears to have hit tuscaloosa, alabama. >> that is something that you pray that you never, ever, ever see. >> reporter: this monster twister dropped over northern alabama. at one point 25 tornado warnings were issued at the same time for the same state. the unprecedented outbreak stretched from michigan to texas. >> oh, my god!
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violent circulation. >> reporter: the wheel of wicked weather has triggered torrential rains and spawned more than 300 tornados this month alone. >> it just went by real fast like 30 seconds. >> reporter: one of the victims was an off-duty police officer in northern mississippi, who died while shielding his daughter from a falling tree on a camping trip. she wasn't hurt. in tennessee, a possible twister touched down near memphis. >> everything else came down. the living room, the dining room, the bathroom, the bedroom, the kitchen. the whole house shifted. >> reporter: on the university of tennessee, giant trees toppled trapping students. >> it just got really loud really fast. >> reporter: an uprooted tree sliced this building in half in northwest georgia. and dozens of rivers are rising at record rates. more than 15 inches of rain in five days forcing thousands of evacuations. commuting requires a little creativity testing even the most hardened mail carrier. >> at what point will you stop
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the mail and i said, that point will be when i can't drive down your road. >> reporter: as much of the country braces for what mother nature will deliver next. this unprecedented outbreak is likely not over. the recipe is still there today for more damaging, possibly severe storms in the eastern part of the country. peggy, rob. >> hard to believe more is on the way or that more is possible in light of the last week and a half of this. all right. thanks, mike, for that report. and this morning earlier we spoke to a man who shot some frightening video of that mile-wide tornado approaching his city. >> christopher england works for crimson tide productions at the university of alabama in tuscaloosa. >> it was surreal. you see things like that on movies and on tv, but you never expect to see anything like that live, you know, in person. my boss and i, we were inside of coleman coliseum, our basketball
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arena here on campus at the university of alabama, and it's a safe place, but power went out and we had no clue of what was going on so we went up to our third floor where you could see out, you know, over our parking lot going towards the hospital there and as soon as we stepped up, we saw this massive huge mile-wide tornado and we didn't know where it was going. we didn't know whether it was coming towards us or away from us or what. >> so, of course, anybody looking at this, christopher, would wonder how on earth you sort of escaped it. did you turn around and run after filming this? >> well, basically where i was shooting was from inside so i was shooting through our -- through a window and what you see is the video's like going over the parking lot. i could feel the pressure and i could kind of -- i just felt like the windows were kind of doing some things that they shouldn't do, and i just realized that it was time to get out of there. and that's what i did. >> and thank goodness he did. >> thank god. >> really very lucky when you consider the damage there. christopher england once again from the university of alabama. and the threat is not over from this tremendous storm system. >> meteorologist adrienne
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veilleux from accuweather now brings us up to date on all of this. good morning, adrienne. >> thank you, rob and peggy. and these deadly storms do continue to translate further eastward, however, the threat for tornados actually going to be winding down into the early morning hours. did see a couple of strong cells roll through birmingham even back through tuscaloosa earlier on as this does continue to translate further eastward. just looking for heavy rain and even some large-size hail and gusty winds to continue to roar through. a couple of tornados still not out of the picture but i think the greatest threat for tornados actually is going to be winding down, but it's certainly going to be a very messy commute across portions of interstate 70, even down through -- up and down interstate 81, so certainly flash flooding is going to remain a threat, and we are looking for even a couple of thunderstorms from new york city down to jacksonville, florida. peggy and rob, back to you. >> all right, thanks, adrienne. again, what we have at this point, 77 folks have died in all of this. four in georgia. one in tennessee. 11 in mississippi at least at
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this hour. and of course you can stay with abc news throughout the morning as we continue our coverage of these deadly storms that have just pummeled the southern part of the country. we'll get the latest on "america this morning." and also bring you more live reports from georgia and alabama, later today on "good morning america." keep it right here with abc. and in other news now, the birthers who have doggedly questioned president obama's citizenship are now questioning his social security number and academic record. yesterday the president released the official long form version of his hawaiian birth certificate. in a bid to put an end to what he called the silliness. donald trump is now congratulating himself on forcing the president's hand. not shy to pat himself on the back. >> never, never, ever. well, the federal reserve has issued a cautious economic forecast. fed chairman ben bernanke held the first press conference in the history of the central bank yesterday. he predicted the economy will grow more slowly than projected, but said job recovery is under way. the fed also expects an uptick in inflation. and it sees the spike in gas
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prices as short term. let's all hope it's short term. >> that's right. well, representative gabby giffords has arrived in florida for friday's historic final launch of the shuttle "endeavour." she left her rehab facility in houston and was flown to florida yesterday. giffords' husband, mark kelly, is the commander of "endeavour's" final journey into space. giffords, of course, has been recovering from an assassination attempt in january. well, turning now to the royal wedding where word from london is that bride-to-be kate is having a spray-on tan session today. critical news, everyone, from the happy couple to the guards to kate's parents are said to be ready to go for tomorrow. they all went through some extensive rehearsals yesterday including a visit to westminster abbey itself. nick watt has more now from london. >> reporter: they slipped into the abbey through a side door. post rehearsal, the paparazzi caught a very happy bride and groom driving away. they'll be back with 2 billion people watching doing this for real.
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this was the scene outside kate's hotel. is the wedding dress in there? there's kate's dad. what's in his bag? kate at the wheel. is that the wedding hairdo? kate taking a box out of the trunk. what's inside? meanwhile, last-minute rehearsals were fly-past pilots, horseback horn players, and in the predawn quiet all the queens' horses and all of the queen's men. a full rehearsal. sir malcolm ross was once the queen's master of the household choreographing such events. what can go wrong? >> nothing, nick. nothing must go wrong. >> reporter: not just flowers but 20-foot trees taken into the abbey to decorate. >> i'm happy. >> very exciting. >> i think it's a little bit of a historical moment. >> reporter: historic because kate's what they call a commoner. no blue blood. her mum's family were coal miners.
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>> from coal mining to future queen of england. i mean it's an astonishing story. it is a fairy tale, frankly. >> reporter: kate will be with her family in that hotel and prince william, he'll be just around the corner in st. james' palace enjoying a quiet night in with his father prince charles. nick watt, abc news, london. >> i wonder if the butterflies are starting a little bit now that it's friday. >> the whole world is watching, of course. and good wishes for william and kate are coming in from every corner of the globe now. >> a group of shamans from the andes mountains in peru conducted their own ritual to bless the royal marriage. >> they chanted, shook dried gourds and even tossed grains of sand so that the couple will not be separated by accidents or divorce. and that's good. the shamans also included a photo of princess diana in the ritual calling upon her spirit to protect her son william. very cool, the spirit in diana will be there. >> that's right, everybody will be thinking of her tomorrow, that's for sure. we'll be right back with more "world news now." "world news now."
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welcome back, everybody. well, tomorrow of course all welcome back, everybody. well, tomorrow of course all eyes will be on prince william and his bride-to-be kate including the groom's grandma. >> the groom's grandma, hard to think of queen elizabeth that way but she's seen her fair share of royal weddings during her 60 years on the throne. here is barbara walters with a look back at the queen through the years. >> reporter: from her very first speech, listen to her voice, at 14, a princess, an heir to the throne, she was already showing compassion for the people in her kingdom and around the world. >> it will be for us, the children of today, to make the world of tomorrow a better and happier place. >> reporter: just seven years later in 1947, when at 21, she
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married philip mountbatten. she was loved even more. the country was still in a very austere place following the war. how did that affect the wedding? >> it highlighted it because everything was so drab and so sad and so worn out and gray, gray, gray. and then suddenly there was this fairy tale occasion, and she was in love and so she was beautiful. >> i here present unto you queen elizabeth, your undoubted queen. >> reporter: and her coronation in 1953. the first ever to be televised is breathtaking in its color, and its regal beauty. the hat she likes to wear today is that of being a grandmother. what was it like for prince william and prince harry with their grandmother, the queen of england? >> diana was very careful to make sure that they visited her regularly.
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they would go to see the grandmother for tea. they would visit her in windsor and sandringham and also in scotland. >> reporter: but one of her longest points and almost affected her monarchy was the reaction to something she did or didn't do after princess diana's death in 1997. she stayed at home in scotland for five days, which brought great criticism from the press and the grieving crowds in london, but eventually it healed. >> we have all been trying to help william and harry come to terms with the devastating loss that they and the rest of us have suffered. >> reporter: but the current recession in britain has fed into anti-government anger, as in december when prince charles and camilla were attacked in their car by protesters. some even yelling "off with their heads." >> off with their heads! >> reporter: critics of the monarchy say, it costs a fortune. she's not elected or he's not elected, and these days that's obsolete. >> the critics can say what they
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want, but it works for us. and 80% of the country in poll after poll have said, we like the monarchy. we have a completely functioning democracy. >> reporter: what does she mean to the public? >> she means history. she means continuity. she means duty. she means loyalty. one historian once described the monarchy as the light above politics. >> yeah, like it or not, and let's face it, this wedding is bringing a lot of cash into london and britain in general. >> they need -- it could be up to a billion dollars this could generate in the city. that's incredible, and don't forget your coverage 4:00 a.m. tomorrow. set your alarm clocks. diane sawyer, barbara walters. the whole team over there in london to bring you every second of the big day. >> and of course we'll be here as well. >> that's right, yeah. well, coming up, our first look at julianne moore playing the role tina fey made famous. >> and the story that put steven tyler, your love, on the cover of "rolling stone." >> i love him. i don't know why. >> i don't know why either. "the skinny" is abababababababao
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♪ skinny ♪ so skinny welcome back, everybody. lots of good stuff in "the skinny" today. >> lots. >> of course, we all know the
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news that donald trump has been making lately in terms of going after the president. the president released the birth certificate yesterday. networks broke in, all this crazy stuff. exclusive research out now that says "celebrity apprentice" which obviously is a spin-off of trump's big show, another one of his shows in his empire there, that ratings are way down and did some research and found out surprisingly that that has one of the most liberal left-leaning audiences in all of primetime tv. and that ratings for "celebrity apprentice" are now down from a year ago and kind of dropping pretty quickly, in fact. they're wondering if this backlash is, of course, because he's going after the democratic president obama. interesting stat there. wondering if, you know, any time someone comes out politically, there is always a backlash on his career. and he may be feeling the effect on his show. >> has the trumpster put on a few lbs? i can say that because i'm on the 17-day diet. i'm weathering out this diet. >> you should demand his weight records. >> call me. okay. moving on to the next story, we're talking about steven tyler.
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steven tyler of course on "american idol." i don't know why i have a crush on this man because he's just a big hot mess but i still love him. he's in "rolling stone" magazine. look at him. why am i attracted to him? he's got feathers in his hair and the whole nine yards. he said the reason he did "american idol" is because his band mates were trying to ditch him as the lead singer. they wanted him out of the band. he did this to sort of resurrect his own career because when you think of "american idol" you don't think steven tyler. it's clean, all-american -- >> when you think of aerosmith, you definitely think steven tyler. he is the band. >> he is the aerosmith, let's face it. but speaking of the all-clean american, doesn't ryan seacrest look more and more like dick clark every single day, especially last night watching the show. i'm just saying he really does. i don't know what's going on there. >> ryan makes a lot of money. i will not talk bad about seacrest. oh, man. all right. told you a few weeks about the hbo movie they're making based upon the book "game changer" and the 2008 election and julianne moore is playing the role of sarah palin in the movie.
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well, there is julianne. >> you're kidding me? >> that's her on the right dressed up as sarah palin. i think the resemblance is pretty good. shooting the movie this week so it's looking pretty good. julianne, a nice spitting image there. >> you will though i love tina few. hard to beat tina fey. guess who is getting married? we are talking about goldie hawn's daughter, kate hudson of course. she used to be married to -- oh, gosh from -- >> the rocker. >> robinson. >> black eyed crows. black eyed crows. >> no, black crows. just the black crows. right. >> sorry. >> there's her new hubby-to-be. this is matthew bellamy and they're expecting their first child together. she already has ryder. her little cute son who had the longest hair for the longest time. check out bling. that's like j. lo size bling. it's hard to miss. that is the ring. i don't know how many carats that is. >> a lot, a lot. that's good for her. she's a sweetheart just like her mom. there's a sweetness about her. >> she's great. also those of you out there fans of "the office" tonight, steve carell's final episode. the boss is out of there. he's leaving of course. rumors swirling about who his replacement may be. will farrell or someone else was on earlier this week. jim carrey, that's who it was. >> right.
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>> but if you want to see -- looks like a pretty emotional farewell, and of course it will be funny. >> who has not worked for a boss like that once or twice? not here of course but i'm just saying we've all had a boss like that. saying we've all had a boss like that. s like that.
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and here are some stories to watch today on abc news. emergency management officials in alabama will be out at daybreak seeing how extensive the tornado damage is after last night's deadly storms. homeland security secretary janet napolitano will be in st. louis today touring neighborhoods hit by last weekend's tornados. she will also conduct earthquake preparedness drills. and the president meets with secretary of state hillary clinton at the white house today. on the agenda, the crisis in libya. and finally this half hour, every guy's favorite topic, shopping. >> woo-hoo. i love it. i will take it from here. >> you take it. it's all you. >> when it comes to shopping, guys have it pretty easy. you walk into a store, you grab something.
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maybe try it on. but do you get your costco socks, that sort of thing? >> yes, in a bundle. 400 socks for 16 cents, that's a deal. >> you grab your pants and you're out of door. well, we hope that we've got a solution here for you. we're going to talk about the new dressing room. it's now going digital. sharyn alfonsi has the scoop. >> reporter: if we are what we wear, many of us are confused. >> i actually go from a 0 to sometimes a 4. >> i'm a size 2 all the way up to a size 6. >> reporter: the problem, that as much as the number's tied to our psyche, sizing is arbitrary. there is no true standard. consider a woman with a 27-inch waist. in marc jacobs she'd wear an 8 or a 10 but at chico's that same woman is a triple 0. but now this device will size you up, literally. it's called my best fit. shoppers stand in this kiosk in the middle of the mall. >> step on inside. >> reporter: and assume the position. think tsa minus the fun pat-down. the machine scans your body recording 200,000 different body
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measurements. customers receive a printout of what style and size would fit best for them at what store. i decided to try it out. i just need a little silent prayer. i feel like i should have got spray tanned in there or something. and then waited for my results. i feel like i'm getting my report card and the news isn't good. so is the idea is now it will tell me what jeans should probably fit me. do i still need to try the jeans on? >> we have a lot of people who just buy them straight out and they fit and take them home. >> reporter: so we decided to test it out. arming three scanned shoppers with their printouts and sent them on a mission. they were given one hour to find a pair of jeans -- >> i'll be back. >> reporter: -- that actually fit. wendy's recommended jeans worked for her. no dressing room meltdown for new mom jessica. she bought two pairs on her list. >> i was in and out and i found exactly what i wanted. >> reporter: and tiara grabbed the jeans selected for her.
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