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thanks for joining us i'm cheryl jennings from all of us, see you at 6:00. tonight on "world news," breaking news. north korea launches that long range missile. the world on edge. our reporter is there. behind bars. the nation sees george zimmerman in court for the first time. and abc news learns what he did his first night in jail. surprise attack. ann romney comes out swinging, after she's attacked for being a stay at home mom. and look at the famous first ladies who jump into the debate today. and, arcade of dreams. a 9-year-old boy needs a friend. and a whole town conspires to make his day. good evening. as we come on the air tonight, the news that has had the world
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on edge. north korea, the menacing nuclear power, has done it. they have launched a long range rocket, a rocket powerful enough that it could eventually threaten the united states. but it appears that test launch has failed. let's go straight to abc's bob woodruff, who is in north korea tonight. bob? >> reporter: diane, we got the word that the rocket has launched just before 7:00 eastern time and with that, everyone here, the journalists and the north koreans began to scatter around the press room. we were expecting to see some kind of live coverage of the launch, but that didn't happen. perhaps for the very rrn this would fail and be a huge embarrassment to the new leader kim jong-un. north korean officials have not answered nid of our questions here yet, but they told us they will shortly. north korea has a long history of defying the world with provocative acts like this launch. but this is the first for brand new supreme leader kim jong-un. >> kim jong-un is inexperienced,
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youthful and untested. i don't think he has the knowledge and the ability to make very big decisions. >> reporter: this is a small, poor country with a massive military. a standing army of more than a million. when we were bussed to our hotel last night, we had to pull over, waiting while thousands of troops drove by, returning from training for a military parade which will happen later this week. we don't know exactly what will happen with the parade now. this launch ended much differently than they ever expected. we do know at the launch site, 150 miles northwest of here, they videotaped it. one official told us we will see that video, but he just doesn't know when or where. he says it will be shown on the big screen in the press room. i have to say, diane, i'll believe it when i see it. >> thank you, bob. and, by the way, bob is on his fourth trip into north korea. but let's go straight to martha raddatz, reporting on the story
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and what they are saying at the pentagon tonight. martha? >> reporter: diane, north korea has had two previous missile failures, and now there is a third. just 81 seconds into this launch, the long range missile began having problems. 81 seconds. at that point, the u.s. saw on radar a substantially larger flare than was expected. they believe that is just around the time where the first stage rocket booster was separating from the missile. about ten minutes after that, the missile was no longer on several radar screens, including the national military command center at the pentagon. it clearly broken up and disappeared from that tracking system. now, there were three booster rockets on this missile. it is the third that puts the missile into orbit, which means going about 18,000 miles an hour and more than 100 miles above the earth. but it looks like it was not even close, and began having problems even before the second
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booster separated. there are reports of debris near the philippines and certainly more debris will be found in the coming hours and days. there were, of course, numerous ant anti-missile ships tracking this, as well, just in case it went off-course and over land, but that was clearly not a problem tonight. the big question is, what north korea will do next. u.s. officials fear that north korea will soon conduct a nuclear test. so, diane, this is not over yet. >> thank you, martha. good to have you reporting in on this story tonight. and, in other big headlines today, for the first time, we saw and heard the man at the center of the national drama that has raged for 46 days. george zimmerman, the neighborhood watchman accused of second degree murder in the death of trayvon martin. today, he appeared in court for the first time, and abc's matt gutman has the latest. matt? >> reporter: good evening, diane. we learned so much more about george zimmerman, the mystery man in this case, that he spent
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his first night in jail last night, weeping for hours and that today, he and his attorney plan on a year-long legal battle. he shuffled in, shackled, noticeably thinner than in that old mug shot. george zimmerman finally emerging from the shadows, softly uttering his first public words. >> and you are represented by mr. o'mara, is that true? >> yes, sir. >> reporter: zimmerman spent what a law enforcement source tells abc news was a woeful night in lockup. isolated in protective custody and under constant watch. he wept for hours. >> he's tired. he's stressed. again, he has, in effect, been isolated for several weeks, that's got to take a toll. >> reporter: zimmerman's attorney mark o'mara says his client is now safer in prison, where he is being held without bail. >> he could not literally walk the street with all of the groundswell of emotion in this case. >> reporter: he added that when zimmerman turned himself in yesterday, he was not aware he'd be arrested. prosecutors contend zimmerman's
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life was never threatened and that he confronted trayvon martin and pursued the teen. their case could hinge on three key pieces of evidence. first, zimmerman's call to police. >> are you following him? >> yeah. >> okay, we don't need you to do that. >> okay. >> reporter: and the screams on the 911 calls that night. >> do you think he's yelling help? >> yes. >> reporter: the second key piece of evidence, this police surveillance video, first obtained by abc news, showing clear images of zimmerman's face and head just minutes after the shooting. a clue into the extent of his injuries. and finally, the account of martin's girlfriend. >> i said, "run." >> reporter: on the phone with him, just moments before he was shot. police say the shooting happened right here on the grass. now, this area is completely surrounded by neighbors. now, during the shooting, and immediately after, seven people called 911. two of them have not come forward publicly. >> eye witnesses and ear witness testimony are going to be crucial in this case.
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prosecutors are going to want to piece together a timeline, not just based on zimmerman's call to 911, but based on all the other residents who called 911, as well. >> reporter: zimmerman's lawyer says his client will plead not guilty. and zimmerman's attorney, diane, painted a portrait of a man contrite, somebody who accepts the responsibility of the death of another young man, and who, at some point in the near future, plans to reach out directly to trayvon martin's parents. diane? >> matt gutman reporting in, thank you. and now we have another story igniting a fire storm in this country today about women and work. a democratic strategist took aim at mitt romney's wife, ann, the mother of five, and the criticism was this, that she had, quote, never worked a day in her life. all day long, a furious debate, and a brigade of first ladies, rushing to ann romney's defense. abc's jake tapper has that story. >> reporter: in an interview with abc's cedar rapids, iowa, affiliate today, president obama distanced himself from remarks by a prominent democrat,
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seemingly belittling the work of stay at home moms. specifically this stay at home mom, ann romney. >> there is no tougher job than being a mom. and when i think about what michelle had to do, when i think about my own mom, a single mother, raising me and my sister, that's work. >> reporter: this campaign kerfuffle began when hilary rosen, prominent democrat, who has ties to the white house, here she is attending a recent white house state dinner, criticized mitt romney for suggesting his wife is his connection to women voters. >> guess what? his wife has actually never worked a day in her life. she's never really dealt with the kinds of economic issues that a majority of the women in this country are facing. >> reporter: today, ann romney herself took to the air waves to refute the notion she's, quote, never worked a day in her life. >> this is, obviously, an awesome responsibility, to raise children.
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mitt said to me, more times than you would imagine, ann, your job is more important than mine. >> reporter: the context here is key. president obama enjoys a sizable gender gap over romney, with women voters. so democrats and republicans have been accusing the other of insensitivity to women's issues with increasing intensity. so, though rosen does not work for the president, her ties are close enough, the remarks set off a firestorm. >> my response is that's an outrageous assertion. >> reporter: "every mother works hard and every woman deserves to be respected," tweeted first lady michelle obama. late this afternoon, rosen again took to the cable airwaves, this time, to apologize. diane, at this point, everyone in the building behind me, except for possibly bo obama, has condemned and criticized hilary rosen's remarks. nonetheless, the romney campaign sent out an e-mail this afternoon, saying, "if you're a stay at home mom, the democrats have a message for you. you've never worked a day in your life." welcome to campaign 2012. we only have 208 days left.
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diane? >> all right, thank you very much, jake. but we wanted to know more now about ann romney, who moved into the center stage today, and abc's david muir is here. he's been covering the romney campaign. he has more. >> reporter: well, diane, as you know, ann romney has famously been called his secret weapon. but ironically, with help from that strategist on the other side, ann romney's story is a secret no longer tonight. in the last 24 hours, this country, learning the story of ann romney, the devoted mother who chose to stay at home to raise those five boys. mrs. romney on television today. >> my career choice was to be a mother. and i think all of us need to know that we need to respect choices that women make. >> reporter: and she is now on twitter. last night, after it was said she never worked a day in her life, it was time for her first tweet. "i made a choice to stay home and raise five boys," she wrote. "believe me, it was hard work." >> the next president of the united states. >> reporter: this is a political opportunity for the romney campaign to connect with women, who, until now, might not have known mrs. romney's story.
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and regardless of who they plan to vote for, women were talking today, across this country, about motherhood. >> always working. you're never off. >> reporter: from los angeles to chicago and indiana, and abby murphy, now at home with her new baby, telling us, it's far more difficult than the job she left behind. >> this is the hardest and longest job i've ever had. by far. >> reporter: today, mrs. romney was asked, can she relate to mothers who did not have the choice she had? they can't afford to stay home, forced to balance motherhood and a job to make ends meet. >> look, i know what it's like to struggle. and if maybe i haven't struggled as much financially as some people have, i can tell you and promise you that i've had struggles in my life. >> reporter: ann romney is a breast cancer survivor, she also has multiple sclerosis. she has talked about those dark days after the diagnosis. >> i don't know if people knew how sick i was with my multiple sclerosis, but i had no energy whatsoever. i was frightened. mitt was frightened. and just said, hey, we're fine.
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i don't care. if you get in a wheelchair, we're fine. no matter what happens, we're going to do this together. >> reporter: former first lady barbara bush today. >> i don't think people are very understanding of the fact that she has m.s., works very hard for them. she's had breast cancer. >> reporter: a portrait of ann romney tonight, now front and center, planned or not. ann romney now on twitter. a couple of her sons tweeting in her defense. her son josh writing, she's one of the smartest, hardest working women i know. she could have done anything with her life. she chose to raise me. and in talking to romney's strategists within the campaign, it's always been part of the plan to get her story out there, they just couldn't have imagined it would be a democratic strategist, diane, who helped them. but ann romney will be front and center in this campaign, as you know. you are going to be interviewing both mitt romney and his wife. >> i want everyone to know, too, on monday, i'm going to be sitting down with mitt romney and his wife, ann. and we want to hear your questions for the romneys, as
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well. so, send them to us, on twitter, using the hashtag, ask romney, or send them to me at abc news or yahoo! again, that will be monday. thank you, david. and coming up, what you don't know about eggs that end up on america's breakfast table. and my dad moving in. so we went to fidelity. we looked at our family's goals and some ways to help us get there. they helped me fix my economy, the one in my house. now they're managing my investments for me. and with fidelity, getting back on track was easier than i thought. call or come in today to take control of your personal economy. get one-on-one help from america's retirement leader.
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safety experts, an infestation of flies that can spread salmonella and other diseases to the feed of the chicken. >> from the feed, into the chicken, and from the ovary of the chicken, it gets inside the egg, and then from the egg into the human and you get salmonella. >> reporter: kreider farms is a major supplier of eggs for the shop rite grocery chain in the northeast. shop rite said today, it has launched its own investigation, but has not yet removed any of kreider's eggs from its stores. kreider farms today questioned whether this undercover video was even made at one of its facilities and said the accusations only involve its older hen houses and ignore the brand new facilities that house most of its chickens. all in all, it is yet another chapter, as we have reported on abc news, of what happens behind the scenes at the so-called factory farms that produce so much of this country's eggs and other food, at prices everyone likes, but under conditions that can seem horrifying when
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and finally tonight, when you are a lonely 9-year-old boy, an empty cardboard box can be a universe of possibility. and sometimes, the real world takes notice, responding with simple human kindness.
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abc's david wright takes us to the garage, where dreams are made. >> reporter: it's a funhouse arcade, made of cardboard boxes. >> first game i made. >> reporter: 9-year-old caine built it in his dad's auto parts store at a junk yard in east l.a. here we go. caine's arcade is pretty intricate. i missed. there's basketball and soccer. and a homemade claw machine. >> i got tokens. passes and prizes. >> reporter: he used his own toys for prizes. everything manual. one thing caine didn't have was customers. kids at school didn't even believe he had an arcade. then, this filmmaker walked in -- >> it has to go into one of those hoops? >> yeah. >> reporter: looking for a car door handle. instead, he found a movie. >> and then, when you score a point, he would crawl into the box. and he pulls out these little tickets out of the side of the cardboard. >> like, real arcade games, tickets come from the bottom.
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>> and i was like, this kid is a genius. >> reporter: he came up with a special surprise for caine. he put out the word on the internet, and one saturday while caine was getting pizza with dad, hundreds of strangers showed up. a throng of customers for caine. >> we had people come from everywhere. i couldn't believe it. >> reporter: cameras rolling as caine finally arrived. >> wow. what's going on over here? >> he got out and he said, "wow." >> we want to play! >> reporter: the movie, posted online late monday, nearly 2 million people have watched it, contributing more than $100,000 to a college fund for caine. what did that make you feel like? >> proud. that people know my arcade. >> reporter: he's just psyched the movie -- looks too hard for me -- >> not that hard. >> reporter: means he'll soon have a lot more customers. awesome. david wright, abc news -- i won a prize -- los angeles. >> and by the way, caine told his dad, that was the best day
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of his life. we thank you for watching. so good to have you here. we are always here at with the very latest. and "nightline" will be along later. and we hope to see you back here again to close out the week tomorrow night. good night. late new developments into a cold blooded killing of a sheriff's deputy. >> gusty winds spreading across the bay area with hundreds of strikes off shore and in the central valley. i'll show you what's happening where you are. >> destination san jos yai.
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some local taxpayers feeling left out. >> a dangerous wobble. the i team found some jeeps, why the government says it won't investigate. >> i am... overwhelmingly frustrated with the fablgt we don't have sufficient resources to protect the community. thank you. >> the stanislaus county sheriff announcing the loss of a deputy. he didn't have a chance to fire back. good evening. >> it's been a violent, terrifying day in that part of modesto. one deputy shot and killed, another man killed and a suspect holed out as we speak. a robot moving in to get a look at the suspect's home. there is laura anthony live on


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