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welcome back. officials at a national lab in texas are searching for a missing vile that contains a deadly virus. >> they say there's no indication of wrongdoing and that the public is not in danger, but as abc's david kerley reports, it raises questions about laboratory security. >> reporter: a small frozen vial that contains a potentially deadly virus. and one of the vials here at university of texas is missing. a virus from a mouse that could cause hemorrhagic fever. and could be used in a terror attack. the officials believe the vial was discarded during cleaning and poses no risk. the news comes on the same day that government investigators in
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a new report question lab management in our country. the texas lab is one of 13 operating or planned in the u.s. with the highest designation, level 4. they house the baddest bugs out there, smallpox, anthrax and ebola. there are more than 1,400 level 3 labs in our country, too. and over a six-year period in the country, only one vial was lost, believed destroyed in shipping. but there are more than 600 separate releases of an agent inside lab. 11 lab workers sickened. those government investigators are calling for much more oversight, saying there's no single federal agency responsible for these labs and no national standards on how to build a lab. >> in my mind this is not a crisis, but it is a wake-up call. it's a call for greater action and coordinated action. >> reporter: coordinated to keep these deadly viruses secure. david kerley, abc news, washington. >> it's incredible that these labs that have to do with so
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many deadly virusesings there's no oversight. how does that happen? >> absolutely. i think that's crisis-like. a lot of people say what are some of these viruses even doing in these laboratories? but if they're going to be there, for crying out loud, you better have oversight and they better not be missing. >> probably there, how to fix them. deal with them if there is an outbreak. you don't lose vials. that can cause an outbreak. when we come back, who are theegs guys? >> you must mean the high flying eagles from florida gulf coast university. those guys. they're living march madness dreams right now. they're next on "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our abc stations.
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everybody's talking about basketball. and that is our march madness music for you. this is truly a great story. making it an easy pick for our "favorite story of the day." >> you could say that spirits were soaring at florida gulf coast university yesterday. the school held a big welcome there, pep rally for them. the sweet 16 round of men's basketball. the team is in. abc's lana zach can tell us more about them. she joins us now. good morning, lana. >> reporter: good morning, john, diana. i never expect much from my bracket. i am terrible at picking winners. but i'm not alone this year in being surprised by the eagles. a florida team on a tear. the madness of march is upon us. and all eyes are now set on florida gulf coast university. the little team making history. after their upset victories over georgetown and san diego state, florida gulf coast, fgcu for short, is now headed all the way to the sweet 16.
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>> we came into the tournament. we knew no one knew who we were or where we were or most people don't know where southwest florida is. >> reporter: it's a secret no longer. even the city's website has been updated with their new status, dunk city. >> just unbelievable. i did not expect this. >> reporter: the school has never played in the ncaa tournament. before the season started. fgcu was recruiting players for walk-on tryouts, unheard of among elite teams. less than 1% of the 8.1 million brackets submitted to espn.com even had this team making it to the sweet 16. the school is ecstatic. this is the first big splash fgcu is making onto the national stage. the university only founded in 1991, but with dorms on the water, an on-campus spa and a team that can dunk like this, well, fgcu may just become a household name. their next game is against florida on friday. in case you're wondering, yes,
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those really are the photos of campus. they were taken from the school's website. one other little bit of information i'll share with you. their coach actually studied xhikz economics at john's hopkins. i am telling you everything about the guys is just a little bit different. john, diana. >> thanks. there are underdogs and then these guys, off the radar underdogs. >> i saw them on the brackets. for a second i thought, maybe, maybe. i'm all about the underdog. there is no way. i'm going to screw up my bracket if i put them in there. i screwed up not putting them in there. >> i was a young reporter in 1991, in florida. when they approved the university, 1991. now look at them. on the verge of sweet 16. >> first to make it into the sweet 16. that is pretty sweet. we'll be right back. >> yep.
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we could talk for an hour on this one. the snooze button, something potentially near and dear to our hearts. >> i love the snooze button. >> maybe you a lot of you do, too. tempting. get another ten minutes of sleep. >> you hate the snooze button. >> i don't hate it. i just know it puts me -- asap science, these are the people who say after you hit the snooze, you drift off, your brain starts the sleep cycle all over again. and when the alarm goes off the second time, you are in a deeper part of your sleep which makes you feel worse than you did the first time. they basically say, just set yourself an extra 15 minutes later and take an uninterrupted 15 minutes. don't get into that sleep cycle. i started doing that a long time ago. >> i set my alarm knowing i can still have 15 minutes i can snooze. >> you're one of those. >> i am one of those. if you have been a partner on the day off going with the
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snooze button and they have to work. it's like do you mind, get out of bed already. >> i said in the commercial. my poor husband. a snooze button for an hour. >> we need props. take your stiletto off. >> here's my stiletto. truth comes out. not so much. the death of the stiletto upon us. secretsales.com discovered two-thirds of women are ditching their heels for flats. women want ballet flats instead. chelsea boots are popular. 19% said they wouldn't be caught dead in moon boots. ugly, big. >> speaking as a man. we love the stiletto. >> 27% women wouldn't feel confident wearing flats every day. so there are still 27% of women who will continue wearing their flats. >> going to do flats. >> i wear boots even here. >> usually. i'm tall girl so i don't need heels. >> you do. 5'10." >> a big girl.
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>> all kind of amazon in the heels. i feel short next to you. i don't know where i'm going with this. dinosaur sex. apparently there is a new photo out here. >> he picked this one. >> photo here. scientists figured out how, spiked dinosaurs, reproduced. and, this one. apparently from "the sunday times," huffington post article, prehistoric missionary position was necessary to prevent injury, castration or even death. basically, dinosaurs -- wait a minute. that looked like the canine position. that didn't look like missionary. >> missionary for animals. >> wouldn't they be facing each other. >> not animals. dinosaurs. >> that looked
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this morning on "world news now" -- showdown in the supreme court. both sides of the gay marriage
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issue prepare to argue their case before a packed gallery. >> the justices' decision could change the definition of marriage in the united states. it's tuesday, march 26th. >> announcer: from abc news this is "world news now" with john muller and diana perez. tuesday, for most of us. monday for you. did you have a nice three-day weekend? >> i did. i had a good time. we had date night, which hasn't happened in a long time. >> date night for the new mom. that's always a strange thing. did you talk about the kid the whole time? >> yes. >> you're on date night but going, oh, he's so cute. >> sharing pictures with people next to us who were not interested. >> out on date night, sipping martinis talking about the kid. let's get to it. good morning. i'm john muller. the court will hear arguments. people have been lining up to witness what could become a landmark case in our country's history. >> a very big day for the issue of gay rights. we'll have more in just a moment. first, it could also be a
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big day for amanda knox. in just a few hours the italian supreme court could announce whether she will go back to prison for the murder of her roommate. it's a crime she's already been convicted and acquitted of. also this half hour, you wouldn't know it by all the snow, spring is here. with it comes flood season. there are a surprising number of people who die inside their own cars after driving into high water. this morning we'll show you what to do if you become stuck in a flood situation. only takes 30 seconds to get it right. in "the skinny" this morning, "dancing with the stars," week two. who's on top of the leaderboard? who might be facing elimination? >> all right. let's get to the court decision that will likely have far-reaching implications. gays and lesbians have never been given same legal protections of other minorities. >> today arguments deal with proposition 8. tomorrow the defense of marriage act, the 1996 law that denies federal benefits to same sex couples legally married in their states.
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>> the question is even when those marriages are legal can the federal government deny to those legally married couples benefits that would be available to heterosexual couples? >> virginia senator mark warner becomes the latest lawmaker to announce his support for gay marriage. the democrat announced his decision on facebook, saying it is the fair and right thing to do. >> now as we said today's arguments before the court deal specifically with california's ban on gay and lesbian marriages. >> mark matthews of our san francisco station, kgo spoke with the couples whose legal action is ending up before the nation's highest court. >> reporter: two women from berkeley and two men from burbank are the couples bringing the case against prop 8's ban on same-sex marriage. >> this case for us is about how we as americans want to be treated equally by our government. >> reporter: one of their lawyers, theodore olson, will are 20 minutes to argue the case against prop 8. he will likely face questions from court on why the 2008 vote of the people in california
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should be overturned. u.s. solicitor jonathan varelli will have ten minutes representing the president's opposition to the same-sex maerng ban. and supporters of prop 8 will be represented by charles cooper. one of the attorneys who argued the case in san francisco's federal court. cooper will have 30 minutes and will likely face questions on whether prop 8 supporters have legal standing in this case since california's attorney general won't defend the law. >> when we talk about fundamental rights as it relates to the constitution, we are talking about those rights that we as a nation designated as being some of the most sacred of all the rights we can have. >> reporter: the state attorney general adds that more than a dozen times the supreme court has described marriage as a fundamental right. supporters of the marriage ban say california voters have already made the call. >> we should not allow the federal judiciary to destroy the vote of the people, especially on something as old and good as
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marriage. >> reporter: many court observers say justice anthony kennedy will be the justice to watch, he could be the swing vote in a 5-4 decision. the sacramento native struck down anti-gay laws in texas and colorado, but he's also a strong advocate of state's rights. and in 2008 californians did vote for the ban. >> the supreme court gallery has become one of the hottest tickets in town. people have been lining up for days for a chance to witness history. all right. well, the waiting will be over in a few hours for amanda knox. an italian criminal court expected to announce whether the washington state student will face a new murder trial. knox served four years in an italian prison for killing her roommate before that conviction was overturned. what a nightmare. they were supposed to make the decision yesterday. no matter what you think of amanda knox, if you are waiting to find out if your life will go on, oh, we'll do it tomorrow, meaning today. must have been a very tough night for her.
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>> this was years of this poor girl, again, depending on how you feel about it. she was acquitted. she is no longer guilty of this crime. a court of her own peers acquitted her. therefore, why are we back at this? if this was america they couldn't do it. called double jeopardy. talking about justice in italy. >> the big question, would she get extradited if she has to do another trial? could she say, i'm not going? >> she's back here. >> i asked that question of the expert. it is very complicated. italian legal process would have hurdles to clear. then to the u.s. justice department. could get derailed. it would take years no matter what, and a lot of experts say no matter what happens, she's never going to step foot on italian soil again. >> she's not there now to hear this decision. she's back home. she was finally able to come back home after years of being in prison. you know, if you listen to the initial decision, which is that she was acquitted, she was wrongfully imprisoned for all that time. >> today's the big decision. we'll find out for once and all what's going to happen.
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the u.s. has turned over control of the detention facility at bagram military base in afghanistan. the handover comes on the heels of an unannounced visit to kabul by secretary of state john kerry. after a private meeting with afghan president hamid karzai, kerry insisted that they are on, quote, the same page regarding security and release of prisoners despite suggestions otherwise. >> president karzai agrees there are certain people there who shouldn't necessarily be out, you know, creating problems. and so we're very comfortable that -- that sovereignty is fully protected and the interest of the united states with respect to prisoners are fully protected. >> president karzai said that a prison review board would carefully consider any u.s. intelligence about detainees deemed too dangerous to set free. mixed messages out of cyprus this morning after a $13 billion bailout to avert an economic meltdown.
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in the mediterranean nation, banks were to reopen today, but they decided to keep them closed until thursday. the president of cyprus described the rescue plan as painful. the death of a russian tycoon was consistent of hanging. necessity are not saying if the 67-year-old billionaire businessman hanged himself. but pathologists found no sign of struggle. he was a kremlin credit and there was speculation he was the victim of an assassination plot but he had told journalists he had lost the meaning of life. an amazing rescue from the mountains above los angeles. a hiker is recovering after spending days stuck in a crack between two rocks. he was discovered by a dog and his owner who regularly hike this mountain. the hiker was within 100 feet of a trail but no one could hear his cries for help. other than being severely dehydrat dehydrated, eat going to be okay. sports, for the first time since october 2010, tiger woods is the world's number one ranked golfer. back on top thanks to the win at
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the storm-delayed arnold palmer invitational in florida. woods' third win of the year. his sixth in the last 20 tour starts. next up for woods is the masters, which starts two weeks from thursday. make it 27 straight wins for lebron james and the miami heat. they were in a tough game last night against the orlando magic that was before 20-2 run in the second half which decided the game. heat are now within six games of matching the lakers' league record, 33-game winning streak. their next game is tomorrow night in chicago. and that is just an unbelievable streak. as i haeshd one expert say earlier in the week, it's not only that they're just beating these teams and they're that good, have you to fly, have you to go cross country, you get tired. you know, some days -- there's just a lot of logistics where you have an off night. for them to keep up this caliber of play, it's mind-boggling. >> and they're pulverizing them. took them a little while. a lot of haters said, the heat, they keep talking about this.
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that they're going to win. they're going to win. now they're winning. there you go, all the haters of the world. >> no doubt. coming up, best-selling author of the twilight series. unveils her latest creation. an interspecies love triangle. tell you about the latest story. first, 30 seconds can save your life. with flood season almost here, we will tell you what to do if your car happens to get trapped in high waters. you're watching "world news now." ♪ i'm a survivor i'm a forgiver ♪ >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by colonial penn life insurance. fe insurance. ♪ i'm a survivor [ male announcer ] zzzquil™ sleep-aid.
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♪ i'm a survivor ♪ i'm a survivor ♪ i'm not going to stop her >> you should have seen him on the commercial break singing the song, top of your lungs. >> belting it out. dancing too. >> yes, he was. survivor from destiny's child there. that's what makes our story pretty interesting. it's about surviving. in this case surviving if you are trapped in a sinking car. >> should pay attention to this. 400 people die every year because they try to save themselves in an incorrect fashion. abc's lisa stark shows us how to do it. >> reporter: what you are about to hear are actual 911 calls from people in syinking cars. >> help me. >> oh, my god! i don't know what to do. >> my car is sinking. >> it's up to my waist. >> i can't get out of the car. >> reporter: here is the headline you must remember. you have to get out of the car
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before it sinks. that means you likely have under a minute to get out. speed is the key to saving your life. >> the first 30 to 60 seconds is when you have to get out of the vehicle. >> reporter: that's leading researcher, who says it is too lalt to try to push a door open when the car's under water, so this florida dive team shows what can be done. >> okay, guys, ready to go. >> reporter: let's start the clock in real time. a second after hitting the water, seat belts off. windows down. within eight seconds both front seat passengers are out. water rushing in the backseat. passengers scramble. in some cars like this one, rear windows won't roll down all the way. the escape is out the front. everyone is safe, all in under 20 seconds. >> everybody's clear. >> reporter: here again in slow motion. jeff, who was in the backseat -- >> it was very intimidating. the car went down quicker than i thought it would be. i had a real inflow of water that i had to work against to
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get out, but it can be done. >> the point is, everyone knew what they were supposed to do. get your seat belt off, open the window, period. and then get out. >> reporter: it's simple but crucial. and what about kids? same scenario here with test dummies. again, seat belts off, windows open, unstrap the oldest child first, the youngest last. that's your best chance of getting the children out safely. they got out this window in 21 seconds. and if you can't get the window down, you'll need a backup. an inexpensive window-break tool. take a look when i gave it a try. you don't have to be strong. anyone can do it. these tests are leading to a sea change. starting next month, 911 operators will tell anyone in a sinking car, get out, now. lisa stark, abc news, naples, florida. >> good information. front window.
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those back windows only go down halfway a lot of times. >> that's right. and unbuckle your seat belt. i want to know what the recommendations are for electrical cars. everything runs on electricity these days. >> like they said, 30 seconds, you can probably get it down real fast. >> quickly. seat belt out, down, and then kids in the back scare me. >> get the kids out first. they didn't even try opening the door, just the window. >> just the window. get that tool. >> such a good tool. coming up next, the couple that came out on top on "dancing with the stars." >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our >> "the skinny" is n
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♪ skinny so skinny ♪ >> time for "the skinny." let's do it. jumping right in with "dancing with the stars." >> what have you got? >> we have the top and the bottom. so, on the top, kellie pickler and derek hough. this little girl is 16 years old and she's burning up that dance floor. every time she gets on the dance floor, she is well above her years, beyond what anybody is expecting. disney princesses have not been treated well on "dancing with the stars." this disney princess is on "shake it up," a show on disney. this disney princess is doing a
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wonderful job. there is kellie pickler. wonderful. little pole thing going. barely-there outfits. they look hot. she is quite the in-shape gal. then we have a couple of people on the bottom. dorothy hamil, she did not do well. last week did much better. this week. and the judges were not so kind. they said she did a lot, a lot of mistakes in her routine. and then d.l. hugley did not do well. the star of the night was andy dick. he actually had a little acting routine. yeah, an acting routine during the whole thing and he did really well. he got a 20, right in the middle of the pack but it was -- it was just very endearing. a lot of people liked it, especially the judges and that's all that matters. so, anyway, he ended up right in the middle, much better than last week. and he's back. at least that's the way it looks. andy dick is back. >> looked pretty good. you have to love a guy who's trying hard.
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hugh hefner, founder of "playboy," any guess how many women he bedded? >> i can't imagine. in his old age, a dinosaur. 370. >> he says how could i possibly know, over 1,000 i am sure. he tells "esquire" magazine it is hard to give an exact figure. but, you know, he says there were chunks of his life when he was married. when he was married he never cheated so he made up for it when he wasn't married. >> oh, sure. >> over 1,000 women, he's sure. and he said he saved the best for last. we know that he's 86 years old and is recently married. all right. keeping up with the numbers, the only thing he has to worry about right now. >> okay. >> okay. >> let's move on to something a little more serious, rihanna, we all heard about rihanna and the fact that she is all over the news for not so good reasons recently. well-being apparently she's been forced to cancel two dates on her diamonds world tour because she suffered a bout of
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laryngitis that happened earlier this month. take a look. all pictures she usually tweets out. her smoking. her drinking. some of them her partying. well, she's reportedly been told she needs to curb her partying-loving lifestyle if she wants to fulfill her commitments. apparently her doctors say she needs to slow this lifestyle down because all the smoking and drinking will apparently take a toll on her health. and it's going to take a while for her body to recover if she's ever going to actually make it on this tour. so they've asked her to cancel a couple of dates, kind of get it together. and stop smoking and drinking and partying like she's out of control, because she is out of control. >> yes. i mean, when you're doing that kind of performance -- >> you're young. >> -- you really have to take care of your body. it catches up to you. my partying. . >> i curbed my partying. while your carpets may appear clean.
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♪ finally this half hour, the host hits theaters nationwide on friday. it's a film adaptation of the novel by the same name. >> that book was written by stephanie meier also the master mind behind the twilight franchise. she spoke to abc's juju chang. >> reporter: stephanie meier's fantasies have sold more than 100 million books and the "twilight" movies grossed $3 billion worldwide. at its koeshgs a teenage girl in love with a vampire and a werewolf, who's also in love with her. this time around, meier created yet another high-stakes interspecies lovers romance. >> we have been invaded by another species. who will erase our minds to take our body. >> reporter: two red-blooded human men, who are in love with one teenage girl and the spirit who's taken over her body, the
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host. >> i like you. >> i like you too, ian. >> reporter: yet another interspecies romance? >> it is. i tried to write a story once with just human beings and i got really bored. i love to read them. i love regular fiction. but when i'm writing, i -- for now anyway, the science fiction and the fantasy always catches my -- holds onto my attention better. >> reporter: her stories bridge the gap between teen and adult fiction, reminding all of us what it was like to fight the urges brought on by raging teenage hormones. >> i do think there is something magical about taking your time with physical attraction. if you make it so every time someone brushes someone's hand, remember that you were 14, that was a big deal. >> reporter: yeah. >> we skip over that a lot. >> reporter: you are letting your gut, your dreams lead you. but after "the host" what comes
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next? >> i have so many stories, and real fantasy. and assassin stories, and ghost stories. there are so many things i would love to be able to do. >> reporter: and legions of fans breathlessly await. i'm juju chang in chicago. >> her work is a hit. >> she does. great stuff. i've always had a thing for alien women. >> really? >> since i watched "star trek" the two green ladies. >> so you like your ladies green? >> yes. i haven't men met one yet but i like them on "star trek." >> doesn't matter what it is, make it into a love story. ghosts. assassins. >> love story with -- >> strange t
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this morning on "world news no- we have a winner this morning on "world news
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now" -- we have a winner. >> could be the luckiest guy on the planet right now, but a new jersey man who won saturday's $338 million jackpot. it's tuesday, march 26th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now" with john muller and diana perez. good tuesday morning to you. a lump sum payout on the winning ticket could be 221 million bucks. >> lump sum. here you go, $221 million. have a nice day. >> or $152 million after taxes. i'll take that. >> the fourth largest jackpot in powerball history. more on the winner in a moment. first, let's take a look at some of the other stories. the supreme court hearing arguments today that could change the nation's definition of marriage. also this half hour, the issue of gun control is about to take center stage in congress. we'll tell you what lawmakers are preparing to debate and why
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the mayor of new york city is pouring millions of dollars of his own money into this fight. and easter just around the corner. if you don't love the idea of filling your kids' baskets with candy, we have some great, inexpensive toys to give. that's coming up ahead. first the story we really, really like. the $338 million man. a hard working father of five. poised to claim one of the biggest lottery jackpots ever. >> pretty awesome. he bought the winning powerball ticket in the working class suburb of passaic, new jersey. beating the odds, 1 in 175 million. carol leads spoke with the lucky winner and his family. >> reporter: you don't have to speak the spanish to feel the excitement as pedro ran through the neighborhood shouting in spanish, i am a millionaire. the 44-year-old father of five from the dominican republic bought the winning powerball jackpot ticket here at eagle liquors on passaic street. he runs a bodega with his son
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who told us he can't believe it either. the lump sum payout would be $211 million, about $152 million after state and federal taxes. as the family grabbed important items from their humble home. his wife, inez, a mexican immigrant says they plan to help those who really need it. and he says he would buy tickets just about every day, hoping that day would be his lucky day. in this case, he bought just two tickets, meaning that he beat the odds of 1 in 175 million. reporting in passaic, new jersey, abc news. >> wow. >> wow. >> that's all i got to say. >> and he didn't spend $1,000 on tickets. he bought two. which is what i bought, but i didn't win.
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>> in full disclosure, we did a news room pool. we each put $2. 21 people played, that's 42 bucks. we did win. >> we did win. >> $12. we're reinvesting. >> we're going to plow it back in. >> plowing it back in and we're going to win, win big. but listen, it's people like that guy that actually deserve to win it. >> hats off to him. >> yes. all right. the nation's highest court begins hearing arguments on gay marriage today. people have been camped out to grab a seat inside the supreme court. the case involves california's ban on gay marriage. tomorrow the justices will take up the defense of marriage act. a decision is expected in june. last week's murder of colorado's prison chief, raising questions if the shooting was the work of a hitman. abc news learned before tom clements was guns down on his front porch, he had concerns that a white supremacist prison gang was getting too strong.
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at clements' memorial service, his wife lisa described the moment he was killed. >> last tuesday night. tom and i were watching tv and our doorbell rang. and my life was forever changed. >> the prime suspect in clements' murder is evan ebel, recently paroled convict killed in a shootout with police in texas two days later. a small vial filled with a virus that may be used in a bioterror attack vanished from the lab at university of texas. officials believe the potentially deadly virus was accidentally discarded during cleaning and poses no risk. but there is growing concern about the management of similar labs across the country. the government investigators are calling for more oversight. 22-year-old daredevil was killed while trying a stunt that's popular on youtube. the man was trying to swing through the opening of a sandstone arch in utah, the arch 100 feet tall.
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apparently there was too much slack in the rope he was using that sent him crashing into the base of the arch. it's called pendulum swinging. and one video on youtube racked up more than 17 million views. >> oh, boy. senator tim johnson is expected to announce today he will not run again when his term ends. the south dakota democrat suffered a brain hemorrhage in 2006, but later returned to the senate and won re-election in 2008. he has recovered significantly. although sometimes he uses a motorized scooter. johnson becomes the fifth democratic senator to decide against another term. do you remember what you were doing at 17 years old? a teenager from london sold an app to yahoo! for a reported $30 million. i think i was cutting lawns. >> wasn't doing that. >> yeah, nick began working on the app at home when he was 15. he's now 17. which makes him younger than yahoo! which was incorporated back in 1995. the app makes it easier to read news stories on the smaller screens for smartphones. 30 million bucks!
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>> wow. i'm upset at myself for not being that smart when i was 17. >> man, oh, man. i'm upset for not being that smart now. >> i know. alexia, get her on the same track. get her to invent an app no matter what it is. yahoo! will buy it. >> i tell her that all the time, can you make a lot of money so i can retire? >> put it all on your kid, why not? moving now to the forecast for this tuesday. scattered showers, light snow in the northern rockies. flurries around chicago, grand rapids and indianapolis. snow showers also from upstate new york down to knoxville. a chilly morning along the gulf coast. >> 50s in dallas and new orleans. upper 40s throughout much of the east coast. 39 in chicago. 29 in fargo. mostly 50s in the rockies. despite all the damage that recent storms hatch caused there was one good thing that came out of it -- well two good things. >> dade city, florida, wild things zoo. that sustained a lot of damage. at the height of the storm, miracle of life, two baby tiger
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kubs were born. can you imagine? zoo officials haven't decided what to call them. stormy has got to be one. they say they'll probably be named with something to do with the weather. how cute are those? >> stormy and snowflake. >> my goodness. i got to hold a baby siberian tiger when i was a reporter down in florida. fed him a milk bottle. little older than that. >> now you don't want to get anywhere near it. >> now it's probably 800 pounds and -- >> ominous to look at but they are beautiful animals. >> absolutely. coming up -- a better basket. if you're trying to limit your kids' sugar, we have some great easter gifts that won't require a trip to the dentist. first, congress preparing to debate gun control measures pitting the gun advocate against one of the nation's most powerful mayors. you are watching "world news now". >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by united health care.
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>> i always wanted to be a nurse. hurricane sandy, people were out of heat and electricity. i will never forget, our building 17 flights up. diane asked my patient. she didn't leave it at that. in spanish, diane, she would make a very good nurse. i am rosita ortiz, that's my abc news "world news" story. ome welcome back. here's an issue that's been making headlines for quite some
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time. congress is on break this week but when lawmakers get back to washington, they'll get right to work on the extremely divisive issue of gun control. >> sure is. it is sure to be a bruising debate with supporters and well financed on both sides. they're going to be going at it. abc's tahman bradley is in washington with more. good morning, tahman. >> reporter: good morning. the fight over gun control will intensify as congress debates president obama's new gun measures. both sides understand the stakes and are gearing up for a battle. more than 100 days since newtown tragedy, congress is set to take up new gun control measures. opponents and supporters are gearing up for a fight. >> this is what the survivors want. this is what the public wants. >> it slows down the law-abiding and does nothing to anybody else. >> reporter: the senate will soon begin debating a bill to expand background purchases, crack down on gun trafficking and provide additional funding for school safety. but what the bill will not include is a ban on
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military-style assault weapons. those in favor of gun laws are getting a big lift from michael bloomberg, who's pouring $12 million of his personal fortune into tv commercials in a dozen states, targeting wavering lawmakers. >> i believe in the second amends which i'll fight to protect. with rights come responsibilities. that's why i support comprehensive background checks. >> reporter: the latest abc news/"washington post" poll shows 90% of americans support background checks. the nra opposes gun legislation. they want to improve the current system and enforce laws on the books particularly those that keep guns from the mentally ill. >> if there's one thing that scares a lot of people that believe in the second amendment, it's the federal government keeping national registry of gun sales, purchasers and owners. >> reporter: joe manchin, a conservative democrat is reportedly in talks with the nra about expanding background checks.
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a deal with the nra could prevent a republican filibuster in the senate. john, diana. >> such a contentious issue. tahman, thank you very much. the gun lobby essentially already won, big time, the fact that assault weapons -- i mean, we've pretty much moved on from this. even mayor bloomberg, who has become sort of this new advocate for making tougher laws, it's basically come down to background checks the focus now >> a lot of the lawmakers by the way who are losing ground in a lot of states where bloomberg introduced these ads are, you know, lawmakers who have an "a" grade with the nra. that is no longer a good thing to have. before everybody wanted you to be on board with the nra. that didn't register. and then all the mass shootings. then newton happened. that's when everything took a turn and almost unanimously around the country people are clamoring for something to be done. >> well, i don't know about unanimously, but certainly a lot of people are. i will say one thing, mayor bloomberg sort of taking this big approach and getting out there. he's been saying that we need a
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balance to the nra. he's sort of leading what might actually be the other side of the coin, which has been missing. >> that's right. we'll be right back. >> that's t. >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our abc stat
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♪ hippity-hop >>well cup back. easter is less than a week away. if you haven't planned now you will fill the easter baskets. we have lots more idea. here is our insider mom, lori, welcome back the a pleasure to have you. .> thank you. did you know that the chocolate bunny has been an easter radition for almost 200 years? >> i didn't know that. years my favorite of all the traditions. >> avoritethe chocolate bunny. >> it is mine, foo. .ut we are trying to get those sweets away from the kids. it's really funny. attel has a great online campaign called savechocolatebunnies.com. save them. savechocolat it's filled can coupons and sweepstakes for parents to get toys. let's talk about making your own easter basket. easy to do. fill it with things that inexpensive and fun. like bracelets. >> charm it. rm brarm bracelets. >> those aren't chocolate. we will not eat those. >> not chocolate. beautiful totes. >> not >> my daughter would love that.
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e ithe would love it. bunnies.e bunnies and chicks. ee have surprise chalk. chalk.that chalk? that gift. >> surprise inside. drawing, get little characters prise . >> excellent. l barbie. ready for spring. inside. pink shoes. >> she has pink shoes on. and a dvd. let's say it's baby's first by'ser. >> baby's first easter. i remember that. >> baby's first >> our bubbly bunny. eally sweet. from cloud b. >> put it right by the mike. >> we have >> so, we have music, we have sound. really soothing for the baby. >> cool. >> we can attach it to the attach it to th. >> baby's first bunny. >> also snuggle time baby, beautiful doll, plush, vinyl. asy to clean. saying spring. hoodie comes off. hoodies come off. what's this one? this one? fun. n.ddlers love peek-a-boo. -a-boo. love peek-a-boo. > it's also problem-solving for the first time for them. lving.es with all these little
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cards. comes with the kids have to look at the k at and recreate what they see here with the bunnies and the y and . so, fun for thes and, of course, courseole peek-a-boo. > outstanding. >> let's talk about puppets. puppets. are puppets? >> these are beautiful folkmanis >> puppets. haveave an alpaca. i have this beautiful goose, silly goose, who loves to help parents tell stories. could be a bedtime story or stories. something traditional about what itional, what yholidays, if it's easter,r whatever you're celebrating. whatever older kids get older, they'll sart telling the story and do d dad. shows for mom and dad. >> what did you get for easter? >> i didn't get any chocolate. didn't get chy good. that concludes my puppeteers. playdough. >> we love playdough. >> my daughter gets older every year and she still loves this year. ves the stuff. it never goes out with her. >> this is frosting fun. we have cupcakes. that i a new compound called playdough plus.
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. have a little in here. i've already made the cupcakes for you. now i want you to frost the loves this one. just push it out and you'll see. it's much softer. cupcake. fter.y to do "world news now." okay.ds can really -- oops. oh well. i'm going to help. >> you yeah, you can help me. i will help >> what happens, it's much more muchled when it comes out. >> smells like playdough. >> smells like playdough. playive tv. tv.e tv, whatever you call it. >> lot of fun. both compound come with it. >> it's. >> it's springtime and there's e is going to be outside. but we're not going to be afraid ide.hese. and hexbug scarab. turn them on. they skitter around. they're very bug-like. around. see that freaking mom out. they'r t> well, yeah, they're a lot of un. y. which would be good if you ahe a boy. >> i love these. >> outstanding. these are sky rippers. >> buryre a lot of fun. n there.nexpensive, easy. and they're like a slingshot. slingshot.o up to 250 feet.
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250ow many? et.250. >> kids would love this. >> and there's a whistle sound. ther whistle d it. anything.n't break anything. up top. thought you would break a light. li didn't. >> for the ultimate. >> pretty big. >> pretty big.r your kids. if you have a skylanders fan, your kids. it's got everything in here. if you have a s ackpacks, blankets, skylanders, the giants. ou have mega blocks in here where you can build your own lander.ers. this is an awesome thing. if you have a skylanders fan, land is the ultimate basket. >> i want the skylanders basket andthe chocolate bunny. >> the bunny and the skylanders basket. >> lori, thank you. >> appreciate it. it.t stuff. we'll be right back. ♪ here comes peter cotton tail comes peter cotton tail snochlt ♪ vermore expensiveting so we switched to the bargain detergent but i found myself using three times more than you're supposed to
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a reason just a little ♪ ♪ bit is enough we can learn to love again ♪ ♪ you're not broken finally this half hour, you might remember a story we brought you a few weeks ago about a walmart employee with a tremendous singing voice. >> she belts out country tunes like a star. this past weekend she was welcomed on to country music's greatest grandest stage. steve osunsami went with her. >> reporter: something powerful about a dream. for kaila stone, hers came to life here under the bright lights with thousands on their feet. >> i didn't realize this is what i could do the rest of my life. >> reporter: this is your superpower. >> yes. ♪ i'm proud to be a coal minor's daughter ♪ >> reporter: we first met kaila singing her heart out behind a
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checkout line in a walmart in coal mining country. one of her customers recorded this video. ♪ many colors and my mama made for me ♪ >> reporter: which spread far and wide on the internet. while the folks who run the opry, decided to pluck her star out of the sky inviting her to sing. >> we are about putting smiles on people's faces and making dreams come true. >> reporter: the night before she worked at that walmart in west virginia, and her husband a coal miner, had to work, too. and after one short practice -- ♪ i recall someone gave us ♪ >> reporter: -- it was show time. >> you got this? >> i got this. >> just watch this video. >> reporter: and the moment began with her story. >> tonight on stage is a checkout aisle of a walmart in west virginia. >> would you give a great grand ole opry welcome to kaila stone. ♪ yeah i'm proud to be
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a coal minor's daughter ♪ ♪ i remember well the way i grew up ♪ >> reporter: which brings us back to this glorious moment. >> thank you. >> reporter: a standing ovation for the coal miner's wife singing "the coal miner's daughter." >> that's the music i grew up listening to. that's what i want to sing. i could never give up now. this is what is going to happen for me. >> reporter: steve osunsami, nashville. >> how great is that story? >> an incredible story. the first time we told it. that its a better ending. >> she sings like an angel. amazing stuff. >> there you go. that's the kind of stories we like to tell here on "world news now." kind of stories we lack -- we >> announcer: more americans choose abc news, to
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this morning on "world news now" -- historic debate. the supreme court will begin hearing arguments on gay
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marriage. >> the justices will take up two major cases that could result in a landmark decision. it is tuesday, march 26th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now" with john muller and diana perez. good tuesday morning to everyone. happy to be back. >> did you have a nice three-day weekend? >> i did. >> i am jealous. >> yes, i'm sorry you had to come into work. we went to atlantic city. we had date night. my husband and i haven't had a date night since my son was born. >> imagine that. >> that was a lot of fun. >> i know what that's like. >> we took your advice and went to atlantic city. we had a good time. >> which i had done the weekend before. >> i enjoyed it. >> good for you. did you roll the dice, play blackjack? >> yeah. >> i won $65. i never win. i don't gamble much. >> take you to atlantic city next time we go. i lost everything. >> let's do it. road trip. >> done. >> all right. let's get to the news as well. big day for supporters and opponents of same-sex marriages.
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lawyers from both sides of the issue prepare their cases. crowds have been lining up for days, trying to get a seat in the gallery and witness the historic arguments. >> we'll have more on what the justices have to consider in a moment. first a look at some other stories we're following this morning. a potentially deadly virus, one that could be used in terror attacks, is missing. its loss is raising new question as but lab security. we'll tell you what else is going on inside of the labs that has officials concerned. new this morning, we know who won the huge powerball jackpot. the early reports were not true. not a trucker from a truck stop. it wasn't me. tell you about the man who won 338 million bucks. that's how much richer he is today. what he intends to do with the money, we'll tell you as well. >> that's incredible. this half hour, a cinderella story on the hardwood. i can't get enough of this one. the college basketball team busting brackets everywhere. my bracket. your bracket. everyone's bracket. >> everyone's bracket.
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>> how the high-flying eagles, underdogs on and off the court, are winning games as well as fans. >> pretty amazing. first, supporters on both sides of the gay marriage debate gathered on the historic steps of the supreme court ahead of today's arguments. >> some have been camped out since last week waiting for a coveted seat inside the court. with more on this high-stakes case, abc's tahman bradley joins us from washington. >> reporter: good morning. these are big cases. by far the biggest cases the supreme court has ever had dealing with discrimination against gays. outside the court, people are already lining up. tuesday and wednesday, the justices hear oral arguments in two cases with major implications for same-sex couples. first up, a challenge to california's proposition 8. the 2008 ballot initiative that amended the state's constitution to include a ban on same-sex marriages. the justices could decide if same-sex couples have a fundamental right to mary. fundamental right to marry. >> everyone we know and love has this right.
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we don't. it's time for us to have a chance at that happiness as well. >> reporter: wednesday the court takes up the defense of marriage act, the 1996 law denies federal benefits to same-sex couples who are legally married in their states. >> the question is even when the marriages are legal can the federal government deny to those legally married couples benefits that would be available to heterosexual couples? >> reporter: a majority of americans, 58% in the latest abc news/"washington post" poll believe same-sex couples should be allowed to wed, but 31 states restrict or ban same-sex marriages. outside the courthouse, activists on both sides of the issue are already camped out. >> i hold to a traditional christian ethic of sexuality, between man and woman is marriage. >> when it passed it hurt me and a lot of oracle callens. >> reporter: the court could decide once and for all if the constitution grants gays and lesbians the right to marry or
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if the issue should be left up to the states. both cases decided in june. >> thank you very much. you really get the feeling we are watching history in the making this week. >> that's right. >> are you all right? >> i am. just took a drink of water. >> it happens sometimes. >> it has nothing to do with the story. >> you are good. cough it out. at any rate, it's going to be a big, big week and clearly precedent-setting. >> that's right. both sides have 30 minutes to argue. basically one side will say, this is something californians have already decided. no reason we have to bring it to the supreme court while the other side will have to prove this is something that should be changed because it's better for everybody in the state and the country. >> all eyes are on the supreme court. we'll see what happens. let's talk about amanda knox. she's actually in an italian supreme court. she's expected to learn her fate from that supreme court in a few hours. prosecutors urged her acquittal on murder charges be thrown out and that knox face a new trial. knox served four years in an italian jail for allegedly killing her roommate before an
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appeals court reversed the conviction on faulty dna evidence. >> i might actually choke through this entire story. we know now who is holding the only winning ticket to that ginormous jackpot. an elated 44-year-old immigrant from the dominican republic validated his ticket in passaic, new jersey. he couldn't contain his excitement. pedro quezada has not come forward to claim the $338 million prize yet. he's a father of five. runs a convenience store with one of his sons. he will get a lump sum payment of $150 million and that, oh, by the way, is after taxes. he didn't know what to do with himself. >> a little pumped up. >> he was running around. his wife apparently said they plan to give the money to the people most in need in their family, once they get the money so, you know what, i love stories where it's not the rich people winning more money. it's the poor people, who need it. >> i think he's going to give it
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to somebody in the family who needs it. >> buy the whole town of passaic. >> there you go. new questions this morning about the murder of colorado's prison system chief. he was gunned down on his front porch by a hitman as potentially payback for trying to break up a white supremacist prison gang. abc's dan harris has details. >> reporter: at a memorial service for kol prison chief tom clent ents, wrenching words from his wife. >> tom and i were watching tv and our doorbell rang. and my life was forever changed. >> reporter: the prime suspect evan ebel, a recent parolee killed in a shootout with police in texas two days later. investigators said ballistic tests show the gun ebel used in texas was the same one used to kill tom clements. >> this is an exact match. it has been confirmed. >> reporter: law enforcement sources say they suspect ebel also killed a pizza deliveryman to use his uniform as a disguise as he approached clements' home.
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ebel a member of the white supremacist prison gang called the 211 crew. abc news learned in the month before he died, tom clements thought the gang was too strong and to break it up he ordered members sent to different institutions. investigators are interviewing inmates to see if the gang ordered a hit on clements. in recent years, experts say ultraviolent white supremacist prison gangs like the 211 crew and the much larger aryan brotherhood, the subject of the national geographic investigation, have expanded their criminal enterprises outside the prison walls, selling drugs and running guns, all directed from behind bars. >> they devised all kinds of codes, so they might send out a letter that looks like a benign letter but is actually direct a hit or some kind of criminal activity. >> reporter: still, experts say it is extremely rare for prison gangs to kill top officials because to do so means all-out war. war may well be what the 211
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crew has on its hands. dan harris, abc news, new york. just released undercover tapes reveal new details in what police say was a plot to extort millions from the founder of the popular accessory story claire's. investigators say camille brown is under -- is behind the foiled scheme. she's the daughter of the schaeffer family's long-time maid, who was fired last fall. police say brown threatened to release correspondence detailing the family's embarrassing secrets unless they paid her $3 million. in pittsburgh shoppers at a target looked on in horror as a man stabbed three people, including a 16-year-old girl. police say the suspect was chased into a story by two men after a fight. he slashed the men and grabbed a teenager who was standing there with a family and used her as a shield. when he stab the the teen, several customers tackled him and held him until police arrived. police in seattle trying to determine if a driver was drunk when he mowed down four people at an intersection, including a
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newborn baby. the man, woman and the two-week-old baby she was carrying are in critical condition. the drive was led away in cuffs. he appeared distraught. michelle bachmann, facing an congressional ethics investigation over her short-lived presidential campaign. the minnesota republican and tea party favorite dropped out of the race after a sixth place finish in the iowa caucuses. the campaign has been the subject of a lawsuit and an investigation by the federal election commission. president obama challenging lawmakers to finish the job and get immigration reform passed. an agreement is within sight. a group of eight bipartisan senators, closing in on finishing a draft agreement which could put about 11 million illegal immigrants on the path to citizenship. the president applauded the congressional effort so far but pressed those lawmakers to get a move on. >> immigration makes us stronger. it keeps us vibrant. it keeps us hungry, it keeps us prosperous. it is part of what makes this such a dynamic country. after avoiding the problem for
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years, the time has come to fix it once and for all. the time has come for a comprehensive, sensible immigration reform. >> president obama apparently isn't the only high-powered leader pushing for change. facebook founder mark zuckerberg is forming a new issues advocacy group to promote immigration reform and education. spring has clearly not sprung in much of the country thanks to chilly temperatures and records of unseasonable snowfall. a foot or more of snow buried a huge chunk of the northeast, crippling road traffic, canceling flights and closing schools. and it's not over yet. forecasters say some east coast locations will be snowy and miserable once again today. well, belgian chocolate is among the best in the world and now the post office in belgium is putting temptation right on the face of an envelope. >> oh, my goodness. just in time for easter, issuing stashes that taste like chocolate, apparently. glue and ink are mixed with
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cacao oil. to provide authentic and aroma. one collector says they smell good, but the taste, not so much. they do look nice. >> yeah. >> look nice. don't think i will lick it though. coming up, the fan favorites in this year's ncaa tournament. how a little known university managed to make it into the sweet 16 and give the city a new nickname in the process. >> and ruin all our brackets. first, a security nightmare, a dangerous virus disappears from a lab. you are watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by woolite every day. >> announc ld news now"ou by woolite every day. save them.
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welcome back. officials at a national lab in texas are searching for a missing vile tha welcome back. officials at a national lab in texas are searching for a missing vile that contains a deadly virus. >> they say there's no indication of wrongdoing and that the public is not in danger, but as abc's david kerley reports, it raises questions about laboratory security. >> reporter: a small frozen vial that contains a potentially deadly virus. and one of those vials here at the university of texas is missing. 1 a virus from a mouse that could cause hemorrhagic fever. and could be used in a terror attack. officials believe the vial was discarded during cleaning and poses no risk. but this news comes on the very same day that government
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investigators in a new report question lab management in our country. the texas lab is one of 13 operating or planned in the u.s. with the highest designation, level 4. they house the baddest bugs out there, smallpox, anthrax and ebola. there are more than 1,400 level 3 labs in our country, too. and over a six-year period in the entire country, only one vial was lost, believed destroyed in shipping. but there are more than 600 separate releases of an agent inside labs. 11 lab workers sickened. those government investigators are calling for much more oversight, saying there's no single federal agency responsible for these labs and no national standards on how to build a lab. >> in my mind this is not a crisis, but it is a wake-up call. it's a call for greater action and coordinated action. >> reporter: coordinated to keep these deadly viruses secure. david kerley, abc news, washington. >> it's incredible that these labs that have to do with so
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many deadly viruses, there's no oversight. how does that happen? >> absolutely. i think that's crisis-like. a lot of people say what are some of these viruses even doing in these laboratories? but if they're going to be there, for crying out loud, you better have oversight and they better not be missing. >> right, right. you know, they're probably there because we're trying to figure out how to fix them, how to deal with them if there is an outbreak, but you don't lose vials if you're trying to figure out how to deal with an outbreak, because that could cause an outbreak. >> yes. when we come back, who are these guys? >> you must mean the high flying eagles from florida gulf coast university. yep, those guys. they're living march madness dreams right now. they're next on "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our abc stations.
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basketball. and that is our march madness music for you. this is truly a great story. making it an easy pick for our "favorite story of the day." >> you could say that spirits were soaring at florida gulf coast university yesterday. the school held a big welcome there, pep rally for them. the sweet 16 round of men's basketball. the team is in. abc's lana zach can tell us more about them. she joins us now. good morning, lana. >> reporter: good morning, john, diana. you know, i never expect much from my bracket. i am terrible at picking winners. but i'm not alone this year in being surprised by the eagles. a florida team on a tear. the madness of march is upon us. and all eyes are now set on florida gulf coast university. the little team making history. after their upset victories over georgetown and san diego state, florida gulf coast, fgcu for short, is now headed all the way to the sweet 16.
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>> we came into this tournament, we knew no one knew who we were or where we were. most people don't know where ft. myers or southwest florida is. >> reporter: it's a secret no longer. even the city's website has been updated with their new status, dunk city. >> just unbelievable. i did not expect this. this is crazy. >> reporter: the school has never played in the ncaa tournament. before the season started. fgcu was recruiting players for walk-on tryouts, unheard of among elite teams. less than 1% of the 8.1 million brackets submitted to espn.com even had this team making it to the sweet 16. the school is ecstatic. this is the first big splash fgcu is making onto the national stage. the university only founded in 1991, but with dorms on the water, an on-campus spa and a team that can dunk like this, well, fgcu may just become a household name. their next game is against florida on friday. in case you're wondering, yes, those really are the photos of
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campus. they were taken actually from the school's website. one other little bit of information i'll share with you. their coach actually studied economics at john's hopkins. i'm telling you, everything about these guys is just a little bit different. back to you, john and diana. >> thanks. there are underdogs and then there are these guys. they're like off the radar underdogs. >> i saw them on the brackets. for a second i thought, maybe, maybe. i'm all about the underdog. but i said, there's no way. >> of course not. >> i'm going to screw up my bracket if i put them in there. and i screwed it up by not putting them in there. >> i was a young reporter in 1991 in ft. myers, florida, whether they approved that university, 1991. now look at them. on the verge of sweet 16. didn't exist. >> first 15-seed to make it into the sweet 16. >> first to make it into the sweet 16. that is pretty sweet. we'll be right back. >> yep.
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we were talking about this one in the commercial. we could talk for an hour on this one. the snooze button, something potentially near and dear to our hearts. >> i love the snooze button. >> maybe a lot of you do, too. it's temperaturing. get another ten minutes of sleep. there it is. >> you hate the snooze button. >> it's not that i don't hate it but i know it puts me -- listen, asap science who say, quote, after you hit the snooze, you drift off and your brain starts the sleep cycle all over again. and when the alarm goes off the second time, you are in a deeper part of your sleep which makes you feel worse than you did the first time. they basically say, just set yourself an extra 15 minutes later and take an uninterrupted 15 minutes. don't get into that sleep cycle. i started doing that a long time ago. because if i start tempting myself with the snooze button, i'm dead. >> can i tell you, i set my alarm knowing i still have an extra 15 minutes i can snooze. >> you're one of those. >> i am one of those. >> if you have a partner on your day off and they're going with the snooze button because they have to work, it's like, do you mind?
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get out of bed already. i'm off! >> i said in the commercial. my poor husband. a snooze button for an hour. one hour. >> we need props. take your stilettos off. >> here's my stiletto. truth comes out. not so much. apparently the death of the stiletto is upon us. a company called secretsales.com has apparently discovered that two-thirds of women are ditching their heels for flats. >> for flats. >> for flats. 32% of women say they want ballet pumps. they say they choose a flat shoe instead. chelsea boots are popular. 19% said they wouldn't be caught dead in moon boots. ugly, big. >> speaking as a man. we love the stiletto. >> 27% of women say they wouldn't feel confident wearing flats every day, so there are still 27% of women who will continue wearing -- >> going to do flats? >> i wear boots even here. >> usually. i'm tall girl so i don't need heels. >> you do. 5'10." >> a big girl. >> all kind of amazon in the
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heels. i feel short next to you. i don't know where i'm going with this. let's just do it. dinosaur sex. there's a new photo out here, apparently some scientists have figured out how spiked dinosaurs reproduced. >> we need digitizing here. >> apparently, quote, this is from "the sunday times," huffington post article, prehistoric missionary position was necessary to prevent injury, castration or even death. basically, dinosaurs -- wait a minute. that looked like the canine position. that didn't look like missionary. >> missionary for animals. that's probably -- >> no. wouldn't they be facing each other? >> not in animals! >> that looked like doggy
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this morning on "world news this morning on "world news now" -- showdown in the supreme court.
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both sides of the gay marriage issue prepare to argue their case before a packed gallery. >> the justices' decision could change the definition of marriage in the united states. it's tuesday, march 26th. >> announcer: from abc news this is "world news now" with john muller and diana perez. tuesday, for most of us. monday for you. did you have a nice three-day weekend? >> i did. i had a good time. we had date night, which hasn't happened in a long time. >> date night for the new mom. that's always a strange thing. did you talk about the kid the whole time? >> yes. >> you're on date night but going, oh, he's so cute. >> sharing pictures with people next to us who were not interested. >> all parents do. out on date night, sipping martinis, talking about the kid. >> that's okay. >> let's get to it. good morning. i'm john muller. the court will hear arguments today. people have been lining up to witness what could become a landmark case in our country's history. >> a very big day for the issue of gay rights. we'll have more in just a moment. first, it could also be a big day for amanda knox.
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in just a few hours the italian supreme court could announce whether she will go back to prison for the murder of her roommate. it's a crime she's already been convicted and acquitted of. also this half hour, you wouldn't know it by all the snow, but spring is here. with it comes flood season. there's a surprising number of people who die inside their own cars after driving into high water. this morning we'll show you what to do if you become stuck in a flood situation. only takes 30 seconds to get it right. in "the skinny" this morning, "dancing with the stars," week two. who is on top of the leaderboard and who might be facing elimination? all right. let's get to the court decision that will likely have far-reaching implications. gays and lesbians have never been given same legal protections as other minorities. >> today's arguments deal with proposition 8. tomorrow the court takes up the defense of marriage act, the 1996 law that denies federal benefits to same-sex couple who is are legally married in their
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states. >> the question is even when those marriages are legal can the federal government deny to those legally married couples benefits that would be available to heterosexual couples? >> virginia senator mark warner becomes the latest lawmaker to announce his support for gay marriage. the democrat announced his decision on facebook, saying it is the fair and right thing to do. >> now as we said today's arguments before the court deal specifically with california's ban on gay and lesbian marriages. >> mark matthews of our san francisco station kgo spoke with the couples whose legal action is ending up before the nation's highest court. >> reporter: two women from berkeley and two men from burbank are the couples bringing the case against prop 8's ban on same-sex marriage. >> this case for us is about how we as americans want to be treated equally by our government. >> reporter: one of their lawyers, theodore olson, will have 20 minutes to argue the case against prop 8. he will likely face questions from the court on why the 2008 vote of the people in california should be overturned.
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u.s. solicitor general donald will have ten minutes representing the president's opposition to the same-sex marriage ban. and supporters of prop 8 will be represented by charles cooper. one of the attorneys who argued the case in san francisco's federal court. cooper will have 30 minutes and will likely face questions on whether prop 8 supporters have legal standing in this case since california's attorney general won't defend the law. >> when we talk about fundamental rights as it relates to the constitution, we are talking about those rights that we as a nation designated as being some of the most sacred of all the rights we can have. >> reporter: the state attorney general adds that more than a dozen times the supreme court has described marriage as a fundamental right. supporters of the marriage ban say california voters have already made the call. >> we should not allow the federal judiciary to destroy the vote of the people, especially on something as old and good as marriage.
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>> reporter: many court observers say justice anthony kennedy will be the justice to watch, he could be the swing vote in a 5-4 decision. the sacramento native struck down anti-gay laws in texas and colorado, but he's also a strong advocate of state's rights. and in 2008 californians did vote for the ban. >> the supreme court gallery has become one of the hottest tickets in town. people have been lining up for days for a chance to witness history. all right. well, the waiting will be over in a few hours for amanda knox. an italian criminal court expected to announce whether the washington state student will face a new murder trial. knox served four years in an italian prison for killing her roommate before that conviction was overturned. what a nightmare. they were supposed to make the decision yesterday. i mean, if you're -- no matter what you think of amanda knox, if you're waiting to find out if your life's going to go on and they say, oh, we'll do it tomorrow, meaning today, it must have been a tough night for her.
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>> this was years of this poor girl -- well, again, depending on how you feel about it. she was acquitted. she is no longer guilty of this crime. a court of her own peers acquitted her. therefore, why are we back at this? if this was america they couldn't do it. called double jeopardy. but we're talking about the justice in italy. >> it's so complicated. the big question, everybody wonders would she get extradited if she has to do another trial? could she say, i'm not going? >> she's back here. >> i asked that question of the expert. it is very complicated. italian legal process would have hurdles to clear. then to the u.s. justice department. it could get derailed any step of the way. it would take years no matter what, and a lot of experts say no matter what happens, she's never going to step foot on italian soil again. >> she's not there now to hear this decision. she's back home. she was finally able to come back home after years of being in prison. you know, if you listen to the initial decision, which is that she was acquitted, she was wrongfully imprisoned for all that time. >> today's the big decision. we'll find out for once and all >> what's going to happen. the u.s. has turned over control of the detention facility at bagram military base
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in afghanistan. ending an increasingly bitter dispute between the two governments. the handover comes on the heels of an unannounced visit to kabul by secretary of state john kerry. after a private meeting with afghan president hamid karzai, kerry insisted that they are on, quote, the same page regarding security and the release of prisoners despite suggestions otherwise. >> president karzai agrees there are certain people there who shouldn't necessarily be out, you know, creating problems. and so we're very comfortable that -- that sovereignty is fully protected and the interest of the united states with respect to prisoners are fully protected. >> president karzai said that a prison review board would carefully consider any u.s. intelligence about detainees deemed too dangerous to set free. mixed messages out of cyprus this morning after a $13 billion bailout to avert an economic meltdown. banks on the mediterranean island nation were supposed to
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reopen today but the government decided to keep them closed until thursday, hoping to prevent a run on deposits. the president of cyprus described the rescue plan as painful but essential. british officials say the death of a russian tycoon was consistent with hanging. they are not saying if the 67-year-old billionaire businessman hanged himself but pathologists found no signs of struggle. he was a kremlin critic and there was speculation he was the victim of an assassination plot but he had told journalists he had lost the meaning of life. an amazing rescue from the mountains above los angeles. a hiker is recovering after spending days stuck in a crack between two rocks. he was discovered by a dog and his owner who regularly hike this mountain. the hiker was within 100 feet of a trail trail, but apparently no one could hear his cries for help. other than being severely dehydrated, he's going to be okay. sports, for the first time since october 2010, tiger woods is the world's number one ranked golfer. he is back on top, thanks to yesterday's win at the
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storm-delayed arnold palmer invitational in florida. woods' third win of the year. his sixth in the last 20 tour starts. next up for woods is the masters, which starts two weeks from thursday. make it 27 straight wins for lebron james and the miami heat. they were in a tough game last night against the orlando magic that was before 20-2 run in the second half which decided the game. the heat are now within six games of matching the lakers' league record 33-game winning streak. their next game is tomorrow night in chicago. and that is just an unbelievable streak. as i heard one expert say earlier in the week, it's not only that they're just beating these teams and they're that good, you have to fly, you have to go across country, you get tired. you know, some days -- there's just a lot of logistics where you have an off night. for them to keep up this caliber of play, it's mind-boggling. >> and they're pulverizing them. not only that, it took them a little while. there were a lot of haters out there. they said, the heat, they keep talking about this, they're
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going to win, they're going to win. now they're actually winning. there you go, all the haters of the world. >> no doubt. coming up, best-selling author of the twilight series. unveils her latest creation. an interspecies love triangle. we'll tell about you the latest story. first, 30 seconds can save your life. with flood season almost here, we will tell you what to do if your car happens to get trapped in high waters. you're watching "world news now." ♪ i'm a survivor i'm a forgiver ♪ ews now." ♪ i'm a survivor i'm forg >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by colonial penn life insurance. ance. fe insurance. ♪ i'm a survivor [ male announcer ] zzzquil™ sleep-aid.
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i'm a forgiver ♪ you should have seen him on the commercial break singing the song, top of your lungs. >> belting it out. dancing too. >> yes, he was. "survivor" from destiny's schild there. that's what makes our story pretty interesting. it's about surviving. in this case surviving if you are trapped in a sinking car. >> should pay attention to this. around 400 people die every year because they try to save themselves in an incorrect fashion. abc's lisa stark shows us how to do it. >> reporter: what you are about to hear are actual 911 calls from people in sinking cars. >> help me. >> i got fire department coming. >> i don't know what to do. >> my car is sinking. >> it's up to my waist. it's up to my waist. i can't get out of the car. >> reporter: here's the headline you must remember. headline you must remember. you have to get out of the car
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before it sinks. that means you likely have under a minute to get out. speed is the key to saving your life. >> the first 30 to 60 seconds is when you have to get out of the vehicle. >> reporter: that's leading researcher, who says it is too late to try to push a door open when the car's under water, so this florida dive team shows what can be done. >> okay, guys, ready to go. >> reporter: let's start the clock in real time. a second after hitting the water, seat belts off. then windows down. within eight seconds both front seat passengers are out. water now rushing in the backseat. passengers scramble. in some cars like this one, rear windows won't roll down all the way. the escape is out the front. everyone is safe, all in under 20 seconds. >> everybody's clear. >> reporter: here again in slow motion. jeff, who was in the backseat -- >> it was very intimidating. the car went down quicker than i thought it would. i had a real inflow of water that i had to work against to get out, but it can be done.
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>> the point is, everybody knew what they were supposed to do. get your seat belt off, open the window, period. and then get out. >> reporter: it's simple but crucial. and what about kids? same scenario here with test dummies. again, seat belts off, windows open, unstrap the oldest child first, the youngest last. that's your best chance of getting the children out safely. they got out this window in 21 seconds. and if you can't get the window down, you'll need a backup. an inexpensive window-break tool. take a look when i gave it a try. you don't have to be strong. anyone can do it. these tests are leading to a sea change. starting next month, 911 operators will tell anyone in a sinking car, get out, now. lisa stark, abc news, naples, florida. >> good information. front window. those back windows only go down
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halfway a lot of times. >> that's right. and unbuckle your seat belt. i want to know what the recommendations are for electrical cars. everything runs on electricity these days. >> i would imagine, like they said, 30 second, you can probably get it down real fast. >> quickly. seat belt out, down, and then kids in the back scare me. >> get the kids out first. they didn't even try opening the door, just the window. >> just the window. and get that tool. that was a good tile. >> such a good tool. coming up next, the couple that came out on top on "dancing with the stars." >> "the skinny" is next. you are watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our abc stations.
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♪ skinny ♪ skinny so skinny ♪ >> time for "the skinny." let's do it. jumping right in with "dancing with the stars." >> what have you got? >> we have the top and the bottom. so, on the top, kellie pickler and derek hough. with 26. as well zendaya and. this little girl is 16 years old and she's burning up that dance floor. every time she gets on the dance floor, she is well above her years, beyond what anybody is expecting. disney princesses have not been treated well on "dancing with the stars." this disney princess is on "shake it up," a show on disney. she is doing a wonderful job. there is kellie pickler. she's also wonderful. they had this little pole thing
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going. barely-there outfits. they both look very hot. she is quite the in-shape gal. then we have a couple of people on the bottom. we have dorothy hamill and tristan mcmahon us in. she did not do well. last week did much better. this week. and the judges were not so kind. they said she did a lot, a lot of mistakes in her routine. and then d.l. hugley did not do well. the star of the night was andy dick. he actually had a little acting routine. >> check that out. >> yeah. he had an acting routine during the whole thing and he did really well. he got a 20, right in the middle of the pack, but it was -- it was just very endearing. a lot of people liked it, especially the judges and that's all that matters. so, anyway, he ended up right in the middle, much better than last week. and he's back. at least that's the way it looks. andy dick is back. >> looked pretty good. >> it was very good. very cute. >> you have to love a guy who's trying hard. hugh hefner, care to take a
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guess, founder of "playboy" any guesses on how many women he has notched? >> bedded? >> bedded. >> i can't imagine. in his old age, a dinosaur. 370. >> he says how could i possibly know, but over 1,000, i'm sure. he tells "esquire" magazine it is hard to give an exact figure. but, you know, he says there were chunks of his life when he was married. when he was married he never cheated so he made up for it when he wasn't married. >> oh, sure. >> over 1,000 women, he's sure. and he said he saved the best for last. we know that he's 86 years old and is recently married. all right. keeping up with the numbers, the only thing he has to worry about right now. >> okay. >> okay. >> let's move on to something a little more serious, rihanna, we all heard about rihanna and the fact that she is all over the news for not so good reasons recently. well, apparently she's been forced to cancel two dates on her diamonds world tour because she's suffered a bout of laryngitis.
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that happened earlier this month. take a look. all pictures she usually tweets out. her smoking. her drinking. some of them her partying. well, she's reportedly been told she needs to curb her partying-loving lifestyle if she wants to fulfill her touring commitments. apparently her doctors say she needs to slow this lifestyle down because all the smoking and drinking will apparently take a toll on her health. and it's going to take a while for her body to recover if she's ever going to actually make it on this tour. so they've asked her to cancel a couple of dates, kind of get it together. and stop smoking and drinking and partying like she's out of control, because she is out of control. >> yes. i mean, when you're doing that kind of performance -- >> you're young. >> -- you really have to take care of your body. it catches up to you. >> slow down. care of your body. it catches up to you. my partying. . >> i curbed my partying. while your carpets may appear clean.
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finally this half hour, "the host" hits theaters nationwide on friday. it's a film adaptation of the novel by the same name. >> that book was written by author stephenie meyer, who is also the mastermind behind the twilight franchise. she spoke to abc's juju chang. >> reporter: stephenie meyer's fantasies have sold more than 100 million books and the twilight movies grossed more than $3 billion worldwide. at its core, a teenage girl in love with a vampire and a werewolf, who's also in love with her. this time around meyer has created yet another high-stakes interspecies lovers romance. >> we have been invaded by another species. who will erase our minds to take our body. >> reporter: two red-blooded human men, who are in love with one teenage girl and the spirit who's taken over her body, the
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host. >> i like you, anna. >> i like you too, ian. >> reporter: this is yet another interspecies romance. >> it is. i tried to write a story once with just human beings and i got really bored. i love to read them. i love regular fiction. but when i'm writing, i -- for now anyway, the science fiction and the fantasy always catches my -- holds onto my attention better. >> reporter: meyer's stories bridge the gap between teen and adult fiction, reminding all of us what it was like to fight the urges brought on by raging teenage hormones. >> i do think there's something kind of magical about taking your time with physical attraction. if you make it so every time someone brushes someone's hand, remember when you were 14 and that was a big deal? >>. >> reporter: oh, yeah. >> we skip over that a lot. >> reporter: clearly you're
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letting your gut, our your dreams, lead you, but after "the host" what comes next? >> i have so many stories, and real fantasy. there's assassin stories and there's ghost stories and, you know, there's so many things i'd love to be able to do. >> reporter: and legions of fans breathlessly await. i'm juju chang in chicago. >> her work is a hit. >> yeah, it is. great stuff. i've always had a thing for alien women. >> sinct tr the original, the two green ladies. two different episodes with the green woman. i haven't menut like them on "star trek >> sounds to me it doesn't matter what it is, she's going to mak
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this morning, supreme court showdown. >> the wait is over for these
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crowds lined up for days today. the high court considers the fate of california's gay marriage ban. a ruling that could change laws nationwide. we are live at the supreme court. and breaking overnight, a new threat by north korea. its military now on battle-ready status prepared for a rocket strike on the u.s. >> an internet hit and videos like this have been watched by millions showing people swinging from arches in the southwest. for one daredevil it's now turned deadly. and cha-ching. meet the internet's newest golden boy, his invention making him a multimillionaire overnight. and, oh, by the way, he's only 17. and good tuesday morning. history unfolds this morning before the nation's highest court. at issue, the future of gays' rights. >> today's hearing dealing specifically with a california
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law banning gay marriage, but the implications are far reaching. abc's devin dwyer joining us this morning from outside the supreme court with a preview. devin. >> reporter: hey, good morning, john and diana. that's right. just a few hours from now arguments get under way in the historic chamber behind me. two cases over two days that will take on the meaning of marriage. today for the first time, nine justices on the nation's highest court will join the debate over same-sex marriage. in the spotlight, california's proposition 8, which defines marriage as only between one man and one woman. >> this is by far the biggest case the supreme court has ever had when it comes to discrimination against homosexuals. >> reporter: crowds began forming outside the court on thursday braving cold and snow for a chance to hear the historic arguments. the big question, whether discrimination against gays should be treated like discrimination against women or racial minorities held to a tougher standard. supporters of a traditional definition of marriage argue prop 8 serves a vital social interest and was endorsed by voters in 2008.

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