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he didn't waste any time making than vacuuming alone. the headlines. leaving you with a carpet that's truly fresh and clean. a neighbor is accusing him of battery. don't just vacuum clean. the neighbor in his l.a. resolve clean. community apparently, the sheriffs department confirmed to e! news, deputies were called to the home after 9:00. incident with the neighbor. under investigation. no arrest. no charges. some kind of accusation of battery, the neighbor. i believe there was talk he was driving his ferrari up and down the street. may have to do something with that. >> he is 11 years old and weighs two pounds soaking wet. >> he is 19, by the way. not such a bad kid. >> acting out a little bit. >> 19, come on. remember when you were 19. we were all doing crazy things. >> remember speeding in my ferrari like it was yesterday. >> me too, tattoo on my chest. taking pictures of me naked all the time when i was 19. on twitter. >> on the internet. >> on the internet. >> all over twitter, look them up. now, for another man who has been in the news quite a bit lately. mr. tiger woods.
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it welcome back. there is a procedure that can change the lives of children born with hearing problems. but some insurance companies don't cover the cost. >> that may surprise parents out there. abc's dan harris has the investigation. >> reporter: you have to look closely, but if you keep your eye on the boy in the orange shirt, carson, you will see he is consistently one step behind his preschool classmates. staring off when the teacher is talking to him. >> come on. >> reporter: sitting for a few seconds. >> find a card. count out. >> reporter: when all the other kids get up. >> i think he is constantly trying to keep up. wears himself out. >> reporter: carson ruben who is five has auditory neuropathy,
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which means while the teacher sounds like this to the rest of the children. >> carrots and onions -- >> reporter: to carson she sound like this. >> cochlear implants could dramatically improve carson's hearing. they could have miraculous impacts. watch as this child's device is turned on for the first time. could you hear that? but it would cost $250,000. and ruben's health insurance company refused to cover it. the rubens are covered by coventry health care of georgia. we looked at the ruben's policy there on page 33 at the bottom of a long list of exclusions there it is. hearing devices and implants -- experts say companies have wide latitude to create exclusions like this, so you have to check find out with venus embrace. your policy closely. every five-bladed stroke we made repeated requests for an gives you 360 degrees of smooth interview, but they would only
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tell us, quote, no health for goddess skin you can feel and feel. ♪ i'm your venus only from venus embrace. insurance approximately cover every procedure. in 2011 alone, coventry made $500 million in profit. this is their ceo, allen wise, 53 on the forbes' list of richest executives. >> what would you say to him? >> sir, fuif you were in our same position, repeatedly told no, no, no. woolite everyday, cleans your jeans how would you feel? and won't torture your tanks. our salaries were swapped, how would you feel? woolite washed clothes look like new, longer. >> reporter: after the interview we made one last call to coventry. they thanked us for bringing this issue to the attention and said they will now cover cochlear implants in georgia including for carson whose mother we spoke to. to have the insurance company call you and say we are going to cover this. that must have been huge? >> well, i couldn't breathe for a while. >> reporter: carson ruben will have surgery in weeks. his mother says he is very excited.
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but keep this in mind. >> abc news, the country's this is just one case. premier news brand. where americans go to see the and every year in america, more whole picture. than 1,000 kids who need together with yahoo! news, the world's number one news site on cochlear implants are denied. the web. dan harris, abc news, new york. this is america's number one digital ♪ >> let's hope every single one well we told you yesterday of them gets it. that is just incredible thing to have. about a 17-year-old whose app >> you never even bother to read was purchased by yahoo! for your policies to think that something that is so needed, millions of dollars. first of all, before you have kids you never think i am going to need a hearing aid. and it kind of makes you wonder, how did he get so far in so you have a child that needs this little time? to get by in the world. 17. and you can't, you can't give it >> because he is brilliant. to your child. his mom noticed his talent at a heartbreaking. very early age. >> so random what is covered. abc's cecelia vega has more. strangest, little things will be covered. something profound like that not >> reporter: nick d 'aloisio's covered. road to success began with a >> let's do case-by-case basis book his parents gave him. or something. >> that's a plan. >> i was given a book, how to >> common sense. >> i make an arbitrary rule, program in c for dummies. give every kid an implant if they need it. >> reporter: nick took the book >> listen to us. we are in charge of the world. and taught himself to write especially this guy. >> fixing it one day at a time. computer codes. >> right. by the way he was 12. >> a death defying dream. >> we'll introduce you to a by 15 he created a news reader app. now at 17, the computer whiz group of friends who are getting a bird's eye view of the entire with boy band looks sold the app world.
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you are watching "world news to yahoo! abc news' partner for now." millions. >> announcer: "world news now" he says he grew up like any other kid. >> i played video games, had a ps, playstation 3. that wasn't really my main focus. i think i always liked creating things. >> reporter: he's been called a prodigy, a boy wonder. but for one woman, nick is one thing. son. >> approximately, 10 years, 11, he was asking for a mac notebook. it was all technology. he loved technology. we were queuing in the apple istore all the time. >> reporter: he got the mac book but his parents used it as a teachable moment. >> i remember we made him sign a contract at that young age. so what he would use it for. >> reporter: he was writing programs that baffled his parents. >> we always supported him in what he wanted to do, even though we didn't quite understand it.
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>> reporter: what's the secret to raising a genius? >> i trusted in him. he is only 17. i think he will keep climbing that mountain and keep achieving. ♪ dangerous >> reporter: nick's mom says the best is yet to come. ♪ so dangerous cecelia vega, abc news, new york. >> line up in the store. >> well for thrill seekers. buying devon an iphone. >> there you go. can't even say the word. $30 million. people who have a perfect sense >> incredible money for a of balance. this next story is the ultimate 17-year-old. experience. >> shortens the news stories >> group of friends traveling using an algorithmic formula. the world performing breathtaking stunts in >> huh. >> sounded like it was just a breathtaking scenery. check it out. ♪ good idea. >> reporter: they're the but a good idea that is brilliant and heady as well. >> yahoo! liked it. therefore, 17-year-old high-lining daredevils whose millionaire. ultimate rush is conquering >> i had the same idea. extreme slack lines in exotic no, not so much. picturesque countries. their latest feat -- >> a lot of people saying come to brazil, you'll love it here. i said okay we are going to brazil. >> reporter: andrew louis, brian mossbaugh, haley and scott are
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adrenaline junkies who dominated the longest slack line in rio de janeiro, brazil. 3,000 feet above ground. their life hanging in one waist-tied harness. >> just about halving fun. all of it, the reason we do it, all of it is fun. >> reporter: pictures capture the death-defiers on thin wires, balancing their body, sitting cross legged, even dangling upside down. we got a taste of andy's skills at last year's super bowl. when he wowed the crowd at madonna's halftime performance. but traveling the world and discovering new high lines is fulfilling a lifelong dream. >> seems crazy from the outside. maybe it is crazy to follow your dreams. it is going to be fun. for us, high-lining up there in the cloud, all the way above rio. it's just magical. >> reporter: it takes years of training and dedication to get there. >> trial and error.
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learning how to do it safely. the errors have not been drastic. >> reporter: the key to the stunts that push them to the max. fearlessness. >> i don't think we would be doing it if we didn't feel safe. if we thought we would die every time we do it. it would be a terrifying experience. >> they have what they call a leash on some of these which you want to wear. basically, you know, if you fall, you are attached. wear it around your waist. call it soloing without the leash. if you fall without the leash you are dead. >> yikes. something i am almost going to do. i was there when nick walenda went across the falls. >> you were there? >> oh, yeah. we are coming right back, guys. >> oh, yeah. we are coming right back, guys. can a body wash go beyond basic cleansing? this morning, round two at the supreme court. >> a second day of arguments
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over gay marriage begins in just hours. justices showing signs they may not feel comfortable ruling on this issue, and we are live in washington. breaking overnight, an early morning quake sending schoolchildren scrambling. the powerful tremor caught on tape. we'll have the latest. and new this morning, getting personal. the disgraced former head of the cia apologizing overnight in his first speech since that bombshell affair and olay ultra moisture body wash can with more moisturizers resignation. and a surprise on the dance floor. three couples on the chopping than seven bottles of the leading body wash. with ultra moisture block, but what one star said your body wash is anything but basic. next shocked them all. soft, smooth skin with olay. good wednesday morning, 3 today the supreme court hears a second day of arguments about gay marriage. >> just like yesterday, hundreds of demonstrators for both sides are expected to pack the court's steps.i some have evn spent the night waiting to be first in line. >> abc's devin dwyer joining us now from the court with a preview of today's hearing. devin. john.
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that's right, today the justices will hear a case of lifelong love, the story of an 83-year-old widow and her partner of 42 years. the supreme court's look at same-sex marriage today turns to couples who are already wed, couples like edie windsor and her late wife, thea spire. >> it was a marriage that anybody would want, okay, gay or straight. we had a wonderful life together. >> reporter: when spire died in 2009, windsor got socked with a $360,000 estate tax, money she wouldn't owe the irs if her spouse had been male. the 1996 defense of marriage act limits federal tax and entitlement benefits to heterosexual couples. now, the big question for the justices. >> can the federal government deny to those legally married couples benefits that would be available to heterosexual couples? >> reporter: but before it can weigh in, the court must decide whether the group defending the law led by house republicans has the authority to make the case. it's no sure bet.
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one in the "the mix." we know why random house gave each employee a $5,000 bonus. the "fifty shade of grey" sold 70 million in print, ebook, audio format. >> i wonder why? >> i talked about the book, i wish i could read it and know what it is about. our cracker jack staff, producer, provided me with a copy of the book. you know i am getting sexy when the lights go low, and the glasses go on. >> sexy. >> pay attention, "i swallow, my mouth suddenly dry. the grin, the effects of which travel all the way down there. >> ooh. >> i can make an exception. or combine the two. we will see. i really want to make love to you. please, come to bed. i want our arrangement to work. you really need to have some idea of what you are getting yourself into. we can start your training tonight. what do you think? >> think we lost a bunch of viewers. >> did it do it for you?
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>> didn't do much for me. i enjoyed it just the same. >> i think we lost viewers. it's okay. we forgive you. take care of business. >> picking up the book? >> a few more things than the book. >> it worked. >> moving on. much tamer. dodge ball. >> dodge ball. >> teams in new york working on the record. they want to get into "the guiness book of world records" for the longest dodge ball game ever. we remember the movie, dodge ball. there they are, a victory, 43 hours. >> 43 hours of dodge ball. >> 43 hours of agonizingly being smacked in the face by a big old red ball. >> 43 hours of fifty shade of grey is too much. >> 43 hours of anything, including, big red balls, is too long. >> upstaged fifty shades with one sentence. played a lot of dodge ball.
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steve kerwin, just bought a painting from casino owner steve wynn, $125 million. the highest paid ever for a u.s. collector for a piece of art work. $155 million for a pablo picasso. >> number one, steve wynn, a millionaire. he owned that in the first place. i get it is art. what is that? what? i mean? >> cubist rendition of a woman. >> she, not a real face. i don't get the body. i know that it means the dream or to dream. that's just -- my 6-month-old son can do a better job. that's what i am going to start doing. >> the point of art is to make you say is that art? >> that is not art.
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this morning on "world news now" -- delicate and divisive in
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one of the most anticipated legal arguments of the year. the supreme court justices express reluctance over gay marriage rights. >> another round of arguments begin in just hours. it's wednesday, march 27th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now" with john muller and diana perez. >> i love the way that guy says our names. >> oh, yeah. >> oh, yeah. >> they make a lot of money. i need to start announcing. >> i know, right? >> i can do that from home. >> a good way to go. >> if you are watching, but you are not because you are sleeping guy who announces for us, i want your job. >> me too. good morning, everybody. let's talk about supreme court justices. they led an eight-minute -- excuse me. 80-minute discussion over gay marriage rights. we'll find out which way the discussion might go today. also this morning, the baby forgotten at the subway turn-style. police and bystanders take action after the child was left behind. find out what distracted the baby's mother and the baby's grandmother and why they're not going to be charged.
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a headline we have been following all week. the new jersey man who came to this country and eventually became a millionaire. the latest powerball jackpot winner. we'll introduce you to him and tell you what is next for the newly very wealthy man. later on, what heartbreak. i don't want to tell you, we already have video of it. there you go, former olympic skater dorothy hamilll on the stage, "dancing with the stars". the competition is over. it wasn't her decision, the judges' decision or your decision. that's coming up in "the skinny". tried to save you from the spoiler alert. >> i want to see the hamill camel. believe it or not, i watched that. all right, first the justices return for another historic argument to consider the future of gay marriage. >> at issue the defense of marriage act. it bans same sex couples if they're legally married from getting federal benefits. abc's tahman bradley is following the arguments. good morning, tahman. >> reporter: good morning, diana. good morning, john.
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high stakes at the supreme court, the justices weighing in explosive issue of same-sex marriage as a sea of people gather outside the court. in oral arguments the nine justices seemed divided over the issue of same-sex marriage but united that perhaps the matter shouldn't be before the court. at issue california's proposition 8, the 2008 ballot initiative that amended the state's constitution to ban same-sex marriage. the court's liberal justices questioned the rationale for restricting gays and lesbians from marrying. >> can you think of any other rational basis for a state using sexual orientation as a factor in denying homosexual benefits? >> reporter: conservative justices wondered how same-sex marriage could be a right guaranteed under the constitution. >> you want us to step in and render a decision based on an assessment of the effects of this institution which is newer than cell phones or the internet?
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>> reporter: justice anthony kennedy who could cast a deciding vote in the case, expressed empathy for children with gay parents. >> they want their parents to have full recognition and full status. the voice of those children is important in this case, don't you think? >> what do we want? >> equality! >> reporter: while justices heard the arguments there was an almost carnival-like atmosphere. outside, the two couples explained why they want to marry. >> i believe in equality and our judicial system and i have faith in it and more than anything, i believe in love. >> reporter: today, in a separate case, the justices take up the defense of marriage act, the 1996 law that denies same sex couples federal benefits. john, diana. >> thank you, tahman. another issue sure to be before the supreme court. north dakota's governor signed a new law which restricts abortions in the state. the law bans most abortions of a fetal heartbeat can be detected, something that can happen six
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weeks into a pregnancy. lawmakers in kansas are also considering a similar restriction. former cia director, david petraeus, has returned to the spotlight after being forced to resign over an extramarital affair. speaking before a military group in southern california, late last night the former general issued an apology for the scandal that ended his cia career. experts say petraeus is handling the situation the right way telling the truth accepting responsibility and moving on. north korean leaders claim their artillery and rocket forces are at the highest level combat posture. just the latest in a series of escalating threats. abc's chief global foreign affairs correspondent martha raddatz has the very latest. >> reporter: in the newest propaganda video, north koreans threatening a massive rocket and artillery attack on south korea with thousand of follow-on troops invading the country. it comes as north korea has
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orders all its strategic rockets and long-range artillery units put on the highest alert ready to hit american military targets they say in south korea where the u.s. has more than 28,000 troops in guam where there are 6,000, and even in hawaii, where nearly 115,000 american forces are based. one person tracking these threats closely told me this could indeed turn into a very real crisis with america involved in the kind of conflict with north korea it has long tried to avoid. martha raddatz, abc news, kabul. police say the ex-con suspected of killing colorado's prison chief tom clements was driving a car that was loaded with explosive evidence. they found bomb making materials in evan ebel's cadillac, there were pants with stains of blood. zip ties documents from the corrections department. ebel died in a shootout with police in texas two days after clements was murdered. a follower of charles manson is awaiting a court hearing. after investigators say he tried to smuggle a cell phone into
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manson's california prison. 63-year-old craig hammond was arrested while trying to bring a wristwatch into prison. manson has been caught with a smuggled cell phone twice in four years. a baby girl is back with her family after being left behind in a subway station. surveillance shows the baby and stroller arriving with her 15-year-old mother and grandmother. both women used the same fare card. then go their separate ways. apparently, assuming the other is taking the baby. well a transit worker scooped up the child. the women then returned in a short time in a panic looking for the child. >> i think they attempted to evade the fare. and i would still support the fact that they weren't charged. based on the circumstances of leaving the baby behind. the fact that they were frantic about it. and probably learned a better lesson than us citing them. >> police say it is clear from
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the video neither the mom or grandmother intended to endanger the child. subway riders who heard the story were not as understanding. >> a subway station cashier retrieved the baby. the mother and grandmother realized at the next station that neither of them had the child. >> what? >> at the next station. >> okay. so now -- >> at the risk of saying something that might offend someone out there, i won't say anything. that is incredibly irresponsible. >> you have a newborn. you know, brains, you know what they say? >> you have mommy brain for the first couple months. i get it. number one, you don't try and, save yourself $2.50 by jumping a fare. and your mother is with you. the grandmother of the child should know better. >> especially grandma, right. >> grandma, come on! >> that would be unfair to grandma. both of them should have known, how about that. 50/50. >> both of them. she was only 15. >> she was only 15. >> i said i would make somebody upset. i don't want to talk about it. let's get to the weather, that's always a safe
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conversation. snow showers later today in northern new england. new york might see some rain this evening. blustery for the mid-atlantic. sunny and warm across the nation's middle into the rockies. rain and snow in the northwest. >> high 50s, 60s in the region. warm, near normal for the southwest. southeast could be much cooler than usual. 60 degrees in miami today. 50 from the mid-atlantic to new england. a family near sacramento, california, is fighting to save a dear friend, literally. they are the cervantes family and the deer is named floracita. >> she was found, a newborn two years ago. after her mother was killed the family raised the little deer there. they want to keep her for good. she is tame. >> she is. >> someone called wildlife officials. they say floracita has to go. the family and neighbors say it is not fair. the cervanteses will apply for a permit to keep the deer with them. >> what do you think?
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>> i don't know. >> it is wild, not to be fair to the deer itself. and a deer. >> and do deer things. in a deer world. >> i have deer by me where i live. i have seen them jump, my 7-foot hedge like it is nothing. i don't know how. i mean, in a year's time, it will take care of itself. >> i will tell you this. apparently the deer was found the umbilical cord attached. this deer for all intents and purposes has lived in captivity its entire life. maybe it won't know how to get out or get by when it is out there. >> let the deer go. she will come back, freebie. carrots every now and then. >> if you love something, set it free. >> there you go. coming up, tiger woods. latest advertising endorsement. making some people angry. later, the teenage high-tech whiz who is now an instant millionaire. what it is look to raise such a smarty pants kid you.
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♪ hot dog i'm feeling lucky tonight ♪ ♪ i feel lucky ♪ i feel lucky >> perfect song for this story. a new jersey man has 338 million reasons to be smiling this morning. >> why can't that be us. the humble store owner, lucky lottery ticket will no doubt change his life, yesterday, pedro quezada claimed his
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ginormous prize. as marci gonzalez reports, the big win is now starting to sink in. >> hey, john, diana. what an incredible story. the winner who says he has struggled to make ends meet now has more money than he knows to what do with. the excitement impossible to contain as pedro quezada learned he is a millionaire, 338 times over. >> translator: he said i felt pure joy, just happiness. >> reporter: raising that famously giant check over his head, the father of five explains through a translator he moved to the country 26 years ago from the dominican republic with the goal of working never imagining his long 18-hour days behind the counter of his convenience store in passaic, new jersey, would come to a fairy tale ending.
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the ticket he bought on the way to work the sole winner of this weekend's powerball drawing. the fourth largest jackpot in powerball history. >> translator: it is real, actually real. >> reporter: the reality still setting in for the 45-year-old who is reportedly taking the lump sum payment, $152 million after taxes. so where will he spend his new found fortune? first he says on his family. although his son showed up to work at the family store, explaining, he doesn't expect a dime. >> all i can say is tomorrow, i will wake up normally. i know the first of the month i got to pay the bills, not him. >> reporter: a humble family whose lives are now forever changed. >> translator: it has to change. but it will not change my heart. >> reporter: as for what to do with the rest of the winnings he is trying to figure that out. he would like a new car. when asked what kind of vehicle he drives now, he answered, "my feet." john, diana. back to you. >> what a great story. >> wow. i said it yesterday. he is my cousin.
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>> right. you got the dominican connection. [ speaking foreign language ] >> we are all brothers and sisters deep down. >> there you go. call him too. >> he doesn't know where he will live, stay in passaic, maybe go back to the dr, move to bali. >> he need to stop, take a second, hire a lawyer, and stop, stop being out in the public eye. don't tell any body where you live. don't tell any body what you plan to do with the money. the second you say i will do this, do that. everybody, including complete strangers, like me, are going to start showing up on the doorstep. hey, don't you remember me? >> so true. he says i am still thinking my mind isn't clear yet. >> good for them. love those stories. coming up, the teenaged heartthrob who made his neighbors very, very angry. what's behind this uproar? >> heartbreak on "dancing with the stars" the first contestant leaves the stage this season. we'll have that next in "the skinny." >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our
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♪ skinny so skinny >> welcome to "the skinny," everybody. we are starting off with "dancing with the stars" once again. because we have some actually sad news to report. so two people on the bottom. boxer victor ortiz and real housewife lisa vanderpump. you would expect one of the two of them would go home.
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because they're at the bottom. not the case. the person who went home is because she is injured, dorothy hamill, injury riddled throughout the season. she got 15. last night's jive not good. all kind of mistakes. she is leaving because of a sad reason. she is an olympic gold medalist, and an athlete. she has a lot of injuries. take a listen. >> i have taken the advice of my spine surgeon, i need to withdraw from the competition. i have an injury that could be -- irreparable and nerve damage. it would be completely unfair for me to stay in this and have any of the people go home. >> 56-year-old class act if you ask me. she is going home. going to tend to her injuries. that means everybody else is safe. 11 more contestants to go. >> justin bieber, start with him, making our news. >> oh, boy. >> weekly basis. back from europe. taking a break from the tour. he didn't waste any time making the headlines.
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a neighbor is accusing him of battery. the neighbor in his l.a. community apparently, the sheriffs department confirmed to e! news, deputies were called to the home after 9:00. incident with the neighbor. under investigation. no arrest. no charges. some kind of accusation of battery, the neighbor. i believe there was talk he was driving his ferrari up and down the street. may have to do something with that. >> he is 11 years old and weighs two pound soaking wet. >> he is 19, by the way. not such a bad kid. >> acting out a little bit. >> 19, come on. remember when you were 19. we were all doing crazy things. >> remember speeding in my ferrari. >> me too, tattoo on my chest. taking pictures of me naked all the time when i was 19. on twitter. >> on the internet. >> on the internet. >> all over twitter, look them up. now, for another man who has been in the news quite a bit lately. mr. tiger woods. this is actually go from one and then, start on the nice end of
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the story and end with maybe not, something not so great. so, tiger woods' new girlfriend, lindsey vonn, tweeted out number one. happy that her new boo is doing very well. he is the number one golfer back to reclaim his title for the first time in 2 1/2 years. now the second thing causing controversy, apparently, nike has a new ad out, nike's ad says "winning takes care of everything." and it's tiger woods that is in the ad. so a lot of people are saying -- there it is. >> controversy, if you win you can pretty much do whatever you want. >> right. >> women are offended. >> a pr expert said that's not what you do. get everybody fired up. this is not nike in trouble. tiger woods actually said this stuff. listen, he is not talking about the women, just talking about sports. ♪ ♪ i'm your venus [ female announcer ] what does beauty feel like?
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premier news brand. where americans go to see the whole picture. together with yahoo! news, the world's number one news site on the web. this is america's number one digital news source. ♪ well we told you yesterday about a 17-year-old whose app was purchased by yahoo! for millions of dollars. and it kind of makes you wonder, how did he get so far in so little time? 17. >> because he is brilliant. his mom noticed his talent at a very early age. abc's cecelia vega has more. >> reporter: nick d 'aloisio's road to success began with a book his parents gave him. >> i was given a book, how to program in c for dummies. >> reporter: nick took the book and taught himself to write computer codes. by the way he was 12.
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by 15 he created a news reader app. now at 17, the computer whiz with boy band looks sold the app to yahoo! abc news' partner for millions. he says he grew up like any other kid. >> i played video games, had a ps, playstation 3. that wasn't really my main focus. i think i always liked creating things. >> reporter: he's been called a prodigy, a boy wonder. but for one woman, nick is one thing. son. >> approximately, 10 years, 11, he was asking for a mac notebook. it was all technology. he loved technology. we were queuing in the apple istore all the time. >> reporter: he got the mac book but his parents used it as a teachable moment. >> i remember we made him sign a contract at that young age. so what he would use it for. >> reporter: he was writing programs that baffled his parents. >> we always supported him in what he wanted to do, even though we didn't quite
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understand it. >> reporter: what's the secret to raising a genius? >> i trusted in him. he is only 17. i think he will keep climbing that mountain and keep achieving. >> reporter: nick's mom says the best is yet to come. cecelia vega, abc news, new york. >> line up in the store. buying devon an iphone. >> there you go. $30 million. >> incredible money for a 17-year-old. >> shortens the news stories using an algorithmic formula. >> huh. >> sounded like it was just a good idea. but a good idea that is brilliant and heady as well. >> yahoo! liked it. therefore, 17-year-old millionaire. >> i had the same idea. no, no
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this morning on "world news now" -- sorry. the former chief of the cia
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david petraeus expresses a public apology after a sex scandal. >> his high-profile appearance last night, his fall from grace, and the explanation he is offering. it's wednesday, march 27th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now" with john muller and diana perez. >> good wednesday morning. nice to have the hump day finally here. >> happy hump day, everybody. >> feeling good, feeling nice? >> enjoying myself. not sleeping. feeling good, strangely if that makes sense. >> having fun, feeling good. sleep doesn't matter. >> overrated. as the motto says. >> our story today, david petraeus took the stage a few hours ago. his first major public appearance since the scandal in just a moment. >> also ahead, we're going to talk about the heartbreaking legal setback for amanda knox. why the italian justice system wants to put her on trial for murder yet again. find out her reaction and what
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the victim's family had to say. >> consider the outrage after a preschool teacher is accused of putting sleeping medicine in kids' sippy cups. her court appearance and angry comments from parents. later this half-hour, following the footsteps, the young son of a cop who never knew his dad enters the police force with an inspiring story and attitude, as well. but first this -- david petraeus avoided the public eye since he suddenly quit as head of the cia. >> late last night before a receptive audience, the former general started his come back. abc's brandi hitt from los angeles. >> reporter: he was greeted with applause and a standing ovation. >> i join you keenly aware i am regarded in a different light now than a year ago. >> reporter: in his first public appearance since the scandal that ended his career, a humble david petraeus offered this apology. >> i am also keenly aware the reason for my recent journey was
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my own doing. please allow me to begin my remarks by reiterating how deeply i regret and apologize for the circumstances that led to my resignation from the cia and caused such pain for my family, friends, and supporters. >> reporter: a highly decorated four-star general, petraeus fell from grace last november. after it was revealed he had an affair with his biographer, paula broadwell. the affair discovered by the fbi after they began investigating anonymous threatening e-mails that had been sent to petraeus family friend, jim kelly. e-mails eventually traced back to broadwell. >> i know that i can never fully assuage the pain that i inflicted on those closest to me and on a number of others. >> reporter: petraeus spoke as part of the university of southern california event honoring veterans. >> our country must help our veterans transition successfully to the civilian world.
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doing so will help enable those who have served to continue to be all that they can be in the next chapter of their life's journey. >> reporter: his wife holly was not in attendance. brandi hitt, abc news, los angeles. secret service has the first female director, julie pierson chosen by president obama. election seen as a clear signal from the white house about reform in the male-dominated culture of the agency. last year the cia was investigated for a prostitution scandal before the president visited colombia. supreme court justices returned for a second day of hearings about gay marriage. at issue today, the defensive marriage act which bans legally married gay couples from federal benefits. yesterday the court heard arguments about california's ban on same-sex marriage. the son of the lesbian couple was in the crowd outside the courtroom.
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>> i just want to say how incredibly proud we are of our parents. we love them. we love our family. and we look forward to the day when we will be treated equally just like our neighbors' families. >> observers say the court appears deeply divided on the issue. several justices raise doubts about whether the case should have been argued there in the first place. italy's highest criminal court ordered amanda knox to stand trial again for a murder she has been acquitted of. knox called the court's ruling painful and prosecution's case unfounded and unfair. abc's lama hasan reports from rome. >> reporter: amanda knox at home in seattle when her italian lawyer called to deliver the unwelcome news. >> she was very sad and she thought this was the end of her nightmare. >> reporter: knox and sollecito were convicted of murdering kercher in what police claim was a sex game gone wrong. knox sentenced to 26 years in
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jail. >> there is no evidence. there never was any evidence. there never will be any evidence. >> reporter: in 2011 an appeals court overturned their convictions after their defense argued the evidence in the case had been mishandled. she had spent four years behind bars. the appeals court scathingly criticized virtually the entire case as presented by the prosecutors and ruled she should be freed. knox returned to the u.s. within 24 hours. >> thank you to everyone who has believed in me, who has defended me, who has supported my family. >> reporter: she said she was sad about the painful news. although the victim's family tearfully welcomed the decision, the supreme court bases their rulings solely on whether or not italian legal code was followed. italy does have an extradition treaty with the u.s. it would take years of legal wrangling. lawyers say it is unlikely amanda will ever be extradited to italy. lama hasan, rome. a northern california preschool teacher accused of slipping sleeping pills into her students' sippy cups pleaded not
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guilty. investigators say 59-year-old debbie gratz was fired after a co-worker caught her preparing the toddlers for naptime by spiking their drinks with a sleeping drug. children involved were 1 and 2 years old. outraged parent showed up in court yesterday demanding justice. >> probation is not good enough. you know what i mean? that happens all the time. she needs to do time. anything could happen. anything could happen out there. my daughter could have passed out. could have fell and hit her head. could have seizures now, who knows? >> she is due in court in a month. until then she is not allowed unsupervised contact with minors. >> the sleeping agent in the sippy cups was somonex. like tylenol p.m., the same ingredient. makes you drowsy. >> right. >> the school has said this was the only incident. but, a lot of the parents go how do we really know? >> there is no way to know. >> did this happen on other occasions and this is the first time she got caught, allegedly anyway. what a violation of trust. >> a lot of parents are upset. they want her to do time.
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they don't want her to have a slap on the wrist and disappear into the night and show up taking care of kids. i don't blame them. >> i don't either. >> they're not your kids. they're under your responsibility. you sign a contract that says you will take care of them. this is not what you do when you try to get kids to go to sleep. >> i am with you. let's talk about pope francis. he is not moving anywhere, thank you very much. renovations rather to the pope's apartment inside the vatican are done. francis known for his humble ways says he is staying in the vatican hotel for the time being. in fact, yesterday at mass he said he has no plans to move out any time soon. francis has at least moved into the hotel's papal suite. prince harry coming back to the u.s. this spring. one famous politician is promising to do his part to make sure the visit is nothing like the last one. harry is skipping vegas this time. he will be touring the damaged new jersey shore. and governor chris christie says
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he will be harry's chaperone. the governor is even making a promise. >> i am going to be spending the entire day with prince harry. and so believe me, nobody is going to get naked if i am spending any time with them. i can assure the people of new jersey that much to their relief. >> nobody wants to see chris christie naked anyway. christie added the queen knows her beloved grandson will be in capable hands. >> a photo op, cigar and -- >> no shirts on. >> even better. your weather. sunny skies across most of the country. center part of the country, cloudy. the northern corners will be rainy snowy later in the day. rainy fog along the california coast. >> our big story, the temperatures across much of the south. and spring breakers, how do you feel about high 60s for florida? maybe not so good. new orleans, seattle reach 59. dallas, 69. enjoy that. 30s, 40s, great lakes sorry about that.
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we control the weather here. as we reported here before there is a problem with sea lions and mammals along the california coast. they have been experiencing so far this year. more than 220 of them have had to be rescued. >> the latest one was found yesterday. check this out, lounging on a comfortable patio chair at a five star hotel. he knows where to go. the 27 pound female sea lion was malnourished and dehydrated like so many others by the way. >> picked up by a capable team by sea world san diego and promised to nurse her back to health. that's what they're promising to do. now the problem with the animals they keep washing ashore, they're dehydrated. they're weak. they're thin and frail. and nobody has been able to figure out what is going on. there are some say the fisheries are taking up all of their food. >> big fish are not there. they don't have anything to eat. >> i don't know what they're doing to the poor animal. trying to feed it. there are people that are getting calls.
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and they're doing their best work to try and get the animals back to health. they just, you know, need a little tlc. >> look at her. >> tossed back into the wild. >> cutie. >> what a cutie. coming up, what an aspiring career path from the son of a cop on a mission. later the fierce at-home workout plan. you have done it. that is catching on at the gym. who its getting extremely fit you're watching "world news now". ♪ pump it up ♪ do you feel it ♪ pump it up >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by rosetta stone.
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>> in america's most violent cities a young man is walking in the footsteps of a father he never knew trying to keep the peace. >> he was just sworn in as a chicago police officer 30 years after his father was gunned down in the line of duty. his bravery and dedication make this our "favorite story of the day." paul meinke of wls reports. >> reporter: on a wall in the lobby of the wentworth district station, hang photos of officers killed in the line of duty. larry vincent killed january 14, 1983, during an exchange of gunfire while vincent and a partner were pursuing two burglars. vincent's wife was pregnant at the time. they had two young sons. one of them at the funeral wore his father's hat. >> always treasure the strength and love of your family and friends because they have brought you to this place today. >> reporter: the place is graduation day for cpd recruit class 12-4. new officers who will soon hit the streets. among them anthony vincent one of larry vincent's sons.
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anthony never got the opportunity to know his dad but he knows what he did and he knows what he wants to do. >> it is helping others, not just us out here. a family in the city, and the country. we all got to help each other out. it is a service thing. >> reporter: for the vincents, a generational thing. anthony's dad was a cop. his father was a cop. watching this was anthony's mom who approves of a son's dream. >> my husband made the ultimate sacrifice. my fears are great. at the same time i am so proud of tony i want him to be who he is. i just trust in his judgment and i trust in the lord that everything is going to be okay for us. and tony will be doing what he wants to do the most important thing. >> reporter: for the ceremony, tony polished his father's police belt and wore it in his honor. the son charts his course. >> i want to learn. still have some learning to do. get out there and help the community. a lot of problems out there. you know starts with one. we all got to do it together. but you know --
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i want to see violence in the community go down. >> you know, that's the kind of story that you don't really expect the son of a slain police officer to actually go into the line of duty and have such a supportive mom. >> you picked it out, you see the video. he is his dad's twin. >> identical. >> he really is. >> he will be in the same district, wentworth district where his dad worked and picture hangs in the lobby. >> that's right. reminder every day of the hero his father was. >> great story. >> still to come, an at-home workout that delivers major results. >> yeah, now the makers of p90x are taking the moves out of your living room and into the street. you are watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" continue
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>> we didn't think world news would teach us how to make money. >> $700 is no joke. we got bunkbeds. >> it is great to know there is a news program looking out for our families. we know when they go to sleep it is because of help we got from abc news. >> that is a game changer. >> we're the godwin family. >> ♪ pump it up ♪ until you can feel it ♪ pump it up >> we are back on tv. p90x has been one of the hottest selling at-home workouts for a while. it promises and delivers. inches lost. muscles gained. >> now its makers are chasing new fitness frontiers. abc's david wright explains. >> reporter: at 6:00 a.m. on a saturday in downtown l.a. it looks like a come-to-jesus revival. >> what a great place to work out! >> reporter: in spandex.
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think of them all as fitness missionaries doing for the first time in public what they would normally do all by themselves in their living rooms at home. >> it is the ultimate 90 day. >> reporter: a dvd workout called p90x. >> appreciate it. >> you are very welcome. >> reporter: p90x made tony horton a fitness celebrity. >> p90x. >> reporter: a hard bodied motivator with a slightly goofy grin, the tony robbins of the six-pack. >> you get the full. >> reporter: for three easy payments of $39.95 he could just change your life. a new you in 90 days. >> 60 pounds. >> 13. >> 75. >> 50 pounds. >> i'm pretty good! >> reporter: the signature of the program is what p90xers refer to as their before and after. >> i'm proof of it. here's my before. this is the after. >> reporter: real photos from
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real people showing results. >> i am the before photo. >> i don't know about that. >> reporter: even the ceo of the company has a before/after. >> the before/after photo is the visible proof. look there is a trend of obesity in this country. i wish we could sell how good it feels to be healthy. but it doesn't move merchandise. it doesn't get people moving. the thing that gets them moving is the fact that they're going to look better, they're going to fit in the skinny jeans again, they're going to be able to go to the pool, take their shirt off and swim without hiding and embarrassment. >> they're not air brushed in any way? not photo shopped. >> not ever, no. >> pull up. pull them down. >> reporter: p90x helped make beachbody.com a $400 million a year business. they're licensing p90x and insanity to gyms. so you no longer have to do the workouts at home alone. and they're now enlisting the faithful to go out and recruit converts. that's what this weekend conference in l.a. was all
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about. teaching p90xers to make money signing up new p90xers. >> they all work out naked, every one of them. i've seen it. they don't know i sneak up at night. >> reporter: hey you would work out naked too if you had already achieved your after. i'm david wright in los angeles. >> i did p90x. >> you did p90x. halfway through. >> it was p23x. >> i remember how to do this stuff. that's pretty good, diane. you are wearing -- >> you are wearing heels. >> my heels, huh. >> started working out an extra day. i was doing two days a week. now doing three. >> i will do pushups. >> give me 10. >> one, two, three. not bad, diana. up next an unlikely and inseparable pair. inseparable pair.
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♪ it's not always easy to find a friend you are comfortable spending day after day with. in port arkansas, texas, one man's act of kindness led to a unique friendship. >> that's right, a few months, ago, the man, a dock worker, helped out an injured pelican. the two have created a bond that cannot be broken. bill churchwell of our station in corpus christi reports. >> reporter: it is not something you see every day. >> isn't that amazing? >> this is pete the pelican riding shotgun in a golf cart side-by-side with his new best friend. >> no, you can't drive. >> reporter: richard dunn, a dock worker here says it was 3 months ago when he first met the pelican. he was hurt, and needed help. >> i saw him. he had a hook in his breast,
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stuck in his wing and i caught him with the net and took the hook out and he just stayed there. >> reporter: he thought the bird would have flown away and never returned. the next day pete was back. they have been best friends ever since. >> he is tough to handle some times. >> how so? >> he will bite my hand. roll over, put his wing over his head like he is hiding. >> reporter: the pelican adopted the dock worker, going wherever he goes, eating out of his hand, and yes riding in the golf cart. the new found friendship has visitors doing a double take. >> he is look a dog. comes in, wants food. lets him pet him. feed him. puts his hand in his mouth. he don't bite him. it is cool. >> be nice. >> reporter: pete has the fan club. you could say he is the new mascot of sorts at the marina. he comes and goes as he pleases and always comes back roaming the docks in search of the person who saved him. >> he makes me feel guilty. somebody walks by.
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have you seen pete today? well he was sitting up there waiting for you to come back and feed him. he sits there waiting all day waiting for you. >> reporter: webbed feet and all. >> cute story. >> you hear about animals adopting animals. humans adopting people. pets adopting humans. and look at your pelican. keep that at home. i will tell you what that story is a good indication that when people say these animals have pea sized brains and don't feel, think or do anything. there you go. all animals are. nice, i like that story. you can go back home to your pelican now. >> announcer: more americans choose abc news to see the whole picture.
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this morning on "world news now" -- legal questions. the supreme court justices want
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to know if now is the time to take up the emotional issue of same-sex marriage. >> a new round of historic arguments on this issue were heard today. it's wednesday, march 27th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now" with john muller and diana perez. and good morning to you, mr. john muller. >> good morning, mrs. diana perez. hump day. hump day. >> yes, exciting. almost the weekend. >> almost friday eve we like to say. >> and we could have for you, getting used to the sleep schedule? >> no, to be honest with you. not getting used to it. having a good time. >> i have been doing it steady for two months. i am almost there. >> i don't know. for 12 years i did the local show locally. don't know if you get used to it. learn to survive. learn the tricks of the trade. do you ever get used to it? >> staying up all night, we weren't built for it. we'll explain what is at stake as supreme court justices not one but two laws over same-sex marriage rights.
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another big headlines, why patients need to be concerned about doctors tired on the job. speaking of being tired. how you can protect yourself and make sure you are getting the care you need at the hospital. >> we are just reading words. they're taking care of lives. >> holding scalpels. fighting with your insurance provider and winning. one little boy who has been hearing impaired his entire life was denied care he really need. the lessons you can learn from his family's struggle that might help you. all the buzz from southern california after justin bieber has a run-in with police in his exclusive neighborhood. kind of a weakly thing with justin and the headlines. what happened at his home that made neighbors angry. details coming up. day two of historic arguments before the nation's highest court. at issue during this morning's session, the defense of marriage act. >> it bans same-sex couples even if legally married from getting federal benefits. abc's terry moran reports on the emotional issue from inside the court.
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>> reporter: you could sense how conflicted supreme court justices were about the case how they doubted themselves and their power to wade into the marriage debate. justice anthony kennedy, the likely swing vote said the court was heading into unchartered waters. justice samuel alito echoed him saying gay marriage in america is less than ten years old. >> you want us to step in and render a decision based on an assessment of the effects of this institution which is newer than cell phones or the internet? >> reporter: justice anthony scalia was skeptical the court could create a constitutional right to gay marriage after 200 years of laws banning it. >> when did it become unconstitutional to exclude homosexual couples from marriage? when did the law become this? >> reporter: what about the argument made by the lawyer defending california's proposition 8 which bans gay marriage that the true purpose of marriage is procreation. justice elena kagan.
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>> suppose a state said that because we think that the focus of marriage really should be on procreation. we are not going to give marriage licenses any more to any couple, where both people are over the age of 55. >> reporter: the court considered the children, too. 40,000 being raised by gay couples in california alone. justin kennedy spoke emotionally about their interests. >> they want their parents to have full recognition and full status. the voice of those children is important in this case don't you think. >> reporter: for the two gay couples at the heart of the case this was their family's moment. >> to be able to call him my husband is something that has worldwide recognition. when i'm able to introduce him that way, people understand the level of our commitment. >> reporter: and this day was about the kids too. outside afterward, spencer perry, one of chris and sandra's four boys stepped to the microphone.
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>> i want to say how incredibly proud we are of our parents. we love them. we love our family. and we look forward to the day when we will be treated equally just like our neighbors' families. >> reporter: those emotions and the whole sweeping national debate on this issue all of that was in the courtroom. and the dominant sense i got from the justices is they want that great debate to continue they don't want to end it themselves by awarding total victory in this case to one side or the other. terry moran, abc news, washington. >> well there is another sign the american real estate market is turning around. prices are up. the national index measuring housing prices nationwide is up more than 8%. the biggest year over year increase since before the housing bubble burst in 2006. cities hit hard by the bust including phoenix, las vegas, and san francisco posted some of the biggest increases. analysts link the price increase
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to low supplies of homes to sell and increase demand. and that housing news was one of the reasons why wall street traders were in a buying mood they pushed the dow jones to its biggest gain in weeks. the dow gained nearly 112 points and the s&p 500 finished up within two points of its october 2007 record high. >> all right, the federal government will not be shutting down thanks to a spending plan signed into the law. the president approved a stopgap spending bill keeping the government in business until september 30th. the $85 billion cuts remain in place. a pay freeze for federal workers. it does provide $87 billion for military operations overseas. medical news, the danger of tired doctors. rules enacted ten years ago was to reduce medical errors made by overworked doctors. a new study finds that patients are even at greater risk. how is this so? abc's dr. richard besser. >> reporter: there are as many as 98,000 deaths each year from
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mistakes made in american hospitals. some of the blame, exhausted doctors. but the new studies are raising questions about the fix. interns report making more mistakes than when the shifts were longer and they had less sleep. one of the major reasons. shorter shifts mean doctors hand off critical information about you and your care to the next team on duty more frequently. whenever you or a loved one is in the hospital, you need to be aware of this. think of it like a game of telephone. used to be during a three day stay in the hospital your information was handed off three different times. now, as many as nine. the more handoffs the greater the chance for mistakes. these new studies are surprising and frightening. but there is something you can do to reduce your risk. if possible, when you are in the hospital, have an advocate with you. a family member or a friend make sure during handoffs the critical information is passed on correctly from allergies to treatment plan. it can make a big difference. dr. richard besser, abc news, new york. >> such a good idea.
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sitting in the hospital bed. have your husband there saying i want to let you know, remind you. have an advocate. so true. >> i have been that family member with my grandmother, my father. you have a flood come in. and you are flustered your family member is sick. so many technical terms that you don't know what is going on. another tip i found helpful for myself, write it all down. they will come in, this means this, this means the other thing. don't know what this test did or what the result was. write it down the next person that has a question you have information in front of you. >> richard besser said nine pass downs. tell somebody a story and pass it down, the story down nine times winds up becoming a different story. >> by the end of it. >> good advice there. now to an abc news exclusive. word of possible criminal charges against lance armstrong. investigators in spain are looking into whether armstrong's doping activities broke laws there. armstrong lived in spain during his run of seven tour de france victories. investigators want to know if he sold doping drugs there.
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penalties include up to two years in prison and $500,000 fine. more drama this morning for pop superstar justin bieber. the 19-year-old singer accused of battery after a confrontation with a neighbor outside his southern california mansion. tmz reported that bieber angered the neighbor racing and revving his new ferrari up and down the street. in addition to the battery allegation, the neighbor claims that bieber threatened him. >> battery definition is unwanted touching. it could be anything. a pat on the shoulder. somebody could spit on somebody, something like that. >> no charges filed. a misdemeanor battery conviction could result in a year in jail. a simply unbelievable moment that took place on "good morning america" yesterday. as you might know there has been a contest to find look-alikes of each of "gma's" anchors. >> sure. first up, lara spencer. her name is tara hill.
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studying musical theater. to say she looks eerily similar is an understatement. >> they both also by the way lake to go to flea markets. they both drink chardonnay. >> do they really. how about that? >> wow. take a look at those two. >> kind of a little unnerving. meeting a person who looks like you. >> i don't know how i would feel about that. this woman is stunningly similar to lara. wearing the same outfit. great stunt. can't wait to see the rest. >> the lookalike contest continues this morning on "gma." tune in to see george stephanopoulos meet his twin. >> that will be fun. the guy has to be, looking close to george, as tara hill looked to lara. really good. >> couple people came up. you know the contest, gma is hosting. you should sign up for it. after she signed up for it. >> isn't that great? >> there you go. another milestone for the sex-filled book that opened so many eyes. >> adrenaline junkies looking
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welcome back. there is a procedure that can change the lives of children born with hearing problems. but some insurance companies don't cover the cost. >> that may surprise parents out there. abc's dan harris has the investigation. >> reporter: you have to look closely, but if you keep your eye on the boy in the orange shirt, carson, you will see he is consistently one step behind his preschool classmates. staring off when the teacher is talking to him. >> come on. >> reporter: sitting for a few seconds. >> find a card. count out. >> reporter: when all the other kids get up. >> i think he is constantly trying to keep up. wears himself out. >> reporter: carson ruben who is five has auditory neuropathy,
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which means while the teacher sounds like this to the rest of the children. >> carrots and onions -- >> reporter: to carson she sounds like this. >> cochlear implants could dramatically improve carson's hearing. they could have miraculous impacts. watch as this child's device is turned on for the first time. could you hear that? but it would cost $250,000. and ruben's health insurance company refused to cover it. the rubens are covered by coventry health care of georgia. we looked at the ruben's policy there on page 33 at the bottom of a long list of exclusions there it is. hearing devices and implants -- experts say companies have wide latitude to create exclusions like this, so you have to check your policy closely.
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we made repeated requests for an interview, but they would only tell us, quote, no health insurance covers every procedure. in 2011 alone, coventry made $500 million in profit. this is their ceo, allen wise, 53 on the forbes' list of richest executives. >> what would you say to him? >> sir, if you were in our same position and you were told repeatedly, no, no, no. how would you feel? if our salaries were swapped, how would you feel? >> reporter: after the interview we made one last call to coventry. they thanked us for bringing this issue to the attention and said they will now cover cochlear implants in georgia including for carson whose mother we spoke to. to have the insurance company call you and say we are going to cover this. that must have been huge? >> well, i couldn't breathe for a while. >> reporter: carson ruben will have surgery in weeks. his mother says he is very excited. but keep this in mind. this is just one case.
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and every year in america, more than 1,000 kids who need cochlear implants are denied. dan harris, abc news, new york. >> let's hope every single one of them gets it. that is just incredible thing to have. >> you never even bother to read your policies to think that something that is so needed, first of all, before you have kids you never think i am going to need a hearing aid. you have a child that needs this to get by in the world. and you can't, you can't give it to your child. heartbreaking. >> so random what is covered. strangest, little things will be covered. something profound like that not covered. >> let's do case-by-case basis or something. >> that's a plan. >> common sense. >> i make an arbitrary rule, give every kid an implant if they need it. >> listen to us. we are in charge of the world. especially this guy. >> fixing it one day at a time. >> right. a death defying dream. >> we'll introduce you to a group of friends who are getting a bird's eye view of the entire world. you are watching "world news now."
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♪ dangerous ♪ so dangerous well, for three thrill seekers, can't even say the word. people who have a perfect sense of balance. this next story is the ultimate experience. >> group of friends traveling the world performing breathtaking stunts in breathtaking scenery. check it out. ♪ >> reporter: they're the high-lining daredevils whose ultimate rush is conquering extreme slack lines in exotic picturesque countries. their latest feat -- >> a lot of people saying come to brazil, you'll love it here. i said okay we are going to brazil. >> reporter: andrew louis, brian mossbaugh, haley and scott are
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adrenaline junkies who dominated the longest slack line in rio de janeiro, brazil. 3,000 feet above ground. their life hanging in one waist-tied harness. >> just about having fun. all of it, the reason we do it, all of it is fun. >> reporter: pictures capture the death-defiers on thin wires, balancing their body, sitting cross legged, even dangling upside down. we got a taste of andy's skills at last year's super bowl. when he wowed the crowd at madonna's halftime performance. but traveling the world and discovering new high lines is fulfilling a lifelong dream. >> seems crazy from the outside. maybe it is crazy to follow your dreams. it is going to be fun. for us, high-lining up there in the clouds, all the way above rio, just magical. >> reporter: it takes years of training and dedication to get there.
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>> trial and error. learning how to do it safely. the errors have not been drastic. >> reporter: the key to the stunts that push their limits to the max, fearlessness. >> i don't think we would be doing it if we didn't feel safe. if we thought we would die every time we do it. it would be a terrifying experience. >> they have what they call a leash on some of these which you want to wear. basically, you know, if you fall, you are attached. wear it around your waist. call it soloing without the leash. if you fall without the leash you are dead. >> yikes. something i am almost going to do. i was there when nick walenda went across the falls. >> you were there? >> oh, yeah. we are coming right back, guys. >> oh, yeah. we are coming right back, guys. can a body wash go beyond basic cleansing?
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one in the "the mix." we know why random house gave each employee a $5,000 bonus. the "fifty shade of grey" sold 70 million in print, ebook, audio format. i talked about this book, time and time, again. i wish i could read it and know what it is about. our cracker jack staff, producer, provided me with a copy of the book. you know i am getting sexy when the lights go low, and the glasses go on. >> sexy. >> pay attention, "i swallow, my mouth suddenly dry. the grin, the effects of which travel all the way down there. >> ooh. >> i can make an exception. or combine the two. we will see. i really want to make love to you. please, come to bed. i want our arrangement to work. you really need to have some idea of what you are getting yourself into. we can start your training tonight. what do you think? >> think we lost a bunch of
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viewers. >> did it do it for you? >> didn't do much for me. i enjoyed it just the same. >> i think we lost viewers. it's okay. we forgive you. take care of business. >> picking up the book? >> a few more things than the book. >> it worked. >> moving on. much tamer. dodge ball. >> dodge ball. >> teams in new york working on the record. they want to get into "the guiness book of world records" for the longest dodge ball game ever. we remember the movie, dodge ball. there they are, a victory, 43 hours. >> 43 hours of dodge ball. >> 43 hours of agonizingly being smacked in the face by a big old red ball. >> 43 hours of fifty shade of grey is too much. >> 43 hours of anything, including, big red balls, is too long. >> upstaged fifty shades with one sentence. nicely done. played a lot of dodge ball. steve kerwin, just bought a
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painting from casino owner steve wynn for $155 million. the highest paid ever for a u.s. collector for a piece of art work. $155 million for a pablo picasso. >> number one, steve wynn, a millionaire. he owned that in the first place. i get it is art. what is that? what? i mean? >> rendition of a woman. >> she, not a real face. i don't get the body. i know that it means the dream or to dream. that's just -- my 6-month-old son can do a better job. that's what i am going to start doing. >> the point of art is to make you say is that art? >> that is not art. >> i will
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this morning on "world news now" -- delicate and divisive in one of the most anticipated
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legal arguments of the year. the supreme court justices express reluctance over gay marriage rights. >> another round of arguments begin in just hours. it's wednesday, march 27th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now" with john muller and diana perez. >> i love the way that guy says our names. >> oh, yeah. >> oh, yeah. >> they make a lot of money. i need to start announcing. >> i know, right? >> i can do that from home. >> a good way to go. >> if you are watching, but you are not because you are sleeping guy who announces for us, i want your job. >> me too. good morning, everybody. let's talk about supreme court justices. they led an eight-minute -- excuse me. 80-minute discussion over gay marriage rights. we'll find out which way the discussion might go today. also this morning, the baby forgotten at the subway turn-style. police and bystanders take action after the child was left behind. find out what distracted the baby's mother and the baby's grandmother and why they're not
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going to be charged. a headline we have been following all week. the new jersey man who came to this country and eventually became a millionaire. the latest powerball jackpot winner. we'll introduce you to him and tell you what is next for the newly very wealthy man. later on, what heartbreak. i don't want to tell you, we already have video of it. there you go, former olympic skater dorothy hamilll on the stage on "dancing with the stars." the competition is over. it wasn't her decision, the judges' decision or your decision. that's coming up in "the skinny". tried to save you from the spoiler alert. >> i want to see the hamill camel. believe it or not, i watched that. all right, first the justices return for another historic argument to consider the future of gay marriage. >> at issue the defense of marriage act. it bans same-sex couples even if they're legally married from getting federal benefits. abc's tahman bradley is following the arguments. good morning, tahman. >> reporter: good morning, diana. good morning, john. high stakes at the supreme
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court, the justices weighing in on the explosive issue of same-sex marriage as a sea of people gather outside the court. in oral arguments the nine justices seemed divided over the issue of same-sex marriage but united that perhaps the matter shouldn't be before the court. at issue california's proposition 8, the 2008 ballot initiative that amended the state's constitution to ban same-sex marriage. the court's liberal justices questioned the rationale for restricting gays and lesbians from marrying. >> can you think of any other rational basis for a state using sexual orientation as a factor in denying homosexual benefits? >> reporter: conservative justices wondered how same-sex marriage could be a right guaranteed under the constitution. >> you want us to step in and render a decision based on an assessment of the effects of this institution which is newer than cell phones or the internet? >> reporter: justice anthony kennedy who could cast a
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deciding vote in the case, expressed empathy for children with gay parents. >> they want their parents to have full recognition and full status. the voice of those children is important in this case, don't you think? >> what do we want? >> equality! >> reporter: while justices heard the arguments there was an almost carnival-like atmosphere. outside, the two couples explained why they want to marry. >> i believe in equality and our judicial system and i have faith in it and more than anything, i believe in love. >> reporter: today, in a separate case, the justices take up the defense of marriage act, the 1996 law that denies same sex couples federal benefits. john, diana. >> thank you, tahman. another issue sure to be before the supreme court. north dakota's governor signed a new law which restricts abortions in the state. the law bans most abortions of a fetal heartbeat can be detected, something that can happen six weeks into a pregnancy. lawmakers in kansas are also
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considering a similar restriction. former cia director, david petraeus, has returned to the spotlight after being forced to resign over an extramarital affair. speaking before a military group in southern california, late last night the former general issued an apology for the scandal that ended his cia career. experts say petraeus is handling the situation the right way telling the truth accepting responsibility and moving on. north korean leaders claim their artillery and rocket forces are at the highest level combat posture. just the latest in a series of escalating threats. abc's chief global foreign affairs correspondent martha raddatz has the very latest. >> reporter: in the newest propaganda video, north koreans threatening a massive rocket and artillery attack on south korea with thousand of follow-on troops invading the country. it comes as north korea has ordered all its strategic rockets and long-range artillery
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units put on the highest alert ready to hit american military targets they say in south korea where the u.s. has more than 28,000 troops in guam where there are 6,000 and even in hawaii where nearly 115,000 american forces are based. one person tracking these threats closely told me this could indeed turn into a very real crisis with america involved in the kind of conflict with north korea it has long tried to avoid. martha raddatz, abc news, kabul. police say the ex-con suspected of killing colorado's prison chief tom clements was driving a car that was loaded with explosive evidence. they found bomb making materials in evan ebel's cadillac, there were pants with stains of blood. zip ties documents from the corrections department. ebel died in a shootout with police in texas two days after clements was murdered. a follower of charles manson is awaiting a court hearing.
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after investigators say he tried to smuggle a cell phone into manson's california prison. 63-year-old craig hammond was arrested while trying to bring a wristwatch into prison. manson has been caught with a smuggled cell phone twice in four years. a baby girl is back with her family after being left behind in a subway station. surveillance shows the baby and stroller arriving with her 15-year-old mother and grandmother. both women used the same fare card. then go their separate ways. apparently, assuming the other is taking the baby. well a transit worker scooped up the child. the women then returned in a short time in a panic looking for the child. >> i think they attempted to evade the fare. and i would still support the fact that they weren't charged. based on the circumstances of leaving the baby behind. the fact that they were frantic about it. and probably learned a better lesson than us citing them. >> police say it is clear from the video neither the mom or grandmother intended to endanger the child. subway riders who heard the
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story were not as understanding. >> a subway station cashier retrieved the baby. the mother and grandmother realized at the next station that neither of them had the child. >> what? >> at the next station. >> okay. so now -- >> at the risk of saying something that might offend someone out there, i won't say anything. that is incredibly irresponsible. >> you have a newborn. you know, brains, you know what they say? >> you have mommy brain for the first couple months. i get it. number one, you don't try and, save yourself $2.50 by jumping a fare. and your mother is with you. the grandmother of the child should know better. >> especially grandma, right. >> grandma, come on! >> that would be unfair to grandma. both of them should have known, how about that. 50/50. >> both of them. she was only 15. >> she was only 15. >> i said i would make somebody upset. i don't want to talk about it. let's get to the weather, that's always a safe conversation.
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snow showers later today in northern new england. new york might see some rain this evening. blustery for the mid-atlantic. sunny and warm across the nation's middle into the rockies. rain and snow in the northwest. >> high 50s, 60s in the region. warm, near normal for the southwest. southeast could be much cooler than usual. 68 degrees in miami today. 50 from the mid-atlantic to new england. a family near sacramento, california, is fighting to save a dear friend, literally. they are the cervantes family and the deer is named floracita. >> she was found, a newborn two years ago. after her mother was killed the family raised the little deer there. they want to keep her for good. she is tame. >> she is. >> someone called wildlife officials. they say floracita has to go. the family and neighbors say it is not fair. the cervanteses will apply for a permit to keep the deer with them. >> what do you think? >> i don't know. >> it is wild, not to be fair to
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the deer itself. and a deer. >> and do deer things. in a deer world. >> i have deer by me where i live. i have seen them jump, my 7-foot hedge like it is nothing. i don't know how. i mean, in a year's time, it will take care of itself. >> i will tell you this. apparently the deer was found the umbilical cord attached. this deer for all intents and purposes has lived in captivity its entire life. maybe it won't know how to get out or get by when it is out there. >> let the deer go. she will come back, freebie. carrots every now and then. >> if you love something, set it free. >> there you go. coming up, tiger woods. latest advertising endorsement. making some people angry. later, the teenage high-tech whiz who is now an instant millionaire. what it is look to raise such a smarty pants kid. you are watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now"
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♪ hot dog i'm feeling lucky ♪ hot dog i'm feeling lucky tonight ♪ ♪ i feel lucky ♪ i feel lucky >> perfect song for this story. a new jersey man has 338 million reasons to be smiling this morning. >> why can't that be us. the humble store owner, lucky lottery ticket will no doubt change his life, yesterday, pedro quezada claimed his
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ginormous prize. as marci gonzalez reports, the big win is now starting to sink in. >> hey, john, diana. what an incredible story. the winner who says he has struggled to make ends meet now has more money than he knows to what do with. the excitement impossible to contain as pedro quezada learned he is a millionaire, 338 times over. >> translator: he said i felt pure joy, just happiness. >> reporter: raising that famously giant check over his head, the father of five explains through a translator he moved to the country 26 years ago from the dominican republic with the goal of working never imagining his long 18-hour days behind the counter of his convenience store in passaic, new jersey, would come to a fairy tale ending. the ticket he bought on the way to work the sole winner of this weekend's powerball drawing.
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the fourth largest jackpot in powerball history. >> translator: it is real, actually real. >> reporter: the reality still setting in for the 45-year-old who is reportedly taking the lump sum payment, $152 million after taxes. so where will he spend his new found fortune? first he says on his family. although his son showed up to work at the family store, explaining, he doesn't expect a dime. >> all i can say is tomorrow, i will wake up normally. i know the first of the month i got to pay the bills, not him. >> reporter: a humble family whose lives are now forever changed. >> translator: it has to change. but it will not change my heart. >> reporter: as for what to do with the rest of the winnings he is trying to figure that out. he would like a new car. when asked what kind of vehicle he drives now, he answered, "my feet." john, diana. back to you. >> what a great story. >> wow. i said it yesterday. he is my cousin. >> right.
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you got the dominican connection. [ speaking foreign language ] >> we are all brothers and sisters deep down. >> there you go. call him too. >> he doesn't know where he will live, stay in passaic, maybe go back to the dr, move to bali. >> he needs to stop, take a second, hire a lawyer and stop being out in the public eye. don't tell any body where you live. don't tell any body what you plan to do with the money. the second you say i will do this, do that. everybody, including complete strangers, like me, are going to start showing up on the doorstep. hey, don't you remember me? >> so true. he says i am still thinking my mind isn't clear yet. >> good for them. love those stories. coming up, the teenaged heartthrob who made his neighbors very, very angry. what's behind this uproar? heartbreak on "dancing with the stars" the first contestant leaves the stage this season. we'll have that next in "the skinny."
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♪ skinny so skinny >> welcome to "the skinny," everybody. we are starting off with "dancing with the stars" once again. because we have some actually sad news to report. so two people on the bottom. boxer victor ortiz and real housewife lisa vanderpump. you would expect one of the two of them would go home. because they're at the bottom.
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not the case. the person who went home is because she is injured, dorothy hamill, injury riddled throughout the season. she got 15. last night's jive not good. all kinds of mistakes in it. she is leaving because of a sad reason. she is an olympic gold medalist, and an athlete. she has a lot of injuries. take a listen. >> i have taken the advice of my spine surgeon, i need to withdraw from the competition. i have an injury that could be -- irreparable and nerve damage. it would be completely unfair for me to stay in this and have any of the people go home. >> 56-year-old class act if you ask me. she is going home. going to tend to her injuries. that means everybody else is safe. 11 more contestants to go. >> justin bieber, start with him, making our news. >> oh, boy. >> weekly basis. back from europe. taking a break from the tour.
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