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and you want to beat this guy you have to get some big buildings involved. >> i remember the day pong showed up in our house. yes, it was the original pong. >> coolest kids of the block. >> we were the lamest ones. the latest ones to have it but we were excited and thought it was fantastic. >> imagine playing pong on a building. being one of those people at the bottom with the huge joy stick. that's kind of cool. >> yeah. all right. coming up, the most common ly used words, new ones, of the year. wait until you hear what is at the top of the cigarettes. and the new cigarettes are they healthier than regular smokes? you are watching "world news now." ♪ smokin' in the boys room ♪ we're smoke in the boys room ♪ >> "world news now" brought to you by no no hair removal. ♪ we're smoke nn the boyce room ♪ >> "world news now" brought to you by no no hair removal.
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this week marks the 50 since the assassination of president john f. kennedy, a chilling event famously captured in 26 seconds of film. >> the film has been viewed by millions around the world.
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now there is something new in the film. here's abc's byron pitts. >> reporter: this newly treated version done by history buff in new zealand. the images are clearer than ever. you can see the limo slowing down. bystanders frozen on the grass. just 26 seconds, 486 frames is now the most infamous home movie ever made. 50 years ago this week, a local businessman climbed up on this cement pedestal to get a clear view of the president's motorcade. he hoped to film a parade. what he witnessed was history. >> gentleman walked in the studio. >> reporter: a cameraman, a russian immigrant, a dressmaker who lived both his new country and his new hobby. minutes after the president's murder, he was live on the air at local abc station, wfaa. >> slumped to the side like this. then i heard another shot or two. >> reporter: it was poured over frame by frame by experts and amateurs.
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frame 228, president kennedy grabs for his throat. frame 359, mrs. kennedy begins a desperate crawl over the trunk. the photographer accidentally destroyed four frames, only fueling conspiracy theories, theories that made it in to motion pictures like oliver stone's "jfk." >> back and to the left. >> reporter: but zapruder's film also led the government to conclude that lee harry oswald acted alone. after that fateful day, abraham never picked up his camera again. byron pitts, abc news, dallas. >> amazing. >> that almost didn't happen. zapruder apparently had left his camera at home because it was overcast and figured what would be the point. his assistant at lunchtime urged him to get it before the motorcade came by. >> he was savvy about how he sold it and donated some money to one of the cops killed that
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day. very interesting back story there. >> absolutely. coming up, a question of safety. e-cigarettes are growing in popularity, with are they safe? how these unregulated products could get a closer look by the federal government. and ahead in our next half hour, pen pals for 50 years meet for the first time. you are watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our abc stations. now." >> announcer: "world news now"
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all right. kickin' the cigarette habit is tough, even with the nicotine replacement products on the market. >> lately smokers have been using ecigarettes to try and quit. those devices largely unregulated, but that could change soon. here's abc's karen travers. >> reporter: dorothy reno describes herself as a part-time smoker but that is an electronic cigarette. >> honestly, it is a little bit like a cross between incense and being in a wet sauna. >> reporter: the battery-powered device gives a nicotine buzz from a vapor. it doesn't have the tobacco tar found in traditional cigarettes. it is the latest in nicotine replacement products joining the patch and gum. they're cheaper, and because unregulated they can be sold and advertised anywhere. last year, americans spent $500
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million on ecigarettes. that's a small fraction of what they spend on traditional tobacco cigarettes. but analysts say the number will triple this year. $1.7 billion in sales. dorothy said she and her husband, an addicted smoker, did extensive researcher. >> we think the harm is less than with a traditional cigarette. however, obviously there is still some risk there. >> reporter: doctors say the risk could be unknown chemicals in the unregulated product. in one test, anti-freeze turned up. ecigarettes burst on to the u.s. market in 2006, and the federal government is scrambling to catch up. the fda is expected to issue regulations soon. and if they classify ecigarettes in the same category as tobacco it could mean that users will pay significantly higher taxes. already states have taken action. 23 prohibit ecigarette sales to minors. doctors say there is little risk. >> by the time it is in
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gone into someone else's lungs and come out, it's mostlypr lely mostly propylene glycol, and the amount you will inhale is minimal. >> reporter: some governments and small businesses have banned ecigarettes in public places. doctors say until ecigarettes are regulated go with a product that is sold behind the counter at a pharmacy, not on the counter at a convenience store. >> my recommendation is start with the safe and approved and regulated forms of nicotine. >> reporter: karen travers, abc news, washington. >> apparently the american lung association favors a ban on the products. and they have a study that shows formaldehyde and acetone were in some of the vapors. >> this is one of those things it is so touchy. [ coughing ] because there are so many smokers out there who are trying to do the right thing and quit, and this is supposed to be something that helps them, and then you hear this. and you don't want to say you have to regulate everything out there but you want to have research at hand. >> a lot more has to be done for
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sure. coming up, the resignation e-mail that redefines burning a bridge. we'll be right back. resignation e-mail that redefines burning a bridge. we'll be right back.
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oh, time. time. sorry, guys. welcome to "the mix." just taking a selfie. >> what else would you do these days? >> check it out. it is popular. according to oxford they have nominated the word selfy as the 2003 -- oh, my gosh. >> you wish. >> 2013 word of the year. it doesn't necessarily mean the word came in to existence this year. see how cute we are? >> nice selfy. >> what were you going for, pouty. >> duck, peace sign. isn't that the popular one? look at you trying to be
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reinventive. that's the thing people do with selfies, on. -- john. >> i'm not cool. >> selfy is a photograph that one has taken of one's self typically with a smartphone or web cam. you will see that on our twitter feed or instagram shortly. >> there you go. have you ever quit your job or seen people who leave the nice letters, miss you all, thank you for the four years. the other side of you wants to blast everybody and say this place can, you know, anyway. a woman woman blasted it. she sent an e-mail on gawker that is funny. she quit her position at price waterhouse coopers and sent out an e-mail. here's the good ones. let's put up the graphic there. i strongly believe that auditors hate their lives and rationalize it is busy season or if everybody did the job they loved to do -- measly excuses to justify and pursue useless, meaningless careers. she says one other doozy.
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keep it real. partners are treated as if they are royalty. you are fake, important and you stink. there you go. somebody keepin' it real. >> love it. i will keep that handy. how lovely that is. "50 shades of gray" immensely popular all over the world. picked up steam like you won't believe. a lot of people don't buy the books, they go to the library and check them out. they rent them. well, a couple f professors decided to test the books to see what kind of bacteria was present in the books. and they found all kinds of delicious things like traces of herpes virus and cocaine. >> really? on the library books. >> absolutely. here's what is important to know about this. traces of herpes and cocaine were too small to be harmful to the readers of the book. you don't have it worry about getting high or getting an std. >> i would wonder, is there something about "50 shades of grey" that gives it
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this morning on "world news now," surviving the worst. this morning on "world news now," surviving the worst. neighborhoods blown away by 190 mile-per-hour winds. how some families are struggling to find what matters most after deadly tornadoes. in custody. the gunman in the trayvon martin case is in jail this morning after another run-in with police. the new accusations george zimmerman is facing. sudden attack. the screams and calls for help from the zebra exhibit at one of the best-known zoos in the country. the horrifying commotion and today's tough questions. and drama on stage. which contestant got kicked off of "dancing with the stars" just one week before the season finals, and which dancers are in step to win? that's coming up in "the skinny" on this tuesday, november 19th.
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all right. happy tuesday or day two, as we like to say. we're going to begin with the destruction from that series of tornadoes in the midwest. eight people have died, most of them in illinois. the tiny town of brookport particularly hard hit. three people were killed there. dozens of mobile homes destroyed by winds up to 145 miles per hour. >> nbc's alex perez has spoken to some of the survivors. >> reporter: standing on his back patio, chris lancaster watched as a monster zeroed in on washington, illinois. >> get in the house! >> oh, my god! >> reporter: within seconds, the camera captures the debris swirling in that funnel. in less than three minutes after lancaster started recording, the tornado hits his house. uprooting trees, tossing furniture. in the nick of time, he dove interest the blackness of his basement. >> what happened, kris?
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kris, what did you get hit with? >> i don't know. i'm still alive. i still have my wife and kids. >> reporter: we walked down his block for the first time since he came face to face with disaster. we coming up to your house? the heartbreaking moment that brought him to his knees. first time seeing it, huh? his dream home flattened. >> may front door. >> reporter: lancaster is one of thousands left homeless after tornadoes tore through seven states sunday, more than 70 twisters reported. eight people are dead. >> everything gone. >> reporter: lancaster was looking for one thing -- his cat, titi. how could he possibly have
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survived? we were with him as highway retraced his steps to his basement. and then -- >> titi? titi! titi, buddy! titi, buddy, it's daddy. come here, ti, where you at, buddy? titi? daddy got you, baby! daddy got you! i got you. >> reporter: one small miracle. the lancaster and their cat, titi, will be spending the next few days with their in-laws until they can figure out how they will rebuild and get another home. alex perez, abc news, washington, illinois. >> heartbreaking, right? >> sometimes it's the little things that help people continue to go on -- >> having power and control again. somebody that you really love. >> yeah. the fact that you were able to save them and be with them. check this out. this is incredible. >> this is incredible. >> 120 miles away, you're taking a look at things that have been
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found. phot photos, mail, receipts, a church bulletin, things that blew 120 miles away from washington, illinois, showing up in the chicago area. >> they're still finding things in the greater chicago area that have blown in from that part of illinois. like you said, 120 miles away. >> if you see something and recognize it, if you saw the pictures and you recognize your cell phone, reach out to us, we'll find a way to connect everybody. i'm sure the people who found them want to be able to send it back to the people it belongs it. >> no doubt. all right. five men have been arrested in new york in an international hacking scheme that siphoned millions of dollars from atms. prosecutors say the suspects were stuffing suitcases to the brim with stolen cash from two mideast banks. the hackers targeted prepaid debit cards by making simultaneous withdrawals. the justice department and jpmorgan chase are expected to announce a $13 billion settlement over the allegations of the bank's role in the
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housing crisis. the deal would be the largest ever between the government and a corporation. chase will pay more than $6 billion to compensate investors. $4 billion will go to the struggling homeowners, and the remainder will be a fine. george zimmerman is spending the night in jail after his arrest on assault charges. the former neighborhood watch captain will go before a judge today. and it's not the first time zimmerman has been in legal hot water since his acquittal in the trayvon martin shooting. here's abc. >> reporter: another day, another mug shot for george zimmerman. he's in jail again, arrested for what police say was domestic violence. allegedly assaulting his current girlfriend, who called 911. >> what's going on? >> he's in my house breaking all my [ bleep ] because i asked him to leave. >> she alleged that highway had broken a table -- he had broken a table and pointed a long-barrelled shotgun. >> reporter: she said he shoved her and pulled a gun. >> we believe it was over a separation in the relationship. >> reporter: ever since the summer's trial over the shooting
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death of trayvon martin, florida's most notorious recent defendant keeps finding trouble. there was this outside his wife's home in september in the middle of their messy divorce. >> he's in his car. and he continually has his hand on his gun and keeps saying, "step closer." continuing to threaten all of us with the firearm. >> reporter: do you think that perhaps he feels after the trial he felt injennifer anistonibl v? >> i think he feels invincible. he's making reckless decisions. >> reporter: his lawyers have thrown up their hands. he's been pulled over three times for a lead foot. this time he's being held without bond. abc news, atlanta. security has been stepped up in paris after a gunman opened fire on in a newspaper office. a photographer was critically wounded. the suspect has been linked to three other shootings around paris. now there's an intense manhunt for the lone gunman who police
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say carried a pump-action shotgun. a new toxicology report raising new questions about what killed actress brittany murphy and her husband. murphy's father never accepted the coroner's official finding that murphy died in 2009 of pneumonia and her husband of anemia just five months later. he believes it was rat poisoning. new lab results appear to bear that out, showing a toxic level of heavy metals found in the poison. a zookeeper at the national zoo is recovering after a brutal attack by a zebra. the keeper was bitten at least three times before a co-worker managed to pull him out of the joan closure. a gazelle spooked ran into a barrier, broke his neck, and died. a zebra spattered with blood was not injured. he was later placed in isolation. zoo investigators are trying to figure out what went wrong. >> we're not sure why he and the animal were in the same area at the same time. >> sad that the gazelle died, as well. >> the zebra is a 10-year-old 800-pound animal. experts say some undomesticated
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zebras can be more aggressive than lions. >> amazing statistic, right? be careful of the wild zebra. who knew? nasa is a step closer it solving a martian mystery that's baffled scientists for years. a rocket carrying the maven explorer blasted off from florida on a 440 million-mile journey to mars. the maven will spend a year studying the red planet's radical climate change that took place when it went from being a warm and wet place to a warm and dry place. maven expected to reach mars next september. let's look t tuesday forecast. heavy rain from washington to northern california. up to two feet of mountain snow in the cascades. a foot in the northern huskies. showers and thunderstorms in south florida. light lake-effect snow for parts of upstate new york and western pennsylvania. >> 40s from chicago to new york. 60s from atlanta to new orleans. mostly 50s and 60s across the rockies. controversial finish to monday night football. it appeared new england had one more chance when the officials called interference a carolina interception. then they picked up the flag and walked off the field, ending the
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game without an explanation. tom brady giving them an earful. >> less than a minute later, cam newton fired a 25-yard touchdown pass that put the panthers ahead for good. final score, carolina 24, new england, 20. panthers' sixth straight win. >> new england q.b. tom brady admitting the final play wasn't a well-thrown pass. when there's a flag on the field, you expect an explanation if it's just picked up and put away? >> not all that great. it apparently got in their heads. >> no doubt about it. coming up, "modern family" theme meets "the bachelor." coming up in "the skinny." later, pen pals who have been writing to each other for over 50 years. the face-to-face meeting that was a half century in the making. you're watching "world news now." ♪ announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by
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free diving is one of the world's most extreme sports and one of the most dangerous. for one accomplished athlete, it turned deadly. >> abc's matt gutman tells us about a young man who risked it all and pushing the limits. >> reporter: matt had reached the pinnacle of free diving by plumbing the depths, becoming
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the first american to break the 100-meter mark, 320 feet down on a single gulp of air. by day he was a propmaster on tv and movie sets. beneath the waves, he was the star. >> when can t came to being in the water, that is where i shine. >> reporter: and on sunday at the dean's hole in the bahamas, he was attempting another record -- over 230 feet, deeper than the statue of liberty is tall. this time without fins. as he'd done so many times in the past, this human fish tipped forward, elegant strokes lake these propelling him past the 200-foot mark. officials monitoring him with sonar say he seemed to hit trouble at 223 feet and seemed to turn back. but instead, he dove down again into the darkness to reach his goal of 236 feet. after 3.5 minutes, this photo shows him breaching the surface, the distress evident. seconds later, he lost consciousness and would never regain it. while increasingly popular, it's also considered one of the
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deadliest ex-tratreme sports. divers often have to be helped to the surface and revived. i got to try it in the cayman islands, first holding my breath. see my body heaving? those are convulsions, my body demanding to breathe. >> five minutes on the dot. >> reporter: at the surface, diving to depths squeezes your lungs. at 300 feet, your lungs go from the size of a football to the size of a tennis ball. and mizzoli knew it could be fatal. >> never take a dive february granted. you don't know what dive is going to be your last. >> reporter: abc news, miami. >> so sad. the international governor earning body of that sport says this is the first time in the 21-year history of these kind of competitions that anyone has died. >> my goodness. by the way, this is considered the wimbledon of free diving. it's an annual event and attracts top athletes from around the world who come to do this kind of thing. and unfortunately this year,
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tragedy struck. that bad for his family. i'm sure that's the kind of thing that his family probably said, you know, we're really worried about this kind of thing. then to have it come true is terrible. >> all right. coming up, what an oscar-winning abtries has in common with the -- actress has in common with the "sesame street" puppets. and "dancing with the stars" enters a new face after last night's elimination round. coming up in "the skinny." continues after this from our abc stat
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♪ skinny so skinny >> all right. ♪ all right. "dancing with the stars" time. getting down it the wire. we'll tell you who got eliminated. but first we'll talk about the entire evening. this week's challenge was dancing two different routine to two different versions of the same song. >> okay. >> let's get started. let's talk about the highlight of the night. amber riley. she and corbin bleu both receiving a perfect score on one of the dances. they were pretty excellent. amber riley and derek hough danced to "knocked out of heaven" by bruno mars. and corbin bleu and his partner danced to "light 'em up i'm on fire." a former contestant and guest, he was a guest judge alongside the others. he had appeared in 13 season of "dancing with the stars." i think he's a little qualified to make? judging. he was on "gma" yesterday, by
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the way. you ready? we're going to get to it. >> spoiler alert. plug in the ears. >> close your ears. yeah. leah remini. she's eliminated. she and her partner danced to "bad romance" by lady gaga. she and her partner received a total of 65 out of 80 for the night. that is from their combined two dances. they did not receive the lowest score from the judges for the night. that was actually bill engvall who received the lowest. but nonetheless, leah remini going home. the finals is next monday. leah will be on "gma" and "the view" today. >> so bill engvall is now amo amongst the finalist on "dancing with the stars." together with amber riley and corbin bleu, who are incredible. bill's great, too, but not the one i was expecting. >> the competition's a little too tough? >> i wasn't expecting him to make it this far, to be honest. there were a lot of people who went home that i expected to be in his place instead. "the hunger games: catching
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fire" finally, finally, finally in theaters soon. because "sesame street" is wonderful, they will air a spoof. that's coming up. katniss doing her thing. and her sidekick is peta, right? there's peta. "sesame street" decided to come up with "the hungry games." and we have cookie monster as kookiness ever eat. and his sidekicks are peta, a bread version. and essentially the whole deal is that cookie monster has to eat well and he's got to eat healthy. and he's got to complete these patterns and learn eating habits in order to win "the hungry games." not really similar to "the hunger games," but their own fun child's life take on "the hunger games." we love it because everybody
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loves "sesame street." thank you for helping us understand. and tyler ferguson and george takei do a modern version of "the bachelor," in which it's "the gay bachelor." jesse tyler ferguson is the bachelor and then it gets desperate when the men fight over each other, the contestants. and poor jesse tyler ferguson -- what's going on here? a lot of guys found connections in the house without me. listen to this sound bait. >> i even kept the guy who has carbs around to appear open-minded. and even he is ignoring me. >> even the guy who loves carbs is ignoring him. in keeping with the traditions, camera caught every tear shed in the limo ride home after -- after getting the axe. you know who got the axe? this is the twist. ferguson himself got booted out of his own bachelor pad. >> oh. because -- one of the
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to kill in one feeding. guaranteed. d-con. get out. ♪ here i am signed sealed delivered i'm yours ♪ ♪ welcome back. now to a story about friendship that has outlasted and outdistanced time. >> that's right. two women who began exchanging letters 50 years ago have met face to face for the very first time. this one is our "favorite story of the day." kabc's rob mcmillan gives us a look at their unique bond. my name is michelle -- >> reporter: a lot of people have pen pals. >> i've been busy doing so many things -- >> reporter: a chance to keep in touch with someone perhaps far, far away. >> have you had a nice summer? >> reporter: not everyone writes to someone in south america. >> when are you able to drive in argentina? >> reporter: perhaps fewer people have kept in touch nearly
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50 years after the first letter. >> right now, "help" by the beatles is showing. i like the dave clark five also. >> reporter: now after perhaps hundreds of letters, michelle kk and her pen pal met face to face for the first time. >> i always dreamed to -- to know michelle. >> one thing i notice is that my penmanship was much better back then. >> reporter: it hasn't always been easy to keep in touch, though. >> i don't even remember -- i mean, losing her address. but i must have. >> reporter: her letter -- >> says so in the letter, so i must have lost it for a while. >> reporter: after finding each other on facebook, they decided to meet. myrta and michelle have learned a lot of things about each other over the years through these letters. this one was written by michelle, explaining that she wasn't a boy, she was a girl. were you sad that she was not a boy? >> no. no, because i -- i wanted a
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friendship. >> reporter: now these pen pals will spend the next few days with one another. after 50 years of letters, you guys know everything about each other probably. >> not so much. not everything, but i think we will after this week, yes. >> reporter: friends for decade, together for the first time. this is rob mcmillan for abc news. >> good story. >> cool. >> did you have a pen pal? >> i never did. did you? >> i think in grade school we might have -- i have vague recollections that -- never a pen pal that got under my skin, put it that way. i can't remember. i think we had to as part of our click on school assignment had a pen pal. >> there's somebody going, "i had a pen pal." his name is john muller. i didn't get under his skin, whatever that means. >> exactly. i -- they didn't know everything about each other. >> sweet. >> that's sweet. >> announcer: this is abc's "world news now", informing
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you know, from a young age. i definitely want to major in political science. become the mayor or something. make the situation better for other people. my name is justin, and i am your dividend. (boy) grandpa, look what i got! (woman) oh dad, wait 'till you see the bike we got for jake. (narrator) hearing loss happens gradually with age... making it easy to ignore. yet most older americans aren't getting their hearing tested. untreated hearing loss can keep your loved ones from enjoying what they cherish most. (woman) dad, can you hear me? (narrator) don't let that happen. speak up about hearing loss. you'll be glad you did.
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good morning. i'm john muller. >> and i'm diana perez. here are some of the top headlines we're following on "world news now." president obama's approval ratings appear to be in a free fall with the number of americans hitting a record high. much of it is a direct reflection with frustration with obama care. full details in a moment. george zimmerman appears before a florida judge today on assault charges. his girlfriend called 911 to report that he pointed a shotgun at her during an argument. and students at princeton university will be able to get a meningitis vaccine next month. campus administrators approved the plan after an outbreak on campus even though this vaccine
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is not approved and has not been approved for use in the u.s. and a record $13 billion settlement expected to be announced today between the justice department and jpmorgan chase. the deal stems from allegations about the role chase played during the housing crisis. those are some of our top stories on this tuesday, >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now" with john muller and diana perez. all right. day two, november 19th. christmas season, holiday season sneaking up on us. have you done any shopping yet? >> i have done a little shopping. havhpedtle guy yet. >> this is my segue. a omom bit and we will have some popular toyss se >> i'm taking my notebook out. >> if you don't know what to get the tykes, stick a we've got a really good segment coming up. >> great. obama'stngorning to ever
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approvalat obama'stngorning to ever approvalat >> reporter: the abc news/"washington post" poll puts president obama's approval rating at 42%, down 13 points this year. 55% disapprove. a new record high for his presidency and the president's other ratings tumbling as well. 46% see him as a strong leader. 47% see him as honest and trustworthy and 47% say he understands americans' problems. fueling the negativity is the botched rollout of obama care. americans by nearly 2-1 disapprove of his handling of the rollout and opposition to the affordable care act is at an all-time high, 57%. last week, the president said he didn't know the extent of the problems of the obama care website when it launched. >> i'm accused of a lot of things, but i don't think i'm stupid enough to go around saying this is going to be like shopping on amazon or
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travelocity. >> reporter: and this week, more assurances from the white house. >> the goal is to get people by tstemanth webitbu therefore allem in a plan. >> reporter: an estimated seven million americans have already been told they are losin th current health plan a fix. sources close to the website repair effort say the pace of enrollment on healthcare.gov has nc ollment on healthcare.gov has software engineers are resolving 200 of the 600 defects that have all but derailed the website. >> as of last week, the number of people that successfully enrolled in the plan for obama care was 50,000. that is double from the number in october but only 1/10th of what the administration had hoped for. toronto mayor rob ford says he has had enough of the humiliation and belittling from his image of drinking. and the immature behavior it's
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produced. so he quit the booze. he made te nf eg po he got support from his doug, who's a member of the council. >> overthrow of the democratically elected mayor, illegally. this is what you see in third world nations. you don't see this in canada. you don't see this in the united states. you don't see this in the u.k. >> reporter: the mayor said he will not leave office. in fact, he plans to run again next year. the pennsylvania pastor who presided over his son's same sex wedding, could be defrocked today. reverend frank shafer convicted yesterday of breachin unitedchur dertedchur today. e from a reprimand to ls ministerial credentials. the bitter debate over gay marriage is driving a wedge between the daughters of dick cheney. the sisters are at odds over
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their private family feud playing out on a national stage. abc's j mor formec against same-sex m n h campaign for senate in wyomg. that's not a surpposi for a republican in wyoming, but liz's younger sist married to heather poe and they have two children. >> i love mary very much and her family vuf, but this is just an issue we disagree. >> the sister responded this isn't just an issue on which we disagree. you're just wrong. and on the wrong idof her wife, heather poe added, liz has been time th witr children. and when mary and i got married in 2012, she didn't hesitate to tell us how happy she was for us. mary cheney said i couldn't have said it better myself. >> i don't think you have ever seen cheneys disagree in public like this. it is not respectfully disagree. it is personal and angry. >> reporter: public attitudes have shifted the last decade. a strong majority now believe gay marriage should be legal. just this fall, former president george h.w. bush was a witness at a wedding of two women.
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we talked to former vice president cheney shortly after mary and heather were married last year. >> lynn and i were proud and happy and congratulated them. they have been an important part of the family for a long time. and provided us with two of our seven grandkids. >> reporter: and you're proud of them? >> absolutely. >> reporter: in a statement, former vice president and his lynn said, "this is an issue we have dealt with privately for many years and we are pained to see it become public." jonathan karl, abc news, washington. now to two health headlines this morning. do 1/3 of us really need to take medication to lower cholesterol? experts disagree on this. two medical groups released new guidelines recently recommending 1/3 of all adults over the age of 40 stake statins but prominent cardiologists say it is overkill. even so, critics admit that the new guidelines are a big improvement over the old criteria. moving to birth control. researchers are warning taking the pill may increase your chances of eye disease or blindness. experts say women who have used
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oral contraceptives for three years or more are twice as likely to suffer from glaucoma. however, the overall risk of glaucoma is fairly low for most women. still, if there is a history of glaucoma in your family, the recommendation is that you check with your doctor. emergency officials in the midwest say early warning storm sirens and the fact that many people were in church saved a lot of lives during sunday's storms. despite the widespread destruction in illinois, the mayor says not one church was hit. winds up to 145 miles an hour battered that region leaving homes damaged or destroyed. the city of kokomo was hardest hit in indiana. weather service confirming at least two tornados touched down there. officials who surveyed the damage said it was incredible no one was killed or injured in the aftermath. here we go -- the tornado that touched down in washington, illinois, one of the hardest hit areas we were talking about, ef-4 tornado. winds 170 to 190 miles an hour.
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>> the video is so scary. look at that. those people didn't have a chance. more than 80 tornados reported as the storm swept across 12 midwestern states. >> it's a record. >> look at the video before and you think it looks ominous but so hard to think of what it is really going to look like. and then you see the aftermath and realize how terrible this was. look. that's the inside of somebody's home. we saw -- we've seen all of these pieces before, all of these stories before. >> if you are just outside of the tornado, you are okay. >> it could be two houses next to each other. one is completely untouched and the other obliterated. >> crazy. all right. let's move on the rest of the weather. stormy in the northwest, drenching rain and mountain snow. dry and chilly in the midwest. showers in south texas and florida. lake-effect snow showers in western pennsylvania and upstate new york. we have high winds in to new
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england. 40s in boston and new york. 50s minneapolis to memphis. mostly 50s in the northwest and 83 in miami. well, a pair of frisky twins are stealing the show at the national zoo. >> the tigers made their first public debut yesterday frolicking through their new digs for the first time before gaining access to the yard and moat. they had to pass a swim test to prove they could keep their heads above water. >> check them playing right there. horsing around. >> they are the first litter of their 4-year-old mom. too cute. >> these tigers are critically endangered. there are only 400 to 500 of them living in the wild. the ones in captivity, i think all we want them to do is have babies, live wonderful lives so we can bring the numbers up obviously. >> tigers are one of the few cats that actually like water. >> i did not know that. coming up, who's demanding better security from cell phone companies, the government and police. and this morning the hot new
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toys that kids want from santa. our toy insider mom's expert advice as you prepare your shopping list. and a band that keeps dance contestants dance along and makes "dancing with the stars" such a hit. you are watching "world news now." ♪ i feel like dancin' dancin' >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by consumer cellular.
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now that's real love. new iams woof delights. having cell phone with gps offers a certain amount of security, knowing where you are and ensuring that others do, too. >> the technology is not foolproof. one man knows this firsthand. his wife was kidnapped and he said a gap in the 911 system led
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to her death. here's abc's pierre thomas. >> reporter: nathan lee is heading to washington on a mission, demanding changes to the 911 system. one he says failed to help to save his wife's life. >> her purse is here. her cell phone is here. >> reporter: it was 2008, lee arrived home to discover his wife denise amber missing. >> has she ever done this before? >> no, no, no, no. >> reporter: he she had been kidnapped from her florida home. she tried to save herself by making this frantic 911 call from a moving car, using her abductor's cell phone without him knowing. >> help me! >> what's your address? >> help me! >> reporter: that was the problem. the police could not lock in on the gps location in time to save her. lee's body was later found in a shallow grave. >> just completely unbelievable the amount of lives that could be saved every year if the fcc would improve the cell location
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requirements from the cell phone providers. >> reporter: 70% of 911 calls come from cell phones. when the calls are made inside of a building or car, it can disrupt the gps tracking. that's why nathan lee is in washington. he wants the federal communications commission to push cell phone manufacturers to develop technology to close this gap. >> we need the fcc to move forward on making sure those technologies are used, they are employed throughout the united states. >> reporter: nathan lee's mission is based on pain and loss. >> it just breaks my heart. they are growing up without a mom. >> that is fascinating story. >> oh, my gosh. so sad. every time you get a new cell phone there's all of this new stuff. now the new iphone, the finger technology. it seems like something that -- >> you would think the gps would work in every case. it is better in some areas than others. the fcc said in some states and localities, upwards of 2/3 of these 911 calls aren't traceable. >> oh, gosh.
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unfortunately if somebody is calling and don't know their address or are in a moving car or in a building, which i find is interesting, that disrupts the gps, they have no way of telling the 911 dispatcher where they are and because of the gap 911 has no idea either. when tragedy strikes that is too bad. coming up, the season's hot holiday toys. our toy insider mom paying us a visit to show what the kids will be asking for this year. you are watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our abc stations. >> announcer: "world news now" contin
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♪ here comes santa claus, here comes santa claus ♪ welcome back. children all around the world are busy making their lists for santa and moms and dads hit the stores in hopes of getting the right toys. which are the hottest this year? let's find out. our toy insider mom is here. hi, lori.
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>> good to be here and so many great toys this year, but i brought a handful of my favorites. >> good. >> we will start with doc mcstuffens. doc mcstuffins. >> this is her get better checkup center. >> awesome. >> doc fixes the broken toys in town and now the kids can pretend they are the doc. they have all the tools they need. there is an x-ray machine, book of boo-boos, band-aids and lamby too. >> and things you have to stick in dad's ear. >> right. we love our kids being active. this is great, this is also a grow-with-me toy. this is a glider that is a three-in-one. when we start our kids are little and they are sitting on it and scooting. >> i see where this is going. when they get a little bigger we take the seat off. now they have their first scooter. there are three wheels on it. easy to balance. and then we up lift the handlebars and a real
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lean-to-steer method and kids are scooting. this is a present that lasts a long time. bang for the buck. >> they grow fast. >> yes, they do. >> from the movie "planes" this is dusty crop hopper. this is the coolest radio control. you are going to wear the wings. >> i'm going to wear the wings. you are going to wear the wings. >> you showed me how. >> other hand. >> other hand. got to love it. okay. good. i will put dusty down. like -- >> you are going to steer him. >> there you go. >> i'm going to hit the table. give me one more, real quick. >> there you go. >> here he comes. oh, you don't want me at the helm. very nice. >> very, very good. the kids will be running around with them and keep them active, too. >> awesome. >> disney princesses have always loved animals but never had pets of their own until now. disney princess palace pets. every princess has their own -- this is pumpkin because she goes to cinderella. so we have our plush, little ones and little talking ones.
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>> oh, the princess phase. i miss that. very cute. very cute. >> and from "despicable me," the movie, the minions. they were the hit,impulsive and funny. >> squeeze them. >> squeeze them. >> move his head and ears. they are just funny, funny. >> they are funny. very cute. >> so disney launched this new video game. it is pretty cool. we have characters. >> right. >> this is sully and mike. we put them on the infinity base which is texted it our tv, they jump in the video game. >> connect them to the tv and they suddenly pop on the monitor. >> and now kids are playing in their world. here's what is cool. they have created a virtual toy box. it is called toy box mode. now they can take sully and jack sparrow from "pirates of the caribbean" and play in the toy box together.
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it's really cool. >> it is great. >> it is so great. you know who this guy is. >> elmo. never goes out of style. >> big hugs elmo. >> big hugs elmo. >> do i get a hug? >> thank you. and softer than the old tickle me elmo. >> so interactive. >> hi, elmo. >> he is 22 inches of plush. >> elmo loves you. >> elmo loves me. >> he loves to be held upside down. >> elmo's upside down. >> elmo's upside down. >> he will play pretend. he will go to sleep if you rock him. >> elmo is getting so sleepy. >> nice. if only elmo could make the kid sleep sometimes. very cool toy. >> well, hopefully that's what he does. >> yes, indeed. these are all winners. thank you so much. we have a list of these toys on our facebook page wnnfans.com. we'll be right back. we have a list of these toys on our facebook page wnnfans.com. we'll be right back.
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♪ you feel make me feel like dancin' ♪ >> who doesn't feel like dancin' when they hear the '70s celebration of groovy rhythms? music is all about dancin' and no one knows that better than the contestants on "dancing with the stars." >> as the rivalry heats up for the finals, it's extra important to make sure the band is pitch perfect. here's brandi hitt. >> reporter: they perform the magical music behind every twist, turn and lift. >> our band is amazing. >> harold wheeler and the band over there. take a bow. >> reporter: "dancing with the stars" musical director harold wheeler gave us rare, behind-the-scenes access to the 18-member band's rehearsal. >> this is probably the most fun i have had in my entire career. it's also the hardest i've ever worked.
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>> reporter: these musicians are pros, rehearsing new music together for the first time monday morning, just hours before the live show. >> prepare a show for monday, throw it away, next monday, that one is done. >> reporter: with a constant turnaround, wheeler says it's the producers who choose the songs. >> we are trying to get 18 to 49-year-old crowd so we have to have lady gaga and adele. >> reporter: and for the dancers who have been practicing to recordings all week, monday's rehearsal is also the first time they jive to the live music. >> when you get out here, it is a totally different feeling. it can sound a little different than the actual song. >> reporter: the first time this season, the show's producers are allowing track songs in each episode. especially electronic music that is difficult to duplicate. >> some songs sound better when the band is playing. >> reporter: many of the professionals dancers say they prefer performing to the
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live music. >> live music has a special thing. >> reporter: wheeler says some artists have refused to allow their songs to be played on the show. every season he profiles the dancers' personalities for when the competition really heats up. wheeler jokes by week seven he is always exhausted but proud of each performance. >> i wouldn't trade this for anything. >> reporter: brandi hitt, abc news, los angeles. >> the band knows all of the secrets of the show. i want to ask them questions not so much about the music. >> listen to it all. >> by week seven when he says he's exhausted, i wonder if he picks out his dancers. obviously we were the winners this season. we didn't have to the dance though. how great we were? >> otherwise we wouldn't have won because i would have let you down. >> oh, no. you are admitting this on television. you are supposed to tell everybody you are a wonderful dancer. >> i'm a wonderful dancer. what she said. >> so am i. dancer. >> i'm a wonderful dancer. what she said. >> so am i.
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> this this morning on "world news now," arrested again. the gunman in the trayvon martin case is in jail. the disturbing calls from his girlfriend to 911. >> he's in my house breaking all of my [ bleep ] because i asked him to leave. >> new accusations as george zimmerman faces a judge today. tremendous toll. the deadly tornadoes that left behind misery and loss across several midwest states. >> we're going to be thankful. >> the eye-popping destruction and neighborhoods wiped off the map. vicious vapors. newly revealed health hazards in the ecigarettes. are those better than smokeless tobacco? it's tuesday, november 19th. announcer: good morning, this is "world news now" with john muller and diana perez.
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good tuesday morning. we survived monday. that's good news. >> we did. day two. a rough monday for me, man. i put in a 12-hour day one. that was rough. >> yeah. >> violin, here it is. >> there you go. day two is off to a banner start. so far so good. >> there we go. good morning to you guys out there. we start here. george zimmerman is due in a florida courtroom today after his arrest on assault charges. >> the latest in a series of legal troubles faced by zimmerman since his acquittal in the shooting death of trayvon martin. here's abc's larry jacobs. >> you broke my glass table, my sunglasses and put your gun in my freaking face. >> reporter: police called to george zimmerman's home where he lives with her current girlfriend. she claims he pointed a long-barrelled shotgun to her in a fight. >> he's in my house breaking all my [ bleep ] because i asked him to leaf. >> he pushed her out of the
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front of the residence and then barricaded the door with furniture. >> reporter: police were there in minutes. zimmerman taken into custody, held without bond. his latest brush with the law is hardly zimmerman's first. >> we the jury find george zimmerman not guilty. >> reporter: in july he was acquitted of all charges in the fatal shooting of trayvon martin. the unarmed 17-year-old that zimmerman said attacked him. the case sparking accusations of racial profiling and raising questions over stand your ground laws. >> put your hands up. >> reporter: then there was this, outside of his wife's home in september, smack in the middle of their messy divorce but she never pressed charges. >> he continually has his hand on his gun and continually says, "step closer." he's threatening all of us. >> step closer -- >> with his firearm. >> he has been pulled over three times, mostly for speeding. even mark o'mara, who represented him during the trayvon martin has distanced himself. zimmerman will be back in court facing the latest charges.
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>> the scary thing is -- not so much you have a concealed weapon in a car if you have a permit whatever. but domestic things there is always that firearm. >> everything changes when there is a gun. everything changes. >> what is going on with this man? >> we have this from the "orlando sentinel," who is reporting that he said that she is pregnant. she is denying she is pregnant. the whole thing started because they were arguing over the baby and the fact she wanted to raise the baby herself but she is denying the fact she is pregnant. reporting out of orlando "orlando sentinel," anyway, saying that he is saying she's pregnant and she says she isn't pregnant. a political bombshell. president obama's approval ratings at the lowest they have been. the latest abc news poll just out shows 55% of americans disapprove of the president's performance. that's down 13% just this year. the poll shows 57 oppose the president's health care law.
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40% are in favor of obama care. now to another politician in trouble. toronto mayor rob ford said he's finished with alcohol. he said his drinking led to excessive stupid, immature behavior. the confession comes after a busy day for the mayor. his reality tv show debuted and earlier, he had a tumultuous appearance before the city council. here's linsey davis. >> reporter: a near brawl at the toronto city hall with toronto mayor rob ford attempting to take a run at someone in the crowd than the process almost bowling over a council woman. even in the midst of serious debate that left ford little more than a figurehead, the mayor mimed another councilman driving drunk. >> mayor ford, please stop disrupting. >> reporter: in the end, they voted to further strip his powers. >> this will be outright war in the next election. >> reporter: rob ford is making
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a name for himself and mocked on "saturday night live." in recent weeks, ford admitted to smoking crack. >> apologize. >> reporter: but ford is making no apologies for his refusal to leave office. >> i know lawyers, doctors, everybody has a good time. >> reporter: so we certainly haven't seen the last of rob ford. linsey davis, abc news, new york. storm survivors in the philippines are crowding the airport to be evacuated. a giant c-130 bringing in relief supplies and taking children, the sick and elderly to a safer place. the government says it is managing to feed 4.5 million people a day but the need is still vast. the death toll stands at eight after the destructive storms in the midwest. officials credit early warning and storm sirens for saving many lives. and this aerial look at the path of one of the tornados shows houses
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pulverized between the two lines. look at them. outside of the lines, others were left untouched. one of the hardest hit communities, washington, illinois. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, john and diana. they believe it was a powerful ef-4 tornado that tore through this town. some families were finally able to return here yesterday. many of them left in tears. the shards of wood, the crumbled bricks, remnants not just of houses that kris lancaster watched get torn away but places where so many cherished memories were made. >> losing our dream home. a lot of people in the area lost their dream homes. >> reporter: from dream homes to the absolute nightmare. the bitter aftermath of as many as 81 tornados that tore through at least five states in midwest, leaving scene after scene of utter devastation. and unthinkable loss. from illinois -- >> we ask god to bless the immortal souls of the six people who were killed yesterday by these tornados across our state. >> reporter: to michigan, where
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at least one other person was killed. so many are mourning all that was lost and trying to collect the little things that were spared that signify so much. >> different christmas but we will be thankful for a lot of things. we will be thankful that we made it through this. >> reporter: incredible. her family was able to make it out of here unhurt. theirs is one of as many as 500 homes damaged or destroyed in this town alone. john and diana, back to you. >> thank you very much. we have a chilling look at the moment of impact in the deadly plane crash that took place in central russia. airport security video captured the final seconds of the flight on sunday night. it shows the boeing 737 plunging to the ground in a near vertical position. all 50 people on board were killed.
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investigators are searching for the charred wreckage to find out what went wrong. miami police positively identified the body of a man who fell from a private plane last week. they have confirmed the body found in the marshes saturday is that of 42-year-old gerardo nales. the pilot radioed for help saying the man opened the door midair and then fell 2,000 feet into the atlantic. there are no reports of any foul play. princeton university administrators decided to offer a meningitis vaccine not previously used in the u.s. the unusual step comes after seven cases of the potentially fatal disease have been diagnosed on the campus. the first will be available next month. youtube is back up and running after a rare outage. people trying to access the site got a message that said a team of highly trained monkeys had been sent to fix the problem. that made users wonder if the site had been hacked. google which owns you tube has not said what the problem was exactly. u.s. stamps going on sale
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today stirring up controversy. they honor harry potter films and show daniel with radcliffe and maggie smith. and they are british not american. break with past practice. postmaster general says the cash-strapped agency needs to send more stamps. critics call it a commercial grab. >> i'm not so offended. it's official. a stunt by a drexel university professor paddled its way in to a record books. a giant game of pong last spring was the largest architectural video game ever. >> frank lee re-created it on a downtown philadelphia skyscraper. 250 gamers controlled the paddles and ball with giant joy sticks across the schuylkill river. he promises something bigger and better next year. this is what i think is amazing. there is a category for architectural video games.
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>> really strange. >> yeah. there's one of them and if you are thinking of getting it going and you want to beat this guy you have to get some big buildings involved. >> i remember the day pong showed up in our house. yes, it was the original pong. >> coolest kids of the block. >> we were the lamest ones. the latest ones to have it but we were excited and thought it was fantastic. >> imagine playing pong on a building. being one of those people at the bottom with the huge joy stick. that's kind of cool. >> yeah. all right. coming up, the most common ly used words, new ones, of the year. wait until you hear what is at the top of the cigarettes. and the new cigarettes are they healthier than regular smokes? you are watching "world news now." ♪ smokin' in the boys room ♪ we're smoking in the boys room ♪ >> "world news now" brought to you by no no hair removal. the boyce room ♪ >> "world news now" brought to you by no no hair removal.
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this week marks the 50 years since the assassination of president john f. kennedy, a chilling event famously captured in 26 seconds of film. >> the film has been viewed by millions around the world. now there is something new in the film.
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here's abc's byron pitts. >> reporter: this newly treated version done by history buff in new zealand. the images are clearer than ever. you can see the limo slowing down. bystanders frozen on the grass. just 26 seconds, 486 frames is now the most infamous home movie ever made. 50 years ago this week, a local businessman climbed up on this cement pedestal to get a clear view of the president's motorcade. he hoped to film a parade. what he witnessed was history. >> gentleman walked in the studio. >> reporter: a cameraman, a russian immigrant, a dressmaker who lived both his new country and his new hobby. minutes after the president's murder, he was live on the air at local abc station, wfaa. >> slumped to the side like this. then i heard another
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shot or two. >> reporter: it was poured over frame by frame by experts and amateurs. frame 228, president kennedy grabs for his throat. frame 359, mrs. kennedy begins a desperate crawl over the trunk. the photographer accidentally destroyed four frames, only fueling conspiracy theories, theories that made it in to motion pictures like oliver stone's "jfk." >> back and to the left. >> reporter: but zapruder's film also led the government to conclude that lee harry oswald acted alone. after that fateful day, abraham zapruder never picked up his camera again. byron pitts, abc news, dallas. >> amazing. >> that almost didn't happen. zapruder apparently had left his camera at home because it was overcast and figured what would be the point. his assistant at lunchtime urged him to get it before the motorcade came by. >> he was savvy about how he sold it and donated some money to one of the cops killed that day.
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very interesting back story there. >> absolutely. coming up, a question of safety. ecigarettes are growing in popularity, but are they safe? >> how these unregulated products could get a closer look by the federal government. and ahead in our next half hour, pen pals for 50 years meet for the first time. you are watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our abc stations.
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all right. kickin' the cigarette habit is tough, even with the nicotine replacement products on the market. >> lately smokers have been using ecigarettes to try and quit. those devices largely unregulated, but that could change soon. here's abc's karen travers. >> reporter: dorothy reno describes herself as a part-time smoker but that is an electronic cigarette. >> honestly, it is a little bit like a cross between incense and being in a wet sauna. >> reporter: the battery-powered device gives a nicotine buzz from a vapor. it doesn't have the tobacco tar found in traditional cigarettes. it is the latest in nicotine replacement products joining the patch and gum. they're cheaper, and because unregulated they can be sold and advertised anywhere. last year, americans spent $500 million on ecigarettes. that's a small fraction of what they spend on traditional tobacco cigarettes. but analysts
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say the number will triple this year. $1.7 billion in sales. dorothy said she and her husband, an addicted smoker, did extensive researcher. >> we think the harm is less than with a traditional cigarette. however, obviously there is still some risk there. >> reporter: doctors say the risk could be unknown chemicals in the unregulated product. in one test, anti-freeze turned up. ecigarettes burst on to the u.s. market in 2006, and the federal government is scrambling to catch up. the fda is expected to issue regulations soon. and if they classify ecigarettes in the same category as tobacco it could mean that users will pay significantly higher taxes. already states have taken action. 23 prohibit ecigarette sales to minors. doctors say there is little risk. >> by the time it is in gone into someone else's lungs and come out, it's mostly propylene glycol, and the amount you will inhale is minimal.
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>> reporter: some governments and small businesses have banned ecigarettes in public places. doctors say until ecigarettes are regulated go with a product that is sold behind the counter at a pharmacy, not on the counter at a convenience store. >> my recommendation is start with the safe and approved and regulated forms of nicotine. >> reporter: karen travers, abc news, washington. >> apparently the american lung association favors a ban on the products. and they have a study that shows formaldehyde and acetone were in some of the vapors. >> this is one of those things it is so touchy. [ coughing ] because there are so many smokers out there who are trying to do the right thing and quit, and this is supposed to be something that helps them, and then you hear this. and you don't want to say you
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have to regulate everything out there but you want to have research at hand. >> a lot more has to be done for sure. coming up, the resignation e-mail that redefines burning a bridge. we'll be right back. fines burning a bridge. we'll be right back.
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oh, time. time. sorry, guys. welcome to "the mix." just taking a selfy. >> what else would you do these days? >> check it out. it is popular. according to oxford they have nominated the word selfy as the 2003 -- oh, my gosh. >> you wish. >> 2013 word of the year. it doesn't necessarily mean the word came in to existence this year. see how cute we are? >> nice selfy. >> what were you going for, pouty. >> duck, peace sign. isn't that the popular one? look at you trying to be reinventive. that's the thing people do with
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selfies, john. >> i'm not cool. >> selfy is a photograph that one has taken of one's self typically with a smartphone or web cam. you will see that on our twitter feed or instagram shortly. >> there you go. have you ever quit your job or seen people who leave the nice letters, miss you all, thank you for the four years. the other side of you wants to blast everybody and say this place can, you know, anyway. a woman woman blasted it. she sent an e-mail on gawker that is funny. she quit her position at price waterhouse coopers and sent out an e-mail. here's the good ones. let's put up the graphic there. i strongly believe that auditors hate their lives and rationalize it is busy season or if everybody did the job they loved to do -- measly excuses to justify and pursue useless, meaningless careers. she says one other doozy. keep it real. partners are treated as if they are royalty. you are fake, important and you
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stink. there you go. somebody keepin' it real. >> love it. i will keep that handy. how lovely that is. "50 shades of gray" immensely popular all over the world. picked up steam like you won't believe. a lot of people don't buy the books, they go to the library and check them out. they rent them. well, a couple of professors decided to test the books to see what kind of bacteria was present in the books. and they found all kinds of delicious things like traces of herpes virus and cocaine. >> really? on the library books. >> absolutely. here's what is important to know about this. traces of herpes and cocaine were too small to be harmful to the readers of the book. you don't have it worry about getting high or getting an std. >> i would wonder, is there something about "50 shades of grey" that gives it more strange contaminants than books about george washington or do you think those have contaminants?
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this morning on "world news now," surviving the worst. neighborhoods blown away by 190 mile-per-hour winds. how some families are struggling to find what matters most after deadly tornadoes. in custody. the gunman in the trayvon martin case is in jail this morning after another run-in with police. the new accusations george zimmerman is facing. sudden attack. the screams and calls for help from the zebra exhibit at one of the best-known zoos in the country. the horrifying commotion and today's tough questions. and drama on stage. which contestant got kicked off of "dancing with the stars" just one week before the season finals, and which dancers are in step to win? that's coming up in "the skinny" on this tuesday, november 19th. all right.
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happy tuesday or day two, as we like to say. we're going to begin with the destruction from that series of tornadoes in the midwest. eight people have died, most of them in illinois. the tiny town of brookport particularly hard hit. three people were killed there. dozens of mobile homes destroyed by winds up to 145 miles per hour. >> nbc's alex perez has spoken to some of the survivors. >> reporter: standing on his back patio, chris lancaster watched as a monster zeroed in on washington, illinois. >> get in the house! >> oh, my god! >> reporter: within seconds, the camera captures the debris swirling in that funnel. in less than three minutes after lancaster started recording, the tornado hits his house. uprooting trees, tossing furniture. in the nick of time, he dove interest the blackness of his basement. >> what happened, kris? kris, what did you get hit with? >> i don't know.
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>> reporter: lancaster and his family miraculously survived. >> i'm still alive. i still have my wife and kids. >> reporter: we walked down his block for the first time since he came face to face with disaster. we coming up to your house? the heartbreaking moment that brought him to his knees. first time seeing it, huh? his dream home flattened. >> may front door. >> reporter: lancaster is one of thousands left homeless after tornadoes tore through seven states sunday, more than 70 twisters reported. eight people are dead. >> everything gone. >> reporter: lancaster was looking for one thing -- his cat, titi. how could he possibly have
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survived? we were with him as highway retraced his steps to his basement. and then -- >> titi? titi! titi, buddy! titi, buddy, it's daddy. come here, ti, where you at, buddy? titi? daddy got you, baby! daddy got you! i got you. >> reporter: one small miracle. the lancaster and their cat, titi, will be spending the next few days with their in-laws until they can figure out how they will rebuild and get another home. alex perez, abc news, washington, illinois. >> heartbreaking, right? >> sometimes it's the little things that help people continue to go on -- >> having power and control again. somebody that you really love. >> yeah. the fact that you were able to save them and be with them. check this out. this is incredible. >> this is incredible. >> 120 miles away, you're taking a look at things that have been found.
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photos, mail, receipts, a church bulletin, things that blew 120 miles away from washington, illinois, showing up in the chicago area. >> they're still finding things in the greater chicago area that have blown in from that part of illinois. like you said, 120 miles away. >> if you see something and recognize it, if you saw the pictures and you recognize your cell phone, reach out to us, we'll find a way to connect everybody. i'm sure the people who found them want to be able to send it back to the people it belongs it. >> no doubt. all right. five men have been arrested in new york in an international hacking scheme that siphoned millions of dollars from atms. prosecutors say the suspects were stuffing suitcases to the brim with stolen cash from two mideast banks. the hackers targeted prepaid debit cards by making simultaneous withdrawals. in one case, $40 million was stolen in a matter of hours. the justice department and jpmorgan chase are expected to announce a $13 billion settlement over the allegations of the bank's role in the housing crisis. the deal would be the largest ever between the government and
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a corporation. chase will pay more than $6 billion to compensate investors. $4 billion will go to the struggling homeowners, and the remainder will be a fine. george zimmerman is spending the night in jail after his arrest on assault charges. the former neighborhood watch captain will go before a judge today. and it's not the first time zimmerman has been in legal hot water since his acquittal in the trayvon martin shooting. here's abc. >> reporter: another day, another mug shot for george zimmerman. he's in jail again, arrested for what police say was domestic violence. allegedly assaulting his current girlfriend, who called 911. >> what's going on? >> he's in my house breaking all my [ bleep ] because i asked him to leave. >> she alleged that he had broken a table and pointed a long-barrelled shotgun. >> reporter: she said he shoved her and pulled a gun. >> we believe it was over a separation in the relationship.
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>> reporter: ever since the summer's trial over the shooting death of trayvon martin, florida's most notorious recent defendant keeps finding trouble. there was this outside his wife's home in september in the middle of their messy divorce. >> he's in his car. and he continually has his hand on his gun and keeps saying, "step closer." continuing to threaten all of us with the firearm. >> reporter: do you think that perhaps he feels after the trial he felt invincible? >> i think he feels invincible. he's making reckless decisions. >> reporter: his lawyers have thrown up their hands. he's been pulled over three times for a lead foot. this time he's being held without bond. abc news, atlanta. security has been stepped up in paris after a gunman opened fire on in a newspaper office. a photographer was critically wounded. the suspect has been linked to three other shootings around paris. now there's an intense manhunt for the lone gunman who police
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say carried a pump-action shotgun. a new toxicology report raising new questions about what killed actress brittany murphy and her husband. murphy's father never accepted the coroner's official finding that murphy died in 2009 of pneumonia and her husband of anemia just five months later. he believes it was rat poisoning. new lab results appear to bear that out, showing a toxic level of heavy metals found in the poison. a zookeeper at the national zoo is recovering after a brutal attack by a zebra. the keeper was bitten at least three times before a co-worker managed to pull him out of the enclosure. a gazelle got spooked ran into a barrier, broke his neck, and died. a zebra spattered with blood was not injured. he was later placed in isolation. zoo investigators are trying to figure out what went wrong. >> we're not sure why he and the animal were in the same area at the same time. >> sad that the gazelle died, as well. >> the zebra is a 10-year-old 800-pound animal. experts say some undomesticated
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zebras can be more aggressive than lions. >> amazing statistic, right? be careful of the wild zebra. who knew? nasa is a step closer it solving a martian mystery that's baffled scientists for years. a rocket carrying the maven explorer blasted off from florida on a 440 million-mile journey to mars. the maven will spend a year studying the red planet's radical climate change that took place when it went from being a warm and wet place to a warm and dry place. maven expected to reach mars next september. let's look at the tuesday forecast. heavy rain from washington to northern california. up to two feet of mountain snow in the cascades. a foot in the northern rockies. showers and thunderstorms in south florida. light lake-effect snow for parts of upstate new york and western pennsylvania. >> 40s from chicago to new york. 60s from atlanta to new orleans. mostly 50s and 60s across the rockies. controversial finish to monday night football. it appeared new england had one more chance when the officials
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called interference a carolina interception. then they picked up the flag and walked off the field, ending the game without an explanation. tom brady giving them an earful. >> less than a minute later, cam newton fired a 25-yard touchdown pass that put the panthers ahead for good. final score, carolina 24, new england, 20. panthers' sixth straight win. >> new england q.b. tom brady admitting the final play wasn't a well-thrown pass. when there's a flag on the field, you expect an explanation if it's just picked up and put away? >> not all that great. it apparently got in their heads. >> no doubt about it. coming up, "modern family" theme meets "the bachelor." coming up in "the skinny." later, pen pals who have been writing to each other for over 50 years. the face-to-face meeting that was a half century in the making. you're watching "world news now." ♪ announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by colonial penn life insurance. announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by
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free diving is one of the world's most extreme sports and one of the most dangerous. for one accomplished athlete, it turned deadly. >> abc's matt gutman tells us about a young man who risked it all and pushing the limits. >> reporter: matt had reached the pinnacle of free diving by plumbing the depths, becoming the first american to break the 100-meter mark, 320 feet down on
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a single gulp of air. by day he worked as a prop master on tv and movie sets. beneath the waves, he was the star. >> when it came to being in the water, that is where i shine. >> reporter: and on sunday at the dean's hole in the bahamas, he was attempting another record -- over 230 feet, deeper than the statue of liberty is tall. this time without fins. as he'd done so many times in the past, this human fish tipped forward, elegant strokes like these propelling him past the 200-foot mark. officials monitoring him with sonar say he seemed to hit trouble at 223 feet and seemed to turn back. but instead, he dove down again into the darkness to reach his goal of 236 feet. after 3.5 minutes, this photo shows him breaching the surface, the distress evident. seconds later, he lost consciousness and would never regain it. while increasingly popular, it's also considered one of the
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deadliest extreme sports. divers often have to be helped to the surface and revived. i got to try it in the cayman islands, first holding my breath. see my body heaving? those are convulsions, my body demanding to breathe. >> five minutes on the dot. >> reporter: at the surface, diving to depths squeezes your lungs. at 300 feet, your lungs go from the size of a football to the size of a tennis ball. and mizzoli knew it could be fatal. >> never take a dive for granted. you don't know what dive is going to be your last. >> reporter: abc news, miami. >> so sad. the international governing body of that sport says earning body of that sport says this is the first time in the 21-year history of these kind of competitions that anyone has died. >> my goodness. by the way, this is considered the wimbledon of free diving. it's an annual event and attracts top athletes from around the world who come to do this kind of thing. and unfortunately this year, tragedy struck.
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that's too bad for his family. i'm sure that's the kind of thing that his family probably said, you know, we're really worried about this kind of thing. then to have it come true is terrible. >> all right. coming up, what an oscar-winning actress has in common with the "sesame street" puppets. and "dancing with the stars" enters an exciting new phase after last night's elimination round. coming up in "the skinny." ♪ imination round. coming up in "the skinny." continues after this from our
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♪ skinny so skinny >> all right. ♪ all right. "dancing with the stars" time. getting down it the wire. we'll tell you who got eliminated. but first we'll talk about the entire evening. this week's challenge was dancing two different routine to two different versions of the same song. >> okay. >> let's get started. let's talk about the highlight of the night. amber riley. she and corbin bleu both receiving a perfect score on one of the dances. they were pretty excellent. amber riley and derek hough danced to "knocked out of heaven" by bruno mars. and corbin bleu and his partner danced to "light 'em up i'm on fire." a former contestant and guest, he had appeared in 13 season of "dancing with the stars." i think he's a little qualified to make? judging.
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he was on "gma" yesterday, by the way. you ready? we're going to get to it. >> spoiler alert. plug in the ears. >> close your ears. yeah. leah remini. she's eliminated. she and her partner danced to "bad romance" by lady gaga. she and her partner received a total of 65 out of 80 for the night. that is from their combined two dances. they did not receive the lowest score from the judges for the night. that was actually bill engvall who received the lowest. but nonetheless, leah remini going home. the finals is next monday. leah will be on "gma" and "the view" today. >> so bill engvall is now amongst the finalist on "dancing with the stars." together with amber riley and corbin bleu, who are incredible. bill's great, too, but not the one i was expecting. >> the competition's a little too tough? >> i wasn't expecting him to make it this far, to be honest. there were a lot of people who went home that i expected to be in his place instead. "the hunger games: catching fire" finally, finally, finally
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in theaters soon. because "sesame street" is wonderful, they will air a spoof. that's coming up. katniss doing her thing. and her sidekick is peta, right? there's peta. "sesame street" decided to come up with "the hungry games." and we have cookie monster as kookiness ever eat. and his sidekicks are peta, a bread version. and essentially the whole deal is that cookie monster has to eat well and he's got to eat healthy. and he's got to complete these patterns and learn eating habits in order to win "the hungry games." not really similar to "the hunger games," but their own fun child's life take on "the hunger games." we love it because everybody loves "sesame street." thank you for helping us understand. and tyler ferguson and george takei do a modern version
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of "the bachelor," in which it's "the gay bachelor." jesse tyler ferguson is the bachelor and george that tie plays the host. and everything goes well enough, then camera caught every tear shed in
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the limo ride home after -- after getting the axe. you know who got the axe? this is the twist. ferguson himself got booted out of his own bachelor pad. >> oh. because -- one of the contestants proposed it another? >> yep. he was seen sobbing on his phone from the back seat. expenses, i looked at my options. then i got a medicare supplement insurance plan. [ male announcer ] if you're eligible for medicare, you may know it only covers about 80% of your part b medical expenses. the rest is up to you. call now and find out about an aarp medicare supplement insurance plan, insured by unitedhealthcare insurance company. like all standardized medicare supplement insurance plans, it helps pick up some of what medicare doesn't pay. and could save you in out-of-pocket medical costs. to me, relationships matter. i've been with my doctor for 12 years. now i know i'll be able to stick with him. [ male announcer ] with these types of plans, you'll be able to visit any doctor or hospital that accepts medicare patients.
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to kill in one feeding. guaranteed. d-con. get out. ♪ welcome back. now to a story about friendship that has outlasted and outdistanced time. >> that's right. two women who began exchanging letters 50 years ago have met face to face for the very first time. this one is our "favorite story of the day." kabc's rob mcmillan gives us a look at their unique bond. my name is michelle -- >> reporter: a lot of people have pen pals. >> i've been busy doing so many things -- >> reporter: a chance to keep in touch with someone perhaps far, far away. >> have you had a nice summer? >> reporter: not everyone writes to someone in south america. >> when are you able to drive in argentina? >> reporter: perhaps fewer
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people have kept in touch nearly 50 years after the first letter. >> right now, "help" by the beatles is showing. i like the dave clark five also. >> reporter: now after perhaps hundreds of letters, michelle and her pen pal met face to face for the first time. >> i always dreamed to -- to know michelle. >> one thing i notice is that my penmanship was much better back then. >> reporter: it hasn't always been easy to keep in touch, though. >> i don't even remember -- i mean, losing her address. but i must have. >> reporter: her letter -- >> says so in the letter, so i must have lost it for a while. >> reporter: after finding each other on facebook, they decided to meet. myrta and michelle have learned a lot of things about each other over the years through these letters. this one was written by michelle, explaining that she wasn't a boy, she was a girl. were you sad that she was not a boy?
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>> no. no, because i -- i wanted a friendship. >> reporter: now these pen pals will spend the next few days with one another. after 50 years of letters, you guys know everything about each other probably. >> not so much. not everything, but i think we will after this week, yes. >> reporter: friends for decade, together for the first time. this is rob mcmillan for abc news. >> good story. >> cool. >> did you have a pen pal? >> i never did. did you? >> i think in grade school we might have -- i have vague recollections that -- never a pen pal that got under my skin, put it that way. i can't remember. i think we had to as part of our click on school assignment had a pen pal. >> there's somebody going, "i had a pen pal." his name is john muller. i didn't get under his skin, whatever that means. >> exactly. i -- they didn't know everything about each other. >> sweet. >> that's sweet. >> announcer: this is abc's "world news now," informing insomniacs for two decades. that's sweet. >> announcer: this is abc's "world news now", informing
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this is your computer. let's go on the internet. let's go. ok. she's going to love me all over again now. jamaica, here you come! here we go. ha ha! good job. all right.
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good morning, america. breaking overnight, massive relief for struggling homeowners. $4 billion going to those in trouble, after the new numbers out this morning showing the reasons why. arrested again. george zimmerman is waking up in a jail cell this morning. what unfolded inside his girlfriend's house that has zimmerman facing serious charges? defiant stance. more turmoil surrounding the mayor of toronto following a city council meeting. who he was going after in this video and why? dangerous dive. a rapper gets a little too wild during a performance. we have more on that jump. and good tuesday morning.

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