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this morning on "world news now," a weekend of wild weather, tornados, snowstorms and even some temperatures well into the 80s. we'll tell you exactly what to expect later today. plus -- >> it was just degrading and it made me sick to hear it. but as far as a racist, i don't really think he is a racist. >> an abc news exclusive. shelly sterling speaks out about her husband's racist comments. how she plans to fight to keep the team and what donald sterling is now saying about his remarks. also this morning -- >> i just knew that we were either going to die, or we were going to get out of it. >> then a mother risks her life to save her child. she recounts the split-second decision she made and how she feels about it now on this monday, may 12th.
>> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now" with john muller and diana perez. good monday morning, everybody. diana, did you have a nice mother's day? >> i really did. it was wonderful. how about you? >> very nice. >> you celebrated at home. you decided to stay home which is nice. >> nice and mellow, breakfast spread, little barbecuing. nice and easy. how about yourself? >> i was expecting breakfast in bed but with two little ones i was a little realistic. i realized that wasn't going to happen. i had my mom, mother-in-law, the whole mom show. my poor husband was surrounded. >> surrounded by moms, three of them. >> he didn't know what to do with himself, poor guy. but it was great. we begin with the nasty weather this weekend. violent storms in the nation's midsection. >> more than a foot of snow in colorado and wyoming and a winter storm warning is still in effect there this morning.
>> but as reported, that wasn't even the worst of it. >> no, this is not good. >> reporter: this video capturing the most destructive tornado out of the 11 that ripped across the midwest this weekend. in orrick, missouri, the worst hit area, a small town shredded, roofs ripped off. entire homes flattened and vehicles flipped. but no deaths reported. rescuers saving this woman trapped in her basement. ç >> we're coming to get you. are you okay? >> more than a foot of snow fell in the rocky mountains in utah leaving 7,000 without power and in colorado the holiday barbecue a bust. in the southwest, high winds from texas to california. gusts up to 70 miles per hour. powerful enough to topple this tree on to a car in an l.a. neighborhood. conditions are already dry across the southwest. these high winds mean increased fire warnings in seven states and record heat could be coming soon. this week, we could top 100 degrees here in california.
abc news, los angeles. >> as we mentioned a moment ago, the severe weather isn't done yet. there's more on the way. we will get the forecast now from accu-weather's jim dickey. good morning, jim. >> good morning, john and diana. we continue to track a powerful storm system today moving its way out into the plains. it's a pocket of cold air spinning out across the rockies. that bringing snowfall to colorado and wyoming with dangerous thunderstorms further off to the east in the plains and midwest. the snow will wind down today. for many spots on the front range pick up to two feet of snowfall. good news is by the end of the week, these spots are in the 60s and 70s, so that will melt. another round of heavy thunderstorms expected. on to the nation's midsection, gusty winds, large hail and rain a primary concern. john and diana, back to you. >> jim, thank you. our other major story, donald sterling is speaking out for the first time since being banned for life from the nba. sterling tells cnn's anderson cooper that those racist comments caught on tape were, quote, a terrible mistake. the clippers owner also says he's not a racist.
his wife, shelly, spoke exclusively to barbara walters. shelly sterling says she will fight to retain ownership of the club. >> what does the team mean to you? >> it means a lot. i have been with the team for 33 years, through the good times and the bad times. it's my passion. i love it. it's my legacy to my family. >> just hours later, the nba responded with this statement. quote, under the nba constitution if a controlling owner's interest is terminated by a three-quarter vote, all other team owner interests are automatically terminated as well. it doesn't matter whether the owners are related, as is the case here. these are the rules to which all nba owners agree to as a condition of owning their team. shelly sterling's lawyer fired back saying in part, we live in a nation of laws. california law and the united states constitution trump any such interpretation. >> translation, sounds like there's going to be a fight. >> there's going to be a fight. no doubt about it.
>> shelly sterling told barbara walters she will eventually divorce her husband but hasn't done so yet because of financial considerations. >> we saw a clip of the video. she brought the filing with her. she said the last 20 years i have been seeing an attorney about this divorce. here i have it, i just filed it. the reason it hadn't happened before, like you said, the financial consideration. she spoke to her attorney, her financial adviser, both of them told her not to file yet. >> a lot of nba players have strong feelings about this, needless to say. lebron said the nba players believe nobody in the sterling family should own the clippers. as players we want what's right and we don't feel like anyone in that family should be able to own the team. >> as far as shelly sterling's interview, there will be more oç that starting later on "good morning america." next up, to virginia where the bodies of all three victims of thor the able hot air balloon accident have been recovered. we now know their names. passengers ginny doyle and natalie lewis were friends and members of the athletic staff at
the university of richmond. family members identified the pilot as daniel kirk, who had decades of experience. witnesses were stunned by what they saw. >> we thought the balloon was going to catch fire and land in the field. instead, it just kept rising. >> we could hear them screaming, please, dear god, sweet jesus, help us. we're going to die. oh, my god, please help us, please help us. >> collisions with electrical wires are a risky part of hot air balloon flight. the faa and the ntsb have been pushing for more regulation of the industry. both agencies are now investigating this crash. four people are recovering from gunshot wounds after a bar fight in las vegas. the argument started in the bar early sunday morning and spilled into the parking lot. the shooter managed to get away after opening fire on three men and a woman leaving one of the victims in critical condition. in ukraine, pro-russian separatists are claiming victory after a chaotic day at the polls. the voting took a bloody turn. in one town, where ukrainian national guardsmen opened fire on a crowd outside of town hall.
abc's alexander marquardt is in donetsk. >> reporter: deadly violence in eastern ukraine. at least two killed when ukranian forces opened fire on a pro-russian crowd, renewing fears that a civil war is spreading. it happened outside of a town hall on a day that pro-russian separatists turned out to vote on a referendum about breaking away. for these voters, it was a rejection of the government's authority and a demand for independence. the unofficial vote was ripe with issues. we even spotted several voters submitting multiple ballots. president putin, ever projecting the strong man image, spent his weekend scoring six goals in an exhibition hockey game. he said his troops pulled back from the ukrainian border, a claim rejected by the military, which reless -- released this
image, showing they haven't moved at all. the white house rejected the referendum all together calling it illegal. president putin appears to be trying to calm things down having called for the vote to be postponed. the question now is what does he do next? alexander marquardt, donetsk, abc news, in eastern ukraine. there's still no sign of more than 200 girls kidnapped in nigeria by islamic extremists. protests are mounting whether many wondering why the government hasn't done more in the weeks since the abduction. the u.s. is vowing to help nigeria find the girls up to a point. >> i think you look at everything. but there's no intention at this point to be putting any american boots on the ground. >> britain, france and now israel are also offering help. more than 50 of the girls managed to escape. one called the ordeal too terrifying for words and said more could have escaped but were too afraid. now to a strange and dramatic rescue in australia. police officers climb to the top
of the sydney opera house to reach a man sitting on top of one of its famous sail-like structures. protesters have done it before but this man apparently was just drunk.ç took some doing but the officers eventually got him to cooperate, secure him with a harness and rope and led him safely back down to the ground. >> oh, boy. >> whoa. right? >> yikes. everyone's prom night, a big deal but especially meaningful for a pennsylvania woman who had to wait seven decades for hers. 91-year-old edna lamping finally got to go to the prom. her parents were strict and she missed out on the big dance when she was in high school. her family surprised her and asked her alma mater to let edna attend that prom, escorted by her husband, joe. >> i think i have the best looking girl here. >> we used to dance friday, saturday and sunday. but not anymore because the legs don't carry you. >> how cute are they? >> adorable. >> edna's family kept the whole thing a secret. she didn't know she was going to
the prom until the very last minute. >> oh, my gosh, how adorable. by the way she admits that times have changed because the kids sure know how to shake it these days. >> yep. they enjoyed the first song of the night hitting the dance floor to frank sinatra. how about that? >> i have a feeling the school arranged that. >> looks like the kids helped it along. they looked cooperative and fun. >> they are celebrating their 68th anniversary next month. quite a way to celebrate. >> love that story. >> good for them. coming up, a leap of faith. a mother makes a drastic decision to save her baby's life. first, a history-making moment sealed with a kiss. michael sam becomes the first openly gay player in the nfl. you're watching "world news now." ♪ >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by airwick scented oils. the comforting scent
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player, but it's the moment that he got the news that's really turning heads. >> reporter: it's a moment in history, sealed with a kiss. football player michael sam celebrating with his boyfriend moments after learning he was drafted by the st. louis rams, becoming the first openly gay player in the nfl. >> the st. louis rams select michael sam. >> reporter: sam was drafted in the seventh round ending months of speculation on whether he would even be selected at all. after publicly coming out in february, the defensive end urged the league to focus on his ability in a recent visa commercial. >> judge me for what i do on the field. >> reporter: and told abc's robin roberts he wasn't worried about his place in the draft. >> where i go, it doesn't matter, as long as i get to play, put a jersey on my back, it's just awesome. >> reporter: this isn't the first time the rams have broken barriers.ç in 1946, they signed kenny
washington, the jackie robinson of football, one of the first black players to join the nfl. questions of whether the league is willing to open doors has been answered. >> the nfl has been in many ways the last bastion of male supremacy. this will drag the nfl into the 21st century. i think it's about time. >> the president congratulated sam, the rams and league on this historic moment calling it an important step forward in our nation's journey. abc news, new york. >> congrats to him. certainly a landmark thing but he has no guarantee to make the team. seventh round picks are never really locks to make the final roster. by no means is he assured a spot on the rams just by being drafted. >> he may not be a starter, he may be competing for a spot on special teams. there's a lot that is still to come before he can say he's actually a ram. also, she didn't get into it in the piece there, but a lot of negative comments on youtube, twitter, after this kiss was televised.
>> yep. anyway, big landmark day for the nfl. congrats to him. coming up, a mother who quite literally took a leap of faith. she jumped three stories from her burning apartment building to save herself and her baby. and ahead in our next half hour, a rare set of twins born in ohio but what they were doing when they were born their mother will never forget. you are watching abc's "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now"
♪ i need you and your love too ♪ come on baby and rescue me ♪ come on baby and rescue me ç ♪ i need you by my side ♪ can't you see that a massachusetts mother recovering this morning after literally taking a leap of faith to save the lives of herself and her baby. >> it was a split-second decision that forced her to risk paralysis to save them both. abc's linzie janis has her story. >> reporter: a boston area mother is thankful to be alive after having to jump to safety with her 18-month-old son from her burning apartment. >> i just knew that we were either going to die, or we were going to get out of there. >> reporter: from her hospital
bed, christina simoes is speaking out for the first time recounting those terrifying moments her third floor apartment overcome by a raging fire. and having to make the split-second decision between life and death. >> once i got to that window and i looked down and i knew what i had to do. i just did it. >> reporter: christina said her son cameron's safety was her number one priority. >> no way that my life would be more valuable than his. he's my number one. >> after making the more than 30-foot leap, christina simoes unable to get up, said she told cameron to go look for help. >> i kept telling him to run. >> reporter: the fall shattered her vertebra leaving her paralyzed. after hours of surgery, family members say they may have seen her toes wiggle. little cameron's father, tyler, says he's grateful that both the mother and child are alive. >> now i get to be with her and
my son for the rest of my life. >> reporter: she said faced with the choice again she would jump in a heartbeat. >> all of this, all the pain and everything that i will have to go through is worth it to see him be able to run around and to play. >> reporter: linzie janis, abc news, new york. >> that is just amazing. a 30-foot drop. >> incredible. when you're faced with it and there's fire behind you and that's the only opening and you have your little one, i can't imagine doing anything but the same thing. >> just amazing. little cameron suffered only a bruise on his head. >> police are investigating the fire obviously. still no word on what might have sparked it. 16 units in that apartment building were affected, theirs included. >> just amazing. we certainly -- our thoughts and prayers are with the mom. let's hope she gets that motion back. >> let's hope the toes are wiggling and it goes to the legs and the rest of her body. you know what, god's good. >> brave woman. >> yes. coming up we will check out "the mix." >> this morning, a twerking cat
♪ roller coaster roll roller coaster ♪ >> do you like roller coasters? >> actually, i love them. >> good. we're similar that way. two biggest wimps in the world. but i enjoy roller coasters. go pro cameras are the coolest. do you agree? >> absolutely. >> let's take a ride on the roller coaster called the montu at busch gardens. >> wow. >> let's shut up for a minute. >> whoa! >> wow. >> pretty cool, right? >> i feel my stomach doing a little dip. >> no doubt. that's from cheryl and eddie, going viral on the net. 150-feet tall montu at busch gardens. 60 mile an hour speed. go pro camera. awesome. >> hey, by the way --
moving on to this now, an adorable kitten. we always love kittens. this one has a special talent.ç a man in morocco had some music playing and turned on his video camera when he noticed that his cat was dancing to the music. more specifically twerking. >> check that out. >> the poor cat is meowing like he can't control his butt. i'm wondering whether or not he's having a little fit here. >> i thought he was scratching or something, but the second part, it's just his tail going. >> just his tail going. almost like he can't control the rhythm. he's like what, watch it now. hey now. here we go. here we go. >> the princess of twerking has
to get this cat. it's a marriage made in heaven. >> can't get any better. >> who doesn't love fireworks? everybody loves fireworks we are about to see fireworks in the eyes of a 2-year-old who has never seen them before. his name is connor. he's 2 years old. watch his reaction. >> yay! >> he drops his jaw, his eyes go wide and this is truly the first time he ever saw them. it was before a wwe smackdown event. the parents, at the very beginning, they made him have his thumbs in his ears. >> they warned him. >> i pretty much feel the same way when i see fireworks, even to this down. >> that's how i feel when i see wrestling smackdown.
this morning on "world news now," seeking forgiveness. donald sterling breaks his silence on his racist remarks as his wife tells our barbara walters how she intends to fight to keep the team. the exclusive interview coming up. plus, billions of taxpayer dollars ending up in the hands of liars. the growing business of disability fraud. you won't believe how some people boldly flaunted their crimes. a picture of life and love. the amazing image that shows the bond between twin girls and why their birth is truly a mother's day miracle. shocking remarks from miley cyrus. she's known for her outrageous behavior, but this time she may have crossed a dangerous line. it is monday, may 12th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now" with john muller and diana perez. good monday morning.
and a very happy mother's day to all of you out there. nice mother's day in your house? >> nice mother's day. everything went smooth. i was going to do the big elaborate breakfast but i was told that bagels, cream cheese and sandwiches would work and i had the sandwiches made, brewed some coffee and got off the hook. >> nice. >> how about you? >> you sound like my husband. we did wings bought from a place. not made at my house. >> at least you know they are going to be good. >> you're right. they weren't burned and tasted like something, although my husband is a very good cook. but we had a very nice mother's day. let's get started. we will hear what donald sterling had to say in just a moment. >> but first his estranged wife shelly speaking exclusively to abc's barbara walters about her battle to keep the team. here's abc's linzie janis. >> reporter: shelly sterling telling barbara walters she will fight to keep her team. >> mrs. sterling, you own 50% of the l.a. clippers. the nba may insist the team be
sold. what would you do then? >> well, that's -- i'm fighting for my 50%. >> there are reports that the nba wants to oust you completely as a team owner. you will fight that decision? >> i will fight that decision. >> what does the team mean to you? >> it means a lot. i have been with the team for 33 years, through the good times and the bad times. it's my passion. and i love it. >> do you support the nba decision to ban your husband? >> i can't comment on that. i was shocked by what he said. you know, i guess whatever their decision is, we have to live with it. >> reporter: so if your husband is banned, that's something that you would accept?ç >> well, we're estranged.
>> reporter: in fact, mrs. sterling telling barbara walters she plans to divorce donald sterling showing her the papers she has not yet filed. >> i signed the petition for divorce. >> reporter: your husband made racist remarks. that were recorded on tape. he told his companion v. stiviano about black people, you can sleep with them. you can bring them in. you can do whatever you want but the little i ask you to do is not to promote it, not to bring any of them to my games. is donald sterling a racist? >> i have never heard him say racial things. i don't know -- it was horrible when i heard it. it was just degrading and made me sick to hear it. but as far as a racist, i don't really think he is a racist. >> do you think your husband should apologize? >> absolutely. >> reporter: shelly sterling also told barbara walters she believes her husband has the
beginnings of dementia. linzie janis, abc news, new york. >> hours later the nba responded with this statement under the nba constitution if a controlling owner's interest is terminated by a three-quarter vote, all other team owners interests are automatically terminated as well. it doesn't matter whether the owners are related, as is the case here. these are the rules to which all nba owners agree to at the condition of owning their team. as for donald sterling, he's asking for forgiveness. in an interview with cnn's anderson cooper, the clippers owner says he's, quote, not a racist. he loves the league. he believes he's entitled to one mistake after three decades of an owner. the quote was, i made a terrible mistake. i'm here to apologize. that's what sterling told cooper. as for that interview with shelly sterling, she said she also thinks that donald is suffering from the onset of dementia. you can see that and much more. that's coming up later this morning on "good morning america."
next to virginia where the search for the victims of the hot air balloon accident came to a close on sunday. now we know who they are and more about the moments leading up to that fiery crash. abc's susan saulny has the story. >> reporter: search teams recovered the third and final body from the hot air balloon disaster. two dear friends died together when this balloon went up in flames. both were members of the athletic staff at the university of richmond. ginny doyle was associate head women's basketball coach. natalie lewis was the director of basketball operations. in a statement to abc news, university officials confirm that doyle and lewis took the flight together at the mid-atlantic ballooning festival on friday evening adding, words cannot begin to express our sorrow. the tragedy made for a sad commencement day at the university of richmond. the balloon was coming in for a landing when it struck power lines starting a fatal chain reaction. >> we thought the balloon was going to catch fire and land in
the field. instead it kept rising. >> reporter: the flames that engulfed the passenger basket created more hot air, sending the craft soaring skyward. witnesses report explosions and the basket plunged to earth. family members say the pilot was daniel kirk, a man with more than two decades of experience who made heroic efforts to save the doomed flight. this veteran pilot said there wasn't much he could do.ç >> when a flame comes to that magnitude, it will give a lot more heat and it will go up in the air and be out of control. >> reporter: joe hamilton says power lines are his biggest worry. >> all pilots are aware of that. we receive a lot of training, we go to safety seminars constantly. we are aware of the power lines. sometimes they are hidden behind trees. there's a lot of reasons why something like that could happen. >> reporter: government investigators must now find out what they were. susan saulny, abc news, virginia. violence broke out as voters in eastern ukraine went to the polls sunday. at least two people were killed when ukrainian forces opened fire on a pro-russian crowd,
fueling fears that a civil war is spreading. results of the election are expected to be announced later today. pro-russian insurgents said they won overwhelmingly. one of america's most iconic landmarks reopens to the public today. the washington monument has been closed since august 2011, when a 5.8 magnitude earthquake rocked the capital, sending panicked tourists running down the steps. 36,000 stones had to be checked and more than 150 cracks repaired. beginning today, visitors will be able to climb to the top to see those stunning views. >> that really is a stunning monument. by the way, the repair project required inspectors to lower themselves on ropes from the monument's top. they conducted a hair-raising examination of the damaged stone. and it required 2.7 miles of sealant between the stones, 53 stainless steel anchors to bolt into place in case of another earthquake. they really did a job on this. >> this thing isn't going anywhere. >> knock on wood. >> i like this time lapse.
>> pretty cool. by the way, if you want to check this thing out, you need to jump on it right away. the place to go is recreation.gov. when online ticketing opened, april 16th, 16,000 tickets were gone in 15 minutes. i still think a lot more pictures will be taken from the outside. >> yeah. good to see it back in business. >> absolutely. the calendar said mother's day but it was mother nature's day in southern utah. moms and their families woke to find a half foot or more of snow. >> that's crazy. >> many trees and branches fell under the weight of the snow and took down power lines as well. thousands of people losing their electricity. by last night most had their power restored. >> it's unnatural. here's a look at the weather now. today should be mostly sunny and warmer in southern utah and southern california. not so in denver where snow is expected. more severe storms are likely in the center of the country. showers and thunderstorms for the south. >> temperatures will approach 90 degrees today in southern california. 80s in the pacific northwest,
also in the midwest and east coast. not quite 40 degrees in denver. all right. high school football players always get the cheerleader, right? well, yes. mike ramirez did get to take katli next from the houston, texans squad to his high school prom, but he had to work for it. he asked her on twitter in march. the deal was he would have to get 10,000 retweets of his invitation and 24 hours later he had them. they met for the first time at a local restaurant saturday night before going to prom together. ramirez said he will be smiling for quite a long time. >> he didn't take a cheerleader from high school. he took the cheerleader from the pros. >> the football player gets theç really, really nice, good looking cheerleader from the pros. >> no kidding. >> very cool. >> this is on my cheat sheet. i'm not saying it as a slight but it is cool. ramirez is not the big man on campus on the football team. he plays most games on the bench. he made the team. certainly a fine player but not
their ace. >> he is the underdog of all the football players. >> how do you like me now? >> and he joked saying he didn't really think it was going to happen. ask any cheerleader and you would expect them to say i have a lot of invitations. i don't know. if you ask a cheerleader in the nfl, she's probably definitely going to say no. good for him. coming up, britney spears seals a multimillion dollar deal. why she will have a place to sing and a big paycheck for a long time. and collecting a check in a multibillion dollar racquet that is taking money from you. we'll tell you about it. you're watching "world news now." ♪ >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by airwick scented oils. the comforting scent of snuggle fresh linen you love, again, he's sitting in my chair.
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♪ the number of people lying to get on disability is apparently skyrocketing. >> every year social security pays out more than $175 billion to people on disability and in the last fiscal year alone, nearly 72,000 fraud allegation claims have been reported. abc's neal karlinsky has more. >> you are watching undercover video, a sting by federal agents trying to recoup your money. from a couple that claimed to be so disabled they couldn't work or, in many cases, even stand up
very long. the targets owners ramona hayes and corey eglash opening up a coffee shop, criminal coffee. complete with a slogan, the place to come when you are on the run. jill rogers was part of a team of undercover agents with a hidden camera, looking into the pair's disability claim. including this laundry list. >> has difficulty lifting, squatting, reaching, bending kneeling, stair climbing, seeing, memory, completing tasks, concentrations, understanding, using hands, getting along with others. pretty inclusive. >> yeah. >> reporter: investigators say ramona and corey who appeared healthy are a perfect example of the fake social security claims they face every day, like this guy tossing the football. he said he had shoulder problems, and this woman lifting a motorized wheelchair who claimed she had difficulty with lifting, squatting and bending. their claims denied.
in the case of criminal coffee, charges were filed and ramona pleaded guilty to mail fraud. she's serving 12 months in federal prison. a jury convicted corey on conspiracy and mail fraud charges. we tried to talk to him while awaiting sentencing and filing for an appeal but he was nowhere to be found and his lawyer, along with ramona's, declined to be interviewed. neal karlinsky, abc news, friday harbor, washington. >> just unbelievable, isn't it? some of the cases. >> what's interesting, though there's another side of the story.ç critics say the spike is bogus and the organization for economic cooperation and development, listen to this, points that the u.s. has the most restrictive and least generous disability system in the world behind south korea. >> no kidding. >> we actually aren't dishing out a whole lot of money, apparently, compared to a lot of other countries. >> always people that will take advantage. >> always. >> you see these guys, so many local news stations do the
story, you see them on the golf course when apparently they can't walk. >> and this guy throwing a football with a shoulder problem. >> the audacity of these folks. >> this one, can't lift. that looks like a pretty heavy lift. >> nice deep knee bend up to position. i wish i could lift so good. >> this i think is absolutely interesting by the way. the answer to why there's an influx of people who are claiming disability is the demographic. an enormous amount of people from the baby boom generation that are now coming into age and that's why they are claiming disability. >> my eye's bugging out a little bit. i don't think i can read the prompter. can i get a little disability for that? >> you need a little disability? how's your back? >> feels great. >> how about your shoulder? >> ow, that does hurt a little bit. >> that does hurt a little bit. >> that's what i thought. when we come back i will check out "the skinny." and miley cyrus and what she said about date rape and it is sparking outrage. and which superstar is being offered $12 million to stay in las vegas?
weekend but the pictures are so graphic we can't show them here. and that's not all. tmz said she brought a friend on stage to wish him a happy birthday and referring to his sexuality said, everyone is a little bit gay. >> what angered some is what she said next. all it takes is one cocktail and if that doesn't work sprinkle something in their drink. that's what i always do. not good. >> not good. >> no. a significantly tamer pop celebrity's eight-figure offer to stay in las vegas. >> tamer now i'd say but maybe not in the past. "new york daily news" is reporting that britney spears has been offered $12 million to continue her sin city show until at least christmas of 2016. >> the original deal which ends in 2013 pays her $30 million over two years. >> speaking of eight figures, the self-proclaimed first
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a woman in ohio gave birth to a very rare set of twins, but it's what they were doing when they came into the world that she will never forget. here's abc's david muir. >> reporter: it is a moment an ohio mother will never forget. her identical twin girls born holding hands. >> it was so awesome. they were both holding hands and so great to hear them both cry. >> reporter: sara and bill thistlewhistle's daughters were already a triumph. a rare set of monoamniotic or mono mono identical twins. which means during pregnancy they shared the amniotic sack. and were in constant contact in the womb. the mother on bedrest for weeksç at akron general medica center in ohio. the twins constantly monitored. they know they can easily become entangled in each other's umbilical cords. mom and dad celebrate them being born healthy at 33 weeks. >> what was going through my mind? i don't know. i couldn't think. i started to tear up immediately.
it was beautiful. >> reporter: as those two newborns held hands, mom told us there wasn't a dry eye in the whole o.r. and they are celebrating something else, introducing their twin daughters to their older brother, 15-month-old jackson saying it's the first time they will all be together in one room. >> best mother's day present ever. mother's day is definitely going to be different. it's definitely, truly a miracle. >> reporter: david muir, abc news, new york. >> see her lying down there, getting interviewed. looking all sunny. >> i would like to just say, amazing story. so inspirational. i was crying through the whole thing when i was watching earlier. i cannot get over the fact that she did the interview in the -- on the bed. >> another day at the office for her. that kind of pregnancy, 1% of them are mono amniotic twins. >> and they were holding hands. so sweet. >> so cute. >> sweet. this is abc's "world news now" informing insomniacs for two decades.
making news in america this morning, severe weather, a tornado causes heavy damage in the plains while a spring snowstorm has the plows back out. plus, the breaking details on a raging wildfire forcing evacuations in texas. abc news exclusive. donald sterling's wife breaking her silence. what she's saying about her estranged husband's controversy, health and the future of the clippers. game day surprise. a plane comes crashing down just feet from a baseball game. >> i heard some kind of motor running, and then i looked at the wolfpack coaches, and they were like, "look out." >> this morning, the little leaguers talk about the dramatic moments they sprinted from the field. and a memorable mother's day moment caught on camera. oh.