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all right. welcome back. next a story about a terrifying ordeal and the power of social media. >> a day-old infant kidnapped from a hospital by a woman dressed as a nurse. linzie janis shows how the public and police teamed up to ensure there was a happy ending. >> reporter: in the arms of this officer, 1-day-old baby victoria being returned to her parents after she was kidnapped just three hours earlier. it was monday evening the new parents were cuddling their newborn in a hospital room in quebec. that's when police say this woman, dressed as a nurse came in and according to the baby's uncle said she needed to take the newborn for a routine test. 13 minutes later, the hospital called police, who beamed the security camera image of the woman across the city while dad posted these photos asking for help. that's when this group of 20-somethings saw the alert on facebook. they were so moved, they decided to search, hitting the road,
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when impossible as it may seem one of them looked more closely at the suspect's picture and realized it was actually an old neighbor who lived here. a call to police and moments later officers swooped in and rescued the baby. >> we saw the baby we can touch. it was definitely the best moment in my life. we were crying. >> reporter: here in the u.s., many hospitals fit newborns with these electronic tags. so if a baby were to be carried out of the maternity ward, an alarm would instantly sound. >> alarm. exiting the main entrance. >> babies get a tag. >> reporter: at the lenoxville hospital in new york, nurses tell us the bracelets like this one on baby andrew's tiny ankle trigger automatically locks on the ward's doors. the system works. since the 80s there have been 32 infants abducted from hospitals nationwide. the canadian hospital where baby
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victoria was born did not have the same level of security. in a letter on facebook, her parents saying thank you and warning other parents always ask questions, even of those in uniform. writing i would not like anyone else to live this. linzie janis, abc news, new york. >> what a wonderful ending to such a -- >> thank god for those kids, or young people. >> yes. and baby victoria getting a whole lot of attention. and those electronic things -- i had them on both of my sons, they are not joke. they come loose on the baby's ankle and everybody is swarming your bedroom. >> good. >> it hasn't made its way to canada but i hope it makes its way up there. you have to be so careful. they are so tiny and vulnerable and after just having them you are vulnerable as well. as many protections as necessary. summer breakfast "world news now" style. >> the ice cream company
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sweeping the nation with flavors like beer and pretzels and cuban cigar. it's all coming up. >> cuban cigar. >> cuban cigar. in the ahead in our next half hour, a teacher whose lesson plan uses music to enhance the memory. you are watching "world news
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♪ all right. just about june here in new york city. we've had already a couple summer-like days. >> but one of the things that makes a new york city summer slightly bearable is ice cream. there are a lot of places to choose from. especially around here. we found one that is especially unique.
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nikki battiste has this morning's "insomniac kitchen." >> reporter: here at williams-sonoma with the co-founders of cool house, a gourmet dessert company involving cookies and ice cream and today we are making -- >> mint chip ice cream. >> and you normally operate out of a truck. you are in stores and everywhere. you have a cookbook. >> we are known for her ice cream novelty but specifically our ice cream sandwiches and flavors like brown butter candy bacon, lucky charms. >> mint chocolate chip in general is my favorite flavor. so let's get to it. >> one third fresh mint is the secret to our dirty mint chip ice cream. no oil or extract. we recommend organic. semi-sweet chips that will go in at the end so they don't sink to the bottom. dark brown sugar gives it earth like quality.
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and a pinch of kosher salt as well. we will infuse the base with the mint. this is milk, cream, and a cup and a quarter of sugar. >> this is my first homemade ice cream and my favorite flavor. i'm going for a big scoop. >> really taste that mint. >> it's delicious. we just came on the cool haus truck. we are in the middle of manhattan. you can see the cabs going pitch about to take the ice cream and stack it in to the cookies. >> put down two double chocolate chip cookies. there's the beautiful scoop of dirty mint chip ice cream. >> and then you just stack it on? little smush? >> little smush. there you go. beautiful. wrap your edible wrapper around it. >> you can eat this. >> you can eat everything in your hand but not your hand. >> here we go. this is a mouth full.
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>> it's so good. i had a sweet and delicious time with cool haus founders. cheers. >> cheers. >> thanks for having us. >> cheers. >> notice she's eating the wrapper. you can eat the wrapper. >> what are we eating now? >> this is called dirty mint chip ice cream and the one you saw there made with real mint. >> it is really powerful. >> but it is so good. >> yeah. let me tell you something, i want to try that cuban cigar which sounds dreadful but i have to know what it tastes like. >> if it is this good. this is dishs. delicious. >> what is a cuban cigar supposed to taste like? >> cigar i guess, if you are anywhere in these places, nyc, austin and dallas. they are absolutely delicious. and on a warm day, which we'll have a lot of warm days coming
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all right. let's do "the mix." summer is coming or almost any way. pool season, all the pools are open and we'll see more and more of these videos. we saw some of them last year. this is the first one of this year. check it out. this is a big old alley-oop dunk fest. check it out. >> these were great last year. >> coming out of pittsburgh. 11 steps in all. isn't that cool? oh, my goodness. eight boys take part. seen 115,000 times and just released pretty much them latest viral one and not the last. i love these ones. >> you know what happens throughout the summer because it happens last year, they start to add moves and add guys, and it gets bigger and bigger. >> these guys will put out another one by the time summer is over. cool. stay with the summery beachy
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pool them thing. a lady in kansas city, missouri said i'm kind of done with mowing my lawn. so i'm going to turn it into a beach instead. and she literally put a perimeter around her yard and she hauled in how many tons, i think it's like 80 tons of sand. it cost her $4,000. she said i'm 60 years old. i have lived in the house for 33 years. i ain't going to do it anymore. now she looks like she lives at the beach in the middle of the country. >> a little cool but would you want to live next door to it? >> no. it's getting a few mixed reviews, not everybody is happy. we have to get to the next one because it is so cool. dog, jack russell, from germany. he plays fetch in a creative way. that is the end of a seesaw. steps on the end of it. there goes the ball. brings it back. >> this is so wonderful. >> crazy great. >> so cool. >> jack russell. what an awesome dog. >> i want him.
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i'm going to take him home. that's just great. >> can't get better than that. >> diana, you have a special announcement to make. >> i do. i feel like i have made a lot of special announcements on this show. it happens a lot on this show. you guys get to know us and hopefully like us and one of us has to leave. that's my announcement. tomorrow is my last day. i'm going home to be a mommy. this is one of those decisions that is always difficult. i do intend to come back eventually, but this is so primetime for my kids. they are so small. >> you have two at home. >> two of them at home and they are so little and they need me and i need them. and i want to thank you for welcoming me in to your home and making me and us part of your you teen. and i want to take all of the things i bring here and bring it to my family. >> we will miss you so much and we will save the tears, hugs and laughs tomorrow when we have a big sendoff for diana perez. we will miss you. you can't get these years back. great you will spend time with the kids. come back and visit and all that stuff. >> and this truly has been one ♪
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this morning on "world news now" -- lightning strike. a storm chaser learns a powerful lesson from mother nature as storm and flood warnings cover a big part of the country. scenes in turmoil. behind the scenes, drama involving the embattled donald sterling, his wife and who maybe taking over the los angeles clippers. and major developments overnight. poetic legend, remembering maya angelou. who words, acting and activism. what celebrities are saying about such a great loss. superstar scare. the unthinkable happened as brad pitt and angelina jolie had a stroll on the red carpet. find out what the police had to do in "the skinny" on this thursday, may 29th.
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zblun. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now" with john muller and diana perez. hello, everybody. happy thursday. you are back and you are feeling better. >> i'm feeling better. i don't know if i sound much better. a little bit? >> in person you don't sound great but on tv you can't tell the difference. >> that's all that matters. >> that's all that matters. you should have seen him hacking up a lung right before we came on. >> every commercial it is pretty nasty, it may happen in the background, if you listen. >> oh, man. let's get started. welcome back. good morning to all of you. we begin with millions of americans in the path of severe and dangerous weather. >> powerful lightning storms, twisters, torrential rains and some flash floods like here in harris county, texas, where the san jacinto river and neighborhoods are under water. outside of new orleans prison inmates are charged with filling sandbags anticipating as much as four more inches of rain. abc's ryan owens has more. >> reporter: inundating rains are flooding parts of the south
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stamping streets near new orleans. tornado and flash flood watches and warnings are posted throughout the area. one confirmed twister touched down in garyville, louisiana. >> scared the devil out of me. >> reporter: winds of 105 miles an hour blew a true into this man's house. >> boom, boom, boom. that was it. it shook the house where i'm living at. it shook that house. >> reporter: there have been more than 160 severe weather reports across the eastern half of the country. none more dramatic than this lightning strike caught by storm chaser scott sheppard. look at the cloud of the dust that rises from this south dakota road. sheppard's nearly fatal mistake, he had his arm hanging out of the car window to shoot video when he became the story. >> the bolt came down. it completely disabled our vehicle. it exploded the asphalt around our truck and shot maybe 40 feet in the air. i received quite a hefty shock in my arm. >> he wasn't hurt but check out what it did to the asphalt.
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the electricity in a lightning bolt is the equivalent of 2.5 million car batteries. every year an average of 22 million cloud-to-ground lightning flashes hit the u.s. and most lightning injuries occur between noon and 4:00 in the afternoon. take it from this experienced storm chaser, tornados are not the only danger this time of the year. >> when there's lightning around, there really is no safe place outside. you have to be in a vehicle. learn a lesson from me, do not hang your arm outside of it. >> reporter: ryan owens, abc news, dallas. >> that's a reminder. here's a look at today's weather. the entire southeast quadrant of the nation will see showers, heavy and torrential at times with the low mississippi valley and gulf coast seeing four inches or more. thunderstorms will also pop up across the rockies as well as seattle, but the rest of the nation will be clear and dry. >> and temperatures will be cooling most everywhere today,
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barely getting out of the 60s in the northeast and the northwest and in the 90s in the southwest. emergency crews have pulled off a dramatic rescue in colorado. plucking a stranded climber to safety. samuel frappier was stuck on a ledge 13,000 feet in a rugid part of rocky mountain nation tell park. the 19-year-old from canada was airlifted and taken to the hospital by ambulance. before help arrived he had to spend the night in the freezing cold wearing only cotton clothing and tennis shoes. >> i imagine people saying i'm stupid. and they are right. it was stupid and i'm never going to do that again but i'm lucky it ended well. >> frappier was uninjured. he used his cell phone to stay in contact with park rangers. they say he is an inexperienced climber and had no technical equipment. nsa leaker edward snowden says he wants to come home if the american government decides
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he will get amnesty. he said he was acting as a patriot when he decided to leak secrets to the media and trained spy that did undercover work overseas. secretary kerry said he put people in danger and said he should, quote, man up and return to the united states saying a patriot would not run away. growing pressure on the v.a. secretary to step down over the health care scandal. more than 50 members of congress calling for eric shinseki to step down or be fired. after an internal report found corruption is systemic throughout the vfl a. and the report for the long wait to see v.a. doctors and veterans are at risk of being lost or forgotten. former nfl star aaron hernandez has entered a not guilty plea to a pair of first-degree murder charges. the 24-year-old, former new england patriot, was in court yesterday to face the charges that stem from an incident nearly two years ago. prosecutors claim hernandez shot and killed two men after one of them bumped in to him and spilled his drink without apologizing. hernandez is in jail awaiting trial for the slaying of a third man. that happened last june.
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the battle over the l.a. clippers grinds on. sources tell espn that donald sterling's wife shelly has received a handful of bids for the team. and that the bids are well above a billion dollars. meanwhile, the sterlings seem to be more at odds than ever. abc's ryan smith reports. >> reporter: donald and shelly sterling, clashing with each other as the future of their los angeles clippers hangs in the balance. donald sterling rejecting the nba's charge to oust him from the nba ownership ranks for his racist rants, calling the nba's process for hearing his case quote, sham proceedings and his lawyer telling espn sterling will quote fight until the bloody end. >> i don't think there is anything that donald sterling can say to the nba to convince them to let him keep the team. >> reporter: at the same time, his wife shelly reportedly starting the first round of bidding on the team. the sterling's relationship more confusing than ever. something shelly sterling clarified during an interview with abc's barbara walters. >> we're still married. we're estranged.
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we have more of business arrangement in our relationship than we have of a love relationship. >> reporter: perspective buyers of the clippers include a who's who of billionaires and stars, from microsoft's steve ballmer to magic johnson and oprah. team ownership has its privileges, far beyond what the biggest super fan can do. an nba owner can fly on the plane with players, eat with the team and access the locker room. but for donald sterling, those privileges may be coming to an end. ryan smith, abc news, new york. all right. on the court and ice it was one of those saturday night fever nights for stayin' alive. first up, the indiana pacers facing elimination in their series against the heat. paul george had a 37-point effort leading indiana to at 93-90 victory. the heat still lead the series, 3-2. the defending stanley cup champion blackhawks staved off elimination last night they have went to double overtime.
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the kings lead the series, 3-2. the kings can wrap it up tomorrow in l.a. tonight the canadiens and rangers play game six in their series. tiger woods made it official his back will keep him out of next month's u.s. open. he said he is physically unable to play at a high level. in fact, last week he said he still hasn't taken a full swing with the club. and here's an athlete to watch. 18-year-old taylor townsend. she's in the third round of the french open after defeating a player ranked much higher than she is. this is her first grand slam tournament and she lasted longer than the williams sisters. both venus and serena lost yesterday. wow, good for her! >> yeah. and from the tennis court to soon hold iing court. >> two of the most adorable little things you'll ever want to see. take a look. they have been born in akron zoo in ohio. the cub brother and sister are barely over a-month-old and are already 6 pounds each. >> look at how timid they are.
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they don't have names yet. they are not ready for primetime staying close to mama. the woman will be on exhibit later this month. they are too cute. >> this is only the second time in history that snow leopards have been born in captivity. this is huge. >> less than 150 alive in the u.s. only 4,000 worldwide in the with wild. >> you can be part of naming them because there will be a contest to name the cubs coming up in the next few weeks. there you have it. you can help to name them. what would you name them? >> oh, jeez. i don't know what would you name them? how's that for deflection? >> simba. >> john and diana. >> love it. >> how do we get that to the akron zoo? we have to write them a letter. let's do that. coming up, from her words to her acting to activism, the irreplaceable maya angelou and who's paying tribute. and paying tribute to a superstar in the classroom who's
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the world has lost a literary giant. yesterday maya angelou the celebrated poet died at the age of 86. >> angelou was more than a writer. many people, especially women recognize their own lives in her words and was document yesterday many of us paused to remember her extraordinary life.
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here's abc's byron pitts. ♪ there's no hiding place down here ♪ >> reporter: most of us hope to live one good life. maya angelou lived many. ♪ i went to the rock to hide my face ♪ ♪ rock cried out no hiding place ♪ >> reporter: with that tenor voice, her words. >> the horizon means forward. offering you place to place new steps of change. >> reporter: she brought chills to president clinton's nomination in '93. >> maya angelou. >> reporter: in the '50s she brought audiences to their feet as a calypso singer. ♪ >> reporter: she spoke six languages, won three grammys, author of 36 books, it was the first best seller in 1969, an instant classic, "i know why the caged bird sings." that made her not just a voice for black america but all who know struggle. ♪ i will go -- i shall go
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♪ i'll see what the end is going to be ♪ >> reporter: the end came at 86. a life that would have crushed a lesser spirit. at 7, she was raped by her mother's boyfriend. when she told, the man was murdered. >> i thought my voice killed him. it was my 7 1/2-year-old logic. so i stopped speaking. >> reporter: she did not speak for five years. amid suffering in silence, it was her mother who helped her find her voice. >> she said, i think you're the greatest woman i've ever met. and i thought, suppose she's right. suppose i really am somebody. >> reporter: somebody who knew hurt by name but always called upon hope instead. >> but still like dust, i'll rise. >> reporter: for nearly a half century, maya angelou helped people rise, black and white, men and women.
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history will remember her words, all with the heart with cling to their meaning. byron pitts, abc news, new york. >> truly inspirational to so many people on so many levels. absolutely. i was talking to my nephew today and asked if he knew who she was. he's in high school, and of course he knew, but he hasn't read any of her books. and i said, just wait, because it will happen. throughout my life, i can remember people telling me you are going through something, read this or that maya angelou book. because it will help you get through whatever situation you are going through. >> so wise and so poetic, of course. >> that's true. by the way, president obama coming out today to say she inspired his own mother to name his half-sister maya. >> interesting stuff. our coverage of the death of maya angelou continues in a moment. we will see how she inspired one of america's most powerful women. plus, ahead, brad pitt gets a very strange surprise at the premier of "maleficent." "the skinny" is coming up next. >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our
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♪ skinny so skinny. ♪ skinny so skinny ♪ we begin our skinny by paying tribute to maya angelou was more than a master of the written word. >> she was a renaissance woman. she contributed to popular
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culture and a literary one. >> for oprah winfrey, she was in her 20s when she first met her and since then she has seen her as a mentor, mother figure and friend. >> she posted this picture to instagram shortly after the announcement and said that angelou was one of the greatest inspirations of her life. >> she moved through the world an unshakable calm, confidence and a fierce grace. i loved her and i know she loved me. i will profoundly miss her. she will always be the rainbow in my clouds. >> and maya angelou also inspired a younger generation of writers. among them, lena dunham. who wrote thank you, maya for your power, your politics your poetry. rest in peace. and finally a picture that captures her joy from one of her several guest appearances on "s "sesame street."
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this is from sesame street's twitter account, we are saddened by the passing of our friend maya angelou. thank you for all you have done and for all of the hugs. >> great photo. breaking skinny news from hollywood. frightening moments for brad pitt on the red carpet. >> he turned out for the premier of his wife's new movie "maleficent." that's men a man jumped a barrier and ran up to him and made contact with his face. abc news learned the lapd currently has that man in custody booked for misdemeanor battery on $20,000 bail. >> he is identified as a ukrainian reporter who got in trouble for trying to kiss will smith. remember him? he got a face full of leonardo dicaprio's crotch. >> does he not know anything? you can not touch brad pitt's face. he could have touched any other part of the body and he would be fine. but face? uh-huh. >> i remember will smith. >> i remember the lee you dicaprio thing, too. little strange, this guy. >> angelina interesting choice. i don't know.
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i don't think it is that terrible. >> not so terrible. apparently out in the yard with the lawn clippings or something like that. i didn't write this, by the way. oh, yeah. they do actually look like trash bags. >> you should have read the script. >> they do kind of look like trash bags. >> oh, that's so terrible. oh, man. okay. >> take a look. it's in a book. familiar words. millions of children, a rallying cry for literacy and now it is making a comeback. >> take a listen to it. ♪ take a look it's in a book a reading rainbow ♪ >> "reading rainbow" host lavar burton has launched a kick starter campaign to bring the show back for a new generation. this time it will be in the form of a web series aimed at today's digitally connected kids and he wants to create a home version, a classroom version and offer it free to schools in need. >> "reading rainbow" won 26 emmys during its run from 1983 to 2006.
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♪ all right. there's a new rock 'n' roll high school in town thanks to a creative teacher in california. >> he's using the rhythm of rap to help kids learn. that's why this is "our favorite story of the day." abc's neal karlinsky has the story. ♪ >> reporter: this music video is a science class. ♪ >> reporter: these fifth graders rapping about pluto's place in the solar system. >> pluto is the series of the 21st century. >> reporter: and these high schoolers about the black plague. ♪ streaming out your lymph nodes ♪
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>> reporter: it's not the average lesson but the man behind it is no ordinary teacher. his big idea, take the hip hop he's long loved and use it to get students hooked on science. >> they are going to bed thinking about these lyrics and they just go over and over in your head. but they are not just lyrics, it's information. >> exactly. >> reporter: he wrote grants to fund the videos. even raising $13,000 on kickstarter. his student mastering complicated subjects and building up the confidence to write their own songs and these students rap about rosalyn franklin, the woman who's contribution to the discovery of dna was overshadowed by male scientists has been viewed online more than 150,000 times. >> i don't have very good memory but this i remember very well. >> reporter: getting an entire school hooked on singing about dna and giving them a chance to shine. >> do something like this you get to show people you can do
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something and be something. >> reporter: neal karlinsky, abc news, oakland, california. >> whatever it takes, right. >> where was that guy when i was trying to learn science? >> no kidding, right. some of those guys. i want to hear the bubonic one again. the guy with the face paint. we need a "world news now" rap. >> that's what we need. >> you have a special announcement for us. >> i do. here we go. all right. so i just want to start out by saying this is one of the best years of my life. you guys welcomed in me in to your home. it has been challenging and wonderful at the same time but it is time for me to hang up my anchor hat and be a mommy. i'm going to go home and stay with my boys for a little while. they are young and vulnerable and learning and needing me but you haven't seen the last of me yet. i will be back. don't you doubt it. >> we will miss you so much and we will send you home with all kinds of fun and tom foolery tomorrow. so look for that.
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good morning, i'm diana perez. >> i'm john muller. here are some of the top headlines we are following this morning on "world news now. >> getting up is optional. getting down is mandatory. >> a canadian man has been rescued from a rocky mountain park in colorado. the 19-year-old was airlifted after he spent the night on a tiny ledge 13,000 feet up. we will hear more from him in just a moment. edward snowden said he'd like to come home. in an interview with nbc, the nsa leaker also claimed that he acted like a patriot. john kerry said man up that a patriot wouldn't run away. and much of the nation is in a flood threat. the mississippi valley is expected to get another four inches of rain. fans everywhere are mourning the death of maya angelou. the poet, actress and activist
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died at the age of 86 after inspiring a generation with her words and wisdom. those are just some of the top stories on this thursday, may 29th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now" with john muller and diana perez. >> all right. good thursday morning, everybody. we begin this half hour with a dramatic rescue 13,000 feet up. a young climber plucked to safety from a colorado mountain >> he was stranded on a tiny ledge in the freezing cold wearing only light clothing and he had to wait all night for help to arrive. abc's josh haskell has the story. >> getting up is optional. getting down is mandatory. >> reporter: 19-year-old samuel frappier had to spend tuesday night here in 30 degree temperatures without the proper clothing or shoes, too steep to move. >> i was stuck. i can't go up. i can't go down. i'm stuck here. i don't know what to do. >> reporter: a 28-member rescue team was sent to the 13,000 foot
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park of longs peak early wednesday, but the snow-covered peaks and melting ice proved difficult. communicating with frappier by cell phone, the rescuers brought in helicopters to assist. >> it was just turning around and never come back and 30 minutes later he came back but never got too close. so i wasn't sure if they wanted to help me. >> reporter: frappier, who's from quebec, canada, was taken to a local hospital and is in good condition. he was hiking with a friend when they were split up in a place the national park service says is meant for experienced mountaineers. >> he is lucky to be alive. he came down through the notch in an extremely -- it's so hard in pictures and even in my words to describe how steep we're talking. >> reporter: josh haskell, abc news, new york. >> it's not easy to wind up in a spot like that. >> he was trying to get up there. like he said it is optional to go up and mandatory to come down and he's lucky with only cotton clothing and tennis shoes. what was he thinking? >> inexperienced is the key word
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there. >> i guess so. not like he was with a group of friends trying to show off. he was all by himself. new details from the washington mudslide tragedy. another body has been pulled from the debris and it has been identified. the latest victim was identified as 53-year-old steven hadaway. he was installing the dish when it was struck. one person is still missing. and police in boston are investigating the death of a toddler who fell from the roof of a four-story apartment building. they believe the 2-year-old wandered away from the day care center on the first floor of the building, and then he climbed four stories, opened the door to the roof and tumbled to his death. the child's distraught grandmother said she would have rather died herself. in santa barbara last night, dozens of is surfers took to the water to honor the memories of those killed in last week's rampage. students are now telling their stories.
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freshman patrick egger was face to face with the killer but came away with minor injuries. there is one thing he wishes he could have done. >> i wish i could have talked to him before he did it. maybe say something that would make it seem less worth it. >> patrick's friend who was with him that night is in the hospital with two broken legs. chicago's mayor is hoping to curb the violence plaguing his city by cracking down on the sale of guns after an all out ban of gun shops was struck down, mayor rahm emanuel introduced a tough new proposal to eliminate gun shops in 99% of the city. sales would be videotaped and stores would be required to open their books to police for inspection. this morning there are new calls on capitol hill for the v.a. secretary eric shinseki to step down. the increased pressure on shinseki comes after a scathing report on hospitals in fee in addition. here's abc's mary bruce. >> reporter: it's not what the administration wanted to hear.
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a preliminary investigation confirming allegations of misconduct at the nation's veteran's hospitals. v.a. employees cooking the books, using secret lists to hide long delays in treatment. the inspector general finding those who served america are at risk of being lost or forgotten and may never obtain their requested or primary care. >> they are at fault why my dad is dead. >> reporter: at the troubled phoenix hospital, 1700 veterans kept off the official waiting list, lingering an average of 3 1/2 months to see a doctor. and that's just the beginning. the investigation found the corruption is systemic throughout veteran's hospitals. the findings prompting a wave of calls for veterans secretary eric shinseki to go. >> it's time for secretary shinseki to step down. >> he has to be held accountable. >> if he does not resign for the president to ask for his resignation. >> reporter: president obama called the scathing report extremely troubling but stopped short of firing shinseki who said the findings were reprehensible. with the investigation spreading
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to 42 v.a. medical facilities across the country, some in congress are calling for a criminal investigation. the inspector general has found no evidence so far that anyone died because of the delays but whistle-blower dr. samuel foote tells abc news he witnessed patients die. >> one of them was having chest pain, couldn't get in to see his doctor and died of a heart attack. so draw your own conclusions on that. >> reporter: this was just the first step in what is sure to be a lengthy investigation. many questions still remain, including who ordered the secret waiting lists. john and diana. mary, thank you. a new generation of high-tech brakes is winning high marks for highway safety. they are called automatic brakes that override the driver to avoid front-end crashes. in the latest testing of 24 miles equipped with auto brakes, 21 of them earned advanced or high ratings. cars making the top cut are 2014 chevy impala, mercedes-benz
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e-class, hyundai genesis and bmw x-5. and two planes had a close call over anchorage. it happened on tuesday. inbound alaska airlines flight from portland, oregon and outbound cargo jet came within a quarter mile of each other. they veered in the same direction to avoid a collision. much higher up in space, contact has been made at the international space station. a three-man russian soyuz spacecraft docked with the iss. among the crew nasa astronaut reid weizman. they are joining two russians and another american who have been at the station since march and scheduled to stay in orbit for six months. back here on earth, here's a look at your weather. the entire southeast quadrant of the nation is in the storm zone. heavy and torrential rains with the lower mississippi valley and gulf coast seeing another four inches or more. thunderstorms will pop up across the rockies and seattle. but the rest of the nation will be clear and dry. temperatures will be cooling most everywhere. today barely getting out of the 60s in the northeast and
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northwest and 90s in the southwest. forbes released the list of most power women on the planet. 100 women who lead the world. at the head of the pack, german chancellor angela merkel, followed by federal reserve chair janet yellen and philanthropist melinda gates. rounding out the top five, brazil's president, and christine lagarde, first woman to run the international monetary fund. by now you may have heard about the guy hiding cash, prizes and dropping hints about them on twitter. here's what some are finding. here's what it looks like any way. first there's the money taped to the fire hydrant in san jose and didn't take long for hopeful searchers to come run along. the guy takes off running across the street and oh, yes, he found it. 120 bucks. he said he is taking his wife to dinner. we hope they enjoy it. very nice. >> oh, yeah. >> look, he is a little excited.
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>> look, he is shaking. that's great. >> enjoy that dinner with your wife. summer camping can be a challenging experience. the bugs, the dirt, smoke from the fire. here's the solution. >> this is called casa bubble. probably for obvious reasons the inflatable rooms were created by french designers and made to withstand heat and cold and every other condition you can imagine and of course they keep the mosquitoes away. >> yeah. they can be set up anywhere but they are pricey. they range from $6700 to more than 15,000. >> little too much. >> fancy tent. a very fancy tent. >> just get a really nice tent with a super duper zipper, right? although, no, this is -- >> i must say, this is quite cool. >> that is a full-size bed in there and you can star gaze. wow. >> except everybody can gaze back at you. >> it is still beautiful. i'll do it. >> on the top of the mountain. >> i will go camping every day of the year if that is what it looks like. >> really? >> absolutely. >> somebody put her up to that challenge, please. coming up, 25 years ago this summer, it was a blockbuster
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if you want to get decked out in that suit and tie you probably need to take it to the dry cleaners first, but do you really have to? >> as it turns out a lot of clothing you think cannot be washed really can. abc's mara schiavocampo has the story. >> reporter: when it comes to cleaning your clothes, it's a rule we all know well. dry clean only, the ultimate cleaning commandment, or is it? >> we clean the impossible. that's basically what we do. >> reporter: jerry owns jeeve's new york, the dry cleaner of the rich and famous. he let us in on a little secret. he said the label on the clothes tells only part of the story. >> the manufacturer only has to list what they consider the preferred method. they don't have to give you laundry list that it can be dry cleaned, can be washed, can be ironed. >> reporter: it is called low labelling. the ftc only requires manufacturers to list one method of safe care so they often go
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with the most conservative one. so what are the keys to know you should just dry clean it? >> wools, constructed jacket, those things that are with embellishments should be left to experts. >> reporter: he says plenty of things labelled dry clean only don't have to be. they can be hand washed or on the gentle cycle, including cotton, cashmere and silk. she so we decided to put his advice to the test with three cashmere sweaters and three silk blouses. one sweater and blouse went to the dry cleaners. >> almost 15 bucks to get these two clean. the rest to an expert. consumer reports pat slaven first hand washed a sweater and blouse. >> i spent five minutes hand washing and minute ironing. >> reporter: then using the washing machine for the final set. she says getting a professionally clean look without the price. >> the only difference that i see is my pressing job isn't quite as good as the dry cleaners. >> but otherwise the same.
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>> otherwise the same. >> reporter: inside dirt on cleaning your clothes. mara schiavocampo, abc news, new york. >> they press it so nice. >> very good point. you bring up a good point. >> all right. coming up, a little-known fact. the '80s were one of the best decades for movies. >> we will turn back the clock 25 years to check out the amazing films at the top of our "throwback thursday" box office. you are watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our
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♪ all right. "throwback thursday." today we turn the clock back 25 years to the summer of 1989. >> that's because that summer movie season kicks off our research team discovered 1989 was a heck of a year for amazing
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flicks. >> it really was. >> it was. the year that gave us "james bond," "batman," "indiana jones," captain kirk all in the span of a few months. >> it's amazing. here's a list of the top movies. "indiana jones and the last crusade," "dead poet society," "star trek five, final frontier," "ghost busters" "honey i shrunk the kids," "weekend at bernie's," "lethal weapon ii," "when harry met sally," "turner and hooch," "parenthood," "sex lies and videotape," "the abyss." >> i think i saw every one of those. >> you might have. >> one of the heavyweights "bat man," winner of an oscar and two people's choice awards that year. >> it stars michael keaton as bruce wayne and kim basinger as vicki vale, actors originally considered for the role alec baldwin. that makes no sense. tom hanks, what? and bill murray, i don't think
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so. the film was directed by tim burton and took in a quarter billion dollars at the box office. a whole lot of loot 25 years ago. >> you bet. next on the list, "do the right thing." the comedy written and produced and directed by spike lee. >> nominated for best original screen play and best supporting actor. the movie tells the story of a brooklyn neighborhood's simmering racial tension on the hottest day of the year. >> don't start. all right. >> vito's down. vito's down, all right? >> vito's down. >> yo! >> scuffed up his kicks. "do the right thing" launched spike lee's career and often called one of the greatest movies of all time. rumor has it that the movie was one of obama's first dates. that's where he took her, wow. >> great movie. finally a movie that explored the age-old question can men and women be friends.
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>> "when harry met sally" stars billy crystal and meg ryan as new college graduates who make the drive from chicago to new york. it doesn't go well but they meet up in new york five years later, once again realizing they cannot be friends. >> years later they take another stab at it and it's that friendship that results in this hilarious, ironic, iconic scene in the deli in manhattan. the topic of the debate, do women fake it? >> yes, yes, yes, yes! ah! oh! oh, yes! yes! yes! oh! yes! yes! yes! yes! yes! yes! oh! oh! oh! oh, god. oh. >> i'll have what she's having.
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>> best line ever. p.s., rumor has it that was an ad-libbed line. truly a classic. the film was nominated five golden globes and i consistently named one of the top romantic comedies of all time. and truly, it is. what about us, john? your favorite movie of 1989? >> "when harry met sally." >> really? >> it meets all think guy standards for a good movie. not just a romance movie. it is funny. hilarious. i love that movie. how about you? >> it has all of the lines you quote the rest of your life. >> absolutely. >> one that a lot of people wouldn't pick but because i was 8 years old. >> yeah. >> "honey, i shrunk the kids." i thought it was the most genius movie i had ever seen in my life. i want to be shrunken like the kids and be swept away and i was eating my serial and i was rooted for the kids falling through the cracks encountering all kinds of disgusting animals. it was probably one of the most hilarious movies i had seen at that point and i saw it in the theater which made it that much better.
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>> so many great ones from that year. who knew. >> i have to go see all of them again. year. who knew. >> i have to see them all again. i've got a nice long life ahead. big plans. so when i found out medicare doesn't pay all my medical expenses, i looked at my options. then i got a medicare supplement insurance plan.
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spots and residues. wow, what a difference! ♪ ♪ as a mom, this next story certainly is something i can relate to. it's about the issue of having time for friends who don't have kids. >> yeah, mommy blogger sparks controversy ore her online apology to her child-free friends as abbie boudreau tells us the apology sparked a backlash. >> what are you coloring? >> reporter: almost every day for elle walker and her two adorable kids is a youtube video
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in the making. all posted on her popular mommy blog, what's up, mom. >> nap hour is the time of gold, i need to shower, clean up shredded cheese. >> reporter: but this message is hitting a nerve. >> you are here. i'm not closing the door on you. that's my toddler. she has a lot of energy. >> reporter: her video blog apology with nearly 2 million hits. >> i haven't texted you back because in the ten seconds, make that 12 seconds it takes my kid literally does this. it is not your fault but you didn't bring a kid to entertainer her. i have to go have this conversation or else she will melt down in front of you. most moms find her internal dialogue on point. >> it is kind nice to know you're not the only one. >> reporter: but it turns out her so-called apology may have angered some parents who call the video offensive and a slap in the face, upsetting even her own friends without kids. what do they think of this video? >> i have not heard from them. >> reporter: oh, no. >> yeah. >> reporter: if she was granted the luxury of some free time.
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how would you use it? >> sleep for sure. >> reporter: from one mom to another, i thought i'd give her a break. >> take a break. i've got this. >> are you sure? >> reporter: i've got this. go take your nap. >> good luck. [ crying ] >> reporter: abbie boudreau, abc news, los angeles. >> any mommy blogs in store for you, diana? >> well, only if i create one. i have to tell you this has been a bittersweet week for me. i have a big announcement and it is tomorrow is my last day. i'm going home to be a mommy. maybe start a mommy blog. i'm taking a little bit of time off. it's the right thing to do for my boys. i'm excited to get started. i keep saying this is when i'm going to start living. i will have an opportunity to take my kids to mommy and me classes and all kinds of fun things but i will be back. so there you have it. >> we will miss you like crazy. we will save the tears, hugs and lots of hijinx for tomorrow. we will have a good time. >> yikes.
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this morning on "world news now," disturbing new allegations in the veteran's administration hospital scandal. investigators uncover secrets about patients health care. >> they are at fault why my dad is dead. >> lives on the line and who's demanding a criminal investigation. speaking out edward snowden facing espionage charges states his case. what he wants most as top u.s. officials call him a criminal. later, american favorite forget about chocolate and vanilla. we are tasting amazing new ice cream flavors in "insomniac kitchen." >> it's so good. >> where else can you try gin and tonic and flute fruit loops
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flavored ice cream on this thursday, may 29th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now" with john muller and diana perez. >> good thursday morning, everyone. we begin with growing pressure on v.a. secretary eric shinseki to step down. five democratic senators have joined republicans that are calling for shinseki to be fired or for him to leave. >> a hearing on the crisis at the v.a. lasted well into the night on capitol hill. this comes as a scathing new report is released about the arizona v.a. hospital considered to be ground zero in the scandal. here's abc's jim avila. >> reporter: it's official. the president and v.a. secretary got the answer they did not want to hear. cooking the books with secret lists that hid long delays to see doctors at the nation's veterans hospitals is not just a phoenix problem. the inspector general finds the corruption is systemic, throughout veterans hospitals and worse because of the long waits to see v.a. doctors, veterans are at risk of being
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lost or forgotten and may never obtain their requested or required primary care. putting those who served america in danger, just like survivors claim. >> they are at fault why my dad is dead. >> reporter: it's a damning report. president obama called it extremely troubling but stopped short of firing v.a. secretary general eric shinseki who issued a statement himself saying, the findings are reprehensible, ignoring calls for him to resign immediately. >> it is time for secretary shinseki to step down. >> he has to be held accountable. >> if he does not resign for the president to ask for his resignation. >> reporter: some in congress now calling for a criminal investigation. for the fbi to enter the probe, which is now spread to 42 v.a. medical facilities across the country. the focus still on phoenix where 1700 veterans were found to be on those secret lists.
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some facing an average 115-day, that's 3 1/2 month wait to see a doctor. insiders, including whistle-blower dr. samuel foote tell abc news they personally witnessed patients die. you believe people actually died because of a delay. >> one was having chest pain. couldn't get in to see his doctor and died of a heart attack. draw your own conclusions on that. >> reporter: the next critical phase of the investigation, who ordered the schedulers to create those secret lists, and how high up the chain does the scheme go? jim avila, abc news, charlotte. the president focused on foreign policy during a speech yesterday at west point commencement ceremonies. the president warned against channelling america's power in to unrestrained military adventures. he presented the crisis in syria as more of a counterterrorism challenge than a humanitarian one. >> we will step up our efforts to support syria's neighbors. jordan and lebanon, turkey and
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iraq, as they contend with refugees and confront terrorist working across syria's borders. >> speaking of syria, there are reports that a u.s. citizen has carrying out an al qaeda linked suicide bombing there. an international terrorist group released the photo which it claimed shows the bomber wearing the suicide vest. the latest now on the war of words between former u.s. spy edward snowden expressing his desire to come home, but his comments were met by a blunt response from the secretary of state. molly hunter has more. >> reporter: edward snowden just wants to come home. >> if i could go anywhere in the world that place would be home. >> reporter: on wednesday, he cruised through his first american television interviews speaking to nbc in moscow. he remained cool. he's been coached and clearly armed with talking points. he made his case directly to the american people and he claims he acted as a patriot but secretary
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of state kerry saw it quite differently. >> we have evidence that people are in additional danger because operational security has been breached, because terrorists have learned firsthand about methods and mechanisms by which the united states collects intelligence. so our operations have been compromised. it's plain and simple. >> reporter: snowden claims no lives were put at risk and no harm came to anyone due to his leaks. he said he was and still is serving his government. but many call him a traitor and massive espionage charges were filed against snowden, including theft of government property. >> where what is right is the not the same as what is legal. sometimes to do the right thing you have to break a law. >> reporter: secretary kerry said also snowden should man up and come back to the united states. he said that a patriot would not run away. now snowden did concede the nsa has been unfairly demonized but
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john and diana he showed no remorse. >> you don't see much remorse in this man at all. did he mention how many documents that he actually stole? >> he would not commit to a number and he said even the nsa has no idea how many he stole. >> that is incredible. are we going to get any more out of him, do you think? >> he hinted there was more to come and glenn greenwald said the next thing he publishes could be his biggest thing yet. >> seems like there's always something coming out of him. >> he doesn't seem to help his pr with these interviews. >> he was slick. >> yes, he was. >> thank you very much. abc's molly hunter reporting. we move to a passing being felt around the world. fans everywhere mourning the death of maya angelou. among those remembering her life and talent, president obama who said angelou inspired the rest of us to be our best selves. in addition her poetry and other writings she was committed to civil writes and tony nominee and sung calypso. we learned her last tweet listen
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to your self in that quietude you might hear the voice of god. maya angelou died yesterday in winston, north carolina. she was 86. we will have more about her legacy in our next half hour. encouraging news in the investigation into that mysterious mers virus. the cdc now backtracking on earlier reports that the middle east pest respiratory syndrome virus had spread to an illinois man. the test found it did not spread to anyone. no other contacts have tested positive. after hearing the next story from our health headlines you may want to turn that frown upside down. people who are cynical are three times more likely to develop did men that as they age. researchers say the study indicates a change in attitude can affect the quality of life. men who take cialis will
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soon get some relief in in their wallet. the french drugmaker is seeking approval to sell a generic version of the drug. men who take cialis will get relief in their wallets. the drugmaker is buying rights to seek approval to sell a generic version of the drug over the counter. patent protection runs out in three years. it currently costs $35 a pill. the nonprescription version could go on sale in four years. anyone who's been watching a all the details should be finalized by october. anyone who's been watching a while knows we love our caffeine around here. this might be too much, even for us. >> even for us. the new, most expensive drink ever sold at starbucks and it's a doozy. there it is. 128 ounces espresso milk shake. looks like an ice cream sundae. >> officially it is called a vanilla bean mocha frappuccino.
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they rounded it off to 60 shots of espresso. price tag of $54.75. >> the entire stadium of soccer fans hyped on that thing. >> the guy that bought it didn't have to pay. it was his free drink award for being a starbucks gold club member. >> this was created in dallas, texas. the barista said it took about ten minutes to create all together. it was made in a 128-ounce glass. it looks like a vase than a glass. >> 60 shots of espresso. the guy that drank it said he had a third of it. so there's 20 shots of espresso, before he put it away and saved it for later. >> that's too much. one shot of espresso wires me for the whole night. 60. >> two or three, not more than that. 20 -- >> too much. coming up, from frappuccinos to gourmet ice cream, we will introduce you to gourmet flavors in "insomniac kitchen."
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and this story is real. a baby is stolen. how everyday people on social media went to work until there was a happy reunion. you are watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by icy hot smart relief. rought to you by icy hot smart relief.
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all right. welcome back. next a story about a terrifying ordeal and the power of social media. >> a day old infant kidnapped from a hospital by a woman dressed as a nurse. linzie janis shows how the public and police teamed up to ensure there was a happy ending. >> reporter: in the arms of this officer, 1-day-old baby victoria being returned to her parents after she was kidnapped from her parents just three hours earlier. it was monday evening the new parents were cuddling their newborn in a hospital room in quebec. that's when police say this woman, dressed as a nurse came in and according to the baby's uncle said she needed to take the newborn for a routine test. 13 minutes later, the hospital called police, who beamed the security camera image of the woman across the city and dad posted these photos asking for help. that's when this group of 20 somethings saw the alert on facebook. they were so moved, they decided
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to search, hitting the road, when impossible as it may seem one of them looked more closely at the suspect's picture and realized it was actually an old neighbor who lived here. a call to police and moments later officers swooped in and rescued the baby. >> we saw the baby we can touch. it was the best moment in my life. we were crying. >> reporter: here in the u.s., many hospitals fit newborns with these electronic tags. so if a baby were to be carried out of the maternity ward, an alarm would instantly sound. >> exit alarm. main entrance. >> the babies get a tag. >> reporter: lennoxville hospital in new york, nurses tell us the bracelets like this one on baby andrew's tiny ankle trigger automatically locks the ward's doors. the system works. since the 80s there have been 32 infants abducted from hospitals nationwide. the canadian hospital where baby victoria was born did not have
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the same level of security. in a letter on facebook, her parents saying thank you and warning other parents always ask questions, even of those in uniform. writing i would not like anyone else to live this. linzie janis, abc news, new york. >> what a wonderful ending to such a -- >> thank god for those kids, or young people. >> yes. and baby victoria getting a lot of attention. those electronic things -- i had them on both of my sons. they are no joke. they come just a little bit loose on the baby's ankle and everybody is swarming your bedroom. >> good. >> it hasn't made its way to canada but hope it makes its way up there. you have to be so careful. they are so tiny and vulnerable and after just having them you are vulnerable as well. as many protections as possible are necessary. >> i can imagine. glad that ended well. coming up, summer breakfast "world news now" style.
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and the ice cream company sweeping the nation with flavors like beer and pretzels and cuban cigar. >> cuban cigar? >> cuban cigar. that's coming up in "insomniac kitchen." ahead in our next half hour, a teacher whose lesson plan uses music to enhance the memory. you are watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from
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♪ all right. just about june here in new york city. we've had already a couple summer-like days. >> but one of the things that makes a new york city summer slightly bearable is ice cream. there are a lot of places to choose from. especially around here. we found one that is especially unique. nikki battiste has this morning's "insomniac kitchen."
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>> reporter: here at williams-sonoma with the co-founders of cool haus, a gourmet dessert company involving cookies and ice cream and today we are making -- >> mint ship ice cream. >> and you normally operate out of a truck. you are in stores and everywhere. you have a cookbook. >> we are known for her ice cream novelty but specifically our ice cream sandwiches and flavors like brown butter candy bacon, lucky charms. >> mint chocolate chip in general is my favorite flavor. so let's get to it. >> the key for this recipe is the one-third fresh mint to our dirty mint chip ice cream. no oil or extract. we recommend organic. semi-sweet chips that will go in at the end so they don't sink to the bottom. dark brown sugar gives it earth like quality. and a pinch of kosher salt as well.
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we will infuse the base with the mint. this is milk, cream, 8 egg yolks and a cup and a quarter of sugar. >> this is my first homemade ice cream and my favorite flavor. i'm going for a big scoop. >> really taste that mint. >> it's delicious. we just came on the cool haus truck. we are in the middle of manhattan. you can see the cabs going by, about to take the ice cream and stack it in to the cookies. >> put down two double chocolate chip cookies. there's the beautiful scoop of dirty mint chip ice cream. >> and then you just stack it on? little smush? >> little smush. there you go. beautiful. wrap your edible wrapper around it. >> you can eat this. >> you can eat everything in your hand but not your hand. >> here we go.
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this is a mouth full. >> it's so good. i had a sweet and delicious time with cool haus founders. cheers. >> cheers. >> thanks for having us. >> cheers. >> notice she's eating the wrapper. you can eat the wrapper. >> what are we eating now? >> this is called dirty mint chip ice cream and the one you saw there made with real mint. >> it is really powerful. >> but it is so good. >> yeah. let me tell you something, i want to try that cuban cigar which sounds dreadful but i have to know what it tastes like. >> especially if it tastes as good as this is. this is delicious. >> what is a cuban cigar supposed to taste like? >> cigar i guess, if you are anywhere in these places, nyc, austin and dallas. they are absolutely delicious. and on a warm day, which we'll have a lot of warm days coming up, this is just perfect. it hits the spot.
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all right. let's do "the mix." summer is coming or almost any way. pool season, all the pools are open and we'll see more and more of these videos. we saw some of them last year. this is the first one of this year. check it out. this is a big old alley-oop dunk fest. check it out. >> these were great last year. >> coming out of pittsburgh. 11 steps in all. isn't that cool? oh, my goodness. eight boys take part. seen 115,000 times and just released, pretty much. the latest viral one and not the last. i love these ones. >> you know what happens throughout the summer because it happens last year, they start to add moves and add guys, and it gets bigger and bigger. >> these guys will put out another one by the time summer is over. cool. stay with the summery beachy pool them thing. a lady in kansas city, missouri
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said i'm kind of done with mowing my lawn. so i'm going to turn it into a beach instead. and she literally put a perimeter around her yard and she hauled in how many tons, i think it's like 80 tons of sand. it cost her $4,000. she said i'm 60 years old. i have lived in the house for 33 years. i ain't going to do it anymore. now she looks like she lives at the beach in the middle of the country. >> a little cool but would you want to live next door to it? >> no. it's getting a few mixed reviews, not everybody is happy. we have to get to the next one because it is so cool. dog, jack russell, from germany. he plays fetch in a creative way. that is the end of a seesaw. watch this. steps on the end of it. there goes the ball. brings it back. >> this is so wonderful. >> crazy great. >> so cool. >> jack russell. what an awesome dog. >> i want him. i'm going to take him home. that's just great. >> can't get better than that.
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diana, you have a special announcement to make. >> i do. i feel like i have made a lot of special announcements on this show. it happens a lot on this show. you guys get to know us and hopefully like us and one of us has to leave. that's my announcement. tomorrow is my last day. i'm going home to be a mommy. this is one of those decisions that is always difficult. i do intend to come back eventually, but this is so primetime for my kids. they are so small. >> you have two at home. >> two of them at home and they are so little and they need me and i need them. and i want to thank you for welcoming me in to your home and making me and us part of your routine. and i want to take all of the things i bring here and bring it to my family. >> we will miss you so much and we will save the tears, hugs and laughs tomorrow when we have a big sendoff for diana perez. we will miss you. you can't get these years back. great you will spend time with the kids. come back and visit and all that stuff. >> and this truly has been one of the best experiences of my life. thank you to all of the viewers and the people here.
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this morning on "world news now" -- lightning strike. a storm chaser learns a powerful lesson from mother nature as storm and flood warnings cover a big part of the country. scenes in turmoil. behind the scenes, drama involving the embattled donald sterling, his wife and who maybe taking over the los angeles clippers. major developments overnight. and remembering poetic legend, maya angelou. her words, acting and activism. what celebrities are saying
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about such a great loss. superstar scare. the unthinkable happened as brad pitt and angelina jolie had a stroll on the red carpet. find out what the police had to do in "the skinny" on this thursday, may 29th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now" with john muller and diana perez. hello, everybody. happy thursday. you are back and you are feeling better. >> i'm feeling better. i don't know if i sound much better. a little bit? >> in person you don't sound great but on tv you can't tell the difference. >> that's all that matters. >> that's all that matters. you should have seen him hacking up a lung right before we came on. >> every commercial it is pretty nasty, it may happen in the background, if you listen. >> oh, man. let's get started. welcome back. good morning to all of you. we begin with millions of americans in the path of severe and dangerous weather. >> powerful lightning storms, twisters, torrential rains and some flash floods like here in harris county, texas, where the san jacinto river and neighborhoods are under water. outside of new orleans prison inmates are charged with filling sandbags anticipating as much as four more inches of rain. abc's ryan owens has more. >> reporter: inundating rains are flooding parts of the south
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swamping streets near new orleans. tornado and flash flood watches and warnings are posted throughout the area. one confirmed twister touched down in garyville, louisiana. >> scared the devil out of me. >> reporter: winds of 105 miles an hour blew a tree into this man's house. >> boom, boom, boom! and it shook the house where i'm living at, it shook the house. >> reporter: there have been more than 160 severe weather reports across the eastern half of the country. none more dramatic than this lightning strike caught by storm chaser scott sheppard. look at the cloud of the dust that rises from this south dakota road. sheppard's nearly fatal mistake, he had his arm hanging out of the car window to shoot video when he became the story. >> the bolt came down. it completely disabled our vehicle. it exploded the asphalt around our truck and shot maybe 40 feet in the air. i received quite a hefty shock in my arm. >> he wasn't hurt but check out what it did to the asphalt.
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the electricity in a lightning bolt is the equivalent of 2.5 million car batteries. every year an average of 22 million cloud-to-ground lightning flashes hit the u.s. and most lightning injuries occur between noon and 4:00 in the afternoon. take it from this experienced storm chaser, tornados are not the only danger this time of the year. >> when there's lightning around, there really is no safe place outside. you have to be in a vehicle. learn a lesson from me, do not hang your arm outside of it. >> reporter: ryan owens, abc news, dallas. >> that's a reminder. here's a look at today's weather. the entire southeast quadrant of the nation will see showers, heavy and torrential at times with the low mississippi valley and gulf coast seeing four inches or more. thunderstorms will also pop up across the rockies as well as seattle, but the rest of the nation will be clear and dry. >> and temperatures will be cooling most everywhere today, barely getting out of the 60s in the northeast and the northwest
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and in the 90s in the southwest. emergency crews have pulled off a dramatic rescue in colorado. plucking a stranded climber to safety. samuel frappier was stuck on a ledge 13,000 feet in a rugid part of rocky mountain national park. the 19-year-old from canada was airlifted and taken to the hospital by ambulance. before help arrived he had to spend the night in the freezing cold wearing only cotton clothing and tennis shoes. >> i imagine people saying i'm stupid. and they are right. it was stupid and i'm never going to do that again but i'm lucky it ended well. >> frappier was uninjured. he used his cell phone to stay in contact with park rangers. they say he is an inexperienced climber and had no technical equipment. nsa leaker edward snowden says he wants to come home if the american government decides he will get amnesty. he said he was acting as a patriot when he decided to leak
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secrets to the media and trained spy that did undercover work overseas. secretary of state john kerry said he put americans in danger and said he should, quote, man up and return to the united states saying a patriot would not run away. growing pressure on the v.a. secretary to step down over the health care scandal. more than 50 members of congress calling for eric shinseki to step down or be fired. this comes after an internal report found corruption is systemic throughout the v.a. and the report for the long wait to see v.a. doctors and veterans are at risk of being lost or forgotten. former nfl star aaron hernandez has entered a not guilty plea to a pair of first-degree murder charges. the 24-year-old, former new england patriot, was in court yesterday to face the charges that stem from an incident nearly two years ago. prosecutors claim hernandez shot and killed two men after one of them bumped in to him and spilled his drink without apologizing. hernandez is in jail awaiting trial for the slaying of a third man. that happened last june. the battle over the l.a.
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clippers grinds on. sources tell espn that donald sterling's wife shelly has received a handful of bids for the team. and that the bids are well above a billion dollars. meanwhile, the sterlings seem to be more at odds than ever. abc's ryan smith reports. >> reporter: donald and shelly sterling, clashing with each other as the future of their los angeles clippers hangs in the balance. donald sterling rejecting the nba's charge to oust him from the nba ownership ranks for his racist rants, calling the nba's process for hearing his case quote, sham proceedings and his lawyer telling espn sterling will quote fight until the bloody end. >> i don't think there is anything that donald sterling can say to the nba to convince them to let him keep the team. >> reporter: at the same time, his wife shelly reportedly starting the first round of bidding on the team. the sterling's relationship more confusing than ever. something shelly sterling clarified during an interview with abc's barbara walters. >> we're still married. we're estranged. we have more of business
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arrangement in our relationship than we have of a love relationship. >> reporter: perspective buyers of the clippers include a who's who of billionaires and stars, from microsoft's steve ballmer to magic johnson and oprah. team ownership has its privileges, far beyond what the biggest super fan can do. an nba owner can fly on the plane with players, eat with the team and access the locker room. but for donald sterling, those privileges may be coming to an end. ryan smith, abc news, new york. all right. on the court and ice it was one of those saturday night fever nights for stayin' alive. first up, the indiana pacers facing elimination in their series against the heat. paul george had a 37-point effort leading indiana to at 93-90 victory. the heat still lead the series, 3-2. the defending stanley cup champion blackhawks staved off elimination last night they have went to double overtime. the kings lead the series, 3-2. the kings can wrap it up
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tomorrow in l.a. tonight the canadiens and rangers play game six in their series. tiger woods made it official his back will keep him out of next month's u.s. open. woods has been recovering from back surgery and said he is physically unable to play at a high level. in fact, last week he said he still hasn't taken a full swing with the club. and here's an athlete to watch. 18-year-old taylor townsend. she's in the third round of the french open after defeating a player ranked much higher than she is. this is her first grand slam tournament and she lasted longer than the williams sisters. both venus and serena lost yesterday. wow, good for her! >> yeah. and from the tennis court to soon holding court. >> two of the most adorable little things you'll ever want to see. take a look. they have been born at the akron, ohio, zoo.
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the cub brother and sister are barely over a-month-old and are already 6 pounds each. >> look at how timid they are. they don't have names yet. they are not ready for primetime staying close to mama. the woman will be on exhibit later this month. they are too cute. >> this is only the second time in history that snow leopards have been born in captivity. this is huge. >> less than 150 alive in the u.s. only 4,000 worldwide in the wild. >> you can be part of naming them because there will be a contest to name the cubs coming up in the next few weeks. there you have it. you can help to name them. what would you name them? >> oh, jeez. i don't know, what would you name them? >> simba. >> john and diana. >> love it. >> how do we get that to the akron zoo? we have to write them a letter. let's do that. coming up, from her words to her acting to activism, the irreplaceable maya angelou and who's paying tribute. and paying tribute to a superstar in the classroom who's using rap music to break through to the students. you are watching "world news now."
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the world has lost a literary giant. yesterday maya angelou the the celebrated poet and author died at the age of 86. >> angelou was more than a writer. many people, especially women recognize their own lives in her words and wisdom, and yesterday many of us paused to remember
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her extraordinary life. here's abc's byron pitts. ♪ there is no hiding place down here ♪ >> reporter: most of us hope to live one good life. maya angelou lived many. ♪ i went to the rock to hide my face ♪ ♪ rock cried out no hiding place ♪ >> reporter: with that tenor voice, her words. >> the horizon means forward. offers you space to place new steps of change. >> reporter: she brought chills to president clinton's inauguration in '93. >> maya angelou. >> reporter: in the '50s she brought audiences to their feet as a calypso singer. ♪ >> reporter: she spoke six languages, won three grammys, author of 36 books, it was the first best seller in 1969, an instant classic, "i know why the caged bird sings." that made her not just a voice for black america but all who know struggle. ♪ i will go -- i shall go
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♪ i'll see what the end is going to be ♪ >> reporter: the end came at 86. a life that would have crushed a lesser spirit. at 7, she was raped by her mother's boyfriend. when she told, the man was murdered. >> i thought my voice killed him. it was my 7 1/2-year-old logic. so i stopped speaking. >> reporter: she did not speak for five years. amid suffering in silence, it was her mother who helped her find her voice. >> she said, i think you're the greatest woman i've ever met. and i thought, suppose she's right. suppose i really am somebody. >> reporter: somebody who knew hurt by name but always called upon hope instead. >> but still like dust, i'll rise. >> reporter: for nearly a half century, maya angelou helped people rise, black and white, men and women.
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history will remember her words, all with the heart will cling to their meaning. byron pitts, abc news, new york. >> truly inspirational to so many people on so many levels. absolutely. i was talking to my nephew today and asked if he knew who she was. he's in high school, and of course he knew, but he hasn't read any of her books. and i said, just wait, because it will happen. throughout my life, i can remember people telling me you are going through something, read this or that maya angelou book. because it will help you get through whatever situation you are going through. >> so wise and so poetic, of course. >> that's true. by the way, president obama coming out today to say she inspired his own mother to name his half-sister maya. >> interesting stuff. our coverage of the death of maya angelou continues in a moment. we will see how she inspired one of america's most powerful women. plus, ahead, brad pitt gets a very strange surprise at the premier of "maleficent." "the skinny" is coming up next. >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our abc stations.
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♪ skinny so skinny we begin our skinny by continuing our tribute to the writer and poet, maya angelou. she was more than a master of the written word. >> she was a renaissance woman.
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she contributed to popular culture and a literary one. >> for oprah winfrey, she was in her 20s when she first met her and since then she has seen her as a mentor, mother figure and friend. >> she posted this picture to instagram shortly after the announcement and said that angelou was one of the greatest influences of her life. >> alongside the picture oprah wrote, quote, she moved through the world with an unshakable calm, confidence and a fierce grace. i loved her and i know she loved me. i will profoundly miss her. she will always be the rainbow in my clouds. >> and maya angelou also inspired a younger generation of writers. among them, lena dunham. who treat tweeted, thank you, maya, for your power, your politics and your poetry. we need you more than ever. rest in peace. >> and finally a picture that captures her joy from one of her several guest appearances on "sesame street." this is from sesame street's twitter account, we are saddened by the passing of our friend maya angelou. thank you for all you have done and for all of the hugs. >> great photo.
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breaking skinny news from hollywood. frightening moments for brad pitt on the red carpet. >> he turned out for the premier of angelina jolie's new movie "maleficent." that's when a man jumped a barrier and ran up to him and made contact with his face. abc news learned the lapd currently has that man in custody booked for misdemeanor battery on $20,000 bail. >> he is identified as a ukrainian reporter who got in trouble for trying to kiss will smith. remember him? he got a face full of leonardo dicaprio's crotch. brad pitt is apparently in pretty good company with that guy. >> does he not know anything? you can not touch brad pitt's face. he could have touched any other part of the body and he would be fine. but face? uh-huh. >> i remember the will smith incident. >> i remember the leo dicaprio thing, too. a little strange, this guy. >> angelina interesting choice. i don't know.
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>> brad looked great, but i don't know. i don't think it is that terrible. >> not so terrible. apparently out in the yard with the lawn clippings or something like that. i didn't write this, by the way. oh, yeah. they do actually look like trash bags. that's where they are going with this. >> you should have read the script ahead of time. >> they do kind of look like trash bags. >> oh, that's so terrible. oh, man. okay. >> take a look. it's in a book. familiar words. millions of children, a rallying cry for literacy and now it is making a comeback. >> take a listen to it. ♪ take a look it's in a book a reading rainbow ♪ >> "reading rainbow" host lavar burton has launched a kick starter campaign to bring the show back for a new generation. this time it will be in the form of a web series aimed at today's digitally connected kids and he wants to create a home version, a classroom version and offer it free to schools in need. >> "reading rainbow" won 26 emmys during its run from 1983 to 2006.
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>> that is incredible. i remember it well. ♪ is incredible.
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♪ ♪ all right. there's a new rock 'n' roll high school in town thanks to a creative teacher in california. >> he's using the rhythm of rap to help kids learn. that's why this is "our favorite story of the day." abc's neal karlinsky has the story. ♪ >> reporter: this music video is a science class. ♪ too many planets >> reporter: these fifth graders rapping about pluto's place in the solar system. ♪ pluto is the series of the 21st century ♪ >> reporter: and these high schoolers about the black plague.
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♪ streaming out about your lymph nodes ♪ >> reporter: it's not the average lesson but the man behind it is no ordinary teacher. his big idea, take the hip hop he's long loved and use it to get students hooked on science. >> they are going to bed thinking about these lyrics and they just go over and over in your head. but they are not just lyrics, it's information. >> exactly. >> reporter: he wrote grants to fund the videos. even raising $13,000 on kickstarter. his students mastering complicated subjects and building up the confidence to write their own songs and these students rap about rosalyn franklin, the woman who's contribution to the discovery of dna was overshadowed by male scientists has been viewed online more than 150,000 times. >> i don't have very good memory but this i remember very well. >> reporter: getting an entire school hooked on singing about dna and giving them a chance to shine. >> do something like this you
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get to show people you can be something and you can do something. >> reporter: neal karlinsky, abc news, oakland, california. >> whatever it takes, right. >> where was that guy when i was trying to learn science? >> no kidding, right. some of those guys. i want to hear the bubonic one again. the guy with the face paint. we need a "world news now" rap. >> that's what we need. >> you have a special announcement for us. >> i do. here we go. all right. so i just want to start out by saying this is one of the best years of my life. you guys welcomed me in to your home. it has been challenging and wonderful at the same time but it is time for me to hang up my anchor hat and be a mommy. i'm going to go home and stay with my boys for a little while. it's the best time for me to do this. they are young and vulnerable and learning and needing me but you haven't seen the last of me yet. i will be back. don't you doubt it. >> we will miss you so much and we will send you home with all kinds of fun and tom foolery tomorrow. so look for that. >> oh, boy.
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making news in america this morning -- delayed care. outrage mounting after a scathing report into the veterans affairs scandal. evidence of secret lists and cover-ups that one senator calls criminal. we are live with new developments overnight. edward snowden defending his actions. the man who leaked americans' secrets talks about what he did and why. and about coming home. dramatic rescue. a young hiker becomes stranded on one of the country's highest mountains. >> very, very steep. >> how rescuers got him down. and the mistakes the hiker admits that he made. and red carpet crasher. breaking overnight, a man is led away in handcuffs because of what he did to brad pitt at a movie premiere.

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