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a family in the gaza strip has a valuable painting returned after an international uproar. they say they were duped in to selling the art work by the famous street artist for $175. banksy is the name. usually his works sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars. after the story garnered worldwide publicity, we are told the family has the painting back. they were duped in to selling it for 175 bucks but everything worked out. >> nice to see that. back here at home, a
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cautionary tale for anyone who uses car services like uber. a woman in denver said she got an uber ride to the airport this week. when she was dropped off the river returned to her home and attempted to break in. the woman's roommate foiled the alleged crime. the driver was arrested and charged. he's also not driving for uber anymore pending an investigation. >> well, that's a relief. another uber driver is making headlines. not for robbing anybody. he's the subject of a you tube video that in two days has racked up more than 1 million views. >> that driver berated by an off-duty nypd detective is getting some sweet justice this morning. abc's mara schiavocampo has the latest. >> i've got news for you. >> reporter: an investigation in to one cop's conduct caught on camera. >> let me tell you something, the next time you do it again -- >> okay. >> okay, what? are you going to let me finish. >> reporter: he is seen berating
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an uber driver. detective cherry reportedly upset the driver had gestured at him to use his blinker while the officer was parking in an unmarked car. the tirade recorded by a passenger. >> okay. okay. you understand me. >> yes, i understand you. >> i don't know what planet you think you are on right now. >> reporter: the officer slamming the car door. even appearing to mock the driver's foreign accent. >> stop it with your for what sir for what sir. how long have you been in this country? >> reporter: the video coming as the nypd retrains all of their officers in community relations as they recently shared exclusively with our david muir. >> how important is that? >> right now the number one issue in policing in our nation right now. >> reporter: now the nypd is calling this officer's behavior unacceptable. >> that officer's behavior
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violated every one of the tenets we are attempting to teach at the police academy that three-day course. >> reporter: the commissioner has apologized to the uber driver and that detective is being transferred to a different unit. mara schiavocampo, abc news, new york. coming up, it's one of the most american food holidays of the year. >> did you know it is national peanut butter and jelly day. wait until you see how we paired this lunchtime staple with another american classic. our "insomniac kitchen" is coming your way. >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our abc stations.
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another major holiday today. >> important one. >> national peanut butter and jelly day. >> instead of celebrating with the usual pb and j on white bread we are trying something different. how about peanut butter and jelly on a burger. abc's tina trinh takes us in to the "insomniac kitchen." >> i can't wait to celebrate
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with you. why did you take my pg and j away? >> why have a peanut butt and jelly when i have a one with bacon. >> comfort food with a twist. a hamburger with peanut butt er and jelly i'm not sure about that. >> we will show you how it is done. >> we're in the kitchen with chef. it smells so good. so you have had this burger before. you like it? >> a lot. >> you like it a lot, really? i'm scared. >> with bacon. can't go wrong with that. it is very tasty. >> you are putting all of the possible vices on one, in one sandwich. >> yeah. >> jelly first. this is ready to dress, make a
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burger, right? >> yep. >> our non-fat burger. how do we fit our burgers together? >> the peanut butter and jelly. put that on the bun. put it on the top and bottom. >> load it up. more jelly. >> more jelly. never enough jelly. jelly with the bacon on the bottom. >> oh, my. nonstop here. >> then the burger. >> okay. and then close it up. >> here we go. it actually works. wow. who knew. peanut butter and jelly on a hamburger. with bacon. bacon makes everything great. >> all right. bazi, you caught us on a good week. we have the fellas back there. gamers. we have -- we keep these costumes here. you have to try it. >> you can't celebrate national pb and j day without costumes
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like this. >> you have to try the burger. >> here it goes. >> i have to go first? >> you have to try the burger. we are going to commercial break.
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well, t.j. still has a pb and j burger. >> uh-huh. >> i'll start off the "the mix" this morning. look at these pictures from a vacation in puerto rico. this was a man on a free vacation in puerto rico and he doesn't look like he's having a good time. these pictures are gone viral. the pictures he sent to his wife from his vacation. why is he so sad on this vacation? apparently it is because his wife had to stay home to care for their 6-month-old daughter so she couldn't make it. so he went with a friend to puerto rico. but he sent the pictures letting her know it was no fun without his wife. according to the pictures. >> okay. i'm sure as soon as those
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pictures were snapped he went right back to having a good time. >> possibly. >> but it's cute. >> she will never know. >> we get the idea. it's cute. we were talking about april. did you play an april fool's day joke yesterday. >> i tried to avoid all april fool's day jokes. >> you didn't play one. a lot of companies prank people. here with some of the best ones we have got from yesterday. one of them came from target. you see this thing? you have heard of a fanny pack. this is kind of a fanny basket. this was put out. you have the thing and it is attached to your hip. this might work for some people doing laundry around the house. this is an april fool's joke. this is not a real thing but they call it the fanny basket. the other cool one that i had to get schooled on. the oreo cookies, the double stuff oreos, you eat those? >> uh-huh. >> they put double stuffing but this is double the crust. double the crust instead of the double stuffing.
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it is just a joke. >> i think the cookie is the best part. >> i'm with you. >> we want double crunch oreos. >> i'm with you. take a look at this video on you tube. also going viral this morning. this is one couple announcing that their upcoming nuptials, their save the date videos they have sent out to their friends, they did a spy-themed elaborate video. >> wow. >> don't send e-mail anymore. >> no. you have to get creative these days. but i'm sure they will have quite the showing at their wedding after this. >> good for them. >> their friends are not forgetting that date. >> this took some -- this is some production value here. good luck to them in their pending nuptials timely let me show you the picture of the burger. opening day coming up mlb. everybody has their food. they are putting out at in the ballpark.
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this morning on "world news now," water emergency. states to cut usage. with spring just arrived what could it mean for the summer. bold and defiant. new jersey senator robert menendez hit with corruption charges. accused of trading influence for lavish vacations. menendez is fighting back, vowing this is not the end of his career. hit head on. shocking dash cam video shows a police cruiser desperately trying to stop a wrong-way driver by cutting them off. the drastic measures taken on america's highways. what we are hearing this morning about who is really the father of mia farrow's son ronan. one of the daughters of frank
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sinatra is just now revealing in "the skinny" on this thursday, april 2nd. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." good thursday morning to you. hope you all survived whatever april fool's prank somebody tried to pull on you. i'm t.j. holmes. >> i'm bazi kanani in for reena this morning. >> we begin this half hour -- we a real crisis in california right now. state historic drought bringing unprecedented water restrictions now. >> the drought has been going on for years and the restrictions will affect businesses and farmers. >> we're in an historic drought and that demands unprecedented action. >> reporter: california's governor ordering all cities and towns to cut water usage immediately by 25%. the location for his announcement, the bone dry sierra, nevada mountains. >> we are standing on dry grass.
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we should be standing in five feet of snow. >> reporter: supposed to be peak snow pack. it's at the lowest level in recorded history. look from above, you can see the expanse of the snowless sierras. these snow riders at squaw valley not riding on much. but more important, california needs the snow to supply water through the year. reservoirs running dangerously low. these before and after pictures showing for the last four years they are the driest in history, too. these nasa satellite images show the progression of water loss. california river basins have lost 4 trillion gallons of water every year, far more than all of california would ever consume. the new mandate could see further restrictions on homeowners, who were already urged to reduce water by 20%. facing fines for things like washing off sidewalks. among the mandates and restrictions, any new home construction would require special water efficient irrigation systems. rob marciano, abc news, new york.
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>> thank you, rob. thanks in part to the warmer winter in the west those drought conditions extend beyond california. that includes parts of utah where the city of east carbon is cracking down on all outdoor watering until further notice. anyone caught using a hose or sprinkler faces a $200 fine. some residents are trying to find other ways to save their lawns and gardens, including recycling water from indoors. a much different situation in the east where we have had a long, wet winter. >> we're finally going to see a change. accu-weather's justin povick is joining us with today's forecast. good morning, sir. >> t.j. and bazi, thanks. good morning. a warmer start to the day finally throughout the northeast. it is also increasingly windy and late in the afternoon, especially over western pennsylvania, new york state a little on the wet side. potential for a couple of wet snowflakes over far northern maine first thing then that moves out. we turn our attention to more severe weather in the midwest and ohio valley with damaging winds and large hail.
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t.j. and bazi, back to you. >> thanks, justin. talks over iran's nuclear program have been extended a second day as negotiators in switzerland struggle to find common ground. the state department says they are making progress but have not reached a political understanding. iran and six world powers are hoping to hammer out an outline that will clear the way for a final deal that includes easing economic sanctions. the giant ball of fire sparked by the deadly oil rig blast in the gulf of mexico is now under control. investigators are trying to nail down the cause. the oil company director says a mechanical problem is likely to blame for the explosion that killed four employees. abc's matt gutman with the details. >> the inferno lighting up the gulf of mexico. the fire ball sometimes blinding. survivors of the blast saying they took these cell phone videos. this man describing the fire as huge. we couldn't do anything but run away. many men leaping in to the water.
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mexican authorities said the blast and flames have killed at least four. dozens more were hurt and 300 evacuated. the mexican oil authority said cruise ship size fire boats have been dousing the flames the giant arcs of water apparently doing little. the oil authority did not say how the fire broke out on what it called a processing platform and said the platform was not pumping directly from the seabed. the blast just days before the fifth anniversary of the deep water horizon explosion. the pictures of those sky scraper size pillars of fire so eerily similar. mexican oil officials insist this burning platform is not attached to the seabed but they refuse to answer our questions about whether or not this could trigger another oil spill in the gulf of mexico. matt gutman, abc news, miami. the governor of my home state, arkansas is refusing to sign a religious freedom bill similar to the indiana law sparking outrage across the country.
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asa hutchinson is calling on them to recall the bill or amend it to reflect federal law. wal-mart that is based in bentonville, arkansas, is calling for a veto of the legislation that many say would allow discrimination against gays and lesbians. governor hutchinson said he venn his own sign signed a petition. senator bob menendez is vowing not to go down without a fight after he was indicted on corruption and bribery charges. the new jersey democrat is accused of accepting nearly $1 million in gifts and campaign contributions from a florida eye doctor. allegedly taking luxury trips and flying on private jets in exchange for political favors. last night he vehemently denied the allegations before a crowd of supporters. >> i'm outraged that prosecutors at the justice department were tricked in to starting this investigation three years ago with false allegations by those
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who have a political motive to silence me. but i will not be silenced. >> reporter: menendez was a congressman for nearly 15 years switching to the senate in 2006. he's the first u.s. senator face bribery charges in more than 30 years. the former irs official who refused to testify before congress will not be prosecuted. lois lerner, remember that name? she was at the center of a controversy over how the agency treated conservative political groups. lawmakers in the house voted to hold her in contempt when she wouldn't testify. she has since retired from the irs. police in tennessee released dash cam video of one officer's attempt to stop a wrong-way driver. we see him driving down the interstate with headlights approaching as the wrong-way car gets closer. the cop then puts his cruiser, bam, right in the way, forcing a head-on collision. the officer and the 59-year-old woman behind the wheel both sustained minor injuries. charges are pending. investigators in texas say
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two smash and grab robberies might be linked. the latest happened here on monday night in sugarland when two men faces covered by masks robbed a store. they smashed a glass case and ran off with an undisclosed amount of jewelry. it was a similar robbery last month in houston. they are keeping an eye out for these guys. this is something you don't see every day. a massive freighter ship that seems to be floating along fine but it is actually out of control. it is heading toward shore. what are we going to do here? this is the delaware river. the crew was helpless to stop it, in the mud, feet from shore. it took several tug boats to get this thing free. the ship is held at port while the power failure is being looked in to. 90,000 workers at mcdonald's are getting a raise. effective july 1st, starting wages will be at least one dollar an hour more than minimum wage set by local law. the bump applies to only employees at restaurants owned
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by mcdonald's. the vast majority are owned by franchises and those employees are not affected. a virginia teenager and her parents are suing a volleyball league. why? because she was riding the bench. the girl claims she was offered a setter spot on the team. but then her coach said she wasn't ready to play the position and recommended she move to another team. that was a move blocked by the league. the lawsuit claims this is all negatively affected her chances of getting a college scholarship. so i'd love to see how this plays out. maybe this will cost her money. they need the money to pay for school. maybe that's all they are seeking. initially i thought they were suing because she was being benched but a little more to it than that. >> i bet a lot of parents have opinion on this. >> oh, yes. i will post it on facebook and see how it goes. a woman has no plans of leaving her job of 27 years. she is a postal worker. the surprise might be that darlene smith is a millionaire. >> she bought a scratch off
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lottery ticket while she was getting her husband's ice cream cake for his birthday. that ticket was worth $3 million. >> she says she's not sure whether she will take the lump sum payment or receive the money over 20 years. sister, call me. take the lump sum. what are you doing? you may not make it two years. get the money. is there anybody that would take over 20 years? >> no. >> no, thank you, jack. >> either one is okay. >> wait a minute. >> either one is better than nothing. >> i will give you that. >> i will take either one. she has her husband to thank in a way for that. >> what was the deal there? >> it was his birthday. >> and she stopped in to get something. >> his lucky day, his birthday cake. >> look at that. happy birthday, honey. >> only her name is on the check. coming up a fresh look in to a reality star's real life in prison. how real life housewife teresa giudice is wiling away the hours as she serves out her 15-month
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♪ students running the university of virginia's school newspaper are apologizing after two april fool's day articles that many considered in poor taste. you be the judge. uva's "cavalier daily" published a satirical piece about officers tackling a native american student. sound familiar here, replace native american student with an african-american student reminiscent of the student involving martese johnson injured by officers. the other was titled "zeta psi hosts rosa parks party." another racial incident sparked a mayor investigation at
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another top university. a noose hanging on a tree at duke university. >> this on the heels of complaints of another racially charged incident on that same campus. linsey davis on this story for us. >> reporter: amid the stately buildings of this elite university, an ugly reminder of racism, a noose discovered hanging from a tree outside of duke university student center. on campus a protest. >> we are not afraid. we stand together. >> reporter: duke's vice president of student affairs calling the incident cowardly acts of bias, saying he can't begin to describe his disgust and anger. this weeks after an african-american duke student complained a group of white men harassed her with a racist song. one black student, speaking in shadow, describes an increasingly hostile environment. >> right now our peers do not feel pressure to accept us. they tolerate us but they don't feel they have to accept us. >> reporter: another tweeting, i have never felt as unsafe here at duke as i have the last few weeks.
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duke, just the latest college rocked by racism. [ chanting ] >> reporter: the university of oklahoma still reeling from that fraternity chant that apparently spread far beyond just oklahoma. >> duke has set up a support group and launched an investigation to determine who hung that noose. anyone with information is urged to come forward. linsey davis, abc news, new york. >> what in the world is going on? a lot happening on campuses these days. seems like a lot of racially charged stories getting everyone talking. it's disappointing but also gets us talking. maybe we are getting somewhere. >> you hope. you hope that maybe there's a number of young people out there that are learning from this in some way. >> maybe. when we come back, a fresh denial about the man long-rumored to be frank sinatra's secret son. a rare look at a real housewife. this is really real because she's behind bars. "the skinny" is next.
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♪ skinny so skinny ♪ >> time for "the skinny" and topping our headlines a fresh denial about who may or may not be the father of ronan farrow. >> we know he is the son of mia farrow.
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the dad part we're not sure about. he is 27 years old. yes, we know his mom. his mom mia farrow admitted two years ago her ex-husband frank sinatra and not her husband at the time woody allen maybe ronan's father. many say there is a striking resemblance. you decide for yourself. >> some resemblance there, i think. however, sinatra's daughter tina is weighing in and she tells "showbiz 411" that ronan couldn't be her half brother because she said her father had a vasectomy. >> family business, boy. we turn to more business now. the real housewife who's keeping it real behind bars right now. >> we are getting our first look at teresa giudice. 42-year-old convicted felon posed in her olive green prison jump suit for a family portrait. gracing the latest cover of "us" weekly. her husband joe is speaking out
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on his wife's new reality saying she is doing well, working out three times a day, going to church and she even has a pack of friends she hangs out with. >> a pack of friends in prison. wow. she is also keeping up with the glam. keeping her hair and nails in top shape. what prison is this? she is keeping tabs on the home front and getting support from her family as they visit her every weekend. joe admits life without teresa is hard. he appreciates her more than ever. typical guy. he will serve a sentence for his fraud convictions after she is released next year. >> even more time apart. next to an epic april fool's day prank by tom brady -- >> love it. of course, the new england patriots quarterback got a lot of people upset last week. even his employers, if you will, when he did this. he posted this video. he was jumping off a cliff about 40 feet up. this is in costa rica. he's on a family vacation here. >> wow. well, then he posted this on facebook.
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tom brady in a full-body cast. >> that's awesome. >> made a few hearts stop on his team. don't worry. this is just a joke. >> the caption said it wasn't the cliff jump that did him in but michael jordan, they were playing pickup ball and there is video of that out there. brady wrote, "jordan's crossover is no joke." grammy winner john legend and his wife christy teigen married their dogs in a spoof of legend's "all of me" video. ♪ cause i give you all of me ♪ ♪ and you give me all of you ♪ >> i need more time. they had time to do this. it is a cool video. >> here she is. she comes in and spots this.
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♪ ♪ >> reporter: you can forget old-fashioned fences and leashes. new digital technology is opening up a whole new way to keep track of your dog. >> these new high-tech tools promise to monitor everything from where your dog is running around on the outside to how he is doing inside. abc's becky worley checks this out for us. >> reporter: interacting with your dog has been basic but a slew of dog tracking devices have hit the market, gps devices, smart phones and fit bits in collar form. in our how-to tech series, we ask does your dog need a smartphone? this guy might. >> sleddie is a dog with a dog on a mission.
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he has been known top head out for days at a time. we start with tagg dog tracker. >> it relays his location via gps and i can track it via smartphone app. i hope this works. we let him go and as expected sleddie took off but tagg has located him. he's on the move. >> reporter: you can create a virtual fence. if he strays tagg can send alerts to your phone. >> you are exactly writ says you should be. >> next up whistle. it tracks pet's activities, how many minutes walking, resting. basically a fit bit that is motivating you to take the dog out more often. okay. according to whistle, during this little jaunt, sleddie did 29 minutes of vigorous activity. good job, sleddie. if your primary concern is your dog's health or if it has a medical condition, consider voyce. it monitors breathing rate, heart rate and calories burned.
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these trends can be helpful when talking to your vet. finally scout from motorola. it is not officially out yet but it is a communication device like a phone. in addition to gps tracking and bark detection it can send live video from the collar to your phone and let you talk to him. sleddie, come home. he never calls me. while the basics of human canine communication haven't changed, of course technology is offering us new ways to enhance the conversation. becky worley, abc news, oakland, california. >> technology. >> i love it. >> you a dog family? >> that's great. >> i am a dog lover. we don't have a dog currently but one day we will. my mother had five rambunctious children. she would have put those on us if she could have. >> that's an idea. >> there's an idea. >> announcer: this is abc's "world news now" informing insomniacs for two decades
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good thursday morning to you all. thank you for spending some time with us. here's some of the top headlines we are following on "world news now." religious freedom fix. state house republicans are expected to announce proposed changes to the law that's sparking outrage from the gay community and beyond. and the governor of arkansas is changing his mind about a similar bill in his state. another racial incident on a college campus sparked a major investigation. this time the discovery of a noose at duke university. authorities have not identified who placed that noose. millionaire murder suspect robert durst has a court appearance today in new orleans. the hearing will address the weapons and drug charges against him, which were filed after he was arrested last month.
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durst's attorneys say the fbi search of his new orleans hotel room was illegal. 90,000 mcdonald's workers will be getting a raise july 1st. the pay increase applies only to employees at restaurants owned by mcdonald's, a small percentage of the global workforce. those are some of the top stories on this thursday, april 2nd. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." indiana, indiana. we start again in indiana. this is good news to a lot of people, at least they think it is a first step from republicans in that state poised now to announce a fix today to the controversial religious freedom law you have been hearing so much about. >> with so many critics saying the legislation will green light discrimination, another governor changed his mind about signing a similar bill. more from abc's gio benitez. >> reporter: the governor of arkansas refusing to sign the state's newly passed religious freedom bill, demanding action.
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>> i asked that changes be made in the legislation. i have asked the leaders of the general assembly to recall the bill. >> shame on you! >> reporter: after mounting pressure from critics who argue the bill will pave the way for discrimination of gays and lesbians. wal-mart, one of the state's largest employers, urging a veto. tweeting it commends the decision. the governor calling it divisive across generations, even in his own family. >> my son seth signed the petition asking me, dad, the governor, to veto this bill. >> reporter: hutchinson perhaps preventing the kind of heated debate we have seen in indiana after governor mike pence signed a similar religious freedom bill in to law and then called for a fix. officials say they are working to amend the law so it can't be used to discriminate. police say one pizza shop in walkerton, indiana, inundated by threats after admitting publicly it would deny service to some
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same-sex couples. >> if a gay couple was to come in. like say they wanted us to provide them pizzas for a wedding, we would have to say no. >> reporter: here at the state capital, legislators are hopeful they can come up with a fix. they will have to vote on it but the governor wants to sign it in to law by the end of the week. gio benitez, abc news, indianapolis. the massive fire sparked by a deadly explosion on a mexican oil rig is now under control. the oil company's director says the cause of the blast appears to be something mechanical. there is no evidence of a spill. the explosion sparked huge fire balls and engulfed the rig sending panicked workers jumping in to the sea. four were killed and 16 hurt. talk over iran's nuclear program have been extended for a second day as negotiators in switzerland struggle to find common ground. the state department says they are making progress but have not
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reached a political understanding. iran and six world powers are hoping to hammer out an outline that would clear the way for a final deal that includes easing economic sanctions. russian suspect who's held in connection with the murder of an opposition politician says he was pressured to confess. at a court hearing yesterday, the man claimed he was beaten while in custody for the death of boris nemtsov. he said he was told what to say and how to say it. he is one of five men held for nemtsov's murder. all of them from chechnya. now to a political bombshell on capitol hill. senator bob menendez indicted on bribery charges accused of swapping political favors for nearly $1 million in gifts and campaign contributions. we get the latest from wabc's dave evans. >> reporter: bob menendez struck a defiant tone in a packed room of supporters denying all allegations and promising a fight. >> at the end of the day i will be vindicated, and they will be exposed.
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>> reporter: it began two years ago when the fbi raided the offices of solomon melgen, an rich eye doctor in florida and close friend the senator. prosecutors allege menendez advocated on behalf of melgen on behalf of a dispute worth 8.9 million. he is a son of cuban immigrants who tangled with the administration on cuba policy and negotiations with iran. >> i'm outraged that prosecutors at the justice department were tricked in to starting this investigation three years ago with false allegations by those who have a political motive to silence me. but i will not be silenced. >> reporter: prosecutors say menendez got more than $1 million from melgen in cash and gifts but supporters here don't believe it. >> one person we can count on to consistently stand up and defend us is senator menendez. >> reporter: he recalled his years of public service and how he worked undercover once for the fbi.
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>> i wore a bulletproof vest for a month. that's how i began my career in public service. and this is not how my career is going to end. >> reporter: although he is vowing to fight, menendez has agreed to step down from the powerful senate foreign relations committee. the largest newspaper in new jersey is calling on him to resign. he makes his first court appearance on thursday in newark, new jersey. dave evans, abc news, new york. for the first time in its history, california is implementing mandatory water restrictions as it prepares for a fourth summer of severe drought. the pictures, take a look here, telling the story. the before and after shots of large bodies of water, now a fraction of their former size. governor jerry brown is calling for a 25% cut in water use statewide and new penalties and fees for residents. the problem is there is a lack of snow. sierra, nevada is a major source of water for the state there. brown held a conference where there should have been five feet
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of snow in the same place he was standing and he was standing on dry land. the entire west could use some of that rain that is set to drench other parts of the country today. >> justin povick is joining us with today's forecast. good morning, justin. >> t.j. and bazi. thanks and good morning. unfortunately this is another day packed full of severe weather. this go around not so much the south plains or the north plains but rather the midwest. the potential exists for damaging winds, large hail, isolated tornados in st. louis and springfield. heavier rains will shift in to indiana and kentucky, as well. later on friday in to saturday, wintry weather over the northeast along with wet weather toward the 95. t.j. and bazi, back to you. >> thank you so much. another portion of the boston bridge has been brought down over safety concerns an explosion. take a look here. 750 feet of the bridge, oh, crashing in to the waters of boston harbor. the entire bridge was closed last fall because it was in such bad shape. the rest of the bridge will be demolished by the end of the month.
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a guy who loves baseball is going public with his desire to do something special here. >> robert smith is his name. you see him here. he is blind. he's been blind since birth. not only does he want to be the first blind person to throw out a ceremonial first pitch at every major and minor league stadium in the nation he also wants to sing the national anthem at those same parks. >> very talented individual. he did both yesterday at the so-called field of dreams in iowa where the movie was filmed and now he wants to take his dream on the road. i think he can do it. >> that's a long road. he's just getting started. we shall see. but that is something to accomplish. just doing it one time is a big deal. a new kind of auto theft on the rise. thieves targeting seats. particularly the third row of seats in your suv. it can happen in seconds and cost thousands of dollars. how can you protect yourself? and the woman who can turn trash in to treasure.
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once inside it takes them less than 40 seconds to swipe the seats. in 2010, this car dealership in oklahoma hit hard with crooks breaking in to more than a dozen cars. it is a problem on the rise but especially in california and texas. plano police told us 12 of these thefts just last month. as this family vacationed in california, the third row seats in their van snatched by thieves in a parking lot. >> i can understand my purse, dvds, ipads are stolen but these are the seats to my vehicle. you should be able to feel confident without having them stolen. >> the family forced to buy replacements on craigslist because the manufacturer no longer made the seats. >> probably taking somebody else's seats just like what happened to us and somebody else probably has our seats. >> look at how quickly this can happen. a thief can come here, break this glass. grab the seat and be out in under ten seconds. on craigslist and ebay we found hundreds of ads for third row
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seats selling 200 to thousands of dollars. seems like an easy target. >> it is. >> a good day for the thieves. >> he created a locking system after his friend's suv seats were stolen. his device xtra lock keeps the seat lock and a decal so thieves know to move on. >> almost as quick to get it out of there. >> it is simple and effective. >> reporter: a quick fix to a fast-growing problem. kendis gibson, abc news, glendora, california. >> you got to nail everything down now. >> you do. can you imagine how frustrating that is to come to your car. >> the seat of all things. >> the purse in the front but my backseat is gone. >> apparently one of the problem is a lot of dealership don't sell the seats, just parts for the seats. >> hard to get. >> and they end up on craigslist and it is a vicious cycle. >> goodness gracious. always something you have to
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♪ a schoolteacher in maine has beat out 5,000 competitors globally for a prestigious honor and a huge cash payday. >> it's how she's changing the way students learn and how teachers teach that's giving her the most recognition. here now is abc's josh haskell. >> i had a wonderful day. i like you guys. >> reporter: nancy atwell from
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maine loves being a teacher, but the school she founded 25 years ago caters to more than children. it teaches teachers, too. >> what we are doing is setting up a set of conditions that we think invite innovation. the mission of the faculty at the school is to experiment for the good of children and then to disseminate those methods. >> atwell school houses a diverse group of students, kindergarten to 8th grade. teachers come from around the world to spend a week and learn. and now her work is rewarded with $1 million. >> the global prize goes to nancy atwell. >> atwell describes that moment as an oral hallucination. winner of the global teacher prize, atwell was selected out of 5,000 teachers. >> i feel like i'm accepted on behalf -- accepting it on behalf
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of really hundreds of thousands of teachers who work with children every day. i'm so proud. >> reporter: atwell was one of ten finalists who traveled to dubai for the ceremony. flanked by former president bill clinton and sheik mohammed from the united arab emirates atwell plans to donate the money to her school, the center for teaching and learning. >> this will allow us to buy kinds of books and resources we need for kids, to keep tuition low and provide a lot of tuition assistance and to maintain the building. >> reporter: an author of nine books, atwell says school systems believe the most important years are high school. she thinks it's the opposite. >> i think k to 8 is the place where fires get started, that they get kindled and nurtured and the children who leave our school are so strong across the disciplines. >> i think the most important thing this prize has done is
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reawaken the world's appreciation of the importance of teachers. >> nancy atwell. [ cheers and applause ] >> reporter: when atwell returned home last week, her students threw a celebration. knowing they won this award, too. >> i love it. thank you. >> even after 25 years of running her own school, nancy atwell still teaches english every day. her students read an average of 40 books a year. bazi and t.j. >> she is so deserving of this award. what can you tell us, josh, about the award? are other teachers going to have a chance to win this kind of money? >> the award which is funded by a foundation they have made a ten-year commitment to this award and nine other finalists that went to dubai with nancy atwell they each received $25,000. >> that ain't bad for losing. josh haskell. appreciate you. you have been following up on this and we appreciate you
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♪ ♪ would you wear a piece of jewelry that was once part of an old tooth, a car part or even a piece of silverware? would you even notice the difference? >> you got me on the tooth. an artist in maine is doing her part to save the world, turning trash to treasure. >> i call this piece peaceful flight. >> reporter: what is quite obvious about any piece chaya creates is her passion for all
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things environmental. >> i do enjoy working with nature-inspired. so you will see a lot of birds, flowers and trees in my work. but not so obvious are chaya's choice of materials. fuelled by that same eco passion, they too help uniquely set her designs apart from many others. >> so it's all recycled, repurposed material rather than, say, a mix of recycled and newly mined. >> reporter: every bit of gold, silver or platinum, every gem chaya has made it her mission to not purchase a speck of newly mined mineral or gem stones. a vow she made years ago while researching the mining industry. >> i was so appalled by the mining practices and damages that they do to ecosystems, human rights, that i thought i
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was going to have to quit working with gold and silver in order to be able to sleep at night. >> reporter: most of the metal chaya works with come from companies that specialize in extracting only the most precious metals from scrap. >> this is silver used in catalytic converters and computer parts. so that came out of there. >> reporter: it is all about sustainability she says and there's plenty of precious scrap to go around. >> we could stop mining today and we would have enough metal to continue to make lots and lots of jewelry and keep everybody happy and looking beautiful. >> that is interesting. >> i have to say it is really beautiful jewelry. >> it's a good idea. that's a good story there. >> i didn't see the old tooth there. in the report there. i was curious about that. >> your own tooth or somebody else's tooth? >> we'll never know. that's the news for this half hour. >> remember you can find us on
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this morning on "world news now," an agreement reached in indiana. lawmakers there saying they have fixed their controversial law. the religious freedom restoration act was about religious liberty. not about discrimination. >> and the governor of arkansas vowing not to sign a similar bill in his state. full details ahead. modified duty. the new york police officer caught on camera yelling at an uber driver now has another reason to be angry. >> i don't know what [ bleep ] planet you think you are on right now. >> the detective's outburst gone viral landing him in hot water with the department. it's peanut butter and jelly time. this morning we are celebrating
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the most epic pairing in all of food history by putting it on a burger. chunky or smooth, grape or berry, all forms of pb and j are welcome here. it is thursday, april 22nd. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." good morning, everyone. i'm bazi kanani in for reena ninan today. >> this is your third day here. >> third day here. >> how's it going. >> if we have peanut butter and jelly on a burger it's a good day. >> all it takes is a little food and she's happy. bazi has been with us here all week. she's usually in d.c. but good to have you here. >> great to be here. >> i'm t.j. holmes we have to begin with a political scramble trying to fix indiana's controversial religious freedom law.
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you have seen the nationwide backlash of this thing. >> indiana state republicans are expected to announce a fix to the legislation today and the governor of arkansas is reversing course on a similar bill in his state. more now from abc's marci gonzalez. >> reporter: republicans in the indiana state house agreeing to new language as a possible fix to the controversial religious freedom act that sparked outrage across the country. opponents claiming that because the state doesn't have an anti-discrimination law protecting sexual orientation, under the new law, business owners would be allowed to turn gay and lesbian customers away. the owners of memory's pizza in indiana saying they wouldn't do that but would refuse to cater a same sex wedding. >> we're not discriminating against anyone. it's just that's our belief. everybody has their right to believe anything. we definitely agree with the bill. >> reporter: indiana's governor mike pence clarifies that was never the law's intention. >> the religious freedom restoration act was about religious freedom not discrimination. >> reporter: that prompted the governor of arkansas to refuse
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to sign a similar bill saying it should more closely resemble a federal religious freedom law from 1993. >> to do that changes immediate to be made. >> reporter: as businesses have put pressure on indiana, the same happening in arkansas. the wal-mart, the biggest employer based there now speaking out saying the bill as it is currently written threatens to undermine the spirit of inclusion. in indiana, legislators are already working on new language for the law which we're told could go to a vote as soon as today. t.j. and bazi. >> our marci gonzalez. thank you so much. the cause of the deadly explosion and fire on a mexican oil rig appears to be something mechanical. that is according to the director who says the fire is under control and there's no evidence of a spill. the explosion sparked huge fire balls that engulfed the rig sending terrified workers
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jumping in to the sea to try to escape. four workers were killed and 16 others hurt. for the first time in its history california is implementing mandatory water restrictions as it prepares for a fourth summer of severe drought. look at the pictures. they tell the story. before and after pictures of large bodies of water just a fraction of their former size. the governor there, jerry brown, calling for a 25% cut in water use statewide, plus new fees and penalties for residents. a lot of these details need to be worked out, how they are going to cut 25%, what fees could be imposed on residents. one problem they are seeing a lack of snow in the sierra, nevada. that's a major source of water. brown did hold a news conference yesterday and said there should have been five feet of snow in the same places that did not see it. an escaped murderer awaiting sentencing in illinois is still on the run this morning after beating a guard stealing his keys and uniform and then taking off in his suv. investigators say cameron taylor is considered armed and dangerous with a history of escape attempts.
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the guard was choked and beaten in to unconsciousness. this morning, he's still in intensive care. a millionaire murder suspect robert durst is expected in court today in new orleans. he was arrested last month connection with the murder of his friend susan berman. that was 15 years ago in l.a. he is facing weapons and drug charges in louisiana. those are the issues to be addressed today in court. durst's attorneys say the fbi search of his hotel room was illegal. a teen who gained national attention while waiting to get a heart transplant has died. anthony stokes had a rap sheet when he convinced doctors he should get a second chance. on tuesday police say he car jacked a vehicle and shot an elderly woman during a burglary attempt. as police chased him, stokes struck a pedestrian before crashing. stokes later died. that pedestrian is in stable condition. the elderly woman's condition is
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unknown. two people in bed asleep were killed when an suv plowed in to their mobile home in florida. an unborn baby girl, due in five weeks also died. police say the driver of an suv crossed the median and crashed in to the mobile home park. friends have created a go fund me page to help with burial costs. one said we were planning a baby shower and now we are planning a funeral. we turn to some shocking images from an atlanta courtroom. schoolteachers in handcuffs being led off to jail. some could face prison sentences, long prison sentences. why? cheating on standardized tests. here now abc's steve osunsami. >> we the jury find the defendant guilty. >> reporter: striking images out of this georgia courtroom. the judge wasting no time throwing the 11 convicted educators in jail. guilty in one of the largest cheating scandals ever. >> they have made their bed and they are going to have to lie in it and it starts today.
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>> reporter: the way it sounds you would think they were mobsters convicted of racketeering, facing up to 20 years in prison. these are former elementary schoolteachers, principals and test coordinators found guilty of conspiring to give answers to students during achievement tests or correcting the answers before they were electronically graded. >> i think was of the decision of this jury today that people will stop. i think people will stop and they will make an assessment of our education system. >> reporter: the scandal is a blow to public school parents everywhere who worry if their children are getting a quality education. the investigation that uncovered the cheating from the "atlanta journal constitution found test score cans and erasers on standard achievement tests in 196 districts in 20 cities. in atlanta teachers who quit in disgust told us a familiar story. >> we were told we needed to get these scores by any means necessary. >> reporter: raise test scores or lose their jobs. we have been following this case
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for several years now and part of the issue is the enormous pressure on parents and teachers to find that magic bullet that will raise test scores. sometimes the improvements are too good to be true. steve osunsami, abc news, atlanta. paul mccartney and ringo star are among those mourning the passing of cynthia lennon this morning. the first wife of former beatle john lennon died of cancer yesterday at her home in spain. a song he had written in her honor. cynthia lennon was 75 years old. a first of its kind study on adhd is raising concern for millions of families across the country. the cdc finding a quarter of preschool children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are being treated only with medication. experts say behavioral therapy should be the first line of
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treatment. abc's dr. richard besser says the drugs are a cause for concern. >> they can have serious side effects, especially in very young children, problems with sleep, appetite and behavior. very troubling. >> reporter: dr. besser recommends nine months of behavioral therapy before resorting to drugs. newly released dash cam video shows the terrifying moments when a tulsa school bus was hit head on by an suv. the bus was carrying 37 middle school students on monday when the suv suddenly careened in to oncoming traffic and then slammed in to the school bus. the bus driver did manage to stop but had nowhere to go. some of the students suffered bumps and bruises. investigators say the suv driver may have had a seizure. south dakota has joined other western states in raising the speed limit on the interstate. you know what they are going to now, 80. the limit was already 75. so a five mile an hour bump. most drivers say it won't make much difference but safety experts warn that higher speeds, even by five miles an hour could
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mean more fatal accidents. one concern is that tires on tractor-trailers are manufactured for speeds of 75 miles an hour. suffice to say no one in the following cities is driving 80 miles an hour, at least not during rush hour. the cities we're talking about have the worst traffic. all the usual suspects have made the list. chicago eight, new york number four and right there at the very top, san francisco and los angeles. interestingly, l.a. is ranked number ten worldwide. >> i'm shocked not to see atlanta on that list. >> traffic has been bad in atlanta for sometime. >> atlanta is not in the top eight at least? >> it feels like it if you are there in traffic. it feels like it. houston was number 12 on the list. a guy there is trying to make the commute easier for everybody. his name is hannibal rose. he is 23 years old. he entertains drivers. he does harlem globetrotter-style tricks up there. is this a good thing or
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distracting if you are trying to drive down the street. >> he tries to inspire those stuck in traffic with his hand made signs, honk for life and honk for peace among them. he says he is doing his thing because he loves houston and its people and he is trying to make their drive less stressful. >> he is also trying to make a buck. apparently he's trying to help to raise funds for a surgery he actually needs. he has a go fund me page. i'm not sure what the surgery is and what he has made so far but he is drawing attention. people enjoy it. you are stuck in traffic. not like you are going 75 miles an hour down the road and seeing him. you are bumper to bumper and the guy is entertaining you. >> any distraction when you are stuck in bumper-to-bumper is a good thing. >> ain't lying. coming up, the outburst gone viral. the nypd detective caught yelling at a driver. what the commissioner had to say about it. the one meal all of you should be able to make right now, peanut butter and jelly
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a family in the gaza strip has a valuable painting returned after an international uproar. they say they were duped in to selling the art work by the famous street artist for $175. banksy is the name. usually his works sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars. after the story garnered worldwide publicity, we are told the family has the painting back. they were duped in to selling it for 175 bucks but everything worked out. >> nice to see that.
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back here at home, a cautionary tale for anyone who uses car services like uber. a woman in denver said she got an uber ride to the airport this week. when she was dropped off the driver returned to her home and attempted to break in. the woman's roommate foiled the alleged crime. the driver was arrested and charged. he's also not driving for uber anymore pending an investigation. >> well, that's a relief. another uber driver is making headlines. not for robbing anybody. he's the subject of a you tube video that in two days has racked up more than 1 million views. >> that driver berated by an off-duty nypd detective is getting some sweet justice this morning. abc's mara schiavocampo has the latest. >> i've got news for you. >> reporter: an investigation in to one cop's conduct caught on camera. >> let me tell you something, the next time you do it again --
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>> okay. >> okay, what? are you going to let me finish. >> reporter: he is seen berating an uber driver. detective cherry reportedly upset the driver had gestured at him to use his blinker while the officer was parking in an unmarked car. the tirade recorded by a passenger. >> okay. okay. you understand me. >> yes, i understand you. >> i don't know what planet you think you are on right now. >> reporter: the officer slamming the car door. even appearing to mock the driver's foreign accent. >> stop it with your for what sir for what sir. how long have you been in this country? >> reporter: the video coming as the nypd retrains all of their officers in community relations as they recently shared exclusively with our david muir. >> how important is that? >> right now the number one issue in policing in our nation right now. >> reporter: now the nypd is calling this officer's behavior unacceptable. >> that officer's behavior violated every one of the tenets we are attempting to teach at the police academy that
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three-day course. >> reporter: the commissioner has apologized to the uber driver and that detective is being transferred to a different unit. mara schiavocampo, abc news, new york. coming up, it's one of the most american food holidays of the year. >> did you know it is national peanut butter and jelly day. wait until you see how we paired this lunchtime staple with another american classic. our "insomniac kitchen" is coming your way. >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our abc stations.
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announcer: chances are someone you love will one day be affected by some kind of vision problem. save your vision for the years ahead. call... or log on to seeabettertomorrow.org to learn about glaucoma and macular degeneration. @@v another major holiday today. another major holiday today. >> important one. >> national peanut butter and jelly day. >> instead of celebrating with the usual pb and j on white bread we are trying something different. how about peanut butter and jelly on a burger. abc's tina trinh takes us in to the "insomniac kitchen."
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>> i can't wait to celebrate with you. why did you take my pg and j away? >> why have a peanut butter and jelly when i have a one with bacon. >> comfort food with a twist. a hamburger with peanut butter and jelly i'm not sure about that. >> we will show you how it is done. >> we're in the kitchen with chef. it smells so good. so you have had this burger before. you like it? >> a lot. >> you like it a lot, really? i'm scared. >> with bacon. can't go wrong with that. it is very tasty. >> you are putting all of the possible vices on one, in one sandwich. >> yeah. >> jelly first.
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this is ready to dress, make a burger, right? >> yep. >> our non-fat burger. how do we fit our burgers together? >> the peanut butter and jelly. put that on the bun. put it on the top and bottom. >> load it up. more jelly. >> more jelly. never enough jelly. jelly with the bacon on the bottom. >> oh, my. nonstop here. >> then the burger. >> okay. and then close it up. >> here we go. it actually works. wow. who knew. peanut butter and jelly on a hamburger. with bacon. bacon makes everything great. >> all right. bazi, you caught us on a good week. we have the fellas back there.
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gamers. we have -- we keep these costumes here. you have to try it. >> you can't celebrate national pb and j day without costumes like this. >> you have to try the burger. >> here it goes. >> i have to go first? >> you have to try the burger. we are going to commercial break.
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well, t.j. still has a pb well, t.j. still has a pb and j burger. >> uh-huh. >> i'll start off the "the mix" this morning. look at these pictures from a vacation in puerto rico. this was a man on a free vacation in puerto rico and he doesn't look like he's having a good time. these pictures are gone viral. the pictures he sent to his wife from his vacation. why is he so sad on this vacation? apparently it is because his wife had to stay home to care for their 6-month-old daughter so she couldn't make it. so he went with a friend to puerto rico. but he sent the pictures letting her know it was no fun without his wife. according to the pictures. >> okay. i'm sure as soon as those
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pictures were snapped he went right back to having a good time. >> possibly. >> but it's cute. >> she will never know. >> we get the idea. it's cute. we were talking about april. did you play an april fool's day joke yesterday. >> i tried to avoid all april fool's day jokes. >> you didn't play one. a lot of companies prank people. here with some of the best ones we have got from yesterday. one of them came from target. you see this thing? you have heard of a fanny pack. this is kind of a fanny basket. this was put out. you have the thing and it is attached to your hip. this might work for some people doing laundry around the house. this is an april fool's joke. this is not a real thing but they call it the fanny basket. the other cool one that i had to get schooled on. the oreo cookies, the double stuff oreos, you eat those?
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>> uh-huh. >> they put double stuffing but this is double the crust. double the crust instead of the double stuffing. it is just a joke. >> i think the cookie is the best part. >> i'm with you. >> we want double crunch oreos. >> i'm with you. take a look at this video on you tube. also going viral this morning. this is one couple announcing that their upcoming nuptials, their save the date videos they have sent out to their friends, they did a spy-themed elaborate video. >> wow. >> don't send e-mail anymore. >> no. you have to get creative these days. but i'm sure they will have quite the showing at their wedding after this. >> good for them. >> their friends are not forgetting that date. >> this took some -- this is some production value here. good luck to them in their pending nuptials timely let me show you the picture of the burger. opening day coming up mlb. everybody has their food. they are putting out at in the ballpark. philadelphia, this is where you
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can get a nine-patty burger. how many calories you ask,
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this morning on "world news this morning on "world news now," water emergency. states to cut usage. with spring just arrived what could it mean for the summer. bold and defiant. new jersey senator robert menendez hit with corruption charges. accused of trading influence for lavish vacations. menendez is fighting back, vowing this is not the end of his career. hit head on. shocking dash cam video shows a police cruiser desperately trying to stop a wrong-way driver by cutting them off. the drastic measures taken on america's highways. what we are hearing this morning about who is really the father of mia farrow's son ronan. one of the daughters of frank sinatra is just now revealing in "the skinny" on this thursday, april 2nd. >> announcer: from abc news,
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this is "world news now." good thursday morning to you. hope you all survived whatever april fool's prank somebody tried to pull on you. i'm t.j. holmes. >> i'm bazi kanani in for reena this morning. >> we begin this half hour -- we a real crisis in california right now. state historic drought bringing unprecedented water restrictions now. >> the drought has been going on for years and the restrictions will affect businesses and farmers. >> we're in an historic drought and that demands unprecedented action. >> reporter: california's governor ordering all cities and towns to cut water usage immediately by 25%. the location for his announcement, the bone dry sierra, nevada mountains. >> we are standing on dry grass. we should be standing in five feet of snow. >> reporter: supposed to be peak snow pack.
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it's at the lowest level in recorded history. look from above, you can see the expanse of the snowless sierras. these snow riders at squaw valley not riding on much. but more important, california needs the snow to supply water through the year. reservoirs running dangerously low. these before and after pictures showing for the last four years they are the driest in history, too. these nasa satellite images show the progression of water loss. california river basins have lost 4 trillion gallons of water every year, far more than all of california would ever consume. the new mandate could see further restrictions on homeowners, who were already urged to reduce water by 20%. facing fines for things like washing off sidewalks. among the mandates and restrictions, any new home construction would require special water efficient irrigation systems. rob marciano, abc news, new york. >> thank you, rob. thanks in part to the warmer
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winter in the west those drought conditions extend beyond california. that includes parts of utah where the city of east carbon is cracking down on all outdoor watering until further notice. anyone caught using a hose or sprinkler faces a $200 fine. some residents are trying to find other ways to save their lawns and gardens, including recycling water from indoors. a much different situation in the east where we have had a long, wet winter. >> we're finally going to see a change. accu-weather's justin povick is joining us with today's forecast. good morning, sir. >> t.j. and bazi, thanks. good morning. a warmer start to the day finally throughout the northeast. it is also increasingly windy and late in the afternoon, especially over western pennsylvania, new york state a little on the wet side. potential for a couple of wet snowflakes over far northern maine first thing then that moves out. we turn our attention to more severe weather in the midwest and ohio valley with damaging winds and large hail.
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t.j. and bazi, back to you. >> thanks, justin. we turn our attention to more severe weather in the midwest and ohio valley with damaging winds and large hail. t.j. and bazi, back to you. >> thanks, justin. talks over iran's nuclear program have been extended a second day as negotiators in switzerland struggle to find common ground. the state department says they are making progress but have not reached a political understanding. iran and six world powers are hoping to hammer out an outline that will clear the way for a final deal that includes easing economic sanctions. the giant ball of fire sparked by the deadly oil rig blast in the gulf of mexico is now under control. investigators are trying to nail down the cause. the oil company director says a mechanical problem is likely to blame for the explosion that killed four employees. abc's matt gutman with the details. >> the inferno lighting up the gulf of mexico. the fire ball sometimes blinding. survivors of the blast saying they took these cell phone videos. this man describing the fire as huge. we couldn't do anything but run away.
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many men leaping in to the water. mexican authorities said the blast and flames have killed at least four. dozens more were hurt and 300 evacuated. the mexican oil authority said cruise ship size fire boats have been dousing the flames the giant arcs of water apparently doing little. the oil authority did not say how the fire broke out on what it called a processing platform and said the platform was not pumping directly from the seabed. the blast just days before the fifth anniversary of the deep water horizon explosion. the pictures of those sky scraper size pillars of fire so eerily similar. mexican oil officials insist this burning platform is not attached to the seabed but they refuse to answer our questions about whether or not this could trigger another oil spill in the gulf of mexico. matt gutman, abc news, miami. the governor of my home state, arkansas is refusing to sign a religious freedom bill
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similar to the indiana law sparking outrage across the country. asa hutchinson is calling on them to recall the bill or amend it to reflect federal law. wal-mart that is based in bentonville, arkansas, is calling for a veto of the legislation that many say would allow discrimination against gays and lesbians. governor hutchinson said he venn his own sign signed a petition. senator bob menendez is vowing not to go down without a fight after he was indicted on corruption and bribery charges. the new jersey democrat is accused of accepting nearly $1 million in gifts and campaign contributions from a florida eye doctor. allegedly taking luxury trips and flying on private jets in exchange for political favors. last night he vehemently denied the allegations before a crowd of supporters. >> i'm outraged that prosecutors at the justice department were tricked in to starting this investigation three years ago with false allegations by those who have a political motive to
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silence me. but i will not be silenced. >> reporter: menendez was a congressman for nearly 15 years switching to the senate in 2006. he's the first u.s. senator face bribery charges in more than 30 years. the former irs official who refused to testify before congress will not be prosecuted. lois lerner, remember that name? she was at the center of a controversy over how the agency treated conservative political groups. lawmakers in the house voted to hold her in contempt when she wouldn't testify. she has since retired from the irs. police in tennessee released dash cam video of one officer's attempt to stop a wrong-way driver. we see him driving down the interstate with headlights approaching as the wrong-way car gets closer. the cop then puts his cruiser, bam, right in the way, forcing a head-on collision. the officer and the 59-year-old woman behind the wheel both sustained minor injuries. charges are pending. investigators in texas say
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two smash and grab robberies might be linked. the latest happened here on monday night in sugarland when two men faces covered by masks robbed a store. they smashed a glass case and ran off with an undisclosed amount of jewelry. it was a similar robbery last month in houston. they are keeping an eye out for these guys. this is something you don't see every day. a massive freighter ship that seems to be floating along fine but it is actually out of control. it is heading toward shore. what are we going to do here? this is the delaware river. the crew was helpless to stop it, in the mud, feet from shore. it took several tug boats to get this thing free. the ship is held at port while the power failure is being looked in to. 90,000 workers at mcdonald's are getting a raise. effective july 1st, starting wages will be at least one dollar an hour more than minimum wage set by local law. the bump applies to only employees at restaurants owned by mcdonald's. the vast majority are owned by
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franchises and those employees are not affected. a virginia teenager and her parents are suing a volleyball league. why? because she was riding the bench. the girl claims she was offered a setter spot on the team. but then her coach said she wasn't ready to play the position and recommended she move to another team. that was a move blocked by the league. the lawsuit claims this is all negatively affected her chances of getting a college scholarship. so i'd love to see how this plays out. maybe this will cost her money. they need the money to pay for school. maybe that's all they are seeking. initially i thought they were suing because she was being benched but a little more to it than that. >> i bet a lot of parents have opinion on this. >> oh, yes. i will post it on facebook and see how it goes. a woman has no plans of leaving her job of 27 years. she is a postal worker. the surprise might be that
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darlene smith is a millionaire. >> she bought a scratch off lottery ticket while she was getting her husband's ice cream cake for his birthday. that ticket was worth $3 million. >> she says she's not sure whether she will take the lump sum payment or receive the money over 20 years. sister, call me. take the lump sum. what are you doing? you may not make it two years. get the money. is there anybody that would take over 20 years? >> no. >> no, thank you, jack. >> either one is okay. >> wait a minute. >> either one is better than nothing. >> i will give you that. >> i will take either one. she has her husband to thank in a way for that. >> what was the deal there? >> it was his birthday. >> and she stopped in to get something. >> his lucky day, his birthday cake. >> look at that. happy birthday, honey. >> only her name is on the check. coming up a fresh look in to a reality star's real life in prison. how real life housewife teresa
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♪ ♪ students running the university of virginia's school newspaper are apologizing after two april fool's day articles that many considered in poor taste. you be the judge. uva's "cavalier daily" published a satirical piece about officers tackling a native american student. sound familiar here, replace native american student with an african-american student reminiscent of the student involving martese johnson injured by officers. the other was titled "zeta psi hosts rosa parks party." another racial incident sparked a mayor investigation at another top university.
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a noose hanging on a tree at duke university. >> this on the heels of complaints of another racially charged incident on that same campus. linsey davis on this story for us. >> reporter: amid the stately buildings of this elite university, an ugly reminder of racism, a noose discovered hanging from a tree outside of duke university student center. on campus a protest. >> we are not afraid. we stand together. >> reporter: duke's vice president of student affairs calling the incident cowardly acts of bias, saying he can't begin to describe his disgust and anger. this weeks after an african-american duke student complained a group of white men harassed her with a racist song. one black student, speaking in shadow, describes an increasingly hostile environment. >> right now our peers do not feel pressure to accept us. they tolerate us but they don't feel they have to accept us. >> reporter: another tweeting, i have never felt as unsafe here at duke as i have the last few weeks.
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duke, just the latest college rocked by racism. [ chanting ] >> reporter: the university of oklahoma still reeling from that fraternity chant that apparently spread far beyond just oklahoma. >> duke has set up a support group and launched an investigation to determine who hung that noose. anyone with information is urged to come forward. linsey davis, abc news, new york. >> what in the world is going on? a lot happening on campuses these days. seems like a lot of racially charged stories getting everyone talking. it's disappointing but also gets us talking. maybe we are getting somewhere. >> you hope. you hope that maybe there's a number of young people out there that are learning from this in some way. >> maybe. when we come back, a fresh denial about the man long-rumored to be frank sinatra's secret son. a rare look at a real housewife. this is really real because she's behind bars.
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♪ skinny so skinny ♪ ♪ skinny so skinny ♪ >> time for "the skinny" and topping our headlines a fresh denial about who may or may not be the father of ronan farrow. >> we know he is the son of mia
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farrow. the dad part we're not sure about. he is 27 years old. yes, we know his mom. his mom mia farrow admitted two years ago her ex-husband frank sinatra and not her husband at the time woody allen maybe ronan's father. many say there is a striking resemblance. you decide for yourself. >> some resemblance there, i think. however, sinatra's daughter tina is weighing in and she tells "showbiz 411" that ronan couldn't be her half brother because she said her father had a vasectomy. >> family business, boy. we turn to more business now. the real housewife who's keeping it real behind bars right now. >> we are getting our first look at teresa giudice. 42-year-old convicted felon posed in her olive green prison jump suit for a family portrait. gracing the latest cover of "us" weekly.
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her husband joe is speaking out on his wife's new reality saying she is doing well, working out three times a day, going to church and she even has a pack of friends she hangs out with. >> a pack of friends in prison. wow. she is also keeping up with the glam. keeping her hair and nails in top shape. what prison is this? she is keeping tabs on the home front and getting support from her family as they visit her every weekend. joe admits life without teresa is hard. he appreciates her more than ever. typical guy. he will serve a sentence for his fraud convictions after she is released next year. >> even more time apart. next to an epic april fool's day prank by tom brady -- >> love it. of course, the new england patriots quarterback got a lot of people upset last week. even his employers, if you will, when he did this. he posted this video. he was jumping off a cliff about 40 feet up. this is in costa rica. he's on a family vacation here. >> wow.
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well, then he posted this on facebook. tom brady in a full-body cast. >> that's awesome. >> made a few hearts stop on his team. don't worry. this is just a joke. >> the caption said it wasn't the cliff jump that did him in but michael jordan, they were playing pickup ball and there is video of that out there. brady wrote, "jordan's crossover is no joke." grammy winner john legend and his wife christy teigen married their dogs in a spoof of legend's "all of me" video. ♪ cause i give you all of me ♪ ♪ and you give me all of you ♪ >> i need more time. they had time to do this. it is a cool video. >> here she is.
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♪ ♪ >> reporter: you can forget old-fashioned fences and leashes. new digital technology is opening up a whole new way to keep track of your dog. >> these new high-tech tools promise to monitor everything from where your dog is running around on the outside to how he is doing inside. abc's becky worley checks this out for us. >> reporter: interacting with your dog has been basic but a slew of dog tracking devices have hit the market, gps devices, smart phones and fit bits in collar form. in our how-to tech series, we ask does your dog need a smartphone? this guy might. >> sleddie is a dog with a dog on a mission.
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he has been known top head out for days at a time. we start with tagg dog tracker. >> it relays his location via gps and i can track it via smartphone app. i hope this works. we let him go and as expected sleddie took off but tagg has located him. he's on the move. >> reporter: you can create a virtual fence. if he strays tagg can send alerts to your phone. >> you are exactly writ says you should be. >> next up whistle. it tracks pet's activities, how many minutes walking, resting. basically a fit bit that is motivating you to take the dog out more often. okay. according to whistle, during this little jaunt, sleddie did 29 minutes of vigorous activity. good job, sleddie. if your primary concern is your dog's health or if it has a medical condition, consider voyce. it monitors breathing rate, heart rate and calories burned.
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these trends can be helpful when talking to your vet. finally scout from motorola. it is not officially out yet but it is a communication device like a phone. in addition to gps tracking and bark detection it can send live video from the collar to your phone and let you talk to him. sleddie, come home. he never calls me. while the basics of human canine communication haven't changed, of course technology is offering us new ways to enhance the conversation. becky worley, abc news, oakland, california. >> technology. >> i love it. >> you a dog family? >> that's great. >> i am a dog lover. we don't have a dog currently but one day we will. my mother had five rambunctious children. she would have put those on us if she could have. >> that's an idea. >> there's an idea. >> announcer: this is abc's "world news now" informing insomniacs for two decades
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making news in america this morning, dangerous conditions. a line of powerful storms rolling through several states heading south with a potential of damaging winds, hail and tornadoes. we are tracking it all. indicted. a u.s. senator facing serious charges and remaining defiant. >> this is not how my career is going to end. [ cheers and applause ] >> senator robert menendez promising a fight with his political future in jeopardy. dramatic crash. an out-of-control suv smashing into a school bus with students inside. new video showing the moment of impact. plus, if you thought tom brady's cliff jump was dangerous, what about what this nfl player is doing?

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