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good morning, america. tornado outbreak. dangerous weather overnight. >> ah, get us out of here. >> twisters appearing two at a time blowing out windows, damaging home, shredding trees and now more storms heading south. ted cruz in an attempt to save his campaign drafting carly fiorina as his running mate. donald trump mocking the move. >> cruz can't win. what's he doing picking a vice president? >> as bernie sanders lays off hundreds of his staff. is the trump/clinton matchup set. overnight birds barreling into the nose of a plane forcing it to turn around. as lightning appears to blast this flight midair. plus, an amazing escape. this pilot's plane going up in flames. how he managed to get out alive. an abc news exclusive. the leader of the church of scientology under attack from
his own father saying power has gone to his son's head. >> he wasn't always that way. when he was a kid, i am telling you, he was a lovable kid. >> telling his story after leaving scientology. the church hitting back hard. this morning, leah remini coming to his defense. it's only on "gma." and good morning, america. happy thursday. we like to call it wedding day here in times square. a lot of that coming up and robin is in rome at the vatican today. look at vatican city right there. what a gorgeous shot and robin is there for a very special event. >> buon giorno, america. yes, i'm here in the middle of moderating and participating in a history-making conference. it's something that is very near and dear to my heart about stem cell research.
yep, doing that here at the vatican. it could provide hope for millions including one young girl whose story i cannot wait to share with you and i will later this morning. but now back to you in new york. amy and george. >> all right, robin, thank you. we know the vatican is especially important for robin. there before her own stem cell transplant. nice to see her back. we'll begin with that severe weather outbreak across the country. heavy rains and strong winds at least 17 tornadoes reported damaging hail too and this morning, more storms are heading south. ginger here with the latest. hey there. >> we are in the midst of the most active severe weather outbreak so far this year. anywhere from nebraska to kentucky, even central california, feeling it this morning. >> ah, get us out of here. >> tornadoes spinning from california to kentucky. >> it's a tornado. it is. it's coming down fast. >> reporter: in stanislaus county, trying to avoid the storms.
in iowa -- >> wow. huge tornado. >> tornado on the ground. >> tornado on the ground. >> reporter: the storms unleashing twisters, in some cases even two at a time. >> there it is. right above us. >> reporter: recklessly slinging debris. this one rotating through central illinois. another hitting southeastern nebraska. >> holy [ bleep ]. >> oh, my god. >> reporter: swirling close to homes. >> that's a legit tornado. >> in omaha smothering the roads. >> most golf ball size, pretty difficult to walk out here. it's like walking on roller skates. >> reporter: flash floods in southern mississippi. half a foot of rain falling in a matter of minutes as responders race to the rescues.
so for later today and this evening this is what we have to look out for. that spring pattern, that positively tilted trough and new low pressure system and northern texas, parts of southwestern oklahoma just southwest oklahoma city had the potential for it. could see an isolated tornado but mostly damaging winds with this one. and with the same storm that created the issues much of north carolina going to see the severe weather again today. this is something to look for not only that new storm in the west but of course right here along the east coast. so much more coming up in just a couple of minutes. george and amy. to the race for the white house. ted cruz shaking up the race. naming carly fiorina as his running meat as both front-runners donald trump and hillary clinton gain momentum. jon karl has the latest in washington. good morning jon. >> good morning amy. donald trump has declared himself the nominee but ted cruz is hoping his hail mary vp move can shake up the race. it's a long shot move by ted cruz to try to save his campaign.
>> my friend and the next vice president of the united states carly fiorina! >> cruz's tapping carly fiorina as his vice president presidential running mate even though he's way behind and the primaries aren't own. >> i am prepared to defeat donald trump, to defeat hillary clinton. >> as a presidential candidate fiorina aggressively battled with trump. >> i think women all over this country heard very clearly what mr. trump said. >> reporter: since dropping out she's campaigned a lot with cruz and formed a bond with his family. even singing to his daughters. ♪ i know two girls that i just adore ♪ ♪ i'm so happy i can see them more ♪ >> reporter: but donald trump ahead by more than 400 delegates mocked the move. >> the first presidential candidate in the history of this country who's mathematically
eliminated from becoming president who chose a vice presidential candidate. okay. >> reporter: and after his tuesday sweep of the northeast, trump is targeting the next battle ground state. >> i'm not playing games with indiana. >> reporter: earlier in washington, trump showed his serious side. outlining his foreign policy agenda in a formal address. >> america is going to be strong again. america is going to be reliable again. >> reporter: trump used his speech to outline a foreign policy vision that includes investing more in a stronger u.s. military but also scaling back u.s. involvement around the world. it was a speech, george, that was highly critical of the foreign policy of both barack obama and george w. bush. >> yes, it was, okay, jon karl, thanks very much. let's check in with matthew dowd, our political analyst. i take it you think about this cruz/fiorina thing the same way that trump does. >> i think it's going to have
zero effect. at the end of a season way behind and on a bad six-game losing streak, adding up a relief pitcher who flushed out earlier by getting shelled isn't going to help you instill faith in your fans. >> and trump is staking such a strong claim now to the nomination with these votes. he's been building them up week after week. >> well, you take a look at where donald trump, the top three vote getters in the history of the republican history have been george w. bush in 2000, donald trump second now and mitt romney third and so donald trump has a shot at winning more votes than any republican nominee has ever won in the primary process by the end of this process. he has a huge lead, george. >> looks like we have a fall matchup. >> yes, we do. i think the fat lady hasn't sung yet but she's walking up the steps and getting ready to go on stage. >> you're welcome for that setup. matthew dowd, thank you. >> and now we move on to the
multiple air scares overnight. a plane blasted by birds and another one appeared to be struck by lightning. abc's david kerley has all the latest at reagan national airport. good morning, david. >> reporter: good morning, amy. the first flight from seattle to dallas didn't last very long and you can see why when you take a look at the plane. the nose cone is dented on the a321 jetliner trouble that came after takeoff and the pilot radios in. >> looks like we hit some birds on takeoff. we'll need to go back and have the airplane looked at. >> reporter: american tells us it may have been two birds or more that that jet actually hit. now, the nose is made of a softer material because electronics are housed behind it so they wanted to get it checked out. take a look at this. i want to show you some video. this is slow motion of a lightning strike over west london. the british airlines jet flying through a storm to heathrow, a passenger says they were shot by the loud noise and bright light. the jet did land safely and returned to service.
british airlines says this is a common occurrence, that's true but, amy, that doesn't mean it isn't scary when you get hit by lightning. >> glad everyone is okay. david, thank you. >> thanks, guys. we move on to a mumps outbreak at harvard. 41 cases have been confirmed even though many of those have been vaccinated. linsey davis has the latest from boston. it really has the campus on edge. >> reporter: yes, good morning. students on campus are telling us they are being extra cautious, no longer sharing food and drink, college campuses are the perfect storm for outbreaks like this because the students are in such close contact. the number of mumps cases at harvard university this morning is now up to 41. 11 of those students are currently in self-isolation. harvard health services director paul barreira says i'm more concerned now than i was during any time of the outbreak. >> i've had a lot of friends that have it. i'm just really thankful not to have had it yet. >> reporter: the first case
reported two months ago, all the students affected had been immunized against mumps. according to the cdc, even after two doses of the vaccine, 12% of people are still at risk for contracting the virus. mumps is spread in crowded environments by droplets of saliva from coughing, sneezing, shared eating utensils and kissing. symptoms include puffy cheeks or jaw, fever, headache, muscle ache and fatigue. >> we heard it's very contagious and there are a lot of people around us that have it so we're a little scared. >> reporter: it's shown up on four nearby campuses in the boston area. another 53 cases at two universities in indiana and several cases in california. harvard's graduation is just four weeks away, students who are sick are being advised not to attend. mumps can be serious but most people tend to make a full recovery in just a few weeks. amy. >> all right, linsey, thanks so much. we have abc news chief health and medical editor dr. richard besser here and we just
heard linsey say most people make a full recovery but there is concern for adults who contract mumps, yes? >> that's right. most people who get it, it is a typical viral illness with fever, body aches, fatigue and that telltale sign of mumps, the swelling of the face. after puberty there is a risk for complications, inflammation of the testes and ovaries, hearing loss that can be permanent and even inflammation of the brain. >> in terms of how this virus is spreading and who it may spread to, who is most at risk? >> it's prolonged direct contact so people who are sharing a room with someone with mumps, they're at risk from sharing utensils and cups and from kissing. in the greater community they tend not to see spread. but it's a good time for people to remember that two doses of the measles mumps rubella vaccine will decrease the chances that you're ever going to get mumps. >> vaccinations do help. dr. besser, thanks so much. we appreciate it. george. >> thanks, amy. new information now on prince's death. law enforcement sources have told abc news that prescription
drugs were found with his body, raising questions about whether they were responsible for his death. abc's eva pilgrim is on the scene at paisley park. good morning, eva. >> reporter: good morning, george. still so many questions this morning. we won't know for weeks the official cause of prince's death. his family is continue to move forward splitting his estate six ways amongst his living siblings. new details about what investigators found inside prince's home after his death. law enforcement sources telling abc news prescription drugs were found in his possession and at his home. the carver county sheriff's department now reaching out to the dea in the event those drugs are later determined to be the cause of the singer's death. friends and family say it is no secret he took pain medication for hip pain. like it's 1999 ♪ >> reporter: after decades of dancing, partying like it's 1999, they say playing it up big for the crowd took its toll on his body. sheila e. telling "gma" the day
after his death that prince lived his life in pain. >> if you can imagine all these years jumping off risers in those shoes and the heels and what it's done to his body, you know, it's like any athlete. >> reporter: prince's toxicology report will still take weeks to complete. meanwhile, prince's only full sister is moving forward in court after verifying that her brother didn't have a will. a judge now appointing a minneapolis company to temporarily oversee prince's estimated 300 plus million dollar estate. the move gives bremer trust who previously worked with prince authority to manage and supervise the star's assets as well as determine his heirs. his family is expected in court on monday as they continue to try to settle his estate. amy. >> all right, eva, thanks so much. now to an incredible escape from a burning plane, it was all caught on a security camera. the pilot of a twin engine cessna crawling out of the fiery wreck after crashing it into a
tree escaping just in time. abc's steve osunsami has all the details now from atlanta, good morning, steve. >> good morning to you, amy. this morning, the faa is investigating. even the pilot is now saying something went wrong before takeoff. a plane crash caught on camera at the little bitty toeing company near mobile, alabama. >> i've got a plane crash on north hickory street. >> reporter: a security camera was rolling when this twin engine cessna came crashing into nearby trees. >> there's a guy trying to get out. >> i thought a tornado hit and then i seen a plane in the tree. >> reporter: the people in the office were in a panic running back and forth from the burning plane watching it spill fuel and worried it might explode. then suddenly the fire grew. >> here i thought the poor dude is gone. >> reporter: just when you thought no one could survive they push through the smoke and come back with pilot russell smith. >> i was in a hurry to get out. all hell was breaking loose.
just it happened so quick i didn't have time to think. >> reporter: he had just taken off from a nearby airport and crews there who watched say he barely cleared a fence and clipped a tree line at the end of the runway. they saw fuel pouring from the plane before it crashed. this is what's left of the plane. charred hunks of metal twisted around this tree. smith refused medical treatment. his only injuries were small burns on his hands from the burning hot door of the plane. >> i thought it was all over with. >> reporter: all of this happened in minutes. authorities say if the pilot knew something was wrong that he shouldn't have left the runway. michael. >> all right, thank you, steve. very scary actually. now let's go back to rome where robin is there at the vatican moderating and participating in a conference about the stem cell research that could potentially save lives. hey, robin, tell us about this conference you're at right now. >> well, buon giorno, michael. [ speaking a foreign language ] >> good morning. >> i knew you couldn't resist.
it has been something else here at the vatican talking about stem cell research and i'm so honored to be asked to share my story and with my sister sally-ann, my big sister sally-ann, many are aware she was my bone marrow donor back in 2012, she is here along with one of my doctors from memorial sloan-kettering back in new york, dr. sergio giralt and sharing everything we have gone through in this journey and people are very excited. hello. vice president joe biden will be addressing this conference tomorrow. you know about his moon shot initiative and of course we're also going to have an audience with the pope but it's really been remarkable, the strides that are being made and the real advances we are seeing in these medical advancements. >> robin, all that commotion behind you. you're so calm. >> i know. >> that was a remarkable shot. >> after you've been through
what i've been through, what is a little chaos. >> true. >> and we all do remember you were at the vatican just two weeks before your stem cell transplant. must be so moving to be back. >> oh, many of you there, george, lara, amy, michael, you guys remember, you remember so incredibly well and it was just weeks before i was going to have the transplant and i came here to the vatican and said a prayer i would be able to have the strength to face whatever it is, whatever the outcome was going to be and this whole conference, guys, which really is very interesting, it's that balance between science and faith. how science interfaces with faith and vice versa and i have to say, you know, when i said to you all i'm going to the vatican and we're talking about stem cell research and advances and you're like, the vatican and stem cells? >> amazing. >> pope francis, yeah, pope francis and you know we talk about immunotherapy. lara, you have a friend going
through that. >> yep. >> and so these are the types of advances that we are seeing that are making a true difference and i can't wait to share more with you throughout the morning. >> sounds fascinating. we can't wait either. thank you. now we have got to go to ginger quickly. not feeling like spring here. >> no, spring and storms stuck under that warm front. we are north of that warm front anywhere from caribou at 23, detroit, 44, 45, state college, pennsylvania, so the chill is on and the rain is on its way.
>> good morning, i am meteorologist mike nicco with the forecast the sunshine today. dry air. breezy again. a little bit warmer. ing for like the above average highs this weekend and no new storms. put away the umbrella. 59 at half moon bay and mid-60s to nearly 70 at the bay shore and mid-to-upper 70s inland. tonight a few clouds and check out sunday temperatures 70s at the coast and the rest of us in the 80s >> that next storm we're tracking already bringing hail to central california. you can see the hail falling. this is close to sacramento, california. so always fascinating to see the severe weather heading from california. >> it's everywhere. >> it's coming down hard. thanks very much. coming up here, an abc news exclusive. scientologist leader under attack. his own father calls him ruthless in a new book and he's speaking out only on "gma" this morning. and caught on camera. a terrifying moment on a roller coaster, a 6-year-old's seat
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welcome back to "gma" looking at those tornadoes tearing through the heartland overnight. twisters blowing out windows damaging homes. now more storms heading for the south. ted cruz shaking up the race for president drafting carly fiorina as his running mate as the candidates battle for indiana, a race that could make or break their candidacies and also this morning, anticipation mounting for the nfl draft kicking off tonight in chicago. 25 top prospects will be there. it is a big day in football. >> it is a big day in football. baseball is in full swing and hockey is also in the spotlight after this cable guy discovered the nhl playoffs, he started live tweeting the game and it's unlike anything you've read for someone who just figured out the game and didn't know it at the time. there he is right now. he has become an internet sensation and we've got a big surprise coming up.
you want to check out that story. pretty funny. awesome. >> we have something that is neat counting down to something we've never done on "gma," a huge live unprecedented wedding event. we're going to do 100 weddings in 24 hours and we're doing them all over the world. it all starts right here this morning. we're kicking it off, amy. >> isn't reverend holmes officiating? i'm excited about that. >> reverend t.j. >> exactly. >> we begin with the new headline about scientology. leah remini speaking out yet again going public once more but this time to defend another high-profile explosive defector, the father of the all powerful leader of the church and author of the new book "ruthless." abc's dan harris is here with the latest. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. this is a huge story in scientology circles. david miscavige sits atop one of the most controversial churches on earth and now his own dad has quit scientology and written a book about his time in the
church. scientology is hitting back hard and now leah remini is enterin the fray. this morning, leah remini -- >> you are unbelievable. >> reporter: the former star of "the king of queens" going to bat for a fellow ex-scientologist. >> he has a right to tell his story. >> reporter: ron miscavige, the father of the powerful leader of the church, david miscavige. >> if you were a scientologist you are one of the relative few that hold the answers in your possession that all humankind depend upon. >> reporter: david miscavige bears the title of chairman of the board or cob and he was the best man at the wedding of tom cruise and katie holmes. >> so i say to you, c.o.b., we are lucky to have you and thank you very much. >> reporter: when word hit that david miscavige's own father, the now 82-year-old ron miscavige had left the church after decades of service, leah remini says it spread like wildfire. >> i tracked him down.
i called him and i offered my support because i know he must have felt alone. i just wanted him to know that we were willing to take them in >> that's a big offer. what made you feel motivated to do that. >> because there is no place for them to go unless they have family, which is very rare outside of the church. >> did you encourage him at all to go public with his story? >> yes, i mean i immediately said that he should write a book because his story is important. >> reporter: now ron miscavige has written a book and he's speaking about it in an exclusive interview that will air on abc's "20/20" on friday night. you have written a whole book about your son and you've called the book "ruthless." >> yes. >> it is a pretty damning charge to level against your child in >> he wasn't always that way. when he was a kid, i am telling you, he was a lovable kid. >> reporter: a lovable kid who according to his dad has let the power of being at the helm of this wealthy celebrity filled
church go to his head. ron miscavige's book is laden with charges that scientology is calling outright lies and it was co-authored by another former scientologist now a well-known critic of the church. scientology points out it was co-thoerd by church management and saying it is filled with outright lies. >> it is not a memoir. it's in my view a literary forgery. >> reporter: but now leah remini is stepping forward to defend ron miscavige. >> we're all going to speak up. you're not going to just bully people telling their stories. >> tomorrow right here on "gma" you'll hear much more from ron miscavige himself about why he left the church and the war within his own family right now and then, of course, our full report tomorrow night on "20/20." fascinating stuff. >> it sure is. cannot wait for the rest. >> we move on to new clues. that may reveal what happened to the two florida teens lost at sea last july.
at first it seemed like a tragic accident but new evidence from the boat may point to foul play. abc's diane macedo has the latest. >> reporter: it took almost nine months to find the boys' boat. now we have newly released photos of the wreckage and one attorney for one of the families says one of those photos might indicate there was someone else on that boat with them. >> okay. >> reporter: investigators trying to uncover what happened to 14-year-old boaters perry cohen and austin stefanos may have some new clues to work with. these newly released pictures of the boys' boat off the coast of bermuda is raising new questions. >> i don't know what happened. i don't know his last moments. >> reporter: this morning the cohen family attorney says that this photo may point to the possibility of foul play. the ignition switch on the engine is turned off indicating a likelihood someone disabled the boat intentionally before it capsized.
the attorney suggests this could even mean there was an unknown third person on board. >> it's haunting and it's terrifying. >> reporter: another clue, austin's waterlogged iphone which was found with the wreckage. the teen's families are working with fish and wildlife officials trying to find a way to recover data from the device after it spent eight months submerged in corrosive saltwater. they hope texts or photos may finally give them answers to what exactly happened to these two boys. we have a new development overnight our station in west palm beach saw the full report from the wildlife commission indicating someone may have seen one of the boys on a makeshift raft after they vanished. so a lot of moving parts still going on in this investigation and hopefully they lead to some much needed answers. amy and george. >> so hard not knowing. all right, thanks so much. coming up, the terrifying moment on a roller coaster caught on camera. a 6-year-old's seat belt breaking. we'll tell you what you need to watch out for so this does not happen to your family. a parenting alert about
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♪ 7:40. back now with a roller-coaster ride that took a terrifying turn in texas after a 6-year-old's seatbelt breaks, he slips down, and his father captured the whole thing on his cell phone. abc's linzie janis is here with the details. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. this dad said he was filming his son's reaction to share with his wife. what he caught on camera was not what he expected. watch as delbert latham and his son take a ride on the mousetrap. the roller coaster at wonderland amusement park in texas. his dad filming it all. but on the first big drop, the 6-year-old plunges to the bottom of the car yelling, my seat belt. >> i got you, you're fine, i promise. okay. >> delbert quickly grabs kaysen
pulling him up then holds on tight for the rest of the ride. >> no more big hills. >> no, there's no more. >> okay, good. >> reporter: watch again as kaysen disappears from view and then the look of pure terror on his face and when delbert told a park employee about the broken seat belt. >> he said, i'm sorry about that. that's been happening sometime, that's when it made me more angry obviously. >> reporter: in a statement the park telling abc news it promptly removed the back car from service and ensured all other seat belts were in proper working order. rides at amusement parks like this are generally safe but accidents do happen. three years ago texas grandmother rosa esparza slipped out of her car at this six flags plunging 75 feet to her death. her family suing the german maker of the ride and settling out of court. amusement parks aren't federally regulated leaving it to
individual states. something some safety experts say isn't ideal. >> the consumer products safety commission that currently regulate portable rides no longer has jurisdiction over fixed site rides. we're at their mercy. you could live in a good state or a bad state for amusement ride safety. >> reporter: as for that father and son whose video has now been viewed more than 150,000 times on facebook, they say they're just glad the ordeal is over and have no plans to sue the park. safety experts say parents should stick to parks with strong safety records but watch the ride, watch how attentive the operators are and if something doesn't feel right trust your gut. >> good advice. >> i can't believe he said it's been happening sometimes. >> yeah. >> apparently it was a secondary precaution. there was a lap bar but you saw the kid still slid through. >> when you're that little. >> terrifying. >> thanks, linzie. jessica alba's honest company accused of being not so honest. what's really in its infant
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and, tony -- >> that's great. >> a lot of people -- he became an internet sensation and joining us live from st. louis. tony, how are you, my friend? >> i'm good. i'm good, mike. how are you doing? >> i'm doing great. >> what do you make of all this because you went from 1,600 twitter followers to over 58,000 now. >> it's been crazy. i didn't think it would be this big about me just tweeting about a hockey game. it's a bit crazy. >> it's not only tweeting about it but the way in which you tweeted about it. did you ever find out what a power play is? >> i did, basically when a team gets a penalty, they got to send somebody off and basically the other team has an advantage on the players so that's why they call it a power play. >> i like how you explained that in layman's terms. so many people out there had no idea. loved it. >> nice how he has this perspective as a first-time watcher and makes it clear, the whole goalie thing. >> may have a future in commentating hockey games.
>> how is it that you never saw hockey before. >> i never gave it a chance. i was a big football fan, big baseball fan but i never gave hockey a chance. >> and now? >> oh, yeah, i'm going to watch it. >> we have a big surprise for you. st. louis blues nhl hall of famer brett hull sent you a message. make sure you listen to this. >> hey, tony, brett hull, glad you finally jumped on the blues bandwagon and i hope to see you on tuesday night for your first blues game. >> so now you're going to the game live, tony. congratulations, my friend. are you going to live tweet from the game? >> i'm going to do a little bit. it's going to be as much as i'm doing at home. i kind of want to experience it because everybody is telling me it's real crazy when it's live. >> it gets crazy is probably one of the best live spectator sports. we hope you enjoy it. have fun. live tweet. i'll be following. i'm 1 of those 58,000, friend. enjoy yourself. >> going to be lit. >> going to be lit out there. >> whoo.
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bravely battling a rare neurological disease and the research that's being done right now may be able to help her. there's some research. it's in sioux falls, south dakota, spent time there recently. that story is coming up. i've also run into a lot of newlyweds here on their honeymoons so love is in the air here at vatican city and, of course, there in times square as well, guys. >> that's right, robin. in fact, before they head off we have about 100 couples going on their honeymoons and reverend t.j. in the house. >> we're all ready for love, everybody. we have a giant wedding event that's about to kick off a 24-hour marathon of love, live from all around the world. there's our first couple, robert and laura, moments away from getting married. that's just the start of it. >> that is just the beginning. the action is going to go on for 24 hours in our live stream. at goodmorningamerica.com on yahoo! we're taking you all over the u.s., around the world. south korea, scotland, you name
it. we're getting married. it's all leading up to what we're calling it our sweet 16, amazing live weddings on tomorrow's "gma." how are we going to do it? you'll have to tune in. >> let's go to amy with the morning rundown. >> good morning, everyone. we begin with some breaking news at this hour. a series of air strikes hitting a hospital in syria. we are told children are among the victims. at least 27 people have been killed and this all comes as officials warn the cease-fire agreement is on the verge of collapsing. also vice president joe biden has made an unannounced visit to baghdad hoping to calm the political crisis in the country that could undermine the fight against isis. back here at home donald trump mocking ted cruz. cruz selecting carly fiorina hoping she will win indiana primary. trump saying cruz chose someone who, quote, failed badly in her
own campaign. boehner called cruz lucifer in the flesh. trump facing criticism for inaccuracies in his foreign policies speech claiming isis is making millions of dollars selling libyan oil. he did not cite any evidence. well, the faa is investigating a very close call at the nation's busiest airport. a delta flight from atlanta to miami was about to take off when the pilot had to slam on the brakes to avoid hitting another plane crossing the runway. the pilot reportedly told them, air traffic control had made a mistake. one of the richest men in the world got richer. mark zuckerberg made about $4 billion overnight after the company's stocks soared to an all time high because of earnings that beat expectations. president obama announced he will travel to flint, michigan
after getting an e-mail from an outspoken resident of the city. 8-year-old mari is nicknamed little miss flint. here's what she wrote to the president. she said i am one of the children affected by this water. i know this is probably an odd request but i would love for a chance to meet you or your wife. well the president wrote back saying he was proud of her for using her voice on behalf of the children of flint and will be visiting next week. she wrote my mom said chances are you'll be too busy. >> we have a parenting alert about spanking. nearly 70% of americans say they approve of it but a new study says it could raise the risk of serious long-term problems for children. our chief health and medical editor dr. besser here to break it down, a meta study, a study of studies. >> that's right. this is a very controversial topic and parents ask about it all the time. hundreds of studies have been done but one concern is a lot of
them included more severe forms of physical forms like hitting with an object. they looked at 75 studies where it was just spanking, so hitting on the bottom with an open hand and what they found was there was no long-term benefits and some potential long-term harms. >> what is the potential harm? >> these can't prove it because you're not randomly assigning kids to be spanked or not but when they looked at kids with various outcomes, these children were more likely to have been spanked. children with aggressive behavior, children with low self-esteem, poor parent/child relationships and even some mental illness like depression, more common in people who have been spanked. >> what are the most effective forms of discipline? >> what you want to do is shape behavior so what i say first is catch your child being good. you know, praise works so much better. if you can catch them being good and reinforce that that's so much more effective. when their behavior needs to be modelled and shaped, then time-outs are great for kids 2 to 5. older kids, removing some of their privileges and modeling
good behavior. when you spank when you're angry you're teaching your kid when they're out of control they should use violence, and it doesn't work and often it's the parent who needs the time-out. >> that's true. about the only thing that works in our home is taking away the phone. >> it is magic. >> if you know what makes them tick, that works. >> go for it. rich, thanks very much. let's go to michael and the morning menu. >> thank you, george. here's a look at what's coming up on the "gma morning menu." jessica alba's honest company is under fire for its baby formula and robin is live at the vatican this morning with news on breakthrough medical research that could provide hope for millions of people. mwah. good morning to you, robin. we have 100 weddings, 24 hours, the rose petals are flowing. we've got a front row seat to all this. live, our first couple getting ready to get married right here all coming up on "gma" live in times square. love is in the air. ♪ i'm going to share a photo of my eggo waffle when it pops up.
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♪ grease lightning check out this wedding proposal. ♪ 30-inch fins, oh, yeah >> that's how robert did it. >> yeah, george, how did he do it? >> he did it like that, like greased lightning. >> greased up. >> earlier you were telling me off camera we have a guy getting greased up to do a wedding proposal. i was a little concerned. >> that's a little much. >> the question is how do you top that? you top it by getting married on live television. they're going to do it in just a little bit kicking off our "wide world of weddings" event and that is starting in just a few minutes. very exciting. but first jessica alba, her honest company is in a bit of hot water. this time they're accused of
being less than honest about what it puts in its baby formula. jesse is here with all the details on the story. good morning, jess. >> good morning, lara. that's right. this morning the actress' company which sells eco friendly products are being sued. over the formula and ingredients in it. this morning superstar jessica alba and her billion dollar company on the hot seat once again. a lawsuit now questioning if the organic premium infant formula is truly organic. the organic consumers association suing the honest company, the lawsuit stating the product is far from organic. of the 40 ingredients listed on the organic infant formula, more than a quarter are synthetic substances that are not allowed in organic products. >> the honest company has been including ingredients in organic infant formula, synthetic ingredients that are not vetted by the national organic standards board and they don't belong in organic infant formula also. >> reporter: being sold, hain celestial claiming more than half of their ingredients in
their baby formula labeled as organic are not permitted in organic foods by federal law. >> at the honest company we're committed to making safe natural products you can trust for your baby and your home. >> reporter: for the honest company, this is not their first time being called dishonest. just last month the company hit with a class action lawsuit saying the company deceptively marketed cleans products and last year it was hit with two more lawsuits one claiming the brand deceptively and misleadingly labels and markets its products. another a class action claiming the company's sunscreen is inefficient. >> jessica alba is definitely the face of this company. she co-founded it. she reportedly has a very large ownership stake. this is obviously one more piece of bad publicity for her company. it's going to require some smart marketing, a loyal following and some really good management. >> reporter: both hain celestial and the honest company say they are confident the lawsuits will be dismissed. the honest company saying our organic infant formula is cleared by the food and drug administration and meets all safety and nutritional standards
and hain celestial saying their ingredients fully comply with the usda's national organic program standards. honest told abc news allegations about previous lawsuits are baseless and without merit saying the company follows strict standards of safety and we label each ingredient that goes into every product not because we have to but because it's the right thing to do. both companies also told abc news their infant formulas were certified organic by third parties. michael. >> thank you, jesse. now it's time for tory johnson and "deals & steals" and a special "gma" watch party with us filled with fans from texas, which is just outside of my hometown of houston. good morning to you, ladies. >> look at them. >> the moment you've been waiting for. everybody waiting for. let's get to the bargains. >> those girls started this morning with mimosas in their hands. we're starting with bracelet. from lisa stewart, the cuff collection. there's all these great word, such powerful word, grace, hope, love, sexy, you name it.
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>> oh, yeah. >> lara is volunteering to go. if you're in those areas come out and join us and check out tory and get your deals. >> all the details. goodmorningamerica.com on yahoo! >> absolutely. over to you, amy. >> "deals & steals" on wheels, i love it. now to a "gma" exclusive. we first met "thelma & louise" 25 years ago when susan sarandon and geena davis took the big screen. robin had a chance to sit down with them. let's go back to her now. buon giorno, robin. >> buon giorno, amy. i had a chance to sit down with both geena davis and susan sarandon. they took the road trip of a lifetime and so many of us were just thrilled to go along for the ride especially in that car. >> does this bring you down memory lane? >> you spared no expense. >> thank you. we'll doll it all. you know, diane sawyer and i called ourselves thelma and louise. >> who was who? >> she gets top billing, so she was thelma. top billing there. but can you believe 25 years later, what is it about that film that still resonates with folks, susan? >> i don't know.
maybe you are what you settle for and i think it's a very romantic, right, it's kind of a romanticized road trip movie but because it was us it ended up being something more significant. >> the ending really caused quite a reaction when you guys were in here so for those people who don't remember, here's a reminder. ♪ >> what do you think about the ending about going over the cliff? ending it that way? >> i mean for me that's the first thing i said after you test this, are you going to change it and they'll both be at club med or something? what's going to happen? he said i know you will definitely die. i'm not sure about her. >> i didn't know about that conversation. >> by the end we earned the right for both of us to go -- he said you might push her out at the last minute but actually it ended up -- we only had like one take too. they shot the helicopters all
day long and harvey and then as the sun was coming down we had one take. >> let's equal time. let's talk about the guys in the film. brad pitt. that was the first time any of us were like, ooh. who is this? who is this? >> yeah. >> was it true that george clooney didn't even realize he read for the part? >> oh, this is -- did i tell you this? that i was on a plane next to george clooney by happenstance and we're chatting and he says, you know, i hate that brad pitt. i said, no, you don't. he's your friend. he said, no, i hate him because he got the part of "thelma & louise" and i said, were you interested in that part? he said, couldn't you tell when i read with you? i know. i know. >> girl. >> i know. >> whoa. >> i'm -- you know, when -- >> i remembered when i didn't read with him. >> that's what you remember. >> i would know that. >> oh. >> my god, what did you say? >> i said --
>> i'll do a movie with you now. >> now i'm admitting it. >> everybody thought, okay, this is going to change the landscape for women in hollywood. >> right. >> it didn't happen and i know geena, you've been doing a lot of work with your institute and studying that. >> every few years there's a movie that comes out and does well and now people go, now everything is changed like "thelma & louise" and it really hasn't. there's been no movement in the needle since 1946. >> and cause you are all involved in other projects. saw "the meddler." oh, my goodness. love the accent, first of all, the jersey accent. you nailed it. she really does. you really live up -- you take that name of the movie to heart and meddle in everybody, not just your child's life. >> anyone with a mom should find this funny. >> i wanted to ask you, are you involved in your children's lives? >> that's my job, embarrass them, meddle in their lives, absolutely.
>> you own up to it. >> but i mean it could be called good intentions, it's not just -- it's all good things, it's not bad things. >> i'm telling you susan's film "the meddler" is a hoot in theaters now. i could have talked with them all morning long. 25 years. where does the time go, guys? >> i know, hard to believe. robin, thank you so much. let's go out now to ginger with the weather. >> hey, let's do it. we've got this group from syracuse. love seeing them coming in for a nice spring break, right? >> yeah. >> nice spring break but you got to go down south to find the storms. biloxi and gulfport have delays in their bus system because of the storms. more storms for texas and oklahoma today. >> good morning, i am meteorologist mike nicco with the forecast the sunshine today. dry air. breezy again. a little bit warmer. ing for like the above average highs this weekend and no new
storms. put away the umbrella. 59 at half moon bay and mid-60s to nearly 70 at the bay shore and mid-to-upper 70s inland. tonight a few clouds and check out sunday temperatures 70s at the coast and the rest of us in the 80s >> all right, lara, let's get some "pop". >> thank you very much, ginger. come on in. we'll do some "pop news" and begin with your first look at joseph gordon-levitt as edward snowden and it seems no one is more excited than snowden himself about this movie. the whistle-blower tweeted a link to the new movie's trailer saying for two minutes and 39 seconds everyone at the nsa just stopped working. edward, really? do you think they did? he's confident, that young man. as for oliver stone, he's set to tell his personal story. "snowden" is due to come out in theaters on september 16th. >> apparently he sounds exactly like him. >> exactly. >> it's like verbatim. >> yes.
>> he's got the voice named apparently. the film, i mean, it's classic oliver stone. >> yes. >> so good stuff. come on in, ging. >> they usually make me wait. >> never. i would never make you wait, my friend. meanwhile, also in "pop news" this morning, a 23-year-old new yorker is discovering that he is practically the star of adam sandler's film "the do over." here he is alongside the actor. not only is the physical resemblance uncanny, his name is max kessler, the name of his character in the movie. the real-life kessler tells us he first found out about this coincidence when his buddies showed him the film's trailer and called a bunch of friends to find out if he was being punk'd. no, just a coincidence, one that sandler got a kick out of and in fact invited kessler to the premiere. >> that's cool. >> isn't that funny? finally in "pop news," it is thirsty thursday, america. >> is that a thing? >> of course it's a thing, george. i just made it up, so now it's a thing. >> isn't that every day?
>> i'm sure we could do -- >> alliteration. >> we'll think about it. today, though, is thirsty thursday. i'm sure you've heard the expression drunk as a skunk. well that's what this guy was. when workers found him, look very closely, he was drunk as a raccoon. the little fellow was stumbling around a beer warehouse. >> oh, no. >> listen to the workers who found him. >> oh, this raccoon is drunk. >> so today we coined a new saying called ripped as a raccoon.
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weddings will happen live here tomorrow on our show with a special performance from boyz ii men. >> i can't believe this is happening to tell you the truth. it's really something. we'll begin with robin at the vatican there for an historic conference on stem cell therapy that could provide hope for millions battling rare diseases and, robin, you're about to introduce us to a very inspiring little girl. >> i really am. george, this is the first day of the conference, and the theme is hope for our children. a research center in sioux falls, south dakota, has given hope to many children with its work in adult stem cell therapy and you are about to meet one of them. ♪ >> it says, olivia. >> it does. >> how old are you going to be? >> 4. >> good girl. >> she was precocious. she was an adventurist. she's amazing. ♪ happy birthday >> reporter: on her fourth birthday olivia was a typical preschooler. >> hurry up before the alarm goes off. >> all right.
>> she wanted to be involved with everything in sports. >> very active. >> good job, look at me. >> reporter: but soon olivia's parents noticed their lively little girl was changing. when did you realize that something wasn't right? >> really it was when she was 7 that we had the rapid decline in the vision, and we said, this doesn't seem right at all. >> reporter: for two years olivia and her family met with doctors all over the country searching for answers. finally at age 7 she was diagnosed with juvenile batten disease. it's a rare genetic illness that commonly affects children destroying brain cells and causing neurological disorders including blindness, frequent seizures, dementia and ultimately premature death. how did this time impact the family? >> everything is different. nothing is anywhere near what it used to be. it affects everything.
>> think about your child if you have a normal, vivacious, outgoing 7-year-old daughter who suddenly goes blind, and then imagine that's just the beginning. >> reporter: batten disease is just 1 of 7,000 rare illnesses affecting 30 million americans. more than half of the people impacted are children. >> it's a game. it's a game. >> it's a game, yeah. do you like to play games? >> uh-huh. >> reporter: now, 12 years old, olivia's illness doesn't stop her from being the jokester in the family keeping her big sister sydney smiling. what is it that you're hoping with this new technology that maybe they'll find something to help your sister? >> yeah, i'm really hoping we can find a cure soon so we can save her. >> reporter: sioux falls, south dakota, is home to one of the country's leading medical systems, sanford health. the castle-themed children's hospital draws people from all over the country and children
like olivia battling a rare disease have found hope in the cutting-edge work that happens here at sanford research center. shall we? >> exactly, this way. >> reporter: i caught up with dr. david pierce to get a glimpse of the work that could potentially save lives through adult stem cell therapy. this is extremely impressive. tell us a little about this facility. >> what we're working on here is cures for rare diseases, cures for children. you met a child with batten disease earlier, and, unfortunately, cells from her brain are dying. we can try to compensate for that with drugs and with gene therapy, but ultimately we want to be able to replace those cells and restore her to full function. >> reporter: less than 1% of rare genetic diseases have fda approved treatments. it's a race against time to implement the ultimate cure, adult stem cell therapy, which is still in the research phase. dr. pierce, how close are you to fda approval? >> for gene therapy we have fda
approval now. the stem cell, it's going to be a slightly slower process because it just hasn't been done before. you know, i'd like to be optimistic but it's more realistic to say three years, quite frankly. >> when i see the family, they know what you're doing here and it gives them hope. how excited are you where you are right now with this facility, with how close you are to making breakthroughs? >> the facts now that we actually have clinical trials in progress, treatments in progress, i personally can't think of any more job satisfaction than that because it's not a job, it's a passion for life. >> it is. i will never forget spending time with olivia and her family and also dr. pierce and all the researchers there, and this woman was with me in sioux falls. dr. robin smith, president and founder of the stem for life foundation. this is the third year that stem for life and the vatican have joined forces for this conference, and every time i say that, people always feel like, what, what's going on here. tell us a little about the conference. >> well, it's really exciting.
we have politicians and scientists and patients from all around the world, regulatory bodies really focusing on how we get these cell therapies developed and to patients who are in need. >> and a global initiative as well. >> it's a global initiative around a very simple concept that the cures for tomorrow are going to come from cells within our bodies today. >> and we need to talk more about that, and that's what the purpose of this conference is for because many people who have gone through illnesses, my colleague amy and myself, we went through it, so many. the number goes on and on and on, but we had to use drugs, that was the first line of defense, but you and others, researchers, scientists are saying, hmm, there may be another route to go. explain that. >> it's a way to get your own body's immune system to be harnessed towards whatever the disease you're trying to fix, so maybe it's to make a vaccine for cancer, getting your own immune system to kill those cancer cells or to stop an overactive immune system from killing good tissue so we're learning more each day. >> immunotherapy and i know that
we talked about that today and will continue that, so vice president biden tomorrow. >> yes. >> he's going to talk about his moonshot initiative. >> yes, and a little about his personal story and what his -- what made him focus on this. >> an audience with the pope. how did that all -- how did that joint venture come together, robin? >> i think we all want the same thing, how to help people suffering, sick, the marginalized. it's the year of mercy and everybody is excited about this global movement to see what we all can do to help people. >> again, it is a global movement, and for people who are wondering at home, we're talking about adult stem cell therapy, not embrionic cell. >> 5,000 clinical trials focused on taking adult stem cells and using them to repair damaged tissue. which is rejentive medicine. >> everyone i've been talking to here, my doctor, sergio giralt, my sister, researchers, dr. pierce who you just met in that piece, he's going to be receiving an award later. sanford has just done wonderful things there in sioux falls and
when you talk about it, people are really feeling that we are on the brink of really major breakthroughs, major differences. >> absolutely. effective therapies and maybe even cures. it's not that far away. >> you did say the "c" word, cures. >> i did, i did. we're all really focused on that and i think that's the difference of using the drugs you talked about, right, and it's very different to restore and to use your own body's immune system. it's much easier to tolerate. >> thank you so much. >> thank you for having me. >> for the tireless efforts of your work and this conference. oh, absolutely. >> we're so appreciative. >> they're having all these weddings back in new york. i feel like i'm missing something there, george. >> looks like we're missing something too, robin. thanks for sharing it with us. and now let's go outside to ginger. >> what a great group we have out here, george. everybody getting excited for these weddings, and we have victoria, taylor and emmy. and you guys are all here just hanging ow, spring break? >> yeah. >> yeah. can you give the biggest smile you've ever given to that camera right there? how sweet is that? that's the best way to start a thursday morning. how about we check a couple
things that aren't quite as sweet, that would be the winter storm warnings and advisories out in the west, especially in parts of colorado. you can see where some of that heftier snow will fall right there in the rockies and denver may seen see that rain/snow mix at the start of the weekend. >> good morning, i am meteorologist mike nicco, check out spread from 65 in san francisco, inland east bay, 79, total sunshine today, and little breezy again, and it will be warmest on sunday with highs 10-15 >> this weather report brought to you by eggo waffles and a programming note. i'll be on "the view" later this morning with my partner val, and you won't want to miss that and announce the winner of this amazing louis vuitton tote worth more than 1,300 bucks. that's going to be fun. all right, george. >> some kind of giveaway. coming up here, we're going to kick off our live "wide world of weddings" event. t.j. is getting ready to officiate our first ceremony as
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one day, 100 couples around the world all tying the knot. and you are invited to have a front row seat to every single wedding. our first is just moments away right here in times square. but we want to tell you a little bit more about how we're doing this and the special couple kicking it off. >> it's a wedding event like you've never seen before. 100 "i dos" in 24 hours, live and you are the vip guest to every single ceremony. >> from san francisco to los angeles to vegas, detroit, to walt disney world in orlando, we're not done yet. we're also live in seoul, south korea, and scotland. there's even a nonstop wedding gazebo right here in times square. it all kicks off this morning with couple number one, robert and laura. robert proposed with an epic rendition of "greased lightning" that went viral. ♪ greased lightning ♪ greased lightning
>> and you said that's typical him, that you weren't surprised to see him put on this production. >> of course he wasn't going to go to a restaurant and kneel down. that's not his style. ♪ get some overhead lifters and four-barrel -- >> live on tv, does it take some of the nervousness of the actual marriage away? >> i don't think it's hit me just yet. >> i think i'm more nervous about seeing her. i'm going to -- i'm just going to cry. it's going to be terrible. i can't be a man. i'm just going to cry. >> men cry. it's okay, man. it's okay. how did you know he was the guy to spend the rest of your life with? >> it's just like a perfect puzzle piece. it just meshes so well. >> reporter: it's the ultimate wedding invite. grab a handful of confetti and celebrate the love. go to goodmorningamerica.com on yahoo, and tune in for 24 hours of matrimony. we're kicking off "gma's "wide world of weddings," and it starts right now. >> what's happening here?
>> well, lara has joined me outside and we have robert, this is our groom blindfolded for a reason. always that moment when you have to see your bride for the first time in her dress. he has not seen her. you all are seeing her now. the crowd is seeing her, everybody but robert. you ready to finally see your bride? >> let's do it. let's do it. >> let me take this off. >> and -- [ cheers and applause ] >> and here they are, not too much kissing just yet. not too much kissing just yet. >> a little crying, though. how are you feeling? >> oh, boy. i feel great. sorry. i didn't think i was going to cry. >> it's totally understandable. looking at your beautiful bride. >> she looks amazing. >> they told me a couple of days ago this would happen. they wouldn't be able to keep it in. we still have to get through a ceremony, guys. >> yeah. >> are we all right? that is coming up. >> are you ready? >> i'm ready, as well.
♪ and now the moment we have all been waiting for, "gma's" "wide world of weddings" with all of you, our viewers joining us, and it kicks off right here right now with one very special couple. robert torrez and laura valverde are about to tie the knot live, and t.j. holmes got to know them. he is a licensed minister. this is legit and he is going to do the honors. t.j., take it away. >> all right, guys, thank you so much. and good morning, everybody. we are here because she made the first move on him on a dating website. that led to a first date in which she had to drive him home
because he, quote, blacked out after having too many margaritas. that miraculously led to a second date that led to a four-year relationship that included one brief breakup, but that breakup led to him waking up and realizing that this is the woman he wanted to spend the rest of his life with. that, of course, led to that epic viral video of a proposal that would make john travolta and the t-birds proud, and that has all led us to today and this moment right here in times square. so i want to say, welcome, it is my honor to be here, but welcome to the friends and family and the millions who are witnessing this as robert torrez and laura valverde are declaring now their intention to spend the rest of their lives together. i do want to start by asking that if there is anyone here who sees for any reason these two should not be joined in matrimony, keep it to yourself. you had four years to speak up.
that ship has sailed and this is happening today. and with that, i do want to move to the moment where it's time for you to all -- for you two to make your vows and i will start with you, robert. do you, robert, take laura as your wife, to share your life with, to care for in tenderness and affection, to stand by in times of joy and sorrow in sickness and health for richer or poorer till death do you part? >> one, two, three. >> yeah, yeah. >> two thumbs. >> i do. >> thank you, fellas. to you now, laura. do you take robert as your husband to share your life with, to care for in tenderness and affection, to stand by in times of joy and sorrow in sickness and health for richer or poorer till death do you part? >> i do. >> don't want to consult with anybody? we good? and with that it's time for us to move on to the portion of
exchanging of the rings. blake, can i have the rings please, sir? >> they're in the box. >> are they really in the box? >> no. >> somebody, please. the ring, of course, is the outward symbol of your love and of your commitment. i will give this to you, but i will start with you, robert. i need you to repeat after me. take her hand. >> got it. >> and repeat after me. with this ring. >> with this ring. >> i thee wed. >> i thee wed. >> i give it to you. >> i give it to you. >> as a symbol of my love. >> as a symbol of my love. >> and a constant reminder. >> and a constant reminder. >> of the promises i made to you today. >> of the promises i made to you today. >> place it on her finger. >> god. all right. to you now. take his hand, and repeat after me, with this ring. >> with this ring.
>> i thee wed. >> i thee wed. >> i give it to you. >> i give it to you. >> as a symbol of my love. >> as a symbol of my love. >> and a constant reminder of the promises i made to you today. >> and a constant reminder of the promises i made to you. >> place it on his finger. and with that, i would like to say to both of you now that i encourage to begin the process immediately of saving your marriage. so many people wait until there is a problem to try to fix the problem and save their marriage, but i encourage you to remember that marriages are saved by what you do every single day and how you treat each other, and that starts for you guys today and with that and by the power vested in me seriously by the city of new york, it's my pleasure to pronounce you husband and wife. robert, kiss your wife for the first time. [ cheers and applause ] >> congratulations, robert and laura, and we will be right back.
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