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when the suspect was in handcuffs, carmack forces him to run with him to catch up with shep, who had caught suspect number two. his teeth clamped down on the man's arm. shep, by the way, was not hurt during the take down. >> nice job. and over in tennessee video played in court of a deadly bus crash shows the driver on his cell phone. >> walker faces 34 counts of homicide for the deaths of children ranging in age from 6-10 years old. prosecutors say he was speeding 20 miles over the limit when he crashed. they also say cell phone data shows he was on the phone at the time on the incident. >> he has pleaded not guilty. his attorney says the crash may have been triggered by a second vehicle causing walker to swerve. and an incident caught on video. >> so a mother and daughter were
checking in for a flight when united staff gave them a hard time about that carry-on bag here. >> you're telling me this bag doesn't fit? >> rules are rules. >> you're telling me this bag doesn't fit in here? what are you talking about? this bag fits in here. oh, it doesn't fit? >> it doesn't fit? okay. >> you can't force it down. >> it fits perfectly in here. what are you talking about. >> but even if you push it down, it fits. at one point, she says she and her mother were told they weren't getting on the flight. eventually they were allowed to board with the handbag. united reportedly says it is reviewing the incident. >> so the fee to check a bag on united is $25. so apparently this entire thing was over 25 bucks. >> it's the principal. >> on the part of the airline
too. all of this over 25 bucks. >> and united made millions of dollars in profits from fees. >> she said at this point i wouldn't fly with them again. when we come back a tennis star is getting the lebron james treatment. >> "the skinny" is next. vicks vaporub. s when s proven cough medicine. with 8 hours of vapors. so he can sleep. vicks vaporub. goodnight coughs.
♪ skinny the ♪ skinny, just give me the skinny ♪ . frank in the house. >> frank in the house. first time on the new skinny set. >> do you like what we did with the place, frank? >> i think he approves, especially of the scripts over here. we're getting started with demy lovato with her tell me love me tour in san diego. >> she invited special guests to join her on stage. she personally reached out to some of the students from parkland school and had them join her. she was concerned about their mental health after the tragedy. >> she talks about her own struggle with bipolar.
they even had a charter jet fly them from florida to california. so there's rich and then there's barbara streisand who cloned her dog not once but twice. >> so, the entertainer told variety, two of her dogs, miss scarlett and vie lot were cloned from her 14-year-old pet samantha who died last year. the cells were harvested from sam's mouth and stomach but says the clones have different personalities. streisand has a third dog of the same breed that is a distant cousin. >> we don't know how much it cost to clone her pup, but some reports put the number around $100,000. for barbara, that's not too bad. would you clone him? >> i'm trying to figure out how much i would pay for a frank clone. he's one of a kind. >> frank is like your ninth rabbit so obviously you get over it pretty quickly. >> what are you talking about? frank, i would be devastated,
but i don't think i'd pay $100,000 to clone you. >> serena williams is returning to the court for the first time since giving birth. her hubby put up billboards with images of their daughter. >> they say greatest mama of all time. g.m.o.a.t. >> you skipped ahead there. greatest momma of all time and the last one, g-m-o-a-t. she has been called the greatest athlete of all time, so she's upping the ante with greatest mama of all time. take that lebron. lebron only got three. >> outside of philadelphia as they tried to woo him. so according to a new poll the movie "shape of water" would win best picture at the academy awards. who are these people? these are all people who did not see the "shape of water."
>> kendis was a big fan. but more than 7,000 movie goers were surveyed by fandango and asked which of the nominees they would give the award to and they went with the fishman movie. >> world war ii drama "dunkirk" and the horror film rounded out the top three. so, three billboards, not even in the top three. >> you know what else wasn't? "the big sick," which wasn't a nominee and should have been. anyway, i digress. >> "chocolate" was a nominee one year. i never thought it deserved it. >> josh has another line on his resume. rodent control operator. he showed off his cat-like reflexes in the green room of the "today" show. check it out. >> so he caught a mouse in his coffee cup and proudly explained
♪ he'll come again, looking better than a body has a right to ♪ ♪ and shaking me up, so, that all i really know is he will come again ♪ ♪ and here i go isn't that the theme song from tv show from way back when? >> quick question for the insomniacs. >> dolly parton, of course. she's the queen of country. to one group of kids, she's simply the lady who writes a book. >> now she's marking a literary milestone with the library of congress. here is david muir. >> reporter: from behind the curtain at the library of congress, dolly parton goes to washington and she was there because of a gift she began giving more than 20 years ago.
she's been quietly donating millions of books to children. her nonprofit called imagination library. they documented the families who have received a book a month for their child from birth to kindergarten and the 100 millionth book. she was one of 12 children. inspired by her father who never went to school but raised the family. telling our team he was the smartest man she ever knew. >> i certainly had a lot of pride when i walked up on stage and ifsz thinking of my dad. my dad couldn't read or write. for dad and all had the little kids that are benefitting from the imagination library and our 100 millionth book. >> reporter: over time, the children began calling her not dolly the singer, but dolly the book lady. >> i never thought about being the book lady. the painted lady, yes. but that just goes to show you can't judge a book by looking at the cover. right?
>> reporter: and borrowing from win of her most treasured songs. >> "coat of many colors" and the little girl is supposed to be me when i was little. >> reporter: she began reading and then singing. ♪ in my coat of many colors my mama made for me ♪ ♪ made only from rags but i wore it so proudly ♪ ♪ and although we had no money, i was rich as i could be ♪ ♪ many my coat of many colors mama made for me ♪ >> you know i would read a lot more if dolly would sing all the books to me. she's still got it. >> and man, she's got quite the resume there. book author, singer, amusement park owner. >> there's a lot going on there. love you, dolly. >> announcer: this is abc's "world news now" informing insomniacs for two decades. abc's
good wednesday morning, i'm kendis gibson, and i'm diana macedo. jared kushner, the president's son-in-law and senior adviser has been stripped of his top security clearance. there's word that several countries were looking for ways to manipulate him. we have a full report, next. students and teachers get back to class toods for the first time since the deadly school shooting in florida. security will be extra tight in an effort to make everyone feel safe. more details, ahead. ben carson is facing controversy over his $30,000 dining set for his office suite. carson, reportedly, did not know about the purchase beforehand, but doesn't plan to return it.
the final episode of "mash." the finale was watched by 125 million people. actually the most watched finale of any tv show in u.s. history. still stands. those are some of our top stories on this wednesday, february 28th. >> announcer: from abc news this is "world news now." >> it is the second most watched tv event, in u.s. tv history -- >> ever. only by the 2010 super bowl. but as far as ratings, it's number one. a lot of people are watching that finale. >> so how long before the "mash" remake? >> that would be a good idea. >> probably not very. we are going start with one of the president's closest advisers downgraded. jared kushner lost his security clearance. >> the president's son-in-law
will be denied access to the most sensitive intelligence and the washington post reporting at least four countries have privately talked about finding ways to manipulate kushner through his finances and inexperience with foreign policy. cecilia vega has more on the scaled down clearance. >> reporter: jared kushner on capital hill refusing to answer questions after his father-in-law's own white house stripped him of his security clearance cutting him off to access of highly classified information. >> my name is jared kushner. i am senior adviser to president donald j. trump. >> reporter: and son-in-law with a portfolio including middle east peace. >> every day i come to work with enthusiasm and excitement for what can be. >> reporter: kushner now restricted from viewing the nation's most closely guarded secrets. including the presidents' daily security briefing. he had been working on a temporary security clearance since the inauguration. his application under fbi review
for nearly 15 months. kushner updating it several times after failing to disclose multiple foreign contacts. the move to strip his top clearance comes as chief of staff, john kelly, cracks down on those in the west wing working with temporary clearance. >> jared's done an outstanding job. he's been treated unfairly. he's a high quality person. he works for nothing. just so nobody ever reports that. but he gets zero. >> reporter: still president trump said he would not be the one to decide whether he would obtain that top secret clearance. instead, going to the chief of staff. >> i will let general kelly make that decision and he's going to do what's right for the country. and i have no doubt he'll make the right decision. >> reporter: from the president, no comment. mr. president, on jared's downgraded clearance -- but from the white house press secretary, words of support. >> he's a valued member of the
team and he'll continue doing the work he started. >> reporter: a lawyer for jared kushner is reinforcing the statement from the white house saying he will be able to do his job. and others say this will undoubtedly affect jared kushner going forward. there could be dozens more high-level aides working on temporary security clearances who could be impacted by general john kelly's. among them, don mcgahn and the president's own daughter, ivanka trump. >> and one more note from the white house, the communications director, hope hicks has reportedly acknowledged telling white lies is part of her job there, but sources say hicks insisted she had not lied about anything related to the russia investigation. she was grilled for eight hours but refused to answer questions about the trump administration. she told investigators she was asked by the white house to only discuss her time with the
campaign. the president has hired his next campaign manager. brad parsco was his digital media director for the 2016 campaign and will now run his 2020 re-election bid. he is trusted adviser. he never worked in politics before joining the trump camp. but became a key player. he was instrumental in analyzing data that convinced the campaign to move its resources to michigan, wisconsin and pennsylvania. students and teachers will make an emotional return to majory stoneman douglas high school today. it's their first day back in class since the deadly valentine day attack. heavily armed officers will be part of a beefed up security plan that will last throughout the year and counselors will be there indefinitely. the principal said everybody should come to school today, ready to start the healing process. but some say they won't be there. >> i lost my best friend there. and it's hard to be somewhere
where i lost him. and i have that thought in my head every day, knowing that's where he's gone. just not ready for that yet. >> reporter: the broward county police union is asking all of the off duty personnel to come welcome students and staff. students will have four-hour school days this week, as they get back into a routine. west virginia teachers walk back to school tomorrow, a week after walking off the job. >> they're ending their strike after reaching a deal for a pay raise, the governor has promised to raise salaries by 5% next year. other state workers will receive a 3% pay raise. west virginia teachers are among it lowest paid in the country. for the last week or so, it's nearly 300,000 students have not been in classes. we move on now and several marines stationed near washington, d.c., are being treated after being sickened by a mysterious powder in a letter. nearly a dozen people began
feeling ill after the envelope was opened at ft. meyer. three are in stable condition at the hospital. the base is near arlington national cemetery. the fbi and ncis are investigating this case. and the tsa is about to test equipment to prevent suicide bombings. the two versions of the technology are getting a trial run at new york's penn station. one of the busiest commuter hubs. there was an attempted suicide bombing in december, less than half a mile away from this place. the machines are mounted on tripods and screen people at a distance. in syria, daily humanitarian pauses in fighting don't seem to be holding. yesterday, air strikes continue through the cease-fire. and they find themselves facing a new crisis. ian has more on that. >> reporter: on the greek island those who came for sanctuary now trapped in limbo. so many fleeing serious bloody
wars, stranded at the camp, unable to travel to the european mainland and unable to go back home. where assad is accused of using chemical weapons again. i first came here almost three years ago. today it's an eerily familiar scene. >> here is the section for families. >> reporter: among those stuck here, 14-year-old and siblings, along with their pregnant mother they escaped. but losing touch with their dad. home is a dirty tent where they will live, sleep and play. beyond the tent, overcrowding, boiling over into violence. that was a fight just over food. yet they try to keep a semblance of normality. months after arriving, still no word from their dad. he asked for a sim card to call
his brother in germany, hoping for news but there is no word. how hard is it without your dad here? my siblings cry for my dad and we still don't know what happened to him. we're just living. >> reporter: despite it dangers and terrible conditions, people are still desperate to come here. it shows how bad life really is in countries like syria. eastern panel, abc news, in maria camp, greece. back here at home the late billy graham is about to be given an honor granted to very few people in u.s. history. former president, bill clinton paid respects to him. today his body will lie in honor in washington. he's the first civilian given that honor since civil rights hero, rosa parks, 13 years ago. graham's funeral will be held friday in charlotte. the golden state warriors visited washington d.c. to celebrate their second championship in two years. >> but this time as promised
there was no white house visit. the team, instead, spent time with washington d.c.'s children. they also visited the national african american museum and president trump disinvited the team after steph curry and several others said they didn't want to visit the white house. and one of the beloved characters of abc's parent company, disney, is standing tall in the united arab emirates. >> a mickey, and not just tall, but a record setting one. >> this version of mickey is the world's tallest sculpture made from shrubs and trees. it weighs, get this about 35 tons. that's a lot of plants and flowers. >> that is a lot of mickey. so that's how they put it all together. this time lapse so you can see. >> four tons of steel, 50 tons of concrete for the foundation.
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so this was the scene in charlotte. caused plenty of delays on the ground there and apparently disruptive passenger removed from an american airlines fligts, ripping off his shirt and squaring off against airport workers. right there on the tarmac. wasn't that warm there. video from another passenger reportedly shows that the man punched one of the workers during that confrontation. >> that's one way to cause a delay. and shark tank didn't like a particular company but amazon does. >> amazon is big ring, a company
that makes those smart doorbells. five years ago when the company was called door bot, none of the investors on "shark tank" were interested. it allows people to see people at the door and speak to them. >> amazon is paying nearly a billion dollars for the company, which sells security systems and smoke detectors. looks like they're doing just fine. and papa john's will no longer work with the nfl. the pizza chain sponsorship deal is over. the ceo says it was a mutual agreement. the move comes a few months after papa john's founder says players taking a knee to protest police brutality was hurting business. a marijuana start up is listing on a major u.s. stock market for the first time. kronos group became the first pot company to trade on nasdaq. now the marijuana industry is expanding rapidly. the american market alone is expected to reach $50 billion by
2026. a nearly ten-fold increase from 2016. >> all right. u.s. news and world report released the annual list of states to live. >> new hampshire number five and you have to head to heartland. two, three, four are minnesota, utah and north dakota. top of the list is iowa. >> yeah, iowa jumped into first place from number six last year. states are judged on education, help care, crime and other categories. >> okay. there were eight criteria including quality of life and health care as well. >> iowa, home of ashton kutcher, tom arnold. >> neal long. all right. >> star studded. michael strahan sits down with jennifer lawrence and she's weighing in on the oscar best picture race. >> you are watching "world news now." actually, you do.
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all right. so jennifer lawrence' last movie was called "mother." it was voted by many as the worst movie of 2017. so you can understand if she's hoping for a little bit better luck. >> she already has an oscar on the mantle anyway. michael strahan sat down and asked her who she is rooting for. >> i have to go away for a while. >> reporter: the new spy thriller that has jennifer lawrence stepping out of her comfort zone and into a secret government intelligence service that trains her to use her mind and body as weapons. >> you must learn to push yourself beyond all limitations. take off your clothes. >> she was sexually exploited, dehumanized. was it hard for you to film those scenes? >> it actually wasn't. the year before when i knew i was going to be doing those
scenes and that anxiety, the hardest part was the night before. i just laid in bed like. >> what do you think? >> a literal nightmare coming true, being naked in front of a classroom of people. >> could you be a spy? >> no. not at all. >> you play a convincing one in this movie, why not? >> i'm a terrible liar and i would get bright red and turn myself in. >> reporter: a spy no, but an oscar winner for sure. at 27 she's already scored four nominations and won best actress for her role in "silver lining's playback." what is the thing you remember the most about that? >> the shock. i'll never forget that moment when i heard my name. >> jennifer lawrence. >> reporter: and i still to this day stand by it's so unfair to make a human being speak at that moment to the world. it's so shocking.
and i fell on my face so i forgot everything i wanted to say. i recently watched that back a few months ago and i wish i could get a do over on that one. it was the most incredible moment of my life. >> is there a performance or movie from this year that you are excited or you think has a chance to take home an oscar? >> i don't -- i can't. i love the movies this year. they were so good. "the post" i loved. i mean meryl streep. >> a lot of people compare you to meryl streep. >> that's ridiculous. that's silly. i mean thank you. >> i'm just telling you what i'm hearing on the streets. >> i'm not -- no. >> michael starting something. so, even if her movies aren't necessarily good, she's not crying. she's made $25 million. >> she's been nominated five
frank is interested in today's weird science. >> yes, yes, he is. >> so, frank, this is a milestone. this is a proud moment for america. the world's biggest plane which weighs about half a million pounds. >> wow. >> you can see it there. it is the stratolaunch, reached a new milestone. >> huge. >> it reached up to 46 miles an hour, the top speed on a runway. >> 46 miles per hour? >> yes. >> that's not that fast. >> i know. and normal take off speed is 150 miles an hour for any plane. >> so how does it work? >> it goes 46 miles per hour and it actually never takes off or it hasn't yet. >> wait, it hasn't left the
ground yet? >> slow but steady. it's a big plane. >> but the definition of a plane means it has to fly, right? >> it's getting there. this is all part of allen's brain child. the microsoft co-founder. 385 feet is the wingspan. >> the potential plane. it's a giant aspiring plane. >> it's got potential. >> congratulations on the aspiring plane. >> potential. >> a little different. >> they actually got it off the ground. still working on that one. from aspiring planes to aspiring politicians. forget about trying to appeal to people's heart strings or their political views. apparently the key is all in the nose. a study at a stockholm university in sweden found the link to a person's sense of smell and their political leanings. they were given questions pair would different smells. people more disgusted by odors like urine and sweat were more likely to vote for donald trump
than those less sensitive. there you go news you can use. >> just going to leave that one right out there. so just in case we end up on the moon there is good news you can use. apparently there will be cell service soon. the moon will get its first 4g mobile network next year. yeah. this is a german company, nokia and car maker, audi are teaming up for the first privately funded moon landing and put up a 4g mobile phone service there next year. >> seems like an unlikely collaboration. i dig it. >> we can't get 2g in the subway but the moon is going to have 4g. yea. >> ahaolin monks and the slow
this morning on "world news now" the hazmat alert right outside washington. >> nearly a dozen marines became ill at a key military base home to the chairman of the joint chiefs and other top commanders. we have new details, just in. and new developments from washington. a security downgrade for trump aide and son-in-law, jared kushner, losing his access to top secret intelligence information and what it means for his role in the white house. and communications director, hope hicks spendsing hours testifying in the russia probe. we are learning she didn't say a lot. two weeks after the school rampage in florida, parkland students return to class today. we'll tell you about the changes they'll see and new details about the suspect. and it is countdown for jimmy kimmel. he explains what it takes to host the oscars and why he
secretly wishes for chaos. all right. we're looking for a little bit more calm on this wednesday, february 28th. >> announcer: from abc news this is "world news now." >> thriving in chaos. i can't imagine what that's like. >> it's called every two hours "world news now" thrives in this chaos here. >> we'll have more on that in a bit. let's start with that suspicious letter received near the base at the pentagon. >> nearly a dozen people got sick after the envelope was opened, revealing an unknown substance inside. there are three now hospitalized in stable condition. >> the building has been decontaminated. the incident has some sounding the alarm because of its proximity to the nation's capitol. >> reporter: joint base meyer is across the river from washington, where the chairman of the joint chief of staff lives and several service chiefs as well. hazmat surrounded this building where a battalion is head
quartered. that is arlington cemetery in the background. a marine opened an envelope containing an unknown substance. that's when several marines started feeling a burning sensation on their face and hands. the building was evacuated while hazmat units doused those who were affected. 11 marines were assessed on the scene. three of them transported to a medical facility. the fbi has sent the substance to quantico to be tested. but, the marines are in stable condition. at the white house, the president's son-in-law and senior adviser has been stripped of his security clearance. jared kushner and others have been downgraded to secret level. this comes as the washington post reports at least four countries have privately discussed ways to manipulate kushner through his business arrangements, financial problems and lack of foreign policy
experience. kushner still has the confidence of the white house. >> he's a valued member of the team and he will continue to do the important work he's been doing since he started in the administration. >> reporter: kushner's been tasked with a series of challenging assignments, including brokering middle east peace. sources tell "the washington post," white house officials were concerned he was naive and being tricked. now, to the testimony of a top aide of the president, white house communications director, hope hicks, told them her job occasionally required her to tell white lies. she refused to answer many of their questions. pierre thomas from washington, d.c. >> reporter: she's a true insider. one of the president's closest advisers. white house communications director, hope hicks, often seen by the president's side. and she's under increased scrutiny after getting called to the house intelligence committee to answer questions in the investigation into possible russian collusion. >> thank you, donald trump.
>> reporter: 29-year-old hicks was one of the first people to sign on to the presidential campaign. >> now hope hicks is a tremendously talented person. >> reporter: she's someone with access to the oval office. lawmakers say hicks refused to answer questions about her time in the white house and some questions about the transition. they say hicks told the committee she was instructed not to by the white house. >> she refused all of of the questions pertaining to her time in the administration. >> she answered every single question on the campaign and my understanding is the white house has asked her not to answer questions about the transition and time in the white house. >> reporter: democrats wanted to press hicks on that misleading statement that she said she was involved in the meeting with donald trump jr. and a group of russians who discuss, quote, the adoption of children.
then he had agreed to meet the russians because he was promised dirt on hillary clinton. hicks' testimony went more than eight hours. and some democrats want all the questions answered. the congressman told me, he wants to subpoena hicks to come back and testify again. pierre thomas, abc news, capitol hill. a legal defense has officially been launched to support current and former staffers from the trump administration and the campaign. the money will pay for legal bills incured as a result of russian investigation by the special counsel and congress. the president and his family cannot benefit from the fund and anyone charged with a crime will not be eligible. students at marjory stoneman douglas high school will be back in class for the first time since the valentine's day attack. >> students will attend half day of classes. counselors will be on hand and security has been increased. the local police union asked for off-duty officers to greet the kids as they arrive for class.
the building where 17 people were killed is closed and fenced off from the rest of the school. meanwhile, we are learning in november, 2016, the suspected shooter was suggested he return to an alternative school. he refused to go back and since he was already 18, he couldn't be forced to transfer. school officials also say he opted to end mental health and special education services he had been receiving from the district for years. reports say he had 180 rounds of ammunition left after the shooting. one more note from florida, the police officer who arrested the shooter received a special honor. leonard made the arrest about an hour after the attack. he noticed the suspect in a neighborhood two miles from the school and took him into custody without resistance. he says he was just doing his job. >> when you come against evil like that and you have children
at home that are about that age, it hits close to my heart. it was difficult, but i'm honored i was able to be part of it and do my part. >> sounds like he's still emotional about it. understandably so. he said it's hard to accept the title of hero. he said all his law enforcement brothers and sisters had a role to play on the day of the attack. >> well, we're glad he played his. and striking west virginia teachers returned with the promise of better pay. teachers went on strike last thursday. they're ending the walkout after reaching a deal that calls for all state employees to receive a 3% raise next year. workers in education will get an extra 2%. west virginia's governor says the main goal was to get kids and teachers back in school. >> i'm always trying to listen and do the right thing. i've said it over and over and over. nobody loves education more than me. >> the state legislature has to approve the increase. some lawmakers are worried the
money isn't there. average teachers pay in west virginia ranks 48 in the country. states across the south and midwest are in for more flooding today. >> severe storms in tennessee moving up to the ohio valley. flood warnings remain in effect among the mississippi as well. after the grand river overflowed its banks. >> and even the stadium where the cincinnati reds play -- you can see all the water surrounding it. paul williams has the forecast. morning, paul. >> damaging thunderstorms. chance of isolated tornados. down into dallas, little rock, all of arkansas and into memphis and nashville. not only are we concerned about that, the rain that's going to dump another problem. urban flash flooding, nashville to little rock, memphis down into the deep south. then, that problem of flash
flooding lifts up towards chicago, north of indianapolis, including detroit and central and northern ohio. if that's not enough, the cold side producing one to three inches of snow in buffalo. close to 3-6 as you close in on detroit. to the west, we have problems with 2-4 feet of snow in areas with significant rain as well. kendis. diane. >> thank you. and a suspected burglar in pennsylvania didn't do such a great job of playing it smooth. >> he didn't quite hide it. >> no. >> take a look. this is potter. he was arrested for allegedly stealing a pot of meat balls from a man's garage. >> the victim says there was no problem identifying him because when they found him, he was covered in tomato sauce. his face, his beard, clothes were all coated in marinara. the pot and spoon were found nearby. >> it's hard to -- it's spaghetti. >> oh, i can sympathize, trust me. but, yeah.
it might be -- >> if it's really, really good. >> might be tough for him to argue. we'll see how that plays out. >> so the victim and potter apparently know each other. so he knows potter -- potter knows where to go to get a good pot of meat balls. he just didn't ask for permission. >> you can sympathize with the victim in this case. >> yes. coming up, jimmy kimmel opening up about hosting the oscars and why he wishes for something to go wrong. >> he got his wish last year. we'll see what happens. first, another cabinet secretary is under fire. hear how much the department led by ben carson spent on new furniture. follow us on wnnfans.com. we love hearing from you. sometimes we read your comments on air. you are watching "world news now."
he's in critical condition at the hospital. housing and urban development secretary, ben carson is coming under fire for a dining room set. >> the custom table and chairs cost $31,000. no, they didn't get it at bob's discount furniture or ikea. >> nope. >> this comes months after an official warned against that expense. she says she was demoted for raising those concerns. by law any amount over $5,000 requires approval by congress. so, this is a photo of the new furniture provided by the department. >> that's what 31 grand gets you. >> i mean -- >> okay. >> maybe there were heated seats. this was provided to abc news. a spokesman told the new york times secretary carson did not know it had been purchased but doesn't intend to return it. $31,000 for that? >> maybe he really likes the heated seats. >> we're assuming it's heated seats. >> all right. turning to the clues in the
search for a cdc scientist who's been missing for two weeks. >> investigators say that he disappeared shortly after learning why he'd been denied a promotion. >> reporter: atlanta police say it doesn't make sense why this scientist with a six-figure job at the cdc would just vanish. ♪ happy birthday dear tim >> reporter: timothy cunningham is a harvard educated intelligence officer and here he is turning 35 years old with family and friends in december. colleagues say he went homesick february 12th and was never seen again. his car keys, wallet, credit card, phone and even his dog found locked inside his house. >> there's a lot i can't simply explain. this is an extremely unusual set of circumstances. it is not common in missing person cases for us to find someone's entire belongings. >> reporter: police say he lost out on a promotion and learned why the morning he disappeared. on the way home he tried to call
his mother in maryland, but the call goes to voice mail. the family is offering a $10,000 reward. >> this is not normal. it's definitely out of the ordinary. it's not the news you want to hear that your child is missing. >> reporter: police have searched the home, jail, hospitals, even a nearby cemetery. this week, they hope to research a wooded area near this scientists neighborhood. >> quite a mystery. and he's involved in many investigations at the cdc including the ebola virus and zika virus emergencies. >> especially concerning, given the timing. coming up in the next half hour, a confrontation caught on camera as a united airlines employee insists this passenger's bag is too big to bring on a plane. first, jimmy kimmel is talking about how he is preparing for the oscars and one
♪ all right. oscar host jimmy kimmel is gearing up for the big night sunday, the big awards. but it turns out he's not the only one. >> this year it's a family affair. we spoke with him. >> reporter: kimmel will host the oscars this sunday, his second in a row. for similar el, the show presents a golden opportunity. so much has happened since you hosted last year. time's up movement, me too movement. everything with gun control and politics. are you nervous at all that you are going to strike the right tone? >> i do worry about that because i have a tendency to not strike the right tone in my life. >> reporter: how will you know if you've gone too far? >> i'm sure the internet will tell me. meryl streep phoned it for more than 50 films. >> reporter: the jokes were flowing during kimmel's oscar debut last year with many signature stunts.
hello there. >> reporter: you might remember the awe-struck tour group walking into dolby theater. >> let me give you a tour. this is nicole kidman. >> reporter: and who could forget "la la land." >> there's a mistake. moonlight, you won best picture. i'm still not clear on how the wrong envelope got into warn beatie's hands. i'll be honest. it would be funny if it happened again. >> reporter: pepping is a family affair, working closely with his wife, molly, who's the head writer for "jimmy kimmel live" and co-writer for the oscars. does she have the final say or you? >> i have the final say. in any scenario, this is a great lesson for young comedy writers. you have the final say and the person who's saying it doesn't, you probably got a problem. >> reporter: do you have any anxiety going into this year? >> i want to make sure everything is right and the jokes are as good as they can
be. probably widdled it down to 500 jokes. so hopefully by the end of next week i'll have that widdleed down. so you go from about 500 to 30? >> no, from thousands to 30. >> reporter: goodness gracious. jokes aside its his quest for imperfection makes it a success. >> as long as nobody is getting crushed, i think it's fun when things go wrong. i knew i would screw this up, i really did. the worst thing that could happen is everything goes perfectly. >> reporter: you secretly want the wheels to fall off a little bit. >> at least one wheel. >> reporter: not two? >> two you're grounded but one you can repair. >> reporter: you thrive in the chaos? >> i do. i like it when there's a little -- you have to stay on your toes. >> got a big wheel to fall off last year. >> that wasn't the only problem. he revealed part of the set collapsed last year. >> you've set the bar pretty low. we'll see what you can do.
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it is time for your hump day mix and we are going start overseas. oh, my god frank is here. frank is excited to be here. >> yep. mixing it up with us. >> he's stretched out. >> just relaxed. he's ready to go. >> so norway is going to spend 100 million or $12 million, rather, to upgrade its doomsday seed vault. >> oh, never be too prepared. >> because it's february 28th and it's your birthday. yeah! it's a national holiday. >> thank you. look, you got the balloons, frank is here. >> guys, it's so great to be 28 years old. >> the cake comes out on cue. it's perfect. just like practice. >> all these balloons. look at that. >> just like practice.
just like practice. >> oh, you do have a cake, i didn't realize that. >> look at that. happy birthday. >> are we not actually doing a mix? we're doing a mix but we don't care about the seeding problem, the doomsday seed in norway. >> i wonder what the chances are that frank tries to eat the cake. >> guys, thank you so much, that is so nice. >> yeah, we didn't have a knife for it so you can dig in face first right now. it's okay. >> you think i won't? >> actually i'm kind of scared that you will. ooh, yeah. perfect. you can see what it says. >> delicious. >> is it? >> yes. >> nice. it's your birthday so i think i should dig in as well. it's your cake. not afraid to dig in on tv. we're so happy for you to spend your birthday with us. but there is a mix. >> they're afraid i'm going eat
the whole cake. >> how was it? >> shall we girl with the pigeons. this is a girl after my own heart. you will understand why in a second. mom and daughter are out, the pigeons are out, they start feeding the pigeons. this toddler in -- no, i'm saving that for later. the 1-year-old was not too thrilled about the pigeon eating her food. so this is her reaction. she literally grabs the pigeon by the head and pulls the little treat right out. >> how did they get video of you as a child in china. >> this is what will happen if you try to take my birthday cake. beware. you've been warned everybody. and hosting the puppies and pilates class this past weekend. look at that. pilates and puppies. >> frank, you can do pilates, right?
this morning on "world news now" an emotional day ahead at marjory stoneman douglas high school in florida. teachers and students return for the first time since the valentine's day shooting. hear how students are feeling about going back. fireworks on capitol hill. president trump's top intelligence official testifies america is not doing enough to stop the russians from meddling in future u.s. elections and that he hasn't received direct orders from the white house to do anything about it. some lawmakers outraged. and new this half hour president trump strikes a deal for two new air force one planes. >> but the white house and p pentagon are at odds of how much of a deal we're actually getting from boeing. ♪ all alone in the moonlight
and barbara streisand is trying to save some of her memories in an interesting way. after her dog passed last year she had it cloned not once but twice. and frank is here to weigh in on the pet cloning debate on this wednesday, february 28th. >> isn't that from "cats." ♪ let the memory live again >> announcer: from abc news this is "world news now." >> i guess she's a dog person. who knew after all that. >> so how did it end up that got used in "cats?" >> i don't think they asked for a preference. they probably designed the show around other things. >> other things, i see. we'll get to that later on. but this is a big day. first day of class in florida for it survivors of the school shooting attack. students and teachers are returning to stoneman douglas high school. counselors will be on campus
indefinitely. >> armed security will be beefed up through the end of the school year. there will also be four hour school days this week to help everyone transition into a routine. one girl who lost two friends in the attack said nothing will be the same again. >> i am going back to school. it's kind of strange to be going back to the place where so much horrible things happened. i don't have my best friend isn't there. so it's kind of hard to see everybody and not have that connection with someone. so, it's definitely very -- it's a mix of emotions. >> understandably so. the school principal said in a tweet there's no need for backpacks and everyone should come to school ready to start the healing process. some students plan to walk arm in arm, into the school in a show of unity. >> the school principal said he plans to hug every one of them, all 3,100 students, if possible
today. in the meantime, we are learning that specialists recommended in late 2016 the suspect be transferred to an alternative school. he attended there before transferring to stoneman douglas. but he refused to go back and since he was already 18 he could not be forced to return. school officials say he chose to end mental health and special education services that he had been receiving for several years. in the two weeks since that attack in florida, there's been plenty of talk about gun laws, but still no significant action. >> congress is struggling to take any sort of action. this, despite calls from student who is have seen gun violence firsthand. mary bruce, on the hill. >> reporter: they're pressing law makers to act on guns but their calls are falling flat. >> we shouldn't be banning guns for law abiding citizens. we should be focusing on making sure citizens who should not get guns in the first place don't get those guns. >> reporter: there's a bill that
stalled in the senate and would not have stopped the florida shooter. >> if that is all congress does, we won't have done our job to keep america's families safe. >> reporter: are you confident you're doing enough. >> this is not just one thing but we've got to get started somewhere and the worst thing we could do is leave here this week empty handed. >> reporter: as recently as saturday, the president called to raise the minimum age to purchase rifles. >> it doesn't seem to make sense you have to wait until you're 21 years old to get a pistol but to get a gun like this maniac used in this school, you get that at 18. it doesn't make sense. >> reporter: but, there is no legislation in works. the president also wants to ban bump stocks. the attorney general says they're pushing ahead, with or without congress. while action is stalled here on capitol hill, in florida, lawmakers have already rejected an assault weapon ban, but they did take a first step to raising the minimum purchase age to 21
and arming some teachers. but florida law makers have just one week left in session to act on this. mary bruce, abc news, capitol hill. and military and civilian agencies are investigating a possible terror incident near the pentagon. three people are in the hospital overnight, thought to be sickened by an unknown substance found in a letter at a military base. fort meyers just across the river from washington and top military officials live across the building where that envelope was opened. house democrats are calling for white house communications director, hope hicks to be subpoenaed after she refused to answer questions about her time in the white house. hicks was grilled for eight hours by the house intelligence committee. they're looking for possible links between russia and the trump campaign. sources tell "the new york times," hicks acknowledged that her work for president trump sometimes requires her to tell white lies. among other things. law makers are looking for answers on a misleading statement on donald trump jr.'s meeting with a russian lawyer. and the president's
son-in-law and senior adviser is under scrutiny after losing his temporary top secret security clearance. "the washington post" is reporting at least four countries have discussed ways to manipulate jared kushner. sources tell the paper that israel, china, mexico and the united arab emirates were looking to take advantage of his business dealsings, financial difficulties and inexperience with foreign policy. kushner will no longer have access to top secret intelligence. his attorney says his ability to do his job will not be affected. the head of the nsa is calling for a stronger response to deter russia and and and discord across the country. hasn't given him the authority to attack that problem more aggressively. jonathan carl has more. >> reporter: on capitol hill a senator confronted a top intelligence official with a question she recently received from a woman in a grocery store. can russia be stopped from
meddling in our election? >> are we strong enough and smart enough that we can keep them from doing this again? >> yes. >> the next question she asked me are we doing that right now? >> we're taking steps but we're probably not going enough. >> okay. so, she wants to know and i want to know, why the hell not? >> reporter: admiral mike rogers who runs the military cyber command says part of the answer is russia simply hasn't been punished enough for interfering with the last election. >> they haven't paid a price sufficient enough to get them to change their behavior. >> reporter: rogers offered another reason, the trump administration had not given him increased authority to take on the russians in cyber space. >> no one has asked you to take additional steps? >> i haven't been granted any additional authority, capacity. that's certainly true. >> reporter: why not? we put that question to the white house.
why not give him the authority? >> no one is denying him the authority. we are looking at a number of different ways we can put pressure -- let's not forget, this happened under obama. it didn't happen under trump. if you want to blame somebody on past problems, then you need look at the obama administration. >> this is not about the past, this is about protecting against the next election. he says he needs the authority and he hasn't been given it. >> i can't speak to that specifically. >> reporter: and admiral rogers said they hadn't received the kind of sustained aggression from the russians, aggression that continues with the midterm elections just months away. jonathan carl, abc news, the white house. north korea we're told may be helping the syrian government use chemical weapons on civilians. u.n. experts say north korea has been shipping supplies to the assad regime that could be used to produce weapons that gives north korea much needed cash. the u.n. report has not been released. it also says, though, north
korean technicians have been spotted working in chemical weapons facilities in syria. the white house says it's struck a great deal on planes. a pair of updated air force ones will cost $3.9 billion. the white house says president trump negotiated the price down by more than $1 billion. however pentagon shows it was always in the $4 billion range. after the election, then president-elect trump tweeted a cost over $4 billion was out of control. there's a bit of panic in taiwan. >> they say the island's toilet paper supply is in danger of being wiped out. the problem, the price increase. the cost of a roll could jump by as much as 30%. >> taiwanese officials are keeping an eye out for price gouging. in a statement, the economic ministry says it will call for an investigation if it notices abnormal movement in market prices. >> price gouging on toilet
paper. >> that's one of the things i don't want to price gouge on. >> who knew? how much would you pay if you were in need of a roll? >> oh, my god. let me just write a mortgage, get a mortgage loan. whatever you need, you've got me. oy. >> here you go. coming up another airline alteration caught on camera. a passenger records a heated exchange over bag size. >> when in need. and demy lovato launches her world tour with special guests on stage. that's in "the skinny." that's next. ♪ because the grass is greener under me ♪ announcer: world news weather, brought to you by carfax.com. you by c carfax.com.
your hair is so soft! did you use head and shoulders two in one? i did mom. wanna try it? yes. it intensely moisturizes your hair and scalp and keeps you flake free. manolo? look at my soft hair. i should be in the shot now too. try head and shoulders two in one. dramatic body cam footage out of tampa. shows what teamwork is all about. this deputy apprehends one of two suspects car thieves. his dog, a k9 named shep took off after the other suspect.
when the suspect was in handcuffs, carmack forces him to run with him to catch up with shep, who had caught suspect number two. his teeth clamped down on the man's arm. both men were taken into custody. shep, by the way, was not hurt during the take down. >> good job, shep. >> nice job. and over in tennessee video played in court of a deadly bus crash shows the driver on his cell phone. >> walker faces 34 counts of homicide for the deaths of children ranging in age from 6-10 years old. prosecutors say he was speeding 20 miles over the limit when he crashed. they also say cell phone data shows he was on the phone at the time on the incident. >> he has pleaded not guilty. his attorney says the crash may have been triggered by a second vehicle causing walker to swerve. and united airlines facing another pr incident caught on
video. >> so a mother and daughter were checking in for a flight when united staff gave them a hard time about that carry-on bag here. despite it fitting in the measuring rack. >> you're telling me this bag doesn't fit? >> rules are rules. >> you're telling me this bag doesn't fit in here? what are you talking about? this bag fits in here. oh, it doesn't fit? >> it doesn't fit? okay. >> you can't force it down. >> what do you mean, i'm not forcing it down. it fits perfectly in here. what are you talking about. >> but even if you push it down, it fits. at one point, she says she and her mother were told they weren't getting on the flight. eventually they were allowed to board with the handbag. united reportedly says it is reviewing the incident. >> so the fee to check a bag on united is $25. so apparently this entire thing was over 25 bucks. >> it's the principal. >> on the part of the airline
too. all of this over 25 bucks. >> and united made millions of dollars in profits from fees. >> she said at this point i wouldn't fly with them again. when we come back a tennis star is getting the lebron james treatment. >> "the skinny" is next. >> "the skinny" is next. vicks vaporub. s when s proven cough medicine. with 8 hours of vapors. so he can sleep. vicks vaporub. goodnight coughs.
♪ skinny, just give me the skinny ♪ frank in the house. >> frank in the house. first time on the new skinny set. >> do you like what we did with the place, frank? >> i think he approves, especially of the scripts over here. we're getting started with demy lovato with her tell me love me world tour in san diego. >> she invited special guests to join her on stage. she personally reached out to some of the students from parkland school and had them join her. she was concerned about their mental health after the tragedy. >> she talks about her own struggle with bipolar. they even had a charter jet fly
them from florida to california. >> they got to meet her backstage. so there's rich and then there's barbara streisand who cloned her dog not once but twice. >> so, the entertainer told variety, two of her dogs, miss scarlett and vie lot were cloned from her 14-year-old pet samantha who died last year. the cells were harvested from sam's mouth and stomach but says the clones have different personalities. streisand has a third dog of the same breed that is a distant cousin. >> we don't know how much it cost to clone her pup, but some reports put the number around $100,000. for barbara, that's not too bad. would you clone him? >> i'm trying to figure out how much i would pay for a frank clone. i'm not sure frank can be cloned. he's one of a kind. >> frank is like your ninth rabbit so obviously you get over it pretty quickly. >> what are you talking about? frank, i would be devastated, but i don't think i'd pay $100,000 to clone you.
there we go. serena williams is returning to the court for the first time since giving birth. to surprise his wife, he set up four billboards along the palm springs highway with adorable images of their daughter. >> they say greatest mama of all time. g-m-o-a-t. >> you skipped ahead there. greatest momma of all time and the last one, g-m-o-a-t. she has been called the greatest athlete of all time, so she's upping the ante with greatest mama of all time. take that lebron. lebron only got three. >> outside of philadelphia as they tried to woo him. so according to a new poll the movie "shape of water" would win best picture at the academy awards. who are these people? these are all people who did not
see the "shape of water." >> kendis was a big fan. but more than 7,000 movie goers were surveyed by fandango and asked which of the nominees they would give the award to and they went with the fishman movie. >> it got 19% of the vote. world war ii drama, "dunkirk" and the horror film rounded out the top three. so, three billboards, not even in the top three. >> you know what else wasn't? "the big sick," which wasn't a nominee and should have been. anyway, i digress. >> it's all right. "chocolate" was a nominee one year. i never thought it deserved it. >> josh has another line on his resume. rodent control operator. he showed off his cat-like reflexes in the green room of the "today" show. check it out. >> so he caught a mouse in his coffee cup and proudly explained we got it.
♪ he'll come again, looking better than a body has a right to ♪ ♪ and shaking me up, so, that all i really know is he will come again ♪ ♪ and here i go isn't that the theme song from tv show from way back when? >> quick question for the insomniacs. >> dolly parton, of course. she's the queen of country. to one group of kids, she's simply the lady who writes a book. >> she has no shortage of awards on the mantle. now, she's marking a literary milestone with the library of congress. here is david muir. >> reporter: from behind the curtain at the library of congress, dolly parton goes to washington and she was there because of a gift she began giving more than 20 years ago. she's been quietly donating
millions of books to children. her nonprofit called imagination library. they documented the families who have received a book a month for their child from birth to kindergarten and the 100 millionth book. she was one of 12 children. inspired by her father who never went to school but raised the family. telling our team he was the smartest man she ever knew. >> i certainly had a lot of pride when i walked up on stage and i was thinking of my dad. my dad couldn't read or write. i did take a lot of pride in this today for not only myself, but for dad and all the little kids that are benefiting from the imagination library and our 100 millionth book. >> reporter: over time, the children began calling her not dolly the singer, but dolly the book lady. >> i never thought about being the book lady. the painted lady, yes. but that just goes to show you can't judge a book by looking at the cover. right?
>> reporter: and borrowing from one of her most treasured songs. >> "coat of many colors" and the little girl is supposed to be me when i was little. >> reporter: she began reading and then singing. ♪ in my coat of many colors my mama made for me ♪ ♪ made only from rags but i wore it so proudly ♪ ♪ and although we had no money, i was rich as i could be ♪ ♪ in my coat of many colors mama made for me ♪ >> you know i would read a lot more if dolly would sing all the books to me. she's still got it. >> and man, she's got quite the resume there. book author, singer, amusement park owner. >> there's a lot going on there. love you, dolly. >> announcer: this is abc's "world news now" informing insomniacs for two decades. abc's
making news in america this morning, jared kushner's security clearance downgraded. the president's son-in-law and senior adviser loses his access to top secret information and this morning, new allegations that countries including china have tried to manipulate him. taxpayer outrage over the budget for decorating hud secretary ben carson's office, the $31,000 dining set and a staffer who claimed she was told $5,000 won't even buy a decent chair. back to school this morning at stoneman douglas high. the new details on who will greet the students before classes resume today and the remarkable show of support and love from people across the country and around the world in the wake of the shooting. also this morning, amazon pays a billion dollars for a smart doorbell.