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that's quite a scene. helicopter crash there in upstate new york leaves two people dead. investigators say the pair died jumping from the chopper after it got caught in those power lines in beekmantown, that's near the canadian border. >> i just heard it. >> two other people on board were injured. and now to kanye west. >> yeah, the rapper has now taken to twitter, announcing he's distancing himself from politics after he claimed he was unfairly used to spread messages that he now says he doesn't
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believe in. >> reporter: kanye west making it clear he no longer wants anything to do with politics. the rapper sounding off on social media overnight, blasting conservative groups over their claims that he is a supporter of blexit or black exit, a movement of african-american voters leaving the democratic party. >> people expect if you're black, you have to be democrat. >> reporter: the performer sending out a series of tweets, writing, i never wanted any association with blexit, i have nothing to do with it. adding, i've been used to spread messages i don't believe in. i'm distancing myself from publics. kanye, who has been outspoken about prison reform and stop and frisk laws made headlines for his support for donald trump along with his well-publicized visit to the white house. >> they tried to scare me to not wear this hat, my own friends, but this hat, it gives me -- it gives me power in a way. when i put this hat on, it made me feel like superman. >> reporter: president trump was
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asked about kanye's decision to step out of the political limelight as he returned to the white house. >> are you disappointed in kanye, mr. president? >> reporter: but he didn't take the bait. >> of course he would not take the bait with that. he's like, all right, i'm just going to let kanye be kanye. while kanye did mention his support for immigrants seeking asylum, he never named the president as one of the people he claims used him. >> he said he'll work on his creative projects instead. >> that indeed. when we come back, we're creeping into "the skinny." ♪
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[female narrator] foods rich in folic acid like white bread and leafy greens can help prevent some birth defects before you even know you're pregnant. ♪ ♪ ♪ time now for a special halloween edition of "the skinny." >> i was trying to keep a straight face. this morning, this moment, i'm not lynda lopez, this is not kendis gibson. you can call us morticia addams and cousin itt. >> and we're joined by ruth bader ginsberg. >> no, it's wednesday. >> wednesday on a wednesday.
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this is inspired by the iconic spooky show "the addams family" that ran right here on abc. >> did you know all that? >> i didn't know all that. just for two seasons. >> 1964 and 1966. you'd never know it since the tv show was shot in black and white, but the interior walls of their home, pink. >> i did not know that. the series also inspired a number of tv spinoffs and three feature films in the '90s. >> mmm-hmm. this wig tickles. this really tickles. next to probably the best celebrity costume of 2018. >> now, at first glance these photos of toni braxton's 1993 album look identical, but look closer, who is that on the left? even cousin itt can see that's actually beyonce. >> oh, it is beyonce. >> doing her halloween thing. >> she dressed in identical poses, clothes, even used the
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identical artwork with a clever play on words, from toni braxton to phony braxton. >> she even nailed the wig. braxton responded, how do you look better than me on my own album cover? i love it. >> she said happy halloween, sis. does this creepy chick in the middle speak? >> no, wednesday just stays there. she hangs out by mommy, it's okay. speaking of costumes, we're getting the word that tyler perry is hanging up the wig for good. >> no, madea, the character that has given us life for the last 20 years. >> wow, 20 years? >> started as a stage play, about to hang up that wig. >> perry says he plans to retire madea next year because, quote, i'm tired, man. i'm tired. >> since her first appearance back in 2000, madea has appeared in perry's stage plays, on tv
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and 12 of his 31 movies, but no doubt the best is "boo! a madea halloween." >> this must be why cousin itt didn't pursue a career as a tv anchor. >> does she do tricks? what does this tuesday person do? >> she's wednesday. >> like yesterday would have been tuesday or what? >> she's hanging out. she doesn't say anything. >> all right. while you're crying over madea, justin timberlake revealed new details about his "cry me a river". >> he reveals that he wrote that hit in just two hours following his breakup from britney spears back in 2002, just as we all suspected. >> cry me a river was long rumored to be about britney, following claims that she cheated. the breakup ballad, i've been scorned, the feelings i had were so strong, i had to write it. when it came out, i do remember a rolling stones writing saying
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"cry me a river" was britney spears' best attribution to music. >> a few more celebrity costumes to show you starting with this. check this out. yeah, baby, that's kendall jenner as a fembot from "austin powers." singer harry styles channeled elton john. very cool. >> i think i got friday to smile. >> it's wednesday. you leave her alone there. >> finally! i broke her. >> no, you didn't. she's good. she's good. >> how can you -- >> she's holding it down back there. >> how can we forget randy gerber with cindy crawford and
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their friend george clooney decked out as airline cabin crew. >> yep. they didn't go through as much effort as we did. >> for two seasons wednesday never spoke? >> she spoke but she was the strong silent type. >> coming up, more halloween fun. strong silent type. >> coming up, more halloween fun.
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♪ ♪ ♪ welcome back to our ghost-to-ghost overnight frightfest. elvira joining zz top. >> no, we are the addams family. obvi. see, we got a wednesday and everything. is something a little different about that wednesday? >> i think that was season two. it's like becky from "roseanne." besides the fun we are having here on camera, we wanted to show you a little behind the scenes fun we had with some of our staffers. >> oh, no. those poor people. >> what the -- is this? >> oh, my god!
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>> not cool, dude. that is not okay. >> not cool. >> sorry not sorry at all. time now for some halloween trivia. >> okay. play along with us as we try to identify some of hollywood's most iconic horror film houses or homes. >> oh. >> first question goes to kendis. this is a tiny little center hall dutch colonial. i don't even know what that means. here's a hint, in the movie, the front door wasn't painted red, it was painted blue. do you recognize that house? >> yeah, "the nutty professor."
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horrorhoe? ls that "amityville igked like a lonis umg dutch colonial, but there are a couple of hints, it's on long island -- in long island. it's one of the most famous haunted houses in america. >> that is "amityville horror" house. correct? >> that's easy. >> ding, ding, ding. that wasn't easy. >> i was going to go with "home alone 2." >> next to a very plain-looking two-story georgian revival. here's a major clue, kendis, it's located in georgetown, washington. >> i moved from georgetown. >> you used to live there. >> i don't recognize any houses
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like that in georgetown. "exorcist." >> you are correct.
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good morning. i'm lynda loz. good morning. i'm lynda lopez. >> and i'm kendis gibson. here are some of our top headlines we're following this wednesday morning on "world news now." president trump is vowing to end the right to citizenship for anyone born on u.s. soil by executive order, but he's getting a lot of pushback from legal experts and even some members of his own party. full report straight ahead. details are emerging about the death of convicted boston gangster james "whitey" bulger inside a federal prison in west virginia. "the new york times" quotes sources saying bulger was beaten unrecognizable by other inmates thought to be affiliated with the mob. bulger was 89 years old. authorities have made arrests in connection with a
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string of burglaries. in the nation's capital, the tuesday before halloween meant it was time to kick up your heels. there was a little drag racing in washington, d.c. during the annual high heel race.e e some u stories on thiwednesy, st. or n"rom abc news, this is i think i saw quite a leopard there running. leopard print. amy winehouse there. >> a very sparkly jacket. >> it is always a fun time there in dupont circle in d.c. we're going to start this half hour in washington where president trump is challenging constitutional law that guarantees birthright citizenship as he attempts to keep immigration in the spotlight heading into the midterms. >> anyone born on u.s. soil is automatically an american citizen even if their parents
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are undocumented, but the president now says he plans to change that with the stroke of a pen. here's abc's jonathan karl. >> reporter: before the midterm elections, president trump is determined to make immigration a central issue, vowing to single-handedly end the constitution's guarantee of citizenship to anyone born in the united states. >> you can definitely do it with an act of congress, but now they're saying i can do it just with an executive order. it's in the process. it will happen. >> reporter: but the top republican in congress said the president simply does not have that power. >> well, you obviously cannot do that. you cannot end birthright citizenship with an executive order. we didn't like it when obama tried changing immigration laws via executive action. i think in this case the 14th amendment's pretty clear. >> reporter: as the election approaches, the president focused on that caravan of migrants fleeing poverty and violence in central america and traveling by foot to the u.s.-mexico border. >> i wish i could just tell them and i say it, caravan, turn around. you're not coming in.
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you're not coming in. i'm sorry. >> reporter: now the president is sending more than 5,000 active duty troops to the border, he says to stop the caravan, something an anchor on the president's favorite cable news channel called a political stunt. >> tomorrow is one week before the midterm election, which is what all of this is about. there is no invasion. no one's coming to get you. there is n restrained in what they can do. they can't arrest migrants or take part in law enforcement. instead, they can support border patrol by helping transport agents and by doing things like building tents. >> back in 1995, the justice department issued an opinion that still stands today that said forcefully that the only way to change birthright citizenship is, quote, by amending the constitution. jonathan karl, abc news, the white house. the first troops headed for the southern border are now in san antonio, texas. 1,000 regular army soldiers and
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their equipment arrived on transports like these. they're part of the 5,200 the pentagon is sending to help control the border ahead of that migrant caravan. ft. sam houston will serve as their staging area. two more people killed in the synagogue shooting will be laid to rest today. mourners packed the synagogue for cecil and david rosenthal and dr. jerry rabinowitz while a private funeral was held for daniel stein. his family declining to meet with president trump. the president was greeted by angry protesters, many of them accusing him of fomenting the hate that motivated the shooter. he made the trip despite a request from the mayor of pittsburgh and others to wait until after all 11 victims were buried. federal prosecutors are calling the mail bomb campaign aimed at prominent democrats a case of domestic terrorism. cesar sayoc is accused of targeting at least 15 critics of president trump with improvised explosive devices and additional
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charges are expected. the ieds were all intercepted but prosecutors say several of them contained shards of glass intended to maximize harm. they're asking a florida judge to transfer sayoc from miami to new york. special counsel robert mueller's office is asking the fbi to investigate what appears to be an attempt to discredit mueller himself. the possible smear campaign centers on claims from several women who say they were offered money in exchange for fabricating sexual misconduct claims against mueller. one of those women says she was approached by someone representing right-wing conspiracy peddler jack berkman. multiple women who claim they were contacted say they never either met mueller or never saw him act inappropriately. the fiance of murdered "washington post" columnist jamal khashoggi speaking out for the first time. she's calling and hoping that justice is served for khashoggi's death and in her first american tv interview, she tells abc news about their final days together. here is abc's ian pannell.
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>> reporter: "washington post" writer jamal khashoggi was living in exile when he met a young woman from turkey and fell in love. this video shows the happy couple going to get paperwork for their wedding. this was september 28, four days before he was killed, and he was afraid. so he didn't want to go into the saudi consulate that day? yes, she says. he was worried he could be captured and sent back to saudi arabia. but instead, he was greeted warmly that day. so when he went back four days later, his guard was lowered. she waited outside, but the man she was to marry the following day never reappeared. >> at what point did you know he had been killed? i wanted to believe he was alive until the end, she says. it wasn't until the saudis confessed they killed him that i acknowledged the horrible tragedy of what had happened.
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almost a month after jamal khashoggi was killed, his fiance demanding to know where the body is so he can have a proper burial. she also wants to know who really ordered the killing. ian pannell, abc news, london. >> our thanks to ian. asian markets are trading higher overnight after a bounceback sessionll street. traders were buying after some solid earnings reports. all of the major averages added more than 1.5%. despite those gains, stocks are on track for their worst monthly performance since march of 2009. apple's new gadgets are ready to hit the market. among them, the next generation of the ipad. all of them were on display yesterday in new york city. abc's rebecca jarvis has a rundown. >> reporter: the apple event in brooklyn, new york where they've unveiled a number of brand-new products, including the new ipad pro. it is thinner, faster and it has face i.d., meaning it acts more
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like the new iphone x and that you can open it with your face. they go on sale $799. the other big product is a macbook air, that is optimized for things like watching video. these are things we use our laptops for these days. well, it's optimized for that. also better sound quality so you can listen to music and, of course, watch those videos as well. now it has a touch i.d., meaning you can check out using your fingertip. starting price 1,199. goes on sale and ships november 7th. there you have it from the apple event in new york. i'm rebecca jarvis for abc news in brooklyn, new york. >> you'll have it just in time for the holidays. our thanks to rebecca there. trick-or-treaters tonight might want to have some waterproof halloween costumes. severe storms stretching from west texas to the great lakes. tonight it will be rainy and windy.
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the worst weather will be in louisiana and houston. maybe you just should stream a horror film instead. tomorrow the deep south will be taking a pounding before the storm moves into new england as well. but in colorado ski resorts are getting an early boost. >> a cold front is bringing snow to the rockies and that means more business for workers who suffered through a tough ski season last year. some couldn't find a job last winter at all. meantime, skiers and snowboarders were left out in the cold. the early snow has them hopeful. >> are you hoping this is a sign of good things to come? >> praying. >> praying it stays out there. >> most of colorado's ski resorts do up to 1/3 of their business over the upcoming holiday season. >> yes, they do. all right. coming up, one famous adventurer's brush with death. the avalanche that buried her and two guides and how she
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all right. let's see how this works out. car without a license plate led police on a chase from los angeles county to riverside. most of the chase was on the freeway, 100-mile-an-hour speeds. p.i.t. maneuver. bad boys, bad boys, what you gonna do when they come for you? that's it. that's all he wrote. he's in the po-co. an adventurer who survived an avalanche in new zealand is talking about the tragedy that took the lives of two of her friends. >> jo morgan says she and two guides were buried under snow as they tried to reach the summit of mt. hicks. they were roped together during the climb. she managed to poke her face out of the snow so she could breathe. morgan says that she's fortunate to be alive. >> two very dear friends of mine
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that have lost their lives today and, you know, just tragic circumstances and i'm just -- i don't know, i just got really lucky and managed to end up out of the avalanche being able to breathe still. >> morgan activated a locater beacon, which allowed rescuers to find her on the 10,000-foot mountain. she described the avalanche as a wall of ice. the guides' bodies have been recovered. >> that's too bad about the guides. switching gears now to what may end up being the creepiest halloween event of the year. >> m.i.t. is launching an online social experiment called be me. one person will give up their free will to the internet. brad mielke joins us now with the details. >> we already did that. it's called facebook. >> you want to talk about creepy halloween entertainment? check this out. one guy at m.i.t. is about to give up his free will to the internet. see, the tech wizards there have created this game, they call it be me.
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a dude has volunteered to do whatever a crowd tells him to do. they're supposed to be trying to win the game, but come on, these are people on the internet. i talked to the researcher in charge of this project and i asked him, aren't you afraid gamers are going to make this person do something super embarrassing or worse? >> yeah, absolutely. when the internet has been given control in the past, we know that trolling happens. trolls come and they like to troll, and that's fine. we know that people want to have fun, want to make the actor do, like, crazy or outlandish things. we just want to, you know, make sure that everybody is safe and nobody, for example, commits criminal activity or disrespects buildings or the actor himself. >> there are basic rules here. the person will not do anything dangerous or offensive. their identity is being closely ard. nia ld mpele have to agree on w
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the scariest thing might be being the internet. we'll have much more on this creepy game on "start here" later this morning. kendis? lynda? >> so the person being controlled will be a trained actor, by the way, not anyone randomly selected. >> right. as they said, they'll conceal his identity so you won't know exactly who it is. >> it is kind of creepy. all right, coming up, conjuring up some magic right here in new york. >> what some actual witches are teaching us this morning about witchcraft. you're watching "world news now." teaching us this morning about witchcraft. you're watching "world news now." gentle. ds free & it's gentle on her skin and out cleans the other free and clear detergent. dermatologist recommended. it's got to be tide. your digestive system has billions of bacteria but life can throw them off balance. re-align yourself with align probiotic.
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♪ ♪ let us be the first to wish you happy halloween, and, of course, nothing goes together quite like halloween, jack-o'-lanterns, black cats and witches. >> long before sabrina the teenager, there were real witches and they're still practicing.
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and not in salem, mass, but right here in new york. >> please come into the store. ♪ ♪ >> my name is stacey and i'm the head witch of enchantment in new york city. myths about witchcraft. how far back do you want to go? >> is it a religion? is it a belief system? what is it? >> angels and saints, devils. walk with us and hear our prayers, our songs and our rituals. >> my name is dakota. i am a co-owner here at catland books, brooklyn's favorite little witch shop. i am here today to dispel a lot of the myths about what witchcraft is and who witches are. witchcraft very, very simply is a practice. the thing about being a witch is it is inherently radical in nature in which you say, i am an
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individual, i have within me the ability to use critical thinking, doubt, skepticism, reason to map out for myself what i believe my religious or spiritual practice should be. the taking on of the identity of the witch has always happened amongst queer people, trans people and women. >> my nickname growing up was "bruja," so i just kind of went with it. i've been saying i was a witch since maybe 9 years old. >> i've never identified with warlock or wizard. i'm happy with the term witch. it feels empowering. >> i guess the most common misconception is that witches can fly. we can fly in airplanes but we can't actually fly on we ct would 'twitch ounondn e us people believe that witches can talk to animals. that might be partly true. a lot of people who are involved
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in witchcraft because it is about working with energy. we do get people outside yelling and screaming at us that we worship the devil and we're going to hell. >> you can be a person who has logic and reason in your life and live by that and also have a fulfilling spiritual life. >> you don't need it to be a specific day or specific time of the month to do something magical. it's just about waking up and connecting with that inner voice to put it out into the universe. >> so i've been a witch my entire life. >> didn't even know it. >> i have inner voices going. >> you might have seen some of these cool candles. >> yeah, interesting. >> all from the kind folks at enchantments nyc. >> i guess these take a long time. jack. >> yes? >> i control you. >> no, i'm good. i'm good.
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♪ ♪ ♪ got it? you got it there? you ready? you ready? yes, we always dress up like nasa astronauts for "weird science." >> i can't speak or breathe. >> you look awesome. >> maybe i have it on wrong. i don't have a helmet. nobody gave me a little helmet. >> you want it? >> in "weird science" today, so fitting because there is a real life "star trek" tractor beam. did you know that? >> oh, really? >> yeah, they're working on one right now at the university of adelaide. they say its tractor beam works perfectly. you remember "star trek," "star wars," they could suck a little spaceship into its little beam of light, whatever thing. >> is that a technical term? >> that's a technical term.
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the one they invented doesn't work that well, it can only move one atom into its orbit. not quite as exciting as the death star, but they are on their way to inventing an actual real life -- >> like my buddy adam? >> no, just a piece of him. okay. so a nightmare halloween mask that is terrifying monsters and ghouls. >> like this one? oh, wow. >> it's designed by ai, artificial intelligence there. a creative technologist there trained a neural network by supplying it 5,000 popular images. >> of scary masks. >> yeah. uh-huh. they created this scary mask there. >> some of those are super creepy. >> it kind of looks like jason from "friday the 13th." >> right. that was one of the masks they fed into the ai knowledge. >> weird. >> that is weird. all right. let's check out halloween in space.
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so fitting. sot tting right here. a's jpl, the jet cainulsion laboratorthr own haoi >> they have creepy space e. entities. >> they have creepy space entities -- >> that were discovered in space, the universe. >> nasa discovered these really creepy entities. they're not really skulls, witches, wizards, stuff like that. we only think they look like that because it's halloween. we're showing you those cool images from space. >> now to the carvings. that's a relief. i look like the marshmallow dj. >> in a good way. >> mmm-hmm. >> but does he carve his own pumpkins? >> nasa engineers they're carving -- >> at jpl. >> at jpl in california. look at all this crazy stuff. >> they take it seriously. today there is only one park for every 14,000 americans.
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this morning on "world news now," the president in pittsburgh. >> the trumps make a visit to the scene of the synagogue shooting to pay respects with protesters not far away. some telling the president he wasn't welcome there. new details just in from the cras american-ma aianwearg om plane before the crash, claiming the jet dropped during their flight without any warning. growing outrage this morning after chilling new video has surfaced showing preschoolers allegedly encouraged to fight one another. >> whoa. >> as teachers look on and cheer. and what in the world? and this one's not a drag. it's one race in d.c. we can all get behind. where anyone can wear high heels, woo-hoo! so we have an excuse for wearing heels. it's halloween, october 31st.
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♪ they did the monster mash ♪ the monster mash ♪ it was a graveyard smash from abc news, this is "world news now." a very happy halloween. >> happy halloween. some of us didn't need excuses to wear heels. >> you're talking about me, no doubt. usually this time of year, diane and i have done our great high heel race. >> your epic race. >> she had some excuse this year about being, like, 11 months pregnant, i mean 12 months pregnant. however long. >> wait, that's not right. >> it is. we'll get to the high heel race and a lot of our halloween antics a little later on. we're going to start in pittsburgh this half hour where several days of grief now turning into some cases of anger. pregame ment of since, painfo11 secondso honor lives they were joined on the ice by two of the police officers wounded in the attack. president trump is back at the
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white house afnshis visit to pittsburgh and top officials kept their distance. abc's cecilia vega has the details. >> reporter: in pittsburgh, scenes of unspeakable grief. a line of mourners wrapping around the block for the funeral of cecil and david rosenthal, the brothers who never missed a service at tree of life synagogue. also there to pay their respects, coaches and players from the brothers' beloved steelers. president trump and the first lady, his jewish son-in-law jared kushner and daughter ivanka traveled to the synagogue. rabbi jeffrey myers there to greet them. the first family following the jewish custom of leaving stones to honor the dead, but it is a much different trip than the white house had planned. just half a block away, this scene, neighbors shouting down the president. >> it's not about you! let the families grieve! this is our neighborhood! you are not welcome here!
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>> reporter: nearby, more than 1,000 protesters carrying signs, saying words matter, stop encouraging hate and you are not welcome in pittsburgh until you fully denounce white nationalism. the mayor of pittsburgh had asked the president not to come until the funerals were over citing security concerns. >> i do believe that it would be best to put the attention on the families this week, and if he were to visit, choose a different time to be able to do it. our focus is the city. >> reporter: the white house is divided. top congressional leaders in both parties were invited to accompany the president. leader mitch mcconnell, speaker paul ryan among those who declined, citing scheduling issues. the family of one victim, daniel stein, also making it clear they have no interest in meeting with president trump. they were angered by his words when he said armed guards at the synagogue could have prevented the shooting. >> if you take a look, if they had protection inside, the results would have been far better.
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>> reporter: stein's nephew telling us the president is blaming jewish people for what happened to them. >> i was standing just a few feet away from president trump when the neighbors were shouting those words, saying words matter. i clearly heard those neighbors. i imagine president trump also heard them. when he left, he told reporters that this scene here is very sad. he said hopefully we will learn a lot of what happened. cecilia vega, abc news, pittsburgh. >> so many people there, it probably was hard to miss the protests. cecilia, thank you. the president, in the meantime, is trying to rev up another hardline immigration issue just days before the midterm elections, claiming he'll be able to end birthright citizenship with an executive order. the constitutions,nts ths' immigraontas, and legal scholars say it would take a constitutional amendment to change that, not an executive order, but the president claims his lawyers have assured him it could be done unilaterally. >> you can definitely do it with an act of congress, but now
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they're saying i can do it with just an executive order. it's in the process. it will happen. >> house speaker paul ryan disagreed, saying you obviously cannot do that. he said when it comes to birthright citizenship, the 14th amendment is pretty clear. the office of special counsel robert mueller has asked the fbi to investigate what appears to be an attempt to discredit mueller himself. the possible smear campaign centers on several women's claims that they were offered money in exchange for fabricating sexual misconduct claims against mueller. one of those women says she was approached by someone representing a known right-wing conspiracy peddler named jack berkman. multiple women who claimed they were contacted say they never met mueller or never saw him act inappropriately. a lawyer who once defended james "whitey" bulger is blaming the federal bureau of prisons for bulger's death. bulger was found dead inside a federal prison in west virginia. he had just been moved to that prison. during a life of crime, bulger
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was linked to at least 11 murders. he spent 16 years on the run before being captured seven years ago in santa monica, california along with his longtime girlfriend. bulger was convicted on several counts and sentenced to spend the rest of his life behind bars. one victim's family is speaking out. >> very pleased he's dead. our family can get on with our lives now. there is no reason to open up old wounds. we can finally move on and start the closure. >> we have no feelings for bulger. we want his name to go away. now that he's dead, his name goes away and he goes away with it. >> law enforcement officials are investigating his death as a homicide. it's the third killing at that maximum security prison in west virginia this year alone. the prison workers' union says violence there is increasing because of inadequate staffing.
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crews believe they may be closing in on the fuselage of the jet that crashed. the american-made jet was brand-new, just put into service by lion air two months ago, yet the airline says it was having problems the day before the crash. abc's bob woodruff has more. >> reporter: investigators trying to unlock the mystery of the doomed jetliner. disturbing accounts are emerging of technical problems the day before its final flight. one passenger telling a reporter the engine was making a strange noise, another claimed the plane dropped several times like a roller coaster. flight records show a 925-foot plummet in 27 seconds. lion air says there were reports of problems on the brand-new 737 but claims they were resolved. indonesia has a checkered safety record. >> it was not only until a couple of years ago that aviation officials allowed indonesian airplanes to fly into the united states. >> reporter: authorities have not publically ruled out terrorism but are focusing more on a catastrophic malfunction or pilot error.
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as the grim task of recovering the 189 victims continues, boeing investigators have arrived. the 737 max 8 plane is its fastest-selling model with thousands ordered in the u.s. now, what you can see behind me is a lot of the debris that has been found out there at sea, but what has not been found yet is the black box, which could have a lot of the answers to so many of these questions. bob woodruff, abc news, jakarta. >> our thanks to bob. back here in this country, as you can see on the radar, it's going to be a soggy halloween for much of the country. >> a large storm system stretches from west texas to the great lakes, it will bring soaking rain, violent thunderstorms from the south to the ohio valley. >> a lot of wet costumes, indeed. a winter storm warning is in effect for north new mexico and colorado. by this evening, a line of heavy rain stretches from houston to cleveland. and the severe storms continue eastward and also extend into new england.
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it's been that kind of week for a lot of the country. clear skies in d.c. wonderful temperatures. >> thankfully. >> because it could be really, really ugly running in heels. i know this. the drag racing was on display in d.c. >> wow. it actually was drag queen racing, let's be clear. the 32nd annual high heel race stumbled its way through the district's dupont circle neighborhood. dozens of contestants in not so comfortable shoes rumbled along the 500 foot long course. 500 feet, that's nothing. >> that is absolutely nothing. >> that's every day in new york city running down the street. >> yeah, a short little walk to the subway. oh, wow, some of the costumes. >> they pick up speed there. >> uh-huh. coming up, don't mess with mr. feeney. what the 91-year-old actor did when he discovered burglars inside his home. later in "the mix," just in case you still need ideas for your jack-o'-lantern carving, you won't believe how long it took to create these.
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two people are dead after a fiery chopper crash in central two people are dead after a fiery chopper crash in central florida. the ntsb says an experimental gyrocopter slammed into a mobile home. the crash killed both people in the aircraft. one person on the ground was hurt. the faa is investigating. we turn now to the growing outrage over newly released video showing what appears to be a daycare center fight club. >> preschoolers in st. louis were allegedly pitted against each other and encouraged to fight. here is abc's linsey davis. >> reporter: disturbing questions about this video shows preschoolers at a st. louis daycare fighting as teachers look on. caught on camera by a 10-year-old after the family says his little brother was forced to fight. the mother is now suing, calling that incident seen here on a daycare camera part of a fight club. >> i don't know any parent that could watch their children go through this and not be upset.
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>> reporter: one teacher appears to be jumping enthusiastically as another helps the children put on hulk fists. nicole reported the incident back in 2016 and both teachers were quickly fired. one teacher told investigators she let the kids fight as a stress release after the daycare's heater broke. >> no one's being held accountable, and if i'm not a voice for my children, who will be? >> reporter: those two teachers never faced criminal charges. the department of health and senior services tells us they did conduct an investigation and they required the facility perform additional training. linsey davis, abc news, new york. >> they asked one of the teachers about the fight club and the teacher said, there is no fight club. the rules -- the rules of "fight club." there is no fight club. so this happened nearly two years ago, but obviously we're finding out about it now. >> no, it'horrific to watch in a way. >> it is fascinating stuff.
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we move on now to the longtime character actor who has made news by playing a crime stopper in his own home. >> that's right.b. >> i really do. last weekend, police say the 91-year-old stopped a burglary at his own home. he scared the thief by turning on the lights when the would-be thief kicked in the back door. >> is that really stopping a crook? >> he stopped him. >> he turned on the lights, he's 91. he used the clapper to turn on the lights. >> he didn't even get out of bed. coming up in our next half hour, kanye says he's calling it quits. why the rapper's announced he's distancing himself from politics. but first, why one town is changing its name in honor of halloween. that's next on "world news now." changing its name in honor of halloween. that's next on "world news now." . so, we save by using tide. which means we use less. ci mo.
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it is halloween. isn't that how it's done? >> no, i'm keeping mine. i got this bowl. >> not quite. sorry. starting today, a town on new york's long island will change its name every year on halloween. >> huntington, long island will now become hauntington, long island. it's all thanks to an idea from a 7-year-old resident, angelica cunningham. she told her parents. they suggested she write a letter to the town. she did and the town supervisors loved it. they approved the name unanimously. hauntington, long island. switching gears to a very cute video a viewer sent us. they bought their son a t-rex mask because of his love of dinosaurs. apparently he loves the mask so much, he refuses to take it off ever. >> i guess the t-rex is his spirit animal. it reminds me of my favorite dinosaur joke. >> uh-oh. >> what happens when a dinosaur scores a touchdown? >> what? >> a dino-score.
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>> he's got jokes. all right. coming up next, we're going to learn how to be brave and avoid running from our problems. stay tuned. >> okay. we're clear. are you okay? you look tired. >> i'm okay. i'm just going to grab a red bull. i'll be right back. [ screaming ] ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ [ screaming ] ♪ ♪
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>> help, somebody! please! >> kendis, just relax. relax. that's the new audio guy. he was just trying to take your microphone off. you've been live the whole time. they heard you crying in the elevator, buddy. >> why is he wearing a mask? >> it's halloween. >> apparently that made sense. that's why the audio guy and i have such a love/hate relationship. >> by the way, you worked hard there, kendis. for kendis. >> i mean, there is a new audio guy, right? >> not that i know of. 'cuz i'm way too busy. who's got the time to chase around down dirt, dust and hair?
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♪ always hated that music. just want to throw that out there. also because apparently it made kendis go missing. no, wait. wait. i think we're good. i think he's coming. halloween -- >> i didn't want you -- i didn't want you to do the segment all by myself. >> wow, madea. i love it. >> let me see your tootsie roll. >> kendis couldn't be here. madea's going to fill in. >> i can't really sit with these things. >> now you know the issues. >> i do feel like jamie foxx's character -- how do you sit with this. >> don't point those at me. >> what do you do? >> you just got to lift them up, babe. there you go. oh, my word. so kendis couldn't be with us so madea is going to do "the mix" with us. >> madea or jamie foxx's character from "living color."
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>> except you couldn't see the balloons in jamie foxx's outfit. we've got a halloween edition of "the mix." in case you didn't have any ideas left for your jack-o'-lantern carvings. so cool. there is this woman, her name is rachel colby. she's a graphic designer in yorktown, new york. >> there was a red riding hood and boo. >> a little trick or treater. i wanted to match you, kendis. these very cool carvings everything from the "hocus pocus" movie. some of them take up to 16 hours to carve just one. >> yeah, why is mike myers on the phone? from that, we go to these classic couples costumes that are winning halloween. >> i love these.
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>> take a look here. oh, i see. filter, no filter. >> that's really funny. >> that's kind of awesome. she's the filter looking all cute. the other one's not. vote for pedro. >> i love it. "napoleon dynamite." >> uh-huh. >> fantastic. >> i think this is my favorite. bob ross and a painting. >> ah, yes. >> that's kind of genius, except she has to stand with her arms out all night. >> oh, the dinosaur. >> t-rex. i love it. >> yes, indeed. >> cute. and these guys were -- >> what are they? >> what are these guys? >> pikachu. >> pikachu. oh, my gosh. they're couples goals. >> all right. >> you look amazing, by the way. >> great. i'm told that they end, like -- >> no, don't -- let's see -- jeez!
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this morning on "world news now," the president visits
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pittsburgh despite some top officials refusing to meet with him. plus, the community can say farewell to the 11 people killed. members of the steelers among those in mourning. the notorious boston crime boss whitey bulger killed in prison. he was captured after being on the run for years. investigators are looking into whether it was a mob hit inside the prison walls. and new this half hour, kanye west does a 180. >> just weeks after he held court in the oval office, he makes a major announcement about his future in politics. kanye 2020? and it's halloween. beyonce herself is just one of the many celebrities pulling out all the stops on this trick or treat holiday. and wait until you see our costumes. >> we're getting dressed up. >> we're very excited. that's in "the skinny." it's wednesday, october 31st. ♪ ♪ from abc news, this is "world news now."
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no, she is not dressing up from someone -- as someone from that video. >> no. although i tried to look for that costume, you know, the suit that jay-z was wearing in the opening sequence. >> amazing. >> it's really kind of tough to find. i think you'll be surprised and might not be able to recognize us in our costumes this morning. as we say good morning to you, everybody, on this wednesday, we're going to start with the grief stricken city of pittsburgh preparing for another day of funerals after the first of the worshippers brutally gunned down in the synagogue were laid to rest. >> as the city mourned, president trump arrived to pay respects but many people were not rolling out the welcome mat. he was met by a sea of protesters, blaming him for inciting the hatred that inspired that attack. abc's maggie rulli has the latest. >> reporter: standing in a city that was rocked by hate, president trump says he's here to grieve with pittsburgh. >> very, very sad. hopefully we'll learn a lot of what happened.
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>> reporter: together with the first lady, his jewish son-in-law jared kushner and daughter ivanka, they visited the site of saturday's massacre. rabbi jeffrey myers, who just hours earlier was presiding over funerals, was there to greet them. just a half block away, this scene. neighbors shouting at the president. >> it's not about you! let the families grieve! this is our neighborhood! you are not welcome here! >> reporter: as nearby, more than 1,000 protesters marched. carrying signs saying words matter, stop encouraging hate and you are not welcome in pittsburgh until you fully denounce white nationalism. >> he is a purveyor of hate speech and he is not welcome in my synagogue and in my city. >> reporter: the city choosing instead to focus on each other as the first of many funerals begin. dr. jerry rabinowitz killed after witnesses say he escaped only to run back in to save others.
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and a line of mourners wrapping around the block for cecil and david rosenthal, the brothers who never missed a service. also there to pay their respects, coaches and players from the brothers' beloved steelers. a city showing their strength and vowing to never let hate win. while they were at the synagogue, the president and his family visited this makeshift memorial. they placed small stones and flowers next to every single star of david. kendis and lynda? >> maggie, thank you. president trump continues his campaign blitz today with the critical midterm elections just six days away. he's holding a make america great rally near fort myers, florida. he'll be crisscrossing the country, hitting as many as three cities in one day. federal prosecutors are calling the mail bomb campaign aimed at prominent democrats a case of domestic terrorism.
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cesar sayoc is accused of targeting at least 15 critics of president trump with improvised explosive devices. additional charges are now expected. the ieds were all intercepted, but prosecutors say they all contained shards of glass intending maximum harm. convicted boston gangster james "whitey" bulger was reportedly beaten unrecognizable shortly after arriving at a facility in west virginia. he was found dead yesterday. he was 89. inmates thought to be affiliated with the mob are believed responsible for bulger's death. gio benitez has more. >> reporter: famous for a life of crime including a role in at least 11 murders. those 16 years on the run with his girlfriend until their capture in 2011. and another twist, the crime boss' life coming to a violent end. whitey bulger found dead in his
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west virginia prison cell. he had just been transferred there in the latest 24 hours. >> you're going to be responding to the maximum security. they advise cpr in progress. >> reporter: law enforcement officials now telling abc news bulger was killed. it was in south boston where a young james bulger earned that infamous nickname "whitey" because of his light hair. he spent time in alcatraz, returning to boston where he would rule the streets. in 1994, a corrupt fbi agent tipped bulger off, telling him he was about to be indicted. he disappeared. authorities searching for him for more than a decade releasing this surveillance video and a recording of his voice, ultimately tracking him down through his girlfriend, katherine greg. >> have you seen this woman? >> reporter: the couple found living in this santa monica apartment. >> the arrests mark the end of a long and exhaustive hunt for one of america's most wanted men. >> reporter: some of the families of bulger victims who relived the tragedies during bulger trial -- >> he's a mass murderer and a
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destroyer of families. >> reporter: -- struggling to process that the man responsible for so much pain is finally gone. >> i knew this day was going to come and i knew this was going to happen. it's like surreal. >> reporter: bulger's attorney, j.w. carney, tells us this in a statement, he was sentenced to a life in prison, but as a result of decisions by the federal bureau of prisons, that sentence has been changed to the death penalty. right now the u.s. attorney here in massachusetts says his thoughts are with the victims and the families. gio benitez, abc news, boston. >> no love loss at all for whitey bulger. federal investigators in the meantime in rochester, indiana trying to unravel the tragic deaths of a 9-year-old girl and her 6-year-old twin brothers. alivia stahl, xavier ingle and mason ingle were struck by a pickup truck while crossing the street to their school bus. police say the school bus arm was down. the children's uncle says the father is just devastated.
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>> he didn't just lose one kid, he lost all his kids. how do you tell your little brother it's going to get better? you can't. >> a fourth child is in the hospital after also being critically injured. the pickup truck driver faces reckless homicide and other charges. she is being held on $15,000 bond. indonesian investigators believe they may have found where the main part of a doomed jetliner is lying under the ocean. the lion air flight crashed monday, just minutes after taking off from jakarta on a one-hour flight. it's believed all 189 aboard died. the boeing 737 max 8 was a new version of the workhorse aircraft and it had been in service by lion air just two months ago. however, the budget airline says the jet had technical problems just the day before the accident.
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at least 11 people are dead in italy because of severe storms. rising floodwaters in the canal city of venice overwhelmed many of its famous squares and landmarks. officials say as much as 3/4 of the city is now submerged. several tornados were reported elsewhere in italy and some of the fatalities were caused by falling trees. more bad weather is in the forecast. ♪ ♪ even our announce guy has given up. this is it. finally the end -- >> the royal trip! >> it's almost over. >> we made it! >> didn't we say that the other day that it was over? it wasn't over. >> day 16 of the tour of the south pacific. >> mmm-hmm. the young royals. >> prince harry and meghan trying to reclaim the islands. >> well, they wrapped it all up in new zealand, watching what was called a powerful haka. am i saying that right?
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while wearing traditional cloaks for a ceremonial welcome. harry's woven cloak made quite an outfit for over his gray suit. the couple enjoyed the best weather of their stay. see, there it is, there is his little gray cloak. it was the best weather on the last day of their trip. >> they stayed there long enough so that they could get good weather. harry and meghan did what the locals do by pressing their forehead and nose against some of the hosts. it's a traditional greeting. he got into a tree house. they took a nice romantic walk amongst some redwood trees. >> you can see them. >> they met some local mountain bikers before leaving for home. >> thank god! >> it's over! >> yes! we deserve a medal. >> the great national nightmare there in new zealand, tonga, fiji, australia, over. all right. well, coming up, why kanye west
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has announced he's making a sudden exit altogether from politics. and cue the music. later this half hour, we're engaging in a little halloween wish-craft and honoring television's first family of thrills and chills in a way that only "world news now" can do, which means really cheap. >> on a low budget. ♪ the addams family ♪ the addams family
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that's quite a scene. that's quite a scene. helicopter crash there in upstate new york leaves two people dead. investigators say the pair died jumping from the chopper after it got caught in those power lines in beekmantown, that's near the canadian border. >> i just heard it. >> two other people on board were injured. and now to kanye west. >> yeah, the rapper has now taken to twitter, announcing he's distancing himself from politics after he claimed he was unfairly used to spread messages that he now says he doesn't believe in. >> reporter: kanye west king anything to do with politics. the rapper sounding off on social media overnight, blasting conservative groups over their claims that he is a supporter of blexit or black exit, a movement of african-american voters leaving the democratic party.
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>> people expect if you're black, you have to be democrat. >> reporter: the performer sending out a series of tweets, writing, i never wanted any association with blexit, i have nothing to do with it. adding, i've been used to spread messages i don't believe in. i'm distancing myself from publics. kanye, who has been outspoken about prison reform and stop and frisk laws made headlines for his support for donald trump along with his well-publicized visit to the white house. >> they tried to scare me to not wear this hat, my own friends, but this hat, it gives me -- it gives me power in a way. when i put this hat on, it made me feel like superman. >> reporter: president trump was asked about kanye's decision to step out of the political limelight as he returned to the white house. >> are you disappointed in kanye, mr. president? >> reporter: but he didn't take the bait. >> of course he would not take the bait with that. he's like, all right, i'm just going to let kanye be kanye. while kanye did mention his support for immigrants seeking asylum, he never named the
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president as one of the people he claims used him. >> he said he'll work on his creative projects instead. >> that indeed. when we come back, we're creeping into "the skinny." ♪
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♪ ♪ time now for a special halloween edition of "the skinny." >> i was trying to keep a straight face. this morning, this moment, i'm not lynda lopez, this is not kendis gibson. you can call us morticia addams and cousin itt. >> and we're joined by ruth bader ginsberg. >> no, it's wednesday. >> wednesday on a wednesday. this is inspired by the iconic spooky show "the addams family" that ran right here on abc. >> did you know all that? >> i didn't know all that. just for two seasons. >> 1964 and 1966. you'd never know it since the tv show was shot in black and white, but the interior walls of
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their home, pink. >> i did not know that. the series also inspired a number of tv spinoffs and three feature films in the '90s. >> mmm-hmm. this wig tickles. this really tickles. next to probably the best celebrity costume of 2018. >> now, at first glance these photos of toni braxton's 1993 album look identical, but look closer, who is that on the left? even cousin itt can see that's actually beyonce. >> oh, it is beyonce. >> doing her halloween thing. >> she dressed in identical poses, clothes, even used the identical artwork with a clever plxt. >> ena w. braxton responded, how do you look better than me on my own album cover? i love it. >> she said happy halloween, sis. does this creepy chick in the middle speak? >> no, wednesday just stays
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there. she hangs out by mommy, it's okay. speaking of costumes, we're getting the word that tyler perry is hanging up the wig for good. >> no, madea, the character that has given us life for the last 20 years. >> wow, 20 years? >> started as a stage play, about to hang up that wig. >> perry says he plans to retire madea next year because, quote, i'm tired, man. i'm tired. >> since her first appearance back in 2000, madea has appeared in perry's stage plays, on tv and 12 of his 31 movies, but no doubt the best is "boo! a madea halloween." >> this must be why cousin itt didn't pursue a career as a tv anchor. >> does she do tricks? what does this tuesday person do? >> she's wednesday. >> like yesterday would have been tuesday or what? >> she's hanging out. she doesn't say anything.
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>> all right. while you're crying over madea, justin timberlake revealed new details about his "cry me a river". >> he reveals that he wrote that hit in just two hours following his breakup from britney spears back in 2002, just as we all suspected. >> cry me a river was long rumored to be about britney, following claims that she cheated. the breakup ballad, i've been scorned, the feelings i had were so strong, i had to write it. when it came out, i do remember a rolling stones writing saying "cry me a river" was britney spears' best attribution to music. >> a few more celebrity costumes to show you starting with this. check this out. yeah, baby, that's kendall jenner as a fembot from "austin powers." singer harry styles channeled elton john.
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very cool. >> i think i got friday to smile. >> it's wednesday. you leave her alone there. >> finally! i broke her. >> no, you didn't. she's good. she's good. >> how can you -- >> she's holding it down back there. >> how can we forget randy gerber with cindy crawford and their friend george clooney decked out as airline cabin crew. >> yep. they didn't go through as much effort as we did. >> for two seasons wednesday never spoke? >> she spoke but she was the strong silent type. >> coming up, more halloween fun. alloween fun. strong silent type. >> coming up, more halloween fun.
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♪ ♪ ♪ welcome back to our ghost-to welcome back to our ghost-to-ghost overnight
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frightfest. elvira joining zz top. >> no, we are the addams family. obvi. see, we got a wednesday and everything. is something a little different about that wednesday? >> i think that was season two. it's like becky from "roseanne." besides the fun we are having here on camera, we wanted to show you a little behind the scenes fun we had with some of our staffers. >> oh, no. those poor people. >> what the -- is this? >> oh, my god! >> not cool, dude. that is not okay. >> not cool.
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>> sorry not sorry at all. time now for some halloween trivia. >> okay. play along with us as we try to identify some of hollywood's most iconic horror film houses or homes. >> oh. >> first question goes to kendis. this is a tiny little center hall dutch colonial. i don't even know what that means. here's a hint, in the movie, the front door wasn't painted red, it was painted blue. do you recognize that house? >> yeah, "the nutty professor." >> i think is that "amityville horror" house? "nightmare on elm street." it looked like a long island house. >> next to another unassuming dutch colonial, but there are a couple of hints, it's on long island -- in long island. it's one of the most famous
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haunted houses in america. >> that is "amityville horror" house. correct? >> that's easy. >> ding, ding, ding. that wasn't easy. >> i was going to go with "home alone 2." >> next to a very plain-looking two-story georgian revival. here's a major clue, kendis, it's located in georgetown, washington. >> i moved from georgetown. >> you used to live there. >> i don't recognize any houses like that in georgetown. "exorcist." >> you are correct. >> do you do tricks at all? >> wednesday, you're fine. >> nothing? reat day.
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making news in america this morning, protests in pittsburgh.
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[ chanting ] as the president and first lady pay their respects at the synagogue where 11 worshippers were killed. new details overnight about the emotional moments during that visit. plus, the president's controversial claim that he can end birthright citizenship. what the justice department has said. breaking overnight, how the notorious boston gangster whitey bulger famously played by jack nicholson in "the departed" -- >> you got something you want to ask me? >> -- was killed in prison and one potential suspect emerging overnight. also new overnight, a major break for investigators looking

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