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our deputy political editor is here with her insight that's later in this half hour. well, an allout fight is brewing for the replacement for late supreme court justice antonin scalia. majority leader mitch mcconnell
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ruling out any set action on whoever president obama nominates. he says republicans will not hold hearings or a full senate vote until after the next president is sworn in. president obama is expected to name his nominee in the next few weeks. with the deadline fast approach, we're getting a look at how apple plans to defend itself against the fbi. there were rallies nationwide yesterday to support apple. the tech giant will say the court order violates its free speech rights and apple will argue that congress should decide the issue, not the courts or the justice department. a major storm system is bringing in severe weather to the south, particularly the gulf coast. at least three people are dead, two of them in louisiana. a trailer park home exactly where a tornado also critically injured more than half a dozen people. not far away that, or another twister badly damaged a gold's gym that was filled with people. >> i started screaming, sh everybody get down, get down, take cover. and before i knew it -- >> a mississippi man was killed
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home. overall at least a dozen tornadoes have been reported. this storm is bringing snow, freezing rain and a tornado threat to millions today. here's accuweather's paul williams. hey, paul, morning. >> thanks, kendis, reena. that same deadly storm is not going to die out anytime soon. this low pressure system that's really the controlling mechanism will create a mix of snow on the cold side of it. torrential downpours throughout the ohio valley region. this is the parts we have to watch out for. it's going to affect florida, georgia, south carolina, going into virginia. we're looking for another event where several tornados are likely to form. so, please, continue to stay tuned. kendis, reena. >> it's going to be a long night. thank you, paul. two people have died in a house explosion near seattle. the blast in port orchard so powerful it sent debris 30 feet into the air. you see what's left there. amazing, these pictures. people up to eight miles away were shaken by the explosion. investigators from the atf have joined the search for a cause.
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several reasons why takata air bags have inflated with too much force in the past. those air bag explosions have caused at least ten deaths worldwide. scientists say their use of a certain chemical without a drying agent increases the risk of explosion after long-term exposure to heat and moisture they also found parts. air bag do not uphold -- or hold up under extreme humidity. investigators say their findings apply to most of the 28 million vehicles with the air bags recalled in the u.s. "consumer reports" out with its ranking of top cars. the top five brands include audi, subaru, lexus, porsche and bmw. the top ranking domestic brand is buick at number seven. the magazine krs performance and reliability before issuing the annual list. >> okay.
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list. >> no. and here's the newest offering from another luxury brand. it's land rover's new collaboration with the british shotgun maker holland and holland. >> there it is. in holland and holland's signature green color. only 30 of them will be sold in the u.s. starting in the spring. >> here's what you get. it features rear seats that recline and comes with tables. there's also a leather trimmed gun case. it can hold two rifles. luxury. it's going to cost you a bit. here's the sticker price. $245,000. for that, i want a kitchen in the backseat. >> but it can hold two guns. >> all right. >> america. >> yeah. apparently it's french walnut wood detailing, custom leather trim floor and mats, and door handles. >> if only i could afford it. it's the most expensive suv to go on the market ever. >> it's a beauty. it's very nice. >> can we get somebody to pay for that? coming up in "the mix," the
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competition doing all of michael jackson's dance moves. and also ahead, a humble bus driver with an amazing voice who has a lot in common with an artist who's won grammy awards. and we're returning to our top story in a moment. donald trump's victory in nevada. and what's next for the democrats. our deputy political editor is here with her insights. you're watching "world news now." now". does your carpet ever feel rough and dir don't avoid it, resolve it. now." our formula with a special conditioning ingredient, softens your carpet with every use. it's resolve, so you know it cleans and freshens. but it also softens. resolve. a carpet that welcomes you. and to clean pet messes, try resolve pet expert. choose to move freely. move free ultra has triple-action support for your joints, cartilage and bones in one tiny pill. move free ultra. get your move on. and now try move free night. the first and only 2-in-1
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donald trump easily winning the neff never caucuses overnight. >> this is trump's third first-place finish after new hampshire and south carolina. 60% of caucusgoers said they prefer someone from outside the political establishment. >> and abc news political director shushannah walshe joins voters. what's so striking to me, shush, is that you see these voters, they want someone who is an outsider. but the republican establishment has really rallied around marco rubio. at what point do the two sides meet? >> you make a great point. since jeb bush got out of the race, we see the establishment circling the wagons coalescing around marco rubio. but the question really is, is it too late? now you saw donald trump tonight with what looks like a big win. third state winning. and we've seen in this cycle how much do endorsements matter. i think that this question of
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story going forward. >> and really we should mention -- we keep talking about this being a really big victory. we were talking where he has won already. it really shows his depth right now. >> exactly. he's won in the south, in south carolina, and he's won in new hampshire and now, of course, in nevada. but let's talk about the entrance polls a little bit. he won with hispanic voters over two hispanic candidates, he won with conservative voters and evangelical voters. that's a real blow to ted cruz who wants to be the conservative in the race but also to rubio trying to be the establishment choice. >> i want to also turn to the democrats. looking ahead to super tuesday, can you say with 100% confirmation that by super tuesday we'll have a democratic nominee locked in? >> no, because bernie sanders says he is going to go all the way to the convention. he says it all the time. and he has the money to back him. of course, though, the field doesn't look as favorable right now to bernie sanders. and on super tuesday, we'll know really how much more he has to go.
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so looking ahead to super tuesday, obviously, donald trump has the momentum right now. do we see rubio and cruz winning any of those dozen states that are up for grabs next tuesday? >> well, they have to. in order for this to keep on going, they have to keep winning. you see marco rubio and ted cruz on election nights coming out and giving victory speeches, but trump is the one that keeps on winning. so i think that as this goes on, we're going to see the home state firewalls first, it's going to be in texas, ted cruz's home state. then in florida and even ohio where john kasich is still in the race. if they can't win their home states, that shows a lot. >> every political journalist is hoping for a brokered convention. >> it definitely would be unchartered. i still think we're a long way
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trump keeps on winning. there's not much to broker. >> he's won three in a row. it's pretty clear what's going on here. >> we still do have a lot more to go. >> thank you. >> deputy political director shushannah walshe. all right. let's move on. coming up in our next half hour in pursuit of justice. the "dancing with the stars" favorite who's landed herself in a real-life courtroom drama. why erin andrews is suing the national marriott hotel and what it suggests about hotel security for the rest of us. outside of nashville, the celebrity hiding in plain sight. the school bus driver who won a grammy. why he's back on the job this you're watching "world news now."
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why don't you rock my soul why don't you rock my soul have you rock my soul i love this. this makes my soul smile. this next story. the american gospel group, the fairfield four, has been around for more than 90 years. >> can you believe that? nine decades. last week, the group won a grammy award for best roots
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members to an unassuming 80-year-old bus driver into unexpected fame. >> reporter: to the children he gets to school every morning in wilson county, tennessee, joe thompson is just the bus driver. but families here learning the man behind the wheel for the last 14 years is now a grammy winner, too. >> still rocking my soul, the fairfield four. >> reporter: on the grammys, he thanked the folks bam home at the bus barn. >> we'd like to send out a shoutout to the transportation department in wilton county, tennessee. >> reporter: he sings bass for the fairfield four, a legendary a cappella gospel group. his day job pays him $17 an hour driving little boys and girls with special needs children he serves are now sharing their love which he says feels just as
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>> thanks to steve for bring us that. they sound absolutely amazing. >> he built trucks for a while, retired in 2002 and decided he was going to be a bus driver. and led to this. >> yeah. >> they started as a trio years ago and now making beautiful music. may see it differently. only flonase is approved toprelieve both itchy, watery eyes pand congestion. no other nasal allergy spray can say that. when we breathe in allergens our bodies react by over producing six key inflammatory substances that cause our symptoms. most allergy pills only control one substance. flonase controls six. and six is greater than one. complete allergy relief or incomplete. let your eyes decide. flonase. 6>1 changes everything. today you can do everything in just one click, even keep your toilet clean and fresh. introducing lysol click gel. click it in to enjoy clean freshness with every flush. lysol. start healthing.
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and now it's time for "the mix." well, a third greater in north carolina enters a talent show. and, boy, does he nail it. he has autism and decided he was take a listen. look at this. >> get it. >> look at that. >> and he nails the moon walk. >> apparently he was in a restaurant and just started dancing and realized he's got talent. he nails the talent show, don't you think? >> very cool. congratulations to him. >> i could watch this all day. who doesn't love "billie jean."
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mars. he's practicing other moves of bruno mars. >> that's great. so, you have a son and you have a daughter. >> yes. >> and you always say that your son needs to be a little better with his sister. >> yeah. all the time, talking about that. love my boy but it's a struggle. >> we know how siblings can be. take a look at this video. >> what is this? >> oh, no. >> what? >> that's a really silly name. >> that's adorable. >> used a sharpie to draw a little brother into a zebra. >> how could you get upset? he does look like a zebra. pretty creative. >> he's just like chilling. >> i hope that wasn't a permanent sharpie. there would have been a lot of scrubbing in the bathtub. >> can you imagine? >> debora! i think you succeeded.
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>> he's just adorable. you know, i spend a lot of time googling recipes throughout the day. very obsessed with cooking. last week i wanted a recipe on pizza apparently our producer it's a rap. take a listen. got my feet up dog now you want to get the pepperoni homeys sised onions mozzarella cheese that's all the ingredients you'll ever need we're making a pizza making a pizza >> why did katie tell me this was perfect for me? i love to bake. you have a rap, so you know how to make the pizza. apparently it only takes ten minutes for the dough to rise, which is always the big thing. >> is that the key to it. >> yeah. pizza in an hour. >> that's a great way to get around it. learn the ingredients by just making it into a rap. >> exactly. >> it actually requires a lot of work. >> there's a lot of ingredients. >> cooking oil, salt, sugar,
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this morning on "world news now," breaking news. extreme weather, the furious this morning on "world news now," breaking news. extreme weather, the furious storms leaving behind destruction and heartache in the south. the powerful system on the move right now. also breaking overnight, nevada victory. donald trump's caucus celebration and what it means for the rest of the republicans. we'll take you live to las vegas. and new this half hour, the workout video that became an >> the fitness freak and busy mom who uses wine in her exercise routines. the laughs and support she's and later, celine dion returns to the las vegas stage
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the love of her life. her words, her music, in "the skinny" on this wednesday, february 24th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." hi, everyone. good morning. it is a busy wednesday morning. i'm kendis gibson. >> and i'm reena ninan. we'll get right to the presidential race in a moment. but first, breaking news. a massive storm system slamming the south right now. >> more than a dozen tornadoes have been reported overnight, causing at least three deaths. two were at this trailer park. this is in louisiana about 40 miles south of baton rouge. the latest storm track in a moment. but we begin with abc's linzie janis. >> look, it's going down. >> reporter: funnel clouds trying to touch down in new orleans. >> tornado warning in this area. take shelter now. extreme threat. >> reporter: severe weather spawning this massive waterspout
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>> reporter: watch as two more form on the sides. one reported twister ripping through this rv park in convent, louisiana, killing two people and injuring dozens. in downtown prairieville, major damage to businesses. incredibly, dozens of people inside this gold's gym unharmed as a reported tornado rips through. >> i started screaming, everybody get down. everybody, get down. take cover. >> reporter: the entire side of the building sheared off. the storms started near san antonio with golf ball sized hail. this car getting pummeled. heavy rain bringing accidents. one person injured when this tractor-trailer overturned and three cars slammed into it. these storms are on the move headed east so authorities are asking everyone across the region to remain on alert. linzie janis, abc news, prairieville, louisiana. >> we should point out that storm warnings are going up right now as the system moves east.
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radar, tornado watches in effect in georgia and florida overnight. dangerous conditions from the deep south up the east coast. our coverage continues with accuweather's paul williams. morning, paul. >> good morning, ken dishgs reena. that same deadly storm that caused havoc throughout the deep south, that same system is now going to shift towards the east affecting the folks as far north as d.c., richmond, and as far south as jacksonville down to tampa with damaging winds. chances of tornadoes as well as damaging hail. and you have to keep in mind why. this front's going to cut underneath all this warm air and cause those storms to fire off. kendis, reena. well, turning to politics, another sweeping victory for donald trump. >> trump won the nevada caucuses by what looks like his widest margin yet. he made his victory speech flanked by his two oldest sons, telling the krout he attracted voters across a broad spectrum, winning among evangelicals and
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>> marco rubio taking second place. picking up a new wave of support from the gop establishment. ted cruz finishing third, and ben carson, john kasich trailed in single digits. now all eyes are on super tuesday. >> as the votes are counted, let's get the latest from the polls right now in nevada. >> abc's lauren lyster is live in las vegas this morning. lauren, now that trump has won, are we hearing anything from his challengers? >> reporter: you know, reena and kendis, we absolutely are. we heard from ted cruz a short time ago at his watch party. he made the point that all of the ballots had not been counted yet, but he did congratulate donald trump on a good evening. he also made the point that the first four primary states are meant to narrow the field. saying that that's exactly what they've done. he also said that history has shown that no one has won the nomination without winning one of the first three contests, saying only two candidates have done that, himself and donald trump. he made the point that after the first four contests, he is the
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that has or can beat donald trump. now, we also heard from ben carson. he said that he believes that something -- or that things are starting to happen here. when he told that to supporters, he was just at 7% of the caucus votes. >> okay. so, lauren, we're learning a lot from the entrance polls for the voters that were going into the caucuses in nevada. what are we getting out of those? >> reporter: yeah, kendis. entrance poll data showing these gop caucuses were marked by new highs in desire for an outsider among voters and also by new highs and voter anger. voters helped vault donald trump to victory. now, we also saw the support of evangelicals and hispanics thrown behind donald trump. ted cruz, who won among evangelicals in iowa, losing out among them here in nevada to donald trump.
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having that strong showing with hispanics and marco rubio losing out there. >> who would have thought the two hispanic candidates would lose to donald trump, huh? >> exactly. by a big margin. >> abc's lauren lyster live in las vegas. thank you for that report. stay with abc news as the votes come in from nevada. we'll keep you up to date all morning long and have more live reports on "america this morning." so the democrats are on the other side of the country making their case in south carolina. hillary clinton and bernie sanders appeared at a town hall last night, both making a pitch for the african-american vote. sanders promised a hike in funding for historically black colleges, while clinton talked about racial barriers and police shootings. she also took questions about the e-mail scandal and benghazi. >> i testified for 11 hours on the benghazi committee. you know, people were really, oh, my goodness, oh, my goodness. i told the truth. here i have turned over 55,000 pages of e-mails.
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open. >> i like her and i respect her. this is not some kind of personality fight or stuff like that. we're not republicans, after all. >> sanders called on clinton to release transcripts of her paid wall street speeches. she says that she'll only do it if the candidates, including the republicans, agree to release theirs as well. new this morning, the late several major health problems according to the supreme court doctor. in a just-released letter, the doctor says scalia was overweight, diabetic and had coronary artery disease, among other ailments. he was also a smoker. meanwhile, senate republicans have ruled out taking any action on his replacement until the next president nominates someone. president obama's plan to close the prison camp at gone tan notice bay, cuba, is facing stiff opposition from republicans in congress. among the more controversial aspects of the plan would be the transfer of some detainees to facilities here in the united
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such a move is currently against u.s. law, but the white house has not ruled out the president taking executive action to go around congress. a jury says johnson & johnson must pay $72 million for a woman's death from ovarian cancer. the alabama woman blamed her company's baby powder and shower to shower product. johnson & johnson face hundreds of lawsuits saying it failed to warn consumers the talc-based products could cause cancer. the alabama woman died last fall. federal health officials are investigating more than a dozen reported cases of sexually transmitted zika virus in the united states. all the cases involve men who visited areas with zika outbreaks and may have infected their female sex partners. according to the cdc, that suggests that sexual transmission is more likely than previously thought. but there's encouraging news about the zika virus. two houston hospitals have developed a rapid test for it which can provide results in
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only be available in those two facilities. texas children's hospital and houston methodist. the hospitals don't want to be overwhelmed with requests for testing. > the cdc announced they've expanded travel warnings to trinidad, tobago, and the marshall islands. if you're planning a vacation, keep an eye on those places. well, one young mother in northern california is spreading her message about the benefits of physical fit innocence one bottle of wine at a time. my kind of woman. >> yes. >> 24-year-old april story's so-called wine workout video has gone viral. >> we see her lifting wine bottles and doing push-ups. while taking a sip of wine. storey says she did the video just to be funny, but she's happy to reach such a wide audience. >> what i want to show people with my videos is fitness is something you can do every day, you can do it anywhere and you
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>> we should be clear, storey has posted dozens of non-alcohol related videos, but she says simple everyday homeworkouts can >> look at that. >> trying to doing this all day long. show you the gun show. >> i'm not so sure it's going to work for you. you drank all the stuff inside. it's an empty bottle. i'm not sure the workout is going to work for you. >> drank it like two hours ago. >> things you have to do to deal with me at this hour. >> tell me. this is the least of it. looking good. coming up in the skinny, major casting news from hollywood. who's taking patrick swaysy's role in the "dirting dancing" remake? also ahead, the dancing with the stars contestant and sportscaster in the middle of a legal drama. the case involving an alleged stalker and a big hotel. the scare outside a skyscraper window. the scaffolding crew in trouble on the 62nd floor. why one worker said a rescue was not necessary. you're watching "world news now."
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that is de that is definitely not the best place to get stuck. two workers stranded 62 floors above midtown manhattan. they were replacing glass panels on the building when the weather turned rough. and they decided to call it quits, but scaffold was stuck in place. the guy operating it says that he had it working again before firefighters cut out a window to rescue the workers. >> there was no need for the fire department at all. this was overdone. they're fine. no panic. they're trained, well trained. they have their all their certifications.
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beast. >> just an average day at work. firefighters say the two men were stuck outside in the cold, before they were pulled to safety. they also say the workers were lucky the scaffold didn't tilt while it was stuck in place. >> i don't know what would make me cry harder, being up that >> i think if it came down, you would be crying harder. well, we're going to turn now to the drama unfolding in a courtroom in nashville involving "dancing with the stars" favorite erin andrews. >> she's suing the national marriott hotel for $75 million for booking her stalker into the room next to hers, allowing him to spy on her through a peephole. here's abc's ryan smith. >> reporter: erin andrews, who made a name for herself reporting from the sidelines, and now a host on abc's "dancing with the stars," finds herself taking on a tennessee marriott and a stalker in a $75 million courtroom battle claiming the hotel made it easy for the stalker to videotape her in the
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her, and it continues. >> reporter: her lawyers telling a nashville jury, michael david barrett called the marriott of vanderbilt university with a strange request. >> i, michael barrett, want a room next to erin andrews. that's my request. >> reporter: and the hotel did nothing to prevent him from finding her room number and subsequently booked him in a room next door, where, according to the lawsuit, he removed and altered the peephole of her room. >> he stands there for 4 1/2 minutes and videos her. >> reporter: barrett later posting the video online. in 2010 he pled guilty to stalking and was sentenced to 30 months in prison. but according to andrews, the incident caused her severe and permanent emotional distress. in court, the hotel's lawyers arguing barrett's criminal behavior was his responsibility, not theirs. >> he deceived, he connived, he stalked. >> reporter: according to the hotel's lawyers, barrett is expected to testify, and the trial is expected to last nearly
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ryan smith, abc news, new york. >> thank you, ryan. and when we come back, moment. and what 50 cent posted online that's giving a judge bankruptcy case. "the ski
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time now for "the skinny." topping our headlines this morning, celine dion's big comeback. >> yeah, the five-time grammy winner made a triumphant return to the stage last night at the coliseum in las vegas, her first concert since the death of her husband rene last month. it started with a video montage of their moments through the years to the curtains drawing back and her song "with one more look at you." her voice breaking up at times during it, understandably. after her first number she spoke to the audience sharing with them how much she misses him and still talks with him. >> i feel and i know he hears me. one way or another, i know he will give me a sign for his approval or not. and now i can feel that he's
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singing. >> oh, such a heavy heart but so much humor. and last night's opening event was livestreamed on celinedion.com to a worldwide audience. >> it was a great show. is the first half hour was broadcast and it was really touching. big news about the upcoming tv remake of the 1987 classic "dirty dancing." singer, dancer and actor cole pratts will be playing the iconic role of johnny. >> he really needs to work out more. best known for his appearance in pink's video "try" showing off his performance skills and ultra chiseled physique. >> the three-hour musical airing on abc will also star abigail breslin as baby and deborah messing as baby's mother. i can't wait for this. next why 50 cent is irritating a bankruptcy court judge. >> apparently it's a thing for the rapper to photograph himself
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who doesn't do the that? just last week, the judge said the 40-year-old rapper's instagram photos are raising doubts about his actual need for bankruptcy protection. one of those photos actually used piles of cash to spell out the word "broke." >> now he's gone and done it again. posing in front of a wall of cash that would make any midsize bank jealous. how do we know this is real cash? >> it probably is. hey, the rapper filed for bankruptcy last year after a judge ordered him to pay $7 million to lavonia leviston over a sex tape lawsuit. he reportedly owes suntrust bank and sleek audio nearly $30 million. we'll see how it plays out. and finally speaking of thumbing your nose to the judicial system, mexican drug lord joaquin "el chapo" guzman is safely back behind bars. >> but his beautiful beauty queen wife emma coronel aispuro is making the rounds with the american tv executives
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russian. he is the most interesting man in the world. >> reporter: but the man who has played him for ten years, jonathan goldsmith, now knee-deep in the most interesting legal battle. >> i prefer dos equis. >> reporter: apparently goldsmith's preference for dos equis intoxicated him into believing he could ignore his promises reads a complaint filed by his manager who is claiming the captivating chap owes him a cut of close to $2 million. in pure money. >> i don't always drink beer. >> reporter: or apparently always pay that manager. he stopped in november 2014. >> his two cents is worth $37 and change. >> reporter: the suit declaring there is nothing interesting about being a deadbeat refers to goldsmith as the least honorable man in the entertainment business. >> the last time he flirted with danger, danger got clingy. >> reporter: goldsmith just countersued his manager. >> my client, i have to tell you, has been in the business
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he's an honorable man. he's never cheated anyone. >> reporter: goldsmith claims by dishing details and dollars involved his now ex-manager is jeopardizing this gig, and calls him a failed c-list actor, now a failed personal manager. >> stay thirsty, my friends. >> as one of the most interesting men in the world, he is a fighter. >> reporter: nick watt, abc news, los angeles. >> i love the commercials, and apparently i just surveyed our control room. >> and they -- >> they love it with tacos and a shot of tequila on the side. >> that's how you drink your beer. what would you drink with "world news now" beer? i like beer >> that is my other part-time job after the show. >> a shot of tito's vodka. >> you know i love my tito's. >> you love your tips, as well. that's a true picture of how reena looks before she gets on air. >> yeah, before oktoberfest, as well.
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we'll be right back. >> announcer: this is abc's "world news now," informing
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good morning. good morning. i'm reena ninan. >> and i'm kendis gibson. here's a look at the top headlines we're following this morning on "world news now." winning streak. it's three in a row for donald trump. living up to expectations in nevada. trump won the caucuses by a wide margin, prevailing over marco rubio and ted cruz, and he's promising to score big again on super tuesday. live coverage in a moment. there have been at least a dozen tornados in the south, part of the strong storm system in the region. the twisters caused deaths in louisiana and mississippi. severe thunderstorms will be a problem through the night. the cdc reports 14 cases of zika virus in this country transmitted through sexual contact from men who had
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partners. meanwhile, houston doctors say they have developed a rapid test for zika. and celine dion makes a triumph antd return to the stage at the coliseum in las vegas. her first concert since the death of her husband. it was livestreamed before a worldwide audience. those are some of our top stories on this wednesday, february 24th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >> hi, everybody. as you know, donald trump has coined that term huge, and, man, didn't he live up to it last night? >> what a night. a lot of surprises in the entrance polls. we're going to break it all down in just a bit. >> it was a triumphant victory for donald trump in nevada. >> and trump handily won the nevada caucuses propelling his march to the republican nomination. marco rubio and ted cruz trailing well behind after a fierce week of campaigning. abc's lauren lyster joins us live from las vegas.
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>> reporter: good morning, reena and kendis. entrance poll results showing the gop caucuses here in nevada were marked by new highs in a desire for an outsider those voters helping vault donald trump to victory. gop voters lined up to caucus here in nevada, choosing who should represent republicans in the race for president. >> the reason i'm voting for trump is he's really saying what everyone's thinking. >> there's only one, trump, of course. >> reporter: abc news projecting donald trump won the nevada caucuses as expected. we weren't expected to win too much and now we're winning, winning, winning the country. >> reporter: trump made his final push with nevada voters tuesday hurling insults at rival ted cruz. >> this guy ted cruz is the single biggest liar i have ever dealt with in my life. i mean it.
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than ted cruz. he's like a baby compared to some of the people i have -- he's like a little baby. >> reporter: and cruz responded. >> and, frankly, i'm not willing to gamble my daughter's future with donald trump. >> reporter: cruz telling abc news he thinks trump's insults are a barometer for how rattled the front-runner is. cruz taking some jabs of his own. >> the truth of the matter is, if donald became president, nobody knows what the heck he would do. he doesn't know what the heck he would do. >> reporter: marco rubio escaped trump's attacks but launched a few himself. >> i didn't just become a conservative like a year and a half ago when i thought about running for president. >> reporter: ben carson and john kasich still in the race, too, despite low poll numbers. just 30 delegates were at stake here in nevada. up next, though, is super tuesday, march 1st, 11 states voting and nearly 600 delegates up for grabs. reena and kendis. >> that's going to be a big one. any voting trends that might have caught your eye last night from the entrance polls out
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interesting ones have to do with who else, donald trump winning support among hispanics as good as marco rubio and ted cruz combined. also, after ted cruz performed well, winning evangelical support in iowa, the one contest so far that he has won, donald trump won that evangelical support here in nevada. >> it's just incredible. what about trump's challengers? i've got to ask you before we let you go, lauren, are we hearing anything about them responding to the results there in nevada? >> reporter: we have heard from ted cruz at his watching party here in nevada. you know, he did congratulate donald trump on a good evening. he made the point all the votes are still being counted and that he is the only campaign that has shown that it can and has beat donald trump, as ted cruz obviously won in the iowa caucuses earlier. >> lauren, thank you so much. now go back to playing those slot machines. abc's lauren lyster live in las vegas. how often does the company send you to vegas? >> exactly. and she's done working.
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>> she can go party. as trump looked to the next round of votes on super tuesday, he reminded voters he would build a wall at the mexican border and keep guantanamo bay open. >> for more about what trump had to say, here's abc's josh haskell. good morning, josh. >> reporter: good morning, kendis and reena. another state voting, another big win for donald trump. here in nevada, trump won his third straight state telling supporters at treasure island he won with old voters, young voters and latinos. trump ran strong among evangelical voters delivering another blow to ted cruz. for voters who wanted an outsider candidate who tells it like it is, the billionaire businessman ran even stronger. next up, super tuesday, now less will vote. >> we've had some great numbers coming out of texas. and amazing numbers coming out of tennessee and georgia and arkansas. later, florida.
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we're going to do very well in ohio. we're beating the governor. that's good. it's always nice to be beating the governor. >> reporter: as for second place, abc news is projecting a close race between marco rubio and ted cruz. kendis and reena. >> all right, josh, thank you very much from nevada there. we're also watching the votes come in from the silver state. be sure to watch for our political updates on the air, online all morning long right here on abc news. the democrats are vying for last-minute votes before their next primary in south carolina this saturday. hillary clinton and bernie sanders took part in a cnn town hall last night, each trying reach out to the black community in a state where african-americans make up more than half of the democratic vote. >> we must sustain and strengthen the historically black colleges and universities. >> racism along with economic issues, educational issues and all the rest have to be addressed.
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should be. >> sanders went after clinton over her wealthy donors and wall street speeches. clinton said the real issue was having the best plan to crack down on wall street. >> hillary clinton is also weighing in on the president's efforts to close the prison at guantanamo bay, cuba. clinton says that the prison is a continuing recruitment advertisement for terrorists and that president obama is right to try to close it. but republicans in congress don't see it that way. here's abc's jon karl. >> reporter: it holds some of the world's most notorious terrorists, including 9/11 mastermind khalid sheikh mohammed, and abu zubaydah, once al qaeda's chief of operations. in releasing his plan to close guantanamo -- >> keeping this facility open is contrary to our values. it undermines our standing in the world. >> reporter: -- the president is trying to keep one of his first promises as a presidential candidate. >> we will close guantanamo. >> reporter: the white house plan is short on specifics.
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countries. the rest brought to unspecified locations in the u.s. >> the yays are 91. >> reporter: congress has already voted to forbid bringing detainees to the u.s. but the white house didn't rule out the president acting on his own. it's a really simple question. if those barriers remain in place, can you still close that facility, yes or no? >> we are now asking for congress to give it fair consideration. and i'm not going to speculate at this point if congress refuses to do that. >> reporter: if the president tries to defy congress and close guantanamo bay on his own, through executive order, congressional republicans say they are prepared to fight him in court. in fact, they have already retained counsel to help make the case. jonathan karl, abc news, the white house. this morning the kennedy cousin once convicted of murdering his 15-year-old neighbor is back in court. prosecutors are trying to reinstate the conviction of michael skakel for the 1974 killing.
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martha moxley back in 2002 but was granted a new trial in 2013. he's been free on bond ever since. and johnson & johnson has been hit with a major penalty in the first of what may be a string of lawsuits over talcum powder. a jury has ordered the company to pay $72 million to the family of an alabama woman who blamed her ovarian cancer on the talc products. she said she used johnson & johnson baby powder and shower to shower for 35 years. she died last october. several top figures of a polygamist sect in utah will make court appearances today to face fraud and money laundering charges. they were taken into custody yesterday at their compound along the utah/arizona border. among those arrested were two brothers of sect leader warren jeffs who's in prison for child sexual assault. federal prosecutors say the suspects tried to defraud a food stamp program and hide the proceeds. and this 37-year-old mother
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charges. veronica paderez is listed as president of the school's pta, from the group and 26 grand from her husband says it's all a misunderstanding and that the charges would be straightened out soon. >> mom of the year. okay. here's a great little girl who's just looking for a couple of her. oh! and she's 9-year-old jesselyn silva of hackensack, new jersey. she's been boxing for two years already. >> float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. silva's already won a couple of tournaments and she's in the ring working with a trainer. the problem is she can't find many girls, or even boys for that matter, to box against. >> she says she loves boxing because you can hit people without getting in trouble. look at that. i'm scared. her grandmother isn't a big fan. dad calls her old fashioned. >> calls grandma old fashioned. >> exactly. >> look at that.
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look at that. >> she can take out ronda rousey. >> she's got something going there. >> yep. coming up, speaking of boxing, sylvester stallone's big oscar wish. can he win the award he didn't get back in 1977? and also ahead, the controversy surrounding peyton manning and the sexual assault allegations at the university of tennessee. the coaches speaking out. and using drones to track down poachers hunting endangered animals. t.j. holmes is in africa to show us the high-tech fight. first, the forecast map and the storm warnings along the east coast. warn your kids, warn your neighbors, kanye west is tweeting again. >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by mega red omega-3 krill oil. west is tweeting again. warn your kids. warn your neighbors. kanye west is tweeting again. but there's a difference between the omega-3s in fish oil and those in megared krill oil. unlike fish oil, megared is easily absorbed by your body... ...which makes
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case of mumps was confirmed on its bloomington campus. while most recover completely from the mumps, complications can include deafness and even death. another university is scrambling to contain an outbreak of a different sport. >> the coaches of every sports program at the university of tennessee are joining forces to defend their school's reputation amid a sexual harassment lawsuit that's linked to star quarterback peyton manning. here's abc's baz a kanani. >> reporter: a united front at the university of tennessee. >> i couldn't be more proud to be part of a culture here at tennessee that is truly connected and bonded. >> reporter: 16 head coaches coming forward together to defend their school's reputation against allegations of sexual harassment made in a lawsuit sweeping national headlines. >> to think that the university is not treating women fairly is totally not true. >> reporter: at least six women disagree. they're suing the university claiming it created a hostile environment for women protecting male athletes by acting with deliberate indifference in its
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assault. the suit focuses on five recent cases. but one paragraph in the 64-page complaint refers to a 20-year-old allegation against super bowl champion quarterback peyton manning. back in 1996, a female trainer at the school accused manning of sexually assaulting her by putting his genitals in her face while she examined him. a claim manning g ning vehemently denies, though he did settle out of court. >> it's involving one of the great heros in our culture in sports. it's a story incredibly potentially damaging to peyton manning. >> reporter: the university's coaches are concerned about the damage the lawsuit could mean to their current athletes. >> i think it's unfair that a lot of these individuals that don't go to parties, that have never touched a drop of alcohol.
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news, washington. >> and butch jones, the head coach there, says it's being used, the lawsuit is being used against them for recruiting purposes. it affects a lot of women coming forward. a case like this can have such big repercussions across the country at a local level. >> and ramifications for the university. manning wrote about the incident in his book, says he simply was caught mooning another athlete and said it was crude but harmless. >> she had a different side of the story. >> absolutely. coming up, rhinos under threat in the wilds of africa. >> their biggest predator humans poaching them for their highly coveted horns. now how authorities are fighting back using drones.
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the project is called air shepherd, drones with infrared cameras patrol the air and send back images in real time to a mobile command center where a team monitors them. look closely. those white dots, that's me and the rangers on patrol. but if a poacher is spotted, the drone team can tell the rangers where to intercept. south africa is home to over 80% of the world's rhino population. but they're facing extinction in the wild because of their highly coveted horns. the high demand comes from asia where the horns are believed to have medicinal powers. this man says he's heard from friends that it can cure diseases. he mixes up the horn and puts it in a drink. >> there is no scientific proof that rhino horn has any medicinal benefits. but people firmly believe that rhino horn does have the attributes that it's said to have. you know, it's the same as telling a christian jesus christ
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>> reporter: rhino poaching has reached unprecedented levels in south africa. ten years ago, 25 were poached. the number last year, 1175. i met with a former poacher who asked us not to show his face. through a translator he says he's killed at least 50 rhinos and says he did it to support his family. did you ever feel bad for what you were doing, for killing these animals? he says at times i would feel sorry for the animals, but i had to do what hi to do. park rangers say trying to save the rhino from poachers is like >> some would say they're getting close to wiping the rhino off the planet. and you all are fighting that battle right now. >> we're trying because it's very bad. >> reporter: but for now, the war continues to save some of africa's most majestic creatures. >> incredible report there. i should point out in belize
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so, over the course of 46 years, sylvester stallone has appeared and starred, get this, in more than 50 movies. can you believe that? most famously, of course, the rocky and rambo franchises. >> so far, however, he's racked up only three academy award nominations, but could this be the year he finally takes home the golden trophy? here's abc's brandi hitt. >> reporter: rocky balboa, an iconic movie hero with strength and heart. created by a man known as one of
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>> sylvester stallone. in "rom >> reporter: back in 1977, sylvester stallone did not win the oscar for best actor or for writing "rocky." but after shadowboxing with muhammad ali on stage, he was still appreciative. >> it's something i'm going to treasure for the rest of my life. unbelievable. thank you very, very much. >> reporter: and now nearly 40 years later -- null >> i never thought i would be able too see -- be able to cross this threshold again. >> reporter: stallone is back as rocky, nominated for a best supporting actor oscar in the sequel "creed." >> everything i got has moved on and i'm here. >> reporter: with his daughters by his side, the hollywood heavyweight won his first golden globe last month and reflected on being absent during his quick rise to fame. >> then i realized that family is everything and that's the greatest award you can get. you get one chance at life and you'd better fight to keep it. >> people seem to be cheering for sylvester stallone. they want to see him win because
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hard and for such a long time. >> reporter: when "rocky" won best picture, the film's producers are seen pulling stallone on stage. >> i'd like to thank you for sharing your dream of rocky with us. >> reporter: sunday he may climb those stairs again, this time for his own oscar. sylvester stallone's star has been here on the hollywood walk of fame for more than 30 years. the rocky franchise a huge success, grossing more than a billion dollars worldwide. brandi hitt, abc news, hollywood. >> it could be his night. abc is the place to be on oscar's night. live coverage starts sunday at 7:00 eastern/4:00 pacific. tune into "world news now" next monday morning for a full wrap-up. >> looking forward to it. chris rock. >> chris rock is the host. it will be fun and exciting. we should point out that jack will be here with fashion. >> our "bachelor" analyst. >> "bachelor" analyst. >> turned fashion analyst. >> and we are all geared up and ready. >> oh, is that what i'm going to be wearing? >> just about. >> is that it
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making news in america this morning, another win for donald trump taking the nevada caucuses and winning big with large groups of voters. we're live in las vegas with the latest on the race for the white house. deadly storms, tornadoes ripping across the south overnight. thunderstorms bringing hail and heavy rains. the system with more than 40 million people in its path. prison fight. president obama's plan to close guantanamo bay. the swift reaction from his opponents and the legal battle ahead. robotic moves. this two-legged android can do it all making its way through rough terrain and when the going

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