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good morning. >> reena, kendis, thanks. great news this morning. weather. all the tornado reports yesterday and on tuesday, that storm system is now working its east.
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showers over the interior but these are going to be much lighter. in fact, the snow showers will not be more than an inch or two on the grasscy surfaces from detroit to pittsburgh to charleston. as we jump ahead to the weekend, we're warming things back up. high pressure is in control. colder air bottled up to the north streaming all the warm air in. next week, looks like the colder air will make a quick return. reena, kendis, back to you. now to syria. a new video showing how badly ancient ruins have been damaged by isis. the destruction at palmyra much worse than previously thought, valley of the tombs, part of an ancient roman city. this video was smuggled out of syria and obtained by swedish tv. >> speaking of syria, a cease-fire is set to go into effect in that country saturday, although isis and other terror groups are now covered by the agreement.
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in northern syria to protect syrians who are fleeing their homes if the cease-fire fails. secretary of state john kerry told top lawmakers that such a zone would require up to 30,000 u.s. ground troops to maintain. in colorado, three sheriff's deputies have been shot while serving an ee conviction notice. one of them died. last night a vigil was held in his honor south of denver. nate kerrigan, a 13-year veteran, was killed when the homeowner open fire on deputies. the homeowner also died in the shootout. the evictions has been considered high risk. a mystery at a federal office in the san francisco bay area. the customs and border protection office in almeda was evacuated after an employee opened an envelope containing white powder. thee people complained of feeling a sick but a search
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nothing suspicious and the office was deemed safe. encouraging news from the centers for disease control. this year's flu vaccine is doing better than last year's. it is 59% effective. that's a big improvement from last winter's vaccine, only about 20% effective. health officials say our flu season has been milder this year, but they do warn it has not peaked as of yet. a judge here in new york city has cleared the way for salt warnings to be placed on many menus over the next couple of days. those distinctive warnings must be posted by large chain restaurants and fast food outlet says by next tuesday. if those eateries don't comply, they could be fined up to $600. the national restaurant association challenged the warnings which will appear on items containing more than the recommended daily dose of sodium. first lady michelle obama called it a bittersweet event at the white house last night. the final time the obamas were helping honor one of america's great musicians. >> and yeah, and it was a really great musician.
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the late ray charles, who he said matched his piano playing with a one-of-a-kind voice. usher raymond was among the artists performing, singing "georgia on my mind." oh georgia no peace no peace that i find just an old sweet song yeah keeps georgia on my mind >> very nice there. demi lovato, yolanda adams and the band perry also performed. the event, by the way, will broadcast on pbs tomorrow night. >> nothing like a little ray charles in the morning. i love ray charles. so good. president obama calling him having a rare ability to collapse our weightiest emotions into a single note. so well said. >> so well said. so well put.
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south dakota's governor has until march 1st to decide whether to sign a bill requiring students to use bathrooms and locker rooms matching their birth gender. advocates for transgender rights rallied at the capitol and met with the governor, urging the veto of the bill. if the bill is signed, south dakota would become the first state to enact such a law. similar legislation is also pending in at least 22 other states. an indianapolis man has been convicted of blowing up a house for the insurance money. two next door neighbors were killed. dozens of people were hurt and more than 80 homes destroyed in the explosion and fire as part of the testimony. jurors heard a tape-recording as one of the victims begged for help in the last moments of his life. he eventually burned to death. the man found guilty, bob
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with no chance of parole. we turn to that dramatic murder-for-hire playing out in west palm beach, florida. she's serving 20 years for allegedly hiring a hitman to kill her husband >> now she's back in court testifying for the first time. what police caught her doing on tape was an act. here's abc's linzie janis. >> reporter: dahlia dippolito is facing a retrial for hiring a hit man to kill her husband of six months. >> i was afraid. >> reporter: her 2011 guilty verdict was overturned due to a tainted jury pool. >> he threatened to hurt me and hurt my family. >> you know, he gets two in the head. >> i'm positive. >> reporter: she says she was simply acting during this video from a script that dahlia, her then husband michael, and former
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for an acting project they planned to post on social media. >> you can post it online so you can get publicity. to get an acting job from it. >> so this is acting? >> yes. >> reporter: but prosecutors say that was no act and allege she paid an undercover cop, posing as a hit man3,000 to kill her husband. the real act investigators say was her reaction to these south florida police officers telling her this lie. >> i'm sorry to tell you, ma'am, he's been killed. >> no. >> reporter: but her lawyer claims the police were setting her up for an appearance on the reality show "cops." >> whether you like her or not, she's entitled to the same constitutional rights as you and i. this case is about a police department that tossed her under the bus for purposes of getting fame on a cops tv show. >> reporter: linsey davis, abc news, new york. coming up in our next half
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courtroom drama playing out in the nashville, tennessee, this week. the emotional testimony of the father of erin andrews and how his daughter's stalker has devastated her life. as the clock ticks down to oscar sunday, preps kicking into high gear. we're getting our first peek behind stage. and you're watching "world news
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it's getting exciting! three days away from hollywood's biggest night of the year. >> so the yards and yards of red carpet are being laid outside the dolby theater in hollywood, but this morning we're getting our first peek inside of the theater and backstage. here's abc's george pennacchio.
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view of production as crews continually add more finishing touches to the red carpet. that's what's happening outside the dolby theater. but what's going on inside? this is derek mcclain's fourth year as production designer for the oscars. this year the set design celebrates '70s glam and that takes lots of sparkle. using more than 200,000 swarovski crystals and all the decorative elements. the glirting stage will be eye-popping for oscar audience both at home and in the dolby theater. >> of course, you want it to feel glamorous for the people in the room. this celebrates their night, their celebration but at the same time so many more people are seeing it on television that we try to be pretty disciplined about really paying attention to what we're seeing on the tv monitors and not with our naked eyes. >> reporter: the production team has a master plan, but it is not afraid to change things at the
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>> there's not a thing we look at where we go, hmm, how can we make that better? >> reporter: backstage the green room, this year designed by rolex, stars who need a little break from all the hubub can come to relax and enjoy the laid back atmosphere. there may not be any actual windows here but this is still a room with a view. was inspired by the look and feel of the late 20th century home high in the hills of hollywood. this is george pennacchio reporting for abc news. >> abc is the place to be on oscar night. live coverage starts sunday 7:00 p.m. eastern, 4:00 pacific. tune into "world news now" next monday morning for a full and entire wrap-up. >> do you know who the most
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because it's not affiliated with the campaign. apparently he sold $3,000 worth of pipes. bernie sanders, get your $300 from the kid. >> i'm sure bernie sanders is just fine with the support. >> he believes in the contributions from the little folks. >> burn one for bernie. >> burn one for bernie. he has his own slogan. stonewarecompany.com. >> there you go. anywhere you can make money for campaign, i'm sure bernie would be fine with that. so, you know tinder, if you swipe to the right, then you've had success, you like that person. so they did a survey of the professions that most garner swipes to the right. can you guess what they are for men? >> no. >> pilot. >> pilot. >> you notice that somebody's a pilot, you're more likely to swipe right. other men ones founder entrepreneur, firefighter, doctor and tv personality.
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this is why you love the tinder. >> seriously, number four. the tinder. the tinder. for women, by the way, physical therapist is number one. interior designer. >> okay. >> and founder er founder/entrepreneur as well. >> but not tv personality. >> not tv personality. why is that? >> they're a dime a dozen. >> they're a dime a dozen. >> you won't go near them. >> they're not dateable material. >> oh, man, not even for the night. anyway -- >> i like you always give me your tinder update. i really enjoy that. i feel i know the tinder now. how about moving on to caring is sharing. apparently some panda bears didn't quite get that. >> oh, that's cute. >> having a little bamboo root snack. the little guy trying to get in on the snack but the big guy sticking his foot up. trying to block him. from getting in. i want some. >> no, no, no. going to smack him away. not at all. not sharing. this great dane has a way with cameras.
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personality. for all these funny faces he makes when they're taking pictures of him. >> or tinder. >> that will be best in show
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>> this morning on "world news now," furious storms, killer tornadoes from the gulf coast to virginia. and the snowstorm that canceled hundreds of flights in the midwest. the human toll and today's clean-up. speaking out. apple ceo tim cook reveals his side of the story as the justice department orders his company to unlock a terrorist locked iphone. it's an abc news exclusive. and new this half hour, astronaut scott kly's record-setting year in space. it's almost over. >> what he loves about the space station. what he misses about earth and the food. he cannot wait to eat.
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like a queen at britain's version of the grammy awards. her performance and honors in "the skinny" on this thursday, february 25th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >> no audio problems as far as we know. >> no audio problems for adele. she was stunning. i was so glad to see her back on the horse again. >> she looked stunning, she sounded great. it was a good thing. we'll get to that, of course, a little bit later. i was looking for my thunder buddy last night. through new york city and all up and down the east coast. the eastern two-thirds of the nation facing a major clean-up today after those damaging storms. nearly a foot of wet, heavy snow pounded the greater chicago area, forcing nearly 1,200 flights to be canceled. and with temperatures dropping overnight, this morning's commute likely to be dangerous. >> that same system also
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tornadoes in the mid-atlantic leaving at least four people buildings destroyed. abc's megan hughes begins our coverage. >> reporter: the deadly winter storm system moves north, bringing waves of rain and terrifying twisters. this one captured in north carolina. this time-lapse shows the storm moving into charlotte. strong winds toppling trees into there. in virginia, a state of emergency in effect. one suspected tornado shredded homes. >> we did not know it was a tornado but we knew something was going on that wasn't good. >> reporter: this is the same system that spawned more than 30 tornadoes in the last 24 hours. >> god, let us be okay. let us get through this. >> reporter: first tearing across louisiana, destroying this rv park. in pensacola, florida, an ef-3 tornado packing 155-mile-per-hour winds destroyed homes and apartment buildings. as the front side of this monster system continues triggering tornado warnings and watches, the backside is creating blizzard conditions.
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make the trip today. >> reporter: in parts of illinois and indiana, conditions are nearly whiteout. the snow coming down faster than plows can clear it or homeowners can shovel it. >> i'm trying to get some of it >> reporter: even with school canceled, some kids couldn't get the day off. i'm going over to my grandma's house. now i'm out here helping shoveling snow. this is different. >> reporter: megan hughes, abc >> incredible images. checking today's forecast, that winter storm system dumped snow on the eastern great lakes and ohio valleys. heavy rain in new england, the south dries out after the tornado outbreak. mild in the west. >> 30s in minneapolis and detroit. 40s in kansas city and atlanta. 60s in seattle and dallas and 80s in los angeles and phoenix. a new isis video threatens the lives of facebook founder mark zuckerberg and jack dorsey,
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the 25-minute video is too disturbing to show. it includes pictures of the two men covered in bullet holes. isis says it is spopd responding to facebook and twitter to remove posts that promote terrorism. reaction coming in now to al ceo tim cook speaking out in an exclusive interview with abc news. cook tells david muir that his company has cooperated fully with the fbi on the san bernardino shooting investigation. but cook says apple won't help the bureau break into the iphone of syed farook's phone. doing so they say would require software that would make hundreds of millions of customers vulnerable. >> the only way we know would be to write a piece of software that we view as sort of the software equivalent of cancer. we think it's bad news to write. we would never write it. we have never written it. and that is what is at stake here. >> but a senior government
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appear toll develop a way into the phone that will only be known to the company itself and no one else. in his interview, cook also suggested the government made a mistake in not contacting apple before resetting the icloud password that's associated with the phone. >> the fbi directed the fbi to reset the icloud password. when that is done, the phone will no longer back up to the cloud. and so i wish they would have that would not have been the case. >> a government official counters that, saying whether it was a mistake or not, the fbi would still be asking for access to the phone. that's because the icloud would not have provided access to all the data on the device. cook also says he will be addressing the entire matter with president obama and that he's prepared for the case to go
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apple has until tomorrow to file a legal response to the judge's order to help unlock the phone. the republicans are preparing to face off in houston tonight. their final debate before super tuesday. after winning nevada, donald trump is now tangling with mitt romney and last night marco rubio attacked trump by name, accusing him of not taking a strong enough substance on obamacare and the middle east conflict. we get more now from abc's tom llamas. >> reporter: fresh off. running the table in nevada, donald trump sounding like the nomination is already his. >> it's going to be an amazing two months. we might not even need the two months, folks, to be honest, all right? will you come out here, pat? look at him. >> reporter: trump in virginia side by side with evangelist pat robertson. >> man, it's good to have you here with us. >> reporter: so confident, he's now revealing his priorities for a running mate. apparently the outsider candidate wants an insider v.p., someone able to help him cut deals in washington. >> i do want somebody that's political, because i want to get lots of great legislation that we all want passed, that's just sitting there for years and years and years. >> reporter: in nevada, trump scooping up more votes than his
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>> after a whole lot of months on the road, it is good to be home. >> reporter: senator ted cruz, in houston, endorsed by the texas governor and lashing out at trump. >> we are not a people who are impressed by a lot of blustery rhetoric that's not backed up by truth. the time for the clowns and the acrobats and the dancing bears has passed. >> reporter: but right across town, rising rival, senator marco rubio. >> we cannot have a commander in chief that is not ready the first day in office. you can't just say, well, when i get there, i'll hire the smartest people and they're going to tell me what to do. >> reporter: but both senators struggling to compete with the trump show. in a rare interview, the mogul's model wife, melania, describing what first drew her to the donald. >> his mind. amazing mind. i'm my own person, he's his own person. and i think that's very important. i don't want to change him, he doesn't want to change me.
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calling for donald trump and the other candidates to release their tax returns. romney says he thinks there's a, quote, bombshell in trump's tax returns, citing no proof, romney says he thinks trump is not as rich as he claims to be or that he's given as much to charity as he says he has trump called romney a fool and saying he's trying to act like a tough guy. tom llamas, abc news, new york. new developments in the battle over the president's supreme court nominee. source is tell abc news president obama is considering a republican. nevada governor brian sandoval to replace the late justice antonin scalia. sandoval is a former federal judge who supports abortion rights. this is seen as an overture to refuse any hearings on the president's nominee. >> my hope and expectation is that once there is an actual nominee, once this is no longer
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the judiciary committee recognize that their job is to give this person a hearing. >> senate majority leader mitch mcconnell and senate judiciary chairman chuck grassley both agreed to meet with the president in the coming weeks over the nomination. okay. so, last week we told you about a patent application from jetmaker airbus for seats with storage underneath. now it's considering wider seats. take a look. this is what current economy class seats in airbus planes look like. now the company has filed a patent for a reconfigurable passenger bench seat. >> they took the park bench from -- >> pretty much. this is a park bench. look at the little people. it could accommodate not only larger passengers but children, as well. detachable seat belts would be used for everyone. no matter their size. >> is there an inflatable slide that also comes out for the kids? >> kind of seems like a ride. but no more of those extended seat belt things. >> oh, boy. >> just have the bench. >> all right. >> what, jack?
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>> he's applying his filter to a good study here on "world news now" and this one ranks right up there with the greatest ever. take some time and concentrate on this headline. pizza, folks, is addictive. >> it is true. pizza is addictive. yes, that's a finding of a study done at the university of michigan. >> the wolverines who did the research say pizza is adicktive because of what it's made of. dough, sauce, they're both packed with sugar, and cheese and ingredients that act as an opiate during digestion. >> who thought about this? sausage contain salt, which for many, no wonder it's addictive. >> late phone up, big nick's. let's order a pie. >> let's do it. >> let's get on that. >> can you get on it?
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desk. >> we should have a hot line. we really should have a hot line to big nick's. >> get some hot line bling but it's just for pizza. coming up in "the skinny," the most memorable movie lines of all time. is your favorite on the list? think about it. also ahead, scott kelly's year in space. what a record-setting astronaut loves about his job and what he misses the most on earth. >> pizza probably. and erin andrews from "dancing with the stars" and her emotional day in court. what her father is saying about a stalker in a case getting widespread attention. you're watching "world news now. >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by resolve. (ugh.) does your carpet ever feel rough and dirty? don't avoid it, resolve it. 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,
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shoulders don't just carry pads. they carry your fans' passions, and maybe, a chance at because shoulders were made for greatness. not dandruff a frightening scene caught a frightening scene caught on camera at a gas station in kentucky. an ecigarette battery exploded
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josh hamilton was shocked when his pants suddenly burst into flames and he ran from the store in a panic. a clerk followed him with a fire extinguisher. he put out the flames. hamilton actually suffered some serious burns on his leg but is expected to be okay. if ever there was a poster board for not smoking, this would be it. >> and then some. man. all right. good to know he's going to be all right after that. that is frightening. so check him out. that ball band that you saw there, a man police in ohio are calling the rogaine bandit. he's accused of stealing the hair growth drug from store shelves across the buckeye state. cops say it's likely he's trying to resell the stolen rogaine either online or at flea markets and they don't believe he's using any of it on himself because, obviously, its not working. > was that in the police report? >> yeah, they don't believe he's using it himself. >> oh. >> yeah. >> two interesting videos.
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a court battle pitting erin andrews against her stalker and marriott hotels turned emotional yesterday in nashville. >> that's because andrews' father took the stand and breaking down in tears at times, describing how his daughter's life has been devastated. abc's ryan smith with the latest. >> reporter: the pain of his daughter's humiliation was etched on his face. >> she kept screaming, i'm on the internet! i'm on the internet! i'm naked! >> reporter: erin andrews wiping away tears in court as her father recounted her horror at being filmed through a peephole at a tennessee pair yot by michael david barrett who then posted those videos online in 2008. >> i feared for her life. she wouldn't eat. she wouldn't bathe. she wouldn't talk. all she would do is cry. >> reporter: feelings talked about on "good morning america". >> i remember my dad saying to me, you may have a stalker. and i just started saying dad, don't say that word. >> reporter: barrett served 2 1/2 years for stalking. andrews now suing him and the owners of that marriott for $75 million.
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placed barrett next door to the tv star. the hotel claims barrett is a criminal who tricked them into gaining access. as for andrews' father, he says his daughter hasn't been the same. >> she's a shell of the person she was before this happened. >> reporter: ryan smith, abc news, new york. >> testimony was pretty powerful from the dad, i thought. >> and so many years later. i mean, this happened a long time ago. you can still see the emotional toll this is having on erin andrews. >> you certainly can. next adele's big night in london as she's crowned queen of the brits. >> i got to ask you, what's your favorite movie line? >> my favorite movie line? >> favorite movie line. and can you guess what the top five movie lines are? we're going to tell you coming up. >> i'll have to think about that one.
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achievement overseas presented to her, appropriately enough, from the international space peake. >> and congratulations to the incredible adele. she's taken the world by storm and is a true global icon. i really wish i could be there in person to present your award. do rest assured that we're all huge fans up here. so congratulations once again. >> pretty cool. by the way, last week's grammy awards pushed adele back to number one on the billboard artist 100 charts. next to hollywood and the top 100 movie quotes of all time. >> so last month "the hollywood reporter" polled 1600 industry insiders and their top five. oz. dorothy's iconic line as she stepped into a world bursting in vibrant technicolor, "toto, i have a feeling we're not in kansas anymore." >> number four from a galaxy far far away, "star wars," may the
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on the space station and, you know, i feel like it's a privilege, but at the same time, i've been up here for a really long time and it will be great to get back to earth. >> reporter: long duration flight. this was all about seeing whether humans can go to mars. i know we don't have all the data but can we make it to mars? can you do it? could another human do it? >> from a subjective perspective, i think absolutely. i feel great. but, you know, there are challenges, especially with radiation between the earth and mars that we need to work on overcoming, but it's something that i hope to see in my lifetime. >> reporter: you told me you were going to hit a wall. you knew you would hit a wall. did you hit that wall? how did you get through it? and how did you feel about getting through it? what got you through it? >> i really haven't hit a wall yet. i wanted to get to the end of this with as much energy and enthusiasm that i had at the beginning. that's kind of how i still feel. so, if i don't hit the wall in the next six, seven days, i think i'm home free.
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when you get home, bare feet, in grass or sand? >> i think grass would be my first choice. but i'll be in kazakhstan. so, you know, it might have to be sand. >> reporter: or dust. pizza or filet mignon? >> obviously, filet mignon. you don't really miss food that much. at least i miss the experience more of, you know, sitting at a table with friends and family than i do actually all the different types of food that i've missed up here. >> cheers. >> cheers. >> reporter: commander kelly, thanks very much. congratulations. look forward to seeing you back here on the planet. david kerley, abc news, washington. >> thank you for that, david. that was fun. >> very cool. he tweeted about seven hours ago. countdown six days left and 96 sunsets left. >> oh. >> so it's very cool. >> such a sense of -- oh. he said radiation. i'm not going to mars. i'm telling you now and i love food. >> i will do it. i will take one for humankind. >> we'll send you up here.
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good morning. i'm reena ninan. >> and i'm kendis gibson. here's a look at the top stories we're following this morning on "world news now." >> deadly storms leaving a path of destruction. tornadoes killing at least four people in virginia alone. while nearly a foot of snow and blustering winds in the midwest cause flight cancellations and impassable roads. full coverage ahead. a new isis video threatens the lives of facebook founder mark zuckerberg and jack dorsey, the head of twitter. isis says it's responding to efforts by the two tech giants to delete accounts and remove posts that incite violence and
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a small colorado town is mourning the loss of a sheriff's deputy killed in a shootout. nate kerrigan, a 13-year veteran died while carrying out a high risk eviction. and planemaker airbus is considering replacing at least some of its seats with benches. the company's patent application says the seats would be designed for larger passengers as well as children. those are some of our top stories on this thursday, february 25th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >> good morning. we're going to start this half hour with the extreme weather that is rocking much of the nation from the midwest right to here, the east coast. >> this morning, virginia is under a state of emergency after tornadoes left at least four people dead and dozens more injured. abc's linzie janis has details. >> reporter: those deadly storms barrelling up the east coast. >> a tornado just came through right on 460 right now. >> reporter: a suspected tornado striking waverly, virginia,
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least three dead. in the last 24 hours, at least three dozen tornadoes hitting the gulf coast. many striking at night, as people slept. >> you need to pull over. >> reporter: in pensacola, florida, campbell garris and his girlfriend making it to their driveway, riding out the tornado in his pickup truck. >> oh, my god. >> all i could hear was it sounded as if i parked my truck next to a train. >> reporter: the ef-3 tornado packing 155-mile-per-hour winds, here. these people didn't have much >> very little. very little. >> reporter: including these apartments. look at this, the entire second floor of this apartment building ripped off. you can see right into people's living rooms. >> look at that thing coming in here like this. >> reporter: twisters claiming the lives of at least three others, including two at this louisiana rv park, where ashley east and her family were huddling together.
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what were you thinking? let us get through this. >> reporter: the tornado ripped through this neighborhood, destroying this home. but look, a stack of books still sitting on the piano. and here, the refrigerator still standing. linzie janis, abc news. >> wow. quite a powerful storm system. the greater chicago metropolitan area is also facing a major clean-up where as much as a foot of wet, heavy snow created some hazardous travel conditions. the storm forced the cancellation of nearly 1200 flights into and out of the chicago area airports. hundreds of snowplows tried keeping up, but many drivers found themselves trapped. conditions could be even more dangerous later on this morning with falling temperatures turning roadways into sheets of ice. well, checking today's forecast, the eastern great lakes and ohio valley can expect several inches of snow before the storm moves out. rain in new england and chilly in the northeast. drying out in the tornado zone in the deep south.
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80s out there. and phoenix, the same. 60s and 70s in seattle, new orleans and miami. 50s in great falls, montana, and boston. 30s in chicago and detroit. well, fresh off his big win in nevada, donald trump is embroiled in yet another war of words. this time it is mitt romney, the former republican presidential nominee has challenged trump to show the public his taxes. romney says that he believes trump is hiding a bombshell in those taxes, possibly showing that he's been lying about his net worth or donations to vets. trump hit back calling romney awkward and goofy, saying he blew the 2012 election. well, the republicans are taking the stage in houston tonight for their final debate before super tuesday. and the three leading candidates are throwing the most punches yet. it's your voice, your vote. abc's bazi kanani is covering the campaign starting with the republicans. >> reporter: after celebrating a landslide victory in nevada --
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you know, i get greedy. i want money, money. now we're going to get greedy for the united states. we're going to grab and grab. and grab. >> reporter: a tamer donald trump before an audience of evangelicals in virginia. >> i've got to be a good person today, at least for the next hour. >> reporter: still, trump couldn't hold back his mounting attacks on senator ted cruz. >> senator cruz gave us obamacare in the true sense, because any good -- oh. it's true. >> reporter: cruz and marco rubio coming in neck and neck for the second contest in a row are now lobbing the same criticism at the front-runner. >> if donald became president, nobody knows what the heck he would do. he doesn't know what the heck he would do. >> donald hasn't outlined what he's going to do on any issue. >> reporter: trump picks up his first two endorsements from current members of congress. on the democratic side, hillary clinton gains the endorsement of senate minority leader harry reid. >> i want an election about real change that will make a difference in people's lives. >> reporter: with clinton
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south carolina primary with a dominant lead, bernie sanders is already looking ahead to the next contest on super tuesday. >> secretary clinton was the inevitable candidate. she is not the inevitable candidate now. i think we've got a real shot to win it. >> reporter: voters in 12 states and one territory will head to the polls next week on super tuesday. a crucial day for republicans and democrats. reena, kendis? >> our thanks to bazi there in d.c. john kasich is apparently undeterred despite a dismal single-digit showing in nevada. the ohio governor is rejecting calls from fellow republicans to drop out of the race. kasich had a direct message about quitting. he said, quote here, forget about it. >> forget about it. >> sounds very new york. well, president obama's choice for the next supreme court justice has been a top issue on the campaign trail. and now there's a new development. >> yeah. apparently the president is said
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republican governor brian sandoval as a possible choice. abc's arlette saenz is in washington with the details. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. the democratic president may be eyeing a republican for the supreme court. a democratic source tells abc news, president obama is considering nevada governor brian sandoval to replace the late justice antonin scalia. sandoval is 52. the republican has served as nevada's governor for five years. prior to that, he was nevada's first hispanic federal judge. he was appointed by president george w. bush in 2005 and unanimously confirmed by the senate. sandoval is considered a centrist. he supports abortion rights and implemented a controversial portion of the president's health care plan. issues his party opposes. floating a republican name could be an overture to gop senators who refuse any hearings on the president's nominee. >> my hope and expectation is that once there is an actual
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an abstraction, that those on the judiciary committee recognize that their job is to give this person a hearing. >> reporter: president obama is expected to make that pitch in person to top republicans. senate majority leader mitch mcconnell and senate judiciary chairman chuck grassley have both agreed to meet with the president in the coming weeks. kendis and reena? >> thank you, arlette. one of the senators who would be asked to vote on a supreme court nominee took a trip to africa last week and got up and close and personal with some of the animals. senator jeff flake of arizona and some others were squarely in the sights of a charging pack of elephants during a boat ride. a hippo showed off some teeth. the purpose of flake's trip was to learn more about wildlife poaching. you can say that t.j.'s trip to africa was a lot smoother than that. >> do you think they found t.j.? usually they run towards people. they ran the other way. >> they ran the other way.
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>> t.j.'s coming, run, run. instagram his escape from africa yesterday. i loved watching that. safari, which i've always wanted to do. a different type of adventure for a group of veterans who lost limbs fighting overseas. they're attending a winter sports camp in california's high sierra. >> they've been hitting the slopes all this week. the skis and snowboarding is all part of a week-long event put together by a group called achieve tahoe. >> incredible. look at those pictures. and when they get to the bottom of the run, they get on snowmobiles for the ride back up to the top. they say that the whole thing is actually meant to challenge them to do things that they normally wouldn't do. >> very cool. >> i would say, i couldn't even do that. pretty impressive. >> the good thing is they don't have to get on a ski lift. we've had so many reports of ski lift problems lately, they're better off. >> right. very impressive and very
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how the oscar winners are kept >> also ahead, the major why "like" something when you can "love" something? and the abc news exclusive. david muir's interview with apple ceo tim cook, tough questions about a terrorist's the justice department. you're watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by mucinex fast max. hey buddy, let's get these dayquil liquid gels and go. but these liquid gels are new. mucinex fast max. it's the same difference. these are multi-symptom. well so are these. this one is max strength and fights mucus. that one doesn't. uh...think fast! you dropped something. oh...i'll put it back on the shelf... new from mucinex fast max. the only branded cold and flu liquid gel that is max-strength and fights mucus. start the relief. ditch the misery.
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with apple ceo tim cook, who is standing firm, saying that the issue is about much more than a single iphone. >> they have our deepest sympathy. what they've been through, no one should have to go through. apple has cooperated with the fbi fully in this case. they came to us and asked us for all the information we had on this phone. and we gave everything that we had. but this case is not about one phone. this case is about the future. what is at stake here is can the government compel apple to write software that we believe would make hundreds of millions of customers vulnerable around the world, including the u.s., and you'd have . >> reporter: and you'd have to write that system in order to unlock that phone? >> yes. the only way we know would be to write a piece of software that we view as sort of the software equivalent of cancer. we think it's bad news to write. we would never write it. we have never written it. and that is what is at stake here. >> reporter: the fbi says it believes that syed farook used
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his wife, his accomplice. and i'm curious, do you struggle at all with the possibility that there could be information on that phone that could reveal other plots, other people who were involved in planning the san bernardino attack? >> david, if we knew a way to get the information on the phone that we haven't already given, if we knew a way to do this, that would not expose hundreds of millions of other people to issues, we would obviously do it. >> reporter: i want to get to what the fbi director, james comey, has said. he said it's not about a slippery slope. it's about, quote, 14 people who were slaughtered and many more had their lives ruined. maybe it holds the clue, maybe it doesn't but we can't look the survivors in the eye and ourselves if we don't follow any possible lead out there. do you understand where he's coming from? >> i do understand where he's coming from. and this is an incredibly complex issue, to place a backdoor in the iphone.
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millions of customers at risk. what we think at this point given it is out in the public, is that we need to stand tall and stand tall on principle. there's probably more information about you on your phone than there is in your house. our smartphones are loaded with our intimate conversations, our financial data, our health records. they're also loaded with the location of our kids in many cases. and so it's not just about privacy but it's also about public safety. >> reporter: but in your quiet moments, do you have any concern that you might be able to prevent a terrorist attack by breaking into that phone? >> david, some things are hard and some things are right. and some things are both. this is one of those things. >> reporter: and in this case, you believe there are some things that just should never be created? >> correct. >> reporter: but tim cook tells us they talked to the fbi early on, giving them advice, he says,
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information from that iphone, to plug it in, to back it up to the i cloud. did they do that? >> unfortunately, in the days -- the early days of the investigation, fbi directed the county to reset the i cloud password. when that is done, the phone will no longer back up to the cloud. and so i wish they would have contacted us earlier so that that would not have been the case. >> reporter: how crucial was that missed opportunity? >> it is very crucial. >> reporter: i'm curious, tim, did you ever think that you'd find yourself at the center of such a crucial national debate? >> no. this is -- this is not a position that we would like to be in. it is a very uncomfortable position. to oppose your government on something doesn't feel good. and to oppose it on something where we are advocating for civil liberties, which they are
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incredibly ironic. >> reporter: apple now has until friday to respond to the court's order to assist the fbi in the david muir, abc news, san francisco. >> we should point out that tim cook did say as well that he plans to fight this all the way to the supreme court, if need be. it will likely end up there. >> it was fascinating with the poll numbers that a vast majority of americans actually support the fbi, saying, crack the phone, but support grew for apple among those who owned smartphones, so, divided. >> yep. but unifying republicans and democrats, young and old. >> there's one thing. coming up, a change facebook is hoping you'll really like. >> maybe not just "like" but "love," with a heart. you're watching "world news
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range of emotion. here's abc's david wright. >> reporter: facebook has long acknowledged the limitations of "like." >> there are more sentiments that people want to express than just positivity or that they like something. >> reporter: so there are more ways to react. >> we have a tremendous problem. >> reporter: take that new "game of thrones" parody currently making the rounds. >> the greatest builder is me. and i would build the greatest wall you have ever seen. >> reporter: "winter is trumping." it was originally produced for the australian broadcasting corporation. well, instead of thumb's up, you can now give it a love or a wow or ha-ha or even a sad or an angry. >> i don't think they like me very much. >> reporter: a feature that advertisers like chevy are already looking to exploit. >> start loving. >> reporter: so far, love is the most popular option. in general, that is. what's not to like about that? david wright, abc news, new york. >> interesting. i like the fact that they don't
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you feel that energy that is going on in the room? >> sure do. >> it is not because it's friday eve. it's because we're now three days away from hollywood's biggest night as oscar preps kick into high gear. >> it's exciting. i like that when it's leading into oscar weekend. you know, behind the glitz and the glamour is a highly specialized process of tabulating those votes surrounded by security as abc's
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>> reporter: they are the best secret keepers in hollywood. martha ruiz and brian cullinen are set to carry those famous briefcases again. >> and the oscar goes to. >> reporter: holding the names of this year's oscar winners. has there ever been a mistake? >> no, there hasn't. >> reporter: for 82 years pricewaterhouse coopers has counted the oscar ballots. 6,261 sent out to voting members this year on paper and online. >> we control everything from the time they go out indicated with security codes, and those come back to us. we then have those in an undisclosed location. >> reporter: inside that secret undisclosed location security is tight. there's a specialized alarm system, biometric locks and no internet access, where a small team counts all 24 categories by hand. >> it's up to brian and i to then consolidate everything, make sure we're going through their piles, counting that and recounting that. we will stuff the envelope,
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>> reporter: those 24 winning envelopes and a duplicate set are then loaded into two briefcase like this one. both are locked in a vault until oscar sunday, when ruiz and culinen enter their code and take their briefcase. each traveling a different route escorted by los angeles police. >> no matter what happens, at least one of us will get there. >> reporter: do you feel a little bit like 007? >> a little bit. >> reporter: last year as a spoof, they even carried a third briefcase used by host neil patrick harris, and backstage they only hand the envelope to the presenter just seconds before the announcement. is this the hardest secret to keep? >> it's a big important secret. the reality is, there's a secret we keep forever, and that is, who got second? >> reporter: brandi hitt, abc news, los angeles. >> interesting. >> who gets a police escort? abc is the place to be oscar night.
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on sunday, 4:00 p.m. pacific time of course, tune into "world news now" next monday for a complete wrap-up. >> it's going to be a fun night. was this bjork's outfit?
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making news in america this morning, double edge storm. heavy winds and torrential rains in the east leave thousands without power overnight and communities in the south are stunned by the deadly destruction as the midwest is hit hard by whiteout conditions. we have the latest on the storm track. privacy fight. ceo tim cook telling abc news that apple is standing firm against the government despite that order to access a terrorist's iphone. >> this is not about one phone. this is about the future. >> the abc news exclusive interview just ahead. fighting the flu in the depths of the season.

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