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tonight on "world news," behind bars. george zimmerman, in court for the first time, as abc news learns what he did his first night in jail. surprise attack. ann romney comes out swinging for being a stay at home mom. and look at the famous first ladies who jump into the debate today. egg investigation. conditions inside one of the nation's most trusted farms. brian ross on the story. and, arcade of dreams. a 9-year-old boy needs a friend. and a whole town conspires to make his day. good evening. today, for the first time, we
see and hear the man at the center of the nation drama that has raged for 46 days. george zimmerman, the neighborhood watchman accused of second degree murder in the death of trayvon martin. today, he appeared in court for the first time. abc's matt gutman has the latest for us tonight. matt? >> reporter: good evening, diane. we learned so much more about george zimmerman, the mystery man in this case. he spent his first night in jail last night, weeping for hours. and today, he and his attorney plan on a year-long legal battle. he shuffled in, shackled, noticeably thinner than in that old mug shot. george zimmerman finally emerging from the shadows, softly uttering his first public words. >> and you are represented by mr. o'mara, is that true? >> yes, sir. >> reporter: zimmerman spent what a law enforcement official tells abc news, was a woeful night in lockup. isolated in protective custody and under constant watch.
he wept for hours. >> he's tired. he's stressed. he has, in effect, been isolated for several weeks. and that's got to take a toll. >> reporter: zimmerman's attorney mark o'mara says his client's safer in prison, where he's being held without bail. >> he could not literally walk the street with all of the groundswell of emotion in this case. >> reporter: he added that when zimmerman turned himself in yesterday, he was not aware he'd be arrested. prosecutors contend zimmerman's life was never threatened and that he confronted trayvon martin and pursed the teen. their case could hinge on three key pieces of evidence. first, zimmerman's call to police. >> are you following him? >> yeah. >> we don't need you to do that. >> okay. >> reporter: and the screams on the 911 calls that night. >> do you think he's yelling help? >> yes. >> reporter: the second key piece of evidence, this police surveillance video, first obtained by abc news, showing
clear images of zimmerman's face and head just minutes after the shooting, a clue into the extent of his injuries. and finally, the account of martin's girlfriend. >> i said, "run." >> reporter: on the phone with him, just moments before he was shot. police say the shooting happened right here on the grass. this area surrounded by neighbors. during the shooting and immediately after, seven people called 911, two of them have not come forward publicly. >> eye witnesses and ear witnesses are going to be crucial because prosecutors have to set up a time line as to what happened. based on all the other residents that called 911, as well. >> reporter: zimmerman's attorney says his client will plead not guilty. his attorney painted a portrait of a man contrite, who accepts the responsibility of another young man and who at some point plans to reach out directly to trayvon martin's parents. diane? >> matt gutman reporting in, thank you. and now we have another story igniting a fire storm in this country today about women
and work. a democratic stregist took aim at mitt romney's wife, ann, the mother of five, and the criticism was this, that she had, quote, never worked a day in her life. all day long, a furious debate, and a brigade of first ladies, rushing to ann romney's defense. abc's jake tapper has that story. >> reporter: in an interview today, president obama distanced himself from remarks by a prominent democrat, seemingly belittling the work of stay at home moms. specifically this stay at home mom, ann romney. >> there's no tougher job than being a mom. and when i think about what michelle had to do, when i think about my own mom, a single mother, raising me and my sister, that's work. >> reporter: this began when hilary rosen, who has ties to the white house, here she is attending a recent white house
state dinner, criticized mitt romney for suggesting his wife is his connection to women voters. >> guess what? his wife is actually never worked a day in her life. she's never really dealt with the kinds of economic issues that a majority of the women in this country are facing. >> reporter: today, ann romney herself took to the air waves to refute the notion she's, quote, never worked a day in her life. >> this is, obviously, an awesome responsibility, to raise children. mitt said to me, more times than you would imagine, ann, your job is more important than mine. >> reporter: the context here is key. president obama enjoys a sizable gender gap over romney. so democrats and republicans have been accusing the other of insensitivity to women's issues with increasing intensity. so, though rosen does not work for the president, her ties are close enough, the remarks set off a firestorm. >> my response is that's an outrageous assertion. >> reporter: "every mother works hard and every woman deserves to
be respected," tweeted first lady michelle obama. late this afternoon, rosen again took to the cable airwaves, this time, to apologize. diane, at this point, everyone in the building behind me, except for possibly bo obama, has condemned and criticized hilary rosen's remarks. nonetheless, the romney campaign said, "if you are a stay at home mom, the democrats have a message for you. you've never worked a day in your life." welcome to campaign 2012. we only have 208 days left. diane? >> all right, thank you very much, jake. we wanted to know more now about ann romney, who moved into the center stage today, and abc's david muir is here. he's been covering the romney campaign. >> reporter: as you know, ann romney has famously been called his secret weapon. with help from that strategist on the other side, ann romney's story is a secret no longer. this country, learning the story of ann romney, the mother who chose to stay at home with those five boys.
mrs. romney on television today. >> my career choice was to be a mother. and i think all of us need to know that we need to respect choices that women make. >> reporter: and she is now on twitter, last night, after it was said she never worked a day in her life, time for her first tweet. "i made a choice to stay home and raise five boys. believe me, it was hard work." >> the next president of the united states. >> reporter: this is a political opportunity for the romney campaign to connect with women, who, until now, might not have known mrs. romney's story. and regardless of who they plan to vote for, women were talking today, across this country, about motherhood. >> always working. never off. >> reporter: from los angeles to chicago to indiana, abby murphy, at home with her new baby, saying it's far more difficult than the job she left behind. >> this is the hardest and longest job i've ever had. by far. >> reporter: today, mrs. romney was asked, can she relate to mothers who did not have the choice she had, they can't afford to stay home. >> look, i know what it's like
to struggle. and if maybe i haven't struggled as much financially as some people have, i can tell you and promise you that i've had struggles in my life. >> reporter: ann romney is a breast cancer survivor, she also has multiple sker roe sis. >> i don't know if people knew how sick i was, but i had no energy whatsoever. i was frightened. mitt was frightened. and just said, hey, we're fine. i don't care. if you get in a wheelchair, we're fine. no matter what happens, we're going to do this together. >> reporter: former first lady barbara bush today. >> i don't think people are very understanding of the fact that she has ms, works very hard for that, she's had breast cancer. >> reporter: a portrait of ann romney tonight, now front and center, planned or not. ann romney now on twitter. a couple of her sons tweeting in her defense.
and in talking to romney's strategists, it has been part of the plan to get her story out there, they couldn't have imagined it would be a democratic strategist, diane, who helped them. but ann romney will be front and center in this campaign, as you know. you are going to interview mitt romney and his wife. >> on monday, i'm going to be sitting down with mitt romney and his wife, ann, and we want to hear your questions for the romneys, as well, so, send them to us, on twitter, using the hash tag ask romney, or sent them to me at abc news or yahoo! again, that will be monday. thank you, david. and, at this hour, the clock is ticking in the menacing nuclear nation of north korea. they are ready to fire that long range rocket. a rocket powerful enough, it could eventually threaten the united states. it is a dramatic statement by the mysterious new dictator there, and abc's bob woodruff is in north korea tonight. bob? >> reporter: diane, morning is breaking here in the capital of
north korea. this is a very big moment for their new, untested leader. he is only 29 years old. and this launch will put him right there at the center and front of the world's stage. the u.s. says this new rocket, now waiting on the launch pad, is big enough that it could eventually be engineered to carry a nuclear warhead all the way to the west coast of the united states, more than 5,000 miles away. north korea has a long history of defying the world with provocative acts like this launch, but this is the first for brand new supreme leader kim jong-un. >> kim jong-un is inexperienced, youthful and untested. i don't think he has the knowledge and ability to make very big decisions. >> reporter: north korea insists they're only launching a weather satellite, and the rocket will stay harmlessly over the ocean. but neighboring countries are warning people to stay indoors, and getting ready to shoot down the rocket if it strays over
land. this is a small, poor country with a massive military. a standing army of more than a million. when we were bussed to our hotel last night, we had to pull over, waiting while thousands of troops drove by, returning from training for a military parade, which will happen later this week. now, this launch will happen any time between now and monday. we don't know exactly when that will happen, depends largely on the weather. we are waiting, also, for what the regime's next move will be. it does have a history of one provocative act after another, and there is evidence that they may start another test of a nuclear bomb. diane? >> thank you, bob woodruff, on his fourth trip to north korea tonight. and we also have news tonight from another country that has the world on edge. syria. that tinderbox in the middle east. for the first time in 13 months, there is a fragile calm. a truce between president assad and the rebel forces. abc's alex marquardt brings us the news from the streets.
>> reporter: listen closely. birds chirping as syrian forces patrol. the sounds of syria's tenuous truce. this morning, most of the guns fell silent and so far have remained so. >> if it holds, a cease-fire is an important step, but it represents just one element of the special envoy's plan. >> reporter: syrian president bashar al assad has blatantly ignored the first element of that peace plan. he has not pulled his forces out of cities and towns. today, video clips showed tanks still roaming the streets and laying siege. the partial cease-fire did little to relieve residents of the areas that have seen the worst crackdown. we spoke with one opposition activist today who has been working in makeshift clinics caring for the wounded. >> we have cease-fire but still have sniping going around in homs.
you can see the tanks, the snipers on top of the buildings. >> reporter: are people able to get medical supplies? get food? >> there is no civilian movement anywhere in homs. we have very, very bad medical situations. we have a shortage of blood bags, iv bags. we don't have equipment. we don't have electricity. >> reporter: few believe this lull will last for long. a big test of the regime's new found restraint will come tomorrow, when protesters pour into the streets after friday prayers. alex marquardt, abc news. and coming up, an investigation into what you don't note about some of the eggs that end up on america's breakfast tables. i can't afford to ignore our retirement savings, not in this economy. we also have zero free time, and my dad moving in. so we went to fidelity. we looked at our family's goals and some ways to help us get there. they helped me fix my economy, the one in my house. now they're managing my investments for me. and with fidelity, getting back on track was easier than i thought. call or come in today to take control of your personal economy.
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humane society of the united states. >> at this facility, we found extreme animal cruelty and very serious food safety concerns. >> reporter: the humane society portions of undercover video it says one of its investigators made over the last two months, working at one of five of kreider's barns. the video shows filthy conditions, hens packed, the investigators say, up to 11 to a cage. dead birds, seemingly left unattended. and of greatest concern to food safety experts, an infestation of flies that can spread salmonella and other diseases to the feed of the chicken. >> into the feed, to the chicken, it gets inside the egg, and then from the egg into the human and you get salmonella. >> reporter: launched its own investigation, but not yet removed any of the eggs from its stores. kreider farms today questioned whether this undercover video was even made at one of its facilities and said the accusations only involve its older hen houlss and ignore the brand new facility that house
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simple human kindness. abc's david wright takes us to the garage, where dreams are made. >> reporter: it's a funhouse arcade, made of cardboard boxes. >> first game i made. >> reporter: this 9-year-old built it in his dad's auto parts store in a junk yard in east l.a. his arcade is pretty intricate. there's basketball and soccer. and a homemade claw machine. >> tokens. prizes. >> reporter: he used his own toys for prizes. everything manual. one thing he didn't have was customers. kids at school didn't even believe he had an arcade. then, this filmmaker walked in -- >> it has to go in there? >> reporter: looking for a car door handle. instead, he found a movie. >> and then, when you score a point, he would crawl into the box and pulls out these little tickets out of the side of the cardboard. >> like, real about kald games,
tickets come from the bottom. >> and i was like, this kid is a genius. >> reporter: he came up with a special surprise for caine. he put out the word on the internet, and one saturday while caine was getting pizza with dad, hundreds of strangers showed up. a throng of customers. >> we had people come from everywhere. i couldn't believe it. >> reporter: cameras rolling as caine finally arrived. >> wow. what's going on over here? >> he got out and he said, wow. >> reporter: the movie, posted online late monday, nearly 2 million people have watched it, contributing more than $100,000 to a college fund for caine. what did that make you feel like? >> proud, that people know my arcade. >> reporter: he's just psyched the movie -- looks too hard for me -- means he'll soon have a lot more customers. awesome. david wright, abc news -- i won a prize -- los angeles.
>> and by the way, caine told his dad, "that was the best day of my life." we thank you for watching. so flood to have you here. we are always here at abcnews.com with the very latest. and "nightline" will be along later. and we hope to see you back here again to close out the week tomorrow night. good night. the word is swapportunity.