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good morning. i'm gio benitez in for t.j. holmes. >> i'm reena ninan. top head lines we are following on "world news now." the mighty ohio river and others in the region above flood stage today and to stay that way through much of the week. heavy rain and melting snow dangerous combination. rob marciano with a full report coming up. >> a suspect under arrest in ferguson missouri charged with the shooting of two police officers in the troubled city. prosecutors say, jeffrey williams admits he fired the shots. but said he was aiming at some one else. >> robert durst, subject of a documentary on hbo, now in new orleans jail facing murder charge for the death of a friend 15 years ago in beverly hills. he will be in court today. durst's attorney says he won't fight extradition to l.a. but will contest the charge. >> there is new evidence that
experimental cholesterol drugs may reduce the risk of heart attacks strokes and cardiovascular diseases. researchers say they're encouraged but caution more studies are needed. some of the top stories this monday, march 16th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." good morning to you everyone. we begin with weather extremes. you can only find in march. start off the last week of winter. boston broke the snowfall record while in the midwest melting snow and flooding rivers. >> same time record heat is baking the southwest and moving east. >> reporter: heavy rain and snow melt swelling the ohio river to 58 feet, levels since the flufdz 1997. the water surrounding a casino. stranding people and their cars. an amusement park all most completely submerged. a dumpster bobbing in the rushing water like a boat.
this boat barely getting underneath this bridge. upstream this resident shirley penny of new richmond ohio worries how bad it will get this time. >> i will fry to sleep. don't mean i we stay asleep for long. >>en louisville kentucky. rescue teams, searching for the ohio river for a man walking on foot. swept away by the rushing river. the ohio is a large river, means a long wait to recede. not expected to drop below flood stage until thursday afternoon. from the east to the west. cal cattians facing a day of searing heat. temperatures topping 90 degrees in los angeles. steps taken there to cool runners competing in the l.a. marathon. dousing them with walter hoses at mile 22. slightly cooler still above average temperatures expected in southern california on monday. the bulk of the heat surging east of the rocky mountains. rob marciano abc news new york. >> parts of the northwest reeling from heavy wind and rain.
downed power lines. knocked out electricity. thousand in the portland area. not the tree,,000 fell on the car with a woman inside. rescuers using a chain saw to get her out. take a look at this. giant scaffolding. many stories high. teetering in the wind finally crashing down. >> here is a look at your weather right now. winter longingers in new england. some rain. a patch of rain in south stex text. shourdz along the oregon california border. >> one more day of 90 degree heat. rockies, record highs. denver 80. midwest highs, 70s. 20 30 degrees above normal. 50s, 60s in the east. shilly in new england. >> saddam hussein's tomb was nearly leveled in clashes between isis and iraqi forces. the fighting in his home town. yis forces burned and ransacked his tomb last summer. now support columns that held up the roof are all that reman of
the once lavish tomb. his body was removed by loyalist loyalists. its location now,000 is unknown. >> negotiators from the u.s. and iran are back around the table this morning. working against a looming dead lean for nuclear. there is some thought they might settle for an announcement on progress to justify talks. >> meanwhile, washington is buzzing abut the letter send to iran by a group of republican senators. abc's martha raddatz reports now. >> reporter: president obama taking his latest shot at the 47 republican senators in an interview airing on vice news. >> i'm embarrassed for them. for them to address a letter to -- to the ayatollah who they claim its our mortal enemy is close to unprecedented. >> the uproar growing from days of the nuclear talk between iran and the u.s. the letter warns any deem with iran must be approved by congress or the next president could revoke it with the stroke of a pen.
iran's ayatollah firing back. saying it was a sign of washington disintegrating. and now even some who signe it having second thoughts on the strategy. >> maybe that wasn't exactly the best way to do that. >> reporter: but the man who wrote it isn't backing down. >> we are simply frying to say that congress has a constitutional role to approve any deal to make sure that iran never gets a nuclear weapon. >> senator marco rubio took his defense of the letter and frustration with the talks. even further. saying they were hurting the fight against isis. >> the with negotiations in iran. impacted trust levels. >> so that is flat wrong. also. flat wrong. this is about a nuclear wepapon potential. that's it. the president made it absolutely clear they will not get a nuclear weapon. >> reporter: the white house is firm it does not need congressional approval for a
deal at this point. but down the road itch the president wants to roll back sanctions against iran. it might be a different story. martha raddatz. abc news washington. >> thank you for that. the president says the storm ravaged country must start over. cyclones tore through the pacific island nation. destroying. 90% of the buildings on the main island of villa. 100,000 likely homeless. every school destroyed. half of the tiny nation's population has been afektd. incredible. >> an amazing tale of survival out of malaysia. two planes collide. clipping each other avenue rims. one caught on fire, ejector just inside. all parachuted to safety. >> drivers in central europe got quite a show on their way home last night. take a look. up in the sky there what is believed to be ate shooting
star. skault on dash-cam. seen in austria, germany, switzerland. some witnesses reported hearing a loud noise while seeing that bright light overhead. >> back here at home. something -- rather unique going on in san francisco. city officials testing a special panlt for the sides of buildings that they hope will help them battle public urination. >> the paint is so slick that it repels liquids, particularly urine. the liquid bounces off the surface. >> supposed to when people urinate. bounce back and hit them on their pants. and get them wet. hopefully that will discourage them. >> who kamentcame up with this idea snshgs you know. >> hard to think about. an issue. >> city officials will test it to evaluate its effectiveness. what do you think? >> i don't know if it will stop
anything. i guess we will see. >> they dupe have a big homeless population. >> a huge population. they're trying to figure it out. the good thing is that san tran does offer a lot of options for people who are homeless. >> that's good. >> that's good. coming uh the american on the run from the law now caught on the other side of the world. how was she able to avoid authorities for five years. off awe you may not have heard of him. the jon stewart of the middle east. this man is using comedy as a weapon of choice against tyranny and terror. you are watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" weather, brought to you by pampers. [ baby crying ] [ mom ] be right there, baby. [ muffled noises ] oops. ow. sorry. [ baby crying ] ♪ ♪ [ female announcer ] pampers.
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♪ ♪ >> beautiful skyline. search is over for an american fugitive on the run half a decade. >> wanted for a deadly accident driving under the influence. but the law finally caught up with her in a a most unlikely place. here's abc's ryan smith. >> reporter: this american fugitive is believed to be in custody in tileland after being on the run for five years. kelly lynn miller seen here applying lip gloss before a press conference announcing her
arrest this week was nabbed by thai police after fleeing from alabama in 2009. dodging a five-year prison sentence for a dui fatality. >> miller is driving under the influence. she runs off the road. she just pans this guy up against his rig. and, and you know drags him down. 459 between her car and his. >> according to records. miller spent years bouncing between three islands popular with music. the man struck was checking the tires on his amazing lane. his sister grateful miller was caught. >> there was a big part of the laughter. no federal agency keeps track of the number of fugitives on the run overseas. but the number off rests has been steadily rising. from 646 to 2010.
to 800. >> you will not go to south america. asia europe. >> one factor helping law enforcement. fugitives, digital foot prints. >> may actually be their family members, their friends. who are communicating with others. it enables us to trace their location. >> officials believed to be receiving contacts from the u.s. ryan smith. abc news new york. >> just can't run from the law. it will take time. they're going to find you. in thailand. >> lot of people don't realize the countries have good extradition policies with the u.s. if you make it a brought. and you think you are intelligence operations various parts. >> it happens. uh awe half a decade they fill found her. >> battling comedy. >> and jon stewart. says when it comes to sa fire. nothing is off thett2wmrst.!@%o j#
♪ ♪ >> well hardly a household name here in the u.s. but kidded the jon stewart of the middle east. >> that's right. he has millions of faithful fans. taking brave risks as host of egypt's version of "the daily show" combatting tyranny and terror one joke at a time. here's abc's david wright. >> reporter: in midtown, manhattan, easy to miss one of the biggest tv stars in the world. but as we arrive in astoria, queens five second out the door. and he is swamped by fans eager for a selfie. his show was the egyptian version of "the daily show." ♪ ground breaking stuff in a country where the religious and
military leaders don't like being laughed at. which is why he is now o the air. >> was there a joke that fell flat? >> as a matter of fact the whole show was hilarious. people were laughing their -- off. i think because we were too funny. i think we were band. >> we sat down with him not in cairo but mumbar restaurant in queens. >> can you go back to egypt if you want? >> i can go back to egypt any time i want. can i leave egypt any time i want. i think i can. >> reporter: he had the most unlikely starts in show business. call the his rising star during the arab spring. thousand of protesters in tahir square. >> i would like regular, every day life, heart surgeon. comedy. >> i had a revolution. carried to the wounded people in tahir square. >> his new career on you tube.
in two months 5 million views. he even found his way to the daily show in new york. >> i think you look better in a suit. other than that weep are the same. >> it is an armani. >> look at you! >> you are carving out the spacing. for people to breathe and express themselves in a way i think is incredibly admirable. >> this guy is not just an idol. he is a brother. >> he is regrouping. making a documentary and fellowship at harvard. also gathering new ma ferl. >> would you go to say that religious extremism in all forms is fair game for satire. >> yes, of course. satire should be equal opportunity offendered for everybody. >> when you look at isis is there room for humor? >> of course. >> look at youtube in the middle east. >> clearly, he well have a second act. >> is the arab spring over? >> let's say for example it is going to be ape very windy
spring. >> looks like he will weather it just fine. david wright, abc news queens. >> what ape fascinating package. i like that story. people don't realize when i was in jerusalem covering the situation, palestinian territories not as extreme as some of the other countries out there. they were not allowed to do a "saturday night live" type show. >> oh wow. >> they're kidded more u.s. friendly than probably other controez in the middle east. the fact that he has a youtube channel. do this. remarkable. >> he is very famous. >> walking through queens. i love what he said abut jon stewart, not just an idol but he is a brother. so fascinating to see that to. see him having done this in egypt. >> yeah. >> see if he can do again. >> seem funny. doesn't he. >> jon stewart admires him. >> this is not armani. >> not armani.
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big numbers for cinderella. saw it. bravo, disney. a texas father of a young boy with autism was determined to put a smiled on his son's face. >> turned to face book. looking to attract a little attention. what he got was beyond his dreams. abc's john donvan. >> reporter: for weeks, the bathtub looked like a giant mailbox. here's why. a facebook posting by chad in mid february to his 400 or so facebook friend. mentioning he had a son whose ninth birthday was coming up. a kid who he put it. awe unfortunately doesn't get invites to the birthdays. doesn't get invites to slope
sleepovers. >> hunter has autism and most never speaks. aside from younger brother hudson he doesn't have that much kid companioncompanionship. he has trouble connecting too. hunter can read. >> 100% able to read everything that is given to him. he doesn't have ability to verbalize. >> reporter: with that in mind his dad's posting also said this. i am asking for you to send him a birthday card. >> i really was hoping for, 20 30, which would be a great success. >> reporter: it went a lot further than that. >> we have received over 600 birthday card. packages, private messages. >> reporter: from people chad doesn't even know. >> from ireland. sweden. the netherlands. australia. >> reporter: hunter's birthday and as usual just him and his brother out there until the card came out. and then it really was a party. >> this says happy birthday. >> all we aim for.
every day. is to make sure he is happy. >> dearest hunter wishing you a wonderful 9th birthday. if we can do that nothing else matters. >> john donovan, abc news. >> that's love right there. that is love. >> difference writing one letter to one child. >> 600 now. >> a nation. internationally, right. >> right. >> unbelievable. look at that. 600 right there. remember when we saw this we said wow. >> looks like he will have a very happy birthday. >> that's right. happy birthday happy birthday right here on national television, right. >> there you go. >> the that's the news for this half-hour. >> follow us on facebook. wnnfans.com. >> that's right. and twitter. instagram. all over the place.
this morning on "world news now" -- shooting suspect found. >> police in ferguson arrest a man they believe fired the shots injuring two police officers during a protest last week. authorities say the suspect confessed. but he says he wasn't aiming for police. >> breaking overnight, new development in the jinx case. hours after robert durst was arrested the hbo series based on his alleged murders airs what sounds like a confession. >> new questions now raised with this latest revelation. where the case will go next the. >> portable pastor. popular televangelist asking the congregation to help him get around in a $65 million jet.
>> i ask all our partners to get on board. >> how much he is asking each churchgoer to help him soar through the heaven in style. it's monday, march 16th. >> announcer: from abc news this is "world news now." >> good morning, everyone. i'm reena ninan. welcoming gio benitez in for tj. >> nice to do this show with a friend. thank you for having me. >> good to see you. you have been telling me that, to stay awake. you have a crazy schedule. traveling so much. green tea and chia seeds. >> green tea and chia seeds, and bee pollen. >> bee pollen. >> she is choking. >> having green tea right now. but you didn't think we let your secrets this early in the show. >> green tea all the way. >> man. have you been out to ferguson? >> not yet. not yet. >> unbelievable what's going on there. >> kick off the show there with
at rest in ferguson, missouri shooting of two officers took the con flkt to an incredibly troubling new level. >> but the prosecutor who announced the arrest said members of the community ultimate low led to suspect. abc's candice gibson reports. >> reporter: 23-year-old jeffrey williams taken into custody. >> acknowledged his participation in firing the shots. that in fact he did fire the shots. >> shooting taking place end of a police protest. the prosecutor saying williams had taken part in that demonstration. later firing his handgun from a vehicle. shell casings found at the scene, match a 40 caliber handgun recovered by detectives. williams had a dispute with some one at the protest and was aiming for them not the officers. >> you know how the officers were lined up that night. were there civilians around that could have been targets? >> there were civilians between them. it's not as though there was no one there.
>> police pouring over images from the night. ultimately it was tips that led to the arrest. >> the community still reeling from the shooting death of 18-year-old michael brown last august. by a ferguson police officer. now williams who was out on probation, facing a number of charges including two counts of assault. eric hoemder in a statement saying the arrest sends a clear message that acts of violence against law enforcement personnel will never be tolerated. moments after news of an arrest dozens came out here to show their support for the police department. as the for the two injured officers they have been told the suspect is in custody as they continue to recover at home. all right. thank you so much. another arrest to report right now. robert durst, subject of a just-completed hbo documentary series in custody in new orleans orleans. arrested saturday at a hotel there. in custody on a warrant from los angeles for the murder of a
friend. susan berman. 15 years ago. see her there. also thin linked to disappearance of his life. acquits of murdering a neighbor living in texas. last night at the end of the hbo series durst was heard offcamera talking cryptically to himself. listen. >> you heard that right there. durst will be in court in new orleans for extradition hearing. he registered under an alia, paid with cash. the fbi now believes he may have wanted to leave the country. >> incredible. i was chatting with ryan smith. love to hick is brain on the legal stuff. if it is proven the tape wasn't tampered with this could be admissible in court. >> but you hear him offcamera. interesting to frufprove. >> true. ryan smith on gma later today. look forward to his report.
what he has to say. >> overseas. moscow a brik out at one of the most visit add tractions. flames. engulfed. from the late 1600s. started on the wood that was surrounding the building. it was the scaffolding that suffered worst damage. >> to a burning question across russia. where is vladamir putin. the normally ubiquitous president has been seen in public, hasn't been seen in public for ten days. rumors are just running wild. on friday the kremlin announced that putin would meet with the president of kirk stancemonday. will he show up. >> raging for four years with no end in tight. three british teens arrested after trying to reach syria to fight with isis. abc's alex marquardt has the details from london.
>> reporter: the latest sign that as the war against isis intensifies, their recruiting is only growing. british police revealing. three teenagers, 17 to 19 were stopped and detained at an airport in turkey. police say they had gone missing friday. turkish authorities were then alerted. interseptember interseptember interception the young men before they were sent back. >> the speed at which we are seeing the movement grow. is frightening. we desperately need to have a proper counter play. >> craig: foreign fighters are blefdz to make up 2/3 of the 31,000 fighters in isis. the most notorious, jihadi john. not just young men flocking to isis women as well. the three british teenage girls, disappeared in fen. believed to be living.
alex marquardt, abc news. >> well american aid workers expose to ebola are back in the u.s. three others due back to day. none of them showing symptoms. they all worked with a colleague in sierra leone. the other ten will remain in quarantine for 21 days at homes in atlanta, maryland and omaha. that controversy over hillary clinton's e-mail not going away any time soon. >> the former secretary of state and presumptive presidential candidate may soon be facing a congressional inquiry into the e-mail debacle. abc's john than skarlnathan carl has the the latest. >> they expect john boehner to announce a new house investigation next week. into how hillary clinton handled e-mail. including admitted destruction of some 30,000 e-mails she determined to be purely personal. it was a big issue on sun day
shows. >> i just can't trust her lawyers to make the decision that the public ilsz getting everything. >> amounts to nothing. people flapping their jaws. >> how mrs. clinton handled the controversy thus far. not exact low effective. >> she couldn't be like, hey, can you hold this for me. then this simple explanation. awe i thought using one device would be simpler. obviously it has then't worked out that way. >> under state department rules while she was secretary if the employee used a private e-mail account for official business the e-mail was to turned over and entered in government computers. sheaf didn't turn over e-mails until 22 months after she took office. >> why did you wait? you have to turn them over. >> i would be happy to have somebody talk to you with the rules. i complied. >> likelihood of a new raises
the possibility even likelihood that she would be called to testify not once but twice before congress. right in the middle of her presidential campaign. jonathan carl abc news the white house. >> >> senate majority leader mitch mcconnell is threatening to stall her vote. the bill has been stalled over a dispute over abortion funding. lynch, the first black woman new lead. >> awe high powered, laser pointers can blind and disorient pie lots. at la guardia last week you may remember this several planes were struck. three pilots sustained eye injuries. nationwide there are 11 laser ivens dents just like this every day. it is so incredible to think that some one could see this as a smart idea. >> yeah. >> because when you see this
light. this is an fbi simulation you are looking at. when you see that light go into the cockpit, it just overwhelms the pie lots. in one of the cases, the plane had, 68 passengers on board. it its nuts. >> doesn't from the outside it looks like it could be so much damage. you hear how horrific for the pilots. >> a pinhole of light coming out from the ground. when it reaches up there, forget it. it could cause chaos. >> very interesting. >> who can forget the sensation of a couple week as go. was that dress, remember that dress? what did you think it was? >> black and blue. >> really? >> one day watching it on gma i did see it. >> white and gold. >> white and gold. >> yours looks gold. >> all a matter of perception. right? of course it was. >> only white and gold version of the dress sold for a hefty sum. it was put on e-bay, the winning bid coming in at just over $2,000. >> that dress? >> that's right. >> i think the original the
original price, $50. >> is that right? >> so there you go. you got to really, you got a good deal there for $2,000. >> all going for a good cause too. comic relief there. >> coming up in the mix. secret revealed. the science behind cheetoh's. why we love them. >> first a startling crash caught on camera. look at that. the driver flipping through the air. the car splitting in two. how he miraculously walked away from that wreckage. wow. >> remember, you can find us on facebook wnnfans.com. and twitter. at abcwnn. you're watching "world news now."
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the company revealed it is working to make it lighter and cheaper. the first model will still cost a couple hundred thousand and require a pilot license. aeromobile's next project. self-flying cars. >> love that. can't look away from that video. look at that. too cool. >> not a car that raises itself off the ground. it does raise eyebrows. 1968 ford mustang. there it is right there. one of the most distinctive mustangs ever. made famous by steve mcqueen in "bullet" is gearing up for a come back. the florida car maker is rolling out the modern replica. with the luxurious price tag of $120,000. >> come on. >> it can't fly though. >> now that i saw yours. i was like forget it. >> right. flying car. >> well how about florida? we're both from florida right. i love my florida. >> miami. >> miami and tampa. new details about the weekend's
spectacular race car crash. >> that car going more than 250 miles an hour. suddenly snapped in half. flying into the air. but what is really incredible, the driver managed to walk away from it all. thank goodness. here is abc's mara schiavocampo. >> drag racing superstar miraculously survives a horrific crash after his rocket fuel powered car snaps in half at 262 miles per hour. sending the driver flipping down the track at a national hot rod association race in florida. watch as driver larry dixon is launched over 20 feet into the air. >> whoa. >> smashing into the concrete wall and tumbling down the raceway to the horror of onlookers. >> emergency crews rushed to the scene, expecting the worst. dixon, incredibly no worse for ware. waving off to the crowd as he walks away from the mangled wreckage.
his spirit's high. despite his brush with death. >> the best i can tell. captain obvious. up in the air for a long time. >> reporter: this scene all too familiar for the champion driver who survived a similar accident on a memphis track in 2000. his car capable of going from 0 to 100 in under a second catapulting off the ground. while competing in one of the fastest races in the world, leaving dixon seriously injured. >> 15 jeersyears ago at memphis. >> reporter: crediting updated safety features dixon grateful he escaped this crash unharmed. >> my back is a little sore. my knee got banged around a lit little bitlit little bit. i am here. got out of the car. i am in one piece. >> mara schiavocampo abc news, new york. >> incredible. got away. walked away after seeing the car
split in half like that. >> the video was spectacular. coming up. speaking of going airborne. the preacher asking his followers to fill the coffers he needs a $65 million luxury jet. >> we need one too. ahead in our next half-hour. march madness and a bang this year. americans will fill out annest mated 70 million brackets. waging some $9 billion. who are this year's favorites? you are watching "world news now."
>> reporter: this atlanta based mega church in the firing line after urging members to fund a new gulf stream jet for its controversial leader pastor dollar. >> i ask all our partners globally to get on board with project g-650. >> its wildly popular breacher erpopular preacher to spread the gospel after the current plane broke down. not just any plane. the $65 million, g-650. so well known, it is the subject of a rap song. ♪ doing so fly like a g-6 ♪ >> members of the church divided. >> a way to get around. spread the gospel. >> we give money to go to charity. not to lifestyle. >> reporter: famous for prosperity gospel. dollar claiming riches will come to followers who donate to the church. >> if you don't know no better.
>> pastor dollar appears to practice what he preaches. living in a mansion. >> if all of our existing part nerz were to sell $300 each all over the world. we could obtain the jet. >> an obscene request. $300. could have been their last $300. >> the church taking the video plea dated february 19 offline friday afternoon. telling affiliate, wsb they're reassessing their campaign. but still need a new plane. fear tolerated is faith contaminated. >> dollar telling dan harris in 2008 his jet is an essential tool of the trade. >> like a carpenter has to have a hammer to do the job. i have to have a plane to fly around this world and be back here to pastor two churches one here and one in new york.
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now, it is time for "the mix." >> love that music. >> lickke that music. did you have chores when you were a kid? what did you have to do? >> clean my room. that is a chore. that is a chore. >> once a week. >> i tried. a new study out. surveyed 1,000 adults. they found that a large majority of peopl chores when they were growing up. but now their kids only 28%, said they require their kids to do so. they fund that if you do chores they found that if you do chores 3 to 4 years old, you have good relationships with your family and friend. which you do have? >> all right. >> maybe there is truth to that. >> maybe the kids don't agree. >> kids might not agree. mom, knowno. >> neither of my children do chores. >> they're toddlers. >> i don't believe in. you have to start at age 3, 4.
>> word to the wise. >> dishes. >> my question what do youdo? >> help them. take down tree. if you have a christmas tree. start taking that down. whatever. i got incredible video for you right here. let's take a look at this bird's eye view. look at this. eagle flying. switch the camera. oh. >> ooh. >> isn't that amazing. this eagle capturing the aerial shots of dubai, soaring from the world's tallest tower with the camera attached. a record breaking bird flight. the eagle's name is darshawn. camera on its back. he swooped down off to 2,722 feet from the top of the peak to the handler you saw. by freedom conversation. claim it is the highest ever recorded bird flight from a man made structure. isn't that incredible. >> really into falcon raising in the middle east. pretty impressive. they have got this from the
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this morning on "world news now" -- stunning revelation. a 15-year-old murder case reopened. the suspect caught on the run as the tv series about his alleged crimes airs what many believe to be a confession. what he said just ahead. >> dangerous floods in the midwest, facing overflowing waterways, heavy rain and melting snow submerging cars and homes trapping people along river fronts. levels haven't been this high in nearly 20 years. >> let the march madness begin. the biggest playoff in sports now set. college basketball fan or not, everybody has got a bracket. how will you fill out yours? and what really is the secret to winning? >> and it was a big night last night for the season 10 premiere, "keeping up with the kardashians." kim bares her body yet again. and step dad bruce jenner bares his soul. it's monday, march 16th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now."
good morning. i'm reena ninan. >> i'm gio benitez. in for t.j. holmes. >> how great to have you here. you are always traveling out and about. >> always traveling. >> always swimming through snowdrifts. >> yes. >> how do you do it when it is freezing, what is your secret? you are out in the bitter cold? >> i found these really warm jackets. i don't do too many layers. that's what's surprising. many people say -- "do you layer up?" i don't. i don't. get really, really good, coats. >> speaking of secrets. boy, oh, boy. what a bizarre case. robert durst. have you been following the show, "the jinx?" >> unbelievable. >> documentary on hbo, about a 71-year-old, it wrapped up with durst seemingly admitting his role in the deaths of three people. >> now he is under arrest. in connection with one of them. abc's clayton sandell reports. >> reporter: fbi agents busted robert durst in a hotel
saturday in a new or lean's hotel. a source tells abc he checked in using a fake name. and may have been fryingtrying to flee to cuba. heir to a billion dollar new york real estate fortune, durst is facing a murder charge in california. his attorney says it is related to one of three possible murders chronicled in the hbo series "the jinx." >> there is a lot of people out there who think i killed my wife. that i killed susan berman. that i intentionally murdered morris black. >> reporter: durst's first wife kathleen vanished in 1982, investigated what never charged. then in 2000. police were about to question durst's friend susberman about what she knew. before she was able to talk to investigators, she was found shot to death in her home in beverly hills. police said it looked like an execution. durst told the film director he didn't do it. >> i had nothing to do with
susan burman. durst moved off to texas where he admitted killing and dismembering his neighbor but claimed self defense. the jury agreed. >> not guilty. >> after the director made the movie loosely based on durst. he agreed to be interviewed. >> his lawyer said i think this is a terrible idea. you have been wrongly accused over 30 years. you are a freeman. >> the jinx may be durst's undoing. >> we have something the lapd is going to really want. >> especially after the series linked two handwriting samples. one on a mysterious note, someone sent to beverly hills cops after susan berman was killed another on a newly discovered letter. durst is said to have once mailed to berman. >> durst's attorney said his client will not fight extra digs extradition to california but will fight the charges. las says the family is relieved. we hope he will finally be held accountable for all he has done. clayton sandell. abc news, los angeles.
>> incredible story to watch. next to our other top story. this morning an arrest in the shooting of two police officers in ferguson, missouri. >> prosecutors say the suspect admits he fired the shots but was not targeting the police. his arrest not doing much to ease distrust in the divided city. >> he is now charged with, two counts of assault in the first degree for the two police officers who were shot. >> reporter: prosecutors say 20-year-old jeffrey williams was the triggerman whose gunfire cut down two policemen outside ferguson police headquarters. this was the scene early thursday when bullets turned a appropriate test into chaos. >> he has acknowledged his participation. in firing the shots. >> reporter: the prosecutor said williams fired a 40 caliber pistol from a vehicle. williams claimed he wasn't aiming at police. >> possible at this point he was firing shots at some one other than the police. but struck the police officers. >> reporter: both officers are recuperating at home. police say their investigation
is ongoing. >> there may have been other people with him at the time. participating. >> attorney general. eric holder said the arrest, sends a clear message acts of violence against our law enforcement personnel will never be tolerated. >> ferguson is deeply divided after the police shooting of unarmed teen michael brown last august and recent report from the u.s. justice department that found widespread racial inequality in law enforcement. even so police say it was information from the community that led to this arrest. more troubles expected for hillary clinton over her use of private e-mails while secretary of state. abc news learned that house speaker john boehner is expected to announce a new congressional investigation into the matter. top house republicans are especially interested in her admitted destruction of some 30,000 personal e-mails. clinton's news conference did little to calm the controversy.
>> incredible story. topping health headlines. brand new class of cholesterol drugs could soon be seen on pharmacy shelves. the fda will decide to whether to approve highly anticipated but ex-pernl drugs. -- experimental drugs. people in test trials taking the new drugs, had half the risk of dying or suffering a heart problem compared to those on statens. >> two horrific train crashes over the weekend. trains barreling down the tracks, vehicles tried how to cross. >> the latest in a series of similar disasters that have taken place across the nation with deadly results. abc's linzie janis has more. >> reporter: yet another deadly crash on america's railroads. a train colliding with a car on the tracks for a second time in less than 24 hours. this time an amtrak passenger train traveling from san antonio to chicago, chicago, smashing into a pickup truck in illinois. the driver pronounce,000ed dead. no one on the train hurt. officials say the crossing gates and signals were working.
and on saturday. this shock ing video of a fatal crash in louisville, kentucky. >> we have four patients. be advised they're all critical. >> the freight train barreling down the track, at the same time car plow through the intersection. no gate to stop the driver. >> two people inside the white camry died. last month this crash in new york leaving six people dead. >> oh, my god. >> just last week, this amtrak train in halifax county, north carolina smashing into a semi. derailing and injuring 50 passengers. all the accidents being investigated. with some experts citing driver distraction as a contributing factor. >> that is probably a farther of the increase. investigators of these accidents, whether it is the ntsb, or the federal railroad administration, are going to
have to -- do some clicking. >> and this statistic. 94% of these types of collisions are caused by the drivers, not the trains, most of them at crossings like this one. with automatic warning systems. linzie janis, abc news, new york. >> all along the house likely to stay above flood stage most of this week. heavy rains and melting snow have raised the ohio river how to levels not seen since the devastating floods of 1997. the water trapping cars and people at a casino. boats more useful than cars. and cincinnati and northern kentucky among the areas hardest hit. hard hit boston has broken the snowfall record. it now stands at 108.6 inches after three more inches fell yesterday. last record. 107.9 inches. back in the winter of 1995, 1996
they will be digging out for a while. >> so much snow. now here is a look at your weather now. snow showers and rain, linger in maine and new england. rainshowers along the central canadian border. clear across the east. much of the south. some moisture in south texas. north west, drying out. >> final day of record heat in southern california. warm in the rockies. 20, 30 degrees above normal in the midwest. chilly in new england. seasonably mild. most everywhere else. >> with the first day of spring just days away. you know, what, whatever snow is still around. will be melting sooner rather than later. that's why this little fellow had to have some fun. >> a weiner dog and his owner are playing hockey with of a goal. goal built right into a snow bank. ernie, such a good goalie. he goes and retrieves the ball every single time. >> dogs so much fun. little max had to get it on. get in on it. there he is right there. max does a lot more standing
around than ernie does. hey, whatever. good going, max & ernie. ha-ha. >> ha-ha. >> coming up the in "the skinny" this morning. the most popular person in the world, well at least on facebook. why he might not be a household name. >> get your brackets ready. march madness officially begun. ncaa college hoops tournament. teens in the big dance to the final four. who will you be picking? u are watching "world news w." announcer: "world news now" ather brought to you by olite darks.
all right. welcome back. time for this year's edition of march madness. all starts torrow night when manhattan takes on hampton university. the winner of the game has a big task. they'll meet the tournament's overall number one seed. university of kentucky wildcats. kentucky 34-0 this year. they won the southeastern conference title beating arkansas. a victory that probably made t.j. holmes upset. >> ha-ha. >> bet you are right. >> that's right. another big favorite. going to get a lot of attention in the brackets is wisconsin.
the badgers needed overtime against michigan state yesterday before winning the big ten championship. wisconsin goes into the tournament at 31-3. their first game is friday against coastal carolina. kentucky, wisconsin. both number one seeds. >> villanova. number one seed in the east. start thursday night against lafayette. number one in the south is duke. blue devils will take on north florida or robert morris. here they are. march madness brackets. >> totally empty right now. >> got mine filled out. alma mater, george washington university will win. followed by university of miami and university of florida. >> okay. all right. you know what. i will use yours too? >> you'll use mine. >> we're florida kids, right. >> something tells me none of the colleges are in. >> millions of others will be doing this before it all gets going.
here's abc's paula faris. >> the shot to win it! >> reporter: they call it march madness and let it begin. the clock is ticking. it 'tis time to spend minutes. hours, maybe days filling out your bracket. according to the american gaming association, an estimated 40 million americans will fill out more than 70 million brackets, waging $9 billion. that's more than double the amount that was bet on the super bowl. now picking a perfect one shouldn't be hard, right? last year's buffet challenge, brad binder, 36-0 before his bracket was busted kissing the hopes of being a billionaire good-bye. get this, you have a better chance of winning the lottery. because these odds. 1 in 9.2 quintillion. and don't worry if you can't fill out your bracket at home. employees are bracing for the dim in productivity for march madness activities.
a dip that could cost them an estimated $1.2 billion. stow what does it take to beat the odds and create the mystical perfect bracket? no one knows. but maybe this year, your bracket will beat the odds and the buzzer. paula faris, abc news, new york. >> if our bracket is winning. trouble. >> i am told there are four. i gave you six. call tj. he will not let you down when it comes to basketball. he is into this. >> all right. >> when we come back. bombshells were dropped on last night's performance on "keeping up with the kardashians." who is the most liked person on facebook. that answer may surprise you. "the skinny" is next! ♪ facebook. that answer may surprise you. "the skinny" is next!
♪ ♪ skinny so skinny ♪ >> who needs coffee when you have that music? >> that music. time now for "the skinny." topping our headlines, headlines. >> headlines. >> this morning. kim kardashian goes nude. >> a headline. kim k. outdid herself last night for season premiere of season ten, yes, the tent season if you can believe it of "keeping up with the kardashians." last night. kim bared it all for the
cameras. whoo. >> oh, boy. wow. a lot has happened to the family since last season. bruce jenner moved out. set up a home in malibu. he confessed to kourtney he feels separated from his family and lonely. hard to believe it. nun of the kardashians are in this category. most liked person on facebook. who do you think it is? >> i think, might be, surprise for most fans out there. portuguese soccer player christiano ronaldo, the stature as arguably the best rocker player in the world world with definitely the most abs placed him heads and shoulders. i have seen the abs on an advertisement. >> not a facebook fan or anything? >> exactly. # >> ronaldo wracked up 107 million fans worldwide. surpassing pop star shakira. only by a mere 16,000 fans. >> ronaldo and shakira. what better combination. my two favorite.
tj gets upset. i don't know any modern music. always listening to pop spanish music. y? >> i love shakira. see you learn new things about me. next up. >> espanol here. what we need for "the skinny" next time. music. >> next up. some one not as popular. shined at his first ever comedy central roast. >> celebrity fans let jeffrey -- justin bieber have it. jeffrey ross drew in his old flame, saying selena gomez wanted to be here but she is dating men now. ouch, ouch. >> among celebrities, shaquille o'neal, snoop dog, & martha stewart. before he ends up in prison. needs to tough ten up his image before looking like 14-year-old cover of a trapper keeper. >> on the cover of "men's health." >> the roast of justin beb.
>> tonight. a big night here on abc. premiere of the dancing with the stars. 20th season. this season class competitors unveiled on "good morning america." >> among the favorites -- nastia luken and derek hough. considered the clear front-runners. >> fan favorites. noah galloway and sharna burgess. >> singer patti labelle. partnered with artem chigvintsev. >> tough name. tough name. >> willow shields partnered with mark ballast. >> things could get sg with suzanne somers partnered with tony dovolani. she said never had ape dance lesson in her life. >> tonight, 8:00 p.m. isn't that incredible.
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>> the drama of the music. >> one of hollywood's greatest gifts. being able to transport us through the screen to any place or time. make it all feel so real. >> that's right. some of hollywood's iconic places are of course, just sets. and some of the sets forever etched in our memory. themselves, they have become a memory. until now. here's abc's john donvan. >> reporter: every now and then, one of these shows up. forgotten until it is remembered again. a sort of cultural attic moment where leftover stuff lying around as in this cow shed in georgia turns out we have seen it before. where? best picture. 1939, "gone with the wind." >> see that mansion house? it was called tara. >> i'm a history guy. i love history. i love the tales.
>> reporter: the historian is a "gone with the wind" expert hoping to get all this put back together so people can come see it. >> this is that front window that we see in the opening scene, fred crane, brent tarleton. over here one of the big windows like hattie mcdaniels stuck her head out of. >> tara was disassembled in hollywood since 1959 in storage here since 1979. bought by a former governor's wife with a sentimental streak. the same sentimental streak that led a few thousand miles west to the archaeological dig of the 1923s, "the ten commandments." see the massive guys, that's what they have been digging up in the desert outside of los angeles. the easiest thing was to leave the artificial world where it stood no one expecting sand would swallow it up. speaking of sand, plenty of that
where they shot the star wars movies. tunisia. look familiar. the government has the it figured out though. this is their promotional video with music by pharell, they're inviting star wars fans to see what never really was until it was in the movies. john donvan, abc news, washington. >> i would love to see the set for "wizard of oz." >> a good one. i would look to have cp3-0 in my living room. >> dancing. >> yes, dancing. cheer my kids up. well, don't forget to check out our updates on our facebook page at wnnfans.com. >> coming up, more news from abc. >> announcer: this is abc's "world news now," informing insomniacs for two decades. >> announcer: this is abc's "world news now," informing insomniacs for two decades.
making news in america this morning. shocking twist. robert durst real estate heir arrested for murder. what he's leader saying in a documentary that caused investigators to move quickly. >> protester charged. a man accused of shooting the police officers in ferguson taken into custody. new details about the evidence the suspect's past and how other protesters helped. >> wild weather. scaffold collapsing to the ground. melting snow creating a new concern. rising rivers spilling over the banks. >> march madness is here. the number one seeds. which team has the best odds of winning it all? we're breaking down the brackets.