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good morning. i'm marci gonzalez, in for reena ninan. >> i'm t.j. holmes. this is what we're following on "world news now." dozens of tornadoes ripped through the heartland. the last of them a few hours ago in van, texas. and it did that. south dakota got a foot of snow in some places. and damaging tornadoes somewhere else. tropical storm ana also took a swipe at the carolinas. the danger is not over yet. full coverage ahead. a cleanup is under way in new york's hudson river after an oil spill caused by a transformer fire at a nuclear plant. thousands of gallons of oil leaked into the river 30 miles north of new york city. quarterback tom brady and the patriots waiting for possible punishments from the
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deflate deflategate stand alcandal. and this close encounter with a family of bears in yellowstone national park has prompted a reminder to tourists for the summer travel season. the rules say visitors have to stay 100 yards away from bears at all times. those are some of our top stories on this monday, may 11th. we're starting once again -- seems like we've done this. it is the season. it is the season for this nasty stuff. nasty weather. now, we've seen an outbreak of tornadoes and severe storms over the weekend. >> a tornado struck a high school in lake city iowa. about 150 people were inside at an awards ceremony. they had to rush them to the basement with about two minutes to spare. abc's richard cantu has the weekend's weather extremes. >> reporter: salvation from the sky. the texas national guard rode to
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the rescue as storm-swollen flood water turned deadly. one by one, victims were plucked from harm's way. rescuers repelled down ropes and sent their cargo off to safety. these two men were sent clinging to dear life of their pickup truck. >> if you have to be rescued, you want to be rescued by these guys. >> reporter: one by one, they were lifted to dry land. the flooding turned roads and streets into watery graveyards for many automobiles. and if it wasn't water, it was wind. >> do you see any rotation? >> reporter: more than 50 reported tornadoes tore across the heartland. the worst, this ef-3 tornado that carved a path of destruction through cisco, texas, tearing roofs from houses and bark from trees. one person died. >> i lived in cisco over ten years now. i haven't seen anything like this in a long time. >> reporter: high winds swirled these deck chairs into a pool.
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farther north, a spring whiteout in colorado. in south dakota a narrow escape as a tornado destroyed the church and much of the town. elsewhere, record snow. 13 1/2 inches the most ever recorded in a may storm. richard cantu, abc news, new york. the severe weather is on the move this morning. more than 50 million people in the threat zone today. >> and accuweather meteorologist paul williams has the latest for us now. good morning to you, paul. >> thanks. good morning, t.j. marci. the storms that caused havoc for the folks in texas and oklahoma it's shifting towards the east. it will ruffle the feathers of the folks in the mississippi valley region. the area of red that's covering into a northeast corner of texas and into the memphis area and then to the north. but not only there. watch this. it's far-reaching. it will reach into illinois and indiana. and bring with it some strong storms and possibility of tornados. t.j.? marci?
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>> thanks, paul. people across mississippi are mourning the deaths of two police officers shot and killed during a traffic stop. four suspects arrested over the weekend are heading to court today. two of them facing capital murder charges. benjamin dean and la cory tate were the first officers killed in the line of duty in hattiesburg in 30 years. dean leaves behind a wife and two kids. tate gist graduated from the police academy last year. and police in new jersey's largest city are looking to a shooting incident at a motorcycle event. one person was killed three others injured when someone opened fire at newark's annual blessing of the bikes. the people that were hurt suffered nine life-threatening wounds. this brings the number to 29. that's the number of homicides weaver seen in newark so far this year. as the baltimore police department comes under scrutiny after freddie grey's death, we're learning of thousands of suspects that were too badly injured to be admitted to the
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city jail. over the last three years, correctional officers refused nearly 2,600 detainees in police custody. some had visible head injuries and broken bones. the baltimore police department is a subject of a justice department civil rights investigation. thousands of people gathered in baltimore last night to see prince play to a sold-out arena in honor of freddie grey. the rally for peace concert were put together following the riot and protests across the city. prince song his song, "baltimore," that was written for grey. former president jimmy carter cut short a trip to south america after not feeling well. he was in guyana to observe the election. but he returned to atlanta, instead. no information released about the condition of the president. he is 90 years old. new tampa bay buccaneers quarterback, jameis winston, fighting back against the woman who has long claimed he raped
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her. winston has filed, now, a lawsuit, a countersuit, against her. saying her claims against him are all about greed. abc's ron claiborne with the details. >> reporter: jameis winston, the tampa bay buccaneers' new $25 million quarterback, took to the practice field. but after the field, winston was playing a different position. on offense in court. filing a countersuit friday against the woman who says he sexually assaulted her in 2012. last year she alleged rape. but in the countersuit, he says jameis winston did not rape erica kinsman. she has launched a false and vicious media campaign to vilify mr. winston to get him to pay her to go away. >> winston is claiming that the suit filed against him, claiming a sexual assault damaged his reputation. he's going to put on evidence to show that he lost potential endorsements. >> reporter: winston claims the twoed a consensual sex.
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kinsman's lawyer said, the counterclaims will place all of his prior misconduct and history front and center. in a case alleging injury to his reputation. kinsman, a florida state coed turn her story in "the hunting ground." >> i want to know like why me? >> reporter: but winston was never charged. prosecutors said because of insufficient evidence. ron claiborne, abc news, new york. >> we get some new details about california's bullet train, which was connect the l.a. and the san francisco bay areas. projected ticket prices would make it among the cheapest fares. the train from l.a. to san francisco would be 86 bucks. we don't know the real price until the 200-mile-per-hour train is completed some time in 2028. now, it was the best mother's day ever for a woman in texas. all because one of her babies is finally home. >> one of her babies.
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that baby one of a pair of twins, already beaten lots of odds. juju chang with the details. >> reporter: a joyous mother's day gift. doctors giving the okay for one of those formerly contained twins to leave the hospital and go home for the first time on her own. they had been face-to-face heart-to-heart sharing every breath for the first ten months of their lives. their mother hoping to hold them each separately. to do so they had to undergo risky surgery at texas children's hospital in houston. when you think about the potential risks, what goes through your mind? >> i have this peace of mind this faith in god, that he's got control of it. >> we have to separate things. and then we have to put them back together. we have to reconstruct them. >> reporter: the 26-hour surgery, a double-success. >> four three, two, one.
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separated. >> reporter: the twins face many more operations. here in the hospital for their first birthday partyparty. the middle names are hope and faith. now all are hoping that the other will be home soon too. juju chang, abc news houston, texas. >> the doctors at that hospital are saying that the other twin should be healthy enough to go home join her sister in the next few months. >> the next few months. what a good mother's day story. right there. >> i love it. tweet. coming up we are barely into the month of may. halfway through the month. and summertime danger is lurking in the waters. this great white has been spotted speeding up the east coast. and it is no ordinary shark. we've seen this one before. also the mother's day surprise for one mom in texas. why soccer will probably never be the same for her. you're watching "world news now."
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south dakota was the center of weather extremes this weekend. look at this. mother's day whiteout blanketed the western part of the state on sunday. snow in the first half of may isn't unusual there. but rapid city got more than 13 inches. that is the most snow in may in the city's history. a drier day in the rockies and dakotas today. and temperatures are expected to reach the mid-60s by the middle of the week. they'll be grateful for that. in the eastern part of the state, a powerful tornado struck early sunday morning. the small town of delmont took the brunt of it. 20 buildings were damaged, where children attending sunday school were rushed to the basement. the town was without water, power and telephone service.
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no lives lost. the full forecast coming up in the next half hour. i'm going to turn farther south. >> the owner of a dealership was gunned down outside of his home. and now, the search for his killers. kendis gibson. >> reporter: police are investigating two attacks on one man. joseph stewart, gunned down in a home invasion weeks after calling 911 on attempted robbery. >> when you're shopping for a car you want three things. >> reporter: police don't know if it was the same attackers that shot him last thursday night. a neighbor hearing the gunshots dialed 911. >> they heard gunshots. and saw a black male run across the street. >> reporter: police investigating if stewart was twice targeted. stewart reported a robbery in late april. claiming a jeep pulled up behind
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him. the men attempted to rob him. but stewart was able to escape. >> i'm kind of terrified because it happened ten feet away from my bedroom. >> reporter: the community in shock. stewart's cadillac dealership tweeting we're deeply saddened by the loss of our friend, joe stewart. tributes pouring in on facebook. to a dear friend you will always be with me. >> my heart is pounding. it doesn't feel real. >> reporter: the grief, deepened by the mystery surrounding his death. >> it possibly could be a robbery that went bad. but at this point, we don't want to speculate. >> reporter: police say many of stewart's neighbors hear then saw the shooter running from his garage. they say they may have some leads on a description. kendis gibson abc news los angeles. >> all right. and coming up it's summertime. and people -- it's danger -- danger's lurking in the water.
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are you on twit centerter? >> of course. >> are you following the shark yet? >> do i need to be? >> we have a celebrity shark. we talk about jaws lurking. this is a big sucker here. but people are trying to would you believe, keep up with it and get closer to it. they want to get a sighting. they're not running from this thing. >> and following the shark on twitter. >> the shark has a personality. you have to follow the shark on twitter. >> done. sold. >> it's mary lee shark. yes. you see it here. the shark is actually tweeting as it makes its way along -- yes. along the east. the shark is tweeting. it is making its way along the east coast. we'll explain. there's a lot more to this story about the shark. >> you see me? i'm looking it up now. >> you need to follow this shark. you're watching "world news now," folks.
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♪ we're going to need a bigger boat. >> oh that line. that's become a part of pop culture. right? anever changed the way we feel about sharks that movie. >> yeah. >> maybe now we're going back the other way. we feel differently. >> apparently a huge fan of sharks. i didn't know this about you. >> now, we have a celebrity shark, this mary lee. you have to see this thing. now, sharks are cute and cuddly. >> if you say so. >> i'm not going that far. some think is a danger. others like me think there's a celebrity lurking in the waters right now. >> i think you're doing public relations for this shark. you are just talking this thing up. this great white shark has been
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spotted speeding up the east coast. but clearly, no ordinary shark. the shark is apparently a celebrity. abc's linsey davis will explain. >> reporter: just off the coast of new jersey the return of a massive 3,500-pound, 16-foot great white shark, being tracked racing up the east coast. a celebrity in her own right, named mary lee. she spent most of last year off the coast of georgia and south carolina. last month, she moseyed up to virginia waters. in the last few days things changed dramatically. mary lee, bolting up the eastern seaboard. most recently spotted off new jersey. near long beach island. >> mary lee. big girl. >> reporter: she was tagged in cape cod three years ago by a research organization named osearch. >> i named her mary lee after my mother. my parents have done so much. i was just waiting and waiting for a special shark to name after her. >> reporter: every time her
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dorsal fin surfaces above the water, it sends a signal. >> i had to call the authorities in jacksonville beach because mary lee -- >> reporter: got too close? >> she was within 200 yards of a surf spot in a public pier. >> reporter: mary lee has traveled 20,000 miles ss since she was tagged. and experts say she is making her way to cape cod. >> my guess is that cape cod is a breeding site. >> reporter: making waves and creating a buzz. linsey davis, abc news new york. >> are you following? >> i'm following. i'm reading the tweets now. >> yes. mary lee has a sense of humor. >> retweets. >> retweets. had a tweet in there about going to the sushi bar. they're tracking this thing. yon track the shark yourself. it's heading out, away from the coast a little bit. so you can keep an eye on this shark. again, yes, i'm a shark fan. i'm a fan of this shark.
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♪ apparently a lot of people took their mom to see "avengers" over the weekend. >> i'm sure mom was thrilled. >> maybe she's a fan. a lot of moms across the nation. maybe it was a movie. maybe it was flowers, candy, brunch. >> moms will tell you it's not about the gifts. what they want on mother's day is a little time with their kids, right? that's what one young serviceman surprised his mom with.
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he did it in front of an entire stadium of people. >> reporter: the tears started falls just after mom dina ens, hit the field of this soccer field. she thought this video was her mother's day gift. but the real gift was running up behind her. >> united states air force staff sergeant andrew ens. >> i had no idea. this has to be the best mother's day present ever. >> it was priceless. it was a moment i'll never forget. just seeing her face and the look -- the expression on her face and how excited she is. >> andrew is based in south korea and hasn't been home in eight months. being here for mother's day and for church with his parents and sister is special. >> we weren't expecting him to come home until december. >> reporter: across the country service members surprising their moms. >> sergeant james has just returned from afghanistan.
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>> reporter: markita james surprised her mother a single mother of two, who was about to receive a masters degree. the entzs are making the most of the visit. brunch where the family. andrew has rarely made it home in the past five years. >> it's been hard. i know that andrew is in a good place. i miss him tremendously. i know he's happy doing what he's doing, serving our country and protecting our freedom. >> reporter: andrew and his mom get three weeks together this time. a visit the two will never forget. tom lamas, abc news new york. >> it mean mrs. on mother's day. you're always excited. but it's a big deal on mother's day. >> that's the news for this half hour.
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this morning on "world news now," sweeping storms. the potent system packed with damaging winds and rains moves east. 50 million americans impacted as the workweek begins. and the east coast faces the remains of a tropical storm. the latest forecast ahead. going down. watch this 80-person choir in china fall right through the floor. onlookers gasp as the singers disappear in a second. trying to hold on before going under. the shocking scene caught on camera. tough talk from the lone star state. the reason it's being called more than a conspiracy theory. what residents think u.s. special forces are up to. >> this is in preparation for the financial collapse and maybe obama not leaving office. this is so huge. >> the message a familiar one. don't mess with texas. it's monday, may 11th.
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hey, hey, everybody. good morning. i'm marci gonzalez in for reena ninan. >> welcome back. it wasn't too long ago you were here. we predicted you would be back. i'm t.j. holmes. we've been talking severe weather. it is that time of year. we have nasty stuff again. powerful storms picked up dozens of reported tornados this weekend. early tropical storm came ashore in the carolinas meanwhile. >> and floodwaters brought the national guard out to rescue people trapped in cars and homes. rob marciano is in texas covering it all. >> reporter: texans jolted out of bed by tornado sirens. >> do you see any rotation? >> reporter: winds whipping these deck chairs into the pool. reported tornados from denton texas, all the way to south dakota. children sheltering in the basement of that church. at least 20 buildings damaged in
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delmont. the state's governor on the scene. the city under evacuation. there's no water or power. >> this has been a long track tornado. on the ground about 15 minutes. >> reporter: a nerve-racking mother's day weekend. 50 tornadoes blasting across the heartland. including this ef-3 tornado in cisco, texas. killing one, injuring several. >> i lived in cisco over ten years now. and i haven't seen anything like this in a long time. definitely very powerful very destructive. >> reporter: ripping roofs off houses. stripping trees to their trunks. a seven-mile-long trail of destruction. 60-mile-per-hour wind gusts damaging this horse hospital. the animals are okay. and dangerous flooding. the national guard using a helicopter to pull these women to safety. part of the same storm bringing snow from the rockies to the northern plains too. in colorado, snow falling as fast as two to three inches an
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hour. south dakota showing the extremes of this storm. on the western side of the state, a blizzard. on the eastern side warm weather but devastating impact. rob marciaiano abc newsdenton texas. >> the spring storms are not close to being over. flash flood watches in effect for five states. >> and activity expected to pick up. the threat zone stretches out. accuweather meteorologist paul williams joins us now. >> good morning, t.j. marci. the bottom line is we're expecting for showers and thunderstorms to continue along the gulf coast. that's where the flash flooding will occur. but the red zone, the bad weather, expected to reach into the mid-mississippi valley region and continuing to north. look at this. it's like a bad movie with a sequel. this is part two of the same storm system. and it reaches up towards illinois into indiana. if that wasn't enough to make it a monster movie from a
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meteorological standpoint. ana will cause more problems along the north carolina coast. as she veers off, she will get flat like a pancake and fall apart. >> thank you for that paul williams. the storm came ashore early sunday morning. winds of 45 miles per hour. emptied the beaches and caused flash flooding in low-lying spots of north carolina. turning to the deadly attack on two police officers in hattiesburg, mississippi. suspects charged with capital murder. benjamin deen and liquori tate were gunned down during a traffic stop. it is not clear what sparked the shooting. they were the first hattiesburg police officers killed in the line of duty in three decades. >> two families of our community have fallen. and we need to grieve with them.
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and we need to pray with them and for them. >> deen was a 34-year-old married father of two and a decorated officer of the year. tate was a 25-year-old rookie who had a lifelong dream of joining the force. turning back here to the northeast. and part of nuclear power plant, north of new york city remains shut down this morning after a weekend transformer fire. now, crews are facing a new problem. thousands of gallons of oil leaked into the hudson river, following the fire. that oil spilled from the transformer that essentially caught fire. containment booms have been placed in the river now. the cleanup is expected to take a day or so. former president jimmy carter cut a trip to south america short after not feeling well. president carter was in guyana to watch today's election. but he returned to atlanta. he has observed 40 elections. no information was released about the health condition of mr. carter who is 90 years old. president raul castro paid a
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visit to the vatican. met with the pope there. president castro said he wanted to thank the pope for working to thaw relations between the u.s. and cuba. the cuban leader was so impressed by the pope's work he is now considering returning to the catholic church. the question facing super bowl winning quarterback tom brady is will this be the week when he learns if he will be punished for the nfl deflategate scandal. a lot of critics agree with last week's report, which said the patriots star all-but new about air being taken out of the game balls. they believe that tom brady needs to pay the consequences. >> reporter: nfl fans anxiously awaiting the fate of new england patriots quarterback, tom brady, in the infamous deflategate scandal. >> i think the nfl is going to come down with some sort of punishment. i think the patriots will get fined. >> reporter: the four-time super bowl champ facing uncertainty. after an nfl report concluded it
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was more possible than not that brady knowingly knew deflated footballs in the afc championship game this past season. >> i think the nfl will suspend time brady. it could be two games. it could be four. >> reporter: around the league brady getting support from fellow quarterback, collin kaepernick who tweeted no football in the world is going to help you win by 38. but don shula, seemingly taking a shot at the patriots. saying, we didn't deflate any balls. we tried to live by the rules and set an example. brady's only public comments coming late last week. >> it's only been 30 hours, i haven't had time to digest it fully. when i do i'll tell you how i feel about it. >> reporter: that was the last from brady we heard about this. meanwhile, the nfl is giving no decision and no timetable. phillip mena abc news new york. an oregon mom is filing a lawsuit after her autistic teen was kicked off a united airlines
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flight. this happened last week when juliet beagle and her family returned to portland from disney world. she makes loud noises when she's frustrated. and her daughter calmed off after getting something to eat. but the p emergency landing in salt lake city. and they were escorted off the plane. >> we have to ask you to leave the plane. i said why? he said well the captain doesn't feel comfortable flying to portland with your daughter on his flight. >> united is standing by the crew saying they made the best decision for the safety and comfort of their customers. >> that's awful to hear. maybe a misunderstanding they didn't get a good idea of exactly what the young lady was going through. >> exactly. >> goodness. >> hate to hear that. >> you do. we turn to a beach in massachusetts, where visitors are getting a glimpse of the state's maritime past. all they have to do is look down in the sand. >> that's where the remains of a ship that dates back to the
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mid-1800s are being excavated. the researchers working on the newly discovered wreck. they say the ship was a schooner about 100 feet long and 12 feet wide. >> probably had two or three masts. they don't know for sure is whether the part that has been found is the bow or the stern. cool piece of history. >> can you imagine being the person who found it. some kid trying to make a sand castle. there's something down here. right, sure. >> really mom. >> really. this is a huge discovery. and i think they're getting a lot of help with the digging there. kids thinking there's some treasure buried in there. >> that's what you think in a ship wreck. we've been trained to believe. if there's an old ship there has to be loot in there. >> it's an optimistic way of thinking. encourage the kids to do the dirty work there. coming up here you saw the video last week. shaq went down in a major way. now, he's taking extreme measures to protect himself from any more injuries on the stage.
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the choir, singing along. and then the choir just disappears. you see this? this happens in china. this was a rehearsal for a singing competition. 80 people in that choir. this is a video that looks like they slowly descend. you had several people who were hurt here. i was most fascinated. if you look at the choir director did not seem to be too concerned. look at him. he's conducting. the choir goes down. he calmly walks over. hey. how is everybody doing? you think he would be more concerned. we have several people who were injured here. i don't believe too seriously. but incredible video to see folks disappear from the stage like that. >> wow. it's that time of year for senior pranks. but this one in ohio went a bit too far. the students removed the valve stems from 24 school bus tires. made them go flat. and school had to be canceled because of that. that was probably the goal anyway. but four of the students are facing felony vandalism charges. >> that's bad, right?
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>> yeah. i mean you want to try to avoid charges, i guess when you're doing the prank. but i think the goal probably was to get school canceled. and everyone was cheering them on. >> is that a successful prank? i don't know. nobody was hurt. >> the parents are probably not too happy. >> man. okay. i shouldn't encourage that behavior. i'm sorry. we have a consumer alert to give you now. this involves your credit card. you need to listen up. >> your credit card number is worthless these days without the security code that's printed on the back. now, identity thieves are calling cardholders. posing as fraud investigators. and clayton sandal has the story. >> reporter: they're three or four little numbers that can cost you big money. you'll find them the security code on the back of your credit or debit card. and scammers are trying to get you to give it up. a scammer calls you, pretending to be from your credit card company. they tell you there appears to
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be fraudulent activity on your account. and they're opening a fraud investigation. but the scammer wants proof you are in possession of the card. so they ask for that security number. once you give it to them that fake credit card company employee can start doing real damage. credit card fraud cost $11 billion last year. once criminals have your info they sell it online. >> it's readily accessible. there's much more supply of the cards. there's a real flood of the cards available on the black market. >> reporter: investigators advice -- check your statements carefully. report suspicious activity. and never give out the security number over the phone when someone has called you. clayton sandal abc news denver. >> it's fascinating, now, we used to be concerned about paper statements. nobody is going through the trash anymore. it's all online. almost safer with the paper in a lot of ways. >> the calls and the e-mails they send out to get your information, are so believable. i get them all the time. >> do you really?
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>> not the calls. but the e-mails. >> that makes sense. yeah. everything you do now, that little digit -- you can't do anything without that security code on the back. just be careful, folks. good luck out there. texas, we have to turn to texas. only in texas. >> uh-huh. >> can you get this. we have a texas-sized conspiracy theory going on. one that many folks living down there, and state lawmakers are taking seriously. the pentagon calls this a training exercise. but critics say it's a dress rehearsal for a possible takeover. a plan to impose martial law. and ahead in the next half hour what one high school principal said in georgia that triggered a massive walkout during the school's graduation ceremony. you're watching "world news now."
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♪ all right. a texas-sized conspiracy theory. but a growing number of texans including many lawmakers, even the governor taking this seriously. >> this involves what the pentagon is calling training exercises, that critics say is actually part of a plan to impose martial law. here's abc's david wright. ♪ mommas tell all your babies don't mess with texas ♪ >> reporter: from willie nelson on down it's practically the slogan of the state. ♪ don't mess with texas ♪ >> reporter: that may explain the reaction to jade helm 15. a multistate training exercise for u.s. special forces planned this summer for the southwest. talk show host alex jones, among the many stirring up concerns on social websites and in social
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media, that jade helm is a trojan horse for an invasion. a dress rehearsal for martial law. >> this is so huge. >> reporter: never mind the pentagon's reassurances to the contrary. >> is the u.s. military planning to overtake texas? >> no. all we want to do is make sure our guys are trained for combat overseas. >> reporter: at a town hall meeting in central texas, this lieutenant colonel got an earful. >> it's a preparation of martial law. >> it's not a preparation of martial law. >> that's what you say. >> reporter: remember the alamo? texas does. in this remake, those wouldn't be santa ana's troops marshaling in the desert. texas politicians have added fuel to the fire by taking those concerns seriously. >> i understand the concern that's been raised by a lot of citizens about jade helm. and i think part of the reason is we have seen for six years a federal government disrespecting
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the liberty of the citizens. >> last week texas governor greg abbott called up the texas state guard to monitor u.s. troops and protect the constitutional rights of texans drawing this wisecrack from jon stewart. >> oh dear lord. the texas funds that could have been spent on actual threats. like your infamous chainsaw massacres. >> reporter: in the lone star state, plenty of people are worried. telling washington -- ♪ don't mess with texas ♪ >> reporter: david wright abc news, new york. >> there's mistrust with the government. and it fuels things like this. >> raising questions. rightfully so. >> shouldn't be surprised. coming up, shaq wrapped himself up entirely in bubble wrap. he probably had good reason to do it. >> yeah. and what it looks like to glide over the grand canyon. "the mix" is coming up next. that's it. good job.
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♪ all right. time now, for "the mix." we could not get enough of the epic fall of shaq on the air the other day. >> epic is the right word. >> he's making sure if it happens again, he's not hurt too badly. look at this. we're going to see the fall again. this is the back story. this happened while they were on the air. he had a great sense of humor about it. all of the memes came out. he was going to give out $500 for the best one. check it out. wrapped in bubble wrap. i can't imagine how much it took to cover that big man in bubble wrap. he's having a good sense of humor about it. >> he had to. that was an authentic moment when he went down. that was real. we were talking about, under this desk we have so many wires, that can easily happen. >> i don't think i would handle
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it so gracefully and have a great sense of humor about it. he's awesome. >> good for shaq for that. i have great video to show you of a couple that set a record. most people when they jump out of an airplane at 28,000 feet they have a parachute attached and want to float back to the earth. these folks, they flew back to the earth. we are talking about a couple from australia. they had wingsuits on. that's what you have on. you're essentially flying. and that's more -- how are you doing, shaq? >> shaq too. >> he would hit the ground hard. they did this over the grand canyon. the pictures are unbelievable. 28,000 feet they jumped out. you see the parachutes how they got down to the ground. but they spent 14 months over a year planning this. they have three world records in extreme sports. they want to keep going. they have a rush an adrenaline rush they want to get. this wasn't enough. >> that is amazing. the woman said how she stays calm breathe control. >> breathing helps.
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>> i would be screaming the entire time. >> that's what she meant, right? this story is grossing you out. but this guy is my hero. >> not grossing you out? >> no. check this out. >> stop. >> this is an 18-inch-long burrito. this guy eats the entire thing in less than two minutes. stop making that face. >> what other face can you make? come on. >> it's a little gross. i'm sure he felt terrible afterwards. >> but burritos are delicious. >> that's how you put it. >> he looks like he's enjoying it. >> this was a competitive eating thing. >> you know, the different contests. a bunch had mcdonald's shakes in four minutes. seven of them. he's done this kind of thing. >> exactly. why did you -- just a burrito gal? you like burritos? >> i like to eat. >> we're going to end "the mix" right there before this
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this morning on "world news now," severe weather. tornadoes reported overnight. a texas down looking like a war zone, as floods call for rescues from above. helicopters lifting those trapped by the waters. where the storm system heads next. wild encounter. a family of bears gets too close for comfort, as they give chase to a group of national park tourists. the mother and the cubs looking to escape just as much as the human onlookers. this whole scene, as you can see, caught on camera. graduation outrage. a school principal's anger boiling over at a graduation ceremony. her racist remarks causing the students to walk out on their big day. what the principal had to say for herself and the reason she said what she did. and a serenade to baltimore. a tribute to freddie grey, as prince packed the house last night, playing to a crowd of
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thousands, at his rally for peace concert, to help the city recover from days of protest. it's in "the skinny" on may 11th. good morning to you all on this monday. i'm t.j. holmes. >> i'm marci gonzalez, in for reena ninan. >> good to have you back with us. >> thank you. >> wasn't too long ago. we were worried. didn't know if you would come back. >> i debated. after the treatment. >> it wasn't me. it was others who treated you poorly. >> you know what? we're on television. we can talk about this privately. i have issues. i'm just kidding. you are great. >> we're airing our dirty laundry like this. let's not do that. >> forget that people are watching. >> but it's good to have you back. >> thank you. beautiful to be here. first up this morning, more than 50 million people from texas to the great lakes, are starting this workweek under the threat of severe weather. it follows an especially wild weekend. >> late last night, one of two reported tornadoes. this one in van, texas, destroyed a home there.
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the family that lived in this house survived by hiding in the bathroom. more homes in the small town east of dallas have been destroyed, as well. north of dallas, blackhawk helicopters rescued people when flash floods trapped them in their homes and cars. rob marciano has more for us. >> reporter: rain, snow, and tornadoes and tropical weather. >> sirens are going off. >> reporter: more tornados in tetexas. the damage seen from the air. >>ee any rotation? i do. oh, my god. >> reporter: and there's reason for concern. twisters turn deadly in the town of cisco, where an ef-3 tornado broke trees like matchsticks and busted brick homes into pieces. further north, double-trouble. tornadoes and snow. reports and pictures of twisters on the ground in south dakota. the damage in some places, total. but in other parts of the state, record snowfall.
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13 1/2 inches. the second-most ever measured in may. >> i've never really seen snow in may. >> reporter: the same for colorado. funnel cloud after funnel cloud. but in denver, snow. heavy. it brought down trees. on the other side of the country, tropical storm ana made landfall, bringing wind, rough surf and heavy rain. >> a little bit of erosion right now. really supersmall. but actually, we fared pretty good. >> reporter: even that wasn't enough to keep people off this beach, doing whatever they can to enjoy this holiday weekend. rob marciano, abc news, denton, texas. ana, not done with this thing. >> it's the center of the country that will face the most danger from severe weather today. accuweather meteorologist paul williams joins with us the details. good morning, paul. >> good morning to you, too, marci and t.j. no matter what part of the ohio valley region you're in, you're going to need an umbrella. and it's kind of like joe louis'
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old phrase, you can run but you can't hide. those thunderstorms are going to rumble throughout indiana, michigan, illinois, and to the lower mississippi valley region. if that rain doesn't catch you, we have ana, causing problems and thunderstorms throughout the afternoon and evening hours. now, the good news is, ana is going to stay primarily along the north carolina coast. now, that may not seem like good news to folks in north carolina. but the catch to it is this. she will continue to weaken. monday, going into tuesday. and then, flatten out, like a bread without yeast, flatten out and lose all of her gusto. marci, t.j.? >> paul, thank you so much. four people are due in a mississippi courtroom, charged in the connection of the fatal shooting of two police officers. hattiesburg officers benjamin deen and liquori tate were gunned down sunday night. police picked up four suspects including a man and woman, charged with capital murder. these were the first officers to die in the line of duty in
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hattiesburg in 30 years. former president jimmy carter returned early from a foreign trip after not feeling well. mr. carter had been in the south american country of guyana to observe today's elections. there were no other details released about his health. mr. carter is 90 years old. cleanup is underway in new york's hudson river after an oil spill. thousands of gallons of oil leaked into the river after a transformer fire at the indian point nuclear plant. this is just north of new york city. the head of the state department environmental protection said measures were taken to keep the oil from spreading. >> they may put absorbent materials in the boom area to soak up the oil. they will remove that. they will skim it off and dispose of it. >> it could be weeks before the nuclear reactor is back online after that fire. americans will be heading out in droves for the long memorial day weekend. aaa is expecting more than 37 million people to venture out 50 miles or more. that's 4.7% spike from last year
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and the highest number in ten years. most of the travelers will be going by car, thanks to lower gas prices. a full dollar below the national average last memorial day. as we look forward to the summer vacation season, a cautionary tale from one of the most visited national parks, yellowstone park. a group of tourists, getting up close and personal with nature. that's what you want to do, right? not this close when it comes to bears. abc's kendis gibson reports. >> reporter: a trip to iconic yellowstone national park, taking a terrifying turn. >> go, go. >> reporter: a black bear and her three cubs, unexpectedly, appearing on a bridge, lined with sightseers, sending them running. watch as the mother bear, seemingly equally terrified, charges one family, as they scramble for their car. >> watch out, little girl. >> reporter: this group of photographers, clicking away as one of the young bears seems to explore an escape route. picking up the pace once the mother joins the cub. the bears and the humans part
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ways without any attacks or aggression. but officials say this run-in is a perfect example of the dangers in the national park, which draws 3.5 million visitors a year. >> a momma bear with cubs is not something you want to try and get too near to at all. >> reporter: spring may the park's peak tourist season. but in addition to bringing out more visitors, this warmer weather brings out more bears. >> the bears wake up with warmer weather. they're thirsty and hungry. and they come out. and this is their time of year. >> reporter: the best defense is to keep your distance. yellowstone regulations require visitors to stay at least 100 yards away from bears at all times. >> it's a beautiful animal we can all enjoy. it's their home. treat them with respect and film them at a distance. that's all. >> reporter: kendis gibson, abc news, new york. >> film them at a distance. thanks for that, jack. >> great tip. >> of course, you're supposed to do that. maybe that's advice we should give florida teenagers. we're going to show you them now. >> they were fishing over the weekend when they spotted a
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whale shark. instead of keeping their distance, which most of us would do. they decided to jump in, go swimming with it. this video shows one of the guys grabbing the shark's dorsal fin and being pulled through the water. what? >> we said teenagers, right? >> yeah. >> we all do silly stuff. don't we? >> this goes beyond that. >> they got some video for all-time, i guess. >> that's true. >> it seems like fun. but it's not a good idea. experts say this could be harmful, actually, to the animal, not to mention your health. just don't do it, folks. but these kids, it turned out all right for them. they got video of a lifetime. let's move on. coming up in "the skinny," a peek at celebrity backyards. who has lush lawns during california's historic drought? also, thousands turned out in baltimore last night. not a protest. but it is a time to heal. coming together for prince's rally for peace concert. but first, the high school principal in georgia under fire this morning. what she said that emptied the auditorium during her school's
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worse. they estimate this mess is going to cost $500,000 to try to clean up. >> my goodness. further east, digging a hole of her own, a high school principal in georgia is under fire over comments she made at the end of her high school's graduation ceremony. >> it's too bad that a graduation is going to be remembered for the comments she made which many say, no doubt, racially insensitive. she has apologized. but the controversy heating up. here, now, abc's david wright. >> y'all owe this young man an apology. especially that goober that was coming through with his little thing. >> reporter: in dekalb county, georgia, pomp and circumstance overshadowed by an angry principal. >> where are you you little coward? >> reporter: the principal accidentally skipped the valedictorian speech and now, trying to regain the audience's attention. >> people are being so rude to not listen to this speech. >> reporter: gordeuk visibly upset as she watches people leave. >> look who is leaving.
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all of the black people. >> reporter: did you hear that? the principal lashing out in what many describe as a racist outburst. listen again. >> look who is leaving. all of the black people. >> reporter: the crowd now outraged. >> she named only black people. she didn't say look at the caucasians leaving. she didn't say, look at the indians leaving. she said blacks. >> reporter: the principal has apologized, insisting she was just angry people were not paying proper attention. >> it was not a statement of racism. it was just my frustration. and you know, when i said it, i told my husband, it felt like the devil was in the house. it didn't even sound like me. >> reporter: the principal has e-mailed an apology to all parents, insisting she was expressing frustration, not racism. and many in the community aren't buying it, saying maybe it's time she found another line of work. david wright, abc news, new york. >> blaming it on the devil? or what was -- >> the devil. the devil works in mysterious ways, too, right?
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i mean, what do you do? the woman had a very bad moment. i listened to the interview when she said she looked up and made an observation. she looked up and saw black people leaving. and that came out of her mouth. how that comes out of her mouth, i do not know. but some people were recording this. and you can hear them talking, this lady is off her rocker. she was very upset before she made the comment. >> called someone a goober. >> she messed up and skipped over the kid's speech in the first place. it was all a mess. >> whatever the reason, there's -- i don't know. >> yeah. >> don't think there's much of explanation. >> that story is not going away. my goodness. high school graduation, a special time. >> ruined. >> ruined. we're going to come back. we have a different message. a message of peace from prince. and coming up, why the grass really is greener, if you're a rich celebrity. "the skinny's" coming up next.
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♪ skinny so skinny ♪ all right. we start with a message of peace from prince in this "skinny." >> now thousanded turned out in baltimore for prince's rally for peace concert, helping the city heal from the terror of the rioting and the protests there. the audience was a diverse group of ages and backgrounds. prince's general following.
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>> he showcased his newest song, entitled baltimore, dedicated to freddie grey. he was fatally injured while in police custody. ♪ people are dying let's take all of the guns ay ♪ >> some people are a little upset about ticket prices to this event. some $200. prince pledged a portion of the proceeds will be going to baltimore-based youth charities. next, proof that it is never too late to go to comic-con. >> you gone to one of these things yet? >> not yet. you have? >> it seems like a bucket thing you have to do one at least once. that's what burt reynolds armed wanted to do. 79 years old. looking a little frail here. more frail than in recent years. walking with a cane. his first-ever appearance. did it as the wizard world comic-con at philadelphia. >> we're learning there's more than one.
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who knew? >> we have options. reynolds has been in poor health. went to rehab in 2009 and undergoing bypass surgery a year later. >> he talked to fans at length about his second memoir. "but enough about me." it's due out this november. he says he's going to set the record straight about his many loves, including sally fields, loni anderson, to name a few. >> okay. setting the record straight. >> did you want the record to be set straight? >> i've been waiting for years. >> november. november. >> can't wait. next up, the grass is greener, folks. yes. it's greener on the other side of the fence, if on the other side is a rich celebrity. >> california is into the fourth year of its worst drought in history. but you would never know it if you take a look at some of the aerial shots over celebrities' homes. photographer john chapel went up in a helicopter and snapped this shot. that's the home of kim kardashian and kanye west. parked in a sea of emerald
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green, surrounded by the parched lawns of neighbors nearby. a neighbor is quoted by "the new york post" calls it disgusting. >> this is a sprawling compound. this is j. lo's house, surround by all of that green. one of the neighbors told "the post," in a j. lo has been dismissive about the water conservation order in place out there. four years, now, of drought. extreme drought. they're taking extreme measures to try to save water. but some of the fines out there for folks if you violate, only about 100 bucks. that's not a lot. >> and we're not hearing the celebrity side of the story. >> who knows? is it real grass? maybe it's fake stuff. >> maybe. we'll go with that. >> yeah. next up, to some celebrity tributes to mom on mother's day. >> yeah. a few celebs on social media, honoring their mother, including justin bieber, posting a photo of his mom on instagram. she's a canadian author and film producer. he says, if it wasn't for this woman, let's just say it would
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have -- i would have had a way longer stupid phase. >> does that mean the stupid phase is over? >> have you not seen? he is a new man. >> okay. all right. also posting on instagram, kris jenner showing the world what daughters kendall and kylie surprised her with. a giant balloon sculpture in the foyer of their mansion. women are accused of being obsessed with shoes. let's introduce you to the carrie bradshaw of the nfl. >> wonder if he appreciates that. we're talking about quarterback collin kaepernick. he is obsessed with kicks. a lot of guys are when you can afford it. he's run out of room in his closets. he's turned his garage into a mind man cave closet for shoes. >> man. he is now said to have at least 500 pairs of sneakers. his favorite pair, air jordan 13s. >> that's a good set. >> how do you wear all of those? >> you know. several pairs a day. >> i love shoes but -- >> you know you want a garage like that.
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♪ you know, across the country, it's been a weekend of high school and college graduation ceremonies. >> none quite like this one we're about to show you. it involves a story of a young man. a touching story, as he walked to the stage to accept his college degree all the way from skid row. here's kendis gibson.
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>> kenneth chancey. >> reporter: it took only minutes of kenneth chancey to go across the stage and get his degree. culmination of a longer and at times seemingly impossible journey. >> this was it. this was home for two years. >> reporter: at 15 years old, this is where chancey called me. tiny 200-square-foot room in a shelter he shared with his father and sister. the shelter in the heart of l.a.'s skid row. his walk to high school meant navigating through a sea of urban grime. >> we saw people urinating. usage of drugs. >> even fights in the morning. >> reporter: this was a step up. before that, chancey and his family living on the streets and forced to sleep on city buss. >> that was my lowest point. not having anywhere to go and sleeping on the bus. >> reporter: despite the environment, chancey maintained a 4.5 grade point average while living at the mission. even joining varsity track, football and swim teams. earning a scholarship from local businessmen and the respect of many. now, chancey, crossing that stage to pick up his political science degree.
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>> yes. >> reporter: congratulations. >> thank you. >> reporter: celebrating, completing four years in school and overcoming a life long struggle. >> i climbed here bare-handed. it's harder than most people given resources, parental support. but it's not impossible. >> reporter: the 23-year-old now planning to use his story to change perceptions of what homeless people can achieve. kendis gibson, abc news, los angeles. >> what an incredible young man. >> love it. >> and he has a bunch of job offers lined up. but before he takes any of them, he's going to work at an intercity arts camp for the summer. >> this is -- >> what an awesome guy. >> harder than most, maybe. but still, not impossible. great story. kendis, we appreciate you bringing that to us. you can find our updates on facebook anytime at
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making news in america this morning -- a severe weather outbreak casting a wide net overnight. tornadoes toppling homes. damaging schools. dozens injured. swollen rivers overflowing their banks. a mid may blizzard. a trip cut short for former president jimmy carter. the health concern that forced the 90-year-old to quickly come home. and a show scare. the stage collapses. the performers descending out of sight. and a multitasking dad becoming a fan favorite because of this catch. his baby right there along for the ride.


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