tv ABC World News With Diane Sawyer ABC August 7, 2012 6:30pm-7:00pm EDT
welcome to "world news." tonight -- judgment day. the man who shot gabby giffords and shot six others pleads guilty and greed to spend the left of his life behind bars. into the hot zone. dr. richard besser into the battle lines of one of the most dangerous diseases on earth. abc news exclusive. and to catch a thief. this woman is trying to take a baby from the hospital. how the plot was foiled. and singular sensation. she gaving us the familiar songs from "the way we were" to "0 chorus line"
♪ tonight, we remember the incomparable marvin hamlin. good evening. we begin tonight with a surprise ending to an american tragedy. with a nation still reeling from two mass shootings in the last month, we learned the fate and heard the words of the man who opened fire at a safeway in tucson nearly two years ago. jared loughner killed six, wounded 15, including congresswoman gabrielle giffords. gabby giffords is weighing in on the decision and we are learn for the first time how loughner wept for one of his victims. there are we all remember the disturbing grin and the eyes and
that the flag and the rambling tour from the college from which jared lee loughner dropped out. in court today, the judge said loughner is now a different man after months of being forcibly medicated for schizophrenia. for much of the hearing, loughner listened calmly and without expression. his court-appointed psychologist testified as soon as he stopped taking his meds, he understood what he did. even drying when he heard that he killed christina taylor-green. when asked if he understood the charges against him, yes, i understand him said loughner. his guilty decision means life in prison without parole. others have cut similar deals including the unabomber and the bomber who bombed the olympic park. and from that day when he shot up a congresswoman's event,
featuring gabby giffords supported today's outcome. in a statement, kelly wrote, gabby and i are satisfied with this agreement. avoiding a allow us to move forward with our lives. in that exclusive first interview, diane sawyer asked the couple about him and they both said that they had seen this picture. >> it was obvious that he had serious mental issues. if he would have received treatment this probably would not have happened. >> are you ever angry at what happened to you? >> no. no. no. >> no? >> no. life. life. >> that is an extraordinary statement. also in court today, psychologist said that once loughner began to understand his crimes he wanted to be executed. loughner's mother was in the courtroom as well. reportedly weeping quietly, george. >> and the feds really wanted this to compare the victims'
families from going all through this again. >> that's exactly right. and now to the more recent mass shooting america is still trying to comprehend. we are gathering new clues from the gunman who opened fire inside that sikh temple in wisconsin. and vivid memories of the victims inside. >> reporter: how did a bright smiling little boy named wade michael page turn into a cold-blooded killer? that's the question looming over the nation and his family. >> he told us that was the best thing he could have ever done, joined the military. we were happy for him. now, i greatly question that direction. >> reporter: abc news has learned page had deep ties to white supremacist hate groups. ♪ adapt to the trying time
♪ ♪ >> he felt that the movement so-called was not doing much of anything and that somebody had to get out there and start killing. >> reporter: among the people investigators are speaking with, page's former girlfriend, misty cook. you see her in the web photos provided by the anti-defamation mreepg in some, she poses with other, holding t-shirts and holding a banner. the tribute said condolences to the six victims is still growing. just another sign of the profound sense of loss. at a vigil the tight knit community remembered the lives lost. sikhism is a religion of peaceful beliefs. among those killed in the massacre several priests who came to the temple to prepare for sunday worship. the president of the temple is being hailed a hero tonight for going after page with a knife to try to prevent more carnage, but he, too, lost his life that
morning. alex perez, abc news, oak creek, wisconsin. >> and there's so much grief in that small community. removed now from all the excitement in london, that is where we are going to turn right now. abc's bill weir has the front row seat at the olympics. what a day it was with twist and turns. including a fight to the finish for one american athlete. but first bill brings us up to date on america's sweetheart gabby douglas. >> reporter: with the team going all around gold, gabby douglas tweeted. and it was another day for jordyn wieber after the floor. and it might have been a stress fractured leg that cost olympic glory. but a solid performance gave her bronze on the beam and then after an exhilarating show of
tumbling, no protest needed to win floor exercise gold going away. on the track, the golden hopes of a billion people were dashed when the chinese national hero injured in beijing crashed into the very first hurdle of the 110 meters. meanwhile, the best sprinter of all time was back in the arena tonight. usain bolt cruised from the 200 meters and from the glimpse of the fever he's ignited back home, kids were gathered to watch his 100-meter heroics at his former school in jamaica when power was cut and panic ensued. someone found a radio, and this was the reaction. with the win over brazil on wet sand, april ross and jen kesse set up an all-american final on beach voluleyball. and the uk diver hushed the
crowd with the angry mishap on the springboard. and then dropping out of competition after this painful back slap. hmm. occasionally, yes, there are moments rest of us can relate to. the head of the cameroon's olympic committee said seven of his athletes have gone missing from the olympic village. there's fears that they may try to seek asylum here in britain. not political but economic. even in a recession, maybe the grass is greener. >> all kinds of things. an romney's horse failed to add advance. the end of that olympic dream may clear the way for another dream that takes shape. now that rafalka's bid is in the mirror, it's "your voice your vote."
>> reporter: what does a dancing horse have to do with mitt romney's announcement of a running mate. this is ann romney's horse that just competed but failed to advance for the final round for the olympics. that means mrs. romney is clear to return to the u.s. and to be by her husband as another dance, the v.p. dance, enters its final stage. we can now start crossing names offer the list. start with the just-announced head liners to speak at the republican convention. jeb bush. condoleezza rice, and new mexico governor gomez. and while they are certainly no longer on the v.p. list, romney himself said he might be trying to trick us. >> you don't think we we would from time to time throw people off do you? >> reporter: that would be time to announce his running mate or
give those on the short list one last tryout. among those joining us, ohio senator portman and senator marco rubio. that leaves one chance for a speculation, including an online report that president obama had said he's convinced romney will pick cia director david petraeus. >> i can say with absolute confidence that such an assertion has never been uttered by the president. >> reporter: trust us, it's not going to be petraeus. the final list, the solid and safe choices of rob portman and former governor tim pawlenty or the bolder and riskier choices of paul ryan or marco rubio. there's just not much time left, george. this is today. the republican convention started in less than three weeks. and the 29th, that's the day that's reserved for the vice presidential candidate to speak. so we know romney has to make his decision by then.
but we suspect it's going to be quite a few days before that. >> but there may be time for a few more wild rumors. jon karl, thanks very much. now to an abc news exclusive exclusive. against one of the most deadly diseases, ebola. experts from disease control have rushed in, and abc's dr. richard besser, a former head of the cbc reports from uganda tonight. >> reporter: it's the 8,000-mile tour into the hot zone as we travel with the cbc, joining the hunt for one of the world's deadliest diseases. movies such as "contagion" have tried to capture the terror of the deadly virus. we make our way into the hospital where ebola patients are being treated and suited up with even more protective gear. every part of my body is
covered. even a ski mask over my eyes. there's not one spot of my body that is it exposed. one careless mistake can be deadly. i have to say that the few things that i've done in medicine, that are as nerve-racking as going into this place. we enter. those are the sleeping over there. over there. and over there. they don't know how these patients got ebola, but we do know that very close contact with body fluids can spread it. anytime someone touches something, they are quickly sprayed down with disinfectant. >> thank you. >> reporter: what makes it so terrify in a few days there can be fever. and organs can fail. uncontrollable bleeding can start. there is no treatment. more than half of those who get sick will die. looking at the patient, the care is basic at best.
it is blistering hot. you can only stay in the suits for about 40 minutes. doctors without borders is the effort on the ground here to make treatment more effective. and the cdc to stop the spread and see what caused it. cdc's barbara knust sees it as a critical mission. >> we don't have high walls around the country. just because something happens as far as africa, doesn't mean it can't happen in the united states. >> the feeling i had in that ward was absolutely frightening. that's not something we ever want to experience. that's why it's so important the cdc is there to help and learn. george. >> the philippines capital of manila is being battered with torrential rains. by one estimate, at least half the city is under water. up to 15 feet turning roads into rivers. more than 50 are dead. aft least 250,000 evacuated
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now, to a brazen crime with a surprising happy ending that reveals something you may not know about hospitals all across america. a woman dressed as a nurse, walked into a southern california maternity ward and tried to walk out with someone else's baby. but as lindsey davis reports, the snatching was foiled by a twist in hospital security. a kind of electronic shield to protect newborns. >> reporter: watch as this woman, dressed in hospital scrubs, casually saunters into this southern california hospital. look again. surveillance video capturing 48-year-old grisel ramirez on the move. she would then walk into the maternity ward posing as a nurse, walk into a room to tell a new mother to take a shower before a doctor comes in to examine her. >> when that victim turned her back, went to take a shower, the suspect placed the baby inside of the tote bag and tried to
leave the emergency room floor. >> reporter: police say ramirez, prompted by marital problems would then allegedly try to kidnap the baby walking out of the ward with the purple tote bag. >> someone tried to walk out with a baby in a bag. >> do we know if it's her baby? >> no it's not her baby. >> okay. >> reporter: ramirez walked right into a high-tech security web. babies today are given a tiny bracelet worn around their wrist or ankle. it works like a homing device, keeping track of the baby's ever move. you can tell where the baby is at all times? >> exactly. it becomes self-contained. >> here at inglewood hospital in new jersey, there are multiple signals, if i try and pull it off, if i pass through a certain parameter or get too close to the door, at alarm sounds. >> reporter: nurses are instantly notified. electronic security locks engage
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talk to your doctor about nexium. finally tonight, one of america's most celebrated composers has died. marvin hamlisch created or arranged the songs for dozens of movies and plays. music you'd recognize in an instant and never forget. ♪ >> reporter: from "the sting" to "ragtime." ♪ to this romantic theme from "ice castle." ♪ nobody does it half as good as you ♪ >> reporter: to the pop classic from james bond "the spy who
loved me," marvin hamlisch created the scores of our lives. he was a man of superlatives. just 7 years old to go too juilliard. one of a hundred to win a tony, an emmy and an oscar. he did that three times. two for "the way we were" sung by barbra streisand. ♪ memories may be beautiful >> reporter: he was famous for his collaboration. with everyone from streisand to liza man nnelly. even with abc news. ♪ but it was his iconic score for "chorus line" which won him the pulitzer prize and secured his space in the heart of america's
songbook. >> i just love theater. i love it. love it, love it. there's something magical about being in the theater. and there's something even more magical about hearing applause. it's just wonderful. i can't possibly think of anything i love more. ♪ >> reporter: marvin hamlisch, a singular sensation. and a magical man. thanks for watch. we'll give you a little more of marvin hamlisch. ♪ ♪ every little step she takes