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tonight on "nightline" carjacked. chris powell of "extreme makeover weightells us about th jumped into the family car with his 1-year-old baby and his sitter inside. why one decision may have saved their lives. 5-hour billionaire. his tiny bottles have taken over checkout counters nationwide. meet the man behind these controversial shots. and the blind shef navigating a world of sharp knives and hot stoves without sight seems impossible, so how did she become a "masterchef" champion and a look at the power of taste.
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good evening, i'm bill weir. twin towers of light mark the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in new york tonight. on a day of somber reflection ends with breaking news of american diplomatic posts under attack in the muslim world. one state department officer was killed. another injured during a militant assault on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya, tonight. this is the city you'll recall where rebels held out against gadhafi and in neighboring egypt it wasn't militants but angry protesters who rushed the walls of the u.s. embassy in cairo, tore down the american flag and replaced it with a black islamist banner, all of this apparently sparked by an obscure american film critical of the
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prophet muhammad. after a clip was posted online the embassy in cairo put out a statement condemning the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of muslims. tonight, the white house distanced itself from that statement which the romney campaign called disgraceful. more details on this fluid situation as we get them but shifting gears now to the kind of story that fills any parent with dread and a bit of gratitude for the glories of technology. here's abc's juju chang. >> reporter: chris powell found fame in "extreme makeover weight loss edition." >> that's it, tony, that's it. >> reporter: but when his youngest son cash was caught up in a carjacking, it wasn't his celebrity status, but garden variety electronics that saved the day. their 20-year-old baby-sitter kaitlyn was sitting in the back site of the family suv when it happened. >> cash was sitting in this seat right here. watching the ipad.
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i was sitting in this seat. actually on my phone and that's when he came and knocked on this window and just tapped and i rolled it down and that's when he told me to get out or he was going to kill us. i reasoned over and i grabbed cash, i opened the door and as soon as i got out he drove away in the car. >> reporter: meanwhile, mom heidi was finishing up inside at the hair salon. >> kaitlyn came running in just crying, couldn't compose herself, couldn't get two words out. she had cash in her hands thank goodness so i knew they were safe but all i heard was he wants to kill me and the baby. >> i almost couldn't catch my breath. i had just -- i was running on adrenaline too and my stomach was in knots. >> reporter: chris powell was on the phone with his wife as it was happening but was thousands of miles away on a work trip. >> all these feelings came pouring in because i felt so helpless. i'm 2,000 miles away and i'm thinking what's going on?
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what can i do? but i had to sit there on hold. >> reporter: police in mesa, arizona, quickly used security videos from the in-home beauty salon to get a subscription of the suspected carjacker. >> the surveillance video was a huge life saver because it proved it happened and showed the incident and helped identify the criminal, showed which way he took the car. >> reporter: and the family suv's onstar system kicked in relaying the car's location and locking its ignition by remote control all within the space of five minutes. >> onstar tracked the criminal in the car and truly disabled the car. >> reporter: at that point, police say the suspect made a run for it. stealing heidi's ipad as he made his getaway. >> i have this wonderful app called track my iphone. can you track any apple device. >> all you have to do is open up the feature, track your ipad and follow the blue dot. we knew exactly where the guy was. >> officers responded to the scene were able to use technology that's available in today's day and age to help us
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solve the crime very qukly. >> reporter: when 32-year-old jasper stewart cast caught by police he was allegedly clutching the powells' ipad. it is a documented member of the many nazi low riders. a skinhead prison gang known increasingly for violent street crimes. >> that a boy. >> oh. >> reporter: when i recently spent time with chris, heidi and their three kids at their home in arizona, it was clear they are devoted parents. and thus it's no surprise that they call the young woman who saved their son a hero. >> never crossed my mind to leave him or to stay in the car. ♪ >> i don't feel like a hero. i just feel like i did the right thing in the right moment. >> oh, yay! >> reporter: despite the happy ending being victimized has left the trainer known for tough love feeling vulnerable.
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what would have happened if kaitlyn did not move quickly and jumped out of the car herself or grabbed her not seeing the baby like -- where would cash be? and -- >> don't you dare throw a temper tantrum right now. >> reporter: the couple who specializes in helping people overcome trauma. >> i'm done. >> no, you're not. >> reporter: is working overtime to help those at home. >> i wasn't there to protect my family and as a father, this is our role. it is ingrained in us and i have not dealt with that yet to be honest with you. >> nice. >> he was so, so great and just reaffirmed to me that what i did was right and that moment he helped me realize that i shouldn't feel guilty, but i should be proud and for him to tell me that means the world for me and i'm so grateful for both
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of them. >> reporter: and they, no doubt, are grateful for her. for "nightline," i'm juju chang in new york. >> it ended well, thanks to juju. just ahead those tiny red bottles that have taken over convenience store shelves and made one ma'am a mint. we'll meet the mogul behind 5-hour energy. sfx: sounds of marching band and crowd cheering sfx: sounds of marching band and crowd cheering so, i'm walking down the street, sfx: sounds of marching band and crowd cheering just you know walking, sfx: sounds of marching band and crowd cheering and i found myself in the middle of this parade honoring america's troops. which is actually quite fitting because geico has been serving the military for over 75 years. aawh no, look, i know this is about the troops and not about me. right, but i don't look like that. who can i write a letter to about this? geico. fifteen minutes could save you fiftn percent or more on car insurance.
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cash he has crooked the "forbes" billionaire list and abc's john donvan spent a day in his life. >> reporter: ten years ago the whole category didn't even exist as something you could buy, shots of energy. in the boles big and small that you seem to see for sale now here, there and everywhere. but the first one was this, 5-hour energy and the guy who came up with it, his name is manoj bhargava. and two ounces, that your idea. >> yeah, that was mine. >> reporter: yeah, a $1.3 billion idea. that's what "forbes" said he was worth earlier this year. how did being outed as a billionaire change your life? since nobody really -- not nobody but it wasn't well known before. >> well, that was on purpose. i didn't want to be known, you know, people say i don't want to toil in obscurity, i like toiling in obscurity. >> reporter: obscurity gets difficult when your billion dollar product comes under official scrutiny. new york's attorney general
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issued subpoenas to his company and monster beverage and pepsico which makes amp seeking more details on their ingredients and how the products are marketed and advertised. not even the trade association that represents energy drinkmakers knows the details of these subpoenas. they do, however, see little reason to worry reminding consumers of its own internal policy. "voluntarily listing total caffeine amounts on packages noting that energy drinks are not recommended for children and voluntarily not offering energy drinks for sale in k-12 schools." the issue says michael jacobson kids getting inside them what is insi inside the bottle. >> i don't think the average teenager thinks there are health repercussions. the caffeine causes jitters and insomnia. mildly addictive and could cause withdrawal symptoms.
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>> reporter: he didn't seem flustered when we talked about the cav green content and tonight he still stands by his product telling "nightline" the ag's inquiry regarding our products is routine and we do not see any material issues. >> having one of those days? tired, groggy. >> reporter: for one thing he says his somewhat corny commercials are not designed to appeal to kids. he says the company doesn't market to children, period. does the addictiveness of caffeine being sold to kids concern you? and as a dad does it concern you? >> me personally for my, you know, son, no. but there is a perception out there and therefore what we do is do not market to kids. >> reporter: how much caffeine is actually in a 5-hour energy shot? bhargava says it's about what you find in a cup of premium coffee of the his view, not enough to raise a fuss about. >> it's overblown when it's in small contents.
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it's correct when it's in large quantities, but the fact that water is good, but if you have too much you drown. >> reporter: in general manoj is a guy who caught himself not to get worried about too much like frills. this billionaire's office is undecorated to the point of drab. he has given away close to 90% of his money to charities in india where he lived until he was 14 when his dad moved the family to the detroit area. good at math he got into princeton finding it pointless for him he quit after a year. you told your parents you were quitting print ton. >> yeah, it didn't go over well. >> reporter: i bet. >> i said, okay, what i'll do is i'll tell princeton i'm taking a year's leave. >> reporter: so they're still waiting for you to come back. >> i don't think anybody is holding their breath. >> reporter: for a guy who seems to take it easy he's pretty competitive. his many imitators who think it was about the bottle these were all attempts to imitate him have made almost no don't in his market share.
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he owns this market. what he doesn't own is fancy cars or houses. why don't you want stuff? >> we were taught really to be practical. >> reporter: when you were in india. >> yes. >> reporter: right now that will help as what's in the bottle is a question getting the government's attention even as it sells and sells and sells. i'm john donvan for "nightline" in detroit. >> our thanks to the naturally caffeinated john donvan. coming up next we'll meet the blind chef who sliced and diced her way to cooking show champion without being able to see the food. they can be enlightening. hey, bro. or engaging. conversations help us learn and grow. at wells fargo, we believe you can never underestimate the power of a conversation. it's this exchange of ideas that helps you move ahead with confidence. so when the conversation turns to your financial goals... turn to us. if you need anything else, let me know.
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for most people cooking a gourmet meal is no easy task but imagine navigating a world of sharp knives and hot surfaces and sizzling oils without being able to see. such was the challenge of the young blind chef that just wowed the judges to win "masterchef" and told abc's ryan owens how she did it. >> a masterchef.
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>> reporter: a surprise ending is part of the recipe for good reality tv but this ending -- >> christine. >> reporter: -- is nothing short of a shocker. after all, the winner of fox's "masterchef" is blind. >> i just can't believe it. i'm the master chef. >> reporter: christine ha's path to victory began weeks ago with these first tentative steps onto the national stage. >> wow. >> wow. >> we've never had a blind contestant. welcome. >> thank you. >> reporter: week after week -- >> it's a catfish braised in a clay pot. >> reporter: the houston woman manages to whip up culinary masterpieces. >> i love the fact you're tasting everything. >> i have to. i can't see. >> reporter: with only her senses of taste, smell and touch. >> that's one of the most delicious dishes i've tasted in the competition so far. congratulations. >> thank you. did i set the olive oil somewhere right here? >> reporter: the judges do give
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her some help. >> this is cindy. she's my guide and my aide. she's pretty much my eyes. >> reporter: to level the playing field. >> she doesn't cut for me. she doesn't taste my food or anything like that. >> reporter: other than that she faces the same time constrains.s >> now, good luck. >> reporter: the same stress. >> i need to melt butter. >> reporter: the same withering criticism from the judges. >> [ bleep ]. tastes dreadful. just not the same. >> reporter: including the notoriously tough gordon ramsey. >> what the [ bleep ] is that. >> reporter: of "hell's kitchen" fame. >> a lot completely discounted me and think i'm there as a tv gimmick for ratings. >> reporter: christine is able to do this painly because she wasn't born blind, she says. can you see anything? >> i see shadows. i think if you weren't speaking and you were perfectly still i would have no idea that you were sitting right in front of me. >> reporter: she lost nearly all
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of her eyesight about five years ago after being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease that attacks the optic nerves. >> when i lost my vision, i tried to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and remember it getting all over the counter and wondered if i would ever cook again. >> reporter: still not easy as we witness when she and her husband went shopping. >> let me feel it. actually maybe let's get more. >> reporter: she was determined to make me one of her favorites, homemade ice cream. in an unusual flavor, honey lavender. it's hard not to be impressed as she feels her way through the recipe, only occasionally needing my help to eyebull a measurement. how much do you spill? >> i don't know. you tell me. did i spill anything. >> reporter: none right now, none which is amazing. her kitchen has a few special tools. a talking thermometer. >> 136. >> reporter: homemade braille bumps on the stove and oven mitts so large they look like
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they belong to an astronaut. somehow it all comes together. should i yell at you like gordon ramsey? >> sure, why not for old time's sake. make me cry, please. >> reporter: the ice cream is good but it's not my opinion that counts. the real judges awarded christine $250,000 and her own cookbook. >> i just want people to realize they have it in themselves to achieve what you want and prove yourself to the world and everyone is very capable. much more capable than they think they are. >> reporter: advice from a young woman who lost her sight but still managed to win it all. i'm ryan owens for "nightline" in houston. >> the cookbook is in stores next week, casting for next season starts now and thank you for watching abc news and for all mourning the loss of those 11 years back, our hearts are with you tonight. good night.


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