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making news in america this morning. >> making progress. in tucson, improvement from gabrielle giffords. her husband talks only to abc news. also learned from one final gift from the youngest victim. family feud, ronald reagan. two sons at odds. did the president show signs of alzheimer's while in the white house? and hollywood's golden night. the year's best honored with golden globes. now the oscar race is on. good morning, and thanks for being with us on this martin luther king day. we begin this morning in tucson
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where congresswoman gab before he giffords is showing signs of improvement. >> her husband rarely leaves her side and he tells diane that his wife attempts to give him a necessary matsage over the weekend. >> first, to washington where new civility seems to be hold be. emily schmidt there. >> reporter: good morning to you. here in washington, lawmakers return to regular business for the first time since the arizona shootings and as they do, their colleagues who was injured that day has passed another recovery milestone. there are more signs of improvement from congresswoman gabrielle giffords. her condition is now upgraded from critical to serious. she's breathing on her own. with the tracheotomy that would allow her to speak when she's able. >> from the patient's perspective, it's much more comfortable. there's less expectation required. and able to participate in their own care. >> reporter: giffords is one of three shooting victims still in the hospital more than a week after the shooting. >> i looked over and it was just bang, bang, bang. >> reporter: survivors say
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they're trying to come to grips with what happens next.eilman'sh bill heilman's wife brought a neighbor's daughter to the event. 9-year-old christina green was the youngest victim. >> she's a strong woman and she knows rationally that there's no blame to be apportioned. but the fact of the matter is, she took a little neighbor's girl away that morning and was unable to bring her home. >> reporter: authorities say accused gunman jared loughner is still not talking to them about his actions. >> to utilize this to have a more constructive instead of political discourse in the future. >> president obama and other lawmaker have also called for increased civility after the shootings. however that message is put to the test this week as the house votes on repealing health care reform. vinita and rob? >> emily, there was a noticeable change about that health care over the weekend. what's behind it? >> vinita, you know that bill is officially called repeal of the
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job killing health care law. over the weekend, though, speaker boehner got away from using the word "killing." and said it was the job destroying spending spree. republicans, of course, say, don't read too much into that single word change, but it is a very observable, softening of language, at the time when civility is really in the forefront here in washington. vinita and rob. >> thank you for that report. and there are new reports this morning at that trial for jared loughner will now be moved. all of arizona's federal judges have recused themselves from the case because their chief judge, of course, was among the victims. and now loughner's attorneys also want a change of venue because of all of the press coverage. "the washington post" reports that the trial will be held in san diego. well, it was her idealism that brought christina taylor green to the wrong place at the wrong time and cost her her life in the tucson shooting spree. but that same idealism may be helping another little girl.
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"the boston globe" is reporting that some of christia child in were donated to a child in boston. her father tells the paper he doesn't know the recipient's name but he'd like to meet her and her family. as we mentioned the congresswoman's husband has talked exclusively to diane sawyer. we'll have more on "gma" plus a prime time abc news special tomorrow night at 10:00 eastern. leyte former dictator jean-claude "baby dock" duvalier has returned after political exile. he has returned to his natuive country after years in exile. it comes after haiti is in political crisis and reconstruction. it's marked by corruption, political intimidation and the disappearance of thousands. he'll answer questions later today at a news conference. the leader of a major political party in israel is quitting that party. his departure from the labor party could weaken benjamin netanyahu's coalition.
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his defense minister has been criticized for remaining in the government while peace talks are stalling. and in northwest pakistan this morning, an explosion aboard a mini business killed 18 people. it's unclear if the blast was caused by a bomb for a malfunction of the vehicle's engine. a second bus was nearly tipped over by the power of the explosion. back here at home, more rain in the pacific northwest today and even more threats of landslides. slides in oregon and washington sunday forced the closure of several roads. the steep hillsides were already weakened because of recent melting snow. and two people were injured in washington when their vehicles were hit by debris. and it is not over yet, some rivers in washington are already above flood stage and even more are expected to be added to that list today. residents in low-lying areas have been already been evacuated just as a precaution. now for this morning's weather from around the nation. up to 3 inches of snow in the twin cities to fargo. freezing raven rain changes over
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from snow in indianapolis and iowa. showers around little rock, memphis and new orleans. heavy rain, hail, and 60-mile-an-hour winds in atlanta and miami. showers in raleigh and nashville. 60s in dallas. 48 in atlanta. 26 in new york and just 17 degrees in boston. mostly 30s from the mid west. boise gets up to 52. sacramento, 64, and phoenix, 77 degrees. well, it was a big pat on back from some of the biggest stars of the big and small screens alike. colin fifth and natalie portman took home the top acting award at the golden globes last night, while "glee" was the big winner for tv. >> in the first major appearance since winning his battle with throat cancer, michael douglas handed out the best drama award. for a motion picture. it went to "the social network" which also picked up three other trophies and "the kids are all right" earned the best picture award for a comedy. when we come back this morning, supersize starbucks. the coffee giant is out with a
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brand-new bigger size. >> much bigger. then reagan versus reagan. the former president's oldest son blasting his brother on twitter over controversial comments. on top of that, meet the eighth grader who has created the best-selling iphone app. xqxú
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giant american banks are among the companies said to report fourth quarter earnings this week. jpmorgan chase reported a
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soaring 47% rise last week. citibank, goldman sachs, morgan stanley and bank of america are all due out this week and big profits are expected. also, wikileaks may soon release a new batch of secrets. today, a whistle-blower hands over reports of offshore banking accounts, some of them belonging to americans. the former bank executive says he has records of massive sums hidden away to avoid taxes or to launder money. tokyo's nikkei average rose slightly today. hong kong's hang seng fell 126 points. in london the ftse opened lower. u.s. markets are closed today to observe the martin luther king jr. holiday. well, starbucks is supersizing. the coffee chain is rolling out a new larger drink size. the 31-ounce trenta. the new size will be available for ice drinks only and will be available everywhere come may.
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>> you'll stay up for weeks. a super weekend at the movies. "the green hornet" starring the comedian seth rogen got the most buzz in ticket sales. "dilemma" starring vince vaughn and kevin james opened in second. while "true grit" is still hanging on. they took the number three spot. and move over bill gates. the most popular iphone app is a game called bubble ball designed by an eighth grader from utah named robert may. more than 2 million people have downloaded his game for free. robert seen there is working on a new game. we're betting this one won't be free. and 14 years old and he dethroned angry birds, the other game everybody is talking about. coming up next on this mlk holiday, making progress on a permanent memorial to the slain civil rights icon. and in sports, a surprise outcome to some. the jets get one step closer to the super bowl. ♪ i hate suburbia and the bourgeoi-sie ♪
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welcome back on this gloom monday. psychologists say we are more gloomy today than any other day. that's partly because of holiday debt, but also winter weather. a live look in washington where it will be a chilly 32 degrees today. >> another reason not to like mondays. now, for a look around the morning road conditions around the country. flooding on i-5 and i-90 in the pacific northwest. snow cover in i-94 from fargo, minneapolis and chicago. and on i-90 from sioux falls to madison. wet on i-55 from st. louis to memphis. and i-95 from raleigh to miami. if you are flying today, expect airport delays in seattle, salt lake city, minneapolis, chicago, memphis, charlotte and atlanta. there is a growing family feud between the sons of ronald reagan and it couldn't have come at a worse time. several celebrations are being planned next month to mark what would have been the late president's 100th birthday. >> but the brothers are busy
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bickering over exactly when their fathereg began to suffer from senility. in a new book, his son says he began to suffer from alzheimer's. he spoke to abc's elizabeth vargas. >> there was just something that was off. i couldn't quite put my finger on it. >> he was so concerned he took the bold step of suggesting to his father that he not seek re-election. >> i thought maybe it is better if he doesn't run. >> now ron's conservative half brother michael reagan is blasting him on twitter, he writes, my brother was an embarrassment to his father when he was alive. and today, he became an embarrassment to his mother. he goes on to write, my brother seems to want to sell out his father to sell books. my father did not suffer from alzheimer's in the '80s. the four doctors who worked for president reagan during both terms say there were no questions about his ability to function. and his biographer. told abc news, quote, i would have noticed something
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different. there's simply no evidence that he had alzheimer's in the white house. michael reagan also has a new book out this week entitled "the new reagan revolution." ron reagan jr. also today abc if his father had known he had alzheimer's, he believed he would have resigned. we will have more much later on "gma." doctors outside a hospital in washington are keeping a close eye on sergeant shriver this morning. the 95-year-old has been battling alzheimer's himself for years. he was the first director of the peace corps and mcgovern's running mate in 1972. his wife eunice kennedy shriver died in 2009. his daughter is maria shriver. married to former california governor schwarzenegger. today is martin luther king jr. people are focusing on the rights of civil rights leader. attorney general eric holder told the congregation it's time to recommit to dr. king's
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values., we must >> today, we must look upon our both the history of his profession and future promise, working on both his weaknesses and his strengths. appreciating both his challenges and his infinite opportunities. >> holder also said that the tucson tragedy shows us the struggle to eradicate violence and promote peace is not yet over. a memorial in martin luther king's honor is still in the works on the national mall in washington. organizers have to raise another $11 million to meet their $121 million goal but they're confident that the granite sculpture dubbed "stone of hope" will be unveiled this summer. set for august 28th, the same day king gave his iconic "i have a dream" speech back in 1963.
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and the trash-talking head of the nfl's conference title game should get under way. well, any minute now, details how the jets and bears booked their spot from adnan virk over at espn news. good morning, the last time the new york jets faced the new england patriots they were embarrassed 45-3. all week long, a lot of trash talk. now can the jets back it up against tom brady and the patriots. mark sanchez. divisional playoffs. fourth quarter, sanchez to santonio holmes, great catch in the end zone. jets taking a ten-point lead. under 5:30 to go, fourth and two. brady looking for deion branch. branch can't come up with the catch. scoring 14 points. shayne graham to the middle. it gets kicked around and into the hand of antonio cromartie. cromartie takes the ball inside the pats' 25 yard line.
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deep in patriots territory then shonn greene. touchdown. head coach rex ryan all fired up. and brady, he will walk off the field in disbelief. rex ryan and bill belichick sharing a hug at midfield. meantime, seahawks taking on the bears. first quarter, jay cutler. he completes an absolute bomb to greg olsen, a 68-yard touchdown. bears up 7-0. fourth quarter, chicago leading 28-10. it will be cutler once again. excellent day for him. complete to kellen davis. a 39-yard touchdown. thomas just misses it. the bears will face the packers in the nfc championship game. should be a lot of fun. that does it for the sports update. remember for all your highlights join us on espn news. back to you in new york. >> and the packers/bears game that he just talked about,
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it is set for next sunday starting at 3:00 p.m. eastern time. that will be followed by the jets visiting the steelers for the afc crown, they start in pittsburgh, sunday, at 6:30 eastern. well, she isn't old enough to vote, but she is old enough to be miss america. nebraska's teresa scanlan won the crown this weekend. the 17-year-old said she will register as an independent next month when old enough to vote. >> scanlan's goal is to become a politician. and she said she's headed to law school. and the 50,000 miss america scholarship will certainly help. >> she is in fact the youngest to win when they changed rules in 1973, allowing 17-year-olds to compete. coming up next, the stories we'll be following today. including drenching and damaging rains in the northwest. stay with us. [ breathes deeply, wind blows ] ♪
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closing of several roads. haiti's former dictator jean-claude "baby doc" is coming holding a news conference today. he returned to haiti after a quarter century in exile. baby doc's brutal dictatorship ended in 1986 when he was overthrown during a popular uprising. wikileaks has a new target. today, they're expected to release news on 2,000 wealthy americans who have been withholding money. and today is martin luther king jr. day. banks and government offices will be closed. president obama has called for a day of service to honor the leader. and he and his wife will take part in a service project in washington. it happens to be the first lady's 47th birthday. coming up later on "good morning america," truly difficult story, a knoxville zookeeper is dead after a tragic accident. she was crushed by one of the elephants. >> so, now, what happens to that elephant. jack hanna joins us with insight including what could have caused that accident. >> for some of you your local
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finally from us this morning, a look at more exciting highlights from last night's golden globe awards. >> and it looks like the facebook flick "the social network" had lots of friends in
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high places. abc's george pennacchio was there. rk." >> reporter: "the social network" was the big winner this year at the golden globe ceremonies. taking home four trophies in all, including best dramatic motion picture. actor kevin spacey served as one of the film's producers. >> i hope it encourages other studios. i hope it encourages other executives that these kind of movies about relationships and as aaron has often said, it's just a lot of people in rooms talking at the end of the day, can do what this movie has done. so i'm very proud to be part of it. >> reporter: colin fifth was crowned best actor in a dramatic role for his performance in "the king's speech." he also won best actor at the critics' choice awards but he's not looking too far into the future. >> i was asked the question, no thanks. i basically am just about able to project myself to the end of this press conference, so i can't really get any further than that in my mind. >> reporter: and it was natalie
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portman who once again took the stage to be honored. she added a golden globe trophy to her mounting list of credits for "black swan." in the comedy category, paul giamatti won the best actor's prize. and annette bening for "the kids are all right." >> i hope that the movie will open a few minds. i know it's opened some hearts. it certainly did mine. it was a joy to do. >> reporter: a pair of co-stars won in the supporting category, "the fighters" christian bail and melissa leo. >> oh, my! >> reporter: the golden globes are over for another year, but award season is still in full swing. the academy award nominations come out january 25th. in beverly hills, george pennacchio for abc news. >> and later on "gma," what we really care about, the night's best and worst dressed. >> of course. that's what's making news in america this morning. >> have a great monday.


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