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backing elbaradei. many dismiss him as an expatriate out of touch with the egyptian people. the egyptian museum is under full-time military guard. vandals were able to get inside over the weekend, lowering themselves from smashed windows on the roof. they ripped the heads off two mummies, cleared out a gift shop but overall museum officials say the damage is limited. we'll have much more on this developing situation later today on "good morning america" and on "america this morning." thousands of protesters swarmed the streets of lahore in eastern pakistan, outraged over the shooting deaths of two pakistanis by an american consular official. the unnamed american is under arrest, but protesters are concerned the government will cave under u.s. pressure to release the man. the u.s. says the american acted in self-defense when he shot two armed men who tried to rob him last week. shifting gears now, this
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very harsh winter is about to become even harsher. yet another mega storm is sweeping across the country. it all started out yesterday, hammering california with some heavy rain and mountain snow. today, it is gripping the plains and midwest with snow and ice. by the time it's over, 75% of the country will get hit. and you're about to feel real bad for chicago, because they could get buried under 20 inches of snow, which would make it one of its biggest storms ever. >> we turn to accuweather's ava dinges tracking this monster storm. >> good morning. a massive storm system engulfing a large portion of the country, at least into the overnight hours. about 3 to 6 inches of snow from denver back into minneapolis. eventually blizzard conditions expected in chicago and detroit overnight. even new york city ahead of this storm could see a couple of inches of snow through the nighttime hours. the storm continues to build north and east as we head toward groundhog day, affecting the mid-atlantic with an icy mix on wednesday.
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here's a look at the rest of your monday forecast. a drier day in california. thunderstorms from little rock to memphis. severe weather with 70-mile-an-hour wind and isolated tornadoes around new orleans, shreveport and jackson, mississippi. showers in the carolinas. >> 60 in atlanta. 28 here in new york. mostly 20s from the twin cities to indianapolis. zero in billings. 58 in sacramento. well, novak djokovic beat andy murray in straight sets. the 23-year-old celebrated by throwing his racket and his shirt and shoes into the crowd. earlier in the day kim clijsters hoisted her trophy after beating li na for the women's title. it the first australian open win for clijsters. it was so fun to watch djokovic. he won in 2008. >> a year of surprises, too. >> to see him strip, good call. we turn to an extraordinary story out of scotland where a
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climber literally lost his footing near the top of a mountain and then plunged 1,000 feet down. he only -- not only did he survive, though, he now says he wants to tackle mt. everest next. james shaw of the bbc has his amazing story. >> reporter: any way you look at it adam potter, an amateur climber from glasgow, is a very lucky man with just cuts, bruises and minor fractures to his back, he is now able to explain the details of the slip which could have cost him his life. >> i was slipping down on ice and snow. and then i -- and i tried to lose some speed at that point, but it was very difficult. my speed gathered pace very quickly. every now and then i'd go over a cliff, so any speed i had lost immediately came back. >> reporter: it was in this area of the west highlands that the accident happened. it is hugely popular with climbers, even in the winter months when there are added dangers.
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climbing a peak of nearly 3,600 feet a few miles to the east of ft. william, adam porter had just reached the summit when he lost his footing. his rescuers, a royal navy helicopter crew, found him still in shock but on his feet trying to read a map. >> very emotional and very, very grateful. and he's in good spirits. the whole crew is in good spirits because we anticipated to find a fatality. instead we found a very, very happy man to be alive. >> reporter: now adam potter says he's determined to return to the mountains just as soon as he's fit again. james shaw, bbc news, glasgow. a countdown to comedy larger than life. a tick tock representing every corner of the globe. >> the biggest cuckoo clock is on display in hollywood boulevard. 66 by 28 feet of it. instead of a jumbo bird, though, an actor emerged at the top of every hour for 24 straight hours.
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congrats, you made it big. every time he put on a new comedic performance representing a different part of the world. >> this is bizarre. actor nick cannon hosted the event, and guinness officials were on hand to verify the record. >> thought he was to jump out of the clock. we'll be right back. [ male announcer ] introducing listerine® zero™.
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welcome back, everybody. we turn now to a story that has plenty of folks talking this morning. it's all about what is and is not the appropriate way to discipline a child. >> you're about to meet a mom charged with child abuse for her discipline tactics. did she go too far or did the authorities? t.j. winick has the story. >> why did you lie to me? >> reporter: it was this appearance on the "dr. phil" show that has alaska mom jessica beagley facing charges of child abuse. >> what happens when you lie to me? >> i get hot sauce.
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>> you get hot sauce. >> reporter: her daughter taped this confrontation between her mother and the 7-year-old son. after forcing her son to hold the hot sauce in his mouth -- >> you are to do what you are told. >> reporter: she then makes him take a cold shower. in the studio, audience stunned silence and tears. when the clip went viral, parents weighed in, outraged. please get those kids out of that house, urges one. i hope she gets jail time, writes another. >> hot saucing is the new wash out your mouth with soap. >> reporter: for anchorage's prosecutor it was too much. municipal law says unreasonable discipline constitutes child abuse. prosecutors say that includes the practice known as hot saucing, so jessica beagley was charged. >> nothing jessica has done is criminal. if you give your child food with hot sauce on it, maybe they eat mexican food, does that mean it's child abuse? >> reporter: the boy and his twin brother were adopted from russia. now that country is
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investigating. hot saucing has long been a rare but controversial method of discipline. family psychologist dr. henry paul believes it is abuse. >> the stun, the shock, the acute anxiety can also lead to a long-term type of post-traumatic stress disorder we see in criminals who are incarcerated. >> reporter: she pleaded not guilty friday in court. now the question of whether this constitutes child abuse could go to a jury. i'm t.j. winick in new york. >> certainly a hot topic, so feel free to weigh in on facebook. coming up, the president's right-hand man says good-bye. >> a candid david axelrod tells us why he's going home. ing home. right hand man says good-bye. >> david axelrod tells us why he's going home.
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when president obama gets to the oval office this morning, one person he won't see is david axelrod. >> after spending years by the president's side, axelrod is gone.
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>> here's jake tapper with his exit interview. >> reporter: it's been a whirlwind ride for david axelrod. >> i'm beginning my life as a kibbitzer tomorrow. >> reporter: the white house senior adviser is headed back to chicago. >> i actually have a meeting tomorrow morning. even though i'm officially ending my tenure today. >> reporter: after two years devoted to electing then-senator obama and two years working as the president's closest aide, he's heading home. but there was little time at the white house for cupcakes and punch. with unrest in egypt leading to clashes in the streets and demonstrators killed and wounded. >> the president has strong feelings about this. >> reporter: we sat with axelrod for an exit interview. so, i guess it wouldn't be normal if your last day was a normal, quiet day that you didn't have to worry about anything major going on? >> right. yes, that's life in the white house. so, no, it isn't surprising to me that something somewhere in the world is happening today that is going to require extraordinary attention.
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>> reporter: but axelrod will not be there. he's returning to his wife of more than 31 years, susan. >> this was all part of the deal when we came here. >> reporter: two years and out? >> two years and out, yeah. >> reporter: usually people in his position don't keep those deals. >> well, he had to. he had to. >> reporter: another compelling reason to return home is his daughter lauren. she's 29 and has epilepsy, a brain disorder involving repeated, spontaneous seizures. >> what really moved me is when i told her finally i was coming home. she was so obviously excited about it. it meant -- it meant the world to me to know that it meant so much to her. >> reporter: it has been a grueling two years. the hours, long. the work, excruciatingly complicated and not always successful. what was the most difficult moment you had? >> when you work in that building there are things that happen. the ft. hood shootings, for example, that were just unimaginable. that were disturbing, dark days.
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>> reporter: of course, there were also victories. when the health care bill passed. >> the president and his staff were watching the vote in the roosevelt room. and i left there and went into my office, closed the door and i was just overcome. i was overcome because we have a child with a chronic medical condition. we went through all those financial nightmares coupled with the overall nightmare of having a sick child when the insurance company wouldn't cover her medications and wouldn't cover her treatments. >> reporter: axelrod first met barack obama in 1992. >> a friend of mine in chicago, betty lou salzman, who's active in politics, called me and said, i met the most remarkable young man and i think you ought to meet him. i said, happy to, but why? she said, i have a feeling he might be president of the united states some day. and --
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>> reporter: he was 31? >> 31 years old. and i thought that was pretty grandiose. and i -- and i met him and i confess, i didn't conclude at that juncture that he was going to be president of the united states, but i knew he was a special guy. >> reporter: axelrod worked on then-state legislator barack obama's u.s. senate race in 2004 and they've been together ever since. still there's no escaping that he's leaving the president's side, where he's been for four years. >> i know it's time. yeah, it's going to be a bittersweet -- >> reporter: do you think you'll cry? you've been known to get a little weepy on occasion. >> i get verklempt. i'm sure i'll have moments of sadness. >> reporter: president obama is not particularly known for effusive emotion but on monday when this close and devoted aide who has dedicated so much of his life to him does not come in to work. this is jake tapper at the white house.
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♪ well, february 27 right here on abc are the oscars. we're checking out best picture nominees this week. rob saw "winter's bone", that's coming up, but first, i saw "127 hours." if you're squeamish, this is not the movie for you. it's really, really good but really, really graphic. instinct to survive regardless of insurmountable obstacles. you meet aaron rolston played by james franco. a fearless and eccentric adventurer and you meet him as he's trapped by a boulder that's
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pinned his arm and he spends 127 hours, or five days, trapped. leading up to this, you get to see the majesty of the canyon national park, which is in utah. you get to really fall in love with this character in the sense you see him interact with random hikers he meets along his journey. >> come on! you got to come down here. >> woo! >> i give this movie four stars out of five. i think it's really worth seeing because james franco is incredibly, incredibly talented. that being said, his arm is pinned so i think you can figure out where this leads. and it's not a nice path. i spent most of the movie like this going, oh, no. oh, oh. >> brutal, man. brutal. got the oscar nod so it worked out.
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i saw "winter's bone," takes place in a poor, bleak area, southwest missouri. centers around a 17-year-old whose dad is missing because of a link to really a family-run drug operation. her dad. meanwhile, she's caring for her two younger siblings and taking care of her emotionally out of it mother. take a listen. >> he signed over everything. if he doesn't show at trial, the way the deal works, y'all are going to lose this house here. you got some place to go? >> i'll find him. >> girl, i've been looking. >> i said, i'll find him. >> and that's really the heart of the movie. she goes out to find her dad, roadblock after roadblock with messy encounters with her family. i gave this movie 3 1/2 stars out of five. the acting is great. gritty, dark, depressing and very compelling. i see why she got the oscar nod. worth checking out. not the most life-affirming movie but very good. a good weekend.
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this morning on "world news now," the crisis in egypt enters its seventh day. anti-government protesters not showing any signs of relenting. >> this as the u.s. government starts evacuating thousands of american citizens, saying it is time to get out. it's monday, january 31st. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." and good morning, everyone. i'm rob nelson. >> and i'm vinita nair. for the seventh day now, all eyes are once again on cairo where demonstrators have taken to the streets and tourists are seeking refuge in the airports. we will have the latest from the area. >> thousands of americans told to get out of there. on top of that, another week and yet another snowstorm, believe it or not. this one is expected to impact three-quarters of the country. would you believe on top of that, there are people happy to
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see another snowstorm coming. not you, not me. >> not even the snowplow drivers at this point. and later, millions of americans wait for that little red envelope to come in the mail. you guessed it, netflix. but will they soon be pulling the plug on dvds? they said it would take years to happen but the transitioning to streaming, it's happening. >> all things change. we begin in egypt where protesters are keeping up the pressure on president mubarak to finally resign. >> demonstrators have defied a curfew for a third night. even as military jets have taken to the sky in a show of force. chuck sivertsen has the latest. >> reporter: warplanes soared over the capital in what seemed to be a government show of force but below, the streets of cairo continue to be a cauldron of political change. thousands of protesters flooded the city square to chant prayers and calls for president mubarak to leave office. egypt's ambassador to the united states says reform is coming.
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>> the president has indicated a willingness to continue the national dialogue. >> reporter: but the dissidents say otherwise. >> the people will choose the president by themselves. not mubarak. mubarak can't choose for us. >> reporter: secretary of state hillary clinton told abc's christiane amanpour the u.s. wants a peaceful transition to democracy. >> we want to ensure there's no violence and no provocation that results in violence. and that we want to see these reforms and a process of national dialogue. >> reporter: state-controlled television showed president hosni mubarak at a military command center. whether he succeeds in holding onto power will depend heavily on what side the egyptian military takes. so far they have refused to turn on the demonstrators. sunday the army was in police mode as tanks and troops rushed to put down a prison break in cairo, another sign of growing anarchy.
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former united nations official mohamed elbaradei is a leading egyptian dissident. he addressed protesters and says a new start means no mubarak. >> it will not end until mubarak leaves today. >> reporter: in egypt, the waiting and watching continues. chuck sivertsen, abc news. the u.s. is now urging tens of thousands of americans now in egypt to leave that country as soon as possible. charter flights were expected to begin carrying americans to safe havens in europe as early as this morning. the state department says it will likely take several days to get everyone out who wants to go. the airports there have been packed with stranded tourists who are now awaiting flights. the crisis in egypt has the white house walking a fine line. how does the u.s. back a democratic movement without alienating long-time ally hosni mubarak? especially if he survives this crisis. david kerley has more. >> reporter: for a second day, protesters in front of the white house demanded president obama call on mubarak to leave egypt.
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instead, the president, who met with his national security team throughout the weekend, is calling for that orderly transition to a more responsive government. secretary of state hillary clinton says a faux democracy is unacceptable. >> real democracy. not a democracy for six months or a year and then evolving into essentially a military dictatorship or a so-called democracy that leads to what we saw in iran. >> reporter: without completely abandoning mubarak, the administration is talking more about the egyptian people and getting good marks from most quarters. >> one of the things they have done right is not to infuse america directly into this crisis in a manner that would make this more about the u.s. than about egypt. >> reporter: while tunisia's revolt two weeks ago brought a quick overthrow and helped spark egypt's uprising, change at the top of egypt may not follow that model. >> my gut tells me mubarak will
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not flee the country like the president of tunisia. he's not made that way. >> reporter: already there are economic impacts. analysts will watch to see if the stock market rebounds from friday's 166-point drop. the price of oil is up, too. while egypt doesn't produce much oil itself, it does control the suez canal and a pipeline that carries 2 million barrels a day. and beyond egypt to the east, the major oil producers. a worse case scenario, the suez is shut down and the street revolt spreads, interrupting oil production. >> then you start getting into a doomsday scenario and then you do get very high oil prices. you'll see more than the price of oil affected. you'll see the world economy affected everywhere. >> reporter: but other analysts say that is very unlikely. they admit there may be short-term volatility but say whoever is running these countries will want to sell oil. david kerley, abc news, washington. we'll have much more on this developing situation later today on not only "america this morning" but also on "good morning america." switching gears, three-quarters of the nation is bracing for yet another winter
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storm. for some cities like chicago, it could be a record-breaker. the same system that brought drenching rain to southern california will travel straight across the country, delivering a dangerous punch from the rockies to the midwest and eventually right here to the northeast. but it is hitting those regions not with rain but with heavy snow and ice. here we go again. >> no surprise here, the storm is causing big problems for travelers going by air as well as by car. >> we turn to accuweather's ava dinges for just how bad it will get. good morning. >> good morning. another day and yet another storm to talk about. this time really taking shape in the midsection of the country. mainly from denver all the way back towards minneapolis. as we go throughout the day, the ice begins to break out from kansas city back into peoria, illinois. i-70, i-76, expecting travel delays, and airports like denver and minneapolis running slow because of the snow. then this storm will feeds on all the moisture out of the gulf and expands over a large area on the entire country, from denver back into chicago and eventually even new york city getting a bit of snow overnight.
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you can see why we'll have a tremendous amount of delays. not only in areas getting the weather but the ripple effect across the entire country. we'll also have icy concerns along i-70 continuing into the night. the storm will continue to track eastward all the way into the mid-atlantic by wednesday where we are expecting even an icy mix in d.c. and new york city before bringing blizzard conditions into tuesday morning in chicago and detroit. back to you. >> we aren't the only ones coping with extreme weather. a strong tropical cyclone is bearing down on northern australia, already hammered by nearly three months of flooding. officials warn this could be the worse storm the region has seen. it's expected to hit queensland state coast wednesday or thursday with wind gusts up to 162 miles an hour. the u.s. is standing by its commitment to haiti, despite
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growing political turmoil. that was the message delivered by secretary of state hillary clinton during a visit to the country this weekend. the first round of the presidential election has been marred by fraud and now the u.s. is insisting that the president's chosen successor actually be dropped from the race. a fun day in the snow is anything but child's play in chicago over the weekend. >> more than a dozen teams of talented sculptors gathered to take their art form to a whole new level. they wowed onlookers with enormous intricately carved snow sculptures. >> it was all for a festival called snow day chicago. first place went to a wisconsin team for their medusa. they did the snakes and hair as well. >> that's impressive. have a little fun, right? >> it's so ugly and so beautiful. >> more "world news now" coming up after this.
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welcome back. maybe you watched a movie at home over the weekend. if you did, there's a pretty good chance you did it with netflix. >> the company that burst on the scene by mailing your dvds has transformed itself over the last few years. john donvan shows us how. >> reporter: two guys watching a netflix movie while walking down a hotel hallway. oh, it's "bourne identity" 2002. and that's an ipad 2010. so what exactly is 2011 here? well, let's do this. freeze it. and go back in time to another world 2009, when the story about netflix was all about these -- dvds. and a mere two years ago, the business that netflix had built with the dvd showed an obvious but ingenious discovery that armies of people would pay a monthly fee to get dvds in the mail.
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in a way, my conversation then with reed hastings, netflix founder, could almost have been called in praise of dvds. >> people have them in their car, they have portable dvd players. they're in every pc. they're just incredibly useful. >> reporter: freeze. and now it's 2011 again. >> by far the majority of our delivery and service is streaming. >> reporter: more people stream than get the dvds? >> not only do more people stream but more people get most of their content in streaming, too. i mean, it's just -- streaming is everything. >> reporter: as the company that was built on dvds in the mail embraced streaming, membership went from 10 million to 20 million. its stock price from just under $43 to just over $192. its main competitor, blockbuster, defeated, declared bankruptcy and hastings was named "fortune's" business person of the year for 2010. the netflix name is everywhere. built into all kinds of devices, as hastings showed me the other day. >> netflix is getting used on televisions and blu-ray players so much that the manufacturers,
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like sony and others, want to put a red button on the remote control so you just click and up comes the netflix application. >> reporter: what could go wrong? um, competition. because amazon is renting and selling movies via streaming. apple is into it, too. and, uh-oh, google. >> you have to imagine there will be a couple of netflix competitors that enter. but it's a very large market. >> reporter: well, it's true netflix and amazon are not offering the same service exactly. amazon, you pay per movie. say, the new release "inception." >> never really remember the beginning of a dream, do you? >> reporter: $10 to own it. $4 to rent it for a limited time. with netflix it's $8 a month to stream as many movies as you like. "inception" is not available for streaming on netflix and that's true of a lot of newer movies and major box office hits. remember where we froze the action? the other guy with me is ted, netflix's chief content officer. if studios are looking at netflix saying we want a bigger piece of this action that we're
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now part of, is that going to hurt your bottom line? >> no. the way to get a bigger piece of action as we migrate from dvd to streaming there's a big pile of cash we used to pay the u.s. post office very time someone watched a movie. being able to migrate that money to the studios works just fine for our business model. >> reporter: he showed me a cool netflix trick. "the bourne identity" again, where we left off. a playstation 3. same movie, different device. where is it going to pick up from? >> right where we left off in the hallway. >> reporter: wow. that was pretty good. and on we went next to a laptop, then we could have moved on to phones and wiis or the other 100 devices you can use to get netflix nowadays, but it's nice that you can stay in one place to watch a movie like we used to. i'm john donvan in las vegas. >> wow. netflix apparently had a huge fourth quarter earnings. they say more than one-third of new customers are signing up for
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the pure streaming plan. that is the -- it's a huge way for it. >> i'm going to sign up for it. >> you are? >> yeah. if you're looking at it by the numbers, it's fascinating to think how much they spent on postage. estimates are $300 million a year. they have about 46 million dvds and they turn them around in a couple of hours. >> just like that. >> might as well be streaming. coming up straight ahead, the monday "skinny." another oscar indicator in the books. we've got the winners and, of course, who was wearing what. >> plus an update on charlie sheen. we've got the winners and, of course, who was wearing what. >> plus an update on charlie sheen. wowowowowowowowowowowowowo
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♪ skinny so skinny guys, it is "skinny time." in case you missed, it the screen actors guild award was last night. it was huge. we wanted to give you a quick wrap-up. in less thank a minute. take a listen. >> i must say this is the biggest surprise i've ever had in this business. oh. >> this was one that i think we all wanted because the show, as you know, is set up for an ensemble.
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>> all right! this is the original right here. >> i hope that we will never let our dedication to our craft fail. >> all right. so who walked away with some trophies? in terms of the best actor, you can see there, colin firth, natalie portman and best ensemble also went to "the king's speech" which has been cleaning up. for all you ladies and men who like to see the best dressed, best dressed is january jones, mila kunis. and lea michele. and then the worst dressed, of course, we always love this list as well, it's jennifer lawrence, claire danes and christina hendricks. >> kim kardashian not on the list? >> i don't think she gets to go to the screen actors guild. >> really? >> i don't know. time for your daily, seems like, charlie sheen update. charlie has taken a big step, back in rehab yet again.
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he went in on saturday. we heard about all the blowups. the plaza hotel incident and then the bender in vegas and this thing last week with the cocaine, briefcase, and then the porn stars in his malibu mansion -- or beverly hills mansion. according to his folks, he went into rehab on saturday. on top of that, "two and a half men," his wildly popular sitcom that he makes a boatload of money on, they have put that show in hiatus while charlie gets his act together. great news. a weird twist, charlie's uncle, joe estevez, wrote a letter to the producers saying, let me take a guest role while charlie's on vacation. this is not the only time he's tried to capitalize on charlie's misfortunes. no word what the producers will do, but charlie's getting help, that's the bottom line. we'll see how it goes. >> as he's checking in, some stars are making their way out of rehab. those two stars are david arquette and demi lovato. to give you a quick refresher course on what happened with the two of these.
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david arquette checked himself in and now checking himself out. for him they say it was drinking and depression all stemmed over that big discussion he had with howard stern, i think that was the impetus. and then demi lovato, checked herself in and checking herself out. for her, emotional and physical issues. there was rumor there was cutting and body image issues. both are doing well. for david, courteney cox sent her best. she said i love and admire him. and demi said, i'm thankful for all your love and prayers through this difficult time. >> very nice. check in, check out, revolving door there in hollywood. some good news here. the new superman, henry cavill, has been close to a lot of big roles but finally nabbed the big one. almost batman, almost in the green lantern, almost james bond and now this young man, mid to late 20s here, you may remember him from the historical series "the tutors" and he'll put on the famous cape and "s" and the new superman. he gets his big, big break. >> no one will ever replace christopher reeve.
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sleep well, on the wings of lunesta. here are some stories to watch today on abc news. the state department will start the evacuations of thousands of u.s. citizens in egypt. the government arranged charter flights. the flights are open to anyone who wants to leave and should take a few days. the 2010 dietary guidelines for americans will be announced. it is updated every five years by law and gives advice on good dietary habits. nasa is scheduled to roll the space shuttle "discovery" out to the launchpad for the very last time. after this mission the shuttle will be retired. and finally this half hour we think -- when you think it's safe -- it's safe to say at this point most americans are over winter, so over winter, but spring can't come soon enough. >> but for some, this winter of discontent has kept the cash registers ringing big time. linsey davis hit the slopes to bring us the details. >> reporter: with all the
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cancellations, collisions and closures lately, the idea of more snow these days typically provokes frigid, icy stares. >> yes, i'm already sick of it. >> reporter: and then there are those who see all this as, well, one gigantic snow bank. a literal accumulation of wealth. and every time you hear the forecast, your response? >> my response is very positive. we're all very thrilled. when it snows in our marketplace, people are thinking about skiing and they're coming. >> reporter: at wyndham mountain in upstate new york -- >> it can snow as much as it likes up here. the more snow the better. >> reporter: they haven't had to make snow in several weeks. >> natural snow is just, you know, you can't improve on mother nature. >> reporter: the entire town of wyndham counts on snow to fuel the economy. >> last week we were so disappointed because the snow just missed us. so, there's another one coming this week, and everyone's excited about it. >> reporter: sara owns a company
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in new jersey that repairs snow blowers that have surrendered to the snow. with business up 50%, she certainly isn't fretting over forecasts with that four-letter word. >> when you have heavy, moistened type snow, the machines are prone to breaking down, you know, much more because it takes a strain on them. >> reporter: better business for you? >> excellent. >> reporter: at this eastern mountain sports in boston, the forecast has caused a flurry of business. how would you compare business this year compared to this time last year? >> we're up over 20%. >> reporter: 20%. inside this winter's virtual snow globe, there are certainly those who see a snow day as a payday. linsey davis, abc news, new york. >> i know of at least three other snow winners in my hallway and they're the kids that haven't had to go to school in a while who like to clomp, run down the hall, wake me up in the day. >> wouldn't it be better if we had snow days. don't you miss that? >> or school. just that.rlrlrlrlrlrlrlrlrlrlrl
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