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they pulled over at 11:00 p.m. at night. they saw something in the water. thought it was a big dog at first. took out his camera. and obviously, it doesn't look like a dog to me. >> they're calling it a uso, an unidentified swimming object. we'll get to that coming up. also, this has been an incredible 24 hours in the house of representatives. just hours ago, they passed what the speaker of the house is calling the biggest budget cuts in history. and yesterday, one of their members made a surprising and very personal revelation on the floor of the house. congresswoman jackie speier, admitting she once had an abortion because of a medical complication. we're going to speak to her about why she spoke out. also this morning, a royal wedding update. guess who is not on the guest list, besides the two of us. the press is buzzing with news that sarah ferguson wasn't invited. prince william hasn't talked to the duchess of york in years. and she won't be at westminster abbey when he marries kate middleton. but we are going to start, this morning, with what we said has been a historic morning in washington. just hours ago, the house, which is controlled by republicans,
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passed a massive spending cut bill, eliminating $61 billion from the federal budget. our david kerley is in washington, covering all the action for us. david, where are these cuts coming from? >> reporter: they're very deep, dan. this happened just about 2 1/2 hours ago, 4:35 in the morning here at the house. don't forget, we're only talking about discretionary spending here. about 15% or less of the budget. and these are very deep cuts in domestic programs. we're talked about planned parenthood. and extremely deep cuts for the environmental protection agency. and aid to schools, as well. these are as much policy cuts, with republicans trying to change policy in some of these agencies, as well as budget cuts. a big move from the house speaker. he didn't want to cut this much. but freshmen republicans pushed him. they passed the bill. over $60 billion in cuts. >> it's an incredible scene overnight, with lawmakers sleeping in the hallways. as you mentioned, it's headed to the senate.
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chances of it getting passed in the senate and through the white house, are approaching zero. so, does that mean we're looking for a government shutdown possibly? >> reporter: it's a very real possibility. that's because the calendar has a very important date. both the house and the senate are out next week. march 4th, the government runs out of money. if the house and senate don't come to some kind of agreement and pass a continuing resolution to continue to fund the government, there could be a shutdown. here's what i think will probably happen. they'll come back right at the beginning of march. and pass something short-term, for just the month of march, to debate how much of the $60 billion they're actually going to cut. and whether they can get the president to go along, dan. >> still a big confrontation looming. david kerley, thank you for your coverage this morning. bianna, back to you. >> all eyes on washington. they're also in wisconsin, where protests continue today, with state employees renouncing proposed budget cuts. now, the tea party is ready to jump into the fray. barbara pinto is live with the latest from the state capitol in madison. good morning, barbara.
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>> reporter: good morning. this city has become the epicenter on who suffers most when the states run out of money. the protests have been going on here for almost a week now. and today's demonstration are expected to grow more intense and more polarizing. we've seen police officers arriving here all morning. and that is because today, tea party activists are expected to stage a counterprotest of their own. they're not leaving. camping out in the statehouse overnight. clogging the streets with protests, all day. a crowd of 40,000 paralyzed the capitol on friday. union workers upset with the governor's plan to slash their benefits and bargaining rights. >> we are going to fight tooth and nail to make sure that we kill the bill. >> reporter: the massive crowds drew cameras and high-profile support. still on the lam, all 14
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democratic senators, who fled the state to stall the vote. police searched for them. but many holed up across the border in illinois. >> given the magnitude of the legislation, the only option we had to slow things down so people could be heard and read this thing was to do what we did. >> reporter: for jim and nancy thompson, retired state workers, this budget battle is personal. >> we've taken less pay for the benefits. so, now simply to cut our benefits is just unjust and totally unfair. >> reporter: kim lee, who runs a small business, is siding with the governor. >> he's serious about it. you can't keep spending more. it's time we do it. >> reporter: and the embattled governor is holding his ground. >> we have bill collectors waiting for us to collect bills. and it's time we step up and take care of the bills that we owe. we're going to do what it takes to get this budget on track. >> reporter: late last night there was a hint of compromise. the head of the largest labor
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union agreed to give in on cuts on pensions and health care, if the governor would leave the collective bargaining rights intact. but the governor flatly declined. and that leaves no end in sight here. dan? bianna? >> no end in sight. barbara pinto, thank you. so, one of the questions here, who makes more? public sector or private sector? i know you've been breaking this down. >> this is an emotionally charging issue. let's break the numbers down. if you look at the numbers, on average, public employees do make a little bit more than private sector employees. public employees make, on average, $47,000 a year. the private sector employees make $45,000 a year. in addition to that, 80% of public workers do get a pension. not as many private sector employees are given a pension, as part of their 401(k) plan. let's turn overseas right now. protests are spreading all over the arab world this morning. in libya, dozens or killed in a crackdown on protesters there. algeria is facing not pro-democracy rally. in yemen, police fired on demonstrators today, killing one and injuring five. and in bahrain, the government
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has ordered the military off the streets. bahrain is a key u.s. ally. more than 4,000 military personnel are stationed there. it's also the home to the u.s. navy's 5th fleet, which protects the strait of hormuz, which is an oil lifeline to the west. our miguel marquez is in bahrain this morning. >> reporter: this disturbing amateur video shows how defiant protests have become here. how deadly serious the military is. last night, a small group of unarmed protesters moved toward pearl square. before they could get close, the military unleashed rubber bullets. firing into the crowd. at the hospital, pandemonium. the injured, everywhere. x-rays are examined in the hallway. bahrain, now gripped by a deadly spiral of violence and death. angry memorials for the dead, followed by protests for the government.
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then, more dead. both sides, passionately dug in. >> it's either death or freedom. i'm willing to sacrifice myself for the freedom. >> reporter: the political opposition canceled its protests for today, hoping to steadily up the pressure on the government. >> for me, if you do not put significant pressure on the government of bahrain, all you see is more dead bodies. but you will never see our determination broken. >> reporter: pearl square, like tahrir square in egypt, has become the focal point in this deadly tug-of-war between protesters and the government. this abc news exclusive video shows the night the square was forcefully cleared. showing how heavily security forces moved in and the chaos among protesters. late this morning, the military pulled out of pearl square. all tanks, armored personnel carriers and humvees gone. a government concession? perhaps the beginning of an end. for "good morning america," miguel marquez, abc news,
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manama, bahrain. meantime, back in the u.s., the weather is getting warmer. while that may be a huge relief to most of us, it also means that record-breaking winter snowfall will start to melt. that can bring spring flooding for much of the country. jackie meretsky is here with the details. good morning, jackie. >> good morning, bianna. this could be a terrible deja vu for millions of folks in the midwest, who dealt with major flooding last spring. whether you loved all the snow this winter. or hated all the snow this winter. the one thing you can count on is that all that snow's going to melt. and if you live in the midwest, you're probably in for a very, very wet spring. for the third-straight year, forecasters are predicting moderate to major flooding in the midwest. stretching from missouri to north dakota. minneapolis, sioux falls and fargo are at the highest risk
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for floods. >> the fargo area has a greater than 90% chance of major flooding. and a greater than 20% chance of exceeding the 2009 record floods. very serious. >> reporter: residents have already begun filling sandbags in anticipation of a flood season that could be aggravated by more than five feet of snowfall and frigid temperatures that held the snow in place. also this week, for the first time, researchers say there is evidence that shows the huge amounts of precipitation we've seen all over the world this past season, may not be all mother nature's doing. global temperature has been increasing over the past 50 years, due to human emission of heat-trapping gases. what does that mean for us? >> warmer air holds more water. and so, if the atmosphere is holding more water, it can therefore precipitate more water. >> reporter: which negatively impacts everything, from agriculture, to wildlife, to
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your daily commute to work. so, taking a very quick look at the snow cover in the upper midwest, you can see that across the extreme northern tier of the country, 20-plus inches of snow has fallen and remains on the ground. of course, that is all going to melt. and i'll be talking a lot more about all that snow coming up in a few minutes. dan and bianna, back to you. >> thank you, jackie. and those climate change studies are truly frightening. let's get the rest of the news this morning, with a man who's not frightening at all. ron claiborne. >> i was wondering how you were going to mix those two together there. >> i try to say something nice. >> good morning, everyone. we begin with the meeting of g-20 finance ministers being held in paris. u.s. treasury secretary, tim geithner, and federal reserve chairman, ben bernanke, are meeting with their foreign counterparts to try to prevent a future financial crisis. and two passenger jetliners were hit by lightning. but both landed safely in boston. one landed around 9:20 last night after the pilots smelled smoke in the cockpit.
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a second jetblue flight also landed safely just about half an hour later. also in boston. there were no injuries in either of those incidents. in pakistan, about 200 people staged a demonstration against a u.s. diplomat under arrest there in pakistan, for killing two pakistanis last month. the demonstrators demanded that the american official, raymond davis, be hanged. the u.s. says davis shot the men in self-defense when they tried to rob him. and they say under international law, he has diplomatic immunity from prosecution. and protests in haiti, in form of exiled president jean-bertrand aristide. thousands of demonstrators marched in port-au-prince, demanding his return. aristide's backers are threatening to disrupt the runoff election. aristide left haiti in 2004 and is now living in south africa. and finally, sarah ferguson, the former duchess of york is being snubbed. she was excluded on the wedding guest list for the wedding of prince william and kate middleton.
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before her death, princess diana had a falling out with ferguson. and apparently, prince william has not spoken to his aunt in about 15 years. carrying a bit of a grudge. >> and then, there's the case of her selling access to her ex-husband. >> there were a lot of people that thought she wouldn't be invited. and there were others that thought maybe she would. but now, it appears that -- >> i guess, it's not too late. >> you know, there is a lottery. 100 people get to enter a lottery. i think fergie should enter the lottery. party crash or something. thank you, ron. let's get the weather and go back to jackie meretsky. good morning, jackie. >> good morning. let's go to the west. this is the last in a powerful series of storm systems that has blanketed the mountains in the west, with heavy snow. and a lot of rain pushing into southern california. you can expect up to an inch, and even more, one to two inches, east of san diego and l.a., in the foothills. meanwhile, more snow on the way. look at this. south dakota and southern north dakota, you're going to get slammed with some heavy snow. we also do have very active weather in the northeast.
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a tight pressure gradient is causing 40-mile-per-hour to 60-mile-per-hour winds. and that could slow things down at all of the major dan, back to you. >> thank you, jackie. let's go back, now, to capitol hill, where the fight over the budget in the house took a surprising and very personal turn when a congresswoman made an emotional revelation, opening up about her own abortion procedure. john hendren has that story from washington. john, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, to you, dan.
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this was the kind of pained, personal story you don't hear on capitol hill. jackie speier says she never meant to tell it. when she was done, members of congress were in tears. it was one of those abortion debates that changes few minds. house republicans wanted to cut funding for planned parenthood. >> so, it's not healthy for children. and we know for a fact, it's not healthy for women, either. >> reporter: congressman chris smith went on to describe, in graphic detail, the type of abortion done in the second trimester. that's when something truly unusual happened on the house floor. >> i'm one of those women he spoke about just now. >> reporter: congresswoman jackie speier rose and told her own story. about the time a doctor said her baby had fallen from the uterus and could not survive. it had to be removed. >> i lost the baby. but for you to stand on this floor and to suggest, as you
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have, that somehow this is a procedure that is either welcomed or done cavalierly, or done without any thought, is preposterous. >> reporter: when she finished, there was a hushed silence. >> i yield back. >> reporter: then, applause. >> i look at all of the gentlemen sitting and standing there. how dare they speak with the venom and vitriol about something that is so painful, so personal? >> reporter: pregnancy is a painful topic for speiers. she has two children. but between them, a miscarriage. and then, after another pregnancy, that fateful procedure. so, she adopted. the birth mother took the child back. when she was finally pregnant again with her daughter, three months in, speier's husband was killed in a car accident. how many people have you ever talked to about this in your
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life? >> a handful. >> reporter: that speech on the house floor was the first time her children heard the full story. speier didn't win that debate. the house voted to cut funding for planned parenthood, in a vote that's likely to be overturned in the senate or vetoed by the president. but for her, that speech was a defining moment. >> that is true. john, we appreciate that. we got new information this morning on how, even in death, michael jackson has become an extraordinary moneymaking machine. his estate has raked in hundreds of millions of dollars since he died more than a year ago. here's abbie boudreau with the story. ♪ you better do what you can >> reporter: fans worldwide, spending millions on all things michael jackson. ♪ 'cause i am the one >> reporter: court filings thursday show the legendary pop icon's estate generated $310 million in revenue since he died in 2009. the behind-the-scenes rehearsal film, "michael jackson's this is
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it," grossed millions of dollars worldwide. and what about his music? he sold nearly 8.3 million albums. that's far more than any other living artist sold last year. according to press reports, the late singer's estate pulled in more than jimi hendrix and john lennon, who continue to rake in millions after their deaths. in fact, jackson made five-times more than elvis presley's graceland estate. >> there's so many people who said michael was worth more dead than he was alive. when you see the staggering figures, $310 million, my goodness. i guess so. >> reporter: ironically, industry insiders say the pop star's tragic and unsuspected death help restore the jackson brand, away from his tabloid image. jackson's lavish spending habits left him $400 million in debt. but a former jackson attorney says the late singer had $1 billion in assets. >> about 40% of his net worth was debt. i think most of us would take that any day of the year. >> reporter: already, jackson's
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estate has paid back millions of dollars he owed. suggesting that in death, michael jackson will have no problem satisfying his debtors. ♪ no matter if you're black or white ♪ >> reporter: or his fans. for "good morning america," abbie boudreau, los angeles. >> i guess you have to factor in the number of new fans that he gets. my stepson didn't even know who he was until the day he died. heard about the movie. went to see a movie. >> how old is your stepson? >> he just turned 9. >> well, there you go. a new generation of fans. coming up on "good morning america," somali pirates hijack a yacht and take the four americans hostage. why were they in such dangerous waters? and what's being done to free them? and the new monster mystery. is this creepy creature rising from the water a relative of the legendary loch ness? [ female announcer ] letting go of your cigarettes can be hard.
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♪ so, move over loch ness monster. i think your sister or cousin has just been spotted. bownessie, more feminine of a name for a sea creature. maybe more attractive than the loch ness monster. but this is the eighth sighting in five years of this mysterious sea creature. in the u.k., a couple took this picture.
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>> they said it looked like a giant snake. >> yes. clearly is not. but what is it? the mystery continues, along with the mysterious music. >> we'll be investigating all morning. good morning, america. i'm bianna golodryga. >> and i'm dan harris. this is saturday, february 19th. also coming up this morning, our weekly window into your world. with video from you and music from darius rucker. it's "your week in three words." you'll want to stick around for that. we're going to begin with high drama on the high seas. somali pirates have hijacked an american yacht and have taken the four people onboard hostage. our jeremy hubbard is here with the latest on this story. jeremy, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, dan. the boat is owned by a retired california couple who have been sailing around the world for the last seven years, distributing bibles to churches and schools in remote villages across the globe. a goodwill mission dramatically interrupted yesterday on the high seas. jean and scott adam, seen here in pictures on their website, are experienced sailors. aware of the pirate threat. as they approached the
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notoriously hostile waters off the horn of africa, the adams cut back using their radios and satellite systems so they couldn't be tracked. but the somali pirates found them anyway, friday afternoon, 275 miles off the coast of oman. the adams and two other americans were abducted. the outlaws that plague these waters are undeterred. despite the harsh prison sentence handed down just two days ago for this somali pirate. he was sentenced in new york for 33 years in prison, for kidnapping and brutalizing captain richard phillips of vermont. >> thank you for your prayers and support for my family when i was gone. >> reporter: phillips was held hostage for five days in 2009, when pirates armed with ak-47s, scrambled up the stern of "the maersk alabama," temporarily seizing control of the freighter. last november, a british couple was finally released by somali pirates after a 388-day-long kidnapping ordeal. the pirates had initially demanded a $7 million ransom before eventually freeing the couple. >> happy to be alive.
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happy to be free. happy to be here. >> reporter: despite an international crackdown, including warships and aircraft, armed pirates continue to cruise the indian ocean, ready to attack any boat, large or small, that might lead to a payday. right now, at this very moment, an estimated 29 ships and roughly 660 hostages are being held by somali pirates. a number that continues to grow, with the capture of these americans. and jean's ex-husband says the adams aren't rich. they're missionaries, after all. their money is tied up on their boat. they live on the boat pretty much year-round. he says there's no way they can pay a multimillion-dollar ransom. >> jeremy, thank you. we're going to stay on this story. we're going to talk to jean's ex-husband, bill savage, right now. he's joining us from oregon. >> also here in the studios, colin wright, the third mate of "the maersk alabama." it was attacked by somali pirates in 2009.
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colin, we're going to talk to you in a minute. bill, thanks for joining us this morning. we appreciate it. we understand you had contact with your ex-wife, jean, not not long before she embarked on this dangerous leg of her world tour. did she tell you that she feared for her safety? >> i'm sorry. i had difficulty hearing the end of your question. >> not at all, sir. i'll repeat the question. when you were in touch with your ex-wife before she embarked on this part of her tour, did she say to you that she was worried at all for her safety? >> they were obviously concerned about the possibility of this kind of thing happened. and to take precaution against that, i understand they joined a flotilla of other small craft that had gone through extensive planning for the last three or four months, to make this leg of the journey. so, i think they thought they had some adequate protection in place. >> and you asked her, didn't you, what you should do if she
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got into trouble? >> yes, i did. and their feeling was, they had taken appropriate precautions. but overall, they were fulfilling a dream. and when i asked if there's anything that anybody could do, should something happen, her response was, just pray for us. we are fulfilling our dream. and if there's anybody that is getting supervised from up above, i'm sure it's jean and scott. >> can you help us understand what kind of people these are? and how they might be coping under these terrible circumstances? >> well, they're very kind and gentle people. we're talking about retired people, who have taken everything they had in the world and invested it in this missionary activity so they could go through remote areas of the world and deliver bibles to people who may not have had an opportunity to have one.
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they are, however, strong and capable people. and i think that they're going to be well-served, both by their faith and by their innate abilities to keep themselves together. >> and, colin, i want to bring you into this discussion. you had firsthand experience. unlike your situation, where you're on a big ship. you outnumbered them. you actually took one of the pirates hostage. we're talking about people that are on a much smaller yacht. they're outnumbered. how concerned are you for their well-being? >> i am concerned for their well-being. it's hard to say what happened. of course, when we were attacked, they had to shimmy up the side of the ship and come aboard. in a smaller yacht, it's much easier to come in and take advantage of that smaller yacht and be onboard. and take the crew hostage. >> and this yacht was en route from india to oman. how dangerous are these waters we're talking about? >> the waters in between somalia and india are very dangerous.
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when we were captured, the somalians were not taking ships beyond 300 miles, i believe. but now, they have captured ships and use them as mother ships. and they go off 1,500 miles into the indian ocean and capture ships and take them back to somalia. >> of course, their biggest concern is their well-being and how they're being treated. given that you were in a similar situation, taken hostage by somali pirates, how were you treated? >> they're very brutal. and the captain of our ship was held for four days on a lifeboat by the four somalians. and he endured quite a bit of terrible torture. they used a rifle butt to hit him in the head. so hard that he said he felt like he'd been shot. so, for the adams, i certainly hope they're treating them much better. they are kind and gentle people, as has been said. and our prayers -- prayers helped us quite a bit when we
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were in that situation. and i hope that everybody will pray for the adams. >> colin, it's harrowing to hear your version of events. bill, when you hear colin speak there, what kind of message would you send to these pirates if you had an opportunity to talk to them? >> well, i would like them to understand that these are good people. they are spiritual people. they are people who are kind and generous. they are not people who have international corporations behind them. they're not people of wealth and means. everything they have is in that vessel that has been their home for several years now. just hope and pray that we can secure a very safe and early release for them. >> bill savage, thank you very much for your time, as well. colin wright, we appreciate your time, as well.
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thank you very much. let's check the rest of the morning headlines with ron claiborne. >> good morning, everyone. the republican-led house of representatives voted early this morning to pass a budget bill that would cut $60 billion in federal spending. it faces opposition in the democrat-controlled senate and a threatened veto by president obama. and in an update from an earlier story this morning, thousands of celebrating demonstrators of bahrain have moved into the main square of the capital city there. the military that had sealed off pearl square was ordered to withdraw. the demonstrators marched back in. the u.n. security council has condemned a decision by israel to continue with israeli settlements in occupied territories. israel says it appreciates the decision. while the palestinians say the veto only encourages israeli intransigent. do you know where the whoopie pie originated? a burning issue. a battle between maine and pennsylvania.
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a rally is planned today in pennsylvania to demand recognition that pennsylvania is the birthplace of the whoopie pie. >> i would demonstrate for that. >> isn't there enough whoppie pie to go around? >> you would think so. let's get jackie's opinion on this and the weather. >> all right. let's look at some of the best weather across the continental u.s. it's in the southeast. a little bit of morning fog along the gulf coast. that will burn off. then, you're left with beautiful weather. in the west, stormy weather. this is really the last in a series of powerful storms. las vegas, phoenix, arizona, you're going to get heavy rain. it's raining already in las vegas. and one to two feet of snow in the rocky mountains. m this weather report has been brought to you by american express open.
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to their local newspaper, at first, i thought it was a dog. then, i saw it was much bigger. and moving very fast. it was like an enormous snake. it freaked us out. all i could think about was, i had to get off the lake. off the lake and into immortality. or at least into the newspapers. saying this is the best image of what locals like to call bownessie. but not so fast. there are skeptics. >> i have a lot of doubt this could be a loch ness monster. i don't think a monster is connected biologically. >> reporter: oh, you cynics, always doubting the evidence. what about the video? a nice picnic on loch ness, with something lurking in the deep. or this one, which british intelligence concluded it was something, quote, animate. and then, the photos. this was one of the first. it might be the loch ness monster. might be a labrador carrying a stick. this might be nessie herself. or it may be a tree root. for years, they've been trying
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to find whatever's in the photos. and there's some, let's call them, romantics who have long long convinced nessie is real. bob hunted nessie for 25 years. >> he came back. went right by us. and then, submersed. >> reporter: even the spiritual can believe. >> elements of earth, air, fire and water. i summon thee to this place of loch ness. >> it would be wonderful if we had treats like that alive in the british isles. it would be fantastic. but i really just don't think it can be so. >> reporter: well, maybe we'll never know what this is. and maybe, we should never stop wondering. or perhaps hoping, that a myth might be true. nick schifrin, abc news, london. >> every time i put on my robe and try to summon that monster, she never shows up. coming up here on "good morning america," "your week in three words" with music from darius rucker.
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... sometimes it just takes us a little longer to get back. ♪ well, it's that time. it's your turn to give us your news in just three words. this week, darius rucker's "she's beautiful" is the soundtrack for "your week in three words." ♪ have you ever seen a prairie wind ♪ ♪ make a wave on a wheat field bringing needed rain ♪ ♪ have you ever seen a momma stop a baby's cry ♪ ♪ with a touch and a whisper of his name ♪ ♪ when she looks at me
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that's what i see ♪ ♪ she's beautiful like that have you ever seen ♪ ♪ a purple sky ♪ sun coming up bringing new life ♪ ♪ to everything it shines on have you ever seen ♪ ♪ a couple after 50 years laughing and holding hands ♪ ♪ still going strong well, the reason why ♪ ♪ i love her till the day i die ♪ ♪ the sound of a church bell the road that leads back home ♪ ♪ an unspoken promise you'll never be alone ♪
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♪ she's beautiful like that just like a winter rose ♪ ♪ snow on the ground i was blessed the ♪ ♪ day i found her i'm one lucky man ♪ ♪ 'cause the more i know the more i need her ♪ ♪ the more i love the more i see her heart ♪ ♪ is a shining star >> can't go wrong with babies, snow and dogs. >> that was particularly heartfelt. >> it was. >> darius rucker was the lead singer for hootie & the blowfish, right? >> he was. >> i'm right about that. wanted to confirm. >> you are right. were you a fan? coming up next here on "good morning america," if you'd like to send your three words, go to and upload your video there.
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well, thank you for joining us on this saturday morning. stay with abc throughout the day for your news.
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good morning, we want to show you a live shot of mount tam in marin county. the snow that fell it yesterday made it through the night. so much snow. it certainly wet. chp is warning drivers to look out for black ice will let's get a check of the forecast with lisa argen. >> we have a winter weather advisory, about 2,000 feet so more snow is possible in the east bay and north bay, around saratoga gap and around up to 7:00 we could see accumulating snow up on the hills. the moisture continues to rotate in. and american canyon to vallejo up to through petaluma down to richmond and berkeley. a closer look at san francisco, rain about to move in san bruno and across into the east bay,
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san leandro and down around redwood city. but the more concentrated rain will continue fall south of the bay area around santa cruz. look at pescadero, more rain here. another half inch is possible. the temperatures are cold. so you notice the white and pink showing up around mount hamilton saratoga, perhaps more light snow in the higher elevations. an inch in 24-hour rain totals. but by later on today the emphasis shifts to the south and there things should be drying out. with cold day around 50. >> next at 8:00. winter is back in the bay area. we'll look at conditions here in the sierra where the roads are covered with snow. and.... >> i lost a baby. >> first from congresswoman jackie speier
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in the news this saturday morning, snow in the bay area. too much of a good thing in the sierra. house has passed a federal spending plan but the possibility of a government shut
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down still looms. >> good morning. it is saturday, 8:00. thanks so much for joining us. i'm janelle wang. those 70 degree days is gone. winter has returned to the barrier. this is a live shot from mount tam. the snow that fell yesterday stuck, it's beautiful you up there. light dusting started around 2:00 but 5:00 p.m. snow was coming down at a steady pace. >> we drove up here and after we were driving all of a sudden, the snow was around. and we had a champion come on the exact same moment. >> check out the hills. elevation is under 1800 feet. snow in the south bay this morning on mount hamilton. >> if you are going to be heading to the sierra you got to be careful because there is


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