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overtaking some government buildings, burning them. and the fact they made it to the capitol gives you an idea how serious the situation is. for the first time since the uprising began six days ago, they're no longer confined to the second largest city benghazi. they're able to get into the capital where moammar gadhafi has been running the government for the past 40 years. and violent clashes between the forces have also escalated. so libya is the next country to watch. peggy and rob? >> now, lama, gadhafi has been in power for 40 years. the question that many people are wondering is will he leave? >> reporter: well, there are reports that he has left the country. although his son saif al islam on tv overnight said he remains in libya and is leading the battle from there. there's no way of confirming that he is still in the country at the moment. but as i said, there are reports that he's already left. will he actually step down so far, the indications are no.
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he will not give up power yet. as you rightly said, he's been in power for more than 40 years. and saif, his son, on tv said, we are not tunisia or egypt, comparing the country to what happened recently in those countries with the deposing of their leaders. saif said that the armed forces are with him, with his father. tens of thousands are here to be with him, he said. and they will fight for the last man, the last woman and as you said, the last bullet. peggy, back to you. >> of course, we're seeing democracy brewing in other countries. even extending far into china as well. what's the next country to watch, let's say, in the next day or two? >> reporter: well, that's what everybody is asking, but as you rightly said, they are spreading. we're seeing more and more demonstrations in yemen, morocco. we were just talking libya, bahrain. i questioned a libyan professor who said to me that this is the
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time for people to come out on to the streets and voice their opinions. there is a momentum here because people have been emboldened by what happened in tunisia and egypt. they are beingg to see more and so you're going to see more and more demands for reform, demands for freedom in countries, especially here in the middle east and in the persian gulf as well, which is where there are protests in bahrain continuing. so we are going to be seeing more of these. >> all right. lama hasan this morning live from cairo, thank you. and shifting gears now, another major winter storm is pummeling the upper midwest today. minnesota's bearing the brunt of it. by the time it's all over, more than a foot snow will be on the ground in the twin cities. the winds there hitting up to 40 miles an hour. some areas are also getting slammed with freezing rain and ice as the storm moves east. >> reporter: hundreds of flights were cancelled in airports in
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minnesota, michigan and illinois as the winter storm blew through the upper midwest, delta air lines canceled 700 flights out of the minneapolis/st. paul airport sunday. slippery road conditions led officials in several states to advicvise people to stay off th road. >> people were stopping for the red light. couldn't stop. so i sped out to avoid them and hit a snowbank. >> reporter: on i-94 there was a string of accidents and cars were left stranded in the snow. >> it's slicker and slicker. >> reporter: snowplows and salt trucks in michigan had a difficult time staying ahead of deteriorating road conditions there. >> i have four-wheel drive. so it was okay. the distance that i made. but without my four-wheel drive, it's pretty much -- >> reporter: only skiers enjoyed the weather, making the most out of this fresh snow on this presidents' day holiday weekend. >> it's important to go get it while we have it. >> reporter: the national weather service has posted winter storm watches and warnings from montana to new
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england, a distance of more than 1,800 miles. as the storm heads to the northeast it is expected to taper off. major metropolitan areas, washington, philadelphia and new york city may see some snow and ice, but it should change over to rain later in the day. >> a rough winter continues. for the rest of the morning's weather from around the country. about 8 inches of snow in detroit. rain changes over to snow in chicago. up to a half foot of snow from buffalo to erie, pennsylvania. several inches around philly, new york, hartford and providence. showers from washington, d.c. to memphis. rain in the pacific northwest. snow showers in the northern rockies. meanwhile, 40 in boise, 48 in seattle, 49 in salt lake city. a frigid 15 in fargo, 25 in minneapolis. 31 in the windy city. 37 here in new york. 80 in miami, 70s in new orleans and dallas. time is running out to avoid a federal government shutdown. congress is off all this week. when members come back, they'll have just five days to reach a budget deal that would avoid a shutdown on march 4th. over the weekend, house republicans passed $61 billion
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in spending cuts, but that's unacceptable to senate democrats who want a short-term funding extension. meanwhile, it remains to be seen if teachers in wisconsin will go back to work. their union chief is telling them to return to the classroom instead of protesting at the state capitol. classes have been canceled for days as the protests against the spending bill drag on. the state employee unions are upset about that spending bill because they say it strips away most of their rights. wisconsin's governor said it's a way to fight the deficit. over the weekend, bob woodruff met protesters on both sides. >> reporter: we met lou d'abbracio early in the morning. 110 miles away from the capital. lou is a small government conservative, eager for his voice to be heard in the debate. >> many of us in the private sector have had to sacrifice. i think necessary that we all share that sacrifice. it goes home for me. my wife is a teacher.
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it's going to cost our family money, but it's the right thing to do. >> reporter: while d'abbracio was heading to town, chemistry teacher anthony and his family were deep in their morning routine. >> our family, we will make about a $500 a month less on anthony's paycheck. we are jfingernails right noour fingernails right now. >> this isn't about the money. it's not about the benefits, of course, that's going to hit us and we don't like that. but it's really about having input in the classes. you know, having input with the school board, having input with what happens. >> reporter: so he's protesting against the governor. >> if it happens here, it's going to happen everywhere else in the country. >> reporter: but outside, the other teacher's husband -- >> we're not going to negotiate. why would we negotiate? we won in november. elections have consequences. the bill's going to be passed. >> reporter: bob woodruff, abc news, madison, wisconsin. >> some incredible political theater there. when we come back this morning, the baby literally named facebook.
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that's right, americans kidnapped by somali pirates. new details about what the navy is doing to help. and history at daytona. the youngest winner ever. @d
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well, there's no sign that gas prices will come down anytime soon. a new survey finds prices at the pump jumped to another 5 cents a gallon in the past two weeks. to a nationwide average of $3.18. prices have been pushed to a record high for this time of
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year because of unrest in the middle east. overseas markets are mostly lower to start the week. tokyo's nikkei rose 0.1%. hong kong's hang seng fell 0.5%. in london the ftse opened lower. wall street has the day off for the presidents' day holiday. but the dow did post its third straight weekly gain last week. the benchmark climbed 118 points meanwhile the nasdaq added 24 points. moviegoers are getting to know liam neeson as an action star. his new thriller "unknown" opened in the top spot with nearly $22 million some ticket sales. "i am number four opened in second place. gnomeo and juliet opened in third place. one father has found a way to say thank you to the social networking site. he named his first-born daughter facebook. a more conventional way for others have been to spray paint
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"thank you, facebook" around the country. the father went the extra mile. >> can't wait to see what her classmates say about that. coming up next on this monday morning, a tv news crew literally attacked as they were attempting to cover a story. and kobe bryant makes history in the nba all-star game. highlights from that coming up. ily meeting with a salty snack and then a 3:15, with my guilt. [ female announcer ] new special k cracker chips. 27 crispy chips. 110 delicious calories. mmmmmmm...good meeting. same time tomorrow? [ female announcer ] find them in the cracker aisle. i see a bag and think... i could have a chip. yeah right. that's why they're called chips? [ female announcer ] new special k cracker chips. 27 crispy chips. 110 delicious calories. another cracker chip? don't mind if i do! [ female announcer ] find them in the cracker aisle. and i wondered what it was. i found out that connected to our muscles are nerves that send messages through the body.
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from washington state to northern california. >> and if you're flying today, expect airport delays in minneapolis, chicago, detroit, boston, new york, philly and also d.c. rough going out there. this morning, a hostage drama is playing out in some of the most dangerous waters on earth. four americans are being held captive by pirates from somali. >> they were captured on friday and taken by boat to a virtually lawless country. jeremy hubbard has all the details. >> reporter: the u.s. navy is actively tracking the kidnapped americans in a warship and helicopters shadowing the hijacked yacht from yemen to somalia. still no word on if or how exactly the military will intervene. >> i think, however, these pirates have made a grave mistake and in this case, they've pushed the american government too far. i think there will be a drama that will play out in the days to come. >> our prayer tonight is for them, for their safety and for their families. >> reporter: while churchgoers
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pray for scott and jean adams of california and sailing partners philly mckay and bob rigel of seattle, seen here in pictures from their website, their quick return isn't likely, if they reach the dangerous shores of somalia, where they'd be the only americans among the 660 sailors currently being held for ransom by pirates. >> they're staring down the barrels of loaded guns held with children or youth. they're just praying that the ransom is going to get paid and they have no idea whether they're going to live or die. >> reporter: john burnett was himself once beaten and robbed by pirates, saying these sailors already have several strikes against them from their yacht, their signal of wealth, to their religion. hated by somali jihadists. the one thing in their favor, they're only worth something to the pirates alive. jeremy hubbard, abc news, new york. >> there's much more coming up on this story on "good morning america." we'll hear from a friend of one
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of the women being held hostage. two west point cadets are back on steady ground following a dramatic nighttime rescue a cliff 500 feet in the air. the cadets were stranded on the mountain side during a training exercise and then spent eight hours teetering on the 18-inch ledge above the ravine. a police helicopter carefully lifted the men to safety as winds topped 30 miles an hour, they both suffered hypothermia but otherwise are okay. a news crew from the fox affiliate in sacramento was attacked as they cover a murder investigation. a camerawoman taping the murder scene outside of a restaurant, suddenly, she was knocked to the ground by angry friends and family. the victim who gathered at a makeshift memorial. she was shaken up but thankfully, not badly hurt. well, criminal charges could be filed against the student at oprah winfrey's leadership academy in south africa. police say the 17-year-old student secretly gave birth last week. the newborn's body was later discovered in a plastic bag. the statement from the academy
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says they're waiting for results of the investigation, while respecting the privacy of the young woman. the daytona 500 is now in the books and it was a record-setter, on the race's third lap, fans held up three fingers to honor the late dale earnhardt. the former number 3 died in a crash at daytona ten years ago now. when the race was all over, youngster trevor bayne took the checkered flag. it was quite a belated birthday present for him. on saturday, bayne turned 20 years old. that makes him the youngest ever to win daytona. >> the other marquee sports events of the week, the nba all-star game. details from espn news. good morning, cole wright here with your espn news update. straight to the staples center for the nba all-star game. kobe leading the west. joining lebron james for a little powder pregame. first quarter, kobe, up and under. he's styling. showed athleticism there.
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dirk nowitzki and blake griffin, impressed, to say the least. later in the first, kobe wants more. from the wing, burying the triple. the west was up by five. later on, griffin and deron williams looking to give and go. public enemy number one. west. second quarter, west showing off. kobe for the reverse. kobe had 21 points in the first. still pretty good. third quarter. dunking over lebron. before he took off, he stared down the king and gave him a conciliatory nice pat. try again. next west possession, kobe for three. i am mvp at this point. he can smell it. taking it coast to coast, one-handed style. east down by 12. we can't forget about k.d., kevin durant. west by 7. east looking to answer back. and amar'e stoudemire, and he made an impact, he brought the
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east to within four. later on, lebron driving, ran it in. east within a pair. and then kobe, elston right here, pow, it's all over. he said i got your back. the west still up by four. west win is 148-143. as kobe takes home the mvp. that's going to do it for us on espn news. back to you in new york. coming up next. the stories we'll be following today. stay with us. activia. there you go. straberry and vanilla. thank you. that's god. wow. this is really good. great flavor. i's reallycreamy. it's really tasty. oh, wow! jamie lee curtis! it's activia! it's elicious. really? were you surprised that that's activia yogurt? i thought it would have like a little bit of an aftertaste. it's really yummy. t's deliious. it' hard to believe t's thatgood for you. it's so goo. try the fabulous taste of activia today. taste it, love it, ♪ activia or it's free./
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and now a look ahead to the stories we'll be watching this monday. the u.s. is warning libya that violence against anti-government protests cannot continue. more than 200 people have been killed so far. and similar protests in other countries continue but under less violent circumstances. more large prointerests are set today for madison, wisconsin, where members of the unions are protesting. wisconsin's governor supports the bill as way way to save money. and it is a treacherous ride in the upper midwest as a blizzard continues to hammer parts of minnesota. more than a foot of snow is expected in the twin cities as the storm tapers off and then hits the northeast. in response to the tucson shootings, the national institute for civil discourse opens at the university of arizona. its mission for softer civility and politics.
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well, she has spunk, stamina and staying power. she's also shattering records as well as myths about senior citizens. >> ida keeling has decades literally on her competitors but she has no intentions of putting away her running shoes just yet. david muir managed to catch up with her. >> reporter: at a track meet here in new york this weekend, it it wasn't the front-runner people were watching, it was that woman in the back, in her trademark t-shirt and yellow sneakers. how old were you when you starts running? >> 67. >> reporter: ida keeling is now america's oldest sprinter. so you were 80 years old here. >> that's right. >> reporter: you were just a puppy then. >> oh, boy, i feel like a puppy every day. >> reporter: you earned all of these in your 90s? >> yeah. >> reporter: part of her secret, her tiny stationary bike, her
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tiny weights. you lost her husband when he was just 42. 1959. >> yes. >> reporter: what do you think he would say today? >> he'd be really happy. i think he would say, gee, maybe i should have listened to you all along. >> reporter: and it turned out, there was another secret. so, ida, you actually run in the hallways. >> of course. >> reporter: show me. >> where else am i going to run? right here. >> reporter: she was off, and so were we. >> so this is -- how much farther do you go? ida not only trained indoors. >> back to my door. >> reporter: finished. >> whoo. >> reporter: she trained outdoors, too. and there was one last secret. her quiet moments off the track. >> i just close my eyes and say count your blessings, ida, count your blessings. stay in there and focus and that's it. >> may we all grow old that
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well. >> unbelievable. she looks fantastic. >> she could take me out, man. that's what's making news in america this morning. >> have a great presidents' day. ♪ autopsies are planned for later this week for two east bay teenagers who died over the weekend in a rafting accident in walnut creek. the city council meets tomorrow over concerns the city could lose $40 million in redevelopment money slated for the new stadium. >> say live look from downtown san francisco. it is clear, frosty cold. we have freezing fog and even showers out there on live doppler 7 hd.
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i'll show you where. >> an early morning injury crash from the arby on-ramp to westbound 80. i'll tell you about mass transit for the holiday today. >> it is a holiday monday. thank you for joining us. i'm eric thomas. kristen is off today. autopsies today for two teenager boys who died when they went rafting in walnut creek. >> search and rescue teams found the inflatable raft in concord nearly 5 miles where two teenager boys started their rafting trip. they launched their raft saturday afternoon. it was supposed to have been a two-hour journey but the rain-swollen waters apparently became overwhelming which some spots reached depth of 15 feet. >> the creek swells,


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