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with the news of the week, of course, being what it has been, it is not tough to guess what some of the top searches on the internet have been the last couple of days. >> with a weekly rundown of it, here is yahoo! editor heather cabot. good morning, heather. >> reporter: good morning. it's no surprise that the death of osama bin laden and the details emerging about the raid of his pakistan hideout dominates yahoo! searches this week.
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but you can tell by the sheer volume of queries for photos of his corpse that people want to see it with their own eyes. even more so now that president obama says the administration will not release the images. searches for osama bin laden death photos spiked by nearly 3000% this week. look ups of the video of bin laden's burial off sea, is off of the charts. the web can be a hotbed of conspiracy theories, the bin laden is no exception. we've seen a wave of young people mostly men looking up the terms "bin laden conspiracy" and even "9/11 conspiracy." and in addition to stirring up emotions about the tragedy and loss that the nation felt on september 11th, the news is also sparking a wave of patriotism. we've seen a jump in searches for, how to become a navy s.e.a.l., and also how to become a cia agent. in other headlines this week, drivers are worrying about rising gas prices. searches for cheap gas are up 151% this week. looks like costco is the place that most people are checking out to save money on gas. the last time we saw this much interest in fuel costs was in the fall of 2008 when gas prices
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hit the then all-time high of nearly $4 a gallon. and if you're still trying to pick out the perfect mother's day gift, yahoo! took a look at the top searches by women, ages 21 to 64, to help people clue in to what mom might want this. year. the top jeans, true religion. the top handbag, louis vuitton. and if those items are a little out of your budget, orchids, peonies and lavender are the most popular flowers this month. and finally, if you could choose a celebrity to be your mom who would you choose? in a new yahoo! survey we asked that question. 47% said sandra bullock. michelle obama and angelina jolie rounded out the top three. happy mother's day, guys. back to you. >> angelina jolie, that's kind of surprising, because she's busy. she's got a lot going on. i might do, like, julie andrews. no? >> the mountains of connecticut, having a good time.
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thanks for that report, heather. of course, mother's day weekend is here. happy mother's day to all moms out there and your first mother's day as a mommy. >> yes and time to go off of the 17-day diet. i know a lot of viewers have been doing this with me. yes, 17 days. we can all go thank goodness. the things that i'm saying good-bye to and no more green tea. i can't drink one more cup of that stuff. >> green tea is good. >> salad with grilled chicken. don't really like chicken. probiotic yogurt. you than you eat that by the bucket full. >> i love me some probiotic yogurt. >> what is coming back? sunday for mother's day, chocolate, wine, and pizza. so the 17-day diet, you do four phases of 17 days. the big challenge eye just wanted to get back into the prebaby clothes. >> the skinny jeans. >> mostly the jeans. try those on on sunday. let you know next week how it goes. i'm not feeling very hopeful right now. i'm wearing jeans that are not the skinny jeans and they're extremely uncomfortable. >> a little oxygen deprived? >> a little muffin top. that's all i'm gonna say.
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>> the goal here was what, five pounds? >> five pounds but mostly the clothes. i want to fit back into the clothes before the twins arrived. >> how much do you think that you have lost? >> i do think i have lost a few pounds, and i definitely have gone off sugar. those of you looking for a good program, it was pretty effective, i think. >> i like that. >> yeah it wasn't bad. >> that oprah moment on monday. >> pull out wagon. >> never wear them in again. >> hold up the jeans. when we return, does a plastic surgeon have anything to do with bristol palin's new look? were you watching "good morning america" yesterday? very interesting. >> i had a cool night. gladys knight's night. stay tuned for "the skinny."abab
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♪ skinny ♪ so skinny okay, we have a big question for a lot of viewers. many of which who were watching "good morning america" yesterday. they saw bristol palin, she was coming on to promote her abstinence campaign. talking about being a single mom to her son tripp. and a lot of people were
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watching the show and saying, you know what? she does not look the same. in fact quite different. websites say that she looks like she might have had perhaps a chin implant. maybe a little bit of plastic surgery underneath her chin and take a look at this picture. that was her yesterday on the set. she does look really different. >> the nose looks a little different to me and the chin looks a little bit more shaped. is it possible that she lost weight? got a little thinner so the face is a little bit more narrower? >> the "new york post." also posted some full body pictures saying they don't think it's the situation. you know who she looks like now? j.woww from "the jersey shore." >> e-mails on that. >> i don't really watch that show. >> not exactly. we're fine. >> no? okay. anyway, what do you think? it's really a matter of opinion but everyone watching "gma" yesterday were talking. >> they always find something. >> yep. you had a big night. >> i had a very cool night last night. unexpected assignment that came my way last night. i got to hang out with and interview a very special lady.
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an r&b lekd here at the beacon theater, the one and only gladys knight. >> look at you. ♪ that midnight train to georgia ♪ >> who doesn't love that song? >> i love that song. >> saturday the 7th is national train day. the headlining acts to get out there sponsored by amtrak, that's coming up and because before she made it big and before now she still takes the train rides. part of her career and still now. she helps out with the environment. kind of the history of it all. >> and i love it. >> and of course, that song "midnight train to georgia." she performed a song last night called "dream." listen to her talk about the song. >> the song "dream" was to let them know in just such a simple way as a song that you should still do that and you can still do that and you can still win. >> i had a lot of great messages for young people. she is doing a big gig at the tropicana in vegas. so sweet, so talented. so down home and a pleasure to interview. we will have the full story, interview up next. we had a great time.
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a shout-out on stage to abc news. i have a little crush on gladys knight. >> i don't blame you, you're big time. i've got that song in my head now. ♪ he's leaving ♪ i know you will -- i have that song in my mind now. "american idol" by the way. speaking of people who can't sing. an elimination last night. everyone was watching "american idol" viewers, do you see this thing. they made an omelette with gordon ramsey. it was kind of bizarre. jacob got booted off of the show. apparently didn't get enough votes. >> was he a big dog? >> he can sing. this guy can really sing. he did get booted off and you can see some tears last night. some people were afraid that perhaps lauren, thought she was going home but indeed it was jacob. he's heading home. >> heartbreak on "idol." >> do you agree with me about the omelet thing? >> i didn't see it. >> i want to hear from people. time waster? >> talking about nicolas cage in new orleans. his big kind of drunken incident. the new orleans d.a. is not going to press charges against nic cage. >> the mugshot. >> media reports were false,
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according to his lawyers. so no charges against nicolas cage. does anyone in hollywood get in trouble? mel, lindsay, nicolas?
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both: really? fyi. [ male announcer ] get zyrtec®'s proven allergy relief and love the air®. watch today on abc news. flood watches and warnings are posted along hundreds of miles of mississippi river shoreline this morning. property owners from illinois to louisiana have either evacuated or have taken precautions. last month's report on unemployment is released today. analysts predict little change in the jobless rate. the number of people filing for unemployment benefits jumped 23% in april. first lady michelle obama spends part of the day with military spouses for a mother's day event. the vice president's wife jill biden will also be there. those two have struck up a nice partnership on that issue. >> so great they're doing that, really it's time well spent. earlier we saw the first lady's husband, president obama, at new york's ground zero. it's a giant construction site right now. full of cranes and scaffolding
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and steel. >> there are also trees, though at that sacred ground, and our john donvan tells us about one special one, the survivor's tree. ♪ >> reporter: that silhouette rearing up from the ashes nine years and seven months ago, the eye went straight to it, unwillingly. an accidental grave marker standing for death, suggesting defeat. but it's gone. long gone. the focal point in a moment of victory was a tree. something that is alive and that's not to be taken for granted. for this tree, on the morning that the buildings came down, it was in the path of the collapse. and buried in the wreckage. and when finally uncovered, it was naked, nearly limbless and barely alive. it was the city's park department that set out to save it. which meant getting it to a safe place. a nursery in the bronx for literally some nursing and it
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worked. around the blackened scars that were burned in on 9/11, new, healthier bark grew in. and branches sprouted and those branches branch. and then a set back. in the nursery, the tree almost on its side. the flag that was accompanying it went over, too. but they righted it, and they fed it and late last year, they brought it home. the survivor tree, it was now called. joining a little orchard the city had decided to put in at ground zero to bring the place back to life. only the survivor tree had been there before and will be there to fill the seasons for a long time to come. >> that's really great. that's really great to see the construction going and everything taking shape down there as it will be such a destination for many families forever. >> i was at ground zero a few months ago and the construction down there is absolutely amazing. they hope to have a large portion of that new area done in time for the tenth anniversary of course this september. beautiful work down there.
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this morning on "world news now," flood fears. the state of emergency and disaster preparations as the mississippi river overflows. >> many property owners have been forced to leave and also prepare for the worst. it is friday, may 6th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >> good friday morning, everybody. i'm rob nelson. >> and i'm peggy bunker. along hundreds of miles of shoreline, volunteers and even prison inmates have been asked to join the sandbagging efforts. there are predictions that when the river overflows it's not going to recede anytime soon. >> obviously this story has been overshadowed over the week by the bin laden news, but it is
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potentially historic flooding over a large swath of the country. >> haven't seen this happen in many, many years. >> also coming up this half hour, investors uncover osama bin laden's terror plot after taking his wives, plural, into custody, following sunday's raid. we'll look into the disturbing secrets the u.s. is now uncovering. >> it's really incredible as information continues to come forth from the mother lode of that captured mission. also coming up later the specially military dogs that have everybody talking. the risky work that these canines can carry out. it will amaze you. >> that is not benji. that is a super dog. >> these guys are incredible. more gutsy than a lot of human beings. >> no kidding. but for me, for sure. but before all of that, the menacing floodwaters spilling over the banks of the mighty mississippi river. >> all eyes are on the rising water in morning and millions of people braced for what could be the worst flooding in moder >> reporter: all along the
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mississippi river they're running away from the water. >> it's a hard situation to deal with. but sim sometimes you just have to buck up and do it. that's where we're at right now. >> reporter: when the mighty mississippi finally crests next week at 48 feet, they're expecting a record flood here and the water could sit for weeks. tommy has no flood insurance. has lived here since 1969 and he was moving everything out, preparing to lose his home. >> all of the furniture, two bedrooms, living room, tv. >> it's all coming out? >> it's all coming out. it's all got to come out. can't let it get wet. can't afford to buy it back. >> reporter: from the air, a sewage plant in memphis surrounded by water. for now it's still working. this airport is already underwater tonight. and so are hundreds of homes and businesses. the rivers have already flooded their banks so much the loosahatchie river and the mississippi are now one. gary wright's house was caught in between. is this a loss? >> i would think it would be completely. i wouldn't think that old house would be worth fixing but i
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don't know. >> reporter: the utility companies are already out moving their equipment higher up the poles to keep it all dry. >> it's going to be high. it's going to be high. we can't predict how high but just in case we want to make sure that we provide service. hopefully when the water recedes. and the customers come back in. >> reporter: at police academy the home of search-and-rescue team they had to move by boat. tommy told us, it's all too depressing. so it breaks your heart? >> well there's better days coming. >> reporter: steve osunsami, abc news, memphis. flood waters are now surrounding the louisiana state penitentiary. in angola. and the warden is putting those inmates to work. making them fill 60,000 sandbags to protect that prison. they're also building a tent city. need it if the levee fails and
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inmates have to be evacuated from their cells. dire, dire situations up and down the mississippi. >> sure is. the pictures there, it's really bright and sunny but that might not stay the case. when we look at the weather now light sprinkle is due for parts of the mississippi valley. showers and thunderstorms from cleve andurgh rain and mountain snow from seattle to great falls, montana. showers from nebraska, iowa and also minnesota. >> near 70 in minneapolis, 66 in chicago and 76 in omaha. 70s from atlanta to boston. 84 in miami. phoenix 99 and 83 in colorado springs and 74 in salt lake city. and now to the new information from inside the bin laden compound that indicates al qaeda was plotting a terror attack on the u.s. rail system. the attack was apparently timed to take place on the tenth anniversary of september 11th. one option that al qaeda was plotting was to tamper with the rails so train would fall off over a valley or along a bridge. >> you can't guard hundreds of miles of track. and if they can get to one location that's not well guarded and put explosives on it or do
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something to cause the train to derail, that's a lot easier than going after an aircraft. >> counterterrorism officials say they believe the planning never got beyond the initial phase. they say there is no recent intelligence pointing to an active plot for such an attack. >> the cia apparently had its eyes on the bin laden compound long before that raid. today's "washington post" reports the spy agency maintained a safe house in abbottabad to conduct extensive surveillance. "the post" says it was an ideal location for a small team of spies because it was far from u.s. drone strikes. >> and we're also learning even more about the strange life that was led behind the high walls of that secret compound. there is new information about the identity also of bin laden's wives. here is jim sciutto. >> reporter: we thu that one of osama bin laden's wives was captured in the raid, 29-year-old yemeni amal ahmed abdul fatah. abc news has learned a total of three of his wives were taken. all of them had been living together with bin laden inside
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of the compound where he was killed. abdul fatah has told investigators that for the past five years, bin laden confined himself to fitwo rooms. including the bedroom he was shot dead sunday. abdel fatah who was injured. in the raid at his side. >> he was on the floor. he never went anywhere. >> reporter: held under guard in islamabad the three wives are being interrogating. likely facing a former intelligent official tells us, firm but nonviolent questioning. >> we give them a questionnaire. literally 20 questions. she answers and then we changed the order of those questions another day. >> reporter: investigators then look for any contradictions in their answers. >> you have to have a very, very good memory. you find out. nobody will tell you for the first day the correct things. >> reporter: still reeling from being kept in the dark about the raid, pakistani officials warned the u.s. never to do the same
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again. and head of the pakistani military ordered the number of u.s. military personnel in pakistan reduced to, quote, the minimum essential. all week u.s. officials have been pressing for access to the wives. but relations as bad as they are, pakistan hasn't granted it. as for the compound, pakistani authorities want to tear it down to remove any danger of it becoming a shrine to bin laden. jim sciutto, abc news, islamabad. native american leaders have told lawmakers on capitol hill that yudsing using geronimo as the code name for the bin laden takedown was an insult. members of a southwest oklahoma tribe of now demanding an apology it is from president over the issue. geronimo was a leader of the apache tribe held in captivity for almost 23 years. the defense department says it met no disrespect to native americans. president obama traveled to new york city on thursday where most of the victims of the
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september 11th attacks were killed. >> he came here to remember all the lives lost on that day after osama bin laden's murder of course on sunday. t.j. winick has more now from ground zero. good morning, t.j. >> reporter: good morning, rob and peggy. some people are calling this president obama's victory lap after the killing of osama bin laden. but the white house insists, this was all about recognizing burden carried by some new yorkers over the past ten years and offering them a sense of closure. president obama told a crowded new york city firehouse there is a direct link from those who fell on 9/11 to sunday's mission by u.s. navy s.e.a.l.s. >> they were doing it in the name of your brothers that were lost. >> reporter: 15 firefighters from manhattan fire house never returned after september 11, 2001. >> it's a bittersweet thing because you don't know exactly how to gauge what's going on but it will never bring the lost ones back.
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>> reporter: at times the visit had the feeling of a pep rally. with enormous crowds lining the streets of lower manhattan to catch a glimpse of the presidential motorcade. that was in sharp contrast to the president's solemn visit to the 9/11 memorial plaza where he laid a wreath at a pear tree that survived the devastation at ground zero. >> i just wa thank you and i gave him a prayer card of my dad because i wanted to thank him for what he did. >> reporter: at one of the first precincts to respond to the world trade centers, the president signed "god bless" in the police log. >> there will still be threats out there. you're still going to be called to take courageous actions to remain vigilant. >> reporter: the commander in chief also met in private with 60 family members 9/1 >was a vig mome ou he was awesome. >> reporter: in washington, vice president joe biden also met with family members and survivors of the 9/11 attack and laid a wreath at the pentagon for those who died there. now that the president's new york trip is history, on friday he will visit ft. campbell,
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kentucky, where he will meet with members of that s.e.a.l. team who killed osama bin laden. rob and peggy. >> t.j. winick reporting. turning to the economy now. there is some hopeful news this morning about the price of fuel. if you fueled up lately you know that it is pretty tough. crude tumbling nearly 9% to less than $100 a barrel. analysts say that signals lower prices at the pump in the next few months. national average will likely stay below the $4 mark for the foreseeable future. which would be welcome relief. >> for many, many people, absolutely. grammy award-winner gladys knight, for one, is committed to saving the environment by taking the train. she headlined a benefit concert here in new york last night to mark "national train day" coming up tomorrow, on saturday. i took in a performance last night. even got a chance to sit down a few minutes with the one and only gladys. we'll bring you that story next week. >> i can't wait for that. performing with the empress of soul, the boys and girls club. they sang background vocals.
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proceeds of that song, the dream. and also benefit the boys and girls club, organization, a really great cause there. so cool to meet her. >> she was very, very cool. down to earth and very sweet and friendly. everywhere great to sit there with this r&b legend. she couldn't have been nicer. >> and taking the train, a very good environmental choice. many people don't think of that way. >> and taking that midnight train to -- >> to georgia. >> you've been singing that song all nome ♪ heg
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and now a fascinating look into who inspired the man who came to be known as the great communicator. he is, of course, the nation's 40th president, ronald reagan. >> we learned about his inspiration actually from a set of newly unveiled note cards that reagan meticulously worked on. check it out. >> we went on a hunt and we were looking for artifacts of president reagan that have never been seen before. and we found several boxes, including what we called a rosetta stone. many, many dozens of cards that he recorded important quotes throughout his history. >> president kennedy wrote in the day of his death, that history had called this generation of americans to be watchmen on the walls of world freedom. >> it runs the gamuts and dozens and dozens of historical figures at up with time or another struck the president as being
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important enough to think about and remember, and one day place in a very important speech. >> courage, churchill said, is the one quality that guarantees all others. he liked to laugh, president lincoln. he said "if i couldn't laugh, i couldn't stand this job for 15 minutes." >> he hijacked an old photo album. he took out whatever photos in there, or there were never photos in there, and over the years, he meticulous ly wrote these quotes. scribed them to the source and placed them in this photo album. it's an album that he located these quotes over three deck sides. >> it's favorite quotations from age comes from thomas jefferson. he said that we should never judge a president by his age. only by his work. and ever since he told me that i have stopped worrying. >> that's a great line. ever since he told me that. a great sense of humor. >> he did love to write, though. his book is coming out next tuesday if you are interested in taking a look at it. he was really a writer. you see the notes that he made on the white house stationary.
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some to his wife. write it to the first lady. >> such history there. see what was in in his mind. at different times in history. all of this was edited and put together by presidential historian douglas brinkley. douglas does great work. the military dogs and the one sent into osama bin laden's compound. these dogs are amazing. >> they are incredible, and heroes just like our military, too. we are going to let you know all about them after this.
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all week we've passed along the details of the raid that killed osama bin laden. and also fair to acknowledge that those details have changed somewhat. >> which is understandable considering the situation. but one aspect of the situation
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that is not being questioned is that a military dog was involved. these dogs are trained as much secrecy as the commandos themselves. jim avila tells us more. >> reporter: they do remarkable things. parachuting out of military aircraft with and without their partners. superdogs. and now abc news has confirmed that among the 24 super secret navy s.e.a.l. commandos team who swept into northern pakistan and killed osama bin laden was one supersecret four-legged warrior. >> crawl. >> reporter: this war dog at the training center at lackland air force base outside of san antonio is one of nearly 3 the,000 four-legged warriors trained by the military. but a handful of those 3,000 are even more special. and just like the human special forces teams they joined, details about the breed, the specific role or names of these superdogs are not being disclosed. >> no, sir, i cannot. i don't know where those dogs came from.
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>> reporter: here's what we do know. this year, special operations command in tampa solicited private contractors to train 80 to 100 students and 70 to 100 canines per year. among other duties, pursue, track, patrol and bite/hold fleeing subjects. >> a lot of it is under wraps and undercover. >> reporter: these superdogs must be the best of the best. and used on this type of mission to both find explosives and help subdue targets. >> the dog is an attack dog tr attack on command.in additiog training the dog would have. >> reporter: the pentagon bought special gear for these special forces dogs like these goggles. they're also equipped with water proof body armor, resistant to bullet. shrapnel and knife attack. they are rumored to have the teeth they break during bite training replaced with titanium canines. their jaws packed 400 to 700 pounds of pressure, quite a bite. the superdogs are outfitted with head mounted infrared light cameras.
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allowing handlers to see what they see. and ear buds so they can be given remote orders. the trainers say the most valuable part of the war dog is its heart. >> your relationship is your best friend, it's your partner. your life and the life of the soldiers that you're supporting depends on him. if you don't know your dog and you don't trust your dog, it can not only mean your life but the lives of the people around you. >> reporter: jim avila, abc news, new york. >> isn't that incredible? >> whoa. >> many people are probably wonderful breeds. german shepherds and the belgian malinois. those are the most commonly used and they don't do the titanium teeth anymore. the thing of the past. that's not a foo foo dog. >> that surprised me. i wouldn't mess with that dog. that's incredibly impressive. i wonder if the training is hard on them. >> it's got to be kind of hard. oh, there you go. that's paired up with your new best friend. that's a good-looking dog.
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>> that dog will probably not even sit when i say, i am sure. >> rob in uniform. >> yes me and lassie are having some iced tea. just having some iced tea. let me tell you about a very important phone call i made.
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this morning on "world news now" terror plot. abc news has learned osama bin laden's next target would have been american railways. >> bin laden was planning to attack train passengers on the tenth anniversary of september 11th. it is friday, may 6th. >> announcer: from abc news this is "world news now." >> good morning, everybody. happy friday. >> whew. >> yes, the end of the another week. i'm rob nelson. >> and i'm peggy bunker. federal investigators have uncovered that plot. after looking at files found inside of bin laden's secret compound. get the very latest on this finding. also its impacts, pretty unbelievable here as we approach the tenth anniversary. >> frightening what he had in mind. also this half hour, this morning's flood warnings. along hundreds of miles of mississippi river's shoreline,
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the sandbagging going on now and the property owners who are being forced out. and get this, coming up a little bit later, how your smartphone could save you a trip to the eye doctor. can you really get a thorough exam through an iphone app? is there anything that apps can't do? >> really. everything. >> can we get one to baby-sit? make dinner? i would buy that app. political news now. president obama will travel to ft. campbell today to personally thank those navy s.e.a.l.s, those heroes, who carried out the mission against bin laden. >> very cool. and also top secret materials that were seized inside the compound is revealing what could have been the next target here in the u.s. john hendren has the details on that. good morning, john. >> reporter: good morning, rob and peggy. we're learning new details of what was inside of the compound of the leader of al qaeda and some of it is downright chilling. so far, the raid on osama bin laden's compound has turned up no specific evidence of a coming plot.
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but sources tell abc news that schematics found in osama bin laden's home show that he was fixated on transportation targets. >> it's entirely possible that couriers were bringing bin laden computer disks and other computer material, thumb drives, that might have had plots on them. >> reporter: a new bulletin issued by homeland security and seen by abc news describes al qaeda's chilling plan. as of february 2010 al qaeda was allegedly contemplating hurting people on trains on the tenth anniversary of september 11, 2001. in one version, bin laden was considering tampering with the rails. the train would fall off of the track of either a valley or a bridge. but it turns out key early details of the raid on bin laden's compound were not accurate. bin laden's resistance? that came from his wife who was unarmed. reports of women used as human shields. it did not happen. the heavy resistance that met the navy s.e.a.l.s, not so much. in fact most of the gunfire came
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from the s.e.a.l. team themselves. >> very early reports probably weren't exactly accurate. but it doesn't trouble me. that's just kind of the fog of war. that's just kind of the way things work today. >> reporter: four of the five people killed including bin laden were not armed. why the false reports? administration backers say there is good reason. the s.e.a.l.s who were there had not yet been debriefed. those s.e.a.l.s are not talking to cia investigators and within hours they will be talking to president obama himself at ft. campbell, kentucky. one element of their story has not changed. osama bin laden is dead. rob and peggy. in related news now, native american leaders have told lawmakers on capitol hill that using geronimo as the code name for the bin laden mission was an insult. members of the southwest oklahoma tribe are now demanding an apology from the president over this issue. geronimo was a leader of the apache tribe held in captivity for almost 23 years. the defense department says it meant no disrespect to native americans. president obama mourned on
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behalf of the nation at new york's ground zero. he paid tribute to the thousands killed there on 9/11 just days after the man who plotted their murders was brought to justice. jake tapper was with the president. >> reporter: accompanied by a brooklyn firefighter who rushed to the world trade center that horrific day, president obama placed a wreath at ground zero, taking a moment of silence in the shade of the survivors' tree. at the president's request also present were the widow and daughters of james glenn wall. an employee of canter fitzgerald. the 14-year-old wrote the president about how she has handled the loss of her father. from staten island came the widow and son of new york city firefighter. last seen evacuating workers from the south tower lobby. jackie harken says the death of bin laden brings closure. >> i feel that justice has been done. you know he destroyed many lives that day and i just -- i feel grateful that this has been done.
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>> reporter: christopher was only ten months old that day. he said he could see the world has not forgotten his father because the president came here. >> he was talking to me about my necklace and what actually happened on 9/11 and what's happening here today and why he was here. he actually gave me a fist bump. >> reporter: he gave you a fist bump? >> yeah. it meant a lot to me. >> reporter: you want to be a firefighter? >> not really. >> i think that's because i'm too afraid. >> reporter: many survivors say it feels as if those remains are still smoldering, as if a decade has not passed. >> i can hear you. the rest of the world hears you and the people will -- [ cheers ] and the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon. [ cheers ] >> reporter: it's taken a long time for the site to recover. most of the progress just in the two years since then-senator obama was here last. with the rise of world trade center buildings one and four and the foundation for much of
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the 9/11 memorial to open this fall. this what the site should look like when building is completed. the president also spoke to firefighters at midtown engine 54 ladder 4 battalion 9, where he said sunday's mission was done in the name of the 15 brothers they lost. >> when we say we will never forget, we mean what we say. >> reporter: friday afternoon, president obama will visit ft. campbell, kentucky, where he will personally thank several of the navy s.e.a.l.s and other participants in that mission to kill bin laden. jake tapper, abc news, traveling with the president at ground zero in new york. osama bin laden's killing has been a boon for the president's poll numbers. but several republican challengers are still aiming for his job. a handful of them took part in a debate in south carolina last night rkts where they were asked to weigh in on the terrorist's tap which you are. >> i do congratulate president obama for the fine job but he did in taking some tough decisions and being decisive as it related to finding and killing osama bin laden. he did a good job and i tip my
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cap to him in that moment. but that moment is not the sum total of america's foreign policy. >> the decision he made with osama bin laden was a tactical decision. it wasn't a strategic decision. the strategic decision was made already by president bush to go after him. what president obama has done on his watch, the issues that have come up while he's been president, he's gotten it wrong strategically every single time. >> we went to afghanistan to get him. and he hasn't been there. now that he's killed, boy, it is a wonderful time for this country now to reassess it and get the troops out of afghanistan and end that war that hasn't helped us and hasn't helped anybody in the middle east. >> the gop's leading -- excuse me -- presidential contenders including mitt romney, newt gingrich and indiana governor mitch daniels sat out from last night's debate. tens of thousands of people
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are scrambling to get to higher ground. the mississippi and ohio rivers are swamping eight states. the waters are rising to near historic levels. washing out lives and livelihoods. we get more now from alex stone. >> reporter: from illinois to arkansas, levees are overwhelmed and residents are under water. >> yeah, i'm actually kayaking down my neighborhood streets here. and it's a mess. >> reporter: this kind of flooding hasn't been seen here since the great depression spurring the debate, could this be the 100-year flood? >> this is about as bad as i have seen it. >> without a doubt it's the worst i have seen. >> reporter: in arkansas, waters rose so much that people living there can now fish where the land was once dry. >> i caught a bass, and two crappies. >> right in your yard right there? >> yeah, right there by the tree. >> reporter: tens of thousands of residents across the region are expected to evacuate. in south memphis, tennessee, 80-year-old ginetta wilson and her 87-year-old sister have lived in this home since 1949. >> it's been, i know, about 30
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years since we've had this kind of water. but i'm not going anyplace. i'm just -- we'll just be here. >> reporter: the pressure on the mississippi river and surrounding river levees is so intense the federal government has actually conducted a series of explosions in recent days to reduce the high waters. one blast at a southeast missouri levee flooded over 100,000 acres of farmland but saved several populated towns. a lawsuit was filed to try to save the farmland but was unsuccessful. >> i think once you start comparing lives with land, i think it's a darn shame. and i'm terribly upset about it and i don't care who knows it. >> reporter: more substantial rain with several inches possible is in the forecast for the middle of next week. alex stone, abc news. and a flooded out grocery store in paducah, kentucky, has turned a disaster into a windfall for the community. the store was forced to shut down. but instead of letting that food go to waste the owners gave away everything.
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hundreds of people, as you can imagine, waited in line for more than an hour to get what they could. the managers said even though the supermarket lost money, the good deed raised spirits. that's selfless, huh? >> really needed that. that was the right thing to do if it was going to go to waste any way. taking a look now at your friday forecast. showers and thunderstorms from the ohio valley to virginia, the carolinas, also florida. scattered showers in northern new england and light rain across iowa, nebraska and minnesota. rain and mountain snow from seattle to the great falls of montana. >> 67 in billings. 83 in albuquerque. scorching 99 phoenix. 70s from atlanta to boston. 84 in miami. and a lovely sounding 81 in new orleans. >> doesn't that sound good? we're almost there. that's the perfect weather. not too hot. that's pretty good. >> by august we'll be at 81. monday's the deadline for this year's high school seniors to decide where they would like to go to college in the fall. >> a big decision. this young lady from new jersey
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has a lot to cheese from. she's been accepted at six ivy-league schools. m.i.t., cal tech, stanford and four more and get this, she's just 15 years old. you go, girl! >> isn't that incredible! that's not bad. hela not one dimensional. she place the trombone. a three-sport athlete. people who know her, say she is nice and humble on top of all those credentials. her choice, of course, harvard. >> number one. he'll be signing our checks one day. >> she will, that's for sure. we'll be right back, everyone, with more of "world news now." ♪ you're unbelievable ♪ you're so unbelievable
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welcome back. it's not very often that we have a week of news like the one that
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we've just had. but for the most part, it was all about one major story. >> the dramatic takedown of osama bin laden from the announcement, to the navy s.e.a.l.s who did it and what it means, as all of this moves forward. that tops our quotes of the week. >> the united states has conducted an operation that killed osama bin laden, the leader of al qaeda and a terrorist who's responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent men, women and children. >> the reality was that we could have gone in there and not found bin laden at all. >> bin laden's wife rushed the u.s. assaulter and was shot in the leg but not killed. bin laden was then shot and killed. he was not armed. >> i think the administration clearly deserves credit for the success of the operation. >> any expressions that the pakistan military or the intelligence knew about him and that he was being there, this was absolutely wrong.
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>> he was a staggering undertaking. no one they know more than the military could do it. >> they were able to hit arguably one of the most hidden men -- perhaps the most furiously protected man on the planet. and 40 minutes later, they were gone. >> it's a self-contained unit that can go anyplace in the world and literally get a kick in the ass. >> it took away part of our lives that we will never get back. and i think that it's very important for the family members to see a picture of him dead. >> the photos have to be released. most definitely to make sure we get rid of any conspiracy theorists that think that we did not take care of bin laden. >> this is a good step, a really strong step in dismantling terrorism but it's not the final step and we might have to experience some period of danger before we see the real benefits from this. >> of course giuliani there the
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mayor of the city of new york when the 9/11 attacks took place. >> a week of many things. i'm not quite sure if it is closure. if there is such a thing. but certainly an important step for it symbolically but it also paves the way for what retaliation might happen next and where the wars go from here. it poses as many questions at it answers. when we come back this morning, can a smartphone app really replace a trip to the eye doctor? >> how about that? the convenient technology and if it can really help find problems in your vision. that's coming up next. cccccccccc
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welcome back, everybody. well, of course, people are using their smartphones for just about everything and that's
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because of what we now all affectionately call apps. >> apps this, apps that. that's right. maybe you were unaware of this but now a smartphone app that might save you a trip to the eye doctor. dr. timothy johnson explains. >> reporter: if you hate going to the doctor, well, if it's an eye exam, you may not have to. because now there's an app for that. the smartphone app allows patients to administer different tests such as reading a digital eye chart or snapping high-resolution images of each eye. the results are sent to the patient's ophthalmologist via e-mail. the doctor is able to identify vision problems or to detect external diseases such as corneal ulcers. photos of the eye are so clear that detailed major external changes can be detected. in fact, some ophthalmology residents are already using the iphone to take clinical pictures. information gained could be
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helpful in triaging patients or preparing for emergency situations. many experts applaud the smartphone app as a very useful screening and diagnostic tool. but others caution that remote eye exams are no substitute for a thorough examination by an ophthalmologist. there are also concerns about security in transmitting confidential personal patient information, and ensuring that the e-mail accounts are monitored regularly and addressed promptly. i'm dr. timothy johnson. >> there's an app for that, as they always say. i wonder if the thing really does work though. >> you say that you are color-blind, right. >> i am. >> even this shirt. >> since the third grade. i can't see this in a dark alley. that's a pretty navy blue. i like that. i will try to test my vision here but things can be kind of messed up. >> aren't you supposed to cover an eye. >> it's all blurry. i see "world news tonight" with rob nelson in 30 years. >> there you go. all right, everyone. coming up a truly heartwarming
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story for mother's day. that's this sunday, by the way. >> that's right. this mom is a dog with a litter of puppies and kittens. more when we come back. >> oh, my gosh. i love it. lip perfection. it doesn't just give you beautiful color now, it gives you more beautiful lips in 7 days. in a single stroke, rich color rocks your lis. in a single week, silk therapy moisturizers help smooth and soften them. how perfect! [ male announcer ] new lip perfection. from easy, breezy, beautiful... covergirl. [ drew ] and try new lip perfection lipliner to define your lips with conditioning color.
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♪ can't help feeling we could have had it all rolling in the deep you had my heart ♪ >> i know. we're outdated. we need to listen to some of these tunes. >> i don't drive in new york. i feel like i am missing on all of the popular music. i hate that. >> i will try to keep you posted. >> thank you. coming up on sunday, being mother's day, my first mother's day, by the way. >> that's right, congrats. >> we just couldn't help bring you this story. it's so cute, you will actually like this dog story. >> we'll see. let's keep it real basic here. mother, dog, baby, kittens. the details
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from our harrisburg, pa, station, wthm. >> reporter: let me share a tale of a new mom in little town. >> i really feel like it was kind of almost meant to be, you know annabelle had two of them but god wanted her to have two more. >> reporter: 3-year-old annabelle didn't have any pause in accepting two kittens into her litter that were found by a family friend. >> she had found two orphaned kittens. the mother was gone. they were four weeks old and weren't eating. she was trying to feed them with a dropper. within an hour she was letting them nurse from her and she was cleaning them. >> reporter: at first, it was rough for the jack russell terrier mix to get used to meows but now it's puppy love. she carries them around in her mouth trying to protect them. >> she's a lot more protective of them than she is of her puppies. i think, because they're up and around, they're four weeks old, and the puppies are only two. she knows that they can get up and away from her easier now than the puppies can. >> reporter: their owner,
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christy, thinks annabelle has a plan to hide her new blended family underneath the bed. this mom things that this mom believes they are all four hers. >> i really think that she has accepted them. as her own. no questions asked. >> reporter: she calls this four-legged family a blessing to her own blended family. >> but i believe it's truly a miracle that she takes to them. i've seen it on tv. in never thought i would see it for myself but we obviously -- we obviously have a miracle family here. >> okay, that is so cute. you can't tell me that you don't love that dog. you cold-hearted man. >> it was cute. it was cute. i'm sure the folks out there agree it's cute. if you're in the harrisburg, pa, area, check out abc27.com for some contact info if you are looking to find those little guys a home. >> i think they'll be adopted in next five minutes. >> by you. >> come on now, cat litter?
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this morning on "world news now," trains targeted. the frightening terror plot uncovered by investigators searching through osama bin laden's files. >> and bin laden may have been planning to carry out that plot on a very sensitive anniversary here in the u.s. it's friday, may 6th. >> announcer: from abc news this is "world news now." >> good friday morning, i'm peggy bunker. >> and i'm rob nelson. the plot to attack trains was among many key findings discovered inside bin laden's secret compound in pakistan. see how sunday's raid there has raised some very serious questions about u.s. relations with pakistan, as undoubtedly, it would. >> understandably so. many, many questions about that,
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hiding in plain sight, as many people have said. also coming up, the president's visit to ground zero yesterday and to put the spotlight on a very special tree. take a look at this. this tree survived the 9/11 attacks. and so much more. we'll tell you about that coming up. >> a very somber day at ground zero yesterday. also this half the hour fluctuation in field prices. the cost of oil just plunged but price of gas is about to hit records in several states. we'll explain if and when we can expect any relief at the pumps as the summer gets closer. but first, the big story this morning, chilling new details from the files of osama bin laden. it appears that the al qaeda leader was planning terror plots against the u.s. just days before his murder. >> investigators say bin laden wanted to attack trains in the u.s. this september, as pierre thomas reports, alerts have now been sent out to all 50 states. >> reporter: authorities in all 50 states are being warned that al qaeda had been planning to attack train lines potentially killing hundreds on the upcoming anniversary of 9/11. the bulletin obtained by abc news states as of february 2010,
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al qaeda was allegedly contemplating conducting an operation against trains in an unspecified location in the united states on the tenth anniversary of september 11, 2001. as one option, al qaeda was looking into trying to tip a train by tampering with the rails so that the train would fall off of the track in either a valley or a bridge. >> you can't guard hundreds of miles of track. and if they can get to one location that's not well guarded and put explosives on it or do something to cause the train to derail, that's a lot easier than going after an aircraft. >> reporter: abc news has learned the bulletin arises from evidence recovered from bin laden's compound. revealing that al qaeda remained fixated on so-called "soft targets" like transportation. this appears to confirm that bin laden still had a role in approving al qaeda plots, just as he did in 9/11. in which he openly bragged about
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his direct involvements in planning that massacre. >> translator: i was thinking that the fire from the gas and the plane would melt the iron structure of the building and collapse the area where the plane hit and all the floors above it only. this is all that we had hoped for. >> reporter: the materials found at the bin laden hideout includes schematics and websites involving a variety of things that al qaeda was considering. one official describes the documents as aspirational, but not indicative of final stage planning. but new evidence shows that al qaeda was planning attacks that echoed past assaults on commuter trains in madrid and london. throughout the united states, railroad and transit systems are ramping up security and response. this is only the beginning. the first read of trove materials that they're just now starting to review. pierre thomas, abc news, washington. president obama visited new york's ground zero thursday to pay tribute to the victims of the 9/11 attacks. and also of course mark the death of osama bin laden. the president laid a wreath at the foot of the survivor tree. which was nursed back to health and replanted at the world trade center site. afterward he met privately with some families of the 9/11
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victims. well, the pakistani military has made its first public comment since the bin laden raid. >> the army is threatening now to cut cooperation with the u.s. if more raids like that take place. john hendren has latest on this new tension with pakistan. good morning to you, john. >> reporter: good morning, rob and peggy. it turns out key early details of the raid on osama bin laden's compound were not accurate. bin laden's resistance, that came from his wife, who was unarmed. reports of women used as human shields, it didn't happen. the heavy resistance that met navy s.e.a.l.s, not so much. in fact, most of the gunfire came from the s.e.a.l. team themselves. 4 of the 5 people killed, including bin laden, were not armed. >> it's entirely possible that couriers were bringing bin laden computer disks and other computer material, thumb drives, that might have had plots on them.
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>> reporter: why the false reports? administration backers say the s.e.a.l.s had not yet been debriefed. >> very early reports probably weren't exactly accurate but it doesn't trouble me. that's kind of the fog of war and the way that things work today. >> reporter: those s.e.a.l.s are now talking to cia investigators and will talk to president obama within hours at ft. campbell, kentucky. the unannounced american raid on pakistani soil has seriously damaged relations with a key ally. lawmakers suggest pakistani officials knew or should have known osama bin laden was living a life of luxury in their midst. pakistani officials deny that happened. they want a united nations investigation. they accuse the u.s. of violating their sovereignty and international law. pakistan's army went further, warning any future violation of pakistan's sovereignty will cause pakistan to re-evaluate its cooperation with the u.s. rob and peggy? >> john hendren, thank you. we do know that passing of the giant of broadway and hollywood, arthur laurents wrote
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some of the most enduring classics of stage and screen including the movie "the way we were" starring barbra streisand and robert redford. i love that movie. and also wrote "westside story," "gypsy." laurents collaborated with the likes of alfred hitchcock. and leonard bernstein. laurents fighting pneumonia when he died in his new york apartment. he was 93 years old. this week the cost of a gallon of gas hit an all-time spring high and suddenly oil plunged below $100 a barrel. will gas prices follow? and could it mean relief at the pump, finally? matt gutman takes a look. >> reporter: all-time highs in four states and 24 other states are within pennies of their records. hawaii still has the nation's most expensive gas, but the nation's heartland is catching up. >> these prices are crazy. i've put $20 in here and by the time i get home, it will be gone. >> reporter: national average may have peaked short of the $4 mark. oil and gasoline futures collapsed. crude oil tumbled nearly 9% to less than $100. its lowest price in almost two
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months. gasoline futures which helped determine the price at the pump down 23 cents. >> i'm hopeful that in average places, prices will drop as much as 20 cents here in the next seven to ten days. >> reporter: so why the dramatic drop? it's partly due to sagging demand. americans are already driving less. a strengthening dollar has dragged down oil prices as is poor economic news like higher than expected jobless claims. still, don't expect to get back to two buck gas like we had in 2009 anytime soon. >> a $3.50 a gallon price will be seen as relatively cheap over the next couple of years. >> reporter: so far, rural areas have been hit hardest. check out pictures of these gas stations taking in alaska. yeah. that one rings $6.73. a survey just out showed that americans spent about $390 in the month of april alone on gas. for many people that's more than they would spend on their monthly car payments. matt gutman, abc news, miami.
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>> no relief. >> incredible. well, taking a look now at your friday forecast. showers and thunderstorms from the ohio valley into the mid-atlantic and then down to florida. lighter rain in minnesota, iowa and nebraska. mountain snow in the northern rockies and cascades. rain from montana to washington state. >> 58 in seattle. 70 in boise. 84 in sacramento. kansas city, 73. detroit, 63. fargo, 70. 72 in new york and boston. 80s from dallas to miami. this should spice things up. lots of festivals and parades -- marking cinco de mayo yesterday but if you were in southern california and a frat guy you probably had something else in mind. >> this was the third annual burrito bowl in universal city. >> yahoo! >> students from usc, cal state, and ucla squared off to see who could gobble up the most
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burritos in eight minutes. >> frat guys eating as many burritos as they can. that just sounds disgusting. >> that's a friday night. >> oh, my gosh. the 2011 bragging rights did go to ucla. there was a cash prize, which the winners donated to charity. >> and of course, the all-important race to the bathroom quickly followed. >> cleared the room right after that. we'll be right back with more of "world news now." highbrow entertainment over here. highbrow. >> that's right. ♪ you go next if you had a hóhere would hoveround power chair?
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with the news of the week, of course, being what it has been, it is not tough to guess what some of the top searches on the internet have been the last couple of days. >> with a weekly rundown of it, here is yahoo! editor heather cabot. good morning, heather. >> reporter: good morning. it's no surprise that the death of osama bin laden and the details emerging about the raid of his pakistan hideout dominates yahoo! searches this week. but you can tell by the sheer volume of queries for photos of his corpse that people want to
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see it with their own eyes. even more so now that president obama says the administration will not release the images. searches for osama bin laden death photos spiked by nearly 3000% this week. look ups of the video of bin laden's burial at sea is off the charts. the web can be a hotbed of conspiracy theories, the bin laden is no exception. we've seen a wave of young people mostly men looking up the terms "bin laden conspiracy" and even "9/11 conspiracy." and in addition to stirring up emotions about the tragedy and loss that the nation felt on september 11th, the news is also sparking a wave of patriotism. we've seen a jump in searches for, how to become a navy s.e.a.l., and also how to become a cia agent. in other headlines this week, drivers are worrying about rising gas prices. searches for cheap gas are up 151% this week. looks like costco is the place that most people are checking out to save money on gas. the last time we saw this much interest in fuel costs was in the fall of 2008 when gas prices
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hit the then all-time high of nearly $4 a gallon. and if you're still trying to pick out the perfect mother's day gift, yahoo! took a look at the top searches by women, ages 21 to 64, to help people clue in to what mom might want this year. the top jeans, true religion. the top handbag, louis vuitton. and if those items are a little out of your budget, orchids, peonies and lavender are the most popular flowers this month. and finally, if you could choose a celebrity to be your mom, who would you choose? in a new yahoo! survey we asked that question. 43% of adults answered eed san bullock. michelle obama and angelina jolie rounded out the top three. happy mother's day, guys. back to you. >> angelina jolie, that's kind of surprising, because she's busy. she's got a lot going on. i might do, like, julie andrews. no? >> singing in the mountains of
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connecticut, having a good time. thanks for that report, heather. of course, mother's day weekend is here. happy mother's day to all moms out there and your first mother's day as a mommy. >> yes and time to go off of the 17-day diet. i know a lot of viewers have been doing this with me. yes, 17 days. we can all go thank goodness. because we're all sick of hearing about it. here's the things that i'm saying good-bye to. no more green tea. >> green tea is good. >> salad with grilled chicken. don't really like chicken. probiotic yogurt. you than you eat that by the bucket full. >> i love me some probiotic yogurt. >> what is coming back? sunday for mother's day, chocolate, wine, and pizza. so the 17-day diet, you do four phases of 17 days. i only did the first 17 days. the big challenge, i just wanted to get back into the prebaby clothes. >> the skinny jeans. >> mostly the jeans. try those on on sunday. let you know next week how it goes. i'm not feeling very hopeful right now. i'm wearing jeans that are not the skinny jeans and they're extremely uncomfortable. >> a little oxygen deprived? >> a little muffin top. that's all i'm gonna say. >> the goal here was what, five pounds? >> five pounds but mostly the clothes.
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i want to fit back into the clothes before the twins arrived. >> how much do you think that you have lost? >> i do think i have lost a few pounds, and i definitely have gone off sugar. those of you looking for a good program, it was pretty effective, i think. >> i like that. we'll see, though. >> yeah, it wasn't bad. >> that oprah moment on monday. >> pull out wagon. >> never wear them again. >> hold up the jeans. when we return, does a plastic surgeon have anything to do with bristol palin's new look? were you watching "good morning america" yesterday? very interesting. >> i had a cool night. we'll tell you about gladys knight's night. of generosity. stay tuned for "the skinny." the skinny."abababababababababab
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♪ skinny ♪ so skinny okay, we have a big question for a lot of viewers. many of which who were watching "good morning america" yesterday. they saw bristol palin, she was coming on to promote her abstinence campaign. talking about being a single mom to her son tripp. zblrks tripp. >> right. and a lot of people were
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watching the show and saying, you know what? she does not look the same. in fact quite different. websites say that she looks like she might have had perhaps a chin implant. maybe a little bit of plastic surgery underneath her chin and take a look at this picture. that was her yesterday on the set. she does look really different. >> the nose looks a little different to me and the chin looks a little bit more shaped. is it possible that she lost weight? got a little thinner so the face is a little bit more narrower? >> the "new york post." also posted some full body pictures saying they don't think it's the situation. you know who she looks like now? j.woww from "the jersey shore." >> you're going to get some e-mails on that. j.woww is not exactly refined. >> i don't really watch that show. >> no? okay. anyway, what do you think? it's really a matter of opinion but everyone watching "gma" yesterday were talking. >> they always find something. >> yep. you had a big night. >> i had a very cool night last night. unexpected assignment that came my way last night. i got to hang out with and interview a very special lady. an r&b legend here at the beacon theater in new york, the one and only, that's right.
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gladys knight. >> look at you. ♪ that midnight train to georgia ♪ >> who doesn't love that song? >> i love that song. >> saturday the 7th is national train day. she agreed to be one of the headlining acts to get out there sponsored by amtrak, that's coming up and because before she made it big and before now she still takes the train rides. part of her career and still now. she helps out with the environment. she likes the kind of the history of it all. >> and i love it. >> and of course, that song "midnight train to georgia." she performed a song last night called "dream." listen to her talk about the song. >> the song "dream" was to let them know in just such a simple way as a song that you should still do that and you can still do that and you can still win. >> had a lot of great messages for young people. she is doing a big gig at the tropicana in vegas. so sweet, so talented. so down home and a pleasure to interview. we will have the full story, interview next week. we had a great time. a shout-out on stage to abc
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news. i have a little crush on gladys knight. >> i don't blame you, you're big time. i've got that song in my head now. ♪ he's leaving ♪ i know you will -- "american idol" by the way. speaking of people who can't sing. right here. an elimination last night. everyone was watching "american idol" viewers, did you see this thing? they made an omelette with gordon ramsey. it was kind of bizarre. jacob got booted off of the show. apparently didn't get enough votes. >> was he a big dog? >> he can sing. this guy can really sing. he did get booted off and you can see some tears last night. some people were afraid that perhaps lauren, thought she was going home but indeed it was jacob. he's heading home. >> heartbreak on "idol." >> do you agree with me about the omelet thing? i want to hear from some people. >> i didn't see it. >> it was a big time waster. >> talking about nicolas cage in new orleans. his big kind of drunken incident. the new orleans d.a. is not going to press charges against nic cage. >> the mugshot.
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>> media reports were false, according to his lawyers. so no charges against nicolas cage. does anyone in hollywood get in trouble? mel, lindsay, nicolas? what do you have to do? >> they get out of all of it.
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you know, you can't take allegra with orange juice. both: really? fyi. [ male announcer ] get zyrtec®'s proven allergy relief and love the air®. and here are some stories to watch today on abc news. flood watches and warnings are posted along hundreds of miles of mississippi river shoreline this morning. property owners from illinois to louisiana have either evacuated or have taken precautions. last month's report on unemployment is released today. analysts predict little change in the jobless rate. the number of people filing for unemployment benefits jumped 23% in april. first lady michelle obama spends part of the day with military spouses for a mother's day event. the vice president's wife jill biden will also be there. those two have struck up a nice partnership on that issue. >> so great they're doing that, really it's time well spent. earlier we saw the first lady's husband, president obama, at new york's ground zero. it's a giant construction site right now. full of cranes and scaffolding and steel.
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>> there are also trees, though at that sacred ground, and our john donvan tells us about one that got presidential attention, the survivors' tree. ♪ >> reporter: that silhouette rearing up from the ashes nine years and seven months ago, the eye went straight to it, unwillingly. an accidental grave marker standing for death, suggesting defeat. but it's gone. long gone. the focal point in a moment of victory was a tree. something that is alive and that's not to be taken for granted. for this tree, on the morning that the buildings came down, it was in the path of the collapse. and buried in the wreckage. and when finally uncovered, it was naked, nearly limbless and barely alive. it was the city's park department that set out to save it. which meant getting it to a safe place. a nursery in the bronx for
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literally some nursing. and it worked. around the blackened scars that were burned in on 9/11, new, healthier bark grew in. and branches sprouted and those branches branched. and then a setback last winter. still in the nursery, a storm left it nearly on its side. the flag that was accompanying it went over, too. but they righted it, and they fed it and late last year, they brought it home. the survivor tree, it was now called. joining a little orchard the city had decided to put in at ground zero to bring the place back to life. only the survivor tree had been there before and will be there to fill the seasons for a long time to come. john donvan, abc news. >> that's really great. that's really great to see the construction going and everything taking shape down there, as it will be such a destination for many families forever. >> i was at ground zero a few months ago and the construction down there is absolutely amazing. they hope to have a large portion of that new area done in time for the tenth anniversary of course this september. beautiful work down there. >> very inspirational. that is the news for this half
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