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making news in america this morning -- >> the stunning slide of dominique strauss-khan. from luxury suite to seedy jail. we're live from washington and paris. peace offering from pakistan this morning. the u.s. set to retreat its supersecret chopper damaged in the raid against bin laden. and new this morning, the bombshell allegations against arnold schwarzenegger. now admitting he fathered a child with another woman. good morning. he was once one of the most powerful men in the world. now, dominique strauss-khan sleeps in a cramped cell in an infamous new york jail. >> we're learning more about his past now. prosecutors say strauss-khan was involved in a similar incident
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at the same hotel earlier. >> pretty unbelievable. we begin, now, in washington with john hendren. good morning, john. >> reporter: good morning, peggy. somewhere, right now in a new york city jail sits a man many people thought would be the next president of france. the head of the international monitory fund is accused of sexually terrorizing an immigrant mother, who did nothing more than try to clean his room. he went from a $3,000-a-night hotel suite to rikers island jail. dominique strauss-khan has been talked about as the next president of france. instead, the 62-year-old was in court, stone-faced and unshaven, as a prosecutor accused of him sexually assaulting a hotel maid. >> restrained a hotel employee inside of his room. he sexually assaulted her and attempted to forcibly rape her. >> repor >> reporter: strauss-khan is an economist. a leader of the french socialist party and the head of the international monetary fund, a global bank created by the
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united nations, with powerful friends. >> i'm very sad. and upset. he's a good friend of mine. >> reporter: this isn't the first time strauss-khan, now married to his third wife, has been accused of sexual misconduct. four years ago, on a tv talk show, a french writer said strauss-khan attacked her in 2002. but she never filed charges. this time, the judge denied bail for now. his lawyer says it's all a mistake. >> mr. strauss-khan is innocent of these charges. we think this case is very defensible. and his principal intention is reestablish his good name. >> reporter: a name now echoing in the halls of rikers island. strauss-khan's current accommodations could fit several times in that hotel suite. because of his high profile, he's being held in protective custody.just an hour a day. allowed out just an hour a day. rob and peggy? >> unbelievable story.
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all right, john. thanks for that live report from washington. his stunning fall from grace is the top news in france, where some are upset about how strauss-khan is being treated. >> let's get reaction right now from abc's jeffrey kofman in paris. so, jeffrey, how is it playing out there this morning? >> reporter: well, peggy, there is no other story here in paris. i can tell you the front pages of every newspaper, plastered with these images of dominique strauss-khan. and what's interesting about those images is, that if this had happened here in france, you wouldn't see them. there are laws that protect accused in france and make it illegal to show a man in custody. it's actually illegal to show a criminal suspect in handcuffs in this country. so, while people are horrified by the accusations, they're quite shocked to see someone plastered on the front pages with this kind of imagery. and there is concern that he's already been found guilty, simply by being so publicly exposed. >> the cultural differences
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between the two countries. that's fascinating. and, jeffrey, we know his wife at this point is standing by him. we believe she's here in new york now. but the accusations aren't exactly surprising to the folks in france, right? >> reporter: no. you know, there's a couple things to say about that. first of all, in france, as well as in italy, and i'm sure you're aware of the goings on involving president berlusconi in italy and his many affairs. there simply isn't the kind of moral test of fidelity that we see in the u.s. a lot of politicians are known to have affairs. and it doesn't scandalize people. but this is something entirely different. a sexual assault or rape. it goes way beyond that. and it's -- people are very upset. they're quite horrified by that, by the prospect of this being -- the accusations being true. and it takes it to another dimension. it really is an earthquake in french politics. this man could well and would likely would have been the next president of france.
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nicolas sarkozy, the current president, faces re-election next year. he is deeply unpopular. and dominique strauss-khan was certain to win the socialist nomination and almost certain to defeat nicolas sarkozy. whatever happens with this case, that is over now. and the people of france realize it. so, there's very, very mixed and confused feelings here. a lot of empathy for the woman, the alleged victim. a lot of -- a lot of questions being asked. if this man's past has been known, if these accusations that he's been a sexual predator have been going on for years, why did it take the american justice system to finally catch up with him? >> as you said, an earthquake in french politics. jeffrey kofman reporting, live on the phone for us this morning from paris. thank you for that. we'll have the latest, as well as expert analysis on the developing story, later today on "good morning america." relations between the united states and pakistan are looking up a little today. pakistan is expected to give back the parts of that
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top-secret u.s. helicopter that were left behind in osama bin laden's compound. the navy s.e.a.l.s blew most of it up after it developed a problem during the raid. the u.s. is afraid that the chinese will get their hands on that helicopter. and libyan officials say nato air strikes hit two government buildings in tripoli overnight, including an agency investigating corruption. a government spokesman claimed the agent had proof of corruption by rebel leaders. he also said that the records were not destroyed. more floodgates have been opened to avert a rush of water from louisiana's biggest cities. those floodwaters are now seeping into cajun country, what some are calling a slow-motion disaster. residents have done all they can to seal their homes. now, some are turning to a higher power. they're literally flocking to a virgin mary statue that survived the historic flood of 1927. there, they are praying for protection. >> all right. taking a look at this morning's weather from around the nation. another wet day along the east coast. showers and thunderstorms from the carolinas to new england.
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stretching into cleveland, cincinnati and detroit. also looking at a lot of rain from seattle, all the way down to san diego. up to a foot of snow in the sierra nevada range, the rockies and cascades. >> mostly 60s along the pacific coast. 83 in phoenix. 77 in albuquerque. fargo warms up to 72. minneapolis, 86. and chicago, 60. 67 here in new york. 65 in atlanta. miami hits 85. new orleans, 74. and dallas, 79. coming up, a breaking story from europe. a bomb found just hours before a visit by queen elizabeth. the separation surprised many. but now we know why. arnold schwarzenegger admitting to having a baby with a member of his household staff. >> blockbuster news this morning. on top of that, the 8-year-old given botox. a story profiled and made some big news on "good morning america." now, that girl is taken from her mother. the latest on that and more, when we come right back.
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there is now a new investigation into what caused the nation's financial crisis. new york's attorney general reportedly is requesting information and documents from bank of america, goldman sachs and morgan stanley. one source say the a.g. is examining mortgage practices to and the sale of loans to investors. and most markets are losing ground today, worried about europe's debt crisis. tokyo's nikkei average, however, was up slightly. hong kong's hang seng is down a
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small percentage. in london, the ftse opens a little lower, too. on wall street, the dow lost 0.4% today. meanwhile, the nasdaq index fell 1.6%. for the first time in eight weeks, gasoline prices are now falling. the energy department says the average cost was down half a penny from last week, to $3.96 a gallon. still pretty tough. one reason is the sharp drop in crude oil prices. about $16 since the beginning of the month. also, sprint has gone from worst to first. a survey finds that the company's cell phone customers are among the happiest, along with verizon's. sprint's ratings were dead just about three years ago. customer satisfaction dropped slightly for at&t's mobile. and also, a las vegas landmark is now closed. for almost 60 years, the sahara was a playground for its stage. and also some of the biggest name there's in showbiz, such as frank sinatra, johnny carson and elvis presley. its owners decided it was no longer economically viable. there's no word on what will happen, now, to that property. you hear about this happening so many casinos. they've been there since the beginning. >> a new era in vegas.
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bomb just hours before queen elizabeth arrives there. >> the city is on virtual lockdown with a massive police presence, ahead of the queen's historic visit. the first, actually, by a british monarch since ireland became independent. officials say the bomb was found in the luggage compartment of a bus traveling on the outskirts of the city. it was detonated in a controlled explosion. scary, though. >> so many awaiting her arrival. a big sweep done beforehand. and now, this. >> almost say 9,000 cops. on top of that, we're following a developing story from los angeles this morning. shocking revelations from arnold schwarzenegger. the former california governor now admits he fathered a child with a long-time member of, get this, his household staff. >> and the details are just jaw-dropping. it was this revelation that apparently led to the breakup of his long-time marriage to maria shriver. the child was born more than a decade before ago, before schwarzenegger became governor. the woman continued to work for
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the family. she retired after 20 years. she claimed her then-husband was the child's father. in a statement this morning, schwarzenegger said i ask that the media respect my wife and children through this extremely difficult time. while i deserve your attention and criticism, my family does not. maria shriver had no comment. >> a very tough time for that family. thoughts with the children and the wife. all right. in political news this morning, donald trump has decided to keep his day job. he says he will keep hosting "celebrity apprentice" instead of running for the white house. >> the donald predicted he could have won the white house. of course, he did. he realized that a campaign could not be run half-heartedly. some wonder if he was ever running at all. here's john berman. >> reporter: donald trump isn't running for president because this is where he says he belongs. firing meatloaf. >> therefore, meatloaf, you're fired. >> reporter: he is staying on "celebrity apprentice," concluding a brief and uncharacteristically meek statement with -- >> i will not be running for president, as much as i would
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like to. >> reporter:'s headline -- trump officially ends fake presidential campaign. his reason, fake or otherwise, business is my greatest passion. and i'm not ready to leave the private sector. other possible reasons? number three, payday. nbc reportedly offered him as much as $60 million to stay on tv. number two, ridicule. trump faced withering scorn for his false claims about the president's birthplace. at the white house correspondents dinner -- >> we can finally get back to focusing on the issues that matter. like did we fake the moon landing? >> reporter: trump didn't like that one. >> donald trump has been saying he will be running for president as a republican, which is surprising because i thought he was running as a joke. >> reporter: no smiles there, either. and the final reason, reality. there may be little way for him to win.
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though he was running second in our polling, 64% of americans said they would absolutely not vote for him. his move does leave some holes in the republican field. with mike huckabee begging off also, two and three in our polling are out. and number four, sarah palin, hasn't said what she is doing. who would have thought mitch daniels, the governor of indiana, yet to announce and yet to break 1% in polls, would cause so much excitement? john berman, abc news, new york. a 45-year television tradition is coming to an end. jerry lewis has announced that this will be his last year hosting the annual muscular dystrophy telethon. the 81-year-old entertainer has suffered a number of health problems over the years. lewis has helped raise more than $1 billion for m.d. everyone can appreciate this story. have you been struck on a train or a bus with someone talking loudly on their cell phone? passengers on an amtrak train bound for seattle say 1 of their fellow riders spent most of the 16-hour trip on her phone. when asked her to keep it down, she threatened them. the train made a special stop in
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salem, oregon, where police came onboard and arrested that woman for disorderly conduct. >> do you think there was applause there? >> can you hear me now? an update on the story which did generate a lot of national outrage. the 8-year-old california girl whose mother injected her with botox has now been removed from her home. the mother appeared on "good morning america" last week to defend her actions. soon after, officials in the san francisco bay area launched an investigation. the little girl is said to be doing well in her new surroundings. >> everyone not too surprised by that. >> tough on that little girl. you can imagine. a big night last night on s a cing with the stars." hint, there was a hint of shear perfection in the ballroom, just days after a frightening fall. >> the professional partner of hines ward, look at that, during "dancing with the stars" when hines fell on her. last night, just three days later, the couple scored a perfect 60 points for their salsa and argentine tango. we'll find out tonight who gets booted off. that video is hard to look at. scary.
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and now, a look ahead at the stories we'll be watching this tuesday. dominique strauss-khan wakes up in a rikers island jail cell this morning after being denied bail. prosecutors warned the wealthy banker would flee to france if released. his next court appearance is friday. pakistan has agreed to return parts of a high-tech u.s. helicopter that crashed during the raid on osama bin laden's compound. tensions between the countries remains pretty high. overnight, a u.s. chopper fired on a pakistani military outpost along the afghan border. and today, the senate debates whether to vote on a proposal to eliminate tax breaks for big oil companies. democrats would like to schedule the vote. but republicans are threatening a filibuster. president obama begins a week of middle east diplomacy by meeting jordan's king abdullah at the white house today. mr. obama will deliver a major speech thursday about the political uprisings in the arab world. and queen elizabeth arrives in ireland today, under intense
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security. a makeshift bomb found on a bus there has been safely diffused ahead of the queen's four-day visit. dublin is practically shut down with 8,500 police lining the streets. and a major milestone for a man in wisconsin. don gorske plans to eat his 25,000th big mac today. he's been eating the high-calorie signature mcdonald's sandwich since 1976. and get this, his cholesterol level, surprisingly good. >> oh, boy. gives me a stomachache just hearing about that. >> you go, don. coming up later on "good morning america," how much does color affect the taste of your favorite food? more than you think, actually. with all of the concerns about food additives, we have some results. some of you now, your local news is coming up next. >> for everybody else, we're back with a medical breakthrough that helps one mother get her voice back. you won't believe this. just after a common cold. she got her voice back in a matter of minutes.
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>> all new. oprah: i said, "find james frey, i have to speak to him." >> oprah and james frey, the dramatic conclusion oprah: i was worried about you relapsing. didididididididididididididididi next the queen arrives and a scare that almost derailed it. and admit to go another child. why governor swarzenegger and his wife separated and what he is saying about it. and mike has a soggy forecast. >> round one is over and round two is on the way and there may be a round three. and finally this morning, speaking volumes. an amazing breakthrough for a mother in delaware. >> after mysteriously losing her voice for months, the devoted
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mom can now again root for her children. the restoration took just a matter of minutes. really unbelievable. more, now, from our linsey davis. >> reporter: one day, erin martin, wife, mom, and business owner, caught a simple cold. and days later, lost her voice. weeks turned into months. >> it just progressively turned more into this whisper that i had. >> reporter: a medical mystery. specialists put her on antibiotics, steroids, muscle relaxants and acid reflux relievers. when something worked. >> she was terrified she had cancer. >> there were no answers. >> reporter: and friends told her about something they heard in the news. >> they called and said, you have to listen to this woman. she sounds just like you. >> i can't order food in a restaurant. people don't understand me. >> reporter: in that story, there was a doctor that said a common cold could cause functional dysphonia. she drove seven hours to the
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cleveland clinic, where the same doctor from the news story said it would take only minutes to change her life. >> sit up straight. try to relax your throat. pushing down on your voice box. >> reporter: he massages and relaxes the muscles around her vocal cords. at first, nothing. then, after five minutes, hints of her voice. after ten minutes. >> monday, tuesday, wednesday. >> wow. again. >> reporter: and 15 minutes later, she couldn't believe it. her four-month ordeal was over. >> i hear myself. it's not a prank call. it's me. >> reporter: erin quickly rediscovered a new appreciation for the simplest of >> everybody >> everybody ready? >> reporter: being mom again. >> catch it. good job. >> reporter: linsey davis, abc news, wilmington, delaware. >> she went to eight doctors before. >> and nobody knew what was luing on.


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