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world news with diane sawyer is coming up next. we appreciate your time and we will see you at 6:00 tonight on "world news," bailed out. he wanted to be the president of france, arrested on that plane. now a judge says he can leave jail. one more night in this uniform. the reaction this evening from the hotel worker he's accused of sexually attacking. the tylenol scare that terrified this nation in the news again tonight. the investigation and the possible stunning new link to the unabomber. hidden gold right in your driveway? what we discovered about the spiking value of used cars and what you might discover right here tonight. and, on hold. what we learned from arnold schwarzenegger late today and it comes as we report tonight on new numbers about marriage in america. and that part will give you hope.
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and good evening. as we come on the air tonight, the man who had hoped to be the next president of france is now counting down the hours behind bars. a judge decided late today dominique strauss-kahn can leave jail, posting bail. he'll be able to leave this uniform behind tomorrow morning. he is accused of sexually attacking that new york city hotel worker. and today in court, he blew kisses to his wife and daughter watching this all unfold. also watching it all, "20/20" anchor chris cuomo, who is back here with us tonight. chris? >> reporter: hey, david. good news for dominique strauss-kahn. but it may prove to be a brief bright spot, because a grand jury indictment revealed today is about as harsh as it could be, and it could send mr. strauss-kahn to prison for a long time. dominique strauss-kahn blew kisses to his family in a rare light moment, after the judge accepted his argument that he had no reason to run. and his offer to stay confined in a new york city apartment rented by his wife while wearing
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an electronic monitoring device. >> i think the conditions, i believe, they are sufficient to ensure you will be here when we need you. >> reporter: likening the offer to that being made by bernie madoff, the defendant pledged $1 million in cash. and $5 million in assets. the prosecution argued, dominique strauss-kahn tried to flee once, and that he has the means and incentive to flee again. >> he has the stature and the resources to live a life of ease and comfort in parts of the world that are beyond this court. >> reporter: good news for the prosecution came from the grand jury indictment that was revealed, which seems to indicate they found the alleged victim's account completely believable. strauss-kahn denied wrong doing for the first time in his letter resigning as head of the imf wednesday, writing, quote, i deny with the greatest possible firmness all of the allegations that have been made against me. the grand jury, however, sent down seven counts including forced sex and attempted rape, counts that carry up to 25 years in prison. >> the defendant was indicted on
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all of the charges presented to the grand jury. these are extremely serious charges. >> reporter: a harsh indictment that may have given some comfort to the alleged victim. >> she's extraordinarily vulnerable here, having basically her life taken away from her because of this incident. >> and so chris, he posted bail but it's not exactly going free. >> reporter: that's right. this is a multi-layered bail package. he has to wear a monitoring device. he has to be confined at home. when he goes out, he must have human bodyforwards. to be clear, this is going to be just the beginning of a very long process. >> all right, chris cuomo, thank you. we turn now to another explosive case rocketing back into the news tonight. it's been almost 30 years now since that tylenol scare gripped this nation. the cyanide tampering of those bottles was deadly, and today, we learned of a major development in this cold case. fbi investigators are now looking at a possible link to the unabomber. pierre thomas explains why. >> reporter: it was a national nightmare. someone was lacing tylenol with cyanide. seven people murdered in chicago
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in the fall of 1982. >> cyanide-contained tylenol. >> this product may be contaminated with cyanide and should be destroyed. >> reporter: it dominated headlines. >> a nationwide search is under way today to find a man and a woman wanted for questioning in the tylenol murders. >> reporter: the case literally changed the way americans shop. the scare prompted the nation's first mass recall of a retail product. tamper-proof medicines now a fact of life. three decades later, the case remains unsolved. now, a shot in the dark. the unabomber terrorized the country for 18 years. >> are you responsible for the bombings? >> reporter: injuring 23 people and killing three in a series of mail bombs. as it turns out, kaczynski grew up in the chicago area where the tylenol attacks happened. four of his bombing took place there between 1978 and 1980. sources tell abc news, given kaczynski's ties to the region, the fbi requested a sample of
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his dna to compare to evidence recovered in the case. so how do we find out about this? the government had planned an online auction to sell items from the unabomber's montana cabin. the infamous hood and sunglasses. his typewriter. kaczynski has objected to the sale, fichling a hand-written motion, asking a federal judge to block it. in the motion, he revealed the government's request for dna. kaczynski says he is innocent but is trying to strike a bargain. he says he's willing to voluntarily give dna if the auction is stopped. but the fbi is saying no deal and plans to seek a court order to force him to give it up. david? >> pierre thomas back on the tylenol case in the news again. pierre, thank you. there is a blistering new report out tonight on the west virginia coal mine disaster. you'll remember, 29 men died in that mine last year. while the criminal investigation continues, authorities now say those men died because the owner of the mine ignored even the simplest of precautions. and we learned today what the one worker who did survive handed to his fellow miners before he got out.
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here's david kerley. >> reporter: tonight, the first haunting images from deep underground of that massive mine explosion. block walls crumbled, metal equipment twisted. and today, we learned that not all of the 29 miners were killed instantly. a survivor says he put rescue breathers on seven men, still alive, but with his air running out, he was forced to leave. "the hardest thing i ever done," he said. only one of those miners survived. and none of this should have ever happened. >> this was a preventable accident. an accident that was manmade. it was not preordained. >> reporter: the majority of the blame is directed at mine owner massey energy and its then ceo don blankenship, who told diane sawyer he always put safety before production. >> when you employ 6,000, 7,000, 8,000 people, you do your best to protect all of them. >> reporter: but the report calls that "just a slogan." that massey "blatantly" and "recklessly" disregarded safety practices to boost production. examples? water sprinklers to suppress sparks were ineffective.
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there wasn't enough ventilation to carry away dangerous gas. and the company let highly combustible coal dust build up, all touched off by a small spark. but even today, the company continues to claim it was a massive gas release that caused the explosion, not a lack of safety precautions. last year after the explosion, diana davis told david muir of her loss. >> and we're just missing him and we love him so much. >> reporter: so you lost three people in the mine. >> uh-huh. yes. at one time. >> reporter: tonight, her family is letting the report speak for itself. david kerley, abc news, washington. >> our thanks to david tonight. today, the mighty mississippi took its first casualty, a 69-year-old man who died after being overwhelmed by the flood waters in vicksburg, mississippi. and down river, a different kind of heartbreak. imagine this suggestion. that your entire town be wiped off the map, that it shouldn't have been there in the first place. yunji de nies is in louisiana tonight with more on this. yunji?
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good evening. >> reporter: good evening, david. this is the front line of the flooding. you can literally see the destruction in progress. on this side, a dry soybean field. and on this side, the rest of the crop, now completely underwater and completely destroyed. this thin sliver of land is one of the few dry places on george la cour's farm. more than 2,000 acres of his crops are under water. >> it's such a sad, sinking feeling to see all the time and effort put into making a crop be washed away. >> reporter: water is now gushing through the morganza spillway. this is the land below before. and here it is today, completely submerged. how much money do you think you stand to lose this year? >> i'm not going to add it up yet. that will be another depressing moment. >> reporter: now, there is growing debate as to whether so many who farm and live along the river should be here at all. some environmentalists and state officials say that levees have constrained so much of the river that communities downstream are put at greater risk of flood
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damage. the river should be allowed to spread out, have fewer levees and permanent outlets. relocating farmers and in some cases, entire towns. >> it's a difficult conversation. but it's also difficult to tell the people who are down river from these levees that we're willing to put you at risk. >> reporter: but la cour's family has been farming here for five generations. he's not moving. >> farmers are the most optimistic people in the world. and some of the heaviest gamblers. >> reporter: now, this area is supposed to get two to three feet of water in the next two days and that will make all of this land unusable for months. david? >> and you can see the ripple in the water behind you, yunji. thanks to you. we turn to washington now and to some very direct words today from president obama, many of them aimed squarely at israel. what was his message? here's jake tapper. >> reporter: the need for the israelis and palestinians to make peace is more urgent than ever, the president said, as he
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formally announced this new policy. >> we believe the borders of israel and palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps. >> reporter: those 1967 lines did not include the west bank or golan heights. the president will get an earful about this new policy from israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu when he visits the white house tomorrow. >> our commitment to israel's security is unshakable. but precisely because of our friendship, it's important that we tell the truth. the status quo is unsustainable. >> reporter: netanyahu was reportedly unhappy with the president ee's speech, calling 1967 borders indefensible. this is now a campaign issue, with presidential hopeful mitt romney saying the president, quote, has thrown israel under the bus. he's disrespecting israel and undermining its ability to reach peace. others say this is much ado about nothing.
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that the 1967 lines have always been the basis for negotiation, though, usually, privately. jake tapper, abc news, the white house. >> our thanks to jake tonight. and so let's bring in christiane amanpour, host of "this week." always good to have you here in new york. tough words for israel but much of the arab world. he said that syria's president has a choice. how is this being received? >> reporter: well, indeed. syria shocked the world by its brutal crackdown. leaders who have spoken to the leader say he is in charge. so the president said he can either be with democracy and reform or get out of the way. it's the closest he's come to telling him to step down. that will be received well by syrians who are protesting. in libya, he said, moammar gadhafi needs to either leave or he will be deposed. but there is a bit of a stalemate there. that will be well received. and in bahrain which has really really seen a massive crackdown, people are praising the speech where he called for the rights of everyone to be respected. people have long called for the united states to end its silence on this terribly brutal crackdown against the majority there.
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>> a lot of support for those protesters all over the region. christiane, thank you. and we should point out that christiane has an exclusive interview with jordan's king abdullah. they dive into all of this, that is sunday morning, right here on "this week." and quite a picture from space today and must have made one wife here on earth very proud. mark kelly showed off the wedding ring hanging around the chain around his neck. he and his wife gabby giffords traded rings before liftoff. then kelly and his crew tossed their blue bracelets inscribed with "peace, love, gabby" right into the air. you're going to see them do it here. zero gravity, as you can see. here on earth, giffords is recovering from surgery. doctors replaced part of her skull with a plastic implant. they gave her a new nickname. >> she looks great. i started calling her gorgeous gabby today. and i think she -- and she hasn't looked in the mirror yet, but as soon as she does, she'll be very pleased. >> gorgeous gabby, they say. still ahead here on "world news" this thursday night, the
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in these times when so many american families are watching their pennies, news tonight that there may be a hidden fortune parked right in your driveway the going rate for used cars has hit a 16-year high. they'll that will rev up your bank account. here's matt gutman. >> reporter: that rusty wreck in your driveway may actually be a golden opportunity. for larry diaco, selling his old 2008 dodge pickup, it was. you bought it for how much? >> $18,500. >> reporter: and how much did you sell it for? >> $20,000. >> reporter: that's right. a $1,500 profit. >> we were pretty shocked and didn't fully understand that, you know, that it was worth more than we ever paid for it. >> right now, as far as prices go, you won't get a better price for your used car. >> reporter: some models are up nearly 30% since the beginning of the year. a lot of that has been fueled by the quest for cars that don't use much fuel. take, for example, the toyota prius in your drive the way. a 3-year-old prius is worth $4,100 more today than on january 1st. camrys and ford focuses are not far behind.
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almost $3,000 more. but it's not just fuel-efficient vehicles. take a 3-year-old ford explorer. had it sold in 2007, it would have gone for about $7,100. if you sold your 3-year-old ford explorer today? twice as much. over $14,000. the price is so good, dealers like alex andreus of brickel motors says customers are becoming suspicious. >> and sometimes they don't believe it. sometimes think it's something we're trying to pull. >> reporter: in fact, tricking supply has a lot to do with this used car revival. during the recession, americans bought 40% knewer new cars. and the cars they did buy, they hung onto for a lot longer. and the earthquake and tsunami in japan triggered a huge shortage of new cars and parts, even affecting american factories. but analysts say cash in while you can, because after a 16-year high, there's only one direction prices are likely to go. down. matt gutman, abc news, miami.
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america and that's good news. >> reporter: you can see the difference in just a decade. 3 out of 4 couples who married in the 1990s were still together after ten years. up 3% compared to those who tied the knot in the 1980s. america's divorce rate still stands at nearly 4 in 10 marriages failing, but the trends are improving. couples today are not only marrying later, they tend to be more educated and more economically secure. >> in the 1970s, the introduction of women into the work force often caused friction in couples, as they struggled to figure out who was supposed to do what. today, we're seeing a lot less friction over that. >> reporter: just married, 15 seconds, right? how are you feeling? >> it's amazing, right? it's absolutely amazing. >> reporter: and how about the extra bonus that couples are staying married longer these days? >> i think that's fantastic. i think that's really true. we know what we want, you know, and no doubt that we'll be together the rest of our lives. >> reporter: and now signs that happily ever after is making a comeback.
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and finally tonight here, there are days when dreams that once seemed out of reach, at long last, are within our grasp. more than a million americans are living with spinal cord injuries in this country. and when we learned of one young man nicknamed superman, dr. besser went to find out why. >> reporter: what you're witnessing is groundbreaking. rob summers is making history by standing up. to understand just how incredible this moment is, you have to go back to a summer night in 2006, when rob, a baseball player, nicknamed superman, met tragedy. >> i was playing the best i ever had and was hit by a car in a hit and run while i was standing in my driveway. >> reporter: what do you remember from that time? >> i couldn't move my arms. i tried to yell and nothing would come out. it was like my worst nightmare realized. >> reporter: his mother rushed to the hospital. >> and they said, we have signs of spinal cord injury, and you
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just -- your world stops spinning. >> reporter: rob was paralyzed from the chest down. told he would never walk again. >> i turned to the doctor and said, obvious li you don't know me very well. i'm going to walk again. >> reporter: soon after rob learned of ground breaking research, a first in the treatment of spinal cord injuries. doctors implanted a tiny stick l sti stimulator in his spinal cord below his injury. when the stimulator is turned on, it energizes his damaged nerves, allowing him to move parts of his body that were paralyzed. >> i turned i went, look, my toe is moving. everyone's mouths hit the floor. >> reporter: so everyday now, rob spending hours training, willing his body to move. do you think there's a possibility that one day rob summers and people like him may be able to walk on their own? >> yes. yes, i do. we still have a lot of studies to do. >> reporter: it was the dream of dana and christopher reeve, that those with spinal cord injuries
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would one day walk again. >> they would have seen rob as their personal superman. it gives incredible hope to that. >> reporter: and now for rob, it's one small step at a time. dr. richard besser, abc news, new york. >> a nickname well earned. that is our broadcast for tonight. and before diane left on assignment today, she said, be sure to wish our friend the best and so take a look at this on the desk here. right here, we're able to keep a close eye on our competition. a huge part of that has been, of course, watching katie couric, right down the street here. as she signs off the evening news for the last time tonight, we wish her the very best in whatever she chooses next. good luck, katie. for diane and all of us here at abc news, we hope you have a for diane and all of us here at social networking makes a big splash on wall street. the stock market debut of a local company that clearly priced itsself to low. >> a peninsula lawmaker leaves a contingent from washington on a new tour of the san bruno
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explosion site. an east bay child killed in a house of horrors. how she might fill be alive if the system hadn't failed her are. >> and $2 bills you can buy for $10. michael finney investigates this currency caper. a silicon valley company lights a fire on the new york stock exchange today, going public with an initial stock offering that has made it the new darling of wall street. >> linkedin of mountain view, a social networking site for business professionals had the most successful stock market debut since going the went public 7 years ago. shares closed at $94. still, that is more than double its initial price and tonight david louie is asking who is next? >> reporter: at linkedin headquarters employees


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