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good morning, amer good morning, america. this morning, rising waters, as the river crests in north dakota, extraordinary scenes of neighbor helping neighbor. the destruction from this historic flood is massive, and it is now heading downstream. bachmann versus palin. the two women of the right descend on iowa this week. michele bachmann will declare her candidacy for president and sarah palin, promoting her new documentary. so are these two powerful women bound to clash? there goes the judge. the judge in the casey anthony murder trial abruptly gets up and leaves. canceling the entire day's testimony. speculation abounds. what mysterious legal issue brought court to a halt? and coming to america. look at this, william and kate looking absolutely dashing in their military get-ups. now they're getting ready to
visit the u.s. we have the inside scoop on their trip. >> announcer: from abc news, live from new york, this is "good morning america" with dan harris and bianna golodryga. july 8th. that's the big day when they land in los angeles. a lot of americans anxiously awaiting their arrival. the royals are coming to the u.s. >> excellent. we're looking forward to that. we have a lot of other news to get to this morning as well. new clues in what happened in the deadly amtrak crash in the middle of the nevada desert. six people now confirmed dead. many others still unaccounted for. investigators are sifting through the wreckage, trying to figure out why the semi truck blew through the crossing and slammed into the train. >> unbelievable pictures. plus, now that gay marriage is legal in new york, have americans reached a t ed ed a t point on the issue? they're hoping they have the momentum. opponents say the fight is far
from over. we'll get into that as well. >> a lot of people think the dominos will now start to fall on this issue. and on a much, much, much lighter note. we've all heard of firefighters rescuing kittens out of trees. in northern california, there's a kitten who got trapped in a very tight situation, inside that pipe. requiring local firefighters to do precision cutting. how did it all turn out? we'll show you in a couple minutes. >> unbelievable. inside that tiny pipe. we begin with minot, north dakota, a city that is swelling up with the river that is cresting 13 feet above the flood stage. floodwaters have already chased thousands of people from their homes and more towns are being evacuated downstream. this is an epic flood breaking a record set in 1881, and david kerley is in minot with the latest. good morning, david. >> reporter: good morning, bianna. this is it. the crest is coming now. this is how high this river is going to get. and it is a mess. look at this. these are houses. you can see the water has almost reached the roofs. if you go further into town,
roofs are covered with water. it is so dramatic what happened. and if this isn't bad enough, last night there was a tornado warning. no tornado, but the thunderstorm poured more water on this already water-soaked town. and we actually didn't expect that to affect the river level of this devastating flood. there was little they could do in minot but watch as the river reached its final heights. 11,000 people evacuated. 4,200 homes lost. the water has washed away lives. in sawyer, it was a scramble. >> we need to get the rest of the sandbags to the back of the house. >> reporter: sawyer residents, seeing what was happening in minot, were forced to evacuate with the determination to wall off of the water. >> cowboy's corner, trying to save my business. what are you doing? come on. let's go. >> reporter: honey was not going to let her steakhouse flood. some of her customers brought truck loads of dirt and built a five-foot berm.
you think it can all go if you don't get the berm built? >> i don't know. if not, it's just dirt. >> reporter: water barriers were filled by the national guard. the brandt family was in danger of being cut off. >> seems they're building this dike up pretty high around here. >> reporter: this is just instant moving, the fastest you can go? >> the fastest way to wake up i've ever had. >> reporter: just up the road. harriet was cut off by the rising water. is it time that you get out? >> i don't know. if i don't get out now, i'm not going to get out at all. >> reporter: but for bill and ruth bender, the water has already filled their basement. it's now threatening the first floor. the possessions are up on saw horses. and this morning, bill bender is hoping he has saved his house. >> you know, this is the only house we have been in. the kids born here. >> reporter: and, bender won't see the crest still for a few hours to know whether or not that water got up to his upper level. i got to tell you, dan. there is something in north dakota. these folks are ready for this
to happen. the biggest thing that is going to be a problem the next couple days is patience. this water is not going anywhere. it's going to sit here for three or four days. they will not be in their home for weeks. >> you really can't see that determination. it's an incredible scramble. david kerley, thank you for your reporting this morning. now the apparent competitive tension between two of the most powerful, conservative women in america. minnesota congresswoman michelle bachmann and sarah palin. they are both tea party favorites and they are both heading to iowa this week. can they share the spotlight? abc's john hendren is on the story in washington this morning. john, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning to you, dan. if sarah palin is trying to stay on the spotlight it's working. first on the day mitt romney goes to new hampshire to announce he is running for president, she shows up and steals the headline. and then does the same to john huntsman when he shows up in a motorcycle rally in a leather jacket. now she is casting her long
shadow over tea party favorite initial bachmann. it's the momma grizzly versus the tea party titan. monday, michelle bachmann returns to her birth place, waterloo, iowa. to begin her campaign for president. one of the worst kept secrets of the 2012 race. >> i filed today my paper work to seek the certify of presidency. >> reporter: 100 miles away, sarah palin will attend the tuesday debut of "the undefeated" a documentary of her career, some call a feature length campaign ad. some say palin is violating political etiquette. >> the unwritten rule, you don't step on somebody else's announcement. she doesn't seem to care. >> reporter: on the surface they're allies. >> we need to return michele bachmann. >> reporter: they are also natural rivals. two high-profile women splitting support from the tea party. >> tea party americans, you're winning. >> reporter: political analysts say it is bachmann who is being taken seriously as a candidate. >> i don't think there's room in the republican race for both of them.
right now, it looks like bachmann is acting more like a candidate. sarah palin seems to be acting more like a celebrity. >> reporter: that's especially true after her commanding performance in a presidential debate. >> president obama is a one-term president. >> reporter: bachmann has a political title, congresswoman. and deep pockets, she raised a staggering $13 million for her 2010 race, more than any other house member. palin has a campaign style tour bus. no official title. >> governor sarah palin from alaska. >> reporter: and a reality tv show. >> don't retreat, just reload. >> reporter: if she keeps stealing the spotlight from fellow republicans, it may be palin who is taking fire. political oddsmakers are betting against palin getting into the race. if she does get in, her support will almost certainly come at the expense of her tea party rival.
>> the guessing game continues, thank you. now let's bring in christiane amanpour who joins us from washington, good morning you to, christiane. >> good morning. >> we don't know what sarah palin's future plans are, but michele bachmann got the boost just days before she declares her bid for the white house. a new poll shows her neck and neck with mitt romney. >> well, it is a very respected poll, the des moines register. what it's really showing, now everybody has been saying, really since her performance at the republican debate, that she is emerging as a force to be reckoned with and particularly there in iowa, which is such an important state in the early part of the race to get the nomination, so it's good news for her. what also did show was that it was not such good news for tim pawlenty, who also invested a heavy amount in iowa, and came up with just about 6%. it's still early, still a huge amount of scrutiny to be leveled at michele bachmann to really pin her down on issues, but certainly at the moment.
she's emerging as a force to be reckoned with. >> meantime, the issue at hand here in washington, i want to turn to the impasse over reducing the federal budget deficit. bipartisan talks broke down as we know last week. over tax increases. president obama called leaders for both parties for a meeting tomorrow. as we know, the clock is ticking for raising the debt limit, quickly approaches. august 2nd. what can the president do to craft a compromise in his meeting? >> that's a question a lot of people are asking. it does look like the debate, really in terms of how it's handled, the republicans seem to have the upper hand, if you like, in the negotiations, the president, administration, vice president who has been leading these talks up until now, the vice president, have been basically saying that they're trying to do what they need to do to make, quote, tough choices but they won't, quote, balance the budget, as they say on the back of the poor, the elderly, the middle class. they say the republicans need to give a little bit. so, what clearly is all boiling
down to is the issue of taxes. the republicans say that no new taxes, tax hikes are simply nowhere to be seen on the table. and the democrats are saying we're not. we cannot just cut our way to prosperity. that's the phrase that president obama used in his radio address. >> that's right. both guys have dug in their heels. christiane, we'll have to leave it there. we have much more on the impasse later on "this week." you'll be sitting talking to two members of congress, senate minority leader mitch mcconnell and house assistant minority leader james clyburn. dan? >> sounds like another good show. there is another huge political story in america we want to get to. have we reached a tipping point on gay marriage? now that new york has legalized it, will the rest of the country follow? many opponents say absolutely not. t.j.? >> reporter: good morning, truly historic. new york is now the sixth and largest state to allow gay marriage. will this allow what they're
hoping for or will the country be divided? new york's marriage equality act didn't just bring gay marriage to the empire state, it brought new hope that the fight for same-sex marriage may be gaining traction on a national level. >> it's clear momentum is building on our behalf. marriage equality is an inevitability. it's no longer a question of if, it's more you an accurate question of when and how. >> reporter: in new york, some positive signs for proponents. the bill passed with bipartisan support. there were so big republican donors who supported the cause. both corporations and labor unions threw their support behind it and public perception nationally, more enduring news. 53% of americans now say they support gay marriage. 15 years ago, just 27% were in favor. >> it is increasing acceptance, it is increasing awareness. it's part of a larger debate and dialogue we're having. >> reporter: opponents say the
fight is not over yet. there will be attempts in new york to repeal the law and those opposed were able to raise a lot of money. the message resonates with older americans much more likely to vote than younger voters. in fact, every time gay marriage has been voted on by a state's population, it has lost. in california and maine, voter referendums repealed same-sex marriage laws. in 41 states, opponents were able to pass laws restricting marriage to one man and one woman. the big issue on the horizon, california's prop 8, which overturned gay marriage in that state, is winding its way to the supreme court. no one knows how the high court will rule. one thing is clear, america's attitudes continue to change. >> the shift is broad based. remarkable so societal revolution in conversation we are having right now. it is reflective of a civil rights movement going on in this country, that has been for the past several decades. >> reporter: president obama says his attitude to gay marriage will be evolving. we expect the gay marriage
debate will be part of the republican presidential primary, especially when you consider iowa and new hampshire, where the first two contests are held, both allow gay marriage. >> okay. the debate will go on. t.j. appreciate it. let's check the other headlines. ron claiborne is here for that. good morning. >> good morning. good morning, everyone. the death toll from the fiery train crash in nevada has climbed to six. investigators now say there's evidence the driver of the big rig did try to stop his truck before it slammed into the side of a speeding amtrak train. abc's lisa stark has the details. >> reporter: in the middle of the nevada desert, investigators combed through the charred and gutted wreckage, looking for clues. >> our mission is here to understand not just what happened but why it happened and recommend changes to prevent it from happening again. >> reporter: the big mystery, just why did a semi truck speed into the amtrak train? it happened at a marked crossing, and witnesses say the gate was working. they now know the driver did try to stop.
they found extensive skid marks from the truck indicating the driver had slammed on the brakes. the truck plowed into the side of the train friday afternoon, a moment of sudden impact that set off a huge fireball. passengers still in shock over what happened. >> my heart felt like it was up in my throat. we didn't know if it was the end or what. >> reporter: among the dead, 68-year-old conductor lorette lee, who came from a long line of railway workers. officials say there could still be more bodies inside the wreckage. for some, a sense of gratitude that it could have been much worse. >> i can't tell you how grateful i am that she's alive and my heart goes out to those other families, mothers, grandmas, fathers, you know, kids whose parents didn't make it. >> reporter: for "good morning america" i'm lisa stark, in washington. and an indiana high school student is fighting for his life after surviving the second plane crash of his life.
16-year-old austin hatch is in critical condition after the small plane piloted by his father crashed in michigan friday, friday night. his father and stepmother died in that incident. and 2003 hatch's father was at the controls when the small plane, shown here, crashed, killing austin's mother, brother and sister. and the number of adults with diabetes worldwide has skyrocketed over the past few decades. new study finds 347 million people worldwide now surf suffer from the disease. doubled since 1980. much of that is due to aging population but rising obesity rates are also said to be the blame. the numbers could explode when overweight children and young adults reach middle age. and president obama has delivered one of his most important promises, at least to one teenage girl. peyton wall whose father was killed on 9/11, met justin bieber, one of my favorite singers, on thursday. thanks to the intervention of the president.
the 14-year-old had asked president obama to arrange a meeting at a wreath laying last month at ground zero. wall told the new york post she was more nervous about meeting bieber than the president. finally, check this out. a face only a mother can love. even that is in doubt. this thing is actually a 14-year-old female chinese crested and chihuahua mix named yoda. who has just been named the world's ugliest dog in a california state fair. the hair, protruding tongue and outset snout won over the judges. the owner said when she found yoda abandoned, she thought yoda was a rat. >> and she took it in. >> she still took it in. >> the off center snout -- ron, can i just bring it back to something? are you saying you don't like justin bieber? >> i like justin bieber's music, technically. >> there's a lot of jealousy. >> sorry. a little bit of sarcasm. >> jackie meretsky, you're a
justin bieber fan, aren't you? >> more of a boss fan. you like bieber but more of a boss fan. all right. let's talk about what is going on in the weather. last night, severe thunderstorms rolled through st. louis. 3 to 6 inches of rain fell. you can see the powerful lightning lit up the st. louis archway. where are these powerful storms now? well, they are working their way towards cincinnati on the northern tier of the storm testimony into bowling green, kentucky. and that will be push nothing nashville very shortly. further to the still, we have good storms in north dakota as well as south dakota. heavy rainfall expected in the middle of the country today. we're going see some rain up in the northern tier as well in some
dan and bianna. >> thanks, jackie. we've got an unusual story from the mountains of northern california where some local firefighters had to make an extraordinary rescue. >> that's right. it involved a rusty pipe and a very cute kitten. a very delicate operation at that. abc's dan kloeffler has the story. >> reporter: talk about a tight squeeze. when the members of the redding, california, fire department had this piece of pipe dropped off at the firehouse, they were shocked to find it what was inside. a live kitten trapped. >> it was so tight. i didn't want to harm it in any way.
it was already traumatized. you could tell by the way it was crying. >> reporter: it couldn't crawl it and they couldn't pull it out. so they decided to take drastic action. they would have to cut it out. they filmed the entire delicate operation. >> tiny kitty in the pipe here. >> reporter: watch as these city maintenance workers slowly, carefully saw through the metal. if they were off by a little bit, they could hurt or even kill the cat hidden inside. and finally -- >> hey, little guy. first screeching, still trapped, then a final tug, she was free. >> you're all right. ah. >> reporter: fightingly, they named her piper. the firefighters said this rescue was by far the strangest one they've ever encountered. >> several times we've had to do a cat rescue out of a tree. but this is a unique situation. >> reporter: piper hasn't let her ordeal get her down.
she was adopted by a producer at affiliate krcr. and she has a clean bill of health, proving there can be light at the end of a tunnel and a pipe. for "good morning america," dan kloeffler. abc news, new york. >> i'm not surprised piper was quickly adopted. >> yes, i'm very relieved there were no nine lives jokes made during the production of that story. >> that is true. she is adorable. coming up on "good morning america," sudden stop. mystery surrounds why the judge abruptly canceled the saturday court session in the casey anthony trial before it started. >> big story this morning. military chic. what are people saying about this ensemble from dutchess kate? will this woman ever commit a fashion faux pas? >> i think not. no strings attached. how indoor sky divers fly through the air with the greatest of ease. i love that my daughter's part fish.
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we aooki we are looking at a woman who can do no wrong in the world of fashion. take a look at kate middleton, looking stunning in an alexander mcqueen suit. >> i was going to guess that. looks like a signature alexander mcqueen to me. >> he designed her wedding dress as well. dan is obsessed with this story. as well as kate's wardrobe. >> i'm not really into fashion. let me ask you a question. that is a fascinator, right? >> you are fascinated with fascinators. >> i just like the word. >> yeah, i think that is a fascinator. good morning, america, i'm bianna golodryga. >> i'm dan harris. it's sunday, june 26th. also coming up we'll show you something simple and revolutionary. how one pair of eye glasses can utterly change someone's life. >> dr. richard besser is here with that story. plus, what's wrong with this picture? why this border collie may be the worst sheep dog, coming up.
>> we'll get to that in a few moments. we're going to start with another surprising development in the casey anthony murder trial. the judge abruptly stopped proceedings yesterday to deal with a legal issue. nobody involved will say what that issue is. this delay comes after a week of especially dramatic testimony. abc's yunji de nies is on the story in orlando this morning. yunji, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning. it was a very bizarre moment in court. the jury never got into the courtroom before the judge decided to halt proceedings until tomorrow morning. nobody will say exactly what the issue is. all they'll say, there's a legal issue and the judge has now sealed those records. for the anthony family, it's another delay in this very long case. it's hard to imagine what this family must be going through. their granddaughter is dead, and now their daughter is facing death row. >> i don't want to be here. i don't want my sister to be here, my parents to be here. >> reporter: the anthonys have
no choice but to be here. faced with an unthinkable dilemma. does justice for caylee mean death for casey? how far will cindy go to save her daughter? >> virtually any mother would lie to save their daughter's life. >> reporter: she's been in court almost every day, on the stand five times. at one point, she turned to casey, mouthing, i love you. casey wouldn't make eye contact. turning away. now cindy's story about what she did when seems to be shifting. >> do you recall, in march of 2008, you doing any types of searches for any items that might include chloroform? >> i started looking at chlorophyll. that prompted me to look up chloroform. >> reporter: prosecutors maintain caylee was chloroformed before she died. those computer searches could prove that was something that
casey planned. >> did you input the words, into the google search engine, how to make chloroform? >> i don't recall putting in how to make chloroform. >> i think she's absolutely traumatized. i think this is a catastrophe. you're watching a woman being pulled apart. >> reporter: the men of the family are clearly conflicted, both accused of sexually abusing casey. >> the root cause, defense attorneys say, for her bizarre behavior and lies surrounding little casey's death. >> casey was raised to lie, and it all began when casey was 8 years old and her father came into the room and began to touch her inappropriately. >> reporter: there's no evidence of that. but the jury did gain insight into the strange family dynamic as lee anthony described his pain of being left out of casey's pregnancy. >> they didn't want to include me. >> he is saying they acted as if she weren't pregnant.
if this is true, they operate with what we call dissociation, if they establish the family operates with that kind of dissociation that they say she acted in, that might be an interesting defense. >> reporter: the anthonys will be back in court watching the trial resume against their daughter. the judge had hoped the jury would have the case by the fourth of july weekend. but with that delay yesterday, there's no telling when that will actually happen. >> thank you, as you say, trial resumes tomorrow and "gma" will continue to cover it. let's check the morning headlines with ron claiborne again. good morning. >> good morning, again, dan, bianna. good morning, everyone, in the news, the swollen river is cresting at 13 feet above flood stage in minot, north dakota. and is expected to stay that way for days. more than 4,000 homes have been evacuated. 11,000 people have been evacuated. also, the water is now headed downstream. the hacker group that attacked the cia, senate and other organizations over the past two months says it's disbanding without giving a reason.
it's a parting shot. lose security dumped, documents stolen from at&t and other companies. and michelle obama is on her way home from a week-long trip to south africa. mrs. obama and her family ended the trip with a safari after promoting efforts to end hunger, hiv and empower young women. finally, the grammy museum unveiled a new michael jackson exhibit on the second anniversary of the king of pop's death. it has two of his famous gloves, several outfits and other memorabilia. now time for jackie meretsky and the weather. >> good morning again, t-ron. let's take a look and see what's going on in dallas, texas. there are early morning clouds there. 78 degrees. it will get much warmer in the afternoon. what is keeping your weather in dallas is the southerly winds. meanwhile, the five-day forecast will go up, up, up and peak on thursday at 102 degrees. as far as the weather in other parts of the country, we have threats of severe storms, hail, potentially damaging winds from north dakota, all of the way
down through nashville. that's a quick look at your national weather. this weather report has been brought to you by volkswagen. dan and bianna. >> thank you, jackie. dan, days away, the world's most fashionable newlyweds will be headed our way to the u.s. >> i wonder what she is packing. >> i don't know. check out prince william and kate. they looked stunning yesterday as they paid tribute to britain's servicemen and women on armed forces day. later this week they kick off their north american tour. all eyes will be on kate and -- >> what she's wearing, of course. >> right. >> reporter: ever since her debut on the worldwide stage, kate middleton has turned every official event into her own personal runway.
from this dazzling look at a charity gala to yesterday's military inspired number at the irish garden metal parade in england. kate wowed the masses with her chic instincts. she chose a navy double breasted officer's coat by alexander mcgreen. the same fashion house that designed her wedding gown, laudeddy style editors. >> kate middleton is one of fashion's stylish stars. watch out kate moss. there's a new kate in town. >> reporter: when she wore this dress to meet michelle obama, orders for the dress overloaded the website. with kate and william heading to north america later this week, what can royal watchers this side of the pond expect? >> kate is embarking on an 11-day tour of canada and the united states. she needs 40 outfits for this visit. it is going to be a fashion fiesta for her. >> reporter: kate is reportedly traveling without a stylist. simply relying on her own good taste. >> you know what i love about
kate, she plays it safe and always looks stunning. >> exactly what i love. >> really? >> why do you need 40 outfits for 11 days? >> that's a fair question. >> you have no idea what it's like being a princess traveling around the world. >> that, i don't know. >> coming up on "good morning america," how something incredibly simple can radically alter somebody's life, save their livelihood and impact their entire family. dr. richard besser with a great story. on a completely different note. a gorilla getting funky with it. also in anticipation of the royals' visit. >> from the sublime -- >> one of the things we're fixated on this week. stay tuned. rive? i'll tell you what -- when we stop to fill it up. ♪ ♪ [ son ] you realize, it's gotta run out sometime.
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in parts of the developing world, what some of us spend on morning coffee could turn someone's life around. abc's year-long initiative, be the change, save a life, sponsored in part by the bill and linda gates foundation, we've been telling you about simple ways you can help those in need. abc's chief health and medical editor dr. richard besser is here to tell us about it. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, this is incredible. bianna, imagine if you began to lose your vision, you couldn't read, you got constant headaches, you immediately get
your eyes checked and get a pair of glasses. but in bangladesh, the country i used to work in, it's not that simple. i went back there to look at a fascinating new program that's making a difference. when i heard about this eye clinic, i had to see it for myself. here it is, a backpack on a patch of dirt in rural bangladesh, a program started by an american is about to give this woman her life back. she's a seamstress who could no longer thread her needles but minutes after putting on a pair of glasses -- very good. it's five years since you can do that. was it hard to hammer the nails? a middle-aged carpenter whose hands are paying the price for his failing sight -- you hit your hand on the thumb? five minutes later, seeing, and believing. here in rural bangladesh, these glasses are like gold, because if you can't see, you can't work.
if you can't work, you and your family cannot survive. >> millions of people around the world lose their productivity, lose their quality of life because they can't see. >> reporter: jordan is a new york optometrist and the founder of vision spring, a global program that sends what you find for cheap at american drug stores to thousands of trained health workers. whampblts vision springs does is deliver the eye glasses to people who are too poor to afford them around the world. >> reporter: vision spring buys the glasses in bulk, and the patients pay about $2, about half a day's wages. if you had not have glasses what happened to you? she tells me, if i didn't have glasses, i would lose my job. and my new carpenter friend, minutes after getting his new glasses, he's hammering away, building a new house and life for his family. >> that is, by far, the most rewarding and fun part of my work, that universal look of surprise, when the weaver puts
on a pair of glasses for the first time in 20 years, and can work again. >> reporter: how has it changed your life? the woman selling the glasses tells me i was able to send my children to school. before this, i was poor and unemployed. this woman was illiterate before being employed. her health care training. now, she's a local celebrity. she earns 20 cents for every pair she sells. the woman who created this business has a backpack and glasses. she was a respected part of that community. >> we call it double whammy, we create livelihoods and sustain livelihoods. through better vision. >> it looks very good. >> we are looking to change the world one pair of glasses at a time. >> in bangladesh, if you don't live in the capital city, you may never have access to life saving reading glasses. vision spring is a nonprofit that is bringing these glasses to villages around the world, selling them for just a few dollars a pair. when donors send them $12, it buys three pairs of glasses. if you want to help, go to our
special website, saveone.net or abcnews.com and find more information on what you can do. >> you see the ripple evicts. they are so far-reaching. people become more productive in their work field. produce better products. >> that's right. >> it does change their life around. mays for just two bucks. all right. fascinating story. thank you for bringing it to us. >> my pleasure. coming up on "good morning america," synchronized indoor skydiving. do not try this at home. coming up on "good morning america," synchronized indoor sky diving. do not try this at home. ♪ t understand it. i found out that connected to our muscles are nerves that send messages through the body. my doctor diagnosed it as fibromyalgia -- thought to be the result of overactive nerves that cause chronic, widespread pain. lyrica is believed to calm these nerves. i learned lyrica can provide significant relief from fibromyalgia pain. and less pain means, i can feel better and do more of what matters. [ female announcer ] lyrica is not for everyone. lyrica may cause serious allergic reactions or suicidal thoughts or actions. tell your doctor right away if you have these,
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what have you got? >> what would you say if i told you i can tie french fireman with michael jackson. would you believe me? >> i would believe you. >> you would? take a look at this video. talk about a flash mob. french fireman, dancing to michael jackson. "beat it." >> they're good. >> quiet, too. >> very quiet. >> it will come, it will come. >> let me ask you that about that, ron. >> there you go. >> wait for it. wait for it. ♪ viewers at home, don't know, this is what we do before the show every morning. >> all right, okay. >> ron? >> on the french theme here, this is a french theme, we have it up in a second. indoor skydiving, indoor skydiving, synchronized -- look at this. check this out. they are called team force. competing in a competition in north carolina. believe it or not, they finished second to an american team. i did this earlier this year, and it is tough, man. let me tell you.
>> you did the synchronized thing? >> i was trying myself. >> look at that face. >> i knew they were going to show that. that's the best. there i am. flopping around. yeah. it's very difficult. very, very difficult. >> oh, boy, i'm glad that shot was you and not me. >> okay. my fix is a border collie in the united kingdom. what i didn't know is that border collies are known for innate ability to herd sheep. not this one. he's sort of running away. >> it's scary. >> they're ganging up on him. kind of a battalion of sheep. just wait. there's a bit of a face-off here, it's coming up. a bit of a showdown. not quite yet. >> the owners of the collie are disappointed. >> here we go. come on, kai, there you go. >> he thought about it and decided -- >> poor kai. >> we have one more animal clip. ross, one of our colleagues, found this clip.
this is a gorilla in the calgary zoo in canada. break dancing. look at this. he's spinning around. zoo officials claim this is not a trained behavior. it switches over here to a rather technical shuffle. he's very, very, very focused. >> getting low. >> there is another animal story that we needed to discuss as well. there was a bear sighting in seattle, washington, that had a lot of people scared. did you hear about this? there was this bear on the loose, a lot of people were upset about it. i don't know if we have the video. do we have the video? there it is, there's the bear. >> that's dan harris. >> this is the story i was doing about teaching kids to be safe around bears. they made me wear a bear outfit. that's capital j. journalism, ladies and gentlemen. >> i'm fixated. >> you're fixated? you can get that video on web any time you want it. by the way, if you have a picture or story you want to
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