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making news this morning, herman cain fires back. >> the presidential candidate goes on abc's "jimmy kimmel live" just hours after a fourth accuser faces the cameras. will the sexual harassment claims crush his hopes for the white house. guilty as charged. michael jackson's $150,000 a month doctor, taken away in handcuffs. and the sooner state says enough. taken by aftershocks. and now rocked by this monster tornado. good morning. i'm sunny hostin. >> and i'm rob nelson. it is election day in america, with many local races, plus governorships in mississippi and kentucky up for grabs. but next november's election
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day, weighing heavily on people's minds. >> candidate herman cain dodged our questions in california. but on late-night tv, he wasn't so quiet about the harassment claims made by a fourth woman. >> he will address those at a press conference later today. tahman bradley joins us with more details on this. >> reporter: hey, rob. appearing on "jimmy kimmel live," herman cain calls the sexual harassment controversy a firestorm. and says he is now ready to set the record straight. >> how is your day? >> well. >> reporter: herman cain's day may have ended with late-night laughs on "jimmy kimmel live," but began with a new controversy. >> there's not an ounce of truth in these allegations. >> reporter: yesterday, a fourth woman said cain sexually harassed her. unlike the other victims, sharon violet, a republican, made her claim in front of cameras. she said she went to cain for
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help finding a job years ago. >> she put his hands on my leg, under my skirt, and reached for my genitals. he grabbed my head an brought it towards his crotch. i said, this isn't what i came here for. mr. cain said, you want a job, right? >> reporter: the cain campaign calls the allegations completely false. a point the candidate made again on "kimmel." >> when you know that all of this is totally fabricated, you go from anger, then you go -- you get disgusted. >> reporter: many republicans so far have shrugged off the sexual harassment story. in an abc news/"washington post" poll, more sthan half republican voters said last week that the sexual harassment controversy is not serious. >> we don't know how much longer he can hold on to the top spot if voters start to really question whether this is just a one-time incident or whether there's a pattern here. >> i'm in it to win it.
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i'm not going to be discouraged. >> reporter: the cain press release, attacking high-power attorney gloria allred. mr. cain will take on the controversy this afternoon in foox. rob and sunny? >> what a amount of theater that will be. and herman cain and the rest of the gop field will be interviewed today. everybody sitting down with a different abc news reporter. you can check out the full schedule online. at the white house, something of a shakeup among president obama's senior staff. the role of current white house chief of staff, bill daley, is changing. but the white house says it's not a demotion. daley is giving up functions to senior adviser pete rouse. rouse has been performing his expanded role for several weeks. we're turn to the pressure on joe paterno over his handling of child sex charges at penn
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state. a top police investigator is questioning whether paterno had a moral responsibility to do more to stop the alleged abuse. documents show that paterno was hold about one specific instance of sex abuse. and instead of going to police, he simply told officials at the campus. >> it's a case about children who had their innocence stolen from them. and a culture who did nothing to stop it or prevent it from happening to others. >> paterno is expected to face tough questions about the case at a regularly scheduled news conference that will take place later today. the army is charging a military police officer with attempted espionage. it claims 22-year-old specialist william millay attempted to pass national defense information to someone he thought was a foreign agent. actually, he was observed the whole time and no information was compromised. millay's attorney says he is innocent. and the december prats search is on for a missing 2-year-old boy. his mother says she left her son
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in his car when she went for gas. when she returned an hour later the child was gone. but the parents are in the middle of a child custody battle. and the child's father says he finds the mother's story bizarre. oklahoma is taking quite a pounding from mother nature this week. an earthquake rattled the center of the state last night. on top of that, a huge twister touched one in the southwestern part of the state, as well. it damaged an oklahoma state university field office, as well as a few other buildings there. emergency crews also had to rescue a family that got trapped in a cellular. thankfully, there were no reported injuries. all of us here on earth will go something of a close encounter today without even knowing it. that is a huge asteroid there, bigger than an aircraft carrier that's hurtling towards us right now. today, it's going to pass between earth and the moon's orbit. it will be a mere 200,000 miles away at its nearest point.
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that's closer than any large asteroid since way back in 1976. seen a few of these stories this year. now, for this morning's weather from around the nation. more severe storms with gusty winds and hail around oklahoma city and houston. dallas, shreveport, little rock, and st. louis. heavy rains from des moines to detroit. half a foot of snow from northern iowa to wisconsin. a mere dusting from the twin cities. showers from seattle to northern california. >> just shy of 60 in sacramento. 37 in salt lake city. 40s from fargo to omaha. mostly 60s in the northeast. atlanta gets up to 70. and it will be about 80 in the big easy. coming up, a judge orders bank of america to return hundreds of millions of dollars to customers. plus, record-high gas prices on the horizon. when you can expect that pain at the pump to make a comeback. and breaking news from overnight. the loss of a sports legend.
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welcome back, everybody. there is a new debit card setback for bank of america. the bank will pay $410 million to settle a class-action lawsuit over overdraft fees. more than 13 million customers were charged $35 per overdraft in the past decade. under the deal approved by a federal judge, customers will get some of that money back. but not all. wall street bonuses are likely to be 20% to 30% less
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this year than last. the weakest since the financial crisis. wall street firms have struggled this year and cut thousands of jobs. overseas markets are now worried about italy's debt. tokyo's nikkei average lost 112 points. hong kong's hang seng was up half a point. in london, the ftse opened lower. on wall street, the dow gained 85 points yesterday. the nasdaq index picked up nine. here is some discouraging news this morning, laws banning or limiting the sale of soda and other sugary beverages in schools don't seem to be working. students at schools with such rules were actually more likely to have a sugary drink each day. and analysts expect record-high gas prices next year. more than 4 bucks a gal lan. prices just set a record for the first week in november. one reason for all of this is because u.s. refineries are making more diesel fuel and exporting it to latin america.
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some voters in oregon, today, are using ipads to vote in a special primary election. it will allow the disabled to vote privately, rather than go to a traditional polling place to get help the. honda is showing off a new version of its human-shaped robot. honda hopes it can help clean up japan's damaged nuclear reactor. >> amazing technology there. even pours a drink. you go, guy. ahead on this tuesday morning, why video game fans were camping out early this morning. plus, the verdict in the case against michael jackson's doctor. and the reaction from the pop star's fans. also, monday night football in philadelphia. eagles/bears highlights coming up from espn. i have what science calls the "nightly stuffy nose thing":
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this huge explosion and fire shut down part of the new jersey turnpike yesterday. a gas tanker truck burst into flames after smashing into a minivan that was loaded with 9,000 gallons of fuel and burned for well over an hour. amazingly, though, no one was seriously hurt. now, for a look at morning road conditions. flooding on i-5, from oklahoma city to des moines. i-40, from little rock. icy on i-35, from northern iowa to minnesota. rain drenches i-80 and 94 in the midwest. and i-10, from san antonio to baton rouge. >> and if you're flying today, some airport delays are possible in dallas, houston, kansas city, chicago, detroit, and minneapolis. and now, to the guilty verdict for conrad murray. for now, the doctor hired to help a severely sleep-deprived michael jackson will be spending his nights and days in a los
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angeles jail cell. >> the jurors unanimously reached their decision after less than nine hours of deliberation. jim avila was at the courthouse. >> reporter: michael jackson's parents, two of his sisters, two of his brothers, in the packed courtroom. just a few feet away from dr. conrad murray. >> we, the jury in the aboved titled action, find the defendant, conrad murray, guilty of the crime of involuntary manslaughter. >> reporter: outside of the courtroom, hundreds erupted in shouts of justice. and in a moment, judge michael pastor, sent conrad murray to l.a. county jail. >> our sympathies go out to the jackson family at this time, for the loss that they have suffered. not a pop icon, but a son and a brother. and i think that's most important.
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>> reporter: the jackson family leaving the white house to cheers. joe jackson saying cryptically. and latoya who had tweeted earlier that michael would be in court with her, expressing pressure with the verdict. >> wonderful. absolutely. justice was served. >> reporter: the jury heard 49 witnesses and saw over 400 exhibits. they heard michael jackson's voice like no one in his inner circle had heard before. >> he's the greatest entertainer in the world. >> reporter: and while conrad murray did not testify, the jury did hear his voice, talking to police two days after jackson's death, telling them michael was desperate to sleep, and begging him to give him milk, or as it's known in the operating room, propofol. >> i agreed at that time that i would switch the -- over to the propofol. >> reporter: it was a decision that cost dr. murray his livelihood and his freedom. the judge immediately sending
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him to jail, awaiting his sentencing on november 29th. jim avila, abc news, los angeles. how much time will murray serve? we'll get into that with our legal experts on "good morning america." and some sad news from the sports world this morning. boxing great, joe frazier, has passed away. smokin' joe was the first man to defeat muhammad ali. his career will ever be linked to ali's. they fought three times, including epic bouts in the so-called thriller in manila. he lost twice to ali. until late in his life, he always resented being ali's foil. he was diagnosed with liver cancer a few weeks, actually. frazier died last night. he was 67 years old. now, some "monday night football" highlights. we get those from espn news. >> good morning. my name is todd grisham. this is your espn news update. let's show you some "monday night football." are you ready? eagles, hosting the bears. second quarter, bears up 10-3.
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jay cutler hits matt forte, who was great all game, except for this one, glaring mistake. he is stripped by brian roll, who returns the fumble for a touchdown. we're tied at 10-10. later in the quarter, lashaun jackson, returning a punt. and this is dangerous. usually returns it for a touchdown. but he fumbles inside the 10. the bears add a touchdown. 17-10, chicago at the half. look at this again. cory graham from out of bounds to inbounds. he was bound to make a great play and he did. we move ahead to the second half. third quarter. game tied at 17-17. lashaun mccoy, what a year he's having. he's got a score. eagles up 27-17. fourth quarter, bears trailing by four. driving in eagle territory. cutler, to earl bennett. you complete me. bears regain the lead, 27-24. ensuing bears possession.
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cutler, looking downfield for johnny knox. oh, it's a pass interference on nnamdi asomugha. the drive continues. looks like they're going to do it. but jeremy maclin loses his footing. bears win it, 30-24. forte, 133 yards. check out espn news for all of the highlights you could probably stuck. my name's todd grisham. coming up, "the pulse," and the pop star recovering from serious george. plus, an incredible night on the dance floor, with one team earning perfect scores. living with diabetes is a reality for me, but i learned that i don't have to use a vial and syringe as part of my daily routine anymore. my doctor showed me the novolog mix 70/30 flexpen. flexpen is discreet and comes pre-filled with my insulin.
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experience. and this was one of the same moments but in the most powerful way ever. >> at the top of the standings are rob kardashian and his partner. but their 51 points was well ahead of nancy grace. she is in lost after getting 44 points last night. someone gets kicked out of the ballroom tonight. >> it could be nancy grace's turn to get shown the door. >> i know. >> see what the voters decide. adel fans will have to wait for a while to hear the british singer belt out "rolling in the deep" or any of her hits. >> the 23-year-old grammy winner is recube rating after surgery on her vocal cords. her doctors are expecting a full recovery. her concerts for the rest of the year were canceled last month. i love that song. also, today anyone with a
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video game fan in the house knows about this one. >> gamers lined up and even camped out waiting for the mid nights release of modern warfare iii. you may have seen the trailer for the game. it's been viewed 3 million times online. >> the third game in the modern warfare franchise is expected to be the biggest release of all-time. the other previous record holders are also modern warfare games. >> it's big in my house. >> you regulate it, right? >> not for me. a lot of violent. >> you regulate the time. >> absolutely. if not, they'd do it all day. all day. for some of you, now, your local news is coming up next. >> and for everyone else, pint-sized buckaroos and a sport that's truly american. >> see it to believe it. >> stay with us, everybody. we'll be right back. this is $100,000.
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. next, keep windows and doors closed. oil spill sparks a smell that is making people sick in contra costa. we have the latest on the damage and efforts to clean it up. >> why oakland's police chief says he's appalled by one of the officers did during the occupy protests. starting off with frost. looks like sunshine this afternoon. and finally, rodeo for the junior set. little ones from putting on helmets and being dropped on the back of sheep for the ride of
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their lives. >> oh, yeah. abc's neal karlinsky has all the action. ♪ >> reporter: of all the things you can do with a toddler -- >> see them running? that's how they run. >> reporter: -- this may just be the weirdest. >> going to watch someone else do it first? >> reporter: it's called mutton busting. and it's about as simple as it is obscure. take any willing kid 6 and under, put them on the back of a live sheep and see how long they can hang on. >> whoa. >> reporter: the combination of hockey helmeted kids, frantic sheep, plus a healthy dose of dirt and tears, makes for a particularly strange form of entertainment. as we watched toddler after toddler after toddler -- >> oh, no. >> reporter: wound up facedown in a pile of dirt, most with the same stunned expression.
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this little girl lost a shoe. >> you did it. >> reporter: we didn't witness any injuries. but the sport is clearly not without risk. so, why do it? worried at all? >> about? >> reporter: safety? >> no. there's no sense in overprotecting them and we're raising a bunch of sissies. >> reporter: michael had the grip of a champion. just sheer grit and determination. what was your secret? >> hold on tight. >> reporter: words to live by from a 5-year-old mutton-buster in a place where dirts and tears bring glory. i'm neal karlinsky, in washington. >> all right. that kids stick to the video games i think. >> oh, my goodness. that's what's making news in


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