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good morning, america. good morning, america. this morning -- excessive force. it is the video shocking people all over america. the college students protesting in a seemingly peaceful manner shot in the eyes with pepper spray by campus security at point-blank range. how do police justify this? showdown. all of the republican candidates gang up on mitt romney at a christian forum in iowa. so why wasn't he there to defend himself? meanwhile, in washington, the countdown is on for the latest round of debt negotiations. is the so-called super committee headed for failure with a deadline just 24 hours away? "the people's court" mystery. the mother of three who appeared on the tv court show and disappeared the very same day the show aired. did her testimony and the man she was testifying against play
a role? and, oh, what a night. he's the marine who sent out a youtube invitation on a wing and a prayer hoping his hollywood crush would join him at the ball. well, he got his wish. superstar mila kunis joined him at the marine ball last night and we have the photos and their story. ♪ raise your glass let's pull up that photo again. we've been talking about it all morning. mila kunis looked stunning. he, of course, thrilled. smiling ear to ear. >> i can't believe this is happening. >> and to think this all resulted from a dare between justin timberlake and mila kunis. there he was last week. right? and she was on the show. kelsey i believe was her name and they were both just beaming. he had a great time. he was dancing. >> you got to imagine there are other service members out there this morning thinking, who should i invite to the ball? >> you know what, i have
to say this, i think mila was probably the lucky one. and i think she'd agree with that. very honorable man. >> well said. well said. also coming up this morning, more on l.a. sheriff's detectives re-opening the mysterious case of natalie wood. she is the actress who drowned 30 years ago. we wanted to know how exactly do you crack a case this old? will today's high-tech tools be of any use here? >> also this morning, something you have probably never seen before. why is this polar bear way up in the air? well, he was just released from bear jail. have you ever heard of that, dan? >> nope. >> and he was arrested prior to being released from bear jail, and ron claiborne is the only man here who knows what all of this is about and he will give us all the details coming up in the show. he had a great experience. beautiful, beautiful show. >> we're calling that ron claiborne's great adventure. >> that's coming up later in the show. but first, that controversy over the campus cop caught on tape pepper spraying occupy demonstrators during a standoff at the university of california davis. look at this videotape. the video has gone viral, and the school is investigating. speaking of ron claiborne, he is
here to kick us off this morning with more on this story. good morning to you. >> good morning to you. in a little bit of more than 24, a million viewers have seen video on what happened on the davis campus of the university of california. when police moved in to move out the occupy protesters, what you're going to see is in the words of the school's chancellor "chilling." >> protect yourself! >> reporter: after disobeying police's requests to leave, they linked arms. then a university police officer wielding a can of pepper spray orders the protesters to disperse, and then he casually sprays the chemical irritant into their faces from close range. >> it felt like my face was peeling off. and i didn't even know where i was at that point, i was in so much pain. >> reporter: some other students recorded it and posted it on youtube where it has become a viral sensation. >> the police officer had no reason to spray those kids.
>> reporter: police in several cities have been using chemical sprays against occupy movement protesters from new york city to oakland. tear gas and pepper spray have been used to control crowds and remove demonstrators. >> tear gas, you spray it in the area, you want people to move away from. pepper spray is to keep the people from being able to mount an attack. here the police officer is trying to disperse a crowd. why would you incapacitate them? >> reporter: u.c. davis police justified their actions on saturday saying they had been surrounded by the protesters and feared for their safety. they said they repeatedly warned them that force would be used if they did not leave. >> she's not resisting! >> reporter: after viewing video of the incident, the chancellor of u.c. davis called the police action against protesters "chilling." she order an investigation. >> i personally feel really bad about what happened to students and the whole incident. >> reporter: as protests erupted again on the u.c. davis campus
last night, the school's faculty association said it was outraged by what it called police brutality and called on chancellor katehi to resign. and the school's chancellor had initially defended the campus police action. last night she said after reviewing the video, she finds it now sad and really inappropriate, in her words. she also said cryptically "i don't think it's appropriate for me to resign at this moment," and, meanwhile, the occupy u.c. davis protests are still going on. dan? >> thanks, ron. we'll turn now to politics. your voice, your vote. in a big event in iowa this weekend, most of the republican candidates were there and one front-runner was noticeably absent, mitt romney. many of his opponents saw that as an opportunity to take shots at him. but in the latest iowa poll, something interesting is developing. a four-way tie with one surprising candidate, ron paul, holding steady. could he surprise everyone? abc's david kerley joins us from washington with more. and, david, iowa really is a
pivotal state for ron paul. one pollster saying if he can win in iowa, he's likely to stay in the race all the way. >> reporter: it's a possibility because this is a strange year, bianna. things are happening this year that we haven't seen in other presidential cycles. just six weeks now until iowa voters go to their caucus. the first presidential contest. and at this point it's still a toss-up. in a megachurch -- >> i truly gave my life to christ. >> i actually gave my life over to the lord. >> reporter: -- the candidates put their christian conservative credentials on display but also found ways to talk about war, even the occupy wall street movement. >> they took over a public park they didn't pay for to go nearby to use bathrooms they didn't pay for. you need to assert to them, go get a job right after you take a bath. >> reporter: and for herman cain, another long pause to a question. >> stage 4 -- >> reporter: -- about being diagnosed with cancer. >> before my wife and i were
about to get in a car, i said, i can do this. she said, we can do this. >> reporter: missing from this iowa christian chat, mitt romney, he was in new hampshire. but his name did come up. >> if only mitt romney were here to respond. >> reporter: romney has not blanketed iowa. voters seem unimpressed, uncommitted and are looking for a new anti-romney in iowa, and that may be ron paul. >> are you prouder that you are a duly elected member of congress, or are you prouder of your medical profession? >> doctors are still rated a lot higher in the polling than the politician. >> reporter: there is talk that paul now has a chance to win, yes, win, iowa. >> he has the combination of a grassroots organization, as well as the financial resources to be able to go up on television, and he has a committed core of voters. >> reporter: now, here's the
situation in iowa, voters there like to meet the candidates. so look for december to be all about iowa. iowa, iowa, iowa as we get down to that first contest, dan. >> david kerley, thank you. tomorrow in washington, a big day and for many americans possibly an infuriating one. remember over the summer when the government nearly shut down because the two parties couldn't agree about raising the so-called debt ceiling. it was a huge fight, and it resulted in the stock market tanking and america's credit rating being downgraded. just before they drove the country over a cliff, lawmakers and the white house cut a last-minute deal. they agreed to create something called a super committee. a bipartisan committee of lawmakers that was supposed to come up with a plan to get the deficit under control. but the members of this apparently not so super committee appeared to be gridlocked. their deadline is tomorrow. and as of tomorrow morning, it doesn't look like they're going to meet that deadline, so let's go straight now to abc's christiane amanpour, host of "this week." christiane, a lot of
americans are going to conclude tomorrow if this deadline is not meant that our government is yet again incapable of getting anything done. is that an unfair conclusion to draw? >> well, dan, not really, because as you rightly point out, this super committee was to be failproof. it was supposed to have a real authority to get things done, and yet here we are on the brink of another deadline and watching perhaps yet another can kicked down the road without them coming up with those vital cuts they have identified to get that deficit under control. >> so assuming they miss the deadline, what does it mean for the rest of us? >> that's a good question because the super committee had enshrined an automatic cut if they didn't meet their deadline, and that would be cuts in the military and all sorts of other things, but now, people are talking about politicians up here trying to figure out whether they can avoid those cuts and do the job in another way. so it's very difficult to know exactly how it's going to turn out. anyway, the cuts wouldn't have gone in until 2013.
>> as you say, kicking the can down the road. christiane, always such a pleasure to have you on on sunday mornings. i want to remind our viewers to be sure to join christiane later on this morning on "this week" when she talks presidential politics with the chicago mayor and former white house chief of staff rahm emanuel. let's go back to ron claiborne now with a look at the other stories developing this morning. ron, good morning once again. >> hi, again, dan. good morning, everyone. firefighters in nevada have mostly contained that huge wind-whipped fire that tore through reno early friday. most of those evacuated or had to evacuate have now returned home but not everyone. abc's cecilia vega has more. >> reporter: they had no idea what their homes would look like. many feared the worst. >> anxious to get back home? >> yes, i want to see if i have a home. >> reporter: but when the nearly 10,000 people forced to evacuate were finally let back in for the first time saturday, most breathed a sigh of relief. of the thousands threatened, only 32 homes and structures were destroyed. >> there's a stove top over
against that wall there. this is a sink, a sink and counter area here. >> reporter: jim hammers and gerry mcknight are among that unlikely group. you lived here 18 years? >> yes, yes, and it's all gone now. it's a total loss. >> reporter: the only possession they could save, these salt and pepper shakers. like many of their neighbors, they awoke early friday morning with flames inching towards their backyard. raging winds gusting over 70 miles an hour kicked the unseasonable fire into overdrive. it torched more than 2,000 acres. this fire is now mostly contained. only a handful of hot spots still remain. and fire investigators believe the cause was likely a downed power line. was this going to be your retirement home? >> we, we wanted to live here forever. we'll rebuild for sure. >> reporter: for "good morning america," cecilia vega. a potential security nightmare was avoided during president obama's visit to australia this week. the australian government is investigating how a classified booklet containing the president's itinerary was lost
in a gutter. a journalist found the book which included details on the president's security convoy and cell phone numbers for senior u.s. officials. in egypt, clashes today between protesters and police have turned deadly. thousands of protesters in cairo are in the streets right now, they are being tear gassed and fired at with rubber bullets. this a day after two people were killed and hundreds injured. there is growing anger in egypt over the military continuing to hold power there instead of turning it over to a civilian government. and syrian president bashar assad is vowing to continue his crackdown on anti-government protesters in that country. assad defended himself by claiming that militants, his words, are massacring syrians on a daily basis. this comes as the 8-month-old uprising against his rule may have reached a new phase. rocket-propelled grenades were reportedly fired today at a building fwlonging to the ruling party in the capital of damascus. and a woman tailgating before the annual harvard/yale football game in connecticut was
killed yesterday when she was hit by an out-of-control u-haul truck. the u-haul, which was fulled beer kegs, suddenly sped up striking the woman and then crashing into another van. the driver was a yale student. and penn state university won its first game, football game, since its longtime coach joe paterno was fired. the nittany lions beat ohio state, 20-14, in columbus, ohio. the last time penn state won a game without paterno as head coach or assistant coach was back in 1949. it looks like penn state will be heading to a bowl game. that should be interesting, not knowing what bowl game yet. >> absolutely. those players, i spent some time with them, they're really hoping still to pull out rose bowl perhaps. >> it looks good right now. >> ron claiborne, thank you. >> you're welcome. ron, dan, you recovered from our lunch yesterday. >> we had lunch with the newest member of our team. >> ginger. and dan bought, right? >> they all pitched in. they all pitched in. >> did we scare you away? i hope not. >> not at all.
i'm so, so happy to be here still even after having lunch with the three of you. it went well. >> we were telling our deepest, darkest secrets at lunch yesterday. but glad you're back, ginger. we had a great time. >> i am too. in the meantime the upper plains, the northern plains had their first significant snow of the season, and it was not nice. they had accidents, even one death. lots of folks off the road. the first one is always a problem. but when you get 3 to, yes, even 12 inches of snow just north of st. cloud, it's going to be an issue. that video was from st. cloud where they got 6 inches. so behind it, cold air. and in it comes. you see, 18, minneapolis this morning. minot, north dakota, just a nice 5. single digits and teens. there's another storm that's about to hit california. it's actually begun already. los angeles, here, showing some rainfall. and up into the mountains, they will see mountain snow. that energy is going to kick ahead, and severe storms going to pop up, and this is not what you want to hear if you're in the southeast, anywhere from eastern texas through the
southeast, exactly where they were hit. i'm going to be talking much more about the travel weather within the half hour, but for >> so it's not going to be >> so it's not goingo be >> so it's not going to be perfection as far as travel goes. but we had some really nice photos come in facebook and twitterwise. so we always want to you share those with us. rapid city, one of the areas not only yesterday did they
have snow but the day before too. they're now seeing drifting and wind. it's pulling away. that beautiful picture from hoboken, though. >> that was a beautiful -- right here in our backyard. >> it's been really nice, a little cool, though. >> i just got word from ron he's going to play for dinner, he's got dinner the next time around. >> okay. we'll pick the spot. >> all right, thank you, ginger. now to that 30-year-old hollywood mystery that once again has everybody fascinated. police in los angeles have reopened the investigation into natalie wood's death. but with so much time having passed since the actress drowned, how exactly are they hoping to crack this case. abc's bazi kanani has been looking into that. bazi, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning. l.a. county sheriff's detectives are releasing specifics on how they're going to pursue it. so we reached out to some other experienced investigators for their thoughts on what happens next and this high-profile hollywood mystery case. the victim, natalie wood. age, 43. hollywood beauty. found dead in the water november 29, 1981. her death, declared an accidental drowning. 30 years later, investigators say they have new information.
>> they haven't substantiated that information. but that's why they've now assigned two seasoned detectives to take another look at this case. >> reporter: they'll start with existing evidence, reviewing pictures and notes from the scene near catalina island, the yacht wood was on, the dingy she may have been trying to board, the autopsy report. >> obviously you could have medical comers today review the l.a. medical examiner's report to see if there are any inconsistencies. >> reporter: next up, the key witnesses. the three other people on the boat, robert wagner, wood's husband, also a famous actor, claims he saw and heard nothing about his wife's drowning that night. christopher walken, wood's friend and handsome co-star. he has not talked publicly since the case was reopened. dennis davern, the captain on the boat, he says he heard a vicious fight before wood disappeared and that wagner asked him not to look for her. >> perhaps there are additional
allegations, but allegations take you nowhere unless you can prove them. >> reporter: could that proof come from new evidence, maybe from high-tech search and testing techniques like we see in today's tv crime dramas? our experts say not likely. >> talk about going to a boat 30 years later, it would be unrealistic to swab anything. >> forensic evidence such as dna evidence, these are the type of evidence that usually changes the case. we don't have that here. we just have a change of testimony. short of that, it's going to be very difficult for them to reclassify this case. >> now the experts we spoke with expect the review of the natalie wood case will be done relatively soon. possibly a couple of months, they say, and, again, robert wagner has said he supports this new investigation. dan and bianna, it's worth noting he is not a suspect at this time, and this case is still ruled an accident. >> thank you, bazi. appreciate it. now to a happier hollywood story. >> that's right, a happy
hollywood story involving an actress and a marine. the happiest guy at a big military gala this weekend. dressed in elegant black with her hand in a patriotic pose, movie star mila kunis kept her promise. the "black swan" star attended a marine corps birthday ball last night with sergeant scott moore. >> i would like to take a moment out of my day to invite you to the marine corps ball. >> reporter: the 28-year-old star was invited by moore on youtube. the invitation became a viral sensation with 4 million hits. mila saw the youtube clip a month later on a media tour with her "friends with benefit" co-star justin timberlake. >> do it for your country. >> i'll do it for you. >> reporter: and last night was the big night. the starlet arriving in greenville, north carolina, in a black suv. anticipation for the evening ran high. not to be left out, her co-star
got an invitation of his own on youtube. >> justin, you want to call out my girl mila, well, i'm going to call you out -- >> reporter: marine corporal kelsey desantis extended her invitation to the pop star for a ball in virginia. >> i accept. >> reporter: justin and kelsey had their star turn last weekend. she told robin roberts earlier this week that it was a special night for both of them. >> we kind of locked eyes and we were both grateful for the things that our country stands for. >> reporter: reality star kristin cavallari also accepted a marine corps invite. hers by twitter to a california event thursday. the stars showing their appreciation for the servicemen who do so much for our country. and we should note that sergeant scott moore will join us tomorrow on "good morning america" to talk more about his big date with mila kunis. and as one russian speaker to another, mila -- [ speaking russian ] >> that's russian for way to go. >> nice. yes, excellent. i have nothing to match that with. >> coming up here, serious story
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more healthy satisfaction. get more with honey bunches of oats. >> look at these animals. they're incredible. coming up here on "good morning america" on this sunday morning, ron claiborne taking us on ron's amazing adventure as we call it to a town that's so overrun with polar bears, that they have now put systemness place where they air-lift them out of town. look at that. what is a polar bear jail? ron will explain all of that coming up here on "good morning america." good morning to you. i'm dan harris. >> and i'm bianna golodryga. it's sunday, november 20th. also coming up -- check this out. what do angry birds have to do with this holiday light display? we'll tell you coming up in our weekly "fixation" segment. but we're going to start this half hour down in florida with the search for that missing mother of three. her name is michelle parker, and she disappeared on thursday, the same day an episode of "the
people's court" aired featuring her and her ex-fiance. abc's dan kloeffler is on the story. >> reporter: good morning to you. this on-again, off-again couple was fighting about money and figured that "people's court" was the best way to settle things, but once the verdict aired, nobody saw michelle parker except the man she was fighting with. >> all right, dale smith, you're suing your former fiancee michelle parker for $5,000, the statutory maximum for an engagement ring. >> reporter: these florida exes turned to "the people's court" to settle a dispute. but on the same day that this episode aired -- >> he gets pretty malicious and vindictive especially when he's been drinking. >> i ended up smashing my camera on the ground. >> reporter: -- michelle parker disappeared. it happened thursday after she dropped off the couple's twins at his orlando home. she was never heard or seen again. her abandoned truck found a day later. police gathered items from smith's home and searched the nearby woods but have not gone so far as to call him a suspect. >> we need you guys to break off
into groups of four to six. >> reporter: as searchers organized, her family is making desperate pleas. >> if anybody has her and you're holding her hostage, please let her go. let her come home so that she can raise her babies. >> reporter: in their argument on the show, parker revealed deeper conflicts in the relationship. >> he shouldn't have put his hands on me, and he shouldn't have put his hands on me prior. he shouldn't have left me three for four times over the last year and a half. >> the show could provide clues for investigators. >> you know, it's always possible that any time you have a public display of animosity between two individuals in a relationship it's going to exacerbate the problems between these two individuals. >> reporter: it's not the first time that daytime television has shared the headline with a case. back in 1996, a man was convicted of murdering an acquaintance after he claimed "the jenny jones show" ambushed with a gay crush confessional, and for this case a private dispute that played out for
television audiences -- >> it's been a hell of a roller-coaster ride. >> reporter: -- could be linked to this family's nightmare. >> why wife's out there, everybody is searching. let's hope we find her and bring her home. >> reporter: now according to the show's schedule, this episode was taped last month so investigators are expected to closely analyze the activity of both smith and parker since the middle of october to help them in their search. >> tough story, dan kloeffler, thank you. let's check the rest of the morning's headlines with ron claiborne, once again, before he gets to his polar bear story. >> i'm looking forward to that. >> i am. claiborne. >> good morning again, dan and bianna, good morning, everyone. in the news, the university of california at davis is launching an investigation after a video of students getting pepper sprayed by campus police went viral. the school's chancellor called the images chilling, but she's resisting calls for her resignation. and a highway in germany has re-opened after a massive 52-vehicle pileup. three people were killed and dozens injured. and the accident which happened
late friday in foggy conditions are being blamed for that crash. and target is the latest company to drop one of the nation's largest egg suppliers after an abc news investigation revealed cases of animal cruelty at its farms. mcdonald's has also cut off deliveries from that same supplier. and finally, tom cruise and his daughter suri were spotted ice skating at a rink in downtown pittsburgh, pennsylvania yesterday. cruise is in pittsburgh shooting his latest film, "one shot." >> it's time now for the weather. over to ginger zee. >> good morning, ron, good morning, everyone. we begin with travel conditions. and the spots that you'll be most worried about come wednesday because that's such a huge travel day. in the northeast, new york and boston, both should see delays. it's because of the wet and kind of breezy day. many looking at seattle and san francisco having some heftier delays too. that's on wednesday. the weather that will create the delays is going to be the rain and snow from the poconos back to the north and west. that's where we can expect wet snow mixing in
into the mountains and down into northern florida and along the eastern seaboard, thunderstorms possible. so as you're planning your travel this week, the great news for you is come thanksgiving day, we really dry out, but here in new york city, for the macy's parade, all of the balloons and all the floats is >> thiathe >> this weather report has bee >> this weather report has been brought to you by hallmark. dan and bianna? >> can we bring up that image of tom cruise and suri again? i mean we've really watched this girl grow up before our eyes. i think she's 5 years old now. >> i'm also struck by the fact that everybody is leaving them alone. he's not being mugged. >> yeah. >> they're polite in pittsburgh. good for that. good for them.
all right, coming up here on "good morning america" this morning -- the bear in the air, the air lift. this is great copy i'm reading here. ron claiborne's excellent adventure up in polar bear country. coming up after the break. >> i really think that dan is jealous of ron. >> i'm totally jealous. >> taking your beat. plus, remember this? we've got an urgent competitive rabbit hopping update coming up in our "fixation" segment, also brought to you by ron claiborne. in our "fixation" segment, also brought to you by ron claiborne. borne. n claiborne. ♪ write "you're pretty." you're pretty! ♪ i think he hurt his tibia. what's a tibia? [ female announcer ] cards are not for sending. ♪ they're for bringing us together. this holiday, select cards tage-paid.
tricking hab bats in wildlife can sometimes cause animals to wander into areas where people live. imagine if that wildlife were polar bears. well, that's what's happening in a city of manitoba, canada, where scientists say global warming is driving those beautiful, but potentially dangerous animals right into town. they are magnificent, captivating, somehow even magical. to be able to see them in the wild was amazing. churchill, manitoba, calls itself the polar bear capital of the world. it is here on this wind-blasted, icy tundra that hundreds of
polar bears come out of their summer-long torper and head to the shores of hudson bay waiting for the water to freeze over so they can go out on to the ice to hunt seals. but, as you see from these warning signs in town, sometimes a polar bear will come right into churchill. you're not going to want to fight with a polar bear, are you? >> no. you're not going to win, even a small one. >> there's a bear right here. there are a couple of them here. >> reporter: so wayward bears who wander into town, get arrested, captured and taken here to bear jail. after several days of incarceration, they are taken out, tranquilized and blindfolded in case they wake up too soon. and they're air-lifted away. we followed in another helicopter as this bear was carried about 40 miles north of churchill out into the wilderness. this bear is about 400 or 500 pounds. he was kept in the bear jail for
only about a week or so. it will take about three hours for this tranquilizer to wear off. and then hopefully he'll go wandering off in another direction in search of food. soon the bear began to wake up. licking at the snow as he groggily watched us as we were watching him. a ranker marks his back with green dye. this way if he shows up in churchill again, they'll know that he's a repeat offender. >> what's happened is we've had successive years where the ice has melted earlier, so bears are coming ashore earlier and in poor conditions. and they're get nothing trouble. >> reporter: jeff york is a polar bear expert. head of arctic species conservation for the world wildlife fund, which is leading research into the bears' habits and habitats backed from a $2 million grant from coca-cola. york says earth's warming climate means that it's taking longer for ice on hudson bay to form, and it is thawing earlier. meaning a shorter period when polar bears are out on the ice feeding. >> polar bears are definitely
threatened, and they're threatened by habitat loss driven by climate change. >> reporter: jeff would be our guide on our polar bear expedition. give out one of these, what they call buggies and go out into polar bear country and hopefully get up close and personal with a bunch of polar bears. on our trip to the tundra we saw lots of polar bears. we got about a 6 to 8-year-old female right next to our buggy. in fact, she is coming over to check us out. looks very curious. changed her mind. the bears we saw were on the move but in no particular hurry. they're hungry because they haven't had anything to eat since coming off the ice last july. and once again this year, the ice has been late forming. so we're late getting them to their meal this year. >> we're late getting them to their meal this year, and they were early getting off. so that window without food is growing at both ends. >> reporter: on our last day the
weather turned bitterly cold, far below zero and with a fierce numbing wind. i'm cold. i don't know about you. but the bears, no problem. >> no problem. this weather doesn't bother them. >> reporter: but cold enough for the ice to begin forming on hudson bay. we watched as some of the polar bears seemed to test the ice and they seemed to sense, too, that soon finally they'll be able to hunt for food. at the current rate of ice loss, it's predicted that there will be no ice forming any longer on hudson bay by the year 2080. so their habitat would be lost. there's an effort going on to create kind of a permanent habitat in the northern latitudes for some of the 20,000-plus arctic polar bears that exist. it would involve preserving this area in the upper latitudes, and it's called the last ice. this would resist global warming longer. and coca-cola company are putting up money to support this research and effort and matching up to a million
bucks. >> that image of them testing the ice. >> you looked at climate change. i mean what are the trend lines from your perspective? >> no matter what's causing it, we know that it's warming, we know that there's less ice, and without ice, it's not just polar bears, the ocean has a more difficult time getting back and eating away atmospheric carbons so our air gets worse as the ice depletes. we know that but now there's been studies by a couple of different canadian agencies that has been proven. >> you want to try to help the polar bears, you can contribute by going to abc news or goodmorningamerica.com@yahoo! >> ron, great story. i'm jealous of your adventure. well done. >> it looked cold up. coming up, remember jubjub, the amazing balancing dog. he has other skills coming up after the break. ♪ so creamy and delicious? care and dedication. our family-owned company has focused on making... the best-tasting sour cream for over four generations.
♪ ♪ you're an obsession, you're my obsession ♪ >> any time you hear that song, you know what it means. it's time for our "fixation." what? >> nothing. carry on. >> it's the segment where we show you the stories, the images and the videos that caught our attention this week. i just wanted to share with you guys. i was going to start with dan, but for interrupting me i'm going to turn to ginger. >> competition for clark griswold. lights, christmas lights. and we all love them, but can you computer program them to the angry birds song? wow, john storms, austin, texas. >> austin. >> a lot of time on his hands. look at that. >> no, not even. he said that he did it within two hours to program it. >> very cool, ginger. >> hanging the lights may have taken a little while. >> the best part -- may i go next?
>> yes, you can. >> remember a couple of weeks ago we showed the rabbit hopping competition in europe which is apparently catching on big there. well, we got a lot of viewers paying attention to this. and we got an entry from a viewer, a young lady, 11 years old. >> merits a horn flourish. >> her name is cassandra brustkern. i'm sorry, cassandra, from la porte, iowa. this was cassandra training some of her rabbits on her family farm. she said this guy with floppy ears named bo has a little bit of trouble getting over the hurdles because he has a large derriere. >> and you actually spoke with her a few times. >> i talked to her a few times yesterday. she's a real enthusiast. she's been doing this since she was 6 years old. so gotten very good at it. >> derriere is the vaet nary term.
>> it is now, yeah. you know the staple of hollywood films, the evil laugh. bianna actually does one quite frequently around here. >> there we go. >> this has been in movies since time and memorial. i think we cut together a montage of famous evil laughs over the generations. there is a little girl, i believe in -- where is it? there's an evil laugh, by the way. there is a little girl in norway who was caught on video with her own evil laugh by her father. take a look. tell us what you think. >> yeah. >> can we play that again? i think that's a bona fide laugh. look at that. >> look at her face. you expect -- >> maniacal. you expect her head to spin around. >> absolutely maniacal. >> she's still cute. >> by the way, in the course of i think five days, that got 2 million hits on youtube. >> wow. >> wow. >> incredible. someone else who has a lot of hits on youtube. do you remember jubjub, the st.
bernard who was on "good morning america" last week. he can juggle just about anything -- not juggling. i'm sorry. he can hold anything, can balance anything on his nose, not juggling. that was an angry bird doll. josh elliott had a blast with him. but he's back, his owner now says jubjub plays football. let's take a look at a video. >> nice open-field tackle there. >> exactly. >> oh. >> he's huge. >> how much does jubjub? about 150 pounds or something like that? >> dan, you keep putting me on the spot this morning. let's just say that he's a big dog. >> jubjub is very cute. >> all right, that's our "fixation" for this sunday, but we do want to say as ron illustrated so beautifully this morning, we take viewer submissions no matter where
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