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spike in aggravated assault. >> the crime rates are very high and it turns out they are very high in the same neighborhoods that we find high blood lead levels. >> reporter: nowadays, gas is unleaded, which is a good thing, but the effects of the past when the gas did have lead can still be felt. >> there is still the remnants of it that you can find in the city just by measuring the amount of lead in the soil. i know the police department is interested in our maps because they find that the areas that we have the highest lead in the city are the same areas that they are also seeing the highest crime rates. >> reporter: although his discovery may be alarming, this scientist says, sadly, the damage may already be done today, but we can fix tomorrow. >> the future is based on what happens to children today. >> reporter: kenny lopez, abc news. a hacking scandal has dozens of students in california in some pretty deep trouble. berkeley high school
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administrators say student hackers broke into the school's computerized attendance system to sell cleared absences to classmates who wanted to play a little hooky. some students' tardy marks were removed from school records for a fee. 50 students could be suspended. four could be expelled. a modesto, california, high school student and her former teacher are back together again. mm-hmm, tainted love. 18-year-old jordan powers had broken up with 41-year-old james hooker -- an unfortunate name -- three weeks ago. that's when he was arrested on a sex charge involving a different student about 14 years ago. powers was staying with family in ohio, but her mother says she left a few days ago and went back to hooker. in february, hooker left his wife, his kids, quit his job and moved powers into his apartment. her mom said that he called her incessantly after she had broke up with him and moved back to -- not moved, but you know, went to ohio to get away from him, but he just kept -- he was a
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predator and just kept preying on her. now she's cut off all ties with her family. >> seems like she came to her senses about a week or two ago and said i'm done with this. the other charge came out. now she's going back to him. on behalf of the nation -- all right. here's a look at your thursday weather. a wet day in the southeast with thunderstorms from miami up to the carolinas. some morning showers around d.c., philly and the big apple. severe storms from oklahoma city to des moines. rain from southern minnesota to green bay and from denver to the dakotas. some snow in the colorado rockies. >> near 70 in colorado springs. 80 in sacramento. 63 in portland. 49 in minneapolis. 61 in omaha. 75 in indianapolis. miami hits 83, and baltimore 68. geologists in russia have found what they believe is an extraordinary group of dinosaur eggs. they were surveying a hillside when they came across some very smooth ovals among all the rocks and rubble. clearly visible in those ovals were shells as well as yolks. >> could they still fry the
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yolk? so far, they found about 40 of those fossilized eggs that they believe date back 60 million years, toward the end of the dinosaurs' reign on earth. experts are on their way from moscow to carbon date these specimens. >> could have been a heck of an omelet. >> good for easter egg dyeing. >> more after this. stay with us. ♪ dinosaur, i want the dinosaur ♪ >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by united health care. important phone call i made. when i got my medicare card, i realized i needed an aarp... medicare supplement nsurance card, too. medicare is one of the great things about turning 65, but it doesn't cover everything. in fact, it only pays up to " 80% of your part b expenses. if you're already on or eligible for medicare, call now to find out how an aarp... insured by unitedhealthcare insurance company,
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>> reporter: many say she changed the game of women's basketball. >> i didn't watch it before that. but after she came to the league, i started watching women's basketball. and jump shots got a lot better. >> reporter: some believe her impact on college basketball in general is untouchable. >> obviously, she's the winningest coach, men's and women's college basketball. so, i think that says it all, and to say she did it at one school, pretty phenomenal. >> reporter: now that pat summitt has stepped down as head coach, many are saying good-bye to a living legend. >> she's a strong lady, and she is leaving a very strong legacy. and i think that she will always be there, even if she's not in appearancewise. >> reporter: she will be missed. >> greatly. she will never be forgotten. >> reporter: and when vol nation hears the name pat summitt, they'll think about a variety of things. >> i think about a winner. that's how you sum it up. she's a winner in everything that she did. if you look at her teams over
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the years, you know, not only on the court, but off the court, what she did with the ladies, what she did with the school. she's a winner. >> a winner. somebody who never gives up. that's how i'll remember her. >> reporter: pat summitt, the end of an era. in knoxville, samantha saracino, abc news. >> 59 years old. says this decision was hers alone and is supporting her assistant, holly, to take the reins of that team. >> 8 national championships, 18 final fours, 16 conference titles. it's unprecedented. you don't see this kind of loyalty in college sports anymore. mike krzyzewski comes to mind. the winningest coach of all time in any sport in ncaa history. >> incredible career and a well-earned retirement. >> for sure. >> we'll be right back, everybody. >> announcer: abc's "world nh@h@
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he really looks so amazing throughout his life. it really is incredible. when we learned of dick clark's passing, many of us, of course, fell back to a time when so many watched "american bandstand" to hear the latest music. >> and of course, to see all the new dance moves. here are a few memories from our "abc scrapbook." ♪ >> the nation's number one song. "at the hop"! ♪ let's go to the hop let's go to the hop ♪ >> this one is called "rock around the clock." ♪ one, two, three o'clock four o'clock rock five, six, seven o'clock eight o'clock rock ♪
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♪ 9 o'clock, ten o'clock, 11 o'clock, 12 o'clock rock ♪ ♪ we're gonna rock around the clock tonight ♪ ♪ all the leaves are brown and the sky is gray ♪ >> ladies and gentlemen, please greet for their first visit, the jackson five. ♪ give me one more chance won't you please ♪ >> let me see the audience do their thing. ♪ it's fun to stay at the ymca, it's fun to stay at the ymca ♪ >> and is she hot. this is madonna! ♪ if we took the holiday, took some time to celebrate ♪ >> for now, dick clark. so long. >> so many memories. and it's incredible, too, there was actually a memorial that took place last night at branson, missouri, of course, a well-known music town.
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that's where the "american bandstand" theater is located which dick clark founded there. you can see a loving tribute there and across the country as america really remembers its oldest teenager. oldest teenager. . . .
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>> announcer: "world news now" delivers your "morning papers." >> real quick before we get to "morning papers," we have a special prize for all of you. tomorrow and friday's "world news now," a special prom segment, so, we want to know what your favorite prom slow song of all time is. go to wnnfans and weigh in. let's get to it. a twist to wife swap. a brazilian inmate escaped prison by dressing into his wife's clothes. she had come to visit him in jail and put her clothes on. he had shaved his legs. yeah. shaved his arms. >> oh, lord, have mercy. lord! whoo! >> so, he was discovered about an hour after his escape because he was walking strangely on the street and they arrested him.
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they brought him back, as you see, still dressed as a woman. that lipstick is horrible. >> that is a fine woman. that's a good looking woman. >> but he managed to get out of prison like that, walk out. >> hey, buddy, before you get back to prison, take the outfit off. just saying. >> look a little funny there? >> you've got to respect the initiative, though. >> yes. >> oh, what a cutie! >> "a" for effort. i love this story. this comes to us from the paper in seattle. apparently, a guy went to the airport and he was pulled aside if you are going through the metal detector and had a pat-down. he said enough is enough. he wanted to make a political statement. he's tired of the security. it goes too far. you know what he did? yes, he got buck naked at the airport. he defended this as protected political speech. this is john e. brennan, 49 years old. he was charged. the charges, though, have been dropped. the people in line covered their eyes, covered the eyes of their children. smart move here. he is tired of all the things
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going -- the security at the airport going too far. so his protest was just to show everybody his birthday suit. ironically, he almost got arrested for having too much crack. oh, yeah. you like that. you liked that, didn't you? i've been saving that. okay, so, one of your most favorite smells in the entire world would probably be that of what? not crack. >> no, no. >> an apple macbook pro? so there are three australian designers trying to emulate the smell of an apple macbook. they used glue, plastic, rubber and paper. the aroma's going to be on display at the melbourne west space exhibition. it's called "stink different." the signature scent will not be for sale. >> people love the new car smell. so, maybe the new computer smell is -- >> i guess. if it's going to be a new computer, i'd rather take the computer over the smell. >> do you have a favorite perfume? >> actually, perfumes kind of give me a headache. >> really? >> but you smell nice.
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this morning on "world news this morning on "world news now" -- rockin' remembrance. dick clark's impact on the entertainment industry and on a generation. >> from "american bandstand" to game shows, to "new year's rockin' eve," clark's television career will never be forgotten. it's thursday, april 19th. captions paid for by abc, inc. and good morning, everybody. i'm rob nelson. >> i'm paula faris. the ageless dick clark nicknamed the oldest living teenager, he died yesterday in santa monica at the age of 82. we are getting reaction from hollywood to the white house. and we're going to check in with our music and media consultant to talk about clark's most lasting impressions. we encourage you to get in the
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twitterverse. use the #dickclarkstory. get on and share your story. we'll be getting to those a little bit later. >> absolutely. an american icon. i believe several generations will be feeling this loss. a true original, too. we have a lot to say about dick clark this morning. also today, the alarming calls for help from an american airlines cockpit crew to the control tower after a flight attendant had a breakdown before a flight. seems like there's this kind of story in the news every week now. this again made national headlines, and we've got the recordings that have just been released. how many scary airline stories and crazy flight attendant stories are we going to hear in the past year? it's insane. >> and these new audio recordings, a little disconcerting, to say the least. >> a little. and later this half hour, the incredible video that went viral this week. the late tupac shakur appearing on stage as a hologram. well, it's technology that could reshape the entire entertainment world. >> look how life-like. you know, that was the amazing part. it's so real. i think it was dr. dre's idea. $400,000 spent, but money well
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spent because it's gotten all this buzz and it's so incredibly real. so, we'll get to that in just a second. but as you can imagine, this is our big story this morning. the tributes are now pouring in today for dick clark from the stars that he literally helped create to the fans of "american bandstand." >> an abc original. it's hard to imagine what new year's eve is going to be like without that familiar, seemingly ageless face in the middle of times square. abc's scott goldberg has a look back at his remarkable career. ♪ >> announcer: live from philadelphia, it's time for america's favorite dance party, "american bandstand." >> reporter: dick clark on the show that made the perennial teenager and rock and roll icon a part of every american family. >> we have great memories of dick clark. we grew up every saturday, 1:00, watching dick clarke. >> reporter: he brought hundreds of artists and dancing teens into our homes and that opened the door for his contemporaries. >> he made rock and roll my kind of broadcasting, very acceptable. i was accepted in homes because of dick clarke.
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>> reporter: for four decades, he brought generations together from all over the country and the world, watching the ball drop in times square on his "new year's rockin' eve." clarke when you're standing here? >> such a sad loss for times square, for the world. >> the ball will drop, and the new year will come, but he will be sorely, sorely missed. >> reporter: ryan seacrest appeared regularly with clarke and stood in for him when clarke suffered a stroke in 2005. >> it's a tremendously emotional day for so many people, fans of music, fans of television, broadcasters, certainly me personally, as dick clark, you know, was one of those incredible pioneers of our business. >> reporter: and president obama paid tribute to clark in a release, saying "more important than his groundbreaking achievements was the way he made us feel, as young and vibrant and optimistic as he was." and from pennsylvania avenue to sunset and vine, this legendary
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pioneer is being remembered for his life and legacy. scott goldberg, abc news, new york. >> an american icon for sure. our coverage of dick clark's life and death does not end there. why big singing stars, including madonna and even the jackson 5 have dick clark to thank for so much help in jump-starting their legendary careers. we'll check in with our media and music consultant coming up in just a few minutes. and of course, look for many your memories of dick clark, including yours, later in the half hour, plus on "america this morning" and later today on "good morning america," as we pay tribute to dick clarke, a legend dead at the age of 82. and now to a more troubling story about american troops serving in afghanistan. new photos have emerged that have the secretary of defense apologizing. as abc's martha raddatz reports, this is something that he's been forced to do a lot lately. >> reporter: the photographs are so disturbing. a soldier smiling. the hand of a dead insurgent placed mockingly on his
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shoulder. or this one, where soldiers hold the severed legs of a suicide bomber. almost all of the men in the photos have now been identified and are under criminal investigation. taken two years ago, these images were just recently given to "the los angeles times" by a soldier in the same battalion. >> that behavior that was depicted in those photos absolutely violates both our regulations and, more importantly, our core values. >> reporter: but these apologies have come every month this year. january, marines shown urinating on a taliban corpse. february, copies of the muslim holy book inadvertently burned. march, a soldier accused of the massacre of afghan civilians. while the pentagon says there is no excuse for such behavior, more than 1,800 u.s. forces have died in afghanistan. the "times" says virtually every man in the picture had friends
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who were killed or wounded by homemade bombs or suicide attackers just like the ones they were posing with in the pictures. martha raddatz, abc news, washington. in other news this morning, three secret service agents are now being forced out in the wake of that prostitution scandal. a supervisor is being allowed to retire. one agent resigned and another was given his 30 days notice. we are told the fired agent, though, is now planning to sue. meanwhile, the top republican in the house says he welcomes the steps being taken by the agency, but this, he says, is certainly not over. the faa has just released cockpit recordings of an airline crew member melting down on board. it happened at the dallas-ft. worth airport right before takeoff, when a flight attendant flipped out and had to be forcibly subdued. jason whitely of our dallas station has the story. >> reporter: american flight 2332 had just pushed back from the gate when pilots first alerted controllers that
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something was wrong. >> american 2332, we're not going to be ready. we need to pull off. we have an issue. we would like to pull off here for a moment and hold. >> reporter: on the other side of the cockpit door, a veteran american airlines flight attendant was having a mental breakdown, said her roommate died on 9/11, asked if terrorists were on board her chicago-bound flight, then admitted she was bipolar and forgot to take her medication. >> american 2332, we need to return to the gate. >> get out of my way! >> reporter: pilots who could hear the violent commotion behind them were trying to communicate with both the cabin and controllers. >> you know, just give me instructions. again, we've got issues on board this aircraft with one of our -- and we need to get back to gate immediately. >> they're physically restraining the flight attendant as we speak. >> reporter: perhaps he was unaware, but the pilot never revealed that a flight attendant was causing the disturbance. >> if there's anything else we can do, let me know, we'll help you. >> we've got something going on. someone is going crazy in the back. >> reporter: american tells us she is still employed but
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remains on sick leave after the psychological emergency that resulted in such a rare situation. >> jason whitely reporting from dallas. that flight attendant scared passengers when she told everyone she's not responsible for crashing the plane. that incident happened roughly six weeks ago. rob? in other news, a gray whale entangled in fishing line off the southern california coast is now missing. rescuers searched for the whale in thick fog yesterday but there was no sign of him. they removed 100 feet of heavy fishing line from the whale before darkness fell tuesday night, but more line remained around his head and fin. that whale, which is migrating in the wrong direction, could starve or actually get an infection from that fishing line. >> that whale had no idea the fishing boat was actually trying to help it. >> yeah. >> kind of like an analogy for life sometimes, right? >> we don't know, right? >> we don't know. here's your tuesday -- thursday forecast. let's not go back. >> almost friday. >> let's keep going forward.
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thursday forecast. morning showers in the northeast. thunderstorms from the raleigh area to miami. hail and gusty winds around oklahoma city, wichita and des moines. rain from denver to green bay. a half foot of snow in the colorado rockies. afternoon showers in the pacific northwest. >> it's 56 in seattle. 64 in salt lake city. and 80 in sacramento. near 50 in the twin cities. 60s from omaha to detroit. 72 in new york. 83 in miami. a chance encounter between high school friends after 30 years ended this week with a very unusual wedding. willy pitman and julie rogers tied the knot at their local ikea this week. >> interesting. >> i like it. that, of course, is the swedish home furnishing store, and that is where they actually bumped into each other about two years ago. >> their dinner in the cafeteria there that night was their first unexpected date. ikea loved their story, so they threw open their doors for the couple, catered the wedding, dinner as well. swedish meatballs for everyone. love it! 30 years later.
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i'm coming up on my 20-year high school reunion. >> really? >> yes. >> i'm not far behind you. >> 20 years. >> time goes by fast. they are coming here to new york for their honeymoon. swing on by, guys. >> perfect! >> come over here. >> we've got a couple ikeas in the area. >> we do, yeah. hopefully, they print instructions so everybody will be able to understand them. happy wedding, nonetheless. we'll be back with more "world news now" after this. ♪ ikea meatballs >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by "that's my jam" cd set. [ alarm buzzes ] [ female announcer ] wake up time,
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♪ we're going hoppin' we're going hoppin' today ♪ ♪ where things are poppin' the philadelphia way ♪ ♪ we're gonna drop it on all the music they play on the "bandstand" ♪ oh, i love that tune! >> back when music seemed a little more real. >> it was more real. >> dance was more real. >> i think we could include the word talent? >> yes. >> we saw a little more talent back then? true talent. it wasn't digitally altered in the studios.
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back to our top story, the loss of an iconic member of our family here at abc, dick clark. for more than half a century he hosted two shows here on the alphabet. >> two well-known shows. "american bandstand" and "new year's rockin' eve." our music and media consultant bruno del granado joins us now to discuss the passing of this tv legend. it's hard not to overstate the importance of "american bandstand. >> good morning, guys. dick clark helped usher in the role of "bandstand" when he took over hosting duties in 1956. don't forget, rock and roll was just starting as a big format. the guy helped open the doors for the format, for rock music in general, even though he never really interviewed the rolling stones or the beatles or elvis presley, per se, or had them on the show. but he played janis joplin, the doors, and had them on the set. so, he really was a precursor and the guy who helped bring in this humongous wave of new music to america. >> i love his history, too. he knew what he wanted to do at the age of 13. no musical background. didn't play an interest. wasn't particularly talented. >> just loved it, had an eye and ear for it.
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>> he certainly did, but why did he start the "american music awards"? >> well, he started the "american music awards" because cbs stole the grammys away from abc in 1973. so the powers that be at abc said they needed, actually, a music awards show, so they called on dick clark, who had a long-standing relationship with the network already with "bandstand," and he created the "american music awards." it is going to celebrate its 40th anniversary on abc next year. it's one of the biggest, highest rated shows on abc every year. >> you can imagine next year's amas will pay a big tribute to dick clark. that's for sure, too. and of course, so many of us know him from new year's eve out there in times square with the masses. i don't think there's any person of a certain age who hasn't at least spent one new year's with dick clark in their lifetime. how did he get that gig? >> he replaced guy lombardo. once again, you know, it was a time to change. 40 years ago this year we're going to celebrate the 40th anniversary of "new year's
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rockin' eve," this year, this new year's eve, which is i knowon knowonic. it was again, the times are changing. they needed new music. a younger generation had to tune in to see the actual dropping of the ball, and nobody could do this better than the eternal teenager, dick clark. once again, abc turned to him. the relationship dick clark had with abc was very, very symbiotic. the network and him needed each other. but at a period in the mid-'80s, guys, dick clark had television shows either hosted or produced by him on every single television network in the u.s. that's unheard of today. we talk about ryan seacrest and simon cowell. those guys don't have the kind of clout that dick clark had at the height of his power. >> yeah. >> wow. >> and speaking of, it really was a business, but you never felt like it was a business. you always felt like he was doing what he loved, but at the end of the day, he was just an incredible businessman. >> he was a shrewd businessman. at the end of his, you know, a couple of years ago when he stepped away from his company, dick clark productions, he sold
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it for $140 million. that company is now worth twice that much. but dick clark knew that the money was in owning the formats of all the game shows and producing shows like "the golden globes," the "american music awards," hosting shows like "the bloopers." so he had to have his hand in every sort of aspect of television. and he knew that the hosting part was just a little entry for him, and it was just a spark that was going to get people's interest in whatever he had to deliver and whatever he had to sell. >> that's incredible. this very genuine, unassuming guy, but he built an empire. let's not forget about that, for sure. also, he played a role decades ago in terms of the civil rights movement, bringing black music to the forefront here. he played a big role in that. getting a lot of acts their start and bringing them into the mainstream. kind of cultural integration. he played a role. >> humongous. we hear about, we talk about mtv being the first television network to play music and music videos by african-american artists.
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dick clark blew those doors wide open in the '60s. he brought in smokey robinson, diana ross, stevie wonder. he was the first television host to have the jackson 5. the jackson 5 premiered their song "i want you back" on their show. so, he was on that early on. and throughout the late '80s, he was also very on the rap music tip. he had grandmaster flash on the show before anyone else had him. he had the sugar hill gang on the show as well. >> he did it all in more ways than one and will be missed. absolutely. >> all right, thanks, bruno del granado. thank you so much for your insight. just wonderful job, really, this morning. thanks for staying up with us. >> thanks, guys. and coming up -- >> your favorite memories of dick clark. stay with us, everybody. >> announcer: abc's "world news now" will continue after this from our abc stations. medicare. it doesn't cover everything. and what it doesn't cover can cost you some money.
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♪ phones are ringing ♪ phones are ringing my mom and dad are so proud i'm on "bandstand" ♪ we're going to go back to our top story this morning, the passing of tv legend and music legend, really, dick clark here. we want you to go to facebook. let us know your favorite memory of dick clark is. just check out our fan page at on facebook. already getting some really nice comments in this morning. ann writes us "another icon gone, very sad. thoughts and prayers to his family." and margaret writes in, "there will be rock and roll in heaven." paul says "he'll be missed by millions and loved truly for all that he's done for young and old alike. i think new year's eve should be named after him." i think that's well said. >> and on our facebook page, keenan says "new year's rockin' eve" isn't worth watching now. lucy says rock 'n' roll hugs. rest in peace to the one that made the world get up and dance. thank you so much for the good times."
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i mean, talk about a legacy, how you want to be remembered. >> no one did it better than dick clark. stay with us, everybody. we will be right back. we will be right back. follow the wings.
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♪ ♪ oh, i need someone to read me stories, oh, someone to turn the page ♪ welcome back, everybody. now we turn to a new trend that is truly unlike anything we've ever seen. amazing technology out there now with some truly life-like results. >> so, imagine with us, if you will, if we could be on the set here right now without ever having to get out of bed. >> wow. >> abc's john berman tells us all about it. lazy man's broadcasting, isn't it? >> reporter: what if you could see elvis in concert tomorrow? what if john lennon took the stage next week? it could happen, after a performance this weekend that
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rocked the house, the internet, the world and beyond. >> what the [ bleep ] is up! >> reporter: rapper tupac shakur on stage at the coachella music festival, more than 15 years after his death. >> it kind of bugs me out that he's been dead for 16 years. he's still in much better shape than i am. >> reporter: in breathtaking shape, thanks to cutting-edge technology. tupac came to life as a hologram. for years, holograms have been a staple of science fiction. good for "star wars" princesses with a reliable r-2 unit. >> help me, obi-wan kenobi. you're my only hope. >> reporter: good for "star trek" passengers with reliably creepy tastes. >> computer, blonds and jazz seldom go together. ♪ ♪ i had the time of my life >> reporter: lately, holograms have become more and more mainstream. this was a virtual kate moss at an alexander mcqueen fashion
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show. but that's nothing compared to the technology of bringing tupac back to life. ♪ picture perfect, i paint the perfect picture ♪ >> reporter: the "wall street journal" reports it was a four-month project by a company named digital domain, which previously made brad pitt age decades in "the curious case of benjamin button." >> how old are you? >> 7, but i look a lot older. >> reporter: using past footage of shakur, they made an image on a computer, which they then projected on to an angled piece of glass. ♪ >> reporter: it looked so real, dr. dre and snoop dogg are reportedly considering a tour with the hologram tupac. maybe elvis and john lennon are next. john berman, abc news, new york. >> and the jackson brothers are going on tour later this year. you can see michael jackson hologram coming up. >> oh, cool. >> wouldn't it be nice if we could do this show? >> think we could pull it off? >> man, wouldn't it be nice if we could stay in bed? >> now you're talking.
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♪ this morning on "world news now," so long. that's how dick clark signed off each and every time he was on the air. >> and now his fans, his loved ones and fellow entertainers are saying so long to this legendary broadcaster. it is thursday, april 19th. captions paid for by abc, inc. it is thursday morning. good morning, everyone. i'm paula faris. i already have chills from that music. >> good morning, everybody. i'm rob nelson. dick clark's career spanned generations, and this morning, remembrances are coming from hollywood and everywhere in
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between after his death yesterday in southern california at the age of 82. >> you know, if you go out and if you leave any form of legacy, i mean, this is the type of legacy that you want to leave. an american icon and you can see how many generations, plural, that he truly touched. >> america's oldest teenager rested in peace this morning, for sure. also this morning, it led our headlines yesterday, and now there are major developments after the mother of a newborn was shot and killed outside of a pediatrician's office and her infant kidnapped. well, police are revealing a possible motive. >> a twisted, sick motive in this case. wait until you hear why this woman shot this young mother dead and wanted this 3-day-old baby. just a heartbreaking story. also later this half hour, the movie star known for his angry outbursts. mel gibson's latest rant. his four-letter word and what made him so mad, that's coming up later in "the skinny." mel, mel, mel. ooh. >> mel being mel. >> still battling some demons, that's for sure.
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>> quite a few. first, remembering the legacy of dick clark. it wasn't just the music. it was the way that he truly helped change our culture. >> absolutely. fans gathered on the hollywood walk of fame and many other places around the country yesterday to share their many, many memories. with more on this, here is abc's linsey davis. ♪ >> live from philadelphia, it's time for america's favorite dance party, "american bandstand." >> reporter: it was the late 1950s when dick clark first stepped on stage as host of "american bandstand." in his trademark suit and tie, he introduced rock and roll into millions of homes and helped make it respectable. >> this one is called "rock around the clock." bill haley! ♪ one, two, three o'clock, four o'clock rock ♪ >> reporter: the show became a phenomenon and clark a hit-maker. he gave artists like chubby checker their first big break and opened the show to black artists. >> this is sam cooke singing "you send me." >> reporter: the party lasted 30
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years, from frankie avalon to elvis, to david bowie and mick jagger. >> it is the longest running variety television show in television history. >> reporter: clark's seemingly eternal youth was the only constant. >> i have a terrible problem because people keep referring to me as america's oldest living teenager and all of that. >> reporter: clark used his fame to build an entertainment empire, producing awards shows, hosting game shows and most famously helping the country count down the new year. >> three, two -- happy new year 2001! >> reporter: he was at his post in times square for more than 30 years. even a stroke only briefly stopped the celebration. >> my speech is not perfect, but i am getting there. i wouldn't have missed this for the world. >> reporter: dick clark never liked to say good-bye, not on new year's or any of his shows. instead, he ended every broadcast with his signature salute. >> so long. so long. for now, dick clark.
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so long. ♪ >> reporter: linsey davis, abc news. >> the man was iconic, and so was that send-off, "so long." he did it so well. i was watching an interview yesterday with a friend that was also a u.s. congressman. he said he was out to dinner with dick clark and his wife just about two weeks ago and said he was in great spirits, was in great health and really was in the last five or six days where his health took a really downward turn and led to the massive heart attack he suffered yesterday morning here. but he said until the end, he was a healthy guy and in great spirits and very much with it. and that year he came back after the stroke, you could tell he was, you know, that the speech wasn't what it used to be, but the fact that he was there and still looked good and wanted to be there, that was an amazing moment, and just so emblematic of the kind of man and kind of broadcaster he was. i'm going to get back. i'm going to be back on the air. >> definitely. a broadcaster, an icon, an anomaly in our business.
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that doesn't happen often when you span 60 years doing one thing and doing one thing that you love. but we talked about off camera as well is how he was able to bridge that racial divide at a crucial time in our country. >> yes. >> you know, introducing new artists, you know, black artists -- >> absolutely. >> -- that would not have been on the scene. so what he did, it wasn't just music. i mean, he was instrumental in helping advance our society. >> a lot of things. 82. 82 well-lived years. that is for sure. be sure to stay tuned to abc news all morning long as we continue our remembrances of dick clark. we'll take you to hollywood later this half hour for condolences from both fans and fellow entertainers. well, three agents have been forced out of the secret service over that prostitution scandal in colombia. a supervisor was allowed to retire. another agent retired and yet one more has been given 30 days notice. eight more agents are still on administrative leave. and republican congressman from new york, peter king, says this is just the beginning of the investigation. >> some are denying there was any involvement with
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prostitution, that these were just women they happened to meet. if it's part of the culture, you've got to change that culture. if heads don't roll under these circumstances, no behaviors change. >> an escort who partied with the agents says she was promised $800. however, the next morning, she says he told her he'd only pay $30. after a very loud dispute, she says the man agreed to pay roughly $200. of course, that's how the whistle was blown on this whole situation. >> and new reports this morning of possible cocaine use by that secret service agent as well. maybe that is what led to it as well. but again, investigation just beginning. in other news this morning, secretary of defense leon panetta is apologizing, yet again, for a new incident of american troops behaving badly in afghanistan. behaving badly, to say the least. several gruesome photos have now emerged, one showing a u.s. soldier posing with the hand of a dead insurgent on his shoulder, another of soldiers holding up the severed leg of a suicide bomber.
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the photos were taken about two years ago and then given to "the l.a. times." more bizarre testimony from the confessed norway mass murderer. anders breivik said he is not afraid to die, claiming the death penalty or full acquittal were the only logical outcomes for his massacre of 77 people. capital punishment has not been used in norway since the aftermath of world war ii. and now a follow-up to that fatal shooting outside a houston area pediatrician's office. police say a woman has confessed to killing the young mother and then kidnapping her 3-day-old infant, all so she could have another child for herself. with more, here's abc's scott goldberg. >> reporter: verna mcclain seen here on her facebook page is a registered nurse and mother of three children. police say mcclain came to a pediatrician's office near houston and snatched a 3-day-old from another mother's arms. >> i'm not going to go into detail or motive, but initially, the information is that she did have a miscarriage.
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she needed to justify having a child to her soon-to-be fiance. they were going to get married in may. >> reporter: police called it the kind of attack you only expect to see on tv. >> the suspect shot kala several times, then took the child from the pickup, put him in her car, knocking kala to the ground as she left the scene. >> reporter: when it was over, authorities say mcclain signed an affidavit confessing she kidnapped 3-day-old keegan and shot his mom kala schuchardt, who died not long after. witnesses heard schuchardt screaming, "my baby! my baby!" as keegan was ripped away. >> she was laying on the ground. she wasn't moving. then i saw a blue lexus drive off in that direction. >> reporter: it didn't take police long to find that car and mcclain and keegan, who they say wasn't hurt at all, at an apartment building nearby. >> the district attorney's office believed we had enough information to press forward and file charges of capital murder against verna mcclain. >> reporter: baby keegan's
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father keith is mourning the loss of his wife but was able to hold his newborn son and told abc that was wonderful. scott goldberg, abc news, new york. >> sadly, the father of that little boy and the now widow hasn't been able to have his son back because his name was not on the birth certificate. and this woman, schuchardt, was already a mother of two. this was her third child. and the woman that murdered her suffered a miscarriage, already had three kids. just kind of out of nowhere. >> sordid details. to say the least. we were able to get a brief interview with kevin last night and they asked him how it was to finally hold his baby boy after this traumatic ordeal. he said it was wonderful. it was nice to know he's still alive. you can imagine the roller coaster of emotions he's been on since earlier this week. so, just glad the baby is okay. but still, it's a heartbreaking crime there. moving on this morning, the little town where ronald reagan grew up is stunned by a staggering betrayal of trust. the fbi says rita cromwell, the longtime comptroller of dixon,
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illinois, embezzled $30 million from that town just in the past six years. $30 million. >> $30 million in six years? >> yeah, it's incredible. >> wow. >> she is accused of using the money to operate one of the nation's leading horse breeding operations and also saying she used the money to lead a pretty lavish lifestyle as well. >> so about $5 million a year, $6 million a year she was embezzling, all right. here's your thursday forecast, everybody. snow from the northern rockies into colorado. some rain from denver through the dakotas, minnesota and wisconsin. strong storms from des moines to oklahoma city. windy with thunderstorms in the southeast. some morning showers from d.c. up to new york. >> 65 in beantown. 74 in hotlanta. dallas, 81. kc, 73. chicago, 65. a hot 92 in phoenix. 79 in albuquerque. and 54 in billings. i actually was able to get outside this past weekend and see the sun, which we don't usually get to do on this shift. >> it's nice. you look a little tan. you're catching up to me.
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listen up, donald trump, your complicated comb-over may one day be a thing of the past. i'm a little nervous about to tee off the donald. >> look at this. gross. >> japanese researchers have succeeded now on growing hair on bald mice. see that black wispy stuff on the back of them? yep, that's new hair. >> all righty! the scientists bioengineered hair from hairy mice and then transplanted them under the skin of naturally bald mice, where they grew normally. the japanese team says they want to do the same thing in humans within ten years. but i think bald is beautiful. >> i'm glad you do. sit here long enough, you'll see it yourself. we'll be back with more "world news now" after this. ♪ >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by american advisors group. you by american advisors group. s group. [ female announcer ] with swiffer wetjet,
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♪ going hoppin', we're going hoppin' today, where things are poppin' the philadelphia way ♪ ♪ we're going to drop in on all the music they play on the "bandstand oiz ♪ for decades, dick clark was a part of our lives, introducing us to the hottest new music and, of course, ringing in the new year just a few blocks from here in times square. >> new year's won't be the same. new year's eve as well. the tv legend suffered a massive heart attack yesterday morning. kabc's rob hayes talked to fans in hollywood. >> reporter: clark was known to countless fans as the face of "american bandstand." and his show "dick clark's new year's rockin' eve" has been a holiday mainstay since 1972. clark suffered a major stroke eight years ago and eventually handed over the hosting reins of the new year's eve show to ryan seacrest. >> dick clark, you know, was one of those incredible pioneers of our business. he taught me how to do
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television. i studied him as a kid, and i had the fortunate opportunity to work with him for several years on new year's eve. and so, i'm sad and i'm grateful for what he's given all of us and certainly what he's given me. >> reporter: other celebrities are turning to twitter. from rapper snoop dogg -- "rest in peace to the dick clark. you were a pioneer and a good man. thank you, sir." and singer gloria estefan wrote, "our sincerist condolences to dick clark's wife, kari, his family and all who loved and admired him, which includes the whole estefan clan." landau used to be a dancer on "american bandstand." >> he was like a second father. he was there for all of us. he loved us, and we loved him. >> reporter: when news of dick clark's passing hit the world, it came as a shock to many fans used to his ageless boy next door looks that masked his true age of 82. >> he always looked so young. i haven't seen him in a few years, but i remember when i used to watch him growing up, he
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did this interview, said he was like 52 years old. he looked like 32. >> reporter: the flowers started arriving at clark's star on the hollywood walk of fame. >> to me, it's my whole generation. i mean, i grew up with him. i'm 67. i've been watching dick clark since i'm 12. it's my whole life. >> reporter: rob hayes reporting for abc news. >> as you can imagine, this is our facebook question of the day today. what is your favorite memory of dick clark? >> we want to encourage you to go to and share your thoughts. already a lot of folks sharing their wonderful memories of dick clark. >> few people of a certain age there's no way you don't have a connection to this guy in some way, shape or form. rest in peace, mr. clark. we will be back with more right after this. >> announcer: abc's "world news now" will continue after this from our abc stations.
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♪ ski ♪ skinny, so skinny ah, mel, mel, mel. mel gibson in the news for all the wrong reasons. >> again. >> which seems to be kind of his m.o. lately. so, apparently, back in december, he had some house
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guests. and he went off because his screenwriter of an upcoming film called "the maccabees," apparently didn't have the screenplay ready. he went off. joe eszterhas. take a listen. it's hard to decipher what he said, but take a listen to part of this rant that was an audio recording, 2 1/2 minutes in length. >> who wants eat, who the [ bleep ] wants to eat -- [ inaudible ] >> some expletives there. so we're going to clean it up. he said "who wants to eat? who the bleep wants something to eat? hooray!" again, this is -- he was upset at joe eszterhas, who, he came out and said i wanted to release this audio transcript because mel gibson is accusing me of fabricating the whole story. he made some anti-semitic remarks. so, he's like, i wanted to release this. apparently, he threw a cell
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phone as well, knocked down a totem pole. this was in costa rica in front of a bunch of house guests. >> get the hate out of your heart, mel gibson. man! in better news, more details coming out about the big engagement, angelina and brad pitt, of course, tying the knot. now some new details emerging about how she cried when she got the ring. >> she has emotions. >> yes, indeed. they did it -- he actually did the proposal in front of their kids, gave her a tablet-shaped diamond engagement ring. 16 carats worth $500,000. a very happy moment. now they are all vacationing in the galapagos islands. so, congrats to them. tender moment for that big couple. >> one of your favorites just made the "time's" list of 100 most influential people. when you think of someone that is a breakout, a pioneer, a mogul leader and icon who would make up this list, who would you think of? pippa, right? >> pippa middleton made the list. >> pippa middleton! >> oh, good. >> you know what? >> i'm so stunned, i could just shoot a gun right now. this is the pippa butt pad.
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remember from a few months back? >> she's a pioneer. >> this is not impressive. >> her butt is not that great. just got to be honest. >> not impressed. is not that great. just got to be honest. [ groans ]
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♪ if i had a million dollars, if i had a million dollars ♪ oh, what a problem to have. >> if i had a couple hundred million dollars, more like it. >> if i had money for a happy meal. the third and final mega millions mystery has now been solved. get ready to get jealous. in the tiny town of red bud, illinois, merle and patricia butler are the final lucky winners to split that record $656 million grand prize. >> the couple has been sitting on the winning ticket for three weeks. how did they keep this mega secret? abc's t.j. winick tells us. hi, t.j. >> reporter: rob and paula, good morning. two of the three winning ticket holders had already come forward. the third have remained a mystery until yesterday.
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>> i was retired and it looks like i've got another full-time job. >> reporter: only no one is feeling bad for 65-year-old merle butler, and he's not looking for your sympathy. >> the winners of $218 million, the largest prize in the history of the illinois lottery. >> reporter: you see, he and wife patricia accepted their check as the third and final winners of last month's record $656 million mega millions jackpot. they're taking their winnings, $158 million after taxes, in a lump sum payment. >> i turned to my wife who was right there with me, and i says, "we won." and she kind of looked at me funny. and i says, "no, we won," and she started giggling, and she giggled for about four hours, i think. >> reporter: the butlers' luck came through a $3 quick pick ticket they bought at a convenience store in red bud, illinois, a farming community about 40 miles southeast of st. louis. >> people kept asking me if i won it, and i most of the time would laugh it off and say,
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"yeah, sure, i won it." >> reporter: of the three jackpot-winning tickets, only the butlers were required to come forward publicly. the winners in kansas and maryland are allowed to remain anonymous. the couple who have grandchildren have no immediate plans other than to craft an investment strategy. >> it keeps you busy going back and forth. and we still have babysitting things to do. >> reporter: before deciding how to treat themselves. >> could possibly be a vacation in there. >> reporter: until yesterday's announcement, the butlers insist they had told fewer than five people they had won the lottery. rob and paula? >> what i love about that story, they did the smart thing that every lotto winner should do. you heard it in the piece. they spent a few weeks meeting with lawyers, financial advisers, getting everything set up before they got their check. they said they're not leaving their hometown of red bud. >> which i love. that's great! >> they're going to stay. they're going to take a long vacation, which i love. >> rosebud. >> there we are. runners-up. >> what we are still doing here if we have that check? >> let's buy some sleep.
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