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welcome to "world news." tonight, zeroing in. word of new u.s. drone strikes, pounding with deadly precision. how close are they to this man, the master mind of the newest airline bomb plot? that plan to sew bombs into bolds? the $2 billion bombshell. one of the big banks, their risky behavior, $2 billion lost in six weeks. tonight, who has been fired? and the possible fallout in your 401(k) tomorrow. cover story. the magazine out with the provocative new headline tonight, the first gay president? president and his rainbow halo, just as mitt romney draws a battle line on marriage. and dear mom. tonight, we hear from the children, the one word that describes their mom. just wait until you hear this. >> i gave her a big hug for her present.
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good evening. and we begin this sunday night here with the drum beat of drones striking one part of the world tonight. the u.s. is delivering punishing strikes against al qaeda, after abc news was first to report that brazen new plot to blow up a passenger plane by sewing bombs into a passenger's body. american drones are in action over yemen. pummeling suspected al qaeda targets. 18 militants killed in just four separate strikes since thursday. those strikes continuing into this weekend. the big question this evening is the u.s. closer getting to ibrahim al asiri, the man believed to have hatched that idea to sew bombs into bodies? and underscoring the urgency tonight, president obama has dispatched top counter-terrorism adviser john brennan to yemen. and so we begin here tonight with abc's david kerley at the white house. >> reporter: the drone attacks are intensifying. and tonight, u.s. counter-terrorism trainers are back in yemen, working with local forces. an escalation that includes
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targeting this man, al qaeda's master bomb builder, whose latest underwear bomb plot to bring down a jet liner was undone by a double agent. >> a history of trying to kill american citizens. that automatically pushes him at the top of the strike list. >> reporter: the strikes have jumped dramatically. just look at this. yesterday, two separate attacks. 11 suspected terrorists killed. thursday, two attacks, as well. seven killed, including two top leaders. a week ago today, a drone strike that killed this man, who was plotting to bring down a plane with that new underwear bomb and was responsible for the "uss cole" bombing. in fact, there have been nearly as many drone strikes already this year as there were all of last year. >> we used to, when i was at cia, go against point targets. now, we have gone into the fabric, the network of the organization, the same strategy it seems to me, is now being applied in yemen.
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look at the entire organization, not just a few leaders and decimate it from the inside. >> reporter: while this escalation may not be aimed at any one terrorist, officials would undoubtedly like to get the bomb maker, ibrahim al asiri. and we learned he is plotting to put his chemical bombs in cameras, hard drives and surprisingly to some, surgically implanting bombs in pets, even people. would our airport scanners catch them? and this is a realistic plan? >> that's not only possible, i'd say it's likely. you get to a point, especially if there aren't parts that you can identify, especially metal, it's going to be difficult to find these kinds of people. >> reporter: the yemeni army has been pushed to fight al qaeda and they have been more active recently. in fact, there was heavy fighting today in the south. the president will get a full briefing when his counter-terror chief john brennan returns here to the white house. david? >> david kerley at the white house tonight, thank you. and we turn now to what could be a nerve wracking monday on wall street for every day american investors who had just begun to regain some of that ground lost in their 401(k)s. the word of a sudden $2 billion
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loss at the nation's biggest bank and fears not again with the big banks and their risky bets. tonight, new reports that three executives will now lose their jobs at jpmorgan as the bank tries to calm fears that led to wall street's worst week this year. the dow will open tomorrow morning after closing down 217 points last week. and tonight, the head of jpmorgan says he recognizes that $2 billion surprise has put his bank's credibility in question. american taxpayers bailed out the big banks and then came the calls of greater oversight on wall street to keep the risky bets from threatening the financial system again. jpmorgan chase earned praise after emerging from the financial collapse in better shape than the other banks. then, this past week, the new headlines. this one, wall street, oops, we did it again, after word of complicated risky trades at the nation's largest bank, losing $2 billion in six weeks. today, the head of jpmorgan chase acknowledged the blow to his bank's credibility. >> we know we were sloppy and stupid.
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we know there was bad judgment. >> reporter: but it's been jamie dimon who has led the charge, as u.s. banks fight what's called the voca rule, which would ban certain risky trading, when banks trade on their own acco t accounts. he now is trying to ease new jitters, saying jpmorgan will still earn a lot of money this quarter, that the bank is not in jeopardy. >> we hurt ourselves and our credibility, yes, and we have to fully expect and pay the price for that. >> reporter: but jpmorgan shares are already down more than 9% going into this new week of trading. worried investors already selling, erasing $14 billion in value from the bank. and that happened in just one day, in fact, that drop. and while those three executives from jpmorgan are out tonight, what is unclear this evening is whether the london trader nicknamed voldemort after the "harry potter" character, if he'll go next. we're going to turn to the race for president, it's your voice, your vote tonight. and a provocative new cover out tonight just days after president obama says he now favors same sex marriage.
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this, in fact, is the magazine. and take a look here. the cover of the new issue of "newsweek," declaring president obama the first gay president, complete with rainbow halo. it was more than a decade ago, bill clinton was dubbed the first black president by author tony morrison. i want to bring in rick klein here tonight. we are all intrigued by this cover and curious what the obama campaign must be thinking of this tonight. >> reporter: this may not be the halo they choose for their man, but for once, this is an image that does not scare democrats. the obama campaign went into the interview last week with a little trepidation. they are very comfortable with the fallout of his announcement so far. the bottom line? the president has a view on same sex marriage that is shared by a majority of americans and a lack of huge push back means this is a fight that democrats are more than willing to have this year. >> we heard mitt romney this weekend and that dividing line over his definition of marriage at liberty university, that speech. i want to hear what he said, to great applause, and get your reaction. >> marriage is a relationship between one man and one woman. >> after that, in an interview,
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though, rick, mitt romney made it clear that he's not sure how big of an issue he plans to make of this come the fall. >> reporter: mitt romney's position is clear, but don't expect him to talk about it all that often. romney is in the middle of introducing himself to the american public. he can't afford to come across as intolerant. this issue will fire up conservatives but the fact is, david, mitt romney would rather talk about the obama company economy than same sex marriage. >> he wants to keep this on the economy. rick klein, always with the bigger picture tonight. thank you. and a dramatic new chapter is about to open in the john edwards trial, the case that could send the former presidential candidate to prison for 30 years. tomorrow, edwards' defense must begin its part of the case. they hoped a judge would throw out the case after the prosecution finished. edwards, in fact, had been heard confidently saying in court, "that's it?" but the judge thought otherwise, saying the case goes on. abc's reena ninan tonight with what to watch for thirst thing tomorrow.
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>> reporter: when john edwards' defense begins tomorrow, he'll need to convince jurors he did not intentionally violate campaign finance law, when nearly $1 million in hush money was used to keep his mistress, rielle hunter, quiet about their daughter. >> i think it's been proven already that edwards is a cheat, he's a liar, despicable actions altogether. but was what he did a criminal act? and that's not at all clear. >> reporter: so, what will the defense strategy be? discredit the testimony of the prosecution's main witness. his former aide and confidant, andrew young, who already testified he and his wife pocketed much of the $1 million payout for their own personal use. and continue to insist edwards did not knowingly violate campaign finance laws. who will the defense possibly call on to testify? oldest daughter cate edwards. perhaps a long shot, but still a possibility, mistress rielle hunter, who could help the defense bych th by testifying te money was used to hide the
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affair from edwards' wife, elizabeth, and not the voters. but perhaps the strongest testimony could come from former members of the federal election commission. >> here are people who used to be on the federal election commission, deciding cases of federal election law. and if they are not sure a law was violated, then why would some juror be able to convict edwards. >> reporter: another big question, will john edwards take the stand in his own defense? nobody is saying, so, we'll have to wait and see. david? >> reena ninan tonight, thank you. there is grim news from mexico this evening, where the brutal war between the rival drug gangs gets more vicious every day. in fact, today, 49 mutilated bodies were found dumped on a highway. the crime scene, 43 men and six women victims, just about 100 miles from the texas border. overseas tonight in london, word a new weapon will be deployed to help keep the summer games safe. olympic security officials now say they'll be using a sonic weapon that can deliver a long range ear-splitting beam of sound, firing, in essence, a warning shot. as nick schifrin reports
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tonight, from the water, the ground and the air, that security knelt net is drawing t. >> reporter: welcome to lockdown london. the navy's largest ship invades the capital. the air force buzzes your neighborhood. and your local park has a missile battery. the olympics are coming, with almost $2 billion in security. the british military flew me out to the "hms ocean." it may look like a war zone, but this helicopter carrier is deploying -- home. >> we have to be prepared for any and every eventuality. >> reporter: the british military will deploy more troops to protect the olympics, 13,000, than it deploys to afghanistan. it's the largest military presence in london since world war ii. the brand new stadium is protected by six missile batteries designed to prevent a 9/11 style attack. one is right on top of brian whelan's apartment. >> this is the tower that sticks out right above my apartment. as you can see, it is now a high velocity missile battery on the roof. this is my home. >> reporter: whelan filmed this video himself.
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>> standing at the bottom of lexing tower, decide the unguarded military rockets. >> reporter: he had $1 million view of the olympic stadium, but today, he feels like he's living in a military base. he's not the only one. the uk hopes these exercises reassure the public, but they're also a reminder, this level of security is needed so close to home. nick schifrin, abc news, london. >> our thanks to nick tonight. and back in this country, an outpouring of grief on the campus of boston university. students and faculty came together to remember three students who were killed this weekend. we reported last night here about their mini van crashing in new zealand, where they were studying. five other students were hurt in the accident. it is, of course, commencement season at colleges across the country and for graduates and their parents, the tough reality when the celebrating ends is paying off that student debt. nearly 1.8 million students will graduate this year with a four-year degree and 94% of them will be saddled with those loans.
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and so tonight here, t.j. winick on the determination to erase the debt. >> i have over $100,000 worth of student loans to repay. >> about $120,000. >> i worry for him and i worry for his generation. >> reporter: it's that staggering number we reported. 94% of the class of 2012 are graduating with student loans. that's up from 45% in 1993. the average debt? over $23,000 per student. kyle riggle graduated columbia today, $40,000 in the red. >> it is our only option, to succeed in america, right? and so, it's scary. >> reporter: as many as 3 in 10 graduates are returning home to live with their parents. frustration with the cost of higher education has even given birth to a new occupy movement, where students are encouraged to wear a fake ball and chain
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during ceremonies. >> they are being dragged down by this fiscal weight of this debt that is on their backs no matter what they do. >> reporter: with young people a key voting demographic, the cost of college has become a political football. president obama pushing to keep interest rates on those loans from jumping up. >> e-mail your member of congress and tell them, don't double my rates. >> reporter: mitt romney now says he agrees on that point, but weeks earlier, he told a perspective college student this -- >> shop around. and compare -- compare tuition in different places. >> reporter: this year's class started college in september 2008. the same month investment giant lehman brothers collapsed, the beginning of the recession. it's been a tough lesson for these students who say they've learned what it takes to survive in this economy. now entering the work force with even more determination. >> you know, it's just an investment in your future. it sounds cliche, but it's true. >> reporter: according to one recent study, 93% of baby boomers are providing some kind of support to their college
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graduate children, whether with loans, car payments or rent. david? >> overwhelming the cost of tuition today. but those graduates seem determined to pay it off and move on. >> reporter: absolutely. >> t.j., thank you. here in new york today, there was sheer joy as one very hard-working student, a janitor, picked up his ivy league degree, and with honors. here's john berman with that. >> reporter: college graduation. for most students, the end of a journey. but for 52-year-old gac, the end of a 20-year, intercontinental, round the clock odyssey. the most recent grad from columbia university has been a janitor at the school for nearly 20 years, mopping the floors, cleaning the bathrooms, taking care of the trash. >> i prove that i have enough strength to finish what i start to do. >> reporter: gac fled to the u.s. in 1992, to escape the civil war in yugoslavia.
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he spoke -- >> no english at all. >> reporter: after landing the janitor's job and seven years of english classes, he was accepted at the university. he would take classes in the morning and work an eight-hour shift into the night. nothing about it was easy. including his major. today, graduating with honors in classics. he's become a bit of a celebrity on campus. >> gac! gac! gac! >> best moment in my life so far. >> reporter: even his boss, who, by the way, expects him back to work monday morning, is amazed. >> he was tenacious about keeping to his schedule, really fulfilling his goal. >> reporter: he says he plans to keep his job, for now, but what he really wants -- >> i would like to go to graduate school, either for masters or even, better, for ph.d. >> reporter: 52 years old, one odyssey complete, a new one just beginning. john berman, abc news, new york. >> love that story. and still ahead here on "world news" this sunday night, walking while texting. the brand new fine in one part of the country.
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and the pain felt by that man. and we take you inside the texting lab. could you walk a straight line? and later here, i had a simple question on this mother's day. the one word these children would use to describe their mom. for three hours a week, i'm a coach. but when i was diagnosed with prostate cancer... i needed a coach. our doctor was great, but with so many tough decisions i felt lost. unitedhealthcare offered us a specially trained rn who helped us weigh and understand all our options. for me cancer was as scary as a fastball is to some of these kids. but my coach had hit that pitch before. turning data into useful answers. we're 78,000 people looking out for 70 million americans. that's health in numbers. unitedhealthcare. and these come together, one thing you can depend on is that these will come together.
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dangers not of distracted driving, but of distracted walking. and in one part of the country, you'll face a hefty fine for it. akiko fujita has the story. >> reporter: it's the habit we're all guilty of. juggling texting and walking and failing miserably. it didn't take long for us to figure that out on new york streets. they didn't even see us coming. >> people just standstill and text and then continue walking, is that the idea? yeah, not a big deal. >> reporter: remember this woman caught on mall security video walking toward that fountain and then taking a dive while typing. this man was so focused on his phone, watch this. that's him walking straight into the wall. and see this bear roaming a california neighborhood? watch closely as this man texting away nearly runs into him. running away the second he looks up. walking and texting has become so common there's even an iphone app that helps you navigate the streets while you text.
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it's gotten so bad, police in ft. lee, new jersey, say they have had enough. is. >> pedestrians aren't watching where they're walking, they're not aware. >> reporter: after more than 20 pedestrian accidents this year, they're cracking down on dangerous walkers with an $85 fine. >> i don't think i'd ever need to be fined. i don't think i'd be, like, putting myself in danger by doing something like this. >> reporter: but researchers at stony brook university say 60% of texters veered off course when asked to walk in a straight line. watch as this man inadvertently steers to the right. back in new jersey, ft. lee police say they have issued nearly 120 tickets in just six weeks, proving texting while walking isn't just a dangerous habit, it's an expensive one, too. akiko fujita, abc news, new york. >> our thanks to akiko. and when we come back here tonight, what started eight years ago and all comes to an end tonight?
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tonight, a former nasa investigator is tracking down some of the rarest treasures in the universe. moon rocks. a dozen american astronauts who walked on the moon brought back about 140,000 pieces of moon rock. many were given away, but no inventory was ever kept. and now, they're scattered all over the world. he wants to get them all together. tonight, we say a farewell to the "desperate housewives" of wisteria lane. and on this mother's day, we remember a challenge to one of those moms on that first episode, eight years ago.
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>> all right. that's it. get out. >> no! >> no? here. get out! i will get in this pool and drag you out. >> eight years later, one of our researchers did the math. 180 episodes, 57 deaths, 21 murders. 47 awards and eight emmys. we wish them farewell. when we come back here, what i discovered on the way to work today. the children and their one word for mom. let's see what you got. rv -- covered. why would you pay for a hotel? i never do. motorcycles -- check. atv. i ride those. do you? no. boat. house. hello, dear. hello. hello. oh! check it -- [ loud r&b on car radio ]
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bp's still here, and we're still committed to seeing this through. and finally tonight on this mother's day, a bit of a detour on my way into work. asking children along the way the one word they would use to describe their mom. do you know what today is? >> mother's day. >> reporter: it is, right? what did you do for your mom today? >> i gave her presents. >> reporter: what did you do for your mom? >> um -- nothing. >> reporter: nothing? did you do anything special? >> i gave my mom a present. i gave her big hugs for her present. >> at school i made her a card. >> reporter: what did it say? >> it's like, it's x-o.
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>> reporter: what does that mean? >> like, kiss hug, kiss hug. >> um -- >> reporter: what's the one word to describe your mom? >> she's kind. >> reporter: kind. what do you think of that word, mom? >> nice compliment. >> reporter: that's a nice compliment. best thing your mom ever did. >> take me to toys r us. >> reporter: what is the one word you would use to describe your mom? >> love. >> reporter: love? if this went to the whole country, all of america, what would you want them to know about your mom? >> she's the best mom ever. >> best mom ever. that is the broadcast tonight. "good morning america," first thing in the morning. diane sawyer here tomorrow. happy mother's day. good night.
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>> ama: some big changes a yahoo. >> alan: a new ceo at the company. scott thompson resigned after accusations he embellished his resume. now ross levinson is taking over. here's more. >> reporter: when yahoo employees return to work tomorrow they'll be dealing with yet another leadership change. the third cocoa -- ceo in less than a year. scott thompson resigned after being on the job less than six months but scrutiny over his re may and company filings led to his departure. he claimed to have degrees in computer science when he only had a degree in accounting. his replacement is a familiar face to yahoo employees, executive vice-president and head ofba


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