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tonight on "world news," the romney revealed. the candidate surprises everyone talking about huge he paid in taxes. two weeks after we asked this. >> was there ever any year where you paid lower than the 13.9%? >> tonight, he responds and the white house counterpunches. crackdown, police capture $18 million in shoe fake designer shoes and a sea of other phony goods. were you tripped up at the department store? fighting back. a million bikes snatched off the streets. now, the owners across the country are fed up and taking thieves down. >> you're under citizen's arrest. and brotherly love. two gorillas separated for years. reunited in a scene you could only describe as just like us.
good evening, we begin with something unexpected in the presidential race. governor mitt romney returning to the subject of his tax returns. how much he paid and how much he'll reveal. it was a specific response a question asked by abc's david muir 2 1/2 weeks ago. so why does he do it today? david is here right now with the story. david. >> diane, good evening. as you know, the romney campaign believes the questions about the taxes are a diversion by the obama campaign in a bad economy. but today, governor romney clearly ready to answer that question about the income tax he's paid over the last decade. >> there's no change in medicare for seniors. none. >> reporter: with a white board at his side, today, governor romney was out to declare his vision for the future for medicare is better than president obama's. but he also ended up declaring something else. the rate he's paid in income taxes over the last decade. >> i never paid less than 13%. i think the most recent years,
13.6% or something like that. >> reporter: the answer came after a reporter asked about one of our questions two weeks ago. the question came after relentless calls from the obama campaign for romney to release more of his tax return. and when we sat down with romney he just reiterated his stance. two years of returns and that's it. we started with what we did know, the one completed tax return for 2010 that he did release. >> we know there was one year where you paid a 13.9% tax rate. can we clear this up by asking you a simple yes or no question. was there ever any year where you paid lower than the 13.9%? >> i haven't calculated that. i'd have to go back and look, but my view is i have paid all the taxes required by law. >> reporter: when we followed up the next day, the campaign told us mitt romney has been in full compliance with u.s. law and has
paid up all he owed. and today, another reporter also following up. >> reporter: today, the governor is saying this. >> i did go back and look at my taxes and over the past ten years i never paid less than $13. 13%. >> reporter: and then governor romney with that assertion by governor reed saying romney didn't pay any taxes for ten years. >> i paid taxes every single year and harry reid's charges are false. >> reporter: we called senator reid's office. we were told he was on vacation. is there any way we can talk to the senator? >> reporter: when you hear from governor romney that i'm still waiting for harry to put up who it was. are you going to put out the source. >> reporter: even ann romney, two years worth makes them a bigger target. >> we've had a blind trust for so many years. we don't even know what's in there. it's been managed by blind trust since he was governor. i'll be curious to see it, too. >> republicans blasting harry
reid for his unsubstantiated claim. harry reid's office saying they had no plans to release that source. the romney office saying we'll believe it when we see the tax returns. the obama camp's reaction to romney, diane, prove it. >> one more year to be released by when? >> october. he said he's released 2010. when the 2011 return is ready, he'll put it out. >> all right. david muir reporting tonight. thank you. now, we turn to police action in the news. a mountain of fake designer shoes flowing into this country from china. customs agents in california announced a big bust of counterfeit goods. shoes just the tip of a mammoth iceberg, phony product fooling shoppers everywhere. here's abc's nick watt. >> reporter: is that a pair of christian louboutins in the hands of a united states border agent? those are usually flashed for the risch and famous, selling
for 20,000 bucks. but for now, they're a counterfeiter's dream. you're looking at 20,000 pairs of fake louboutins there. >> these are coming out of china. >> reporter: every year, they intercept a staggering 1,000 shipments of counterfeit goods. we're not just talking high fashion. we've got kids' shoes from china with dangerously high leveling of lead in that paint. and a whole container of counterfeit tvs. and if you're feeling hot, you might be tempted by this fan, but with wiring like that, it's going to catch on fire. counterfeit and pirated goods cost the u.s. economy 750,000 american jobs and up to $250 billion a year. >> there's also a lot of sales taxes that would go to schools and hospitals that are not being received when you're buying counterfeit goods. illicit goods range from food to car parents to circuit boards for nasa. >> you could never catch all the counterfeit stuff.
in los angeles, 13,000 containers, half of those containers come from china. >> reporter: for those who care, how do you spot a fake pair? >> this sole should be rigid. >> reporter: it must curve around to meet the upper. and the true louboutin color, ironically, it's called china red. these ones, well, they're banned to the insinry. nick watt, abc, long beach, california. and now, there are still dozens of wildfires burning out of control this evening across the american west. flames in 14 states and we saw two pictures that say everything about being encircled by danger. look at this. a house in washington state. the flames are all around it. you can see them creeping up just a few feet from the home. but the next day, here is that same house, unscathed, everything in sight is burned, but miraculously, the house is safe. and abc's neal karlinsky now has more on the fires tonight. >> reporter: across a scorching
west today, at least 60 large fires were burning through 14 states, including 11 new fires overnight. at the worst of them, in cle elum, washington. finally, some good news. as firefighters got a chunk of it under control. despite 70 homes lost, some amazing close calls. you would have bet this home survived but today we got an update. this picture showing the same home, surrounded by burnt land, yet seemingly untouched. how? a good clue is the metal roof. one of the single most important factors wildland firefighters will tell you keeps homes from burning. homeowners we met have their own close calls have other reasons. did you think you might lose it? >> yeah. >> reporter: what do you think turned the corner for you? just luck? >> no, i believe control. >> reporter: despite the massive fire damage, no serious human injuries. veterinarians are busy treating stray pets found with burnt paws.
>> he was wandering down the highway. >> reporter: with more hot weather to come, firefighters in washington are gaining ground, but worried, too. neal karlinsky, abc news, seattle. and in dallas tonight, they're mobilizing against a different kind of threat. the outbreak of west nile virus we told you about last night. for the first time in 45 years, the city and county will conduct aerial spraying of insecticide throughout the night. a desperate effort to curb the mosquito population. there is opposition to the chemical mist, but the mayor says, i cannot have any more deaths on my conscience because we did not take action. the virus killed ten people and caused at least 200 others to fall ill in dallas alone. and we head overseas too u.s. forces fighting the long war in afghanistan. a black hawk helicopter crashed, killing everyone on board. seven u.s. troops, three afghans and an interpreter.
and abc's martha raddatz has been looking into what happened tonight. martha. >> reporter: diane, it's not certain a helicopter was shot down, but there were no weather problems, no indications from the pilot of mechanical failure and the helicopter was flying deep in enemy territory. this was a special operations mission, with two navy s.e.a.l.s and navy explosive experts and three forces flying in northern kandahar. an afghan interpreter inside. the black hawk, one of two on a mission, went down in rigid terrain at 10:30 this morning. going down in flames and badly mangled. as soon as it was down, enemy forces headed to the crash site. but they were fired on by another u.s. helicopter. u.s. teams then moved in on the ground to recover the body and begin the investigation. the taliban claim they shot it down. >> we're out on the right side. >> reporter: they know how vital helicopters are to america's
mission in afghanistan, given the mountainous terrain. itas just last year that a chinook helicopter was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade, killing 30 americans, including 22 from a navy s.e.a.l. unit. >> rockets, rpgs, all of those types of weapons really can get at a helicopter. they have good defenses on board but they're not perfect. >> the commandant of the marines told mean -- marines is this week that it's winning in afghanistan. but with 18 days left, it probably doesn't feel like that to some u.s. forces. >> martha, it brings the ten-year death toll to 2,084 u.s. troops. thank you, martha raddatz. now, we turn to the shooting we told you about in the nation's capital. the gunman who opened fire at a
family research council, a powerful liberal conservancy group. and we're learning tonight about the security guard who saved a lot of lives. here's abc's pierre thomas. >> reporter: tonight, we hear for the first time from the security guard who probably stopped a massacre. at the family research council. the guard's mother called him today and he spoke to the abc affiliate. >> i just reacted and once i saw it i just reacted. >> reporter: the fbi said leo johnson confronted this man after he walked into the family research council headquarters and yelled "i don't like your politics." johnson was wounded but wrestled the suspect to the floor. the fbi said he carried 50 rounds of ammunition and claims his parents told agents he was frustrated about homosexuals' treatment. in his recent support of the owner of chick-fil-a who
recently voiced his opposition to gay marriage. late today, the council accused the civil rights group of using rhetoric that encouraged the shooter. a charge they call outrageous. pierre thomas, abc news, washington. and as we move on, the search is on this evening for the winner of that giant jackpot we told you about last night, $337 million, one of the biggest prizes in powerball history. there was only one winning ticket and it was purchased in michigan. abc's john schriffen is there. looking closely at everyone in town. good evening, john. >> reporter: diane, good evening. millions of these were purchased all around the country, but tonight almost all of them, nothing but garbage. however, there's still one ticket out there purchased at this gas station behind me that's as good as gold. it's the talk of the town. >> it's great. i just wish it was me. >> reporter: with the population of only 10,000 people, it's buzzing tonight, hoping that
this new instant millionaire is one of their own. who has the winning ticket? >> i don't know, i hope it's going to be my regular customer. we need to see them happy like us. >> reporter: seemingly, everyone trying to figure out who it is. >> my mom called me, did you buy the ticket? >> reporter: a powerball windfall would be a much needed boost for this community. like so many others across michigan hit hard by the economy and decline in the auto industry. >> it's been tough. we've had to make tough decisions and lay off a couple individuals. >> reporter: and put off important projects like fixing this crumbling bridge and the main road going through town. if the winner is in fact from here and takes a lump sum payout of about $250 million, the city would get 1% of that in income tax. >> how much would it cost to fix? >> roughly, $2.5 million. >> reporter: and incidentally, that 1% tax would be? >> $2.5 million. it's kind of like money from heaven, man. >> reporter: but that divine
intervention not guaranteed just yet. we won't know until the person holding that winning ticket comes forward, diane. >> keep looking, john. keep looking. thanks so much. and coming up right here, fighting back. new proof that a lot of people are taking on bike thieves. a million bikes stolen every year. how to protect your two-wheeler. you tell us what you want to pay, and we give you a range of coverages to choose from. who is she? that's flobot. she's this new robot we're trying out, mostly for, like, small stuff. wow! look at her go! she's pretty good. she's pretty good. hey, flobot, great job. oops. [ powers down ] uh-oh, flobot is broken. the "name your price" tool, only from progressive. call or click today. there's the sign to the bullpen. here he comes. you wouldn't want your doctor doing your job,
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it's hard to find a family in america that has never lost a bicycle to a thief, especially these days since there's a tool that can cut through any lock in a matter of seconds. well, tonight, we have new evidence that bike owners are fighting back. and abc's sharyn alfonsi takes us along with some ingenious citizens to test this. >> this is a bicycle that cost 2 grand. >> reporter: when jake gillum saw his stolen bike online, he decided to consult the seller. >> this is seattle. >> reporter: in tow, cameras rolling. >> you're under citizen's arrest. stop now. stop! >> reporter: police moved in and made the arrest. >> i think it's a lesson for thieves that they need to be afraid of people like me. >> reporter: others have chased down bike thieves, too. watch these office workers tackle this guy. they got the bike back. but police warn being a vigilante is a bad idea.
being vigilant about locking up your bike, a better one. we hit the streets with hal ruzal, a legendary bike mechanic in new york city. >> they have a helmet on the head, a messenger bag, they're well-dressed. >> reporter: and they have a secret weapon. this is an expensive, top-rated steel bike lock. >> done. >> reporter: oh, my gosh, that takes two seconds. >> exactly. >> reporter: professional thieves swap stolen bikes with thieves in other cities so they can easily sell them. still hal says there are things you can do to protect yourself from an amateur thief. >> make sure the pole is securely in the ground. if they can lift the pole off they can take the bike home with you. the rear wheel drops off, the
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and finally tonight, two brothers who were separated for years but never forgot each other. it is the story of a reunion. a rejoicing, and a reminder we're not the only creatures who know that family is forever. here's dan harris. >> reporter: keysho and alf may be brothers but they had been separated for three years at different zoos so when it was time to be reunited, the fear was they wouldn't know each other and start fighting. but look at this, instant recognition. a bear hug and brotherly horseplay. their posture, the universal signal for, hey, man, i haven't seen you in years. give me a hug. >> when they recognize each other, it's just like two family members joining together again. it's really, really strange and wonderful to see. >> reporter: gorillas who share 99% of our dna are so similar to us.
i recently spent some time with a group of gorillas in africa, it was immediately clear how much they like us care about family. >> little one, little one, going back to his mom. >> reporter: the moms are tender with the babies and the dominate male protective. it shares our capacity for mischief. that's something i experienced first hand at our parent company's disney's animal kingdom theme park when i watched the vet give a gorilla an ultrasound. >> how's his heart looking? >> reporter: look at him here try to grab me. >> hey. >> reporter: but fast assured me he was just messing around. >> if you put me on that right now, you would see my heart going very fast. >> reporter: messing around is something keysho and alf will now have plenty of time to do because after their three-year absence, the plan now is for them to live out their days
together. dan harris, abc news, new york. >> and we have word tonight from biologists, they're acting as if they have never been apart. thank you for watching. and we're always here at abcnews.com remember, "nightline" will be here later tonight, and we'll see you once again tomorrow night to close out the week. until then, good night. tonight the fate of ross mirkarimi. the ethics commission vote over whether he should keep his job. >> a s.w.a.t. team called in to flush out a suspect wanted in a violent robbery spree. >> twin tragedies tonight in yosemite national park. 10-year-old and 6-year-old brothers swept away and an
east bay man succumbs to a deadly virus. >> a milestone for caltrans tonight. a flurry of activity you can expect as they suspend the new bay bridge. >> i love to. adore it. 29 years i've lived here it's hard to go through this. >> ross mirkarimi anticipating the decision of an edgics panel on whether he should allowed to resume duties as sheriff. good evening, everyone. >> and the ethics commission heard closing arguments for attorneys on both sides of the issue today. we're expecting a final decision any time now. abc 7 news is live at san francisco city hall with the latest on this story. >> according to our colleague abc 7 news reporter and anchor upstairs at the hearing, four out of the five commissioners seem to agree there was
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