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this morning on "world news now," disturbing new details in the los angeles shooting investigation. what detectives are now revealing about the suspect while the grief consumes the victim's family. >> i'm truly devastated. we are all heartbroken and will miss him dearly. >> what we're learning overnight about the moments leading up to the gunfire. dangerous gusts. the frightening scene on a seattle-area bridge. wind so forceful drivers on a swaying bridge had to take action. what would you do? cashing in. the queen of talk's huge selloff. the auction of all auctions oprah style. >> thank you so much. on behalf of my girls, thank you so much. >> oprah's not-so-favorite things, the money she raised and something she did not want to give up. it is monday, november 4th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now" with
john muller and diana perez. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now" with john muller and diana perez. good monday morning, everybody. welcome back, diana. nice three-day weekend. good monday morning, everybody. welcome back, diana. nice three-day weekend. >> yes. it was halloween, my baby's first halloween, so we wanted to do the whole thing, not have to worry about going to sleep early or anything like that. so we dressed up like mickey mouse and had our day on the town. >> did you do that to impress the bosses here at abc? >> if they are watching, yes. >> did he get it? it is only one. >> not really. >> it is a mystery to him. >> he didn't understand -- plus he's never had candy. he doesn't get what is going on. >> at that age you just want the wrapper, not the chocolate. >> that's true. halloween is not a great holiday. you essentially spend your life telling your kid not to talk to strangers, and on halloween -- >> or eat candy. >> or eat candy and on halloween thank you you go to halloween and ask for the strangers for stuff in their house. >> mommy is right behind him. glad it went well. >> the whole time.
>> you better believe it. police say in the moments after the l.a.x. shooter was gunned down, paul ciancia told him he acted alone. >> it isn't clear why he targeted tsa officers. what he left behind indicated he was willing to kill any of them that crossed his path. here's abc's david wright. >> moments before all of this, abc news learned paul ciancia's roommate dropped him off at l.a.x., thinking ciancia just had to catch a flight. instead what unfolded was a cold-blood attack. video surveillance shows ciancia walking up to the checkpoint at terminal three, pulling a smith & wesson out of his bag, and firing multiple shots at pointblank range at an officer. he looked back at the wounded officer, who appeared in video to move, and returned to shoot the officer again, killing him. the fbi says paul ciancia gunned
down two more tsa officers as he shot his way through the terminal. >> he made a conscious decision to kill multiple tsa employees. >> reporter: the fbi said his bag contained five magazines full of ammo along with a handwritten letter signed by ciancia, addressing the tsa directly, saying, "he hoped to instill fare on your traitorous minds." the widow of gerardo hernandez, father of two -- in the line of fire, read a brief statement to reporters outside of their home. >> i'm truly devastated. we are all heart broken and will miss him dearly. >> those iconic pillars of light, the symbols of l.a.x., are lit tsa blue in his honor. things are now back to normal here at terminal three, ciancia is in a hospital bed a few miles away said to be unresponsive after a gunshot wound to the head. if he remains consciousness, he will face criminal charges that could carry the death penalty.
david wright, abc news, l.a.x. >> so hard to wrap your mind around this, he clearly had strong anti-government views, dressed in military fatigues. had a handwritten note. talked about wanting to kill tsa and pigs and said in the note the tsa violated his rights with searches. >> we are learning so much more about him and his background. he apparently sent a text message to his little brother who lives in new jersey saying he was thinking of suicide. this is how the whole thing got kick-started. the brother reached out to authorities in the l.a. area. the authorities there went to make sure he was okay. a little too late obviously because he was already -- close. they almost got to his place. >> they really did but he had already headed to the airport with his roommate who is telling police he had no idea why he was going. he said he needed to catch a flight and turns out he had other -- >> dropped him off and apparently had no knowledge of what was going to happen. another major scare at
another u.s. airport. this time in birmingham, alabama. the terminal was evacuated, and all operations had to be shut down more than two hours last night after an employee found a written bomb threat inside of a restroom. s.w.a.t. teams and bomb-sniffing dogs swept the area but found nothing. normal operations have resumed. >> a student here in new york has been rescued after he was trapped between two manhattan buildings. asher vongtau was stuck in a two-foot space for two days and emergency crews had to break through a wall to pull him out. it is not clear how the student ended up wedged between his apartment building and parking garage. there is word he may have fallen from a fifth floor window. asher vongtau was spotted by classmates who had been searching for him. >> amazing. the only suspect in the murder of a south florida school nurse has been found dead. investigators say they were going to charge kimberly lindsey's ex-husband with first-degree murder, but albert lindsey killed himself before he could be arrested. court documents reveal his ex-wife's blood was on his shirt
and the car. they had been battling over alimony and child support. a much calmer day predicted for seattle after a nasty weekend storm. thousands of people were waiting for the lights to come back on after battered by the fierce waves and winds. things got so bad, drivers ditched their cars and made a run for it. we get more now from abc's ginger sze. >> reporter: chaos on a seattle highway. ferocious waves and winds transforming the 520 bridge in to a violent tightrope. dozens of drivers abandoning their cars. running for safety as that four-lane highway swayed five feet back and forth. >> saw a light pole disappear and come back up. the bridge obviously had a lot of sway to it. >> reporter: on gray's harbor, the waves threatening to swallow this dock. winds gusting from 40 to 60 miles an hour sent trees into cars, homes, over roads and this hefty branch, puncturing a child's bedroom. the wind shredding power lines. leaving nearly 200,000 in the dark at the height of the storm. not only feeling like winter in the northwest but the northeast.
waking up on monday morning, some of the coldest air yet this season. you're seeing subfreezing in a lot of places on that map. and another storm, a similar setup in the center of the nation, you see that tropical storm that loses power but still gets that moisture up in to the united states. it crosses mexico and then comes up here. that is going to meet up with a storm and it's going to drop more rain. remember, we had all of these flooding rains in texas from dallas to oklahoma, you see rain and on the back side of it is snow. abc news, new york. a major development about the problem-plagued health care website. memos obtained by abc news from republican congressional investigators showed that applications over the phone have had the same problem as those on the website. that's because they use the same computer system. the memo describes filling out paperless applications as basically an effort to buy time until the system was fixed.
republicans continue to blast the health care rollout. >> this is a mess. you have seen not only the problems with the website, but it's much deeper than the website including so many americans getting cancellation notices right now. >> whether you like the model of obama care or not, the fact the president sold it on a basis that is not true has undermined the foundation of his second term. >> the healthcare.gov site will be down every day from 1:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. eastern time for improvement. the government also says that additional down times may be possible. in egypt, there are fears of renewed violence this morning as the trial of ousted president mohamed morsi begins. security officials are concerned about protesters and moved the trial's location at the last minute. we have this report from cairo. >> reporter: egypt is on edge, bracing for the possibility of more
violence as the muslim brotherhood called for protests that in the past triggered violent clashes with the security forces. morsi hasn't been seen since he was ousted by the military on july 3st after millions of egyptians poured in to the streets demanding he step down and has been in a secret location. as the anxiety here rises, secretary of state john kerry visited cairo to try to smooth over relations which are at the lowest point in decades. the u.s. has suspended hundreds of millions of dollars in aid as the military has cracked down on the population. more than 1,000 of morsi's supporters have been killed in clashes with security forces since he was deposed, and the fear that number could rise as the trial gets underway. abc news, cairo. pediatricians say fighting obesity in children maybe easier if some kids get extra sleep. they studied children 8 to 11 and had half sleep eight hours a night and the other half 11 hours as recommended. those that slept more consumed 130 fewer calories.
researchers discovered well-rested children had less appetites, and they are not awake as long to put food in their mouth. >> good point. interesting study. >> surprising. the internet and social media have been shaking up nearly every single industry. and the music industry is no exception. >> last night, youtube tried to level the playing field with its own awards show. by nearly every measure, last night's first-ever youtube awards in a live webcast from new york left viewers more confused than anything else. >> the show was unscripted and spontaneous start to finish and everything from crying babies, face painting to a makeup free lady gaga and not necessarily in that order. awards were voted on by fans and eminem won artist of the year. >> wow. even if you are trying to be different, not scripting is not a good idea. >> never. >> in showbiz, no matter what. >> as the "san francisco chronicle" put it never do this again, youtube.
pretty rough. >> there were interesting things to it. unscripted and spontaneous is rough. >> youtube phenom of the year -- >> harlem shake. >> you nailed it. building momentum, piece by piece for the upcoming lego movie. and oprah's huge selloff. the money she raised and the favorite thing she did not want auctioned off. you are watching "world news now." ♪ >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by no no hair removal. no hair removal. >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by no no hair removal.
there are growing questions about the safety at cirque du soleil production in las vegas. >> that's after one performer's brush with death this weekend falling nearly four stories in front of a horrified audience. rina ninan has the latest. >> reporter: this is "zarkana," one of cirque du soleil's acrobatic shows. and this is the wheel of death. 40 feet high. no safety net. on friday, acrobat junior espinoza fell but survived. the accident days after nevada regulators fined cirque du soleil and mgm $30,000 after an incident four months ago when experienced acrobat sarah guillot-guyard fell to her death during the show "ka." that is the first time it has ever happened to cirque du soleil.
this is what the performer sees during the act. while there are no harnesses or safety nets, that doesn't stop them from jumping. the wheel of death had been removed from the show until espinoza returned. >> we have huge safety routines we go through. artists, staff. >> reporter: cirque du soleil says safety is a priority. and family and friends of espinoza say he is doing well. rina ninan, abc news, washington. coming up, not everyone can pull in a half million dollars for a yard sale. >> unless, of course, you are oprah. some big surprises yesterday at her auction in santa barbara. and ahead in our next half-hour, two of the biggest winners in this year's new york city marathon that didn't finish in first place. two special young runners. 26 miles and a major step forward for an entire family. you are watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now"
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had the crowd out of her seats snapping photos. even best friend gayle king was there to support. oprah auctioned a few items including a 1985 "color purple" poster. she even signed it for the lucky new owner that dished out $4100. >> thank you so much. on behalf of my girls, thank you so much. >> reporter: hundreds of oprah's personal belongings from her homes in santa barbara, indiana, maui and chicago were up for grabs. everything from fine art to antiques. >> what are you hoping to get your hands on? >> sofas or chairs. some good upholstered pieces. >> i hope i get a painting. >> reporter: the media mogul tells me it's time to let go. >> trying to clear out all the stuff. everyone goes through this at some point, trying to declutter. >> reporter: these folks were up against those bidding on line and by telephone. this set of louis xvi chairs, electric scooters $2500 each. >> i'm trying to get the "vogue"
poster. i'm going to bid on it. >> i want to keep that poster. i thought i kept that poster. >> reporter: and she did. oprah had a change of heart and kept this beautiful 1998 "vogue" cover. this yard sale of the century, as many called it, has a bigger vision. >> i support a school in south africa. i built the school and not only did i build a school, i pay for the cost of running the school. >> reporter: in 2007, she founded the oprah winfrey leadership academy for disadvantaged girls in south africa. the idea inspired by nelson mandela. while sitting on the former south african president's couch, she said they both agreed to change the world, it starts with education. >> i have 370 girls at the school. i have 74, 75 girls graduating every year. all of those girls go to college. >> reporter: all proceeds of the auction
will be donated to the foundation. but college tuition for 74 girls can even be much for oprah. >> anyone who has ever put one through college, you know what i'm talking about. you know why i'm selling the sofas. [ laughter ] >> reporter: all of this comes shy of oprah's 60th birthday. she tells me the greatest gift would be support for her students in south africa. in santa barbara, news channel 3. >> oprah, $600,000 according to "los angeles times" netted at this auction. >> a "tv guide" cover photo of her expected to make $2,000 to $4,000 -- $200 to $400 sold for $3,000. >> classic. a teapot, a tea spot that oprah owned went for 1,000 bucks. >> it is worth less than 100. >> that is priceless. >> there you go. that would go for millions. >> is that a poster? i want her to sign it. >> that is a poster of you and the queen of talk. >> very influential this way. you didn't know this, the did you? >> half of the stuff you gave to
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"mix time" everybody. we talk about everything under the sun in the mix. we talk about legos many times. especially how they are popular with adults. there's adult legos out there. people just love it. lego has a movie coming on the big screen. early 2014. the trailer is out. the lego movie, behold. let's listen. two, three -- >> some high-priced coffee. >> $37. >> that's awesome. >> i love this -- ♪ >> it looks awesome. looks like something. >> yeah.
>> due out early 2014 and from the guys behind "cloudy with a chance of meatballs" and "21 jump street." it's got real people behind it. this will probably be a pretty darn good movie. >> surprised it took this long. >> looks cool, doesn't it? >> looks like a movie from my childhood. reminds me of "gumby." right? >> everything stop action. >> cool. now here's something that i fell in love with over the weekend. this is a sportscaster in boise, idaho, who decided that he wanted to be ron burgundy on his sportscast, during his sportscast. and the man never broke character. take a listen. >> ribs. i had ribs for lunch. that's why i'm doing this. oh, hello there. the associated press released the pre-season basketball poll today. boise state isn't on it. please tell me this is some kind of sick and tasteless joke. >> that's paul gehrke from kibi there in boise. the does this during the entire newscast. after his sportscast, they keep him on.
and then have him do the weather and he does the weather and then they have him do the good-bye and he does it just like ron burgundy. if you have a chance to watch this on your computer, it is hilarious and worth it. >> it could go horribly wrong, but it looked good to me. >> hilarious through the whole thing. it was worth it. speaking of things going horribly wrong, christmas ornament coming out from hallmark. it says "don we now our fun apparel." it is a tacky christmas tree ornament. the words are don we now our gay apparel. everyone under the sun is ticked off at hallmark. a lot of people are like, what, gay is a bad word? you can't word the use gay? traditionally, it means happy, fun, festive and also means what it means in this day and age. everybody is going what were you thinking hallmark for their part said, today it has multiple meanings and we thought it would be open to misinterpretation.
this morning on "world news now," stuck student. the 19-year-old wedged for two days in a two-foot-wide shaft. the outrage from classmates. midair mayhem. two skydiving planes that collide in flight. lifesaving moves in an ordeal that could have been deadly. step by step, twin brothers have been facing uphill battles for years find peace during the new york marathon. why the finish line is such an accomplishment for these guys. >> challenging act from the abc hit "scandal" to a real-life controversy on "saturday night live," kerry washington's guest hosting gig is all the buzz this morning. that's in the "the skinny" on this november 4th. >> announcer:s from abc news, this is "world news now" with john muller and diana perez. >> good morning, everyone. november 4th.
when did that happen, right? >> the older you get, i feel like the faster the calendar goes. >> yes, without a doubt. yes. yes. take my word for it. i'm not offended. the season basically goes in two weeks. >> here's the thing, i remember thinking weeks were forever long. like oh, my gosh, it is just now monday. before i know it, thursday is around the corner and another week of my life has come and gone i don't remember a thing about it. >> remember when a summer lasted an eternity. >> three months. now, oops, done. we live through our kids, right? >> yes, well done. dramatic rescue in new york after a missing college student ends up wedged in a narrow gap between two buildings. >> the nyu student spent two days trapped in this space but firefighters had trouble getting to him and they had to break a
brick wall to get him out. wabc's drake clark has the latest. >> reporter: 19-year-old asher vongtau was conscious and talking to firefighters as he was wheeled away to an ambulance. for almost two days, the nyu student was trapped between a parking garage and an 18-inch apartment building. this is a video showing where he was found. a space between two walls, only two-feet wide. >> his legs were crossed. he was on his side, moving his right arm. >> firefighters had to break through a cinder block wall to reach him. the rescue operation lasted an hour and a half and not a moment too soon. >> we started ivs, heart monitor was hooked up to him. looks like he's in pretty good health. >> reporter: asher vongtau disappeared early saturday morning. someone pulled the fire alarm in his nyu apartment building. friends say while they noticed that everyone was leaving the building they noticed him going in and that was the last time he was seen. >> his phone was off and hadn't checked in to an nyu building in the last couple of days. >> reporter: his friends got worried after he was a no call,
no show. they went door to door asking people. they said they tried to file a missing person's report with police but were told he had to be missing for at least 72 hours. finally, they suggested nyu security check the roof of the building. they looked over the edge and saw him wedged between two walls. >> they would not have found him for who knows how long and he would probably be dead right now. >> reporter: it is believed he may have fallen through a fifth floor window. friends tell us asher vongtau is in stable condition here at bellvue hospital. we've also been told his mother rushed here from her home in pittsburgh to be with her son. meanwhile, investigators say they plan to speak to asher to make sense of what happened. drake clark, abc news, new york. >> he's got some great friends. they were persistent. they were not going to take no for answer. they went on and on and on. >> this is proof the first line of defense is the fdny and nypd
need to recheck and re-evaluate how long they wait before they start looking for someone is missing. 72 hours is three days. he was there two days. another 24 hours he may not have made it. >> like his friends say they might have never known where he was. they might have found him 50 years from now. who knows? >> if you are telling the authorities he went in to the building and never came out, he's in the building. let's go look for him. it can't be that difficult. >> stands to reason. >> well, there you have it. nfl coach gary kubiak in the hospital this morning after collapsing during a game last night. the houston head coach was walking off the field at halftime when he slumped over and went down. a moment later he appeared to be talking and sitting up. he was carried off on a stretcher. the team said he did not have a heart attack. houston went on to lose to the
indianapolis colts. new developments in the battle between major league baseball and rodriguez. the yankee third baseman currently appealing a 211-game suspension for violating baseball's drug policy. according to the "new york times" he tested positive for stimulants in 2006. he admitted using them between 2001 and 2003. a lawyer for rodriguez denies the report. a suspect in the deadly shooting at the los angeles airport is under 24-hour armed guard at the hospital. police say that paul ciancia said he acted alone in that attack. he was dropped off at the airport by his roommate who said he had no idea what was about to unfold. a former roommate says the shooting was totally out of character. >> i didn't have any issues with him or anything. he was a really nice guy. a bit loner, introverted. but nothing that i would ever, ever expect him to do something like this. >> reporter: brian ludmer, the high school teacher who was wounded in the attack, is facing at least one more surgery and extended physical therapy. friends say he remains upbeat. ludmer was traveling to a friend's wedding when he was shot on friday. another u.s. airport evacuated and shut down after an employee found a written bomb
threat last night. no flights came in or out of birmingham, alabama, for more than two hours while they searched the terminal and tarmacs. normal operations resumed. a group of sky divers is thanking their lucky stars after surviving a midair collision between the two small planes as the planes actually plunged to the ground. the skydivers and pilots scrambled to great free and -- to get free and pulled the cord on their parachutes. rob nelson has their harrowing story. >> reporter: sky dive superior is a company whose website boasts of adrenaline-packed moments in the sky. but a saturday trip was more than they bargained for. >> all of a sudden there's this weird noise. like a boom. >> reporter: two planes, carrying nine sky divers and two pilots collided saturday night 12,000 feet in the air in northwest wisconsin. the trailing plane hit the leading aircraft, creating a fireball that sheared off the
plane's right wing. the plane was destroyed, splitting into three pieces. amazingly, all nine quick-thinking skydivers were able to parachute to safety. one pilot used an emergency parachute. >> he's got to get his seat belt off, he's got to get out the door and deploy his parachute. >> reporter: the other was forced to make an emergency landing at the airport. that pilot was the only one injured. instructor mike robinson knows a far worse tragedy was narrowly avoided. >> very, very lucky. any time two planes collide in the air, it is potential disaster for everybody involved. so we were all lucky. >> reporter: rob nelson, abc news, new york. some incriminating video emerged showing what really happened when a big rig plowed into a patrol car last may killing a police officer. cell phone records show the driver was looking at scantily clad women on facebook and not checking his rear-view mirror as he told investigators. the 18-wheeler was traveling 65
miles an hour on an arizona highway when it slammed in to two police cars and a fire truck at an accident scene. the driver is facing 20 felony charges. homeowners outside of montreal couldn't believe their eyes the other night. what looked like a ball of lightning came barrelling down a power line right through their neighborhood. as the oncoming surge approaches, the second one that day, drew griffiths had the camera ready. >> what we saw was this fireball barreling down the power lines and emanating an extreme amount of heat that forced us back inside because it was so hot. >> griffiths put the video up on youtube on friday, and it has gone viral. it already has racked up a million hits. that's scary stuff. >> my goodness. here's a look at the rest of the weather. a cold front moves up into the upper midwest today. light rain and showers across the plains overnight. chilly and dry in the east. thunderstorms in east texas,
oklahoma and arkansas. showers and mountain snow are lingering in western washington and much of oregon as well as across the rockies. >> 48 seattle. l.a. 64. 64 dallas. 49 minneapolis. atlanta 62. washington 51. boston 43 degrees. the new york marathon went off without a hitch on sunday after superstorm sandy shut down the race last year, and the boston marathon was derailed by a terror attack in april. a record 57,744 runners took to the streets of new york. security was never higher. metal detectors, bag checks, and bomb-sniffing dogs. >> geoffrey mutai from kenya defended the men's title and fellow kenyan priscah jeptoo scored a come-from-behind victory for the women. i hope i said the names right. >> they are talented runners. >> yes, they absolutely are. my goodness, that's amazing. >> those marathoners looked like actress pamela anderson after the race. the former "baywatch" star tweeted this photo of herself on
her bag with ice bags, tv remote, and race mementos. the star tweeting this picture of herself but she said it was worth it. she raised $76,000 for aid to haiti. >> i don't know that i would, after seeing that, want to run a race. >> i know before seeing that the marathon probably is next life. i don't think it will happen. >> not your thing. coming up, a scary story from michelle pfeiffer and this is no movie act. it's for real. and later, running for a dream. twin brothers are being rewarded, not for something they cannot do but for their accomplishments in the new york marathon. you are watching "world news now." ♪ >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by colonial penn life insurance. >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by colonial penn life insurance. n>> announcer: "wo ws now" brought to you by colonial penn life insurance.
all right. nelson mandela is described in critical condition as he recovers from a lung condition. >> a few miles away, a gathering of family, friends, supporters, and glitterotti convened for a film that chronicles his journey from childhood to civil rights icon. abc's lana zak reports from johannesburg. >> i am not ill. i'm just old. so he's fine. he's out of hospital. he's back at home. >> reporter: a long-time friend and political ally of nelson mandela grinned as he told reporters the a 95-year-old anti-apartheid leader was just old. he spent 15 years with mandela
imprisoned on robin island. >> never touch a woman or child again. pity they didn't hang you. i'm going to make sure you wish they had. >> reporter: mandela's struggle against apartheid is the subject of a new movie, "mandela: long walk to freedom," which hits u.s. theaters thanksgiving weekend. >> i have beautiful children, beautiful wife. i want them to walk free in their own land. >> the movie was powerful for mandela's daughter. [ inaudible ] >> that part of my father's legacy and persona overlooked. >> i wonder if you can tell us about a particular scene that brought you closer to your father? >> we had those moments where -- no hope of anyone coming to rescue. >> freedom, it is an ideal for which i'm prepared to die.
>> zindzi tells me she was sitting next to her mother watching that film and overcome with emotion. she can't wait to watch it alone. john, diana. >> thank you. >> i can't wait to see it either. >> i hope it is great. the film will be released in the u.s. thanksgiving weekend. >> by the way, the lead actor in that movie was also the lead actor in the series "the wire," hbo series "the wire." he's an incredible actor. talk about dipping in -- he becomes the person. i think he's -- i don't know, but i'm assuming he did a wonderful job as nelson mandela. i can't wait to see it. >> looks promising. >> absolutely. from one scandal to another. kerry washington's big challenge on "saturday night live." >> and katy perry is topping a new list for 47 million reasons. they are coming up next in "the skinny." >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our abc stations.
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saying there's not enough diversity in the cast. keenen came out and said, i'm not doing anymore famous black people because you need to hire female black people who are comedians and are wonderful and they should be on our set. anyway, kerry washington was the host and she poked fun at the fact that there are no black female comedians on the show. she comes out, first as -- oh that is michelle obama. the other was oprah. sorry i couldn't quite tell what we were doing here. then they asked her -- so during the whole set, the pretty much plays every famous black woman out there from beyonce to michelle obama to -- anyway, it runs the gamut. but at the beginning of the show, she plays the woman that she plays on "scandal." take a listen to this. >> i was out at last night at de club, and i may have punched a bouncer. >> okay. you need to leave town immediately. >> because i hit a bouncer? >> no, because you call it de club. >> there you have it. she went as herself in "scandal" and she had to take care of this
young woman's problem. >> note to self, never say de club. all right. this is kind of weird. michelle pfeiffer -- this is courtesy of "the daily mail." michelle pfeiffer admits years ago she was part of what was basically a cult that taught that humans can exist without food and water. she explained how she became involved with a controlling couple when she came to hollywood in her 20s and they believed in something called breatharianism. and her soon-to-be husband was doing a movie and played somebody in a cult and they did some research and she realized, oh, my goodness, i am in a cult, too. she got the heck out of there. you definitely need food and water. right? >> one of the basics. >> yeah, but apparently you start with an extreme diet and eventually a belief you get to the point where you can live on sunlight. >> just breathe. >> anyway, michelle pfeiffer made it out and is doing well. katy perry passed justin
bieber as the most popular person on twitter. yes. she is steadily maintaining 2000 followers more than the biebs. she has well over 46 million followers. justin bieber is trailing by a little bit. by the way, lady gaga was the long-time queen of twitter, holding the crown since 2010. she apparently was surpassed by bieber in january. >> no kidding. melissa mccarthy, the latest "elle" cover girl. controversy over did "elle" magazine cover her up because she is a large-framed woman. she went on leno and didn't seem upset about the whole thing. and basically she really loved that coat. let's hear. >> how dare someone put me in a $3,000 coat? that's terrible. i want to know why i don't own the coat. i want the coat. >> they didn't let you keep the coated? >> i want the coat. i really want the coat.
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♪ running down a dream for more than 50,000 runners in the new york city marathon. >> the official winners from kenya but two special men from long island are winning some special accolades this morning. here's abc's linzie janis. >> reporter: 23-year-old identical twins alex and jamie schneider's first new york city marathon. >> 5:30 in the morning.
we're excited. first new york city marathon. >> reporter: they are autistic and unable to communicate. for them, running is a form of therapy. >> this is our number-one, main activity as a family. everything else comes second to running. >> reporter: alex, who's the fastest and runs with a coach, just set a new personal best. >> 3:14:35. unbelievable. you did it! you did it! >> reporter: for jamie, who runs with his dad, alan, the memory of boston a struggle. >> there was a lot of crying and screaming and animated people around us, and he was traumatized. >> reporter: but robin and alan are determined to help jamie get back to the races that have given him and his brother so much joy. >> they don't live a normal life. so this is something that i think connects with them and makes them happy. >> reporter: robin and alan say the joy running brings to their entire family has been their
greatest blessing. linzie janis, abc news, new york. >> what a story. >> big deal for them. alex and jamie have completed more than 120 races but five marathons and eight half marathons over the past seven years. that's an incredible feat. >> what an inspiring story. >> really are great. >> one time three hours and just a handful of minutes. that is impressive stuff. by the way, little tidbit for you. 2,000 spectators. oldest racer male 93. this is an interesting one, what country besides the u.s. do you think is most represented? >> kenya. >> france. with 3300 runners. who knew, right? >> let me guess, two kenyans and they both won. >> cups of coffee at the start. they are just amazing, aren't they? >> oh, my gosh. >> this is abc's "world news now," informing insomniacs for two decades.
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