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making news in america this morning -- bitter cold. the late fall freeze blankets parts of the country. this morning, with snow falling even in the south. when will this cold snap end? desperation growing. the situation in the philippines getting more dire by the minute. new video of the destruction. plus, amazing before and after images. finally free. a man spends nearly ten years in prison for a murder he says he didn't commit. this morning, he's sharing his story. picture-perfect. a couple of daredevils going to extreme heights to get an amazing photo in wedding day attire. and good wednesday morning. we'll start this wednesday morning with that weather.
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for millions and millions of people across the eastern u.s., the weather is cold. >> unseasonably cold. check out the map right now, showing readings we're more used to seeing in late december, as opposed to mid-november. it's something of a rude awakening this morning across the southeast. the first snow flurries of the season in raleigh, north carolina. >> the kids love the snow. and they're getting ready to go on the buses. they were very, very excited. just a few flakes start falling. and they were just ecstatic. >> reporter: they better dress warm this morning. low temperatures will be in the 20s. stretching all the way from near the gulf coast to western texas. further north, the extreme cold is replacing a lot more snow. parts of michigan are dealing with over a foot. that was more than enough to put a smile on some adorable faces. but it was trouble for drivers. not quite ready for the winter-like conditions. >> a little early in the year for this. but it is what it is. >> reporter: police in buffalo, new york, are blaming black ice for a 20-car pileup that shut down a highway for hours. luckily, this autumn blast of
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arctic weather won't last all that long. seasonal temperatures are expected back for most of the eastern u.s. by friday. some areas can even look to above-normal readings. so, hang in there. crazy stuff, right? >> oh, man. we move on to the philippines this morning. and new satellite images revealing just how much damage typhoon haiyan left behind. >> this one shows before the storm. green farmland. colorful buildings along the coast. here's what it looks like today. muddy, lifeless. nearly every one of those buildings gone. >> abc's tahman bradley reports on what that means for the people who live there. >> reporter: for the survivors of typhoon haiyan, time is running out. people have become so desperate for water, they're trying to strain it through their shirts. the devastation is widespread. from the air, you see entire villages in ruin. a plea for help written on that road. the relief effort has picked up. but supplies are not reaching
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victims quickly enough. >> some of the challenges we've had with the situation on the ground is, has to do with logistics and planning. and trying to get support services up and running. >> reporter: at the airport in tacloban, chaos. there's only a handful of flights a day. people were restless. the president of the philippines thinks the death toll will be far lower than the original estimate of 10,000. at least two americans are among the dead. with the government overwhelmed, some filipinos are taking matters into their own hands, loading up trucks of food for starving survivors. across the u.s., people are raising money and collecting food to ship to the victims. audie concordia is a student donation coordinator at san jose state university. fraternities, sororities and the filipino student organization have joined forces. >> there's many of us in this organization, that have family down there. family and friends there. >> reporter: other americans are flying in to the region to lend a hand. >> it's just about making people as safe and as secure as they can, right now. >> reporter: more critical supplies should arrive in the
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philippines this week. with the obama administration sending two amphibious warships. the air force carrier "uss george washington" should arrive on thursday. tahman bradley, abc news, washington. >> how can you help? we put plenty of resources on our website, and now, to this breaking overnight. an american airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing on its way from miami to boston. the 757 had to land in orlando because of a cracked windshield. 159 passengers were onboard. no injuries have been reported. once that windshield was fixed, the flight continued on its way. former president clinton joining other leading democrats and calling for changes to obama care. mr. clinton said president obama should honor his word and allow people to keep their health insurance if they're happy with it. >> i personally believe, even if it takes a change in the law, the president should honor the commitment the federal government made to those people and let them keep what they've got. >> as for the health care website, the administration is
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convinced that the problems are fixed. people who tried to register earlier and failed are being invited to try again. the rough rollout for obama care seems to be affecting the president's approval rating. it's now at an all-time low. 54% disapprove of the job he's doing. just 39% back president obama. the latest poll shows the majority of americans, 52%, say the president is not honest and trustworthy. caroline kennedy heading to tokyo tomorrow to take on her new role as u.s. ambassador to japan, the first woman to hold this post. kennedy was sworn in yesterday, as her son and husband looked on. the best-selling author and mother of three has no expertise in japan. but her close relationship with president obama is seen as a diplomatic asset. two americans kidnapped by pirates off the coast of nigeria are heading home. the captain and the engineer were taken from "the sea retriever," an offshore supply vessel last month. the state department refused to provide details about the release. but two u.s. officials say ransom demands were met. demands were met.
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the epidemic of suicides in the military may be waning. the number has dropped more than 22% this year. but the number is still high. 245 active duty members have taken their own lives through october 27th. that's compared to 316 the same time last year. still, in 2012, more service members died of suicide than in the war in afghanistan. a chicago jury took just 45 minutes to find tv pitchman kevin trudeau guilty of lying in infomercials about the contents of his best-selling diet book. after the verdict in the courtroom filled with trudeau supporters, the judge revoked his bail and ordered him back to jail. trudeau could be sentenced to anything from probation to life in prison. he also owes $37 million from a civil judgment. hawaii becomes the 15th state to allow gay couples to marry. the governor is expected to sign the bill into law later today. president obama, is among those sending congratulations. saying, i've been proud to be born in hawaii. and today's vote makes me even prouder. today is also a big day for toronto mayor rob ford.
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he faces his first city council meeting since admitting to smoking crack. >> ford didn't seem too concerned yesterday. he spent five years autographing the new bobble-head dolls made in his likeness. they sold for 20 bucks. proceeds going to charity. >> and today, toronto city council could call for legislation to remove ford from office if he doesn't voluntarily take a leave of absence. let's talk about a true art lover. a painting just sold for a record price. wait until you hear how much. plus, a man convicted of murder walks out of jail. while an attorney general decided to set him free after nearly a decade. and tearing up in court. an emotional day on the stand for alec baldwin. the bizarre stalking case that has two very different sides to the story.
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and welcome back. the proposed merger between american airlines and u.s. airways is now all but clear for takeoff. the two carriers are forming the world's biggest airline. they settled a government antitrust case yesterday by giving up about 15% of their operating rights at airports that serve washington, d.c. and new york city. the deal is expected to be finalized within the next month. american taxpayers will lose money on the general motors bailout in the end. a new report showing the government has been selling off the gm stock it bought to keep that company afloat back in 2009. but it still owns 70 million shares. it will not be able to sell them for anything close to the $12 billion it is still owed. the u.s. will become the number one oil producer by 2015. that is main due to finding oil in shale formations.
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experts predict middle eastern nations will regain top status in 15 or 20 years. an apple store in a delaware mall is claiming to be the number one seller of iphones in the entire country. apple is not revealing sales figures. the lack of sales tax in delaware makes it an irresistible stop for customers that buy hundreds of iphones for resale overseas. and there's a staggering new record from the art world we want to tell you about. >> a painting by francis bacon, now, the most expensive work ever sold at auction. it's called "three studies of lucian freud." it was purchased at christie's in new york last night. listen to this. for more than 142 million bucks. it went to an unidentified buyer after six minutes of bidding. you bought me that for christmas, didn't you? >> yes, i did. i'm the unidentified bidder. two things, i've never heard of this guy before. and number two, it is so ugly to me. >> i've heard of francis bacon.
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i never heard of that specific painting. but it's not particularly attractive. >> not necessarily nice to look at. >> but bring it on. >> $142 million, go for it. when we come back, change of heart. one-third of all adults may need to start taking a drug to prevent heart disease and stroke. and energizer bunny. a rabbit steals the show and the race. [ lane ] do you ever feel like you're growing old waiting for your wrinkle cream to work? clinically proven neutrogena® rapid wrinkle repair. it targets fine lines and wrinkles with the fastest retinol formula available. you'll see younger looking skin in just one week. one week? that's just my speed. rapid wrinkle repair. and for dark spots rapid tone repair. from neutrogena®.
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years for killing a sports editor. the state attorney general says there will be no retrial. ferguson said he didn't know he was being freed until he saw his attorney hold up a sign that said, it's over. last night, he thanked his supporters. >> to get arrested and charged for a crime you didn't commit is incredibly easy. and you can lose your life very fast. but to get out of prison it takes an army. >> ferguson's case gained national attention because of a bizarre twist. his high school classmate claims to have recalled in dreams, years after the fact, that he and ferguson carried out that murder. that classmate has since recanted his testimony. but he is still behind bars. and you will hear much more from ryan ferguson later on this morning in a live interview on "good morning america." another case where supporters are calling a miscarriage of justice. a florida woman may find out today whether she is free on bail while she awaits a new trial. she got 20 years in prison for firing a warning shot near her husband during an argument. her lawyers had used florida's stand your ground law, the
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defense. the jury didn't buy it. the judge has ordered a retrail. the canadian actress accused of stalking alec baldwin and his wife appears in a courtroom today. a teary-eyed baldwin testified he never had a sexual relationship with genevieve sabourin. he said that they had a meal at a friend's request. then, she barraged him with up to 30 voicemails and hundreds of e-mails. sabourin shouted in court that baldwin was lying. >> i'm not. >> you don't consider yourself a stalker? >> no. he maintained a relationship with me while he was with her. that's why he created, like, the fear i have to get away from genevieve. she's dangerous. >> sabourin claims she was seeking closure after baldwin stopped talking to her. she recently turned down a plea that would have resulted in no jail time. some major medical news this morning. a big change in the way that doctors treat patients with heart attack risks. new guidelines, focusing less on cholesterol and more on specific risks like age, gender, race and whether a person smokes. as a result, the number of
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americans taking statins could double. surprising revelation from nascar driver trevor bayne. he made history at age 20, becoming the youngest ever winner of the daytona 500. now, he says he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis back in june. he's not taking medication. and he plans to race this weekend in south florida, as well as all of next season. well, we've seen lots of skydiving weddings. zip line weddings. and scuba dive weddings. and one rock climbing wedding officiator thought yosemite would be a great place to get married. >> that's some picture. that's him right there. gill weiss. he wanted to use his climbing skills to make rock climbing weddings. so, he went to the top of the mountain with ben horton. >> we didn't have all of the pieces when we went out there. gill had an idea and a wedding dress. and he was literally walking around camp four, the little climber village, looking for girls that fit the wedding
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dress. >> man, oh, man. as you can see, they found a woman that fit the dress and was willing to pose. >> that pose is okay. that one, no thank you. all right. time, now, for a look at sports. and the first big night of college basketball did not disappoint. >> number one team in the country already has lost their first game. here's neil and stan with all the details. >> good morning, america. welcome to our "sportscenter" set here in los angeles. i'm stan verrett. this is neil everett. >> get my chair. >> pull up your chair. there you go. a big night of college basketball in chicago. neil's going to start off with the number one and number two teams in the country. we have one and two and four and five. julius randle, orange julius. 27 points, 13 rebounds. he didn't have a very good first half. here's the play of the game right here.
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branden dawson. the putback. and number one, kentucky, downed. sparty beats them by four. top two incoming freshmen in the country. duke, facing off with kansas. and duke up three. under 1:30 to go. wiggins. off the turnover. put it on the line, as well. 22 points, 8 rebounds for him. and kansas gets the win, 94-83. >> perry ellis was a team with points and rebounds. but he's a sophomore. >> only freshmen -- >> can't be a sophomore phenom. only a freshman phenom. that's all we got. >> yeah. usually they count down in our ear how much time we have left. that's it. >> we'll take it back. yeah. we rarely cover horse racing here. but we have to make an exception today for our "play of the day." this comes to us from a track in the netherlands. >> down the stretch they come. not only horses racing. take a look.
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there's a rabbit there, coming down the wire. and it actually takes first place. >> maybe that's not a surprise, given the fact that the rabbit wasn't pulling anything. >> i'm still surprised. coming up next, it's "the pulse." and a college course that john would love. studying a rock legend's lyrics. >> sounds good. plus, a multitasking musician. this guitar player making a cool melody on the basketball court. atrial fibrillation -- an irregular heartbeat, not caused by a heart valve problem. that puts jim at a greater risk of stroke. for years, jim's medicine tied him to a monthly trip to the clinic to get his blood tested. but now, with once-a-day xarelto®, jim's on the move. jim's doctor recommended xarelto®. like warfarin, xarelto® is proven effective to reduce afib-related stroke risk. but xarelto® is the first and only once-a-day prescription blood thinner for patients with afib
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seminar, examining biblical illusions. they will also have references to springsteen's music. >> that means a lot of the music will be older than the kids studying it. >> that's easy to get into pit. >> pretty cool. this is something i think you can get into, john. an ohio teenager is a guitar playing wonder. not only did he release his first album at the age of 14. he can play the guitar and basketball all at the same time. >> doing both at the same time. that's the trick. slapping the body of the guitar, creating a drum beat. he uses his fingers plucking the strings. he can dribble and throw a three-pointer. the guy's amazing. ♪ in other videos, he eats candy and cooks eggs while he plays his guitar. >> i can barely play the guitar
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live from the kgo-tv broadcast center this is abc7 news. >> good wednesday morning. thank you positive starting your day with us. >> here is mike nicco and he will tell you about the forecast. >> good news for the commuters. it is dry. changing of the air mass means it is cooler. at the although of us are in the 40's and 50's rather than the 50's and 60's. you can see the bay bridge from the exploritorium. you can see the dancing lights. the temperatures are the same as yesterday but brighter. it will be mild with high clouds and sunshine. 72 to 75 and upper 60's to mid-70's and 68 to 74 and the coast is 62 to 67 in downtown san francisco. we will find out about morning commute. leyla gulen? >> good morning, happy hump day. we do not have accidents to
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report but we have construction if san francisco where we have the central freeway ramp to southbound 101 shut down until 6:00 this morning. look out for that. it is nut causing delays. we have clear conditions throughout san francisco. the bay bridge toll plaza shows from oakland a few cars making their drive away from oakland through the tolls and into treasure island. no problems out there. >> we have develop news with power restored to nearly 3,600 pg&e customers including the biggest user, the newly opened graton resort and casino which went out at the week old casino before 11:00 last night after a vehicle hit a utility pole near 101 and caught fire. power was restored 90 minutes later but the casino and all the customs were left in the dark and told to evacuate.
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we will have more from rohnert park next half hour. >> there was a frightening incident and authorities are searching for an intruder caught on video. katie marzullo is in the newsroom. >> security improvements have been made but they want more. they had a safety meeting last night because last week the man in this video with the long hair went into the office and gave the little girl's first name and he get a visitors pass and wandered around campus and then left. the mother has seen this video and says she has no idea who the man s. >> i was frightened. i never made any provisions and what if it was someone i didn't know, a complete stranger. >> it is called


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