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true. >> yes. >> thanks for joining us. i'm cheryl jennings. >> see you again at 6:00. welcome to "world news." tonight -- most wanted. the news pouring in about the billionaire drug lord who targeted american cities. digging underground tunnels. using a submarine. even this catapult to toss bales of drugs over the border. we've now learned new ways police say he was streaming drugs right into your neighborhood. mystery illness. the new disease tonight in some children that has doctors urgently searching for a cure. sleepless in america. short sleepers that thrive on less than four hours a night. >> i'm not superman. >> how did they do it? and how can all of us get more out of our day? and comic genius, rememb remembering the man behind
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comedies that became laugh-out loud classics. and a good evening to you on this monday night. and we begin this week together with a big victory for the people fighting the river of illegal drugs entering the united states. it is the capture of the man called the king of the trade, joaquin "el chapo" guzman. and we have new details tonight about the brilliant and diabolical ways he was streaming drugs right into american neighborhoods. mariana van zeller from our partner network, fusion, has been tracking this story and this man for years. she starts us off right now. >> reporter: joaquin "el chapo" guzman, the alleged billionaire drug trafficker, on the run for the 13 years, his arrest tonight being called the biggest setback to the drug trade in three decades. once named one of the most powerful men in the world, el chapo was caught here in a simple fourth floor apartment, a single rifle by his side. toiletries scattered across the
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bed. in the kitchen, food on the counter, pans on the stove. in a bedroom, a child's playpen appears to lie on the floor. allegedly with him, his beauty queen wife and young american-born twin daughters. mexican special forces, early saturday, capturing one of the most wanted men without a struggle. >> we have been able to largely cripple not only guzman by capturing him, but also the organization itself. >> reporter: guzman, nicknamed el chapo, slang for shorty, has evaded authorities before. drug tunnels, a concept guzman allegedly pioneered. some cost over a million dollars to build, and they made back that money in just a month carrying a river of drugs into
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the united states, and guns and cash back across the border to mexico. i entered one of these tunnels in yuma county, arizona. descending over 60 feet. it can get toxic if there's not oxygen in here. really dangerous, people can die here, so that's why they have this ventilation. and it wasn't just tunnels. guzman allegedly built 100-foot long submarines to smuggle drugs, even catapults. watch this night-vision surveillance footage. that's bales of drugs being hurled over the border fence. he is believed to supply more than 25% of the drugs in the u.s., blamed for thousands of deaths here and in mexico. more than 80% of chicago's ill lead drug trade traced back to him. those sold in chicago alone. that city named him public enemy number one, though he's never even before there. >> mariana joins us now. you said that he's never been in chicago, so why was chicago the center of his operation? >> he decided in 2006 that he wanted to make chicago his center of operation. chicago has the fourth or fifth largest mexican population outside of mexico and it's also sort of the ideal distribution
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center for drugs to be smuggled through the midwest. >> and what do you think are the odds he'll be brought back to the secure prison system in the united states? because he's escaped once before in a laundry basket. >> that's correct. u.s. plans to seek his extradition, but this is a big political victory for the president nieto, and one he doesn't want to give up easily. >> all right, mariana, thank you for your expertise. we want everyone to know that you'll have more on fusion, our partner network. thank you. >> thank you, diane. and moving next, now, to a landmark announcement today about america as a fighting force. the secretary of defense, essentially saying it is time to move away from the era of big ground wars like afghanistan, time to cut the u.s. military into a lean, mean team ready for 21st century war. abc's chief global correspondent martha raddatz on the banner headline and the argument erupting tonight.
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>> reporter: it would be a big change -- rethinking america's military, our enemies, our wars. and how much we spend. on the chopping block? the number of america's soldiers. from a proposed 490,000 down to as low 440,000. watch america's forces spike during world war ii, during korea, vietnam. these new cuts would see america with the fewest soldiers since before all of these wars. and in the skies? a 40-year-old aircraft, the a-10 warthog to be retired, to be replaced by newer aircraft, including the fearsome f-35 fighter jet. and the famed spy plane -- the u-2, would be replaced by an unmanned drone. while at the same time, america will continue to invest in its special operations forces and cyberwarfare.
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>> we chose further reductions in troop strength in order sustain or redness and technological superiority. >> reporter: critics say the cut signals a weakness. and an opportunity to future enemies. all of this has to be approved by congress, which will be a very tough sale, but here's one haunting thought -- a recently retired general told me today he worries about slashing the number of troops. he said that he remembers the day before 9/11, when he held in his hand a recommendation to cut america's troops, of course, that is a cut that never happened. >> and the stage has been set for the big debate. thank you so much, martha raddatz. and now, we head overseas for the latest on the upheaval in ukraine. tonight the former president
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there still on the run. a warrant accusing him of mass killing of civilians. now, ordinary ukranians are trying to get a glimpse of his opulent house. but the big question remains, will russia try to block what has happened and hold on to its influence in ukraine, even as ukraine seems to be turning toward the west. and tonight, a call for help from the african country of uganda. a new law signed today says gay citizens can be given jail terms there, even life in prison, and people who protect gays could be imprisoned, too. abc's dan harris, now, with the new developments today. >> reporter: to be gay tonight in the african nation of uganda is to be a criminal facing the severe punishment. the new law signed by the president today, calls for 14 years in prison for a first-time offenders. life in prison for what it describes as repeat offenders. the official charge -- aggravated homosexuality. and if you don't report a loved one or a friend who is gay, you're now breaking the law too.
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today, the white house which sends uganda more than $400 million in aid every year had sharp words. >> we will continue to urge the government of uganda to repeal this abhorrent law. >> reporter: we recently traveled to uganda, where being gay means living in constant fear. with american evangelical christians accused of coming in and fanning the flames, we interviewed the american-educated pastor who led this charge of the new anti-gay law. there's a common theory that the people who have the biggest problems with gays and lesbians have themselves struggled with homosexual urges. >> no. >> reporter: have you ever? are you comparing homosexuality to terrorism? >> it's sexual terrorism. >> reporter: but tonight, there's no question that those who are experiencing terror are uganda's gays and lesbians, facing life in prison just for falling in love.
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dan harris, abc news, new york. and now back here at home, we move into a courtroom, here in new york, where today, one of america's most famous families turned out to support one of their own. kerry kennedy, daughter of robert f. kennedy, who said she had a car accident while driving under the influence of the sleeping pill. as the trial got under way, the question of sleep-driving took center stage. all as her 85-year-old mother, ethel, looked on. abc's linsey davis was there. >> reporter: today, as kerry kennedy headed to court, at her side, the matriarch of the famed kennedy family, her mother, ethel kennedy, and two of her brothers. >> we're not going to comment until after things are done. >> reporter: it's an image we have come to expect -- in times of trial, the kennedy family draws near. the 54-year-old kerry is the daughter of the late robert kennedy. her brother, bobby, pictured here, and her brother, doug, just a baby in this old photo, were both present in court
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today. kennedy is charged with drug-driving, after crashing her car back in july of 2012. >> i want to apologize to the driver of the truck who i apparently hit. and to all those i endangered while driving my car. >> reporter: kennedy contends the morning of the crash, she may have mistakenly taken the powerful sleep drug, ambien, after confusing it with her thyroid pill. in court, her lawyer noted she was rfk's daughter, and, "the niece of our former president, john f. kennedy," but added kerry kennedy "is not seeking any advantages here because of her famous family." linsey davis, abc news, white plains, new york. and now, a mystery illness out west that has concerned parents phoning their doctors tonight. strange symptoms that come on fast and strike children virtually without warning. reminiscent of a disease thought to have been long vanquished, polio. cecilia vega with the new clues.
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>> reporter: doctors thought this 4-year-old had asthma, then came the weakness in her left leg and paralysis in her left arm. doctors say that she's one of five children in california showing signs of a mysterious polio-like illness and they are investigating as many 25 more. their average age, 12. all unable to move some or all of their limbs. >> there can be some mild improvements, but overall, the level of paralysis remains severe. >> reporter: the children had all been vaccinated against polio and researchers suspect this may be a related virus. they're asking doctors around the country to look for other cases. the cdc is monitoring but cautions most of these polio-like viruses do not end in paralysis. her case appears to be an extremely rare one. cecilia vega, abc news, los angeles. and business news tonight, a challenge thrown down to the egg
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mcmuffin, the symbol of a nation that likes breakfast on the run, taco bell essentially saying, game on, next month, they'll counter with the waffle taco. rebecca jarvis with the breakfast battlefield heating up. >> reporter: taco bell is hoping america will run for the border for breakfast. their new breakfast menu, seven years in the making, includes an egg-stuffed waffle taco. smothered in syrup. breakfast burritos. and a flatbread melt. so, why is taco bell doing this? >> breakfast is $50 billion industry, and it's growing all the time. >> reporter: mcdonald's where a quarter of all of their business rides on breakfast, today, said it's looking closely to extend its breakfast cutoff time. they see opportunity in a changing american breakfast.
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we eat in record time. the typical american breakfast, now just 13 minutes. like the 1950s, we still eat eggs and bacons. only we eat them as on the go breakfast sandwiches. so, expect to see a bright and shining battle for your breakfast dollars. rebecca jarvis, abc news, new york. and a startling note tonight -- 87-year-old john dingell, the longest serving member in congress has announced he's retiring. he told his hometown newspaper said that serving in house had become obnoxious because of the intense partisanship now there. up next -- sleepless in america. unlocking the secrets to help all of us to get the most of our day. when we're back in two minutes. mine was earned in korea in 1953. afghanistan, in 2009. orbiting the moon in 1971.
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so i got the new nokia lumia icon. it's got 1080p video, three times zoom, and a twenty-megapixel sensor. it's got the brightest display, so i can see what i'm shooting -- even outdoors, and 4 mics that capture incredible sound. plus, it has apps like vine -- and free cloud storage. my new lumia icon is so great, even our wipeouts look amazing. ♪ honestly, i want to see you be brave ♪ ♪ next tonight, all of us sleepless in america. in fact, two-thirds of americans
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say they are not getting enough sleep. so, tonight, you're going to meet some people who say that less than four hours, even one hour, is plenty for them. abc's maria schiavocampo on the secrets of short sleepers. >> reporter: like so many of us, jenn schwaner is busy. she works as a court reporter, cooks for her daughter's softball team, and fosters babies for the state of florida. but unlike most of us, she does it all on less than four hours of sleep and she says she's never tired. >> i feel like i'm living my life rather than sleeping it. >> reporter: her father pat is the same way, he can get by on as little as one hour of sleep a day. >> i'm not superman, not an x-man, just -- i feel i'm kind of lucky. >> reporter: it's not luck, it's genetics. researchers call them short sleepers, and say it's because of a genetic mutation. short sleepers cannot sleep longer than a few hours, even in childhood, waking rested and refreshed. they never use an alarm clock
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and they rarely yawn, don't need caffeine and no naps. >> all day long they are very active and very optimistic, they are go-getters. >> reporter: researchers say short sleepers are not insomniacs, and they're not sleep deprived, but compress the brain's five stages of sleep cycles into less time. and so far, they haven't found any negative health effects. famously, bill clinton, winston churchill, donald trump, and martha stewart, all claim they need little sleep. but researchers estimate less than 1% of the population is made up of genuine short sleepers, though many people think they are. in the future, they might be. researchers hope to develop a drug better than caffeine to keep you awake. so, how do you know how much rest you need? well, the next time you have several days off, say on vacation -- go to sleep, don't set an alarm, and when you wake up, you'll have your answer. real short sleepers get up after four hours, even on vacation. as for me, i gave it a shot. i feel tired, i feel irritable,
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and just not ready for the day. four hours is clearly not enough. and take a look at this simple reaction test. without a full night's sleep, i can't catch this pen at all. but jenn, living on four hours of sleep her entire life, never misses. a night owl, and an early bird. now, unfortunately, you can't train yourself to be a short sleeper because it's a genetic thing. and experts say you really shouldn't try. because consistent sleep deprivation can lead to several health problems, including obesity and depression. diane? >> okay, thanks so much. and when we come back -- got milk? a big change coming to that all-american ad campaign. do you know what it is? it's our "instant index." those little things still get you. cialis tadalafil for daily use helps you be ready anytime the moment is right. cialis is also the only daily ed tablet approved to treat symptoms of bph, like needing to go frequently. tell your doctor about all your medical conditions and medicines,
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well, it was 20 years ago, supermodel naomi campbell was followed by a lot of familiar faces -- beyonce, angelina jolie, alex trebek -- but milk consumption it seems has gone down nationwide and got milk is being replaced with a new tag line, milk life, which debuts tomorrow through most of the country. and there's another sign tonight, another victim of our changing times. >> hello, and welcome to moviefone. >> recognize the moviefone hot line, even "seinfeld" spoofed it. >> hello, and welcome to moviefone. if you know the name of the movie you'd like to see, press one. >> after 25 years and the internet, moviefone calling it quits next month. and we have farewell tonight, too, a real family that captured our hearts with song and spirit. ♪ >> the von trapps, over the weekend, we learned the last surviving child of the original
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von trapp family made famous in the movie, has died at the age of 99. in "the sound of music," we knew her as louisa, the second oldest daughter, but in real life, she was named maria like her stepmother. eventually, she and her family settled in vermont. by the way, she once said that she was shocked at the portrayal of his father, saying he was loving and kind, not the tough disciplinarian that we saw on the movie screen. and up next right here -- remembering the man behind the comedy classics that still have us laughing. >> don't cross this street. and i have diabetic nerve pain. it's hard to describe, because you have a numbness, but yet you have the pain like thousands of needles sticking in your foot. it was progressively getting worse, and at that point i knew i had to do something. once i started taking the lyrica the pain started subsiding. [ male announcer ] it's known that diabetes damages nerves. lyrica is fda approved to treat diabetic nerve pain.
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the culture. "caddyshack," which he directed about a nerdy subversive. "animal house," which he co-wrote about subversive nerds. comedies that were smarter than goofball. dark at times, but always with a light left on. his "groundhog day," for example, sort of a nightmare, but wrapped inside a snowball of sweetness. ramis came up through chicago's legendary second city comedy troupe, serving for a time as head writer, part of the same generation as the original "saturday night live" cast, with whom he worked in several movies -- murray in "stripes." chevy chase, in "national lampoon's vacation," with that scene on the highway. work that inspired a younger generation, like writer and director judd apatow, who actually interviewed ramis for his high school radio station, and then, years later, cast him in his own huge hit, "knocked up," five years ago he produced "year one." the last movie that ramis would
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direct. because four years ago, he got sick. a rare autoimmune disease. he died early this morning in chicago, just short of 70 years. >> comedy is radical in spirit. it challenges people's assumptions and expectations. and we always felt that we part of that great tradition. >> reporter: a guy who battled ghosts, ramis leaves behind the spirit of what he was -- a nerd. a subversive. a funnyman. john donvan, abc news, washington. and we thank you for watching. we're always here at "nightline" will be here later. >> teen-aged pros stit use on the streets of san jose. a youth counselor under indictment. >> sunny skies and mild now, but rain is on the way. how much we're going to get in a few minutes >> what derailed a bart train
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last week? repairs are yet to be completed. >> the dalai lama delivers a message of compassion to cutthroat corporate culture of silicon valley. >> good evening, i'm dan ashley >> and we begin with the indictment of a local official on charges of sex trafficking. a man whose job to help teenagers is accused tonight of taking advantage of them a ruthless way. he and his partner in crime, police say used his position to lure teenagers on the streets to work as prostitutes. it's a story you'll see only on abc7 news. >> this started out as a police investigation but as they gathered more evidence, they turned it over to authorities, who then indicted the two men and charged them with a sex trafficking of minors.
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police rescued two young teen teenagers but fear there may be more victims because one man was a mental health counselor who may have persuaded others to work the streets with him. justin crestfield was arrested in june after a sting operation here. another person taken into custody a few weeks ago. investigators say they met two girls in downtown san jose, sargeant okee says the 15-year-old and 17-year-old teens were vulnerable. >> these individuals came from a group home them ran way from the group home. >> he says crutchfield worked for the mental health department as a peer counselor and says he used his position to gain their trust and giving them his business card. >> he would use it for the fact that he knew how to talk to the young kids. and how to deal with them. to present information to them that t