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good morning, america. it's monday, september 14th. breaking news this morning. on the day yale university student annie le was to be married a terrible discovery. police find a body in the basement of a laboratory building. we are live with the latest and her college friend speaks. a branden grace abc news pole this morning. did president obama change the game with his health care speech? senator edward kennedy's last interview. his sons join us on their famous father's death and life. and an outburst overload? serena williams causes chaos on center court while mtv delivers
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drama at the mtv music awards. >> i'll let you finish but beyonce had one of the best videos of all time. >> kanye west mplains taylor swift won. beyonce didn't in the middle of taylor's speech? what was in the water this taylor's speech? what was in the water this weekend? captions paid for by abc, inc. good morning, america. diane sawyer with robin roberts here and late sunday night the worst possible news for the family of yale student annie le. >> police say they have found the body they believe to be that of annie le in the wall of the lab building where she was last seen. that discovery made on what would have been her wedding day. our sharyn alfonsi has been covering the story from the beginning and joins us from new haven, connecticut with the latest. good morning, sharyn. >> reporter: good morning, well, all along friends of annie le said they didn't think she was the runaway bride type. last night their worst fears realized. police believe the student was
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murdered. the yale lab where annie le was last seen is this morning's late sunday afternoon investigators found what they believe is the body of the missing grad student hidden in the building. abc news has learned the body was stuffed in the basement in a chase, a vertical spot meant to conceal pipes and wiring. >> we did locate the remains of a human. assuming it is her at this time. >> reporter: more than 100 state and federal investigators and search dogs have been combing over every inch of the lab for days. le's picture was captured entering the lab building at 10:00 on tuesday morning. but despite more than 70 surveillance cameras in the area, there was no picture of her leaving. abc news has learned that over the weekend investigators found bloody clothing stuffed behind ceiling tiles in the building. those sources say the clothes did not appear to belong to le but may link a suspect to the case. other agents combed over trash
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incinerators where waste from the lab is taken looking for more evidence. >> detectives and investigators right now have a large amount of physical evidence so we're not releasing any information at this time because we have an ongoing homicide case. >> reporter: le's body was discovered in the very day she was supposed to get married on long island. instead her family and fiance gathered in new haven, a day that was supposed to be filled with hope now shattered with heartbreak. >> our hearts go out to the family of annie le, to her fiance. the investigation will continue. we have every hope that it will be successfully resolved. >> reporter: over the weekend relatives expressed increasing concern. >> don't know what happened to my niece. >> reporter: and as the days pass, concern on the yale campus about annie le's disappearance only grew deeper. >> she was taken in the middle of the day. we could be too.
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>> reporter: now police would not say whether an arrest has been made in the case but it's worth mentioning there is no manhunt going on. no signs of warnings for students to be on the lookout leading some law enforcement sources to speculate that they know who their suspect is. what we're hearing right now is students here at yale are planning a candlelight vigil in annie le's honor for tonight at 8:00. robin? >> all right, there, sharyn thank you. moments ago i spoke to one of annie le's close friends and former roommates va necessaness. >> i had a tough time reading the headline. i read it over the internet. i came from newark and i was just trying to get myself settled and when i looked into the internet and just see what had happened and to read it and then i guess listening to these statements by yale's president, i sort of felt like, okay, this
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is then the real thing and not like what happened on saturday where they were not sure about finding a body. this was -- this was -- this was her. so it was very difficult. >> any idea why somebody would want to do this to her? >> the only thing i can possibly think of right now, it's maybe a psychopath, an anti-social person who, i don't know, maybe got upset about what she wte about back in february about not being safe and wanted to prove her wrong. >> you talk about her fiance, john. he is not a suspect. tell us about him. >> uh-huh. i think he was perfect for her. like john was so -- or is -- i mean he is -- he was just so wonderful to her. john was so supportive of her, of her dreams, of following her research goals to -- you know,
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they had to separate. they were together in rochester and she went to yale. he went to columbia, and he supported her through this and they would talk on the cell phone for hours and they would just be so connected. >> well, when you talk to him please pass along our sincere condolences to him and to annie's family. vanessa, thank you very much. you take care. >> absolutely, thank you. and now we change topics and turn to this new week and new challenges face president obama. an abc news poll out this morning shows american reaction to his big speech on health care. just as the president is tackling another top topic today changing risk on wall street and let's bring in senior white house correspondent jake tapper on both. jake? >> reporter: good morning, diane. well, on yet another disconcerting anniversary, the one-year anniversary of the collapse of lehman brothers, president obama will head to new
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york city where he wl lk to wall street about regulation and financial regulation but there are indications that his regulatory agenda has taken a backseat to his push for and struggles with health care reform. an abc news poll out overnight shs the nation remains divided on president obama's handling of health care reform. 48% approve. 48% disapprove. a downward slide since april when a7% approved and 29% support for the president's health care reform efforts have not improved since his speech last week but they have stabilized. the president remains confidence. >> well i intend to be president for awhile and once this bill passes, i own it. >> reporter: he told "60 minutes" he'll continue pressing for the strongest bill he can get. >> if people look and say, you know what, this hasn't reduced my costs, my premiums are still going 25%, insurance companies are still jerking me around, i'm the one who is going to be held responsible. >> reporter: thousands of
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conservative protesters came to washington, d.c. over the weekend to tell the president they oppose that bill and other government spending. >> stop spending our money. i have a grandbaby -- we have a grandbaby a year old who isn't going to have a time. >> reporter: polls indicate those concerns about spending and the deficit are widespread. >> i think the single greatest item that's now a drag on health care reform is a sense in the country too much, too fast, too expensive, slow it down. >> this is a very difficult economic environment. people are feeling anxious and i think it is splz fair to say that people start feeling some sticker shock. >> reporter: and this health care reform fight is impacting other items on the president's agenda. >> health care is so dominant the president can't get attention back to regulatory reform. >> reporter: the president will tell wall street not to misread this moment with the financial system stabilizing. he does not want them to return to the days of reckless excess.
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diane? >> okay, jake, thanks to you. what do americans say in the new abc news poll? abc's chief washington correspondent host of "this week" george stephanopoulos joining us now. good morning, george. so the first job of the president's speech was to stop the erosion in his own party. did it work? >> he did stop it. i think that's right to use the health care metaphor he stabilized the patient and there's some evidence he pumpe up democrats but on the bottom line numbers as jake pointed out, the country is still split. 48/48 on his handling of health care. 46/48 on the overall approval of the reform package. those numbers are still under 50% and they're almost exactly where they were before the president's speech last month and on the crucial what's in it for me questions for people who have health insurance there is no real progress after the president's speech. by 2-1, americans think their health care will worsen under the president's package by 2-1,
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40-20 they believe their own costs will go up under the president's package. he needed to make progress on those numbers and significantly, diane, seniors still a big problem for the president. 56% of seniors think this package will weaken medicare. >> these are big mountains to scale if he's going to get what he says he wants which is a health care reform by the end of the year. what does he do next? >> well, they're going to keep working trying to get the bipartisan compromise in the senate but i think there's some evidence in the poll that if the president drops this public health insurance option, if that doesn't get through the congress, you could see an increase in support because it's been such a flash point for criticism. overall numbers again 46 to 48 approve the reform package without the public option. you drop the public option, and it flips and you've got 50% support for the package, 42% opposition so i think that takes away some of the concerns of a government takeover whether
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they're valid or not if that public option goes away, real evidence that support for the package goes up. >> all right. question when and whether. thanks so much to you, george. good to talk to you on a monday. chris cuomo with more headlines. good morning, everyone. osama bin laden has delivered what appears to be a new message just days after the 9/11 anniversary. in the audio recording posted online bin laden claims president obama is powerless to stop the wars in afghanistan and iraq and blames the conflicts on the pro-israel lobby. this is believed to be the first message from bin laden since june. in chicago new questions surround the death of a former top aide to disgraced governor rod blagojevich. christopher kelly died in weekend after overdosing on painkillers but the medical examiner says more tests are needed to determine cause of death. kelly was about to begin serving prison time. in northern california two sky divers have died after an accident in the air. the men crash-landed in this orchard after their chutes
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became tangled during a dive 6,000 feet up. they were part of an elite team training for a national tournament. finally, boy, oh, boy, i hope you saw this. roger federer simply calls this the greatest shot of hisless. amazing through the legs a/k/a robin roberts shot helped him to beat novak djokovic. in the women's draw new mom kim clijsters completed a remarkable one, winning the u.s. open after a two knife year absence from tennis. better than the silver cup. her daughter jada comes running out. amazing. little tennis trivia for you. she is athe first mom to win a major when evonne goolagong won wimbledon. >> there were so many story lines and we forgot about kim. unseeded, unravrnged. now a crack at the top 20. when the little girl ran out on the court, that was priceless. thanks a lot.
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how is it going, sam? >> terrible flooding going on from new orleans all the way toward ft. worth. ft. worth, texas, had about 14 inches of rain since last week. a terrible situation this weekend. there is more rain in that area today. most of it south of dallas and, well, actually denton has been having heavy rain. also into arkansas today where there could be 2 inches in some cases 4 inches of rain in that area and a big warm-up running anywhere from minneapolis to green bay to chicagoland to detroit to akron to rochester to baltimore to new york. these numbers are 5 to 15 degrees above normal today. it is that last kick of summer.
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>> good morning. it is 58 degrees in frederick where the sun is coming up. the skies are clear and not a clou in the sky. it will mean a nother nice day like yesterday with sunshine and comfortable conditions. we will be back in the 60's tonight and tomorrow, some more cl >> all of america's weather in the next half hour including some on south florida's big heat. >> taking up your spot. feels good. you kept it nice and warm. we're going to turn to the economy. as we mentioned earlier one year
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since the collapse of lehman brothers which signalled the credit crisis taking over the entire economy so where are we one year later when it comes to fining a job selling your home maki your money grow? joining us now financial contributor mellody hobson. elizabeth ann sonders for charles schwab and mike santoli of "barron's" magazine. good to have you all here. i want to start with you, mellody. a year ago on a monday morning, i think your quote was "it's arm deadening." remind us how scary it was. >> it was really bad. i have to say i'm usually optimistic and we were at the e epicenter of uncertainty on that day. it was hard to fathom the ripple effects but the good news is we got through it. >> we did get through it still continuing to get through it. let's talk about the major sectors beginning let's talk with you about jobs, where we stand now, mellody. >> well, certainly we've seen the job picture not be a pretty one. we've gone from 6.2%
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unemployment to 9.7% in the last year. but the good news is even though 15 million people are out of work, things are moderating and so if you look at march just six months ago we had over 663,000 people laid off and yet just in this august, that number has moderated down to 200,000 so things are getting better even though it doesn't seem great and i know if you're out of work this has been a very hard time. the good news also is that typically the job story is a lagging indicator. unemployment lags a recession and so just as we see a recovery, things should get better. six to nine months after the recession is over things will improve. >> you're right. if you don't have a job, there is no recovery for you right now. but for other people we are seeing some progress. let's talk with elizabeth ann sonders about personal finances. the stock market down 16% from a year ago so if you have some
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money what do you do with it? >> well, you know, too often i hear people answer that question and what i mean by that is, you know, it depends who you are as an investor. if you were asking that question of say a 75-year-old who was in retirement needed every dime of what they had, needed to live on income versus, say a 22-year-old that has a multimillion dollar trust fund, doesn't need the money the answer to what the investor should do now is so vastly different and i thinks that a the thing that people miss and think of the market, when do i get back in or when do i get out? those are not investment strategies and has to be a personal decision. for a lot of investors that are looking to beat inflation, to grow their assets over time, they need to have some exposure to the equity market but in terms of how much, when to do that, what the process is, that's a very personal decision depending upon your own situation. your own personal set of circumstances, risk tolerance, time horizon, all of those
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important specific thing. >> that parks in. so taking care of personal finances. we've taken care of jobs. mike, want to talk to you about the housing market because existing home prices down 15%. new home prices down more than 11% compared to a year ago but have things started to stabilize, mike. >> early sign, yes. you have to keep in mind the lehman brotherand the credit crisis episode accelerated the decline of an already weak housing market. what we're seeing is the lower end, lower priced homes are being taken up thanks to the federal government's tax credit for first time home buyers and speculators in there and do see an abatement of the pace of declines right now so i do think it's one of these things housing will seize being a big drag on the economy and won't lead us out but so far at least in the low time we're seeing good signs. >> beginning with you, mike, where will we be a year from now. >> slightly better. bumpy recovery but it will be clear in a year's time that things are better.
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>> liz ann? >> the recession is over and say the same thing as mike. we're in recovery mode. it is not necessarily going to be smooth. in the end i think we'll be pleasantly surprised. >> mellody? >> i think we're going to move from stabilization to growth. i'm optimistic. >> all right, thanks to all three of you this morning. tomorrow morning right here on "gma," diane will bring us an exclusive interview with the treasury secretary tim geithner. diane? >> all right, and now we turn to our picture of the morning. it was a huh, what's going on at the mtv video music awards. continue minutes into the show taylor swift is accepting for best music video and outburst, kanye west? >> i sing country music so thank you so much for giving me a chance to win a vma award. >> you know, taylor, i'm really happy for you. i'm going to let you finish but beyonce had one of the best videos of all time.
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one of the best videos of all time. >> huh? >> it is a staggering moment. later when beyonce won for video of the year, she called up taylor swift and said, i want you to finish your speech, please. i remember what it was like then at your age and i want you to have your mome coming up there. >> she showed the class that can yes lacked right there. we'll have the tribute to michael jackson in our next half hour. >> also serena williams. what was that about? that's next. when we take cancer atients by the hand. vo: we help them find answers nd guidance and hope, vo: and give them more candles to light. ♪ vo: we're the merican cancer society. vo: help create a world with more birthdays at morebirthdays.com.
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green line trains. metro want to anticipate some unusual delays. we are taking you live to traffic with newschopper7. the traffic seems to be flowing nicely on the beltway in tysons corner. these of the cameras at rockville pike near nih. there was a manhole cover missing in the center of the roadway. southbound wisconsin avenue will be slow. in virginia, delays are from dale city to lorton and from king street through the pentagon to the 14th street bridge. >> outside, we are in the 50's this morning. today we will have a nice day with sunshine and temperatures warm near 80.
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a virginia families coming to grips with the death of a young child. the 14-month old boy was found dead in an ornamental pond on may -- in a home a springfield. he was pronounced dead at the hospital. police are trying to find out where the parents were when he drowned. a long legal fight could in today. former first lady cora barry
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♪ woo >> that was janet jackson paying tribute to her brother at mtv's video music awards. taking the stage with the same dancers that performed with michael jackson on his tour before he died in june. an incredible performance. we'll have more in a moment as we say hello. diane sawyer with robin roberts. >> what a weekend. what a weekend all the way around. the drama in women's tennis at the u.s. open. that's what we'll begin with in this half hour. as we mentioned earlier kim clijsters took home the title on sunday. just one day after her controversial match with serena williams. williams lost after a tire raid against a line judge for which she was fined a maximum $10,000. she could lose a lot more like all 350,000 in prize money from the tournament.
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dan harris picks up the story. >> reporter: the match was already going poorly for serena williams after losing the first set. she smashed her racket on the court and got her first warning from the judges. but when she was called for this foot fault she truly lost it. tournament officials ruled it unsportsmanlike conduct despite williams' pleading. >> i didn't say i would kill you. are you serious? >> reporter: judges awarded her opponent an extra point. williams lost the match. in the end she was booed off the court and served with a hefty fine. >> an apology for -- >> from you. >> from me? >> for, you know, the yelling -- >> how many people yell at linespeople. players, aletes get frustrated
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and, you know, i don't know how many times i've seen that happen. >> reporter: in the old days -- >> answer my question. >> reporter: -- players may have been able to bully umpires into making calls did their way but impossible. akes that virtually >> instant replay has made it crystal clear the answer is there. there can be no arguing. >> reporter: on serena williams' website some fans are posting messages of support this morning while others are telling her to step up and apologize. a move the champion has yet to make. for "good morning america," dan harris, abc news, new york. >> going over to congratulate kim clijsters after that match. serena is still expected to play her doubles final today with her sister venus. there was some speculation on whether or not she would be allowed to play but as of now she will and she is schedule be to be here tomorrow to give her her take on what happened. a "gma" exclusive. diane? now we turn to a rare look inside the kennedy family. snored kennedy's brand-new
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memoir "true compass" is out and in a moment you will hear from ted jr. and congressman patrick kennedabout what they learned about their father in reading some of his emotional words. but they sat with me to watch some of senator kennedy's reflection on his life and his last interview just six months before he died. >> i had a sit-down with my dad. he said, i tell you, you have to make up your mind whether you want to have a constructive and positive attitude and influence on your time and if you're not interested in a purposeful, useful, constructive life, i just want you to know i have other children that are out there that intend to have a purposeful and constructive life. my brother, jack, arrived in washington. it was around 1946, and he took me around the house of
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representatives and then he took me over to the supreme court, and his final comment as we were walking across the capitol grounds, he said, look, teddy, you've seen all the buildings that are important, important to this country. it isn't just the buildings itself, it's what happens inside. and i remember that bit of advice my whole life and still pretty good. one of my favorite stories involved what i call little teddy. big teddy, which that's myself and then medium teddy and then little teddy in the very beginning, he didn't get much satisfaction. he didn't want to continue sailing. but we talked pore and more time to go over the technique and the various kind of procedures on that boat, little teddy just got better and better and better. he won the whole series.
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he got the award for the most improved stale lohr and it was a great lesson whether you were a child or whether you're a grown-up that longer i live, the fact is by persevering and sticking at it and working at it, you have a real opportunity to have an impact. >> and watching their father and joining us now to talk about his legacy and new memoir "true compass," we are glad to have with us ted jr. and patrick. so good to see you both this morning. >> thank you, ane. >> thanks. >> watching as he's talking about little teddy, your son learning how to sail, moving forward, move forward when you're in trble. move forward. i w what was going through your mind. >> i think that is really the essence of my father's life and why he respected so much people who tried hard. he tried hard and there wasn't anyone who worked harder than my
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father. you know, everyone has talked about his work ethic but he really respected people who stuck at it and kept going, no matter what their station in life. >> patrick, congressman, i should say, the book begins with the seizure and the diagnosis and he talks about the fact that a doctor came privately and said a few months and he said, i don't believe in life without hope. >> that's right. well, my dad was one who never took on adversity without a lot of hope and sense of deternism to overcome whatever obstacles were in his way. onthing that he did so well this last year was really, you know, the movie "the bucket list" he accomplished everything he really wanted to accomplish the last year. he passed more legislation perhaps than any other time in his life. >> and he decided not to deprive himself of the ice cream.
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>> in fact, he did that and so much more and we're very grateful for all the people that turned out and expressed their gratitude for his life in public service because really he had a chance to finally see how much people appreciated his many years in public service and it didn't just come after his death. it actually came before he passed away and for teddy and i and my family that was an enormous relief because, you know, we had seen the tough road that he had hoed over the many years very unceremoniously every day doing the spade work of legislating and working hard yet not getting much credit for it. in fact, many types just getting lambasted as the liberal icon of the party and yet, you know, he got very much praised by both sides of the aisle by the end of his career and it was something we really took great pride in. >> 1984, family talks him out of running for the presidency. and you mentioned that in the closet where most fathers have a
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jacket, he has a bulletproof jacket. and it haunted you as children. >> well, you know, we were always mindful whenever he went out in public, what if there's this person who just, you know, wants to become instantaneously famous and, you know, we were worried. we tried to push those feelings down. i know i did. i don't know about patrick but we were in denial about, you know, the reality of how easy it would be to do that. but,ou know, we also realized that, you know, he was somebody who felt like he had to live his life no matter what and so i think he just said, you know, i can't sit here and worry about this my whole life. otherwise, i'll live in a cave. so that's not how he chose to live. >> vicki read the book to him so that he -- even though he didn't have the copy, he knew every
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word that was going to be on every final page. >> vicki was enormous source of strength to my dad and to her credit she just gave everything she had to him, morning, noon and night toward the end. what a partner she was to my dad and in terms of the book she was an enormous collaborator.. to go back to what teddy was saying about my dad, you know, on the campaign trail in 1980 i remember one time i was with my dad and someone took one of the buttons back then they didn't have these, you know, stick-on buttons they had the actual ones with the pin and took the pin out and they jammed his hand when he came by and i remember the secret service after the event we're wondering whether he had gotten poisoned because they didn't know it was a button, that he had gotten stuck with. it was the first time i ever remember feeling this was something of daily part of his life that he to worry about and
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thankfully it was just a button, but it was something that became immediately conscious to me this was something he had to deal with in his daily life. >> yes, he described the involuntary reflex that leads him when he -- a firecracker goes off, leads him to go down. as you know, he was getting sicker, you in a sense came full circle and the fatherhood came to be with you during chemo, had you at his side and your family with him, as well. that's tough. that's hard. >> yeah, that was hard, but, you know, the last year of my father's life were not sad moments. they were amazing moments and i wanted to spend as much time with him as i possibly could. and i wanted my children to be with him as much as they could. >> you know, in his final year
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when he was feeling like he was battling this disease, there were a lot of times when he could feel like he could depend on us more. he brought us in in terms of leaning on us physically. i mean i can't tell you what a difference it meant to me emotionally to have him have me hold him to get on the boat or other places like that. you know, it was unlike him. such a strong figure to actually want to lean on someone else. he was a towering figure in our lives and so the fact that he could, you know, express that vulnerability to us was really, you know, a meaningful thing for all of us because he became a much closer person. >> our thanks to you both. >> thanks, diane. >> thanks, diane. >> diane, we're going to begin with video out of texas. ft. worth, texas, really. it's the heavy flooding we've been talking about this morning that ran from thatastern texas
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area all the way to western florida included southern louisiana. we had water rescues, closed roads, reports of 15 inches of rain in days. that will continue. cutoff lows are area of low pressure not attached to anything that would move them around so they sit in one area like they did on the east coast and they stay there until they rain themselves out or something finally moves them out. seen a lot in the past few months. this one sits again and this moves the heaviest rain into arkansas today. we're talking about in some cases 2 to 4 inches of rain there. big heat going on from duth to indianapolis to akron to rochester, even into boston today at 77 degrees. these are 5 to 15 degrees above normal and heat continues in florida. >> and good morning, we take a look outside across the area with the sun coming up in fredericand the temperatures were in the 50's.
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>> live, and in hd, this is an abc 7 news update. and good morning, everybody. welcome back and as monday. i am alison starling with your local update. let's look at traffic and weather. >> green light -- one commuters are experiencing delays. they are no longer single tracking trains out of college park. leading frederick this morning, 270 and a high-70 at a minor wreck that has been moved out of the way. this is the pace leading father hurley boulevard through rock bill and passed falls road to the beltway. 66 in virginia are from
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28/centreville to the beltway. there are delays of springfield on 95 that will carry to the 14th street bridge. >> look at the sunshine outside. it is a gorgeous 64 degrees. today will be another gorgeous day with temperatures in the mid-80's. today will be slightly warmer than yesterday. tonight will be clear and comfortable with some passing clouds and similar temperatures to more of. a front will start to go south toward on wednesday and that will bring cloud cover that may stick with us. virginia transportation officials are launching a study on operating interstate 66. the state transportation secretary says backups on 66 are only expected to get worse.
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"good morning america" continues with the amanda knox trial taking center stage again. after two years of jail the american student at the center is back in court. plus, linda evans, 20 years after "dynasty," she talks about her battle with depression, the plastic surgery she wishes she did not have and how she's finding happiness today. ♪ and on stage and behind-the-scenes with u2's holt new tour. a "gma" exclusive. >> oh, oh, oh.
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>> good morning, america, on this monday morning. we hope everyone had a fantastic weekend. >> right and coming up in this half hour, we all remember the football star who became a war hero. gave it up, fought in afghanistan and lost his life. we're going to hear more about his personal journals this morning, the involvement he may have had in the jessica lynch rescue and also what really happened at the time of his death. >> some things we didn't know until now. plus, in this tough economy, you know that 10% of americans go to bed hungry. it should not be that way. we have a new program that's going to help with that. don't we, sam. >> thinking of as hosting your own fund-raising event this. is a good day. macy's feeding america and we'll talk about it this hour. >> this is your namesake. you're sam. >> yeah, sam. >> i'm sam too. >> and phoebe. >> the gang is all here. >> very nice to have our gang. >> chris cuomo with the news.
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president obama speaks on wall street today one year after the collapse of lehman brothers triggered the credit crisis. the president will push for more oversight to prevent another market meltdown. under his plan the federal reserve would be granted new powers to oversee financial companies and the government would be able to close troubled banks considered too big to fail. a bipartisan senate committee is said to be nearing an agreement on a health care reform plan. the president according to our new poll did little to change opinions during his address to congress last week. 48% of americans approve of the way he's handling the issue. but 48% also disapprove. we have some breaking news for you from overseas. the ringleader of a plot to blow up transatlantic planes with liquid explosives in 2006 has just been sentenced in britain to a minimum 40 years in jail. abdullah ahmed ali was convicted of plotting the biggest terrorist attack since 9/11. there has been a grim
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discovery at yale university. police believe a body found sunday stuffed in the wall of a lab is that of missing grad opportunity annie le. there is no word of any arrest but bloody clothes were found in the building. they may be linked to a suspect and there are reports one student may have failed a lie deekter test. le was last seen entering the building tuesday. yesterday was supposed to be her wedding day. in italy this morning the murder trial of an american student is back under way after a two-month break. amanda knox and her italian former boyfriend are accused of killing her roommate in what started as a sex game. nick watt joins us from italy with the latest. good morning, nick. >> reporter: good morning, chris. well, amanda knox spent the summer sweating in an italian jail while the judge and jury were on vacation. but this morning, they were all back in court. the defense team promises some explosive revelations they're challenging the dna evidence. amanda and her father hope the case against her will be blown
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out of the water. >> she's hoping that this really is i guess the home stretch of the tri and hopefully what they will see what is very clear to me that she had nothing to do with this and acquit her of this and we'll get 0 bring her home. >> reporter: knox and her ex-boyfriend stand accused of killing her roommate found in their house semi make with her throat cut. have you ever thought for a second in your mind maybe she did do this? >> never. >> reporter: knox's parents spent the past two years since amanda's arrest shuttling between seattle and pe rouge ya. >> oftentimes you don't get to sit down with your kids. and spend an hour just sitting there talking to them. when you visit her twice a week for one hour, you really come to know each other a whole bunch
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better. >> reporter: now this morning the defense tried to have the whole case thrown out claiming the dna evidence just does not stack up. but they were denied by the judge and the case goes on. chris, we might get a verdict sometime late this year. >> appreciate the reporting on that. that is the news at 8:05. time for the weather. let's get to sam. he is with a very important group of people. sam? >> good morning, chris. a group of new friends from gilda's club of northern new jersey raising money. good morning. ladies, good morning. thanks for being here. >> thank you. >> you have a fund-raiser coming up if they want to get information on go to gilda's club. >> gildasclubnng.org. >> we have one or two things. first a live shot of dallas. a little showery in dallas. heavy rain north and south of the city and most of the heavier rain will shift a little to the east of dallas today even all
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the way toward texarkana. looking at a lot of rain in little rock and a good part of arkansas today. some of that will get to the memphis area. beautiful temperatures but, of course, that doesn't last. there's cooling after the warm-up of the next two days cooling by midweek. boston to 60 by wednesday and >> a very good morning. thank you for joining us. we have sunshine. 67 already downtown. looked at our maps. temperatures around noon around 80 degrees. 84 later this afternoon. mid 50's mid 60's tonight. there is a shift. a cold front brings a few showers. a cold front brings a few showers.
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we'll have more weather r i the next half hour. diane? >> sanl, it's now w life after e lights. part of our oning series. linda evans is one of the giant tv stars of the '80s on one of the giant shows of all time, "dynasty." it was 20 years ago, a lot has happened in her li since then and andrea canning brings us up to date on her. good morning, andrea. >>ood morning, diane. we sat down with her. nothing was off-f-limits. caught up with her living alive out of thepotlightht in rural washington state. 66 and dishing about everything from her p plastic s surgery mistakes to a broken relationship with joan collins. ♪ >> reporter: it was the show about sequins and shoulder pads. caviar and cat fights. in the 1980s "dynasty" dominated and at the center of it all was linda evans who played iconic
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trophy wife crystal carrington. >> must have been terribly expensive. >> it was. >> it was every woman's dream but gave people an insight into what life could be like. if they had everything that they wanted. and yet showed them that even if you're rich doesn't mean you're happy because there was a lot of drama going on there. >> reporter: today at 66 years old life is almost drama-free. >> okay, who is going to bring back the log? >> reporter: evans traded in her beverly hills mansion for 70 acres of wilderness. >> i left hollywood because it was intense. and the pressure is too big. i mean i moved up here and within the first year i gained 25 pounds because it was so much fun not to put on my makeup and it was so much fun just to be a regular person. >> reporter: but her "dynasty" days are never far away. look no further than her closet where you'll find dozens of nolan miller gowns, fashions that were just as popular as the
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story lines. what do you think? >> i'm glad you didn't ask me 0 put it on. there were days my shoulder pads were so big and joan's were so big we couldn't walk through a door at the same time. >> reporter: today you won't see her and joan collins in the same room together. >> i thought she was dead. >> reporter: after touring in the play "legends" the fighting that once made "dynasty" such a guilty pleasure spilled over into real life. are u ill friends with joan today? >> we had some trying times during the play. i don't know exactly what happened. i know that circumstances kind of played out to where there was a lot of tension. there was more drama backstage than there were on stage. >> reporter: evans' personal journey played out at times like a soap opera with passionate love affair with yanni. nine years. >> every day i loved him madly. it was so intense and so unbelievable that i was so happy to know that at that point in my
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life i could experience it. >> so it was such a big love. how hard was it when you bloke up. >> it was hard. it was absolutely devastating. >> have you found romance since yanni? >> no, but you know what, it's kind of extraordinary. i'm actually happy on my own. >> reporter: evans says finding happiness hasn't come easy in recent years battling menopause and depression that came with it while her sister was fighting cancer. she's my little sister, you know. you don't ever want anyone you love to go through that ever. and for the first time i understood what it was like to not be totally in control of my life. >> reporter: evans has been very open about her plastic surgery. but admits she may have taken things too far. >> i've made some choices that i've gone whoops. >> are you willing to say what your mistakes were? >> well, i think anyone who oks at me will tell.
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i don't need to go into details but people know what you should look like and then why you don't. >> reporter: today she's focused on the simpler things in life like cooking. while you'd never catch crystal in the kitchen evans can't stay away, even won the uk version of "hell's kitchen." >> 2/8. i need to get it. >> reporter: and is now working on a cookbook. that's delicious. >> forget acting. this is what i love. i love -- i love people and i love food. i think just being spontaneous in life and, you know, i'm 66. dream big. there's nothing that you can't have. there's nothing that you can't do. >> evans says she came out of her depression by turning to something called bioidentical hormone therapy. a treatment made famous by oprah and suzanne somers and she rubs cream on her arms every day and that turned her life around. >> no kidding. well, more of her interview.
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now senate hearings begin this afternoon on cell phones. can the radiation they -- can the radiation they cause emit cause cancer? abc's yunji de nies takes a closer look. >> reporter: all cell phones emit radiation but some much more than others. according to a new study using any of them could be dangerous. the environmental working group is warning that using a cell phone for ten years or more significantly increases a person's risk for certain types of brain cancer. >> the studies are showing 00% to 90% increased risks for those rare tumors. >> reporter: they say kids are especially vulnerable. >> their skulls are thinner. they absorb about twice the
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radiation of an adult. >> reporter: a phone's age, shape, even the number of features won't tell you how much radiation it emits. in fact, the study says that the t-mobile mytouch 3g is one of the highest. samsung impression is one of the lowest. both are newly released and cost exactly the same price. t-mobile says their devices meet safety guidelines. ctia, an industry trade group says scientific evidence has overwhelmingly indicated that wireless devices do not pose a public health risk. the fda has also found no link between cell phones and cancer. but brain cancer specialist dr. ron herberman says much like tobacco cell phone radiation emission need tougher regulation. do you think they're the new cigarettes? >> i hope they're not. but they can be. >> reporter: for "good morning america," yunji de nies, abc
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news, washington. >> dr. richard besser joins us with more. rich, we've bernanke seeing these kind of tests bere and people really want to know if there any kind of lick? any strong, new evidence that suggests that cell phone usage can lead to cancer? >> robin, i've been looking at the evidence. the best science does not show a connection between cell phone use and cancers of any kind. you know, just think, over the past decade the use of cell phones has just gone up astronomically and during that period we've not seen a rise in cancers in children, in adults, no link whatsoever. we've seen expert panels in the u.s. and around the world review the data and their conclusions are the same, no link. >> we've seen in yunji's piece the different cell phones have different amount of radiation. if you are conceed even though what you've said but if you are concerned are there ways we can reduce our risk? >> sure.
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every person views risk differently. and it's important that people make choices based on how they view risk. if you want to reduce the risk you can, one, limit the amount of time that you're on a cell phone and, two, you can use a hands-free device so the cell phone isn't up to your ear either using a speakerphone or earpiece. >> h1n1 virus, it stays in the news and what's really been alarming is that seemingly young, healthy people, we have seen recently, have died because of this. what's happening here? >> well, it's important to put it in perspective. most of the people who are having bad outcomes have underlying medical conditions. for the vast majority of people it's a mild infection. if you are somebody who has an underlying medical condition, you should talk to your doctor now before you get sick so you know what to do if you become ill. if you're a healthy person and
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your flu isn't following a normal course, normally after a few days you are a getting better. if after a few days instead of getting better you're getting a high fever and getting worse that's one of those danger signs where you should see your doctor. >> you vad a milinfection. we're hearing about bleeding lung infections. what's that about. >> as i was saying this can be a very serious infection. thankfully now the quality of care in hospitals in our intensive care units is such that many of these patients who develop this very rare complication are getting better but that is something you can see and a reason why we need to take flu very seriously. >> hearing that the h1n1 vaccine will be available sooner than first thought. first week in october so what does that mean? >> good news. the sooner people can get vaccinated the longer they're going to be protected so the sooner it's out there, people should get in line especially if they have those conditions get in line to get that vaccine. >> we've heard about tamiflu. isn't there another drug? >> yes, now tamiflu can only be
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taken by mouth. the government has been investing a lot of money to develop a drug that can be used in a vein so if someone is so sick, this will be available. it's still early. it's going to be a while. probably another year or so before that's in hospitals around the country. >> keep an eye out for that. dr. besser, thanks so much. appreciate that. to find out more about how to protect yourself head to our special h1n1 vir flu section at abcnews.com. behind-the-scenes with u2 coming up in our next half hour. come on back. with copd, i was short of breath,
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>> live and in hd, this is an abc 7 news update. good morning. i am dou mckelway. time for a look at traffic and weather. >> it has been complicatedn 66. to get to the exit for 495, part of the merge lane has been reduced. there are jersey wall sets up. this looks good after montrose road. leaving father hurley boulevard, you are in a delayed because of a stalled car that is in the center of the road, southbound 270 before the plane divide. annapolis, a tractor-trailer loaded with crab meat has turned over in the mean.
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northbound to get to baltimore is closed. it is going to be a hot one. >> it is cooled this morning. it is just gorgeous out there across the city. the sun is up. not a cloud in the sky. there are a couple of cool spots. there is 50 in harrisonburg. 58 in martinsburg. 64 in the beltway. 66 in fairfax. a nice day, beautiful blue skies. enjoy it. >> thank you. we
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a virginia community is struggling to do with the death of a young child. a 14-month-old boy was found in front of an ornamental pond. the child was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced
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dead. >> it is horrible. i did not have words to describe it. >> the child's name has not been released. sources say the child may have been unattended at the time of the drowning. today could be the day that the southeast tennis and learning center will close down. last month, the city issued an eviction notice. cora masters barry says her committee has filed the proper papers. numerous cases of flu are being reported in our case -- in our area. 435 cases of flu like illness exists at the university of maryland, 50 at georgetown, 37 at george washington
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university, and three s. george mason university. two at the u.s. naval academy. officials are launching a study on upgrading route 66. backups are only expected to get worse. they plan to examine a broader range of solutions including transit and toll lanes. the debate is heating up on a proposed hot lanes for 95 and 395. residents want the county to join bill lawsuit of arlington county to join a lawsuit. arlington county filed a suit last month. they say the state failed to fully assess the public health impacts of the plan. we will have another update for you at 8:56.
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♪ ♪ winds blow with a twist never seen a mon like this ♪ >> bono, u2. they blew in the windy city over the weekend for the highly anticipated "360" u.s. tour. called the show one of the best stadium shows the last decade. guess who is going on stage and behind the scenes where all the magic happens. you are. we are taking you there in a "gma" exclusive. we're still rocking there at fordham. that was great. hope eveone had a wonderful weekend. sa chris, diane, robin, all here with you on this monday morning. >> very nice. also coming up pat tilleman who in so many ways became a symbol of sacrifice for the war in afghanistan after 9/11. giving up his football career to do it while his widow opened his
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personal journals and lers and for the first time you'll hear about many things including a secret mission to rescue jessica lynch. what he writes about that. ahead as well. later, throwing a dinner party for your friends could stop hunger in this country. 10% of americans go to bed hungry, 10% of us so we're kicking off our come together campaign and find out how you can get involved just ahead. number is rising too. >> yeah, it is. >> but first --s if. >> that's you. >> as we all look at you. >> but first let's get to the boards. one or two things -- >> "gma" rocks. see that. >> i hear it rocks. >> so tell me where you're from. >> illinois. >> and who made the sign? >> i did. >> you did truly. all the artwork the whole thing. >> i'm calling you because i want to make sure you didn't have extra help. let's get to the boars. one or two things going on. thank you, bthe way. as you step out the door anywhere, look, this is gorgeous
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stuff from the northern plains it starts in bismarck, look's 87. runs around the great lakes. chicagoland, 84. baltimore, washington, d.c. involved in this. this is some beautiful weather and it lasts for maybe two days and then we'll start to watch cool air drop out of canada around the great lakes by the end of that three-day period then talking about scattered thunderstorms still going on into the deep south. take it just a little bit east of dallas but dallas is getting rain today but the heaviest rain really focused in arkansas today and there will be some flooding that continues in that area. it was a weekend of very heavy rain and there's even more. west coast, things are >> a very. upper mid 60's from washington to hyattsville to silver spring. it will be another gorgeous afternoon.
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>> and all that weather was brought to you by purina. robin? >> now to new ref layings about the death of pat tillman, the nfl star who turn down a $4 million contract with the nfl to join the fight against al qaeda. he died in afghanistan, the victim of friendly fire. that was initially covered up by the army. we'll talk to the author of a new book that reveals an inspiring figure more than anyone had imagined. in the new book and in entries in his journal author jon krakauer reveals a service member struggling with feels. i hope this war is about more than oil, money and power, tillman wrote while stationed in iraq. i doubt that it is. krakauer unveils tillman's personal turmoil, the frustrations of being away from his new wife and his involvement in the rescue of another famous soldier. this mission will be a p.o.w. rescue, tillman wrote in march
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of 2003. a woman named jessica lynch as awful as i feel for the fear she must face, i dbeeve this is a big public relelatatio s stun. tillllmaman, m more th most, understoodod that possility. as a sety for the arona >> p pat t tillman knocked the helm -- >> reporter: but after the attacks of 9/11 he gave it up, the football, the fameme and joined the army. overninit he becamame amamerica most welknknown soldieier. >> a lot of my family has given up -- s gogone and fought in wars and i havenen done e a dam ing. >> but in 2004 hwas killed alonong is treacherousus mntain road in afafghanistan. shot, the army s said, by insurgen. his deh was news. and hehe was hailed a hero. >> in the ue meaning off courage and honor. >> but the official account of his death was false. and the army later admitted tillman was killed by friendly fire. now krakauer exposes the truth about how tillman died. why the army covered it up and
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how tillman had worried his death might be turned into a pr stunt. joining us now live is jon krakauer, author of "where men win glory," the odyssey of pat tillman which combines his personal journals with original reporting from afghanistan to produce the first full account of his aspiring life and his ultimate sacrifice. jon, it's very good to meet you. you spent time in afghanistan too. >> i spent five months embedded with soldiers in afghanistan. >> and working with marie, his widow and so you come from this with a lot of knowledge and the journals were so incredibly helpful. many people, i know i was one, stunned. i didn't know the connection with jessica lynch. >> i didn't either until i came across it in the journal like you're coming across it now. i was like, what. i had no idea. it was quite surprising. >> you say there could be some possible connection with the two? >> well, the jessica lynch we
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now know that jessica lynch rescue was manipulated into this untrue story. it was all this false information was injected into it to distract the public from bad things that were going on in the war in iraq and work brilliantly. no one knew there was -- it was fake or a bogus story until months later. after tillman died the army did almost followed almost the same script with creating a false story about tillman to divert the country from bad things going on in iraq. the abu ghraib story broke six days after tillman was killed. there was president bush was up for re-election in six months. things weren't going well and thought, oh, we'll make up a story about tillman, turn him into this post ter boy, this hero and the country will love it and won't pay attention to the bad things and that worked for awhile anyway. >> the army did later admit that it was friendly fire. when reading the book he's such -- and the photos, such a -- boy, such bravery, pat
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tillman, just always so -- the way he carried himself. but to read that he was conflicted. he had some -- he wasn't quite sure about some things where the army was concerned. i want to read a little bit from what he said about the words as the iraq war began he wrote "my heart goes out to those who suffer, whatever your politics whatever you believe is right or wrong the fact is most of those who will feel the wrath of this ordeal want nothing more than to live peacefully." so he was there. he was ready to fight but he still had some issues too. >> yeah, when he signed up, joined the army he had no idea they would invade iraq. he vine signed up to go to afghanistan. he was upset but wouldn't break his commitment and even said even though i don't believe in this fight if called upon to fight i will fight as hard as anyone ever has. you know, he was going to fight alongside his comrades and they
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all respected for him. most of the other soldiers in his unit didn't share his political views but when he -- when they saw he was willing to fight, stand up and do his job even though he didn't believe in it, they respected him for that. none of the soldiers i talked to expressed anything but admiration for him. >> a lot of people don't know that we knew that he day up some -- he gave up 3, $4 million to go into the service. we didn't know when he left iraq he had the option to leave the service and once again he opted to stay and go to afghanistan. >> december 2003 after he served in iraq, his agent called him up and said, hey, patty, i found out i can give you out. did a tour of duty much the seattle seahawks want you. just one letter you're out of the army playing football. i can get you millions of dollars, make 3.6 look like pocket change. come on. let's go and pat didn't even consider it. he said, nope, i made a three-year commitment.
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i'll play football after that. this is at a time when he was miserable. he knew being in the army was making his wife miserable but he -- you know, he did what he said he was going to do. that was something he really believed in. wouldn't break a commitment. >> quick last question. as powerful as this book is and it is powerful, you know there are some that it won't sit well with. especially those who have loved ones fighting in iraq and afghanistan. what is the message going forward, jon, about this book. >> well, i think it shouldn't upset soldiers or their families. this book is intended to make the army or make the army think about, you know, what they owe the soldie who are fighting for them. these people sacrifice everything to join the army. the least the army can do is tell the truth when they get killed. tell the truth about what happened to them. don't turn them into some sort of propaganda. something -- a message i would like to get out there. >> your work is always authentic. i will say that. it's almost a love story. his wife marie, the beautiful
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letters he wrote to her, as well. appreciate it very much, your insight. read an excerpt. find out a lot about in our special section about pat tillman on abcnews.com. next, "gma" exclusive " excv 6m6m6m6m6m6m6m6m6m6m6m6m6m6m6m6m
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the washington post calls bob mcdonnell a "culture warrior." and what does that mean for virginia? it means: bob mcdonnell introduced 35 bills to restrict a woman's right to choose. he wants to outlaw abortion-- even in cases of rape and incest. and mcdonnell opposed birth control for married adults. learn more about bob mcdonnell's crusade to take virginia backwards. i'm creigh deeds, candidate for governor and my campaign sponsored this ad.
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yes, it was me. i got to go and see u2's kickoff show in chicago. the amazing thing about this band as legendary as they are they keep finding ways to reinvent themselves. thousand they have this huge tour going on here in america so they gave us an exclusive interview and a look at what is making this tour extra special. take a look. ♪ ♪ >> reporter: what a night. soldier field, 65,000 fans. and legendary rock band u2 finally back in the states. we met them after their first of many sold out shows on their mo unique tour yet. u2 hasn't performed in open arenas in the u.s. for over a decade. they wanted to do it in a big
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way. that's how we got this. reportedly $40 million was spent to build this 360-degree stage but you put all this together with u2 in front of these american audiences and the value is priceless. >> we're so exposed and when the four of us come together, there's this clear view for everybody that can see the inaction. >> you started the band. famous mythical story about putting up an ad saying a want to start a band. >> i didn't choose these guys. it turns out they chose me. so -- >> reporter: do you regret not sticking with the name? >> i do. in fact, that is one my big regrets. i think we have been -- >> reporter: maybe more popular. >> u2 is such a crap name. >> yes. >> reporter: an ensemble that produced one of the biggest recording careers ever but still known as much for their message as their music. ♪ >> reporter: at this weekend's
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concert the song "walk on" was dedicated to myanmar democracy activist aung san suu kyi. ♪ >> fundamentally people are decent and they have a lot of compassion for what's going on in other parts of the world. >> we're kind of the cheerleaders for their activism in some ways. we were more like bob marley. wanted to try to find some kind of hopeful angle to it all. >> we always saw ireland as kind of like a jamaica type of situation. you know, it's true actually. our music has always come out of community, family. >> reporter: as for american politics the band did mention chicago's own president obama at the show. you guys performed at the inauguration. >> around that election, you look so close as a country and politics was the way john mccain behaved with such dignity. obama was amazing. it was really something to see.
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and now america seems so divided again and it's getting really messy out there. >> we're here to bring peace. that's our whole message. >> let miami irish in the stadium. everybody going to be in a big hug. >> reporter: 30 years ago these four have not lost their sense of humor or the ability to inspire with an incredible show. it was a real pleasure to see the first show. you know it's very important. certainly important to everybody here. i wish you continued luck going forward. >> thank you. >> just a great group of fellas. rock legends to be sure. also known for their intelligence. great interview. go online abcnews.com we'll put the whole transcript there for you. one of the things that sets u2 apart is their message about what matters in the world. specifically hunger in africa and all over so what can the rest of us do? how about what a dollar can do. come together, a new way to stop my name is louise and this is my eggo. on tuesday i go in even earlier than usual. thank goodness for eggo, a nutri-grain waffle...
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it it's a powerful number. 30 million americans don't have enough to eat and our food drive was so discussful it highlighted a need for even more action so "gma" teamed up with macy's department stores and feeding america for a food drive we're calling "come together." a way you can help americans who just are the victims of economic crisis. cameron mathison found out more. >> reporter: it is the national crisis that knows no bounds. transcending communities, skin color and age. >> therere people in this country right now roughly 10% of the population, men, women and children, that don't have enough food to eat. >> reporter: an economy in dire straits and high unemployment has only made the problem worse. 99% of food banks ar seeing increased need from a year ago. >> over half of our networks said that they had to furnish people away. >> reporter: i visited the community kitchen and pantry of
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west harlem in one of the hardest hit areas in the country, new york city. have you seen an increase in the number of first-time visitors? >> we've seen a huge increase in the number of first-time visitors. many of them are seniors, families with children, people who are recently unemployed. we're actually seeing more soup kitchen and food pantry with suits. >> reporter: people like francine laid off as a program coordinator for epilepsy research. >> the fir time i've been to a food bank. >> reporter: how was it? >> it wavery nice. i had a great experience and i have a lot of food now. they say i can come here once a month but i live alone so this is more than enough to tide me over so i'm really happy. >> reporter: so to help people like francine, macy and feeding america and "gma" are teaming up for account come together." host a dinner party and invite your guests to donate to america and macy's will match donations
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dollar for dollar until 10 million meals is reached. just a single dollar can go a long way. >> for one dollar that will make seven meals. if you think about that, if you just raise $10 at one of your dinner parties, you will have contributed 70 meals to th campaign. >> reporter: so i decided to host my own dinner party. okay, everybody is here. time to eat. thanks for being here. it's so good to be here and to have a dinner party like this that is -- it's got slightly more meaning to it. >> thank you for giving us this incredible idea. we do have dinner pears and instead of wine we can get people to bring us a check. >> reporter: no dinner party is complete without delectable deserts. here's my surprise. see if my surprise guest todd english. >> thank you for feeding america. most important, right?
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we've come together to enjoy and make america a better pla and especially with some great deserts like this. >> thanks. >> all right. here's some love around the table. >> with all this love around the table good time to maybe pass around the donation bowl here. once the money was collected i went online to make the final donation. it is now official. the donation has been made. there you go. that's awesome. thank you so much, everybody. thank you for your generosity for being here tonight. hopefully you can spread the word. for "good morning america," cameron mathison, abc news, new york. >> continue to enjoy. and now you can host your own fund raiser at home. it can happen anywhere of our food drive is over october 21st. get all the information you need to go online at abcnews.com/gma and click on the icon that says come together food drive on the
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upper roondz side of the page. we'll have a big tote board and check in with it regularly. we already have 220,000 meals. let's kick it.
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while i was building my friendships, my family, while i was building my life, my high cholesterol was contributing to plaque buildup in my arteries. that's why my doctor prescribed crestor. she said plaque buildup in arteries is a real reason to lower cholesterol. and that along with diet,
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you know, hanging out with u2 this weekend. not bad. >> it was. >> cool. have a great day. >> cool. have a great day. see you tomorrow. captions by vitac >> live and in hd, this is an abc 7 news update. good morning. i am doug mckelway. let's get a look the traffic and weather. >> it has been a very busy
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morning. we have been saturated on the highway. let's go live to a couple of cameras. i wanted to give you the flavor. traffic heading from right to left is the outer loop. there had been a crash that has been moved out of the road. in virginia, northbound 395 is in a backup from the beltway. look at that the light. it is that what all the way up to the 14th street bridge. tractor-trailer has turned over on 97 north of 50. it is loaded with crab meat. avoid 197 between 5332. now for the weather. >> take a look at this. the sun is coming up. temperatures are rising nicely.
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upper 60's. it looks like a gorgeous day. high pressure over head. comfortable temperatures. warmer, the mid 80's. 60's tonight. tomorrow, more of the same. we could see some showers by wednesday. >> thank you. prices at the gas pumps continue to increase. here in the d.c. area, the average price is now $2.52. analysts expect gas prices to stay where they are for the foreseeable future. thank you for watching.u foi ♪
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