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new-age tragedy. two people are dead, 20 more hospitali hospitalized, after a spiritual cleansing exercise, led by a famed self-help guru went terribly wrong. the other flu. as the swine flu vaccine hits hospitals and clinics, doctors now say the regular, seasonal flu vaccine is in short supply. can we handle two flu fronts at once? and step right up. and come right away with the circus, as we go under the big top, for a behind-the-scenes look at one of the greatest shows on earth, and a slice of look at one of the greatest shows on earth, and a slice of americana. captions paid for by abc, inc. good morning, amera. >> good morning. it is saturday, october 10th. and president obama's nobel peace prize garnering
congratulations and criticism. >> we'll look at the controversy. and part of that controversy comes because the president is looking at ramping up war efforts from afghanistan. it's gotten deadlier than ever for u.s. troops in recent months. we're going to talk to the father of mike span, the first u.s. casualty in that war. what he thinks about the current debate. also this morning, a parenting pop quiz for you. if your kid falls out of the shopping cart, at the supermarket, do you goo the emergency room? or do you deal with it at home? we're going to deal with a whole bunch of scenarios of whether to go to the e.r. or not. and nasa announced they were going to bomb the moon. we had visions of this. or perhaps even this. but instead, we got this. nothing. nothing. our cinematic hopes dashed. but disappointing pictures aside, was the mission a success? we'll explain. but first, we go to
worldwide reaction, sparked by president obama's peace prize win. the nobel peace prize, announced yesterday morning very early. and it was such a surprise that there were even some aides at the white house who apparently thought they were being punk'd. they thought the whole thing was a joke. it is a rare honor to win the peace prize. only 96 individuals, 20 organizations, have ever won it. since thaward's inception in 1901. but we wondered, who nominates the candidates? and who names the winners? the winners are selected by these five people here. a mitty made up of current and foreign norwegian lawmakers, elected by that country's parliament. right now, it happens to be one man and four women. only certain people can submit nominations. and this year, there were 205 candidates nominated. that's the most ever. submissions began almost a year ago. were cut off in february, just 11 days after president obama was inaugurated. and the committee said they gave the peace prize to him for his extraordinary efforts to
strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples. that justification, though, has left a lot of people perplexed. and rachel martin is following this whole debate from the white house. good morning, rachel. >> reporter: good morning, kate. indeed, it was a surprise. the president himself didn't find out he'd even been nominated for the award until he was told he won. it is the award of a lifetime. but it is a prize that comes with pressure. the president said he was humbled to win the peace prize. >> i do not feel that i deserve to be in the company of so many of the transformtive figures who have been honored by this prize. >> reporter: he wasn't the only one shocked by the this announcement. >> he'd been awarded the prize because he made peace with hillary clinton, for example. and i think it reflected the fact that people were really surprised. >> reporter: surprised, even bewildered, that a president less than a year into his first term, overseeing two wars, would win the nobel peace prize. >> as much as i like barack
obama, i just don't know that he's done enough to warrant sufficient an honor. >> reporter: ronald reagan worked to stop the buildup of nuclear weapons. and bill clinton negotiated several peace deals. still, former winner, al gore, said mr. obama is a worthy choice. >> much of what he has accomplished already, is going to be far more appreciated in the eyes of history, as it has been by the nobel committee. >> reporter: but the announcement has galvanized conservative critics, who say obama is heavy on style, short on substance. >> they love a weakened, neutered, united states. this is their way of promoting the concept. and it's a slam dunk. >> reporter: michael steele, the head of the rnc, said in a statement, quote, it is unfortunate that the president's star power has outshined tireless advocates who made real achievements working towards peace.
analysts say the prize makes it harder for the president to shape the conservative criticism that he's more adored abroad than home. >> i continue to bieve that the nobel peace prize is not something that you are sorry to receive. >> reporter: the president plans to travel to oslo in december to accept the nobel peace prize in person. along with the award comes $1.4 million. all of that, white house aides say, the president intends to give away to charity. bill? >> rachel martin from the white house. along with that cash prize comes something more valuable, international prestige. in years past, the nobel has given new momentum to strategies. will this president be able to harness those american ideals around the globe. gloria riviera joins us from london with international reaction. >> reporter: good morning, bill. that certainly seems to be the spirit. but there are a lot of big tests.
russia and china, for example. will they support u.s. pressure on iran? will he more quickly see israel and palestine come to the table on middle east peace? the inteational community embraced the president from the first trip he made overseas as a candidate. that's not happening so quickly now with his win. as popular as he is around the world, president obama's nobel win is not. from israel. >> are you kidding me? >> i'm serious. >> are you kidding me? >> reporter: from france. >> what for? why? what has he done so far? >> reporter: many are asking whether president obama won for who he isn't. his predecessor, president george bush, not for what he has achieved. >> i'm nick schifrin in kabul. despite eight years of war in this country, there's a level of hope that a president who has reached out to the muslim world, can find a way to tackle a growing insurgency. but here, as well as in neighboring pakistan, there's deep doubt and mistrust of american policies right now. violence has increased to lefs
we haven't seen in years in both countries. and afghans and pakistanis are questioning whether obama deserves a medal of peace, when there's o so much violence in their region. >> i'm dana hughes, in nairobi. others are saying he didn't deserve to win it so soon. >> i'm laura is a tracken in dubai. the middle east has largely supported president obama. his speech in cairo changed the political climate for good. but people are skeptical of this award. they're asking, why now? >> reporter: archbishop desmond tutu won in 1984, for helping to end apartheid in south africa. he says the timing of the award, speaks to the promise of president obama's message of hope. >> i think public opinion on this thing is split. he has to show that the nobel prize committee made a wise decision. let's ho he's able to. no one benefits if obama can't live up to this prize. >> reporter: a promise made to millions of people, in many countries, that peace is
possible. as for advice -- >> this is good. but actions speak louder than words. >> reporter: it's a mandate that makes winning the nobel peace prize seem like the easy part. last year's nobel laureate from finland says the world expects achievement. president obama's immediate decision is what to do on afghanistan. on that and every decision he make, he'll be judged by a jury that sits around the world? bill? >> gloria riviera. the rest of the news with ron claiborne. >> gunmen have attacked pakistan's army headquarters, sparking a 45-minute battle that killed at least 6 pakistani soldiers. four militants were killed. but officials believe two gunmen may be inside the compound. two followers of a self-help guru, died at a sauna-like sweat lodge at a retreat. more than 20 others in the lodge at that time, were taken to the
hospital, including one that was in critical condition. abc's mike von fremd has more. >> reporter: more than 60 people paid $9,000, to crowd into this sweat dome, where temperatures rise as high as 120 degrees. they're followers of self-help author, james ray. who is part of a clur documentary, called "the secret." he brought them into the sweat dome for something he called a spiritual warrior event. >> if i told you exactly what you needed to do, would you do it? >> reporter: what he appareny was telling his followers to do led to tragedy. >> 911, what's your emergency? >> reporter: 911 calls frantically went out when they started collapsing. >> there's an ambulance en route. one more isn't breathing. >> reporter: more than 20 people were rushed to 3 hospitals. >> the patients that were brought in were mainly severe dehydration, besides the two patients that were pronounced on arrival. >> reporter: the two deceased
are a middle aged man and woman. >> i'm so sorry. >> reporter: a spokesperson for the motivational speaker says, ray's too distraught to talk. but sends his deepest condolences. ray has frequently appeared on national tv programs. >> don't try. just do it or don't do it. >> reporter: ray has been holding warrior events at this sedona spiritual retreat for more than five years. homicide investigators are trying to figure out exactly what went so horrifically wrong, while the sheriff is deciding if criminal charges will be filed. for "good morning america," mike von fremd, abc news, los angeles. and police in toledo, ohio, have released surveillance video of a wild shooting at a local bar. they said the shootout broke out after a patron tried to stop someone from selling drugs. police are searching for the gunmen. and the competition for jobs is at a record high. there's 6.3 job seekers for every opening. that compares to 1.7 competing
for each job at the start of the recession. and finally, major league baseball has released a newly-discovered video of babe ruth, including the only film of the yankees slugger playing in the outfield, probably around 1928. found in a home movie collection. it shows the babe striking out. taking a third strike and complaining to the umpire. he played 2,200 games. as far as we know, there's ten seconds of him in the outfield. >> you should know. >> i know. because i was around in 1928. i was at that game. i was at that game. >> i like that. >> they ladies joke, don't they, ron? >> yes, they do. >> you know i adore you. >> we kid because we love. >> yes. go yankees, last night. >> that's right. what a game. >> love it. let's turn to the videotape, and show you severe weather that folks in kentucky contending
with. two tornadoes touched down in casey county. this is an ef-2 tornado. 120-mile-per-hour winds. it's kind of late in the season. the bulk of the severe weather season is march to june. as you see in october, things still alive and well. this part of the nation expecting to see damaging winds today. 60-mile-per-hour wind gusts. flash flooding, maybe even small hail. south of this front, record highs in portions of florida. the state of florida. by please stand by iberg please stand by
more on your saturday outlook later on in the show. kate? >> okay, marysol. there was startling news from the centers of disease control yesterday. 76 children have died from the h1n1 virus or swine flu. that's more than usually die from the seasonal flu in any given year. but the seasonal flu is still serious. and many doctors fear in focusing so much on the swine flu, we're dangerously unprepared for the seasonal flu. here's abc's john mckenzie. >> reporter: getting enough seasonal flu vaccine could be a problem any year. but doctors say, nothing like this. >> the shortages and disruptions of getting vaccine to private doctors offices, is the worst ve ever seen. >> reporter: this doctor addressed 200 doses of seasonal
flu vaccine. he got 30 doses. >> we need to have vaccine for people at risk. >> reporter: abc news has received reports from nine states that many seasonal flu vaccine hato be rationed. >> the companies curtailed some of the vaccine production for seasonal vaccine, to help us out for switching over to the development of h1n1 vaccine. >> reporter: after that, production problems. and the unprecedented early demand for seasonal flu vaccine this year. health officials say 77 million doses of seasonal flu vaccine are currently available. that's about 25% less than what's typically used this year. doctors have been warned that more vaccine may not arrive for anotheh. and even then, they may not get what they've ordered. but some physicians are not worried. at least not yet. >> at the present time in this country, we have no seasonal flu. we have h1n1, which is the issue. >> reporter: and with seasonal
flu typically peaking in february, health officials say there's still time for doctors to get more vaccine and more people vaccinated. for "good morning america," gone mckenzie, abc news, new york. well, the irony was thick. yesterday, after receiving the nobel peace prize, president obama met with his war cabinet, discussing a new strategy in the war in afghanistan. "operation enduring freedom," has endured eight years. the very first combat casualty in the war was a marine-turned cia operative, namedike span. this morning, his father, johnny span, is joining us from winfield, alabama. ank you for joining us, sir. and thank you for your sacrifice. >> you're welcome. >> does the pain get any easier? how does it change over the years? >> the pain doesn't get any easier. you just learn to live with it. the fact that you realize your son was doing what he thought was best. he loved america.
he was a patriot. and was willing to fight for his country. and do the thing that's right. and that's comforting. >> it is. your son was killed during a prison uprising. taliban prisoner there's. it came as he was interviewing -- actually interrogating, john walker lindh, the so-called american taliban, doing 20 years in prison. you met with alliance leaders. i'm sure you're following the debate now. what are your thoughts on the way forward in afghanistan? >> the thing that's really disturbing to me is the fact that i feel like we sort of took our eye off the ball. we've been in afghanistan now for eight years. we pulled out and went to iraq. and you know sort of left afghanistan. we didn't do what we went there to do, was to get bin laden. osama bin laden was the cause of 9/11. the reason we went to afghanistan. and he's still running free. we haven't gotten him yet. that concerns me. i wish we would get more
focused. and understand what our mission is there. and stand behind our men. and give our people that's over there. you know, we send our men and women, our children, our husbands over there to fight for us. and give them the things they need. if they need more equipment, if they need more troops, whatever they need, let's give it to them. let's get this thing overwith. >> by all accounts, it may be that osama bin laden is in pakistan these days. and the main effort is fighting the taliban in afghanistan. it's debate over whether they pose the risk that al qaeda does. your son died at the hands of the taliban. do you think moving our focus back to al qaeda, it would in any way sully the loss? >> that's something i think that we don't understand completely because, you know, we go back. we went to afghanistan, to fight the taliban. we didn't do go there because they were harboring al qaeda. al qaeda struck us on 9/11. that's who we went after, osama
bin laden. he is al qaeda. and we had to fight the taliban in order to get to him. george bush on ground zero, told everybody over the world with a bullhorn in his hand, that if you harbor them and help them, we'll get you, too. we didn't have any choice but to fight them. taliban's bad people. but most of those folks were al qaeda. they were mixed. john walker lindh was not a taliban. he was an al qaeda member. he tried to join the taliban. they told him, you can't be one of us. you have to go -- you can go and join the al qaeda group and train in their training camps. that's what he did. he fought on the front lines with al qaeda. instead ofalling john walker lindh a taliban, that's incorrect. he's an al qaeda member. >> that's an interesting point, as we examine the way forward. johnny spann, thanks for joining us again. appreciate it. kate? > bill, it was billed as a big boom on the moon.
but it was kind of a big bust, for those of us watching on tv. a rocket slammed into the lunar landscape. but spectacular pictures from cameras on the spacecraft, never materialized. abc's ryan owens has more. >> reporter: on september 12th, 1962, president kennedy uttered these words. on july 21st, 1969, kneel armstrong took man's first steps on the moon. >> one small step for man. >> reporter: on october 9th, 2009, we bombed the moon. yes, we bombed it. nasa crashed a rocket, and then, a satellite into our celestial neighbor. and what scientists learn from the collision, could be just as historic, even though it wasn't nearly as dramatic. nasa's snazzy animation promised this impact would be spectacular. a shower of debris, six miles high. sure, viewers got a glimpse of
the rocket. but at the point of impact, a fuzzy screen. >> seeing the impact would have been nice. but the work begins with the data we did get back. >> reporter: including a lot of data, about whether there's water on the moon. the key question of this mission. if they do discover water, it will make it far easier for man to finally return to the moon. and nasa is eager to get astronauts behind the wheel of the nar rover. and once again, exploring earth's next door neighbor. scientists say it may take them weeks to finally answer the water question. that's how much new information they have to pour over. which explains why they were applauding, even if their audience wasn't. for "good morning america," ryan owens, abc news, the johnson space center, houston. >> both here yesterday like -- oh. today it's about making smart decisions. it's about getting the quality you deserve.
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entertaining families across the country for 70 years now. it's an american snapshot of an icon. good morning, america. i'm kate snow. >> i'm bill weir. it's saturday october 10th. also this morning, high cost of medical care has been on everyone's mind lately. as well as the swine flu, of course. but what do you do when your child starts screaming in pain? when should you head to the e.r.? and when is it okay to take care of the little one at home. our expert is here. we have a quiz for you. and we'll test your parental skills out there. >> i failed the quiz. i really didn't know when the line is. good tips coming up. al, take a look at this. we thought stripes were supposed to be slimming. but maybe not on a 14-pound skunk. >> that's a fat skunk. >> it's got to be part of "the news you missed." >> fat skunk. also the title of our first album. ron claiborne with the
headlines. >> rescuers in the northern philippines have found six survivors from the landslides. and new video from american samoa shows the last moments -- the moment the last month's deadly tsunami hit. waves can be seen rushing in and violently tossing cars and trucks in a parking lot. in jerusalem, palestinian demonstrators threw stones and bottles at israeli police, in the latest in a series of confrontations over the last two weeks. 11 israeli police were injured and 4 protesters were arrested. and finally, marge simpson is the first cartoon character on the cover of "playboy" magazine. the blue-haired wife of homer simpson, has a center fold, featuring what the magazine calls implied nudity. now, to marysol and the weather. >> look at the frigid temperatures in the northern plains. folks waking up to degrees as low as ten.
looking over my shoulder. ten in helena. 18 in denver. elsewhere in the nation, the st coast doesn't look too shabby for today. to the north, rather cool. but the desert southwest, se >> we have a cold front moving through an isolated showers across the area. we will have clouds of a few sprinkles was morning but by this afternoon, temperatures will drop and we will see a high in the upper 60's. tomorrow will be better. thanks so much. this weather report has been brought to you by kleenex. kate? >> okay, marysol. now, a question that every parent has to ask themselves more times than they like to admit. is my child sick enough to go to the e.r.? nobody wants to burden the system. but no parent wants to overlook a major injury. joining us this morning to help
us sort out what deserves emergency room and what can be done at home, is dr. marie savard. it's a great, new book. good morning. >> good morning, kate. >> so, i failed the quiz right off. let's go through some of the examples that we have. if your child is bitten by either another child or an animal, do you go to the e.r.? >> you do. first, i have raised three sons and i go through all of this. a human bite, it turns out, is serious because the mouth is teeming with bacteria. if it penetrates the skin. >> it has to break the skin. >> a deep puncture, around the hand or the face, you need to take your child to the emergency room. they will need antibiotics, probably. and if they're not up to date, they need a tetanus shot. >> second one, your child does a faceplant on the playground and ends up with a tooth loose. this one really kind of makes
me -- but what do you do about a tooth that's loose or out? go to the e.r. or not? >> no emergency room. the dentist. first thing you do, if it's baby teeth, and the tooth is loose, you might want to fix it so it's sort of okay. and then, get off to the dentist. if it's permanent teeth and it's moved out of place, you absolutely want to try to push it back into place. or if it's come out. believe it or not, the best thing to do, put it back into the socket. it sounds scary. but you have 30 minutes until that dries out. if you're afraid to do that, put it in milk. milk is the best thing to preserve that tissue. >> but you have 30 minutes or you'll lose the tooth altogether. >> you'll get to the dentist, no matter what the time is. >> number three, your child gets hit in the eye with a toy. or with a ball, in our example. do you have to go to the e.r.?
>> you do. eyes are always an emergency. if you injured your eye, you may not know the extent of it. unless there's loss of vion, you just don't know. there could be a scratch. treat eyes as though it's an emergency. get to the eye doctor, or the e.r. . >> they'll send tow yo the ophthalmologist. >> or they'll have one on the staff. >> your child topples over on the playground. and has a huge goose egg on her forehead. it looks really bad. do you go to the e.r.? >> no. the good news is, almost every child has bumped their head from a minor injury. there's so much blood around the head, getting a big bump doesn't mean a big injury. the reassuring news, if it's a minor bump, put icon it. on the other hand, if you think that the child may have injured their brain. if they've faln more than a few steps, for example. or in any way are acting strange. if immediately after the fall,
the child isn't acting normally, they don't cry. or they can't be consoled. >> crying's a good sign, right? >> it is. >> i td you my 18-month-old boy toppling down stairs at our house. and that horror -- we went to the e.r. >> every parent remembers that. my husband and i we were so scared about it. but the truth is, those things can happen. in the end, we have to use our gut. if we feel something's wrong, the child's not acting right, under any circumstances, pick up the phone to call the pediatrician, or get to the emergency room. >> so informative. thank you, dr. marie savard. thanks so much. we'll be right back. coming up on "good morning america," under the big top. a look at a disappearing american icon. we get a behind-the-scenes tour of a famous traveling circus. and knockdown, dragout. don't be fooled by the high heels and hot pants. they can fight. it's in the new "news you missed."
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cities and towns. today, only a handful remain. but the experience lives on, for those who live the circus life. chris bury followed one such circus, for this morning's "american snapshot." >> reporter: the sun is barely up, as the big top ritual begins. the carson and barnes circus comes to town. it's one of the last traveling shows in america. there's so much work to do. this is how it's been done for traveling circuses for more than a century. the raising of the mighty big top. and still, it inspires awe. they may be whistling to lighten the load. but make no mistake. the work is hard. the hours, brutal. the pay, low. so, it must be a labor of love.
to what extent is the circus in your bones? >> oh, it's definitely in my bones, in my blood, in my whole being. i was born on the road. and i'll probably die on the road. >> reporter: barbara byrd has known no other life. her grandfather founded the circus 73 years ago. >> it's not a job where you can say, i'll do this until something better comes along. you have to love this life and what goes along with it to do it. >> reporter: consider the elephant trainer. his story's as old as the circus itself. >> quit school and ran away with the circus. >> reporter: you literally ran away with the circus? >> exactly. this is what i've been doing all my life. i don't know anything else. >> reporter: for 36 weeks a year, they lead a nomad's life. for the children, including young performers, a one-room schoolhouse on wheels. for 13-year-old francesca, a
budding trapeze artist, geography is hardly academic. >> i've been to new mexico, arizona, nevada, california. been to washington. texas. oklahoma. into south and north dakota. montana, wyoming. i think i've been like maybe to half of the united states. >> reporter: on this day, it is columbus, wisconsin. a quintessential small town, like so many that the circus visits. here, the spectacle of the big top and those elephants, seems to strike a universal cord. by now, classes are over. francesca undergoes metamorphos metamorphosis, from schoolgirl to circus star. >> i don't think of this as a job. it's not something i'm ford to do. i want to do it. since i was small, i've always wanted to do it. >> ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls.
>> reporter: now, she is that girl on the flying trapeze, working with her father, aunt and cousin. >> my father taught me. just like his grandfather, and his great grandfather. >> reporter: unlike some edgier and sexier acts, carson and barnes is the sort of circus your grandmother attended. the crew is small enough, 100 or so, that everyone works two or three jobs. >> the star in the center ring, may have been, you know, helping set the tent up this morning. so, they do do several jobs. that's just the way ofhe circus. >> reporter: these traveling extravaganzas and their prized pachyderms, once roamed the countryside. but their numbers have dwindled from 200, to only a handful. a proud by fading side show, in the ever-more crowded showbiz rketplace. in their heyday before world war ii, circuses commanded dozens of train cars and massive parades. they made the ringling brothers spectacularly rich.
carson and barnes once posted a brass band. five rings under the big top. and a herd of animals. now, it's down to an electronic soundtrack, one ring, and only three elephants. they insist the show will go on. >> we want to stay in business. we want to keep the circus alive in america. so, you do what you have to do. someday, maybe it all come back. >> i see my life in the circus, for the rest of hi life. >> reporter: do you expect your children to be in the circus? >> yes >> reporter: no doubt about it? >> no. >> reporter: after a two-hour matinee, the clowns and the contortionists, the poodles and the flying cavalinis, do it all over again. their work is hardly over. now, the big top must come down. cast and crew, packing up to play yet another town tomorrow. this traveling circus life, not an easy on unless it's in your bones and in your blood. i'm chris bury, abc news, for
"good morning america," in columbus, wisconsin. >> what a life. >> a nice look at that. >> i remember when i did cirque du soleil, also a traveling circus. it takes so many people to put a show like that together. >> and one ring. >> i dd the trapeze. i'll never do it again. fonzie was my floor manager. >> i worked with a guy that ran off and joined the circus. still out there. coming up on "good morning america," find out how this couple keeps the fire alive after 80 years of marriage. couple keeps the fire alive after 80 years of marriage. it's "the news you missed." more birthdays ine h like the best cancer researchers do. vo: each time they discover an exciting new cure, we get more birthdays to celebrate. vo: we're the american cancer society.
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have a great >> live, and in hd, this is an abc 7 news update. >> good morning, it is 7:56. police in montgomery county are trying to track down who shot this man inside his bethesda a garage. he was shot thursday night. he worked in the european department at the international monetary fund. police say they do not know whether it was a random crime. we are hosting the three-day breast cancer will and the national equality march. residents and tourists are trying to make their way around holiday metro station closures along the green and yellow lines. let's get a check of the weather. good morning.
it is mild and muggy so it is more like summer. 70 degrees already downtown. showers are dropping down to the south and west. we will get a nice day later on. the forecast for today, we will see tempers fall from temperatures now into the mid- 60's by noon. but clouds will gradually dissipates. by afternoon, we will have sunshine but tomorrow will be far better. we will see plenty of sunshine and similar temperatures in the upper 60's. the nighttime lows tonight will be into the 40's and low 50's. we will have a frost advisory to our north. lotsf sunshine out there with temperatures in the lower 60's and tuesday, a few showers coming our way and more sure activity on thursday and friday
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