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mcing news on this tuesday, september 14th. >> primary day. tea party-backed candidates could be the game-changers today, just weeks before the midterm elections. high hopes. middle east peace talks are underway this morning. with all sides hoping for some kind of agreement. and high-flying. oprah's new season begins with a bang, especially for her biggest fans. good morning. today is the last, big primary
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day before november's midterm elections, when republicans could gain control of congress. >> polls open this morning in seven states and in washington, d.c. that's where emily schmidt joins us with a preview. and, emily, tea party candidates are getting a lot of attention today. >> reporter: there's a focus on them. good morning to you. republicans hoping to unseat democrats in november. but today, and first, tea party candidates are hoping to oust some of the gop favorites. the biggest stage for a potential upset today is in delaware. >> how are you doing? >> reporter: on this primary day in seven states, some candidates worry this may not be the year to be a party favorite. >> i actually have a conservative voting record, as far as finances are concerned, in congress. and while i'm a moderate, that's generally on the social issues. >> reporter: in zm-dominated delaware, gop leaders think mike castle is the only hope to win
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the senate seat. instead, castle is in a fight race with christine o'donnell. she has ran before. but this time, she has tea party backing. >> they get behind candidates like my opponent, who continue to support the democrats' agenda, lock, step and barrel. >> hi. this is governor sarah palin. vote for christine o'donnell for u.s. senate. >> reporter: sarah palin made calls for o'donnell and two other tea party candidates. >> we're coming to the end of a few months of a lot of hard work. >> reporter: he's running in a dead-heat with former congressman, rick lazio. >> i think i'm a candidate that will bring people together, that will unify people. >> reporter: the winner will face andrew cuomo. another race to watch. charlie rangel has spent more money than the next candidate.
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but he's also facing a looming trial. and a tea party candidate is making a run in a nn nn list. tea party candidates have won senate primaries in six states this year. >> emily schmidt. thanks, emily. s will high hopes that a new round of peace talks can bring israelis and palestinians closer to an agreement. secretary of state clinton arrived to the peace talks. simon mcgregor-wood also just arrived. simon, what can we expect today? >> reporter: good morning, vinita. as you said, a busy round of talks today for hillary clinton. she's hosting, along with president mubarak, the second round of the newly-launched middle east peace talks. hosting prime minister netanyahu and prison president abbas. as you hinted in your introduction, jewish settlement construction.
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the crucial issue that the two parties have to get over today before this progress can move forward. the palestinians have said they will walk away if israel's temporary settlement freeze of ten months, which expires on the 26th of this month, are renewed. he and president obama and hillary clinton have been engaged in arm of twisting. it remains to be seen if that hurdle can be overcome today. >> you mentioned this is a two-day meeting. what happens on day two if that happens on day one? >> reporter: today, we rush back to jerusalem, where hillary clinton will arrive later tonight, with a second round of talks with the same characters at the table. probably hosted in prime minister netanyahu's jerusalem home. president abbas joining them for the first time in almost two years, since the last round of talk fell apart. and hopefully then, they get into the meaty issues.
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difficult, difficult issues. she can start getting both sides to talk about those tomorrow at the very latest. >> some questions that have been asked for a very long time. simon mcgregor-wood in egypt. thank you. american hiker sarah shourd is spending another day in an iranian prison. the family says they're having trouble raising $500,000 demanded by the country. laura setrakian is with us. >> reporter: sarah shourd is allowed to leave iran as soon as the $500,000 bail is hosted. the u.s. embassy offered to help make the payment. she could be freed at any hour. shourd, shawn bauer and josh fattal have been incarcerated
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for over a year. their lawyer said there's no evidence of espionage. and the border crossing is incidental at best. the same lawyer told me he's optimistic that all of the movement in the case means they likely will be coming home safe soon. >> laura setrakian in dubai. thanks for that update. the man accused of trying to blow up a delta jet over detroit on christmas, says he may plead guilty. that came yesterday, when he fired his lawyers. the young nigerian says he plans to represent himself. abdulmutallab says he's taking the action because he thinks his lawyers will be biased. now, for a look at weathers around the country. gusty winds, hail, flash flooding and isolated tornadoes in south dakota, nebraska and kansas. rain in the northern rockies and new mexico. thunderstorms from oklahoma city to south texas. meanwhile, showers in florida
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and northern new england. >> 0s in boston and new york. just shy of 90 in orlando. 73 in detroit. phoenix will heat up to 104. and colorado springs is 93. it's 84 in sacramento. 80 in portland. and 72 in seattle. and after the break, money news is next. are we headed towards a second recession? warren buffett weighs in. presidential publishing. the president's newest book, intended for a much younger audience. >> a
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republicans are standing firm when it comes to a tax increase on wealthy americans. the brief hope of a compromise ended with the gop digging in. senate minority leader mitch mcconnell says every senate republican will oppose allowing a bush-era tax cut to expire, even for the nation's wealthy. it is time, now, for a check of this morning's stock market activity. tokyo's nikkei average fell 22 points today. hong kong's hang seng rose 90. in london, the ftse opened higher. the dow jones industrial average gained 81 points yesterday. the nasdaq was up 43 points. walmart is about to begin a new, low-cost mobile phone service. walmart family mobile will allow unlimited calling and texting for 45 bucks a month with no contract requirement or early
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termination fee. the service will run on the t-mobile network. two giants of american business says the future looks very bright. billionaire investor, warren buffett, says there will be no double-dip recession. and microsoft ceo steve bomer, says an explosion of technological invention is on the way. president obama is out with a new book. this one is for kids. "of thee i sing" talks of pioneers. it's subtitled "a letter to my daughters." it features drawings of sasha, malia and beau on the cover. the proceeds will go to charity. coming up next on this tuesday, the newest giant storm stirring up in the atlantic. where is this monster storm, igor, going next? and what oprah winfrey said to make her audience do this. ♪
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check out hurricane igor, getting bigger by the day, now spanning more than 1,000 miles. the winds dipped slightly overnight to 140 miles per hour. but igor is still on the verge of becoming a category 5 storm. the hurricane could threaten bermuda over the weekend and stir up rough surf all along the east coast. and now, for a look at morning road conditions. flooding on i-70, 80 and 90 in kansas, nebraska and south dakota. wet on i-95, to san antonio. also, slick on i-15, from salt lake city to helena, montana. >> if you're flying today, expect weather-related airport delays only in salt lake city and dallas. we are now seeing some new pictures this morning from that gas pipeline explosion in northern california. this was shot by one resident who suffered second-degree burns
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as that fireball shot through his neighborhood. >> a key piece of evidence from that neighborhood is now on its way to washington for analysis. and experts are warning that thousands of gas lines just like this one are located all over the country. so, how do you know if one is in your backyard? here's barbara pinto. >> reporter: the incidents happen every other day in this country. >> it's nothing we need to get a clear handle on before it gets worse. >> reporter: in this san diego neighborhood, more trouble seeped from underground. the frightening smell of natural gas forced dozens from their homes. and in illinois, hundreds of workers scrambled to contain crude oil that gushed for three days from a ruptured main. often as in friday's tragedy in california, residents said they had no idea what was beneath their homes until it was too late. this, despite the fact that utilities are required by law to clearly mark pipelines. and notify residents about the aging neighbors they don't see.
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here in this chicago neighborhood, residents shared this street with an underground natural gas pipeline. but there's no evidence of it. no obvious signs. >> water lines are decently marked. but gas lines, no. >> reporter: the pipelines are a subterranean oil and gas superhighway, crisscrossing the nation. 2.5 million miles of pipeline. much of that infrastructure is at least 40 years old. and in some cases, in decay. >> it's kind of a wake-up call for all of us. a vast majority of the high transmission, large pipelines are never required to be inspected. >> reporter: that's because only pipelines near population sources are required to inspection. and only 7% of those run near a neighborhood. utility companies know where the pipelines are buried. but residents may not. barbara pinto, abc news, chicago. 30 survivors of a plane crash in eastern venezuela are
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slowly recovering after being pulled from the wreckage. the plane crashed into a steel mill yard, killing 15 people. it had taken off from a popular tourist destination when it crashed. cuba says it's laying off 500,000 state workers. the cuban government is hoping that the cuts will help revive the communist nation's sinking economy. laidoff workers are now being encouraged to become self-employed or to try new private enterprises. the leader behind the controversial islamic center says the site should not make new ground. he pointed out that the area nearby has a strip joint and betting parlors. the violent crime rate across the country has dropped for the third year in a row. and authorities are baffled. between 2008 and last year, the murder rate fell 7.3%. robbery was down 8%. and rape, more than 2 1/2%.
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experts were looking to see an increase. they say crime rates go up in an economic downturn, as police budgets dwindle. a big honor for tony blair for his human rights work across the globe. former president bill clinton presented the liberty medal to blair for his efforts to promote peace in northern island, and kosovo. in sports, rafa makes history. and the jets stadium gets a monday night debut. here's steve weissman with espn news. >> we begin with "monday night football." jets and ravens. there's mark sanchez. second quarter, ravens down six. first and goal. willis mcgahee. baltimore takes a 7-6 lead. jets down 10-9. fourth quarter, 52 seconds on
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the clock. ray lewis, laying the wood to dustin keller. ravens hang on for a 10-9 victory. meanwhile, the u.s. open men's final delayed by rain. first set, tied at 2-2. rafael nadal, trying to break djokovic. nidal serving for the championship. he has never won the u.s. open before in his career. a victory would clinch the career grand slam, winning all four majors. and he becomes the seventh player ever to accomplish that. nidal, the king in queens. baseball, now. yankees/rays. bottom 11. reed briniak. first career walkoff homer for b
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brignac. that's a look at your sports with your espn news update. i'm steve weissman. back to you in new york. well, it is the beginning of the end for the daytime "oprah winfrey show." but her biggest fans don't seem to mind. >> that's for sure. echoing her car giveaway a few years ago, yesterday's first show of the season was chock full with over-the-top surprises. >> you and you and you. and you are going. >> excitable moment to say the least. all 300 audience members were invited to join oprah on an all--expenses-paid trip, to australia. her staff had a few surprises up their sleeves for her, as well, including a tear-jerking serenade, from paul simon. >> who knows what's next, after you've given cars away and trips
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candidate is challenging a long-time congressman for the republican senate nomination. secretary of state clinton is in egypt for the second-round of middle east peace talks. clinton says the time is right for the israelis and palestinians to make peace permanent. in it second back-to-school address, president obama will tell philadelphia students and students around the country, that nothing is beyond their dreams as long as they work hard and dream big. the president is expected to once again stress the importance of education in a students' life. and random house childrens books announced a new book by president obama today. "of thee i sing" goes on sale november 16th 12347 coming up later on "good morning america," when it comes to washing their hands in public restrooms, who is cleaner? men or women? we have all the dirty details coming up. >> this is only a marginal victory for one of the sexes. we're all bad at it. >> really?
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finally from us this tuesday morning, more details on oprah winfrey's last season premiere. >> the queen of talk packed the show of her 25th season with one surprise after another. t.j. winick gaves us a glimpse of the show. plus, a look at life after oprah. >> reporter: it was the beginning of the end. on the premiere episode of her final season, oprah winfrey gave each 1 of her 300 audience members an over-the-top trip to australia. >> you're going to australia. >> reporter: there were celebrity guests, including john travolta. >> you have been voted our favorite guest of all-time. >> reporter: and many paying tribute to the queen of talk. >> there's only one of you. there will never be another one. >> reporter: her show paid
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homage to the first broadcast 25 years ago. actor don johnson turned down an opportunity to be on the first oprah winfrey show. >> the most important thing, you're the greatest. >> thank you. >> reporter: and, yes, she did tear up when paul simon played a song especially written for the occasion. ♪ 25 years have come and gone >> reporter: her show has been nothing short of an institution. she was named "forbes'" most powerful celebrity this year for the fourth time. she's a media mogul worth $2.4 million. her departure will create a seismic shift in daytime television. >> she provides an incredible lead-in for local newscast. >> reporter: on january 1st, the tv legend launches the oprah winfrey network. t.j. winick, abc news, new york. >> if that's the first show, you can imagine where things are going to g

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