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accusing americans of trying to burn the truth, the president of iran made charges that were incendiary even for him today. the americans in the room at the united nations got up and walked out. president obama's earlier offer of resumed dialogue was rebuffed, so, what does this mean for the u.s. attempt to curb iran's nuclear ambitions? jake tapper was following all this drama today. good evening, jake. >> reporter: good evening, diane. well, ahmadinejad made comments promoting conspiracy theories about 9/11, and a white house source tells abc news president obama found those theories deeply offensive, and all the more inappropriate to have been made so close to where the world trade center once stood. in his speech to the united nations today, the president underlined that he wants to end the conflict with iran through peaceful means. >> the united states and the international community seek a resolution to our differences with iran. and the door remains open to diplomacy, should iran choose to
walk through it. >> reporter: but just a few hours later, the iranian president seemed to slam that door shut. president ahmadinejad questioned the facts about the 9/11 attacks, referring to a coverup. he said most people believe that "some segments within the u.s. government orchestrated the attack to reverse the declining american economy, and to save the zionist regime." israel. it was at this precise moment that the u.s. delegation and others walked out. the u.s. mission to the u.n. issued a statement saying "rather than representing the aspirations and goodwill of the iranian people, mr. ahmadinejad has yet again chosen to spout vile conspiracy theories and anti-semitic slurs that are as abhorrent and delusional as they are predictable." ahmadinejad also referred to, quote, the ugly and inhumane act of burning the holy koran. pastor -- ahmadinejad held up a koran, and a bible, saying he
pays respect to both of them. >> don't let the blustering confidence fool you. ahmadinejad is in a lot of trouble back home domestically. it's just an attempt by ahmadinejad to change the subject, to change the focus from him and his stewardship to issues that he's confident talking about. >> reporter: administration officials insisted today's tirade is irrelevant. that the u.s. and other countries to pressure iran to come clean about its nuclear program and end its suspected nuclear weapons program. and the president is going to give an interview to bbc, and it is anticipated he will take those comments head on. >> jake, thank you. and as you have been reporting, this is the day significant changes in health care insurance go into effect in america. and, today, we got to listen in on a phone call president obama had recently with a cancer
patient who has health insurance. >> hey, gail, how you are? >> doing really well, thank you. this is an honor. i want to thank you so much. >> and across the country today, people were on the phone to their own insurance companies trying to take advantage of the new rules. so, elisabeth leamy set out to see if the insurance companies are ready. >> reporter: insurance company phone lines were burning up today. >> experience a brief delay. >> reporter: as people tried to get information about their new health care options. we got on the phone, too. i heard that today i could add my 25-year-old child to the plan? that's your right, starting today. the cost at one health plan we reached, a rate hike from $130 a month to $182 a month, a 40% increase. as of today, new plans will have to provide preventive care like mammograms without charging a deduckable of copay for them. is it really free, this
preventive care or won't premiums be higher? >> in the short-term, we do understand that peopremiums wilo up a bit, because we get new protections and new coverage. >> reporter: experts estimate premiums will go up as much as 3%, so a family of four would pay an extra $30. also starting today, insurers can't deny coverage to children with pre-existing conditions. but they can charge them more than they do healthy kids. with a child with a health condition, it's going to cost more, maybe even 100% to 200% more. the obama administration insists costs will eventually come down. >> some of the features, while, may have a brief cost at the front end, actually save lots of money in the long-term. >> reporter: starting next month, you'll be able to see actual health plan pricing at the government's innovative health care .gov website. elisabeth leamy, abc news.
and six weeks before the november elections, rrms, including those who want to repeal health care reform have pulled a page from their old play book, hoping to repeat their insurgent victorial the polls in 1994. their mid-term manifesto is dubbed the pledge to america, and jon karl has been digging through it. jon? >> reporter: outside the lumberyard, a group of tea partiers presented would be speaker of the house john boehner with a tea kettle. inside, the republicans presented their plan. >> our pledge to america is that the republicans stand ready to get it done and beginning today. >> reporter: it's an echo of newt gingrich's contract with america, unveiled on the capitol steps in september 1994, just before republicans won control of congress. the biggest difference? clothing. no ties this time around. and venue. a lumberyard, not the capitol steps. the republicans made a point of getting outside the capitol
beltway, to unveil their new pledge. but they didn't get that far outside. in fact, the capitol building itself is just about 20 miles away in that direction. the agenda including a litany of things republicans have been talking about for a long time. from extending the bush tax cuts to repealing the health care law to slashing government spending, including the roughly $250 billion in unspent stimulus funds. >> government is out of control in washington. >> reporter: but this is hardly a tea party manifesto. the 45-page document including more photographs than specifics on spending cuts. no mention of controlling social security or medicare. no mention of eliminating any federal departments. not even a promise to eliminate earmarks or pork barrel spending. there aren't enough cuts in this thing that i see to get near balancing the budget. >> people that are evaluating the plunge to america say houlde it is a good start. >> reporter: and republicans hope a good campaign tool, too.
jonathan karl, abc news, sterling, virginia. later this evening, virginia is set to execute a woman in a case that raises fundamental questions about who gets the delt pent and who does not. teresa lewis admits she's guilty. so, why are so many respected people saying this execution is wrong? jim sciutto is outside the prison in jarratt, virginia. >> reporter: teresa lewis has confessed to a crime, asking a lover and a friend to kill her husband and step-son to collect a $250,000 life insurance policy in a jailhouse interview with cnn, she pled for forgiveness. >> i just wish i could take it back. and i'm sorry for all the people that i've hurt. >> reporter: but complicating the case, lewis did not pull the trigger. the men who did only got life in prison. and court-appointed doctors found she only had an i.q. of 72, just two points above the legal minimum. a duke university psychologist
who examined her concluded teresa's functional mental age is in the rage of 12 to 14 years. rallying to her cause are novelist john grisham, justices sonia sotomayor and ruth bader ginsburg, who voted to stay her execution. and, thousands on the way. for the victim's daughter, all the focus on lewis is just one more crime against her family. >> she could have walked away from my father and never looked back. people need to remember her victims and not her. >> reporter: lewis sings for a final miracle. ♪ i need a miracle >> reporter: but with her appeals exhausted, her fight will end here, inside this death chamber. lewis spent her final day with her family and her minister. they've left now, and the victim's families have arrived. and diane, they'll be among the witnesses to her execution. >> jim sciutto in jarratt tonight.
and today, a drug implicated in tens of thousands of heart attacks and deaths over eight years, was finally restricted by the fda. and it happened because of one crusading doctor. so, what does this say about the other drugs on our shelves? here's lisa stark. >> reporter: the battle against avandia has been long and hard fig fight. >> people have been asking me, don't you feel vindicated? this is not personal vindication. it's about doing the right thing for patients. >> reporter: it was doctor nissen who first raised the alarm about the drug in 2007. he found it increased heart attacks by 43%. the fda approved the drug eight years earlier. what was the agency's response? >> i became their enemy for challenging a drug's safery. >> reporter: the battle lines were drawn. the drug maker and some at the fda insisting avandia was safe.
dr. nissen insisting it wasn't. >> it means a lot of people are going to be put at risk here. >> reporter: one fda researcher determined the drug may have caused as many as 100,000 heart attacks, strokes and deaths. despite today's victory, nissen says the war is not won. >> i will sleep better tonight, but i will not sleep until i know that we've improved the way we handle these kinds of problems in the united states. we've got to fix the fda. >> reporter: fixing the fda, says nissen, means a wholesale change. no longer should the same people at the agency who approve a drug be the ones to decide if it gets pulled off the market. it's a conflict of interest. >> we must fix those flaws, or we will have further problems like avandia. >> reporter: which nissen calls one of the worst drug safety tragedies in our lifetime. lisa stark, abc news, washington. and still ahead on "world news," a 26-year-old gives away $100 million.
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it turns out the girl is 23. but she admits the pictures she used to sell her services are of a teenager. because everyone who works these streets knows the younger the girl, the more money she can make for a pimp. michelle alston started prostituting at age 13. a cute young 16-year-old will make, if you had to guess, in a night? >> about a good $600. >> reporter: and how much goes to their pimp? >> all of it. >> reporter: and that is why young girls are now in high demand. being targeted by pimps at shopping malls, schools and on the internet. police say gang members have realized it's often more profitable to traffic girls than drugs. >> there are a lot of criminal garages getting involved in this, because they realized this is a commodity they can keep making them money. >> reporter: drugs they can only sell once. girls they can sell over and over again. each one bringing in about $20,000 a month.
alston says when she realized there was so much money to be made, she made what she calls a business decision. so, you decided to become a female pimp, essentially. at what age? >> 14. >> reporter: michelle convinced more than a dozen girls to work for her. do they think it's going to be glamorous? >> yeah. you don't say, like, there's going to be a guy that calls that's 210 pounds, you know, and he wants to lay on you. you don't approach them like that. you approach what they get out of it, clothes, jewelry, cars. >> reporter: do they get cars, jewelry? >> some. >> some. how many? >> reporter: well, most of them don't see many. and that pimp, michelle, went to prison for three years. most of them don't. most of these girls are underage and too afraid to testify. >> sharyn alfonsi, thank you. and, when we come back, after the break, could you bear to hear the heart of a child you
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>> reporter: transplant alliances are super cautious about telling recipients who their doe norps are. but using the internet, they found out in just hours. >> well, knowing she was just 13, that was hard. but seeing taylor's picture, it just gave me that sinking feeling even more. >> reporter: so, patricia reached out. and on a 110-degree day in the desert, the store chs came to see patricia. the family says they came here because they had to. their daughter may be deceased, but her heart lives on in the valley of the sun. heart to heart, for almost a minute. >> i know this is -- we should probably talk, but i need to hear her. >> reporter: always prepared, patricia reaches her nurse's stethoscope. >> tell me if you can hear it.