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and the reason it alarmed me was that it was such a surprise. and it showed me that the policy that we've been following seems to be at a dead end. >> reporter: that brings into question the policy of sanctions, which clearly didn't bar north korea from obtaining the technology it needed. some say kim jong-il might be hoping to bargain with the u.s. and other nations, hoping they'll buy off the nuclear country's nuclear technology. >> one motive might be north korea likes to use provocations as a way to coerce the united states and the world into negotiations and into giving the north koreans things that they want. including food and fuel and recognition by the outside world. >> reporter: carlin and his colleagues were allowed to take no pictures. they flew home immediately and informed the white house. which rushed out an envoy to asia to consult with allies. a new trial date in february has been set for three american hikers accused of spying in iran. their lawyer says he hasn't been
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able to meet with the hikers to prepare a defense. sarah shourd was freed in december and returned to the u.s. her fiance and friend remain in prison. the lawyer was told he couldn't meet with them until the day of the trial. the cholera epidemic plaguing haiti has now claimed more than 1,200 lives and that number is quickly going up. even as aid pours in the rush is on to dig mass graves to handle the new influx of victims. matt gutman is in port-au-prince. >> reporter: the infection rate of cholera in this country is exploding. and as it does, so does the death toll in this country, already at 1,200. some epidemiologists are telling us that number is underestimated by 400%. so as the death toll mounts, we're hearing that morgues are full. there are buses now being converted into makeshift hearses. and there is a scramble to find a place to bury these bodies. the united nations and local authorities here are saying that
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they can't find a place to bury many of these cholera victims. many of the mayors and municipalities say they don't want the cholera victims in their land. they say they could contaminate it, even if they're in body bags. so many of the cholera victims are being transferred to mass graves well outside of the city. we drove to one. on the way there, on a dirt track, we found surgical masks and rubber gloves that indicated we were in the right direction. what we found were giant mounds that had been overturned. those had been mass graves for the victims of last january's earthquake. several hundred thousand people died. now those graves are being opened up again to make room for the cholera victims. a gravedigger told us he'd personally put five cholera victims in the ground there. he expects much more work to come as this epidemic sweeps through haughty. thousands of dead are expected. drivers in the twin cities had to cope with a deadly combination of freezing rain and falling temperatures over the
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weekend. ice-covered roads are being blamed for nearly 400 accidents. two people were killed and the streets were so slick even the snowplows were being plunged into the ditches. the minneapolis/st. paul airport was shut down for several hours. sunday morning, in the midst of holiday travel, not what people want to here. minnesota and wisconsin wintry again with snow expected. more heavy snow out west. up to 2 feet in the cascades. 1 to 3 inches of snow from seattle to portland and in the rocky mountains. showers around chicago, st. louis, and oklahoma city. >> it will be near 60 in new york and baltimore. 69 in atlanta. 63 in detroit. 53 in kansas city. 28 in minneapolis. a cold 3 in billings. 32 in seattle. as everyone delves into the uproar of those airport pat-downs and body scanners one milwaukee businessman is cashing in on the controversy. >> by now most of you have seen that viral video of the passenger warning the screener
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not to touch his junk. well, a teacher company apparently disagrees. the latest design says, it's okay, touch my junk. >> the company's humor is paying off. it has already had some bids to sell the shirts nationally. >> if you're looking for that "it" gift this holiday season, that might just be it. >> grandma, i got you a gift! maybe not, not so much. >> we'll be right back with more "world news now." ♪ [ male announcer ] there are billions of people in the world. ♪ but only one dad. ♪ show him how much you care with gillette fusion proglide. ♪ [ male announcer ] there are billions of people in the world. ♪ but only one dad. ♪ show him how much you care with gillette fusion proglide.
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if you have a gps or have ever been in a car that has one, you probably know the person in our next piece. or at least you know her voice. >> it's that almost godly voice telling you to turn right at the next intersection. she helps us and she infuriates us but who is she? our jeremy hubbard went on a mission to find out. >> continue 1.3 miles. then bear left on broadway. >> reporter: she is that
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dashboard companion guiding us when we're lost. >> recalculating. >> reporter: who exactly is that mystery lady in your gps? >> at the red light, please stop. >> reporter: mystery solved. this is karen jacobson, also known as gps karen on those car navigation systems. turn left on broadway. >> very insistent, isn't she? >> she is. not the only woman in my life who tells me where to go, by the way. >> oh, oh! but i don't talk back. >> sometimes. sometimes you do. i've heard "recalculating." >> recalculating. >> here we go again. >> reporter: eight years ago, garmin put out the call for an australian female's voice. >> recalculating. >> reporter: karen recorded thousands of numbers, sentences and syllables and engineers can combine it all into pretty much any street name anywhere in the u.s. >> i only recorded four hours a day. it was 50 hours of recording over a three-week period because they wanted me to sound very refreshed and not fatigued in any way.
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>> reporter: and now that she's helped millions navigate their lives, sheals decided to navigate her voice in a different direction. ♪ i always wanted to travel the world ♪ ♪ i'm going to travel the world as the gps girl ♪ >> reporter: karen just opened her own cabaret show in new york city. turns out she's actually an accomplished singer who's recorded several cds. >> i grew up wanting to sing and thinking my voice was going to come out of the car radio. and here i am talking, giving directions in the gps. it's a complete surprise to me. >> reporter: even as she maps out this new career, don't worry, that familiar voice will still be there. >> recalculating. >> reporter: blaring from the dashboard. only now, you'll be able to picture the mystery woman who's along for the ride. >> continue straight ahead. you are on the right road, jeremy. >> reporter: jeremy hubbard, abc news, new york. >> jeremy's get get something cm
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directions. some of those devices you can change to do celebrity voices. samuel l. jackson i believe is one of them. tom tom. now using star wars, it's a different company other than garmin. big industry. >> i'm surprised she's so pretty considering how many times i've wanted to hit her. >> right. recalculating. coming up, the highlights from last night's big american music awards. >> the big winners and memorable performances and the inside scoop on it all coming up next.
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it was a clash of the music titans at last night's american music awards. eminem and lady antebellum led the way with five nominations each. the big question, who was the big winner? >> joining from us chilly seattle with the winners, the losers and the night's biggest performances is music and media consultant bruno del granado.
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>> greetings, mike. hi, vinita. >> let's get to the big question off the bat. who was the big winner last night? >> the undisputed big winner was justin bieber. 4 for 4. he was nominated for four and took home four awards including the coveted artist of the year award. he's the youngest performer in the history of the amas to win an award so it was his night tonight. >> so much fun, it was fun to watch. seems like the crowd had a great time. how is this award show different than the grammys? >> the difference between the grammys and the american music awards is that the grammys are nominated and voted by your peers, by the recording industry, by musicians. in the case of the american music awards it's by the general public. so this is what they call a people's choice or viewers' choice award, if you will, a popularity contest, if you will. >> we're looking at a subtle performance by keisha as always. curious to know what were some of the big winners from last night? >> the big winners in my mind,
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they were not really nominatedr. christina aguilera, who was not nominated but she used the american music awards to launch or to showcase her new movie "burlesque." also to show her vocal prowess. she is undisputedly one of the best singer-songwriters of the moment. and her movie opens this week. she's going to be all over the airwaves or tv waves this week. this is a great platform for her. also, the backstreet boys and new kids on the block, who haven't been really relevant musically for the last five, six years, they used the american music awards to kick off what will be probably the most talked about double bill next summer when they hit the road and do 45 dates in the u.s. and canada. >> i have to say i was watching when this backstreet boys and 'n sync thing, i stopped what i was doing. i heard they were performing again. i have to imagine they stole the show. i looked out to the audience and it seemed like every girl there was singing one of the songs they were singing. >> vinita, this was the one all the blogs and social networks
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were buzzing about. it was the one everyone was talking about the last couple of days. the clash of the titans, if you will. they certainly pulled it off. it was one of the highlights of the evening. >> i was expecting 'n sync to come in and join the back street boys, who with new kids on the block, that would have been the ultimate trifecta. >> absolutely right. >> fun performance to say the least. also i thought the interesting performance by the black eyed peas and the dancing and just the technical aspect of i believe backup dancers with like tvs on their heads, and this is when they're accepting one of the awards we're seeing here. that was a good one. then also bon jovi has a collection of all his greatest hits that a lot of people in the audience seemed to like as well, right, bruno? >> absolutely. those were one of the highlights. and of course usher. he won two awards. he had an amazing performance. channeling michael jackson. the way neo channeled michael jackson. it was chock full of great performs. like i said, this is a popularity contest. it's more about the performances than who walked away with the award. >> i have to say, usher almost
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was channeling jay-z when he said, don't call it a comeback, i've been here for 18 years. >> that's right. >> i thought the interesting thing, speaking of usher, how the connection between justin bieber. usher has really taken justin bieber under his being. justin brought him up on stage and thanked usher for that. it was a cool moment to see sort of the old school and new school come together. it was really cool. >> certainly. usher was certainly a big winner apart from winning two awards. he is the man responsible. he is justin bieber's mentor. he's the one who developed justin bieber's look, music, dances and everything else. he walks away from this award show as somebody who really has the finger on the pulse of what's happening musically. and justin bieber giving him props certainly helps that a lot. >> one last girlie question for me. who's everyone going to be talking about as far as what people were wearing last night? was there anyone who stood out to you as, wow, what was that? >> two things that the social networks are buzzing about are
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pink pregnancy, very visible pregnancy. and the fact that taylor swift had straightened out her hair. it's funny, you go on twitter, everybody's tweeting about taylor swift. >> all right, bruno. >> the hair ruled the night.
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destroy the last of valdemort's cruxes. harry knows he can be killed. this is a long movie. i wish i had gotten sustenance for the three hours i sat there because i did nod off. i'm sorry, i'm a muggle, i don't know the series very well. take a listen to the sound bite. i will say the action sequences are excellent. >> you wouldn't say any of this if you hadn't been wearing it all day. >> you don't know why i listen to that rid i don't every night, do you? to make sure i don't hear her name. >> you think i'm not listening too? you think i don't know how it feels -- >> you don't know how it feels. your parents are dead. you have no family. >> stop, stop! >> i give this movie 3 1/2 kernels out of possible 5. i think everyone in the theater seemed to love it and from everyone that i spoke to after the movie it's very true to the plot of the book. i just didn't get it. >> yeah, i have a lot of catching up to do. >> yeah. >> i'm not very -- yeah.
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i don't know a lot about that. but i do know about "next three days." russell crowe's new thriller. sort of got dwarfed by the other competition at the box office. basically, russell crowe plays a professor named john britannon d his wife is arrested for a murder she says she did not commit. she gets put in jail and then becomes suicidal. he believes his only way to save not only his wife but his whole life is to break her out of jail. then the plot goes on from there. take a listen to a clip. >> what? >> shut up. i don't care what you say. or how you say it. i don't believe you did it. and i never will. i know who you are. i promise you, this will not be
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your life. >> action, suspense, a lot of twists and turns. and worth 3 out of 5 kernels. i thought it was a pretty decent movie but all the competiti
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passengers protest the new security at airports. >> together we can replace this government security theater. >> what you can expect this week at security checkpoints. power play. north korea shows off new nukes. why world leaders are making moves. and, fragile felines. why tigers are endangered and who's working to protect them. it's monday, november 22nd. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> interesting information about tigers associated with
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the united states. you love those shots where they're playing with the tiger. it looks so calm and nice. >> that's the scene before. >> right. in the wild they're a much different story. good morning, i'm mike marusarz sitting in for rob nelson. >> i'm vinita nair. air travel could be even more hectic this thanksgiving holiday with a growing threat of protests over those new security measures. national opt-out day is now scheduled for wednesday. >> so far, the tsa says there are no plans to change any of the procedures. jeremy hubbard reports from new york. >> reporter: the unease is easy to understand. from the scanners that perform a virtual strip-search to the pat-downs that leave passengers feeling defiled. but a reality check -- >> the majority of us are not going to experience that over thanksgiving weekend. >> reporter: it's simple math. there are 385 full-body scanners at airports across the country. there are 2,100 total security lanes. that means more than 80% of security lanes won't have the machines, or the intrusive pat-downs.
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>> most of them are going to go through business as usual. the metal detector we've all become used to. taking off the shoes, put our liquids into the tiny little containers, business as usual for the vast majority of people. >> reporter: hoping to clear up confusion and calm nerves, the head of the tsa released a video message to airports and airlines saturday, spelling out options. >> you have the option to request the pat-down be conducted in a private room. you have the option to have that pat-down witnessed by a person of your choice. >> reporter: there is concern security may be slowed this week by that growing grassroots internet movement encouraging travelers to opt out of full-body scans wednesday, one of the busiest travel days of the year. >> together, we can replace this government security theater with real security that doesn't trample our dignity, our rights, or our health. >> reporter: thousands on facebook have now vowed to opt out. this man wrote, we are not the terrorists so why are we being terrorized? some are even selling t-shirts
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to rally support for their cause. but in the end, many travel analysts doubt the fervor will have much of an effect. >> it's unlikely that the average traveler is going to choose to delay themselves getting through security. the truth is, most travelers just want to get to their destination as fast as possible. >> reporter: still, it could be part of a perfect storm at the airport this year. you've got the new security measures, those potential passenger protests, and the million more people flying over this thanksgiving over last thanksgiving. travel experts say if you don't get to the airport at least an hour and a half before your flight, you really might miss that flight. jeremy hubbard, abc news, new york. a u.s. special envoy has rushed to asia this morning after alarming revelations about north korea's nuclear program. an american scientist has returned from a visit there where his report saw a sophisticated new uranium processing plant. american officials say that could speed up pyongyang's ability to produce nuclear weapons. here's "this week" anchor christiane amanpour.
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>> they are very concerned about it because clearly it is more dangerous now that they are enriching uranium. they've told the scientists that it's low-enriched uranium. it may be able to go to weapons grade. i asked the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff admirable mullen about it. >> the assumption certainly is that they continue to head in the direction of additional nuclear weapons. and they also are known to proliferate this technology. >> proliferated to countries such as iran, for instance, which the u.s. and u.n. are very concerned about. so they've sent all their point people over to the region, to china, japan, the other countries involved in the so-called six-party talks to see if they can get north korea in line and stop, cease and desist its enrichment and nuclear activities. >> the scientist says the facility was built in secret and with stunning speed, despite strict international sanctions. that could mean north korea is getting help from another country. we turn to another threat to national security. this one from al qaeda in yemen. the terror group is vowing to hit the u.s. with small attacks which cost almost nothing to produce.
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it claims to have spent just $4,200 on two parcel bombs mailed from yemen to the united states last month. the bombs were intercepted in britain and dubai, sparking a worldwide security alert. >> they're able to spend a very small amount of money, not even succeed in their attacks, and they cause us to spend hundreds of millions of dollars and change our way of life. >> it's a very serious threat. and i believe what they are saying. they've grown. it's dangerous. and it's a place we need to focus. >> meanwhile, authorities in germany are continuing their search for two possible suicide bombers in berlin. the men are said to be ready to strike at any time. well, this thanksgiving week is a busy one for sarah palin. tonight she'll be in the audience as her daughter bristol competes in the final "dancing with the stars." tomorrow she kicks of a cross-country tour to promote her new book, "america by heart." and possibly to test a presidential bid. senior washington editor rick kline has been reading between the lines. >> this is the follow-up to her runaway best-seller "going
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rogue." in this book she takes pretty strong political stands. at one point seeming to speak directly to the tea party by bemoaning the nation's debt. at another point, she takes on "american idol." interesting she says, did you ever wonder where the producers of "american idol" come up with the seemingly endless supply of people who can't sing but are deluded enough to get in front of a national television audience and screech out a song anyway? of course, this comes as sarah palin's daughter bristol dances her way into the finals of another talent competition on television. barbara bush is channeling the republican establishment here by raising concerns whether she runs. >> i sat next to her once, thought she was beautiful. i think she's very happy in alaska, and i hope she'll stay there. >> karl rove among those who also recently said things that sarah palin is doing now aren't exactly presidential. and in our latest poll on the subject, some 67% of registered voters said they don't think sarah palin is qualified to be president. that's a large number. >> but sarah palin may win either way.
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the essays in her new book allow her to settle some scores and share her opinions on a wide range of topics. "america by heart" will very likely be another best-seller. a prominent london bishop is provoking outrage after ranting about the engagement of prince william and kate middleton on his facebook page. bishop pete broadbent called them shallow celebrities and said, i give their marriage seven years. the bishop also complained that the royals cost us an arm and a leg. >> so much talk about this particular bishop and what he chose to say. >> i know. >> not a very nice thing to say. >> in the spotlight, probably not the way he intended to be i would suppose. here's your monday forecast. up to 2 feet of mountain snow in the sierra range, cascades and northern rockies. about 3 inches in portland and seattle. and a dusting in salt lake city. another snowy day in minnesota and wisconsin. showers from chicago to dallas and in the northeast. >> 50 in boston. 58 in new york. 81 in miami. 18 in fargo.
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28 in the twin cities. 41 in omaha. phoenix will hit 61. sacramento 55. and portland is 40 degrees. all right, this one's kind of disgusting but we're going to forward with it. we've all heard stories about people who hoard cats or dogs in their homes. >> in california animal rescuers have taken custody of 1,000 rats. yes, i said rats. this los angeles man was keeping them all in his home. >> the rats now live in cages in that warehouse you see. the san jose pet store. workers are trying to find new homes for them but that gets harder every day because so many of the rats are pregnant. >> kind of cute baby rat. >> oh, boy. >> it was cute, i'm sorry. we'll be back. >> no cute rats, i'm sorry. [ male announcer ] little oliver had a fog horn nose. it shattered his tissue with hurricane blows. no person or place was safe from the spray.
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vinita, i'm not sure how you and your husband met. my wife and i met the old-fashioned way, in college. >> the kids are doing something a little bit different these days. they're not meeting on campuses, they're not meeting at bars, they're meeting online. as jeremy hubbard reports, these sites do it a way only a true geek could love. >> reporter: you are about to be a voyeur, an eavesdropper on that excruciatingly awkward ritual known as the first date. >> yes, if he is not a serial killer we will have raised the bar. >> reporter: it's friday night, a new york city bar. two young singles eyeballing each other for the very first time. >> hi. good to meet you. >> how are you doing? >> good, great. >> reporter: pam is an actress. ruben is an e.r. doctor. they met online. now comes the hard part, breaking the ice. clumsy conversation and all. >> as a girl we don't sweat a lot.
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>> reporter: will their online hopes and winks translate to real-life love? it is a krirmg cringe-worthy quest repeated all over the country and around the world. >> it's fun. it's flirty. it's >> reporter: 113 million people visit online dating sites every year. it's a $700 million business. no longer creepy or taboo. it's how 74% of singles now look for love. >> the biggest thing that we've been able to do is to get people talking about online dating. >> reporter: and at the forefront of dating's digital frontier is a little company called okcupid that has stormed the online romance business. >> we think that dating should feel more like going to a bar than going to a shrink. >> reporter: with a tiny office and 18 self-proclaimed dorky dudes running the place, okcupid has somehow catapulted itself from obscurity to near-dominance in the online dating world, boasting more than 7 million users.
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>> here's the preliminary movies -- >> reporter: their success is in part because their site is free. but it may also have something to do with their unique approach. these aren't your typical matchmakers. they're mathematicians, harvard-educated. and they match people up, applying statistical algorithms to their user profile. >> we can learn enough about you to make sure that the dates you go on are not going to be disasters. >> reporter: and it's helped make okcupid the second most popular internet dating destination, behind okcupid takes credit for starting 500,000 relationships every year. like ryan and cara. what's that first glance like? you've got that picture in your mind. you've seen the jpeg. >> i was happy. i thought he was hot. >> she was more beautiful in real life. i was like, what the hell did i get myself into? i can't handle this one. >> you've already got her. you don't have to -- >> yeah, no, i'm serious. >> reporter: others choose the site because of its openness. >> some of the other dating websites weren't always gay-friendly. okcupid always has been very
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gay-friendly. so obviously, of course, that's important too. >> reporter: you'll find no apologies for their approach. they say it's no more or less vapid than picking someone out at a bar based on how hot they are. >> i love you, baby. >> reporter: and internet dating beats the bar scene any day, if you ask ryan and cara, who by the way are about to get married. and you guessed it, they once again turned to the internet to fund their nuptials. >> we actually won a wedding online. on the empire state building. >> we met online, we found our wedding online. >> yeah. >> reporter: but what about our first daters? pam and ruben? how'd that night end up? we decided to check back in with them. how did it go? >> it went okay. it bobbled at the beginning. but he was smart and funny and he's kind of cute. so it went all right. >> love connection? >> i don't know. he asked me out again, i said yes. so that's pretty good.
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>> reporter: and ruben's take? >> towards the end of the evening i did ask her if she wanted to kiss me. and she said yes. >> reporter: sounds like it could perhaps be another match made in cyberspace. i'm jeremy hubbard in new york. >> using their databases they've been able to compile interesting information. for example they realize men who use and start their messages with howdy rather than hey have a 40% better success rate. here's one we all probably secretly knew. women who show cleavage in their profiles have up to 79% more success than women who do not. >> yeah. there you go. i mean, i'm not going to say much more than that. although i will say it's all about the connection in here, vinita, it's about the heart, it really is. we're going to leave you with that. >> i like this adult music.
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in case you missed it, the ama awards last night, american music awards, were on. we want to give you a quick recap of the big winners.
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because of course this is what everyone will be talking about today. the night really belonged to justin bieber. just 16 years old, 4 for 4 sunday night, capturing every award he was nominated. including the top award of the night, favorite artist. you can see to the right, black eyed peas, they won best pop-rock band. best rock band went to the artist use. best solo r&b artist went to usher. he said, it's not a comeback, i've been here for 18 years. >> that's right, yes. >> one performance everyone was talking about, it stopped me in my tracks, it stopped the ladies in the audience, everyone was singing along. new kids and backstreet boys were together, performing on one stage. take a quick listen to what they sounded like. ♪ >> i started dancing to the video because i still remember the moves when they started playing. it was an awesome performance
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nonetheless. it was an exciting night at the amas. >> they were back at it. look at all those ladies there. >> i know. >> you said don't call it a comeback. that's l.l. cool j is what i meant. not jay-z. anyway. prince william has had a busy he said. but he thanked all the people
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involved. how about that. >> wow. >> if kate didn't want to say yes before. >> no more waity katie. you may not know her name. capri anderson. she is the woman that was involved in that whole thing that played out at plaza hotel with charlie sheen. we're hearing from her for the first time. she had an exclusive interview on "good morning america." i should say on "nightline." the snippet is going to be on "good morning america" as well. take a listen to what she had to say in terms of when she knew the night had gotten to a point beyond control. >> it wasn't until he put his hands around my neck that i really thought to myself, you have gotten yourself in a bad, bad situation. >> you could see there is actually live on "gma," that will air later this morning. she's an adult film star and she's been in the middle of all of this. she says she was hired to escort sheen to dinner and the night progressed into that violent sort of behind the doors of the plaza. she's saying the reason you didn't hear from her initially is she basically was offered some hush money. >> okay.
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>> she says at this point, she no longer wants to be standing down and completely walked over. she says her whole life has changed. keep in mind, she's just 22 years old. >> again, it hasn't really dinged charlie sheen's aura. he's still being very successful on his show. why go one more round ? you don't need a rematch, but a rethink. with lunesta. lunesta is thought to interact with gaba receptors associated with sleep. lunesta helps you get the restful sleep you need. lunesta has some risk of dependency. when taking lunesta, don't drive or operate machinery until you feel fully awake. walking, eating, driving or engaging in other activities while asleep without remembering it the next day have been reported. abnormal behaviors may include aggressiveness, agitation, hallucinations, or confusion. in depressed patients, worsening of depression, including risk of suicide, may occur. alcohol may increase these risks. allergic reactions such as tongue or throat swelling occur rarely and may be fatal. side effects may include unpleasant taste,
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here some are stories to watch today on abc news. overseas markets are reacting positively this morning to ireland's plan to borrow money from the european union to address a debt crisis. it was 47 years ago today that president kennedy was assassinated in dallas. secret service agents were with him. they'll tell their stories for the first time tonight in a discovery channel documentary. nasa experts today will update the status of the space shuttle "discovery" and the delayed mission. finally, an important summit is under way in russia to save one of the planet's most beloved creatures, tigers. there are more tigers living in captivity in the u.s. than living in the wild worldwide. >> over the next three days
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they'll discuss how to bring them back from the brink of extinction. here's alex marquardt. >> reporter: meet beeper. a 5-month-old tiger club. inexhaustible playfulness and ravenous appetite. he was born at this breeding center near moscow. his mother was brought here when she was orphaned by poachers. she was one of the just 3,200 tigers now in the wild. never before have there been so few. experts say that unless drastic measures are taken, they will completely disappear from the wild. this is a siberian tiger. it's most commonly found in russia and is one of nine subspecies of tigers, of which three are already extinct. >> this is primarily due to poaching of tigers, the direct killing of tigers, the killing of tiger prey, and the destruction and fragmentation of its habitat.
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>> reporter: in the last century, the tigers' asian habitat has decreased more than 95% because of deforestation and urbanization. and there's the thriving illegal market for tiger parts in countries like china and vietnam. it's being addressed at this tiger summit in st. petersburg. led by russian prime minister and tiger lover vladamir putin. the goal, to get the 13 countries where tigers live to double the population in the next 12 years, by spending more protecting their habitat, particularly the so-called source sites where wild tigers are still breeding. >> these source sites are the greatest last hope for the wild tiger. >> reporter: saving tigers is not complicated or expensive, experts say. what has been missing is the will. alex marquardt, abc news, moscow. >> listen to this staggering statistic. if proper protective measures aren't taken, tigers may disappear by 2022. >> wow. >> we don't want that to -- oh my gosh. there's one right there. we -- we -- we've got to capture it and tell it, look, buddy, we like you guys, don't go away from us.
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>> and we'll keep it here in the u.s. since we're the only country who seems to have so
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