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good morning, america. and this morning, new pictures revealed from inside the daring operation to take out bin laden. but as the official story changes again, what really happened in that compound? secret weapon. the stealth helicopter so classified, the s.e.a.l.s blew it up before leaving bin laden's compound. osama and his men didn't hear it until it was quite on top of them. why creeping prices are taking over america. and something old but not so new. marie osmond ties the knot again with her first husband. can the second time around be even sweeter?
and good morning, everyone. it seems like every, single night we get brand-new details on this operation, the takedown of osama bin laden. it turns out the firefight was a lot less intense than first described. and also this morning, the pakistanis may blow up the bin laden compound. they don't want it to be any kind of a shrine. there's a tug-of-war going on between the pakistanis and the americans over bin laden's wife and daughter. the americans are asking for access. >> and people asking the photos to be released, and the white house not releasing the photos, stirring up controversy. jake tapper has more on that. and he joins us from ground zero where the president will be later today. good morning, jake. >> reporter: good morning, robin. that's right. president obama will be here
later today. he will lay a wreath at the survivors tree, which is a pear tree that survived the 9/11 attack. and he will also nearby meet with families of the strike times of 9/11. this is to be a solemn affair, despite the riveting details that are coming to the front line as navy s.e.a.l.s are debriefed about the daring operation on sunday. photographs, distributed by reuters, are making their way around the world. incendiary and shocking. they were taken after the navy s.e.a.l.s left with bin laden's body. so, none are of the al qaeda leader. we have learned new information from the front lines as more s.e.a.l.s have been debriefed. we're told that the s.e.a.l.s were shot at by only one man in bin laden's compound. once they killed the courier on the first floor, no more gunfire came from those in the compound. occupying much of president
obama's time, worried that releasing the bin laden photos would stir anti-american sentiment. he will not release the photos, as he told cbs' "60 minutes." >> very graphic photos of somebody who was shot in the head, are not floating around, as an incitement to additional violence, as a propaganda tool. that's not who we are. >> reporter: many u.s. troops, including private mario rogers, agree with the decision. >> i think it probably would make us look worse, myself. >> reporter: but disagreement was voiced by sarah palin who tweeted, show photo, as warning to others seeking america's destruction. it's part of the mission. and also the former mayor of new york, rudy giuliani, who believes the secret pictures of bin laden will eventually be leaked to the public. >> you just relive the intensity
of all this a month from now, two months from now, three months from now. why not put them out now? >> reporter: the president will visit ground zero today and will see major progress at the work site since his last visit more than two years ago. some 9/11 victims' families disagree with his decision, including lisa rena, whose husband, joe, was in the world trade center that horrible september morning. >> i would love to be in the room when he was shot in the head twice. he took away a part of our lives that we're never going to get back. and i think it's important for the family members to see a picture of him dead. >> reporter: more details coming from the debriefings of the navy s.e.a.l.s include the fact that three ak-47s and two pistols were recovered from the compound. and also that the navy s.e.a.l.s has come across a false door, a door that had been bricked off, putting them on a heightened state of alert. let's bring in martha
raddatz right now. jake just mentioned the details coming in from the navy s.e.a.l.s. you have more. we know they landed at andrews air force base. but beyond that, we don't know much more. they're secret again. >> reporter: they sure are. the s.e.a.l.s giving the most detailed account yet, george. and clearly, they were doing almost all of the shooting. there is no question, it was a dangerous and uncertain mission. but not as first described by u.s. officials. >> there was a firefight. it was a highly-volatile firefight. >> it was a firefight, going up that compound. >> reporter: we now know from the s.e.a.l.s themselves, the firefight ended on the first floor. while the s.e.a.l.s were working their way through the house, after sporadic gunfire, they were connected to one another through a network of radios, monitored in afghanistan, by admiral william mcraven. as the team moved floor-to-floor, mcraven could hear them shout clear, clear,
when each room was deemed safe. when the helicopter lifted off with the body of bin laden, his 29-year-old wife, shot in the leg trying to protect her husband, was intentionally left behind with her three children, including a 13-year-old daughter, who the pakistani security forces say watched her father killed in front of her eyes. now, both are cooperating with the pakistanis, who are refusing to let u.s. investigators see them. specifically, the u.s. wants to know who visited the compound? where the family had lived before, and the whereabouts of bin laden's rand man, amman al zawahiri. it was the wife who helped confirm her husband's identity. the s.e.a.l.s has forgot a tape measure to measure the tall al qaeda leader. instead, one of the s.e.a.l.s laid down beside the corpse.
u.s. officials will be checking the treasure trove of intelligence for evidence to see whether that occurred. hundreds of thumb drives, computers and cell phones were taken from the compound. the first priority, seeing if any attacks were being planned because authorities still believe that bin laden was giving strategic guidance to al qaeda. george? >> we see the revisions of the story. first, that osama bin laden was shooting himself. or resisting. he was not shooting. now, you just reported, only one of the bodyguards was engaged in the firefight. bottom line, this was still a compound that they didn't know -- it could have been filled with bombs for all they knew. >> reporter: they had no idea, george. and just remember, it was dark. it was chaotic. when those s.e.a.l.s went in there, they knew they were after the most wanted terrorist in the world. when they go through the room, they do it methodically. they want to be sure they are
safe. they killed one bodyguard in the beginning, the courier. not really a bodyguard. but four of the people who died were unarmed. again, there were guns throughout that compound, including in the room where bin laden was shot. >> an ak-47 in the room where bin laden was shot. >> reporter: yes. >> martha raddatz, thanks very much. there's also fresh details coming in overnight about the compound where bin laden hid for five or six years. nick schifrin is back there again with the latest. good morning, nick. >> reporter: good morning, robin. today, pakistan is considering blowing up the compound behind me, what has become one of the world's most notorious hideouts. pakistan is worried that this compound could become a shrine, and has no intention of letting that happen. today, the government here dramatically increased its criticism of the u.s., mocking claims that it alone was responsible for not capturing bin laden. >> nonetheless, can you think of
a nato member bombing another nato country? i'm not saying whether it was legal or illegal. it is for the historians to judge. >> reporter: this compound is no cave. security here, relatively high. the razor wire was electrified. the house had multiple cameras. there was a satellite dish, which possibly could mean bin laden could watch tv. the people inside the compound lived modestly. the local minimal baker, the bodega next door, and the chicken guy next to that. almost every room had been ransacked. but there were only a couple of bullet holes in the walls, indicating there was not a major firefight here. and today, pakistani officials are going through all of that information and evidence they collected from inside the compound. and they are still rounding up some people who are close to those critical bin laden couriers. george?
>> nick, thanks. we have a high-stakes twist on the raid to the compound. abc news has learned that the s.e.a.l.s that carried out the mission were using a top-secret weapon. brian ross has more. it is almost stealth. >> reporter: the last act of the navy s.e.a.l. team before they left the compound, was to blow up the damaged helicopter that had to be left behind. and now, we know why that was so important. the fire was meant to destroy the evidence, one of the u.s. military's most closely guarded secrets. a stealth helicopter. >> for the s.e.a.l.s to go in and not be detected by pakistani radar, the stealth helicopter was essential. >> reporter: but several large pieces of the u.s. chopper remain. and aviation analysts say, they provide the first, real evidence of a stealth blackhawk helicopter, whose existence had only been rumored. >> this is the first time that we've seen operational stealth
helicopter. >> reporter: analysts quickly saw several key modifications to the standard blackhawk helicopter. >> one thing that stands out, they have a little disc over the rotors that is designed to baffle the sound and deny radar detexture. >> reporter: neighbors say they did not hear the helicopters until they were directly overhead. this is what a standard helicopter sounds like. this is the sound of an earlier experimental version of a stealth helicopter. >> it would be a vague sound. it might be the sound of a helicopter that was going in the opposite direction. >> reporter: one key to the stealth nature, is the secret, heavily-coated, fabric-like material, that children were seen collecting. >> there are probably people concerned that pieces of the helicopter are maybe now on their way to china because we know china is trying to make stealth aircraft. >> reporter: the chinese military has a close
relationship with pakistan. and the remaining, large pieces of the secret u.s. helicopter, some hidden under a tarp, were trucked away by pakistani officials to an unknown destination. residents there also told abc news that just before the helicopters arrived, all electricity and cell phone service was knocked out, then came back right after the choppers left. the pentagon has no comment on these reports. >> maybe used some kind of elect electromagnetic pulse. >> reporter: could have been a cyber attack against this town. >> you talk about the prospect that the pieces could go to china. what could they learn from the pieces that had been blown up? >> reporter: it's a key fabric. how they do it, shape it, contour it. that could be very important to help the chinese, who have developed a stealth airplane, now develop a stealth helicopter. this is a key thing in a battle. and for al qaeda to know they are able to come in. frankly, it was surprising to me that you could hear the sound and you think it's going away from you. >> didn't sound like a helicopter.
sounded more like a lawn mower. >> right. that's what they do. and josh elliott is here. we're going to turn to news back home. one of the stories, the floods. >> disaster in america's heartland. president obama has declared an emergency this morning in parts of kentucky, tennessee and mississippi. bracing for what could be record flooding. thousands of people are heading to higher ground, though floodwaters have made roads impassable. part of i-40, connecting little rock to memphis was closed. and crops are under water in kentucky. sam has the complete forecast in just a moment. and look at this. the army corps of engineers blowing more sections of levee along the swelling mississippi river in missouri and illinois, hoping to ease flooding upstream. and so save more homes. the resulting dust clouds can be seen for miles. and a big development from japan this morning. we're getting these new images from inside that nuclear reactor building at the fukushima plant.
you can see the camera there mounted on a robot. workers just entered the building for the first time since the tsunami crippled the plant back in march. they're installing air vents. but working only ten minutes at a time because of the radiation levels. and a frightening scene in oregon. a train derailed and crashed into a parked train that was carrying ethanol, igniting fire that forced people in a half-mile radius to evacuate. that fire has now been put out. thankfully, no one was hurt. and a passing to note from hollywood. former child star, jackie cooper, has died. at age 9, he became the youngest actor ever nominated for an oscar. of course, those of a certain vintage. also a major character in the "our gang" comedies. later, audiences would know him from the christopher reeve "superman" film. jackie cooper was 88 years old. and finally, a routine trip to the dentist has had some
exotic consequences for one woman. karen butler of oregon went for some oral surgery about a year and a half ago. she came home with a foreign accent. listen here to a voicemail recording from before her surgery. >> sorry i can't come to the phone at the moment. just leave me a message and your phone number and i'll get back to you. thank you. >> now, listen to her accent. >> you open up your mouth and someone said, where are you from? where did you get that accent? i got it from my dentist in toledo. >> this may sound familiar to you. shockingly, it's called foreign accent syndrome. over the last decade, "gma" has introduced you to three other people who suffer from this. 60 known cases in the world. 60 known cases. in fact, there is a literal speaking in tongues for some of those who suffer. they come home speaking words from languages they never learned. i don't know. i just -- i'm not a doctor.
and i don't play one on tv. i don't know. >> i don't buy it. >> i'll bet you were speaking a lot of french after the lakers lost last night. >> and this continues. it continues. >> down two, baby. >> it's going to be a long day. now, for the weather -- taking it like a champ. let's get to sam champion in philadelphia this morning. sam? >> good morning, robin, george, josh. good morning, everyone. we are in philadelphia. we'll talk about that later on this morning. let's get right to that flooding because we got more and more water pouring into the rivers, finally, as all the rain drains in. flooding, record or near-record in eight states. the mississippi river will set records from the 1927, 1937 flood. now, even memphis has raised the level up to about 48 feet. by the time we get towards the weekend. they haven't seen levels like that since the great depression. yeah. that's going to continue into this weekend.
winds out of the nort we'll get in all of america's weather in the next half hour. robin? >> all right, sam. thank you very much. we'll get back to you in philadelphia in a moment. look at this. gas prices over $6. that's from a station in hawaii today. gas prices reaching all-time highs, in fact, in five states. it's not just costing more to fill up your car. everything seems to be getting more expensive. and our jeremy hubbard has been looking into this. good morning, jeremy. >> reporter: that's right, robin. everything from furniture to flip-flops are on the rise. we find out that this is just part of what's hurting our wallet. of course, you've been feeling pain at the pump. but now, price creep has arrived, doing serious damage to the cost of everyday items. that morning cup of joe, coffee beans up 27% since december. want to relax in that recliner? furniture at ethan allen and
lazy boy up 7%. planning to take the kids to the beach? two pairs of flip-flops that once cost $5 cost $1 more. and while flip-flops aren't a necessity. manufacturers know that parents need diapers and wipes. parents can expect to pay up to 7% more in the coming months. severe weather has damaged crops. even last week's tornadoes wiped out one-fourth of alabama's poultry production. all of it has degree united a perfect storm, leaving manufactures with a dilemma. raise prices or reduce portions. and reducing portions is what they're doing. >> you drink bottled water, right? look at the difference. this is three letters. that's one gallon. >> reporter: i would assume this is a gallon. looks bigger than a traditional gallon. >> look at that big indentation on the bottom. >> reporter: it has a false
bottom. >> reporter: these camouflaging techniques are the same all around the store. from coffee, to cereal, to ice cream. >> 16 ounces last time i looked was a pint. now, look at that one. and what's that weight there? >> reporter: 14 fluid ounces. this one is two ounces smaller than that one. >> two ounces smaller. but the same pint-sized container. >> reporter: the companies aren't out to conceive us. but the rising costs have to trickle down to consumers somehow. if they're selling you less food, maybe your waistline will shrink just as much as your savings account is. and one more bright spot to look at. gas prices are expected to level off, maybe even drop, a month or so from now. we'll have a little more money to spend on the expensive flip-flops. robin and george? >> jeremy, thanks a lot. and coming up, phoebe prince's mom takes on the kids she says pushed her daughter to her breaking point. we're going to take you inside that emotional courtroom
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story that she had written. >> reporter: phoebe prince's mother shared emotional memories of her daughter on wednesday. then, lashed out at shawn mullbyhill, one of the teens whose actions led to her suicide. >> had i viewed you as predator, she would have been forbidden to see him. >> reporter: o'brien read aloud one of phoebe's text messages about mullbyhill, one of the stars she had dated. >> i think this is the final nail in my coffin. i can't take much more. it would be easier if he or any one of them hand med a noose. >> reporter: mulveyhill pleaded guilty to harassment and was ordered to serve 100 years to help at-risk children. another classmate was also ordered to perform 100 hours of service. she apologized to phoebe's
mother in court. >> i was the weak one. and that failure will always be with me. i'm sorry, phoebe. >> reporter: three more teens today, all juveniles will enter similar plea agreements. in the irish documentary, "the trials of phoebe prince," her father says he struggles with forgiveness. >> there is no healing in anger. and there's no healing in revenge. the only real healing in the long-term is finding the ability to forgive. >> reporter: as for her mother, anne, she says the pain is still unbearable. >> there is a deep pain in my chest. it is an unbearable pain. i would not wish this kind of pain on any parent. >> reporter: after today's court proceedings are over, there will be just one more teen left, who will face his court date. he is not connected with the bullying. but he is charged with statutory rape. george? >> thanks very much. we have dan abrams in the studio right now. there seems to be a mismatch
here. the kids were charged with felony, which should have been jail time. but they pleaded guilty to misdemeanors, no jail time. did the prosecutors get what they wanted? >> i think in the end they did. i know it's hard to believe. but this was considered a very aggressive prosecution from the beginning, to go for felonies. wait a second? someone died here and you're telling me it's a long shot to go for felonies? the answer is, it was aggressive, based on the crime they were accused of here. they went through the law books to say, what might we charge them with for the various things that happened to this poor girl, leading up to the days before her death. >> to send a message? >> in part. but because this bullying was so egregious. we use the word bullying. that can mean committing crimes. that doesn't mean that it's not criminal, the facts that are committed.
>> they risk undercutting their message by accepting a much less sentence for a deal? >> they do. but as a legal matter, some of the crimes might have been hard to prove. there was going to be a very aggressive defense here, effectively putting the girl on trial, to some degree, about her psychological, emotional state. don't blame us. she had long-term problems. the family did not want to go through that in the context of a trial. >> that's a key point here. one of the factors here is that phoebe's mother approved these deals. >> and remember, you don't need the parents' signoff. in a case like this, it is the prosecution, the state versus the defendants. the family does not get to make that decision as a legal matter. with that said, as a practical matter, i can assure you they wanted those parents to say, okay. we're okay with this. >> that family would have had to go through the trial. >> oh, yeah. and i think that the prosecutors in a case like this work very closely with the parents to figure out exactly what they're
comfortable with, what they're not. what they want to do here. so, when you asked before what led to the reduction in the charges, my guess is, in large part, it was the parents saying, you know what? we don't want a trial. we want this to go away. >> when the three, younger kids go to court, you expect a similar deal? >> expect a similar deal. again, misdemeanors. for some of them -- for some of the juveniles, this may not go on their record. i know there's going to be a lot of people who say that seems completely unfair, considering what happened to her. but as a legal matter, when this started, the felonies were considered rough. >> and to see the pain on that mom's face and hear it in her voice, you can understand why she just wants this to end. >> and you can say a message has been sent. this community has heard it loud and clear. >> dan abrams, thanks very much. let's go to sam champion at the philadelphia zoo this morning. one of your favorite places. >> let me tell you, george. it's a lot of fun here. we'll show you some stuff during the 8:00 hour.
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has been full of second chance. >> marie and steve say i do again. >> reporter: and she's making headlines for another second chance. remarrying her ex-husband, stephen craig, nearly 30 years after saying i do the first time. "entertainment tonight" showed footage of her back in 1982. "gma" talked with the happy couple way back then. >> as far as steve is concerned, i have never found anybody who i respect more, who i love more. >> reporter: and here she is today, in footage from "the insider." did you notice? she's wearing the same dress. her brother, donny, told "e.t.," he's over the moon. >> these two people belong together. and it feels right. >> just because we were married for 19 years does not not make this an affair. >> okay. but since we were together for so long, it's not really that wrong. >> reporter: it doesn't just happen in movies. think liz taylor and richard burton. even judge judy told "good morning america" just this week
why she and her ex-husband remarried. >> he learned his lesson. now, he's wonderful. >> reporter: marie osmond has had her troubles. depression, two divorces, and the suicide of her 18-year-old son, michael, last year. it was reportedly her first ex-husband, stephen craig, who helped her to cope. >> this is probably the hardest thing i've been through. >> reporte >> one of the reasons people reach back to old lovers is they want to reach back to old memories and all that passion you once had. >> reporter: hopefully she will live happily ever after, at least this time. for "good morning america," ashleigh banfield, abc news, new york. >> she has never looked more beautiful. and marie osmond is joining us live on monday, right here on "gma," along with her brother, donny. what do you think about marrying an ex-spouse? would you do it? cast your vote. i guess it depends. coming up next, amazing grace. you know, the royal bridesmaid
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so, what was the most memorable moment at that royal wedding? was it the kiss? was it the dress? no. it's the picture that caught so many people's attention, apparently. the little bridesmaid. >> awe. >> awe. poor, little thing. she had had just about enough. and our john berman knows how she feels. >> reporter: this little girl has taken over the internet. and more importantly, taken over our dream. but she has changed the way we think. and more importantly, changed the way we block each other out. will and kate may have had the best kiss. pippa, the best dress.
beatrice, the best hat -- thing. but no question who had the best idea. grace van cutsem, amazing grace. the 3-year-old bridesmaid, with one brief gesture, created an intergla lactic symbol for enough. enough already. she has devine gusto. having her pop up everywhere. >> thank you, everyone. >> reporter: i can see that. >> have you ever felt this way before? >> reporter: oh, yeah. winning. i mean, obviously, there she is on the president's birth certificate. and in the situation room. we can think of a few more places she would fit. cable? "american idol"? congress. how about "real housewives of new jersey," orange county and d.c.? block it out. block it all out. it's like experiencing the world through noise-reduction
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[ cheers ] yes, thursday may 5th. cinco de mayo. i love how our crowd is so wonderful to get into the spirit of every holiday. and do you really know how many calories you're eating? there's no good segue to that. dr. oz is going to add up the calories for one family for just one day. that's his famous pizza. >> gave a thumbs up to the huge pizza. >> because of the veggies. he has shocking results to put one family on track. and dr. oz is here to tell us
how you can do the same. >> that looked good. also, from the battle against calories to a bitter tug-of-war over a major league baseball team, the los angeles dodgers. the owner will speak out in a "gma" exclusive. the dodgers have become at the center of a custody fight between him and his wife that he's divorcing. major league baseball has taken control of the team because of this fight. >> it's gotten ugly. rob lowe is beautiful and he's back. he tells about the unexpected celebrity encounter that taught him one of the biggest lessons about being a star. it's a beautiful story he writes in his book. also, bristol palin, she's back. speaking out about the huge buzz over reality shows like "teen mom," and her reality check for every teenage girl. first, fresh details on the killing of osama bin laden. our correspondents have been tracking the details all night long. we want to start with jake tapper at ground zero, where the president will be later this morning.
>> reporter: good morning, george. president obama will come here. he's not expected to make any public remarks. but he will lay a wreath at the survivors tree. that's a pear tree, that against all rhyme or reason, survived the 9/11 attacks. having been nursed back to health by the parks department in the bronx. it was only about eight feet tall. it was gnarled. it was blackened. it now stands about 35 fetet tall. he will lay a wreath at that tree. and he will also meet with the victims. now, we go to jim sciutto in islamabad, pakistan. >> reporter: this morning, pakistani officials are saying the raid may have been illegal under international law. aerowe're also learning how much of a surprise this was for them. they got first word of pakistani media reports of a helicopter down. and admiral mike mullen did not call the senior pakistani commander until nearly two hours after the raid was over. there's no proof needed as to how important cooperation is. we've spoke to the taliban by
telephone yesterday. they said, george, they are planning revenge attacks against american targets. >> you knew that was coming. okay, jim sciutto, thanks very much. now, to josh elliott with the rest of the morning's news. >> we begin with a grim situation along the mississippi river. high water records dating back as many as 80 years could fall this week from illinois to indiana. president obama has declared an emergency already in parts of mississippi, tennessee and kentucky. meanwhile, secretary of state hillary clinton says ousting moammar gadhafi is the best way to protect the people of libya. she's meeting with nato leaders today, to figure out how much money to give the libyan rebels. they want more than $1 billion for basic supplies. and talk about sticker shock. gas at one station in hawaii just hit $6 a gallon. record-high prices are now being reported, actually, in five states. but prices are expected to start
falling by early june. and good news, from general motors. the company's profit tripled last quarter, topping $3 billion, thanks to strong sales in the u.s. and china. and in medical news, a warning for parents who give their toddlers a bottle. a study out this morning found that babies who are still bottle-fed at age 2, are 33% more likely to be obese after their 5th birthdays. now, diane sawyer with a preview of tonight's "world news." diane? >> and, josh, good morning to all of you. good morning, america. and we have new details tonight on who was helping osama bin laden when he was in hiding. we're going to follow the money trail, as "world news" investigates, target bin laden. we'll have fresh details tonight. see you then. >> thank you, diane. finally, an adorable baby girl just looking for a home. this 4-month-old polar bear cub, first spotted on alaska's north
slope some two months ago with her mom. she popped up again last week, alone. she was rescued by oil workers. she's now being kept at a zoo in anchorage. they don't have room for another polar bear. >> they won't soon. >> wonder who exactly has room. and yet, what an adorable little thing. at least they are at 4 months. >> and you find out we love animals on "gma." especially the babies. and sam is sat the zoo. >> that's right. sam is at the philadelphia zoo this morning. sam? >> robin, george. take a look at the crowd that has turned out at the philly zoo. huge. our friends at wpvi, which is not only the best station, but practically the only station worth watching in philadelphia, by the way, put out the word that we were going to be here. and everybody showed up. we're here for what basically is extinction, the new -- you can call it an exhibit. there's a movie. there's a parade that goes
through every day. kids get a chance to meet animals that no longer exist, like the dodo. this is dee dee the dodo. which animals did you love best today? >> tiger, eagle and monkey. >> the tiger, eagle and monkey. you know you have a tiger on your head? >> yes, i do. >> and you're okay. feel good about that. there's a tiger right on top of you. don't worry about it. let's get to the boards. we'll quickly show you what's going on around the country this morning. we're going to start with, i believe, the northeast. just to mention the fact -- nope. we're starting with the change in the west. that's the fact that cooler air is moving in. while you were near records again yesterday, for the second day in a row, you now begin the trend to cooler air. a quick look at the big board. we'll show you the numbers on the east coast are fairly 50 degrees right now downtown. temperatures are warming up is sunshinethere get the temperature
quickly and we will way to 60 this afternoon. a lot of sunshine today but you notice the gusty winds out the northwest up to 30 miles hour and upper 60's for high temperatures tomorrow but added cloud cover. that could drop some isola it's an odd place to tell you the "gma morning menu" in philadelphia. here it is anyway. inside the studio this morning, hidden calories. they cannot hide from dr. oz. he'll be able to tell you what you're eating. and it's more than what you think you're eating. jodie foster is in the studio this morning. she's going to talk about her good friend, mel gibson. and also, in the kitchen with dr. maya angelou. robin roberts goes in that kitchen, with a woman that writes beautiful poetry, and apparently pretty good cooking, as well. aaah!
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the parents have always struggled with their weight. and they're worried they may be passing it on to their adorable children. can dr. oz put them on the right track? first, let's see what they're eating. for the latera family, eating healthy and losing weight is a constant struggle. sue is 47, a working mom who is also attending grad school. she admits food preparation has taken a backseat to other priorities. family meals are not planned in advance. and the kids frequently weigh in on decisionmaking. sue is a nibbler, drinking coffee, grazing on eggs, tomatoes, grapes, and her children's leftovers. for breakfast, her son, joey, has whole chocolate milk, two waffles with syrup and a pineapple. her daughter drinks skim milk,
two blueberry waffles and spine apple. her calorie total, 350. joey is going to buy lunch from the cafeteria. a meatball sub, fut and chocolate milk. joe anna is packing her lunch. a yogurt, capri sun, and a rice cake. a rice cake with nutella. sue's husband, paul, works night shifts, working security at bars and restaurants. >> they give you food. i'm eating at strange hours and not putting a lot of thought into it. >> reporter: his first meal is at 11:00 a.m. the couple frequently eats lunch at a restaurant. >> i think i'm going to have a tuna melt. >> the black diamond steak sandwich, medium well. what comes with that? >> reporter: his entire lunch, soup plus a steak sandwich, a
regular coke, and a side of corn fritters, tips the scale at 3,000 calories. sue's tuna melt clocks in at just over 1,000 calories. her fries remain untouched. then, there's dinner. >> this is a typical dinner. starch and starj. >> reporter: notably, no vegetables. >> that's part of the problem. he won't eat them. >> people overeat or eat wrong. you know, and we have them. we have 1,001 reasons. we never put that monster effort into it. and it shows. >> well, sue and paul join us now, along with their children, joey and joanna. and dr. oz is here, as well. good morning to you all. nutritionally what is the biggest challenge for you? >> probably meal planning and finding things that the children will eat. we're on the go so much.
how do i make something good and eat it quick, in the time i from when i get home for work and get out to soccer practice. >> and affordable. i heard you say, we got that on sale. we got coupons for the ravioli. and for you, paul? >> the same, actually. stuff i would actually eat. a lot of green on this table here. it's not jet green, either. nervous about eating this stuff. >> and you realize this is something. and you set an example for your two, beautiful children here. >> absolutely. >> you own it. dr. oz to the rescue. >> i guess i love you. here's the reality. your kids are going to copy you. they're going to copy you, all the things, good and bad. let's start with your calorie count. you probably should be having about 1,800 calories a day. you had almost 2,200 calories a
day. that's 400 more than you have in 1 day. i'm going to explain why that's an issue in a second. paul, my friend. 2,200 calories would be an average intake for you. that lunch alone blew that out of the water. close to 4,000 calories. 3,800 calories. that's 1,600 more than you want. let me give you a number that everybody at home will resonate to. if you eat 200 calories more than you're supposed to on a given day and do that every day of the year, you will gain on average, 21 pounds. if you eat 200 calories. that's a soft drink, plus something small, every day of a year, you'll gain 21 pounds over the course of a year. that small mistake made every day. and the good news is, small things in the opposite direction, takes you down. >> we're going to do a nutritional makeover for them after the program. give us suggestions,
meal-by-meal, the little things you can do that will make the difference, in breakfast, lunch and dinner? >> breakfast for the kids. kids put on weight, they will grow more fat cells. it will hurt your performance in school. i would suggest whole wheat bread with peanut butter. doable, right? and fast to make for mom. half of every meal you have has to be vegetables. i know you don't like greens. but do you like potatoes? how about sweet potatoes? and use a smaller plate. i know it deals with quantity issues. and cut out the sugary drinks. at lunch and dinner, we took that out of the film. that's empty calories. your brain doesn't take any profit out of that. >> are you willing to make the commitment? >> absolutely. >> dr. oz is going to work with you. this is a recipe for his whole wheat pizza you can get online. >> one big tip.
all about the show. talking about cellulite backstage, watch it. you'll enjoy it. we're going to turn, now, to the public and nasty divorce that is shaking up the baseball world. los angeles dodgers owner, frank mccourt, split with his wife, jamie, last year. and they are in a unique custody fight for the baseball team. jamie claims she owns half of the dodgers. frank is fighting the ruling. major league baseball has stepped in to take custody away from both of them. abbie boudreau spoke with frank mccourt in a "gma" exclusive. >> reporter: they enjoyed a lavish lifestyle. mansions. a private jet. >> a bullet down the right field line. >> reporter: the owners of one of the most successful franchises in all of baseball, the los angeles dodgers. but frank and jamie mccourt's 30-year marriage came crashing down in 2009. ending in a nasty and all very public divorce.
tearing apart their family. and tarnishing the dodgers' reputation at the same time. frank mccourt, a man criticized for being callous and insensitive, finally breaks his silence, about his divorce, his heartbreak, and now, his battle to keep his team. describe the last 18 months. >> oh. yeah, really tough. it's emotionally wrenching. even particularly when you never really thought that was going to be you. i never thought i was going to be divorced. i really thought it was for the duration. >> reporter: you never imagined yourself on one side of the court and she's on the other side? >> never in a million years. you know, i have so much respect, now, for people that go through a divorce or experience a loss. >> reporter: are you heartbroken? >> sure. absolutely. >> reporter: his wife and former business partner filed for divorce, fighting for more than
$320,000 a month in spousal support. she claimed the couple was worth more than $1 billion. and needed the money to maintain her high standard of living. you come from a modest background. but it certainly became much more of an extravagant lifestyle. >> too much so, i think. i think that was part of the problem. and i'll take my share of the blame. i became a caricature of myself. and i became a caricature of somebody that was, you know, an uncaring, unfeeling, excessively living, you know, bad guy. and that's just not who i am. >> reporter: as the mccourts battled it out in front of a judge, soon questions would arise about the dodgers' finances. in court filings, jamie mccourt said the couple's lifestyle was inextricably intertwined and, transfer, quote, many of our expenses were paid directly by
team-related entities. now, major league baseball is investigating. and commissioner, bud selig, has stripped mccourt of financial control over the team. you have mansions. you have a private jet. you stay at five-star hotels. how are you able to afford this kind of lifestyle? were you using -- were you using the team's money? >> that's not my lifestyle, just so we're really, really clear. i don't -- >> reporter: was that your lifestyle? were you misusing the team's money? >> not at all. >> reporter: mccourt says this is all just a distraction. and promises to make it up to the dodgers' team members and their fans. >> nothing is more important to me than winning back their trust and winning back their confidence. >> fast ball. big, chopper to third. >> because that's my reputation. >> reporter: for "good morning america," abbie boudreau, abc news, los angeles.
now, to part two of our rob lowe interview. the star revealing so much in his new memoir, "stories i only tell my friends." we asked him about the person he wanted to talk about most. you dedicated the book to your family. and you said, in memory of your mother. >> i did. >> yeah. >> i did. my mom was my first editor. whenever i wrote anything i would call her up and say, what do you think of this? and i lost her to breast cancer a few years ago. and she would have -- i can't even begin to tell you what she would be saying with me putting a book out. my goodness. >> liza minnelli. the story you tell, really helps people understand -- >> what a nerd i was? >> that's one way to put it. but you share the -- here you are, a young actor.
you find out she's in town. >> i'm living in dayton, ohio. there's no celebrities in ohio. and liza is coming off of "cabaret." she's the biggest phenomenon in the business. and i'm in a lobby. and i see her luggage going by that says liza minnelli. i'm 8 years old. i want to be an actor. and i figure, i'm going to meet her. so, i go to the front desk. i can't see over the front desk. but, excuse me? and i say, what's liza minnelli's room? and for some reason, they gave me the room number. >> an 8-year-old? >> an 8-year-old. god knows what was going on in liza's room. here's the latest 8-year-old. i made it a go. and she was kind to me. and it made a mark on me that celebrities can really make a difference in people's lives. just by being nice. be nice. how hard is it to be nice? >> we had a really good twitter question that i want to ask you about because she put it really, really well.
jennifer. and she writes, what advice can you give me as the mother of an 11-year-old musical theater actress, with hopes of a future in film? when i look at lindsay lohan, charlie sheen and even what drew barrymore went through, i'm scared for her. >> it's such a blessing. and such a curse. but i would choose kid with a dream over kid that doesn't know what they want to do any day of the week. i would say to jennifer, if acting or performing is -- if that's the passion, let them go at it, full speed ahead. they're lucky to have passion. then, the other thing is, the sort of pitfalls of fame. honestly, i really believe that alcoholics and drug addicts are drawn to the business, for certain reasons. i don't think it's business-driven. i really don't. i think a lot of us are drawn to this business. >> there's one other question
that came from angela. and she said, how do you feel about your boys following in your footsteps? any special advice to them? >> the truth of it is, i hope they become lawyers and doctors. >> oh, come on. that's so not fair. some other kid -- >> good luck with you. my kid's going to law school. >> that's great. >> but it is true. for some reason, my kids are scholars. i mean, they're academics. and that is their interest. so, they're on that track, which makes me really proud because it's a life i didn't really get to live. >> he has a wonderful sense of humor. and his book is absolutely terrific. well written. our remaining lineup, bristol palin, dr. maya angelou. and, wide shot, please. jodie foster on the big screen. i'm telling you, george loves her new movie. he'll talk to her next.
>> live and in hd, this is an abc 7 news update. >> and good morning to you. i am alison starling at 8:27 on this thursday. begin with lisa baden and traffic. not much has changed on the baltimore-washington parkway. night, anight last reported and the crime scene investigation between 410 and the is} southbound as open boats out about the lais are from 198 past the beltway. what is clearer view of at the wilson bridge. and 95 in is open
virginia is improving. 66 has a crash westbound at 28 in centreville. today with a lot sunshine made for a beautiful sunshine. 50 degrees downtown and 48 gaithersburg and uniformures are very and climbing quickly. make it into the upper 60's later today. we will have gusty winds out of the northwest, about 30 miles hour and two more, a disturbance moves overhead which increase the cloud cover and temperatures will be expecting awe are today showers. not much moisture associated with that. britain's prince charles will wrap up his three-day visit to washington today. he met with president obama at night.te house last discussed energy and issues.ental
♪ momma mia, here i go again our celebration down in times square. we have a celebration tomorrow. one lucky winner, one lucky mom, when she wins emeril lagasse's breakfast in bed contest. we're going to watch it here on "good morning america." >> have on your good pjs. we have three, big interviews this morning, with three, outspoken, beautiful women. jodie foster is here, live, with her new provocative movie, with mel gibson. >> it's called "the beaver." and ali and i saw it last night. it is gripping. there's a lot of controversy
because it stars mel gibson. he gave a brilliant performance. be prepared. also, bristol palin. she may be one of the most famous teen moms in the country. but she's here to talk about what she wants every teenage girl to know about what it's really like bringing up a child. >> that's something i'm looking forward to sharing with you. when i sat down with dr. maya angelou. i went to her home here in harlem. and you know her prose. but she can cook. she has a great cookbook that is out. you'll forget what people say. you forget what people do in life. but you never forget how people make you feel. i'll never forget dining in her home. >> and it's worked for her. let's reveal, the winners of our "gma" "pirates premiere" sweepstakes. attending the world premiere of the new "pirates of the
caribbean." ann appleton of arkansas, christine livingston, and jackie herring, from corning, iowa. travel is provided by southwest vacations. you can find out more contests like this, by becoming a fan of "good morning america" on facebook. time, now, for sam champion and the weather. hey, sam. >> good morning, george. we are making friends in philadelphia, by the way, at the philly zoo. we're here to talk about the new exhibit, i guess you could call it. extinction. amy is here with us. when kids walk away from this. there's the film. there's the parade. there's the puppets that walk around that they can ask questions of. one of them was, what does your fur smell like? i never thought of that question. but there's an answer for that. what do you hope they walk away feeling when they leave here? >> one thing that we save an animal from extinction.
what better way to share with people what they can do in their everyday lives to make a huge impact on wildlife and animals around the world. all of these guys that we have here are teaching -- >> and gals. >> and gals. are teaching kids and adults alike what they can do very easily. >> it's been fun to be here. and what's wonderful for me is the interaction. kids can come up and ask a question and get an answer about what eagles are like. and it's amazing to me that we're still talking about extinction in an advanced society. quickly, give me a roll call. >> frida the cheetah. >> i'm the golden lion. >> and i am the duke. the duke langa. >> dee dee, the dodo. >> igor, the eagle. >> let's get to the boards. just so you know who was around us and on top of us this morning. let's show you what it looks like outside. we're going to give you a fly-by.
if we start east-to-west, you can see there's milder air on the eastern seaboard. we start out chilly in places like philly. in boston and portland, maine, you're a little cloudy, we hope the sky will open up as beautiful as it is here today. on the west coast, you're a little cooler during the day today. in the deep south, big heat. dallas about 78 degrees today. it's nice. duluth is about 56. 50 degrees now. of sunshine and it will become breezy in the afternoon with wind gusts up to 30 miles hour. to 60 milesll be up hour an not every day you get to hang out with an extinct dodo bird, george. a segue to jodie foster. she has a new movie that stars a hand puppet. it's called "the beaver."
she stars in it, along with mel gibson. take a look. >> did you read the card? >> yes, i did. >> read the card. read the card. >> the person who handed you this card, is under the care of a prescription puppet, designed to help create a psychological distance between himself and the negative aspects of his personality. please treat him as you normally would, but address yourself to the puppet. thank you. >> there you go. >> is this some kind of a joke? >> no. there's nothing funny about it. >> jodie foster joins us now. you hear "the beaver." >> yes. >> and you think, it's got to be funny. >> okay. yeah. there is a lot of lightness to it. it has a witty side to it. it's a big concept. a man puts a beaver puppet on his hand. what's unusual about the movie and beautiful about it, very quickly it moves into being a real, psychological drama about a family. >> in so many different ways.
watching it yesterday. and it sucks you right in. you don't flinch at all, from the difficulties of this relationship. this is a man, going through an emotional -- complete emotional collapse. he has hit bottom. he's committing suicide. he's losing his family. he's losing his business. and he decides the only way to communicate with the world is through this puppet. >> survival tool. and what's amazing about survival tools is they allow you to survive intact. they feel intimate. they're the people that love you more than anybody else. but eventually, the survival tool will start destroying you and your family. >> and you pushed to get this movie made. it was written by you. >> they use it with small children a lot. kids that are preverbal, they use puppets and games. it wouldn't be unheard of. but it's a fable. you know, it's much more about a
movie. it's not a movie about a disease. about the disease of depression, although that is a part of the film. it's much more about the details of sort of tapestry of the family. and the relationships between them. >> and you're right. it has a lot of light moments. a lot of humor. some incredibly affecting performances. and one of the things i said, you don't flinch. you don't flinch from showing how a family can get mad at someone who is sick. >> yeah. yeah. it's frustrating. and anybody who has lived with depression in their family, there's so many -- so many things come up. i mean, it's also something that's hereditary. you will have a predisposition for depression if you have depression in your family. there's an issue with that, the father and son. >> i know you've had to deal with this a lot. obviously, mel gibson. >> yes. >> coming out in the midst of his own -- in the aftermath of so many of his own personal
troubles. and it's hard. but it adds a resonance, seeing him go through a collapse, knowing what we know he's been going through. >> well, he's an extraordinary actor. and i don't think i've ever seen him give a performance like this, that is to deep and so raw. we know he can do the humor side. the funny, light side, the witty side. but the part that i have known for 15 years, that i know intimately, is a complex man. >> and you pushed him not to go with the shtick. >> absolutely. every time he went down that path, he said, i can do this. i said that's okay. i wanted to go with the drama. that's important. that's where the film was headed. you have to honor that from the beginning. >> you've been his friend for an awful long time. was there any moment when you thought, this is too much trouble? just put it away. >> never. i love this movie. and i love him. and he -- this movie and his performance deserves to be seen.
his problems, his behavior is really -- he's the only person that can answer for that. and i know the man that i love is an incredible friend and an incredible talent. incredibly loyal. >> and he says that it does three things when he talked about it. he says, entertain, educate, and elevate. which one is most important to you? >> interesting. you have some kind of three "e" thing going on there. you know, the experience. i found a new "e." the experience. you know? the experience of making movies. it's changed my life in so many ways. not just being in them and directing them and being an audience member. i think movies are an incredible tool to have you think about yourself and think about the people around you. and have you really get involved with your own life and other people's lives. >> this one certainly did. jodie foster, thank you very much. the movie is called "the beaver." it opens tomorrow, friday, may 6th. ♪
bristol palin may be the most famous teen mom in the country, at a time when one in ten babies are born to teen moms. a whole bunch of reality stars becoming celebrities in their own right, on shows chronicling their lives bringing up baby. bristol, a paid spokesperson for the candie's foundation, talked
about raising a kid by yourself. we sat down to talk about the challenges she faces as a mother of a young daughter. we met bristol, as a teen, holding hands with boyfriend, levi johnson, as her mother, sarah palin, addressed the nation. >> i would be honored to accept your nomination for vice president of the united states. >> reporter: we watched her become a mother to son, tripp. >> thank you. >> reporter: an advocate for teen abstinence. >> pause before you play. >> reporter: a finalist on "dancing with the stars." ♪ tell us that we are wrong >> reporter: and on reality tv, back in the spotlight, as her mother explores a run for president. >> bristol and i hitched a ride for mother/daughter day on special fishing. >> bristol, great to have you back to the show. >> thanks for having me. >> the last time you were here, you were discussing the difficulties of being a single
parent. now, perhaps those difficulties are growing along with your son, tripp. he just turned 2. where are we right now in that developmental stage? >> he's talking a lot right now. he's running all over the place. and he's doing very well. we are just living in arizona. he's doing wonderful. >> is it constantly chasing him around the house? or is it trying to keep him in corners whenever you can? >> it's chasing him around the house. >> reporter: tripp was born in 2008. and after a very public saga with levi johnston, tripp's father, she decided to go it alone. and she became a voice for teen pregnancy, at a time when the topic has taken root in popular culture. with huge buzz over shows such as "16 and pregnant," and "teen mom," not to mention huge ratings. we see shows like "16 and pregnant," and "teen mom." and while they purport to be filming in part to show how difficult it is to be a single
parent as a teenager, they're also creating minor celebrities. these are young girls who are showing up, now, on magazine covers. what do you make of this turn, now, in pop cult center. >> the show, "16 and pregnant," and the show, "teen mom," are showing girls it's not easy. it's not glamorous. i think it's the media that are portraying them as celebrities and putting them on the controversy. >> and yet, neil, we hear stories of young girls trying to become pregnant so they can, perhaps, one day be on television. how, then, to reach them if they think that that's a path or a short cut to fame? >> it's just -- that's so wrong. i mean, it's -- it's so difficult to bring up a baby. and i think bristol has told us how hard it is. so, we just have to educate them more. >> reporter: bristol is working with the nonprofit candies foundation to get its message to young kids. why is this so important to you personally? >> just because i've lived through this. and i know all this criticism
and hardship and what not, it's going to be worth it if i can prevent one girl from becoming pregnant and going through what i had to go through as a single mom. >> reporter: what do you think the best way to get that message out is? >> the candies foundation. and hitting the youth. and letting them know that it's not a route that's an easy one and it's definitely hard. >> dancing freestyle, bristol palin and her partner, mark ballas. >> reporter: last fall, we saw bris until a different spotlight. competing on "dancing with the stars" and making it all the way to the finals. as a former contestant. maybe you know the rigors of what these people have gone through to this point. do you have a favor right now. >> i'm rooting for mark. but i can't endorse someone yet. >> bristol palin, best of luck for a 2-year-old that hopefully doesn't become terrible.
dr. maya angelou has a new cookbook. it's called "great food all day long, cook splendidly, eat smart." and you know what? that's just what i did when i had the chance to sit down with her in her home in new york. dr. angelou was wearing sunglasses. that's because the lights we set up were so bright. following her own recipes, dr. angelou lost 50 pounds. and at age 83, she looks terrific. but sometimes she wants old favorites. and she wrote a poem about it. >> brussels in a cake. carrot star, and fennel raw. today, i need a steak.
folks around the world look for help in seafood kelp. i count on gravy veal. >> reporter: known more for her prose than her pot roast, dr. maya angelou is a cook's cook. and now has a healthy flair. i can taste the carrot. i'm going to try this onion, if you don't mind. >> oh, yes. >> reporter: your words are so rich. we think you must be that way in the kitchen, too. >> i find great delight bringing together certain ingredients. ingredients.ct for the understanding what fire will do to these ingredients. it's a wonderful treat, to me, to cook well and to serve beautifully, and to eat carefully. >> dr. angelou this, is bringing me back to my childhood. this is sunday. we would eat at the dinner
table. >> absolutely. >> it was just a given. >> if you don't sit together, over the most intimate condition you can have, save sex -- >> you didn't say that. >> yes, i did. i mean, when you have planned a meal, cooked it, you bought the food, you prepared it and you present it in its most beautiful presentation possibility, to people you care for, what can be more intimate? >> did your mother cook a lot? >> she cooked all the time. and she cooked on wood-burning stoves. the roast chicken. >> what sets it apart from anybody's roast chicken? >> it is juicy. >> looks juicy. >> you see? >> tastes just like momma's. >> want you to have some more of it. chicken breast can be so boring. i have a lot of tips in that book on how to make something
really wondrous. and one of the things is, take your time. if you don't have time to cook the thing, don't cook it. don't rush. >> please, tell me about some of the other dishes that we have here. something i've been really wanting to know about. what's in this dish? >> this is really, a san francisco dish. it was called the original joe's. it's spinach. i've redone it many times. >> oh. >> it's wonderful. i like to encourage cooks to dare. >> mm. >> dare. if you can read, you can cook. but to be a good cook, a serious cook, that's what i call myself, it means i dare something. >> it's a beautiful, beautiful book, as always. what are you hoping? >> to say, i'll do this. i'm going to eat smarter. but not this meal. the truth is, for your own health, and the health of your children, you need to start yesterday.
to cooking splendidly and eating smartly. >> bless you. continued blessings to you and us all. i cannot tell you what a treat that was for all of us that were there in her home that day. and something else splendid in her life, being awarded the medal of freedom in february by president obama. a very proud moment for this accomplished woman, who has the medal right there on the table, that she would be sure to show it to me. so deserving. a real pleasure to share a meal with her. and to share some time. hey, make mother's day a treat from dishes from dr. angelou.
>> and good morning once again. 8:56 is the time of this i am alison starling begin with lisa baden and traffic. nice props. >> i am celebrating because of baltimore-washington parkway is between 410 and the beltway. all money for an gonetigation and that is celebrating for what you in aey will tell moment. virginia has a little bit of slow traffic. northbound 95 out of springfield will carry as to the 14th street that is normal. a heavier volume of traffic spotted through the sunshine across the american legion brace. where is the margarita machine? there you go. happy cinco de mayo. 60 degrees outside and is a day today.
earlier but this nice, near 70.be there will be a lot of sunshine but you will notice a northwesterly wind periodically towards 30 miles per hour. tomorrowe day showers evening, clearing out on saturday with another chance of showers on sunday but '70s on new census figures shows d.c. is getting younger. 20's and early almost 1/3 of the population and they are all theble for almost city's growth in the last 10 years. was of an increase in adults in the late 50's and early '60's. the number of children younger than 15 dropped. thanks for watching and we will be back at noon. "live with regis and kelly" is up next.
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