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anti-wall street protesters overnight. this one at the birthplace of the movement, in new york. our reporter is there. the coach accused of molesting boys at penn state says he's innocent,s a at least ten more victims come forward. and diane sawyer talks to gabrielle giffords and asks an important question, will she return to congress? good morning. i'm sunny hostin. >> i'm t.j. winick, in for rob nelson. we begin this morning with breaking news. a crackdown against occupy wall street protesters. >> this morning, hundreds of new york city police started clearing the park where the protesters have been living for nearly two months. they were told to remove their belongings. and they would be allowed back after it was cleaned. >> demonstratored streamed into the surrounding streets. we talked to rich esposito, who
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was in the middle of it. >> police were out in force, with batons and shields. they've been driving protesters away from the park, as additional protesters have been streaming, from other parts of the city in, alerted by tweets and social media, to the scene at the park. >> as the crackdown began, police told protesters that their encampment was becoming a health and safety hazard. we'll have a full report on "good morning america." in other breaking news, this morning, jerry sandusky admitted he showered with boys. but the former penn state coach says he is not a pedophile. >> this is the first time sandusky has spoken publicly, since the first time i spoke to him after the scandal broke. tahman bradley has the details. >> reporter: jerry sandusky denies abusing young boys. telling nbc's bob costas in a phone interview, he may have horsed around.
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but he is not a pedophile. >> i say that i am innocent of those charges. >> innocent? completely innocent and falsely accused in every aspect? >> well, i could say that, you know, i have done some of those things. i have horsed around with kids. >> are you sexually attracted to young boys? to underage boys? >> am i sexually attracted to underage boys? >> yes. >> sexually attracted, no. i enjoy young people. i love to be around them. i -- no. i'm not sexually attracted to young boys. >> reporter: this was sandusky's first public denial of the 40 counts of sex crimes against young boys. published reports say up to ten suspected victims have come forward. sandusky's lawyer told cnn, his client can answer each of the accusations. >> the kid was messing around, having a good time.
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he had mcqueary come in and see that. he felt uncomfortable. >> reporter: the eight boys that sandusky was charged with abusing, were part of his second mile foundation. where thomas day, who took part in the foundation, said the coach was larger than life. >> coach sandusky was like a god. >> the chief executive resigned amid questions whether the charity could have done more. t.j. and sunny? >> thank you. we're looking at a new sex abuse at the revered south carolina college. the president of the citadel said more should have been done after accusations were made in 2007. an excounselor was accused of molesting boys. that information was never turned over to police. that counselor is now charged with molesting five kids he coached after leaving the camp. in the race for the republican nomination, our new poll released overnight shows slipping support for herman cain. 69% say the sexual harassment claims against cain are a
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serious matter. and 44% believe the women accusing cain. just 33%, cain himself. cain is visiting iowa today. and with more on the cain campaign, here's abc's karen travers. herman cain's wife, gloria, has stayed out of the campaign spotlight. until now. in an interview with greta van susteren on fox news, gloria cain defends her husband on the accusation of sexual harassment. >> he totally respects women. >> reporter: there are four women who say cain sexually harassed them when he was the head of the national restaurant association in the 1990s. >> he suddenly reached over. and he put his hand on my leg, under my skirt. >> reporter: gloria cain told fox news, she can't believe that her husband could do the things he's been accused of. >> that would have been something that was totally disrespectful of her, as a woman. and i know that's not the person he is. >> reporter: the sexual
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harassment scandal may be keeping the focus off of concerns that cain doesn't have a firm fwras grasp of the issues. in wisconsin, he got tripped up when asked if he agreed with president obama on libya. >> okay, libya. no -- that's a different one. i have all sorts of stuff twirling around in my head. >> reporter: in october, the former pizza mogul was neck and neck with mitt romney. but a new cnn poll shows he's dropped 11 points. he now trails a surging newt gingrich. karen travers, abc news, washington. another sign of the gingrich momentum came overnight. a new bloomberg poll shows a statistical four-way tie in iowa between cain, gingrich, romney and ron paul. the supreme court has agreed to hear arguments over president obama's controversial health care overhaul. at issue is a key provision of the law that requires every
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uninsured american to buy health insurance by 2014 or pay a penalty. the ruling is expected in june. and the nba's players are now employing what could be a season-ending strategy in their labor battle with owners. the players' union is being dissolved, with clears the way for a an aunt trust battle in the league. david stern says the league's nuclear winter is getting under way. time, now, for the weather across the nation. a stormy day for much of the gulf coast. 80-mile-per-hour winds, hail, heavy rain and isolated tornadoes from san antonio to houston. new orleans, shreveport and memphis. thunderstorms around nashville, louisville, st. louis and cincinnati. mild showers from boston to washington, d.c. >> 65 here in new york. 68 in baltimore. and 72 in atlanta. just shy of 80 in dallas. 61 in kansas city. and 45 in minneapolis. fargo and billings only climb to the 30s. phoenix gets up to 71.
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and sacramento, 64. coming up, business news. and new signs that a recession could return next year. gabrielle giffords talks about her grueling sessions of sexual therapy and whether or not she'll return to capitol hill. and later in, "the pulse," is 47-year-old brad pitt ready for retirement?
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well, europe's economic problems could become our own. the san francisco federal reserve bank warns that the
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european debt crisis is raising the odds of another u.s. recession. if it happens, it would be early next year. the u.s. recovery is still fragile and vulnerable to shocks from abroad. home prices may not have hit bottom just yet. pimco a global investment firm, says they could fall another 6% to 8%. property values are already down about 31% from their peak in mid 2006. overseas markets are down on fears italy's next prime minister can't turn the country around. tokyo's nikkei average dropped 62 points today. hong kong's hang seng fell 160. in london, the ftse opened lower. on wall street, the dow lost 75 points yesterday. the nasdaq index, 21.5. and with the job market tight, many u.s. workers are not taking all their vacation days. a study finds more than half of u.s. work more than we have to. leaving an average of 11 vacation days unused.
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they're either nervous asking for the time off or feel guilty. thanksgiving day is becoming black thursday. toys "r" us will open its doors at 9:00 p.m., the earliest announced so far. walmart opens at 10:00, two hours earlier than last year. other stores plan to open at midnight. we'll update our breaking news as we return. an overnight crackdown at occupy wall street in new york. a new medical marvel. a way to reverse heart disease. when you have tough pain, do you want fast relief? try bayer advanced aspirin. it's not the bayer aspirin you know. it's different. first, it's been re-engineered with micro-particles. second, it enters the bloodstream fast, and rushes relief to the site of your tough pain. the best part? it's proven to relieve pain twice as fast as before. bayer advanced aspirin. test how fast it works for you. love it, or get your money back.
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rain soeblgs i-20, from dallas to jackson, mississippi. and i-10, from san antonio to new orleans. flooding on i-40, from oklahoma city to nashville. wet on i-64 from louisville to charleston, west virginia. and i-95, in the northeast. >> if you're flying, airport delays are possible in memphis, houston, new orleans and dallas. well, congresswoman gabby giffords tells our diane sawyer she won't return to washington until she feels better. >> that giffords is speaking at all is a major miracle, considering her brain injury. abc's bob woodruff, who suffered a similar devastating injury, has more. >> hello. >> reporter: ten months have passed since the shooting that changed everything for gabby giffords. she's left the hospitals where she lived for five months. >> how do you feel? >> pretty good. >> pretty good. >> pretty good. >> i can see that your arm, your right hand, moves a lot more. is it painful? is it hard?
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>> difficult. >> just difficult. >> difficult. strong, strong. >> okay. that's the spirit. >> she has very good posture. much better than me. >> reporter: her rehab continues. now seeing therapists a couple of hours a day. >> on the light. >> good job. >> turn on the light. >> reporter: today, gabby's venturing out to restaurants. even ordering in french. she is planning for the future. >> i like traveling to africa. >> you do. >> reporter: i know she will continue to get better for years to come. but i also know her life will never be the same. >> everything i knew reminds me of that horrible day. >> reporter: when they started writing their book, gabby, a story of courage and hope, they set a goal. to have her write the final chapter and read it aloud for the audio book.
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>> hope and faith. you have to have hope and faith. >> reporter: so, if you'd like to know what the future holds, we think it's best you hear it straight from her. >> trying so hard to get better. trying to get back to work. i will get stronger. i will return. ♪ thinking about tomorrow clears away the cobwebs ♪ ♪ and the sorrow until there's none ♪ ♪ tomorrow, tomorrow i love you, tomorrow ♪ ♪ you're always a day away ♪ >> what a recovery so far. the book, "gabby, a story of courage and hope," is on sale, beginning today. and we'll hear more from mark kelly when he joins us live on "good morning america." well, a landmark study is
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offering new hope for millions of heart attack survivors, using their own stem cells to reverse damage. the revolutionary treatment exacts cardinal stem cells and grows hem in a lab. those cells are injected back into the heart. one year later, a heart that was barely able to contract can pump up to 60% more blood. an amazing story of survival out of eastern north carolina this morning. a car flew down an embankment on friday, crashing and landing upside down, far off the road. the driver was killed. but his 9-year-old daughter survived and was trapped in the wreckage for two days before rescuers found her. during that time, all she had to eat was pop-tarts and gatorade. and 2-year-old twin sisters who were joined at the chest could be heading home as early as today. angelica and angelina were separated at stanford children's hospital just two weeks ago. they'll have to learn how to walk again on their own.
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now, on "monday night football," it was a close game until right after the coin toss. we get the highlights from last night from espn news. >> good morning. cole wright here with your espn news update. let's head straight to title down, usa. that's green bay, wisconsin. the packers taking on the vikings. in the first quarter, no score, until this happens. randall cobb, the rookie out of the university of kentucky, taking it 80 yards of pay dirt. ends it off with a nice little jumper. it was like a soft "j." let's look at it once more. cobb through the gut. and returned it for the house call. his first punt return of the season. packers up early, 7-0. next minnesota possession, vikes down 7-0. ponder drops back. oh. that was clay matthews. ponder was stripped off his feet. they would be forced to punt.
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next packers possession, in the shotgun. rodgers and jennings, going together like peas and carrots. touchdown. second quarter, minnesota down 17. a little trickery. ponder looking and finding tramon williams. that's good, right? no. not so good because williams -- he plays for the green and yellow. green bay would take over at the 23. third quarter, rodgers, quick to jordy nelson. breaks a tackle. and the rest is history. take another look. nelson with a nice stiff-arm. breaks free. scores. rodgers 250 passing yards, 4 touchdowns. packers win easily, 45. 7. that will do it for your espn news update. until next time, i'm cole wright. here's dedication for you, courtesy of yale university's quarterback. patrick witt says he will play on saturday against archrival, harvard, instead of attending his interview for the
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time to check "the pulse,"
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stories people will be talking about today. and we start with "dancing with the stars." >> oh, yes. it was semifinal night in the ballroom with each of the four remaining contestants performing three times. when the scores were tallied, ricki lake came out on top. she and her partner received the first perfect score. >> and rob kardashian is in second place. j.r. martinez came in third place. and hope solo came in last, which makes her the likely to get booted tonight. brad pitt reveals he'll quit acting when he turns 50 in about two years. >> pitt says he might look for work behind the camera, as well as continuing his most coveted role. he says he and angelina are open to expanding their family. and it looks like a forced separation of two love birds in canada will only be temporary.
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>> buddy and pedro live at the toronto zoo. and fans insist the african penguins are gay. zoo officials announced last week they are breaking up the pair to they can breed with female partners. >> after an uproar, the zoo says buddy and pedro will be back together again. they'll be reunited after mating season. for some of you, your local news is next. >> for everyone else, how far would you go to find a lost engagement ring? i've got nothing against these do-it-yourself steam cleaners.
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and finally from us this morning, what would you do for your husband or wife? before you answer, sunny, consider this story from south florida. >> the husband found his wife's lost engagement ring. but the search involved digging through tons of garbage. here's kelly butler of our miami station, wplv.
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>> reporter: brian and anna mcguinn are all kisses and smiles now. but they weren't when he accidentally threw her $10,000 engagement ring in the garbage. >> i remember her giving it to me after the -- in the shower with my disposable razor. and i knew i pitched it in. >> reporter: what brian did next, was true love. after tracking down the garbage truck that picked up for their neighborhood, he headed here, the dump. >> it carries nearly 9 tons of garbage. if you think about that, that's more than a need until a haystack. >> reporter: before brian headed inside the dump site, he was given some items to keep him safe, like this protective white suit, some goggles, a hard hat, a mask. but nothing to protect him from the stench. >> when i walked in, i got ill. >> reporter: still, brian persevered, knowing his wife of five years would be crushed if
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he came home empty-handed. incredibly, after about an hour, he found his garbage bag. he then took off his gloves and rooted around in the sludge. >> i pulled it out. and let out the biggest, happiest scream of my life. >> he's my hero, for sure. >> reporter: the mcguinns' story has made national headlines. and both tell us they learned something from this ordeal. he learned never to give up, even if the odds are stacked against you. and she learned never to take off her engagement ring. >> i think brian deserves a round of applause. >> oh, no question. >> they should name his soon-to-be born son. >> nine tons of garbage. that's what's making news in america this morning. stay with us for "good morning america." thanks for watching. have a great tuesday. >> live and in hd, this is "good morning washington," on your side.

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