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police raid her ex-fiance's house overnight. what were they looking for? home free. three american college students arrested during the protests in egypt are finally home. this morning, one joins us live to talk about his ordeal in an egyptian jail. and dancing queen. the gym superstar who's quickly becoming an internet sensation. now, this is workout. good morning, everybody. bianna is off today. but we're very lucky to have special guest star, andrea canning with us this morning. we can't get enough of this woman. >> i'm lucky to be here. this woman is like floating on air and roller skater all at the
same time on a treadmill. she's pretty amazing. >> her story coming up. big news in the presidential race this morning. an ensick setback in the war of terror. pakistan has kicked out u.s. of an air base. what is behind this deterioration? >> also ahead -- is there a craigslist serial killer in ohio? three people are ded possibly because they responded to the same ad. another man barely escaped with his life after responding to an ad. could there be more victims? we're going to start with politics. a game-changing endorsement. the new hampshire leader, the first in the nation primary state, has announced that newt gingrich is its pick for president. a real setback for mitt romney. abc's david kerley is on the
story in washington this morning zblsh not a good morning for mitt romney. he loses that key endorsement in new hampshire. tomorrow, social conservatives. in iowa, in the caucuses will try to meet and figure out who they can vote for, anti-romney, believing that romney has ignored them. >> i actually gave my life over to the lord. >> i truly gave my life to christ. >> reporter: these iowa social conservatives in the audience met secretly after last week's forum, mad at mitt romney for being a no-show again. >> this is calculated effort to pick a single social conservative that conservative voters can rally behind and hopefully win the caucuses and deny romney any great momentum going into new hampshire. >> reporter: they met to try to pick the antihe romney in iowa. look for one conservative rather
splitting the votes which could give romney a chance to win iowa. they narrowed their list to four. but each of them have their weaknesses. newt gingrich, the baggage of his lifestyle. michele bachmann, who has made historical flubs. rick perry, with his disastrous debate performances. and rick santorum who has nearly lived in iowa but hasn't gained any traction. the iowa conservatives plan to meet again tomorrow to try to narrow that list. >> iowa has one of the most powerful voices as to who our nominee will be. >> reporter: if romney has a strong showing in iowa going into new hampshire he could be tough to beat. what is clear, this is the month that it will cut the republican field. we're a little more than a month away from having the first voters having their say.
>> we're coming to crunch time. who do they want to be president of the united states? and that's a very different kind of decision and an important one. >> the social conservatives in iowa may take a tip from that new hampshire endorsement. newt gingrich has rise in the polls and really held on to that position in the polls. mounting a real serious challenge to romney. andrea? thank you. let's bring in the host of twooek, christiane amanpour. good morning. >> good morning. >> we have seen flash in the pan candidates in this race w this union leader endorsement, could newt gingrich have the staying power and make this a two-man race, newt and mitt? >> this endorsement is very important. a bit of a slap in the face to mitt romney because he spent so much time there. what people are looki ing at is
the anti-romney. lot of conservatives are relishing an obama/newt gingrich debate. on the other hand, he doesn't have the kind of grassroots organization, he hasn't spent the amount of time that romney has had in new hampshire. according to the union leader, he's not our perfect candidate, he's washington person that can affect change. they also often associate gingrich with the change they didn't like, for example, closing the government down back in 1990s. >> you talked about the anti-romney. conservatives are working hard for someone not romney. >> people don't think he's conservative enough. if you look at the polls, even though newt gingrich has had this surge, when it comes to electable, mitt romney is still
ahead of the republican field. >> christiane will have the latest on the pakistan and u.s. coming up on this week. dan? thank you, andrea. some breaks news in the baffling case of michelle parker. the mother of three vanished the same day that she appeared on the people's court. overnight, police raided the home of her ex-fiance's father. abc's matt gutman is covering the story from florida. >> reporter: a s.w.a.t. surrounded and stormed the house of dale smith sr. they say they brought him out in handcuffs. one of hundreds of tips they have been chasing. still, it's the first raid of its kind since she went missing a 11 days ago. it happened late saturday. at this orlando home. cell phone camera caught a s.w.a.t. vehicle moving in.
>> they banged down the door, yelled search warrant and basically told everyone out of the house. >> reporter: the house reportedly belongs to dale smith sr. the father of dale smith. witnesses tell our affiliate the grandfather of the 3-year-old the couple shares was brought out of the home in handcuffs. two women, another man and two children were also taken out of the house. after police left, nobody in the house was talking. >> get out of here. >> is this your house in >> no it's not. it's santa claus's house house. >> reporter: michelle parker has been missing eight days now, she disappeared the same day her people's court episode aired. >> he shouldn't have put me on the hands prior.
>> reporter: police and parker's parents having been saying that dale smith jr. wasn't a suspect. parker's parents ratcheted up their search. even offering a $50,000 for any information leading to her whereabouts. that reward has an expiration date of today. apparently to motivate tip sters to act soon. andrea, i spoke with family members this morning. they said all they know about this raid was that michelle parker wasn't found. dale smith was the last person to see michelle parker alive just minutes after that episode aired. andrea? >> such a mystery. thank you matt. three mesh students arrested during the violent protest in egypt are back home this morning. students deny the charges and we'll talk to one of them in just a moment about their
ordeal. but first here's lama hasan. >> reporter: derrik sweeney, luke gates and gregory porter, the students arrested in cairo are finally home. surrounding them family and friends. all overwhelmed with joy and relief. each student grateful to be home. >> i just want to say that i'm so thankful to be back in philadelphia. >> i'm glad to be with my family. i want to go home and have a thanksgiving. >> reporter: but their semester abroad wasn't meant to end so soon or like this. the now infamous video of their arrest, accused of fueling a revolution. the students were hurling malatov cocktails at security forces, a claim their friends told us couldn't be true. >> they didn't have anything. because i opened their backpacks and put my camera in there.
>> reporter: we saw first hand how dangerous it was. turning into a battle ground, where protesters throwing rocks. before his arrest, luke gates was tweeting -- i feel so reckless. he writes. the egyptian security forces also released these pictures which they show derrik, mouth covered, amongst the demonstrators. so, what were the students doing there? >> they were at the right place at the wrong time. >> reporter: one thing is clear, this is a lesson these students will never forget. and one of those students, derrik sweeney joins us live from st. louis. along with his mom. derrik, welcome home.
the police in egypt say you were throwing fire bomb at the cops. is there any truth to that? >> absolutely no truth whatsoever to that. we this there at the protests watch watching on the street, with no fire bombs. >> were people around you throwing rocks or fire bombs? >> they were throwing, i believe, rocks. i didn't see any fire bombs being thrown, either. >> in hind sight do you think it was the smart and safe decision to be near other people throwing rocks and to be this close to the protests? >> i still -- i would still going to the protest was a smart decision and it's the decision that i would haven't made. i probably could have stayed away from the more violent scenes like this. >> lot of us are curious to hear
how you were treated when you went to jail? were you beaten? how were you treated? >> well, the first night was a lot rougher than the following days and nights. the first night, we were punched in the face a number of times. they held a bottle of gasoline to my mouth and were motioning as though they were going to make me drink it. they told us they were going to shoot us if we moved. as we were in a fetal position. >> coming home, last night, seeing your mom and your dad for the first time, what was that like for you? >> that was extraordinary. that was perhaps one of the happiest moments of my life. i felt love everywhere and it's beautiful. >> mom, you are beaming. tell us what it was like for
you? >> well, i have been saying i'm ecstatic all week whenever i got good news and now it's true. i'm so grateful that he's finally home. >> let me ask you, derrik, if he had to do it over again, he would still go to the protest, what is your view. >> he lives in washington, d.c., he goes to georgetown university. it's what students in this country do. you want to see that. if you're immersing yourself in another culture then that's what you're going do. i haven't always made the safist decisions in my life. i want my children to live their lives to the fullest. but this was a little bit nerve wracking. >> i think we can all agree it
was definitely an experience. you're going to be celebrating a belated thanksgiving today. thank you very much for coming on this morning. >> thank you. >> thank you. let's look the latest headlines with ron claiborne. >> good morning, everyone. we begin with the fallout over that deadly air attack that plunged u.s./pakistan relations into a state of crisis. simon mcgregor-wood has more. >> reporter: in pakistan they were burying their dead. at least 24 soldiers killed when a nato aircraft bombed their afghan border. the result is a diplomatic crisis. >> the commander has made it very clearly his highest priority. he's ordered a very detailed investigation into the case. >> reporter: pakistan is furious. its retaliation has been swift and serious.
two vital nato supply routes for u.s. forces in afghanistan have been shut down. and u.s. forces will be thrown off of a pakistani air base used for drone attacks against the taliban and al qaeda. u.s./pakistan relations have often been strained. pakistan complains about u.s. attacks against militants on its own soldiers. when u.s. navy s.e.a.l.s found and killed osama bin laden in pakistan in may, relations hit a new low. they may be even worse today. as the crisis erupted saturday, president obama went book shopping. one choice, a book about pakistan and afghanistan called "descent into chaos." that just about sums it up. i'm simon mcgregor-wood for "good morning america."
the holiday shopping season is off to a very strong start. according to one survey, retail sales hit $11.4 billion on black friday. a 7% increase from last year. the most money ever spent on the day after thanksgiving. the question now is, whether shoppers will keep coming back? or if they were drawn only by those door buster deals? and los angeles police have not yet decided if they will charge a woman who fired pepper spray into a crowd at walmart on thursday night. she turned herself into police late friday. she was later released. prince william is part of a rescue crew searching for missing russian sailors. he's a co-pilot in the royal air force. after a cargo ship sunk off of north wales earlier today. five are missing. finally, you may be excused the next you're caught yawning. you need to cool down your brain.
researchers are now saying that if you are yawning, not just because you're tired means your trying to help regulate your temperature. it could help doctors treat patients with epilepsy migraines. >> now i know why you yawn every time we talk. >> you make my brain hot. >> all right, ron claiborne. i'm yawning a little bit because it's contagious. too warm in the northeast, record highs from atlantic city back to ft. wayne, indiana, now a storm on the busiest travel day affecting some spots, anywhere from the gulf of mexico up to michigan. some heavy rains in there. the southern end of this storm is going to cut off, an upper level low, is going to drop rain/snow mix.
really heavy rains, flash flood watch in ten a beautiful start your in the nation's capital. temperatures already around the 50 degree mark. they go through the day to day, in another day in the 60's. how long can the last? until tomorrow. there is rain to the west of us. we will see are rain on tuesday. 65 degrees tomorrow. i didn't get to west. sacramento included in a dense fog advisory a little bit this morning. yesterday morning it was just perfect. facebook/gingerzeetv. s where you can find me. good morning to both of you
again. >> still tired. >> ginger, i got my christmas tree yesterday. i'm so excited and in the 65-degree weather. >> exactly. it didn't feel right. >> by wednesday it will feel much more appropriate. coming up on broadcast -- is there a new craigslist killer, police in ohio think a serial killer or killers may be using the site to lure victims. plus, search smart. great tips on where you'll find the hottest cyber monday deals on the web. including 50% on everything at one retailer. we'll tell you where. apocalypse soon? does newly unearthed everyday support the 2012 end of the world theory. ron claiborne on the case this morning. come on! wait for me! there it is. ah! hurry up. you're heavy. are you sure these letters will get to santa? yes, of course. hold still. almost there.
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good morning. is 8:27. firefighters in prince george's investigating a deadly fire. the six-year-old boy died and women are in critical after being rescued from the home. another fine day. temperatures are ready in the low 50's. we have some shower activity to the west and it is not going to make it here. high temperatures today in the low to mid-50's. more clouds, a shower of late possible. >> ok, thank you. thank you for watching.
dan harris. >> think a star is born. >> by the way, andrea canning is going to show us how to do that dance. >> i better get practicing then. it's sunday, november 27th. as we mentioned bianna is off this morning. on a much-needed vacation. also ahead we'll take a look at the best steals and deals for cyber monday. including an incredible online deal from ann taylor. we'll tell you all about them. >> getting ready for that ann taylor deal. plus the ancient mayans, were they on to something when about 2012 when they predicted the end of the world? ron claiborne is on the story. but we're going to start this morning in ohio, where police believe they may have a new craigslist killer or killers on their hands. three bodies have turned up. buried in shallow graves. and police think they may be the victims of a serial killer.
exploiting people who are desperate for a job. t.j. win, winick is here. >> reporter: dan, good morning to you. it's been called robbery by appointment. using online posting services to find their victims. this latest case in ohio appears to be a chilling example of how robbery by appointment can be much more sinister. posted october 7th, it looked like thousands of other help wanted ads on craigslist. caretaker for a farm in southern ohio, simply watch over 688 acre patch of hilly farmland. >> opportunity of a lifetime. they're looking for someone to watch it. >> reporter: but according to authorities that opportunity of a lifetime was all a devious hoax. a way to lure single, divorced white men to a remote location where they were robbed and killed. the body of 51-year-old david paul leighs found a shallow grave.
friday, two bodies are found in shallow grave. one has been identified as 40-year-old timothy kern. >> the cause of the death has been ruled gun shots wounds to the head. >> reporter: two summit county men have been held since last weekend in connection of the murders. 52-year-old richard beasley and 16-year-old brogan rafferty. >> he's a kid that we had taken to church since he was 7, 8 years old. >> reporter: police were led to a pair by a south carolina who also answered the ad, he said that he escaped after being shot in the arm. november 6th. heather one of the dozens of other responders to the posting was initially disappointed that she didn't get the job. >> i instantly got sick to my stomach just thinking how i lucky i was had i gotten a response back. >> reporter: experts say that criminals love craigslist because they can remain anonymous.
>> you can place an ad, lure them to a particular location, rob them, scam them and there's no way to identify you. >> reporter: local authorities fear in this latest case, they are dealing with a serial killer. that's why the fbi continues to investigate as if there may be more victims out there. richard beasley who hasn't been charged in this case maintains his innocence. but, you know, security experts tell us, if you're going to apply for a job online, make sure you ask plenty of probing questions. to make sure it isn't a scam. >> this is so scary. right out of a crime show. thank you very much, t.j. let's throw it over to ron claiborne. >> good morning, everyone. in the news, funerals are being held for the pakistani soldiers killed friday in a nato air strike. pakistan former foreign minister told secretary of state hillary clinton the attack negated all progress in improving relations with the u.s. syria's brutal crackdown on
antigovernment protesters there, more than 3500 people have reportedly been killed in the violence in syria since march. and republican presidential hopeful newt gingrich has won a major newspaper endorsement this morning. the new hampshire union leader is backing gingrich. the paper endorsed john mccain back four years ago. and finally, a ram running wild in miami on saturday. it ryan -- ruined a beautiful day in the park. the animal control officers finally caught up with the exotic animal after about six hours. but nobody knows where it came from and who it belongs to. time now for the weather and ginger zee. good morning, everyone. lot of folks are heading home after thanksgiving. and travel will be a concern in certain parts of the nation. the rain that i showed you earlier is going to make for some problems, detroit down to the gulf of mexico. memphis you're included there. atlanta, a major hub, that will be problematic. check ahead for flights.
this is the busiest day of the holiday season. we're then looking for rain to spread and a little bit of snow on the back end of it. this is for road travel. if you're doing the i-75 thing, that could be a problem. rain and snow in the pacific northwest and some fog is going to slow you up from san francisco into the inland areas. i'm going to give a peek you ah good morning, washington. another unseasonably warm day in november. it will be breezy out there today, but more >> this weather report has been brought to you by sears. dan and andrea? >> thank you, ginger. another beautiful day here in new york city. >> indeed. i like to hear that. coming up on "good morning america" -- cyber monday starts today.
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as we mentioned earlier the holiday shopping season is off to a very strong start, shoppers spent a record breaking $11.4 billion at retail stores on black friday. that's up 7% from last year. and they're expecting to keep spending online tomorrow. otherwise, known as cyber monday, the biggest online retail day of the year. if you're going to be surfing for deals, gma contributor tory johnson is here to let you know what you need to know. we can start today. >> you can start today. there's a couple of things that you should know, the first thing
is -- monitor facebook and twitter for your special retailers. come up with your list of top 20 they're looking for. you'll often find unadvertised specials throughout the day. price check before you buy. even if you get these e-mails, before you click and buy, go to pricegrabber.com or google.com/products. if you plug in the product that you want to buy, you'll be able to see who else is selling it. search for coupons before you buy. many times, even though there's a sale going on, you can sometimes double dip. just go to google, search the retailer name and add the promo code or coupons and see what else comes up. look for free shipping. this is a big one for cyber monday. a lot of retailers are offering free shipping. even if the price of the product is a little higher, if one has free shipping or the other one doesn't. you'll save going with free shipping. >> cyber monday, as we mentioned it's starting today. will things go on sale even more
tomorrow? can you start today or wait? >> you can definitely start today. the sites that have cyber sunday deals. they're going to be pretty consistent between today and tomorrow. one of the big ones, amazon, go to amazon.com/cyber monday and see all of their deals right now. many of those are lightning deals, flash sales, you would only know them if you're monitoring amazon throughout the day. a couple of big ones that they have. there's an xbox bundles package, $199. a monster diddybeats head phones. $59.99 that's a great deal. >> i jumped the gun a little bit. i bought some toys online already. just to get it out of the way. >> that's okay. because you'll make sure they're not sold out. walmart, target, all have great deals online for toys. lot of analysts say we should wait the weekend of december 7th.
not if it's a super hot item that you expect to buy now, but depending on the inventory levels, prices could go down more. in and electronics in. >> same with electronics. but the big one, clothing. loft.com, tomorrow only, 50% off everything, everything, plus free shipping. there you go. they got your free shipping in there. to get the anntaylor.com, you have to be registered on their e-mail database. >> i am. >> you can do that today. 50% off everything tomorrow. go wild. >> i am. >> thursday, thursday, "good morning america," we also have our steals and deals always on "gma." >> i love that segment thank you so much. coming up -- is the apocalypse back on? the new clue about the possible end of the world? [ male announcer ] these days, even your trash can be a gold mine for identity thieves.
welcome back. just hanging out with my friend ron talking about the end of the world. there's breaking apocalypse news this morning. right, ron? >> that's right. >> archaeologists have found a tantalizing artifact that shows 2012. already burning question, will the world end abruptly one year from now? behold the end is coming. next year. if you believe that sort of thing the latest evidence is a brick discovered in the ancient mayan ruins that cites the year 2012. the same inscribed in a 1300-year-old tablet previously found in the nearby ruins of
turtuguero. and there's more. >> it's basically saying that the deity appears on december 21st of 2012. and he descends and he performs a ritual. >> reporter: which has led people to say these signs point to december 23rd 2012 as doomsday. in the movie "2012," that fateful day begins with california plunging into the sea and then things really get bad. >> look at me. do i look scared? >> we have been here before, there was y2k at the end of the last century. california prophet of doom who predicted biblical end of days this year. >> it's almost like they're out there looking for evidence of looming apocalypse. >> reporter: skeptics say the mayan inscriptions actually say nothing about doomsday.
>> there's no real prophecy that says this is going to be the end of the world. >> i can think of a lot of reasons to cash out and run away with your family these days but this mayan prophesy is wasn't of them. >> reporter: or is it? for any sign that doomsday believers cite, disbelievers come up with rebuttal. they can point to the fact all of the previous prognostications of doom haven't worked out. i suppose the only way we'll really know is if december 2012 comes around and we no longer exists. >> well, right. that's one clear. clear sign for apocalypse your voice. >> do that voice again, ron. >> not quite like that. december 21st is a friday. if the world ends that day, we get the weekend off. we get forever use. >> news that you can use, ron. coming up -- look at this woman, her workout going viral.
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thing. this oskar, a blind kitten. this is the first moment that oskar gets a toy. they have been posting videos of him. this toy has a bell on the edge of it. oskar is able to get up and chase this thing around the room like any other cat. he's seeing with his ears. according to his owners. oskar is amazing. i want to show one more clip of oskar. this is what they do everything morning with him. they let him play with the hair dryer. this little dude is a fighter. he's going for it. we actually skyped with his owners and here's what they said about why they adopted a blind kitten. check it out. >> part of us we were definitely attracted to the part that he was a special needs animal and that we had an environment where he would be safe. but at the same time, there was some internal hesitation, because, weed a no idea what to
expect with a blind cat. >> he's like any other cat. it's amazing. >> his ability to adapt is remarkable. >> nick and bethany from omaha, nebraska. thanks to them. ron? >> switching gears to a more serious, even somber story here, this is about a woman from la jolla, california, this is not funny. who lost her dog. nothing funny about that. she's going to stay out in a bikini, she's going to stay out every day and fast at the same time until she finds her dog or dog sees her. here's what she had to say. >> i will be standing out here every day until she finally sees me standing out here. >> i give her about a week or two. >> yeah. >> i don't know what to say about that. >> the dog is supposed to see her somehow -- >> i admire her dedication. ginger? >> i have a duck.
you have seen the cat. simon and jack out of scotland. this was actually shot in switzerland, though. they were visiting simon's parents and every time they turn around, the duck would stop. it followed them until they turn around. this happened for hours, apparently. >> the stealth duck. finally, we got to talk about this woman. >> all morning we have been talking about this woman. here she is. her name is nicole. she's the newly named dancing queen. because she's just phenomenal. she's like floating on air. it looks like she's almost roller skating on it. someone at the gym video taped and put it on youtube. >> she knew that she was being video taped? >> yeah, she agreed to it. >> andrea's going to do that right after. >> oh, wow. nice. thank you for joining us, everybody.
live and in hd, this is news update. firefighters in prince george's county are investigating a deadly fire. a six-year-old boy and two women are in critical condition. a fourth person managed to get the house on her own. for the second time in less than a week, police say someone carjacked and elderly shoppers outside a giant grocery store. the man forced to victims to atms and withdraw money. man is likely behind both carjackings. a metro bus and car collided in d.c. last night, people to the hospital. police are trying to figure out what caused the collision. ending as itnd is began.
mild conditions, look at that beautiful shot in annapolis. temperatures already in the 50's. winds are gusting in the double digits. , alllooks very foreboding of this to the west. going to get any closer because of high pressure provide us with some protection. high temperature at noon time, about 60. all november should be like this. more mild air, but mostly cloudy skies. a light shower possible. the upperes only in 40's. to feel like winter. >> thank you for watching. hope you have a great day.