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so-call so-called birds. >> just at jfk since 1990, 2,586. it's serious. investigators here in new york are hoping for a break as they search a basement for signs of a child who disappeared way back in 1979. they hope to find clues in the disappearance of etan patz. he vanished on his way to the bus stop 33 years ago. a cadaver dog indicated that human remains are in a building just down the street from where the child was last seen. to kansas now where two escaped prisoners, including a convicted murderer are still on the loose. police are warning the men could be near north platte, nebraska, after another inmate turned up there. the escapees are considered armed and dangerous. they managed to escape after overpowering guards at a county jail with homemade knives. a 13-year-old boy from suburban denver is behind bars this morning accused of
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threatening to place a bomb at his middle school. a tip from another student led investigators to search that boy's home and that's where they found some bomb-making materials. now he's been charged with a felony. sadly enough, today is the anniversary of the massacre at columbine high school which is just seven miles away. police in oakland are trying to track down an angry basketball fan who attacked a teenage player in the middle of the game. the man ran on to the court on easter sunday during a youth tournament between two longtime rival teams. he punched out the young player in front of the crowd and then managed somehow to get away from the scene. coaches from both teams are, of course, denouncing the attack. >> we all get fanatic about our sports, but deep breaths, everybody. >> it's a game. penn state has settled its contract with joe paterno who died in january. his family is going to get $6.5 million which includes a $3 million retirement bonus, access to a stadium suite with 1.5 mill, $900,000 in media revenue
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and a $401,000 death benefit. all financial agreemented were honored even though the university fired jopa after that jerry sandusky scandal. and the secret service says its investigation of ted nugent is over. nugent was questioned about remarks he made about president obama at the national rifle association convention. nugent blasted the president and his, quote, vile, evil, america-hating administration and said that conservatives need to, quote, chop their heads off. he claimed he was speaking figuratively. now to the effects of all the weird weather we've been seeing around the country. scientists say we should brace for even more extreme heat this spring. and after the unusually warm winter, pesky insects, well, they are having a field day out there. abc's meteorologist ginger zee has more. >> reporter: in california, nevada, swarming season is in overdrive. mobs of bees taking over cars, trapping people in their homes. >> and the neighbor just --
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swarming all around the whole front area here. >> reporter: and the culprit? weather. >> when we get some nice weather, they explode. >> reporter: the dry winter then spring rains are responsible for the extra buzzy season. and it's not just bees. ants and ticks in places like texas are now out in full force. >> springtime especially when it's been real dry and you get just a little bit of rain. those ants are going to get real active. >> reporter: the weather-induced woes don't stop at the itchy and scratchy. >> what was absolutely awe-inspiring, jaw-dropping was the fact we just had the fourth warmest winter. 15,000 records in march. >> reporter: records that could strike a blow to the economy. apple trees, for example, bloomed more than a month nearly places like wisconsin. then were killed by a hard freeze. and the warm nearly snowless winter also set up the conditions for abnormal wildfires. what does all this mean for spring and summer? >> dry soils are very often
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related to higher daily average temperatures. >> and in the next three months, the drought in georgia, south carolina and texas isn't going anywhere any time soon. everyone always wants to know what kind of summer we'll have. take a look at this map. the climate prediction center puts this out every month. above average temperatures in the areas you see shaded there, you have the gulf of mexico, up the atlantic coast and the southwest. the only pocket of cooler than average weather, near montana. ginger zee, abc news, new york. >> fasten your seat belts. mother nature is rolling this spring. click. that's right. here's a look at your weekend weather. thunderstorms from knoxville down to miami. hail and high winds in southern and eastern texas. rain from little rock and louisville over to cincinnati and detroit. showers in the dakotas and montana. mountain snow in idaho and wyoming. showers in the pacific northwest. >> 55 in seattle. 65 in portland. 95 in phoenix. it's 58 in kc.
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73 in dallas. miami hitting 84. atlanta, 72. and boston, 70. there is a lot to celebrate on this april 20th. 4/20 is the date. to some it's earth day. an important cause around the world. other tos it's weed day. those celebrating that are already probably asleep. >> but here like actual weeds in your garden? >> yeah. uh-huh. >> "world news now" we're celebrating national look alike day. i've had a lot of folks tell me that -- they have told me for years that i look like bianna, the weekend anchor for "gma." she's on maternity leave right now. >> had her first kid. >> he's beautiful. she's doing well. but, yeah, she could be my twin sister. what do you think? >> i see a resemblance. the thing i always get in my look alike is this familiar broadcasting face right here. the one and only bryant gumbel of "today" show fame. bryant is still one of the best in the business. i would love his job and his
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contract. so bryant. we'll be back with more right after this. stay with us. ♪ >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by consumer cellular. [ other merv ] welcome back to the cleaning games.
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>> reporter: since 1955, this has been pittsburgh's cookie mecca. it's always packed selling signature cakes and those cookies. when they heard republican presidential hopeful mitt romney was coming to town -- >> i said, hey. we need to get some cookies up there. >> wow. look at that. >> and the moment of truth. >> i'm not sure about these cookies. they don't look like you made them. did you make those cookies? >> no, no. >> they came from the local 7-eleven bakery or wherever. >> unfortunately, when i heard it, i thought oh, my goodness, this guy has no idea how beloved this institution is that provided these cookies. >> they are not convenience store cookies. >> no. they are right from the heart of bethel park. >> no, i don't think our cookies look like 7-eleven cookies. >> and the cookie gate scandal is born. and with it comes a sale. buy a dozen, get a half dozen
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free. and while bethel bakery fans are mad saying maybe mitt romney is used to eating cupcakes with diamonds in them, the owner of the store is laughing and hoping he gets another shot at pleasing the republican who will surely be back in pittsburgh before november. >> maybe he's more of a cupcake person or pie person. i don't know. >> oh, mitt. >> really? it's a cookie. >> oh, man. politics. all is fair in love and cookies, i guess. we'll be right back with more after this. don't go far. when some people strugugglgle withheir mortgage payments, they become frozen, petrified. not knowing what to do, they do nothing, butut the people who take aion, are far more likely to get the most positive outcome. making home affordable is a free governmenprogram. call now to taalk one on one with a housing epert about the options that are right for you.
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real help, real answers righght now. ♪ and welcome back, everyone. we're a little dressed up here because it is prom season. time to go shopping for those beautiful gowns. and here to tell us all about the gowns that you should be looking for this season, we have
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cassandra from you are the prom expert, correct? >> i am. >> okay. so what are the hot trends this season in 2012? >> well, a lot of the prom dresses we're seeing this season are inspired by what celebrities are wearing on the red carpet. but the dresses on the red carpet are thousands of dollars. and that's not really in every prom girl's budget. >> not really. it's not necessarily in the prom girl's budget or the parents' budget. let's be honest. the parents are probably paying for these gowns. >> so tonight i'm going to show you three of my favorite prom dress trends. they're all very affordable and they are all through david's bridal. >> okay. so the first trend we're going to be looking at is red, correct? or sparkle. okay. beautiful. >> so the first trend is sparkle. this is gabby. she's wearing a gorgeous shimmery sparkly dress. this is all over the red carpet. we've seen celebrities like selena gomez and j. lo wearing this trend. this dress has a gorgeous v-neck which is very flattering for a lot of different body shapes.
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and this dress is actually made of mesh fabric so it's really contouring to her body shape. and, yeah, it's great to dance in. >> what i like about sparkle it seems like it's flattering for any figure because it kind of hides everything and conceals maybe some baby bumps we've got going on from past children or what have you but it looks like it would be flattering to any figure. >> exactly. very nice. beautiful. >> so the next trend we have is red. >> red, yes. >> lady in red. >> this is rebecca. >> hi, rebecca. beautiful. >> she looks great. a lot of celebrities are wearing red on the red carpet. everybody from taylor swift to michelle williams. >> beautiful. >> michelle williams wore a dress that's very similar to this to the oscars this year. it's strapless. it has a gorgeous mermaid hemline. and it has the ruching in the midchel is also very flattering. >> is that what it's called? >> yes, that's ruching. and it -- >> it's called ruching, everybody.
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can we see it? turn around. >> even has the ruching in the back. looks great on her. >> it's very, very flattering. love. and then the final trend that we have is more of like a ball gown? >> yes. bold colors. >> like cinderella? >> yes. this is laura. ball gowns -- this kind of silhouette is always in for prom. >> beautiful. >> this dress was actually designed by a high school student. >> wow. really? >> this is the winning dress of the sketch your dress prom dress sponsored by david's bridal and "seventeen." it's very flattering. >> it's very modest, too. >> yes, it is. spin around. gorgeous. >> i love how it floats on the bottom, too. >> it signed of cinches at the smallest part of her waist and then flairs out. so it can create curves or hide your hips and thighs. >> it looks like something we'd see out of a disney movie.
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how much are we talking about with these dresses? >> they all range from $99 to $299. so it's very affordable. >> and you got all of these from david's bridal? >> all of these can be found at david's bridal, online or in stores. >> i have a little surprise for you. my prom dress from 1991. how hot this number. >> it's gorgeous. >> this is so out of style. 1991. 21 years ago. >> actually, this is a great color for prom. the pastel. this is in as well. >> i also wore it for my senior pictures. >> must have been adorable. >> yeah, it was. i don't think i could fit into it ever again, though. >> i don't know. i think you could. >> we'll see about that. actually, i'm going to try to fit into this and rob nelson is also going to take me to prom. we're going to get him into his tux from eons ago. that's going to be coming up on "world news now." we're also going to take a flash back in the past for all of our staffers here at "world news" and show you some of their best
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♪ ah, yes, folks. 'tis the season. prom season 2012 is upon us. all you high schoolers out there getting ready. of course, we had to show you some famous prom pictures. we have some celebrity pictures to start out with. you recognize this lady. the first lady and her date who looks a lot older than a high school senior. a little like morgan freeman. her slit got all the attention. guess who that young fellow is? >> brad pitt looking handsome and debonair in his prom photo. >> and who is this? >> i don't even recognize. that is governor sarah palin and todd from their prom. >> nice.
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impressive. >> of course, the always fruitful basket of the awkward prom photos. and look at those dresses. >> what in the world? that almost looks like steve carell. >> that looks more like the after party. >> the goth prom. >> the whole cast from "the breakfast club" got together. >> these are awkward prom photos we are showing you. >> the cast from "weird science." lovely, lovely. and this is one of our "world news now" precious staffers donna and tommy. donna does our hair and especially rob's tonight which you'll see in a second. >> looking good. who is this lady? >> this is david green. 1991. i was a sophomore. i actually got sick that night and had to leave the date early. found out i had mono. >> that dude was happy. >> yeah, it didn't end well. >> did you have a good time? >> this was my high school boyfriend my senior year. >> you guys were together four years. >> yeah, we dated awhile.
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a really nice guy. >> very impressive. we were really, really inspired by all of that. >> we had to come back and relive our own prom memories. >> you are looking hot. >> this is it. it does not get any smoother than that. >> i busted a seam. this is your actual dress. >> from 1991. >> because you gained like a half a pound. >> we zipped it up and you could hear it ripping. that's what the tape is. >> i want to thank donna for doing my hair tonight. this is excellent here. we have to have our dance. >> we want to thank all of you for weighing in. we had some wonderful -- >> let's do it like high school. just sway awkwardly. there we go. that's so lovely. oh, messing up the mike. that's lovely. that happens at the real prom, too. very awkward. >> that's the stupidest thing we've ever done. >> you got to get in it.
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this morning on "world news now" -- flight fright. a delta airlines jet makes an emergency landing after birds fly into an engine right after takeoff. >> this is the latest scare involving a major safety problem in the skies. it's friday, april 20th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." good friday, morning, everybody. i'm rob nelson. >> i'm paula faris. tgif. >> amen to that. this is the same problem that forced captain sully sullenberger to land a jet in the hudson river. while this emergency landing was not quite as dramatic, passengers had the scare of
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their lives. we were talking about this earlier. how can a bird take down a plane. >> that's what stuns me. i was no engineering major but a bird can take out half a plane. we'll get into that in just a second. luckily everyone made it off okay. just a few scary moments there. also an update on a major story we've been following all this week. the woman accused of killing the mother of a newborn, and then kidnapping that baby. she finally went before a judge. how can she plead not guilty, though, after basically confessing to the crime? >> later this half hour, warm thoughts for the winningest coach in collegiate sports. pat summitt as she steps away from the job that she loves so much. had a press conference yesterday on the campus of tennessee, and great to hear from her. she sounds like she's in good spirits. >> people were predicting an emotional press conference. that's not, from what i saw, what it turned out to be. she was at peace, cracked a few jokes which is the way you want to walk away. it's okay. i'm moving on to other things. >> and it was important for feem
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see her in that state. at peace and comfortable. >> and record intact. that's for sure. >> yes, for a long time. first, before all of that, those delta passengers have finally arrived in california after a quite eventful day you can see here on the east coast. >> the plane which was packed with terrified passengers was forced to make an emergency landing after birds disabled one engine. here's abc's t.j. winick. >> reporter: the noise was heard shortly after delta flight 1063 took off from jfk airport thursday afternoon. >> delta 1063 has had an engine failure on the right engine. declaring an emergency due to a bird strike. >> the grinding sound was birds which had flown into one of the engines. this video was taken by a passenger. >> it was the scariest thing i have ever done in my life. >> reporter: according to those on board, the cabin then filled with smoke. >> i was literally calling my wife to say, hey, we could be freaking -- this might be my last flight. i was that scared. >> the plane turned around and
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after a flyby so the bottom of the plane could be inspected it landed without incident. >> crew handled it beautifully. very smooth. everybody on the flight knew this was not normal. but stayed very calm. >> reporter: bird and other wildlife strikes are believed to cost over $600 million in damage a year to u.s. civilian and military planes. >> it's very, very difficult to avoid the birds. sometimes you'll see them at the last minute. you are moving very fast, 150, 160 miles an hour. and if you were to abort the takeoff, you might cause more problems than if you just continue the takeoff. >> reporter: even so, 757s like thursday's plane, are designed to fly or take off on just one engine. >> all is well so they can take their time and everybody can be calm out there. t.j. winick, abc news, new york. >> wow. and bird strikes a lot more common than you may think. >> yeah. 2,586 since 1990. at jfk alone. 219 people have been killed since '88.
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$600 million annual. they test jet engines to withstand bird strikes. but they test them with four-pound birds. when you are talking about canadian geese and the geese we're dealing with, they are a little larger than 4 pounds. maybe they should start testing for larger birds. >> it's the size of the bird that gets in there. that's why the plane -- >> like big bird. >> that's what it takes. you take a little bird. how is that taking out a whole plane. we're talking about sizable birds here. it's scary. those passengers clearly had a little spike in their blood pressure. >> yes, they did. >> it worked out okay, thank god. another mysterious flight drama. this one over the gulf of mexico. controllers actually lost contact with the small plane and then called in air force jets there to the scene. they saw that the plane's windshield was frost period they then shadowed the plane as it circled for hours and eventually sat down in the water and sank. the pilot was a doctor from louisiana. he was the only one on board that plane. the texas woman accused of
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killing a young mother and then kidnapping her baby has made her first appearance before a judge. defense attorneys hinted that they are considering an insanity defense. abc's yunji de nies reports from suburban houston. >> reporter: verna mcclain trembled as she walked into the courtroom. she told the judge she cannot afford a lawyer. >> you own a house? >> no, sir. >> you own a car? >> no, sir. >> reporter: the judge appointed two state attorneys and set a bond hearing for monday. her defense team says she should be released to tend to her three children. >> she has no prior criminal history. this -- her involvement, which is the degree of it is yet to be determined, would be an isolated incident. >> reporter: mcclain has been charged with capital murder for shooting 28-year-old kala schuchardt and kidnapping her 3-day-old baby boy. police a mcclain told them she recently miscarried and planned to pass the baby off as her own. her attorneys will plead not
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guilty. >> there are many times when people confess to things that they in fact, did not do under government coercion. >> reporter: schuchardt's mother has no words for her daughter's killer. >> it's a brutal murder, and it's horrible is what it is. and that's -- my daughter was a good person. she wouldn't fight and argue with anybody, but she fought to protect her baby, and she took her life for it. >> reporter: mcclain's attorneys tell abc news, she is very emotional and has been placed on suicide watch in a single cell. for now, her three children, ages 6, 10 and 16 have been placed with relatives. yunji de nies, conroe, texas. >> no relatives have even visiteder in jail yet. i think everyone kind of understands this is a deeply troubled and potentially mentally ill woman. >> understandably so. she is under 24-hour surveillance in that cell to make sure nothing happens. and she will return to court monday for bond hearings. >> sad on so many levels.
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after spending a week in jail, george zimmerman could actually walk free. later today a bond hearing will be held near orlando where, of course, zimmerman is now facing second-degree murder charges for the highly controversial shooting death of 17-year-old trayvon martin. experts say there is a good chance he will be granted bail. meanwhile, martin's parents attended a town hall meeting that was held in tampa. they say they will not grant a request for a face to face meet with zimmerman any time soon. we got our first look at one of the call girls at the heart of the secret service sex scandal as we get word that even more agents are expected to resign within days. here's abc's reena ninan in cartagena. >> reporter: this is reportedly the woman at the center of the scandal. the "new york daily news" is publishing images of what they say is the colombian escort. a 24-year-old single mother who argued with an american secret service agent over her bill at the hotel caribe where the agents were staying.
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baby, my cash money, she told the agents according to "the new york times." prostitution is legal in colombia. so when she didn't get her money, she called the police. finally, collecting roughly $200 for the night. just a quarter of what she says she was owed. the men were in colombia ahead of president obama's arrival. before heading out for a night of fun, abc news has learned secret service officials booked a party room at this hotel, big enough for 30 people. the secret service tells us they have no record a party room was rented. as many as 21 local women were allegedly involved in the misconduct at the hotel. in washington, the outrage is growing. >> it's so -- what would be the word -- disgusting, disconcerting. every "d" word you can think of. >> reporter: three of the agents have retired, resigned or been removed. the other eight agents face lie detector tests and more resignations are expected. in cartagena, colombia, reena ninan, abc news. >> as you can imagine, intense media interest in this case.
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some of those fbi agents or secret service agents have now been identified by other news organizations, putting their name out there. we, obviously in that piece did not show the prostitute/escort in question, but the "new york daily news" did print several photos of her. they are online in case you are curious and want to go see them. >> you were curious. >> i went to go see them. you see the blurred picture. what does she really look like. 24-year-old single mom. so, anyway, it's -- more and more is trickling out here including names and now you saw photos as well. >> assistant special agent in charge of the k-9 division and two of those had been collectively in secret service for nearly four decades. so long-time agents. how about the weather on this friday, end of the week forecast? we have some thunderstorms from knox strol carolina. rainy in cincinnati, detroit, louisville and little rock. large hail and gusty winds around houston and corpus christi. showers from montana to the dakotas. mountain show in wyoming and idaho. >> i love it when you say hail.
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large hail. >> did i say it southern? >> a little bit. >> i don't thr. >> 72 in boise. fargo getting all the way up to 60. bust out the shorts and -- >> fargo. midwest. that's your accent. >> indianapolis is 67. 70s from boston to atlanta. 84 in miami. cute animal story of the day right here comes from the philadelphia zoo. this video actually has caught fire on the internet. in the video a little girl plays chase with otters who were swimming behind that glass. >> so adorable. they follow her as far as they can go and then crash into the wall and wait for her to run again. she and the otters played tirelessly like this for ten minutes. but when he ran along the glass the same way, they just aren't interested. of course they weren't. she's adorable and unassuming. >> cute video there. >> it's really sweet. back with more right after this. stay with us. don't go far now, y'all, you hear? ♪
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♪ we are all but done with another week. it's only fitting to take a look back before we all forge ahead to the weekend. you're not excited at all for the weekend, are you? >> everyone pretty much lives for friday. come on. friday is always a happy day. psychologically easing. this week we have big weather stories, also the so-called war on women, and a certain scandal involving some secret service agents. you may have heard a thing or two about this. >> a couple of things. >> it's time for our "friday rewind." >> suddenly we heard all the noise and i said, let's get out of here. >> i'm shocked. i'm shocked there's even anything left. it's total destruction. >> these are dangerous storms. when you hear something like this is coming your way, take those warnings and practice the drills. >> i can't believe we're out in april. it's fabulous. >> i was amazed on april 16th we could get this much snow. >> we let the boss down because
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nobody is talking about what went on in colombia, other than this incident. >> if it turns out that some of the allegations that have been made in the press are confirmed, then, of course, i'll be angry. >> you said it was a birthday gift to you to criticize you as a mom? >> that wasn't how i meant it. it was a birthday gift to me because i love the fact that we're talking about this. >> having his lover and the mother of his child along with his daughter from his last marriage in the same courtroom adds to the spectacle that is the john edwards story. >> people kept asking me if i won it, and i -- most of the time would laugh it off and say, yeah, sure, i won it. >> from kate's point of view, these are the sorts of headlines that they dread. >> hologram tupac did a duet with snoop which we have some tape of. it looks like they're on the stage together. if you look at snoop, he doesn't know what's happening.
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he may have smoked too much finally. i'm having hallucinizations. >> there's a lot of sex? >> yes. >> graphic sex. >> yes. well, it's a love story. you know, people w fall in love have a lot of sex, don't they? >> do you like it when he's rough? >> wow! wow! >> a bit of a theme there, didn't we? gonget a little hot and heavy toward the end. next week, you'll be leaving us temporarily for two weeks, right? >> yes. i'm going to be on assignment for abc news doing -- filing some various reports on various topics. i'm sure i'll do something on the kate and pippa just for you. >> i'm sure you'll be doing some of that. look for paula. she won't be here. but she'll be on her other platform, "gma" primarily. tune in.
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check her out. we'll have some folks filling in, including a blast from the past starting on next friday's show. a face you haven't seen for a few months. we'll see you in may. >> i'm going to miss you, though. >> i'll be right here when you get back. >> we're going to see each other. coming up, a heartfelt good-bye to a legendary coach. >> we're talking about tennessee's pat summitt. her major milestone after a victorious career. you're watching "world news victorious career. you're watching "world news now." when we resolve to stop snacking and slacking, resoe to start reading and running. this year, resolve to help someone else, too. resolve to support the american red cross. because the red cross provides hope, help, and compassion, not only during disasters, buevery day. resolve to do something that means something. support the red cross before the new year. visit today.
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welcome back, everybody. it is very much the start of something new for the university of tennessee lady vols now that their longtime coach, of course, pat summitt, has officially stepped down. >> summitt is deal with early onset dementia. she said now is the right time to go. karen travers joins us with more this morning. hi, karen. >> reporter: good morning, rob. good morning, paula.
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there may be no person bigger in women's college basketball than pat summitt. and yesterday on a court named in her honor she, reflected on her amazing career and talked about her next challenge ahead. tennessee's pat summitt is a coaching legend. famous for a competitive drive that pushed her to the top of the record books. >> get her! get her! >> reporter: but now after 38 seasons, summitt is stepping down. less than a year after being diagnosed with early onset dementia. >> i have loved my work at the university of tennessee. it's been awesome. >> reporter: summitt is the winningest coach, male or female in ncaa college basketball history. >> we have managed to win some ball games and hang championship banners. >> reporter: that's a huge understatement. during her time at tennessee, summitt won 1,098 games. she coached in 18 final fours and her lady vols won eight national titles. >> we have grown the game of
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women's basketball. >> reporter: but the final season of that journey was an emotional one. summitt announced last august her devastating diagnosis. >> i'd wake up in the morning and, you know, i would think, where am i? >> reporter: summitt started losing her keys and forgetting her schedule. a specialist at the mayo clinic confirmed her worst fears. >> i night sound this way, but, why me? why me with dementia? >> reporter: summitt will serve as coach ememeritus of the program. >> reporter: she'll be a spokesperson in's fight against alzheimer's. yesterday the white house announced that president obama will award pat summitt with the nation's highest civilian honor. the presidential med alf freedom for her success on and off the basketball court. rob and paula, back to you. >> deserves that medal. that's for sure. also the $1 million bonus she was due when she completed her 40th season. they're giving it to her now.
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well deserved. >> i love how they said when they first hired her they paid her $250 a month. >> she's coached some of the greats, including paula faris. >> yeah, i still remember that triple-double. let me tell you about a very important phone call i made.
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photo of this woman. he has no idea who she is. traces her down to north carolina but basically this photo helped get him through the war and help get through -- get through those three tours of duty. here's a sneak peek. >> i know some people. i can make a couple of calls and get you something worthy of a veteran. what do you think? hey! you ought to listen to me. you don't know who you're dealing with. >> i've known guys like you my whole life. you think a gun and a badge and a name make you something. >> you better watch your mouth. >> why didn't we show the girl in the club. >> seriously. 27% favorable rating. it has zac efron in it. san francisco chronicle says it's lazy. sappiest line, rob, you should be kissed every day, every hour, every minute. >> oh, paula, i have dreamed of this moment. this next one is based on the 2009 book by steve harley.
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act like a lady, think like a man. we've seen this before. a movie exploring gender politics, relationships and the strategies women have to employ in order to get a guy to put the ring on that finger here. all-star cast here. turtle from entourage. regina hall, gabrielle union. and a funny take on relationships and the relationship politics that we all inevitably play. take a listen. >> he just hits the locks and you pop in. he don't even have to open the door. >> um -- >> it's open. it's open. >> i don't go out on dates with guys that don't open the door for me. >> really? >> really. >> seriously? >> yes. >> oh, man. >> okay. 2 1/2 out of 5 stars from "usa today." 55% favorable rating from rotten to mateos. the book did well. steve harvey is a funny guy.
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we have "the lucky one" and "think like a man." >> peace out.
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this mor n this morning on "world news now" -- grim search. new york police and the fbi may have uncovered a major new clue in the disappearance of a little boy 33 years ago. >> etan patz was just 6 years old when he vanished. now investigators want to know if his body was buried in a new york basement. it's friday, april 20th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >> tgif. good morning, everybody. i'm paula faris. >> good morning, everybody. i'm rob nelson. this little boy's disappearance back in 1979 sent shock waves across the country when he vanished after walking to the bus stop alone for the first time. moms and dads became a lot more
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protective of their little boys and girls and he became famous. this was the first face on what's the ubiquitous missing child's picture on milk cartons. this was the first face on those milk cartons. >> hopefully 33 years later that family can have some closure. >> they've waited long enough for it. another major headline is the mysterious ghost plane that crashed in the gulf of mexico after it lost radio contact. the private plane flew in circles for hours and hours and a respected doctor is now feared dead. >> strange story there. also later this half hour -- talk of a brand new role for the biebs. is the biebs engaged? that is the million-dollar question. was he really shopping for wedding rings? we'll have that and more in "the skinny." man, i hope the answer is no. i think he's way too young. >> 18? >> 18 is way too young. >> and he just released "boyfriend." now he's going to re-release it and call it "fiancee." >> at least wait until you get
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all your adult teeth before you get engaged. etan patz became the face of the missing child's movement when he vanished 33 years ago. >> he was the first missing child to be featured on the side of a milk carton. now a new search here in new york city for possible new clues in the case. here's abc's jim dolan. >> reporter: 6-year-old etan patz was abducted back in 1979. it quickly drew nationwide attention. despite a flood of media reporting, his body was never found and no one was ever charged in the case. >> this is a re-examination of evidence as well as leads that we get. >> reporter: recently, though, in an effort to revive the long, cold case, police interviewed 75-year-old miller here in an old mug shot. back in 1979, miller did carpentry work in the building police are now investigating. he befriended etan, even gave the boy a dollar the day before he was abducted. police have known that all along, but when they spoke to miller this time, he gave them
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information that confirmed the need to take a fresh look at the building. by that time, though, cadaver dogs had indicated that a body was there or had at some point been there. new technology available to law enforcement will help in the search. neighbors say miller is quiet and lives with his grown daughter now. he was picked up by the fbi. now the central character in a case that changed so much about america. >> it was very disturbing to know a child had vanished on our block. >> reporter: we want to stress that no one has been arrested or charged in connection with this case. sources continue to refer to mr. miller as a person of interest and not a suspect in the disappearance of etan patz. etan patz's parents put out a sign outside of their soho apartment last night asking reporters to please leave them alone. for abc news, i'm jim dolan. >> that man in question had given etan patz $1 just a couple of days before for helping him out with something.
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but it's amazing these cadaver dogs, these forensic dogs, even if his body was there for 24 hours, they'll be able to detect it even decades later. but they said there was fresh concrete that was laid down in that building the week he disappeared. so they're going to have to dig all of that up. >> imagine what his parents are going through when they get that phone call that there's been a crack in the case. they said they never moved out of that soho apartment, never even changed their phone number all in hopes the little boy would still call or show back up 33 years later. let's hope they finally get some -- there's never closure in the death of a child or this kind of case, but some peace or sense of what happened. >> i can only imagine as a parent. never going to let my kids walk by themselves to school. can't do it. now to the los angeles-bound flight forced to make an emergency landing after a bird strike. one passenger said it sound like a volkswagen was being ground through the engine. the plane returned to jfk airport here in new york as a precaution. experts say that birds and other wildlife have cost hundreds of
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millions of dollars in damaged aircraft. the coast guard is investigating a mysterious flight that ended in the gulf of mexico. the small plane set off from louisiana bound for sarasota, florida. but it drifted in circles for hours before crashing into the water. alison morrow of wfts in sarasota has more. >> golden eagle 4-8 delta lima. >> golden eagle 4-8 delta lima. i'll be right back with you. >> reporter: at 6:45 thursday morning an exchange between dr. peter hertzak and air traffic control marks the beginning of this cessna 421's last flight. >>elta lima cleared to sarasota. >> delta lima cleared to sarasota. >> reporter: within an hour, controllers lost contact with dr. hertzak. by 8:45, two f-15s caught up with the plane flying in an odd circle pattern for hours before running out of fuel around noon, crashing into the gulf about 120 miles off the coast. >> according to the pictures we
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saw, the plane spiraling, it tells me that the oxygen system possibly failed. >> reporter: national guard pilots flying beside the cessna noticed the cockpit windows had an icy or foggy look. experts say a sign the cabin lost pressure and its pilot lost vital oxygen. >> they would have equipment on board that they would be able to put on an oxygen mask in that situation. >> reporter: but some say if the oxygen leaked slowly, a pilot might not even know. a sense of euphoria would set in and then sleep. >> obviously, he blacked out. >> reporter: friends say the louisiana doctor kept his eight-seat plane in top notch until his body is recovered, no one may ever know exactly what happened. >> anything is possible. >> reporter: the plane completely sank and no one has found any wreckage yet. there are currently two coast guard ships searching right now with two more on the way. in tampa, alison morrow, abc news. a maintenance worker at a sears in california is accused of placing hidden cameras in the
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women's fitting rooms and restroom. my biggest fear. police say alejandro gimez may have been videotaping female customers for up to three years. he was arrested and fired last week when those cameras were discovered in the walls by a fitting room attendant. sears has since inspected its restrooms and fitting rooms across the country. today's password is perv. in south carolina, a mcdonald's employee has been arrested for spitting in the drinks of at least two customers. the customers had complained their sweet tea wasn't sweet enough. i didn't know paula deen went to that mcdonald's. their second cups did not have enough sugar, they removed the lids to add more and that's when they saw phlegm floating on top. police say surveillance video caught 19-year-old marvin washington leaning over two cups before filling them. >> it's appetizing. >> i can literally throw up. phlegm floating on top of your sweet tea?
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>> probably couldn't detect that if you ordered a cappuccino. and on that note, starbucks is going to stop using dye made from crushed up bugs. consumers, particularly vegans, had complained about the use of animal products if various food and drinks. instead the coffee mega chain will use dye made from tomatoes. >> and that product is used in a lot of everyday things. we've all ingested it so don't get too grossed out. here is your friday forecast. stormy in texas with golf ball-sized hail and 70-mile-an-hour winds from corpus christi to houston. rain from dallas to the ohio valley. mountain snow in the northern rockies. showers from billings to dismark. thunderstorms in the southeast. pretty sunny and warm here in the northeast. >> 70 in boston. 73 in new york. 80s in miami and new orleans. 50s in chicago, seattle and kansas city. sizzling 95 in phoenix. i don't know about everybody else out there, but my sinuses and allergies started kicking in a week and a half ago. >> you suffer pretty bad. sore throat.
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clogged up. wondered why there was phlegm in my coffee cup. she's a lady. 237 years ago this week, paul revere made that historic ride to warn that the british were coming -- >> just like that? >> just like that. and to celebrate a new hotel called the revere opened on the boston common with a vertical fashion show inspired by boston's revolutionary spirit. >> rock climbers rappelled down the 24-story runway. modeling designs by local students and by ted baker, a british fashion brand. doesn't seem right, does it? >> british? >> the rush hour fashion show was a treat for boston. no thanks. no thanks. afraid of heights. couldn't do it. >> you don't like heights. it's cool. it's a cool, unique, different way going down the building like that. >> it's unique. want to try it? >> no. >> send you to boston on assignment. >> i'll be on the ground. we'll be back with more "world news now" after this.
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there was champagne for all here at abc news yesterday morning to mark "good morning america's" rise to numero uno. last week, "gma" was tops in the morning news race for the first time in 16 years. >> they had a little party last night. if the gang is looking a little rough this morning you know why. that is 852 weeks, to be exact. so congratulations. all of our colleagues at "gma." it is good news for them. also, by the way, "world news now," our little show, won this time slot by a season high margin last week and "america this morning" continues to also be number one and dominate our competition as well. we're still waiting for our party, but we'll see. >> we'll have breakfast. a big thank you to you.
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the better we do and the more viewers we have, the better "gma" does because it kind of leads into "good morning america." >> that's right. good news. >> so thank you. let's all have a party. >> come to paula's place. >> yes, my two-bedroom apartment. we can have some goldfish crackers and chicken nuggets and popsicles. >> yum. moving on to our weekly check of what's getting lots of attention online. >> everything from getting ready for summer to what's on the menu. yahoo! web life editor heather cabot joins us with all the details. good morning, heather. >> good morning, guys. with beach season not far off, yahoo! users are thinking about how to get in shape. and a new survey shows men and women approach the battle of the bulge in very different ways. women, not surprisingly, are very hard on themselves. a a new yahoo!/fitness magazine poll finds that women are much more apt to have, quote, fat days when they feel bad about their bodies. 48% of women compared to just 28% of men. and more than half of women admit they delete photos of
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themselves because they feel they're unflattering, and more than one-third say they are embarrassed to change clothes in public. the death of showbiz legend dick clark kept the web buzzing. word that the 82-year-old tv and radio pioneer died of a heart attack on wednesday made waves online. yahoo! users paid tribute to the host of "american bandstand" by looking back at his long career through a search. they sought out details of his first days on air, his stroke and triumphant return to live television and his rockin' new year's eve successor ryan seacrest. on a happier note, searches for hollywood babies and weddings are popping this week. look-ups for angelina and brad's engagement are up close to 1,600%. and a lot of interest in marilyn manson's fiancee right now. in baby news, eyes on jessica simpson, reese witherspoon and melissa joan hart and news that "true blood" co-stars anna paquin and stephen moyer are expecting sent searches off the charts.
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last, earth day is upon us. and so is soy month. yes, if you didn't know, april celebrates the soybean. yahoo! users are big fans apparently. look-ups for tofu recipes are spiking on yahoo!. people seem to be interested in growing their own soybeans at home and also lots of look-ups for soy ice cream, soy candles and soy protein powder. happy earth day, guys. have a great weekend. back to you. >> yes. celebrating earth day since 1970. we should do our part here to conserve energy. >> let's do it. >> you know what? just need a little bit of -- >> mood music. that would not conserve energy, would it? >> we're going to power the show like this. no more lights. do this real romantic light. a little barry white. a little kenny g. marvin gaye. nothing wrong with that. doing our part here for the environment. going green, folks. coming up next, what a transformation big time for actor anthony hopkins, and it's news believers don't want to hear. it's all coming next in your "skinny."
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♪ let's get it on >> announcer: abc's "world news now" will continue after this from our a
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♪ skinny so skinny ♪ justin bieber. >> get ready, ladies. hearts about to break. >> devastating to all of his young fans and some of his old fans. i know you are a huge justin bieber fan, aren't you? >> he is dreamy. >> of course he just came out with this new song "boyfriend." he may need to change it to "fiancee" because there are rumors swirling that he and selena gomez, who are a combined 37 years old. he's 18, she's 19. rumors that they are engaged or getting engaged. they were spied looking at some pricey jewelry in a couple of major jewelry stores. especially big diamond rings. so a lot of people are thinking that an engagement could be pending. of course, she tweeted a photo awhile ago about, i think, with a picture of her ring. >> could be a huge wedding for the biebs. i think they are way too young. haven't even lived a good part of their life.
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hold off. you have plenty of time. plenty of money. >> speaking from you. >> yes, indeed. yes. 19 is a little too young, i think. anyway, moving on here. making a new movie behind the scenes. this is cool. the making of "psycho." taking a look at alfred hitchcock, the legendary director. we're getting our first peek at anthony hopkins playing the legendary director hitchcock. a cool cast here as well. janet -- scarlett johansson. amazing resemblance. scarlett johansson is going to play janet leigh and helen mirren will be in there as alfred's wife. and jessica biel in the movie as well. you see the amazing resemblance between anthony hopkins and hitchcock. that looks like a great movie. and who doesn't love anthony hopkins? >> who doesn't love justin bieber? >> or jessica biel? >> terrible analogy. moving on. i don't know whether you saw "gma." but cuba gooding jr. was on there promoting his new movie on lifetime.
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rough times for cuba. anyway, he kind of went a little nuts. >> what the hell i'm talking about? what am i doing up? where did captain america go? oh, there he is. >> i got it. i got it. >> captain america. >> oh, my gosh! >> i don't know cuba personally. rockin roberts at one point just rips up her question cards because she realize there's no controlling him. i don't know. maybe it was a little caffeine or something else, whatever he was doing, but he was just off his rocker yesterday just yelling in the camera going nuts. kind of running back and forth in the crowd and then throwing random white children in the air. >> let me try to throw you in the air. >> way too much beer gut. >> but, cuba, take it down a level next time. >> he wasn't going to drop that little baby. he had a captain america outfit on. >> lay off the cappuccino. last time lionel richie had a number one it was 26 years
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♪ our obligatory royal story just for you, rob. okay. so finally this half hour, the duchess' sister being told, sorry. who else would we be talking about, but, get it. "butt"? the one and the only pippa. >> most overrated booty on the planet. >> little. >> tiny. pancake. one of the fellows in the car when that photo was taken last weekend is now apologizing to pippa. abc's nick watt reports from london. >> reporter: oh, it's an irresistible tale for the slavering british press. pretty pippa in paris, a possible paramour pointing a
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pistol and chasing paparazzi the morning after a party? there's a whiff of bonnie and clyde. well, kind of. would pippa be arrested? we have a groveling mea culpa from the dude in the back seat. he's apologized to pippa and issued a statement. pippa had been subject to constant and dangerous harassment by paparazzi throughout her time in paris, he claims. he says his friend who pippa had just met drove her to the station and the snappers were swarming. as a joke my friend brandished a toy pistol in their direction. she did not find it funny. there's been a spate of shootings in france and a bad location. of course, diana died in a paris underpass chased by paparazzi. >> pippa has now become the press focus because no one can really touch kate. pippa is part of that team and they ought to be giving her royal protection, i think. >> reporter: royal insiders are concerned that pippa will damage
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brand royal. with her hijinks. who can forget she upstaged the princess bride with that derriere that launched a thousand ships. there's a fear she might become a better looking roger clinton or more sophisticated billy carter, the loose cannon sibling. pippa is writing a book right now called "celebrate." it's party planning tips. perhaps she'll pen a chapter on what not to wave in a convertible the morning after the night before. >> so get this. according to french law, if prosecuted for having a gun in public could face up to seven years in prison if the gun were real, which it wasn't. but even though it was fake, she could still face up to two years, according to french law. >> i'm just glad we have all that settled. >> go take in your tennis match. >> yes, me and pippa. more from abc coming next.
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