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really the time to have a discussion about this is after it leaves cuba. >> the mayor of tampa saying he is ready to cancel the convention is need be. meanwhile though many in haty have nothing to board up ahead of the storm. 400,000 people there displaced by that major earthquake two years ago. are still living in settlement camps, shacks, tarps and tents. >> they don't have house that can bear a hurricane. isaac is on track to become the fourth hurricane of the atlantic season. >> accu-weather meteorologist, jim dickey, has the storm track. good morning. good morning. tropical storm isaac having trouble getting its act together here. this is infrared, enhanced infrared satellite technology. brighter colors, that's thunderstorms. to see a strengthening storm. you want to see a circular pattern, that's not the case. you have thunderstorms, not wrapping up at this point in time. still favorable for strengthening, interacts with hispaniola, could be weakening.
strong, gusty winds to hispaniola and cuba going forward through the day into saturday along with flooding rainfall. from there moves into the gulf of mexico where waters are warm, expected to strengthen. watch out. pay attention from houston done to miami as this storm will be strengthening once it gets into the gulf. rob, paula, back to you. >> this time of year the water is so warm, last thing the gulf coast need. see a cat 2 making its way on the coast. next week scary. >> prime minister in haiti urging residents to tape up their windows not cross any rivers and have folks from the states or inland wire them money so they can have money for food and water. >> scary there. those folks in a tough spot. some may be wondering why would you schedule a convention along the gulf coast in late august. the answer quite honestly as it has been, as far, florida is a swing state. hot property to have your thing there. the risk you take. public safety first. politics second.
and everything works out okay. republican party leaders say the roll call vote will happen monday not wednesday as planned. beside the tropical storm they say they're concerned about a possible disruption from ron paul supporters. romney is crisscrossing the country, focusing on policy, pushing an energy plan he says would create 3 million jobs and more than $1 trillion in new revenue. that plan includes drilling for oil and alaska can wildlife reserve. capitol hill police are actively investigating a threat against congressman tom akin, the missouri republican under heavy fire since sunday when heap said women's body have ways of preventing pregnancies in cases of quote, legitimate rape. several violent threats have been made against him, his family, and his staff including some threats that his wife would be raped. new book by a retired navy seal stirring up controversy. about the raid on osama bin
laden and his death. and as abc's martha raddatz reports, the secrets in this book are raising question as but national security. >> reporter: he was there when the navy seals busted down the doors of the bin laden compound. he was there when osama bin laden was shot to death. the former navy seal who uses the pseudonym mark owen has written a tell-all to beat all tell-alls. and "no easy day the firsthand account of the mission that killed osama bin laden" has been a slclosely held secret by the publisher but expected to be an instant best-seller released september 11th. no one knows exactly what is in it yet. the publisher says the book provides a blow by blow narrative of the assault beginning with the helicopter crash that could have ended owen's life, straight through to the radio call confirming bin laden's death. the administration and military were quick to say the author did
not request approval for the book. which is usually standard even though the seal left the military a year ago. the seal community hasn't shyed away completely from publicity in recent months. some active duty seals playing themselves ein a fictionalized movie which has some very real-looking raids. talking about the osama bin laden raid is different. already the author's name has been made public by some news organizations. and that worries active duty seals and their families who fear that the team that killed bin laden could be a prime target for terrorists. martha raddatz, abc news, washington. now as she mentioned a lot of news outlets have reported this guy's name. and that he has fled to alaska which is his home. but there are concerns now about, we said national security. >> for alaska, he is from alaska reportedly. now there is trouble because the pentagon requires any retired military personnel if they're
going to release some sort of information they have to have it reviewed and pass it along to the department, defense department to make sure that there are not revealing sort of classified information. so he could be in trouble from the pentagon. >> also troublesome that a news organization would release the name, possibly, putting those. >> several news outlets doing it. >> abc is not. odd oice. but i think people really, there is one thing, militarily, the last 20 years, people want to read about it is that particular mission. >> that's right. >> see how if there is any fallout. also this morning, a stunning development in a case of a teenage girl from saint louis missing for two years. the now 17-year-old girl says she was held captive in a washington park in -- washington park illinois home until she escaped this week. she says her captor raped her every day, got pregnant, had a baby. the s.w.a.t. team recovered the baby and arrested a man in the case. the prosecution in the drew
peterson murder trial expected to rest its case this morning. the former suburban chicago cop accused of killing his fourth wife. a minister told the court that stacy peterson was scared by her husband's actions around the time of his third wife's death. stacy peterson's bed has never ben found. evidence of a crime and ape suspect but not the victim or her rescuer. surveillance video shows a man going into a lady's public restroom at a mall, grabbing a woman, changing her baby. now another woman drives the man off and has him arrested. but police have no idea who these women are. without that, they can't prosecute the suspect >> the women in this video helped to, unbeknownst, identify and capture what we believe is a predator. >> but you didn't have their names? >> don't have their names. >> we need them. >> if you know who these women are please come forward. authorities say the man is also
suspected in other similar incidents. this is the only one where he was arrested on the scene. >> good for them. >> uh-huh. european soccer fans are known for plenty of -- out landish behavior. here is a rather loud example. took place wednesday night in stockholm. >> the team showed up with fireworks, bull horns, loud speakers and stuff to make plenty of noise. cacophony outside the hotel the visiting team. the aim to disrupt the visitors' sleep the night before an important game. >> that's nuts. here is the best part. it didn't work. the visiting team from russia won the match yesterday. 1-nil. >> as we prove on a daily basis everybody functions better when they don't sleep. >> we prove that every morning. >> yes. >> coming up next, questions about hospital security after a major scare in a pittsburgh maternity ward. >> using jet fuel to make a powerful marriage statement.
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something of a bizarre story here, a baby in pittsburgh is safe with his parents this morning. that wasn't the case yesterday after he was abducted right from the hospital. >> just 3 days old. a frightening scenario for any parent. thankfully this situation had a happy ending. details from abc's sharyn alfonsi. >> reporter: she walked into this pittsburgh hospital in broad day light and walked out with this 3-day-old baby, bryce coleman. just as his parents were preparing to take him home. the woman wearing black medical scrubs like this. police believe she bought the scrubs at a nearby store. the woman is being questioned.
and bryce has been found alive. according to the national center for missing and exploited children, since 1983, 131 babies have been taken from hospitals. most of them found. only five are still missing. and most of the times the babies aren't taken from the nursery but from the mother's room. that's what happened earlier this month in southern california. watch as this woman, also dressed in hospital scrubs, posing as a nurse, walks into a room to tell a new mother to take a shower before a doctor examined her. >> the victim turned her back, went to take a shower. and the suspect placed the baby inside of the tote bag and tried to leave the emergency room floor. >> reporter: she walked into a high tech security web. the baby was wearing a tiny id bracelet that works like a homing device. triggers alarms near a door or elevator. baby bryce had on a similar bracelet, but removed by a nurse while his mother watched he was about to go home. sharon alfonsies, abc news, new
york. this woman that abducted the baby, probably had some mental issues. she said, "mom, guess what it is all your fault and dad too. i keep telling you it wasn't just me." some of the things she was relaying put in handcuffs weren't making sense. she dent seem lucid. >> kind of frightening to watch her address reporters and the way she did it. luckily again, the good side is that the baby made it out, and safe back in the right hands. bizarre. >> yes, yes. coming up next, an empowering way to begin a marriage. let's lighten the mood shall we. >> the bride and groom are all fired up about exchanging vows. next.
the girl to marry him. >> when it comes to the wedding itself the couple you are about to meet sure found a unique way, so to speak to go about getting hitched. kabcs rob hays does the intro ducts. >> reporter: jetting in for a beach wedding not that unusual these days. but jet packing in? yep, that is the bride. and that's the groom. jet packing down the watery aisle to their wedding in newport beach. is this what you dreamed of when you were a little girl? >> i never really dreamed of my wedding. if i did i think this would be it. >> reporter: amanda and grant, of grand rapids, michigan thought what better way to tie the knot than to strap on water powered jet packs, skitter across the bay and extend their nuptials on the sand. >> why not? who would pass this up? nobody would pass this up. >> a great story. >> reporter: the bride is always
concerned about what she is wearing. in this case she is not wearing a vera wang gown, she is wearing a $99,000 jet pack. that is all part of getting married in a way no one else has. that's how they're pitching it. the sight of a bride and groom hovering over the water is something local residents aren't accustomed to seeing. >> i thought that is really weird. all these crowds start coming, cameras. we are like, huh, we have seen some interesting things arespond here. this pretty much took the cake. >> reporter: next up for the couple. trip to lack ke tahoe and honeyn in costa rica. >> any jet packs in the honeymoon? >> not yet. >> i like it. something different. been to so many weddings, they seem and look the same. >> getting lots of idea for you day if you ever pop the question. >> the more weddings i go to, the more weddings i see the more
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this morning on "world news now" -- dangerous storm. tropical storm isaac is dumping heavy rains and blowing across the caribbean this morning. >> and forecasters and republican delegates are watching isaac's every move as the storm moves towards florida. it's thursday, august 23rd. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." good friday morning, everybody. i'm rob nelson. >> what was that again? >> friday. >> sound so good. i'm paula faris on this friday. we'll get the latest forecast on tropical storm isaac, and our top story this friday morning. as isaac poses a potential threat to tampa, the extra police officers being sent to
the republican national convention may have to move from crowd control to storm patrol. ramifications of isaac far spread, far reaching. >> logistical nightmare. maybe the moral of the story is this, folks, don't schedule a convention at the heart of hurricane season anywhere along the gulf coast. 2016, topeka sounds good, you know what i mean? >> going to run into tornados. >> always something. lessens the chance a little bit. good luck to the folks. the big story developing since late last night. pro cyclist, lance armstrong stripped of his seven tour titles. after he gave up his fight in a major doping scandal. the crackdown does not end there. don't think anyone saw that move coming. throwing in the towel saying this is nonsense. i am not going to fight it. it could cost him everything. >> everything, and the u.s. anti-doping agency says they will ban him from cycling. interesting to see what some other institutions like
international cycling family has to say about this as well. see if everybody is in accord. definitely some, some -- interesting turns in that case. >> yeah. a seeming fall from grace. a rare look inside a mormon temple at the faithful's focus on marriage and family. and even heaven. and you -- took something interesting out of that piece as well? >> yeah, one of the more, i guess, poked at, poke fun at parts of the religion is addressed. >> no pun. >> in that story as well. we'll get to all of that in just a second. of course, the big story today, throughout the weekend, tropical storm isaac. it is swamping the caribbean this morning. of course, rattling nerves in tampa. >> isaac is not as powerful right now as initially expected but could gain strength after making landfall this morning in the dominican republic and haiti. our coverage begins with abc's t.j. winick. good morning. >> reporter: good morning.
tampa may very well dodge a bullet. isaac will still likely make landfall some where along the gulf coast. the french west indies felt the power of isaac's wind andain but the tropical storm is expected to intensify taking aim at dominican republic and haiti. boat owners in u.s. virgin islands are also battening down the hatches. >> i took a hotel room here to keep an eye on her during the storm. worst case scenario, that's my blue danielle. >> reporter: though the storm is tracking west, forecasters expect isaac to grow into a hurricane and pose a possible threat to tampa florida during next week's republican national convention. the city's mayor says he will cancel the conventn if he has to. governor rick scott says people need to heed any warnings. >> we are going to watch this closely. clearly tampa is ready for the convention. it is beautiful right now. open for business. >> reporter: u.s. military personnel in cuba are also not taking any chances. pretrial hearings at guantanamo bay for five prisoners accused
of launching the 9/11 attacks were postponed as authorities evacuate 200 people on the island. >> my concern is preventing any loss of life. so, the bay, and the -- all of the water, around -- there is, storm surge and all that thing. so really it is a consistent plan that we have. >> reporter: isaac expected to grow into a hurricane over 48 hours. cuba should feel effects saturday or subdnday. >> the latest now on isaac's path. >> meteorologist jim dickey following the storm's every move. good morning, jim. >> good morning, rob, paula. tropical storm isaac continues to slowly strengthen as we head through the day, today, drifting west-northwest ward. bringing strong gusty winds to hispaniola, into cuba, near hurricane force. flooding rainfall. 48 inches of rain. led to big time flooding there. going forward will drift its way westward. end up in the gulf of mexico.
walt r is warm. expecting the storm to strengthen to hurricane force and impact the gulf coast going forward. rob, paula, back to you. >> strengthen. instead of weaken. >> and, as it heads towards the coast. one can do incredible damage. category 1. plus cam pa otampa, most vulnery to flooding in the entire country. when they say take precautions officials mean it for variety of reasons and beyond the convention. >> it will hit hispaniola, haiti, dominican republic, interesting, the prime minister in haiti is asking residents there to tape their windows to prepare for this. asking residents to wire money overseas. they can have food and water the. >> let's be honest here, florida, used to dealing with this unfortunately, the convention, convention will take place it will all happen. don't forget the storm is going to pound haiti as well. after the 2010 earthquake. that monster earthquake there. 400,000 people in haiti still remain in settlement camps.
>> in tents. >> in tents in that country. so, you know trust me, there are problems then there are problems. haiti has severe problems. >> another problem in the dr being asked to investigate. but a lot of folks don't want to, because they're afraid that they will be robbed, their home will be robbed. >> very telling. very telling. good luck to everybody. >> it is. isaac could shack ke up securit arrangements for the republican convention in tampa. half the office ears signed to convention duty are coming from other parts of the state. if the tropical storm worsens, many of those officers would be forced to stay home to deal with possible evacuations. >> i have had hour cane do turrt will be easy to switch from rnc riot control to hurricane control if that's what we had to do. >> fbi and police in tampa suggest the convention security team is prepared and will have plenty of officers in place regardless for the storm or
unexpected event. they're expecting 70,000 extra people in tampa that week. another convention shake-up in the works as well. the roll call vote to officially nominate mitt romney will begin monday not wednesday as originally planned. besides tropical storm isaac, party officials are concerned about a possible disruption from ron paul supporters. meanwhile, romney is on the road focusing on policy. he says his energy plan for example would create 3 million jobs and $1 trillion in new revenue. that plan includes drilling for oil in an alaskan wildlife reserve. first lady michelle obama spent nearly 90 minutes last night meeting privately with the families of sikh worshippers killed or injured in a shooting rampage. a gunman with a ties to a white supremacist group walked into the wisconsin sikh temple opened fire before turning the gun on himself. mrs. obama offered condolences and hisened to personal stories about the victims.
police in washington say they're actively investigating a threat against congressman todd akin, the missouri republican under fire since sunday when he said that women's bed have ways of preventing pregnancies in cases of, quote, legitimate rape. his spokesman claims several threats have been made against him, his family and his staff, via phone calls, e-mails and tweets. now lance armstrong, a stunning development. he said last night that he will not contest charges that he used illegal drugs during his iconic cycling career. brought by the anti-doping agency, and giving up his fight to clear his name, armstrong called the agency effort against him, an unconstitutional witch-hunt. by not entering an arbitration process, armstrong could be stripped of his seven tour de france titles and banned from cycling and most organized sports for life. the rain he said he wasn't going to contest this is he felt like it was going to be one sided and he wouldn't have a fair shot to begin with.
>> in his statement he said this investigation has been about, not been about learning the truth or cleaning up cycling but punishing me at all costs. hesome plea said enough is enough. uh-huh. he says uci, and cycling associations have made it clear, the organization lacks the charges. and they ordered them to stop and they haven't. >> the final word, mentioned the cycling organization. >> the uci, here is the thing. they can say they are going to ban him. ultimately that's up to the jurisdiction of the uci, which is cycling's governing board. they're saying they can strip him. he is saying you don't have final authority. >> what a big risk. get stripped. get banned. wow. >> yeah. exactly. you look at his history, all the tests. they say there is no proof in the pudding. that's what his attorney is saying. >> no one saw that coming. sports item on a much lighter
note now. victory tour by the american gymnasts who won gold at the olympics in london, rolls on. >> here she was yesterday, double gold medalist, gabby douglas and her mets' jersey throwing out a ceremonial first pitch here in new york. little outside. at laes she maeast she made it plate. didn't bounce it in. >> such a cutie. douglas admitted she was more nervous than she was for routines at the game. i guess so. no need for nervousness at all. did well. looking good. making her country proud yet again. coming up next, why britter newspaper readers will soon see much more of prince harry. >> a rare look inside a house of worship off-limits to so many people. understanding the mormon faith and its rituals. you are watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by cascade, all-in-one complete.
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welcome back, everybody. at this time yesterday morning we brought you the first part of a very eye-opening report by abc's dan harris about mormonism. probably more in focus these days than everefore given mitt romney is a mormon. >> now the second part of dan's report, an in mat timate inside at what makes mormonism unique. >> reporter: we have all seen the outside of the temples, very few get to go where i went, inside. this is one of the first roomize saw, celestial room, intensity ornate, meant to evoke, the peace and tranquility of heaven. in the temple mormons wear all white. to enter, a mormon must be deemed chaste and contributing 10% of their income to the church. you are now looking at the room where the faithful stand in that pool and are baptized in the name of the dead so that they can hatch the ve the option of converting in the after life. my guide are two of the church's
12 apostles, prophets, seers, revelators. >> we know the voice of the lord. >> reporter: they were willing to discuss their rituals to a point. but they would not address rumors of things like secret hand shakes. you are not supposed to talk about the details? >> we don't get into the details of, of that. >> reporter: few other aspects of the faith that outsiders tend to focus on, polygamy, which every mormon will be quick to till you was outlawed a century ago. and special undergarments mormon men and women wear every day which we are not showing here because mormons are sensitive to their display. they describe them as simply tangible representations of their faith. but the real center of their faith say mormons is something much larger, the family. you are looking at the sealing room where weddings take place.
mormons don't just get married they are sealed for eternity. to be at the highest level of heaven you need to be married. >> the mormon heaven is a fantastically, family affair, family oriented vision of the afterlife. so the significance of the view of heaven dictates a kind of family-centeredness here in what mormon's call mortal life. >> reporter: more than 2/3 of mormons are married compared to half the rest of the population. mormon women are twice as likely to describe themselves as housewives. once a week, mormon families like the aherns of pennsylvania are expected to hold family home evening. >> the way to be happy in our families. >> reporter: no phone, tv, computers. just food, prayer, songs, games and lessons. >> the most important part is just having our children know that we love them and love spending time with them and that we are a family that is stastay together. >> reporter: all proof of how
the mormon faith is very different and very demanding. dan harris, abc new, new york. >> interesting. do you think with this big breakthrough in american politic thousands, mormon presidential candidate, a sign they should be more owe apen about their relig what makes them tech and what they believe. mormons have got in to this level of national politics. open the door. shed more light into what goes on. that's the path, you know, that led to acceptance. >> yes. >> understanding. >> exactly. it's such a private, don't want to say private religion. there is so much san kt t-- san had. the church was new and not used for services. >> mitt romney said that is part uh the reason he doesn't want to release the tax returns, the church does not publish how much people give to the church. he doesn't want to divulge how
what would a friday morning be without an update about our favorite british royal. prince harry. he is likely fully clothed some where this morning, if he is not we'll figure it out. >> we'll get to the bottom of it. that's ironic. this morning, a british tabloid "the sun" has published harry's naked photos. the paper said not publishing them was freedom of the press issue and claims, quote there is a clear public interest. in order for the debate around them to be fully informed. the royal family asked the picture not be published on the ground of privacy. >> everyone wants to be fully informed on the story. that brings us to the question yesterday on facebook, should buckingham palace, punish him
for his wild parties. >> hector said, yes he should. for this reason, he lives off the taxpayers. is it fair hard working people in his country pay the bill for his wild partying. if i am wrong, and he is paying his own way. he can do what he wants. >> interesting point. laura asks, whatever happened to what happens in vegas stays in vegas. people are just hating on him. because of who he is and they can't do what he does. haters want to hate. >> i agree. michael, role of voice of reason. as long as prince harry broke no american laws of any kind. it is none of our business. i think though it is an issue of his security detail, how come there were cell phones in that room if the prince was playing, buck naked pool. that's the logistical question, the security team, have some questions to answer. >> maybe he should review who comes into the room more often. be discriminatory. >> he let you in the room. >> that's not the room. we were watching mud wrestling there. >> i'm sure.
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♪ ♪ >> finally this half-hour, "insomniac theater," we are all about a car chase comedy and bike careers this week. tell you about "hit-and-run" in a moment. >> first the couriers in a film "premium rush" stars joseph gordan levitt. crazy messengers dodging in and out of traffic. delivering package. the main character is wily, one of the city's best and most agile aggressive bicycle messengers. so this routine delivery goes on one day, turns into a life-or-death situation here on the streets of manhattan.
because he discovers this one particular package is different. someone is actually trying to kill him. think of it look "speed" on a bike. take a listen. >> aren't-up afraid of dying? the way you ride? >> you know what scares me what happened to my friend who got out of law school. that is collective insanity. compared to that going down broadway, 50, no brakes, fine. >> sound good. >> the bike wants to go fast. it is steadier, never been hurt going all-out. just the hesitation will kill you. >> think that was within of turtle's girlfriend on entourage. diana ramirez. i will look that up. "usa today," good reviews. "usa today" gave it three out of four stars. l.a. times compared it to "speed" and "new york daily news," four of five. 74% on rotten tomato. kind of cheesy. good action. >> hit-and-run, action rom-com,
kristin bell, dax shepard. a couple go on a road trip of a lifetime. will lead to opportunities along the way. chased from a friend from the past, bradley cooper, tom arnold, and band of misfits. take a listen. >> i have never had an infected urinary tract. >> oh, really? >> you never had hpv either. no human papiloma virus? >> watch your mouth the i was vaccinated. unlike you i was born after the polio vaccine. >> what are you talking about? i am five years older than you. two out of five stars. sadly, "hit-and-run," runs out of er in the guilty pleasure race. we might see one this weekend, my husband and i? >> premium rush looks better. >> have to agree. >> let's dodge hit-and-run. >> more from abc next.
this morning on "world news now" -- watching tropical storm isaac, the mighty storm and the mayhem it is bringing to the caribbean right now. >> on top of that the precautions being taken up and down the florida coast because isaac could interfere with the republican national convention. it's friday, august 24th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." happy friday. the weekend has arrived. good morning, everybody. good morning to you. >> good morning back to you. >> i'm paula. >> i'm rob. >> nice to meet you. >> thanks for coming. pleasure. pleasure. are you comfortable? >> i'm comfortable.
>> i'm rob nelson, good morning. happy friday. find out when isaac could strengthen in a forecast coming up in a second. the woman accused of walking into a pittsburgh hospital and out with a 3-day-old baby. how did this happen with so much security in place? >> yeah, it's incomprehensible that could happen. i have had two small kids i could barely get my kids out of the hospital and i was the mother. having a person that was not the parent, escape with this kid and take, kidnap this child. >> good to know they have the tag system that sets off an alarm. >> the tag had been removed. the tag had been removed at that point. >> some precautions in place. >> the baby is okay. this half-hour, terrifying scene in the subway station. this woman carrying her 4-year-old son, falls right on the tracks. how did it happen? and who helped her immediately? how close she was to being in harm's way. those subways, the subway trains come every 60 seconds in some stations. amazing she is okay. >> she thought the train on the opposite side of the track was hers. that seems odd as well. there are some questions here. luckily they are okay.
the video is hard to look at. later, lighten the mood a little bit to talk about the high-profile feud involving madonna and elton john. two divas, her words of apology on stage. well, they may not have been so sincere. so -- stay tuned for "the skinny." the battle of egos continues in that one. >> you will have to explain that one to me. >> will i? >> can you do that for me? we'll begin with the storm watch, isaac toying with tampa as millions brace for the absolute worst. >> the caribbean is getting battered this morning, as tropical storm isaac heads to hispaniola, the path has shifted further west. tampa and republican convention are still not in the clear. with more now here is abc's matt gutman. >> reporter: isaac is charging through the caribbean, 600 miles across with wind whipping up to 50 miles an hour. isaac flooding parts of puerto
rico and neighboring island with heavy rain bands spinning out 300 miles from the center. 200 people evacuated from guantanamo bay, cuba where u.s. troops are sandbagging buildings. in miami they're feverishly buying provisions. >> every family should be prepared to sustain themselves up to 72 hours. in tampa all eyes and headlines on the storm. it happens that tampa is the most flood-prone city in the entire country. >> even a category 1 can push up to 8 feet of water. >> if you have the right storm, at the right angle, moving at the right speed, obviously it has ability to funnel a lot of the water up into the bay. >> reporter: as many as 800,000 people live in the evacuation zone here and would have to live if a category one storm threatened the area. travel delays are expected. airlines allowing passengers to change tickets without penalty. they're not the only ones changing itineraries. abc news learned that a number of security officials from other parts of the state have canceled their plans to help at the
convention to help their own communities get ready. they don't need a hurricane to cause serious disruptions. even a tropical storm, 45 to 75 miles an hour could cause an 8-foot storm surge here that would submerge the bridge and road behind me causing may -- major disruptions for the convention. matt gutman, abc news, tampa. isaac could strengthen into a hurricane, the question is when? >> meteorologist jim dickey has the latest now from accuweather, good morning to you, jim. >> good morning, rob and paula. tropical storm isaac continues to slowly strengthen as we head through the day today, drifting west-northwest ward. bringing strong wind to hispaniola. near hurricane-force. big time flooding there. now going forward here, drift its way further, westward. end up in the gulf of mexico. water is warm. we are expecting the storm to strengthen to hour cane force and impact the coast going forward. rob, paula. back to you.
>> thank you, jim. such a tense time of year along the gulf coast. today is the 20th anniversary of hurricane andrew making landfall in florida. the first hurricane of the '92 season. at the time was the costliest u.s. hurricane ever. next week the 29th. marks the seventh anniversary of hurricane katrina which decimated of course, new orleans and mississippi. so this time of the year is rough in that part of the country. >> basically a lot of uncertainty. hope it does weaken when it goes over hispaniola and haiti and dominican republic. that's the best case scenario. here is the rest of your friday forecast. isolated showers along the east coast. thunderstorms around minneapolis, omaha and kansas city. stormy from oklahoma city to dallas, shreveport, monsoons in the desert southwest. how is your tie there? >> good. my collar. shy of 100 in phoenix. 90 down in dallas. mostly 80s from the rockies into the nation's midsection. and east coast. those monsoon storms in the southwest already have parts of arizona under water.
emergency crews had to rescue two people stranded in a medical transport van. the driver was taking a disabled man to dialysis when swept off the road. they were both pulled to safety without serious injuries. a wildfire tearing through northern california has now destroyed more than 80 homes and it is still threatening nearly 1,000 others. the ponderosa fire is 60% contained after scorching 44 square miles. 2,500 firefighters on the ground don't expect it to be fully under control until next week. they're making progress. yesterday, 50% contained. today, 60% contain. they're moving in the right direction there. >> thank god. good news there. surprising new details about colorado movie theater shooting suspect james holmes. emerged during a court hearing yesterday. it turns out that just six weeks before his rampage, holmes was banned from his college for
making threats after he failed a neuroscience doctoral exam. while the university spokesperson disputed holmes was banned from the campus but did confirm a criminal background check was done on him. well, a 3-day-old boy kidnapped from a pittsburgh hospital has been found unharmed and is now safely back with his family. a woman wearing scrubs and posing as a nurse told the baby's mom he needed a final test before being released from the hospital. that's when the woman, and the newborn, vanished. the baby was later found, and the woman who was arrested had some very bizarre things to say. >> i hurt one person's feelings that i love by a lie, i know that. >> who did you hurt? >> can't tell you that. >> a boyfriend or something? >> yeah. what did you tell him you were pregnant? >> guess what, mom, it is all your fault. >> did you know these people. >> dad, you too. >> oh. >> that's very bizarre. she said i keep telling you it wasn't just me. so maybe she didn't act alone. very bizarre.
hospital administrators say they don't believe the suspect is an employee. doctors examined the baby. they say he is in good health. people wonder how did this happen? your baby in icu or delivered your baby, they actually put something on the leg of the child. >> bracelet. >> yeah, bracelet -- not necessarily. some times a bracelet, but it goes around the ankle. if they even leave, the alarms go off. but the alarm had been taken off at 12:34 in front of the mother. then there was a 45-minute win dethe baby -- window the baby didn't have the tag on. the woman disappeared. at 1:15. we are ready to leave with our baby. couldn't find the baby. >> you can tell from the sound bite in the piece, we are talking about some one very disturbed here. hopefully she gets the help she need. the baby is safe. moving on this morning. a woman is safe after a terrifying high-speed drive across missouri. the accelerator on her suv got stuck while she was driving on the interstate. she called her husband and, 911, she sped along at speeds up to 110 miles an hour.
finally managed to pull over. a cop ran to the car to get her out and put that car in park. talk about some scary moments. ooh, lucky lady. the victim of a rare flesh eating disease is home again. 24-year-old amy copeland lost both hand, her left leg and right foot to the life threatening infection. spent more than three months in hospitals before returning to her parents homes. donations have made wheelchair accessible. her father says her spirits are good. what an amazing recovery. lucky, lucky lady, again. >> great story. here is a fish tale about the one that didn't get away. got it. >> okay. >> hawaii woman fought a 12-foot, half-ton marlin, for more than four hours before she and tournament teammates managed to reel that sucker in. >> look at that thing. the good news. the bad news, she missed out on thousand of dollars in prize money. the international game fish ing
association rules say she needed to reel in the monster marlin by herself. to get the cash. >> okay. that's right. she had to be the jolly green giant to reel that thing in. right? >> the rules are the rules. a tough one. reeling in jaws. are you kidding me? look at that thing. >> you would be able to, the bulging muscles of yours. >> i have never been fishing a day in my life. >> you haven't? >> it looks kind of boring to me. >> you have been to school in -- north carolina, by -- >> and? >> watching tar heel basketball. >> i love deep water fishing, freshwater fishing. love it. i'll go. >> sound fun. >> you and me. >> it's a date. >> i will reel it in. >> you can sip on some cocktails. >> perfect. >> coming up -- katie holmes rebounding a big day doing something she has never done before. >> the mother who is thanking her stars and strangers after what could have been a brush with death. you're watching "world news now."
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we have s we have a scary scene to show you on a boston subway platform after a woman's brush with death wednesday night. >> with practically everything else in today's day and age it was caught on video. janet woo reports. >> reporter: on the left side of the screen, a woman carrying her 4-year-old son through the turn-style, looks back trying to retrieve her charlie card, and hoists what looks like a bag onto her right shoulder and proceed through a moderately crowded platform. without stopping she drops on to the empty redline tracks. >> oh, my god. she just fell, right? >> oh my gosh. >> oh, my goodness. >> reporter: reaction was universal. watch what happens after the woman falls.
within seconds, several people have jumped on to the tracked and working together to pull the woman and child back to the platform. within 20 second they're off the tracks. t personnel are at the scene. and good samaritans scrambled out of harm's way. >> would you have done the same? >> absolutely. >> i'm not in good condition, i would probably make it worse. >> amazingly no one sustained any visible injuries. both the woman and her son were taken to mgh for evaluation. she later told t officials she saw the northbound train on the other side of the track and thought she could board from the southbound platform. surprisingly, few speculated about what motivated the incident. it didn't matter to most. >> i wouldn't make that kind of judgment at all. i would jump in, help the mom out right away. no question. >> human reaction to help save a child. >> it doesn't surprise me. because i think that, we're getting to a place where we're not bystanders anymore, we are actually getting in there and helping each other. >> reporter: t officials applauded the reacts of
witnesses, but said it is best to get t personnel first since the third rail is electrified. >> wow. we are so distracted as human beings, especially as mothers these days. i am not going to judge that woman in the least. there was no barricade. in new york there is a barricade in between the train the so you could clearly tell one is going northbound. one is going southbound. >> there doesn't appear to be a median or whatever there. again, kudos to the good samaritans in the case. stepped in. 20 seconds later she was off the tracks. >> that little boy is okay. she seemed a little embarrassed. >> wow, man. her fall almost as bad as the red sox. oh. >> you had to go there? >> i love you, boston. just playing. just playing. all right, coming up next. that's okay, they're okay, most important thing. and from morning to night, the "gma" team goes primetime. >> madonna has a message for elton john, rather, that this guy is going to explain for all of us. it is all coming up in "the skinny."
♪ skinny ♪ so skinny >> we talked the last few weeks about the feud between elton john and madonna. madonna has been giving lady gaga grief, she feels like her big hit "born this way" robs a little bit from "express yourself" talking trash about lady gaga. gaga is the godmother of one of elton's kids. he kind of came to gaga's defense, talking about madonna, saying she looked like a fairground stripper. fr frit -- pretty harsh word there. a concert in france, madonna was giving. she dedicated her song, masterpiece to elton. saying, yet, i know he is a big fan of it and a big fan of mine. and you know, i forgive him. got to start some where. sound look an apology, right, not quite. the back story on that. and masterpiece is the song that actually beat out elton john's song "hello, hello" for best original song at the golden globes in january.
he was so furious she won over him. he said the speech was embarrassing in narcissism. the bad blood continues. a backhanded apology to say the least. the war of word doesn't seem to be dying down anytime soon. >> war of the divas. >> well-played, madonna, sing the song that beat his song. battle of the egos, folks. >> new number one morning show, "good morning america," on piers morgan, all of them, the cast. sam champion, laura, robin roberts, george. back in the day, george stephanopoulos wasn't just a political heavy hitter, also a bit of a sex symbol. george. >> lot of lady like george. >> his wife was welcomed into the exclusive with piers morgan and started talking about their sex life. kind of like an ew, mom and dad moment. take a listen. >> what do you and george talk about in bed? >> in bed? >> in bed.
>> we're both reading. you know. >> what do you read? >> the history of islam. and he is reading "in style" magazine. >> is it true, do you read in style magazine in bed, george? >> of course, i do. i have to prep for gma. >> that is a very telling comment, mr. stephanopoulos. >> oh, my. his wife is hysterical, allie wagner. >> "in living color" her big break. very interesting relationship there. good for him. >> i love their marriage. i think they're a fun couple the very interesting. george. apparently katy perry and john mayer splitsville. a source says they'll be friend. they were having fun. made it out to be far more than it was. a few months. they're going their separate ways. i'm sure john will be celibate until the end of the show. >> yeah, about 5 seconds. real quick, katie holmes is going to be making her premier at fashion week in new york and scored the
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you're you're watching "world news now." >> sleep is overrated. ♪ last friday night yeah we danced on table tops and we took too many shots ♪ i think we kissed but i forgot ♪ >> finally this half-hour with the weekend about to come to life, thankfully, what better time in the morning than now to take a look back at where we have come over the last week. >> a prince, a spanier, a swimmer, politics, parts of the west in flames. it is our friday rewind. >> it was fire everywhere like, you turn around, everywhere on all sides of you. >> so incredible something that you never expected can come in in the blink of an eye and take everything away from you. >> if i could find the crew to save my house --
i couldn't talk about it. >> there is no change in medicare for seniors. none under my plan. >> medicare should not be used as a piggy bank for obama care. >> i guess they figure the best defense is to try to go on offense. >> the first election cycle i can remember in a long time where democrats are on the defensive because of medicare. >> if it is a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. >> his comments about rape were deeply offensive. and i can't defend what he said. i can't defend him. >> republicans did a -- an immediate read of the politics of the situation and decided his candidacy was not retrievable. >> i want to make absolutely clear.
we are going to continue with the race for the u.s. senate. >> it is not in my nature to go around thinking the worst of people. i am not a law enforcement agent, i am not an investigator. i was a university president. >> this 62-year-old body, believe it or not is a better athlete today than when i was in my supposed prime. >> they were young, healthy men having a great time by the pool with beautiful women and a lot of people would have liked to have been in their shoes or in their speedos. >> she showed them that a woman can stand up there and keep you laughing for an hour and she doesn't need to sing. >> quite a week. >> she did have a great laugh. what a week. well, here is another kind of twist and turn. are you up late with your dog? send us a picture of your dog. >> not your spouse. >> on twitter. it is dog appreciation day this sunday. >> send it to twitter handle@abcwnn. use the #wnnfans. >> announcer: this is abc's "world news now," informing insomniacs for two decades.
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