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ing back to new york city. >> apashtsly not one, two but three tractor-trailers jackknifed up there. >> reporter: in new york snow and salt blamed for 200 reports of manhole issues including this fire. an suv up in flames. and it's not just humans. in michigan the u.s. coast guard swam with a dog through icy waters getting it to safety. >> here in detroit, a snapshot of what we are seeing across the midwest. it may look like i'm standing in a snow drift, but guess what this is actually the middle of the road. snow has been here for days. snow is still coming down right now. city officials promising to plow these streets over the next several hours. gio benitez, abc news detroit, michigan. the question is where is the storm headed. >> accu-weather stephanie olmo has the details. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. much of the northeast and new england area seeing snow showers for today. meanwhile we have another clipper system on the way. right now impacting the plains
and it will continue to track eastward. impacting the midwest and it will eventually get this to the northeast and new england area wednesday night in to the day on thursday. now our other concern will be the second storm system off to the south. depending how it tracks we could see some heavy snowfall across the new england area. meanwhile, across the west on thursday we will see some heavy rain across the northern parts of california can. two to three inches is expected throughout san francisco and also sacramento. thursday in to friday. reena and t.j. back to you. . >> thank you so much. we turn to senator rand paul. he now says he thinks vaccinations are safe. the kentucky republican claimed that some children suffered profound mental disorders after vaccinated. last night he backtracked and tweeted a picture of himself getting a booster shot. sources say bobbi kristina is fighting for her life in the neuro icu at emory university
hospital. a surprising new claim from her father bobbi kristina by brown. saying she was never married to the man believed to be her husband. the judge in the murder trial of form iffer new england patriots tight end aaron hernandez dismissed a juror. the woman was dismissed for previously discussing information in the case and saying it would be hard to convict hernandez without a murder weapon. the girlfriend is expected back on the stand this morning. a group of professional golf caddies is suing the pga tour over the bibs they wear during tournaments. they are forced to wear logos without sharing in an estimated, hear this price tag $50 million in endorsement revenue. the lawsuit claims the tour denied caddies to basic health care and pension plans. no comment are the pga. boston will salute the super bowl heros at the parade and
rally today. and then tom brady can hand over the keys to his new truck. >> brady says he will figure out how to give the truck to malcolm butler who made the game-winning interception against the seahawks. brady was given the 2015 chevy colorado colorado truck for named super bowl mvp. >> good looking truck. >> he said the effort wasn't a surprise to many on the team. >> he will not give the mvp trophy to butler. >> that stays at home. you can take the car. brady is probably just full. his garage is probably full. didn't have room for it. >> he has got so many over the years. >> probably it. >> and the kids are too little. they don't need the keys yet. >> they don't need the truck. what do you do. in years past wasn't it the corvette but the mvp winner gets. >> not always a truck. >> i think a corvette one year. >> really. >> keep the corvette but give the truck away. >> i have to check. i think it was a corvette one
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clinic in jacksonville florida are planning to run clinical trials for a vaccine that could women against a particularly aggressive type of breast cancer commonly referred to as triple negative. it usually strikes younger patients. the only treatment is chemotherapy and when it is treated it is most likely to return and spread. to another health alert that also is a consumer alert about popular dietary supplements. a new investigation found what is inside store brands of some of the most popular supplements offer no health benefit at all. here's here now is tom thomas. >> reporter: new york's attorney general accusing four major retailers of selling bogus herbal supplements saying some of the products tested had rice wheat and house plants. the attorney general demanding they pull the potentially dangerous products from store shelves. the investigation allegedly showing many samples of the store brands of ging coe biloba
and st. john's wort at wal-mart walgreens, target and gnc did not have the ingredients and others failed at wal-mart walgreens and gnc. >> the fda is not scrutinizing supplements to near what they are doing with drugs. >> 400 tests were conducted. 79% of the samples contained none of the product labelled or contaminated. >> it is a guessing game gee, i hope it is in the bottle but it turns out more often than not it isn't. >> reporter: gnc says it stands by the products and the tests may not be appropriate for these herbal products. wal-mart says it is reaching out to supplier and will take appropriate action. target saying it is committed to providing high quality, safe products. walgreens says they are in the process of removing these products a wes review this matter further. >> expert says the real concern is food allergies.
if an ingredient isn't listed on the label it could be harmful. research the supplement and the brand. tom thomas abc news new york. >> americans bend spend $11 million on supplements. one in three americans take some kind of supplements. >> do you? >> yeah. >> which ones. >> flintstone vitamins. >> that's at the house. >> i have been too busy to go to the store and buy real vitamins. >> i used to love those things as a kid. >> there are some artificial colors. bombshell buy oging fi making waves across the pond. >> and what an american author is saying about prince charles and why it is setting buckingham palace on edge. you are watching "world news now."
>> reporter: an explosive biography claiming to spill secrets about prince charles and his household is igniting a firestorm revealing on the eve of his wedding to princess diana, charles almost backed out telling a friend i can't go through with it. i can't do it. >> it was the enormity of this step had also hit him. >> reporter: the book paints the prince of wales with intense pride but also racked by a jealousy of his own sons. >> he looks at them with envy at the crowds they draw. >> reporter: mayer writes the first to the thrown is close to kate and delights in his grandson prince george and suggests the future king is a thin-skinned insecure man whose activist style may be at odds with the -- to remain -- >> it is hard to overstate how strange and isolating his
existence is. i think because it's what -- it's all he's ever known. >> reporter: charles has met his match, finding an equal partner. making him laugh and putting him at ease. the great love of his life camilla who he called his dearest wife. the woman who was once the public enemy has become a loyal asset and that age-old question will camilla be queen? mayer says she most definitely will. >> oh. >> what was that? >> nothing. i -- it's fascinating. do you know the author is a journalist the head of the foreign press association in london. >> those are her credentials and she has dual british, u.s. citizenship. she say before she did the book she didn't take them seriously but now has a change of heart. >> sometimes we don't get it. it seems like they sit around and do nothing but they do work.
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♪ >> oh goodness gracious. we are back. we are still talking about katy perry's blowout halftime show. if you want to know why we are laughing, wait for the in case you missed it. one topic of conversation the outfit changes. she set a record. who knew there was one for wearing four outfits more than any previous halftime performer. brandi hitt has the story for us. ♪ >> katy perry on fire during her super bowl halftime performance.
pulling off a record-setting four costume changes. with the help of friend and fashion designer jeremy scott. >> what is the secret to these quick costume changes? >> the hiding of the looks and trying to plan how you could have something under it and not seen. >> the red-hot opening dress made of detailed patent leather worth 15 to $20,000. perry taking it off in 20 seconds backstage revealing her beach look underneath without missing a beat. >> we had to play it like a russian doll the nesting dolls. i knew i had to create something having her california girls look under it. >> reporter: scott says he convinced perry to add the fourth costume at the last minute when misty elliot joined the performance layering on this hoodie. but the show stopper of the night, her $15,000 silver star
gown, her scene in this sketch. >> we both agreed it should be glamorous, red carpet bonanza moment. she wanted for sure to have a leg moment. >> reporter: and a dress easy enough to slip on in 45 seconds. ♪ >> reporter: scott didn't just design perry's outfits, he also calmed her nerves. >> i was like you were born for this you were born for this day. you are going to own this. you are born for it. [ music playing ] >> reporter: as for those iconic costumes scott said they will never be worn again they are being archived in perry's personal collection. brandi hitt, abc news, los angeles. >> i'm glad that mystery's solved. >> were you really wondering? >> oh look at me. >> you can bring it with the hair sometimes. >> i was talking about the legs, not the hair. >> oh, sorry.
this morning on "world news now," deadly crash. a train packed with hundreds of commuters leaving new york city slammed in to an suv on the tracks. numerous fatalities. several more injured. as investigators try to put together what happened. a passenger that ran passed me had blood on his face. >> we have the very latest f from the scene. fighting back, just hours after isis released video of the gruesome murder of a jordanian pilot. two militants have been executed by jordan's government. the king delivering on his promise as he met with the president. >> just one more indication of the viciousness and barbarity of this organization. >> how the middle east is responding to this fast-developing story this morning. disgrais graced cyclist
lance armstrong back in hot water. cited for a hit and run accident. how he tried to fool police letting his girlfriend to take the blame to avoid the controversy. it is wednesday. >> announcer: from abc news this is "world news now." a very good morning to you. i'm reena ninan. >> i'm t.j. holmes. we have a lot of breaking news to get to. let's jump in. begin with the deadly rush hour crash between a commuter train and suv. >> the collision setting off an explosion and fire killing at least seven people. the train still sitting on the tracks this morning. you can see the burned out car. first where the passengers died. this tak north of new york city. >> reporter: a horrifying scene just north of new york city. >> screaming, yelling. it was total panic. >> repor smoke and fire rise from a commuter train after it smashed in to a jeep cherokee stuck on the tracks. in this image, the names engulf
the vehicle and appear to cover half of the first train car. from behind the eerie orange light and huge plume of dark smoke sglibl a passenger that ran passed me had blood on his face and people were pulling the windows off trying to get out through the emergency windows. >> reporter: from above, you can see the massive response. flashing lights up and down the rail line as fire crews rushed in. when the smoke cleared, this is all that was left. scorched and mangled metal. the jeep cherokee all but crushed under the metro north plane. the injured had to be carried out of the front cars. passengers in the back had no idea how bad this was until they saw it for themselves. >> we went down ladders and walked out here and saw the smoke and smoke and flames inside the car. >> reporter: officials say the woman driving the jeep was trying to cross the tracks around 6:30 p.m. when the gates came down leaving her in the bath of the oncoming train. she died along with several
other passengers. the railroad confirms the train left grand central terminal 45 minutes earlier heading north. >> the third rail went completely through the entire front car of the train. it must have been an absolute horrific scene when that first happened. i am amazed that anyone got off that train. >> reporter: the evacuated survivors went to a nearby gym for shel the trip home cut tragically short. aaron -- abc news new york. >> we are keeping a close eye on that breaking story. meanwhile, another breaking story out of the middle east. jordan taking swift action following what is likely the most barbaric murder to date at the hands of isis. >> hours of the islamic state released a video showing a captured jordanian pilot burned alive, video abc is not showing, jordan fired back executing two convicted militants. abc's molly hunter is joining us on the phone from jerusalem. molly, good morning. >> reporter: response to the death of the pilot, jordan did
deliver. overnight hanging two iraqi prisoners, sajida al-rishawi and another man just before dawn. sajida al-rishawi has been at the forefront in recent weeks and isis demanded her release for a japanese journalist. in exchange the jordanians demanded they show proof of life for the pilot but isis never delivered. the deal fell apart and the japanese journalist was killed. sajida al-rishawi has been on death row since 2006 after confessing to her involvement in a 2005 al qaeda hotel bombing. but the other prisoner was a more high-value target thought to be more dangerous. later today, jordan's king abdullah does return early from a visit to washington and we expect him to thmpb. jordan state tv said thousands and thousands of people will be waiting for him in amman. reena and t.j. >> i'm pretty zur certain of that. it seemed like king abdullah didn't hesitate on the executions. why did they act so quickly?
>> you are right. jordan jordan didn't even blink when the video was released. jordan had to show they were strong and had to hit back. it will be a tense few weeks in jordan. security will be tightened and the country will be on high alert for any retaliation from isis. >> this particular tribe is the backbone of support for king abdullah. very important he acted immediately. as molly mentioned it will be interesting to see if this response is enough for the people in the area. >> king haven't a choice almost in this matter. had to react. we are staying on top of that breaking story and developments there. one braking story overnight and the video of this is incredible. the crash of a passenger plane in taiwan. you are seeing it there. nearly unbelievable images showing the plane with 58 people on board, clipping a bridge shortly after takeoff from taipei's downtown airport. at least eight people killed. the plane crashed in to a shallow river just a couple of
yards, dozen yards from the shore. rescuers in small boats were on the scene almost immediately bringing survivors to safety immediately. the plane was a turbo prop by transasia airlines. the carrier's second deadly crash in a year. back to weather. million s of americans bracing for the arrival of another brutal winter storm before most are finished digging out from the past couple. a dozen people have died because of the stormy weather. many others have been hospitalized including a wisconsin man who suffered cardiac arrest while shoveling his driveway. firefighters paramedics who rushed that man to the hospital went above and beyond the call of duty. they came back to his house, what did they do? they finished shoveling his driveway. the family is overwhelmed by their kindness and generousty. the fire chief says the hopes the idea of shoveling it forward catches on. another icy blast is taking
aim at millions. >> stephanie olmo has dethe tails. >> reporter: some snow showers across the east and new england area. we have another clipper system on the way now impacting the plains and in to the midwest bringing light accumulation. not as cig kablt a as we have seen the past couple of days. this clipper system will eventually make its way across the northeast area. depending how the low pressure system tracks northward it would bring significant snowfall across the new england area. reena and t.j. back to you. >> thank you so much. a deadly plane crash near denver is blamed on a pilot taking selfies in the cockpit. you heard me right. ntsb said the pilot and his passenger were snapping pictures with their cell phones moments before the single engine cessna went down last year killing both of them. they believe the pilot was distracted and disoriented from the flash of the phone when he lost control minutes after takeoff. >> this this brave new world with of selfies and cameras everywhere it is easy to have a
lot of pictures taken of the cockpit. when it is a clear day that is one thing. but at night time you need your vision to do that. and having flashes in there is almost a guarantee of trouble. >> no video from the doomed flight but a go pro camera found near the wreckage had video of the pilot taking selfies during previous flights the same night. a sharp jump in oil prices sparked a rally on wall street. the dow closed 305 points higher with chevron and exxon mobil leading the way. they hope oil prices are bouncing back after dropping 60% over the last several months. harper lee has written a sequel to her beloved "to kill a mockingbird" called "go set a watchman." it is a novel lee wrote in the 1950s and set aside. a 304-page book. her first newn print in 50 years. it soared to the top of the best seller list. it is set for release in july.
a bill aimed at reducing a suicide epidemic among military veterans is on the way to the president for his signature. the senate unanimously approved the bill yesterday. it is named after clay hunt a 26-year-old iraq and afghanistan veteran who killed himself in 2011. his mother called the bill's passage bittersweet since it is too late to help her son but will save the lives of others. some world war ii veterans were on capitol hill honored for their heroism. about 40 living members of the so-called devils brigade were there to receive the congressional gold medal. the devils bri grade was made of up americans and canadians. it was a precursor to today's special forces. the nickname stemmed from their tack tix and war record and included the capture of 30,000 prisoners. mcdonnell remarked some of their mission plans would have made james bond blush. anyone who watches game of thrones will know this guy if you see him.
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lance armstrong now has a court date in aspen, colorado after cited for a hit and run. armstrong was driving an suv on icy roads after a late december party. he hit two parked cars and agreed to let his girlfriend take the blame to avoid controversy. he later acknowledged lying to police and that led to armstrong being cited for failure to report an accident. and for speeding. he is scheduled to appear in court on march 17th. >> so unlike lance to lie. so unlike him. surprised by that. rap mogul suge knight is waking up in a southern california hospital this morning being treated for chest pains. he was in court yesterday pleading not guilty to murder and three foale felony charges for an incident which he struck two men with his pickup truck last week. he complained of chest pains and was hospitalized and is due in court next monday. behaving badly, not celebrities but quickly gaining national notoriety. >> talking about mom and dad of
the year in the nation's capitol. they are facing child cruelty charges after locking two toddlers in a freezing car while they went to a wine tasting party. abc's jim avila with the story. >> reporter: this washington couple is avoiding reporters at a full run after their court appearance declining the opportunity to explain why they allegedly abandoned their 2 1/2-year-old girl wearing a coat with no hat or gloves screaming hysterically in the backseat of a car for nearly an hour. next to her year old brother in bare feet. the outside temperature, 35 degrees. while they sipped fine wine inside of a luxury restaurant tasting party. they shared a cab after pleading not guilty but now the kids aren't at their home in the swankiest of d.c. neighborhoods. child services has taken custody. the parents were sipping their wine more than a football field away from their car which is parked where that suv is. but they told the police when they came out that it was okay
because they could monitor the kids on their iphone. we tried it and it does work. our producer is inside the car now. >> ken, i can hear you. >> reporter: which begs the question why didn't the parents come out when the child was crying? >> i don't know why they wouldn't bring the kids inside. >> reporter: the restaurant telling abc news none of this happened to happened. in fact children are welcome. jim avila, abc news, washington. >> where do you -- maybe they had a moment a lapse in judgment. you can't even say that. >> no. >> i'll never understand this stuff. we talk about heat. kids left in the car but the cold, same difference. two and one. sipping wine. everybody has their day in court. maybe we should wait and listen. all right, folks. >> all right. coming up the star of "selma" is speaking out. he was snubbed and didn't get an oscar nomination but what david is saying about his academy of
playing martin luther king jr. in "selma." he actor is speaking out for the first time what many are calling a notable snub. >> i say to people calm down, it's fine. be angry. be angry. >> he said that black actors aren't recognized enough for playing strong characters. >> to me denzel washington should have won for playing malcolm x. >> i earned that money ten hours a day, seven days a week. >> reporter: and citing sundayny poitier not nominated for "in the heat of the night." >> generally speaking, we as black people have been celebrated more for when we are subservient, when we are not being leaders or kings or being in the center of our own narrative driving it forward with. >> reporter: lack of diversity is seen by some as a big problem in hollywood. this year all 20 lead and
supporting actor nominees are white. >> something you can't kind of understand. >> disappointed. >> reporter: only the second time that's happened in nearly 20 years. >> the entire brouhaha over "selma" has opened a lot of people's eyes. i think there is a more acute awareness that if there are going to be zero minority nominees in major categories people are going to notice. >> reporter: notice not just by tloez going to the movies. >> it's okay. tell them they are a bunch of -- >> reporter: but now by those making them. mara schiavocampo, abc news new york. >> well -- >> this will be a hot topic through the oscars because that movie. a lot of people just think it is fantastic. >> oh yeah. >> and ava -- not nominated for best director for the movie either. >> interesting to hear i never thought of it that way until he mentioned it and thought hmm, interesting. >> glad he made the point.
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>> love trying to figure it out. >> donna who does my hair has given you barretts. >> it is a strug sgll my husband is learning how to put her hair in a pony tail. meet a dad who decided to go to school to learn to do his daughter's tress. he's a single dad and during his lunch break he would with get tutorials from a cosmetologist. he wanted to learn to do these things and he is surprised how easy. i thought oh my god this is simple once i learned how to do little things like you don't need -- pulling up a pony tail. he found it easy. his name is greg and he has images on his facebook page. >> oh wow. this isn't simple stuff. getting creative with it i need to take a class. >> check out his facebook page and show us pictures after you have done him. >> just the after pictures. not the befores. neither of us want to jump
from a plane, the parachute and the whole thing. >> that's what we are ginger for. >> we have ginger zee. but these guys -- these are daredevils here. it gets boring jumping out of a plane and free falling. so dancing if you will. this is a synchronized machine. a couple of daredevils over dubai do a little routine on the way down. >> they are getting jigging gi with it as they are free falling. >> what year was jig gs gy with it. >> i think 1999. >> '99. she was jiggy with it. ♪ >> you ruined the whole synchronized routine. >> how do you know they are not falling to that song. >> you think just get jiggy with it '97. this is 2015. >> not that far away.
breaking news on "world news now," train tragedy. with numerous fatalities and injuries. investigators are trying to figure out what led to this deadly crash of a jeep on to the tracks. another deadly crash. an unbelievable image of a plane diving clipping a bridge in taiwan. the tragedy taking place moments after takeoff. family feud a court battle between robin williams wife and children playing out over the late actor's estate. what his kids and their step mother are fighting for. katy perry is spilling secrets how she felt right before her blowout halftime show and her long-time frenemy taylor swift. that's in the swin"the skinny" on this february 4th. >> good morning to you all. >> we begin with the rush hour
collision involving one of the busiest commuter railroads. >> the charred remains on the tracks north of new york city this morning. six train passengers killed. the driver of the car hit by the train also died. abc's josh einiger is a at the scene. >> reporter: when the train finally stops, fire consumed the first car of the jam packed car to the southeast. passengers scrambled for safety. >> there was a passenger that ran past me. he had blood on his face and people were pulling the windows off, trying to get out through the emergency windows, screaming, yelling. it was total panic. >> reporter: the train at cruise speed crossing commerce street when officials say the driver of the cherokee tried to cross in front of it but didn't have enough time. >> obviously there was an explosion. people were trapped inside. multiple fatalities. >> everyday commute turned terrifying. >> the third rail went mpletely through the entire
front car of the train. it must have been an absolute horrific scene when that first happened. i'm amazed that again got off that train. >> reporter: from this vantage point you can get a bigger sense of the scene. there's the first car where it stopped. you can see flames were shooting out of the ndows when the fire was raging rough that car. th the benefit of this vantage point you can look at the affic lights. that's the railroad crossing where the initial impact took place. you can see how fast the train was going and how hard it was for it to stop, how hard it was to prevent this rush hour tragedy. josh einiger, abc news, new york. >> thank you, josh. we'll stay on top of that. other breaking news, the crash of a passenger plane in taiwan. nearly unbelievable pictures show the plane with 58 people on board clipping a bridge shortly after taking off from taipei's downtown airport. at least a dozen people were killed. the plane crashed in to a shallow river a couple can dozen yards from shore.dozen
yards from shore. are rescuers in small boats were on the scene almost immediately bringing survivors to safety. the plane was a turbo prop flown by transasia airlines. it's the carrier's second deadly crash in the past year. also breaking overnight, jordan firing back after he grisly murder of its captured pilot, immediately executing two convicted militants. the female prisoner isis wanted to swap for the pilot and a top al qaeda lieutenant was put to death in a hanging.death in a hanging. this move follows the release of a horrific video. you are seeing him there. the video showing him being burned alive in a cage. president obama, who was meeting at the white house with jordan's king abdullah vowed to step up the pressure on isis. >> we'll redouble the vigilance and determination on the part of a global coalition to make sure they are degraded and ultimately defeated. >> reporter: the pilot was
captured in december during a u.s.-led air campaign during isis. officials believe he was killed a month ago. well, now to an abc news exclusive taking us inside of an isis stronghold in syria. the city of kobane destroyed after the militants fled. >> after coalition air strikes the u.s. declared victory there. alexander marquardt got a first-hand look. >> reporter: we entered the gates of kobane to get a rare look at the front lines of america's war against isis. this once bustling syrian n city now has craters 15 feet deep. unexploded shells scattered everywhere. this is what the aftermath of four months of heavy fighting looks like. entire city blocks levelled to the ground and all-around destruction as far as the eye can see. the empty streets unnervingly quiet. around some corners, the stench of death hanging in the air. almost everyone, except the kurdish fighters who fought isis has fled. this woman and her family among
the few holdouts calling on the world to see what isis has done. those that didn't see the evil that took place will see it now, this girl says. this was a front line in the fighting and the residents of this block strung up this sheet across the road to run past preventing the isis snipers from seeing them. you can see it is covered in bullet holes. we climb through the wall of this deserted isis headquarters. rooms covered in jihadi graffiti, sniper positions abandoned. >> the isis fighters set up this wall of sandbags, but left a couple of holes so snipers could fire out from here. >> reporter: isis is now gone. as journalist ali walked me through the post apocalyptic landscape he told me he sees victory among the rubble. kobane sent a message for all the world. >> a feeling shared by many and a hope in a shattered city. >> the city maybe quiet but you
can hear the signs of fighting all around. a few miles away the new front lines against isis. they may have lost this battle but the war continues. alexander marquardt, kobane, syria. here at home millions of americans aren't dug from digging out from the latest storm and another round of dangerously icy weather is on the way. drivers navigate across accumulating black ice. on the midwest, blowing snow and ice are turning morning and evening commutes treacherous. already this week the record-setting storms are blamed for more than a dozen deaths and a new one is looming. accu-weather's stephanie olmo had details on when it will hit and where. good morning, steph. we had a snow showers across the northeast and the new england area. right behind the system we have another clipper system. right now impacting the plains in to the midwest. bringing light accumulation.
not as significant as a we have seen the last couple of days. the second system will track eastward, impacting the northeast and new england area. depending how the second storm tracks we could see significant snowfall across the new england area. reena and t.j., back to you. >> now to capitol hill where republicans are pressing their battle with president obama in both houses of congress. first in the house yesterday, gop lawmakers voted to repeal obamacare and begin legislative work on a replacement health care system in the senate. a republican attempt to roll back mr. obama's policies failed. republican leaders in the house announced final approval would be given next week to construct the keystone pipeline. that will trigger a threatened veto from the president. let's turn to a new jersey governor chris christie. he is wrapping up a trip to london today. >> when he gets back to the garden state the potential presidential candidate is likely to face tough questions about another recent overseas trip. here's more from abc's jonathan karl. >> awkward hug aside, you can't blame chris christie for having fun.
now he is under fire for having others pick up the tab. he calls himself a regular guy from new jersey. >> i know you because i'm one of you. >> reporter: christie likes glitz, whether dancing with jamie foxx or hanging with jon bon jovi or his favorite dallas cowboys. the latest controversy, a 2012 trip to the middle east first reported by the "new york times." he flew on casino magnate sheldon adelson's private jet complete with a private bedroom, along for the ride his wife, three kids his mother-in-law, father, step mom and a half dozen others. most eye opening his stay at this ultra posh hotel. the tab, $30,000 paid for by the king of jordan. hillary clinton has also spent a lot of time in private jets paid for by others. one flight to iowa last fall reportedly costing $50,000. now christie is the one facing questions. he was in london not answering them. jonathan karl, abc news, the
white house. an ugly court battle has broken out over the estate of the late robin williams. williams widow, his third wife claims his children took personal items belonging to their father after his death. she says she is entitled to the jewelry and memorabilia. you will remember he committed suicide last august. u.k. has become the first to legalize three parent babies. it takes dna from the mother and father and second mother allowing doctors to delete dna associated with incurable conditions if the mom knows she would be passing down a is disease. it can be replaced with healthy dna from a woman donor. some southern california cub scouts. excuse me. >> get choked up when you talk about cub scouts? >> i don't. >> you want know help you here. >> many of our viewers know i have been dealing with something. >> something. >> you want to get a cough drop and i'll take this one. >> please, thank you. >> okay. california cub scouts saw
more than they bargained for on an ocean side hike and now the parents aren't happy. the scouts were led on a trail that passed through black's beach. a well-known clothing optional stretch of sand. some parents are wondering how it happened. >> it's not against the nudist. they were in their environment and they were looking at us like what the heck are we doing there? >> oh, boy. that couple did file a complaint with the boy scouts but were told nothing that happened on the trip went against policy. boy scout officials said once volunteer leaders realized where they were they took a different route. >> let's just keep going. >> you want me to keep going. >> please keep going. coming up in "the skinny," he is hosting the oscars and now he is giving us a peek in his drop dead gorgeous townhouse. behind the doors of neil patrick harris and his husband.
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♪ skinny so skinny ♪ >> time now for the "the skinny." topping our headlines this morning, katy perry spilling secrets. >> 48 hours after her blowout halftime performance, perry gracing the cover of "elle" said she was scared blankless, if you get what i'm saying here. >> we do. don't go any further. >> perry said she trained day in and out and had words to share
about frenemy taylor swift. perry said she feels like she's often dast as a villain, while swift is a media sweetheart. not that we are showing any favorites here at all. >> because we already showed our hand. taylor swift can never be the badded guy >> why can't we like both of them? they are equally talented women. i did not know they were frenemies. >> that's a media thing. we see two gorgeous, talented women and have to pit them against each other. >> when is the last time that you pitted men against each other? >> people want to put me and david muir. always want to put me -- >> oh stop. >> like we have some kind of beef. it is all love. >> oh, boy. >> david doesn't know who i am. next up, another rising star -- >> t.j. hopes. a rising star is following her mother and grandmother's footsteps. >> 22-year-old billy lord seen there with superstar mom carrie fisher and screen legend grandma debbie reynolds will be make
herg debut on the fox comedy series "scream queens." her 58-year-old mom is reprising her role as princess leia in the "star wars" movie, her daughter is cast in episode 7 playing a younger version of her mom's character. >> that will be interesting. they look alike too. look at that. she is said to have been chosen for the role because they look alike. >> makes sense. >> look at that shot. speaking of looking good we couldn't resist talking about these next two guys. >> neil p.a. patrick harris is appearing on the cover of next month's issue of "architectural digest" along with his husband showing off their gorgeous town host house.use. >> i don't think it is on the market. >> they bought the five story brown stone in manhattan's hot up and coming neighborhood harlem and their architect says
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♪ >> look at that. it is where fire meets ice. not just talking about reena and i anchoring the show. the most rugged punishing terrain on earth. >> who's the fire and who's the ice? a drone gives us rare, jaw-dropping views from inside a volcano. and who else would do this assignment. our own ginger zee right there. >> reporter: never before have drones taken us inside of an active volcano until today. the bardarbunga volcano, a monument of mother nature's power. it is the fissure that erupted atop iceland's largest glacier and it has been active the past seven months. ♪ >> reporter: our journey begins re, 30 cases of gear, including a sat dish, satellite
phone and generators. then a two-day trek, taking us through some of the harshest most beautiful terrain on earth. at one point the driver tells us this is where neil armstrong and people going on the moon trained. vast landscapes. no sign of habitation or anything. >> reporter: as we drive past the lava, you can feel the heat. we were there as the research team set up, less than a mile away from the crater. here we are, the fissures, warms of fissures that come can off bardarbunga and this is most active. the eruption is still going, the biggest in 230 years. still going, the biggest in 230 >> volcano is what makes this particular shoot totally different. a chance of a lifetime to see one of these and being able to get really, really close using the drone for that perspective hasn't been done before. >> reporter: we with there as drone operator eric chang launched his aircraft. >> heading up 75 meters. look at that lava. >> oh, my gosh.
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making news in america this morning, deadly crash on one of the nation's busiest railroads. flames and thick smoke pouring from a train after it sclieded with an suv. new details from witnesses feet away. dramatic video of a plane clipping a highway before crash nothing a river. the rescue efforts under way right now. new this morning a swift and lethal reaction from the jordanian government after isis brutally executes its captured pilot. we're live in washington with reaction from the white house. and in a true sign of the times, a texting boater missing out on a once in a lifetime opportunity. and good wednesday morning to you all. we have a lot of news to get to. a lot of it breaking overnight but let us start
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