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imports. >> reporter: now that the hugely successful cash for clunkers program is over, they're concerned sales will drop. for gm now majority owned by taxpayers, the new campaign also hold as whiff of desperation. once it sold half the cars made, now barely one in five. in the words of its marketing chief, doing nothing is not an option. chris bury, abc news, chicago. >> south carolina's republican party leaders voted last night to ask governor mark sanford to resign. that followed calls from 61 of 72 gop state lawmakers for sanford's resignation. they're upset over the fallout from the governor's disappearance in june to visit his mistress in argentina. so far sanford is refusing to resign.
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>> test results are in on the south african runner whose gender raised eyebrows. there were questions about her deep voice and muscular body. while officials results will not be announced for two weeks, newspaper reports show she has both male and female sex organs. >> the nfl season is off to an exciting start. it was a nail biter in pittsburgh where the defending super bowl champion steelers mounted a fourth quarter comeback against the titans. they sealed their victory with a dramatic overtime field goal. >> fun to watch the nfl season get kicked off. back to that story about the runner. so many people were talking about that. it could pose some quandaries for the athletic world. >> my basic understanding is they're saying she had male organs that hadn't descended.
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is that what you took away? >> i'm not sure how that works. the idea she has both, how do you regulate that? >> so far they're saying she's not going to be penalized because it's genetic, it's not anything she was doping with. >> good point. here's your friday forecast: much-needed rain in south texas downpours through the south coast into florida, windy and rainy from massachusetts to delaware. thunderstorms, hail and gusty winds in minnesota and dakotas. >> 86 in st. louis, 60s from boston to baltimore where the southeast climbs into the 80s. hotter than normal out west, 100 in sacramento, 91 in boise, 84 in seattle. >> remember that song "let's go fly a kite," that's what they were doing in oklahoma. >> hundreds held kites as they danced through the air as they attempted to break a record. germany holds the record with
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967 kites. >> even if they fall short it, won't be a total loss. proceeds from this event go to habitat for humanity. we'll be back. ♪ up where the air is clear
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>> today americans mark eight years since the worst terrorist attack ever on u.s. soil. the pictures of the two planes crashing into the world trade center, the pentagon and a field in pennsylvania are still painful for most to see. >> here in new york it was a beautiful, sunny, late summer day at least until smoke from what we now call ground zero filled the sky. from our abc news vault this morning, here's some of our coverage that day with peert jennings anchoring. >> let's go to bill who is in lower manhattan. bill, do you hear me? >> reporter: i do. there's an enormous search and rescue operation, which will clearly be many days of grim work. the smoke still coming out on the west side highway right next to the hudson river.
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hundreds of firemen are reassembling and restaging after their first partial defeat this morning and they know many of their colleagues are missing with the civilians in the wreckage. i've talked to several of them who were in one of the towers when the other was collapsing who barely got out. they're not sure how and can't begin to talk about it. tables have been set up in the street here by some of the officers who are helping them figure out who is going to go out when they can. there's a triage center that's been set up in the manhattan community college where bodies and people and survivors are going to be brought as they begin to figure out how badly they're injured. we can tell because they still can't go in, they're still milling around in the hot sun here that it's going to take a long time before they can even begin to assess how many people there are who need their help in search and rescue, which is going to go on for some time. the streets just behind us are quite different. there's almost an eerie war scene type of feeling because
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much of this part of the west village has emptied out on this very clear, hot day there are occasionally jet fighters circling overhead. there's even just a touch of a feeling of covering a war. for the most part everybody is still looking at this enormous wreckage and just beginning to absorb what it is. these firemen are eager and ready to get in there as they begin to gather themselves and dust themselves off from their first foray in this morning. >> i just have this one question. are they actually getting into either of the former towers of the trade center or are they still working on the outside perimeter? >> i cannot tell you the exactans to that. many are still waiting on the outside of the perimeter to figure out how to get into the general area. when the north tower collapsed, parts of the top it have fell over all the way over here to the river. so they're still trying to sort out through the smoke just
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exactly where they can get into. they are not letting the media get anywhere near the actual base of the two towers themselves. but there's just a general sense of these accumulating hundreds of firemen, that that are ready to go in, they're waiting to find where an opening will be. >> thanks very much, bill blakemore. don baylor did manage to get close to the building. >> reporter: i'm just back to four blocks away. ies carted a federal agent through -- up to the side of the world trade center itself and can tell you it is probably the most horrible thing i've ever seen in my life. >> a look back from our coverage from eight years ago today. the 9/11 attacks led directly to the war on terror. hundreds were eventually imprisoned at the guantanamo bay prison. >> miles doran recently visited gitmo. >> reporter: this is the morning call to prayer at one of
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the detention camps in guantanamo bay where detainees, observing the islam being month of ramadan. more than 200 men are being held here, including some of the suspected masterminds of the september 11th attacks. but not for long. in four months the facility is to be closed for good. this admiral took over command in june. he is well aware of the political debate surrounding the shundown. >> until somebody changes the order, we're going to continue moving down the path of making all the preparations to decease detention operations as ordered. >> reporter: the desense center is located on the united states' only naval days in the caribbean. the base itself will not close and the nearly 4,000 people who live and work here will remain. >> we continue to support with the coast guard and navy counternarcotics operations from here as well as other training exercises that come through here through the united states navy
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and partner nayies. >> the detainees know the clock is ticking. a copy of the president's order was posted here for them to read. until the facility closes, it will be business as usual. >> all the detailed planning has been done. the simple act of moving the detainees from point a to point b is not incredibly complex we have point a which is here and we're waiting for point b. that's where they go. >> reporter: the u.s. government will spend the next few months trying to figure out what it do with the approximately 230 detainees that remain here at guantanamo bay. one thing is certain, if all goes according to president obama's plan by next september 11th, they'll be anywhere but here >> miles doran, one of our abc news on-campus reporters with a great report from gitmo. >> a fascinating look inside. >> a a still a question of what to do with the remaining detainees there. we'll be right back.
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to learn more, call... >> did you ever think about just disappearing, vanishing into thin air, hiding from everything and everybody in your life? >> who has not thought about this. it's not that easy apparently in this digital age. one man who deals in electronics for a living tried to fly under the radar. so did he succeed? here's john berman. >> reporter: did you ever feel like you want to get away from everything, work, family, bill, cell phone, blackberry? ever get the urge to disappear without a trace? just how far are you willing to take it? as far as evan rat live? evan is a reporter for "wired" magazine who set off a remarkable manhunt, trying to disappear for a full month. >> reporter: how do you do that? >> i don't know.
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i've never done it. >> reporter: it's harder than you think. earlier this money manager failed spectacularly when he tried to stage a plane crash. investigators found him easily after discovering google searches on his laptop such as how to jump out of an airplane while parachuting. we leave a digital footprint from atm cards, cell phones, laptops. >> who they like to talk to, where they've been, what they've looked for on the internet. >> reporter: he said all the information investigators would have, bank records, old e-mail accounts, social networking sites, height, weight, and the fact he was allergic to gluten in food. the first discovery, footage of him talking to a reporter on venice beach. that was two weeks ago. tuesday he was caught with a
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shaved head in new orleans by a group tracking himline. >> i never thought they would get me this way. >> reporter: how? from a trail of links on facebook they discovered his computer's ip address, a digital fingerprint, that discovered he was in new orleans. next they scoured the neighborhood near the only dmruten-free pizza place in the city. that's where they found him. what did evan learn? >> fantasies about disappearing are just that, they're fantasies. >> reporter: evan ratlive, lost and found. >> i think i could do it. >> i could, too. >> take a plane to a third world country and don't touch a phone and doesn't touch anything. >> it's easier when you're not allergic too gluten. >> i can see how that must have been fun during the search. must have felt like a movie. >> some clever people out there hunting him down. i bet you with all this wedding planning less than a month away,
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i'll bet you'd like to disappear, right? >> just from certain family members that are not up right now. >> and co-anchors? >> no, not you, jeremy. you're my friend. >> morning papers up next. kruse: if you have a hard
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grandma: calling hoveround is the best thing you can do. announcer: call the number on "your screen for your free consultation, information kit, video and test drive certificate. >> announcer: "world news now" delivers your "morning papers." >> willis, we just had a comment from the peanut gallery, that your clothes are pedestrian compared to the outfits you've been wearing the rest of the week. >> oh. every now and then i need to be comfortable. >> you know how yesterday we were talking about how 9/9/09, the date, in the chinese culture they say 9s are all about longevity. are you willing to meet the child who will probably live the
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longest ever? well phrased on my part. the third child of this couple known on 9/9/90 at 9:09 weighing 9 pounds, 9 ounces. >> we have a special polka today. we filmed it actually. here it is. from denver. ♪ that's the world news polka ♪ (dad) i wish they'd make, like, sex blocking equipment.
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so i could control everything my daughter sees and hears. (boy) you can't control your kid's exposure to sex. (girl) but you can influence how they behave. (boy) so talk to them. (girl) tell them you want them to wait to have sex. >> e
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>> eight years after the nation was attacked by terrorists, we remember 9/11 this morning and we'll take a look back at how the victims were honored on the fifth anniversary. >> then on the up swing, the economy that is. >> recovery act is making a difference. >> not everyone agrees things are headed in the right direction. >> and the bullet. he's flying high and trying to keep his business booming. it's friday, september 11th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >> and it is as we mentioned the eighth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. we want to show you a poignant
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pictures from a few hours ago here in new york city. the lights the at ground zero are illuminated. as they are every anniversary, a scene that you'll see later on here in new york city as well. our coverage will continue this half hour. we'll hear from an fbi informant speaking out for the first time who says he could have stopped the attacks had the fbi allowed him to. >> very interesting guy. very well connected in that whole arena. interesting to hear what he said happened and didn't happen leading to the attacks. >> i'm jeremy hubbard. >> i'm vinita nair. president obama heads to wall street monday to deliver a report card on the nation's financial crisis. it will be exactly one year after the staggering collapse of lehman brothers which set the stage for the crisis. >> the administration says many of the government programs which propped up the economy are no longer needed. and banks are beginning to repay their taxpayer loans. here's linsey davis. >> reporter: president barack obama made a lot of promises about the $787 billion stimulus plan.
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now more than six months later, congress is essentially told so far so good. >> the recovery act is making a difference. economic activity is expected to begin its rebound in the coming months. >> reporter: the council on economic advisers said the stimulus has created or saved more than a million jobs. >> i can stand here with confidence and say that we have pulled this economy back from the brink. >> reporter: according to a white house survey of leading economists, the recovery act is responsible for changing the direction of the economy and adding as much as 3 percentage points to gdp growth in the second quarter. >> my met impression is the stimulus act is having a positive effect on the economy. >> reporter: but not everyone agrees. >> the frustration that people are feeling is about the stimulus bill that's not working. budget deficits of a trillion dollars and more for as far as the eye can see. >> reporter: the unemployment level has gone higher than many predicted when they passed the stimulus back in february.
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as of july, 14 million people were jobless and in august, nearly 360,000 homeowners lost their homes. >> we are not close to being through this. but we have made more progress than i think people reasonably expected, not enough yet, though. we're going to keep at it. >> reporter: so far $151 billion of the original $787 billion stimulus plan has been distributed to american consumers and businesses in the form of tax cuts. linsey davis, abc news, new york. >> general motors is launching a new ad campaign next week featuring a money back guarantee. unsatisfied car buyers can get a full refund within two months after their purchase. it's aimed at winning back customers who may be leery of gm since it filed for bankruptcy. >> president obama said he's not going to let up on health care reform. especially in light of new figures from the census bureau. the number of americans without
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health insurance grew to 46.3 million in 2008, up from 45.7 million the year before. viviana hurtado joins us with more. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. president obama hits the road this weekend to continue his push for health care reform. on saturday he's scheduled to attend a rally in minneapolis. it's just one of several attempts to try to drum up support for his reform proposal. on thursday the president kept the spotlight on health care. at a gathering of nurses at the white house, mr. obama said he would not allow reform to be delayed. or killed by political games. at a cabinet meeting, he again pushed for health care reform and said he accepted the apology of republican congressman joe wilson who during wednesday night's address to the joint session of congress called him a liar. many republicans scolded wilson's lack of decorum but criticized the president's speech. one called it disingenuous. the president's challenge is not convincing some republicans it come on board but unifying his
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own divided party. liberals have threatened to vote down legislation that doesn't include this provision. vice president biden predicted there will be votes on health care reform by thanksgiving. senate majority leader harry reid said he's wants to finish earlier. >> as we mark eight years since the 9/11 attacks, an fbi informant who claims he could have stopped the hijackers is speaking out for the first time. elie assaad tells abc news he infiltrated a florida mosque and managed to record conversations with the man later known to be the ring leader, mohammed atta. but assaad says over his objections he was on atta's case and reassigned. later in this half hour we'll go into the abc news vault to look at the five-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. >> president obama is facing a growing revolt over sending more troops to afghanistan.
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the michigan democrat says the u.s. should speed up training afghan troops first. nancy pelosi indicated the president faces an uphill battle should he agree to send more troops to the war zone. >> the number of suicides among soldiers is still a troubling problem for the army. last month 17 soldiers were suspected of killing themselves. so far this year 110 active duty soldiers are suspected suicides. that is 21 more than during the same time last year. >> there is growing pressure on south carolina governor mark sanford to step down. last night state republican party leaders voted to ask sanford to resign. that followed calls from 61 of 72 gop state lawmakers for sanford's resignation. they're upset from the governor's disappearance in june to visit his mistress in argentina.
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so far sanford has refused to resign. >> space shuttle discovery continues orbiting earth this morning after bad weather delayed its landing. there could be another landing attempt today but the forecast for florida is even worse. nasa says if necessary it will use the backup landing site at edwards air force base in california. discovery has been in space for 1 days. discovery has enough supplies to remain in orbit until sunday. >> another wet day for drought-stricken south texas with heavy rain stretching to florida. rain and strong winds in philadelphia, new york and boston. thunderstorms, hail and gusty winds in the dakotas. >> highs in the 60s in the northeast. up to 15 degrees hotter than normal out west. 104 in phoenix, 91 in boise and portland. >> i have one word, rut-roh. >> a dog named scooby spent five days trapped in an australian cave wedged behind a rock wall. rescuers finally managed to pull
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him out safely yesterday with the help of state of the art cameras. >> poor little guy. they were able to slip food and water to scooby. his owners couldn't call out to him because he's deaf. they say scooby, however, could sense they were nearby. >> he couldn't even make the rut-roh call. >> we'll be right back with more "world news now." ♪ throw me a line, baby, one more time ♪ assistance getting around their homes. there is a medicare benefit that may qualify you for a new power chair or scooter at little to no cost to you. stay tuned for this important medicare benefit information and free scooter guarantee. imagine... one scooter or power chair that could improve your
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>> some good news on the swine flu vaccine front. the new england journal of medicine reports a study out of australia found just one dose was enough to protect adults from the h1n1 virus. this means twice as many adults could get vaccinated now and the cost will be lower. researchers say children are likely to need two doses still. the results of u.s. testing will be out today. it's expected to be the same thing.
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>> the swine flu has been grabbing most of the headlines lately but health officials lately but health officials warn us not to ignore the regular few. >> right now fending it off is easier to do. >> here's carla wohl. >> reporter: this is the first time tangi has ever gotten a flu shot. >> i thought it would be to my best advantage to get a flu shot this year. >> reporter: the vaccine available now will not protect against the h1n1 or swine flu virus. that vaccine won't be available until next month but it will inoculate against the seasonal flu and health officials are urging americans to get this first shot out of the way. >> all of us should seek vaccination against seasonal influenza early. that is to say today, now. >> reporter: it's recommended most people get vaccinated, adults over 50, children from
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six months to 18 years old, pregnant women and anyone with a chronic health problem. many of the same groups should be vaccinated against h1n1 as well. >> we could, though, in all likelihood have a very busy season and it could last a very long time. >> reporter: most of the cases being reported now are swine flu. it's spreading particularly fast in schools and on college campuses. >> thursday i woke up and hi a sore throat but i didn't really think anything of it. and then friday i woke up and couldn't move. >> reporter: health experts are warning not to overlook the regular flu, which kills 36,000 people in a typical year. the cdc expects more than 110 million doses of vaccine for the regular flu this year. that's more than enough to cover the number of americans who typically get a flu shot. carla wohl, abc news, los angeles. >> i may have forgotten. i see the signs at walgreens and
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places get your regular flu shots. people are getting the reminders. we just have to heed them. >> as for the swine flu shot, the news you may only need one shot instead of two is good news for everybody. the idea of having two shots is very confusing for people. might make some people less inclined to get it at all. good news on all fronts. >> when we come back, we'll remember the victims of the 9/11 attacks. >> you're watching "world news now." ng "world news now."
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>> welcome back. president obama marks the eighth anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks today. he'll have remarks and lay a wreath at the pentagon's victim memorial. >> at new york's ground zero, huge lights symbolizing the fallen world trade center towers lit up the night sky last night. vice president biden will attend ceremonies in new york later today. >> here's some of our coverage with charles gibson anchoring three years ago as the nation marked the fifth anniversary of 9/11.
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>> reporter: this is the u.s. army brass quintet playing at the site. the ceremonies brief but meaningful in shanksville, pennsylvania. rural somerset county, pennsylvania, land that probably would be bypassed by most people had not united 93 gone down there five years ago. because of the bravery and the heroism of the 40 passengers on board. who were not going to let their plane be hijacked and flown into some building, we'll probably never know for sure where the terrorists were headed but the general feeling is they were either headed for the united states capitol or for the white house in washington.
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again, that is the fence that stands a few hundred feet from the site the plane hit and it is there where people leave remembrances every day, which periodically are taken down off the fence, catalogued and held in a museum in shanksville. some people refer to what happened in shanksville as the first victory in the war on terrorism and some feel given what those passengers did that no plane will ever be hijacked again. george stephanopoulos is standing by in washington. it's interesting how the nation is responding today. it is a day i think on everybody's mind. >> absolutely, charlie. most americans say that 9/11 was the most momentous historical moment of their lives. 46% of them bring it up unprompted.
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today it's the job of the president to stand in for all the people as not just the ahead of a party, head of a government, he's our representative helping to pay tribute to the memories of all those who died and the job we have going forward. >> just to run through the president's schedule for today, it was late yesterday he flew to new york and laid a wreath at the north and south tower at the world trade center. no remarks made. there he is to greet the families. this is pictures of the president last night as he first laid a wreath at the site of the north tower. there is a rectangular pool there now, small, that represents where the building stood. the president and mrs. bush laid a wreath there and then later at the south tower.
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and that is where the north tower pond is today. so many americans have gathered and there has really been an avalanche of flowers that you see put there in remembrance of those who died in the world trade center towers. the president now greeting some of the family members from united flight 93 who have gathered in shanksville today. it was earlier this morning that the president observed a moment of silence, moments of silence really, at 8:46 and 9:03 this morning, those the moments when the planes hit the two towers and he stood appropriately with members of the new york city fire department at the fire station right near the world trade center sites. now from shanksville, he will fly back to washington and go later this afternoon to lay a wreath at the pentagon.
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there was one other rather poignant moment this morning and that was at the white house. the president was in new york but at the white house vice president cheney came out on the lawn, the magnificent south lawn of the white house with mrs. cheney and there on the left margaret thatcher and they, too, observed a moment of silence at 8:46 this morning when the first plane flew into the world trade center towers. and just before we leave air, i want to take a picture of the new york skyline this morning. that was the skyline five years ago, that was the skyline five years ago. those magnificent, iconic towers, and that is the new york skyline today five years later. >> it is a very somber
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anniversary, one that president obama will spend at the pentagon memorial where he'll meet with loved ones of the dead. when this all happened, he was just a state senator from illinois. a lot has changed. illinois. a lot has changed.
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you need a hoveround power chair. you'll be able to go to the mall... play with the grandkids... visit family and friends... and do all the things you ralways loved to do. tom kruse: i'm tom kruse, pinventor of the hoveround. call us toll-free now to find out how you can get one. grandpa: at first i hought i couldn't afford, a power chair, but thanks to my hoveround team, it didn't cost me a penny. tom kruse: 9 out of 10 people got their hoveround for little or no cost last year. that's why the most pimportant thing you can do right now is call us now to see if hoveround is right for you. announcer: call now to find out how you can get a hoveround in your !home right now., you'll receive a free information kit featuring a free video. you'll also get a !certificate for a free in-home test drive. there's no cost and !there's no obligation, so call today. grandma: calling hoveround is the best thing you can do. announcer: call the number on "your screen for your free consultation, information kit, video and test drive certificate.
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>> finally this half hour we all know these are tough times but even so there are some jobs not a lot of people are lining up for. >> our mike lee has this report about a guy whose day at the office starts at the bottom of a cannon. >> reporter: ladies and gentlemen, we bring you the one, the only, the world news master class in fighting recession.
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here are easy to remember rules from american businessman dave smith who has expanded his product overseas. rule number one, get yourself a cannon. >> it has always give me an edge. there's no demographic that doesn't like it, from small kids to the elderly. >> reporter: rule number two, shoot yourself out of the cannon. rule number three, don't think about trying rules one and two. >> i'm one of a handful of human cannon balls in the world. >> reporter: yet the recession has transformed the human cannon ball industry. >> we've been very hit by the economy. corporations are the ones that usually sponsor us, first thing to go or at the top of the list when a company is struggling is we're not going to sponsor events not directly related to our business. >> reporter: but the public, dave says, still can't get enough of human cannon balls. it seems a lot of people in hard times love to see someone
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soaring through the air. but he has had to change his business model. >> i've found i have to do things differently, work a lot harder, cut down on my prices a little bit and do more shows to make up for the difference. >> reporter: here's another tip: find a job nobody else wants to do. >> there's a lot of times i wish i had another job when it's time to get in the cannon. that's nine gs of force on take-off. that's a lot of impact to come shooting up your spine. >> reporter: just another small business owner trying to survive. >> this is how i feed my children. this is how i pay for my house. >> reporter: i'm mike lee in norfolk county, england. >> i have a feeling when he started that job he probably had a full head of hair. >> it's all been blown off. interesting that the recession is hitting him, too. he had to lower the price, do more shows. apparently people aren't willing
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to pay what they used to. reminds me of dom deluise when he was captain chaos. remember that?
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>> stopping 9/11? >> you could have stopped the attacks? >> yes, i could. >> an operative tells us the 9/11 ring leader was in the fbi's sights until its focus changed. >> then we remember that horrific day eight years ago. we look back to see how it all unfolded. >> and pounding pavement. we hit the road to see how the unemployed are working on themselves while they work to find a new job. it's friday, september 11th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >> good morning. thanks for being with us on this friday morning. i'm vinita nair. >> i'm jeremy hubbard. today marks eight years after
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the worst terrorist attacks ever on u.s. soil. as they have every year tribute lights have glowed from new york's ground zero. commemoration ceremonies will take place there, at the pentagon and in pennsylvania later today. >> but one key question remains. could the attacks have been prevented? an fbi informant is coming out of the shadows for the first time with an answer. brian ross has details. >> reporter: as a highly praised undercover operative for the fbi for the last 13 years, he was known as mohamed. his real name is elie assaad of lebanon. >> i gave 13 years. it's time for people to understand what i did. >> reporter: eight years after the 9/11 attacks, he's going public with an account of how he said he and the fbi missed a chance to stop the hijackers. you could have stopped the attacks? >> yes, i could. i'm not a hundred percent, i'm a million percent positive. >> reporter: in early 2001 the
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fbi sent assaad to infiltrate this small mosque outside miami. there he said he spotted and recorded conversations with the man later identified as the 9/11 hijack leader mohammed atta, as well as several others in his group. you saw them? >> yes, and even i prayed in the private mosque and went to certain private meetings. >> reporter: but assaad said over his fbi objections the fbi told him to leave atta alone and to set up and sting two men he called wanna-be terrorists. assaad said while he was posing as a bomb maker and producing weapons for the wanna-bes, the real terrorists were left alone. >> this is yet another example of the way the system broke down prior to 9/11 and if the system had worked, we might have been able to identify these people before the attacks. >> reporter: shortly after the
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attacks, assaad said he identified atta as the man the fbi told him to leave alone. >> i was very angry. i was very upset. >> reporter: you were that close? >> it confirm what my suspicions were correct. i was right. i was hundred percent right. >> reporter: in a statement the fbi challenged assaad's accounts and said the claims and factual conclusions are, quote, not supported by the evidence, unquote. the fbi did not specify which claims but we checked with assaad and he says he told us the truth and stands by his story. brian ross, abc news, new york. >> and coming up later this half hour, we'll look back at 9/11, the harrowing day eight years ago. >> president obama could face a battle in congress if he decides to send more troops to afghanistan. the leading democrat on military matters said he'll oppose any increase in u.s. forces. carl levin said he's willing to send more military trainers to afghanistan to speed up the
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training of afghan troops. >> the uproar over congressman joe wilson's outburst of "you lie" may not be over. during a cabinet meeting the president said he accepted wilson's quick apology and noted we all make mistakes. but once wilson made his way front of cameras, he seemed to be distancing himself from his own apology. >> i heard from the leadership they wanted me to contact the white house and state that my statements were inappropriate. i did. i'm very grateful that the white house in talking with them, they indicated that they appreciated the call and that we needed to have a civil discussion about the health care issues and i certainly agree with that. >> reporter: the discussion civil and otherwise goes on as questions about the president's plan continue. jake tapper has a fact check.
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>> reporter: the president tried to do a fact check of his own. >> the reforms i'm proposing will not apply to those who are here illegally. >> reporter: would they apply to illegal immigrants? the answer is no. bills say any government subsidies would only apply to legal citizens. but the issue is more complicated than that. when illegal immigrants go to emergency rooms, the charges are often paid for by emergency medicaid, which one democratic bill may expand, though the white house reiterated the president's point. >> the legislation that the president will sign won't cover illegal immigrants. >> reporter: what about this claim? >> insurance companies will be required to cover with no extra charge routine checkups and preventive care. that makes sense, it saves money and saves lives. >> reporter: does preventive care save money? some experts say the answer is now. it's humane, smart and moral but the director of the nonpartisan congressional budget office says, quote, the evidence suggests for most preventative services, expanded utilization leads to higher, not lower medical spending overall.
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one of the problems for the president's pledges is that the legislation made public so far by democrats in congress has yet to live up to his promises. >> i will not sign it if it adds one dime to the deficit now or in the future period. >> reporter: a nonpartisan analysis of the house legislation said the bill would, quote, result in a net increase in the federal budget deficit of $239 billion over the 2010 to 2019 period. >> it will slow the growth of health care costs for our families, our businesses and our government. >> reporter: again, the white house insists the bill the president signs will achieve that but the congressional budget office said one bill will expand cost. tired of defending legislation that doesn't meet the goals, the white house posted a two and a half page outline for obama health reform, no real details.
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they say the devil's in the details so the fewer details, the fewer devils. jake tapper, abc news, the white house. >> it is the equivalent of a home run in the battle against the h1n1 or swine flu. a new report said one dose of the vaccine is strong enough to protect adults and takes effect in within about a week. good news says our medical editor richard besser. >> it means twice as many adults can get vaccinated, more people will be likely to want to get the vaccine and the cost and logistics around immunization are greatly improved. in about ten days to two weeks we'll have the results from the first studies in children, very young children most likely will need two doses. but it's possible that in older children as we're seeing in adults, they will get the same kind of response. >> another new report shows just how important that vaccine could be. researchers say a typical student who catches the swine flu will spread it to two or three classmates.
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>> the resort town of sedona, arizona is cleaning up after getting hammered by a wild flash flood. cars were tossed around like toys after an isolated storm hovered over the area for about 30 minutes dumping two inches of rain. the waters swamped a popular shopping area and some had to be rescued from their cars. >> they had bad fires there a couple years ago. they might have burned away some of the brush. quite a mess and a beautiful city there. here's a look at your friday weather: stormy in the northeast with rain and heavy winds from massachusetts to delaware. scattered thunderstorms in florida with lightning and heavy rain. >> a high of 88 in miami, in atlanta and 67 in baltimore. 77 in detroit. it is 80 in albuquerque, 84 in seattle and 91 in portland. >> when you're headed into a brazen heist, these are not the tools you normally would take with you, a clip board and a dolly.
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>> these two men were caught on surveillance video stealing an 800 pound atm machine from a pennsylvania hospital. they walked in as if they worked there, clipped with security wire, walked out with the atm and loaded it on their van. >> the stolen van later found burned out in philly, the atm still inside minus about $96,000. i guess the clip board was just to make them look official, right? if you carry a clip board you'd look like you know what you're doing. >> act as if, isn't that what they say? >> i guess so. she walks around with a clip board to make us think she know what she's doing. >> we'll be right back. ♪ rtrtrtant news for diabetics on medicare! i'm a diabetic and i want you to know over 230,000 u.s.
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>> two huge beams of light stretching into the new york city night skyline just hours ago representing of course the fallen world trade center towers. it is eight years to the day since the towers fell. >> so hard to believe it's already been eight years. no matter what you remember where you were that tuesday morning. here in new york it was a beautiful late summer day. from our abc news vault, here's some of our coverage, peter jennings anchoring. >> mayor giuliani, mayor of new
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york, who will probably get a better feel of this before anybody else at the moment, has now described a tremendous number of lives lost in the new york -- attack on the new york trade towers. it doesn't come as any great surprise to anybody as the mayor gives us some sense of magnitude which is beyond that which we are merely speculating and are talking about, even though we know that many, many, many lives have been lost. abc's john mckenzie, who is just a couple blocks away from the world trade center at a makeshift fire command center, look at that again. i mean, it is stunning. john mcwethy has had a battalion commander tell him as many as 200 firefighters are principally unaccounted for. so it is no wonder that all across the country today at airports and at public sites,
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many, many of which have been closed from the west all the way across to the east, people are holding their breath, i don't wish to be melodramatic about it, are holding their breath as to whether or not there is one more or should i say another incident to come. that was because the shock was so profound watching on television as we did this morning to see the second aircraft come in and crash into the other of the twin trade towers. there it is, which have now both collapsed. it is in some way as reminder of what happened when the challenger exploded and the constant repetition of the explosion of the challenger space shuttle just drove it into our collective consciousness all across the nation what we had witnessed together, though were clearly unable to feel in the
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same way as those people in the immediate area. john mcwethy at the pentagon. john? >> reporter: peter, we are standing outside the pentagon at this point. it has been already a long morning for rescue workers and police here. one eyewitness i talked to who was on this busy highway outside the pentagon this morning said he saw an airplane coming directly over his head, it was an american airlines plane. he could see the number on the plane. he could almost see the passengers inside as it went along the highway, started clipping off the high wires and the different light poles along the highway and slam directly into the side of the pentagon. as we said earlier, peter, the aircraft penetrated deep inside the pentagon. it is organized in rings from the e ring on the outside it penetrated all the way into the a ring in the inner part of the pentagon.
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after it burned for a number of minutes, a part of the building collapsed. by the time re cues workers could get in there, the destruction was just terrific. >> do you have any sense of casualties? >> reporter: we don't have any sen except for the size of the medical operation here is enormous. certainly the injuries will be in the hundreds. i certainly don't want to speculate on those killed. >> john, it's a little hard to get a sense of the size in a picture. can you describe in feet or in yards how big a penetration this is? >> reporter: the roof has collapsed. there is a chasm in the side of the pentagon that is probably 200 or 300 feet across. from the roof of the pentagon there is a huge v shape that has collapsed. you can see deep inside the pentagon from the street now. >> a haunting look back from our
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coverage from eight years ago today, september 11th. some pictures were edited. we don't show the planes hitting the building anymore. just because it brings us such awful memories and we don't want to go there. >> especially for families members who might still be in the process of healing. it's hard for anyone to watch. even if you didn't know someone in those towers. it just brings up too many emotions. >> it's hard enough to watch that somber day as we marked in pennsylvania, washington and here in new york later today. >> much more coming up. stick around. coming up. stick around.
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♪ skinny, so skinny >> time for your early morning daily dose of entertainment news. we'll start with ellen degeneres. what a week for her. started out great and she gets smacked in the face with a lawsuit. >> this is a bizarre lawsuit.
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>> you heard earlier she's going to be the new judge on american idol. so that part's great. now we're hearing her show and its producers are being sued. if you watch every day she has a little thing where she has a deejay and comes out and has a little dance. they all play these songs, a lot of times they put the credit on. you would think it was a great thing, exposing music to a new audience. apparently not, though, the record industry and song producers are suing saying that the show did not obtain licenses to use the songs. basically they're claiming that a thousand songs were used without permission violating the copyrights of the artists whose songs were being played. >> the only question i had when i heard about this yesterday, this show has been on the air for how long. how could this only be coming up now? >> that's a good question. who knows. i don't have any idea. >> maybe they were waiting for the "american idol" salary to really go after her. >> it's interesting at a time
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when the record industry is in turmoil and you would think they'd love all the exposure they could possibly get especially on a huge and popular show like ellen's they'd say of course you could play my song. instead they sue them. >> i think the flip side might be you're deriving enjoyment from my song and i'm not getting financial -- >> but they are getting financial, if somebody hears the song on ellen they can go download it. >> the debate rages on. >> hugh heffner, you're thinking he's such a morally upstanding man. it turns out he was an adulter. the entire time you were watching "the girl next door," he was married. the wife was living in a house right next to the mansion with the two kids. the wife's name is kimberly conrad. she was a former play mate. they were married in 1989, separated in 1998. as you can imagine there's a lot of questions regarding money.
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she said she was supposed to be paid $250,000 per year for every year they were married after their fourth anniversary. he says after we separated i paid her in a lump sum of $750,000. i thought i had done more than was required. as this divorce proceeding moves forward, he could go from having to pay her 40,000 a month to just 20,000 a month. >> that's a bargain. >> i had never seen that woman, had you? >> i hadn't either. >> he doesn't have that bevy either. they went their own way. >> he has twins now, though. did you know that? two young twins. he's 83. >> he's had no trouble with the ladies. hey, the wwe is mad at me. i hope they don't said chris jericho down here to beat me up. we did a story on how bob barker appeared on monday night raw. i said it was because the
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ratings were down. the wwe saw our segment and said how dare you say our ratings are down, we're having bigger success than last year.
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>> here are some stories to watch on abc news: there are solemn ceremonies in new york and washington to remember victims of the 9/11 attacks which took place eight years ago today. president obama meets with family members of those killed at the pentagon. >> nasa could try again today to bring the shuttle discovery back home. but weather conditions at the kennedy space center may force a landing in california. >> and u.s. envoy george mitchell heads back to the middle east for talks with israeli and palestinian leaders for talks on a possible peace plan.
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>> not having a job usually means having lots of spare time, time to concentrate on activities showing up at the office may get in the way of. >> i met up with people getting in tip top shape as they look for work. >> reporter: adrienne would normally be getting ready for work this morning but she just lost her job. so she's running with it. adrienne is one of the thousands who are using their unemployment as a chance to chase fitness. >> we're seeing another running boom. in part it's related to the recession. everybody wants to get out with their friends and be part of something really positive in these difficult times. >> reporter: in new york city where unemployment is at a 12-year high, weekend road races are now sold out. it's not just running. at gyms across the country weight rooms are crowded and classes are packed. at the equinox gym chain, attendance is up 15%. some fearful of losing cash strapped customers are offering free classes or free membership. >> exercise no matter what
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you're doing helps to decrease depression and boost your mood in general. >> reporter: adrienne joined a running group. they're training for a charity run and helping to keep her motivated. aside from being in better shape adrienne says working out as provided a welcome distraction from the stress and anxiety that comes from looking for work. >> when i look at my bank statement i'm like what? i'm going to go run. >> if people can end up not only getting through a tough time but coming out of it fitter, healthier and more mindful of the importance of being fit, i think that's a really good thing. >> reporter: now there is just one problem. what happens if adrienne finds a new job? if you get a job are you going to able to stick with it? >> i'm definitely going to try to. >> reporter: she plans to keep pounding the pavement in more ways than one. >> i was a little winded after that interview. >> jeremy talks a lot about his legs. everyone on this crew has heard
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jeremy go on and on about those great gams. you be the judge. i wish there had been shorter shorts. hard to get a good look.
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