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fall, stumping for democrats in several states between now and november. rob, vinita? there's been a major step forward in sealing off the gulf oil well that caused that huge environmental disaster in the gulf back in april. a relief well has now intersected with the blown-out well. the next step will be to pump mud and cement down through that relief well to seal the blown-out well from the bottom. 206 million gallons of oil spilled into the gulf after that april 20th disaster. it was a killer storm that barreled through new york around rush hour last night. some 100-mile-an-hour winds were recorded. the national weather service will determine today whether a tornado actually formed. it sure seemed like it was in plenty of places, where trees and power lines were down and roofs torn off. at least one person was killed. meanwhile, hurricane carl flooded mexico's yucatan peninsula. the storm is roaring toward another mexican landfall today. carl now has maximum sustained winds of around 100 miles an
hour, making it a category 2 storm. it is expected to strengthen even more today and hit an area of mexico that had severe floods in the last month. and with that here's a look at the rest of your weather. the ohio valley and northeast dry out after a day of some pretty wild weather, as you just pkas cifro omaha to north dakota. moisture from hurricane carl in mexico brings showers to south texas. unseasonably cool to the north. fargo 59. minneapolis is 64. pleasant along the east coast. new york 75. ba79. da is 97. new orleans 91. well, if marriage has its ups and downs, a washington state couple is off to a pretty good start. >> they said their i dos on a roller coaster after winning a radio contest. now, the radio host, you can see him in flashes. he's sitting right behind them. he just happens to be an ordained minister. he just happens to be an ordained minister. og for f y but pn aroun
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welcome back. later today president obama will officially announce the creation of the consumer protection bureau. >> the president's pick to head that bureau, elizabeth warren, has been a pretty tough critic of wall street. and as jake tapper now reports, she definitely has her work cut out for her. >> reporter: elizabeth warren, the congressional overseer of the wall street bailout funds, has become the nemesis of financial ceos. >> i want to turn to these guys sometimes, and i want to say, what part of we bailed you out do you not get? >> reporter: the former sunday school teacher has been unsparing in her criticism of the financial sector. >> they are focused on killing any kind of serious reform and particularly any kind of serious reform that would directly affect the pocketbooks of americans. it just -- this is unbelievable. >> reporter: at stake -- billions in profits. ceos and their allies worry that
in her new job warren will focus on her view of social justice more than on a strong economy. >> the issue is more what will she do with these powers? if this is taking away choices from consumers and restricting credit in the marketplace, count us out. >> we don't have banks that have viable, that are strong, where are we going to be then? she doesn't take this into consideration. >> reporter: the daughter of a janitor from oklahoma, warren has seen firsthand the devastation from foreclosure and debt. >> america's middle class is living one pink slip, one bad diagnosis away from financial collapse. >> reporter: liberal groups have signed petitions and even taken to rap videos to urge the president to appoint her to head the new consumer financial protection bureau. ♪ and make a new sheriff ♪ elizabeth warren she is revered by progressives for her view of the wall street bailout. >> treasury followed a don't ask, don't tell policy. they didn't ask the banks what
they were going to do with the money. and not having asked them, the banks are not required to tell. >> it doesn't make any sense. >> i know your husband's backstage. i still want to make out with you. >> elizabeth warren, who's a real-american heroine, who's actually driving this reform. >> reporter: but even some liberals criticize the way that president obama will appoint elizabeth warren to this new position on friday afternoon, avoiding the senate confirmation process, naming her a special assistant to him, a special adviser to the treasury secretary, avoiding the checks and balances for what is a very powerful position. jake tapper, abc news, the white house. >> obviously, she's in charge of the formation of this new agency. there's still a lot of question marks, though, as to whether she'll be the one who's tapped to permanently head it up. there's kind of some debate as to whether she'll be the official leader. >> yeah. you heard jake tapper in that piece mention the notion that the senate confirmation will be
skipped. the president as well as mrs. warren said -- or ms. warren, i should say, said the basic premise was they wanted to start from scratch rather than getting mired down in a long, lengthy controversial fight over getting her named to the agency, just get things done. >> get the ball rolling on this. we'll see where it goes. well, when we co
♪ ♪ welcome back to "insomniac's kitchen," where we have left the newsroom and instead are in the kitchen. we're asking chefs across new york what do they eat in the middle of the night when they come home from work and they are hungry? our first chef today is executive chef don shank from strip house here in greenwich village. >> hello. >> you guys have a beautiful restaurant.
>> thank you. >> not only to get to the food. the outside decor is what a lot of people talk about. >> oh, yeah. well, it's luxurious, very fun and funky. it's tight, a small little restaurant. it's a real new york restaurant. >> anyone who's been here knows you guys also have wonderful signature dishes. what do people come to the strip house to eat? >> well, it's called strip house. so there's always strip steak. so that is for sure our number one signature meat. >> so today, chef, you are showing us a pretty basic recipe that you make at 2:00 a.m. >> absolutely. my beef jerky, now strip house beef jerky because it all started at my house, and it's all about taking simple ingredients i found around my house, combining them. first off, again, we do scraps of meat. now, we use prime meat because we're a prime steak house. but for the home cook you're not going to use prime scrap. i would first suggest using a top sirloin or a cheaper cut. so you really want to get nice little strips like that and
really cut them a little bit on the thin side. and we're just going to lay it out. so the wide side out on top. and then all we're going to do is fold our plastic wrap over. >> the fun part. >> well, let me show you one, what we're aiming for. you can do the rest. >> i can destroy them. >> just gently. see? now, if it's a little bit thicker, a little firmer meat, you want to pound a little bit more. >> okay. just kind of whack it with the mallet. i've heard chefs say if you don't have this kind of mallet you can other stuff. lat.can other stuff. >> just picturing -- >> i wouldn't use a ball-peen hammer but pretty much anything flat. exactly. like wow. there's a lot of things in your life that aren't working out. okay? this is your chance. >> doing the overnight -- >> so now we've got our meat pounded and ready to go. now we're going to make the marinade. we just start with a little bit of oyster sauce.
okay. we're just going to start that in the bottom. then we have a little bit of lime juice. a little rice wine vinegar. this is a little sweet and sour going. and a little bit of soy sauce. i use straight soy sauce. now you can throw in into the mix, this is brown sugar. >> okay. >> and don't worry, guys, we have all of the amounts and he measurements on the facebook fan site. >> exactly. now we have a little bit of curry powder. >> i love that smell. >> i know. right? we have some ground coriander. >> okay. >> one of my favorite dry herbs. and now we have a little bit of just chopped garlic. and a little bit -- just a pinch of red pepper flakes. >> okay. >> we want a little bit of heat. >> i like a lot. you can kick it up some more. >> i know. you're from ft. worth. black pepper. fresh ground. >> that's nice. you get two different heat profiles. >> it's not heat so hot as it's flavor.
and then we have fresh cilantro. >> i'm getting a workout. >> yeah. now, you notice how that looks, right? >> yeah. >> it looks luxurious already. now we're just going to lay it out in the pan. you lay it out. >> sure. >> then after we get a layer we're going to put a little more marinade and tha how we build up.pwsell. marinade and tha how we build up.pwsell. this has been overnight. refrigerated. we want to make sure that as we put this on a little line because you need the air to get underneath when you cook it. >> you can see the cilantro. you can really see the garlic. everything in there. >> exactly. that's where you really want to keep that on there. that's at we're goi to do. 250 degree oven for 20 minutes. now we take it out. 20 minutes at 200. all we want to do is take our jerky, and we have about 350 degree goose fat. >> goose fat? >> yeah. >> i think most people at home don't have the goose fat but you
can do it -- >> you can also use canola oil or peanut oil. and that really just goes in, fries for a second, and comes right out. >> i'm scared. i'm going to pop this in and burn one of us. >> so now a little bit warm, but it will be okay. >> mm. this is the best part, right? gosh, it smells phenomenal. so quickly, too. it's fast. >> yeah, it's fast. i got a little bit of fat in there. if you get the little fat creases it can really get hot in there. >> mm. >> isn't that great? >> i don't mind scorching my mouth for that. the house. combine them with a little ingenuity and you have a gre little late-night snack.pat mo. >> and you know i wouldn't have gone on a shoot like that wiout bringing you back some. i love you. >try. rob's bee sampling the garnishes. >> it's absolutely delish. i know you guys might be thinking this isn't terribly
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♪ ♪ that's entertainment finally this half hour, what's heating up the yahoo search engines this weekend. >> from lady gaga's meat dress at the vmas to college kids who still don't know how to do their laundry, that was me. pam laoela woon has more. >> good morning. right now people are looking for bugs. not the creepy-crawly ones but the make you sick kind of bugs. searches for a new drug-resistant superbug are off the charts this week. that's after reports of a new strain of bacterium called mdm-1 made some people sick in the u.s. now, people want to know where it is and what they can do about it.
but we are also seeing a huge increase in searches for the common flu. interest in flu vaccines is up more than 800% this week. all right. so kids are back to school. and for new college students who are learning away from home for the first time, there's huge interest in the subject of how to do your laundry. there are a number of how-to videos online that will take you step by step through the process and answer very important questions like clothes first, detergent first? and, well, speaking of clothing, lady gaga was in rare form this week, sending shock waves through the fashion world with her meat dress at the vma awards. now, with fashion week wrapping up in new york and london fashion week just beginning, can you guys imagine the talk on the runway? well, one real trend we are seeing at both shows is recession-proof fashion designers being told that if you can't design something that people can actually afford and continue to wear don't even bring it onto the catwalk.
well, we found another recession-busting clothing trend of designing your own t-shirts. and we're not talking about markers and iron-ones. people are actually searching for ways to cut and shape regular t-shirts using intricate patterns. kat von d is getting some credit for this trend. the tv tattoo artist had so many people asking her about her own t-shirts, she made a how-to video of her own. >> look at it. >> all right, guys. we made one especially for you. what do you think? do you like it? not bad, right? >> it is actually cute. >> it's not bad. it seems like your style. >> we have to send pamela a bedazzler because we like it really flashy on the overnight, pamela. >> anything to keep us awake. that is the news for this half >> anything to keep us awake. that is the news for this half hour, everybody. did he do this to you ma'am? i don't know. i was asleep! i'll get it out of him
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hospital horror. fatal gunshots inside one of the country's top medical centers. then, fake furniture. the pros and cons of a high-tech technique to help you sell your home. and remembering katrina on stage. ♪ praying that i'll see another day ♪ >> it's a play about survivors, their anger and their hope. it's friday september 17th. as i continue my tour of new york, it was great on monday night being up there at the apollo theater in harlem. having a chance to check out that play. it really was an incredible performance. very moving, very real. >> kind of a tearjerker? >> yeah. but also kind of leaving the message of hope, which is kind
of cool too. you get through the bad stuff but then the resilience. >> we look forward to seeing it on this friday morning. good morning. i'm vinita nair. >> and i'm rob nelson. there are new questions this morning about hospital security following a deadly shooting inside a world famous medical center. >> a gunman shot a doctor, then killed his ailing mother and himself. jim sciutto reports from johns hopkins in baltimore. >> reporter: for more than two hours johns hopkins was under siege. >> they moved us all from the front side of the building which faces the hospital to the back. none of us could be by any windows. >> you had to be scared. >> yeah, it's scary. >> reporter: the standoff began just after 11:00 a.m. outside room 873 of the spinal surgery wing. as dr. david cohen updated 49-year-old warren pardus on his mother, jean's operation. >> he became emotionally distraught and reacted. >> reporter: pardus then drew a semi-automatic handgun and shot the doctor once in the abdomen
at close range. >> mr. davis was last seen running into the room, brandishing the handgun in the direction of his mother, who was confined to the bed. >> reporter: at 1:30 p.m. police sent in a camera-equipped robot, which found both pardus and his mother dead, shot in the head, a murder-suicide. we don't know what the doctor said to him to make him so angry. what we do know is that dr. cohen will make a full recovery. jim sciutto, abc news, outside johns hopkins in baltimore. a stunning admission in the case of a washington state woman who claimed that someone had thrown acid on her face. bethany storro now says she fabricated the story about the attack. there is speculation now that she's mentally ill. during questioning police say storro admitted her burn injuries were actually self-inflicted. prosecutors plan to decide if storro should now face criminal charges. there are some disturbing details from the case of an indiana teen who admitted to murdering his younger brother. 18-year-old andrew conley told
investigators the main character from the tv series "dexter" inspired him to kill his own 10-year-old brother, connor. that show is about a forensic expert who moonlights as a killer. on monday conley admitted to the murder, which happened in november. he faces up to life in prison. some political observers are now calling the senate race in connecticut a tossup. that came as president obama was greeted by dozens of protesters last night. he attended a fund-raiser for a democrat in that race, long-time state attorney general richard blumenthal. the president helped raise over a million dollars on a campaign swing. blumenthal is facing former pro wrestling executive linda mcmahon. and the president admits that last year was a tough one for working families in this country. and now new census figures found a record number of americans now living in poverty. david muir takes a look behind those astonishing numbers. >> reporter: it is the largest number of americans living in poverty since they began keeping
track 50 years ago. an increase of 4 million in just one year. >> people who used to be solidly middle class, who are now looking over that cliff into the abyss. >> reporter: the government puts the poverty line at just under $22,000 a year for a family of four. with the recession stealing jobs, the number of americans without health insurance now has climbed to nearly 51 million, 4.4 million more in just a year. the rescue mission in los angeles told us they're seeing it. tents set up for families in the back of their chapel. the number of tents has multiplied from a half dozen a year ago to nearly 60. and something else in the report. more than a third of those in poverty are children. we could not forget that video, the high schoolers in california, the faces behind this new report. >> we're like four months behind rent. and just -- my brothers, they might be homeless pretty soon. >> reporter: we have followed chris schultz since that video. his father was out of work. his mother, a teacher's
assistant, barely making the rent. in their refrigerator -- >> it's pretty slim, right? >> yeah. we usually have butter but we don't have butter this time, so. >> reporter: we learned his father is still looking for work. chris is now in the army, learning mechanical skills to bring home. and waiting, his little brother. >> this is your big brother? >> yeah. >> do you love him? >> yeah. >> after a storm the sun comes out. you know? >> the sun comes out. >> yeah, the sun always comes out. no matter what. >> reporter: these new numbers come from last year, 2009, and the experts we spoke with said had unemployment benefits not been extended last year we'd have to a anoilli have tosevinoilli poverty. david muir, abc news, new york. and international news now. there was a major shake-up this mornijpn'mnt. prime minister naoto kan took office back in june, and he's now reshuffling his cabinet and promises to make changes to
improve the economy there. the entire cabinet resigned to make way for replacements. some lawmakers, though, could be reappointed. there is major progress in plugging the busted gulf oil well once and for all. a relief well was connected to the blown-out well t april's environmentalisas the next step is to seal th reell.t step is to seal th 206 million gallonsf oi the broken well polluted the gulf. the utility pacific gas & electric says it still has not inspected all the necessary parts that it needs to. investigators are now trying to determine why a gas pipeline blew up in suburban san francisco last week. the utility plans to inspect all high-risk gas lines in urban areas. two victims of that san bruno blast, a mother and her 13-year-old daughter, have been remembered. a memorial was held last night in san francisco. and now to the tropical trouble in the atlantic where three hurricanes are still spinning. carl has flooded mexico's yucatan peninsula. it's expected to get stronger
today and make landfall again along mexico's east coast. meanwhile, hurricane igor could batter bermuda by monday. and julia is weakening but still has winds around 80 milean and as for the rest of the weather, milder in the ohio valley, whetwiwee reported yesterday. thunderstorms, some severe, in eastern nebraska and we clear and warm along the east showers across the northern >> 65 in seattle 67 det warmer in the central ss 80 in omaha. 82 in kansas city. boston will be 64. hot in colorado springs at 91. well, at age 60 most people are looking to retire, of course, but when mazerine wingate turned 60 he started a new job at a maryland post office. >> and yesterday he turned 100 and he is still there. maz rhein still drives himself to work six days a week. as a custodian he does everything from mopping floors to shoveling snow. mazerine doesn't smoke or drink, and he says he goes to church every sunday. >> but he says it's working that actually keeps him going. and his co-workers say he is a
real inspiration. >> i would never have guessed he is 100 years old. >> no. he does not look 100 at all. >> good for you, mazerine. >> you think we'll host the show till we're 100? >> i don't want to be here for 40 years. we'll be right back with more "world news now." ♪ ♪ there ain't no stopping us now ♪ ry the absorb-a-straw! now you're gettin' it. [ female announcer ] sorry, mop, but swiffer wetjet has a dirt dissolving solution and super absorbent pads that trap and lock dirty water deep inside the gradient core ♪ she blinded me with science
just last month the country paused to remember the fifth anniversary of hurricane katrina, a storm that forever changed the gulf coast. >> and to mark the anniversary through art the stories of katrina survivors have come back to the stage. not only in new orleans but also right here in new york. ♪ praying that i'll see another day ♪ >> reporter: whether it's pride --
>> leave me my thoughts, my words, and my voice so i can testify for the love i have for my people. >> reporter: or abandonment. humor -- >> what? closing? >> reporter: or an aching sense of loss. >> we watched as the storm took my home, my livelihood, my friends. ♪ let it shine ♪ let it shine >> reporter: these are the stories of new orleans' women, all survivors of hurricane katrina. >> what our story does, it allows people to put themselves in our shoes, and so by being able to see it from our viewpoint. and i think it just makes them know how we felt. >> reporter: the play is "swimming upstream." it first hit stages in 2008. but acclaimed playwright and activist eve ensler brought the play back this month in new orleans and in new york for katrina's fifth anniversary. >> i think, you know, women
really, and particularly in new orleans but really everywhere always keep the world alive after disasters, after conflicts, after -- and yet it's the invisible work. it's the work that people don't see. you know, it's holding families together and holding communities together. >> reporter: written during a year and a half by 16 new orleans women, some of whom are also performers in the show, "swimming upstream" is a mix of poetry and song -- ♪ and there's water all around me ♪ ♪ but i can't get a bit to drink ♪ >> reporter: humor and pain, rage and resilience. >> this story reminds people that though we've come a long way we still have a long way to go before we're back like we were before the storm. >> this is hopefully, you know, a cry for all of us to -- for
our humanity, to reach out to whoever is around us in need. >> reporter: ensler, who directs the play, earned huge acclaim in the '90s through "the vagina monologues" and has become a leading voice in ending violence against women around the world. she is now successfully battling uterine cancer and says bringing "swimming upstream" back to audiences has lifted her spirits. >> i really forgot for the last week that i was in chemotherapy. but the cancer's gone. i got a really great prognosis. i'm so grateful. >> reporter: and new orleans natives who saw the show in new york this week are grateful too that their story is still being told. >> they've really grasped that sense of loss and recovery and rebuilding. >> no matter how many times i've heard the story and witnessed the performance, it speaks to a part of my humanity, my struggle. >> it's not just this storm, the storm that happened in 2005. it's like life's storms. and that's why it resonates with people who weren't in new orleans. >> reporter: "swimming upstream" got rave reviews in new orleans
and also got a pretty emotional reaction from the crowd here in new york tonight. now producers want to take the show around the country, maybe even around the world. >> when we created this, you know, we definitely wanted it to be something that can be experienced everywhere. >> i would dream, and i think we all dream that we'll tour america and tour the world and keep these stories alive. >> i want them to leave singing. you know, there's a song that we sing at the end, and the lyrics are -- ♪ hold on ♪ be strong ♪ do what you got to do ♪ time brings changes ♪ we'll see each other through ♪ make it back to ♪ it's up to me and you ♪ got to hold on ♪ say you got to hold on >> the really cool part about performance is, again, it was written by 16 local new orleans women. and they went through 18 months of this, i mean, intense sessions of writing, and said it was almost -- it was a writing process but also therapy in a way. >> right. cathartic for all of them. >> absolutely.
♪ skinny ♪ so skinny i feel like we're a part of "the skinny" today. >> i know, man. we're hanging out with the big wigs last night. >> yeah. we have our own "skinny" drama. >> mm-hmm. >> how cool is that, diane sawyer threw a party and like she said it was basically a party for no reason. she took us all out on a yacht. >> yeah, very cool. >> wined us and dined us. and i actually was able to snap a quick picture. so you can see diane right there. cheek to cheek with me. >> looking buddy-buddy. >> i know. and i also saw george stephanopoulos, who i'm sure is either up right now or getting ready for "good morning america." such a nice party. >> i don't know how he made it out when he has to do "good morning america" later today. >> well, you know, everyone was so thankful that you took on the charge, the heavy charge of
being the captain on the boat. >> oh, really? >> we werallfufo that. there you are. >> that's right. >> your hands are freak i will say that i want to keep everyone safe. you and i were getting chummy. i wanted to make everyone safe. >> so let's get on with your "sknnis m stewart were havi o whole story, fox news's glenn beck basically held a rally and basically his whole thing was this is a religious rebirth in america at the site where the mlk speech was given, "i have a dream." so jon stewart, kind of seizing on that momentum, decided he wanted to host a rally. so he proclaims it, and then colbert decides, well, i'm going to have my own rally while jon stewart's on the show. so take a look. >> it is on! october 30th, on the mall. because now is not the time to take it down a notch. now is the time for all good men to freak out for freedom! >> i heard about your march to keep fear alive, stephen colbert. you will see me on the
washington mall on october 30th! >> they're obviously having some fun at his expense. now, "the daily show" coincidentally will be in washington during the time of the scheduled march. or the scheduled rally there. taping shows to air october 25th and 28th. and he's also -- jon stewart, by the way, promoting a new book called "earth: the book." >> okay. a little promo there too. those guys are so good. no wonder everyone loves them so much. they're so funny. >> keep fear alive. >> there's always -- this controversy kind of pops up every couple of months when there's kind of this magazine cover, people say ooh, what did you do to it, did you doctor it. remember years ago with o.j. and "time" darkened his face during the trial and all this. anyway, kind of the reverse problem here. you guys remember the lovely actress who starred in that movie a little while back call "s"ga well, apparently, she's on te and now critics are saying, well, wait a minute, did you lighten her skin on the cover of
this issue? apparently, this is not the only time there's been a magazine concern related to her. a few months back she was left off a "vanity fair" cover that was kind of dedicated to all the academy award oscar buzz. and they were she was great in that movie and she was -- you know, became an instant star, she was so great. so another cover here. youdof the but then people are saying is it lighting? is it makeup? the magazine se dit doctor her more than we doctor anybody else and they deny any kind of overphoto shoping 3 i will say if i'm ever on the cover of anything air-brush me as much as you humanly can, please. quickly, do i have time for this la >> yes, you do. >> okay. bob barker collapsed at a gun range. price is right price is rigre he'sciou a rep says he had a reaction to blood-thinning medication which caused him to pass out. he was take
and here are some stories to watch today on abc news. the most solemn jewish observance of the year, yom kippur, begins tonight at sundown. jews worldwide will atone and fast until saturday night. pope benedict's visit to great britain continues today. he meets with the students at catholic schools and religious leaders from other faiths. and britain's prince william takes a big step in his military career. today he'll qualify as a search and rescue pilot in the royal air force. finally this half hour, selling a house in the 21st century. this is such a cool story. thanks to technology, realtors can show you how your dream home would look furnished without any furniture. >> it's called virtual staging. and as diana alvear reports, it's a cost-effective technique in an industry still struggling. >> reporter: you may be tempted to make yourself at home in this living room. just don't try sitting on that couch. it doesn't exist. it's all part of virtual
staging. the art of furnishing an empty house through a few keystrokes in the hope of making it it more likely to sell. >> i was surprisingly pleased with what the end product was. i didn't expect it to be as good. >> reporter: realtor marina cohan recently used virtual staging for the first time. she provided the staging company with a few photos. less than $500 and a couple of days later she had a fully furnished home to sell. well, at least online. >> it's easy. it's fast. you take a picture of a vacant room, and the furniture is slotted in, and you can approve or disapprove it and try again if you need to. >> reporter: real staging has been a stable of the industry for a while now. adding tables and sofas or changing drapes to enhance the home's overall look. virtual staging eliminates the costs involved in moving furniture in and out of a property. one california company claims virtually staged homes sell for up to 17% more than vacant homes. but buyer beware. just because a home looks
fabulous online doesn't always mean that's the case in person. >> it must be identified. virtual staging must be identified as virtual staging. >> reporter: industry leaders say images need to be clearly marked. otherwise, they risk violating the buyer's trust. if cohan's experience is any indication, virtual staging will be increasingly in demand. >> the cost advantage is huge. i think i would promote this to anyone on a budget who wants to try to promote a property to its highest and best use. >> reporter: especially in an economy where cost efficiency is key. diana alvear, abc news, los angeles. >> i suppose it is cost efficient. but $500 for nothing? >> yeah, that's kind of weird, huh? amazing what people can make appear and disappear these days. >> it really is. it's almost like sometimes people think our set and us, that we're real. >> we
killer storm. widespread damage in new york city. >> i just started screaming, "there's a tornado. i'm in the middle of a tornado." >> the victims and the hassles. then, making history. the first papal state visit ever in britain. what the pope hopes to accomplish. and progress report. jobs created by the economic stimulus. it's friday, september 17th. i came up here, i moved from new orleans to new york to get away from all this rough summertime weather, but yesterday was rough here in the city. >> it's surprising to hear tornados in new york. especially because we have so many skyscrapers. so it really was a scare for a lot of folks here. but luckily it moved quickly. that storm touched us and left. >> get out of here, man, let's get past hurricane season. good morning, everybody. i'm rob nelson.
>> and i'm vinita nair. well, plenty of us around here have seen big snowstorms and felt the heat of a new york summer, but few have ever had the likes of a storm that rolled through last night. >> there's damage to be cleaned up today and thousands still in the dark. details now from our bill ritter. >> reporter: new york hardly known as tornado country, but one or more twisters might have touched down in the nation's biggest city thursday night. >> i just started screaming, "there's a tornado. i'm in the middle of a tornado. it was just black and" -- >> reporter: brooklyn resident heather holiday was one of several people who said that at about 5:30 wednesday evening the sky just went pitch black. trees were being uprooted and their branches were blowing in the wind like litter in the streets. most people didn't know what to make of the storm, which packed winds of up to 70 miles an hour. >> i thought it was the end of the world. it was -- i have my life alert on me. i was going to press that. i thought maybe i was going to die. >> reporter: according to the power company, con edison, the storm hit hardest in brooklyn,
staten island, and queens and left more than 25,000 customers without electricity. new york city mayor michael bloomberg toured some of the hardest-hit sections of queens. >> i was here to give a speech, and i'd heard about this gentleman who's lucky, and i thought i'd come over and just wish him the best. nothing i can do to fix his car, but thank goodness i don't have to go visit him in a hospital. >> reporter: and the storm was deadly. new york city fire officials confirm at least one person was killed when a tree fell on her car. the national weather service said they would have to wait for daylight before they can inspect the storm damage to determine if one tornado or more hit the city of new york. bill ritter, abc news, new york. there was also major storm damage in the midwest. thousands are without power after severe weather pounded central ohio. a tornado touched down in perry county, damaging at least 18 homes. while officers were going door to door searching for victims. and now to the tropical trouble this morning in mexico. the yucatan peninsula is wet and flooded after hurricane carl passed over, dumping tons of
rain there. carl is likely to gain strength today before slamming into mexico's central east coast. that area was flooded over the last month in previous storms. in the atlantic both hurricanes igor and julia continue to spin. igor has winds now of around 125 miles an hour, and it's on a path that could bring it over bermuda by monday. julia, though, weakened a bit last night but still has winds around 80 miles an hour. and now here is a look at your friday weather. hurricane carl is sending showers to south texas. more showers in the pacific northwest, stretching down to california. rainy from northern idaho to eastern minnesota. omaha and kansas city could get some severe storms. >> 80s in the mid-atlantic states. a mild 75 here in new york. unseasonably cool along the canadian border. minneapolis 64. fargo 59. hot spots today dallas 97, phoenix 107. baltimore's johns hopkins hospital is taking another look at its security after a fatal shooting. >> a lone gunman wounded a doctor and then killed his mother, then turned the gun on
himself. john hendren has the latest now from baltimore. good morning, john. >> reporter: good morning, vinita and rob. the gunman made it to the eighth floor of the building behind me just past the overpass with a semi-automatic weapon. he had a license to carry it but apparently no one checked. it was a two-hour siege, with hospital workers and visitors on lockdown. >> so what were you told to do? lock down? >> yes. it was a lockdown. no one could leave. >> reporter: it began at 11:11 a.m., just outside room 873 of the spinal surgery wing. dr. david cohen was giving warren pardus the latest on his mother, jean's operation. >> mr. davis removed a small semi-automatic handgun from his waist and fired a single gunshot that struck the doctor. >> i guess -- i guess he thought that she was suffering a lot, that she wasn't going to be able to walk again. >> reporter: outside, police controlled the streets. inside, s.w.a.t. teams sealed off the floor.
but doctors kept on working, including the team that was saving dr. cohen's life. hospital violence is a growing threat. since 1995 there have been 256 reports of violent crimes in medical centers, a number that's risen over the past three years. the incident closely parallels an episode of the show "grey's anatomy." a gunman upset with a relative's condition begins firing inside the hospital. that sets off a siege that ends in suicide. when that episode was rebroadcast just hours after the shooting here, it contained a new warning for viewers. vinita and rob? a stunning admission in the case of a washington state woman who claimed someone threw acid on her face. bethany storro now says she fabricated the entire story. during questioning police say storro admitted her burn injuries were self-inflicted. there is speculation she might be mentally ill. prosecutors must decide if storro should face criminal charges. the census bureau says the nation's poverty rate climbed more than 14% last year. that's about 43.5 million people, or about 1 in 7
americans. the report also finds that the share of americans without health coverage rose sharply to nearly 51 million people. connecticut has a tradition of being a reliably democratic state, but maybe not this year. voter discontent was on display outside a fund-raiser that president obama attended for the democratic candidate in connecticut's senate race. the president helped raise over $1 million. there's quite a bit of international back and forth over a new book about france's first lady, carla bruni. in it bruni quotes michelle obama as saying that living in the white house is "hell." a spokesman for mrs. obama denied that the first lady ever made those comments, though, and the french embassy in washington says france's first lady is distancing herself from the book as well. pope benedict is making history in great britain. during the first state visit there by any pope. >> but he's forced to address the sex abuse scandal in the roman catholic church. abc's lama hasan is live in
london with today's agenda. good morning, lama. >> good morning to you both. well, it's another busy day for the pope. he'll be attending a private mass this morning in london, and later today he'll meet with catholic school kids. so far, judging by the welcome he got yesterday and the papers this morning, "the daily mirror," for example, has "pope idol" on the front, all in all the pope's first full day here went well, better than expected. after months of planning and preparation, costing an estimated $20 million, it was a royal welcome fit for a head of state. after a short speech by the queen -- >> your holiness, your presence here today reminds us of our common christian heritage and of the christian contribution to the encouragement of world peace and to the economic and social development of the less prosperous countries of the world. >> reporter: the leader of the catholic church made this poignant message. >> let us never forget how the exclusion of god, religion, and virtue from public life leads
ultimately to a truncated vision of man and of society. >> reporter: with thousands of well-wishers waiting to catch a glimpse of pope benedict xvi the pope joined a parade on saint ninian's day. but behind the pomp and pageantry looms controversy. the alleged sexual abuse cases by priests. speaking to reporters on the plane, the pope admitted the catholic church hasn't reacted decisively or quickly enough to take the necessary actions. he says the church's top priority now is to help the victims heal. and the pope will get a chance to meet with around ten victims of sexual abuse here in england, most likely on saturday. rob? vinita? >> thanks to lama hasan live in london. well, for one scottish catholic the pope's visit was a dream come true. susan boyle said she had always wanted to sing for the pontiff, and yesterday she did just that. >> boyle performed three songs as part of the pope's outdoor
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transformed into a new industrial park, thanks to 30 million stimulus dollars. the project has already created 68 jobs and is designed to be an economic boon to the south plainfield area once it's completed next year. the white house is also touting the $175 million in stimulus funds being spent here at new york's staten island ferry terminal, replacing nine bridges like this one that are in a dangerous state of disrepair. >> reporter: there are now 120 workers on the job here rebuilding a transportation hub that services 65,000 commuters every day. the white house report is a direct response to senators john mccain and tom coburn, who have issued three separate reports on what they call the top 100 wasteful stimulus projects. those reports highlighted things like the $3.4 million spent on the so-called turtle tunnel, allowing animals to go from one side of florida's route 27 to the other. here's what mccain told us about his last report. >> i think all of them are a waste.
i think none of them really have any meaningful impact on creating jobs. >> republicans have often criticized the recovery act without recognizing projects specifically like the ones in this report. >> reporter: projects like $51 million for a new facility for injured veterans at ft. bliss, texas. 230 jobs created. $25 million in tax credits for ge to build a new plant for energy-efficient appliances in louisville, kentucky. ge is investing $600 million of its own money, bringing production now done in china back to the u.s. the white house report lists the total cost for each project and the number of jobs created. doing a little math, it comes to about $250,000 per job. the white house says, however, that's a misleading number because each of these projects will have ripple effects that will produce many more jobs in the future. jonathan karl, abc news, new york. >> so now you have these dueling reports out there. republicans' main argument seems to be, well, if the nation's unemployment rate is still at 10% what has this really done?
that seems to be the main point. the white house has to kind of fight back against. >> it's interesting, though, because as is the nature of almost any amount of money you only hear about the negative things like the turtle tunnel, you don't hear more about things like the money for researching a cure for cancer. $153 million went there. basically, they're trying to characterize the genetic and genomic changes that occur in human adult cancers. so you have to just hope there will be a trickle-down from all those jobs with more jobs. >> as always, both sides will play with the numbers. so we'll see. coming up, the hot stars in the new movie "never let me go." >> they're talking about their
the new movie "never let me go" is a tale of growing up in a world where people live to be more than 100 years old. >> peter travers, "rolling stone" movie critic and host of abc news now's "popcorn," spoke with two of the film's stars, two of the hottest names in hollywood right now. >> carey mulligan, andrew garfield, welcome to "popcorn." it's great to have the both of you here. i want to start this thing off by having you describe who you're playing. this is a movie that's filled with mystery. it's like we're not supposed to talk about it because audiences go and get this shock and find it out. >> i play a character called tommy. >> that explains everything. >> cool. >> he knows not to answer. whenever we do things now and
people ask questions that are addressed to the both of us, i look at him -- >> i have to be the man in the relationship. so yes, that's my answer. i play a character called tommy. >> tommy. >> i think he's very sensitive. i think he's kind of very animalistic and he's more kind of animal than human in a lot of ways. he's very intuitive. he maybe doesn't have the same intellectual, analytical capacity that the -- maybe carey's character has, but he has a whole different skill set, i feel. it was a kind of joyous thing to play him. >> so carey, i have to hear what you really think about the part. you can't let andrew just do the whole thing. who are you playing? >> kathy is the narrator of the novel. and so she narrates the story as well in the film. and we're part of a trio of friends who grow up together, and kathy's probably the most introverted of the three. >> i like when you said that, we're part of a trio, because there's only two of you here. so keira knightley can have a spot here, an imaginary spot. >> it's keira and me and andrew, and we play a trio of friends. and kathy's sort of -- well,
she's sort of the one on the outside a little bit more. she's not very good at saying what she wants. nor does she want to sort of create any discomfort. so she acquiesces a lot and she defers to everybody else's emotions and she tries to look after people. >> what scene in "never let me go" for each of you can you look at you and say that was okay? >> i'm not going to answer that because i haven't seen it. so -- >> he can say -- >> i mean, there's never a false note in anything andrew does. but in this -- >> come on. >> no. you're not ever crap. no, but you're never not truthful. >> okay. i'm not fishing. thank you. >> no, but i'm just telling you. >> that's very sweet. i feel the same way about you. >> you haven't seen it but -- it's in the trailer. but the scene where he gets out of the car and screams, which we actually did seven or eight takes of, which is crazy. i mean, i've had friends who just watch the trailer now and
start weeping at that point because of the noise and what he's doing. and everything about it is just heartbreaking. >> all right. >> i can talk about carey a bit now because i can embarrass her. >> you can. >> like every time -- >> you haven't seen it. >> no, but i watched what you were doing when we were shooting because i was like, you know, talking to you. >> we were in the -- >> during the scene. that's what happens. you sometimes look at them. every moment before we started a scene we'd kind of look at each other and i could see immediately that she was in the exact right place for that specific scene. and it brought me into the moment in the most kind of intensely exhilarating way. and then from then on the scene just went wherever it went, and that was, you know, a rare thing. and it was just -- those few moments before cameras rolling where we just looked at each other and i -- i was with her, and i was like oh, this is very exciting. >> which brings us to the end of every show, where i request this one thing of my guests. but it's all about song. it's all about expressing
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>> announcer: "world news now" delivers your "morning papers." folks, you're going to have to kind of pardon us today a little bit. we're going to deviate from the normal routine during "morning papers." we actually have something very cool and momentous to celebrate. september 17th, 2008, two years ago on this very day vinita nair joined us here on "world news now." things have not been the same since. >> yay. >> two years. >> two years that have felt like 47. >> before we get to the cake, jim -- before we get to that -- thank you. let's take a look back -- >> i'll just eat this while you guys are doing whatever you have planned. >> do you remember your first day, though? >> i don't want to see this. >> let's roll it right there. >> vinita nair is making news today. can you believe this? not only is she in the "world news now" gazette, as you can see right there -- >> oh. >> it's official. vinita nair is now the co-anchor
of this fine show. >> oh. thank you, guys. >> it's official. the press release went out today. >> back in the day, two years ago, you and jeremy sitting there on your first day on the air. not first day on the air but first day as the permanent co-host of the show. here you are two years later. big cake. loved. congratulations. balloons, everything. but the fun does not end there, though, because it's time for a special polka. you remember this one. ♪ something old and something new ♪ ♪ blushing bride, hey that's you ♪ ♪ that's the wedding polka ♪ you've got heart and brains because ♪ ♪ you're marrying a wonderful wizard named oz ♪ ♪ that's the wedding polka ♪ when the guests are throwing rice at you and your new mate ♪ ♪ save it all so jeremy can eat it and gain weight ♪ ♪ you look fine, i'll make that clear ♪ ♪ he turns sideways and disappears ♪ ♪ that's the wedding polka
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