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tonight on "world news," bin laden's shock. we've learned what you can see on those helmet cameras at the moment he spots the navy s.e.a.l.s. and, is it true the u.s. military says they found a stash of pornography in the hideout? the comeback, for everything made in america. a new study showing the u.s. is ready to challenge china in a whole new way. zoo in a bag? look at the incredible pictures. a first class passenger, arrested, stuffing suitcases with baby leopards, panthers and monkeys. and, right of passage. nervous boys putting their hearts on the line, with seven little words. it's happening across the country today, and they're our
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"persons of the week." good evening and a good friday to you. we have all imagined what it was like at the moment osama bin laden knew he was face to face with americans moving in to take him down. well, tonight, for the first time, we know more about what those helmet cameras, worn by the navy s.e.a.l.s, show. and, there was another surprising footnote to this story today. the insistence by u.s. officials that they found a huge stash of pornography at the hideout. can this be true? it's a question were put to martha raddatz who is on this story for us tonight. good evening, martha. >> reporter: good evening, diane. this was one of those discoveries that stunned everyone. in fact, it was so stunning, officials are worried some people won't believe it. officials never expected to find pornography at the hideout. a u.s. official tells abc news
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that a huge stash of pornography was discovered. there is no way to tell if bin laden looked at it, but it was found right in his bedroom. >> it is surprising that pornography was found, because he was known to be a rather or tier man, a rather religious man, a man who gave up the world. >> reporter: the u.s. did not want to officially release the information, feeling that there would be suspicions it was planted. it was not, said the official. we are also learning more about bin laden's final moments, from the navy s.e.a.l.s tiny helmet cameras. the images are said to be dark, the scene chaotic. but officials say the s.e.a.l.s first encountered bin laden as they were climbing the stairs to the third floor. a tall bearded man emerges and quickly begins retreating. the s.e.a.l.s fire, but bin laden is not hit. within seconds, the s.e.a.l.s again confront him, but one official says as they do, the
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s.e.a.l.s spot children, upset and yelling, near bin laden, a s.e.a.l.s moves them aside to safety. then, bin laden's wife moves forward the s.e.a.l.s. she is shot in the leg. the s.e.a.l.s are now within 8 to 10 feet of bin laden, when one shoots him in the chest and another one shoots him right through the forehead. one person who has heard a lot of the detail, former president george bush. mr. bush told a conference in las vegas, "i was eating souffle at rise restaurant with laura and two buddies" when he got the call from president obama. obama simply said "osama bin laden is dead." there is growing concern tonight that the identities of the s.e.a.l.s may eventually be compromised. a u.s. official tells abc news that plans are being made in the event that happens to make sure that the s.e.a.l.s and their families are protected. dian diane? >> all right, martha, thank you. as you know, the taliban and the pakistan have apparently already set out to avenge osama
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bin laden's death. at least 80 people were killed in the horrific suicide attack and we asked our nick schifrin to take a snapshot of what it is like at that scene. >> reporter: the reason this attack was so deadly was this, this is a ball bearing, and these were packed into these bombs and when they exploded, they ripped through these vans where the recruits had gathers this morning, about to go home. this area has seen so much violence, kidnappings, and killings, and when i come here, i have to wear local clothes in order to blend in and not make myself such a target. >> and that was our nick schifrin. it is a dangerous place there. now, back to the united states, and the flooding mississippi here at home. we began this week in memphis, where tonight, the water is inching down, despite the rain that fell today.
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down river, it is now official, as we said last night. 2,500 louisiana residents have been told to pack up their homes and leave their land, to be sacrificed to deliberate flooding to save the big cities down river. and, tonight, another kind, a different kind of high water mark. 2011 is about to become the year with the highest number of hugely expensive natural disasters on u.s. soil ever. ji jim avila looks at this rough season. >> reporter: twisting winds. thunderous rains. snow piled high and rising flood waters. a meteorological drubbing for the u.s. this year, five separate billion dollar storms and floods already. 2011 severe weather nearly biblical plague in scale, began in january with the monster midwest blizzard that paralyzed chicago and then moved to the northeast, with $1 billion in
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damage. the spring perils began in april, certainly this year's cruelest month, with thunderstorms and tornadoes in the mild west and plains states. more than $2 billion in damage. just the following week, an even bigger swath of destruction. tornados this time in iowa and wisconsin, price tag, 2.2 $5 billion. the next plague to hit the u.s. this year? a full week of april flooding. the notorious red river spilled its banks for a grim total of 0 $20 million. then onto texas, hit with wide fires that destroyed 310 structures and endless acres of brush and tumble weed at a cost of $200 million. and then the skies opened up over alabama and six other states in the southeast at the end of april. killing more than 300 people and leaving more than $1.5 billion in damage. >> this year has a change of being the worst year on record
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for the last ten. >> reporter: today, inspectors are checking the levees that surround new orleans, scene of the nation's latest weather disaster. the massive mississippi floods, wiving out businesses, stalling river traffic and crippling a just recovered oyster injury. >> we'll have mortalities between 40% to 60%. >> reporter: and since i'm standing just outside new orleans on one of those mississippi river levees that are designed to protect the city, we can't forget that hurricane season hasn't begun yet. it doesn't start until june 1st. diane? >> hurricanes on the way, and there are months in the season. thank you, jim. and now, some breaking news about all those american jobs that have been heading overseas. there are real signs american companies have seen the future and they're ready to start coming home. a big new study says, for all the low wages in china, the highly productive american worker is about to meet the chinese at the pass and david
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muir is here tonight. david? >> reporter: diane this really got our attention here this morning. this study says u.s. companies will be coming home and soon. >> reporter: it's an economic recipe this country has been starving for. already bringing manufacturing and jobs back to the u.s. the studies author says get ready for more "made in america. just this week, gm and the 4,000 new jobs. atm machines, moving back to america. ncr making them in georgia again. 870 jobs. why? ghis economists point to wages. when "world news" took you to china and inside those factories, we saw the wages so low, we wondered how could the u.s. ever compete? production workers in the u.s. make on average $22 an hour,
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compared to $2 an hour in china. but that's quickly changing. within four years, the economists argue, the chinese worker could be earning nearly a quarter of their u.s. counterparts. and while that might not sound like a lot, it is, when you factor in just how much the american worker produces for their hourly wage. >> wages are rising very rapidly in china. you take into account chinese productivity, which is less than a third of u.s. productivity, all of a sudden, the wages start to look similar to the u.s. >> reporter: and those wages will keep rising, because china's factories are hungry for workers, higher demand and workers have command for pay. for their own goods and ours. >> you have pepsi. >> reporter: remember the bundt pans smack dab in the middle of this country? they told us their biggest competitor, china. they stayed here. nordic wear can get their products to store shelves quickly. and toys?
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remember china, so proud to show us all of the toys they send here? we learned just today of one famous american toy maker moving back. >> if it didn't say wham-o, it isn't a frisbee. >> reporter: frisbees and hull la hoops back in america for summer. >> how much more productive is the american worker than the chinese worker. >> reporter: there times more productive, according to this study. we heard it all over the country. so, made in america, the team is back, diane. how could any of us forget that brave family in dallas? remember this, inviting us into their home? we checked the labels, emptied everything not made here. all that was left? the vase. this is the stack just from my office, i know you have twice the pile in yours. tweets, the facebook mentions, and so the campaign is back, this made in america, only this time, we're putting it your hands. we want to know about your amazing made in america find, let us know if you're convinced everyone else will want one.
6:41 pm >> and we are hitting the road again. >> many miles. >> we'll see you out there with those products. thank you, david. and now every day that the president of the united states reaches out to a teen heart tlub for a favor. but that's what happened today. all for a child literally the same age as one of his own little girls. here's jake tapper. >> reporter: for many americans, this little girl last week became a symbol of the loss so many americans felt after the horrible morning on september 11th. at fort campbell, president obama told troops the story of payton wall who was 4 on 9/11 when her father, a cantor fitzgerald executive, called from the world trade center to say goodbye. >> payton remembers watching her mom sobbing as she spoke to her husband, and then passed the phone to payton. and in the words that were hard to hear but she has never forgotten, she said, he said to her, "i love you payton.
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andly always be watching over you." >> reporter: her father's words stayed with her. >> i'm just honoring my father and i just feel like he is looking down on me and he is really proud of me right now. >> reporter: at ground zero last week, payton got a presidential bear hug. they talked. she'd told the president she didn't know if she would have been able to survive without the music of mop top pop star justin bieber. ♪ the president told payton he knew beebe bieber and said he would introduce them. that promise as reported in local new york newspapers, prompting a snarky blogger who wrote of the presidential pledge to payton, "obama makes another promise he won't be able to keep." in response, bieber tweeted, "i think you're wrong. pretty sure president @barackobama will keep this proems. pay it forward." the president had already asked the white house social office to reach out to bieber's manager, the pop star pledged to reach out to payton next time he's on the east coast. it will be a special gift for a girl who at 14 has already had to bear too much.
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jake tapper, abc news, the white house. >> the gift of bieber. and still ahead on "world news," a virtual zoo in a suitcase. baby animals. how did airport officials spot the first class smuggler? and, should you be taking a higher dose from our osteoporosis drugs? could it protect your bones? and -- ♪ that's not just any serenade. it's a modern take on an that's not just any serenade. it's a modern take on an american rite of poassage. we used to call an exterminator. ugh... now i go ortho. home defense max. i use it once inside to kill the bugs. stops them dead. guaranteed. and outside to keep new ones from moving in. that's up to 12 months protection against bugs. and 12 months of keeping our house to ourselves. until your mother comes. right. ortho home defense max. defend what's yours.
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discovered inside a suitcase by investigators. >> very sophisticated smuggling operation. we've never seen this one like before. the guy had a zoo in his suitcases checked in. >> reporter: two baby leopards and two monkeys were hidden in his checked luggage, headed for dubai. the animals had been drugged and small plastic canistered designed to look like folded clothes. investigators believe they were being transported as pets, but most of the animal trade is in meat and folk medicine. >> basically, the total value illegally of the global black market is between $10 billion and $20 billion annually. >> reporter: this animal is safe because she was born in the united states. had she been born in asia, she would have been the most highly valued animal on the black market for endangered species. only 3,400 of these left in the world. an adult wild tiger could earn poachers $100,000.
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those smuggled leopard cubs, $5,000 apiece. and bangkok has become a world wide hub for illegal wild life trafficking. xatic animals from africa and south america end up in the hands of traders there, often bound for the united states, europe or the middle east. smugglers are willing to go to great lengths to avoid detux. this tiger was found drugged but alive inside a travel earl's suitcase surrounded by a child's stuffed animals. this car packed with parrots was xer sented. this man was apprehended with live birds strapped to his legs. >> the profits involved are so high and the risks are so low it is really a strong incentive. >> reporter: hey, diane, we're at the myrtle beach safari and this is a 3-year-old gibbon. you might have seen his cousins or animals like him in that suitcase. there is some good news tonight. seems enforcement is getting the upper hand on a lot of these smugglers. they are catching more and more
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of these people, sometimes red handed. diane? >> got a really interesting grip on you tonight, matt. >> reporter: this is the way to hold them. >> that's the way you do it? >> reporter: apparently. >> all right, well, thank you so much for that report, and, when we come back, we have news for the tens of millions of americans who take osteoporosis drugs. as a manager, my team counts on me to stay focused. so i take one a day men's 50+ advantage. it's the only complete multivitamin with ginkgo to support memory and concentration. plus it supports heart health.
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sweaty palms and surely a sleepless night before. the surprise on her face as she drops to the floor. ♪ i'd like to ask you to prom >> reporter: seconds waiting feel like forever, finally, a smile, a blush and a yes. a leap of faith for justin, roses in hand, taking the plunge, coming up for air and, a yes from jessica. ♪ you've lost that loving feeling ♪ >> reporter: the serenade stealing the scene from "top gun." ♪ now it's gone gone gone >> reporter: but brandon manages to one up even tom cruise, steaming a kiss from michelle before their big night. and it's not just the boys. lucy took matters into her own hands and surprised chris, her prom king.
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so, when honor student james tate from shelton high school cut out some cardboard letters the other night and taped them to the side of his school, he thought he was in great company. sonal, would you go to the prom with me? she said yes. but this week, his school said no. charging he had trespassed after hours. his punishment? no prom. >> i was going to go with her and waiting for a special time to, special way to ask her and i did that and this is what happened. >> reporter: in high school, of course, word travels at the speed of text and four days later, there were 10,000 twitter defenders, 175,000 hits on facebook. a local state representative drafting an appeal and a surprise ally. jimmy kimmel. >> i guess they are worried that cardboard would flutter to the ground and injure lady bugs or
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something? >> exactly. >> reporter: so, while they may be bending the rules in the name of romance, the faces of the sweethearts say, better than not bending them at all. >> will you go to prom with me? >> yes. >> reporter: no guts, no prom glory. >> and so we choose james tate, who says even if he can't go to the prom, he wants sonali to go without him, dance without him, and he'll wait for her outside. and thank you for watching. we're always on at a b kr nbcne. david muir will be captaining this desk all weekend. we'll see you back here on monday.
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