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this morning, extreme storms. >> break in the heat came with a cost. storms bringing lightning, hail, flooding and power outages to tens of thousands still in the dark right now. breaking details on a deadly attack in the middle east tinderb tinderbox. israel blaming iran for killing tourists. now we're learning the bomber may have been an american. he called it god's plan. the first interview about the night george zimmerman killed trayvon martin. and locked up for decades for a crime he didn't commit. a once promtsing baseball star
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back on the mound once again. good thursday morning, everybody. it is a day of cleanup for millions of americans after powerful storms pounded states from wisconsin up to maine. >> the storms broke the heat wave but have left a trail of destruction and some incredible images. they were some of the most severe storms of the summer. creating unforgettable scenes. dark clouds over new york city. a column of rain and hail like something from a movie. major subway stations full of water. no major city in the northeast was untouched. new york was hardest hit. lightning hitting high-rises. the debris raining down on people in the streets. this morning, power outages in new england. in boston, the power went out on
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live tv. the weatherman was in the middle of his report when lightning struck the station, leaving the studio in the dark. >> i believe we're on generator power at this time. looks like we're starting to come back up a little bit. >> he continued on with his forecast. violent storms slammed the midwest with winsd high as high 80 miles an hour. nearly 7,000 folks without pow e in chicago. so much wild weather. look at this water spout forming off the georgia coast near jekyll island. the viewer who sent it in said it lasted about ten minutes. now to the worsening situation in syria. president assad has not been seen since his top aides were assassinated. today, his nation is certain number one at the united nations. with more, he's tahman bradley. >> reporter: fighting raged into
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the night in syria capital. armed rebels battling assad's forces claimed spomt in what could mark a turning point in the nearly 18 months of fighting. >> this is a situation that is rapidly spinning out of control. >> reporter: the u.n. security council meets today and is expected to vote on a new resolution. russia has been standing in the way of the resolution, threatening a veto. planning is under way should the syrian regime fall. >> assad is losing control. violence is increasing rather than decreasing. and that all of our partners need to come together and support a transition. >> reporter: the bomb ripped through a high-security compound in one of assad's military head quarters during a meeting of
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high-ranking officials. amok the dead, president assad's brother-in-law. one of the most feared men in syria. activists say the brutal crack downhas killed 17,000. details on how the bomb was planted are not clear. president assad, perhaps no longer sure who he can trust, has not been seen since the bombing. >> perhaps the beginning of the end. and there's breaking news from another hot spot. israel is blaming iran for a deadly attack on israeli tourists in bulgaria. at least eight people were culled. we have learned overnight investigators say the bomber was carrying an american passport and fake driver's license from the state of michigan. he was seen on surveillance
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walking around about an hour before the attack. now to the presidential race. mitt romney making it clear when it comes to his running mate. he says he's not chosen his vice president. for now, two names at the top of the list. ohio senator rob portman and former minnesota governor tim pawlen pawlenty. romney's wife ann talked about an ad that poked fun at her show horse. >> it's like, really. there will so many people out of work right now. there's a guy that has the answers to fix the economy. all the attacks -- they're going to try everything. they're going to throw spaghetti at the wall. >> the dnc says it will not use ads with the horse again and it was not meant to offend ann romney. new concerns about airborne
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terrorism after a disclosure on capitol hill. u.s. citizens on terror watch lists are allowed to learn now fly airplanes even though they're banned from flying commercially. it came to light yesterday at a congressional hearing. anyone receiving a pilot's certificate is screened against criminal and terrorism data bases. that happens regularly. a united airlines flight took off and returned to honolulu not once, but twice. passengers and crew noticed an electrical odor. the pilot returned and had it checked out. it came back after the second takeoff. he went back to honolulu again. passengers had to catch other flights. they lost a little time they couldn't get back. >> not a good news week for the airline industry. >> not at all. time for a look at the weather across the country.
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more severe storms with gusty winds and downpours from chicago, louisville, and pittsburgh. thunderstorms from the texas gulf coast to florida and up to philly. monsoon storms in the rockies. it will be heating up in the plains. >> 90s across the rockies, plains, and southeast. 106 in phoenix. and 78 in seattle. and coming up next after the break, the snack food competition that could have you eating caviar. how to win a million bucks. and the post office delivering a new batch of bad news on the brink of a new default. hands off the hoff. the thieves who can't get enough of, believe it or not, david hasselhoff. he's going like hotcakes.
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welcome back, everyone. wall street will try to build on its two-day rally. overseas markets are higher following the u.s. lead. investors are encouraged by solid earnings at key companies, including intel and honeywell. the s and p 500 is up. the post office owes $5.5 billion to a retirees health
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plan. if congress doesn't take angst, it will miss the payment. major fast food chain is ruffling feathers this morning. the president of chick-fil-a says he and his company are anti-ga mirnlg and are planning to stay that way. he said we're married to our first wives. stunning new reports on the wealth of the walton family. with $89.5 billion, they're worth nearly as much as all american households in the bottom half of earnings combined. they're worth equals the total of almost 49 million households in america. >> stunning numbers there. if you want to make $1 million, maybe more. here's way. the frito-lay company is taking to facebook tomorrow to find a new potato chip flavor. if yours is chosen, you get 1
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million bucks or 1% of next year's net sales, your choice. >> man. >> so many flavors, so little time. >> i'm trying to open a walmart. what will i do next? what to do? next on this thursday morning. jorm zimmerman speaks out for the first time publicly. his message for the parents of trayvon martin. wrongly impressened for decades. now taking the field to sing about freedom. ♪ [ acoustic guitar: upbeat ] [ dog ] we found it together. on a walk, walk, walk. love to walk. yeah, we found that wonderful thing. and you smiled. and threw it. and i decided i would never, ever leave it anywhere. because that wonderful, bouncy, roll-around thing... had made you play. and that... had made you smile. [ announcer ] beneful. play. it's good for you.
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there today. heavy rain soaks highways from chicago to the ohio and tennessee valleys. wet roads in the four corners region and northern california into oregon. >> if you happen to be flying, a couple of weather. related airport delays in d.c. and chicago. back to the news this morning. george zimmerman has given an interview for the first time about what happened that night he killed trayvon martin. >> the former neighborhood watch captain says he was not following martin but trying to get a precise address to tell police where to go and zimmerman had this message for martin's parents. zbri would tell them that, again, i'm sorry. i don't have -- my wife and i don't have any children. i have nephews that i love more than life. and i am sorry that they -- buried their child. i can't imagine what it must
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feel like. and i pray for them daily. >> zimmerman called the events of that night as being part of god's plan. a statement the dead teenager's father says he cannot agree with. >> george saying he's not a murder or a racist. a shocking crime in philadelphia. a 10-year-old girl and her little brother were returning from a store on tuesday when man put his hand over the girl's mouth and tried to carry her away. is suspect was scared away by the little brother's screams. now police are hoping a $10,000 reward will lead them to the suspects. the child's mother says the her daughter is mentally stressed out by physically okay. the guy owe see jump out of a van says he was saving his own life. he said he was jumped last week in pittsburgh and thrown into the van. then robbed and his attackers threatened to dill him. he saw the police, unlocked the
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door and went to the police for safety. man who stripped down to his birthday suit in oregon has been found not guilty. a judge ruled his nudity was an act of protest, falling under protected free speech. >> come on, man. you can't take that much crack on a plane. everybody nose that. it's against the nation's drug policy. if you're trying to eat right, you may want to add something to your list. dark chocolate. a swiss chocolate manufacturer says that flavonols in dark chocolate can help your. the company will have the right to make the claim on its labels if approved. >> i anticipate they're going to say in moderation, right? >> of course. while penn state decides the
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fate of the joe paterno statue, some students are standing their guard. they started the vigil after plane flew over the school with a banner that said, take the statue down or we will. penn state will make a decision about the statue's future in the next week or so. for the 141st time, the british open golf championship is under way. you can see the action on espn. some highlights of stateside sports from espn. good morning, randy scott with your "sportscenter" update. david ortiz on the 15-day d.l. pedro hernandez, robbed, a three-run jack. next inning, another three-run bomb off of hernandez. sox up big, not done. your next batter, adrian
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gonzalez. it's tough to hit anything but a solo shot when the guy in front of you clears the bases. red sox win, 10-1. usa basketball, the women taking on great britain. james and durant there for support. the ladies didn't need it. that's maya moore. a stop and go getting the floater. usa coming back from an early deficit to tie it. second quarter, americans up 11. u.s. up 13. down to nine in the third until candace parker finds a streak moore. the united states 88-63. the men trying to take care of great britain today. 2:00 p.m. eastern. you can catch it on the espn family of networks. es espn2, espn3, if you're at work,
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sneak a peek on the watchespn app. a special moment last night at the tampa bay rays game. william dillon spent 27 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit. he still loves his country and was happy to be invited to the game to sing the national anthem. his favorite line -- the land of the free. as you can imagine. i like that story. >> that's a great story. >> a nice honor for that guy. 30 years of his life? he's earned it. >> and he has a good attitude. that's saying a lot more than probably what i would be doing. up next, a new hassle for the hoff. why he's tempting oh, so many thieves. and "dancing with the all-stars" who is going to be invited back? i thought that said heifers at firs first. hoofers. we'll be right back. d
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singing and his body. not bad for a guy who just turned 60. >> not bad at all. makes me want to run in slow motion to the next story. and the buzz about who is being invited back to the all-star version of "dancing with the stars." one name is bristol palin. >> mario lopez, chelsea kane. a lot of people looking for a spot. you're waiting for kim kardashian to come back. >> i would love that. the marines are offering their taken to song of the summer. take a listen. ♪ hey i just met you and this is crazy but here's my number ♪ ♪ so call me maybe it's hard to look right so here's my number so call me maybe ♪ >> those are marines in kanda r
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updating the top stories. the northeast and mid waste are cleaning up after getting pounded by severe storms. high winds toppled trees, knocked out tens of thousands. it wasn't all bad. it broke the heat wave. and in an interview with robin roberts, mitt romney's wife says her husband is not quite there in choosing a running mate. jimmy kimmel is picking up for an actor who was supposed to announce the emmys. showers in oregon. thunderstorms from corpus christi to jacksonville and up to philly.
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finally, an unlikely star is making his broadway debut. >> mike tyson, boxing lemd, is take it to the stage. terry moran sat down for a chat with the champ. >> reporter: mike ties season here in new york. >> i'm a bum sometimes. >> reporter: he's taking his life story to broadway. a one-man show directed by spike lee. [ screaming ] >> reporter: growing up in brooklyn, what did you think of broadway, where you're going to be? >> i used to come in and pick pocket and rob, and snatch chains and stuff. >> reporter: the show is called "undisputed truth." you lay it aum out. the good, the bad, and the ugly. >> i like to describe it as being naked on stage. not physically naked. >> reporter: he's got a hell of
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a story to tell. he's come such a long way. the bone-crushing heavyweight champion. became the youngest champ ever. the long downfall. a rape conviction, prison. the ear-biting disgrace against holyfield. he earned a fortune in his fight career. nearly all of it is gone. you came out a couple of years nearly all of it is gone. you came out a couple of years ago, said haul that money, $300 control. >> reporter: he is through with boxing. he's in shape. he's a vegan now. the fight game can take a terrible toll. look at muhammad ali. are you concerned about brain damage? >> you look at me from the beginning of my career until now. i'm talking better now than when i first started boxing. if you think about the whole scenario. i speak better now than i


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