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tomorrow. they refused, said they would only send the leaders. that prompted a sharp response from the press secretary, saying the president thought it was important to talk directly to the members who forced this economic crisis on the country. this does not sound like a group on the verge of a compromise. >> jon karl, thank you. some business did get done in washington today. president obama nominated janet yellen to replace ben bernanke. she will be the first woman chair in fed history. the president talked about her working class new york roots today. >> she is a proven leader. and she's tough. not just because she's from brooklyn. >> the mandate of the federal reserve is to serve all the american people. and too many americans still can't find a job and worry how they'll pay their bills and provide for their families. >> yellen was one of the few voices in 2007 and expected to
lea start with bernanke leads off. we have a health alert about a popular supplement. the fda is telling people to stop taking it immediately, citing a possible link to liver failure. at least one person has died. the investigation has intensified. and abc's dr. richard besser is tracking it tonight. >> reporter: it's called oxyelite pro. 29 cases of hepatitis, a serious liver disease. two have needed a liver transplant and one is dead. 80% of those patients took it in the two months before they got sick. dr. sarah park is head of hawaii's department of health disease outbreak control, the state where the cases were found. >> they all took the dietary supplement. >> reporter: hepatitis calls swelling of the liver and is potentially fatal.
that's because it makes the liver, a primary filter for toxins in your body, shut down. nobody yet knows what's causing the problem. the company that makes it, usp labs, says they don't think their product is at fault. that the ingredients have been studied for safety, are consumed in the food supply and widely used in dietary supplements. but supplements don't need to be tested for safety before they are sold to you. >> so, this is a broad investigation that is going to have to get started. is it hampered at all by the government shutdown? >> reporter: it really is. some of the state health employees are paid by federal dollars and they're not there. i was told, they're calling cdc and fda experts and they are not answering the phone. the critical question is, why are they seeing this in hawaii and not elsewhere? is it do to better looking on distribution? they have to answer that question. >> rich, thank you. we're going to turn now to a dropping story in west virginia. a man armed with an assault rifle opened fire outside the federal building today. the u.s. marshal service say he fired up to 20 rounds before
being shot by security officers. one officer was hurt by shattered glass. and mere in new york, a new twist in that road rage incident. a young family's car was swarmed by bikers, the father beaten, and tonight, a police officer who was on the scene is facing charges, caught on tape not helping that family, but taking part in the chaos. abc's dan harris reports. >> reporter: late today in manhattan, the spectacle of an elite undercover police detective hustled out of court with his head covered after being charged in the road rage incident that has riveted america for ten days now. prosecutors say wojciech braszczok, seen here, later joined in the attack by repeatedly kicking their suv with a 2-year-old girl in the backseat. >> the department was an active participant of a mob of motorcyclists chasing,
capturizing and terrorizing this family. >> reporter: braszczok was not undercover at the time of the beating. he was off-duty, riding with the bikers as they marauded through new york city, provoking 200 911 calls. 34ris say up to five offduty cops might have been in the group. what's so scary about this videotape is that it has a "mad max" feel to it. a sort of lawlessness, and within the gang of bikers, what makes it worse, you have cops in that gang. >> police officers who are present don't even take affirmative action. outrageous. >> reporter: braszczok's attorney seemed to turn the blame back around on the victim. >> we keep forgetting that mr. lien rain ovran over someone. >> reporter: braszczok truly is part of the nypd elite. he's a member of the intel unit. they infiltrate groups deemed to be suspicious. braszczok reportedly lived under
cover among the occupy wall street protesters and here he is now, facing these serious charges. >> that is so hard to understand. dan, thank you very much. we're going to turn to the story so many of you have been wondering about. how did a 9-year-old sneak on a flight to vegas? well, today, his father did come forward, and as abc's reena ninan reports, that appearance has provoked even more questions. >> reporter: with his face covered, this is a father who says his calls to help his troubled 9-year-old boy went understand answered. >> i been asking for help. no one stepped up to help. >> reporter: suspended from school after a fight, his dad says he stole a truck last week, crashing it into this police car because he wanted to play grand theft auto in real life. he said he had no idea his son had been to the airport at least twice, all by himself. >> he took the trash out and just left. >> reporter: the father assumed his son was staying at a friend's house.
>> how would you let a 9-year-old child go through security check without stopping him and questioning him? how can that be? >> reporter: slipping through three levels of security, tsa workers, gate agents and the flight crew. tsa insists he did receive a security screening. the boy chatted up an agent, waited for the agent to turn away, then seconds later, quickly boarded the plane. flight attendants realized there was no child traveling alone and was immediately taken to child protective services. the young boy is expected to return to minnesota friday. the family seems confident that he'll come home. minnesota child services will be involved. the father says he hasn't spoken to his son since he boarded that flight. reena ninan, abc news, new york. we're going to turn now to images sfreeming in from new mexico. a hot air balloon tangled in a power line, crashing to earth.
abc's cecilia vega has more on what eye witnesses saw and the real risk of those balloons. >> reporter: photos show the balloon flying dangerously low over this neighborhood nearal per kerr key. it becomes entangled in power lines, then the flames. >> at that point, there was a big old pop. flame shoots out the side, you n hear all this. the gondola went down. >> reporter: two men suffered serious brurns. witnesses say they would hear the screams. some used water bottles to douse the passengers and put out the fire. it is the second crash in three days at the world's largest balloon festival. a woman over the weekend, rushed away by paramedics after a crash landing. these scenes of peaceful beauty, marred by hard falls and sobering statistics. since 2001, 19 people have died in hot air balloon crashes. former faa safety inspector dominick camello has
investigated hundreds of hot air balloon accidents. what's the biggest risk in flying a balloon? >> power lines, by far. >> reporter: it was a power line strike that called nfl veteran donte stallworth's balloon to come crashing down earlier this year, leaving him with serious burns. >> from an accident safety standpoint, balloons are ten times safer than airline travel. >> reporter: a thing of beauty that comes with risk. cecilia vega, abc news, los angeles. >> a lot of risk. and coming up, bull littles on the job. our real answers team is on the job. and running on the treadmill, jumping in the pool to shed those pounds. not you, your pet. we're going to be back in two minutes. so, this board gives me rates for progressive direct and other car insurance companies? yes. but you're progressive, and they're them. yes. but they're here. yes. are you...? there? yes. no. are you them? i'm me. but those rates are for... them.
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how much bullying happens on the job. abc's amy roe batch has real answers on how to stand up for yourself at work. >> i was a victim of adult bullying. >> screaming, long tirades, threatening both physically and emotionally. >> he did everything he could to humiliate me. >> i would get home at the end of the day, i just wanted to stay in a safe place, because none of those people would get me there. >> reporter: millions of americans go to work in fear. even in top professions. this neurosurgeon, whose identity we're not revealing, says she was bullied daily by a former boss. >> it was very difficult to walk into the operating room and be calm, if you had just had somebody kind of take the top of your head off. he also, you know, threatened us in terms of our jobs on a regular basis. >> reporter: how would you describe those two years? >> unadulterated misery and hell. >> reporter: according to a recent survey by the centers for disease control, adult bullying effects an estimated 12 million americans in the workplace.
nearly a third more women than men. jane pratt, a successful magazine editor, says she suffered intense bullying by a former boss. >> one time i remember being in a conference room with a bunch of other people around, and he was yelling at me so fiercely and this close to my face. i started to feel like i was going to faint because it was just -- it was too much. >> reporter: author jill brooke has studied adult bullying and says it's almost become accepted office behavior. >> it is becoming an epidemic in the workplace because people are responding to their fear of losing job and status, so as a result, they consider this behavior survival of the fittest. >> reporter: causing emotional issues like depression and mood swings to physical issues like headaches and weight gain. you gained -- >> i gained a tremendous amount of weight. >> reporter: how much? >> probably 40 or 50 pounds. >> reporter: so here's what brooks says you should do if you're being bullied. first, speak up.
bullies respond to resistance. next, make sure you document the bullying to have proof. and finally, build consensus with others. there is strength in numbers. jane pratt, who's now a boss herself, says learn from your experience. you set the tone. >> you have to set the tone. >> reporter: nice works. >> nice works. it really does. >> reporter: and it turns out people pleasers are the biggest targets of bullies and pleasers tend to be women, apparently many of us, george, have the disease to please. >> and the solution is? >> reporter: well, there is a cure. it's fairly simple. learn to say no. sounds easy. very hard to put into practice. practice makes perfect. i suggest maybe starting with a, no thank you. >> so nice works and no works. >> reporter: yes. >> amy, thank you. when we come back, have you seen this picture? the million dollar mystery, norman rockwell classic disappears. now police want your help. it's next in our "instant index."
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our "instant index" tonight starts with a mystery. what happened to this iconic painting? the norman rockwell is called "sport." a fisherman braving rain to catch the big one. you can see rockwell's signature at the bottom. it graced the cover of "the saturday evening post" in 1939. worth more than $1 million. and now, it's disappeared from a storage locker here in new york. tonight, police are asking for your help finding it. and we have new scientific evidence in that age-old search for the best hangover crew. researchers in china compared 57 drinks, including a bloody mary, herbal tea, black coffee and sprite. the winner? sprite. because it quickly breaks down the enzyme that makes hangovers feel so bad. i would have thought it was tea. but it makes symptoms like headaches and nausea worse. and if you are wondering, hair of the dog didn't work that well, either. here's one for all you downton abbey fans.
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>> yes, exactly! >> reporter: here, pups run on treadmills. jump hurdles. even perform aerobic swims. because just like us, our furry friends are battling the bulge. and online, fat cats trying anything to swim down. 52% of docks and 58% of cats are now obese. lola is supposed to be ten pounds, but she weighed nearly 30 times that. her owner said it's hard to say no. >> it's been a good day to have a treat. you are feeling blue, let's have a treat. >> reporter: now, lola is southwesting it out. >> we work them out like humans. >> reporter: and no fatty snacks here. a healthy yogurt parfait, even some bacon bits, just for a little flavor. here you go. so, how can you tell if your fido is fit and not fat? well, the key is being able to
feel their ribs, but not see them. lola's well on her way. she's already lost seven pounds. just ten more to go. >> good girl. >> see her tag wagging, her little feet are moving. makes me very, very happy. >> reporter: gio benitez, abc news, norry ristown, new jersey. >> you go, lola. thank you for watching. diane will be back tomorrow. and i'll see you first thing in the morning on "gma."
on the list, skiend kind bs has its perkings. now, every time you're nice, you can get a free copy. plus, don't be fooled. why you could be playing extra for your movie ticket. and high-tech toys from the big screen become reality.ednesday,. you're on "the list." we searched the globe for the coolest stories you should know, the way obama searched for the first-ever woman to head the federal reserve, here are the top five stories. >> and i'm matt gallant at number 1. yes, we elected you, but how do we really feel? here they are.
oh, congress, how do we love thee? according to a new public policy poll, not very much. in the dark shadow of the policy shutdown, we found some light stats in the pollment bottom lienl, v v line, americans have a higher opinion than they do of congress. but it's note all bad news for congress. >> at number two, only a turkey would fly on a last-minute air fare. new info just out says air fares for the thanksgiving hol daily are jacked 7% already. and be ready, the longer you wait, the bigger the bite out of your wallet. best advice from expert road warriors long before you settle in at the turkey table. hunker down. get that plane ticket. at number three, starbucks can
wake you up, but can they wake up washington? >> no. >> starbucks is promoeting a pay it forward campaign asking customers to buy other customers their favorite frappe or latte. >> i'm going to help them. but it has to be something really big. >> in return, starbucks will buy you a couple of coffee. this will give lawmakers in washington the needed nudge to support each other. will setting a good example work? doubtful, according to retail analysts, but it will show consumers star bucks has a social conscience and dpet them some desperately needed publicity. at number 4, forget the wine sell cellar, put this stuff in a safe deposit box. this canadian wine maker is selling his ice wine for 250,000