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christie, to jump in? it is all playing out against a perilous political backdrop as washington hurtles towards another government shutdown. guilty as charged. the millionaire accused of shooting his wife dead in their florida mansion now knows his fate. guilty of second degree murder. his daughters were in tears. his lawyers vow to appeal. and why does the defense think casey anthony affected the outcome? the battle over the guest list. what is it like to plan one of the biggest royal weddings ever? prince william opening up for the first time about those tricky negotiations that led to the wedding of the century. who got veto power over the guest list? the prince or the queen? and through the mountain. take a look at this. an american man jumped from 6,000 feet up with nothing but a wingsuit. then flying through, yes, through a hole in this mountain in china. we have the amazing video.
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this wingman story is nutty on a whole variety of levels. but here's one thing that struck me. this is a guy who has jumped off the eiffel tower here but this moment right here is the most terrified he says he's ever been. we'll tell you more about that story coming up. >> you don't say. >> it looks pretty terrifying. >> whether you're jumping from 6,000 feet or just waking up, we hope you're having a nice weekend. a lot to get to this morning. a courtroom shocker in italy at the amanda knox appeals trial. prosecutors want her sentenced increased from 26 years in prison to life. now, at the same time knox is hoping new evidence will overturn her murder conviction entirely. her parents are grappling with new fears that they may never be able to take their daughter home, but there's an equal chance that she may walk free within days, of course, this is a huge roller-coaster ride for them. and they'll join us live coming up. >> it's an all or nothing
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situation. on a much lighter note, we'll talk about something that we did yesterday. we've done something never done before by morning anchors. we put up a toll-free number and asked you to call us and ask us questions. thousands of people called. coming up, we're going to show you the highlights including one caller who schooled me on something that i should have known about being in the news business. who was that caller? this guy. we'll tell you what 11-year-old nathan taught me coming up. >> our arch-nemesis. >> we have a lot of political news to get to. the federal government is once again just days away from a shutdown because neither side is able to agree on a simple spending agreement. now we'll get to that in just a moment. but first we want to get to what could be an implosion of rick perry's presidential candidacy, this after a shocking loss on saturday. abc's john hendren is following that story this morning from washington. good morning, john. >> reporter: good morning, bianna. what's notable about the florida straw poll is less who won than who lost. everyone anyone considered a top contender in the gop presidential race.
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the week's big winner in the republican primary is nobody. >> see you later. >> reporter: not texas governor rick perry. he'd been heavily favored to win yesterday's straw poll yesterday but came in a distant second. a humiliating defeat. likely in part over his policy of giving college aid to illegal immigrants. >> rick perry has lost a lot of conservatives in here by being pro-illegal immigration. >> reporter: not mitt romney, he didn't even campaign for it. not michele bachmann, who won the straw poll in iowa. she came in dead last. the gop presidential contender who came out on top in florida was herman cain? >> herman cain, moi, got twice as many votes as the next contender, rick perry. >> reporter: that's right. the man who brought you godfather's pizza. 37% compared to 15% for rick perry. perry may need a s.-size surge to recover. >> now we have to see if he has a second act. if he can improve his performance, sharpen his message, steady his kind of
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rhetoric in a way that reassures some of those republican voters who are now expressing concern. >> reporter: perry's implosion is just the latest sign of chaos in the republican presidential field, a disarray so complete that new jersey governor chris christie is now being heavily pressured to run. in an interview with abc's diane sawyer, christie all but swore an oath not to run. >> i'm not running. >> categorically not running? >> yeah. i mean, i don't know how else to put it, diane. the answer is, no, i'm not doing it. >> reporter: christie's supporters are arguing the job may be big but the declared candidates are too small. ♪ clap your hands >> reporter: donors and republican kingmakers are looking to christie as kind of a white knight, a fiscal conservative who can rally the tea party and a big state governor who can appeal to the rest of the country. dan? >> john hendren, thank you. let's go straight now to abc's christiane amanpour, the host of "this week." christiane, good morning. >> good morning, dan. >> let's start with chris christie. who this is a guy who has mused publicly about whether he'd have to commit suicide in order to convince people that he's not
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running for president. a guy who has said he's not ready for this job. how could he possibly walk back from those kinds of statements? >> well, before you even get to the walk-back phase, you have to wonder if there's a wishful thinking phase and really what's obviously happening is people are looking at the current crop and there are still people who are dissatisfied. and there are others who say it's not too late to get in. and even on this program, you know, not so long ago, we had panelists who were saying that they were hearing that chris christie is being heavily implored to jump in. so the question is, is it more than just him being asked by donors who are obviously intensifying their efforts? has he changed his position, and we'll have to wait and see. >> let me ask you about another huge political story. six months, fewer than six months after the government nearly shut down over partisan wrangling between republicans and democrats, we're on the precipice yet again this morning. what is going on here, and how real is this crisis? >> well, look, people are really obviously concerned about this, even members of the republican party in the house.
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they are concerned about this because it does not look good. this is a huge amount of partisan rancor over a relatively minor issue, and people still have a very bad taste in their mouth over what happened over the summer, over the debt ceiling debacle, over what led to the downgrade of the u.s. aaa rating. and this is having a huge effect on the economy in general and confidence. and so some people in this city and i'm looking across and i can see the capitol there, are wondering if we can't fix these kind of things, how can we do the heavy lifting? so, clearly, there are many people who want to get this resolved. >> the fighting is largely over the fema funding. and there's a big vote in the senate tomorrow. christiane amanpour, i know you've got a big show this morning. white house adviser david plouffe is going to be on your show to talk about the president's plan to create new jobs. christiane, thank you to you. and let's check the other stories making news this morning with abc's ron claiborne. good morning. >> good morning to you, dan and bianna.
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good morning, everyone. the two american hikers freed from an iranian prison earlier this week are finally heading home. josh fattal and shane bauer are expected to be back on u.s. soil this afternoon for the first time in more than two years. and abc's jim sciutto has more. >> reporter: three days after regaining their freedom, shane bauer and josh fattal left oman and are finally on their way home to the u.s. >> we hope someday to return to this wonderful country but for now we're eager to get home at last. >> reporter: oman, which played a central role in securing their release, gave them a chance to put their 26 months in captivity far out of their minds. >> we were able to swim in the calm waters of the gulf. we stayed up all night with our loved ones, and we watched the most beautiful sunset we have ever seen. these experiences will be with us for the rest of our lives. >> we'll never forget the excitement of seeing our loved ones waiting for us at the foot of the plane. the joy of embracing them all after so long will stay with us
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forever. >> reporter: there were even wedding bells as shane and fiancee sarah shourd became officially engaged after shane first popped the question in prison. josh and shane have not said a word about their time in prison refusing all questions. >> how was the party last night? >> reporter: and they won't say when they'll talk focusing now on time with their families beginning to heal the deep wounds of imprisonment. for "good morning america," jim sciutto, abc news, muscat, oman. and a small plane carrying tourists crashed while attempting in nepal this morning. all 19 people on board were killed. two of them were americans. a witness said that the plane hit the roof of a house and broke into several pieces. no one on the ground was injured. it was foggy and visibility was very low in that area at the time of that crash. investors will be reacting tomorrow to a pledge by european governments to step up efforts to deal with their debt crisis. finance officials meeting in washington said they would take bolder acts to keep the economy
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from plunging into another recession. markets have been plunging on fears that greece could default setting off a chain reaction in europe. and endurance swimmer diana nyad is more than halfway through her quest to swim from cuba all the way to florida. the 62-year-old decided to keep going after being treated for a jellyfish sting to her face. nyad hopes to complete the trip on monday morning, breaking her own world record for nonstop swimming. and finally it's almost october, you may have noticed, and that means it's time for what, folks? >> pumpkins. >> pumpkins. good guess. farmers in utah turned out saturday for the annual -- they don't know that yet. >> now they do. the top gourd weighed in at a record-breaking -- how much, dan? >> what does it say there? 1,600 pounds. >> squashing last year's record by about 500 pounds. matt said his pumpkin was
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growi growing by about 40 pounds a day. >> that's a lot of pumpkin. >> is that an allegation you're making there? >> we're going to investigate this one and get back to you on that one, dan. >> thank you, ron. time for the weather and scott padgett from our miami affiliate wplg. local 10. did you like pumpkin, scott? >> i have a huge craving for pumpkin pie now and a whole lot of whipped cream. some impressive video coming out of the chicago area. water spouts forming. more than a dozen water spouts yesterday as we awe this upper level low still sitting over portions of iowa and also western illinois, you see it there, popped up. then really went away. as we widen out the view, still the potential of that happening. and more rain rolling its way through the midwest. also some storms pushing all the way up the eastern seaboard, so we'll take a look at that through the day today. and as we do take a look, a possibility of about 3/4 to an inch of rain in the midwest with maybe the potential of sev
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>> we'll have a look at the >> we'll have a look at the weather in the west in a few minutes. dan? >> thank you, scott. this is a truly fraught moment for amanda knox. prosecutors at her appeals trial in italy are now asking that her sentence be increased to life in prison. at the same time, there are many that believe there is an equally good chance that she could walk free in days. and at this crucial moment, abc's elizabeth vargas, the co-anchor of "20/20," who has
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covered this case extensively since the beginning, joined us from perugia, italy. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning to you, dang. the prosecution has wrapped up its case here. it did so in a dramatic fashion not only asking to lengthen the prison sentence for amanda knox but admitting for the first time it could find no motive for the brutal killing. amanda knox's entire life is now on the line. this weekend prosecutors in her appeal are asking to increase her 26-year sentence to life in prison including 6 months of daytime solitary confinement. >> we still got a ways to go. and it's still in the court's hands, but we're very hopeful. >> reporter: knox's co-defendant, her former boyfriend, raffaele sollecito, now also faces life in prison. during its closing arguments the prosecution stuck to its theory that in 2007 knox's roommate, meredith kercher, was brutally murdered and sexually assaulted by knox, sollecito and the third person convicted, a local drifter named rudy guede. still they never presented a strong motive, only saying this weekend that the trio killed her
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for "futile reasons." >> the motive has shifted several times. >> we've gone from a satan cal killing to a sex game gone bad to theft to revenge. >> reporter: the prosecution defended its work during the appeal slamming the independent dna review by court-appointed forensic experts which concluded the dna on the two key pieces of evidence, a knife and a bra clasp, used to convict knox and sollecito were likely contaminated. for knox's family, it is a continued emotional roller coaster. their daughter may spend her life in prison, or she may very well be home within days. closing arguments resume tomorrow. the defense will undoubtedly argue this week that the dna evidence and the sole eyewitness have been proven unreliable. the motive, nonexistent. a ruling in this case and potential freedom for amanda knox could come in a week. bianna? >> all right, elizabeth, thank you.
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and amanda knox's parents, curt knox and edda mellas, are both in italy right now for the appeals trial, and they're joining us live from perugia. good morning to you both. kurt, i want to begin with you. what was your daughter's reaction to the prosecutor asking for a tougher sentence? was she surprised by this? >> actually, no, it was something that they asked for in the first trial and didn't receive, so, you know, obviously it's a bit of astonishment when someone wants to have you spend the rest of your life behind bars, but she was prepared for it. >> and, edda, this has really come down to all or nothing. you could either be taking your daughter home in just a matter of days as a free woman, or you could be seeing her face a lifetime in prison. how are you coping with this? >> well, we're doing the same thing we've done all along. you know, every day we reassure amanda that she will get out of there, that it's going well and tell her to hang on and we just have to hope for the best. but she knows that we won't stop fighting until she's out of there. >> kurt, i know next week your
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daughter's defense team will be delivering their closing arguments. will your daughter address the court at that time? >> actually it will probably be right before the jury and the judges go in for deliberation is when she'll speak to them. but i know she's been thinking about it for months now and what are the right words and the heartfelt words to say, so we're looking forward to it. >> and, kurt, i have moved by a recent interview that you gave and when you told a story about a visit that you had with your daughter, and she asked you, dad, what are the ten most important things you want to do when i come home. what was number one on that list? >> well, i haven't had a chance to have my 21st birthday drink yet. >> yeah. just spend time with her. you know, we've missed so many things, and she just wants to be with family. >> you missed that 21st birthday. do you plan on celebrating a 21st birthday for your
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24-year-old daughter now if she comes home? >> absolutely. >> 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 24th. we need to celebrate them all. >> that's right. >> all of those years. >> and, edda, if there is any family that has endured more than your family over the past few years, it is the family of meredith kirchner's, amanda's roommate. what do you have to say to them? justice has not been served according to them or you. what do you have to say to them? you may face the possibility of bringing home your daughter. they never will face that. >> right. we have always said, we cannot imagine their pain, and we can only assume that they want the right people behind bars in this case, and it's not amanda and raffaele. and hopefully that will soon be proven, and then they may be able to find some peace. >> all right, well, you have stuck by your daughter through all of this. we appreciate your time this morning. thank you so much for joining us. edda mellas and curt knox, thank you. dan? >> thank you. >> as you said, an all or
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nothing moment for that family this morning. now, we're going to switch gears and go to some delicate diplomacy involving a prince and a queen. and a candid new interview, prince williams is lifting the curtain on his negotiations with his own grandmother, queen elizabeth over the royal wedding. here's abc's lama hasan. >> reporter: how do you plan your big day when your grandmother is the queen? treading very carefully, it seems. in a rare and candid interview for an upcoming book about the queen, the prince dishes for the first time about negotiating those wedding details. faced with the official guest lists and not knowing anyone on it, prince william remembered the moment saying, "i looked at it in absolute horror and said "i think we should start again." so what did the prince do? he called the queen and said, "do we need to be doing this?" and she said, "no, start with your friends first and then go from there." >> clearly her grandson is very, very important, and she saw this ultimately as his wedding day.
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>> reporter: and who could argue with her majesty, but he didn't always get his way. william wanted to choose which uniform to wear for the big day. grandma said no way. i was given a categorical, no, you'll wear this! >> well, the prince describes his grandmother as incredible. he talks particularly about the recent tour she made to ireland. her first. and he was watching this on the internet from his honeymoon and just said how proud he was of his grandmother, which i thought was normal, what we would have done. >> reporter: as for the second in the line to throne, he's quite happy with what little private life he and the duchess have at the moment concentrating on his career rather than being a king. that, he says, can wait until he's a bit older. for "good morning america," lama hasan, abc news, london. >> you covered the royal wedding. did you have any sense that he was that engaged? >> i had no idea. did you have any sense that he could flip pancakes? >> no, i was impressed by that, as well. and coming up on "good morning america," a florida
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millionaire convicted of killing his wife in their mansion. why are his lawyers now blaming casey anthony for his guilty verdict? >> fascinating. we're going to talk to a legal expert about that coming up. plus, a crazy story, one guy, a wing manysuit and this plan, jump out of a helicopter and fly through a small hole in the mountain. wait until you hear what he now wants to do for an encore. and ask the anchors. we hit the phone lines taking your calls about anything and everything. which one of us got the most marriage proposals? >> and he has a deep voice. >> you may be surprised. i think that's the man. think that's the man. i love this time of year but my nose doesn't. it gets stuffed up and that means i stay up all night. good mornings? not likely! i've tried the pills, the sprays even some home remedies. then i tried something new. [ male announcer ] drug-free breathe right nasal strips.
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murder trial in florida. why the defense now says casey anthony may have played a role in this case. and a daredevil, we've been talking about this all morning, jumping from 6,000 feet up in nothing but a wingsuit then going through a mountain just a hundred feet wide. >> amazing/crazy. >> crazy. >> yeah, crazy/amazing. and we asked you to call us with your questions. oh, and, boy, did you. a lot of questions, a lot of answers, some surprises. that's coming up in the show. >> this has never before been done in the history of morning tell television, we're told. >> ever. >> ever. >> and ron has some of the craziest questions. >> some interesting ones but watch. you'll see. >> it was really fun. well, that's coming up in our next half hour. xt half-hour. ys ♪ ♪ i still feel the summer rays ♪ that graced our backs as we went down the lane ♪ [ horn honks ] [ male announcer ] when your car is more
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♪ i wan get away, ♪ i want to get away i want to fly away ♪ >> this is not a stuntman. this is a typical guy who did a very nontypical thing, right, jumping from 6,000 feet up in nothing but a wingsuit. we have been talking about this
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all morning. then through a mountain in china. >> what's fascinating about this guy is that he actually has a really interesting personal history. some darkness there that's driving him to do these extraordinary things. and we'll get into that coming up. >> how about you, dan? >> well, sounds like me a little bit. good morning, america. i'm bianna golodryga. >> all sunshine. i promise. i'm dan harris. it's sunday, september 25th. also coming up this morning, yesterday we gave you a toll-free number and asked you to call in and put us on the hot seat. and you did not disappoint us. we learned a lot of things about our viewers and some hilarious and surprising things about ourselves. >> like is there something about the way dan sits that bugs you? take a look at him. he's doing it right now. and it set one of our viewers off. what could that be? hmm. we'll get to that in a moment. but we are going to begin with the guilty verdict in the millionaire murder trial. a jury has convicted bob ward of killing his wife in their orlando mansion two years ago. his lawyers said he was trying to stop her from committing suicide, but the jury, well,
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they just didn't buy it. abc's t.j. winick has the story. >> reporter: after 2 weeks of testimony and 12 hours of deliberation, it all came down to this in the bob ward murder trial. >> we the jury find the defendant guilty of second degree murder. >> reporter: and 63-year-old ward was stoic convicted of shooting his wife diane point-blank in the face inside their florida mansion. the defense claimed bob was trying to stop diane from killing herself. after the verdict they seemed to blame backlash from the casey anthony acquittal. >> we, the jury, find the defendant not guilty. >> certainly what happened to casey anthony makes it more difficult for any defendant in this -- probably anywhere in the state of florida to get a fair trial and that's a concern. >> reporter: prosecutors pointed to the timing of the shooting. just days before diane was to give a deposition alleging her husband blew millions of dollars on big houses and expensive cars while his home development business spiraled into bankruptcy.
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it was ward's bizarre behavior while in jail, dancing and mugging for the camera during a family visit. then there was that infamous 911 call ward made the night of the shooting in september 2009. >> i just shot my wife. she's dead. she's done. >> reporter: prosecutors played it again in closing arguments. the jurors hearing bob ward say five times -- >> i just shot my wife. >> reporter: before the verdict ward embraced his two daughters as they openly wept. they have supported their father throughout. >> who would want to believe their father killed their mother, so i understand where they're coming from. >> reporter: on her facebook page, sarah posted "i will never give up." her profile picture, she and sister mallory kissing their father now facing 25 years in prison. for "good morning america," for "good morning america," i'm t.j. winick in new york. all right, let's dig into this case now with susan filan, she's a former
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prosecutor and defense attorney. good morning to you. >> good morning. >> thanks for coming in. appreciate it. do you think there's anything to this idea that casey anthony contributed to the verdict? >> no, i don't. >> nothing? >> no, i don't. i don't think jurors are going to take it out on this particular defendant if they happen to disagree with the casey anthony verdict. i think jurors take their job very seriously, and i think these jurors decided this case on the evidence before them. >> reporter: do you see any grounds here for an appeal? they're threatening an appeal. do you think there's any possibility it will work? >> everybody appeals their verdict. if they lose, that's the defendant right. they're look for a legal error. they can't say i think the jury got it wrong. they have to find some kind of evidentiary error, something that was introduced that shouldn't have come in. it's going be a technical grounds. i'm not surprised by that. >> but do you think he has any chance of succeeding? >> no. >> none? >> no. >> did anything about this verdict surprise you at all? or was this as open and shut, very clear case for you? >> i'm not surprised by the verdict. i think the defense made a mistake by saying either accident or suicide. if he was there in the room with her and he really didn't have anything to do with it i think he would know which one.
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particularly if he was shot between the eyes raising the gun to her head. so accident or suicide i think was a very difficult strategy. >> also, if, in fact, this was a suicide, it was very much out of the norm for women, right? this is not the way women commit suicide generally. correct? >> first of all, women don't usually shoot themselves and secondly they don't shoot themselves between the eyes. most suicide victims don't usually go right between the eyes, usually to the temple or under the chin. >> so a highly unusual scenario they're trying to sell us. there were these very well publicized outbursts by the defendant. did that help or hurt him? >> yeah, it really hurt him because he made a decision not to testify which i think was the right decision in this case, but then he essential ly testified and showed his character as somebody who's aggressive, somebody who is potentially a bully, the millionaire arrogance i think came through. he thought he could somehow commandeer the courtroom. i think the jury saw who he was. >> all right. well, the sentencing is coming up november 8th. and no matter what the sentence given that he's 63 is most likely a life sentence for this gentleman. >> that's correct.
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>> thank you very much for coming in, susan filan. we really appreciate it. >> you're welcome. >> let's get over to ron now with a look at the other headlines. good morning again. >> good morning, dan. good morning, everyone. in the news, new questions this morning about rick perry's status as front-runner in the republican race for the presidential nomination. the texas governor was stunned in a florida straw poll, finishing a distant second to former pizza executive herman cain. and the two american hikers imprisoned in iran for more than two years are on their way home. josh fattal and shane bauer left oman last night and are expected to land in the u.s. this afternoon. they have refused to answer any questions about their time in prison. and after years of delays boeing delivers its first new jetliner today. the 787 dreamliner and nippon airways is reported to get the first. the planes are said to be more efficient and more fuel efficient than than current models. finally starting tomorrow, nonviolent offenders in one alabama town will get the choice, go to jail or go to church. offenders who pick church will be able to pick their place of
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worship but they have to check in every sunday. >> it is time for the weather and scott padgett from our miami affiliate wplg. scott? on this sunday, in the pacific northwest, may be some baking time. stay inside. we have a couple of systems rolling their way on through. the storms will be targeting the pacific northwest. with that first one rolling through, a little bit of rain. if rainy days and mondays get you down, we'll see that tomorrow. more rain pushing its way onshore as another front pushes its on way through, from there, from there we turn our attention to sunshine on your shoulder. you like the puns here? 86 today in the center portion of the country with the potential of severe water through the mississippi river valley from near paducah, kentucky, stretching its way down to portions of arkansas. in the mid-atlantic, not too bad. a little humidity around.
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we can't get enough of this video. >> no. >> the american who's quite literally taking wing over the skies over china. he put on a wingsuit, jumped out of a helicopter and pointed himself directly at a mountain. >> good idea. >> why you ask? abc's rob nelson has the answer. >> reporter: he has done it again. that superstar daredevil, jeb corliss, in his synthetic wing suit jumping from 6,000 feet toward and then through -- that's right -- through this
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mountain in central china on saturday making him the first wingsuit man to fly in the country. >> this was life or death. this was super duper hard core. it was terrifying. i haven't been that terrified in -- i don't think i have ever been that terrified. >> reporter: the archway he glided through is only 100 feet wide, which left little wiggle room between his soaring dreams and certain death. it's the latest and most daring stunt for the 35-year-old corliss who has also gambled with his life by jumping off the eiffel tower in paris, the space needle in koala lumpur and the petronas towers in malaysia. >> i think courage comes from a person who acts on his fear. >> reporter: his motivation is a mix of dreams and darkness. as a little boy, he marveled at birds and yearned to climb. as a teenager, he slipped into depression. >> i wanted to die. i was going to do something with my death. i was going to do something special. >> reporter: in flirting with death, he has found new passion for life. he practiced for the china jump by leaping from a 7,000-foot cliff in switzerland.
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and he dreams of one day landing in his wingsuit without a parachute like the one that carried him safely on a bridge this weekend. for corliss it's more about adrenaline. it's the rush of living a daring life. >> if you want to do something spectacular, something special, you have to be willing to take really special, unique risks. >> reporter: for "good morning america," rob nelson, abc news, new york. >> i would consider that unique and special risk. >> very special. >> i don't think i would do it but it's special. coming up here on "good morning america," us on the hot seat. the "gma" weekend anchors, plus ron, we take your questions on a special 1-800 number. 800 number. ahh, one.
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we conducted a little so we conducted a little experiment yesterday. after the show, we gave out a toll-free number. and we asked people to call us, and we promised to answer anything, well, you know, almost anything. >> and the phones rang off the hook. you know, i was a little nervous that no one would call in. well, i was wrong. we tried to talk to as many of you as we could. and you guys had some really fascinating questions and some very astute observations. take a look. >> you called. >> i hear you called me. >> i love you guys. >> dan. >> and we answered. >> this is dan. hi. >> what's going on, man? >> oh, well, thank you. >> and some of you got very excited. >> oh, hi, ron. >> i absolutely adore you. >> hi, courtney, it's bianna from "good morning america." how are you? >> oh, my gosh. i can't believe this is happening. >> i can't believe i'm talking to courtney. >> you asked us the basics. >> who is your favorite nfl football team? >> new england patriots. that's an easy one. >> what's the worst film you have ever seen? >> the worst movie? probably anything with ben affleck in it.
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>> okay, listen, how tall are you? may i ask? >> i'm 5'5". you asked if we really do like each other. >> are the three of you as good of friends off the air as you appear to be on the air? >> do you ever, ever get agitated with each other? >> yes. yes. >> is there one person -- >> yes. >> i blame it on ron for getting us lost. >> bianna was driving when we got lost. >> no one told me. you were too busy yelling at me while i was driving. >> you asked some really, well, odd stuff. >> have you ever sported an afro in your career? >> yes. >> yeah, as a matter of fact. >> did you really? >> yes. [ speak a foreign language ] >> you seem to be leaning to the right in your chair. you're always leaning. >> i think i'm leaning to the right right now. my bad posture aside, we learned a lot about what's important to you.
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>> like sandy from california who trains seeing eye dogs and think they need more attention. >> the ones that graduate go on to work with people who are visually impaired. >> that is a great idea. >> and giving back to the community. >> would you consider coming to one of my classes? i teach on a friday all day. >> yeah, sure. >> or 11-year-old nathan from pennsylvania. can you explain the lake-effect snow to me one more time who wants to be a weatherman. so it's a cold front comes over the water. >> and it just drops. >> drops it on people nearby. >> yes. >> i have been in this business for 20 years, i had no idea what lake-effect snow was until i talked to you. >> in fact, we heard from a lot of young viewers, like adam from delaware. >> how old are you? >> i'm 12. >> what's your favorite subject? >> probably math. >> and tyler who is in sixth grade and wants to be a journalist. journalism has been called the first draft of history, so it's
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like covering historic events as they happening. >> yep. >> and it always fascinated me. >> yeah. >> me too. you want to be a journalist? >> yes. >> all told you guys were really, really gracious. >> i thought you were excellent and very good singing the journey song. ♪ just a small town girl living in a lonely world ♪ >> well, thank you. that is too kind. >> ron even got asked out. >> if you wanted to go to my high school class reunion with me. >> well, when is it? >> it's october -- >> and shot down on the same day. >> are you married? >> no, i'm not. would you like to get married? >> no. >> no? >> no. no. >> thanks. we expected marriage proposals for bianna. but for dan? >> i wanted to ask you if you were married. and if not, would you like to get married? i'm only 72.
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>> i promise however i will not let it go to my head. i know there are more tv anchors out there coming up like nathan whose mom pretty much told me to watch out. >> he's quite the little media hound. have a great day. >> have a great day. >> thanks, nathaniel. >> you're welcome. bye. >> best call easily. all right. >> he's coming for your job, dan. >> i know. >> as you lean to the right. >> i know. i'm going to lean this way right now. overcorrect. ron, somebody said that we should be in a movie together. >> why don't we make a movie together? i told her we're already making a remake of the "lethal weapon" series. but she wanted us to be in a remake of "wedding crashers." >> i like "lethal weapon." >> let's do it. >> agents out there? >> i love the guy that called ron and ron called him back and he said, it's ron. dave? no, it's ron. >> i said, you called me, man. >> it was so great talking to
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you guys. so many great questions. some good story ideas. and the kids, wow, some great journalists in the future, i predict. >> yes. loved talking with those kids. we'll have to do it -- maybe it's the first annual. we're calling it the first annual so maybe we'll do it again next year. we'll be right back. ♪ don't be like that ♪ 'cause i deserve better than this ♪ ♪ did i catch you playing up like that? ♪ ♪ ♪ [ jones ] if your dry hair has a mind of its own, tell us about it. and you could star in the next dove hair commercial. go to dovehair.com/friends and learn how you can make friends with your dry hair. but i learned that i don't have to use a vial and syringe as part of my daily routine anymore. my doctor showed me the novolog mix 70/30 flexpen. flexpen is discreet and comes pre-filled with my insulin. flexpen goes with me and doesn't need refrigeration. and it's covered by most insurance.
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we're squeezing a "fixation" in. a mini "fixation." videos that had us talking this week. the folks at the guinness book of world records had the record for the most stairs climbed on a guy's head. this guy from china did it all on japanese tv last year, the record 15. no hands. >> look at that. >> no hands. >> neck strength. >> 15 stairs. >> unbelievable. >> here's the next one. what do you get when you mix static electricity and a little dog? check out this video. this is a bad hair day. you like ron's afro in the last segment. look at this guy's hair day. that is awesome. >> the opposite. >> isn't his name sparky or maybe -- >> ouch. >> ouch. i don't know. they really teach you the puns down in miami. >> yeah. i got it my from my dad. >> thank you very much for joining us this weekend. scott, from our miami affiliate. thank you for watching. we're always online at abcnews.com. david muir is back with "world news" later today. and before that, christiane amanpour with "this week." we'll see you later.
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