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breaking newews in america. >> deadly blast. pakistan's battle witit the taliban turns bloodier overnight with another suicide bombing. are u.s.fforts in the region enough? >> campaign mode. the president on the stump over e weekend as democrats struggle to hold on to important posts in tomorrow's elections. and o o the verge. the yankeeses are just one game
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away from another world series title. >> it is monday, novememr 2nd, 2009. good morning, i'm jery huhuard. thanks for joining us on this monday. we begin with a developing story in pakistan. dozens of people have been killed by a s scide bomb blast in the city of rawalpindi. the bomber detonated a bank crowded with customers. >> the suspect was apparently a member of the taliban. our habibulikhan was at the >> they've been takaken to the hospitals and security is generally tight in this area but people have said it's very difficult to stop them. >> nearly 300 have died over the past few weeks in similar bomb attacks. the pakistani government announced rewards of up to $5 million for information leading to the arrests of the pakistani
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taliban leader and other militants. peace and politics in afghanistan are more complicated this morning with the unexpected exit of that country's opposition presidential candidate. president obama h h been counting on a clean election in afghanistan as he weighs sending 40,000 more u.s troops there.e. but hopes for a legitimate process are now all but lost after president hamid karz's main challenger dropped out of the race. here's david kerley. >> reporter: they will all feel the effect. the more than 100,000 allied troops, the afghan people, of this man's decision to quit next weekend's presidential runoff. >> i will not participate in the november 7th elections. >> reporter:r:bdullah abdullah's exit from the presidential race hands victory to the incumbent, president hamid karzai, a victory that is tainted by massive fraud in the first election back in august. still, abdullah urged his followers to remain calm. >> so that's the call for myself, not to go to the
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reets, no demonstrations. >> reporter: presisint karzai is set to rule the war-torn nation for another five years partnering with the u.s. amidst accusations he is ineffective and corrupt. >> i think it's time for us to stop beating up on president karzai and start building up president karzai and his government to be the government we need because they're not the eneny. the enemy is the taliban. >> reporter: that enemy is inflicting heavy casualties. october was the deadliest month of the eight-year war for u.s. forces. president obama is still considering a request to send 40,000 additional troops. >> before he puts our men and women in harm's way, h hwants to make absolutely sure that he has a strategy. >> reporter: that decision may now be pushed to later this month. david kerley, abc news, washington. ahead of the united nations ban ki-moon arrived in kabul today to meet with karzai and his former challenger. five u.n. workers were killed last week, of course, raising questions about whether the u.n.
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would scale back in afghanisn. president obama is putting his political clout on the line. he spent sunday stumping in new jersey hoping to give an edge to the democrat seeking re-election and lock in a tight race with the republican. but democrats are bracing for the worst in virginia where the contest is not nearly as close. president obama was back on the campaign trail on sunday stumping for new jersey governor jon corzine and spent s se time defending his own record on the economy. >> it wasn't a consequence of obama policies or corzine policies that we went into this. >> reporter: the incumbent governor locked in a tight race with chris christie appealed to his corps constituency blanks, hispanic and liberals, the sam who won the state for the president last year. >> today i'm standing with president obama. that tells you all you need to know about what we stand for and what they stand for. >> reporter: in virginia republicans appear poised for a
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victory in the race e r vernor. democrat deeds trails bob mcdonnell in thehe polls but hos to pull out a wing. >> the only one that counts is the one taken on tuesday. >> reporter: republicans say both races are a referendum on president obama. >> after a year now almost of the obama administration setting out broad policies, the country, large but cererinly in virginia saying, hmm, not so much. >> reporter: in a competitive upstste new york house race republicans suffered a setback. gop candidate dede scozzafava withdraw after more conservative republicans including sarah palin threw their support behind the conservative party candidate but in a twist that may hurt republicans scozzafava turned around and endorsed the democrat. the e itithouse is downplaying any possible political fallout from any of these races. and democratic leaders are already looking ahead to next year's election when 37
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governorships are up for grabs. off the coast of southern california they're no longer searching for survivors of last thursday's midair collision. nine are presumed dead after a helicopter crashed into each other while searching for a missing boater in the pacific. crews are scrambling to finish repairs onn the san francisco oakland bay bridge but they willlot be done in time for this morning's commute. the bridge has been closed since last tuesday night when equipment installed over labor day weekend failed hurling nearly threeons of metal into traffic. bottom line, officials say they have no idea when the span will re-open. outside chicago, a freight train derailed and smashed into a standing train. about 17 cars jumped the track. amazingly, no one was injured. it's expected to take a few days to clear the debris but train service and traffic will not be affected. 44,000 runners are nursing aches and painsns after the 40t annual new york city marathon and for the firir time in 27 years an american won the men's
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division. meb keflezighi finished in just after 2:09, the fulfillment of a special american dream for keflezighi, and in the women's race deratu tulu of ethiopia crossed the f fish line in 2:28:52. some pretty good speed. not too bad. now for this morning's weather, showers om virginia to the north carolina outer banks. a wintry mix of rainnd snow in northern michigan and minneta today. a few sprinkles aro seattle. rivers are still rising in the middle of the country causing major flooding from louisiana to illinois. 53 in chicago. 48 in minneapolis and just 42 in fargo. phoenix climbs to 90. sacramento, 77 and boise, 57. 50s from boston to baltimore and 68 in atlanta. a near record 87 in miami and 71 and when we come back on this monday, a down day for overseas stock markets sliding
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after the news of another major bankruptcy here in the u.s. a big win for the yankees in the world series. which could end tonight.
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a company that provides loan foss thousands of small and midsize businesses has filed for one of the biggest bankruptcies ever.
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cicit couldn't avoid it. they say they will continue to make loans but with the holiday season around the corner, the filing creates uncertainty for thousands of retailers, a significant portion of cit's clients. it also means the government will likely lose the $2.3 billion it sunk into the company last year. stocks are sliding overseas this morning ahead of a very busy week on wall street. investors will get a flood of economic data including reporting on manufacturing, auto sale the service industry and the monthly jobs numbers. we'll hear from the federal reserve after another meeting on interest rates. the dow tumbled 260 points last week after concerns aboutut consumer spending raised questions about the recovery. checking on those market, tokyo's nikkei average tumbled 2.3% today. hong kong's hang seng is lower. and in london the ftse opened sharply lower. ford has failed to win concessions from its workers that would have helped level the playing field with rivals general motots and chrysler.
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workers voted overwhelmingly to reject any contract changes. the concessions would have froze be entry level pay, changed some work rules and limited the ability to strike. well, a piece of financial history has been sold at auction. the art that hung on the walls of lehman brothers took in twice as much as expected but just a fraction of the roughly $250 billion lehman owes its creditors. this won't be it for michael jackson's documentary. sony extending the run of earth through thanksgiving weekend after a strong start at the box office. the movie took in more than $21 million this weekend and has pulled in a total of $101 million worldwide. itit pushed "paranormal activit to secondplace. and "law abiding citizen" finished third. it's a real treat for michael jackson fan, no doubt about it. you will enjoy it if you liked his music. latest business news any time at our website, abcnews.com. coming up next on this monday, a murder mystery in the
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midwest. six bodies found in the home of a convicted rapist. lady luck was with one nascar star after a spectacular crash at talladega.
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we continue now with a look at the road conditions. rain could make it slippery along the coast of virginia and north carolina especially on route 17 and i-64. and look for icy highways from northern michigan to duluth, minnesota. >> flying today just a few airport delays to look out for. seattle, charlotte and also some delays in washington, d.c. police in cleveland arere trying to unravel a grisly murder mystery this morning. >> they say the decomposing bodies of six womenound in the home of a convivied rapist were all homicide victims. now they're reaching out to the community for help figuring out who the women are.
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more from abc's eric horng. >> reporter: in the neighborhood where the bodies were found, there's relief a suspect is behind bars. but fear over who the victims might be. >> i think it's just eerie that these bodies have been found, and my cousin has been missing just as long as they say these bodies could have been here. >> reporter: following a two-day manhunt, police this weekend arrested 50-year-old anthony sowell after discovering the bodies of six women in and around his home. at least five had been strangled and police say some of theheadly decomposed bodies may have been there for months or years. >> his victims that we know about, he met there on the street in the neighborhood, close to his home. >> reporter: sowell, an ex-marine, was released from prison four years ago after serving 15 years for rape. authorities were investigating a new rape charge against him when they stumbled upon the bodies last week. sowell had managed to hide his alleged crimes, despite being required as a sex offender to
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90 days. sheriff's police every >> no one can be watched around the clock, and unless you have some information that a person is going to commit a particular act, you're not going to be there. now scouring missing persons e cases and asking the public for help as they work to identify the victims of this gruesome crime. eric horng, abc news. and a manhunt is under way after a gunman shot and killed four men. police say the suspect may be armed with an assault rifle. the shooting took place yesterday in a store parking lot near the virginia border. police have not released a motive but say the shooting was not random. a lawyer for roman p panski says he will offer a very significant amountt of cash tody in the hope he can be released from a swiss jail. polanski has been tre for three weeksks waiting to find o if he'll be sent back to the u.s. to face chaes of having sex with a 13-yeaeaold girl back in 1977.
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a larger than life statue of former president clinton is now on display in kosovo. he attended the unveiling yesterday along with thousands of ethic albanians. clinton is considered a hero in kosovo for l lnching the 1999 nato bombing campaign that ended the brutal crackdown on the albanians. well, the yankees are now one win away from another world serieses title. here's anish shroff at espnews. good morning. game four of the world series between the phillies and yankees had plenty of late inning drama. out to philadelphia. yanknks nursing a one-run lead. chamberlain struck out the first two but leaves one up for pedro feliz and hope for pedro. that ties the game at four. we go to the ninth inning, brad lidge, two outs and a man on, johnny namen at first takes off for second, s spes the bag and mark teixeira, nobody covering teixeira would be hitit by a p h
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and a-rod, alex rodriguez, 155t postseason rbis now, that the game winner and the yankees would tack on twowo more. they have e 3-1 series lead an can wing it monday night in philly. vikings and packers, brett favre making his return to lambeau field. he got a lot of boos. percy harvin makes the catch. everybody falls down and then harvin just coasts through to the end zone, 51 yards for the score, 24-3, vikes. fourth quarter, ur-point game, favre, jeff dugan, hello. two-yard touchdown. vikes up, 31-20. back, kept on coming back and favre alwaysad a counterpunch finds bernard berrian and vikings win 38-26, favre, fourr touchdown passes in his return toreen bay. that does it for this espnews update. now let's send it back to "america this morning." >> well, for most of the nascar race at talladega, things were
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pretty quiet even dull by some accounts. then with five laps left to go, ryan newman bumped into teammate tony stewart and bounced around, flipped upside down before skidding to a stop and hung before being cut out of his car. then later on mark martin went flipping across the track in his own spectacular crash. he landed right side up. amazingly, neither driver was injured. one more sports note. things got batty on the hardwood this halloween. >> a bat had no idea what he had coming to him. manu ginobli stopped it in its tracks midair knocking it to the ground and still managed to score 13 points. >> there's the swat one more time. when you can't dunk anymore you have to find a way to make it into the news and clearly it worked. >> probably gave him hand sanitizer. another shot. the e ite house took on a
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different hue for halloween. >> it was all lit up in orange as the first family welcomed trick-or-treaters and the first lady dressed as a cat. the president donned the dad look and the kids listened to a skeletet band. >> the dad look? come on. got to dress up more than that. >> he's got that down to a tee. >> yes, he does. . cocong up a look at the stories we'll following including a final day of campaigning for two governs who could lose t tir job. in new york the arrival of a symbol of 9/11 recovery. i always tught calcium, and vitamin d, and exercise would keep my bones healthy. but i got osteoporosis anyway, so my doctor started me n once-monthly boniva., and he told me something important. boniva works with your body to help stop and reverse bone loss. my test results proved i was able to stop and reverse my bone loss with boniva.. and studies show, after one year on boniva,
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bracing for a loss. their candidate is trailing in the nation's only other gubernatorial race. at least 0 have been killed by a suicide blast in kistan. 9 explosives went off nr army headquarters in rawalpindi. nearly 300 people have died over the past few weeks in a wave of militant violence. secretary of state hillary clinton is keepingng an eye on e situationn pakistan as she continues her overseas trip with a visit to morocco. clinton willeet with arab foreign minisisrs at a developmental conference. could be a shaky day on wall street today following the dow's 250-point dive on friday and cit group's bankruptcy filing yesterday, one of the largest in history. overseas markets in japan and hong kong closed much lower today. there will be a poignant moment this morning when the "u.s.s. new york" makes its first visit. it was made with seven tons of steel from the w wld trade center. the yankees could wrap up the world series tonight butut t if philly fans have their way. last night the yankees scored three runs in the ninth to break
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well, thousands of runners may be nursing aches and pains after this weekend's marathon here in new york. >> but the grueling route wouldn't even be a challenge for a specialroup of endurance athletes living in mexico. to most of us 26.2 miles seems unconquerable but there are places where a marathon is a walk in the park. in northwest mexico the indians routinely run 50 miles a day. >> they have men and women in their 80s and 90s running 25, 30, 50 miles through the canyons. >> reporter: runner and writer christopher mcdougal spent three yea years researching them.
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sure, plenty are faster. an antelope can go 60 miles an hour, greyhounds, , miles an hour. even the fastest runners averaged about 13 miles an hour. still, we can outlast them all because we can sweat. they can't cool off as easily aa we do. >> you look at us. we're the wimps of the animal kingdom. we have no natural weapons. the only thing we actually h he are incredibly elastic legs. >> reporter: that feel like putty after a long run. how can we trek them without getting hurt? take a look at mougal's shoes? he's not wearing any. he runs as much as 15 miles a day without shoes and without anyy injuries. and it won't slow you down, he says. after all this man won the 1960 olympic maratho barefoot and those indians do it in nothing more than these flimsy

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