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making news in america this morning -- >> oprah's announcement. the media mogul's big decision about her future. sending shock waves through the tv business and millions of fans. traffic tieups.
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the glitch that grounded planes from coast-to-coast. can it happen again? and cancer confusion. changes for the way women are screened for the disease. >> it's november 20th, 2009. good morning. and thanks for being with us on this friday. daytime tv viewers will soon have to get used to anfteron without oprah winfrey. the media icon will announce today that her daily talk show will end. >> it is watched by an estimated 42 million americans a week. and by people in 145 countries around t world. john hendren has details on today's announcement and what could be next. >> reporter: oprah era is nearly over. on friday's show, the queen of daytime television will announce the oprah winfrey show will end at the close of its 25th season, in september 2011. the syndicated talk show has
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made history, billions of dollars and huge ratings. with audience giveaways. >> you get a car. you get a car. >> reporter: and coveted interviews, like this week's exclusive with sarah palin. >> let's talk about the interview with katie couric. >> must we? >> was that a defining moment for you? >> i did not. >> oprah is the biggest personality in the industry. she's a force. >> reporter: the talk show star has used her fame and wealth for pet causes. founding a school in africa. raising money to fight diseases. and launching such spin-off stars as dr. phil, nate. oprah's best friend, gayle king, the famous for being, well, oprah's friend. the hostel vated chicago's profile with her own, traveling to denmark to lobby for the city's election bid. and getting emotional in the election of the city's own barack obama.
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>> we did this. america did this. barack's victory is america's victory. >> reporter: a statement from oprah's production company hints her career isn't over. saying, together we plan to make history in the next 20 months and beyond. what exactly she'll be doing only oprah and her production company know. john hendren, abc news. oprah's official announcement is still hours away. but already, people across the country are reacting to the news. from her millions of fans to the mayor of the city, so associated with her show. >> i think she was the most successful woman that we will ever know in the history of this country. >> she's going to do bigger and better things. i look forward to seeing her in the future, doing bigger and better things. >> i know she will do something better. >> i don't believe it. maybe because i don't want to believe it. i think it will be such a great loss. >> now, oprah has talked about ending the show before. her show has not only made her a
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billionaire, but it has made millions for many other businesses. for ad time, it's a major tourist attraction for chicago, drawing people from around the world. so, why is she doing it now? we'll discuss that and much more later on "good morning america." the senate debate on health care reform is about to begin. majority leader, harry reid, unveiled the democratic package. a procedural vote is scheduled for tomorrow night, to see if democrats have the 60 votes needed to move the bill forward. if they do, the full debate will start soon after thanksgiving. well, after a rapid spread of swine flu this fall, health experts say new cases may have peaked. the cdc says the number of cases is down over the past two weeks. and people are reporting fewer doctor visits. but experts warn more people could get sick over the holidays if those infected don't follow recommendations to stay at home. the faa is investigating how a software computer glitch caused the delay of thousands of flights across the united states on thursday. but as lisa stark reports, this
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is not the first time that such an incident has happened. and there are concerns about how something like this could impact passenger safety. >> reporter: as planes began backing up around the country, on the ground and in the air, the faa scrambled to unravel the glitch in the air traffic control system. >> i just walked in the airport. looked at the board and said your flight's canceled. >> i'm tired and i'm frustrated. >> reporter: no one was going anywhere fast. extensive delays stretched from new york to atlanta to houston. by 1 calculation, the glitch may have caused as many as 2,000 flight delays. the problem began shortly after 5:00 a.m. eastern, when a single circuit board failed in a air traffic control center in salt lake city. it meant controllers around the nation were no longer receiving information about flights electronically. instead, they had to resort to phone calls and manually imputing flight information into their computers. >> you have to type it into the computer. it's time consuming and cumbersome. rather than the computer
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transferring that data around from air traffic control facility to facility. >> reporter: abc news has learned the faa immediately notified the u.s. military and homeland security. we've also learned that the military, which since 9/11 is supposed to get faa radar images showing the location of every plane in the air, was not getting that information. it managed to work around that. but as a precaution, it also began using a surveillance plane as an extra eye in the sky. this was the second time in little over a year that a computer glitch brought the nation's airlines and airports to a halt, increasing calls for better and more reliable equipment. as for that system that failed in salt lake city. it will be replaced. lisa stark, abc news, washington. >> as the faa reviews yesterday's glitch, the military the looking at the costly system aimed at preventing another 9/11 attack. officials want to gauge the likelihood of terrorists being able to hijack planes again and crash them into buildings. this morning's nkt nkt, wants to
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know if fighter jets at the ready is still necessary. the crews aboard the international space station and the shuttle "atlantis" are hoping today will be smoother, on a day when nothing seemed to go right. first, a depressure sound. then a fire alarm went off. they were all false alarms, thankfully. it wasn't all bad. nasa hailed the success of a six-hosix si six-hour spacewalk. now, for a look at this morning's weather from around the nation. stormyith heavy rain and high winds from washington state to montana. and as far south as san francisco. plus, up to two feet of snow in the cascades and sierras. downpours along the texas and louisiana coast. thick fog from virginia to the carolinas. and showers in the northeast. >> another day of unseasonably mild temperatures across the country. 82 in miami. 55 in kansas city.
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45 in detroit. 52 in chicago. phoenix climbs to 77. it's 60 in billings. and 63 in salt lake city. still to come, the housing crisis, hitting a group once thought safe from foreclosure. and with many foods coming with less fat and less calories, movie theater popcorn has gotten
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new numbers show the mortgage crisis is rising fastest among homeowners with good credit.
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hissing unemployment is now the main reason for late payments and foreclosures, putting the safest in danger of losing their homes. the report also finds that 14% of mortgages were delinquent ken at the end of september. the gop's bottom line profit jumped 25%, compared to a year ago. sales in old navy climbed 10%, ending a two-year slide. the company retooled those stores to better cater to price-conscious moms. dell's latest earnings reports show it's not fully benefiting from the early recovery in the tech industry. the company's bottom line tumbled 50% last quarter. those dell reports are weighing on asian stocks this morning. tokyo's nikkei average fell 0.5%. hong kong's hang seng is lower. in london, the ftse opened higher. wall street starts the day with the dow at0,332, after losing almost 94 points yesterday. the nasdaq fell 36 points to close at 2156. internet company aol is planning to slash jobs as it
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prepares to officially end its disastrous marriage with time warner. the company will eliminate up to 2,500 jobs, more than one-third of its workforce. aol is asking for volunteers to accept buyouts. microsoft is celebrating the success of the new version of windows. the company says it has sold twice as many copies of windows 7 in its first few weeks than any previous version of the software. that could help give microsoft and the entire computer industry a lift into the holidays. in the "usa today" tech report, tv on the flow. flow tv lets you watch live television where you can get a signal. but ed baig says he's not going with the flow just yet. >> there are some issues. were for one thing, it's not going to work anywhere. and the quality is not going to confuse anybody with hdtv. moreover, there's only about ten channels at this point. and lastly, there's the price.
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$250, plus up to $14.99 per month after a trial period. it's simply too expensive. >> and you can read ed's full review on love the concept. i'm sure it will catch on and go down in price. >> just wish it was a little cheaper. coming up next on this friday morning, new cancer screening guidelines for women. this time, for curve cal cancer. and new findings in the ft. hood shooting investigation. did the suspect want to die a martyr? and the bad news abo
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we continue, now, with a look at road conditions. wet and snowy highways in the northwest. rain-slick roads from new england to philadelphia. foggy along i-95 in virginia and the carolinas. and flooding along i-10 in texas and louisiana. >> if you're flying today,
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expect airport delays in seattle, san francisco, d houston. and much of the east coast, as well. philly, boston, fork, charlotte and washington, d.c. abc news has learned that an e-mail message from the ft. hood shooting suspect asked if it would be all right to kill innocents during a suicide attack. that's 1 of 16 messages to a radical cleric that was intercepted before the tragedy. no action was taken on the e-mails. defense secretary robert gates has ordered investigations into how that happened. and whether it can happen again. treasury secretary timothy geithner says he won't step down over his handling of the nation's economy. geithner came unr heavy criticism at a hearing yesterday. here's one tense excnge from that meeting. >> poll after poll shows the public has lost confidence in this president's ability to handle the economy for the sake of our jobs. will you step down from your post? >> i agree with almost nothing in what you said. and i think almost nothing of
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what you said represents a fair and accurate perception of where this economy is today. if you look at any measure of the financial system, it's stronger today than when the president of the united states took office. and that happened, not on its own. it happened because of a set of tough, difficult choices. >> the calls for geithr to resign are not just coming from republicans. congressman peter defazio has also ordered him to step down. he says he's concentrated too much on wall street. angry protests on a california college campus. but not over politics or war. the outrage is over the decision to raise division by 32%. that means the cost of an undergraduate education in the university of california system, is over $10,000 a year. and that is not counting living expenses. police in riot gear had to protect the school's regents after the vote. health experts are setting new guidelines to screen for cervical cancer. they say most won in their 20s should have a pap smear every
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two years. gynecologists also advises women to start pap smears at age 21. this comes on a sprot debate on when women should have mom grams. time for sports. and robert flores from espn. >> nfl football on thursday night. dolphins and panthers. a couple of teams that started the season 0-3. but hoping to be in the playoff chase. fourth quarter. panthers are down 17-6. jake delhomme to his bff, steve smith. two-point conversion was good. dolphins' lead down to three. ricky williams, 46-yard touchdown. third player in team history to have two rusng touchdowns and a receiving touchdown in the same game. dolphins win on the road, 24-17. roy williams and the tar heels, facing ohio state in the coaches versus cancer tournament. first lf, north carolina's
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will graves. get it. got it. good. puts the tar heels up 16. and graves in the second half, more of the same. three-point play, the old-fashioned way. he had 14 points. nine different tar heels scored in this one, including marcus dinyard. to the ice. mike smith and the tampa bay lightning, taking on the ducks. second period, steven samkos with a ridiculous goal. look at this. as he's falling down on his rump, he bats the puck from out of the air, into the net. what's that all about? the ducks get the win, however, in overtime, 4-3. i'm robert flores. that will do it for this update. now, back to you, in new york. >> our thanks to espn. now, to a bit of movie trivia that might surprise the most avid theatergoer. a single snack at the concession stand can cost you a pretty
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penny. but in the long run, your heart may be taking a bigger hit than your wallet. abc's diana alvear explains. >> reporter: a trip to the movies may not seem complete without popcorn and a soda. the center for science and the public interest, shocked the nation by revealing what was in the popcorn and soda. and they've done it again. they say the two, largest movie chains have gone back to coconut oil to pop their popcorn. >> coconut oil is the worst thing that movie theaters could be using to pop in. it's so bad for our hearts. it's 90% saturated. lard is 40% saturated. >> reporter: the problem is, most americans don't have any idea how much fat a typical combo meal contains. >> a lot. ten grams? >> 15 grams? >> reporter: try three-times that. a combo with medium unbuttered popcorn and medium drink, contains 60 grams of uncatch
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rated fat. and 1,600 calories. that's like eating 36 strips of bacon, plus 8 pats of butter. >> that's awful. >> that's disgusting. >> reporter: how about a wrack of rips and a scoop of ice cream with your romantic comedy? that's the caloric equivalent of a large popcorn. september the popcorn has more fat. the candy packs are also health hazards. a 4.8 ounce package of junior mints, plus a medium drink, means you're taking in 52 tea spoochbs sugar. diana alvearabc news. >> a look at whatnot to pick at the concession stand, if you're among the millions to see "new moon." >> the debut is one of the stories of we're foal lows today. a rundown of what else will be making news, coming up. when you're trying to lose weight, the more options you have, the more likely you are to stay on track. ♪ that's why there are eight delicious kinds...
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stories we'll be watching on this friday. oprah winfrey will tell her viewers today that she'll be ending her daily talk show in 2011. that will be her 25th season. she's expected to turn her focus to her own tv network, which launches that year. the health care reform plan proposed by senate democrats gets its first test tomorrow night. the bill needs all 60 democratic votes to move ahead to a debate after thanksgiving. the convicted mastermind who plotted to blow up the sears tower will be sentenced today. fresh off a six-hour spacewalk, the shuttle crew will move new supplies to the face is space. another spacewalk is scheduled for tomorrow. today, air france becomes the first airline to fly passengers along the double-decker airbus 380s. the twilight saga "new moon," opened at midnight across the country.
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the vampire movie is drawing young and not so young fans who are camping out to be among the first to see it. >> lots of long lines. >> in fact, that star of the movie, robert pattinson, said he had so many other soons, a lot of them are saying, you want to get married. >> how about that? coming up on "good morning america." can you sigh ginormous. we'll have a tour of the biggest cruise ship in the world, coming up live on "gma." that thing is mammoth. >> it will be interesting to see inside of that. for some of you, your local news is next. >> and for everyone el, "america this morning" continues >> and for everyone el, "america this morning" continues after this. it's 2:00 a.m. chmorning. it's our first christmas as a family. i couldn't wait. male announcer: save 25% on all citizen watches. one more reason - you think she'll remember this christmas? - i know i will.
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the wait is finally over for "twilight" fans, now that the sequel," new moon," has hit theaters. >> they're lining up to see the much-anticipated vampire love triangle. this time, they're not just teenagers caught up in the hoopla. here's abc's neal karlinsky. >> reporter: even if you're not a fan, you probably know the opening of the latest "twilight" film, "new moon," has teenage girls in a collective frenzy. even camping out for the premiere. >> i love the romance. >> reporter: but what you may
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not realize is that some of the most fanatical twihards are their mothers. >> we don't act like teenagers. i mean, we are still moms. we're still adults. >> reporter: melissa peterson is 42. and she is 1 of more than 30,000 members of a group called twilight moms, who don't just enjoy the story, they travel around the country for twilight mom conventions. >> it's like i'm alive again. i'm awake again. >> reporter: and you might be surprised who some of the moms are. >> the twilight mom club. >> reporter: the story of a teenage girl's love affair with a vampire named edward has sold 85 million books and counting. the first film brought in $385 million at the box office. the man who is the vampire told us that fans old enough to be his mother have asked him to marry them. you're not jt a teenage idol. i mean, you have the moms across middle america swooning for you, as well. >> yeah, it's strange.


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