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>> reporter: before they commit mass murder. in george sodini wrote a blog detailing his ideas to kill, why didn't they stop him? they do not typically look at the internet postings of tens of individuals individual resources. >> authorities are dissecting his web site to see if anybody read what he wrote. apparently soddiny intended his pass worried protected writings to be seen only after he dies. >> when you write a block that nobody reads, it like screaming a threat that nobody heres. >> the best chance about finding out about an imminent thread on the web is if the person posting
it is part of a network opinion even then it may not be an easy call for authorities. >> there's a continuum about being a knowing. >> reporter: police have steps it take before they seek a search or arrest warrant from a judge. >> you would be looking to see if they have any kind of history, do they have access to weapons? >> the threshold for a judge to act is high. >> mere words alone aren't efficient. he was got the capacity to do it, not only just the plans but the means in which to carry it out. >> sometimes even tipping off police wouldn't work. pierre tom ashes abc news, washington. >> an experimental swine flu vaccine given to the u.s. volunteers today, willing to give it a shot.
the world health organization says development of the tracksine is on track and some countries may have the shot by next month. the government wants nearly 160 americans to get the swine flu vaccine. public health educators outlined the process. >> gusty winds with twiers in california and nevada. showers in northern new england and thunderstorms in florida. >> cooler in the northwest. 66 in seattle, 67 in boise, in the southwest 91, in albuquerque, 107. 80 in chicago, 0s for most of those days. this is one of those days. we just cannot talk today. >> it's okay, we have the weekend. triple digit temperatures are
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>> can you hear me now? that is probably what a pelican in an idaho zoo may have been asking after swallowing a cell phone. it's playing with the phone before one of them decided to turn it into lunch. zoo keepers couldn't figure out which pelican ate the phone. they were just about to x-ray them all when the bird puked up
the phone. i wonder if it rang at all -- >> where do we find these stories? >> filmmaker john hughes has died. you know him from movies like "home alone", "the breakfast club" or "fair ris bueller's day off." >> martin bashir takes a look. >> reporter: for a generation of americans, it was that music and those cars pulling into a suburban chicago high school that captured a moment in time. >>s did barry manilow know that you raid his wardrobe? >> reporter: the adult john hughes it seems had a knack for finding the drama, angst and pain of the teen-age years. his first hit, "16 candles," channels the thoughts and fears of the awkward, overlooked high school girl. in "the breakfast club", he defined, examined and then turned upside down the high school casta system.
>> you just stick to the things that you know, shopping, nail polish -- >> shut up! >> reporter: and in "pretty in pink" he took on the issues of class and money. following those immensely successful string of films, hughes kept going back to high school in various incarnations. weird sign was everybody high school geek's fantasy movie. >> what would you little main yabs like to do first? >> reporter: and if ferry bueller's day office, he took the other side of the class, featuring the popular kid. after hughes's huge commercial success as the writer of "home alone," he spent his last years writing a string of largely forgettab forgettable comedies. but for many americans, now with their own teen-agers to raise, it's that library and that
mousse that i can will define high school forever. >> sincerely yours, the breakfast club. >> so sad. the man behind all those movies died yesterday in manhattan while taking a walk. at the age of 5 years old. i didn't realize he was that young. it only accentuates how young he must have been when he directed these iconic movie. >> given that he met his wife in high school, you have to wonder if that's why a lot of these movies resolved and that nostalgia. he and his high school sweetheart ended up tw two children. >> we can all relate with some of those characters. >> i like where is my automobile? >> what's the name? >> well, we can't say the name i don't think. >> all right. in a moment, looking back at one of president gerald ford's close calls. >> that's right. the woman who tried to shoot mr. ford, her upcoming parole and
>> later this month, lynnette fromme will get out of jail. he pulled a gun on president gerald ford in 1965. >> now she is eligible for parole. a session report from the day fromme tried to kill the president, september 5th, 1975. >> we interrupt our regular programs to bring you the follow special report. several hours ago in sacramento, california a young woman apparently tepted to shoot president ford as he walked from his owe tell to address the state legislature. he was standing in line and other people we were we're
shaking hands. at one pont here, just very briefly, you see a woman in a red dress, little alice fromme, 26, arrested after the incident, after police prevented her from -- >> move it back. >> reporter: now the president sees the gun, is pushed away by secret service men and it husband $ along. after another secret service man grabbed the gun with one hand, the woman's other hand with his other hand, lifted her up, threw her to the ground. >> of the incident the president
made his speech and just moments ago came to reporters to talk about the incident. >> let me say very emphatically that i think the secret service and the other law enforcement agencies that were on the job were doing a superb job and i want to thank them for everything they did in this unfortunate incident. and let me add with great emphasis this incident under no circumstances will prevent me or preclude me from contacting the american people as i travel from one state to another and from one community to another. in my judgment, it's varietially important for a president to see the american people and i'm
going to continue to have that personal contact and relationship with the american people. i think it's vital and intend to carry it out. >> the woman was lynn alice fromme, a member of the charles manson family. steve bell has a report on the arrest. >> reporter: harry, lynn alice fromme is 26 years old. she has been identified as one of the so-called manson girls. a member of the charles manson family involved in criminal activities on the coast sometime ago. she was arrested today after the agents knocked the gun from her hand. she was reportedly quoted as saying things such as it didn't go off, apparently a reference to a gun and also the country's going to pieces. the fbi or i should say the secret service agent, larry
boonedorf who disarmed her turned her over to the police who took her to headquarters in sacramento where she's being held. >> president ford was walking from his owe tell to address the legislature and meet governor brown when a young woman tried to soot him apparently. the gun did not go off. she was manhandled to the ground by a secret service agent. she's also known as week see. this is harry reeser in. >> this came about after years after president kennedy was assassinated. she was the first person convicted under that new crime. >> even 17 days lear there was another attempted assassination and that one someone grabbed the woman's arm and it deflecked the
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>> cash for clunkers. the senate's vote to extend the pop already rebate deal. >> this program is helping to put life back in our economy. >> why some senators say it's a bad idea. >> then flu fears. tests again today on the swine flu vaccine. >> and the gourmet touch from julia childs. >> then up just start the shaking back and forth like that. >> her omelet technique from years ago remains delicious today. it's friday, august 7th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >> i guess after the big thumbs down i got yesterday, i won't start this half hour with my
julia child impression. >> nobody gave you a thumbs down. i liked it. >> yours wasn't exactly a ringing endorsement. >> bonappetit! bonjour. >> i'm jeremy hubbard. >> i'm vinita nair. if you were thinking about trading in that gas guzzler and getting a break from the government, good news. the deal has been extended. >> the senate has approved adding another $2 billion into the cash for clunkers program giving rebates until labor day but critics are asking then what? viviana hurtado joins us from washington. >> reporter: good morning. the president issued a statement after the vote. he thanked senators forextending the cash for clunkers program he said at a benefit to the economy and the environment. >> the bill is passed. >> reporter: the senate voted to extend the cash for clunkers
program until labor day. democratic lawmakers praised this stimulus program. >> this program is helping to put life back in our economy, helping to save and create jobs and really get our automobile sector moving forward again. >> reporter: other winners besides the ailing auto industry include car buyers who on average got double what their clunkers were worth.
the web site also reports prior to the program 39% of new car sales involved a trade-in vehicle. after 51% were trade-ins. before the program 9% of exchanged vehicles would qualify as clunkers. after, 39% qualified. but the program hasn't been glitch free. some dealers worried they'd be on t out of money asked cust return cars. >> i blame the bureaucracy. it seemed like a relatively simple program. they should have known it was going to be very popular and then, boom, bring the car back. >> reporter: extending cash >> reporter: extending cash for clunkers has some automakers, including gm and ford considering an increase in production, which means some laid off workers could soon be called back to work. >> president obama says the clunker rebate program is just part of the stimulus plan helping put the brakes on the recession. he admits recovery is slow but adds his administration inherited this economic mess. first-time jobless claims dropped last week and the july unemployment report due today is expected to show job losses are slowing but the recession is far from over. a record 34.4 million americans are now receiving food stamps.
that is more than 10% of the population. >> one of the top terror leaders in the world has apparently been killed in pakistan. baitullah mehsud was the leader of the taliban. he is believed to be behind the assassination of pakistani politician benazir bhutto. there is a 95% chance mehsud was killed. >> sonia sotomayor is now the first hispanic supreme court justice. she was confirmed by the senate by a 68-31 vote. all the democrats except for the absent senator edward kennedy and nine republicans approved her confirmation as jan crawford greenberg reports. >> reporter: when the vote was announced -- >> the nomination of sonia sotomayor -- >> is confirmed. >> reporter: there was joy and pride as hispanics across the country and the president celebrated an historic first.
>> this is a wonderful day for judge sotomayor and her family but i also think it a wonderful day for america. >> reporter: sotomayor's confirmation was all but certain after she endured three days of grilling last month without a major misstep. >> many senators have asked me about my judicial philosophy. simple. fidelity to the law. >> reporter: when obama nominated the first hispanic, it posed a problem to republicans worried about offending a crucial voting block. still, 31 of the 40 did including party leaders and former presidential candidate john mccain. they cited her speeches and rulings as an appeals court judge, a decision limiting gun rights and another against white new haven firefighters in a reverse discrimination case. they also pointed at democrats including then senator obama who voted against president bush's supreme court nominees. >> i wish president obama had chosen an hispanic nominee whom all senators could support. >> reporter: hispanic groups
vowed her opponents would pay a steep price. >> we do have that power at the voting box and we will remember those who voted no. >> reporter: sotomayor will hit the ground running. the court will take up cases on religious expressions congressional power and whether juveniles can get life in prison for their crimes. sotomayor will not change the balance of the court. she's replacing the liberal justice david souter. she'll be sworn in on saturday in a ceremony here at the court becoming the nation's 111th justice. >> in suburban pittsburgh people shaken by a deadly shooting rampage in a health club paid tribute to the victims. dozens of people turned out for a vigil in memory of the three women who died offering prayer, lighting candles and observing a moment of silence. flowers were left outside the health club. four women shot in the attack are still recovering in the
hospital. >> firefighters in southern california are getting control of a wind-driven brushfire. at one point it was burning dangerously close to about 50 homes in winchester. mandatory evacuations were ordered. that has been lifted and the damage was very limited. so good news there. now for your friday forecast. thunderstorms from the dakotas to illinois which could turn severe later in the day with large hail, damaging wind and tornadoes. heavy rain for eastern oregon, idaho and montana and scattered showers in northern new england. >> a high of 81 in boston, 84 in baltimore and 91 in miami. 77 in salt lake city. mid 70s in fargo. 90 in st. louis. cooler than normal in the northwest. just 66 in seattle and 67 in boise. >> well, history is coming alive in texas with the eighth wonder of the world. >> the life-like, life-side clay terra-cotta warriors have already lured thousands of visitors to the houston museum of science. but one statue is jumping out at visitors. >> he's moving!
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>> after a shark attack in the bahamas, a south florida boy can't wait to get back in the water. after two operations to close his wounds. derek and dale mitchell were spear fishing when a 7-foot bull shark appeared and chomped down on derek's leg tearing through his achilles tendon. derek's dad said he did research on the frequency of shark attacks before their trip. >> i knew it was a possibility. we read it was like a 1 in 11 million chance so i was willing to take the risk. >> the most severe cases were sometimes looking at amputation of the limb. luckily it didn't come to that. we were able to save the leg. >> the doctor says he will be going home in a few days but is
facing months of physical therapy. >> volunteers in eight u.s. cities roll up sleeves today to get the first experimental h1n1 vaccine. >> there is intense pressure to roll out a vaccine but there are growing safety question, too. here's lisa stark. >> reporter: the government wants nearly 160 million americans to get the h1n1 swine flu vaccine. tests are already under way in a handful of countries to make sure the vaccine is safe and effective. >> we should have early results during september. >> reporter: the world health organization was bombarded with questions about the vaccine safety. researchers say there is no reason to think it won't be safe, that the vaccine will be made in the same way by the same companies as the seasonal flu vaccine. >> we give these same types of vaccinations all the time to tens of millions of people and it has a very good safety record. >> reporter: but many americans remember the swine flu debacle
of 1976. >> i don't need another flu shot. i had a flu shot last year. >> reporter: president gerald ford ordered a massive vaccination program after a soldier from for the dix died from a swine flu virus. the president and 40 million other americans got the shot but the vaccine killed more people than the flu. scientists say we've learned a lot since then. >> we know a will the more about vaccines. >> reporter: but the government admits there still could be rare complications that do not show up in clinical trials. >> there's only so much information we can learn about safety before vaccines go into people because they're not tested in millions of people. >> reporter: health officials say they're already setting up a system to monitor side effects for use if they begin a mass vaccination program.
they've promised to let the public know what turns up, god or bad. lisa stark, abc news, washington. >> of course that is a big scare when school starts in the fall. for some kids it's a couple weeks away now. could this be the resurgence of the swine flu? could it continue to spread? >> will the same thing happened that happened at the end of the last school year when all of these schools were letting out schools days on end? >> still ahead, julia child's amazing technique in the kitchen. >> while hollywood tells her
>> this weekend i am sees the new movie "julie and julia." the julia is the great cook julia child who pioneered cooking on tv. >> long before food network. this morning we're going to the abc news vault for julia child's first appearance on gma on may 13, 1980. >> one of the most magical things in cooking is making of an omelet. we're so lucky to have with us one of the great magicians of cooking, julia child, to explain
how any of us and i repeat how any of us can make an omelet. look how fast she did that! she really did it! >> it only takes 20 seconds, which is wonderful. but you got to have the right kind of a pan. good morning. >> right pan. what does that mean? >> that means -- >> right on the floor. >> you got have it with a long handle and thein side like this should be about two inches deep. and then it should be a no-stick pan. if the omelet sticks to the pan, you've had it. >> how big across? >> about ten inches across and seven and a half across the bottom diameter. >> what goes into -- what are you doing, julia? >> this is the moment. this is a no-hands omelet. you're pulling it towards you. >> i'll try that. >> you just pull it towards you. if you pull it, pull it out there. jerk it towards you. jerk it towards you.
>> i see, like this. did there, you see, when they're -- >> they come up. >> remember, jerk towards you. >> a little edgy. >> no, you're still -- let me do that again. >> okay, show me. >> it's out there jerk towards you. when all of the beans turn over by themselves, you've got it. >> oh, okay. i'm practicing jerking. here i am. and what actually goes into the pan? >> all that goes in, the two-egg omelet is the best. can you hand me that little group? practice at home. >> i'm practicing right here. what's in here? >> we just got two eggs in here and a little bit of salt and pepper and then another very important thing is you got to get the butter in very, very hot in the pan. i've got about a tablespoon of butter. you look at the butter foam there and when the foam begins to go down, it's hot enough. if you don't have a hot enough pan, you ain't got it either.
>> ain't got it without a hot pan. are you going to do this one or is it me? >> i'm going to do this one. you do the next one. >> i'll be ready. >> in she goes. look, there's no movement here. first it snakes around in the bottom. >> right. >> get that out of the way. >> right. >> until it gets set. then you just start the shaking back and forth like that. >> it looks so easy. >> now this one is sticking a little bit. >> i'm still working on my beans, julia. >> now, are you going to make me an omelet? another thing is -- you're going to make a neater one than this. and you take it out and just tilt the omelet out of the pan. that's lovely. >> now julia -- >> now you're going to make one. >> positive attitude. i am going to make you a great omelet, right? >> you're going to make a great omelet. >> is that the spirit? >> yup.
>> thank you. now, also as i wait for my butter to set -- no, not to set. what is it? >> wait for the bubbles to go down, indicating it's hot enough. >> ten inches across, two inches deep, tips turned out, wait for the butter. got to have a hot pan, otherwise you ain't got it, right? >> that's right, that's right. >> to do the omelet. waiting for the butter to go down. >> you're garnishing beautifully. how am i doing? >> the electric stoves take a little longer than gas. in she goes. >> in she goes. >> you swish around. >> wait for it. i got to wait for it to set. >> give it quite a -- >> oh, don't mind that. okay. setting nicely? >> setting nicely. >> now start it? >> now do the jerking. but keep it down. now you can start raising and tilting it. tilt it up a little bit like
that. here. you almost got it. now tilt the pan. there you are. >> by joe, he may have done it! wait, edidn't tilt it exactly. huh? huh? >> positive attitude dparnish. >> oh, julia. julia child, you're so super. >> can i have a taste of it? >> oh, yes, that's a must. the only thing that disappoints me, i don't have a glass of white wine. >> do you have it for breakfast, white wine with omelets? >> no, but i'll think about it. >> white wine with an omelet. neff tried it. >> it certainly is a good come benation, though. i'd try it. it's interesting because she started -- i apologize. >> no, go ahead. >> i was going to say she started on a local station. she made an appearance and people liked her so much that that sort of bred the tv show
>> finally this half hour, newspapers are in trouble as readers ditch subscriptions and read news for free on the web. >> now rupert murdoch plans to charge people for reading all of his newspapers on line. >> reporter: this is the capital city of america's newspaper industry, but for new york's newspaper vendors, the golden age is over. do you sell the same volume of newspapers as you did? >> not like before.
people are not buying papers like the "new york times."^ >> reporter: the point of course is obvious. why, for instance, would i part with my hard-earned money at a newspaper kiosk to buy a paper like the wall street journal where i can get essentially the same content online for absolutely nothing? that is precisely the question that the wall street journal has been grappling with for some sometime. this is their business model. while it's true i can click on some of the news content and read through that at my leisure without paying a opiniony, when it comes to some of the more premium content just down here, when i click on that is correct they say that i can't read it without subscribing and paying a fee. >> we have over a million people who put down money every year to get access to the wall street journal online. so people are willing to pay if you have quality content. >> reporter: now murdoch wants to extend that to his other titles. the sun. some will scoff at the idea for
paying for online tittletattle. >> we have a gentleman here that needs help. >> even when it seems they have successfully charged for content, it's very important to remember that the money they make has never supported what it costs to produce the content they are charging for. >> reporter: rupert murdoch, one of the most powerful men in media, is now taking on the internet. if he succeed, he will reshape the way we consume news. if he fails, the newspaper industry could well fail with him. >> i don't think he'll succeed. we've had a decade where we've got i don't know it for free. >> i kind of agree with you. but if everything is charged, what's our option? >> we can't steal it any
>> taliban target. the most wanted man in pakistan may be dead. the military's aggressive man hunt. >> then obsessions of a gunman posted online. >> it is easy for me to hide from my emotions one more day. >> clues about the man in the middle of a deadly rampage. >> and unforgettable moment at the white house. >> i have never been a quitter. >> 35 years ago as richard nixon resigns. it's friday, august 7th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >> looks as though we made it to another friday.
>> we did, thank goodness! >> good morning, i'm vinita nair. >> i'm jeremy hubbard. he's probably one of the most wanted terrorists you've never heard of. now it appears that baitullah mehsud is dead. pakistani officials say they think he was killed in a missile strike. here's martha raddatz. >> baitullah mehsud, whose back is to the camera, is enemy number one in pakistan, believed to be behind some of the most spectacular attacks in that country, including the assassination of benazir bhutto in december 2007 and horrific suicide bombings in lahore this year. u.s. officials consider him a grave threat as well. the nexus of all terror groups in pakistan. the u.s. and pakistan have been trying to track mehsud for months. nine of the last ten cia drone strikes have been aimed at his network. but u.s. and pakistani officials
believe a strike in south waziristan very likely killed mehsud. there's a 95% chance he is among the dead. u.s. officials had visual and other indicators it was mehsud. pakistanis are trying to collect physical evidence to be certain. if it is confirmed, the obama administration has hit one of the most significant terrorist targets in years. for pakistan, the strike could have a profound effect, says abc's nick schifrin from islamabad. >> there will be new commanders to take baitullah mehsud's place but his death will give pakistan a level of confidence that the taliban isn't all powerful and its leadership can be decapitated. that would help push people here to take on the taliban. the u.s. admits it needs pakistani support to win this war. >> reporter: pakistan is an extremely important ally in fighting terrorism in the u.s. if mehsud is dead,
it will not only make the pakistanis safer but the u.s. as well. martha raddatz, abc news, washington. >> president obama says despite huge financial challenges, he is optimistic about economic recovery. the president claims one third of his $787 billion stimulus is going right back into american pockets and first time jobless claims dropped last week and the july unemployment report due today is expected to show job losses are slowing. but the recession is far from over. a record 34.4 million americans are now receiving food stamps. that is more than 10% of the population. >> the president is praising the senate for pumping another $2 billion into the cash for clunkers program. consumers looking to dump old gas guzzlers can qualify for rebates up to $4,500 to buy more few efficient cars. one republican senator is calling it the debt for clunkers program. >> the senate changed two
centuries of american history when it confirmed president obama's first supreme court nominee. judge sonia sotomayor is only the third woman and the first latina to be confirmed as a supreme court justice. sotomayor won the support of all the democrats but only nine republicans. >> i cannot support her nomination because i'm not persuaded that she has the right judicial philosophy to be on the supreme court. >> we do have that power at the voting box and we will remember those that voted no. >> reporter: hispanic groups say republicans will pay a price for the partisan hearings but senate conservatives feel the sotomayor controversy sent a message to the president about future supreme court nominees. >> the victims of tuesday night's shooting at a health club in suburban pittsburgh are being remembered. dozens paid tribute. we are getting much more insight from the shooting from sodini himself. here's john berman.
>> it is easy for me to hide from my emotions for one more day. >> reporter: george sodini all alone before a camera. one more day turns into one more year. you hear the pain in his sigh. and on this youtube video posted one year ago, you hear more of his obsession with younger women. >> when i'm 10 to 20 years older than she is, you know, she has to feel good about this thing. >> reporter: and in a second video during a house tour, this book "how to date young women for men over 35." one young woman he mentions coveting, neighbor patricia cohen's daughter. >> you know, he was probably looking out his window and saw her getting in a car. i mean, that's my daughter he's talking about. >> reporter: in a separate older web site, crazygeorge.com, you see pictures of sodini in happier times. in an interview with himself asking have you ever been in
love? the answer: hell ya, lots of times. i'm still single so obviously nothing ever worked out. >> i think he was conflicted. i think he wanted a relationship with women but was also rejected by women. >> reporter: he was a computer expert. his digital trail is everywhere. hidden in the code of his blog, abc news found this message hinting at second thoughts on his murder plot. at the gym i saw a woman i like. occasionally she makes good eye contact. to get a friend like her and nighttime action, i would cancel this plan. he didn't cancel his plan. this vigil is a reminder of the pain he left behind. john berman, abc news, bridgeville, pennsylvania.
>> relatives of a new york woman who investigators say was driving under the influence when she killed herself and seven others in a wrong way crash say they are stunned by the accusations. an autopsy shows diane shul her consumed the equivalent of ten drinks and smoked marijuana within an hour of the crash. but schuler's husband says that is not possible in >> she is not an alcoholic and my heart is rested every night when i go to bed. something medically must have happened. >> it's hard for me to believe that the family did not know that this woman had an alcohol problem or a drug problem. >> substance abuse experts say close family members are often the last one to know about loved ones' problems. the family of two men killed in the crash say they'll use the tragedy to campaign against drunk driving. >> filmmaker john hughes who brought us some of the most memorable movies of the 80s and 90s had died. his films including "the breakfast club" helped define a generation. he was the man behind the popular "home alone" movie series. he died yesterday of a heart
attack while walking here in new york city. he was just 59 years old. >> all day i was remembering some of my favorite lines from john hughes movies. there are too many to remember. so many great adolescent films. >> all that teen angst. >> here's a look at your friday forecast: severe weather could hit chicago and the twin cities. gusty winds and threat of wildfires in california and nevada and thunderstorms in florida. >> 84 in new york today. dallas climbs to 101. st. louis is 90. cooler out west, 67 in boise, 71 in pore land and 82 for sacramento. >> it was a catch of a lifetime for a fisherman off maryland. >> reporter: robert ferris hooked an enormous blue marlin. it tipped the scales at a record 1,062 pounds. look at the crowd gathered
around. it took ferris and four friends to reel in the whopper and took three hours to do it. well worth it, though. he gets the cash prize of $550,000. >> whoo! i need to get involved if this little event. the good news is that marlin will be sent to a food bank to feed needy families. >> lots of needy families. we'll be right back. ♪
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people. >> abc cancelled all primetime programming and at 9:01 p.m., nixon resigned. from the abc news vault, here's our coverage from august 8th, 1974. >> we are marking from as many and as good vantage points as we can, leading up from the time from an hour ago when president richard nixon is expected to announce his resigning from office. the process that led up to the night has been going on a long time but it began to climb ambassador this week. it was apparent he was in much more trouble than he had been before. members of the house and senate who had supported him through a lot of trouble dropped their support and called for his resignation. the president stood fast saying that although he knew his case was damaged and although he admitted responsibility for bad actions he would let the constitutional process run its course.
but by late yesterday when three republicans leaders came to see him and emerged from the white house saying they had a solemn conversation among four old friend, it was clear the president's position was hopeless. the republican leader of the senate told reporters he described to the president the gloomy outlook on capitol hill and senator barry goldwater told the president he could count on no more than 15 to 20 senators to vote against conviction if he was impeached by the house. he knew he would need at least 34 votes to prevent removal. although officials tend to report that the president had reached no decision on resignation, there were increasing signs he had. word leaked out that speech writers had been told to draft a resignation statement. there was a visit to the white house by secretary of state kissinger, the man who would, under the law, have to accept a presidential resignation letter. when kissinger left, the
president spent some time with his family and some aides report his daughters tried to talk him into continue to toughing it out. the president understood the message from his house and senate visitors and was seriously considering resignation as an option. by early this morning, vice president gerald's ford's office announced a trip to the west coast and hawaii planned by the vice president was being postponed. a short time later mr. ford was summoned to the white house. he spent an hour and ten minutes with the president. as they met in the oval office, a breathless white house aide, who refused to be identified, confirmed mr. ford was being told of president nixon's decision to resign and make gerry ford president. a few minutes after noon, the vice president left the white house, newsmen were called to the press briefing room and ronald zeigler, one of the few
aide who is remained with mr. nixon since the beginning announced the president would address the country tonight at 9:00. he said the president would meet with congressional leaders early this evening. it wasn't long before word came out of capitol hill that gerald ford would be sworn in as president probably tomorrow. so it appears in slightly less than an hour from now, mr. nixon will announce his plans to resign as the 37th president of the united states. and tomorrow with part of his family, he will make the flight to california on an air force plane but maybe not air force i. howard? >> in just a moment now the president of the united states will begin his speech, perhaps his last speech from the house and we wil his last speech from the house and we wil the president has taken his place at the table in the white house where he's going to speak. this is everyone assumes a speech in which he's going to state his reasons for changing
his mind and possibly his reasons for resigning from the high office. here now the next picture will be the president of the united states. >> i have never been a quitter. to leave office before my term is completed is abhorrent to every instinct in my body. but as president i must put the interests of america first. america needs a full-time president and a full-time congress, particularly at this time with problems we face at home and abroad. to continue to fight through the months ahead for my personal vindication would almost totally absorb the time and attention of both the president and the congress. in a period when our entire focus should be on the issues of peace abroad and prosperity without inflation at home. therefore, i shall resign the presidency effective at noon tomorrow.
vice president ford will be sworn in as president at that hour in this office. >> such a famous speech. as a lot of people know now, he cried before he delivered that speech. he was in the cabinet room with senators, he cried, left the room and they started crying. >> very somber moment in american history. you see how it played out on television 35 years ago. he never confessed really either. he said his judgments were wrong some of the time but he never really confessed to the high crimes and misdemeanors he was accused of. hard to believe 35 years ago. >> in a moment, why you'll see less of jay leno in primetime. >> and what simon cowell thinks about paula abdul's idol time. the "skinny" starts in a minute. about paula abdul's idol time. the "skinny" starts in a minute.
♪ skinny, so skinny >> the paula abdul fallout continues. there's some new talk that maybe this isn't a done deal yet and perhaps she will show up back on the show. there's still some hub-bub about that. we do know according to paula that simon cowell already misses her. tmz caught up with paula at jfk yesterday, sort of the first interaction with her except for the twitter interaction. she did talk to them briefly about the situation. >> it's overwhelming what's going on right now. i have to really carefully think about everything. >> there she was at the airport, first post-idol interview. a couple of people are going to sort of fill the gap at least temporarily to help judge on the show, a couple of famous faces you know quite well, katie perry is going to help out and so is
victoria beckham, posh spice. there are rumors that posh might be the permanent judge. >> really? >> how about that. >> what a random pick. >> she's got music experience. >> that wouldn't have been somebody that would have leapt to mind. >> then again, i'm not sure paula abdul would have been my first choice when the show started. >> jay leno, apparently he has slimmed down. he's lost something like 12 pounds. he said it have the result of both a hospitalization for exhaustion and also that emotional good-bye to the "tonight" show. >> is that before? >> that was the before and this is the after. it's kind of hard to see it. you can see it really along his jaw line. he says he's been working out a ton, running four miles a day but it's also part of his whole new look. his hair is longer and fluffier. there's a little more silver in it instead of that black patch in the middle of his forehead. he's even more tanned.
>> i guess primetime means you have to look good, which is why we're overnight. >> god forbid they put us there. >> hey, steven tyler not looking so good. he was rushed to the hospital after he fell. there's the tumble off stage. this all happened in south dakota during a concert. he had to be airlifted to a nearby hospital after the fall suffering minor head, neck and shoulder injuries. you get the picture. there he is rocking and rolling and moving and grooving and then he takes a terrible tumble. he's 61 years old so maybe he shouldn't be rocking and rolling quite so hard. >> just like brett michaels. it's not a god time right now to be an aging rock star. >> last but not least, this is dustin diamond's new cover, of course screech. he's writing that book "behind
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>> here are some stories to watch today on abc news. doctors launch the first swine flu vaccine tests on the u.s. on volunteers today while federal public health leaders release guidelines for schools and preventing infections. the labor department releases last month's unemployment figures today. analysts are predicting a slight increase. asian stock markets are already lower in anticipation of this report. >> secretary of state hillary clinton continues her south african tour today meeting with former president nelson mandela. >> finally this half hour, the popular social networking site twitter fell silent on thursday. there seems to have been a cyber attack by one side or another in a conflict between russia and georgia. >> the outage shows how vulnerable web sites can be and how dependent we are on them. here's bill weir.
>> reporter: how do you confirm twitter is down when twitter is down? that's the modern dilemma more for millions who use it to engage the world with mini messages known as tweets. on the rare occasion of too many tweets, the site's error message is a loveable fail whale. unknown hackers likely used malicious e-mail to gain remote control of thousands of computers and then directed them to swamp the social network servers. >> there may be some blackmail involved, it may be a prank or just to prove this type of attack can happen and it may be a competitive action. >> reporter: with more than 40 million users, twitter is the world's fastest growing form of communication. politicians and celebrities tweet major announcements like paula abdul's american idol departure. iran is still reeling after election protestors used twitter to organize.
>> what we're seeing with twitter is that people are in general good and they want to do good things. >> reporter: but all it takes is one hacker to upset the good natured routine of millions. after the site recovered, i asked how everyone survived. our own jake tapper says i went through twit withdrawal. while ethan saw the sun for the first time in weeks. it burns. and this girl said i actually did the job i get paid for. most complained they got nothing done because every two minutes they had to check on twitter. >> so people sit at work all day and update their twitter status. if you're doing nothing but updating your twitter status, what do you tweet? >> i'm updating my twitter. >> neither of us are twitterers, tweeters? >> i don't want to. if we can get peter grimm on board, maybe. c