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it's tuesday, august 11th. this morning, mixed messages. the white house is facing a chorus of concern over its health care overhaul. the president takes his message on the road, bracing for protests. not amused. rollercoaster riders stuck in midair on a sweltering summer afternoon. i'm not going to be channelling my husband. >> and lost in translation. hillary clinton loses her cool. but was it just a hillary clinton loses her cool. but was it just a misunderstanding? captions paid for by abc, inc. good morning. and thanks for being with us. today, the white house begins a new wave of an all-outpublic relations war.
>> that concern is being expressed in meetings nationwide, as well as online, and on talk radio. today, the president hits the road with an updated message. >> emily schmidt joins us from washington with details. good morning, emily. >> reporter: good morning, jeremy and vinita. this health care debate is growing so heated, that the aarp in texas canceled some of its town hall meetings. as president barack obama prepares for today's health care town hall meeting, he better be prepared for this. the health care reform debate is growing louder all across the country. >> a lot of us who had coverage that we're reasonably satisfied with are going to get dumped. you're and simple. >> i want to make sure that kind of medicine never makes it here. >> i believe it's the president's intention to ramrod
something through congress. >> monday, democrat ben cardin had to shout over protesters as he tried to explain the hlt care bill. democrats argue republicans and special interest groups are orchestrating the discontent. >> i just wanted to show my support in light of some of the angry protests that have been happening. some of the orchestrated protests that have been happening. >> reporter: there's more than 1,000 pages in the health care bill. this week, the white house set up a website to answer critics and questions. >> let me start by dispelling the outlandish rumors that perform will promote euthanasia, or cut medicate, or promote a government takeover of health care. that's simply not true. >> 1,800 people will be inside the president's town hall meeting today. at least a dozen opposition groups promise to be outside. jeremy and vinita? >> emily schmidt in washington, thank you. house democrats have backed down to force the government to
buy planes it did not want. the government had been criticized for adding $340 million for the budget for the jets. the planes are used to transport top government officials, including members of congress. tlorts are blaming a mackal failure for stranding riders on a northern california rollercoaster. some for stuck for four hours, after the invertigo rollercoaster came to a halt on a hot afternoon. >> reporter: fire rescue had to use a cherry picker to rescue people stuck on a rollercoasters a the great american theme park in northern california. >> they're in a seated position, comfortably. >> reporter: some were left dangling for hours before they were safely brought down. >> they were kicking their feet. people were having water and stuff. >> reporter: the process was painstakingly slow. as rescuers lifted each rider,
one by one, down. the invertigo ride is a favorite of thrill-seekers. riders experience 5 gs. but the thrill was cut short when the ride malfunctioned in the 90-degree heat. >> safety is our number one priority. so, we're taking it slow and easy to make sure we do this. and don't have any issues as result. >> reporter: there was a similar problem nine years ago. the ride will remain closed while investigators determine what went wrong. carla wohl, abc news, los angeles. they will try, again, today to recover the small plane involved in saturday's midair collision over the hudson river. divers located the plane and one more victim in about 60 feet of water yesterday. but a strong current and little visibility meant they were unable to bring either to the surface. meanwhile, some of the 911 calls reporting the disaster have been released. >> an airplane just hit a helicopter. the helicopter went down into
the water. the plane, i'm not sure what happened, where it is. i can't see it from my window. >> do you see anybody injured? >> oh, my god. they're probably totally injured. >> it landed or it crashed? >> it's gone. crashed. >> the crash has brought about new calls for increased traffic control of the busy space. the altitude at which saturday's accident took place is unmonitored by controllers. overseas investigate investigators rescuers are trying to reach remote areas cut off by mudslides. more than 40 deaths are being blamed on the typhoon that triggered the mudslides. there's word this morn that a rescue chopper with 16 people on board crashed in the devastated region. one person was killed when a powerful earthquake rocked tokyo. all the shaking made quite a mess. and also interrupted train service and operations at two nuclear plants. and in the military, the asian nation of myanmar this
morning. an american has been sentenced to seven years in prison, including four with hard labor. johnnie ettaw was found guilty of breaching the house arrest of aung san sun chi. he illegally swam to her house on house arrest. suu kyi was sentenced to 18 months on house arrest. she's been in detention of 14 of the last 20 years. in afghanistan, the u.s. military is going after some 50 drug cartel leaders. the strategy is detailed in a senate report we learned about yesterday. and its objective is to cut off the cartel's monitor support for the taliban. brian ross has the details. >> reporter: this operation in may was considered a turning point. as soldiers and d.e.a. agents landed in taliban-controlled poppy fields in the helmand province. what followed was a three-day pitched battle, to cut off the drug lord that provided money and fighters to the taliban.
he and 60 of his men were killed. until recently, the u.s. military and the cia had ignored and sometimes worked with such wide-open, flourishing heroin business that help the taliban. >> you've got to try to shut off the fuel. it's all really based on drug money. we've shut off all of the other primary funds. >> reporter: now, any drug trafficker tied to the taliban is in the crosshairs of the u.s. military. the report by the senate foreign relations committee says the military does not authorize targeted assassinations away from the battlefield. but there are no other restrictions. and while most of the country considered part of the battlefield, especially in the poppy growing areas, the u.s. military has killed or captured several on the hit list. the senate report also found massive corruption in all levels of government. the operation in may, soldiers discovered and destroyed tons of opium they say belonged to the drug lord they killed. he was described as a former police chief, with close ties to
the family of the afghan president, karzai. u.s. officials have long considered president karzai's brother to be corrupt. but it is something he has strongly denied. brian ross, abc news, new york. and now, for this morning's weather from around the nation. scattered showers and thunderstorms from new england to the carolinas. then, stretching into the deep south into texas. boston, new york, d.c., nashville and tulsa are among the affected cities. widely-scattered thunderstorms in the southern rockies and parts of the northwest. >> 68 in seattle today. 73 for portland. boise climbs to 96. phoenix is 107. mostly in the 80s for the middle of the country. high of 84 in boston. 90s from new york to miami. new orleans climbs to 92. and dallas hits 100. coming up next, why the cash for clunkers program isn't such a good deal for everyone. plus, test groups rolling up their sleeves as the very first recipients of the swine flu vaccine. and tense talk. what caused hillary clinton to fire back at a student's question?
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financial system. the government watchdog overseeing the $700 billion bank bailout says toxic assets are still a substantial danger to the banks. the bailout was designed to remove those bad loans from their books. but the report says that hasn't really happened. that puts more banks at risk of failing if the economy worsens. general motors is giving something of a state of the company address this morning. the company's ceo is updating consumers and the media on that company's products, brands and customer outreach programs. the company's also expected to announce a new product. cash for clunkers the saving some car buyers thousands of dollars. but it may cost used car buyers. the rebate program is taking thousands of cars off the load that would have ended up on used car lots. that's cutting supplies. and it could inflate prices by 10%. gas prices have climbed for a third-straight week. it rose 9 cents last week to $2.65 a gallon.
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after mounting criticism, house democrats back down from a deal which would have forced the air force to buy four, new jets the pentagon said it didn't want. and american john yettaw was sentenced to seven years by the military government of myanmar. he was found guilty of breaching the house arrest of myanmar democracy leader aung san suu kyi. and hillary clinton is putting the spotlight on sexual violence against women today in the african nation of congo. >> clinton was answering questions from students when she thought one of them asked what her husband's reaction to an issue would be. take a listen. >> wait. you want me to tell you what my husband thinks? my husband is not the secretary of state. i am. you ask my opinion, i will tell you my opinion. i will not be channelling my husband. >> clinton met the student later. something apparently had gotten lost in the translation of the
question. he asked what president obama felt about the issue, not mr. clinton's feelings. mrs. clinton told him not to worry about it. hundreds of americans have rolled up their sleeves for the first shot of the experimental h1n1 swine flu vaccine. the government and drug companies are racing to get the vaccine ready before the flu season starts just weeks from now. here's yunji de nies. >> the sooner i get it, the safer it is for my loved ones. >> reporter: elizabeth jackson is one of hundreds of volunteers in labs across the country, like this one at the university of maryland, as researchers fine-tune the formula needed to stop this pandemic. >> it's a very contagious virus. >> reporter: h1n1 has killed over 1,100 people in the u.s. and people around the world. h1n1 could affect as many as 2 billion people over the next 2 years. which is why these vaccine trials are so critical. >> is there a time estimate on this?
when it will be most effective? >> reporter: doctors are trying to figure out dosage, how many shots each patient will need. and how strong they must be. these volunteers are being given a range of dosages. side-effects can influid fever, allergic reaction, and a remote chance of paralysis and even death. researchers are working against the clock, trying to get the vaccine ready by october. not only is flu season around the corner. but in many cities, school has begun. >> children are the major means by which flu spreads within a community. >> reporter: volunteers will spend the next three weeks keeping a diary, as doctors track their reaction. they'll get another shot. and in six weeks, doctors hope to have the formula they need. >> before you leave, they're going to schedule your next visit. >> i'm not a doctor. this is a chance where i can do a little something. >> a little something, that may mean the difference between life
and death for so many around the world. i'm yunji de nies in baltimore. the autopsy result on michael jackson's death are in. but they're not being released. the lat county's coroner's office is not relesion its findings because police are asking they be kept private during the investigation of jackson's death. that investigation centers around whether drugs administered to jackson played a role. also a movie featuring jackson's finl rehearsals will be in theaters this year. it was a miraculous turn of events for a legally blind man in oregon. 90-year-old marty alvey, had a dizzy spell and collapsed. when he got back home, he said he could see clearly again. alvey suffered from macular degeneration, which means his vision was supposed to get worse. alvey says he will use his new sight to get a girlfriend. coming up this morning, we have sports highlights from
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understand the risks. eel the benefits. marine scientists have had a breakthrough in rebuilding coral reefs in the florida keys. they've documented the first known case where farm-rised coral has reproduced to serve as a foundation for future reefs. the study proves that naturally cured corals can help with restoration. back on dry land, there was heavy hitting in major league baseball. will selva of espn news has the details. >> good morning. troy tulowitzki putting on a show at coors field. an absolute hitting machine. as the rocks were taking on the cubs. bottom one, tulowitzki doing some yard work. a two-run shot. number 21 for him. 2-0, rockies. tulowitzki in the bottom the seventh. a triple shy of the cycle.
and tulowitzki shot down the third baseline. alfonso soriano has trouble coming up with it. tulowitzki goes for three. the throw gets away. two errors, instead, he is credited with the triple. he went five for five with seven rbis. the rays visiting the angels. florida with the cycle there. homer there. third. check. doubled to right center. check. how about the triple? check. not a single shot of the cycle. we'll get back to him in a moment. angels brought their bat, as well. bottom five, game tide at 6-6. kendry morales. keep, gone. bottom seven. game tied at 7-7. vladimir guerrero. a laser to right off the foul pole. second of the game. eighth of the year. 400th of his career. 8-7, angels.
top eight, bartlett going for the cycle after vlad. gives a tip to the crowd. kevin jen zen trikes out bartlett. angels end up winning 8-7. that will do it for this espn news update. back to jeremy and vinita. let's switch to one of my favorite subjects. dogs. it turns out your pet pooch may be smarter than you think. researchers say dogs are on the same mental plain as a 2-year-old child. >> like toddlers, dogs can figure out where their treats are hidden. some dogs can even count up to five. the average dog can learn 165 words. but not breeds are created equal when it comes to intelligence. according to one expert, border collies top the list, followed by poodles, german shepherds, golden retrievers and dobermans. for some of you, your local news is up next. >> for everyone else, "america this morning" continues after this. this. so guess what.
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good morning. it's tuesday, august 11th. i'm joce sterman. back day two. back to fight another day. >> we're going to be fighting this weather again. justin will have the weather. kim will have the traffic. first the headlines. guess what it starts with? >> me coming out here is not unamerican. that's unamerican to say that, well, you have to take this health care. if not we're going to fine you. >> you'll hear the boos and jeers from senator ben cardin who had to shout through last night's town hall meeting on health care reform. senator hillary clinton in a press conference in africa. wait until you hear what she told a congolese crowd about her relationship with her husband. and michael jackson's
reports all finished but guess what? we're not going to find out about it just yet. all that and more before 7:00 and "good morning america." i didn't expect it, two nights in a row, so hot and we're going to get a thunderstorm but nothing. the winds swirled, skies got dicey but we didn't get a drop. nothing. >> it was vicious last night justin berk. >> kim and i were talking about it because she was expecting perhaps to have trees down and yes, 30 mile-per-hour wind gusts blew through downtown baltimore. it didn't cool things off much though. 75 carney. 74 millersville and columbia. 77 mount airy. to the eastern shore, rock hall 76. complex blowing across the bay. we can only back it up six hours but you can see it there. it hit annapolis, across the bay bridge, heading to easton and blowing quickly out to sea. we've