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work like slaves. most had been lured into an alcohol and drug rehab center with a factory hidden inside. they worked 16 hours a day with one half-hour break. the freed workers range in age from 14 to 70 and most are suffering from dehydration and malnutrition. nearly two dozen people are under arrest for human trafficking. the faa is investigating what could have been a disastrous collision in the skies over colorado. two airline passenger jets were trying to land at denver international early monday morning. as first reported by her denver affiliate that's what both pilots realized they were only about 200 feet apart. that forced hem to take evasive action. investigators believe air traffic control gave one pay lot the wrong instructions. scary stuff. here's your friday forecast. a wintry day across texas and louisiana today. several inches of snow in mid lands, san antonio, and houston, texas. scattered showers and thunderstorms for florida today. nearly 1 foot of lake-effect snow up in buffalo and up to 6
inches around grand rapids, michigan. >> mid 30s in detroit and indianapolis. 29 in chicago. and 19 in fargo. it will be 50s in the northeast. 55 in albuquerque. 61 in phoenix. here's an early holiday present for new york businessman who spared the life of a robber. >> you may remember this story. in may a convenience store owner surprised a bat-wielding robber by pulling out a rifle. the rober begged for mercy and said he needed to feed his family. the store owner gave him $40 and a loaf of bread. >> that store owner just received $50 from the robber. along with an unsigned note saying he got a job, turned his life around, and he's sorry about what happened in the store. >> such a great story. >> that really is, from beginning to end. such a happy ending. very cool. if you've taken your sleep aid
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>> 11 people were killed as a crowd tried to rush into an arena before a concert by the who. >> here's our abc news vault coverage from december 4th, 1979. >> from abc,s this "world news tonig tonig tonight." with peter jennings in iran. a special report by barbara walters. >> 11 people were trampled to death last night. it happened when a huge crowd began surging into the city's riverfront coliseum to hear the british rock group the who. mike von fremd has more. >> reporter: when only two or three of the more than 50 doors opened the packed crowd of 5,000 stampeded, literally crushing and killing many at the front of the line. >> people have bruises, people have broken bones, people were bleeding, people were throwing up. and the crowd would not move back. it was a mob. >> reporter: originally only 25 cincinnati police were outside
the coliseum. for the 18,000-seat complex, most tickets were sold on a best come, best seat basis. the crowd started gathering early and by 6:30 p.m. -- >> everybody just started squishing together. pretty soon you were fighting to get a breath of air. it was scary. you knew once your feet left that floor, if you fell down you were gone. >> diving trying to get inside. it's only a concert, man. >> reporter: the concert went on anyway. and many of the 18,000 fans and musicians had no idea that people had been trampled and killed. >> none of this is going to bring anybody back either. i mean, we just feel shattered. >> reporter: today the mayor of cincinnati and the city council called for a full investigation to find just how adequate the police protection and crowd control were. jackie ecerly was only 15 years old. she was one of the victims who was trampled and iled in the stampede. today her three older sisters talked about their loss. >> i'm thinking, oh, brother,
small and frail as she is she could get squished easy. >> they just went down there for a good time. to have a good time. you know. there just wasn't any organization down there. >> reporter: mike von fremd, abc news, cincinnati. >> another reason that concert is so significant is that after that, there was -- it was the end of open seating. they realized you had to have a ticket with a seat number on it to avoid tragedies like that. >> they had a vigil last night in cincinnati to mark the occasion. this was the first time they'd ever done something like that. and there's nothing at the arena, which is now called the u.s. bank arena, to mark the event and those who died there. but this was a way to sort of remember it last night. when we return, the recession's impact on photographers who take celebrity snapshots. >> pictures used to be sold for huge prices.
you know, jeremy, when i first started here i used to have a real paparazzi problem. surprisingly now not so much. >> used to be buzzing all around, snapping away. doesn't seem to happen anymore. maybe they're just not making the same money anymore w we talked about it with nick watt and he sent us this. >> reporter: those were the days. 2007. the paparazzi were all fired up. >> got to deal with the bodyguards, got to deal with security, got to deal with police. >> reporter: celebrities were behaving badly. paris got into a fight.
>> she came out to the airport with her whole face like swollen and bruises. >> reporter: "us weekly" and "people" were flying off the shelves and the paps were getting fat on the rind. not to be actors but to photograph the actors doing stupid stuff. fast shutters and fast cars. oh yeah. >> back then for just somebody walking on sunset boulevard, you know, it was, you know -- you could get a couple thousand off of just that one photo. >> reporter: and britney spears shaving her head? this shot was worth about $300,000. but if she did it today you'd only get $100,000 for it. may 2007, lin day lohan passed out, $150,000. these days less than half that. an olsen leaving yoga? back then, $10,000. these days, maybe $6,000? what happened? well, perfect storm hit the paparazzi. first up, the recession.
magazine circulations fell. and along with them the bloated photo budgets. but it goes deeper than that. >> some of these stars just become so ubiquitous that they devalue themselves. >> reporter: i mean, even i'm getting bored of linsey lohan. i used to think she was cute. i am so over her. >> just so many photos of her every day of the week doing every little task, that she's, you know -- she's worth far less than she was, you know, three years ago. >> reporter: so, gone are the days of paps driving range rovers. >> oh, that sound? there's something wrong with the car, actually. wear and tear. >> reporter: because, well, there are just too many paparazzi now scrabbling around for meager scraps. >> it could be ashley here, jennifer aniston could be at the armitage hotel or the four seasons, you know. and i'm here anders this a bigger story two blocks down. >> reporter: and suppose that darlings of 2007 just ain't what
they used to be. >> everyone's kind of so boring right now. i mean, nicole richie has two kids. paris isn't in jail anymore. britney's sort of under control. >> reporter: they're under control and a bit more savvy. media goliaths like darren lyons who made his name as a paparazzo catching celebs in the act now advises them how to manage snappers at their heels. >> i see it, actually, as a very exciting future for our business. >> reporter: but listen, the million dollar shot is still out there. what about "twilight" star robert pattinson getting hot and heavy with a lady? >> him kissing a girl tomorrow, i guarantee you, i'll have a quarter of a million in my back pocket within an hour. prince william and a new girl. prince honey and another girl. prince william and a guy? i'm not sure. that would be a good picture.
>> reporter: that very prospect, the dream of the well-known being caught doing the unexpected, will keep these guys at it. >> this is what i do. this is what i'm good at. you know, i can't picture myself doing anything else. >> reporter: this business ain't going away. >> oh, she moved. >> reporter: it just might not be as glamorous as it once was. i'm nick watt in london. >> i don't feel as sad as i probably should for them. you know? >> you know, when you think about it though, between the older brother from "everybody loves raymond" and russell crowe, she's paparazzi get beat up a good amount. that's souls sort of the origin -- >> fewer people are buying these magazines. >> i stopped. >> yourself included. >> it was hard, i had to cut the habit. >> you had a personal -- >> i was very interested in trashy magazines and i said, no more, i'm part of the policemen. >> you still buy them
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help wanted. the president addresses unemployment during a meeting of the minds. >> we generated a lot of important ideas. >> but can these ideas generate jobs? then, air scare. who's to blame after two airline planes narrowly miss collision over colorado. and, barbie's business. fierce competitors fight with the long-time fashion queen of the toy store. it's friday, december 4th. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> can you believe people spend $3 billion a year on dolls? >> i had an indian barbie. >> really? >> i don't even know if they still make her anymore. she had a nice sari. i remember playing her a lot.
>> probably worth some money. did you hold on to that? >> i think i flushed her. >> nice. we'll talk about barbies that have not been flushed coming up later this half hour. thanks for joining outside this friday. i'm jeremy hubbard. >> i'm vinita nair. november's jobless numbers are released today while the president hits the road to address the unemployment crisis. >> that's after a jobs summit at the white house where corporate and labor leaders pitched in to help the president. john hendren is in washington with details. good morning, john. >> reporter: good morning, jeremy and vinita. the nation's unemployment rate is 10.2%. when the latest unemployment numbers come out for november later this morning they are expected to remain there. president obama held a high-profile gathering of business and economic leaders at the te he tofix the white house job began with a simple question. >> how do we get businesses to start hiring again? >> reporter: the president put
that central queny o e b in inesl queny o and many came with answers. >> we can have the government create jobs directly, through giving money to mayors. >> please help ease, bring money in and it won't cost us anything. >> i think you make an important suggestion. >> reporter: some came with problems. >> so we're kind of struggling with buying raw materials or hiring people. a tough decision. >> reporter: a few came w >> and are g. and we are building the first modern streetcar in 58 years back in this country. we're bringing jobs from europe to here. >> in the last few months we've been addinople >> reporter: inhe summit lesid wit >> we generated a lot of important ideas. some of them i think we can translate immediate administration plans and potentially legislation. >> reporter: after wrapping up the brainstorming session, president obama is now examining tm th nation's business and economic leaders, if any, the white house
leaders,rsf any, the white house jeremy and vinita? senate democrats have come out on top of their first critical test of health care reform. they defeated a republican effort to strip $460 billion in medicare cuts from the bill. the vote was 58-42. republicans insist reducing medicare funding will hurt seniors. democrats say seniors will not lose any guaranteed benefits and the cuts are needed to offset the cost of the overhaul. as the investigation into the white house party crashers continues, three secret service officers haven p administrative leave. president obama admits the whit uthwadent obama admits the whit to. during hearings on capitol hill some lawmae blg th hournt g ae blg th tedte d >> if somebody from the social secretary's office were standing where they have always stood in the past, the salahis would not have gotten in. >> it would have helped. >> the secret service said the president was never at any risk. the secret service is launching
an investigation into the couple who crashed the president's state dinner. oscar-winning director roman polanski could begin house arrest today at a swiss chalet. swiss authorities moved polanski to a secret, secure place as they plan to move him from jail to his home. polanski's been in custody fighting extradition to the u.s. he's accused of the rape of a 13-year-old girl in the u.s. in 1977. the faa is investigating a frightening incident in the skies over denver when two regional planes came within seconds of a mid-air collision. carla wohl has details. >> reporter: it was the monday morning before thanksgiving. and a long line of planes converged on denver international airport. a regional jet operated by republic was flying parallel to the jets on approach. air traffic controllers needed it to join the line in order to land. that's when the mistake occurred. controllers ordered it to make a u-turn, putting it in the path of an oncoming skywest plane which was just 200 feet above it and closing fast at more than
600 miles an hour. >> when you've got airplanes coming within 200 feet of each other, or aimed at each other, it's a very dangerous situation. >> reporter: collision avoidance systems like this one began blaring in both cockpits. >> climb, climb. >> reporter: both pilots took evasive action to avoid a collision. >> you need to follow that command right now. your heart rate goes and up you're immediately involved. >> reporter: the abc affiliate in denver says in air traffic control the images of both planes merged on radar and for several seconds, no one knew whether the two flights had collided. the faa is now investigating. carla wohl, abc news, los angeles. the energy department says the air is cleaner and it's because of the recession. total greenhouse gas emissions fell more than 2% nationwide last year. analysts say fewer people drove their cars due to record high oil prices. southwest michigan is seeing its first significant snow of the season.
up to half a foot of lake-effect snow is expected in the grand rapids area today. last night drivers in the city had to slow down as up to 2 inches of wet snow fell. up to 7 inches fell in some areas. >> there's all kinds of snow all kinds of places. up there, texas, new mexico. >> it looks pretty when you're not living through it. here's a lookour the southern storm dumps up to 4 inches of snow across louis and texas including the of midlands, san antonio, and housto scattered showers and thunderstorms for much of florida. >> mild in the 50s in the northeast today. a cold 19 in fargo. 23 for the twin cities. upreese th p40 eatt crao. tt those secret santas are striking again at red kettl >> salvation army workers in sal save foun valuable gold coins in ti a few days ago someone tossed a canadian gold maple leaf coin into a red kettle in suburban houston.
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president obama laid out his war strategy is under way this morning. it involves over 1,000 marines. >> early this morning they went into a strategically important part of afghanistan's helmand province. officers tell abc's miguel marquez that the mission is to cut off enemy supply and communication lines. at least three rebel fighters are reported killed. >> further to the north and east, u.s. forces are in close contact with the enemy. >> their increased presence in one area may be an example of what president obama hopes will happen when his new afghanistan strategy is implemented. >> martha raddatz was recently there. >> reporter: flying between the massive mountains south of kabul, you can easily spot them. u.s. military outposts where thousands of soldiers have descended since january. a small but steady surge that has made a significant difference. >> consistent patrolling and consistent engagement of the population created some space
for the government to work and kept the insurgents out of the villages. >> reporter: once the insurgents were gone, the building began. u.s. forces and civilians moved in. paving roads. including this one that runs through the local market. another big difference in this market is solar lights. this allows the market to stay open late into the evening. >> he said, america, this is the kind of help we want. we've got concrete, tangible help here, we like this. >> reporter: no wonder. with security vastly improved, the shopkeepers say business has quadrupled. matt sherman is the civilian adviser to the military who helped make this happen. >> the market has become vibrant. this could not have happened without additional presence in the area. it's really changed overnight. over ten months. >> reporter: we saw the change firsthand in late january when colonel david haight arrived here at forward operating base
shank, there were only 300 soldiers. >> we're going to do good things for good people and bad things to bad people. >> reporter: the colonel brought 3,000 additional soldiers to do just that. throughout the spring and summer, fighting was intense. it is still not over. >> what we have over here -- >> reporter: but today, on that same hilltop we visited ten months ago, you can see that shank has turned into a huge military base. with housing, logistics centers, and an air strip. for the afghan people, it has meant a more vibrant economy and a safer place to live. the colonel feels that now with even more soldiers and marines heading in, progress across the country will spread. >> with those sufficient forces we'll be able to have the influence that we're trying to have to help turn the corner. >> reporter: haight also knows that for all the gains there will almost certainly be loss. he came in here with 3,000 soldiers. today he has 28 fewer and more
than 260 bear the scars of war. martha raddatz, abc news. and there are new claims about the whereabouts of osama bin laden. a militant being held by pakistan told the bbc another fighter he knows met bin laden in eastern afghanistan last january. he claims al qaeda's leadership is avoiding pakistan because of the threat of u.s. drone strikes. and he says bin laden does not stay in any one place. >> the entire western intelligence community, cia and mi6, have been looking for obama bin laden for the last seven years and haven't come upon a source of information like this. so if it's true, a big if, this is an extraordinary and important story. >> pakistan's leaders maintain bin laden is not in their country and that is something the u.s. disputes. when we return the fierce competition for your dollar at the toy store. during the holidays and all year round.
here is something pretty appropriate for this morning. a toy story as we head into another holiday shopping weekend. >> barbie has been an american icon for decades. now when it comes to dolls for girls, no one even comes close. >> as brian rooney reports barbie's got her hands full these days. >> reporter: take a look at the barbie display inside the big # toys "r" us in new york. a two-story house of barbie. dolls in every imaginable outfit. barbie beach doll. barbie ballerina. bride barbie. and the latest line, barbie fashionista. put them all together and she's the multi-billion dollar barbie. the cash queen of 11 1/2 inch dolls for little girls. >> they love anything that sparks their imagination. barbie allows girls to dream of a world of possibilities. from becoming a dentist to a doctor to a movie star to a rock star. or a mom.
>> we're heading over into hair and face. >> reporter: what might be difficult for them to imagine, though, is what it would be like to actually be in the business of designing, manufacturing, and selling dolls to girls like themselves. 3 to 10 years old. because people in the doll business aren't playing around. this is the enormous barbie design center in el segundo, california. this is all barbie? >> yes. >> one cubicle after another everybody's working on something barbie? >> everybody's working on something barbie. it could be a doll, it could be an accessory, it could be just her shoes, it could be just her hair. ♪ barbie you're beautiful >> reporter: since its introduction 50 years ago, the mattel corporation's barbie has dominated what is now a $3 billion a year doll business. but with so much money to be made, some new entries have hit the scene. the live dolls. four characters described as bffs -- best friends forever. >> actually, the most realistic
dolls out there, she has real glass eyes. ♪ hey i'm a moxie girl >> reporter: moxie girl, a comeback doll for one company that suffered a crushing defeat in the doll wars. >> moxie is about self-expression, energy, self-confidence. >> reporter: and it takes moxie to go up against barbie. >> people buy a doll for $10, they think it's easy. it's not. >> what does this sell for? >> moxie girls go from anywhere between $10 and $29. ♪ >> reporter: the business of making nice girl dolls was shaken up by the introduction of the britney spears doll in 1999. a plastic rendition of bare navel sexuality. followed shortly after by the introduction of mga entertainment's busty bratz doll which grabbed a slightly older market of girls 6 to 9 years old and hit $500 million in sales one year.
but mattel sued for copyright infringement and after years of litigation won the rights to the bratz doll which they take over the first of the year. they have a reputation. for playing rough. >> i think any industry that has invention and innovation at its core is going to be incredibly protective and secretive. >> because when it gets down to it, that was a giant, bitter court battle over a little girl's doll. >> well, it was a giant court battle over a little girl's doll, but it was also about a big business. >> reporter: most of the time the battle is fought in design studios and marketing meetings. these dolls need fashions designed and made only for them. hand-painted eyes and hair as real as they can make it. hair is huge. spin masters live dolls have replaceable wigs. >> girls love to play with hair. style it, change it, cut it.
♪ are you a girlie girl or a naughty girl ♪ >> reporter: no matter what configuration, barbie is barbie. the competitors have to be given a name like katie or alexis. and a personality. she has to be a skateboarder or aspiring rock musician. sassy or serious. >> she lives for fashion. >> reporter: she has to have a story. little girls want to know who their doll is. >> they relate to them as friends. they want to know who their friends are. >> reporter: they come in a variety of skin shades and ethnic representations for girls around the world. >> you can actually pose, change, and rearrange. >> reporter: and movable joints. they have to be posable. the live doll has 14 movable joints. barbie has 12. giving kick to a barbie dance video. ♪ i'm a barbie girl in the barbie world ♪ >> you won't give it a movable ankle? >> always has to wear shoes, always has to fit a high heel.
there are certain rues to baby that will always be. >> reporter: one thing certain, these girls will never be friends. this is brian rooney in los angeles. >> i think as you get older you sort of forget@lure of barbie. my niece, she flipped out. it was all she wanted. she's super girlie girl. i have to have barbies. girls still love them. >> there's a great barbie gift set out in stores this christmas. it's an exclusive. you might want to check it out. you can pick it up at a store near you. it's the vinita and jeremy barbie. >> very attractive set. oddly dressed, but -- >> i wonder if it's anatomically correct and if it's not a little patch of chest hair on me. >> i would not mind those measurements for me. >> barbie has always been freakishly tiny. >> they have said that if barbie was a real woman her measurements would be 38-18-34. >> a waimpoble. one in every 100,00e bly ody e. >un
finally this half hour, sign of the times in an extremely remote place. >> for centuries timbuktu has stood at the crossroads of vital trade routes in western africa. >> as andrew harding of the bbc reports, global warming is changing four-legged to four-wheeled transportation. >> reporter: camels bringing giant blocks of salt from an ancient mine deep in the sahara desert. groaning like some creature out of "star wars" is lakmar, a veteran salt-hauler. but the 1,400 kilometer round trip is getting harder for him every year. these salt slabs have not
changed in centuries. but the weather has. >> translator: it's getting more difficult because the rains aren't coming and the camels get tired and thirsty and can't continue. >> reporter: but these can. the modern world is finally catching up with the salt trade. and transforming it. by camel, the round trip to the salt mines used to take about 45 days. but in a truck like this, they can do it in about a week. and in a space of a few short years the trucks have taken over more than half the salt business. the salt market in timbuktu. from here these blocks are shipped all over west africa. but salt trader halisa hasan says it's not the same by truck. the camel caravans were a vital part of the local nomadic culture. >> we have not really changed. because every year the drought is coming more difficult. myself when i see the truck take the salt, i'm very upset.
and i think life completely changed for us. >> reporter: loading up for another trip. these miners will spend six months digging the salt out by hand in blistering hot conditions. thanks to the trucks, the industry is now more profitable. but sheikh al bikai says he feels guilty about selling his camels. >> translator: i don't want to use a truck but my camels couldn't cope anymore. >> reporter: another sign of our changing climate and the beginning of the end for an ancient trading tradition. andrew harding, bbc news, timbuktu. >> seems like people are holding on to history and tradition there too. but when you do the math, 45 days on a camel versus a week in a truck. it makes pretty good sense that they're taking trucks. >> i think it's so hard for to us remember what a biological necessity salt was, is, continues to be. such a necessity, in some places salt was used as money, something i didn't realize.
rob, what's up? how's it going? how's it going? guys, this is my cousin rob from michigan. whazzup! he's a teenager. totally. hey, what's up? rob: all right. whoa. hey, you wanna slow down? no. really? huh. hey! do you know what a beautiful animal is? a horse. a horse. yeah. beautiful mane. unbelievable muscle tone. when it runs, it looks like poetry in motion. it's the most beautiful thing on earth. and sometimes when you feed a horse, its lips will tickle your hand. just, just tickle it just a little bit. it makes me giggle sometimes. i don't know. i guess what i'm trying to say is, if you don't slow down, i'm going to bite into your head like an apple. and thanks, guys, for listening to my horse stories. i could talk about ponies all day long.
crash course. what led up to a close call in the skies over colorado when two airline planes nearly collided. then, back to work. >> i was laid off, collecting unemployment, trying to survive. >> how federal stimulus projects made an impact on the job market. and, successful susan boyle. ♪ her sudden stardom and hot-selling first album. it's friday, december 4th. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> she's sort of a perfect example of a digital star. how youtube truly made somebody famous. and you keep hearing about this cd, the debut cd, best-selling debut cd by a woman ever. better than beyonce, better than madonna. >> wow.
>> that's something for this marm. >> you'll hear more about the marm coming up so stick around. good morning and thanks for being with us. i'm vinita nair. >> i'm jeremy hubbard. two pilots getting the credit for heading off what could have been a disastrous mid-air collision. >> both were trying to land in denver when they realized they were just about 200 feet apart. lisa stark has details. >> reporter: it was the start of a busy holiday week, just days before thanksgiving. two planes were converging on the denver airport around 7:00 a.m. one of the planes, a skywest regional jet, was in a string of planes following a set path heading to the airport. the other plane, a regional jet operated by republic, was flying along a parallel path. controllers needed to put the republic jet into the same route as the skywest plane to line them up for landing. that's when the mistake happened. controllers gave the republic pilots an incorrect heading, forcing them to make a u-turn. that put the republic jet right
in the path of the skywest plane, which was just 200 feet above it and only a little more than a mile and a half away. closing quickly. just seconds apart. >> when you've got airplanes coming within 200 feet of each other, or aimed at each other, it's a very dangerous situation. >> reporter: on board the jets, collision avoidance systems like this one sounded in the cockpits. >> climb, climb. >> reporter: forcing the pilots to take evasive action to head off a collision. >> you need to follow that command right now. your heart rate goes and up you're immediately involved. >> reporter: abc's denver affiliate reports that in the air traffic control center, the images of the planes merged on radar. an aviation source saying, "they were within a blink of an eye of colliding." the faa confirmed to me it is investigating what it refers to as this serious incident. former controllers tell us it is all but impossible to eliminate all errors like these. there is the human factor. lisa stark, abc news, washington.
the first major u.s. offensive in afghanistan since president obama mapped out his new war strategy is under way. more than 1,000 marines are involved. this morning some of them stormed a strategic part of afghanistan's helmand province. officers tell us that the mission is to cut off enemy supply and communication lines. they want to take control of a city which has been at the center of a standoff with the taliban for four years. at least three rebel fighters are reported killed. after his jobs summit at the white house, president obama will begin to address the unemployment crisis on the road today with a stop in pennsylvania. during the summit the president met with more than 100 corporate leaders and academics. his mission, to find ways to stimulate the job market. the president stressed that the private sector needed to help. critics question his timing. >> a lot of this is to buy time rhetorically, that they're not going to get something done until maybe the springtime of next year, if they were going to
do something. and at that point, there will be no reason to do it because jobs will be positive. >> the obama administration is considering federal tax credits and aid to individual states. november's unemployment rate will be released today and analysts predict it will remain above 10%. it appears that president obama's economic stimulus plan is beginning to trickle down into some parts of the labor market. chris bury reports on americans who are getting back to work. >> class, ten-hut! >> reporter: for these police cadets in missouri, teachers in virginia, and construction workers in pennsylvania, the stimulus means paychecks. what were you doing before this? >> i was laid off, collecting unemployment, trying to survive. >> reporter: after eight months of scraping by, john barrett is among the painters, carpenters and other tradesmen newly hired to fix up broken-down public housing in philadelphia. the jobs came only after the philadelphia housing authority got a nice slice of that stimulus, $127 million. at first the owner of this pennsylvania window company had
big doubts about the president's plan. >> i was definitely skeptical. wondering if we're mortgaging our future. >> reporter: now his firm is building the windows for that public housing. and hiring another 100 workers. and now? >> i'm a believer. >> reporter: so is the st. louis police force. after budget cuts canceled this entire cadet class, stimulus money revived it. $8.7 million to pay 50 salaries for three years. unlike those police officers, 275 teachers in chesterfield, virginia, are getting only one year's salary after $20 million in stimulus spending here. >> we knew we were going to save jobs but we knew at the time it was a one-time fix. >> reporter: but any jobs are better than none, say stimulus believers, and they see the benefit spreading beyond mere paychecks to safer streets, stronger schools, and better housing. chris bury, abc news, philadelphia. federal reserve chairman ben bernanke will likely be
confirmed for a second term after defending himself from a firestorm of criticism on capitol hill. for five hours, senate lawmakers peppered him. they linked him to rising unemployment, regulatory lapses and corporate bailouts. bernanke admitted mistakes but defended his record saying, without the fed's intervention the financial crisis would have been worse. an italian jury is debating the fate of american exchange student amanda knox. she made one last tearful plea in court insisting she did not murder her roommate. meredith kercher. knox's family has been by her side for the entire ordeal, and they're keeping their fingers crossed she'll be coming home soon. >> i'm not mentally prepared for if they say guilty in that courtroom. because i know to the smallest little cell in my body that she's innocent. it would destroy me if they found her guilty. >> knox has already spent two years in jail. if she's convicted she faces the rest of her life behind bars. academy award winning director roman polanski is
expected to be placed under house arrest by swiss authorities today. polanski is fighting extradition to the united states. he is accused of raping an underage girl back in 1977. polanski is expected to be returned to his swiss chalet. police moved him from jail to a secure location before his house arrest takes effect. time for a look at your friday weather. stormy in the south with up to 4 inches of snow from el paso to houston, texas, and much of louisiana. they don't see that very often. up to 6 inches of lake-effect snow around grand rapids, michigan. nearly 1 foot in buffalo. scattered showers and thunderstorms across florida. >> 83 in miami. 50s from atlanta up to boston. much colder in the middle of the country. 23 in minneapolis. 29 in chicago. 30 in omaha. colorado springs only gets up to 27. salt lake city is 34. another christmas tree update for you here. another bright spot in the holiday season. illuminating the nation's capital. >> president obama and the
entire first family counted down and pressed the button to light the national christmas tree near the white house last night. the ceremony included christmas characters and performances by sheryl crow, rapper common, and "american idol" jordan sparks. >> the tradition dates back to the 1920s. the president says the tree represents a season of brotherhood and generosity. >> we'll be right back with more "world news now." are keeping . awake again? how many washes did it take cheer brightclean
>> bill weir has the latest. >> reporter: the salahis were definitely on the list today. >> the committee on homeland security will come to order. >> reporter: they even had place settings at table number one. but through their lawyer, america's most infamous schmoozers sent their regrets to the house committee on homeland security. so their names will now be on a subpoena. >> no one from the secret service prevented them from entering. >> reporter: white house social secretary desiree rogers also declined an invitation to explain why she wasn't working the door that night. which left the director of the secret service to take the proverbial bullet all by himself. >> how in the world could this couple get past the secret service? >> terrorists only need to be successful once. we have to be successful all the time. >> their entry into the white house is unacceptable and indefensible. >> reporter: director mark sullivan says three of his agents are now on paid leave as punishment for waving the
salahis through the first checkpoint after seeing their names were not on the list. >> i'm about to throw the ball and you're watching plum tv. >> reporter: as vineyard owners and polo aficionados the salahis spent years hobnobbing from aspen to the beltway. >> my two minutes of fame. >> reporter: their wedding featured almost 2,000 guests and a supreme court justice. michaele also passed herself off as a former washington redskins cheerleader. she wasn't. but for years team alumni took her at her word. >> i think that this is somebody who probably needs some help. trying to figure out who she is. >> reporter: sally quinn has monitored the cream of washington society for decades and says they are not the state dinner type. >> i think this desperate need for recognition has taken her way over the top. and her husband as well. >> reporter: so, unfounded or not, this same convincing sense of entitlement was apparently the key into the most closely watched house in the world.
>> this couple has pioneered a new way to breach security. >> reporter: well, let's not give them too much credit. >> i think that they went in with a bum rush and the celebrity jam. >> reporter: alex mamlett, known as kid protocol, is a self-professed former professional party crasher. >> i'm supposed to be here, i just went out for a minute. >> reporter: and he recognizes some basic yet effective techniques in the salahis' approach. >> if you go in fast and hard and have a camera crew with you you're often not going to get questioned. >> reporter: as an aspiring filmmaker who could never get into hollywood's hottest parties he began making a documentary about crashing them. >> the more security there is at a party the easier it is to get in. >> reporter: over the years he studied the dark arts of counterfeiting -- >> what i've done here is seen that they had these blue wrist bands so i found some blue
newspaper and i created a fake wrist band. >> reporter: he became a master of disguise. >> i found if i dress up as a chef and carried a live lobster, i've never been turned down. >> reporter: and cataloged different types of diversions. >> there's the bait and switch, run and gun, i'm with the band, huck ankle buck, hottie beverage, ticket stub, double obstacle, back door, and the chicken monkey. you're going to see here, a little one that i do often which is having a half-filled glass in your hand. that way, people think you're already inside. that's party crashing 101. >> reporter: he taught himself to read upside down. all the better to spot an unchecked name on the clipboard. >> antflick. >> how do you spell that? >> a-n-t-f-l-i-c-k. >> reporter: he crashed the premiere of "wedding crashers." >> i want you to meet a real chuck schwartz. >> bobby o'shea. >> we're going to get drunk. >> reporter: in his coup de grace, for a show on vh1 he evaded an army of french
security to stroll the red carpet at cannes with nicole kidman. judge him if you must. but no one ever got subpoenaed by congress for poaching shrimp and hanging with bon jovi. and beyond the sobering security implications of gate crasher gate, kid protocol is offended by their motivation. he says he always did it to break down the vip caste system and strike a blow for the common man. while the salahis are out to prove they are anything but common. i'm bill weir in new york. >> fascinating, that guy that's crashed all these events, though. i can attest to the fact that if you have a camera crew with you, you get in. it looks important, it looks like you know where you're going and you have access. >> it has been fascinating to me to watch how much irritation and anger people have towards the salahis now. obviously they did something they shouldn't have done but it's sort of their background that makes people hate them even more. >> it's interesting to see if they're really on that show "the real housewives of
i'm not sure if you've heard. but tiger woods has been in the headlines lately. >> no, i hadn't heard about that. >> yes, there are reports he cheated with three women. of course you all know what we're talking about. this is all everyone's talking about. and of course now that we're at this stage in hearing about all of this there's this notion of, what about a prenup? what's going on with elin if she leaves him? what could happen? according to "the daily news" this is all well-investigated areas of their relationship. according to them they say there was a prenuptial agreement that would give the former bikini
model $55 million to stay with him two more years. so in other words, things could change if she's willing to stick it out with tiger woods. >> wow. >> according to someone, i've spoken to another reporter at "the daily beast," they said if she could hack being mrs. woods for at least seven years she gets $80 million. >> wow. >> this is a lot of money. when you think about it in terms of his empire, $80 million is not that much. >> drop in the bucket to a guy that's made a billion bucks. that's not too much. i wonder what staying with him would entail. does she have to live under the same roof, pretend to be a wife, or can she be incensed and live on the other coast? >> the article makes it sound like it more or less means she can't take their two kids away from him. but you're right, they don't imply the specifics of will they be staying together. there's also some notion of how influential is his money? rachel uchitel, one of the women, she was scheduled to have a press conference. then it suddenly was canceled.
so of course the natural thought is -- >> did he pay it? >> could finances have played a role? which we don't know yet. it's just an interesting -- >> we'll see if the wife stays with him. two years of him sleeping on the couch, probably. after what's alleged to have happened. hey, chris brown is speaking out now. we know that he had the interview with robin roberts from "good morning america." a little sneak preview of t yesterday on gma and the big interviei on "20/20." he's talking about that night with rihanna, sort of awkward moments during the interview. they actually showed clips of rihanna's interview with diane sawyer and had chris brown react he sort of apologized again, he said he was wrong for what he did. elatp. tains this is the first >> i never, never had problems with anger. no domestic violence with any of my past girlfriends. i never was that kind of person. how could i be that person? i was wrong for what i did. really, i'm like really hurting
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ask your healthcare provider for 2-layer ambien cr. here's some stories to watch today on abc news. the federal government releases november jobless figures later this morning and analysts predict no improvement. the president travels to pennsylvania today to discuss the unemployment crisis. >>sarah palin takes her book tour to ft. hood, texas, today. she says she'll donate royalties of her book sold there to shooting victims' families. and the u.s. soccer team and 31 other teams playing in next summer's world cup learn their first three opponents today when the tournament's draw is held in south africa. a lot of excitement leading up to that. finally this half hour, when 15 minutes of fame lasts much longer. >> one of the biggest surprises and internet sensations of the past year was singing sensation, britain's susan boyle. >> many said her fame would be
fleeting. now she has got a number one album as david muir reports. ♪ i dreamed a dream of time gone by ♪ >> reporter: when susan boyle dreamed that dream she couldn't possibly have dreamed of this. top of the pop charts. >> just a completely astounding phenomenon now in the music industry. >> reporter: remember those judges, those jaws that dropped? now the entire music industry is stunned. more than 700,000 copies of her album sold in just the first week. the best-selling female debut ever. that's boyle over beyonce, madonna, lady gaga. ♪ now you say you're sorry >> reporter: just what is it about that sweet single church volunteer from scotland? >> she's not exactly the most beautiful flower in the bouquet. but she is a special flower. >> reporter: remember when she told the world this? >> never been kissed. >> reporter: now it's the sweet kiss of success. that first performance has now been watched 310 million times on the internet.
>> she literally signifies the age of the digital entertainer. someone who comes across over the internet, online, and takes over. >> reporter: but here's the irony. fans are buying boyle the old fashioned way. far more cds sold than digital downloads. her fans are older, for one. that's just part of it. even the toughest of critics understand why fans would want to literally hold on to this. >> it's just a spectacular underdog story. you couldn't make it up. >> reporter: boyle is taking britain too. proving those audience members who once rolled their eyes hardly knew talent when they saw it. ♪ >> reporter: david muir, abc news, new york. >> such a sweet, nice voice. >> it's really great to see her success. i think all of us -- it's just amazing, given how the judges responded, which i never thought was appropriate anyway, to see her achieve this meteoric rise. >> there is the song that made her so famous. you can see simon's eyebrows raise and her jaw drop and all of us stand in awe of the