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china's voting power. now only the u.s. and japan rank higher. countries like brazil, india, indonesia, and vietnam will also have greater representation in the anti-poverty institution. meanwhile, a major u.s. business group says it sees signs of increasing protectionism in chinese industries. two state legislators say it's time to call out the national guard in chicago. so far this year, 113 people have been murdered in the windy city. the same number as the u.s. troops killed in iraq and afghanistan in the same period. seven of the homicides happened in one night last week. the lawmakers say it's not a lack of confidence in the police, they say they just need help. thousands of people gathered in west virginia yesterday to pay tribute to 29 coal miners killed in that explosion earlier this month. president obama promised their families that he would honor their sacrifice by improving safety in the mines. rachel martin has more. >> reporter: 29 crosses, 29 lights, commemorating 29 lives lost and remembered.
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♪ stand by me >> reporter: both the president and vice president traveled to beckley, west virginia, to pay tribute to the miners lost in the april 5th tragedy. in a community service full of memories and music. ♪ o say can you see >> all that hard work, all that hardship, all the time spent underground, it was all for the families. and so these miners lived as they died. in pursuit of the american dream. >> reporter: hundreds of people have come here looking for words of comfort from the president. mostly they have come to comfort each other and to share their own stories of loss. jean cook lost her nephew adam morgan in the mine and pays tribute to him in her own way. >> how old was he? >> 21. a baby. >> reporter: she's pleased the president has come but for her and many others, healing can't happen until they have answers. >> i don't think you can heal until the mine investigation
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stuff is over with or it's not constantly being brought up. you're not going to be able to heal until there's some closure in that. >> reporter: in his tribute to the miners the president called for action. >> to do what we must do, individually and collectively, to assure safe conditions underground. to treat our miners like they treat each other, like a family. >> reporter: a family wounded but not broken. ♪ this little light of mine >> reporter: rachel martin, abc news, beckley, west virginia. all right, and here is your monday forecast around the country. a wet day from the northeast to the midwest with the heaviest rain and flooding from maine to maryland. hail, gusty winds and isolated tornados still near orlando, tampa and miami. late-day snow in the central rockies and rain in the pacific northwest. >> not the prettiest of days today, is it. take a look at your monday highs. 60s in seattle and portland. 72 in albuquerque. a hot 92 in phoenix. low 60s from fargo to detroit. 50 in boston. 56 in new york.
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69 in atlanta. miami will hit 85, and new orleans is 82. now to a tiny town in germany that's getting a flock of visitors thanks to very odd looking bird. >> take a look at that, it's a blue stork and it turned up this month. as you can imagine it is sticking out like a sore thumb among the ordinary black and white storks. no one knows how he got that unique blue color but there is speculation that he may have taken a bath in blue paint at a garage dump. despite the bizarre plumage he still managed to attract a lady friend. >> the town is cashing in on tourism. there's blue stork posters, postcards and even a blue stork dessert. >> i wonder action are they trying to tie it into the blue stork means there's going to be more boys born there if. >> that's what i was thinking. maybe this is the stork that brings the boys and soon the pink stork will show up. the one that brings the girls. >> then those two get together, maybe. >> then who knows what might happen. >> we'll be right back with more
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welcome back, everyone. well, with much anticipation the hubble space telescope was launched 20 years ago this past weekend. >> since it's launched the high-powered telescope has sent scientists on earth images never imagined before. from abc news vault, coverage of the big launch on april 24th, 1990. >> from abc, this is "world news tonight" with peter jennings. >> you could have heard the sigh of relief. tonight, finally, the space shuttle "discovery" is in orbit. in its cargo bay, waiting to be put into its own orbit, a telescope so powerful it can see
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a dime 25 miles away. an instrument bound to contribute to a reassessment of the universe. abc's mark deen was at the cape when "discovery" lifted off. >> look at that baby go! >> reporter: jim westphal waited 15 years for this moment. the astronomer from cal tech began developing the cameras that long ago. forgotten this moneying were all the frustrations. the more than seven years of budget problems and delays. >> reporter: the telescope, his baby, was on its way. >> look at that baby go. >> reporter: mission control didn't have to describe what was happening. jim westphal did it. >> boy, we're going to get an srv separation view that just won't quit. >> reporter: the "discovery" was heading to the highest altitude ever reached by a shuttle. and it's here, 381 miles up,
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where the telescope is to be placed in orbit tomorrow. so the celebration will continue. >> oh, yeah! hey, i get to launch something here, guys. >> reporter: westphal's family, neighbors and colleagues who had traveled here from california toasted the telescope. >> cheers! >> reporter: it's designed to spend 15 years in space, seeing the universe ten times more clearly than ground-based telescopes while seeking clues to how and when the universe was created. >> you see the stars and everybody's interested, everybody wonders what's it all about, where'd it comes from. we're going to learn an awful lot about this. >> reporter: what did mrs. westphal learn from live with this starry-eyed man who worked on his magnificent obsession for 13 years? >> i really think, no comment. >> reporter: morton deen, abc news, kennedy space center, florida.
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>> the hubble of the hubble telescope is edwin hubble who in the 1920s proved the universe is always expanding. dr. hubble died in 1953 but 15 members of the family were at the cape for the liftoff did morning. >> since it launched in 1990 it is 100 times more powerful. i want to show you some of the most recent images. these were taken in early february. they really are breath-taking. this is a small portion of what's known as the corinia nebula, the largest seen star burst region in the galaxy. >> it's hard to believe this really exists out there. it's sent back great pictures over the years. supposed to last until 2005, already gone five years past its life expectancy. man on radio: mission is a go. you are good to go. so, have you made your decision yet?
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welcome back. offering high fashion and low prices, retailer hnm has become a worldwide success so big shoppers often line up for worldwide launches. >> how it quickly reacts to the trends and gafs a rare look at its retail strategy. here's clarissa ward.
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>> reporter: it looks like pure chaos. shrieking, shoving, grabbing, clawing. but the scenes you're watching are not the aftermath of a natural disaster for a terrorist attack. no, this bridal mayhem is occurring simultaneously at four different hnm clothing stores in four different cities one saturday morning. also the chance to pick up designer duds at democratic prices. as the swedish clothing giant unveils its latest designer collaboration with french fashion legend sonya rick yell. they may look similar but this shirt goes for $724 at the buy keek in paris. this one for $34 at h and m. this beret, $522 at the boutique. $17.95 at h and m.
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96% mark-downs, enough to inspire animal instincts in any woman. >> it's like, you know, animals in the stall fighting for just a sweat shirt, a dress, a skirt. i think it's not normal. it's unbelievable. >> reporter: the designer collaboration is just one of the many ventures that has propelled h and m from penny's, a small clothing store built 63 years ago in a swedish town, to a fashion behemoth, the third-largest clothing retailer in the world with 74,000 employees and 2,000 stores in 37 different countries. the key ingredient to h and m's success has critics questioning whether it comes at the price of quality. are you ever concerned fad fashion can mean dispose ability? >> fast fashion, sometimes it's used in a negative tone. in that way, i don't agree. because we have low prices but we also have good quality.
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so the garments that we produce are long-lasting. >> reporter: the company, unlike other fast fashion chains, also says it makes a point to avoid copying designers directly. turning just about anywhere else for inspiration. >> idea is not at the catwalk. you have to look at contemporary culture. it can be art, it can be movies, it can be television. >> reporter: or it can be books on snakes and viking warriors. but h and m is notoriously secretive about its designing process. >> this is also good for that '60s kind of look. >> reporter: our cameras are only allowed to film in a handful of rooms and access to the designers is limited. >> it was very fun, you know. to have a lot of the competit competitors, you don't show your connections, that's going to come in. already now we are working on spring-summer 2011. >> you've already decided what bikini we'll be wearing in 2011?
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>> yes. >> reporter: while the look may be glam, h and m is distinctly low-key. margarete has been at the hem of the design team for more than 20 years. her un-assuming brand of laid-back swedish cool is a far cry from the haughty fashion do i yens in new york and london. she based the crowds on opening day. >> i shop like everyone else. >> reporter: this is a company that prides itself on being democratic. and perhaps that's the real key to the swedish clothing giant's success. for h and m, high fashion and mass retailer are not mulely exclusive concepts. and in this democracy of fash n fashion, people vote with their wallets. >> whoo! >> reporter: i'm clarissa ward, stockholm, sweden. >> looks like a typical weekend shopping trip in new york. todd and i had very different tastes in movies this
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for "insomniac theater" i was regrettably in the mood for a chick flick. >> sorry to hear that. i wanted to see something deep. really, really, deep. i saw the disney documentary "oceans." disney the parent company of abc news. pierce brosnan narrates this. even though there's not a story to follow you'll want to see it for its unbelievable pictures and fabulous audio. "oceans" takes moviegoers all around the world. watching on a big screen, you feel like you're actually there with your tank on and your mask
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on watching it as it's being filmed. one scene is the mother seal kind of coaxing her baby into the water. check it out. >> here, the mother seal still coaxes her child into the water for the first time. parenting takes a lot of patience. >> aw! >> this touches on illegal fishing, overfishing, pollution, and brings up climate change as well but the messages don't beat you over the head which is nice. whenever you watch a nature documentary it's going to include one of two things. animals eating each other or animals having relations. i took my 3-year-old daughter and of course there were a couple of turtles that got together and she said, dad, he's giving him a ride, isn't he? i said, yes, honey, he is. >> no, say ask your mom.
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>> 4 of 5 kernels, very well shot. >> oh, wow. i really want to see that. especially after the flop i saw. you know, i thought that gigli would be the worst movie j. lo did. no, this in fact is. i went and saw "the backup plan." if you saw the promos it's obvious when the story is about. the woman's tired of dating the wrong types of men. she decided to take her future into her own hands, get artificially inseminated. that day she meets a man who she thinks is mr. right. she said i'm going to hide the pregnancy from him basically as long as i can. >> you got a new dress for our date tonight? >> don't flatter yourself. >> i'll take that as a yes. >> i guess you'll never know. >> i guess not. except you left the price tag on. >> what? >> well, j. lo and her counterpart are both good. this movie is bad. 71% of the audience was women which makes sense because my husband fell asleep in the
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middle, said i can't take this anymore. 1 kernel oh! blue! time! time out.
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test vote. will democrats get the bipartisan support needed to bring a controversial financial reform bill to the senate floor? >> we're closer than we've ever been. >> the major stumbling block. then, damage report. a string of tornados destroys lives along the gulf coast. and, in the driver's seat. nascar's youngest star hitting speeds up to 100 miles an hour. but is 14 too young? it's monday, april 26th. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> it really is a pretty cool story. 14 years old, 100 miles an hour, and she's not scared. >> i would be. >> i would be terrified. things i would never do again. >> good for her. >> good morning and thanks for being with us. i'm vinita nair.
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>> i'm todd connor. jeremy hubbard is off this morning. the sweeping overhaul of the nation's financial industry heads toward a crucial vote in the senate today. >> in public republicans have vowed to block the bill. but negotiations between the two sides are continuing behind closed doors. there's been some indication that an agreement is close. here's david kerley. >> reporter: they want new rules for wall street and democrats are tired of waiting. >> here we are 17 months after someone broke into our house, in effect, robbed us, and we still haven't changed the locks on the doors. we need to get it done. >> reporter: but tlrs no breakthrough in negotiations republicans will try to block financial reform. >> mr. shelby -- >> reporter: from coming to the senate floor. >> i think we're closer than we've ever been. will we get a bill by tomorrow? i doubt it. i would always hope so. >> reporter: the president has been on the road demanding reform. >> we also need some rules of the road for wall street. so that reckless decisions made by a few don't take our economy over the side. >> reporter: among the rules the president wants, no more taxpayer bailouts of too big to
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fail banks. >> your shareholders are wiped out, your management is fired, you are broken up and sold. so what we do, we don't end too big to fail, what we end are bailouts. >> reporter: those complex derivatives which helped bring down the housing crisis would no longer be sold in private but in full view of public exchanges. >> what regulators are trying to do is move some of this stuff into the open air, into the light of day, onto exchanges where we can see what happens. >> reporter: most of the changes in the pill would give new power and information to the bank regulators. >> we are heavily, heavily relying on regulators to save us next time, even though they didn't do it last time. >> reporter: the biggest question for most americans, will all this prevent another melt-down from starting on wall street? >> i'm sure they are right now devising a product that's going to get us in trouble the next time. a game of cat and mousse. this reform will not prevent the next crisis. >> reporter: polls show the public wants financial reform. democrats believe that gives them the advantage, and republicans will be forced to compromise. the question, will that come on
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monday? or in the coming days? david kerley, abc news, capitol hill. there are more indications this morning that the nation's auto industry is bouncing back. there are reports this morning that ford will announce tomorrow it made nearly $1 billion in profits during the first quarter. that follows the announcement by gm last week that it had paid back its government loans earlier than expected. there was a major earthquake this morning off the coast of taiwan. the u.s. geological survey says the tremor, 195 miles off the batan islands in the philippines, measured 6.5 magnitude. buildings swayed but no reports of casualties or damage. there are often earthquakes in taiwan, most minor. the region sits on what's known as the pacific ring of fire where continental plates collide. it has been a weekend of violent weather across the south. three people were hurt yesterday after a possible tornado touched down in darlington, south carolina. witnesses said there was heavy damage. earlier, an outbreak of severe weather tore across seven
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states. two people were killed in alabama and at least ten in mississippi. chu chucksive vert son reports. >> reporter: shocked survivors picked through the debris one day after a massive tornado or series of tornados upended their lives. >> pieces of the house flying away. >> reporter: as many as 54 tornados swept across the south saturday, hitting seven states. in mississippi, where ten people died, searchers spent sunday looking for possible victims in outlying areas. in yazoo city, some parts of the town were completely destroyed. homes, businesses, entire subdivisions. >> destroyed my home. just destroyed it. every home, new home that was up there is destroyed. >> reporter: mississippi governor halley barber grew up in the yazoo city area and keeps a home nearby. >> there are a number of businesses that have been destroyed. others severely damaged. churches have been obliterated. >> reporter: there were reports
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of looting and national guard units restricted traffic in the disaster areas. but the emergency also brought out the best in many other people. that oil rig explosion in the gulf of mexico could be a bigger environmental threat than first thought. it's leaking 42,000 gallons a day which could wash up from beaches from louisiana to florida. the oil slick is expected to stay offshore for another three days or so. crews are using robot submarines to try to activate valves at the wellhead and shut off that flow. the issue of american troops stationed in japan is coming to a head again. residents are rejecting a comp did myself negotiated by previous administrations in washington and tokyo. margaret conley joins us this morning from tokyo with details. good morning, margaret. >> reporter: vinita and todd, the projects are aimed at plans to relocate an air base in okinawa. an issue that strikes a sensitive chord and dominates
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headlines in japan. tens of thousands of protesters in okinawa demanded a u.s. air base that's been on the island since the end of world war ii be moved. the relocation of the base is not only a problem for okinawa, the governor says. all japan depends on this base being located to the best place. protesting residents have long complained about noise and pollution from the base. supporters want the base to stay for the jobs it has created and securit security. in 2006 the u.s. and japan did come to agreement, to move 8,000 marines to guac and the base to a less-developed part of okinawa. president obama stood by that agreement in november in tokyo. >> we've agreed to move expeditiously through a joint working group to implement the agreement that our two governments reached on restructuring u.s. forces in okina okinawa. >> reporter: japanese prime minister hatoyama opposes the
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plan, and since taking office last year, has pledged to move the base off okinawa, for the residents and to protect the island's coast. he stands by his claim to find a solution by the end of may. for my job, he says, one of the biggest problems is futenma. i'm using all of the effort in my life to solve this problem. the prime minister has gone so far as to put his own job on the line and to find a solution. as pressure builds and the deadline looms, talks with the u.s. and japan continue here in tokyo. vinita, todd? >> thank you very much. president obama is promising that a fitting memorial to the 29 miners killed in an explosion earlier this month would be to improve mine safety. thousands of people attended a memorial service about 35 miles from the upper big branch mine. the president read the names of all 29 men and paid tribute to their hard work and courage. the cause of the explosion is still under investigation. and now here is a look at your monday forecast. heavy rain in the northeast from boston to new york and
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washington. showers into the ohio valley stretching as far west as missouri and minnesota. severe weather in south florida. widely scattered showers in texas with snow in the rockies and rain in the pacific northwest. >> 70s in sacramento and boise. 66 in salt lake city. 54 the high in omaha. 61 in chicago. 63 in the twin cities. a wet 70 in baltimore. 69 down in atlanta. so, it looks like the wolf is months the only one running around in sheep's clothing. >> clever. a zoo in england just welcomed three rare sheep pigs to its fold. they look like a pig except for the shaep-like wool covering their body. the curly haired hog as native of hungary and austria. it's all swine and not related to the sheep at all. >> the sheep pigs were popular a century ago, now they're endangered. the british zoo is hoping to breed more of them. very interesting. >> someone called them pigs in a
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blanket which i thought was very clever. i wish i could take credit of that. >> you should have, that's what you do here, just take credit for things. we'll be right back with more "world news now." assistance getting around their homes. there is a medicare benefit that may qualify you for a new power chair or scooter at little to no cost to you. stay tuned for this important medicare benefit information and free scooter guarantee. imagine... one scooter or power chair that could improve your may entitle you to pay little to nothing to own it. one company that can make it all happen ... your power chair will be paid in full. the scooter store. why should you call the scooter store today? because their mobility experts are also medicare experts. and that means the scooter store is your best shot at qualifying for a scooter that costs you little to nothing. hi i'm doug harrison.
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issue in this compromise but one that deals with derivatives, one that deals with consumer protection, and one that deals with this orderly liquidation. if we can get that template agreed to in a bipartisan way, then we can debate some of the amendments that chair brown wants to bring forth, some of the amendments i want to bring forth. i think it's very, very important that we reach that bipartisan agreement first. because in the senate, as you know, it takes 60 votes to change anything. >> if there is no bipartisan agreement, republicans will block the motion to proceed to debating this bill? >> i think that's very likely. >> all we're asking tomorrow night is 60 votes. we need a republican or two or three to simply say, let's move forward and debate. then bob corker and eye and others can offer any kinds of amendments we want. i hope that they will not en masse -- put it this way, wish there were more bob corkers in the senate republican caucus. he's been very open with negotiations, and then senator
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shelby and senator -- minor leader mcconnell pulled him back, i think on behalf of wall street lobbyists. >> "face the nation" with cbs news chief washington correspondent bob schieffer. >> thank you for coming. let me start with a basic question. this financial reform bill that's going to be before the congress, extremely complicated. but it also has far-reaching implications. let me just ask you this question. if it had been in place in 2007, would it have prevented the financial crisis that we went through in 2008? >> i think so. there wouldn't have been unregulated subprime mortgages that bread dated on people and set off a housing bubble. there would have been a procedure for resolving institutions like lehman brothers that got in trouble without big taxpayer bailouts. there wouldn't have been the nontransparent derivatives that we saw at aig that led for the need of more than $100 billion of bailout.
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there would have been much less borrowing and leverage that created the house of cards that led to the financial system. >> some of that deregulation came during the clinton administration when you were part of the clinton team that deregulated a lot of these things. >> you can debate things that went on in the 1990s. i don't believe that the decisions made in the 1990s went to theish ons that were important in this crisis, unlike a number of decisions that were made in the post-2000 period. >> this is "meet the press" with david gregory. >> this is high noon for financial reform. senator dodd, the big question is, do you have a deal? >> well, richard and i spent a lot of time together the last year. and working on this bill. and we're getting there. we're close. we've got some more work to do. here we are 17 months after someone broke into our house, in effect, robbed us, and we still haven't even changed the locks on the doors and we need to get it done. >> senator shelby, i mention this is high noon.
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so, is there something republicans can vote for here? >> not yet. but we're getting there. like senator dodd said, we're working closely together. i think we're conceptually very, very close. this is very complicated piece of legislation, over 1,300 pages as the dodd bill now stands. but what we're trying to do is improve two or three things in it. it's very tedious. we're going to continue to work today. as senator dodd said. i think we're closer than we've ever been. will we get a bill by tomorrow? i doubt it. i would always hope so because there's so much involved. but i think we will get a bill. >> so now all eyes are on senate majority leader harry reid because he wants to secure a key procedural vote which apparently is the first major step toward putting together a financial reform deal. everybody's looking to him. >> it's interesting now as well, we're hearing car dealerships finally starting to turn a profit. they're saying, we don't want to
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be part of this bill, exempt us, we don't want to make it too difficult for people to lease or purchase cars. they view this as being restrictive and confusing. >> 1340 pages at least. i can see how the confusing part comes in. what doctors are saying about bret michaels' serious medical condition. who's turning up the hype as betty white gets ready to host "saturday night live"? thank you dear, very much. [swords clank] watch out! all hands on deck! ...but when it mattered most... give me all your treasure! imagine what a little time can do for your family. ah, ha! take that! missed me! uhh!
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"skinny" time on monday. we start with betty white who's really sort of a darling right now. >> i love betty white. >> there were so many people who said, get her on snl, and take a look at the promo because she's going to be on there. >> thanks to the internet i'm
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hosting "saturday night live." but don't believe everything you hear on the web. do you know they call me a cougar? they say i'm dating a young hottie. not true. i married him. >> she's so funny. of course, what reminded everyone about what a great comic she was was this snickers ad during the super bowl. and since then it's sort of been a roller coaster for her. she'll be hosting soon on snl. >> who knows what after that. bret michaels, he stars right now in "celebrity apprentice" and host ed his own reality dating show. he apparently is still in the icu after suffering that brain hemorrhage. an update was posted on his website bretmichaels.com. at this point bret remains in critical condition. he is under 24-hour doctors' care and supervision. they're hoping further tests will locate the source of the bleeding. they still can't find it which is pretty critical. and he'll be back to the old bret michaels that everyone
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loves. it's kind of hard to see especially when he's on "celebrity apprentice" right now as well. >> the funny thing is when i thought of bret michaels. i thought, did his diabetes have any role in this? you always hear him talk about the struggle. they're saying right now neither the diabetes nor an appendectomy he recently had were likely the cause of the brain hemorrhage. they say more than likely triggering this rupture is smoking. >> it can happen out of nowhere as well. oftentimes you don't have any warning. >> thoughts and prayers are with him right now. it's such a scary situation. >> it really is. >> let's talk about rihanna now, who it was in france, she was performing, and you know she's always -- "please don't stop the music." she didn't stop the music for a minute when she fell. take a look at this. ♪ you saw it right there, you're going to see it in slow motion. she slipped, they say she didn't
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miss a beat. she was performing her 2005 song "let me dance" in france. they say she was back onstage in frankfurt, germany, friday right after this. even though it was kind of a scary slip for her she didn't -- >> whoa. >> if that was me i'd be there crying on the floor. >> she's tough. she's young, she's tough, she can handle it. >> very tough. >> she's had some tough things to overcome in the past. speaking of tough women. snooki. >> oh, yikes. >> got into another bar fight, this time it wasn't her the one being punched. she did the punching aapparen y aapparently. they were filming the second season of "jersey shore" in a nightclub during the daytime. this is a friend of a guy who apparently tried to hit on her. she doesn't like what the guy said, threw food on him, slaps him, slaps him again, then the drink starts coming. this guy throws a drink at her, she throws a drink back at him. of course, snooki is just getting it from everybody these days. but she knows how to throw a punch. >> i'm so shocked these jersey kids seem like they'd never throw a punch, i can't believe
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one of them actually resorted to violence. >> amazing the miami clubs didn't want them, i'm surprised.
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here are some stories to watch today on abc news. the commerce department's latest report on home vacancies and property ownership is due out today. it will help gauge the status of the real estate market for the first few months of the year. homeland security secretary janet napolitano speaks to airline executives today in washington. she's expected to address airline security worldwide. and, president obama has special guests at the white house today. the new york yankees. they'll commemorate last year's world series win. finally this half hour, the newest nascar driver made history over the weekend because at 14 shears old she's the youngest competitor ever. >> she drives a pink race car and got her parents' blessing to compete. here's stephanie sy. >> reporter: with her favorite
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superhero strapped firmly to the roll cage, nascar's youngest driver gears up for practice where she'll reach speeds up to 100 miles per hour, racing against men more than twice her age, including her own father. never mind that 14-year-old katie bryce needs a lift to get to the race track or to the mall, for that matter. she has nascar's permission to race on its sponsored tracks. >> when i get out there, doesn't matter how old you are, what gender you are, you never know. >> reporter: this year nascar lowered its minimum age for obtaining a license, from 16 to 14, in an effort to compete with other leagues that allow drivers as young as 12 to race. >> even nascar officials acknowledge that there are inherent dangers to racing. but they say safety equals experience. katie's dad got into a bad crash a year ago. what's your biggest fear? >> that i'm going into a wall exactly like my dad. >> nerve-racking.
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>> of course i'll ask, am i doing the right thing? but again, to know her, to know the passion. kids have all kinds of dreams. this is hers. >> reporter: the passion comes from her dad, who builds the cars. >> she's daddy's girl, she's in a race car, she's got daddy's number. she's all daddy. >> reporter: she even wears daddy's old racing suit. accessorized with pink socks, of course. >> if i don't benefit i'll still making history because i did one lap. that's all i really need is one lap, then i'm good. >> reporter: stephanie sy, abc news, stafford, connecticut. >> while mom is very supportive, she said it has been terrifying. she said one of the hardest things to watch is when someone who's going much faster than her daughter is whizzing by the car. she freaks out every time. even though she backs her she says it makes her catch her breath. >> number 13. couldn't she have picked another
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securing the well. but absolutely, we are monitoring 24/7 to make sure there's no additional leak beyond the 1,000 barrels a day. >> reporter: the coast guard says the sheen of oil on the water is now about 25 times larger than a day earlier. extending 20 miles by 20 miles. the sensitive gulf ecosystem of shrimp, fish and coral is threatened as are barrier islands and coastal beaches from louisiana possibly all the way to florida. brad wheelis, abc news. the democratic effort aimed at overhauling the nation's financial industry could clear a major hurdle in the senate today. 60 votes are needed to move the legislation forward. while republicans are vowing to block debate, negotiations continue behind closed doors. the top-ranking republican on the banking committee says the two sides are very close. the total killed in this weekend's stormy weather in the south is growing. at least ten people died when a tornado ripped through the rural mississippi countryside saturday. then two deaths in alabama have
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been blamed on storms there. seven states in all reported tornados. but mississippi bore the brunt of the storm, especially hard-hit was yazoo city where survivors sorted through the rubble. >> i don't know what to do. i'm just totally lost. i have nothing. nothing. there's nothing. i don't know where to begin it, i don't know where to end it. >> the hardest part of moving forward is just to see the community like this. you know. it's so painful. >> and that storm system is still going. another apparent tornado touched down yesterday in darlington, south carolina. three people were taken to the hospital and witnesses say there is heavy damage. the british foreign office is rushing to apologize to the pope. an internal memo joked when benedict visits in september he might open an abortion clinic, endorse a brand of condoms, and bless a gay wedding. a london newspaper published the memo yesterday. the bbc's robert pig get has the
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story. >> reporter: ridicule of his visit and the church's teaching. as the pope prays for volunteers to become priests, in the uk the church was assessing the latest damage to its image. a memo written by junior civil servants made several mocking proposals for the pope's visit, including that he should launch a range of benedict branded condoms, open an abortion clinic, and spend the night in a bradford council flat. >> it is very bad manners to invite a senior figure like the pope to a country and then to mock him in this way. it's also i think a lot of people will -- particularly outside england and wales -- will find it very offensive. >> reporter: whether it's justified or not this document could lead some catholics with the feeling a culture exists in official circles in which their church's teaching is not taken
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seriously. perhaps most damaging of all it could also leave a lingering impression the pope himself is regarded as a figure of fun. >> these are people who really want the church to die, effectively. being committed catholics we respect our pope and want him to be respected by other people. >> reporter: though he received a warm reception in devout malta, in britain several groups plan to protest against him. the memo will doing in to restore the dignity and prestige which any pope needs to carry with him. meanwhile in okinawa, a huge protest of a u.s. military base there. tens of thousands of residents who want a u.s. marine base off their island took to the streets yesterday. the 47,000 american troops in japan are a legacy of world war ii. a teal four years ago said the base would be moved to another part of the island. the okinawans say that's not good enough. you can now fly between london and baghdad without changing planes. scheduled passenger flights between britain and iraq have
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resumed. the route was suspended 20 years ago after iraq invaded kuwait. its resumption was delayed by more than a week when the ash cloud from iceland's volcano. iraqi service will be offered twice a week with a stop in sweden. there's reportedly a potential breakthrough in the fight against cancer. the "seattle times" is reporting is fda may approve a vaccine to prevent prostate cancer as early as this week. in men who had an advanced case of the disease. no solo round the world voyage for abby sunderland. the 16-year-old southern california girl records on her blog that she is ending her quest because of mechanical problems. sunderland had hoped to become the youngest ever to make the trip without stopping. instead, she is heading to capetown, south africa, for repairs. >> i think there's another 16-year-old who's doing the same thing right now. >> isn't her brother, he's also done it before? a lot of young people trying to do this right now. >> crazy.
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here's a look at your weather. heavy rain from new england down to the nation's capital. showers across parts of the ohio valley and midwest. hail, gusty winds and a chance of tornados in south florida. scattered showers in texas, snow in the central rockies, rain in the pacific northwest. >> 67 in seattle. 76 in sacramento. 92 in phoenix. around 60 in fargo, indianapolis, and kansas city. 56 right here in new york. 70 in baltimore. 85 in miami. speaking of crazy, or brave things, it was the high-flying adventure that likely would have had amelia earhart, or would have made her proud. >> a wing-walking woman dazzled a crowd of 40,000 in an air and rocket racing show in tulsa, oklahoma, over the weekend. ashley battles climbed from the plane in mid-air to walk a thin line between danger and disaster. ashley has a degree in aviation and among only a handful of wing walkers in the country. >> this daredevil has been flying since she was a teenager. she said she took up wing walking because she got bored
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president obama promised the families of coal miners who died in this month's disaster in west virginia better safety standards to prevent another tragedy. >> the president's eulogy in beckley, west virginia, dominated coverage on our charleston affiliate wchs and this morning's "american landscape." >> from your capital city, this is eyewitness news. >> to treat our miners like they treat each other, like a family. because we are all family and we are all americans. >> remembering 29 lives lost. the special miners memorial bringing together the nation and the state. that's our top story tonight. good evening. >> welcome to eyewitness news.
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thousands of people came to honor the 29 brave miners today in a public memorial service and to hear president obama speak. this is where it took place, here at the beckley raleigh county convention center. thousands filled the center to pay their respects. the center was filled to capacity before the start of today's service. >> all that hard work. all that hardship. all the time spent underground. it was all for the families. it was all for you. e-mails and letters poured into the white house. postmarked from different places across the country. they often began the same way. i am proud to be from a family of miners. i am the son of a coal miner. i am proud to be a coal miner's daughter. >> i believe that each of those 29 miners, like every miner working today, as well as many
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of their fathers and grandfathers that worked before them, had not only a strong commitment to provide a good living for their families but a deep patriotic pride that the work they did and the energy that they produced made america strong and free. >> now to the memorial itself. heavy hearts filled the service for the victims of the ubb blast. the service began with the victims' families entering one by one and placing hard hats at the base of 29 white crosses. a fitting start to the service for hope and healing. it registered with the more than 3,000 people in the crowd. as you can imagine, we saw a lot of tears and hugs and even applause as the service carried on. >> today's miner memorial made for the president's first visit to the mountain state since winning office in 2008. some people worried about the reception he'd receive here due to his views on cleaner energy. but in the end, today proved to be a time to put politics aside.
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the presence of the president drew more eyes to an already touchy memorial. there were many people like barbara wells saying they feel for the 29 miners who died and their families. but they attended to hear from mr. obama. >> they are with the lord now. >> reporter: seeing a sitting president speak in person is a rare opportunity, yet some people feared what he would say. gary lost his cousin richard lane in the blast and said the president's clean energy agenda threatens the future of the coal industry. >> now he wants to come here, i don't understand it. >> because we are all families and we are all americans. >> reporter: nonetheless, in this moment politics was set aside. >> and look out for one another and love one another. >> reporter: the crowd gave the president's eulogy rousing support. >> i think it says a lot that he's here, him coming and showing respect for the coal miners and their families. ♪ this little light of mine
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>> reporter: no matter why you're here, the day is set aside to honor, respect, and remember those who died. ♪ let it shine, let it shine, let it shine ♪ >> in honor and in recognition of the upper big branch tragedy and today's service, governor manchin ordered all state flags to fly at half staff. all across the mountain state, the u.s. and state flags waved a little lower forth victims of ubb. the flags will be raised back up as a sign of moving forward tomorrow. now here's what's next. joe main with the mining administration will be the lead witness tomorrow. encouraged some companies to ignore the health and safety practices in mines. this will begin the senate's first hearing on the dead lie mine explosion to determine an exact cause for the deadly blast could take awhile. investigators say it could be a month before they can get back inside the ubb mine because gas levels are still too high.
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a smaller memorial in whitesville still carrying a big message. check it out for yourself. a new permanent sign now standing near the whitesville library. it was designed by kevin ferrell and his family. the family presented it on behalf of the volunteer fire department in lincoln county. the sign lists the names of all the miners who died, along with the miner's prayer, and black mulch at the bottom to look like coal. we're told the materials for is display were donated. >> it was reported the president and vice president took a moment and with each individual family, each grieving family, they spoke with them individually and sort of offered condolences that really the nation is feeling right now. >> vice president biden saying at one time that he grew up in a family of miners and he knows, you know, where they come from, being from scranton, pennsylvania, an area that has a lot of mining there. you heard on wchs talk about the fact that there will be some safety hearings on capitol hill on tuesday. some of the top mine safety experts from around the country, especially from west virginia,
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will be on capitol hill to answer some questions. as you heard the president say, hopefully lead to improved mine safety around the country. >> i heard a lot of the family members say they can't begin to heal until they know what actually happened too, which is hard to hear. >> could be awhile. >> we'll be right back with more news. thank you dear, very much. thank you. ♪ you make me feel so young.
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some of the younger viewers know him as the priceline guy. william shatner could become canada's next governor general, an honorary title that's been given out for centuries. >> thousands of people are backing it. the ctv's roger smith reports even some lawmakers think it will fly. >> this is captain kirk. >> reporter: if trekkies have their way, captain kirk will get beamed up again, not to the "starship enterprise" but to
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reto hall. even his old sidekick is pushing for it. >> i'm hoping he gets the job and i'm advising him to take it so he can do something useful with his life. >> reporter: mr. spock is hardly alone. >> i think that's a great idea. >> why? >> he's a great canadian, he's well-known, he's well-liked. >> good reputation. great actor. why not? >> reporter: 79-year-old william shatner hasn't lived in canada for decades, isn't fluently bilingual, and his candidacy strikes many as bad science fiction. >> is that the best we can do? >> i think that he has made a farce of his own image and would probably do the same for canada. >> reporter: yet he's the favorite in cyberspace. this facebook site is promoting him. and its founder insists shatner would be an inspired governor general. >> with his star status and his celebrity, there's a very good chance that he could help elevate the position. >> reporter: in one online poll, shatner gets almost half the
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votes. far outstripping other big names like rick hansen, wayne gretzky, and leonard cohen. >> i'm a bit of a trekkie, you know? how he kept the federation together up there, i think he could keep the federation together down here. >> reporter: politicians aren't taking it seriously. >> he does a much better job up in space than here on earth. >> i thought i'd give her a surprise. >> reporter: as for shatner he indulges the grassroots support, joking his fight to protect wild salmon could hurt his chances. would they accept me if i sam pain for salmons' rights? if in the end, shatner may not have the desire or the qualifications. >> to boldly go where no man has gone before. >> reporter: or at least where no hollywood actor has gone before. roger smith, ctv news, ottawa. >> it's funny it should end on that sentence. one of the things they're saying is it's time for canada to boldly go where no country has gone before. they say shatner was born in
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call the number on your screen. world news now delivers your "morning papers." >> and the "papers" apparently going to the dogs today you could say. the first story comiing out of ontar ontario. a 3-year-old girl and her dog named moose. she's a whippet. moose was inside the house, the girl was outside the house, apparently going use to play. moose started going crazy, started barking and yipping and standing up on his paws, something he normally doesn't do. mom became concerned and after did all that barking went outside to check, she found the little girl with her head wedged between a gate in a fence. she was not really breathing very well. she was all raspy. she has a lot of bruising apparently. but anyway, she's been saved.
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she's apparently doing well these days. the parents are giving credit to moose the whippet who came from a whippet rescue program. now they call him moose the wonder dog. >> whippet? i've never heard that kind of dog. >> they're kind of like in between an italian greyhound and a regular racing greyhound as far as the size. they look just like a greyhound only a little smaller. they're great dogs. >> i would have just said, dalmatian. that's what that is. >> there you go. >> it's a whippet, good to know. continuing on our theme of dog stories, when i moved to new york everyone would say, only in new york. i'd be like, surely i'll get that. new york is opening a nightclub for dogs. what do you say to that? only in new york, that's right, willis. it's going to be like a friday nightclub, the fetch club, it's a 3,000-foot indoor dog park/canine club. slated to open next month in the heart of the financial district. they will have special spa baths, holistic mud mask and
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facials, homemade meals, manicures. there's a doggie disco. the guys behind this, i know, why? they're saying their idea is sort of, there's probably all these people in new york that want to go out for a night and they don't want to leave their dog at home, so why not let your dog experience what you're experiencing? >> the last i checked, dogs love those mirrored disco balls. they can't get enough of those. >> i don't know. weird. >> all right. >> kind of a cute picture, but weird. we know it's weird. >> our final story is coming out of london. two brothers apparently one is a nature photographer, a wildlife photographer. they wanted to somehow get better pictures of wildlife so they came up with this four-wheel drive remote correct me if i'm wrong buggy, stuck a camera on top of it, decided to let it go toward the wildlife and get the great pictures. they got some great pictures of elephants and also of lions. but one of the lions didn't turn out so well because they realized the lion wanted to take the camera and buggy away and eat it, which they did. they were able to salvage the
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because as parents, the cleanup begins after destructive tornados level entire communities across several states. then, miners' memorial. president obama's promise to the families of those 29 men killed in that huge underground explosion in west virginia. and, snapshots of space. the hubble telescope marks a milestone and delivers a stunning new image of the universe. it's monday, april 26th. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> good morning, i'm todd connor sitting in for jeremy hubbard. >> feels like we're seeing more of you than him lately. >> always out and about doing stories. >> but it's a pleasant change for us. >> i'm glad to be here.
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>> i won't say that when he comes back, though. good morning and thanks for being with outside this monday. i'm vinita nair. experts now say the tornado which tore through mississippi had winds of 160 miles an hour and left a path of destruction at least 50 miles long. >> the massive twister was part of a violent outbreak with 54 reports of tornados across seven states. but mississippi clearly took the brunt of it. eric horng reports from yazoo city. >> reporter: in this community of shattered homes, survivors claw through rubble searching for any sign of the familiar. >> i don't know what to do. i'm just totally lost. i have nothing. nothing. there's nothing. i don't know where to begin it, i don't know where to end it. >> reporter: the destruction in yazoo city is measured not in buildings but blocks. from the air you can see the full scope of the catastrophe. on the ground you can feel it. >> the hardest part of moving forward is just to see the community like this, you know. it's so painful. >> reporter: the twister was one
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of several that carved a path of destruction almost 200 miles long across mississippi, killing at least ten people, including a baby and two other children. morgan hayden and jaziah moto survived by huddling in their bathroom. >> we came in the hallway and we could feel the wind just coming through the hallway, like picking us up. we went straight here to the bathroom and just got down. >> reporter: in this deeply religious community, many spent this sunday praying in churches and for them. the hillcrest baptist church was heavily damaged. >> i went in the sanctuary and got on the pulpit table and the whole building fell around me. >> reporter: after viewing the destruction, mississippi's governor, a yazoo city native, promised help for his hometown. >> we have begun discussions now or today about how to get temporary housing, because we're going to have a number of people that need different housing. >> reporter: the governor says at least 100 homes in yazoo county were damaged or destroyed. hundreds remain without power here. the national guard is on hand to
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make sure no one takes advantage of this vulnerable community. eric horng, abc news, yazoo city, mississippi. a magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck off the coast of the philippines. the quake hit at 10:59 a.m. local time 195 miles off the batan islands in the philippines. the earthquake was also felt in taiwan where buildings swayed in the capital taipei. no injuries or damage were reported. the coast guard is keeping a close eye on oil leaking from that rig that exploded and sank off the gulf coast. it is leaking 42,000 gallons of oil a day, creating a huge slick which could threaten the waters from louisiana to florida. the coast guard says the oil is expected to stay 30 miles off the coast at least the next few days. crews are using robot submarines to activate valves at the wellhead in hopes of cutting off the leak. >> this is sweet crude. it's not as toxic as some of the other oils that we import. it's not a good thing. and if it does come onshore it
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will be an environmental catastrophe. >> 11 workers from the oil platform are missing and presumed dead. democrats are writing tough new language into a financial reform bill hoping it will gain bipartisan support. they need 60 votes in order to move forward. senate banking committee boss chris dodd and agriculture committee chair blanche lincoln are nearing agreement on a combined bill for derivative oversight. sources close to the negotiations have told abc news senator richard shelby, the top republican on the banking committee, indicated the two sides are close to an agreement. >> i think we're closer than we've ever been. will we get a bill by tomorrow? i doubt it. i would always hope so. >> the new provision would require most derivatives to go through a new network of clearinghouses and be traded on regulated exchanges. the first procedural vote is expected today. china's growing economic influence is giving it more financial clout. the world bank has increased china's voting power.
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now only the u.s. and japan rank higher. countries like brazil, india, indonesia, and vietnam will also have greater representation in the anti-poverty institution. meanwhile, a major u.s. business group says it sees signs of increasing protectionism in chinese industries. two state legislators say it's time to call out the national guard in chicago. so far this year, 113 people have been murdered in the windy city. the same number as the u.s. troops killed in iraq and afghanistan in the same period. seven of the homicides happened in one night last week. the lawmakers say it's not a lack of confidence in the police, they say they just need help. thousands of people gathered in west virginia yesterday to pay tribute to 29 coal miners killed in that explosion earlier this month. president obama promised their families that he would honor their sacrifice by improving safety in the mines. rachel martin has more. >> reporter: 29 crosses, 29 lights, commemorating 29 lives lost and remembered.
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♪ stand by me >> reporter: both the president and vice president traveled to beckley, west virginia, to pay tribute to the miners lost in the april 5th tragedy. in a community service full of memories and music. ♪ o say can you see >> all that hard work, all that hardship, all the time spent underground, it was all for the families. and so these miners lived as they died. in pursuit of the american dream. >> reporter: hundreds of people have come here looking for words of comfort from the president. mostly they have come to comfort each other and to share their own stories of loss. jean cook lost her nephew adam morgan in the mine and pays tribute to him in her own way. >> how old was he? >> 21. a baby. >> reporter: she's pleased the president has come but for her and many others, healing can't happen until they have answers. >> i don't think you can heal until the mine investigation stuff is over with or it's not constantly being brought up.
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you're not going to be able to heal until there's some closure in that. >> reporter: in his tribute to the miners the president called for action. >> to do what we must do, individually and collectively, to assure safe conditions underground. to treat our miners like they treat each other, like a family. >> reporter: a family wounded but not broken. ♪ this little light of mine >> reporter: rachel martin, abc news, beckley, west virginia. all right, and here is your monday forecast around the country. a wet day from the northeast to the midwest with the heaviest rain and flooding from maine to maryland. hail, gusty winds and isolated tornados still near orlando, tampa and miami. late-day snow in the central rockies and rain in the pacific northwest. >> not the prettiest of days today, is it. take a look at your monday highs. 60s in seattle and portland. 72 in albuquerque. a hot 92 in phoenix. low 60s from fargo to detroit. 50 in boston. 56 in new york. 69 in atlanta.
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miami will hit 85, and new orleans is 82. now to a tiny town in germany that's getting a flock of visitors thanks to very odd looking bird. >> take a look at that, it's a blue stork and it turned up this month. as you can imagine it is sticking out like a sore thumb among the ordinary black and white storks. no one knows how he got that unique blue color but there is speculation that he may have taken a bath in blue paint at a garage dump. despite the bizarre plumage he still managed to attract a lady friend. >> oh, that's nice. the town is cashing in on its newfound tourism. there's blue stork posters, postcards and even a blue stork dessert. >> i wonder though, are they going to tie it into the blue stork means there's going to be more boys born there? >> that's what i was thinking. maybe this is the stork that brings the boys and soon the pink stork will show up. the one that brings the girls. >> then those two get together, maybe. >> then who knows what might happen.
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welcome back, everyone. well, with much anticipation the hubble space telescope was launched 20 years ago this past weekend. >> since its launch, the high-powered telescope has sent scientists on earth images never imagined before. from abc news vault, coverage of the big launch on april 24th, 1990. >> from abc, this is "world news tonight" with peter jennings. >> this morning if you've been listening closely to the goings-on at cape canaveral, you could have heard the sigh of relief. tonight, finally, the space shuttle "discovery" is in orbit. in its cargo bay, waiting to be put into its own orbit, a telescope so powerful it can see a dime 25 miles away.
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an instrument bound to contribute to a reassessment of the universe. abc's mark deen was at the cape when "discovery" lifted off. >> hot stuff, look at that baby go! >> reporter: jim westphal waited 15 years for this moment. the astronomer from cal tech began developing one of the telescope's cameras that long ago. >> wow, look at it light up the clouds. >> reporter: forgotten this morning were all the frustrations. the more than seven years of budget problems and delays. >> look! >> reporter: the telescope, his baby, was on its way. >> look at that baby go. >> reporter: mission control didn't have to describe what was happening. jim westphal did it. >> boy, we're going to get an srv separation view that just won't quit. >> reporter: the "discovery" was heading to the highest altitude ever reached by a shuttle. and it's here, 381 miles up,
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where the telescope is to be placed in orbit tomorrow. so the celebration will continue. >> oh, yeah! hey, i get to launch something here, guys. >> reporter: westphal's family, neighbors and colleagues who had traveled here from california toasted the telescope. >> cheers! >> reporter: it's designed to spend 15 years in space, seeing the universe ten times more clearly than ground-based telescopes while seeking clues to how and when the universe was created. >> you see the stars and everybody's interested, everybody wonders what's it all about, where'd it come from. we're going to learn an awful lot about this. >> reporter: what did mrs. westphal learn from living with this starry-eyed man who worked on his magnificent obsession for 13 years? >> i really think, no comment. >> reporter: morton deen, abc news, kennedy space center, florida. >> the hubble of the hubble
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telescope is edwin hubble, an american astronomer who in the 1920s proved the universe is always expanding. dr. hubble died in 1953 but 15 members of the family were at the cape for the liftoff this morning. >> since it launched in 1990 it is 100 times more powerful. i want to show you some of the most recent images. these were taken in early february. they really are breathtaking. this is a small portion of what's known as the carina nebula, the largest seen starburst region in the galaxy. it looks like something out of "star wars," doesn't it? >> it's hard to believe this really exists out there. it's sent back great pictures over the years. it was supposed to what, only last until 2005? already gone five years past its life expectancy. expected to go another four or five years at least. >> it's done well. basically be right back with more news.
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welcome back. offering high fashion and low prices, retailer h&m has become a worldwide success so big shoppers often line up for new product launches. >> h&m management showed us how it quickly reacts to the trends and gives a rare look at its retail strategies. here's clarissa ward.
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>> reporter: it looks like pure chaos. shrieking, shoving, grabbing, clawing. but the scenes you're watching are not the aftermath of a natural disaster or a terrorist attack. no, this unbridled mayhem is occurring simultaneously at four different h&m clothing stores in four different cities one saturday morning. also the chance to pick up designer duds at democratic prices. as the swedish clothing giant unveils its latest designer collaboration with french fashion legend sonia rykiel. they may look similar but this sonia rykiel shirt goes for $724 at the boutique in paris. this one for $34 at h&m. this beret, $522 at the boutique. $17.95 at h&m. those are 96% mark-downs.
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enough to inspire animal instincts in any woman. >> it's like, you know, animals in the stall fighting for just a sweatshirt, a dress, a skirt. i think it's not normal. it's unbelievable. >> reporter: the designer collaboration is just one of the many ventures that has propelled h&m from hennes, a small clothing store built 63 years ago in a swedish town, to a fashion behemoth, the third-largest clothing retailer in the world with 74,000 employees and 2,000 stores in 37 different countries. the key ingredient to h&m's success has critics questioning whether it comes at the price of quality. are you ever concerned fast fashion can mean disposability? >> fast fashion, sometimes it's used in a negative tone. in that way, i don't agree. because we have low prices but we also have good quality. so the garments that we produce
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are long-lasting. >> reporter: the company, unlike other fast fashion chains, also says it makes a point to avoid copying designers directly. turning just about anywhere else for inspiration. >> the idea is not to copy the catwalk. you have to look at contemporary culture. it can be art, it can be movies, it can be television. >> reporter: or it can be books on snakes and viking warriors. but h&m is notoriously secretive about its designing process. >> this is also good for that '60s kind of look. >> reporter: our cameras are only allowed to film in a handful of rooms and access to the designers is limited. >> it was very fun, you know. to have a lot of the competitors, you don't show your connections, that's going to come in. already now we are working on spring-summer 2011. >> you've already decided what bikini we'll be wearing in 2011? >> yes. >> reporter: while the look may
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be glam, h&m is distinctly low-key. >> this is the t-shirt that we have with our collaborator. >> reporter: marguerite has been at the helm of the design team for more than 20 years. her un-assuming brand of laid-back swedish coil is a far cry from the haughty fashion doyens in new york and london. she even based the crowds on opening day. >> i shop like everyone else. >> reporter: this is a company that prides itself on being democratic. and perhaps that's the real key to the swedish clothing giant's success. for h&m, high fashion and mass retailer are not mutually exclusive concepts. and in this democracy of fashion, people vote with their wallets. >> whoo! >> reporter: i'm clarissa ward, stockholm, sweden. >> looks like a typical weekend shopping trip in new york. when we return, todd and i had very different tastes in
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for "insomniac theater" i was regrettably in the mood for a chick flick. >> sorry to hear that. i wanted to see something deep. really, really, deep. i saw the disney documentary "oceans." disney the parent company of abc news. i didn't see it because of disney. but anyway. pierce brosnan narrates this. even though there's not a story to follow you'll want to see it for its unbelievable pictures and fabulous audio. "oceans" takes moviegoers all around the world. shows you some creatures you've never seen before, i guarantee you. watching on a big screen, you feel like you're actually there with your tank on and your mask
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on watching it as it's being filmed. one scene is the mother seal kind of coaxing her baby into the water. check it out. >> here, the mother seal still coaxes her child into the water for the first time. parenting takes a lot of patience. >> aw! >> this touches on illegal fishing, overfishing, pollution, and brings up climate change as well but the messages don't beat you over the head which is nice. one thing, though. whenever you watch a nature documentary it's going to include one of two things. you can guarantee it. animals eating each other or animals having relations. i took my 3-year-old daughter and of course there were a couple of turtles that got together and she said, dad, he's giving him a ride, isn't he? and i said to my 3-year-old daughter, yes, honey, he is. >> no, say ask your mom.
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>> i give it 4 out of 5 kernels. very well shot. >> oh, wow. i really want to see that. especially after the flop i saw. you know, i thought that "gigli" would be the worst movie j. lo did. no, this in fact is. i went and saw "the backup plan." and "the backup plan," if you saw the promos it's obvious when the story is about. the woman's tired of dating the wrong types of men. she decides she's going to take her future into her own hands, get artificially inseminated. that day she meets a man who she thinks is mr. right. she said i'm going to hide the pregnancy from him basically as long as i can. >> you got a new dress for our date tonight? >> don't flatter yourself. >> i'll take that as a yes. >> i guess you'll never know. >> i guess not. except you left the price tag on. >> what? >> well, j. lo and her counterpart are both good. this movie is bad. 71% of the audience was women which makes sense because my husband fell asleep in the middle, said i can't take this anymore.
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test vote. will democrats get the bipartisan support needed to bring a controversial financial reform bill to the senate floor? >> we're closer than we've ever been. >> the major stumbling block. then, damage report. a string of tornados destroys lives along the gulf coast. and, in the driver's seat. nascar's youngest star hitting speeds up to 100 miles an hour. but is 14 too young? it's monday, april 26th. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> it really is a pretty cool story. 14 years old, 100 miles an hour, and she's not scared. >> i would be. >> i would be terrified. things i would never do again. >> good for her. >> good morning and thanks for being with us. i'm vinita nair. >> i'm todd connor.
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jeremy hubbard is off this morning. the sweeping overhaul of the nation's financial industry heads toward a crucial vote in the senate today. >> in public republicans have vowed to block the bill. but negotiations between the two sides are continuing behind closed doors. there's been some indication that an agreement is close. here's david kerley. >> reporter: they want new rules for wall street and democrats are tired of waiting. >> here we are 17 months after someone broke into our house, in effect, robbed us, and we still haven't changed the locks on the doors. we need to get it done. >> reporter: but if there is no breakthrough in negotiations republicans will try to block financial reform. >> mr. shelby -- >> reporter: from coming to the senate floor. >> i think we're closer than we've ever been. will we get a bill by tomorrow? i doubt it. i would always hope so. >> reporter: the president has been on the road demanding reform. >> we also need some rules of the road for wall street. so that reckless decisions made by a few don't take our economy over the side. >> reporter: among the rules the president wants, no more taxpayer bailouts of too big to fail banks.
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>> your shareholders are wiped out, your management is fired, you are broken up and sold. so what we do, we don't end too big to fail, what we end are bailouts. >> reporter: those complex derivatives which helped bring down the housing crisis would no longer be sold in private but in full view of public exchanges. >> what regulators are trying to do is move some of this stuff into the open air, into the light of day, onto exchanges where we can see what happens. >> reporter: most of the changes in the bill would give new power and information to the bank regulators. >> we are heavily, heavily relying on regulators to save us next time, even though they didn't do it last time. >> reporter: the biggest question for most americans, will all this prevent another melt-down from starting on wall street? >> i'm sure they are right now devising a product that's going to get us in trouble the next time. it's a game of cat and mouse. this reform will not prevent the next crisis. >> reporter: polls show the public wants financial reform. democrats believe that gives them the advantage, and republicans will be forced to compromise. the question, will that come on monday?
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or in the coming days? david kerley, abc news, capitol hill. there are more indications this morning that the nation's auto industry is bouncing back. there are reports this morning that ford will announce tomorrow it made nearly $1 billion in profits during the first quarter. that follows the announcement by gm last week that it had paid back its government loans earlier than expected. there was a major earthquake this morning off the coast of taiwan. the u.s. geological survey says the tremor, 195 miles off the batan islands in the philippines, measured 6.5 magnitude. buildings swayed but no reports of casualties or damage. there are often earthquakes in taiwan, most minor. the region sits on what's known as the pacific ring of fire where continental plates collide. it has been a weekend of violent weather across the south. three people were hurt yesterday after a possible tornado touched down in darlington, south carolina. witnesses said there was heavy damage. earlier, an outbreak of severe weather tore across seven states. two people were killed in
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alabama and at least ten in mississippi. chuck sivertsen reports. >> reporter: across mississippi sunday, shocked survivors picked through the debris one day after a massive tornado or series of tornados upended their lives. >> you could see pieces of the house flying away. >> reporter: as many as 54 tornados swept across the south saturday, hitting seven states. in mississippi, where ten people died, searchers spent sunday looking for possible victims in outlying areas. in yazoo city, some parts of the town were completely destroyed. homes, businesses, entire subdivisions. >> destroyed my home. just destroyed it. it destroyed my home, period. every home, new home that was up there is destroyed. >> reporter: mississippi governor halley barber grew up in the yazoo city area and keeps a home nearby. >> there are a number of businesses that have been destroyed. others that have been severely damaged. there are churches that have
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been been obliterated. >> reporter: there were reports of looting and national guard units restricted traffic in the disaster areas. but the emergency also brought out the best in many other people. chuck sivertsen, abc news. that oil rig explosion in the gulf of mexico could be a bigger environmental threat than first thought. it's leaking 42,000 gallons a day which could wash up from beaches from louisiana to florida. the oil slick is expected to stay offshore for another three days or so. crews are using robot submarines to try to activate valves at the wellhead and shut off that flow. the issue of american troops stationed in japan is coming to a head again. residents are rejecting a compromise negotiated by previous administrations in washington and tokyo. margaret conley joins us this morning from tokyo with details. marguerite? >> reporter: vinita and todd, the projects are aimed at plans to relocate a u.s. marine base in okinawa. an issue that strikes a
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sensitive chord and dominates headlines in japan. tens of thousands of protesters in okinawa demanded a u.s. air base that's been on the island since the end of world war ii be moved. the relocation of the base is not only a problem for okinawa, the governor says. all japan depends on this base being located to the best place. protesting residents have long complained about noise and pollution from the base. supporters want the base to stay for the jobs it has created, and security. in 2006 the u.s. and japan did come to agreement, to move 8,000 marines to guam and the base to a less-developed part of okinawa. president obama stood by that agreement in november in tokyo. >> we've agreed to move expeditiously through a joint working group to implement the agreement that our two governments reached on restructuring u.s. forces in okinawa. >> reporter: japanese prime minister hatoyama opposes the plan, and since taking office last year, has pledged to move
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the base off okinawa, for the residents, and to protect the island's coast. he stands by his claim to find a solution by the end of may. for my job, he says, one of the biggest problems is futenma. i'm using all of the effort in my life to solve this problem. the prime minister has gone so far as to put his own job on the line and to find a solution. as pressure builds and the deadline looms, talks with the u.s. and japan continue here in tokyo. vinita, todd? >> thank you very much. president obama is promising that a fitting memorial to the 29 miners killed in an explosion earlier this month would be to improve mine safety. thousands of people attended a memorial service about 35 miles from the upper big branch mine. the president read the names of all 29 men and paid tribute to their hard work and courage. the cause of the explosion is still under investigation. and now here is a look at your monday forecast. heavy rain in the northeast from boston to new york and washington.
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showers into the ohio valley stretching as far west as missouri and minnesota. severe weather in south florida. widely scattered showers in texas with snow in the rockies and rain in the pacific northwest. >> 70s in sacramento and boise. 66 in salt lake city. 54 the high in omaha. 61 in chicago. 63 in the twin cities. a wet 70 in baltimore. 69 down in atlanta. so, it looks like the wolf is not the only one running around in sheep's clothing. >> clever. a zoo in england just welcomed three rare sheep pigs to its fold. they look like a pig except for the sheep-like wool covering their body. the curly haired hog is a native of hungary and austria. it's all swine and not related to the sheep at all. >> what an odd-looking animal. the sheep pigs were quite popular a century ago, but now they're endangered. the british zoo is hoping to breed more of them. very interesting. >> someone called them pigs in a blanket which i thought was very
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that deals with derivatives, one that deals with consumer protection, and one that deals with this orderly liquidation. if we can get that template agreed to in a bipartisan way, then we can debate some of the amendments that chair brown wants to bring forth, some of the amendments i want to bring forth. i think it's very, very important that we reach that bipartisan agreement first. because in the senate, as you know, it takes 60 votes to change anything. >> if there is no bipartisan agreement, republicans will block the motion to proceed to debating this bill? >> i think that's very likely. >> all we're asking tomorrow night is 60 votes. we need a republican or two or three to simply say, let's move forward and debate. then bob corker and i and others can offer any kinds of amendments we want. i hope that they will not en masse as a party -- put it this way, i wish there were more bob corkers in the senate republican caucus. he's been very open with
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negotiations, and then senator shelby and senator -- minority leader mcconnell pulled him back, i think on behalf of wall street lobbyists. >> "face the nation" with cbs news chief washington correspondent bob schieffer. >> dr. summers, thank you for coming. let me start with a basic question. this financial reform bill that's going to be before the congress, extremely complicated. but it also has far-reaching implications. let me just ask you this question. if it had been in place in 2007, would it have prevented the financial crisis that we went through in 2008? >> i think so. there wouldn't have been unregulated subprime mortgages that predated on people and set off a housing bubble. there would have been a procedure for resolving institutions like lehman brothers that got in trouble without big taxpayer bailouts. there wouldn't have been the nontransparent derivatives that we saw at aig that led to the need of more than $100 billion of bailout.
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there would have been much less borrowing and leverage that created the house of cards that led to the financial system. >> some of that deregulation came during the clinton administration when you were part of the clinton team that deregulated a lot of these things. >> you can debate things that went on in the 1990s. i don't believe that the decisions made in the 1990s went to the issues that were important in this crisis, unlike a number of decisions that were made in the post-2000 period. >> this is "meet the press" with david gregory. >> this is high noon for financial reform. senator dodd, the big question is, do you have a deal? >> well, richard and i spent a lot of time together the last year. and working on this bill. and we're getting there. we're close. we have some more work to do. here we are 17 months after someone broke into our house, in effect, robbed us, and we still haven't even changed the locks on the doors and we need to get it done. >> senator shelby, i mention this is high noon. so, is there something
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republicans can vote for here? >> not yet. but we're getting there. like senator dodd said, we're working closely together. i think we're conceptually very, very close. this is a very complicated piece of legislation, over 1,300 pages as the dodd bill now stands. but what we're trying to do is improve two or three things in it. it's very tedious. we're going to continue to work today. as senator dodd said. i think we're closer than we've ever been. will we get a bill by tomorrow? i doubt it. i would always hope so because there's so much involved. but i think we will get a bill. >> so now all eyes are on senate majority leader harry reid because he wants to secure a key procedural vote which apparently is the first major step toward putting together a financial reform deal. everybody's looking to him. >> it's interesting now as well, we're hearing car dealerships finally starting to turn a profit. these big companies. they're saying, we don't want to
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"skinny" time on monday. we start with betty white who's really sort of a darling right now. >> i love betty white. >> everybody loves betty white. of course, there were so many people who said, get her on "nsl." and take a look at the promo because she's going to be on there. >> thanks to the internet i'm
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hosting "saturday night live." but don't believe everything you hear on the web. do you know they call me a cougar? they say i'm dating a young hottie. not true. i married him. >> she's so funny. of course, what reminded everyone about what a great comic she was was this snickers ad during the super bowl. and since then it's sort of been a roller coaster for her. she'll be hosting soon on "snl." >> who knows what after that. bret michaels, he stars right now in "celebrity apprentice" and hosted his own reality dating show. he apparently is still in the icu of a hospital after suffering that brain hemorrhage. an update was posted on his website bretmichaels.com. at this point bret remains in critical condition. he is under 24-hour doctors' care and supervision. they're hoping further tests will locate the source of the bleeding. they still can't find it which is pretty critical. and they're hoping that once that's all completed, it will clear up his slurred speech, blurred vision and dizziness and he'll be back to the old bret
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michaels that everyone loves. it's kind of hard to see especially when he's on "celebrity apprentice" right now as well. >> the funny thing is when i thought of bret michaels. because when this story broke on friday, i thought, okay, did his diabetes have any role in this? you always hear him talk about the struggle. they're saying right now neither the diabetes nor an appendectomy he recently had were likely the cause of the brain hemorrhage. they say more than likely the risk factor for triggering this rupture is smoking. >> it can happen out of nowhere as well. so you don't oftentimes have any warning. >> thoughts and prayers are with him right now. he's thanking fans on twitter and facebook saying thank you for all the support and encouragement. it's such a scary situation. >> it really is. >> let's talk about rihanna now, who it was in france, she was performing, and you know she's always -- "please don't stop the music." she didn't stop the music for a minute when she fell. take a look at this. ♪ >> you saw it right there, you're going to see it in slow motion. she slipped, they say she didn't miss a beat. she was performing her 2005 song
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"let me dance" in france. they say she was back onstage in frankfurt, germany, friday right after this. even though it was kind of a scary slip for her she didn't -- >> whoa. >> if that was me i'd be there crying on the floor. >> she's tough. she's young, she's tough, she can handle it. >> very tough. >> she's had some tough things to overcome in the past. speaking of tough women. snooki. >> oh, yikes. >> got into another bar fight, this time it wasn't her the one being punched. she did the punching, apparently. they were filming the second season of "jersey shore" in a nightclub during the daytime. this is a friend of a guy who apparently tried to hit on her. she doesn't like what the guy said, threw food at him, then watch this. slaps him, slaps him again, then the drink starts coming. this guy throws a drink at her, she throws a drink back at him. poor snooki is just getting it from everybody these days. but she knows how to throw a punch. >> i'm so shocked these jersey kids seem like they'd never
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throw a punch, i can't believe one of them actually resorted to violence. >> amazing the miami clubs didn't want them, i'm surprised.
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here are some stories to watch today on abc news. the commerce department's latest report on home vacancies and property ownership is due out today. it will help gauge the status of the real estate market for the first few months of the year. homeland security secretary janet napolitano speaks to airline executives today in washington. she's expected to address airline security worldwide. and, president obama has special guests at the white house today. the new york yankees. they'll commemorate last year's world series win. finally this half hour, the newest nascar driver made history over the weekend because at 14 years old she's the youngest competitor ever. >> she drives a pink race car and got her parents' blessing to compete. here's stephanie sy. >> reporter: with her favorite superhero strapped firmly to the
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roll cage, nascar's youngest driver gears up for practice where she'll reach speeds up to 100 miles per hour, racing against men more than twice her age, including her own father. never mind that 14-year-old katie bryce needs a lift to get to the race track or to the mall, for that matter. she has nascar's permission to race on its sponsored tracks. >> when i get out there, doesn't matter how old you are, what gender you are, you never know. >> reporter: this year nascar lowered its minimum age for obtaining a license, from 16 to 14, in an effort to compete with other leagues that allow drivers as young as 12 to race. even nascar officials acknowledge that there are inherent dangers to racing. but they say safety comes from experience. katie's dad got into a bad crash a year ago. what's your biggest fear when you'll go out there? >> that i'll end up in the wall exactly like my dad. >> nerve-racking.
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>> of course i'll ask, am i doing the right thing? but again, to know her, to know the passion. kids have all kinds of dreams. this is hers. >> reporter: the passion comes from her dad, who builds the cars. >> she's daddy's girl, she's in a race car, she's got daddy's number. she's all daddy. >> reporter: she even wears daddy's old racing suit. accessorized with pink socks, of course. >> if i don't benefit i'm still making history because i did one lap. that's all i really need is one lap, then i'm good. >> reporter: stephanie sy, abc news, stafford, connecticut. >> while mom is very supportive, she said it has been terrifying. she said one of the hardest things to watch is when someone who's going much faster than her daughter is whizzing by the car. she freaks out every time. even though she backs her she says it makes her catch her breath. >> number 13. couldn't she have picked another number that's maybe lucky?
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