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found dead, traces of corexit in their system years later. in fact, epa testing released indicates where dispersants had been used, 25% of all overisms living at 500 feet below the surface died. >> i don't think that they have been honest with the american people. i don't think that they are operating in a way that is in the best interests of our country. >> reporter: with untold millions of gallons of oil swirling into the gulf, the fallout could be monumental. matt gutman, abc news, venice, louisiana. rock band front man and reality tv star bret michaels is back in the hospital. he suffered some numbness yesterday and doctors say he experienced what's called a warning stroke. michaels also has a hole in his heart. his condition is said to be unrelated to the brain hemorrhage he suffered last month. michaels' website said he's walking and talking and ready to rock again. google has unveiled plans to
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mid-80s along much of the east coast. and the first 100-degree reading of the season for phoenix. all right, time for a strange love story that's sure to get you right in the gut. >> the scene is a wildlife preserve in myrtle beach, south carolina. home of seria, the orangutan, a playful pry mat who's taking a special liking to a stray hound dog roscoe. >> i've heard about these guys. the unlikely pair got together during a walk in the woods. since then they've become inseparable, they monkey around. >> who's the man in that relationship? >> hm. >> i think it's the orangutan. >> i think you're right. we'll be right back with more "world news now." how cute is that.
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arrest for the first time. martha raddatz reports on the big visit and its timing. >> reporter: clutching flowers and shrouded in the headcover required in iran, these three mothers who had pleaded for nearly ten months to see their children were at last able to hold them, and they clearly did not want to let go. laura fattal with her son josh. cindy hickey, mother of shane bauer. and nora shourd, whose daughter sarah spends 23 hours a day in solitary confinement. and who, like the others, was seen and heard in public for the first time since being detained. >> shane and josh are in the room together but i'm alone. and that's the most difficult thing for me. but i see them twice a day. >> been really great. helped the prison experience a lot. >> decent relationships with the guards. it's been civil.
>> it's terrible to be away from our families this long. >> reporter: the reunion at a tehran hotel lasted more than 90 minutes. with the mothers expressing thanks to the iranian government. >> we know our children need to come home and we want them to come home, and so this humanitarian gesture, we are grateful for. >> reporter: this visit comes just days after the u.n. drafted a new resolution with sanctions against iran. but the iranian government has not given any indications they will be releasing the americans any time soon. even though none of them has even officially been charged with spying. martha raddatz, abc news, washington. >> sarah shourd has it the hardest really. the other two guys have each other. she is virtually in solitary confinement, except for an hour a day when she gets to see her friends. >> right. >> and she's suffering depression and they're thinking of a hunger strike. >> very limited interaction. awful for them. when we return, a huge money-making franchise returns
he's back, shrek, back for the fourth and final installment of the animated music series "shrek forever after." >> spoke with shrek himself, mike myers, about the ogre's legacy. >> mike myers, welcome to the show, it's great to have you here. i've got to say, you killed shrek. what did you do that for? he doesn't die but he's dead, there's no more shreks. this "shrek forever after" is it. >> i thought it was a great idea. you know, the interesting thing about a series of films is that the main character has the same hole in the heart but a
different rite of passage. so this is about an ogre who doesn't love himself. and that's his hole in his heart. he doesn't love himself enough that he thinks he can be in love. in the second one he doesn't feel that he can be married. the third one he doesn't feel he can be a father. the fourth and final one, he doesn't feel that ogres deserve a happily ever after. and so by going to the idiom, going to the art form of fairy tale and wrapping it up with happily ever after i think is a mythmaker's master stroke. on their part. and i support it. i thought it was a great idea. it is jermaigermane and organice art form. >> shrek is basically, as you describe him through this, sad. he's sad. he lives with a kind of sadness. >> i think he as sad character.
i'm going to say that i think -- i think it is not easy being green. and i think that's -- you know, one of the great things that the filmmakers did was they inverted what is traditionally a villain and made them a hero, traditionally a hero and made them a villain. so the sort of exploration of -- it's what my mom used to always say, that theville an villvilv the hero of their own story. it's kind of how in the austin powers movies i see dr. evil. in his world he's the hero. he has perfectly good reasons -- >> he's in many of our worlds. >> well, yeah. it's just who we are. >> very good. so it is sad. it is a sad thing to not accept yourself. i think it is sad. >> sometimes i wish i had just one day to feel like a real ogre
again. >> why didn't you say so? just sign, all your problems will disappear. >> oh-oh. >> this must be one of those alternate realities! >> and in "shrek forever after" which sometimes gets called "shrek the final chapter," sometimes gets called -- >> "shrek electric boogaloo" i like as well. >> i really like that so i don't get sad. >> this time it's personal with the slug on it, yeah. >> it's not only the sadness on here. he doesn't exist. he goes back into nonexistence. doing something like jimmy stewart in "it's a wonderful life." >> well, traditionally the character has to lose himself to find himself. >> doesn't he. whoa. now i want to cry. >> i know. >> and not make an analogy. >> yeah. >> wow.
>> the hobgoblin of the half-bright i think. >> what i want to know, though, when is you do a thing like this and you're doing these voices, do you get to do your vocals with eddie murphy, with cameron diaz, with antonio? do you even know these people? >> i barely know them. i really don't. i -- what happens -- i love the world. it's a very, very yummy, immaculate universe. and i love being in it. and it's so funny. i'm the only -- like between antonio banderas and cameron diaz and eddie murphy and myself, i'm the only one who doesn't sound like their character. when we all hang out and stuff, i get a little star-struck. antonio ban der has is over there! it's kind of fun. >> i'm surprised they don't force you to talk, then, as shrek. >> i'm surprised too. and i'm glad that the series is
over and they haven't actually done that for me. >> what about the people when they come up to you on the street in new york. what do you still get? do you get "party on, wayne"? >> i get everything. >> every single one? i could sit here -- a million dollars? not? i could do all that and they still do all that? >> they do. it's very gratifying. it's a very odd thing. i always wanted to do this as a kid. i never thought necessarily that anything i would do would do anything or be anything, you know what i mean? it's gone way better than one would ever hope. >> think about it. wayne, dr. evil -- >> dr. evil. he is just so many great characters. >> austin powers. shrek. the guy gets bothered all imtoo. >> must be a really good actor, mike myers. >> i'm sure they're upset the series is going away, cash cow. >> the third film was the highest-grossing cartoon ever in its first week. >> and this one will probably rival that.
"world news now" delivers your "morning papers." >> i can bet that most papers are going to have this story this morning. the story of the mouse who upstaged the president. as president obama was giving a speech in the rose garden yesterday, look at him, there he is. is it a mouse? is it a vole? is it a rat? >> look at, that that's hilarious. >> that's the video of the day. >> kristin redhorse, get in here. kristin redhorse, our beloved d.a., is leaving the show, i think we have a cake for her and everything. >> i'm going to be a production associate at news one, our affiliate service. >> she's going to stay at abc. i think she was a big hit on ""insomniac theater"" a couple of weeks ago, i'm surprised you didn't have an agent after that. >> i started with news one, it's a great group of people, you'll
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senate's financial reform plan sent stocks into a tailspin. volatile market. wall street's huge plunge. how unemployment and the senate's financial reform plan sent stocks into a tailspin. then, victims' outrage. countless rape cases left unsolved by investigators. the infuriating reason why. and, celebrity children. why young kids of stars are so often in the spotlight. >> our readers are obsessed by the celebrity baby world. >> it's friday, may 21st. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> all right, i'm going to put you on the spot, stephanie. who's in for vinita. have you ever bought those celebrity, like "us weekly," do you buy those? guilty pleasure, you're going on vacation, you pick them up? >> i do, when i fly. >> it's huge business, and you're the demo. they're looking for women your age who love to read that stuff.
>> yeah, that's a good story. i've seen it. you guys have to stay tuned for that, that's a good one. >> the a-listers who don't even know their abcs. pretty scary. we'll talk about it this half hour. good morning, i'm jeremy hubbard. >> i am stephanie sy in for vinita nair this morning. a historic overhaul of financial regulation is now certain to become law. late last night it cleared the senate. >> but that is rattling wall street with a dramatic loss yesterday. and this morning's losses overseas. john hendren's in washington. good morning, john. >> reporter: good morning, jeremy and stephanie. we'll know within hours whether wall street rallies or extends yesterday's massive declines. either way, analysts say, we can expect more big swings to come. it was the worst day for the dow since the market rally began last march. the blue chip index fell more than 376 points, its biggest drop since february 2009. >> we're technically 10% below the most recent high. that means the stock market is in a correction phase. >> reporter: that puts the dow back in the red for 2010. why?
>> when it comes to today's market drop, there is one word to answer the question why. and that is uncertainty. >> reporter: uncertainty over europe's effort to pass greek debt relief, and here in the u.s., uncertainty about the economic recovery after an unexpected rise in new jobless claims. then there's wall street's concern over president obama's financial reform crackdown which broke a logjam on capitol hill, overcoming republican filibuster efforts. >> the financial industry has repeatedly tried to end this reform with hordes of lobbyists and millions of dollars in ads. when they couldn't kill it, they tried to water it down with special interest loopholes. i think it's fair to say these efforts have failed. >> reporter: all the uncertainty has led to a massive surge in volatility on wall street and analysts say there's more to come. >> and that means more and more days on a consistent basis where you have three-digit swings up and three-digit swings down. >> reporter: those swings already have many trading in stocks for safer investments.
wall street might not like financial reform but main street does. by a two to one margin, in the latest abc news/"washington post" poll, americans favor stricter regulations on financial institutions. jeremy and stephanie? >> thank you, john. that new financial reform proposal passed by the senate aims to prevent another market melt-down. two democrats voted no because it wasn't tough enough. while four republicans crossed over and voted yes. the bill calls for regulators to liquidate troubled financial institutions. it would create a bureau of consumer protection to oversee credit cards and mortgages. and it would establish regulations for hedge funds, derivatives and other complex financial products. but some say that it goes too far. >> i want you to just understand how wide-ranging this bill is. this is going to get into everybody's pockets. and i'm not talking about businesses. i'm talking about individuals. >> but there is likely no going back. although the senate and house
must reconcile their versions, the president is expected to sign the final bill into law by the fourth of july. the man charged with overseeing the nation's 16 intelligence agencies has handed in his resignation. national intelligence director dennis blair's last day is a week from today. he was forced out due to white house pressure following several high-profile intelligence failures. those include the christmas day airline bombing attempt in detroit and the failed times square bomb plot. the kentucky senate candidate backed by the tea party faces a new challenge. explaining his stand on civil rights. rand paul won the republican senate primary on super tuesday. now he's on a national stage. he appeared this week on "the rachel maddow show" on msnbc where he was asked a pointed question. >> do you think a private business -- >> i'm not in -- i'm not in favor of any discrimination of any form. what about freedom of speech? should we limit speech from people we find abhorrent?
should we limit racists from speaking? >> rand issued a statement saying, i believe we should work to end all racism in american society, and staunchly defend inherent rights of every person. and we will hear more from paul coming up later this morning. he's a guest today on "good morning america." the next step in trying to stop the oil flow in the gulf could come as early as sunday. bp will attempt to clog a ruptured pipe, a move that's never been attempted under water. and there's new evidence that more oil is polluting the water than first thought. matt gutman reports. >> reporter: a month into the spill, rig owner bp complied with congressional demands to post live footage of the ruptured well. these videos stand as a scalding, blistering indictment of bp's inattention to the scope and size of the greatest environmental catastrophe in the history of the united states. >> reporter: bp now admits
they're siphoning off 5,000 barrels a day. but that's the amount bp previously said was gushing from the well. it's apparent the leak is far worse than was being estimated. >> now we're putting the range up near 40,000 to 100,000 barrels a day. >> reporter: as if that weren't enough, the epa has ordered bp to stop using a chemical dispersant which the epa is highly toxic. >> any living organism that contacts the stuff, particularly the mixture of dispersant and oil, has a significant risk of acute mortality, that's dying quickly. >> reporter: bp says they use the chemical corexit because it was the only one in large enough supply. epa analysis shows in areas where corexit was used, 25% of all living organisms 500 feet below the surface died. the unfortunate fact is that there is almost no way to clean up that dispersant once it's in the water. scientists told me that dispersant is only one molecule away from antifreeze.
they say mother nature does a much better job of cleaning up than we do of picking up, but that could take years. matt gutman, abc news, venice, louisiana. here now is a look at your weather. wintry storms in the pacific northwest with plenty of rain and some snow in the cascades. severe hail and windy over eastern colorado into the texas panhandle. rainy from tennessee south to the gulf. warm and dry from southern california east through texas. >> unusually chilly in the northwest today with highs in the 50s. 80s along much of the east coast. phoenix hits triple digits for the first time this season. the first of many times this season i have a feeling. >> yes. investors reeling from the stock market plunge may want to check their pocket change for a possible windfall. >> what may be america's oldest silver dollar just changed hands for nearly $8 million. look at that. it's the highest price ever paid for a single coin. it's a mint condition 1794 liberty dollar sold by a private
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ovarian cancer in its earliest stages. they say this does need more study. currently 80% of ovarian cancer cases are found at an advanced stage. ever since rape kits were introduced to investigate sex crimes they've been very helpful for police looking for suspects. >> on capitol hill a shocking revelation was revealed. hundreds of thousands of rape kits are being ignored by authorities. here's sharyn alfonsi. >> reporter: it was supposed to be a celebration. the night of her 21st birthday, valerie newman was raped. in the hours that followed she agreed to allow technicians to collect evidence for a so-called rape kit. >> she asked me to take off all my clothes, she does a physical exam, looking all over. taking more pictures, swabbing, pulling more hairs. it's humiliating, it's embarrassing. >> reporter: an intrusive, 6-hour-long process newman hoped might help police find her attacker. >> it's been three years, five months, four days since i was raped. >> reporter: and that kit was put aside, never processed.
in cities across the country, an estimated 500,000 rape kits sit on police department shelves, never opened, never tested. some have been there for years. evidence that could identify an attacker or exonerate a suspect, simply set aside. in detroit alone, we found 12,000 old rape kits discovered sitting on shelves, unopened and untested, in a now-closed detroit crime lab. >> this was quite devastating. because no prosecutor wants to hear that we have 12,000-plus victims out there whose rape kits are just now sitting on a shelf. this is not a backlog, this is worse than a backlog. a backlog presumes you're working on it. >> reporter: some cases may be too old to prosecute under the statute of limitations. adding to victims' frustrations -- >> is it true that some women have to pay for the rape kits now? >> yeah. >> reporter: in some kits women are bills thousands to have the evidence of rape kit collected.
>> i've never heard for you having to pay for fingerprints or testing at a crime scene, but you might have to pay for a rape kit when your body is the crime scene. >> reporter: valerie newman says if she was raped again she would not go through the process of having evidence collected. it took six hours. it is 15 steps. there are 500,000 rape kits just sitting in police stations, unprocessed, across america. sharyn alfonsi, abc news, new york. >> valerie newman was one of the people that testified before congress on this really important, shocking issue. as well as the "law and order" actress marisa hargitay, who in her show deals with sexual assault in her character. she's become sort of an advocate for victims of domestic violence. >> sort of a case of art imitating life, i guess. you talk about enough on tv, you've sort of become an authority on it. >> too many times. >> how disturbing though, the idea that some of these cases -- valerie newman's case, three years, five months, four days, never processed the rape kit. >> that's how vivid she
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these days we see so many photos of celebrities in the tabloids. along with fame and fortune comes paparazzi. >> it seems the stars themselves aren't good enough anymore. i discovered celebrity babies now get the big payday. >> reporter: they are a-listers before they even learn their abcs. celebrity toddlers caught in a high-dollar tug of war. on one end of the rope, hungry fans and rabid tabloid photographers. >> you can turn your video camera off. i'm going to talk to you about the fact that you're at a school where children go. >> reporter: on the other, privacy stars parents. a battle played out on sidewalks and courtrooms. just last month, jude law won damages against a uk tabloid that published pictures of his vacationing children. we are transfixed by children and captivated by fame. combine the two and it is a pop
culture perfect storm. fan sites are devoted to suri cruise, who is 4 years old. fashion blogs dissect everything from her handbags to her heels. >> she's one of the most -- the hottest baby that you could ever possibly take pictures of. >> that sounds so crazy to say the hottest baby. >> she's a phenomenal baby. she's very cute. >> reporter: cute, famous kids mean cash for paparazzo henry flores. >> christina aguilera with max, she took him shopping at barney's new york. >> reporter: he now spends chunks of his day in pursuit of the rug rats of the rich and famous. >> it's hard to sell a photograph of sharon stone by herself. >> it's actually a new thing that's been happening. back in the days of al pacino, robert de niro, you have really good celebrities like that, you can't even sell them anymore. therefore they have to be a new interest that arises. celebrity babies are it. >> reporter: each good, candid shot, especially the ones with those celebrity kids making a
funny face or acting goofy, can fetch a few hundred to a couple thousand dollars. >> babies are a huge business. our readers are obsessed by the celebrity baby world. i have been in the business a long time. i can't remember the interest being as intense, you know, 14 years ago, as it has been in recent years. >> reporter: melanie bromley from "us weekly" won't give exact numbers. but she says when celebrity kids get cover stories, like this issue a couple of weeks ago with "grey's anatomy" star eric danes' new baby, the sales noticeably spike. >> seeing celebrities, seeing them go through this journey, motherhood, parenthood, they're able to relate to them and connect to them. >> reporter: it is that connection, perhaps, that had nearly 3 million copies of "people" magazine flying off the shelves last month, when the magazine scored the biggest baby coup of all, unveiling sandra bullock's new adopted child to the world. it nearly sold as many copies as "people's" biggest baby exclusive ever, brad and angelina's twins.
>> the reality is that even before they even get to kindergarten these kids are public figures. >> the children have become public figures. when a celebrity, for example, sells pictures of their child to a magazine, that's kind of the door which opens. >> they're the ones that in effect put the price on their child's head. >> you were about to say bounty. >> yeah. >> that's what it is? >> in some instances that's very much what it is. here we go, russell crowe. >> reporter: while most celebrity parents are irate at the mere presence of these photographers, these guys say a surprising number truly do invite the attention. they ever call you and say, i've got the kids and we're going to the park? >> i would have to say -- that's a tough one. because, you know -- obviously you don't want to cross, you know -- >> i'll take that as a yes. >> we have people that have their interests in mind that would call us. >> reporter: it's getting the
perfect shot of that baby that is the source of so much friction. >> the celebrities too. to some extent like we said, rightfully so. there's going to be a degree of privacy for celebrity children because they're children. the children aren't the public, the celebrity is. >> reporter: stricter laws did go into effect this year in california but they are generally regarded as toothily by the paparazzi. for now in the celebrity baby business, it is business as usual. >> what would be the ideal celebrity parent cover photo for you? >> oh, gosh. i think if jennifer aniston probably had a baby, that would probably be the perfect cover. >> reporter: and if those rumors that are all over the tabloids someday come true, giles just hopes he's the one who gets the first shot. you know, back to suri cruise, she's gotten so big one of the paparazzi said if there was a situation where she was with her parents and her parents went one way and suri the other, they'd follow suri instead. instead.
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finally this half hour, another pr problem for facebook and its privacy policies. >> users are complaining about the website's default settings which can allow just about anyone to see private information. now the government is stepping in. diana alvear has more. >> reporter: type the words "how do i" on google and it's the third most popular search. the result of thousands of people trying to delete their facebook accounts. >> if more people really understood thoroughly how their information was being exploited they would be outraged. >> reporter: they're outraged over facebook's new privacy default settings that allow third parties to view members' information. the only way to keep outside
companies from doing so is for the user to manually change the settings, a move that has even the european union and u.s. congress criticizing the changes. >> now, i wouldn't read the what you have to do to opt out, but we really only have so much time. >> reporter: some technology experts say blame the bottom line. >> the only way that it can make a lot of money in future is by data mining. that is, by selling things it learns about the private lives of 500 million people in its system. >> reporter: the larger question is whether anyone who uses the internet can ever have an expectation of privacy. >> if you're translating something into ones and zeros and putting it on the internet, know that it's probably going to get out there in some way at some point. >> reporter: in fact, facebook ceo mark zuckerberg recently said that was the very basis of his site's success. >> and people have really gotten comfortable not only sharing more information and different kinds but more openly with more people. that social norm is something
that's evolved over time. >> reporter: when specifically asked about the controversy, facebook issued a statement saying, of course we're working on responding to these concerns. but we don't have anything to announce at this time. >> once you give your trust, the the trust of your user, you're done. >> reporter: facebook's working hard to avoid that fate. it's a fate now in the hands of its users. diana alvear, abc news, chicago. >> really at the root of all this is money. mark zuckerberg, the guy who founded facebook, very wealthy, talented young man. one of his criticisms by folks who like money is he hasn't found a way to make a lot of money on facebook. not exploit it -- >> right, so he needs to exploit people's personal data so he can sell advertising. >> right. we put so much personal stuff on there. >> like wedding photos. then all of a sudden you have a bunch of advertisements on your page for wedding photographers. >> i guess just get off facebook if you don't like it, which plenty of people are doing it
sweeping reform. the senate reacts to anger directed at wall street. the financial reform bill that just passed and its likely impact. then, missing masterpieces. the huge heist at a paris art museum, and how thieves got away with priceless paintings. and, medical mysteries unlocked. >> i think this is the creation of life. >> the promise and peril in a remarkable scientific advance. it's friday, may 21st. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> we're just talking about the fact that it is friday and we're both delighted about that. not that we don't love being here with all of you in the middle of the night. >> we do, we do love being here with you in the middle of the night. >> we really enjoy it. >> good morning, i'm stephanie sy sitting in for vinita nair.
>> i'm jeremy hubbard. historic reform of the financial industry has cleared the senate and it is expected to become law. >> the legislation allows regulators to liquidate troubled financial institutions. it would create a bureau to oversee credit cards and mortgages. for the first time there would be regulation of complex financial offerings including hedge funds and derivatives. here's vic ratner. >> reporter: it's one of the president's top priorities. the most sweeping overhaul of the rules for wall street since the 1930s. passed by the senate on a nearly party line vote. >> on this vote, the yeas are 59 and the nays are 39. >> reporter: 55 democrats and four republicans voted for the measure that president obama called historic. >> because of wall street reform, we'll soon have in place the strongest consumer protections in history. >> reporter: democrats say the bill includes important new consumer protections against financial scams. and procedures to avoid another
wall street melt-down. republican critics say the democrats' bill goes too far. >> the dad gum government's going to be in everybody's pocket with this bill. >> reporter: once differences with a similar house bill are ironed out, sponsors say the legislation could be on the president's desk by july 4th. vic ratner, abc news, at the capitol. new laws for financial reform mean change is coming to wall street and that's leading to a sell-off. dow fell 376 points to 10,068. and that is the biggest drop in more than a year. the market has lost more than 10% of its value in less than a month. as business editor dan arnall tells us, some investors are beginning to wonder if the economic recovery is real. >> this concerns about the consistency of jobs growth. there's worries about the expiration of this home buyer tax credit in the next month and a half. there's real concerns about kind of the viability of the financial reform package going through congress now.
lots of question marks, not lots of answers. >> as you may have guessed, those same influences sent the asian markets spiraling this morning. most lost between 1% and 2.5%. japan's nikkei exchange hit a five-month low. investors are fleeing the stock markets, fearing more losses. national intelligence director dennis blair resigns a week from today, and already several candidates have been interviewed to replace him. jake tapper tells us how blair's relationship with the obama administration soured. >> reporter: abc news was first to report president obama has ousted his director of national intelligence, retired admiral dennis blair. the director of national intelligence is in charge of coordinating and supervising all 16 intelligence agencies. president obama has long had issues with the way blair presented intelligence to him. not, one official said, in as coherent and timely a manner as he wanted, as the national security staff wanted. >> the overall counterterrorism system did not do its job.
it's in large part my responsibility. i told the president that i and the other leaders of the intelligence community are determined to do better in the future. >> reporter: in addition, there have been a number of intelligence-sharing incidents in the last year under blair's watch. there was the ft. hood shooting, abdulmutallab who tried to bomb that plane on christmas day, and faisal shahzad, the failed times square bomber, was able to get on that airplane even he was on the no-fly list. those are sharing intelligence issues on his watch. interestingly, earlier this week president obama sought blair's resignation but blair pushed back, saying he was hoping to convince the president to change his mind. that did not happen. on thursday afternoon, president obama called admiral blair and the resignation should come as soon as friday. jake tapper, abc news, the white house. supreme court nominee elena kagan meets with three democratic senators on capitol hill today. pennsylvania's bob casey, montana's max baucus, and virginia's mark warner. kagan is making courtesy calls in advance of her confirmation
hearing, which is now set for june 28th. meanwhile, the national archives is rushing to clear over 160,000 pages of documents from her work in the clinton white house. now to the new chemical concerns in the gulf. they involve the dispersant that bp has been using to break up oil slicks. the epa says it's too dangerous to use and must be discontinued. 700,000 gallons of it have been used so far. bp says it's used the chemical because it's been the only kind that's been available in large supplies. >> any living organism that contacts this stuff, particularly the mixture of dispersant and oil, has a significant risk of acute mortality, that's dying quickly. or sublethal chronic injury that might take weeks if not months if not years to manifest. >> i don't think that they have been honest with the american people. i don't think that they are operating in a way that is in the best interests of our country.
>> bp has bowed to congressional pressure and set up a live video feed of the spewing oil pipe you see there. the company claimed it's siphoning 5,000 barrels daily out of the gulf. estimates show bp is not staying ahead of the spewing oil. those three americans being held by iran have had a reunion with their mothers but the group's attorney says it's unlikely the women will return to the u.s. with their children. the emotional get-together took place at a tehran hotel yesterday. it was also a chance to hear about the ten months in captivity. >> shane and josh are in the room together but i'm alone. and that's the most difficult thing for me. but i see them twice a day. >> decent relationships with the guards. it's been civil. >> sarah shourd said in the hour they all get to spend together every day they sing and tell stories about their lives. their mothers' visit is scheduled to last a week. in paris, a decidedly low-tech heist of some of the highest-priced paintings.
a lone thief apparently climbed through a museum window and made off with five modern masters. the museum security system was not working despite an $18 million upgrade just four years ago. miguel marquez reports from paris. >> reporter: like a cat, the thief struck in the middle of the night. among the stolen treasures, picasso's "pigeon with peas." "pastorale" by matisse. modigliani's "woman with fan." the camera captures an intruder wandering the halls of the art museum. apparently the three guards on duty weren't watching. even worse, reports the museum's alarm system hadn't been working for months. and finally, the robbery happened in the heart of paris. the eiffel tower is right across the river, new york avenue, one of the busiest streets in paris right below the museum. to say it is a shock it happened here is understatement.
the windows the robber got through are so exposed, anyone could have seen them. as in the movie "the thomas crown affair," the robbery happened under the noses of police, security and the entire city. the robber broke in through a window, then cut a lock on a metal grate. then he went shopping. on one side of the museum, the picasso. all the way on the other side, the modigliani. he chose each piece with care, then frames and all, each great work went out the window. once cut from their frames, each master work was rolled up and the burglar went off into the paris night. the museum-quality works are considered priceless. the initial value estimated at more than $500 million. it's come down since then to somewhere between $100 million and $300 million. what's the point of stealing such well-known works of art? selling them without getting caught, nearly impossible. >> we're talking about a gang of thieves that are looking to
convert art to cash quickly. >> reporter: price may be irrelevant. one art lover said what was stolen today was a little bit of the city's soul. miguel marquez, abc news, paris. lance armstrong has come out swinging against serious allegations about illegal drug use from a former pro cycle teammate floyd landis. while admitting to his own use of performance-enhancing drugs, landis claims armstrong not only used drugs too but taught others how to beat the system. before a race in california yesterday armstrong fired back. >> he said. he has nothing. he's got no proof. it's his word versus ours. we like our word, we like where we stand, we like our credibility. >> later, armstrong crashed during the race. not a good day for him. he was stitched up at the hospital and had an x-ray. you can see him bloodied there. armstrong says he's fine and that he plans to be back on a bike soon. dark skies near dallas, much like a scene from "the wizard of oz."
thunderstorms spawned at least one funnel cloud that touched down over an open field. it blew over an 18-wheeler along the highway. the driver wasn't injured. here now is a look at the friday forecast. expect brutal conditions from denver south to amarillo. baseball-sized hail and winds up to 70 miles an hour. other stormy spots from tennessee south to the gulf and the pacific northwest. >> the northwest storms bringing unusually chilly conditions today. highs in the 50s. mid 80s along most of the east coast. phoenix enjoying its first 100-degree reading of the season. i don't know if enjoying is the word there. 100 degrees. >> perfect here, 84. >> gorgeous. it may be the shortest flight ever for an airline jet. less than a mile. without the help of engines. >> instead, a heavy-duty crane hoisted this md-80 passenger aircraft for the short hop from miami's airport to a nearby aviation school. >> the whole operation took place in the middle of the night for the least amount of disruption. american airlines donated the $6 million retired jet to students
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now has 635,000 temporary workers fanned out across the country trying to count us. when amy smallback opened her door earlier this month to this man, she assumed she would be safe. after all, he was one of these government-employed census workers. but -- >> i looked closely at his face and i realized i recognized this man from the new jersey state police sex offender registry. >> reporter: amy checked her computer and found frank kuni had served four years in prison for crimes including endangering the welfare of a child and inappropriate contact with children. she notified the authorities, who quickly put him under arrest. but how did this man get the census job at all? in late april, he applied to the census bureau under an alias. he passed an initial background check and was sent to four days of training. he was fingerprinted during training, and on may 1st these fingerprints came back flagging
him as a sex offender. but the government couldn't find him until may 5th. after amy had already called the police and after kuni had already started making house visits, collecting people's names and dates of birth. >> this is an isolated incident -- >> reporter: the census bureau says it tries to take every step possible to ensure the public safety. in 2000 with 680,000 census workers there were only nine allegations of misconduct. compare that to 180 assaults on census workers themselves. still, frank kuni is in jail for false representation and impersonating a public official. only after several people opened their doors to him. john berman, abc news. >> important statistic to point out, that the vast -- this is a very rare case. there were only nine cases of misconduct in 2000. out of 680,000. and it's actually a much bigger threat to them to go to strangers' doors. >> good point.
very minuscule. you've got to give the lady credit for having a good eye. i mean, the picture on the sex offender registry looked almost nothing like -- >> i don't know that i would have caught that. >> me either. another reason to comb over those sex offender registries, i guess. good eye, mom. coming up, another health scare for bret michaels. >> and the real-life drama involving lindsay lohan.
my favorite topic on a friday morning. lindsay lohan. don't worry, jeremy, she's going to be fine, she's not going to be arrested. >> i was worried about that. >> she missed a hearing. a court hearing. she's on probation for 2007 dui charges. she missed the hearing. an arrest warrant was issued. but she posted the $100,000 bail
and her lawyer argued that it really wasn't her fault because she lost her passport when she was partying in cannes, france. >> she took off knowing that she had this court appearance, goes to cannes, france, doesn't come back because the passport's missing. and the specter was she was going to be detained when she came back into the country. >> which would have been a great paparazzi spot i'm sure. but anyway. she's going to have to check in weekly now. >> right. >> with the court. she's going to have to wear an electronic monitoring device to make sure she is not violating the terms of her probation. >> sounds like they posted this bail to avoid the public spectacle of her being arrested when she got back. >> $100,000, probably not a whole lot of money for her. apparently she was photographed, we don't have it, but partying on a yacht on the day she was supposed to be back. >> i know. wouldn't somebody say to you, maybe it's not a great idea when you're supposed to be in court talking about your dui problems? >> and how you've been reformed to be partying on a yacht in cannes.
>> not great. she needs new handlers. bret michaels, we talked yesterday about the fact that he seemed to be doing better, he was on oprah, everything was going great, he talked about how his health was improving. he was hoping to get back to "celebrity apprentice." now he's suffered a couple more setbacks. more serious health problems. doctors say he's had what is basically a warning stroke. he was readmitted to the hospital after having some numbness on the left side of his body. mostly on his hands and his face. so they did an mri and ct scan. they discovered he has a hole in his heart. all of these problems compounded by the fact that, remember he had a brain hemorrhage last month, he was still recovering from that. the family's devastated. they're talking about his career, saying maybe if the things go as planned he could get back in time. >> because it's treatable. >> right. >> and it was a warning stroke and they are saying that that's treatable. >> right. they caught it -- >> they don't know if it's related to the hole in the heart or from the -- >> the hemorrhage or whatever, yeah. they feel like they caught it early and there's hope maybe he'll get back in time for "celebrity apprentice." which we all know he will.
>> i just hope he gets back in time for anything. i hope he gets back. >> really important, yeah. >> former death row record ceo marion suge knight arrested in los angeles last night. according to mtv, he was charged with assault with a deadly weapon after allegedly drawing his gun on an unidentified man. i'm sure more details are going to come out about this. suge knight has been in and out of jail for the last couple of decades. >> trouble follows this guy. >> yeah. >> everywhere he goes. remember, he was with tupac when tupac was gunned down in vegas. >> and was killed. >> and all kinds of problems. i know my hip-hop history, don't laugh at me, i do know it. so you know the jonas brothers. they're going to be on "gma." i'm really stoked about this. >> you're into that. that's two ends of the spectrum. >> good thing they're going to make it to central park for the concert. last time they were trapped on the elevator for 25 minutes. there was concern, the one has
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here's some stories to watch today on abc news. president obama sending a message today to automakers outlining his objectives on building and selling cleaner, more environmentally friendly cars. the senate candidate from kentucky rand paul is a guest today on "good morning america." the republican backed by the tea party stirred up controversy with remarks he made about civil rights. travelers on british airways will be busy rebooking fights. some of the airline's unions want a legal fight and are threatening to strike on monday. finally this half hour, a major scientific breakthrough. researchers have created a living human cell with dna made by computers. >> so what does this mean for science and what does it mean for you and me? abc news medical editor dr. richard besser explains. >> reporter: world renowned geneticist craig venter has been trying to unlock the mystery of
life for 15 years. what have you achieved? >> we announced today the first synthetic cell. instead of having a genetic relative it evolved from, the parent of this cell is a computer. >> reporter: what venter was done is astonishing. with four bottles of chemicals off the shelf in his lab, his team replicated more than 1 million bits of genetic code to create a living organism. here's how it worked. they isolated bacterial cells and removed all their genetic material, the dna from inside. they took four bottles of chemicals and used them to create new genetic material. they transplanted it into the empty cell. that material, that new cell, booted up and began to reproduce. and reproduce. a billion times. >> i think this is the creation of life. i think it's an experiment that shows life is not a mystery, a mysterious force that infuses things that makes them come alive. you put the right genetic message in the right order, put
it into the right environment, it will come alive. >> reporter: along with promise comes precaution. >> like any great scientific innovation, this has enormous promise and enormous peril. this may allow us to make more virulent viruses. this could unleash bacterium on the world that has properties we didn't expect that could cause great disease or ecological damage. >> reporter: scientists will surely debate whether this is truly creating new life. but no one can deny the potential impact of this achievement. venter says within a year this technology will be used to manufacture vaccines and in the future, bacteria will serve as powerhouses to generate energy and to clean up oil spills. dr. richard besser, abc news, new york. >> interesting and timely. and good to see that they're putting a new discovery to use quickly. so often we hear about these things -- >> i hope they do. slippery slope, though. >> it makes you really glad there's smart people in the group.