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have been a fixture of millions of american homes for generations could soon be a thing of the past. the government is moving to ban them for good, calling them death traps. david kerley has details. >> reporter: the consumer products safety commission plans to approve a new rule by the end of this year which will ban drop-down cribs for good. 6-month-old bobby suffocated in a drop-down crib. >> the thing was, there was never any warnings about these cribs. and after research, we found that a lot of these cribs had caused injuries and deaths. >> reporter: the cribs, that have been on the market for decades and bought by thousands, make it easier to reach a baby with their drop-down side. they've also proven deadly. at least 32 babies killed in the past decade. in just the past five years, 7 million of the cribs have been recalled. because of weak hardware or if parents assemble the crib incorrectly the drop-side can separate from the crib, creating a gap where the baby's head can
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become stuck. parents have been begging for change. >> while we are happy to hear about the millions of crib recalls we are convinced the only answer is a complete ban on drop-side cribs. >> reporter: now that is about to happen. by june of next year, it should be illegal to buy or sell or even use drop-down cribs in hotels. >> we don't want to see any child hurt, and that is why we're going to be very vigilant and comply with the laws congress passed and make our cribs as safe as possible. >> reporter: changes officials and parents believe will save lives. >> we miss bobby every day. >> reporter: david kerley, abc news, washington. with summer on the way a new report from child safety advocates this morning about the dangers posed by swimming pools and hot tubs. among the findings an average of 385 children under the age of 15 die every year in pools or spas. of those, 299 are under the age of 5. the recommendations are commonsense solutions. enroll children in swimming
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lessons and install child-proof devices wherever necessary. the baseball world is mourning the sudden death of popular former pitching star jose lima. the right-hander spent 13 seasons in the majors with five different teams. lima posted his best numbers back in 1999, going 21-10 for the houston astros. but lima was best known for his infectiously upbeat personality. always ready with a song or a dance. they called him lima time. he died of an apparent heart attack at just 37 years old. >> so young. well, it was a close call for a family in colorado springs as wild weather snapped a huge tree in their front yard. >> and it's caught on videotape. strong winds brought down the 60-foot pine shortly after the family evacuated their home. it missed the house but it came crashing down on the garage. here it is again. moments after the owners finished moving their cars, thankfully. the couple can thank their 6-year-old son.
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he's the one who actually spotted a crack in the tree. >> good for him. >> good eye, kid. here is your monday forecast. thunderstorms from the texas panhandle to minnesota. tornados, large hail and 80-mile-an-hour winds in nebraska and the dakotas. up to 20 inches of mountain snow in utah, wyoming and montana. showers from seattle to portland. gusty winds and rain in the carolinas. >> highs near 90 from dallas to the twin cities today. 70s in boston and new york. 85 for atlanta. much cooler out west today. 50 in billings. 60 in boise. 62 for seattle. well, there are a lot of ooh-la-las yesterday as venus williams hit the court at the french open. >> williams turns more heads than usual, advancing to the second round sporting a see-through black lace negligee. it was trimmed in bright red, looking very much like a corset. and she wore skin-toned underwear beneath. >> wow. venus says her look is part of her motif this year, which is
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all about illusion. the illusion of wearing clothes. she has ten outfits with her, can't wait to see the next one. >> she's done that skin-tone bloomer thing in the past and it's fooled a lot of people. there he goes again. >> i could be fooled. >> ratings promptly went up i'm guessing. >> i'm sure they did. >> we'll be right back. n honkin. a short time ago, this woman suffered from around his house. these people chose freedom over restrictions. independence over limitations. they chose mobility. they chosehe scooter store. and this is the team of mobility experts who made it all happen. ii great news, you've been approved for payment. dr. cruz, i'm calling on behalf ofmarie stanford. and they can make it happen for you. hi, i'm doug harrison, if you're living with limited
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the the duchess of york, sarah ferguson, is a little bit of a royal embarrassment after being caught on tape in a princely pay for play scam. >> fergie as she's known was caught asking for money in exchange for access to her ex-husband, prince andrew. gloria riviera has more from london.
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>> reporter: the british tabloid "news of the world" set her up by secretly setting up a big deal. sarah ferguson admits it happened. she asked for cash, a lot of it, for access to her husband prince andrew. >> do what you can for me, open doors. >> prince albert? >> yes. >> reporter: in a statement, ferguson says, "i very deeply regret the situation and the embarrassment caused." ferguson has been pleading poverty since her divorce in 1996. labeled freebie fergie by the tabloids, she's written several best-sellers and worked as a pitch woman for weight watchers. but selling a royal prince? since 2001, prince andrew has been the uk ambassador for trade and investment, business connections she was peddling. >> all the channels, whatever you need. and then you'll meet andrew. >> she's saying, give me a lot
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of money and i'll do this for you. i find it a bit delusional, actually, as well as disgraceful. >> reporter: ferguson's rapport with the queen and the royal family had been on the mend recently. now it's being described as permafrost. in the video, ferguson makes it clear prince andrew is not in on the deal in any way. in a statement he denied any knowledge of the meeting at all. she has been to court over her debts before, but sympathy is hard to come by here. jeremy, stephanie? >> thank you, gloria. apparently she deeply regrets and has apologized for her serious lapse in judgment. and has admitted apparently to the british press that she is under financial pressure. >> sounds like it. if the queen is anything like the way she was portrayed in the movie "the queen," i think permafrost probably is a pretty good word for what's going down at buckingham palace. >> she can be a quite cold lady, it appears. >> stick around, more news coming up.
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they were two major topics on the sunday talk show circuit. one was the oil spill in the
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gulf of mexico. >> first, rand paul, who's already making waves after his victory in kentucky's republican senate primary. paul canceled yesterday's appearance on "meet the press." here's our wrap-up. >> from nbc news in washington, "meet the press with david gregory." >> senator cornyn, rand paul's spokesman sent a statement to "meet the press" this morning indicating he didn't want to be on the program because he wanted to avoid the liberal bias of the media. i wonder what your view is, whether you think this is liberal bias that's ensnared him this week or whether it's the articulation of his own views about the limited scope of government that had senior republicans in the party telling him to avoid the national spotlight. >> well, dr. paul's new to running for public office, and i think it's bob's experience, i'm sure my experience, that you see novice candidates occasionally stumble on questions. i think he's clarified his position. but i think he's done the right thing. as much fun as this is, david,
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to be here with you, i think he needs to be talking to the voters back in kentucky, the people who actually will be able to cast a ballot on whether he's elected the inspection united states senator or not. >> your take on what's been happening the past few days? >> it seems to me this is an example of what's happening to the republican party across the country, beating the republican establishment. but it's the mainstream losing to the extreme. clearly, with rand paul, here's someone who, as you have already cited, questions elements of the civil rights act as it relates to the private sector, says that president obama's comments about making bp responsible in the oil spill is unamerican, wants to end farm subsidies across the country, including in kentucky. so i think this is an example of what's happening to the republican establishment across the country. the establishment being beaten by extreme candidates, whether it be here or in florida or, as you see surging in colorado and nevada. >> from the heart of the
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nation's capital, "this week" with abc senior white house correspondent jake tapper. >> i think it's part of this sort of blame game society in the sense that it's always got to be someone's fault. instead of the fact that maybe sometimes accidents happen. >> certainly accidents happen is not what you want the republican response about the bp oil spill -- >> well, no. look, it's not -- people shouldn't worry about the republican response to the bp oil spill, they should worry about the democrat president's response to the bp oil spill. it is one thing to actually get on the ground and get in front of this thing. it's another thing to sit back and hold bp accountable without helping them. and that's what's happening here. >> democrats are criticizing the obama administration for not doing enough to hold bp accountable. >> the administration is doing two things. it starts with bp's accountability. rand paul is wrong. it isn't unamerican to hold somebody accountable for a massive environmental disaster of this kind. this isn't just a mistake that
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we can wash away. bp's got to be accountable for stopping the spill, then cleaning up and paying for the consequences. rand paul's statements along these lines are very troubling and it's important for republican leaders to say whether they back this kind of an attitude or not. >> the oil spill apparently is worse than ever, robert. the administration's getting a lot of criticism now, a lot of it from officials along the gulf coast, and some of it even from democrats here in washington that say the government simply needs to do more. how do you respond to that? >> well, bob, the coast guard was on the scene moments after the rig exploded in april. it certainly has been four weeks and the government is doing everything humanly and technologically possible to plug the hole 5,000 feet below the floor, below the ocean, and to do everything we can to contain its spread and to deal with its environmental and its economic impacts.
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>> some of the criticism is that -- and you're hearing this from democrats as well as republicans -- that the oil company is lying, that it's covering up, that it shouldn't be trusted. do you trust bp and what they're telling you? >> well, bob, bp is the responsible party, they own the well, they're responsible for capping it. >> do you think this could be your administration's katrina? >> i think the difference in this case is, we were there immediately. we have been there ever since. sam allen is directing our response as the national incident commander. there are people on the ground. there are thousands of people working even as we speak, bob, to figure out a way to plug this hole and to deal with the spread of this oil. >> the administration obviously distancing itself from any comparison to katrina. bobby jindal, governor of louisiana, saying 65 miles of coast land covered and coated in oil. >> that's 6 million gallons of crude.
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"insomniac theater" time on a monday with our special guest critic stephanie sy this week who saw the big movie of the weekend. first we'll talk about "macgruber." i should set the record straight. i expected not to like this movie. people are going to lambast me for actually sort of liking it. but i did. it wasn't that bad. just a little background. macgruber is the feature-length version of the "snl" skit of parody of the '80s action cop show "macgyver." this highly decorated veteran enlisted by the u.s. to get a nuclear war he had from the enemy. whose name i can't repeat on tv but who's played by val kilmer right there. macgruber does get help in his quest by ryan phillippe and
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vicki st. elmer who carries a torch for macgruber. >> till the cup back until the liquid -- >> down, down, down, down! >> no! no! >> they do something with celery in this movie that i cannot explain on network television. but you'd have to check it out if you're a fan. i thought it was funny. i give it 3 kernels. they took a moderately funny "snl" skit and turned it into a decent movie. >> all right, i don't believe it. >> take my word for it. >> i saw "shrek forever after" and despite being in 3d it seemed awfully flat. shrek goes through a midlife crisis. he strikes a pact with the devil
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and sees what life would be like if he never existed. what keeps this movie afloat is the loveable cast of familiar characters including donkey and puss in boots who as you can see is a pudgy but still precocious version of himself. >> it's the new guy. >> look at him all dressed up in his sunday best. >> he's really tiny, isn't he? >> fate has delivered us a comrade in arms and for that we are thankful. suit him up. >> wait a minute. oh! >> some funny moments to be sure but not as many surprises as in the first three shrek films. i found this last installment in the shrek series ogre-rated. 2 kernels, that's all i gave it. entertaining but not great. ♪ ogre-rated >> didn't do that well at the box office comparatively. i wasn't being very nice
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to one of the girls at school. but in one sentence my mom helped me understand. she said, "mi hija, you need to treat others "the way you want to be treated." i thought about that a lot. i still do. life's most important lessons are best learned in the home. rob, what's up? how's it going? how's it going? guys, this is my cousin rob from michigan. whazzup! he's a teenager. totally. hey, what's up? rob: all right. whoa. hey, you wanna slow down? no. really? huh. hey! do you know what a beautiful animal is? a horse. a horse. yeah. beautiful mane. unbelievable muscle tone. when it runs, it looks like poetry in motion. it's the most beautiful thing on earth. and sometimes when you feed a horse, its lips will tickle your hand.
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just, just tickle it just a little bit. it makes me giggle sometimes. i don't know. i guess what i'm trying to say is, if you don't slow down, i'm going to bite into your head like an apple. and thanks, guys, for listening to my horse stories. i could talk about ponies all day long.
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day 35 of the oil crisis in the gulf. the oil is still spewing and no one is any closer to having an answer on how to make it stop. head start scandal. an undercover investigation finds some less than needy kids are being allowed into the program. >> that means there is a child in poverty that is not allowed to have a head start. and, "lost" is over. now that it is all over, why these fanatics will be lost without it. it's monday, may 24th. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> these guys, they're huge "lost" fans. they set up this lost-a-thon, they sat on the balcony of this new york city bar for 94 hours. watching every episode of "lost" leading up to the finale.
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i caught up with them at hour 60. they were surprisingly coherent. they were loving every minute. dissecting. >> sober? >> sober too, i didn't see any alcohol. lots of caffeine. we'll visit with them later this half hour on this monday. thanks for joining us. i'm jeremy hubbard. >> i'm stephanie sy in for vinita nair. top administration official are heading to the gulf coast today with a message to bp, do something about the oil spill or get out of the way. >> more than a month into the crisis there's growing anger in the region over the company's response. ryan owens reports from louisiana. >> reporter: bp has been taking obviously a lot of criticism but the fact is so has the obama administration, for a slow response to this crisis. and now they are very clearly turning up the pressure on bp. three cabinet secretaries will be here this week in the region. the first one, ken salazar, the interior secretary, was here. he basically said to bp, either get this stuff cleaned up or get out of the way and we'll do it. >> if we find that they're not doing what they're supposed to be doing, we'll push them out of the way appropriately and we'll
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move forward to make sure that everything is being done to protect the people of the gulf coast. >> reporter: so the rhetoric, the tough talk has certainly increased. >> that pocket of oil is working its way in that marsh. which is exactly what we told them was going to happen. and they kept saying it's not coming ashore. >> we know this is only the first wave. we know there's more oil coming. >> we are all united in wanting the same result. we want to stop polluting the ocean and we want to kill this well. >> reporter: the problem is it's still leaking out there. this stuff has already made landfall, so a lot of people here feel that the tough talk is too little, too late. as you look at all of the oil that still scars the beach here in grand isle, louisiana, you might wonder why no one's been by to clean it up. officials say there's really no point to doing that now, with so much more on the way. ryan owens, abc news, grand isle, louisiana. and our reporting on the crisis in the gulf continues throughout the morning. tonight, diane sawyer will have all the latest developments as
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she anchors "world news" live from the gulf coast. duchess of york sarah ferguson is apologizing this morning after she was caught on camera offering access to her ex-husband for a price. the embarrassing video shows ferguson telling a tabloid reporter that 500,000 pounds would "open doors." she admits her finances are a mess but now says she regrets what she calls a serious lapse in judgment. a state of emergency has been declared in jamaica after violence flared over the extradition of a notorious drug lord. four police stations came under heavy fire from masked men roaming the streets of west kingston. the neighborhood is home to christopher koch, wanted in the u.s. for drug and arms trafficking. the u.s., canada and britain have warned their citizens about travel to jamaica. a former producer for the cbs show "survivor" wanted in mexico for questioning about the death of his wife is back in the u.s. bruce beresford-redman's
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attorney insists he had no obligation to stay in mexico though authorities did originally confiscate his passport, and police are calling him a suspect. the body of beresford-redman's wife monica was found last month stuffed in a sewer near a cancun resort where the couple was vacationing. one of the country's most esteemed anti-poverty programs is under fire this morning. an undercover investigation shows some head start services meant for needy children were provided to families who did not need the help. lisa stark has details. ♪ bubble bubble bubble >> reporter: head start is much more than play time, it's a program that helps the neediest children learn to socialize and get ready for school. nationwide there's more demand than space. like at this early head start center in virginia. but at other locations, undercover government investigators posing as over-income families, found it wasn't always the poorest children who got those coveted
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spots. >> this is over income. >> okay, so what do i need to do? >> you can put him there but you don't have to put his income on there. >> now you see it, now you don't. >> reporter: at a center in texas, two of the families enrolled made more than $110,000 a year. in six states and the district of columbia, eight of 15 undercover attempts at fraud succeeded. >> for a few people to go outside the rule, to put a black mark on head start, that is extremely serious. >> reporter: why would a head start center do this? unlike this virginia center, the ones investigators visited apparently had not filled all their slots. and full enrollment is required to receive their government grant money. health and human services is now sending a letter to every head start operation in the country, warning it will increase its oversight, including unannounced inspections. the workers fingered in the sting may face charges. but the greater crime?
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>> for every slot that someone allows someone over income, that means there is a child in poverty that is not allowed to have a head start. >> reporter: lisa stark, abc news, alexandria, virginia. a somber mood hung over graduation ceremonies at the university of virginia this weekend. murdered uva student yeardley love was awarded a degree in politics and government. her cousin accepted the diploma. love's ex-boyfriend, george huguely, has been charged with first degree murder in the case. a big cleanup job is under way in parts of south dakota this morning. >> that's right. several tornados ripped through a section of farmland in the northern part of the state saturday evening, leaving a number of homes in ruins. power lines were also toppled and trees uprooted. a police officer caught in the storm said the twister actually lifted up his car. >> wow. >> yeah, a big one. >> that's not a routine day on patrol. >> no. here's a look at your
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forecast for monday. more severe weather in the high plains with tornados, hail and strong winds in nebraska and once again in the dakotas. thunderstorms from west texas to the canadian border today. heavy mountain snow in the northern rockies and showers in the pacific northwest and the carolinas. >> mostly 80s in the southeast and 70s from baltimore to boston. upper 80s in chicago, detroit, and kansas city. a cool 56 in salt lake city. and 69 in sacramento. you know the city of lights is notorious for its iconic style. today it's a little bit country. >> paris is wrapping up a two-day event that's turned its most famous avenue into a giant garden. the champs-elysees is covered with flowers, crafts and farm animals. it's part of a $5 million project aimed at highlighting the plight of struggling french farmers. >> organizers say they hope to preserve a big part of the french way of life. i think of the champs-elysees, i think highbrow, sophisticated. beautiful. i don't think pig and is barnyard animals.
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>> it's pretty. >> it is, no doubt about it. >> all the flowers. we'll be right back.
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it's one of the most unforgiving environments on the planet. the jungles surrounding the mighty 4,000 mile long amazon river. >> a man there is in the middle of an extraordinary adventure. ed stafford's trying to trek from one end of the river to the other to where it empties out into the sea. bill weir ventured along with him on this dangerous journey. >> i'm worse. ow. ow. ow!
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>> reporter: it is hands-down the worst place to take a long walk. but for ed stafford, that was the perfect reason to come. >> it was in fact a lot of people telling me that it was impossible to walk the entire length of the amazon that spurred me on even more. as soon as they said that's impossible, it made me want to prove them wrong. >> reporter: he set aside an entire year to hike and hack his way down the amazon. >> ed stafford, i presume? >> reporter: when i find him in eastern brazil, he's been walking more than two years and is still months away from the finish line. ed has agreed to drag my city-softened hide along for a couple of days to get a sense of the grind. so they've got what, blood-sucking gnats, cyanide squirting millipedes? the poison frogs? >> quite the mosquitos here, yeah. >> and of course the yellow fever, elephantitis-carrying
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mosquitos. >> yes. >> i can tell this is good bug spray because my lips are numb. ed is a product of posh london boarding schools, british military and a short career leading jungle expeditions. >> quite nice. quite like that. >> reporter: thanks to portable satellite internet, ed is also the amazon's first walking video blogger. >> i'm just saying to the camera, it's not my responsibility if we die here. >> reporter: science classrooms log in to revel in his wonder and his hardship. >> my mosquito net is shredded. ow. and of course they've got you as well. >> reporter: after sponsors lost patience and he refused to let his mom sell her house to fund him, it is small donations from students that keep this expedition alive. >> we're instructed to run because of the drug traffickers. >> reporter: one native tribe invited him to watch an elaborate ritual. >> we're about to go and see a ceremony of a girl who's coming of age. i have absolutely no idea what
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to expect whatsoever. adding to the equation these people running around in costumes with fake penises strapped between their legs. >> so what are we worried about more here, pit viper or electric eel? >> i'd say electric eel is far more likely to be prevalent around here. >> yeah? >> yeah. and they can grow to about two meters. and they're tenacious. if they want you, they can knock you out, then people can die of drowning in the water rather than from the electric shock. >> right. they can put off -- it's ridiculous, like 100 volts or something? >> i think 500. >> ridiculous, yeah. >> 500 volts out of a six-foot electric eel? >> yeah, incredible. >> reporter: after a few hours of trudging ed gives a lesson in setting up camp. the heat and the bugs are so relentless, though, a piranha bite seems worth a few minutes of cool relief.
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this is refreshing. >> reporter: they not only survive on rice and beans. when that runs out, palm hearts and piranha meat. tonight since there are guests joe cooks up some salted beef and we hit the hammock. all right, not bad. if it wasn't a stifling 98 degrees. well, that was fun. let's never do it again. all my stuff should be dry, right? and -- no. oh, yeah, nothing more delightful than putting on wet boots first thing in the morning. >> i think day to day, getting up, putting wet clothes on again, and starting out is one
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of the toughest things of the whole expedition. that the endurance, both mental and physical, has been the thing that is the most wearing. i've been quite humbled by how much i've had to rely on other people and how i've had to rely on the generosity and good nature of the locals who i've met all the way through. the help and interest in the expedition has been overwhelming, really. >> are you sure you don't want to, i don't know, buy this bar, marry a local, put an end to this folly? >> i think we need to press on. >> you're going to press on? >> yeah. >> how many miles to go? >> 700. >> best of luck. >> thanks for coming down. take care. >> good luck, we'll see you on the other side. >> bye-bye >> reporter: only seven good hours of walking before nightfall. i'm bill weir in amazonas, brazil. >> bill and his cameraman, brave men they are. >> we'd all like to clear the calendar for an adventure.
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two years eating grilled piranha in those conditions, not exactly my idea of fun. >> i thought that before and i saw the story and thought, not so fun on assignment. >> keep working. >> we'll be right back with "the skinny."
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it is time for "the skinny." and against all odds, bret michaels showed up at the finale of "celebrity apprentice." >> what the heck? >> he showed up there despite a series of medical problems which we've been reporting for weeks. >> yeah. >> he got there, there were some signs that he had had a little bit of a limp when he walked in. but take a look at what the donald said. >> he was underestimated from the start but he proved everybody wrong. and after a life-threatening
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illness he beat the odds to be with us tonight. bret, come on up. >> his father, that was his father wearing the bandana which bret always wears. even when he was hospitalized he wore the bandana. and guess who wins "celebrity apprentice." listen to this. >> i still have to choose the celebrity apprentice. and don't cry out. >> i'm sorry. >> vicki and bret, i have to tell you, you're hired. >> holly robinson peete got second place. that means $250,000 for bret michaels' charity, american diabetes association. he is also a diabetic. >> i'd hire the guy too. the guy shows up to work in those conditions? heck, yeah, put him to work. he's on death's doorstep.
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>> he's a hardy man. >> i guess so. good pick, donald. hey, all right, moving on here. you know, we're all sort of looking for light summer reading at the beach. i've got a book for you here. it's called "the last living slut: born in iran, bred backstage." it's written by this iranian author, roxana shirazi, and she names names. apparently she liked to party with the rock stars. in this book she sort of details her romps in the hay with some of the guys in guns n' roses, motley crue, velvet revolver, papa roach, and skid row. a couple of details for you because i know you want them. tommy lee she says is too bossy, she didn't like his music either. she was more into nikki sixx, although he was a little dull and liked to talk about gardening. sebastian bach, never thought he was all at hot but that didn't stop her from giving him an all-access pass. axl rose walked in on them, apparently, though. a lot of publishers passed on this book, surprisingly, because they fear -- >> i can't understand why. >> i can't either. they fear that there would be a fatwa like there was with "the
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satanic verses" with salman rushdie. but not so and the book is coming to a barnes & noble near you. >> i would not compare her to salman rushdie, although i've not read the book. this must have happened awhile ago because those guys are all pretty old now. >> if they happened at all. >> a few decades ago. >> if they happened recently that's too bad for her. >> and she would have some great stories. >> yeah. >> all right. tiger woods news. his wife elin. everybody is reporting now, a lot of media outlets are reporting she is asking for a $750 million divorce settlement. >> wow. >> that's being reported by several sources. woods, according to the "chicago sun-times," has not agreed yet. if he does he wants total silence from her. it's not clear whether elin would agree to total silence. after everything. >> 750 million bucks, i would keep my trap shut, i think.
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book. >> i would not.
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okay, spoiler alert, guys. if you haven't seen "lost" yet hit mute right now. the abc hit tv show had its finale last night. what you're looking at is how after six seasons and 120-plus episodes the show ended. >> the main cast who are all stranded on the island together, once again this time in a church. were they dead, were they alive? after all that time the fans are left with even more questions. figure it out for yourself. we did learn what happened to jack and kate and smoke monster. fans of the show will still be asking lots of questions. >> "lost" fanatics across the country held all sorts of finale parties. you found three guys who spent their weekend getting lost one more time. >> reporter: it's fitting. a show that's been the focus of such unrivaled hype is now one
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for the record books. >> hey, 60 hours, all right! >> who needs sleep? >> reporter: since wednesday, alex green, mike berlin, and aaron rosenthal have held sleepless vigil outside this new york city bar, attempting a guinness world record for the most hours spent watching "lost" nonstop. >> i thought, what are friends for? if he wants to do it i'll do it too. >> reporter: like the survivors of oceanic 815, they're stranded here. they've been pounding caffeine, screaming at the tv, exercising in place. anything to stay awake while brushing up on the past six seasons. as the clock ticks down on this television obsession, millions are still dissecting the show, trying to decipher its meaning. is it, for example, a metaphor for the bible? some characters have biblical names. it's set in a sort of garden of eden. even the promotional photo for this season mirrored "the last supper." for those of us who don't know a dharma initiative from a coke monster it's all, well, lost in translation.
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can you explain the story line in just a nutshell? >> oh my gosh. in a nutshell, how big's your nutshell? >> that's one of the things about "lost" is you can create your own meaning for certain things. think if the bermuda triangle had an island. it's something along those lines. >> reporter: if anyone would know it's these viewers who now by the way have their own viewers via web cam. >> hey, bonjourno. >> reporter: seems the whole world really is awaiting answers from the very last "lost." did we get those answers? i'm not quite sure. >> i wonder what those guys thought of the conclusion. >> i followed them on twitter, they said they liked it very much. they said it was funny and compelling and interesting. they survived all 94 hours and they survived all 90 hours and were still awake enough to sit through the finale. and raised several thousand dollars for their favorite charities. i tried, i hadn't seen a single episode, tried to watch the finale, i have no idea what was
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