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laden's death draws near. why this master bomb maker has officials so worried. the scandal spreads. new allegations that secret service agents hired prostitutes on yet another big presidential trip. health scare. ann romney confides that multiple sclerosis recently left her weak and struggling to talk on the campaign trail. and no fair? this smiling fan grabs a foul ball. but what about the boy who thought he had it? >> oh, my god. they can't give it to the kid? >> all america weighing in on this one tonight. good evening. just as we come on the air this night, we have breaking news out of chicago. a delta flight from detroit landed at midway airport there and is now under quarantine.
passengers held on board. this is a shot on the plane on the tarmac. there's the delta plane. word of a medical emergency on board, possibly because of a passenger from africa. and passengers were tweeting out pictures of what was happening on the tarmac and they were showing pictures of people wearing masks. officials huddling, trying to figure out what to do. let's go straight to senior national correspondent jim avila to find out what's learned at this moment. jim? >> reporter: first of all, the faa nor delta at this point is giving any clarification of what is going on in that plane. we do know this is a plane from detroit, flight 3163 and that, that's the plane there. you can see, there are medical people there, along, and they are working with the cdc. now, a source has told our station in chicago, wls, that there was a passenger on board who may have been traveling from ghana in africa and had some sort of rash, we're told.
the flight was coming from detroit, as we say, and the centers for disease control is involved in trying to figure out what's exactly going on. the people on board, the medical personnel on board, are donning masks but we have no details from either the faa, the cdc or delta exactly what the problem wa was. the plane landed safely, but no one was allowed off and medical people have gone on board. the only thing we have is from a source who has told our station in chicago that it may be some kind of rash from somebody from africa. we have no idea how dangerous that might be. >> but that sort of extraordinary, to spot a rash, quarantine a plane, isn't it, jim? this has been going on for some time this afternoon. >> reporter: you remember that the, first of all, flight attendants do look for this sort of thing, during the time when there was flu epidemics, they were looking for people who might be coughing very badly, they would keep them off the plane. certainly, if a flight attendant saw something that was this
unusual, they would call it to the attention of the pilot and authorities. so, it's -- it is unusual, it's very rare that it would happen. but they do -- they are trained to look for this type of thing. >> all right, well, we are going to let everybody know what we learn as the broadcast continues tonight, as we learn it. jim is going to be standing by watching everything and again, passengers are tweeting us from on board the plane and we will let you know what they are learning there. but we do want to move on now toor developing news tonight. that new intelligence raising concern inside the fbi and homeland security about terror threats from al qaeda. the president was briefed today about the possibility that al qaeda is making plans to retaliate as the anniversary of osama bin laden's death draws near. and from coast to coast and overseas, there is extra security tonight at airports and on board planes and abc's chief investigative correspondent brian ross is here with the latest on what we know about that. >> reporter: good evening, diane. while in public, u.s. officials
say there is no specific threat of a mending attack, behind the scenes, law enforcement officials tell abc news there are planning for a major security surge at airports and transportation hubs in advance of next week's anniversary, all based on intelligence reports that al qaeda is determined to ajeng osama bin laden's death. of greatest concern to u.s. officials is the al qaeda group in yemen, and its master bomb maker, who has survived repeopled u.s. efforts to kill him. it was he who u.s. officials say designed the so-called untsdz wear bomb that got past security but failed to detonate. and he designed the bombs hidden in printers being shipped to chicago that were detected only at the last minute. in a joint intelligence bulletin issued overnight, the fbi and homeland security describe concerns that the yemen group intends to advance plots among multiple fronts, including
renewed efforts to target western aviation. >> it doesn't take a great number of people to do the attacks we had on september 11th. that was less than two dozen people. and it is clear they have that number available in places like yemen. >> reporter: revenge attacks have been monitored by the u.s. ever since last year's raid of bin laden's compound. among the papers found in his home were repeated references to the importance of attacks timed to coincide with anniversary dates. >> i think the major issue for al qaeda is to do something to prove that they're still alive, to do some fairly major event or series of attacks that prove that they're not down, they're not out. >> reporter: as a result, american law enforcement and white house officials say travelers at airports in the u.s. and europe should expect to see enhanced security over the next several days. >> so, brian, when we hear these reports, we also wonder, what do
we do about traveling, our families? you talked to fbi, homeland security. what are they saying? >> reporter: they are confident they can handle this. >> they make their promise to you. if they warn their families, they are going to warn their families. >> reporter: these would not let that go, they say. >> okay, brian ross, thank you. and now, the secret service scandal and new accusations that agents had hired prostitutes before. another presidential trip, this one, in el salvador. the agency has launched yet another internal investigation amid concern there is an emerging culture of secrets. here's abc's senior justice correspondent pierre thomas. >> reporter: first a scandal involving the secret service hiring prostitutes in colombia. now authorities are investigating new allegations about sex with prostitutes in el salvador prior to a march 2011 presidential trip. a government contractor tells a seattle tv station that he accompanied secret service
personnel to strip clubs where he witnessed them drinking heavily. he says at least two of the men brought prostitutes back to their hotel. >> especially in this climate, in view of what happened in colombia, the secret service has to investigate all allegations. >> right now, they are establishing a working group to establish if there is a pattern. >> reporter: administration officials have said their investigation is far reaching, but they have found no evidence of rogue behavior beyond colombia. >> we are going back through all of the records, but we are going to get to the bottom of this. >> reporter: it looks like this story is far from over and the secret service has a lot more investigating to do. pierre thomas, abc news, washington. and now, a kind of greek drama, playing out today, something surprising, from media titan rupert murdoch, his empire
touching nearly every american household. he was back in the hot seat, facing allegations that some of his tabloid reporters in london had hacked into private voicemails of celebrities and parents of missing children. and today, the billionaire dropped a bomb shell, conceding that the mess was his fault. here's abc's jeffrey kofman. >> reporter: summoned to the royal court of justice, one of the most powerful men in the world, rupert murdoch, utters words he has rarely said before. if ever. >> i also have to say that i failed. >> reporter: murdoch's british newspapers are under investigation for bribery, perjury, interkepting e-mails, hacking the voicemails of a murdered schoolgirl and celebrities, all in search of sensational stories. like the private life of actor hugh grant. >> i, for instance, have seen the moments of the private investigator hired by "the news of the world" on my messages. there he was tapping my
messages. >> reporter: 27 of murdoch's employees, including journalists and senior editors, have been arrested. his once powerful son pushed aside. murdoch closed his "news of the world" tabloid here, but today, he insisted he had no idea of its dirty deeds. no one told him. >> someone took charge of a cover-up which we were victim to and i regret. >> reporter: the one time murdoch lost his temper, when the lawyer questioning him wondered whether he simply did not want to know. >> a desire to cover up, rather than the desire to expose? would you agree with that? >> people with minds like yours, yes, perhaps. i'm sorry. i can take that back. >> reporter: what is at stake here is nothing less than murdoch's control of a $60 billion global media empire, one that touches every american through his ownership of fox news, "the wall street journal" and "the new york post." this is much more than a business story. it is the fall of a titan.
>> a man who built up one of the great media 'empires the world has known and seen his life work destroyed and rubbish and exposed for what it was, a criminal organization. >> reporter: at 81, murdoch might have hoped he'd be resting on his laurels, not fighting to save everything. jeffrey kofman, abc news, london. and back here at home, a blistering day at the trial of former presidential hopeful john edwards. his defense lawyers spent hours trying to undermine the credibility of the star witness for the prosecution. former edwards aide andrew young, who claims he was asked to conceal edwards extramarital affair. the defense lawyer was able to pick apart young's testimony, highlights inkon cyst ensis. young admitted using hundreds of thousands of dollars from edwards' supporters for his own benef benefit, including the financing of a new home. and now, healthy living, the
results of a giant study released today about a kind of super fruit that allegedly can boost your brain. we've been hearing for some time about the health benefits of blueberries, how they can help preserve memory. well, today, this study told us how much you have to eat and how it might work on your mind. here's abc's dan harris. >> reporter: 16,000 women over the age of 70 took this quiz. can you remember these words? cabin, pipe, elephant, chest, silk, theater, watch, whip, giant, hello. we're going to test you in a minute, but first, we want to tell you the researchers who found the women who did the best on this quiz were eating the most straw per riffs and blueberries. on average, a couple straw per rips or half a cup of blue per rips a week. that may have slowed down their memory loss by 2 1/2 years. berries contain an antioxidant called anthocyanins.
they concentrate in the memory and learning areas of your brain. they help reduce inflammation, this protects the connections that create memory. do you find today's study convincing? >> yes, i do. >> reporter: now, before you go on a berry binge, a few caveats. this study was funded in part by the strawberry industry and the women who did the best on the test were healthier anyway. but even when the researchers took that into account, they said the berries still improved memory. and berries have been shown to have all sorts of other health benef benefits. they can prevent clogged arteries and kidney stones. of course, berries are expensive, but you can do it on a budget. >> frozen blueberries actually are much cheaper than when you are looking at the fresh. >> reporter: and they are just as good. >> they are. >> reporter: and there are other
cheaper foods that have the same benefits, including onions, tapes, apples, even wine. >> taken in moderation, it works. >> reporter: that's the key point here. ong, okay, so, time for the quiz. can you remember the worlds? think hard, any of them? here are the answers. cabin, elephant, silk, watch, giant, pipe, chest, theater, whip, hello. didn't do as well as you wanted? try the berries. dan harris, abc news, new york. and coming up, ann romney and her health scare. >> i start to almost lose my words. i almost can't think, and i thought, oh, no, big trouble. spring has sprung but so have my allergies. nighttime is the worst. i can't breathe and forget sleeping. good mornings? not likely! i've tried the pills the sprays even some home remedies. then i tried something new. [ male announcer ] drug-free breathe right nasal strips.
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>> and i can't tell you how much i appreciate that because the days are long, the road is hard and the trials are there. >> reporter: one of those trials -- her battle with multiple sclerosis. now, in an interview with "entertainment tonight," ann talks about her struggle behind the scenes, those long days before the super tuesday primary in march. >> i was quite fatigued and i knew i couldn't quit. i didn't tell anybody i was tired. >> reporter: but she kept going. >> i start to almost lose my words. i almost can't think, i can't get words out. i start to stumble a little bit and, so, those things were hatching and i thought, oh, no, big trouble. >> reporter: in just that week before super tuesday, ann romney visited five states, attended more than a dozen events with her husband and then, two more events on her own. a grueling schedule for anyone, but for someone with ms? >> if it is overwhelming to them and they are chronically stressed, it can actually worsen their multiple sclerosis. >> reporter: ms has also
touched the obama family. if the first lady's father was diagnosed with ms in his 30s. >> if he was in pain, he never let on. he never stopped smiling and laughing. >> reporter: ann romney was diagnosed more than a decade ago. she sas she felt "crushed into dust." too exhausted to even open the mail. to treat the disease, she'd used a mix of traditional and alternative therapies, like riding her horse to regain muscle tone. but in the months ahead, it's the campaign trail she'll be negotiating. >> is this the happiest time in the campaign so far, for you? >> probably, i'd say, that's a yes. it is a very stressful thing and you put your heart and soul into it and you believe in yourself and you believe in the person that you're supporting. >> reporter: the campaign has tried to protect her from being overworked. he'll introduce her husband and go sit on the campaign bus, rather than stand behind him. but they are aware that mitt romney isn't just happier with his wife by his side.
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there, there is a sigh of relief. they have evaluated the rash on the passenger on board, determined it is not infectious, not infectious. the passengers are being allowed off and all is clear. and finally, the baseball play everybody's been talking about. you saw that picture. it didn't happen on the field, but in the stands. last night's yankees/rangers game in texas, raising the question, how far would you go to get a foul ball? america weighing in on it tonight. abc's ryan owens is in dallas. >> aww. this little guy is crying. >> oh, my goodness. >> reporter: the rangers were winning, so, why is this texas toddler so upset? >> he didn't get hit. he just didn't get the ball. >> reporter: who did? let's go to the replay. >> here's what happened. moreland tossed the ball. >> reporter: the couple picks up the ball, oblivious to the teary toddler reaching for it. the yankees announcers call foul. >> oh my god, they can't give it to the kid! that's awful!
>> reporter: it gets worse. the woman poses for a picture with the ball. >> oh, they're actually, like, rubbing it in the kid's face. >> reporter: they aren't the first adults to act childish with a baseball headed their way. this dad actually dropped his daughter to go for a ball at the dodgers stadium. >> he lost the kid and the ball. >> reporter: this lady wrestled a ball away from a little girl. perhaps all the adults who could learn from this 12-year-old. >> are you kidding me? is the kid going to do this? >> reporter: ian mcmillan gave his foul ball to a younger fan last summer at a diamondbacks game in arizona. that good deed made him our "person of the week." >> i saw the kid. he rauz really sad so i decided just to give the ball back. >> reporter: tonight, the man behind this latest incident, sean leonard, talked to a dallas station. >> we would have given the ball to the child. >> luckily, for all involved, someone in the rangers bull pen tossed the toddler another ball.
>> he goes home happy, so do the rangers. >> reporter: no harm, no foul. ryan owens, abc news, dallas. >> they didn't see him. well, we thank you for watching. we're always here at abcnews.com. "nightline," of course, along later. and we will see you again, right here back, tomorrow night, to close out this week. thanks for watching. good night.