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you've gone noseblind to break out the febreze and breathe happy. take a look at this one. cameras were rolling after a truck carrying a load of cars on interstate 95 along florida's east coast caught fire. that set off a series of explosions, sending thick, black smoke into the air. the driver managed to unhitch his cab and got away without
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hurt. across the country in washington state, an 11-year-old boy is in big trouble after stealing a car and taking it on a joy ride. police noticed the car weaving through traffic, and when they got a closer look, they realized the driver could barely see over the steering wheel. they couldn't get him to pull over, so a police car pulled in front of him and rammed into it. luckily, no one was hurt. this is a very bizarre case unfolding in a texas courtroom. a man accuses a sperm bank of helping his ex-girlfriend get pregnant. >> the woman now the mother of a 5-year-old says she did nothing wrong. here's abc's linsey davis. >> reporter: a louisiana man is taking a texas fertility center and his ex-girlfriend to court, claiming the clinic illegally handed over his dna samples to her, which she then used to have his child. >> it's beyond belief. it's something that you don't read or see in a movie.
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>> reporter: in 2002, lane hardon signed a contract with then girlfriend catherine leblanc to preserve eight vials of sperm at a fertility center before having a vasectomy. >> it basically stated in our relationship were to end or if he were to die, that the sperm would go to me. >> reporter: but when leblanc and hardon broke up four years later, he began dating this woman. >> the relationship was very rocky. it was on and off quite a bit. very volatile. >> reporter: according to his lawsuit, after their relationship ended, duval obtained two of her ex-boyfriend's sperm samples at the sperm bank without leblanc's consent. >> at first you think that's totally impossible. this is some kind of joke. >> reporter: now hardon and leblanc are suing the center for breach of contract and also suing duval claiming she had no over or rights to the sperm. >> there are more security
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checks in place for me going and buying alcohol at a gas station than there were for her to go receive a man's dna. >> reporter: in opening statements tuesday, duval's attorney argued harden went with his client to a houston fertility specialist and told the doctor he wanted to use his dna samples to get duval pregnant. and an attorney for the fertility center says hardon never notified the clinic later that he didn't want duval to have his sperm. >> harden has some obligation to let people know he's changed his mind. >> their son is now 5 years old. harden says he's never met him. >> one day we're going to run into each other. and what do we say? do i recognize him? does he recognize me? >> linsey davis, abc news, new york. >> tough case. a lot of these cases are becoming more and more common. and he actually spent $50,000 of his own money during this entire legal pursuit. >> it's just a frightening case. if they don't want to be together, you wonder why -- obviously, she wanted to have a
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child, but he wanted no part of that. at least that's what he's saying now. that's just a tough decision. i wonder if she's going to be seeking child support from this, you know? i wonder if it extends into that. but oh, you're right, it's just a tough situation. he obviously wanted no part of it and she did and she went ahead with it anyway. now it's all going to get worked out, i guess. we hope the best for him, and more importantly for the child. >> yes, you're absolutely right. and coming up, the new faces of the comic world. how women are pushing aside all those boring, old, male superheroes and saving the world and revolutionizing comics. meet the female writers behind the movement. and ahead in our next half hour, the parenting debate sparked by a simple photo. one mom breast-feeding her friend's child. what health experts say and why some people have a problem with it. you're watching "world news now." it. you're watching "world news now." >> a
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♪ ♪ superman, batman, spiderman, ant-man. besides tight costumes, they all have one thing in common, they're men. >> but the era of male domination in the comic book world seems to be on its way out. for more now, we're "up all nightline" with yahoo! global news anchor katie couric. >> reporter: from abc's agent carter to the much-anticipated supergirl, no longer just a sidekick, female superheroes are suiting up, a new wave of creators ditching the damsel in distress label and redefining a genre. >> spiderman, batman, superman, a lot of something mans, not of
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a lot of something women. >> reporter: even with a fan base now 47% women, comic books long considered a boys' club used women to play sexy second fiddles to the male heroes. >> in the '90s things got really severe. ridiculous, clownish breasts. and then both breasts and both butt cheeks appear at the same time, which is what we call the brokeback pose. it is common enough in comics that we have a name for it. >> reporter: two decades later, there's a evolving fan base and fresh ideas. >> women are stepping up and demanding what they want, and publishers are responding. >> reporter: the genre now depicting strong but real female heroes, like a re-envisioned wonder woman. >> i am the writer on the "wonder woman" comic book. i think back on my life experiences and the experiences of the strong women that i know in my life. and i hope that every woman who reads our book sees a little bit
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of their own struggles for themselves in the character. >> reporter: these bold steps still brought out some modern-day bad guys. >> any time there's going to be a strong voice, especially a strong female voice, there's going to be people who don't like it. >> reporter: undeterred, these real-life superheroes continue their mission to save mankind, or at least more fairly represent it. >> when i starred coming to conventions it was maybe 5% to 10% women and girls coming in. now that's 50/50. >> reporter: for "nightline," i'm katie couric in new york. >> let the women empowerment continue. earlier, we talked about target, making their toys more gender-neutral. now 50%. >> i was surprised by the number that women are so into -- oh. >> would you like look? >> yeah, that is really what i wear when i'm cleaning the house actually during the day. the wonder woman of super cleaning and "world news now."
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♪ it is time for "the mix." and some say, most say that it is almost impossible to make tom brady unattractive. >> he's a good-looking man. >> by all accounts. >> hands down. >> good for him. there you go. but apparently, yesterday at court, what's being called sketchgate after a courtroom artist drew that picture. that's supposed to be tom brady in the top-right portion of your screen, looking overjoyed to be there, as you can tell. so, some memes have appeared online because this has just gone viral. there you go. there's the first one. they throw his picture on his regular jersey. and we have other ones that are much more interesting. that is "the scream," the famous
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painting there by edvard munch. this one's my favorite. "e.t." phone home. look at that in front of the basket there. we have him on the mona lisa and finally we have him among the presidents at mt. rushmore. >> pretty good. >> something to talk about there. he looks, dare i say, deflated. >> oh, boom-boom boom. >> where are the sound effects now? there you go. you know, one thing about politics and the campaign trail, people really get annoyed by those campaign ads. they're starting already. in canada, this might be it the most epic political ad ever. take a look. >> hey, i'm wyatt scott and i'm running for parliament for the new riding a mission razor canyon! >> yep, he's running for parliament and this was filmed by a bunch of students. they say they shot it in a day, the film students did. it attracted a lot of attention but the unfortunate thing is apparently he has slim chances of being elected as an independent.
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>> what? >> creative? >> absolutely! he's zapping up aliens, saving the universe. >> so, maybe canadians should reconsider. >> they should. >> he might reinvent things in parliament. >> we'll have to check back and see how he did. >> see how he did, okay. our final item here, a mom going with her son in a timed auto cross race. they're hauling butt through the course. his mom, as moms do, give him encouragement. but of course, between frightened, frightened, frightened shrieks. >> whoo! ooh! it's going to need new tires! ooh! wow, honey! >> mom is being encouraging. you're doing well, honey! oh, my goodness! good job, good job! >> that is very, very cute! i like how even though she's slightly terrified, she's still a supportive mom in the end, right? >> absolutely! >> and of course, son is not batting an eyelash. i can even see through those sunglasses. >> there you go. that is a supportive mom, and
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that is "the mix" for today. coming up, we have more news, abc.
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this morning on "world news now," fighting cancer. jimmy carter's difficult diagnosis. what the former president and his doctors are saying about an illness that runs in his family. earth-shattering explosion. a blast at a seaport so intense, it broke windows miles away and jolted people out of bed. the human toll and the investigation. also new this half hour, cops say they're sure it was intentional. >> the speeding pickup truck headed right for an officer. the unusual pursuit and what the suspect was not wearing. and later in "the skinny," the big changes for fans of "sesame street." who actually want to see less of elmo, the cookie monster and their friends? it's thursday, august 13th. from abc news, this is
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"world news now." good morning on this thursday. i'm phillip mena. >> and i'm reena ninan. whether you are a democrat or republican, whatever your political stripes may be, it was hard news to hear overnight that we're beginning, of course, with the fight for former president jimmy carter's life with the diagnosis that he has cancer. and he will be getting treatment and revealing also that the disease has actually spread through his body. >> yeah, so sad to hear. president obama and vice president biden are among the millions of americans sending good wishes to mr. carter. abc's david kerley has more on the diagnosis. >> reporter: the former president sharing with the world he's been so engaged with that he has cancer and it has spread. in his statement, mr. carter says that during liver surgery, the cancer was discovered, which is now "in other parts of my body." just a month ago, president carter reminisced with george stephanopoulos about his latest book, "a full life,"
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acknowledging that the final chapters are being written. >> i know that in a few years since i'll be 91 in october, that my travel capability and my vigor, physical vigor, is going to die down. >> reporter: mr. carter's parents, his two sisters and brother all died of cancer. the 39th president, from plains, georgia, was denied a second term, losing to ronald reagan in the midst of the iranian hostage crisis. but his post-presidency, one of the busiest ever, filled with the work of the carter center. president carter has canceled his schedule so he can stay in atlanta for treatment. he will possibly reveal more about his condition next week. the current occupant of the white house, president obama, says he and his wife are hoping for a fast and full recovery for president carter. david kerley, abc news, washington. >> as is much of america. thank you, david. turning now to china and the aftermath of those massive explosions that lit up the port city of tianjin in the middle of the night. this is what's left of the
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warehouse that was packed with hazardous material when the blast went off, sending a fiery mushroom cloud. at least 44 people were killed and more than 550 injured. a number of firefighters are among the dead and missing. the blast scorched buildings and cars and blew out windows miles away. >> i thought it was an earthquake. so, i just kind of woke up in a panic, looked out the window, and the sky was red. >> scientists say the more powerful explosion was equivalent to 21 tons of tnt. details about the disaster trickling in because chinese authorities are keeping a tight control over the information. the u.s. has launched its first f-16 fighter missions from turkey against isis targets in syria. six of the fighter jets arrived at the base on sunday after turkey granted permission. there's no word from the pentagon what targets were hit in syria. a u.s. army helicopter crashed in the water off the japanese island of okinawa, injuring six people. the black hawk chopper went down during a training exercise while
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trying to land on a navy ship. the cause of the crash is still under investigation. a dangerously close call for a medical helicopter in fresno, california, when it was almost hit by a drone. the crew with a patient on board was about two miles from the airport when the drone appeared in its flight path. so the pilot was forced to make an evasive maneuver to dodge the drone, and it came directly at them. >> what was the altitude? >> high level with us, so about 1,000 feet. passed off our left side. only about 20 feet or so. >> the drone flew right under the rotor, but no one was injured. drone sightings are on the rise. the faa has received 650 reports from pilots since the start of the year. a security scare at a southern california airport forced the evacuation of hundreds of passengers. screeners at ontario airport found what looked like a hand grenade in a carry-on bag, but it turned out to be a phony
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device. ten flights were delayed because of this and the evacuations lasted 45 minutes. the passenger who owns the replica grenade could be fined. environmental experts are warning that the toxic yellow waste that gushed out of a colorado gold mine may pose health problems in three states for years to come, and they say they have no easy way to solve the problem. abc's kayna whitworth has details. >> reporter: one week after the epa's mistake at a nearby mine turned these rivers yellow with millions of gallons of toxic chemicals, the head of the agency says the situation is improving. >> the levels have returned to pre-event conditions. >> reporter: colorado state officials giving the green light to begin treating and using water from the animas river. >> that plume is still moving. as pretty as the animas river looks to us, this is not the end of the story. this is the beginning. >> reporter: i'm more than 40 miles downstream from the gold king mine where this spill happened seven days ago. and look at this. it doesn't take very much to kick up these toxic heavy
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metals, things like lead and dangerously high levels of arsenic. the water moving 213 gallons a minute toward lake powell. >> i've called all sorts of people to try to figure out what exactly is involved, and we don't know. >> reporter: the epa telling abc news they're out in boats on lake powell checking the water there. and despite the toxic levels going down here, they still don't know when they'll reopen this river. kayna whitworth, abc news, durango, colorado. >> thank you, cana. and firefighters in the northwest getting a break today. clouds are rolling in along with cooler temperatures, breaking the heat wave. even hotter in the desert southwest with heat indexes approaching 120. thunderstorms around denver, stifling heat in the south with thunderstorms along the gulf coast. >> look at the red and orange in the map. 90s and triple digits from billings down to denver, dallas and new orleans. 80s in seattle, los angeles, chicago, and in boston. the clock is ticking for a settlement between the nfl and patriots quarterback tom brady in the deflategate controversy. both brady and nfl commissioner
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roger goodell were in federal court here in new york yesterday. neither spoke in court as attorneys from both sides answered tough questions from a judge. he asked about the nfl's evidence and about why brady destroyed his cell phone. both sides were urged to settle their differences before their next court appearance next wednesday. well, some "sports with reena" here. it's not even monday. it's thursday. well, pitcher hisashi iwakuma -- >> got it. >> got it, right? i nailed that one. he's with the seattle mariners. he is now the second japanese-born pitcher to throw a major league no-hitter. should i explain to america what a no-hitter is or do you think they get it? >> go ahead. >> it's when nobody hits. well, they hit, but nobody makes it around the base? >> nobody gets to first on a base hit. >> right, that's what i said, phillip. >> nailed it. >> you sure did. >> phillip, he struck out seven orioles yesterday afternoon in a 3-0 victory.
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iwakuma is the fourth no-hitter this season in the big leagues and the first in the american league in nearly three years. no-hitter. >> you're going to be saying iwakuma all night long. >> iwakuma. >> iwakuma is 60 years younger than the guy you're about to meet. mark of duluth, minnesota it, turned 94 last month and he loves playing ice hockey. >> he goes to the rink three times a week and he's been playing on the duluth firefighters hockey team for more than 30 years. >> he fractured two ribs and punctured a lung at the rink last month, but he recovered quickly in order to play in the tournament in california, and he says he plans to be playing hockey for his 95th birthday next year as well. >> i got iwakuma, but i didn't get duluth. >> so it goes. >> got to focus on that one next time. coming up in "the skinny," a personal decision and surgery for a teenaged member of the "modern family" cast. plus, one mom agrees to nurse another mom's son because she cannot breast-feed.
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>> i have no doubt that it was intentional. he hits this other squad and what's just -- he's just off of the squad cam video, but according to officers, that's when he flips them off. >> when police caught up with him, they found out that the guy, the whole time, had been naked behind the wheel. he's suspected of having been on lsd. the guy was arrested and will face charges. a photo of a mom breastfeeding her son and friend's child at the same time has gone viral, touching off a heated debate online. >> wet nurses have been around since biblical times, so some are asking, what's the big deal? here's abc's rebecca jarvis. >> reporter: a remarkable photo sparking major debate, a woman breast-feeding not just her own baby but her friend's son as well. >> i feel like he's my son and i treat him as my son. >> pennsylvania mom charli enterante wanted her son, mateo, to breast-feed, even if she
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couldn't do it herself. >> i did what was best for my son in a time that he needed something more. >> reporter: not able to pump at work, mateo began reacting badly to formula. so, her friend, jessica colletti, suggested a unique solution. how did you make the decision to have jessica nurse mateo? >> so, i was at my wit's end with it, and when she offered, i was just nothing but thankful for it. >> reporter: had you ever nursed another person's child at that point? >> no. it was very natural. it was very -- it seemed very natural. >> reporter: while many applauding the gesture of friendship, some taking issue, one writing, "i found this picture disturbing." the world health organization lists milk from a healthy wet nurse or a human bank as the best alternative to milk from an infant's own mother. >> if a woman has been screened, if she's healthy, if she's substance-free, if her child is healthy as well, it shouldn't be a problem. >> reporter: and colletti isn't the only woman willing to share her milk. selma hayek choosing to
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breastfeed a hungry infant at a rural health clinic in sierra leone in 2009. >> i thought about it. am i being disloyal to my child by giving her milk away? and i actually think that my baby would be very proud to be able to share her milk. >> reporter: as for these two friends, they not only describe their sons as milk brothers but they're now raising them together under one roof. enterante moving in with colletti and her husband two months ago. is this the family of your dreams? >> right now, this is what works. >> reporter: rebecca jarvis, abc news, new york. >> a lot of people don't realize, and i know you definitely don't realize, breast-feeding is a very hard thing. it's not easy. and a lot of women, some women do rely on milk banks to get their supply if they can't keep their supply up, so some people say this is another way of giving the baby great breast milk that isn't necessarily from the mom, but it still has
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nutrients. >> you're right. don't know much about it. but i say if it's okay with the mother of the child and it's okay with the woman doing the breast-feeding, then what's the problem? they say it does pose certain risks, like hiv, but this is a very common practice, i'm told, throughout the world, so -- >> yeah, a lot of wet nurses around the world, right? >> so i'm told. that is out of my arena. all right, well, why don't we move on? coming up, let's talk a little "modern family." the stars are opening up, one star in particular, about her decision to undergo breast reduction surgery. and "the lion king" is back with some familiar, new voices. "the skinny" is next. >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our abc stations. this from our abc stations.
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♪ skinny, so skinny ♪ skinny so skinny well, we begin with news about "sesame street" and what we hope is not a sign of the times. >> yeah, the iconic children's television show is apparently shrinking. yesterday, pbs announced that the hour-long version of "sesame street" will not be in their fall lineup. >> before you get all grouchy, take a deep breath, maybe count to ten. there will still be new "sesame street" episodes. it will just be half an hour. pbs made the move after receiving "positive station and viewer feedback." >> whoever those viewers are, they want less of "sesame street," shame on you! since 1969, this show has made
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millions of parents feel less guilty for using the television as a babysitter. >> yeah, but i have to say, i'm actually not surprised. i took my kids to "sesame street" place in pennsylvania this weekend, and i actually had to youtube "sesame street" episodes, because they watch other cartoons. >> they do? >> yeah. >> did you watch it? >> oh, yes. >> what was your favorite? >> i loved big bird. >> big bird? >> yeah. my time was before the elmo time, actually. that's how -- >> oscar the grouch, that's mine. >> you're oscar the grouch. let's turn to actress ariel winter, the "modern family" star opening up about her decision to have breast reduction surgery. >> she's known for playing alex dunphy on the show, but this summer she underwent the procedure just after season seven of the show wrapped up. in an interview with "glamour" magazine, she talked about going through a rapid growth spurt and describes the emotional pain of being scrutinized and bullied in
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the public eye as well as the physical pain of having a large chest. the surgery took her from a 32 f to a 34 d. >> winter is sharing her story in hopes of inspiring others and "it's something i did to better my life and health and i think that can benefit a lot of young girls." well, since its 1994 premiere, "the lion king" has become one of the most beloved disney stories, and now it's getting a tv spinoff. >> simba and nula are back, but they're all grown up now and will be voiced by rob lowe and gabrielle union. making the return will be james earl jones, who lives on in spirit, and the voice of mufasa who lives on in spirit and ernie sabella will be the voice of pumbaa. >> the new show called "the lion king: return of the roar" starts in november on the disney channel. we should mention -- >> disney is the parent company of abc news. >> you like that? >> important disclaimer. >> you like that, all right. >> the voice from above reminding everyone. >> voice from god. let's give a quick congrats to billy joel.
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the 66-year-old piano man proud dad of another girl. >> his new wife, alexis roderick, gave birth to della rose joel, here in new york. she's joel's second daughter. his first, alexa ray, is 29. and finally, steve martin is being honored for his contributions to the world of bluegrass. >> the comedic actor has had an incredible career making people laugh, but did you know he's also enjoyed success moonlighting as a roots musician? ♪ >> and top of his five grammy awards, martin will be honored by the international bluegrass music association with their distinguished achievement award. >> that award is given to artists for their significant contributions to bluegrass music. martin has incorporated banjo plucking into his standup performances since the 1970s and has been playing since he was a teenager. >> he's really, really good. let's take you out to break with a little bit of his music.
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years of his documents and photos was accidentally thrown out, he knew he had to work fast. first, he tried to catch the garbage collector. >> so, i quick ran out and asked the guy, can you open up your truck? and they said, no. once we load it, we have to take it to the place. i said, okay, where is it? >> reporter: so, rudy and his son-in-law high-tailed it to beg the plant manager at friedman recycling to help. >> they beat the truck back to the facility, asked if there was an opportunity that we could maybe find their material. it worked out that the truck hadn't showed up yet, so once it did, we cleared a space. >> reporter: it was right here where they laid out the truck's trash, three to four tons of it, and then began the painstaking search to find that one garbage bag. >> and they gave us hard hats, safety vests, glasses and gloves, and we went through. and finally, we came across an address that's in this neighborhood. and i said, it's going to be here because this is the same neighborhood. and sure enough, right after i
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said that, the plant manager pulled it out and had the bag and it had all their stuff in it. >> there it is! and he handed it to me, brought it over. i opened it up, pulled out the top thing and there was my name on it. >> reporter: rudy says he's now filed away all of his important documents and learned an important lesson. never leave anything valuable in a trash bag. action 7 news. >> great way to spend an afternoon. >> i always wonder, though, sometimes if you let things go and you realize they're gone, i just sort of say, let them go. don't worry about it. maybe it's meant to be gone. but clearly, they were important papers if he went digging through the trash. >> clearly. he went through two tons of trash to get to it! only a lottery ticket. >> that is the only reason. >> that is the only way i would forge ahead. they didn't even give them anything to hold their breath or anything like that? >> no. >> well, worked out for them. worked out for them. tell us what you think on our facebook page. >> more news from abc straight ahead. >> announcer: this is abc's "world news now," informing
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good morning. i'm phillip mena. >> and i'm reena ninan. here's some of the top headlines we're following this morning on "world news now." former president jimmy carter is set to begin treatment after revealing that he has cancer. mr. carter says the discovery was made during an earlier liver surgery. details straight ahead. massive explosions in china have claimed dozens of lives and sent more than 500 people to the hospital. the blasts erupted at a container terminal with highly flammable material igniting office buildings, homes and cars. much more coming up. close call. a near midair collision between a medical helicopter and a drone over fresno. but the pilot took evasive action as the drone came within 20 feet of the rotor. the patient and everyone on board landing safely. and seattle mariners pitcher
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hisashi iwakuma has thrown a fourth major league no-hitter of the season. he struck out seven orioles yesterday in a 3-0 win. he's the second japanese-born pitcher to throw a no-hitter. these are some of our top stories on this thursday, august 13th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." we begin this half hour with the health challenge facing former president jimmy carter. >> the 90-year-old is set to begin cancer treatment in his home state of georgia. the disease discovered during liver surgery and that it's spread through his body. it's not clear where the cancer started, but he has a history of pancreatic cancer in his family. speaking to abc's george stephanopoulos recently, the former president reflected on his life. >> you recently said that you and rosalynn are prepared in the religious and psychological way for what comes next. >> that's true. >> how do you get there?
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>> well, it's hard. i'm not eager to get there. i'm talking about first of all, i'm just as active now as i was 25 or 30, 40 years ago. i've traveled more this first part of this year than i have the first part of any recent year. >> thousands of well wishes have been pouring in overnight. president obama released this statement -- "jimmy, you are as resilient as they come, and along with the rest of america, we are rooting for you." turning now to the 2016 presidential race, both front-runners are keeping their distance from rivals in the latest poll of iowa voters. among the republicans, donald trump is ahead at 22%, but look who's number two, dr. ben carson. scott walker, ted cruz and carly fiorina are rounding out the top five. and hillary clinton has a firm lead among iowa democrats, favored by 50% of the voters. bernie sanders has 31%. joe biden, who has not announced that he's running, has 12%. >> i guess it's not over until
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it's over, right? >> that's right. the clinton campaign is being dogged by those e-mails clinton sent on a private server while secretary of state. that server has now been turned over to the fbi. campaign officials have been trying to reassure supporters this is not a criminal inquiry regarding the e-mails. one of her republican rivals, marco rubio, tweeted that the scandal proves that another clinton presidency will bring more drama to the white house. attorneys for the nfl and patriots quarterback tom brady are on the clock to reach a settlement in the deflategate controversy. both brady and nfl commissioner roger goodell were here in federal court yesterday. neither spoke in court as attorneys from both sides answered tough questions from a judge. he asked about the nfl's evidence and about why brady destroyed his cell phone. observers say the judge definitely wants the whole thing settled out of court. >> judge berman was very clear that nothing could be read into what he was saying, but it was hard not to come away with a message that he was trying to deliver to the nfl that the league better soften up and engage in settlement talks or be
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prepared to face the consequences. >> both sides are scheduled to be back in court next wednesday. fantasy footballers, listen up. as of now, brady remains suspended for the first four games of the season. draft accordingly. >> so, what does that mean, don't put him in? >> gets drafted later. >> oh, so draft him for the second pick? >> if he misses four games, yeah. maybe not second pick, a lot further down. >> okay, all right. thank you, phillip. three more women are accusing bill cosby of sexually attacking them, including an actress who once had a role on "the cosby show." kabc's carlos grande has the story from los angeles. >> reporter: holding photos of themselves from the time of the alleged incidents, three more women claim they were victimized by bill cosby. >> this felt dangerous and i was scared. >> reporter: eden says she grew up watching "the cosby show" and he was the father everyone wanted. she says she got a part on the show and was taken to cosby's dressing room. >> i knew i had been sexually
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harassed, i knew that i should say something, yet, i had tried to get help while working on the show. if i got no help there, it felt hopeless to get it outside the show. bill cosby was untouchable. >> reporter: linda ridgeway-lightyear says she was not drugged when cosby forced her to perform a sex act on him. >> he gloated over my humiliation. he planned it. even to this day, i am still ashamed that i went into shock. i wish i had tried to kick him, but i felt like my heart had stopped. i couldn't catch my breath. >> reporter: colleen hughes was a flight attendant who says that after drinking champagne with cosby, she woke up hours later naked. >> i have had to live my whole life with this terrible secret about bill cosby and what he did to me. it has been difficult for all of us. >> reporter: cosby denies the allegations. so far, about 50 women have come forward. >> many alleged victims have overcome their fear because they want mr. cosby to be held accountable, and they now
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realize that their silence is only helping mr. cosby. >> reporter: cosby is scheduled to give a deposition for a lawsuit filed by another of allred's clients, who claims he assaulted her at the playboy mansion when she was 15 years old. cosby's deposition is scheduled for october 9th, but allred wouldn't say where that deposition will take place. carlos grande, abc news. the death toll is growing in china after a string of powerful explosions ripped through a warehouse packed with hazardous materials. huge fireballs lit up the skies in the port city of tianjin, killing at least 44 people and injuring many others and a number of people are still missing. nearby buildings collapsed or went up in flames and windows were shattered miles away. >> my friend who took the video, her whole veranda, all of the sliding doors got blown in. and she was sitting on the couch watching tv at that time, she probably would have gotten hit
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by them. >> the most powerful explosion packed a force of 21 tons of tnt. more than 1,000 firefighters were at the scene. at least 12 of them were killed. so far there's no word on a possible cause. experts analyzing the toxic waste that spilled from a colorado gold mine are warning it's likely to pose long-term health risks. although the animas river contamination is starting to dissipate, the continuing problem will be when the river bottom is stirred up, and that toxic sediment moves downstream into the water supply. hydrologists say they have no easy fix for that. let's take a look at the forecast. unbearable heat in the desert southwest with heat indexes 115 or higher. oppressive in the south, too, with thunderstorms along the gulf coast, stormy around denver. it's cooler in the pacific northwest, mild in the midwest and northeast. >> 112 in phoenix, 90 in denver, dallas, minneapolis and new orleans. 80s in portland, los angeles, new york and chicago.
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drivers across the midwest are paying more at the pump thanks to a sudden surge in gas prices. that surge is being blamed on a bp refinery in indiana. it's the biggest refinery in the midwest and it's now operating at less than half of its usual capacity. that means stations have to get their gas from further away, which means it will cost more. those costs are being passed along to drivers. earlier this week in chicago, gas prices jumped 30 cents per gallon overnight. if you're looking to maximize your home investment, buy a house near a trader joe's market. that's according to a new study by a national real estate information company. it found that homeowners sharing a zip code with a trader joe's saw their property values increase 40%. well, mcdonald's has beefed up one of its signature sandwiches. the quarter pounder now a little heavier, weighing in at 4.25 ounces. of course, that's before it's cooked and reduced to a mere 2.8 ounces.
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we'll have to wait and see if the heftier burger comes with a heftier price tag. well, the breakfast of champions is branching out to a surprising, new market. wheaties rolling out in a new beer. it seemed up with a fellow minneapolis brewery to produce a beer called hefe wheaties. do i have that right, hefe wheaties? hefe. it sounds like the boss of wheaties. in spanish, hefe is boss. >> that's with a "j," though. >> got it, okay. wheaties brew will be sold for a limited time and is only being offered in the twin cities. no word if any famous athletes will grace its cans. let's check out a major new attraction at the indiana state fair, which is going on right now in indianapolis. >> that attraction, 1,500-pound cheese sculpture. that you will cheese was, of course, was made right there in indiana. the sculpture honors hoosier farmers. >> they're being honored because this is the year of the farmer there at the fair. the woman who sculpted it is a wisconsin native, and she and two helpers, they spent more
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than 250 hours working on that sculpture. >> and i'm guessing this is cheddar. does it look like extra sharp cheddar? >> i don't know the difference between extra sharp and regular cheddar, but did you see how big this thing is? >> it is pretty big. it will be on display through sunday the 23rd. so, through the next ten days. >> then what happens, you eat it, i guess? >> maybe you have a wine and cheese party? >> that's probably what happened. [ burping ] >> there you go. towards the very end, make chili con queso out of it maybe? >> coming up, a stunt involving a pet tortoise and a door. you have to see it because this happened. also ahead, the international custody battle involving an american actress and her german husband. she's speaking out after a judge makes a tough decision. and later, we'll take you back decades to look at two-income families. the social issue then and now on our throwback thursday. you're watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by
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traffic is beginning to flow along the new jersey turnpike after a fiery crash between two big rigs. fire crews had an especially tough time because one of the trucks was loaded with paper. sending flames and black smoke into the air that was visible for miles, but nobody was injured. it has been a heartbreaking ordeal for the star from "gossip girls." kelly rutherford was ordered to send her two young children to their father in europe. >> that order this week was a blow to rutherford's international custody battle, and she's now blasting the judge who made the decision. she's speaking out to abc's linsey davis. >> reporter: hermes and helena, the children of "gossip girl" star kelly rutherford perhaps unaware of the bitterness of the custody battle raging around them. they landed in nice with their paternal grandmother after a ruling by a new york judge ordering these young american citizens back to monaco to live
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with their father, daniel giersch. >> how are you feeling right now, kelly? >> reporter: a teary rutherford left this manhattan federal court without her children. >> i think like any parent would feel, you know, that loves their kids. >> reporter: they've been staying with her for the past five weeks as part of a custody arrangement she's been battling for six years, calling it unfair. the couple was originally supposed to share custody after their divorce until giersch's visa was revoked in 2012 when a california judge ruled the children should live with their dad temporarily. when rutherford failed to return the children last week as mandated by that agreement, her ex-husband called her a kidnapper and took emergency legal action to get the kids back. >> i have no words at this moment, no words. >> reporter: but she had some choice words for the judge and legal system, releasing this statement, which says in part, "what the judge did yesterday was shocking, illegal and abusive to my children." giersch's attorney fired back. >> he's very pleased that the
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order has been enforced. >> reporter: it's unclear whether or not she'll be able to get her children back because legal experts tell us that she's in a legal no-man's land with very few options and say this latest attempt to keep the children may very well work against her. linsey davis, abc news, new york. >> it's heartbreaking, no matter whose side you take on this. it's heartbreaking. apparently, they came up with an agreement, according to the new york decision two years ago. it detailed down to video conferences, how many times they would speak to each other and how a handoff would take place. apparently according to this report it's all gone out the window. >> we wish the best for them and their kids. coming up, a look back at when women in the workplace was a new phenomenon. >> we've gone into the abc archives for a throwback thursday next on "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our abc stations. [male announcer] if you've served in the military, certain habits
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♪ headlines from the current presidential race have brought to light many of the differences between men and women in the professional world. >> so for this throwback thursday, we're looking back at when more and more women went to work. how far we've come since then and how much further we still have to go. here's dan courts reporting for abc 35 years ago. >> reporter: married men have
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always been expected to earn money to support their families. so, there's nothing news-worthy about these men and their jobs, but each of them has been joined in the workplace by his wife, and they are among 23 million married women who now work outside the home for pay. experts label this explosion of female employment a revolution. >> i consider the revolution with respect to women to be of greater import and more lasting significance than either the rise of communism or the development of nuclear power. abc news visited four typical families across the country to see how two incomes have affected them and how such families are transforming american society. the cartys had an income of more than $50,000, two expensive cars and a luxurious home. across the country in pittsburgh, a much more typical two-income family is that of beatrice and charles greer. beatrice earns $11,000 a year.
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charles greer makes $15,000 and without her income, they couldn't keep up with inflation. for wives like vickie lawrence, her $15,000 salary means money for wants rather than needs. her husband, stan, makes $19,000 as dairy department manager at another food store. the extra money lets them live in a bigger house and lets stan indulge his hobby of buying expensive cars frequently. in muncie, indiana, that's even more true of phyllis wuertz, who recently got her real estate broker's license. she expects to take in as much as $20,000 in commissions this year. if she does, she'll make more than her husband, terry, makes as a pontiac salesman. sounds to me as if this means that her going to work has added considerably to her workload. >> mm-hmm. >> but not much to yours. >> that's pretty much true. >> reporter: there are no signs that the two-income tide will reverse itself. wherever the trend is taking us, there's no turning back. when wives go to work, experts
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agree, husbands have to accept new roles in the home or there's trouble ahead in almost all two-income families. shifting the housework load doesn't come easily. because of all these added strains, a lot more two-income marriages end up here, in the divorce court. in fact, according to a study by one expert, for every $1,000 a working wife earns, the chances of a divorce go up by 2%. dan courts, abc news. >> well, since then, the divorce rates have actually fallen. people are getting used to the idea of both people making, you know, contributing to the household. but we wonder, what would you look like back in -- we saw a lot of fun hair. look at that. >> oh, that is me from the '80s? i think this is more me from the 1960s "mad men" era. >> nine to five -- oh, good one. >> right? >> the old rotary phone there and the typewriter. >> oh, this is actually the "mary tyler moore" set.
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years, even in the kitchen. how do you take your coffee? most of the time he uses a harness now, but no harness now as spencer tries to set a world record. >> what i'm doing is really pushing the limits of myself and the sport. take the harness off and do what you've done before, but it's just a whole other mental game. >> reporter: about that fall, he told us it was intentional, that he felt something was wrong and he wanted to reset. >> i looked down at the line and i just wrapped my body around it to secure myself. >> reporter: soon back up and one foot in front of the other, 210 feet across, a world record. >> i've been dreaming about it for a long time, and to step off on to the solid rock just really felt amazing. [ cheers and applause ] >> reporter: david muir, abc news, new york. >> so many impressive things about that, but he pulled himself back up. >> why? why, phillip? why do they do it? i just don't know. okay, time for another moment where we say this happened. >> that video we saw got us so geared up, so a.m. aepd up, we
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wanted to show you another stunt like that, so here we go. check out jeffrey. he is a tortoise. >> he's not going to open that door. come on. >> he's trying to open the screen door. can he do it, though? >> oh, come on, he's a tortoise! no, you're kidding. is this real video? he really opened that door? >> he didn't even fall on purpose because he noticed something was wrong. >> apparently, it's true, slow and steady wins the race, or opens your sliding glass door. >> i wonder what -- i mean, does this turtle belong -- does this tortoise belong -- does jeffrey belong to this family? >> he's clearly well behaved. >> he is. >> do you notice he wipes his feet on the mat before he goes into the house? >> next up, they need to teach him to close the door behind him, then he'll be all set. all right, jeffrey, how impressive. that will do it for us for this half hour. >> but we'll be right back.
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this morning on "world news now," the explosion so powerful, it felt like an earthquake. >> the seaport blast jolted people out of bed and shattered windows miles away. the increasing death toll overnight and what went wrong. tough questions. a judge demanding answers from the nfl about deflategate. what's the next move in the tom brady football scandal? accusing bill cosby. three more women going public with jaw-dropping details, claiming they were drugged and sexually attacked. when will cosby respond? and later, female superheroes. breaking down barriers in the comic book world, how women are kicking their way into a world of male caped crusaders. it's thursday, august 13th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now."
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>> good morning. i'm phillip mena. >> and i'm reena ninan. the numbers just keep rising. we're beginning with the devastation in northeast china, rocketed by powerful back-to-back explosions. >> the deafening blasts went off at a warehouse for hazardous materials, sending up huge fireballs, destroying nearby buildings and shattering windows miles away. more than 40 people are dead. >> pictures this morning show the fire still burning with thick smoke, more than 12 hours later. our bob woodruff reports from china. hundreds were injured and dozens are in critical condition. >> reporter: the mushroom cloud, eating up the night sky. hundreds injured, many still missing. the horror beginning just before 11:00 p.m. a fire at a warehouse storing hazardous material in the port city of tianjin. within 15 minutes, firefighters respond, but the worst is yet to come. 11:30 p.m., two explosions, one after the other.
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>> my whole building shook. i thought it was an earthquake. so, i just kind of woke up in a panic, looked out the window, and the sky was red. >> reporter: miles away, people watch from their windows. seconds later, the force of the blast sweeping them off their feet. scientists say it packed the power of 21 tons of tnt and could be felt more than six miles away. this man captured on surveillance video moments before the front of a building caves in. in the streets, dazed residents using blankets to cover their mouths, clutching their children. hospitals soon flooded with victims. reports of 300 to 400 injured. as first responders canvass burning neighborhoods looking for signs of life. now, these explosions were so powerful that weather satellites were actually able to see them from space. and on the ground, everyone within miles from the disaster is being evacuated just in case the danger is not over.
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bob woodruff, abc news, beijing. this morning's other major story, well wishes from around the world are pouring in for former president jimmy carter. he revealed he's fighting cancer. the white house says president obama spoke with mr. carter last night by phone. the former president says the cancer was discovered during recent liver surgery. it has spread to other parts of his body. he sat down with abc's george stephanopoulos just last month. >> i'll be 91 in october. my travel capability and my vigor, physical vigor, is going to die down. so, the cortisone is going to be turned over to other people to do and then i'll have more time with rosalynn at home. >> carter did not announce the type of cancer, but his parents and three siblings all died of pancreatic cancer. and carter has said that doctors have been monitoring him for the disease for years. turning to the 2016 presidential race, the latest poll of iowa showed the
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front-runners strongly in the lead. among the republicans, donald trump ahead at 22%. the number two candidate, ben carson, is eight points behind with scott walker, ted cruz and carly fiorina rounding out the top five. hillary clinton has a firm lead among iowa democrats, favored by 50% of the voters. bernie sanders has 31%. and joe biden, who has not yet announced that he's running, has 12%. republican rivals likes jeb bush are blasting clinton over the e-mail issue, bush calling her reckless with state department information. but the clinton campaign is trying to reassure supporters she didn't send any classified materials on her personal e-mail server. that server now in the hands of the justice department after being turned over yesterday afternoon. >> we're working with the director of national intelligence to resolve whether, in fact, this material is actually classified. but in the meantime, we're taking steps, clearly, to ensure that the information is protected and stored properly.
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>> and clinton was off the hook on wednesday, facing no questions about the e-mail controversy during a two-day swing in new hampshire. a federal judge here in new york has put the nfl and attorneys for patriots quarterback tom brady on notice. he wants them to settle their differences in the deflategate controversy within the next week. at a hearing yesterday, that judge had tough questions for both sides, as abc's marci gonzalez reports. >> reporter: a deflategate face-off in federal court. >> give them hell, tom! >> reporter: new england patriots star quarterback tom brady going head to head against nfl commissioner roger goodell, fighting to have his four-game suspension thrown out. the judge questioning the league's investigation, grilling the nfl about whether there's concrete proof that brady was involved in deflating game balls used in january's afc championship win, saying he was having trouble finding evidence that brady was part of a scheme or conspiracy, asking, "is there a text in which mr. brady
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instructs someone to put a needle in a football?" the league's lawyer responding "no." >> judge berman was very clear that nothing could be read into what he was saying, but it was hard not to come away with a message he was trying to deliver to the nfl that the league better soften up and agree to settlement talks or be prepared to face the consequences. >> reporter: the nfl standing by its decision, claiming texts brady sent after the game "clearly indicate mr. brady's knowledge and encouragement of this activity," maintaining that under the collective bargaining agreement, goodell had every right to issue and uphold brady's punishment. the judge urged both sides to continue working towards a settlement. if one isn't reached, they'll be back here in court again next week. reena and phillip? >> marci, thank you. more from the nfl. the linebacker who sucker punched new york jets quarterback geno smith, breaking his jaw, has been signed by the buffalo bills. ik enemkpali was released by the jets after his altercation with smith.
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yesterday he was given a second chance by bills coach rex ryan, who coached the jets when enemkpali was drafted. ryan says he's confident he'll be accepted in the bills' locker room. three more women have come forward, accusing bill cosby of sexually attacking them. that brings the total number of alleged victims to nearly 50. one of the women described how cosby forced her into oral sex. another said they shared lunch before cosby drugged and attacked her. >> he gloated over my humiliation. he planned it. >> he was drinking champagne out of my gucci pump. he raised a shoe toward me, offering the drink in my shoe to me, and said "a princess should always drink champagne out of a glass slipper." >> cosby is expected to give a deposition in one of the cases in october. a woman who says she was 15 years old when she was sexually molested by him at the playboy mansion. we're learning new details
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about a new jersey teen who spent an entire night stranded at sea. dylan gowan set out on a waverunner from new york to new jersey tuesday evening less than 20 miles away by water. on the way, the waverunner broke down. he hung on as long as he could then swam to a buoy, where he stayed for the next nine hours. as dawn he decided to swim for sure, shore, and that's when help arrived. >> the helicopter, i heard it flying overhead and they were all around me. i knew it was like a four-mile swim from where i was, so i just hopped in the water and started swimming. i saw a united states coast guard boat heading right for me. i smiled, i was happy. it was the most amazing feeling in the world. >> gowan is recovering from hypothermia and dehydration and he'll likely put his experience to good use in the future. he's an emergency medical responder and a junior firefighter. now for a bit of video that if we didn't know any better, we might think was produced by our parent company, disney. call this the real-life bambi and thumper. >> this fawn and rabbit seen hanging out together in
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colorado. even though there's a little bit of freaking out at first, neither of them appears to want the fun to end. >> two animals like this you would figure either of them would just take off, back into the woods, but nope, that wasn't the case. they kind of hang out together, seemingly having a grand old time. look at them! they're like bffs. >> yeah, they are now. the fawn looked a little more eager than the bunny at first. i don't know if the bunny's trying to escape at first, but he's sticking around. they're playing. >> they are. it was reported at the ymca at the rockies in colorado. >> that's what happens. there's generally two animals frightened of everything, confronted with each other, just start playing around. >> there you go. all right, coming up, claims that a woman stole something from a fertility clinic to get pregnant. it's a landmark legal battle. also ahead, they're kicking their way into the boys' club. female superheroes now rule in the world of caped crusaders. and later in "the mix," poking fun at the latest
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hurt. across the country in washington state, an 11-year-old boy is in big trouble after stealing a car and taking it on a joy ride. police noticed the car weaving through traffic, and when they got a closer look, they realized the driver could barely see over the steering wheel. they couldn't get him to pull over, so a police car pulled in front of him and rammed into it. luckily, no one was hurt. this is a very bizarre case unfolding in a texas courtroom. a man accuses a sperm bank of helping his ex-girlfriend get pregnant. >> the woman, now the mother of a 5-year-old, says she did nothing wrong. here's abc's linsey davis. >> reporter: a louisiana man is taking a texas fertility center and his ex-girlfriend to court, claiming the clinic illegally handed over his dna samples to her, which she then used to have his child. >> it's beyond belief. it's something that you don't read or see in a movie. >> reporter: in 2002, layne hardin signed a contract with
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then girlfriend katherine leblanc to preserve eight vials of sperm at a fertility center before having a vasectomy. >> it basically stated if our relationship were to end or if he were to die, that the sperm would go to me. >> reporter: but when leblanc and hardin broke up four years later, he began dating this woman, tobi duval. >> the relationship was very rocky. it was on and off quite a bit. very volatile. >> reporter: according to hardin's lawsuit, after their relationship ended, duval obtained two of her ex-boyfriend's samples at the sperm bank where they were being held without leblanc's consent. >> the first, you think that's totally impossible, this is some kind of joke. >> reporter: now hardin and leblanc are suing the center for breach of contract. they're also suing duval, claiming she had no authority over or rights to the sperm.
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>> there are more security checks in place for me going and buying alcohol at a gas station than there were for her to go receive a man's dna. >> reporter: in opening statements tuesday, duval's attorney argued hardin went with his client to a houston fertility specialist and told the doctor he wanted to use his dna samples to get duval pregnant. and an attorney for the fertility center says hardin never notified the clinic later that he didn't want duval to have his sperm. >> hardin's got some kind of obligation to let people know he's changed his mind. >> reporter: hardin and duval's son is now 5 years old. hardin says he's never met him. >> one day we're going to run into each other. and what do we say? do i recognize him? does he recognize me? >> reporter: linsey davis, abc news, new york. >> tough case. a lot of these cases are becoming more and more common. and he actually spent $50,000 of his own money during this entire legal pursuit. >> it's just a frightening case. if they don't want to be together, you wonder why -- obviously, she wanted to have a
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child, but he wanted no part of that. at least that's what he's saying now. that's just a tough decision. i wonder if she's going to be seeking child support from this, you know? i wonder if it extends into that. but oh, you're right, it's just a tough situation. he obviously wanted no part of it and she did and she went ahead with it anyway. now it's all going to get worked out, i guess. we hope the best for him, and more importantly for the child. >> yes, you're absolutely right. and coming up, the new faces of the comic world. how women are pushing aside all those boring, old, male superheroes and saving the world and revolutionizing comics. meet the female writers behind the movement. and ahead in our next half hour, the parenting debate sparked by a simple photo. one mom breastfeeding her friend's child. what health experts say and why some people have a problem with
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♪ ♪ superman, batman, spiderman, ant-man. besides tight costumes, they all have one thing in common, they're men. >> but the era of male domination in the comic book world seems to be on its way out. for more now, we're "up all nightline" with yahoo! global news anchor katie couric. >> reporter: from abc's agent carter to the much-anticipated supergirl, no longer just a sidekick, female superheroes are suiting up, a new wave of creators ditching the damsel in distress label and redefining a genre. >> spiderman, batman, superman,
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a lot of something mans, not a whole lot of something women. >> reporter: even with a fan base that's now 47% women, comic books long considered a boys' club used women to play sexy second fiddles to the male heroes. >> in the '90s things got really severe. ridiculous, clownish breasts. and then both breasts and both butt cheeks appear at the same time, which is what we call the brokeback pose. it is common enough in comics that we have a name for it. >> reporter: two decades later, there's a evolving fan base and fresh ideas. >> women are stepping up and demanding what they want, and publishers are responding. >> reporter: the genre now depicting strong but real female heroes, like a re-envisioned wonder woman. >> i am the writer on the "wonder woman" comic book. i think back on my life experiences and the experiences of the strong women that i know in my life. and i hope that every woman who
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reads our book sees a little bit of their own struggles or themselves in the character. >> reporter: these bold steps still brought out some modern-day bad guys. >> any time there's going to be a strong voice, especially a strong female voice, there's going to be people who don't like it. >> reporter: undeterred, these real-life superheroes continue their mission to save mankind, or at least more fairly represent it. >> when i starred coming to conventions, it was maybe 5% to 10% women and girls coming in. now that's 50/50. >> reporter: for "nightline," i'm katie couric in new york. >> let the women empowerment continue. earlier, we talked about target, making their toys more gender-neutral. now look, almost 50%. >> i didn't know that. i was really surprised by that number, that women were so into -- oh. i should have known better. >> we were wondering, what would you look like, reena? >> yeah, that is really what i wear when i'm cleaning the house, actually, during the day.
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♪ it i ♪ it is time for "the mix." and some say, most say that it is almost impossible to make tom brady look unattractive, right? >> he's a good-looking man. >> by all accounts. >> hands down. >> good for him. there you go. but apparently, yesterday at court, what's being called sketchgate after a courtroom artist drew that picture. that's supposed to be tom brady up there in the top-right portion of your screen, looking overjoyed to be there, as you can tell. so, some memes have appeared online because this has just gone viral. because, there you go. there's the first one. they throw his picture on his regular jersey. and we have other ones that are much more interesting. that is "the scream," the famous painting there by edvard munch.
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what's the next one, guys? this one is my favorite. "e.t." phone home. look at that in front of the basket there. we also have him on the "mona lisa." there you go. and finally, we have him among our presidents at mt. rushmore. >> oh. those are pretty good. >> so, something to talk about there. he looks, dare i say, deflated. >> oh! bum, dum, bum, bum. >> where are the sound effects now? there you go. you know, one thing about politics and the campaign trail, people really get annoyed by those campaign ads. they're starting already. in canada, this might be the most epic political ad ever. take a look. >> hey, i'm wyatt scott, and i'm running for parliament for the new riding a mission razor canyon! >> yep, he's running for parliament, and this was filmed by a bunch of students. they say they shot it in a day, the film students did. it attracted a lot of attention but the unfortunate thing is apparently, he has very slim chances of being elected as an
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independent. >> what? >> creative? >> absolutely! he's zapping up aliens, saving the universe. >> so, maybe canadians should reconsider. >> they should. >> he might reinvent things in parliament. >> we'll have to check back and see how he did. >> how he does, okay. all right, our final item here, a mom going with her son in a timed autocross race. they're hauling butt through the course. his mom, as moms do, give him encouragement. but of course, between frightened, frightened, frightened shrieks. >> whoo! ooh! it's going to need new tires! ooh! wee! you're doing very well, honey! >> mom is being encouraging. "you're doing very well, honey!" oh, my goodness, good job, good job! >> that is very, very cute! i like how even though she's slightly terrified, she's still a supportive mom in the end, right? >> yeah, absolutely! >> and of course, son is not batting an eyelash. i can even see through those sunglasses. >> not at all. there you go.
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this morning on "world news now," fighting cancer. jimmy carter's difficult diagnosis. what the former president and his doctors are saying about an illness that runs in his family. earth-shattering explosion. a blast at a seaport so intense, it broke windows miles away and jolted people out of bed. the human toll and the investigation. also new this half hour, cops say they're sure it was intentional. >> the speeding pickup truck headed right for an officer. the unusual pursuit and what the suspect was not wearing. and later in "the skinny," the big changes for fans of "sesame street." who actually want to see less of elmo, the cookie monster and their friends? it's thursday, august 13th.
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>> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." good morning on this thursday. i'm phillip mena. >> and i'm reena ninan. whether you are a democrat or republican, whatever your political stripes may be, it was hard news to hear overnight that we're beginning, of course, with the fight for former president jimmy carter's life with the diagnosis that he has cancer. and he will be getting treatment and revealing also that the disease has actually spread through his body. >> yeah, so sad to hear. president obama and vice president biden are among the millions of americans sending good wishes to mr. carter. abc's david kerley has more on the diagnosis. >> reporter: the former president sharing with the world he's been so engaged with that he has cancer and it has spread. in his statement, mr. carter says that during liver surgery, the cancer was discovered, which is now "in other parts of my body." just a month ago, president carter reminisced with george stephanopoulos about his latest
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book, "a full life," acknowledging that the final chapters are being written. >> i know that in a few years since i'll be 91 in october, that my travel capability and my vigor, physical vigor, is going to die down. >> reporter: mr. carter's parents, his two sisters and brother all died of cancer. the 39th president, from plains, georgia, was denied a second term, losing to ronald reagan in the midst of the iranian hostage crisis. but his post-presidency, one of the busiest ever, filled with the work of the carter center. president carter has canceled his schedule so he can stay in atlanta for treatment. he will possibly reveal more about his condition next week. the current occupant of the white house, president obama, says he and his wife are hoping for a fast and full recovery for president carter. david kerley, abc news, washington. >> as is much of america. thank you very much, david. turning now to china and the aftermath of those massive explosions that lit up the port city of tianjin in the middle of the night. this is what's left of the warehouse that was packed with
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hazardous material when the blast went off, sending a fiery mushroom cloud. at least 44 people were killed and more than 550 injured. a number of firefighters are among the dead and missing. the blast scorched buildings and cars and blew out windows miles away. >> i thought it was an earthquake. so, i just kind of woke up in a panic, looked out the window, and the sky was red. >> scientists say the more powerful explosion was equivalent to 21 tons of tnt. details about the disaster trickling in because chinese authorities are keeping a tight control over the information. the u.s. has launched its first f-16 fighter missions from turkey against isis targets in syria. six of the fighter jets arrived at the base on sunday after turkey granted permission. there's no word from the pentagon what targets were hit in syria. a u.s. army helicopter crashed in the water off the japanese island of okinawa, injuring six people. the black hawk chopper went down
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during a training exercise while trying to land on a navy ship. the cause of the crash is still under investigation. a dangerously close call for a medical helicopter in fresno, california, when it was almost hit by a drone. the crew with a patient on board was about two miles from the airport when the drone appeared in its flight path. so the pilot was forced to make an evasive maneuver to dodge the drone, and it came directly at them. >> what was the altitude? >> high level with us, so about 1,000 feet. passed off our left side. only about 20 feet or so. >> the drone flew right under the rotor, but no one was injured. drone sightings are on the rise. the faa has received 650 reports from pilots since the start of the year. a security scare at a southern california airport forced the evacuation of hundreds of passengers. screeners at ontario airport found what looked like a hand grenade in a carry-on bag, but it turned out to be a phony device. ten flights were delayed because of this and the evacuations
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lasted 45 minutes. the passenger who owns the replica grenade could be fined. environmental experts are warning that the toxic yellow waste that gushed out of a colorado gold mine may pose health problems in three states for years to come, and they say they have no easy way to solve the problem. abc's kayna whitworth has details. >> reporter: one week after the epa's mistake at a nearby mine turned these rivers yellow with millions of gallons of toxic chemicals, the head of the agency says the situation is improving. >> the levels have returned to pre-event conditions. >> reporter: colorado state officials giving the green light to begin treating and using water from the animas river. >> that plume is still moving. as pretty as the animas river looks to us, this is not the end of the story. this is the beginning. >> reporter: i'm more than 40 miles downstream from the gold king mine where this spill happened seven days ago. and look at this. it doesn't take very much to kick up these toxic heavy metals, things like lead and dangerously high levels of
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arsenic. the water moving 213 gallons a minute toward lake powell. >> i've called all sorts of people to try to figure out what exactly is involved, and we don't know. >> reporter: the epa telling abc news they're out in boats on lake powell checking the water there. and despite the toxic levels going down here, they still don't know when they'll reopen this river. kayna whitworth, abc news, durango, colorado. >> thank you, kayna. and firefighters in the northwest getting a break today. clouds are rolling in along with cooler temperatures, breaking the heat wave. even hotter in the desert southwest with heat indexes approaching 120. thunderstorms around denver, stifling heat in the south with thunderstorms along the gulf coast. >> look at the red and orange in the map. 90s and triple digits from billings down to denver, dallas and new orleans. 80s in seattle, los angeles, chicago, and in boston. the clock is ticking for a settlement between the nfl and patriots quarterback tom brady in the deflategate controversy. both brady and nfl commissioner
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roger goodell were in federal court here in new york yesterday. neither spoke in court as attorneys from both sides answered tough questions from a judge. he asked about the nfl's evidence and about why brady destroyed his cell phone. both sides were urged to settle their differences before their next court appearance next wednesday. well, some "sports with reena" here. it's not even monday. it's thursday. well, pitcher hisashi iwakuma -- >> got it. >> got it, right? i nailed that one. >> yeah. >> he's with the seattle mariners. he is now the second japanese-born pitcher to throw a major league no-hitter. should i explain to america what a no-hitter is or do you think people get that? >> go ahead. >> it's when nobody hits. >> nobody hits. >> well, they hit, but nobody makes it around the base? >> nobody gets to first on a base hit. >> right, that's what i said, phillip. >> nailed it. >> you sure did. >> phillip, he struck out seven orioles yesterday afternoon in a 3-0 victory. iwakuma is the fourth no-hitter
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this season in the big leagues and the first in the american league in nearly three years. no-hitter. >> you're going to be saying iwakuma all day long now. >> iwakuma. >> iwakuma is 44 years old, a mere 60 years younger than a guy you're about to meet. mark sertich of duluth, minnesota, turned 94 last month and he loves playing ice hockey. >> he goes to the rink three times a week and he's been playing on the duluth firefighters hockey team for more than 30 years. >> sertich fractured two ribs and punctured a lung at the rink last month, but he recovered quickly in order to play in the tournament in california, and he says he plans to be playing hockey for his 95th birthday next year as well. >> so, i got iwakuma, but i didn't get duluth. >> so it goes. >> got to focus on that one next time. coming up in "the skinny," a personal decision and surgery for a teenaged member of the "modern family" cast. also ahead, one mom agrees to nurse another mom's son because she cannot breastfeed. is it an act of kindness or
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>> i have no doubt that it was intentional. he hits this other squad and what's just -- he's just off of the squad cam video, but according to officers, that's when he flips them off. >> when police caught up with him, they found out that the guy, the whole time, had been naked behind the wheel. he's suspected of having been on lsd. the guy was arrested and will face charges. a photo of a mom breastfeeding her son and friend's child at the same time has gone viral, touching off a heated debate online. >> wet nurses have been around since biblical times, so some are asking, what's the big deal? here's abc's rebecca jarvis. >> reporter: a remarkable photo sparking major debate, a woman breastfeeding not just her own baby but her friend's son as well. >> i feel like he's my son and i treat him as my son. >> pennsylvania mom charlie interrante wanted her son, mateo, to breastfeed, even if she couldn't do it herself.
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>> i did what was best for my son in a time that he needed something more. >> reporter: not able to pump at work, mateo began reacting badly to formula. so, her friend, jessica colletti, suggested a unique solution. how did you make the decision to have jessica nurse mateo? >> so, i was at my wit's end with it, and when she offered, i was just nothing but thankful for it. >> reporter: had you ever nursed another person's child at that point? >> no. it was very natural. it was very -- it seemed very natural. >> reporter: while many applauding the gesture of friendship, some taking issue, one writing, "i found this picture disturbing." the world health organization lists milk from a healthy wet nurse or a human bank as the best alternative to milk from an infant's own mother. >> if a woman has been screened, if she's healthy, if she's substance-free, if her child is healthy as well, it shouldn't be a problem. >> reporter: and colletti isn't the only woman willing to share her milk. selma hayek choosing to breastfeed a hungry infant at a rural health clinic in sierra
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leone back in 2009. >> i thought about it. am i being disloyal to my child by giving her milk away? and i actually think that my baby would be very proud to be able to share her milk. >> reporter: as for these two friends, they not only describe their sons as milk brothers but they're now raising them together under one roof. interrante moving in with colletti and her husband two months ago. is this the family of your dreams? >> right now, this is what works. >> reporter: rebecca jarvis, abc news, new york. >> a lot of people don't realize, and i know you definitely don't realize, breastfeeding is a very hard thing. it's not easy. and a lot of women, some women do rely on milk banks to get their supply if they can't keep their supply up, so some people say this is another way of giving the baby great breast milk that isn't necessarily from the mom, but it still has nutrients. >> you're right. don't know much about it.
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but i say if it's okay with the mother of the child and it's okay with the woman doing the breastfeeding, then what's the problem? they say it does pose certain risks, like hiv, but this is a very common practice, i'm told, throughout the world, so -- >> yeah, a lot of wet nurses around the world, right? >> so i'm told. that is out of my arena. all right, well, why don't we move on? >> sounds great. >> coming up, let's talk a little "modern family." the stars are opening up, one star in particular, about her decision to undergo breast reduction surgery. and "the lion king" is back with some familiar, new voices. "the skinny" is next. >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our
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♪ skinny so skinny well, we begin with news about "sesame street" and what we hope is not a sign of the times. >> yeah, the iconic children's television show is apparently shrinking. yesterday, pbs announced that the hour-long version of "sesame street" will not be in their fall lineup. >> before you get all grouchy, take a deep breath, maybe count to ten. there will still be new "sesame street" episodes. it will just be half an hour. pbs made the move after receiving "positive station and viewer feedback." >> whoever those viewers are, they want less of "sesame street," shame on you! since 1969, this show has made
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millions of parents feel less guilty for using the television as a babysitter. >> yeah, but i have to say, i'm actually not surprised. i took my kids to sesame street place in pennsylvania this weekend, and i actually had to youtube "sesame street" episodes, because they watch other cartoons. >> they do? >> yeah. >> did you used to watch it, though? >> oh, yes. >> what was your favorite? >> i loved big bird. >> big bird? >> yeah. my time was before the elmo time, actually. that's how -- >> i'm oscar the grouch. that's mine. >> you're oscar the grouch. let's turn to actress ariel winter. the 17-year-old "modern family" star opening up about her decision to have breast reduction surgery. >> winter is known for playing the nerdy, but likable sister, alex dunphy on the show, but this summer she underwent the procedure just after season seven of the show wrapped up. in an interview with "glamour" magazine, winter talked about going through a rapid growth spurt and describes the emotional pain of being scrutinized and bullied in the public eye as well as the physical pain of having a large chest.
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the surgery took her from a 32f to a 34d. >> winter is sharing her story in hopes of inspiring others, saying, "it's something that i did to better my life and to better my health and i think that could benefit a lot of young girls." well, since its 1994 premiere, "the lion king" has become one of the most beloved disney stories, and now it's getting a tv spinoff. >> simba and nala are back, but they're all grown up now and will be voiced by rob lowe and gabrielle union. making the return will be james earl jones, the voice of mufasa, who lives on in spirit, and ernie sabella will be the voice of pumbaa. >> pumbaa, mm-hmm. the new show called "the lion guard: return of the roar," starts in november on the disney channel. we should mention -- >> disney is the parent company of abc news. >> you like that? >> important disclaimer. >> you like that, all right. >> the voice from above reminding everyone. >> voice from god. >> mm-hmm. let's give a quick congrats to music legend billy joel. the 66-year-old piano man proud
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dad of another girl. >> his new wife, alexis roderick, gave birth to della rose joel, yesterday here in new york. she is joel's second daughter. his first, alexa ray, is 29. and finally, steve martin is being honored for his contributions to the world of bluegrass. >> mm-hmm. the comedic actor has had an incredible career making people laugh, but did you know he's also enjoyed success moonlighting as a roots musician? ♪ >> on top of his five grammy awards, martin will be honored by the international bluegrass music association with their distinguished achievement award. >> that award is given to artists for their significant contributions to bluegrass music. martin has incorporated banjo plucking into his standup performances since the 1970s and has been playing since he was a teenager. >> he's really, really good. let's take you out to break with
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and photos was accidentally thrown out, he knew he had to work fast. first, he tried to catch the garbage collector. >> so, i quick ran out and asked the guy, can you open up your truck? and they said, no. once we load it, we have to take it to the place. i said, okay, where is it? >> reporter: so, rudy and his son-in-law high-tailed it to beg the plant manager at friedman recycling to help. >> they beat the truck back to the facility, asked if there was an opportunity that we could maybe find their material. it worked out that the truck hadn't showed up yet, so once it did, we cleared a space. >> reporter: it was right here where they laid out the truck's trash, three to four tons of it, and then began the painstaking search to find that one garbage bag. >> and they gave us hard hats, safety glasses, vests and gloves, and we went through, and finally, we came across an address that's in this neighborhood. and i said, it's going to be here because this is the same neighborhood. and sure enough, right after i
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said that, the plant manager pulled it out and had the bag and it had all their stuff in it. >> there it is! and he handed it to me, brought it over. i opened it up, pulled out the top thing and there was my name on it. >> reporter: rudy says he's now filed away all of his important documents and learned an important lesson. never leave anything valuable in a trash bag. laura thoren, koat action 7 news. >> great way to spend an afternoon. >> i always wonder, though, sometimes if you let things go and you realize they're gone, i just sort of say, let them go. don't worry about it. maybe it's meant to be gone. but clearly, they were important papers if he went digging through the trash. >> right? he went through two tons of trash to get to it! only a lottery ticket. >> that is the only reason. >> that is the only way i would forge ahead. they didn't even give them anything to hold their breath or anything like that? >> no. >> well, it worked out for them. worked out for them. tell us what you think on our facebook page. >> more news from abc straight ahead. >> announcer: this is abc's "world news now," informing insomniacs for two decades.
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