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responsible for the jobs of about 2 million americans who would yoeshtds wise be unemployed. >> reporter: the numbers are all over the map. but they all credit the stimulus with significant job creation. anywhere from 800,000 to 2.4 million nejobs. where are those jobs? according to the white house, 354,000 are in manufacturing. such as building new buses for santa monica. >> there's going to be an immediate economic impact to our community by having the vehicles available. >> reporter: 262,000 jobs are in construction. these workers are putting the finishing touches on a community health center in baltimore. >> it really allowed us to go out and hire people where we would have otherwise -- probably just would have stayed back and not done that. >> reporter: 63,000 green jobs. a year ago, the president was looking at solar panels manufactured by namaste solar. company president blake jones had been preparing for layoffs. >> we started cutting budgets. we started making plans for a bad 2009. >> reporter: in the past year,
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companies what received stimulus money have been ordering those solar panels and namaste has hired 14 new employees. what's your message to americans who are skeptical that the stimulus bill is creating jobs? >> it is working and we're proof of that. >> reporter: in new york, outic city school district got close to $12 million, helping save 61 jobs and create 73 new ones. but those new hires had to sign this document. i am fully aware that the funding for this position will be eliminated in two years. twlfr, this position will end on june 30, 2011. about 166 billion stimulus dollars remain officially uncommitted to any specific projects. they will go to the race to the top education grant program, high-speed rail and other transportation projects, and health technology. jake tapper, abc news, the white house. former new york city police commissioner bernard kerik will be sentenced today. kerik plead the guilty to eight
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counts back in november, including obstruction of justice and making false statements to the governmentfter he was nominated to be homeland security secretary. his believe deal asks for a sentence of less than three years. toyota has revealed still more problems. this time with the corolla, the most popular car in the world. the automaker says the problem appeared soon after it introduced a new electrical power steering system in the 2009 corolla. owners have reported their car suddenly veered side to side even though they never turned the steering wheel. >> we've got come lants from 2008, there's about two complaints related to steering. all of a sudden, in 2009 model year, you see the complaints shoot up to nearly 100 complaints. >> toyota's ceo made another public apology yesterday, admitting the company had cut too many corners. meanwhile, officials tell abc news the u.s. government will investigate the corolla's problem. time for your thursday forecast. heavy mountain snow from idaho
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to colorado. 2 to 4 inches of snow from west virginia to the eastern great lakes and into northern new england. it's a chilly morning in north florida. >> 50s from seattle to portland. 30s across the midwest. 40s for most of the east coast. ruby johnson, this one is for you. it is a high of 34 in jenkins, kentucky. where they're finally getting a break from a heavy wave of snow. she wrote in, we responded. >> she said, we've been inundated all winter with all this snow and you never mention us. there you go, ruby, we've got you in mind this morning. it looked like someone picked up old faithful and plopped that geyser down on a southern california street corner. >> wow. that is a geyser shooting water 75 feet into the air. and flooding the intersection of a santa monica shopping district. it happened early yesterday morning when a fire hydrant was sheared off in a car accident. >> firefighters were finally able to shut off the water. nobody was hurt but it did create a beautiful mess, didn't
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tomorrow, tiger woods speaks publicly for the first time since his incredible fall from gre. >> he will join a list of politicians, celebrities, even preachers who have gone before the cameras to apologize for scandals involving sex. >> from the abc news vault this morning, some infamous sexpologies. moments from publicing ifs when they ask for forgiveness after their own dramatic fall. >> tonight, gary hart live on "nightline." reporting fromashington, ted koppel. >> well, this is the night that senator hart has chosen to deliver whatever that something is that he has to say. and rather than beat around the bush with you, senator, i know that theres something, although i don't know precisely what it is that you want to say. so go ahead and say it. >> i do not blame anyone else, and i have never tried to shift blame away from myself. i am totally and fully responsible for my own actions.
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and i want to say to all of you how sorry i am and apologize to you for those actions. >> jimmy swaggart, tv's most-watched preacher, until church officials examine what swaggart calls "my mistake." >> i have sinned against you, my lord. >> he apologized to his god, his congregation, and his family as his wife frances sat behind him. >> i have sinned against you. and i beg your forgiveness. ing. >> swaggart did not explain what his sin was but it involves allegations made by new orleans preacher marvin gorman that swaggart had visited a prostitute. >> oh, he'll be back, 100%. >> what the hell were you thinking? >> i think you learn in life pretty much what's a good thing to do and what's a bad thing. and i did a bad thing. there you have it. >> reporter: for those in the studio audience hugh grant's
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performance was clearly enough to store his shattered image. >> i thought it was good. >> i think he'll come out okay he's a good actor. >> reporter: for hugh grant this was the first of several television appearances he's due to make this week. later today the star will attend the premiere of "nine months," a film which he hopes will prove that his box office appeal has not been damaged by recent event. jeremy cook, bbc news, los angeles. >> this is a "nightline" special edition. rerting from washington, ted koppel. >> when people say, as they have repeatedly throughout this day, that history was made at the white house this afternoon, they proved beyond argument that history is not always fashioned out of great events. history was made again this evening as the president of the united states appealed to the american public to help him put what has to rank as the most embarrassing chapter of his presidency behind him. >> i misled people.
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including even my wife. i deeply regret that. >> here he gets on tv trying to say, oh, i'm the poor guy, this thing's been going on so long. he could have stopped it if he would have just told the truth. >> i think that he's right, private life, even presidents are entitled to that much. >> mr. clinton has demonstrated again and again his penchant for getting into trouble is exceeded only by his skill at getting out of it. >> reporter: it was a supremely humiliating press conference for a man who made his name as a crusading public servant. >> i have acted in a way that violates my obligations to my family and that violates my, or any, sense of right and wrong. i apologize first and most importantly to my family. i apologize to the public, who i promised better. >> reporter: the alleged extortion plot came to light last night when letterman told his audience about it and
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acknowledged the affairs. the audience wasn't sure what to make of it all. >> i had to tell them all the creepy things that i had done that were going to be -- [ laughter ] >> why is that funny? i have had sex with women who work for me on this show. >> reporter: now with the tabloids hunting for details and a trial looming, every joke david letterman tells or doesn't takes on a whole new meaning. >> back to the hugh grant one, he went on "leno" hoping to resurrect his image. he also resurrected leno's show. after hue grant's appearance he was bolstered by the ratings that night and went on to beat letterman for yes, there is to come. >> when you look back at how many we've seen the fascinating element is they've gradually become a lot less shocking. hugh grant came out respect that was such a big deal, we all sat stunned. now they came out, you roll your eyes and say, there's another one. >> no big deal. >> inn in a moment we'll take you to the ice and the very
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exciting slopes of vancouver. >> show you the americans in the spotlight taking on the gold. you're watching "world new
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pro baseball's former home run king returned to his sport and his beloved team. mark mcgwire, who last month admitted using steroids during the peak of his career, arrived at the st. louis cardinals training camp in south florida yesterday. he was hired as the team's hitting coach and asked for forgiveness as he looks ahead to his new job. >> it's a new chapter in my life. i'm excited about it. my family's excited about it. especially my two little kids. so it's going to be cool. i mean, it's a little different. thing is i don't get to play.e >> he spoke to reporters about
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15 minutes. he spent the rest of the day working with the team in the batting cage, attending staff meetings and sign something autographs. at the winter olympics team usa is back in the lead. american athletes have won 14 medals so far in vancouver. five of them gold. the germans have won ten medals and the french have earned seven. >> americans are making names for themselves on the slopes and on the ice as brad wheelis reports. >> reporter: america's first chance for olympic gold wednesday, the women's downhill. world champion lindsay vonn skiing with an injured shin out of the gate in a flash. screaming down the course and screaming with joy as she becomes the first american woman to win gold in the event. >> you know, i felt when i got to the start i was really determined. i was really focused. i wasn't nearly as nervous as i thought i was going to be. and i think that helped me a lot. >> reporter: fellow american julia mancuso claims silver and is looking ahead to a tough defense of the giant slalom gold
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she won four years ago. >> i think it's going to have a lot to do with the course condition, just because my start number's not as good as it should be. i won't be starting in the top 15. >> reporter: american speedster shani davis broke his own record in the 100,000 meters. his second consecutive gold in the event. teammate chad hedrick took bronze. shaun white's ill with the snowboard is beyond words. white unveiled an amazing move in the halfpipe. the double mac twist 1260. he easily takes the gold as teammate steve lago settles for bronze. the ladies get their chance at the halfpipe later today and the winless u.s. curling team looks for its first victory against denmark. >> of course the big story yesterday was shaun white. did you see it? >> i watched the whole thing. the flying tomato. he got some air too. >> he really did. just to see how high he got up above the halfpipe. it was like 20 feet at some point. >> plus he had that new trick. the first time down heid so
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these babies into poses, when they're 5 to 10 years old -- when they're between 5 and 10 days old. they say the shoots usually last between three and four hours at a studio, and the good news is one of these women as physio therapist so she understands their joints and reflexes so nobody's hurt. >> they're just like silly putty, you can stretch them and poke them and twist them any which way you want. >> i don't know that newborn mothers would like that comparison but yes. >> who is that lady who has all the calendars where she poses the kids? >> i know what you're talking about. >> kind of reminds me of that. who is that? ann get december? that's the one. >> thank you, karen. >> cute stuff. hey, speaking of cute stuff, so the four puppies, brand new newborns, probably 5 to 10 days old themselves, they were abandoned in a dumpster. they were in a trash bag in a
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trash can out in south carolina. and so somebody found them, what are we going to do? who herself had just had a shund litter, cher. they're like, let's take these other puppies over to cher, see what happens. cher's still nursing. so she was able to nurse these others back to health. it looks like these other dogs are shepherd-lab mixes. they're not dachshunds but that doesn't seem to matter to cher. she's cleaning them up. >> that's so nice! >> feeding them dinner. you know -- that's graphic. but yeah, that the circle of life. >> that is nice. >> they could have wound up -- again, they were in a trash can. their umbilical cords were still attached. >> oh, wow. >> thankfully they lived to tell their tale. one last cute little thing. a squirrel that thinks it's a kitty cat. >> another nursing story. >> another. we've got a theme going. >> a mommy theme. >> this injured squirrel was found in a local park and taken
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free at last. eight american missionaries accused of child kidnapping in haiti are back in the u.s. but what will happen to the remaining two still in jail? plus, tiger woods is ready to talk. what does he have to say and are his fans and spoors ready to forgive? and, over the limit. the transportation agency says that this man is tooat to ride. it's thursday, february 18th. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> sort of another example of these issues of overweight people and public transportation on the heels of the kevin smith/southwest airlines thing. this guy, he weighs 500 pounds. the weight limit on the bus is 600 pounds. with the wheelchair that's 200.
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so he's over the weight limit by 100 pounds. >> you can only imagine on the heels of that kevin smith thinking, this is going to ignite a lot of public debate. people wondering, how do we accommodate for overweight passengers now that there are a lot more of them. >> we'll take a look at the issue later this half hour. >> good morning and thanks for being with us. i'm vinita nair. >> i'm jeremy hubbard. the fate of ten american missionaries accused of kidnapping has clouded the effort to help haiti recover from that devastating earthquake. >> this morning, eight of the ten are free and two others are being held for questioning and tensions are beginning to ease. linsey davis has the story. >> reporter: after spending nearly a month behind bars, eight of the ten u.s. missionaries are now out of jail. >> the system is totally vindicated. >> reporter: from the beginning they've said they were on a humanitarian mission to rescue quake victims and ha denied accusations of trafficking children.
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>> i am trusting god to reveal all truths and that we will be released and exonerated of charges and we are just waiting for the haitian process, legal process, to complete. >> reporter: but now the attorney who originally represented them has his own problems with the law. jorge puello has been indicted in the u.s. in an unrelated immigrant smuggling case. he acknowledges he is in fact the suspect in the sex trafficking case but says he was wrongly accused. >> i don't even know what to do. should i do over there and try to stand trial in a foreign jail just like these people is doing for a crime i did not commit? why should i do? >> reporter: police in el salvador said he led a ring that lured young women and girls into prostitution. officials recognized him after he volunteered to help the missionaries who he says he had never met. why do you think they traveled into the -- to the border without the legal paperwork? >> they had the legal paperwork. >> which legal paperwork did they have, sir? >> i'll give you permission --
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>> reporter: a lawyer for nine of the american defeants says puello took off with most of the money the relatives of the missionaries gave to pay for thense. two of the ten missionaries will remain behind bars in haiti for further questioning. linsey davis, abc news, new york. tiger woods will step back into the spotlight friday for the first time since a sex scandal forced him in shad at a carefully orchestrated press event he is expected to apologize for what he did to his family and the world of golf too. >> reporter: for this meticulous golfer with a once-manicured image, it will be a fully stage-managed mea culpa. his statement will be short, five to seven minutes, to a room full of friends, colleagues and close associates. there will be no questions from the media and mosteporters will be kept in a separate room. and the timing, exactly seven weeks before the masters. coincidence? it was december that woods announced an indefinite leave from golf. then, complete silence. the last month the "national
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enquirer" shot photos of wha they say was woods outside a clinic for sex addiction in mississippi. the financial impact of his absence has been huge. woods was making $100 million a year from sponsors, dropped by accenture, at&t, and tag heuer. two economics sponsors estimate ed his net worth fell a whopping $12 million. and golf? ticket sales for one event woods was expected to play dropped 20%. tv ratings, 54%. >> he has definitely put more money in my bank account. my kids are going to go to college because of tiger woods. >> reporter: so much collateral damage after one small car accident that cracked open the vault on his personal life. then woods admitted to infidelity after a mountain of alleged mistresses came forward. so what of mrs. woods? we have seen pictures of her near their florida home. her wedding band conspicuously absent. but no words from her for nearly three months either. i asked tiger ods' agent if his wife elin would be attending the event on friday. i didn't get an answer. however, it is worth noting that
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the event will be in jacksonville, florida, far, far away from their orlando-area home. john berman, abc news, new york. anyone taking a commercial flight now faces a better chance of having their hand swabbed. the government has told airport security staff to randomly screen more passengers for explosives before, during and after they go through those metal detecters. that type of check involves swabbing someone's hands or carry-on luggage to check for illegal contents. now to toyota's troubles. the transportation department is opening investigation into complaints about steering problems with the popular toyota corolla. that investigation is expected to involve about 500,000 vehicles. with the details here's brian ross. >> reporter: the problems emerged soon after toyota introduced a new electrical power steering system starting with the 2009 corolla model. >> you look at complaints from 2008, there's about two complaints related to steering. all of a sudden, in 2009 model year, you see the complaints shoot up to nearly 100
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complaints. >> reporter: owners have reported their car suddenly veered side to side, even though they never turned the steering wheel. in japan, toyota's ceo, akio toyoda, again apologized, the third time in two weeks, as he revealed the corolla problem and admitted the company cut too many corners. >> it's hard to say which is worse. a runaway vehicle or a car that wants to steer itself off the road. either one is a serious safety hazard. >> reporter: as for the runaway cars, toyota and u.s. safety regulators have known of problems for more than two years with certain electronic systems. this 2007 government tape shows test drivers having difficulty turning off toyota lexuses that had a new keyless ignition system. >> pushing the button on the dashboard. doesn't turn the car off. >> very difficult to shut the engine down with one of these buttons that takes three seconds to depress. and yet the government didn't force toyota to do something about that feature of the vehicle. >> reporter: nor did toyota
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implement a brake override system used by some other car companies that cuts off acceleration when the brake is applied. not the case with toyota. >> no matter how hard i push down on my brakes i cannot slow or stop this car. >> reporter: the toyota ceo has now announced all new models will in fact have a brake overde. but he said nothing about retrofitting the toyotas that are already on the road. brian ross, abc news, new york. a rhode island meat company is expanding its meat recall. daniele international is recalling 115,000 pounds of salami that contains crushed red pepper because it might be contaminated with salmonella. last month the company recalled more than 1 million pounds of meat and traced a nationde outbreak of salmonella to the black pepper it was made with. here is your thursday forecast. 6 to 12 inches of snow from salt lake city to chi than, wyoming, today as well as parts of colorado, montana and idaho. light snow from west virginia to the eastern great lakes and northern new england today.
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and frost and freeze warnings in northern florida. >> 40s from boston to atlanta and 67 in miami. just 21 in fargo and mostly 30s across the midwest. 50s in seattle and portland. 67 in sacramento and 74, almost a hot spot, in phoenix. it is the hot spot. >> it is. warm and beautiful. unwarm and unbeautiful right now. it could be beautiful, i guess. washington, d.c., all that snow, you were there, you can attest to how much snow. big storms that have buried the nation's capital under record mounds of snow, also taking a toll on one of the main attractions. >> a number of washington's famous cherry trees have been damaged as we can see from these photos taken for wtop radio station. branches have snapped and other trees are bent down to the ground. you can see there some of them are just plain buried under the snow. >> this is a big deal because the snow could delay this year's bloom. the park service says the 2010 cherry blossom festival is expected to be as glorious as ever, so we will see a rebound
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in those gorgeous trees. >> it's unbelievable the amount of snow. i've obviously been in the midwest a lot. when i went this past weekend, people were walking on the road, the sidewalks were so clogged. >> yikes. >> we'll be right back. he'll find someone else. ♪ who's that lady? ♪ who's that lady? ♪ sexy lady , ♪ who's that lady? [ female announcer ] used mops can grow bacteria. swiffer wetjet starts with a clean pad evertime. and its antibacterial cleaner kills bacteria mops can spread around. swiffer gives cleaning a whole new meaning.
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side effects may include unpleasant taste, headache, dizziness and morning drowsiness. stop fighting with your sleep. get a free 7-night trial on-line and ask your doctor about switching to lunesta. discover a restful lunesta night. welcome back. former president bill clinton has gone back to work for the first time since last week's health scare. surgeons in new york used stents to open up a clogged blood vessel near the former presidens heart. he says last month's trip to the earthquake zone in haiti took its toll on his health and now he's promising to manage his stress every day. >> i just noticed i was unusually tired. and i saw an interview i did with "nightline" in haiti which terrified me, i looked like i was 185 years old. my color was bad. and i had a kind of a tingling all across my chest. no pain.
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which is the kind of thinghat would happen if you lost a minor blood supply. >> he didn't look that bad in the "nhtline" interview. clinton says he is committed to sleeping more but keeping up his pace at work. he invited reporters to his new york office to talk about the first lady's initiative to filed childhood obesity. a transit agency in florida is refusing to give bus rides to a man who weighs 500 pounds. >> the man had been issued a special bus pass but it was just revoked and that is st the beginning of his embarrassment. gene hugginson reports from fresno. >> reporter: this motorized wheelchair gets randy frost around his apartment complex but he's been nearly a prisoner here since november. that's when the city of fresno refused to renew hisicket to ride a handy ride bus. >> i'm being restricted only because i'm bigger than everybody else. i'm being limited because of my weight.
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>> reporr: the city transportation department says its lifts on the buses can handle only 600 pounds. randy weighs 500, his wheelchair 200, so he and his chair would get on one at a time. >> i would use my cane, stand on the lift, get on the bus, they'd put my chair up behind me. >> reporter: city transportation director ken hamm says that's dangerous. >> it's really a safety factor for the customer and a safety factor for us. we are following their requirement of the americans with disabilities act to the letter on this one. >> reporter: frost believes after three years of letting him on the bus, the city is just looking for excuses to keep him and others like him off. hamm acknowledges the city is tightening up on who gets on those buses because of high costs. it's a requirement that frost be weighed at the city bus yard. he says a city employee compared it to a height measurement for carnival rides. >> you know, he told me there's guidelines for height restrictions for getting on fair rides when you go to the fair. he likened my situation to that.
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this is not a carnival ride, this is my life. >> reporter: randy frost's life has not been easy. we first met him five years ago. back then he weighed 700 pounds. he was bedridden in a nursing home. since then he's worked hard to lose 200ounds. he now lives on his own. but he can't go everywhere. all he wants is a little freedom. a ride to the doctor's office or the store now and then. >> and that was gene hugginson of our fresno affiliate ksfn. after last weekend's incident on southwest airlines involving film director kevin smith getting kicked off a plane because of his weight we're asking for your opinion. >> what should airlines and transportation agencies do to accommodate e growing number of overweight passengers? we hope that you will go to our facebook fan page at wnnfans.com and tell us what you think. now in a moment, what you may not know about two hollywood legends. >> all revealed in a personal conversation with martin >> all revealed in a personal conversation with martin scorsese and leonardo dica
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legendary director martin scorsese has worked several times with actor leonardo dicaprio. their next film is the drama
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"shutter island" opening this weekend. >> the two hollywood legends are close friends and it turns out cap precede i don't is scorsese's muse. >> favorite movie of all time. >> oh, gosh. >> you can't do that. >> you do that to him -- >> reporter: by anybody's standard, leonardo dicaprio and martin scorsese are hollywood royalty. the two have already teamed up in three notable films together. "gangs of new york." "the aviator." >> i need to sleep. >> reporter: and the oscar-winning "departed." and now a fourth film. "shutter island." and a whole new genre. >> the other side of the island is rock bluffs. all the way down to the edge of the water. >> reporter: scary.
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dicaprio is cast as teddy daniel, a federal marshal. >> you seem a little on edge. >> right now, marshal, we all are. >> reporter: who goes to a psychiatric hospital for the criminally insane to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a woman who murdered her children. we sat down in scorsese's screening room across the hall to talk. it's a lot more fun to make the movies than talk about the movies i suspect, yes? >> sometimes. >> sometimes. fun is not always the operative word when making a movie. it is -- in this case, i don't know if you'd describe this one as fun. i wouldn't describe it as fun. it was hard work. very rewarding. and i never expected the experience to be what it was. i really didn't. >> when was the last time you had a fight? have you? >> don't really have fights. >> you don't? >> no. >> sounds like really like an old married couple. like therapy.
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>> waste of time. >> i'm fascinated that people call leo now your muse. >> ah. >> do you -- is that an appropriate term? >> yeah, i think to a certain extent, yeah. when you decide to make a picture there's a factor that has to inspire you. and the actor is key. >> what do you think you give him? >> i think you'd have to ask him that. i wouldn't -- i'd never be so presumptuous as to sit her and say -- >> so i'll ask you. >> well, watching the developing as an actor. his growth. i just, you know -- for me, it was sort of a new lease on creative life in a way. >> look, for me it's very simple. i'm getting to work with a master filmmaker. and -- and i'm -- you know, i am inspired by working with him. and more so than all that, he kind of s this infectious
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appreciation for cinema as an art form. and when you're around somebody that loves movies that much, you get on that roller coaster too, and everyone enjoys that process. >> reporter: but first, there is "shutter island." do they worry about the audience's reaction? >> the only one thing i've learned in my career thus far is that you have no control of what people think. you only can go in there with the best intentions. give everything you possibly can. try your best to make the best possible movie you can. then it's like kind of giving birth. you give it out to the world, and they either become a juvenile delinquent or the next president of the united states. >> yes, that's true. >> interesting analogy. i'm glad we finally get to see the movie. it was supposed to be out in october, they had posters printed and everything, they pushed back the release date several times. >> pushing back thatate did affect its potential for being
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finally from us this half hour, team usa is back in the lead at the winter olympics. >> the americans have won 14 medals. five of them are gold. the u.s. athletes are in a comfortable lead over second place germany and third place france. >> thanks in part to the flying tomato. some competitors are going for the gold by wearing flashy sequins as david muir reports. >> reporter: last night in vancouver the men's figure skating short program. to entertain the viewers, seems these days it's not just about
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the jirching, the spinning, the flying through the air. it's also about the style, the fashion, the flair. skaters put on not only an athletic show but a fashion show. sequins, stripes, rhinestones, laced corss. yes, laced corsets. in a sporting event. and there was that skeleton. but this unique fashion in figure skating has long been a way to complement the drama and theatrics on the ice. >> when i was competing, i said i wanted simple. something timeless. something that 30 years down the line i'll be looking back and saying, that's a nice costume. not like, oh my goodness, what was i thinking, what was i wearing? >> reporter: it wasn't always this way. back in the 1950s, skaters like american olympic medal winner dick button were, well, more buttoned up. starting in the late '70s, skaters including medalist to liver cranston began experimenting with less traditional outfits. in the '80s era of excess, the flood gates opened on the ice. remember costumes like this one
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by brian boitano? it continued to build with the '90s with creativity in color and cloth. which brings us to today, when pushing the envelope if figure skating means pushing the limits. take yevgeny plushenko. here are some of his past outfits. he's hoping for back to back gold medals in vancouver. perhaps he'll try again to muscle his way through. then again, maybe not. u.s. skater johnny weir, known for his love of the dramatic, dressed as a swan in 2006. here in vancouver, weir said he received serious threats from animal rights activists after wearing fur on one of his outfits. he moved into the more secure olympic village instead of a hotel and he's dropped fur for his performances. in the end here it will be the technique that's judged on the ice. judging taste is a different matter. i'm david muir in vancouver. >> it true, it was hard to miss those costumes. now they're saying johnny weir has plans to open up his own fashion line. he wants to open up several stores and the woman who designs
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his costumes says he's super hands-on, he designs almost everything.
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tiger's tale. the golfing superstar is finally ready to talk about his fall from grace and what's next for his career. plus, fresh start. a man wrongly convicted of murder is released after nearly two decades in prison. the technology that cleared his name. and, second chance. tainted home run legend mark mcgwire returns to baseball. >> how's it feel to be here in spring training? >> feels good. >> it's thursday, february 18th. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> says he's ready to start a new chapter in his life. it will be tough for fans and hall of fame voters to put the old chapter behind them but he's trying.
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we'll take a look at that story coming up this half hour on this thursday. good morning, i'm jeremy hubbard. >> i'm vinita nair. tiger woods will take his first careful step back into the public eye tomorrow with a statement about the sex scandal that triggered three months of seclusion. >> just a handful of reporters and friends have been invited to attend but the whole world will be watching. t.j. winick has more. good morning to you, t.j. >> reporter: good morning, jeremy and vinita. tomorrow tiger woods will finally break his silence. according to his agent, woods will discuss his past, his future, and yes, he will apologize for his behavior. tiger woods may still believe himarital infidelities are a matter between he and his wife. but this most public of figures knows the importance of a public apology. and so the first bilon-dollar professional athlete will make a five to seven-minute statement this friday at pga headquarters outside of jacksonville, florida. >> no matter how definitive that statement is, there's no way
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it's going to exhaust all the questions that have been built up over nearly three months' time since the accident. >> reporter: woods will speak to a roomful of friends, colleagues and close associates. there will be no questions from the media. >> i have someone down in front of my house, they hit a pole. >> reporter: it was the day after thanksgiving when tiger crashed his suv outside his florida home. there are conflicting reports of what had actually happened. woods en admitted to infidelity after several alleged mistresses came forward. magazine "us weekly" released this voice mail they say was left with a girlfriend. >> can you please take your name off your phone? my wife went through my phone and may be calling you. >> reporter: since that time, tiger has remained out of the public eye. allegedly spending time in a sex addiction facility in mississippi. but the real question on everyone's mind, will tiger woods return to professional golf, and when? it is seven weeks until the masters. >> if he were to miss the
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masters, i think it could be awhile before we see tiger woods. >> it is unclear if woods' wife elin will be at tomorrow's appearance. jeremy and vinita? >> all right, thanks, t.j. eight american missionaries are back in the united states this morning after nearly three weeks in a haitian jail. they were whisked off to the airport immediately after a judge cleared them of attempting to kidnap 33 children. a military cargo plane flew them to miami where they cleared customs overnight. the two women who organized the trip to haiti are still in custody. later today, president obama holds a controversial meeting with the dalai lama. the tibetan spiritual leader is in washington. he'll see the president late this morning at the white house but not in the oval office. the get-together has been condemned by china which said it could harm already tense relations with the u.s. china believes the dalai lama supports tibetan independence. also today the president announces the creation of a special panel to look at ways to reduce the nation's deficit. it comes a year and a day after
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the nearly $800 billion stimulus package took effect. yes, it created plenty of jobs but as jonathan karl reports, some parts of it aren't working too well. >> reporter: weatherizing homes. not a bad way to save energy and create jobs. especially with the kind of winter we've had. the stimulus included $5 billion to do this work. but progress has been painfully slow. anticipating stimulus jobs, southern academy in minneapolis started a weatherization training program. out of 101 graduates so far, only seven have found weatherization jobs. >> we had people who thought that this thing would kick off full throttle early on. and it's taken a lot longer than we anticipated. >> reporter: the problem is one that has bogged down many other stimulus projects. >> i think bureaucratic red tape has really slowed down the infrastructure projects. i think it's also the fact that no one wants to make a mistake. >> reporter: a government accountability office report obtained by abc news details the tangle of red tape for stimulus projects, most of it mandated by
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congress. on weatherization the report says as of december 31st stimulus funds had been used on 9,100 homes nationwide. the department of energy puts the number slightly higher at about 22,000. still a far cry from the 593,000 homes they had planned to complete last year. the biggest issue, workers on stimulus projects must be paid the same as those in the private sector. a laudable goal but to meet this federal requirement, the labor department had to determine appropriate wages in each of the more than 3,000 counties in america before the projects could get started. that took about seven months. >> we anticipate it will pick up in the future. but that still does not put food on the tables of the people that were looking for those jobs. >> reporter: one year after the stimulus was signed into law, the department of energy says that most of the issues that caused those delays have been resolved. they expect to soon be weatherizing homes at a rate of about 20,000 to 30,000 a month. jonathan karl, abc news,
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washington. the secret service says it is satisfied with how vancouver authorities dealt with a security breach involving vice president biden. a man was arrested after he got about a dozen rows from biden and his wife as they watched the winter olympics opening ceremony. the man was unarmed and apparently gained access to the area with a fake pass. it's believed he suffers from some sort of mental health issue. the government is out with a report of its annual checkup on the nation's health. one significant finding, we are taking a lot of medicine these days. nearly half all americans take one prescription drug a day and 21% take three or more drugs. one of the reasons, the use of the stasen statin drugs that slower cholesterol has increased nearly nine times sin the mid 1990s. here is a look at your weather. 1 foot of snow from ohio to colorado. light snow from the central appalachians and michigan to maine. morning frost and freeze warnings in north florida.
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showers in the southern tip of texas. >> dallas willet uto 62. new orleans 58. and miami 67. 40s for most of the east coast. 30s from the twin cities to detroit. a snowy 44 in salt lake city. and 56 in albuquerque. she may not have her own teeth anymore but that didn't stop her from trying to take a bite out of crime. >> a man holding up a 7-eleven near boston got a little more than he bargained for. take a look at this, security cameras were rolling when this 75-year-old woman grabbing a price scanner and taking her best shots at e band. >> the feisty granny didn't stop the robber from running off with the money but customers say she deserves an award for her bravery and we agree. how about that granny. she was not taking that. she's chasing him around the store. >> although that's not what you're supposed to do, good for her. >> that's right. we'll be right back with more "world news now." if you've taken your sleep aid
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judges in north carolina freed a man wrongly accused the 1991 murder of a raleigh prostitute after dna evidence cleared him. >> what an emotional day for greg taylor, let out of prison after more than 16 years. in this morning's "american landscape" coverage from a raleigh durham station wtdd. >> for breaking news, start here. this is abc 11 eyewitness news in high definition. >> i feel like i'm daming. >> if you want me to cry just talk about my daughter.
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she was 9 years old when i came to prison, she's 26 now. >> breaking news. first at 6. emotions overflow in raleigh. greg taylor who the state has called a murderer for the past 17 years is a free man tonight. we have team coverage from gary brenner live at campbell university school of law where this decision was made. gary? >> reporter: larry, this is a final answer of innocence for greg taylor. he is now free. but now there are tough questions for the state crime lab and how it has treated so-called blood evidence. greg taylor's truck was found in 1991 just 100 yards from the body of jaquetta thomas. in final arguments tlor's defense team said police never considered anyone else could have killed the raleigh prostitute. >> the people closest to the victim, the roommate, the mother, her close friends, were never interviewed. >> reporter: wake county's district attorney argued taylor's story of finding a cul-de-sac to smoke crack
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cocaine, but not noticing a dead body until he left, simply did not add up. in 1993, prosecutors told the jury blood was found on taylor's truck. but dna tests last year showed it was not blood. >> that to a scientific certainty, no human blood is present. >> reporter: defse experts had said it was wrong for an agent with the state bureau of investigation to omit negative blood tests which could have helped clear taylor in 1993. three judgesid not say exactly why but they simply ruled. >> judge mercy rules greg taylor has proved by -- >> gregory f. taylor is innocent of the charge of first degree murder on september 26th, 1991. >> reporter: and late this afternoon, the state bureau of investigation released a written statement which says, in part, it has never been policy to withhold test results or evidence. this appears to be in direct contradiction to the sworn testimony of agent duane deaver, 24-year veteran.
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larry, defense attorneys today said this shows that crime labs should be independent of law enforcement agencies. >> became a big part of this case too. thank you so much for that. it's all about getting reacquainted with family and friends for greg taylor tonight. part of that process began today with a late lunch. eyewitness news captured this scene of taylor enjoying a salad at the restaurant 518 west in raleigh. fred shropshire joins us with reaction, fred? >> reporter: larry, greg taylor said that he could have rightfully been angry, but he said that emotion cannot sustain a person for too long. today, he cried, joked and relished in the moments of his newfound freedom. >> 6,149 days i've thought about what i'd say at this minute. that's what i've come up with. >> reporter: one of several light-hearted moments for greg taylor. but really no laughing matter
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for the man who today tightly held the 26-year-old daughter who was only 9 when he was convicted. a crowd of supporters was overcome with emotion, while taylor was overwhelmed with gratitude. >> understand this is not just about innocent people, this is about injustice. >> reporter: flanked by attorney joe cheshire, he thanked dozens including the north carolina center on actual innocence and the innocence inquiry commission. >> no innocent wrongfully accused person should ever have to spend a day in prison. >> and i had no earthly idea what i was getting into, going to prison. >> reporter: taylor spoke about the day he first went to prin. the friendships made there. calling many of his former fellow inmates decent people. people, he joked, he'd never want to share a bed with again. he nearly choked up thanking his parents and younger brother for keeping their faith when he had little. >> greg, thanks for being with us and congratulations by the
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way. >> thank you, sir. >> you've been a free man for about four hours after spending more than 17 years behind bars. how does that feel? how can we understand that? >> has it been four hours already? it's been i believe you said a whirlwind. i'm still in shock, to tell you the truth. i'm still stuck somewhere back around where judge manning said innocent. just been kind of cruising since then. >> no shackles, no handcuffs. does that feel strange? >> very strange, sir. very strange. you know, when they took those shackles off of me for the last time, i found that hard to believe. >> he had to keep the faith for all those years. so did his family and friends. and the reality is he had exhausted all of his appeals. it looked like all hope was gone. but there's a thing called the north carolina innocence inquiry commission, and they looked into
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it and this is the first time one of these cases has ever been -- resulted in an inmate being freed. >> right now he's saying he has no plans for any lawsuits. he says the game plan at this point is to simply work for the organization that helped him during that time. >> wow. >> just unbelievable story. >> where do you go from here, unbelievable. when we come back, what led up to gary coleman's angry outburst on tv. >> and serena williams nails -- serena williams nail -- serena williams and nails.
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"skinny" time. >> it's been about three months since anyone has heard any word from tiger woods. we're finally seeing the first images of him and we are slated to hear from him for the first time this coming friday. those are the first images.
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as our producer pointed out he does not have the wedding ring on in these pictures. but you can see him there. he's still healthy, he's still strong. according to the newest release from his spokesperson, this coming friday he is going to give a statement. this isn't going to be a q and a where reporters get to ask him all of the questions they want to ask. it's goingo be a small group of friends and colleagues and close associates. now, a lot of people are saying they expect him to announce that he is returning to the links but not get into any of the details about the multiple extramarital affairs. several of the women who were involved in those extramarital affairs are asking for him to acknowledge them, saying they've given up so much in order to be with him. >> yeah, right. >> they expected more -- i don't see that happening either. >> ain't going to happen. it's going to be carefully orchestrated and obviously it's designed to get his career back on track. so many livelihoods depend on tiger woods out there on the links.
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we'll see and hear from him tomorrow. gary coleman. he went ape on "the insider." he went a little crazy, kind of. he was on the show and they were grilling him. they had an attorney on there grilling him about whether or not he had ever abused his wife and he finally had had enough. listen. >> that looks like a menace. at doesn't look like the gary coleman we know and love. look at that shot. >> that's somebody that's hating the photo. th's somebody hating being there. that's just pure hate. >> yeah. >> i don't want to be here. >> right. >> i don't ed t don't waonwhy here and oh, well, i'm here. >> did you abuse her? did you lay your hands on her? >> you can go the same place. >> did you lay your hands on her? >> the next thing i'm going to do is leave. [ bleep ] all of you. >> f-bombs all around as gary stormed off the set. now basically that attorney doesn't make any apologies. she says, look, this is what a cross examination in court is
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like. eventually he couldn't take the 'tr th ns,up aeft. there of course is his wife and there ofhef thw is his wife and weeks. niecy nash. she was one of the panelist the show. she said, she put it i wa the show. she said, she put it i wa >> wow. who would have ever predicted from "different strokes" to al okay. let's talk about serena williams thy. talk about serena williams in addition to being an unbelievable athlete, she wants to do some n yes, she says she figures she goes to get her manicure every four days. she gets a pedicure every seven days. she method, why not? after returning from the australian open she enrolled in a 240-hour program to become a certified nail technician. she bought all the hello kitty stuff. she says even if she's not very good at it she wants to look like she knows exactly what she's doing. y ayhe'll save herself some > ta bin fr you know, she re >> good poin
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happy reunion tell jesse james, sandra bullock's husband, he lost his dog seval weeks ago, back in december. was really worried -- january. really worried about it. the dog shows up.
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here are some stories to watch today on abc news. eight american missionaries accused of child kidnapping in haiti were released by a judge and are returning to the u.s. this morning. two members of the group are still detained in haiti. after meeting with the dalai lama, president obama leaves the white house for a trip out west. he is speaking at democratic fund-raisers in denver and las vegas. and the first lady spends part of the day with students from london who won an essay competition. the students, who wrote about the importance of black history month, will be at the white house. finally this half hour, the former home run king who admitted using steroids has gone back to work. >> mark mcgwire started his job as hitting coach for the st.
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louis cardinals yesterday. he is at training camp in south florida where he again apologized to reporters. >> it's a new chapter in my life. and i'm excited about it and my family's excited about it. especially my two little kids. so it's going to be cool. i mean, it's a little different. but, i mean, the unfortunate thing is i don't get to play. i just get to teach and pass on some knowledge. >> down the left field line. is it enough? gone! mark, you are the new single-season home run king! >> that's something that i think i strived on in my career. it's something that nobody can ever get through. you can't get through a moment. the stronger you are mentally, soon as you understand that this game is all mental, you're going to start taking your career to another level. >> i do not sit in judgment of other players. >> i spoke from my heart. you know. it took a lot to do what i did.
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i spoke the truth. and, you know, let's -- i'm ready to turn the page. i've turned the page. and let's move on. and turn this really into a really positive thing. i think people understand that -- how truly sorry i was for what i did. take full responsibility of it. i've moved on from it. i just wish everybody else could move ofrom it. and let's just, you know -- baseball's done a great job with all their testing and stuff. you know. baseball's taken a little egg and they're going forward. >> wishes everybody else could move on. that will be tough to do. he's become one of the poster children for this sort of asterisk era in baseball. >> there was so much speculation, you also have to keep in mind it's only been about a month since the actual admission came out. so that 15 minutes with reporters he kept saying again and again, let's let it all go. they say he was at ease and the first day of training was
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successful. >> to his credit he hasn't dodged reporters since mak
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