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good morning. i'm ryan smith. >> i'm reena ninan. here are some of the top headlines we're following this morning on "world news now." they are ready to run again. the finish line all set ahead of today's 119th running of the boston marathon. about 30 participants from 87 -- what? 30 participants? there are 30 participants running? i'm sorry. >> 87 countries. and we're going to have more on that coming up. victims of the oklahoma city bombing will remember 20 years after the attack on federal building. the names of 168 people were read allowed by family members and those who survived. >> the hunt for a mother and daughter last seen arrive ing innew york city three weeks ago is intensify. there's been no phone or credit card activity since then. >> tim tebow getting back in the
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game expected to sign a world cup year contract today with the philadelphia eagles. he hasn't played in the nfl since 2012. he'll be one of five quarterbacks on the eagles roster. those are some of our top stories on this monday, april 20th. >> from abc news this is "world news now." >> good morning. we begin this half hour with today's running of the boston marathon. a big day. >> the events finish line is in place on boylston street ready for tens it of thousands of participants to cross. >> they're expecting rain and cool temperatures for today's big event while everyone is looking forward to the race. it comes two years after those two deadly bomb blasts. our boston station reports. >> 21-year-old carly taft was a spectator when bombs went off at the boston marathon two years ago. uninjured but forever phased she wrote a song called "keep on running" in tribute ♪ keep on running running ♪
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>> it's on itunes and a portion of the money is being donated to the fund to help survivors. >> i was standing right in front of lens crafters when the first bomb went off. >> my son was about five feet from the second blast. >> a group of survivors turned runners are feasting on resiliency at daveios, a smaller carb loading occasion. they're on team 415 strong so-called to mark the date of april 15th the date of the attacks. they trained together starting runs at the iconic marathon sports the store so many rushed into injured and bleeding two years ago. >> going back to marathon sports ended up being a healing thing. >> they find strength in the camaraderie of marathon training. >> we wanted to take control back of our lives. a sense of joy that we're all together that we are out of this tragedy i gained 264 new friends. >> and inspired countless more. >> do you think the boston marathon is in your future? >> many here lost some of their
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hearing. taft with her music is acutely aware ♪ the heart beat of the city's in every step ♪ >> that's why she wants the music to help fund recoveries. >> overall message of you know when life live knocks you down, you've got to keep on living. >> as the song says keep on running. everyone (also remembering the four lives lost during boston marathon week 2013. rondelle la richardson abc news boston. >> the sentencing phase of the marathon bombing trial starts tomorrow. dzhokhar tsarnaev dt was convicted of all 30 counts he faced. the same jury will decide whether he's put to death or life in prison. martin richard is now urging prosecutors to take the death penalty off the table. they say death sentence would result in years of appeals. >> the fbi is planning to release new details today about another batch of terror arrests. six more people now in custody. the operation by the joint
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terrorism task force focused on young people who have traveled to syria to fight for isis and other militants. at least four suspects were arrested in minneapolis. two others in san diego. authorities insist there is no threat to the public safety. >> the italian coast guard is searching the mediterranean for victims of an overturned boat carrying migrants from libya. hundreds of people are missing and believed dead following the disaster. here's alex marquardt. >> a desperate search for hundreds of migrants lost at sea. rescue teams in the air and on the water following what could be one of the deadliest disasters ever in the mediterranean. >> the coast guard are with the small capacity that they have are doing whatever they can to rescue lives. >> reporter: there may not be many lives to save. so far italian authorities say only 28 migrants have been found alive is, leaving hundreds more now feared dead after their small boat capsized 70 miles from the coast of libya as a
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rescue ship approached. one survivor saying there may have been as many as 950 people on board. >> the mediterranean has become a watery grave for wave after wave of migrants fleeing poverty and war in the middle east and africa. seeking new lives in europe. some 35,000 have crossed so far this year with 13 and a half,000 rescued in the past week alone. if numbers are confirmed, around 1600 people have died. >> if there is no robust rescue at sea on the mediterranean, the people will continue to come and more people will die. >> reporter: at the vatican, pope francis demanding that the international community act saying the victims were just looking for happiness. and other world leaders led by italy's prime minister are joining the pope with loud calls for more funds and better organizationing to prevent future tragedies. alex marquardt. abc news palermo, sicily.
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>> no apologies from the mailman who deliberately violated washington's no-fly zone and landed a gyrocopter on the lawn of the u.s. capitol. dug hughes is back home with his family in florida after what he's calling an act of civil disobedience. he appeared frustrated that the stunt is drawing more attention to gaps in national security. >> you need to be worried not about whether the somebody can fly into d.c. we need to be worried about the piles of money going into congress. >> hughes said he didn't think he would make it to the capitol without being stopped and due back in court next month and could face four years in prison. >> fire officials in southern california say that the smoke generated about i a wildfire that threatened hundreds of homes will take days to clear. it's believed the flames were sparked but an inintended cooking fire that grew to more than 1,000 acres and forced evacuations of 300 homes. bone dry vegetation hasn't been thinned out in decades. no property has been damaged and
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no one injured. in south florida, hundreds of acres burned. the large amount of smoke seen in this drone camera video. the brush in areas extremely dry. officials say it takes just one spark to start a fire. hundreds of acres have been burned but no structures lost and no injuries rorted. it's unclear what spark the blaze. >> the severe storms we've been seeing all weekend are heading towards the east. thousands of people in alabama are without electricity this morning. falling trees knocked down power lines. at least two the tornadoes touched down and dozens of homes were damaged by the strong winds. there's also a report that some train cars were knocked over. and in arkansas there were also giant hailstorms with rain and strong winds. some as large as tennis balls. numerous reports of damage to cars and roofs and now the storms are threatening the northeast today not once but twice. heefrs steve davis at accuweather. good morning, steph. >> thanks ryan and reena. it will be a soggy monday across
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the eastern seaboard. a storm system bringing showers and thunderstorms to the i-95 corridor. the heaviest of the rain will target washington, d.c., philadelphia and new york city where we can see up to 2 inches of rain falling throughout the day on monday. a second wave rolling through monday afternoon firing up strong thunderstorms for pittsburgh, baltimore and d.c. gusty winds and hail are the major threats. ryan and reena, back to you. >> steph, thanks so much. some animals in the news to tell you about. we start with parrots in idaho given oxygen after being rescued from a house fire. firefighters said that they entered the home. the birds were saying help fire. they had apparently been trained to issue that fire. a true story. i know. how dare them and what they were trained to do. pretty incredible there. and ten young cuban crocodiles now heading from swedeton cuba. they're critically endangered in their nittive country where they're restricted to two swamp
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areas. they used to be found across the caribbean but killed off by the loss of habitat. illegal hunting and breeding with american crocs the little ones will hopefully help restore the population. i liked your smirk in the middle of my fire. barely holding it together. >> give me the breathing mask. >> it was too much. credit reena for keeping it together. i was cracking up over here. >> glad there's one part of the show i can keep it together. >> if you think we're done after the parrots and crocodiles, forget it. next up frogs. >> this is a new species. what's called a glass frog. they're called a glass frog because there's semi translucent. >> i love that. wait i love that. that should be a superhero. their skin is virtually see through. so much so you saw their organs right there. so far six of these new frogs have been found in the remote mountains of costa rica but look at this guy. >> you know what i think, we had to dissect a frog in high
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school. i thought it was the most disgusting and cruel thing. obviously, they're dead. but maybe we should just all get some of these frogs. >> this solves the problem. you don't have to dissect frogs anymore. we're going to bring these guys up and that's it. >> there you go. >> the frogs around the world who been dissected are rejoice rejoicing. well, they're not rejoicing because they're gone but their family members are thinking this never has to happen again. why don't we move on from there. coming up taking you back five years ago today. the environmental disaster. this is not actually funny. the environmental disaster that went down in history. a tough sight to see. we'll have more on that. >> also ahead the 14-year-old girl who has absolutely no fear of heights. how she's climbing higher and faster than anyone else. >> and a photo of a little girl with a twinkle in her eye that was posted online. but this was no ordinary picture. it was actually a warning sign and her parents took action. you're watching "world news now."
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take a look at that blast. that's the mccondo oil well in the gulf of mexico exploding five years ago today. 11 people were killed that day and it took months to cap the spill. >> the first round of litigation took years and a number of lawsuits are still in the courts. abc's matt gutman visited recently to see how the region is covering. >> it was the worst environmental catastrophe in u.s. history. an explosion at the macondo well 11 people killed and millions of barrels of oil spilled into the gulf. this is the bay critical marsh land that was heavily oiled in 2010. >> there's this black ribbon of oil painted across these marshs. >> today no oil to be found in this spot at least. five years ago, had i sunk my hand in here probably would be
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have pulled up a fist full of oil. right now just some fresh smelling soil. it was an unprecedented and controversial clean-up response. booms, berms and those chemical dispersents. bp paying nearly $2 billion for the clean-up and initial settlements. key industries have started to bounce back. >> we mobilized 100,000 people who spent $70 million manhours over four years. and there is no question that the combination of the response and the natural resilience of the gulf greatly mitigated the potential impacts of the spill. >> reporter: still, a cloud hangs over these waters. >> personally i don't think it's getting better. >> reporter: the waters are sketchy. a few areas are dead zones. >> levi brunet spent the past four decades shrimping and we've kept up with him since the spill. he's not just worried about the shrimp deemed healthy to eat by the government and rebounding in population but also his own
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health. problems he says like. >> eye infections headaches, memory loss. >> reporter: after effects he claims from dispersants sprayed from the boats he was working on during the clean-up. one of dozens with pending suits against bp for medical claims after opting out of an initial settlement he believed fell short but then there's the question of the oil itself. >> we went out with scientist who have been studying these waters. you don't see oil slicked is islands but we wondered if the oil was from bp and sent a sample to louisiana state university for testing. we picked up this oil right on grand tara isle nearly an exact match of macondo well. >> the product that you have in your hand does not pose a threat to human or aquatic life. this. >> how do you know? >> if it's macondo oil is now five years old and likely weathered beyond the point of being harmful. >> but some scientists disagree.
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>> the outside of this is weathered but it starts to break apart over time and the oil compounds particularly those that are toxic to wildlife fish and other organisms is still there. >> many of the worst fears of five years ago about the environmental impact of the spill never materialized. but the official report on the long-term environmental impacts of the spill has not yet been published. back in berra tearia, we asked brunet how much the spill has cost him. >> i hope i don't have to tell new years of my life. i'm telling you, boo, i'm not the same man. >> reporter: and so the question persists can the gulf all of its marshland and animals and people make a full recovery? matt gutman abc news, louisiana. >> you really have to wonder if that's the case if they can make a full recovery. bp facing multiple lawsuits. last fall a federal judge condition ruled they were grossly nethd. putting them up to the tune of billions of dollars.
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they've said they aren't grossly negligent. it goes on and on for them. >> we'll be watching >> no worry really about the waters in the region. >> absolutely. we'll be right back.
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well, an arizona mother
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learned that a picture really is worth a thousand words. the golden glow she saw in her daughter's baby picture helped save her life. >> what an incredible thing. that's something she remembered reading on facebook forced her to take action. linsey davis has the story. >> careful to capture every moment of elizabeth murphy's first few months of life with pictures, her parents noticed more than just a twinkle in her big blue eyes but joanna murphy thought nothing of it until something caught her own eye on facebook. a news feed article about how a white glow in photos to signal a bigger problem. >> i said this is really strange. i've seen that same glow. >> a an eye specialist diagnosed elizabeth with retinal blastoma a potentially deadly rare cancer of the eye. elizabeth has had her right eye removed but her left is fully functioning and her parents are glad they caught it early. >> when you see them doing well,
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it helps to give you strength to persevere. >> a sentiment shared by tara tailer. >> facebook ironically has been such a blessing in our life. >> when a friend noticed a white glow in the picture taylor posted of her daughter she sent her a message to get it checked out. turns out 3-year-old riley had coats disease another rare disorder causing blindness. doctors found out just early enough to save her vision. like in the case of elizabeth, it's often detected simply by at the spotting an abnormal reflection of light in the eye. in elizabeth's case keeping a keen can be eye on social media was life saving. linsey davis, abc news, new york. >> she is going to have the prosthetic eye updated as the years ago and she gets older. who would have thought people by looking at a photo. >> it gets a lot of heat social media but it does a lot of good because people can talk about their findings. it saved this little gir's life
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and finally this morning, one of the world's greatest rock climbers is just 14 years old and that's not just her age. but for any age, pretty good. >> she's amazing. she seems to be born to climb. so abc's cecilia vega strapped on some gear and set out to see how she does it. >> reporter: high up there dangling upside down that human spiderman more like a spider girl is one of the best rock climbers in the world. and she's only 14. >> you don't get scared up here? >> no. >> never? >> no. are you? >> i am. yes. >> she's schooling me at this
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indoor climbing gym in new york. >> just hold on to this one. yeah. >> fresh off her spring break in spain wheresley scaled one of the toughest rock faces on the planet and she did it in ten minutes flat is that theering two world records. >> if i look at this wall and see this big space with all these colors and think there's no way i could possibly get to the top, you think what? >> i would think i mean there is a way to the top because i mean there's holds so i can get to the top. >> reporter: anything has a solution? >> yeah. >> a daredevil better than grown-ups twice her age and strength. >> how good is she? >> it's on a different level especially considering her age and is easily top ten, top five female climbers in the world which is putting her at a level of some of the top men climbers now of course too. >> reporter: her tiny fingers searching for the perfect hold since she was 6 years old. she started climbing rocks in central park. she had to beg her parents to let her compete.
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today, her dad is always right there making sure ashima doesn't fall. the biggest challenge for her these days fitting it all in. there's four hours of climbing practice every day after school. then homework after that. and just finding time to be a kid. from here it, there's only one way to go. up. cecilia vega abc news new york. >> incredible. she's the first woman youngest male or female to climb a route with a difficulty grade of 9 a. what that really means it's the third highest level of climbing. she's that young. >> she is really young. even "the new york times" calls her a phenom. >> whoa. >> look at you. >> that's a shot of me free falling >> that's how are you when you're climbing? >> sad thing is that's the ground. that's the news for this half hour.
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this morning on "world news now," deadly storms. the powerful winds downpours and hail leaving behind a path of destruction. >> we're having tornadoes, wind and rain and hail. >> slamming the southeast, now threatening a huge area today from orlando to new york city. >> paying tribute to the 168 victims of the oklahoma city bombing. the grief and the hope 20 years after the attack. >> and exposing secrets. what really goes on in the private at the white house? the domestic staff who have seen the presidents move in and out are breaking their silence. >> we are the permanent residents of the white house. >> stories of pride, politics and even paranoia never heard before. it's monday, april 20th. captions paid for by abc, inc.
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>> from abc news,s this "world news now." >> good morning, everyone. i'm reena ninan joined by the wonderful ryan smith. >> thank you so much. in for t.j. holmes. i love this behind the scenes of the white house. makes me feel like i'm watching down to abby. >> our version of down to abby. >> i want to go behind the scenes at your house. >> at my house? a lot of chaos. like normal. >> chaos. >> you don't want to go behind the scenes of my home. >> we'll stay away from that. let's begin with powerful storms on the move 37 millions bracing for a super soaking this morning. >> over the weekend giant hail storms pummeled arkansas along with rain and strong winds. numerous reports of damage to roofs and cars. meteorologist rob marciano has more. >> severe storms hammering the southeast. georgia drivers getting pelted by heavy rain. listen to it come down in fort benning. part of a flurry of severe
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storms that left a trail of damage including cincinnati ohio are where a woman died when this tree came crashing down on her car. and look at this image from cottonwood alabama the home split in half by a falling tree. amazingly no one hurt. in fort mitchell alabama, siding ripped off the wall of this house. homeowners losing parts of their roofs. more than 40 reports of severe weather in the region. >> you need to take cover as soon as possible. >> reporter: the same system sent country music fans running for cover at this outdoor concert in arlington, texas. >> here we are rangers ballpark and the tornado sirens going off. >> reporter: the city sounding the alarm for the dangerous weather. >> we're having tornadoes, winds and rain and hail. snfr not quite a tornado but a second night of damaging storms pounding the dallas area. this system is really a combination of two storms that have been stuck in place for the greater part of this week. now moving up the northeast,
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d.c. philly and boston with the marathon on monday. a stormy start to the week. rob marciano. >> fire officials in southern california say the smoke generated by a i wildfire that threatened hundreds of homes will take days to clear. it's believed it was sparks by an undaended cooking fire. it forces evacuations of nearly 300 homes. fire still burning in an area where bone dry vegetation hasn't been tlined out in decades. >> what we've seen in the past several days is large explosive wildfires. it's directly attributed to our drought the explosive fuel growthing >> officials think it could take weeks to make sure the burned area is safe once the fire is fully contained and knocked out. no property damage or injuries. in south florida, hundreds of acres burned the large amount of smoke seen in this drone camera video the brush in the area extremely dry. officials say is takes just one spark to start a fire. hundreds of acres have been
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burned. no structures have been lost. no injuries reported. it's unclear what sparked the blaze. >> the mailman who violated restricted air space to land a gyrocopter was surprised he made it. he expected to be stopped by authorities with sirens and guns. instead he was greeted by waving tourists. hughes is now back home with his family in florida and says he kept his wife and 11-year-old daughter in the dark about the flight but now has their full support. >> i was just down right proud. he's a patriot, you know? he did it for the country. >> it was intended to be a plan where only i took the risk. but it was very lonesome. >> hughes is due back in court next month for the stunt intended to promote campaign finance reform pep says at no point did he feel that it wasn't a good we'll hear much more from the pilot doug hughess in an interview with george stephanopoulos later on good morning america. >> now to the tragedy at sea. hundreds of mig grants believed to have died off libya when
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their ship overturned en route to italy. one survivor says there may have been 950 people on board including some who had been locked in the hold by smugglers. the italian prime minister is calling for a european council meeting to address the crisis of migrants fleeing syria and north africa for europe. >> it is a somber day of reflection for many along the gulf coast. five years ago, the deepwater horizon royal rig exploded killing 11 workers and triggering the worst offshore oil spill in u.s. history. it would take three months for crews to finally to cap the leak. scientists say effects are still here. >> you see tar balls that are washing up. what it points to is the fact that oil is still in the system. just because we can't always see it everywhere we go it's still out there. >> two studies found up to 10 million gallons of oil is still left on the seafloor. one scientist compared it to a bathtub ring. bp disputed the figures. >> another milestone being
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marked. 20th anniversary of the oklahoma city bombings survivors and family members gathered to remember those who died. neal karlinksky was there. ♪ >> 20 years later, memories may have faded but the wounds for many here are as fresh as yesterday. >> kevin lee gohschallii, my baby. >> it was 9:02 a.m. when a truck bomb tore through the murrah federal building. >> we interrupt briefly to tell you of a major explosion in oklahoma city in a federal building. >> reporter: the devastation was hard to comprehend. 168 killed 680 injured and another 324 buildings damaged or destroyed. until 9/11 it was the deadliest terror attack in u.s. history. this time committed by americans. anti-government extremist timothy mcveigh executed for the crime and terry nichols still
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serving a life sentence. >> makes me appreciate every day. >> p.j. allen's entire life that has been intertwined with this place. he was the youngest survivor of the building's daycare which lost 19 children that morning. today, he's a 21-year-old college student back again to honor those who weren't so lucky with the way he lives his life. >> because of that day that i can't not give it my all because for some reason i was able to make it. >> reporter: these 168 chairs represent each of the victims all of their names were read family and friends gathered. a powerful reminder of what happened here 20 years ago. neal karlinksky abc news oklahoma city. >> hillary clinton campaigns today in new hampshire but she got an important endorsement yesterday. her husband bill clinton says he's proud of her and made the comment while in oklahoma city yesterday. his first since the former first lady declared her candidacy a week ago. so far she is the only announced
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democratic presidential candidate. and whether there are any democrats running or not, some people will oppose hillary clinton even though -- until death. so larry upright's family ended his obituary with a line asking readers not to vote for clinton. his family in north carolina says he was passionate about politics and a diehard republican. his son says dad did not request the line in his obituary but probably giggling about it right now. >> i'm sure we are. now on to sports. starting with tim tebow. he is back expected to sign a one-year contract with the philadelphia eagles today. tebow hasn't plays in the nfl since 2012. since then he's been doing some tv work including with our colleagues at good morning america. signing with the eagles au lose him to start the team's offseason workout program on time. they will have four other quarterbacks already on their roster. >> all right. it was an eventful weekend at chicago's wrigley field. both on and off the field.
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let's start with on the field. >> yes because that's key. jon lester on the mound yesterday fields a ground ball. it gets stuck in his glove. he throws the whole thing to first base and they get the runner out. how about that great play and a losing effort. meanwhile off the field, a new tradition. catching foul balls in your beer. >> we start out on saturday when a young woman caught a foul in a brew cup. she was so fired up she chugged the whole thing and watched the cubs win too. >> love that. yesterday a guy down the third baseline got into the act. just watch. he thought about taking the ball out. you got to watch it first. take a look. there it goes. he's going to get it. thought about taking it out. but when he went for it he was sucking down the suds understand. you know how hard it is to get a ground ball coming at you that fast much less get it in your cup? small margin for error. >> i would bring a baby tub or something. >> i would bring a glove the size of. >> you the size of me?
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>> yes. >> big huge. there we go. i went to major league games. >> excuse me, i would bring a glob the size of you, big and huge. >> i didn't mean it like that. no well, i saw this on the break. let me tell you what's coming up in the mix," meet the woman who ate three 72-ounce steaks and a lot more in one sitting >> thank you for not looking at me when you said that. >> controversy for dr. oz. why his other job in the hospital could be on the line. >> and later, sharing secrets from the white house never told before the domestic staff who has seen presidents come and go speak out. >> remember to find us on facebook wn and fans and twitter. you're watching "world news now." but a lot of us leave our identities unprotected. nearly half a million cars were stolen in 2012. but for every car stolen 34 people had their identities stolen. identity thieves can steal your money damage your credit and wreak havoc on your life.
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we have new details about this frightening gas explosion in fresno california on friday. the utility says the natural gas line had been inspected twice this month. pacific gas & electric also says the gas line was clearly marked. the blast was set off when an earth mover on a gun range nicked it. three jail inmates and a public works employee remain in critical condition. >> whitney houston's daughter bobbi kristina and her family are back in the headlines this morning. bobbi brown reportedly told a crowd in dallas this weekend that she's awake and watching him. other reports recent claim she remains in a coma. other relatives are urging brown to take her off life support.
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houston's multimillion dollar asset is part of the family drama na. >> viewers of the dr. oz show will see a special episode this week in which the tv doctor responds for calls for him to be fired. >> a group of doctors has demanded that oz be relieved of his position because he promotes "quack treatments. here's abc's mara schiavocampo. one of tv's most famous doctors getting a checkup by a small group of his peers. >> today i'm sharing my three best kept health secrets. >> dr. oz drawing millions of viewers on his talk show criticized by ten doctors demanding columbia university remove the tv host from his faculty position where he serves as vice chairman of the department of surgery. seen here operating in the show new york med. in an e-mail to columbia the physicians criticized the heart surgeon saying oz has egregious lack of integrity by promoting quack treatments and cures in the center of personality
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financial gain adding that members of the public are being misled and endangered a critique dr. oz has responded to before ob capitol hill. >> i can't figure this out, doctor. i don't get why you need to say this stuff because you know it's not true. >> i would give my audience the advice i give my family all the time. >> in their e-mail to columbia the ten doctors criticizing oz's reports on arsenic in apple juice and his mistrest of genetically engineered foods. some. oz a supporter of labeling gmos saying friday we provide multiple points of view including mine which is offered without conflict of interest. that doesn't sit well with certain agendas which distort the facts. columbia university also responding telling abc news it's committed to the principle of academic freedom and to upholding fact members of freedom of expression. the university still supporting
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its famous physician. mara schiavocampo it, abc news, new york. >> coming up pulling back the curtain on what really goes on inside the white house. stories from the men and women who serve on the mansion's domestic staff in a best selling new book. >> and ahead in our next half hour highlights from the rock 'n' roll hall of fame's big night. new honorees and a lot of great music. you're watching "world news now."
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never heard that verks before. >> it gets like some atari game. >> that's what's it sounds like. >> the people who work on the staff at the white house are witnesses to history in a very intimate way. but recently they've mostly observed a code of silence what they see. i thought it might be at some
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point somebody might break the code. >> you knew it had to happen. now dozens of them spilled the beans in a new best selling book. jonathan carl has the inside look. >> does olivia know that the president of the united states does not beg. >> in shows like "scandal," life inside the white house is an edge of your seat drama. but to get a better sense of the inner workings of 1600 pennsylvania avenue there's another show you may want to check out. >> you'll find there's never a dull moment in this house. >> incredible. it's like a real-life downtownen abby that takes place at the white house every day. >> kate anderson new best seller the residence pulls back on the chefs, ushers maids and butlers who keep the white house running. like skip allen. he served in the white house as an usher from 1979 to 2004. >> we used to say preys come and go. it's the staff who stays. we're the permanent residents of the white house. >> and james jeffries has been there since 1959. serving as a butler for every
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president since dwight eisenhower. >> you're still working part time with the obamas? >> yes. >> have you figured out how to do the job yet? >> when you first went to work at the white house in 1959 did you think you'd be working there when there would be an african-american president? >> no. >> must have been a little emotional to see that happen? >> oh, yes. >> yeah. made me feel good. >> for a new first family it can take some time to get used to the staff they inherit. the transition for the clintons was particularly rough. in the book allen calls bill and hillary "about the most paranoid people i'd ever seen in my life." >> there had been 12 years of republicans and all of a sudden this democrat comes in. i'm sure if you were in their position you would have felt the same way. >> long before the controversy over hillary clinton's private e-mail server the clintons were apparently worried about white house operators listening in on their telephone calls. >> they came in and decided that
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that wasn't the kind of situation that they would comfortable with and so they had the whole white house rewired for telephones. >> we worked so nobody could listen in? >> i'm not sure if that's exactly the point but they couldn't. >> while many who worked in the white house told their stories for this book they're not divulging everything. >> you and you and everybody on that white house staff probably has secrets that you will take to the grave. >> yes. you can count on it. >> it's the code. >> jonathan carl abc news washington. >> oh. >> it's interesting. what is going to happen if hillary clinton wins the presidency and they go back to the white house? >> imoo not shoet so sure. will they be there? >> who knows. they're not required to sign nondisclosures but are supposed to be discrete. so it's interesting this is coming out. >> hmm. maybe you and i should apply. >> i like it. i like it. it's like downtownen abby in america.
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so now it's time for the mix". this may be the ultimate photo bomb photo that i love. it's a father who spent some time in kuwait suddenly shows up to his son's third grade class. take a look. >> you like that? >> what is ha? your dad? how did he get in the picture? >> what? >> your dad's not in the picture. see right there? >> oh. >> it took a second. father is corporal james bath. that's his son joshua bass and what a touching reunion. >> i love that. he could not process it. >> it was like a second and then it's like it's really true. >> that's so great. all right. let me tell you about this. i want to take you to amarillo texas, the big texas steakhouse
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where a woman molly, there she is right there, ate three 72-ounce steaks. that's what it looks like. yikes. three salads three dinner rolls, three potatoes three shrimp cocktails and weighs 124 pounds. >> that's impressive. >> look at that. that is a healthy meal. she won $5,000 for her efforts. the people running this contest have been doing it since 1960. first time in 55 years somebody did this. >> oh my gosh. it was right there in her gut. >> i don't know what her gut is doing right now. that's probably what her gut is doing. >> like times 20. >> i couldn't do that. oh. well there's this thing striking. do you know what it is? all the kids are doing it now. >> all the kids are striking all over the place. >> especially new zealand. this is striking down the steepest residential street in the world. baldwin street in new zealand. dundee new zealand.
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you go all the way down that. i'm just terrified and i should put the disclaimer do not do this at home. >> all the kids are doing it. >> professional kids. yeah. u-turns all sorts of different tricks they're doing. but there's cars coming down. what are you kids doing? >> really? this is how i goet to work every day. that's how i crash every day. one more thing for you, anybody getting ready to get married prepare to be shamed by this. i'm sorry. anybody who's recently proposed took so much time to buy the ring how about that. how about getting that little thing. sotheby's is auctionsing it tomorrow. 100 carat emerald cut diamond ring. it's auctions for how much? you know diamonds. >> i would say $3 million. >> $25 million. >> what? >> yeah. >> so that's a deal. >> they say it looks like a pool of water into it does not look real to me. >> really? try wearing that
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this morning on "world news now," speaking out. the postal worker who breached security to fly a gyrocopter to the u.s. capitol breaks his silence. new details about the risky flight and what his family is saying >> dangerous flames. the weekend wildfire in southern california keeping hundreds of homeowners on edge. the explosive conditions and why the risk is far from over. >> split second decisions. new video of a car bursting into flames and first responders rushing to help. frightening images and how police had just 24 seconds to save a life. >> and later in "the skinny," emotional moments for taylor swift at last night's academy of country music awards. how an appearance by her mom took so many by surprise. it's monday, april 20th. captions paid for by abc, inc. from abc news,s this "world news now."
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>> good morning on this monday. i'm ryan smith an. >> i'm reena ninan. >> lots of news to get to today. >> beautiful moment by taylor swift. we'll tell you all about that. it is a touching story. >> and an important one too, especially her health scare. gyrocopter. did you know that word before last week? >> i did not. but everybody knows it now. >> sure do. we're talking about the mailman who made the gyrocopter a household name. unapologetic days after landing it on the u.s. capital. >> here's more frommoremore. >> gyrocopter pilot doug hughes is grounded back with his family ba can in florida. >> i was in shock. >> his wife and daughter speaking out about their dad's dangerous stunt, what he calls an act of civil disobedience protesting campaign financing. >> i was just down right proud. he's a patriot, you know? he did it for the country. >> though hughes shared his plan with a local reporter he says
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his family knew absolutely nothing about it. >> it was intended to be a plan where only i took the risk but it was very lonesome. >> the 61-year-old mailman now delivering new details about tip. >> at no point did i feel that it was not a good idea. >> revealing he took off from gettysburg, pennsylvania, flying 80 miles through maryland, straight into washington, d.c. using landmarks like the world war ii memorial and washington monument to navigate. hughes says he was surprised he actually made it to the capitol. >> i had expected to be intercepted on the way. >> if hughes had been detected flying through restricted air space, scrambled fighter jets would have demanded he land or face being shot down, a risk this father says he was willing to take. >> how did i weigh that? it's real easy. i had an idea that i thought could change the direction of the country to restore a true
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representative democracy. >> hughes faces four years in jail. he begins house arrest on monday in addition, he's banned from traveling to d.c. unless it's for court and not allowed to fly anything. mara schiavocampo, abc news, new york. >> we'll hear much more everywhere doug hughes in an interview with abc's george steven pop loss later on good morning america. breaking overnight, another fence jumper at the white house. a secret service confirmed someone scaled a fence on the southside of the white house last night. but the person was quickly arrested. the jumper was reportedly carrying a suspicious package that was later declared harmless. the arrest follows plans to add steel spikes to the fence to make it harder to climb. >> the deep south will be cleaning up this morning from severe storms. thousands of people in alabama are without electricity and at least one high school is closed today because there's no power. at least two tornadoes touched down and dozens of homes were damaged by the strong winds. there's also a report that some train cars were knocked over.
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and there was heavy rain in western north carolina last night. resulting in some flash flooding. forecasters also were worried about tornadoes but there were no reports of twisters, just high winds. these storms are headed right toward the big cities of the northeast today. and here's accuweather steph davis. good morning, steph. >> thanks, ryan and reena. we'll need the wet gear monday. showers and thunderstorms firing up all along the i-95 corridor. some of the rain comes down very heavy at times. the heaviest targeting d.c., philadelphia and new york city where we can see up to 2 inches of rainfall throughout the day on monday. a second wave rolling through monday afternoon firing up strong storms for western pennsylvania south towards baltimore. ryan and reena, back to you. >> steph, thanks so much. firefighters in southern california say an unattended cooking fire sparked a dangerous wildfire that forced evacuations over the weekend. the flames still burning in an area where the bone dry brush
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hasn't been thinned out in years. abc's kendis gibson reports. >> firefighters still battling a wildfire in southern california that spread rapidly. >> flames were coming up on the other side of the river bed. they were coming up. it was pretty impressive. >> coming very close to hundreds of homes forcing evacuations. >> 127. pronto 2. >> the initial call saturday evening for a small brush fire but within hours, the size and scope expanded growing to nearly 1,000 acres. fire crews ordered mandatory evacuations of 300 homes. residents and livestock seen rushing to escape the flames. >> i've been here for 21 years. this is the second fire we've been through. but this is the worst. >> reporter: calm winds and low humidity helped fight the flames allowing the evacuation to be lifted. residents able to return home after the frighteningly close call as the fire continues to burn in a nearby basin. >> what we've seen in the past
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several days throughout southern california is large explosive wild pfeiffers and it's directly attributed to the drought. >> california in its fourth year of historic drought already seeing the impact, more than 3,000 acres burned in fires this year nearly tripling the five-year average. you can physically see and hear what's fueling these fires. vegetation around here so dry, you can physically break these apart. there's no moisture at all in them. this is considered prime fuel for these wildfires. kendis gibson, abc news, corona, california. >> thanks, kendis. there's rain in the forecast today for the 119th running of the boston marathon. that's the finish line where about 30,000 runners and from 87 countries hope to be crossing later today. you see right there. many of them lined up for the traditional carb loading pasta dinner last night. the mayor of boston helping feed the hungry runners. the sentencing phase of the marathon -- boston bombing trial gets under way tomorrow. >> we wish those runners good luck. at least six people under arrest
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this morning in two cities after a nationwide terror investigation. the operation by the joint terrorism task force focused on young people who have traveled to syria to fight alongside isis and other militants. at least four people were taken into custody in minneapolis and two were picked up in san diego. authorities say there is no threat to public safety. >> there's a desperate search in the waters of the mediterranean for hundreds of migrants believed missing. survivors say nearly 1,000 people were on board the smuggler's ship when it overturned. some were locked in the cargo hold. they were on a quest for freedom sailing from libya to italy. >> the coast guard with the small capacity they are doing whatever they can to rescue lives. >> the u.n. says this could become the worst disaster involving migrants en route to europe and now the italian prime minister is calling for emergency measures. >> it's a last ditch appeal for two of the country's largest cable operators. in a merger deal. comcast and time warner
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reportedly will meet with justice department officers wednesday hoping to save their proposed merger. regulators are worried about the combine company will be too powerful. one report says comcast involvement with the streaming video service hulu is a particular concern. >> a new fashion line at target was a big hit. i'm bummed i didn't get in on this one. shoppers waited outside sunday morning to get the limited stock of lilly pulitzer apparel. target's items were selling for a fraction of the usual cost of the luxury clothing line. there was so much traffic on the website, target shut down for about 20 minutes. if you missed the sale, you're out of luck. target says there are no plans to restock. she's such a great designer and especially for summer and spring and they're pricey. i'm just really upset i forgot this was the big weekend. >> i'm sorry. we'll have to get you one somehow. they're all sold out, i'm sorry. >> here's something that's not sold out. you don't have to hurry to get
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breakfast at mcdonald's. nearly 100 of the fast food restaurants in the san diego area today if you're in san diego, begin offering breakfast all day at mcdonald's. i love it. because it's a test or i should say it's a test because some customers have asked for the entire breakfast menu won't be offered. just the egg mcmuffin and eight other items, plus coffee drinks, but it's a start. >> if you've got the egg mcmuffin, what else do you need. maybe hash browns. >> sausage and egg biscuit. >> you can't do that here. it's only in -- >> only in the morning. i need it all day. >> all right. it was a weekend for drag racing in key west, florida. but this had nothing to do with the cars and quarter mile tracks. >> that's right. the track was key west famous duval street and the so-called main drag. you know what i'm talking about now. the contestants were female impersonators dressed in their high heels and their short dresses looking fancy. >> things got really interesting right there. right there. >> learn how to walk in those heels.
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>> trying to balance obstacles like that, tires, beams, right there, part of the race. the whole of it was part of key west's annual independence celebration as though key west needs another reason to have a party. it's a party town. >> i love this contest. people were given extra points for having heels higher than 3 inches. that's fantastic. >> you should apply next year. try and get out there. >> i can't walk on heels. you'll have to teach me. >> i don't have shoes in your size. >> coming up, nashville's big awards night and the emotional moment for taylor swift that nearly stole the show. >> and later, the huge musical event that brought together the the last two members of the fab four. we are taking you to the rock 'n' roll hall of fame. you're watching "world news now." today you can do everything in just one click even keep your toilet clean and fresh.
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take a look at that. an unconscious woman was inside that overturned car when the police arrived in new jersey. on the scene last week, one cut her seat belt. now they're dragging her out of the car, pulling her to safety. less than 30 seconds later, the car burst into flames. you see it there. soon becoming completely engulfed. the woman luckily sustained nonlife-threatening injuries. she's been charged with driving while intoxicated. >> incredible images there. >> quick thinking police officers there. now, a growing mystery this morning from here in new york. a mother and daughter disappearing without a trace. >> they were last seen parking this car three weeks ago. last night police drove it away from the garage and say in it everything seems normal. aditi roy has more. >> reporter: a family mystery
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grows. a mother and her 14-year-old daughter varnishing nearly three weeks ago without a trace. police say 51-year-old iona costello and her daughter emily disappearing after taking a trip to manhattan from their home in greenport, long island. the pair last seen at a parking garage march 30th. family members say the mother and daughter were supposed to spend a week in manhattan watching some shows here in the theater district. police say they discovered costello's car in a nearby garage. it appeared untouched. >> we're investigating all different angles but haven't come up with anything solid yet. >> reporter: the family now worried. their calls to costello unanswered. emily not showing up at the exclusive ross school, the private school she attends in east hampton, long island. costello's sister-in-law posting a plea for information on her facebook page adding prayers are welcome. >> you go through phone records, texting records, e-mails, credit
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card accounts, and we have not had any luck through any of those avenues. >> reporter: costello's mother telling abc news she hopes the two have just gone off somewhere and are happy and well. police say costello, a widow is involved in a dispute with her husband's adult children from a previous marriage over his will. she runs a farm in greenport. a town now abuzz over the deepening mystery. aditi roy, abc news, new york. >> scary part about this, been over two weeks. first 48, 72 hours are critical. the odds go down of finding somebody. hopefully something breaks soon in terms of the news on that one. we'll follow it. when we come back, it's skinny time. a big night for country music and many of its superstar friends. >> plus a new delivery for a superstar couple. "the skinny" is next. a superstar couple. "the skinny" is next.
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♪ skinny, so skinny ♪ >> welcome back to "the skinny." a lot of buzz this morning about the academy of country music awards. the biggest audience for the live awards ceremony ever. that was at the dallas cowboys stadium. >> that's huge. >> humongous, right? the kickoff performance, eric church and keith urban in a tribute to veteran merle haggard. >> miranda lambert took the stage, dominating the awards
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as she did the country music association awards in november. she went home with four big ones including album and song of the year. >> she is super, super hot stuff right now. but the night's top prize went to luke bryan. fans voting him as entertainer of the year for the second time. he also co-hosted the event along with blake shelton. >> you co-hosted and won the top award. i love that. taylor swift was honored with a milestone award. it was her mother who presented it to her. it's the first time we've seen andrea swift since we learned she was battling cancer. to thank fans who supported her even when she turned to pop. to be honest, not all of them do. >> speaking of pop, take a look at steven tyler's pants as he walked the red carpet. the pop art image of it's a woman's face if you can't tell. out of a '60s painting. tyler recently moved too nashville and working on a country album. who knew? i did not know this. that's why i was telling you you've got to listen to more country music. >> i don't know a lot about
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country but i would listen to a steven tyler country album. >> that would be interesting. new stars, star wars movie buzzing again this movie after actor mark hamill talking about the force that made him agree to appear in episode seven "the force awakens." at an event with carrie fisher and other stars of the film he said will he no choice but to reprise his role as luke skywalker saying if he refused "can you imagine if for some reason i said i don't think i want to do it? i would have had all of you surrounding my house like villagers in a frankenstein picture." angry vilers with lightsabers instead of torches. >> the film is produced by disney, our parent company. it will be out in december. i think they something like 10 million hits off trailer just released. >> why would mark hamill not want to be in the film? >> they would have to surround your house like villagers with lightsabers. that would happen.
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>> baby picture everybody's been waiting for. meet phyllis randall timberlake cradled in the arms of mom, actress jessica behl. what a cutie, huh? silas was born about a week ago. but as you can see on his shirt, he's already a memphis grizzlies fan. >> they're in the playoffs. dad just tin timberlake posted the picture on sunday along with the caption, "go griz." whom who want want beautiful parents like those two. >> they are gorgeous. >> good looking kid. >> i is very much so. a few new insights about why comedian and anchor jon stewart is leaving the daily show. in a british newspaper,tewart says it's the upcoming presidential election that helped drive him to it. >> you would that's something he would want to do. he says after covering four big races, this one didn't look too different for him. >> he didn't want to leave the show "when the cupboard's bare." now he can be replaced by trevor noah and his team planning a ton
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♪ well, finally there was heartfelt tributes and emotional speeches as the rock 'n' roll hall of fame inducted the 2015 class of honorees this weekend. >> how these artists really say what's on their mind is by playing music and what a performance it was. here's abc's clayton sandell. >> we're in cleveland tonight mr. ringo starr. >> the last two members of the fab four took the stage for a rare appearance as paul welcomed fellow beatle ringo into the
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rock 'n' roll hall of fame. ♪ tell me that you love me baby ♪ >> it was also a night for the young punks. ♪ i'm not a part of a red neck agenda ♪ >> the guys from green day inducted into the hall in the very first year they were eligible. the late velvet underground legend lou reed was honored and miley cyrus introduced her idol, '70s rocker joan jett. ♪ i love rock 'n' roll ♪ >> people did not think girls could not play rock 'n' roll. so to see that whole place standing up like that was, i don't know, it was like acceptance and it was overwhelming. >> reporter: there are now eight new members of the rock 'n' roll hall of fame including the soulful bill withers. ♪ ain't no sunshine when she's gone ♪ >> stevie ray vaughn and double trouble along with the five royals and the paul butterfield blues band all celebrated in cleveland with live appearances. ♪ i want ♪ >> it's always a thrill for me when i play with paul. >> reporter: on rock's biggest
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night honoring its biggest rebels. you can see the whole ceremony may 30th on hbo. >> i love rock and roll and i love it for the rest of my life. >> clayton sandell, abc news, denver. >> what a night. >> big time. by the way, second induction for ringo. and lou reed, they were both inducted separately with the beatles and the velvet underground now on their own. >> i love rock 'n' roll. >> get up there with that mic, reena. >> what's with the shoulder. >> somebody help me, wardrobe malfunction. call janet jackson. >> is that how you are when you sing? sleeve off the shoulder and everything? >> that's the only way how to do it. very hot. facebook. to do it. facebook. >> this is abc as a this is abc's "world news now" informing insomniacs for two decades.
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making news in "america this morning" -- security alerts. nationwide terror sweeps leads to arrest here in the u.s. 37 the suspects possible ties to isis and the late-night scare at the white house. a fence jumper with a suspicious package we're live in washington. happening now, dangerous storms making their way across the country, tornadoes and heavy winds causing major damage in the south. flash floods threatening the east coast. the forecast just ahead. saved just in time. an unconscious woman pulled from her smoulderring car wreck. and an emotional moment taylor swift's mother taking the stage thanking fans for taking care of her daughter as she revealed her cancer diagnosis. their embrace saying everything.

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