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believes that something is absolutely wrong, as an employer why would you want to pay for that? >> reporter: democrats say republicans were infringing on women's health care rights. >> every step of the way it seems as if there is an assault on women's reproductive choice and having access to health care. >> reporter: the measure was never likely to pass. but the vote put a controversial issue back at center stage and it put several senators on the hot seat. three democrats sided with the republicans. only one republican voted with the democrats. last month the white house faced a major backlash from religious organizations over the mandate. under pressure the administration announced a revamped policy. religious groups will be required to provide contraception as part of their health care coverage. but it will be the insurance companies who will reach out to women employees and provide that coverage free of charge.
that still wasn't enough for some religious leaders. >> religious people determine what violates their consciences, not the federal government. >> reporter: the birth control mandate goes into effect this year, but religious groups have one extra year to comply. rob and paula, back to you. >> all right. thanks a lot, karen. well, south florida police were called to the palm beach mansion of talk show host rush limbaugh yesterday after his staff saw a suspicious package. turns out limbaugh was never in any danger. the package actually was an electronic plaque sent by a listener. the fan has apologized, though, for creating all of that commotion. >> he might be a little jumpy because he went after a georgetown student that was not allowed to testify on contraception and religious liberty. i want you to hear what he said. he said on wednesday "what does it say about the college coed who goes before a congressional committee and essentially says that she must be paid to have sex? what does that make her? it makes her a slu faechlt, right? it makes her a profit fooupt she wants to be paid to have sex. she wants you and me and the
taxpayers pay to have sex. so that makes us the pimps, the johns." that's right. >> he's saying that because she wants birth control -- >> because we're paying as taxpayers, we are paying for those contraceptions because she can't satisfy her -- she has an insatiable appetite to have sex and we're essentially paying for her and we become the johns and the pimps. >> whew. okay, rush, thank you for that nugget of intellect. all right. your turn. well, maryland has joined seven other states and the district of columbia in legalizing same-sex marriage now that governor martin o'malley has signed the measure into law, it is set to take effect next january 2013. however, opponents say they will be working to collect the nearly 56,000 signatures needed to get the issue on the november ballot so that voters can decide on this issue. now to a story we first told you about on "america this morning" yesterday. there is new outrage directed at the nation's second largest bank. that's after word got out that bank of america was quietly testing a new round of fees.
here's abc's matt gutman with more on this. >> reporter: four months after bank of america very publicly retreated from its $5 debit fee it may be charging toward new ones. considering the possibility of rolling out nationwide new fees for new customers. up to $25 a month for certain accounts. the bank quietly launched programs in three states. arizona, massachusetts, and georgia last year. charging up to $9 for its most basic account. it used to be free. and $12 to $15 on others. the company says the tests are still ongoing, adding that so far customers approved. not what we found. >> i feel like they're pretty much just trying to steal money from our pockets. >> reporter: last fall when bank of america announced its $5 debit fee, 22-year-old molly catchfall started a petition that went viral. which swelled into 300,000 signatures. b of a backed down. she said these new fees disgusted her.
>> they're just so clearly out of touch with what people's lives are actually like. it's frustrating. really, really, really frustrating. >> reporter: but the bank isn't alone. the nation's biggest bank, jpmorgan chase and wells fargo, are already charging between $10 and $12 a month for their basic accounts. >> this is something that is very much a trend, and it's a sharp reversal from what we had seen in the years prior when every bank on every corner offered a stand-alone free checking account. >> reporter: most banks offer free checking to those with a minimum monthly balance or those who bank online, but analysts tell us your bank may be changing the rules on you. so pay attention to those monthly statements. if you see any fees that shouldn't be there, be sure to call the bank, ask questions, contest if you have to. matt gutman, abc news, orlando. >> and you can imagine the people who were ticked off last time around are going to be ticked off this time around. and apparently the revenue was down at bank of america $93
billion. that is a big drop here. but -- and that's why they're trying to get the new fees, sneak them under the radar a little bit. but now it's out there in the news, you can imagine, the backlash is imminent. >> it's very backlashed. they haven't made any decisions on whether they're going to change fees on new accounts more widesly as well. >> we'll see. the texas rodeo is under way in houston and one event is eclipsing all the others as the most popular. >> this is called mutton busting. instead of cowboys riding bucking broncos, mutton busting involves kids trying to stay on -- what? this is like borderline child abuse. trying to stay on the backs of sheep. most can only hang on for eight seconds or less. but they love it. can it be safe for children? >> i don't know. >> i mean, come on. >> and for worried parents, the rodeo does require that riders wear protective gear, including a helmet. >> okay. so their back is broken but their head's all right. >> i'm sure rush supports that. we'll be right back with more after this. ♪ spurs and let it go
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♪ you didn't have to love me like you did ♪ ♪ but you did ♪ but you did ♪ and i thank you and welcome back to "world news now." a state dinner at the white house is usually reserved for the most distinguished dignitaries. >> but all of that tradition, pageantry, and pomp was about a very different guest list this week. abc's lana z aechak was there. >> reporter: president obama welcomed 78 veterans to a first of is kind state dinner commemorating the end of the war in iraq. >> in a culture that celebrates fame and fortune, yours are not necessarily household names. you're something more. the patriots who serve in our
name. >> do you ever wonder why you were selected to -- >> i do. i mean, each one of us represents about 12,000 men and women who served. it is. it's very humbling. >> i'm reminded every day when i put on my prosthesis now. >> reporter: staff sergeant eric alva was the very first american injured in iraq. >> the memories of war will alwat's something you'll never forget. >> reporter: in the nine years of the war our country has changed and our military has too. when alva enlisted as a marine don't ask, don't tell was law. >> my whole time in the service i was a gay man. >> reporter: when this war started, women weren't permitted to serve in combat. today the government is moving to change that. >> i served winter in iraq, was hit by a 122-millimeter rocket. >> reporter: army sergeant sarah adams, a single mother, received a purple heart while deployed. >> both i my children love the army. it's given me great values to give them. but it's hard to leave them. >> reporter: the war that began with 9/11 changed so many lives. sergeant john mark gladstone was a schoolboy in ghana.
>> i feel that it is a calling. >> why did you feel this calling to a country that wasn't even at that point yours? >> at that time on paper it was a country that wasn't mine, but then if you share the same beliefs with someone you're going to feel a connection with that person, regardless of skin color, age, race, you know, sexual preference or not. and you know, that's the great thing about this country. >> that's the character in action that you see in iraq, afghanistan, or wherever necessarily these forces are deployed or in our everyday streets. so i think that's what, again, we take away. that's why he answered the call, as you were asking him, lana, and was willing to risk his life and serve in harm's way. >> reporter: and even as they celebrate the end of one war, for many of these honorees like staff sergeant jay harrington smith ii, their service will continue in afghanistan. >> it will be a huge celebration once we get all our forces back. >> reporter: you know, it's such a humbling experience speaking with these veterans, and i was
really surprised by something that they told me, which is that as much as they enjoyed this big white house dinner what means the most to them are all those little expressions of gratitude. a handshake, a thank you from a stranger. rob, paula? >> the bravery there cannot be overstated at all. i think i read something where they say there were 78 people who were -- soldiers who were invited to that dinner and each represented about 20,000 of the million-plus who served in iraq over that nearly nine-year war. so what they represent in terms of the numbers and the ripple effects of this across the country really is staggering, their bravery and sacrifice. >> and the 4,500 that didn't have the chance to come home. >> exactly. our thoughts always with their families. coming up next, his talk show is a pretty big hit. >> but a suburban seattle couple has a huge disagreement over dr. oz. it's all next.
♪ doctor doctor ♪ give me the news ♪ i've got a bad case of loving you ♪ you can't make this up, but a suburban seattle doctor created a website solely focused on how he hates dr. oz and his talk show advice. >> that doctor got an unexpected phone call and an invite to new york. komo's john disepalo gives us the remedy. >> reporter: for heather jones the benefits of having a doctor for a husband are well documented. >> free eye care. flexible schedule. >> reporter: but lately she's been getting medical advice from someone other than her husband. >> well, i record dr. oz. i feel like i trust him, and i take it for what he says, and i pass it on to my family. >> reporter: dr. todd jones is an optometrist here in mount vernon, but lately he believes his wife's vision is being clouded from the man millions of people tune in to watch every single day. >> no more soda pop. no more this. no more that. all of these things just started getting taken away, all the
other stuff. fun stuff about being a guy. >> reporter: eventually, todd and his brother-in-law shane decided to take action. >> we need a place to just kind of goof off and rant about this. >> reporter: so five years ago they started a blog called -- >> "i hate dr. oz." letter i hate dr. oz. it's tongue in cheek. it's kind of fun. >> reporter: then last week todd received a surprising phone call. >> dr. oz show called. >> reporter: they flew him to new york on to be on the show talking about the blog. >> he absolutely loved the blog. he loved i hate dr. oz. >> reporter: and after meeting dr. oz in person? >> he was a really nice guy. he is really truly after our best interests and our best health. so. >> didn't think this would come about from just a website. turned out to be just a fabulous week. >> see, further proof, people are so, you know, apt to want to criticize people on tv, people they don't really know, but then they meet them in person it's a very different impression and sense of respect. so i like dr. oz -- >> dr. oz is legitimate. he performs about 250 heart operations annually. >> you're a fan, right? >> huge fan. >> there you go. >> he actually delivered both of
>> announcer: "world news now" delivers your "morning papers." so have you ever been on a flight and just detested the person you were sitting next to? >> always. the chatty cathy. >> or the kid that's like kicking you -- >> oh, get off me, kid. >> exactly. my child. the dutch carrier klm is testing a program called me in seat. it allows ticket holders to upload data from their facebook or linkedin profiles and use that data to choose seatmates. you can't necessarily reject a person who's chosen to seat with you but you can select another seat as long as two days before the flight. >> so based on linkedin and facebook and choose the kind of person you want to sit next to if you voluntarily give up your profile like that. i like that idea.
that way you can see if a person seems cool. >> you might see a lot of marriages flying the friendly skies. >> go for the gold. this is an invention after my heart here. there's something -- 35 bucks. you can get what's called the intoxicase. this is a cover for your iphone that literally will let you crack open your buyer. and it keeps track of your alcohol consumption by brand, by bottle, and by the total gallons consumed. at the end of the night it will use your phone's gps to find your car, which may not be good advice, or the nearest taxi company and post on facebook every time you crack open a new one. that is brilliant for a night out. >> but can it polka? >> i don't know. but you know who can? gary mitchell can polka. boom. ♪ ♪
this morning on "world news now," on edge. big sections of the country hit hard by severe weather and tornadoes could be in for even more powerful storms later today. >> it could be an unwelcome one-two punch for some regions still recovering from so much destruction. it's friday march 2nd. good friday morning, everybody. tgif. i'm rob nelson. >> that's right. and i'm paula faris. at least 13 people died from the tornadoes and powerful storms that ripped a wide path from neb to tennessee.
we're going to see how survivors are trying to cope and bring you up to date on today's storm threat. but you hear forecasters and meteorologists say about 50% more tornadoes in the month of january and february than typically we've seen. >> and hard to believe round two in store right now. and we have a team out there covering it. so if you're in that part of the country, be prepared. listen for those alarms and get ready. could be another rough night. also this morning, the wild scene in a suburban charlotte school where a deer broke into the building, made its way into a classroom, in fact. hear from the students who say their teacher freaked out and put them at risk, actually. didn't we have a story earlier this week about the deer crashing through the convenience store window? >> hurt a little girl. >> bambi is having a rough winter. >> doesn't know where to go. maybe they're just hungry. >> maybe. and later this half hour, the invention that could revolutionize the way you take pictures. if you're the worst photographer in the world, admit there are a few of those. >> cut off your head. >> exactly. >> well, the new camera shows a
whole lot of promise. >> we'll get to thatn a second. but first, very serious news this morning, the shattered lives devastated by that line of tornadoes. at least 36 twisters just since tuesday. >> the death toll has now climbed to 13 as families struggle to salvage what they could. some already hard-hit communities remain in mother nature's bullseye. our coverage remains with abc's brad wheelus. >> reporter: it's devastation like this. >> my daughter called me screaming saying the house was gone. >> reporter: and like this. >> it's insane. i can't believe it. >> reporter: that has them on guard and on edge across much of the midwest and south. at least 20 tornadoes swooped down on seven states across 750 miles within 24 hours. businesses were torn brick from mortar. trees limb from limb. and houses beam from beam. a twister killed sheila scaggs' mother. >> my parents have known each other since they were 12 years old. and my mother passed away here, over there. >> reporter: stunned survivors scavenge for the shards of their
former lives. >> i'll definitely want to save what i could. >> reporter: photos of children. a family bible. eyeglasses. a child's teddy bear. all that's left that put a human face on so much destruction. >> when i knelt on my knees, i -- i just asked god to see me through. >> reporter: a bathtub became a life preserver for two survivors. >> a, that were found alert and awake whenever their son came and found them. >> 50 miles away still in the bathtub. >> yeah, with the bathtub over them. >> the tornadoes contributed to a total so far for january and february of 115 tornadoes, which is approximately 50% more than what we normally would see for this time of year. >> reporter: millions are going to sleep in the danger zone, hoping that nightmares are confined to their dreams. brad wheelus, abc news. >> and sadly the storm threat's not even over. >> no. more of this could come today. accuweather meteorologist jim dickey continues our coverage now. good morning to you, jim. >> good morning, rob and paula.
well, strong thunderstorms on the way here for today. ingredients in place. powerful upper-level system tracking out of the rockies, a rapidly stranting surface low drag warm moist air out of the gulf of mexico. damaging wind gusts and long track tornadoes, dangerous long track tornadoes on the table here for today. watch out from cincinnati, down through louisville kentucky into nashville, tennessee. rob and paula, back to you. >> the heartbreaking story we just saw. the woman whose dad lost his wife of so many years. the survs just heartbreaking to see what those folks have been through. and hard to believe more to come today. you know? >> as our colleague ginger zee pointed out on "world news tonight" yesterday, she said make sure you have a plan in place. which i don't really have one for my family. make sure you have one of those radios that can alarm you and go off if there's severe weather. >> sounds like the bathtub could be the place to be. so many people survived in their bathtub, huddled in that tub.
do what you have to to survive. >> a wintry mix for upstate new york and northern new england. up to six inches of snow from iowa to northern michigan. snow in the northern rockies. windy from southern california to new mexico. >> 44 in albuquerque, 63 in sacramento, 37 in salt lake city. mostly 40s from omaha to detroit. 35 in beantown. 45 here in new york. well, things are back to normal at the philadelphia airport after a major security breach. the driver of a jeep burst through a gate and onto the runway. look at that. air traffic came to a halt as police surrounded the driver who witnesses say appeared to be drunk. he faces a long list of charges and will face psychiatric evaluations. but despite the incident airport security has no plans to reinforce the gate that he burst through to get on the runway in the first place. >> deon't get that. >> no. a tense hostage standoff at a southern california bank has ended with the gunman being shot
by police. s.w.a.t. teams swarmed the bank in buena park and were able to rescue the manager. police say they believe it all began as a robbery attempt four hours earlier. six customers in the bank were allowed to leave but the manager was held. our other big story this week grieving students head back to classes for the first time today at that ohio school where three of their classmates were fatally shot. the hero football coach who chased that gunman away from the school spoke publicly for the first time yesterday. some very emotional words. frank hall told family members of the students who died that he was with them until the end. the wake for one of the victims is set for later today. prosecutors in pennsylvania have released startling new details in the jerry sandusky child sex abuse case. they claim sandusky's victims ranged in age from 8 to 17 and that eight of those boys were assaulted right there on the penn state campus. sandusky is facing 52 counts of abuse involving the molestation of ten boys. he of course is denying all charges. a philadelphia woman who
calls herself the black madam is facing charges for illegally injecting clients who want their bottoms boosted. police are still trying to figure out what kind of substance padge victoria winslow was using in her cosmetic procedures. they say that a few days after winslow injected a philadelphia woman she spent a week in the hospital for a pulmonary embolism. >> she received a silicone injection into her rear end by padge victoria winslow on -- o'two days after that on the 21st she went to temple hospital because she had shortness of breath and she was spitting up blood. >> winslow may face homicide charges in the case of a london tourist who died last year following one of her special injections. >> what a bizarre story. my god. federal investigators say medicare fraud is simply out of control. this week alone they broke up a bogus home health care operation that is costing taxpayers, get this, $375 million. so how do they actually pull off these scams?
abc's chief investigative correspondent brian ross found out with the help of an undercover grandma. >> reporter: we went to the tiny border town of mccallum, texas, known to federal investigators as a hotbed of crooks taking advantage of medicare, the health care system for seniors. >> we're looking for any patient with a medicare number. >> reporter: even someone as healthy as our golf-playing undercover grandma. 82-year-old doris ace, a potential windfall for dishonest home health care companies. as long as there's a doctor certification that the patient is homebound. >> they're lying in order to steal from you and me and the taxpayers. >> reporter: in the case of our undercover grandma, she was personally taken by a so-called recruiter for a home health care company to a doctor he chose for the all-important certification process. in the examining room our grandma told the doctor that other than some high blood pressure and arthritis she was in fine health. >> you don't have any fevers, chills, chest pains?
>> no. i really enjoy good health all my life. can i knock on wood? >> reporter: yet the home health care forms for medicare would show a patient who needs assistance for all activities. unable to safely leave home unassisted. and indeed, the very next day a nurse working for the home health care company showed up to treat our supposedly homebound undercover grandma for diabetes and other ailments she did not have. over the course of a month the health care company and the doctor billed medicare almost $1,800 until we pulled the plug. >> i wanted to ask you about -- >> reporter: the doctor did not want to talk about why she certified the patient as homebound. >> i don't know anything about this. >> you diagnosed her with diabetes, which is not true. >> i don't know anything about this. >> did you make up these diagnoses? >> no, sir. >> these are very serious allegations, ma'am. >> reporter: the inspector general's office tells abc news it has now opened its own investigation of what happened in our case. as part of a broad crackdown
that has started on dozens of other doctors and health care companies in mccallum, texas. as for the $1800 billed to medicare for our undercover grandma, abc news will reimburse the government for the full amount paid for any treatment not needed. brian ross, abc news, new york. >> so in that one case alone the bogus charge is $1,800 in one month. so magnify that in cities throughout the country and then wonder the financial shape of medicaid and medicare and why they're in awful shape. so much of it, we're getting -- all of us, anyone who pays taxes getting scammed out of this money. that's heartbreaking. >> it's disgusting that they prey on the elderly like that. well, it was a wild and terrifying end to the school day in charlotte. a deer came crashing through a classroom window, landing on a student's back, and then sending a tenth grade class into a panic. students bolted for the door with the deer fast behind them. at least two girls complained that instead of protecting them their teacher was only looking out for herself.
>> she just ran out of the class and she left us in there. but -- >> she was first? >> she was first. >> it should be her first priority to protect students. >> now, two students were treated for minor injuries. the teacher can be seen on video guarding some of the kids in the hallway. administrators insist that she used her best judgment. who knows how any of us would react? in an unlikely situation like that. >> reminded me of that seinfeld episode where there's a fire in the apartment and george costanzo pushes the grandma down to get out. >> no windows here. >> i think we're safe here. well, pop star justin bieber is inching toward the day when he'll stop being called a teen sensation, celebrating a milestone birthday. >> he just turned 18. old enough to vote. not old enough to drink. he celebrated in hollywood, where the madam tussaud's unveiled his new wax facsimile. >> helping out with the ceremony, 14-year-old alicia
purdham from seattle who won a contest and was named bieber's biggest fan. bieber fever still gripping the country. >> and homer just celebrated his birthday with the announcement of a line of cards. 48 of them. >> stay with us. ♪ there's going to be one less lonely girl ♪ ♪ one less lonely girl >> announcer: bank robbers stole $43 million in one year. but identity thieves? try 37 billion! and guess how identity thieves are getting some of that money. by taking over our bank accounts. they may not even need your social security number anymore. all an identity thief may need are a couple of pieces of information, like your mother's maiden name or the city you were born in, and they could add their name onto your bank accounts in order to make your money their money. [whoosh, clang] you need lifelock-- the only identity theft protection company that now monitors bank accounts for takeover fraud. we have the most comprehensive identity theft protection
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well, it is friday morning, which means it is time to look back at the week that was. of course, it started with the big oscars. >> yes, it did. and it ends with summer-like storms in the winter and a shocking crime on campus. >> we heard a loud pop, like a firecracker almost, and i turned around, and i looked, and he was standing above his table, pointing his gun. and he took one more shot. >> it's not easy for them to stay so long on the ship without all of the essential energy that let them use the water, the facility, and everything. >> it's unbelievable.
i can't believe the measure of damage it did to this building. >> what kind of country do we live in that says only people of non-faith can come in the public square and make their case? that makes me throw up. >> thank you, michigan. what a win. this is a big night. >> greed, for lack of a better word, is good. >> if a deal looks too good to be true, it probably is. >> a lot of people have made me out to be some sort of media superstar and some hero and great american icon. but i'm not the hero. i've said this before. the people who are the heroes were the ones that were able to blaze the trail. >> i love your country. >> i could hear half of america going, "oh, no. oh, come on. why? her. again." you know? but whatever. >> good evening. >> it was a loving tribute. it was more like oh, she's standing -- great. i'm going to stand like that
too. >> there are people who've never seen you without a hat, and now they're going to see you without a shirt. how are you going to cope with this? >> i don't know what i'm going to do, man. it's all pretty scary to me. wait a second. did you say without a shirt? >> i was waiting for that to kick in. >> i'm taking gladys knight, urkel, and maria menounos. those are my picks for "dancing with the stars." i'm calling it right now. 17 weeks before the season ends i'm making the prediction right now. >> maria and derek are kind of like the golden couple, aren't they? >> yeah. i think it's going to be good. >> i'm sure she'll look nice in those little get-ups. i think she'll do a good job. >> very good. all right. well, coming up, a promising invention that could change photography forever. >> just point and shoot. no need to even focus. we'll meet the inventor when we come right back.
♪ freeze frame ♪ freeze frame ♪ freeze frame you know how you go back to like pictures of the '80s and your mom took the picture and she cut off your head and it was out of the focus? >> which is for the best. '80s was a rough decade for me. >> our favorite story of the day. >> there it is. >> so have you ever been in a once-in-a-lifetime situation, you took a picture, and it was out of focus? >> i hate when that happens. well, a new camera promises that will never happen again. kgo's wayne friedman reports now from silicon valley. >> it is one of many south bay start-ups but one on the brink of no longer being obscure. lytro is a room filled with hard-working people including a ceo. assuming a stranger can pick him out. >> who's the ceo in this room? >> i am. >> reporter: ren ong-w a ph.d. from stanford, his company began shipping the first incarnation of his doctoral project, this small camera called a lytra that could chase photography as you know it. >> it has applications for everything which has a lens in front of a sensor.
>> reporter: with every other camera until now the concept of focus was absolute. there was just one point. it could be that post a few feet away or me right here or some point in between. with the lytro everything is in focus. >> you think about what's out of focus and in focus. but now you also think about what will become in focus. >> reporter: instead of aiming one beam to a specific point the camera uses a special sensor and software to capture all of the information. they call it light field imaging. >> look at this. here i'm in creative mod. >> reporter: that's ren putting his finger on the surface of the lens. after importing the photo to his computer. he showed how we could follow focus around his fingernail or potentially to infinity and in 3-d. all this in a camera retailing around $300 that uploads to certainly networks like facebook that allows users to manipulate the images too. >> one of our goals was to make it accessible to as many people as possible. >> reporter: they say a video version of this camera is on the way. wayne friedman, abc news. >> i think most people would prefer to look at us like this.
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♪ i'm hiding behind the books. seuss. finally this half hour -- and because i'm just weird. insomniac theater. now that the movie awards season has come to an end -- >> paula looks at "the lorax" in just a second on this anniversary of the birthday of dr. seuss. but check out her first film starring robert de niro first. this movie is called "being flynn." if you're into dark kind of family drama this could be one to check out. a big name in this robert de niro. and he kind of plays this writer who abandoned his kid a long time ago but kind of re-enters
his life very unexpectedly after the death of the kid's mother and his wife, who's played by julianne moore. de niro kind of has a drinking problem in this issue. the son has his own demons including some drug abuse issues here. so basically it's about this very tangled dark family drama and how the dad tries to get back in the son's life and the son having to decide whether that's a good thing or not. take a listen. >> that was my first wife, jody. >> i know who it is. she was my mother. >> i know she was your mother. she was the most beautiful woman in the world. she was the love of my life. she was the light of my love. i know if she was still alive today we'd be together. such a tragic accident. >> feel-good movie of the year, isn't it? well, no, it's 41% rating so far on rotten tomatoes. they say good acting but sometimes overacted. you be the judge. let's go to happier movies. >> you have de niro. i have devito. the lorax started as a
children's book written by dr. seuss, first published in 1971. and the lorax is basically this feature, this forest creature whose power is enduring. it's the journey of a boy. he searches for the one thing that will lead him to the affections of a girl and to be able to do that he has to discover the story of the lorax. here's a peek. >> if there's like any -- >> wait. >> ah ah. [ screaming ] >> ow. okay. what are you -- question. what are they doing here? and follow-up, if i may. what are you doing here? >> so danny devito is the lorax. ted is zac efron. betty white is grammy norma. according to rotten tomatoes it's getting 62% rating. >> yours is doing better than
this morning on "world news now" -- runway rogue. the driver of an suv slammed through a philadelphia airport fence and sped down a main runway. >> the frightening scene was captured on home video as flights were diverted and the airport was shut down. it's friday march 2nd. and good friday morning. i'm paula faris. rob, what do you like to say on fridays? >> tgi friday, man. >> that's right. >> ready for it. good morning. i'm rob nelson. there are big questions about airport security this morning after the breach on the runway in philly. investigators insist the suspect
has no ties to terrorism, no ties to terrorism. but the incident, however, did expose how vulnerable airline traffic can really be. >> kind of disturbing to see that story. >> yes. another big headline this morning, the spirit of survival at a high school campus just outside cleveland. after this week's fatal shootings, students, parents, and staff, they are back on campus while a whole lot more questions are asked about the teenaged suspect. also, later this half hour, we cannot wait for anything these days. how instant information in this high-tech world of ours has turned many of us into truly impatient people. i can't wait to get to that story. >> it's like that commercial. did you hear about -- that's so 14 seconds ago. >> that's a great commercial. i know what you're talking about. that's the way we live. but first, the driver of that jeep faces serious charges this morning after driving onto the runway. >> i haven't seen anything like this before. this incident is raising questions about the security at the philadelphia airport, really
airports around the country as well. abc's jim avila has more. >> it's a vehicle. and he's high speed away. >> reporter: unbelievable video obtained exclusively by abc news. shot by the pilot of a plane waiting to take off at philadelphia's international airport, capturing from his cockpit a frightening runway drama. a jeep careening down runway 27 right. cops in pursuit. a high-speed chase on an active jetway. the air traffic controllers could barely believe their eyes. >> we've got a rogue vehicle driving around on the airport. we're not talking to him. we're not moving anybody until we find this guy. >> reporter: according to witnesses, the jeep driver plowed through a construction gate only a few yards from the runway and headed directly for the landing area. just as u.s. airways flight 3137, a commuter jet from raleigh, north carolina, was about to land. at the last minute ordered to abort, pull up, and fly around. >> i've got a target on the runway. go around. >> roger. going around.
>> this is probably one the closest calls i've witnessed in my history. >> reporter: danger not just for the plane on final approach. nerve-wracking for other pilots watching what they thought might be a terrorist attack. listen to the pilot of air wisconsin. >> i don't trust this guy. are you okay if we pull off the runway here in case he comes right at us? >> just use caution. the vehicle is heading your direction. right now he's on runway 9. the cops are chasing him. >> reporter: after a full five minutes with all runways closed to inbound and outbound flights, airport police finally forced the driver, identified as 24-year-old kenneth richard mazik, to a stop. an alleged drunken wild ride that may have exposed a weakness in american airport security. surprisingly, philadelphia international airport officials say there are no plans to change their gates. that the fences are faa approved. jim avila, abc news, washington. >> how do you not revisit gate policy after an incident like this? that gate was near a construction site, which maybe that was what led to it being a weak spot. >> and now you gave everybody an idea of where the weaknesses are.
>> the guy will be charged with a dui as well as some additional counts. you can imagine there will be some ramifications from that. let's turn to weather now. that is really one of the big stories of the week. the nation's midsection bracing for another day of violent storms after getting raked over by three dozen tornadoes. 3 of the 13 people killed were in central tennessee including one woman who was trapped in her home. national weather service experts are trying to determine the strength of the tornadoes that did hit that state. that 13th victim actually came from harveyville, kansas where hundreds of volunteers have already descended on the town. they're armed with chainsaws and other equipment to clear damaged trees and debris. volunteers say it is simply their way of paying it forward. and they're also combing through what is left of their homes in harrisburg, illinois, where most of the lives were lost this week. 100 people were injured there. a monster tornado leveled 300 homes. the winds there were up to 170 miles an hour, leaving behind a path of destruction you can see right there. unbelievable the fury of mother nature.
>> so much devastation already and three dozen tornadoes? >> and they say one stayed on the ground for 22 miles. think about that. 22 miles. unbelievable. how strong a system. there was a wall of tornadoes. >> and it's not over yet. a new round of storms could pose a very big threat later today. >> let's get the latest now from accuweather meteorologist jim dickey. good morning to you, jim. >> good morning, rob and paula. well, severe weather outbreak on the way here for today. you may think it's a rare occurrence to see tornadoes in march. not the case. back in 2007 we had 31 tornadoes reported for a very similar setup. upper level disturbance, cold air in place in the upper atmosphere, moisture being drawn off the gulf of mexico. nearly identical setup here today. so watch out across the tennessee valley into the ohio valley into the afternoon. storms will bring large hail, damaging wind gusts, and tornadoes. rob and paula, back to you. >> get your emergency plans in place. if you're up watching us right now in that part of the country, be ready, be prepared, and stay safe. >> and get a radio. >> yes. thank you a lot for, that jim. appreciate the update. now the rest of the weather around the country.
an icy mix in new england. also some rain from new york to the mid-atlantic states. showers meanwhile along the gulf coast. some snow in the upper midwest and rockies. a summer-like day down in florida. >> of course it's summer down there. miami hits 84. atlanta 75. boston 35. 45 in chicago. 30 in the twin cities. and it's 66 in phoenix. 42 in colorado springs. well, after a virtually dry ski season a late winter storm has now dumped more than six feet of snow in california's sierra nevada so far this week. but so much new snow all at once can actually be pretty dangerous. a man skiing in loose powder on the back side of alpine meadows has died after getting caught up in an avalanche. that's been in the news recently as well, the danger of those avalanches. rescue teams did manage to pull him out, but he died just a few hours later. and in suburban cleveland they're preparing to bury the victims of monday's school shooting. a funeral is scheduled tomorrow for 16-year-old daniel parmertor, the first student to die. and as abc's t.j. winick reports, the suspect who confessed has now been charged.
>> reporter: chardon high school reopened as students and parents returned together. it was a show of solidarity after the shooting deaths of three students in the school's cafeteria. >> this is something that we're all too young to handle by ourselves. >> reporter: dominic parmertor had a difficult time speaking about his late brother, 16-year-old daniel parmertor. >> he was going to change the world. he was -- he was an amazing individual. >> reporter: juvenile court records reveal a 2009 assault where the alleged shooter t.j. lane was accused of choking and punching another boy. he later pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct. prosecutors say they still don't know a motive for the shooting and believe parmertor, russell king, and 16-year-old demetrius hewlin, all seen here in yearbook photos, were killed randomly. >> i want you to know i was with them. i prayed with them.
my wife did tears. i know god was with them. >> reporter: nick walczak remains hospitalized. he was shot four times, still has no feeling in his legs, but doctors are optimistic about his recovery. >> families that have had a loss, i just -- it's a guilt for me because they had a loss and my son was saved. >> reporter: two of the victims were organ donors. incredibly, hewlin's mother forgives her son's alleged killer. >> you don't know what made him come to this point. >> reporter: t.j. winick, abc news, new york. >> the ability to forgive in a situation like that's a pretty graceful move. absolutely. they're going to take steps to charge this 17-year-old as an adult in court. we'll see how that plays out. >> and really the difference is if they try him as a juvenile the counts -- he could be released only after a few years but if they try him as an adult and he's convicted he could face life in prison. so huge difference there between trying him as an adult or -- >> as it should be. >> and if you look at his facebook page, this came out earlier this week, there were
signs that this kid was troubled and had this certain mentality that could lead to violence. how somebody didn't notice that and report it to a parent, a neighbor, a pastor, a teacher, is unbelievable. somebody. it just didn't have to end this way. >> be aware. >> yes. passengers who survived a fire and a power outage on a luxury cruise liner are giving everyone an inside look at that ship. the "costa allegra" arrived in the seychelles yesterday, allowing passengers to board flights home after days drifting at sea. some shared pictures they took on board showing the conditions in the bathrooms, in the dining areas, where there was no running water, no electricity, no air-conditioning, plumbing. temperatures inside the ship were 100 degrees or more. i'm surprised that there wasn't some sort of outbreak. >> some of those people are up there in age. that kind of heat for a prolonged period of time could be very dangerous. so luckily, like you said, no health issues or fatalities. i know it was the best shower
and meal they've ever had in their life yesterday. all right. the sports world tracks almost every kind of stat you can imagine. while many are forgettable, of course, some feats clearly ace the test of time. >> like the day that basketball superstar wilt chamberlain scored a record-shattering 100 points in a single game during a time when there were no three-pointers. that's what's even more impressive. that day was march 2nd, 1962. 50 years ago. unfortunately, there's no film footage or even a complete radio account of the game. it happened during a game between his philadelphia warriors and the new york knicks. that game was so different back then, too. >> and get this tonight, 76ers play the warriors, chamberlain's former teams. that's kind of cool there. one thing about wilt, we know he liked to score. we'll be right back with more "world news now" right after this. >> on and off the court. ♪ still the one ♪ that's my better half ♪ we're still having fun ♪ and you're still the one
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♪ look out weekend ♪ here i come ♪ because weekends are you didn't think i had any rhythm. >> now it's confirmed. >> okay. i have no style. i have no rhythm. >> no, you look good. you look good out there. >> i have no tact, and i have no filter. great mix for the show. >> perfect for this show. i love it. okay. so while the celeb award season has ended there is still celebrity buzz online. >> web surfers are looking up everything about davy jones, of course. and they have their minds focused on spring, which is almost here in a few weeks. with more here's yahoo web life editor heather cabot. good morning, heather. >> hey, guys. coming up, the oscars this week. there's a lot of celebrity news keeping the web buzzing beyond angelina jolie's leg ending up on the statue of liberty and getting its own twitter feed. first up, the passing of former
monkees singer davy jones. word of jones's death of a heart attack earlier this week spread quickly online as fans of the lake '60s band tried to confirm the sad news. and as soon as they learned it was true we saw searches turn nostalgic with lookups for the surviving band members and monkees songs including "i'm a believer," which turns out was actually written by neil diamond. and of course people are also trying to find that classic episode of "the brady bunch" when jones made a guest star appearance that sent marcia swooning. after all, she was president of the davy jones fan club. as 40-somethings look back at the monkees, their kids chase down info about a current teen idol who hit a major milestone this week. justin bieber turned 18. and his fans are burning up the yahoo search engine looking for all the details. not surprisingly, 36% of the queries are coming from teen and tween girls. and the top states most intrigued by bieber this month are north carolina, texas, and tennessee. his trademark hairstyle
continues to drive searches, too. he had one of the top ten most searched hairstyles last year on yahoo. and his love life is also a big draw. searches for justin bieber and selena gomez topped the list this week. in celebrity baby news, jennifer garner and ben affleck welcomed baby number 3 into their family. it's a son. yahoo users hunted down the baby's name, samuel, and also looked for photos, not released just yet. but it's not all hollywood this week. the beginning of march means home improvement is on the minds of many. and home sales, too. searches for new home sales are up 460% this week. we're seeing lots of interest in kitchen, bathroom, and basement remodeling. and lots of do-it-yourself projects like how to fix squeaky floors and how to fix a hole in drywall. and that's your week in search, guys. back to you. >> all right, heather, thank you. >> how do you fix a hole in drywall? >> i have no home improvement skill whatsoever. you apparently do. that's you fixing up the new manhattan apartment?
>> i love to paint, actually. >> do you really? >> yeah. >> like artistically or like that? >> i'm very handy around the house. >> such a joke, but i won't go there today. there's actually cool stuff coming up next week that we'll be talking about. nba trade rumors coming up. >> yes. >> and of course apple's big announcement set for wednesday the 7th. could be the ipad 3. could be the apple tv set. we'll be following that. you're handy. i appreciate a handy woman. >> i can spackle and caulk. >> what? >> c-a-u-l-k. >> all right. excellent. >> i didn't mean that one. >> learning so much about you these first two months, paula. >> i grew up in michigan. come on. >> we will be right back with more, so much more after this.
♪ skinny ♪ so skinny welcome back, everybody. time for your friday "skinny" here. more fallout from whitney houston's funeral. we talked a few days ago about how that "national enquirer" publication got the photo of her in the casket from the wake the day before the actual funeral here. that caused an uproar, who took it and so forth and how
distasteful it was, that that moment of all moments would be captured and then publicized by the "enquirer." well, now an official from the funeral home is speaking out saying, look, you know, it was not my security team. it was perhaps whitney's personal security team here. and more interestingly, she's saying that she in her funeral home had "no role in this shameful betrayal here." take a listen to what she said exactly. >> whitney was always on the lower level under lock and key, security being provided by nippy inc. not my security. nippy inc. security. and i'm quite sure it's not going to be any surprise to the family who it is. >> nippy of course is whitney's nickname. that last line kind of alluding to the fact that maybe they know who did it, and now she's saying the family may want to put it up who did it. that mystery continues. >> if you're a fan of "the bachelor" on abc, ben, who is
the current bachelor according to radaronline, they're reporting that he has been miserable throughout the filming of the show and that he did not like the experience that he had. he was talking to the producers of "the bachelor" during the taping of the final rose, and he was overheard saying, i would not do it again, it was the worst experience of my life. they said he wasn't acting like a happy guy who's engaged to the love of his life, who people think is courtney robertson, who they classify as a mean girl, and that she was just out for fame the whole time. but a little drama. >> reality show jumped the shark a long time ago. this guy knew what he was walking into getting on a show like that. so i don't feel bad for him. >> there was a whole lot of estrogen, i'll say. >> a lot going on. >> and beyonce, according to the "new york daily news," was spotted breast-feeding her little daughter in public. and i say go for it, girl. because as a mom who breast-fed both of her kids, you can buy those little hooter hiders. you probably never heard of this. that's what they're called. >> hooter hiders. i like that. >> so you can put the baby right here and it's like a little blanket. but they say she was spotted breast-feeding little baby blue at a cafe in the west village.
i say you go, girl. >> beyonce was here in new york breast-feeding and no one called me? i had alerts set up. i asked reporters in the field to let me know if that happened. i'm so disappointed in the media in this town. they didn't call me. >> robbie, we'll get you some milk. insurance company. sured by unitedhealthcare all medicare supplement plans can help pay some of what medicare doesn't, so you could save up to thousands of dollars in out of pocket expenses. call now for this free information kit and medicare guide. if you're turning 65 or you're already on medicare... you should know about the only medicare supplement plans endorsed by aarp; see if one's right for you. all medicare supplement plans let you choose any doctor or hospital, that accepts medicare patients... and could help you save up to thousands of dollars in out of pocket expenses. plus, there are no networks... no referrals needed to see a specialist...
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hey, insomniacs. you're watching "world news now." >> sleep is overrated. ♪ i'm in a hurry to get things done ♪ ♪ i rush and rush until life's no fun ♪ ♪ see, i am well versed. country -- >> you need to sing for real one day on the show. you have a voice. >> i have bronchitis, though. it's terrible. >> too much phlegm for that today. but later. do you remember a time when you actually had to wait for a letter or stood by the phone waiting for an important phone call rather than a text message? >> seems like another life. well, abc's david wright learned exactly how long this impatient
nation is willing to wait. >> reporter: how long are you willing to wait for an answer? in jane austen's "pride and prejudice" mr. darcy delivers his letter to miss bennett on page 201. they don't even discuss it until page 375, several months and 1,000 sighs later. time moves a lot quicker in this era of instant messages and texts. we live our lives in fast forward. even more so than we realize. we want it now. 250 milliseconds. that's how long google says people are willing to wait for an answer. 250 milliseconds. less than the blink of an eye. any delay and users just move on. but progress has come at a cost. delicious anticipation is gone. if snow white had match.com, she wouldn't have gotten to serenade the seven dwarves. ♪ someday my prince will come the desire to fast-forward to the kiss doesn't just jeopardize romance.
we speed-date politicians, too. researchers at the max plancke institute recently found that we make up our minds in, guess what, 250 milliseconds. before a politician's even finished a sound bite. before we even have time to think why we disagree with someone. perhaps there's something to be said for slowing down. 250 milliseconds goes by awfully fast. david wright, abc news, los angeles. >> and this is our facebook question of the day. what makes you out there feel impatient? let us know at wnnfans.com. i'm ready for the show to be over. it's friday. ready to start the weekend. later. >> have a good weekend, by the way. okay? >> good night. taxi! i'm out. >> see ya. >> i'm out. >> announcer: this is abc's "world news now."