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was trem investigators say a machine malfunctioned on the uppeor of a high rise, 30 gallondrogeroi two workers deconta injured. the flood disaster in pakistan is affecting 20 million people and the situation could get worse with monsooins continu wek the u.s. is sending more aid to pakistan, but as jim sciutto found out, it's not enough. >> reporter: u.s. army and marine helicopters are delivering aid to some of pakistan's neediest flood victims. a crucial mission which u.s. officials hope will improve america's dismal image here. >> the people of pakistan will see that when the crisis hits, it's not the chinese, it's not the iranians, it's not other countries, it's not the eu. it's the u.s. >> reporter: but the u.s. is working at an enormous disadvantage. angry at drone strikes and the war across the border in
afghanistan, two-thirds of pakistanis view the u.s. unfavorably. to see whether these aid flights are beginning to change that view, we joined them on a trip to bahrain in the swat valley. a village cut off by the floods and now dependent on american help. residents we met were both grateful and pleasantly surprised. has this helped change the way you view america? >> america support the needy people. >> did it surprise you? >> yes, a surprise. >> reporter: american aid following the october 2005 earthquake here helped drive favorable opinions of the u.s. up slightly, from 23% in 2005 to 27% in 2006. before falling even lower, and never recovering. u.s. officials are telling me the difference this time is the relief missions are part of a much broader, longer-term development plan. $7.5 billion in aid over five years, which they hope will have a much more lasting effect. jim sciutto, abc news, swat, pakistan. swollen rivers are receding
in iowa but 29 counties were declared disaster areas by the president. as iowa recovers from last week's record floods, more counties were added to the disaster list yesterday. the expanded disaster orders come as inspectors in ames, iowa, say the tap water is now safe to drink. with that here is your monday forecast now. flooding across the gulf coast regions, especially in new orleans and baton rouge. severe storms from the nation's capital to new england. heavy rain and flash flooding from texas and kansas into colorado and new mexico. >> more record heat in the west. it will be the third day of 90-degree temperatures from sacramento up to seattle. 80s from omaha to detroit. 99 in dallas. baltimore 92. atlanta 90. contrary to the old adage, rules are not meant to be broken. just ask golfer dustin johnson. >> this is just heartbreaking. >> this guy had a hole in one lead going into the final hole at the pga championships in wisconsin. that is when he grounded his
club in the sand, not realizing it was a bunker. those are the rules and they forced johnson to miss out on a three-way playoff because he suffered a two-stroke penalty. >> oh, tough luck. martin kaymer took home the trophy after a three-hole playoff against bubba watson. many fans are calling foul but rules are rules. >> scott, what did you tell me, it should have been a one-stroke? it was a one-shot lead. i heard this guy in a press conference after. and you'd think he would be really upset. the basic rules are they told him ahead of time with the bunker the club can't hit the ground. he didn't know it was a bunker. so graceful. he said, i probably should have asked. i would have been like, are you kidding me? i deserved that win! very nice, though. we'll be right back with more "world news now." [ female announcer ] fact.
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accidental death in this country for children under 15 is drowning. >> countless lives can be saved by proximity and simply knowing what to look for. linsey davis reports. >> reporter: in the long-running tv show "baywatch," drowning often looked like this. and remember gidget? in real life, it can be far less obvious someone needs help. in this old home movie, two parents look on, unaware their children are silently drowning. frank pia knew what to look for. he's the lifeguard who saved them. >> drowning is suffocation in the water. since the respiratory system was designed primarily for breathing and not speech, since the person is not getting enough air in to breathe, they're not going to call out for help. that's myth number one. >> reporter: pia says even lifeguards often don't know what real drownings look like.
other swimmers may not raise the alarm either. a recent study found half of the drownings at guarded pools happened with one to five swimmers present. part of the problem, swimmers we spoke to expect drownings to play out how they do in hollywood. >> i'll just yell loud. >> like this, splashing around. >> they try to put their hands up but they can't really get them up because they're drowning. >> reporter: we all have an instinctive drowning response. try and imagine the surface of the water is like a platform. someone was drowning. we'd use the surface as leverage to try to push their mouth out of the water so they can breathe. so for someone who's looking on, they wouldn't see arms flailing in the air, they would see what might appear just to be arms slapping the water. it may look like play but the struggle is quick. 60 seconds for adults. 20 seconds for small children. a tragedy that's preventible. some water safety tips. make sure everyone in your family knows how to swim, that you know how to do cpr.
and it's not enough just to keep an eye on your kids. parents need to practice reach supervision where they can get to their children in a matter of seconds. linsey davis, abc news, new york. >> i think the real reality this summer, a story that's presented itself, especially on the heels of that shreveport really sad situation, african-american kids, none of them could swim, none of the parents could swim. the reality is especially in that community, kids have to learn to swim. but in all communities, i think in that particular community we've seen a lot of news pertaining to that. >> the younger you learn the better. that's also important. coming up next, i am learning firsthand the challenges of getting around new york city. >> we're excited to see this
>> tough question. coming here from new orleans has been a great ride. but learning this city ain't easy. here's a behind the scenes look now at my transition from the big easy to the big apple. >> reporter: in my new home of new york city they say that everything is here. the question always seems to be, though, how do you get there? i don't even know where i am right now. tourists and newbies like me are pretty conspicuous in the big apple. especially when it comes to navigating this sprawling maze of subways, buses, cabs, ferries and railroads. you're going to get lost, deal with it. >> reporter: we started the day with the more scenic option. a pedi cab ride through central park. the amazing diversity of new york did slow things down just a bit. but on your eighth try we did find a driver comfortable enough to do an interview. >> i think it's really popular and really attractive. the tourists come just for the pedi cab. >> reporter: the pedi cabs sometimes leave the peacefulness
of the park to fight their way through the bustling logjam on the city streets. >> at a certain time when there's so much traffic it's always better to get the pedi cab in the rush hour, instead of staying stuck in the car and you can't even move. >> reporter: if you don't want to shell out all that cash for a pedi cab, what you're looking at now is the best way to experience new york. and that's on foot. this is definitely a walking city. in fact, on a beautiful day like today these streets are literally packed with people. i probably walked more the past month than i did in all my ten years in new orleans. a ten-minute ride and 40 bucks later, we hopped off, took some time for a short break, then plunged into the city's legendary subway system. a stranger in a strange land for sure. >> really pay attention to the signs. just ask a lot of questions. >> who's the best person to ask if i feel like an idiot down here? >> someone reading a newspaper or talking on the phone because you can tell they're from new
york. sir? >> no. >> reporter: i guess there are always a few exceptions. ♪ >> reporter: we eventually made our way to penn station. another hectic scene where the learning curve is also pretty steep. can i have a copy of one of the maps? it's pretty hard to hide your confusion in a place like this. but people who have mastered the system already did offer comfort. >> if somebody has a question and you look lost, you'll always find a person that can help them. >> reporter: all that may be well and good. but for this kid from suburban new jersey, i decided my favorite subway line is the c-a-b. new york is a sea of yellow cabs. thousands of them zooming and weaving their way through notoriously heavy traffic. do you drive a little crazy? >> sometimes. >> reporter: the fares can add up pretty quickly. but a funny driver makes the tab worth it.
>> i never hit anyone. >> reporter: folks often say the journey can be as interesting as the destination. and here, that is definitely true. and no matter where you're going in new york or even how you get there, in the big apple, you'll never travel alone. >> oh, that was very cute. i hear you also are a busser? >> every now and then i will use a city bus. you never know, interesting things can happen at a bus stop in new york city. take a look at this as well. >> i've been a fan of yours for years, you do so well, an up and coming tv person, i'm wondering what your life is here, making it in the city? so -- >> are you new in town? >> yeah. about a month ago. i think i see a resemblance. >> the hair.
>> so nice to meet you. >> welcome aboard. welcome to the town. i hope you don't get arrested, talking to signs. we're so glad to have you. >> thanks so much. >> you are truly wonderful. >> can't blame me for trying. >> completely unstaged. she was very cool, diane, to do that. that was fun, literally first time meeting her was shooting that. so that was kind of fun. getting around this town is kind of nuts. >> are you getting better now? >> i've perfected this. hey, taxi! anything else, the subway, i can't -- struggling. >> one of the most surprising things to me is new york, the off-duty hour when you can't get a cab. >> in the rain, when snow appears. it should be a fun, fun winter. this is going on all week too. we're going to talk about food, talk about sports. a lot of cool stuff coming up between now and friday. >> very cool, we're excited to
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"world news now" delivers your "morning papers." >> there's a theme to our "morning papers" today, it's animal-centered. >> good and bad. >> good and bad and please don't change the channel. this first one is really, really sad. this is basically what happened in a park. this was in florida. people kept seeing this bear that had a jar completely stuck on its head. you could see it right there. they kept calling in to wildlife experts saying, there's a bear, he's got a jar on his head. they couldn't find him. they felt like they were always 20 minutes behind. after ten days they finally got to it and they say it was not easy. this poor cub, the mom was trying to protect it. they had to tranquilize the mother bear, then grab the cub to remove the jar from the
bear's head. finally the mom had to be put in a trap and the cubs followed her along. it was very sad. the takeaway from this story is all the experts in this story say, if it wasn't for all these people who kept calling them and saying, there's a bear that's probably going to suffocate soon unless it's helped, they wouldn't have been able to find this poor little guy. the good news is he was okay, they were able to save him. >> ten days? >> that's what the headline says. apparently the headline said that. it doesn't say it in the article here. bear saved after ten days with a jar stuck on his head. >> oh, man. thank god for good samaritans on that one. >> poor little guy. >> if that doesn't make you hm, competition up in ontario, the clovermede bees and honeybee beard competition. literally they dress themselves -- these are real bees over their face, over their chest. there's a woman who's doing it. unbelievable here. this date backs to the 1700s when an english beekeeper
discovered he could create a beard of bees by tying the queen to a thread around his neck and would parade through the streets wearing the unusual costume. these are real and literally a head full of swarming bees to win. i've never seen anything like it. look at that. >> i've heard they're calm unless agitated but i could never imagine over the eyes. >> no. oh, man. >> yikes. okay, get ready to want to have some butter because you're about to see a picture of a giant lobster. at least i wanted some butter. >> p.e.t.a. may call you on that one. >> this ad was picked also out of florida. this guy said he went out, you know, lobster fishing, i don't know, lobster searching? >> i just eat it. >> lobster hunting is actually what it's called. they caught a total of 25 lobsters. this one weighed in more than six pounds. and they said it was really impressive. you can see the picture, the ratio of his body to that sucker.
racetrack tragedy. the spectators killed watching an extreme sport. then, lean season. shrimpers return to the waters off louisiana today as investigators face challenges deep in the gulf. and "insomniac theater." sylvester stallone's action movie. and julia roberts' long-awaited role. it's monday, august 16th. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> our producer was joking with us that i saw the chick flick this weekend, you saw the action movie. >> i'm chick flicked out. i can't do it anymore. although seeing 64-year-old sylvester stallone in an action
comedy, i mean, in an action movie, i might go back to the chick flicks. that might be where i'm headed next. >> rocky's out of his prime now? >> yes. you'll hear all about it coming up on "insomniac theater." >> good morning, everybody. i'm rob nelson. >> i'm vinita nair. this morning a memorial marks the spot where eight people died at an offroad race in the mojave desert. >> investigators are trying to figure out if anyone is to blame in the tragic accident. mike von fremd reports from california's lucerne valley. >> reporter: race fans are supposed to keep themselves 100 feet away from the charging offroad vehicles. but the carnage occurred as some were standing feet away from the truck, reaching speeds in excess of 60 miles per hour. >> people got ran over. just bodies were flying everywhere. bones broken, everything. >> reporter: it's a 200-mile race. the most dangerous section is a daredevil jump called the rock pile where the driver lost control and his truck catapulted into the crowd.
>> people were screaming. it was horrible. >> reporter: this racetrack is in such a remote area that it took helicopters and ambulances more than half an hour to try and rescue the victims. the vehicle that caused the damage was flipped upside down. the driver, brett sloppy, was unhurt. but on his facebook page he writes, so incredibly lost and devastated. my thoughts and prayers go out to all the families and friends involved. the organizers generally do not have the money to police the crowds at these races so they depend on federal and local officials to patrol the crowds. and some of the races are held at night to avoid the extreme heat. >> everyone gets as close as they can. it's exciting. >> reporter: offroad racer and tal dor f sport is wod th accident may mean an en accidenthesy mean an en >> california is one of the onl states that allows is tf activity. you know, and it's one last frontier aeas wec actually get out an rac cars. i fear it could severely
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in place. that relief well should finally seal the broken well for good. but the procedure will not get under way until next weekend at the earliest. matt gutman now reports on the undersea investigation. >> reporter: there is no black box. the electronic transmissions and handwritten logs were consumed by this inferno, then sank to their watery grave 5,000 feet down along with the rig. the next closest thing for investigators is this. the blowout preventer. a stack of valves four stories high that was supposed to be the first and last lines of defense. every one of these systems failed. investigators badly want to know why but can't do that until the well has been permanently sealed. much of the heavy lifting to bring that blowout preventer up to the surface will be done by a squad of deep-sea robots. the coast guard will take the
leading investigative role, but a half dozen other agencies are involved. all while the blowout preventer waits for dissection at a nasa facility in new orleans. this is what investigators are going to have to contend with. this is just one component of seven that made up the blowout preventer system. stacked together they would be higher than that shed, and together weigh over 100 tons. part of this is about a criminal investigation and i wonder if learning what happened inside one of these can actually tell you who's to blame. and all those clues may be inside. >> well, it can sure narrow down the field. the equipment. you would -- we know who's responsible for certain pieces of equipment. so if there's a problem found with that piece of equipment, you know, factual information that can be used to determine the truth. >> reporter: coast guard officials tell abc news this may not be the first time a blowout preventer has been so
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because there's certainly nothing like irreversible momentum. what we have are areas of progress. we've got to link those together, extend them, and then build on them. >> when it is not often that a president pleases people on both sides of the political spectrum but it is fair to say when president obama said, muslims have a right to build a mosque near ground zero where the twin towers fell, it pleased many on the liberal left, and it is also fair to say that it just delighted many on the republican right. because they feel it is an issue that they can use against him, not just in the coming elections, but all the way into 2012. so i want to start there and i'm just going to poll the delegation this morning. governor rendell, did the president say the right thing, and was it good politics? >> well, i don't know if it's
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it is time for "insomniac theater." i saw the boy movie, you saw the girl movie. >> i did, we switched roles this weekend. yeah. my girlfriend wanted to see this one. >> you took one for the team. >> i did. >> thank you. >> i'm a good man. >> i can't handle another chick flick. i couldn't do it. i saw "the expendables" or as i left the theater calling it, geriatrics. this movie has about every single '80s beefcake a-lister you can think of. mickey rourke's in it, sylvester stallone. dolph lundgren is in it. jet li's in it. the basic plot is, they're a group of elite mercenaries sent to a south american country to
overthrow a dictator. as you can imagine, with this cast there is a lot, a lot, a lot of fighting, death, and carnage. take a look at -- yes, willis, you'd be happy. take a look at one scene. >> bullets go faster than blades. >> bring the money! here, now! >> you want the money? go get it. what's that? >> getting a text. >> excuse me? >> i'd call that a tie. >> come on, keep dreaming. >> that pretty much sums up the entire movie. there are the sounds of necks snapping, there's limbs being cut off, there are unbelievably gory details. the nice thing is none of it is graphically done, it's all real fighting. i give it 2 1/2 kernels out of 5. i have to say my husband wanted me to give it 4 because he loved it. the boys will like it i think. >> i'm the complete opposite end
of the spectrum. i saw "eat, pray, love" with julia roberts. and basically the premise here, most people know this by now as the book is so hugely popular. she plays liz gilbert who finds herself unhappy in her marriage. she decides to go on a spiritual trek to find herself. her trip takes her to italy, to india, to bali. she meets different kinds of friends, people, spiritual advisers along the way. she attempts to find herself. this is one cool scene from when she's in italy and is tired of the whole dieting thing. >> i'm so tired of saying no and waking up in the morning and recalling every single thing i ate the day before. counting every calorie i consumed so i know exactly how much self-loathing to take into the shower. i'm going for it. i've no interest in being obese. i'm just through with the guilt. >> i may not have the right hormones to fully appreciate this movie, but it wasn't awful. in between here. 3 1/2 kernels. not too bad. worth a check. 3 kernels. >> the girlfriend liked