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monarch, here live, only on "gma." happening this morning, the we're live on this big morning for hollywood. hi to robin at home. sam is in vegas, two days ahead of miss america. bomb some huge surprises. >> lot to talk about on that front. we're learning more about the president's nominations. race against time. look at these whales, stranded. they are trapped in the ice, far from home. can these giants of the sea be set free before it's too late? we'll have a report.
but let's get right to the breaking news on the oscar nominations. "lincoln" snagging the most. life of pi right behind. chris connelly is here. let's start with is the snubs. >> les miserables directed itself, katherine bigelow doesn't have to wear heels. the story was rebellion, rebellion in fans, in the house of philadelphia. a movie started life in a log cabin and just kept on going. >> oh, wow. impressive. >> fantastic. right there, lot more coming up. we'll turn now to the deadly flu outbreak. let's take a look. 12 nominations in all including best actor for daniel day-lewis.
supporting actress for sally field. best director for steven spielberg. hugh jackman, best actress. anne hathaway for best supporting actress. thanks. >> reporter: the biggest shock came in best director, argo's ben affleck and kathryn bigelo were were passed over. life of pi still sliced 11 nominations. alan arkin and phillip seymour hoffman. best actress includes the youngest actress, ever. and its oldest ever em manuelle.
turned out to be nine best pictures nominee in all. a possible ten. lot of them were granted betts director nominations as a result. it's wade open race. >> what we used to see once upon a time when they were the same. now you get all of those directors on the ballot. >> it's on like donkey kong in best actress. >> they all gave great performances. we see who the academy thinks is the best. lee nard e owe dicaprio didn't get a nomination. >> i love silver linings playbook. >> it got four acting nominations. >> they swept all of the major categories, right? >> tiny little picture that they
thought wouldn't do that well. >> "the beast of southern wild." deserving of the nomination. >> everybody's thrilled. that deadly flu outbreak. people flooding clinics and emergency rooms across the country. boston's declared a public health emergency. linsey davis is there. good morning, linsey. >> reporter: good morning, george. inside this hospital, they're taking precautions we haven't seen since the swine flu outbreak in 2009. doctors and nurses are being advised to wear protective masks. visitors are being limited who appear to have flulike symptoms. and the emergency room here is so overwhelmed, if you have to be admitted, it can take up to 24 hours. state of emergency. this morning, a growing chorus of officials are pleading with the public to protect themselves against one of the biggest flu epidemics in a decade. >> i can't say enough, please,
everyone out there, get to the health centers this weekend. get your flu shot. >> reporter: boston mayor, tom menino, says his city's under siege. and it's only getting worse by the day. approximately 700 confirmed c e cases have been reported in boston since october. that's ten-times more than the city saw during the entire flu season last year. >> absolutely awful. i can't breathe. >> reporter: and the cdc says, 18 children have died across the country. another indicator of flu activity around the country? google, which put together a trend map that shows flu-related searches are off the charts this year. right now, officials are urging vaccinations for everyone 6 months and older. but they warn even the flu shot may not be enough to ward off the virus. the city is also working with health care centers to provide free flu vaccines.
amy? >> all right, linsey. thanks so much. and abc news chief health and medical editor, dr. richard besser, joins us now. i have to say, both myself and josh elliott were scared enough yesterday. we both got our flu shots. our kids had their shots obviously beforehand. so many parents are making sure their kids are vaccinated. still, you can get the flu. what do you do next? >> first thing, keep your kids home, so they're not spreading it. make sure they're getting enough fluids because children can get dehydrated with this. and think about tamiflu. especially in the young children, those under 2, or any child with a medical problem, even something like asthma. tamiflu can reduce complications. >> and how do you tell the difference between a cold and a flu? my daughter's coughing right now, and i'm thinking, should i be worried? >> it can be hard, especially early, to tell the difference. but the warning signs, the danger signs, will be the same regardless of the illness. now, i'm a pediatrician and a parent. and children can't often tell you what's going on. first thing you want to make sure is they don't get dehydrated.
they have to take enough fluids in. a child who is getting better and then turns for the worse, that could be a sign that they have a bacterial infection on top of what else was going on. and then shortness of breath. any child who has trouble catching their breath. in a young child, it could just mean they have a weak cry. they need to be seen immediately. that's a real danger sign. >> dr. besser, thank you. very important information this time of year, george. to the white house, now. where president obama is firming up his team for the second term. this afternoon, he'll announce that white house chief of staff, jack lew, is his pick for treasury secretary. which means for the first time in years, all of the premier cabinet positions will be held by men. jon karl is covering the shuffle in the white house. good morning, jon. >> reporter: good morning, george. some critics are looking at the president's emerging second-term team and asking, where are the women? today, it's jack lew for treasury secretary. earlier this week, chuck hagel for defense. and john brennan for cia. >> i'm looking forwards to
working with these two gentlemen. >> reporter: and before that, john kerry for secretary of state. four top appointments since the election. four men. and then, this. "the new york times" published this white house photograph wednesday, showing the president speaking with top advisers in the oval office. ten people visible, all men. and late wednesday, labor secretary, hilda solis, announced she's leaving. the third woman in the cabinet heading for the exits. all this prompted "washington post" columnist, ruth marcus, to quip, it's "mad men" goes to washington, except peggy's leaving. >> it's time for me to move on. >> reporter: the white house says such criticism is way off-base. >> women serve in key policy roles as they do in the administration. >> reporter: as that all-male photo hit "the new york times," the white house released a new photo of the day, with a slightly different look. overall, about 43% of the president's appointees have been women. considerably more than president bush. and president obama chose women for arguably his two most important nominees, to the
supreme court. soon, the president will have to replace jack lew as chief of staff. the top candidates are, you guessed it, men. now, if jack lew is confirmed as treasury secretary, get ready to see the loopiest signature you have ever seen on a dollar bill. take a look. that is his actual signature. and that will go on every bill, i'm not sure what that thing actually says. >> i know, jack, he might clean it up a little bit. you talked about the white house chief of staff pick. likely not today, but mcdonough and klain, both well-qualified candidates. >> that's right. and both close to the president. especially denis mcdonough. he was in the situation room with the president the night of the bin laden raid. >> and he did the debate prep for the president this year. let's go to josh for the rest of the morning headlines.
>> we're going to begin with sweeping mortgage rules to protect homeowners and thus preventing another housing meltdown. new federal regulations being announced today, will ban interest-risk-only loans. and to help make sure that homeowners can replay the loans, debt payments will have to be less than 43% of the borrower's annual income. and a judge is expected to rule tomorrow whether there is enough evidence against colorado theater shooting suspect, james holmes, for him to stand trial. holmes showed emotion for the first time in court wednesday. smiling and smirking when prosecutors showed pictures that he took of himself before july's rampage. his lawyers claim he is mentally ill. meantime, in washington today, vice president joe biden will meet with representatives from nra and from walmart, to discuss gun safety. biden's task force is due to recommend gun policy changes by month's end.
and this morning we have learned that commuter ferry that crashed in manhattan, injured more than 80 people at the south street seaport wednesday, just had new engines and a problematic new propeller system installed. no word if they're to blame for the ferry ramming into the dock. 11 of the injuries were described as serious. also in new york, a 300-foot crane collapsed on to a building under construction. seven people were injured here, including three workers trapped in that twisted metal. thankfully, though, all are okay this morning. and a real strikeout of sorts. for the first time in decades, baseball writers did not elect anyone to the hall of fame this year. stars of the so-called "steroid era," including barry bonds and roger clemens and sammy sosa, were all shut out. roger clemens, you see him on the mound, later tweeted, and i quote, i'm not overly surprised. end quote.
and finally, an extremely close call for an extreme skateboarder. take a look. a curvy hill in a new york suburb is awfully tempting. but at the bottom of the hill, yeah, there's another road. and that car, well, took that skateboard to the great beyond. thankfully, not the rider, however. stunned. okay. but come on. >> that's crazy. >> come on, people. like, if you know how that's going to end -- that's a movie we don't need to see again. let's stop that, please. >> agreed. josh, thanks so much. well, now, to the shocking results of an abc news/espn exclusive investigation into the death of nfl great junior seau. doctors revealing their findings for the first time. and it could affect players from the big leagues to pop warner. abc's jim avila is here with the story. jim, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. a giant in the game, junior seau is now perhaps the biggest name in football, linked to brain
damage for taking too many hits to the head. abc news and espn learned exclusively that, before his suicide, seau suffered damage to his very brain cells. >> junior seau! >> reporter: junior seau, an icon in the 1990s, whose passionate hits made him a dominant figure in the nfl. but, after his sudden suicide in 2012, many questioned whether the effect of those hits on the 43-year-old's brain, could have played a role. >> the head-to-head contact, the collisions, they're out of control. >> reporter: now, seau's family says it has an answer to that question from the national institutes of health. abc news and espn have learned exclusively, seau's brain showed visible signs of cte, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the concussion-related injury that shrinks and hardens brain tissue like this.
and is at the center of today's football safety controversy. >> i think, for us, we just wanted the truth. >> reporter: it was seau's family who decided to donate his brain to the nih, in an effort to find out why the man who confronted life on the field and off, shrunk from it in his final living years. ending it all, detached and alone. >> he loved the game. but i know that he didn't love the end of his life. >> reporter: do you think this condition, now that it's been diagnosed clearly, what role did it have in that? >> i think it played a huge effect. just him not being aware of the things that he could possibly go through. >> reporter: seau was also a respected family man, with four children, and an ex-wife with whom he was close until he shocked them all, by shooting himself in the chest, leaving only this short phone text of love the night before. >> just three words. i love you. >> that was the last we heard.
>> reporter: for the seaus, football gave them everything. and they believe, now, has taken it all away. they understand its attraction, and all too well its routine danger. >> i think it's a gamble. just be extremely aware of what could potentially happen to your life. >> reporter: there's a big risk? >> there's a huge risk. >> it's not worth it for me to not have a dad. so, to me, it's not worth it. >> reporter: none of the seau children play football anymore. and their mother is glad of that. the nfl has said that it did not intentionally hide the dangers of concussions from players. and is doing everything it can now to protect them. >> so many parents watching this story closely. much more will appear on espn's "outside the lines" and "world news." george? >> okay, guys, thanks. we're going to turn to that race against time to save a family of orcas trapped under arctic ice. this rare video shows the whales desperately trying to get the air they need to survive. abc's rob nelson has more on the international fight to free these giants.
>> reporter: in this amateur video, you can see the killer whales fighting to break through a thick blanket of arctic ice. as people from a nearby town watch helplessly. at least 12 of the giant animals, believed to be an entire family, swam into the waters north of quebec, during recent warm weather. but with temperatures now dropping, the animals are trapped below a hole no bigger than a truck, struggling for air. and the coast guard says that hole is rapidly closing around them. >> i don't know how far it is to the next air hole. but i imagine, they don't, either. and that's why they're coming up and looking with that spy-hopping behavior they're showing. >> reporter: on wednesday, the canadian government turned down a request to bring in ice breakers, saying they were simply too far away. but this morning, after this video was posted online, there is growing international chorus to free those whales. among those trying to help, is greg ferian.
>> we know what they need. we've been through it before. >> reporter: last year's movie "big miracle," starring drew barrymore, was inspired by the wisconsin man, and others who helped use special equipment to rescue three whales trapped in alaska in 1988. in the movie, the whales survived. but today, scientists say without help from the international community, this family of whales will not be as lucky. for "good morning america," rob nelson, abc news, new york. >> thanks, rob. let's get the weather from ginger. >> hi there, you guys. i told you seattle gets very little snow, about half a foot a year, just under it. yesterday, just north of that city, look at the video. they got about a half-inch. roads were closed. two to three inches for jackson, mobile. this area also in tornado watches until later this morning or early this afternoon.
>> along the east coast, another really warm day. new york, today, 47. and seattle, at least some areas around it, got snow yesterday. so, it flip-flopped. >> a lot of the country getting wet today. okay, ginger, thanks very much. coming up, damaging testimony in the dramatic trial of the woman accused of killing her ex-boyfriend after he broke up with her. what another former flame reveals in court about her bizarre behavior. also, ahead, the frantic calls to 911 about a baby lion on the loose. now, the beast behind the frenzy is here live, on "gma." and the big beauty experiment. the woman who chucked all her makeup for an entire year. why she said it made her feel more attractive than ever. all that and the vibrating fork. ve than ever. all that and the vibrating fork. feel more attractive than ever. all that and the vibrating
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there is an alert. we do not have an actual visual of it yet but you can see there will be smoke in the area by 37 approaching the bay here. vallejo area and highway 29 at 37 is shut down both directions of highway 80 with alert in effect. a big rig fully engulfed in flames with further details in 25 minutes.
>> welcome back and check out the beautiful sunrise from mount tamien you hardly see clouds until you look at right side of the screen in the santa cruz mountain with a dusting of snow. the best radar returns are over the ocean where they will stay. eric? >> we are headed to the big rig fire in the north bay. you can see the smoke from sky 7 h.d., and we will
911, where is your emergency? >> i'm driving down granby street, right before the zoo. and there was a lion that ran across the street. a baby lion. >> and there he is right there. you know that music, "the lion king." and you're looking at charles the monarch, live in our studio. now, come on, he does look like a lion. >> he does look like a lion. but he's so friendly. i was playing with him backstage. >> not many lions wagging their tail like that. >> caused a lot of panic, though. also coming up next on "gma," we have some brand-new details on the mystery of what happened to the head of one of the world's most famous fashion brands. the best rescue team, headed to search for the vanished plane, in what's being called the new bermuda triangle. >> a real mystery there. and we asked, would you go a year without makeup? >> no. >> no?
>> no. >> definitely no? you'll meet the woman who did it. she says it made her feel more beautiful than ever. >> she does look beautiful. >> you don't want to see this at 6:00 in the morning. no. also, a brand-new invention. it helps you slow down your eating and could aid everyone in losing weight. >> what's it called? >> america, i give to you, the vibrating fork. >> thank you very much. we're going to switch gears now. go to some shocking testimony in the jodi arias case, coming from a man who was with her just hours after she left the murder scene of her ex-boyfriend. arias wept as she watched. and ryan owens is in phoenix with the dramatic details. good morning, ryan. >> reporter: good morning, george. jodi arias faces the death penalty. prosecutors say she should die not just for how heinous this crime was, but for how she acted right after committing it. >> nothing but the truth, so help you god? >> yes. >> reporter: ryan burns is a blockbuster witness for the prosecution. he was a romantic interest of
jodi arias. she visited him right after killing her former boyfriend, travis alexander. driving from the bloody crime scene in arizona, to his home in salt lake city. >> what was her demeanor like? >> she was fine. she was laughing at the simplest little things, just like any other person. she was -- i never once felt there was anything wrong about the day. >> reporter: burns says she acted normal, but looked different. her blonde hair was dark. she had cuts on her hands. she told him she broke a glass while bartending. but burns' most damaging testimony was this -- less than 24 hours after arias repeatedly stabbed and shot one man, she was kissing another. >> at some point, we were talking and we kissed. >> and did this kissing continue? or did it just stop at one kiss? >> eventually, we kissed, probably many times. every time we started kissing, it got a little more escalated. >> reporter: later, he says, the two snuggled and took a nap. >> the second we woke up, we
were kissing. >> reporter: jodi arias admits she killed travis alexander. but claims it was self-defense. that he was a sexual deviant that abused her. but days after she returned home from her tryst with burns, they exchanged messages on the computer. >> anyway, back to travis, real quick, he's a great person. i wouldn't want to edify him as anything else. we all have our character flaws. we've seen each other at our absolute worst. and our best. we are just fundamentally different. >> reporter: after burns left the witness stand, we had one question for him. >> did i ever feel threatened by jodi after i found out that she killed travis? i never felt that threat from her. it was very strange. it was weird, it's eerie, it's creepy. but for where our relationship was, i never really felt
threatened. >> reporter: on cross-examination, the defense did get burns to say that travis alexander had a reputation of being something of a flirt. up next on the stand, more of jodi arias' lies. she explained those cuts on her hands. she said she was bartending at a place called margaritaville. today, a police officer from the town where she's from, will say there's no bar or restaurant anywhere near there by that name. george? >> the prosecution, putting on a crushing case. ryan, thanks very much. well, george, now, to the latest on the disappearance of luxury fashion mogul, vittorio missoni. it's been almost a week since the small plane carrying him and five others vanished off the coast of south america. his family raising new questions about what really happened, saying they don't believe that plane crashed. abc's matt gutman has the story. >> reporter: this morning, the very first and last images of a carefree vittorio missoni and his smiling companions, moments before boarding this tiny plane. in this new video, obtained by
italian tv, it would vanish off the venezuelan coast. leaving no debris, no wreckage, only questions about the fate of the fashion mogul, friends and the pilots. this morning, an italian team is to arrive in venezuela, missoni's family is convinced they are still alive. now, missoni's eldest son, ottavio, is hinting to an italian paper saying he might have been kidnapped. saying, quote, a plane cannot vanish in this way on a short route, without leaving any trace. i'm convinced that the least plausible reason is they crashed into the water. he's basing that on a mysterious text message apparently sent from a cell phone from guido foresti, who was on that plane. to his son, more than 48 hours after it disappeared. it read, call now. we are reachable. >> it's really hard to believe the airplane isn't in the water. by the same token, unless you find wreckage, there's no proof
that it hasn't gone elsewhere. >> reporter: missoni's family is holding on to hope. even reaching out to missoni's potential enemies to find any explanation other than the one they fear most. for "good morning america," matt gutman, abc news, new york. >> so many questions there still. well, time, now, for the weather and ginger zee, who is in for sam this morning. ginger? >> hi, guys. i told you seattle gets very little snow, about half a foot a year, just under it. well, yesterday, just north of that city, look at the video. they got about a half-inch. in parts of king county, you're seeing, it was coming down, very beautiful, very winter-like. and winter is the word on the west coast, from san francisco down to los angeles. some of those snow levels are going to drop so low, that the mountains, josh, outside of l.a., are going to have a little touch of snow. in san francisco, too. very warm in the east, though. look at d.c. today. 51.
>> this weather report is brought to you by aig. and look at orlando, still very warm. that's where you want to go for the warm-up spot. and coming up, check out this friendly beast. he's at the center of a 911 panic. that is charles the monarch, right here live in times square. >> he wouldn't hurt a flea. plus, the woman who swore off makeup for a year. why she says it made her feel more beautiful than ever. r. why she says it made her feel more beautiful than ever. year. why she says it made her feel more beautiful than ever. aig? we said we were going to turn it around, and we did. woman: we're helping joplin, missouri, come back from a devastating tornado. man: and now we're helping the east coast recover from hurricane sandy. we're a leading global insurance company, based right here in america. we've repaid every dollar america lent us.
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back, now, at 7:40, with charles the monarch. the unusual-looking dog. he has a haircut that, well, it set off a frenzy of 911 calls. people claiming a lion was on the prowl. now, charles has gone viral online. we're going to meet him live, right here on "gma." but first, a look at his story. >> 911, where's your emergency? >> i'm driving down granby street, right before the zoo. and there was a lion that ran across the street. a baby lion. >> reporter: a lion on the loose? frantic 911 calls flooding the norfolk emergency operation center in virginia on tuesday, with rare and frightening
sightings. >> i just saw an animal that looked like a small lion. >> reporter: one call after another. >> and it had the manes and everything. >> i just saw a baby lion. >> i thought to myself, well, this is going to be a very interesting day. obviously, we were on alert. and we wanted to be sure that there was no wild animal or animal on the streets. >> reporter: norfolk police put in a call to the local zoo, to make sure one of its lions hadn't made a daring escape. >> the zoo said, all our lions are accounted for. they are where they should be. >> reporter: but it turns out, it wasn't the king of the jungle on the loose. now, it was this particularly coifed 3-year-old labradoodle, charles the monarch. who happens to be a very popular pup. >> he's a big hit. >> reporter: now, this king of canines has gone viral. this morning, charles has more than 11,000 likes on his facebook page. his gleeful grin splashed all across the internet, leaving him
to ask one of his hundreds new twitter followers, can i give you my pawtograph? we need a ding for that one. but there he is. charles the monarch, live. in the studio, along with his owners, daniel painter and natalie. we welcome all of you to "good morning america." what a good boy he is. >> i think he knows he's famous. >> daniel, you actually cut him to look like a lion. >> yes. my daughter was going to school at old dominion university. and their mascot is a lion. when he grew as a puppy, his hair was really full. without telling anybody, i took him to the dog care place and told them to shave him like a lion. he turned famous, like overnight. now, it's her dog again. >> he's actually really famous. you get requests to go to the tailgates at old dominion university. >> yes. >> we tailgate for the football team.
and we got to go to everybody's tailgates, if we miss somebody's tailgate, they get ahold of us. >> what kind of dog is he at home? >> we tell everybody he's a labra-lion. actually, he's a labradoodle. >> is he talented? does he do tricks? >> he does what he's told to do. he's casual. he's laidback. he does whatever he needs to. >> he doesn't look very ferocious, at all. i want to put it out there. save the 911 calls. he's safe. thank you both for being here. give five. give a shake. meanwhile, we're coming up, with "pop news" today. bradley cooper, revealing that he's looking for love. and then, we have a "play of the day" that you do not want to miss. middle school dances can get so awkward. but not this one. freeze it. oh, wait. it's frozen. we'll explain.
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of the day." >> and "the play of the day" has song provided today by d.j. kiss. thank you. in-house, as we get ready to talk about oscar. that song you hear her playing, is "had me at hello." a song that had special meaning for the two that you see right here. take a look at young jeff, in the ball cap, and alexa. nothing says intense ardor than that picture. dancing a dance. >> he's got it. he's looking at her. >> he's looking at his buddies over her shoulder like, i don't want to be here, i promise. a seventh grader and a sixth grader. and take a look at what happened a few years later. jeff and alexa, the married couple. they found each other.
and in fact, he posted this, the side-by-side photos on reddit. they're good enough to join us this morning. jeff and alexa, thanks for joining us in wisconsin. so, let's go back to the sweet and awkward moment. how much do you guys remember from that dance we just saw? oh, i love skype. if you guys can hear us, one more time. how much of the middle school dance -- we just saw that incredible picture. how much do you guys actually remember of that night? >> really? that much? >> well, i can tell you -- >> almost -- >> we did talk about it. it turns out, neither one -- it was one dance. and they came from opposite sides of the gym. they danced together. they ran back to their buddies afterwards. they didn't find each other again until their junior year of high school. but we are thankful that they did. and thank you, modern technology, for making that so
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>> abc7 news starts right now with like breaking news. >> good morning, we have breaking news from vallejo. you can see it here live from sky 7 h.d., a big rig ran off westbound highway 37 and caught fire. firefighters are putting water on it but the fire is mostly out right now. we have been following this all morning. >> it is westbound on highway 29 the big rig went off the overcrossing. there was another pickup truck involved with a blown tar. both the driver of the pickup and the driver of the big rig have been taken to the hospital with injuries. the fire is almost out. eastbound 37 is getting by as you can see on screen. westbound remains shut down from highway 80. there is an alert in affect.
♪ a big crowd out there in times square. a big morning on "good morning america." we're live right now. there's d.j. kiss. we are live because we have the latest on the oscar nominations. they are just in. "lincoln" leading the way with 12 nominations, with best picture, best director. also, acting nominations for daniel day-lewis, sally field. >> terrific performance for "lincoln." "life of pi" with 11 nominations. but a lot of people overlooked tom hooper for "les mis." ben affleck for "argo," not nominated. kathryn bigelow, "zero dark thirty" also not nominated.
a competitive category. >> really competitive for actors and supporting actors. >> every one of the supporting actor nominees has won an oscar. >> that's why i felt it was time for matthew mcconaughey, and "magic mike." >> he's on the strip by himself tonight, unfortunately. >> joaquin phoenix getting a nod. >> that's a bit of a surprise. daniel day-lewis, with bradley cooper. hugh jackman, and denzel washington. >> it speaks, very quickly, it speaks to the strong year. when you see the number of snubs, so many great films. but each film cannot have its director nominated. >> and these are movies that audiences have seen and want to discuss. no tiny pictures this year. these are big, fat pictures that everybody's seen and enjoy. >> all right. thank you, chris connelly. let's get the rest of the headlines from josh. >> we're going to begin with new concerns about the flu. it is spreading from coast-to-coast.
boston's mayor has declared a public health emergency. ten-times more cases this year than all of last year. people are said to be waiting up to 24 hours to be admitted to hospitals. pennsylvania and south carolina, among the other states hardest hit here. hospitals, meanwhile, are banning visitors. doctors and nurses, wearing masks to treat those ridden with the flu. one hospital setting up a heated tent outside its facility. and the best advice, again, get a flu shot. and get one right away. meanwhile, president obama will nominate his chief of staff, jack lew, as treasury secretary this afternoon. that means for the first time in years, all of the top cabinet positions will be held by men. but some critics are calling on lew to improve his handwriting. a rather unorthodox signature. it will be featured on our dollar bills. also in washington today, vice president joe biden will be meeting with the nra and with walmart, to discuss gun safety.
biden's task force is due to recommend gun policy changes to the president by month's end. the school superintendent of newtown, connecticut, is pushing for an indefinite police presence at schools, in part to calm fears among parents and children about potential gun violence. the town's newspaper says children, since the shooting, have not ventured outside for recess because of their anxiety. heartbreaking, that. meanwhile, an operator of a tour bus that crashed in oregon last week now claims that black ice and not fatigue led to the accident. 9 passengers were killed, 39 injured, when the bus drove off a snowy road and down a ravine. wednesday, u.s. officials ordered the company to stop operations, saying the driver had been on the road for 92 hours that week alone. vastly exceeding the federal limit. and some new information in the case of that chicago lottery
winner who died of cyanide poisoning, just before cashing his winning check. "the chicago tribune" reports that urooj khan's in-laws had run into deep money troubles, including unpaid taxes. and court documents show that khan's widow is now battling with his siblings over control of his estate, which includes about $500,000 in prize money. finally, a rather frightening encounter at a ski resort in vermont. you can see a skier turned runner, running for his life, or so he thought, as a moose got a little too close for comfort. the moose was loose, lara. the moose remains on the loose. the moose decided he wanted none of this encounter. he turned uphill. >> oh, wow. >> the man did say, rightfully, he saw his life flashing before his eyes, as he was running. >> big moose. >> i don't blame him. i do not blame him at all. on the loose, that moose.
>> thank you so much, josh. all right, everybody. let's get some "pop news." shall we? let's talk oscars. bradley cooper, nominated for best actor for his amazing performance in "silver linings playbook." we know that all the ladies love bradley. here's another reason to. he's a hopeless romantic opinion "people's" sexiest man alive from two years ago, said in an interview, his wish is to find love and settle down in a traditional family home. the star of "silver linings" said, he wants to follow in the footsteps of his parents and grandparents, meet the woman of his dreams and spend their lives together. we wish that for him, too. >> all the better with an oscar. >> with that beautiful oscar. you know, i'm holding this for a reason. we love a good game show around here on "gma." especially that guy, josh elliott. and while tables were turned a
little bit. now, we have a "jeopardy" question for you all. cue the music. which "gma" anchor was a question on last night's "jeopardy!"? thank you, amy robach. you are correct, ma'am. take a listen. >> in 2011, josh elliott of espn became news reader for this abc show that starts many people's day. >> what is "good morning america"? >> you got it. >> i was just happy they got it right. i was terrified there for a second. as a dvrer of "jeopardy!" -- >> it's kind of a pop. >> you have truly made it. why are you only worth $200, though? >> that's what i was going to ask. >> it's okay. i'll take 5 bucks. i was on "jeopardy!"
>> in our lives, you're the "daily double." i'm going to pass it off. someone's going to get hurt. >> the skinny mic. i want to finish, of course, with again, oscar nomination morning. very exciting. and one of the breakout stars of best picture nominee, "les mis," has to be eddie redmayne. his performance of mario. he won the heart of amy. he won the heart of critics. now, we're hearing he won the heart of e.l. james. and the handsome brit, the front runner to play christian grey in "fifty shades." i didn't know this. when i sat down with him a couple days ago. >> we know you're there. >> i know it looks like i was photo-bombing him. but i swear, he did know. we had a conversation, where i learned this fun fact about young eddie.
he was a classmate of prince william's. we have a picture. there you go. check that out, everybody. a great future for him. and congrats on all of the nominations for "les mis." that's "pop news." let's get weather from ginger zee. she's in for sam today. >> good morning, everybody. we are celebrating, in a sea of red. you can hear the beautiful birthday songs. a really warm group out here. we're celebrating, what, carmen? >> 100 years with delta sigma theta sorority incorporated. we were founded in january of 1913. and we are honored and privileged to be here. >> so exciting. such a great morning. and all the smiles. we're so welcome and so happy you all are here. we're going to have smiles in some parts of the country. but this morning, not so much down along the gulf coast. in louisiana, tornado watches have been issued in some parts of mississippi, too. already, a tornado reported outside of baton rouge. we'll be watching that. be sure to tune into your abc
stations. you saw the forecast with rainfall in the center of the nation. on the back end, a whole lot of colder air will be filtering in. you see billings on the outside of that 12 to 24 inches? that's mountainous to the west. but then, to the east, in the dakotas, you can get a foot of snow in some of those places. rapid city, be on alert. let's fly across the nation, talk about what you can expect. rainfall coming into atlanta, 63. boston, very mild at 47. duluth, right up there along the pink, and that pink represents wintery weather, wintry mix and ice. be careful. severe storms through the gulf coast. phoenix goes to 70. and a lot colder, from san francisco to los angeles today into tonight. that's going to be a big, big change.
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kleenex®. america's softest tissue. [ cheers and applause ] look at that crowd out there in times square. and we're back, now, with a big beauty experiment. one woman, ditching all her makeup for an entire year. >> not d.j. kiss. >> d.j. kiss is in the house. she's helping us jam along. she has makeup on, like the rest of us do, fair to say. and i'm glad i do, for one. she wanted to see how people would react to having no makeup on. she didn't do any beauty regime whatsoever.
she wanted to know how she would feel about it. how her husband would feel about it. she said there were a lot of surprising reactions. she wrote a book about that experiment, called "the beauty experiment." abc's katie couric has her story. >> reporter: the numbers are staggering. the average american woman spends $12,000 to $15,000 on beauty and salon treatment every year. and 160 hours grooming. that adds up to an entire week of primping in just one year. so, what would happen if we women decided to chuck the concealer and bag the lipstick and go without makeup for an entire year? phoebe baker hyde, author of "the beauty experiment" decided to find out. >> what a man's going to do. he's going to take a shower. he's going to brush his teeth. maybe put on a little gel and head out the door. maybe i can approximate that. so, the makeup would go. the hair products would go. i packed away my jewelry.
>> reporter: while phoebe said she felt more beautiful than ever after a year of no makeup, experts say society may be less open to the idea. >> we do tend to see attractive people, conventionally attractive people. we see them as happier. we see them as warmer. we see them as funnier. in fact, a few studies have shown they even get lower prison sentences or don't get convicted at all. >> reporter: check out what happened when we sent out a camera crew, with maureen. at first, all dolled up. and needed help on the streets of new york. people not only stopped to help, they offered to take her where she needed to go. then, check out what happened when maureen dressed down, with glasses and no makeup. >> excuse me? >> reporter: hardly anyone stopped to help. and when they did, they did so with reservations. >> do you have a cell phone i could use? >> i was definitely surprised. normally, i don't usually wear makeup when i go out. and i don't really look at the reactions that people are giving me. and when i did this experiment,
i really saw how differently i was treated because of how i looked. >> reporter: for so many of us, giving up our beauty regimen is easier said than done. >> i let my family and some of my close friends see me without makeup. but very few other people. >> i order my mascara from japan. it's the only mascara i'll wear. >> reporter: what is it like to go without makeup? i decided to take the plunge and take it all off. first comes off my foundation. and of course, my lips. ooh, wow. and last, but not least, the eyes. i'm a total mascara junky. and you thought i didn't wear any makeup. ooh. >> and katie reveals how she looks without makeup friday on the show. tune in friday, for more, with phoebe baker hyde. and find out what her husband thinks of his wife's beauty experiment. >> he better like it. >> yeah. >> yes, dear. all right, now, we move on
to that futuristic fork that we've been talking about all morning, that could change the way everyone eats. it monitors how long you take to eat a meal. and can caution you to slow down. abc's abbie boudreau is joining us live from vegas with the cutting-edge cutlery. good morning to you, abbie. >> reporter: good morning, lara. this is the fork that's creating all that buzz. here's how it works, okay? if you take a bite, and then take another bite too quickly, it's supposed to vibrate. so, let's try it. it works. on the hunt to find some of the coolest, new gadgets at this year's consumer electronics show, from "gangnam style" vibrating exercise machines, to futuristic head massagers. but what's that one product that really stands out? meet hapifork. >> the goal is to help people become more conscious of their eating habits.
>> reporter: it's being called the future of forks. a smart fork that tracks how many bites you take. and vibrates if you eat too fast. >> i think it's a very interesting idea. >> i think it's wonderful. >> reporter: so, you're saying that this fork can help you lose weight? >> yes. so, the idea is that we all eat too fast. and so, eating with the fork, if you eat too fast, it gives you a gentle vibration. and a reminder to simply slow it down. >> reporter: hapifork's inventors say, it can help you cut calories by 11%, help combat diabetes and trains you over time to eat slower. nutritionists recommend taking a full 20 minutes for each meal. >> people tend to eat quickly. when you eat too quickly, there's a risk of overeating. >> reporter: so, does it really work? right here, the on the convention center floor, we're going to put this fat-fighting work to the test. a quick trip to the food court and bon appetit.
if i take more than one bite in less than ten seconds, this should vibrate at me, telling me i'm eating way too fast. so, let's see if it works. it vibrated. guess it works. so, i guess the goal here is to slow down. all right. but the thing with this fork is, if you want to use it for every meal, i guess you have to take it with you wherever you go. hapifork says, just shove it in your purse and move on. but if you're interested in this fork, you have to wait until springtime because that's when it comes out. lara? >> abbie, thank you so much. the hapifork. >> very hapifork. george? >> the hapifork. we're with our friend, rob lowe. we had so much fun when he was part of team robin, back in october on "gma." sorry you couldn't do it today, and weigh in on the vibrating fork. >> listen, if you talk about
vibrating, i'm the man to talk to. you know what i'm saying? i think you do. >> i think that's enough for morning television. let's go on. new lifetime movie, "prosecuting casey anthony." you're starring in it, playing the prosecutor. i want to show a little bit of you in action here. >> chloroform. >> chloroform? >> knockout gas? >> in the carpet? >> and not found in aisle five of your local drugstore. >> i've asked the sheriff's department to run a keyword search on the anthonys computer to see if casey bought it online. >> sedation as a cheap babysitter. >> all right. any way you look at it, it's still first-degree. it doesn't matter if she gave her too much by accident. >> my money, she deliberately killed caylee, put her body in the trunk and drove her around until she could find a place to dump it, so she could go and party. and she did. >> there's rob lowe there. and i think in that
one sentence, you probably said what a lot of people around the country probably believed watching that trial. yet, she's acquitted. >> i think there was a poll done that 97% of floridians thought she was guilty. meanwhile, the only people that mattered were the people on the jury. they saw it differently. and i was just fascinated with, how could the country get it so differently than the jury did? and how does that happen? and what does it do to the man who fought for justice, for little caylee? >> and after going through the experience of filming the movie, talking to jeff ashton, what's your theory on the question you raised? >> there's a couple of them. first of all, it's the first big trial in the era of twitter and social media. and public opinion has been around before electricity. but now, with social media, it coalesces so quickly, that i think it's easy to misread than
ever before. so, i think there's a little bit of overreach, a little bit of overconfidence. i think when you try to get a jury that doesn't have an opinion, and yet, they have all of the information, what does that tell you? either they're not paying attention. or they heard all of the information, and still have an opinion. what do you do if you're a prosecutor? >> you keep pressing the case. what did -- what was it like working with jeff ashton? i guess. and also, how does he feel, now as he's got a little more distance? >> he's now -- he's elected to stay an attorney. >> down in florida. but he's replaced his boss, who incidentally is the person who charged casey with first-degree murder, which may have been -- >> the overreach. >> an overreach, i think. but when you see the movie, there's so many twists and turns in the trial, that either you didn't know, or you forgot about, that are just jaw-dropping, that this actually went on. >> i read just the other day, that she says, casey anthony
says, that she's got a little bit of fear that this movie is going to bring back death threats and other threats against her. do you think that should be a concern? >> there's nothing in the movie that isn't true. so, i'm a big believer in personal responsibility. so, it's her life, she lived it. she's going to have to deal with whatever comes of it. >> if you were her, would you try to come out and say something? or would you try to live a quiet life? >> if i were her, i would crawl into a hole somewhere and pull the dirt in. >> i guess that clears that up. you're going to be playing liberace's plastic -- what is that like? >> all i can tell you, george, when you finally -- i can't reveal it here. i'm going to come next time. when you see what i look like behind the candelabra, with michael douglas as liberace, and matt damon as his rent boy lover, it may be the end of my career. >> or skyrocketing. >> or skyrocketing to a whole,
new level. >> that must have been so much fun to work with both of them. >> and steven soderberg directed it, who's one of my all-time favorite directors. we laughed every day. we all looked completely like we were some kind of freak show. >> a real period piece. >> it all takes part in 1979. there was a lot of spandex and baby oil. that's all i'm going to say. spandex, baby oil, in that group. >> how is that for a tease? spandex and baby oil. thanks a lot for coming back. always great to have you here. "prosecuting casey anthony" airs january 19th on lifetime. coming up, the oscar nominations with this year's host, seth macfarlane.
>> abc7 news starts right now with live breaking news. >> the breaking news is from vallejo where a big rig ran off westbound highway 37 and caught fire am pickup truck was also involved. the big rig burned for nearly an hour. the two drivers were injured, one seriously. the road closures and delays in the area are occurring now. now the latest on that. >> westbound direction of 37 remains closed at highway 29, the vallejo area. eastbound is getting by. we have video from usuallier what the fire looked like. the big rig went off the highway and you can see the emergency crews blocking the highway 29 so westbound remains closed. take highway 12 as the alternate or richmond-san rafael bridge. another problem, west side 80, multimulti-car accident blocking
>> check out this beautiful picture from mount tamien as we look to the south with the clouds over the santa cruz mountains. and we could have a dusting snow or two by noon. us is quiet but over the ocean we have the best chance of showers which is where they will stay. a couple could stray over your neighborhood and there could be a light shower possible or a light
♪ and what a morning here in times square. this is a big one. d.j. kiss spinning the soundtrack to our huge oscar nomination party. we have a whole lot going. the race for gold heating up right now. >> we're going to hear from sally field. she's up for her third oscar for "lincoln." big morning for "lincoln." it's best picture, best director and actor nod for daniel day-lewis. >> let's go right now. all of the nominations revealed by seth macfarlane and emma stone at the samuel goldwyn theater. take a look. >> hi, there. good morning. i'm seth macfarlane, the host of the oscars. if you don't know who i am, just pretend i'm donny osmond. we'll get through this.
it's a great honor to be here to announce the nominees. i'm not sure why we don't wait until noon to do this, since the only people that are up right now are either flying or having surgery. but i want to congratulate today's nominees. and also to congratulate those who weren't nominated. you can stop doing interviews where you pretend that you had such a great time making the movie. and here to help me out, since there's nothing creepier than a guy standing by himself in hollywood at 5:00 in the morning, is the lovely and talented, miss emma stone. [ applause ] >> thank you, seth. >> emma stone is the star of the new film "gangster squad." not sure if you're the star. that seems like more of an ensemble piece, to me. right? >> keep reading. >> is the star of "gangster squad" and the talent of her generation. some say she's better than meryl streep. who says that?
>> i don't know. nobody. a lot of people. let's just read the nominees. >> okay. the nominees will be read in no particular order. >> for a best performance by an actress supporting role, the nominees are, christoph waltz, for "django unchained." he's won before. philip seymour hoffman in "the master." he's won before. robert de niro in "silver linings playbook." he's won before. alan arkin in "argo." he has won before. and tommy lee jones, in lincoln." he's won before. >> breath of fresh air in that category. >> for best original song, the nominees are. "before my time," from "chasing ice." music and lyrics from j. ralph. "pi's lullaby." from "life of pi." "suddenly," from "les miserables."
music lie claude-michel schonberg. "everybody needs a best friend" from "ted." music by walter murphy. lyrics by seth macfarlane. and "skyfall" from "skyfall." music and lyrics by adele adkins and paul epworth. >> that's kind of cool. i got nominated. how about that? i guess i get to go to the oscars now. >> yes. the mtv awards once gave michael jackson a lifetime achievement award just so he would show up. i'm not saying that's what's happening today. >> the 2012 nominees for best performance by an actress in a supporting role are -- sally field in "lincoln." anne hathaway in "les miserables." jacki weaver in "silver linings playbook." helen hunt in "the sessions." and amy adams in "the master."
congratulations, you five ladies no longer have to pretend to be attracted to harvey weinstein. [ laughter ] >> for best animated feature film, the nominees are -- "frankenweenie," tim burton. "the pirates: band of misfits." peter lord. "wreck-it ralph." rich moore. "paranorman." sam fell and chris butler. and "brave." mark andrews and brenda chapman. >> for best foreign language film, the nominees are -- from austria "amour." >> from chile, "no." >> from canada, "war witch." >> from denmark, "a royal affair." >> and from norway, "kon-tiki." i read "amour" was co-produced in austria and germany, right?
the last time austria and germany got together and co-produced something, it was hitler. but this was much better. >> much better. >> i recommend it. >> so much better. yeah. for adapted screenplay, we have lucy alibar and benh zeitlin for "beasts of the southern wild." chris terrio for "argo." tony kushner for "lincoln." david l. russell for "silver linings playbook." and david magee for "life of pi." >> these are adapted screenplays. keep in mind, that means the writers copied stuff from microsoft word and pasted it into final draft. [ laughter ] >> for best original screenplay, the nominees are -- john gatins for "flight." mark boal for "zero dark thirty." quentin tarantino for "django unchained." michael haneke for "amour."
and wes anderson and roman coppola for "moonlight kingdom." >> for best achievement in directing. david o. russell for "silver linings playbook. ang lee for "life of pi." steven spielberg for "lincoln." michael haneke for "amour." and benh zeitlin for "beasts of the southern wild." these are five people who are the very best at sitting in a chair, watching other people make a movie. >> the nominees for best performance by an actor in a role are. daniel day-lewis in "lincoln." denzel washington in "fight." hugh jackman in "les miserables." bradley cooper in "silver linings playbook." and joaquin phoenix in "the master." a little fun fact for you. denzel's character was as drunk as half of the people who are up at this hour. >> guilty.
[ laughter ] for best performance by an actress in a leading role, the nominees are -- naomi watts in "the impossible." jessica chastain in "zero dark thirty." jennifer lawrence in "silver linings playbook." emmanuelle riva in "amour." sequin ken haney wallis, for "beasts of the southern wild." >> emmanuel riva is the oldest best actress nominee. and we're pleased to announce that the best picture nominees for 2012 are -- "beasts of the southern wild." >> silver linings playbook. >> "zero dark thirty." mark boal, kathryn bigelow
and meghan allison, producers. >> "lincoln," steven spielberg and kathleen kennedy, producers. >> "les miserables." >> "life of pi." >> "amour," nominees to be determined. >> "django unchained." >> and "argo." >> "argo" has been nominated. somebody tell cranston he can unclench his teeth now. bryan, i love you. please, join us at the oscars, sunday, february 24th, to find out who will take home the oscars. >> congratulations to all the nominees. and let's bring in abc's chris connelly right now. you look at the lineup of best pictures, chris. and you see a lot of movies that a lot of people saw this year. >> i know. with "argo"," lincoln," and "les
mis," it will be a dogfight to see which comes out at the end. three oscar hosts nominated. emmanuelle riva, not only the oldest actress nominated. but she will turn 86 on oscar night. that's the big shock of the day, that people like kathryn bigelow got passed over. >> you have emmanuelle riva and quvenzhane wallace. >> i think a lot of people are excited to see that. >> and a movie that dominated headlines after the big ones, the big moneymakers, "django unchained." >> people love that movie. it gets people talking. same with "zero dark thirty." a lot of conversations over movies people have seen. >> no acting nominations to speak of.
you talk about sweeping the technical categories. >> except for the tiger. >> i hope nobody tells him he didn't get nominated. >> no ben affleck. no leo dicaprio. >> no john hawkes, for "the sessions." and joaquin phoenix for "the master," which didn't have the performance a lot of people thought it was. we have sally field coming up. emma stone and seth macfarlane, coming up. let's get to ginger and the weather. >> the women of delta sigma theta. we're staying warm out here. let's look at the forecast, though. they're getting really wet along parts of the gulf coast. some of that two-inch to three-inch area. jackson, mobile, new orleans. and next, it's all that cold. look at the temperatures tumble. oh, my goodness. chicago, from 55 friday and saturday, to 29 on sunday. denver takes the dive, too.
♪ another big morning for sally field. nominated for best supporting actress for her role in "lincoln." i spoke with her on the phone a few moments ago. sally field, congratulations. >> thank you. >> i think you're in l.a., aren't you? you're out on the west coast? >> yes. we're out in l.a. we're getting ready for the other awards shows. but we're all holding our breath. and yahoo, i can breathe. i'm thrilled. >> you ought to be. not only you, but everyone associated with "lincoln," leading the pack with 12 oscar nominations. >> yes. yes. i'm just, really, honestly, twirling. honestly, i still can't believe i got the job. so -- >> we know how hard you worked for it. and this seemed to be a labor of love for everyone. >> yes. >> on this movie.
and it must be so gratifying not only to get the accolades from your fellow actors, everyone connected to the oscars and the oscar nominations, but also the country. to see the country catch on to this story. >> it's so amazing. i honestly will never have an experience like this again. and i don't want to let it go. i don't want it to have to be in my past and no longer in my present. it has just been an amazing experience, all the way down the line, from the very first second i read the screenplay. >> you know, and then, you've enriched so many lives with this performance and this movie. how much did it change you? how much did you learn about mary todd lincoln in that whole period? >> well, i learned -- i learned everything, some things about mary, from a long time ago. as i told you before, i was always tracking mary.
the great julie harris told me when i was in my mid-20s, someday i should play mary todd lincoln. and i had always had it in my mind and always tried to read things about her and keep track of if there was a project happening with her. so, i knew something. but then, when i delved in and really researched her, you know, i will -- she will always be embedded in me somewhere. and i have a strong, strong feeling for her. and honestly, all the women who then, even then and now, are just not allowed to come to the table, who have no place to put their brilliance and their contributions. >> well, we are so happy for you. and so happy for us, that this passion project that you thought about for so long time through. congratulations, sally. >> thanks, george. thank you so much. >> great to hear from sally field. the oscars will be live on abc, sunday, february 24th.
♪ such an exciting morning. and joining us right now, this year's academy awards host, seth macfarlane, and "gangster squad" star, emma stone. good morning to you both. i know it's early. >> good morning. >> it's very early. how are you? >> we are so excited. i want to ask you, seth, first, what do you make of this field of nominees? and is your brain already turning with material now that you know the names? >> yeah. my brain is always turning with material. i never sleep. this is great. this is -- you know, for -- it's nice to have an oscars where you don't really know who the heck is going to win, you know?
it's actually a contest, which i think is going to be exciting. >> might we see a "lincoln" costume in your future? >> yes. i will be the first guy ever to do a lincoln gag. >> emma, i want to ask you about two women that you worked with. jessica chastain, nominated for "zero dark thirty," and sally field, who you worked with on "the amazing spider-man" also nominated this morning. it's got to feel good for you. >> it's pretty great. they're both really wonderful women. so, that's always exciting. >> any surprises for you two? >> yeah. my car got towed. >> you've been freaking out about that all morning. you were in what seemed like a legal zone. >> yeah. it was red-ish. >> i want to celebrate you, seth. i know you tease. but a big morning for you. not only are you hosting but you're also a nominee. congratulations.
>> yeah. >> that was a surprise. i didn't think there was any chance that that would happen. >> i was trying to help you with that one. >> whenever you star in something, whenever you star in something, in the trailers, it's going to say academy award nominee seth macfarlane. >> that's obnoxious. >> obnoxious but fantastic. i want to ask you. you're filling some terrific shoes. and it is a big honor to host. how far into preparations are you? >> you know, we're pretty under way. we're pretty under way. i can't give you too many specifics. but we've done a lot of work so far. there's still a fair amount of work to come. but we're into it. we're into it deep. >> can you give us any secret? a little smidgen of what you might have for us? what is the seth macfarlane academy awards look like? >> you're going to present some oscars. >> three words. buscemi, buscemi, buscemi. >> all right.
>> want to thank both of you guys. it's a really big morning. i know it's really early out there in los angeles. seth, we wish you the best of luck in hosting. and, emma, congratulations on "gangster squad" and all of your success. you're just amazingly delightful. >> thank you very much. thank you. >> and, everybody, see you all soon. meantime, everybody, go to goodmorningamerica.com for more details on the wows. those who got in. those who didn't. it's a big morning. >> sure is. the oscars live here on abc, sunday, february 24th. and we'll be right back. here you go little man. [ humming ] [ babbling ] the cheerios bandit got you again? [ both laugh ] ♪ the one and only, cheerios ...and now... you! [ giggles ] ♪ the one and only, cheerios
lara's not calling in sick tomorrow. >> you got that right. present and accounted for. >> last words from chris connelly. >> "beast of the southern wild" for best picture. in a year that was all about children and their survival. an inspiring story. >> i have to say that kathryn bigelow. "zero dark thirty." >> and the dark horse award? >> i think "les mis" could give "lincoln" a run. so many people love that movie. and it's so emotional.
>> abc7 news starts right now with like breaking news. >> break news continues to be westbound highway 37 vallejo and northbound 29 still closed after an accident involving a big rig and a pickup truck this morning. the big rig ran off the road and caught fire. both drivers were injured. and now the latest on another serious accident in the east bay. >> this is westbound highway four, an alert issued east of highway 42, a big rig and a school bus with only one student and no word of injuries yet but both of the westbound four lanes are shut east of 242, traffic is diverted on to southbound 242 so try to avoid that area if you can. shear mike with the forecast. >> good morning, everyone. live doppler 7 hd shows pretty quiet but we will keep a scattered showers in the forecast today as the flow is unstable, freezing cold the next couple of
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