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goodorning, america. this morning -- wire crossed. we're learning russian authorities secretly taped a phone call in 2011 in which one of the boston bombings suspect discussed jihad with his mother. but they only told u.s. officials about it a few days ago. wash outside. flash flooding forces people to abandon cars. severe weather hits the south. find out where the storms are heading next. comedian in chief. president obama takes the mike at the annual white house correspondents' dinner. >> when i look in the mirror i'm not the strapping young muslim
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associa socialist i used to be. >> he took on his favorite targets, including himself. boy wonder, the meet 5-year-old mensa member who was already reading when he was pottery training. what it's like for his parents to have a little genius around the house. and good morning, america. much of washington will be sleeping in this morning following the white house correspondents' dinner. president obama got plenty of laughs. but some of his best jokes were aimed at himself. when he suggested becoming more appealing when adopting michelle obama's hair style. >> we borrowed one of michelle's tricks. [ laughter ] >> i was going to say, no bangs.
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i'm not going for that look. >> we'll have more on last night's big event later on in the show. the twist in that ricin case. a martial arts instructor under arrest for trying to send a letter to president obama. is this a framed job stemming to a personal feud? also, tomorrow's a big day for the royal couple. pribs william and catherine, duchess of cambridge, they'll be celebrating their second wedding anniversary. kate appears in a video message to support one of her favorite charities. we'll start here with the crazy round of weather overnight. 200 cars flostranded in flood waters. ginger zee.
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>> reporter: a cold front brought severe weather as it dragged across south texas and all of the way to tennessee. golf ball-size hail up to houston. thanks to our affiliate in houston. let's get right to the video, how much flooding and hail happened. it was not only piling up on roads but at streets. and the flooding in houston was all due to more half-foot of rain in some places. today, not going to get as much. in nashville, they had 1 to 3 inches, too. that rain moves south and east. watch it in montgomery to macon there. you could see 2-plus inches. back to bianna. >> all right, thank you. we'll turn now to the major new development in the boston bombings investigation.
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it turns out that russian authorities intercepted phone calls between one of the suspects and his mother two years ago but u.s. officials weren't told just days ago, so could this tragedy have been prevented. abc's gio benitez has the latest from boston. >> reporter: to be clear, we don't know what was said in that conversation, we do know whatever was heard caused serious concern. overnight, abc news learning the recorded phone conversation between tamerlan tsarnaev and his mother in 2011 worried the russians so much they asked u.s. officials to investigate tamerlan. they learned of the wiretap within the last week. >> these tapes are potentially important if there are more to them than has publicly released. >> critical inches as investigators try to piece together the life of the
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now-dead tamerlan and his brother dzhokhar. we're told investigators found nearby apartment. the focus now, who is that mysterious man named misha? he reportedly influenced tamerlan. his mom calls misha just a friend. >> friend, like a real -- the one he could share his life with. >> reporter: reports say that reports may have identified misha. on the streets of boston this weekend, things are going back to normal, for people and businesses. >> people walking by, smiling, looking at the flores you just planted. what is that like for you? >> it gives you goose bumps. >> reporter: and what would have been martin richard's first little league game of the
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season, people wore jerseys to remember the youngest victim. while things appear to be going back to normal here in boston on boilston street, they want to know if these alleged bombers were working with anyone else. >> gio thank you for. lots of other news overnight and we turn to ron claiborne. good morning, everyone we begin in with the arrest in the letters sent to president obama. a mississippi man was taken into custody early saturday. >> reporter: for the second time an arrest has been made in the investigation to rice letters sent to president obama and senator roger wicker. james everett dutschke was charged with developing and using a biological weapon as a toxin.
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investigators searched his home and former karat eshe store. at least some of his neighbors are happy to see him go. >> he seemed odd. there was something about him. >> reporter: charges were initial initially charged against paul kevin curtis, who was later cleared after no incriminating evidence was found. curtis' attorney claimed that his client was framed by dutschke, he was arrested earlier this year charged with molesting three girls. he's expected to appear in court on monday. if your flight is late today you may not be able to blame government budget cuts. its furloughed workers are going back to normal.
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thousands of flights were delayed or canceled throughout this past week. fire broke out at refinery outside of detroit, michigan, the smoke could be for miles a way. the area was temporarily evacuated and no one was repo reported to be injured. the duchess of cambridge has released her first video message supporting one of her charities. >> the support they give is vital. in order to carry out this wonderful work, our help is needed. >> prince william and kate celebrate their second wedding anniversary, that's tomorrow, but they won't together, she'll be visiting at a children's hos piece. finally, blowing sheep.
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scientists have raised sheep to glow, a green flour's sent color. they're now 6 months old and are now perfectly healthy. we have one wore, why do that? they're fine. we believe. >> for now. >> we'll check them out in about ten years. >> all right, thank you, ron. to the politics of cocktail of politics. known as the white house correspondents' dinner. obama and d.c. heavyweights rubbing elbows were reporters. the president took the mike and made a series of jokes. how did he do. reena ninan is in washington. >> reporter: a series of jokes that poked fun at him, republicans and even conan o'brien. overnight, stars came together for the yearly bash, a
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star-studded bashing of politics and the media. all in good fun. >> democrats, republicans, the white house, congress. you all came together to make this spoof. that's what real bipartisan ship is about. >> kevin spacey's house of cards was on hand. >> mr. president, welcome to nerd prom. >> reporter: for many, the roast of the president. conducted this year by conan o'brien. >> your hair is so white, it could be a member of your cabinet. >> but president obama knew exactly how to roll with it. >> when they considered conan for this gig, offer to it to him now or wait five years and give it to jimmy fallon. call me self-centered. i think of one minority they can start with.
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making light of stereotypes and rumors. i have to admit that i'm not the strangle muslim socialist that i used to be. >> reporter: and owning up to gaves. like when he called her the best looking attorney general in the country. >> as you might imagine i got in trouble when i got back home. who knew eric holder was so sensitive. >> reporter: viewers got a sneak peek at steven spielberg's new epic. the comedy didn't disappoint last night. he wrapped up mentioning the tragedies in massachusetts and texas. overall, a funny upbeat night with a lot of hollywood glamour. >> i like the method acting.
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daniel day-lewis at with his best. let's bring in george stephanopoulos who was at the dinner last night. >> george, some critics who say that this thing has become too focused on celebrities. what is your view on that? >> i guess. i have heard the criticism. it's a night of fun. it's been going on for almost 100 years. i think you see by the on the of the jokes, the attack jokes against each other, no one takes it all that seriously, a night to celebrate what we do. what you saw from the president and conan and ed henry, the head of the correspondents press association, a reminder of what we do every single night. except this one night. >> i want to discuss an urgent
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matter, a startling report issued by the white house last week, that syria likely used chemical weapons on its own people. is the administration now weighing military operations? >> yes, but they want to verify the intelligence they have that the syrians have used chemical weapons, they want to make sure they were ordered by the syrian military, they want to be absolutely sure before any kind of military action is taken that the syrian government is responsible for this. that's likely to happen in the next several weeks. what that also means is, though, even if you move toward some joint military action, that does not mean that u.s. boots on the ground. the u.s. is pretty clear that's going to be avoided as well. anything short of that is going to be effective against the
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assad regime? >> all right, george, thanks. great to see you. george has a big show this morning. he'll be talking with the top members in the house and senate. that's coming up later this week this morning. let's go back to ginger zee. so many of the weather headlines focused on flooding. we're watching the red river which has started flooding in some areas. logan, north dakota. we'll watch as that goes through. warmer temperatures in the 70s there. ten degrees above average in some places. that's aiding in the flooding starting. you want to find some heat, you have to go to southwest and phoenix may get a little early, first 100 degrees. it may happen today.
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101 monday. i'll leave you with a fly across the nation. for now, that's the big picture. >> it's more mild in the northeast and coming up, i'll show you what we have in store rainwise coming our way. a controversial new sting operation aimed at a distinctly modern crime, known as apple picking. is this technique a step in the wrong direction? abc's rob nelson is here with
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the details. >> reporter: one of the great headaches in the era of technology. losing your smartphone or having it stolen, there's a new national crackdown under way with police going after all of those gadget thieves out there. but not in a way you might expect. it's certainly a common sight these days. our eyes dmrud to that little screen held in our hand. a common sight that makes us sitting and distracting ducks for crimes like this, known as apple picking. making off before we even realize what's happening it's the modern-day purse snatch. >> reporter: san francisco was part of a nationwide crackdown on stolen iphones. in which police are focusing not on the crooks but the buyers of stolen phones. >> there's no market to sell the
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phone. >> reporter: in cities like new york and washington, d.c. teams of uncovered police officers are posing as stolen iphones and busting the buyers. trying to put a dent in $30 billion annually lost in stolen phones in the u.s. it's lucrative with phones resold overseas for much as $1,000 each. according to the mobile security firm lookout. with critics questioning not only whether it's a form of entrapment or if it's even effective. he said that he doesn't agree with the sting operations but it is a pressing issue. >> subjected to a robbery, often they're getting hurt physically. they're almost always getting hurt emotionally. >> now, according to the company we mentioned in that story
4:18 am at least $7 million worth of phones are lost or stolen every day in the u.s. amazing number there. top three places, coffee places, the office and not surprisingly bars. bianna, back to you. we want to tell you about history being made last night in a small town in georgia. nearly 60 years after brown versus board of education desegregation the nation's schools. ron has this story. >> it's stunning to believe that it took until this year before a group of teenagers broke down a racial divide that most communities broke down years ago. they put on dresses and tuxes and held their first integrated prom. overnight students at wilcox county high school were celebrating their prom night with a little extra enthusiasm.
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for this georgia high school, this prom has been over 40 years in the making. for the first time ever, the high school students danced together for a prom that was segregated. the county school board has avoided endorsing prom festivities. two dances year after year, one for white students and one for black students. 12k3w4r time for a change and we have it this evening. it feels good. >> reporter: some students have lobbied over the years to end the practice of segregated proms. they decided to make matters of their own hands. four girls, two blacks and two whites, on this facebook page, integrated prom. >> we were doing that so that we could get the word out and so
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that some people would begin to donate aelp us out in what we were doing. >> reporter: saturday night, students turned out for the integrated prom making memories that will last a lifetime. despite this year's groundbreaking integrated dance there was once again by a segregated prom, it was a private one organized by the white parents of the white kids. >> all right, ron. one school at a time. >> slowly, apparently. to an usual prom, what do you do when you're 18-month-old is already reading the newspaper while pottery training. >> this little man's parents said that school is a problem for him because classes they're just too easy. abc's tanya rivero is here with the story. >> reporter: the first child they didn't know they were
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extraordinary. few 4-year-olds can read. they swear it was gus playing on itouch with education apps. that gave him such a huge head start. he's already smarter than most people you know. his parents said that he began reading before he was pottery trained. >> he asked so many questions about chemistry, i called up a graduate student if he would be willing to sit down with my boy. >> and he speaks japan. he has a iq of 147, 12 points higher than what's needed to join mensa. >> where smart kids go. >> reporter: the exclusive high-iq society. he's so far ahead of his peers, kindergarten is a struggle.
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>> he's reading books at home. >> i have to skip second grade and stuff. >> reporter: impressive as he is, gus isn't the only kid in mensa, not even the youngest. at 3-year-old, this boy holds that honor. in 2000, she appeared on the tonight show. will these pint-sized geniuses become the next doogie howser? >> it's been suggested that stephen hawkings stole my paper. >> reporter: as mensa points out, some early-achieving toddlers grow up to be of average intelligence. as for gus, he has big plans. >> a doctor. >> a doctor, indeed. for parents wondering if there
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little darlgs are mensa members, they have usually good memories. fear not if your toddler does none of the above, dan and bianna, not all early-achieving kids end up being smart. so, there you go. >> i love him speaking japanese. >> he should googled pottery train and trained himself. >> uncle ron. coming up on "good morning america" drp the mother who simply vanished. what happened? the 25-year-old to jessica. meet the young woman who snuggles for a price. is this prostitution? or meeting a basic need? [ female announcer ] it's a mountain grown morning
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some people have said what you're doing is akin to prostitution, how do you react to that? it's one of the world's newest professions. some believe it sounds like one of the oldest. you'll meet a woman who calls herself a professional cud ler. find out why she said climbing under the covers is extremely helpful. good morning, america, i'm dan harris. >> a bizarre profession. and i'm bianna golodryga. it's sunday, april 28th. wait until you see what this dog is doing in the bathroom and why his manners are better than most humans most kids don't have sfigs kated palette but this kid is eating truffles, among others
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things, he's 4-year-old food critic, he's going viral this weekend. we'll hear from him coming up in "fixation." but first this half-hour the all-out search for a young man who vanished. she was working the late shift at a gas station. >> reporter: on good morning, dan and bianna. the disappearance happened in a quiet michigan community. as you imagine, her family is devastated. >> if somebody did take her, i wish they would just drop her someplace. >> reporter: the 25-year-old jessica has still not come home after working the late shift at this exxon gas station friday night. the mother of a young child vanished without a trace. her purse and car keys left behind.
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the cleaning supplies that she took out at closing time, are still on the counter. >> this is not normal at all. >> she was going to get out in 15 minutes. 15 minutes that store would have been closed and she would have been on her way home. >> reporter: her last sell was at 11:00 p.m. by 11:15 police received a call from the customer stating there was no employee at the gas station. they have distributed photos and flyers of the jessica. among those leads, similar reports of a gray van that pulled up behind the gas station. >> someone supposedly had seen her walk out of the store with this guy, like there was no problem, but realized when they got to his van that there was a struggle that started.
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hopefully, someone has seen her and can give us some leads so we can bring her home. >> jessica's son is being cared for by thehis father. they're insisting this is definitely foul play according to the family. >> thank you. let's go back to ron for the other stories making headlines this morning. good morning, everyone. in the news, new details about the one of the boston bombings suspect, russian authorities said they secretly taped a 2011 phone call between tamerlan tsarnaev and his mother. the owner of that building clapsed in bangladesh was arrested this morning trying to escape that country. and supreme court justice
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stephen brooier is recovering from shoulder surgery this morning. he's expected to make a full recovery. finally an instant classic in the nba playoffs. the chicago bulls beat the brooklyn nets in triple overtime, the second longest game in playoff history. over to the weather and bulls fan, ginger zee. >> let's get right to the philadelphia this morning. that's where we're waking up with sunshine. some rain moving in. philly will end up around 72. d.c., 68. buffalo, new york, 72. then that rain, we talked about it earlier from houston, that's going to slide south of houston, along that cold front, new orleans, charlotte, atlanta, getting the heavy pockets of rain. that's the big picture.
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♪ it's a business that takes a lot of explaining and raises a more than a few eyebrows. a woman who's getting paid to cuddle with complete strangers. >> the woman behind the idea says it's completely innocent and helpful. >> they say everybody needs a hug now and then. mary and the gang. harry and the girls. joey and chandler. >> can you hug me? >> reporter: but jackie samuels has taken this fundamental need to a whole new level. what do you do? >> i cuddle. >> reporter: you couldle? >> yes. >> professional cuddle? >> her business based in
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rochester, new york, for 300 bucks she snuggles for an hour. >> what are the boundaries. >> no touching or kissing. >> reporter: she claims her business yields tangible benefits. human touch releases something called oxytocin the happiness hormone in our brain. >> we're not acknowledging that we have a basic need to be touched and touch others. >> reporter: for her customers vary. some might surprise you. >> they range from 20 up to 85. there are people from construction workers to doctors, to financial consultants. >> reporter: everybody's probably unmarried i would imagine. >> i have married clients. >> reporter: really? >> who says my wife doesn't like
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to cuddle. >> reporter: he's among the clients. he argues that it fulfills a basic need. >> i think everyone can use more affection and hugs in their life. i got the benefit of the affection that everyone goes for. >> reporter: but while samuels has her fans, she also has her critics. some have called what she does prostitution. her controversial business got this single mom kicked out of graduate school. some said what you're doing is akin to prostitution? >> it's so obvious to me it has nothing to do with prostitution. nobody's being degraded.
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we're not breaking any laws. >> but the law of nature, at the end of the day, every human needs love. so interesting to watch the reactions on the set. look at ron claiborne. that says it all. that says it all. all right, coming up here on the broadcast -- we're going to talk about the 4-year-old food critic who's not a big fan of gourmet cooking, he's going viral. we'll hear from him next in "fixation." "there are some people who say it's the best yogurt they've ever tasted. and there are some people who haven't tasted it yet. delicious, nonfat, authentic greek strained yogurt. extraordinary fruit flavors. the fage total split cup.
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♪ you're my obsession time now for "fixation" where we show you stories, videos and images that caught our attention this week, we're
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going to start with ron. >> this is fascinating to me. amazing. some people are happy to train their dog to fetch and roll over. imagine potty training your dog. actually, we're not going to see -- what you're seeing you're not supposed to be looking at. and he flushes the toilet. >> no way, really? that is fantastic. >> he can write, read and drive a car but we don't have that video. anybody who has had a cat by contrast know they like to sleep in funny places. we found a cat sleeping in a flower pot here. check out when happens when this cat is woken up. that doesn't look comfortable. they wake him up. the cat says, thank you for waking me, but piece. from animals to little kids, who needs to read lengthy food
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critics readings, this 4-year-old has the right idea. he's going viral right now for his reviews. all by his facial expression. he's eating in this first picture, bacon. next up, cod fried rice. and next up, smoked eel. we spoke to him and his father. they gave us a quick review. >> how you like the popsicle. got milk campaign? they got their new spokesperson. ready for this? >> yes. >> dan is going to love it. it is a cat. and -- [ laughter ] >> swimming -- >> i'm not sure that the milk people are going to like that
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much. >> look at the milk mustache. come on. >> loving it. speaking of cats, we got somebody on this staff whose name is cat. cat mckenzie. she's been helming this broadcast for months now. last day here at "good morning america." we're going to miss her desperately. she's going to work in daytime television elsewhere. can we say where. >>. >> the west coast. >> she's going to the west coast. >> we're going to miss her despera desperately. >> thank you for all of your support, cat. >> i love you guys. >> i'm going to wrap. >> always tells us when we have been chatting too much and we'll be right back with more "good morning america." >> so bittersweet.
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and before we go an important programming note, tuesday night, amanda knox after being locked four years in an italian prison, speaks out if her first interview the diane sawyer exclusive tuesday night, 10:00/9:00 central. a reminder, the nba playoffs are on tabc this afternoon. >> thank you for watching abc news. we're also online at our top story this morning,
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which you'll see, as we show the video, there it is. good luck to cat mckenzie. we're going to miss you and thanks for watching, everybody.
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>> good morning, everyone. thanks for joining us on this sunday, april 28th. aim carolyn tyler. let's start with a quick first look at the weather with our meteorologist lisa argen. >> good morning, carolyn. we have some le fog and clouds around the bay but it will burn off much quicker and less of an onshore push means warmer temperatures today. look for highs ranging from the mid-60s to the upper 70s. coastside we will see some lower 60s. and inland we are talking upper 60s to the mid-80s. so this just begins the warming trend. we will talk about more heat and more 90s as we get into much of next week. carolyn.


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