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this morning, making history. >> new reaction overnight to that barrier breaking announcement, the nba's jason collins saying he's gay as he gives his first interview to george stephanopoulos. it's an abc news exclusive. did the boston bombers have help? new revelations about one of the devices that had a woman's dna on it. her story, amanda knox's book available today as she tells her tale of those years in prison of being branded a murderer to diane sawyer. and joyride. a dad gives his 9-year-old the keys to his ferrari. fun times until the police come knocking. good tuesday morning, everybody. we begin with something of a new day for american professional
sports, and it's all because of an nba center named jason collins. >> that's right. there he is on the left with our own stephanopoulos. they sat down for an exclusive interview shortly after collins came out. >> now, reaction to collins' statements has been coming through the night. abc's devin dwyer has more on this. devin? >> reporter: jason collins is a powerhouse on the court. a seven foot, 255-pound nba center who's made it to the playoffs nine times. now, he's shattered one of the final barriers telling "sports illustrated," "i'm a 34-year-old nba center, i'm black and i'm gay." in an exclusive interview with "good morning america's" george stephanopoulos, collins says it's mind boggling that he's the first active player in pro team sports to come out as gay. >> i was sort of waiting around for somebody else to raise their hand and, you know, i'm ready to raise my hand, but, you know, you still look around like, okay, come on, guys. >> reporter: reaction from around the nba has been mostly supportive.
lakers' star kobe bryant tweeted he's proud of collins. "don't suffocate who you are because of the ignorance of others." >> he's always been a great guy. he's always been a great teammate. >> he's a good guy and i'm certainly praying for him. >> reporter: but not everyone in pro sports embraced collins' news. mike wallace of the miami dolphins tweeted that he doesn't understand. "all these beautiful women in the world and guys wanna mess with other guys." the post was later removed. >> if he plays another year, that's going to be a defining moment in the nba or in professional sports because now you're going to have an openly gay man in a male-dominated locker room. >> reporter: now president obama personally called jason collins to express his support. a white house aide said mr. obama was impressed by his courage. first lady michelle obama tweeted "we've got your back." john and diana? >> all right, deavin, what's net for collins? does he intend to keep playing?
>> reporter: he plays for the washington wizards, now a free agent. it's still unclear whether a team will pick him up for next season, but collins says he's ready to play and that all this attention will motivate him to work harder. john and diana. >> all right, devin dwyer in washington, thank you. there is, of course, much more to the story. that exclusive interview with jason collins coming up on "good morning america." all right, now to the latest in the boston bombing. investigators have discovered female dna on one of the bombs used in the attack. >> sources say it's still unclear whether it is from a victim of the attack, someone who handled components of the bomb before it was put together or someone who helped build that bomb. the fbi wants to take dna evidence from the widow of tamerlan tsarnaev. >> now, as for his brother, a dzhokhar, a high-profile attorney, judy clarke, has joined the defense team and kept a number of criminals off death row including the unabomber and susan smith. after talking to investigators dzhokhar is no longer cooperating with fbi. overnight there was a
brand-new video by "entertainment tonight" from the elder tsarnaev brother as a boxer. it's the first time we've heard him speaking. tamerlan's body is still unclaimed at the medical examiner's office. boeing says a fragment believed to be have a hijacked 9/11 jetliner is part of the wing, not the landing gear as previously thought. it was found last week wedged between two buildings not far from the trade center site. the soil around the fragment will be sifted later on today and will search for human remains. mechanical problems with air force two has left the vice president's plane sitting on the tarmac in arizona. according to some reports and pilot web for rums, when the jet landed and activated the reverse thrusters the engine sucked in some debris. the vice president was never in any danger. he is back in washington. retired supreme court justice sandra day o'connor is having second thoughts about the high court's involvement in the bush versus gore battle. o'connor now says
instead of handing george w. bush the presidency, they should have said we're not going to take it. good-bye. she says at the end of the day the court probably just added to that problem. today we'll hear the first testimony in the michael jackson wrongful death trial. the witness list is expected to be star studded and more private details of jackson's life could be exposed. abc's brandi hitt has the latest. >> reporter: surrounded by cameras, the jackson family rushed into civil court for the wrongful death trial against michael jackson's concert promoter aeg live. ♪ the king of pop was about to begin his "this is it" comeback tour four years ago when he died and jackson's mother katherine along with his three children say aeg is responsible. >> there's a lot at stake in this trial. i mean, money and lots of it. >> reporter: prosecutors claim aeg negligently hired, supervised and controlled dr. conrad murray, who is now serving a four-year sentence for giving jackson a deadly dose of the powerful drug propofol.
but aeg denies it had anything to do with murray. >> this is really phase two of the conrad murray case. if the question is really was he working for aeg, or was he michael jackson's personal physician? >> reporter: with billions of dollars and possible damages at stake, analysts predict this trial will expose new details of jackson's financial and legal troubles. tom mesereau represented jackson when he was exonerated on child molestation charges. >> if they want to try and say his reputation was diminished, if that's true why did they enter into biness contract with him. >> reporter: others may include diana ross, quincy jones, prince, jackson's ex-wife lisa marie presley and debbie rowe along with his two older children, prince and paris. >> if you've got michael jackson's children testifying, that's going to be emotional. how do you cross-examine those children? >> reporter: now katherine, randy and rebbie jackson were in court monday, and this is expected to be a long and ugly trial that will last several months. john and diana? >> thank you, brandi.
the president of south africa is coming under fire after an odd visit with nelson mandela. an unsmiling and unresponsive mandela can be seen propped up in a chair as president jacob zuma and other officials joke around and pose for pictures. it's the first time he has been seen in months. social sites buzzed with criticism. a big day for royal watchers the world over. today queen beatrix of the netherlands will officially abdicate her throne handing off the throne to her son. willem-alexander and his argentinean born wife. royals from across asia are there for a big party last night. >> time for a look at the weather across the nation. rain and mountain snow in the northwest. another warm day in the southwest. stormy with hail and high winds around green bay, des moines, kansas city and omaha. a sprinkle in the northeast. scattered snowstorms -- showers,
sorry, and thunderstorms from d.c. to the gulf coast. >> 80s from dallas to miami. 60s in the northeast. 80 for chicago and kansas city, 50s in the pacific northwest. coming up, the shirt you can wear 100 times without washing it. >> i'll take that. plus, blastoff. the billionaire who is another step closer to sending tourists into space. and match game where martha stewart is turning to find love. that's later in "the pulse."
american wages and spending both on the rise last month. the s&p is up 12% so far this year. another factor driving the market, a new high in pending home sales. the number of americans who signed contracts to buy hes rose in march to its highest level in three years. and that renewed confidence in the housing market, that's being driven by steady job gains and near record low mortgage rates. >> the fda looking into the safety of new products. wrigley introduced a new gum that promises the right energy right now. they're concerned about the effect it can have on children and teens. caffeine was first used in colas in the 1950s. richard branson says virgin galactic is on track to fly into space later on this year. it took a big step toward -- over the california's mojave desert when the spaceship 2 made
its first flight. it clocked in at over 900 miles an hour. more test flights are to come before the real thing. oh, by the way, john, i know you've been asking, the round trip ticket, cool 200 grand. >> 200 grand. >> pocket change for this guy. >> we talked about this earlier. i don't want to go to space too much. give me a beach. a hammock and a pina colada. the guys who hate to deal with laundry, it is the dress shirt with a strong claim. its makers says you can wear it 100 times before washing. even then it just needs a gentle wash, wool and prince makes it. it'll set you back about $100. wouldn't it get a little stink? >> unless the dirt and the filth and stench is falling off that, i doubt it'll work. please don't buy one. >> i'm fine with the traditional laundry. >> i sit next to you every night. >> now i'll have to try one see
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orleans, kansas city and miami. the american college student who spent four years behind bars in italy for the murder of her roommate before being freed on appeal. >> she spoke with diane sawyer about her new legal battle that threatens her freedom and opened up about what people should know about her. >> reporter: she devil with an angel face. >> i haven't heard those. i heard the gist of them a them & they're wrong. i was in the courtroom when they were calling me a devil. i mean, it's one thing to be called certain things in the media and then it's another thing to be sitting in a courtroom fighting for your life while people are calling you a devil. for all intents and purposes i was a murderer whether i was or not. >> reporter: she says everything she had ever posted online, every boyfriend in her life
would come back to haunt her. what's the first thing you want people to know about you. >> i want the truth to come out. i'd like to be reconsidered as a person. what happened to me was surreal but it could have happened to anyone. >> reporter: so what is the truth? what happened the night meredith kercher died? amanda knox at times open, guarded, angry, in tears says she is ready to speak and waiting to be heard. >> and you can see all of diane's interview tonight on "murder mystery: amanda knox speaks" and she joins us tomorrow on "good morning america." a collision left one pilot dead. the pilot of the second plane managed to maneuver a belly flop landing on a nearby golf course. no one on board that plane was seriously injured. the wreckage of the first plane was found in a remote area not too far away but it's still
unclear what's to blame for the initial crash. >> in western michigan police seem no closer to answering the question where is jessica. 25-year-old jessica is missing. police started searching the shoreline. friends handed out information at nearby parks and investigators want to question a man they say was driving a gray minivan last week. catherine zeta-jones back in rehab for treatment of her bipolar disorder. she spent some time in connecticut two years ago at a facility there. it can cause a cycle of high and low moods. tim tebow is a free agent after being cut by the jets. his departure dame inevitable when they drafted a quarterback last week. tebow is getting interest from canadian football teams but none so far on this side of the border. meantime, this year's chase
for the stanley cup when playoff series are getting under way. nba highlights. good morning and welcome to your espn news update, i'm zubin mehenti. nba playoffs, great finish in houston between the thunder and the rockets. kevin durant and company looking for the sweep. parsons and company had other ideas. under 1:30 to go. durant, ooh. and the lead is down to 2. final frantic few seconds, thunder down two, reggie jackson for the two. no. ibaka for the tie, that close extending to overtime and rockets survive. there will be a game five. we head to the eastern conference. nate robinson coming off the super human performance keeping it going. he had 20. bulls down 5 but here come the nights, nice feed from williams to lopez. gerald wallace back the other way. chicago was in this most of the way.
brooklyn rolls at the end. they're heading back to chicago for a game six. this wasn't much of a series. pacers out of the break but looking to hold home court. a lot of struggles for atlanta, only 12 points in the third but had they needed buckets they got them. kyle korver from downtown. hawks win 102-91. keep in mind later today on abc, jason collins talks to george stephanopoulos about coming out as the first major professional sports athlete currently playing that is gay. look forward to that a little later this morning. and that is your espn news update. i'm zubin mehenti. have a great day. >> up next on "the pulse," that joyride that's gone viral. a 9-year-old behind the wheel of a ferrari. the cops, as you can imagine, not too happy. >> newest internet craze, baby mugging. [ designer ] enough of just covering up my moderate to severe plaque psoriasis.
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time to check "the pulse," these are stories we're sure you're going to be talking about all day long. getting bored with just plain old coffee in your coffee mug try adding something with even more energy. >> introducing baby mugging of the latest instagram craze. she posted simple instructions on how to create the illusion and her website has been flooded with hundreds of babies mugging for the camera. >> i love it. it doesn't stop with babies. also apparently works on pets, bigger kids and even -- >> i love that one. little teacup baby. moving on, i don't want to, i want it look at those babies. martha stewart apparently needs help finding a date and will complete a dating profile on match.com. >> she followed sound advice, not to use a picture or her real
name. some think they broke the case and found her profile. someone listed cooking as her first interest. >> kind of a dead giveaway. have to list your salary. a couple gazillion dollars. the father would allowed his 9-year-old to go on that famous joyride in his ferrari now facing charges. take a look at the video from india, by the way, went viral. a man's younger son was in the passenger seat. >> wow. neither appeared to have been buckled in. the mom is videotaping all this and says she's proud of her boy who learned to drive at 5 and has also taken the wheel of the family's lamborghini and bentley. now that ferrari has been impounded as the boy's dad is charged with endangering the life of a child. >> wow. i was old school. i was like going around in a dodge dart or something. no ferraris or bentleys. >> a lamborghini and ferrari, a bentley. you can give your 5-year-old one
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>> live from the kgo-tv broadcast center this is abc7 news. good morning on tuesday, 4:28. i am kristen sze. was it warm enough yesterday? >> it was enough and hot enough for the oakland a's fans. >> 19 innings! they are doing back at it today. we the get you forecast in a minute. it will be as nice as yesterday. live doppler 7 hd shows how dry it is. we will talk temperatures. if you leave the house now most of us are in the mid-to-upper 50's and still 69 in antioch which is warmest. 48 in half moon bay. today we have temperatures like yesterday, maybe a few degrees cooler. 72 to 83 and 64 to 69 at coast.
90's will come back with the details in a minute. leyla gulen? >> the golden gate bridge shows traffic is golden. we do have a couple of lanes blocked southbound away from marin county to san francisco. we have road work until about 5:00 a.m. so a little bit, half an hour or so. southbound 101 from san bruno to sfo we have planes blocked until 6:00 a.m. so they can work on traffic signals. kristen and eric? >> 4:29. developing news from the north bay where a man wanted for terrorizing at least two drivers is under arrest this morning. the 30-year-old is in custody accused in a wild crime spree. it started at 4:30 yesterday afternoon when he carjacked and kidnap add man at gunpoint. after driving around, the victim
managed to get away. around 6:30 a woman report add man tried to carjack her walking up to the window and pointed an ak-47-style weapon but got spooked. officers tracked the description and arrested the man a short time later. we will go to abc7 news reporter amy hollyfield for more on what officers found on the suspect and what we are learning about where he was headed. >> an attempted poisoning as a starbucks. san jose police will release more information on the arrest of a woman who tried to leave tainted drinks for customers to buy. abc7 news reporter katie marzullo is at the starbucks. >> customer-wise it is quiet. we have some employees inside getting the starbucks ready. in a couple of hours we will hear from the san jose police department, the major