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making news in america this morning -- congressmen arrested. a fresh face in washington, looking at serious charges. new details about why federal drug investigators came knocking on his door. family tragedy. a death investigation under way at a state senator's house, as the lawmaker recovers in the hospital this morning. what went on inside his home? presidential appearance. george bush makes a rare late-night stop. >> president obama's getting all of the late-night jokes now. >> better him than me. >> when it came to the jokes, nothing was off-limits. not even obama care. and the winner is, cool and confident. "people" magazine crowns its sexiest man alive.
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and good wednesday morning. we begin with the federal drug investigation that netted a freshman congressman. >> republican trey radel, will answer to charges today in a washington, d.c. courtroom. he already has a message for the voters back home. >> i'm a conservative. >> reporter: overnight, comments flooding the facebook page of first-term florida congressman trey radel. after he posted an apology saying, i am disappointed in myself. and i stand ready to face the consequences of my actions. radel is charged with misdemeanor cocaine possession. he was arrested last month in an fbi sting. and is set to be arraigned today. the 37-year-old blames his struggle with alcoholism for leading him to, quote, a irresponsible choice. his story drawing comparisons to embattled toronto mayor, rob ford. >> i'm not an addict of any sort. >> reporter: radel was elected last year. telling cnn -- >> i just want to do something to be able to help.
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>> reporter: in a recent interview, he said his favorite vacation spot outside of florida is cartagena, colombia. and he's known for his love of hip-hop music. >> public enemy "bring the noise," is one of my favorite tracks. >> reporter: voters are already bringing the noise, asking for his resignation. >> his constituents that voted him into office. and this is what he did for them? it's embarrassing. >> reporter: gop leaders aren't going that far yet. in a statement, radel's saying, as the father of a young son and a husband to a loving wife, i need to get help so i can be a better man for both of them. the congressman says he will now seek treatment. as for the charges, he faces six months in jail. now, a developing story from the coast of south florida. a massive search under way right now for two people missing after an air ambulance went down in the atlantic off of ft. lauderdale. the coast guard has recovered some wreckage of the lear jet. and the bodies of two other people on the plane have been recovered. that flight was returning to cozumel, mexico, after bringing a patient to florida yesterday. it is still too early to know what caused the plane to go down.
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and this morning, a popular virginia lawmaker is recovering from a vicious stabbing. state senator creigh deeds is in fair condition. the apparent assailant was deeds' own son, 24-year-old, gus, who then took his own life. the attack happening in the senator's rural home. jim avila explains how deeds was able to get help. >> reporter: still bleeding in his chest and in his head, and his son dying in the house over on the hill there, senator deeds walked down that long driveway, and then continued down to highway 42, about 75 yards in all, where, by happenstance, he was discovered by a cousin, on the road, who took him to his house, where 911 was finally called. >> deeds has spoken to investigators. reports say that his son went -- underwent a mental health evaluation monday but was not admitted to a psychiatric hospital because there were no beds available. the closely-watched vote. city of albuquerque has rejected a ban on late-term abortions. residents voted 55-45 against
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the measure that would ban abortions after 20 weeks, except to save the mother's life. reproductive rights advocates called it a victory for women and their families. abortion opponents had hoped the victory would create national momentum. and the supreme court saying the tough texas abortion law can stand while it's being appealed. the justices voted 5-4 yesterday. that leaves the provision requiring doctors to perform abortions in clinics to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. the case remains on appeal in a federal court in new orleans. now, to the midwest, where teams from fema will soon start fanning across the tornado zone to assess the damage from sunday's deadly tornado outbreak. they'll be inspecting hundreds of ruined homes in illinois to clear the way for families to receive federal assistance. eight people were killed when dozens of tornadoes violently tore through the area on sunday. and new details are emerging about the security agreement being worked out between the u.s. and afghanistan. afghan leaders are expecting to receive a contrite letter from president obama, apologizing for u.s. mistakes, with a promise not to repeat them. the agreement is aimed at
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allowing american troops to stay in afghanistan past next year's deadline. an alarm has been raised on capitol hill, about the security of the obama care website. cyber security experts have warned a house panel that should be shut down. unless serious security issues are ve resolved. one of the security experts said once he breached the site, he had ability to use users' web cams. and had access to everything on their computers. the affordable care act came up in information on "the tonight show," as former president george w. bush stepped back into the spotlight. in a rare public appearance, mr. bush and former first lady, laura bush, talked to jay leno, about how he felt when doctors recently discovered he had a blocked artery. >> when the president had a heart scare, how scary was that? >> it was scary. very scary. >> i wasn't that scared.>> was it -- you had obama care? >> yes. >> talking about president obama
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being the target of late-night jokes. president bush joked, better him than me. the highlight was when the former president talked about his new hobby, which is painting. he even gave the host a painting of leno's likeness. >> that's pretty good. >> he is quite the painter. >> he really is. that's really good. time, now, for a check of the weather across the nation. more rain and mountain snow is in store for the west coast, into the northwest and northern rockies. with up to 16 inches in the higher elevations. a band of showers stretches across the midwest and into the great lakes. but most of the east will be sunny and dry, with the exception of south florida. >> temperatures tumbling along the west coast. mild across the midwest and into the east. getting colder up to the northeast and the great lakes. well, google is good for a lot of things. but it's doing something to our minds, our brains, that you may not even realize. plus, back in front of the judge. george zimmerman, free this morning. what happened in court and the surprise zimmerman got in jail that he didn't see coming. and concerns. passengers have been singled out because of their weight.
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now, pilots are being singled out, as well, because of their
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welcome back. johnson & johnson being slammed with a multibillion-dollar settlement. the company will pay at least $2.5 billion to those people it is accused of help selling faulty hip implants to. the deal provides about $250,000 per patient. and it covers those who had the implants removed or replaced before the end of august. the biggest corporate payout in history is this one. the $13 billion settlement by jpmorgan chase for knowingly selling bad mortgages.
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$4 billion will go to helping affected homeowners. an estimated $1.5 billion will be sent on loan forgiveness. $2 billion to interest rate reductions and other financial support. and jpmorgan is still the subject of an ongoing criminal investigation. >> five years after the housing crisis, not a single high-ranking banking official has gone to jail. why is that? >> no institution is too big to be held accountable. we're going to be extremely aggressive. >> attorney general eric holder also says jpmorgan helped set the stage for the 2008 financial meltdown. the record deal could serve as a template for similar settlements with other banks. and new york city is now the first large city in the country to prohibit tobacco sales to young adults. mayor michael bloomberg, a former smoker himself, signed the bill into law yesterday. it bans the sale of tobacco products to anyone under 21. the law also sets the minimum price for a pack of smokes at $10.50. h&m has customers upset with
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how it is dealing with a popular online sale. it underestimated the interest in items from a collaboration with french designer isabel marant. people that thought they bought those items have messages alerting them that the purchases were canceled because they were sold out. ford's legendary mustang, about to get a brand-new look. the 2015 mustang will be introduced two weeks from tomorrow. it will be the mustang's first redesign in about a decade. and will celebrate the mustang's 50th anniversary. >> good-looking car. >> a great-looking car. all right. when we come back, a good diet and exercise will reduce weight gain. but now, there's something about when we sleep that experts say is also contributing. plus, new video this morning. a hunter finds an animal in trouble and becomes the rescuer. that's the sound of car insurance companies these days. here a cheap, there a cheap. everywhere a cheap... you get it. so what if instead of just a cheap choice you could make
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aspirin regimen. look up in the sky.
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it's what a small rocket launch along the virginia coast looked like from the jersey shore. and here's what it looked like closer to the launchpad. it carried nearly 30 small satellites into orbit. one of them is powered by the computer that runs a standard smartphone. >> smartphone running a satellite. unbelievable. guess it was a matter of time. now, for a look at road conditions back here on earth. the rain and snow mix will make roads slick in the upper midwest. treacherous driving in the higher elevations in the west, where some areas can get up to 16 inches of fresh snow. >> and if you're flying rain can cause some airport delays in l.a. and san francisco. george zimmerman is free on bond this morning following his arrest for allegedly pointing a gun at his girlfriend. >> he has been ordered to give up his weapons. and he's told to stay away from his girlfriend, who told police zimmerman choked her last week. the judge is also making him wear a electronic monitoring device. a pennsylvania pastor has been slapped with a 30-day suspension by breaking church
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law for presiding over his son's same-sex wedding. frank schaffer was unrepentant before a jury of fellow clergy refusing to promise not to perform more gay unions. he complained that gays are being treated like second-class christian. and he says he has been called by god to be an advocate for gay rights. the faa is waging a crackdown on obesity. it's targeting overweight pilots. abc's david kerley explains. >> reporter: overweight passengers have been kicked off planes. remember actor/director kevin smith, who says he's way fat, being asked to deplane. it's obese pilots who could be in jeopardy of losing their license to fly. not necessarily because of their weight. rather, their lack of sleep. >> the science is pretty clear. when a pilot does not get enough sleep, it really has the same physiological effects as drinking. >> reporter: and it's not just pilots. but air traffic controllers, too. altogether, that's nearly 160,000 people.
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it's estimated that 3% to 7%, may be obese and suffer apnea. that could be 5,000 pilots and controllers. this plan comes five years after a go! airlines flight from honolulu to hilo, hawaii. a short flight. but both pilots fell asleep and overshot the airport before waking up and landing safely. why? the captain's undiagnosed obstructive sleep apnea, according to the ntsb. a captain who was experiencing daytime sleepiness and was obese. >> people who have sleep apnea, won't be feeling refreshing sleep. in the morning when they wake up, it's like they haven't got enough sleep. >> reporter: so, the faa flight surgeon says any pilot with a body mass index of 40, will have to see a sleep expert. and if diagnosed with apnea, will have to be treated before they can be medically certificated to work. this is a major change. and it's coming soon. what does a 40 body mass index mean for a pilot that's my height, six feet? he would have to weigh nearly
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300 pounds. but the flight surgeon says he's going to lower that standard down the road. david kerley, abc news, reagan national airport. now, to a small study that finds that women who go to sleep and wake up at a consistent time every day have a lower body fat. researchers also found sleeping less than 6 1/2 or more than 8 1/2 hours a night was tied to higher body fat. earlier studies had found that lack of sleep caused dieters to lose muscle instead of fat. if your memory is failing you, you'd be surprised to learn that google may be to blame. harvard researchers say people are relying so much on the search engine to check facts, it is making them forgetful. the study found many of us view google as an extension of our own intelligence. scientists say the internet can undermind the impulse that makes sure important facts are stored in our memory banks. billionaire media mogul rupert murdoch is ending his third marriage. but will it be the biggest divorce ever? murdoch and his almost-ex-wife wendi deng, appear before a judge here in manhattan today to make it final.
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>> and the settlement is based on two prenuptial agreements and two post nuptial agreements between the couple. it's not going to match what murdoch paid his second wife. and we're hoping to learn more about the condition of lindsey vonn. that's her in that picture, being helped off of the slopes in colorado, following a training crash yesterday. >> vonn has been out of competition since last february when she also crashed. she tore ligaments in her right knee. one hopeful sign following yesterday's accident, she was not taken to a hospital. now, the story of a hunter who turned into a rescuer. and a deer should be happy he did. >> here you are. that's jeff's canoe, breaking his way toward a deer that had fallen through the thin ice. eventually he got the deer into the boat and made for the shore. >> once he got there, the deer didn't hang around very long. it got up and ran into the high grass. it wasn't the first time he saved an animal on that lake. he did the same thing for a dog eight years ago. >> he's very, very lucky, that while he was walking the deer to safety, the deer didn't jump out.
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>> i'm amazed by that. >> he was very smart. >> just chillin'. >> and he didn't slip through the ice, either. >> yeah. on both accounts. >> yes. coming up next, "the pulse." talented and suave. "people" magazine is out with its latest sexiest man alive. and if you dare. a water slide that's not for the faint of heart. [ male announcer ] this is jim, a man who doesn't stand still. but jim has afib atrial fibrillation -- an irregular heartbeat not caused by a heart valve problem. that puts jim at a greater risk of stroke. for years jim's medicine tied him to a monthly trip to the clinic to get his blood tested. but now, with once-a-day xarelto®, jim's on the move. jim's doctor recommended xarelto®. like warfarin xarelto® is proven effective to reduce afib-related stroke risk. but xarelto® is the first and only once-a-day prescription blood thinner for patients with afib
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"people" magazine. top honors go to adam levine. >> he joins the ranks of brad pitt and george clooney. his amazing abs he credits to yoga and spinning. >> he is engaged to be married to a victoria's secret supermodel. >> of course. call this one better late than never. we're talking about a music video 48 years in the making. >> the official video for bob dylan's 1965 classic, "like a rolling stone." and it's available to be watched right now on dylan's website. here's a bit of it. >> he's not selling any alibis as you stare into the vacuum of his eyes ♪ ♪ and say, do you want to make a deal ♪ ♪ how does it feel ♪ >> a good concept. >> that's not for real is it?
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>> the video's interactive design lets switch along 16 channels as it plays. >> i feel like how does it feel? i want a powerful rocker behind it, as opposed to some people selling a kitchen. well a tall order for thrill seekers is taking shape in kansas city. >> look at this insane water slide right there being under construction at the water park. owners say it will be the tallest and fastest of its kind in the world. >> and just get a load of this thing because the view from the top, from 17 stories up a four-person raft is expected to top speeds of 60 miles per hour. and that's a straight shot down. >> and you get wet, to boot. for now, the park is keeping the exact height and speed of that slide a secret. it's due to open next may. wow. >> unless i'm bolted in i'm afraid the raft would go flying
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off of the track. >> i would imagine you have to be secure. you just sort of like went down on your back. no. not so much. >> bracing myself just looking at it. >> no doubt. a funny foot locker ad going viral this morning. >> in it cleveland cavalier guard -- >> tyree irving. >> imagine a perfect world. and in that world, mike tyson and e advantager holyfield make amends after that ear-biting episode in 1997. >> i'm sorry, evander. it's your ear. >> and we see dennis rodman getting a one-way ticket to north korea. that means he's never coming back. that would make the world a better place. brett favre walking away from the game of football. and craig sager changing his wardrobe. >> how about the refresher. >> that would work. brett favre, just at the dine center. >> yeah. no longer football. i wonder if he's going to do the wrangler commercials, though.
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live from the kgo-tv broadcast center this is abc7 news. >> good wednesday morning. thanks for joining us. >> if you have not updated the windshield wipers this could be the day to do it. mike has the forecast. >> we still have rain. where the light rain is not falling, we have drizzle. temperatures are in the 50's with the same moist air mass yielding the showers. we have a good one on 80 moving to dixon and to vallejo. centering on the one moving through san francisco and headed over to alameda and oakland. that is where we have light-to-moderate rain creating ponding on the roads. that will be a challenge. it is south of bay bridge and headed to the dumbarton bridge. that will get wet soon.
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we have more wet weather behind this the form of scattered showers. the best chance of steady rain is through the morning commute. we will have scattered showers this afternoon and temperatures are mild in the upper 50 to mill 60's. now the commute, leyla gulen? >> speaking of ponding that is what we have, reports of flooding at the intersection of 101 and 80. headed interest san francisco approaching the bay bridge you need to slow down. this is volume slowing things down. you can see the green which is an indication of where the commute could be affected. 580 is quiet to dublin/pleasanton and accident free. antioch to concord is 24 minutes. southbound from san rafael to san francisco is under 20 minute s. eric? >> we can use the rain.
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but it knock out power to thousands last night and early today. matt keller has coverage from the south bay. matt? >> for news and bad news in los gatos. for people who are planning on driving, it is not raining. the bad news is you could feel the impact of the effects of the rain overnight. check out this video we shot at 3:00 this morning on highway 17 north of the summit on the santa clara county side a large tree blocked the lane. we just learned that both lanes now are open on 17. it wasn't just the roads impacted by the rain. overnight, 15,000 people in the south by last power because of the stormy weather. a majority were in san jose, los gatos and morgan hill. pg&e shows san jose with the most customers


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