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this morning on "world news now," travel nightmare. the deadly winter storm that is slamming the southern plains, blowing toward the most populated part of the country just in time for thanksgiving. speaking out, michael jackson's personal physician out of prison tells his side of the story. >> i did not agree with michael in using such a powerful sedative for sleep. >> new personal information about the king of pop from dr. conrad murray. celebrating music, unforgettable performances from your favorite pop artists as two huge acts dominate the "american music awards." it is monday, november 25th. ♪ >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now."
>> good morning, everyone. i'm tai hernandez in for diana perez. >> i'm john muller. good to have you back. >> thank you. promise not to google thanksgiving recipes during the commercial break. >> it is coming on strong, isn't it? we have weather to contend with as well. we will begin with a giant storm system moving across the country that already killed at least eight people. >> heavy rain and snow are making for treacherous road conditions causing accidents like this spinout on a highway in oklahoma city. abc meteorologist ginger zee has the latest. >> reporter: parts of the southwest barely visible. an intense punch of pre-holiday winter is slowly lumbering east. already killing at least eight people. most in car accidents. in new mexico, up to a foot and a half of snow. amarillo, texas, halted on the highway. spinning in almost five inches of snow. in oklahoma city, a fresh coat.
the storm's next stop dallas, the storm's next stop, dallas, where they could get up to .1 of an inch of ice. the city pretreating the roads, de-icing planes, watching the number of cancellations surpass 300. separate from that storm, the cold has certainly settled in. >> the windy city tonight. >> reporter: feeling like single digits in chicago. >> we wouldn't have come out if it wasn't for the dogs. that's for sure. >> reporter: buried in up to two feet in parts of pennsylvania. and in nashville, auditions for the "star wars" film have the actors begging for the force to be with them as they endured temperatures 20 degrees below average. let's time the storm out for dallas. it is monday morning and then moves east. mostly rain but that is not good because early tuesday, look at that hub. atlanta, soaked through the carolinas it goes. tuesday through wednesday it moves up to the big hubs of new
york city, d.c., but staying mostly rain. and then you ask where's the snow? most of it is reserved for parts of the appalachians and west. lake enhanced too. i think rain will be the big issue. look at some of these places getting up to three to four inches of rain in the southeast and one to two along the coast. ginger zee, abc news, new york. staying on the east coast for a dramatic rescue in north carolina. coast guard swimmer was lowered down into the chilly water. he went to rescue two teens whose small boat had started to take on water. they climbed a navigation marker so he dragged them to a basket to be hoisted into the helicopter. they were taken to the hospital for observation. more trouble for boeing's dreamliner jet. some engines could ice up in thunderstorms affecting performance. the problem only affects 787s and some 747s and only those with one specific type of engine. boeing suggests that pilots stay away from thunderstorms with ice crystals. now to the historic deal that will freeze iran's nuclear program for at least six months. iranian negotiators were greeted
by a cheering crowd when they returned to teheran last night but the plan got a chillier reaction from the top u.s. ally in the region. israel's leaders blasting the agreement despite president obama's assurances. >> we've halted the iranian program, and key parts of the program will be rolled back. >> it is not an historic agreement. it's an historic mistake. it's not made the world a safer place. >> the deal is facing resistance on capitol hill. lawmakers from both parties say they are skeptical that iran will stick to the agreement. they want congress to prepare beefed up economic penalties to hit teheran hard if the accord falls apart. we are expecting a report on the school shooting in newtown, connecticut, last year, but it is already stirring controversy. critics say the summary report to be released this afternoon is not enough. the full results of the state police investigation should be released, they say.
victims' families oppose that, though. a gunman killed 20 children and six staffers inside of sandy hook elementary school last december. michael jackson's former doctor telling his side of the story for the first time since he was released from jail. claiming he was the singer's closest friend. conrad murray said he did his best to save michael jackson and said that jackson was a drug addict and blamed him for his death. >> reporter: he's one of the last people who saw michael jackson alive, and now dr. conrad murray, who treated michael jackson for the "this is it" tour, is speaking out for the first time since released from prison. murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2011 for giving the pop superstar an overdose of the drug propofol. he was released after serving two years of his four-year sentence. he said that jackson begged him to give him the drug for insomnia. >> i did not agree with michael in using such a powerful
sedative for sleep. so what i told michael is that we have to get you off of the substance. however, i mean, call it ideal or nonideal, michael jackson is not the guy you can just say "stop it." >> reporter: murray also spoke with the u.k. newspaper "the daily mail" revealing shocking new details about jackson. murray says quote, michael trusted no one. the bed chamber smelled because he did not even let maids in there to clean. there were clothes strewn everywhere. murray talked about the condition of jackson's body. murray said he only confronted jackson once he saw the pop star's arms. his veins were in a terrible state. i said, "michael, i have never seen arms with such veins except a drug addict." abc news reached out to the jackson family's attorney but so far they have not commented on murray's interviews. aditi roy, abc news, los
angeles. an update on the miami dolphins bullying investigation. sources say the nfl special investigator will interview johnthan martin a second time, most likely next week. he answered questions for seven hours during his first interview about the situation. the league's investigators said over the weekend that his work will take a few weeks. a treat for music fans worldwide. the hottest stars in the business all in one place. >> the american music awards were handed out in los angeles last night with taylor and justin leading the pack. we have a live report from l.a. good morning, brandi. >> reporter: good morning. you know what, this awards show belonged to justin timberlake and taylor swift. they both took home several awards with taylor swift winning the biggest, artist of the year. music's brightest stars wowed on the red carpet. ♪ >> reporter: and then on stage. with katy perry's colorful performance kicking off the 2013
american music awards. >> justin timberlake. >> reporter: justin timberlake took home several awards including favorite pop rock male artist. >> this means so much to me. thank you. >> reporter: favorite soul r&b artist went to rihanna. >> fans, this is for you guys. >> taylor swift. >> reporter: taylor swift won favorite country album and one direction rock album. mclemore and lewis favorite hip hop album. host pit bull and ke$ha electrified the crowd and rap and country collided. florida georgia line's "cruise" won single of the year. lady gaga also took the stage. ♪ came in like a wrecking ball >> reporter: and miley cyrus' much-anticipated performance involved less twerking this time. then the biggest award of the night, artist of the year. now, rihanna was also given the
first ever icon award for her influence on pop culture. it was a really sentimental moment because she was given the award by her own mother on stage live in front of a massive crowd. live in los angeles, back to you. >> we can't talk about an award show these days without talking about miley cyrus. was that performance as weird as it seemed on tv in person for you? >> reporter: it was. it was. it's what a lot of people are talking about today. she had a giant kitty cat on a monitor behind her mouthing the words to her songs and at times breaking out in tears at times and a lot of people are talking about how wonderful her singing performance was. it was bizarre. the imagery on stage. as you talked about, of course miley cyrus of course making headlines last time for her twerking with robin thicke. there was no twerking this time but still she's getting a lot of attention for this one. >> it is strange to say this is more comfortable to watch even though a little strange at that. there's also a trend toward older artists performing with newer artists.
that was interesting. >> reporter: that was. it was great to see all of these artists on the red carpet talk about each other. you had lady gaga perform with r. kelly and the whole presidential theme. we spoke to r. kelly on the red carpet and he said after working with her she's a pro. he was impressed with her work ethic. and you also saw another performance by nelly rapping with the country duo florida georgia line. that was unexpected. that got a lot of people standing on their feet. there was also tlc. tlc 20 years ago performed for the first time on the american music awards and came back today to perform one of their hits, i should say overnight and it was without left eye because he died in a car accident ten years ago but a lot of people were excited to see them as well. >> let's talk about the fashion. anyone stand out in your opinion on the red carpet? >> oh, yes.
lady gaga always. every time. this time on the red carpet she arrived with this long blond hair on human operated horse. there were two people actually working this mechanical horse. there was a lot of great fashion, leather, lace, the american music awards is a diverse group and that was nice to see on the red carpet. >> thank you very much. brandi hitt live in los angeles this morning. we'll be right back. stay with us.
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♪ mr. telephone man i remember that song. ♪ mr. telephone man i remember that song. never thought i'd hear it again. back in the days you could only talk on a phone if it was attached to a line on the wall. these days for better or worse, you can talk to anyone anywhere. >> the fcc recently suggested that passengers were able to fly while driving. there was a surprising backlash. david kerley has the story. >> reporter: on a plane phone calls can be annoying. [ bleep ] [ bleep ] [ bleep ] >> reporter: so just the fact that the fcc is going to look at the possibility of allowing cell calls in flight is leading to chaos in the cabin. >> there are some things that are too personal and you don't want to know. >> can you hear me now?
>> reporter: the fcc acknowledges that most passengers oppose phone calls and even the chairman says, "i feel that way myself." on the white house website, 2500 people have signed a petition to stop the fcc. delta polled its passengers and found 2/3 said no to phone calls. >> if people are talking loud it may be disruptive. >> reporter: and flight attendants are adamantly opposed. >> i can see it now with a dozen people, can you hear me now? can you hear me now? none of us want to experience that on a plane. >> reporter: why such a negative reaction? researchers found when you are stuck in an elevator or plane and listening to a one-sided conversation it steals your attention, making it difficult to get anything done. [ ringing ] >> reporter: this is just a proposal. even if approved, late next year, it will be up to the airlines to decide if you can make a cell call at 30,000 feet. [ ringing ] >> reporter: david kerley, abc news, washington. >> all right. lots of you weighed in on this issue on our facebook page. >> the overwhelming response was no way from samantha who says yeah, because sitting uncomfortably close to strangers for several hours isn't awkward enough. >> good point.
henry said, "if left up to me, cell phone calls would be banned from restaurants so they should be surely banned on airplanes." >> at least lisa says, "can you imagine if you were on a long flight and wanted to sleep. imagine hearing about a love life going downhill." >> finally, "how i'd love to be stuck in a contained space with 100 cell phone conversations going on said no one in their right mind ever." >> the plane is so loud. some people made that point. so everybody would be shouting. >> absolutely. positively. texting is fine. you can communicate without annoying everybody else. i agree 100%. you do? >> it is uncomfortable. you are smooched together as it is. >> it would be probably more trouble than it is worth but if they had a five-minute talking window at the beginning before you fall asleep, everybody can talk but yeah, whatever. no. >> we'll see what happens. but people tend to lose their manners. they want to make their call and it becomes the most important thing.
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lunchbox? >> reporter: adescengn is getti ready to go home for christmas break. he's making sure classmates have a tummy full of food first. >> macaroni and cans and stuff. >> i was taken by the fact there were so many kids that he talked about that don't have food this holiday season. >> reporter: aden asked family and friends for donations. and he ended up raising $105 and 92 items. then it was time to go shopping. >> i took him and he pushed the cart and picked out items he thought his friends might like. ♪ >> reporter: his teacher diane waylan was shocked when he came to class with bags and more bags of food. >> it took one child to start a chain reaction. >> reporter: they started collecting food, too. >> they think it is cool that i'm doing this.
>> reporter: so does miss waylan but she's not surprised. she also taught aden's mom and dad in school. >> it is a feel-good feeling to have inside to know that children you have been teaching or who are currently teaching that they have gone on to do wonderful things for society. [ applause ] >> reporter: others at aden's school showed their appreciation for his hard work and they aren't the only ones. after his mom brandy posted his accomplishment on facebook. >> since then he's been contacted by the new england patriots, the portland pirates and tons of strangers who said they would open their hearts and wallets and given to people in need. >> reporter: which is good because aden is already making plans. >> get more food and do it next year. >> what a kid. >> you know what, sometimes at that age you think they don't understand about giving back. it is really unusual. >> i think i was just worried about playing baseball an causing trouble. i don't think i was worried about
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to kill in one feeding. guaranteed. d-con. get out. time for "the mix." and for those that don't know what the fist bump is, we shall demonstrate. made famous by president obama. for those that didn't know you could potentially save lives. a plastic surgeon, a doctor decided to measure the amount of bacteria you get on your hand if you give a handshake or just a fist bump. apparently if you shake someone's hand three times more bacteria is transferred. next time you go for a checkup or are you in a hospital setting, doctors should fist bump or elbow bump if you are not paranoid. >> in the wintertime, don't want to shake everybody's hand, hey, john, how are you doing, i fist bump them. if it is a job interview or someone's mom or dad, but
otherwise fist bump. >> shorter, less time. >> i don't need at extra cold in the winter. let's talk about a prom story that is kind of different. a woman made a vow to her friends if she didn't get asked out for the prom she would take her calculator. she would dress up a calculator and take a calculator to prom and that's what she did. because she didn't get asked out for the prom that year. anyway, the following year -- her name is regina reynolds, by the way. the following year she wound up being voted homecoming queen. she basically says to anyone out there, anything can happen. pretty good, one year you are the homecoming queen and the year before you are dating your calculator. >> her boyfriend should be good to her because she always has the calculator in her back pocket. there's a weird ad on craigslist -- i'm sure there are many weird ads on craigslist. but this caught our eye. someone in d.c. is offering you $1 a month rent to
live in a penthouse which sounds great but there's a catch. the catch is you have to be naked all the time. this person wants a naked roommate. he is a male seeking a male. he doesn't care about -- you can be straight or gay. doesn't matter. >> do you have to be magnificent looking? >> yes, you do. apparently you have to be attractive. >> have to meet standards. >> not much explanation there. >> for a buck, huh. >> that's what the person is looking for. >> man, oh, man, you can live for a dollar if you look good, i suppose. we end -- for all you mermaid fans out there. i don't know if you know this, but we came across this video. there's a place call ed weeki wachee. it is a strange park in places like florida and they put on mermaid shows so we couldn't resist. there are a lot of mermaid fans out there. and if you go to the park in florida you can check out these shows. a new exhibit is running in new orleans about the show and that runs until january 5th.
this morning on "world news now," historic deal. the story behind the handshakes and cheers after top-level negotiators over iran's nuclear program. one major ally says this is not a win-win. vatican mystery. the controversy and intrigue surrounding bone fragments just revealed to the public. are they from the very first pope? november nightmare. the powerful storm packing wind, snow, rain and ice. its wide path during one of the busiest holiday travel weeks of the year. and beyond description. ♪ i came in like a wrecking ball ♪ ♪ i never hit so hard >> all the buzz surrounding the miley cyrus performance at last night's "american music awards."
what's the deal with the giant cat? that's in "the skinny" on this november 25th. ♪ >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >> good monday morning, everyone. i'm tai hernandez in for diana perez. >> i'm john muller. we will get to the music awards. that was a bizarre performance by miley cyrus. >> i feel like i had that t-shirt with that cat on it in the '80s. brought me back. >> like a karoke video or in tokyo or something. i don't know what that was, but we will get into that and all the awards. it was a good show. iran agreeing to a six-month pause to the nuclear program while a more comprehensive deal is being worked out. >> the deal is facing major criticism in iran and here at home. here's abc's terry moran. >> reporter: the smiles and hand shakes told the story. they think they did a big deal. so does president obama, who hailed the work of the negotiators. >> that diplomacy opened a new path to a world that is more secure.
>> reporter: under the deal, iran agreed to freeze the nuclear program, destroy the dangerous, near weapons-grade fuel and allow daily monitoring of key facilities by international inspectors. in return, the u.s. and allies agreed to ease some economic sanctions, about $7 billion worth, but leave most others still in force. the whole deal is temporary. six months for negotiators to hammer out a final agreement which will be more difficult to get done. on "this week," secretary of state john kerry argued this deal is plenty tough on iran and reversible. >> if they are not prepared to do the things necessary to be able to have a peaceful program, truly peaceful, and provable, as such, then the sanctions can be turned back up. >> reporter: but the doubters and critics are legions starting in jerusalem where israeli prime minister netanyahu blasted the geneva deal declaring -- >> it is an historic agreement. it is an historic mistake. it's not made the world a safer
place. >> reporter: in congress, most republicans and many democrats voice deep skepticism of president obama's approach. >> we have let them out of the trap. >> reporter: they are preparing even more tougher sanctions which if passed would effectively kill this deal. another diplomatic astonishment. it turns out there have been months of unprecedented secret talks between the u.s. and iran to lay the groundwork for geneva. five meetings this year in the gulf nation of oman and elsewhere this region, u.s. and iranian officials meeting face to face. president obama keeping some of the closest u.s. allies, including israel, in the dark as the agreement took shape in the secret talks. secretary of state kerry came here to london to work with allies on the next steps, planning negotiations to cut the next deal and making sure iran abides by this one. terry moran, abc news, london. caroline kennedy, the new u.s. ambassador to japan, heads to that nation's tsunami-ravaged
region today. the trip follows the 50th anniversary of her father's assassination. in an interview with the japanese newspaper, kennedy said her father's legacy lives on, even though his life was cut short. kennedy said she meets someone almost every day who was inspired by her father. the vatican is reviving an old controversy regarding st. peter, and one side seems to have the pope's blessing. >> pope francis offered the world the first glimpse of what could be the remains of the world's first pope. the bronze case held nine pieces of ancient bone. allegedly bone fragments of st. peter. until now they have been kept in a private papal chapel. they have never officially been declared the fragments of st. peter in part because a 1,000-year-old curse threatened those who disturbed his tomb. the vatican believes these are
the remains of the apostle peter, but some archaeologists aren't convinced, saying there's no scientific proof. pope francis' emotional display marks the end of the vatican's year-long celebration of christian faith. and it's that faith that will be required to be convinced that these are the remains of st. peter. for the second week in a row, fans at an nfl game have been injured falling from one level of a stadium to another. yesterday's incident happened in oakland. a woman plunged 60 feet from the stadium's third deck to the level below. she was critically injured in the fall, as was a man who tried to catch her. it is believed the woman jumped intentionally. big scare for passengers heading to new york. a virgin american flight hit a bird just before landing at jfk airport. pictures show the dented engine casing there. the airbus landed safely without
problems. there were 146 passengers and five crew members on board. an off-duty rochester, new york, police officer is being called a hero this morning. kristin wilson and her mother helped to pull three young children from this van moments before it burst into flames. the family's vehicle had been hit by a driver running a red light. amazingly there were no serious injuries. >> really is a hero. four children in the van. the driver and her 9-year-old daughter were able to get out but not the 2-year-old twin boys and 6-month-old daughter. they were buckled in child safety seats. the fire began under the hood. so really the clock was racing, and -- wow, some great efforts there. >> obviously it is so important to have your child in those seats but it can be a struggle getting them out and wilson was able to able to jump in to help. the younger kids were tougher to extract from the car. >> the 20-year-old driver was ticketed for speeding and running the red light. his mother says, "words don't even explain how thankful and grateful i am." good for that family. eight people are dead in the powerful storm system moving across a huge swath of the
country. in south central pennsylvania, 77-year-old woman was killed in a multiple-vehicle pileup. it shut down interstate 81 in both directions. it was near the maryland border. police say a tractor-trailer jackknifed creating a ten-vehicle chain reaction and shut down the highway for more than six hours. the same storm system also caused massive travel delays for airline passengers flying in and out of dallas-ft. worth. some 300 flights were cancelled. dfw is urging travelers to check with their airlines before they head to the airport. this storm is moving to the big cities of the northeast at the worst possible time. >> a lot of thanksgiving travelers can expect disappointment. we will get the latest from our accu-weather meteorologist. good morning, andrew. >> reporter: good morning. unfortunately, i have some terrible news for folks traveling along the east. it's going to be a nightmare on wednesday and thursday.
big storm system brewing, originating in the south and east. tuesday night that pushes into the mid-atlantic and in to wednesday heavy rainfall along i-95 corridor. areas of flooding possible and a big threat of snow. originating in the appalachians of west virginia on tuesday in to wednesday. pittsburgh, p.a., could see three to six inches and new york state thruway six to 12 inches. here's the rest of the weather. heavy rain from virginia to the northeast. snow further north. heavy rain along the gulf coast with freezing rain. snow showers over the great lakes. clear and dry in the west coast. >> 15 degrees colder than normal crass the west and northeast. 30 degrees before normal in the south. but temperatures modest -- moderate, as you approach the west coast. it may be a couple of days before thanksgiving but that didn't stop a group of runners from getting together in a distinctly christmas themed event. >> they grabbed their sneakers and ugliest sweaters for the annual ugly sweater run. what a better way to warm up for the holidays. it was all for charity.
>> the runners all brought a new toy, which they put under a huge christmas tree and the toys are going to seattle's toys for tots. good job to them. i see ugly leg warmers. >> i recognize that sweater and i gave that as a gift and i don't appreciate. that. >> there you go. even the dog had an ugly sweater. coming up, the most talked about moments in the amas. it's in "the skinny." and later, an 11-year-old detroit pistons' fans shows off his moves and becomes a sensation. you are watching "world news now." ♪ >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by mucinex. now." ♪ >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by mucinex.
♪ i want to get away i want to fly away ♪ if you are planning to fly this week, you probably already bought your ticket, made a list of what to pack and made turkey day plans but you may not be prepared for the travel fees. >> and there are lots of them. but there are also ways to avoid them. here's abc's aditi roy. >> reporter: oh, the joys of holiday travel. >> first you delay me and then you bump me. i can't wait to see what happens next. >> reporter: immortalized in movies like "planes, trains and automobiles." the reality -- >> where are you going? >> atlanta. >> $25 a bag. >> reporter: -- can be far less funny. >> checked the bags, paid $60.
>> one way to avoid checked bag fees is when you use a sky cap, curbside, sometimes if you give a really good tip they may overlook the fact that your bag is overweight or that you have too many bags. >> reporter: the extra fees you pay to fly to check bags, get extra leg room, or eat on planes can mean up to $6 billion for the carriers. while you are forking over the extra money for that sandwich, chew on this -- the person next to you probably didn't pay the same base price as you did for your ticket. abc news went to the gate of a delta flight and asked people what they paid for the ticket. the variations in price were shocking. >> a lot of airlines are adding seat back videos and wi-fi. we are paying a bit more for air travel but getting a better product. >> reporter: if you are traveling with kids -- >> jacket on. >> jacket on. >> reporter: prices aren't
exactly pint-sized. there are no kids' specials on seats or food. this mom spent 6.50 in snacks and $21 for wi-fi on a two-hour flight. >> it is certainly a service that provides a benefit and it is totally optional. no one is forcing you to buy the food on the plane. i wish we could go back to the days when the food was free but it wasn't very good anyway. >> reporter: for those looking for cheaper fares, the best bet is christmas eve or christmas day. the most expensive days to travel, december 21st and 22nd. aditi roy, abc news. los angeles. >> it's all about the fees now. >> it is. and makes it hard to comparison shop. which is my biggest gripe about the fees. you are trying to find the cheapest ticket but you don't know until it is said and done. >> expedia.com and smartertravel.com have a list of what airline charges for fees. so it's a good thing to look at. >> good to compare to that. >> i miss the airline food even if i liked to complain about it. it was fun to complain about it. >> anything that comes in the compartmentalized trays. i love that.
everything in its place. it was warm. >> coming up the highlights of last
night's "american music awards," and the latest strange thing that miley cyrus did. and the box office bonanza that really caught fire with fans. you are watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our abc stations.
♪ skinny so skinny "skinny" time. "american music awards," an interesting show. some things were great and some downright weird. we will start with the downright weird -- miley cyrus. you knew it was going to be something interesting coming our way. she performed "wrecking ball." she sounded great. she dressed pretty revealing again. no surprise there. but the big surprise was the virtual cat behind her, lip syncing the words. it stayed up there and didn't go away. strange to say the least. twitterverse lit up. as weird as it was, as distracting as it was, she
got attention and all that anyone is talking about. lady gaga arrived at the amas on a makeshift horse. props to the horse. check out the horse. nicely done. the winner of the night taylor swift. taylor swift, she wins artist of the year, she looked great and won three amas, 14 in her career by the way. she has the most of those awards of any artist. rihanna was the first icon award. isn't that strange? i mean, no disrespect. don't you think an icon is some grand dame that gets out of the rocking chair and walks up with gray hair. >> only 25. >> and wins the icon award. her mother was there to present the award to her. it was a touching moment. they shared a nice exchange and quite charming. tlc, they performed "waterfall." one of the biggest hits. artist little mama singing. an interesting show. miley cyrus, once again, steals the show.
this time out of sheer weirdness. what do you got? >> speaking of stealing the show, "the hunger games, catching fire" made box office record. it is the fourth biggest opening film. it collected $161 million. it bumped "the dark knight" out of fourth place. by the way, if you're wondering, "the avengers" had the number one debut, then "ironman" and then "harry potter deathly hallows part ii." this is getting great reviews. so it will probably drive more people to the box office to go see it. >> my daughter gave it two thumbs up. she loved it. "g.q." has a list of least influential celebrities out. least influential celebrities. dennis rodman. no surprises there. he tops the list for the celebrities that don't want to be on the list. the least influential according to "g.q." magazine. he visited north korea and is
going back again. the list includes, check it out, justin bieber. ryan gosling. will smith, whole bunch of celebrities there. >> ryan reynolds. >> you know me. >> you know me. that's why they are the least influential. if they were the most influential i'd know them. barack obama number 17. according to "g.q." magazine, he gets nothing done. >> never mind that we talked about miley cyrus all night. >> she doesn't influence anything. >> nothing. nothing at all. this one is interesting, though. michael jackson, a couple of his items are being sold at auction including the famous black shoes, those loafers that he wore during the "billie jean" performances. and that glove, the famous swarovski encrusted glove. only expected to get $40,000 to $50,000 apiece, which i find interesting. >> i thought that glove went on
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>> but in a pistons game an 11-year-old boy stole the show. abc's linzie janis has the story. >> 11-year-old antwan alexander's dream was to be on the detroit pistons' dance cam. when he got his chance, he went for it. then the camera shifts to the pistons' usher, shannon sales, who's been entertaining fans with his moves for years. he challenges the young groover to a dance-off. ♪ >> raise his arms up and want a challenge. so i went on. >> he was so hyped and the crowd was just behind -- i was like he's taking my crowd. >> reporter: fans can't get enough. and look at this new number, 2.5 million views and counting. >> i don't want to brag but i'm good. i brought my a-game. i won. >> reporter: we wanted more.
>> i came to get my revenge today. ♪ ♪ >> i think i won. >> he's so good at dancing. >> reporter: but there's one winner -- that 11-year-old and his 20 seconds in front of the fans. linzie janis, abc news, new york. >> i love it. >> so much fun. >> just let it go. sales, by the way, this is the first time he challenged someone in the audience to a dance-off. sales is the usher that always does his thing. he thought this kid was so good he better challenge him. >> he has a generous heart. when you challenge an 11-year-old on a cam in front of the stadium to a dance-off, you know who's going to win. they were both outstanding. too cute. >> don't miss our updates on facebook, wnnfans.com. >> see you in a bit. >> announcer: this is "world news now," informing insomniacs for two decades. ," informing insomniacs for two decades. >> announcer: this is "world news now," informing insomniacs for two decades. >> announcer: this is "world
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