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good morning. i'm kendis good morning. i'm kendis gibson. >> and i'm diane macedo. here are some of the top headlines here following for you this morning on "world news now." fbi director james comey is facing mounting criticism as his agency gets the green light to comb through e-mails from hillary clinton's long-time aide. many are questioning comey's timing, though, as word of the review casts a shadow on clinton's campaign. much more on that coming up. breaking news from oklahoma where a murder suspect on the run for more than a week has been killed in a shootout with law enforcement. michael vance had been charged with killing two relatives and shooting two officers. spirit airlines flight from fort lauderdale to dallas was delayed two hours by a possible bomb threat. passengers were evacuated while the aircraft was checked. they then reboarded the same plane. and the chicago cubs scored all the runs they needed in the fourth inning last night. game 5 of the world series, chicago stays to play for another day with last night's victory forcing game 6 tomorrow
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night in cleveland. those are some of our top stories on this halloween monday october 31st. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." are you ready? >> i'm ready. are you ready? >> are they ready? >> you'd better bring your "a" game for our big halloween reveal at the end. >> you think you got this? >> the mike has been so dropped. >> that's a hint. i hope you're ready. >> we have a nice little surprise for you. do hide your cats. they might be squealing a little bit. but we're going to start this half hour with a little bit of politics and the sudden turn in the race for the white house. the fbi now has the necessary paperwork we need, the warrant to go through a batch of e-mails that may or may not be linked to hillary clinton. >> fbi director james comey is facing criticism from his bosses and former colleagues for
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breaking justice department s tradition by announcing an investigation that could influence the election. >> former attorney general eric holder has signed a letter along with ex-federal prosecutors from both parties condemning comey's decision. more now from abc's richard cantu. >> reporter: the fbi has obtained a warrant to review e-mails found on the laptop of hillary clinton's top aide, huma abedin, and her estranged husband anthony weiner. federal agents first discovered the e-mails potentially relating to hillary clinton weeks ago but didn't inform fbi director james comey until last thursday. the next day in a letter to lawmakers he revealed the renewed inquiry that has thrown the campaign for a loop. hillary clinton, now fighting donald trump. >> i mean, he's such a downer, right? >> reporter: and james comey. >> it's pretty strange to put something like that out with such little information right before an election. >> reporter: justice department officials had advised against alerting congress, citing department tradition of not talking about ongoing
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investigations and not doing anything that would be seen as influencing an election in its final days. for donald trump it's a late-game windfall. >> yet now it's reported that the department of justice is fighting the fbi. that's because the department of justice is trying so hard to protect hillary clinton. >> reporter: comey now caught in the crossfire. >> i think this was a terrible error in judgment by the director. >> reporter: in a scathing letter senate minority leader harry reid accuses the fbi director of being partisan and says he may have broken the law. comey has begun briefing lawmakers on the new e-mails. meanwhile, the latest abc news national tracking poll shows hillary clinton's lead over donald trump down to one point. richard cantu, abc news, new york. and as you saw there, trump is continuing to hammer clinton over the fbi review every chance he gets. he actually mockingly thanked anthony weiner at a rally
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yesterday and he's now touting the latest polls after dismissing them last week as being rigged against him. >> they have been amazing. even before the big blowup on friday, we're leading in many of the polls. we're leading in national polls. we're leading in ohio. we're leading in iowa. and by the way, we're leading in florida. >> well, trump is campaigning in michigan today while mike pence heads to florida, insisting he won't be knocked off course. clinton is attending to early voting events in ohio. and tim kaine will be in north carolina. isis is calling a wave of new violence in iraq retaliation. a series of explosions yesterday rocked shiite neighborhoods in baghdad. at least 17 people were killed. dozens more were injured. it's believed the blasts were the terror group's response to thousands of shiite fighters joining the battle near the city
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of mosul. and those shiite fighters are now participating in the fight against isis and receiving help from iranian military advisers. iraqi forces advancing toward mosul from the east have closed to within four miles of the edge of the city. advances continue to be slower from the south, where government forces are still 20 miles from mosul. the fight is expected to continue for weeks at least. thousands of people are spending the overnight hours in shelters or hotels following another powerful earthquake in central italy. it was a third strong quake in just the past two months. but the italian prime minister is vowing to rebuild. abc's jennifer eccleston is in the quake zone. >> reporter: the powerful quake causing buildings in central italy to collapse in seconds. the power of the 6.6 magnitude tremor the strongest in nearly 40 years. the third major rumble in just one week sending terrified residents running into the streets again. in norcia near the epicenter nuns carried to safety, the dust clearing to reveal the historic 14th century basilica in ruins. reports of at least 20 injured. it's just after back-to-back quakes hit the same region. nearby amatrice rocked again two
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months since deadly tremors killed nearly 300. the view from above showing a town already utterly devastated reduced to ruins. the faces ripped off home after home. >> there's no reason to think it's now suddenly magically going to stop. they're going to be continuing to have aftershocks. some of them are going to be bigger. >> reporter: miraculously, no one was killed in this latest quake but aftershocks roll through the area. a population on edge and on the move. thousands are now homeless and temporary camps are full. with temperatures dropping and fears of more quakes rising it's going to be a long and tense winter. jennifer eccleston, abc news, rome. nearly two dozen spectators were injured after yesterday's nascar race at the martinsville speedway. a chevy convertible reportedly tried to cut into the line leaving the handicapped parking
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lot. that hit another vehicle and then ran into a crowd of pedestrians. none of the injuries appear to be life-threatening. the chevy's driver was detained for questioning. and investigators now know what happened to cause this american airlines jet to catch fire, but not why. the american airlines flight was about to leave chicago for miami when an engine failed, spewing pieces for thousands of feet and setting fuel on fire. passengers even ran for their lives but luckily no major injured. >> amazing there you when you see those pictures. we have some more pictures to show you. surveillance video from outside a walmart about 20 miles outside of washington is puzzling police there. it appears to show an abduction outside the store. two men get out of a car and put a third person into its trunk against his or her will. but witnesses say the three appeared to be, quote, play fighting. earlier at least in the day. now, police are trying to figure out if a crime was committed or if the three were just goofing around. >> it's a harsh prank, stuffing
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someone in a trunk. >> with friends like that. well, speaking of that. >> of pranks. >> tricks or treating. lots of trick or treaters will be out today. hopefully not pranking too badly. but time to get a look at the forecast. no need to hide your costumes under bulky winter coats in the east, south, or midwest. the weather should be fairly mild and dry. not so much on the west coast, though. you get the first pair of storms moving in today. >> high temperatures in the northeast. 20 degrees cooler today. but still in the 50s. not bad. the southeast will have highs in the mid to upper 80s. but only in the mid 50s in the pacific northwest. ♪ >> sorry, i couldn't resist. one of the great things about halloween of course is how unique all the costumes are. really only limited by your creativity. >> i love your costume. >> thank you very much. i worked really hard on this. >> you look beautiful. >> black dress. >> so with that in mind we show you these teenagers. on the right is the daughter of sports writer jeff pearlman.
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her friend is on the left. pearlman writes "my daughter is jewish, her best friend is muslim. for halloween they created a superhero team the juslims. i've rarely been more proud, truly." >> very creative. pearlman claims they weren't making a political statement, it's just about having fewer divisions in our society. very nice message to spread on halloween. and any time of year really. >> a lot of people agree with the message. 70,000 retweets for that and likes for it as well. >> good going, girls. we'll see you next year. coming up, our very own special halloween surprise. prepare to be amazed and -- >> or horrified. >> -- at the same time horrified and underwhelmed. but first, why amazon has been socked with a $30 million lawsuit. the family that's holding the retail giant responsible for a fire that destroyed their million-dollar home and nearly all of their possessions. and just in time for the spookiest holiday on the calendar, we're check out a museum like no other. why fans have been dying to get into the morbid anatomy museum.
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a family from tennessee is taking on amazon in a $30 million lawsuit. >> it's over a hoverboard they bought from the retail giant that caught fire and burned down their home, also destroying nearly all of their personal possessions. abc's marci gonzalez has more. >> reporter: online retail giant amazon is facing a massive lawsuit just as millions of their customers start working on their holiday shopping lists. a tennessee couple claims the company was negligent for selling them this hoverboard that eventually caught fire, torching their million-dollar home. >> the fact that a toy caused this kind of destruction to our lives, it's just wrong. >> reporter: brian and megan fox bought their kids the hoverboard for christmas last year and say
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a few weeks later it burst into flames, destroying their home. >> when i got there, i was kicking the doors and i thought i'm going to lose two of my four children today. >> reporter: the fox family is seeking $30 million in damages, claiming amazon knew the dangers of the product. the suit alleges the family thought they were purchasing a hoverboard with a samsung lithium ion battery but instead were sold a counterfeit product. >> product liability laws holds both manufacturers, distributors, and sellers responsible for defective products. >> reporter: these balance boards have long been under fire. to date, the consumer products safety commission has investigated more than 60 hoverboard fires and has recalled more than half a million of the popular products from ten different companies. marci gonzalez, abc news, new york. >> amazon was not among the companies named in that july recall we should mention. >> abc actually reached out to
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amazon to try to get a response to the family's suit. a company spokesperson told us they don't comment on pending litigation. coming up, just in time for halloween, a curated collection of morbid curiosities. >> and why so many people have been longing, dying to get into this one-of-a-kind museum. you're watching "world news now."
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♪ this is halloween ♪ this is halloween ♪ scream in the dead of night ♪ this is halloween ♪ everybody make a scene ♪ trick or treat don't we love it now. everybody's waiting for the next surprise. >> you love this song. >> i do. it's my favorite. >> every commercial break. >> anyway, all about halloween. also my favorite holiday. and in case you missed it, that would be today. the most spook-tacular day of the year. >> and in honor of it we're getting a look inside a museum in brooklyn unlike any we've seen before. it's focusing on all things morbid. abc's will ganss killed it with this one. >> reporter: it's that time of year, and no matter how fast you run or how loud you scream -- [ scream ] -- you can't escape -- >> i am dracula. >> reporter: the halloween high
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jinks and morbid mayhem that october brings. especially here. we're here in brooklyn at the morbid anatomy museum, where folks have been dying to get in. some literally. but me, i've never felt more alive. >> it's alive! it's alive! it's alive! >> reporter: for most of us skeletons and spooky stories are just a halloween thing. but at the museum of morbid anatomy death is a year-round theme. >> what we love all year round everyone else loves for one month, and that month is october. so yes, we become very popular around this time. >> reporter: museum co-founder joanna ebenstein has done more than her fair share of digging when it comes to studying what happens after we go six feet under. her fascination with death began a long time ago. >> i was very lucky that my dad kind of wanted me to be a science geek. so he really encouraged this love for me. to put dead animals in when i was a little kid and he also bought me my first taxidermy kid when i was like 14 or 15. [ scream ] >> reporter: fast forward a few years, and the museum was born. shining a new light on some dark subject matter.
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>> what i hope people take away from visiting is to question our own attitudes about death. not to say it's good or bad but just through showing all of these objects and books that have all this information about the ways in which different people in different times and places have dealt with death, to urge people to question our own attitudes. >> reporter: i certainly began questioning my own attitudes about death, probably when joanna put a real human skull into my hands. >> i am really freaking out that i am holding this in my hands right now. >> do you want me to make it? >> not that i'm scared of it. i just can't believe that that's what just happened. >> reporter: but that skull, which by the way belonged to an indian man who died in the '30s, wasn't the only character i met at the museum. >> i don't know if you guys have heard of something called santa muerta. >> does it main saint death? >> yeah, literally means saint or holy death. this is a folk tradition that
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emerged in mexico. a female figure of death kind of like the grim reaper is worshiped as a saint so she can be on an altar next to the virgin of guadalupe and other sorts of figures. it's seen by some people as satanic but by practitioners it's just seen as one of many saints or holy figures that can intercede on your behalf. this is a lot of people's favorite object in the entire museum. it is two ducklings. so together it is not really a two-headed duckling. >> they were not born like that? >> they were not born like that. >> reporter: in fact, blame tonight full moon or some kind of enchantment but after a while i started acting like some of the museum's inhabitants. safe to say there's something for every maturity level at the museum of morbid anatomy including those with an affinity for intellectual history and art. of the dead animal variety. one piece in particular stood out. ♪ >> so this is the centerpiece of the exhibit. this is a piece called the kittens' wedding by a 19th century taxidermist, self-taught
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taxidermist named walter potter. it's 20 kittens engaged in a wedding ceremony. this guy's pissed off because he thinks the bride is marrying the wrong kitten. >> reporter: despite being surrounded by dead kittens, by artwork made of human hair and human teeth for sale, like our favorite horror movies i couldn't look away. but why, why especially this time of year do we dare examine things we usually find so spooky? >> i think there's a sense of mystery, a sense of pleasure in the dark side, a sense of laughing at death. >> reporter: although i've yet to sign up for my first taxidermy class, and yes the museum offers them, i was way less creeped out than i expected to be. from the museum of morbid anatomy in brooklyn, will ganss, abc news. >> what does it say about will that he was less creeped out than he expected to be? >> our halloween spectacular.
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♪ ♪ who are you? >> whoa. who are you? and you're green. are you okay? >> i'm the wicked witch of the west. i came here to face the wizard and you're not him. who are you? >> well, eritrea, i'm alexander hamilton. >> can i get tickets? >> not if you're going to be dressed like that. i came here to duel with aaron burr. >> might as well duel with me then. >> oh. what you got? >> this is broadway, honey. we duel in song. >> bring it. ♪ something has changed within me ♪ ♪ something is not the same ♪ i'm through with playing by the rules of someone else's game ♪ ♪ too late for second-guessing ♪ too late to go back to sleep ♪ it's time to trust my instincts ♪
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♪ close my eyes and leap ♪ if i can try ♪ defying gravity ♪ kiss me good-bye ♪ i'm defying gravity ♪ and you won't bring me down >> all right. that's pretty good. i see you have the audience stuffed with your people. but i'm not throwing away my shot. oh, no. i'm not throwing away my shot. hey, yo. just like my country i'm young scrappy and hungry and i'm not throwing away my shot. i'm-a get a scholarship to king's college, i probably shouldn't brag but dag i amaze and astonish. the problem is i've got a lot of brains but no polish. i've got to holler just to be heard with every word i drop knowledge. i'm a diamond in the rough -- >> what are you doing? >> i'm rapping. >> is that what it's supposed to be? >> i guess i'm not going to win the sing-off. >> no. i think that's pretty safe to say. >> but i've got something even better i can probably take you out on.
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>> oh, really? >> yeah. >> take it away, alex. >> watch out. take your broom out of here. just wait. >> i'm ready for you. >> ready? ♪ juju on that beat ♪ >> are you trying to dance? is that the juju on the beat? want to see a real juju on that beat? >> uh-huh. >> guys, guys, that is not juju on the beat. this is juju on the beat. ♪ do this dance now ♪ juju on the beat >> i can't win at anything, can i? you've got juju to do juju on the beat. might as well dance us off together, shall we? >> let's do it. ♪ lucking and bucking and ready to fight ♪ ♪ i've got my cousin ♪ he got me ♪ ♪ besides drinking and having parties and having some fun ♪ ♪ walked in this party
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♪ skinny jeans on our children are exposed to violence every day. in their neighborhoods. in their schools. even in their own homes. exposure to violence can have a devastating and lifelong impact. through community action and leadership at the national level, we're identifying the children who need our help. i'm attorney general, eric holder, and i'm asking those of you who have a role in a child's life to take action. through your attention and early intervention, we can help children in need to heal, to thrive. together we can change their lives and their futures. join the justice department in defending childhood.
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this morning on "world news now," new details in the october surprise for hillary clinton. >> federal authorities have this morning on "world news now," new details in the october surprise for hillary clinton. >> federal authorities have obtained a search warrant to examine e-mails found on a laptop used by long-time clinton aide huma abedin. why the fbi is now coming under fire and how both the clinton and trump camps are reacting. breaking news. the intense manhunt for a double murder suspect ends in a shootout with police. we have the late-breaking details just ahead. and road wipeout. check out this massive wave as it crashes onto a busy roadway. the unexpected rush of water surprising the drivers there. so what really caused it? and the cubs pull out a big win in front of the wrigley faithful, forcing the world series to a game 6 in cleveland. oh, yeah. and happy halloween. on this monday october 31st. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." just imagine the fright that
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would have happened if the cubs did not make it past this game. >> that's true. but a happy halloween for cubs fans. >> happy halloween cubs fans. happy halloween, everybody. they've been celebrating at wrigleyville, i should mention. in the north side of chicago into the early morning hours. and you've got a sense that they got a little bit of the momentum back there. >> certainly not over. not over yet. but we begin this morning with the fbi obtaining a search warrant to start reviewing e-mails that may be linked to hillary clinton's private server. >> the e-mails were found on a laptop that is used by clinton's long-time aide huma abedin and her estranged husband former congressman anthony weiner np we now know the fbi became aware of the eliminate mails weeks before the information made it to the agency's director james comey. and clinton is calling on comey to release more information as she tries to remain focused on her campaign. >> we won't be distracted no matter what our opponents throw
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at us. we're not going to be knocked off course. >> so donald trump is pouncing on the fbi review. at every campaign stop he makes he says he expects clinton and her supporters to say or do something to detract from the e-mail issue. >> hillary clinton is not the victim, by the way. she's not the victim. you the american people are the victims of this corrupt system. in every way. and this is your last chance to change it. >> the fbi is facing some intense criticism as well. senate minority leader harry reid wrote a scathing letter to comey accusing him of breaking the law by announcing the review so close to the election. and former attorney general eric holder and dozens of other former federal prosecutors have signed a letter condemning comey's decision saying the public deserves more information. here's abc's pierre thomas. >> reporter: pressure mounting on the fbi director to say more about that case after the explosive revelation on friday. >> i think this was a terrible error in judgment by the director to release this kind of ambiguous letter. >> reporter: fbi director james comey this weekend began briefing lawmakers, who were
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demanding more details about a new batch of recently disclosed e-mails potentially connected to secretary clinton's private server. >> we both encouraged him to make sure that the american people have as much information as possible before they have to make a decision on november 8th. >> reporter: the case was reignited by an investigation of an alleged sexting scandal involving anthony weiner. the fbi confiscated weiner's devices, including a laptop where sources say they discovered e-mails from abedin. those sources acknowledge the fbi doesn't know what's on those e-mails or whether they will turn out to be important. the focus, whether those e-mails contain classified information and are tied to clinton's private server. the fbi's obtained a court order allowing them to study abedin's e-mails. justice department officials had advised against alerting congress, citing department tradition of not talking about ongoing investigations and not doing anything that would be seen as influencing an election
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in its final days. comey has operated with extraordinary independence, and matters were complicated after the attorney general's ill-fated meeting this summer with bill clinton on that tarmac in arizona. it apparently took weeks for the revelation to be brought to the fbi director. there are questions about why it took so long. a source tells abc news figuring out what to do was complicated and it was back and forth over how to handle the situation. pierre thomas, abc news, washington. >> pierre, thank you. we have breaking news now from oklahoma. a murder suspect on the run for more than a week has been shot dead. michael vance was wanted in the murders of his aunt and uncle and for shooting two police officers with an ak-47. he was killed in a shootout with police in western oklahoma. vance was spotted earlier in the day by a farmer who reported it to police when law enforcement responded vance shot a sheriff's deputy, but that sheriff's deputy is expected to be okay. we're going to turn our
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focus overseas now and to italy where thousands of people have lost their homes after a third and powerful earthquake struck the central part of that country. the sunday morning quake was a 6.6. it destroyed centuries-old buildings and in one area in particular sent monks and nuns running for safety. no one was killed in sunday's earthquake. an italian seismologist says that more significant quakes can be expected in that region. now to a major new development in the battle to retake the iraqi city of mosul from isis. thousands of fighters have reinforced shiite militias in an effort to cut off the terror group's forces near the city. some 15,000 shiites are now in the battle. they're receiving help from iranian military advisers as well. and just after those reinforcements were announced a series of explosions rocked shiite neighborhoods in baghdad. five blasts killed at least 17 people and wounded dozens of others. it's believed the blasts were in response to the shiite fighters joining the battle. also the first church service was held in the recently liberated largest christian town in northern iraq. the town fell to isis two years
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ago and was retaken last week. there is still fighting in the town's outskirts, but community leaders say they will rebuild that church completely. we move on now to that huge scare for travelers in this country. an american airlines jet bursting into flames as it was about to take off from chicago. investigators still have no idea why the jet's engine failed and shot pieces thousands of feet away. abc's eva pilgrim has more. >> reporter: a packed jet erupting in flames, stirring panic on board just seconds before takeoff. federal investigators revealing something inside the engine of this boeing 767 broke apart. >> examination of the engine has revealed that the stage 2 disks of the high-pressure turbine failed. >> reporter: the miami-bound flight on the runway. >> jump and slide. >> reporter: when hot debris from the engine sparked that massive fire. >> this engine disintegrated.
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hot metal penetrates the gas tank, and we see a quick fuel-fed fire. >> reporter: the right side of the plane going up in flames. >> everybody's coming towards the left side of the plane where i was. so everybody's pushing us and screaming. >> reporter: the debris flying in every direction. one piece found roughly 1600 feet north of the plane. another in a warehouse almost 3,000 feet south. somehow none of the debris sliced into the cabin, packed with 161 people. >> i ran out into the runway, into the grass area. seeing the plane in flames. and i thought it was going to explode. >> reporter: 20 people taken to hospitals with minor injuries. all have been released. >> it's a very dangerous kind of mishap, and we're very lucky that this happened while it was still on the ground. >> reporter: the plane has been moved. the runway is back open again. investigators are trying to figure out why that disk broke. they're looking at the plane's maintenance records and analyzing those pieces of debris that they were able to find. eva pilgrim, abc news, chicago. nearly two dozen racing fans
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were struck by a car yesterday at martinsville speedway. it happened not during the race but afterward in the handicapped parking lot. a chevrolet convertible tried to pass a jeep in line to leaving the parking lot, and instead went into a crowd of pedestrians. nine people were taken to the hospital, but none of the injuries we're told appear to be life-threatening. and jury selection begins today in the case of the former police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black man. video of the shooting of walter scott in charleston, south carolina shocked the country, but michael slager's attorney contends there was a lot more to that incident than what appeared on the video including a fight between the pair and a struggle over the officer's taser. and we're just now getting a look at a dangerous attack at the new orleans airport from last year. this video shows a man approaching, then spraying officers with what was wasp spray. he then whips out a machete. passengers were running for their lives, as you saw there. that attacker was shot by officers and later died of his injuries. the donations are pouring in to fund the protest against the pipeline in north dakota. crowdsourcing has provided more than $1 million to help a few
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dozen people camping out in order to try to stop the construction of the dakota access oil pipeline. contributions increased as the number of arrests rose last week. the standing rock sioux tripe is also pursuing a fight in course. and three crew members from the international space station are now back on earth after a 115-day mission in orbit. returning to earth in kazakhstan in a soyuz capsule apparently isn't as comfortable as a nasa space shuttle but it does have certain perks like the amazing welcoming ceremony. very traditional in kazakhstan. >> look at that. >> and americans kate rubins took a few moments after landing she said just to enjoy being back on earth. >> and look at the hat. >> are you jealous? >> totally jelly. very nice. after 115 days that's what you need. >> a nice cape, a nice hat. i think you should welcome me
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like that. >> it wasn't even halloween. >> every monday when i come in to work i think kendis should have a special hat and a cape for you. >> have tea waiting for you, have your walk-on song. have your seat warmed up in the studio. >> i love all of these ideas. you're joking but i like them all. >> red m&ms. >> write this down. speaking of folks who are probably going to get red m&ms or whatever they would like after they win it all. the world series. >> plenty of nerves for cubs fans before last night's game 5 against the indians. it didn't get any better in the second inning, by the way. cleveland's jose ramirez put the indians in front with a homer to left. >> chicago's bats woke up in the fourth inning starting with chris bryant's solo home run. that tied the score. but the cubbies weren't done yet. they added two more runs in the frame to take a 3-1 lead. >> cleveland then picked up a run in the sixth. at that point it's 3-2. but the indians got no closer than that. >> it was tight. >> cubs win, staying alive and forcing game 6 in cleveland tomorrow night. >> there was one point in the third inning where one of the indians guys hits this ball that goes all the way to the end, to
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the ivy, and there was a cubs fan who starts -- look at it. right there. he starts to reach in. then he's like, you know what? i'm not going for my bartman moment. i'm not doing it. i'm not doing it. smart move, right? >> you can see the fan -- you see the fan next to him kind of raise his hand a little bit. >> like -- no. yeah. >> safe. or out in that case. >> very good. he got a touchdown. coming up -- i kid. the dramatic scene of nature's fury caught on camera. we're going to tell you where this wave pounded traffic and hammered a popular resort, washing up 200 tons of debris. and hear what we're finding out about a head-on collision in florida that killed a mother and her two youngest children. what the young couple was doing in the car that hit them reportedly going over 100 miles per hour. and remember to find us on facebook, and twitter @abcwnn. you're watching "world news now."
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they weren't kidding. when they said a strong storm could cause roadway flooding. this was the scene in st. julian's bay. this was in malta this weekend as a huge storm pounded the island there. it also washed up some 200 tons of debris, wrecked fishing boats and cut power. an official calls it the worst storm to hit malta in some 16 years. here at home new details are surfacing in that deadly head-on
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collision in florida that killed a mother and her two youngest children. >> the car slammed into them that was reportedly going over 100 miles an hour, with the driver and his passenger allegedly engaging in a dangerous game. abc's marci gonzalez with the latest. >> reporter: this snapchat video showing some of the final moments of a young couple's lives, renewing questions about the popular app's speed filter. >> what is the snapchat speed filter? >> reporter: the feature that clocks and allows users to post how fast they're going showed the volkswagen golf speeding at more than 115 miles an hour wednesday night in tampa, just minutes after the passenger recorded the video police say the car crossed over a median and slammed head-on into a minivan. >> all i seen was a blue flash. it just burst into flames. >> reporter: the driver in the video pablo cortez iii and his passenger jolie bartolo were killed as well as three people in the van. >> it's just tragic. it's just tragic.
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>> reporter: concerns about snapchat's speed filter were raised earlier this year following this crash in georgia. while snapchat says there is no record of the driver crystal mcgee using the app at the time of the accident, one of her passengers tells a different story. >> she was trying to hit 100 miles an hour and post it on snapchat. >> reporter: the snapchat spokesperson saying in a statement, "we actively discourage our community from using the speed filter while driving, including by displaying a do not snap and drive warning message in the app itself." and mcgee's case has not yet been heard by a grand jury, and that lawsuit is still pending. meanwhile, three people injured in this week's crash remain hospitalized. marci gonzalez, abc news, new york. well, coming up in our next half hour, the 911 prank that's hacking smartphones across the country. how those phones are flooding 911 with bogus calls, knocking emergency centers off line, and what you need to know if you find yourself trapped inside the hack. but first, colin kaepernick in his own words.
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hear what the san francisco 49ers qb is saying about his national anthem controversy and what he did this past week to get his message across to children. you're watching "world news now."
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sunday night football was a battle of nfc east division rivals. the cowboys and the eagles. things were going philly's way. in the third quarter they had a ten-point lead after carson wentz hit jordan matthews there with a short touchdown pass. dallas was down seven when dak prescott connected with dez bryant from 22 yards. jerry was happy. everybody was happy. the extra point tied it at 23. and in the nfl's third overtime of the day prescott threw a five-yard td pass to jason witten and the comeback was complete. jerry's kissing everybody. dallas wins it 6-3 with 29-23 victory there. meanwhile, on the sideline san francisco 49ers quarterback
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colin kaepernick has been continuing to spark controversy with his protest of the national anthem. >> but now he's speaking out about his fight against racial injustice and the work that he's now doing off the field to help america's youngest generation. here's ron claiborne. >> reporter: in an exclusive interview with espn's "the undefeated" colin kaepernick opening up about his refusal to stand during the national anthem to protest racial injustice in america. >> it was something that was really just a personal decision where you know, i didn't agree with what was going on. >> reporter: kaepernick, who took over as the starting quarterback for the 49ers just two weeks ago, making headlines and coming under criticism from some quarters when he began his protest during preseason. the 49ers quarterback not surprised by the backlash. >> part of the oppressive system is you're going to have that backlash for trying to fight for people. and that was something i was fully prepared for.
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>> reporter: now kaepernick is hosting the first ever know your rights camp for underprivileged children in the bay area. the 28-year-old starting the program to take his drive for social and racial justice beyond the gridiron. >> this might not be something i personally can create the change that this system needs, but together we can build this and help organize and create the change that we need. >> reporter: about 100 children attended the sessions where they were counseled on such non-sports-related topics as how to handle interactions with police and maintaining healthy lifestyles. >> we want to help bridge that gap, give these kids resources to try to help them advance in life so it's not something that is related to football. football just allows a platform to have conversations on a greater extent about these issues. >> reporter: ron claiborne, abc news, new york. >> and the 49ers do have a bye week this week.
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>> love it, right? >> yes. >> well, some elephants played a similar game only instead of bubble wrap it was 1,000-pound pumpkins. this is at the oregon zoo. they gave the elephants all these giant pumpkins to stomp on, squash, in some cases even snack on, and they say that this is a good way to just keep the animals sort of entertained and mentally active when they're in captivity like this and they let some of the other zoo animals have some fun like this earlier on in the week as well. >> it's one way for them to just kind of like go to town and eat if they get hungry. >> some of them were snacking on them as well. >> there you go. keeping with the halloween theme, this one has nothing to do with it. there's a kid in alabama who has created his own food pantry inside of a mail room there in his dorm. this is really cool. his name is justin franks. he's only 20 years old. he goes to alabama a&m. and the whole purpose of it is
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to feed hungry students. he started out by buying $40 worth of food and then the operation grew, and now the cafeteria on campus closes relatively early so that he can set up the pantry to be open between 6:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. it has grown, and it's a great cause. >> he would have had a lot of friends at boston college if he was offering free food to people. i will tell you that. >> oh, my word, yeah. all of a sudden all the kids are hungry. those who are getting the late-night munchies. >> a great cause. and amazing that he thought of that. >> yeah. >> so i want to take you over to asia now. i don't know if you've ever been to vietnam, for example. >> i haven't. >> but this is a fairly common scene. for whatever reason this particular video is going viral. it's four cats on the back of a moped. or actually one on the handlebars technically speak. the man apparently does it all the time. the cats seem to enjoy the ride. but again, scenes like this, we've seen people carrying gas cans, an entire family. you name it. it's fair game if it fits on a it's fair game if it fits on a moped.
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breaking news. this morning on "world news now," fugitive taken down. authorities in oklahoma face off with a double murder suspect on the run for the past week. details of their dramatic final exchange just ahead. and there are new developments in the fbi investigation of anthony weiner that's spilling over into the presidential race. last night donald trump thanked the former congressman as new polls show clinton's lead shrinking with almost one week to election day. and new this half hour, a motorcyclist crashes and captures his ordeal on camera. >> after wrecking his bike he uses facebook live to try to reach help and ends up recording what thankfully were not his final words to his family. and how the other half is doing the spookiest day of the year. the eye-opening celebrity snaps that range from ghoulish to gorgeous. we're going to check them out later on in "the skinny."
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it is monday october 31st. it is halloween. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." wondering who is that? >> the juju beat as well? >> she did like a dab in there. she did everything. every dance was in there. >> happy halloween to you all. by the way, we love photos of costumes. so feel free to send us yours as well and we will be thoroughly entertained. >> i like turtles. just random. >> we begin this morning, though, we have some breaking news from oklahoma. a fugitive murderer -- or murder suspect, that is, has been killed in a battle with police. >> we're talking about michael vance, who had been on the run for just over a week. vance was wanted for the murder of his aunt and his uncle for a shooting at four people including two police officers. >> after not being heard or seen in days vance was spotted by a farmer earlier in the day in the western part of the state.
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the highway patrol spoke shortly after that. >> about 3:00 this afternoon a farmer discovered a vehicle in his field, a vehicle that came very close to matching the description of the vehicle we'd been looking for, the suspect vehicle. >> before that final shootout last night vance shot and wounded a sheriff's deputy, but he is expected to be okay. >> of course we're going to continue to follow the developments with that. we want to turn now to politics and the e-mail controversy that is now plaguing hillary clinton's campaign. >> the fbi now has a search warrant clearing the way to sift through thousands of e-mails found on a laptop used by clinton aide huma abedin and her husband anthony weiner. our latest abc news/"washington post" national tracking poll shows clinton's 12-point lead from last week has virtually
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evaporated. she's now just one point ahead of donald trump, which is a statistical dead heat. >> and trump is using the e-mail review to rev up his supporters saying we never thought we were going to say thank you to anthony weiner. it's your voice your vote. here's abc's mary bruce. >> reporter: hillary clinton fighting to shake off that october shocker. >> everyone is knocked down in life. what matters is whether you get back up. >> reporter: with days to go clinton now targeting a new opponent, fbi director james comey. >> some of you may have heard about a letter that the fbi director sent out yesterday. [ boos ] >> reporter: she's questioning his motivation and demanding answers about his review of new e-mails possibly linked to her private server, e-mails discovered on the laptop of disgraced former congressman anthony weiner, the estranged husband of clinton's top aide huma abedin. weiner now under investigation for allegedly sexting a teen. comey making the new review public on friday. even though there is no evidence of wrongdoing by clinton. >> it's pretty strange to put something like that out with such little information right
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before an election. in fact, in fact it's not just strange, it's unprecedented and it is deeply troubling. >> reporter: her campaign launching a coordinated strike. >> it's just extremely puzzling. why would you release information that is so incomplete when you haven't even seen the material yourself? >> it was long on innuendo, short on facts. so we're calling on mr. comey to come forward and explain what's at issue here. >> let's just get all the information out there on the table. there's hypotheticals flying all over the place. >> reporter: our latest polling shows roughly a third of all likely voters say the new e-mail probe makes them less likely to support clinton. but about 20 million americans have already cast their ballot. gail greenman already voted for clinton in florida.
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now she wishes she had more information. >> does this new investigation change at all how you would have voted? >> if i knew what it was about, it would have, it possibly would have. >> reporter: on the trail clinton eager to change the narrative. >> there's a lot of noise and distraction, but it really comes down to what kind of future we want. >> reporter: and clinton is getting some backup from top senate democrats demanding that comey release more information on this new review by today. in a scathing letter senate democratic leader harry reid is accusing comey of trying to influence the election. mary bruce, abc news, miami. >> she's getting a lot of support as well elsewhere. former attorney general and dozens of other former federal prosecutors have signed a letter criticizing the fbi director's decision to alert congress about those e-mails. and eric holder went even further, posting an op-ed in the "washington post." he called james comey a good man of integrity and honor. but he said good men make mistakes. holder said comey violated long-standing justice department policies and tradition on the proper way to conduct
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investigations during an election cycle. and experts are warning that central italy could be hit by more powerful earthquakes after a 6.6 quake struck over the weekend. it was the third major one to hit in just the past two months. abc's jennifer eccleston is there. >> reporter: a 6.6 magnitude tremor caused widespread destruction. this drone video showing crumbled buildings in the town of amatrice in central italy, the same town already hit by a deadly earthquake in august. the new tremors causing even more damage. panicked residents ran to safety, embracing, kneeling, praying in the central plazas. fears rising with each aftershock as more buildings disappear in a cloud of dust. firefighters helped cloistered nuns to safety, their church destroyed, the bell tower on the point of collapse. one nun describing what she felt saying -- >> "[ speaking foreign language ]. >> reporter: "there was this end of world feeling. you just can't say a tremor.
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it was more than that. all the house was moving." the earthquake was the strongest in italy in 36 years, hitting a mountain area just north of rome. pope francis mentioned the quake in his weekly sunday blessing, saying -- >> [ speaking foreign language ]. >> reporter: "i pray for the injured and for the families who have suffered damage." italy's prime minister promised help, telling reporters that -- >> [ speaking foreign language ]. >> reporter: "we will rebuild everything, the houses, the churches, and the businesses." that might take a long time. with thousands of people left without a roof over their heads and churches lying in a heap of rubble. jennifer eccleston, abc news, italy. back here at home, today of course is a huge day for fans of sweets. >> so let's get a look at that halloween forecast to see how those trick-or-treaters will fare. over in the western states they may need to bundle up a little.
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apparent storms will bring rain, wind, and mountain snow to the west, especially for northern california northward. it will be dry and chilly, though, for most of the rest of the country. >> and high temperatures will only reach the 50s in the northwest. not quite 70 in los angeles. dallas, memphis, new orleans should hit 87 degrees today. atlanta 86. washington's high will be 59. cooler further up northeast corridor. and some new details about an amazing story of survival. a 41-year-old motorcyclist survived a crash on a road in tennessee, then survived more than a day before help arrived. kevin diepenbrock fell 100 feet off that road after colliding with his friend, who did die in the accident. he couldn't move because of his injuries and he didn't have cell service. so he recorded a final good-bye video for his family. >> i don't know what to say. hopefully, i'll be able to sleep and catch a state trooper in the morning. i just want to say i love you
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guys. sorry i was being stupid. but you know, that's what i do. >> diepenbrock was saved when another motorcyclist heard his screams for help. he suffered 17 bone breaks, including 12 of his ribs and several other injuries. needless to say, though, still very, very thankful to be alive. so who doesn't like giant pandas? a guy in china apparently. he somehow got into the panda enclosure in an eastern chinese zoo and wrestled with one of the animals. officials say he was trying to impress a couple of female friends. that'll always do it. the panda thought he was playing. but the game got a little rough.
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zookeepers say the panda is doing fine. the guy is still on the run. and he's still single probably. and while we're dealing with animals, we have a question before we get to this next story. >> what's your question? >> is what you're about to look at really an animal? >> hmm. >> there's something seemingly swimming there in a river in alaska. but what is it? >> so when the video was posted online, plenty of people were saying it looked like the loch ness monster had swam over from scotland. >> that would be a little tough. >> but a biologist is throwing cold water on that theory. cold water. he says it looks like nessie is just a 15-foot piece of rope that's stuck to a bridge pier. >> no. that's no fun. >> come on. >> it's moving. that's alive. >> come on. >> what do you think it is, jack? it kind of looked like just some of the ice and snow trailed away. >> it's alive. >> it very much looks alive. i'm choosing to believe that nessie came for a visit. not this piece of rope off a bridge story. good one, biologists, good one.
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>> like they know anything. coming up, why david cassidy stopped the music over the weekend. what one fan was doing in the crowd that prompted the former "partridge family" star to dress him down and teach him a lesson. and a prank that's hacking smartphones across america, flooding 911 centers with bogus calls. how your phone may be next. "world news now" weather brought to you by mucinex. ugh, it's only lunchtime and my cold medicines' wearing off. i'm dragging. yeah, that stuff only lasts a few hours. or, take mucinex. one pill fights congestion for 12 hours. no thank you very much, she's gonna stick with the short-term stuff. 12 hours? guess i won't be seeing you for a while. is that a bisque? i just lost my appetite. why take medicines that only last 4 hours,
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well, technology may be outpacing law enforcement's ability to maintain control over its emergency dispatch centers. >> an internet prank has been hacking smartphones across america, flooding 911 centers with bogus calls, and even knocking those centers completely off line. here's abc's neal karlinsky. >> 911, what are you reporting? >> reporter: it was an otherwise normal night in thurston county, washington, when 911 operators thought they had a catastrophe on their hands. >> all of a sudden the phones just went off the hook. >> reporter: there was no emergency. it was a hoax fueled by a malicious hack taking over people's cell phones when they clicked on this link being spread on twitter. andrea jara clicked and lost control of her own phone. >> it just started calling 911 like crazy and i couldn't stop. i kept clicking the end button and nothing was happening. it just kept recalling, recalling, recalling. >> reporter: she's in florida where 911 operators were also
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hit. the broward county sheriff among those warning of the major public safety issue. in washington state an 18-year-old man has been arrested for investigation of data service interference. police say he claims he spread the link after getting it elsewhere. law enforcement are warning the shame link is being shared nationwide and once you click the only way to get your phone to stop calling 911 is to fully power it off. >> all right. great to know. abc's neal karlinsky. neal, thanks. when we come back, hear how celebrities are decking out for halloween. >> and what exactly angered david cassidy enough for him to stop the music right on stage? "the skinny" is next.
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♪ skinny ♪ skinny ♪ so skinny so october 31st. so it is halloween. and with that of course -- ♪ -- halloween celebrity style? >> so lots of celebs like to get all decked out on halloween just like the rest of us. and we're seeing a few photos from some of them now. >> they are fun. >> they've done very, very well. >> i mean, we had katy perry, who was getting all decked out. but they have more money than
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the rest of us in order to do halloween. so take a look at a video right now and you will see some of the celebrities that were getting decked out. >> can you guess who this is, by the way? because she takes the cake. >> and then some. >> and by takes the cake i mean probably also baked it. maybe milled the flour, churned the artisanal butter. jack? >> martha stewart. >> jack wins. martha stewart. >> very nice. i see the whole what you're doing there with she bakes a cake. >> see that? yeah. >> not quite as gory and definitely more recognizable, bette midler. resurrecting her character from "hocus-pocus," 23 years ago. >> and you might have noticed in the opening we showed you this little number. hard to tell, but that believe it or not is katy perry dressing as her political hero, hillary clinton. she even documented the transformation process on instagram. >> oh, did she? >> i like the little dance that's going along with it. >> and also i think her -- orlando dressed up as -- >> oh, i see her with all that makeup on. she can still chow down. >> orlando dressed up as bill. it was a perfect little combo
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for all of them. >> next up amy schumer and her boyfriend also showed off their style. they're eleven and dustin from "stranger things." >> okay. i see it. >> and completely over the top, chrissy teigen. >> with her kid. let's see chrissy. oh, their daughter. >> so cute. >> very, very cute. >> that's luna and not one, not two, she actually wore eight, ladies and gentlemen, eight different outfits. so far. >> look at that. i think the hot dog one is absolutely the best. >> she also was a hula dancer. she was little red riding hood. but yeah, the hot dog might be the cutest. maybe that's just because i'm hungry. next up, wasn't a whole lot of come on get happy at the hudson valley theater in new york. >> i see what you're saying. >> that was a "partridge family" --
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>> song. former "partridge family" star david cassidy stopped his concert to chew out a fan right on stage who shined a cell phone camera light in his face. he even demanded that security remove the fan immediately. >> turn it out. please have an usher remove this person. get them to turn it off or else i'm not going on anymore. i can't take it. >> a concertgoer reportedly actually did end up being removed from the concert. but he does not like a light in his face. >> apparently, the concertgoer is just shining his light to see if that was really shaun cassidy and then realized it's not shaun and he was happy to leave. finally, speaking of singing, we've been treated to a couple of high-profile singers at the seventh inning stretch of the world series. >> last night pearl jam's lead singer eddie vedder belted out "take me out to the ball game" at wrigley field, but he put a little bit of a comedic spin on his rendition. saturday night you might remember bill murray slipped into his daffy duck impression. ♪ take me out to the ball game ♪ take me out with the crowd
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and start gathering the information you need to help you go long™. ♪ trick or treat ♪ trick or treat ♪ trick or treat for halloween ♪ trick or treat ♪ trick or treat ♪ trick or treat for halloween ♪ better give a treat that's good to eat ♪ ♪ if you want to keep life serene ♪ ♪ trick or treat trick or treat indeed. for one little boy in florida it was definitely treat if you have to answer the question. a very special treat that is
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that he'll likely never forget. >> but how a surprise guest at a halloween party inspired a major costume change. here's abc's john donvan. >> reporter: when kids dress up for halloween they often go for make believe. mickey mouse for jaden hayes, age 4, who will be out there on halloween. >> he really likes mickey mouse as far as watching the television show. >> reporter: but a few days ago this same jaden hayes at a halloween party in gainesville, florida went out like this. a u.s. army soldier. a costume inspired for him by real life and close to home. jaden's dad, jermaine. but he has not been close to home this year. he's been stationed in iraq. >> it was very hard for his dad not to be around while he was deployed. >> reporter: that's why jaden wanted to go out like this, in a tribute to his father. >> yeah. >> reporter: but here's what's coming. his dad, you can't see him yet, and neither could jaden. he was in this crowd. >> it was a surprise my wife set up and i was just supposed to meet him while he was out trick or treating.
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and i just showed up. it was a surprise for me and him. >> reporter: and here it comes. >> daddy! >> hey, buddy. >> daddy. >> reporter: and what it means? the fictional mouse and the real-life soldier will be out trick-or-treating together because dad is home. and feeling like this? [ cheers and applause ] you can't dress that up. john donvan, abc news. >> good for him. >> cute little story. i love the stories when the parents away in the military come back and surprise the children. they're always great. >> never get tired of seeing those. don't miss our updates on facebook at >> coming up we have more news on abc. stay with us. >> announcer: this is abc's "world news now." informing insomniacs for two decades.
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