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back, now, with a u.p.s. truck starting to go right past a school bus with the stop arm signal extended. the truck came close to hitting three children that had gotten
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off of the bus. the truck driver has been charged because of the incident. he has been disciplined. the case involving the shooting of south carolina attorney alex murdaugh has become more complicated. he is facing a judge after indicating he tried to have himself killed after his wife and one of his sons were murdered. here's eva pilgrim. >> reporter: a once-prominent south carolina lawyer's stunning fall from grace. >> all rise. >> reporter: alex murdaugh, for -- turning himself in for allegedly planning his own murder nearly two weeks ago. police say the goal, to get his son a $10 million life insurance payout. >> anyone wants to see the face of what opioid addiction does, you're looking at it. this is a horrible disease. >> reporter: murdaugh's alleged accomplice, former client curtis edward smith, also appears in court on multiple charges
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includes assisted suicide. murdaugh's life coming under scrutiny, after the brutal unsolved murders of his wife, maggie, and 22-year-old son, paul, this past june. >> is he moving at all, your son? >> they're not -- neither one of them is moving. >> reporter: police have not identified any uspects but probes into that case now launching several other investigations. >> that was eva pilgrim reporting there. murdaugh's lawyers say after posting bail, he intended to return to an out-of-state drug rehab center. a shipping backlog has some retailers taking action to avoid holiday season shortages. a record number of cargo ships are waiting to dock. at the ports of los angeles and long beach. add to that covid-related supply chain issues and you have the real possibility of a toy shortage coming for the holidays. >> whatever becomes the hot toy of the season in the next month or two may not be there in huge quantities. >> to get around the problems, major retailers, including
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walmart, target, and home depot, are chartering private cargo vessels to make sure merchandise arrives in time. retail analysts say the best things consumers can do, is do their shopping now, which is september. for the end of december. >> crazy. coming up, guinness world record's new class of superstars, including most table tennis balls hit with a numb chuck look how cute they are. what experts hope to find out about how puppies learn. that's later in "the mix." and the young kindergarten class of service dogs. look how cute they are. what experts hope to find out about how puppies learn. you're watching "world news now." ♪ got to get you into my life e? you can sell you even a term policy, for an immediate cash payment. we thought we had planned carefully for our retirement. but we quickly realized that we needed a way to supplement our income. if you have one hundred thousand dollars or more of life insurance you may qualify to sell your policy. don't cancel or let your policy lapse without finding out what it's worth. visit to
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nothing is happier than when a puppy comes into your life. and happier still, when that puppy is a full-grown service dog. >> but the puppies in one class is doing some extra credit. our own will ganss is here with more on this cute story. >> reporter: we're reporting on back-to-school stories for kiddos going back to in-person school learning for over a year. but you've never seen a freshman class quite like this one. it's officially back-to-school season. and the duke canine cognition centers fall 2021 cohort is sharing the most paw-fect class photos. but this education class is serving a more educational purpose. >> the ultimate goal for us is to take a puppy like fearless and run them through a battery of tests. and then, at the end, say, okay, fearless, i think you're really good with someone in a wheelchair because you're so large. >> reporter: duke, studying
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these future service dogs, to assess the impact of different rearing strategies on their behavior and cognitive development. these dogs' jobs proving life changing and life-saving. >> coming here to get my guide dog was probably the best thing that really ever happened to me. >> reporter: something we witnessed firsthand at the guide dog foundation in smithtown, long island. >> this bond is just so deep, it's hard to describe. you just fall in love with them. and they fall in love with you. and you're a team. >> reporter: meanwhile, back at duke, this kindergarten class, ethel, gilda, dunn, gloria and fearless, attempting to get that class photo. >> this is the most adorable chaos that i've ever seen. >> reporter: in the coming weeks, they'll undergo early aptitude testing. they will identify the puppies most likely to graduate as consist dance dogs.
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they will play games to determine which jobs they are best suited for. >> we have about 100 duke undergraduates involved. they do everything from taking the puppies back to their dorm at night to look after them at nighttime. they scoop the poop. they feed them. help us with the research. duke students are the backbone of this project. >> reporter: duke students working from 8 to 20 weeks old, until graduation day when the pups are ready to go fetch their dream job. each puppy is assigned to three student volunteers. they take care of the puppies two nights a week. the volunteers are trained on how to teach the puppies good behavior, like sitting and waiting before they eat. >> i don't care what those puppies do wrong. they better get straight-as. >> reporter: can you imagine failing one of these adorable faces? >> right? >> will not happen. >> they are impressive enough. >> reporter: exactly. >> an important role, as service animals. >> reporter: exactly. not a lot of research has been done on how they are reared and how that translates to cognitive abilities later in life. >> thanks, will. coming up, a dog that is a real record-setter.
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♪ ♪ time, now for a special "mix." a whole bunch of the newest entries into the guinness book of world records. >> and first up is the gymnast bethany lodge, who did the fastest 100-meter fast forward rolls. and the most backward somersaults, burpees, five in 30 seconds. >> why? why not? the adorable bloodhound with the longest ears ever. roughly over one foot each. >> look at those. this artist combined her
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sculpting abilities with to jump rope with her own hair. for 30 seconds. and you have disney superfan jorge arias, who has the most memorabilia from the film "cars." >> and this is the oldest living penguin in captivity. she will be turning 42 years old on october 4th. >> happy birthday. and to the most table tennis balls hit with a nunchuck. in one minute, totalling a whopping 35 times. and the cat/dog duo riding into the weekend, with their scooter. polka next. >> welcome back swedish sensation goodhill carly and carly's darlings. ♪ politics and foreign wars all the weather ♪ ♪ all the scores that's the "world news" polka ♪ ♪ if you're an insomniac and a good night's sleep you lack ♪ ♪ do the "world news" polka ♪ ♪ it's late at night and you're wide awake ♪ ♪ and you're not wearing pants ♪ ♪ grab your "world news now" mug and everybody dance ♪
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