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of a vast armenian gang that cost medicare $164 million by stealing identities of patients and doctors and by setting up phantom clinics in 25 states. lenders seized more u.s. homes this summer than in any three month stretch since the housing market begin to bust back in 2006. that as it cording to figures released overnight. >> but some of the foreclosures may be challenged in court because of faulty paperwork. t.j. winick is joining us. good morning, t.j. >> reporter: good morning. for thousands of homeowners who lost their homes during the recession the pain was bad enough. now word that many of the properties may have been foreclosed on illegally. with the help of a locksmith, the balanos family reentered their former california home. the house was foreclosed on two months ago when the family was evicted. but the family claims the whole process was illegal so they contacted an attorney and moved back in. >> little bit worried. but we are excited to bring my family back and keep dreaming.
>> i think the burden is on the other parties to prove that we have done something wrong. >> reporter: attorneys general in all 50 states may agree. they launched a joint investigation into allegations that mortgage companies broke laws in foreclosing on homeowners when they employsed robo signers who failed to verify the accuracy of affidavits and have documents properly know to properly notorized. >> inaccurate documents. conflict of interest, faulty chains of title and failures to provide required disclosures. >> last week, allied, bank of america, and j.p. morgan chase halted foreclosures in 23 states admitting they made mistakes. >> they were suggesting they might resolve this in months. analysts thinking at the breadth and depth of the problem that it is likely to take at least a year. >> abc news has learned in some cases, companies hired by banks that take over empty homes are actually breaking into them
before the property is even in foreclosure. rob, vinita? >> witnesses to the fort hood shooting have started telling their stories at a hearing for the accused shooter, nadal hassan. the hearing is to determine whether there is enough evidence to court martial hassan. now to a lightning fast birth that caught both mother and father off-guard. an 8 1/2 pregnant boca raton woman thought she had to use the bathroom. taken by surprise when the baby started coming out. her shocked husband called 911 and an operator gave him step by step instructions. >> put the baby in the mother's arms or on her belly. be sure the cord is not wrapped around the baby's neck. be sure to keep the baby and the mother warm. okay. >> talk to me! >> yes, make sure both of them are warm. okay. wrap towels around them and be sure to keep the baby and the
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>> face to face last night in delaware. the candidates who want to take over vice president biden's old senate seat. the democrat came out firing accusing tea party backed republican christine o'donnell of being an extremist who could promote partisanship. o'donnell warned though that her opponent would be a rubberstamp for obama. all the polls in that state have o'donnell trailing. president obama goes after young voters today. he will take part in a townhall meeting airing on mtv. >> the first lady continues her political tour, raising money for the colorado democratic senator, michael bennett. we are joined by john hendron. good morning. >> reporter: president obama, vice president joe biden and former president bill clinton have all been rallying democrats to vote in november. now first lady michelle obama has joined the celebrity campaigners for democrats. the white house brought out its most popular campaign draw. >> yes we, can, wisconsin. yes, we must.
and yes, we will. >> the president brings out the democratic base. but the first lady apoles peals independents and with three weeks to go she asked them to help them by helping wisconsin senator russ feingold. >> he cannot do this alone. he needs strong leaders to help him. >> reporter: high profile democrats are lining up. >> the policies of the last administration, decimated, decimated ordinary families. >> reporter: embattled democrats are struggling in long time strong holds like california where jerry brown played defense after an aide compared his rival to a prostitute. >> have you chastised your chairman pete wilson who called the congress whores to the public sector unions. >> you know better, jerry, a completely different thing. >> reporter: richard bloomenthal is on the ropes against linda
mcmahon. >> there have been seven dead wrestlers since she started campaigning for this office. >> typical that you need to continue to talk about wwe, because clearly you don't want to talk about job creation. >> all that celebrity campaigning might just be working. polls still show republicans with an edge going into the midterm elections but that gap is narrowing. vinita, rob. >> a big youth vote that got president obama elected two years ago. but all the headlines now, that enthusiasm gap includes the young folks who don't plan on turning out to the polls in november. >> you mention enthusiasm. if you look at the sheer numbers for the tea party, christine o'donnell, jgenerating $3 million. and they're money making machines. they're getting people to donate. >> in three months. $14 million. incredible numbers there. >> when we come back, thoughts on why it was so riveting watching the chilean mine rescue
well the d well the drama at the mine in chile was certainly riveting there is absolutely no doubt about that. >> the is was easy to see how it brought about common universal feelings, sympathy and a lot of joy. >> the feelings not lost on our john donvan. >> reporter: as they began coming out of the earth last night and all day today, how many different languages was that chilean soccer song translated. the one where they changed the words to say "we've got to get them out." but we all knew what they were saying, no translation needed. as this story moved out at sunrise across the globe this morning. there was something going on here, a bad situation and normally we want to look away from those, a bad situation, we're going back to early augustch we all knew the stakes. they were simple. there were men trapped inside
that mountain, inside this endless moment, all they wanted simple and honest was to get out while all they could do was to wait and to chew through time. and the meaning of that time. well look what we did with it up on the surface while they waited inside that mine. we saw a justice sworn in. and a rally in washington. and a party in hollywood. and a championship in new york. and a dress made of meat on the lady named gaga. and we saw them getting started again in "dancing with the stars" a devastating flood hit southeast asia. and there was so much more, so much life unfolding in the sun light while they waited inside of the earth. it's not something that is easy to contemplate, it is unsettling. stifling even to think about it. because being trapped and the really striking thing was once they got the cameras down there we could watch them in the rock made prison. being trapped and confined is an evil that we all understand.
and that we all rebel against. the only side to root for here was the get them out of there side. seeing those faces in that murky light, it really brought us together, but you know we have seen the story before and it's always had the power, jonah and the whale or the three men in outer space who found out they might not get back. >> houston, we have a problem. >> there is a reason that hollywood picked the story up. statistically speaking none of us had gone to the moon, but humanly speaking we all know that creepy, pressed in upon feeling, when all you want to dupe is get back home. we keep making that movie, tom hanks again trapped in "castaway" and survivors in "alive" semireal survivors in the semireality of reality television. there is nutding like real reality, time in the 80s when a little girl stumbled into a well once again we all watched when that event gave us the ending we wanted. leave it to woody allen to remind us in "radio days" where
an announcer's voice described a rescue, child down a well, a nation transfixed to remind us we don't always get those endings. >> polly phelps is dead. >> some times our side loses the tragic moment in west virginia when the coal miners thought to have survived a cave-in, with the church bells ringing, turned out in the end to be dead. all but one, dead. but this time, thank god, and thank humanity they got what we wanted them to get, what we all want to get, freedom. the most basic kind there is. freedom to breathe clean air and to walk into the arms of your loved onesch we all get that story. and it is irresistible, because good things happen too, and we don't want to look away from those ever. i'm john donvan in washington. >> an extraordinary human drama. the part of the piece that got me all the things that happened up here on the ground while they were trapped underneath. kind of puts into perspective
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just some incredible images there from the chilean mine rescue, just dominated the headlines around the world for the last two days. of course like anything else there is a lighter side to -- to the story. this i think, both of ours favorite story from the rescue here. apparently one of the miners, 21st man out, jani barrios. two men were there chanting his
name before they were rescued. one was the wife. one the mistress. start aid cat fight at camp hope. who would be there yesterday to greet him. but aparentally, jani said he irked his wife, when i am rescued i want my wife and mistress there when i get out. the wife was none too pleased. you know what i am happy he was saved, a miracle from god. i will not attend the rescue. the picture there is of jani and the mistress, the mistress showed up, not the wife of 28 years the he has some explaining to do. >> what's interesting. the wife has come out and said in the past there was infidelity. they cleared all that up. and this mistress was involved, five years. the wife you can understand she didn't want to be there. she wished him well. very classy. there has been so much talk about tv deals and book deals and everything else that is going to happen for these men.
guys that went from making $400 a week and craziest mats. we found an interesting article talking specifically about what all of them could get. this article said after the 48-hour stay, there are offers of book deals, tv interviews and prospect of a movie, starring javier bardham. the lawye the miners called a lawyer, and a binding agre ing ing ing ing . the group reject aid string of requests. instead they made plans to wlit a book, collectively about the journey. the reports are they could be offered anywhere from $250,000 to $375,000 for exclusive tv ibts views. of course, product endorses are a possibility. a british publisher bought the rights. the inside story of the trapped
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mine miracle. after 69 days, all 33 miners have now been successfully pulled to freedom from that chilean mine the hot wheels. >> gradual electrification is inevitable. >> one car company's drive into the future with electric cars. and cougar attack. >> mrs. robinson, you are trying to seduce me. >> why some of hollywood's older leading ladies are now single and on the prowl.
it's thursday, october 14th. >> cameron diaz is an older lady now. >> by hollywood standards. who doesn't love a cougar? >> there could be a face of the cougar, courtney cox after the splitup it her husband. report lead been offered $1 million to be the face of a cougar website. no word on if she will accept it. could be the face. >> pays to be a cougar. good morning. i'm rob nelson. >> i'm vinita nair. this morning the most audacious mine rescue is over. >> in words of one of the scientist involved "it was 75% engineering and 25% a miracle." diane alvear joins us from the san jose mine. good morning, diana. >> reporter: vinita, rob, good morning. after the planning, preparation, precautions and the test runs.
it is amazing to say that all 33 of the miners are finally free after more than two months underground. less than 24 hours after it started, the rescue was complete. meticulously planned and precisely executed. >> we have experience aid night that we will never forget. full of emotion. full of joy. >> reporter: it was tuesday, just after midnight local time that the first miner, florencio avalos emerged. but avalos would have to wait for 23 others to be pulled to freedom before renan got out of the capsule. the world watched as the fenix delivered the 33 miners, the oldest, 63-year-old mario gomez. the youngest, 19-year-old jimmy sanchez. then there is this miner, he watched the birth of his baby girl on a monitor half a mile underground. he will get to hold his
daughter. finally, luis urzua was strapped in. he insisted on being the last man out. the moment he appeared, the world celebrated having witness aid true miracle. and we have heard that some of the freed miners might be leaving the hospital as early as today. that its a testament to their surprisingly good health considering everything that they had to go through. vinita? rob? >> diana, thank you. the miners face serious health risks for one they will have to be careful for their eyes. >> as we can see every one of the miners wore the dark glasses as they came up to the surface. now our medical editor explains why. >> probably be able to take them off in the next couple days. when you are living in an environment that is dark, your eyes lose their ability to handle light. if you come up suddenly it can damage the back of your eye and led to permanent eye damage. mainly precautionary measure. they will be following them in
darkened rooms and slowly bring them to the light. >> the miners are spending what nay be their final night together after so long underground. doctors say finding ways to stay together will have to be part of their recovery. later, what it took to bring the men to the surface. in other news -- democrats call her their secret weapon. first lady michelle obama is back on the campaign trail for the first time nearly two years stumping in colorado after a day in the midwest. sharon alfonsy was with her. >> reporter: in milwaukee no mudslinging instead focus on her role as mom in chief. >> my children are at the center of my world. >> reporter: the first lady counseling patience to voters who wanted change. >> many of us came into this expecting to see all the change we talked about happen all at once. right away. but the truth is, it is going to take a longer time to dig ourselves out of this hole than any of us would like. >> reporter: the white house is now dispatching michelle obama
to help candidates in eight key states over the next three weeks. >> my sisters and other people say, the one i really want to meet is michelle obama. >> reporter: she was in wisconsin with senator feingold. do you think she is a greater asset than the president? >> no, the president is number one. she is close second. >> reporter: the numbers tell a different story. the first lady's favorability rating 68%. her husband, 50%. >> reporter: why do you like her? >> because she is so, she seems so down to earth. >> reporter: even so, linda fisher told us that is unlook low to influence her vote. >> something needs to be changed the we need new blood. >> reporter: democrats hope the first lady's star power can rally the base and bring a cash infusion to the struggling candidates. tickets to fundraisers for the first lady range from $250 to $30,000 for preferred seating and a picture. meaning is costs to mingle with her than the president.
sharon alfonsy, milwaukee. all 50 states and washington, d.c. are jointly investigating fraud in the mortgage market. the investigation could force mortgage companies to settle allegations that they used flawed paperwork. major lenders have admit they'd side foreclosure documents without reading them. the defense department and homeland security are teaming up to fight siber atta ecyberattac. such as a hacking breach of google servers back in december. however, some privacy experts are concerned because the defense department's spy division, national security agency, will have a lead role. new figures show the crime rate in the country at a record low. the government says violent crime and property crime dropped last year to their lowest levels since 1973. when the nation began record keeping. and look at the last decade. violent crime is down, 39%. property crime, down 29%.
experts attribute smarter policing in high crime areas and targeting of repeat offenders. hurricane paula is now losing steam this morning. as it brushes by cuba. it is forecast to weaken to a tropical storm. heavy rain is expected to dranch the farmland needed for cuba's world famous secure. the yucatan peninsula, without inflicting to much damage. an american tourist did drown off cancun. with that now, look at your thursday forecast. isolated flooding in south florida. heavier rain from the carolinas, to d.c. that will move late near philadelphia, new york and eventually into new england. meanwhile, windy in the mid-atlantic. showers from seattle to tacoma. >> phoenix will climb to 97. portland, 68. 60s from fargo, minneapolis, detroit. 59 in boston. 62 in new york. 82 in new or leans. it is home to tallest
mountain in the world. and now one of smallest wonders as well. this man is now officially the world's shortest man. he stands just 22 inches tall and weighs 12 pounds. he was certified by "guinness" today on his 18th birthday. he is 5 inches shorter than a colombian man who previously held the record. we cannot write stuff as good as this. he said he wants to get married and travel the world in his wife's handbag. save him some money on tickets. >> like paris carries her little dog. >> oh. >> we'll be right back with more "world news now." if you fight to sleep in the middle of the night,
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welcome back, everybody. they're still a small percentage of the vehicles on the nation's roads. talking about electric cars. >> plenty of companies are making them. our tech contributor, daniel seaberg reports on what ford is putting on the road. >> kind of hitting the gas is the wrong term. >> with an electrical vehicle. >> hitting the accelerator. >> while ford has an upcoming line of electric vehicles, some fully electric, some high briyb. >> they're hedging their bets. definitely to a certain extent. they're successful with hybrids now, fusion hybrid, 41 miles a gallon. they're going to build on that. they announced they're getting five electric vehicles of some kind by 2012. a couple will be battery powered. two will be regular hybrid. and a plug-in. >> reporter: fletcher writing a book, says ford is aiming for the middle of the road rather
than reinvent the wheel, ford is taking existing models like the ford focus with a gas engine and offering an electric based version designed to save on manufacturing costs and ease the consumer into the idea. >> the idea is to save money. they want to build them all in the same lines. be able to adjust to demand. if gas spikes to $18 a gallon, then, they have battery electric cars they can ramp up quickly. >> ford says it is committed to electric cars and wants to give consumers choice over confusion. >> this has the battery in the back. it has the both, 110 volt charge that you can use. and you can, use the 220 volts. the 220 volts require a little bit of wiring and the customer drives but then you can charnge it. you can get the range. whatever you charge, 110, 220. >> as ford seeks to get ahead of chevy, nissan and others. the company's approach sounds
sound. >> gradual electrification is inevitable. a smart stat grategy. foirdz ford is in better shape. it seems like a smart strategy. >> ford partnered with microsoft, an evolution of their sync technology. in this case, using the screen to tell you when optimal times would be to recharge it once you get home. the ford focus which will get a range of 100 miles will use a liquid system to cool and heat the lithium ion battleries critical to keeping them safe and functional especially in extreme temperatures. >> it can survive we manage cooling and heating so we can keep the technology within a temperature rainening that is very comfortable in terms of durability. >> in our lifetimes we will see many more electric based vehicles hitting the road. ford is in for a tight race.
>> this takes it to the next level the to propel the vehicle. it its definitely in the future. not the only thing in the future. >> obviously ford is not alone in its pursuit of electric drive train vehicles. in fact one analyst estimates that over the next four years, we'll see as many as 108 vehicles come to market that are somehow electric drive train. plug-in, hybrid or fuel cell. who knows maybe one day they will be the standard in stead of the exception. rob, vinita. >> some complain about the unreliability of the cars. if gas prices keep shooting up. >> one thing you hear, charging outlets how will people who choose to buy the cars be able to charge them up. if you look at chevy, nissan, the volt and the leaf, looks like daniel is right. things are headed in that direction and soon could all be in the electric cars. >> i have trouble keeping my cell phone charged. we'll see. coming up next, the miracle at
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back now to the remarkable rescue, everyone from the chilean mine. in so many ways the people working to get the men out have no blueprint to go by. >> nothing like this rescue has ever literally been done before. the massive effort took of course some ingenuity above the ground and down below as jeffrey kofman reports. >> reporter: all that ingenuity began underground where the miners formed a tribal culture, a system that may be a key to their survival. >> emotional support and structure in environments where people are in fear for their lives are really what allow people to remain calm and focused on the way ahead. in these context, leaders are dealers in hope. >> reporter: the shift foreman, luis urzua, ended by letting everyone leave before he did began creating a plan for
structure, activity and emotional support underground. >> i don't think what we saw here is all that unusual. i think it is very representative of the human spirit and the way that people pull together when they're under conditions of adversity. >> reporter: once the men are found the attention shifts above ground. months ago we were here reporting on chile's response to one of most powerful earthquakes in history. we saw road repair crews at work within hours and more than one international relief experts told us to countries do disaster better than chile. that crisis management would be called on here at the san jose mine where it turned out that finding the miners would be the easy part. sustaining them underground and getting them out were the real challenge. >> i think the chilean government was able to successfully rescue these miners because they greeted everybody with open arms. we don't care what country you
are from if you have something to help us please bring it. >> reporter: rescuers were aided by on oil drill, nasa, a cable from germany, so the capsule won't spin, help from argentina, south africa. there is no exact parallel to the predicament the men are in. the closest may be the long isolation of astronauts. chile invites four nasa doctors. and they say chile has broken frontiers here. >> there will not only be a case study in medicine, mining and businesses as well. they were innovative how they got supplies and -- logistics down to the miners. >> at the same time they had to devise a plan to get the men out. sure a rescue capsule was used in the rescue in pennsylvania but that was 230 feet down. this was ten times deeper. it was in part the failure of government oversight that caused this mining disaster but it was the swift and efficient response of the chilean government that
turned what could have been a tragedy into an inspiration. it is hard to compare various mine disasters. i will say, having been personally involved in hurricane katrina and watched closely the gulf oil spill. we did not do as well here in the united states as the chilean government did effectively utilizing resources from all over the world. >> reporter: call it the little country that could. i'm jeffrey kofman reporting from the san jose mine in chile. >> with an international story like this. it is interesting to see how the international newspapers are covering this story. take a look at some of the headlines from overseas. this one basically says -- all of chile celebrates the happy end of the historic rescue of 33 miners. >> many are saying this has been an excellent operation for brand chile. the president greeted each miner. a boost to business abroad. tourism.
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>> once taboo in the graduate, seems to be the new thing. older mi older whippen on the prowl for younger men. why does it so often fail for women? courtney cox and david arquette are the latest cup ouple to calt quits. >> on howard stern, arquette reflected and how cox has become more like a mother than a lover. >> she gave me the motorcycle and she said i don't want to be your mother anymore. i got it. >> we go to do "scream 4" and i'm feeling distance obviously from my wife. >> do women in these kinds of relationships often end up becoming like the mother? >> that is very common. he doesn't want to sleep with ape motherch she doesn't want to sleep with a son. that does not make for passion. >> reporter: arquette admitted they haven't had sex for four
months and he turned to this 28-year-old in their trial separation. >> i had sex with the girl once, maybe twice. >> an accusation that ashton kucher faced, claiming the pair slept together. demi posted this photo of herself on twitter, looking like a 20-something, the same day rumors emerged. linda evans says the pressure of dating a younger man is intense. she admitted to having plastic surgery to keep up with a much younger yani who eventually broke her heart. >> it was so intense, and so unbelievable. >> the is was such a big love. how hard was it when you broke up? >> the is was hard. it awas absolutely devastating. >> there is very much that fear he will leave for some one younger. she has added pressure to diet, exercise, keep herself up. >> i dated demi i never had any of the problems. >> you didn't mind.
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heading home. for the first time in more than two months, the 33 miners are back on the surface and the mine is empty. keeping the faith. the leaders amongst the trapped miners that emerged from the accident and kept the mens' hopes alive. and loose livestock. >> that's cow manure, we have it coming all up my driveway. >> how cows are making one texas suburb look like the wild west. it's thursday, october 14th.
>> you grew up in texas is that your neighborhood? >> i really hope not. it's gone crazy. always a pleasant morning topic isn't it? >> yes. good morning, everybody, i'm rob nelson. >> i'm vinita nair. what a good morning for the 33 miners and everyone around the world who watched their amazing rescue. >> just after midnight this morning, the last man, a rescuer himself, was pulled to the surface above the san jose mine. it was the final act of what has been a month's long drama. >> diana alvear was there. and joins us now. good morning, diana. >> reporter: vinita, rob, good morning. after the planning and the preparation and the precautions and the test runs, it's amazing to be able to say all 33 miners are finally free after more than two months under ground. less than 24 hours after it started, the rescue was complete. meticulously planned and precisely executed. >> we have experienced a night
that we will never forget. full of emotion. full of joy. >> reporter: it was tuesday just after midnight local time that the first miner, florencio avalos emerged. he embraced his wife and sobbing 7-year-old son. avalos would have to wait for others to be pulled to freedom. before his brother, renan got out of that capsule. the world watched as the fenix delivered the miners. the oldest, 63-year-old gomez, the youngest, 19-year-old jimmy sanchez. there is this man, who watched the birth of his baby girl on a monitor half a mile underground. he will get to hold esperanza for the first time. finally, luis urzua was strapped in. he insisted on being the last man out. the moment he appeared the world
celebrated having witnessed a true miracle. and we have heard that some of the freed miners might be leaving the hospital as early as today. that is a testament to their surprisingly good health considering everything that they had to go through. vinita. rob. >> you can say the miners owe their freedom to one man, in particular, chile's president sebastian pinera, he insisted no effort at all was spared in the massive rescue operation. >> the president was there to welcome each of the men as they were brought out of that mine. for him that was a very personal reward. >> first of all, they were so grateful of life, so full of hope and trust and they first of all they had their wives, their daughters, their parents, and they were really full of life. they were full of emotions. full of joy. not only in chile, all over the world. and the miners they gave us a lesson -- a lesson of unity. of work in partnership, of faith, of hope. so it has been -- a day that we will never, never forget.
>> see the happiness on his face for sure. the chilean government has promised to care for the miners until each of them has been readjusted back to their normal life. later in this half-hour we'll take a closer look at two of the men who began as miners but became heroes. dozens of people have gathered at a north carolina church to remember zohra claire baker, the girl was reported missing. and police now believe she was killed by her stepmother. >> reporter: in court, lisa baker, zohra's stepmom, appeared before a judge with two attorneys at her side. she is charged with obstruction of justice after police say she admitted to writing a ransom note the day the girl was reported missing. the judge appointed scott riley to represent her. he says lisa baker feels she is being railroaded by police. >> she says she is not a killer had nothing to do with this whatsoever, that she has tried to cooperate with the police.
that she loves her daughter. >> reporter: police released very little information. but we could see them at several locations back in burke county north of morganton. running down possible leads. like a call from this woman who smelled something outside her home. >> yes, i want them to find it. i am very concerned about her. we have smelled it since sunday. it was real bad last night. >> reporter: police say they didn't find anything around the home. the area is less than a mile from where officers conducted a massive search for zohra. a property where police say her father had access to a wood chipper. just down the road from where melvin campbell lives. he too called police after spotting an suv on a logging road. >> everybody keep their eye out. see something suspicious, call the law. >> relatives and former neighbors describe the stepmother as nasty tempered and violent. other neighbors say they feared for the girl's safety. in political news, delaware senate candidates faced off on a
nationally televised debate. tea party republican christine o'donnell, o'connell claimed her opponent was a marxist who would rubberstamp obama policies. and meanwhile, the democrat warned that o'donnell would legislate her extreme views. o'donnell trails by double digits in the polls but has raised $3 million from supporters around the country. >> thousands of claims against a chinese dry wall company could be settled. an announcement expected today in new orleans that the company will repair 300 homes as a pilot program. that could pave the way for settlement of all the claims. homeowners claimed that the dry wall emitted a bad smell. and core roded pipes and wiring. a case of being in the right place at the right time. it turned out to be a lifesaver for a woman in louisiana. she was trapped in her car after it ran off the road and burst into flames. a man driving by just happened to be a salesman with a truck load of rescue equipment. including those famous jaws of life. he eventually freed the woman, her boots were on fire and the
car was burned to a crisp. but, get this -- she did survive. cuba is now bearing the brunt of hurricane paula but it could weaken to a tropical storm any time this morning. the storm is expected to dump up to 6 inches of rain in the country's tobacco growing region. and more in the mountains. paula sideswiped mexico's yucatan peninsula. the tourist areas were spared of any major damage. as paula continues to churn. you can look for tropical downpours and isolated flooding in miami, the keys and fort lauderdale. a stormy day from the carolinas up to d.c. drenching afternoon rain in philly and new york. getting up to maine by tonight. showers though in the pacific northwest. >> 61, seattle. 72, boise. 75, albuquerque. mid 70s, kansas city, omaha. 66 in chicago. 61 in baltimore. 71 in atlanta. 84 in miami. a story of crime and punishment, halloween style. >> you are about to fall in love
with this guy. owner of a virginia costume store decided not to press charges after catching a shoplifter red-handed. instead he found his own version of justice he made the 18-year-old acknowledge his crime by carrying a sign dressed like burt from sesame street. >> the owner says it is a good way to set the teen strait without messing up his future with an arrest record. as for the shoplifter though he says it is a lesson well learned. there you go, burt. >> he got off easy though. his face is covered. >> not bad. >> i would have made him into a woman with a short skirt. >> hey. >> hey that is a whole different story. >> we'll be back with "world news now." ♪ hó
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and yesterday as well, of course that amazing rescue of the chilean miners, now a done deal. all 33 men have been rescued and are now at the same hospital. >> the whole story started back in august. the men were anonymous to the outside world. that is not the case anymore. for two of them in particular. here is jeffrey kofman. >> reporter: in the 70 days they mountain the world has gotten to know a lit about man of the 33 men as the stories of their lives have filtered to the surface. but two of them have become larger than life, taking center stage in an extraordinary real life reality show played out underground but on tv. their names are likely to become familiar. if they aren't already. mario sepulveda and luis ursua. mario was number two on the list of those rescued. from the first videos from the mine, he has been the number one media darling in chile, known as the presenter of the group he took the world on a video tour of their stifling living quarters. [ speaking foreign language ] and he charmed, thanking those outside for providing them
adequate music, cracking jokes. here he says, they need privacy in the phone room because they're macho men and they need to be alone to cry. he went into the mine an unknown 41-year-old electrician married to an accountant with whom he has two children. he says he wants to go on that way. that he wants to die a miner. when he emerged to the surface last night it was clear that may no longer be in the cards. mario has become a rock star. super mario as he is now called was clearly ready for his close-up. he worked the crowd. and then there is luis ursua. the shift foreman and leader of the crew of 33. while much more soft-spoken than
, ursua, age 54 has emerged as the fearless, miraculously composed commander-in-chief. he immediately put in place a set of rules and regulations about how to proceed in their new underground world. the shift foreman is considered the owner of the mine. an almost sacrosanct leader in the world of mining. it was he who sent up the infamous note, alert ing the world, we are all well in the shelter, the 33. some wonder if the men would be alive if it wasn't for luis. he rationed the emergency food to two teaspoons of tuna and half glass of milk every other day. which appeared to be staggeringly accurate. when they made contact with the miners there was two days of food left. as days turned into weeks, luis used his training as topographer to map out where the men should work, sleep, and clean. this is our office he shows the camera. our floor is mud. he would turn on the headlights
of his make shift office, a white pickup truck, so the men could see what looked like a bit of sunshine. luis has been integral in making the men feel they have a purpose and routine. he had them stick to their jobs. he created a day and night routines and had them work in 12 hour shifts just like they did before the disaster. always levelheaded, ursua said they were being realistic and knew it was a difficult situation and thank you to everyone who was helping from above. and so it seemed only appropriate that ursua would be the last of the 33 to leave the mine, setting the world record for the longest time surviving underground after a mining accident. like the captain of a ship he was the last one to leave. i'm jeffrey kofman, at the san jose mine in chile. it's no surprise the world was riveted by all of that. we finally have numbers so you can get a sense of how many people were actually watching. some of the estimates show that
between four and five, 4 million page views per minute. in terms of an event on the internet the only things that topped the rescue, world cup, wimbledon, and inauguration. the world really was watching not an understatement when you hear news people say that. >> i know, really. that was the thing. it was such a well-produced, well-choreographed rescue. streamed to the world. you could tune in to the internet and watch the footage. they expected the rescue to take 36 to 48 hours. it took 22 1/2. all the drama unfolded live around the world. absolutely incredible day. >> made for tv event. >> yes. >> when we come back it is "skinny" time and who is betting against tiger woods. >> more about the courtney cox
tiger woods, roger federer not that they did anything. involves a company, img, one of the biggest sports management firms in the entire world. now they have been sued by a printing company, agate printing company, the head of img, this guy named -- theodore forsman, betting millions against, involving sports events and used some inside information from federer to bet on a big tennis match. also goes on to say -- and this guy, the head of img, pretty much hates tiger woods and bet against him through this alleged scheme of the printing company. the suit claims the guy also made some derogatory comments against minorities as well. the this guy is accused of using the printing company to bet millions of bucks, betting against tiger, getting inside information from roger federer. the lawyer says, this is all preposterous, this is beyond
false reporting to the lawyer. and the printing company, basically a year ago, april '09, admitted to spreading lies about forsman. so they're kind of dismissing the whole thing. tiger and roger, messed up in a messy, sports gambling mess. >> hard to imagine your own agent betting against you. that's what caught people's imagination. wow, they're betting against their own people. >> there was some bad blood there. the guy said maybe not nice things about black folks, jews, messy, let's see. >> we'll hear more on that one. >> let's talk about courtney cox and david arquette. you know this one broke my heart. if you haven't heard the news -- they separated after 11 years of marriage. he went on to say it was her idea to separate. she had grown tired of my behavior after 11 years of marriage. well, david arquette was on howard stern and take a listen to what he said, some very honest comments about what was going on in their life. >> i'm feeling distance obviously from my wife. she was very reflective of where
our relationship was. we decided to get into a trial separation. she is like, listen, i want you to be able to -- you know, do whatever you have to do. essentially, free to see people. >> yeah. as the interview progressed he went on to admit he had had intercourse with another woman. he said he never cheated on her while they were together. after the trial separation, he says that is the woman he had sex with, her name is jamie wahls, bartender and aspiring actress and has some secret drug arrests now coming forward. in terms of what courtney is doing these days -- there are rumors she could also be with one of her co-stars. she is denying all of this. they're saying the guy, brian van holt could have gotten physical, maybe an emotional affair of sorts. right now, howard stern, defending david, saying he is an honorable guy, trying to set the record straight. a lot of people saying did he share a little too much. >> little backlash. did you talk too much. before we go, let me give a shout out to rapper t.i., apparently a guy in
downtown atlanta yesterday, about to jump off a building. t.i. makes a video message. here is the guy on the radio. makes a video message. comes down to the building. helps talk him off. the guy did not jump. t.i. got involved and helped save a man's life in atlanta. so a good deed. there you go. if you fight to sleep in the middle of the night,
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their amazing story continues today. and speaking of amazing stories, this one takes us to your hometown, the big d, dallas, texas. >> dallas, dallas, texas. i don't say it properly either. sure texans are used to horses and cattle, more for ranches and not for cities. >> some animals have not gotten the message as gary reeves of of dallas station, wfaa reports. >> reporter: the neighbor around bronx avenue and pentagon parkway is so urban, residents protect their houses with bars. it is not crime that troubles anthony williams these days it is cows and horses. >> a grass area of the yard has been totally destroyed. of course, it was cows this type. looked like long horn steer or something. barely can have sleep behind horses and cows. just all in my yard. just having lunch. >> reporter: at 3:00 a.m. he snapped the photos of the invaders. he says they eat up his yard. >> i have so much damage.
>> reporter: they also rip off his siding. >> all of this siding here has been torn up due to horses and cows in the neighborhood. >> it is a bad situation in this neighborhood. >> reporter: like a good guest they leave something behind. >> horse manure or perhaps cow manure. coming all the way up my driveway. >> reporter: cows and horses seem to come from across five mile creek. we found lots of horses and cows roaming. owners are supposed to keep them fenced in. when they do get out. >> quarter houses, paints. >> reporter: it is paul's job to round them up. he is the sheriff's livestock deputy. >> we had to find out who actually owned the land down in here. >> reporter: who owns the cows? >> cows and horses, yeah. >> reporter: it has taken the city more than a year to pinpoint the owners. now city must notify them to corral their live stock. if they don't, within a month or two the county will. it won't be easy. >> i have caught a few. they're pretty wild.
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