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hold on! yah! take my hand! what are you guys doing out here? dad was just helping me take care of katie. you know... runaway stage. well, dinner will be ready in a few minutes. imagine what a little time can do for your family. while others made it just in
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time. >> i think the pilot was getting a little hairy thinking are we going to strike before we land? we got there with 12 minutes, 12 minutes before midnight, which is when the strike was going to kick off, very lucky. >> the greek government is in a pretty tight situation. they had to dramatically slash public spending in order to secure $110 billion loan payout from its european partners and the imf. they're saying there's no alternative, a measure of just how bad their deficit problem is. if they don't go through with these cuts the country will default on its loans which could have a huge ripple effect. >> transportation cancelations will certainly affect a lot of people. cleanup crews in the gulf of mexico are working frantically to break up that enormous oil slick before it hits the beaches. on the southern tip of the mississippi delta, it's clear oil is already coming ashore. and more casualties are emerging, including a brown pelican found covered in muck. volunteers are caring for this bird but wildlife experts warn thousands of fish, birds and
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other animals are at risk and the oil spill couldn't come at a worse time for the tourism industry there. just as the beach season is ready to kick in. >> the impact on everyone from restaurant owners to fishermen could be devastating. our reporter is on dauphin island, alabama, with more. >> reporter: here on the gulf coast the springtime is when tourism generally twins to boom. visitors come to the area, ranging from louisiana to florida, for everything from going sport fishing to enjoying the wildlife to enjoying the miles and miles of beaches. with news of this oil spill coming closer to shore, some tourists have actually canceled their reservation. florida senator bill nelson called this oil spill a potential disaster for the $65 billion a year industry. >> the season is just starting. for all of that tourism. and that, of course, could be disastrous. >> reporter: i've spoken with a few business owners in the tourism industry. many of them are would are reed that the most profitable part of their year could be over before it really gets started.
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all they can do now is watch the oil and wait to see whether or not it comes ashore. abc news, dauphin island, alabama. >> a lot of concerns down there. all right, let's turn to something decidedly more upbeat. the cinco de mayo forecast. i need a soundtrack. >> la la la la la la la la la. you can sing with me. >> showers in florida, from orlando to jacksonville -- >> take the graphics away. >> the great lakes, the midwest could see severe weather. seattle and portland can expect showers. >> now you give me the backup. temperatures in the southwest are eat heating up at 98. east coast is warmer as well with boston in the mid 70s. but it is much cooler than usual in the northwest. >> i prefear la cucaracha. ♪ >> i don't know the words. >> no one does. we love our baby animal stories here on "world news now." this time it's a sea lion pup at
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the milwaukee zoo. sequoia is a female born april 8th, already weighs about 20 pounds and is in tip top shape. >> sea lions are not born with the ability to swim. little sequoia is getting some lessons. she'll make her public debut in about a month. they should give her some of that la cucaracha music. >> that would get her in the spirit. i bet they've got some other music picked out. we'll be right back. ,
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well, the show must go on. even at nashville's grand ole opry, badly damaged by all that flood water. last night's show was moved across town to another venue. hundreds of fans showed up despite music city's worst flood in years. the cumberland river is starting to recede only to reveal a mud-caked mess throughout the country music mecca. >> it's still too early for damage estimates but some things lost in the flood can never be replaced. yunji de nies has details from nashville. >> reporter: woody hall and his family are piling up what the
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water destroyed. >> how on earth do you even begin to clean up something like that? >> you just pick up a box or you pick up an item and say, is it salable? >> reporter: so much of it is not. >> just seeing some of my old stuff. from when i was a kid. sorry. >> reporter: across this city, the reality of the damage is just beginning to sink in. the cumberland river crested at a 70-year high. 12 feet above flood stage. even the heart of country music is still under water. the grand old opry, along with the country music hall of fame, are both flooded. no one has been able to get in to see if the priceless music memorabilia, recordings of stars like hank williams, patsy cline, and dolly parton, are still intact. it may be months before anyone sings in this hall again. >> the history of nashville, it goes so far back. i mean, it's like the roots of
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country music is right here. >> reporter: those roots are strong, and people like the daviss will need that strength. >> you're not looking at weeks or months. you're looking at years. >> reporter: five feet of flooding overwhelmed their home. 12 years after building this house, they're starting over. >> it's just devastating how much damage. never thought they'd actually come through here. you wouldn't think that water could carry that much force. >> reporter: the governor has declared more than half of the counties in this state disaster areas. teams are on the ground trying to assess the damage, but it will be at least another week before we know the full extent. yunji de nies, abc news, nashville. when we return, what you may not know about one of hollywood's biggest tourist attraction. >> the walk of fame featuring the biggest stars. do you think this fame comes for free? are best learned in the home.
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the hollywood walk of fame is considered by many to be the world's most famous sidewalk. this year it is turning 50 years old. >> the walk is a billion dollar business. it attracts about 10 million people a year. brian rooney learned some of its secrets during a recent stroll. >> reporter: the flash bulbs. the fans. the famous actors. >> kevin costner. >> reporter: getting a star on the hollywood walk of fame. for just a few minutes, when a star receives a star, the walk of fame brings together people who have made it with those who only wish they could, in that elusive idea and place known as hollywood. like so many things in hollywood, it's a pr thing. >> it's the best gimmick ever, yes. >> reporter: because if you come to hollywood to see movie stars, they aren't strolling the walk of fame. but still, the tourists flock to see the stars. the stars on the walk of fame.
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people are just fascinated. >> oh, yeah. >> they walk along, they're looking at these names. we're doing it. >> reporter: they stop to think. they get right down on the sidewalk to have their picture taken with a favorite. and it's only stone and bronze. >> people love their stars. >> reporter: anna martinez lines up the stars to be honored and decides where to place them. >> harriet nelson. >> right. she's next to ozzie nelson, who's down the street, she's got a second star. >> oh, i see. where's ricky? >> on vine street, next to david, his brother. >> reporter: they don't just give you a star on the walk, you have to want one. and pay a $25,000 fee to get it. >> i'd like to invite everyone to lunch right after this but can't afford it. >> reporter: prime real estate is right in front of the famous chinese theater. the idea for the walk was hatched in the 1950s when hollywood the place was losing its luster. it opened in 1950 with just under 1,600 stars. and now they add one or two a
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month. installed by travis patternosra. before him, his father. before him, his grandfather. every star on the walk was put there by a noternostra. >> reporter: >> reporter: now the walk has over 2,400 stars covering 2 1/2 miles. woodywoodbecker, that's not a person. >> he's a character. mickey mouse has one, kermit the frog has one. >> reporter: most of them though are real people. the on and off-describe stars of movies, television, radio and recording artists. the first eight were laid down in 1958. ronald coleman. joann woodward. don't remember preston foster? here he was in the 1932 "i am a fugitive from a chain gang." >> i'm hungry. what would you say to a hamburger? >> reporter: gene autrey has five stars. one in every category. lloyd, jeff, and beau bridges, three stars in the family. >> i like to put families together. husbands and wives.
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>> in hollywood that's tough. >> yeah, i know. i just experienced that. a couple of my walk of famers are splitting up now. they're together at hollywood and highland. >> they divorce, you have to move the star too? >> no, i don't do that. >> reporter: there's more than one harrison ford. >> there is another harrison ford who was a silent screen star. so this harrison ford, the current one, thought that was his star. >> reporter: when michael jackson died, mourners heaped flowers on the star of another michael jackson, the radio host. you could stand on your star all day long, people would take pictures and not know that it's your star. >> i wouldn't let them go unless i could tell them who i am. >> reporter: some stars have caretakers. a group of women keeps the star of julio iglesias shining brightly. how often do you do this? >> first saturday of every month come rain or shine. >> does julio know you do this? >> oh, yes, very appreciative.
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>> reporter: and we set it into the star. russell crowe. >> i'll come visit you every now and then. >> reporter: when he received his star, russell crowe had no idea. it's our little secret. this is brian rooney in hollywood. >> they don't always get it right, though. they misspelled julia louis-dreyfusss' star. they left out the "o" in louis, the hyphen between louis and dreyfuss. >> 25 grand, they can't even spell the name right. >> we're fixing it, we're told. you know what today is. >> cinco de mayo. >> we've got our own pinata. >> all the candy's going towards you, that's a hint from the staff. vinita, you've had enough. >> i want the real thing. and a couple of coronas. and a shot of tequila. >> coming up, your wednesday "papers." >> details about a truly remarkable woman from
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comes in a new liquid gel. new zyrtec® liquid gels work fast, so i can love the air®. "world news now" delivers your "morning papers." >> well, we're going to start with a goofy video. because we like to do that from time to time. >> it's good. >> you know those jibjab videos that they have at christmas where you can be one of the dancing elves? >> they've got a new one that's star wars, and look, we're in it. >> oh! >> you're princess leia and i'm -- >> ugly. >> i'm luke skywalker, doggone it. we needed willis in there somewhere. >> we did. >> listen. >> come to the dark side, luke. >> no, thanks. >> i am your father. >> i'm your father, luke. >> ow, i didn't see that one coming. >> they're not oar actual voices. they even have a light saber
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burn on my face. we've got that on facebook if you really, really -- >> are really bored. >> >> this woman is very inspiring. i would love to meet her. she has a brown belt right now in karate. she's about to get a black belt. what makes her so unbelievable is that she was born with no arms. not only is she born with no arms, she also has -- i want to say legs? her feet, she was born with her feet rotated in toward each other. she also works as an advocate for victims of come tick stick violence. she says she's never let her disability stop her. she can also break boards with her kicks. she says she's earned a driver's license, she uses a car she controls with her feet, really an incredible story, what you can do. >> very inspiring. this is inspire figure like into model building and that sort of thing. this guy built this entire city. we want to show you the pictures first so we can sort of see if you can gather what he's doing here. take a close look at that city
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and see if you can tell what it's made out of. >> it looks like a drawing, doesn't isn't it. >> it's an actual -- like an actual model. can you tell yet what those buildings are made out of? it looks like manhattan almost. >> paper? >> no. those are made out of staples. he took like the stacks of staples that come in the box and he took them varg heights and made his little city out of them. i wonder if he has a staples center in there anywhere. he should. >> wow. that must have been tedious. >> it took a long time. and in fact, it took 40 hours. and it's like dominos. he was afraid things would get knocked over. >> you know, i know you're a vegetarian. i think i have a candle for you. you ever miss the smell of white castle? >> i miss the smell of burgers that's for sure. >> white castle has a burger that mimics the scent of a white castle. >> a candle? >> a candle. may is national hamburger month. they basically decided let's come up with a can dwell. steam grilled on a bed of onions.
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steam grilled on a bed of onions. >> looks like one of the boxes. óóóóóóó
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just in time. the times square bomb suspect almost got away. >> clearly, the guy was on the plane and shouldn't have been. >> faisal shahzad's life in connecticut and connections to pakistan. then, delta disaster. the gulf oil slick's new threat and why experts think the spill is worse than first thought. and, counting calories. foods you think are good for you could be among the unhealthiest choices around. it's wednesday, may 5th. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> it really is interesting when you play those games because i always thought if you were choosing between a multi-grain bagel with cream cheese and a doughnut, go with the bagel. go with the doughnut. >> fewer calories.
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>> and something about the bleached flour. >> wow. so you're giving us permission to eat doughnuts. >> turkey bacon and bacon? go with the bacon. >> that's right, wow. all kinds of food secrets we'll delve into this half hour so stick around for that. good morning, i'm jeremy hubbard. >> i'm vinita nair. federal authorities say the pakistani american man accused in the times square bomb plot admitted trying to set the explosives. >> suspect faisal shahzad has been charged and remains in custody. linsey davis is following the investigation, linsey? >> reporter: good morning, jeremy and vinita. we continue to learn more about that suspect. that he worked as a junior financial analyst in stamford, connecticut. that he has a wife and two young kids. that his home in connecticut is in foreclosure. faisal shahzad is charged with attempting an act of terrorism, using a weapon of mass destruction, and traveling to the u.s. to commit an act of terror. the 30-year-old suspect reportedly admits he tried to set off a car bomb in times square saturday. >> it is clear that this was a
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terrorist plot aimed at murdering americans in one of the busiest places in our country. >> reporter: despite being on a federal no-fly list, shahzad was arrested trying to flee the country aboard an emirates flight bound for dubai. >> actually, i have a message for you to go back to the gate immediately. make the left turn when able. >> clearly the guy was on the plane and shouldn't have been. >> reporter: while in custody shahzad has been cooperating with authorities, even providing information about his training and financing by the taliban in pakistan. he's the son of a pakistani military official and had been living in this house in connecticut with his wife and two children. detectives continue searching for clues. in this pile of trash, a job application was found showing he was educated in saudi arabia and pakistan. he earned a bs and mba in the u.s. at university of bridgeport. he worked as a financial analyst in connecticut. two months after becoming an american citizen, shahzad vanished in pakistan.
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his former home is now vacant and in foreclosure. the investigation is ongoing. no new date for his arraignment has been set. jeremy and vinita? >> linsey davis, thanks. as we told you, the pakistani taliban claims responsibility for the plot. the leader appeared in a video this week promising attacks on the u.s. >> investigators in the u.s. want to know more about the time shahzad spent in pakistan. >> abc's nick schifrin is live in kabul with that part of the story this morning. good morning, nick. >> reporter: good morning, jeremy. good morning, vinita. u.s. and pakistani officials both say shahzad recently spent five months in pakistan along the border with afghanistan in the tribal areas. he received bomb-making training they say in a terror camp with the pakistani taliban and that group also gave him money for his car bomb attempt. the u.s. has been worried about this group, the pakistani taliban, for years. it's one of the deadliest in the world. it's mostly been focused on attacking inside pakistan. but as behind linsey mentioned earlier, this week in new
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internet videos it took credit for the times square attack and specifically said its main target was now the united states. shahzad's family lives throughout pakistan in the south and the northwest. abc news has learned at least eight people have been arrested across pakistan, five friends and acquaintances, including one who traveled to the northwest of pakistan along the afghan border with shahzad as well as shahzad's father-in-law. and in the development that linsey mentioned, it will be embarrassing to pakistan. shahzad's father himself is a former senior official in the pakistani air force, and that will help embarrass pakistan and really not help pakistan's attempt to convince the world it's trying to crack down on terrorists rather than what the u.s. accuses it of doing, which is exporting them. jeremy, vinita? >> certainly some surprising details about this young man. thanks to abc's nick schifrin in kabul for us this morning. >> keep it here on abc news throughout the day for the latest on the investigation into the times square bomb plot. more developments later on
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"america this morning" and "good morning america." potential witnesses with information about the west virginia mining disaster can pass that information along without fear of retaliation. federal investigators set up a second team to work anonymously with the mining community. there is concern someone from the mine company may be intimidating tipsters. mine owners say that is not true. they have offered $3 million each to the families of the 29 men killed in the explosion. there is encouraging news from the gulf of mexico. calm waters are helping cleanup crews break up that oil slick. >> the bad news, the blown-out oil well could soon spew as much as 2.5 million gallons a day. john hendren is in venice, louisiana, this morning. good morning, john. >> reporter: good morning, jeremy and vinita. today bp begins the process of capping those leaks. it's a stopgap measure but a permanent solution could be months away. the oil slick strikes shore on the tip of the mississippi delta. it's claiming ever more casualties including this pelican.
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environmentalists say the leak may be much worse than we thought. >> the holes are growing, so the amount of oil coming out may be growing? >> absolutely. >> reporter: 94 wedge january environmentalist frederick said the oil rig explosion that killed 11 workers probably destroyed the sand filter, leaving coarse sand eroding the leak holes. so the sand would enlarge the holes because it's going to grate at the hole itself and make it larger? >> it's like a sandpaper all the time. so for each hour this flow continues, the holes will be bigger and bigger. >> reporter: that could mean far more oil is pouring out than the already staggering official estimate of 210,000 gallons a day. >> they understate the volume coming out. they understate the impact. they overstate the effectiveness of the response. >> reporter: bp is shipping the first of two 40-foot domes to contain the leak and siphon out the oil. it's a temporary fix that won't be in place for days. as a band called sassafras gives the oil spill its own soundtrack -- >> ♪ oil drilling and making a
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killing ♪ >> reporter: from louisiana to florida, an expanding black mass moves ever closer to shore. storms, barriers and dispersing chemicals have kept most of that oil offshore. but underwater, environmentalists say an ecological disaster is already under way. jeremy and vinita? despite historic flooding that has inundated nashville, last night's grand ole opry show starring marty stewart did go on as scheduled, just not at the grand ole opry. the legendary venue badly damaged by flood waters so the show was moved across town. now that the cumberland river has begun receding crews will search for more victims today. at least 29 people are known dead. >> frightening numbers and frightening images coming out of that whole area. now here's a look at your cinco de mayo weather. parts of the great lakes and midwest could be in for severe weather with winds gusting up to 70 miles an hour and the possibility of tornados. showers in florida from orlando to jacksonville. >> summer-like along the east coast with temperatures 10 to 15 degrees warmer than normal.
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heating up in the southwest today, too. phoenix is the hot spot, 98 degrees. the pacific northwest is cool and rainy. i forgot it's cinco de mayo. where's the tequila? >> we have some. >> we to? >> we didn't get any. it's in makeup. >> that explains your performance. >> it certainly does. there was an unexpected arrival at milwaukee central post office yesterday morning. >> night shift workers discovered a badger inside the maintenance shop. the animal made its way inside and hid in a locker in the men's room. >> a game warden was able to convince the striped intruder to leave. the visit seems only fitting since wisconsin is the badger state. >> that's right, it's the badger state, he belongs there. maybe he'd had a little tequila. wandered off. >> we'll be right back with more "world news now." [ baby babbling ]
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parents are being warned to switch to generics and not the 40 varieties of children's medicines from johnson & johnson's mcneil division. those products include children's tylenol, motrin and benadryl. inspectors found more than 20 manufacturing problems in a plant in pennsylvania which has been shut down. among those problems, the company's failure to test for contamination. >> big news for a lot of parents. asian stock markets traded lower today following a serious sell-off on wall street. the dow closed down 225 points yesterday, a loss of 2%. >> the big drop followed concerns about european economies. dan arnall from our business unit has the details. dan? >> thank you, jeremy and vinita. the stunning move in the stock market comes after a healthy three-month boom.
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market watchers say the big move down in the dow, 2% yesterday, is the result of ballooning concerns about the cost of the greek debt crisis. as protesters head into the streets for a general strike in athens today, the european community and imf have committed more than $144 billion to keep the mediterranean nation from defaulting on its debts. now the focus has turned to other european nations like spain and portugal which are facing similar situation where government debts and debt service are outpacing tax revenues. economists say if europe's economic troubles push it into recession, it could pull the u.s. into a second dip of recession as well. dan arnall, abc news, new york. >> thanks to dan. it's tough to think what's going on across the pond could have some serious implications here. but folks on wall street say big dips like the ones we saw yesterday aren't likely to keep happening because most traders
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are using them as an opportunity to buy. >> it's interesting to see also the dollar getting stronger as the euro gets weaker. the dollar is getting stronger practically all day which isn't good news because we have a lot of overseas money. we want the dollar in essence to stay relatively comparatively. >> good point. they call him king james. >> a one on one with lebron james, one of the most recognizable athletes on the planet. it's good to be the king. ?1ññu
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hi, everybody. baseball greetings from comerica park in downtown detroit. here's the pitch. a long drive to right! and it is a home run! there's a strike. he's out for excessive window shopping. he looked at one too many. might be. and it is gone, gone, a home run! >> i've always loved how they do that. that is the famous voice of ernie harwell, the long-time play by play man of the detroit tigers died yesterday after a year-long battle with cancer. >> by his own count, harwell called more than 8,300 major league games for four franchises.
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but of course, he was best known in michigan as the voice of the tigers for 42 of his 55 years in broadcasting. harwell retired from the booth back in 2002. ernie harwell, 92 years old. a motor city institution. lebron james and the cleveland cavaliers are next in action on friday night in their nba playoff series with the boston celtics. >> abc's chris cuomo went one on one with james, one of the biggest names in american sports. >> going to stay up there all day. till i tell it to move. >> reporter: lebron james may just have a magic touch. ♪ i want to be forever young do you really want to live forever ♪ >> reporter: at age 25, he's already a global superstar, cover boy, million dollar salesman, gold medalist, and soon to be leading man. >> lebron james from downtown! >> reporter: and of course, there's his basketball career. >> lebron james. >> reporter: just named the nba's mvp for the second year in a row. a human. one who sometimes does super-human things.
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he is certainly larger than life. before he'd even graduated from high school, "sports illustrated" had dubbed him "the chosen one." >> lebron james! >> reporter: now they call him king james, and this is his court. cleveland cavaliers fans are wild over their hometown hero. but after seven years with the cavs, he still hasn't brought home the brass ring. a king without a crown. what is the level of satisfaction you must attain this season for you to feel that? >> ultimately, nba championship. >> has to be? >> has to be. every day i go out on the court, i try to be the best player on that court, absolutely. but the ultimate team concept is the nba championship. >> means more to you? >> absolutely. >> reporter: the video that airs before games here shows a giant lebron looming over cleveland. that's not far from the truth. he is a giant here. and a native son.
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raised in akron by his mother, gloria, who was only 16 when she had lebron. he's surrounded himself with people who come from the same place. >> what's up, baby? >> reporter: several years ago he fired his agent and replaced him with a team of close friends who handle the multi-million dollar business of being lebron. >> everybody brings in these experts from all these big places. that's the way it has to be done, that's the way it has to be done. you said no. >> no, i just -- i come from a good culture of basketball and a good culture of family. i kind of brought that same instillment, that same blueprint, to the professional level. that type of camaraderie can happen on the court, off the court, the boardroom, anywhere. i mean, it helps a lot. >> reporter: they take lebron, inc., very seriously. carefully cultivating a global brand. signing endorsement deals with heavyweights like mcdonald's, vitamin water, and of course nike. ♪ from the backbone of the planet dunk ♪
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>> reporter: it's business, not just basketball, that has opened new worlds to lebron. so you're very big in china. word on the street is that you've been trying to learn some phrases to be more accessible -- >> yeah, ne-hou. >> is that hello? >> yeah. ne-hou. >> superstitions. do you have anywhere basketball's involved? >> absolutely. >> socks, shoes? what you got? >> every single game since i was a rookie i've had a brand new pair of shoes. >> new shoes every game? >> every game. i don't actually know the calculation. >> a lot of shoes. >> 82 regular season games, usually i play 100 games a year, it's like 800. >> every pair's got a fair shot? >> yeah, got a fair shot of making history. >> reporter: the question now is, where will those shoes make history? after the season, lebron becomes a free agent, which means he could leave cleveland and go, well, anywhere. you have a big turning point coming, right? everybody knows what's going on,
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it's constantly joked about. how often do you have to think about your future? >> not as much as everyone else thinks about it or talks about it. i think everyone else knows my future and i have no idea. >> you've said, i don't want to leave this city unless i win a championship. people are looking at it like it was a bible verse. they're like, when he says until, does he mean? but do you it's just where your mind is. you're playing, you want to win. >> absolutely. this is a great city. these fans are unbelievable. i'm solely geared on trying to win the nba championship for this city. when the future comes when i have to make the decision, i will. >> reporter: but first things first. he still needs the crown. >> i want to be able to say to you that i told you so. i told you this. >> reporter: in the meantime, it is good to be the king. i'm chris cuomo in cleveland. >> between the talcum powder and the predictions he's certainly no wallflower, is he. >> that shoe thing, a little wasteful. >> 100 pairs, you can't see it?
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finally this half hour, i'm guilty as charged. i like to kid myself when i'm eating certain foods and i like to pretend that they are good for me. >> you're not alone. a new report by the center for science in the public interest, the food police, says you probably are when it comes to certain popular foods doing the same thing. elisabeth leamy has the details. >> reporter: if these are some of your favorite foods, then we apologize in advance. first up, granola. often packed with sugar and calories in a small serving size. >> here's a quarter cup, one manufacturer's serving size.
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>> that's right. >> doesn't look very satisfying. >> no. and most people don't even notice that. >> reporter: if you consume the amount of granola most people do, 400 to 500 calories in a single bowl. next bummer -- smoothies. >> the problem is when you buy it at a smoothie store, or ice cream store, you're often getting a lot of sugar and a lot of calories. >> or just a lot. i mean, look at this. >> a lot. >> reporter: a large like this can contain as many as 1,100 calories. and then there's vegetable juice. >> you get about at least one-quarter of a day's salt from a can of these vegetable juices. it's not as though it's harmless. >> finally, of the things you say are overrated, pita chips. you're breaking my heart. they don't have as much fat as potato chips. >> slightly less fat, about the same as tortilla chips. >> reporter: we brought out five underrated foods you could try instead. like sunflower seeds. full of nutrients.
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>> if you're snacking, you're better off with the ones that are in the shell. it will slow you down so you don't get quite so many calories. >> reporter: next food hero, leafy greens. >> you can't find a more nutritious vegetable. >> you're saying with simple preparation it's tasty too. >> right. a lot of people don't know how to cook them so they pass them by. >> reporter: garbanzos. >> all beans are good beans. high in fiber, high in protein, low in saturated fat. >> reporter: plain nonfat yogurt is healthy and the greek version is great. >> if you've never had greek yogurt you've got to try it. it's fabulous. you can't believe that there's only 90 calories and no fat in there. >> reporter: finally, watermelon. which is full of vitamins. not just water. elisabeth leamy, abc news, washington. >> so there you go. no great big surprises for me, i kind of knew that. >> tell people about your calorie counter. >> i have an app for my iphone and it counts calories.
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suspect's story. how the times square bomb suspect nearly got away. the clues he left and the tough questions now raised about airline security. then, coastal crisis. new attempts to control one of the biggest oil spills in decades. can it protect gulf shores? and, power passion. the former cia director who's really charged about saving energy. >> this is a real high-tech operation. >> it's wednesday, may 5th. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> kind of cool what he's doing. one of the things they do is drill these holes like 200 feet into the yard where they pump well water up. it's 57 degrees and they use that to cool the house. >> oh. >> that's kind of cool. >> that is.
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>> inventive environmental stuff. >> i guess that's the future. >> i guess so, cold water. >> we'll hear much more about it coming up. thanks for being with us. i'm vinita nair. >> i'm jeremy hubbard. tough questions are being asked this morning about why the alleged times square bomber nearly got away. >> federal investigators say they are pleased with information they are managing to get from the suspect. brian ross has more. >> reporter: as agents look for clues at faisal shahzad's bridgeport, connecticut, apartment, a parade of law enforcement officials in washington congratulated each other on a job well done. >> i want to commend them for their results in this case. >> this was a great team effort. >> i want to also commend the men and women who have worked around the clock -- >> reporter: what was not said was that shahzad almost got away, that he was not arrested until after he had boarded a flight to pakistan through dubai on emirate airlines. even though his name was supposed to be on a no-fly list. >> clearly the guy was on the plane and shouldn't have been. >> reporter: it turns out that the fbi surveillance team lost track of shahzad as he was driving at some point. >> even though there may be
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logical and rational reasons why they lost him, that still doesn't negate the fact that you lost him. >> reporter: so unknown to the fbi, shahzad drove directly to kennedy airport where he parked his car in a short-term lot, leaving a 9 millimeter semi-automatic weapon in the vehicle. even though shahzad's name and passport number had been flagged, he was able to buy a one-way ticket, in cash, and board the emirates flight bound for dubai. it was only as the plane was preparing to taxi for takeoff that u.s. customs personnel spotted shahzad's name on the passenger manifest list and boarded the plane to arrest him. the attorney general said he was never worried. >> i was never in any fear that we were in danger of losing him. >> reporter: once shahzad was in custody, officials say he almost immediately admitted he drove the nissan pathfinder, loaded with explosives, into times square last saturday. >> that lethal assembly really made a very big hurt locker.
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>> reporter: in the criminal complaint filed, prosecutors say shahzad also revealed he received bomb-making training with the taliban in pakistan, which he said provided him the money for his attempted car bomb attack. >> around the world and here at home, there are those who would attack our citizens and who would slaughter innocent men, women and children in pursuit of their murderous agenda. >> shahzad's cooperation may have already paid dividends. officials in pakistan say they've made two arrests there of people directly connected to shahzad. one his father-in-law, the other a person who reportedly traveled here to the u.s. to help set up the times square plot. brian ross, abc news, new york. now former connecticut neighbors of the suspect are beginning to speak out about their impressions of shahzad. some noticed a recent change in his behavior. chris cuomo went to shelton, connecticut, for that part of the story. >> reporter: faisal shahzad seemed to be living the american dream. wife, two kids, nice house in the suburbs. an immigrant from pakistan
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bettering himself through education and hard work. >> they had little picnics in the backyard. the wife looked happy. >> reporter: her web page, filled with baby photos, says she loves "everybody loves raymond" and "friends." under the photo of her husband a caption, "he is my everything." in this pile of trash left outside his former home we found traces of a life left behind. this job application lists primary school in saudi arabia and several schools in pakistan. there are signs of his efforts to learn the english language as well. auston for university of austin. he'd go on to bear a bs and mba at university of bridgeport. financial and personal documents show expanding credit card limits, timely mortgage payments, as he worked as a financial analyst for the affinion group from 2006 to 2009. as 2009 begins a disturbing change. this next-door neighbor is afraid to show her face but says faisal seemed frightening. then they were gone.
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>> the house was abandoned and they left everything in the house. >> reporter: shahzad gave neighbors different reasons for leaving. a baby on the way. taking care of family. moving to missouri. one thing's for sure, just two months after gaining citizenship he vanished into pakistan. the house lay vacant, bills unpaid. jpmorgan chase would foreclose on the $200,000 home. we've recently learned shahzad is the son of a prom negligent member of the pakistani military. for all we learn the big question remains, why did someone with apparently so much to live for simply decide to throw it all away? chris cuomo, abc news, new york. later this half hour we'll hear from a veteran airline security analyst with insight on the investigation. stay tuned to abc news throughout the morning for more developments on "america this morning" and "good morning america." exhausted cleanup crews on the gulf of mexico are getting a break. calmer conditions are helping them spread chemical retardant more quickly.
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they're hoping a new strategy will soon contain the gushing oil. jeffrey kofman is in louisiana with the latest. >> reporter: bp says it has not found any oil that has come ashore yet. but from the skies our helicopters saw clear signs of oil ashore on the southern tip of the mississippi delta. yet with most of the oil still at sea and the weather calming, officials are scrambling to contain it. while oil continues to spew from the ocean floor, bp is hoping that huge steel structure will be a temporary fix as they struggle to plug the leaks. it will be loaded on a ship. >> what it's meant to do is to funnel and channel the flow of oil from the seabed up to the surface. >> reporter: the 40-foot-high container will be suspended over the biggest leak. a pipe will suck the oil to a ship on the surface where it will be collected and transported to a refinery. even this temporary fix will take days. for now as the oil spews, bp is trying to break it up on the sea floor and surface by injecting dispersal agents. it is working but there's a catch. >> it's coming into contact with the fish, the baby fish, the
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shrimp and crab. and it actually can kill those. >> reporter: these fishing guides have lost their bookings for may and june. they took us through the bayous of the mississippi to show us the rich fishing grounds that will be destroyed if the huge oil slick comes this way. with this calm weather the bulk of the slick is not expected to make landfall until later this week. but there's no good scenario beyond that. if the goes northeast or west, it's going to hit one of the gulf states. if it goes south, it could be picked up by what's called the gulf loop current which would carry it through the florida keys onto miami beach and north up the atlantic coast. jeffrey kofman, abc news, burress, louisiana. the historic flooding that has virtually submerged much of downtown nashville is slowly beginning to recede. property owners face a monumental cleanup job. businesses are still closed, power is out throughout much of the city. crews are searching flooded-out homes and cars looking for more possible victims. so far the storms are blamed for 29 deaths. skiers and snowboarders in western oregon could not be
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happier with the weather they've been having. several inches of snow fell on mt. hood over the weekend. those lucky enough to have a day off took advantage. a powder day up there. wintry conditions expected to stay for the next few days. wow, that's awesome. >> that looks beautiful, doesn't it. >> it does, bluebird conditions. here's a look at your national forecast. on this cinco de mayo. snow in the northern rockies. up to 1 foot possible in great falls and helena. hot and dry and sunny in the southwest. perfect weather for a cinco de mayo celebration. severe weather as possibility from cleveland to buffalo, from indianapolis to detroit. >> the pacific northwest, cooler than usual. seattle in the mid 50s today. much of the east coast is in the mid 80s today. dallas, 10 degrees warmer than usual at 90. fargo is the cool spot today, 48 degrees. well, some falcon chicks who have been living on high-rise buildings in the san francisco bay area are chirping to their hearts' content. >> sounds like a broken record. they're nesting on the san jose
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foreseeable risk analysis center. charles, thanks so much for being with thus morning. the big question everybody has. here's a guy who paid cash for a ticket, bought it one-way, still was able to get on board the plane. what went wrong and how did he get as far as he did? >> well, based on what we know, he paid cash and he notified the airline that he was going to pay cash, because it's believed that he made his reservation while driving to the airport. >> unbelievable. >> at that point, the airline's obligation is to notify tsa. and say, somebody is meeting a profile. somebody who buys with cash, buys a one-way ticket, doesn't check any bags, is someone who meets that profile on all forms, really. and for some reason, perhaps it was the period of time. he got to the airport and he boarded his plane pretty quickly. >> i want to talk about that no-fly list. we're hearing much more about it. sounds like his name showed up
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on the no-fly list right around midnight when he was essentially supposed to board the flight. how routinely do they check that no-fly list and is it more thorough if it's an international flight? >> well, the airline is supposed to check that no-fly list regularly. it's been reported that emirates airlines checks it periodically. but not regularly. but the safety valve is that before the plane departs, that list is turned over to our border patrol. and what happened here was, it was turned over to border patrol, they saw the name, and they said, now wait a minute, where is this guy? he was on the plane, it was already getting ready to depart. and they turned it around. >> so credit goes to this customs and border patrol agent, but who gets blame then? >> well, i don't know if there's really a blame. you know, these things are very, very difficult to assign blame, because the period of time was
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so short. we have 3 million people flying every day in the united states. it becomes almost mechanical. and they get a list, and they take a look at the list, and particularly emirates airline is not shocked by having somebody with a middle eastern name getting on board the plane. it doesn't stand out to them. they may have just let it go, knowing it's going to go to border patrol. but if you look at the situation and you say, well, what would have happened if the plane departed? >> right. >> they had the name at that point. they could just as easily picked him up at the other end. the concern is that maybe he's got a secondary explosive that he's packed in his bag if he's checked a bag, and you've got to worry about that, or he has a confederate on the plane with him who has an explosive. >> the underwear bomber, we have more fears of that. i want to ask about how this will affect future travel for
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all of us. after the shoe bomber, we have to put our shoes on the security belt. could there be anything strengthening in terms of how we have to get through security now? >> in my view, what we really need to do is we need to be able to concentrate on the legal profiling of passengers. there are stereotypical terrorists nowadays. and you can't ignore the reality of the fact that they have all been males, they have all been within 20 and 40, they've all been from the middle east. that is an element of a profile. and you've got to take a look at that. and we've got limited resources. if you're going to spend your time, you know, frisking grandma, you're not -- >> know what to look for. thank you so much, great insight on what we can look forward to, i guess. >> an issue we'll be talking about for days to come. charles, thanks again. you're watching "world news now."
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hey, "skinny" time on a wednesday. history was made on "dancing with the stars" just a few hours ago. three people were voted off. yet pam anderson and the twins, they were all voted off. >> i saw where that one was headed. >> i knew you would. okay, so pam anderson, she's the latest celebrity to get the boot. there she is. she looked gorgeous. the little bit of the show i've seen, she wasn't that bad of a dancer. >> no. >> she said, it's been one of the best experiences of my life and that says a lot. she's had a lot of experience, we've seen a lot of them on video, in fact. >> stop. >> i wish everybody well, all the dancers, she said. it was a great experience, hard to describe, i never knew that i could dance that way. so there you go. >> i will say -- >> who's going to win this thing?
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nicole scherzinger, evan lysacek? >> i think it's going to go to nicole. i will say, this made me like pam anderson a lot more. between the pr i saw from her, she's funny, she is clever. >> i was a big fan of "baywatch." i liked her. i liked her editing -- >> we all know what you like about her. >> she had great acting range on that show. >> okay, right, quite the runner, right? this just in, lindsay lohan to play "deep throat" porn star linda loveless. >> lovelace. >> lovelace. >> wow. >> mtv news is saying anna faris was originally planning to play the role in a movie about the controversial rise and fall from fame, now anna faris says she doesn't want to be part of the project. there's some talk the original project, the names may have changed, it may be called "inferno." a producer for the movie is saying lindsay lohan has been locked in, they say the producers are making plans to attend the cannes festival. or cannes. don't correct me on that one. they plan to officially announce lohan at the time of the movie.
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i think this is a funny quote. one of the directors said -- the director said, he told me it would be a very good role for her so we're hoping to have her. >> well, i mean, you know. maybe. >> but you know what, even though i didn't say her name right she's an icon of the porn world. >> she is. >> i think she really made it chic. this could be the return of lindsay lohan to mainstream -- >> linda lovelace revolutionized the porn business. maybe lindsay lohan with do that all these years later. here's something funny. julia louis-dreyfuss, star of one of the biggest shows in television history, you'd think they'd get her name right when they put her star on the hollywood walk of fame. but they didn't. take a look at the picture. they left a couple of little things out. there's an "o" that's supposed to go in louis. >> it's like i spelled it. >> there's supposed to be a hyphen between louis and dreyfuss. they obviously were flipping out after they found out they made the mistake. they called julia louis-dreyfuss. they said they were going to fix the thing. she actually thought it was
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here's some stories to watch today on abc news. most government services have come to a standstill in greece this morning and flights are grounded. a 48-hour general strike began at midnight to dispute cut-backs imposed on civil servants there. the ash cloud from the iceland volcano is grounding flights in northern ireland and scotland this morning. there are new concerns about longer-term summer travel delays in europe due to that volcano. today is cinco de mayo. a celebration in mexico and mexican communities worldwide. it commemorates the mexican military victory dating back to 1862. i love that music, ole. finally this half hour, from espionage to energy. that is the path traveled by a former head of the cia james woolsey. >> since leaving the spy agency
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woolsey has become an influential advocate for energy independence. abc's bill blakemore visited woolsey in his maryland home. >> it's a real high-tech operation. >> reporter: former director of the central intelligence agency, james woolsey, was plugging in his car for the night. >> you plug that in. >> reporter: he showed us the photovoltaic solar cells on his roof. that means sunlight helps power the car, the fridge, and takes a nice chunk out of the electricity bill. >> i think photovoltaics have a brilliant future. right now they're kind of expensive. this is sort of an early adopter thing. >> reporter: he and his wife susan showed us the geothermal pipes that circulate fluid from wells 200 feet under their front yard, down where it's always about 57 degrees -- >> pipes come in here. >> reporter: -- to bring that 57 degrees up to cool their house in summer and warm it in winter. >> it has extra heat left, it heats our hot water for the house. >> reporter: woolsey says it's fun and rewarding being an early adopter of these home-based energy systems. partly because the national and
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global security challengers of climate change mean america has no choice but to adopt them. as he told us during a break in our tour. >> think what it would be like with millions of our hungry and thirsty southern neighbors wanting to come north. and glacial melting could be part of that. less reliable supply of water. >> reporter: then the former cia chief showed us more. a micro wind power on his boat dock. soybeans in his field that will become biodiesel for the fuel tank up at the house. a briefcase with solar panels to recharge his cell phone. all showing us energy independence, that also cuts down on greenhouse emissions, can be extremely local. bill blakemore, abc news, central maryland. >> that guy's off the energy grid altogether. >> that's really impressive. >> that briefcase was kind of cool. never seen that. >> become one of our fans or just visit us on facebook.
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