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set to bring flooding today from miami up to maine. what if? the times square bomb blast that almost was. and cooked. the new las vegas hot spot, hot enough to melt flip-flops. a shiny, new hotel, sending concentrated sunshine on the poolside patrons. good morning. and thanks for being with us. well, get ready for a drencher, up and down the east coast today, with air delays stretching nationwide. >> it's all because of a powerful storm system, already spawning possible tornadoes and tearing apart trees. we begin coverage, now, with emily schmidt. >> reporter: it's hard to know, looking at all of the rain falling all along the east coast. if people are testing the water. >> first tropical storm i've ever been in. so, it's kind of cool. >> reporter: or is the water testing them? north carolina's governor
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declared a state of emergency, after wilmington had at lest 18 inches of rain since sunday. 4 months' worth of water in 100 hours. one inch more would top a record set by hurricane floyd a decade ago. for landscape businesses, it's disappointing. >> it just hurts you. it hurts everybody. like four days in the house doing nothing. >> reporter: for others, it's disorienting. >> i normally make my swing around to go to this box over here. to deliver. and i misjudged the payment, you know. >> reporter: clarence williams drives this postal route all the time. but standing water hid where he thought the road would be. >> i think it's good if you're a duck. >> reporter: in florida, portable pumps have been working for days. emergency workers in south carolina are ready for long hours, too. >> there's always somebody or someone who doesn't pay attention to what they're doing. they drive in. the car stalls out. next thing you know, you have a water rescue on your hands.
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>> we had the water level come right up to the door. we went 21 days without any rain. and we had six inches a few days ago. >> reporter: flood watches and warnings now extend as far north as new england. the remnant of a tropical storm promising to test even more people, before it finally passes through. emily schmidt, abc news. so, some water-logged areas will get even wetter today. >> ava dinges at shows us what else to expect. hi, ava. >> good morning, rob and vinita. moisture from what's leftover nicole goes up the east coast. this is going to lead to major flooding as we go throughout the day. we're also looking for gusty winds on the outer banks of the carolinas. gusting could be as high as 50 miles per hour to 60 miles per hour, through the end of the day. more gusty winds from the jersey shore, back across eastern long island. but rain, that's going to be the biggest of concerns. not only travel delays at the
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airport and interstates. but we're also talking about major flooding on the roadways and flood-prone areas. now, back to you, rob and vinita. >> thank you, ava. and our weather team will continue to track the tropical weather, with sam champion in north carolina, later on "good morning america." there are new tensions this morning between the u.s. and pakistan after a deadly incident on the afghan border. pakistan claims a nato helicopter air strike inside pakistan killed three of its soldiers. shortly after that, pakistan began blocking supply shipments to nato forces. a similar air strike over the weekend has been strongly protested by leaders in islamabad. the government has released a chilling, new videotape of what the times square bomb could have done had it gone off as planned. prosecutors now say faisal shahzad wanted to set off a second bomb. here, now, is preary thomas. >> reporter: this is what faisal shahzad had in mind for a busy saturday night in times square. this car bomb based on the design shahzad had obtained from
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the pakistan taliban, was detonated in pennsylvania. authorities summed up the carnage with one word, devastating. sources involved with the test tell abc news, while's unlikely the resulting blast would have taken down any buildings, it would have killed dozens of people, perhaps more than 100. investigators also believe that glass and twisted metal shooting out from the car bomb would have formed a spray of deadly shrapnel. shahzad was portrayed as cold-blooded and calculated. court documents say before the bombing, he was regularly in contact with the pakistan taliban, exchanging information about the bomb he was building. in the end, the people in times square were fortunate. shahzad was incompetent. he used the wrong bombmaking material and had faulty detonators. we learned he was planning to set off another bomb if he had gotten away with the first one. but we don't know where. pierre thomas, abc news, washington. congress is starting its autumn break.
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and for many, that means campaigning. before adjourning early this morning, both houses passed funding bills that keep the government operating into early december. the house passed a bill governing nasa's future. they would extend the life of the space program for a year. and house lawmakers also passed a bill providing $7 billion for workers who got sick during cleanup of new york's ground zero. there's a political bombshell in a close race nor governor of california. republican meg whitman now admits that she employed an undocumented mexican immigrant as a maid. the maid, appearing with her attorney, gloria allred, claimed that whitman knew about her legal status. that's something that whitman denies, though. but allred is backing jerry brown in the governor's race. we'll hear both sides coming up on "good morning america." also, the president's outgoing chief of staff will begin campaigning next week to
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be mayor of chicago. rahm emanuel is expected to announce tomorrow, that he is officially leaving the white house. a chicago newspaper is reporting that emanuel will move back to the windy city this weekend. defense secretary robert gates is questioning if americans have become apathetic towards the nation's wars. in a speech at duke university, gates claimed the nation is now too detached from the fighting in both iraq and afghanistan. and he said, with fewer americans seeing military service as their duty, more money has the to be spent to keep active-duty soldiers from quitting. aside from the storm drenching the east coast, here's the rest of the morning's weather. no rain. but more flooding in the upper midwest, as rivers continue to rise, after torrential downpours earlier this week. meanwhile, scattered showers south of los angeles, into san diego. otherwise, dry for most of the country. >> phoenix will heat up to 106. sacramento, 93. and basie 87. 70s from fargo to detroit. as well as boston down to atlanta. 90 in atlanta.
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80s from new orleans to dallas. still to come this morning, gay students taunted and driven to suicide. another campus reeling this morning after a promising student ends his life after a secret sex recording of him and another man. plus, the heroic pilot behind the latest miracle landing. he talks about tha
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federal reserve chairman ben bernanke heads to capitol hill today to testify on the progress of rolling out that new financial overhaul law. in prepared testimony, he'll tell lawmakers the fed is working closely with other regulators to implement the
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biggest overhaul of financial rules since the great depression. the goal, of course, is to prevent another financial meltdown. new numbers show a pickup in so-called foreclosure sales. nearly one in four homes sold last quarter was in foreclosure, selling an average of 26% less than properties not in foreclosure crisis. this will help heal the housing market. jpmorgan chase is freezing more than 50,000 foreclosures. the bank is reviewing documents for possible flaws. but experts don't expect the delay to reduce the number of foreclosures. overseas stocks are falling this morning, due to new concerns about europe's debt problems, after spain's government debt was downgraded. meanwhile, tokyo's nikkei tumbled 2% today. hong kong's hang seng is lower. in london, the ftse opened lower. and on wall street, the dow slipped nearly 23 points yesterday. the nasdaq was down three
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points. "fortune" magazine is out with its annual list of the 50 most powerful women in business. pepsico chairman and ceo, indra nooyi, tops the list for the fifth-straight year. kraft's irene rosenfeld is second. followed by patricia woertz. facebook and skype are said to be considering a partnership. teaming up would allow facebook members to sign into skype and send video chat with their facebook friends. a deal is expected to be announced within the next few weeks. and skype is saying the version of skype, skype 5.0, should be released in the next few weeks. so, this could be moments away from us. >> we're becoming more interconnected these days. crazy. coming up on this thursday morning, new debate over how soon to get a mammogram. and burned by a building? sin city's newest resort reflecting the sun and burning people poolside. the mystery of the vegas death ray. next. for those of us who have lactose intolerance,
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that storm swamping much of the east coast today is already battering the nation's capital this morning. as the rain gets heavier throughout the day, flooding is expected in more than a dozen states. and look for dreadful morning road conditions all along the eastern seaboard. flooding on i-95 from the carolinas up to maine. and i-80 will be drenched from new york to pittsburgh. out west, it's wet on i-5 and 10, south of l.a. >> and if you're traveling today, you can expect airport delays on the east coast, in the cities of boston, philadelphia, new york, washington and charlotte. now, to a campus tragedy triggered by a callous invasion of privacy. >> a college freshman has taken his own life after his roommate secretly videotaped an intimate encounter and then streamed it live on the internet. >> it is bringing attention to young people taunted for being gay. more, now, from abc's richard cantu. >> reporter: at 18, tyler
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clementi was pursuing his love of music a rutgers university. but a betrayal of trust apparently drove him to jump off of this bridge. as clementi had a sexual encounter with another man in his dormroom, police say his roommate sent it live to the internet from a hidden camera. then, boasted by tweet, roommate asked for the room till midnight. i went into molly's room and turned on the web cam. dhraun ravi and molly wei were arrested. >> it makes you feel like you're careful who you talk to. who is in your room. >> it's scary a little bit. knowing your face and your personal privacy could be invaded. and could be accessed by millions of people. >> reporter: in a statement, tyler's relatives say, the family is heartbroken beyond words. one gay rights group is calling this is a hate crime. writer dan savage started a
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youtube channel where gay adults can post videos to encourage gay teens that however bad it is, it gets better. >> social media today means that kids can have help and support. >> reporter: this support comes too late for clementi's family. richard cantu, abc news. and you can hear more about dan savage's project, it gets better. check out our website at federal investigators will on the scene of a fatal bus crash in suburban washington today. the bus was returning to pennsylvania, when it went through a guardrail near bethesda, maryland. it then plunged 45 feet to the interstate below. the driver, who may have had a medical problem, died in the crash. ten passengers, including several children, were hurt. we are hearing from the hero pilot who was forced to make an emergency landing last weekend here in new york. passengers onboard delta flight 4951 credited captain jack conroyd with saving their lives with his dramatic landing.
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conroyd praises all those involved. >> first people i need to say thank you to are the crew. the crew performed their duties flawlessly. but i would also like to thank the passengers, who remained calm during the entire process. and proved that once again, new yorkers are a special breed of people. >> conroyd says this was the most difficult challenge he faced in 32 years of flying. it could be more confusion this morning in the debate over how soon to get a mammogram because of a major, new study. researchers found women between the ages of 40 and 49, who have mammograms at least every two years had a 26% less chance of dying from breast cancer than those who didn't have the regular screening. the study flies in the face of government recommendations last year, which said it should be up to individual women under 50, to decide whether to undergo the annual screening. and some sports news this morning. american golfers have one more day to practice before the ryder
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cup begins tomorrow out in wales. here at home, though, it's all about baseball's stretch run. details, now, from espn news. >> good morning. i'm don bell with your espn news update. and we start with a wild, wild n.l. west. we go to san francisco. the giants hosting the diamondbacks. that is tim lincecum on the mound. down goes adam laroche. looking. and then, miguel montero, swinging through. the freak feeling it early in this game. bottom of the fourth inning, pat burrell. they used to call him pat the bat in philly. 18th home run of the season. and the giants take a 3-1 lead. tim lincecum continues to sizzle. down goes ryan church. lincecum had 11 punchouts. and the giants win it, 3-1. and they remain in first place in the n.l. west. chris young and the padres in action against the cubs. top of the third. cubs down 1-0. aramis ramirez going deep to left center. will venable, track, wall. makes a great catch. sensational catch against the
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wall. robbing ramirez of the home run. bottom of the fifth. padres lead 2-0. david eckstein, tacking on. that's an rbi. the padres win it 3-0. they're two games out of the west and a game and a half out of the wild card. marlins and braves. manager bobby cox honored before the game. derek lowe. striking out mike stanton. derek lowe had his a-game. bottom of the third. brooks conrad, he also did pretty well. thank you. that is a home run to left center field. the braves lead 4-0. top of the fourth now. back to lowe. he had 9 punchouts in 5 2/3 innings of work. the braves win 5-1. they have a game and a half lead over the padres in the wild card. well, that is your espn news update. now, back to you in new york. some major news in way in outer space. astronomers are very excited about what they believe could be another earth.
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they say it is a planet that could support life because it's almost perfectly situated in relation to its version of the sun. it's believed that temperatures there range from 160 degrees to 25 below zero. but they say it is short-sleeve weather in between. and by the way, it is 120 trillion miles from earth. well, tourists looking for a vegas hot spot are getting a little bit more than they bargained for. >> the shiny, new, vdara hotel was jokingly being called a death ray. when the sun reflects off the hotel, it had guests literally running for cover. one man said the heat by the pool was so intense, it singed his hair and practically melted his flip-flops. the vdara just opened last december. now, management is scrambling to fix the problem. >> they're saying some of the solutions could be thick umbrellas. but singed hair is never how you want to leave the pool, is it? coming up next, we will update our top story. today's flooding threat from
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fed chairman ben bernanke testifies on the progress of implementing the new financial overhaul law. congress left much of the substance of the new rules to the discretion of regulators. we will learn the details today about a massive recall from fisher price. it's believed that over a dozen products are involved, including millions of tricycles and highchairs. former president jimmy carter is expected to be released from the cleveland hospital where he spent the last two nights. doctors say a viral infection likely caused the upset stomach that carter suffered on tuesday. and tour de france champion alberto contador addresses the steroids scandal that resulted in him being ejected from cycling. contador tested positive for a banned substance in july. he says it's linked to food contamination. for some of you, your local news is next. when i had my heart attack, i couldn't believe it.
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270 below. one person didn't survive. they sandbagged indianapolis, but there's worry this morning about the annapolis dam, can it take all the heavy rain? >> reporter: why the rain isn't going to be the only problem today. we're bracing for widespread power outages. good morning, i think. i'm jamie costello. let's hold hands and we'll get through. >> it's going to be a wet one. be prepared. let's get to justin berk. >> nicole itself is no longer an official tropical storm, that's just for academic purposes. for all intents and purposes, it's a tropical system. it'll be with us for at least the next 16 to 20 hours. all right? so what we got right now, we could continue to deal with for the entirety of today, that is uh, is basically the easy way to say it. winds will be gusting to 45 miles per hour. we've already had a tornado warning this morning. nothing transpired out of that,
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typically landfalling tropical systems, there'll be potential for more tornados. rainfall on average, 2 to 5 inches. there could be locally higher amounts, as we've already seen close to a foot of rain to our south in the carolinas. no doubt there'll be flooding. you see rain everywhere. hard to pinpoint everything other than the fact we have orange and red shadings, south of the beltway, glen burnie on down towards annapolis. that's pushing towards the east side. there's more to come. in fact, we'll continue to watch the very active radar stay very active, like i said for the next 16 to 20 hours, up to five inches of rainfall, we've already seen ponding on the roadways, especially with the overcharged storm drains. on the sides of the roads, puddles may be deeper than you imagine. that has already led to numerous problems. 75 today, it's really about


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