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♪ well, serena williams was back in competition last night for the first time since she fell sick on the court at wimbledon. >> the crowd cheered her on at a second-round match in the bank of the west classic in california.
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after a rocky first set, she showed why she is still the top woman player in the world right now. >> earlier serena spoke out about the wimbledon episode for the first time. here is abc's paula faris. >> something is not right with serena. >> reporter: it was a shocking scene from serena williams. >> i consider this dangerous. she should not be playing. >> reporter: unsteady, disoriented, fumbling the tennis ball. playing a doubles match with sister venus at wimbledon. >> she was telling me, serena walk off the court. i think she almost punched me. >> reporter: one month later, serena explaining for the first time how dire that day was. >> i mean i was really, really sick. and i just -- literally the next three days, i couldn't get out of bed. >> she leaves the court in tears. her sister has got her hand. taking her off. there is all these questions what in the world is going on? >> reporter: at the time, tournament officials said she was suffering from a virus. but her bizarre on-court behavior left many to wonder if
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it was possibly related to her sister venus' syndrome, the auto immune disorder. >> i have been thinking about a lot of things. i have to get a lot of tests done because of things that the do run in the family. >> reporter: recently her coach ignited the controversy by selling france's "tennis magazine" serena is in a difficult phase. but i will leave it there. >> she has a history of a blood clot. she has her own medical history. and she is not going to take any chances with her body or her health. >> it is just like, serena, take your time. you know? you have the rest of your life to keep playing tennis hopefully. >> reporter: paula faris, abc news, new york. >> you know what is interesting -- she says she wants to take her time here. she doesn't know what caused the illness at wimbledon. and she says she is not going to get tests done until the end of this season. >> not her first episode either, huh? >> she had a blood clot in her
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lung in 2011. you heard paula say her sister has chauvin's syndrome. it's a mystery and she's at the top of the world in tennis. >> came back strong. talk resilient. >> overnight, great match, 7-5, 6-2. good win for serena to get back out there. >> sure was. coming up, a little boy who saved a city. how 25,000 people helped a kid make his dream come true. a story so amazing it's been turned into a movie. and ahead in our next half hour, a big dispute among couples. who is really in charge of keeping the house, clean and
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♪ batman batman batman welcome back. great theme music there. perfect for this incredible story of a california 5-year-old with leukemia. you'll remember him and his dream to become a superhero that inspired so many of us. >> and now documentary filmmakers are telling us the story in a whole new way. we are up all "nightline" with abc's juju chang. >> reporter: a damsell in distress. a bank about to be robbed. and beloved teen mascot kidnapped. with two notorious criminals on the loose, san francisco needed a hometown hero to step up to the plate. >> breaking news from san francisco's hall of justice. >> please caped crusader we need you and bring the bat kid. >> miles scott captured the heart of the nation last fall when he transformed into bat kid to save the city.
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now, a new documentary reveals how it all went down. >> there have been plenty of super hero wishes, make a wish had over the years, nothing like this happened. >> reporter: behind the scenes, volunteers were hard at work, sewing costumes and choreographing moves. the 5-year-old battled leukemia. and it was time to take on the villains of gotham. they helped turn his dream of becoming a super hero into reality. >> he always liked all superheroes. but he always comes back to batman. diagnosed in april. the whole town came together. rancheros when his wish went viral it took on a life of its own. >> the city is expecting thousand of people to participate. >> the scale of the production is unbelievable. >> remarkable. >> reporter: leaving his parents overwhelmed and grateful. >> i am like, okay, he needs a car seat. there's lots of cops around. >> reporter: 25,000 people lined the streets to cheer for miles.
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helping to pull off one of the most elaborate escapades in make a wish history. >> all these people aren't at work today, they took off to come watch our son parade around town. >> reporter: as bat kid raced around town his exploits turned him into a social media sensation. with miles in remission, the documentary is raising money to support the bat kid fund. over $50,000 and counting to help other san francisco charities. big shoes to fill for the next batman. i'm juju chang in new york. >> they weren't kidding about big shoes, huh? >> it's such a great story. i can't get enough of miles. his leukemia is in remission. which is fantastic. hats off to make a wish foundation. this organization has done so much for kids. they helped 14,000 kids last year. parents saying and the group says it helps their spirits going through the tough treatment. >> absolutely. i believe it. coming up -- "the mix" is coming up.
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one lucky guy wins big. oh, and there we are. not winning big. >> we will be that way coming back. not winning big. >> we will be that way coming back.
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welcome back to "the mix." there is incredible go pro video footage going viral overnight of a stunt. the stuntman, professional stuntman in chicago leaping from a roof. take a look. not only does he leap from the roof but he slides down the other roof. lands. >> whoa. >> on the railing and does the slide. incredible. this is even swanson, 60,000 views. to me the landing on the railing that does it. how do you do that without hurting yourself? >> absolutely. that's incredible. he was okay. no problems. >> he was okay. he's a pro, though. don't try this at home. >> yeah, right. >> and i won't. >> i won't either. there has been so many people
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redoing the pharrell video "happy" but this group of senior citizens in new zealand may have taken the cake. ♪ if you know what happiness is to you ♪ ♪ clap alone if you feel like that's what you want to do ♪ >> this is christ church, new zealand, has gotten 1.8 million hits. the group of senior citizens there putting their own take on the film, video, "happy." the residents of diana isaac retirement village. and i think they totally know how to rock it. >> i love that gospel choir, look at that. if you have been in a senior home, it can be kind of a down place. people having a hard time. this makes you smile. >> i would move in there. >> the tune is infectious. pharell, keep it coming, baby, so many parodies of it. moving on. this thing has my head spinning. a bank out of canada, td bank, toronto dominion. set up atm machines, automatic banking machines for their customers. surprising them, gifts of
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flowers, tickets to travel, you name it. capture all this on video. good for them. i will take a pot of cash. >> you would. enough to make you happy. that would be your way of being thanked. >> and, thank you very much. >> oh. well i want you to meet the man who is probably the luckiest guy alive. >> okay. >> take a look at this man. his name is robert hamilton of indianapolis. and he has won the $1 million lottery twice, two times over and just over the span of a couple months. the first one back in april. he got $1 million. then he recently got another $1 million playing the scratch off game. >> scratch off. >> yeah. yeah, can you believe it, scratch off. $120 million scratch spectacular scratch off. the first round he paid off his financial obligations, he bought a house, which he
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this morning on "world news now" -- costly clean-up. the water main break that flooded ucla, the jaw dropping amount of water that is still spilling. the huge price tag and the widespread damage. flood fears. one town flooded before could face yet another deluge. the anxiety after a historic disaster just months ago. bogus bills. hidden charges from phone companies. the outrage from consumers and who is demanding action? movie madness, "sharknado 2" and the big tv premier last night. how science fiction fans burned up social media during the sequel in "the skinny" on this thursday, july 31st. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." good friday eve.
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i'm devin dwyer. >> good morning, i'm reena ninan. >> there was so much shark blood in the streets this morning in new york city, it was a devastating tornado here. >> what is this "sharknado" about, like a shark with a tornado? >> sharks were flying. it was crazy. >> what are the young people buzzing about? why is it so incredible? i don't understand. >> it is great. it's epic. >> we'll discuss that. >> we begin with something else epic, crazy, the details here from this water main break on the campus of ucla. >> the city now saying the total water spillage was 20 million gallons, not 10. that three-story geyser blasted out of control for four hours because the shutoff valves are more than 90 years old. >> the water is still not completely shut off. more than 1,000 gallons a minute. 1,000 gallons a minute are still leaking out. here's abc's nick watt. >> reporter: a 30-foot geyser spewing 38,000 gallons of water every single minute. inundating the ucla campus.
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the storied basketball court at pauley pavilion, 8 inches deep. 20 million gallons of water escaped, enough to fill 1,000 swimming pools. with the drought california is going through that's liquid gold. this is one of two semi-submerged parking structures on campus, more than 700 cars marooned down near by the water. the power is out. college officials say the cars are going to be stuck down here until friday at the earliest. >> when you have this amount of water it is like a flash flood. you never know what is going to happen. >> reporter: five drivers rescued from the river running down the street. and it is not over yet. the 93-year-old water main broke just before 3:30 tuesday afternoon. and at a y band where the 30 inch pipe meets a slightly newer 36 inch pipe at an extreme angle. >> the location of the leak is creating issues for us. >> reporter: it took nearly 3
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1/2 hours before they got it under control. there are a million miles of water main in this country. some of them dating back to the civil war. and, as happened here, no one knows exactly what condition many of them are in until it is too late. until they break. to replace them all would cost upwards of $1 trillion. to fix the actual leak they will have to replace 15 feet of pipe. the clean-up on campus might take a little longer. the pauley pavilion renovated just two years ago and that cost $132 million. nick watt, abc news, los angeles. now to the mideast where there is no let-up in sight this morning for palestinians trying to take cover from the war. palestinian officials say another u.n. school came under attack in gaza overnight. this time 15 people were injured and more families who fled from their homes have been displaced once again. >> this latest attack follows what is being described as a bloodbath at another u.n. school.
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housing thousands of war refugees after shelling killed 15 people at that shelter. u.n. secretary-general ban ki moon was outraged calling it "nothing more than shameful attacks on sleeping children." 116 palestinians died yesterday alone including those killed in a crowded street market. the president of liberia ordered schools closed and government workers to stay home as the ebola virus spreads. at least 129 people have died in liberia from ebola. the disease is blamed for 672 deaths across west africa. the peace corps is pulling out 340 volunteers from the region as part of precaution. american health officials say it is very unlikely the outbreak could spread to the u.s. >> we are pretty confident that the normal isolation protocols in the u.s. or western style medicine would prevent transmission. >> as a precaution though a number of emergency rooms in the u.s. are now asking every patient his or her recent travel
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history. well, more warnings this morning about dangerous bacteria in the waters around florida. public health investigators in sarasota say one person died and another person became ill with a flesh-eating bacteria. they say both of the victims had pre-existing medical conditions. but they are warning people not to eat raw oysters and to avoid the water if they have open cuts. well, steady rain in the southwest is finally starting to let up after days of dangerous flash flooding and mudslides. the storms are being blamed for at least one death in colorado. many families are now digging through their muddy belongings. here is more from abc's clayton sandell. >> reporter: the rivers are rising in the tiny colorado town of lyons and they're holding their breath. two days of heavy rains in a place still trying to recover from historic flooding. >> the river came right through. >> reporter: a wall of water 10 months ago took out most of the homes in linda hubbard's neighborhood including hers. 2/3 of her neighbors are gone. >> they may or may not come back.
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>> reporter: this is why the people in lyons are so nervous. they have a river here and few feet away another river. the exact spot when it comes together. and when it floods this is ground zero. five states are under a flash flood watch. two days of drenching put new mexico farm lands under water. >> there is no way for me to divert this water. >> reporter: in denver, the water trapped people in their cars. some took to canoes. a mudslide closed a major colorado interstate. >> you can see how high the water was. and it left me with virtually that high of gunk. >> reporter: linda hubbard is now rebuilding her house, but with one very important improvement. >> i have to tear down a section of it. and then, we will rebuild and then we will elevate 6'8." >> reporter: what do you mean elevate? >> elevate up on pylons. >> reporter: the whole house? >> the whole house. >> reporter: comes up 6'8"?
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>> i never want to see 4 feet of garbage in my house again. >> reporter: clayton sandell, abc news, lyons, colorado. fire crews are shoring up containment lines in yosemite to keep a wildfire from reaching some of the oldest trees on the planets. the flames are ten miles from a grove of giant sequoias. 50 homes are in danger and remain evacuated. but the park itself has been largely unaffected with the exception of smoky conditions at times. the fire is about 35% contained. and here is a look now at your thursday forecast. the firefighters in yosemite should get help from a band of showers stretching up into montana. a separate line of thunderstorms is on the move east of the rockies. system of heavy rain also sweeps through the south and up into the northeast. the ohio valley will also see more rain today. >> most of the country will see temperatures in the 70s and 80s. except for the southwest which will again see the mercury creep into the triple digits.
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well, new york yankee derek jeter got a surprise of presidential sendoff before his last game in texas. george w. bush joined jeter in pregame ceremonies at the ballpark in arlington. mr. bush gave jeter a signed photo of the two together before game three of the 2001 world series. eating popcorn there, i guess. it was revealed yesterday, president bush has written a biography of his father, george h.w. bush. and yet untitled book will make its debut on veterans' day, november 11th. the younger bush thought about the idea in 2010 and began writing it two years later after consulting with friends and family. that will be interesting. looking forward to reading that. >> should be a great book. i didn't know this, george h.w. bush, the older, turned 90 by the way. is one of the few president who is has not written his own autobiography, very interesting. >> it will focus also on george w. bush, his decision to go into
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politics, how his dad influenced his life. what's really fast night, i'm curious, it talks about -- the lead-up to the iraq war. one senior official, told me, elder bush was worried about the decisions his son was making going into the war. there was a lot of buzz in the media about whether they were kind of at -- were at total opposite spectrums going into the war. >> that's right. he speculated the younger bush was quite competitive with his father, trying to gain his approval. interesting to see how that plays out in the book. some of the other bushs have been involved. >> what if the bush book does better than hillary's book. you know the media will talk about that. >> we will be watching that for sure. >> look a game -- a sporting event these books. >> battle of the books. this baseball season we have seen fans catch balls while holding babies. or forgetting to hold babies. or in their caps. well how about in their cups? all of these fans reaching with their gloves for jordy mercer's two run homer. the pirates/giants game. it lands in this woman's beer. yeah, her beer. soaked in her beer. but the guys behind her ended up with egg on their faces for
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missing the ball. she is fine by the way. the beer was a total loss. >> looked like it almost hit her in the face. when it comes down. can you imagine walking out of the stadium soaked in beer. we are glad she's okay, but watch the frenzy for the ball as well after -- ooh. >> there it goes. >> she doesn't end up with the ball. if you watch the tape. a little bit further. she is swarmed by kids more interested in the ball than how she is doing. >> kids got the ball in the end. >> they did. >> for a good cause. coming up in "the skinny," delayed cast members of one of tv's hottest sitcoms have not returned to work. are they holding out for $1 million an episode? later, family disputes over household clutter. do you have any of those? how one couple's disagreement over cleaning up is getting so much attention. you are watching "world news now." ♪ okay ♪ the bedroom's messy let's clean up ♪ ♪ okay we have fingers we have hands we can clean up, yes we can ♪
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♪ i want money ♪ that's what i want ♪ that's what i want congress is looking into a sneaky kind of crime costing americans big money. it is called cramming. >> crooks are managing to get small charges placed on your phone bills. they add up to hundreds of millions of dollars. here's abc's gio benitez. >> reporter: your cell phone
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taking center stage in the nation's capitol, all because of bogus charges sneaking on to your monthly bill. >> the massive fraud documented in these reports happened right under the telephone company's noses. >> reporter: it's called cramming. the charges come from outside companies that have tricked you into subscribing to a monthly service. often after you open an unsolicited text message or enter your cell phone number online. look on this bill, a $9.99 charge is listed simply as usage charges. it is not until you go 123 pages in that you will find the detailed description. >> in many of these cases consumers were unaware that they had been crammed. >> reporter: it is not just cell phones. larry vito had two mysterious charges on his land line. $14.95 and $8.23 for outside voice mail services. >> how could this happen? how could somebody start charging my account, similar to charging my credit card without my knowledge?
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>> reporter: that new report estimating as many as 20 million americans may be duped every year. but only one in 20 of us ever realize it. it is really up to you to find those cramming charges. here's my bill, 50 pages long. to find the charges i have got to go line by line. there are people you can hire to help too, companies like, billcutterz, that offer experts to analyze your bill to find extra charges and split any savings with you down the middle. for now, it is up to us. gio benitez, abc news, new york. >> i had no idea. that costcutterz thing. i would sign up for that. >> the third party help to help you go through the bill is appealing. once as gio said, once you find the line-item buried in your 120-page bill then you have to go back to try to get the money back. we all know from dealing with the cable companies and phone
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companies. [ busy signal ] >> oh, don't i know it! >> you know that sound. >> i prefer my land lines and pay phones. >> yeah. that's right. this is why i don't use cell phones. that's why i tell you about it. >> we have been talking all week about this. you prefer old-fashioned cell phones, the two handers, right. >> yeah. oh, boy, you know we too well, devin. coming up. science fiction fans, light up twitter. i don't get this story either -- the social media story about the "sharknado 2" thing. what is this about? >> it's great. we will talk about that. plus, the backlash from the justin bieber/orlando bloom bust-up. "the skinny" coming up next.
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♪ skinny so skinny well for the second time the sharks are invading social media and new york city. the sequel of "sharknado" aired on sci-fi channel last night setting the twitter-verse on fire. >> "sharknado 2" started trending more than 12 hours before the premiere. this time, the giant jaws are descending on new york city. ian ziering, joined by famous faces like vivica fox. >> the sequel was chock-full of cameos if you caught it, including our friends michael and kelly. michael strahan tackled a shark. want to watch this. proving to all of us -- why he is going into the football hall of fame this weekend.
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the first "sharknado" generated 600,000 tweets an hour after it aired. >> i still don't get it. i don't understand the fascination. don't know why the kids are into it. >> it's just so outlandish and so fun. >> doesn't look like something i would do. >> a cult film forever and ever. >> something i wouldn't do. i am potty training my kids. maybe that's why i don't have the time. >> potty training it is. we are getting a new video in, giving us a clearer picture of the altercation between justin bieber and orlando bloom. >> the two partying at a nightclub on the spanish island of ibiza tuesday night. the latest tmz video shows bloom throwing a punch deflected by a bodyguard. one witness tells tmz, that punch was triggered by bieber telling bloom he had sex with his wife. what are you going to expect there, biebs? >> this morning, bieber can't let it go. instagramming this photo of what looks like bloom crying. huh. all right, production has been halted on the mega comedy hit "big bang theory" as actors demand more money.
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emmy winner jim parsons, johnny galecki, and kelly cuoco -- they're negotiating together seeking salary increases. >> sources say they want $1 million an episode up from $325,000. and "big bang" is the most watched tv show in the country with more than -- uh -- about 230 -- 23 million viewers. all right. this if you like ninja turtles one for you. the movie poster down under has australians wondering what the heck were they thinking. it shows the the teenage mutant ninja turtles, diving out of a burning skyscraper. worse though, the release date for the film in australia is 9/11. >> heroes in a half shell, half baked marketing. causing an uproar online. it was pulled from the twitter and facebook right away. by the way, the live action film debuts here in the u.s. on august 8th. >> were you a ninja turtles fan? >> no. >> i used to collect the ninja turtles action figures. >> did you? >> bad taste there to run that on 9/11.
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rid-x. #1 in septic maintenance. and now for rvs too! ♪ because it's your birthday because it's your birthday ♪ i didn't realize we are back. >> one of the messiest co-anchors at abc news. look at this. >> i didn't realize the break was that short. sorry. >> speaking of messes, one working dad has written in a public confession after blaming his stay-at-home wife for not keeping the house clean enough. that's why we are calling this one our "favorite story of the day." so what made him change his mind and see it his wife's way? well here's abc's abbie boudreau. >> sorry. >> what happened here? >> reporter: kids they may be small but their mess not so much. just ask any modern family. >> life is messy sometimes.
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>> reporter: like many moms, melody edward says she is busy keeping a tidy home can be a challenge. >> it's more important for me to ignore the house work some times and give my kids attention so they feel important. >> reporter: perhaps like many husbands, melody's husband clint admits he once blamed his wife for their messy home. >> my first thought was you got one job. one job to clean the house. >> reporter: in a controversial new "washington post" essay, called "i blame my wife for our messy house. i was wrong for many reasons." clint explains how he did a 180. >> had a pretty candid conversation about it. eventually she just said i can either wash the dishes or i can, you know, help moira learn how to walk. it is either this or that. >> reporter: while many feel the article is spot-on. the edwards have also come under fire. one person writing -- "there is never a good excuse for living in squalor or dirt." >> kids still have chores. we are not living in squalor. >> reporter: with clint helping with dinner and laundry.
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melody says life is easier. though still a little messy. >> i don't look at my house that she had done something wrong. it is evidence that she had an important day. >> reporter: inspiring the clean freak in me to take a little break and enjoy what's most important. >> maybe daddy will do the dishes tonight? abbie boudreau, abc news, los angeles. >> i know people, our viewers know i'm the messier one. >> i will confess, i leave a lot of crumbs. >> crumbs, that's the best thing you can do? i'll vacuum them up. don't you worry. i got my wonder woman shirt on. what the heck was i wearing that day. >> i love that. if you have any tips, reena ninan is a pro. she is on twitter. she will tell you how it is done. stay with us. thank you for watching. >> announcer: this is abc's "world news now," informing insomniacs for two decades.
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good morning. i'm reena ninan. >> i'm devin dwyer. here are some of the top headlines we're following this morning on "world news now." israel announced it is calling up more reserves as the fighting with hamas intensifies. the u.n. school was hit overnight, a day after heavy shelling and another school and market with more than 30 people dead. full details in just a moment. here at home, one woman dead another injured in the crash of their small plane into a shopping center parking lot in san diego. the faa says the plane bounced while making a landing at a nearby airfield. that water main break on ucla campus still leaking. about 1,000 gallons a minute. after gushing out not 10, but 20 million gallons of water.
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officials say it could be days before the leak is fully repaired. a north florida professor, developing new yeast for beer that give the local brews flavor like orange, lemon and lime. those are some of the top stories on this thursday, july 31st. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >> well, good morning to you. we begin this half-hour with intense middle east war. israel broadening its offensive after three weeks of fighting. >> as gaza faced more overnight strikes, the israeli military announced it is calling up another 16,000 reservists. there is word that another u.n. school came under attack. leaving 15 people injured. as abc's karen travers tells us, it followed an especially deadly day in the war. >> reporter: chaos and carnage at this crowded marketplace in gaza. health officials there said more than a dozen people were killed. at least 200 wounded by an israeli air strike. the marketplace was bustling. palestinian officials said
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residents were trying to take advantage of what was supposed to be a temporary cease-fire. and earlier, another u.n. building in gaza under fire. the u.n.'s director of operations there said an elementary school housing thousands of displaced palestinians was hit by israeli artillery fire. >> children killed in their sleep. this is an affront to all of us. a source of universal shame. >> reporter: a spokesman for the israeli military called civilian deaths a tragedy but said they don't intentionally target u.n. buildings. abc's terry moran with israeli defense forces as they crossed into gaza. they stopped in hamas tunnel that israelis believe leads under the border into their country. somewhere up to 100 feet underground stretching up to a mile and a half long. lined with concrete and outfitted with power cables, phone lines, rail tracks. as the death toll in gaza rises with so many children killed, this israeli soldier is asked
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how that affects him? >> everywhere in the world no matter race, religion, a child is a child -- so it hurts. >> reporter: karen travers, abc news, washington. there was a prayer vigil last night in charlotte, north carolina, for the woman who contracted ebola working in africa. hundreds of people filled the sanctuary to pray for nancy writebol. meanwhile the peace corps says it is pulling out of three african countries because of the outbreak which is now the worst and here at home we are finding out just how vulnerable our health records can be to hackers. a report in "the new england journal of medicine" reveals that the well-known hacking group calling itself anonymous broke into the systems of the boston children's hospital earlier this year. a cyberattack slowed down the hospital's server and website. but it says no patient records were accessed and no one was harmed.
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some newly released e-mails suggest that lois lerner didn't think much of right-wing republicans. lerner used to head the irs division that handled request for tax-exempt status. e-mails show learner deliberately targeted conservatives. here is abc's jeff zeleny. >> reporter: a new look at lois lerner, the irs official at the middle of the firestorm targeting tea party groups. she never explained herself. taking the fifth when called before a congressional committee. >> i have not done anything wrong. i have not broken any laws. >> reporter: but new e-mails may reveal a clue about her politics. it turns out she was openly hostile to at least some right-wing republican groups. "so we don't need to worry about alien terrorists," she wrote, "it is our own crazies that will take us down." another irs employee replied, "well, you should hear the whacko wing of the gop." lerner uses salty language to describe conservative talk radio hosts. now the chairman of the house ways and means committee has turned the messages over to the
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justice department. he says it is a clear sign she had it out for conservatives. >> these e-mails really show lois lerner's political bias and state of mind. look this is a serious matter when conservatives only were targeted. progressives weren't. >> reporter: it has been more than a year since lerner came to congress and refused to answer questions. she since retired from the irs but republicans are demanding accountability and now they are renewing their call for a special prosecutor to investigate. in may, lerner was found in contempt of congress. in june, irs officials said many of her e-mails were destroyed in a computer crash. she's maintained her innocence through her attorneys but they had no comment when asked by abc news about the new e-mails. the messages that surfaced raised new questions about whether tea party groups were targeted and whether lerner's bias against conservatives was pervasive inside the agency. jeff zeleny, abc news, capitol hill. the victim of a tea party challenge will close his once
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powerful political career quietly today on capitol hill. eric cantor's tenure as house majority leader ends tonight and makes way for kevin mccarthy. canter lost the primary to favorite, tea party favorite david bratt. and cantor is reportedly considering all sorts of new jobs in the private sector. the key witness has taken the stand in the high profile corruption trial of former virginia governor bob mcdonald and his wife. prosecutors say johnny williams secretly gave the mcdonalds more than $165,000 in loans and gifts to promote his company. williams testified he loaned the mcdonalds $15,000 to cover catering at their daughter's wedding. as well as another $50,000 loan. mcdonald denied any wrongdoing. a wild smash-and-grab
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burglary captured on camera in houston. a gang of thieves slammed the back of a pickup truck through the glass doors of a beauty supply store. and then they were only after one thing -- hair extensions. the men snatched up as many packs of hair as they could and dumped it into the truck before speeding off. now the owners will have to deal with the damage. >> i am disappointed and really hurt and my parents are very devastated right now. >> the human hair extensions are a hot commodity. some sell up to $400 apiece. what a close call on interstate 95 north of boston. it was a brush with death. literally. an ax flew off the back of a landscaping contractor's truck and wedged there in the car's windshield. that ax came within inches of the woman sitting in the car's passenger seat. police say the contractor left the ax on the hood of his truck forgetting it there before driving off. the man was cited for driving with unsecured cargo and fined $200. that is totally frightening. >> they said if the driver who was hit with the ax had gone a little faster it could have actually hit one of the
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passengers and really injured them. he is pretty lucky. >> i get terrified driving behind any cars with ladders, gear in the back, always afraid it flies out at you. apparently, 51,000 accidents a year. according to the government are caused by unsecured loads. >> by the way, the truck driver, he said he was sorry. well, fire crews are shoring up containment lines in yosemite national park. to keep a wildfire from reaching some of the oldest trees on the planet. the flames are ten miles from a grove of giant sequoias. about 50 homes are still in danger and remain evacuated. but the park itself has been largely unaffected with the exception of smoky conditions at times. the fire is about 35% contained. now, here is a look at the nation's weather. the firefighters in yosemite should be getting some help from a band of showers stretching over the sierra nevadas. a separate line of thunderstorms stretches east of the rockies as
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another system with heavy rain also sweeps through the south and up in the northeast. >> most of the country will see temperatures in the 70s and 80s. except for the southwest which will again see triple digit temperatures. well, treasure hunters off the east coast of florida uncovered an artifact buried 300 years. >> rick schmidt is calling it "the find of his life." he and his family hunting for spanish treasure when they spotted a glint of gold. well it turns out it was a missing piece from a mystery artifact found in 1989. for decades, archaeologists thought the artifact was a picture frame, now believed a holy vessel used by high-ranking catholic officials to carry the holy eucharist. >> incredible. this guy's company, rick schmidt has done this before. he calls his company booty salvage. apparently some of the gold you see there is from spanish ships struck by a hurricane off the florida coast in 1715. it's been there ever since. >> can you believe this isn't
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the first time the family struck it rich. they found change, gold coins, worth $500,000. next time i go on a treasure hunting trip, i'm taking them with me. >> i would hire that guy. take me out. coming up, putting on our beach wear in a few minutes. a swimsuit edition of -- throw back thursday. >> grab the sunscreen. >> she did say -- beach wear. us in beach wear. getting paid to work out. the new smart phone app that knows if you have been working up a sweat. it can fine you for skipping the gym. does it work? but first, our tribute to the voice of the los angeles dodgers, vin scully, the 86-year-old telling everyone why he is staying on the job as long as possible. you are watching "world news now." ♪ >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by vista print. weather brought to you vista print. ♪ ♪
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♪ well, his steady voice has been the sound track of dodger baseball for 65 seasons. >> as we have told you, vin scully will return for a 66th season behind the microphone. now the broadcasting legend is talking about the decision. >> i just feel like i am home. >> reporter: a day after blessing baseball fans with news of another year, vin scully explained why it is not time to hang it up. the 86-year-old grandfather of 17 owes much of the decision to his wife of 42 years. >> she knows how much i love it. and, her attitude was, look, if that's the way you feel, if you love it that much, then keep doing it with my blessing.
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so, i owe her everything. she is as much a part of me as my heart and soul. hi, everybody, a very pleasant sunday to you wherever you may be. >> reporter: he's been with the dodgers since its days in brooklyn, 65 seasons ago. the longest tenure of any broadcaster with a single team in professional sports history. >> what a marvelous moment for baseball! >> reporter: the hall of famer has called 25 world series. >> he is gone! >> and it is gone! >> reporter: six of them won by the dodgers. how has he changed? >> i think maybe i was quicker in coming up with an occasional good thought more so than now. once in a while i will blunder into a good line. not that it has to come from nowhere. i don't prepare. i want it to be as honest as possible. once in a while i will say something after the gibson's home run that had an impact. or, i will say something when
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hank aaron hit the home run. >> it is gone! a marvelous moment for baseball. >> you think that was pretty good. there are a lot of times i drive home, saying "dummy, why didn't you say what you are thinking of right now? >> reporter: scully says he has thought about retirement. >> when i hang it up that will be that. >> reporter: something dodger fans don't have to think about for at least another season. >> and i like how they nicknamed him the poet laureate of baseball. >> so great. play-by-play is so critical to baseball. i grew up in minneapolis, minnesota twins, herb carneil. vin scully, same vintage. herb, all the guys, voice of baseball, poetry of baseball. it's why you still see today if you go to games see people listening to the play-by-play on the radio. they love to hear it. >> absolutely. i think you are absolutely right. not an easy thing to do even if you are into the sport of baseball. people really depend on it. a lot of people who listen into
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that. glad to see he is not hanging it up. >> fun fact before we move on. he is second only to tommy lasorda. if you follow the dodgers as a member of the dodgers family. incredible his tenure there. hats off to him. >> good fact. coming up on this "throwback thursday," a special summer edition. >> you don't want to miss this one. the swimsuit issue. a look back at beach wear. stay with us. >> announcer: "world news now" continues af
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♪ welcome back. "world news now" fans, throwback thursday. the swimsuit edition this morning. we're celebrating summer and the sea in what we wear at the beach.
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>> these days it's tank tops or tees and nylon trunks for the guys. and these fancy cover-ups over bikinis for the lady. >> how did you know? i'm wearing a bikini. a trip to the beach didn't always involve so much skin. dive back 200 years when a seaside summer day became popular pastime. >> take a look. this is what passed for women's swimwear, bathing dress. look at those leggings, long skirts, some times weighted with lead to keep them from floating up. men not very much better. the suits. wool, flannel like long underwear. thought it could help them keep warm in the water but they would weigh as much as 9 pounds when wet. >> fortunately, fashion loosened up turn of the century with social changes following the first world war for women who could now vote. for the first time. first miss america crowned in 1921, you can see swimsuits allowed more freedom movement. leggings short, dress tunic. >> men's swimsuits got a little more body hugging with fabrics that included rubber-like yarns, but still it was one body-covering piece.
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>> fast forward to the 1950s. and a beach obsession was sweeping the nation. beach themed movies flooding theaters and vacationers flocking to california and america's newest state, hawaii. >> i love hawaii. >> swimsuits have evolved into the shape we know today. like the ones, burt lancaster and deborah kerr wore in the epic beach scene "from here to eternity." swimsuits got steamy, bikini, who can forget? beautiful ursula andres one of the poster girls here, in the first james bond movie "dr. no" emerging from the water wearing a bikini and a knife. the two-piece suit was the brain child of french fashion designers, named it after the bikini etol, the site of a nuclear bomb test. they knew their bikini would be explosive. >> in 1964 bikini wearing models graced "sports illustrated's"
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first swimsuit issue, the cover credited with taking the bikini mainstream. >> by this time there were so many beach movies they became a whole genre, movies like "beach blanket bingo" from 1965. ♪ beach blanket bingo >> where annette funicello, frankie avalon engaged in boy meets girl drama and dancing at the beach. >> who can forget when the fascination made it to tv, "bay watch," pam anderson and the hoff every week. ♪ it's a wild wild world out there ♪ ♪ sometimes i feel like incredibly fit, good-looking lifeguards racing across the sand in slow-mo showing off their bright red suits and all that skin. >> but in some ways we may have come full circle. maybe the victorians had it right after all. suits like these are a new fashion trend because they protect bathers from the dangerous u.v. rays of the sun. >> or do like me, sit under an umbrella. put on a lot of sunscreen. reena, do you have it? >> yeah, yeah, i sure do. here you go. >> don't forget your shoulders. >> oh, thank you.
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and good mornings. pampers. ♪ 'cause it's your birthday ♪ 'cause it's your birthday ♪ it's your birthday ♪ it's your birthday we are just back from the beach and a dip after that steamy segment. >> yeah. >> you're still wet. >> still wet. try froging to dry off. >> the swimsuits we saw can be pretty unforgiving to some bodies on the beach. >> you trying to say something? >> no, this is a buff bod over here. >> sarcasm there. a new way to help you get in shape. an app pays you to do it. abc's becky worley has the details. >> reporter: after three babies in two years, tiffany snook hit
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her all-time high, 225 pounds. >> i didn't have energy. and i didn't want to get on the floor and play with them. i was unhappy with myself. >> reporter: but getting on an exercise program. >> never, i had never exercise in my life. >> reporter: so she turned to pact. it is an app that uses money to motivate your workouts. >> weight has a secret weapon. pact. >> reporter: and it worked. tiffany lost 90 pounds. >> it seemed like it was just for me. it was made for me. i realized i could make money at it. >> reporter: you give the app your credit card or paypal information. each week you pledge you will do a certain number of workouts and say what penalty you will pay if you miss one. that's right. minimum $5 fine is assessed if you skip the gym. but if you make all the workouts, your reward money comes from the pot of fines from people who fail to honor their pact. how does the app know you have gone for a walk or been to the gym and didn't say you worked out.
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>> there is two ways. you either have to actually go to the gym and check in with the app or can be counted on steps on your fitbit. >> reporter: the app uses the gps in your phone to check in at a known gym and monitor how long you stay. or you can track steps taken with a fitness band or miles run again with the phone's gps. each time you go to the gym, you check in and it uses the gps in your phone to verify you're really there. tiffany walked away with $41 in her pocket. >> it's nice to have an income. where i say "this is mine. i made that all by myself." >> reporter: the money she gained is great. but the weight she has lost. priceless. becky worley, abc news, napa, california. >> well, money is a motivator. and so is going to the beach. >> oh, you know about that. >> i do know about that because i spend a lot of time there pumping iron. >> you've got the better body. >> i don't know about that. we are partners in crime.
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this morning on "world news now" -- public health threat. the heartbreaking ebola outbreak in africa. fears that it could spread. the latest victims and the impact on the u.s., this crisis hits home. direct hit. another gaza school in a busy market hit by military fire. the overnight violent and new insight into the deadly conflict. >> are you scared going in? >> of course. >> the growing fears from both sides of the battle. and winning spirit. serena williams who got sick on the court at wimbledon speaks out about her frightening experience. >> it's just like, serena, take your time. >> her recovery and her big return to competition just hours ago. it is thursday, july 31st. >> announcer: from abc news,
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this is "world news now." good thursday morning to you. i'm devin dwyer. >> i'm reena ninan. almost friday. >> it's almost friday, friday eve. it's great to see serena williams back out there. she had a great performance. 7-5, 6-2. her first performance after the health scare. we'll get to that later this half hour. >> are you a big tennis fan? >> i love tennis. >> do you? >> i was waiting for the u.s. open in new york city, almost there. >> oh! good to know. there is lots of concern about ebola. we'll actually kick it off there with the battle in liberia. the president closing schools and urging nonessential employees to stay home. >> the peace corps, american volunteer agency is taking drastic measures. here's dr. richard besser. >> reporter: the deadly ebola outbreak causing the peace corps to pull out its 340 american volunteers from liberia and sierra leone after two quarantined after coming into
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contact with a victim who died. two american missionary workers stricken in liberia are showing improvement. the two in strict isolation. staff communicate with them through windows. doctors and nurses visiting twice a day. wearing full protective suits. >> she was trying to recover and still feeling the effects of the virus and struggling and fighting through. >> reporter: the urgent question now, will the american patients be evacuated to the u.s. for emergency treatment? the cdc uses special isolation pods like these to transport contagious patients without exposing the crew. they're airtight and disposable apart from the metal frame. air travel now leading to global fears of contagion. from nigeria you can fly direct to three u.s. cities. flights from the outbreak zone carry passengers to more than 30 countries around the world. >> this is the most serious outbreak of ebola we have ever faced. it's essentially a multi-front war against the virus. >> reporter: in liberia, doctors testing passengers for fever. and the french government provided 100 heat detecting
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cameras similar to those used during the sars outbreak. in the u.s. 20 airports are equipped with quarantine stations responding to any patients ill, including symptoms of ebola. ebola is not spread through the air. you only get sick by close!qfa contact with body fluids like blood or contaminated surfaces. hospitals are on high alert. there was one e.r. that shuttered but it was a false alarm. the patient was discharged. a number of emergency rooms in the u.s. are asking every patient with fever their recent travel history. a good idea not just for ebola but many infectious diseases. dr. richard besser, abc news, new york. turning to the middle east where people in gaza are suffering through yet another day of relentless attacks. palestinian officials say overnight shelling at another u.n. school in gaza injured more than a dozen people. more israeli missiles and artillery shells rained down on hamas targets and hit palestinian civilians. this despite calls from the
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international community to halt the fighting. meanwhile, palestinians still reeling from yesterday's carnage at a u.n. school and outdoor market complaining there they have no place to hide from the violence.ñ:e( u.n. chief ban ki moon called the deadly school shelling outrageous and unjustifiable. 15 people were killed at the shelter as war refugees slept. it was followed by back to back explosions that ripped through a crowded shopping area killing 17 and wounding 200. the israeli army general says they have just a few more days from destroying all the tunnels they knew about before the start of the war. abc's terry moran is the only international reporter embedded with israeli forces going along yesterday as troops checked out one of the tunnels. >> reporter: as gaza was shelled from air, sea and artillery, palestinians returned fire and military staging area on the border and we took cover. with 188th armored brigade of the israeli defense forces
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getting ready to go into gaza. do you have fear? are you scared going in? >> of course. >> reporter: we cross into gaza. our gunner scanning the dusty roads and ruined buildings. several tense miles later we stop. a tunnel, deep, concrete, sided, narrow, israelis believe it leads under the border into their country. israelis see these tunnels as a terrifying threat. some up to 100 feet underground. stretching up to a mile and a half long. lined with concrete, with power cables, phone lines, rail tracks, used to infiltrate israel and attack outposts and neighborhoods. they aren't going in. >> assumption is it is booby-trapped? >> suddenly gunfire. the israelis are trying to put down fire, suppressing the sniper action that is holding us here. israelis lay down a smokescreen
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and we use it as cover to return to the vehicle. but the horrifying death toll in gaza shocked the world. so many lives lost, so many children. how does that affect these soldiers? >> a child is a child is a child everywhere in the world. no matter race, religion, a child is a child. so it hurts. >> terry moran, abc news, in the gaza strip. a rare political move, republicans in the house have voted to sue president obama. accusing him of overstepping his constitutional authority. the proposed lawsuit focuses on the way the president implemented his health care overhaul. mr. obama and fellow democrats called the move a political stunt ahead of the midterm elections.
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a connecticut judge ordered prosecutors to preserve all evidence as kennedy's cousin awaits trial. he was freed from prison, a judge ruled he had inadequate legal counsel. he was accused of skilling martha moxley when they were 15. looking at the fatal crash of a small plane into the shopping center parking lot in san diego. the faa says the plane bounced practicing touch and go landings at nearby montgomery field. the plane clipped the roof of a store and crashed into the parking lot. two women on board. one killed. the other suffered minor injuries. two rescuers injured on the ground. meanwhile, on the east coast, another flight related tragedy. skydiving student man in his 20s killed. his instructor in critical condition. police say the two were performing tandem jump when their parachute apparently malfunctioned. the skydiving facility where the instructor works has been in operation for 20 years. the massive water main break on ucla's campus was a lot worse than originally thought. the city says 20 million gallons
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of water shot up out of the geyser. double what they first thought. still leaking 1,000 gallons a minute. hundreds of cars in garages are underwater. the school's legendary basketball arena, pauley pavilion renovated for $132 million submerged under a foot of water. a florida professor thinks he has a way to tap into a new kind of beer. the yeast gives beer most of its flavor. most breweries go with the tried and true yeast but most don't have facilities or training to come up with something different. >> most commercial breweries use readily available strains that are produced and grown up in commercial yeast laboratories. we are looking to get yeast from the environment off local fruit. >> for florida, local influences include yeasts made from lemon, orange and lime. the professor says they have been popular with tap room customers. >> interesting. >> sounds good right about now. would you like a beer in the
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middle of the night? >> i could use a beer in the middle of the night. craft beer is really popular right now. >> is it? >> there has been a run on hops to make all the craft beers. >> this particular professor makes chocolate oatmeal stout, do you know, stout, stout beer, the dark kind is very good when you are breastfeeding. >> interesting. the citrus, citrus yeast kind here sounds good. lemon and lime? >> does that make you uncomfortable, that topic? >> mmm, moving on. well, the food police are pointing out some restaurant meals that may actually be hazardous to your health. >> something the center for science in the public interest says the most unhealthy breakfast is the french toast at cheesecake factory. get this, nearly 2,800 calories. as much or more than we are supposed to have all day. >> goes geez. red robin's monster meal with burgers, fries, salted caramel shakes takes the cake. at more than 3,500 calories. who eats that stuff? >> wow. >> you are healthy devin, you would never.
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>> i wouldn't. but of course the companies say that many people buy these big portion entrees and end up taking it home to share with other people. i don't know. >> i don't understand. the average intake they suggest, 2,000 for women, 2,500 for men. >> makes my stomach hurt. [ burps ] >> too much. too rich. >> okay. all right. well, moving on. coming of in "the mix." pleasant surprise at the bank. at the atm. it talks to customers. even gives out presents. this is fun. the boy caped crusader embraced by the entire community. remember this kid, who is turning that kid's amazing story into an action hero movie. you're watching "world news now." ♪ batman batman >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by airwick scented oils.
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♪ well, serena williams was back in competition last night for the first time since she fell sick on the court at wimbledon. >> the crowd cheered her on at a second-round match in the bank of the west classic in
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california. after a rocky first set, she showed why she is still the top woman player in the world right now. >> earlier serena spoke out about the wimbledon episode for the first time. here is abc's paula faris. >> something is not right with serena. >> reporter: it was a shocking scene from serena williams. >> i consider this dangerous. she should not be playing. >> reporter: unsteady, disoriented, fumbling the tennis ball. playing a doubles match with sister venus at wimbledon. >> she was telling me, serena walk off the court. i think she almost punched me. >> reporter: one month later, serena explaining for the first time how dire that day was. >> i mean i was really, really sick. and i just -- literally the next three days, i couldn't get out of bed. >> she leaves the court in tears. her sister has got her hand. taking her off. there is all these questions
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what in the world is going on? >> reporter: at the time, tournament officials said she was suffering from a virus. but her bizarre on-court behavior left many to wonder if it was possibly related to her sister venus' syndrome, the auto immune disorder. >> i have been thinking about a lot of things. i have to get a lot of tests done because of things that the do run in the family. >> reporter: recently her coach ignited the controversy by selling france's "tennis magazine" serena is in a difficult phase. but i will leave it there. >> she has a history of a blood clot. she has her own medical history. and she is not going to take any chances with her body or her health. >> it is just like, serena, take your time. you know?
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you have the rest of your life to keep playing tennis hopefully. >> reporter: paula faris, abc news, new york. >> you know what is interesting -- she says she wants to take her time here. she doesn't know what caused the illness at wimbledon. and she says she is not going to get tests done until the end of this season. >> not her first episode either, huh? >> she had a blood clot in her lung in 2011. you heard paula say her sister has chauvin's syndrome. it's a mystery and she's at the top of the world in tennis. >> came back strong. talk resilient. >> overnight, great match, 7-5, 6-2. good win for serena to get back out there. >> sure was. coming up, a little boy who saved a city. how 25,000 people helped a kid make his dream come true. a story so amazing it's been turned into a movie. and ahead in our next half hour, a big dispute among couples. who is really in charge of keeping the house, clean and tidy? what we can all learn from one couple's blame game. you are watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our abc stations.
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♪ batman batman batman welcome back. great theme music there. perfect for this incredible story of a california 5-year-old with leukemia. you'll remember him and his dream to become a superhero that inspired so many of us. >> and now documentary filmmakers are telling us the story in a whole new way. we are up all "nightline" with abc's juju chang. >> reporter: a damsel in distress. a bank about to be robbed. and a beloved teen mascot kidnapped. with two notorious criminals on the loose, san francisco needed a hometown hero to step up to the plate. >> breaking news from san francisco's hall of justice. >> please caped crusader we need you and bring the bat kid. >> miles scott captured the heart of the nation last fall when he transformed into bat kid to save the city.
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now, a new documentary reveals how it all went down. >> there have been plenty of super hero wishes, make a wish had over the years, nothing like this has happened. >> reporter: behind the scenes, volunteers were hard at work, sewing costumes and choreographing moves. the 5-year-old battled leukemia. and it was time to take on the villains of gotham. with a little help from the make-a-wish foundation. they helped turn his dream of becoming a super hero into reality. >> he always liked all superheroes. but he always comes back to batman. he was diagnosed in april and the whole town came together. >> reporter: when his wish went viral, it took on a life of its own. >> the city is expecting thousands of people to participate. >> the scale of the production is unbelievable. >> remarkable. >> reporter: leaving his parents overwhelmed and grateful. >> i am like, okay, he needs a car seat. there's lots of cops around. >> reporter: 25,000 people lined the streets to cheer for miles.
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helping to pull off one of the most elaborate escapades in make-a-wish history. >> all these people aren't at work today, they took off to come watch our son parade around town. >> reporter: as bat kid raced around town his exploits turned him into a social media sensation. with miles in remission, the documentary is raising money to support the bat kid fund. over $50,000 and counting to help other san francisco charities. big shoes to fill for the next batman. i'm juju chang in new york. >> they weren't kidding about big shoes, huh? >> it's such a great story. i can't get enough of miles. his leukemia is in remission. which is fantastic. hats off to make-a-wish foundation. this organization has done so much for kids. they helped 14,000 kids last year. parents saying and the group says it helps their spirits going through the tough treatment. >> absolutely. i believe it. coming up -- "the mix" is coming up. one lucky guy wins big.
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oh, and there we are. not winning big. >> we will be that way coming back. not winning big. >> we will be that way coming back.
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welcome back to "the mix." there is incredible go pro video footage going viral overnight of a stunt. the stuntman, professional stuntman in chicago leaping from a roof. take a look. not only does he leap from the roof but he slides down the other roof. lands. >> whoa. >> on the railing and does the slide. incredible. this is even swanson, 60,000 views. to me the landing on the railing that does it. how do you do that without hurting yourself? >> absolutely. that's incredible. he was okay. no problems. >> he was okay. he's a pro, though. don't try this at home. >> yeah, right. >> and i won't. >> i won't either. there has been so many people
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redoing the pharrell video "happy" but this group of senior citizens in new zealand may have taken the cake. ♪ if you know what happiness is to you ♪ ♪ clap alone if you feel like that's what you want to do ♪ >> this is christ church, new zealand, has gotten 1.8 million hits. the group of senior citizens there putting their own take on the film, video, "happy." the residents of diana isaac retirement village. and i think they totally know how to rock it. >> i love that gospel choir, look at that. if you have been in a senior home, it can be kind of a down place. people having a hard time. this makes you smile. >> i would move in there. >> the tune is infectious. pharrell, keep it coming, baby, so many parodies of it. moving on. this thing has my head spinning. a bank out of canada, td bank, toronto dominion. set up atm machines, automatic banking machines for their customers.
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surprising them with gifts of flowers, tickets to travel, you name it. they capture all this on video and it's going viral. good for them. i will take a pot of cash. >> you would. enough to make you happy. that would be your way of being thanked. >> and, thank you very much. >> oh. well i want you to meet the man who is probably the luckiest guy alive. >> okay. >> take a look at this man. his name is robert hamilton of indianapolis. and he has won the $1 million lottery twice, two times over and just over the span of a couple months. the first one back in april. he got $1 million. then he recently got another $1 million playing the scratch off game. >> scratch off. >> yeah. yeah, can you believe it, scratch off. $120 million scratch spectacular scratch off. the first round he paid off his financial obligations, he bought a house, which he didn't move into and now he'll
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this morning on "world news now" -- costly clean-up. the water main break that flooded ucla, the jaw dropping amount of water that is still spilling. the huge price tag and the widespread damage. flood fears. one town flooded before could face yet another deluge. the anxiety after a historic disaster just months ago. bogus bills. hidden charges from phone companies. the outrage from consumers and who is demanding action? movie madness, "sharknado 2" and the big tv premier last night. how science fiction fans burned up social media during the sequel in "the skinny" on this thursday, july 31st. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now."
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good friday eve. i'm devin dwyer. >> good morning, i'm reena ninan. >> there was so much shark blood in the streets this morning in new york city, it was a devastating tornado here. >> what is this "sharknado" about, like a shark with a tornado? >> sharks were flying. it was crazy. >> what are the young people buzzing about? why is it so incredible? i don't understand. >> it is great. it's epic. >> we'll discuss that. >> we begin with something else epic, crazy, the details here from this water main break on the campus of ucla. >> the city now saying the total water spillage was 20 million gallons, not 10. that three-story geyser blasted out of control for four hours because the shutoff valves are more than 90 years old. >> the water is still not completely shut off. more than 1,000 gallons a minute. 1,000 gallons a minute are still leaking out. here's abc's nick watt. >> reporter: a 30-foot geyser spewing 38,000 gallons of water
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every single minute. inundating the ucla campus. the storied basketball court at pauley pavilion, 8 inches deep. 20 million gallons of water escaped, enough to fill 1,000 swimming pools. with the drought california is going through that's liquid gold. this is one of two semi-submerged parking structures on campus, more than 700 cars marooned down near by the water. the power is out. college officials say the cars are going to be stuck down here until friday at the earliest. >> when you have this amount of water it is like a flash flood. you never know what is going to happen. >> reporter: five drivers rescued from the river running down the street. and it is not over yet. the 93-year-old water main broke just before 3:30 tuesday afternoon. and a y band where the 30 inch pipe meets a slightly newer 36 inch pipe at an extreme angle. >> the location of the leak is creating issues for us. >> reporter: it took nearly 3
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1/2 hours before they got it under control. there are a million miles of water main in this country. some of them dating back to the civil war. and, as happened here, no one knows exactly what condition many of them are in until it is too late. until they break. to replace them all would cost upwards of $1 trillion. to fix the actual leak they will have to replace 15 feet of pipe. take a little longer. the pauley pavilion renovated just two years ago and that cost nick watt, abc news, los angeles. now to the mideast where ñr there is no let-up in sight this morning for palestinians trying to take cover from the war. palestinian officials say another u.n. school came under attack in gaza overnight. this time 15 people were injured
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and more families who fled from their homes have been displaced once again. >> this latest attack follows what is being described as a bloodbath at another u.n. school. housing thousands of war refugees after shelling killed 15 people at that shelter. u.n. secretary-general ban ki moon was outraged calling it "nothing more than shameful attacks on sleeping children." 116 palestinians died yesterday alone including those killed in a crowded street market. the president of liberia ordered schools closed and government workers to stay home as the ebola virus spreads. at least 129 people have died in liberia from ebola. the disease is blamed for 672 deaths across west africa. the peace corps is pulling out 340 volunteers from the region as part of precaution. american health officials say it is very unlikely the outbreak could spread to the u.s. >> we are pretty confident that the normal isolation protocols in the u.s. or western style medicine would prevent transmission. >> as a precaution though a
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number of emergency rooms in the u.s. are now asking every patient his or her recent travel history. well, more warnings this morning about dangerous bacteria in the waters around florida. public health investigators in sarasota say one person died and another person became ill with a flesh-eating bacteria. they say both of the victims had pre-existing medical conditions. but they are warning people not to eat raw oysters and to avoid the water if they have open cuts. well, steady rain in the southwest is finally starting to let up after days of dangerous flash flooding and mudslides. the storms are being blamed for at least one death in colorado. many families are now digging through their muddy belongings. here is more from abc's clayton sandell. >> reporter: the rivers are rising in the tiny colorado town of lyons and they're holding their breath. two days of heavy rains in a place still trying to recover from historic flooding. >> the river came right through. >> reporter: a wall of water 10 months ago took out most of the homes in linda hubbard's neighborhood including hers.
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2/3 of her neighbors are gone. >> they may or may not come back. >> reporter: this is why the people in lyons are so nervous. they have a river here and few feet away another river. the exact spot when it comes together. and when it floods this is ground zero. five states are under a flash flood watch. two days of drenching put new mexico farm lands under water. >> there is no way for me to divert this water. >> reporter: in denver, the water trapped people in their cars. some took to canoes. a mudslide closed a major colorado interstate. >> you can see how high the water was. and it left me with virtually that high of gunk. >> reporter: linda hubbard is now rebuilding her house, but with one very important improvement. >> i have to tear down a section of it. and then, we will rebuild and then we will elevate 6'8." >> reporter: what do you mean elevate? >> elevate up on pylons. >> reporter: the whole house? >> the whole house.
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>> reporter: comes up 6 feet? >> i never want to see 4 feet of garbage in my house again. >> reporter: clayton sandell, abc news, lyons, colorado. fire crews are shoring up containment lines in yosemite to keep a wildfire from reaching some of the oldest trees on the planet. the flames are ten miles from a grove of giant sequoias. 50 homes are in danger and remain evacuated. but the park itself has been largely unaffected with the exception of smoky conditions at times. the fire is about 35% contained. and here is a look now at your thursday forecast. the firefighters in yosemite should get help from a band of showers stretching up into montana. a separate line of thunderstorms is on the move east of the rockies. system of heavy rain also sweeps through the south and up into the northeast. the ohio valley will also see more rain today. >> most of the country will see temperatures in the 70s and 80s.
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except for the southwest which will again see the mercury creep into the triple digits. well, new york yankee derek jeter got a surprise of presidential sendoff before his last game in texas. george w. bush joined jeter in pregame ceremonies at the ballpark in arlington. mr. bush gave jeter a signed photo of the two together before game three of the 2001 world series. eating popcorn there, i guess. it was revealed yesterday, president bush has written a biography of his father, george h.w. bush. and yet untitled book will make its debut on veterans' day, november 11th. the younger bush thought about the idea in 2010 and began writing it two years later after consulting with friends and family. that will be interesting. looking forward to reading that. >> should be a great book. i didn't know this, george h.w. bush, the older, turned 90 by the way. is one of the few president who is has not written his own autobiography, very interesting. >> it will focus also on george w. bush, his decision to go into politics, how his dad influenced
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his life. what's really fast night, i'm curious, it talks about -- the lead-up to the iraq war. one senior official, told me, elder bush was worried about the decisions his son was making going into the war. there was a lot of buzz in the media about whether they were kind of at -- were at total opposite spectrums going into the war. >> that's right. he speculated the younger bush was quite competitive with his father, trying to gain his approval. interesting to see how that plays out in the book. some of the other bushs have been involved. >> what if the bush book does better than hillary's book. you know the media will talk about that. >> we will be watching that for sure. >> look a game -- a sporting event these books. >> battle of the books. this baseball season we have seen fans catch balls while holding babies. or forgetting to hold babies. or in their caps. well how about in their cups? all of these fans reaching with their gloves for jordy mercer's two run homer. the pirates/giants game. it lands in this woman's beer. yeah, her beer.
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soaked in her beer. but the guys behind her ended up with egg on their faces for missing the ball. she is fine by the way. the beer was a total loss. >> looked like it almost hit her in the face. when it comes down. can you imagine walking out of the stadium soaked in beer. we are glad she's okay, but watch the frenzy for the ball as well after -- ooh. >> there it goes. >> she doesn't end up with the ball. if you watch the tape. a little bit further. she is swarmed by kids more interested in the ball than how she is doing. >> kids got the ball in the end. >> they did. >> for a good cause. coming up in "the skinny," delayed cast members of one of tv's hottest sitcoms have not returned to work. are they holding out for $1 million an episode? later, family disputes over household clutter. do you have any of those? how one couple's disagreement over cleaning up is getting so much attention. you are watching "world news now." ♪ okay ♪ the bedroom's messy let's clean up ♪ ♪ okay we have fingers we have hands we can clean up, yes we can ♪
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♪ i want money ♪ that's what i want ♪ i want money ♪ that's what i want ♪ that's what i want congress is looking into a sneaky kind of crime costing americans big money. it is called cramming. >> crooks are managing to get small charges placed on your phone bills. they add up to hundreds of millions of dollars. here's abc's gio benitez.
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>> reporter: your cell phone taking center stage in the nation's capitol, all because of bogus charges sneaking on to your monthly bill. >> the massive fraud documented in these reports happened right under the telephone company's noses. >> reporter: it's called cramming. the charges come from outside companies that have tricked you into subscribing to a monthly service. often after you open an unsolicited text message or enter your cell phone number online. look on this bill, a $9.99 charge is listed simply as usage charges. it is not until you go 123 pages in that you will find the detailed description. >> in many of these cases consumers were unaware that they had been crammed. >> reporter: it is not just cell phones. larry vito had two mysterious charges on his land line. $14.95 and $8.23 for outside voice mail services. >> how could this happen? how could somebody start charging my account, similar to charging my credit card without my knowledge?
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>> reporter: that new report estimating as many as 20 million americans may be duped every year. but only one in 20 of us ever realize it. it is really up to you to find those cramming charges. here's my bill, 50 pages long. to find the charges i have got to go line by line. there are people you can hire to help too, companies like, billcutterz, that offer experts to analyze your bill to find extra charges and split any savings with you down the middle. for now, it is up to us. gio benitez, abc news, new york. >> i had no idea. that costcutterz thing. i would sign up for that. >> the third party help to help you go through the bill is appealing. once as gio said, once you find the line-item buried in your 120-page bill then you have to go back to try to get the money back. we all know from dealing with the cable companies and phone companies. [ busy signal ] >> oh, don't i know it! >> you know that sound. >> i prefer my land lines and pay phones.
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>> yeah. that's right. this is why i don't use cell phones. that's why i tell you about it. >> we have been talking all week about this. you prefer old-fashioned cell phones, the two handers, right. >> yeah. oh, boy, you know we too well, devin. coming up, science fiction fans light up twitter. i don't get this story either -- the social media story about the "sharknado 2" thing. what is this about? >> it's great. we will talk about that. plus, the backlash from the justin bieber/orlando bloom bust-up. "the skinny" coming up next. >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our abc stations.
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♪ skinny so skinny well for the second time the sharks are invading social media and new york city. the sequel of "sharknado" aired on sci-fi channel last night setting the twitter-verse on fire. >> "sharknado 2" started trending more than 12 hours before the premiere. this time, the giant jaws are descending on new york city. ian ziering, joined by famous faces like vivica fox. >> the sequel was chock-full of cameos if you caught it, including our friends michael and kelly. michael strahan tackled a shark. want to watch this. proving to all of us -- why he is going into the football hall of fame this weekend. the first "sharknado" generated 600,000 tweets an hour after it aired. >> i still don't get it.
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i don't understand the fascination. don't know why the kids are into it. >> it's just so outlandish and so fun. >> doesn't look like something i would do. >> a cult film forever and ever. >> something i wouldn't do. i am potty training my kids. maybe that's why i don't have the time. >> potty training it is. we are getting a new video in, giving us a clearer picture of the altercation between justin bieber and orlando bloom. >> the two partying at a nightclub on the spanish island of ibiza tuesday night. the latest tmz video shows bloom throwing a punch deflected by a bodyguard. one witness tells tmz, that punch was triggered by bieber telling bloom he had sex with his wife. what are you going to expect there, biebs? >> this morning, bieber can't let it go. instagramming this photo of what looks like bloom crying. huh. all right, production has been halted on the mega comedy hit "big bang theory" as actors demand more money. emmy winner jim parsons, johnny
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galecki, and kelly cuoco -- they're negotiating together seeking salary increases. >> sources say they want $1 million an episode up from $325,000. and "big bang" is the most watched tv show in the country with more than -- uh -- about 230 -- 23 million viewers. all right. this if you like ninja turtles this is for you. the movie poster down under has australians wondering what the heck were they thinking. it shows the the teenage mutant ninja turtles, diving out of a burning skyscraper. worse though, the release date for the film in australia is 9/11. >> heroes in a half shell, half baked marketing. causing an uproar online. it was pulled from the twitter and facebook right away. by the way, the live action film debuts here in the u.s. on august 8th. >> were you a ninja turtles fan? >> no. >> i used to collect the ninja turtles action figures. >> did you? >> bad taste there to run that on 9/11. >> not really so smart. >> i love the mutant ninja
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not so much. just ask any modern family. >> life is messy sometimes. >> reporter: like many moms, melody edward says she is busy keeping a tidy home can be a challenge. >> it's more important for me to ignore the house work sometimes and give my kids attention so they feel important. >> reporter: perhaps like many husbands, melody's husband clint admits he once blamed his wife for their messy home. >> my first thought was you got one job. one job to clean the house. >> reporter: in a controversial new "washington post" essay, called "i blame my wife for our messy house. i was wrong for many reasons." clint explains how he did a 180. >> had a pretty candid conversation about it. eventually she just said i can either wash the dishes or i can, you know, help moira learn how to walk. it is either this or that. >> reporter: while many feel the article is spot-on. the edwards have also come under fire. one person writing -- "there is never a good excuse for living in squalor or dirt." >> kids still have chores. we are not living in squalor.
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>> reporter: with clint helping with dinner and laundry. melody says life is easier. though still a little messy. >> i don't look at my house that she had done something wrong. it is evidence that she had an important day. >> reporter: inspiring the clean freak in me to take a little break and enjoy what's most important. >> maybe daddy will do the dishes tonight? abbie boudreau, abc news, los angeles. >> i know people, our viewers know i'm the messier one. >> i will confess, i leave a lot of crumbs. >> crumbs, that's the best thing you can do? i'll vacuum them up. don't you worry. i got my wonder woman shirt on. what the heck was i wearing that day. >> i love that. if you have any tips, reena ninan is a pro. she is on twitter. she will tell you how it is done. stay with us. thank you for watching. >> announcer: this is abc's "world news now," informing insomniacs for two decades.
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making news in america this morning, health emergency. the worst ebola outbreak in history triggers new precautions. people gather to pray for the americans affected. crisis in the mideast. overnight a dramatic step forward for israel proving in recent conflict is far from over. plus, abc's terry moran embedded with soldiers. highway hazard. a poorly secured ax slices through a windshield while the car cruises down the highway. "sharknado 2" makes its debut, the best moments and the cameos. >> one, two, three.

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