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♪ going to get myself going to get myself going to get myself connected ♪ here's another reasonable to be skeptical about something supposed by free. the free wi-fi connection you might be tempted to use when you're out and about can cost you everything. >> abc's linsey davis explains. >> reporter: you are in hotels, restaurants and airports. but what you might not know is that if you logon to that free wi-fi, you could be rolling the dice with your privacy.
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>> currently we have 260 networks. we have traveled, what, about one yard? >> reporter: we are cruising the streets of new york, scanning for wi-fi hot spots. >> there's somebody's mobile wireless network. >> reporter: many wireless connections are unprotected. >> i can see the photos they're sharing -- 4 many people are hacked accessing free wifi. when we talk about a coffee shop or computer store that offers free wi-fi, hotel even, is it safe to go on there? >> it is very easy for an intruder to see pretty much everything you are doing. >> reporter: if you are banking online, paying bills, a hacker could see that, too. he says hackers even set up fake wi-fi spots to entrap you. >> iphone, iphone -- >> reporter: in a matter of moments he sets up a free network he calls free public wi-fi.
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in less than five minutes -- >> three androids, two iphones and ipad. >> reporter: users are logging in. >> when criminals do this they pretend to be famous coffee shop names, hotel names. >> reporter: there is nothing stopping us from going into a starbucks setting up free wi-fi that says, starbucks free wi-fi. chester didn't peek at who jumped on his open network, but someone with bad intentions could. something to think about if you are tempted to save money on data roaming charges by using free wi-fi. so here's what you can do -- use your cell phone data plan instead of free wifi. or might want to consider paying a small monthly fee for vpn, virtual private network, encrypts your data and allows you to access free wi-fi safely. linsey davis, abc news, new york. >> i never knew that people could create their own free wi-fi networks and lure you in to potentially scam you. >> do you use free wi-fi? >> i stay away from free wi-fi
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networks when i'm out and about. i find them to be slower. amtrak wi-fi, different wi-fis, slower than yours you can bring along. >> you travel with your own. >> looking for love, okcupid. how experts are helping people look more attractive on the site so they can get more dates. and new controversy about the website making unwanted changes to profiles. ahead in our next half hour, the highest priced house on the american real estate market. if you're looking for a 100-car garage and unmatched luxury, wait until you see the price tag on this one. you're watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our abc st
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finding a mate online dating, but some are better at it than
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others, just like the old-fashioned way. >> what if they had a consultant to help them out, someone from one of the most popular sites, okcupid. we're "up all nightline" with mara schiavocampo. >> reporter: getting the right matches is something data whizzes at okcupid have been working on for years. can they help a user improve her odds of finding love online? >> i think lately i have been jaded by the whole experience and don't really care anymore. >> reporter: mandie is the editor at large for popular website xojane where she chronicles her misadventures in online dating. are you curious about how you could possibly improve upon this? >> oh, absolutely. >> reporter: sean patrick henry is a developer for okcupid, an expert for how people online date. >> nice to meet you. some simple things, go ahead and fill out your details. >> reporter: rule one, fill in the blanks. the more details you provide the easier it is for matches to fiend you. >> there's a lot of ways you can
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find somebody else on the site, but one of the things people use are search filters through these specific details. >> reporter: rule two, give them something to talk about. ask an open-ended question or list your interests. >> put something specific in your profile for them to pick up. if you put more things in your profile that can lead to a conversation, then that has something to talk about. maybe these guys they're reading this and then they find you attractive, you match a lot of things. they don't know what to talk about. >> reporter: rule three, pictures are critical. choose photos that show off your personality. but you might want to stay away using flash. these are the photos that are on your profile. what do you think of this? >> a fantastic profile picture. asks questions. seductive and red lipstick and shows personality. >> reporter: here she looks pretty but she is with another man. close to him, too. do you think women should be posting photos of themselves with men they're not related to? >> depend on the context. something you want to show you are social. this is also a little intimate.
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the other thing in this photo playing against you, you used flash. we have found that photos with flash actually add on average, six years to your perceivable age. >> oh, really? >> that's awful. i'll never use flash again. >> reporter: mandy was off to change her profile. one week later we checked in to see if the makeover worked. >> this dude said, i find you extremely fascinating. tip to guys, that's a good thing to say. oh, yeah, it was really helpful. i didn't realize how inaccessible i was coming across online. but by adding in things like an ice-breaker question, encouraging people to reach out, i have been getting more and better messages. >> reporter: mandie is hoping the new prospects will lead to actual dates. i'm mara schiavocampo in new york. >> so, okcupid did something a little controversial. he had kind of teed up people by saying, if you're only a 30% match, they secretly told you you're 100%, a really good match. and vice versa, people who were a really good match, they ended
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up telling them they were will he matched. they're getting controversy over that. >> they are. turned out a little placebo effect there. people that aren't good matches are. >> okay. people that aren't good matches are. >> okay. sometimes come out with spots? well, those spots are actually leftover food or detergent residue. can we help prevent this? yes, use finish jet dry. it goes in your dishwasher's dispenser to help eliminate spots and residues. wow, what a difference! stronger than peoples twice her size.er was and that strength inspired his liquid muscle cleaner. it lifts tough dirt so you do less scrubbing. and its nozzle stops by itself...
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who doesn't scare the moustache off someone's face. scope. the freshest fresh, guaranteed. welcome back. we kick off "the mix" this morning with a story that raises our eyebrows, gives us a dose of inspiration for this tuesday. it comes out of comic-con in san diego, a disabled artist who has a line of comics that he designs and colors and tones with his mouth. laramie taylor, his line is "voice in the dark." number of series out so far. started in november. five more issues in september. >> look at that. impressive. i wish i could say that i was that well skilled. i can't even do that with my hands, right? >> exactly. >> a great story. well, there's another prankster on youtube. the joke ended up being on him.
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he decides to hold an arm wrestling competition with two homeless people. the prize was $100. in the end, the prankster ends up getting surprised. take a listen to this. >> i know how it is, man. >> fair and square, man. >> come on, no harm, no foul. feed the needy, not the greedy. that's how that works. >> the guy on the left ended up winning the check, but he decides to split it 50/50 with the homeless man. puts the guy in the black shirt, prankster in awe. secretly planned to give the other guy $50. joke ended up being on him. >> wow. some people who have the least are often the most generous. >> that's the case, isn't it? >> for sure. moving on. pretty eye-raising warning from an ivy league professor and holder of two ivy league degrees. his headline is, don't send your kids to the ivy league. check this out. he wrote an op-ed. he said sending them to ivy
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league inadequately prepares them, they're miserable, lifeless, zombies. he says they may be smart, talented, driven, but they're anxious, timid and lost. would you send your kids to the ivy league? >> doesn't everybody want their kid to go to the ivy league? another reason i didn't apply to the ivy leagues. only reason i didn't apply. no, that's interesting. he is a former ivy league professor. he has probably seen it all. seen the kids that come out. >> i'm product of the ivy league. i have to say i think the determinat of your success is not the school you go to. there you go. there is other factors. >> okay. the last video we want to hit, 5 1/2-month-old baby, emerson, take a look at his reaction every time mom blows her nose. every single time she blows. look at the reaction. >> look at the eyes. >> laughs and giggles. everybody thinks their kid is cute.
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this morning on "world n this morning on "world news now" -- firestorm. not one, but two major wildfires burning in california. the fears of property owners and how a drone interfered with the fire fight. fugitives takedown in famous new york city neighborhood. two federal agents and detective hit by bullets. how a tv show helped investigators find their man. terrifying scenes -- a speeding car barrels towards a repair shop. security cameras capture the impact. what led to the unforgettable impact. and heart-wrenching decision -- "the bachelorette" chooses her guy. the big surprises and emotional moments from the anticipated finale. our senior analyst is here in "the skinny." it's tuesday, july 29th.
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>> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." good morning. i'm reena ninan. >> i'm devin dwyer, great to have you with us. >> so, i went to the gym today. and i was just thinking about how many people -- it's so difficult sometimes to get out and go to the gym and start running. there's a new study on running that will make everybody happy, i think, even if you don't like to run. that's the big headline. you are a runner. >> i am an endorphin addict. i get out there all the time. i did this morning. i am kind of excited to see what they have to say. so, stay with us. there is some news you can use to come. speaking of news you can use, a lot of talk about fires. start off there. with fire crews making progress on two fronts in northern california fires. >> the sand fire in wine country now 75% contained there. residents heading back home. a much more dangerous fire burning near yosemite national park. that's where abc's kirk hawkins has the latest. >> reporter: firefighters spent the day working on the ground as an all-out assault helped them slow down the spread of a wall of flames near yosemite national park. >> if we get any wind or any
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thunderstorms that are predicted today, we are going to get increased fire for sure. >> reporter: it burned through a little more than four square miles of brush and trees in the park and neighboring national forest and private land. this picture-perfect image of the yosemite valley turned to this. the iconic granite walls grayed out by thick smoke. >> we can't take photos because of all the smoke. >> reporter: a similar situation 100 miles to the north, just east of sacramento, california, where at least 13 homes were left in ruins. >> i saw the flames. i couldn't believe it. >> reporter: firefighters say they almost had to cancel air drops because someone was flying their drone over the fire scene. that person was located and the drone grounded. so the fire fighting flights were not impacted. roughly 1,200 people have been allowed to return to their homes after fleeing the sand fire. the okee family lost everything. >> i was trying to save the home. just the fire came up so fast. >> reporter: strong winds. triple digit temperatures and
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a record-setting drought made it tough on these fire crews. >> we are 100% committed to suppressing this fire as quickly as possible. >> reporter: yosemite national park remains open, but several campgrounds and roads are temporarily closed. and they could cause delays. kirk hawkins for abc news, los angeles. >> thanks, kirk. it was another night of wild weather cutting across a wide swath of the country. crews have been working through the night in the seaside community of revere, massachusetts, cleaning up after the rare touchdown of a tornado. the twister is being described as brief but ferocious there, carving out a two-mile path of destructi destruction. packing winds up to 120 miles per hour. >> our whole roof is torn off. >> our dog was in there, our little dog. and we thought he was dead. he came out from under all the rubble. >> that rubble includes cars, flipped over on sidewalks, and entire chunks of buildings littering main streets there. officials say at least 13 families are homeless this morning.
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further west at least three tornadoes were spotted in colorado. this twister, take a look, touched down on a farm near ft. lupton, five miles north of denver, eating up a cornfield. luckily sparing the farm buildings and the family. in nevada, catastrophic flooding, heavy rains, cut fresh rivers through mountains left bare from last year's wildfires creating a wall of water and mud rushing into the rainbow canyon area. those waters left behind up to five feet of debris in some places. taking a look at today's forecast, downpours and flash floods continue in the southwest and the rockies. look for isolated thunderstorms, gulf coast into florida. showers across the great lakes today. the taste of autumn in the upper midwest. >> upper 70s, low 80s, in minneapolis, chicago, detroit. triple digit heat again in phoenix. 80s from los angeles up to seattle. mild in the northeast. 81 in washington, d.c. and 79 in boston. hope is fading for a swift end to the deadly fighting in the middle east. fuel tanks from gaza's power
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plant went up in flames this morning, that after israelis launched a new round of explosions over gaza overnight. several buildings targeted, including a media complex housing arab media stations. the worst bombardments. israel and hamas blame each other for the deadly attack yesterday on gaza's main hospital. we're learning new details about the suspect killed in a shootout here in a busy manhattan neighborhood. a source says charles mozdir had five shots in his gun and 0 bullets in his pocket. he wasn't going to be taken in according to the source. his appearance changed so dramatically cops weren't sure they had him at first when they got him. here's more with abc's mara schiavocampo. >> reporter: it was a gun battle in broad daylight. two federal marshals and one new york city police detective shot at a local smoke shop attempting to arrest this man.
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32-year-old charles mozdir wanted for molesting a 7-year-old boy. >> mozdir fired upon the officers at close range and the officers returned fire. >> reporter: those shots rang out here, in one of the busiest and most popular neighborhoods in new york city. while the officers are expected to recover from their injuries, the suspect was killed. null mozdir had been featured on cnn's program "the hunt" hosted by john walsh, formerly of "america's most wanted." authorities saying that broadcast led to hundreds of tips, one of which led them to mozdir. on the run for two years, officers tracked him here all the way from coronado, cal, where he had skipped bail. >> they had to deal with an incredibly difficult situation, split-second decisions. >> reporter: it's been a deadly year for officers on the front lines. 71 killed nationwide in 2014. and another reminder of dangers in the line of duty. mara schiavocampo, abc news, new york.
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>> well, a tragic crash caught on camera in south florida after a car loses control. an elderly woman behind the wheel when her car suddenly sped across the street and slammed into an auto repair shop. the top of the sedan was sheered off as it shot under an suv on a lift. narrowly missing a mechanic and another man. the driver's 90-year-old husband was killed. surveillance cameras also rolling in houston as a dramatic scene played out at a gas station there. a convenience store clerk rushed to the aid of his coworker, who was being attacked by two robbers. the clerk just happened to be a mixed martial arts champion. after a few painful kicks and jabs, one thief and his getaway driver sped off, leaving their friend in the skillful hands of that martial arts expert and police. >> health warnings this morning about high levels of deadly flesh-eating bacteria liking in florida waterways. florida is reporting 11 deaths and 41 infections in the past year. bacteria found in lagoons and seawater and can enter the body through open wounds. the florida health department says the deadly bug can be
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passed along through tainted shellfish and oysters. fatal in 50% of those infected. onto another health headline. running for your life. better than you thought. researchers across the country studying more than 55,000 people and found that everyone who runs reaps health benefits. from weekend joggers to marathon runners, those who ran regularly cut their risk of dying from heart disease by nearly half. even as little as five to ten minutes a day was enough to do it. there you go. all the reason to get on there. >> you are a big runner? right? >> i am. i run almost every day. i used to coach running when i taught high school in georgia. i was a high school coach. got my parents into running when they turned 50. they love it. >> what was the trick? how did you convince them? >> running with a friend. that's the secret. you've got to find someone to go with you. peer pressure. >> they push. >> you go faster. >> you know what i love about the study. as little as ten minutes a day, enough to keep your heart super healthy and get the benefits of the exercise. >> doesn't take much. >> don't have to be a marathon runner.
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>> and those endorphins feel so good! >> what did you call yourself an addict? >> just running, right? >> right. >> feisty fox in alaska and his attempt at an unusual meal. just to make this our "favorite story of the day." >> love this one. there's the fox. get ready. take a look here. he's captured on a gopro camera. doesn't take long for him to try to eat the camera. you saw that right. all the while, thankfully the camera is rolling. we're getting a good look at his throat. >> is that his throat? i see his tongue there. that's when we got those shots from inside the animal's mouth. you can clearly see his teeth, trying to chew. doesn't take long for the fox to realize, hey, this really is not your normal meal. >> he leaves it in the grass there. we see the owner picking it up. that's what he did. lot of damage. never swallowed any pieces. what is with the animals eating electronics? yesterday we were talking about a dog swallowing a watch.
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maybe a fox form of a selfie? could it be? >> could be. could be. [ burping ] >> just too much. little too much to eat. digest. >> thanks, guy, the burp was fun. >> in "the skinny," who got the boot? who proposed? who was proposed to on last night's finale of "the bachelorette." of course, our senior analyst here with the big news. >> look forward to the analyst. first, your chance to see much more of sarah palin. she's launching her own network, but have you to pay for it. you're watching "world news now." ♪ sarah sarah ♪ no time is a good time for good-bye ♪ >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by airwick scented oils. ♪ ♪ >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by airwick scented oils. at air wick, our lavender and chamomile fragrance contains the natural essential oils of 40 lavender flowers
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♪ sarah no time is a good time for good-bye ♪ sarah palin found a new way to go around what she calls the lame-stream media. that's kind of funny, lame-stream. she just launched her own internet channel. >> is she following in the footsteps of oprah who has her own channel? you will have to pony up $100 to find out with sarah. here to tell us more, abc's dan harris. >> hello, welcome to a new project. this is a news channel that really is a lot more than news. this is a community. >> reporter: sarah palin, former vice presidential candidate, former half-term governor of alaska, is adding a new line to
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her resume. proprietor of a brand new news channel. >> are you tired of the media filters? well, i am. i always have been. so, we're going to do something about it. >> reporter: palin, as you may remember, famously struggled with mainstream media. >> we have got to keep an eye on russia they're our next door neighbors. you can actually see russia from land here in alaska. >> reporter: she was mocked mercilessly for it on "saturday night live." >> and i can see russia from my house. >> i'm just going to have to get back to you. >> reporter: now palin is taking control with a new channel that will include interviews and more. >> we'll also share some of the fun that goes on in the palin household. >> reporter: but, if you want 24/7 palin, it will cost you. a subscription runs $99.95 a year. that is more than netflix, more than amazon prime. no one has ever said that sarah palin lacked moxie. >> really, make this your channel.
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together, let's live life vibrantly, purposefully and boldly. >> reporter: dan harris, abc news, new york. >> $99 a year. glenn beck did the same thing. charged $99 a year. >> blaze-tv was very successful. it's still running right now. but i think the controversy around sarah palin is not going away. people -- recent poll out earlier this month from "wall street journal," adam berg public policy center, we are very divided about her. 54% of americans wish she would be less outspoken including 4 in 10 republicans. very interesting there. but we'll see how she does with her new platform. >> wish her luck. >> we do. when we come back, it's "the skinny" time and "the bachelorette's" big decision. >> who did andi decide to spend the rest of her life with? well, our senior analyst is here. we'll be right back. >> announcer: "world
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♪ skinny ♪ so skinny time now for "the skinny." and we start with the finale of abc's "the bachelorette." >> who got the final rose? did any one get a ring? for all the answers we welcome welcome back jack sheehan, the "world news now" "bachelorette" analyst. >> been away for a while. >> you have. >> took my time coming back from the world cup.
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>> see that. >> thanks for dressing up for us. >> thank you. thank you. good to be back. shout out to fellow liverpool supporters. big week here in new york. especially tomorrow night. up in yankee stadium. >> big night on "the bachelorette." >> you never walk alone. >> big night on "the bachelorette." this was pretty simple. there were two guys and andi. is it going to be josh? is it going to be nick? is it going to be josh? is it going to be nick? nick thought he had this one in the bag. >> but -- >> that was until andi kicked him right to the curb. sent him packing as it were. there is josh getting down on one knee. if you couldn't tell, josh was the winner. he proposed marriage. there's the ring. andi said yes. they are still engaged. they're planning their wedding and we say, good luck to them. >> what's the deal, is she pregnant? not pregnant? do we know? >> she said she was not. but josh was trying his best, so
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good luck to them >> what happens in the fantasy suite stays in the fantasy suite. >> at least as far as they're concerned. >> are we ready for "the bachelor" in paradise. >> almost paradise. something like that. >> we have a rose for you. >> thank you. it's been a pleasure. you never walk alone. >> jack sheehan, our "bachelorette" analyst. >> no one does "the bachelorette" like him. well, our next story has a little romance in it, too. at the center, musician linda ronstadt. ♪ i've been put down ♪ i've been pushed around snchltd >> can you believe it, she was the most successful female rock star of the 1970s, blazing a path for women winning 11 grammys. >> yesterday, president obama awarded her the national medal of art, along with a confession. >> i told linda ronstadt i had a little crush on her back in the day. >> the highest compliment to
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ronstadt, who is now battling parkinson's, in a wheelchair, but look at this, walking across the stage to receive the award. good for her. >> a great story. next up, a high concept tv, well sort of. >> to find out what would happen if peter griffin met homer simpson, your wait is over. the first sneak peek at crossover episode between "family guy" and "the simpson." >> the five high minute clip of the griffins' much anticipated visit to springfield was screened at comic-con in san diego. without giving too much away. there is an epic fight, a runaway bus, and a nuclear meltdown. the special one-hour episode airs september 26th. >> celebrating birthdays today, july 29th, fashion consultants, tim gunn from "project runway," he's turning 27 -- 61. country singer songwriter martina mcbride 48 today. happy birthday to all! >> up and coming actor matt from
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♪ >> well, the design on a dime it ain't? a los angeles mansion on the market after a $25 million makeover. >> the heiress who owns it calls this cozy. but it just might be the most expensive home in america who better to tell us about it abc's nick watt takes a look. >> reporter: a six-acre compound, 100-car garage, and a two-lane bowling alley. petra stunt, the formula one heiress, paid candy spelling $85 million for the place three years ago. but now she's selling. >> i think she got tired of l.a. >> reporter: word on these streets paved with gold, she's asking $150 million.
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they call this neighborhood the platinum triangle. the spelling mansion behind me. the flur de lis mansion over there, $102. and over there -- the old school beverly hills estate, filmed the godfather on the market for $135 million. ms. stunt apparently spent $25 million renovating the 14-bathroom estate, even turning candy spelling's famed doll collection room into a spa. complete with three hair salon chairs and mani/pedi station. if it goes for asking price, this will become the most expensive home in america. a title currently held by an east hampton, new york, estate, which sold for $147 million, boasting this 500-foot lily pond. here in l.a. the spelling era chintz is now gone. cozy. >> i think it's one of the trophy properties in l.a. it's definitely worth the money. and i think somebody will buy
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it. >> reporter: oh, how the other half of the half of the half of the 1% live. nick watt, abc news, los angeles. >> oh, boy. >> we did the math on what it would cost to buy the house at that price. if you put down a down payment of $30 million, 20%, you would still be left with over $700,000 a month in mortgage payments. that's incredible. >> sure is. the property tax is $2 million a year. why would you buy it for the property? $2 million a year. isn't that crazy? the woman who owns it, petra stunt, just 25 years old. her dad is 33, a formula one billionaire, bernie ecclestone. >> you speak from experience. i'm a renter of a one-room mansion. you drive a rolls-royce. >> i have to have my 34 bathrooms. but i don't want to clean one of them. >> why do you need so many bathrooms? >> i'm all about the bathrooms. spa bathrooms. >> announcer: this is abc's "world news now," informing insomniacs for two decades. "world news now," informing insomniacs for two decades.
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good morning. i'm devin dwyer. >> i'm reena ninan. here are some of the top headlines we're following this morning on "world news now." wild weather across the nation unleashed torrential rains, high winds and tornados across a wide swath of the country. one of those twisters very rare and devastating. hitting the boston suburb of revere. the fire near yosemite national park is just 5% contained as crews battle dry conditions and rugged terrain. the park itself is still open but there is heavy smoke in the air. intense fighting in the middle east overnight targeting the hamas tv headquarters and government offices in gaza following attacks on a hospital and park where nine palestinian kids were killed.
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and a warning by israel of a prolonged campaign. a judge has sided with shelly sterling and her estranged husband, donald, and the sale of the l.a. clippers. the sale of the team to microsoft executive steve balmer can now move forward. these are some of the stories on "world news now" on tuesday, july 29th. >> announcer: from abc this is "world news now". well, good morning to you. we begin this half hour with severe weather stretching from the rocky mountains to new england. >> torrential rains, heavy winds, damaging hail and even tornados all part of the storm systems raking across a wide expanse of the nation. a tornado eating up a cornfield near ft. lupton, colorado, sparing the farm buildings and the people. the storm front that came roaring in with it drenching much of the plains north of denver. in the northeast crews are moving through the seaside community of revere, north of boston, cleaning up the mess left buy a rare tornado. left by a rare tornado. >> our whole roof is torn off. >> our dog was in there. our little dog. we thought he was dead.
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he came out from the rubble. >> reporter: neighbors consoling neighbors after the twister and carved out a two-mile path of destruction. >> look at the trees. they all broke! >> reporter: packing winds up to 120 miles an hour. >> it was quick. it wasn't -- you know, didn't have a chance to think, you know. it hit and power went out and that was it. >> we heard a big boom. >> there is a lot of damage in the house. there's glass and tree branches everywhere. >> reporter: officials say 13 families can't move back into their houses. >> it's not supposed to happen here. it's not oklahoma. >> reporter: luckily, no one was seriously injured. in nevada catastrophic flooding, heavy rains, easily flowing off mountains left bare from last year's wildfires creating a wall of water and mud rushing into the rainbow canyon area. and in today's forecast, more downpours and flash floods around denver. big section of the west.
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there are showers around the great lakes and gulf coast in florida. it is going to be hot in california's fire zone. >> 80s in los angeles. salt lake city, albuquerque. 80s from minneapolis to atlanta. 80s here in new york. 70s in chicago. detroit and boston. well, one person was killed and three others injured in an explosion at a fish processing plant on the mississippi coast. investigators say two employees were welding near a tank holding fish oil when the blast happened. the explosion was so powerful it scattered debris 85 yards away. the plant has been cited for safety violations in the past. the condition of those two americans who came down with the ebola virus in africa is getting worse. nancy writebol of north carolina and dr. kent brantly, are in liberia. they're medical volunteers for the christian missionary mission, samaritan's purse. >> ebola broke out in february. kent chose not to leave but to stay there and do what he could.
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that didn't surprise us. >> the mortality rate for ebola is as high as 90%. u.s. public health experts are monitoring the outbreak in africa, but say the risk of the deadly disease spreading to the united states is remote. well, the top human rights official at the union says the shootdown of the malaysian airline jet in ukraine may have been a war crime and he's calling for a full investigation. meanwhile, the obama administration accused russia of violating a 1987 nuclear missile treaty. the agreement banned the u.s. and russia from processing, producing and testing ground launched cruise missiles capable of going up to 3400 feet. the faa planning to slap southwest airlines with a $12 million fine. accusing the air carrier of making faulty repairs to boeing 737-s. federal investigators determined that a contractor under southwest's supervision failed to comply with safety regulations trying to eliminate
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potential cracking in the aluminum skin of 44 jet liners southwest says the repairs issue which began in 2006 have been fully resolved. two men in philadelphia are charged with murder after a carjacked an suv, assaulted a woman inside and plowed into a family killing three children. the incident took place last friday. the children were killed as they were helping sell fruit on a the children's funerals. former philadelphia 76er, charles barkley, is helping to pay for the funerals. the federal corruption trial against former governor bob mcdonald and his wife is now under way. bob and maureen mcdonald tried together on 14 counts of illegally accepting gifts and loans from a political donor. 12 jurors have been seated. four alternate jurors are being selected. mcdonald once considered as a running mate for mitt romney during the last presidential race. california's governor jerry brown is in mexico this morning addressing the growing border crisis. brown is meeting with mexico's foreign minister and criticizing the texas governor who is sending 1,000 national guard
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troops to the border. brown admits curbing the influx of children crossing into the u.s. from mexico is a humanitarian challenge. he is working on his own plan to address the problem. lawmakers on capitol hill are expected to vote this week on a $17 billion plan to reform the veterans health program. with details here's karen travers in washington. >> reporter: it took some tense negotiations, but two lawmakers say they have hammered out a bipartisan deal that provides at least $15 billion in emergency funding for the department of veterans affairs. >> this agreement will go a long way to helping resolve the crisis that exists out there today. >> back in may, the va came under fire when reports came out that a dozens of facilities around the nation veterans were waiting months to get treatment. families spoke out about loved ones they say died because they couldn't quickly get the care they needed.
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secretary-general eric shinseki to resign under pressure. the bipartisan legislation introduced addresses two key issues lawmakers say contributed to many of the va's problems. first, it provides $10 billion to contract care outside of the va, requiring the government to pay private doctors to treat veterans facing long wait times or veterans who live at least 40 miles from a va facility. secondly, the bill provides $5 billion for the va to add doctors and establish 27 new health care clinics around the nation. it's a hefty price tag and $12 billion of it is new spending. >> planes and tanks and guns are a cost of war. so is taking care of the men and women who use those weapons and who fight our battles. >> reporter: this legislation needs to be approved by both the house and the senate and the clock is ticking. congress scheduled to leave on thursday for its five-week summer recess. karen travers, abc news, washington.
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some good news now -- the replica of a baby dinosaur stolen two weeks ago from a museum in north carolina has been returned. two weeks, all most to the hour after investigators say this man climbed over a glass wall and plucked the baby dino from his nest. he and his accomplice turned themselves in after video of them stealing it went viral. the little guy there, no worse for the wear, just needed a little sprucing up. they're doing the work in the nest there. pretty incredible. it cost apparently $10,000, the replica. >> now they've put a little bit of glue on the feet so chances of somebody walking away are a little less likely. >> it's a baby edmontosauru suspect. >> uh-huh. >> you know, maybe the museums need to take a page from "jurassic park" and put up electric fence. >> that's an idea. looks like that could be electric fence keeping the cameraman out. >> it's cute. >> sure is. moving to hands-on testing for futuristic car technology. it happened on the roads of tampa, florida. >> that'sy audi was putting the
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driverless a-7 model to the test. it allows the driver to take the car -- to let the car take control, rather, the computer, up to 40 miles an hour. the vehicle is rigged with 22 sensors. they're controlled by a computer in the trunk to monitor the car. >> florida's governor rick scott was in the passenger's seat for a test drive. audi says the automated system is still about five years away from being available to consumers. but they feel confident one day there is going to be a driverless audi out there. >> they hope it will prevent fender-benders. people sitting in traffic. look down at their smartphone. they honk their horns, their squeakers and ram the guy in front of them. that noise. >> you call it a squeaker. >> we call it a horn. >> in my car i had one of those. >> call it a squeaker. >> exactly. >> that's cute. well, coming up, a heated debate for parents of toddlers. why one dad says play dates should be banned. ahead, technology you can wear. forget about yesterday's smartphones.
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we're showing you the smartwatches of tomorrow. you can own them today though. but first, hidden hazards of smartphones. one teen learned an unforgettable lesson about batteries that can heat up and burn. great story. you're watching "world news now." sfloo the rain, the mud -- babam! it's there. the outside comes in. it's kinda nasty so you start the towel-mop shuffle. where are you sun?! [ doorbell rings ] oh, wow, it's a swiffer wetjet. this puts my towel mopping to shame. whoa! ewww. sunshine is overrated, now we can get messy. [ laughs ]
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she visits us tomorrow. she's going to show us all the latest and greatest from tupperware. stay tuned for that. >> maybe she'll be your co-host tomorrow. the whole time. think that will be interesting. >> love the hair. >> a texas teenager got a wake-up call in more ways than one, you could say. she used her cell phone, that was caught on fire under her pillow while she was sleeping. >> looks like the battery in her phone could be the culprit. could it happen to your phone? do you sleep with your phone? abc's mara schiavocampo reports. >> reporter: 13-year-old ariel tolfree got an unexpected wakeup call just a few hours after falling asleep with her cell phone under her pillow. >> i smelled a really strong burning smell. >> reporter: the texas teen is getting over a terrible scare after she says her smartphone caught fire in her bed last monday. >> the part where the phone was, was burned. there is even like a hole in my mattress. so everything was all like charred. >> it was a surreal scene, to realize there was actually a smoldering fire in your child's
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bedroom. made you feel sort of sick thinking something like that happened. >> reporter: ariel said she was using a replacement lithium-ion battery in her phone and suspects it overheat. one major manufacturer warns covering a device with bedding poses a possible risk of fire or explosion. while cases like ariel's are rare, lithium-ion batteries are used in everything, from cell phones to tablets. these batteries can overheat. in this case getting up to 350 degrees. and in some cases, even exploding. experts say keep loose batteries away from extreme heat, liquids and metal objects such as -- coins, keys, jewelry. try not to drop your device. >> always make sure you treat it properly. >> reporter: it's a lesson ariel says she learned after her very close call. >> i learned not to keep my phone in my bed. just put it next to you on the floor or like a nightstand or something. >> reporter: mara schiavocampo,
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abc news, new york. >> the pictures are really something. scary. sometimes i wish my device would go up in flames and disintegrate before my eyes. i don't know about you, but i sleep with my device next to me. maybe not under my pillow. but they become secondary appendages. after watching that going to think twice. >> 63% of people from 18-29 do that, sleep with their phone right next to their pillow. >> huge number of people doing that now. incredible. coming up -- fek nolg tech nothing else of tomorrow on sale today. >> technology you can wear and stay connected while standing out from the crowd. we'll show you the new smart watches if they're right for you. you're
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♪ for those who feel tethered to your smartphone these days, you're not alone. sometimes it feels like it would be easier if we could wear the darn things.
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increasingly now, we can. joining us with wearable technology is "world news now's" tech contributor tina trinh. >> hi, reena. >> i know this is the hottest thing, but do we need this? >> i have been wearing a smartwatch for the last few months, and i have to say, it made my life so much easier. i used to miss text messages, phone calls. whether because i was away from my phone or buried in my purse, i didn't hear it even ringing. now, i get these notifications on my wrist that say, oh, so and so is texting you, your mom is calling you. and you wouldn't think it's a big deal to do it on your wrist, but it ends up being so convenient to just do this versus, you know, fumbling for your phone. >> less rude as well. >> they're discreet. they look like actual watches. maybe a little bulkier than your typical watch, but still -- >> show us what we've got. >> first one, qualcomm, super big screen. they really invested a lot in the display technology here.
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so you can see the screens in direct sunlight. >> so, even grandma can wear this one and like it. >> yeah. i really like the charging base, too. it's a wireless charger. you drop it, that's it. >> no wires at all. >> plug the base into an outlet. otherwise, drop your phone, watch that is, at the end of the day and it starts charging. >> love that. right by your bedside. >> yep. >> perfect. >> next up, lgg watches. these are great because google is behind the os here. and so you can basically say anything like, starting with, okay, google, like, okay, google. how do i got to central park? okay, google, what time does the coffee shop close? >> watch out, siri, you've got competition. >> yes. and you can do it from your wrist. really super cool. >> pretty cool. >> i really like these, too. next is martian notifier. these are great watches. because they don't look like a
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tech slapped on your wrist. >> not at all. >> techie gadget on your wrist. look like actual watches. which is great. they have an l.e.d. screen at the bottom, discreet. like a ticker tape with information about incoming calls, weather alerts. traffic alerts. anything that you want to program to your watch. you can get an alert for it. >> i do like it is discreet. i find it very rude when people are checking their iphones in the middle of dinner. >> say you're at work in the middle of a meeting but expecting an important call. now instead of covertly trying to look at your phone under the table, you can just do it. >> do it. now this one, i love it, the way it looks. >> yeah, this is ringly, a startup that created these rings. definitely rings first. which i love because they're so stylish. >> one is vibrating now. >> wearing one. vibrating to let you know that, you know, maybe your husband is texting you right now. or your mom is calling you. >> you can program it for specific numbers, like the
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kids -- >> yep. you have up to five different lights that you can program for different people or apps to you. there's a teeny tiny light on the side of it that will alert you to an incoming call, text message. and it vibrates you. you can assign different vibrations, too. >> brilliant. >> two shakes for your husband. >> feel it vibrating now. >> yeah. >> when you are out, you want to make sure you take the call from the kids. this is the one. >> exactly. >> what do we have next? >> speaking of kids. the kids don't want to be left out. see mom, dad, with an awesome smartwatch. they have to have a smartwatch of their own. this is from v-tech, kiddie zoom smartwatch. kids are going to love this one. record, take video with it. built in camera. they can aim their watch and record video. >> so then i would buy this for the plane. how many hours of fun can i get the kids on the plane. sounds terrific. tech contributor, tina trinh, what a great offering you had for us today. >> thank you for having me. >> we'll be right back.
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prince william took baby george on one on their trip to new zealand. pennsylvania stay at home father of three, chris bernholts using his blog, dad in charge, to call on parents to ban it, the play date. >> play dates take away creativity that kids are going to learn from playing on their own. >> reporter: he's nostalgic for his own childhood when play time was more organic. >> when i was a kid my mom didn't organize everything. she would often tell us to just go outside and play. if there was no one to play with, we just invented games. >> reporter: he says he worries parents are dumbing down kids' ability to be independent thinkers with all this scheduled activity. and then wrongly blaming themselves when kids have nothing to do. >> in my experience it means that when they get bored, they're going to constantly come back to you and say, i'm bored. >> reporter: bernholts wants to make sure his children, ages 3, 6, and 9 are learning how to make friends on their own. but parenting experts point to the benefits of play dates.
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helping kids grow intellectually and socially, learning how to share and be considerate of others. though this daddy blogger says he can see the benefits for very young children, he is just not a fan of the whole experience. writing, it makes me feel like i should be preparing a cheese plate and some activity that as a host our guest kid will be taking home a fabulous parting gift. >> it's the forcing of the parents that is a little awkward. >> reporter: linzie janis, abc news, philadelphia. >> i get the point he is trying to make. like, sometimes it can be very stressful when you have play dates and you have kids come over. but if they're toddlers, they can't plan their own play dates. you need to set up things for them. >> taking initiative is a good thing. social skills you need those. but a 2-year-old can't go down the block right? >> i'll have a play date with you. go to the movies. go grab dinner. >> let's play. we can play right here. >> that's our news for this half hour. >> stay with us. >> that's our news for this half-hour. >> set up the sandbox. >> stay with us.
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this morning on "world news now" -- catastrophic storms. from floodwaters in the west to severe tornado damage in the northeast. the dangerous round of weather. >> this is not supposed to happen here. it's not oklahoma. >> damage so severe it's never been seen before in this town. new warnings going out this morning in gaza as israel's military takes aim. the tears shed as a hospital gets hit by military fire. consumer alert -- those free wi-fi networks keeping you connected. new warnings about hackers. >> it is very easy for an intruder to see everything you are doing. >> experts and their growing
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concerns about identity theft. are you at risk? it's tuesday, july 29th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." good morning. i'm reena ninan. >> i'm devin dwyer. great to have you with us. you know, that story about free wi-fi, really incredible. we uncovered shocking new details about how scary and unprotected those networks can be. >> do you think i am okay? i just logged onto the abc wi-fi. that's secure, right? >> i think it is pretty secure. don't hold me to it. we begin this half hour with another night of wild weather hitting the nation. >> at least three tornados in colorado, two touching down. this twister raked through a farm north of denver. most of the damage was minor. >> cat traffic further west in nevada, north of las vegas, where the flash floods swamped a highway leaving up to 5 feet of debris. here on the east coast outside boston, a double whammy, flooding and tornadoes. abc's gio benitez was there. >> reporter: powerful ef-2
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tornado in an unlikely spot -- the boston suburbs. this the view outside revere high school. >> look at the trees! they all broke! >> reporter: the tornado packing winds up to 120 miles an hour. >> it was just unbelievable in massachusetts. this happening. it's just -- i would expected it back home in chicago in the windy city. but not here. >> reporter: across the seaside town, two miles of destruction. cars flipped over on the sidewalk. main streets littered with pieces of buildings. the train station parking lot, looking like a pond. pieces of a building resting outside of this gas station. >> this is not supposed to happen here. it's not oklahoma. >> reporter: from the air, roofs ripped off some houses. walls missing on others. >> devastation never seen anything like it. i mean, 60 -- well, in the family for 60 years. grew up here. >> we have no clothes, we have nothing. >> i can't bring myself to go upstairs. >> reporter: it was one of more than 300 reports of severe weather in the last 24 hours. this dramatic picture of a
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twister hitting ground in ft. lupton, colorado. in connecticut, an ef-0 touching down over a half mile. winds up to 85 miles per hour. twisters in tennessee, flung debris through the air. more than 30 homes damaged. and back here in revere, massachusetts, we're told the tornado went right through these backyards. the national weather service says this is the first confirmed tornado in this county since the agency started keeping records back in the 1950s. the good news -- nobody was seriously injured. gio benitez, abc news, revere, massachusetts. meanwhile, in california, fire crews working around the clock to battle flames near yosemite national park. it's the driest year on record in that region, so firefighters having to tear down brush and trees to stop the fire from spreading. the park itself is open. but there is thick smoke in the air there. look at that. meanwhile, the sand fire burning east of sacramento is now 75% contained.
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residents have been allowed to return home. the fire destroyed 13 homes and 38 other structures. all near the wine growing regions. since it started on friday. it is believed a vehicle driving near dry brush sparked the fire. there's a new deal to reform the va health care system. the plan would spend billions to lease mother clinics, hire more doctors and nurses and make it easier for veterans who can't get prompt appointments with a va doctor to get outside care. it still has to be approved by congress. the bloody conflict in the middle east rages on this morning after the israeli prime minister dashed hopes for a quick end to the fighting. overnight israeli missiles hit a hamas media complex. people in several gaza neighborhood were warned to leave their homes hours after rockets rained down on the hospital and a park killing nine children. abc's david wright was there. >> reporter: at gaza city's main
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hospital, anguish. where are they, he shouted? his sisters, among the victims of the latest ghastly attack. an explosion on a busy street where children were playing. kids aren't supposed to see this stuff, let alone be the victims. then the hospital itself came under attack. another explosion. just outside the outpatient clinic. >> it's painful for us, as a human being, not our -- not as muslims or jews or christians. human being! >> reporter: and on the start of eid, the end of a month-long fast where the kids finally felt safe enough to come out and play. the people here blame israel. but israel insists they were both hamas rockets that fell short of their targets. whoever pulled the trigger, whatever the intended target may have been, this is yet another catastrophe. children killed on one of the holiest days of the muslim year. for these palestinians, it's more than just an outrage.
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it's a call to arms. the israeli prime minister issued his own call to arms. addressing the nation amid reports hamas fighters managed to infiltrate southern israel through a tunnel. israel says one of the attackers was killed in a fire fight. we must be prepared for a prolonged campaign, he said. we will continue to act aggressively and responsibly. not a statement that will win hearts and minds here. they should have been feasting instead they were burying children. david wright, abc news, gaza. >> that last line, since i watched "world news tonight" stuck with me. they should have been feasting, instead they were burying their children. there's a new poll, pew research poll out, looking at americans' reaction to the situation in gaza. not surprising over the age of 50, male conservative, evangelical, overwhelmingly you supported israel's -- what israel is doing in the gaza strip. but it is more divided under the age of 30.
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in fact, 33% approve of the use of force israelis have been doing. but 29% say it is excessive use of force. >> even in israel there is widespread support for this action that's going on today, even the prime minister,there you heard david's piece, now widening the focus of this from just going after the tunnels to demilitarizing gaza. imagine that's going to take some time there. new details about the shootout in a manhattan neighborhood wounded two u.s. marshals and a new york police detective. the man they went after was killed. police say that suspect, a california man, skipped town two years ago after being accused of molesting a child. sources say he had five shots in his gun and 20 bullets in his pocket. as one official put it, quote, he wasn't going to be taken in. the marshals and detectives are expected to be okay. a family in oregon has launched an aggressive search for a missing mother of two. 38-year-old jennifer huston last seen at a gas station five days ago.
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police outside portland say there's no evidence so far of any foul play. her credit cards and cell phone haven't been used since her disappearance. her husband, however, says she would never intentionally leave her family. a new hampshire man has been arrested and charged with kidnapping a 15-year-old girl nine months ago, holding her prison er police say 34-year-old nathaniel kibby may have kept abigail hernandez hidden in an above ground soundproof bunker. hernandez disappeared on her way home from school before suddenly returning home last week. authorities, however, are not explaining the circumstances of her return. thanks to a judge's decision, shelly sterling now has former permission to sell the l.a. clippers. the decision ended for now her estranged husband's attempt to block the $2 billion sale of the team to microsoft ceo steve ballmer. donald sterling is barred from seeking a court-ordered delay while his attorneys appeal yesterday's ruling. all the evidence you need to know ohio is excited to have
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lebron james back on the cleveland cavaliers. they're printing replica jerseys with james' number 23 on them. as fast as possible. james wore 23 during his first stint with the cavs. he wore 6 with the miami heat. fans have quickly snapped up tickets for a homecoming event being held for james a week from friday. now to another highly recognizable pro sports athlete. this is quarterback peyton manning of the denver broncos. take a look. busting a couple of weird moves yesterday. is that the chicken dance there? as the team is warming up for practice to the song "rocky top," an unofficial alma mater for his hometown, tennessee. >> the broncos getting ready for practice every day with music over the loud speakers. yesterday, was manning's day to pick the tunes. >> reena, this reminded me so much of those moves there of the prancercize lady. may have seen her there. will she is. who can ever forget. her original video on youtube has 10 million views. what do you think?
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>> incredible. she sure rocks that outfit pretty well. >> exactly. i think peyton was channeling a little prancercize there. >> oh, great. well, coming up in "the mix" creations from a cartoonist who draws without hands. his amazing work. looking for love online, using okcupid. experts are helping those looking for love seem more attractive and get more dates. you are watching "world news now." i was looking for love in all the wrong places ♪ ♪ looking for love in too many places ♪ ♪ searching their eyes looking for traces of what i'm dreaming of ♪ of what i'm dreaming of ♪ looking for traces of what i'm dreaming of ♪
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♪ going to get myself going to get myself going to get myself connected ♪ here's another reasonable to be skeptical about something supposed by free. the free wi-fi connection you might be tempted to use when you're out and about can cost you everything. >> abc's linsey davis explains. >> reporter: you are in hotels, restaurants and airports. but what you might not know is that if you logon to that free wi-fi, you could be rolling the dice with your privacy.
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>> currently we have 260 networks. we have traveled, what, about one yard? >> reporter: we are cruising the streets of new york, scanning for wi-fi hot spots. >> there's somebody's mobile wireless network. >> reporter: many wireless connections are unprotected. >> i can see the photos they're sharing -- 4 many people are hacked accessing free wifi. when we talk about a coffee shop or computer store that offers free wi-fi, hotel even, is it safe to go on there? >> it is very easy for an intruder to see pretty much everything you are doing. >> reporter: if you are banking online, paying bills, a hacker could see that, too. he says hackers even set up fake wi-fi spots to entrap you. >> iphone, iphone -- >> reporter: in a matter of moments he sets up a free network he calls free public wi-fi.
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in less than five minutes -- >> three androids, two iphones and ipad. >> reporter: users are logging in. >> when criminals do this they pretend to be famous coffee shop names, hotel names. >> reporter: there is nothing stopping us from going into a starbucks setting up free wi-fi that says, starbucks free wi-fi. chester didn't peek at who jumped on his open network, but someone with bad intentions could. something to think about if you are tempted to save money on data roaming charges by using free wi-fi. so here's what you can do -- use your cell phone data plan instead of free wifi. or might want to consider paying a small monthly fee for vpn, virtual private network, encrypts your data and allows you to access free wi-fi safely. linsey davis, abc news, new york. >> i never knew that people could create their own free wi-fi networks and lure you in to potentially scam you. >> do you use free wi-fi? >> i stay away from free wi-fi
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networks when i'm out and about. i find them to be slower. amtrak wi-fi, different wi-fis, slower than yours you can bring along. >> you travel with your own. >> looking for love, okcupid. how experts are helping people look more attractive on the site so they can get more dates. and new controversy about the website making unwanted changes to profiles. ahead in our next half hour, the highest priced house on the american real estate market. if you're looking for a 100-car garage and unmatched luxury, wait until you see the price tag on this one. you're watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" continues afte
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finding a mate online dating, but some are better at it than
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others, just like the old-fashioned way. >> what if they had a consultant to help them out, someone from one of the most popular sites, okcupid. we're "up all nightline" with mara schiavocampo. >> reporter: getting the right matches is something data whizzes at okcupid have been working on for years. can they help a user improve her odds of finding love online? >> i think lately i have been jaded by the whole experience and don't really care anymore. >> reporter: mandie is the editor at large for popular website xojane where she chronicles her misadventures in online dating. are you curious about how you could possibly improve upon this? >> oh, absolutely. >> reporter: sean patrick henry is a developer for okcupid, an expert for how people online date. >> nice to meet you. some simple things, go ahead and fill out your details. >> reporter: rule one, fill in the blanks. the more details you provide the easier it is for matches to fiend you. >> there's a lot of ways you can
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find somebody else on the site, but one of the things people use are search filters through these specific details. >> reporter: rule two, give them something to talk about. ask an open-ended question or list your interests. >> put something specific in your profile for them to pick up. if you put more things in your profile that can lead to a conversation, then that has something to talk about. maybe these guys they're reading this and then they find you attractive, you match a lot of things. they don't know what to talk about. >> reporter: rule three, pictures are critical. choose photos that show off your personality. but you might want to stay away using flash. these are the photos that are on your profile. what do you think of this? >> a fantastic profile picture. asks questions. seductive and red lipstick and shows personality. >> reporter: here she looks pretty but she is with another man. close to him, too. do you think women should be posting photos of themselves with men they're not related to? >> depend on the context. something you want to show you are social. this is also a little intimate.
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the other thing in this photo playing against you, you used flash. we have found that photos with flash actually add on average, six years to your perceivable age. >> oh, really? >> that's awful. i'll never use flash again. >> reporter: mandy was off to change her profile. one week later we checked in to see if the makeover worked. >> this dude said, i find you extremely fascinating. tip to guys, that's a good thing to say. oh, yeah, it was really helpful. i didn't realize how inaccessible i was coming across online. but by adding in things like an ice-breaker question, encouraging people to reach out, i have been getting more and better messages. >> reporter: mandie is hoping the new prospects will lead to actual dates. i'm mara schiavocampo in new york. >> so, okcupid did something a little controversial. he had kind of teed up people by saying, if you're only a 30% match, they secretly told you you're 100%, a really good match. and vice versa, people who were a really good match, they ended
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who doesn't scare the moustache off someone's face. scope. the freshest fresh, guaranteed. welcome back. we kick off "the mix" this morning with a story that raises our eyebrows, gives us a dose of inspiration for this tuesday. it comes out of comic-con in san diego, a disabled artist who has a line of comics that he designs and colors and tones with his mouth. laramie taylor, his line is "voice in the dark." number of series out so far. started in november. five more issues in september. >> look at that. impressive. i wish i could say that i was that well skilled. i can't even do that with my hands, right? >> exactly. >> a great story. well, there's another prankster on youtube. the joke ended up being on him.
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he decides to hold an arm wrestling competition with two homeless people. the prize was $100. in the end, the prankster ends up getting surprised. take a listen to this. >> i know how it is, man. >> fair and square, man. >> come on, no harm, no foul. feed the needy, not the greedy. that's how that works. >> the guy on the left ended up winning the check, but he decides to split it 50/50 with the homeless man. puts the guy in the black shirt, prankster in awe. secretly planned to give the other guy $50. joke ended up being on him. >> wow. some people who have the least are often the most generous. >> that's the case, isn't it? >> for sure. moving on. pretty eye-raising warning from an ivy league professor and holder of two ivy league degrees. his headline is, don't send your kids to the ivy league. check this out. he wrote an op-ed. he said sending them to ivy
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league inadequately prepares them, they're miserable, lifeless, zombies. he says they may be smart, talented, driven, but they're anxious, timid and lost. would you send your kids to the ivy league? >> doesn't everybody want their kid to go to the ivy league? another reason i didn't apply to the ivy leagues. only reason i didn't apply. no, that's interesting. he is a former ivy league professor. he has probably seen it all. seen the kids that come out. >> i'm product of the ivy league. i have to say i think the determinat of your success is not the school you go to. there you go. there is other factors. >> okay. the last video we want to hit, 5 1/2-month-old baby, emerson, take a look at his reaction every time mom blows her nose. every single time she blows. look at the reaction. >> look at the eyes. >> laughs and giggles. everybody thinks their kid is cute.
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this morning on "world news now" -- firestorm. not one, but two major wildfires burning in california. the fears of property owners and how a drone interfered with the fire fight. fugitives takedown in famous new york city neighborhood. two federal agents and detective hit by bullets. how a tv show helped investigators find their man. terrifying scenes -- a speeding car barrels towards a repair shop. security cameras capture the impact. what led to the unforgettable impact. and heart-wrenching decision -- "the bachelorette" chooses her guy. the big surprises and emotional moments from the anticipated finale. our senior analyst is here in "the skinny." it's tuesday, july 29th. >> announcer: from abc news,
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this is "world news now." good morning. i'm reena ninan. >> i'm devin dwyer, great to have you with us. >> so, i went to the gym today. and i was just thinking about how many people -- it's so difficult sometimes to get out and go to the gym and start running. there's a new study on running that will make everybody happy, i think, even if you don't like to run. that's the big headline. you are a runner. >> i am an endorphin addict. i get out there all the time. i did this morning. i am kind of excited to see what they have to say. so, stay with us. there is some news you can use to come. speaking of news you can use, a lot of talk about fires. start off there. with fire crews making progress on two fronts in northern california fires. >> the sand fire in wine country now 75% contained there. residents heading back home. a much more dangerous fire burning near yosemite national park. that's where abc's kirk hawkins has the latest. >> reporter: firefighters spent the day working on the ground as an all-out assault helped them slow down the spread of a wall of flames near yosemite national park. >> if we get any wind or any thunderstorms that are predicted today, we are going to get
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increased fire for sure. >> reporter: it burned through a little more than four square miles of brush and trees in the park and neighboring national forest and private land. this picture-perfect image of the yosemite valley turned to this. the iconic granite walls grayed out by thick smoke. >> we can't take photos because of all the smoke. >> reporter: a similar situation 100 miles to the north, just east of sacramento, california, where at least 13 homes were left in ruins. >> i saw the flames. i couldn't believe it. >> reporter: firefighters say they almost had to cancel air drops because someone was flying their drone over the fire scene. that person was located and the drone grounded. so the fire fighting flights were not impacted. roughly 1,200 people have been allowed to return to their homes after fleeing the sand fire. the okee family lost everything. >> i was trying to save the home. just the fire came up so fast. >> reporter: strong winds. triple digit temperatures and a record-setting drought made it
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tough on these fire crews. >> we are 100% committed to suppressing this fire as quickly as possible. >> reporter: yosemite national park remains open, but several campgrounds and roads are temporarily closed. and they could cause delays. kirk hawkins for abc news, los angeles. >> thanks, kirk. it was another night of wild weather cutting across a wide swath of the country. crews have been working through the night in the seaside community of revere, massachusetts, cleaning up after the rare touchdown of a tornado. the twister is being described as brief but ferocious there, carving out a two-mile path of destruction. packing winds up to 120 miles per hour. >> our whole roof is torn off. >> our dog was in there, our little dog. and we thought he was dead. he came out from under all the rubble. >> that rubble includes cars, flipped over on sidewalks, and entire chunks of buildings littering main streets there. officials say at least 13 families are homeless this morning. further west at least three tornadoes were spotted in
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colorado. this twister, take a look, touched down on a farm near ft. lupton, five miles north of denver, eating up a cornfield. luckily sparing the farm buildings and the family. in nevada, catastrophic flooding, heavy rains, cut fresh rivers through mountains left bare from last year's wildfires creating a wall of water and mud rushing into the rainbow canyon area. those waters left behind up to five feet of debris in some places. taking a look at today's forecast, downpours and flash floods continue in the southwest and the rockies. look for isolated thunderstorms, gulf coast into florida. showers across the great lakes today. the taste of autumn in the upper midwest. >> upper 70s, low 80s, in minneapolis, chicago, detroit. triple digit heat again in phoenix. 80s from los angeles up to seattle. mild in the northeast. 81 in washington, d.c. and 79 in boston. hope is fading for a swift end to the deadly fighting in
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the middle east. fuel tanks from gaza's power plant went up in flames this morning, that after israelis launched a new round of explosions over gaza overnight. several buildings targeted, including a media complex housing arab media stations. the worst bombardments. israel and hamas blame each other for the deadly attack yesterday on gaza's main hospital. we're learning new details about the suspect killed in a shootout here in a busy manhattan neighborhood. a source says charles mozdir had five shots in his gun and 0 bullets in his pocket. he wasn't going to be taken in according to the source. his appearance changed so dramatically cops weren't sure they had him at first when they got him. here's more with abc's mara schiavocampo. >> reporter: it was a gun battle in broad daylight. two federal marshals and one new york city police detective shot at a local smoke shop attempting to arrest this man.
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32-year-old charles mozdir wanted for molesting a 7-year-old boy. >> mozdir fired upon the officers at close range and the officers returned fire. >> reporter: those shots rang out here, in one of the busiest and most popular neighborhoods in new york city. while the officers are expected to recover from their injuries, the suspect was killed. null mozdir had been featured on cnn's program "the hunt" hosted by john walsh, formerly of "america's most wanted." authorities saying that broadcast led to hundreds of tips, one of which led them to mozdir. on the run for two years, officers tracked him here all the way from coronado, cal, where he had skipped bail. >> they had to deal with an incredibly difficult situation, split-second decisions. >> reporter: it's been a deadly year for officers on the front lines. 71 killed nationwide in 2014. and another reminder of dangers in the line of duty. mara schiavocampo, abc news, new york. >> well, a tragic crash caught on camera in south florida after a car loses control.
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an elderly woman behind the wheel when her car suddenly sped across the street and slammed into an auto repair shop. the top of the sedan was sheered off as it shot under an suv on a lift. narrowly missing a mechanic and another man. the driver's 90-year-old husband was killed. surveillance cameras also rolling in houston as a dramatic scene played out at a gas station there. a convenience store clerk rushed to the aid of his coworker, who was being attacked by two robbers. the clerk just happened to be a mixed martial arts champion. after a few painful kicks and jabs, one thief and his getaway driver sped off, leaving their friend in the skillful hands of that martial arts expert and police. >> health warnings this morning about high levels of deadly flesh-eating bacteria liking in florida waterways. florida is reporting 11 deaths and 41 infections in the past year. bacteria found in lagoons and seawater and can enter the body through open wounds. the florida health department says the deadly bug can be passed along through tainted
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shellfish and oysters. fatal in 50% of those infected. onto another health headline. running for your life. better than you thought. researchers across the country studying more than 55,000 people and found that everyone who runs reaps health benefits. from weekend joggers to marathon runners, those who ran regularly cut their risk of dying from heart disease by nearly half. even as little as five to ten minutes a day was enough to do it. there you go. all the reason to get on there. >> you are a big runner? right? >> i am. i run almost every day. i used to coach running when i taught high school in georgia. i was a high school coach. got my parents into running when they turned 50. they love it. >> what was the trick? how did you convince them? >> running with a friend. that's the secret. you've got to find someone to go with you. peer pressure. >> they push. >> you go faster. >> you know what i love about the study. as little as ten minutes a day, enough to keep your heart super healthy and get the benefits of the exercise. >> doesn't take much. >> don't have to be a marathon runner. >> and those endorphins feel so good! >> what did you call yourself an
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addict? >> endorphin addict. >> just running, right? >> right. >> feisty fox in alaska and his attempt at an unusual meal. just to make this our "favorite story of the day." >> love this one. there's the fox. get ready. take a look here. he's captured on a gopro camera. doesn't take long for him to try to eat the camera. you saw that right. all the while, thankfully the camera is rolling. we're getting a good look at his throat. >> is that his throat? i see his tongue there. that's when we got those shots from inside the animal's mouth. you can clearly see his teeth, trying to chew. doesn't take long for the fox to realize, hey, this really is not your normal meal. >> he leaves it in the grass there. we see the owner picking it up. that's what he did. lot of damage. never swallowed any pieces. what is with the animals eating electronics? yesterday we were talking about a dog swallowing a watch. maybe a fox form of a selfie? could it be? >> could be. could be.
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[ burping ] >> just too much. little too much to eat. digest. >> thanks, guy, the burp was fun. >> in "the skinny," who got the boot? who proposed? who was proposed to on last night's finale of "the bachelorette." of course, our senior analyst here with the big news. >> look forward to the analyst. first, your chance to see much more of sarah palin. she's launching her own network, but have you to pay for it. you're watching "world news now." ♪ sarah sarah ♪ no time is a good time for good-bye ♪ >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by airwick scented oils. ♪ ♪ >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by airwick scented oils. at air wick, our lavender and chamomile fragrance contains the natural essential oils of 40 lavender flowers
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♪ sarah no time is a good time for good-bye ♪ sarah palin found a new way to go around what she calls the lame-stream media. that's kind of funny, lame-stream. she just launched her own internet channel. >> is she following in the footsteps of oprah who has her own channel? you will have to pony up $100 to find out with sarah. here to tell us more, abc's dan harris. >> hello, welcome to a new project. this is a news channel that really is a lot more than news. this is a community. >> reporter: sarah palin, former vice presidential candidate, former half-term governor of alaska, is adding a new line to her resume.
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proprietor of a brand new news channel. >> are you tired of the media filters? well, i am. i always have been. so, we're going to do something about it. >> reporter: palin, as you may remember, famously struggled with mainstream media. >> we have got to keep an eye on russia they're our next door neighbors. you can actually see russia from land here in alaska. >> reporter: she was mocked mercilessly for it on "saturday night live." >> and i can see russia from my house. >> i'm just going to have to get back to you. >> reporter: now palin is taking control with a new channel that will include interviews and more. >> we'll also share some of the fun that goes on in the palin household. >> reporter: but, if you want 24/7 palin, it will cost you. a subscription runs $99.95 a year. that is more than netflix, more than amazon prime. no one has ever said that sarah palin lacked moxie. >> really, make this your channel. together, let's live life
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vibrantly, purposefully and boldly. >> reporter: dan harris, abc news, new york. >> $99 a year. glenn beck did the same thing. charged $99 a year. >> blaze-tv was very successful. it's still running right now. but i think the controversy around sarah palin is not going away. people -- recent poll out earlier this month from "wall street journal," adam berg public policy center, we are very divided about her. 54% of americans wish she would be less outspoken including 4 in 10 republicans. very interesting there. but we'll see how she does with her new platform. >> wish her luck. >> we do. when we come back, it's "the skinny" time and "the bachelorette's" big decision. >> who did andi decide to spend the rest of her life with? well, our senior analyst is here. we'll be right back. >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our
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♪ skinny ♪ skinny ♪ so skinny time now for "the skinny." and we start with the finale of abc's "the bachelorette." >> who got the final rose? did any one get a ring? for all the answers we welcome welcome back jack sheehan, the "world news now" "bachelorette" analyst. >> been away for a while. >> you have. >> took my time coming back from the world cup. >> see that. >> thanks for dressing up for
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us. >> thank you. thank you. good to be back. shout out to fellow liverpool supporters. big week here in new york. especially tomorrow night. up in yankee stadium. >> big night on "the bachelorette." >> you never walk alone. >> big night on "the bachelorette." this was pretty simple. there were two guys and andi. is it going to be josh? is it going to be nick? is it going to be josh? is it going to be nick? nick thought he had this one in the bag. >> but -- >> that was until andi kicked him right to the curb. sent him packing as it were. there is josh getting down on one knee. if you couldn't tell, josh was the winner. he proposed marriage. there's the ring. andi said yes. they are still engaged. they're planning their wedding and we say, good luck to them. >> what's the deal, is she pregnant? not pregnant? do we know? >> she said she was not. but josh was trying his best, so good luck to them >> what happens in the fantasy suite stays in the fantasy
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suite. >> at least as far as they're concerned. >> are we ready for "the bachelor" in paradise. >> almost paradise. something like that. >> we have a rose for you. >> thank you. it's been a pleasure. you never walk alone. >> jack sheehan, our "bachelorette" analyst. >> no one does "the bachelorette" like him. well, our next story has a little romance in it, too. at the center, musician linda ronstadt. ♪ i've been put down ♪ i've been pushed around ♪ when will i >> can you believe it, she was the most successful female rock star of the 1970s, blazing a path for women and even winning 11 grammys along the way. >> yesterday, president obama awarded her the national medal of art, along with a confession. >> i told linda ronstadt i had a little crush on her back in the day. >> the highest compliment to ronstadt, who is now battling parkinson's, in a wheelchair, but look at this, walking across
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the stage to receive the award. good for her. >> a great story. next up, a high concept tv, well sort of. >> to find out what would happen if peter griffin met homer simpson, your wait is over. we're getting our first sneak peek at the first crossover episode between "family guy" and "the simpsons." >> the five-minute clip of the griffins' much anticipated visit to springfield was screened at comic-con in san diego. without giving too much away. there is an epic fight, a runaway bus, and a nuclear meltdown. the special one-hour episode airs september 26th. >> celebrating birthdays today, july 29th, fashion consultants, tim gunn from "project runway," he's turning 27 -- 61. country singer songwriter martina mcbride 48 today. >> timothy from tv's "judging amy" will be blowing out 45 candles today.
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♪ >> well, the design on a dime it ain't? a los angeles mansion on the market after a $25 million makeover. >> the heiress who owns it calls this cozy. but it just might be the most expensive home in america who better to tell us about it abc's nick watt takes a look. >> reporter: a six-acre compound, 100-car garage, and a two-lane bowling alley. petra stunt, the formula one heiress, paid candy spelling $85 million for the place three years ago. but now she's selling. >> i think she got tired of l.a. >> reporter: word on these streets paved with gold, she's asking $150 million. they call this neighborhood the
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platinum triangle. the spelling mansion behind me. the flur de lys mansion over there that sold in the spring for $102 million. and over there, the old school beverly hills estate where they filmed "the godfather" on the market for just $135 million. ms. stunt apparently spent $25 million renovating the 14-bathroom estate, even turning candy spelling's famed doll collection room into a spa. complete with three hair salon chairs and mani/pedi station. if it goes for asking price, this will become the most expensive home in america. a title currently held by an east hampton, new york, estate, which sold for $147 million, boasting this 500-foot lily pond. here in l.a. the spelling era chintz is now gone. cozy. >> i think it's one of the trophy properties in l.a. it's definitely worth the money. and i think somebody will buy it. >> reporter: oh, how the other
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half of the half of the half of the 1% live. nick watt, abc news, los angeles. >> oh, boy. >> we did the math on what it would cost to buy the house at that price. if you put down a down payment of $30 million, 20%, you would still be left with over $700,000 a month in mortgage payments. that's incredible. >> sure is. the property tax is $2 million a year. why would you buy it for the property? $2 million a year. isn't that crazy? the woman who owns it, petra stunt, just 25 years old. her dad is 33, a formula one billionaire, bernie ecclestone. >> you speak from experience. i'm a renter of a one-room mansion. you drive a rolls-royce. >> i have to have my 34 bathrooms. but i don't want to clean one of them. >> why do you need so many bathrooms? >> i'm all about the bathrooms. spa bathrooms. >> announcer: this is abc's "world news now," informing insomniacs for two decades. "world news now," informing insomniacs for two decades.
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breaking news this morning, a violent night in the middle east as israel unleashes a barrage of attacks described as the heaviest bombardment since the recent conflict started. wild weather. a powerful tornado tears through an unlikely place damaging homes and catching people off guard. and another twister caught on camera. developing right now, 157 passengers on a whale watching ship are spending the night miles offshore. new details on why the boat is stuck and why an overnight rescue mission failed. and she said "yes." an emotional ending to "the bachelorette," so who got the girl and the final rose?

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