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making news on this thursday, may 20th. >> another round of spring storms pound the plains overnight. multiple tornadoes and flash floods. security measures. extra precautions at the second state dinner. and one guest gets turned away. and cycling shocker. a tour de france winner makes a major admission. a developing story from overnight. good morning. thanks for being with us on this thursday. the nation's heartland is recovering from yet another night of wet and wild weather. >> more than two dozen tornadoes have been reported in kansas and oklahoma since yesterday. along with baseball-sized hail and gusty winds. the wind was so strong, it and flipped over a tractor-trailer. this time, the twisters touched down in lightly populated areas, causing no deaths or major damage. but flash flooding turned streand inousands of people los
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power. >> we'll have a full check on the weather coming up shortly. today, the oil spill crisis in the gulf enters its second month. and there's new evidence that more and more oil is coming ashore. these pictures of animals covered in oil were taken along the louisiana coast. and as our matt gutman reports, louisiana's governor believes something has to be done quickly. >> the day we've been fearing is upon us today. this was heavy oil. this is oil that's very, very difficult for them to clean up. >> reporter: that could spell disaster for these fragile marshlands, so crucial to the seafood industry. the coast guard says tar balls that floated on to florida keys shores did not come from the deepwater horizon spill. b.p. says it's siphoning more oil than ever from the leak. about 20,000 gallons a day. that leaves over 40,000 gallons a day still gushing into the
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gulf, prompting a 50,000-square-mile fishing ban. b.p.'s american chairman testified at another congressional hearing on wednesday, over how the government is to blame for the spill. >> i call this the obama oil spill timeline. >> i think it's inflammatory to call it the obama oil spill. and wrong. >> reporter: the federal minerals management service has come under fire for how it regulates offshore drilling. interior secretary, ken salazar, says mms will be changed, in an effort to remove conflicts of interest. >> i'm ordering the division of mms into three, distinct entities. >> reporter: matt gutman, abc news, venice, louisiana. felipe calderon is in washington, where he addressed a joint session of congress this morning. lawmakers can expect calderon to speak of u.s. immigration
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policy. we have two reports on the state visit, beginning this morning with t.j. winick. >> reporter: mexican president calderon, criticized arizona's new immigration law, not once, but twice, while visiting the white house wednesday. we firmly oppose the arizona law, calderon said, calling it discriminatory. president obama agreed. >> i think the arizona law has the potential of being applied in a discriminatory fashion. >> reporter: the law has not yet taken effect. but in arizona, it has resulted in protests and arrests. the immigration issue is front and center. even during a visit by first lady michelle obama and the first lady of mexico, to a maryland second grade class. one young girl told the first lady of her mother's fears. >> she says that barack obama is taking everybody away that doesn't have some papers. >> yeah. well, that's something we have to work on, right, to make sure that people can be here with the
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right kind of papers. right? that's exactly right. >> my mom doesn't have papers. >> reporter: the department of homeland security has released a statement saying it would not go after that little girl's mother. jeremy and vinita? >> all right. t.j. winick in washington. thanks. president obama is bushing for immigration reform. and is asking for help from republicans to do it. but bipartisanship isn't going over so well in washington. not one republican accepted the president's invitation to yesterday's state dinner. >> reporter: good morning, jeremy and vinita. last night was less to do about policy and more to do about the party. for one night, president obama's house turned into la casa blanca. the stars came out in style. among the celebrities, whoopi goldberg, eva longoria-parker, and george lopez.
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they came out for a world-class mexican-style celebration. >> and some very good food. including the food of the gods. >> reporter: after a little dessert, the guests took the soiree outdoors, with an elaborate reception on the south lawn. ♪ two people not at the party, the salahis, the couple best known for crashing last year's state dinner. this year, security was a lot tighter, with staffers stationed at the gates, checking names and faces. their hope was this unforgettable night would not turn into an unforgettable embarrassment. jeremy and vinita? there is an uneasy peace in thailand this morning, a day after the army rushed to crush two months of protests. banks are smoldering. businesses are shutdown. and a nighttime curfew has been extended. the clashes continue. and political tensions remain
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across thailand. north korea is promising all-out war if south korea retaliates from the sinking of a ship it blames on the north. today, south korea says it has clear proof that a north korean torpedo sunk its ship in march. 46 sailors were killed. south korea is promising stern action. and the u.s. says it is standing by its ally. an army veteran was shot dead at mcdill air force base in tampa. investigators say the man argued with someone on the base. then, rode off on a motorcycle. at the gate, he got off the bike, took out a knife and approached an fbi agent, who fired several times. and in los angeles, a school bus burst into flames while taking a class of 8-year-olds and 9-year-olds on a trip. the smoke got so bad they had to evacuate on to a busy freeway. two youngsters suffered smoke inhalation. but all others were fine. another bus picked them up. now, for this morning's weather from around the nation. a wet day for the gulf coast, up to the midwest.
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large hail, gusty winds, flash flooding and isolated tornados from dallas to new orleans, little rock and memphis. showers and thunderstorms in miami. heavy rain from washington and oregon into idaho, wyoming and montana. >> 68 for billings today. 58 in portland. 75 in sacramento. a scorching 99 in phoenix. 83 over in albuquerque. 70s with the the twin cities to indy. miami hits 88. dallas is 90. still to come on this thursday, a story happening right now. a reunion between three american mothers and their children, being held in iran. we'll get a live update. then, the cycling champ who denied doping for years makes a major announcement.
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toyota executives will be back on the hot seat on capitol hill today, facing questions about the automakers' run away vehicles. the company's head of u.s. sales will tell a house committee that faulty electronics did not cause the problems that led to more than 8 million recalled vehicles. he'll also say 3.5 million of those vehicles have been fiktsed. it's a mixed picture for overseas stocks this morning. hong kong's hang seng is lower. in london, the ftse opened higher. on wall street, the dow fell 66 points yesterday. and the nasdaq fell nearly 19 points. walmart is pulling a line of miley cyrus jewelry from its shelves. tests done on the necklaces and brake lets found high levels of
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cadmium, which is dangerous for children if they put it in their mouth. walmart says the jewelry is not intended for children. but in the meantime agreed to stop selling the product while it investigates. many fast food chains are pushing chicken. ground beef prices are up from a year ago. burger chains are not passing the increases along to customers. but rather, trying to get them to buy chicken, salads or other ideas. wendy's is promoting a new flavor of boneless wings. and burger king will offer pork ribs. there's one sandwich with no beef or bun. and it's doing well for kfc. it's the double down. bacon and cheese between two chicken fillets is sticking around a little longer. it was supposed to be available through sunday. but kfc will keep selling it as long as demand is strong. >> when i first saw it, i thought it was a joke. but clearly, it's not. it's been getting so much press. >> calorically, it can probably
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sustain you for a couple of days. >> i have a feeling people are not just eating that. next on this thursday, nearly a year in the making. a reunion taking place in iran this morning. then, lost at sea. lost for more than a day in the ocean, surrounded by swarms of jellyfish. and police want to know how a baby ended up right there in the middle of this road.uitar m)
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now, for a look at morning road conditions. wet from the midwest to the gulf coast, along parts of i-35, 40, 70 and 10. rain-slick road out west. i-5 in oregon and washington. also, i-94 from montana to seattle. >> if you are flying today, expect airport delays in seattle out west. moving east, it will be kansas city, memphis, dallas, houston and new orleans. and now, to a reunion nearly a year in the making. the mothers of those americans being held in iran have arrived
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in iran's capital. >> and they have gotten at least some of what they went there for. sonia gallego has the details this morning from london. good morning, sonia. >> reporter: good morning. a possible breakthrough in negotiations of share raw shourd, shane bauer and josh fattal, met with their mothers in tehran. a tearful reunion. the mothers of shane bauer, sar o sarah shourd and josh fattal, embraced their children for the first time in ten months. they arrived overnight in the capital of tehran. their heads covered according to local custom. their mission, to visit their children and bring an end to their ten-month imprisonment, in iran. >> i'm very much looking forward to seeing my son and his two friends. and i have real, strong hopes of the great possibility of bringing them home. i would like to plea for that. >> i am grateful to the iranian
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people to allow us to come and granting us our visas. >> reporter: shourd, bauer and fattal stand accused of espionage by the iranian authorities. a charge vehemently denied by the u.s. government. their relatives have spent ten months pleading for their release, insisting the three had strayed into iran territory, while mountain hiking in iraq's kurdish reason. authorities were making fierce crackdowns of opposition protests. foreigners were also often accused of spying during the turbulence. as the u.s. does not have any diplomatic relations with iran, swiss diplomats have been mediating on its behalf. and have visited the three in prison. both shourd and fattal were reported to have had health issues. a heighten concern of the conditions of their imprisonment. but the priority now is to get the three home as soon as possible. following their ordeal. jeremy? vinita? >> sonia gallego live in london
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for us this morning. thank you. three boaters from florida are safe this morning after being lost at sea. their ordeal started as a fishing trip sunday morning. but then, their 20-foot boat went down. and they were found 30 miles off the georgia coast on tuesday. eric spivey of our jacksonville affiliate was on the dock as they came ashore. >> reporter: a staggering story of survival. these three boaters holding on to hope, more than two days out in the open ocean. clinging on to a cooler. this is john navares, followed by ellie navares. their families were elated. >> indict quiet an ordeal for the last two days. >> if we didn't get rescued, from paddling and the jellyfish, he says i don't think we would have made it. >> reporter: the coast guard says they're lucky to be alive. they searched more than 11,000 square miles with boats and helicopters 2 days to find them. now, details about the survival
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tale are emerging. >> she's weak. she had to be hospitalized. she had a few bites from jellyfish. >> i gather that the jellyfish were up close to their face. and if i'm not mistaken, i heard them say that the jellyfish were practically on their mouth. and i saw the sores under their arms from all of the paddling in the water. their arms are completely sore. >> that's eric spivey of our jacksonville affiliate reporting. the family members says the friends are likely to go right back to fishing. police in san antonio, texas, have released heart-stopping video of a disturbing incident that took place a year ago. take a look at this. it shows a city bus driver coming to a screeching halt after spotting something in the roadway. it turns out that something was 14-month-old destiny flores. moments later the child's father ran out of the house and took her in. destiny's parents are fighting to regain custody of her and her two sisters.
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after years of denying it, former tour de france winner, floyd landis, admits to using performance-enhancing drugs. landis was stripped of his 2006 tour title after a positive drug test. and landis has reportedly implicated lance armstrong and dozens of others in letters to cycling officials. he says he's coming forward because of the emotional strain from lying for years. now, for some rare baseball plays and the nba playoffs. our highlights from will selva at espn news. >> good morning. the lakers, looking to take a 2-0 lead on the phoenix suns in the western conference finals. kobe and company, focused. under a minute to go, though, in the third. phoenix, still hanging around. steve nash, the fadeaway. ties things up at 90-90. but l.a. goes on a 9-0 run. kobe bryant, behind the back. no problems. suns call a timeout. under six minutes to go. kobe, to pau gasol.
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count it. bryant, 21 points, 13 dimes. lakers take game two. to the diamond. a.j. burnett and the yanks hosting the first-place rays. leading off the game. good-bye. solo shot on the second pitch of the game. his first h.r. of the season. bottom six. yankees down 6-1. none on for a-rod. a-rod goes solo. his sixth home run of the season. yankees down 6-2. later in the inning, derek jeter, up with the bases loaded. jeter grounds out to end the inning. and the rays end up winning 10-6. jerry manuel and the mets taking on the nats. top four. deep to right center. nyjer morgan climbs the wall. but doesn't make the grab. rounds second. rounds third. and slys home for the
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inside-the-park home run. mets up 1-0. bottom five. nats up 2-1. two on for cristian guzman. we have ourselves a triple-play. the nats end up winning, 5-3. that will do it for this espn news update. you can always stay current with espn news, now available in h.d. now, back to abc's "america this morning." >> our thanks to will. up next, the stories we'll be following today, including an update on that overnight storm damage from oklahoma. and why an arrest warrant could soon be issued for one hollywood starlet. er. i found out that connected to our muscles are nerves that send messages through the body. my doctor diagnosed it as fibromyalgia, thought to be the result of overactive nerves that cause chronic, widespread pain. lyrica is believed to calm these nerves. i learned lyrica can provide significant relief from fibromyalgia pain.
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now, a look ahead to the stories we're going to be watching on this thursday. people in oklahoma and kansas are cleaning up after another wave of severe weather. more than two dozen twisters touched down, along with huge hail and drenching rain. flash floods are in the forecast through tomorrow.
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mexican president felipe calderon addresses a joint session of congress today. he'll ask lawmakers to overhaul america's flawed immigration system, which has been a theme of his state visit. congress is holding a hearing today to review complaints about electronic problems in toyotas. the top u.s. executive is expected to say the company remains confident electronics are not to blame for its pedal problem. utah's three-term senator, bob bennett, is expected to announce his feature in politics today. and the actress, lindsay lohan is due in a beverly hills courtroom. but she's likely to be a no-show. she's stuck at the cannes film festival in france after her pos part was allegedly stolen. for some of you, your local news is next. >> for everyone else, "america this morning" continues right after this. [ wind blowing ] ♪ [ female announcer ] when is it okay to lose the cover-up? ♪
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you know olympic moss cat mascots are usually cute and cud di. but this year, you be the judge. >> officials have introduced one-eyed characters aimed at boosting olympic spirit. >> today's papers are not kind.
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"the new york times" calls them alien and disengaging. >> they kind of look like teletubbies, don't they? >> they're weird. it might be breakfast time for many of you. we end this morning with two stories from two different dinners last night. >> at the white house, a rare state dinner. the president and first lady hosting their mexican counterparts. >> and a celebrity chef in the kitchen with a world-class menu. hick ma with citrus sal salad. and chocolate tart for dissert. a different menu 200 miles up. we got a look at dinner time on the international space station. while beyonce entertained the white house guests, astronauts entertained themselves. take a look. >> international food here at the international space station. we have yakatory. russian. chicken with rice there. what are you eating? >> chef boyardee. >> this is the way to eat.
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>> we got, like, sea urchin. sashimi. we have duck. we have yakatory. and you're eating what? >> pork chop. >> pork chop. >> pork chop. >> this is a russian pasta and meat. >> good stuff. >> good night from flight deck six. >> finally got it in his mouth there. they had our favorite asian hot sauce up there. >> i know which dinner i would rather be at. >> the jicama sounds better. get more news later on "good morning america." or anytime on abcnews.com. >> thanks for watching >> moments later

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