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making news in america this morning -- devastating earthquake. >> turkey rocked by a 7.2 the magnitude quake. tens of thousands are homeless. video captures the moment the earthquake struck. and liberation day. the transition to democracy starts today. and the funnier sex. once an for all, a new study that shows who is funnier, men or women. and good morning, everybody. i'm rob nelson. >> and i'm yunji de nies. rescue crews are digging through pancaked buildings this morning
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in eastern turkey after a 7.2 quake. it hit an area on the border with iran that is very prone to earthquakes. >> abc's alex marquardt is traveling to the area. >> reporter: that's right. we're on our way to earn turkey, near the border with iran, which was the epicenter of yesterday's quake. rescue teams have been work seriously digging around the clock trying to rescue people. we're hearing horrible stories about shouts being heard below the surface while people dug with their hands to try to rescue them. two main towns were hit. vonn and erjit, where 100 buildings or more were completely flattened. around 40 buildings still have people trapped this them. the death toll now is more. this time, a lot higher.
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little villages along the border with iran have yet to report in. turkey is historically seismic. this is the part of the country where most of the earthquakes are experienced. turkey sits on top of a number of fault lines. now, almost 24 hours later, many are fearing the worst. >> many of the buildings fell during the quake and trapped hundreds of people. tell us about the building codes, what kinds of materials they're using and what it's like there when it comes to earthquakes. >> a lot of people this mork and yesterday are points to relat e relatively lax building codes. they are on par with some found in the states. but they're routinely ignored. buildings are built out of poor
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materials, poor construction. there's little enforcement. a lot of though little villages will start reporting back with a high number of casualties. that's the main thing we'll watch for today. >> it will be a sobering few weeks in that country. thank you, alex, live from turkey this morning. next, on to libya. it celebrated liberation day officially on sunday. overnight, a threat, reportedly from moammar gadhafi's son, saif al i had lam. he says he's inside libya preparing to retaliate. >> "this week" anchor christiane amanpour asked hillary clinton about a spectacle will. >> i know it was a great relief to millions of libyans that the past is finished and now they can move into a different future without fear and intimidation.
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and try to make up the lost time of 42 years to develop a country that has so much natural wealth and deserves to have a democracy and prosperity. >> yesterday, a joyful ceremony in tripoli launched what leaders say will be a two-year t to democracy. the people of tunisia are embracing democracdemocracy. they had their first free election there. >> they gave birth to the so-called arab string back in february that led to uprisings in other countries as well. patrol crews are monitoring the coast of australia after a texas man was killed by a shark. 32-year-old george thomas
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wainwright was there in the water. his friendi ins pulled him back to the boat but it was too late. dr. steven schaefer brought people to their feet as he held a bottle of propofol. explaining how he thinks michael jackson died. a scientist will be put on the stand today the challenge that theory. new concern this is morning about bpa. researchers found mothers with high levels of bpa in pregnancy were more likely to have daughters that had troubles like behavior problems by age 3. the 17th named storm of the season has formed. tropical storm rina is whipping
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up 40-mile-an-hour winds off the coast of cuba. it should slow sli drift before strengthening to a category 1 storm on friday. it will not threaten the us. >> good news there. weather this morning from around the nation. a wet morning from the great lakes to the ohio valley. the rain moves into pittsburgh, buffalo, and syracuse by this afternoon and evening. look for a sprinkle around here in new york city, philadelphia, and southern new england. showers in the northern rockies. >> 80 in colorado springs. mostly 60s from the twin cities to indianapolis. 62 in new york. 73 in atlanta. coming up, the latest on the search for little lisa irwin. we'll take you inside the house where she was last seen. is google working the acquire yahoo!
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and more on the worlder series. could the card
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time for a check now or market activity, starting joef seas. tnk tng picked up points today. hong kong's hang seng is up sharply. in london, the ftse opened higher. on wall street, the dow gained 165 points. the nasdaq lost 35 points. the markets are banking on
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leaders. they met and agreed to deal with some fundamental issues. there is concern about the debt piling up in italy and spain. the president plans to promote new rules for federally guaranteed mortgages. i would would help home owners with little or in equity avoid foreclosur foreclosure. leading technology companies are interested in yahoo!. microsoft and google could back private investors who hope to buy the search engine. financially, it's been struggling. if something seemed strange at a theater near you this weekend is because "paranormal activity 3" took in big money over the weekend. "real steel" and "footloose"
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billings. if you're flying, expect smooth sailing with the exception of weather-related airport delays in detroit. it's been three weeks since little baby disappeared. >> now we're getting a look inside the kansas city home where baby lisa was last seen. abc's matt gutman has the story. >> reporter: this is the first look inside the master bedroom in baby lisa's home. where cadaver dogs detected the smell of a human corpse. cindy shourd, an attorney, gave us the look around. >> you might notice there's no carpet taken from this room. >> reporter: she noted that from the little evidence taken, it wasn't clear why investigators spent 17 hours here. >> it almost seems as if that was more for the public's benefit than for the benefit of
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doing a thorough search in the house. >> reporter: debra bradley admitted she was drinking from this wine box the night her daughter disappeared. she was afraid to lookout si ou because of what she might find. her family insists that baby lisa was abducted. at 2:30 a.m., right between the two yi witness sightings, new exclusive surveillance video shows a man up at the top left of the screen that appears to come out of the forest. >> the police, obviously, at least at some point, believed that perhaps mrs. bradley had something to do with baby lisa's disace peerns. think that's still out there. >> reporter: for the moment, the seesaw of suspicion seems to be
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turning away from baby lisa's mother. so far, not a trace of baby lisa. matt gutman, abc news. we have an update on gab ye gabrielle giffords. she's recovering from a gunshot wound to the head back in january. apple is invited the general public to watch an edited version of the company's private memorial to steve jobs. it took place last week at apple head quarters. it was strictly private. now a link to the event, called a celebration of steve's life, is being posted on the company's websi website. and don't forget, walter isaacson's book, a biography on steve jobs, is available today. there were tears and laughter at a memorial service
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held yesterday for race driver dan wheldon. hundreds of fans signed banners that will be given to wheldon's wife, suzy. and motorcycle racing has lost one of its star bikers. he died in an event in ma lace ya. here's adnan virk at espn with more sports. good morning. after an unbelievable performance from albert pujols, the texas rangers had the perfect anti-dote. josh hamilton, bottom of the first, doubling to the corner off edwin jackson. the cards streak of scoring first ends at ten straight
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games. the rangers up, 1-0. edwin jackson, get in the car for st. louis. he'll walk nelson cruz. that was a theme. the next batter, david murphy. jackson, seven walks, tying a cardinals world series record. jackson is gone. in comes mitchell boggs to face mike napoli. with the crowd chanting, nap-o-li. the first pitch he sees, see ya. ron washington, the rangers manager is loving it. napoli, the first catcher since mike piazza to homer in the world series. ryan theriot. holland, doing well. two on for albert pujols.
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coming off a five-hit, three-home run game in game three. this time, chasing f erks liz. flies out to center. he went 0 for 4. matt holliday swinging. we got ourselves the best of three. check out the highlight express on espn news. a week before halloween, the mile-high city looks more like the land of the living dead. >> it was denver's sixth annual zombie crawl. there were gaping wounds and fake blood ever where. the undead showed up in all shapes and sizes. >> unfortunately. guinness was not there to record whether they were able to break the record. how can you have an event like that and not make sure that the person was there? coming up next, "the pulse." we look at the connection between left-handed people and
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legs repeatedly while sleeping. >> 69% of righties had that problem. the study only had 100 patients. you probably shouldn't choose a sleeping partner based on whether they're right kis or lefties. fun ninman will ferrell has been awarded the nation's top humor prize. he appeared to drop and break his mark twain prize just after it was presented. you see it there. >> i wonder if that was real or not. f ferrell is best known for his hilarious george bush presentation. if you want to see more of the show, it's taped to air on october 31st nationwide. he joked that the show will be seen by "hundreds" of people. looks like ashton kutcher is following in charlie sheen's
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footsteps in more ways than one. >> look at this. a bizarre video he posted he rambled online. he rambled about the state of the truth of the media. he's not wearing his wedding ring and he called for greater honesty in the press. >> to instill a level of honesty in the works and media that we create and share with one another. >> what? >> what was that? >> what, dude? kutcher has been playinged by rumors about an extramarital affair. he made no direct references to those allegations. a lot of people wondering what the state of his marriage is. whether they're on the skid ors not. >> the only way to increase that buzz is to put out a video. for some of you, your local news is up next. for everyone else, we'll be right back with the answer to the age-old question, who is funnier, men or women? >> i don't think you need to stay with us. you know the answer to this, come on, now. >> she's upset with this. we're going to air it when we
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next, around the clock search for survivors after magnitude 7.2 earthquake in turkey. rescue stories coming up. is this a change of heart? curfew proposal jean quan is supporting. meteorologist mike nicco has the forecast. clouds at the coast means a cooling trend is on the and finally this half hour. we just did a story about a truly funny guy, will ferrell. that got us thinking about who is funnier, women or men?
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>> researchers have studied the matter. they have a conclusion. here's barbara pinto. ♪ going to go down to the river ♪ >> reporter: kris tin wii gerks or will ferrell. when it comes to humor is there a funnier sex? >> we have to put um with men. women are funnier. >> more people will laugh at men than women. >> reporter: the guys may be on to something. cording to a new study that seems straight out of a "seinfeld" episode. >> i don't get this. >> me neither. >> and you're on the fringe of the humor business. >> reporter: men were asked to write captions. women, too. >> we found that men are funnier, just by a hair. and mostly funnier to other men.
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>> reporter: the not so funny captions were attributed to a womaning even if they were man made. do you think it's a stereo type that men are funnier? >> i think so. yes. >> reporter: we went to chicago's second city. >> move to belize. >> reporter: jim and sagel work the same stage that launched bill murray, tina fey. >> women are taught not to be as funny on purpose. it's seen as unattractive. >> we may be more crass, does that make it funnier? >> reporter: one more point. >> we found that men's confidence outstrips their competence. they thought they were funnier than we found. >> reporter: now that's funny. barbara pinto, abc news, chicago. >> men are funnier. yes, i love it. >> we like t

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