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the news as seen across the United States a couple of hours ago, in ABC

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World News with David Muir. Welcome to World News. Tonight, the breaking

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news. A reported tornado on the ground in Nebraska. Severe storms

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hit much of the country this hour. Hale, high winds, and possible

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twisters. Our storm chasers tracking it all. The note and a new

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investigation, what an army sergeant wrote just before he disappeared

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from his base and was held captive by the Taliban. Tonight, we all saw

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the videos. What we didn't see, the video at the end that Bowe Bergdahl

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never made public and what it told him. And who hasn't cracked their

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smartphone? Tonight, the surprising results. The simple step which could

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solve it. Tonight, the results. Good evening. Diane is on assignment

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tonight. We begin with the severe weather this power. Which is coming

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in from Omaha, Nebraska. Whipping winds, dark skies, and a twist that

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touching down. All part of dangerous storms on the move tonight. Look at

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the radar. This system powering up well into the night. The forecast

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for the next wave five hours in a moment. But leading off with

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pictures and sounds of the storms hitting right now. Sirens blaring in

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Omaha, Nebraska tonight. Tornado warning. Skies going dark as the

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severe weather porches heartland. Our correspondent was in Omaha.

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Those severe thunderstorms have finally arrived. You might be able

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to see just how fast those clouds are rolling behind me. We have had

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lightning, thunder, hail, and rain. The concern is that streets may

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flood. Nearly 100 mph winds have been shredding trees and knocking

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over trailers. Huge Hale has been peppering the landscape. Dropping

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baseball sized monsters. It has been clawing at homes and smashing

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through windshields. Incredible pictures. You have had storm reports

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coming in this hour. Close to 100 storm reports, including damaging

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winds. It is not done. We have a whole night ahead of us, especially

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looking at parts of Illinois and Indiana. They are next with that

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initial storm. It is not over. That hot pink is a rare, relatively high

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risk area, still including Omaha all the way to Des Moines. I also want

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to point out that this doesn't end tonight, it goes through tomorrow

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and will go into the Ohio River Valley. Pressure system will form

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through the Rockies. We are going to move on now to the other major

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story. The intention focused on the army sergeant freed by the Taliban.

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Tonight, what we now know about the note he wrote before leaving his

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base. There is something else as well. After years of studying the

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images, his appearance changing and his uniform replaced. At times you

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can see at least one of his captors with him, tonight we learned that

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was a final video we didn't see which most troubled US authorities.

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What was in it? Our correspondent with what she is learning tonight.

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Bowe Bergdahl is innocent until proven guilty although they will

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want to speak to him as soon as he is recovered enough to talk. He

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wrote a note before disappearing saying that he was disillusioned

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with the mission in Afghanistan and an army investigation earlier

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concluded that he had walked away from his remote base on his own.

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Fellow soldiers now say that there were signs. He wanted to know how he

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could send his computer and some blogs home and wanted to know how he

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could get some money. Officials are not certain how he ended up with the

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Taliban but the young man who loved motorcycles and had performed ballet

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in his hometown was so extremely idealistic that he may have thought

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that he could bring the two sides together. In the first video, he was

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asked about soldiers who go AWOL. And it was those videos that US

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officials were watching closely, images of Bowe Bergdahl appearing

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calm and grateful for his treatment gradually giving way to a face full

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of fear and panic. Release me please. I am begging you. We learned

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today that there was another video released this year and only seen by

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the US government that sparked the greatest concern. The once

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freshfaced soldier was clearly becoming frail and disengaged. That

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is why there was such urgency going after him and once the deal was

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secured according to the official, as for the accusations of desertion,

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that is a crime punishable by jail time but no officials we are

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speaking to believe that is on the table currently given his years of

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captivity. The US military is now saying it will look into any

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potential misconduct on the part of the American soldier but tonight,

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questions are being asked weather or not the White House dug into any of

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this before making the decision to exchange prisoners and tonight

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President Obama is firing back. Here in Europe talking about defending

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our allies, the president is having to defend his own decision.

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Regardless of the circumstances, whatever they may turn out to be, we

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still get an American soldier back. What the White House said initially

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about Bowe Bergdahl is now in question. He was per trade as

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something as a hero on Sunday. But today, news is that the Army is

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prepared to investigate him. How about the five Taliban exchanged in

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the deal? Is there the possibility of some of them trying to return to

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activities that are detrimental to us? Absolutely. Finally there is the

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man's father, clearly doing anything to help. He joined the president on

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Saturday to help announce the release and we now know that he has

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tweeted directly to a Taliban spokesman. For all the criticism and

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second`guessing, a White House is still facing many questions. The

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President's top advisers insist that it was an easy call and as one

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senior official told me tonight, any other president would have done the

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same thing. The five detainees are now living in luxury villas in

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Qatar, their families allowed to live with them and tonight officials

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we spoke to were unclear as to whether they were prisoners or they

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were free. Qatar's capital city has made itself into a modern`day desert

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oasis and now the five freed Taliban leaders will be able to travel

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anywhere within the country and enjoy its pleasures over the next

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year. One official told us that they are not prisoners. I can still have

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conversations with the Taliban, especially those who are in Qatar.

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An official told us that they have their families with them and after a

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year they can go home. Home would be Afghanistan and the areas controlled

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by the Taliban. Still engaged in fierce combat with American

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soldiers. US intelligence reports found that 29% of freed Guantanamo

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detainees are confirmed or expected to have rejoined the fight,

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including one who became the senior military mentor of the Taliban. We

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were struck by this today, an official telling us that they are

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not prisoners? That's right. The State Parliament said that President

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Obama had assertions from the Qatar government that they would be

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prisoners and the spokesperson we spoke to refuse to say whether or

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not there would be restrictions on them. A search after explosions were

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discovered in a California Park. The dramatic conclusion to the manhunt

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as a San Francisco man is arrested and captured by the FBI with people

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who knew him leftist on. `` left stunned. Police struggled to take

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down the 32`year`old man. His captor culminated `` capture, concluded a

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manhunt. We found items in his apartment that caused us great

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concern. Tonight we find out the specifics of what so spooked the

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FBI. Components of a bomb that could be detonated by remote control, a

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device that the FBI claims were made to maim and kill. He is well`known

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as a social media and political correspondent but there was no

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indication that he was planning to harm anyone or himself. He was a

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very dangerous and desperate person. Tonight, Elise said they could take

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no chances. Those who knew him are shocked and cannot believe that he

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was building bombs. To Syria where voting has taken place in the

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presidential election with President Bush are all aside `` Bashar

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al`Assad expected to easily take the election. A scientific discovery of

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a mega earth discovered 560 light`years away, with one Harvard

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astrophysicist calling it a" Godzilla Earth" with positive

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implications for life although it may be too hot. The simple solution

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to protect your smart phone from this, the cracked surface. We have

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tested this solution in water, and being runover and here are the

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surprising results. How many of you are walking around

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like me with a broken phone? We asked you to send us pictures of

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your cracked screens and it seems I am not alone. Americans have spent

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$6 billion on replacements in 2007 and that is just with iPhones. We

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came up with a simple solution on how to protect your phone. So you

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have just spent $200 on a new phone, one of about a billion sold

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each year and you have trashed it. You are not alone. Turns out there

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are many products promising to keep them safe and many people online

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pushing them to the limit to find a true safe way to protect your

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phone. So we decided to get some real answers and take a look at one

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of the more durable brands, the author box `` Otter Box. I am going

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to test my iPhone with it and put it to the test. We will test it against

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the $10 gel case. The first test, the skill test `` spill. They have

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both survived. Test two. The Dunk test. They sat inside for five

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seconds. The Otter Box worked but be gel case, not so much. The Otter Box

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promises to protect from balls up to six points six feet. The phone is

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fine. He gel case is fine as well. We now go beyond claims, driving

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over your phone. While, it looks like it's OK. `` wow. But get a load

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of this. The $10 case? No way. It is fine. They were so surprised by that

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that we tossed it around and still nothing is wrong. What before you

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think it is the phone that is indestructible, we took all the

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cases off. Done. It is shattered. We got calls about the crazy man in

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Central Park and it was just him. I do say it is the edge of the case?

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That's right, you want to make sure that the edges are protected so that

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it is the edge that is hitting the floor and not the screen. A headline

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about food that may be on your dinner table tonight. Many fast food

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restaurants have removed additives in their food and tonight Panera

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Bread is doing the same. A video that will warm your heart. Soldiers

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in Georgia walking information and singing as they go, one soldier's

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girlfriend in the distance never suspect a thing. He drops to one

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knee, popped the question and she says yes. And the platoon approves.

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From a proposal to a modern American wedding in Minnesota posing when the

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deck, well, there it goes. The bride is soaked and guests arrived after

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Justin out `` just an hour but they decided not to let anything get in

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the way of their special day. All of us here, good night. Wednesday is

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going to be a wet one for many of us so it is umbrellas and waterproof at

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the ready. It will be wet across England, right across from the

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Southeast to the

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