‘Nightline’ Daily Line, July 9: Dark Knight Rises Director Christopher Nolan Exclusive

By Mark Lima

Jul 9, 2012 4:40pm

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6:03 p.m. ET: New Jersey’s brazen and outspoken governor, Chris Christie, has a surprising take on non-violent drug offenders.

Just weeks after New Jersey lawmakers passed a bill that would establish a program offering medical treatment instead of jail time for nonviolent drug offenders, Christie praised the measure during a speech in Washington, D.C,  reports Yahoo! News.

While the stance is in contrast to the tough image Christie usually exhibits,  the governor revealed a more vulnerable side in this “Nightline” profile where he discussed his weight, his love for Bruce Springsteen and those vice-presidential candidate rumors.

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5:47p.m. ET: An accused terrorist was re-arrested for repeatedly getting too close to London’s Olympic Park thanks to a GPS monitoring device that British authorities have used in special cases to track terror suspects who may pose a risk but cannot be prosecuted, local authorities said Sunday.

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According to Britain’s Sunday Telegraph, which first reported the new arrest, the man was accused years ago of attempting to travel to Afghanistan for terrorist training and to take part in suicide missions in 2008

Read the full ABC News story here

3:47 p.m. ET: Both the Obama and Romney campaigns had their best fundraising month in June, but Romney out-raised the president by $35 million, ABC News’ Devin Dwyer reports.

” June was our best fundraising month yet. We exceeded expectations – more than 706,000 people stepped up and pitched in for a grand total of $71 million raised for this campaign and the Democratic Party,” wrote Obama for America chief operating officer Ann Marie Habershaw in an email to supporters.

“Bad news? We still got beat. Handily,” she wrote. “Romney and the RNC pulled in a whopping $106 million.”

Read the full story HERE

2:15 p.m. ET: Less than 2 weeks after news went public that Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise were splitting up, the former pair have reached a settlement.

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While there’s still no word on why Holmes sought a divorce in the first place, there’s been speculation that Cruise’s adherence to Scientology is to blame.  “Nightline”  covered the story.

At stake was custody of their 6-year-old daughter, Suri.  But in a statement from Holmes and Cruise’s reps, they are committed to supporting “each other’s roles as parents.”

11:52 a.m. ET:  “Nightline” will air an exclusive behind-the-scenes interview with the director of the “Batman” trilogy, Christopher Nolan, and actor Christian Bale tonight.

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“The Dark Knight Rises” is the final movie in a series that transformed Batman from a cartoonish figure into a grittier, more complex superhero.  Fans are so excited to see how the franchise ends that tickets for IMAX midnight screenings were sold out more than six months in advance in New York.

Nolan describes why the time was right to end the trilogy HERE. Watch video as Nolan explains that ending the “Batman” trilogy was “emotional.”

Nolan describes why he used Bane as Batman’s nemesis:

Check out the amazing sneak peek into the “Batman” sound stage:

Read how the “ultimate Batman fanatic” reacted to seeing the movie!

10:10 a.m. ET: Another man’s best friend is a good friend to have.

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A new study published in the journal Pediatrics suggests that she may be right about the health benefits of pets. Finnish researchers found that having dogs or cats during infancy may actually protect children from respiratory illnesses during the first year of life.

Read the full story HERE.

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