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tonight on "world news," revolt. democrats split with the president on funding the war in afghanistan. rally. fishermen in the gulf say it's time to fish and eat the seafood again, and we put the oysters to the test. caught? a college graduate, a quiet ups worker, accused of being a serial killer. and cornered by grizzlies. our own renowned animal expert jack hanna in a surprise, heart-pounding standoff with bears. thank heaven for pepper spray. good evening. we have breaking news tonight. a watershed moment for the 9-year-old war in afghanistan. the house tonight voted to give
the president his $33 billion to fund the war for a year, but a stunning number of democrats, his own party, broke to vote against him, sending a seismic statement about what is to come. and all of this a day after that 92,000-document leak about the troubled history of the fight. jonathan karl was there for it all today on capitol hill. jon? >> reporter: diane, more than 100 democrats in the house voted against the war funding bill, revealing a growing democratic revolt against the president's policy in afghanistan. democrat after democrat came forward, not just to oppose the war, but to cut off funding for it. >> wake up, america. wikileaks release of secret war documents gave us 92,000 reasons to end the war. >> it is wrong to be borrowing money from china, laying off american police officers to train police officers in afghanistan.
>> the costs of this war are too enormous in blood and treasure. >> reporter: last year, when the house last voted on war funding, 32 democrats voted no. today, more than three times as many democrats came out against funding the war. a stand they took, even after a last-ditch appeal by the president to vote yes. >> to ensure that our troops have the resources they need and that we're able to do what's necessary for our national security. >> reporter: but they weren't listening. >> it is a mistake to give the administration yet another blank check for this war. >> there's nowhere in the constitution that says that the president just gets to go and fight wars without the oversight of the congress. >> reporter: opposition to the war came from some of the top democrats in congress, including appropriations chairman david obey, who voted in favor of the war funding last time around. >> i cannot look my constituents in the eye and say that this operation will hurt our enemies more than it hurts us, and so i
will reluctantly vote no. >> reporter: in contrast, democratic supporters of the war kept a low profile and so did the democratic leadership. during the debate, neither nancy pelosi nor any other democratic house leader came forward to speak in favor of funding the war. for the most part, it was republicans who made the case for the obama administration's policy in afghanistan, and gave him the votes, ultimately, to get the money he needs to pay for the war. >> so the republicans did it for him. that is a stunning change, jon. 32 democrats voting against him a year ago, more than 100 now. is there one thing that you say is the biggest turning point? >> reporter: the one biggest factor since that vote last year was the president's decision to send 30,000 more troops to afghanistan, so that as most of these democrats are saying that we should begin scaling back the effort in afghanistan, the president is sending in more troops and they're not happy about it. >> and we heard them say, there will be no blank check for him from now on.
thank you, jon. and of course, as the debate over funding the war raged on, we learned more about the two navy men who drove into a taliban-infested area friday. the pentagon says navy petty officer jarod newlove, 25 years old from washington state, is still missing, believed captured by the taliban. the pentagon says navy petty officer justin mcneley of colorado was killed and he was scheduled to come home next month. moving on now to the news from the gulf tonight. 99 days into the crisis, fishermen are fighting back, almost a quarter of the gulf is still closed to fishing, even though there's no oil to be seen in much of that area. the fishermen insist that they're pulling safe fish from the water right now tonight, and they'll eat it to prove it. and here's jeffrey kofman. >> reporter: just how safe are gulf fish? one way to check is the oysters because unlike fish and shrimp, they can't swim away from the oil. mitch jurisich and his brother frank are third generation oystermen.
more than half of their oyster beds are closed, but government inspectors have reopened these. and what did they find? >> nothing, the water samples are good. that's why we're open. it's coming out of good, clean water. >> reporter: and this is safe? >> safe. i'm still standing here. >> reporter: but will i be standing in 12 hours? >> you'll still be standing in 12 hours. i guarantee you. >> reporter: well, they taste good. >> they're clean. >> reporter: i'm going to be okay? >> you're going to be fine. >> reporter: most of louisiana's commercial fishing grounds are closed, but recreational fishing is gradually being reopened. we met these guys as they returned from a day on the water. that is one big fish. and look what they caught. a 28-pound red fish. you'll eat this? >> oh, yeah. >> eat it tonight. >> reporter: what about all the oil? >> there's absolutely -- we did not see a drop. >> there's not a drop out.
>> reporter: there is oil, but federal scientists who tested 714 seafood samples found only one failed and that was in may, which is why some commercial fishing grounds east of the mississippi could reopen later this week. that's not enough for the governor. >> like to open up not all of those waters but the majority of those waters for our commercial fishermen. >> reporter: scientists warn there is a danger of moving too fast. >> there's a lot of dispersed oil in the water, and that stuff could end up in the food web. >> reporter: oysterman mitch is eager to see more beds reopen, but he, too, thinking the government should move cautiously. >> we have to be sure when we put these out there that they're safe for the consumer. >> reporter: and there is no evidence that a single piece of tainted fish from the gulf has made it to supermarket shelves in this country. the fishermen we talked to today say it should stay that way. scientists should decide where and when the fisheries should reopen, because they know even if one person gets sick from
gulf seafood, it will damage the reputation of the gulf fisheries even more. diane? >> and jeffrey, that oyster tasted good? >> reporter: it tasted good, c . thank you. now to bp's financial health. we learned that they say they lost $17 billion in the second quarter, ending last month. but that includes the $32 billion they owe for the spill e their profit is expected to be stronggd. and today, ousted ceo tony hayward said that he was publicly demonized and vilified. and life isn't fair. while robert dudley, the first american to lead the company, told "good morning america," bp is in the gulf for the long haul. >> what's first on my agenda is to make sure we do seal that well, that the effort contains the spill, we clean up the beach, we restore the gulf. and we'll be doing that for a long time. and that is my focus. >> and something we were surprised to see, 1,300 miles north of the gulf, believe it or not, oil-soaked birds. but these from a different leak.
more than 800,000 gallons of oil pouring out of a 30-inch pipeline in southern michigan, flowing into the kalamazoo river. a canadian company owns that pipeline. skimmers, booms, cleanup workers are on the scene there. new housing prices tonight. some signs of improvement. home prices are up for the second month in a row, almost 5% higher than a year ago. but that only returns prices to their level seven years ago. and the money is buying less space. the median home size is now down to 1,500 square feet. that's 15% smaller than in 2003. next, police outside washington, d.c., say they have caught a serial killer. they suspect him in five murders and fear still more in at least three other states. pierre thomas, on the way to the accused murderer, who was stalking his prey. >> reporter: jason thomas scott is a bright young college grad pursuing a masters in computer science. maryland authorities say he is also a stone cold killer. >> today a prince george's
county grand jury returned a seven-count indictment against jason scott. >> reporter: scott was charged with murdering delores dewitt, a nurse, and her 20-year-old daughter ebony in march of 2009. >> she was a beautiful person, had a beautiful spirit. >> reporter: their charred bodies were found in a stolen car that had been set on fire. just months earlier, less than a mile away from the dewitt murders, police believe scott disarmed the security system at this home and then shot another nurse, karen lofton, as she hid in a corner. her 16-year-old daughter was repeatedly shot as she tried to dial 911. authorities believe scott, a ups employee, used his access working in a package sorting facility to find his victims' addresses. >> his employment is a core piece of this investigation. it's going to be very critical in laying out how the victims and everyone was actually identified. >> reporter: it's unclear why he killed these women, or if he was targeting nurses. police say the suspect was
meticulous, cunning. they claim they found on his computer research on police forensics, which he allegedly used to cover his tracks. bleach to wash crime scenes. fire to destroy evidence. >> what a shame that he did not use his education for the benefit of humanity, he used it for destructive purposes. >> reporter: scott is in custody tonight, while authorities pour through his possessions, his home, even a mansion they say he used as a thieves lair, for any clues as to how many lives he may have taken. pierre thomas, abc news, prince george's county, maryland. day after tomorrow, that new arizona immigration law will take effect unless a federal judge steps in. tonight, undocumented immigrants many working in this country for decades, are fleeing the state or hiding in fear, and bill weir has that from arizona. >> reporter: there is a fear-driven exodus going on in arizona tonight. more vacant apartments, more empty shops, more kids disappearing from school. >> this is my home.
and i don't want to be separated from my family. >> reporter: it's happening as police departments ready their jails and themselves for a surge in arrests. this video is now mandatory viewing, giving guidance on the new fine line between enforcement and profiling. >> diplomacy may be the greatest asset in these days to come. >> reporter: meanwhile, latino activists are encouraging their community to check their taillights, not travel in big groups and even remove the catholic rosary beads from their rear view mirrors. all the better to avoid suspicious. law student daniel rodriguez, undocumented since his mother brought him at age 6, tells me of all the parents giving power of attorney to neighbors in case they're deported without their american-born children. >> kids will be placed in child protective services and may not see their parents again for a long time. >> reporter: beefed up patrols and the recession have actually made american borders more
secure than any time in decades. but anger is still high in this state, and while this law may add another deterrent, it is most frightening to people already here. >> i got my family. >> reporter: francisco has been in phoenix without papers for 14 years, but says now he's afraid to walk the streets. so he'll take his family and leave as soon as he can. >> my kids born here. and now i have to come back to mexico. >> reporter: what do you say to the person who says you are breaking the law by being in this country? >> i think i would tell that person that the laws do not make sense. i didn't commit any moral wrong by being 6 1/2 and coming with my family here. >> reporter: he is just one of many, hoping for reform, while bracing for possible arrest. bill weir, abc news, phoenix. and still ahead right here on "world news," the world famous wildlife expert jack hanna, in a tense standoff, nose to nose with grizzly bears. his pepper spray may have saved lives.
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