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helicopter down, the tragedy in afghanistan, the careful mission to recover parts of that helicopter. we're now beginning to learn about the american brothers, fathers, husbands who were lost. america's credit world leaders in the emergency phone call. warren buffett weighing in. what he says should have happened. what it means for everyday americans. could your credit card feel it as soon as tomorrow? on the run, three young siblings who replaced bonnie and clyde, opening fire on police, robbing a bank and taking off. tonight what their mother told abc news. "the help" the blockbuster book about the women of the south who were never thanked but quietly gave little girls the biggest gift of all. they listened and loved. >> you are smart. you is kind. and the birthday wish, a
wish from an 8-year-old girl turning 9 from her parents and grandparents. extraordinary gift she will give the world. >> good evening. we begin this sunday night with an emerging portrait of the loss, the brothers, fathers, husbanan and sons lost in the deadliest attack yet in for u.s. forces in afghanistan. 30 american troops were killed when an chinook helicopter was shot down this weekend. 22 of them navy s.e.a.l.s. tonight we have learned the u.s. military has sent forces in the battle zone to hunt down the taliban fighters responsible. this as we begin to hear from the families of these men, many of the members of the s.e.a.l.s elite team six. that team is based in virginia beach, virginia. this is where yunji de nies is tonight. >> reporter: they are the military's elite, the identities kept so secret. now in death, we're learning
more about these heroes. 25-year-old michael strange, served in iraq, africa and afghanistan and had just gotten engaged. >> he got deployed again in july and he said he would be home for thanksgiving. he was a g gat kid, man. he fought for this country. >> reporter: his family says he understood that his dedication came with great risk. >> he knew he was going into this. unreal. everyone hears about it happening and now it happened to us. >> reporter: and to the family of 30-year-old aaron carson vaughn, a father of two with a newborn daughter he had been with for just two weeks before heading back overseas. vaughn had volunteered to return to combat. >> he was a fabulous son to his parents and a great big brother. to me, the love of my life. >> reporter: at the wave church in virginia beach this morning. >> we thank god for all the military. >> reporter: prayers for those lost and those left behind.
in this town, there are no lines dividing civilians and the military. >> it's a great sense and great love we have for t t military. it's part of our family. it's touched part of our family. >> they're serving us. we need to serve them with the same integrity and honor. >> and especially now. >> especially now. now is just a really hard time. >> reporter: david, i spoke to the wife of a navy s.e.a.l. whose husband was not involved in this incident. she tells me that the wives are rallying around these women who suddenly find themselves widows. they are creating cooking schedules, babysitting schedules, getting ready for the flood of family now w their way here doing anything they can to provide some comfort to the women they call sisters. david? >> that signgnver your shoulder says it all, "god bless our heroes." this has been a devastating blow for the families, this country and in particular to the s.e.a.l.s team 6 which undertake the most important missions in afghanistan. tonight, we learn the hunt is on
for who did this. abc's martha raddatz has more. >> reporter: the u.s. military is now finished with the painful job of recovering what's left of the downed chinook helicopter and the remains of 30 americans and eight afghans on board. fire fights are continuing today as u.s. forces seek out taliban fighters, including those responsible for shooting down the chinook. >> it's events like this where their own brothers are shot down that builds their resolve and they come back stronger. >> reporter: matt should know. he recently returned from 27 months in afghanistan as a civilian adviser to the military, spending much of his time in the very volatile area where the s.e.a.l.s were shot down. he told us of the dangers in 2009. >> we were driving and the lead vehicle in front of us was hit with a 400 pound i.e.d. >> reporter: sherman received an
award for heroism for pulling soldiers out from the vehicle. when the surge troops arrived things began to change. >> the market has become vibrant. >> reporter: the area has been infiltrated by taliban fighters. >> this is an area where it's strategically important for the insurgency to have a foothold. there are important roadways that they want to have control over so they can influence commerce, influence the population and they can intimidate them as they see fit. >> reporter: parts of wardak province where the helicopter went down are as dangerous as ever. with 7% of s.e.a.l. team six gone, special operations forces will be stretched even further when trying to carry out those secret and vital raids on the enemy. the u.s. is beginning a drawdown of forces as well. 10,000 by the end of this year. the rest of the 33,000 surge
troops by september of next year. david? >> you talk about this drawdown. we both know how important the s.e.a.l.s are, the elite teams to the mission moving forward. are they at all part of this drawdown? is there a schedule for them to come home? >> none of the s.e.a.l.s will be coming home. in fact no special operators will be coming home at all. they are so valuable over there. they have to stay. one widow today told me that her husband had deployed 250 days of every year. >> incredible. martha raddatz. we turn to the economy. after that unprecedented downgrade of america's aaa credit rating from standard and poors, this has been an extraordinary sunday. world leaders holding emergency phone calls. even the american investor warren buffett weighing in on what he says should have happened. we'll have that in a moment. first to the white house where they are bracing themselves for what could happen in the markets here and abroad. david kerley. good evening. >> reporter: good evening. standard and poors deliberately
until waiting for the markets to close. they're starting to reopen now. the first one tokyo. in early trading it is down, only a point and a half. the white house is working to calm other markets. so far, the president has said nothing publicly. >> mr.r.resident? >> reporter: returning from camp david, the president waved off questions about the historic downgrading of america's credit. the president and his economic team will be talking to leaders around the world tonight who are all bracing for the impact of this unprecedented move. israel delayed the opening of its market by 45 minutes to let cooler heads prevail. in europe, an emergency call by the central bank, the major economies, the go, also the u.s., also on the phone discussing how to stabilize financial markets. the rating agency here at home is on the hot seat. >> you must be the most disliked man in america right now. >> reporter: standard and poors is not apologizing. flooding the airwaves, defending the downgrade, w wning the u.s. could drop another notch if it
doesn't solve its debt problems in two years. >> at least a one in three chance of a downgrade over that period. >> reporter: tomorrow possibly more bad news, because the u.s. backed mortgage companies, fannie mae and freddie mac, there's a chance they too can be downgraded. governments are bracing. what should an average investor do? >> if the market opens weak, i'm a buyer. if i'm scared to death and feel like i can't sleep at night, i certainly wouldn't act on monday. i would let the dust settle. >> reporter: s&p cited its lack of confidence that the country's debt problems wiwi be solved. today, the political parties were still pointing fingers at each other. >> this is essentially a tea party downgrade. the tea party brought us to the brink of a default. >> reporter: news from here, the president asked the treasury secretary geithner to stay on the job. treasury has announced geithner will actually stay on the job. he's heeded the president's
call, another effort to try to calm those markets. >> a hint of there, a lot of debate a aut who it was who brought us here. i want to bring in bianna golodryga. so many americans watching wall street more closely than usual tomorrow. the credit card rates, mortgage rates tied to what could happen. what should we be looking for tomorrow morning? >> no one knows. maybe nothing. this is the first time the markets have opened on wall street without the aaa rating. investors should not panic. they should pay close attention. as david said, you should pay attention to fannie mae and freddie mac. they may be downgraded. you should pay attention to the u.s. banks. if they're downgraded, that means you're interest rates will be going up as well. >> almost immediately on credit cards and mortgages. >> expect market volatility. warren buffett said there should not have been a downgrade -- >> there should be an upgrade. of course nothing exists like that. he's long been bullish, u.s. treasuries. he doesn't expect another recession. whether he's right or wrong, we'll see. when he talks, people listens. >> always a champion of the economy he is. we're following a strike by
45,000 workers at verizon communications. one of the nation's largest phone companies. they work for verizon units providing internet and land line phone services in the northeast. the dispute involves a push to eliminate some pensions altogether and workers are being asked to pay for their own health care, in part. there is a developing story outside akron. police say a family argument led to thehehooting deaths of at least eight people. many from the same family. one of them an 11-year-old. two have been wounded. the shootings occurred in two locations. it is not clear what was behind that argument. overseas, new unrest has erupted on the streets of north london after a night of anarchy and violence in tottenham. the mayhem last night began when a peaceful protest against the shooting death of an unarmed man by police descended into chaos. 50 fires were set. dozens of stores looted. police say they arrested 55 people. we turn to a cry for help. we have learned tonight of a major development out of somalia where they are wrestling with the greatest famine in a generation.
as we showed you first here, they are also wrestling with militants who have blocked aid. tonight, word those militants have moved out. now the question, will the aid move in? we witnessed it firsthand on the ground at mogadishu, riding in the convoy with soldiers trying to protect the aid groups, african soldiers making us wear armor too, knowing that al shabaab had been engaging in gun battle. fire fights that turned deadly. those militants denied food and aid in the areas they control in the south. they moved into mogadishu to expand their reach. now comes word they pulled out of most of the capital, opening up hope food will reach the refugee camps we found sprouting up all over the city. just today, this image, a woman joyful they're gone, cleaning up the neighborhood where they had a firm grip. when you hear the militants have left the city -- >> i hope what this means is we can really get the aid to the people who need it.
>> there is always that concern that this move could simply be a tactical one. >> security remains a major issue. you saw that yourself, david, last week, when you were there. what we need is to get help to those people quickly. >> why on earth would these militants want to stop the aid? what's in it for them to do that? >> i guess ultimately, it's about control and power. i think for us, it's very hard to get into the minds of people who do this kind of terrible thing. >> and the children who would come up to me in the street with the smiles on their faces. >> it's the children. we, in the last month, have seen about 29,000 children die. we never want to see this in our world. we shouldn't be seeing it now. >> so many of you have helped out, sending us messages on facebook and twitter. if you would like to learn more about how you can help, you can go to our website, abcnews.com/help has all the agencies listed.
from outside seattle, an aviation milestone. boeing has rolled out the first of its new 787 dreamliners scheduled for commercial service. it's made of lighter materials than conventional jets, reducing fuel use. this jet has been purchased by a japanese airliner. it will soon take flight. still ahead, the modern day bonnie and clyde, a trio of siblings, armed and dangerous and on the run. what their mother is telling abc news. as the best selling novel, "the help" takes a new turn, we report on the women who quietly inspired a generation of american children. later tonight, one little girl's birthday wish from her parents and grandparents and this one wish, we will not forget. i love that my daughter's part fish. but when she got asthma, all i could do was worry ! specialists, lots of doctors, lots of advice...
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after they open fire on police, robbed a bank and fled in a stolen car. they have stayed ahead of the authorities who say the sibling fugitives are armed with an arsenal of weapons. here's meg oliver. >> reporter: their pictures plastered on billboards from florida, to new york to texas. three siblings on the run with an arsenal of weapons. >> it's going to be a violent ending unless you catch them by surprise. >> reporter: the man hunt began last tuesday outside tampa when an officer tried to pull them over for speeding. a high speed chase followed. the suspect sprayed 20 shots at police and escaped after a bullet punctured the tire. a few hours later in georgia, the trio allegedly robbed a bank wearing masks and firing ak 47s at the ceiling. the suspects in their 20s, dillon, lee and ryan dougherty texted their mother saying "there's a time for all of us to die." their mother, who didn't want to
show her face, is begging them to surrender. >> only mom knows what good people you are inside. please prove me right, and everybody wrong by doing the right thing now and turning yourselves in. >> reporter: all three siblings have a troubled past, 20 felonies among them. ryan had just rerestered as a sex offender last week. at one point the suspects lived in this florida bunker. perhaps one glimpse into lee's mind, her flicker page which reads "i love to farm and shoot guys and wreck cars. i'm a redneck and proud of it." >> it's a thrill thing for her, probably for all three of them at this point. >> meg oliver joins us at the desk in new york. we notice the mother didn't want to be shown on screen, obviously, but she did talk to abc news late today and appealed to the children. >> yeah, especially her oldest son, dillon, she wants him to set an example and turn themselves in. she wants them to know this doesn't have to be the end,
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something. >> you is smart. you is kind. >> what an incredible message to give a child. >> reporter: a message kathryn stockeke related to. >> it kind of touched a place in my heart. we had these great women in our lives that we called our co-moms. >> tate pleaded for film rights. in "the help" black maids confide to a young writer who tells their story in an anonymous book, a risky move in the south. the project became personal for kathryn and tate. their friend snagged the coveted role of the feisty mini. >> i you made voodoo dolls of jennifer hudson and queen latifah and anybody who remotely resembled. >> reporter: it may be the role of the lifetime, the film manages to touch hearts and nerves alike.
>> whether they like it or don't like it, i'm proud it started conversations that might not have happened. >> reporter: since kathryn released her novel, she says she's been overwhelmed by emotional, passionate letters from people who say she's told their story. clearly she's touched a nerve. now she's working on her second novel ananadmits to being a little jittery, after this kind of success, how do you top that? david? >> we will stay tuned. when we come back on the broadcast, the birthday wish you will never forget from the 8-year-old turning 9 and the gift she's now giving the world.
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one wish for her 9th birthday, to help others, who don't have what she did, a simple glass of clean drinking water. instead of gifts, at 8, almost 9, rachel asked for donations instead. >> rachel wanted t thelp 15 people get clean water. >> reporter: it would cost $300. she almost got there, raising 220. not bad for a little girl. weeks after she turned 9, rachel was killed in a car accident. ♪ ♪ oh, how we loved her >> she was a very unique girl. her heart was bigger than this room. >> reporter: when everyone learned of that giant heart, they answered rachel's call. more than 22,000 people have given to charity water in her name. >> rachel's campaign has been the largest ever. >> reporter: donors written in
from all over "she truly touched the world." >> she wanted to help all these people, and now she's helping a lot more than she could have ever imagined. i know she's just so excited looking down that so many people want to help her cause. i'm just really, really proud to be her mom. >> reporter: rachel wanted to raise $300. as of tonight, she has raised almost 1 million. aaron katersky abc news, new york. one little girl's incredible gift. charity water plans to take rachel's mother to africa to show her what her daughter has been able to do. you can learn more on chart water online. that is "world news" for this sunday night. we're online at abcnews.com. don't forget "gma" first thing in the morning and "world news" with diane sawyer all week.
>> alan: a three-alarm fire burning in benecia, and some tense moments as it burned dangerously close to homes. that grass fire ignited near the benecia community park and lillian kim lives on the scene with the latest. >> reporter: we're near matthew turner elementary school and benecia community park, and you can see the charred hillside. it sits just above the athletic field. flames reached beyond the hillside and got close to a housing subdivision. it started around 4:30 and quickly drew to a second alarm and then a third alarm at 4:37 p.m. so tense moments for the people in this neighborhood in some cases, flames reached within several feet of people's backyards.