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>> and from all of us here, thanks for watching. tonight on "world news," panic in seattle. two separate manhunts under way, gunmen on the loose. officers going house to house. and in parts of the city, people told to bolt their doors. airport chaos. two planes collide at one of america's busiest runways, on the same day a parolee walks out of jail, right past security and onto a flight. tipping point. is america headed for war in syria? christiane amanpour is here tonight. and family feud, the hatfields versus the mccoys, a tv sensation. what really started that feud and what the real families are saying tonight.
good evening. we begin with breaking news out of seattle, a city known for its serenity, but rocked by a burst of violent crime. two separate man hunts across seattle today as families were warned to bolt their doors. now a new development just in from seattle. abc's neal neal karlinsky has that. >> good evening. it's been a wild and tense day today on the streets of seattle. just within the last hour or so, police cornered the suspect they had been looking for all day. they say before they could move in, he shot and killed himself. in a place that prides itself as one of the safety big cities in america, the sight of officers out with guns drawn running door to door couldn't have been more out of place. two shootings, six victims, four of them dead. a surveillance camera captured the moment one suspect walked into a cafe and began shooting
wildly, hitting five people, including two men, who died at the scene. >> the four that came in, they suffered from gunshot wounds to the head. they're very critical injuries. minute by minute, hour by hour. >> reporter: in the hours before the suspect was found, public schools were on lock down. one even telling his students to shelt ner place for a time. residents were warned to lock their doors, not to answer unless it was someone they absolutely knew. more gunfire a few miles away, a shooting detectives now believe may have been connected. police say a man carjacked a mercedes suv, shooting and killing the woman driving it. all of this comes on the heels of shootings during an unusually violent holiday weekend. so much so that the seattle city council this week pressed police on the issue. but today's shootings were in daylight, in neighborhoods
filled with kids and schools, leaving block after block filled with very worried families. >> i'm wondering what the heck's going on in the city. everybody's getting gun happy in this town. it's crazy. two shootings within 20 minutes. >> i have lived in seattle for many years, and i can't tell you how unusual this level of violence is. last year for the entire year, the city had 20 recorded homicides. as of today, they have already had 19. >> thanks so much, neal. i know you'll be standing watch throughout the night. overseas now we turn to the urgent and unraveling situation in syria. today, evidence of yet another massacre there of the syrian people. a new one, which means new pressure on the u.s. tonight, to do something. but what? here's abc's global affairs anchor, christiane amanpour. >> reporter: the cycle of violence in syria seems to be spinning out of control. u.n. observers today discovering 13 more dead civilians, hands tied behind their backs, shot execution-style.
two shrouded bodies placed by their families on the hood of this u.n. vehicle. they want the world to know. army shelling was reported today close to the town where just days ago over 100 villagers were executed, including more than 30 children. >> i think we may be beginning to see the wheels coming off of this bus. >> and on this tribute page, a graduate film student from syracuse university who was killed by syrian government forces while filming this week's attacks. >> he was an activist in the best sense of the word, using the medium to express the passion and issues of a situation that he was confronting in his country and making sure that people in the world would have an opportunity to know what was happening. >> reporter: bassel al-shahade, a fullbright scholar, is a native of syria who went back to his homeland to document his peoples' struggle. meantime, syrian president
bashar al assad is still clinging to the excuses he gave in an interview to barbara walters back in december. >> do you think that your forces cracked down too hard? >> they are not my forces. they are military forces, belong to the government. >> okay, but you're the government. >> i don't own them. i am president. >> so christiane is here right now. any chance assad is going to fall anytime soon, and will the u.s. be forced to intervene beforehand? >> there's been a huge hope that his days are numbered. his days, apparently, will not be numbered unless there is intervention. i spoke to a syrian general who said there's no way he's going to go without intervention. so now what are the options? so the u.s. may be having to aid the rebels and perhaps even respond to calls for some air strikes. it's their least favorite option. they don't want to get involved. there's no question there will be boots on the ground, but right now, they're hoping the ceasefire will work, and they're
hoping russia will do something, but it doesn't look likely. >> the first option would be to arm the rebels? >> that's their least favorite option. they might have to do that. no question of any boots on the ground. first option is to hope the ceasefire works or to beg russia to help, but those don't appear to be working at the moment. >> okay, thank you. good to have you here tonight reporting for us on the court of public opinion on the u.s. and syria. >> we turn back here at home to another courtroom, a courtroom in north carolina, where a jury is deciding the fate of former presidential candidate john edwards. today marked eight days of deliberation and a move by the judge that raised a possibility that a verdict could be close. abc's bob woodruff is back on that case tonight. >> reporter: every day for more than a week john edwards and his daughter cate have dutifully arrived at court, to wait, and wait -- and then leave and come back the next day to wait some more. today the cracks beginning to show.
>> >> reporter: today the judge in the case told the four alternate jurors they can spend their days at home, only on standby in case a regular juror needs to be replaced. but the fact is, the discussions among those eight men and four women remain a mystery. they have been deliberating behind closed doors for eight days, 45 hours. they have asked the judge for read-backs of testimony, boxes of evidence, and now, friday afternoon off. one juror has a graduation to attend on friday. and it seems things might be getting a little heated in the jury room. yesterday the judge admonished them "to control their words" and "not to separate into teams." >> well, we want civility in the jury room, even if there is disagreement. the judge is managing this trial from start to finish. >> reporter: do you think this is an indication that the jurors are fighting with each other? the merits alone in the case create problems, but if the jurors can't communicate with each others in a collegial, neighborly way, that creates a whole new set of problems. >> reporter: whatever the case, it is the american judicial process at work.
no one ever said justice was swift. just ask the journalist covering the trial. >> everyone says, "why do you love being a journalist?" i say, "because everyday i do something different." well, not at the edwards trial you don't. >> reporter: it's impossible to predict how long it will take. trial lawyers tell us on average, it's one day of deliberation for every week of testimony, but in this case, we are well over the limit. so, diane, i've stopped guessing. >> thank you, bob. and bob will be up early tomorrow morning following the case. we move out west to new mexico, where more than 1,200 firefighters are battling the worst blaze on record in that state. it seems two fires merged, creating what someone called a franken fire. more than 170,000 acres of scorched earth and still growing in every direction. so much smoke. take a look at this before picture. this is las pusas, new mexico.
100 miles from the edge of the fire on a clear day. but there it is tonight, as the wildfire continues to burn. from the west, we move to wall street, with the dow closing down more than 160 points, fueled by fresh concern over the cratering economies in spain and italy. and facebook stock was down again today, closing just over $28 a share, a drop of nearly 25% since his high wattage debut. some shareholders are asking, what is the billionaire founder, mark zuckerberg, going to do? >> reporter: as facebook flops, the company's founder is honeymooning in rome, with his new bride, priscilla chan. the notoriously media-shy couple has been spotted taking romantic strolls, sailing the amalfi coast, and touring the sistine chapel. their every move scrutinized, here they are eating mcdonald's by the edge of an ancient fountain.
but back at home, zuckerberg's company is feeling some heat from investors, after an incredibly tough week. >> at some point, he needs to address what went awry around the ipo. >> reporter: peter himler is one of the small investors who bought 200 shares of facebook when it went public on may 18. since then, he's lost $1,000 and counting, and he's dismayed that zuckerberg has been publicly mum since the stock went on sale. >> do you feel let down as a small investor? >> a lot of small investors put their faith in him and the company and their vision for the company, and they're feeling kind of burned right now. >> reporter: facebook is in what's called a post-ipo quiet period. so, technically, zuckerberg can't say much publicly, but experts say his silence could be hurting his company. and it may be worth making a carefully crafted statement. >> he's the ceo. he's the captain of the ship. they're in rough waters. it's nice to have the captain come on and say, i'm focused on the long-term, and nothing has changed about that. >> zuckerberg is not immune from this either.
he's lost $5 billion of his only personal net worth. since the ipo, facebook has lost $27 billion in value. >> great to have you back. now we turn to dollars and sense. more dollars and sense. a stunning investigation into hidden fees eating away at the nest eggs of tens of millions of americans, nest eggs they're counting on for their retirement. for the average american couple, stocking away money in a 401(k) plan, the cost is staggering, more than $150,000 in their lifetime. here's abc's elisabeth leamy. >> reporter: somebody has been taking money out of americans' 401(k) accounts for years. not thieves. big firms that manage the 401(k)s. >> most employees are largely in the dark. >> reporter: one new report estimates a working couple could pay as much as $155,000 over their lifetime. in hidden 401(k) management
fees. the fees are deducted from the money you put in. and yet, an aarp survey found seven out of ten people didn't know they paid 401(k) fees at all. >> if you're not aware of what you're paying, then at the end of a 30-year, working career, you can have a lot less in retirement savings than you expected to have. >> reporter: for example, if you put $5,000 into your 401(k) every year, and your fee is a low half percent, you could end up with about $950,000 at retirement. but if your fee was 1.5%, and you'd end up with just $769,000. >> was the industry doing a good enough job of disclosure on its own? no, we didn't think they were. >> reporter: the investment industry says the fees are not nearly as high as some say, but there's no way for consumers to know. that's why starting july 1, the labor department is forcing companies to send notices that disclose the fees. >> people will have to be told exactly what they're paying for and exactly what they're getting for this money. >> reporter: experts say first
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there were two big safety breaches at american airports in the past two hours. -- 24 hours. first, an ex-convict slipped past security to board a plane without even a ticket, just his nerve. and on the busiest runway in the country, a 747 clipped the tail of a regional jet with 20 people sitting on board. here's abc's senior national correspondent jim avila. >> reporter: today's runway oops, a chinese cargo jet. the behemoth 747, clipped the tail of this two and a half times smaller american airlines commuter. awkward, even alarming for the 18 passengers onboard. >> here you are in a little commuter jet and you look up and you see this huge, what i call
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believe it or not, it's one of the big hits of the television season. a miniseries about a real-life drama in america's history. the mountain feud of the hatfields and mccoys, two families that became lethal enemies, stalking each other in the hills for decades. so we asked abc's dan harris to tell us about the true story, how the feud started, and what their descendants are saying about this tonight. >> you won't be making the ride home. >> reporter: it shouldn't be too surprising that the history channel miniseries "hatfields and mccoys" set a cable record, nearly 14 million viewers. >> this is about honor. the story has it all, murder, money, and moonshine. >> we live here. the hatfields and mccoys were who clans who lived on opposite
sides of the big sandy river, which runs between kentucky and west virginia. each clan had a patry ark. devil anise hatfield and rand'l mccoy. it's still not exactly clear what started the feud, but many believe it was rand'l mccoy's allegation, in 1878, that a hatfield stole one of his pigs. the first killing, 1882, when ellison hatfield was shot. in retaliation, the hatfield's kidnapped three mccoy brothers, >> please captain hatfield, let me take them back to kentucky with me, please. >> reporter: over time the two families reconciled. in 1979, they went on the game show family feud with a live pig on the stage. a nod to the hog to started it all. and next week, the annual hatfield and mccoy reunion festival. today we skyped with two of the organizers. david hatfield and david mccoy. >> nowhere in the back of your mind are you thinking i don't trust these hatfield people?
>> no worries in the back of my mind, absolutely not. >> some of my best friends in school were mccoys. >> reporter: are you sure you're telling me the truth? you look nervous about this question. >> not at all. >> reporter: as one of them said today, if the hatfields and mccoys can get along, anybody can. dan harris, abc news, new york. >> and we think there are about 5,000 hatfields and mccoys out there, and a lot of them are related by marriage today. thank you so much for watching. we're always here at abcnews.com. don't forget "nightline" later, and we'll see you right back here again tomorrow night. goodnight. mitt romney is on the way to a pricey bay area fund-raiser. one thing both sides agree on tonight is that he picked the wrong place for it. >> developing news in the parking lot beating of brian stow. the giants fan, prosecutors played confession. >> oakland police putting
their helicopter back in the air and it got a work out today right out of the gate. >> and the san francisco construction site that has now become a high rise seismograph. >> you're looking at a picture from sky 7 over a jewelry store in san ramone. >> police are investigating a shooting there during a robbery. good evening. >> and let's get the latest breaking developments from laura anthony live on the scene of the crime. laura? >> i'm standing just across the street from the shop. it's called gold and treasures. let's show what it looked like just a short time ago. this is a scene where there are many, many police officers. we understand at about 20 minutes someone at least one individual went into the store, golden treasures, tried to rob it. and there is a