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>> from all of us, thanks for watching. look at that beautiful sunset. we'll see you at 6:00. welcome to "world news." tonight monster storm, one of the largest storms in history. winds nearly 200 miles per hour and growing. 10 million people caught in its path trying to outrun the danger. major health alert, the government saying an ingredient that can be found in treats from pizza to popcorn is unsafe. and hashtag big day. twitter soars in its debut on wall street. will this american invention change the american economy? and good evening to all of you. as we come on the air tonight there is a storm so big, so explosive, experts are watching and waiting with concern. look at the map with us.
a category five super storm. here's the frightening part, winds up to 195 miles per hour and still growing, which means it could become the strongest storm ever to hit land on record. the islands of the philippines in its path, millions of people, and officials there are telling them to pray and pray hard. abc's neal karlinsky has the latest right now. >> reporter: tonight shelters are filling up as the philippines braces for disaster on a scale not seen in recent history. super typhoon haiyan has left meteorologists sounding the alarm, calling it one of the strongest storms on earth ever recorded. local broadcasters are warning the estimated 10 million people in its paths to prepare almost as if they're preparing for war. the super typhoon is blowing in at an unheard of 195 miles per hour with gusts of 235 miles per hour. it's an astonishing 300 miles wide, the distance between
boston and philadelphia. >> this is by all effects a monster storm. >> reporter: the storm is coming ashore as what would be greater than a category five hurricane if such a thing existed. hurricane katrina, the worst u.s. hurricane in recent history hit louisiana with 120 mile per hour winds and super storm sandy which tore up so much of the eastern seaboard last year carried 80 mile per hour gusts. both pale in comparison. only hurricane andrew which ripped apart florida in 1992 comes close. super typhoon haiyan is expected to be greater than 150 miles per hour as it crosses over land and millions of people. >> along the path of this storm expect complete devastation. it's going to act like a razor blade along the path of its eye. >> reporter: a year ago a weaker typhoon there left 1,900 people dead. tonight there are fears this super typhoon will be worse. neal karlinsky, abc news, seattle.
and we're going to be receiving pictures and tracking this storm throughout the night, so check in with us at abcnews.com. right back here at home a dramatic warning about an ingredient still present in so many favorite americans foods, transfats. you've heard the term and probably know you should be careful. today the fda issued a stark warning. no amount of transfat, no matter how small, is safe. they say banning it all together will save lives. how many? abc's chief medical editor dr. richard besser tells us. >> reporter: 7,000 lives a year, that's how many people the fda estimates will be saved if they do it, ban from america's food all transfats and other partially hydrogenated oils, phos. it would mean many of the foods america loves would have to change. from this frozen marie callender pie to pop secret premium butter popcorn to celeste frozen pizza and white castle frozen sliders.
>> this is a dangerous substance that people shouldn't be consuming. >> reporter: transfats have long been used to keep processed foods fresher longer. in your body they can boost your bad cholesterol and lower your good cholesterol, all bad for your heart. causing as many as 20,000 heart attacks each year. a lot of food makers have reduced these oils over the years. until the ban takes place how can you stop it? best tip? remember transfats are a type of pho, partially hydrogenated oil. the label, like this crisco, says zero transfat. look closely. there is still partially hydrogenated oil in there. crisco told abc news today they're phasing that out, too. food makers are allowed to say zero transfat if there is less than half a gram per serving. right now there are no regulations on phos. some have wondered why the fda isn't just putting out warning labels. they're saying these aren't just unhealthy, they're unsafe at any level. >> so watch for hydrogenated or
partially hydrogenated in the label. >> that's what you have to look for. >> thanks so much, rich. a giant milestone for an american company today, an american idea, that little blue bird, the mascot of twitter, soaring on the first day of trading as a public company. we've seen its power, 140 character tweets that can topple governments and galvanize voters. david muir is here to tell us if the surge will stir the u.s. economy. >> anyone before today, diane, could send out one of those 140 character tweets. i've just sent one out right now on the air. you can actually own a piece of twitter right now. that's the big difference. tonight we ask who has won the lottery already. >> reporter: hearts on wall street all atwitter today, more than 74 million shares of twitter exchanging hands by midday alone. >> this stock price jumped faster than you can send out a tweet today. >> it really did. i mean, it surpassed almost everybody's expectations.
>> reporter: like facebook before it, twitter is now part of the way this country communicates, every day americans sending those lightning fast messages. the most retweeted message ever? from president obama moments before he came on stage the night he won re-election, that image, a hug from the first lady, more than 810,000 people retweeting it. much of twitter also celebrity driven. the first member to hit 1 million followers, ashton kutcher. it all began with that first message, "dropping my first tweet." remember tom hanks in "castaway?" >> hello, anybody? >> reporter: isolated from the world then and in real life his first tweet, not that different. "testing, testing, is this thing on?" tonight it's the average american investor asking the question, will it help your retirement portfolio. if you bought ten shares of apple when it went public in 1980, your $220 would be worth $41,000 today. ten shares of amazon when it went public? $180 worth $41,000 today. there was groupon, those online deals and coupons.
ten shares at $200 when it went public worth $95 today. >> it definitely is a gamble. nobody is going to be making money if they buy twitter today the next day. this is going to be a long-term play for any investor. >> reporter: tonight there are already those who essentially won the lottery. workers at twitter sitting on stock and the founders, jack dorsey one of them. tonight his twitter stock suddenly worth more than $1 billion. we asked him about the power of twitter and all those tweets from our "made in america" series. proof he says that movements are fueled by twitter. >> some grow very large and global and some stay small. >> this is not a small one? >> no. >> reporter: you might be wondering how will twitter make money for investors? they point to the companies buying ads on twitter. watch this. i'm on my twitter page @davidmuir, and i decided to search starbucks. i just want to show you what often happens. take a look at that. the first tweet that comes up is promoted by dunkin donuts.
so dunkin donuts paid for their tweet to come up first even though i'm looking up starbucks. companies actually paying for placement. i searched starbucks there. dunkin donuts at the top of the list. diane, these are the tweets coming in to us as abc news is on the air tonight. i searched our names, too. the other brand names don't come up. we're safe. >> tweet us hello, everybody. thanks, david. >> you bet. and now we move on to a candid admission from a living legend. it has parents and fans asking a whole new set of questions about the possibly punishing consequences of football for children and for their heros. tony dorsett, football icon, seemly invincible, has come forward to describe a brutal diagnosis. abc's senior national correspondent jim avila. >> reporter: the breezy charisma and movie star smile of hall of famer tony dorsett, literally knocked from his face by hit after hit in the nfl. >> they call that a knockout. >> reporter: this is the bruising, head-on tackle he remembers most. watch again. it knocks his chin strap into
the air and leaves dorsett sprawled on the turf for 15 minutes. >> he just blew me up. it was like a freight train hitting a volkswagen. >> reporter: but minutes later dorsett was back in the game, one of the countless concussions he suffered. today at age 59 he's clinically depressed, forgetful, short tempered, even suicidal. >> i'm too smart of a person i like to think, to take my life. but it's crossed my mind. >> reporter: so worried, dorsett and 8 other former nfl players volunteered for a break-through study at ucla which this week revealed what he feared most, his brain displays the telltale signs of cte, a debilitating incurable disease from hits that carry the power of a sledge hammer. until now doctors have only seen damage of this after death in the autopsy of football's most famous, from junior seau to mike webster and andre waters to
terry long. it has the living like jim mcmahon and even brett favre suffering similar symptoms as a newly diagnosed tony dorsett. >> who are you? who are you becoming. >> reporter: finally he has that diagnosis and while still alive. >> for us to be able to diagnose it in the living, that's the only hope we have of possibly helping them and possibly treating them. >> reporter: a first step to replacing what so many heros of the game have lost. jim avila, abc news, washington. and tonight there is a kind of pilgrimage under way, politicians, moguls, true believers all flocking to new north carolina to honor a towering figure in american faith, the man known as america's pastor, the reverend billy graham. he turns 95 today. so he gave his followers a kind of birthday gift. here's abc's dan harris. >> reporter: the preacher seems a little slower these days but his final message to america
still clear as a bell. >> our country is in great need of a spiritual awakening. there have been times that i wept as i've gone from city to city and i've seen how far people have wandered from god. >> reporter: this final sermon was shot over the past year in billy graham's mountain home in north carolina. here he is in his favorite chair with with his dog by his side, this son of dairy farmers has ministered to every president since truman and brought the gospel directly into america's living room. in private he's a surprisingly humble man, married to the same woman, ruth, for more than 60 years. she died in 2007. the grahams spoke to diane in 1992. >> you know what his favorite meal is? a can of vienna sausages, a can of cold tomatoes and a can of baked beans, all cold, dumped on a plate. his favorite meal. a man like that, you know --
>> what a gourmet. >> reporter: throughout his life it's been the gospel that has sustained him. >> reporter: is there one passage in the scripture or one part of a hymn that never fails to make you feel great? >> what a friend we have in jesus. it was eisenhower's favorite hymn and it's my favorite hymn. >> reporter: today on this video, what may be billy graham's final public prayer. >> i invite you to come into my heart and life. i want to trust and follow you as my lord and savior. in jesus' name, amen. >> reporter: he is very direct in this final message, arguing that america is in spiritual peril, but that there is hope in the form of the gospel. it's remarkable. here's a man who has seen so much change over the course of his very public ministry but his core message has not changed one bit.
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>> reporter: we all saw the movie "armageddon," right? just how worried should we all be? >> how big does it need to be before we put bruce willis on a spaceship? >> uh, i presume it has to be big enough to walk around on. your average meteor streak is left by something no larger than half the size of a pea. >> reporter: fiery rocks from space are a big enough concern the u.n. has just started considering a plan to create an international asteroid warning network. astronomers are not too worried about the big stuff, like the meteor that killed off the dinosaurs. that one was the size of mount everest. no, what scares them more, are meteors like the one that hit chelyabinsk, russia earlier this year. that one was about as big as a house. it could flatten a city. 90 percent of those smaller meteors are not on astronomers radar screens. astronomers thought it was
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it service if it was easy. >> reporter: captain lotts' job of clearing road side bombs and ieds is exceedingly dangerous work and a reminder of just how far away home truly is. >> i tell him, she's grown that much. i quit telling him because it kind of bums him out because he just feels like he's missing. >> reporter: so we decided to bring a small piece of home to captain lotts here on the front lines. >> hi, sweet heart, we're so excited to get you home. we're counting down the hours. >> reporter: this, a first glimpse of a daughter her daddy has yet to meet. >> how is that? >> it's good. i can't wait to get home. >> reporter: as he and the rest
of his division ready themselves for the final days in afghanistan and board their flight home, the realization just what is waiting for them on the other end of this journey. a reunion that cannot come fast enough. josh elliott, abc news, afghanistan. >> josh will be back with that reunion for us tomorrow night. also because this veteran's day is this monday, please send us photos of the service members in your life by going to our flicker page. thanks for watching. see you tomorrow.
i think we can confidently say that twitter's first morning as a publicly traded company exceeded all expectations. >> twitter makes a big splash on its opening day on wall street and makes instant millionaires out of dozens of bay area employees. >> twitter executives didn't make the same mistakes facebook made a year and a half ago. they priced their stock conservatively and didn't flood the market with too many shares. twitter's stock closed this afternoon at just under $45 a share. a 2% premium from its ipo -- 72% premium from its ipo price of
$26. our business and technology reporter is live at twitter headquarters. david, i imagine that party is still going. >> reporter: yes, you can tell that's what's going on because there's been no one leaving the twitter building since lunchtime today. and we have also heard from a neighbor across the way at the end of the building. he says there are preparations underway for a big bash for tonight. now, we know that there's been a lot of celebrating going on, and it was joined by top executives from the company who were in new york this morning for the opening bell but who flew across country to be here tonight to be with the employees. and i'm sure the employees are getting a big rush from that. all of them have been tightlipped as we've been standing outside the building. let's show you what's been going on inside. we have a sneak look inside. this was one day twitter employees probably wanted to be at the office early. while the doors were closed to us, we got an inside look at ipo day from the tweets and photos posted by employees. this is the mound of doughnuts that