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>> thanks for joining us. we aappreciate your time welcome to "world news." tonight coming to america, exclusive fbi video, armed terrorists living and plotting in a kentucky town. how did affiliates of al qaeda sneak into the heartland. abc's brian ross investigates. tourist taken. why was an 85-year-old american veteran traveling on a tour taken captive in north korea. critical condition tonight, "world news" tackles your hospital bills out of control. >> it was shocking. >> why should you pay $15 for one pill that can be bought for three cents. final flight, the view on air force one, what really happened in the plane as it carried president kennedy on his last trip from dallas back to washington 50 years ago.
and a good evening on this wednesday night. as we come on the air abc news has learned that the fbi is on the move, investigating evidence that trained terrorists were able to come into the u.s. as refugees and slip right into the heartland. it seems they sneaked in with thousands and thousands of legitimate refugees from iraq, and there are new images tonight showing why the fbi is so concerned. abc's chief investigative correspondent brian ross starts us off. >> reporter: this fbi surveillance video was made in kentucky. it shows an admitted al qaeda terrorist who had already killed american soldiers in iraq trying to get weapons to kill more of them. authorities tell abc news he may be just one of dozens of men with american blood on their hands, who were mistakenly allowed to settle in the u.s. as refugees. >> these are trained terrorists in the art of bomb making that are inside the united states
and, quite frankly from a homeland security perspective, that greatly concerns me. >> reporter: the kentucky case unfolded in the city of bowling green where two iraq al qaeda cell members had moved into quiet neighborhoods living here and here. authorities say that waad alwan and mohanad hammadi were able to come to the u.s. because of a flawed system of background checks that did not pick up their terrorist pasts. >> the system failed here? >> if you are asking my opinion, i would say the system failed. otherwise they wouldn't have been here in the first place. >> reporter: in iraq the two men were part of an al qaeda group that carried out a relentless series of attacks against u.s. forces with roadside bombs, including one that killed four members of the pennsylvania national guard in 2005. >> these two individuals specifically are innately evil. >> reporter: during the undercover operation the men said they wanted to carry out new attacks in the u.s. and kill a u.s. army captain who had
served in iraq. >> they wanted to assassinate this particular u.s. captain. >> reporter: a big break in the case came out of this fbi warehouse in washington. >> this is basically america's bomb library. >> reporter: the repository for some 100,000 bombs used against american targets around the world. fbi technicians were able to find the fingerprints of one of the kentucky men on a bomb that had been planted in iraq in 2005. >> see how you can see it right here. >> and right there. >> yep. >> what was that like when you made the match? >> it was like finding a needle in a haystack. >> reporter: now there is an urgent effort to go through a huge backlog of other bombs looking for fingerprint matches with other refugees in the u.s. who also may have been able to hide their al qaeda ties. >> we are currently supporting dozens of current counter-terrorism investigations like that. >> dozens of cases? >> correct. >> where you're looking for prints of people who are in this country now? >> that's correct.
>> reporter: the two kentucky men both pleaded guilty and are now in prison, but the discovery of al qaeda in kentucky led to a six-month suspension of the refugee program which has resettled tens of thousands of legitimate refugees. the immigration service says it has tightened security and background checks and hoping, in effect, they have closed the barn door in time to keep other terrorists out. diane? >> they're on it in a new way, full force. >> 700 agents and technicians assigned to the task. >> thank you so much, brian. i want everyone to know you'll have more tonight, a full report on "nightline" as well. and now we turn to a bizarre story out of north korea. an 85-year-old man from california, a veteran of the korean war, arrested while sightseeing there. why? abc's global affairs correspondent martha raddatz has the latest on that. >> reporter: an adventure turned into a nightmare. merrill newman, an 85-year-old korean war veteran and grandfather seen here recently in his retirement community
newsletter. he was on a sightseeing trip to the country he once fought against. about to leave, he was reportedly pulled from the airplane by north korean authorities. his traveling companion and neighbor, bob hamrdla, a former stanford university official, telling abc news there has to be a terrible misunderstanding. i hope that the north koreans will see this as a humanitarian matter and allow him to return to his family as soon as possible. just yesterday the state department issued a warning of reports that north korean authorities are arbitrarily detaining u.s. citizens and not allowing them to depart the country. newman would be the second american detained under the new young leader kim jong-un. missionary kenneth bae was grabbed last year. friends say merrill newman just thought it would be a fun, interesting trip. tonight, even though they are
not saying, the u.s. government would certainly be seeking ways to get him released and as you can imagine, diane, he is the talk of his retirement home. >> oh, yes, and in this mysterious place. what a strange story. thank you so much, martha raddatz. back here at home some news tonight, a new milestone for same sex marriage. here's the map. last week hawaii joined the states approving. today illinois legalized same sex marriage, the 16th state to do so, and the weddings can begin there next june. in washington tonight new developments in the drug bust of a congressman, tray radel. he was in court today pleading guilty to charges of cocaine possession as we learn more about how federal agents caught him. here's abc's senior justice correspondent pierre thomas. >> reporter: today congressman trey radel took the walk no politician wants to make, the walk of shame, as he left the court after pleading guilty to cocaine possession.
it was a long distance from the hallowed halls of congress for a first-term conservative who pushed for drug testing of people on food stamps. >> we stand up and say our society is not about i, the federal government. it is about we the people. >> reporter: but radel's conservative image evaporated when his cocaine dealer told dea and fbi agents he was a regular customer. on october 29th, they set up a sting right here outside this upscale restaurant in washington's dupont circle. radel bought $260 worth of cocaine from undercover agents. later that night, authorities told him he had just bought drugs from an undercover federal agent. today radel threw himself on the mercy of the court saying, "your honor, i apologize for what i have done. i've hit the bottom." radel was sentenced to one year probation. he now says he's an alcoholic headed to rehab. pierre thomas, abc news, washington. also in washington today, a
moment to pay tribute, some familiar faces at the white house, to receive the nation's highest civilian honor, the presidential medal of freedom, a kind of parade of all-american legends. country star loretta lynn was there, oprah, baseball great ublg ernie banks, women's rights advocate gloria steinem and former president bill clinton along with oprah. president john f. kennedy . >> early in oprah winfrey's career her bosses told her she should change her name to susie. i have to pause here to say i got the same advice. president john f. kennedy established the presidential medal of freedom 50 years ago but never got the chance to hand them out. the anniversary of the dark day assassination looms before us this week. two presidents paid tribute. first lady michelle obama and president clinton, former secretary of state hillary clinton laying a wreath at
kennedy's grave in the shadow of the eternal flame in silent reflection as taps rang out. ♪ >> as the moving scene was under way at arlington national cemetery, david muir was in ohio gaining entry to a somber setting, the plane that carried kennedy to dallas 50 years ago. then after those shots rang out, became a kind of monument to a stunned and changed nation. david muir is here now. david? >> reporter: diane, good evening from what they call kennedy's air force one. this is the plane that carried the president and the first lady. right here behind me is the doorway the president walked through one final time on that day in dallas, waving to the thousands who were gathered there to see him. as you point out tonight, we take you inside. >> reporter: president kennedy and the first lady emerging from
air force one at love field november 22, 1963. thousands waiting. so many holding signs, welcome jack. we love you, jackie. and looming over them in nearly every image, the presidential jet that would soon play a far more profound role. >> so this is it, kennedy's air force win? >> this is kennedy's air force one. >> reporter: the first boeing designed for a president. but no one could have prepared for this. >> this is the aircraft that carried john kennedy to dallas and this is the aircraft that carried his body back to washington d.c. >> reporter: today they took us inside. the cockpit where the pilot colonel james swindal so often sat, seen there on the left, on the ground in dallas less than an hour that day before learning the president had been shot. audio from the cockpit. >> we have a request form the chief of staff's office to know if you have mr. johnson and mr. kennedy's body on board. >> affirmative on all those questions. >> and is mrs. kennedy on board?
>> affirmative. >> reporter: before taking off they would pull the shades. >> they actually closed the shades? >> yes, because no one could tell if there was a sniper outside waiting for another shot or if this was the beginning of world war 3. >> reporter: the 36th president about to be sworn in. >> this is where the moment took place? >> this is the most important place in the entire aircraft. mrs. kennedy stood right at this very place. >> they were standing here? >> reporter: on board air force one that was stifling. >> they had turned off the air conditioning that day so they could take off more quickly. >> as quickly as possible, yes. >> you can imagine the heat building in the plane. >> and everyone's heart rates up, they're breathing harder, they're choking back tears. >> reporter: in that space 16 square feet, 27 witnesses. >> it was lbj who asked mrs. kennedy to stand here for the oath as well. >> yes. >> reporter: standing in her blood-stained suit, mrs. kennedy wanted it that way. >> it's been said that she said they should see what they did. >> yes. they should see what they did.
>> reporter: inside the state room on the plane soon a new president at work. >> the whole time mrs. kennedy is in the back of the plane. >> in the back of the aircraft and she's with her husband. >> with the casket? >> with the casket. >> reporter: sitting beside her husband's casket placed inside the cabin because the crew made sure of it. >> the flight crew refused to put the president's body below the cabin. >> yes. the cargo hold is directly below it. they loved the president and refused to put his body in the cargo hold. >> reporter: pulling out four seats below the bulkhead to get the president on board one last time. it was unmistakable today when they gave us access to air force one where they cut into the bulkhead. they never covered that up for several presidents who used this plane after president kennedy. the one thing you learn at the national air force museum, on the outside of this plane president kennedy knew the power of an image which is why he
asked his wife, jackie, to team up with a designer. they chose the colors, the font for the united states of america that you still see traveling the globe today on air force one. >> reaching across all of those years, it's stunning to see you on board, david. thanks so much. by the way, after that moment, seven other american presidents used that plane. and next tonight, critical condition, an abc news investigation, hospital bills out of control, charging you tens of thousands of dollars. >> the more i looked at this, the angrier i got. >> but what does the treatment really cost? we look at real prices line by line. and the guy with a desk job now flying high, his bold leap of faith to chase his dream. we'll see you here in just two minutes. side-by-side, so you get the same coverage, often for less. that's one smart board -- what else does it do, reverse gravity? [ laughs ] split atoms? [ flo chuckles ]
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>> reporter: and that bill, insurance took care of half but that means tracy is still on the hook for $20,000. and take a look at this. abc news obtained the catalog from one of america's largest hospital suppliers and compared it to tracy's bill line by line. that $15 blood pressure pill, hospitals can buy it for just 3 cents. tracy was even billed $67 for sterile water which could have been bought from that same catalog for $1.16. it turns out the north side hospital system whose ceo makes $2.1 million a year has been criticized before by a consumer advocacy group for its inflated pricing. >> i want to pay my bill. i just don't want to overpay. >> reporter: in this month's edition of the journal of american medical association, a panel of experts across the country takes a critical look at our nation's health care system. we asked dr. moses why hospital prices are so secretive.
>> who is keeping it from the light of day? why don't we know this information? >> there has been no incentive to make that information clear and every incentive to make it mysterious. >> who is looking out for the american people? >> it really depends on the patients themselves to be much more discriminating. >> reporter: tracy offered to settle her share of the bill with the hospital for $10,000, close to what medicare would have made for the whole thing. >> give me a fair price and you'll get your money. >> reporter: north side isn't willing to take tracy's offer and refused our repeated requests for an interview. they wouldn't explain pricing. >> you don't think it's your job to clarify for people? everyone is confused and we deserve an answer. >> reporter: the american hospital association told us hospitals like north side lose millions of dollars a year from patients who don't pay their bills and on medicare and medicaid shortfalls, so people like tracy end up having to make up the difference. >> you'll have to keep fighting this. >> i'll fight it as long as i have to. >> reporter: and tonight tracy tells us her hospital has
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>> i wasn't passionate about it. passion is the big word, i guess. >> reporter: but he was passionate about weekend parachuting trips taken with friends. then an idea, what if someone would pay them to be career dare devils. they called camera maker go pro who said yes. since then they have been speed flying in alaska, b.a.s.e. jumping in norway and even parachuting into an nfl game as brand ambassadors. as for miller's family, dad's new job took some getting used to. >> he used to golf. so this is a little different. >> reporter: this morning after dropping the kids off at school -- >> have a great day, i love you. >> reporter: -- the team completes a thorough safety check. then time to go to work. a wing suit jump from 5,000 feet up. they glide for almost a minute before returning to reality.
>> that was awesome! >> what's that feeling as you're hanging there, you're looking down like you're almost there? >> that's the magic moment. >> reporter: magic moment they hope will catch on. >> i hope everyone can find whatever they like to do for fun and incorporate it into their life as much as possible. >> awesome, buddy! >> reporter: alex perez, abc news, morgan, utah. >> we thank you for watching tonight. we're always here at abcnews.com. "nightline" will be here later and i'll see you right back here again tomorrow night. good night. the storm is now moving out but this picture shows what you've had to deal with driving the bay area tonight. traffic is
thick and slow in the aftermath of a rain storm that turned out to be stronger than expected. good evening. i'm dan ashley. >> worst of the wet weather is now gone from the bay area. in fact, you can expect another dry spell over the next several days. this video just in to the abc7 newsroom shows rain water still hasn't drained from highway 87 at taylor drive the biggest problems, though, farther north. take a look at this mess on highway 101 in san francisco that have the noon. it's flooded with water spilling over the banks. here is when it's like driving through oakland today you can see spencer chischin stoernl. >> let's focus where storms are
falling near gilroy. we have between fairfield and martinez. a trail of light rainfall there over highway 680 as a matter of fact. and in the north bay an area of rain east of santa rosa. again, isolated, scattered showers at the moment. over tahoe, light snow, but chains are required right now. there is a winter weather advisory in effect for central sierra. so snow levels will be dropping and more snow is expected overnight. rainfall totals from this storm here in the bay area well over an inch over much of the bay area, especially north bay, san francisco an inch and quarter, nearly an inch at sfo. concord 1.9 inches of rain. so it's wet we have more on the way so we're not out of the woods, yet. >> thank you very much. let's take a look at