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good morning, america. breaking news. ice storm emergency. from dallas to cincinnati, dangerous snow and sleet. millions in the path of a treacherous storm bringing bitter cold. the red cross already warning against frostbite. as parts of the country brace for a big new storm on the way. ♪ and this morning, the world celebrates the life of nelson mandela. >> we have never doubted in our mind, even during the darkest hours of our struggle, that eventually we would win. >> he calls himself an ordinary man who became a leader because of extraordinary circumstances. >> sometimes it's calls for a nation to be great. let your greatness blossom. >> this morning, his life, his legacy. >> as long as injustice exists
in our world, none of us can truly rest. >> we talk to the people whose lives he touched. this is a special edition of "good morning america," remembering nelson mandela, a man who changed the world. we do say good morning, everyone. and we are celebrating the life of one of the most remarkable men in history. he has been called the apostle of reconciliation. a leader who inspired so many, with his own fight for freedom and justice for all. we have so many pictures that we're going to share with you. this, outside of his home in south africa. crowds gathering all around the world. tributes pouring in from around the globe this morning. >> 95 years old. a monumental life. transcended his country.
you see the nelson mandela statue right there in washington. the white house flag at half-staff right now, as well. last night, president obama likened mandela to abraham lincoln when he said mandela belongs to the ages now. giving us a sense of what human beings can do when they're guided by their hopes, not their fears. >> that conviction, too, george, apparent throughout his singular life. evident in his final communication. a final tweet, in fact, from nelson mandela's account. and it does resonate. a real leader uses every issue, no matter how serious and sensitive, to ensure that the end of the debate we should emerge stronger. >> he said his 27 years in prison made him stronger and more mature. and we have much more coming up on nelson mandela, as well. we're also tracking the huge ice storm this morning. more on that in a minute. let's get to south africa. you see the black car carrying mandela's coffin right there. it's going from johannesburg to pretoria. it's draped with the south
african flag. abc's alex marquardt is in johannesburg right now. good morning, alex. >> reporter: good morning, george. south africa is a country deep in mourning this morning. flags are flying at half-staff all across the country, as south africans from all walks of life, come together to remember the man they called tata madiba, the father of the nation. it was just before midnight that south african president, jacob zuma announced to the nation and to the world, that nelson mandela had died. >> this is the moment of our deepest sorrow. our nation has lost its greatest son. >> reporter: tributes quickly poured in from around the world, including from president barack obama. >> we've lost one of the most influential, courageous and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this earth. >> reporter: this photo shows his flag-draped coffin being taken from the home, in preparation for a state funeral. this morning, large crowds
gathered outside mandela's house and around the country. singing and dancing, joyfully celebrating the life of a man who gave so much hope and freedom. >> he allowed us to come together as a nation. >> reporter: south africa's first black president was surrounded by much of his family when he passed away. his grandson, today, said, i am strengthened by the knowledge that he is now finally resting. and this morning, we're getting new details about the funeral arrangements. there will first be a big public memorial service, held in a soccer stadium. then, mandela will lie in state for three days in the capital of pretoria, before being taken back to his ancestral village of qunu for burial. george? >> ten days of celebration. thank you very much. we'll have more on nelson mandela ahead. let's get right to this morning's other breaking stories affecting millions of americans. ice friday. and ginger zee tracking it all. >> good morning to you guys. this is not just one city.
this is more than 2,000 miles. from new mexico to new england, that has some snow, sleet, freezing rain and just mess. power lines and trees are down in the south. we have states of emergency. and look what it looks like on the roads this morning. live, in dallas, it is such an ice rink. that's what you're going to find in so many places. this is just storm one. that's right. we've got storm one that we're dealing with with all of the winter storm watches, warnings, and advisories. but there's a new one that's going to bring snow to places like sacramento, possibly las vegas. we'll talk about that coming up. and the first one is not over. here's how much more ice is going to fall in the next 24 hours. up to a quarter-inch in some places. we don't need it. let's go to arkansas and steve osunsami. he has the story. >> reporter: from texas to minnesota, what's being called ice friday, in full effect. dangerous combination of sub zero temperatures, sleet and freezing rain and sheets of black ice over roadways. up to half an inch thick in some places, sending drivers flying. families rush grocery stores,
worried they could be shut in. in oklahoma where the governor has declared a state of emergency, this out-of-control semi slid through three guardrails and across traffic before plunging into a lake. and overnight, there was high drama in west frankfort, illinois. this family's car slid off a road and flipped into a wat water-filled ditch. firefighters struggling to rescue all of them, including this 10-year-old boy. there was more of the same in northern texas, expected to continue there today. >> we were just starting to go sideways. and we were in oncoming traffic. >> reporter: in arkansas, branches frozen over with ice are weighing down on power lines, leaving more than 3,000 without power. even sparking fires where sagging lines got too close to trees. and powerful winds and black ice, throwing campers clear off the road in central minnesota. and montana, a new worry this morning. the threat of avalanches. the weather can't decide what it wants to be. a second ago, it was rain.
now it's a little snow, and then there was a lot of this sleet that was falling. those families searching for supplies are in this state, parts of tennessee, and also northern texas whereas many as 100,000 people are without power this morning. robin? >> all right, steve. thank you. and ginger will have more for us later. now, back to our coverage, celebrating the life of nelson mandela. and it was a remarkable life. mandela himself once saying, quote, death is something inevitable. when a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace. i believe i have made that effort. and that is, therefore, why i will sleep for the eternity. >> it has been my great privilege to serve a people whose bondage to an inhuman system evoked to all of those
who love freedom and justice. >> reporter: nelson mandela. his name synonymous with the struggle and eventual triumph over south africa's legacy of apartheid. a national treasure, celebrated by the crowds at the world cup finals in his home country. it was the last time many saw mandela in public. a former boxer, mandela was an advocate of nonviolence. becoming a leading voice in the african national congress, the anc. but in 1960, after police shot and killed 69 protesters, the anc, which had always been nonviolent, created a military wing, under mandela's command. >> there are many people who feel that it is useless and futile for us to continue talking peace and nonviolence against a government whose reply is only savage attacks. >> reporter: undaunted by the brutality and inequality that was apartheid rule, mandela remained determined to end the
government's forced racial segregation. >> our struggle is a truly national one. it is a struggle for the right to live. >> reporter: a struggle that led to mandela's imprisonment in 1962. and two years later, a life sentence for working to overthrow the government. >> i have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society. it is an ideal for which i hope to live for and to see realized. but my lords, if it needs be, it is an idea for which i am prepared to die. >> reporter: four miles off the coast of capetown, south africa, on robben island, mandela spent most of 27 years cut off from the world but not forgotten. ♪ free free nelson mandela >> mr. nelson mandela will be released. >> good evening. this is nelson mandela's first full day of freedom. >> reporter: released at the age of 72 in 1990.
he remained ever vigilant that his country and its freedoms rested in the hands of the people. >> i stand here before you, not as a prophet. but as a humble servant. >> reporter: and for the people of south africa, mandela's release after nearly 30 years of imprisonment ushered in a new era of hope and the end of apartheid. >> today, the majority of south africans, black and white, recognize that apartheid has no future. >> reporter: in 1993, mandela, along with south africa's president, f.w. de klerk, won the nobel peace prize. and in 1994, mandela's dream was realized when black south africans cast their first ballots in a democratic election. and mandela became south africa's first black president.
>> we are all south africans. we have had a good fight. but now, this is a time to heal the old wounds and to build a new south africa. >> reporter: after ruling for five years -- >> africa. >> reporter: -- nelson mandela passed the torch to the next generation and became an elder statesman to the world. a fighter. a visionary. the voice of his people. and a moral compass for us all. >> i am the product of africa. and her long cherished dream, of a rebirth that can now be realized. so that all of her children may play in the sun. >> his life, dedicated to that dream. abc's christiane amanpour joins us now. you covered the struggle in south africa. his early days as president. one of the points you make, is he kept the country together in a time it could easily have been torn apart. >> absolutely. in fact, his people say that it
is a miracle that they pulled off that first election. just as he came out of prison, there was still terrible violence from the apartheid, the zulus from the extremist white parties. there were killings and deaths. they pulled it off. and it was remarkable. if you ask people around the world who is the greatest hero, just about everybody will tell you, nelson mandela, because of his moral courage. and they say he didn't have bitterness. but actually, what he did was triumph over that bitterness, that resentment, that hatred for having been deprived of his life and his freedom. and he said, i could have been bitter. but that would have been to give into death and defeat. and i think that is his absolute strength and his legacy. >> and so much of what you just said, you have lived and worked around the world. you're right. everybody was familiar with nelson mandela. and it is unique when your legacy goes beyond your homeland. >> absolutely. and you can see the tributes that have been pouring in today. the queen of england, the prime minister, obviously everybody here in the united states. all around the world. and in africa. one of the most incredible
things. i've interviewed a lot of dictators. and i asked them, who are your heroes? and you know what? and without a sense of, shred of irony, they say nelson mandela. it is a remarkable statement that. >> you also spoke last night with the adversary of whom he shared the nobel peace prize, f.w. de klerk. >> absolutely, f.w. de klerk, the white president of south africa had been briefed, had brought him out and summoned him so that he could take the measure of this man, knowing that these negotiations had to happen to bring him out of prison and and apartheid. and i asked him, what did he think when he first saw him? and he said, even though i had read everything about him, i had been briefed, i was staggered by the dignity of this man. by the tallness of him. he said he stood straight in that africana accent. and i think what's remarkable to listen to mandela and the people
around him, he said, we had to understand our adversaries. in prison, he got into the mind of the white man. he spoke afrikaans. he took on the story of the other and therefore was able to negotiate with them. >> he always insisted his jailers called him mr. mandela. they respected him. >> i'm struck by how many stories must be being told all around the globe. thank you. we're going to begin with good news about the economy. the labor department reports that some 203,000 jobs were created last month. that number surpasses expectation. the unemployment rate also dropped to an even 7%, the lowest mark in five years. job growth especially strong? manufacturing and construction. meanwhile, the fbi's investigating the shooting death of an american chemistry teacher on the streets of benghazi, libya. ronnie smith, you see him here just about to join his wife and young son in texas for the holidays. his murder comes days after al qaeda called for libyans to attack u.s. interests. and an arizona family have survived this. this is the end of a car crash that sent that family plummeting 250 feet down a cliff.
the driver with her sister and two nieces in the car, struck a patch of that ice covering so much of the country. thankfully, everyone was wearing their seatbelts so everyone in fact, only suffered minor injuries. wear those seatbelts today, please. and good news from the florida everglades, as well. 35 of the 41 whales that have been stranded in shallow waters are finally, now, said to be moving out to sea. rescuers have been using more than a dozen boats to herd the whales towards the open waters of the gulf. and finally, as far as landings go, this is about as terrifying as it will ever get. take a look. fierce winds, battering the airport in birmingham, england. this emirates airline pilot tries to land at a right angle. but then you can see here, decides, no go. aborted the landing twice in favor of finally flying the extra 100 miles to london where they did, in fact, land.
>> oh, my gosh. >> i am seeing the faces of a lot of people here who are frequent travelers. we all share it. we share, really, the feelings of one passenger who tweeted, quite simply, never flying again. >> can't blame him at all. >> can't blame him. >> all right, josh. thank you very much. ginger, back. this ice storm is impacting so much of the country. >> that's just the first danger. that's in front of the cold front. the ice, the snow, the mess on the roads. behind it, we're talking about the windchill. this is the type that can be dangerous. we're talking about frostbite problems. let me show you what's happening. how cold it is this morning. big-time numbers slipping south to kansas. these are feels-likes. windchills, feels like 7 below. denver, feels like 18 below. here's the new storm we're talking about. medford, 6.1 inches. this is threw the weekend. redding hasn't had snow, measurable, in four years. they're going to get over five. this is huge. we'll be talking about that much more. the local forecast coming up in 30 seconds.
>> we're also talking with this new storm, flakes for las vegas. and we have high temperatures on the east coast. it is a big flip-flop. i'll have more coming up. >> thank you, ginger. as we celebrate nelson mandela this morning. live pictures from soweto. let's hear the voice and the words that transformed a nation and inspired the world. >> south africa is a country many races. there is room for all the various races of this country. to spend 27 years at the prime of your life, is a tragedy. and i regret those years that i have wasted in prison. i greet you all in the name of peace, democracy and freedom for all. let each one of you and all of our people, give the enemies of
peace and liberty no space to take us back to the dark hell of apartheid. you, south africa, has to eliminate racial hatred and suspicion caused by apartheid and offer guarantees to all its citizens of peace, security and prosperity. we have never doubted with our minds, even during the darkest hours in our struggle, that eventually, we would win. even as we celebrate, let us remind ourselves that our work is far from complete. where there is poverty and sickness, including aids, where human beings are being oppressed, there is more work to be done. i have completely retired. i have lost office.
i have lost influence. i am now a has-been. don't call me. [ laughter ] i'll call you. [ laughter ] >> hearing his words like that. >> and that laugh. >> and the laugh, as well. a special edition of "20/20" tonight on nelson mandela. i'll be joining david muir for that. coming up right here, much more on the incredible life of nelson mandela. how one man helped change the world. also going to switch gears. and one of the heisman trophy favorites, jameis winston is speaking out now since the florida attorney dropped the assault charges. >> big news out of florida yesterday. and ginger's been talking about it all morning long. we'll continue to do so. the ice storm walloping so much of the country. and of course, a celebration of the apartheid foe and civil rights icon, nelson mandela. we continue that, just ahead. ♪
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celebrity psychologist coming after leah remini who left the church. the feud that is going public. >> let's begin with the massive ice storm slamming the country right now. >> mike has more right now. good morning, mike. >> this is the kind of morning you want to roll over and go to bed. i was falling since midnight in this location up to a half inch, other places in dallas. three inches, power lines are snapping, almost 200,000 customers are without power. there was a run on grocery stores overnight, bread and milk sold out throughout the dallas/ft. worth metroplex. fortunately, commuters warning to stay off the roads. behind me, one of the busiest interchanges in dallas. it's virtually affecting
across the country but the good news it's supposed to end during the day. >> that's not what you expect to see in dallas. >> no, indeed. ginger will have more of that coming up. also, we'll have the latest on florida state quarterback, jameis winston. he is speaking for the first time since the florida state attorney announced that the assault charges he was facing would be dropped. what it now means for winston and his team's season. >>. >> reporter: morning, jameis winston is speaking out, in a statement he said it's been difficult to stay silent through the process. i never lost faith in who i am. i'm excited. i can now get back to help the team achieve his goals. here he is walking to practice hours after the state attorney announced the fsu quarterback
would not face sexual assault charges. >> we will not follow charge if we do not feel we have sufficient evidence to make the charge. >> nearly a year ago another fsu student accused him of assaulting her after a night out drinking with friends. she said she had five to six shots of alcohol and tried to fight him off in an apartment. winston's attorney saying, nonsense >> this was a consensual encounter. we believed it then. we believe it now. >> reporter: the state attorney estimating thursday that her blood alcohol was a 0.10, slightly above florida's legal driving limit at the time of the incident. and the witnesses who say it appeared consensual. >> there were several people in the room when this event occurred. >> reporter: but the investigation was mired in controversy. the accuser's attorney claimed cops told her, tallahassee was a big football town. that her client needs to think long and hard before accusing winston because her life would be made miserable. police say she chose not to prosecute. the case was put on hold until
last month, sparking talk that perhaps this was being revealed at this time to hurt winston's chances of getting the heisman. the accuser's family releasing this statement, saying in part, she has grave concerns that her experience, as it unfolded in the public eye, will discourage other victims of rape from coming forward. and winston's attorney has told us they've discussed the possibility of legal action for the things that's been said about him. and by the way, winston will play at that championship game at duke tomorrow. robin? george? >> gio, thank you very much. when dan abrams was here. he indicated that this possibly was going to happen, and that the case would be dropped. back to ginger. we've been talking about the ice storm. you're going to talk about what's going on on the east coast. >> we have big changes to come for us. we wake up this morning. we look at a live shot out of new york city. it's rainy. and we're very warm. we've been supermild. and that's about to change, my friends in the northeast and new england. look at this. today, washington, d.c. and
philadelphia, above 60 degrees. but look at the rain/snow line. this is by tomorrow early morning. right about midnight, wow. big changes to come. and the temperatures are going to plummet as we go through the week. record highs in parts of alabama and jacksonville, yesterday, at 83. that was a record high. today, still very warm. miami's 80. tampa, 79. charleston at 76. i'm going to leave you with a look across the nation. for now, that's the big picture. >> this weather report has been brought to you by discover. >> this weather report has been brought to you by discover. and i'm going to have so much more. we're starting to get pictures, tweets in from people's homes. more than an inch and a quarter. huge. >> all right, ginger, thanks. coming up, scientologist kirstie alley. she was just here last week.
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we're back, now, at 7:40, with prominent celebrity scientologist, kirstie alley, lashing out at leah remini, calling her a bigot for attacking other people of faith. alley says that is plain wrong. >> reporter: since leaving scientology over the summer, leah remini has been vocally critical of her former faith. now, she is getting public
blowback from kirstie alley, a proud scientology who appeared on "the howard stern show" on thursday. >> when you decide to blanket statement that scientology is evil, you are my enemy. >> reporter: alley, who credits scientology with getting her off of cocaine and vastly improving her life, seem to be upset like ones remini made on "the view," 2 1/2 weeks ago, after being eliminated on "dancing with the stars." >> you've been open about leaving the church of scientology. had there been repercussions at all? >> yes. many repercussions. but the one i think people can relate to is shunning because i don't think everybody knows that that's what is required when you leave. that friends and family members, mothers and daughters, that is what is required. >> you can no longer have relations? >> they can no longer have relationships with me, my family. so, i don't get to see my
godkids, friends that we've known for 34 years. >> i want everyone to know, i have hundreds of friends and people that i know that have come into scientology and left scientology. it's not true that you can -- >> you're not shunned? >> you're not shunned. you're not chased. all of that is just [ bleep ]. >> reporter: for its part, the church has asserted that it's up to individual members whether they want to stay in touch with people who have left the faith. alley, also says she has blocked remini on twitter. >> yeah. she's a bigot. >> reporter: we reached out to remini's publicist who had no comment. for "good morning america," dan harris, abc news, detroit. >> two, strong women. two, strong opinions. coming up next, why fertility doctors are trying to curb the number of twins born in the united states. and a day of celebration for nelson mandela. wouldn't be complete without recognizing a crucial moment for him, for his country and how he used sport to unite a nation.
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♪ enjoying so many of the words of the life and times of nelson mandela. here, we see the greatest glory of living lies, not never falling but in rising every time you fall. and that is from the world of sport. and it helped unite south africa at a critical time for nelson mandela and his people. it was dramatized, in fact, in the 2009 movie, "invictus." and told of when south africa won the world cup and a divided nation came together as one. the year was 1995. and south africa was set to host the rugby world cup, represented by a team made of mostly white players.
the polarized social climate still meant that many black south africans cheered against their own team. >> whites learn it in school. and blacks learn to hate it. >> reporter: yet another snapshot of nelson mandela, in the wake of apartheid. when mandela began his presidency, leading a still-broken country, struggling to become whole. a struggle immortalized on the big screen in the film, "invictus." >> this is a time to build our nation. >> reporter: and with his country's national pastime large, mandela helped his nation move on from a past history of violence, separatism and hatred. >> from south africa, something to cheer about. >> to announce it overnight like that, it is a miracle. >> to come together. to unify against -- for something. it's just unbelievable.
absolutely. >> reporter: mandela met with the team captain, played in a movie by matt damon. and so, helped to spur a team to embrace a united south africa, one team for all. >> it's like a dream world. >> living white and black. i'm happy about this. >> reporter: morgan freeman, who was hand-picked by mandela to portray him in the film, says that after studying the civil rights icon for years, freeman's most difficult task was properly executing mandela's voice. >> on behalf of our rainbow nation, i welcome you all. >> your country supports you completely. >> reporter: and a team that once stood for an oppressive minority, came to stand for all south africans, white and black. >> i want to thank you for what you have done for our country. >> thank you for what you've done for our country. >> reporter: as the team's victory parade moved through the
streets of johannesburg, the banner they displayed said it all. one team, one country. of course, morgan freeman, deeply moved in portraying the man had this to say about the passing of his hero. nelson mandela was a man of incomparable honor, unconquerable strength, and unyielding resolve, a saint to many. a hero to all who treasure liberty, freedom and the dignity of humankind. madiba may no longer be with us. but this journey continues on with me and with all of us. and as something of a bookend to this story, interestingly, 15 years later, south africa would host the world cup. first major sporting event of its kind hosted on that continent. it was the last time the world could see nelson mandela make a public appearance. of course, robin. >> i remember being there. it was very, very powerful. going back to the movie for a moment. it's based on the poem that
happened to be nelson mandela's favorite. and when he put on that rugby jersey, that was huge. that sent the strongest signal about reconciliation and forgiveness for the people. and to see black and white celebrating, as we heard in the piece. you see. it was something to behold. >> it has always been something, from these moments to jackie robinson breaking the color barrier here in america. sport, such a unifier. and such a good place for pioneers. robin, co-anchoring "20/20" tonight. robin, co-anchoring "20/20" tonight. go nowhere. it's notbling around with rotating categories" card. it's not the "getting blindsided by limits" card. it's the no-game-playing, no-earning-limit-having, deep-bomb-throwing, give-me-the-ball-and-i'll-take- it-to-the-house, cash back card. this is the quicksilver cash card from capital one. unlimited 1.5% cash back on every purchase, everywhere, every single day. so let me ask you...
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♪ good morning, america. it is 8:00 a.m. on this friday morning, as we celebrate the inspiring life of nelson mandela. >> a gentle revolutionary, who transformed his country and the world. >> this morning, the incredible legacy of a maker of peace. >> and the outpouring of reaction from around the world. you are hearing the new york african chorus ensemble, singing in zulu this morning.
their words mean, give me the key to paradise. >> they're dressed in the spirit of what we're doing all morning, celebrating the life of nelson mandela. we have pictures there of people in south africa, right outside nelson mandela's house in soweto, south africa. they've come together to honor the man who made such a difference in so many millions of lives. >> certainly scenes playing out all over that country. certainly, all over the globe. ahead, there is other news to get to. one major piece of news for this country. that ice storm, walloping so much of the country right now. tracing a path from dallas all the way to new england. of course, ginger, along with that in just a bit. switching gears. experts are calling it a twin epidemic in the u.s. so many multiple births because of fertility treatments. doctors trying to limit the number of twins. a lot coming up. and we also have a very special performance this morning.
the cast of "the lion king" have created a moving tribute to nelson mandela. they're going to perform it here. looking forward to that. and last night, president obama called nelson mandela a moral giant, who embodied the dignity, the courage and the hope to inspire millions of people around the world. mandela, a personal hero to the president. let's bring in jon karl from the white house for more on that. president obama kept that photo, from his one brief meeting on his desk in the oval office. >> reporter: that's right, george. that photo is of a chance encounter that senator barack obama had in a washington hotel room with nelson mandela back in 2005. a copy of it was also in mandela's office in south africa. that is somebody who the president saw, not just as a hero, as a great leader. but also as the person who awakened him to the outside world. in a sense, listening to the president, you get the sense that there would not be a president obama if it were not for nelson mandela. the very first public speech that barack obama ever gave was as a young college student in 1979, for mandela's cause,
speaking out against apartheid in south africa. now, president obama hoped to meet one last time with nelson mandela in june when he traveled to south africa. i was on that trip. mandela was in no condition to meet with the president. but he did visit robben island. and there, you see him in the tiny cell that nelson mandela spent 17 years of his years in imprisonment. i can tell you, george, that was quite a trip to africa for the first african-american president. but without question, the emotional highlight of that trip was when he stepped into that cell on robben island. >> and nelson mandela, barack obama, something in common. they're both the first black presidents of their countries. but president obama would bristle at comparisons. >> reporter: it was interesting. on that africa trip, president obama compared mandela to somebody else, to george washington, as the founder of south africa. and also in the sense that mandela stepped down from power
voluntarily, just as george washington stepped down after two terms. mandela stepped down after only one. >> an important example to set. jon karl, thanks very much. let's go to josh and the other top stories. >> we're going to begin with the other big story here in the u.s. major ice storm. and one of the worst in years. people from texas to kentucky are being hit the hardest as several states have, in fact, declared states of emergencies. millions could be left without power. elsewhere, so cold, in fact, in the rockies and in the upper plains, some locations are seeing temperatures of 25 below zero. ginger's forecast coming in just a moment. and some big news about the economy today. the labor department reports that some 203,000 jobs were created last month. that number surpasses expectations. the unemployment rate dropped to an even 7%. the lowest mark in five years. job growth, especially strong in manufacturing and construction. and two, major banks, citigroup and wells fargo, are facing new lawsuits today. accused of mortgage
discrimination. the city of los angeles claims that the banks' predatory lending practices resulted in foreclosures that then drove down property values in minority neighborhoods, costing the city more than $1 billion in the process. the banks call that claim baseless. and overseas, al qaeda has claimed responsibility for a brazen attack on the defense ministry in yemen, 1 that killed 52 people. this follows a rise in u.s. drone strikes in that country, which is an al qaeda hotbed and key u.s. ally. and back in this country, two men stand accused of stealing parts from the car that crashed, killing "fast & furious" star, paul walker. an 18-year-old is under arrest in los angeles. a second man is expected to surrender soon. they allegedly stole pieces of the porsche off of the back of the tow truck. and finally, a piece of music history is going up for sale today. bob dylan played that.
a fender stratocaster at a 1965 music festival. marking his turn from folk to rock 'n' roll, when he went electronic. christie's says that the guitar, being sold with its original strap, could sell for $500,000. i say it could sell for a lot more than $500,000. >> right on. >> right on. >> more than $500,000. you heard it here first. get some weather from ginger zee. >> hello there. and good morning, everybody. we're out with the crowd. and enduring the rain. these ladies from texas. happy birthday to you, by the way. what's your name? >> kim. >> they say they're from dallas. they're way warmer here. brownsville and corpus christi, in windchill advisories. you're getting away with it, being here in new york city. let's look at the forecast because we have to start with a picture out of ft. smith, arkansas. you see the ice on that table. they got well over an inch of ice and the freezing rain. not done yet. look how much more is going to fall. still happening in parts of
northeast texas. stretches all the way to the tennessee valley could see a half-inch of ice on top of what you've seen. and that cold is going somewhere. it is coming east. if you're staying through the weekend. i said y'all because i'm right there with you, texas. we're about to cool down by our saturday. >> meanwhile, the ladies from north dakota are saying this is balmy. this is fine. let's go into amy with "the
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attention to the life and times of one man. >> that's correct. we're hearing from just about everyone, including the duke and duchess of cambridge. they were the guest of honor at the london premiere of "man della: the long walk to freedom." it was taking place when the news broke. prince william expressed his sympathies, as he left the screening with kate by his side. >> it's extremely sad and tragic news. we minded what an extraordinary man mandela was. and my thoughts and prayers are with his family. >> the irony of the timing. the film's producer announcing the news at the screening. and a moment of silence was held after the final credits rolled. we're hearing from peter gabriel. he was one of the celebrities to work with nelson mandela. he counted him as a friend. speaking from new york, gabriel put forward a challenge to continue nelson mandela's legacy.
>> the end ofan anneer ra. and i hope that today's leaders and politicians. and there will be people big enough to step into his shoes. >> peter gabriel worked with mandela on human rights causes. and played at a birthday concert when mandela turned 70. and lionel richie tweeting this photo of himself and the leader. saying, your legacy and strength will live on forever. it's not well-known. but lionel richie was a stylist for nelson mandela when he first arrived in the united states, of n 1990. his wardrobe was a little out of date there. as richie put it, his job was to make the clothing work. richie was joined by other entertainers. i never heard that before. quincy jones made sure mandela had what he needed during that historic trip to the united
states. and we are hearing from so many people who have taken to social media, josh. >> this is where we've seen this before. this is where something like twitter becomes a global candlelight vigil. and rightfully so. and what an outpouring of support. 5.4 million tweets shared about mandela. that's some 80,000 tweets per minute. this from michelle obama. we will forever draw strength and inspiration from nelson mandela's extraordinary example of moral courage, kindness and humili humility. and charlize theron. my thoughts and love go out to the mandela family. rest in peace, madiba. you will be missed. but your impact on this world will live forever. hear, hear. british prime minister, david cameron. a great light has gone out in the world. nelson mandela was a hero of our time. i've asked for the flag at number 10 to be flown at half-mast. i'm sure a thought echoed around the globe. and this one, we spoke about the
impact of nelson mandela on the world. but his impact left this world. and rightfully so, looking down from the heavens. nasa tweeted, in honor of nelson mandela, who died today, here is an image of south africa from the international space station. it certainly looks, from there, from that vantage point, united. >> it was like a global hug last night on twitter. social media can be used for good. and as you said, nelson mandela spent 27 years of his life in prison. we're going to look, now, at those years. what they were like for him and his family. and the kindness he received from someone you might not expect. one of his prison guards. when nelson mandela was sentenced to life in prison in 1964, he left behind his wife, winnie, and five children. over the 27 years that followed, he held on to his connections with family through these letters. >> this particular notebook was
for family correspondence. you will find letters to winnie. to his children. >> reporter: can you read a bit for us? >> i can. my darlings, a nice letter written reached me safely. and i was very glad to know that she is now. it pleases me very much to know that all of my children are doing well. i hope you will do even better at the end of the year. i was happy to learn that she can cook chips, rice, meats and other things. i'm looking forward to the day when i will be able to enjoy all that she cooks. and so on. very moving stuff. >> reporter: while he sat behind bars, there were deaths in the family. and new additions. winnie tried to bring his newborn grandchild to robben island for him to meet for the first time. >> can he see him from a distance. >> reporter: while winnie waited, christo brand, a prison
guard, snuck the baby to mandela. brand developed a friendship with mandela during the years they spent at robben island. he helped teach mandela afrikaans, the language used by the white upper class. he used afrikaans to talk to his opposition. as mandela explained, if you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. if you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart. >> that's what he would drive for. that's what he was loved for. and that's why he fight for while he was in prison. to have people live in peace. joining us now is human rights lawyer, gay macdougal, who worked closely with mandela after his release from prison. just weeks after his release from prison in 1990, you were there with him. that must have been an
incredible moment. >> i -- we were there for the independence elections of namibia. quite an incredible event in and of itself. there he was, somebody that i had campaigned all my life to get released and never thought it would happen. >> and, gay, all that time, you were campaigning for him, he was in prison. but never thought of himself as anything but a free man and a leader. >> absolutely. i think he always knew his place in history. and i think he always knew that he and his brother comrades in jail were going to be released someday and that apartheid would fall. >> he was refused to release many times. >> he did because he was not willing to be released on conditions. he was fighting for the whole pie, not just some little sliver of it. and he also didn't want to be
separated from his comrades in the struggle. and he was very clear about that. >> yes. he was very inclusive of making sure we were not singling out him. and we were just talking a moment ago. it had to have been an experience for you because you worked with him after. and the transition to democracy and the avalanche of change that you experienced. >> well, it was. it was an avalanche of change. and it happened so much, it was overtaking us all day by day. but the greatest moment of my life was being able to stand next to him, when he voted for the first time. it was a moment when all the struggle and the suffering of his nation was soaked into that one moment of him dropping the ballot into the box. and it was a marvelous moment. >> 76 years old and voting for the first time. and his name was on the ballot.
you were standing right next to him. >> it was unbelievable. and for me, it had great symbolism as an african-american woman. i was born and raised in the jim crow apartheid south of this country. i matured in the civil rights movement. later, of course, i get to live through the election of the first african-american president of this country. so, you know, i felt in a sense that i was a bridge between the history of our two countries, which is very much there. i also felt like i was there symbolizing the international community and the importance of america and americans took a stand against apartheid. and said no to our government, when ronald reagan wanted to solidify, you know, our u.s. support for apartheid. we said, no. and we played an important role in that. and that was very critical, as well. >> you did play an important role. it's a privilege to have you here today. >> thank you. we're going to switch gears
now. to what some are calling an epidemic of twins. the fertility health for couples that want children. it's also a boom in multiple births. and now, fertility doctors are trying to cut that. >> reporter: the idea that two is better than one or that twins are always twice as nice, maybe notions of the past when it comes to fertility treatment. a growing number of couples are now attempting pregnancy with just a single embryo and having great success. doctors are saying there's a new epidemic in fertility. a twin epidemic. nearly half of all babies born with the help of advanced fertility are twins, according to new federal numbers. and twins, while twice the gift, can also increase the risks. 37% are born premature. >> carrying twins are associated with a significantly increased rate of multiple pregnancy complications.
the largest of which is premature birth. >> reporter: apparently it no longer pays to double-down in the high-stakes world of ibf treatment, at least according to the study by the medical associations of new jersey. >> when you can pick an embryo up front, you don't need to put back two. >> reporter: the traditional theory had been use multiple embryos to increase the chance of pregnancy. now, doctors are recommending a new approach. one embryo at a time. >> we can determine in advance which embryos have a good opportunity to implant. >> reporter: dr. richard scott headed up the study that found women who had one embryo at a time transferred after chromosome screening, versus two embryos with no screening, resulted in roughly equivalent delivery rates. 14-month-old bennett is part of the 61% success rate. >> i was glad i didn't have to choose. >> reporter: bennett's mom,
carla, participated in that study and was among the women who had only one embryo transferred. >> twins scared me, especially after carrying one child. the idea of carrying two children is pretty frightening. >> reporter: dr. scott contends the new technology that allows them to screen and select the viable embryo, makes the success rate almost as good as when two or more are used. >> they need fewer treatment cycles. >> reporter: many women who undergo ibf can only do it once. and wanted to double their odds. but this new technology could limit some of the rolling of the dice aspect. this is something that women will have to discuss on a case-by-case basis, with their doctor, based on their age and their particular fertility problem. >> dr. besser's mantra. >> thank you, linsey. coming up, very special performance from the cast of "the lion king," as we remember nelson mandela.
good morning. i'm kristen sze. a san jose police officer is recovering from injuries suffered in a rear ending crash this morning. ilt happened shortly before 6:00 on san carlos street. investigators say the officers patrol car was stopped at a light when a speeding driver hit him from behind. the suspect got out of his vehicle and tried to run, but a nearby hotel security guard chased him down and tackled him. and police took the suspect into custody. the busy intersection reopened within the past hour. how about elsewhere on the roads? let's check in with leyla gulen. >> we have a couple of accidents. the first of which is involving a big rig. this is in san jose. if you are on northbound 680 or need to make your drive out to that area, you will find this accident blocking one lane. and then as we head right into
below freezing. about a quarter to half inch of rain is possible. don't forget, above 2500 ♪ that, again, the new york african chorus ensemble, helping us celebrate the life and times of nelson mandela. with us all this morning, beautiful. we show you this, as well. a video. april 1994. the first democratic election in south africa's history. millions of black south africans waited peacefully for many hours, coming from over many miles for the first-ever opportunity to cast a vote for democratic representation. four years after nelson mandela had been freed after spending 27
years in prison. he would be elected president. 75 then. and he and the country and the world, very rightfully, would never be the same again. >> what a galvanizing example. a country waiting in line. voting in the first free and fair election had begun. today marks the dawn of our freedom. i love seeing him cost that ballot. >> and when he spoke to reporters after this, he said it was the first time he felt like a complete man. we have a very special performance by the cast of "the lion king," paying tribute to nelson mandela. and we'll have much more tonight on a special edition of "20/20" right here at abc, at 10:00, 9:00 central. looking forward to joining david muir for that. >> oprah winfrey joining in all of the tributes to nelson mandela. he was everything you've ever heard and more. humble and unscathed by
bitterness. being in his fenpresence was li sitting in grace and majesty. she brought that present, an interview here on "the oprah winfrey show." take a look. >> how does a man spend 27 years in prison, put there by an oppress oppressor, and come out of that experience, with not a heart of stone. not a cold heart. but a heart that is willing to forgive and embrace? >> if i had not been to prison, i would not have been able to achieve the most difficult of tasks in life. and that is changing yourself. the opportunity to sit down and pick, i was in the company of great men in there. some of them, more qualified, more talented than i am. and to sit down with them, to have changed views, was one of
the most revealing experiences i have had. >> how did you get the racist guards to treat you with respect? you're in prison. and you said, i will only respond to the name mandela or mr. mandela. >> you must fight the battle for dignity. on the very first day you go there. >> really? >> that's what we did. we put our foot down and insisted, in being respected, even though we're prisoners. >> how is there no bitterness? >> well, i hated oppression. and when i think about the things they did, i feel angry. the white minority is an animal. we must never talk with them. but our brains said, if you don't talk to this man, your country will go up in flames.
and for many years to come, this country would be engulfed in rivers of blood. so, we had to reconcile that conflict. and i went talking to the enemy, was the result of the domination of the brave of our emotions. >> this has not happened before or since. that as he was leaving the building, every one of the harpo staff, the 300 people in the building, lined the hallway to shake his hand. now call it the nelson mandela hallway here at harpo. >> tells a great story about that appearance. in nelson mandela was waiting backstage and asked the producer. so, what's the show about? >> he was humble and funny. and oprah talked about his sense of humor a lot. let's bring in donna
brazile. before she managed presidential campaigns, cut her political organizing teeth as part of the free south africa movement in the 1980s. donna, thank you for joining us. you knew mandela for many years. tell us about your friend, the man who inspired you. >> he was a humble man, has many have mentioned. he was a man of grace, tremendous courage. but he was also a human being who was not afraid to tell you about his own fears. nelson mandela once said that courage was not the absence of fear, but acting in spite of it. he was just someone who wanted to bring people together, unify. as you know president clinton was a personal hero of nelson mandela. and during the 1992-'93 campaign, he wanted to come for the inaugural after visiting the united states in the summer of 1990. and i was chosen as one of his staff people to help out with bringing him around to several
of the inaugural balls. he was curious. he loved people. and although we were always concerned about his health, you know, we were tiring him out. he wanted to do more and more and more. it was a great honor to go to south africa to train some of the organizers who participated in the first election. >> i want to ask you about that. he was a pretty fierce political organizer, as well. we just saw the pictures of the millions and millions of people on the roads in south africa, waiting to vote. and you were there to help train those election workers. what did you learn from him? >> well, david jenkins, the then-new york city mayor, they sent a team of us over there. and mandela said i want you to find the people who are unlikely to participate because they've never done it before. and he reminded us from our own experience in this country. he said, these people will likely be afraid. so, encourage them. he understood how to reach the
human spirit. and he wanted us to be positive and say, look, we're trying to bring everyone out. this is a multiracial country. we want to build a rainbow. and we heard the rainbow. and we remember what reverend jackson taught us. we said, let's go out and find everybody. >> i know you spoke to the u.s. ambassador of south africa last night about the memorials and tributes coming up. what can you tell us? >> as you can imagine, patrick is extremely tired right now. he hasn't slept much. but i told him, i said, you better get ready to bring a lot of people in. i know the president of the united states and perhaps our former presidents. patrick understands that there will be many activists and many others, just ordinary people who knew nelson mandela, who will want to come to pay tribute and celebrate his life and legacy. >> he touched so many personally and by his example. donna brazile, thank you very much. it's time for a final check of the weather. ginger zee has been tracking the huge ice storm across the
country. >> more of the very excited crowd out here. ethan, tell me your sister's name. >> sara. >> sara and ethan are okay to be here, right? you're skipping school but that's okay. >> yeah. >> and what's your teacher's name? >> she says it's all right. let's check on the weather forecast. we're checking in on different parts of the nation. not just the ice storm. look at ft. myers. they're already decorating. they've been very warm in the 80s. and california, a new winter storm there. not just one. but i give you two winter storms for this weekend we have to deal with. and many states with winter storm watches and advisories. check out the snowfall, north of all of the ice we've been talking about. sometimes it only takes a couple of inches. people start to drive a little differently. and it could be a mess. and then, we fly across the nation. your weekend highlights there. the big, new storm out west, we'll be watching.
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buddy. >> here is christian bale who plays russell baze. this is a character created by scott cooper, who called this movie a metaphor for america, for everything that happened to it in the last five turbulent years. and i heard you were drawn to this script immediately. why? >> it was something that hypnotized me. and the characters were fascinating. the life, the lifestyle, the towns. the town was such an important part of this man's life. you know, his love of his town. like absolute sincere patriotism. not the b.s. patriotism we see so much. and a man who is stoic and resilient to be a patriarch of his family. and what happens when the stoicism is rejected, he rebraces impulses he's had to deny his entire life. >> and while you were speaking, we saw a scene that moved me so
much. you were just released from prison. and your brother played by casey affleck there. very mu words were spoken in the scene. and the bond and the power of freedom was so moving. what was it like to play that character? you put a lot of work in this. you worked in a steel mill. >> we did the correct research. i went and learned how to do that. this scene we shot in one take. it was improvised. casey is a suburb actor. he is a phenomenal actor. it's a very american film. and this director, you don't get better. i had just the best experience working with this man. crazy hard. he's done "out of the furnace." and you want to look out for what he's doing. >> and it's a tale of the town, as you mentioned. he was drawn to create the script out of a "new york times" article. the mayor of the town said, we lost 90% of our population. and 90% of our buildings.
90% of our town to landfill. it's an important story to tell of resilience. >> absolutely. it's a real story of american character. and the changing times within america. and what this man who has always done the right thing, you know, been there. been loyal. loves his town. loves his family. had to become a patriarch at a young age. what does he do when he's threatened with the loss of everything he loves. >> and a phenomenal cast. while doing research for this interview, we actually discovered something that i may have to apologize to you for in advance. but you apparently were here almost 26 years to the date on "gma." circus december 1987. and i think we have a clip. >> okay. >> it's the first film i've done. and it was weird seeing myself up on the screen. and all these people watching me. i enjoyed being at the premiere. and i quite liked all the
cameras. i'm happy to relax at home. >> look how cute you were. you were from "empire of the sun," to "moses." >> poor, little fella. he didn't know what was going on. >> you're taking on the role of moses? >> yes. i'm playing moses in the book of exodus, with ridley scott. >> "out of the furnace" is in theaters today. christian bale, thank you for joining us and for being a good sport about that old clip. but you were really cute. coming up, a very special performance from the cast of "the lion king."
rights icon, nelson mandela. seen here with heads of state. but your eye is always drawn to that man, who we do remember today. and in so doing, we asked the cast of "the lion king" to create a special performance for us. to celebrate the life of nelson mandela. before we see it, i want to speak with ron, one of the original and current members of the cast who join us. ron, you're going to perform "one by one." a song that's poignant. but perhaps especially so today. part of the lyrics translated read hold on tight, my people. don't get weary. don't lose your strength. we can see they will not succeed. >> yes. >> what, today, will it mean to sing these words? >> to sing these words today, means a great deal because, you know, without nelson mandela, without his leadership, and also his ideology of a nonracial democratic south africa, we wouldn't be where we are today because this is the man that really prevented streams of blood in the streets.
in this song, we celebrate our freedom. >> we've seen today, the long lines as so many lined up to vote for the first time. we see what the country is today. you are south african. there's been south african cast members all over the globe, as they perform "the lion king." what for you will mandela's legacy be? >> the legacy of nelson mandela for me would be, for us, in fact, it's going to be a test because we have to perpetuate his vibrant vision of nonracial democratic society. so, it's a challenge to the whole, to the rest of the world, as well. to make sure we fight against white domination and black domination because these are the ideals for which he was prepared to die for. and these are the ideals that he
transmitted from one generation to another. >> a life we singularly celebrate today. again, time for a very special performance. here to perform "one by one," please welcome the cast of "the lion king." ♪ ♪ one by one seasons go by ♪ ♪ seasons go by season go by ♪ ♪ one by one season go by season go by ♪ ♪ season go by season go by ♪
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what a joyful morning this has turned out to be, celebrating the life of nelson mandela. you have a lot tonight on "20/20," at 10:00. >> with david muir. and thank you again, the cast to "the lion king." so vibrant. and also, the new york african chorus ensemble that joins us, as well. have a wonderful weekend, everyone.
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highway announcer: it's "live with kelly and michael." today, one of our favorite actors, john goodman. and from the new film "12 years a slave," lupita nyong'o. plus, a special holiday performance from colbie caillat. all next on "live." [captioning made possible by disney-abc domestic television] announcer: now here are kelly ripa andiceltrahan! [cheers and applause]