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donation to the food bank in welcome to "world news." tonight most of this nation is covered in snow and slush. 88% of the country walking on snow. millions of americans trying to stay warm, 1,000 flights cancelled tonight. the dramatic rescue tonight, this car flipped in the snow, a family with four children trapped 48 hours in the freeze. how they survived. driver's seat, general motors hires the first woman ever to run a big auto company. how does she plan to change the cars you drive? ♪ and power tribute to nelson mandela, leaders from 100 countries, even adversaries shaking hands. ♪ and on "world news," the music of one man's dream will rock the world again tonight.
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♪ and a good evening on this snowy december night, and we are pretty much in it together because two-thirds of america is now blanketed by snow or sleet and freezing rain. and once again travel plans torpedoed from virginia to maine, more than 1,000 flights cancelled tonight. the map says it all, only six of the lower 48 states in the united states are now free of snow. abc's meteorologist ginger zee is out tracking it all for us. >> reporter: from today's sloppy mess along the east coast to the week long deep freeze for so many in the west -- >> it's just really cold. >> reporter: almost every state in the nation asking, where did autumn go? >> these two systems are meeting up over pittsburgh.
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>> it's going to come down very hard -- >> the heavier snow likely across massachusetts -- >> reporter: we're getting an arctic blast lasting for days, from virginia to southern new england up to a half foot of snow fell. the burst of beautiful winter transforming tuesday into a frustrating commute. >> i drove all the way from philadelphia and it was like this basically the whole way. as you got closer to new jersey the roads got worse and nothing is plowed. >> reporter: more than 80 car accidents just in connecticut, hundreds of schools closed. in massachusetts the slick roads sending this plow crashing through a pole and into a pond. at dulles international the parade of plows trying to clear just over two inches. weather has been a big issue at the airports this week. nearly 1,400 flights cancelled today, more than 6,000 cancelled across the country since sunday. along with that, below average temperature in california,
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dangerous winds. >> a gust of wind hit me and it raised the tandem tires on the trailer off the ground. i have a co-driver with me and it's not worth our life. >> reporter: in chicago, fans survived the bears game in the coldest temperatures for this date in 18 years. our alex perez put the temperature to the test. >> reporter: we took one of our abc chicago t-shirts, put it in water and hung it outside. within 15 minutes this is what we got, stiff as a board. >> reporter: much of d.c. was shut down. even a national transportation hearing was cancelled. many people staying home. senator lisa murkowsky from alaska made her way in the snow. >> it's wetter than it is white. >> reporter: if you didn't have to drive, it was winter wonderful. the first of many snowmen and snow dogs in what feels like an already long whip of winter. here we go. coast to coast, 32 itself would seem balmy. let's talk about how far from average we will be. the number that you are going to see here on this graphic is going to be four below. that would be a high in minneapolis.
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the box next to the number is the departure from average. so it's 32 degrees away from what is average in minnesota. this is not normal. look at seattle well below, dallas right there, and diane, in the east coast, 20s through the end of the week. i'm going to need hats like this and so will you. >> our meteorologist, ginger zee, thank you so much, ginger. from that brutal cold comes an amazing survival story. a family, four children in the car found alive two days after they vanished in the snow. temperatures at night were 20 below zero. how did all of them, including a 3-year-old, make it out? abc's clayton sandell has their story. >> reporter: tonight a frigid 48-hour ordeal is over after two adults and four children, the youngest just 3 years old, today found alive. >> we're glad that they've all been found and everybody's prayers have been answered.
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>> reporter: 34-year-old james glanton and his girlfriend, 25-year-old christina mcintee, along with their two kids and a niece and nephew went to play in the snow on sunday and vanished. that kicked off a desperate search in the remote snowy mountains northeast of reno. 200 people looking on the ground and in the air as nighttime temperatures dropped to 20 below zero. >> we've got to find them. we've known them forever. those tiny kids can't be out there. none of them can be in the cold like this. >> reporter: today after honing in on a cell phone signal, a member of the search party spotted the family's jeep through binoculars. >> they're in amazing condition considering what they've been through. >> reporter: a member of the search crew says that while driving, their jeep went up an embankment and flipped over. they survived by burning the jeep's spare tire to stay warm. they had food and water and said at night they could hear rescuers blowing whistles and helicopters in the distance. they knew a lot of people were looking for them.
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despite the extreme cold, doctors say no one suffered any frostbite. >> all the kids were warm. their dad did an excellent job. >> reporter: after a quick checkup at the hospital, all six are expected to spend the night at home. clayton sandell, abc news. next tonight on "world news," we want to take you overseas into the giant arena where 100 of the most powerful leaders on the globe were gathering in the pouring rain with thousands of people celebrating the singular life of nelson mandela. we have team coverage tonight. abc's byron pitts, and we begin with abc's chief foreign correspondent terry moran in pretoria. >> reporter: diane, what a day it was here, a day of stirring songs and drenching rains as you mentioned, a day of soaring tributes and simple gratitude. they made history in johannesburg today.
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>> long live the spirit of nelson mandela. >> reporter: all those world leaders, 91 of them. the largest gathering ever for a memorial service like this. paying tribute to one of their own. the great statesman, nelson mandela. >> we will never see the likes of nelson mandela again. >> reporter: but he really belonged to them, ordinary south africans, his people. and they poured into fnb stadium by the thousands, ignoring the cold soaking rain that never stopped, to say farewell to their leader, the man they call madiba. his clan name, their liberator. they seized the moment cheering and dancing and at times taking over the formal ceremony. >> please tone down your singing. >> reporter: across the country in huts and homes and businesses, south africans stopped to watch and listen. president obama who received a raucous welcome from the crowd spoke about mandela's closeness to his people. >> his struggle was your
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struggle. his triumph was your triumph. >> reporter: four u.s. presidents attended this grand memorial service. that's never happened before overseas and they seemed to get into the festive spirit of the event. president obama joining the british and danish prime ministers in an impromtu selfie while president bush posed with bono of u2. this may be the most historic and consideral picture, president obama shaking handled with the cuban president raoul castro. moments later a sharp jab at repressive rulers like castro. >> there are too many leaders who claim solidarity with madiba's struggle for freedom but do not tolerate dissent from their own people. >> reporter: this was a family day, too. the entire mandela family here in mourning and celebration. on it went and no one seemed to want to leave to let go. >> we just have three more speakers -- >> reporter: archbishop desmond tutu, a friend of mandela and
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fellow nobel prize winner, tried to bring it all to a close. >> i am not going to give you a blessing until all of you stand for the man. >> reporter: they did mostly and then carried with them the brightness of the celebration, the gift he gave them, freedom. the body of nelson mandela is going to lie in state for three days just over there in the government buildings. but today their mourning turned into dancing as the bible says, and that unforgettable feeling inside the stadium can only be described as an outpouring of love. that's quite a legacy for any man to leave. my colleague, byron pitts, was with those amazing crowds all day. >> reporter: they came by foot, by train. many arriving well before sunrise. this woman arrived six hours early. >> i can't feel the rain.
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it's an emotion i've never felt before. it's so nice. it's good to be here. >> reporter: the rain, nor my questions stopped her from dancing. >> we're so happy because he made south africa to be a rainbow nation. as you can see, black people and white people are sitting together. >> reporter: all day here people have been undaunted by the weather. the harder it rained, the harder they cheered. africans believe if it rains on the day of a person's funeral, it's a sign they lived a blessed life. amid the singing and celebrating people made clear to us, nelson mandela wasn't perfect, and major problems still exist. but when mandela became president in 1994, anything became possible. >> we say long live the spirit of mandela. long live. >> reporter: one man told us, mandela spent 27 years in prison. a little rain won't stop us from celebrating his life. and diane, he added, celebrating loudly. >> tens of thousands strong. thank you so much, byron pitts, and also terry moran.
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back here at home there is hope tonight that another round of paralyzing gridlock in washington could be averted. congressman paul ryan, senator patty murray announced a bipartisan agreement on a federal budget. no new taxes, more cuts to the debt, and if this deal is approved it could save another government showdown and shutdown in january. also today a pioneering day for american business. for the first time one of the top auto makers in america put a woman in the driver's seat of the company as ceo. abc's chief business reporter rebecca jarvis tells us about cars and what is changing in america. >> reporter: in "mad men," the old boys club of advertising courted the old boys club of the auto industry. >> chevy likes bob. if you don't like bob, we can find someone who does. >> reporter: today a new era was born.
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>> i would like to introduce you your new ceo on the 15th, mary. >> reporter: barra is the first woman ever to run one of detroit's big three. she started at gm in 1980, inspecting pontiac grand prix coming off the assembly line. she was 18, studying engineering. her father, a 39-year-old gm veteran, was making car fenders and hoods. >> you stood outside the dealerships looking for the new vehicles. that's kind of how i was raised. >> reporter: she's become a force at gm, overseeing global product innovation, with a focus on fuel efficiency, hybrids and electric cars. barra will be one of just 21 women running fortune 500 companies, joining hewlett packard's meg whitman, pepsico's indra nooyi and yahoo's marisa mayer. firms with more women at the top earn 50% higher profits than those without. and a woman at gm could have other benefits. after all, it is women who make 80% of the car purchase decisions. barra's original dream car? this red vintage chevy camaro. her first car? she wanted a 1970s pontiac firebird but settled for a chevy chevette.
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today she drives a cadillac cts and on the weekends a corvette. >> i don't want to say that i'm a super fast driver, but i like cars that go fast. >> reporter: now after her slow and steady climb, it's full speed ahead. rebecca jarvis, abc news, new york. right here on "world news," the court case hitting celebrity chef nigella lawson against her former employees reignites. and all those photos you're taking, are they making your memory worse? hear about a new study when we're back in two minutes. ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] everyone deserves the gift of all day pain relief.
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for the british this story is a different kind of upstairs downstairs. >> reporter: two long-term employees accused of stealing from their super wealthy employers, almost a modern version of "downton abbey." >> i still don't see why you didn't tell me first. >> reporter: it's playing out in london exposing the secrets of celebrity chef, nigella lawson. she has over 6 million cookbooks in print worldwide and is a tv star, including on abc's "the taste." her culinary empire started when her first husband lay dying and she created a cookbook about the foods that consoled her. >> there is something so extraordinary about eggs, sugar, flour and butter becoming a cake. >> reporter: elizabetta grillo became her children's caretaker during that difficult time. sister francesca grillo joined the household just before nigella remarried multi-millionare charles saatchi. six months ago a scandal erupted when photos surfaced showing saatchi with his hand on nigella's throat. that image was soon followed by a divorce.
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then a few weeks ago 53-year-old nigella was forced back into the spotlight to give evidence into the trial of those two former assistants. the grillo sisters have pleaded not guilty to defrauding her and her ex-husband by using their credit cards to go on a million dollar spending spree. their defense, that lawson gave them the green light to spend lavishly in return for their silence about her drug use. on the stand nigella lawson made some explosive admissions, saying she had used cocaine a total of seven times and, quote, smoked the odd joint, but lawson is insisting she doesn't have a drug problem. she told the court that she was not proud of taking drugs but that i would rather be honest and ashamed, not bullied with lies. even with these latest revelations, nigella is winning in the court of british public opinion according to a poll in london's sunday times with the public relishing every morsel of this battle between employee and employer.
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memorial for nelson mandela today the music was everywhere as it has been through his struggle and through his triumph in prison. tonight abc's dan harris shows us how that music spread his message with the persistent rhythm of change. ♪ >> reporter: during his decades behind bars, nelson mandela's message was carried across the world by music. peter gabriel's cry for a south african freedom fighter. ♪ biko biko >> reporter: paul simon bringing south african music to america. ♪ she got diamonds on the sols of her shoes ♪ >> reporter: but one extraordinary track was a game changer. ♪ time to accept our responsibility, yeah ♪
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>> reporter: in the '80's when many americans hadn't even heard of apartheid, a galaxy of stars came together to declare they would not perform at sun city, a ritzy whites-only resort in south africa. ♪ got to say i, i, ain't going to play sun city ♪ >> reporter: bono, dylan, run dmc and bruce springsteen. suddenly mtv was plastered with images of apartheid oppression. all organized by springsteen's guitar player, steven van zandt. >> congressmen's and senators' children were coming up saying we just saw this video on mtv and bet. what's this south african thing all about? >> we want freedom in south africa! >> reporter: the apex of this musical movement came in 1988, in a concert in england to celebrate mandela's 70th birthday while he was still in prison. it was seen by 600 million
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people in 67 countries, but it was banned in south africa. ♪ i, i ain't going to play sun city ♪ >> reporter: nelson mandela once said music could "ignite the political resolve of those who might otherwise be indifferent." he was right. dan harris, abc news, new york. >> and we thank you for watching tonight. we're always here at "nightline" later and i'll see you right back here again tomorrow night. good night. tonighted a respected golf pro lands in jashlgs accused of molesting children he was teaching. >> freeze warnings going up
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again, tonight. when we'll snap out of the cold spell coming up. >> new outrage in sonoma county. a sheriff's deputy that shot and killed a teenager is back on the job. >> and give where you live campaign resumes >> good evening, i'm dan ashley. >> an east bay golf pro is accused of child molestation tonight >> police say he sexually abused the boy he was teaching over a three year period. the boys between 12 and 17 years old. abc7 news is there live tonight with the story. allen? >> and we spoke to a few golfer
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that's were in shock. he was arrested and fired before supposed to receive the 2013 junior golf leader award. >> he had the patience of a saint. >> that is how sam describes the former golf pro and here is his reaction after being told he was arrested for molesting two of the junior golfers he coached. >> you're serious? >> yes. >> that surprises the hell out of me >> police arrested him after the boys between 12-17 came forward. >> i thought i knew him i mean, i do feel like i have good radar on that stuff. and man. that just blows me away. i mean, i -- i'm sick. i'm sick to hear about that. >> police charged him


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