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ravel. >> that is welcome to "world news." tonight, space station alert, the six astronauts, including two americans, in a human drama as a crucial decision is being made. crackdown, dozens of bus companies shut down because of the safety of buses on the road. and real answers, more than half of all americans now drinking bottled water, spending hundreds of dollars a year. our challenge, do these people really know the difference between bottle and tap? >> feels cleaner. >> fresher. good evening to you on this thursday night. we begin with that drama, six people including two americans floating more than 200 miles above the earth. they're on board the
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international space station while down below engineers are scrambling to find answers and solutions to a critical breakdown. abc's clayton sandell is right there where the decisions are being made. >> houston station -- >> reporter: tonight engineering a tricky repair job, 230 miles above the ground. >> what is actually going wrong -- >> reporter: mission control today trouble-shooting how to fix a faulty critical component, one of two cooling loops that keep the station from dangerously overheating. a valve in one of them is stuck, forcing the six astronauts on board to rely on the duplicate. now there's no back-up if that fails, too. >> this is a position we don't want to be in long-term. >> reporter: during their daily briefing nasa said for now the two americans, three russians and one japan astronaut living on the station are not in danger. >> we've got a good stable
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configuration, the crew is in good shape. >> reporter: engineers say they have two options, first upload new software to reboot that stuck valve. if that doesn't work they'll have to swap it for a spare during a risky emergency space walk. >> about another two feet. >> reporter: astronaut doug wheelock replaced this very same part in 2010 during his own space walk. >> how dangerous is it if they do have to go and do it? >> i like to always say that whenever we open that hatch and send people outside it's always dangerous. >> reporter: another problem, nasa suspended space walks in july after water that was supposed to keep italian astronaut luca parmitano cool leaked into his suit. he nearly drowned. >> my head is really wet. >> reporter: in a worst case scenario, the crew would have to evacuate on a soyuz capsule attached to the station. this is where the astronauts train to live and work on the station. it's the length of a football field. we're told that a decision on whether or not that space walk is a go or no-go is coming on monday. the bottom line is that houston has a problem but it's one they're confident they can fix.
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diane? >> clayton, i know you'll be covering it throughout. thank you so much, reporting in. back here on earth and on america's highways. we are a nation that travels by bus, but today 52 motor coach lines were shut down by federal regulators who cited safety. something to think about this holiday, as 700 million of us ride buses each year and that's 15% more than ride planes. what does today mean for all of us on the road? abc's gio benitez now. >> reporter: they are the frightening and devastating bus crashes, this one in new york killing 15 and more recently two accidents in california and oregon leading to a huge crackdown today. in any dangerous bus crash there's a fear that passengers have no control. millions of us share the road with these buses. tonight from coast to coast 52 bus companies are not just under fire but have been shut down. >> it's those companies that
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continue to defy just basic safety principles, let alone national standards and demonstrate a complete disregard. really, they put profits before passenger safety. >> reporter: the government investigation, operation quick strike. targets include those so-called curbside buses that take you from new york to philly, from l.a. to vegas, essentially anywhere, and used by millions across the country. >> a lot of kids coming home from school using motor coaches. seniors traveling on excursion trips, scouts, band school trips, kids' trips to our nation's capital. over and over again you see motor coach travel. >> reporter: investigators found unsafe behavior, company-wide failures and maintenance, inadequate drug and alcohol testing for bus drivers and lots of hours on the road with little rest. the department of transportation has now launched its own smart phone app. it's called safer bus. it tells you about serious violations and if a company is even allowed to operate.
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the bus industry supports today's shutdown saying unsafe bus companies are responsible for more than half of deadly accidents in the last year, but that the majority of bus operators are safe. gio benitez, abc news, new york. >> and the entire list of companies shut down today is on our website. next, the deep freeze gripping much of the nation, that bitter cold and all that ice turning this into one of the most hazardous times for anyone walking out the door. here's abc's ron claiborne. >> reporter: tiz the season for slipping, sliding and falling. this week has been brutally cold in much of the country as we showed you last night. >> it's been about 30 seconds and watch what happens, pure ice. >> reporter: with so many streets and sidewalks, parks and yards turned into virtual hockey rinks, hundreds of people have been sent to the hospital with injuries from falling on ice or
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hard packed snow. >> the most common things are going to be ankle injuries, wrist injuries, knee and elbow. >> reporter: there are ways to at least minimize your risk of falling on ice. walk cautiously with knees bent and keep your hands out of your pockets so they're free to break your fall if you fall. wear smart shoes with grooved rubber or neoprene soles. if the ice is bad enough consider attaching ice grips. wear sunglasses on sunny days to make it easier to see slippery surfaces. don't forget to remove snow and ice from the bottom of the soles of your shoes. once you're inside a wet sole indoors can be just as slippery as an icy patch outside. >> the difference between a fall in the summertime and a fall on an icy surface is going to be how dense and hard the ground is that you are striking. >> reporter: a pratfall on a slick surface may seem funny but sometimes it's no joke. ron claiborne, abc news, new york. >> our thanks to ron.
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now to washington d.c. and a giant vote tonight. the budget deal, that compromise, passed the house of representatives. but the vote wasn't only about the budget. it was about gridlock and leadership and some republicans taking a stand against hard-line tea party tactics. abc's jeff zeleny now with the power players. >> reporter: are these the first shots in a war within the republican party? >> are you kidding me? >> reporter: speaker john boehner finally saying no to the tea party by passing an historic budget deal tonight that offers modest budget cuts but keeps the government open. >> some tea party groups are calling this a sellout bill, that you are compromising too much. >> i came here to cut the size of the government. that's exactly what this bill does. when you criticize something and you have no idea what you're criticizing, it undermines your credibility. >> reporter: paul ryan, the architect of the budget deal under fire, too. >> paul ryan, the conservative
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star of the party sold out. >> look, if you want to get things done, you have to be willing to be criticized by everybody. republicans don't run everything. we're the minority party right now, so you have to find a way to work with the other side of the aisle to make the government work. >> reporter: the tea party and far right have led the party for nearly three years. tonight, they see this deal is doing too little to cut the nation's debt. >> the republican party is absorbed, is consumed with eliminating any conservative influence. >> the government doesn't just mean passing laws. >> the new plan that spends more. >> reporter: paul broun, a georgia congressman, is running for senate and away from his party. >> this bill does all the things i've been fighting against. >> reporter: it pass overwhelmingly, opening a new fight for the soul of the gop. jeff zeleny, abc news, capitol hill. we head overseas now to north korea and that deadly family feud. we showed you the pictures, the unpredictable leader kim jong-un, a few feet away his
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mentor and uncle later simply erased from the photograph. tonight state run media in north korea says the uncle has been executed as a traitor, adding to the mystery inside that country. from china an update on the terrible smog we've been showing you there. smog so thick it's hard to see the sun or even traffic lights. tonight chinese officials say it is so bad pilots have to be prepared to land by instruments only. in south africa today thousands waited on line to pay their respects to nelson mandela as the questions intensified about that sign language interpreter, the man who was just inches from president obama. tonight new revelations about his mental state. abc's alex marquardt is there with him. >> reporter: as president obama paid tribute to nelson mandela, the man standing just three feet away says he was having schizophrenic hallucinations. tonight, sign language
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interpreter thamsanqa jantjie told us he was seeing angels. >> when did you know something was wrong that day in the stadium? >> it's when i see the angels coming into the stadium. >> you saw angels coming down into the stadium? >> yes. >> reporter: jantjie says he kept going, making signs we now know weren't real words. jantjie admits he's suffered schizophrenia in the past. >> have you had episodes in the past where you've been violent? >> yes. but now it's under control because i'm under medication. >> were you under medication on the day of the memorial service? >> absolutely. >> reporter: jantjie was given accreditation by the organizers but wasn't screened by the u.s. secret service. in fact, he said he was hired just the day before for an event attended by more than 100 current and former heads of state. the south african government told abc news they don't actually know what qualification jantjie has and admitted it was a mistake to hire him. his employers have vanished.
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in a statement to abc, the secret service tonight blamed the organizers and downplayed the threat to the president's safety, arguing agents are always close by. >> given that you are disabled, that you have these attacks, that you were seeing angels that day, do you think you should have been on that stage with those presidents? >> absolutely. >> reporter: jantjie says he was honored to stand next to president obama, but tonight many are asking just how he was able to do that. alex marquardt, abc news, soweto, south africa. next right here tonight, bottle or tap, some real answers as a record number of americans buy water like this from bottles. is it really healthier than tap water? wait until you see what wins our challenge. >> fresher. >> smoother. >> feels cleaner. and new science about james bond tonight. >> vodka martini. >> shaken or stirred? >> like i give a damn. >> tonight something we never knew about 007. we're back in just two minutes.
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a nonscientific throwdown about taste. they didn't know what they were drinking but they knew what they thought. >> tell me if you prefer the taste of a or b. >> i prefer b. >> what is it you like about a? >> feels cleaner. >> why do you like b more? >> fresher. >> reporter: results in a minute. now that more serious question. do you think bottled water is healthier, better for you? environmental advocate mae wu says think again. >> we've done studies that show that bottled water is no more safe or clean than regular tap water. >> but there is more testing of bottled water than tap water, isn't there? >> actually, there is more testing of tap water than bottled water. >> reporter: that's right. by federal rules they test tap water for more than 100 compounds every day, with results online for you to read. bottled water doesn't have to do that, though some claim they exceed federal requirements. >> bottled water is a safe, healthy, convenient product. consumers like the fresh taste. >> reporter: which brings us
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back to our taste test. the results. almost a perfect split. 11 chose bottled. nine chose new york tap. half of all bottled water including leading brands dasani and aquafina is tap water that's been purified. a marketing triumph. this new jersey mother of five buys cases each week. >> between $40 and $60 a month. >> $500 a year. >> reporter: she says they never drink tap. >> i feel like i'm doing something healthy for my kids. >> reporter: they say their local tap water just doesn't taste good, so we gave the family the same taste test. water one or water two? >> two. >> two. >> i would go with two. >> reporter: you probably already guessed, the winner is good old new jersey tap water. >> oh, my word. i'm going to save money. >> reporter: dr. richard besser, abc news, new york. and when we come back, close your eyes and listen. do you know who this is?
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in our "instant index" tonight, if you are like us you were scanning the golden globe nominees for your favorites today. our favorite fixer was there, "scandal"'s kerry washington. also, netflix upstarts, "house of cards" and the lead-in "orange is the new black." missing names were also making headlines like the showtime thriller "homeland" passed over this year, as were favorites "madmen" and "game of thrones." after all that acclaim for oprah's performance in "the butler," somehow her name not on the list. we're getting a whole new measure of a movie classic tonight. >> a martini, shaken, not stirred. >> james bond and his famous favorite drink. british researchers did the martini math and combed through
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original books to add up the alcohol content imbibed by 007. on average he drank 92 shots of alcohol a week which would have made him a very wobbly action hero, if he could act at all. we invite you to close your eyes and see if you know who this is. ♪ i'll have a blue christmas without you ♪ >> hard to believe it is not elvis. his name is david thibault, a french canadian. he's just 16 years old. look, we put his hip swivel up against the king's. working on his magic. we spoke to david today. he says his grandfather taught him to love elvis as a little boy and he's been singing ever since. when we return, one of the
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a body at rest tends to stay at rest... while a body in motion tends to stay in motion. staying active can actually ease arthritis symptoms. but if you have arthritis, staying active can be difficult. prescription celebrex can help relieve arthritis pain so your body can stay in motion. because just one 200mg celebrex a day can provide 24 hour relief for many with arthritis pain and inflammation. plus, in clinical studies, celebrex is proven to improve daily physical function so moving is easier. celebrex can be taken with or without food. and it's not a narcotic. you and your doctor should balance the benefits with the risks. all prescription nsaids, like celebrex, ibuprofen, naproxen and meloxicam have the same cardiovascular warning. they all may increase the chance of heart attack or stroke, which can lead to death. this chance increases if you have heart disease or risk factors such as high blood pressure or when nsaids are taken for long periods. nsaids, like celebrex, increase the chance of serious skin or allergic reactions
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or stomach and intestine problems, such as bleeding and ulcers, which can occur without warning and may cause death. patients also taking aspirin and the elderly are at increased risk for stomach bleeding and ulcers. don't take celebrex if you have bleeding in the stomach or intestine, or had an asthma attack, hives, other allergies to aspirin, nsaids or sulfonamides. get help right away if you have swelling of the face or throat, or trouble breathing. tell your doctor your medical history. and find an arthritis treatment for you. visit and ask your doctor about celebrex. for a body in motion. and finally tonight, so many of you have joined us here as a kind of family to talk about a truly important conversation. our first report was last fall.
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we called this estate planning for the heart. all of us together, young and old, telling each other how we want to live right to the end. and you sent us e-mails and photographs, sharing your stories. tonight abc's bill ritter is back with our conversation together. >> reporter: your responses to our end of life planning story came in waves, wanting us to know, so many families were inspired by the jennings. >> we're not ready for you to go that soon. >> my golf swing is still good. [ laughs ] >> reporter: with laughter they shared end of life wishes, grandpa norb saying he had a good life. >> i wouldn't prolong anything. >> reporter: but the real surprise was his grandson who had specific wishes should something happen to him. >> if there was no meaningful communication that i would want you to stop trying to intervene. >> reporter: it's called "the conversation" and it's turning into a movement. >> talking about sex won't make you pregnant and talking about
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death won't kill you. >> reporter: crowds line up to listen to alexandra drane who is leading the charge. >> you only die once. think about that for a second. >> reporter: she says have the conversation when death seems far away. >> my sister-in-law died at thirty-two. she was diagnosed with stage four brain cancer and she died seven months later. we had no idea what she wanted because we never thought we would need to. >> reporter: young doctors at kent hospital, breaking new ground and bringing the conversation to their healthy patients. >> have you ever talked about this to your family before? >> no. i have never talked to anyone about it. >> reporter: doctors now know depression rates plummet in families that have had the conversation. they say you need to have two things. an advanced directive and a health care proxy, which answer legal questions about the type of care you want and who should be making the crucial decisions. this is all something of a philosophical u-turn. >> this is turning away from the science and technology that we can keep people alive forever.
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>> do you ever think, gosh, i wish we had done this years ago? >> we lost our way a little bit in the science, not thinking about the human nature of medical care. >> reporter: the conversation perhaps the perfect present in this holiday season. >> there is no greater gift that you can give to people that you love than caring for them in the way that they would want at the end of their lives. >> bill ritter here right now. bill? >> this really is a gift. really to the people who survive us. doctors tell us including our own rich besser, that the holidays are a perfect time, diane, families gather for this to happen. i'm the perfect example of that. last night my eldest daughter 21 years old home from college at dinner, i tell her the story is going to be on "world news." she said, dad, it's time for us to have a conversation. >> and you did? >> we had it right then and there. >> you've always said the things to get started, find the sentence to get it started. >> i saw it on "world news" with diane sawyer. i think we should have that conversation. we have a whole list of how to get started on look under the conversation. >> as you say, it's a great
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thing to do for those who love you and for those you love. thanks so much, bill. you'll see everybody online with more. we thank all of you for watching tonight. we're here at "nightline" will be here later and i'll be right back here again tomorrow night. good night. tonight a woman calls for child support help and gets a shocking answer. >> we have smoking guns tonight in the bart snafu. documents prove a lucrative÷ú pro vision neverç>çp should have been myqñ
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