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for us. >> from all of welcome to "world news." tonight, weapons seized, exclusive new video, more weapons than ever before found at the airport. 37 guns in just one week. who is trying to get them on board and why? double whammy, out west an out-of-control wildfire. even the fire chief watches her home go up in flames. and in the northeast, a slippery new winter blast. lucky numbers, countdown to tonight's giant lottery drawing, closing in on $1 billion, how one lucky person won the lottery three times. good evening to you on this tuesday night. we begin with an abc news exclusive. one week before christmas so
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many of us heading to the airport for this holiday season, and abc news has learned tonight about a record number of guns confiscated in the security lines. 37 in just one week. so what kind of guns and why the surge? abc's senior national correspondent jim avila starts us off. >> reporter: this guy is clearly not going to make his plane -- because just like a record number of travelers this year, he brought a gun to the airport, this one. that's right, nearly 1,750 times, tsa screeners have pulled luggage from the security belt because it carried a gun, often loaded, carried by some otherwise smart people. there is bill russell, nba legend. this is his confiscated weapon. or the wife of noted gun-advocate ted nugent, she was carrying this piece through dallas. >> what are people thinking? >> virtually everybody says i forgot or i got a different bag than i usually have. >> reporter: the number of guns confiscated by the tsa has
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skyrocketed from 660 in 2005 to double that in 2011, and nearly triple in 2013. that tracks with the rise in the number of weapons americans are carrying, 19 million new and used bought last year alone. but none of the weapons nabbed in 2013 was intended to be used on a plane. in fact, one of the rare times a gun was used in a terror plot was back in 1985, this twa flight hijacked to beirut. >> it's not like terrorists are trying to get through with weapons. >> reporter: still with all that liquor and flaring of tempers on board today's jets, guns on board remain illegal and unwise. it's not just guns. everything from knives to swords to mace and grenades captured this year. brass knuckles, even if on your purse, are illegal to bring on a plane. if your weapon of choice is artfully concealed like this sword inside a walking stick or
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these ninja tools inside a book, the charges can be even more serious.. the airports with most guns confiscated? atlanta and dallas. screeners confiscate an average of five weapons a day across the country. today late word, they did it again, confiscating another five from airports to eugene, oregon to ft. myers, florida. now we move onto fire and ice across the country, from the tinder box of big sur in california to the dangerous icy commute right here at home in the east. abc meteorologist ginger zee tracking it all. >> reporter: tonight we are tracking fire and ice from coast to coast. it's been a tricky tuesday commute all over the northeast. >> all ice over there. couldn't stop. >> reporter: this is what it looks like on highways near boston. a tractor-trailer off the road on the new york thruway. as the northeast slips and
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slides through the third snow in a week, out west, california is dealing with what could end up being the driest year on record. near big sur, california, a smoky, scary scene. wildfires gnawing away at 500 acres. at least 15 homes destroyed, including that home right there owned by the big sur fire chief. >> it's just devastating. to stand there and watch your home burn, it's just -- it's not what you want to do. >> reporter: it was the first to burn and after the fire, hardly anything left. the fire is 5% contained and while the weather is starting to cooperate, the severe drought in california lives on. we've already got our eyes on the next storm. this one happening late week through the weekend. let me show you the threats. especially down in the south, a severe weather threat. that's for places like louisiana, mississippi, alabama,
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diane? >> thank you, ginger in the cold once again tonight. now a story way above the ground tonight, a developing story. two american astronauts facing a risky challenge. we have told you about the crucial pump on board the international space station that needs fixing. now nasa has ordered three urgent space walks, one on christmas day. abc's neal karlinsky with the breaking details. >> reporter: it wasn't an easy decision, but tonight nasa says a series of dangerous space walks will be necessary to get the international space station back in working order. the two american astronauts on board, rick mastracchio and michael hopkins will suit out and head out at 5:15 a.m. saturday for a six-hour mission to repair the troubled cooling system which keeps the station from overheating. >> they're designed to take away the heat that's generated and to regulate the temperature of the mechanisms and of the environment for the astronauts. >> reporter: astronaut doug wheelock performed a similar
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mission three years ago and knows what they're up against. >> any time we open that hatch i get asked a lot is it dangerous. as soon as we open that hatch, it automatically becomes dangerous. >> reporter: the last time nasa performed a space walk, the astronaut nearly drowned when water leaked into his helmet. >> my head is really wet. >> reporter: the repair this time is not a simple one. a second space walk is scheduled for monday and a third if needed will take the astronauts into the vacuum of space on christmas day, leaving nasa engineers down on earth holding their breath before they can celebrate. neal karlinsky, abc news, seattle. and also in the news tonight, we have learned more about the teenage gunman who opened fire at his high school in colorado. you'll remember two students were wounded when the 18-year-old began shooting inside the school. he then killed himself. today we learned he had written a message in latin on his arm. it said "the die has been cast"
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and police say he also wrote numbers, letters suggesting locations in the school he planned to attack. overseas tonight we're learning more about the helicopter crash that killed six american troops in afghanistan. the chopper went down in the southern part of the country today. it may have crashed because of mechanical problems, but military officials are investigating whether enemy fire had a role in their deaths. next to syria and a humanitarian nightmare for a city under siege there. aleppo is the largest city in the country with more than 2 million people. now subjected to relentless assault by the government. dozens of men, women and children have been killed. abc's chief foreign correspondent terry moran has the latest on that. >> reporter: they are scenes out of hell, the hell that aleppo has become. in one of the worst attacks in this horrific war, government helicopters dropped "barrel bombs," large containers filled
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with explosives, shrapnel and incendiary materials on several civilian neighborhoods throughout the city over the last three days. at least 76 people have been killed, including 28 children, according to the international aid workers on the scene. the wounded have overwhelmed aleppo's hospitals. a leader of the doctors without borders team in syria spoke with us late today. >> it's literally impossible to take care of everything. this is clearly targeting concentrations of civilians. >> reporter: aleppo, once considered one of the most beautiful cities in the middle east is in ruins and those left here after more than two years of grinding war are trapped. on one side, the ruthless government forces of president bashar al assad, determined to smash all oppositions to his rule. on the other, rebel forces now dominated by extreme jihadists. secretary of state kerry said today he still believes peace talks can be held next month in geneva, part of the long -- and so far failed effort by the u.s.
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to do something, anything, to stop this carnage. terry moran, abc news. and back in washington, this was the scene at the white house today. president obama huddled with tech giants, executives from google, apple, yahoo! facebook, 15 in all, there to discuss the nsa surveillance program under fire. we learned that the white house has tapped recently retired microsoft executive kurt delbene to spearhead fixes to the obamacare website. by the way, he volunteered for the job and has promised to give back his salary. there is a big headline about the winter olympics in russia. president obama will not be attending. however the official u.s. delegation will include tennis legend billie jean king who is openly gay and today said she's deeply honored and proud to stand with the lgbt community and support of all athletes at the sofaer olympics.
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the decision is considered a political statement from the white house, a challenge to russian president putin. across this country a lot of americans are wondering if their luck is about to change. the mega millions jackpot soaring to more than $630 million and we watched people lining up all day in miami and texas and in california as well. americans counting down to the big drawing. so are we. here's the countdown clock and abc's linsey davis on the story. >> reporter: what you are witnessing -- all across the country is the point at which a mega millions frenzy reaches a fever pitch. 30 million tickets sold an hour during peek times today. tonight's mega jackpot was born back in october as a much smaller pot. >> tonight's jackpot is an estimated $12 million.
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>> reporter: fast forward two and a half months and 21 winless drawings, and that $12 million is now a $636 million prize, the second largest in lottery history. so tonight, adults are standing in line with the same fanciful hopes of children sitting in santa's lap. >> buy a new lamborghini. >> probably going to buy an island. >> reporter: steve ontell of passaic, new jersey is the guy around town that everyone wants to touch for good luck. since 2009 he's won powerball once and mega millions twice, collecting more than $1 million worth of jackpots. >> what do you say for people looking for a tip? >> a tip? just walk up to the machine and just let the machine pick it. >> reporter: there are lucky people and then lucky states. illinois is the luckiest with 31 mega million jackpots won, followed by new york and then a three-way tie between georgia, michigan and new jersey. but you never know where luck will strike. this nebraska couple cashed in their winning ticket this
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afternoon from last week's $122 million powerball jackpot. >> it's been a whirlwind. >> reporter: they chose the lump sum payment of $34 million. if there is one winner tonight, they'll take home ten times more cash, a whopping $341.2 million. just take a look at the line, guys. based on the numbers coming in from mega millions there is about a 30% chance we will not have a winner tonight. but if that's the case, the jackpot will only roll over. friday's projected jackpot already $950 million, closing in on the billion dollar mark. diane? >> linsey davis, our human countdown clock. thank you, linsey. next tonight made in america, olympic mittens sold to raise money for team usa. why does the label read made in china? our team getting answers ahead. we're back in two minutes. ♪
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next tonight our made in america team is back. after our reporting two years ago, this year the athletes at the winter olympics will be wearing ceremonial uniforms made in america as promised. but tonight we have seen something else. mittens sold by the u.s. olympic committee to raise money are made in china. why? abc's david muir back tonight and on the trail of the answers. david? >> you and i thinking the same thing, not again. obviously there is nothing wrong with selling mittens to raise money for our american athletes but why not help american workers at the same time? >> reporter: they are the $14 mittens being sold all over the country by the u.s. olympic committee. the patriotic message, go usa. raising money for the athletes at the winter games. but you're not only helping athletes with those mittens, you're helping workers in china. because inside, the second message you'll find, made in china. this all comes less than two years after "world news" and the made in america team discovered the ralph lauren uniforms for our athletes at the opening
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ceremonies were made in china too. our producers -- head to toe. you'll remember congress outraged after our reports. >> i think they should take all the uniforms, put them in a big pile and burn them. >> reporter: ralph lauren then promising to make them here, and keeping that promise. which is why so many of you were scratching your heads today. why would the olympic committee ignore the labels again? a spokesman for the committee saying we wanted to create a fundraising opportunity where almost anyone could support team usa. a nod to that $14 price tag on the mittens. but wait a minute. china, the only place that can make a $14 pair of mittens? our made in america team on the phones today. so many companies telling us they would have loved the job. >> we can make these right here in new hampshire. >> reporter: the sewing machines at bat waves in idaho already cutting the mittens in duluth, minnesota. duluth pack with the label "made in america."
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and from baabaazuzu in michigan a simple message. >> we can do this. >> reporter: and with mittens in hand, we wanted even more proof we could match the cost. headed to lion brand yarn known across the country. >> a very simple question tonight, these olympic mittens, $14, made in china. could we make them here for the same amount? >> i bet we could. >> reporter: she was out to prove it. they even carry a color already called olympic blue. >> the color is called olympic? >> this color is called olympic, yes. >> so this is right here? >> where is it made? >> this is made in america. >> and the price? >> it is only $6.49 a ball. you could probably get two pairs of mittens out of this. >> you could help the u.s. olympic team and help american workers if you bought american yarn. >> oh, yes. >> reporter: another message from the workers at midwest gloves and gear arguing tonight -- >> we can do it! >> reporter: the consultants at boston consulting group running
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the numbers for us and saying with a $6 ball of yarn that we found today, obviously a factory could get it cheaper in bulk, experts say you absolutely could match that $14 price from china. you heard it right, they already have the color, olympic blue, in stock. >> staying on the case tonight. we'll have more. thank you, david muir. coming up next right here, it's official, the newest rock gods in the rock and roll hall of fame. ♪ i want to rock and roll all night ♪ >> you helped kiss make rock and roll history, tonight. before copd... i took my son fishing every year. we had a great spot, not easy to find, but worth it. but with copd making it hard to breathe, i thought those days might be over. so my doctor prescribed symbicort. it helps significantly improve my lung function starting within five minutes. symbicort doesn't replace a rescue inhaler for sudden symptoms. with symbicort, today i'm breathing better. and that on! [ female announcer ] symbicort is for copd including chronic bronchitis and emphysema. it should not be taken more than twice a day. symbicort contains formoterol.
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he is now teaching other children the power of music and the path to a new life. abc's byron pitts now on the man who is america strong. >> y'all give it up for the one and only more trombone shorty. ♪ >> reporter: to his fans, he is trombone shorty. first handed a horn at age four. >> that's my young brother, the trombone shorty. >> reporter: troy andrews was nurtured for greatness. there he is performing with the legendary bo diddley. it was this city's music that saved troy from its violence, his talent a ticket to another world, sharing the stage with lenny kravitz, just this year headlining jazzfest. now troy is sharing his gift. this is the trombone shorty academy at tulane university, where high school students by the dozen get a free musical education, renewing a lost tradition of musical mentorship.
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>> a lot of older musicians are not around anymore. it's a different place after the storm. >> reporter: the storm. the scars of hurricane katrina still run deep here. what trombone shorty is providing -- an ointment for the soul. one of troy's star students -- 17-year-old pianist tassion lott was adopted by her aunt after her own parents ran into trouble with the law. >> when i started this program i just gained a bigger passion for music. i was like i want to do this for the rest of my life. >> reporter: now she is weighing scholarship offers to college. >> wait a minute. stop for a second. now, to talk to you you're very shy, you're very soft spoken, but you start playing and all of a sudden you get loud, you get big. what is that? >> i guess that's my inner lion. >> reporter: a lioness who might never have found her voice if not for trombone shorty. he is america strong.
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>> we thank you so much for watching tonight. we're always here at i'll see you right back here again tomorrow night. we want to leave you with some glowing christmas spirit, these pictures from our abc station in biloxi, wlox tv. we'll see you all tomorrow. good night.
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an east bay family steps up its fight to help keep their teenager alive. >> what causes this hillside to collapse? abc7 news looks into the owner, a man well connected at city hall. >> taking you inside of the recycling plant that burned all night as a spare the air alert goes into day 11. >> give where you live campaign with a food bank that can feed clients for $1 a day. >> the hospital backed off from efforts to remove life support. >> the announcement today that buys an east bay couple time to ponder their next move on how to keep their daughter alive. good evening, everyone, i'm carolyn johnson. >> there is no good medical news tonight for jahi's family. there is an emotional boost. their 13-year-old daughter will not be taken off life support. not
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immediately. laura anthony is wlif these new developments tonight. >> reporter: jahi's family told us latest round of tests show nod brain activity. that is not keeping the family from fighting to keep the hr little girl on life support. >> when i kiss her, i feel her breath. >> her mother says all she wants is more time. and late today, that is what the family received. when childrens hospital agreed to leave the 13-year-old on life support for now. >> it's just like she's sleeping and i'm just going in there and pray and let her know we're fighting for you. your mother will never stop fighting for you. >> the heart is beating on its only. assistance is for ventilation the family asked for nutritional support and antibiotics to be


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