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>> thanks for joining us. welcome to "world news." tonight, demanding answers. families of crash victims hold photos of loved ones who died, as they question the head of general motors. >> today's gm will do the right thing. >> and tonight, the new ceo tries to defend her company to congress. the apology. american bishops under fire for lavish spending. will the people's pope crack down? boston strong. thousands of firefighters stream into boston as a football star helps honor the courage he witnessed first hand. and neighborhood secrets. in search of hoarders in the neighborhood. a new way to turn homes like this into this. a good evening to you on this tuesday night. we begin with a powerful drama unfolding today.
american families demanding answers from the biggest car company in the nation. they are families who lost loved ones in crashes linked to faulty ignitions. and adding to it, congress putting the new head of the company in the hot seat. abc's chief business correspondent rebecca jarvis there and she brings us the news today. >> reporter: with photos of their lost loved ones in hand, family members of general motors crash victims made their way to capitol hill today, seeking answers. >> we are the voice of our daughters who can't speak for themselves today. >> reporter: jayne rimer came here because her 18-year-old daughter natasha was killed, along with 15-year-old amy lynn rademaker, when this chevy cobalt's ignition failed on a wisconsin road in 2006. the power shut down, the steering wheel locked. there were no brakes. at least 13 deaths have been linked to the faulty ignition switches, which can turn off power unexpectedly. many of the crash victims were young people, driving their first car.
mary barra is a gm veteran who recently took over as ceo. today, she faced congress. >> today's gm will do the right thing. that begins with my sincere apologies. especially the families and friends who lost their lives or were injured. >> reporter: but barra was pressed on why the company decided, for nearly a decade, that fixing the ignition was too expensive. >> documents provided by gm show that this unacceptable cost increase was only 57 cents. >> is the company responsible? does gm accept responsibility for the accidents caused by the company's defective vehicles? >> we apologize for what has happened and we are doing a full investigation. >> reporter: gm has now recalled more than 2.6 million cars with faulty ignitions. you claimed that never once did this ever cross your desk in the last decade. what do you say to the families? how do you explain that to them?
>> there's a group that looks at, when there's an incident. i was never apart of that process on this issue. >> reporter: an open question is, what the company will do for the victims. >> there's no amount of money that can replace my daughter. but i do want justice to come out of this and that's why i'm here. >> as we said, a powerful day. and rebecca joins us now. rebecca, we also saw familiar face announced today, someone coming in to help on this story? >> reporter: yes, gm has hired a very well-known disaster response individual, his name is kenneth feinberg. he helped set up the victim fund after 9/11, the boston marathon bombings and the bp oil spill. and very well-known name in that space, diane. >> all right, thank you, rebecca for reporting in. and also in washington today, president obama took a kind of victory lap. that deadline to sign up for obamacare arrived, passed, and more than 7 million americans enrolled. it beat the goal the white house had set. the president declared that this health care law is here to stay.
abc's chief white house correspondent jonathan karl was in the rose garden and tells us what happened next. >> reporter: in the rose garden today -- >> 7.1 million americans have now signed up for private insurance plans through these marketplaces. >> reporter: it looked like a victory celebration and the beginning of a new campaign. >> the debate over repealing this law is over. the affordable care act is here to stay. >> reporter: a surge of signups in person at enrollment centers around the country and online helped the white house exceed even its own expectations. but while 7.1 million and counting have signed up, there are still big unanswered questions. how many of those signing up were previously uninsured? and how many signed up after their old plans were canceled because of obamacare? and how many are young and healthy? the white house made a big celebrity-studded pitch to get young people, because if not enough of them enroll, premiums will go up.
for all the celebrating here at the white house, republicans haven't backed off one bit. they argued again today that obamacare is killing jobs and causing premiums to rise. but diane, in the four years since the affordable care act passed, when it comes to health care, this is the best day that democrats have had. >> all right, thank you, jonathan karl on the lawn of the white house tonight. and now, we head to washington state and that epic mudslide. new satellite images tonight. the devastation seen from space. forests, homes, wiped off the map, lives shattered. and tonight, abc's neal karlinsky takes us inside the pictures to show us what the rescue teams are finding now. >> reporter: driving into the slide zone is like entering a wasteland. chaos as far as the eye can see. we're taken to the last shred of highway 530 still standing along where one of the worst landslides in u.s. history blew through. as we walk along here, we've been trying to identify anything
recognizable. you can see pieces of clothing, some cups. it's all just bunched up together like it was put in a blender. we're warned not to step so much as an inch into the debris, and not to touch anything, or we'll have to be decontaminated. the mud in some places, 80 feet deep and dangerous. they've made their own sidewalks with wood to get through here, to be able to walk through without sinking into the mud. before we leave, from up on a ridgeline, a cruel reminder that all of this used to be a neighborhood. i just looked down and noticed this. even here in the distance, a muddied family photo. 27 people are known to have died so far. the painstaking work to find the rest goes on. neal karlinsky, abc news, oso, washington. and we want to tell you about new frustrations tonight in the search for the missing passenger plane. today, the international search team's new coordinator admitted they have no idea if they're looking in the right place.
they are still not sure of the plane's final altitude, speed or direction. and even the last words from the cockpit changed. today, a new official transscript showing the co-pilot never said, "all right, good night." he actually said, "good night, malaysian 3-7-0." and we want to say we heard from so many of you about our report last night on the hidden heroes, caring for wounded warriors as they come home from america's long wars. over 1 million caregivers, who need our help. well, today, former senator elizabeth dole is heading a mission to help them, stood with some of those caregivers, including jessica klein. you met her last night, her husband, captain edward klein, gravely injured leading his men in afghanistan. also tonight, action from senator patty murray, who says she will introduce a bill to expand support for caregivers. >> they don't want to talk about themselves. they're sort of the hidden person behind a hero. they are the hero.
>> and we want you to know that next week, elizabeth dole will be joining the first lady and dr. jill biden for a big announcement. and we're going to bring you that news next week and we'll also be back with another report on ways every single one of us can help. and tonight, the pressure is on. a year ago, pope francis told his clergy to live simply, to be modest. but tonight, two american bishops are trying to apologize for big homes and a pool paid for with money intended to help the work of the parish. abc's steve osunsami tells us. >> reporter: holy expensive. this brand new $2.2 million, 6,000 square foot home is the new residence for the catholic archbishop of atlanta. and across the church, they are furious. >> i think it's inappropriate. >> reporter: it's such a far cry from the simple life preached by the new pope. among other things, it has two dining rooms, an elevator and an eight-burner gas stove. this is one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in america.
the owner of the atlanta falcons lives just around the block. the land and the money both came from the nephew of "gone with the wind" author margaret mitchell, who stressed that it be used for the parish and charitable causes. today, the archbishop, wilton gregory, is responding to the flood of complaints, calling the construction a personal failure, offering to move out and sell the home. "i failed to consider the impact on the families throughout the archdiocese," he wrote, "who, though struggling to pay their mortgages, faithfully respond year after year to my pleas to assist with funding our ministries and services." just last week, pope francis removed a german bishop who spent $43 million on a new residence. no word yet if the vatican plans to send any suggestions at all to atlanta. >> they should give it to charity before they build a beautiful house. >> reporter: and in new jersey, parishioners are still withholding donations after learning that archbishop john myers spent half a million dollars on his home, adding an indoor pool, fireplaces and a library.
the archdiocese says the criticism is misguided. steve osunsami, abc news, atlanta. and next here tonight, we want to tell you about a seismic change under way in ordinary american life. something that was a staple in american refrigerators, disappearing. soda. the number of americans drinking it has plummeted in the last year, down 3%. may not sound like much, but that's hundreds of millions fewer bottles of soda sold. and it's not just the sugared sodas, either. so, what is happening? abc's senior national correspondent jim avila. >> reporter: an american icon is losing its grip on the nation's consumers. more mothers bypassing the soda aisle. i look in your basket here and i don't see any sodas. >> no, we do not drink soda. >> reporter: the average american drank a 51-gallon bathtub filled with soda in 1998. today, we drink nearly 20% less. only 44 gallons a year. >> i grew up with soda in our
house. you know, i would drink like two or three cans of coke a day. >> reporter: but mother of three kendra saad, who we met at her d.c. yoga class, says the rules have changed for her kids. >> we won't have soda in the house. >> reporter: but it gets worse for the soda industry. diet sodas are losing market share even faster, a 6% drop in sales in 2013, despite government assurances diet sodas are safe to drink. >> i thought about diet sodas, but i recently heard studies that indicate that artificial sweeteners aren't healthy. >> reporter: the soda industry admits it was a bad year for their front-line drinks, but both coke and pepsi made clear their businesses are diverse and they are major players in the bottled water, sports drink, tea and coffee lines. all of which are growing. jim avila, abc news, washington. and tonight, there is a pilgrimage under way. thousands of people headed to a great american city, whose steely resolve has been tested
yet again. boston. firefighters killed in the line of duty. and tonight, their brothers are coming together from around the world to let that city know they are not alone. abc's linzie janis is there with the outpouring tonight. >> reporter: thousands of firefighters from around the country and the world pouring into boston today, lining up to pay their respects. and remember two of their own. this captain, traveling all the way from los angeles. >> fire service has always been a brotherhood, sisterhood, and we come out to keep that going and show our respects. >> reporter: the city of boston, watching the valiant fight wednesday. inside the inferno, 33-year-old michael kennedy, a former marine, and 43-year-old lieutenant edward walsh jr., married and a father of three. their actions would help save everyone in that four-story building. but they became trapped in the
basement. >> it's tough to speak most times. you know, when you go to ask each other, how you doing, both men break down. >> reporter: one witness to the blaze, star quarterback tom brady, who lived just doors away, and says he saw true courage. >> you realize who the real heroes are in this world. i feel so badly for the families, i just want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart. >> reporter: today, a mountain of flowers. and at the church -- the line of firefighters goes on for miles. they're here to pay their respects and to support a city that's still healing from the marathon bombings. a city in mourning and boston strong. linzie janis, abc news, watertown, massachusetts. >> and both men will be awarded the medal of valor from the firefighters of the city posthumously. and up next here tonight, secrets in the neighborhood, as police target hoarders, hiding behind the door. a new kind of help, turning
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new tactic -- compassion. teaching hoarders how to pull themselves out of their mess and offering help. it's working for the retired psychiatrist who lives here. i see a lot of bugs on your table here. >> those are gnats. >> reporter: the doctor doesn't consider himself a hoarder. he says his mess stems from depression triggered by a break-up. >> this happens when i am alone. >> reporter: how long would you say this stuff has been piling up like this? >> close to a year. >> reporter: the health hazards and potential for fires can be dangerous for the residents and their neighbors, too. firefighters say floor to ceiling debris inside this new york hoarder home prevented them from getting inside to save it. but now, teams like the one in orange county are springing up around the country to address the huge problem. hoarding affects an estimated 2% to 5% of the population. long considered a form of obsessive compulsive disorder, last year, it was classified as a unique psychiatric condition.
>> hoarding can affect anyone. it crosses all socioeconomic lines. >> how are you doing with the progress? >> reporter: inspector johnson's next step -- >> you can see, i've been doing a lot of work. >> reporter: calling in the cleanup crew. >> so we can just pick up all this stuff? >> yeah, yeah. >> reporter: they get to work, sorting, hauling, dumping, removing countless loads of trash, enough to fill the back of this truck. and when it's all over -- >> this is the way it was. >> reporter: what's it feel like right now to turn around and look at your living room floor clean? >> well -- it feels good. >> reporter: a sight the doctor has not seen in a very long time. cecilia vega, abc news, los angeles. and when we come back right here, take a look at this picture. can you spot the stars of a beloved musical on board? see what they're about to do, in our "instant index." and i quit smoking with chantix. when my son was born, i remember, you know, picking him up and holding him against me. it wasn't just about me anymore. i had to quit.
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>> you deserved this visit a long, long time ago. >> reporter: why was it so important to you that we recognize the rosies? >> seeing these women working in a factory, doing anything any man can do, it began to change everything. >> reporter: a special visit capped off by a very special surprise. >> oh! >> how are you? >> i want a hug. >> absolutely! >> oh, thank you. >> reporter: i saw you sneak a kiss on the lips with the president. >> i did! that's a rosie for you. >> reporter: do you feel honored now? >> yes, i do. my descendants will know i was somebody. >> reporter: after all these years, phyllis and the rosies, still america strong. lara spencer, abc news, washington. >> thanks to lara and all those rosies. and we thank you for watching. we're always here at abcnews.com. "nightline" later, of course, and i'll see you right back here again tomorrow night.
good night. next at 6:00 thunder, lightning and hail wallop the bay area >> the storm caused power outages for hundreds in the bay area. snow is cold it's pretty windy up there on the hill. >> intense search for a man missing in the back country during the snow storms. >> and good food that's are bad for you. what is really healthy in the
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joining us. >> our other top story, storms moving through the bay area, bringing rain, wind, hail, thunder and lightning. >> yes. we've just received word the axe's game has been rained out. the makeup game will be tomorrow at 6:00 p.m . >> let's take a look now on the left. you can see green and some yellow indicating rain. ask on the right, our camera where you can see the affect the rain is having on the evening commute >> marble-sized chunks of hail in the bay area today. video now from pittsberg. you can see the thufrng slamming into his house. in the sky, pockets of storm clouds swept lieu the bay area, time lapse video shows a rain band moving across the eastern side of the bay. >> you can see what one rain band felt like on the ground umbrellas forcing people to scramble for cover we have live team coverage of