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lessons. thank you so much for joining us. we sure welcome to "world news tonight." the new cases of possible ebola. and what the cdc is warning tonight. the doctors sounding the alarm. their gear not covering their skin. and the american airports where they'll soon be taking some passengers' temperatures. and this stunning new video coming in at this hour after an ebola scare. a flight from philadelphia. a mother's new plea tonight. her young son from the heartland. she tweets the terror group, his captors. and then the response she gets back. extreme weather. the rescue playing out. and that massive tropical system, the biggest on earth this year. thousands of american troops on alert. the blinding moment on the field. the quarterback, his hands up, the accused laser pointer busted tonight. and made in america. the bright idea sent overseas. tonight, it's back. and we take you to the one place in america flickering for more than 100 years.
any guesses? good evening and it's great to have you with us here on a thursday night. and we begin with fast-moving developments this evening in the ebola outbreak. tonight, possible new cases popping up around the world. in spain this evening, eight doctors and nurses in isolation. one doctor sounding the alarm over protective gear. and right here in the u.s., look at the map. in the next 48 hours, five american airports will begin screening passengers arriving from west africa. 94% of passengers from the hot zone pass through those airports up on the screen. also tonight, new images emerging. the panic set off. an ebola scare involving a us airways flight from philadelphia. someone reportedly sneezing, saying, "i have ebola." the airline saying they did not take any chances. a portrait tonight of the fear about this. and this evening, what they've now done in that dallas hospital, in that room where that ebola patient died.
abc's cecilia vega, leading us off. >> reporter: it took a crew of 15 people a full 24 hours to decontaminate the dallas hospital where thomas eric duncan died. moving methodically through several rooms, sterilizing machines, collecting everything duncan touched -- clothing, gloves, bedding -- sending it all to an incinerator. it is the same team that cleaned the apartment where duncan stayed. tonight, good news for another person who ventured into that apartment. after feeling sick, a sheriff's deputy rushed to the hospital by paramedics in hazmat gear, doctors now say he tested negative for ebola. >> the public is safe. we need to all stay calm and carry on with our daily lives. >> reporter: now, even as hospitals in the u.s. run ebola response drills, new concern about health care workers. eight doctors and nurses in spain in isolation tonight after treating an ebola patient.
only one has the disease, but a spanish doctor complaining the sleeves on his protective suit leave his arms bare. the cdc recommends anyone in contact with ebola patients wear a face mask, two layers of gloves, shoe covers, leg covers. some hospitals go even further, with full body chemical resistant hooded tyvex suits, taping gloves to sleeves and suits to boots, so not a fraction of skin is exposed. airports on high alert, too. authorities in hazmat suits boarding a us airways flight, all because a sneezing passenger joked he had ebola. false alarm. the airline saying the safety of our customers and employees is our first priority. also tonight, the hospital here defending itself against charges of unequal treatment from duncan's family. the hospital saying that duncan received the same level of care that any patient would and that doctors and nurses here are mourning his loss, too. david? >> cecilia, thank you. and abc's chief medical
editor dr. richard besser is here. and rich, suspected cases popping up elsewhere and when you heard that spanish doctor today sounding the alarm over protective gear? >> reporter: yeah, i mean, that's unbelievable. it's incredibly dangerous. in liberia, we even had two people who were watching me to make sure that there was not one speck of skin that was showing. take a look at this, as i'm suiting up. it's a buddy system. and we're looking at each other. even more importantly, as i came out, they sprayed me down with bleach to make sure there was no way i was contaminated. >> this doctor said the sleeves weren't covering his skin. so, that was troubling. and here in the u.s., you heard cecilia report what they've done in that dallas hospital in that dallas room. that troubled you or not? >> reporter: i think that was safe. the virus is not very hardy. but it can survive on surfaces in body fluids. so, burning all that material makes sure that no one is going to come in contact and everyone will be safe. >> so, necessary steps there in dallas. >> reporter: that's right. >> all right, rich, thank you. we're going to turn now to the other breaking story tonight. an american mother and her race against time to save her young son held hostage by isis. peter kassig, his life
threatened in that horrifying video. tonight, his mother taking her own steps, tweeting to the terror group and getting a response from an intermediary. abc's chief investigative correspondent brian ross tonight. >> reporter: for the parents of peter kassig, anguish and heartbreak have now turned to desperation. almost a week since they issued a video plea to isis for the release of their 26-year-old son. it has gone unanswered. >> we implore those who are holding you to show mercy. >> reporter: now paula kassig has taken to twitter to send her message directly to isis, referring to her son by his islamic name. "i am an old woman, and abdul rahman is my only child. my husband and i are on our own, with no help from the government," she wrote. "we would like to talk to you. how can we reach you?" officials in washington appeared stung today by the mother's message that the government was providing, quote, no help. >> we have reached out to the kassig family. it remains true that we are
using all of our military, intelligence, law enforcement and diplomatic capabilities to bring peter home. >> reporter: the obama administration faced similar criticism from the parents of hostage james foley after he was executed by isis in august. >> the higher we went, the more difficult. >> right. and we were an annoyance, it felt, at some level. that, you know, they really didn't have time for us. >> reporter: the attempts by other hostage families to reach out directly to isis leadership has only served to prove it is a group of murderers who know no mercy. in fact, some of the people who mrs. kassig sent her message to via twitter responded today with predictable ugliness. "you trying to ask me for help makes no sense. had i the chance, i would have already killed him." u.s. officials say kassig and the other western hostages including one young american woman are still believed to be in and around the isis stronghold of the syrian city of raqqah, being moved from one location to another on a regular
basis, david. >> brian ross reporting in tonight. brian, thank you. and now to the severe weather this evening. and look at the images coming in from the southwest. powerful storms making it treacherous for drivers. and in arizona, this road underwater. a man stuck in the rushing water. the driver jumping onto that fire truck to safety. and tonight, flash flood watching in effect with more severe weather on the way. abc's senior meteorologist rob marciano tracking it all for us. rob? >> reporter: leftover moisture for hurricane simon streaming into colorado. above 10,000 feet, some of this is falling as snow. and at pike's peak, just 20 miles east of there, a flash flood warning for colorado springs. this moves across a stationary boundary. a flood threat, but a severe storm threat across the texas panhandle in the next 12 to 24 hours. flood watches from eastern kansas, through missouri, in through western parents of through western parts of illinois. watch our future cast. as the rain shows you exactly how heavy it will fall and where, one falls through st. louis, another falling right behind that. so, the same areas getting multiple inches of rainfall. then it shifts a little bit further to the south. but some areas could see three
to four inches on top of what they've already seen. so, a big flood threat over the next 24 hours. >> all right, rob marciano, thank you. and one more weather headline tonight. that massive tropical system we first showed you here last night, vongfong. this image taken by an astronaut on board of the space station. and just look, the eye of the storm, 800 football fields wide. now officially the most powerful storm on earth this year. and we will be tracking it here. back here at home, and to california, and to the stunning images of this fire fight. a house engulfed in flames outside sacramento. firefighters racing to the scene, just one of several raging blazes. and this question. were the fires deliberately set? abc's neal karlinsky tonight on why they think someone might have done this. >> reporter: it started fast, like so many other northern california wildfires this season. but as five homes burned overnight, and firefighters scrambled, they noticed something else -- a pattern. it was actually five small fires along one stretch of highway. investigators think it could be an arsonist.
>> it's just sort of overwhelming, you know? >> reporter: it turns out mother nature, extreme drought and heat aren't the only forces at work this year. the massive king fire, nearly 100,000 acres, started in the backyard. in terms of the arson investigation, this is ground zero. police have arrested this man. to the north, in spokane, washington, 23 fires in mostly wooded areas in just two weeks. a serial arsonist. >> he's not afraid to light fires hear homes. >> reporter: we spent the day inside the hunt for a suspect, looking at burn marks in fields, damaged homes and patterns on a map. >> it's almost like na, na, na, na, see if you can catch me. and when we -- >> reporter: really? you think he's taunting you? >> oh, in some respects, yes. >> reporter: through the years, investigators have developed a profile. serial arsonists are generally young, uneducated white men. sometimes craving revenge, often looking for attention. in spokane, a 16-year-old suspect has been arrested.
tonight in california, investigators are on edge. someone starting new fires here is the last thing they need. neal karlinsky, abc news, los angeles. >> neal, thank you. and now to the economy this evening and that eye-opening plunge on wall street. a blistering day for american 401(k)s. the dow closing down more than 334 points. that is the worst day of the year. and abc's paula faris tonight tracking what triggered this. paula? down swings has lost $2,000. two reasons for this uncertainty in the america. europe's strongest economy, germany, is slowing down. and concerns about what the fed will do next. but there is a silver lining to all of this. oil prices closing at a record two-year low. so that means, david, you will feel a little bit of relief at the pump as prices expected to drop.
>> a roller coaster on wall street this week, paula. thank you. now to the case getting national attention tonight surrounding police tactics. a foster child pepper sprayed in his own home. the police thought he was a burglar. abc's senior national correspondent jim avila and the family tonight. >> reporter: foster child deshawn currie is family. fits right in with his white siblings. but confused police pepper sprayed the young man in his own north carolina home, mistaking him for a burglar after this 911 call. >> i'm seeing some suspicious person walking around. it was a black kid. >> reporter: police found the surprised 18-year-old deshawn coming down the living room stairs -- his living room stairs. >> it was like, "put your hands on the door." i was like, "for what?" i was like, "this is my house." >> reporter: police say they pepper sprayed the young man when he became belligerent. the latest in a series of incidents causing outrage. from florida, where a tallahassee grandmother was tasered to the street, to a
south carolina man, shot four times after "aggressively reaching for his driver's license." is there more police brutality or are there just more cameras on the street? from the body cams the cops wear themselves, to the dash cams in their squad cars, the bystanders carrying smartphones and the surveillance cameras on the street corners. the truth is, we don't really know. because no one's keeping track nationally. but police misconduct is expensive. last year, new york paid out $137 million in judgments and settlements. chicago, $84 million. >> it's taxpayers who end up forking over the dollars that are necessary. >> reporter: painful and frightening for the victims, costly for the rest of us. jim avila, abc news, washington. >> jim, thank you. and tonight, to the nfl now, and that blinding moment on the field. an nfl kicker, that light, a laser pointer shining in his eyes at a crucial moment. and tonight, authorities believe they have tracked down the culprit. abc's mara schiavocampo tonight.
>> reporter: watch as a powerful laser hits buffalo bills player colton schmidt in the chest. minutes later, quarterback kyle orton appealing to the ref for help. pointing at his eyes. >> it's definitely not something, you know, you prepare for. >> obviously it's illegal and certainly something that we don't condone. >> reporter: tonight, the detroit lions confirming the mystery fan who shined that blinding light onto the field earlier this week has been caught and banned indefinitely from future games. thanks to his own play-by-play. marko beslach, a recent high school graduate, tweeting, "you see a green light on any of the bills players, just laugh, because it's me." lasers like this one are not only distracting, but dangerous. when shined directly into the eyes, capable of causing permanent damage in just seconds. we set up a little test. this light is shining from an entire football field away. lasers also a threat to pilots in the sky.
according to the fbi, almost 4,000 incidents last year. offering a $10,000 reward for tips leading to an arrest. as for the lions fan, he has also been charged with a misdemeanor for disorderly conduct and will likely have to pay a fine. now, laser pointers are banned from all stadiums, but most of them are no bigger than a pen. in fact, this pen has a laser feature built in, so, they're very easy to sneak in and out. >> and you were showing me, has a danger label right on it. >> reporter: it does, indeed. >> mara, thank you. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this thursday. and take a look at this. authorities spraying down this american neighborhood after 800,000 bees swarmed in on a landscaping crew. it turned deadly. we all remember that moment on a highway, drivers detoured because of the bees, so, what triggered this newest case? sarah palin and her family making headlines tonight. what police are now saying about that reported brawl. and made in america tonight, on the hunt. looking for the one thing they told us was coming back. and we wanted to know, is it on the shelf?
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next tonight, to those frightening images from arizona. the landscaping crew surrounded by bees. hundreds of thousands of them. abc's clayton sandell with the warning tonight. >> reporter: these firefighters are not fighting a fire. they're spraying foam and pesticide, where swarming bees attacked a landscaping crew. one person was killed. >> apparently, one of the workers was very close to the actual bees. >> reporter: the six-foot long, 100-pound hive was discovered in the eaves of this tucson-area home. officials believed they were africanized killer bees. >> how aggressive were these bees? >> pretty aggressive. they were already dropping down at me as soon as i started approaching it. >> reporter: stings kill about 40 people every year. experts say it takes roughly 1,000 or more stings to kill an adult. bees can also wreak havoc in other ways. >> we got bees! >> reporter: this tractor
trailer carrying bee hooichs earlier this year overturned in delaware. >> dude dropped a whole beehive. >> reporter: snarling traffic. >> you just zip this up. >> reporter: rick bersagel has removed thousands of honey bee swarms from homes around denver. when it comes to these so-called killer bees, what's the one thing you never want to do? >> you don't want to mess with them at all. just leave them alone and call somebody that's qualified to grab them for you. >> reporter: back in arizona, tonight, officials are warning neighbors about angry bees that might still be buzzing around. but now, without a hive. clayton sandell, abc news, denver. >> clayton, thank you. and when we come back here tonight, can you name this tune? ♪ ain't no sunshine when she's gone ♪ >> we had a lot of fun with this one today. why this song and that singer suddenly back in the news tonight. also, the new headline coming in from alaska. the police and their decision after that reported brawl at the palins. all coming up right here tonight and here's what's coming up tomorrow night. david muir and the actress everyone's talking about. >> that's how you get away with
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and finally tonight here, made in america. and this evening, with a flip of a switch, the staple once made here, suddenly back tonight. and we're with the american workers, some who are asking, whose bright idea was it to take it overseas in the first place? with that bright idea born. >> the inventive genius whose fantastic mind formulated the magic of the incandescent light bulb was no great scholar. >> reporter: no great scholar? that's thomas edison he's talking about, the inventor of the light bulb, with no formal education. >> on the contrary, thomas edison could look back on but three months of formal skoofling schooling as a youth. >> reporter: that didn't stop him. there he is in the lab.
and there he is with the first bulbs. looks like the lighting aisle at home depot. and when america lost him, no one was expecting we would lose light bulbs, too. some 80 years later, this headline. "light bulb factory closing, end of an era for u.s. means more jobs overseas." 200 workers lose their jobs. but tonight, in three factories, the lights are on, with new lights now coming off the belt. from illinois to ohio to circleville, too. all making halogen light bulbs that look just like the old fashioned incandescent ones. we headed to walmart, where we were told they were put on the shelf just this week. if i said, where are the made in america light bulbs, where would i go? luis takes us just a couple of aisles away. he tells me, we weren't the first to ask. customers beat us to it. yesterday somebody asked? for a made in america light bulb? >> yeah. >> reporter: and this, you couldn't have even said just a month ago. >> that's correct. >> reporter: a month ago, still made in china. in fact, tonight, you can see them side-by-side on the shelf. 100 new hires, though, making them here. and across the country tonight, in a california firehouse, smiles, too. because they never gave up on their american made light bulb. >> it just keeps hanging on. everybody loves the bulb.
>> reporter: it's believed they have the world's oldest bulb at the town fire house since 1901. 113 years later, still shining. and for skeptics, a web cam, watching over it. >> we don't dust it. we don't wash it. we don't -- we have a lot of people think we change it out at night so it's always got a fresh bulb. >> reporter: in fact, scientists visiting from all over the world. puzzled by the bulb, made by the shelby electric company in ohio, the same state where tonight, they're making new bulbs, right here in america again. the bulb still shining tonight and the new jobs being created. i hope to see you right back here tomorrow night. >> detames on the arrest of ray mcdonald. questionable actions of the first officer on the scene. >> october surprise at the state building. california's top utility regulator over his resignation.
>> and could this be the fire chief's final straw in her controversial career? >> and a bay area man that lost his job over a $26 dispute with his cable company. >> did a san jose police officer break the rules by responding to the home of ray mcdonald the night he was arrested? >> we told you a officer moonlighted at 49ers game and called him the night of the alleged domestic violence incident. we learned details that raise new questions in this case. vic? >> we reported this officer went to the house the night of the
incident, our sources told us that was the reason, a big reason why the investigation took so long. i think, a lot of people thought he was off duty. it turns out he was not. sent police units to the home. another cop responded first. abc7 news reported that the san jose police officer is a sargeant that works security at 49er games. sources told us he went to ray mcdonald's home after the defensive end called him the night a 911 call was made. we have learned that was on duty.