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at 5:00. for drew and shu we'll see you again at 6:00. welcome to "world news tonight." sole survivor. the small plane crash that killed an entire family except for one little girl. her climb out of the wreckage and trek through the dark woods, the man who answered her knock on the door. how did she make it out alive? wicked weather. the arctic blast spreading across the country just as america travels home from the holidays. icy roads, freezing rain and now tornadoes whipping up too. breakthrough. the massive object spotted on the ocean floor. tonight searchers on the hunt for the missing airasia jet say this is what they've been looking for. are they now close to finding the black boxes? and tipping off thieves, the danger of sharing too much online. >> i'm kind of a social media nerd.
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i'm also kind of a burglar. >> the new warning going viral tonight. >> announcer: from abc news world headquarters, this is "abc world news tonight." good evening. thanks for joining us on this saturday. i'm cecilia vega. we begin with an american family like millions of others on this holiday weekend returning home from vacation. the gutzlers were flying back to illinois from florida. the dad, piloting the small plane when it crashed. the lone survivor, a 7-year-old girl. disoriented she walks away from the wreckage deep in the kentucky woods somehow making her way in the dark to this remote home for help. that little girl's survival tonight being called a miracle. abc's gloria riviera starts us off. >> reporter: today in rural kentucky investigators sifting through the crash site looking for answers. it all started last night just before 7:00 p.m. the gutzler family flying back from the holidays making an emergency call to air traffic
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control reporting engine problems. the pilot looking for the closest airport but then silence, contact lost over memphis, tennessee. minutes later, the piper pa-34 seneca, a two-engine aircraft, crashed into a densely wooded area in kuttawa, kentucky, father marty gutzler, mom kim, daughter piper and cousin sierra wilder all lost, but little sailor somehow survived trekking barefoot through this rough, wet terrain alone a quarter of a mile to one of the few homes in the area. >> the 7-year-old has just come out of the woods alone scratched up, and i think she was involved in a plane crash. >> i heard a knock on the door, opened the door, and there was a little girl about 7 years old. bloody, had a bloody nose, her legs and arms were bleeding, crying, and she told me that her parents were dead. >> reporter: sailor told him she tried to wake them up. >> i just can't imagine a
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7-year-old walking through that woods at night by herself, no lights and just got out of a plane crash. >> reporter: the plane, she said, was upside down. in the last 40 years there have been just 14 lone survivors of large plane crashes. half of those are children. experts say it's possible a child's bones, less brittle, better cushion the impact. another possibility, parents often shielding them. that's what happened to cecelia crocker. at 4 years old, the sole survivor in a 1987 northwest airlines crash that killed her mother, father, brother and 151 others. she spoke about the long road back in a cnn documentary. >> i remember feeling angry and survivor's guilt, why didn't my brother survive? why didn't anybody? you know, why me? >> reporter: but in the years since cecelia says she has healed and is happy. as for little sailor, released from the hospital today, miraculously with just minor
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cuts and scrapes. the family saying tonight "we are devastated by this loss, but confident they rest in god's loving arms." federal investigators are now on the ground in kentucky. they say it will take at least two days to comb through the crash site, but, cecilia, today was especially difficult because of bad weather. >> a remarkable story, gloria, thank you. abc news aviation consultant colonel steve ganyard joins us now from washington. steve, this plane was less than ten miles from the nearest airport. so what could have possibly gone wrong? >> well, cecilia, we know that he radioed that they were having an engine problem, so you put on top of that bad weather, it's night, the aircraft is heavily loaded. he's got lots of kids in the airplane. all sorts of things could have led to a distraction that could have made him create or have him make a mistake that led to this tragedy. >> so they crashed in the woods, as you said, in the dark. how could this little girl have walked away from this?
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>> it's really extraordinary because if they crashed into the tree nose first, if she was in the back, perhaps she survived because the front of the aircraft took the brunt of it but to survive anything like this is really, really extraordinary. >> colonel ganyard, thank you very much. and we move on to the wintry weather plaguing 50 million americans tonight. many of them traveling home from the holidays. in north dakota, a blizzard is creating a whiteout condition on the roads, windchills there 50 degrees below. that arctic blast now on its way to half of the country, and it comes as icy rain, high winds and now tornadoes are also in the mix. abc's senior meteorologist rob marciano is tracking it all. >> reporter: a blizzard in the northern plains. snow and 50-mile-per-hour winds near grand forks, north dakota, dropping visibilities to near zero causing cars to virtually disappear. only a freight train able to get through the unforgiving wind and snow in minnesota. and it's winter in western texas. three inches of snow in amarillo
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slowing traffic or worse. frigid temperatures and black ice in odessa caused cars to spin out and trucks to jackknife. >> last night it looked like snow, and then this morning it's ice. >> reporter: and it was ice that caused this salt truck to slide out of control right into this house near pittsburgh, pennsylvania. the same storm bringing severe weather to the south. trees ripped down and high winds in mississippi and at least two reported tornadoes. further east in new york city, swirling snow, just a hint of that biting cold from the canadian border coming this week. >> and rob is here now. so, rob, these storms far from over. >> this is a big storm covering a lot of real estate, cecilia. take a look at where it is on the map. now, the center of it heading across chicago. the warm sector of this storm, that's where you'll see the threat for severe weather. that will be ongoing tonight, a dangerous situation and mild air moving in tomorrow. sleet and snow still falling across northern new england and will eventually turn to all rain tomorrow. temperatures will be in the 50s and 60s.
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chicago, the back side of this thing, you will get more in the way of snow and turn much colder once with this front and another core of cold air coming from the arctic. temperatures will be 20 to 30 degrees below average for a good chunk of the northeastern third of the country right on through the middle of next week. that means teens here in new york. >> it's freezing out there right now. >> it's january. >> i'm a california girl, rob. thank you, good to see you tonight. next, the nypd on high alert after receiving nearly 100 serious threats since the ambush of two officers two weeks ago. 21 people have been arrested. the news comes as the mayor, police chief and hundreds of other officers attended a wake for the second time, this one for wenjian liu. detective liu's funeral is scheduled for tomorrow. also here in new york, an accused al qaeda terrorist has died just days before he was set to stand trial. abu anais al libi is suspected in the 1998 bombings of american embassies in kenya and tanzania that killed 224 people. his dramatic 2013 capture seen here, u.s. special forces in that raid outside his libya
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home. al libi died last night of liver disease in a new york hospital. and next to what appears to be a breakthrough in that missing airasia jet. sonar equipment detecting what could be several large pieces of the plane submerged 100 feet down on the sea floor. crews hoping the discovery leads to the missing black boxes that could finally reveal what brought down the flight and its 162 passengers. here's abc's muhammad lila in indonesia. >> reporter: it's as close as search teams have come to an answer. today, sonar in the java sea located four large pieces of debris, 1 of them 30 feet wide, all found about 100 feet underwater. >> finding three or four pieces of this airplane on the bottom is completely commiserate with what we'd expect given the evidence we have so far of bodies that are fairly intact floating because this airplane obviously came down at a slower
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speed and hit the water in a nonsurvivable way but what would have caused it to do that is still a very great puzzle. >> reporter: but the next step won't be easy. investigators are planning to lower remote-controlled submersibles. think of them like underwater drones to take pictures of the debris to determine exactly which parts of the plane they came from. but the heavy waves and treacherous undercurrents are making it difficult to send anything down. meanwhile, more somber discoveries as the race to recover more bodies continues. all week the recovered bodies have been brought here just beyond this gate into the police hospital where they're being identified using fingerprints and dna. so far, a total of 30 bodies have been recovered but only a handful have been identified. some even found still strapped into their seat belts and with a second american ship, the "uss ft. worth" now joining the search mission, investigators are hopeful its advanced sonar systems can finally track down the biggest piece of the putle, the plane's crucial missing placke. muhammad lila, abc news, surabaya, indonesia.
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we turn next to a controversy shaking britain's royal family. prince andrew accused in a lawsuit of inappropriate relations with an underaged girl. buckingham palace forcefully denying the bombshell allegations, and that's where abc's alex marquardt reports in from tonight. >> reporter: it's an accusation that tonight is rocking the royal family, allegations that prince andrew, second son of the queen, brother to heir prince charles, had sex with a 17-year-old girl. the explosive claim blanketing britain's front pages today that the girl was forced to have sexual relations with the prince when she was a minor. despite an immediate forceful denial from the palace that any suggestion of impropriety with underage minors is categorically untrue. >> this potentially, if proven true, would involve illegality, and that is a step further in terms of scandal for the british royal family. >> reporter: the allegation surfacing in a florida lawsuit against this man, american multimillionaire financier jeffrey epstein, once a close
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friend of the prince's who in 2008 went to prison for more than a year for soliciting sex with a minor. photos like this from 2011 fueled rumbles in the past that the prince along with epstein was paring with underage girls. the court documents describe inappropriate relations between the prince and the unidentified minor at parties around the world including on epstein's private caribbean island. parties that the woman said also included prominent american lawyer alan dershowitz who today vehemently denied any wrongdoing. >> my only feeling is that if she's lied about me, which i know to an absolute certainty she has, she should not be believed about anyone else. >> reporter: as the palace stands resolutely behind prince andrew tonight, he so far has remained silent, but as the seriousness of these allegations sinks in, he may soon be forced to confront them publicly. cecilia. >> alex, thank you. next to a man president obama recently described as
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having moved the arc of history has died. former u.s. senator edward w. brooke, the first african-american to be elected to the u.s. senate since the civil war era, died today. brooke's most notable achievements in washington were affordable housing, and he was instrumental in passing the civil rights act of 1968. former senator edward w. brooke was 95 years old. next to the movie about another moment in civil rights history, "selma" already winning oscar buzz for the story of martin luther king jr. and that famous march, but also drawing ire from historians who say it gets president johnson's role in the movement all wrong. here's abc's linzie janis. >> i'm not asking, we're demanding. give us the vote. >> all: give us the vote. >> reporter: tonight "selma," the star-studded movie produced by oprah about dr. martin luther king jr.'s campaign to secure equal voting rights for african-americans, not just generating oscar buzz, but stirring up controversy too.
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some historians saying the filmmakers got it wrong. >> we need your help. >> dr. king, this thing is just going to have to wait. >> it cannot wait. >> you got one big issue. i got 101. >> reporter: arguing scenes like these unfairly portray president lyndon johnson as dragging his feet. >> it does a disservice to lyndon johnson by not giving him a little more credit that he deserves for pushing the whole of the voting rights agenda forward. >> reporter: one former johnson aide even claiming lbj was the mastermind behind the selma protest marches, not dr. king. the film's director fighting back on twitter calling the notion "jaw-dropping and offensive to the civil rights groups and black citizens who made it so." this isn't the first time hollywood's been accused of taking liberties with history. films about jfk, nixon and lincoln all heavily criticized. >> abolishing slavery will end this war. >> reporter: despite the controversy, "selma," the first major film about king, is nominated for four golden
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globes, an endorsement audiences are unlikely to ignore. linzie janis, abc news, new york. we have much more ahead on "world news tonight." up next, millions of americans share their holidays on social media, but with every post, could you be inviting some unwanted visitors into your empty home? and later in the broadcast -- ♪ it's 9:00 on a saturday the regular crowd shuffles in ♪ >> yeah, that's kevin spacey, actor and now singer, the legendary piano man he was serenading, that's in our "instant index." ♪ making love to his tonic and gin ♪ [ shutter clicks ] hi there! [ laughs ] -i'm flo! -i know! i'm going to get you your rental car. this is so ridiculous. we're going to manage your entire repair process from paperwork to pickup, okay little tiny baby?
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keeping track of where you are and, more importantly, where you aren't. here's abc's nick watt. >> reporter: were you at the sugar bowl new year's day? did you post about it on social media? if so, allstate has an alarming message for you. just watch the commercials they aired during the game. >> i'm kind of a social media nerd. i'm also kind of a burglar, so when the people who live here posted from tonight's game, i did what any self-respecting nerd burglar would do. >> reporter: that couple, matt and shannon moskel, from illinois are real found by allstate researchers oversharing on social media. the insurer built a mock-up of their home, filled it with replicas of their possessions -- >> scootch your bootch on over to my website and thank these people for oversharing by paying me for their stuff. >> reporter: apparently burglars are increasingly using google street view and social media to find their targets. >> it's growing because the general population aren't paying attention to it. they're not managing the risk side of that.
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>> reporter: this indiana home burglarized just minutes after the owners left for a concert. >> i posted that on my facebook page, who the band was, where we were going. the band started at 8:00. >> reporter: the advice from experts, resist the temptation to post snaps and updates while you're away. turn off some location services on your phone so tweets and photos don't reveal where you are, and make sure your social media friends really are your friends. clearly allstate's oversharing message hit a nerve. the insurer's site got up to 8,000 hits a second during the game. >> buy matt and shannon's stuff now. >> reporter: nick watt, abc news, los angeles. still ahead on "world news tonight" -- a celebrity auction fit for a king. the sky high amount that elvis presley's two private planes could soon bring in.
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bennett and a host of other celebrities honored the piano man himself billy joel for a library of congress award. the event aired last night on pbs. and speaking of celebrities, an auction house is now accepting bids for elvis presley's former planes appropriately named "lisa marie" and the "hounddog 2." the planes have been on display at graceland for the past 30 years. the "lisa marie" has a boardroom and a double bed. the two planes could bring in as much as $15 million. and when we come back, putting the cart before the dog. meet turbo-roo. why this little chihuahua is being called the underdog of the year. nry winkler and i'm here to tell homeowners that are sixty-two and older about a great way to live a better retirement... it's called a reverse mortgage. call right now to receive your free dvd and booklet with no obligation. it answers questions like... how a reverse mortgage works
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help other disabled dogs just like him. here's abc's ron claiborne. >> reporter: when this tiny chihuahua puppy was born with no front legs, some vets suggested putting him to sleep. ashley looper, a worker at another vet clinic, said no. she would adopt him. >> and i have a special bond with, you know, little fur kiddos that need a little bit of extra help. >> reporter: she named him turbo-roo. from compassion came creativity. ashley and her boyfriend ray hurt fashioning tiny wheeled scooters for turbo-roo to get around. >> look at you go. >> reporter: these images went viral and turbo-roo drew the attention of an engineer who built him an even better scooter. now turbo-roo is turbocharged. >> once he got in the cart, it was just a big smile on his face. >> reporter: the plight of pets like turbo-roo is leading to breakthroughs in prosthetics for animals. this dog named derby was born
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with deformed front legs, and just like the engineer that helped turbo-roo, researchers used 3d printing technology to design a device to meet his particular needs. >> being able to print them is a lot quicker than having to hand sculpt every single mold. >> reporter: look at him now. and turbo-roo's owners, ashley and ray, are now selling and also donating scooters like his. this little chihuahua who could inspiring new hope that someday other disabled pets can scamper just like him. ron claiborne, abc news, new york. >> 68,000 instagram followers he has. "gma" and "this week" in the morning. we are back tomorrow. thanks for spending your saturday with us. have a good night.
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next at 6:00 bay area school sure ares to highway water damage. >> concerned parents take to the streets to teach life lessons to their kids. >> abc7 news at 6:00 starts now. >> good evening thank you, for joining us. a waterline break on the campus of newark memorial high school flooded eight classrooms with three feet of water. crews are trying to rearrange alternative teaching spaces before monday. sergio quintana has details. reporter: this waterline burst last week, and students had already left for the winter
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break and it's probably good thing because the superintendent tells us it sounds like an explosion when that line burst. he says that is how neighbors described the sound. it has taken several days for maintenance crews to pull out damaged furniture and other items from the classrooms that were flooded because of the break. classroom walls and carpets had to be torn afortunate get rid of water damage. some teacher's winter breaks were cut short because they had to come in and sort through classrooms and salvage materials they need and had to move into other rooms. >> we have some auxiliary classrooms in our event center but it's the process of some of the furniture was destroyed, some of the teacher belongings were ruined, and so then it took two weeks of moving them over to the classrooms. but they'll be displaced for probably most of the second semester. >> some students were here for a basketball game this afternoon. we talked to a few


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