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for us here at 5:00. welcome to "world news tonight." terror hunt. the most wanted woman in the world linked to those deadly attacks in paris. the new clues. where is she tonight? and the heroes. how a shopkeeper hid hostages to keep them alive. dangerous weather. the whiteouts, the ice and now, this explosive pileup, caught on camera. >> oh, no. watch out. watch out. against all odds. the former football player and his accident at sea, the tale of a 16-hour swim. an incredible tale of survival. and mooching motorists. able-bodied drivers misusing handicapped placards. the undercover sting. we're with the police, cracking down. >> obviously, you are not disabled.
good evening. thanks for joining us on this saturday, i'm cecilia vega. we begin with stunning new developments in those terror attacks in france. tonight, an urgent international manhunt. the three attackers who held paris frozen in fear, now dead. but this woman, the girlfriend of one of them, you can see her startling change, right there. tonight, she may already have slipped out of reach. and we are hearing for the first time from the people inside that supermarket, where one of the terrorists held frightened hostages. the hero who hid some of them in a walk-in freezer. our team on those stories tonight. but first, abc's matt gutman starts us off with the hunt for the woman who may hold the keys to a menacing terror cell. matt? >> reporter: good evening, cecilia. tonight, we learned she managed to escape a dragnet of 88,000 security officers. not because they couldn't find her here at the apartment where she lived, but because she
wasn't even on the continent. tonight, the most wanted woman in the world vanished. french authorities confirming 26-year-old hayat boumeddiene, a key member of the murderous sleeper cell which terrorized paris, massacring 12 people at a satirical newspaper, charlie hebdo, and seizing this jewish supermarket, has fled the country. u.s. and french officials tell abc news, she fled france last week, traveling to turkey via spain and then crossing into syria the day after the attack on the magazine. it was the very same day her partner gunned down a policewoman in paris. >> the reason that she may have wanted to go syria is really just to have sanctuary there. syria is awash in extremists. >> reporter: police describe boumeddiene as the bonnie to the murderous clyde of amedy coulibaly. both armed and dangerous. her boyfriend killed yesterday as commandos stormed the supermarket where he'd taken hostages and killed four. police suspect she served as the communications link between
coulibaly and the other members of the terror cell behind the charlie hebdo massacre, the brothers cherif and said kouachi, killed yesterday when police stormed the printing press where they'd holed up. boumeddiene exchanging more than 500 phone calls with one of the brothers' wives. this is the apartment complex where she and coulibaly lived. the couple lived here in this nondescript working class building, filled with students and workers. right here, their mailbox. upstairs, most neighbors wouldn't talk. tonight, we drove into a gritty suburb across town -- have you heard of hayat -- trying to visit her father's apartment. right now, we're being shouted at from across the way, we're being told to leave this area. boumeddiene wasn't always an islamic radical. this is her in a bikini, wrapped around coulibaly's torso, and this is her later, brandishing a crossbow. french police questioned her about those activities, but released her. and we're also learning tonight, from senior u.s. intelligence
officials, that the charlie hebdo attackers had support in some form from a network of jihadi enablers that reached into syria and yemen. cecilia? >> matt gutman leading us off tonight. thank you. and in contrast to the terror matt just mentioned, there are striking examples of heroism. tonight, how those quiet acts saved so many lives. alex marquardt has that part of the story. >> reporter: tonight, new details from inside those dramatic hostage standoffs that gripped france and the world. remarkable stories of bravery and friendship. as police yesterday surrounded the printing company where the two brothers suspected of killing 12 people at the charlie hebdo newspaper holed up, this man, the owner, says he saw them coming, armed with automatic weapons and a rocket-propelled grenade. "i must admit, i thought that was the end," he told reporters. "but they said, don't worry, we just want to come in."
the suspected terrorists releasing the man after he bandaged one of them for an injury on his neck. but the owner didn't tell them about his colleague, the 27-year-old graphic designer still inside, who hid under a sink for the eight-hour siege, texting information to his father, who passed it along to police. meanwhile, in eastern paris, when amedy coulibaly entered this kosher store with automatic weapons, this man, a muslim employee, told french tv that he shepherded a group of terrified customers into an underground fridge. he says he turned off the lights, told them not to worry and went back upstairs. all those men and women surviving. today, in a show of unity, around 700,000 people turned out in at least six cities across france in rallies to honor this week's victims. cecilia, there's no doubt that here in paris tonight, there's relief that the manhunt is over,
but there's still worry about what may lie ahead. france's president warning that the threat isn't over. tomorrow, world leaders will join an expected 1 million people on the streets of paris for a silent unity march, capping off a traumatic week for this country. cecilia? >> a traumatic weekend, indeed. alex, thank you. abc's chief global affairs correspondent martha raddtaz joins us now. and martha we heard matt mention the attackers have the support of a jihadi network, and investigators say this female suspect fled to syria. so, how likely is it that they'll ever find her? >> reporter: you know, cecilia this really is beyond the reach of law enforcement and maybe beyond the reach of intelligence capabilities. she will likely try to link up with like-minded people who will offer assistance and there are plenty of like-minded people in syria right now. if this were a more sophisticated cell that we know about, she may have already had something in place, though, given the fact that the brothers did not seem to have a real escape plan, this may not have been quite as elaborate as we think, despite the claims from al qaeda.
but either way, very, very difficult task to find her unless she leaves syria. >> a difficult task ahead. french authorities also under attack tonight for losing track of these terrorists over the years. so, are americans able to stay a step ahead of these threats here at home? >> reporter: you know, there's much more sophisticated tracking in the u.s. of anyone who has traveled to yemen, to syria and tries to return to our country. we throw about ten times the resources into that sort of tracking. just as an example of how focused the u.s. has been on this, when i returned from one of my trips to yemen with my producer, the fbi later showed up unannounced at his virginia home, wondering why he traveled to yemen and wanting to know what he had done there. cecilia? >> martha raddatz once again on the story for us tonight. martha, thank you. we do move on now to the dangerous conditions out there. winter weather and freezing rain advisories from arkansas through the ohio valley. a dangerous mix for anyone on the road. and tonight, new images of that horrific highway accident in
michigan. cars and trucks slamming into one another, leaving one person did. dead. here's abc's senior meteorologist rob marciano. >> reporter: tonight, snow falling at up to four inches per hour. burying parts of upstate new york in nearly four feet of snow. watch as this snow squall slams watertown. radar showing nonstop streams of heavy snow ripping across lake erie and ontario. covering roadways, reducing visibility. driving again treacherous. in michigan, lake effect snow dropped visibilities to near zero friday, leading to this. new images from that frightening pileup involving nearly 200 vehicles on i-94. watch as car after car hits the crash site. the chaotic scene leading to one death and 23 injuries. blinding snow likely the cause. >> it's a long drive for the weather. >> reporter: in good weather, you're taught to leave three
seconds for the car directly in front of you. giving you almost 300 feet to come to a stop. but in ice and snow, first, slow down. aaa recommends eight to ten seconds of separation, giving you 1,000 feet. that's over three football fields. >> if you can't see that far in front of you, it's safe to say you probably shouldn't be on the road driving. right rob? >> reporter: good advice. >> you were telling me, there's even ice in texas, so, will we see a warmup? >> reporter: yeah, this cold air goes all the way down to the mexican border. and that ice in texas shut down i-10 for a time today. we will see things warm up just a little bit. take a look at this map. the white line denotes the freezing line. that will march a little bit to the north. folks in the south, temperatures closer to average. but the moisture coming out of the texas will get into that near-freezing air, so, from arkansas up the mid south and the ohio river valley up through columbus seeing icy conditions tomorrow and tomorrow night. on monday, that gets into the i-95 highly populated corridor from d.c. to new york and in the morning rush, we'll see some freezing rain then. difficult driving conditions come monday morning. >> keep that safe distance.
rob, thank you. and now to the search for clues in the air asia flight. search teams today detecting pings that they believe are coming from the plane's all-important black boxes. but those boxes still not found that tail section. you can see it right there, lifted today from the bottom of the sea. investigators believe the boxes likely dislodged when the plane crashed. and from africa tonight, what may be the deadliest massacre yet by another extremist group. amnesty international says boko haram, the islamic militants who kidnapped hundreds of nigerian girls last april, slaughtered as many as 2,000 people. local officials say most of the victims appear to be the elderly, women and children who would not run away fast enough. next, to one of america's most respected men, under a shadow tonight. david petraeus, former four-star general, leader of u.s. troops in afghanistan and iraq, whose career went into a spiral after a scandal involving his mistress. tonight, the justice department
is weighing criminal charges against him. abc's ron claiborne has the story. >> reporter: abc news has learned that some justice department officials have recommended that david petraeus be criminally charged for allegedly passing classified documents to his then mistress paula broadwell, when he was cia director. but the department is split over this potentially controversial decision. reached by abc news, petraeus' lawyer and broadwell both did not comment. >> how deeply i regret and apologize for the circumstances that led to my resignation from the cia. >> reporter: petraeus resigned from the cia in 2012, after his extramarital affair with broadwell, his biography, was revealed. classified materials allegedly were found on her computer. >> i have remorse for the harm that this has caused. the sadness it has caused in my family and other families. >> reporter: abc news has also learned that attorney general eric holder got the recommendations in late 2013,
but still hasn't decided how to proceed. but senator john mccain wrote to holder last month, "congress and the american people cannot afford to have his voice silenced or curtailed by the shadow of a long-running, unresolved investigation." if petraeus were to be charged and convicted, the former army four-star general could go to prison. ron claiborne, abc news, new york. and there is a familiar name in trouble with the law again tonight. police in florida say george zimmerman was arrested and booked last night on aggravated assault charges in an alleged domestic dispute involving a girlfriend. you'll remember zimmerman was acquited in the 2013 shooting death of an unarmed black teenager, trayvon martin. this is zimmerman's fourth brush with the law since then. and now, to what may be an incredible feat of endurance and survival at sea by someone known for his athletic abilities on land. a former miami dolphin football player in a boating accident braved ten-foot waves for what
he says was some 16 hours. what he did that made all the difference. here's abc's gloria riviera. >> reporter: robert conrad's fight for survival likely took more grit than anything he ever faced on the football field. the former miami dolphins fullback, an experienced angler, fishing off the south florida coast on his 36-foot boat. falling off, he told police, reeling in a fish. the boat on auto pilot, drifting away. facing darkness, ten-foot waves, 25-mile-per-hour winds, conrad swimming, he says for 16 hours. just before 5:00 a.m., staggering ashore in palm beach. treated for hypothermia and dehydration, dr. scott mcfarland calling his survival amazing. >> it is just incomprehensible that this gentleman survived, actually. because your body temperature is going to drop. anything below 95 all kinds of emergency changes occur in the body. >> reporter: his wife tammy telling abc news, "my husband is still recovering in the hospital." calling this "a difficult time
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next at 6:00 major progress to report on the historic safety upgrade for the golden gate bridge. tonight, all signs pointing to an on-time re-opening. how are you dealing with the bridge's closure this weekend we'll check on the alternatives for getting around. fears retaliation after a quadruple murder in a trendy san francisco neighborhood. how police are responding tonight. abc7 news at 6:00 starts now. >> so far so good. the historic weekend long closure of the golden gate bridge for a major safety upgrade is ahead of schedule. nearly all of the 3500 barrier blocks are now in place. far on other bay area freeways. the freed gridlock because of the closure at this point nowhere to be seen. good evening, i'm katie
marzullo. it does appear to be smooth sailing for the most part but there are those drivers who were caught offguard by the closure. cornell bernard is live on the san francisco side of the bridge with a progress check. reporter: not everybody got the e-mail on this. what we just learn the project is on track. that is really good news. to make the deadline of monday at 4:00 a.m. sky 7hd is live over the span tonight. where the work is continuing. we just learned the last barrier piece has been fitted into place. still lots of work ahead but the bridge, juan step closer to being safer. at the going bridge, a virtual ghost up to. not a car in sight. laura and jeff journey yesterday the santa clara to see it up close. >> gentlemen woke up -- we woke up and said, let's go check out the bridge. >> i was born here in san san francisco it's a great experience to