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at 5:00. abc7 continues online, on twitter, facebook, and all your mobile devices with our new app. see you at 6:00. welcome to "world news tonight." deadly freeze. chaos on icy highways. massive pile-ups. nearly 500 accidents. >> look out, look out! >> and one amazing rescue, how this driver survived. shots fired, near the home of vice president biden. the secret service and the fbi now looking for the gunmen. the investigation tonight. end of the road. the runaway teens who sparked a two-week manhunt through seven states, now in custody, how they were caught and what happens next. and making history. pope francis celebrates the largest mass ever, 6 million of the faithful, and the one little girl who nearly brought the pontiff to tears, what she told him.
and good evening. thanks for joining us on this sunday. i'm tom llamas. and we begin with the deadly travel for millions of americans. freezing rain and icy temperatures triggering hundreds of accidents on both coasts. in the east, outside philly, littered with damaged vehicles. not everyone survived this. and in the west, a major pile-up of big riggs in oregon. take a look at this image. this man pulled out of the mangled mess between the two of them. but, it just wasn't highways. this pickup fishtailing in a new york city suburb. that freezing rain delaying a hundreds of flights. tonight, abc's linzie janis reporting in. >> reporter: along the east coast today, a deadly mix. freezing rain instantly icing over roadways. >> look out, look out! >> reporter: sending cars out of control. in philadelphia, three people were killed after more than 50
cars and trucks slammed into one another. officials closing icy highways and all bridges in the city for four hours. emergency officials urging drivers to stay home. >> what was it like walking? >> it was like it is right now, it was like a skating rink. just like a skating rink on the highway. >> reporter: more than 30 vehicles were involved in this pile-up on a new jersey highway. 16 people were hurt, including this man who had to be dragged to safety. it's nearly 3:00 in the afternoon and they just managed to clear this road from that massive crash, the rain is still coming down, but the temperatures are warmer so it's not freezing on contact with the roads. out west, icy conditions, too -- in oregon, an amazing story of survival after this 26-vehicle pile-up, ripped open a fedex truck and mangled an 18-wheeler. kaleb whitby, who was driving his pickup truck, was sandwiched
between the two semis, leaving him just enough room to survive. >> all of the things that could have happened it kind of scares me. so i thank my lucky stars that i'm okay. i'm able to come home to my wife and my son. >> reporter: amazingly whitby only needed two band-aids. that young man so lucky to be alive. and back here in new jersey, temperatures have risen above freezing. but further north in new england, they're still dealing with slick roads tonight. tom? >> we're going to stay tracking that storm. rob marciano is here. that icy storm is not done yet, right? >> no it's still very stubborn. that cold air still won't get out of new england. that's where we're seeing the icing tonight. take a look at where the storm is going, heavy rain across new york. but we'll see some icing tonight across western massachusetts, in through parts of new
hampshire and eventually maine, fair amount of snow on the back end of this, in vermont, winter storm warnings up there, we could see over a foot of snow. here's the snow and ice forecast. that pink area is what we're watching tonight. that's where the iciest roads are going to be. hopefully, it won't last too long. we scour out that cold air. tomorrow morning's commute, on a monday, should be more calm than it was today. >> all right, rob, thank you. now to a shooting mystery involving the vice president, shots fired near the home of joe biden. the secret service saying they saw a vehicle speeding by. abc's chief white house correspondent jonathan karl on the investigation tonight. >> reporter: at 8:25 saturday night, shots rang out in this upscale neighborhood in wilmington, delaware, where joe and jill biden have had a home for years. secret service agents saw a car speeding away down this road -- a few hundred yards from the vice president's house, just outside the security perimeter. the bidens were out to dinner when the shooting happened. they spend most of their weekends in delaware, and the vice president has joked about their quiet neighborhood.
>> we live in an area that is wooded and somewhat secluded. i said, jill, if there's ever a problem, just walk out on the balcony here, or walk out, put that double-barrelled shotgun and fire two blasts outside the house. >> reporter: but tonight, the secret service and the fbi are investigating whether someone actually shot at the biden house last night, or whether it's all just a dangerous coincidence. agents, now, are searching for bullet and shell casings. they don't want a repeat of the incident in 2011, when a gunman fired and hit the white house residence, and it took the secret service several days to realize that the white house had been hit. in this latest shooting, one man was detained and questioned, but the shooting remains very much a mystery. the vice president and the president were both briefed on this shooting incident, but the bidens remain in delaware, and the secret service told us they have the situation under control. saying, quote, the appropriate security protocols are in place. tom?
>> jonathan karl for us tonight, jonathan, thank you. let's turn to europe now, in the wake of the terror attacks in paris and elsewhere in europe, security outside the u.s. embassy in brussels stepped up tonight. belgian soldiers standing guard. security at american military bases in europe was already tight, raised to high alert back in october. back here in the states, to a big scare at new york's jfk airport, a near-collision at the runway, a crowded passenger jet taking off screeching to a halt when an arriving flight gets too close. the moment frightening for the passengers and the pilots. abc's marci gonzalez with the scarey takeoff. >> reporter: the jet blue plane packed with passengers, heading down the runway of new york's jfk airport at full speed. >> jetblue 1295, cleared for takeoff. >> reporter: then, out of nowhere, another plane, caribbean airways flight 526, crosses right into its path. air traffic controllers repeatedly calling out to the caribbean airways' pilots. >> 526 stop.
caribbean 526? caribbean 526? >> reporter: no response from the cockpit, and at the last second, the jetblue plane ordered to brake. >> jetblue 1295, abort takeoff. >> it was crazy. all of a sudden, the brakes went on, slammed on. >> the plane came to a screeching stop and kind of slid a little bit. and everyone kind of panicked. >> reporter: these close calls, now increasingly common, up 20% since 2011. the faa says there are on average three so-called runway incursions every day. just last month, the wings of these two planes collided at new york's laguardia airport. part of one, breaking off, and last year, in barcelona, this dramatic scare on the runway was caught on camera. >> at busy airports, it all depends on everyone doing things right. we haven't put new technology in. increase in air traffic means an increase in these incidents. >> reporter: tom, some rattled nerves after what happened here at jfk last night. nobody was hurt.
and tonight, the faa is investigating. tom? >> marci, thank you. now to the end of the two-week manhunt for a teenaged couple on the run they were busted in florida, sleeping in a stolen car. abc's kendis gibson on how they ended up hundreds of miles from home and what they face tonight. >> reporter: tonight, exactly two weeks after a wild crime multistate spree began, two teenage suspects in custody. overnight, police in panama city beach, florida, surrounding a stolen pickup truck, sleeping inside 18-year-old dalton hayes and 13-year-old cheyenne phillips. alert walmart shopper spotting them in a nearby store, calling in a tip. soon u.s. marshals canvassing the area with their photo and vehicle description. >> we received information from the u.s. marshals about a stolen vehicle and some fugitives. we were out tonight looking for that vehicle and we actually located the vehicle in the rear parking lot of the ihop.
>> reporter: the duo starting their alleged crime spree in kentucky, january 4th, after reportedly getting engaged. destroying a cattle farm on the run through the carolinas down to georgia, forging stolen checks and stealing three pickup trucks, the last one with loaded guns inside. their parents begging for their surrender. >> i don't know how much more i can take. >> reporter: tonight, hayes facing more than a dozen felony charges. in several states. including burglary, possibly statutory rape. he and phillips returning separately to kentucky by week's end. ken kendis gibson, abc news, new york. to washington now, president obama preparing for tuesday's state of the union address. the white house releasing this photo today, the president and his aide working on his speech this afternoon. and tonight, we have learned that the president will unveil plans to revamp the tax code. abc's senior washington correspondent jeff zeleny joins
us now, and jeff, what does the president want to do? >> tom, when the president comes to capitol hill here on tuesday night, he'll propose a message aimed squarely at lifting the middle class. he's proposing free community college for students who qualify. a tax credit for families where both families work. and expanding child-care tax credits, up to $3,000 per child. how he's going to pay for it. $320 billion in new taxes on the wealthiest americans. he's proposing raising the capital gains tax to 28%. >> what are the chances that any of this will fly? >> tom, the reality check here, no chance at all. republican leaders tell me they won't get behind any plans to raise taxes. the president knows its strong opposition. he believes it's a good place to have a starting point to this conversation. tom? >> jeff zeleny at the capitol tonight. be sure to join our abc news political team for the president's annual state of the union address and the republican response on tuesday night
beginning at 9:00 eastern. we head to hawaii, now, a mystery in the sports world, ausz realian golfer robert allenby is recovering tonight after what he calls the scariest moment of his life. he goes out for drinks and then wakes up hours later in a public park with the tale of being kidnapped, beaten and robbed. abc's ryan owens with the dramatic story tonight. >> reporter: robert allenby has won pga tours and earned millions. how did he end up looking like this? after he says he woke up in a hawaiian park next to a homeless woman. >> a dramatic ordeal. all i could think of was just getting to safety. >> reporter: allenby said he was abducted and robbed after a night of drinking friday. at this honolulu wine bar friday. drowning his sorrows after he didn't make the finals. >> i got hit. knocked out cold.
i was thrown in the trunk of a car, i have been told. and then dumped about six miles to seven miles away from where i was. >> reporter: allenby said he woke up a few hours later in a park park, the married father of two, a homeless woman told him a group of men dropped him there, cash, credit cards and phone all gone. >> he helped me get out of there and pay for a taxi to get back to my hotel where i wanted to be safe. >> reporter: tonight, detectives in paradise still have a lot of questions of his account of that night, and will only call this a second-degree robbery. ryan owens, abc news, los angeles. from hawaii to the philippines, now, where pop francis made history celebrating mass before a sea of faithful. the largest ever for a mass. even more remarkable, because of the rain, but with all of those millions of people, it was one little girl who moved him. here's abc's lama hasan. >> reporter: the turnout -- 6
million strong -- making this the largest papal outdoor mass ever. just like his flock, the pontiff wearing a yellow poncho. the faithful braving the rain, lining the route to hear his call to protect the young saying -- >> we need to care for our young people, not allowing them to be robbed of hope and condemned to a life on the streets. >> reporter: and among the 6 million -- one striking moment -- a 12-year-old homeless girl rescued by the church, tearfully asking the pontiff why god allows children to become victims of crimes and why they suffer. the pontiff offers his blessing in his native spanish and embraces her, offering these words -- "there are some realities that you can only see through eyes that have been cleansed by tears." a moving moment for the people's pope in what is perhaps a
fitting end to his whirlwind six-day pilgrimage of asia. lama hasan, abc news, london. and still ahead tonight -- dangers on the track. a popular reality star killed by a train, why he was there and why more people are dying this way than ever before. and, revisiting that moment in history, why oprah and the cast of selma are back in alabama, what they're marching for tonight. those stories and much more when we come back. flo: hey, big guy. i heard you lost a close one today. look, jamie, maybe we weren't the lowest rate this time. but when you show people their progressive direct rate and our competitors' rates you can't win them all. the important part is, you helped them save. thanks, flo. okay, let's go get you an ice cream cone, champ. with sprinkles?
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abc's clayton sandell with that story tonight. >> reporter: greg plitt was a former army ranger, a rising star of the bravo series "work out," with his own growing fitness empire. but the 37-year-old's life ended saturday in burbank, california, when plitt was struck by a commuter train. >> train versus pedestrian. >> reporter: police said plitt and two others with him may have been shooting a fitness video. >> it appears they were filming something, mr. plitt was standing on the tracks intentionally and it appeared that he was obviously aware of the camera presence. >> reporter: despite the warnings and danger, more than 800 people were killed or injured last year trespassing on railroad tracks, an 8% jump over the year before. these two women were nearly run down on a track trestle last summer, saved at the last second only by lying flat between the tracks. in november, a young man and woman were caught on a trestle in virginia, the man was killed. cameras also caught the moment last year, as a 60-mile-per-hour
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finally tonight, as the nation prepares to pay tribute to dr. martin luther king jr., a return to selma. the stars of the oscar-nominated film gathering there for a march, invoking memories of that protest 50 years ago. the story tonight. >> reporter: late tonight, a nod to history. tonight, hollywood has come to alabama, "selma" producer oprah winfrey, the film's director, and lead actor, and there are
free screenings of the film for families here. but today, they told this is more than a movie premiere. >> martin luther king was shot for the work that he did. and knowing that, it's very humbling. >> reporter: in march, it will be 50 years since alabama police beat down civil rights demonstrators who demanded voting rights for black americans and dared to walk across this bridge. winfrey, who also agreed to star in the film, plays annie lee cooper. back in the day, this is the way it was -- county officials finding any excuse to reject black voter registrations. >> how many county judges in alabama? >> 67. >> name them. >> reporter: this is a picture of the real-life annie lee cooper, arrested outside the courthouse after famously striking the sheriff. winfrey explained to robin roberts why she did the film. >> but i did it for annie lee cooper, but i also did it for every other aunt and mother and
grandmother who i have personally known who have lived through that. >> reporter: despite the controversies surrounding the film, the oscar nominations that didn't happen, and the history lost to dramatic license, screenings of the movie are bringing the story to a new generation and at the center of what happened is this indisputable truth -- that americans of all colors reacted painfully to the violence and called for change. steve osunsami, abc news, selma. >> our thanks to steve. and thank you so much for joining us tonight. "good morning america" first thing in the morning and david muir is right back here tomorrow night. i'm tom llamas. have a great evening. good night.
next at 6:00 protests across the bay area today one shut down city streets as another embraced the people who live on those streets. searching for the source of a mysterious substance killing birds in the east bay. a bay area teenager getgets her dream gift for their sweet 16 though it's something the teen will never seen. good evening, i'm katie marzullo. protests and rallies across the bay area today to mark dr. martin luther king jr.'s birthday. in emeryville this afternoon, protesters marched at the bay street mall. they also briefly shut down the street there. the rally was held in solidarity
with the black lives matter campaign to call attention to accusations accusations of police brutality and the kills of unarmed black men. in a different kind of protest its just beginning on the streets of san francisco. we're there. >> a group gathered near the powell street b.a.r.t. station. demonstrators have blanking and sleeping bag with them because they're going to spend the night here. they're protesting what they call the war on homeless, and are also standing in solidarity with the black lives matter movement. the coalition on homeless this organized the sleep-in and planned to with demonstrations. >> we're demonstrating a right to rest for people who have no place to sleep, and we have situation right now in san francisco, across the