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as we go to the end of the broadcast, a live picture from sky 7 hd. they're trying to re-open the on this monday night, the deadly black ice on american highways. the tractor trailers losing control. in the east, this rig barrelling towards the back of that car. tearing right across the interstate. and from the west, the pickup pinned between two tractor trailers. that is the driver, right there. and ginger zee on the next storm coming. the close call. the jet blue flight, tearing down the runway, about to take off, when another plane pulls out in front. the super bowl match-up. but tonight, the nfl investigating. was the football deflated? patriots quarterback tom brady speaking out. the ufo files from the u.s. air force. now posted for everyone? the controversy tonight. and on this martin luther king jr. day, we look back. the images suddenly uniting families in living rooms across america.
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good evening on this martin luther king jr. day. and a powerful trip back to that bridge in selma a bit later here. but first, another dangerous night on american highways. it's been a deadly 24 hours. highways coated in sheets of ice. take another look at this. that tractor trailer jackknifing there. that's interstate i-95 in new jersey. you can see it through the back window of the car, going straight across the barrier, landing on the other side of the interstate. the white-knuckle moments playing out from the west coast all the way to the east. these cars spinning as they approach a toll booth. meteorologist ginger zee with the new storm coming, but first, abc's gio benitez on the harrowing drive. >> reporter: tonight, a new round of icy conditions for millions on their commute home. more deadly crashes in vermont and maine. this propane truck lost control, hitting a car and killing its driver, a 45-year-old woman.
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at least eight people killed in crashes. more than 500 accidents from the mid-atlantic to new england. and that harrowing near-miss on the new jersey turnpike. the camera rolling as a tractor trailer skids out of control, barrelling towards a stopped car before jumping the median and crashing on the other side. watch again. the huge tractor trailer, seconds away from disaster. everyone survived. we spoke with the man who shot the video. >> i realized that everything up front in front of me was completely blocked off and there was absolutely no way to go to. >> reporter: the culprit, black ice and freezing rain. tonight, a warning. if the road looks wet, it might be a sheet of ice. and you'll have to be extra careful on those bridges and overpasses. they can be up to six degrees cooler than the road down below. it gets slick and icy up there first. in oregon, more wrecks caused by freezing fog. two big rigs carrying hazardous material sandwiching caleb whitby. you can see him inside. that car used to be a pickup.
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>> i could see semi lights coming. and i turned my face forward, gripped the wheel pretty tight and said a prayer that everything would be okay. >> reporter: miraculously, he's barely got a scratch tonight. and it could take nine times longer to stop on an icy road instead of a dry one. officials warning tonight, if you have to, slow down, keep steady pressure and don't pump those brakes, david. >> always good advice. incredible pictures. gio, thank you. let's get right to meteorologist ginger zee. because you were telling me, much of the country is going to get hit with this all over again. >> reporter: yes. so many places. and we know it doesn't take much to get accidents like that. so, please come with me. i'm going to time this out. it is a clipper system, dropping through the northern plains from fargo there to chicago, tuesday into wednesday. timing is crucial, david. look at i-80 and i-95 and the time. wednesday evening. so, the commute wednesday evening from the mid-atlantic, from just north of d.c., up through new york city could be quite snowy. boston there will pick up snow into early morning thursday commute.
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how much snow does all of this -- it's really not a lot. it doesn't take a lot to start sliding around on those roads. one to two inches overall in that middle gray area. but it is the lower hudson valley back through northwestern new jersey and eastern pennsylvania where you could see two plus. >> that black ice is always so terrifying. ginger, thank you. from the roads to the runway now. two pilots suspended tonight after a frightening moment at one of america's busiest airports. authorities say they pulled their passenger plane out in front of a jet blue flight, barrelling down the runway, about to take off. abc's david kerley with the passengers describing the panic as the cockpit puts on the brakes. >> reporter: tonight, caribbean airlines investigating why its flight 526 seemed to miss radio calls leading to a very close call. >> 526, can you hold short of 2-2 right? 526, stop! >> reporter: it happened at new york's busy jfk airport this weekend, as a jet blue aircraft with 80 onboard is heading to austin. >> jet blue 1295, cleared for takeoff. >> reporter: with the jet blue a-320 racing down the runway at
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probably more than 100 miles an hour, controllers see that caribbean air 737 crossing the very same runway. so, they scramble. >> jet blue 1295, abort takeoff. >> reporter: the jet blue pilot hits the brakes hard. >> and they slammed on. >> i thought my face was going to peel off. >> it was frightening. >> reporter: within seconds, the jet blue aircraft is able to stop, 2,800 feet short of the 737. sounds like a long ways, but not at high speed. >> all of a sudden, we just, like, jerk stopped, it was, like, huge whiplash. and it was terrifying. >> reporter: controllers then try -- >> caribbean 526? >> reporter: -- two more times to contact the other jet. >> caribbean 526? >> reporter: tonight, the two pilots in the caribbean airlines jet have been suspended, pending the outcome of the investigation. david kerley, abc news, houston. >> david, thank you. for millions traveling this weekend, there was one welcome headline. new numbers out. the average price of gas now $2.05 a gallon. that's down 6 cents in just the
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past week. and tonight, new hope that the national average will dip below the $2 mark within days. abc's chief business correspondent rebecca jarvis with a snapshot of where it's cheapest tonight. >> wow. $1.78. >> reporter: tonight, we're hearing it from so many of you. >> today in tulsa, oklahoma, gas is $1.63. >> reporter: gas below $2 across the country. >> we've gone from spending about $75 on each of our cars to below $50. >> gas prices are so good right now that we were able to afford a vacation this year. >> reporter: americans now spending nearly $2.5 billion less every week on gasoline than they did this time last year. that's $1,100 in savings a year for the typical family. tonight, vermont, alaska and hawaii, the only states left in the country without at least one station selling sub $2 gas. david, prices have now dropped 116 days straight. that is the longest losing streak in history. and at this rate, the entire country will see the national
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average dip below $2 a gallon by this weekend. david? >> a losing streak we love. rebecca jarvis on gas prices. and now, to another number tonight, and many wondering if the two are related. the new approval ratings for president obama. on the eve of the state of the union. perhaps you'll remember, in the days before the mid-term elections, just this november, republicans taking control of the senate. the president had a 44% approval rating. it had been even lower. tonight, that number up to 50%. i want to bring in abc's chief white house correspondent jonathan karl. and jon, is there any question these gas prices and the economy are playing right into this? >> reporter: there is no doubt that that is what is driving this. gas prices low, the unemployment rate low. the president's message in the state of the union will be america is back. the economic resurgence is real. and if you look at our poll, americans are starting to feel it. look. 41% believe the economy is excellent or good. that is a big change from just three months ago when it was just 27%. but david, tomorrow in that big speech, the president is going to play a little robin hood.
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he's going to propose tax hikes on the rich. help for the poor and middle class. those programs don't have much of a chance of passing, but it's a recognition that while the economy is growing, so is that gap between rich and poor. >> that gap. all right, jon karl i'll be with you and george and the entire team this time tomorrow night. in the meantime, as you heard jon say, the president expected to talk a lot about income inequality here at home. and tonight, a number that speaks to the issue around the globe. a new report out this evening showing the richest 1% in the world now on track to control more than half the wealth on earth by next year. meantime, around the world tonight, and to the chaos and in yemen. gunfire and explosions near the presidential palace. yemen's u.s.-backed leader fighting to hang onto power. a fragile cease-fire between rebels and government troops now in place. yemen, the base for al qaeda terrorists who claim they ordered the paris attacks. 100 u.s. marines guarding the american embassy, ready to evacuate if necessary. back here at home now, and to the big super bowl match-up, after that big weekend of football.
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and an nfl investigation under way tonight. but first, that incredible moment. the seahawks headed to the super bowl, thanks to that game-winning catch in overtime. we just had to show it to you again tonight. that was something. but it was the other game, they're asking questions about. superstar quarterback tom brady and the new england patriots headed to the super bowl, too. but tonight, facing that big question. was the football deflated? here's abc's ryan smith with brady's response tonight. >> reporter: tonight, the new england patriots being investigated by the nfl. allegedly taking air out of game footballs, possibly making them easier to handle. >> twitter is buzzing. deflategate is trending. >> reporter: star quarterback tom brady laughed it off on boston sports radio show "dennis and callahan." >> i think i've heard it all at this point. and it's ridiculous. >> reporter: while patriots coach bill belichick tried to clear the air in a conference call with reporters. >> we'll cooperate fully with whatever -- whatever the league wants us, whatever questions they ask. i didn't know anything about it until this morning.
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>> reporter: under nfl rules, each team must give referees 12 new footballs for game day use. inflated between 12.5 and 13.5 pounds per inch and weighing 14 to 15 ounces. the patriots hoping to put the controversy behind them and focus on super bowl xlix. the game, a tale of two star quarterbacks. brady and the seahawks' russell wilson. wilson, down 19-7 with two minutes in the game sunday, triggering one of the greatest comebacks in nfl playoff history. >> touchdown! >> reporter: shedding tears of joy. >> i'm just honored and blessed to be on this team. >> reporter: while brady will start in his record-setting sixth super bowl, hoping for a quarterback record-tying fourth win. >> you were telling all of us today in the newsroom ryan that they actually check the air pressure of those footballs on the field. did they check it over the weekend? >> reporter: that's right. officials can check the balls during the game. if they don't feel right, they toss them out. now, if the league takes a look at this and finds that the balls were altered, they can punish the offending party, including discipline that includes fines.
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>> but we heard tom brady saying i don't pay attention to any of that anymore. all right, we'll see you ryan thank you. one more image tonight. tom brady congratulating fellow patriot vince wilfork, the defensive lineman. tonight, being hailed as a hero on and off the field and here's why. on his way home after the game, wilfork saw this jeep on its side. a state trooper nearby. wilfork pulls over to help, telling the driver not to panic. helping to actually pull the driver out of the vehicle to safety. wilfork saying tonight, in life and in football, he has learned to stay calm in difficult situations. we could all use that advice. in the meantime, we turn to that modern day bonnie and clyde, captured tonight after a string of alleged crimes. a manhunt crisscrossing state lines. the young man and a 13-year-old girl, caught on surveillance tape, coming out of a store. well tonight, they're in court, and soon sent home to kentucky toe face to face the consequences. here's abc's kendis gibson. >> reporter: 18-year-old dalton hayes in a florida court today. >> i'll sign the papers so i can go back to kentucky. >> reporter: agreeing to return home, where he'll face charges for a multi-state crime spree. dalton along with his
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13-year-old girlfriend on the run for nearly two weeks, crossing at least five states. on january 3rd, the couple disappears. soon after, a truck is reported stolen. january 12th, south carolina. cameras capture the couple laughing, walking through a walmart, where they allegedly forge checks. two days later, a sighting in georgia. the stolen red tacoma truck from kentucky discovered. but another pickup stolen nearby. saturday, panama city beach, florida. the couple seen at another walmart. a tipster phones it in and marshals surround the area within hours. the couple, asleep inside that car, apprehended. hayes now facing more than a dozen possible felony charges. his girlfriend, considered a minor, could still face charges. the two teens, on the run together for weeks, will finally return to kentucky separately. kendis gibson, abc news, new york. we move on now, and to an image across the world tonight. pope francis and that extraordinary turnout to see the people's pope. just look at this.
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an estimated 6 million there to celebrate mass in manila. and now pope francis revealing new details about another big trip ahead. coming to america. and now, confirming three american cities that will get a visit from the pope. here's abc's david wright. >> reporter: from the moment he touched down in the philippines, a gust of wind taking his hat, bad weather was a problem on this trip, dampening the crowds, but not their spirit. >> welcome pope francis! >> reporter: sunday's outdoor papal mass, 6 million strong, the largest ever. >> we need to care for our young people. >> reporter: one young person, a 12-year-old homeless girl, rescued by the church, wept as she asked him why god allows children to suffer. pope francis blessed her. next september, he'll make his first trip to the u.s. at this shrine in washington, d.c., he'll canonize an american saint, father junipero serra, who founded the missions of california. and in philadelphia, he'll attend a catholic conference on
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the family. the main event of the philly trip will be an open air mass here on the ben franklin parkway, right at the base of the rocky steps. today, the pope also revealed he'll come here to new york, among a number of stops confirming he'll visit the united nations. david wright, abc news, new york. >> david, our thanks to you. and tonight, from coast to coast, the nation marking martin luther king jr. day. marches in denver and in philadelphia, and in new york, a little girl's sign, "mlk's dream lives." in selma, oprah winfrey helping to lead a symbolic march. and this evening, in washington, d.c. a live picture of the mlk memorial. abc's steve osunsami tonight, taking us back to that bridge and those television moments that moved so many families in their living rooms across the country. >> reporter: it's a lesson that holds true even today. >> in selma -- >> reporter: dr. martin luther king led the civil rights movement, but it was the cameras that followed him -- >> selma is a symbol of the resistance.
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>> reporter: -- that sent heartbreaking pictures into the living rooms of millions of americans. >> these pictures are going around the world. >> reporter: hollywood tries to explain it in the movie "selma." >> i heard about the attack of innocent people. i couldn't just stand by. >> reporter: white americans far from the south watched the beatings on television and then rolled up their sleeves to join the fight. >> black people were inside the homes of white america in a way that they had never been before. >> reporter: during the selma protests of 1965, two of the three demonstrators killed were white americans. a unitarian minister from boston and a detroit housewife, ambushed by four klansmen. there were so many courageous footsteps that crossed this bridge, and on this king holiday, the people of selma remember every one of them. the 50-year anniversary of the demonstrations here are in two months, and once again, americans of all colors plan to march from here to montgomery. david? >> steve osunsami with us tonight. steve, thank you. and there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this monday.
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first time. >> there's absolutely something out there. the big question mark is, have they come here. >> reporter: after the infamous alleged alien landing in roswell in 1947, the u.s. air force spent years investigating 12,618 ufo sightings. >> the military and the government wants you to believe that there's nothing to this topic. >> reporter: most sightings were debunked. that photo at the world's fair, quote, a processing defect. but 701 including numerous sightings over washington, d.c. in 1952 remain not fully explained in the papers. "independence day," based on just a little bit of fact? >> they really couldn't at the end of the day explain some of these more important cases. >> reporter: but in 1969, the government announced case closed. >> i believe the documentation proves beyond any shadow of a doubt that there is a coverup going on. >> reporter: that's his conclusion. now, you, too, can read the documents. and reach your own. nick watt, abc news, los angeles. >> nick, thank you. when we come back, a new study. the one item your kids are eating a lot more of than you think.
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finally here, a record-breaking weekend for "american sniper," the true story that navy s.e.a.l. from texas. tonight, we hear from his real life wife, and here's abc's byron pitts. >> don't pick it up. drop it. >> reporter: for this guts and glory tale of war and sacrifice, bradley cooper walks miles in the shoes of real american hero chris kyle. >> i love the job, you know, the guys, the camaraderie. >> reporter: kyle's widow, thrilled by the movie's success, posting on facebook, "i am overwhelmed with gratitude and my heart is full. "american sniper" has broken records, which follows such an honest path of chris' life." kyle served four deployments, won seven medals of bravery and killed more than 150 people. >> he's clearly an individual that you would never, ever want to mess with. and then inside, you see that the guy is always laughing and he keeps it light. >> reporter: iraqis nicknamed this american sniper the devil.
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and placed a $20,000 bounty on his head. kyle, a navy s.e.a.l., said he thought more about the lives he saved than the ones he took. and his wife says cooper did his justice. >> the heart of the man. the ability to laugh through it all, bradley captured all of that. >> reporter: two years ago, chris kyle was killed at a gun range. police say at the hands of a former marine he was trying to counsel. hundreds lined the streets to pay their respects. and now, millions more are discovering this true american hero at the movies. >> i'm ready to come home. >> reporter: byron pitts, abc news, new york. >> byron, thank you. and thank you for watching. breaking news tonight. arrests on the san mateo bridge. demonstrators shut down traffic in both directions we're live with the latest. >> marching in memory of martin luther king junior.
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why this year's events were especially meaningful for many. >> a peninsula school board in hot water. why a state lawmaker is asking for a grand jury >> teaching others the joy of giving. how bay area communities are coming together on this day of service. >> evening commute is getting back to normal tonight. police have detained all of them arresting some and reopening westbound lanes. >> they shut down the whole thing. good evening thanks for joining us. >> the pro testers presumably shut down the bridge. >> they abandoned the eastbound span and ran to keep just the
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westbound span closed. >> they faced off as officers started to detain them, but remain peaceful. alan, what can you tell us? >> if you can see you're looking eastbound of san mateo bridge. just before 5:00 it appears 20-40 pro testers drove in cars to the top of the high rises and jumped out to block traffic. the chp had been staged in foster city and was in no time arresting pro testers one at a time. westbound


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