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can travel the world. see you again at 6:00. welcome to "world news tonight." breaking news, a massive winter storm stretching more than 1,000 miles. from blizzard warnings in chicago to another foot of snow in boston. treacherous travel ahead. super bowl battle. as the two teams head-to-head on field, and the other fight, to stop the spread of measles. as phoenix hosts 1 million people during the big game. mystery in the sky. the passenger jet about to land. what the pilot saw out the window. >> something just flew about 100 feet above us. >> was it a drone or something else? and, amazing rescue. the husband and wife hiking, their steep plunge and lucky break. why the rescuers had to form a human wall.
good evening, thanks for joining us on this sunday. i'm tom llamas. we begin with the winter storm moving across america at this hour. hammering the central part of the country, and moving to the northeast. more than 100 million people in its path. look at this in chicago, and more than 2,000 flights cancelled today. one passenger recording that out the window at o'hare. waiting for a flight to atlanta. snow falling at the same time from nebraska to pennsylvania. making for white-knuckle rides like this in chicago. tough to navigate. tonight, the storm heading east. some schools are closed and drivers bracing for a dangerous morning commute. our extreme weather team is covering it all. we begin with alex perez in chicago. >> good evening. the snow started early this morning and has not stopped since. many sidewalks and streets just like this one in chicago completely covered.
inches and inches piling up everywhere. parts of wisconsin, michigan, and illinois buried under snow tonight. in the windy city, salt and plow trucks racing to keep up. a slippery, sloppy mess, making getting around a nightmare. >> it's like mud. like heavy mud. >> reporter: if you're driving, how bad is it? >> it's terrible, you can slide and get stuck. my roommate actually got stuck trying to get back home from work. >> reporter: and blowing snow, one of the big concerns. wind gusts as high as 40 miles per hour. a blizzard warning. and possible whiteout conditions for this area, 100 million people in the path of the storm. stretching from the midwest all the way to the northeast. gio benitez is in toledo. >> reporter: here, there's a snow emergency. take a look behind me. on the road, visibility is down to just a few feet. so, officials have issued a travel ban for parts of ohio. >> reporter: iowa also in the middle of the storm.
strong winds, whipping snow. icy conditions shutting down parts of i-80. and chicago's o'hare airport, crews working nonstop. already, more than 2,200 flights cancelled across the country. and monday's commute is shaping up to be a mess. for much of the country in the storm's path. the blizzard warning in effect until midnight in chicago. and this storm now setting its sights on the northeast. where they are still recovering from last week's blizzard. >> and now, we head to boston and rob marciano. there's so much snow on the ground, you're at a snow farm? >> reporter: yes, this is one of the few facilities where they store snow to store it until spring, where hopefully it will melt. on thursday, they had 1,400
trucks dumping 25,000 cubic yards of snow. look, it's almost to the top of the telephone poles behind me. they just had a blizzard where some parts of the city got 30 inches of snow, now, another foot may be coming. >> and the new storm on the move tonight. it's heading your way. how bad is it going to be? >> as you saw, it slammed chicago pretty hard. it will change a little bit as it gets to new york. 7:00 a.m., rain, sleet, and snow. an icy commute for the tri-state area. and mostly snow in boston. as far as the ice is concerned, out of boston through hartford and new york, ice and snow. 10 to 12 to maybe 14 inches of snow around boston. chicago, some places getting over a foot. this is a large storm. >> thank you. and now to worldwide outrage following the release of the latest video from isis purporting to show yet another execution. it was posted online 48 hours after the deadline set by isis
had expired. it shows kenji goto with jihadi john standing over him. the prime minister promising to bring him to justice. and now to the measles outbreak, affecting tonight's super bowl in phoenix. while the crowds are enjoying the spectacle, security is standing guard against anything that may dampen the fun, including the measles virus. amy robach is there. amy, good evening. >> reporter: after two weeks of buildup and the deflate-gate controversy, super bowl xlix is underway here at university of phoenix stadium and it could not have come too soon for the nfl. the league going through one of their toughest seasons in memory. 70,000 fans packing into this stadium today to cheer on their team, ready to focus on football, but not without a
potential health concern looming large. the measles. the centers for disease control concerned about a large scale measles outbreak. local health officials even setting up first aid stations inside the stadium and are on the lookout for anyone showing signs of the illness. >> we're going to ask anyone that comes in with any illness whether or not they're up to date on their measles vaccine. >> reporter: and while the nfl has been blitzed by deflate-gate, a number of other problems have damaged the nfl as well. domestic violence cases against star players ray rice and adrian peterson -- and the league's controversial response to them -- dominated headlines throughout the season. former players have sued the nfl over concussions, saying the league covered up what they knew about the risk of brain injury from those bone-crushing hits. the league has denied the allegations, but is close to settling the case for nearly $1 billion. >> it has been a tough year.
it's been a tough year on me personally. >> reporter: but despite it all, it's still the biggest party in town and all eyes now on the super bowl with fans focusing and cheering the action on the field -- making football "super" once again. and the nfl is hoping this game lives up to the hype of being one of the best match-ups of the year, with either the seattle seahawks winning their second title in as many years or patriots quarterback tom brady joining elite company in winning his fourth super bowl ring. tom? >> amy, thank you. and new developments on the condition of bobbi kristina brown. whitney houston's daughter. she was rushed to the hospital yesterday, her family gathering around her tonight. steve osunsami reports in from the hospital. >> there is cpr in progress. she's gurgling at this time. >> reporter: tonight, she's still hospitalized after being found unresponsive in a bathtub.
her father, singer bobby brown is speaking out. privacy is requested in this matter. please allow for my family to deal with the matter, and give my daughter the love and support she needs at this time. the only child of the late whitney houston and singer bobby brown is reportedly now needing a ventilator to help her breathe. e! entertainment news is citing sources close to the family. there are conflicting reports, but none of them good. tmz is reporting that doctors are keeping her in a medically induced coma to reduce swelling on her brain. multiple reports say her father is by her side, and there are pictures of family outside the hospital. >> the incident with bobbi kristina happened eerily close to the three-year anniversary of whitney houston's death. she, of course, died in a bathtub at the beverly hilton hotel just a day before the grammy awards. >> reporter: whitney houston was found dead february 11th, 2012. with a dozen bottles of pills in her hotel suite. >> i need paramedics. have a 46-year-old female found in the bathroom. >> reporter: just one year ago, brown and her husband married, and sat down for this interview. the two were both raised like a brother and sister by the late whitney houston. >> just like her death took us by surprise, our love for each
other took us by surprise. >> reporter: the hospital isn't sharing any official word on her condition. but we expect to hear more from police tomorrow. and a mystery over the skies in boston has pilots and authorities concerned. a passenger jet coming in for a landing at logan airport when the pilot spots something above it. something strange. was it a drone? or is there another explanation? kendis gibson has the story. >> something just flew above us. about 100 feet above us. >> reporter: a mystery this weekend in the skies above boston. >> i don't know if it was a balloon or a drone. >> reporter: the object with an unusual shape and color coming very close to that 737 commercial jet. >> it just went by very fast. the object was red and blue. >> do you know roughly what size? >> we were kind of laughing about it. we might have football fever. it was football shaped. >> reporter: no laughing matter to the faa, which claims the object was in fact a drone.
but at 7,000 feet, many wondering just what it was they saw. >> the probability was that it was not a drone. they do exist that can go that high. but they're not common, because they're very expensive. >> reporter: the object very different from other drones buzzing around every day across the country. those tiny personal use copters a big problem for pilots. >> we just saw a little drone below us. >> reporter: in the last two weeks -- one crash landing on the white house lawn, another one used to transport drugs goes down near the u.s./mexican border. and the unusual message at today's super bowl. >> keep it a no-drone zone, don't spoil the game. leave your drone at home. >> reporter: the faa releasing an ad warning spectators to keep their drones at home. but the rules regarding these devices remain cloudy -- no flying within 400 feet of air traffic -- with more government guidelines expected this year. kendis gibson, abc news, new york.
now to the nationwide concern over sexual assault on campuses around the nation. taking a new turn at the university of virginia. this weekend, sorority women ordered to stay away from fraternity parties. gloria riviera reports. >> reporter: at the university of virginia, young men celebrating joing to fraternities. a brief return to normal after allegations of fraternity gang rape in "rolling stone." uva is just one of many colleges under investigation for their handling of sexual assault. just this week, brandon van denberg and corey batey were found guilty of the rape of their classmate. it's quiet here, after sorority women ordered to stay home by their governing organization. >> this is national organization thinks the solution to rape and
sexual assault is to let boys be boys and simply lock up women in their sorority houses. for this one night out of the year. >> reporter: fraternities received no such restriction. this is fraternity row, and there are new security measures in place to protect young women at fraternity parties. but the sisters i spoke to said it's not about any one party. it's that separating the sexes, and punishing women by making them stay home is no kind of solution. it's a frustration for many. including this woman, gathering over 2,000 signatures on a petition in just a matter of hours. and this controversy leading to the first police report into the "rolling stone" allegations expected to be released in the coming weeks. gloria riviera, charlottesville virginia.
we head out west to oregon, where hikers are recovering from a near-6,000-feet fall from mt. hood. a bad break for them, but an amazing stroke up luck with who was near them as they fell. clayton sandell has the story. >> reporter: 10,000 feet up oregon's mt. hood saturday, husband and wife climbers michelle and brian carlson suddenly begin tumbling down. >> they fell probably about 500 feet and landed in the bottom of the crater. >> reporter: sliding down a 50-degree slope, the carlsons speed right past members of the all-volunteer portland mountain rescue team. they finally stop but are now facing a new threat. ice chunks the size of bowling balls careening downhill. to protect the injured couple, rescuers form a human shield for six straight hours. >> shoulder-to-shoulder, and stopped the ice that was coming down the mountain. >> reporter: what does that say to you? >> they're the heroes today. >> reporter: the oregon national guard airlifted the couple to a hospital. michelle carlson has two broken ankles. her husband, a broken leg.
but they weren't the only ones needing rescue saturday. about the same time, a third climber fell, sliding right into one of the mountain's steaming volcanic vents spewing toxic fumes. >> this climber, however, was just amazingly fortunate. he was very bruised up, very beat up, cut up, but he did not appear to have any broken bones. >> reporter: the rescue team says over 8,000 people climb mt. hood every year. and tonight, three of them are lucky to be alive. clayton sandell, abc news, denver. and still ahead, how young is too young to let your kids go out alone? the new parenting technique. and the big debate, how free range parenting landed one couple into trouble. and golf's new golden girl. how this teen topped tiger woods. those stories, coming up.
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and their community. >> i'm just parenting the way i was parented and the way that almost every adult i know was parented. >> no parent should have to go through that at all for trusting their child, their community and their own parenting. >> reporter: lenore skenazy has championed so-called "free range parenting" for years. in 2009, she let her son, izzy, take the new york city subway alone. he was 9 then. now he's 15. and you turned out okay? >> i'm alive. after i got home, i was ecstatic, felt like i was on top of the world and felt really brave, like i could do anything. >> reporter: plenty of parents say it's downright irresponsible. >> a 10-year-old should never be in charge of a 6-year-old. anything could happen to a child of that age. >> reporter: the meitivs are fighting for the right to raise their kids how they please.
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theme in some of them, good old dad. here's john donovan. >> reporter: tonight, when the super bowl ads come on keep an eye out for this one. a former footballer, talking about his dad. >> what type of excuse can you give your father when he has prosthetic legs? he was cleaning gutters. >> reporter: and talking about being one. >> i make sure they know how much i love them and how proud i am. >> reporter: and another. >> it's about how much you tell them you love them. >> reporter: and yet another. >> what kind of dad do you want to be? >> this kind. >> reporter: and what this is, maybe it's a trend. because, go back in time, well past even the first few super bowls, and tv gave us a certain sort of dad. >> make room for daddy! >> reporter: make room for daddy or leave it to beaver. they weren't perfect, but they were intelligent. and so wise, it was almost unreal. but as time moved forward, they
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next at 6:00 dozen of people hike through an east bay park to remember a teacher who was killed and to plea for help to solve his murder. >> what a man who captured this video said about the sudden burst of flames. now are new stricter rules tomorrow will affect short-term rental services in san francisco. good evening. i'm katie marzullo. three people died in a fiery car crash this morning in san jose. police say their red infinity drove off the shoulder of southbound 101 around 2:00 this morning. it slammed into two trees and burst into flames. alcohol has not been ruled out. cell phone video captured
moments of a fire broke out in san francisco. it appears the fire started in or around the port-a-potty. the man who shot the video happened to be walking along the street when he says the fire broke out. >> called 9-1-1. i was worried about people in the building or someone in a port-a-potty -- there's multiple port-a-potties there so went from one to four, and then the side of the building caught fire. >> nobody was hurt. san francisco police and fire department arson investigators looking to see if someone set the fire on purpose. today, hundreds of people marchedly to an east bay park in remembrance of a man who was killed last fall. david rensell was shot to death while hiking. cornell bernard is live in oakland with the story. >> it's been more than to two months since he was killed at