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the president used humor to promote his health care plan. >> thanks for joining us. on this thursday night, the dash cam video revealed at the "american sniper" trial. the murder of chris kyle and his friend. the images never seen before. the moments after the horror. captured on a police camera. the suspect chased down. also tonight, the plummeting temperatures, dangerous cold sweeping in. the blizzard watches already set to follow. a valentine's storm, up to a foot of snow possible. the fbi investigating three muslim americans, shot and killed. the family calling on the president tonight, and telling americans, this was a hate crime. an abc news investigation. buying your way into america. are criminals, spies, perhaps even worse, paying to live here in the u.s.? mom to the rescue. she jumped out of her minivan, wrestling the suspect to the ground. tonight, the giant surprise for her.
and, this evening, we remember a fearless journalist, bob simon. good evening. and it's great to have you with us tonight. and we begin with the "american sniper" trial and the stunning video revealed in court today. this is the former marine accused of killing navy s.e.a.l. chris kyle and his friend. the images from his days in iraq. and this is what he looks like now in that texas courtroom. tonight, the video captured by the police cruiser, revealing the moment the suspect takes off. a short time later, surrendering, as police then rush in. that marine veteran is pleading not guilty by reason of insanity, but abc's ryan owens reports tonight, the prosecution is hoping these videos will prove otherwise. >> reporter: this is dash cam video of police chasing double murder suspect eddie routh just hours after he killed chris kyle and his friend chad littlefield. one officer rams the truck. watch that collision again. it doesn't stop routh.
the chase reaches speeds of more than 100 miles an hour before the truck has mechanical problems and stops in the middle of the interstate. routh gets out, hands in the air and is swarmed by officers. here's another angle of his takedown from a different dash cam. the marine veteran who served in iraq is pleading not guilty by reason of insanity, but prosecutors say the fact he is fleeing from police proves he knows right from wrong. the truck routh is in belonged to navy sniper chris kyle, whose story is told in the blockbuster, "american sniper." >> don't pick it up. >> reporter: kyle, along with littlefield, brought routh to this gun range to help him cope with ptsd. that's where prosecutors say routh shot them in the back multiple times and stole kyle's pickup. >> he said that he killed two guys. they went out to a shooting range. like, he's all crazy. he's a psychotic. >> reporter: chris kyle's widow taya was back in court for a second day after her tearful testimony wednesday.
prosecutors played another tape for the jury this afternoon, this shaky video is from an officer's body camera. that's routh sitting in the truck just before that police chase. his neighbor, who's also a cop, is trying to get him to surrender. the officer says routh tells him, "i've taken a couple of souls and i have some more souls to take." these videos may not be quite the slam dunk for the prosecution as they appear. on them, routh rambles. talking about devils living among us. even saying he's insane. david? >> ryan owens leading us off tonight from texas. ryan, thank you. and now, to dangerous cold moving in tonight. a possible blizzard to follow. 35 million americans will be affected. here's the map tonight. 14 states under wind chill advisories and warnings. that cold air reaching as far south as georgia. and look at this. a valentine's day storm marching eastward right behind it. blizzard watches up this weekend in new england. outside pittsburgh, two tractor trailers skidding off i-70. and whiteout conditions on this highway in indiana today.
a dangerous commute home tonight already, and now the coldest air of the winter coming next. here's meteorologist rob marciano. >> reporter: tonight, this fast-moving clipper storm that brought blinding conditions to 23 states is causing pileups near pittsburgh. and behind that storm comes two more blasts of dangerous cold. at least 14 states and 35 million americans are under wind chill advisories or warnings. frostbite could set in in just minutes to exposed skin. tonight, a warning from first responders. limit exposure, dress in multiple layers and stay hydrated. also tonight, news that new england will not want to hear. more snow. >> hopefully we'll get a break in the weather pattern. >> reporter: they won't. whiteout conditions are in the works this holiday weekend. >> we haven't had a chance to really clear the snow from our driveway. >> reporter: across hard hit massachusetts, the national guard still hauling away snow by the truckload. residents rushing to shore up collapsed roofs. boston already buckling under the weight of record-breaking
snow. and now, preparing yet again. >> we're going to get through this. just ask for your help and patience. >> boston. sounds like a broken record there. authorities want folks to take this seriously. it's going to get really cold. >> reporter: yeah, life threatening. and the second shot of cold air may be the worse we've seen in a decade. let's talk about tonight. the bitter cold drives down to the south. these wind chills in the morning, what it feels like against your skin, dangerous stuff. minus 10 in boston. minus 23 in buffalo. and below freezing all the way down to the deep south. the actual highs tomorrow will break some records. not getting out of the teens in pittsburgh, chicago or new york. not getting above zero in burlingburl g burlington burlington. here is your blizzard watch. for eastern new england. not what you want to hear there. the storm spreads light snow across the great lakes and the low itself just offshore of new york and new jersey, those red lines, isobars. the closer they get, they tighten up, that's where the strong winds are going to be. full-on blizzard for boston and strong winds as far south as philadelphia. >> a tough couple of days ahead. rob, thank you. tonight, in chapel hill, north carolina, three members of a young muslim family gunned down by a neighbor are being
remembered. more than 5,000 at the funeral today. too many for the mosque, moved to a nearby field. so many offering their prayers. tonight, the fbi is helping with the case, opening their own inquiry. the victim's family calling on the president and they're telling americans, this was a hate crime. abc's tom llamas in north carolina again tonight. >> reporter: in raleigh today, thousands coming together from all religions to remember three muslim students killed near the campus of unc chapel hill. and just before the coffins were carried out, the father of the two slain sisters, yusor and razan abu-salha demanding the obama administration bring hate crime charges against the alleged killer, craig stephen hicks. >> this has hate crime written all over it. >> reporter: police say hicks shot and killed deah barakat, his new wife yusor and her 19-year-old sister, razan, inside their chapel hill apartment. the family telling abc news,
they were each shot in the head. hicks' wife saying this may have started because of a dispute between her husband and the alleged victims over a parking space at the apartment complex. >> something just snapped. >> reporter: but hicks, who is being held without bond, openly posted on facebook his proposed solution to the problems in the middle east -- atheism. c.a.r.e. the council on american-islamic relations, drafting a letter with other groups calling for a federal hate crimes investigation. a sentiment echoed all over social media. the hash tags muslim lives matter and chapel hill shooting trending all over the world on twitter and facebook. some of those same sentiments seen on the faces of unc students last night at a massive vigil on chapel hill's campus. tonight, another massive vigil. this time on the campus of nc state university. what looks to be 1,000 people gathered here. and david, we have an update on this case. the fbi now launching their own investigation into this matter. david? >> tom, thank you. and a major headline from washington tonight. the senate has now confirmed
ashton carter as the nation's new secretary of defense, taking over for chuck hagel at the pentagon. meantime tonight, a victory for the families of so many american veterans. at the white house, president obama signing a new bill aimed at helping veterans in crisis. suffering from invisible wounds. a suicide prevention bill named for a young marine, clay hunt, who fought on the battle hill, but losing his battle against post traumatic stress, against depression. abc's bob woodruff tonight on the young man, whose struggle will now help so many others. >> reporter: he was a strong marine, corporal clay hunt, visibly wounded by a bullet piercing his wrist. but invisibly tormented by post traumatic stress so severe that at age 28, he killed himself, two years after returning from afghanistan. he was treated for depression by the v.a., mostly with drugs. when they didn't work, he just got more. he told his friends he felt like a "guinea pig for drugs." he tried to warn others about
depression in this video on mtv. >> i've done, seen things in my life that, for one, most people should never have to see. >> reporter: with post traumatic stress, he could not keep a job. football games or fireworks set off panic attacks. he wanted to do something, so he traveled with an organization, started by a fellow marine, to help victims of the earthquakes in haiti and chile. but his depression kept getting worse. >> we got 22 veterans a day committing suicide here. that's an issue that needs to be seared in the forefront of every citizen's mind. >> reporter: his family hopes that with this new law, those suffering will get more state of the art care for the wounds we can't see. >> he would not care if his name was attached to the bill or anything. all he would care about is, okay, they listened, and they're going to take care of my fellow veterans. >> and bob is with us now. when you hear a story like clay's, a lot of people are going to wonder why it took so long. >> reporter: well, any time you try to spend more tax money, you get a lot of resistance from it this time in the senate. and finally, remarkably, this
republican senate and house actually agree with a democratic president. so, now this has been passed. you can imagine clay hunt right now would be very, very proud. >> great to hear from his parents today. great to see you, too, bob. thank you. we're going to turn now to a fearless journalist whose stories millions watched on "60 minutes," us included. bob simon killed last night in a car crash here in new york city. remembered this evening for his tireless war coverage, from the battlefield in vietnam, bravely traveling to so many conflicts around the world. his latest report airing just last sunday before the news of his death last night. tonight, this image from the scene of the crash. simon was a passenger in the backseat. abc's byron pitts, who worked with simon, on what happened last night, and on bob simon's storied career. >> reporter: this is the mangled wreck. evidence of the violence of the crash that took bob simon's life. investigators looking into just how fast the driver was going when he hit a car at a manhattan traffic light and slammed into a metal barrier. simon wasn't wearing a seat belt, say police. an unlikely end to a life lived on the edge. >> this is where the bodies are stored.
>> reporter: regal in his late years, rugged in his youth, bob simon had it all. the looks, the style, the resume. he was hemingway with a microphone. >> hundreds became thousands until an exodus of biblical proportions was under way. we're going to pick up an american. >> reporter: as they say in the business, he made his bones in vietnam, giving humanity to the inhumanity of war. >> there's nothing left to say about this war. there's just nothing left to say. >> reporter: bob simon had a way with words, like babe ruth had a way with a baseball bat. >> historians may one day view it as a landmark in the decline of the british empire. the beatles are breaking up. >> reporter: and his report on israeli soldiers beating two young arabs shocked the world. >> this seemed cold, deliberate, methodical. it went on for 40 minutes. >> reporter: once, when he was the story, taken prisoner by iraqi soldiers along with a cbs
crew in 1991 simon told his ordeal not with hubris, but humility. >> has it changed you? >> yeah. >> how? >> i don't know. too early to tell. >> reporter: 40 days in captivity may have changed bob simon. it never stole his passion for storytelling. he had it all. and to the profession he loved, he gave his all. byron pitts, abc news, new york. >> bob simon remembered tonight. our thoughts are with his wife, his daughter and with his family down the street at cbs. we move on here this evening, and to an abc news investigation now. buying your way into america. the $500,000 green card offered by the government. are suspected criminals, spies, possible terrorists paying to live here in the u.s.? abc's chief investigative correspondent brian ross tracking down the government official in charge of this program. brian? >> reporter: well, david, our investigation focuses on a little known visa program that federal agents fear is being used, abused, by possibly dangerous people to get into this country. as advertised around the world,
from russia to iran to china, foreign citizens can now essentially buy visas or green cards to come and live in america through the u.s. immigration program called the eb-5. >> yes, you can. >> reporter: all it takes is $500,000 invested in a u.s. project that creates jobs. like this big casino in las vegas. >> we believe the program is nothing more than selling of green cards. >> reporter: and among those buying, according to these internal government documents obtained by abc news, are people suspected of child pornography, narcotics trafficking, fraud, even espionage. >> if this program is being used to undercut our national security, it's something that's got to be exposed. >> reporter: and now u.s. authorities tell abc news, they're investigating whether the eb-5 program may be abused by iranian operatives to infiltrate the united states for smuggling and possible terrorism.
authorities are now investigating this california shipping cheap, american logistics international, and its iranian-born owner, ali mahdavi. even as he's been under national security investigation for allegedly smuggling to iran, he's used the eb-5 program to bring in dozens of people. as he arrived back from the middle east last week, he tried to duck our cameras. >> both american logistics and myself have not done anything wrong. >> reporter: and his company is just one of 32 businesses approved for the eb-5 green card program that have come under criminal investigation, raising questions about lax oversight over the program in washington. mr. secretary, brian ross, abc news. >> we're not going to do an interview. >> reporter: now deputy homeland security secretary alejandro mayorkas is under investigation, by the inspector general, something he did not want to talk about with abc news. mr. secretary, you cannot answer these questions, sir? only after that encounter did we start to get some answers, including word that the company in los angeles under investigation has now been stopped from arranging for
anymore people to get into the country. and the inspector general's report, david, is due out soon. >> brian ross, thank you. we're going to turn now to the waiting game though this evening, the powerball jackpot, three lucky winners. we're all here tonight, so, it wasn't us. sharing more than a half billion dollars. abc's nick watt on where the winners bought their tickets. >> first number's down! >> reporter: three lucky winners are going to slice up the fifth-largest lottery pot in american history. $564 million. their names remain a mystery. one's in texas. >> the information that they provided us from the ticket does match up. >> reporter: this guy sold that ticket. >> did you know until now? >> now, still i cannot believe. >> reporter: he gets a million bucks. a cameraman from our affiliate wfaa broke the news. >> he told me he's the one, the first one here. >> reporter: the other two winning tickets were sold in shallotte, north carolina and ponce, puerto rico. another 18 tickets matched all but the powerball. >> that's the one right there. of course, you kick yourself,
you know, 18 and the winner was 19, but i'm happy with a million dollars. >> reporter: for most everyone else who pushed this pot to historic highs, there's nothing but dashed dreams. >> i'd be at the b.e.t. awards sitting next to jay-z and beyonce. >> reporter: and a maybe next time. nick watt, abc news, los angeles. >> there is always hope next time. and there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this thursday. the snowmobiler buried up to his neck in snow. look at this. the avalanche in the west tonight. you will see it as it happens. and the remarkable rescue coming up. also tonight, pope francis and his controversial comments about married couples who choose not to have children. and the mom to the rescue. jumping from her minivan, wrestling with the suspect. she helps take him down. tonight, it turns out, she's the one in for one giant surprise. ploring and looking for something better. that's the way i look at life. especially now that i live with a higher risk of
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and finally, america strong. we team up with "the asbury park press," meeting a couple, showing us what's in their attic. valentines, every day of the year. inside this home in tom's river, new jersey, a husband with pen in hand. >> you're my best friend. i know how perfect you are for me. and the best part of the whole trip is that you'll be there with me. lucky me. i love you madly, my darling. >> reporter: bill bresnan, signing a love note to his wife. one note a day, every day, for nearly 40 years now. >> it's been every single day and it still is. >> they mean everything, really, to me. >> reporter: that's right. every night, when most of us are setting our alarms, brushing our teeth, bill is giving kris a love note. >> i give her the cards just before we go to bed. i draw them, sometimes during the day, sometimes i buy them, if i happen to be somewhere, or if kris is away, i mail them to wherever she's going to be. >> reporter: so many cards, so many notes, they're now stored in the attic. >> all the boxes of cards are
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a 7 on your side investigation coming up. >> murders of three muslim students in north carolina has touched a nerve around the country. >> i'm cheryl jennings. a four star general with ties to the san francisco bay area. the story coming up. >> here is president obama, holding babies and greeting supporters today. >> yes, on a mission to step up the nation's response to the threat hackers pose to cyber security. >> the president arrived about 45 minutes ago or so accompanied by three bay area members of congress. >> the white house confirmed he
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