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we appreciate your time. >> thanks a lot for joining us tonight. have a good one. breaking news tonight. a state of emergency already declared. the blizzard watches in effect at this hour. the major system. it could be historic. two feet of snow in some places. one governor desperate to avoid a scene like this again. and the new track right now. also breaking, the wild ride on wall street. at one point, plummeting more than 500 points. tonight, oil prices. saving you money at the pump, but punishing your savings, and your 401k. sarah palin onstage for donald trump, and addressing her son's arrest on domestic violence charges. >> i guess it's kind of the elephant in the room. >> tonight, what palin is saying about her son. 24 hours after george clooney spoke out amid the oscar controversy, tonight, members of the academy declaring we are not racists.
and, the new discovery announced today. a ninth planet, larger than earth? good evening. we begin tonight with a major storm on the way, and some places more than two feet of snow. warnings of zero visibility and damaging winds. 50 million americans in the path. 15 states from arkansas to new jersey under winter storm watches already. over the next 48 hours, several major cities in the bull's eye. washington, d.c., philadelphia, new york, watching closely. and dangerous driving already after a clipper system plowed through the carolinas and tennessee. this is i-24 in smyrna. and they'll get hit again as the major system moves in and then right up the coast. steve osunsami leading us off. >> reporter: tonight we're finding wreck after wreck in tennessee, north carolina, and near ft. wayne, indiana, where jeremiah lowe helped save a man from an overturned truck.
>> i run across the median as fast as i could and i see he's trapped. >> reporter: across parts of the deep south, where many just aren't used to the snow and ice, here was today's awful commute. drivers struggling to cross an icy overpass north of atlanta, where tonight there's a run on firewood. georgia's governor, hoping to avoid desperate scenes like these from two years ago, has declared a state of emergency in 15 counties. >> in case it happens, we hope we'll be prepared. >> reporter: in durham, sherriff's deputies are going door to door in the cold, checking in on seniors. >> everything okay here? >> oh, yeah. >> all right. >> reporter: but according to the forecast, the place where you really don't want to be is in the mid-atlantic. the bull's eye for the next major storm on the way. the nation's capital is bracing for as much two feet of snow by saturday. new york, philly, boston, all watching the track. the city's mayor is handing out these, an army of free snow shovels. one of the big concerns still, dangerous black ice. georgia has put nearly 300 road workers on call.
david? >> steve osunsami, leading us off. let's get right to rob marciano. this is over the rockies before it swings down and up the coast? >> yes, and because it's over land, we have more data. so our computers are really starting to drill down on this. and emerging from the rockies, and overnight it will dig down into the gulf coast, where i think we'll see a severe weather day across much of the gulf coast. and then it begins to move into the colder air. icing western parts of north carolina, then tennessee and kentucky. snow starting in d.c. on friday, then the low hits the coast. and then winds will crank up. coastal flooding, big waves there. and widespread winter watches across this entire swath. and here's the forecast, look at the cutoff north of long island. boston may not get much of anything. new york will get 6 to 12 inches. philadelphia, 12 to 18 inches. d.c., 18 to 24 inches. potentially two feet or more in the mountains. >> this friday, right through the weekend. thank you.
we'll be watching. a tense day on wall street. plummeting oil prices helping americans at the pump, but not in their retirement savings. at one point, the dow down 550 points, in the end closing down near 250 points. rebecca jarvis on how much americans' 401ks have lost since just january 1st. >> reporter: tonight, wall street's wild swings, stocks slammed by plunging oil prices. tanking today to just $26.55 a barrel, the lowest price in more than 12 years. great news for consumers. tonight, the majority of americans paying less than $2 a gallon at the pump. but a significant blow to the energy industry, which already lost 100,000 jobs last year. and now risks losing even more. investors also concerned that a slowdown in china, the world's second largest economy, could trigger a slowdown here in areas like construction, technology, and manufacturing. >> the market can handle bad
news, but it can't handle uncertainty. >> reporter: so far this year, the stock market turbulence has wiped out more than $2 trillion from share prices. for the typical retirement savings account, that's a loss of nearly $8,300. >> and rebecca, many saying this, though painful, would appear to be a market correction? >> that's right. stocks this year are down almost 10%. for those who are worried, you should know this. the hardest thing to do is the very best thing you can do for your money, wait it out. we know, historically, that works out for investors. >> rebecca, thank you. and now to the race for 2016, new numbers on the republican side. trump with his biggest lead in new hampshire. ted cruz at 14%, and jeb bush moving up. both he and rubio, at 10%.
and tonight, sarah palin on the stump for donald trump and addressing the arrest of her son. tom llamas in iowa. >> reporter: donald trump is used to driving the news, but today, sarah palin took the wheel. >> our vets deserve a commander in chief who will let them do their job and go kick isis' ass. >> reporter: mamma grizzly echoing her roaring endorsement for the republican frontrunner. >> are you ready to make america great again? >> reporter: giving her fans some of the greatest hits. >> so no, we're not going to chill. in fact, it's time to drill, baby, drill down and hold these folks accountable. >> reporter: but today not everything going as planned. the trump campaign announcing palin would be at a morning rally in iowa. the tickets even promising a special guest. but no sign of sarah. >> we were hoping sarah palin would be here. >> reporter: and what happened, no show? >> no show. >> i was looking forward to seeing her.
wondering where she went. >> reporter: and palin's surprises didn't end there. today in tulsa, she brought up her 26-year-old son track's arrest this week for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend. >> i guess it's kind of the elephant in the room. >> reporter: police say track, a veteran, threatened to shoot himself with an ar-15 assault weapon. palin revealing her son is coping with ptsd. saying vets wonder if the president knows what they're going though. >> but my son, like so many others, they come back a bit different. they come back hardened. i can certainly relate with other families who kind of feel these ramifications of some ptsd and some of the woundedness that our soldiers do return with. >> reporter: the politician turned reality star. >> you can see russia from here, almost! >> reporter: now helping the reality star turned politician. >> you're fired. you're fired. you're fired. >> reporter: trump grateful though he hedged when pressed on whether he'd pick palin as his running mate.
>> well, i don't think she'd want to do it. i don't think she'd want to do it. you know, i really don't get into it right now. i don't even think about vp right now and i just want to win. >> reporter: putting on a brave face, trump's chief rival, senator ted cruz. >> i love sarah palin. >> reporter: cruz's answer to the palin endorsement, two rallies saturday with conservative firebrand glenn beck. and this ad -- [ duck calls ] cruz in camo hunting with reality superstar phil robertson, from "duck dynasty." >> ted cruz is my man, he fits the bill, he's the man for the job and he will go duck hunting. >> and tom llamas with us. last night, it was the iowa governor seeming to warn against ted cruz. and tonight, bob dole with tough words aimed at cruz as well? >> reporter: that's right. bob dole, former senator, and onetime republican presidential nominee, saying cruz is an extremist. and saying if cruz is the nominee, the losses for the republican party would be cataclysmic.
he's supporting jeb bush, but says he would pick trump over cruz any day. now, cruz is firing back, saying the establishment is clearly coalescing around donald trump. david? >> tom llamas, thank you. on the democratic side, it was just hours before hillary clinton was using an image of trump and palin side by side to fire up her supporters. but would it work? cecilia vega, also in iowa tonight. >> are you ready for a commander-in-chief? >> reporter: tonight, the clinton campaign hoping to raise big bucks from that big endorsement. sending out this plea, donate to make sure this is nothing more than a bad "snl" skit come to life. >> hey, how are you? >> reporter: for hillary clinton, it is no laughing matter. especially with the new polls showing bernie sanders with his biggest lead yet in new hampshire. today bill clinton right there assessing the damage. >> we're on a home field disadvantage here. >> reporter: the implication,
sanders, from neighboring vermont, has a leg up in the granite state. >> you've been good to me. you've been
good to our family. i trust you. >> reporter: in a new ad, hillary clinton highlighting her experience. >> the secretary of state who stood up for america and stared down hostile leaders in the world is the one candidate for president who has everything it takes to do every part of the job. >> reporter: but sanders says experience isn't everything. the candidate who once was promising to run a positive campaign now says this. >> experience is important. dick cheney had a lot of experience. >> reporter: in the home stretch, clinton hoping to capitalize with bill clinton's popularity. writing a personal essay. the essay published today. one year from today, we will elect a new president.
>> thank you. and now to flint, michigan, and the emergency over lead in the water. when the city started taking its drinking water
from the flint river. tonight, president obama saying he would be beside himself if he were a parent in flint. 24 hours after michigan's governor addressed the state, he's now releasing e-mails related to the water. and our correspondent tracking down the former mayor, asking do you take responsibility? here's alex perez. >> reporter: tonight, michigan governor rick snyder hoping critics will accept his mea culpa. >> to you, the people of flint, i say tonight, as i have before, i'm sorry, and i will fix it. >> clean water! now! >> reporter: the apology seemingly falling on deaf ears. >> he's already apologized. it doesn't mean much when people are poisoned. so i think he should resign. >> reporter: with an investigation to determine if any laws were broken now under way, the governor is now releasing all e-mails pertaining
to the water crisis in flint. it was in april 2014 when they switched to water in the flint river to save money. immediately, residents complained, and some children tested positive for lead poisoning. more than a year passed before officials warned the public of dangerously high levels of lead. tonight, we tracked down former flint mayor dane walling, who at one point even drank water on tv. do you take responsibility for the lead in the water, for the anger in the community? for people that are blaming you for not doing something sooner? >> i regret that i didn't act sooner, and i do take responsibility for that. i continue to think about this every day, and what did i miss? >> reporter: walling, who was voted out of office, argues at the time, he was led to believe that other chemicals, not lead, were to blame. do you regret not going more sooner? >> i do. now, i know. >> reporter: and word tonight the state legislature has unanimously approved $28 million in funding for relief efforts. david? >> alex, thanks. and overseas to what we're now learning about a deadly taliban attack in pakistan. gunmen storming a university,
armed with grenades, suicide vests, and ak-47s. ambulances rushing to the scene. the injured on gurneys. at least 20 dead, 50 injured, coming more than a year after the gruesome attack on an elementary school there. here's martha raddatz. >> reporter: it was a massacre. victims rushed one after another from the university. terrified students under siege by the heavily armed militants. a stairway, stained from the attack, a dorm room left bloodied and in shambles. "i was inside and there was gunfire coming towards us," said this student. "security personnel told us to run, terrorists had entered the university." pakistani troops were quick to respond, killing attackers before their suicide vests could be detonated. it was just a year ago that the pakistani taliban group claiming responsibility for today's attack slaughtered more than 130 children at a grade school
in this same area. the dead were mostly the children of pakistani military. the pakistanis have been on the offense against the taliban there, but clearly they remain a huge threat, and sadly once again, have targeted the young. david? >> martha, thank you. back here at home, to a series of deadly avalanches in the west. you're about to see a skier trapped in an avalanche. he does survive. here's clayton sandell. >> ready? >> reporter: just seven seconds snowboarder christian michael mares' downhill run, an avalanche. narrowly missing trees. tumbling downhill, shaken, but alive. >> so that just happened. >> reporter: conditions across the west are ripe for avalanches. two people have been killed this week. bringing the recent total to seven. every winter, an average of 27 people die in avalanches.
in california, the ski resort says they were trespassing in a closed area. the local sheriff says mares may be prosecuted. mares says he didn't know the area was closed. the avalanche last week is in the same area where teams have now called off the search for a ski instructor, carson may, missing since thursday. avalanche experts tell us the danger doesn't pass when the storm passes. some areas have seen deadly avalanches in late spring and early summer. >> thank you. the oscar backlash. members of the oscar academy saying we're not racist. now, others weighing in. what the academy members are now saying, coming up in a moment. the former "sopranos" star revealing her health battle.
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when i get here the truck is over on its side and in flames, i had to do something. >> reporter: foxx rushing down his driveway to find the 32-year-old driver trapped. >> we pulled him out, and five seconds later, the truck goes up. >> you saved my son's life. because he could have burned up right there. >> reporter: that driver's father, just thankful foxx was there. >> the thought that someone would do that is so much more than i could fathom. >> reporter: tonight the driver is in the hospital but alive. foxx saying, god had his arms wrapped around all of us. no heroes, just happy fathers. >> incredible. we'll see you back here tomorrow night. good night.
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