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this morning on "world news now", the great big dig. >> the historic snowfall totals throughout much of the east as cities shut down by the blizzard, well, they start to show signs of life. and how travel across the country is impacted with well over 10,000 flights canceled. we are live with the very latest. one week away to the iowa caucuses and the candidates turn up the heat on the campaign trail. huge crowds coming out for sanders and trump. and what the gop front-runner may have said about a turban-wearing protester. a cry of innocence from steve avery, the focus of the "making a murderer" series, speaking out from inside prison, claiming that the real murderer may still be on the loose. what the lawyers on both sides of the case have to say about it. and snowed out rather than
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staying shut in from the storm, yeah, plenty of folks brave the blizzard and had themselves a ball of a time, including a pair of pandas. see them? they were all snowed in, too. is it better for them? you decide on this monday, january 25th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." so you survived. >> to quote destiny's child, i am a survivor. yes. and i got to admit that i was a little bit scared at one point when i ran out of food and ran out of alcohol. you know, and then ran down the street and there was nothing open. >> i told you, you know, i e-mailed you on friday night saying, you should really take this seriously. you thought delivery would happen 24 hours in new york. >> i was like, seamless they're always there for you. >> they shut down the city including transportation including the pizza guy. >> i didn't anticipate that. that was tough. >> this really was the blizzard of 2016.
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>> it was an epic blizzard. it was a really, really big deal. government offices of course, and many public schools and in d.c. will still be closed today after this massive snowstorm. up the road in baltimore, a snow emergency actually still in effect. with only half the streets cleared so far, the clean-up in the region is expected to take days. >> and it will take awhile to get the nation's air travel system back up to speed because so many airlines use east coast airports as hubs. and more than 3500 flights were canceled yesterday. nearly 1200 are already crossed off for today. for the jersey shore, man, it wasn't just the snow but also the flooding. we're talking high tides, strong winds. they brought extra water ashore. chunks of ice, you could actually see them floating down residential streets. some of the residents had to be helped out of their homes and many furnishings. complete loss for these folks. >> that's got to make it even worse when you have the snow pitch mixed with all of the flooding. so back here in new york city, life is getting back to normal
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after the city's second biggest snowfall in history. >> pretty much most mass transit is up and running. major streets are cleared. but all that snow is piled high, making it so difficult to get around. >> yeah, let's get a live update from abc's ray raimundi. ray, good morning. >> reporter: hey, good morning to you, kendis and reena. yeah, listen, the main focus for city officials here is to make sure that all the roadways, particularly the streets, the transportation, schools, are all fully operational just in time for the morning commute, which is literally just hours away. millions of americans digging out from all that snow. a bird's-eye view from this drone flying high above baltimore providing a snapshot of the monstrosity of snow, which literally crippled the mid-atlantic and the major northeast cities. western pennsylvania feeling the effects of the winter wallop as authorities scramble to reopen a section of the pennsylvania turnpike near pittsburgh where hundreds of vehicles were left stranded.
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new jersey also getting slammed. the major issue? flooding. chunks of ice and feet of water lined the streets, as many homes were submerged under water. tragedy also striking, after a mom and young son are killed by carbon monoxide. >> and i try, i try, my nephew try, try. and the paramedic try, try. those people work so hard. >> reporter: in maryland a celebration after a couple was forced to make a special delivery of this healthy seven-pound baby named hanna inside of their home after they were buried inside. >> happy birthday. >> yeah. >> reporter: and in new york, a ghost town at one of the city's busiest transportation hubs. penn station almost empty. cancellations seen all over the boards. >> i do not remember it ever looking this empty. in fact, i just took a picture of it myself because i want to remember how empty it is. >> reporter: so the good news is, forecasters are expecting warmer temperatures throughout
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the week here in the northeast particularly here in new york. the bad news, the melting of all the snow that may cause flooding and refreezing with overnight temperatures dropping. city schools here in new york will be open. as you guys mentioned before, many schools across the north east still remain closed. kendis and reena, back to you. >> ray, it looks like the wall between east and west germany there behind you. it's pretty high bank. >> absolutely. >> you know, we know there's a bit of city-to-city controversy brewing over the snow total amounts. can you tell us a little bit about that? >> reporter: yeah. absolutely. you know, it was first predicted that washington, d.c., our nation's capital, and baltimore was going to be the bull's-eye of this storm, but they actually wound up getting a little less snow than we got up here. in fact, new york broke records. it was the second snowiest snowstorm here in the city. we were 0.1 inch from breaking the all-time record. it seems like the storm was fit and made for new york city as we
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got the brunt of this massive and epic blizzard of 2016. >> ray, we're going to leave it up to you to tear down that wall, my friend. >> yes, yes. >> reporter: you got that right. absolutely. >> ray raimundi. you're going to be with us for the next couple half hours on the blizzard. thank you. well, new york's three airports, by the way, resumed operations on sunday. >> washington airports hope to do so today. with more here's abc's david kerley. >> reporter: so much snow to clear. plows and trucks working all day at an empty washington, d.c., airport. no planes, no passengers. a ghost town. >> please maintain control of your personal belongings. >> reporter: some hopeful passengers in new york -- >> i just want to get out of here and go home. >> reporter: -- told they are going nowhere. >> i showed up at the airport today thinking that my flight was okay, and then the airport closed, so -- >> reporter: already more than 800 flights cancelled, bringing the storm total to about 12,000, as all that snow is moved. and it's not just out on the airfield. a lot is going on behind the
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scenes, and workers have to be able to get to their positions in order for the airport to re-open. the closure of the major airports in the east has a ripple affect across the entire country -- delays and cancellations. and even overseas, some international flights can't get in. michael kurth is stranded in brussels. >> in total, it will come out to be about 48 hours or more of travel. >> reporter: amtrak rail, running reduced service during the storm, is coming back. regional and city rail, far from full service. at new york's penn station -- >> we got stranded and had to stay one more night. >> reporter: but a few flights starting to take off from northern airports. this one at new york's laguardia. david kerley, abc news, washington. >> slowly but surely getting back to business. let's see what the situation is right now for those stranded travelers, as well as those of us who are staying put. >> we get to accuweather's paul williams who has the forecast. morning, paul. >> thanks, reena, kendis. listen, i know everybody's skittish about the mere mention
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of the word snow. we're not expecting any more snow. but the snow we have will complicate matters because it's melting right now. there's so much of it, and we're expecting a tremendous amount of icing to occur because those puddles are going to freeze throughout the overnight period. tricky driving as a result of that. stars the rest of the country is concerned, we're looking for the messiest of weather along the mississippi valley region. cold weather just to the west of the rain and snow and stormmaker. snow up towards the great lakes. mixture of freezing rain and sleet throughout the ohio valley region and showers in the deep south culminating in thunderstorms. kendis, reena? >> paul, thank you. breaking news overnight. severe turbulence on a flight from miami to milan has forced the plane to divert to canada. the seven people have been hurt and taken to a hospital. among those are three crew members. at least four ambulances and a fire truck were dispatched to meet the plane at the airport in st. john's in newfoundland. an american airlines spokesman
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said none of the injuries are life-threatening. the airline is working to get the other passengers back on their route to milan. one week from today are the iowa caucuses, the start of the presidential primary season. take a look at the latest poll showing donald trump now surging ahead of ted cruz there. fans keep flocking to his rallies but so do protesters on sunday. trump was talking about 9/11 and san bernardino when a protester wearing a bright red turban, you see right there, raised a banner that said, stop hate. as the protester was led out, the crowd chanted usa. then trump said this -- >> he wasn't wearing one of those hats, was he? and he never will. >> well, it appeared to reporters there that trump was referring to both the man's turban as well as, perhaps, also to a different man wearing one of those trump's "make america great" hats. by the way, it was totally red meat to this crowd.
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meanwhile, bernie sanders is filling auditoriums in iowa. at a packed rally last night, the senator got hot, took off his jacket and threw it straight into the crowd of teenaged fans. then he joked, that's all that's coming off. and his fans, they roared. >> good stuff. so the super bowl 50 match-up is set. it will be the carolina panthers versus the denver broncos. cam newton led carolina to a 49-15 drubbing of the arizona cardinals. he threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more. one of those td passes was for 85 yards. yes. meanwhile, the carolina defense smothered the cardinals' offense. by halftime the panthers led 24-7. this will be the team's second visit to the super bowl. and the afc championship game featured two legendary veteran quarterbacks. but it will be denver's peyton manning who squares off against cam newton. the broncos defeated tom brady and the new england patriots 20-18. brady's two-point conversion
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attempt was intercepted in the final minute of the game. earlier with a chance to tie the game, stephen gostkowski missed the extra point. the first time he'd missed a conversion after 523 attempts. >> oh. you know who else stole the show? >> who else? >> peyton manning's son. absolutely adorable. take a look at 4-year-old marshall. he joined him at the press conference afterwards. isn't that incredible? he looks just like little mini me. >> like a riley curry moment. >> a total riley curry moment, almost. >> did he speak or -- >> he just kind of lingered around. but he was the star attraction there. >> that's cool. >> dad's big moment. >> dad's heading to the super bowl, young man. coming up in "the mix," the big blizzard and some of the lighter moments from people making the most of the big storm. but first, some new images of the earthquake that shook alaska this weekend. buildings swaying back and forth, shocking residents as the ground rumbled beneath them. first, steven avery's letter
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a corner of alaska is cleaning up from a powerful earthquake. some shaking caught on camera. the 7.1 quake struck early
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sunday morning and was centered 160 miles southwest of anchorage. it's the large earthquake in decades to hit the region and triggered a gas leak causing four homes to catch fire. no one was hurt. but 30 homes in kenai were evacuated as a precaution. in southern california, an intense manhunt is under way for three dangerous inmate who is managed to escape a maximum security jail. investigators say the men cut through half-inch steel bars and rappelled down the roof of a makeshift rope at the jail. this is in santa ana. among the escapees a suspected gang member being held on murder charges. reward for their capture has now is grown to $50,000. the true life television drama of another murder has been sparking quite a bit of controversy. for the first time since the documentary "making a murdererer" came out, the man at the center of the case is speaking out. dan harris has traveled to wisconsin to look into his case. >> reporter: in a new letter to our abc station in milwaukee,
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steven avery, the convicted killer at the heart of the new netflix documentary series "making a murderer" writes, the real killer is still out this. who is he stalking now? much of the three-page letter is in a response to an interview his ex-girlfriend gave to hln in which she turns on the man she once defended. >> what do you want people to know? >> the truth. >> which is? >> what a monster he is and he's not innocent. >> we, the jury, find the defendant guilty -- >> reporter: avery was convicted in 2007 of killing a 25-year-old teresa halbach. the documentary raises questions about whether avery may have been framed by local law enforcement officials, who he was suing at the time because they had put him in prison for 18 years for a rape he didn't commit. he was later exonerated by dna evidence. we're now at the avery family i recently went to wisconsin to
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investigate the case. i met the former prosecutor who sent avery to prison, ken kratz, who now says he's being bombarded by online threats. >> just examples upon examples of what i would refer to as cyberbullying. >> reporter: i also met avery's former defense attorney, dean strang, whose emotional and eloquent defense of avery made him sort of a digital-age folk hero. sitting here today, all these years later, do you still believe the department or members of the department framed steven avery? >> i'm still left with real reasons to suspect that. >> reporter: one of the local sheriff's deputies who strang accused of possibly planting evidence, lieutenant andrew colburn, recently spoke out for the first time since the documentary. quote, you know all these allegations against myself and our agency are totally false. be careful what you wish for. if steven avery is ever freed, he may just become your neighbor. dan harris, abc news, new york.
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>> that's quite scary stuff. >> quite a mystery. coming up, thousands of people found themselves stranded in cars during the weekend's blizzard. what you need to know to survive the next time you head out into the cold. you're watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from
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as we've seen this weekend, there's a very real danger that whiteout conditions can strike without warning. >> and if you're on the road, you need to be prepared. rob marciano explains. >> reporter: it can happen in an instant. you're driving in an unfamiliar area and suddenly you're lost or worse, stranded in the snow. it happened to four men in oregon. their gps sending them the wrong way. >> we didn't know how long we were going to be there. >> reporter: the men hunkering down for 18 hours until help finally arrived. what happens if you do get
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stranded? what do you need to do to survive? >> above all, do not leave your vehicle. >> bruce gordon is an expert with the minnesota department of public safety, taking me through his survival tips. so, we're stranded now in the middle of nowhere. temperatures in the teens. what should i do? >> stay cool and stay warm at the same time. >> reporter: telling me to keep calm and bundle up. then -- >> make your car visible. tie a rag or some brightly colored ribbon so people can find you. run your vehicle about ten minutes for every hour. have the heat running during that time and charge your cell phone, and probably the most important thing is, stay with your vehicle. >> reporter: don't leave this car. but i had to ask, my instinct to survive is to leave the vehicle and go find help. how do you keep from doing that? >> fight the instinct. keep your wits about you and stay with this vehicle because it's your best shelter. >> reporter: and don't forget to pack this -- a simple survival kit. complete with a whistle, that bright rag, hand warmers, emergency blankets, protein bars and a flashlight with extra batteries. and, of course, a first aid kit. >> when you're in a situation
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the only cold and flu liquid gel that's max-strength and fights mucus. start the relief. ditch the misery. let's end this. and now it's time and now it's time for "the mix." athletes are such superstars. >> yeah. >> they don't miss practice even if it's blizzard conditions. we're talking now about west virginia's university swim team. take a look at this. >> no, they didn't. >> in speedos, jumped in the snow in the middle of a blizzard to practice their swimming laps. and then they realized, it's a little bit too cold to wear your speedos. >> a, there can be so many jokes about this, but i'm going to let that go. but, wow, really, guys? in the snow? >> it lasted about 6.5 seconds. that's about it. >> some great form i have to say. gave them a five. quite a few swimmers there. >> impressive. get back in there. >> very nice.
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so, this is our blizzard edition of "the mix." you know, there were some beautiful video over the weekend where we saw tian-tian from the national zoo just rolling around in the snow. whenever we see the pandas in a zoo, they're just like -- it's just beautiful. just awesome. well, yeah, then there's this guy who is also in maryland. >> that's not a real panda. >> it's a true panda. look at that. nice panda form. he decided he would get dressed up in his panda suit and challenge tian-tian to his own like snow battle there. >> let me guess, watched this than tian-tian? >> yes. you know, weddings still continue on in the middle of a blizzard. you think about the people who had plans and didn't cancel them including this young couple that just got engaged. they knew there was going to be blizzard conditions, but they told their engagement photographer, we're going to take our photos anyway in the middle of the blizzard in baltimore.
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this couple, they're from baltimore, and they took these photos in ft. mead, maryland. >> very, very cool. >> amidall the snow and wind. >> a lot of times you'll have ideal conditions for our engagement photos but they decided they'll go out and they weren't wearing a whole lot. i got to admit. >> they looked kind of cozy bundled up. >> but love warms you. >> you love warms you. there you go. love conquers a blizzard, huh? >> yeah. okay, so this is from washington, d.c. take a look. police car right there in the "u" street neighborhood. take a listen. do you recognize this? ♪ do you want to build a snowman ♪ >> of course. >> do you like it? >> i love it. >> he was playing the soundtrack for "frozen," "do you want to build a snowman?" >> although his partner did not look too pleased this has been on rotation. >> it's being played over and over and over again. it kind of summed up d.c. on friday.
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why not? >> that's the news for this half hour, folks.
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this morning on "world news this morning on "world news now" -- the toll of the storm. the deadly blizzard hitting the east from all side, trapping drivers. we'll have a live report and latest forecast straight ahead. one week from the iowa caucuses. the latest poll has donald trump surging ahead of ted cruz while hillary clinton promises her own political movement. and tina fey? she replies as her alter ego sarah palin on "saturday night live." new this half hour. crash for cash. >> the growing insurance fraud scam that has crooks triggering accidents on purpose to cash in on insurance money. what you need to know. and the blizzard of 2016 seemed to bring everyone out into the snow, including celebrities.
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how some of them spent their snow day. that's ahead in "the skinny." it is monday, january 25th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." so we're talking about survivors. you survived. >> i did. we lost power saturday morning, total freak accident. a city bus hit our power lines nearby, like about a block away. so, i never thought we would lose power. and we've been telling -- warning people what to do. >> yeah, exactly. >> you don't think that you would -- >> did you guys just panic and run outside scared? >> i would have, but you know, i'm from florida. that was a worse situation, to be outside in the cold. >> absolutely. i have my big measuring tape here. this is about how much new york city got. just about 27, less than 27. >> wow. that's very scientific of you. >> that's a lot. it's almost the size of my head. it's a very scientific measure of how much snow we got here in
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new york city. it was quite measurable. >> there are some hopeful signs this morning. >> yeah, there are. things are getting back to normal. >> new york and philadelphia have lifted their snow emergencies, but there's still plenty of clean-up under way. >> so washington and baltimore are still restricting travel with all government offices including federal and local closed. and schools are closed, as well there. but we do have to mention that more than two dozen deaths were blamed on the weather. airlines canceled more than 14,000 flights over the weekend. and the snowfall in new york city missed setting a record, as we mentioned, just short of 27 inches. baltimore had about 30 inches of snow but the official measurement in washington is only 17.8. even though it seemed like so much more. and it probably was. can you believe this, folks, the measuring device at reagan national airport was buried in the snow and stopped working. kendis, they could have used your tape. >> they could have. >> it will be days before the nation's capital is dug out. with more, here's abc's rob marciano. >> reporter: the snow's stopped
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falling, but for millions still reeling from this monstrous blizzard, the battle is not over. firefighters in virginia struggling to dig out hydrants buried under 3 feet of snow while battling a blaze. up and down the east coast, roofs collapsing under the weight of all that snow. dozens displaced from this apartment complex in virginia. this church in pennsylvania caving in just hours before sunday services. even the redskins' practice dome deflated. the big digout, that is, if you could even get to your car. new yorkers climbing 4, 5 and 6-foot drifting to reach them. the view from above capturing the scope. the nation's capitol shut down. winds gusting to 75 miles per hour at langley air force base. new york city suddenly finding itself in the bull's-eye. >> people have to take very seriously what's going on here. >> reporter: the city grinding to a halt. >> just give us time. everybody stay in their house and we should be able to do our job. a new jersey mom and her son tragically lost to carbon monoxide poisoning while warming up in a running car. in central park, 26.8 inches of
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snow, a 24-hour record, and just 0.1 of an inch shy of the all-time record set back in 2006. the biggest snowstorm on record in baltimore, 29.2 inches. cracking the top five in d.c. and philly, too. our gloria riviera in reston, virginia. >> reporter: the plows have been through this area. but all that snow has to go somewhere, and look at this. it's a snow wall and it's past my waist and it's barricading every car on the block in. >> reporter: there are plenty of cars entombed in snow in new york city, like this, and allot a lot of piles like this across manhattan. and you get 2 feet of snow in a tight space like the city and it's hard to get rid of and to work around. mother nature not expected to help much. we'll see a bit of a warmup but not till tuesday or wednesday. rob marciano, abc news, new york. >> tuesday or wednesday seems so far away. the storm didn't only hammer the coast, it buried the inland city of charleston, west virginia. under 16.9 inches of snow.
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plows only got to the primary roads. so people spent the weekend shoveling their neighbors. but in the mountains, mountains of west virginia, more than twice as much. 40.5 inches. at jfk airport here in new york, 30.5 inches. baltimore's bwi, 29.2. newark airport, 28.1. and don't forget the national zoo in washington, they got 22.4 inches. >> time to go snow boarding in west virginia there. pretty cool. as for new jersey coastal residents, it wasn't so much about the snow, but about flooding. the storm brought extremely high tides and big waves, as well. stores and homes were flooded and the entire streets turned into waterways, as you saw there, with chunks of ice floating in them. most of the water has now receded. now the mud and debris left behind. one shore community fared well throughout. belmar had built a huge wall of sand to keep the ocean where it belonged. well, our coverage continues now with abc's ray raimundi,
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live outside our studio in new york. >> so, ray, what's it looking like right now? >> reporter: well, kendis and reena, believe it or not, 24 hours after this storm hit us, new york being the bull's-eye, as both of you two mentioned, it's a nice calm here outside on the streets of new york. but many people across the mid-atlantic are digging out of this epic blizzard of 2016. this was the second snowiest snowstorm here in new york and we were just 0.1 inch from breaking the all-time record right here in new york. of course, the main concern moving forward is for city officials to get the city back to normal, and that's including making sure all our subways are back to normal and particularly the commuter railroads in time for the monday morning rush. of course, this storm also came with its tragedy. 27 deaths in total as a result of all the states that were affected as a result of the storm. five of those deaths happening right here in the new york city area, and those deaths are being blamed on inhaling of carbon monoxide and also people
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shoveling snow here. we do know schools will be open here in new york city on monday. but many schools across the northeast are still going to remain closed. of course, travel a really big deal, as well, reena and kendis. >> yeah, speaking of travel, ray. i know a friend of mine who has been on the phone with united today for two hours, trying to get herself and her infant back to new york. what can people expect at the airports today? >> reporter: that's absolutely right. airport officials are saying that 14,000 flights were canceled as a result of this blizzard. the goal and focus now is to make sure that all airport operations across the mid-atlantic regions affected by this storm will be up and running by monday morning at the earliest. reena and kendis, back to you. >> quite a big effort for the airlines. and, ray, i guess you were talking really loudly there to set off some guy's alarm. ray raimundi, thank you. >> reporter: that's correct. well, are we finally done with the snow? it appears there won't be a second act for this blizzard.
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>> let's get the latest right now from accuweather's paul williams. paul, good morning. >> thanks, kendis, reena. well, we have a good news/bad news thing. the good news, no more snow in the early part of the week. the bad news, the leftover snow will make things a little slick for us. in the northeast the normal amount of seasonable cold in place. but a high pressure system will swing toward the northeast. here's the changeover. because the snow will melt quickly, we're going to having widespread black ice possibly throughout not only new york but throughout the mid-atlantic all the way down towards kentucky. kendis, reena. >> thank you, paul. we're going to move on now to the race for the white house. the iowa caucuses exactly one week from today. on the republican side, there's a new fox news poll that indicates donald trump surging past ted cruz and now the front-runner, marco rubio, ben carson and rand paul behind them. in new hampshire, trump is holding a comfortable lead over cruz with rubio, kasich and bush filling out the top five there. on the democratic side, there
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was a fired up hillary clinton addressing an enthusiastic crowd of some 900 iowans last night. she took a page from bernie sanders' playbook promising her own political movement. some of that fire probably came from a new endorsement from "the boston globe," urging new hampshire readers to support her in the next month's primary. sanders is a front-runner in new hampshire. isis has released a new video online praising the november paris attacks. much of the video so graphic we can't even show you. it's titled "kill them wherever you find them." it is almost 18 minutes long and shows the attackers in syria and iraq sometime before the paris assault and includes a threat to attack britain. the president of iran visits italy and france this week in an effort to boost economic ties. hassan rouhani arrives in rome today. he's going to meet with the pope at the vatican tomorrow. the visit had been scheduled for november, but was put off after those paris terror attacks. just about everything closed. what's left to do in a major
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snowstorm but go sledding. that's just what a group of nuns did in central park this weekend. and with the wind picking up their habits as they sped down the slope, who could have blamed them? we call them the flying nuns i guess. >> they were sailing down those hills. >> they seemed to really enjoy it. >> good for them. >> yeah, a little outing. everyone loves a good sledding in the snow, right? >> 26 inches, they were having none of it. well, coming up in the skinny, how the other half survived the blizzard of 2016. >> by other half, we mean the 1 percenters. we're going to check out how some of the biggest celebrities let down their hair and took advantage of their big snow day. and slamming the brakes on a crash for cash scheme. how one man managed to scam insurance companies out of thousands of dollars. you're watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" weather, brought to you by pampers. pampers. music throughout "forget about the cowboy walk because of a saggy diaper"
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watch and listen to this incredible wipeout. a thousand-foot drop down a slope in alaska, that's world champion free skier angel collinson tumbling out of control as the camera rolls until finally a huge sigh of relief. >> i'm okay. i'm okay. >> thank you. >> okay, so get this. amazingly, she only injured two fingers, slightly injured them. and she's said to be physically okay. you heard her. >> oh, my gosh. that gives me shivers just to watch. look how quickly she goes tumbling down. >> that's a different form of free skiing. >> oh, my gosh. unbelievable. well, on to gas. the average national gas price
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is now well below $2 a gallon. the lundberg survey says prices have gone down 14 cents over the past two weeks to $1.91 a gallon. that's actually the lowest in about seven years. and 16 cents less than a year ago. so fuel up. >> yes, time to fuel up. one man has also allegedly been cashing in with his car. but it hasn't been at the gas pump. >> he's accused of being a professional victim, triggering car accidents, convincing the other drivers it was their fault. then waiting for those big insurance checks, until someone minute the brakes on his scheme. here's abc's clayton sandell. >> reporter: prosecutors say navid monjazeb made a lucrative habit out of crashing into other drivers, filing fraudulent insurance claims, then collecting thousands of dollars. he allegedly did it nearly two dozen times. one victim's car had barely a scratch. but monjazeb claims his car looked like this. he's now facing charges, including insurance fraud and reckless endangerment. one study estimates in 2012 fake or inflated car accident injury
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claims added up to as much as $7.7 billion. as one of monjazeb's alleged victims found, that cost gets passed on. >> my rates went up, and i had to pay to fix my own car because i only had liability on it. >> reporter: authorities say the schemes often involve multiple cars and fake witnesses. >> the victim slams into the second car, which is filled with three or four passengers, all of whom will claim injuries. >> reporter: some drivers are now turning to dash cameras, popular overseas for catching everything from meteors to plane crashes. this driver in georgia used a dash cam to prove another driver ran a red light, hitting him. >> there's no other way to be sure that you can prove in court if you need to that the accident was not your fault without having some kind of video evidence. >> reporter: manjazeb's lawyers did not return our calls. authorities say they've now put the brakes on his alleged scam. clayton sandell, abc news, denver. >> sure he's not the only one doing that out there. >> gosh, i believe now in the dash cam videos.
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put them in your car. when we come back, we'll check out how some celebrities survived the big show. >> let's hope they survived. and guess which member of which boy band is now a daddy. "the skinny" is next. >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our abc stations.
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okay. so, "the skinny" is going to answer the question, did you know that celebrities, well, they're just like us? >> really? >> there are many that were snow survivalists. >> we just couldn't resist checking how the other half made it through the blizzard. turns out they're not just different from being us mere mortals. ivanka trump shared this video of herself on instagram, making snow angels on new york's park avenue. >> then there's actor hugh jackman playing out his inner child with a snowball fight. >> don't forget -- >> pretty cool. >> it is pretty cool. justin theroux showing off just how deep those snow drifts were. oh. sinks all the way in. >> very nice. >> wow. he gets lost in there. you don't even see him, huh? >> mr. aniston, right? not bad. so perhaps the most creative is hilaria baldwin taking advantage of the travel ban in new york city doing a yoga pose in the middle of the street. >> she loves her yoga poses. >> don't we all? very nice young lady.
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coming up next to a bit of comic relief from the campaign trail, you might say. >> last week's endorsement of donald trump by sarah palin was a perfect excuse for "snl" to reprise tina fey's now legendary alter ego. >> she's a real pistol. she's crazy, isn't she? [ chirping ] >> is what the lamestream media is spinning. heads are spinning. they say trump and his trumpeters are right winging the bitter clinging proud clingers of our guns but he can kick isis' ass because he commands fire. >> i hope nobody's allergic to nuts because we got a big one here. >> oh. >> by the way, that $695 beaded bolero jacket of palin's sold out right after trump's
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>> reporter: now, normally, she would turn to her main furnace fixer, her husband robert, but he was off serving his country. still, with two kids at home, she reached out to robert anyway, by text. >> he gave me a couple of tips, but ultimately it wasn't working. >> reporter: so bridget gave in and called this guy, paul betlyn of betlyn heating and cooling, who headed right over, even though -- >> i'm not supposed to be doing work. i just had a knee replacement. >> reporter: and so, paul betlyn goes inside this thing with a screwdriver, while bridget watches, and just chats. >> you know, my husband really would have probably been able to figure this out, but he's getting ready to deploy. >> reporter: well, betlyn gets the thing going again. the furnace got its spark, and so did he, in his heart, when he wrote out the bill. >> i couldn't say it because i would break up a little. it was a little emotional. so i wrote, night call, deployment special, $1. >> reporter: that's right. what would have been a bill for about $150, he wrote down to a one buck. and even that, he would not take from bridget. >> thank you, very, very much.
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>> you're welcome. >> reporter: it's the kind of thing you just read about, she told us, but never think will happen to you. which is why for this family of four, one far away, the house and home feel especially warm. and not just because the furnace is back working. john donvan, abc news, new york. >> i love that story. folks serving our country never get enough of that. >> not at all. you had a similar emergency, didn't you? >> not to that level. but our power did go out. and i learned some things, i have to tell you. one is following your local police department and your power company because they were so great at getting updates up on twitter. my neighbor's getting all this information. i'm like, where are you getting this from? turns out, she was just following twitter, the police and the power company. also you got to fill your bathtub with water. i told the kids, we can't go to the bathroom, and suddenly everybody needed to potty. not going to make that mistake again. not going to do that next time. >> that's a good mental image of what your household looked like this weekend. this twitter thing, it might catch on. witter thing, it might
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making news in america this morning -- epic blizzard. digging out and cleaning up. shutting down the government. closing schools and major cities and the travel nightmare, a ripple effect at airports from coast to coast. we're live with the latest. emergency landing. passengers and flight attendants hospitalized after severe turbulence. ambulances rushing to the plane. the new video coming in. super bowl set. peyton manning headed back to the big game after a nail-biter against tom brady. tickets already on sale. wait until you hear how much. plus, the blizzard making for memorable moments. why everyone is swimming in the snow and the frolicking panda that's going viral.


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