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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.
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, watching closely. and dangerous driving after a clipper system plowed through the carolinas and tennessee. this is i-24 in smyrna. and they'll get hit again as the
>> 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.
these, an army of free snow shovels. one of the big concerns still, dangerous blake 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. 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. 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, 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.
new york will get 6 to 12 inches, d.c., 18 to 24 inches. potentially two feet or more in the mountains. >> this friday, right through the weekend. thank you. a tense day on wall street. plummeting oil prices helping americans at the pump, but not in their retirement savings. at one point, down 550 points, closing down near 250 points. rebecca jarvis on how much americans' 401ks have lost since 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.
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 not 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 worried, you should know this. the hardest thing to do is the best very 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
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: trump is used to driving the news, but sarah palin took the wheel here. >> 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
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. >> 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. >> 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,
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?
bob dole, former senator, and onetime republican presidential extremist. the losses for the republican party would be cataclysmic. he's supporting jeb bush, but says he would pick trump over cruz any day. 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 saying, 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.
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, 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 that has everything it takes to do every part of the job. >> reporter: the vermont senator with the home field advantage once promising to run a positive campaign now says this. >> experience is important. dick cheney had a lot of experience. >> reporter: in the home
capitalize with bill clinton's popularity. writing a personal essay. >> 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 him if he feels responsible. here's alex perez. >> reporter: tonight, michigan governor rick snyder hoping michigan residents 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! >> reporter: the apology seemingly falling on deaf ears. >> it doesn't mean much when people are poisoned. so i think he should resign. >> reporter: and the governor releasing all e-mails pertaining
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, 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. and word tonight the state legislature has approved $28
efforts. >> alex, thanks. and overseas to what we're now learning about a deadly taliban attack in pakistan. gunmen storming a university, armed with suicide vests, and ak-47s. 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
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 into his downhill run, california snowboarder christian michael mares, an avalanche. narrowly missing trees. tumbling downhill, shaken, but alive. >> so that just happened. >> reporter: conditions across the west are ripe for
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. in some areas, avalanches can be seen into late spring and early summer. >> thank you.
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>> it's been going on too long. >> reporter: lupita nyong'o says it has her thinking about unconscious prejudice. and what merritts prestige in our culture. some say the 93% white membership plays a role. but others say to look at the big picture. >> the gatekeepers, what we're making and not making. >> reporter: on monday, the academy president saying they're taking dramatic steps to alter the makeup of the membership. but that will take time. there are more than 6,200 oscar voters, predominantly older white males, and they serve for life. >> thank you. and robin roberts sits down with hollywood and diversity tomorrow morning. that's on "gma."
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denver7 news starts right now. and we begin with a live look at our first alert radar, more snow falling in the high country tonight and roads are getting slick out there. in facc, take a live look at the cdot camera along i-70 at vail. you can see plenty of snow is sticking on the roads, traffic is taking it easy out there as well. eastbound lanes are closed because of a crash. denver7 meteorologist cory reppenhagen is out in the elements near the eisenhower tunnel with a look at the conditions along i-70 in the high country. look at the snow going sideways. first, meteorologist mike nelson with the first alert forecast, mike, a few flakes even here in the metro area, too? >> we'll get a little bit. copper mountain. it was coming