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breaking news tonight. a state of emergency already declared. 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
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veterans with ptsd. 24 hours after george 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. 15 states from arkansas to new jersey under winter storm watches already. washington, d.c., philadelphia, watching closely. and dangerous driving after a system plowed through tennessee. this is i-24 in smyrna. steve osunsami leading us off. >> reporter: tonight we're finding wreck after wreck in
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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 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
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shovels. in the south, the big concern still is 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? >> yes, 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 the cold air, icing western parts of north carolina, then tennessee and snow starting in d.c. on friday, and then winds will crank up. and widespread winter watches across this entire swath. and here's the forecast, look at the cutoff north of long island.
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inches, d.c., 18 to 24 inches. potentially two feet or more in s ains mountains. a tense day on wall street. at one point, down 550 points, closing down near 250 points. rebecca jarvis on how much americans' 401 "k"s have lost since january 1st. >> reporter: tonight, wall street's wild swings set off 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
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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 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 in. >> that's right. stocks are down almost 10%. for those worried, you should know this. the hardest thing to do is the best thing for your money, wait it out. we know, historically, that works out for investors. >> thank you.
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2016, trump with his biggest lead in new hampshire. and tonight, sarah palin on the stump for donald trump and talking about the arrest of her son. >> reporter: donald trump is used to driving the news cycle 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 morning rally in iowa. the tickets even promising a special guest. but no sign of sarah. >> we were hoping sarah palin
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>> 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 arrest this week for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend. >> it's kinf 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, almost!
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reality star turned politician. >> 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 -- 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 a iowa governor seeming to warn against ted cruz. and tonight, bob dole with tough words aimed at cruz as well?
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saying cruz is an extremist, and saying if he's the nominee, the losses for the republican party would be cataclysmic. saying 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 in receive ? cecilia vega, also in iowa tonight. >> reporter: tonight, the clinton campaign hoping to raise big bucks from that big endorsement. overnight sending out this plea saying, donate to make sure this is nothing more than a bad "snl" skit come to life. for hillary clinton, it is no laughing matter. bernie sanders with his biggest lead yet in new hampshire. and today bill clinton right there assessing the damage.
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disadvantage here. >> reporter: the implication, sanders 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 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: clinton writing a personal essay. >> thank you.
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and the emergency over lead in the water. tonight, president obama saying he would be beside himself if he were a parent in flint. now, e-mails being released related to the water. and tracking down the former mayor, asking him if he feels responsible. here's alex perez. >> 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. >> reporter: and the governor releasing all e-mails pertaining to the water crisis in flint.
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switched to water in the flint river. immediately, some residents complained, and some children tested positive for lead poisoning. 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? >> i regret that i didn't act sooner, and i take responsibility for that. i continue to think about this every day, and what did i miss? >> reporter: he 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 funding for relief efforts. >> thanks.
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now learning about a deadly attack in pakistan. gunmen, 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 be detonated. it was just a year ago that the
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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. here's clayton sandell. >> ready? >> reporter: 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 avalanches. two people have been killed this
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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 same area where teams have ski instructor carson may, missing since thursday. avalanche experts tell us the danger doesn't pass when the snow stops. in some areas avalanches can be triggered all the way into late spring. david? members of the oscar academy saying we're not racist. now, others weighing in. what they're now saying, coming
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and lupita nyong'o says it has her thinking about unconscious prejudice. and 93% white membership is suggested to play 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 will smith to talk about this tomorrow morning. that's on "gma." when we come back, 2015, the hottest year on record.
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>> from boston's news leader, this is wcvb newscenter 5 at 7:00. >> a blizzard watch for d.c. as stormteam 5 tracks the storm that will come close to us. growing confidence that boston will not get blasted. >> some areas in massachusetts could see several inches, is that right, harv? harvey: it's going to be very tight and sharp up here but look at the area that gets the very heaviest snow around the nation's capital. a big hit also for philadelphia. moderate to heavy snow as far north as new york city and edging into southern new england, a brick wall and dry air to the north of us and a battle as to what happens from boston, along the pike, points north, a short distance south. here you go, 7:00 a.m. on saturday, snow up to about new york city. it continues to build northward saturday afternoon. definitely around connecticut, rhode island, moving into

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