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looking into blue bell. using cell phones while walking. and ready with a hug. the woman who warmly embraced troops for tonight for her kindness and dedication. "nightly news" begins now. good evening. police and residents remain on high alert tonight as the manhunt for a gunman accused of opening fire on a busy tel aviv street enters its second day. two people were killed and several wounded in that attack on friday. one of the major questions tonight -- why? >> reporter: panic moments after the tel
the killer is still at large. identified by police as a 31-year-old. he's been arrested before, seen here in court in 2007. one witness from new york says the hunt to find him began within minutes. >> we saw people get out of their cars and run towards the some of them grabbed their guns. >> reporter: in new surveillance video footage today people dived for cover. while footage on israeli media appears to show the killer coolly walking down the street pretending to shop in a grocery store, then firing more than 15 rounds. the family home of the suspect an arab israeli was raided today. his brother arrested. his own dat d alerted police. i'm very sorry, he says.
a computer was seized from the home. >> it requires an in-depth investigation. >> reporter: for the victims, a candlelight vigil. one group had been celebrating a birthday until the lives of a 26-year-old and 30-year-old were ended in cold blood. an unbelievably vicious murder of young people the prime minister called it. with police standing guard tonight at a murder scene where the killer smiles as he pulls the trigger. tomorrow funerals will be held for the two men murdered. tonight there is still no sign of their killer and no clear motive has been established. special forces are helping the manhunt. the fear is he may attack again. >> thank you. in saudi arabia 47
government today, including an influential shiite clergyman whose death has created a wave of protests. there were protests outside the saudi embassy in london and india. he was convicted in 2014 of sedition and other charges. in teheran, there's word of a protest there, including reports that the embassy was ransacked and torched. donald trump's recent comments about barring muslims from entering the united states are now part of a recruitment video for a terror group affiliated with al qaeda. >> reporter: the video by the al qaeda
africa is a pitch to come and join the cause. al shabaab responsible for the attack on a mall that killed dozens. and minutes into this recruitment video, this clip from donald
trump minutes after the attack in san bernardino. >> i'm calling for a total and complete shutdown of muslims entering the united states until our country's representatives can figure out what the [ bleep ] is going on. >> reporter: analysts says using trump can be effective. >> this is someone with a major political following. >> reporter: trump's opponents warned that his statements would be used by the militants. it's no surprise
to use a comment. we're going to do everything we can as the u.s. government to make it clear that's not the case. video apparently targeting a u.s. audience narrated in english and also feesh featuring al qaeda's
best known leader. >> it's a recruitment call. it relies on words spoken by donald trump and anwar al awlaki. security. we're not talking about religion. security. our country is out of control. >> reporter: as the new year begins over the same rose bowl parade, more evidence of how trump's
passion. >> tomorrow on "meet the press" more on donald trump and his verbal attacks on hillary and bill clinton. while the flood emergency in the midwest has eased in some places tonight, others are bracing for what's to come as all that water continues to move downstream. miguel, good evening. >> reporter: good evening. tonight the governor says he'd like this community to be declared a federal disaster area. as you can see much of this entire block is still under water. and as that water downstream, many here say it will be quite sometime until they're back on their feet. in arnold, missouri, this is the sound of progress, but for homeowners like dan crawford it's also a reminder of the heartbreak. he bought his dream
water no longer surrounds it. >> everybody was overwhelmed when the water just kept coming, but devastated now. people down the road had water over their roof. >> reporter: it's believed 150 properties in this neighborhood alone have been swamped. some won't even have a home or a roof to return to. tonight the mississippi is raging downstream. 11 levees have failed. locals very warned to move to higher ground. >> it's just amazing that it's this high. i've never seen it this high before. >> reporter: the surge could reach memphis by late next week. today they're prepping for what many communities have already seen. >> i'm just going to evacuate. >> reporter: in some flood zones some waited too long to do just that. from illinois to
the death toll at 24 with 4 still missing. >> there are still a lot of damages out here. >> reporter: the coast guard taking us in the air. this crew ready for rescues even as the some spots along the river plummeting eight feet a day. the pounding water gone, but not the >> of course our main priority and concern is after the floodwater goes down to make sure that bridges, overpasses, things of that nature are sound. >> reporter: tonight they are reassessing and rebuilding. outside st. louis the threat is over, but begun. the damage on this one skyrocket into the millions. over the last several level has dropped and as it does it reveals more and more damage. folks downstream are very aware of. >> thank you. there is word tonight the u.s. justice department has started a criminal investigation of blue
listeria outbreak deaths. report. >> reporter: a deadly cream. now reports citing sources with knowledge in the case indicates the justice department will investigate what the makers of blue bell knew and when. the company voluntarily recalled all of its products in april of 2015. listeria is an infectious bacteria carried by animals that can be transferred to food like milk used in ice cream. it can live and grow in freezers. an investigation found the company knew one of its plants was contaminated as early as 2013. >> their inspection reports and what the fda found when they went in there this spring were pretty horrific. they knew listeria was in their plant.
and long standing and they didn't do anything about it. >> reporter: blue bell is not commenting. it comes as the company tries to rebuild its brand. >> we are back doing what we love. that's making ice cream. >> reporter: blue bell has begun restocking store shelves first in texas and alabama. by the end of the month, blue bell products will be back in stores across the southeast. the justice department has been getting involved in large scale food borne illness cases. the ceo of the peanut corporation of america sentenced to 28 years in prison for his role in covering up a 2008 salmonella outbreak. >> the government is sending a very powerful message to manufacturers of food that you can't poison your customers and you can't ship contaminated product. >> reporter: blue bell
troubles may not be over. in pennsylvania, a desperate two-day search for a 5-year-old boy with autism ended today. late this afternoon officials confirmed the body of the child who wandered away from a relative's house on new year's eve was found in a nearby canal. >> reporter: late today confirmation of what so many had feared. >> this is a sad day for our conclusion to our search. it's a sad day for our city. >> reporter: for two days searchers combed through neighborhoods and woods, one of the biggest searches in allentown history for a 5-year-old boy with autism. more than 20 canine units, almost 100 officers and volunteers, including the family. >> i'm really scared something happened to him. >> reporter: then this afternoon a frightening find in a
>> he went down, picked it up, and handed it to me on the banks. >> reporter: it was a tablet that the boy had with him when he had a new year's eve party. for many parents of children with autism, wandering is one of their biggest fears. 1 in 4 are gone along enough to cause concern. challenges with communication and social interaction can compound the problem. vega bautista was nonverbal. >> he had a favorite nursery rhyme that he responds to, so we actually had a truck driving around the neighborhood with his favorite music. >> reporter: but in the end there was no joyous reunion. only agony for a family and a community now left to mourn for
bright smile lost way too soon. dale bumpers has died. the liberal democrat served as governor of arkansas in the 1970s in the u.s. senate for almost a quarter of a century. dale bumpers was 90 years old. when "nightly news" continues on this saturday, the growing hazard of distracted walking. a problem you might be stepping right into. later, remembering the woman who was always ready with a hug. red 97! set! red 97! did you say 97? yes. you know, that reminds me of geico's 97% customer satisfaction rating. 97%? helped by geico's fast and friendly claims service.
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>> he might have been distracted by an electronic device and just fell over the edge. >> reporter: a tragic example on christmas day of a growing problem, people distracted by their electronic devices and putting themselves in harm's way. there was this moment of a woman walking into a water fountain at a shopping mall or this person stepping off a subway platform. >> i think we have to admit that we are -- maybe we're not as good at multitasking as we think we are, because that's what leads to a lot of these incidents. >> reporter: from 2005 to 2010, emergency room visits doubled to more than 1500 with nearly 80% of those injuries stemming from falls. the problem has become so widespread in fact
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kindness. a heartfelt hug as they left their families behind and when they came home. tonight, the hug lady is being remembered in her texas community and far beyond. >> reporter: today, a final good-bye to a woman who touched the lives of so many. >> she's certainly one of a kind. >> reporter: for more than a decade, almost every soldier who passed through ft. hood was given a simple gift. >> thank you so much for being here. >> welcome back. >> thank you. >> reporter: an embrace from elizabeth laird, affectionately known as the hug lady. born into a military family, laird enlisted in the air force in 1950 on her 18th birthday. >> i wanted to do my part for my country. >> reporter: long after serving, she continues to give back, welcoming soldiers one by one. >> then one day a soldier hugged me. there was another soldier there. that one needed a hug too, so i turned
hug too. >> reporter: the hug lady has embraced more than half a million heros. >> my family is not here, per se, but she fills in for them. >> reporter: in early november laird's ten-year battle with breast cancer landed her in the hospital. countless soldiers came to give her a hug and to thank her. on christmas eve laird passed away. a go fund me account established to help with medical expenses has raised more than $94,000. on facebook tributes pouring in. one soldier writing bless this woman, her family, and all the lives she has touched through a simple act of kindness. >> well, if i bring a smile, i've done something worthwhile, right? >> reporter: laird's legacy clearly felt in each embrace. >> she will be missed, but she will never be forgotten. that's for sure.