tv ABC World News With Diane Sawyer ABC May 30, 2012 6:30pm-7:00pm EDT
. tonight on "world news," panic in seattle. two separate man hunts under way, gunmen on the loose. officers going house to house. and in parts of the city, people told to bolt their doors. airport chaos. two planes collide at one of america's busiest runways, on the same day a patrolee walks out of jail right past security and onto a flight. tipping point. is america headed for war in syria? and family feud, the hatfield versus the mccoys, a tv sensation. what really started that feud and what the really families are saying tonight?
good evening. we begin with two separate man hunts under way in an american city known for its serenity. tonight seattle has been rocked by bursts of violent crime. police are going house to house. and in parts of the city, residents have been warned to lock their doors. inally carlin ska has the latest right now. >> reporter: in a place that prides itself as one of the safest big cities in america, the sight of officers out with guns drawn, running door to door, couldn't have been more out of place. two shootings, six victims, four of them dead. first police say a man walked into this cafe, not far from the university of washington and began shooting wildly, hitting five people, including two men who died at the scene. >> four individuals with gunshots wounds to the head. that's what we're dealing with
now. they're very critical injuries. >> reporter: as the gunman ran out on foot, public schools throughout the immediate area all went on lockdown, one even telling its students to "shelter in place" for a time. residents were warned to lock their doors, not to answer unless it was someone they absolutely knew. amidst the chaos, more gunfire just a few miles away. police say a man carjacked a mercedes suv in downtown seattle, shooting and killing the woman who was driving it. as a second manhunt for a second armed gunman broke out, police said they didn't believe the two shootings were related, but they couldn't be certain. all of this comes on the heels of a series of shootings during an unusually violent holiday weekend, so much so that the seattle city council, this very week, pressed police on the issue. >> reporter: but today's shootings were in broad daylight, in neighborhoods filled with kids and schools, leaving block after block filled with locked homes and very
worried families. >> i'm wondering what's happening in the city. everyone's getting gun happy in this town, it's just crazy. two shootings within a matter of 20 minutes. >> two suspects remain on the loose at this hour from those two shootings and i can't stress how unusual this is. i have lived in the city of seattle for many, many years. the crime rate there is usually exceptionally low. last year a 50-year low, only 20 homicides in the city last year. as of today with these shootings, they already have 19. >> thanks so much, neal. i know you'll be standing watch throughout the night. overseas now we turn to the urgent situation in syria. today evidence of yet another massacre there of the syrian people. a new one, which means new pressure on the u.s. tonight, to do something. but what? here's abc's global affairs anchor christiane amman pour. >> reporter: the cycle of violence in syria seems to be spinning out of control.
u.n. observers today discovering 13 more dead civilians, hands tied behind their backs, shot execution-style. two shrouded bodies placed by their families on the hood of this u.n. vehicle. they want the world to know. army shelling was reported today close to the town where just days ago over 100 villagers were executed, including more than 30 children. >> i think we may be beginning to see the wheels coming off of this bus. >> and on this tribute page, a graduate film student from syracuse university who was killed by syrian government forces while filming this week's attacks. >> he was an activist in the best sense of the word using the media to express the passion and issues of a situation that he was confronting in his country and making sure that people in the world would have an opportunity to know what was happening. >> reporter: bassel al-shadade, a fullbright scholar, is a native of syria who went back to
his homeland to document his peoples' struggle. meantime assad is still clinging to the excuses he gave in an interview to barbara walters back in december. >> do you think that your forces cracked down too hard? >> they are not my forces. they are military forces that belong to the government. >> okay, but you're the government. >> i don't own them. i am president. >> any chance assad is going to fall anytime soon and will the u.s. be forced to intervene beforehand? >> there's been a huge hope that his days are numbered. his days apparently will not be numbered unless there is entervention. i spoke to a syrian general who said there's no way he's going to go without intervention. so the u.s. may be having to aid the rebels and perhaps even approximate respond to calls with air strikes. they don't want to get involved.
there's no question there will be boots on the ground, but right now, they're hoping the ceasefire will work and they're hoping russia will do something, but it doesn't look likely. >> the first option would be to arm the rebels. >> that's their least favorite option. they might have to do that. hope the ceasefire works or hope russia helps, but those don't appear to be working. we turn back here at home to another courtroom, a courtroom in north carolina where a jury is deciding the fate of former presidential candidate john edwards. today marked eight days of deliberation and a move by the judge that raised a possibility that a verdict could be close. abc's bob woodruff is back on that case tonight. >> reporter: every day for more than a week john edwards and his daughter cate have dutifully arrived at court, to wait, and wait. and then to leave to come back the next day to wait some more.
today the cracks beginning to show. >> reporter: today the judge in the case dismissed the four alternate jurors leading to to be on stand by in case a regular juror needs to be replaced. but the fact is, the discussion it is among those eight men and four women remain a mystery. they have been deliberating behind closed doors for eight days, 45 hours. they have asked the judge for read-backs of testimony, boxes of evidence, and now, time off. one juror has a graduation to attend on friday. and it seems things might be getting a little heated in the jury room. yesterday the judge admonished them "to control their words" and "not to separate into teams." >> she wants civility in the jury room even if there is disagreement. the judge is managing this trial from start to finish. >> reporter: do you think this is an indication that the jurors are fighting with each other? the merits alone in the case created problems, but if the
jurors can't communicate with each others in a collegial, neighborly way that creates a whole new set of problems. >> reporter: whatever the case, it is the american judicial process at work. no one ever said justice was swift. just ask the journalist covering the trial. >> everyone says, "why do you love being a journalist?" because everyday i do something different. well, not at the edwards trial. >> reporter: it's impossible to predict how long it will take. on average it's one day for every week in testimony, but in this case, we are well over the limit. so i've stopped guessing. >> thank you, bob. and bob will be up early tomorrow morning following the case. we move out west to new mexico with the worst wildfire on record in that state. it seems two fires merged creating what someone called a franken fire. more than 170,000 acres of scorched earth and still growing in every direction. so much smoke.
take a look at this before picture. this is lass pusas, mexico. there it is tonight as the wildfire continues to burn. from the west, we move to wall street, with the dow closing down more than 160 points, fueled by fresh concern over spain and italy. and facebook stock was down again today, closing just over $28 a share, a drop of nearly 25% since his high wautage debut. some shareholders are asking, what is the billionaire founder going to do? >> reporter: as facebook flops, facebook's founder is honeymooning in rome with his new bride, priscilla chan. the notoriously media-shy couple has been spotted taking romantic strolls, sailing the amalfi coast, and touring the sistine chapel. their every move is scrutinized, here they are eating mcdonald's by the edge of an ancient
fountain. but back at home, zuckerberg's company is feeling some heat from investors, after an incredibly tough week. >> at some point, i think he needs to address what went awry around the ipo. >> reporter: peter himmel is one of the small investors who bought 200 shares of facebook when it went public on may 18. since then, he's lost $1000 and counting, and he's dismayed that zuckerberg has been publicly mum since the stock went on sale. >> do you feel let down as a small investor? >> a lot of small investors put their faith in him and the comp and they're feeling burned right now. >> reporter: facebook is in what's called post-ipo quiet period. so technically, zuckerberg can't say much publicly, but experts say his silence could be hurting his company. and it may be worth making a carefully crafted statement. >> he's the captain of the ship. they're in rough waters. it's nice to have the captain
come on and say i'm focused on the long-term and nothing has changed about that. >> zuckerberg is not immune from this either. it's lost $27 billion since the ipo. now we turn to dollars and sengsp sense. a stunning investigation into hidden fees eating away at the nest eggs of tens of millions of americans, nest eggs they're counting on for their retirement. for the average american couple, the cost is staggering, more than $150,000 in their lifetime. >> reporter: somebody has been taking money out of americans' 401k accounts for years. not thieves. big firms that manage the 401ks. >> most employees are largely in the dark. >> reporter: one new report
estimates a working couple could pay as much as $155,000 over their lifetime. the fees are deducted from the money you put in. and yet, an aarp survey found seven out of 10 people didn't know they paid 401k fees at all. >> if you're not aware of what you're paying, then at the end of a 30 year working career, you can have a lot less in retirement savings than you expected to have. >> reporter: for example, if you put $5,000 into your 401k every year, and your fee is a low 1/2%, you could end up with about $950,000 at retirement. but if your fee was 1 1/2%, and you'd end up with just $769,000. >> was the industry doing a good enough job of disclosure on its own? no, we didn't think they were. >> reporter: the investment industry says the fees are not nearly as high as some say, but there's no way for consumers to know. that's why starting july 1st, the labor department is forcing companies to send notices that disclose the fees to their employees. >> people will have to be told exactly what they're paying for
and exactly what they're getting for this money. >> reporter: experts say first figure out the type of fund you want to invest in, then look for the one with the lowest fee. if all the fees are high, band together with your co-workers and push for better choices. and if that fails, make the minimum contribution to get the company match and put the rest of your retirement savings into a low-fee ira. elisabeth leamy, abc news, washington. coming up, chaos on the runway. two planes collide on the tarmac. and why that's hardly the biggest mistake at an airport today. i have never encountered such a burning sensation...
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there were two big safety breaches at american airports in the past two hours. first, an ex-convict slipped past security to board a plane without even a ticket, just his nerve. and on the busiest runway in the country, a 747 clipped the tale of a regional jet with 20 people sitting on board. >> reporter: today's runway oops, a chinese cargo jet. the behemoth 747, more than 230 feet long, clipped the tail of
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checks ids at the screening line, never going through a body scanner or presenting a ticket at the gate itself. instead, bypassing it all by marching through that emergency exit in the luggage area, directly to the plane. everybody ordered off after a flight attendant noticed she had one too many passengers on board. the tsa is investigating how this could happen. the parolee is back in jail charged oddly enough, only with violating parole. jim avila, abc news, washington. coming up here, the youngest spelling bee contestant ever in the national spelling bee. how does a 6-year-old do today? all multivitamins give me the basics.
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believe it or not, it's one of the big hits of the television season. a mini series about a real-life drama in america's history. the mountain feud of the hatfields and mccoys, two families that became lethal enemies for decades. so we asked abc's dan harris to tell us about the true story, how the feud started, and what their descendants are saying about this tonight. >> you won't be making the ride home. >> reporter: it shouldn't be too surprising that the history channel miniseries "hatfields and mccoys" set a cable record, nearly 14 million viewers. >> this is about honor. the story has it all, murder, money, and moonshine.
the hatfields and mccoys were who clans who lived on opposite sides of the big sandy river, which runs between kentucky and virginia. each clad had a patriarch, devil anise hatfield and rand'l mccoy. it's still not exactly clear what started the feud, but many believe it was rand'l mccoy's allegation, in 1878, that a hatfield stole one of his pigs. the first killing, 1882, when ellison hatfield was shot. in retaliation, the hatfield's kidnapped three mccoy brothers, >> please captain hatfield, let me take them back to kentucky with me, please. >> reporter: over time the two families reconciled. they went on the game show family feud with a live pig on the stage, a nod to the pig who started it all. and next week, the annual hatfield and mccoy reunion festival. today we skyped with two of the
organizers. >> nowhere in the back of your mind are you thinking i don't trust these hatfield people? >> no worries in the back of my mind, absolutely not. >> some of my best friends in school were mccoys. >> reporter: are you sure you're telling me the truth? you look nervous about this question. >> not at all. >> reporter: as one of them said today, if the hatfields and mccoys can get along, anybody can. >> and we think there are about 5,000 hatfields and mccoys out there and a lot of them are related by marriage today. thank you so much for watching. we're always here at abcnews.com. don't forget "nightline" later and we'll see you right back here again tomorrow night. goodnight. this country was built by working people.
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