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on "world news" tonight this monday, the breaking news, the miracle at sea, a marine helicopter crashes into the ocean carrying more than two dozen u.s. sailers and marines. tonight the incredible rescue. martha raddatz is standing by live. on this labor day, the severe weather hit pg tonight, the tornados, high winds. this is the view through the windshield as millions head home after the holiday. ginger zee is right here. an abc news investigation tonight, sneaking into america, brian ross on the 6,000 foreign
nationals who arrived here and who have now vanished. and first day, america's future smiling back at us tonight. kindergarteners across this country with the one thing they're most excited about. it turns out we're all starting something new. good evening and it is great to be with you on this labor day. it is an honor to begin this journey with you. and we begin tonight with that developing story, word of a crash at sea and a stunning rescue. a marine corps helicopter, 25 sailers and marines going down off the coast of africa. all of them survived and abc's chief global affairs correspondent martha raddatz leading us off tonight. good evening. >> reporter: good evening, david. it's amazing that everyone got out alive in a crash like this involving one of these big top heavy helicopters that have a tendency to flip over and sink fast if they hit the water.
it was a super stallion helicopter just like this one seen here approaching this same ship, the uss mesa verde. p landing these big helicopters is challenging. today's accident happened on approach. an official says it hit the ship just before it was about to land and then crashed into the sea. >> this was a shock, bang, bang in the water. >> reporter: the ship immediately launched a small boat to help rescue the 25 on board, all trained for exactly this kind of accident. >> they learn to overcome that initial fear and understand that self-control is what's going to be the key to survival. >> reporter: only one of those aboard sustained significant injury but not bad enough to require evacuation from the ship. these super stallions are one of many types of helicopters at
sea, as we saw during a trip to the gulf of oman. vital to missions around the world, especially the volatile middle east. >> martha is back with us live from washington. any early word on a cause here? >> reporter: they're not sure what caused the crash, whether it was mechanical or a crew error. it certainly wasn't hostile action. tonight everyone is just happy that everyone is safe, david. >> including us, martha raddatz starting us off tonight. thank you. we're going to turn to the other developing headline tonight, millions of americans driving home after the holiday weekend back to work and school. but first driving through horrific weather. look at this tonight, golf ball sized hail in kansas leaving a lot of damage in its wake. there was this, a shelf cloud over parts of iowa, 80 miles per hour winds right behind it. take a look at the weather wall tonight, every dot up there on that map a burst of severe weather reported on this labor day weekend. more than 180 reports of severe weather. tonight there is more on the
way. reported tornados touching down today and millions in the storm zone. ginger zee tracking it all. >> reporter: an inch of rain filling the streets outside grand rapids. in worcester, massachusetts. >> i heard crash. i thought it was hail and then boom, boom, boom, crack, crack, crack. >> reporter: an ef-0 tornados ripping a path just under two miles long. >> it's incredible. you don't expect to have tornados in worcester. i mean, we don't live in kansas. >> reporter: it's actually the sixth tornado reported in massachusetts this year. but she's right, it's not kansas. this one, the hail raining down, growing to golf ball sized.
those sinister shelf clouds creeping across the planes. inside gusts up to 80 miles per hour. at least five people from kansas to new york city struck by lightning. >> stunning pictures this labor day weekend. ginger what are you watching tonight? >> a severe thunderstorm watch in place for parts of oklahoma and kansas. let me take you straight to the map. right through missouri into southern illinois, that's the threat area tonight. that same cold front that produced reported tornados in michigan will sink to the southeast. we're watching for those damaging winds, flash floods and large hail. late afternoon and evening when everyone is getting back from their commute. finally tropical depression looks like it will become tropical storm dolly going to about 200 miles south of brownsville. if this becomes dolly it is the d. in the alphabet of the hurricane season. the last time we waited this
long for d. was 1994. to a new crackdown aimed at stopping budding terrorists in their tracks. the proposal in england comes two weeks after the execution of james foley. tonight british authorities taking the lead after upping the threat level there heading into the weekend tonight saying it is time to seize the passports of suspected terrorists from leaving them in the u.k. and fighting syria and iraq and prevent them from joining isis. to an eye opening abc news investigation here. with all of that concern in britain over home ground terror, news tonight 6,000 foreign nationals have traveled here to america and have disappeared. how did they do it and were any of them sneaking into this country? abc's chief investigative correspondent brian ross tonight. >> reporter: for a down payment
of just a few hundred dollars, there is a much easier way for people to sneak into the country than this, with even less chance of getting caught. here's how to get a u.s. student visa. and then disappear. as of today, u.s. authorities are investigating the whereabouts of more than 6,000 foreign nationals who arrived in the u.s. on student visas have vanished, their whereabouts and their intentions unknown. >> they just disappear. >> reporter: that's just what happened with the 9/11 hijackers who flew the passenger jet into the pentagon and authorities say the problem continues. >> it's been pointed out over and over again. the fact that nobody has done anything about it yet, that's a very dangerous thing for all of us. >> reporter: it's a well intentioned program that allows more than a million foreign students a year to study in the u.s. our investigation found that homeland security also certifies 86 beauty schools, 36 massage schools and nine schools that teach horseshoing, all val lid
for a u.s. visa. >> why a horseshoing school? what is the value in that for the u.s.? >> i'm not too sure what the value of that would be, brian. >> reporter: peter edge heads investigations for i.c.e., immigration and customs enforcement. >> i do agree it's a problem, brian. >> they have blended into the landscape. >> they have blended into the landscape. >> it's like disappearing, isn't it? >> virtually. >> reporter: ice has brought criminal charges in some cases, including five top people in the micropower institute in new york where authorities say they essentially offered an easy path to u.s. visas for the price of tuition. none of the administrators would come out when we showed up and have pled not guilty to visa fraud. the operation remains on the homeland security list of schools certified for foreign student visas. >> here it is right here. >> right. >> how can they still be on that list of certified schools? >> brian, i can only say this is
the united states of america and everyone has due process. >> reporter: in the wake of the 9/11 attacks there were calls for tighter rules and faa approval for u.s. flight schools that train foreign students. in the most recent audit, more than a third of the flight schools accepting foreign students still had not been certified by the faa. >> brian, thank you. tonight from the syrian border with lebanon where we know isis has taken a stand, a new and stunning number, more than half the population in lebanon are now refugees from syria. look at this tonight. our cameras were right there on the syrian border where i learned children don't board school buses, they board pick-up trucks, taken to work in the fields, supporting their families. they come from middle class families, their parents once teachers, lawyers, and now they are the ones supporting their parents. tomorrow night right here we're on those trucks for those grueling days in the field.
tomorrow night right here on "world news." president obama preparing to head to europe this week. what to do about russia and ukraine. we've learned n.a.t.o. is planning to launch a response team that can deploy 7,000 troops. an ancient volcano roaring back to life, spewing lava. the alert level has been raised to the highest level banning all flights beneath 6,000 feet. that code red has been lifted. the hunt is on for this man considered armed and dangerous nick named the ak 37 bandit. you can see why. authorities pointing to one thing tonight, the word written aacross his vest, sheriff. the suspect claiming to be a former law enforcement officer. will he be caught before he strikes again. cecilia vega tonight with the tape.
>> reporter: tonight across the west, the all out manhunt intensifying for this masked man, wanted for five bank robberies in four states, most recently making off with a duffle bag full of cash in nebraska. each time wielding an assault weapon and wearing a bullet proof vest. >> we're going to track this guy down wherever he goes. >> reporter: authorities say his spree began two years ago here in chino, california, robbing a bank and wounding a police officer. >> he fired four shots at the car, boom, boom, boom. >> reporter: the fbi suspects he called in a bomb threat as a diversion. the ak-47 bandit has shown such proficiency with a gun, the fbi tells me its now looking into the possibility that he's a former police officer or ex military. detour one idaho heist he
bragged about being a former officer. look at these surveillance pictures. he's seen wearing a sheriff's vest. >> if you're willing to shoot a police officer you're probably willing to do just about anything. >> reporter: the fbi hoping to catch this bandit last seen carrying that ak-47. >> cecilia vega, thank you sglfrj. to that headline involving the number one killer in the world, heart disease. we're learning about an experimental treatment being called a potential breakthrough, so promising they stopped the study in the middle of it all. let's get right to dr. jenn ashton. you were telling us this is a big deal. >> reporter: absolutely. this is a combination of two drugs and in this study which was the largest ever done for heart failure, it was found to reduce deaths from heart disease by 20% and improve quality of life. >> 20%, that's a staggering figure. how long will it take to get
approval and get it out there? >> first it needs to be studied more in african-american patients and women. it can be available as early as 2015. highly significant. >> thank you. as america heads back to work after labor day we're not heading back to a paycheck like this one. one of the biggest enforcement deals in history, kevin durant, our partners at espn reporting that nike is offering durant $300 million over the next ten years to stay on. the deal negoated by superstar jay-z's company just as durant was considering leaving nike for another sports wear company. tweeting, excited and humbled. that big headline today, the famous faces who say their private photos were stolen. tonight we ask how safe are your photos on your computer? the answer is eye opening. the vacation hero, the man
on his balcony who spotted not only the swimmers but the hammer head shark. what he did next, he's right here tonight. and you've got to stay tuned for this. america's future tonight, kindergartners from all over the country getting ready and what's the one thing they're most excited about. it made us laugh. dad,thank you mom for said this oftprotecting my future.you. thank you for being my hero and my dad. military families are uniquely thankful for many things, the legacy of usaa auto insurance could be one of them. if you're a current or former military member or their family, get an auto insurance quote and see why 92% of our members plan to stay for life.
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perhaps you've read that headline today, some famous faces saying their photographs were stolen, hacked. tonight the fbi is on the case as we ask how safe is the private information, the photos you've stored through your computer and is your wi-fi making it easier for hackers to get your information? abc's lindsey savsey davis back case tonight. >> reporter: an invasion of privacy tonight, impacting some of the biggest stars in the world. personal photos of some a-list celebrities were reportedly posted on photo-sharing site 4chan, allegedly obtained by hacking "cloud" accounts, those huge servers that can automatically back up every picture you take on your phone. >> even if you have deleted
photos from your phone, oftentimes they've already been uploaded into the cloud. they continue to exist. >> reporter: apple said today they are investigating if their icloud service was breached. but researchers say many of us are making it all too easy for criminals to access our most private information. we are cruising the streets of new york, scanning for unprotected wi-fi networks. >> currently we have 260 networks and we've traveled about what? one yard? >> reporter: security expert chester wisniewski finds almost a quarter of wireless networks have weak or no protection. leaving emails, financial accounts, everything exposed. >> i can see their instant message conversations, the photos they're sharing. >> reporter: and when you're on the go, remember that free public wi-fi comes with a privacy risk too. >> is it safe for me to go on there? >> it's very easy for an intruder to see everything you're doing. >> reporter: it's an opportunity for hackers, some setting up fake wi-fi hot spots to entrap
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