tv ABC World News Tonight With David Muir ABC November 11, 2014 6:30pm-7:01pm EST
welcome to "world news tonight." the deep freeze sweeping in. tonight, the weather deadly. more than 500 accidents, an officer helping another driver when suddenly this tractor trailer comes straight toward them. breaking his silence. what really happened? tonight, the navy s.e.a.l. who says he was the one who fired the deadly shot. what we never knew about that night, killing bin laden. the office workers held hostage in the middle of this country. the hero worker, a mother. and what she said to that gunman. the new headline. the new clues about robin williams in his final hours. tonight, what his family is now saying. good evening on this veterans day. and we will salute our veterans with two giant surprises a little later here.
but we begin with that unwelcome storm. the brutal cold snap across the midwest and sweeping south tonight. 200 million americans will feel this. just look at the wall. this is the view through this driver's windshield in michigan tonight. whiteout conditions across several states. there was a narrowing moment in minnesota. you're about to see an officer who pulled over to help a driver when a tractor trailer comes barrelling in. just incredible there. luckily, no one was hurt. but a real reminder of the changers of winter driving. the deep freeze will sent temperatures 30 degrees below normal all the wail down to the gulf. we begin with abc's alex perez in the middle of the storm. >> reporter: the mild west, taking a beating tonight. marquette, michigan, buried under more than two feet of snow. and still falling. drivers venturing out to find covers and slick roads. those powerful snowstorms heading east today. in wisconsin, some places seeing more than a foot. here in minnesota, more than 580
crashes and 700 and 86 spinouts reported. car after car, no match for this slippery hill in dulutduluth. an exhausting 24 hours for minnesota snowplow truck drivers. tonight, we rode with tim, who says this snowstorm is one of the worst he's seen so early in the season. >> what you plowed once that looked good, it's all covered again. >> reporter: with plunging temperatures now in the forecast, the big concern for drivers, slick spots and potential for black ice. >> everybody forgets how to drive in it and it's like getting back to snow driving 101, you know? >> reporter: most of minnesota, digging out today. in st. cloud, they saw a record-breaking 13.2 inches. this front loading tipping from the weight of all that snow. and watch this close call for officers in rogers, minnesota. responding to a jackknifed semi,
when another semi barrels right into them. thankfully, no serious injuries. but at least two deaths reported on minnesota roads. and here in minnesota, they have been stocking up on salt since spring. more than 276,000 tons already in place for what's to come. david? >> all right, here we go. alex perez leading us off. thank you. this monster storm not just unleashing snow tonight, two incredible images to show you. a dust storm in colorado. that massive storm triggered by high winds, that rushed in behind the arctic front. that's from the air. and more trouble on the ground in colorado. a wall of tumble weed kicked up by those winds, as well, tonight. let's get right to ginger see, who is tracking this tonight. >> tremendous tumble in temperatures is the first thing i have to show you. just really smacking everybody in the face there in the plains. wichita had a record high on monday of 77. watch what happens in the next 36 hours. more than 60-degree temperature drop. oklahoma city tomorrow, 22 degrees as we wake up. the freeze warnings, the hard
freeze warnings are in place from new mexico all the way to apartments of louisiana and southwestern arkansas. and that freezing line where we take the actual temperature to 32 makes it close to dallas early tomorrow morning. just goes right past it and into the 20s in north texas. look how far that purple extends into new england. pretty cold. >> all the way down to the lone star state. ginger, thank you. now to a remarkable first hand account to the navy s.e.a.l. who sails he was the one that killed osama bin laden. you'll remember the images from inside that compound after the raid. and we thought we'd might never know how it went down. tonight, we do. abc's chief global affairs correspondent martha raddatz. >> reporter: abbottabad, pakistan, may 2nd, 2011. the bin laden compound, quiet on this moonless night, as s.e.a.l. team six moves in. s.e.a.l. rob o'neill saying the team had not originally been told who the infamous target
would be. >> they told us a couple of things, like, we're going to read new eventually, here's who is going to be there. they said a few names that didn't make sense. a few of us were talking a couple days later about this person. this person. why would they be there? it's bin laden, they found him. we're going to go get him. >> reporter: no sooner had they begun the descent, one of the helicopters crash lands. and while officials watched anxiously, in real time from the white house, o'neill revealing, in a special tonight on fox news channel, that as the s.e.a.l.s made their way upstairs to bin laden's bedroom, the team feared they would not make it out alive. >> the more we trained on it, the more rerealized, this is going to be a one-way mission. we're going to go and we're not going to come back. we're going to die when the hosue blows up, we're going to die when he blows up. or we're going to be there too long and get arrested by the pakistanis and we're going to spend the rest of our short lives in pakistani prison. >> reporter: but a differet scenario played out that night, o'neill says he found himself
face to face with the terror master mind, telling "esquire" magazine he could clearly see bin laden's features through the night vision goggles, that he ws "wayic bin laden's forehead, killinin washington post" -- "i watched him take his last breath." >> reporter: one of the other s.e.a.l.s there that night, matt bissonette tells a different story. matt bissonette says it was the pointman on the team that fired the fatal shot. o'neill sails the pointman either missed or just wounded bin laden. that s.e.a.l., the pointman, has yet to tell his story. david? >> all right, martha raddatz in washington tonight. martha, thank you. overseas tonight, and to some telling images out of china. all eyes on president obama and russian president vladimir putin. their facial expressions, and now their body language under scrutiny. take a look. president putin putting his hand on president obama's shoulder. but even more controversial,
when putin offered a shawl to china's first lady. why was that so controversial? abc white house correspondent jim avila traveling with the president. >> reporter: it was a moment of chivalry turned instantly awkward. the recently divorced, macho leader from russia, placing that shawl over the chilly shoulders of the first lady of china. within seconds aides replacing it with a coat. but the damage is done. some suggesting putin getting a little too cozy with the first lady. within hours, chinese sensors all but erased the uncomfortable images from the internet. similar complaints in the china blogshpere for the american president. aghast at obama's nicorette gum chewing habit. labeling obama immature with the appearance of a hip-hop star. it didn't stop him from chewing during today's photo op and then another awkward exchange. obama courting stronger ties with china with a personal appeal.
>> my hope is that we can take the relationship to a new level. >> reporter: china's leader responding, essentially, he's just not that into obama. the putin/obama dynamic remains frosty. the russian appears to pat obama on the shoulder and is ignored. moscow released another photo they say shows putin smiling at the american president. we are told obama and putin did talk three times so far for about 15 minutes total. david? >> jim avila, thank you. and tonight, a welcome sight here in new york and across the country, now ebola-free. dr. craig spencer, the american doctor who authorities feared travels through the city with ebola. tonight, cured. and no one else sick. >> i am a living example of how those protocols work and of how early detection is critical to both surviving ebola and ensuring that it is not transmitted to others. >> great to see him today. also tonight, nurse kaci hickox, now cleared to move around freely. it's been 21 days, no one sick there, either. zblifl now to florida this
evening and those incredible images we showed you last night here. that town on alert. yet another sinkhole, just hours ago. it comes after the first one swallowed this car in 15 minutes flat. tonight, families have been evacuated, and abc's steve osunsami is on the scene. >> reporter: just when authorities outside tampa were thinking this ten-foot wide sinkhole had stopped growing, another one, five feet wide, opened up at the home next door. and they say it's possible they could see a third. >> sediment is still very weak. so, it could move. >> reporter: six frightened families still in hotels tonight. while engineers here listen to the ground and decide what to do. >> it's scary. i don't know if we're going to have a place to go to or not. >> reporter: they'll most likely pour sand and clay into the hole, and hope it holds. that's what they did almost one year ago, 13 miles away in dunedin, florida, and we were there. we saw them haul in more than ten trucks of sand, to fill this massive 90-foot wide hole that
swallowed a large pool and destroyed two homes. and look at this same spot today. two empty lots looking like nothing happened. the property is now for sale, and the realtor says it's probably the safest land you can buy in florida. tonight, at the bottom of this sinkhole, there's a fairly new car and engineers are telling families they'll have to remove it before they fill the hole. steve osunsami, abc news, holiday, florida. >> steve, thank you. next, to missouri. the police shooting of unarmed teenager michael brown back in the headlines tonight. governor jay nixon this evening announcing a plan of action preparing for possible unrest. the grand jury will decide in the coming days whether to indict officer darren wilson in the shooting. more than 1,000 officers have received specialized training in preparation for any violence that could come. next tonight, to that possible new clue in the robin williams case. we reported here was suffering from parkinson's disease. tonight, we're learning more about a troubling condition rep lated to it. abc's clayton sandell with the family's reaction. >> reporter: doctors examines
robin williams' brain tissue found signs the comedian may have had something called lewy body dementia, in addition to parkinson's. lewy body dementia can cause unusual behaviors, trouble sleeping and hallucinations. the coroner's report said the 63-year-old comedian releasedexd a recent increase and paranoia before he committed suicide in august. on the night he died, the autopsy report notes williams reportedly placed wristwatches in a sock, as he worried about the watches and wanted to keep them safe. so, did lewy body dementia play a role? his death? sources close to williams family tells us correlation doesn't necessarily equal call sags, but it was illuminating. >> it's a diagnosis that was frequently missed. a lot of people will have the pathology when it's not necessarily suspected bid their doctors initially.
>> reporter: the coroner's report also noted williams did not have any illegal drugs or alcohol in his body when he died. the reason why an american icon took his own life may never be known. clayton sandell, abc news, los angeles. >> clayton, thank you. to oklahoma now, and to a story breaking as we came on the air last night here. a gunman storming into an office, taking hostages. as the siege went on, the workers escaping slowly with their hands up. but one woman, a hero mom, still inside. tonight, what she said to get him to let her out. abc's ryan owens with the interview. >> reporter: this is the gunman who police say shot his way into a law firm in this oklahoma office building. and held paralegal jennifer shokat hostage for more than four hours. >> i was crying, he assured me he wasn't going to hurt me, it took me a little bit to believe him. >> reporter: it turns out the 32-year-old wife and mother was armed with something more powerful than his pistol. a plan.
>> i just thought, the more i could get him to like me, the less like little he would hurt me. >> reporter: so she kept talking. for hours. the 29-year-old suspect, devin rogers, is a veteran who served in iraq and afghanistan. >> he said he was very highly decorated and that he had no more value to society. he came back and could not find any work that would pay him above minimum wage and he said that he just wanted to go to jail. >> reporter: rogers allowed her to use her cell phone. and did she ever. >> i just told her, you know, i'm being held hostage. there's a gunman in the office. please call mom. this is no joke. >> reporter: that's quite a text message. she texted her family and friends, even her boss, an attorney, to help negotiate her own hostage achor's surrender. >> you just go into survival mode. >> reporter: it worked. tonight, rogers is charged with kidnapping and will face a judge tomorrow. >> i think he needs to get the help he needs.
>> reporter: a peaceful ending, thanks to a young paralegal armed with that plan. ryan owens, abc news, norman, oklahoma. >> a very calm paralegal. and there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this tuesday. what would you do if someone stole your iphone? listen to this 911 operator. >> i've been on the phone with someone just like this that was killed over a cell phone. >> that operator talking to the family chasing the thief anyway. how this ends. and would you do the same thing? also breaking at this hour, the jewelry heist. the pictures coming in, the workers racing out of the building. and on this veterans day, the surprise tonight in iowa. you're going to love this. then the surprise in alabama. we have the big reveal. and this veteran's message for everyone at home tonight. i wish... please, please, please, please, please. [ male announcer ] the wish we wish above all...is health. so we quit selling cigarettes in our cvs pharmacies. expanded minuteclinic, for walk-in medical care. and created programs that encourage people to take their medications regularly.
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>> he told us they've given him more than a home. they given him independence. here in new york, we went to the parade today, the flag, our troops, marching up 5th avenue. right there, corporate frank milano, who told us it was an honor to meet us, and we told him it was the other way around. it's an honor for me to meet you. >> thank you. >> he remembers normandy. he was a radio man in world war ii. do you remember what it was like? >> yes. frightening. >> frightening. he showed me his book. wow, there you are. young frank, huh? >> $6 a month. >> $6 a month. there were so many other veterans. ricardo saunders, who served in iraq and afghanistan, here to thank the older veterans, because without them -- >> i wouldn't have been able to do my job, you know? so hopefully i'm paving the way. >> nice to meet you. this entire family here for their dad. he told us he wanted to thank his wife and his children, too. a powerful dale for everybody in the family.
>> absolutely. very emotional. >> thank you. for what you do, as well. >> thank you very much. >> so many wars represented. vietnam veterans remembering those who didn't come home. >> we are here to remember them and we carry the torch for them. >> you carry the torch for them. >> yes. >> and back to frank, about to turn 93. also honoring the friends who didn't return. tonight, we honor them, too. >> we honor our veterans tonight and every night. thank you for watching. i'm david muir. i hope to see you right back here tomorrow night. have a good evening. good night.