tv ABC World News Tonight ABC January 18, 2015 6:00pm-6:31pm EST
welcome to "world news tonight." deadly freeze. chaos on icy highways. massive pile-ups. nearly 500 accidents. >> look out, look out! >> and one amazing rescue how this driver survived. shots fired, near the home of vice president biden. the secret service and the fbi now looking for the gunmen. the investigation tonight. and end of the road the runaway teens who sparked a two-week man hunt through seven states now in custody, how they were caught and what happens next. and making history, pope francis celebrates the largest mass ever 6 million of the faithful and the one little girl who nearly brought the pontiff to tears, what she told him. good evening. thanks for joining us on this
sunday. i'm tom llamas. we begin with the deadly travel for millions of americans. freezing rain and icy temperatures trigging hundreds of accidents on both coasts. in the east outside philly littered with damaged vehicles. several people died there. in the with a major pile-up of big riggs in oregon. this man pulled out of the mangled mess between the two of them. this pickup fish tailing in a new york city suburb. that freezing rain delaying a hundreds of flights. >> reporter: a deadly mix. freezing rain instantly icing over highways. >> look out, look out. >> reporter: sending cars out of control. in philadelphia three people were killed after more than 50 cars and trucks slammed into one. officials closing icy highways
and all bridges in the city for four hours. emergency officials urging drivers to stayhome. >> what was it like walking? >> it was like it is right now, it was like a skating rink. >> reporter: more than 30 vehicles were involved in this pile-up on a new jersey highway. 16 people were hurt including this man who had to be dragged to safety. it's nearly 3:00 in the afternoon and they just mangdz to clear this road from that massive crash, the rain is still coming down but the temperatures are warmer so it's not freeze on contact with the roads. out west icy conditions, too, in oregon an amazing story of survival after this 26 vehicle pile-up, ripped open a fedex truck and mangled an 18-wheeler. he was driving his pickup was sandwiched between two semis leaving him just enough room to
survive. >> all of the things that could have happened. it kind of scares me. i thank my lucky stars that i'm okay. >> reporter: amazingly whitby only needed two band-aids. that young man so lucky to be alive. back here in new jersey temperatures have risen above freezing. further north in new england. they're still dealing with slick roads tonight. tom? >> we'll stay tracking that storm. rob marcia in o is here. >> it's very stubborn. that cold air still won't get out of new england. that's where we're seeing the icing tonight. where the storm is going, heavy rain across new york. we'll see some icing tonight across western massachusetts into parts of new hampshire and eventually maine, fair amount of snow on the back end of this in vermont, we could see over
foot of snow. that pink area is what we're watching tonight. hopefully, it won't last too long. tomorrow morning's commute, on a monday should be more cal it was today. >> all right, rob, thank you. to a shooting mystery involving the vice president. shots fired near the home of joe biden. witnesses say they saw a car speeding by. abc's jon karl. >> reporter: at 8:25 saturday night, shots rang out in this upscale neighborhood in wilmington, delaware, where joe and jill biden have had a home for years. secret service agents saw a car speeding away down this road -- few hundred yards from the vice president's house, just outside the security perimeter. the bidens were out to dinner when the shooting happened. they spend most weekends in delaware, and the vice president has joked about their quiet neighborhood. >> we live in an area that is wooded and somewhat secluded. i said jill if there's ever a problem, just walk out on the
balcony here, or walk out. put that double-barrelled shotgun and fire two blasts outside the house. >> reporter: but tonight, the secret service and the fbi are investigating whether someone actually shot at the biden house last night, or it's just a dangerous coincidence. they're searching the area for bullet and shell casing. they don't want a repeat of the incident in 2011 where a gunman fired and hit the white house residence and it took the secret service several days to realize the white house had been hit. in this latest shooting, one man was detainedquestioned but the shooting remains very much a mystery. the vice president and the president were both briefed on this shooting incident but the bidens remain in delaware and the secret service told us they have the situation under control. saying quote, the appropriate security propertytocols are in place. europe now, in the wake of terrorist attacks in paris and
elsewhere in europe security outside the u.s. embassy stepped up tonight. belgian soldiers standing guard. back here in the states to a big scare at new york's jfk, a near-collision at the runway crowded passenger jet screeching to a halt when an arriving flight gets too close. abc's marsie gonzalez with the scarey takeoff. >> reporter: >> reporter: the jet blue plane packed with passengers, heading down the runway of new york's jfk airport at full speed. >> jetblue 1295, cleared for takeoff. >> reporter: then, out of nowhere, another plane, caribbean airways flight 526 crosses right into its path. air traffic controllers repeatedly calling out to the caribbean airways' pilots. >> 526 stop. >> reporter: no response from the cockpit, and at the last second, the jetblue plane ordered to brake.
>> jetblue 1295, abort takeoff. >> it was crazy. all of a sudden, the brakes went on, slammed on. >> the plane came to a screeching stop and slid a little bit. everyone panicked. >> reporter: these close calls, now increasingly common, up 20% since 2011. the faa says there are on average three so-called runway incursions every day. just last month, the wings of these two planes collided at new york's laguardia airport. part of one, breaking off, and last year, in barcelona, this dramatic scare on the runway was caught on camera. >> at busy airports depends on everyone doing things right. increase in air traffic means an increase in these incidents. >> reporter: experts say, the faa is investigating. >> marci, thank you.
the end of the two-week man hunt for a teenaged couple on the run they were busted in florida. sleeping in a stolen car. >> reporter: tonight, exactly two weeks after a wild crime speen began, two teenage suspects in custody. overnight police in pan ma city beach, florida, surrounding a stolen pickup truck, sleeping inside 18-year-old dalton hayes and 13-year-old shay en phillips soon u.s. marshalls canvassing the area. >> we received information from the u.s. marshals about a stolen vehicles and some fugitives. we out tonight looking for that vehicle and we actually located the vehicle in the rear parking lot of the ihop. >> reporter: the duo starting their alleged crime spree in kentucky january 4th, after
reportedly getting engaged. destroying a cattle farm on the run through the carolinas down to georgia, stealing three pickup trucks the last one with loaded guns inside. their parents begging for their surrounder. >> reporter: tonight hayes facing more than a dozen felony charges. he and phillips returning separately to kentucky by week's end. to washington now, president obama preparing for tuesday's state of the union address. the white house releasing this photo today, the president and his aide working on his speech tonight. he'll unveil plans to revamp the tax code. abc's senior washington correspondent jeff zeleny joins us now, what does the president want to do. >> tom, when the president comes to capitol hill here on tuesday night, he'll pro pose a message
squarely to lift the middle class. a tax credit for families where both families work. and expand child-care tax credits. up to $3,000 how he's going to pay for it. $320 billion in new taxes on the wealthiest americans. and impose new fees on the country's 100 largest banks. >> what are the chances that any of this will fly. >> tom, reality check here no chance at all. republican leaders won't get behind any plans to raise taxes. the president knows its strong opposition. tom? >> jeff zeleny at the capitol tonight. join us our abc news political team for the president's annual state of the union address and the republican response on tuesday night beginning at 9:00. hawaii now, a mystery in
the sportsworld, robert allenby is recovering tonight what he calls the scariest moment of his life. a tale of being kidnapped, beaten and robbed. >> reporter: robert allenby has won pga tours and win millions. how did he end up looking like this after he woke up in a hawaiian park next to a homeless woman. allenby said he was abducted and robbed after a night of drinking. drowning his sorrows after he didn't make the finals. allenby said he paid the bill and meet him in ten minutes. he never did. >> he just doesn't remember leaving so i leave no doubt was
put in his drink. >> reporter: he woke up a few hours later in a park the married father of two, a homeless woman told him a group of men dropped him there, cash credit cards and phone all gone that's when the golfer said an unidentified man came him enough money for a cab back to his hotel. they still have a lot of questions about his foggy account of that night and will only call this a second-degree robbery, ryan owens, abc news los angeles. from hawaii to the philippines, where pop francis made history celebrating mass before a sea of faithful. even more remarkable because of the rain with all of those millions of people one little girl moved him. here's abc's lama hasan. >> reporter: the turnout -- 6 million strong -- making this the largest papal outdoor mass ever.
just like his flock, the pontiff wearing a yellow poncho. the faithful braving the rain, lining the route to hear his call to protect the young saying -- >> we need to care for our young people, not allowing them to be robbed of hope and condemned to a life on the streets. >> reporter: and among the 6 million -- one striking moment -- a 12-year-old homeless girl rescued by the church, tearfully asking the pontiff why god allows children to become victims of crimes and why they suffer. the pontiff offers his blessing in his native spanish and embraces her, offering these words -- "there are some realities that you can only see through eyes that have been cleansed by tears." a moving moment for the people's pope in what is perhaps a fitting end to his whihirlwind six-day pilgrimage of asia.
lama hasan, abc news, london. >> a brave little girl. still ahead tonight -- dangers on the k. pop reality star killed by a train, why he was there and why more people are dying this way than ever before. and, revisiting that moment in history, why oprah and the cast of selma are back in alabama, what they're marching for tonight. those stories when we come back. flo: hey, big guy. i heard you lost a close one today. look, jamie, maybe we weren't the lowest rate this time. but when you show people their progressive direct rate and our competitors' rates you can't win them all. the important part is, you helped them save. thanks, flo. okay, let's go get you an ice cream cone, champ. with sprinkles? sprinkles are for winners. i understand. ...and the wolf was huffing and puffing...
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star of "work out. but the 37-year-old's life ended saturday in burbank, california when plitt was struck by a commuter train. police said plitt and two others with him may have been shooting a fitness video. >> he was standing on the tracks intentionally and it appears that he was obviously aware of the camera presence. >> reporter: despite the warnings and danger more than 800 people were killed or injured last year trespassing on railroad tracks an 8% jump over the year before. these two women were nearly run down on a track tresle last summer saiftd at the last second only by lying flat between the tracks. in november a young man and woman were caught on a tresle in virginia the man was killed. cameras also caught the moment last year when a 60 miles per hour lock motive bore down on a
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finally tonight, as the nation prepares to pay tribute to dr. martin luther king jr. a return to selma. the stars of the film gathering there for a march, invoking that protest 50 years ago. the story tonight. >> reporter: tonight, hollywood has come to alabama winfrey, the film's director and there are free screenings of the film for families here. >> martin luther king was shot for the work that he did. >> reporter: in march, it will be 50 years since alabama police
beat down civil rights demonstrators who demanded voting rights for black americans and dared to walk across this bridge. winfrey, who also agreed to star in the film plays annie lee cooper back if the day, this is the way it was -- country officials finding any excuse to reject black voter registrations. >> 67. >> name them. >> reporter: this is a picture of the real-life annie lee keeper, arrested outside the courthouse after famously striking the slfr. >> i did it for annie lee cooper but i also did it for every other aunt and mother and grandmother who i have personally known who have lived through that. >> reporter: despite the controversies surrounding the film the oscar nominations that didn't happen screenings of the movie are bringing the story to
a new generation and at the ten tenner of what happened is this indisputable truth -- that americans of all colors reacted painfully to the violence and called for change. thank you so much for joining us tonight. "good morning america" first thing in the morning and david muir is right back here tomorrow night. i'm tom llamas. have a great evening.
[captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] >> the breaking news out of northwest washington, two people are hospitalized after an explosion. it happened at an office building on k street. the call went out just before 3:00 this afternoon. >> k street is back open, but it was shut down for an hour. a boiler blew up on the roof of his 12 story building, it is called the davis building. this is video from a back alley that we took. inside, according to d.c. fire, is the