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on this tuesday night, it's about to get even worse. the brutal cold, the new system now sweeping in. 200 million americans. record lows from north dakota all the way east. all the way down to florida. tonight, the deadly accidents. the ice rescues. hundreds of thousands without power. the explosion. the train disaster. and fires still burning. our team on the scene tonight. the "american sniper" trial. and this evening, the new video here. the accused killer in the police cruiser. far different than his days in iraq. under the microscope. the st. louis police and the dash cam video. and you hear the officer alert the others the camera is rolling. >> everybody hold up. we're red right now, so if you are worried about cameras just wait. >> you'll see it right here. and up close and personal tonight. we're at the westminster dog show. can you pick the winner before they do?
good evening everyone. it's great to have you with us here on a tuesday night. just when you thought it could not get any colder tonight, from the plains to the midwest, from maine down to the gulf coast, hundreds of millions getting ready for possible record-breaking lows. a dangerous blast of cold air and ice in virginia over the last 24 hours. that high speed spinout. the suv slamming into that car there. then on i-24 in tennessee, ricks sliding right off the slick roads. further north, the rescues playing out. in this case late today, three pepeople stranded on the ice. teams moving in quickly. and look at this in georgia. this family using flashlights tonight. homes plunged into darkness. we do have team coverage on the brutal cold. the states of emergency. meteorologist ginger zee with the track. how quickly it's moving in. but first, abc's matt gutman in nashville, where the driving has listen treacherous. matt? >> reporter: david we've seen
crash after crash, backup after backup. motorists across this country's midsection have been driving on roads they thought moiay be passable but have skidded on black ice. icy roads turning deadly in tennessee where christy clark and her 10-year-old son stopped to help motorists when police say a semitruck plowed into them. spin youflts and chaos in north carolina. >> and black ice will make this a very dangerous situation for several days. >> reporter: parades of plows weren't enough to prevent trucks from overturning on i-24 in tennessee. bringing highways to a standstill in nashville. a state of emergency there tonight. the freeze and snow extending to washington, d.c. where the federal government today shuttered. the south walloped monday by sleet, which froze solid overnight. when you look at the stairs here and you see well maybe it's just dusted with a little bit of snow. in fact these stairs like everywhere in this city are just totally enraced in this
absolutely thick ice. and in georgia, where these downed lines turned into fire crackers about 250,000 homes without power this morning. but linesmen out in force. >> some people worked through the night last night. we have guys working all day today. >> reporter: the ice may have locked them in but martin and little lily schneider in nashville tried to make the best of it. >> we haven't left. we've been hanging tight here. >> reporter: convoys of these rod crews have been going up and down these highways trying to clear as much ice as they possibly can before all of this wet ice and sleet and slush freezes overnight, making roads that much more treacherous. david? >> matt gutman leading us off tonight. matt thank you. from the roads to the rescues on the ice now. the stunning images. young people stranded one falling through the ice. abc's tom llamas tonight. >> reporter: in the northeast, life-threatening weather leading to life-saving rescues.
in new jersey, tense moments. three teenagers stranded on a frozen bay. one falling in. rescue workers putting themselves at risk to drag her through the icy waters, back to land and safety. in maine, two 15-year-old boys snowmobiling to their grandfather's house, disappear, missing overnight as temperatures plunged below zero. but this morning, thankfully, they're found alive. a different story in the mountains of new hampshire. sub zero temperatures and 100 mile about hour winds. a search for a missing hiker called off. her body discovered a day after she went missing. all over this area firefighters battling blazes up against the elements and frozen hydrants. even niagara falls freezing over, steam rising from the waters below. in boston this the snowiest month in more than 100 years. >> everybody is working and scrambling as best they can to make the best of it. >> reporter: and tonight, a part of boston you have not seen since this bad weather rolled in. fenway park.
the green monster doing just fine but nearly five feet of snow has fallen here since february. so that right field wall no match for mother nature. it's going to be cold here for awhile. 55 days until the home opener. david? >> all right, tom llamas tonight. spring training somewhere, just not there. let's get right to ginger who has more on the cold the snow but first, the wind chill advisories for tomorrow morning? >> reporter: right. the focus of that cold air happens early tomorrow morning. 6:00 to 9:00 a.m. is the coldest time. look at the wind chill advisories. the feels like are going to be some 25 to 35 below. that's when we transition to that dangerous factor. here's something else dangerous. the sam spot where matt gutman was standing earlier get as little bout of snow overnight into early wednesday. that on top of everything they've already had plus a deep freeze is going to keep us in these really rough road conditions. so that cold. and we're talking record cold in a lot of places mid south. nashville will be 4 below. these are actual air temperatures thursday morning.
asheville, 3 below. 9 for richmond. no one getting away with it. >> just stunning when you look at the scope of this. federal investigators are now on the scene tonight in west virginia. that stunning train derailment, the massive fire. and tonight, 24 hours later, some fires still burning. that train barrelling through a quiet neighborhood, carrying 3 million gallons of crude oil. raising new questions now about safety. abc's david kerley on the scene. >> reporter: these huge explosions -- >> wow! >> reporter: came moments after -- >> is that coming over here? >> i don't know. it's real hot. >> reporter: two dozen tank cars nearly a quarter of the cx train, jumped the tracks. more than a dozen cars spewing their crude oil, exploding and burning. >> need you to respond to a train on fire involving train cars and a house. >> reporter: the derailment right along a west virginia neighborhood, the train hitting one house. >> ran out of the house and then
right after he got out of the house, the house went in flames exploded. the train exploded. >> reporter: today, the cars continue to smolder. the rail company removing some. with only one injury, a senator says they dodged a bullet here. >> we could have lost lives here in west virginia. you just can't continue to wait for the next disaster. >> reporter: the 3 million gallons of crude was from north dakota a more explosive type of oil. the growth of crude shipments has also been explosive, up more than 400% in the past several years. in the past two years, a rash of accidents like this one. critics call these tank cars train bombs. and these rail cars travel through thousands of neighborhoods across the country. >> the crude oil that we're seeing is being shipped past our homes, our businesses and our schools. it's flammable. >> reporter: the federal government is considering new rules that would make these tank cars tougher. but it would only apply to rail
cars made since october. which means this problem could continue for years. david? >> david kerley in west virginia. david, thank you. and now to the "american sniper" trial. tonight, a dramatic dale in court. jurors shown a new video of the man accused of killing chris kyle in the backseat of a cop car. abc's ryan owens again tonight from texas. >> reporter: defense attorneys for eddie routh start their case by showing the jury chris kyle's nayville s.e.a.l. rifle, 'em blazeden with american sniper on the side. the gun and the man who carried it made famous in the blockbuster of the same nad. >> she's got a grenade. >> reporter: routh's attorneys are arguing that the marine vet was so paranoid he felt threatened by the five assault rifles kyle and his friend chad littlefield brought though that gun range two-year-olds ago. to further make that point, they called the killer's mother to the stand. jodi routh testified her only son wasn't the same when he got
out of the military. the month before the murders, you begged the v.a. not to release your son, said the attorney? absolutely i did, his mother replies. earlier this afternoon, prosecutors called 26 witnesses and showing the jury so many videos of routh. often using his own words against him. the latest? routh in the back of a police cruiser, just after his arrest. when the officer asks if he's okay he says "i've been paranoid schizophrenic all day. i don't even know what to make of the world right now. i don't know if i'm insane." prosecutors say it's all an act. they say routh only says things like that or does things like lie down in the cruiser, when people are nearby. watch. they sail when officers walk away from the car, he sits up normally and appears relaxed. over the next few days the defense is expected to call more members of eddie routh's family and a long line of his doctors.
david? >> ryan owens tonight. ryan thank you. and to the latest horror from is this evening u.s. intelligence authorities are now studying the video, the vice of the man narrating. some believe this time it was very different. it was the voice attached to these images. 21 men lined up on a beach on the mediterranean, all of them killed. this is the man, his face disguised. abc's chief investigative correspondent brian ross with what the voice could reveal. >> reporter: u.s. intelligence officials tonight say they are seeking to determine if the man behind the mask leading the isis murders of 21 christians could be an american. comparing his facial features and speaking patterns to americans known to have joined isis. >> today, we are on the south of rome. >> reporter: >> reporter: eric thomas a professor at north carolina state, says a number of distinctive pronounce yaxs -- >> all praise is due to allah. >> he said due instead of due. >> reporter: point to a possible u.s. background with some arabic
influence, as well. think he sounds pretty american. >> reporter: with the pipeline ofecruits to isis a growing concern, the white house today began a new effort to counter the terror group's propaganda machine. >> we need answers that go beyond a military answer. >> reporter: the u.s. state department has now launched its own campaign to counter the estimated 30 to 40,000 isis supporters active on social media every day. sending twitter messages that call isis adult fighters cowards, who use women recruits only for sex and showing isis leader al baghdadtyi as promising only death. >> it's not impacting the people who may be inspired by the isis ideology and willing to carry out attacks. >> reporter: officials tonight say there's not yet been a determination if the isis leader on this most recent tape is in fact, an american. but they tell us finding out is a very high priority. >> intriguing question tonight. brian, thank you.
breaking news from the white house tonight. amid a new standoff over immigration. a texas judge blocking the president's executive order that would have offered protection and work permits for up to 5 million undocumented immigrants here in the u.s. late today, the president shooting back. >> we should not be tearing some mom away from her child when the child has been born here and that mom's been living here for the last ten years. >> so let's get right to jonathan karl tonight. you just learned how the white house plans to fight this? >> reporter: well david this judge's order stops the president's plan in its tracks. the department of homeland security had planned to start taking applications for work permits tomorrow. today, they announced that that is not going to happen. now, while the white house is confident they will win on appeal and they will appeal this david, officials i have spoken to expect this process to take months. in fact i am told that they are unlikely to seek an emergency stay of this judge's ruling.
that means that the millions of people who had expected to be permits will not have to wait until this process goes through. the entire appeals process, which could go all the way to the supreme court. i'm told we're looking at about six months and possibly more. >> all right, jon, thank you. and now to former nfl star the murder trial of aaron hernandez. the prosecution playing surveillance video for the jury today. they say showing hernandez taking apart- his cell phone outside a police station the day after the murder. prosecutors say he called his co-defendant on his lawyer's phone. to another sports star and his fall. tonight, working on his comeback. with a handwritten apology to millions of baseball fans. yankees slugger alex rodriguez has been the on the cover of so many magazines, sports and otherwise, but can he reinvent himself? also tonight, the amount of money the yankees still owe him. here's abc's gio benitez.
>> reporter: alex rodriguez, a-rod, larger than life. a man used to being on magazine covers and dating superstars having been suspended from major league baseball for the entire 2014 season for lying about using performance enhancing drugs. now sending a handwritten apology to fans. the letter, filled with words like "mistakes," regret and "story," a-rod telling fans, "i accept the fact that many of you will not believe my apology or anything that i say at this point. i understand why and that's on me." because his famous denials, like this 2013 interview with wfan. >> did you do anything that they accuse you of doing? >> no. >> nothing. >> nothing. >> so, you're guilty, in your mind, of nothing? >> i feel like i should be there opening day. >> reporter: the apology coming at an ironic time, the fake doctor who supplied a-rod with the drugs, anthony bosch, sentenced today to four years in prison, while a-rod is getting ready to go back to the big agues. the man who kissed himself in the mirror for that famous "details magazine" spread finishing
the letter with olehearted belief in himself. "when i go to spring training, i will do everything i can to earn a spot on the yankees and help us win." and a-rod had signed one of the biggest contracts in baseball history. david, the yankees owe him $61 million. >> $61 million. all right, gio, thank you. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this tuesday. the dash cam video from st. louis under scrutiny tonight. on the tape you can hear one of the officers alerting the others that the camera is rolling. they then turn it off. you'll hear the video and the sound, right here coming up. the medical headline also tonight. the one thing they now want you to eat. they say it will help up lose weight right away. and ready for their closeup tonight. behind the scenes at the westminster dog show. tonight, the front-runner already, so dan harris goes right to the front of the line to show us all tonight. things. i am his guardian. i am his voice. so i asked about adding once-daily namenda xr to his current treatment
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finally tonight, the westminster dog show. there can only be one top dog. when we heard there was a front-runner already, dan harris went to find him. >> reporter: the orscars may be this sunday but this is the academy awards for dogs. sequins, ponytails, berets. i'm very sorry. nail clippers last-minute trims. even blowouts. is there actual hair spray in there? >> yes, there is. >> reporter: the west michbser kennel club dog show features 2,700 competitors from 15 countries. this dog is enormous. they come in 192 breeds. the breed is officially known as rhinoceros. a wire-haired pointing griffon. you got all that? we heard about one dog that is the favorite to win best in show tonight.
okay, we're on the hunt for the most favored dog. you know where we can find -- >> right here. >> reporter: we have it on good authority that that shadowy figure right there is the favorite. this for the record is what matisse looks like when he's outside of his crate. despite not getting to see matisse, and despite the fact that i'm honestly more of a cat guy. this is me with grumpy cat, i loved every minute of this. you're a good boy. dan harris abc news new york. >> our thanks to dan. may the top dog win. and we'll see you right back here tomorrow. good night.
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