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tonight, the most wanted man in the world, revealed. the man behind the mask in those brutal hostage videos americans among the killed. brian ross and our team right there, in front of the family home. stranded from the south, right up the coast tonight. drivers pushing their own cars. and the rescue after a family's suv veers over a bridge. the manhunt tonight for a serial shooter in one american city. randomly shooting pedestrians. one dead several shot. the urgent plea for help. under investigation. the officer who uses a taser on this man. >> ahh! >> the video on someone's phone, forcing them to investigate tonight. and a warning for the cockpit. united airlines with stern words for its own pilots this evening. the near misses. passengers had no idea.
good evening. and it's great to have you here with us on a thursday night. we begin with the month wanted man in the world. a 26-year-old british man. the world has seen him wearing that mask in those gruesome videos from is taking the lives of so many hostages. tonight, our team right there in london outside the home curtains drawn. authorities on the scene in this west london neighborhood. and this evening, we hear from president obama, his reaction as u.s. authorities learn quickly about this young man from a middle class family. he went to college, studied to be a computer programmer. abc's chief investigative correspondent brian ross, leading us off tonight. >> reporter: the identity of the world's most wanted man is confirmed tonight as a 26-year-old college educated british citizen, mohammed emwazi, whose masked face and voice have come to symbolize pure evil. >> our knife will continue to strike the necks of your people. >> reporter: president obama today vowed to get him, in an
interview with abc station komo. >> eventually, if you hurt an american, you are going to be brought to justice in some fashion. >> reporter: it was soon after the beheading of american james foley in august that u.s. and british authorities first figured out who the masked man was, with his facial characteristics and british accent helping to give him away. >> i'm back, obama. >> reporter: but the u.s. was helpless to stop him as americans steven sotloff and peter kassig, plus two britons and then two japanese hostages became his next victims. >> the name is just a very small piece of the overall identity. the real goal is identifying where he is, who his network of associates is. and then being able to take action against him inside a place like syria where we have a lack of resources. >> reporter: emwazi's name was kept secret in hopes that he would communicate with his family back in west london where he grew up.
after emigrating from kuwait where he was born. detectives from scotland yard were at the house today, and so was abc news correspondent hamish macdonald. >> i want to take you to have a look at the house itself because clearly the world's media has been camped here, talking to neighbors, looking for any signs of life. this is the house that police were knocking on the door of. >> reporter: tonight the family and friends of american hostage steve sotloff said they hope he is captured alive. >> we would like to see him in a court of law, in the dock being charged with his crimes and having to answer for what he did. if he's simply killed in an air strike we won't know anything else. >> so this was something today, brian. authorities reveal they knew who they were dealing with shortly after the videos surfaced. you learned tonight, they had him on the radar for years now. >> reporter: that's right. since 2009 british security officials have been tracking him. tonight, he's very much a man with a target on his back. >> all right, brian ross leading us off tonight.
now, to the terror arrests right here in the u.s. those three suspects accused of trying to join isis, captured here in new york. one suspect arrested at jfk airport before trying to board a plane. tonight, we learn the suspects said they were willing to hijack a plane so that isis would have a jet. tonight, startling words from the travel agent who unwittingly helped book that ticket, and what we heard from the fbi. are we losing the social media war? abc's senior justice correspondent pierre thomas now. >> reporter: taking their cue from the savage reputation of isis the brooklyn suspects were allegedly eager, hell bent on supporting the terror group. >> it's a good example of what the threat looks like. >> reporter: according to the fbi, one suspect's mother was so worried about him going to syria to fight with isis, she took his passport. the suspect got the passport back by telling his mother he was traveling to uzbekistan to visit family. he never gave up, arrested at jfk airport yesterday allegedly en route to syria. a new york travel agent, who did
not want to be identified, booked the flight. >> i'm totally shocked right now. my hands are still shaking. >> reporter: the fbi claims the brooklyn suspects are symbols of a clear and present danger. the isis message -- >> if you can't come, kill somebody where you are. >> reporter: authorities claim the suspects were willing to hijack a plane for isis to murder u.s. soldiers and police and to bomb coney island. >> pierre thomas you've been reporting here on isis using the internet obviously, to recruit. even right here in the u.s. but we heard an alarming assessment from the fbi today? >> reporter: david, a senior fbi official was very frank. he said quote, we are losing the battle. losing the propaganda war with isis because of the sheer volume of their messages. with some experts saying there are tens of thousands of pro-isis accounts on social media. >> pierre thomas with us again tonight. pierre thank you. we also reported here on those early morning raids this week by isis taking christians hostage. tonight, a human rights organization out of the uk now
saying that number has risen to more than 220 christians kidnapped from 11 villages in syria over the course of three days. and tonight, also disturbing images have now surfaced. isis militants in iraq. using a power tl to destroy this ancient art fact thousands of years old. other images show them using sledge hammers, even drills to deploy replicas, too. a 9/11 case on hold tonight. khalid sheikh mohammed the accused master mind of 9/11 facing a military commission at guantanamo bay. tonight, his case halted. an army judge ruling that top pentagon officials used quote, unlawful influence, trying to illegally speed up his case. which has been stuck in pre-trial motions for years now. back here at home tonight, to the severe winter weather hammering the south and much of the east coast this evening. take a look at this satellite image, showing the monster storm that's pummeled many southern states. this is the scene in alabama. very difficult driving amid that sea of white. atlanta and charlotte hit. both cities major airline hubs.
tonight, it is sending ripple effects across this country. thousandsle of flights canceled. meteorologist rob marciano with the forecast. more storms on the way this weekend. but first, abc's steve osunsami with the new misery tonight. >> reporter: blame this one on the snow. a gas station roof collapse in north carolina. and this one, too. police north of charlotte had to rescue a couple inside this suv after they slid off a bridge and into the creek. that's the horn still blaring. >> i would say, unless you have to be out, stay off the roads. >> reporter: for the second time this week in alabama, drivers on interstate 65 were stuck on the ice for the night. the snow has even come to this -- humvees to the rescue, >> i just think it's wonderful that the cops are helping us. >> reporter: since the winter storm began hitting airports in the south especially hard last week, the airlines have canceled nearly 7,000 flights. today in boston .2 inches of snow. now just 5.7 inches away from a new record.
and there's this survivor's story from new hampshire. drew mullins was raking his roof, when the snow knocked him to the ground and buried him under three feet. his wife came home three hours later. >> she heard what she thought, it sounded like a whisper, she said, but she was able to get to me and call the police. >> reporter: all of this starting to melt is expected to refreeze tonight, so there are school cancellations for tomorrow. david? >> steve osunsami with us again tonight from the south. steve, thank you. and one more image, this one from up north. off the coast of nantucket. look at this. that's a wave there, but really a giant wall of slush tonight because it's so cold. let's get right to rob marciano. boston now, inches away from an all-time snow record? >> reporter: we'll have the all-time record in six inches. no big storms in the offing. but it's not going to take much with that little to go. cold air driving down and by tomorrow morning, it settles into the south. look at the numbers. this does not include the wind. minus 2 in cleveland. below freezing in atlanta and dallas. and dallas you're under a winter weather advisory for
another pulse of snow. doesn't take much there. over a foot in some spots across the colorado rockies. pattern shift. we move the having west. that means rains and snow there. that's good news for the mountains, but this will swing into the plains and create a bit of a mess on saturday and sunday for chicago and points eastward into boston. >> here we go again. boston thank you. now to houston, where this even egg, a manhunt is under way. authorities asking for your help to find the suspect in this police sketch after a series of random shootings that left one person dead several injured and a community terrorized. abc's neal karlinsky in texas. >> reporter: in houston tonight, police say a gunman is hunting pedestrians, shooting people at random as they walk the streets. >> we want to try to bring this person to justice for those family members and the rest of the community where they don't have to live in fear. >> reporter: in the houston suburb of missouri city, one school on lockdown, children kept off this playground. the first shooting happening here, less than a mile from an elementary school.
that victim wasn't hurt. but just a half hour later, 34-year-old pak ho was shot and killed. there were two more attacks that night, both victims hit but expcted to be okay. then on monday morning, another man wounded. savalas holmes was hit in the leg when the shooter pulled up alongside him in a dark colored jeep cherokee, the same approach he's used every time. >> he pulled right up on side of me. window down already. already had it on his mind what he wanted to do. that's when i turned to run. that's when he shot me. >> reporter: so tonight, the call has gone out. be on the lookout for this man, and if you have to walk somewhere, don't go alone. >> it just seems that the attacks have been random. that is very scary. >> reporter: one of the shootings happened right here, a nice, quiet neighborhood, not the kind of place you'd expect trouble. in fact, police say there is only one pattern. and that is that all of the victims were alone at the time they were attacked. david? >> neal karlinsky from texas. name thank you. now, to tough talk from one
of the nation's biggest airlines, meant to get their own pilots attention. a stern warning from united to their pilots telling them to listen to one another, after some very close calls. abc's david kerley covers aviation for us. >> reporter: a united airlines crew got so close to ground unintention amly, they thaerdheard something like this -- >> terrain. terrain. pull up! >> reporter: and made an emergency pull up to avoid disaster. that as well as a crew landing with fuel below minimum reserves two of four major safety events and near misses recently that prompted an unusually blunt, brutally honest safety alert to all united pilots early last month. >> it should go direct to the source of the worry, which is, guys, let's pay attention to basics. >> reporter: and this u.p.s. jet crash in birmingham, alabama is highlighted, noting that crew thought everything was normal until just before impact. it was a lack of crew communication. >> no one should be god and everybody follows, you have to have communication in the
cockpit and no one should ever be worried to speak up to a captain. >> reporter: united acknowledges to its pilots, who have been merged with pilots from continental, that some are flying in aircraft that are new to them. add to that retimes and new hires, introduces a, quote, significant risk into the system. and that's really an aviation-wide issue, which united says it is trying to address. david? >> david kerley with us tonight. david, thank you. and after those super bug headlines, now to a new warning tonight about the most common infection in american hospitals, it's called c-diff. 500,000 americans have it in their bodies. 15,000 die from it every year. tonight, the cdc warning it's not just hospitals anymore. let's get right to dr. richard besser. where else can you get this? >> reporter: they are doing studies to see can you it in a doctor's office? what you can do to be safe wash your hands with soap and water. that's what you need to do the hand sanitizers don't take care
of c-diff. >> rich besser, thank you. we move on now to a big move this evening by the fcc, voting to implement new net neutrality rules, as they're called. a move that will make internet service providers subject to regulation. the decision drawing sharp criticism from republicans, including house speak earl john boehner, who warned it could hurt the u.s. economy. tonight, that battle far from over. now, to one of the nba's biggest superstars on the defensive. lebron james telling college recruiters to stay away from his 10-year-old son. the fourth grade earl showing off some of his father's skills on the court. james trying to protect him. and he's not the only parent facing the problem. how far is too far and how young is too zbloung here's paula faris. >> reporter: lebron james' biggest opponent these days? the colleges who are actively recruiting his 10-year-old son to play basketball. he says lebron james jr., who's only a fourth grader, has already received several offers.
and he's now asking them to back off. >> my son is going to be a kid as long as he can be. that's all he needs to worry about. >> reporter: but some may say that lebron is promoting his son by posting highlight reels like this to his 19 million twitter followers. there are some parents and kids however who seek out the attention at an early age. like sixth grader daron bryden, dubbed one of the best youth quarterbacks in the country. daron has his own youtube channel, twitter account. and on his facebook page dedicated to recruitment, he says he started quarterback training at age 6. and when he was 8, he was featured on espn for this trick shot. so, where do you draw the line? in the king's case, he's putting the ball back in his court. >> he loves to play video games and he loves to do his homework. let him be a kid. >> let him be a kid. plan the birthday parties. that's what we should be doing at this age. aren't there barriers? can colleges really reach out to kids this young? >> reporter: well there are
exceptions, but colleges aren't allowed to extend these scholarships until the kids are entering ninth grade and the most they should really be doing is observing him and letting a kid be a kid. >> from the mom herself. >> reporter: that's right. >> paula, thank you. and now to the suspended football star hoping to get in the game. a federal judge clearing the way for adrian peterson's return to the nfl. the judge overturning his indefinite suspension. the nfl is now appealing today's ruling. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this thursday. the new citizen army as it could be called. policing the police. officers caught on camera dragging a woman bill her feet. the videos that are now triggering police investigations. also tonight, the massive black hole discovered in space. could it change what we know about the universe? and then yes, the chase stopped america in its tracks this afternoon. the lamlamas on the loose. well we have never seen a chase quite like this.
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