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tonight on "world news," danger zone. five million americans told to brace themselves for giant tornadoes. the most urgent weather warnings since tuscaloosa a year ago. counter punch. ann romney rides a wave of applause to the podium today for her defense of moms who stay at home. and at the white house, president obama takes new aim at her husband's money. brake down. a policeman tells a driver to be careful, goes back and then, watch this. technology to prevent drivers from themselves tonight. and, saved by a nose. this is the nose of a dog, rescued from a rising river. how the lucky pooch is doing tonight.
good evening. as we come on the air, 5 million americans have been told to brace for a dangerous and unpredictable weekend. this is not just another storm and these are not ordinary tornadoes. already, some twisters are touching down and here is the map of the states in the storm zone. that red area, under an alarm so urgent, this is only the second time it's been issued in a decade. so, what makes this storm so different? one of the storm chasers in the tornado zone is our own meteorologist ginger zee and she is reporting in tonight from norman, oklahoma. >> reporter: this is what happened the last time a high risk was issued a day in advance. april 27th, 2011. an infamous day in the southeast. 322 people killed. $11 billion in damage. today, at the storm prediction center, a high risk a day in
advance again. >> potential for significant tornadoes, perhaps long tractor nay does, along with, for tomorrow, very large hail. >> reporter: the weather service has upgraded its system since last year. now, they are able to sound the alarm a lot earlier and give people more time to take kovmco. >> the science is improving. technology is improving. we're able to understand the atmosphere better. >> reporter: but warnings only work if people get them and listen. >> we get tornado warnings and watches all the time so it just becomes a routine. you hear it when there's a thunderstorm and you really don't think it's going to happen. >> reporter: now, select noaa offices are testing a new series of urgent warnings to be deployed tomorrow on radio, tv, internet and smartstones. strong language to convince people that the danger is all too real. >> this is a life threatening situation. you could be killed if not underground or in a tornado shelter. >> reporter: another blunt alert warns of mass devastation. the message tonight and
tomorrow? belt ert safl th better safe than sorry. >> reporter: diane, we were forced to seek shelter in this building tonight here in oklahoma. mrg including myself have been watching this storm system, especially tomorrow, come together for days. here is what's extraordinary. the computer models we use to track the storm have stayed consistent. tomorrow could be a potentially dangerous saturday afternoon and evening. >> thank you so much, ginger. ginger soozee in one of the sto tracking centers there. but can we put the map up once again? i want everybody to look at the forecast and see if you are in one of those warning zones tonight and take heed. and now, we turn to the second day of that political storm raging, about women and work inside the home and outside. ann romney was with her husband on the campaign trail today, and she got a hero's welcome. it's your voice, your vote, and here's jake tamer. >> reporter: a rock star
reception for ann romney today at the national rifle association convention in st. louis. >> say something. you're welcome. >> wow, this is fabulous. >> reporter: the energized crowd demanding she speak. a show of support following the democratic operative that, as a stay at home mom, ann romney, quote, never worked a day in her life. >> let me give a shout out to all moms that are working. >> reporter: each side is looking for any edge. the obama campaign wants to make tax returns an issue. the president released his 2011 tax returns. he and first lady obama made $790,000 last year -- about half from his salary and half from his book sales. they paid a 20.5% federal income tax rate. but the president did not just release his 2011 return. he re-released all of his returns since the year 2000. and since mitt romney has only released his 2010 return, the
obama campaign today asked, what is mitt romney hiding from the american people? >> it think that there's a tradition. it's transparency and trust. if he's got nothing to hide, then there's nothing to lose. >> reporter: romney's father, former michigan governor and 1968 presidential candidate george romney, set the for releasing tax returns. in 1967, he gave "look" magazine 12 years' worth of returns. just releasing one year's wouldn't work, he said. that one year could be a fluke. mitt romney has been asked about following dad's example. >> i agree with my dad on a lot of things but we also disagree. and going out with 12 years of returns is not something i'm going to do. i'm putting out two years, which is more than anyone else on this stage. >> reporter: and diane, late this afternoon, mitt and ann romney applied for an extension for their tax returns for 2011, estimates they owe about $3.2 million. the campaign says he will file his return sometime in the next six months. diane? >> in the next six months.
okay, thank you, jake. and also you know, on monday, i'll be sitting down with mitt romney and his wife ann. and we want to hear your questions for the romneys. so, send them to me at abc news or yahoo! and we move overseas now to north korea, a nation trying to regroup after the spectacular failure of its long range rocket test. the rocket failed in seconds, with the whole world watching. so, what does this secretive and strange nation do to divert attention? cue the music. abc's bob woodruff is on his fourth trip there tonight. bob? >> reporter: good evening, diane. you know this country is a very isolated place. but every once in awhile, they really like to put on a show. so, they inviolated us to witness what would be a great triumph. but instead, they are desperately trying to change the topic. you should not know this was a country suffering a public humiliation on the world stage. journalists invited to witness that rocket launch. instead, we were brought to this massive celebration of the 100th
birthday of north korea's founder kim il-sung. new statues of him and his son kim jong-il, who died last year, unveiled to frantic cheering. this is the scene. this is, i don't know, maybe a million people it's hard to tell. all the way we walked, i don't know, about a mile down the road. at center stage, the country's brand new leader, 29-year-old kim jong-un. today, he was supposed to be taking a victory lap after that rocket launch. >> his press these is on the line. prestige of the people that were looking on that project, the prestige of the north korean military. all of that is on the line. >> reporter: there is concern about what kim jong-un might do to save face. there is some evidence north korea is developing another nuclear bomb, using uranium instead of plutonium. officials are worried north korea could follow this failure by testing a new weapon. it took just 81 seconds for the rocket to break apart and fall into the sea, but it took hours
for the north korean government to admit it. "scientists," she says, "are looking into the cause of the failure." now, this is the third attempt by north korea to launch a rocket into space. but this is the first time they admitted it. in fact, many north koreans do believe that the last time they were successful, and therefore, they have a satellite traveling around the earth, which, of course, is not true. diane? >> and, of course, no access to outside information. thank you, so much, bob woodruff. and now, we return here at home, to the man they are calling the super mayor tonight. the mayor of newark, new jersey, cory booker, through the years, he's carried people's groceries and foiled a robbery. but last night, he ran into a burning building to save a neighbor, and abc's dan harris talked to him about his impulsive decision, his fear and how he and the neighbor got out alive. >> how are you? >> i'm good. >> reporter: cory booker, the mayor of newark, was already known as something of a
swashbuckler. this former rhodes scholar and football all-american has been known to shovel people out of snowstorms and chased down a criminal. but what he did last night tops all of that. so you were just coming home from work to your home here, and the building next door is on fire. >> yes. >> reporter: and your first instinct was to go in? >> yeah. >> reporter: he ran into the burning building and up the stairs. in the kitchen, he saw flames and explosions and on the other side of those flames, the creams of his friend, zina hodges. a member of the mayor's police detail tried to stop him. >> i said, you cannot go in. he said, i need to go in. i said, i'm sorry, but i'm not allowed to let you go in. >> and finally i turned around and made it very simple, this woman will die if we don't get her out of there. >> and i couldn't argue with that. >> reporter: the mayor ran through the kitchen, where the temperature would have been between 150 and 200 degrees, and got to the pitch black living room, floor to ceiling smoke, where he could no longer hear his friend. it was then, he says, that he has a, quote, come to jesus moment.
>> realizing that my exit was now trapped, i still hadn't found her, i sort of thinking that this could be it. >> reporter: this could be it. >> yeah. i told my friends, i think i've come out of there a little bit more of a religious man. >> reporter: but then he heard the woman yelling from the bedroom door. he ran in, threw her over his shoulder, and ran back through the kitchen. today, the woman is in the hospital with second degree burns on his back. the mayor has burns on his hand. >> i did not feel bravery, i felt terror. >> reporter: the fire director says the mayor is brave, but would you recommend this for other citizens? >> no, i actually wouldn't. >> reporter: regardless, for a rising star in the democratic party, adding lifesaver to the resume certainly cannot hurt. dan harris, abc news, newark. and now, another incident of fire. and this time, on a plane. abc news finally got answers to our repeated questions about a dangerous air emergency. you may remember that headline,
about the pilot of a passenger plane radioing that there was smoke all around him in the cockpit, but the air traffic controller didn't believe him. here's abc's senior national correspondent jim avila, who kept pushing the faa on how they could happen. >> emergency! smoke in the cockpit! roll trucks please! >> reporter: tonight, we know more about why that desperate cal for help at denver international airport was ignored. even mocked by the air traffic control. >> i know that's bs, i know it is. united 12, do you know of a united 12 anywhere? >> reporter: now, the faa telling abc news it was a communication mixup, perhaps caused by the pilot, forced to wear an oxygen mask, making united 5912 sound like a nonexistent united 12. >> that's not real what we're hearing on the frequencfrequenc.
>> reporter: controller error, perhaps, but it's happened before. civilians have hacked into tower frequencies. the faa says this is under review. this lack of judgment, the jfk controller suspended after letting his son take the mike, is not as unusual as the faa would like you to believe, says former controller bob richards. >> i probably let my son said something at 2:00 in the morning. >> reporter: the faa has changed policy on another troubling issue -- sleep. >> can't get ahold of the tower here. try to call again. >> reporter: the faa reports a half dozen cases of controllers asleep at the switch. richards says it happened most on overnight shifts working solo. >> might take your break and do a little yoga and, of course, that would be, what, taking a nap? >> reporter: the faa now bans solo overnight shifts and appointments out we're in the safest period of air travel.
jim avila, abc news, new york. and we want you to know there is a special "20/20," later tonight, on what passengers do not see in the skies, from the cockpit to the back of the plane. it's called "just plane crazy," and it's tonight at 10:00 p.m. and coming up, the news about protecting drivers from themselves. watch again, the policeman says, drive safely -- and then? stay tuned. this is $100,000. we asked total strangers to watch it for us. thank you so much, i appreciate it, i'll be right back. they didn't take a dime. how much in fees does your bank take to watch your money ? if your bank takes more money than a stranger,
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move thor. >> why is that? >> well, that's the $64 question. because once it happens to you, if you don't react fast enough to bring it under control, bad things happen. >> reporter: best advice? practice putting the car in neutral and shutting it off. but practice won't solve a gas pedal getting stuck or trapped. most tragic case, in california, when an offduty police officer couldn't stop his loaner car. >> our accelerator is stuck. we're in trouble. there's no brake. >> okay? >> we're approaching the intersection. hold on. pray. pray. >> reporter: the highway patrolman and his family were killed. tonight, the government is calling on all car makers to install a brake override system. here's how it works. if your axccelerator is stuck o you hit both pedals at the same time, the brake wins, overriding the axel rail or the or the. and the government says this shouldn't be too hard, claiming that all but two car maker are planning or already installing the override, to keep this from
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you'll remember what he said at the whitney houston memorial two months ago, finding humanity amid the flaws of a superstar. >> whitney was scared. arguably the biggest pop star in the world wasn't sure if she was good enough. it's a tree we could all hang from. inexplainable burden that comes with fame. call it doubt, call it fear, we all stumble, we all fall. and tomorrow, it could be the same for us. i'm glad i spoke the one time about it. 50i6 taken big bites out of life, right? and life has taken some equally big bites out of me. it's the nature of what happens, you know? i got to the church about an hour early and i thought, just go around the block. i'm thinking, you know, why am i speaking? why am i there? i mean, i turned around and saw you and i turned around, i saw oprah, and i thought, them, them. get them. your the girl i wanted to cheat
off of, you know, sitting in front of me. in school, i thought, diane, come and do this for me. >> reporter: and you're the guy who i would have let cheat. >> come on, what's the deal? we both have to graduate. >> reporter: costner, now 57, still remembers the self-doubt of a little boy who grew up in a religious home, so short, so shy, he had only one date in high school. only to spend the next three decades as a romantic icon. he still knows the speech that started it all, bull durham? >> i believe in the small of a woman's back, the hanging curve ball, high fiber, good scotch and i believe in long, slow, deep soft wet kisses that last three days. good night. >> oh, my. >> reporter: and through film after film, he never forgot that the beginning of his luck was being born in america. >> i really bought into the american dream. which is, if you can work hard enough, if you can dream it, you
can get it. you know, from little league to everything that i've experienced, i have benefitted from the america that i've lived in. >> reporter: and so tomorrow, he'll be there, doing what he can, answering the request of those we honor most. mothers, wives of those lost in battle. who have asked him to sing them his song about angels. ♪ and the angels came down ♪ to the fallen men if you have ever lost anybody or known anybody, you clearly are haunted by that last moment of wondering if your loved one was alone, if they were frightened, you know, was anybody with my son? ♪ and they held their hands ♪ as they pray for them this loss of a child, a husband, a daughter, we know the song can't heal that, but when the angels came down, i mean, that's
what we'd like to think, that when our loved one is suffering the most, that angels just covered them, took away the fear and took away the pain. and if we could live with that idea, i think we could all sleep a little better. >> reporter: and so we choose kevin costner as "person of the week." and his band, modern west. and every week, we salute the gold star families and those troops who have given so much for all of us. thank you for watching. david muir will be here this weekend. we'll see you monday. good night.