tv ABC World News Tonight With David Muir ABC January 2, 2015 6:30pm-7:01pm EST
welcome to "world news tonight." icy pileup. dozens of cars and trucks crushed. drivers caught off-guard by the whiteout. the winter mess moving from the south to new england as millions of families make the trip home. payback. the president takes action against north korea. closing in, search teams making progress but battling huge waves. and the police chief calling 911 after shooting his own wife. the bizarre case, under investigation, tonight.
good evening. as we head into the first weekend of the new year. david will be back on monday. i'm amy robach. we begin with the wintry mess of much of america, millions navigating icy roads, returning from the holidays. look at the massive pileup in new hampshire. dozens of cars and trucks almost on top of each other. in the southwest, drivers falling off slippery roads. and gio benitez starts us off this evening. >> reporter: tonight, an icy mess in much of the country. just as millions get back on the roads between now and sunday. in new hampshire, a massive 35-car pileup. vehicles burning up. >> it was pretty scary. cars off the road everywhere. >> reporter: incredibly, there was no big winter storm. just look at the radar. the culprit was a fast-moving snow squall passing through the
area right over i-93 in ashland. >> there was a squall. it just hit us out of nowhere. >> reporter: serious damage, but amazingly, only minor injuries. cold temps aren't just causing havoc in the east. but in the deep south, too. in west central texas, freezing rain causing roads to ice up. forcing some like this giant 18-wheeler off the road. in midland, more than 300 accidents in three days. >> here in midland, the ice we have to scrape off our windshields turned to slush on the roads. and it turns to ice again as night falls. >> reporter: in st. clair, missouri, first responders needing help themselves. icy roads causing this fire engine to overturn, injuring some firefighters. and in colorado, bursting pipes. the only clues, icicles forming on the side of the house. and puddles of ice right out front. the weather not giving up just yet. more ice and snow into the weekend.
gio benitez, abc news, new york. >> let's bring in rob marciano. not very great headlines for the weekend weather. >> and this is part of the same system that brought the cold and snow to california. now into oklahoma and by 4:00 p.m. tomorrow it will be around chicago, with a light wintry mix. and in the northeast, significant snow turning into ice and some rain. three to six inches across the plains. and winter storm warnings there. and heavy snow turning to ice in new england. but a bigger chill coming by midweek. >> welcome to january. rob, thank you very much. and now to the president taking action against north korea.
imposing new sanctions. here's jim avila. >> reporter: as the president finishes vacation in hawaii his national security council was busy rattling sabers against north korea. his workers' party and three military-backed companies. president obama promised a proportionate response. mr. obama's executive order says the attack on sony's e-mail accounts just prior to the film "the interview" is
destabilizing and destructive. the sanctions are called a first step and officials didn't rule out covert operations. the u.s. won't say if it was behind north korea's internet outage last week. now search teams closing in on the missing flight. battling 13-foot waves, pulling more victims and debris from the water. the search area, narrowed to about 1,500 square miles. muhammad lila with what may have happened. >> reporter: today, recovery teams making the most progress yet in their grisly task. 30 bodies, now pulled from the water. some still strapped into their
seats. including three sitting in one row. more debris spotted, as well. this, apparently a window panel. this, a piece of luggage. all grim clues all to what happened to doomed airasia flight 8501. >> the absence of life jackets indicates very clearly that there was no warning or at least not a sufficient warning. this was a catastrophic accident of some sort. but if the airplane had hit the water at 500 miles per hour, we would not be finding intact bodies. >> reporter: and that search around 1,300 yesterday to just 1,500 nautical miles today. authorities now confident the missing plane, and many of its occupants, somewhere on the ocean floor. >> they'll be able to backtrack to find the main wreckage. >> reporter: up above, this is all you see. miles and miles of endless water.
this helicopter aborting several attempts before it could lift just one body bag back to the shore. 17 aircraft and 29 ships now scouring the water. among them, the uss sampson. today onboard its sister ship, the uss spruance, the commanding officer showing us this today. >> we are relying on radar, sonar, helicopters. >> reporter: but it could come down to something as simple as the human eye. and if the weather doesn't cooperate, it could be even more difficult, and more storms are in the forecast. >> now let's bring in abc news aviation consultant, colonel steve ganyard in washington. steve, we're seeing more and more varied kinds of debris being recovered. how much is that helping the investigation? >> they'll do autopsies.
where did the airplane break up or did it hit the water intact? and they'll look at the seats, were they pitched forward or twisted? so all clues coming together we hope step-by-step answering the mystery of this airplane's disappearance. back here at home, the flu epidemic sickening people across the country in 22 states. the cdc reporting nearly 7% of deaths possibly linked to the flu. some doctors now treating patients from miles away. dr. richard besser shows us the modern-day house call. >> reporter: it's hitting early, and in some places, hard. some doctors are telling their
patients not to come in. they're connecting it with patients by computer, like jennifer mcclendon, a physician's assistant in arizona. >> i can tell they're breathing well and this is similar to what we already do in practice. >> reporter: flu has already killed 16 children across the country. according to her parents, this 17-year-old girl in minnesota was perfectly healthy, and died just days after the flu struck. and this week in northern kentucky, health officials reporting two area children have died, and patients with flulike symptoms are flooding local clinics. >> with the high volumes we're seeing right now, some of our wait times are two to three hours. this is unprecedented. this is an unpredictable flu season. >> reporter: and although this year, the vaccine is a bad match for the strain of flu that is spreading, doctors hope that it may still give some degree of protection. >> and dr. richard besser joins us now. you were saying some doctors
don't want to see all of their patients with symptoms but some they do need to see. >> well anyone over 65 children under 5, pregnant women, they need to call their doctor as soon as they develop symptoms. and we move on to a bizarre case from georgia. a police chief accused of shootingshoot ing his wife early new year's day. here's matt gutman. >> reporter: the chief of police coolly called in the shooting -- >> 911, what's your emergency? >> gunshot wound. accidental. needs medical asap. >> reporter: and then the stunner in this just released 911 call. >> she was shot twice accidental? >> yes. >> who shot her? >> me.
>> reporter: the "her" is his wife, 58-year-old margaret mccullom. he claims to have accidentally shot her in the back at about 4:00 a.m. on new year's day at >> gun was on his bed. i was trying to move it to the side when it went off. >> reporter: his department-issued glock handgun in the bed where margaret was still laying. you can hear her moaning in the background and him muttering to himself as the medics arrive. >> oh my god, how the hell did this happen? >> reporter: the chief was questioned in an ongoing independent investigation and authorities say he's cooperating. >> as a result of our preliminary interview, we found he shot her only one time. >> reporter: mccullom had been with the department for five months. he seemed well-liked. >> he was out patrolling on christmas eve. that means one of his rank and file guys got to be home with his family. >> reporter: mccollum, who has been married four times, twice to margaret, is said to be by his wife's bedside at this atlanta hospital.
she remains in critical condition. investigators hope to be able to speak with her as soon as she's able. and the chief spent the bulk of his yearcareer in south florida and he was a firearms instructor. and harry reed was released from the hospital today. hurt during a workout on new year's eve. he said today he's ready to get back to work. and a huge loss of a true political lion. mario cuomo died new year's day at the age of 82. president obama calling him a true championship. here's john donvan.
>> reporter: but for a wild pitch america would never have heard what mario cuomo had to say. >> maybe if you asked a woman -- because you said you needed a tax break for a millionaire so you couldn't afford -- >> reporter: cuomo, the son of italian immigrants didn't speak english till he was four. raised in new york city, he worked in his parents grocery store then was drafted to play professional baseball. that's when the wild pitch that caught him in the back of the head knocked out of the game and onto different course in life. it was law school first in his class then politics. eventually elected governor of new york where he led as a progressive. but it was on the national stage where he came to stay for something big as a dem crate.
>> the future of the child in buffalo is our future. that the struggle of a disabled man in boston to survive and live decently is our struggle. that the hunger of a woman in little rock is our hunger. >> reporter: suddenly the democrats had an orator. leading to the obvious question, president cuomo? twice he considered the white house. there was even a plane ready to take him to new hampshire to file before the deadline but each time the decision was the same. >> it would be in the best interests of the democratic party that i abandon this now. >> reporter: those who knew cuomo say he wrestled with decisions because he knew he just didn't want it enough. to cuomo the highest calling was public service which he saw andrew having much in common with first love baseball.
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and finally tonight our person of the week. looking for new optimism to go with this new year? an astronaut sharing his view of the world. david wright explains, maybe things are looking up for the human race. >> to see the world every 92 minutes over and over again is really reassuring. >> reporter: he has hurtled around this planet nearly 2,600 times. during 15 months in orbit, that's seven years worth of sunrises. ♪ ground control to major tom ♪ >> reporter: astronaut chris hadfield, the man behind that zero gravity cover of david bowie's famous tune. ♪ put your helmet on ♪
>> reporter: and other videos detailing not the giant leaps of space exploration -- >> time for a haircut. >> reporter: -- but haircuts with a flowbie. >> this is my sleep station. >> reporter: and bedtime rituals. all the ordinary details of daily life in space. >> let's start wringing it out. >> reporter: shared with more than 1 million followers here on earth. >> what if just for a moment, we stopped? >> reporter: now, chris hadfield has a new video. a 2015 astronaut's guide to happiness. >> it all starts with a resolution. what's yours? >> reporter: his new year's advice -- remember, we are all in this together. >> everybody wants a better world for their kids, a little bit of grace, and a chance to lead a good life. >> reporter: he says don't be afraid. prepare yourself, so you can truly enjoy the moment. >> life is all about trying to get myself ready for the things that might happen so i can appreciate them more. >> reporter: and he says inside all of us is the power to change the world.
>> the onus is always on each of us. how am i going to change myself this year? or what am i going to deliberately learn this year so that i can do a better job? that's what actually changes the world. ♪ >> and so we choose colonel chris hadfield. thanks for watching. "nightline" tonight, good morning america tomorrow. david returns monday night. have a great weekend.