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on this thursday night, pipes bursting families now paying the price for this. and now, the next storm. ice, freezing rain for tens of millions of drivers. tonight, the plummeting temperatures from the midwest to the northeast, all the way to the south. what you should do right now to protect your home. and what insurance will not cover. the new national warning tonight. the hospital superbug fears. two dead nearly 180 patients possibly exposed. breaking developments in the deadly road rage manhunt. the mother of four killed. and today, the standoff. we're on the scene. the real reason eddie murphy didn't purr form at the "snl" reunion. bill cosby applauding him tonight. and a quiz for you. the one thing behind that curtain at the oscars made in america. can you guess? >> made in america!
good evening. and we begin with the dangerous deep freeze. 160 million americans, and tonight, 23 states under wind chill advisories and freeze warnings. and how homeowners and new worries about those pipes bursting. tonight, we have more on what insurance does not cover. over the next 12 hours, a massive surge of arctic air moving east and further south, possibly shattering records from cincinnati to new york down to miami. the view inside this home in new york playing out in so many homes. water coming in through the ceiling. and of course the rescues tonight. even the animals. trying to get to this dog in massachusetts. the view flying over chicago today. and in kentucky tonight, they're using landfills now for the snow. we have more on the new storm moving in behind it but we're going to begin tonight with abc's matt gutman in louisville. >> reporter: tonight, extreme cold bringing an expensive up epidemic epidemic. burst pipes -- watch -- this
family helpless as water rushes through their ceiling. thousands of emergency calls from around the country. 4,000 in washington, d.c. in the last ten days alone. because burst pipes are not covered by homeowners insurance, it's crucial for homeowners to know where and how to shut off the water when there's a freeze danger, as our alex perez found out. >> reporter: why is it important to know where the water main is in a situation like this? >> if you get to it quick, you can save your house from flooding and save thousands of dollars. >> reporter: keeping your faucets dripping will keep water moving and prevent freezing. across the country, the epic cold is creating epic scenes from lake michigan, to this icy outline of a jeep in north carolina. and tonight, more trouble on icy roads from virginia, to michigan. two people surviving this crash. their car pinned underneath a semi. all of kentucky's salt in stored in 25 giant vaults like this one. but when the temperature sinks below 20 degrees, all of this
becomes ineffective. here in louisville where it was minus 3 today, concerns of frostbite. >> it hurts your fashion and nose and everything. >> reporter: for perspective, we went to the coldest place in america. cotton minnesota. negative 43 degrees. where megan's the postmaster. >> any skin that's exposed feels like pins and needles. your toes are numb. it's hard to even take a breath, it hurts. >> reporter: in conditions like these, the early signs of frostbite can begin in seconds. to protect yourself limit your skin's exposure. drink plenty of fluids and stay hydrated. so cold david, that folks have been fishing chunks of ice this thick off of the ohio river here. it's only going to get worse for millions of americans. tonight's forecast here for louisville 13 degrees colder than the previous foreman castcast set in 1885. david? >> matt gutman thank you. and now, to the north. ice breakers now being used on major rivers tonight.
and look at the american side of niagara falls this evening. abc's gio benitez with the coast guard now moving in to help. >> reporter: tonight, the northeast is frozen over. north of philadelphia -- the coast guard has to use special ice breakers to keep 140 miles of the delaware river flowing. and just look at lake erie. the great lakes are usually 50% frozen this time of year, but today, the great lakes are over 80% frozen. some of that ice ending up right here at the niagara falls. mother nature createing extraordinary ice sculptures. what you're looking at right now is part of the niagara falls, totally frozen. we're told there's so much ice here it won't melt until may. people here say they haven't seen this much ice in decades. >> you get the ice buildup every year but the last two years have been extraordinary. >> reporter: meanwhile, in the boston area, quite the scare. an avalanche of sorts at the ice rink. >> i heard something and then it just fell on me.
and i was stuck underneath the snow. >> reporter: tonight, she's okay and so are these two dogs and their owner in revere, rescued from the ice. and back here in western new york, you can see those powerful niagara falls. but one thing's for sure. if these temperatures keep up visitors here can expect to see a lot less water than they hoped for. david? >> thank you, guy owe. let's get right to ginger now. it's not the ice at the falls but across much of the country. >> reporter: correct. you don't have to be there to get ice. wind chill advisories freeze warnings and hard freeze warnings all the way into florida. daytona beach in that hard freeze warning, which means we worry about crops. outdoor plants. and you say, well i'm worried about myself when you see these frame churls. a third, fourth fifth day in a row for people being sub zero. detroit, 12 below. pittsburgh 8 below. those record-breaking temperatures will move to places like washington, d.c. and new york city. >> and these temperatures before
you factor in the wind. >> reporter: correct. >> the storm moving in. and you have the line where the driving is going to be most difficult. >> reporter: yes, if you are going along i-80 in pennsylvania this weekend, please watch this. that warm front is going to lift north, bringing snow to detroit. that pink line is the freezing line. i think it moves through pennsylvania at a horrible time. saturday night through early sunday morning. anyone going out and about, even into north jersey going to have to look out. the snow on the north side of it. you can see the snow totals there. but let's put on that ice forecast. i'm concerned about western new york down to nashville, back to little rock. >> all right, this is going to be tough right through the weekend. ginger thank you. to the scare at a major hospital in southern california tonight. ucla medical center. two dead 179 exposed to a dangerous superbug. and now, a new national warning to doctors and hospitals from coast to coast about a piece of medical equipment that may be to blame. abc's cecilia vega in california. >> reporter: tonight, an vest game under way into how nearly
200 people who came to this hospital for a common medical procedure may have been exposed to a potentially deadly bacteria. >> we're very sorry about some of the anxiety and concern that this situation has posed for our patients as well as our community. >> reporter: the drug resistant superbug known as cre likely transmitted through contaminated medical scopes. thin tubes inserted eded down a patient's throat. a camera on the tip allowing doctors to examine organs. the from see jury performed on very sick patients. >> the symptoms for the patients were immediate and patients developed fever, chills and severe infections right after undergoing the procedure. >> reporter: ucla says it followed manufacture guidelines in sterilizing the scopes and now is going above and beyond the national standards. but tonight, the fda is warning doctors and hospitals across america to meticulously clean equipment. >> so there's literally no
aboutty biotic that can be used to treat these infections. >> reporter: contaminated medical scopes also to blame for superbug outbreaks in seattle, pittsburgh and chicago. and it's not just cre. a number of superbugs are now on the rise. and this hospital sent test kits home to all the patients exposed here to determine whether our not they are infected. ucla also apologizing tonight to those patients and the this community. david? >> cecilia, thank you. and now, to las vegas tonight, and the dramatic developments in that road rage case. late today, s.w.a.t. teams, squad cars and a standoff in that quiet neighborhood just blocks from where that mother of four was shot and killed. abc's kendis gibson is on the scene. >> reporter: tonight, this shirtless suspect taken into custody by police in the alleged road rage murder of las vegas mom tammy meyers. >> right now, we are in the tactical phase in attempting to take the suspect into custody. >> reporter: the arrest follows a wild scene. only one block from where meyers
and her four children live. meyers' husband rushing to the scene. >> there's the animal, a block away! >> reporter: the suspect's mom visibly shaken arriving during the standoff. police with guns drawn surrounded the house of a young suspect, asking him to come out. >> all of a sudden i heard the bull horns and people yelling and helicopters came in. they're looking for the kid next door. >> reporter: this comes exactly one week after miers was shot in the head following an alleged road rage incident. police saying after an encounter with an angry driver near her home, myers grabbed her holdest son who brought his handgun to go in search of that driver only to return home where the driver shot her in the head in front of her own house. right now, authorities here in las vegas are not saying if the person in custody is the actual shooter. the investigation, david, still ongoing tonight. and now to texas, and breaking news thein the "american sniper" trial.
tonight, the defense resting their case. a new look at the man accused of killing navy s.e.a.l. chris kyle. the defense from senting images of him, right there in uniform with his mother. far different than that other image in the backseat of a police cruiser. and now comes word that he will not take the stand. abc's ryan owens with late developments from texas. >> reporter: "the jury taking a twisted trip into the mind of a killer guided by a defense psychiatrist who just last year diagnosed the marine veteran with severe schizophrenia. dr michael dunn says while "american sniper" chris kyle is a war hero to many -- >> i just want to get the bad guy. >> reporter: -- to eddie routh on the day he killed them, kyle and his friend chad littlefield were "pig assassins" sent to execute him as part of "pigs taking over the earth." dr. dunn testifying routh was so paranoid at this texas gun range, he thought shooting the two men in the back was self-defense. "he thought he was going to die" and had to "neutralize the threat." routh doesn't look up as the
doctor says he was insane and didn't know right from wrong. chris kyle's widow taya shakes her ned in head in disbelief. on cross examination, prosecutors point out the defense is paying this expert $400 an hour and that routh is a fan of the pig hunting reality show "boss hog." and may have just cooked up this elaborate story to try to get away with murder. the defense briefly called routh's mother back to the stand so the jury could see this picture of a decorated young marine with his mom. prosecutors took the chance to show a very different picture taken years later with his girlfriend. rate this afternoon, eddie routh waved his right to testify. with that his defense rested relying, remarkably on the medical testimony of just one doctor. david? >> ryan owens from texas. thank you. and now, to the white house, and president obama making headlines tonight for his choice of words when it comes to describing isis. the president will not call this
islamic terror and here's what he said today. >> we are united against the scourge of violent extremism and terrorism. >> so let's get right to jonathan karl tonight. and jon, the president's being careful with his words, but causing some controversy in doing so. >> reporter: yes, he is david. there is no question that the terrorists who make up isis and al qaeda are islamic extremists. they claim to be waging a war in the name of the koran. but the president wants to make it clear to the world that the united states is not at war with islam. in fact, today, he said the notion that the west is at war with islam is a, quote, ugly lie. as the president himself put it quote, we are not at war with islam, we are at war with people who are perverting islam. so the bottom line david, don't look for the president to change the way he is talking about this terrorist threat. >> all right, jon karl live at the white house, thank you. now, to an abc news exclusive. nascar superstar kurt busch preparing for this weekend's daytona 500.
his ex-girlfriend breaking her silence to "good morning america." her allegation of a violent outburst. the restraining order against him. his legal team now fighting back tonight. and here's abc's steve osunsami. >> reporter: patricia driscoll says that her ex-boyfriend, nascar champion kurt busch, assaulted her inside his motorhome at a speedway in delaware. >> he poped up out of bed and grabbed me by the throat with one hand and with the other hand, he grabbed my face. and he smashed my head into the wall three times. >> reporter: in an interview with "gma's" michael strahan, he claims there was one previous incident. something he denies. after arguing the issue in family court, a delaware judge this week found a preupon dance of evidence that busch has committed an act or repeopled acts of domestic violence. for the next year, he's ordered to stay away from her, and get a mental health evaluation "for problems related to anger control and impulse control." he's scheduled to race in daytona this weekend, and
driscoll has something to say about it. >> why not take that as an opportunity to say, "no more." like the nfl has, and said "we are not going to accent the domestic violence in our sport." >> reporter: tonight, busch is appealing the order and his lawyers tell a different story. that he was trying to end the relationship, and that there was no assault. >> this is all an orchestrated campaign to ruin the guy when he decided he no longer wanted to be with her. >> reporter: in a reality show driscoll was pitching she does know her way around a shooting range. >> i really don't care if people hate me for who i am and what i do, because i'm not going to change it. >> reporter: no one can know for sure what really happened behind closed doors, but how this plays out in public could have a serious impact on his career. david? >> steve, thank yous. now, to the economy. tonight, this country's biggest employer walmart, announcing they are giving half a million workers, 40% of their employees a raise. on average, for full-time workers, up to $13 an hour. for part-time workers, $10 an
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and finally tonight here made in america is back. and an oscar surprise. the american workers who are already holding an oscar tonight. in the shadow of the hollywood hills, they're rolling out the red carpet. they're peeling off the plastic. they're getting ready for hollywood's biggest night. the faces are famous. >> denzel washington. >> matthew mcconaughey.
>> reporter: tonight, we celebrate not the stars, not yet. instead, the factory workers in snowy chicago. behind something key, something those lucky stars will walk off with. that's right. every year since 1983, r.s. owens and company behind the oscar. and who was the first best actress to take theirs home? >> marvelous meryl streep. >> reporter: of course it was meryl streep. and of course it's the american worker behind the oscar. and this is how it's done at that factory in chicago. first, they pour the alloy into the mold. next the hammering, removing it from the mold. making sure oscar is dust-free. a little sanding, even giving the top a little shine. then it's plated in copper silver and 24 karat gold. not bad at 8 1/2 pounds 13 1/2 inches tall. just waiting for the winners tonight. louise white has been working here for 41 years now. that's a best supporting role. >> i know that i did that and there isn't anyone in the world who doesn't know what an orscar
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