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even better february. 50 homes sold, seven new workers hired in the last month alone. the big builders benefitting, but what about the little guy? making those american made nails to build those homes. that company in peru, illinois. >> we're proud to be one of the last makers of nails in this country. >> reporter: tonight, proud to deliver a new message. >> the hum in the background is good news for america, the sound of nails being cranked out of our little plant. >> reporter: so many nails sold. now new jobs. >> we've hired three associates since we last talked. >> reporter: what do they say about the larger economy? >> they're not just guessing things are going to be better. they've seen the orders. >> reporter: people are buying more nails? >> yes. >> nobody buys nails to stockpile them. or because they feel like having more nails. they need them. >> reporter: it's not just construction, health care, technology. at 67, baby boomer jane genova has been working part-time, the whole recession. she interviewed for a full-time
job in e-commerce just this week. the room of applicants was packed. >> in your late 20s and early 30s, looking very professional. and i realized they were competing with me. and i thought they were all -- because they were so smart, because they were young, they were smarter than i was. but i didn't walk out. >> reporter: the next day, she got the call. finally, right? >> yes, finally. >> she goes back to work on monday. she was not threatened by the younger people in the room. and nose nails, from maze nails in illinois, and nobody stockpiling them. home depot saying they'll hire 80,000 temporary workers as home improvement season nears. spring is coming. >> they believe the recovery is on the way. and every nail is a victory. thank you, david. now we turn to a new chapter in the search for justice on the war on terror. the son-in-law of osama bin laden has been brought here to new york city.
he was in a courtroom today, very near ground zero. abc's ron claiborne tells us why and what happened. >> reporter: security was tight this morning for the arrangement -- arrangement of sulaiman abu ghaith. the husband of osama bin laden's daughter. and the first member of the terror mastermind's family to appear in a u.s. civilian court. dressed in blue inmate's clothing, he said little during the proceeding, just yes and no to several questions from the judge. his lawyer entered the "not guilty" plea on his behalf. just before and after the 9/11 attacks, abu ghaith served as an outspoken propagandist for al qaeda. the indictment said he conspired and agreed to kill americans. but the justice department decided to try him in a civilian court rather than send him to guantanamo. if abu ghaith goes on trial, it will be here at the u.s. district courthouse in lower manhattan. that courthouse, less than one
mile from here. ground zero. karen greenburg was inside the courtroom. >> when you bring somebody who is alleged to be within the inner circle, whether operation or not, has a symbolic importance for everybody in new york, for the jurors and for the families. >> reporter: abu ghaith was held without bail and will appear in court in april and will likely stand trial later this year. ron claiborne, abc news, new york. and we learned about a flaw in security designed to protect against terrorism tonight. an undercover agent of the u.s. government, easily got a fake explosive device through airport security. undetected. how did they do it? david kerley tells us. >> reporter: a stunning breach of security. an undercover investigator with a fake bomb hidden on his body last week in newark, isn't caught. >> i find that somewhat shocking, not surprising. >> reporter: the tsa tells abc news the agent with a device hidden so well it would be hard to detect, went through a metal detector.
but he was pulled aside for a pat down too. the officers at the checkpoint never found the fake bomb. >> it's sort of like a red teaming scenario. you intentionally look for where the weak points are in the system. i think it clearly identified a vulnerability. >> reporter: tsa says their "red team" test happen weekly all somewhere in the country. but the agency refuses to say how often its officers fail to find the device. the focus on devices and liquid explosives is a big reason why tsa says it will stop looking for pocket knives, allowing them onto airplanes. but that plan is facing a growing backlash. tonight delta airlines is joining in demanding that the policy remain no knives on plan. some plan to ask congress to intervene and stop the april 25th policy change. >> we are going to spend every single day between now and then
making sure that it doesn't. >> reporter: knives may be debated, but there's no debate that explosive devices should ever get through one of these checkpoints. david kerley, abc news, washington. >> thank you, david. now notes from around the country. for the first time in america, one state has created a law allowing teachers and other personnel in public schools to carry guns in the classroom. they cite the shooting in newtown. two dozen other states of -- are contemplating similar measures as this law in south dakota goes into effect. we also want to tell you about a big national recall. an iconic american brand in millions of kitchens, bumblebee tuna. tonight the recall of their tuna is growing. 2.4 million cans, because the seal on top is loose, which means the fish inside could spoil more quickly or become contaminated. the recall affects five ounce cans of bumblebee chunk white albacore and chunk light tuna, sold as early as january 17th
and as recently as 48 hours ago, march 6. also tonight, that big snowstorm is leveling its final blow to families in the northeast. in massachusetts, some towns hit by two feet of snow and abc's meteorologist ginger zee shows us why the weary people are so tired of digging out. >> reporter: waves and flooding has this town north of boston teetering and falling on to its side. boston got over a foot, while the storm dumped up to two feet in parts of connecticut and massachusetts. hammering the coastline. the waves are really huge out there, an angry ocean. you can see the winds pushing it. the gusts have been up to 50. in massachusetts, we found mike caputo, he didn't evacuate. >> you could feel it. >> reporter: he's babysitting his basement sump pump. but when we went to check it out. >> something's not working. >> reporter: so you didn't know this was down here? >> no. >> reporter: mike's basement had already flooded.
not a good surprise. >> no. >> reporter: and one town south, more water, driving snow and a driving ocean. this whole street is completely covered in water. tonight this winter storm is finally in the rearview mirror, pulling away, but pulling parts of new england with it. ginger zee, abc news, massachusetts. >> thank you, ginger. we turn overseas now. new pictures from the secretive nation of north korea, the country which threatened the u.s. with talk of nuclear weapons last night. there they are, kim jong-un visiting troops near the border, sparking a kind of hysteria as soldiers raised their hands in the air, in the surf, supposedly a sign of their devotion to the regime. now the big news out of rome, the conclave, the vote to choose the next pope will begin on tuesday. the cardinals will move into a sequestered building near the sistine chapel. we see their quiet rooms.
there's a bed inside, a cross above it and a desk to study. there's also a chapel in the dorm and tonight, the italian press is reporting that among those cardinals, a division is growing on one side. roman insiders on one side and other americans pushing for reform. abc's terry moran talks to men and women in the american catholic church for the reality of their views from here. >> reporter: they will choose the next pope, the cardinals, the princes of the church, all men. all rigorously loyal to the conservative vision that now dominates church leadership. sometimes it all seems so far away, so different from the lives and concerns of catholics here in america. especially american nuns. last year the vatican cracked down on the main umbrella group of american nuns, representing 80% of them, accusing them of
embracing radical feminism. but they and many other nuns have not been silent. >> we need both women and men voting for the pope. we don't have that now. we need to work toward that. >> reporter: sister christine schenk wants to change the catholic power structure. >> i get worried when our daughters and our sons are sitting in the pew on sunday and only ever see men taking roles of sacred worship at church. >> reporter: but tradition has such a strong pull. we spoke with two sisters in new york and found that like many american catholics, they like things just the way they are, and were. >> the holy father has to be a father. the priesthood is a fatherhood. we're mothers. spiritual mothers. >> reporter: parish priests who have the most direct contact with the faithful, they know things change slowly in the catholic church. very slowly. women priests? a woman pope? >> not going to happen. not in my lifetime.
>> reporter: but as american catholics look to rome next week, many may be wondering, if not now, when? terry moran, abc news, new york. and i want to remind you, starting monday, the abc news team will be reporting live from rome as the conclave begins on tuesday. still ahead right here on "world news," you'll finally have your dream home. could it be that something inside it is making you sick? find out next. if there was a pill to help protect your eye health as you age... would you take it? well, there is. [ male announcer ] it's called ocuvite. a vitamin totally dedicated to your eyes, from the eye care experts at bausch + lomb. as you age, eyes can lose vital nutrients. ocuvite helps replenish key eye nutrients.
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the sale of homes is a strong part of the economic recovery in this country, but as jim avila reports, some home owners are in for a shock. the seller doesn't tell them they're buying a house that can make them sick. >> reporter: ah, the american dream. >> this house was the first place that we could really call home together. >> reporter: the hankins family saw a starter home for sale for $35,000. they jumped at the chance. >> one of my favorite memories was painting ezra's room green. >> reporter: it was a foreclosure, advertised as is. after weeks of sanding, priming, pluming and painting -- >> i was getting dry mouth, nose bleeds, headaches. >> reporter: could it be their dream house was actually making
them sick? turns out the little starter had a secret past. it was once used as a meth den. all those dangerous chemicals had seeped into the floors and ceiling. so toxic we had to put on hazmat suits just to go in. >> it's horrifying. it's like a nightmare, you know, >> reporter: the hankins say they should have been warned. that the seller freddie mac should have known and that meth residue should require a warning, like lead paint and asbestos. turns out, most home inspections don't include testing for meth residue. freddie mac sent abc this statement. >> we empathize with the hankins, but neither we nor the listing agent had prior information about the home's history. but the police knew. they had arrested the previous owner for meth numerous times. >> if they had come to us, we would have given them a head's up. >> reporter: experts estimate there are 2.5 million homes contaminated by meth in the united states. to make sure you're not buying one, have your home inspector do
the special test for toxins and ask the local police if the home was ever involved in drug activity. ask for the hankins -- and i guess the $62,000 question is, will you ever buy another house? >> it willing a long time, if -- it will be a long time, if ever. jim afil a abc news, bend, oregon. >> and the solution we're told is that you get the house specially cleaned. but the family tells us, the cost of that special cleaning is more than the house is worth. you can see more of jim's reporting and some revelations tonight on "20/20," home sweet home. coming up, we're going to show you amazing pictures from the big race in the snow and the superstar dog that ran 1,000 miles. 00 miles. the soreness was excruciating. it was impossible to even think about dancing. when you're dancing, your partner is holding you. so, his hand would have been right in the spot
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finally tonight, our person of the week. she is a true hometown hero. she acted quickly in a disaster. made a great sacrifice and saved her children. we first met her and her family last year, but now abc's matt gutman finds she's a thriving reminder of how to stay strong, no matter what life brings. >> one window broke and i knew. oh, no, my house is going down. >> reporter: this time last year, monster twisters came roaring through henryville, indiana. stephanie decker, her home, her two young children in its path.
>> i saw a brick coming at my daughter. i'd maneuver my back so i would take the hit. >> reporter: covering her children with her own body. >> i remember having a steel beam fall right on my leg. >> reporter: this is what her inlaws showed me last march. >> that's the entrance over there. >> reporter: rescuers found them, her children unscathed, but doctors had to amputate both stephanie's legs opinion she fought back, putting herself through grueling physical therapy, inspired by her family and a song -- "stronger" by kelly clarks son -- clarkson. ♪ what doesn't kill you makes you stronger ♪ >> reporter: just two months later, her first steps. then walking on to "ellen," with that song and the crowd cheering her on. and then in hot pink sneaks and
a big grin, standing on her own two feet to meet the president. >> this is just a new way of living. the worst thing that ever happens is me losing my legs, i'm good. >> reporter: but her most daring step yet, marching right into the kentucky state house just last week. nearly two million americans use prosthetics, insurance companies cover usually the initial fitting. but in most states, they won't pay for refurbished prosthetics. stephanie is determined to change that. >> help me help other kids walk and play. >> reporter: and as she took us back to her destroyed home, one year later, there, the concrete, hand print, an indelible testimony to the family's survival. and that song, now an anthem. ♪ >> this is what i'm meant to do. i'm excited that from a bad situation, we can make something really good. ♪ >> so we choose stephanie decker, who says her next goal is to run a marathon. we thank you so much for
watching. we're always here at abcnews.com. "nightline" later at its new time, 12:35 a.m. eastern, and david muir will be right here for you all weekend until monday. goodnight. operation cease fire, a major initiative to combat gun violence violence in oakland and a tough message aimed at criminals. >> crack down on gun he shows. a laum comes up with a way to ban that venue from private gun sales. >> fire at chez panisse q no
word on when it might reopen. >> the $33 million lotto winner that kept her hair appointment today and she's not the one in the chair. >> good evening, i'm dan ashley. a major crime sweep in the east bay. >> lokland police snatched a dozen violent criminals off the streets. cops swooped in before dawn, right sf. >> police say they do d.not work alone calling it a multi agency task force resulted in recovery of weapons and the arrest of suspects that they identify as violent. >> police conducted a series of sweeps, serving 24 high-risk search warrants. 20 in oakland two,, antioch,
one, pacifica, one in, brentwood. >> there are key people we knew were involved in shootings we've targeted nor operation. and those are the people we went after today. >> multiple firearms were recovered. police say they're searching for a half dozen more suspects. >> attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon. >> the deputy chief gave no details and the list continues and the names of the gangs police say are responsible are names heard before. this video provided to us by the oakland police department. case gang and money team are the targets of opd operation cease fire. police say the two gangs are responsible foremost of the violent crime throughout the city. in this video, police say two
members of the case gang are responsible for robbing a woman. they're still looking for other possible victims. in all, more than 100 officers and agents were involved in the warrant sweep. the chief calls operation cease fire a strategy to reduce violent crime in oakland citing the success, promising more arrests to follow. >> it's based on identifying the small number of individuals in this community that are involved in violent crimes. >> investigators tell me they're interviewing suspects with the possibility of more arrests still to come. >> nick, thank you gun shows draw thousands but some lawmakers have set sights on them and are now proposing a major change. vic lee is live tonight with the story. vick? >> a similar bills have died in the legislature in