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you said he never made eye contact with you. >> he did when he pulled the gun on me. that was the most -- best eye contact i've ever had with him. >> reporter: police say he helped prevent a massacre. police say seevakumaran left behind a checklist planning every step of the attack. >> as he did each thing, he scratched them off on the list. so that was -- and the list stops with pull the fire alarm. >> reporter: he amassed an arsenal. bombs, m.o., and massive clips. we learned tonight it could have been much worse. packages were found in the college mail room. >> what was in the mail waiting for the deceased were two 22-round magazines. also a black hawk tactical sling. and there was also a training dvd. >> reporter: in a short statement tonight, seevakumaran's parents said their son was a loner but had no history of violence. matt gutman, abc news, orlando. >> tonight matt tells us at this hour the motive is still a
complete mystery. next we turn to the tragic accident. marines in the nevada desert. suddenly a small bomb they were using to train to be warriors exploded on them. seven marines killed. others wounded. abc's chief global affairs corespondent martha raddatz has been finding out what happened. >> reporter: it happened in darkness, deep in the nevada desert. some 150 marines on predeployment training for night warfare, using weapons every bit as deadly as if it were the real thing. the marines were firing 60 millimeter mortars. small bombs placed into firing tubes that can launch over a mile. instead, the mortar exploded while still in the firing tube. and in a flash, those seven marines were dead and more than half a dozen more wounded. including a navy corp. man. >> a team of investigators has begun the investigation to
figure out what happened. >> reporter: until they find out why, the marine corp. will suspend the use of all 60 millimeter mortars in tubes worldwide. >> this would suggest that the marine corp., in its preliminary assessment, found that there's a problem with the bomb itself. and it was not human error. >> reporter: over a year ago, seven marines were killed in training when two helicopters collided near the arizona/california border. but ground training accidents are very rare, diane. >> thank you so much, martha. and now we will turn to the millions and millions of americans in another part of the country weathering another winter storm. in boston, the national weather service warning of black ice on the roads tonight, even though spring officially begins tomorrow. believe me, we have been reading the weary words you used to sum up this long, cold stretch. words like, please go away. are you kidding? enough is enough. and our favorite, ground hog, fired.
>> tonight, again, abc's meteorologist ginger zee on the winter that will not leave. >> reporter: it's like a broken record. up to two feet of snow in new england -- again. plows down, shovels out, and that familiar sound -- spring is just hours away, yet nowhere in sight. >> so much for the ground hog, huh? i think he got that one wrong. >> we're tired of it. >> reporter: so is judy. >> i still have snow banks like this. it's not going away. so, yeah, we're all miserable. >> reporter: she had to close her bakery for the first time ever thanks to all the snow. >> most of the time it's not that bad. but this year it's constant. >> i'm sick of it. >> her grandson travis home for yet another snow day. >> right now, with this missed school day, we're on june 24th. >> reporter: cheers to snow days. >> oh, yeah. >> reporter: but with grandma's cake, making the best of a miserable day. as i stand here in a fresh foot
of snow, i have to tell you, this isn't that unusual for this part of the country. they can see snow all the way until june. what will be abnormal is the cold hanging on till the end of the month. look at the six- to ten-day outlook. all the blue means a lot of cold. especially where it gets darker there. just to let you know, there is still more snow in the forecast for the plains and the midwest. right here, next week. diane? >> i'm going to pretend i didn't hear you say that, ginger. thank you so much for reporting in tonight. and we learn today that for the first time in half a century, americans are spending less on prescription drugs. a small drop due in part to the switch away from brand names toward cheaper generic pills. tonight, more than 80% of all prescriptions are generic drugs. but one patient has taken her story all the way to the supreme court. what happened to her? abc's linzie janis. >> reporter: 53 year old karen bartlett -- once an independent mother and wife is
now essentially captive in her own home. she is nearly blind and almost died because of a severe allergic reaction after taking a generic pain drug eight years ago. >> this happened because i took a medication prescribed to me just for shoulder pain. >> reporter: she sued the generic manufacturer, got a $21 million judgment, but hasn't seen a dime of it. that's because in 2011 the supreme court limited the responsibility of generic drug manufacturers. because all they've done is copy the brand name formula. many feel this is unfair. in high school, a doctor prescribed accutane, a popular acne medicine to gabe. the pharmacy gave him the generic version. at college he fell violently ill, bleeding internally and had to have his entire large intestine removed. he blames the medicine. tushs out 7700 people sl sued the brand-name maker of
accutane. one person awarded a judgment. the brand name is appealing. no lawyer would take gabe's case because he had taken the generic version. today, karen's case was heard by the supreme court, which will decide if the generic drug manufacturer can be held accountable. unless the law changes, most people taking generics have no legal recourse if the drug makes them sick. linzie janis, abc news, new hampshire. and now a somber anniversary. ten years ago tonight america began its invasion of iraq. the sky filled with shock and awe. and today, in baghdad, smoke filled the air from a new series of deadly explosions. more than a dozen car bombs and suicide blasts. nearly 60 people killed, scores wounded. a reminder that more than 100,000 iraqis lost their lives to war in the last decade. and ten years ago abc's bob woodruff entered iraq with american troops. tonight, some of them, through him, send a message for everyone who remembers.
>> reporter: the invasion began with shock and awe -- there were early successes, but years of bloodshed followed. i was there in the beginning, embedded with the marines. in the first week, i got to know this man, jesus. a week later, he was killed by an unexploded artillery shell. by the time the war was over, we would lose 4,488, more than 32,000 visibly injured. melissa stockwell was the very first female soldier in the war to become an amputee. struck by an ied in 2004. do you have regrets? >> no, not at all. >> reporter: since then, she has become a world-class champion triathlete. we asked her today if those feelings have changed. >> i'm as proud as ever. i show my leg off with the red, the white and the blue. living proof that life does go on. >> reporter: three years into the war, jeff was struck by an
ied. unconscious for 32 days. i met him then at the bethesda naval hospital. >> i can't see it. >> reporter: he can't remember anything from that interview, but today he owns a new house and is back in college. >> i knew there could be a high possibility of me being wounded. i didn't believe i would get wounded as traumatically as i did, but, you know, i don't regret one second of it. if they gave me the chance, i would go back. >> reporter: how do they want americans to think of them now? >> i want people to look beyond what happened overseas. they can see the scars, look at my head, my jaw, shoulder, all that stuff, but i wish people would look beyond that. there's more to any given human. >> reporter: now, about 1.5 million americans have served in the war in iraq. most of those that i know, diane, have told me no matter what you feel about the war, for it or against it, history will make that determination. for now, americans have to thank those veterans for what they've done and for what they are. >> we do.
we thank them and thank you as well, bob. and now, we head back overseas to rome. because it is official, at the vatican this morning, the new pope gave his inaugural mass. passing through the crowds in an open vehicle preaching tenderness towards the poor. he kissed even squalling babies and also spent a moment blessing a disabled man in the crowd. and there was something else we noticed today. the pope appeared to be checking the time often. watch him turn to his watch as he heads into mass. later again towards the end of the mass he does it again. as if this 76-year-old is thinking, so little time. and a footnote tonight as the new pope presides under the giant dome of st. peter's basilica. i want to show you something. we found when we were in rome. some video of worshippers, old video of them. they are worshippers and workers. and we saw them doing what they
had done for hundreds of years. you are looking at proof of human devotion to this place at the center of a giant faith. these men are both acrobats and artisans flying among the statues of the apostles on the dome. in this footage from the 1930s, you can see them risking their lives to light the dome of the basilica with candles. 900 torches, 5,000 lanterns. and when they were done, here it is. a beautiful testament to human daring and devotion. a flickering candle-lit dome for the whole world to see. >> we were amazed. now it's just the flip of a switch. still ahead on "world news." children driving us to distractions? a real-life road test tonight and a warning for everyone behind the wheel. i stepped on the machine,
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>> reporter: in most of the country it's against the law to text and drive. but did you know that studies have shown there's something just as dangerous? kids in the car. >> stay in your seat. >> reporter: to see just how distracting backseat antics can be, we mounted cameras in my family's van. documenting every angle to our weekly 25-minute trip to the store. i knew there were cameras, probably drove safer than normal. >> you are traveling 55, 60 miles an hour. >> reporter: but asking charlie klauer, a risk expert at virginia tech, to assess my performance was startling. klauer looks for something she calls "eyes-off-the-road." >> you're on the highway. >> look at that "eyes-off -- the-road" time right there. >> that's a lot. >> reporter: look again, in just two precious seconds my eyes were on my kids, our van travels half the length of a football field. >> something terribly wrong could have happened. could it not have? >> yes, it could. >> reporter: it's thought to be the cause of 60% of all car crashes. that australian study finding
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and finally tonight, a life lesson from a former nba super star who made millions, but says no job counts more than the one he's doing now. abc's david kerley. >> go across the street. >> reporter: few of these kids know that the crossing guard they are high fiving in the neon green vest is an nba hall of famer, an olympic gold medalist and a millionaire. why do you want to be a crossing guard? >> it's not beneath me. i'm a regular guy. i just played basketball. i'm a hall of famer. i'm a regular guy. and i like working. >> reporter: 58-year-old adrian dantley who now uses a whistle -- >> dantley draws the foul. >> reporter: heard plenty of whistles during his 15-year pro career. the washington d.c. high school phenom became an all-american at notre dame. during his pro days, the 6'5" dantley made north of $1 million a year.
as a county crossing guard, less than 15 grand a year. but then, for dantley, whose friends will tell you he is frugal and has a net worth well into seven figures, this is not about the money. >> basically i did it just to be around the kids. >> dantley will try to break an 11-1 -- >> reporter: his nba days as a player and coach has paid off. look at this, he appears to be playing defense as he fends off cars on the street. more than once, those long, sweeping arms have been life savers. >> i saved two kids' lives. >> reporter: this job has meaning? >> it has meaning. and i feel like i'm doing something, helping the community. it's all about the kids. >> reporter: dantley says for the next 20 years -- >> reporter: you'll find him in the crosswalk. david kerley, abc news, silver spring, maryland. and we thank you for watching. "nightline" at its new time 12:35 a.m. eastern. and i'll see you again tomorrow night. good night.
you don't think something you're watching on tv will affect your life. he and my son went and played golf. all of a sudden, he is having a massive heart attack. hi son remembered a new technique for cpr on "world news." we were so luck driveway have watched diane and dr. besser that night. it does seem crazy. watching "world news" from the new home of the 49ers breaking down price tag for hosting the super bowl. it will not come cheap. >> only on abc 7 news biggest white collar conviction in san francisco history. a high rise rip off that sent a pair of swindlers to prison. >> in reno tonight the survivors of a deadly military accident. how a mortar might have exploded without warning.
>> a man uses a smart phone app to compare prices and realizes he just ordered an expensive machine. 7 on your side looks at one-click shopping. >> this is the stadium still under construction. the city hopes to host a super bowl in a few years. but it come was a cost that city taxpayers will are to bear. good evening, i'm dan ashley. >> the santa clara city council meets in half an hour to make what could be a make or break decision to help win the snb 2016 or 2017 with you but the nfl made big money demand. >> city council? a pivotal position. if they find sacrifice too much they might give a reason to pick another city. santa
clara has a new 49ers stadium. now, it has to make big concessions. terms are tough, not likely negotiatable. jant clara must waive it's hotel tax on the 350 rooms the staff will occupy, must waive 10% ticket surcharge going towards deck service, and waive a 35 cent per ticket fee for senior and youth programs and a parking cost that recoups costs for police services. santa clara says it will get reimbursed by the san francisco host committee its our intention walk away putting on a great show, doing a lot of work making sure that we come out whole in this process and... being reimbursed for efforts to make this successful event. >> giving a hotel tax break isn't as bad as this may sound.
350 rooms are involved at $150 nightly rate, tax is $14.25 a $5,000 loss per night revenue normally goes into the city's general fund. the general manager at the hilton santa clara thinks super bowl spending will more than offset that loss. >> the value that have event in this city and exposure we're going to get i think will more than makeup for anything lost. >> he's planning a 140 room addition to the hotel in time for the super bowl. with rooms going to be a premium rate. >> on a personal level, yes, i'm keeping on top of this, i think that because of -- we're showing regional ef yrts here. that is our key. >> hosting could be too big of a prize for