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nice. >> world news is up next. >> thanks for joining us. we appreciate your time and will see you again at 6:00. welcome to "world news." tonight, deep freeze, a kind of cold not seen in decades. biting winds and snow, temperatures expected to drop 15 degrees in 24 hours. zoned out, did the engineer fall asleep as the train barrelled 82 miles per hour towards disaster? made in america christmas, how we could create 200,000 new jobs together. david muir getting a kick start from the rockettes. >> made in america! whoo! good evening to you on this tuesday night. we begin with a nation heading into a deep freeze. 149 million americans in at
least 22 states facing the big chill. the map says it all, winter storm warnings, heavy snow, powerful winds and a temperature whiplash as the thermometer plummets in just a few hours. abc's meteorologist ginger zee tracking it all tonight. >> reporter: the whipping winds in california. the snow slowing traffic in nevada. a major winter storm and the coldest air of the season is gripping much of the west tonight. citrus farmers near fresno, california, prepping crops. >> we're worried about anything getting close to 32 or below gets our attention for sure. >> reporter: as temperatures dive into the 20s and 30s overnight potentially breaking century old records, threatening their $2 billion business. in northern minnesota, they expect cold, but it doesn't make it easy. >> it's wicked actually. i've never seen it like this before. >> it's terrible. it's terrible.
it's too wet, it's too heavy but we'll get it. >> reporter: all that cold will only keep diving south. check out the high temperatures the next three days. minneapolis, that's a high of only five degrees on friday. even dallas slipping into the 30s. that's just air temperature. now you add the wind and you have dangerous wind chills, subzero. if you are exposed for at least an hour it can give you frostbite. officials warning about it all over the west. we've got watches, warnings and advisories to give you, at least 22 states with some sort of winter watch, warning or advisory. areas of blowing snow on top of that snow falling. how much snow will fall? let's look at the numbers. big ones for especially the mountains of colorado, steam boat springs in the next 24 hours gets more than a foot. places like minneapolis will be slipping and sliding in more than four inches. diane? >> a big warning tonight. it's going to be cold out there. thank you, ginger zee. turning next to the question looming over the investigation into that commuter train accident. was the engineer zoned out or
even awake as the train hurdled 82 miles per hour toward a dangerous curve? abc's gio benitez on the news we learned tonight. >> reporter: sources tell abc news the operator in sunday's deadly train derailment, william rockefeller, told first responders he was dosing off just before the crash. tonight investigators are interviewing him. >> there is every indication he could have gotten full restorative sleep. >> reporter: investigators who combed the wreckage say they found no problems with the train signals along the route or the brakes. >> based on these data there is no indication that the brake systems were not functioning properly. >> reporter: sources tell abc news human error was likely the cause of the crash that killed four and injured more than 60 early sunday morning. investigators say rockefeller, a metro-north engineer for ten years drove that train down the tracks at 82 miles per hour, almost three times faster than the speed limit at that curve. investigators say he slammed on
the brakes just five seconds before it derailed. the train was not equipped with a system that would have automatically slowed it down if it was going too fast. that technology exists. it's called positive train control. >> if this technology was in place, would this accident have happened? >> probably not. it allows a central computer to recognize that the train is going too fast and automatically slow it down. >> reporter: it's widely used in europe, but its development has been stalled in the u.s. experts hope this crash will be a wakeup call. but tonight the focus is on that train operator. investigators say his blood alcohol tests came back negative. so tonight, diane, the big question, did he fall asleep. >> gio benitez reporting in for us. thank you, gio. now tonight we want to tell you about a new outbreak of dangerous meningitis on a second college campus. on the east coast you remember that first scare at princeton
university but tonight two schools are on opposite sides of the country. here's dr. richard besser on the four students infected at the university of california in santa barbara. >> reporter: aaron loy, a healthy freshman lacrosse player, was rushed to the hospital by his roommates. diagnosed with a strain of meningitis. the disease attacks blood vessels. one in ten die and 20 percent of those who survive can lose limbs because the blood can't circulate. that's what happened to aaron. he lost both legs below the knee. the health department has distributed antibiotics to 500 students and yesterday asked ucsb kids to back off from frat parties and social events. meningitis is spread by close contact, kissing, sharing drinks or food, sneezing coughing or smoking. that's why college kids are vulnerable. >> it's kind of scary because there is always that constant fear. >> reporter: this after 8 students in princeton, new jersey were diagnosed with the same rare meningitis, type b,
earlier this year. >> are you worried about the meningitis that's going around? >> yes, getting calls from your p parents around relatives asking about what's going on. >> reporter: princeton students are getting a european vaccine that's not approved in the u.s., by special arrangement with the fda, so far not in santa barbara. although both universities are having a meningitis outbreak of type b, the cdc looked at the strains and they have a different fingerprint so these are not connected. >> they arose separately on separate coasts. take us through the symptoms again. sg sglf. >> there will be a couple outbreak sz like this every year. you'll feel like you have the flu, fever, headache, muscle aches. then the telltale symptoms which is a stiff neck or a purple rash. >> you know you've got to take action right away. >> antibiotics can save your life. >> thank you, rich. next tonight we want to show you new video of an astonishing tale of survival. one man in a capsized boat who survived three days at the bottom of the ocean thanks to a tiny air pocket and his grip on sanity.
it happened last spring, but this video has now surfaced and we tracked down one of the men who got him out alive. here's abc's terry moran. >> reporter: you are looking at first contact with a man trapped under 100 feet of water for 60 hours. it happened in the murky waters off the coast of nigeria. divers on a grim task, searching the jascon 4, a sunken tug on the ocean floor, to recover the bodies of the 12 crew members. >> we had already recovered four bodies so the anticipation wasn't great that we were going to find anybody alive at that stage. >> reporter: then -- >> you found one? he's alive, he's alive! >> the drive saw a hand in the passage way. we assumed it was a body. when the drive reached up to grab the hand, the hand grabbed the the drive. >> reporter: it was harrison okene, the ship's cook.
he had been in the bathroom when a massive rogue swell capsized the ship. as the tug sank, he scrambled into a cabin and found an air pocket, just a few feet of precious air. in utter darkness, fearing sharks, praying, subsisting on six sodas until the dive team found him. like jonah in the bible, harrison okene had gone down to the dark depths of the seas and lived to tell the tale. >> even his ordeal is believed to be the longest anyone has ever survived after being trapped under water. terry moran, abc news. and it is official tonight, detroit is now the largest american city in history to declare bankruptcy. in a landmark ruling today a judge called it a chance at a fresh start for the once proud city now facing $18 billion in debt. the judge clearing the way for bankruptcy and for cutting
pensions for city workers, and as a result, this was the scene outside the courthouse. protestors with a message about the spirit of detroit and a plea to keep the pensions intact. and we're talking about jobs in america in a lot of ways tonight. our made in america team is back now with a december to remember. we have learned tonight that the average american shopper has already spent $407 on holiday gifts, so what if we all just bought one gift, made in america, how many thousands of new jobs could we create. the head of the team, david muir with some help kicking off made in america christmas. >> when you say kicking off we mean it. this was help in ways i could not have imagined. tonight something different as we heard on the streets as we began to answer that question, are you in? >> reporter: just walk outside abc headquarters here in new york -- ♪ >> reporter: andy williams put it best -- it's the most
wonderful time of the year. even about the trees we asked, made in america? >> almost 11 feet. >> reporter: how much does one of these go for? >> how much you want to give me? >> reporter: it was too big for the cab. can you take us to the macy's windows? if you've been to new york, you know the cab is no sleigh ride, but it gets you there. >> thank you, merry christmas. >> reporter: we've made it. the macy's windows, and this year, that famous story. yes, virginia, there is a santa claus. the little girl who sent a letter to the newspaper in 1897, asking, "is there a santa claus?" years later on the radio, she'd be asked, does she still believe? >> do you still believe in santa claus? >> i've had much reason to. >> reporter: but as we peered through those famous windows, the moving christmas tree, the wrapped presents below, we imagined a different front page headline. from, "is there santa?" to "is there a made in america gift under the tree?" the children in the window wondering the same thing. just look to the new numbers tonight -- the average american will spend more than $700 on holiday gifts this year, $738 to be exact.
back in the 60s, nine out of 10 holiday gifts were made in america. now, easily, more than half of what we buy is foreign made. that's all we needed to hear and we were out asking americans the questions you heard from "world news" before. are you in? one thing made in america for christmas. >> is there anything made in america this year? >> reporter: debbie and rebecca from columbus, ohio stumped. >> made in portugal. >> reporter: one last item. this group from texas and they knew us. >> "world news" tonight? >> reporter: turns out they know about our made in america. >> we've seen you do this. >> you've seen people do this? >> yes. >> and now you're about to. >> made in america! >> lynn and amy from boston. >> i didn't even get to ask you. >> reporter: this year we noticed a real shift, so many already knew what we were up to. >> we're in! >> reporter: there was one more iconic stop. the famed radio city music hall
where the rockettes have had a leg up on christmas for more than 80 years. >> we're the only ones here right now. we've never seen the stage so quiet. >> reporter: 6,000 seats, four shows a day, 24,000 people will see them today alone and so will we. >> i have never been greeted like this before. merry christmas. >> reporter: holding on to their form and their gifts. samantha with battleship. katie from mobile, alabama. good night moon. >> that southern accent. >> it won't ever go away. >> reporter: can't forget the loopty loo. >> made in pittsburgh, new york. >> pittsburgh, new york? made in america. >> reporter: the wedding from shutter fly, this rockette, newly married. >> so your husband gets to tell people he's married to a rockette? >> that's true. >> reporter: all of those toys that they gave away to their garden of dreams foundation, their annual toy drive for children and for the young at heart they wanted to give one more thing, a lesson.
>> i can't do that. >> reporter: i did cue the music. they kicked off our great made in america christmas. ♪ >> reporter: note to self, always leave the kicking to them. tomorrow night here the videos already pouring in, your one thing made in america. diane, i checked your facebook page and mine and the videos are already coming in. their one thing made in america. >> that is the spirit. where are you heading next? >> that's their decision. the best idea wins. keep them pouring in and i could be in your hometown. >> viewers will help decide. okay. thank you, david, great to see you. coming up next right here, a dangerous bear in an ordinary gated neighborhood and the call for help. >> i think she's been mauled by a bear. >> tonight the warning about wild animals closer to home than you think. what's love got to do with having a baby? meet the mothers who believe
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>> i can't tell, she's so bloody i can't tell. >> reporter: inga bateman says it almost happened to her in june. she was able to get inside. she showed us photos she took of bears roaming the neighborhood. >> she circled us, snapping at our heels, and got up on her hind legs and was foaming at the mouth. >> reporter: wildlife agents, searching for the bear, setting their third trap today, filling them with glazed doughnuts. to they have asked us to move here to this park, worried that our noise was keeping the bear away. in the last five years complaints of bears has doubled to nearly 62 sightings a year. this one in orlando had to be tranquilized. by no means is it just florida. wildlife agents in glendale, california have been chasing a brown bear they've been capturing but comes back to town for an easy lunch. >> make yourself appear as big as you possibly can and let the bear know that you are there. yell at the bear. >> reporter: make as much noise as you can, they say, scare it away and save your life. steve osunsami, abc news,
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>> reporter: so rachel is looking for a new dad, online. >> i'm raising her with my co parenting partner, paul who i met through modamaly. >> reporter: modamaly, the name is a mashup of modern and family. >> it's a data base of people ready to be parents. how easy. >> reporter: it's one of a number of new sites matching co parents, compatible partners for creating a child. >> basically it's facebook for fetuses. >> to find one, yeah. >> reporter: a dating site that cuts straight to the divorce. >> what happens when they do meet that perfect somebody? >> you see a lawyer, get a co-parenting agreement, discuss financials, cost and custody. >> reporter: more than 5,000 people have signed up on this website alone. and there are other co-parenting sites, too. legally, it's uncharted territory. lawyers we spoke with said making babies this way could be fraught with potential pitfalls. but that doesn't bother rachel.
>> it all sounds a little bit unromantic. >> it is. i like it that way. >> reporter: she says parenthood is a big decision. too important to base on what could be just a passing fancy. david wright, abc news, los angeles. >> changing family tonight. thanks so much for watching. we're always here at abcnews.com and i'll see you tomorrow night. tonight what neighbors are doing to stay warm. a beacon of hope in the search for a missing software executive. an indicator that could mean he, and his family are alive.
>> and two big unions demanding bart live up to the mistake. >> the gra tu tis left at two restaurants. looking into the mystery behind these tips >> you can feel them. temperatures dropping tonight. by this time tomorrow, everyone will feel it. a major cold snap is arriving in the bay area right now. good evening, i'm dan ashley. >> be sure to cover your be plants, bring in pets and cover up. >> turning now to sandhya patel for the outlook. >> we're going to be stuck in this for a while. for a wide area of bay area. let's check out live doppler seven hd. freeze warnings going up, it's getting clear out there. taking a look at who is going to feel the freeze first, it's the north
bay. and you can expect some frost sensitive plants and pipes could see damage. so be aware of that. now, freeze warning is going to cover virtually all of the bay area. only exception is san francisco there is an increased risk of hypothermia. take a look at lowest records. tomorrow morning is 27. san jose, 34. well away from records. gilroy flirting with 28 degrees tomorrow morning. and that is not the coldest of the weather. i'll be back with details with live doppler seven hd. >> temperatures dropping this