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welcome to world news tonight the deep freeze and the death toll mounting a truck sliding off a bridge the rescue efforts that followed. the passengers who slept on the plane stuck in dallas. travel paralyzed and hardly over. the extreme weather team on what's coming next. under the microscope, what we learned about the police officer caught on tape, opening fire on a mother racing away in her mini van, five children inside. the letter to mom, a daughter missing for months, a mother's emotional plea, why the authsay authorities say they believe she's in serious danger. and the real cabin fever, the warning this holiday travel season when the stranger fall as sleep in your lap, when somebody sneezes behind you, how likely are you to get sick, too.
good evening. thanks for being here on a saturday night, does this look like texas behind me. a frozen highway, the big rigs at a stand still, a deadly ice storm now grows in scope. more than two dozen states under watches and warnings, look at this, this suv crushed when limbs came crashing down in texas. in tennessee, the teams doing deicing working around the clock before takeoff at memphis. plunging temperatures in the west, in california just look at the icicles hanging from the oranges. this gentleman from oregon bundled up, cheeks red from the cold and snow. tonight two more giant storm systems brewing, the dallas airport one of many, hundreds of cancellations there. we begin with abc's steve osunsami and the nightmare for millions of drivers tonight. >> reporter: in the north, it wasn't ice, it was snow. from chicago to upstate new york. this large delivery truck in
pennsylvania, no match for the storm and the slick roads. >> several spots where it changes, you get rain a little bit, then sleet. then you get snow. >> reporter: in texas, a driver was killed when this pickup truck slid off an icy bridge on i-35, and fell into the water below. >> i-35 in denton is treacherous. >> reporter: in the dallas area, nearly 120,000 people still without power. out of state utility crews, who rushed to arkansas and tennessee, on their way to texas tonight to help out. in little rock today postal carrier johnny richardson needed steal cleats on his shoes and chains on the tires. >> rain, sleet or snow, mail got to go. >> reporter: people were walking to work. they told us it felt safer than driving. >> on the back roads and neighborhoods, it's bad. nobody was driving that yesterday. >> reporter: and it's not over yet. out west, a new storm moving over parts of eight western states. this picture from central california, it was so cold, the
drip lines meant to keep the fruit alive froze over. the big problem for cities like little rock, the ice that made the roads dangerous, it looks like snow. but it is definitely hard as ice. and with temperatures not expected to rise much above 30 degrees over the next few days, it could be here for some time. david. >> what a scene, steve. thank you. to the scene playing out at dallas airport. the weather so bad, passengers slept on a parked plane overnight. tonight many still sitting in the terminals, hundreds of cancellations, as we're on the air. mike boettcher is right there. >> reporter: at the dallas ft. worth airport more than 3,000 passengers stranded overnight. terminals packed with passengers sleeping on cots or anywhere they could. the airport trying to make the best out of 400 flight cancellations. bringing in entertainment. one woman drawing pictures of passengers trying to bring
smiles to the unlucky strangers. >> we are doing caricatures, entertaining while they are waiting for their flight. >> reporter: outside terminals, firemen knocking ice off the roof so it doesn't fall on passengers. on the runways an incoming flight stuck in the ice caught after making a turn on the taxi way. a qantas flight scheduled to leave last night never took off. some passengers spending the night on the plane. that flight scheduled to take off tonight, some 24 hours later. there are long lines like this one in every terminal at this airport. even though flights are beginning to leave again, it's going to take a couple days to relieve this backlog. david. >> what a mess in dallas, thanks to mike boettcher, let's bring in our meteorologist jeff smith who tracked it all in the weather center. you were telling me a major storm on the east coast. going to make for a dangerous sunday. >> let's go right to the maps. we have snow that will be breaking out in the washington
d.c. area late tomorrow morning, this goes to an icy mix especially west of d.c., western virginia. this could be a major ice storm up to a half inch. monday at 11:00 any snow has turned to rain, but the northern and western suburbs could have a slippery commute. >> very cold temperatures tonight. >> just like the past couple weeks, we're talking 10 to 35 degrees below normal. check oumt these lows overnight. north dakota getting down to 25 below, subfreezing air all the way down to the piedmont, to the carolinas, 42 in los angeles. >> the west coast as you pointed out not in the clear. >> another storm moving in will create snow in the four corners region especially west of denver, up to a foot at aspen. snow in flagstaff, arizona and the cold air mass in southern california. >> meteorologist jeff smith with us tonight. jeff, thank you. we turn to a breakthrough in the all out effort to get an american veteran of the korean war free. the north koreans have taken custody of the 85-year-old grandfather, his family pleading for his release.
the state department joining in. tonight merrill newman is home. you can see the crowd surrounding him as he landed in california. abc's aditi roy tonight, from los angeles. >> reporter: merrill newman is home and free. >> good morning. i'm delighted to be home. >> reporter: the 85-year-old grandfather is back on american soil. just in time for the holidays, after being detained for 42 days in north korea. the retired finance executive was in the country for a ten day sight seeing trip but was pulled from his flight home by government officials held for hostile acts he allegedly committed there 60 years ago in the korean war. he apologized in this video confession released by the north korean government. >> there is misleading information and propaganda. >> reporter: throughout his captivity his family in california has pleaded for his safe return. sending him medication for a heart condition. >> we just hope whatever that misunderstanding is, it will be
resolved. very quickly. and that he can return and be at our table for the holidays. >> reporter: in the end, north korea state run news agency said he was deported because of his health problems along with that apology. while this story has a happy ending, the u.s. is calling on north korea to release another american, kenneth bae who has been detained in north korea for more than a year. david. >> aditi, thank you. from south africa tonight we're hearing from nelson mandela's family for the first time now saying these last few days have not been easy. they know there are more difficult days ahead. they added they are humbled by the messages of condolence and support. tonight we learned more about the american presidents, who will travel to south africa. of course, president obama will be among the mourners along with mrs. obama who met mandela shortly after becoming first lady. president bush and laura bush have been invited to travel with the obamas, and former president clinton and hillary clinton will travel to the tribute for nelson mandela.
from south africa we hear from one of his friends who described those final visits with the man he revered. abc's byron pitts from outside mandela's home. >> reporter: nowhere has admiration for nelson mandela been stronger, expressed more passionately than a few feet from his doorstep outside his home where the beloved statesman took his last breath. >> by singing and dancing, it's a way of showing our appreciation. >> he represents this country. >> reporter: nelson mandela will be laid to rest in grand style. tuesday, a memorial service like the world has never seen. some 95,000 people packed inside the stadium. wednesday through friday the
former president will lay in state in pretoria, the nation's legislative capital. next sunday mandela will be laid to rest in the small village of his boyhood on the eastern cape. those closest to mandela say they will miss the simple things. >> you first met mandela when? >> 1948. and friends ever since. >> reporter: 85-year-old george bezos was one of mandela's closest friends and his lawyer. he remembers his friend's consideration even at the hospital these last months. >> he said, george, make sure you take your jacket with you, don't leave it behind. now, for a man who was critically ill, to be concerned about my jacket says something about this man. >> reporter: in the last several months of his life, a number of families squabbles were made public, what to do with his money to where he should be buried. since his death, the family has thrown a united public front spoken with one voice.
mandela's friends told us that would have pleased him to no end. >> back here at home tonight in new mexico now, to a case that captured national headlines because of a dramatic shootout caught on a police dash cam. you may remember these images, a police officer opening fire on a mini van, a mother racing away with five children inside. tonight that officer has been fired. here's abc's reena ninan. >> reporter: officer montoya seen here shooting three times into a van of children, now fired for his actions. >> based on the information that we have, there is nothing to suggest they had justification to fire upon the car. >> reporter: it all began at a routine traffic stop, when 39-year-old from tennessee was pulled over for speeding. >> you were doing 71 in a 55. turn the vehicle off for me. >> reporter: according to police, she did not follow orders, and instead takes off
with her five children setting off on a half mile chase. police stop her again. now for a second time. the situation increasingly more intense. watch as a 14-year-old son gets involved, running back to lock the doors. >> open the door. open the door. >> reporter: police officers smash the side window and she flees again. eventually she pulls over, and she and her son are arrested. officer montoya was part of the new mexico police force for 12 years, he has 30 days to appeal. we don't know if he will. >> thank you. and from new hampshire, troubling new clue in the national search for a missing teenager, 15-year-old abigail hernandez disappearing nearly two months ago. her mother going before cameras with her emotional pleas, tonight police revealed the mother received a letter believed to be from the daughter, authorities are concerned by what's in it.
here's abc's linzie janis. >> 15-year-old abigail hernandez mysteriously disappeared on her way home from school two months ago. but tonight, police are revealing a critical lead in the case. a letter they say the new hampshire teen sent to her mother two weeks after she went missing. >> the reason we are announcing today that we have it, is because law enforcement had to take every possible step to verify its authenticity. and at this juncture, we believe that it was in fact written by abby and was sent to her mother. >> reporter: the letter was postmarked october 23rd. but didn't reach abby's mother until november 6th. an fbi investigator working on the case says receiving the letter is unprecedented saying he hasn't seen anything like this in recent investigations. he is hopeful she's alive, but says, she could be in grave danger. >> other cases, that we have investigated across the country
tell us that one in eight of endangered run aways could be forced into some kind of sexual exploitation, after a situation like this has occurred. >> reporter: although there is a possibility abby left willingly, investigators say it's likely she's being coerced by someone. the letter is the only trace of abigail, her cell phone hasn't been used since the day she disappeared. >> we truly miss you. >> reporter: the letter is the only trace of abigail, her cell phone hasn't been used since the day she disappeared. >> linzie janis back on the case again. thank you. from washington tonight, they are turning to the holiday ahead now, last night the first family flipping the famous switch. tonight what we learned about when it all started and the years when the lighting of the national tree carried profound emotion with it. president obama his growing daughters by his side and that tradition lighting up the national christmas tree before the weekend started. >> five, four, three, two, one. whoo!
>> up on stage first lady michelle obama, too. aretha franklin performed. ♪ joy to the world ♪ the lord has come >> mrs. obama and the muppets. >> you ready? >> yes. >> are you all ready? >> reading the night before christmas. and mariah carey there, too. ♪ all i want for christmas is you ♪ >> a tradition, the first national christmas tree lit by calvin coolidge in 1923. the first president to flip the switch, black and white there, but trust us, 2500 red, white and green bulbs. this tree lit in 1940 by fdr. the washington monument right there behind it. and it was 50 years ago after the death of president kennedy, the lighting ceremony postponed until late december. president lbj saying today we come to the end of a season of great national sorrow and beginning of the season of great
eternal joy. and like so many americans in 2007, the first christmas tree in led lights to make it more energy efficient. and this year, the most energy coming from those little dancers, one of them president obama tried to keep up with. giant smile the moment he gives up. leaving the troeft her. there's a reason they call it cabin fever, tonight we ask how likely to get sick when the passenger beside you sneezes, a travel warning coming up here. and later tonight taking aim, the young girls across america, out to prove they have a great shot, too. matching jennifer lawrence, we're back in two minutes. ♪ [ male announcer ] your eyes. even at a distance of 10 miles... the length of 146 football fields...
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no air filters there, but plenty of coughs and sneezes. >> the best way to stay healthy, keep your hands clean. when you're traveling, that's an alcohol sanitizer. >> reporter: a single sneeze produces 30,000 droplets, that can spread as far as six feet. not exactly anyone's idea of spreading holiday cheer. david wright, abc news, los angeles. >> all right. thanks to david tonight. when we come back, something in this photo of duchess kate, something she's wearing, apparently a real steal, and what we learned about it today. there, i said it. . see, i knew testosterone could affect sex drive, but not energy or even my mood. that's when i talked with my doctor. he gave me some blood tests... showed it was low t. that's it. it was a number. [ male announcer ] today, men with low t have androgel 1.62% testosterone gel. the #1 prescribed topical testosterone replacement therapy increases testosterone when used daily. women and children should avoid contact with application sites.
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>> reporter: the new hunger games hasn't just set the box office on fire. it's made a star of an ancient and let's face it obscure sport. jennifer lawrence and her fearless character inspiring an army of tiny followers. >> do you see people come in here that say i want to learn to be katniss. >> absolutely. >> reporter: derek dave sis an archery coach, his phone has been ringing off the hook. it's not just hunger games. this young girl saw rave and dropped her stuffed animals for an archery set. i am meredith. and i will be shooting from my own hand. >> i think seeing a female character use a bow and arrow was really exciting. >> reporter: girls from all around the country telling us -- >> after reading hungser games and watching the movie, i really want to learn archery. >> i like archery, it builds my strength. >> i want to shoot a bow like katniss. >> reporter: we went to a range
and store where the owners say they can't keep up with demand. >> do your friends call you katniss. >> yes. >> do you love that. >> yes. >> reporter: coach davis says the sport is a safe one and has seen other benefits. >> confidence improves. the focus tends to help them in their academics as well. it's about what's inside of you. you know, not how strong you are, not how fast you are. >> i feel calm when i shoot, i just focus in on just the target. >> sarah haynes, abc news, saddlebrooke, new jersey. pretty mean shot there sarah. good morning america first thing in the morning. i'll see you back here tomorrow night. great to be back with you on a saturday night. have a good evening. good night.
. >> next on abc 7 news, a south bay veteran held in north korea is now back home. his first words after landing back in the bay. >> oh my goodness, look at that snow. look at that snow! >> a deep usual sight to area, snow. the coldest temperatures are yet to come. we'll tell you when. mlb commissioner bud selig moves in on the question move to the south bay. nbc 7 news begins live now. >> this is abc 7 news. >> it's been a great homecoming. >> back home, a pala pala alt? o man is back home.
we gen in the latest developments of the 85-year-old career veteran neil newman back home now for a few hours. nick smith is live, quite a relief for his family. >> this entire ordeal has been an emotional roller coaster. finally, it's over. >> good morning. i'm delighted to be home. >> reporter: before 85-year-old merrill newman would step in front of a flood of microphones which his son lee wife lee and son jeff, i caught this which my smartphone, some of his first steps back on u.s. soil. >> i want to thank the swedish embassy in pyongyang and the american embassy in by a jenning for all their help. it's been a great homecomeing and i'm tired, but i'm here which my family now and