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welcome to "world news." tonight, just in time for new year's, two storms, one hitting right now. thousands of families who already have been without power for a week now hit with up to a foot of snow. the other giant system barrelling up the east coast. our extreme weather team on it all. the developing story overseas tonight. the terror attack, just before the winter games. the moment a suicide bomber targets a crowded train station. as american athletes plan to prepare to head to russia, new questions now about their safety. an abc news exclusive. the american husband and grandfather held captive, and his plea. >> it seems that i have been totally abandoned. >> tonight here, his family breaking their silence. what they thought the moment they saw that video. the "gma" interview breaking here. and the fireball in the sky, the mystery growing tonight. seen across six states, hundreds calling it in.
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was it a shooting star or something else? good evening. and it's great to have you with us here on a sunday night, as we usher in the new year this week ahead. parts of this country will have to get through two storms first. both hitting right now, bringing with them snow, heavy rain and arctic temperatures to follow. the first system leaving its mark from the plains to the midwest. a virtual whiteout on many roadways, making driving impossible. all weekend long, those power crews working to get electricity back on for thousands who have been without power, without heat for a week now. and tonight, many of those very people are getting hit again with a lot of snow. and look at this tonight. the other storm on the move, a soaking system moving northward up the east coast with blinding rain and snow the further north it gets. all of it hitting as millions travel for new year's. our extreme team is on all of this tonight, and we begin with abc's linzie janis now.
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>> reporter: tonight, new england bracing for up to a foot of snow. thousands of homes in maine are still without electricity a week after an ice storm took down trees and crippled power lines. the goal now, get the ice off before more ice and snow come. >> we'll be trimming the lines a little bit to -- to make sure whatever has still a lot of ice weight on it might not come down. >> reporter: power crews are working around the clock, but many here may not get electricity back until after new year's. meanwhile, an arctic blast, sweeping through america's heartland. a severe blizzard prompting officials in north dakota to ban all travel in the northeast part of the state. across the plains and midwest, it's dangerously cold. the kind that causes frostbite, with windchills of up to 50 below zero. and here in new york's times square, we're dealing with a cold rain tonight. by the time the ball drops on tuesday night, it will feel like it's in the teens.
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david? >> a wet night there in times square. linzie janis leading us off. thank you, linzie. and as you heard her report there, so many still without power, now getting hit with up to a foot of snow across parts of new england tonight. so, i want to bring in meteorologist mike wankum from our abc station, channel five there in boston. mike, great to have you with us tonight. this is really rough going for families still dealing with the effects from the last storm. >> reporter: it certainly is, david. we still have thousands without power and now we're going to add some additional snow to that. you can see the snowfall totals. some places could get as much as a foot of snow. the crews trying to restore power now having to dig through all the snow that's heading out there. and out to the west, we're still dealing with that arctic blast, which is roaring its way out of canada. windchill indexes dropping way below zero. parts of minnesota could have windchills of 45 degrees below zero overnight tonight. >> and then mike, that major system moving up the east coast, where it is right now? >> reporter: it's going through washington, d.c., philadelphia, new york. and eventually will move its way towards nova scotia. once it does that, it's going tap into that arctic air out of the central plains, drive it all
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the way through the mid-atlantic and it's going to be cold. so, as we look at new year's eve, we're absent any big storms, but the big story is going to be those temperatures. look how cold it's going to be. in addition to the cold, there's going to be a lot of wind associated with it, as well. david? >> mike wankum, thank you. and now to the other major story developing at this hour, the one overseas. a major terror attack in russia. and it comes just weeks now before the winter games. a surveillance camera capturing the moment a suicide bomber targets a train station, that fiery blast there and the smoke that follows. inside, the portrait now emerging. a scene of total destruction. at least 16 lives lost. and this was the aftermath. the victims, the police tape. russian authorities have said the winter olympics will be the safest ever. but this comes as those games now approach. tonight, abc's alex marquardt on the investigation and new pressure on authorities there to beef up security ahead of the games. >> reporter: a massive flash followed by a cloud of smoke as the blast rips through the
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frigid winter air. bodies strewn around volgograd's central train station, at least 16 dead. ambulances race to rescue the more than 50 wounded. "there were bodies everywhere," this woman said. "inside the train station, everything is destroyed." the suicide bomber's identity is unconfirmed. the station, one of the busiest in russia, was packed with travelers ahead of new year's. had it not been for this police officer, who stopped the bomber at the station's metal detectors, scores more could have been killed in the passenger waiting area. the bombings have raised fears for the winter olympics in sochi, which start in just six weeks. around 250 american athletes will participate. sochi is 400 miles south, in the heart of the north caucuses, a region racked by terrorist attacks by islamist insurgents. in june, an islamist leader, who has claimed responsibility for
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past bombings, called for attacks on what he called the satanic winter games. a kremlin spokesman said new security measures are being put in place to prevent another attack. president vladimir putin has promised the safest olympics in history, but today's bombing will only underscore the potential for a deadly strike when the whole world is watching. david? >> alex marquardt in our london bureau tonight. alex, thank you. we turn now to an abc news exclusive, after that new video of an american husband and grandfather kidnapped, believed to be held captive by al qaeda and his recent plea to president obama. tonight, his wife and two daughters speaking out for the first time, sitting down with us just a short time ago. >> my name is warren weinstein. >> reporter: this video is all warren weinstein's family has to go on. the newly released images, the first proof in more than a year that this maryland husband, father and grandfather is still alive. his family says the 72-year-old was working as a consultant in lahore, pakistan.
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working on community projects, helping to build their economy, when more than two years ago, gunmen stormed into his apartment and took him captive. it's now believed he's being held by al qaeda leader ayman al zawahiri. just days ago, this new tape, and on it, weinstein looks right into the camera with a message and an appeal to president obama. >> mr. obama, you're a family man. and so you understand the deep mental anxiety and anguish i have been experiencing in the past more than two years. >> reporter: late today, his wife, his two daughters, sitting down with us. they say their father suffers from a heart condition and his health is deteriorating. his wife telling me it's been now nearly two and a half years without her husband. when he looked straight into that camera and said, "it seems i have been totally abandoned" -- >> i have been totally abandoned and forgotten. >> i wanted to die, right there on the spot.
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because he has no idea how hard we've tried to get him back. but there's nothing to do to get him back, because they don't really tell you what they want. i'd like to think that somebody can rescue him. >> her husband ends his video, making an emotional plea to his family, saying, "i think about each and every one of you every moment of every day." tomorrow morning here, their message to him and what they've told the grandchildren and what the state department is saying about this case. you can see the entire "gma" exclusive first thing in the morning, right here on "good morning america." but we move on tonight and to a major break in the case of the man who authorities call the christmas cop killer. and armed bank robber who pulled off one heist, allegedly killed an officer while trying to rob a second bank. authorities now say he's been shot dead while trying to rob yet another bank. abc's marcy gonzalez on the case again tonight. >> reporter: the fbi has now identified the suspect shot to death by police after a bank robbery in phoenix as mario
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garnet, from oklahoma city. the same man they believe opened fire on two officers in tupelo, mississippi, last monday, wounding one and killing sergeant kevin gale stauffer. >> the suspect is from the midwest. i can tell you that he was, at one point, a service member, the word that i'm getting from our detectives is that he served four years in the united states army. >> reporter: investigators say garnet, who was arrested in 2010 for threatening to kill president obama, began this week's crime spree in atlanta, where he tried to hold up a bank, but failed. from there, investigators say he drove nearly 300 miles to tupelo, where he robbed a bank, then shot the two officers. five days later, the fbi says he robbed another bank, 1,600 miles away in phoenix, where he was taken down in a shootout with police as he tried to leave the scene. tonight, some relief for sergeant stauffer's widow. >> you have made it possible for us to move forward to work finding peace for the long road ahead. >> reporter: and a federal law
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enforcement source tells abc news that while investigators believe garnet acted alone, they are not ruling out the possibility that he may have had help. >> all right, marcy gonzalez. marcy, thanks. and now to the controversial case playing out in california. the doctors who declared a teenage girl brain dead and the family demanding the hospital allow them to move her elsewhere now. and tonight, we learn here of yet another case, this one playing out in texas, in which the roles are reversed. abc's aditi roy on the very painful decisions families face and the two very different fights. >> reporter: two families facing two agonizing decisions. in texas, the husband of a pregnant woman on life support wants to let her die peacefully. while in california, a teenager's family is battling to keep her alive on life support. >> this isn't some question for speculation in a classroom or in a textbook. this is an actual patient's life and an actual family who is trying to come to grips with what was such a shocking development.
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>> reporter: erick munoz found his pregnant wife marlise unconscious in their living room just two days before thanksgiving. he says doctors suspect she may have suffered a pulmonary embolism, and has been on life support ever since. >> we talked about it. we're both paramedics, we've seen things out in the field and, you know, we both knew that we didn't want to be on life support. >> reporter: but john peter smith hospital won't let munoz end marlise's life, because a texas law prevents doctors from removing life support from pregnant patients. but in california, the roles are reversed. time is running out for the family of 13-year-old jahi mcmath. a judge ruling children's hospital oakland can take the teen off life support tomorrow evening. mcmath's family said she went into cardiac arrest following a routine tonsillectomy december 9th. the family hopeful a new york facility will accept the young girl after two california care homes withdrew their offers to admit the teen. >> we'll have to go in court and we'll have to buy time. we're going have to do this by
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any means necessary. >> reporter: mcmath's family members say they're trying to move the teenager to a new york care center. munoz says his wife is 18 weeks pregnant now, and doctors may try to remove the fetus as early as 24 weeks. david? >> aditi roy there in los angeles. aditi, thank you. we turn next here to a new report tonight that attempts to paint a clearer picture of what really happened in benghazi, where the u.s. lost an ambassador and three other americans in that attack. afterward, there were serious questions about who was behind the attack and whether the obama administration could have done more to protect the americans there. abc's chief white house correspondent jonathan karl tonight. >> reporter: there have been two dramatically different versions of what happened that september 11th night in 2012, when four americans, including a u.s. ambassador, were killed in benghazi, libya. the initial story from the administration was that it was a spontaneous protest against an anti-islamic video that turned horribly violent. >> what this began as was a spontaneous, not a premeditated response to what had transpired
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in cairo. >> reporter: congressional republicans investigating the attack say it was preplanned, carried out by al qaeda-linked terrorists and had nothing to do with a video. >> al qaeda is not decimated and there was a group there that was involved that is linked to al qaeda. >> reporter: now, a "new york times" investigation concludes both versions were flawed. the story, based mostly on anonymous eyewitness accounts, says there is no proof al qaeda played any role at all, and that many of the attackers were in fact motivated by that anti-muslim web video. but the "times" account also says there were no spontaneous protests. and that the attack began when a group of heavily armed men assaulted the u.s. compound in benghazi. the top republican on the house intelligence committee said today it is simply inaccurate to say there was no al qaeda involvement. and he suggested the story is an attempt to defend then secretary of state hillary clinton, now thinking about running for president. >> find the timing odd. i don't want to speculate on why they might do it. but i can tell you the
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information that is being presented is not accurate in its portrayal. >> and jon karl is with us now, traveling with the president there as the first family spends the holiday in hawaii. jon, benghazi will likely play a big role in the next election, particularly if hillary clinton runs. so, how about this new poll making headlines this weekend, if it's hillary clinton up against chris christie? >> reporter: that's right. hillary clinton leading all potential republican candidates, except for chris christie. and the interesting thing about that, david, is that christie almost never talks about benghazi. he virtually never mentions it. something, i imagine, would change, if that poll remains the same and he becomes the leading republican candidate. >> all right, back to the beach tonight. jon karl with the president there in hawaii. jon, thank you. and we turn overseas tonight, and to a difficult headline. one of the most accomplished race car drivers on earth is now in critical condition after an accident on the ski slopes. retired formula 1 world champion racer michael schumacher, who clocked speeding reaching 247 miles an hour on the racetrack,
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reportedly fell on his head at a resort in the french alps. we're told he was wearing a helmet, but arrived at the hospital in a coma and underwent emergency surgery for a traumatic brain injury. the 44-year-old german won seven world championships and secured 91 wins in formula 1. and in antarctica tonight, the big question looming now, will the third time be the charm, or will they have to airlift those stranded passengers to safety now? abc's monica villamizar on the efforts playing out right now. >> reporter: hopes dashed for the time being for 74 tourists and researchers eager to be rescued after being trapped nearly a week in miles of solid ice in antarctica. the crew and passengers waiting and enduring brutally cold temperatures and winds up to 50 miles per hour. relief turned into disappointment today, after an australian ice breaker put its rescue mission on hold, roughly 12 miles away, waiting until snow showers pass before breaking through the four-foot
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thick ice. >> we'll find out the next few hours whether it's going to be able to get through the sea ice. >> reporter: that follows unsuccessful efforts by french and chinese icebreaker ships. >> just been working really hard. sometimes there's a little bit of frustration, of course, inevitably. people dealing with it in their own unique ways. >> reporter: if the latest attempt fails, crew and passengers will have to abandon the ship and evacuate via helicopter. that decision will be made in the next 48 hours. monica villamizar, abc news, london. >> monica, thank you. there is still much more ahead on "world news" this sunday night. that flash seen in the skies over at least six states? was it a shooting star? or something else? what they're saying now. and later tonight here, imagine being photobombed by a shark. it happened. we'll tell you where. we're back in two minutes tonight. [ male announcer ] this is the age of knowing what you're made of. why let erectile dysfunction get in your way? talk to your doctor about viagra. ask if your heart is healthy enough for sex. do not take viagra if you take nitrates for chest pain;
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reports of sightings. but tonight, is there consensus? here's abc's clayton sandell now. >> reporter: more than 1,200 people in at least six states saw it. some thought it was lightning. others, fireworks. "hi husband saw the fireball on his drive home," one woman tweeted. "he thought it was a plane crashing." cameras captured a bright streak zipping west on a path from roughly cedar rapids, iowa, to des moines. it was the day after christmas, so, not santa claus, but still a mystery. >> it was a fireball meteor. which is a meteor that is brighter than the planet venus. and its origins could have either been from a comet, a piece of a comet, or it could have been from the asteroid belt. >> reporter: whatever it was, it apparently burned up harmlessly, unlike this much larger meteor that, in february, came blasting through russian airspace. sending debris and shattered glass flying, injuring hundreds, but also kicking off a cosmic
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our "instant index," what's trending here on this sunday night. and rattled nerves in the heartland this sunday morning. a 4.1 magnitude earthquake just north of guthrie, oklahoma. no reports of any injuries, but many felt it this morning. simply the latest in a startling uptick in seismic activity, five times more than usual in oklahoma alone. but there was plenty of damage, however, south of the border, from seven small earthquakes that collapsed this 300-yard section of a scenic seaside highway in mexico, right there. parts of the road plunging some 100 feet. luckily, even with the road gone, no injuries reported there, either. and a photobomb to end all photobombs. look at this. this photo snapped by one mom, her 12-year-old son and his friend surfing in california. look closely there, right to the right. a shark lurking in the wave. believe it or not, mom didn't notice the shark until they were all looking at the picture later. that is really something. when we come back here on "world news," why waiting in a really long line at starbucks really paid off, for one customer, and the next, and the next. mine was earned orbiting the moon in 1971. afghanistan in 2009.
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finally tonight here, we've all been stuck behind those customers with those fancy coffee orders at starbucks. but it turns out waiting in one particular line was worth it. generosity was spilling over from one person to the next.
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here's abc's reena ninan. >> reporter: in the spirit of the holidays, customers at one starbucks in newington, connecticut, embraced the gift of giving. it all started when a stranger driving by offered to pay for the next person's coffee. a gesture repeated by each person that followed. in the hopes that paying it forward would bring some good cheer. >> next thing you know, people are reloading it, which i had no clue. they are paying it forward, buying it for strangers, reloading the card again. >> reporter: on christmas they rung 420 free joes. the day after, they tallied 783. but last night, it ended. final total, 1,468 given for free. all in an act of kindness. and the lucky java lovers tweeting their delight. one customer saying, quote, "was the 1,440th car in the pay it forward chain at the starbucks in newington." from newington, connecticut, to reno, nevada, to erie, pennsylvania, to detroit,
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michigan, it was called "operation red cup," a complete internet sensation. starbucks says they find it all touching. it started with one, but then grew into thousands. reena ninan, abc news, new york. >> and we hope you'll share your cup of coffee with us, first thing in the morning for "gma." i'll be filling in with my pal amy robach this week. and we'll all see you back here tomorrow night. from all of us here at abc news, have a good evening, a great week, a great new year ahead.
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next at 6:00. the devastating news an oakland family received as the fight to keep their daughter on life-supporting devices. heard a boom. that fast. >> witnesses tell us what they saw when a fire truck crashed and sent two people to the hospital. a california church is turning heads with a controversy nativity scene that replaces jesus christ. abc7 news at 6:00 starts now. good evening. i'm ama daetz. we are now down to 23 hours before children's hospital oakland can remove as'-year-old girl -- 13-year-old girl from a ventilator, doctors said jahi mcmath was brain dead.
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a facility in california cannot take her. reporter: john jahi's mcmath's family and friend are trying hard to line up a facility so they can take jahi out of oakland children's hospital and they now have less than 23 hours to do that. the deadline, tomorrow, 5:00 p.m. by text this evening, the family tells me these are critical hours. jahi's family learned that a facility in southern california they hoped would accept her, can no longer do that. at the church of august all faiths in oakland, the pastor for jahi others mother had hoped to raise money to pay for the transfer but the even was cancelled after news the facility could not accept. jahi. instead the pastor led the church in prayer.

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