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welcome to "world news tonight." millions of americans starting this new year bracing for dangerous flooding. the record-high water on the move tonight, topping levees, destroying homes. right now, the slow-motion disaster and the race to protect the people in its path. president obama taking on gun violence by taking on matters in his own hands. his promise to bypass congress. the reaction coming in. the blast in the middle of the night injuring a man asleep in his bed. >> this whole thing is gone. >> the entire neighborhood damaged and you one thing you don't want to do if you smell gas in your neighborhood. the new attack on daily fantasy sports. accusations of illegal gambling. the millions at stake. could the companies behind these big bets be forced to pay you back?
and forcing for a resolution. the promises we make and try to keep. what's on america's mind this new year? the answers will surprise you. good evening and thank you for joining us on this saturday. i'm cecilia vega. we begin tonight with a threatening start to the new year for millions of americans. at this hour, more than two dozen rivers are on the brink of major flooding. m cape girardeau, missouri, the mississippi river rushed far beyond its banks after cresting to a new record high. and take a look at the damage on the ground, whole neighborhoods swallowed up. rivers are rising from missouri down to louisiana, and it will take weeks for that threat to subside. tonight, two states officially declaring emergencies and several others bracing for what's to come.
abc's meteorologist indred petersons leads us off tonight. >> reporter: parts of missouri under as much as 16 feet of water. more than 11 levvees breached. toppling hamlets in olive branch, illinois, where they give up on sandbagsing because it's too dangerous. these floods now claiming 24 lives and hundreds of homes. in missouri, the river cresting overnight but still a threat. this is an area locals call the ditch. typically void of water. today, you can see it's coming out of the mississippi and head to it's tleftenning a local power substation. now the race to protect property and save lives. the basketball team in full force filling sandbags all around the community center. how do people feel? >> they're in shock. it's reached its highest since 1993, i think. >> reporter: residents in boats surveying their homes. >> they go to work in the
morning, everyone's fine, and they come home eight hours later, and we had water rise four feet. >> reporter: here, you can see the waters topping fences, over street signs in. was matt's home before the flood's hit. here, it's parentally submerged and finally swept away by the waters. >> living on the river, you expect floods. but you put stuff high. the river goes down, you wash stuff and carry on. you never expect your house to float away. >> reporter: but you guys are safe. everybody did get out? >> yeah, the dog is out. important things. >> reporter: it is amazing with all the devastation in the area, i continue to be impressed by the residents here. they have grateful for what they have and they are keeping that positive attitude. >> that is remarkable given the scene you are standing in. so many communities down river on edge right now. who needs to be the most
worried? >> reporter: here in missouri they have already seen a record breaking crest. you're talking about 49 feet of water. everyone south of the area is watching it closely. memphis, a week from now, this water will be headed down the mississippi right in their direction with possible major flooding. vicksburg, baton rouge, louisiana, two, three weeks from now, they could see the rainfall from christmas time coming their way almost a month later. >> it is going to be a long wait for the communities. thank you. we turn now to president obama and his new year's resolution promising to bypass congress and take action on unfinished business, america's epidemic on gun violence. but the nation is divided whether stricter gun laws is the answer. 47% for and 50% against. jim avila is in hawaii tonight. >> reporter: with many americans flocking to the gun store after the san bernardino attacks, the
white house said today it could be a dangerous and slippery slope for individual americans to arm themselves against terrorists. quote, that's why we have government. and this week, president obama is trying to make it more difficult for the mentally ill, criminals and terrorists to arm themselves with powerful weapons. the president announcing in his weekly radio address he will meet with attorney general loretta lynch wednesday to see what he can do without overstepping. >> we can protect from inflicting harm on a massive scale. >> reporter: the white house want to limit the number of gun dealers who perform background checks. and stop those on the no fly list from buying guns. ted cruz called it lunacy and donald trump condemned the plan. >> it's not the gun that pulls the trigger. i don't like it. i don't like what he is doing. >> reporter: the president who
is finishing his hawaii vacation tonight, is making more gun control a priority in 2016, his last year on record. the white house saying today, the u.s. will be safer from terrorism if it is harder for terrorists to buy guns. cecilia? >> reporter: jim avila in hawaii, thank you. we turn now to donald trump making headlines once again. not because of something he said, but because of something he is not saying. here is abc's mary bruce. >> reporter: tonight, the trump campaign is silent after the terror group used his video to recruit. >> donald j. trump is calling for a complete shutdown. >> reporter: a new video of al shabaab, al qaeda's affiliate,
uses a video of trump. trump is not responding but he is slamming the democratic front-runner. tweeting hillary clinton said it is okay to ban muslims from israel by building a wall but not okay to do so in the u.s. we must be vigilant. >> he is becoming isis's best recruiter. >> reporter: hillary clinton sparked a fire. when she said his language is fodder for terrorists. >> they are going to show videos of donald trump insults muslims in order to recruit more radical jihadists. >> reporter: a statement that was never proven. never proven. he demand on apology. inchts turned out to be a lie. she's a liar. >> it did not exist when she said it did. but it does validate the spirit of her argument. the former president is a hypocrite. meanwhile, the trump supporters are making themselves heard, interrupting a bernie sanders rally and taking to skies over the rose bowl.
writing in an aerial message, trump is disgusting. after weeks of mud slinging, donald trump and clinton will face off monday with dueling events miles apart. cecilia? >> okay, mary, thank you. we turn overseas now. human right protests following a mass execution in saudi arabia. 47 men put to death, accused of terrorism. against the government. amnesty internationals decrying the sentences saying they are using execution to settle political scores. in israel tonight, a massive han hunt for the suspect who killed two people outside of a popular bar in tel aviv. surveillance video shows him pretending to shop at a grocery store before shooting. today, mourners are paying respect, including benjamin
netanyahu. the affluenza teen still behind bars in mexico. awaiting deportation and hiring a high profile attorney. but his return to the united states could be delayed weeks or months. >> reporter: tonight, the mexican lawyer from ethan couch is firing back at authorities for swooping in and arresting the teen in porta vallarta. >> he has not committed a crime in mexico. >> reporter: his high power eee mexican attorney arguing the pair was unlawfully detained. >> there was not request by u.s. state department filed. >> reporter: the couches vanishing more than two weeks
after ethan failed to check with his probation officer. he was charged with killing four people while drunk. the affluenza defense, claiming the teen was too spoiled to know right from wrong. that is tanya there shopping at a local butcher shop. days later, ethan is spotted there too, buying food and waving to the butcher. just hours later, he was under arrest. his lawyer telling abc news couch was being wisked away to the airport, u.s. bound, when his team intercepted van, convincing him to sign papers, keeping him in mexico for now. tanya is back in the u.s. facing charges. ethan is expected to meet with his lawyer tuesday at this detention center where he could remain for months. philip mena, abc news, new york. next, a new push to shut down the daily fantasy sports websites. the two largest companies sued, accused of illegal gambling. if it new attempt succeeds, it could mean hundreds of thousands
of players who bet big could get their money back. here is marcy gonzalez. >> reporter: tonight, a potentially crippling setback for two giants of bay daily fantasy sports. >> welcome to the big time. duel or draft kings in new york, may be entitled to get your money back. those sites taking more than $200 million in entry fees from 600,000 customers here in 2015. in a lawsuit, they asking the companies to pay a fine of up to $5,000 per case. >> i deposited $35 on fan duel and won 2 million. >> reporter: they are misrepresenting the winnings. >> the new case, they originally deposited money with the daily fantasy companies based on doubling money. which is what the advertisement promises.
he says that is a false protect. >> reporter: they added a lawsuit against the companies in november calling them illegal gambling operations. draft kings responding saying in a statement, like the new york attorney general's original complaint it is based on the fundamental misunderstanding of fantasy sports competitions. fan duel says we will fight meritless amended suit. right now both companies are allowed to operate here in new york. a judge has dwroet decide whether that will continue as the case goes to trial. cecilia. >> thank you. we turn one lucky teenager who lost his way in a hunting trip in utah. he called for help on his cell phone ran out of power. tonight, for the very first time, we hear his desperate calls to 911. here is gloria rivera. >> i don't feel good. >> reporter: a teenager lost alone in the utah wilderness for 28 agonizing hours.
>> i started crying, freaking out. tried to call 911 on the phone. >> reporter: tonight, the new th 911 calls, revealing brayd brayden's desperation. >> i feel like i'm going to pass out. >> reporter: the 14-year-old hunter becoming disoriented facing 14 degree temperatures and a dying cell phone. >> i'm on 1%. >> are you still waving your flashlight? >> i am now. >> reporter: he kept walking, keeping his body warm. staving off hypothermia. >> i kept shaking. >> reporter: then his phone died. his family is concerned when they heard nothing for five hours. >> there was points i was losing hope. i was -- >> reporter: he covered 11 miles of unforgiven fridged terrain before stumbling into a stranger's home. >> i was seeing blank space in my mind and i felt like i had ten more minutes of life left in
here. >> reporter: treated for hypothermia and frostbite, he believes god led him home where he belongs. >> for the next week, he is sleeping next to me where i can see his face. >> reporter: gloria rivera, abc news, washington. there is more ahead on "world news tonight." up next -- hard to believe this is not the after math of a tornado. it is a suspected gas explosion so powerful, it registered on a seismograph as an earthquake. what triggered the disaster and the one thing you should never do if you smell gas in your home. plus the maker of ice cream in so many american freezers under fire tonight. why federal authorities are called in to investigate this popular dessert company. constipated?
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>> finally tonight, it is that time of year again, the high holy days of self-improvement. and thanks to google, we now have a new way to make and break the annual promises. >> three, two, one, happy new year! >> yeah, yeah, happy new year. it is time to get down to business. what's your resolution. >> to be a nicer person in general. do well in school. >> that's good. >> spend less money. >> sure. >> be less cynical. >> that's a good one. >> make kale chips? >> no. why do i want to eat kale. >> yeah, kale chips. turns out leading up and
following new year's day, how to make kale chips is the second most googled question in america. google compiling the list and it is official. we are a nation looking at getting healthier. number one on the list, how to get rid of stress. number six, how to cook cabbage, how to cook broccoli. we are also apparently fed up at work. number four, how to write a resignation letter. how about a new hobby? how to crochet a beanie. >> i don't know, i bought this. >> reporter: if we co-figure out how the make the resolutions stick. good luck with the resolutions. ed happy new year. thank you for watching gma this week. thank you for watching. have a great saturday. good night.
>> i'm alicia vitarelli. tonight on fyi philly. it's a new year and a celebration of all things new. >> new year new bakery. >> new spots for food and fashion. >> we need to find a party! >> new places to work out. and a new year's fitness challenge. >> this is not fun. >> plus we check out some new luxury living. we're going way up. and take to the skies for the city's best new view. happy new year everyone and welcome to fyi philly 2016. we are standing 883 feet up at the top of liberty one in the city's new observation deck. and if you've resolved this new year to get a closer look at the city. there's no better place to start than right here! >> welcome to philly from the top. >> the observation deck at one