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tonight, the deep freeze and a snow emergency. a deadly arctic blast from the plains to the northeast. snow drifts burying homes. the national guard helping dig out. dangerous driving and a plane skidding off a runway. the midair security scare. the pilot on a flight from los angeles over the pacific turning around for a penger who wasn't supposed to be onboard. the celebrity couple live tweeting it all. tonight, the serious security question. how did this happen? tax rush. americans lining up across the country and in the cold to save money before the republican tax plan takes effect. what some are trying to pay off to save big in the new year. digital addiction? are smartphones, video games and social media taking over your life? some on capitol hill now asking
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if companies are building products to get you hooked. and pulled out alive. the teenagers trapped in an upside down burning car. the moment two brave police officers rush in for the rescue. good evening. welcome to "world news tonight." i'm tom llamas, in for david. and we begin tonight with the dangerous arctic blast, gripping a huge portion of the country and now causing a state of emergency. a fresh round of lake effect snow pushing record snowfall totals up to six feet in parts of upstate new york and pennsylvania. piles of snow, you see it right there, as high as rooftops. and when the snow finally stops, here comes the cold. already teeth-chattering temperatures set to sink further into sub zero territory. the conditions on roads during this busy holiday travel week, very dangerous. and this storm system
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responsible for dayal car accidents in kansas and missouri. and a small plane skidding off the runway there in indiana. wind chill advisories in effect across new england tonight. we'll get to rob mars yan knoll for more on that forecast, but we begin tonight with alex perez in erie, pennsylvania. >> reporter: tonight, with much of the country in a deep freeze, the great lakes are battling a record-breaking bitter onslaught of snow. oswego county, new york, now under a state of emergency. redfield getting a record-shattering 62 inches of snow. >> this is a little too early compared to what we normally get. can't do anything about it. move it. >> reporter: in lorraine, new york, firefighters tunneling their way into this home to rescue a woman trapped inside. residents struggling to dig out and crews struggling to keep the roads passable. >> it's coming, at times, faster than we can keep up with it. >> reporter: in erie, 65 inches of snow and still coming down. this man spent most of the day
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digging out his family's two cars, trying to keep up with mother nature this week, he says, a losing battle. >> we're drowning in snow. the best way i can put it. >> reporter: crews coming from as far away as pittsburgh. the national guard called in, too. one problem that to officials are dealing with, mounds of snow that turn out to be cars buried in. owners just unable to get to them. icy roads causing more than 40 accidents in kansas city alone. in michigan city, indiana, this plane skidding off a runway. luckily no one was hurt. and then there's the bone-chilling cold. residents wearing winter gear indoors after 40,000 people in cleveland lost power overnight. >> this is the stuff that makes you stronger. i just keep telling myself that. >> reporter: warming shelters open from chicago to boston. and in minneapolis, where the thermometer read minus 4, but it felt like 21 below in some spots. that brutal cold turning minnehaha falls into a frosty ice-scape.
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>> and tonight, alex perez braving the cold for us, joining us live now from a mountain of snow there in erie, pennsylvania. alex, that city got as much snow in the past several days as they usually get all winter? >> reporter: yeah, that's right, tom. they usually get about 100 inches of snow here in erie all winter. so far, they have gotten 102 inches just in december alone. as for what happens for these massive mounds of snow like this one piling up all over town? officials say here they just haven't gotten to that point yet. a long road ahead. tom? >> clearly. 102 inches so far. alex, thank you. and those frigid temperatures tomorrow morning expected to feel up to 22 degrees below zero, with wind chill in some parts. let's get out to rob marciano, who is out in the cold and, rob, it is bitter out there tonight. >> reporter: it is, and as you mentioned, it's going to get worse. the good news is, the lake effect snows, most of them will shut off. more cold air is coming in.
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wind chill advisories are up. look at the numbers in the morning. they are alarming across northern new england. 30 below in burlington. it will feel like 17 below in boston. below zero in new york city. during the day, it really doesn't warm up a whole lot. barely above freezing in new york and philly and 13 below in albany. how about new year's? well below zero for wind chills once again, and the pattern is such, we might see snow across the northeast on new year's day. tomorrow? >> all right, rob marciano for us tonight. rob, thank you. next tonight, the midair security scare, raising serious questions tonight. four hours into a tokyo-bound flight from los angeles, the crew realizing a passenger had boarded the wrong plane. the pilot then turning around. supermodel chrissy teagigen wit his john legend, you see them onboard, they live tweeted the whole episode. passengers questioned back at l.a.x., and the fbi is now involved. those travelers reticketed on a new fight that has just landed,
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and we are starting to hear from those passengers in tokyo. but how did this mixup happen in the first place? abc's senior national correspondent matt gutman is at l.a.x. >> reporter: tonight, the fbi is investigating how a pair of brothers with a single boarding pass got on flight 175 from los angeles to tokyo. the mistake only detected 2,000 miles into the flight, when a head count revealed the extra passenger. you can see the flight's boomerang path, leaving l.a.x. at about noon and looking right back to l.a.x., arriving around 7:30. the episode triggering a scare. the all nippon airways flight sequestered in a secure part of the airport. they discovered that a pair of brothers with nearly identical names allegedly used the same boarding pass. one of them did have a legitimate ticket for flight 175, while the other had a real ticket to tokyo, also, but with a partner airline, united. >> thank you so much for taking me on this awesome vacation, babe. >> welcome to los angeles.
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>> reporter: one of the passengers onboard, a very bemused supermodel, chrissy teig teigen. she was traveling with her husband, john legend, tweeting, "why did we all get punished for this one person's mistake? why not just land in tokyo and send the other person back? how is this the better idea you ask? we all have the same questions." the airline partially answering that question in a statement today. "as part of the airline's security procedure, the pilot in command do the originating airport where the passenger was disembarked." ultimately, it would cost passengers an extra eight hours in the air and a total delay of over 15 hours. >> mostly tired and pretty angry. >> pretty angry. all right, let's get to matt gutman. matt, you mentioned the two brothers at the center of this mixup. what's their status, and are they to blame? >> reporter: well, they're certainly to blame, but the fbi, tom, hasn't yet decided whether or not to press charges. but also facing stiff questions
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will be the airline. namely, how did it allow a passenger with a duplicate boarding card to get onboard? and why wasn't an accurate head count made until after the flight was well under way? ana could face some serious fines, tom. >> all important questions still unanswered. all right, matt, thank you so much. let's turn now to politics, and we head down to florida, where president trump paid a visit this afternoon to a west palm beach fire station. the president thanking firefighters, also touting his record, saying he signed, quote, more legislationanybody. a claim widely challenged. and citing tax reform and the soaring stock market among his first year accomplish. s. earlier in the day, the trump visited trump international golf course. and that tax overhaul on the minds of many americans. and those americans rushing to pay certain bills in advance. tonight, the irs with a new announcement. abc'ser ye eariel rerielle resh
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york, explaining why people are trying to save big before the new tax plan kicks in. >> reporter: long lines tonight as taxpayers rush to make some crucial decisions. >> come on over. >> reporter: that new tax law taking effect january 1, and with it, a new financial reality for millions of americans. from illinois to virginia, tax payers are rushing to pay certain taxes early, to make the most of deductions that will soon disappear. >> i'm very upset. i'm upset how it's going to effect the value of our home. >> reporter: the new law limits deductions for state and local income taxes and property taxes, capping them at a combined $10,000. accountants say some taxpayers could consider preparing next year's property taxes to get a larger deduction. >> in the last two days, today and yesterday, we've probably had over 1,000 folks. >> reporter: here in new york, 55-year-old harold francis, a state law enforcement officer, among those waiting. >> we've been itemizing for 15
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or 20 years, so, not being able to do so is going to be extremely challenging. >> reporter: think it means thousands for you, or -- >> my ref estimate is about $3,000, yeah. >> reporter: his son pitching in to help his parents. >> means borrowing some of it and almost cleaning out our savings, emergency funds. >> reporter: counts, accountants say their offices are being flooded with questions. >> this could be the last chance they have to deduct real estate taxes. >> reporter: so, should you prepay those property taxes? experts say if you are itemizing for 2017, check with your personal accountant to see if it makes sense. for example, if you pay $20,000 in property taxes, depends on your tax bracket, you could be saving between $3,000 and $8,000 by paying early. >> until people actually see their 2018 tax returns, they won't fully understand how it impacts them. >> reporter: erielle joins us
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live now. and today, the irs weighing in on the property tax prepayments, announcing they're being flooded with questions? >> reporter: tom, that's right. the irs confirms that people doing this can receive an additional deduction, but only in certain circumstances. you have to have received a bill for your property taxes. it won't work with an estimate. bottom line, check with your accountant. tom? >> lrment, erielle, thank you. let's turn now to a distu disturbing story out of ohio, where four teenagers as young as 13 years old appeared in court after they allegedly tossed a heavy sandbag from a toledo overpass, striking a car and fatally wounding a passenger. abc's gio benitez with the new developments. >> reporter: one by one in an ohio juvenile courtroom today, four teens brought before a judge to face murder charges for what police say was a prank that turned deadly. their families seen hugging some of them. the boys, all between 13 and 15 years old, allegedly tossed a
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sandbag from this interstate that slammed into a car below. >> i just went underneath the bridge and something hit my car, it hit my friend and he is not moving. >> reporter: the passenger in that car, 22-year-old marquis byrd, a father of a little boy, died from his injuries days later on december 22nd. police calling it a deliberate act. today in court, all four boys entering a denial to murder charges. >> i will say that i saw tears today, you know, from each of the juveniles and i don't always see that at a detention hearing. >> reporter: it comes just two months after five teens in flint, michigan, were charged with second degree murder after police say they flung rocks off this overpass on the same highway, killing 32-year-old father kenneth white. those teens have pleaded not guilty. and tom, back in ohio, the victim's family says they are trying to make sense of this tragedy. he leaves behind a son that will turn 3 next year. tom? >> all right, gio, thank you. next tonight, new developments in that deadly train derailment in washington state. authorities releasing 911 calls,
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revealing the panic the moment that amtrak passenger train der killing three and injuring 70. abc's marcus moore on the calls for help. >> hello? hello? >> yes, this is 911. >> i'm on the train from tacoma. we just crashed. >> do you need medical aid? >> we're probably going to need some medical aid for a lot of people. there's cars everywhere and we're trying to get out. >> reporter: tonight, newly released 911 calls revealing chaos, confusion and courage after that amtrak commuter train tumbled off the interstate 5 bridge in dupont, washington. >> there's bodies laid everywhere. >> reporter: some of the injured pinned under wreckage. >> i'm on the train. i'm physically on the train. >> okay, all right. >> we're going to get help, i promise. >> reporter: one driver caught in a cloud of mud and dirt. >> i think there was a mudslide or something on i-5. my car got hit. my chest is sore. my airbags deployed. my car -- i can't go anywhere. >> deep breaths. stay on the phone with me. >> reporter: inside the train, panic.
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>> stay with me. >> reporter: as a mother helped her badly injured 14-year-old son. >> i'm sorry, i'm scared. >> i completely understand. >> reporter: that operator coaching her every step of the way. >> can you hear me? i want you to take a cloth and i want you to put it on your son's injury. >> reporter: tom, tonight, investigators are looking into why this train was traveling at nearly 80 miles per hour, going into a 30-mile-per-hour curve when it crashed, killing three people. tom? >> that curve, the center of the investigation. thank you so much, marcus. there's still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this wednesday. the former trump aide and campaign manager accused of sexual assault. what corey lewandowski is saying tonight about that allegation. plus, when a hobby starts doing you harm. the new headline for those who can't stop playing video games. back up! car's on fire! back up! >> and police racing to save teenagers from a burning wreck. the life and death drama captured on their body cam. we'll be right back. she's nad for her compassion and care. he spent decades fighting to give families a second chance.
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back now with the addictive behavior around smartphones, video games and social media. from children to adults. and some on capitol hill looking into what companies may be doing to keep customers hooked. here's abc's adrienne bankert. >> reporter: on the other side of the multi-billion dollar worlds of gaming and social media are faces, like brooke's. 15 years old and self-professed recovering social media addict. >> i always waited and waited and waited for someone to replay. it was like my heart. like, i couldn't put it down. >> reporter: brooke received treatment at an addiction center but, she's not alone. tonight, the world health poised to sound an alarm, adding gaming disorder to a journal on mortality listed among obsessive compulsive disorders and substance abuse. as some on capitol hill now asking for certain companies
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are deliberately trying to get online users hooked. >> drop the "the." just facebook. it's cleaner. >> reporter: even former facebook president sean parker, who justin timberlake played in "the social network," now says the company was initially built to be addictive. >> the thought process was all about, how do we consume as much of your time and conscious attention as possible? it is a social validation feedback group, because you're exploiting vulnerability in human psychology. >> reporter: psychologists saying devices we carry with us all the time help connect us and also isolate us. >> when you're not online, you feel like part of your social life is going on without you. and i think that's really hard for kids to resist. >> and adrienne is live now on-set. and so many people can relate to brooke, that they're addicted to their phones. and late today, you heard from facebook? >> reporter: we did, and they say, they're always about enhancing relationships. but there's plenty of research that suggests that young people need help in balancing those on and offline interactions. >> same with adults, too.
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diskousz filing charges about the incident, which she says took place at a poll day party. lewandowski telling fox business n network today he's going to let the process play forward. and the prince and the president. we're learning more now about the candid bbc conversation between prince harry and former president obama. his first interview since leaving office, recorded at the invictus games in the fall. and while neither mentioned mr. obama's successor by name, the former president issued a warning about social media and leadership. >> one of the dangers of the internet is that people can have entirely different realities, they can be just cocooned in information that reinforces their current biases. >> mr. obama saying it's harder to be obnoxious and cruel in person. when we come back, the amazing connection on facebook. a complete stranger and a former navy s.e.a.l. the life saved and the new family formed, coming up after the break.
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>> reporter: a genetic disease was destroying her liver. she was dying. >> things were going very bad, and it was happening very quickly. >> reporter: she needed a liver transplant, but nobody was the right match. desperate, melinda posted to facebook. her plea for a donor spread to a stranger named jeff bramstedt. he was a perfect match. >> i just said, i'm up, let's do this. >> it gave me really great hope, in humanity, and also just hope that i could, you know be a mom and a wife, because that's something that i wasn't sure was going to happen through the year. >> reporter: bramstedt is a california skydiving instructor, a hollywood stuntman and a former navy s.e.a.l. he agreed to fly to colorado for a risky ten-hour transplant. >> there's a lot of things that could go wrong. including the possibility of dying. >> reporter: but the surgery, just three weeks ago, was a success. and while jeff may have given away part of his liver. >> hello, come in!
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>> reporter: -- he got back a whole lot more. >> i feel that i have a little sister now. we literally share dna at this point. >> just the fact that someone would put their life on hold for me and stop their life and take mine, you know, it meant everything to me. >> reporter: clayton sandell, abc news, denver. >> so, tonight, we salute melinda and jeff for being america strong. we thank clayton for that story, and we thank you for watching. i'm tom llamas in new york. i hope to see you right back here tomorrow. for david and all of us, have a great evening. good night. michael: i'm thankful that
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