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this morning on "world news now," the impact of justice scalia's death. >> memories of the supreme court conservative found dead in texas. the condolences, the politics and the unforgettable words of an outspoken justice. arctic agony. the record shattering cold and the dozens of skiers stuck in the bitter conditions in that brokendown tram. the snowfall predictions from accuweather. turf war. the warning every parent needs to hear. young athletes at risk of cancer because of artificial turf. the federal agencies cracking down. and finer dining on
it's an annual tradition at white castle turning fast food sliders into something a little bit more elegant. what a treat on this monday, february 15th. we do say good morning on this presidents' day. i'm kendis gibson. >> and i'm reena ninan. incredible weekend with the death of supreme court justice antonin scalia. we're going to begin with the political chaos sparked by his sudden death. >> it was really sudden. on the high court for 30 years. now the bipartisan battle lines drawn over when his seat should be filled. more now from abc's elizabeth hur. >> a here's carried the body of justin antonin scalia to the airport for a final flight home as the battle for his seat on the supreme court is brewing. >> i plan to fulfill my
to nominate a successor. bitter divide in this election year not only in congress but also on the campaign trail. >> we should not allow a lame duck to essentially capture the supreme court in the waning months of his presidency. >> it is outrageous that republicans in the senate and on the campaign trail have already pledged to block any replacement that president obama nominates. >> reporter: scalia died in his sleep saturday at a texas ranch during a quail hunting trip. >> he was totally peaceful. he was a man who went to sleep and just didn't wake up. >> they assured me they did not see any signs of foul play. >> reporter: the scalia family objecting to an autopsy after talking to investigators on the scene. back in washington with senate majority leader mitch mcconnell declaring this vacancy should not be filled till we have a new president, president obama is forging ahead. and on the short list of his potential candidates judge sri srinavasan.
the stakes could not be higher. without scalia the court remains reena and kendis? >> elizabeth, thank you. presidents, politicians and colleagues are all reflecting on scalia's life and legacy. justice ruth bader ginsburg said they were best buddies and justice clarence thomas called him a towering intellect. more from abc's tom llamas who gives us a snapshot of scalia in his own words. >> a man who has made no enemies is probably not a very good man. >> reporter: he was never one to run away from a fight. bold, brash and yet poetic in his argues. >> i love to argue. i've always loved to argue. it may well be that i'm something of a shin kicker. >> reporter: unafraid to speak his mind and seemingly incapable of backing down. >> i'm in the business of enforcing democracy.
controversial issues even on stuff like homosexual rights, abortion, we debate with each other and persuade each other and vote on it. >> reporter: scalia creating unlikely but lasting friendships on the bench. >> i've criticized the opinions of some of my colleagues and we have remained friends. just as they have criticized my opinions and we have remained friends. >> reporter: and never losing a step. >> i will certainly retire at the time where i perceive that i am not as good as i used to be that i've lost a step. >> reporter: tom llamas, abc news, new york. one of the favorite stories that i've heard came from david axelrod, senior advisor for president obama. he said there was a moment at a white house correspondents dinner when scalia turned to him and said he knows i'm not under any illusions you're going to send me someone conservative like me, but i hope you send me someone smart. axelrod said i can't believe
about this. he goes send us elena kagan. the president ended up choosing sonia society society mayor, and then kagan. even though they're both not conservative, they're different political spectrums he really respected her and ended up going hunting with her. during the confirmation, she said she would shoot a gun at some point and went with him. they became hunting partners. they all hunt together even though they were different views. >> i think they learned that from sandra day o'connor who told them if you want to get on the good side of justice scalia, go hunting with him. >> is that what she told them? >> yes. it's a tip she passed on to many others. >> folks on capitol hill could get that, despite having different political opinions they could still make it work. >> of course, we'll have more on the justice's passing. we're going to move on right now to another towering figure, pope francis. his visit to mexico.
faithful gather inside anticipation of his open-air mass in the state of chiapas. pope francis passed by in a small white hard top fiat rather than an open-air popemobile. he got out and greeted well-wishers gathered near the residents. blessing them and holding hair hands. later he spoke out against the drug trade. the eagles of death metal band finished a concert cut short by the deadly attack in november. the california-based band started its rescheduled european tour on saturday in stockholm, three months to the day after bombers stormed the bataclan theater killing 89 people. some survivors of the attack say they won't be attending the concert tomorrow. >> the idea of returning there so soon and being in a venue, i think for me personally, it would be too soon for me to be there mentally and obviously
it's a nonevent at the moment. >> psychologists are expected to be attending the concert in case any fans suffer flashbacks. we're getting some new light that is being flown on an incident of sexual harassment involving peyton manning during his time at the university of tennessee years ago. now, during the incident which happened in 1996, manning allegedly assaulted a female athletic trainer while she was assessing the extent of an injury that he was dealing with. the incident was settled the following year. but the case is mentioned in a newly filed lawsuit in which six women claimed the university will a systemic disregard for women claiming sexual harassment. the school says it acted lawfully in the situations outlined in the case. dozens of people at a new hampshire ski resort are spending the night safe on the ground after a harrowing few hours suspended mid-air. they were aboard the two tram
became stuck 40 feet in the air. after about three hours, they were able to rappel down to the ground. there was no panic, just concern. >> it was a bit harrowing especially to be lowered from the floor of the tram on a cable. >> an 8-month-old baby was among the first evacuated. the temperatures in franconia was minus 4 during the midafternoon emergency but there were no injuries. but there is bitter cold there in new hampshire. and the rest of the northeast over night. bostonians awoke to the coldest morning yesterday in nearly 60 years. 6-0. 9 degrees below zero. commuter and transit rail service was disrupted when rails shattered in the cold. there were also delays at logan airport because of cold weather problems with ground equipment. further west, heavy snow in the chicago area and it's continuing this morning into the commute. hundreds of flights were canceled or delayed and traffic snarled an area highways. strong winds hampering
moves east. it's expected to turn into ice. we're going to get more now from paul williams at accuweather. paul, good morning. >> good morning to you, as well. you've heard the phrase hot mess. this is going to be a cold mess for the deep south. we're looking for significant icing to happen throughout charlottesville over towards asheville with dangerous travel expected in the area you see highlighted along with power outages. and that's not all. we go to the deep south where we're expecting flash flooding with torrential downpours from nashville towards atlanta towards jackson and reaching as far as south as new orleans. and that's not all. there's a sequel to this thing. it's going to reach up towards the northeast by the time we get into tuesday. we're looking for that same area of flash flooding and heavy downpours with severe weather expected down in the deep south. it's going to reach all the way up towards richmond and eventually slide its way up to boston. kendis? reena? >> thanks.
down with what is definitely one of the more unique ways love birds were celebrating valentine's day. >> this can't be real. white castle? come on now. >> casa blanco. >> apparently for the 25th year in the row, the home of the slider put on its valentine's day dinner. some restaurants were decked out for the occasion. there were tablecloths, balloons, flowers. you get the idea. hose who made reservations were served by waiters and waitresses. for some, it's a tradition. >> we've been coming seven or eight years. we go to a nice restaurant either the day before or the day after. and we always come to white house castle on valentine's day. >> in addition to the usual sliders, there were some other special menu items include sriracha shrimp nibblers and, of course, there were some special desserts, as well. >> so the two vegetarians on set. >> yeah, it's always a problem when we do segments with meat. tommy will kindly step in.
connoisseur of white castle. >> yeah, here you go. >> get another one. >> no, i'm good. thank you though. >> deb? >> i'm good. i'm driving. > these are all cold. nobody heated them. >> there's some warm one. >> they're good cold, scott's saying upstairs in control. >> you want to try a cold one >> how did you get so hooked on white castle? school. love them. >> so that's what you guys did? >> you didn't go to the malt shop? >> malt and white castle together. >> you get the malt at the white castle. it's a good tradition. >> jack, i love them. >> i would give the shrimp sriracha a try. >> voila. coming up in "the mix," a perfect gesture for the day after valentine's day. what you can do with your ex's old stuff. a health alert about the artificial turf on athletic fields.
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turf, a certain type of artificial turf on which millions of american children play is raising red flags. >> several federal agencies are looking into the safety of the so-called crumb rubber fields made of a possible carcinogenic material. here's abc's marci gonzalez. >> reporter: a major step towards answering a crucial question for athletes across the country. could the fields they play on be a hazard to their health? espn's "e 60" series addressing the growing concern last november. >> all these kids that are playing because they love it, i want them to be safe. i want to know the truth. tell me. is it good or is it bad for us? >> reporter: three federal agencies are now looking into whether a popular artificial turf caused crumb rubber could contain dangerous carcinogens. several lawmakers raising the issue worried about the effect of the turf made from ground-up used tires. athletes say during a game those little black pellets are unavoidable.
they're everywhere. we eat them. >> reporter: crumb rubber is used at more than 10,000 athletic facility nationwide from school playgrounds to public parks even stadiums where the women's world cup was played. >> there are some serious health concerns. what's in those little rubber pellets, i don't know. i think it's irresponsible. >> reporter: concerns like those prompting this high school in washington to make a costly last-minute decision to switch to a different type of turf. >> because nobody is sure what or how serious it is. >> reporter: the epa, cdc and consumer product safety commission now investigating explaining some of the government's best and brightest scientists are working to identify what is in recycled tire crumb and if it is harmful. marci gonzalez, abc news, new york. >> terrifying. it's in some of the parks i
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earthquakes are nearly impossible to predict. >> but a new app could be used to warn people miles away that kgo's katy utehs has the story. >> reporter: designed in california, and downloaded across the world, developers of the my shake app await data from the earthquakes. >> we're jittery, too. >> reporter: lewis schreier is working with u.c. berkeley's
mobile phone into a quake sensor. >> the accelerometer in the phone been record the ground shaking, send that data to our system and we can use that data to understand the physics of the process underneath us, how the buildings around us respond to these earthquakes. and we have more data than we have from the tradition counsel seismic networks. >> i might have 1,000 sensors. here in california alone, there may be 16 million smartphones. >> reporter: data sent to the lab will be compared to official usgs seismic readings. once it's been thoroughly tested and deemed accurate it could develop into an early warning system, especially an important for places like nepal. >> here an alert can save lives. so it becomes vital for somebody in a country for which there is no early warning system. >> reporter: the my shake app is free to download for android not yet available on iphones. in berkeley, katy utehs, abc 7 >> this could be part of a
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this morning on "world news now," dangerous conditions from windchill warnings in the northeast to a snowstorm on the move from the midwest. today's icy predictions from accuweather. justice remembered. the conservative on the supreme court antonin scalia and his legacy. from his death in texas to the emotional debate about who will replace him. and new this half hour, could a former new york governor be in trouble again? >> why police are investigating elliot spitzer. what happened to his former girlfriend and what spitzer has to say about it. later, kanye west complains about money problems. is he really tens of millions of
the reaction in "the skinny" on this monday, february 15th. we should say good morning on this holiday, on presidents' day. i'm kendis gibson. >> i'm reena ninan. our top story this half hour. the extreme weather. snow falling at times overnight in chicago after several inches yesterday. many drivers said they were only on the roads because it was valentine's day and there were quite a few accidents. >> hundreds of flights were canceled, too. it wasn't just the chicago area. we get some details right now from abc's phillip mena. >> reporter: white knuckle driving across the midwest. heavy snow bringing whiteout conditions outside indianapolis, triggering multiple pile-ups injuring at least ten. pennsylvania's i-78 is back open after this massive pile-up saturday killing three and sending dozens to the hospital. that blast of arctic air sending temperatures plunging to lows
>> it feels like a razor. >> reporter: new york city hitting minus 1 degree. the coldest day in new york city in 22 years. back of the head. it hurts. it's like being on a >> reporter: boston even colder, 9 below but feeling like minus 36. for those braving the elements, it was brutal. 150 firefighters battling this the water meant for the flames turning to ice encasing this car. in new hampshire, 40 people had to be rescued from a mountain tram. the temperature there? zero. a messy start to the week, but the good news is this storm is elief from this bitter cold. phillip mena, abc news, new york. >> boy, he looks cold. >> yeah, he does. >> that break phillip mentioned comes after snow, rain and ice. >> following a polar vortex so powerful you can see how the cold clear air blew all the clouds to sea in this picture
astronaut scott kelly in space at the station up there. scott said, it even looks cold from up here. accuweather's paul williams is tracking all of this for us. paul? >> i appreciate that, kendis, reena. what we have here, ladies and gentlemen, is a storm that's going to turn ugly and stay that way. low pressure system will ride its way right into the northeast. and it's going to start off as just snow but it's going to turn ugly as a wintry mix will takeover all the way back towards the tennessee valley region with a mix of freezing on monday. and it's going to bring significant icing down towards ugly, like i said. kendis, reena. >> thank you, paul. and turning now to the death of supreme court justice antonin scalia. the body is believed to have arrived in virginia hours ago is, flown back from el paso on a private plane. scalia died of natural causes at
he was found dead in his room after missing breakfast and lunch. >> he was totally peaceful. he was a man who went to sleep and just didn't wake up. >> a texas official said scalia's doctor in washington told her he had been ill and came to his office both wednesday and thursday before the trip. >> this morning, justice scalia is being remembered as a brilliant legal mind with an incomparable sense of humor. bench and off. and there are many fond memories from his political friends and foes alike. abc's terry moran takes a look at his legacy. >> reporter: for decades, just as antonin scalia led the charge back he would say to its >> the constitution is not meant to facilitate change. it is meant to impede change. to make it difficult to change. >> reporter: on that score, perhaps scalia's greatest triumph, his ruling in 2008 that
an individual right to bear arms where he brushed aside concerns about gun violence in modern america. it is not the role of this court to pronounce the second amendment extinct he wrote. another victory, bush versus gore. the 2000 case that awarded george w. bush the presidency and divided the country -- >> i and my court owe no apology whatever for bush versus gore. we did the right thing. so there. >> reporter: in dissent he was biting, caustic, clear. when the court upheld obamacare for the second time last year, scalia sneered, we should start calling this law scotus care. and in oral argument, lawyers feared his pointed questions as when he challenged the idea that the court could create a right to gay marriage after 200 years of laws banning it. >> when did it become unconstitutional to exclude homosexual couples from marriage? when did the law become this? >> reporter: scalia loved a good
across the political and judicial spectrum most famously with liberal icon ruth bader ginsburg. >> we agree on a whole lot of stuff. >> ruth is really bad only on the knee jerk stuff. >> reporter: scalia's death leaves the court shorthanded and sharply divided 4-4 on huge issues like affirmative action and president obama's climate change policies. the stakes could not be higher specially since one of those four conservatives justice anthony kennedy swings to the liberal side unpredictably. terry moran, abc news, mexico city. >> thank you so much, terry. the political battle over the next supreme court justice began not long after scalia's death. majority leader mitch mcconnell said the senate should not vote on the nomination till after the presidential election but president obama made it clear he intends to announce a nominee and that's become an issue on the campaign trail. >> this next election needs to be a referendum on the court.
president to essentially capture the supreme court in the waning months of his presidency. >> it is outrageous that republicans in the senate and on the campaign trail have already pledged to block any replacement that president obama nominates. >> and said to be on the short list to replace scalia, merrick garland, chief judge of the d.c. circuit court of appeals, circuit court judge jane kelly, circuit judge sri srinavasan and u.s. attorney general loretta lynch. eliot spitzer, the disgraced former governor is of new york is under investigation for assault. claims that spitzer tried to choke her at the plaza hotel in manhattan. the pair apparently had a romantic relationship for two years before she tried to break it off. spitzer resigned in 2008 after being involved in a prostitution scandal. police in britain are a virgin atlantic plane that london. the plane was heading for new york.
happened about seven miles from heathrow airport. the flight continued till it was just west of ireland. when it turned around and landed safely back in london. virgin says one of the pilots reported a medical issue apparently linked to the laser strike. passengers were put up for the night and will fly to new york today. new numbers show the skies in a bit safer in 2015. 136 people died in airline accidents last year, far less than 600 killed the year before crashes of germanwings and russian metrojet planes last year. those where is deliberate acts. pope francis is celebrating mexico's indians today. he will celebrate an open air masses in chiapas in three native languages. yesterday onlookers cheered as pope francis passed by in a small white hard top fiat rather than an open-air popemobile. president obama is in
for a meeting of asian nations, the first time the u.s. hosted a meeting of the asian association of south east asian nations, which does not include china. the u.s. will push the advantages of joining a pacific trade pact that doesn't include china. they will also discuss the impact of isis in the region. if you live in nearly any of 40 big cities, maybe you came across a bunch of people running around in their underwear this broadcast weekend. it was for a good cause. >> it was for a good cause. they got in on it at the nation's capital. events like these are called cupid undie runs. obviously they're people running short course in their underwear after raising money for the children's tumor foundation. >> in d.c., they shortened the course because of the cold. all of the events aimed to raise $5 million for the charity. reena told me just before we got on air that she did a surprise trip to d.c. >> i did. >> last-minute trip to d.c. >> i did go to d.c. this weekend, you're right. >> we're going to having to scour that video.
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weekend was all caught on camera. no one could reach him except a sheriff's department helicopter. the 6-year-old man had fallen down a 100-foot ice chute northeast of los angeles. there's no word on what caused the accident. new questions are being raised about a feature on one of the most popular social media apps and whether it led to a fatal crash. >> the miles per hour feature on snapchat allows users to record their speed but some say it encourages reckless speeding. here now is abc's eva pilgrim. >> one car involved and people are still trapped in the vehicle. >> reporter: three young women, their car, slamming into a tractor-trailer filled with herbicide, bursting into flames. the driver and two passengers, killed. philadelphia police, blaming speed. surveillance video showing the girls speeding by moments before the crash. abc affiliate wpvi now reporting investigators are looking into whether the popular app snapchat also played a role.
her uncle believes it did. >> one of her friends had told me that she was snapchatting throughout the night. in the car they were showing their speed, how fast they were driving, what they were doing. >> reporter: he says his niece was using a special filter on snapchat which snaps, or records, their speed. a popular trend he believes encourages people to drive fast and share with friends online. >> the fact that that part of the app is on there seems irresponsible at some point. to kill my daughter. >> reporter: a snapchat spokesperson telling abc news they take distracted driving seriously, including a do not snap and drive warning message when this geofilter is first accessed. gia's family, now warning others. death of my niece, but i hope somebody gets something out of they're in the car. planning to subpoena her final snaps in hopes that it helps them find some closure. eva pilgrim, abc news,
>> i had to idea. >> i didn't know this was a feature on snapchat at all. >> at least it's out there and parents will be more aware. apparently youtube had videos of kids clocking their speed and posting it. >> speeds of nearly 106 miles an hour. but even if they're not doing that, just don't have the phone while you're driving like that. coming up, the wilderness drama that won big at the baftas but lost out to docudramas right here at home. and kanye west says he's $53 million in debt. >> do you believe that? >> how is that possible? >> i know.
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members. see in life, isn't it? diverse members. >> oh, she is so good. taking this year's best actress award, brie larson for her role as the kidnapped mother in "room." the oscars are right here on abc february 28th. yes, and here at home in the meantime, the writers guild awards. >> american screen writers named "spotlight" tom mccarthy's journalism drama about "the boston globe's" investigation of abuse in the catholic church as best original screen play. "the big short" won best adapted screen play. "mr. robot" took the prize for best new series. and speak of movies we're going to get a little tease of a trailer for the much anticipated "ghostbusters" reboot. >> just released last night.
kristen wiig and leslie jones, and kate mckinnon. >> it's chock full of what appears to be chaos in the streets of manhattan asking that all important question and now iconic question, who you going to call? >> them. the full trailer set for release on march 3rd. the movie is set to hit theaters on july 15th. >> girl busters. love it. >> good. next a startling announcement by kanye west. >> just days after the launch of both his new album and his new clothing line before an audience of thousands at new york's madison square garden, west tweeted out as he waited for his appearance on "saturday night live" that he's $53 million in personal debt. come on. kendis, do you believe this? >> kanye needs a payday loan. the twitterverse is skeptical about this. he claimed last year he was $60 million in debt trying to launch his clothing line. many of his fans complaining on
have to buy a title subscription to hear his new album. and he's also said that he's going to actually drop prices on his clothing line because he realized that that was sort of one of the mistakes he made early on. if you're going to drop prices on your clothing line, maybe he will sell more. >> he did marry rich and went on and on and on on twitter overnight. he just took it hostage. he says mark zuckerberg, i know it's your birthday, but can you please call me? i need a loan. he's pressuring us. >> what happened to for richer for poorer? >> jack says whatever happened. >> whatever happened to that? >> i don't think that works out all that well. >> it's only 53 mil. finally, folks, just one day before the grammys, a personal tribute to david bowie by lady gaga. >> yeah, the lady herself snapchatted the inking in progress on her left side of that iconic image of bowie's
"aladdin sean" album saying, "this was the image that changed my life." >> she'll perform a special at the grammys. at the age of 69. looking forward to watching that. >> yes, but the bottom line, please send kanye a loan. >> $1. what do you have, anything? (ugh.) does your carpet ever feel rough and dirty? don't avoid it, resolve it. our formula with a special
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most banks and credit unions and lots of sales online. >> oh, yeah, absolutely. >> don't forget that. >> according to a famous prediction made in a movie in 1989, the whole world should have closed today. here's abc's john donvan. >> reporter: valentine's, when love stuntmen come out to play and stunt women like the couple getting married coatless in freezing wind high atop the empire state building on a record cold day. ponder the weird prediction made about this day in the movie "ghostbusters 2" 27 years ago. >> according to my source, the end of the world will be on february 14th in the year 2016. >> valentine's day, bummer. >> reporter: she said her source was an alien. whatever. on with the stunts. john and ann betar both over 100 years old and married 83 years giving relationship advice on twitter. we hang on to one another.
fine. >> you all ready to order. >> reporter: we have brian and businessman and a p.h.d. holder in organic chemistry making the get away. named hayden godfrey. >> i want to make as many people as happy as possible, who gave a flower this week to every single girl in his high school. 800 flowers cost him more than 500 bucks, a gesture appreciated by the recipients. >> i just thought it was so cool. >> reporter: and admired by his girlfriend, too. so note to aliens, we're still here so far anyway. john donvan, abc news, washington. a certain home in new jersey this morning. we want to introduce you to a new member of our abc family. >> meet kennedy charles muzyka, the latest production. isn't he adorable? a production of our broadcast producer tony and his wife marissa. seven pounds, nine ounces. healthy, happy and cute.
good morning. i'm reena ninan. >> i'm kendis gibson. here are some of the top headlines we're following this morning on "world news now." death of a legal giant. a political showdown is brewing after supreme court justice antonin scalia died in his sleep over the weekend. with the high court left shorthanded, republicans are looking to block the president from filling the empty seat. full coverage ahead. disgraced former new york governor eliot spitzer is being investigated for assault for allegedly choking his girlfriend at the plaza hotel. spitzer resigned in 2008 after being caught in a prostitution scandal.
the coldest days on record for -- in the northeast for valentine's day. rails snapped in the by thor cold causing delays for rail service. it was the coldest morning in boston in nearly 60 years. and the defense not the highlight of the nba all-star game last night in the toronto. it was the highest scoring all-star game ever. the west winning it 1 6-173. russell westbrook was the game's mvp. those are some of our top stories on this presidents day, monday, february 15th. good morning. we're going to start this half hour with the new details we're learning on the death of supreme court justice antonin scalia. >> as the political fight over his seat gets under way, we hear from one of the people who saw scalia the final hours of his life. with more, here's abc's jim avila. >> reporter: justice antonin scalia died behind the drawn
peacefully and in his sleep. >> i was a firsthand witness. >> reporter: says the owner of the cibolo ranch in west texas where the judge had been a first time guest, scheduled to hunt quail saturday. his body discovered when he skipped both breakfast and lunch. >> he was totally peaceful. he's a man who went to sleep and just didn't wake up. >> reporter: the high-end hunting lodge and ranch was host this weekend to an exclusive group of mostly texan couples. justice scalia was the only famous guest. he arrived friday about noon, toured the property, did not join that day's hunt, but he did have dinner with the group overlooking the scenic lake. >> about 9:00, he stood up and he said, it's been a very long day. up early this morning. had a long week. i'd like to be excused. >> reporter: others however, told investigators they heard
an illness. the county judge who pronounced him dead over the phone told abc news she talked with his doctor in washington who told her he had been ill and came to his office both wednesday and thursday before the trip. the scalia family, his nine children and wife, maureen, she says, objected to an autopsy. and after talking with investigators and u.s. marshals on the scene, she agreed one was not necessary. >> any signs of foul play could have easily caused that i ask for an autopsy. >> reporter: instead, the county judge says the death certificate will simply read natural causes due to his heart stopping. jim avila, abc news in west texas. scalia's replacement could impact the ideological makeup of the court as his body arrives from texas. experts are already looking at how his death could affect the abc's jonathan karl on the gets tote select scalia's replacement. >> reporter: the battle lines
replacement on the supreme court were drawn in no time. candidate ted cruz tweeting this five minutes before the supreme court or scalia's family confirmed he had died. "justice scalia was an american hero. we owe it to him, and the nation, for the senate to ensure that the next president names his replacement." less than an hour later, senate majority leader mitch mcconnell declared, "this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president." but president obama, who praised scalia as one of the most consequential thinkers ever to serve on the court, made it clear he's ready to fight over >> i plan to fulfill my constitutional responsibilities to nominate a successor in due time. >> reporter: election year supreme court confirmations are extremely rare. the last president to nominate
election year was fdr, 76 years ago. but even then, his party controlled the senate. although scalia became a hero to conservatives and a nemesis to liberals, his own confirmation was entirely uncontroversial. he was approved 98-0. even joe biden voted to confirm him. the battle to replace him will play out in congress and on the campaign trail. it's already happening. >> we should not allow a lame duck president to essentially capture the supreme court in the waning months of his presidency. >> it is outrageous that republicans in the senate and on the campaign trail have already pledged to block any replacement that president obama nominates. >> reporter: as for who president obama will nominate, he will likely choose a candidate republicans respect. such as merrick garland, chief judge of the d.c. circuit court of appeals, a moderate who has won praise from republicans. jane kelly, confirmed unanimously by the senate as a circuit court judge in 2013. and finally, sri srinavasan, who was confirmed as a circuit court judge 97-0 just three years ago
of president george w. bush. he would be the first asian justice. the bar for a supreme court nomination is much higher, especially this one with justice scalia being a conservative icon and his replacement having the potential to switch the balance of power on this court from the conservatives to the liberals. jonathan karl, abc news, the white house. all right. we're going to move on to politics now. just five days until the nevada caucuses and a new sign how close the battle is there. hillary clinton is staying in nevada today where she has three events scheduled. she was supposed to attend an event in florida but her husband the former president will take her place there instead. at events yesterday, she attacked rival bernie sanders as a one-issue candidate who is proposing nothing more than breaking up the big banks. for his part, sanders was campaigning in nevada yesterday, as well. in fact, although there's no video of it, sanders and clinton attended the same african-american church service in las vegas.
speak, sanders speaking first. the race in nevada is considered a neck and neck right now. today sanders is attending an event in michigan. a scare yesterday at arkansas state university turned out to be just a video shoot. the jonesboro campus put on lockdown after a report of armed fen near the student union. there were no arrests but a school spokesmen says the production crew should have let officials know. two months ago there was an actual threat when a man with a shotgun drove on to campus. the hunt is on in britain for the person responsible for a laser strike on a plane that forced a flight to return to london. the virgin atlantic flight was leaded for new york. the pilot said it happened about seven miles from heathrow airport. virgin says one of the pilots reported a medical issue, apparently linked to the laser strike.
night and will fly to new york today. one more note from overseas, turkey is shelling kurdish militia in northern syria prompting the syrian government to protest at the u.n. in the meantime, new video shows syrian army helicopters dropping bombs in a suburb of damascus, the syrian capital. it all lessens the chances of a cease fire in the syrian civil war leaving little hope for people who are fleeing the fighting. abc's alex marquardt reports. >> reporter: relentless russian air strikes have reduced towns and villages in northern syria to rubble. and allowed the assad regime to besiege its biggest city aleppo. the offensive has sent a new flood of syrians, some 50,000, toward the border with turkey. aid groups are now frantically building tents amid fears that hundreds of thousands more will soon be on their way. turkey is keeping the border closed for now. there's been a steady stream of trucks like this one delivering
syria. the few who are being allowed out are the wounded from the fighting. at the main hospital we met this 18-year-old. he told us those russian air strikes had leveled the villages where he's from. so his family moved only to have the house they were in struck, as well. shrapnel from the blast paralyzing him from the waist down. watchdog groups say the russian air campaign has killed 1,000 civilians. russia denies targeting them. the u.s. accused russia of focusing its bombing on rebels instead of isis and al qaeda. there is a glimmer of hope. the u.s. and russia have announced a cease fire in syria to begin next week, but that hope threatens by distrust and ever deepening divisions. alex marquardt on the turkey, syria boarder. pope francis celebrates mass today in the southern mexican state of chiapas. it's one of the poorest areas of the country. yesterday he visited a children's hospital in mexico
patient sang to him. ave maria >> so beautiful. >> beautiful voice from that young lady. during an earlier mass, the pope condemned drug dealers in mexico. >> he means so much to so many people when he comes to visit. doesn't it? fair warning there's lots of big government titles coming up in this story but that's okay because the star is a drone that can hit 45 miles an hour. >> government title number one, the drone was the work of darpa, defense advanced research projects agency. the government title number two, this is all part of what's called the fast lightweight autonomy program. >> the drone not only had cameras, it also had sonar and other sensors that use sound and light to determine location of surrounding objects. oh, and by the way, it does fly fast.
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>> tens of thous tens of thousands of sharks are making their annual migration just off the beaches of palm beach county, florida. you can see them on the left side of your screen. do you see them? >> no, wait for it. >> oh, the little things? >> yeah, that's them. a professor who studies sharks shot this aerial footage. these are black tipped sharks which are usually about six feet long. the professor says that despite the huge numbers, there are actually very few shark bites. >> are they the types that will bite you? >> i never get close enough to >> like that's all you enjoy the ocean. i'll hang out over here. >> exactly. also across the south on land, authorities have ever been tracking the movements of a multistate jewel thief. >> we're learning the details about the woman behind a string of robberies making off with $48 million of jewelry across five states. abc's eva pilgrim has the latest. >> reporter: the infamous
cameras across the south now the face of a crime spree. >> wanted for six robberies. >> the fbi arrested the woman. >> reporter: in newly released court documents, investigators say 24-year-old abigail kemp was just part of a four-person team behind the string of armed robberies. >> we need you to respond to an armed robbery. >> brothers larry and michael gilmore charged with con piracy to interfere with commerce by threats of violence. along with lewis jones iii of kemp. the fbi alleges the gilmore brothers ten shops served as kemp's robbery training school where the men taught her to what merchandise to steal and speak in code words. according to agents the group routinely practiced till they thought kemp had the plan down. >> if you watch her behavior inside the store, it's very deliberate about what she does. >> kemp's family and former co-workers stunned when she was
surveillance images. >> i hate it for her. i hate it for her family. but you know, you do these things you make your bed, you got to lay in it. >> reporter: authorities say the four split into pairs, kemp and the brothers would serve as lookouts. the brothers alleging cell phone pings put the brothers near each of the robbery locations during each of the crimes. and call records show her talking to the brothers before and after each robbery. >> each store that you rob, the police tend to gather more information, cell phone activity, photographs, informant information, et cetera. lead to your capture at some point. >> reporter: eva pilgrim, abc news, new york. years in jail. >> we should point out that kemp and lewis have pleaded not guilty to the charges involved in this. the last robbery was june 4th or january 4th, i should say in north carolina. authorities aren't sure how they
well, as the presidential candidates scramble for the middle class vote, a well-known brand has done something that the candidates have ever been railing about for months. >> carrier air-conditioners says it's moving well paying jobs from the u.s. to cheaper labor south of the border. here's abc's ron claiborne. >> i want to be clear, this is strictly a business decision. >> reporter: for the factory workers at this air conditioning plant in indiana, the announcement exploded like a bombshell as a manager tells them 1,400 jobs, their jobs, will be lost to mexico. >> it became clear that the best
protect the business for long-term is to move production from our facility in indianapolis to monterey, mexico. >> reporter: that video shot by one of the workers and posted on facebook. many of the workers stunned and angry. >> i'm just trying to support my family. survive. >> reporter: their positions joining the manufacturing exodus from the u.s. to mexico over the past 20 years, an estimated 1 million jobs moving south of the border. american carrier says the dismissals are not expected to begin until 2017 and will be spread out over three years. >> where are all those jobs we're going to be able to find 1400 people that pay them a living wage? >> a handful of air-conditioner dealers are threatening to boycott carrier products and a local government says it will retrain the displaced workers. ron claiborne, abc news, new york. >> this is going to have a
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a deep freeze this presidents day, you'd never know it if you ventured out west. >> that's good news for one of the world's most prestigious and dangerous surfing competition. it's abc's sara haines. >> reporter: watch as pro surfer greg long gets the ride of his life as he drops in on then 35-foot wave. >> whoa. >> an absolute massive drop. greg long stomping it right after the horn. >> reporter: taking on the death defying drop down a ferocious mountain of water all for a shot of winning the titans of mavericks surf competition, known as one of the most dangerous contests in the world, this year's conditions for the tournament were violent and treacherous as the 24 surfers hit the swells. take a look at the sheer power of those waves taking down surfer after surfer. >> took three waves on the head. i was choking on water. >> reporter: veteran mavericks surfer kenny collins forced to pull out after this brutal run. >> ken collins going down. >> and i felt the whole ocean land on me and it hit me in the head really hard. >> reporter: as the day went on,
ultimately hitting faces more than 40 feet, nic lamb outlasting his fellow big wave junkies, getting hammered in the surf time. >> going down in the most treacherous of places. >> reporter: securing the big win by carving his way down this massive wave. the daredevil run earning him $125,000 and bragging rights as avericks champion. >> oh, man, i'm over the moon. you know what? i have so many people to thank. >> reporter: sara haines, abc news, new york. >> it looks like they had a great time. >> who do you have in your fantasy league to win it all? >> you know what? you know me and my fantasy league. oh, you, kendis gibson. >> wow. >> look at that. a little low cut for a news anchor. >> way look cut. >> how did they get that photo? >> took it from our facebook page. >> from our facebook page, of course it was. >> some pectoral muscles. >> yours or mine? >> that's the news for this half
making news in america this morning -- remembering a legal giant. new details on the death of supreme court justice antonin scalia, his conservative legacy and the hasty political fight to replace him. all the angles, we're live in washington. a family affair. former president george w. bush set to hit the trail to campaign with his brother jeb, while donald trump leading in the polls continues to take shots at the bushes. ice age. subzero temperatures across the east, including a completely frozen city block while firefighters battle a blaze, the