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he goes send us elena kagan. the president ended up choosing sonia so the 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. it's a tip she passed on to many others. >> folks on capitol hill could get that, despite having different opinions they could still make it work. we're going to move on right now to another 0 towering figure, pope francis. his hick visit to chex co. thousands of the catholic
anticipation of his own air mass in the state of chiapas. pope francis passed by in a small white hard top fiat rather than an open air pope probably had. 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 concertert cut short by the deadly attack in november. the california based band startedity rescheduled european tour in stoke home three months to the day after bombers stormed the 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 physically.
>> psychologists are expected to be attending the concert in case any fans suffer flashbacks. we're getting 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 board the two-tram cars at cannon mountain that became stuck 40 feet in the air. after about three hours, they were able to rappel down to the ground.
concern. >> it was a bit harrowing especially to be lowered from cable. >> an 8-month-old baby was among the first eevacuatiated. the temperatures in franconia was minus 4 during the mid afternoon 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 trasity rail service was disare upped. 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 on area who is. strong winds hampering vissent
it's expected to turp intoitis. we're going to get more now from good morning. >> good morning to you, as well. 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. 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. there's a sequel to this thing. it's going to reach up towards the northeast by the time we get foo 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. >> thanks. we're going to warm things up right now and calm things down with what is definitely one of the more unique ways love birds were celebrating
>> this can't be real. white casal? come on now. >> cas sass blanko. >> apparently for the 25th year in the row, the home of the slider put on its valentine's day dinner. some strawns 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 des sers, as well. >> so the two the vegetarians on set. >> yeah, it's always a problem when we do segments with meat. tommy will kindly step in. tommy says you're a big connoisseur of white castle.
>> get another one. >> jack? >> 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 too, tommy? >> how did you get so hooked. >> i got hooked back in high school. love them. >> so that's what you guys did? >> you didn't go to the malt shop? >> malt and white castle together. castle. it's a good tradition. >> jack, i love them. >> i would give the shrimp sriracha a try. >> voila. coming up "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 fields. the young athletes at risk and how the feds are cracking down. >> and later, predicting
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american children play is raising red flags. >> several federal agencies are looking into the safety of the crumb rubber fields made of a possible carcinogenic material. >> reporter: a major step towards answering a crucial country. could the fields they play on be a hard to their health. espn's e 60 series addressing 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 groundup used tires. athletes say during a game those little black pellets are unavoidable.
they're everywhere. we eat them. >> it 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. >> 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 of 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 think my kids play at coming up in our next half hour, disturbing questions about a
earthquakes are nearly impossible to predict. >> but a new app could be used to warn people miles away that an earthquake is imminent. katy utis 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. >> lewis schreier is working with uc berkeley's seismological lab to turn your mobile phone into a quake sensor. >> the accelerometer in the
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 quakes 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. >> data sent to the lab will be compared to official usgs seismic readings. once it's been thoroughly tested and deeped accurate it could develop into an early warning system especially morn pore 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 users. not vet yet available on iphones. in berkeley, katy utis, abc 7 news. >> this could be part of a
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stuff, don't have to deal with it. >> like a memory eraser. >> for the dating world, you have tinder, hung, you have bumble, grinder, all of these different, not that i'm familiar with all of them. now this probably takes the cake. this is called smell dating. it's the first male odor dating service. >> what? >> so they send you a t-shirt. you wear the t-shirt for three days and three nights without deodorant. and then you return the shirt in an envelope and then they send you some like look swatches of other people's slirts. and you pick the one that you think smells the nicest that you like. and then they see if there's a match and voila. >> that's impressive. i wish they could do that for coworkers in the newsroom. >> what are you saying? >> i'm not saying anything about you. i'm just saying in general. it's the middle of the night. >> you might work harder knowing you enjoy the scent drifting your way. >> that's what it is. it's the white castle.
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this morning on "world news now," dangerous conditions from windchill warnings in the northeast to a snowstorm on the 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 dollars in debt?
this monday, february 15th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >> we should say good morning on this holiday, on presidents' day. >> i'm reena ninan. our top story this half hour. the extreme weather. snow falling at times overnight yesterday. many drivers said they were only 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 white out 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 not seen in years.
>> reporter: new york city hitting minus 1 degree. the coldest day in new york city in 22 years. >> it's like whipping you in the back of the head. it hurts. i don't like it. it's like being on a roller coaster. >> reporter: boston even colder, 9 below but feeling like minus 36. for those braving the elements, it was brutal. 150 firefighters battling this fire for hours in philadelphia. 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 bringing with it relief 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
that was tweeted out from 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 rain as well as sleet. this storm's not going to let up on monday and it's going to bring significant icing down towards the deep south. 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 a ranch in west texas while on a quail hunting trip. he was found dead in his room after missing breakfast and
>> 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. a larger than life figure on the 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, jus antonin scalia led the charge to take constitutional law back, back he would say to its original meaning. >> 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 the second amendment guarantees
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. we should not allow a lame duck president to essentially capture the supreme court in the waning
>> 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 attorney general loretta lynch. >> eliot spitzer, the former governor is of new york is under investigation for assault. sources say a 25-year-old woman claims that spitzer tried to choke her at the plaza hotel in manhattan. 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 investigating a laser strike on a virgin atlantic flight that london. the plane was heading for new the pilot said the laser strike heathrow airport.
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. 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 but 374 people were killed in russian metrojet planes last year. those where is deliberate acts. pope francis is celebrating mexico's indians today and 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 southern california this morning for a meeting of asian nations, the first time the u.s. hosted a
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 and 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. >> there's a reason i didn't tell you about it, kendis.
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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. 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. 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. gia was a passenger. her uncle believes it did.
throughout the night. in the car they were showing their speed, how fast they were drive ag, 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. >> if that happened, it helped 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. >> i'm not blaming this for the death of my niece, but i hope somebody gets something out of it and puts it down while they're in the car. is planning to subpoena her helps them find some closure. eva pilgrim, abc news, philadelphia. >> i had to idea.
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. >> "the skinny" is next.
tt0w!t.*(=% 7hh-9:p skinny, so skinny skinny, so skinny okay. time now for "the skinny." topping our headlines this morning, two more award bellwethers in the run-up to the oscars >> last night in london, of course, we had the baftas. this year the british film academy handed its highest honors to "the revenant" for best film, best actor, best director but stealing the show last night was rebel wilson taking a jab at the oscar so white controversy here at home. >> i have never been invited to the oscars because as you know, they are racist. [ laughter ] but the baftas have diverse 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 can reboot. >> just released last night. the teaser shows no sign of its main stars melissa mccarthy, kristen wiig and leslie jones.
appears to be chaos in the streets of manhattan asking that all important question and now iconic question, how 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. >> so it's not helping. many of his fans complaining on twitter about not wanting to have to buy a title subscription to hear his new album. and he's also said that he's
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 53m il. >> 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 face from the cover of his "aladdin sean" album saying, "this was the image that changed my life."
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good morning. >> 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. candy, flowers and one of the coldest days on record for
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 the -- 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. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >> 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 curtains of this room, peacefully and in his sleep. >> i was a firsthand witness.
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, the 79-year-old justice mention 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
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. >> his 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 outcome of several key votes. abc's jonathan karl over the fierce political debate over who gets tote select scalia's replacement replacement. >> reporter: the battle lines over justice scalia's replacement on the supreme court were drawn in no time. republican presidential
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 replacing him. >> 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 and confirm a justice in an 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
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, 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. 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 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. both listened to the other speak, sanders speaking first.
a neck and neck right now. today sanders is attending an event in michigan. >> a scare yesterday to 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. passengers were put up for the 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
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. 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 aid to the displaced inside syria. 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.
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 city where a young cancer patient sang to him.
>> 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. how do you like that, jack? >> that was good. >> you like that. >> those big words, sonar. >> that's a lot of big words. >> sonar.
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>> 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. officials accusing the pair along with lewis jones iii of finding, recruiting and training kemp. the fbi alleges the gilmore brothers ten shops served as kemp's robbery training school where the men taught her to manipulate a handgun, choose 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 named by officials as the woman seen wielding a gun in surveillance images.
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 jones would go to the stores and the brotherses would be 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. >> the four could face up to 20 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 might have all been connected. coming up, turning up the heat on an american air
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 1400 jobs, their jobs, will be lost to mexico. >> it became clear that the best way to stay competitive and protect the business for
indianapolis to monterey, mexico. >> reporter: that video shot by one of the workers and posted on facebook. angry. >> i'm just trying to support my you know, i'm just trying to 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 lasting impact in the presidential race. should point out that a lot of
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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 draw. 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 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 led. 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, the waves kept growing
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 this year's titan of mavericks champion. >> oh, man, i'm over the moon. you know what? i have so many people to thank. news, new york. 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. subzero temperatures across the east, including a completely frozen city block while firefighters battle a blaze, the and snowy conditions this morning.