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has never been fired before. the most likely trajectory would send it over japan, towards the pacific ocean. the u.s. has put more patriot missile interceptors in key positions and has ships and satellite surveillance across the region, just in case. perhaps the most important meeting of the weekend was in china, north korea's only real ally. secretary kerry is trying to get china to put some teeth into their efforts to persuade kim jong-un to stop developing nuclear weapons. but it's not clear how much pressure china is willing to apply. despite the tensions, signs of normalcy on both sides of the border. in pyongyang, they ran an international marathon this weekend. and in seoul, music star psy streamed a concert on youtube, which drew record viewers. life going on as usual, under the military threat. kim jong-un has not made any public appearances since april 1st. that's two weeks ago. also today, the north rejected an offer from the south to talk, saying that this is a cunning
ploy, and empty promises. that's more rhetoric. but we don't know exactly when or if this launch will happen today. >> all right. thank you, bob. bob woodruff in seoul tonight. now, to china this evening, where the deadly bird flu is on the move. the virus has arrived in yet another province. what's making it so hard to track, there's no clue which birds are carriers because it doesn't make them sick. and while there's still no evidence it's passing from human-to-human, a sharp uptick tonight. 60 confirmed cases and 2 more deaths. the death toll now at 13. abc's chief medical editor, dr. richard besser, is on the ground in china again this evening. >> reporter: china is on high alert tonight. not because of the crisis in north korea, but because the deadly new strain of bird flu is extending its reach. beginning in shanghai, the virus has been inching its way across the map. slowly connecting the dots between the eastern provinces, to the nation's capital, beijing, where a case was reported yesterday. the two latest cases were
confirmed in henan province, a region previously unaffected. health officials are warning this outbreak is still far from contained. >> we still expect there will be other cases. awareness is now very high. >> reporter: today, we traveled to hong kong's border with the mainland. the major fear here is that viruses don't care about borders. all of these people are coming from mainland china. you can understand why in hong kong they are concerned about any health problem that's on the mainland. it's not going to stay there. it's not just the tens of thousands of people who cross this border every day, but also the live poultry. >> hong kong chicken very good. >> reporter: a lot of that poultry ends up in places like this, crowded open-air markets. there is now a growing backlash for the practice. one local newspaper writing that hong kong should reconsider a ban on all live poultry stalls. tonight, the cdc is making strides, developing a diagnostic kit that can easily identify the virus. but scientists will need all the time they can get to develop a viable immunization. hopefully, before the outbreak makes another leap.
we're going to be visiting those isolation wards that hong kong has set up in case the flu continues to spread. and tomorrow, we'll show you what it takes to really be prepared. david? >> rich, we're seeing your reporting all week here. rich besser, thank you. back here now, to the massive and deadly avalanches in the west. both with surprising power. 1 of them, 30 feet wide, 8 feet deep, a quarter of a mile long. and moving at speeds more than 50 miles per hour. abc's clayton sandell, tonight, on the rescues and the search that's just now turned into a recovery effort in the cascades. >> reporter: the survivors say it came without warning. >> i thought, i am dying. but i could hardly breathe because of snow. continuously covered my body. and then, my face. >> reporter: chris soun was trapped when a sudden avalanche swept over his group on saturday near snoqualmie pass, east of seattle. a woman hiking near the group was buried alive under five feet of snow.
rescuers tried to save her. but she later died. nearby -- >> the avalanche from what he's describing is, 30 feet wide, 8 feet deep and a quarter-mile long. >> reporter: another avalanche overpowered three men. two dug themselves out. but their 60-year-old friend is still missing. >> they literally went 1,279 feet in that avalanche, at speeds of 53 miles per hour. >> reporter: every year in the u.s., avalanches kill an average of 25 people. so far this season, at least 17 have died. springtime can be especially dangerous, as warmer temperatures and sunshine make the snowpack unstable. and with heavy snow falling again today, conditions are so unsafe that the search for the missing man had to be called off. clayton sandell, abc news, denver. >> clayton, thank you. from the avalanches to the heavy snow still battering parts of the country this evening. blizzard conditions causing these whiteouts on the roads of the border of south dakota and minnesota tonight.
that system is moving east of the heartland. abc meteorologist, ginger zee is here now, tracking this front. you were telling me, this is a mess on both sides of this front. >> right. the north side and the south side. we've had the blizzards conditions in the northern plains. those are going to continue for at least the next 24 hours. northern minnesota, north dakota, you're getting the snow and wind. as this moves to the east, it becomes rain and storms for the east coast. so, it's not going to stay all cold. but still going to change up that pleasant weather we've had. back to that snow total because bismarck has already had in the area of a foot. six to nine inches on top. fargo, international falls, minneapolis won't get too much more out of it. >> and severe weather warnings into tomorrow? >> yes. and there's a different system that's created problems north of orlando. we've seen tornado warnings. reported waterspouts off the panhandle of florida. tonight, we have a little -- kansas city to st. louis. watch this. this is the beginning of severe weather this week. hail and damaging wind threat, st. louis, tulsa, oklahoma city tomorrow.
>> ginger zee, great to have with you with us. thank you. we're going to turn to washington tonight. and last week, we reported on lawmakers and their debate over whether to have a debate on gun control. after a vote, they will, this week. many are certain the reason why, the mothers and fathers from newtown, who lined the halls of congress with pictures of their children. here's abc's reena ninan tonight. >> reporter: they are the sweet angelic faces of the newtown victims. making it uncomfortable for lawmakers to do nothing. >> sometimes i close my eyes. and all i can remember is that awful day, waiting at the sandy hook volunteer firehouse for the boy who would never come home. >> reporter: raw. emotional. and refusing to leave washington. the families of newtown victims finding unexpected allies. joe manchin, risking his a-rating from the nra, and putting his name on bipartisan legislation for expanding
background checks, from gun sales by licensed dealers, to gun shows and online purchases. >> if you would have met with the families, the strongest people i ever met with. they never asked to take anybody's guns away. they never asked to repeal the second amendment. so, yes, i came to do something. >> reporter: but the background checks, far from a done deal. lawmakers spent the week debating over whether to have a debate. "saturday night live" overnight. >> they've agreed to think about talking about gun control. >> reporter: critical of how little lawmakers have done. >> no individual can purchase a handgun from private dealer without being asked, are you a good person? seriously. are you? >> reporter: after a week of debating over whether to debate, the senate could begin voting on parts of the bill as early as wednesday. but even democrats admit, it's far from a done deal. david? >> those families staying in washington through it all. reena, thank you. from florida this evening, a stunning image. it is a shooting target, a figure wearing a hoodie and carrying skittles. that for many, brings trayvon martin to mind.
that resemblance causing outrage. and the man who brought it to the firing range, a police officer, has now been fired. abc's matt gutman on how that officer is explaining it and what he's saying to trayvon martin's family. >> reporter: a cape canaveral port authority police officer has been fired for bringing these shooting targets to a weapons exercise in central florida. >> he had a target in the back of his car. and offered it to two other officers with the force. >> reporter: according to the mortified ceo of the port authority, john walsh, those fellow cops, disgusted with the choice of targets, reported sergeant ron king. king admits to having the trayvon martin targets, with the faceless figure and the hoodie. even with skittles and iced tea. and offered this apology. >> i would like to start my statement by apologizing to the family of trayvon martin for being used as a pawn in somebody's political agenda. >> reporter: in the six-minute address, king claims he intended the use the targets, which were never fired upon, as an example of what not to shoot
at. >> and the target is something i viewed as an example of a no-shoot situation. >> reporter: the video seemed reminiscent to this video. >> this is george zimmerman. >> reporter: shot by george zimmerman in the months after he shot martin. this re-enactment, he claims self-defense. saying martin was bashing his head into the pavement when he fired. whatever their intent, this latest use of the targets originally sold last may has re-ignited tensions less than two months before zimmerman's second-degree murder trial is set to begin. matt gutman, abc news, miami. >> matt, thanks to you. overseas tonight, into that daring prison escape in france making headlines. it was a modern-day gangster, who blew his way out of a high-security prison. right through that door, that hole, from dynamite, just hours after he had a visit from his wife. this evening, authorities say she was in on it. here's abc's lama hasan. >> reporter: a europe-wide manhunt is now under way for this man, redoine faid, one of
the most feared armed robbers in france. police swarming the high-security prison, searching for clues after faid escaped using dynamite to blast his way through five heavily fortified doors in this high-security prison. he took four prison guards hostage. police belive his wife acted as his accomplice by smuggling the explosives into the prison wrapped in handkerchiefs. we heard a shot. then, one explosion. then, a second explosion, this eyewitness says. after the first explosion, the guards came out to tell us to find safety. it's a daring prison break straight out of a hollywood movie. he admitted he thinks of himself as a modern-day gangster, with a life of crime, inspired by films like "heat." even wearing a hockey mask, just like robert de niro. once outside the prison, faid released the guards before fleeing in a getaway car, which was later found torched. 100 french investigators are searching for the notorious
gangster they say is armed and, quote, especially dangerous. david? >> lama hasan on the criminal feat in france tonight. lama, thank you. and to a very different feat in this country tonight, the hunt for the prestigious green jacket at the masters golf tournament in georgia. tiger woods was hoping to cap his comeback with a victory there. but then came controversy for tiger. abc's rob nelson, watching from the sidelines in augusta tonight. >> reporter: perhaps the greatest stake for tiger woods in the storied masters is not that iconic green jacket. but his own legacy. >> i made a mistake. >> reporter: an honest mistake, woods called it. the most memorable moment in the tournament, when he violated a golf rule by illegally repositioning his ball. at first, there was no penalty. after a public outcry and an admission by woods, a two-stroke penalty. a setback, for sure. but that did little to satisfy critics who accused the golf great of cheating and called for him to bow out of the tournament. but tiger pressed on.
"usa today" columnist christine brennan, called woods' decision, truly a sad moment in his career. >> you're talking about arguably, the second-greatest golfer in the history of the game. maybe the greatest by the time it's over. >> reporter: and with that level of success comes a staying power that's hard to throw off course. >> it's really amazing that whenever he's in the field, it just seems the energy kicks up a notch. i can't really explain it. >> reporter: tiger woods ended the day tied for fourth. but the real headliner here is adam scott. he's become the first australian ever to win the masters and a new green jacket. david? >> that's for sure. rob nelson in augusta. rob, thank you. there's still much more ahead here on "world news" on a sunday night. you'll remember this drama. the cost guard rescuing stranded carnival passengers. and then, the question, who should pay? carnival or the american taxpayer? tonight, the answer coming up. and if you missed it this weekend, the northern lights. what the photographer told us about capturing these images. coming up.
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good night. thousands flock to a bay area gun show. could this be the last one at the cow palace? the gun debate heats up. the bay area connection to a bus crash that injured more than a dozen people near yosemite. how quick thinking saved the life of a boy who was hit by a pitch in a baseball game.
>> ama: long lines at the crossroads of the west gun show, but if lawmakers have their way this could be the last ever in the bay area. i'm ama daetz. the gun debate gets more intense tonight. nick smith is live outside the cow palace where the gun show just wrapped up tonight. reporter: just wrapped up, and moon those same leaders are headed to sacramento as well as the event organizer, crossroads of the west. hair going to sacramento on tuesday and hope to have their voices heard. those i spoke with today say they believe the way to curb gun violence is limiting gun shows like the one held here at the cow palace. a california state senator proposed legislation that would require joint approval from both san mateo county and san francisco board supervisors before gun shows could be held at the cow palace. the bill would not ban gun shows but places controls at the county level for the event.
those who are gun owners say it's not fair. but the senator says san mateo and san francisco counties are not alone in wanting to put a stop to gun shows. >> alameda county, marin county, los angeles county, all passed local ordinances banning gun shows on county property. this is a strange, unique situation, that the state happens to own the property on which the cow palace sits. >> to protect themselves. i'm sick, i'm older, and i can't run. or duck or whatever. so this is my choice, and this is what i'm going to try to do to protect myself. >> the senator says the only support for gun shows he has received is the from the even propoeter and event organizers. i spoke with the event organizer, crossroads of the west gun shows. he tells me more than 1240u7b people attended the event. they will be back in june when they expect the crowd to be larger and that's because of
proposed legislation making it's way through they believe targets gun owneres. at 11:00 you'll hear from members of the grassroots organization and you'll hear from others who say i just want to shop and buy my ammo. >> ama: today the sponsors of a senate proposal to expand background checks for gun buyers say a vote will likely heap this week. the vote would require background checks for people buying guns at gun shows. >> a bay area tour bus was traveling at an unsafe speed when it crash near yosemite according to authorities. authorities say if it didn't hit a tree it would have likely gone over a 75-foot drop. 15 passengers and one tour guide were injured the tour group, seven happiness tour and charter, is based out of gullinggame. a representative for the company says most of the passengers were phloem bay area. the driver, fr
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