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hero. >> that is going to do it for us. >> thanks for welcome to "world news." tonight, breaking news. a major meeting at the white house. the stock market soaring on the hopes the standoff is ending. wild ride. three hours stranded on the top of a roller coaster. we take an expert and ask, what a rider should do. and caught in the act. so many people you know stealing at the office? pen, food, a flat screen tv? and good evening to you. we have breaking news out of washington tonight. on the search for a deal to break that stalemate. all eyes on the white house where minutes ago, republican leaders emerge from a meeting with the president. so, is there new hope tonight or not? we go straight to jonathan karl on the latest right now.
jon? >> reporter: diane, the top republican leaders just left the white house about 30 minutes ago. they had met with the president for over an hour and an extraordinary development, they left without saying anything. now, what we're just hearing in the last few minutes is that the talks will continue through night. and the rue morse of progress before the meeting had given wall street its biggest day all year long. returning to capitol hill the house majority leader sounded optimistic. >> we had a very useful meeting. it was clarifying, i think, for both sides as to where we are. and the take away from the meeting was our teams are going to be talking further tonight. >> reporter: earlier in the day, speaker boehner made an offer that would at least postpone the worse-case scenario. a u.s. government default. >> temporary increase in the debt ceiling for his willingness to sit down and discuss with us a way to reopen the government.
>> reporter: the temporary increase would delay the d. day of default for six weeks. the white house wants an extension of at least a year. but -- >> longer is better but avoiding a crisis is better than having a crisis. >> reporter: the president said he would not negotiate while the government is shut down. is this what wiggle room sounds like? is the president willing to engage in budget negotiations with the republicans if the government is still shutdown? >> i think the president has been very clear on that. tax breaks for millionaires -- you know, forcing shutdowns or default. >> reporter: very long answer to a yes or no question. >> our position is clear. >> reporter: what i was just told, diane, by a senior republican leadership aid in the house is that the president listened to this offer from the republicans of this short-term increase and did not say yes, he did not say no. they are calling it a productive meeting. the white house is now also put out a statement calling it a good meeting and saying that talks will continue. i expect those talks to go through the night and certainly
until tomorrow. also, diane, i've got to tell you perhaps the most tangible sign of sprog that the two sides left the meeting without calling each other names. >> all right, jon. again, they are going to keep talking tonight. thank you. and as you said the mere hope of a deal producing a big rally on wall street. the best day for the dow all year, up 323 points, all of the shutdown losses wiped away in one day of trading. and as the politicians still argue, outraged americans are still stepping forward to try to do their jobs. especially the part that includes honoring the families of americans lost in war zones. here is senior national corespondent jim avila with the latest on that. >> reporter: the military brought four fallen heroes home with full honors. army rangers and their support killed during a special ops raid on a terrorist compound in afghanistan over the weekend. but it is this man, new york real estate mogul arnold fisher,
not the shutdown government who will pay for their funerals. and deliver their families $100,000 death benefits. and he is outraged. >> you better stop being a democrat and you better stop being a republican. you better start being american. >> reporter: on another plane, bringing home the dead last week, lance corporal jeremiah collins. we see him here, carrying the flag at his marine graduation. his death was not combat related. the military says he died supporting fellow marines. but just days before he did, collins posted this chilling message on facebook. get it together, obama. and not to mention, congress. worried that the troops would not be paid, collins wrote, i will protect the being of my country with my life, but do not go messing with the men and women that protect your sorry -- his mother says it's a shame he had to worry about his check on the front line.
>> he is a 19-year-old young man and he's thinking, why is my government not supporting me and i'm other here doing everything they're asking of me. >> reporter: from the famous capital ohio clock that stopped at 12:15 with no one around to wind it. to the military families, forced to worry about their fallen hero's funerals. arnold fisher has this to say -- >> that's not my america. >> reporter: jim avila, abc news, washington. and next here tonight, we go overseas to the dangerous fallout for an ally of america, the prime minister of libya was kidnapped by his own security team. hours later, he was released, mobbed by supporters and defiant as he told his cabinet he will not bend to terrorists. the kidnappers accused him of helping the united states stage that raid that captured a suspected terrorist inside libya last week. and back here at home today, the salmonella outbreak has sickened now almost 300 people
in 17 states. new cases reported in florida. all from chicken linked to three plants run by foster farms in california. so we sent abc chief medical editor, dr. richard besser, into the lab to show us the detective work and why your kitchen is so vulnerable. >> reporter: for investigators tracking this outbreak, it's easy to see it in the lab. >> this is salmonella. >> reporter: let me show you how it can hide in your kitchen. we take raw chicken and coat it with a harmless powder that glows in the dark. a stand in for salmonella. turn on the uv light and see how all that handling spread the contamination. if it was salmonella, it would be transferred. uncooked and infectious to the rest of the meal. in health departments across the country, scientists, some not getting paid during the shutdown, are scanning to see if the outbreak that started on the west coast is spreading. salmonella is just a stomach flu, but this time, 42% of the infected people are hospitalized. >> each column here is a finger
print from a patient who had salmonella in new york city. that's a salmonella fingerprint? >> reporter: a dna fingerprint f they match, that means it's the same strain. in 17 states they found it. the same salmonella as in california. with foster farms chicken from three different plants as the common source. 25% of the chickens from one plant were contaminated with salmonella. >> reporter: if you had inspectors at the plant everyday, how did this situation arise? >> we did not find serious deficiencies in their daily operations. >> reporter: if cdc hasn't uncovered an outbreak, there never would have been a sign there was a problem at the plant? >> they may be true. >> reporter: foster farms has responded to the usda. the agency says tonight they're deciding whether the plant will open. but there are still new cases being reported, foster farms says their chicken is safe if it's cooked properly. until this outbreak is over, i wouldn't eat this chicken. the plant numbers are on our website as well as the brands that are involved. people can check there.
>> you'll see everybody there on our website. thanks, rich. and next tonight, a new mystery for the three brave women held captive in that house of horrors in cleveland. michele knight, gina de jesus, amanda berry. five weeks ago, their captor, aerial castro found dead in his prison cell. tonight, a new question, did prison guards secretly let it happen? alex perez back on the story. >> reporter: when aerial castro was sentenced to life in prison last august, one of his victims, michele knight confronted her abductor. >> i spent 11 years in hell. now, aerial thinks it's a game. >> reporter: a month and a day after he began serving his sentence, he was found hanging in his cell, now ohio state investigators say the guards assigned to castro lied how they handled him prior to his death. they were to check on him every 30 minutes. the report finds they missed at least eight required checks and
falsified logs on the day he died. the report raises questions why it took 34 minutes for an ambulance to arrive at the prison. the medical examiner ruled it a suicide but still since his death, his attorney questioned why he wasn't watched more closely. >> he should have been on suicide watch. >> reporter: authorities are now launching a criminal investigate and the two guards at the center of it all are on administrative leave. alex perez, abc news, chicago. now we turn to that scare at a theme park in florida. 12 passengers on a huge roller costar trapped in midair for more than two terrifying hours. we have news tonight on what went wrong and here is matt gutman. >> reporter: clink upwards on this roller coaster and it seems you're threading a needle to the top of the world. just as you're about to plunge on the other side, right then you stop. that's what happened to 12 passengers, 3 of them children
wednesday night. leaving them suspended, faces skyward in midair at universal studios. nearly 167 feet up. that's as high as a 17 story building. stuck there for nearly 3 hours. you see this person waiving an arm. help did come, first park officials climbed up and handed out water then the fire department. >> not knowing you're in that position, you're going to be a little bit upset. once we got up there, the guys were able to talk to them, calm everybody down. >> reporter: more than two hours later they were helped into harnesses and delivered back to earth one by one. universal studios blamed a mechanical glitch. a similar glitch stopped a ride at six flags over texas in 2011. nobody was hurt. but a woman died after falling out of that same texas ride this past summer. today we climbed the ride at the fun spot amusement park with reviewer rob alvee. >> slightly nervous. you can see all of orlando from here. he says accidents are rare.
>> you're more likely to get in a car accident, win the lottery and get struck by lightning all in the same day than having an incident on a roller coaster. >> reporter: still parks and fire officials practice drills for these scenarios several times a year. >> don't freak out. stay calm. >> reporter: matt gutman, abc news, orlando. and we have two big awards today, first the nobel prize in literature went to alice munro, the master of the short story. if you're a fan, you want to know she did not pick up the call from the nobel committee, so they had to leave a message. quite a voice mail. tomorrow morning, the winner of the nobel peace prize will be announced and the youngest nominee is malala yousafzai, she was shot by the taliban for supporting girls education. her new book, "i am malala "rocketing up the best seller list and she won a big prize for freedom in europe. the judges siting her quote incredible strength. tomorrow night, a special
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and next tonight, our real answers, back with secrets from behind closed doors. how honest are all the people around you? how much do co-workers steal from the office and each other? and at what point does a little thing become a crime? abc's paula faris brings us the video tape. >> reporter: judith oaks, a former school administrator, accused this week of stealing from her workplace. stuffing lunch money in her bra. $1.8 million over 14 years. sometimes it's not cold, hard cash, it's cold cuts. this guy doesn't think twice about stealing his coworker's lunch, raiding the company fridge. here, surveillance video, an employee taking a few 20s for herself when counting the cash register. >> it's very easy to cheat. >> reporter: bruce of the association of certified fraud
examiners, traveling the country teaching employers how to crack down on crimes that can potentially cost companies upwards of 3.5 trillion worldwide. >> stealing money, software, office flies, inventory. >> reporter: or in this case, a flat screen tv. watch again. this fellow waits until no one is looking to make his move. get this, a recent survey by a security firm shows that 95% of employees are stealing from their employer in some capacity. office supplies, information and in some professions time like shopping online when you should be working. >> what if i walk out a door with a pen? am i a thief? >> technically you are. >> reporter: this woman spent 18 months in the slammer for embezzling 500 grand from her employer. he said it started small. >> i noticed they put our personal travel on to my corporate profile, american express card. >> reporter: it soon spiralled out of control. >> it was an incremental decent, the bad behavior became the norm. >> most of the employee theft is being perpetrated by people who
are sort of speaking normal employees. they can justify this because the company will never miss it. >> reporter: but the penalties can be harsh. judith oaks, she pled not guilty but faces 11 years behind bars if convicted. now, office theft is a dirty little secret that employers do not want to get out because it reflects poorly on their business. diane, since there was very little monitoring, surveillance cameras, not much is done about it. but this pen, going to keep it right at work. >> bring back that yellow marker. these things add up. >> they do. 3.5 trillion dollars worldwide. when you just don't think it will impact the bottom line, it certainly does. >> thanks, paula. getting real answers again tonight. and 50 years ago, the beatles landed. so what happened to the day that had everyone scrambling, remembering, cheering? our "instant index" is coming. scrambling, remembering, cheering? our kwlt instant index is coming.
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producer at abc news, michael scott, bring you the boxer who is "america strong." >> reporter: as a boxer, he's fearless. but it's what he's been wrestling with that's proved the toughest fight of his life. >> it's my moment right now. it's my time. >> reporter: now training for saturday's world featherweight championship fight, 32-year-old orlando cruz says for years he's battled a fear far more threatening than any opponent. [ speaking in another language ] >> reporter: i'm in a sport that's very macho. he says. sometimes in the ring people would shout gay slurs at me before i came out. after the fight, i would cry with my mom. but last october, he didn't pull any punches. announcing to the world that he's gay. telling "usa today" i have and will always be a proud puerto
rican. i have always been and always will be a proud gay man. then, just this summer, in another courageous move, he proposed to his long-time boyfriend on facebook. >> i don't recall very many, if any, professional openly gay male athlete be considered the best in their sport. he puts his name in the history books. >> reporter: alongside other pro athletes like jason collinss, brittney griner and rob by rogers all recently coming out inspiring younger gay athletes like this athlete. >> i struggled with, okay, can i keep this a secret until i'm done playing sports? that really takes a toll on a person. >> reporter: and now, with this burdened off cruz's shoulders -- >> i am free. >> reporter: he is fighting to break barriers, to dispel stereotypes and to simply inspire, more than a boxer, that makes him "america strong." for abc news in new york, linsey davis, in memory of producer michael scott.
and we thank you for watching. we're always working for you at abcnews.com. be sure to check in with us there and of course "nightline" will be here later and we'll see you right back here in morning for "world news" tomorrow night. n signs of movement in the bart talks tonight. will the new offer be enough to avert a strike? >> if there is a strike are transit agencies ready to respond? tonight challenges to try to meet demand. >> san francisco mayor with a new admission tonight at sf general. how could they let a patient go missing and die? >> and a look behind the scenes at pixar making a first attempt at television.
brt trains are still running tonight but how much longer? we don't yet know what is going to happen at midnight when the cooling off period expirz. good evening, everyone. >> with that midnight deadline just six hours away there has been no strike called but no agreement reached on a deal to prevent one, either. the two sides are still meeting as we speak in oakland. bart board of directors met this morning and authorized a negotiator to put a new offer on the table. bart says two sides are just $16 million apart. we have live coverage tonight. heather, sounds like real progress, at least, being made. >> yes. thetandards are so low that a new overhear can be considered progress. we have no indication that that offer is going to be good enough to avert a strike and
get a deal done in time. indications are they're still millions of dollars part. the chief negotiator, tom hawk came with a new offer, one he calls reasonable, a good offer, compared to other transit agencies. but we have learned that that offer has bt yet been looked at by unions. they're still going over issues separate for each of the two unions. on the positive side, bart has not yet issued a last, best, final offer. unless the current one is a departure from what can come so far, unions are likely to reject this, outright. >> we're preparing to put something out there that gives them something to look at to take back to their membership to vote. >> i don't want to give anyone a false impression we're going to be voting anything or that we're not going on strike. i don't want anyone to get the false impre