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world news is next. welcome to "world news." tonight, breaking point. will washington take americans over the cliff? we ask, what is being done right now to protect our 401(k)s, our mortgages, from taking a hit just days from now? and the clash in the capitol tonight. breaking through barricades at the lincoln memorial. the fear off the field this sunday. the mrsa mystery. the pro football players battling a potentially deadly infection, often stronger than antibiotics. and the debate now, should they be near other players? one-two punch. the dual explosions just miles apart. giant holes where homes once stood. was the same culprit to blame? what every homeowner should know. and up in the air. the woman on a charity walk suddenly suspended on a drawbridge, holding onto her purse and for dear life.
good evening, and it's always great to have you with us here on a sunday night. and we do begin tonight with that clock ticking, and what we ask happened to all that talk of a deal this weekend? no deal at all. tonight, so many americans simply fed up. an angry crowd taking down barriers at the lincoln memorial. swarming onto the steps that have been shut down all month. some of the demonstrators then tossing those barricades in front of the white house. other national monuments open this weekend for the first time in days after pleas from tourists and state leaders. the statue of liberty and the grand canyon among them. and a tern message tonight from the financial pros from all over the world. meeting in washington, just this weekend, the president of the world bank warning that america defaulting later this week would be a disastrous event to the global economy as a whole. that default now just more than three days away. we have team coverage tonight. how this could soon effect your own investments, your mortgage, the rates you pay. first here, abc's senior washington correspondent jeff
zeleny tonight at the capitol. and jeff, so many wondering, bottom line here, are they going to get this done? >> reporter: well, david, the short answer is yes, but they don't know exactly how. it's creating new obstacles here on capitol hill and loud frustration all across washington. anger boiling over tonight. on day 13 of the government shutdown. a protest from the world war ii memorial. >> to the stairs! let's go! >> reporter: to the lincoln memorial. a group of veterans, calling their demonstration "the million vet march." >> how far is the white house? >> reporter: then hauling the barricades more than a mile. escalating into a confrontation at the gates of the white house. >> you work for us! you work for us! >> reporter: washington on edge, but no breakthrough. in just four days, the administration saying the country will face its first default. unable to pay bills and borrow money unless lawmakers agree to raise the debt limit. the senate convening for another weekend session, but both sides still far apart. over how much and how long to fund the government. >> i'm optimistic about the
prospects for positive conclusion. >> reporter: senate majority leader harry reid and his republican counterpart mitch mcconnell were not huddled in a back room of the capitol. instead, they only spoke briefly by telephone. all sides, bracing for the fallout. >> we're in a free fall as republicans, but democrats are not far behind. >> reporter: with washington in gridlock, states and local governments were able to reopen some national treasures. from the grand canyon to the statue of liberty. ♪ statue of liberty is open >> this is beyond anything that we had expected, getting to go there at the very last minute. >> reporter: one glimmer of optimism in a deepening stalemate. now, david, the fear of that potential default is the only thing creating a sense of urgency here. now, senators on both sides tell me tonight, they do ultimately expect to reach a deal, but then it has to go back to that deeply divided house, where all that gridlock first began. david?
>> jeff, thank you. i want to bring in our chief white house correspondent jonathan karl tonight. jon, inside the white house, i know they're not revealing their hand this evening, but bottom line here, will there be a deal or no deal? >> reporter: well, there certainly is no deal now and the problem is, time is running out. there are still differences here. but i believe there will be a deal. i've talked to key players on all sides of this, both here at the white house and on capitol hill, and you talk to them, you detect weariness, you detect exhaustion, even some crankiness, but what you do not detect is panic. both sides say it is imperative that the government be reopened and that there be no government default. they are working towards that and i can tell you, that they are still fighting over how long the deal will be and the level of government spending, but both sides are saying that there must be a deal because the alternative simply is unthinkable. david? >> all right, jon karl there at his post at the white house. jon, our thanks to you. and also watching this closely tonight, wall street. americans and their 401(k)s so closely connected to all of this. in fact, tomorrow morning, we'll begin the week up about 111
points after trading on friday, closing up because investors in the markets thought heading into the weekend there was going to be a deal. but no deal and so tonight, let's bring in abc's chief business and economics correspondent rebecca jarvis. and again, another example of how americans are caught in the middle on this thing. >> reporter: everyone's future, david. their retirement savings are tied to the decisions that washington, d.c. is making. take a look at this. if you look at those moments when it looked like washington, d.c. could be coming up with a deal, well, all of a sudden, you saw markets soar. now that it looks like a deal is off the table, there's a lot of downside risk. >> and you've been pointing out all along, this goes beyond 401(k)s if we get closer and closer to this. >> reporter: well beyond. after thursday, once we hit that debt limit deadline, all of a sudden, the cost of loans gets more expensive. it is more difficult to buy a house, buy a car, even expand your business. and after thursday, the government only has two-thirds of the money that it needs in order to pay out benefits to social security, to military, to veterans. >> so much riding on this. rebecca, our thanks to you, as well. our coverage of the government shutdown for tonight.
much more on "good morning america," first thing in the morning. in the meantime, on this sunday of football, to a medical mystery in the nfl tonight. one team battling a potentially deadly enemy off the field. three players with the tampa bay buccaneers diagnosed with an infection known as mrsa. two of them kept off the field. here tonight, abc's matt gutman. >> reporter: the tampa bay buccaneers faced a more formidable foe than the philadelphia eagles today. mrsa, a sometimes deadly staph infection, stalking the team's locker room. tackling three of the teams players -- offensive guard carl nix and place kicker lawrence tynes. knocking them out of sunday's game. but rookie cornerback jonathan banks was just cleared this weekend to play today. team officials believe the players did not originally contract the infection in the team locker room, but elsewhere. >> player health and safety is, again, of the utmost importance. it's been something that we've worked very strenuously with. a lot of policies and procedures that we've put in place when we had the first two cases.
>> reporter: mrsa is a potentially deadly infection that often invades the body through an open cut or wound. it can spread within 24 to 48 hours and infect vital organs. >> participants in contact sports of all kinds, including the nfl, should take mrsa infection seriously, because it can affect their players with relatively speaking minor skin infections. but they can become life threatening and cause disabilities. >> reporter: football players are especially susceptible. a texas department of health study found the infection rate among football players 16 times higher than the national average. and over the past decade, 32 teams have been hit by the bacteria. as for the bucs, they lost to the eagles, and that mrsa outbreak only compounds the misery of a winless season. matt gutman, abc news, miami. >> matt, thank you. and now to those two explosions. two homes gone in an instant this weekend. it's believed those explosions were triggered by gas leaks, about 30 miles apart. in west virginia, the shattered
pieces of one home spilled into the street there. while near pittsburgh tonight, half an hour away, nothing is left of another home, left splintered in the middle of the night. and with so many families relying on natural gas, tonight, the warning signs. here's abc's marcy gonzalez now. >> reporter: the force so powerful, it left a giant crater where a home once stood. last night's explosion near pittsburgh injured two people and could be felt and heard for miles. >> it sounded like an airplane went down. i just heard this huge explosion. >> reporter: while investigators work to determine the cause, just more than 30 miles away in west virginia, investigators believe it was likely a natural gas explosion that ripped this home to shreds friday morning, killing 13-year-old hannah mozingo and injuring her parents and sister. >> we did everything together and i'd do anything to get her back. >> reporter: potentially damaging and dangerous natural gas incidents are common. according to federal data, on average, there have been more than four a week for the past 20
years. the most common warning signs? a rotten egg smell and a hissing or blowing sound. officials say, if you notice those, get out of the house and call 911. for now, investigators say the area surrounding these two scenes are safe. the communities secured, but shaken by the toll both still seen and so deeply felt. marcy gonzalez, abc news, new york. >> marcy, thank you. and to the south tonight, where texas has been drenched with fierce rains this weekend. almost the entire state coping with some flooding. roads washed out, drivers trapped in some places. some of the heaviest rain has fallen in and near austin. more than a foot in the town of barton creek. more rain, we're told, expected through tomorrow. we go overseas tonight and to india now, where cyclone phailin struck this weekend. you can see the size of it, right here behind me, coming ashore as a category 4 storm, bigger than hurricane katrina as it was approaching land. the last time a storm this size hit india, 10,000 people died.
this time, more than 800,000 were evacuated, 17 people died. and look at the damage tonight. it is enormous. this man returning to find his home flattened. a child searching for belongings in the ruins of her home. and a woman just devastated by how little is left tonight. abc's muhammad lila is in india now, just miles from where the storm came ashore. >> reporter: smashing into the coast, wind gusts up to 140 miles per hour. it's being called asia's hurricane katrina, the biggest storm to hit india in years. the massive cyclone enough to cover all of france. we set out before sunrise, heading right into the disaster zone. as we got closer -- the winds have picked up, the rains have picked up. and as we drive by, we can see entire villages, entire farms that have been completely submerged in water. destroying villages and hundreds of millions of dollars in crops. at least 17 people have been killed. tonight, officials say the numbers could have been much
worse. more than 800,000 people heeded warnings and evacuated, saving lives. >> this damage is really historical. it never happened like this. >> reporter: and david, you can see just some of the storm damage behind me. now, there is more heavy rain in the forecast for the next 48 hours. and that raises the very big question, what will happen in the days and weeks ahead, as more people try to go back to their homes, fearful to find that they don't have anything left. david? >> muhammad lila tonight, thank you. and to the civil war in syria now. two suicide car bombings tonight, the power caught right on camera, right outside of a tv station in damascus. the explosions -- look at this, caught on live tv. the guest during that interview, so shaken by the blast, he removes his ear piece and then heads for cover right after the explosions. meanwhile, in northwestern syria tonight, the red cross calling this evening for the immediate release of seven volunteers from the red cross, abducted today by gunmen who attacked their convoy.
and to the uk tonight, where authorities working on a high profile missing child case say they have new leads now and new persons of interest, as they search for madeleine mccann, who vanished while on vacation with her parents in 2007. abc's lama hasan reporting in from portugal tonight. >> reporter: six years after maddy mccann went missing on a family vacation in portugal, the first images of a person of interest seen by witnesses in the town the night she disappeared. detectives describe him as aged between 20 to 40 years old, with short brown hair, medium build, medium height and clean shaven. >> i'd ask the public to look very carefully and if they know who this person is, please come forward. >> reporter: investigators now have a list of 41 persons of interest after combing through phone records of tourists and residents near the portuguese resort at the time maddy went
missing. >> we know that at 8:30, that was the time that mr. and mrs. mccann went down for their dinner and we know that at around 10:00 p.m., that was when mrs. mccann found that madeleine was missing. >> reporter: that timeline will be the focus of a tv appeal tomorrow night on britain's version of "america's most wanted." the new appeal for information will feature a dramatic 25-minute reconstruction of what police believe to have happened right here in this apartment the night maddy vanished. the video recreating that fateful day. her dad's tennis lesson with maddy acting as ball girl. that moment captured in the last known photo of her. maddy's parents have never given up. >> when it's a special occasion, when you should be your happiest and madeleine's not there, that's when it really hits home. >> reporter: an agonizing search for their daughter, this family hopes will soon bring answers. lama hasan, abc news, portugal. >> lama, thank you. and back here at home to new hampshire, where the search is on tonight for a missing teenager.
abigail hernandez left school on wednesday of last week. she hasn't been seen since. searchers have been looking everywhere, going door to door, hoping to return her to her heartbroken mother. >> i have to say, abi, please come home. and we miss you so badly. >> we're nowhere near done. i want to make sure everyone is clear on that. we're here to find abi and bring her home to her parents. >> reporter: investigators on the scene there. and here to new york city, to the case of another child, this one missing for more than two decades. and tonight, police have made an arrest in that cold case. 22 years ago, the body of a little girl dubbed baby hope was found in a picnic cooler. no one even reported her missing. but police did not give up. a tipster coming forward years later, and with new dna testing, they learned her real name, anjelica castillo. they've arrested a man who was her cousin. he has now confessed to the crime. former arizona congresswoman gabby giffords tonight visiting a gun show in new york. giffords the face of national gun control now, at the event with husband mark kelly to highlight new background checks required at gun shows in new york.
in a speech to gun enthusiasts today, giffords, a gun owner herself, asking people to come together to stop gun violence. there is still much more ahead on "world news" this sunday evening. a harrowing sight on a rising drawbridge. a woman on a charity walk suddenly dangling from the bridge. and you'll see what they do to try to get her down, right after the break. and later tonight, talk about too close for comfort. the angry elk and the couple on the motorcycle. you'll see what happens next. [ female announcer ] you get sick, you can't breathe through your nose... suddenly you're a mouth breather. a mouth breather! how do you sleep like that? you dry up, your cold feels even worse. well, put on a breathe right strip and shut your mouth. cold medicines open your nose over time, but add a breathe right strip, and pow! it instantly opens your nose up to 38% more so you can breathe and do the one thing you want to do. sleep. add breathe right to your cold medicine.
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she's stuck up there. >> reporter: stuck, still wearing that pink shirt, holding onto her purse. any sudden move and she could end up in the river below. she wasn't supposed to be on the train tracks. in fact, we're told, a new no trespassing sign and a loud siren like this would have alerted her to the rising bridge. an eyewitness says she tried to warn her, but the woman didn't hear her. >> really upsetting. people here were crying. people here were really concerned. >> hold on! >> oh, god. >> reporter: the bridge in ft. lauderdale, florida, is controlled remotely, more than 400 miles away in tallahassee. police say it started to rise as she was walking on it. >> they were just telling her to stay on the bridge and to hold on, not to jump, not to lock her knees. >> reporter: just three years ago, on this same bridge, a college student walking to a party got stuck as the bridge startled to rise. he fell into the water and died. in this case, the woman, who police haven't named, held on long enough for firefighters to get to her, using a 24-foot ladder.
a 20-minute rescue she'll remember for a lifetime. yeah, amazingly, after more than 20 minutes up there holding on, the woman wasn't hurt. so many people cheering her on, david, perhaps it was harder than the walk itself. >> gio, thank you. when we come back here, why actor michael douglas is changing his story. and a big shakeup in one of the most highly anticipated movies on the way. the most highly anticipated movies on the way. who is suddenly out tonight? chantix helped me do it. i told my doctor i think i'm... i'm ready. [ male announcer ] along with support, chantix (varenicline) is proven to help people quit smoking. it reduces the urge to smoke. i knew that i could smoke for the first 7 days. i knew that i wasn't putting nicotine back into my body to try to quit. [ male announcer ] some people had changes in behavior, thinking or mood, hostility, agitation, depressed mood and suicidal thoughts or actions while taking or after stopping chantix. if you notice any of these, stop chantix and call your doctor right away. tell your doctor about any history of mental health problems, which could get worse while taking chantix. don't take chantix if you've had a serious allergic
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a "mona lisa," where you can go see it. this is going to be gone in literally three hours. >> reporter: look at this mom pushing the stroller, her face when she realizes she's there too late. and then the dad just in time elsewhere, his little boy planted right there in front of the work. in fact, that door, a complete stranger offering the owner $1,000 for it. and a replacement door from home depot. >> his last piece sold for $400,000 and it was a piece of stucco, so -- i would be glad to hang that up on my wall. >> reporter: the owner? no thanks. tonight, that work covered up for the owner himself. the owner not falling for that. he wants it for himself. "good morning america" first thing in the morning. diane right back here tomorrow night. have a great week ahead. good night. . . .
>> next at 6:00. we'll go live to b.a.r.t. negotiations to find out how close we are to a strike. >> if there is a strike, what you need to know to navigate what could be a traffic nightmare. >> how a 72-year-old survived for 18 days in the wilderness. abc7 news at 6:00 starts now. >> b.a.r.t. negotiations have been on and off since april. tonight we're down to the last six hours before a second strike could cause a traffic disaster in the bay area. good evening, i'm ama daetz. let's go right to cornell bernard who is live with the latest on the talks. reporter: no deal yet, but b.a.r.t.'s lead negotiator spoke a few minutes ago, said his team met face to face with the unions this afternoon, and the talks
are moving forward. meantime, the lieutenant governor gavin newsom believes a deal can happen tonight. the marathon bargaining session began today with both sides feeling the pressure of a midnight strike deadline. but there was optimism from unions. the talks were moving in the right direction. >> we'd like to drive towards a bargain today. today is the day. so stay tuned. >> unions say supplemental issues like worker safety are getting resolved. the lieutenant governor is sitting in on talks. he believes an agreement can happen, and at this point it would make no sense for unions to strike. >> i feel a level of comfort, but in this case, now growing level of confidence that they'll get a deal. >> b.a.r.t. riders are preparing for a possible strike on monday which could leave stan green without a ride to work. he is so frustrated with the talks, he wore this sign in front of the building. >> this is pure