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is next. >> thanks for inviting us into your homes tonight. welcome to "world news." tonight payback, the government opens its doors again after congress costs the nation a reported $24 billion in that shutdown. our team asked members of congress should they give some of their salaries back. crises in the mall, new video of shoppers at the moment terrorists descend. brian ross with the tape and a new threat tonight. and america strong, a teenager who spent his entire life in foster care appears at a church and asks someone to adopt him. faith and hope on "world news" tonight. good evening. all day long we've been watching the barricade come down, the shutdown is over and families finally get to see their
treasured american monuments. but there are still so many burning questions around this nation tonight. what about the cost of the 16-day spectacle and what about the man who led the shutdown forces, will he try to do it again? abc's chief white house correspondent jonathan karl had a chance to ask just that in an abc news exclusive. >> reporter: vice-president biden dropped by the the epa this morning to greet returning federal workers. the shutdown ended after president obama stared down house republicans, re-opening the government without making any of the big changes to obama care they demanded. but he is not declaring victory. >> let's be clear. there are no winners here. >> reporter: no winners indeed. the 16 day shutdown cost by one estimate $24 billion and hurt u.s. credibility around the world. the president placed 100 percent of the blame on republicans. >> you don't like a particular policy or a particular
president, then argue for your position. go out there and win an election. push to change it. but don't break it. >> reporter: the showdown left the republican party battered in the poles with party leaders placing the blame on senator ted cruz who kicked off the showdown with his nearly 22-hour talk-a-thon last month against obama care. in an exclusive interview with abc news today cruz was as defiant as ever. >> you would do it again? >> i would do anything and i will continue to do anything i can to stop the train wreck that is obama care. i think our focus should not be on d.c. politics. it should be on the people who are getting hurt. >> i got a question this because people hated this shutdown. they hated this impasse and this was seen as the ted cruz shutdown, you more than any single individual were seen as the one who triggered this crises to begin with. >> i agree that a lot of d.c. politicians tried to call it that and the media did, too. >> to the public opinion
nationally. >> let me be very clear. i said throughout this we shouldn't have a shutdown. i don't wanted a shutdown. >> but there wouldn't have been a shut if you hadn't gone with the strategy of saying we're not going to fund the government for six weeks -- >> there never would have been a shutdown if harry reid and president obama said we will not negotiate. shut the government down. >> reporter: ted cruz won't rule out a government shut. republican leaders are emphatic this won't happen again. mitch mcconnell said today, this is an old kentucky saying, there is no education in the second kick of a mule. >> the second kick of a mule. got to love kentucky tonight anyway. thank you, jon. so what does congress do after the shutdown? law makers simply cleared out of washington. the house will return after five days. the senate will return after more than a week. speaker of the house john boehner spotted boarding a plane to ohio.
as they travel, one of their colleagues issued a kind of challenge. he is giving his pay back to the u.s. government for those 16 days of gridlock. abc's jeff zeleny decided to ask others if they'll do the same. >> reporter: this morning congressman frank loblando sent the treasury department a check for 5,124.09. he enclosed a note. the check is a repayment of my salary incurred during the 16 day period of the partial government shutdown. >> i come home every weekend. i have to look people in the eye. the idea of me keeping the money was unconscionable. >> reporter: since it was congress shutting the government down one of the questions you asked us should they get paid. some law makers were defiant. >> are you going to keep your salary? >> i'm going to keep my salary. >> i'm going to continue to take my salary. >> i'm working. everybody that gets paid for working. >> reporter: now that the shutdown is history, how many
congress members will do what frank loblando dp and give their paychecks back? >> we wanted to ask law makers but on the day the government turned on, congress took off, the hall ways here on capitol hill empty. >> reporter: we picked up the phones. abc news called or e-mailed every office of senators who voted no on re-opening the government. >> is the senator planning on cutting a check to the treasury. >> 33 percent said they would donate theirs to charity. chris collins of new york is giving his to the boy scouts. only 13 members said they were keeping their salaries. a spokesman for jim bridenstine from oklahoma said he worked harder than ever during the shutdown. congressman loblando has this message. >> every member is going to have to go back to their constituents and look them in the eye and be able to tell them what they did and why they did it. >> if you want to know if your member of congress give up their paycheck, tweet your zip code to
hashtag ask abc to find out. now to riveting new pictures inside that mall as ordinary shoppers realized terrorists were descending from the aisles of the stores. as you know it happened in kenya. tonight abc's chief investigative correspondent brian ross says another threat of an attack on a mall is looming. >> reporter: the new video first broadcast by cnn shows the panic as the mall shoppers realized what was happening. and then the callous rampage of the gunman. one victim is shot as he cowers in fear. others scramble for safety. only four gunmen are seen on the video. one is seen escorting an injured teenager out of the supermarket. at another point, they stop the killing to take turns praying. >> they're carrying it appears ak-47s. probably automatic versions. they're in the middle of shooting people talking on the cell phone. >> reporter: u.s. officials believe the men behind the attack were part of an al qaeda connected group in somalia.
u.s. navy s.e.a.l.s unsuccessfully tried to capture one of the group's leaders one week ago. now the u.s. is issuing a warning to americans that the group may be planning another attack on another mall, in one in the african country of uganda. >> we put out the statement because of information available. in terms of the expense fisty of that i'm not going to comment on that. >> reporter: shortly after the attack several said one of the attackers was a woman. but the new video shows only men with guns. security experts continue to be amazed that four men could hold off kenyan police and army forces for almost three full days. in fact, the fbi is now screening news video taken of shoppers fleeing the mall to see if any other attackers were able to slip out during the panic and now could be part of the planning for yet another mall
massacre. >> and another warning is going out. >> that's right. >> thank you, brian ross. one more note today. the president is going to nominate j. johnson as the next homeland security chief. johnson, a former general council for the defense department will follow in the footsteps of janet napolitano. she resigned in july. from homeland security to the nationwide manhunt tonight for two killers who simply walked out of a prison in florida. both were sentenced to life behind bars until a clever stunt sent them free. abc's justice department correspondent pierre thomas shows us how they escaped in plain sight. >> reporter: we've seen daring escapes like this one in arkansas where an inmate jumps through a tiny jailhouse window and dashes away. tonight u.s. marshals and florida state police are looking for these two murders who escaped in a unique, clever fashion.
in 1998 joseph jenkins killed a father of six children in orlando. charles walker fatally shot a 23-year-old man in orange county a year later. they should be serving life sentences but they walked out of this florida prison free because someone tricked corrections officials. someone filed these fake documents with a florida court clerk who then sent the paperwork ordering the state corrections department to release the inmates. the documents look like the real thing with a judge's signature cut and pasted from a real court order. the alleged forged signature is that of chief judge melvin perry who oversaw the casey anthony missing child case. >> i've never seen anything like this. you have to give them an a for being imaginative and effective. >> reporter: the alleged forgeries may reveal a gaping hole in the nation's judicial system where fake papers could result in a get out of jail card for violent offenders.
walker had a head start since october 8th, more than a week ago. >> people are scared to death. >> they could be anywhere but they had to have somebody to help them. >> reporter: did the inmates have help from someone on the inside? and are there other dangerous criminals out there released with fake court orders? pierre thomas, abc news, washington. next to arkansas and video of a hijacked school bus with children on board. watch as the convoy of police cars chase after the bus today. a man with a knife jumped on board and threatened the driver, 11 children were on that bus. the chase lasted 20 minutes. the man was arrested after he finally let the bus pull over and no one was hurt. police say the driver was heroic, doing everything right to drive safely and keep those children calm. and a new survey out tonight, a kind of sign of the times. it shows that women are increasingly doing something unimaginable a few decades ago, giving up their eggs and donating them to other women for
other families. a new report in the journal of the american medical association found a significant increase in the number of women donating eggs to help infertile couples conceive. donor eggs for in vitro increasing 70 percent between the year 2000 and 2010. there is another interesting cultural moment today, a controversy erupting about comedian melissa mccarthy on the cover of "elle magazine." what about her picture is creating the big stir? abc's linsey davis has the answer and the debate. >> reporter: a trench coat on a magazine cover has likely never been so entrenched in controversy. "elle magazine" is getting slammed, many saying actress melissa mccarthy is too covered up on the cover of its annual women in hollywood issue. sarah maria is a body image expert. >> the real message is if you are large, keep yourself covered up. >> reporter: some accuse elle of
draping her in the largest coat possible. others call the cover depressing and nothing to celebrate. another tweet, god forbid a big woman be sexy. on other covers of the november issue, reese witherspoon is in this black dress. on "the view" today co-host jenny mccarthy defended melissa mccarthy who happens to be her cousin. >> the thing that drives me nuts is people are saying how dare you. mccarthy girls, no one is going to make us wear anything we don't want to wear. >> reporter: similarly, elle is making no apologies. telling abc news melissa loved this look and is gorgeous on our cover. when she appeared on this cover of "good housekeeping," her body was obscured by a present. on the covers of moore, the hollywood reporter and ladies home journal her body is nowhere to be seen.
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>> reporter: davion says he's never giving up on his dream. he wants the love of a family. one sunday this 15-year-old foster child got addressed up, took the mic at this florida church where he stunned everyone with a simple request, adopt me. >> i just said i know god hasn't given up and i'm not either. >> reporter: i'll take anyone he said, old or young, dad or mom, black, white, purple, i don't care. the pastor who allowed him to speak said the whole church burst into tears. >> it just ripped at me. a number of them saying, pastor if i just had room i would take him tomorrow. >> reporter: he's been in and out of homes nearly a dozen times and never had a room or even a pillow of his own. he was so concerned about revealing the combination to the lock that protects his belongings he hid it from our cameras. >> people don't know how hard it is and how much we try to do good. >> reporter: his local newspaper followed him into church that
morning and then published his amazing story, how his mother was in jail when he was born, how he never knew his family and how he discovered in june while surfing the internet that his mother had died. all of a sudden his story spread far and wide. on twitter, please someone, anyone, adopt this kid, and our family will take davion. >> i don't think i've ever seen a man with such hopefulness. >> please know that you are not alone. >> reporter: at 15 he knows he's older than what many families are looking for. he knows he's not a perfect kid. he has a temper he has to control, anger from those years where he waited for a mother who never came. his case manager says he's already an inspiration for other children waiting to find families. >> i think it's a human's right to be loved and wanted and when you don't feel that you are, it's hard to succeed in life. >> what's the most important thing that you want me to tell america? >> just to love me forever. i just want people to love me
for who i am and just to love me no matter what. >> reporter: so far more than 500 people have called asking could he be my son. davion says he's ready and learning to love himself. definitely america strong. steve osunsami, abc news, st. petersburg, florida. there are 104,000 children in foster care awaiting adoption. find out more at abcnews.com. "nightline" will be here later. i'll see you once more tomorrow night. next at 6:00 bay area braces for a second bart strike starting at midnight tonight. the disappointing breakdown in talks and what it means for bay area commuter autos breaking news on the peninsula. two children have been rushed to the hospital after a driver pinned them against a wall. >> and inside of a major
tunnel project 100 feet under the bay promising a lifeline for millions in the bay area. an unusual site at exploratorium. why this motorcycle is hanging from a block of ice. >> as of midnight tonight we'll be on strike. no one will be left stranded. >> talks breakdown between bart and unions. union leaders say they will go on strike tonight at midnight unless something changes and it did not look promising. good evening. >> aim carolyn johnson. that after a end of a marathon negotiating session that lasted nearly 30 hours. >> we're live outside of caltrans head quarter wtz latest. laura? >> reporter: latest is that everyone has gone home. a ominous sign for commuters
and frustrating and surprising to both sides who said publicly they felt like they were so close to an agreement, and then, everything fell apart. after more than 30 hours, the negotiations started at 10:00 a.m. yesterday, one union leader came out just after 3:00 p.m. here and told us despite concensus if not formal agreement the whole deal fell apart over work rules. bart said that was about things like incorporating new technologies and how pay stubs are distributed but unions reacted angryly and said issues go to the core of worker rights n any case, mediator came out later and said his work here is done. >> there is nothing further we're able to do. again rg -- at this point in time and as a result our mediation process has come to an end. >> when you have a head of presidential appoint