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been slow going. >> thanks for joining us we're going update you at 6:00. this is world news tonight. manhunt. two killers still on the run. after walking out of prison. tonight, new details on their cunning escape and what they did next. breaking news in that bullying case, the 12-year-old who took her own life. a mom of one of the alleged bullies has been arrested on a totally new charge. and what were they thinking. those boy scout leaders, who taped themselves vandalizing a sacred site in the state park. who tracked them down to hear what they're saying about the outrage tonight. good evening to you on this friday night. we begin with the developing story, police expanding the nationwide manhunt, the massive
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search for two convicted killers. who appear to have devised a cunning way to walk out of prison. and it raises the possibility that other convicts have done the same thing, abc's senior justice correspondent pierre thomas has the very latest at this hour. >> reporter: the families of the men killed by two released murderers, fear and outrage. >> i fear for my safety. yes, i am. he knows where i live. >> it's very scary. if he doesn't come after my family, it's possible he will kill someone else. >> reporter: florida authorities realized the men had escaped after corrections officials did a courtesy call to victim families to tell them the men had been released. a frustrated family member called authorities asking why convicted killers were suddenly free. >> he was just dumbfounded. >> reporter: joseph jenkins and charles walker walked out of prison weeks ago after someone created a fake court order, the
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documents looked authentic, proper letterhead, seemingly legitimate signatures, even the chief judge. >> they cut and paste my signature and affixed it to the order. >> reporter: judge belvin perry who oversaw the case was a victim. >> they had to have outside help, because in one of those documents, it was actually filed here in the courthouse. >> reporter: the attorney for joseph jenkins says his client isn't smart enough. >> he walked into a home invasion robbery with a ski mask, when they called him out by name he pulled the mask down. >> reporter: they thought they got away scot-free. they were brazen enough to register with the state as felons, only days after their release. inmates have been using phoney documents to get out of prison for years. but there is some concern the tactic is becoming more popular with inmates. last spring, authorities caught another florida inmate attempting the same scam. and jenkins tried the tactic in 2011, but failed.
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why florida officials were not more on high alert after those brazen attempts is an open question. >> it's frustrating to me as a law enforcement officer, these individuals have murdered individuals in this community. and so, we want to bring them back to justice. >> reporter: the inmates walked right past the fences right out the front door, no questions asked, diane. >> pierre thomas, thank you. i want to turn to abc's chief legal analyst, dan abrams. dan, how sophisticated was this? >> very. for them to get the seal and signatures and most important to get it to the right person, to get this process moving forward was a very premeditated and well thought out plan. >> but you pointed out, that they tend to have a lot of time to think about these things. >> that's right. look, prisoners have a lot of time, they haven't necessarily linked it to these prisoners, it would seem that they were connected to the plan. but it allows them to take the time to create a sophisticated plan. >> how many inmates escape every
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year? >> approximately 1,000, that number way down from 20 years ago. but the tactics tend to be more old school. meaning stolen vans or cutting and digging, overpowering guards. those tend to be the most used method. >> how often do they get caught? >> almost all the time. the vast majority of cases, and most of the time very close to the prison. >> all right. dan abrams, thanks so much tonight. and we turn next to the question being asked around this country tonight, why is the obama care launch such a mess. the web site cost $400 million, and yet it's riddled with glitches. american families frustrated and confused. so how could it happen? abc's rebecca jarvis went in search of answers. >> reporter: it's been 18 days since the obama care web site launched. and the white house still can't or won't say how many people have actually enrolled. >> do you have an estimate for me now? we're two weeks into this.
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>> we said repeatedly we will release enrollment figures monthly. >> how many have signed up thus far? >> fully enrolled? i can't tell you. because i don't know. >> reporter: we know about 11 million have tried to sign up. but for many, it's been a rough ride. >> there have been crashes. >> i signed up on october 3rd, and i have not been able to log back on since. >> reporter: dan howard in freeport, pennsylvania has been trying for more than two weeks. >> it's one dead end after the other. >> reporter: he tried again today. >> i go to log on. and it won't let me on, because i'm not verified as being me. it's hour after hour after hour of just trying to find the answer to the question, where am i going to have my insurance? what's it going to cost? >> reporter: we tracked down white house advisor david simas and asked him why all the glitches. what are the biggest problems with the system? >> so i'm not in position to categorize what the biggest problems are.
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here's what i can speak to. >> reporter: you don't know. >> rebecca, i'm not going to identify or say what one problem is bigger than another. >> reporter: when does the site have to be free and clear of bugs? >> the real period where folks will be going in for enrollment will be in november and in december. >> reporter: you think you can do it by november? >> it will continue to get better each month that we go through this. >> reporter: but even when we tried to access the site today, we encountered this error. a registration page filled with question marks, an incoherent data. dan howard says he'll keep trying. >> the bottom line is i need health insurance. i absolutely need it. i am frustrated, because i'm not alone. there should be an answer. >> reporter: and tonight, the white house says your best bet for those answers, well, it may be to pick up the phone and dial the government's call centers for help. dan howard, though, he tells us he did that for two hours. and he still, diane does not have answers. >> the phone didn't work either. >> it didn't work for him.
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>> hearing next week on why this happened, how this could happen. >> the very first look at the glitches within the system, diane, we're told tonight from sebellius spokesperson, she's unable to attend the meetings. but they are are in constant contact with the committee. >> the secretary will not be testifying? >> as of this moment it sounds like she will not be able to testify in this hearing. >> a lot of people looking for answers. thank you, rebecca jarvis. one more note out of washington. the government shutdown now in the rear view mirror, remember this image, a symbol of the stalemate, a toddler holding on to the gates of the national zoo and turned away. today the national zoo is back in business. and so is the panda camp right here, meshong and her cub, what a difference 16 days makes. this is the baby before the shutdown on the left, and after on the right. and my, how we've grown. we heard the giant reaction from all of you to our report
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last night, a congressman challenging his fellow lawmakers, he is returning his paychecks for those 16 days of the shutdown. our team continues to call all the members of congress who voted against reopening the government, and as of tonight, 35 say they, too, will return their paychecks or donate the money to charity, 15 say they'll keep their pay. 112 others, well, we're still waiting for an answer. and you can check your congressman on our web site. and we have a passing to note tonight, tom foley, for five years serving as speaker of the house in the early '90s, a democrat from washington state. he won praise from those across the aisle, for fairness and compromise. foley was 84. and there is a new twist in the bullying case making headlines after a 12-year-old girl was bullied by classmates and took her own life. a tough talking sheriff decided to take action, he is leveling a brand new charge tonight.
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he has arrested the mother of an alleged bully. why? abc's matt gutman tells us. >> reporter: it is chilling video. a mother striking one of her children. and tonight, vivian vosburg is locked up in a county jail, the same jail as her 14-year-old daughter. >> i can tell you this, ladies and gentlemen, once again, i repeated it earlier in the week, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. >> reporter: vosburg's daughter was charged this week along with a 12-year-old. for felony aggravated stalking. police say the 14-year-old tormented this girl before she committed suicide last month. she was only 12. the sheriff said the greatest insult came on facebook. after her death. she allegedly wrote, yes, i know i bullied rebecca and she killed herself, but i don't give a -- in an interview, vosburg said her child wasn't a bully and never made the post. every day you check the phone.
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text messages, facebook? >> everything. >> i would suggest to you, after looking at this video online, that vivian does not monitor the facebook. >> reporter: vosburg's husband told abc news tonight the boys were unharmed in the beating, and that violence never happens in their home. the sheriff told me he was investigating the parents. how much is this about the parents and how much is it about their kids? >> i hold the parents equally responsible. they are the adults. they are the parents. >> reporter: vosburg faces two counts of child abuse and four counts of child neglect. because there was so many children in the room at that time, now, if she's convicted on all charges, she could face 30 years in prison. diane. >> thank you, matt. and now, tonight in san francisco, postcard from a commuter nightmare. see it and weep. bart is not in service, the bay area rapid transit system,
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400,000 commuters rely on it. but there's a strike by transit workers, the second in three months. so commuters scrambled for alternatives, long lines to get on buses, ferries, gridlock on highways, and on the bay bridge. you can see it there. cars stretching into the horizon. and overseas now, pictures out of australia, nearly 100 wild fires are raging, turning the skies over sydney into this. hazy orange. the city's famous opera house engulfed in smoke. and at least one person has died, thousands of families have been evacuated. and next to london and malala yousafzai, the girl shot by the taliban for speaking out on behalf of the millions of girls who wanted education. her story has inspired people of all ages from around the globe. including the queen. and today the queen invited the young standard bearer to buckingham palace. here's linsey davis.
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>> reporter: for the teenage girl known internationally as a crusader for education, it was as good an excuse as any to miss a day of school. >> it is an honor for me. >> reporter: today the girl known simply as malala met with the queen of england. >> i hope that, we would all want to get a formal education, every time. >> it's wonderful isn't it. >> reporter: last october she came within inches of death when a bullet grazed her brain. since then she's emerged as a symbol of courage. >> on the day when i was shot, all of my friends faces were covered except mine. >> was that wise? it was brave, but was it wise? >> i was not worried about myself. i wanted to live my life, as i want. >> reporter: life for her today included giggling at a joke by prince phillip. >> there's a thing about children going to school, they go to school because the parents don't want them in the house.
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>> reporter: a girl who can still laugh, while teaching the world a lesson. linsey davis, abc news, new york. >> and also tonight, what were they thinking, those boy scout leaders, who vandalized a sacred site at a national park? what they are saying about the uproar. and the little boy who stood before his church hoping to find a forever family. the story struck a chord, we'll tell you what was done for him. back in two minutes.
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of years old. and then high fiving one another. abc's aditi roy tracked down the men to ask what they have to say for themselves tonight. >> reporter: they evoke mystery and wonder, these spectacular utah rock formations known as goblins. this goblin has balanced here for 20 million years. >> wiggle it, just a little bit. >> reporter: it took glenn taylor fewer than 20 seconds to knock it over. >> whoo! yeah! >> reporter: his son and a pal, all boy scout leaders posted the video on youtube and their destruction of the national wonder triggered a fire storm. the boy scout organization is furious, saying the men violated the scout's leave no trace policy of respecting nature. a criminal investigation is underway. so today, we track glenn taylor down at home to ask him the one
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question on everyone's mind. some people might ask, what were you thinking? >> safety. >> reporter: taylor says the rock was loose. he was worried it would topple over and hurt someone. so he decided to topple it himself. >> it's all about saving lives here in goblin valley. saving lives. that's what we're about. >> reporter: utah park ranger jeff rasmussen doesn't buy it. >> i'm not aware of any of these rock formations toppling over on anybody. i've worked for utah state parks for 22 years. i have never heard of anything. this took millions of years to form. it's a one of a kind natural feature. >> reporter: tonight it's clear, taylor has some regrets. >> the boy scouts didn't teach me to do this this way. would i do it again? with a ranger standing there, yes. that's what we should have done. >> reporter: still in this battle of man versus nature, nature lost. aditi roy, abc news, highland, utah. >> and we're going to take you inside the secret lives of dogs. one family, two puppies, wait
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california paddle boarder with a again great white shark. >> he's checking me out. whoo. oh, my god right under the board. oh, my god. look at that, shaking like a leaf. >> reporter: our favorite fluffy animal story, inky the puppy from pennsylvania loves his buddy scooby so much he let's him in the house. >> good job, inky. >> reporter: on the sporting index, a soccer player lies injured on the training field. writhing in pain. his anxious girlfriend is bent over him, look at the fear on her face. and then -- an elaborately planned proposal. she said yes, signing up to a life of practical jokery. meanwhile, in the first lady's vegetable garden in washington, this little fella was making the most of the government shutdown, taking his pick of prime produce with no pesky gardeners around
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to shoo him away. and a surprise reunion at disneyworld, the hurtt family from nebraska thought dad would miss their annual vacation because he was serving in afghanistan. and then he surprised them. that was instant index. and i am nick watt. >> our thanks to nick. and one other image caught our eye today, kate middleton, the new mom flying solo visiting a local charity and showing off her volleyball skills, but more impressive, look at the shoes, reminded us of a moment from the past, when the duchess played field hockey in stilettos, by the way prince william baby-sat for prince george while mom was away. and tonight, one boy's brave plea, he stood up in church looking for a family to love. what all of you did together when you heard his call, he's our person of the week next.
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a family to love. his plea moved us and so many of you. and abc's steve osunsami now has the answered prayer for our person of the week. >> reporter: we reached back out to 15-year-old davion only. and he told us he has a big smile on his face today. he's the florida foster child, who walked into this baptist church and asked quite plainly for any family there to adopt him. i'll take anyone, old or young, dad or mom, black, white, purple, i don't care. what's the most important thing you want me to tell america? >> just love me forever. >> reporter: after his inspiring interview last night, he and his case managers heard from families across the world. >> australia, canada. iran. a little boy from florida, he was willing to give up his bed, so that davion would have a bed, and he would sleep on the floor. i can tell you how it will end for davion, davion will have a permanent family. he already knows that. >> reporter: more than 10,000 families are trying to take him
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in, so many more never got through, the servers and phone systems nearly melted. you were showing your love on twitter, at one point 175 tweets a minute. i wanted to reach through the tv screen to hug him. and god will pair you with the right fit. >> our door is always open to you. >> we love you, davion. >> we love you, davion. >> we love you, davion. >> you could be my brother any day of the week. >> reporter: many of these families are saying they are willing to adopt other children. what they are now calling the davion effect. >> we have seen an overwhelming response, people wishing they could do more to help the thousands of teens in foster care. >> reporter: the most famous adoptive mother in the country brought to life in the film the blind side. >> never had one before. >> a room to yourself? >> a bed. >> reporter: says there's a davion in every city. >> this is going to have a happy ending. davion will have a forever family. >> reporter: his adoption won't happen in an instant. mandatory wait periods and court
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dates mean it will be months rather than weeks. but he will find a home and thanks to an incredible response, so will so many others. >> we choose davion only and the family heading his way. thanks for watching, nightline later, david muir right here all weekend. good night. ' you? proposal by bart unions they say it could bring an end to the strike tonight. >> anger from commuters on day one of the strike. the virtual gridlock now in
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trouble spots. >> why claims made by pocket hose. michael finney you and why he think that's is all wet. >> a hot date night destination a dults only event drawing clouds at the new exploratorium. >> this man would allow to us reach an agreement without going back to the bargaining table and allow us to end the strike immediately monday signing. >> that new plan they claim could end the bart strike. >> we're going to have more on that proposal in just a moment. you but first no, bart means no luck for anyone hoping to get out of san francisco quickly this evening yes. one option for commuters has been the ferries. this is a live look at the line as long embarcadero in san francisco. now, san francisco bay ferry
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says ridership more than doubled this morning to 7100 passengers. >> now, you can imagine it's been hectic afternoon at the temporary trance bay terminal south of market. a lot of people are waiting in line skyway leaving san francisco is a mess. usually is this time of the day. strike or no strike. you can see it looks worse than ever. it appears to be moving slower than usual. >> and this is a street level view of the drive home live from our cell 7 technology. it's on vanness tonight heading south as you can see. it's not moving along too badly. but it's been a rough afternoon for many people. and the bart talks may be stalled like trains for the moment but within the past hour unions addresse addressed -- announced a plan. >> abc 7 news joins us live now with the latest. laura? >> this afternoon unions