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on abc7 welcome to "world news." tonight, halloween storm. a monster barrelling across the nation, threatening wind, lightning, even tornados. towns forced to postpone trick or treating. abc news exclusive. hundreds of sick workers tonight, benefits they say they deserve. the outrage over one doctor's finding. brian ross investigates. getting out alive. after a real fire, real answers. we put one family to the test. wait until you see what happens when the fire alarm goes off in the kids' bedroom. good evening. diane is off tonight, and the countdown is on. with halloween just 24 hours away, a monster storm is rolling
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across the country. as families prepare to hit the streets with kids in tow, trick or treating has already been postponed in many communities. that could spread to many more in the path of this punishing storm. abc's weather editor sam champion is tracking it all. >> reporter: early ghouls and goblins got a taste of bad weather today as a line of severe storms roared through the middle of the country. strong winds and flash flooding hitting areas like houston. also in macon county, missouri golfball-sized hail pummelled drivers along route 36. the conditions so bad trucks and cars were forced off the road. halloween weather promises to be more frightening. hail, strong winds, heavy rain and lightning forecasted thursday for 12 states. one to two inches of rain from michigan to kansas with nearly three to five inches of rain on the southern end of the storm. the weather forcing a change of halloween plans in america's heartland. in indianapolis, events have
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been cancelled, postponed or moved indoors. >> i have six kids. i don't want to drag them out in the pouring rain. i was considering buying some candy. that way they'll have candy even if we don't make it out of the house. >> reporter: in chicago those we spoke to say the weather won't halt their halloween haunting. >> the weather is not going to stop us. we'll go out and have fun. >> reporter: big storms this time of year usually have a snowy component. this one does not. there is good news with this storm, actually. the east coast and west coast, for halloween day and halloween night you're not affected by this storm. it's from the great lakes to america's heartland that are going to be affected but will be a very strong line of storms during that 24-hour period. >> right across the middle of the country, sam, thanks very much. to a different kind of storm, this one in washington as the woman in charge of president obama's troubled health care program, kathleen sebelius, fielded tough questions from
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congress, apologized for the launch she called a debacle and at times lost her patience. abc's white house correspondent jim avila was there for the fireworks. >> reporter: official finger pointing day on capitol hill, producing a whatever moment from the woman in charge of obama care. >> you're saying that the president is not responsible for hhs? >> sir, i didn't say that. >> it is the president's ultimate responsibility, correct? >> whatever. yes, he is the president. he's responsible. >> reporter: in boston this afternoon the president actually agreed. >> i take full responsibility for making sure it gets fixed asap. >> reporter: back at the often rude grand stand of a three and a half hour circus of a congressional hearing -- >> who was in charge -- >> mislead the public -- >> amazon would never do this -- >> reporter: secretary sebelius caught muttering as the republicans trash the affordable care act from website to individual mandate. topped off by a routy argument
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about whether the secretary should drop her government insurance and buy from the marketplace like millions of others. >> don't do this to me. >> reporter: but there was a full throated sorry to the american people. >> you deserve better. i apologize. >> reporter: political theatre made even more bizarre by the website itself, crashing again in all its glory today, even as its creator spoke. >> the website has never crashed. it is functional but at a very slow speed and very low reliability. >> reporter: huh? never crashed? really? >> let's put the screen shot up. >> it is crashing, it has crashed and it will probably continue to crash. you can't log on. you can't register. it is a crash. >> reporter: the house grilled the secretary about this memo from the lead contractor on the site the month before launch which clearly warns not enough time in schedule to conduct adequate performance testing. >> none of them advised a delay. no one indicated that this could possibly go this wrong. >> reporter: one more bit of news from the president. he tweaked his promise today. do you remember if you like your insurance you can keep your insurance? that changed today to -- for the
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vast majority of americans who have insurance that works, you can keep it. for those who got cancellation notices, they will get insurance, said the president, and a better deal. >> jim, thanks very much. now a new twist in that shocking cirque du soleil tragedy. when a young performer and mom plunged 100 feet as the audience watched in horror. her death has been a mystery until now. tonight investigators say they know what went wrong and as abc's david wright reports, cirque du soleil and the casino will pay a big price. >> reporter: more than 100 million spectators have seen the cirque du soleil perform over the past 30 years. in june for the first time audience members watched in horror as an experienced acrobat, sarah guillot-guyard tragically plunged to her death. today the health association ordered cirque du soleil and the mgm grand hotel to pay more than
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$30,000 in fines because the agency concluded they did not provide proper training and exposed employees to hazards. according to osha's investigation, the wire rope hoisting the 31-year-old mother of two up a sheer wall was severed due to the rapid assent of the performer after it popped out of a pulley. she fell nearly 100 feet to the floor. even for experienced performers these high flying stunts can be dangerous. a performer in spiderman was badly injured after he plunged from a broadway stage. both cirque du soleil and the mgm grand are appealing the osha decision and both say that safety has always been a top priority. david wright, abc news, los angeles. a big medical headline tonight about teenagers and head injuries. a new report says we are not doing enough to protect young athletes from concussions. it comes from the national research council and institute of medicine and shows many injuries are going unreported and blames parents, coaches and
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teens for ignoring the warning signs and found the rate of concussions for cheerleaders is growing more than any other sport played by girls. we turn to an abc news investigation into a new fight for workers who embody america's can-do spirit. coal miners. they do one of the toughest jobs in the world and tonight they are battling the companies they have worked for their entire lives. abc's chief investigative correspondent brian ross is here with this exclusive report. good evening, brian. >> reporter: good evening. black lung disease remains the scurge of coal countries and yet we found with big coal companies have been able to avoid playing millions of dollars to coal miners thanks largely to doctors in the country's top hospitals. after a lifetime of working in west virginia coal mines, steve day's doctors found he had black lung from breathing in so much coal dust. the disease scars and shrinks the lungs.
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once again it's on the rise among miners. >> my doctors say my lungs are shot. >> reporter: he says he can't be far from his oxygen tanks and in 2005 he was awarded a $1,000 a month disability benefit under a federal program for coal miners with black lung. but day's coal company appealed the case and then won after it hired a doctor at one of the country's most prestigious hospitals, johns hopkins in baltimore. dr. paul wheeler found day did not have disabling black lung, the same opinion he has given against hundreds of coal miners who also had been denied benefits. for dr. wheeler's opinions, the coal companies have paid hopkins millions of dollars. >> you have essentially become dr. no. you never find. >> i do find black lung. >> not according to what we have seen. >> reporter: according to available records from the last 13 years, examined by abc news and the center for peb integrity, of 1,573 cases dr. wheeler never
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found a single case of the severe form of black lung that would automatically qualify a miner for benefits, not one. >> you stand by all those cases? >> absolutely. that's my opinion and i have a perfect right to my opinion. >> reporter: based on the opinions of dr. wheeler and a small circle of other expensive doctors, coal miners across appalachia, men like mack lester are fighting a losing battle to get black lung benefits. at best fewer than one in ten is successful. >> i have no idea what happens once the x-rays leave my department. >> does it matter to you? >> it would matter to me if i were wrong and no one has proven to me that i'm wrong. >> reporter: we found he's been wrong a lot in over 100 cases including that of gary fox. it was only after fox died that an autopsy proved fox had black lung. after wheeler's opinion had been used to deny him benefits for ten years. >> it's a total national disgrace. the deck is stacked in theory and in practice against coal miners, men and women, and it is
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tragic. >> reporter: and in the case of steve day, we sent his medical file to the doctor who once oversaw the government's x-ray screening program for black lung, dr. jack parker. >> this is a classic case of black lung. >> any doubt about it in your mind? >> no doubt whatsoever. this represents advanced black lung disease. >> reporter: but it comes too late for steve day who says his doctors have told him he now has only a few months to live because of a deadly black lung disease that dr. wheeler said he did not have. >> it's unfair and if he doesn't have black lung, black lung never did exist for anybody. >> reporter: yet, dr. wheeler's opinion for the coal companies continues to carry the day in one black lung benefit case after another based largely on his credentials from johns hopkins which says it has no reason to doubt dr. wheeler's medical findings. >> there is movement in congress on this? >> senator rockefeller introduced legislation to pursue a way to end what he calls the
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injustice, the imbalance between the powerful coal companies and the miners but he says it's a tough fight. they suffer in silence, and there hasn't been much attention paid to it until tonight. >> you're going to have much more tonight on "nightline." >> that's right. >> thanks very much. now a story about a modern day good samaritan, a bus driver doing his rounds on an ordinary day when he sees something others chose to miss and does exactly the right thing. it was all caught on tape and abc's linsey davis brings us his story. >> reporter: call it a real life instance of what would you do? watch as surveillance video captures the moment darnell barton spots a woman standing on a narrow ledge on the other side of the guardrail, apparently contemplating jumping onto a local express way below. this man walks right by, this biker keeps on pedaling but barton pulled over and stops the bus. >> miss, are you all right?
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>> reporter: the woman turns to look at him but doesn't respond. that's when he goes to her. >> i basically told her there is nothing that serious and where she was was a dangerous place. >> reporter: barton literally talks her off the ledge, putting his arm around her, helping her climb back over the guardrail. then he sits down with her and just talks. >> i gave her encouraging words. i grew up in a church so in the background i heard my mom's voice. >> reporter: when he gets back on the bus, the passengers, mostly high school students, give him a round of applause. >> the bible says be ready in season and out of season. you have to be ready. if you have time to anything, you have time to do the right thing. >> reporter: his co-workers call him big country but across this big country tonight, it's his big heart we'll all remember. linsey davis, abc news, new york. >> how great that darnell was ready. still ahead into the fire, we put a family to the test of homes surrounded by smoke. they thought they knew what to do but wait until you see what they discovered. the secrets to getting your family out alive.
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next tonight our real answers team is back. with the weather getting colder across america, more families are turning up the heat at night and that means more house fires, 1,000 every day. abc's byron pitts shows us how to make sure that every member of the family gets out alive. >> reporter: six months ago a neighbor's house went up in flames. so the decampo family knew they needed a plan. that's why today 8-year-old eli knows it like his abcs. >> if we're in bed sleeping and the smoke alarm goes off, we go down stairs and see if we can get out the front door. >> reporter: it's his 4-year-old sister lila who worries parents ann and ray.
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>> sometimes the smoke alarm goes off when i'm cooking and she has actually refused to get out of bed. >> reporter: with the help of the syracuse fire department, we put this family to the test. tip one, smoke detectors, the more the better. the decampos had one in the kitchen, the basement, every bedroom. but the fire department installed another in the bedroom hallway. >> smoke rises. it will come up the stairwell and before it hits the room it will hit the hall way. >> reporter: tip two, practice in real time. we put infrared cameras in the kids' bedroom and hall way and waited for them to fall asleep. firefighters added theatrical smoke. it's harmless. >> he's getting up. he's getting low under the smoke. take it easy. >> he did very good. >> she's sound asleep. are you all right? >> are you okay? >> yes. >> good job. >> reporter: but where is lila. >> she needs to wake up. >> reporter: minutes tick by, the alarm doesn't stop. lila never moves.
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>> i can't believe she's still asleep. >> reporter: firefighters tell us young children tend not to wake up so you need to plan for that. authorities say children respond more readily to a parent's voice. tip three, record a personal fire alarm warning. they also tell us in a real blaze this bedroom could have gone up in flames in 45 seconds. at the fire department training center we suit up. tip four, stay low. >> standing in a room filling with smoke, the reasons to get low become obvious quickly. one, it's easier to breathe and see as the toxic smoke rises to the ceiling. the number one cause of death in a house fire is asphyxiation. >> reporter: even in their protective gear, firefighters stay low. it can be probably 400 degrees down here. if you go up two or three feet it could be 1500 degrees. >> reporter: once it's engulfed
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in flames, blanketed in smoke your home becomes a trap, everything inside a river of fuel. there is no time to waste. >> if we can get you out 30 seconds earlier, it may be enough to save your life. >> reporter: keeping your family safe. it's possible in a fire if you have a plan. byron pitts, abc news, syracuse. coming up, an extreme makeover raising a lot of eyebrows. one woman transformed from this to this in 37 seconds. that's next in our "instant index." "instant index." she loves a lot of the same things you do. it's what you love about her. but your erectile dysfunction - that could be a question of blood flow. cialis tadalafil for daily use helps you be ready anytime the moment's right. you can be more confident in your ability to be ready. and the same cialis is the only daily ed tablet approved to treat ed and symptoms of bph, like needing to go frequently or urgently. tell your doctor about all your medical conditions and medications, and ask if your heart is healthy enough for sexual activity.
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so easy to take with these and so easy to share on the internet, a new study shows 62 percent of adults online post pictures and videos. abc's john donvan has tips on how to make your favorite memories look even better. >> reporter: new york landmark, times square with how many angles to it? well, there's this. and this. and this. and this. and this. and this. and this. as many as there are of us taking pictures of it, which is -- well -- a lot more than there used to be. we're a photographer nation now. thanks to a newly formed 21st century limb, the camera phone. take a look. in 1930, the world was taking a billion photographs a year. a lot. in 1960, it tripled to 3 billion a year. in 1990, 57 billion. right now, 850 billion. and while there may be too many pictures of what people had for lunch or too many cliche never
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again sunsets or shoe dlf stagrams, there are more stunning pictures being taken too. glimpses into what we see and share with each other. joe brown, technology editor at "wired," amateur photographer, professional critic, knows exactly how best to capture that moment. >> people are getting better, which is nice because my facebook feed doesn't look so terrible anymore. >> reporter: the most common mistake? >> using the flash. like, if you want to make your subject look like a vampire, by all means, shine a giant, extremely white light in their face. >> reporter: also, use those lines. turn on that grid you didn't even know was there. straighten things up. >> nothing kills a photograph more than it being crooked. >> reporter: and be mindful of composition. place your subjects along those grid lines and its intersections. professionals call it the rule of thirds. and finally, be alive to the moments around you. freeze some beauty. capture what used to be gone in an instant, but now lingers, alive, in photographer nation. and the 4.4 trillion photographs that now exist to tell your story.
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john donvan, abc news, new york. >> thanks to john for a pretty good photography course. you can share them on flickr. go to to find out how. that's all for us tonight. thanks for watching. have a good night and i'll see you tomorrow on "gma." e you tomorrow on "gma." startling evidence in the death of a santa rosa teenager. was the deputy too quick to pull the trigger? >> fbi joins an investigation into a east bay nursing home and a patient is now missing. >> new developments in the
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disappearance of a san francisco hospital patient. the search for the witness who spotted her. a bay area newspaper explains it's decision to join the antired skin campaign. police confirm what witnesses told abc7 news that a sheriff's deputy shot and killed a 13-year-old boy just moments after' arrived at the scene. good evening, i'm dan ashley >> we heard from a witness last week that the deputy fired within seconds of confronting that teenager. wnt we know he fired before the partner could get out of the car the victim holding what turned out to be an air soft gun designed to look like an ak 47. >> we're told demonstrators on the way to this court house square. and they should be here momentarily. there have been
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demonstrations here almost every day since this happened today's group gathered about a half mile away and are marching here to the town square where a rally is scheduled at 6:00. delayed as i mentioned this, group is a lot smaller than hundred who's marched yesterday following the funeral of the 13-year-old andy lopez police lieutenant told us the veteran deputy jumped out and opened fire while his deputy in training was in the process of stopping the car and taking cover behind the door. between the thooim time they spotd and called in the sighting of andy with a replica ak 47 and the time the deputy shot him, ten seconds elapsed. >> by the time he was capable engaging the subject, the