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right? >> thanks for joining us. from all of us here, we welcome to "world news." an eruption tonight in big-time football. a whistle blower accuses a teammate of being a 320-pound bully. today a suspension and hidden details and a surprising new twist for a nationwide problem. big break as temperatures plunge for millions of americans, good news on gasoline and keeping your home warm for the winter. and making babies, young and gifted girls, thousands of dollars and a big experiment under way in america tonight. and good evening to you on this monday night. we have reported so often on bullying in america, but we never expected that some of the toughest men in the country
would say it is happening to them. professional football players and the accuser tonight is a 6'5" 312-pound defensive lineman. he says his teammate, this man, has made his life impossible. it has sparked a giant debate inside football and american homes. abc's matt gutman now on the latest on this big league version of a modern american problem. >> reporter: they are the biggest of men whose job it is to play rough. 6'3" 320-pound richie incognito of the miami dolphins is one of the biggest and baddest out there. he calls himself the beast on twitter, was voted the dirtiest player in the league and today the dolphins suspended him amid accusations that off the field he's a vicious bully. >> the nfl is going to conduct a review of the workplace and give as an organization our full and complete cooperation with the
nfl. >> reporter: incognito's alleged target? his 300-pound teammate, second-year player, jonathan martin, seen on the hbo series, "hard knocks." >> hey, weirdo. >> reporter: tonight nfl and team officials are investigating whether incognito so tormented martin it forced him to leave the team. a hint of that also caught on hbo's "hard knocks," bragging about hacking another junior player's ipad. >> you might want to check your facebook, bud. i was going to put something up there rude but then i saw the picture of your girlfriend and i felt bad. >> reporter: martin's treatment may have been far more vicious. our partners at espn report incognito harassed him with a string of racist voice mails and texting, calling him the n word and saying he would kill him. martin reportedly reached his breaking point last week when teammates refused to sit with him in the cafeteria. he stormed out, and his team
says he's now reportedly in treatment. >> presumably hazing has been going on for a long time in the nfl. why did this particular incidents seem to explode? >> because jonathan martin spoke up. it makes you wonder how many times guys in the league have been treated like this or similar and not said anything. >> reporter: richie incognito is fighting back, calling the accusations false and tweeting "i want my name cleared." ex-coaches we spoke with say hazing is one thing but using racial slurs clearly crosses the line. analysts we spoke to say that if martin does decide to come back to the nfl he won't be met with jeers but, in fact, sympathy for speaking out. >> a lot of people think that took a lot of courage. thank you so much, matt gutman. now we head out west to los angeles and the news on the airport shooter. tonight there are urgent calls for more security at l.a.x. and airports across the country as investigators are studying a shadowy subculture which may
have encouraged a disturbed young man. abc's david wright with the very latest on the story. >> reporter: the fbi is fairly convinced paul ciancia was targeting tsa agents but what they don't know is why. >> we have to get a full understanding of the person who we now have in custody to understand what his motives might have been. >> reporter: the trouble is they can't even ask him. he's still unconscious at ucla medical center with a gunshot wound to his head. today the fbi combed through his apartment for clues and combed through his travel records to see if he ever had a run-in with airport security. abc news knows the last time he traveled abroad was 2006 when he took a trip to japan. today ciancia's family issued their first public statement. >> we, like most americans, are shocked and numbed by the tragic events of last friday. >> reporter: but offered no clues to what could have prompted his spree.
the tsa has a thankless job, enforcing procedures we all tolerate through gritted teeth. a popular target. >> no kidding? who else wants a job groping men, women and children all day. >> reporter: among some anti-government activists, the agency embodies a federal government that's too invasive, corrupt and incompetent. today the u.s. attorney general took strong exception. >> no feelings about the government can possibly justify those kinds of actions. >> reporter: in other words, it's no excuse for murder. david wright, abc news, l.a.x. >> and from the airport shooting to a campus lockdown today. central connecticut state university was swarmed by police. a student called 911 to say he had seen a man with a gun. police say that man may have been wearing a halloween costume. three people were taken into custody. students were told to stay in their dorm rooms until the lockdown was lifted. across america this morning
millions of people woke up to some of the coldest weather of the season. look at the map. the northeast faced temperatures in the teens, 20s and 30s. vermont had a record low of 14 degrees. many temperatures 15 degrees below normal and they'll stay that way for another couple of days. inside this early blast of cold is some good news for american families, big savings on the way for heating up your home and filling up your car. abc's linzie janis now on how much we're going to save. >> reporter: this week's cold blast has many americans reaching for their coats and their thermostats. tonight good news, heating oil prices are already 19 cents cheaper than this time last year. they're set to go even lower. >> we could see heating oil prices drop 5 to 15 cents a gallon between now and christmas. >> reporter: and there is more. gasoline prices, already about 35 cents lower than they were two months ago, are heading down again.
analysts say the national average could be $3.05 by christmas. already drivers in 34 states are seeing pump prices at some gas stations below 3 bucks a gallon. one reason for the drop? hurricanes have been virtually nonexistent this year, unlike last year when super storm sandy led to fuel shortages. an even bigger factor? that american oil boom like in north dakota where production is up ten fold in just 8 years. >> the united states right now is brimming with oil. it's certainly helping motorists at the pump. >> reporter: the average american family spends around $4,500 a year on gasoline. lower prices could mean a savings of around $200. every little bit helps, diane. >> it sure does. thank you, linzie janis. next the start of a new week bringing new trouble for the president and obama care. it's about what the president said and what he knew and when.
abc's chief white house correspondent jonathan karl has exclusive documents and he went toe to toe with these new questions for the white house. >> reporter: as the health care website melted down, the president told people there were other options working just fine. >> you can bypass the website and apply by phone or in person. >> reporter: a quick call. >> i want to repeat that. 1-800-318-2596. >> reporter: and voila. >> it usually takes about 25 minutes for an individual to apply for coverage. >> reporter: but ten days before the president said those words his own health care team knew that all applications were having the same problems. as one internal memo from the administration's health care war room obtained by abc news reads, "the same portal is used to determine eligibility no matter how the application is submitted. at the end of the day we are all stuck in the same queue." did the president not know that everything needs to go through the same broken website?
>> these memos say that at the end of the day we're all stuck in the same queue because they all have to go through the same portal. >> jon, i get it, but the person who calls isn't the one who has to wait after the paper application is filled. >> your mocking is entertaining but the president said you can apply within 25 minutes. that wasn't true. >> you call up, you give your information, you get the questions answered that you need answered and they take over from there. >> reporter: that's not how it worked for georgia resident robert shlorra. we visited him the day the president gave out that phone number. after failing online he tried the hotline. >> i really have no idea whether or not i'll be offered a better plan, whether or not the government will help me subsidize it. >> reporter: we contacted mr. shlorra again today. after two weeks and several calls to that hotline he still has not been able to enroll. as for the overall numbers, the white house still won't tell us how many people have enrolled online or over the phone.
they say those numbers will be coming in about two weeks. >> two weeks, thank you, jonathan karl, reporting from the white house. and now here abc gets action on a story we first brought you last week. workers who embodied the american spirit, coal miners who have labored hard their entire lives have been fighting for benefits. abc's chief investigative correspondent brian ross broke this story. tonight he tells us what happened next. brian here with the latest. brian? >> reporter: good evening, diane. there may be new hope tonight for hundreds of american coal miners in the wake of our investigation with the center for public integrity into why so many were denied black lung benefits despite evidence they had the deadly severe form of that disease. steve day's doctors diagnosed him with black lung. >> my doctor says my lungs are shot. >> reporter: doctors at johns hopkins hospital, hired by the coal company, rejected the
diagnosis and, we found, that of hundreds of other miners, saving the companies millions of dollars. the head of the black lung unit at hopkins, dr. paul wheeler, did not find a single case of severe black lung in available cases we examined since the year 2000, not one. >> that's my opinion and i have a perfect right to my opinion. >> reporter: but we found his opinion has been wrong a lot. gary fox was denied black lung benefits for ten years after dr. wheeler read his x-ray as negative. it was only after fox's death at the age of 58 that an autopsy concluded fox did indeed have black lung. >> you have a system that for so many miners is rigged against them. >> reporter: now hopkins has announced it is spending the black lung program while it reviews the findings of our investigation. >> i'd like to see the truth come out. i'd like to see the wrongdoers in this system exposed. >> reporter: steve day and his wife nyoka say they are now hopeful that maybe somebody does care.
>> god help the souls of those who cheat these men. >> reporter: senator casey says the miners have been denied basic justice, and based on our report there now needs to be accountability from everyone involved in this system. >> brian ross still on the case tonight. thank you, brian. now girls making babies, the young women, the recruiting for thousands of dollars, an explosive new event in america. what are the consequences tonight. caught on tape, a runaway horse and the 92-year-old guardian angel who managed to save a young girl, a long awaited reunion tonight. it's america strong. we're back in just two minutes. we went out and asked people a simple question: how old is the oldest person you've known? we gave people a sticker and had them show us. we learned a lot of us have known someone who's lived well into their 90s. and that's a great thing.
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young women donating their eggs so that strangers can have babies and a lot of them were recruited because they're well educated or because of the way they look. so we decided to look more deeply into this exploding trend. do we really know the consequences? "nightline" co anchor cynthia mcfadden investigates. >> reporter: we know how valuable healthy donor eggs can be. $5,000. $10,000 if you are asian says this ad. if you are a model, $50,000. >> does it make you nervous? >> at this point it's my 6th time. i don't really get nervous anymore. >> reporter: 29-year-old anna cain is a freelance writer who says she's made over $60,000 as a donor. >> as far as you're concerned there is no reason not to do this? >> no. >> reporter: today is egg retrieval day, the culmination of weeks of hormone injections to stimulate her ovaries into producing more eggs than normal.
dr. joel batzofin is her doctor. >> is a donation essentially risk free? >> nothing is risk free. there is anesthesia, there is risk of the procedure. i think the right answer is yes, it's essentially risk free. >> reporter: dr. batzofin mentions there is a rare condition found in less than one percent of patients, ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome. 27-year-old emma smith, not his patient, was so sick with it she spent six days in the hospital and shot this video diary. >> i feel that they should have gone out of their way to make me more aware of any possible side effects in the all process. >> reporter: dr. jennifer schneider worries there is no registry to track what happens to this exploding group of women donating their eggs. her daughter jessica was a three
time egg donor who died at 31 of collin cancer. >> the egg donors are not considered patients. they're considered more like venders. >> reporter: she wonders if the repeated hormone injections fuel cancer in some way even though studies suggest there is no proof it causes cancer. we were shocked to discover there has never been, not even one, long-term study of egg donors. >> it doesn't worry you that there haven't really been good studies done following egg donors? >> not really. >> reporter: anna says she loves the idea she's already create three sets of twins and hopes there will be more. what we can say right now is there are no known long-term medical issues for donors which is of course a world of difference from saying no long-term issues. follow up donor studies could help. >> no national data base on this? >> nothing. >> thank you, cynthia. and a 3,000-year-old mystery is about to be solved tonight.
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and finally tonight, the 92-year-old man they call little johnny. he made a heroic and split-second decision. he saw a run away horse and a little girl. from our friends at espn, here's chris conley and the mon who is america strong. >> reporter: john sheer is 92 years old. he has worked at santa anita park for 51 years but just ten seconds mattered most. >> 911, what's your emergency? >> i shouted, "there's a loose horse coming this way." when i looked down there was a little girl standing there. >> reporter: that little girl, 5-year-old roxy key. look again, there is roxy on the left and there is john, throwing his body over her, absorbing the full impact of the run away horse. >> i knew i was going to get hit. you cannot stop and think should i or shouldn't i. there is a 5-year-old girl.
i'm 90 years old. she hasn't had a life. i have had a life. you got to save that life. >> what would have happened to your daughter if john shear hadn't been there? >> dead, dead. >> reporter: critically injured john shear would spent 7 weeks in the hospital. more than two years after their lives first intersected 92-year-old john shear drove to a ballet studio where a now 8-year-old roxy was to perform. >> thanks for dancing for me roxanne. i love you. >> i don't want to say he lived 92 years just to do that one thing but that's a very huge thing. >> of all the things you've done, john, where does this rank in terms of your life? >> it ranks number one. >> reporter: sacrificing himself for a child he had never met before. that's what makes john shear america strong.
chris conley, abc news, los angeles. and we're so glad you were watching tonight. great to begin the week with you. we're always here at abcnews.com. "nightline" later and i'll see you right back here tomorrow night. good night. tonight, tough restrictions for east bay gun stores. >> federal civil rights claim in the death of a santa rosa teenager shot by a sheriff dep tichlt tonight, his parents come
forward. >> the state's biggest casino raise being concerned about the trouble traffic might be. >> why cross bay rivals could be forced to share a stadium. major league baseball says, play ball, next season. an east bay city weighs new rules for gun shops good evening. >> those rules would impact where new gun stores could be located. owners and employees would have to pass background checks. critics say is another step in eroding rights. >> the mayor of pleasant hill says his proposal is really all about gun safety. but you know, these debates turn into that fundamental issue of gun control and gun control in the second amendment. that is likely to happen tonight here at city hall with a packed audience of gun rights and control advocates.
it's all happening in about an hour. these people have been pouring into city hall many from out of town. both for and against the controversial ordinance. emotions running high. the debate will happen here in the chambers of this small bedroom opportunity of roughly 34,000 people. >> this is a matter of public safety the opportunity for a city to take action. >> the mayor authored the ordinance, restricting where the nur stores could be set up. >> from a firearms dealer to other sensitive uses, parks, playgrounds. and large die care centers. >> gun dealers would have to get a