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up next >> thanks for watching we appreciate your time as always we'll see you again at 6:00. welcome to "world news." tonight the people who fought through a monster storm, possibly the most powerful to ever hit land. tens of thousands missing tonight as a baby is born in the devastation. new images including an american who leapt in the water for safety. an abc news investigation, brian ross on companies with alleged ties to terror groups given contracts with taxpayer dollars. and sunday surprise. is your holiday about to get easier and happier? and a good evening to you on this night we honor american veterans. and u.s. forces are right there again in a race against time,
part of the effort to save families in the philippines. millions of people fought against perhaps the most powerful storm ever to hit land. the winds leaving behind so much devastation, one philippine official said tonight, "god must have been somewhere else." rescue teams now racing to help. abc's gloria riviera is reporting from the city that took a direct hit. >> reporter: i want to show you the watch tower. that gives you a sense of how high the water rose and everything around it where i'm standing completely submerged. i can see three cars, somebody's bed right there. as if a wave of debris came rushing up and stopped and in the middle of this mess is where they're trying to set up emergency operations. we soared in a chopper carrying bags of rice, below us devastation, home after home shattered, families living in rubble without food or water. police cannot come fast enough.
this is why. new images of the monster up close. storm chaser jim witnesses the storm's impact first hand. >> it blew hard. it blew for hours and didn't let up. >> reporter: at one point jumping into a swimming pool to dodge the deadly wind, hurdling debris through the air. others cling to their roofs. rescued families floated on mattresses. waves smacked the coast as a wall of water pushed inland reaching 20 feet high, obliterating every structure in its path and launching these ships into the town. the city of tacloban in the bull's eye. an 18-year-old american, simon kruzban from colorado was there with a local host family. >> apparently like little little kids got sucked away. it's just horrible. >> reporter: there is very little here to help these survivors.
people taking what's left in this now leveled supermarket, hoping it's enough. fears of what's coming next is on every face. we're told there actually used to be a road through what is now that destruction zone. now the concern is the smell of gas in the air. that's from vehicles like this one slammed on their side or upside down. you see these everywhere. we made our way through the shattered street to the airport. this was the airport before. this is it now. inside a woman cannot wait for evacuation. she had swam and clung to a post during the storm. now in the rubble she gave birth to a little girl. gloria riviera, abc news, tacloban. >> our thanks to gloria. as we said, here at home americans are mobilizing to send help halfway around the world. in the bay area, food drives. in pittsburgh neighbors gathering medical supplies. in los angeles u.s. veterans setting out for the storm zone to try to help on the ground. abc's chief foreign correspondent terry moran is in
manila tonight reporting on the race to help get the help there fast. terry? >> reporter: dawn is just coming up here at the military base in manila. this is going to be one of the main staging areas for the massive relief effort under way so desperately needed. take a look at this photo from the disaster zone, children holding up signs pleading, begging for food, water, shelter, help of any kind. right here and right now it's the u.s. marines doing the heavy lifting. they have five giant cargo aircraft like this one right behind me and 215 marines in the initial deployment ferrying all kinds of supplies, forklifts, generators, water, medical supplies, food, sanitation and hygiene supplies as well to fight the looming public health crises that faces this country. the u.s.a.i.d. has pledged $20 million. the united nations sending out a flash appeal for help around the world. they are just getting ramped up here.
make no mistake, they understand that every hour counts. diane? >> monitoring the relief. thank you, terry. on this veteran's day it's hard not to think of general mcarthur 70 years ago vowing to the philippine people "i shall return." if you want to be among the people trying to keep that promise there are so many ways to help, and we have listed many of them on our website. abcnews.com/worldnews. back here at home tonight on this veteran's day the president laid a wreath at the tomb of the unknowns at arlington national cemetery. right there in the crowd, the nation's oldest living veteran, 107-year-old richard overton. >> he was there at pearl harbor when the battleships were still smoldering. he was there at okinawa. he was there at iwo jima where he said i only got out of there
by the grace of god. >> someone else who served got a salute today, 91-year-old phyllis gould, one of the original rosie the riveters. she worked as a welder during world war ii and today vice-president biden called her to invite her to the white house because she had said it's a big item on her bucket list. our british allies movingly saluted one of their own, 99-year-old veteran harold percival who died recently. look, his obituary noted he has no close family who could attend his funeral. word got out on social media and 300 strangers showed up in the rain to salute a man who deserves gratitude from us all. and as we honor our american veterans tonight a troubling abc news investigation is next. u.s. government contracts awarded to companies with alleged ties to terror groups, some of those terror groups targeting american forces. abc's chief investigative correspondent brian ross on the trail. >> reporter: with americans
still being attacked every week in afghanistan, the u.s. government has worked hard to find out who has helped pay for the continued and deadly insurgent strikes only to discover that among those connected to the terrorists were companies also working as contractors for the u.s. government, according to these two lists produced by the military and the congress department. u.s. officials say the companies already have received about $150 million in u.s. taxpayer money over the years. >> it's like the united states government subsidizing the taliban, al qaeda, haqqani network, those groups that are trying to shoot and kill our soldiers. >> reporter: among them a road construction company that the u.s. says is partly owned by a leader of that brutal haqqani network, blamed for an attack on the u.s. embassy two years ago that killed 16 people. the company denies ties to
terrorists but sensitive u.s. military documents obtained by abc news claimed the profits, approximately $1 to $2 million a month flowed to the hqn network to finance his activities. >> i'm an old-time prosecutor and my hair stood on end. >> reporter: an abc news investigation found that despite pleas from commanders in the field along with congress and the inspector general, pentagon lawyers have refused to formally block those companies from receiving u.s. contracts. >> the reason they have given us is that it's not fair to these contractors that the evidence that we presented -- and this is the evidence collected by the united states government -- is classified. >> reporter: the pentagon cancelled a scheduled interview with us on the subject so we went to the military office that deals with the issue, where a top official said it was a question of due process, with classified information that the contractors cannot see. >> there are certain regulations
that have to be followed, due process regulations. >> even with groups that are connected to terrorism? >> well, that gets into documents i cannot discuss. in fact, i'm not allowed to talk to you unless i have the permission of the army so i have to end this interview at this point. >> in a statement to abc news the army said it has extensive vetting procedures, and most of the companies on the terror connected list were not awarded contracts. most they say, diane, does not mean all. >> brian ross investigating again tonight. thank you, brian. and we move on now because we are happy to report tonight there is one less disintegrating satellite in orbit around the earth. you may have heard that a european research satellite would break up and hit land. instead it crashed into the atlantic ocean today a few hundred miles from argentina. next tonight a big change in how we do our holiday shopping. the world's largest internet
retailer struck a deal with the postal service. abc's linzie janis tells us for the first time your packages will be delivered on sundays. >> reporter: say good-bye to the door buster, the pushing, the shoving, the crowds. that's the message from amazon today, striking a deal with the u.s. postal service to offer sunday delivery for the first time. it starts this week in new york and los angeles and will expand next year. it's all about convincing shoppers that buying online can be just as speedy as going to the store. >> i think it's really simple. when you see amazon delivering a package on a sunday it shows that it's sweating. it's feeling the pressure from the brick and mortar retailers and slicing back somehow. >> reporter: and the big chains are starting earlier than ever this year. >> don't let the holidays sneak up on you. >> reporter: toys r us announcing it will join the likes of target, macy's and walmart all opening their doors on thanksgiving day.
almost 80 percent of us buy our presents in stores. online holiday shopping was up nearly 10 percent last year. it's expected to grow by 13 percent this year. viewers tell us the convenience is hard to beat. >> i'm going to be doing holiday shopping online. >> with the free shipping, the discounts codes, they never close. >> working full time and with kids, it gets difficult to get to the store. >> if i can find what i want online and i can find free shipping, then it's a win-win. >> reporter: experts say all the competition means one thing. >> you should never pay full price for anything ever again. >> reporter: linzie janis, abc news, new york. also in the news tonight a headline about violence in the movies. a new report shows movies rated pg 13 have now become more violent than r rated movies were when the ratings process began back in the 1980s. parents who have been relying on these ratings are left without a lot of help. here's abc's david wright.
>> reporter: shoot 'em up blockbusters like the first of the "diehard" movies or the original "terminator" used to be rated r. but their modern day sequels, pg 13, even though you now get a lot more bang for the buck. researchers at the university of pennsylvania looked at the top grossing movies of the past 60 years, from "cinderella" all the way down through "the hunger games," watching in particular for the level of gun violence. >> our conclusion is that the rate of gun violence in the pg 13 category has gone up like three times since it first started. >> reporter: in 1985 the average pg 13 had less than one shooting per hour, in 2012 nearly three shootings per hour. sex and swearing will still earn an r rating, but gun violence more likely to be pg 13.
>> a top grossing r rated film of today will have less gun violence than a pg 13 top grossing film today. >> reporter: the motion picture association declined comment. others dispute the suggestion that hollywood is feeding a culture of violence. gun violence in movies may have dramatically increased but in real life violent crime is at an all time low. david wright, abc news, hollywood. tonight in the news, the missing woman rescued from a kidnapper not by police but by her own family. and filling up the giant grand canyon. who opened the flood gates and what your family will find the next time you visit there. we're back in two minutes. ♪ [ male announcer ] ever wonder why no other mouthwash feels like listerine®? because no other mouthwash works like listerine®. in your mouth, bacteria forms in layers.
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in this vacant house on anderson road. >> reporter: by the time police arrived it was over. for now even the district attorney says he won't charge the family. >> in this case they saved the girl from dying and unfortunately the assailant died. >> reporter: like so many abused women arceneaux kept filing police reports and he kept getting released on bond. in june she filed for this restraining order saying he choked me until the point i couldn't breathe. across the country these orders of protection are often no stronger than the paper they're written on. each year nearly 300,000 victims get one but at least half of them are violated by the same people they're meant to stop. the arceneauxs say they did what they had to do. steve osunsami, abc news, atlanta. and up ahead, our "instant index." ♪ waterloo >> yes, get out your bell bottoms, abba is about to take a
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and finally tonight a true band of brothers, some of america's wounded veterans joining forces with a rock and roll legend, music that can raise you up, all part of an event close to the heart of abc's bob woodruff, the veterans making sure their voices are heard. >> reporter: if anyone needs the healing power of music -- ♪ >> reporter: it is these men, wounded on the sands of iraq and afghanistan. >> my life has just blown up in every sense of the word.
>> reporter: their general now, concert pianist arthur bloom. >> there are an increasing number of studies that show that music can help an injured brain heal. >> reporter: he founded music core which teaches vets to play using their new bodies to heal their old wounds. james biler lost both legs and two fingers. >> it was fantastic therapy. i did it all the time in my room. i played guitar a lot. i would say i'm a better guitar player now than i was before. >> remember how we end it. >> reporter: when rock and roll legend roger waters of pink floyd learned about music core last year he decided to create the band. a lead singer, triple amputee, tim donnelly. >> roger said you're a better singer than he is. >> not true at all. i'm okay. ♪
>> reporter: last week they took to the stage before almost 6,000 people at a stand up for heros benefit where we raised more than $5 million. a band of brothers finding their voice. bob woodruff, abc news, new york. and we want to thank all of you for sharing your photos of the veterans in your life with us today. keep sending them to our flickr page. we thank you for watching. we'll see you right back here again tomorrow night. good night. tonight, last minute drills taking place in the new alled yi cot tunnel now. >> notice the smell of burning plastic? fallout from a weekend fire had a recycling plant.
a relief effort underway for the philippine typhoon. a $99 tma test is raising concerns how much is too much genetic information? >> breaking news happening now. you can see the back up getting to the lower deck following a late-evening crash. >> interstate 80 skyway is gridlocked following a clash on the bridge involving two car asks a motorcycle. >> our south beach camera captured this picture, oh, sorry we don't have that for you. we can expect back up to last sometime. going to be slow going, get it out of san francisco for those heading to the bay bridge on this holiday. good evening. >> take a look at this. in the
center of the screen is the new fourth bore of the caldecott tunnel. with just a week to go, it was put to the test today every commuter will be delighted to know it passed the test and all systems go to open to traffic next week. that much-anticipated fourth bore will eliminate congestion. abc7 news is live with the finishing touches for a grand opening. laura? >> well, hi there. all eyes on construction of the new bay bridge, work here was quietly humming along. this week as these tests unfold throughout the week, passing motorists may see emergency vehicles outside of the new tunnel, but not to worry. it's just a prelude to an opening. >> we're going to plug into this system