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welcome to "world news." tonight falling short, the white house finally releases the numbers on obama care. worse than thought. and the woman who became the face of obama care is saying tonight she's been living a nightmare. lie detectors, a major blow to the people who run airport security tonight accused of wasting $1 billion trying to detect suspicious behavior. real money, the hunt is on for leaks in your family budget. we saved this family $700 on a heating bill in just one hour and show you how you can do it, too. good evening to you on this wednesday night as we lead with a moment of truth for president
obama and that troubled health care website. we knew about the glitches and the apology from the president, but today we learned a stark number, how few americans actually signed up on that federal site, fewer than you can fit in yankee stadium. this as we finally meet the woman whose face was on the home page. she is saying don't blame her. abc's chief white house correspondent jonathan karl starts us off. >> reporter: during the first month just 26,000 people were able to select health insurance through the federal website or over the phone, a stunningly low number. 14 states and d.c. operate their own health insurance market places and did better, nearly 80,000. all tolled obama care is way behind the administration's goal of 500,000 for the first month and the 7 million they hope to enroll by march. those numbers and who they sign up are critical to making obama care work. even before the numbers came out today, the white house put the blame on the troubled website.
>> i can only tell you that we fully expect that the numbers will be even lower than anticipated because of the significant challenges caused by the website. >> reporter: but that line is not quieting anger in congress where today the most eye popping revelation came from one of the government's top accountants, the first official estimate of how much the website has cost so far. >> by the end of september it was north of $600 million spent. >> reporter: $600 million. to put that in context, that's more than four times what apple spent to develop the iphone. >> if we've spent $600 million already and it's not working does anybody have any idea how much all this is going to cost us in the end? >> reporter: the answer, nobody knows. meanwhile today one of the most enduring mysteries of healthcare.gov is solved. abc news has tracked her down. her name is adrianna. she's a mom and a native of colombia who lives in the u.s.
what started as a simple photo shoot turned her life upside down. >> i don't think they should have any reason to hate me. >> reporter: tomorrow the president is expected to get an earful from some of his strongest supporters. all of the democratic senators are coming down here to the white house where topic number one will not be the thousands who have managed to sign up for obama care but the millions who have been receiving cancellation notices from their insurance companies. diane? >> jonathan karl, thank you so much tonight. we move next to a brewing storm about a nearly billion dollar gamble by the government that apparently didn't work. we're talking about airport security, the tsa. taxpayers paid a lot of money to help security officials learn how to spot potential terrorists suspicious behavior. the trouble is a new report finds the results were no better than guessing. here's abc's senior justice correspondent pierre thomas.
>> reporter: they're at the major airports, 3,000 of them. special tsa officers trained to detect criminals and terrorists by studying the behavior of passengers. are passengers acting suspicious, sweating, nervously looking around. how do they respond to questions. the cost $200 million a year, nearly a billion dollars spent so far and now word that it's money possibly flushed away, that the security project may be worthless. >> for a program to have operated since 2007 without any real success and for someone to try to continue it is an absolute waste of taxpayer's money. >> reporter: congressional investigators offered this stinging assessment, 400 studies from the past 60 years found that the human ability to accurately identify deceptive behavior is the same as or slightly better than chance. even tsa officers acknowledge their analyses is subjective and
varied from location to location. in short, they were inconsistent. tonight tsa officials are calling the report misleading. they say behavior detection is one of the many layers of security and is a common sense approach used by law enforcement across the world. among them israel. the approach can work according to a former security official at an israeli airport. >> the problem is with the implementation, not with the concept. the concept is correct. it would be a great pity if we let it go. >> reporter: he says the israelis do more detailed background checks of passengers and tougher, more aggressive interviews. critics say the money should be spent on proven methods. >> we need more training for our tsos, additional personal at some check points. that's proven to work. >> reporter: tonight travelers may be asking how the government could spend so much money and not know for certain that the program works. diane? >> pierre thomas reporting in. thank you, pierre. next we head overseas to the philippines where tonight families are struggling to
survive, desperate for food, water, shelter. help from around the world is trickling in but the slow pace is testing the limits of the human spirit. abc's chief foreign correspondent terry moran is there. >> reporter: the people here are nearing the breaking point. >> people of the world, please, come to my people. we need you. >> reporter: i'm walking down one of the main roads in tacloban. it used to be fine houses and shops. it's now lined for miles with the debris of this once bustling city and with its still uncollected debt. philippine troops are powering into tacloban. u.s. marine corps general paul kennedy leading the u.s. effort told us security is a growing concern now. >> you're going to have probably flair-ups of violence. the longer that we drag out our ability to support them, support these communities, the more they're going to get frustrated.
>> reporter: but the real killer here now is disease. the children, the most vulnerable. at the shattered tacloban hospital, a mother cradled her dead infant. i just told my baby i am sorry, she says. we don't have money and we don't have anyone to help us. in a neighborhood nearby, mary rose has five children and they are all sick, feverish, hungry, lethargic. >> they have fever. >> they have fever. hello, little one. you don't know why they're sick. >> yes, i don't know. >> maybe the water? >> possible. >> reporter: everyone here needs clean water. there are dozens of low tech solutions being developed to clean water in a disaster like disinfectant powder that can be dropped in a bucket or purifiers that use the sun. right now still the fastest most effective way is what they're doing here, bringing clean water in on huge pallets. there is no time to lose and so much at stake.
but the good news to report today here at the airport is the pace is picking up. it's a 24-hour operation. planes coming in and out and the aid is really starting to flow. food, clothing, water for a people in crises. diane? >> that is good news, finally starting to flow. thank you, terry moran. next tonight three headlines back here at home, a developing story about a shooting near a high school in america. three students shot outside their school in pittsburgh moments after classes were dismissed for the day. two were hit in the leg, the third grazed in the neck and he made his way back inside. the school was put on lockdown, s.w.a.t. teams swarmed the neighborhood and six adults were taken into custody. an amazing story out of san francisco where a group of passengers managed to stop a run away train. a train carrying 30 passengers rolled out of the station without an operator at the controls.
investigators say he stepped off the train to fix a door and may have forgotten to set the brakes. some of the passengers made their way to the controls, and one passenger knew which button triggered the emergency brake and saved the day. the map of american states where same sex marriage is legal is expanding tonight. today hawaii became the 15th state to grand same sex couples the right to mary. today one couple sent out the message, the hawaiian word for thanks. weddings could begin december 2. that could mean a big boost in tourism. by one estimate, an extra $69 million a year in extra income from same sex weddings in hawaii. we head north to canada where the embattled mayor of toronto is back in the spotlight because of his use of crack cocaine. law makers there want him to go but he's refusing and issuing a kind of battle cry. here's abc's neal karlinsky. >> reporter: only the battle over toronto's much maligned
crack smoking loud talking mayor could turn the canadian version of cspan in must watch television. >> i would like you to rule and ask him to apologize. >> i don't want to apologize! >> reporter: after admitting last week that he has smoked crack, toronto mayor rob ford today admitted for the first time to buying drugs, too. adding to the scandal, this video posted by the "toronto star" shows him incoherently and angrily rambling. despite it all, the mayor says he's not going anywhere. >> i'm most definitely keeping this job. >> do you think you have an addiction problem with substance abuse and illicit drugs? >> absolutely not. >> reporter: toronto city council has its hands tied. powerless to kick the mayor out of office, they're trying to isolate him and encourage him to step away but ford remains defiant and popular, preferring
to spend his time autographing bobble head dolls of himself and vowing that no amount of bad behavior will keep him from the mayor's office. neal karlinsky, abc news, seattle. next a very different story, a story of vindication tonight and a family's unwavering faith. a 29-year-old former eagle scout named ryan ferguson spent ten years behind bars for a crime he did not commit. tonight he's finally home free with his family. "nightline" anchor dan abrams tells us how. >> reporter: today for the first time in nearly a decade, ryan ferguson woke up a free man. the 29-year-old released from prison, his murder conviction overturned. his parents picked him up. their faith in their son, a former eagle scout, never wavered. >> whenever i finally saw them, whenever they took the shackles off me and i was able to hug my mother, that second i knew and it was incredible.
>> reporter: his nightmare began in 2004 when a childhood friend, charles erickson, told police he and ferguson had killed a respected newspaper editor for beer money over two years earlier. ferguson was grilled for hours. >> i wasn't there. i didn't do anything. >> reporter: erickson kept changing his story, but in court he was clear as day. >> he had his foot on his back, on the victim's back, and he was pulling him up on the belt. >> reporter: there were foot prints, fingerprints and hair, but none of it matched ferguson. still, he was convicted. >> guilty of murder in the second degree. >> reporter: sentenced to 40 years. ferguson's parents kept fighting, insisting their son was innocent as he spent his 20s in a small cell. >> i miss all the little things, being able to open my door, being able to choose what i wanted to eat and when i wanted to eat and how i wanted to dress. >> reporter: then in 2012 under oath, erickson, the accuser,
recanted the whole story. >> i lied to everybody. >> reporter: i spoke to ryan ferguson while he was still in prison. >> you've got to be furious. >> oh, absolutely. i have suffered a lot and worse i feel like my family has suffered for more than i have. >> reporter: yesterday he was finally released. his first meal, a steak with his family. >> steak and family the second you get out, you can't beat that. >> reporter: dan abrams, abc news, new york. and right here on "world news" tonight real money is back. is there a way to see your money pouring out of your home? >> money flying out the window. >> a trick to saving big money on your winter heating bill in just one hour. and food so spicy you need a gas mask to cook it, a pepper 200 times as spicy as a jalapeno. would you eat it? our reporter takes the challenge. we're back in two minutes. ♪
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released from the body in response to pain. >> chile heads are people that have kind of adopted chile peppers as their hobby. >> reporter: that's paul bosland, director of the chile pepper institute. he says there is rising demand for super hots, the hottest chili peppers in the world measured in what are called skoville units. the higher the number, the hotter the pepper. >> eating a scorpion chili is like being pepper sprayed in your mouth. >> reporter: so hot you need a gas mask to cook with them so why on earth do people do this? we went to see blair lazar, the record holder for making the hottest hot sauce in the world. >> i think that everyone needs to try to feel alive just a little bit more. >> reporter: how could i say no to a taste of one of blair's meanest chilies? >> if you would like to try that. >> you're kidding right? >> no. it's okay. >> reporter: as soon as it hit my mouth it felt like my tongue had been seared with a hot poker, so of course i went for more.
>> there you go. >> wow! wow! >> reporter: not the most pleasant experience but i have to say i'm feeling a little more alive. >> i'm okay! >> reporter: linzie janis, abc news, highlands, new jersey. >> we thank you for watching tonight. we're always here at abcnews.com. "nightline" later and we'll see you right back here again tomorrow night. good night. 123450 tonight, three workers hospitalized in tesla. we're live with injuries. >> the controversial new head of the university of california system silences critics with a surprise new policy on fee increases
>> tonight an investigation reveals dangerous signs of radio activity. can anyone guarantee the area is safe? >> and the tax consequences of same-sex marriage. >> here is writ happened three workers burned by hot metal today at tesla car factory in fremont. good evening, everyone. >> this mishap is the latest accident involving tesla. now this industrial accident. we're live where the victims were taken for treatment. how are they doing? >> i can tell you off the top good, news, there were three people brought here for burns. one of them has been released now, a spokesperson toll tells me a call came in and they
learned it was an industrial accident and all were brought here, take a look alt the video. we were over the scene just moments after the call came n now, we learned that just after 12:00 this afternoon whshth call to 911 reported an accident to the fremont plant, the initially thought it was a fire, now, tesla has not told us who workers were. they have, however, released this statement. there was a failure in a low pressure aluminium casting press three employees were injured we're making sure they receive the best care. >> any time there is any kind of industrial injury, in the city of fremont, we required to notify osha, which is what we do, within 24 hours. >> one hr person has been here almost from the beginning. in support of employees and families