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>> thanks for joining us. from all of us here, thanks for watching welcome to "world news." tonight homeward bound. millions of americans navigate through nasty weather to get home for thanksgiving, airports jammed with passengers, roads slick with snow and ice, and news tonight about macy's giant parade balloons. white house warning, another beg setback for the obama care website tonight and the worry about what could happen this weekend. recipe for disaster, thanksgiving dinner and the biggest cause of house fires over the holiday. america strong, the superstar chef who traded his luxury restaurant for a soup kitchen. good evening. diane is off tonight.
43 million americans are on the move. across the country the long thanksgiving weekend got off to a hectic start, weather forcing more than 200 flight cancellations today because of snow, ice and wind. in north carolina a tornado blew the roof off this condominium, snapped trees and downed power lines. look at the map tonight, most of the trouble in the northeast, parts of the country bracing for more cold and wind on the way. our extreme weather team is tracking it all and we begin with abc's meteorologist ginger zee. good evening, ginger. >> reporter: good evening, george. who doesn't love a nice, cold rain to kick off the holiday. behind me you can see the balloons that will go up tomorrow that we will be talking about in a bit. first i want to show you the wreck that this storm left behind. sliding into the holiday from the carolinas to new england. trudging through nasty wind and driving rain. the timing of this storm, just cruel for the 39 million of us
hitting the road this thanksgiving. the pre-holiday hustle clogged in tennessee, an oil tanker flipped. in boston, gusty winds near 40 miles per hour. in atlanta, snow. the first measurable november snow that they've had since 1975. along the east coast, we've had a solid soaking with at least one to two inches of rain almost everywhere. in north carolina, they're cleaning up after two tornadoes sliced into buildings, tossing debris. >> when we heard it, it was just a high pitch whistle like. >> reporter: and less than 24 hours after those tornados, snow. >> it's snowing pretty heavy right now. the roads look like they're pretty slick. >> reporter: they're used to that in buffalo, new york but tires were spinning from new york to lake effect snow land in southwest michigan as travelers fought through those streets. and, no, it isn't horrible everywhere. they're loving the snow at ski
resorts like this one in michigan. weather or not, more people on the roads does mean more accidents. check this out. on the night before thanksgiving progressive insurance found a 24% increase in accidents involving rear end and parking. fortunately, this storm is out of here tonight. behind it winds and bitter cold which has the balloons on high alert at the macy's thanksgiving day parade. any wind above 23 miles per hour would ground the beloved inflatables. officials are optimistic that the balloons will fly, that they should be just under that threshold of wind, but they will make the final decision in the morning. i promised it will be dry and if you watch me on "gma" right here tomorrow i promise bitter cold. it's going to feel like the teens. >> we're going to hold you to both promises. okay, ginger, thanks. >> let's go to those long lines at america's airports. millions hoping their holiday flights don't end up delayed. abc's ron claiborne is in new york's laguardia airport with a look at how they're doing. ron? >> reporter: george, things are actually going pretty well, surprisingly well.
there were predictions of all kinds of chaos at airports on top of a traditional crush of travelers, weather-related chaos, but those dire warnings appear to have spooked a lot of people into leaving early. in charlotte, north carolina overnight, the line outside the main terminal may have seemed interminable. in new york's penn station the concourses were packed with crowds of people trying to avoid the predicted chaos at the airport. for the most part, travel on this day before thanksgiving wasn't so bad. one reason, it seems days of warnings of an apocalyptic airport mess persuaded many people to depart yesterday. >> the airlines offered passengers the opportunity to move their flights up a day, so we did a couple thousand extra passengers at each checkpoint yesterday to make today a little bit easier. >> reporter: of course, there were some flight delays and cancellations. kelly johnson got to laguardia at 8:00 this morning for a 10:20
flight from new york to raleigh -- durham. >> i asked them and they said i'm sorry, ma'am, your flight has been cancelled. >> no one told you? >> no one notified me, no. >> reporter: seven hours after she got here, she finally made her way to security. in atlanta we met this woman who didn't care if there had been a snarled mess at the airport. >> you're waiting for -- >> my husband. i'm going to cry. he's in afghanistan. >> reporter: she was waiting for her husband, army soldier jason shelton due to arrive today. >> we're waiting for him to be home. >> reporter: on this evening of thanksgiving, these images from airports around the country, a weary santa waiting to tackle the security line at chicago's midway airport and at o'hare airport also in chicago a little boy waiting to board a plane wearing what has got to be the best turkey cap, well, ever. if you are still traveling tonight the tsa has these tips. you can bring pies through the security checkpoint and turkeys as long as they're not live turkeys.
cranberry sauce is considered a liquid and has the same limitation of any other liquid, three ounces. george, all those people traveling this week are eventually going to have to go back home. the vast majority travel the sunday after thanksgiving. this coming sunday has the potential to be a real travel >> could be a big one. ron, thanks very much. in washington today a new delay for obama care. the white house announced it's pushing back online enrollment for small businesses for the second time on top of a one-year delay in the requirement for large employers to offer health insurance just days ahead of the deadline to have that glitched filled website fixed. here's abc's senior washington correspondent jeff zeleny. >> reporter: a new setback for the nation's battered healthcare law. this time for small businesses. the white house has touted the program. >> this is good news for small businesses that want to provide insurance to their employees. >> reporter: but acknowledged today that it'll be another year before businesses can enroll online. it comes just three days before president obama's self-imposed deadline to repair the health care website, the administration
triaging things it can fix and things it cannot, officials actively lowering expectations. >> to be clear, november 30th does not represent a re-launch of healthcare.gov. it is not a magical date. >> reporter: the white house expressing real jitters about new crashes this weekend, especially if demand hits 200,000 like it did on the first day of the rollout. but tonight, the new setbacks are raising republican suspicions. house senate majority leader eric cantor blamed president obama, "once again he has tried to bury bad news around a holiday, hoping nobody will notice." >> jeff, the white house lowering expectations for this weekend on the website. but if it doesn't work well, the pressure to delay that individual mandate, the requirement to buy health care, is going to rise. >> reporter: you're right, george, the pressure is going to rise, particularly the political pressure. it gives republicans more ammunition to criticize the law. one senior administration official i talked to tonight said the president has given a
directive that that individual mandate, that requirement to buy insurance by march 31st, will not be touched, will not be delayed. but, george, there is only four months left so we'll see. >> white house holding firm, jeff zeleny, thanks. america's new ambassador to japan involved in a serious international despite days after taking her post. caroline kennedy delivers a stern warning after a defiant move by china. abc's white correspondent jim avila has the story. >> reporter: the new ambassador to japan, caroline kennedy, greeted like american royalty. presenting her credentials to the emperor, lawyer, friend and supporter of president obama of course the daughter of a slain president. missing from the resume, diplomatic experience, but that did not stop her today, just two weeks on the job, from delivering a blunt warning that china's sudden and unilateral demand that planes must check in before flying near these remote islands is dangerous. >> this only serves to increase tensions in the region.
>> reporter: it may be symbolic but today china deployed its first and only aircraft carrier into the region. it's unarmed, just on sea trials, a sign that despite ambassador kennedy's stern statement, backed by an american b-52 flyover, china is not backing down from its demand for advanced notice for any planes flying over these uninhabited islands. in japan, mrs. kennedy's statements have made her an even bigger hero. >> i'm also proud to carry forward my father's legacy of public service. >> reporter: serenaded today on her 56th birthday. ♪ happy birthday to you >> reporter: she has read to children and visited the tsunami zone, her appointment said to be an ego boost for japan. >> japan is not as central as it used to be and now they get a kennedy, and caroline kennedy at that, to be the ambassador. >> reporter: now her first crises suddenly propelling a famous but still rookie diplomat into the big leagues. jim avila, abc news, washington.
new trouble tonight in the already tense relationship between the u.s. and pakistan, word that a top cia official there has been publicly identified, accused of murder and waging war. details from abc's muhammad lila. >> reporter: it all started with this, another deadly drone strike on pakistani soil last week. people here responding with outrage. first, blocking the vital nato supply route into afghanistan and today this -- a court paper publicly naming the man they say runs the cia here, accusing him of "committing murder and waging war against pakistan." even though it's now public, abc is choosing not to broadcast his name. today neither the cia nor the state department would comment. >> as you know, we, as a standard practice, don't speak to them. >> reporter: it also happened in 2010, the incident recreated in the movie "zero dark thirty" when pakistanis blew the cover of another station chief forcing him to be evacuated. this is the man behind today's
public outing, imran khan, a cricket star turned politician, with millions of supporters. earlier this year he threatened to do whatever he could to bring drone strikes to an end. >> all it does is it causes collateral damage, anti-u.s. and guess who gains? the militants. >> reporter: tonight by revealing a name that's supposed to be top secret, it just got harder to tell america's friends from its enemies. muhammad lila, abc news, islamabad. in russia tonight new concerns about the safety of the upcoming winter olympics after this terror raid by moscow police. you see them there storming into an apartment to arrest 15 members of an islamic militant group. police say they were fully armed with explosives, detonators and suicide bombing belts. the suspected terror group was banned from russia in 2010. now to that big crime that targets thanksgiving. 33 million people will begin their holiday shopping tomorrow. that's brown thursday followed by black friday and cyber monday. it's not just the busiest
weekend of the year for shoppers, it's prime time for i.d. thieves. abc's chief business correspondent rebecca jarvis shows how to protect yourself and your wallet. >> reporter: it's the most wonderful time of the year for deals. retailers offering deeper discounts to anyone who opens a store credit card, but that means high season for crooks. >> i'm angry. i'm angry that someone pretended to be me. >> reporter: katie, who asked that we not use her full name, recently had her identity stolen by criminals. >> they went to stores that i've never been to and successfully opened 11 to 14 credit cards. >> reporter: crooks going door to door and hitting every store on this block, buying $15,000 worth of merchandise. a $550 tablet, a $1,200 macbook at best buy, sneakers, coats and fragrances at macy's. adam levin has been fighting identity leaves for decades and says store credit cards make
things easier for scammers. >> you can do it like this in one day and be signed up? >> in some cases you can do it in ten minutes and be signed up. >> reporter: but for a typical credit card the verification process can last weeks. identity thieves are catching on. >> what makes the holidays prime time for identity theft? >> distraction and vulnerability. so many people are out. they are out in public places. they're online. they're taking advantage of sales. >> reporter: so how can you protect yourself? check your credit card and bank statements daily. if you think your identity has been compromised, add a security freeze to your credit report. this keeps loans from being approved without your consent. hold off on signing up for store cards until after the holidays. >> my name does not matter anymore because there is someone else out there with all of my information pretending to be me. >> reporter: rebecca jarvis, abc news, new york. there is at least one turkey with nothing to worry about this year thanks to a formal pardon from president obama. >> with the power vested in me, i want to grant popcorn a full
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>> reporter: a near 6 figure salary, he had it all, then walked away to work here, at the salvation army. >> it's restaurant quality meals and it really just gives dignity to people who would not be able to go and buy this. >> today i've got roast turkey -- >> reporter: he took a 70% pay cut by choice but says he's now rich beyond measure. >> i got to practice my faith and do what i love, cook at the same time, and preach the gospel. >> reporter: part of the gospel ansorge preaches is generosity of service, something americans do more than any other country on earth, especially at the holidays. here at the food bank in new york city the number of people who expressed interest in volunteering this holiday season is up 20%. nationwide the number of actual volunteers has dropped the past two years. last year 64 million americans volunteered their time. >> yeah, he throws down. he's a really good cook. >> reporter: jeff ansorge did one better than give. he gave up a life-style so others could have a life.
that makes him america strong. byron pitts, abc news, new york. >> and for more on how you can volunteer go to our website at abcnews.com. thanks for watching tonight. have a happy and safe thanksgiving. a candle light march to commemorate san francisco's darkest days two. leaders from a generation ago. >> tonight a teen-aged victim of a vicious hate crime recuperates after being burned on the bus.
a teacher whose wife left him with four children to raise >> and a woman may have inspired a palo alto man's trip to north korea. >> thanks for joining us everyone. a city hall rally on honors memorieses of two city leaders. >> this is the anniversary of the assassination that's rocked city hall, killed were popular mayor of san francisco, george moscomi and supervisor, harvey milk. the people who attended are marching through streets into the castro district where supervisor milk operated a camera shop, as you may know, before he was killed. vic lee is there live tonight. this day, we relive san francisco's darkest day. >> reporter: we do. community
groups are holding the march and rally like they did 35 years ago. this is where they will all converge tonight for one big rally. so, let me take you back to that terrible shocking day 35 years ago. >> both mayor moscon sxichlt supervisor harvey milk have been shot and killed. >> chris mosconi was only 16 when a police officer told him his dad was killed.. >> i said what is going on? he said son, you don't know? your father has expired. those are the words he said. i never heard someone say that. >> november 27, 1978. dan white, a former firefighter elected to the board of supervisors shot and killed the two men. he had resigned from the board this month, but now, wanted his seat back. white was angry