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making news in america this morning, triple threat, the relentless winter weather won't quit with two more storms waiting in the wings as the travel troubles are piling up. manhunt over. a convicted murderer who escaped prison has been captured. new this morning, we're hearing from the deputies who found him. troubled star. new details about what was discovered inside philip seymour hoffman's apartment reveal a hidden struggle. plus, the evidence left behind that opened a whole new investigation. wild maneuver. is this the best parallel parking job of all time or just one lucky driver? good tuesday morning, everyone. i'm john muller.
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>> and i'm marci gonzalez in for diana perez. we begin with the wave of winter weather sweeping across the country. round one buried the northeast in several inches of snow, stranding thousands of travelers, and this is just the beginning. 160 million people are in the path of two more storms. it is a mess again from the midwest to the northeast. this morning, half of the country is preparing for a week of snow, ice and rain. right now, 25 states are under winter watches or warnings, but some are taking the snow masses in stride like this shopkeeper in stroudsburg, pennsylvania. >> makes boot sales and clothing sales really good. gloves have been good. hats have been good. hand warmers, everything. >> reporter: snow is piling up in connecticut where people are getting creative to stay warm and dry.
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>> this works, because it's wet, clingy snow, so no matter what you wear, it's going to get wet. >> reporter: clearing snow is not for everybody, but someone's got to do it, even new york's mayor. >> i have shoveled twice this morning already because it came on so quickly. >> reporter: today over 1,000 flights have already been canceled across the country. the bulk of them at the philadelphia, newark and new york laguardia airports and the super bowl exodus turned into a traveling nightmare for fans trying to get back home. >> right now they're canceling every hour, so i'm not even sure i'll get out. >> with the weather getting so bad, i called this morning and got an earlier flight, and then it got delayed then it got delayed, and now it's delayed again. >> all right, so that was round one of the winter weather. round two is forming right now. >> and for the very latest on that, what's in store, we turn to accuweather meteorologist jim dickey. jim? >> good morning, john and marci. our stormy week continues here with storm -- winter storm two of three. it's already forming up here across the lower mississippi valley going to streak north and eastward headed through wednesday, but the snow, that's beginning already through these
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early morning hours across the plains, the front range of the rockies, snow spreading eastward. the heaviest of the snow today will be across eastern kansas into central and northern missouri then on into the ohio valley. kansas city by the time the sun rises wednesday morning, likely 6 to 12 inches of snow then from there the system heads into the northeast, new england, bringing a fresh foot in many locations, northern p.a. on into portions of new england, again, 6 to 12 inches too and another storm that rolls in this weekend hitting many of the same regions and this looks to be the strongest of the bunch, so our stormy week continues. john and marci, back to you. >> all right. thanks, jim. a much different scenario in the west where they're struggling to cope with a historic drought threatening to cut off water to millions of people across california. >> the bay area got soaked with some rain, and that's welcome, but it was just a drop in the bucket. reservoirs have dried up, and farmers now scrambling to water their crops. it could mean billions of dollars in losses and higher
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produce prices across the country. >> it'll affect all of us because, again, if the rain doesn't come down, the crops don't grow, people don't work, prices go up and so forth. >> the drought has prompted the governor to declare a state of emergency. in order to get back on track, the state would have to get heavy rain every other day till may. the manhunt for a murderer who escaped from a michigan prison sunday night is over. michael david elliot was recaptured last night in northern indiana. police tracked him down after receiving a report of a stolen car. elliott was on the loose for about 24 hours before being caught. the officers who arrested him said elliott surrendered peacefully. >> he wasn't disrespectful by any means. he was fairly polite actually. >> and said, hey, i'm the guy everyone is looking for? >> he didn't try to give any false names or send us off the path. we asked him his name, and he told us who he was. >> prison officials will now try to determine how elliott escaped when cameras observed him trying to get through two fences. an officer was said to be monitoring those cameras.
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he also eluded an officer in a vehicle who at one point was just about 20 feet away. joan mondale, the wife of former vice president walter mondale, is being remembered by president obama. mondale died yesterday in minneapolis surrounded by her husband and sons. her family did not discuss her illness. a statement from the president praised mondale's passionate efforts to promote arts and culture during her years in washington referring to her nickname, joan of art. mondale was 83 years old. new jersey's embattled governor is speaking out for the first time since last week's bombshell claim made by a former aide. david wildstein said evidence exists that chris christie knew about the george washington bridge closures while they were going on. christie responded on a new jersey radio show last night. >> the most important issue is did i know anything about the plan to close these lanes? did i authorize it? did i know about it? did i approve it? did i have any knowledge of it
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beforehand? and the answer is still the same, it's unequivocally no. >> we've learned overnight the official at the center of the scandal, bridget anne kelly, is taking the fifth and refusing to turn over any documents. kelly wrote that now infamous e-mail, which read, "time for some traffic problems in ft. lee". but this morning an honor of sorts for new jersey. an audience of 111.5 million viewers watching the state's first super bowl sunday night as the seahawks, of course, destroyed denver. >> that makes the game the most watched tv event in u.s. history, and it's the fourth time in five years that we've been able to say that. the long flight back to seattle probably didn't feel that long for the new nfl champions. coach pete carroll led his team off the plane last night. seattle will honor the seahawks with a parade through downtown and a rally at their stadium tomorrow. >> super bowl mvp malcolm smith wasn't on that flight. he made a side trip to disney world for a parade along main
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street usa. that, of course, follows his on-field promise, i'm going to disney world. >> oh, yeah. and seattle quarterback russell wilson was in good company sitting courtside with jay-z and his wife beyonce at last night's brooklyn nets game watching the home team. they saw the home team take a win. >> yeah, they did. all right. google gets the boot. why one city is telling the company to move its mystery barge. plus, drug den. a chilling new detail about what was found inside philip seymour hoffman's apartment following his death. and is joe namath's style catching on? wait until you hear what we found out about that fur coat he wore on super bowl sunday.
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breaking business news this morning, overseas markets are getting hammered. the nikkei down more than 4% following the dow's biggest one-day drop in eight months. stocks tumbled more than 300 points, down more than 7% since the start of the year. discouraging manufacturing numbers and disappointing car sales sparked off the sell-off. the wall street plunge is taking a toll on your retirement savings. the average american's 401(k) is now down nearly 6% this year and so for a typical nest egg of $100,000, that is, of course, a $6,000 loss in just the last month. some analysts are putting a dollar figure on last month's polar vortex.
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they say last month's polar blast across the country probably cost the u.s. $5 billion in lost revenue. that comes from lost productivity and consumer spending, as well as costs to airlines canceling 15,000 flights. another astounding number, this one, recalled vehicles here in the u.s. the government says almost 22 million cars and trucks recalled by automakers last year, the most since 2004. with more companies using common parts, they tend to be larger when something goes wrong. google has to move its controversial mystery barge from a san francisco bay island because the state says permits for construction there shouldn't have been issued. the company has yet to publicly announce its plans for the floating four-story building, but speculation has centered on a technology learning center or a new retail store. facebook, mark zuckerberg's one-time dorm room project, has now turned ten years old today. >> unbelievable. the social networking giant now boasts more than 1.2 billion users, close to a seventh of the planet's total population. zuckerberg will also mark another milestone in may when he
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turns 30. his net worth is growing too. now about 31 billion with a "b" dollars. >> so he's got a billion more dollars than years on this earth. >> incredible. >> incredible. all right, when we come back, wild ride. a driver loses control and accidentally does the amazing parking job. and the play that is finally giving denver sports fans something to cheer about. so i can reach ally bank 24/7, but there are no branches? 24/7. i'm sorry, i'm just really reluctant to try new things. really? what's wrong with trying new things? look! mommy's new vacuum! (cat screech) you feel that in your muscles? i do... drink water. it's a long story. well, not having branches let's us give you great rates and service. i'd like that. a new way to bank. a better way to save.
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and for dark spots wow, this hoh no.s amazing. who are you? who are you? wrong answer. wait, daddy, this is blair, he booked this room with priceline express deals and saved a ton. yeah, i didn't have to bid i got everything i wanted. oh good i always do. oh good he seemed nice. express deals. priceline savings without the bidding. well, the latest storm to march into the northeast was a dream come true for many schoolchildren. all that snow means no school and a day of fun. these kids in connecticut making the best of it there spending their spare time sledding and building some snowmen. >> looks like fun. now a look at the morning road conditions. slick from d.c. to new england. a wet and icy commute across the south.
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snow covered highways from kansas and nebraska into the ohio valley. snowy mountain passes in the rockies. and if you're flying, airport delays possible in denver, kansas city, chicago, memphis and new orleans. back to the news now and the latest details surrounding the death of philip seymour hoffman. investigators found dozens of bags of what appeared to be heroin in the actor's apartment. >> now there is an intense search under way to figure out where the drugs came from. here's abc's ryan smith. >> reporter: part of an actor's craft is to look at the journey of a life and find meaning in its destination. for someone who lived brilliantly inside so many different people, the world's so baffled how philip seymour hoffman wound up here. he was the chameleon, the rare actor who could disappear into any role. >> that's true. >> so you admit it. >> reporter: yet demons of his own that would take his life. police reveal
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chilling new details at the death scene finding nearly 70 baggies of heroin in his apartment, five of them used hoffman was found alone what a hypodermic needle sticking out of his arm. now investigators keying in on the heroin itself, some stamped with the logo ace of spades to examine its purity. hoffman was supposed to pick up his children on sunday but he never showed up. that prompted calls to friends who came to his apartment building here and discovered his body. hoffman struggled with drugs and alcohol as a young actor saying he remained sober for decades before relapsing. it was just weeks ago that he was at the sundance film festival promoting his latest film, "god's pocket" seen here in one of his last interviews. >> you kind of know that someone is asking you to be involved in something that's truly personal, you know, and those are the projects you want to be a part of. >> reporter: it was his passion for his work and the characters he played that made him an acting legend. ryan smith, abc news, new york. >> hoffman's tragic passing casts light on the growing danger of heroin use here in the
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u.s. the dea says heroin overdoses have now increased 45% in recent years. in the past few weeks, concern has risen over heroin mixed with the potent painkiller fentanyl. at least 22 people have died in western pennsylvania after using the drug mix. it dogs not appear hoffman's death was linked to this combination. well, federal investigators are on the scene of a deadly small plane crash in nashville. it's believed that four members of the same family were on board the gulfstream that went down. the plane had missed its first approach and crashed near a ymca while preparing for a second attempt. no one on the ground was hurt. the food and drug administration launching a $115 million nationwide ad campaign targeting young smokers. the ads will graphically focus on concerns about appearance one showing a teenage girl peeling the skin off her face to trade it for a cigarette. in another a young man pulls out a tooth with pliers. the ads will run through at least next year. >> time for sports.
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that means hoop highlights including a a nail biter from the college ranks. details from our friends at espn. good morning, america. he's stan, i'm neil. this is the "sportscenter" set in los angeles. >> and we got college basketball to talk about. it's been a long time since iowa state won at oklahoma state. how long? >> how long has it been? >> since 1988. unbelievable. the big 12 was the big eight back then and they played a whole lot of basketball in stillwater. under 20 seconds to go, this is the second overtime. long, his only bucket of the game. sends it to a third overtime. under a minute in the third overtime. cyclones down 2. morris for one. 1.9 to go. one last chance for the cowboys. le'bryan nash did all he could. he had 26 points in this game, but iowa state hangs on and wins finally in stillwater in triple overtime. still no chris paul but the clips have done themselves all right without him. blake griffin had 36 in this one. less than ten seconds to play,
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the clips are down 1. j.j. redick, matt barnes, tattoo you, clippers up two, but then randy foye, the former clipper. here's what we'll do, hixon is going to give it to you and you're going to shoot and you're going to score and then we're going to mob you and that's exactly what happened. nuggets win on foye's game-winning three. >> and that was over blake griffin. seahawks super bowl parade on wednesday for the super bowl. >> they scored again, by the way. >> all right, thanks, guys. the jury is still out on this story, but if there were a parallel parking event at the winter games in sochi, we've got to say this person is a winner. >> take a look at this driver in russia. maybe he's out of control. maybe he's looking for a parking spot, we don't know, pretty incredible. he crossed across the entire three lanes and skid into an exact parking spot. check it out. >> that is unbelievable. >> boom. >> that nobody was hurt in all of that. >> slamming into parking, go in
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there and get your cup of coffee. >> oh, man. as the snow came down in new york, we got a firsthand look at just how dangerous it can be out there. >> yeah, one of our local reporters was almost mowed down on live television. take a look at this. >> our reporter kristin thorne is smithtown. she continues -- >> kristin, are you okay? >> i'm okay. sorry about that, liz. we had someone obviously who was not happy that we were standing in the road. >> oh, my goodness. thankfully kristin is just fine. she's such a pro. she brushed off the incident, finished up her report and said that driver just kept driving around honking his horn looking for attention. >> this is a guy looking for attention. he wasn't saying you're in the road. he's basically saying i'm here, look at me. >> yeah, exactly. >> not cool. >> not at all. up next, "the pulse," one of the most talked about super bowl ads is one you probably didn't see. plus, a creative dad and a little ingenuity creates the perfect ponytail.
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♪ time to check "the pulse," stories you'll be talking about today starting with a jaw-dropping super bowl ad that most of the country didn't see. >> yeah, this is a two-minute action-packed local commercial by a georgia attorney. it's all about his life-changing switch from criminal defense to personal injury prompted by the murder of his brother. >> i'm attorney jamie casino, and i don't represent villains anymore. i speak for innocent victims who cannot speak for themselves. >> some say it looks like a cross between a vigilante justice documentary and heavy metal video. i think definitely looks a little more like a heavy metal video. >> absolutely. >> with flames. >> coming this fall on a network near you. should be a detective or something.
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despite some negative reviews, joe namath's fur coat is apparently a big hit around the world. orders for the instantly famous jacket were streaming in from as far away as dubai. the coyote jacket with white fox trim goes for $3,000. the new york merchant who helped him pick it out said he could hardly watch the super bowl because he was too busy answering tweets and facebook messages all about namath's style. >> certainly made an impression. finally a video of a creative dad that is quickly going viral. >> yeah, this one has been popping up on a lot of facebook pages overnight. take a look. it shows a guy using a vacuum to put his daughter's hair in a ponytail. a quick and easy way to get that perfect hairdo. >> look at that. he pulls it right off and it's perfect. my daughter 10 is an expert at ponytails. can do all kinds of things, french braids, but i had to do a ponytail a couple of times, and it wasn't so good.
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live from the kgo-tv broadcast center this is abc7 news. >> good morning on tuesday. thanks for jointing us. i am kristen sze. >> i am eric thomas. first, the weather forecast with mike nicco. >> good morning, everyone. cooler when you step outside with clouds increasing. it will cap the cooling over the next hour. there is moisture offshore. that is where it will stay. the forecast today from sutro shows how clear it is and not much fog. we are going to be partly sunny. increasing clouds today. not is bright as yesterday. temperatures are in the same ballpark, low-to-mid 50's along the coast and the rest of us are in the mid-to-upper 50's. now the commute. leyla gulen? >> good morning, everyone. good tuesday. we have a few construction
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projects. we have word of a stalled bus blocking a lane on 101 with more details on that will set coming up in a little bit but as we take you to the antioch bridge it is closed at this hour. you do have round about ways but it will re-open at 5:00 if you can wait it out that is the best bet. tracy to dublin is 23 minutes westbound on 580. 6 minutes from san rafael to san francisco southbound. this is the golden gate bridge away from sausalito there is residue on the camera but it looks to be clear into san francisco. >> thank you, leyla gulen. developing news from the east bay: police are investigating a shooting that left two injured in pittsburg before 1 1:00 last night. no word on suspects or motive. amy hollyfield is at the scene
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with a report at the top of the hour. >> we expect important new developments in the debt of a three-year-old girl. the mother and the mother's boyfriend could be charged with murder of the girl the. >> the result of the autopsy are not released but kayleigh slusher's body will be released to her father's parents much the father is in prison. her mother, sara krueger, and her boyfriend, are expected to make the first court appearance this afternoon in superior court. police are asking the district attorney to charge the two with murder. police arrest them on sunday because of help of alert citizens. a woman was on social media and saw pictures of the couple and recognized them in the restaurant. the manager also recognized them from tv and the police got several calls and put the word out to law enforcement and bart police found the pair at the bart station. later, we talked with the grandfhe


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