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>> henry ford iii is going to be there. >> we on this friday night, two breaking stories. the major weekend storm. treacherous driving. 100 million americans, 25 states. the system moving from denver to atlanta to the northeast. and developments in the "american sniper" trial. the witness saying the accused killer knew exactly what he was doing. the abc news exclusive, the kidnap victim rescued by the fbi. the surveillance. the moment they try to get to her. the super bug. two dead five sick nearly 180 exposed. and the warning to hospitals across the country. and robin roberts with neil patrick harris tonight. host of the oscars. the big reveal about magic. and hugh jackman is here with advice for the new host.
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good evening, as we come on the air this friday night, several developing stories. we begin with the giant weekend storm that will affect tens of millions. it comes amid deadly cold already. more than 70 records broken today. in tennessee alone, 18 people have died. in the northeast, they're using drones to check on roofs. more than 100 have collapsed in massachusetts alone. and a coast guard cutter breaking through the ice trying to get to a stranded ship. and this is what's coming. horrific driving in kansas city. the track and where this hits and when in a moment. we begin with tom llamas on the cold, already deadly tonight. tom? >> reporter: david, because of the record snowfall and dangerously low temperatures, areas like here where boats are frozen to the dock, the ice here, rock-solid. going to take a while to thaw out. an arctic blast shattering
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records in at least 70 cities from florida to michigan. >> i've never seen it like this. last year was bad, but this year's definitely a lot worse. >> reporter: on lake erie, a cargo ship stuck miles from shore, food airlifted to the icebreakers trying to reach it. >> we're going to come by your port side. >> reporter: a similar problem here in boston. you can see how much ice is in the water. navigational buoys frozen over with ice and now sinking. many saying this is the worst they've ever seen it. in somerville, massachusetts, the city using drones to patrol the roofs of city buildings. trying to prevent this. the roof of this massachusetts barn collapsing, two horses killed. more than 100 reports of vulnerable or collapsed roofs just this month. thursday night we were on the front lines of dangerous ice removal in northern massachusetts. thick ice rolling off the roof in boulders. >> if you don't take the snow
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off, it's going to keep feeding the icicles. >> reporter: george vasiliades is getting 180 calls a day. as the snow melts, the below zero temperatures turning it back to ice. and tonight, with more bad weather on the way, the mayor sending out inspectors letting people know it's time to move the snow. >> tom, thank you. urgent warnings at this hour, authorities telling drivers not to take the storm lightly. and the flurry of 911 calls about something else, frost quakes. matt gutman is in nashville. >> reporter: a new ice storm coming. dangerous road wrecks tonight. and an urgent warning from nashville's mayor. >> the potential is there for the roads to be the most treacherous that they have been. >> reporter: a deadly week in tennessee. 18 weather-related deaths, most on the roads. this about -- arctic air
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creating these frozen fountains in the south. but it's also creating a much more startling phenomenon. >> you heard an explosion? >> yes, something went boom! >> reporter: 911 operators inundated with calls. those loud noises, from the cold. ice or frost quakes occur when water seeps into the ground. it freezes and then expands, cracking the earth and sometimes shaking it. tonight, what folks here hope is one final bout with icy misery. matt gutman, abc news, nashville. >> let's get right to rob marciano. you have the driving line where it's going to be most treacherous this weekend. >> problem is, we have the arctic cold. icing is going to be a huge issue. nashville in the bull's-eye there. watch this pink line. that's the freezing line. icing tonight through nashville and the ohio river valley. we push the snow north and east.
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icy across parts of d.c., snow stretching to new york and boston. all snow to start. watch the pink line on sunday. a big warm-up. but not for long. once is this moves out -- another cold coming in, so maybe more flash freeze for monday morning. >> rob, thank you. and breaking developments from the "american sniper" trial. the defense resting its case. closing arguments could come as early as monday. and the jury will have to decide who they believe, as doctors on both sides talk about the accused killer. seen here as a marine in iraq. long before the moments after the murders. the video from the back of the police cruiser. was he aware of what he was doing or not? ryan owens has the story. >> reporter: the blockbuster up for six oscars. and the real courtroom drama coming to an end. some of the final testimony -- a battle of the doctors. two experts saying routh was not insane when he killed the "american sniper" chris kyle and chad littlefield. he did know what he was doing
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was wrong and he did it anyway, testifies dr. randall price, who spent a year and a half reviewing the case and more than ten hours interviewing routh. he says the fact the marine veteran led police on this high speed chase is clear evidence he knew he'd committed a crime. and when routh was in the back of this police cruiser saying he might be insane, he was setting the stage for a defense of, "it's not my fault." price tells the jury. he says routh was a heavy drinker and marijuana smoker who was drunk and high when he shot the two men at this texas gun range. thursday, the defense closed its case with a different doctor, a psychiatrist who says routh has schizophrenia and was so paranoid he thought they were "pig assassins" sent to execute him as part of "pigs taking over the earth." prosecutors say routh made up the pig story after watching too much tv in jail. >> they're probably creating a whole army of pig warriors. >> reporter: they say he's a fan of "seinfeld" and the pig
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hunting reality show "boss hog." the judge is hoping to have closing arguments monday morning. but tonight, he warned the jury, there's an ice storm heading this way. so, mother nature may have an objection. david? >> thank you. next to the deadly infection at ucla medical center. two dead, five sickened, including a teenager. his family arguing the medical equipment is too hard to clean. nearly 180 patients exposed. and the warning for hospitals across the country. cecilia vega has the story. >> reporter: as an 18-year-old victim of a superbug outbreak at this los angeles hospital fights for his life -- ucla's ronald reagan medical center says patients were exposed by an endoscope contaminated from a past procedure. >> there were two endoscopes that were used that had a cre
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infection embedded in them. >> reporter: the potentially deadly superbug known as cre is so powerful, it is resistant to antibiotics. superbugs are most commonly spread in hospitals by contaminated equipment. but even simple physical contact, such as a nurse changing a bandage on a patient, can spread the infection. since 2001, this superbug has made its way into all but three states. ucla now says it followed manufacturer sterilization guidelines. the patient's lawyer promising to sue the manufacturer of the scopes, saying they're too hard to clean. >> the goal is to hold them accountable for civil damages. >> reporter: ucla now has even stricter measures in place. so do a handful of other hospitals. >> and cecilia, just arriving here. now, the fda warning for the country. >> there's so much on the line. 23,000 deaths every year from superbugs, 60 just from cre alone.
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the company that makes the scopes telling us it's working with the fda and the hospitals to address the concerns. >> thank you. another breaking headline tonight. this one involves the showdown over immigration. this week, we reported on a texas judge blocking president obama's executive order that would have allowed 5 million undocumented immigrants to stay here. tonight, the white house planning to appeal. signaling they're planning to take immediate action. let's go to jonathan karl. the president planning to take action right away? >> right. they're planning to use every legal tool it can to get this immigration plan back on-track. the justice department plans to try to get an emergency order to allow them to issue work permits and other legal protections for the undocumented immigrants. than plan was blocked by a judge this week.
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it was appealed but that could take months. which is why they're now trying to get this emergency ruling. i've got to tell you, senior administration officials say this will be an uphill battle. >> thanks. around the world to an urgent search for three missing schoolgirls, believed to have packed up and headed to join isis. this surveillance photo taken at a london airport. the three friends, now believed to be in turkey and on their way. brian ross on the straight-"a" students, and authorities warning that american girls are being lured, too. >> reporter: the three school girls being urgently sought tonight left london on tuesday. seen in this airport surveillance photo, with duffel bags in hand as if they were off on a holiday break. instead, says scotland yard, they headed off to join the world's most brutal terror group in syria. >> we're concerned that these three girls, if they were to get into syria, would be in grave danger. >> reporter: all three, ages
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15 and 16, were straight "a" students at an elite co-ed academy in east london. the two girls identified by name by scotland yard, shamima begum and kadiza sultana were friends with yet another girl from the same school who went to join isis in december. >> we believe they're extremely vulnerable, we're appealing to them directly. >> reporter: but it is the appeal from isis propaganda that for now seems to have the stronger pull, with hundreds of young women from europe and the u.s. answering the terror group's call, which taps into a mix of emotions. >> feelings of alienation, feelings of inequality. adventure. in some cases, romance. >> reporter: in the u.s., 19-year-old shannon conley of denver, now serving a four-year prison sentence, fell in love over the internet with an isis fighter. british authorities and the distraught parents tonight are using social media to try to reach the three british girls, still believed to be in turkey and not yet across the border into syria and isis lands.
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>> all of them top students, as you report. thank you. now to an abc news exclusive, for the first time, the surveillance images of a daring rescue. fbi agents moving in to save a kidnapped teenager. pierre thomas has the story. >> reporter: you're watching never-before-seen video of teenage kidnapping victim hannah anderson and her dramatic rescue by fbi agents in idaho. watch the infrared images again as two agents rush in, grabbing hannah by the hand, all caught on surveillance camera secretly recording from a plane thousands of feet above. the desperate search began in this inferno 1,000 miles away where the fbi believes once-trusted family friend james dimaggio killed hannah's mother christina and 8-year-old brother, ethan. >> i'm begging you to let my daughter go. you've taken everything else. >> reporter: the august, 2013 search for hannah culminating in
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this video exclusively obtained by abc news. unaware he's being watched, dimaggio relaxes, taking off his shirt, later washing in the lake. then something else. hannah is waving, possibly signaling the plane. she keeps waving while dimaggio has his back turned. the fbi hostage rescue team believes he's armed. these exclusive photos show a rifle, handgun, machete and handcuffs. >> there's no turning back. >> reporter: it was getting dark. the fbi team is in position and they move in, confronting dimaggio and grabbing hannah. >> we hear "shots fired" and we heard one down hard and "jackpot." so we knew hannah was okay. >> reporter: dimaggio was killed. after authorities say he fired at least one shot. hannah plans to become a detective. now an honor student in high school. >> thank you. and to wisconsin, where a judge is determining whether two 12-year-old girls should be tried as adults.
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authorities say they lured their friend into the woods and attacked her, all to impress a fictional character on the internet slenderman. the interrogation tapes, released. like much of this country, it's a snowy and frigid friday night in wisconsin. where this entire community was stunned all over again. hearing from two girls in their own voices, about how they allegedly lured their friend into the woods and stabbed her. just 12 years old. listen to what she tells an investigator about her friend they left for dead in those woods. >> she was my only friend for a long time. >> why would you hurt your only friend? >> it was necessary. >> reporter: and we also hear from the other 12-year-old. her face blurred, the court ordering both of their faces hidden. >> i said i'm scared, i was told, i was told if i didn't do something, my family would be in danger. >> reporter: who or what were they scared of?
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the girls say slenderman, a fictional character on the internet. >> who's slenderman? >> he preys on children. >> have you ever met him? >> not exactly. >> tell me about him. >> he watches you. >> reporter: we have spent months documenting the victim's recovery. her mother, knowing payton crawled out of the woods. stunned. one of the girls had come over often for sleepovers. police say morgan said it was weird i didn't feel remorse. >> yeah. >> reporter: this was a girl that had been in your home many, many, times. that line, it was weird that i didn't feel remorse. >> that was hard to read. i thought she really cared about her as a person and they were good friends. >> reporter: later tonight what authorities found in the bedrooms of the girls, and on
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but host neil patrick harris has had it on his mind since he got the call four months and five days ago. >> tonight, oscar sunday. >> reporter: how long have you been out here rehearsing? weeks? >> yeah, the better part of the month of february. >> reporter: he knows who's gone before him. billy crystal, ellen degeneres, hugh jackman. >> look at us. >> reporter: and about ellen's selfie seen around the world last year? >> oh, yeah! >> i'm going to try and do something better, i think. >> you have to. >> reporter: but neil reveals more than trying to beat the selfie challenge. number one -- timing is everything. >> you don't want to just tell a bunch of jokes at the wrong time. they won't be well received. >> reporter: what you may not know about neil patrick harris is that he loves magic. so, number two -- expect the unexpected. there's got to be some magical moments. >> yeah. we have a bunch of magic stuff planned. >> reporter: number three -- get those names right. >> the one and only adele dazeem. >> reporter: benedict cumberbatch. >> you said it wrong. there's a "t" at the end of his
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first name. >> reporter: please. >> benedict cumberbatch. >> reporter: one last piece of advice from former host hugh jackman, who sent us this video message to his friend. >> the best advice was from steve martin, first 45 minutes are the best audience you'll ever have in your life, and from 45 minutes on the room is filling up with losers. so just hurry up and get to the end. that's all i have for you, man. have a great, great night. you'll be awesome. >> thanks to everyone. we can't wait for the oscars on sunday night. right here. i'll see you on "20/20" later. until then, good night. breaking news now we're getting video from a fire burning in one of the world tallest apartment buildings thousands evacuated. >> and coverage on big new stadium the raiders may share with the chargers in los angeles. are just bluff something >> empty shelves of this
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warehouse tell a story. merchants await the outcome of an ultimatum in west coast court talks. >> and two bay area men destroy buildings without using dynamite. >> this is the scene of a fatal hit and run crash in oakland the driver took off running and police are trying to hunt him down. good evening, i'm ama daetz. >> this accident happened this afternoon at 32 street and san pablo avenue in north oakland. >> wayne what can you tell us? >> police are keeping details to themselves. looking over my shoulder you can see a little bit of the scene here and let's begin with video from sky 7 hd. you can see san pablo avenue and
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two vehicles, witnesses telling us the buick was moving very fast. the and there is concerns there may have been racing. a person was killed, he landed in the bed of the pickup truck. the body remains there. police tell us the driver escaped on foot. oakland police are searching for them in the neighborhood. they're hoping for witnesses and