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>> thanks for joining us. >> from all of us here, back tonight the fumble and the scramble by the president. trying to fix obama care, announcing a big change while taking the blame over and over. >> we did fumble the ball on it. i'm the head of this team. that's on me. thinking fast. caught on camera. two homes collapse into a giant sink hole. families forced to clear out as the hole grows wider. and real money. do you have thousands of dollars just lying around your home? >> are you totally surprised right now? >> yeah. >> that's a lot of money. >> we turn one family's clutter into a lot of cash tonight. and a good evening to you on this thursday night as we begin with a moment in the obama
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presidency unlike any we have seen before. the commander in chief under fire, trying to quiet the fury surrounding his signature achievement, obama care, today announcing a change in the rules, but the measure of what this means for his leadership can be seen in his face. take a look at these pictures from three and a half years ago, the joy, the confidence as he signed obama care into law, and here was his face today as he told the nation he fumbled the ball in a big game. our team is standing by and abc's white house correspondent jim avila starts us off now. >> reporter: 52 minutes of contrition. how many ways can the president apologize for the obamacare rollout. we countdown 29. >> i do make apologies for not having executed better. that's on me. that is something i deeply regret. we did fumble the ball on it. i feel deeply responsible. >> reporter: white house aides tell abc news the president told his staff in a series of meetings, "this is no ordinary
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problem." these mistakes undercut his credibility that both the website and the cancellation notices were "messes of their own making that have a real impact on people's lives." and white while the president didn't dress down his staff, it's not his style, everyone got the message. >> ultimately, i'm the president of the united states, and they expect me to do something about it. >> reporter: here's what he did. after two years of promising if you like your plan you can keep your plan and then watching policies cancelled by the hundreds of thousands, today he changed the rules, proposing that anyone who received a cancellation letter be allowed to keep their current plan another year. insurance companies may not cooperate but the white house doesn't want the blame. >> the affordable care act is not going to be the reason why insurers have to cancel your plan. >> reporter: as for the website, the president second guessed himself publicly, admitting the federal government does not do websites well and he should have known it. >> how we purchase technology in
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the federal government is cumbersome, complicated and outdated. >> reporter: for the first time president obama said no one told him in advance the website he based his signature program on was likely to crash so spectacularly. >> i don't think i'm stupid enough to go around saying this is going to be like shopping on amazon or travelocity a week before the website opens if i thought that it wasn't going to work. >> reporter: instead aides tell abc news the president felt he suffered a surprise wound from his own staff, leading to this final promise. >> these are two fumbles on a big game, which -- the game is not over. >> reporter: a truly remarkable presidential mea culpa. in fact, one of the president's long-time friends telling abc news this was one of the most deflating days of his presidency, still not enough for congress which plans on voting on a bill tomorrow which would further alter the affordable care act. diane?
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>> thank you, jim. we have george stephanopoulos standing by to weigh in. first, we asked rebecca jarvis talking to insurance companies to tell us if today's announcement means that premiums are going to increase. >> reporter: what's important and what every american should hear is that the vast majority of us will see everything remain the same as a result of this announcement. those who are covered by medicare, medicaid or employer insurance will have the exact same premiums next year that they already expected to pay. >> they are already locked in, but there is a small minority that is at risk. >> reporter: those who have lost their plans already under obama care, those people will now have to go back to their insurance companies. the insurance companies will have to offer the same plans. the states will have to approved them and they could be at higher premiums. >> rebecca, thanks for the clarity in the chaos today. turning now to george stephanopoulos. take us behind closed doors.
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what are they saying at the white house today? >> reporter: they had to do this. there was no choice. the president was going to get steam rolled by the congress. even more important than that, if something happened this week that has not happened throughout the entire obama presidency. you saw poles show a majority of americans for the first time not trusting, not trusting president obama. even when americans disagreed with him they trusted him and liked him. if that personal credibility crumbles everything else falls. >> that number always helped from bp to benghazi, that number held but it started to go down. this isn't just about obama care in their view? >> not at all. this is the president's signature achievement. it would be a black mark for it not to work. bigger than that, this has a potential to undermine his entire legacy, his entire vision of government. i went back and read the president's inaugural speech from just the beginning of this year. this was a ringing call to what he called collective action, government action. if government doesn't work here he is not going to be advance that agenda for activists. his entire vision for a second term begins to collapse. >> so many plans on the line.
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thank you, george. thank you, rebecca, once again. an extraordinary day today. now we move on tonight. a new scandal for the secret service. this time an agent assigned to guard the president accused of inappropriate behavior. abc's junior justice correspondent pierre thomas on this new story tonight. >> reporter: only 19 months after secret service agents were accused of sleeping with prostitutes on a presidential trip to colombia, this is not the headline the agency wanted. >> new allegations this morning -- >> reporter: allegations that a supervisor on the president's detail was caught in a less than flattering encounter in a hotel room, literally across the street from the white house grounds. all this despite congressional demands for a change in the agencies culture in the naming of the first ever secret service director. >> it compromises not only the agent i think but the security of the first family. >> reporter: according to sources familiar with the case, the secret service supervisor
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met a woman in downtown washington and ended up here, in her room at the hey adams hotel. >> she saw his firearm. i think she was concerned about it, so he took the clip out. there was a bullet in the chamber that he took out. >> reporter: the woman still asked him to leave. >> when he left the hotel room, he forgot the bullet. >> reporter: hotel security would not let him to go back up and later found the bullet themselves. no charges were filed, but the secret service was contacted. the agent, identified as ignacio zamora, jr. has been removed from the president's detail pending a final review. pierre thomas, abc news, washington. next we have some hopeful news from overseas now. the philippines where there is hope tonight for families in desperate need. thanks to a u.s. aircraft carrier, food, medicine and tonight clean water have begun to arrive. abc's terry moran is there. terry? >> reporter: the sun is coming up on day 7 after the storm struck.
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there is no question this massive relief effort has turned a corner as the muscle and the capacity of the u.s. military are brought to bear. the aircraft carrier george washington has now arrived among many assets they bring 21 helicopters. our colleague touring those remote areas which need help so desperately and now will get it. finally we're seeing people receiving aid and in the city of tacloban the mayor says all 138 neighborhoods are getting food aid. also as we saw the grim task of collecting the bodies has begun. while the organization is improving and things are happening, there are still enormous challenges ahead and thousands of lives at risk. diane? >> it has begun though at least. thank you terry march ron. news out of boston. today not one life sentence but two and then some for mobster whitey bulger. the judge threw the book at the 84-year-old citing quote the
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deprafty of his crimes which include 11 murders. bulger called the proceedings a sham. two dramatic stories out of florida tonight. first an astonishing rescue. a car crashed into a pond, the driver trapped when a good samaritan springs into action, backing up until he can lift the woman from the sinking car. seconds later that car was under water. and in another florida down families scrambling to safety after hearing a kind of rumbling roar at daybreak. the earth opening up, a sink hole swallowing homes. abc's steve osunsami has this story. >> reporter: what a wakeup call. >> how far is it sinking? >> it's just cracking. the whole house and the floors are cracking. >> reporter: it was five this morning, and a giant sinkhole was swallowing homes and destroying the peace in this florida neighborhood. >> it looks like a meteor hit it, or the earth opened. >> reporter: it opened up 70 feet wide and 50 feet deep.
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police rushed seven families from their homes. then they asked for quiet, while they listened to see if it's still growing. >> right now we're asking everyone to stay in place except for the homes we have evacuated. >> reporter: this is as close as we can get to the sinkhole because officials here believe it is still moving. you can see the pool that everyone is talking about there that crashed into the center of this. you can see the pool cleaner still over there. it's very, very deep. sinkholes happen all over america. this one was caught on camera in louisiana sucking trees into swamp. but florida is sinkhole central, and this is the area they call sinkhole alley, with a third of florida's sinkhole claims. they form when water deep underground washes away the limestone, and the earth above falls in. >> really loud and i thought it was someone trying to break in. >> reporter: the dupree family says they knew the sinkhole was here two years ago, but were fighting with their insurance
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company on how to fix it. the contractors had just started work this week. steve osunsami, abc news, dunedin, florida. and now we turn to a made in america success story with a twist. imagine you're living with your parents when you have a great idea, an idea so good that facebook offers you billions in cold cash to buy it. how is it possible the two guys turned the money down? linzie janis tells us. >> reporter: 23-year-old evan spiegel and 25-year-old bob murphy built snapchat out of a venice beach bungalow. maxing out their credit cards to fund the business. two years later, the stanford fraternity brothers are turning down three billion dollars in cash from facebook's mark zuckerberg. even though their company makes no money. >> they're holding out for more money. >> reporter: so what does snapchat have that facebook wants? >> young people. if facebook wants to continue to
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grow, they need to make sure they get everybody. >> reporter: the idea for snapchat started when one of spiegel and murphy's friends sent a picture and later regretted it. snapchat allows its users to send instant photos and message but unlike other social media apps, they self-destruct. disappearing within 10 seconds after they've been viewed. it's something some parents have complained encourages teens to send inappropriate photos. but the company argues young people are being smart. they don't want every photo and off the cuff remark to live on the internet indefinitely. spiegel and murphy belief they've hit on something huge. if they are right they could end up better off like facebook, the company that's trying to buy them. it turned down a billion dollar offer from yahoo! and it's now worth more than $100 billion. if senate chat's young founders
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are wrong, turning down $3 billion will likely be the worst decision they've ever made. linzie janis. abc news, new york. tonight two weeks until thanksgiving, some good news for the big feast. the annual projection is in showing thanksgiving dinner will cost a little less this year. the average dinner will cost $49.04. that's 44 cents cheaper than last year, thanks to a bountful year for breeding turkeys and cheaper rolls and green beans. also tonight real money showing you how thousands of dollars in hidden treasure could be lying unused in your home. >> look how much that thing is going for. >> over $100. >> we help one family turn it into a lot of cash in an hour and you can do it, too. and hero dogs, police dogs now getting bulletproof vests. it's america strong. we're back in two minutes. you really love, what would you do?"
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and next tonight our "real money" team is back asking you to look around your house because the average american home has more than 50 unused items taking up space and worth roughly $3,000. abc's paula faris now shows us how to turn clutter into cash. >> let me see some of this stuff. >> i keep a lot of boxes. >> reporter: looking around the cooper's atlanta home -- >> i see clutter. >> reporter: they're about to find out they're sitting on a gold mine. >> is she a good shopper? >> she's a good shopper. she can get a lot of deals on stuff we don't need. >> reporter: stuff like kids' toys, books, dvd's, and an old exercise bike. >> you guys actually use this machine? >> we have not. >> reporter: while it spread throughout the house, most of it is in the garage. >> can you park in the garage? >> no. >> reporter: our organization expert, lisa zaslow, says in just a matter of moments, the coopers can clean up and cash
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canine drago of sacramento county, shot while chasing a robbery suspect. he survived. it's a headline that officer ed meyers hears all too often -- >> my partner looks out for me. i look out for my partner. >> reporter: partners, that do their job without a crucial lifesaving tool -- a bulletproof vest. that's where sandy marcal comes in. cuss tm fitted canine vests cost $950, too expensive for most police departments. so sandy started vested interests in canines, working tirelessly from home to raise that money. >> the dog goes in first. he's the first responder and he deserves to have a vest just like his partner. >> we met sandy at this massachusetts sheriff's office where six canines train every day, jumping through hurdles wearing those vests. donations have poured in big and small. recently 10-year-old allison henry donated her birthday money, enough to vest her local
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canine officer, ryker. so far no canine has been turned away. in fact, more than 450 dogs have gotten that body armor in 37 states. officer meyer's dog barrage will get his in just weeks. >> what is it about a canine? >> i think i see the bond when i look at each of these officers with their dog and i feel like i'm doing what i'm meant to do. >> reporter: committing to her passion to protect canines and that's what makes her america strong. gio benitez, abc news, bristol county, massachusetts. >> it was great to have you with us tonight. we're always here at with the latest, "nightline" as well and we'll see you again tomorrow. breaking news, there could be another bart strike in the future. and a video that shows what
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happened to a transgender teenager. support for a ac transit rider burned on the bus the surprising outlook of the parents. >> and an interview with the head of the university of california system. regents defy a request by the governor. we begin with a prospect of another bart strike. >> we first broke this story on twitter and on abc7 news at 5:00 the bart board may turn down contract agreement because of what one board member calls a hand grenade in this deal. >> we are now live with details heather? >> reporter: interest this is disappointing to say the least. after two strikes, a cooling off, and months long torturus negotiations a tentative agreement was reached last month. now, what the bart director calls a clerical error
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threatens to derail the deal the error has to do with a revision for fmla, federal federal family leave act, it was signed by all parties, and agreed to, put in the tentative deal. but bart would have to pay for the first six weeks of fmla, which would be expensive, as opposed to the old contract, requiring employees to use sick and vacation time first. sources say employees asked unions to withdraw it. he thinks union leadership is now quote between a rock and a hard place. he says, quote, until this nd hand grenade had gone off, they planned to vote a week from today, they plan to vote then, but with a special meeting called for tomorrow afternoon, hopefully to, r