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>> spca says it's hopeful it can beat the welco tonight, new year's freeze, blinding snow and plunging temperatures, arctic air from minnesota to maine. the train derailment making matters worse. meteorologist ginger zee standing by in times square prepping for a frigid countdown. high alert tonight. new images of those two terror attacks in russia, the giant blast caught on tape weeks before american athletes head overseas. our brian ross back from sochi tonight right here with the growing concern. critical condition, the race car legend fighting for his life after a skiing accident. tonight why he was able to speak after the fall, before the coma, and the warning for everyone skiing this holiday. who is watching you? what the traffic light in your hometown reveals. tonight some asking, are those cameras making some
intersections even more dangerous. good evening on this monday night. diane has the evening off. with millions of americans traveling for new year's eve, it's going to be snowy, rainy and frigid across much of the country. this was the view through the windshield for drivers in the midwest as this system began moving east, blinding conditions there. from minnesota tonight look at the temperature reading, 7 degrees below zero and getting colder. in the middle of the arctic blast emergency crews battling temperatures along with this explosion of flames when a freight train derailed in north dakota. tonight the map shows the scope of this paralyzing deep freeze moving into the northeast. it's going to be a very cold new year's eve. we have team coverage tonight. meteorologist ginger zee is in times square but we begin with
abc's alex perez in minneapolis tonight. >> reporter: david, good evening to you. here in minneapolis the city skyline is swallowed by the steam rising as they try to keep those buildings and everyone inside them warm. bitter and biting, the deep freeze with a tight, unapologetic chokehold over the midwest. in parts of minnesota, 30 to 40 below zero wind chills. >> man, this is arctic. >> reporter: in casselton, north dakota ice box temperatures and powerful winds, another look at this dramatic video showing crews responding to this freight train derailment no reported injuries but officials looking into potentially hazardous materials on board. across minneapolis, those forced to walk outside, walked quickly, said little and bundled up. >> what does it do to your body to be outside? >> makes you shake. >> reporter: this family with their 3-month-old daughter, the baby carrier completely sealed.
you p won't believe this, this popular waterfall turned into a crystal palace of ice, the temperature so cold it's completely frozen over. in madison, wisconsin 14 below zero, so called, this shelter quickly filling every available bed. >> on nights like tonight we just make room. we just make room. >> reporter: here in minneapolis and other parts of the midwest the bitter temperatures will linger and the cold is headed east. david? >> it looks cold. alex perez tonight. thank you. they're preparing for a giant crowd to gather in new york's times square, 1 million people. in fact, quite a crowd already tonight. among them abc's meteorologist ginger zee. in some spots you were telling me the coldest air of the season so far? >> reporter: we keep saying the coldest air this season. let's get right to the numbers. by tomorrow morning we're taking dangerous cold for so many folks. 26 below will be the wind chill in minneapolis. we'll see a lot of those numbers in the single digits. i'm standing right here in times square with such a crowd already behind me. we're going to have so many
folks enduring temperatures that feel like they're in the single digits or low teens. the actual air temperature is going to be just under freezing. >> if you can hear me you already have your eye on the first big storm of the new year? >> reporter: yes, i do, that's tuesday night into early wednesday for chicago. that's where that low pressure system is going to come across. an off shore low is going to grab some of that and could be a thursday, friday big snow event inland and some of those areas. we'll be covering this and fine tuning that forecast as it becomes available. >> ginger zee, we'll see you first thing in the morning on "gma." thank you. we move overseas tonight to dramatic new images after two terror attacks in russia just weeks now before the winter games. this new video shows the first attack the moment when a suicide bomber strikes while at the metal detectors of that train station, images of the after math, the victims blown right out of the station. then the scene today, the second attack, more than a dozen people killed when another bomber
struck, this time targeting a bus. abc's chief investigative correspondent brian ross just back from sochi on the growing security concerns now ahead of the games. >> reporter: today, olympic security officials were pouring over the chilling surveillance tapes from volgograd. including this new video posted by two russian news agencies that they say shows two suspects at the train station security checkpoint just before the suicide bomb was detonated on sunday. in six weeks, this will be a hub for athletes and spectators heading to the olympics. >> the size of the weapon also seems to indicate that they were looking to derail a train in transit. >> reporter: with a second attack this morning on a rush-hour trolley bus, there are now 31 people dead and dozens more injured, almost all innocent civilians, including children. there have been no claims of responsibility. but many u.s. officials are convinced the attacks can be traced back to this man, duku umarov, the ruthless leader of
an islamist group which has called the olympic games satanic, and vowed to stop them. >> they've been in operation for a long time. they're battle trained, battle ready. >> reporter: sochi, the site of the winter games, is 400 miles away from the attack. president vladimir putin has promised air-tight security and the mayor of sochi, anatoly pakhomov, told me earlier this month he had no worries about terrorism. but many u.s. officials do not share that confident view. and some say the russians have failed to fully cooperate with american security teams assigned to protect the 235 u.s. athletes who will come here to sochi. the u.s. will be sending small teams of armed security people to sochi to protect american athletes, but today the white house said there was a need for closer cooperation which is diplomatic language for stop being so difficult, mr. russia. >> all right, brian ross,
pressing the mayor of sochi. brian, thank you. now to the delicate operation playing out in antarctica tonight. it's looking more and more likely that they're going to have to launch an air evacuation to rescue dozens of passengers trapped. abc's gio benitez in contact with the ship tonight. >> reporter: tonight eyes in the sky over that trapped ship in the antarctic. 74 passengers now told they may have to abandon ship by air. >> the chinese have just launched a helicopter to check out the water and sky and see how far the sea ice edge really is. >> reporter: this is the australian icebreaker trying to tear through miles of thick ice just listen. but, overnight with just 10 miles to go the rescuers were forced to turn back. >> it's minus one and blowing snow. we're standing on the leeward side of the boat. >> reporter: punishing weather and heavy ice putting the mission on hold.
>> a disappointing day but hopefully the ice breakers will get in tomorrow. >> reporter: but it may be too late for another attempt. the australian maritime authority telling abc news the tourists and researchers aboard will likely be air lifted by that chinese helicopter waiting at the edge of the ice field. believe it or not, it's actually summer down there, but it turns out there is an abnormal amount of sea ice right now, david. >> gio benitez, thank you. tonight new word from the state department after an abc news exclusive, our interview with the family of an american father and grandfather held captive by al qaeda. a spokes women at the state department saying we have called immediately on terrorists holding him to release him. tonight the family of warren weinstein on the newest video of their loved one. >> determined to get him home. that's why i'm here. >> reporter: this is the family of an american father and grandfather believed to be held captive with al qaeda. after breaking their silence
with us, today the state department said the u.s. has called on al qaeda to release him immediately and return him to his family. this video is all they have. on it, a message to his family. >> i think about each and every one of them every moment of every day. >> reporter: this is the first proof in more than a year that warren weinstein is still alive. the 72-year-old was working as a consultant in pakistan, helping to build the local economy when gunmen stormed his apartment and took him captive. >> when he looked straight into that camera and said it seems that i have been totally abandoned -- >> and forgotten. >> i wanted to die right there on the spot. he has no idea how hard we've tried to get him back. the funny thing is that i always take him to the airport and i always pick him up, and he sees my lip begin to quiver and he says, please don't cry and now that's the last time i saw him. >> how hard has that been, trying to explain to the little ones where their grandfather is. >> our daughter, we finally had
to tell her and that was one of the hardest things ever. >> what did she ask. >> my birthday is coming, is he going to be home for this one? how do you answer that for a kid? such a burden at such a young age to have to -- >> to have to wonder if their grandfather is okay. >> reporter: she told us the story of her son, a toddler who figured out how to skype with his grandpa before the gunmen took him. >> we were sitting at the computer and he figured out how to skype his grandpa. he was talking to him. >> reporter: now the only way to see him is through this video. >> what would you say to him if you could? >> i would just tell him how much i miss him. sorry. i would just tell him that i love him, and that i think about him every day.
>> the weinsteins hoping this new year their father comes home. we turn to a big medical headline for millions of americans who smoke, even those who quit years ago, sweeping new guidelines anyone who has been a heavy smoker will want to pay attention to tonight. calling for ct scans. i want to bring in dr. richard besser tonight. how big of a deal is this? >> this is a big deal. lung cancer is still the number one cancer killer of men and women. now there is enough evidence that annual ct scans save lives. >> when i read this today, ct scans, i always thought they were dangerous. >> they are. you're talking about radiation. this is limited to the heaviest smokers. people who are 55 and over, smoked a pack a day for at least 30 years, even if you have quit in the past 15 years this is for you. david, tomorrow is new year's eve. this is the time for all smokers to improve their health and say i'm going to quit, get some help and get it done. >> a ct scan doesn't do that for you. >> that's right. >> rich, thank you. now to the race car legend in critical condition tonight.
michael schumacher in a coma after an accident on the ski slopes. tonight we're learning he was conscious after the accident. now a warning about that window of time after a skiing fall when a loved one might be worse off than anyone suspects. here now abc's clayton sandell. >> reporter: formula one champ michael schumacher is used to danger at 200 miles per hour, but skiing the french alps sunday he fell, slamming his head on a rock, severely injured but reportedly still conscious and moving when he reached a hospital 90 minutes later. >> it's extremely common for a person to be initially awake after a head trauma, even a substantial head trauma. >> reporter: his condition rapidly spiraled, rushed into emergency surgery and put into a coma. doctors say he surely would have died on the slope if not been wearing a helmet. a record number of u.s. skiers are now wearing them. one estimate is up to 70%. actress natasha richardson was not wearing a helmet in 2009
when she hit her head skiing, feeling fine at first and then rushed to a new york hospital the next day where she died. >> you are safer. the helmet isn't going to harm you but it's not going to protect you from everything. >> reporter: doctors say if you hit your head while skiing, even if you are wearing a helmet and feel fine, get checked out. your brain could be starting to swell or bleed. tonight as schumacher hangs onto life doctors say it's that helmet that's giving him a fighting chance. clayton sandell, abc news, winter park, colorado. >> clayton, thank you. still much more ahead on "world news" this monday night, those traffic lights that are now recording your every move, what they're now revealing as some ask, could they be making some intersections more dangerous. later tonight hear why nasa astronauts are now very upset with beyonce. we're back in two minutes. astronauts are now very upset with beyonce. we're back in two minutes.
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her own instinct, rushing the students to the bathroom. >> it's almost over. it's almost over. >> reporter: the brave teacher, mrs. dziedzic, brought us back to that school. >> oh, my god. >> reporter: on that day she'll never forget in all of the madness suddenly finding her own son looking up at her. >> honey, it's okay. >> reporter: there were prayers around the world this year from catholics waiting to meet their new hope. >> we are looking at the smoke billowing out of the cast iron chimney above the sistine chapel. >> reporter: jorge bergoglio taking the name francis, inspired by st. francis of assisi, known for his compassion for the poor. he even let this little boy, a stranger, steal the spotlight on stage. and then his chair. at summer's end americans suddenly learned we were on the brink of war. >> did the syrian government use chemical weapons against its own people? >> reporter: there was worldwide shock when these images were revealed, the children gasping for air.
>> the united states should take military action. >> warships at the ready. >> reporter: russia stepping in, negotiating a deal with syria to give up its chemical weapons. 2 million syrian refugees. we met so many of the children waiting to go home. >> you're thinking about your father? it's okay, sweetie. >> reporter: a sudden breakthrough elsewhere. iran electing a new president who would travel to america and speak before the u.n. and speak on the phone with president obama. >> history was made today, diane. >> reporter: beginning to curb tehran's nuclear program in exchange for something else, easing those crippling economic sanctions we heard about in tehran. >> day to day increasing prices. >> you see it day to day. >> yes. >> i believe we must test it. >> reporter: and one another victory this year for a different kind of super power. in san francisco, that cape crusader who gave that thumb's up. little miles, diagnosed with leukemia, granted a wish by make a wish. he wanted to be batkid for a day. his dad remembers the knock at the door. >> batman knocked on our hotel door holding a costume and told
miles you got to go to work. >> reporter: the choppers overhead, watching batkid save the day. the whole city in on it. and from the mayor. >> thank you, batkid. >> reporter: bat kid, suddenly realizing his power. watch this. the same trademark confidence he showed us, a superhero just when we needed one. he saved the day and left us all smiling. our look back tonight at 2013. i'll see you first thing in the morning on "good morning america" and for diane and all of us here at abc news, have a good evening. good night. evening. good night. breaking news tonight an east bay girl declared brain dead will stay on life support. >> also head why salmon populations are now at the lowest number in nearly two decades z a rare new year's eve burn banish you'd for the bay
area. >> and if you sdroebt plans to celebrate tomorrow there is time of. options available to ring in the new year in san francisco. >> jahi is moving when her mother speaks and touches her. >> tonight the family believes there are signs of life and makes a big announcement about the 13-year-old girl declared brain dead. an extension will keep her on life support another week. >> it's an extension the family of jahi mcmath has been pushing for. relatives say they have found a facility willing to take their daughter. abc7 news reporter laura anthony is live where the family and attorney just spoke. laura? >> that is right. a lot happening here in just the last couple hours the family has until next tuesday. more time in a court of
law. this is the order granted today, an extension from an alameda county judge granting the extoengs allow the family time to pursue an appeal in federal court. we have heard from family members to tell us that jah sichlt moving and reacting to her mother's voice, at least in their view. as we said just moments ago the family spokesman with their attorney here is what they had to say. >> we're greatful and would like to thank the judicial system forgiving us this opportunity. i want to thank god forgiving thus blessing and all supporters praying for us. >> this case is about jahi and importantly about choices. and who gets to make these choice