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next. >> for all of us here, we appreciate your time. see you again at :. tonight, the breaking news. the scathing report late today on the ferguson police department. the alleged racist e-mails revealed. the traffic stops, the use of force. our team on the report. sharing america's secrets. the former general and cia chief pleading guilty. sharing classified information, even conversations with the president with his mistress. the massive winter storm. look at this. drivers struggling to keep control behind the wheel. 30 states now, as it moves from the south and the midwest to the east tonight. hillary clinton's e-mail. using her private account, even though she was secretary of state. did she break the law? mrs. clinton's team responds tonight. and the sports star turned star dad. taking on his daughter's bullies tonight, posting their names online after what they did.
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good evening. and we begin tonight with the breaking news. the stunning new findings about the ferguson police department. a damning report from the justice department late today. the nation, for a time, intently focused on ferguson, missouri, after the police shooting death of michael brown. and the outrage that followed, the officer involved was not indicted. tonight here, the new findings. authorities pointing to racist e-mails, traffic stops and the use of excessive force. abc's steve osunsami with what they found. >> reporter: we've seen the protesters in the streets, but tonight, it's the u.s. justice department, directly accusing officers in ferguson, missouri, of racially biased policing. the scathing report finds that police routinely engage in conduct "that violates the constitution and federal law." justice department investigators went through 35,000 pages of police records. they found that while black residents make up 67% of the
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city, they're 85% of traffic stops, 93% of all arrests and 88% of cases where police use force. black drivers were twice as likely to be searched during police stops. >> we're guilty until proven innocent. >> reporter: black families here have been saying all of this for years. we heard it over and over after the shooting death of michael brown in august. >> we've been getting harassed so much and we're tired of it. this is our breaking point. >> reporter: ferguson's police chief has admitted things could be better. >> there's been a lot of training, a lot of training is going to be forthcoming. >> reporter: but some of what investigators found was beyond sensitivity courses. an e-mail from a city official in 2008, for example, saying that president obama would not be president for very long, because, quote, "what black man holds a steady job for four years?" in his interview with george stephanopoulos, the police officer responsible for the shooting that led to the investigation swore that race had no influence on his trigger. >> if michael brown were white, this would have gone down in exactly the same way? >> yes. >> no question?
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>> no question. >> reporter: the federal government hasn't yet announced if it will file federal charges against officer wilson. every indication is they won't. meanwhile, in ferguson tonight, they have to process these disturbing findings. david? >> steve osunsami leading us off tonight. steve, thank you. now, to america's secrets this evening. the former director of the cia, a general, david petraeus, admitting he shared those secrets with his mistress. even sharing conversations he had with the president. we learned today he carefully recorded american intelligence in eight black books of his own. the identities of spies, war strategies. abc's senior justice correspondent pierre thomas with the punishment. >> reporter: he was the four-star hero hailed as a strategic genius, who went on to become the nation's top spy. >> i david l. petraeus. >> reporter: but today, david petraeus agreed to plead guilty to sharing those top secrets with his then-mistress, paula broadwell.
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and the fbi flatly accused him of lying to cover up his crimes. >> i regret and apologize for the circumstances that led to my resignation. >> reporter: during his command in afghanistan, prosecutors say petraeus kept sensitive information in a series of eight black books, possibly like the one seen here. according to prosecutors, the books contained classified information -- identities of covert officers, war strategy, intelligence capabilities -- and remarkably, even petraeus's notes from discussions with the president of the united states. petraeus did not turn over the books when he left the military. when questioned by the fbi, he denied sharing those black books or any classified information with broadwell, who was writing his biography. the fbi says that was a lie. petraeus's fall from grace began with the stunning discovery of the affair. >> simply put, it was a shock today. >> reporter: petraeus agreed to plead guilty to misdemeanor charges and to paying a $40,000 fine to avoid a humiliating stay in jail. >> and pierre thomas is with us
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live in washington. pierre, petraeus was able to avoid a more serious punishment with this plea deal? >> reporter: yeah, david. there was a lack of evidence that petraeus truly intended to harm national security. but this was a balancing act. in prosecuting such a powerful figure, the justice department wanted to send a message that putting classified information at risk -- don't you do it. >> pierre thomas live in our washington bureau tonight. pierre, thank you. we do move on now, and to the never-ending winter. a new blast of snow and ice, 30 states, 120 million americans under winter weather alerts at this hour, from denver to little rock to boston tonight, making for a dangerous commute home yet again. look at the pictures. this car spinning out on a highway in chicago. unreal there. in minnesota tonight, gridlock. dangerous crashes. meteorologist rob marciano is in boston tonight, where they are now inches away from an all-time record. he has the storm track. but first, abc's alex perez from minnesota. >> reporter: treacherous ice and slick conditions bringing traffic on i-94 in minnesota to a complete standstill after
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more than two dozen crashes in the area. near st. paul one police vehicle slammed by a car as the officer investigates another crash. and look again at this scary scene during the morning commute in chicago. one driver losing control, nearly slamming into not one, but two cars. at least 30 states under winter weather alerts today. the storm dumping snow, ice and rain from utah to louisiana to maine. in hard-hit boston, where they could break their all-time record for snowfall tonight -- >> coast guard called 911. >> reporter: a special dive team had to be called to help free this coast guard cutter that got stuck in the harbor while clearing icy channels. and here in the minneapolis area they are coping with the snow ice and cold. but already looking forward to the weekend, when temperatures could finally rise above 40 degrees. david? >> alex perez, thank you. let's get to meteorologist rob marciano right there in boston tonight. we could have guessed that you'd be back in boston.
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rob, where is this thing tonight? where is it headed? >> reporter: well, it's a long and wide system, david. the advisories that you mentioned, about 30 states stretching all the way back to salt lake city. so, let's take a look at that. beneficial snows there, but this moisture is going to be hitting some southern states once again. hard to believe that we're in the month of march. here's the radar. switching it to where this snow is going to go. a good thump of snow right now into new york and boston. then we move the map to the west. tomorrow morning, wichita to denver, you'll get snow. the cold air will meet some of this moisture. so, memphis, up through paducah. you'll get some icing, in through nashville. some heavy snow is expected across parts of cincinnati. then it pushes into d.c., philly and new york with significant snows, i think, happening thursday morning. how much snow can we expect to see? four to eight inches in many spots. could see up to a foot in some spots. and the heavier amounts likely below boston. but we just need over three and a half inches to break that all-time record of 107.6. if we don't do it this go, we'll surely do it before the end of the season is over. david? >> all right, meteorologist rob marciano with us from boston. rob, thanks. now, to the political storm brewing tonight involving hillary clinton.
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even before she announces any run for the white house. for months now, the guessing game over whether she'll run, how soon she'll announce. tonight, though, she is under fire for using only her private e-mail account in that very public role of secretary of state. critics say it was flat-out wrong. tonight, mrs. clinton's team responding, as we unearth what the white house has said about e-mail before. abc's chief white house correspondent jonathan karl. >> reporter: hillary clinton on her blackberry -- one of the iconic images of her days as madame secretary. and it turns out she e-mailed a lot -- at least 55,000 pages of e-mails, according to the state department. but what we didn't know then, she used only personal e-mail accounts, bypassing the government e-mail system that would have automatically saved her e-mails and put them within the reach of congress, media requests and historians. we pressed the white house on this today. have you heard of anybody, any senior official at the white house who just uses personal e-mail? >> i have not encountered that.
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>> reporter: just listen to what the white house said when mrs. clinton was still secretary of state. >> we are definitely instructed that we need to conduct all of our work on our government accounts. >> reporter: but mrs. clinton didn't even bother to get a government e-mail account. the clinton team says there is nothing nefarious here, that she did not break the law because she kept all e-mails regarding to government business and eventually turned over thousands of them to the state department, nearly two years after she left office. but using a personal account, which is not as well protected as government e-mail, also raises security concerns. >> jon karl with us live from the white house now. jon, you've been digging all day. is hillary clinton the only secretary of state to use a personal e-mail account for official business? >> reporter: well david, only condoleezza rice and colin powell used e-mail at all. spokespeople said they did have official government-issued e-mail accounts as does the
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current secretary of state, john kerry. colin powell said he also used sometimes, personal private e-mail. though his spokesperson said it was a very different time. in fact, most desks at the state department didn't have computers on them. >> all right, jon karl at the white house. jon, thank you. now, to the world leader that came to the united states today and spoke before congress, taking on president obama's foreign policy. israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu warning of the president's strategy with iran. only winston churchill speaking before congress like this before, three times. and you will hear the reception netanyahu received from congress today in a moment. but not a welcome from president obama, who said he did not watch and as far as he could tell, netanyahu offered, quote, nothing new. abc's chief global affairs correspondent martha raddatz. >> reporter: it was a rapturous welcome for another country's leader. israel's benjamin netanyahu did not disappoint, dramatically denouncing the obama administration's negotiations with iran, easing sanctions in exchange for curbing iran's nuclear program.
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>> it doesn't block iran's path to the bomb. it paves iran's path to the bomb. >> reporter: tonight, obama asking netanyahu, what's your plan? >> the alternative that the prime minister offers is no deal, in which case, iran will immediately begin once again pursuing its nuclear program. >> and martha raddatz is with us now from turkey. she's been reporting from the region the last couple of days. and martha, i mentioned there that netanyahu is the first leader since churchill to address our congress three times. but help us put this in perspective. he's facing quite an election fight back home? >> reporter: a very tough, very close fight. so, this was about domestic politics, as well. in fact, israeli commentators are already saying it was a great speech. and i have to say, david, that image alone of him before the u.s. congress had to help him back home. >> and martha we've both reported from iran. you in recent days. and what is your sense from the
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iranian people tonight, in the meantime do they support this press for some sort of an agreement between the obama administration and iran? >> reporter: most of the people i talked to really did support some sort of agreement, because, as you saw, david, those sanctions are really taking a bite on the people. they want some relief. >> all right, martha raddatz, with us from turkey tonight. martha, thank you. back here at home now, and to boston, and to the trial of accused boston bomber dzhokhar tsarnaev, last seen there in shackles, that orange jumpsuit, being brought into the federal courtroom weeks ago. tonight, on the eve of the trial, the jury seated, opening arguments tomorrow. and abc's chief investigative correspondent brian ross has an exclusive look at the widow of one of the brothers. and why the fbi is tracking her tonight. will she testify? >> reporter: growing up in rhode island, katherine russell was the daughter of a well-to-do doctor's family, who fell in love converted to islam and changed her name to karima to marry tamerlan tsarnaev, the man who would later be identified as
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the mastermind of a horrific act of terrorism. tonight, law enforcement authorities say russell herself is under investigation and could face criminal charges in connection with the marathon bombing, over whether she knew but kept quiet about what her late husband tamerlan and his brother dzhokhar were up to, men who prosecutors say were caught on camera, placing the marathon bombs. after her husband was killed in a police shootout the then 24-year-old russell denied to the fbi knowing anything about the attack. >> as a mother, a sister, a daughter, a wife, katie deeply mourns the pain and loss to innocent victims. >> reporter: but now, law enforcement authorities say they believe russell accompanied her husband to this macy's store in boston two months before the attacks and helped to buy five pressure cookers, two of which were used to make the deadly bombs. >> somebody's up to something other than cooking food, they'd buy five pressure cookers. >> reporter: since the bombing, russell moved to new jersey, she's the one in black, to live
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near the sisters of her dead husband, where our boston station wcvb caught up with them. >> get lost! >> reporter: authorities say the fbi put russell under surveillance during last year's marathon and they continue to track her to this day. >> brian ross with us now live from boston. the trial gets under way tomorrow, brian. will we see katherine russell ever take the stand? >> reporter: well, david, targets of ongoing investigations are almost never called to testify, and she's not expected to be a witness at the trial here at the courthouse tomorrow, even though she clearly knows a lot about the two brothers before and after the bombing. tonight, neither her lawyers nor the fbi nor federal prosecutors had any official comment about her status, david. >> all right, brian ross tonight. brian, thank you. the department of homeland security will remain fully up and running. congress today sending the president a $40 billion spending bill to fund the department through the end of september, without including any restrictions on immigration. the deal averts a partial shutdown threatened for the end of the week. the move, a major victory for president obama, because there
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was nothing about immigration attached to the bill. he is expected to now sign it. extraordinary images out of southern chile tonight. look at this. this is a volcano erupting overnight. a plume of smoke. rivers of lava. a lightning bolt there near the mountaintop. thousands evacuated. one of the most active volcanoes in all of south america. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this tuesday. the famous sports dad striking back tonight. the world series star, exposing bullies attacking his daughter, naming them over social media, revealing who they are and where they work. a bit of a family quiz for you tonight. who do you inherit more of your genetic makeup from? your mom or your dad? the new medical headline. and you'll remember this movie, portraying ritchie valens. well tonight, ritchie valens buddy holly and that crash, back in the news. will they reopen that investigation?
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stay anonymous. but he decided to reveal their identities, arguing words have consequences. here's abc's gio benitez. >> reporter: tonight, a father has had enough. >> she's my only daughter. she's got a pure, pure heart. >> reporter: and that's why baseball great curt schilling posted this loving tweet when she got accepted into college -- "congrats to gabby schilling, who will pitch for the salve regina seahawks next year." but then, a barrage of sexually explicit tweets came rushing in. >> there were so many comments. and they got worse and worse. it was just disgusting. >> reporter: but curt wasn't about to let the internet trolls take on his child. so, he posted screenshots of the nasty tweets and identified the tweeters. >> i grew up in a locker room. i grew up playing sports. and i know what it means to be a guy. never in my life i have ever uttered half of the words that these guys were posting. >> reporter: one of the people named by schilling used to work right here with the new york yankees as a ticket seller. not anymore. the yankees saying they have zero tolerance for anything like this.
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our thanks to wisn for introducing us to audrey. >> reporter: 8-year-old audrey crowley from grafton, wisconsin. one of the few overjoyed with this winter. >> when i grow up, i want to be a professional skier. because i just love skiing. >> reporter: she's already a force on the slopes. and few notice the obstacle she's overcome. at home, we see she was born without a lower right arm. wearing a prosthetic, one specially made. just look at her putting on her ski boots. fitted with her first arm at just 6 months. >> hi, david! >> reporter: and when she checked in with us today, we learned the list was astounding. >> i ride my bike. i play tennis. i sometimes do soccer. golf. dance. >> reporter: but she's been skiing since she was just 3. >> that's it. turn! >> reporter: tonight, a competitive downhill racer. >> she looks good. >> reporter: you can hear her
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humming as she goes. music to her ears. [ humming ] music to our ears, too. in fact, just this last week, awarded overall girl champion for the state of wisconsin, more points than any other female skier ages 5 to 20. holding that trophy with some advice for us tonight. >> you can do anything that you put your mind to. don't let your arm hold you back. yay! >> we loved audrey. and especially loved hearing her hum as she tears up the slopes. i'm david muir. hope to see you right back here tomorrow. good night.
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