tv ABC World News With Diane Sawyer ABC July 13, 2012 6:30pm-7:00pm EDT
tonight on "world news," air scare, a drama at 30,000 feet. why it looked a terrorist attack had gun, even swat teams were mobilized. abc's brian ross with new details. breaking news a another headline for the kennedy family. an accident on the highway. robert kennedy's daughter passed out in her car. made in america, today the white house weighs in on those olympic uniforms made in china. and the happy anthem this summer. ♪ here is my number. >> the song that has everyone from puppets to pets singing along. and the young girl who wrote it is our person of the week.
good evening. we begin with the breaking news happening right now. shortly before we came on the air, word of another headline for the family that has face sod much trauma and tragedy. karen kwen gi involved in an accident. she is unharmed, but it was an accident with a tractor trailer on the interstate highway. and later she was found passed out behind the wheel of the car. abc's lindsey davis is following this developing news for us. >> reporter: it is the latest drama to be fall the ken dis. carry kennedy t daughter of robert kennedy was charged with driving while impaired with drugs. it happened around 8:00 this morning along interstate 684, north of new york city. the 52-year-old ex-wife sideswiped a tractor trailer. according to naen calls her call was operating in anner rad eijkmaner. she was found passed out behind
the wheel. she told them she was on prescription drugs. >> kerry has no known history of drugabuse. she was open with police. she had taken ambien. >> because it was in the morning. so she could have taken it at night. >> 8:00 in the morning. >> everyone saw these headlines. with all the recent news extremely concerned. thank you, lindsey. >> now we move on. the olympic games are drawing near as you know and security officials across the globe are at a high alert for terrorism. we have evidence tonight of what that means in a plane drama that unfolded on board delta flight 126. the plane made an emergency landing at kennedy airport in new york. it was supposed to land in madrid, but a worried pilot got on the radio and a team of air smalls on board sprain into action. abc's brian ross has new details now about what happened and why.
>> reporter: after an emergency landing at kennedy airport, the anxious delta pilot told the tower, there might be a team of t terrorists on board. we would like to get security on the airplane. >> a heavily armed swat team stormed the plane, but there were no terrorists and no bomb. just a terrifying start of a trip for more than 200 passengers heading for madrid. >> the scariest thing was landing. >> one missed queue after the another led to the scare. it was 45 minutes into its trip when it turned around. after a federal air marshal became suspicious who just left the lavatory in the rear of the plane. inside, the air marshall discovered two short pieces of wire with their end stripped, covered by a piece of dark straw. he concluded, wrongly, they could be components for a bomb.
at the same time, a female passenger from argentina began to have breathing difficulty and other marshalls thought wrongly she could be a decoy. >> she's the one is supposed to be the decoy, looking at the gentleman that was playing with the bathroom. >> in the end, yet another false alarm in the air. it had many in law enforcement questioning the judgment of the air marshall. >> i think reasonableness not to presail on this flight and crying wolf too many times will not help you when you have a real crisis. >> reporter: yet the air marshalls are trained to react precisely as they did last night. they looked for teams of terrorists in decoys. >> they were told terrorists may sneak bomb component parts on board to be assembled. they are also trying to shoot to kill if they think someone is about to detonate a bomb. the last two months there will be teams of air marshalls on
virtually every american carrier into and out of major cities of europe and the mideast. those jitters are high. >> not just one but teams. >> teams or air marshalls. thank you, brian. the olympics is in two weeks. we turn to another story. we've been telling you that the u.s. olympic team is about to wear uniforms made in china. well, just tonight there is a report that the u.s. olympic committee is about to change its policy in the future. after our broadcast, there was a fire storm of reaction today, even the white house said made in america uniforms should be considered next time. we found nearly a dozen american companies who hire american workers and say there's still time to change it this year. here is abc's sharyn alfonsi. >> you saw team usa's opening ceremony uniform. >> wow! and watched as we learned classic american ralph lauren looks weren't exactly all american.
>> here we go. made in china. >> this says china. >> china the outrage spread kwiekly. >> they should them in a pile and burn them. >> today ledge slay turs introduce a bill next week require the olympic committee to outfit the u.s. olympic team clothes made in america for all future olympic games so we don't find ourselves in this appalling embarrassing situation in 2014. but viewers wondered if we couldn't do something sooner. outfitting team usa was a slap in the face. positively disgraceful. and challenging the olympic committee in designer ralph lauren to remake these uniforms in america now. but could they? the opening sar moannies just 14 days away. >> we want to make them right here and we can make them in two weeks. >> reporter: we heard from dozens of american manufacturers across the country. who say they're ready to help.
logger head apparel in south carolina said they could outfit the athletes with polo shirts. >> we could have done it faster, more sustain bli and the tag in the back would have said usa. >> the 70 proud employees here in texas want to whip us up some scarves too. >> american giant in san francisco and brooklyn say they would be honored to make the rest. >> we can do it. a. >> reporter: all of it. >> made in america. >> reporter: we sent the list of all those proud american companies to the olympic committee and to ralph lauren today. but we have not heard anything back. we can confirm, however, that the united states olympic committee is going to require that future team usa uniforms are made in america. that will be for 2014. diane, tonight there is still no word on any changes to this year's uniform.
again, opening day 14 days away. >> love the spirit of those workers. thanks, sharyn. those olympic uniforms were just one of the topics that came up today when abc's john karl sad sat down for his interview with mitt romney. romney was out combatting allegations about his record at bain capital. it's "your voice your vote." >> they have hammering him over his record as a business executive. one top obama adviser romney committed a felony and lying about when he stopped working for bain capital. those attacks have struck a nerve. >> that's ridiculous. and disturb and to come from their campaign and beneath the dignity of the president and his campaign. >> the president needs to take control of his people. if chicago style politics at his worst. he promised something better at this time and disavoi it and
reign in these people. >> romney hard for weeks in its tv ad. >> romney says the attacks are out of bounds. >> it was said their campaign based upon the strategy of, quote, kill romney. end of quote. that's what they're trying to do. he sure as heck say she's starting for the kinds of attacks coming from his team. it's very disappointing rr the obama team accusing bain of shifting american jobs overseas. most of that allegedly happened after romney says he left the company in 1999. >> i had no role whatsoever in the management of bain capital after february of 1999. >> it lists romney as ceo and president of the company until 2002. >> you bare no responsibility for what happened to that company even though those forms list you as chief executive office and president of the company? >> the ownership shars of the company were ownership shares
which i retained. when i left bain capital in february of 1999, i went out to run the olympics and said good buy to my colleagues. they took over the business. >> we also asked romney about those made in china u.s. olympic uniforms. >> should those uniforms be made in the usa. >> i'm not going to weigh in that. the olympic games are about the athletes. we'll watch the athletes and these other matters are extraneous. >> as for that request for the apology from the president, the obama campaign told us it's not going to happen. >> thank you, john reporting from washington. moving overseas now, today's secretary of state hillary clinton unleashed criticism at baa shir al acad, his regime has murdered innocent civilians. and tonight, there's also report about chemical weapons said to be on the move inside syria. here is abc's alex marquardt
from the border. >> reporter: the world knows the force and brutality of assad's army. with accusations of a fresh massacre, his helicopters and soldiers killing 200 people in a small village. but the scariest weapons are the ones we haven't seen. assad is believed to have one of the biggest arsenals of biological and chemical weapons in the world. it includes highly toxic cyanide, which causes immediate seizures and cardiac arrest. mustard gas, which blisters the skin with chemical burns. vx gas, the deadliest nerve agent ever created. and sarin, just a drop of vx or sarin can kill you in minutes. it's unclear why the assad regime would be moving it's chemical weapons now. most believe assad is not ready to use the weapons against his own people to crush the rebellion. what america fears is a nightmare scenario, assad loses power and the chemical weapons fall into the hands of terror groups.
>> wi have made plans to deal with those areas, we think that does represent the most serious concern with regards to our security. >> reporter: tonight pentagon officials say they believe syria is, quote, "in control of those stockpiles." if that were to change, the first worry will be al qaeda. already in syria they could get their hands on the weapons. but if the regime falls, the weapons could also end up in the hands of assad allies iran and hezbollah. either case extremely worrying for the u.s. diane? alex, thank you. now back here at home. the man concern considered to be america's most trusted banker, jamie diamond of jpmorgan chase, those botch and risky trades by his bank may total a lot more than he had announced. he first said they would lose $2 billion, now that number would be more than 7 billion. diamond said today this has shaken our company to the core. and now to what is being called a slow motion disaster
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behind the wheel. jim avila explains. >> reporter: demolition derby on a city street. a speeder takes flight after he runs a red light and t-bones an innocent motorist. its caught on four separate cameras at an intersection in rosewell gardens, new jersey. police releasing this video as a warning that they take red light running seriously because it's responsible for the most deadly type of accidents. one in five crashes are caused by red light violators. this was the lift off point. dramatic but not uncommon, these cameras reveal that across the country, at each intersection, someone runs the red light every 20 minutes. florida's melissa wandall lost her husband to a red light runner. >> they think when somebody runs a red light, there's either near misses or everybody's okay. and then you hear about the ones like my husband, mark, who were killed. >> reporter: cities and towns across the country are fighting back. more than 500 in 25 states have installed red light cameras to crack down and it seems to be
working. less serious rear-enders are up because of panic stops, but fatal accidents are down nearly 25% at the intersections armed with red light cameras. new york city reported a 34% decrease in red light violations since installing their cameras. new orleans down a whopping 85%. and council bluffs, ia down 90%. the insurance institute says drivers are afraid of tickets and fines. >> the thing that really gets drivers to change their behavior is heavy enforcement of laws and that's the case with red light running. >> reporter: and the cameras have told us something about who is running these red lights most often. mostly men, with bad driving records, and often distracted by their cell phone. causing terrible crashes like this one, in which the speeder who turned out to be drunk somehow walked away. jim avila, abc news, roswell, new jersey. >> and coming up, you look out your airplane window and see this, it turns out to be safe.
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this song? ♪ this is crazy >> how about the singer, she is a 26-year-old named carly rae jepsen, she has been at the top of the chart for five weeks in a row. this is the song of the summer and one of those rare anthems that seems to make everyone sing and dance from humans to pets to puppets and everything in between. ♪ i through a wish in the well ♪ >> hey, i just met you and this is crazy. ♪ i just met you and this is crazy ♪ but this is my number so call me maybe. >> it was just written with pure joy the way a lot of my music is written. >> carly rae jepsen says sometime sts universe just hands you a smile. it all began a lyric that just popped out of her head. >> you just sing whatever comes to your mind.
>> at first, she thought it should be a slow song. but her collaborators said different. enough doubt for these retirees in south carolina. and this troop in afghanistan. and even enough bounce for a little fuzz ball who hears the word cookies and cannot sit still. ♪ me just met you and this is crazy, but you got cookies to share with me ♪ >> i love the cookie monster. it might be my favorite one. i'm not supposed to pick favorites, but there you have it. it might be my favorite one. >> the 26-year-old jep sen grew up in canada. her parents are teachers. her stepparents are teachers. she says her dad sang james taylor to help her fall asleep at night. by the way, at school more teachers made all the difference. >> we had a really great musical, theater program in high school. i was very blessed with two
teachers that were very mr. holland style, they did everything that they could to give me countless opportunities to learn and grow and sing. >> then one day late last year, she was singing call me maybe on a canadian radio station when another canadian singer was driving along. next thing you know, he sent out a tweet heard around the world. justin bieber signed her to his label and had her sing in front of 300,000 of his fans. >> i don't really remember getting that nervous on stage. i always felt quite at home. this did it for me. i lost my voice for a second and just when i thought, oh no, i screwed it up. i looked a the audience and they were singing it. ♪ here is my number, so call me maybe ♪ >> okay. that's insane. >> a little song from the girl who said she just wanted to give everyone the gift of a summer
dance. >> i feel like there's this dance that i can do when i'm getting ready to go out for a night on the town and it's my dance like i feel like no one is watching me dance. that's always the most joyful. >>. ♪ hey, i just met you and this is crazy ♪ >> if i can make somebody dance, then i've done well. >> and so we choose carly rae jepsen as our "person of the week." we thank you for watching. sharyn alfonsi will be in this chair tomorrow night. have a great weekend. [ obama ] i'm barack obama, and i approve this message.
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