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tonight, breaking news. the outrage on campus. the student claiming police went too far. his arrest caught on camera. his face bloodied. don't tonight, protests. students demand justice and the governor demands answers. bracing for impact. 40 million americans facing a major snowstorm. rob marciano here with the new warnings. museum massacre. isis claiming responsibility for that deadly terror attack. we are on the scene. tonight, security tightened at some of america's most famous museums. danger in the sky. a high-flying chase at 1,500 feet. two helicopters closing in on a drone. the federal government now on the case. and aabc news investigation. recalled cars with potentially dangerous defects sold to you unfixed. our team goes undercover and
confronts the dealers. good evening. so good to have you with us on this thursday night. i'm amy robach. david has the evening off. as we come on the air, we are following two developing stories. 40 million americans bracing for a new winter blast. but first, outrage growing by the hour tonight over that arrest of a uva student. the governor of virginia opening an investigation into this. a 20-year-old student wrestled to the ground by police face down on the pavement bleeding from the head and crying out. >> i go to uva! i go to uva! >> raising serious questions police brutality. and at this hour going before the cameras, explains his side. abc's linsey davis leading us off tonight. >> i got to uva! you racist! >> reporter: this viral video of a 20-year-old black student from
the university of virginia leading to tension and turmoil on uva's campus today. the governor calling for a criminal investigation. >> we're going to get to the bottom of it. and someone's going have to answer for it. >> reporter: the arrest, caught on tape. >> hey! his head is bleeding! >> reporter: the college junior requiring ten stitches after witnesses say officers acted with unnecessary force early wednesday morning outside a bar popular among students. >> i got to uva! i go to uva! i go to uva. you racists. you racists! >> reporter: johnson was reportedly refused entry into this pub and was approached by officers enforcing drinking laws who questioned and arrested johnson. the under age student charged with obstruction of justice and public swaerping or intoxication. tonight, johnson's lawyer reading a statement.
>> i'm shocked that my face was slammed into the brick pavement just across the street from where i attend school. >> reporter: overnight, thousands of students participated in a march for martese, who was overwhelmed with emotion. the officers involved who have described johnson an belligerent, have now been placed on administrative duty pending the outcome of that state police investigation, which is now under way. amy? >> linsey thank you. we turn now to a weather whiplash. a blast of snow on what will be the first day of spring. take a look. tonight, 40 million americans across eight states from virginia all the way to connecticut under winter advisories and warnings. what feels like a cruel trick from mother nature. will this be the last of it? on marciano with the storm's track and an answer to that question? >> i would not bet against it. quite a winter. a miserable night. take a look across the
mid-atlantic. cold and rainy. and some of this moisture is going to be moving into colder air. let's talk about the morning commute. friday morning, 9:00 a.m. d.c. to philly we start to see that snow. it changes over quickly to rain in d.c. but philly to d.c. a decent amount of snow. it should be over by tomorrow night. but the evening rush is going to be a mess. how much snow could see over six inches in parts of central pennsylvania. three to five across the new york area. saturday we are into spring so the sun is stronger. some of this will melt. but the overall trend will be a cooler one for the northeast, amy. >> dust off the shovels. rob, thank you so much. and tonight, a new twist in the case of millionaire murder suspect robert durst. that sinister smile from the backseat of a police car, charged with murdering his best friend. well now the fbi weighing in as law enforcement in california new york vermont all places where durst once lived, study cold cases there, as well. tonight, new questions -- did durst murder others? abc's matt gutman.
>> reporter: in "the jinx," the hbo series about him, robert durst admitted to killing and dismembering his neighbor and is suspected in the deaths of his best friend and his wife. >> i had nothing to do with what caused her or what happened to her disappearance. in her disappearance. >> reporter: but the fbi now investigating whether he murdered others. >> i know that we are doing a number of things in different field offices to run down leads. >> reporter: law enforcement taking a fresh look at cold cases in new york where durst lived most of his life vermont where he owned a health food store with his first wife and california, where he had a home. it was there that family friend patty weber says he could have met 16-year-old karen mitchell. she disappeared in 1997. at the time eureka california police releasing this sketch. >> they're so close. they look so much alike. so -- there really is some hope. >> reporter: durst's attorneys
insist he is innocent of all of those alleged murders. now durst himself is still under suicide watch in an area jail. we'll next see him on monday for his bail hearing. and prosecutors have to lay out at least some of the evidence they have against him. amy? >> all right, matt gutman thank you. overseams now, to japan. tonight, authorities have arrested a 52-year-old man they believe made those death threats against u.s. ambassador caroline kennedy. the suspect confessed to making bomb threats against the u.s. embassy and a u.s. military base on okinawa. they are now investigating whether he phoned in death threats against kennedy, as well. to tunisia now and tonight, isis claiming they were behind that deadly attack at a museum. tourists sprinting up stairs. a father sheeding his child. this evening, museums here at home on alert. police dogs officers with automatic weapons amid the visitors at metropolitan museum here in new york. we hear from survivors in tunisia, and alex marquardt
takes us there. >> reporter: tonight, isis is calling the gunmen who brought on this chaos knights of the caliphate. in a chilling recording posted online, they wash thatrn that the museum attack is just the first drop of rain. today, police patrolled the museum grounds amid grim reminder office the assault that killed 20 european tourists. this is where the attack started, in front of the national museum. over there, there's broken glass from the bus that the tourists were riding on. here, you can see bloodstains on the floor, when the attackers shot some of the tourists before then heading into the museum to chase down more victims. this security guard telling us he saw an attacker with a deranged look on his face chasing after tourists spraying them with bullets. three people including this spanish man and his pregnant girlfriend were so terrified they didn't emerge from their hiding places until this morning. "we hid in the room where they keep the trash," he said. "we stayed there, hearing everything and waiting for it to stop."
isis's role hasn't been confirmed, but this is the first time they've claimed responsibility for a large-scale attack on western tourists. and tonight, around the world, there's fear it won't be the last. alex marquardt, abc news, back here at home tonight, the nfl under fire again, new outrage over players accused of domestic violence. the dallas cowboys signing defensive lineman greg hardy to a deal worth up to $13 million, accused of attacking his girlfriend. he may not even be allowed on the field when the season starts. abc's ryan owens on the growing backlash. >> reporter: greg hardy is a defensive star on the field -- >> again, it's greg hardy. >> reporter: but tonight, his new team is on defense. >> now you can beat a woman and play with a star on your helmet. >> reporter: among the critics, the outspoken sports anchor at our dallas station wfaa. cowboys owner jerry jones signed hardy, even though many other teams wouldn't. the defensive end was convicted of domestic violence in may.
his then-girlfriend says the he threatened to kill her. >> some girl is getting her [ bleep ] beat upstairs. >> reporter: hardy's conviction was later overturned but he still faces suspension by the nfl. tonight, the cowboys tell abc news, "our organization understands the very serious nature of domestic violence. we know that greg has a firm understanding as well." >> is there no line you won't cross? is there no crime you won't accept? now, you can beat a woman and play with a star on your helmet. >> i'm afraid this is taking a huge step backwards. if it isn't good enough for the ravens, or carolina, i can't imagine it's good enough for dallas." >> reporter: after ray rice and adrian peterson, the nfl launched an aggressive pr blitz. tonight, america's team seems to be saying just one more. ryan owens, abc news, dallas. now, to the west tonight. the faa is investigating a near-miss in the skies over seattle. two helicopters nearly colliding
with a tiny intruder a drone, violating federal regulations by flying so high and so close. and it's happening more and more, raising real concerns about safety in the skies. abc's david kerley who covers aviation for us, with the tape tonight. >> hey, ah ed, we just got droned. >> reporter: an alarming danger for two seattle news choppers. >> got it. got it. >> reporter: a drone, violating regulations. even flying above our affiliate komo 4's helicopter. >> look at that guy. he has got to be, what, 1,500 feet? >> reporter: that's nearly four times higher than allowed. >> it is really scary to know something is there and you don't know where it is see it. >> reporter: but a second chopper did see it. >> he is losing altitude. >> reporter: cameraman scott crueger was able to follow the small drone as it buzzed over rooftops. >> i want to figure out who is doing this. he threatened our safety. i have no idea what could have happened if our aircraft had struck that thing. >> reporter: finally, the chase.
the mystery leads to a man and a remote control. >> that is him and his drone. >> reporter: as these small drones have multiplied, so have close calls. many with passenger-carrying jetliners, landing at major airports. sightings now reaching 25 a month. and the cameraman who caught this drone operator walking into a house is worried. >> it isn't a matter of if there's going to be a collision between a real aircraft and one of these toys, but a matter of when. >> reporter: law enforcement knocked on the door of the home that this man went into and were told that no one in that seattle area home had a drone. the faa has now joined this investigation, and will determine if this case will end in a warning or legal action. amy? >> david kerley, thank you. now, to israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu, fresh from his decisive victory, and that last-minute campaign promise, vowing that if he were re-elected, there would be no palestinian state. well tonight, netanyahu seeming to backtrack, telling a reporters, quote, i don't want a
one-state solution i want a sustainable, peaceful two-state solution adding but for that circumstances have to change. well tonight, a headline for homeowners with the spring buying season heating up mortgage rates now approaching historic lows. a 30-year fixed mortgage dropping to 3.78%, 15-year mortgages now at 3.6%. it comes on the heels of that signal from the federal reserve that interest rate hikes could be on the horizon this spring. abc's chief business correspondent rebecca jarvis now on how to make the most of the low rates and save your family hundreds of dollars a month. >> hi! >> reporter: hi! tonight, it's peak season for home buyers like scott and maya cohen. on the hunt for a house to raise their family and a mortgage near these rock bottom rates. >> we don't even know where to start, really. >> reporter: they're hoping to get the deal done before the federal reserve hikes interest rates later this year. so we brought in the experts to offer them a hand. what do you recommend people who
are shopping around for mortgages do? >> you always want to get competitive loan rates. when you look at those loans, look at the interest rate, the apr. >> reporter: it's all about shopping around. a small change in rates can mean a big change in your payment. take the average $240,000 30-year fixed rate mortgage. today, it will cost you about $1,100 a month. but if your rate jumps just 1% that exact same mortgage will most almost $150 more every month. or a whoching $50,000 more over the life of the loan. >> it's a huge difference. >> reporter: but remember -- >> the lowest isn't always the best, k the lowest but they don't have great service and they stop you from getting to the closing table on time then that's going to end up costing you money in the end. >> rebecca is here with us now. what about families who are looking to refinance? >> reporter: good news for them as well. the good rule of thumb here is if you can reduce that interest rate by about a percent, and if you're planning on staying in
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>> reporter: new cars are supposed to be sold free of defects. the dealer not fixing it before it's in our hands is against the law. during our investigation, we visit multiple dealerships in two states asking about cars with recalls. some salesmen address those defects. >> thanks. >> one second. >> appreciate it. >> reporter: but we uncovered hundreds of new cars from many manufacturers around the country that were sold with unfixed safely recalls. after buying our truck, we checked gm's website to see if it has been fixed. recall status incomplete. arnie has some explaining to do. you soldiery this car and you said that there were no recalls on it. but in fact there are recalls on it. very serious one. >> there's a recall on this? >> reporter: yes. >> oh i have to check it out and see. i don't know. i wasn't aware. >> reporter: the dealership's president telling abc news we have realized our failure was tied exclusively to human error. from now on we will be cross-checking serial numbers with our service record. >> made a mistake.
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