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tonight, the breaking news. the scathing report late today on the ferguson police department. the alleged racist e-mails reveal 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 service, 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 toent, 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. authoritying 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 protell us or thes in the streets, but tonight, it's the u.s. justice department directly accusing officers in ferguson missouri of racially biased policing. that police in the city 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
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residents make up 67% of the 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 heard this 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 stephanopolus, 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.
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>> no question? >> no question. >> reporter: the federal government hasn't yet announced if it will file federal charges jens officer wilson. every indication is they won't. meanwhile, in ferguson tonight, they have to process these disturbing findings. david? >> 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 punish. >> reporter: he was the four-star hero hailed as a strategic genius, who went on to become the nation's top spy. but today, david petraeus pled a/* guilty to sharing those top secrets with his then-mistress paula broadwell. and the fbi flatly accused him of lying to cover up his crimes. >> i regret and apologize for
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the circumstances that led to my resignation. >> reporter: during his command in after began stan 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 remarkly even petraeus' notes from discussions with the president of the united states. preday yus did not turn over the books when he left the military. when questioned by the fbi, he denied sharing any classified information with broadwell, who was writing his biography. the fbi says that was a lie. petraeus' 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 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 more serious punishment? >> reporter: yeah david. there was a lack of evidence that petraeus intended to harm national security. in prosecuteing 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 washington tonight. thank you. we do move on now, anded 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: stretch rousetreacherous ice and slick conditions bringing i-95
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in minnesota to a standstill after two dozen carls in the area. near st. paul one police vehicle slammed by a car as the officer investigates another crash. strong winds, the problem in watertown, south dakota 40 40-mile-per-hour gusts. 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 ice. back in the midwest, blinding snow and slippery roads in parts of michigan and indiana causing spinout after spinout. >> i just completely turned all the way around and slid off the record. >> reporter: and here in minneapolis, they are coping
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with the snow ice and cold but already looking forward to the weekend, when temperatures could rise above 40 degrees. david? >> alex thank you. let's get right to rob marciano right there in boston tonight. we could have guessed that you'd be back in boston. 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 look at that. beneficial snows there, but this moisture is going to be hitting southern states once again. hard to believe we're in the month of march. here's the radar. 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. memphis up to me due ya. some heavy snow is expected across parts of cincinnati. it pushes into d.c. philly and new york with significant snopes i think, happening thursday morning. how much snow do we see? four to eight inches in many spots. could see up to a foot in some spots. and the heavier alorlts samounts over
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boston. but we just need over three inches to break that record. if we don't do it this go we'll surely do it before the end of the season is over. david? >> rob marciano from boston. rob, thank you. now, to the political storm brewing tonight involving hillary clinton. 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 jonathon 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
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accounts, bypassing the government e-mail system that would have automatically saved her e-mails, putting them within reach of congress, media requests and historians. we pressed the white house on this today. have you heard of anybody, senior official at the white house that just uses personal e-mail? >> i have not encountered that. >> 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 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 live from the white house now. is hillary clinton the only secretary of state to use a personal e-mail account for official business?
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>> reporter: well we looked back the two previous -- only two preview secretaries of state have used e-mail at all. colin powell and condoleezza rice. both told us they had official government issued e-mail accounts but colin powell did say that he sometimes did use a private e-mail account, though david, his spokesperson said it was a very different time. many of the desks at the state department evendidn't have computers on them. >> jon karl, thank you. now, to the world leader that spoke before congress taking on president obama's foreign policy. israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu warning of the president's strategy with iran. 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.
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>> 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. >> 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 per suing its nuclear program. >> and martha raddatz is with us now from turkey. she's been reporting from the region. 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
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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 both reported from iran. you in recent days. what is your sense from the iranian people tonight? do they support this press for some sort of an agreement between the obama administration and iran? >> reporter: most of the people i talk 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, thank you. back here at home now, and to boston and to the trial of dzhokhar tsarnaev last seen there in shackles 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, katharine russell was the daughter of a well-to-do
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doctor's family, who fell in love, converted to islam, and changed her name to karima, to marry the man who would later be identified as the mastermind of a horrific act of terrorism tamerlan tsarnaev. 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 or helped with what her late husband tamerlan and his brother dzhokhar, who prosecutors say were caught on camera placing the bombs. after her husband was killed in a police shoot-out, 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
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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 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 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
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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 alerts a partial shutdown threatened for the end of the week. the move a major vikt hit for president obama, because there 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 bold there near the mountain top. thousands evacuated. one of the most active volcanoes in all of south america. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight." 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 tonight. who do you inherit more of your genetic makeup from? your mom or dad? the new medical headline. and you remember this movie.
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finally tonight here blink and you'll miss her on the slopes of wisconsin. and you'll likely miss something educational. what it is that makes her america strong. our thanks to wisn for sbro drucing us to audrey. >> reporter: 8-year-old audrey. 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 mros threatic. just look at her putting on her ski boots. fitted with her first arm at just 6 months. 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.
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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 humming as she goes. music to her ears. 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. >> we loved audrey. and especially loved hearing her hum as she tears up the slopes. i'm david muir. hope to
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