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making news in america this morning -- taking the fall. regrets, admissions and an apology. this morning, president obama tries to slow the growing frustration over the health care overhaul. we're live in washington. and developing overnight. new details into a family that seemingly vanished years ago. the grisly discovery that's reopened this investigation. mid-air mystery. a bizarre call from a pilot in the air. >> mayday. mayday. mayday. >> then, a frantic investigation in the ocean. what happened at 2,000 feet that now has a passenger missing? split scene. a hollywood action star shows off his talent in a must-see stunt.
and good friday morning. we do begin with president obama taking the fall for the problematic rollout of his health care law. >> during a news conference that lasted under an hour, the president profusely apologized nearly 30 different ways. >> i do make apologies for not having executing better. that's on me. that's something i deeply regret. we did fumble the ball on it. i feel deeply responsible. >> and the president also announced a rule change to his plan. abc's kristin fisher, live in washington, now, with details. good morning, kristin. >> reporter: good morning, john and diana. you know, the president says that he made the rule change to keep his promise. that if you like your health insurance plan, then you could keep it. but industry leaders say that this rule change could destabilize the market and result in higher premiums for consumers. a presidential mea culpa. >> we did fumble the ball on it. and what i'm going to do is make sure that we get it fixed. >> reporter: it's a huge relief for senate democrats, who are now scrambling to come up with
their own legislative fix to the affordable care act. >> the president's announcement was a great first step. and we will probably need legislation to make it stick. >> reporter: but first, today, the house will vote on a republican-led solution, even though house republicans still ultimately want to repeal it. >> when you look at obama care, frankly, i don't think there's a way to fix it. >> reporter: the president's fix is only temporary. the last two years, the president promised, if you like your plan, you can keep your plan. >> if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. >> reporter: but that wasn't true. so, the president is proposing that the millions of americans who have been dropped by their health insurance, should now be allowed to keep their current plan for one more year. the problem is, the insurance companies may not cooperate. it's a big, black mark on the president's signature achievement and the democrats who supported it. >> i feel deeply responsible for making it harder for them, rather than easier for them to
continue to promote the core value. >> reporter: and that also applies to the president himself. according to a new poll, for the first time, the majority of americans no longer trust him. john? diana? >> kristin fisher, live for us in washington this morning. thank you. and now, to the philippines, where one week after the typhoon, help is finally getting to those who desperately need it. the philippine air force dropped supplies to villagers who have been cut off since the storm. the death toll now stands at over 3,600. >> and the pace of international aid has picked up, as well. abc's gloria riviera is in manila today. >> reporter: good morning, john and diana. the relief effort here on the ground is taking a turn in right direction. in terms of u.s. aid alone, helicopters have been able to get to a town outside of tacloban. they're able to load up and ferry supplies to some of the
most remote regions where people may not have had any help for a week. and there's been an area of the dome in tacloban that people have been able to get to for a shelter. but the filth and grime accumulating there is extreme. for so many here who need so much, the wait goes on. there is a bit of good news, however. lots of internat organizations, able to get to the region, get on the ground. that means they can get to work. john? diana? >> all right. gloria, thank you. the u.s. has pledged $20 million in cash and supplies. other nations are matching that. >> but it's china that's not really looking good here. as of last night, china had pledged just $1.6 million in aid. that, by the way, is less than ikea and even coke. here at home, several developing stories overnight, including a texas town, south of dallas, remaining empty this morning after a massive pipeline explosion. workers at a chevron drilling site in milford accidentally ruptured that ten-inch gas pipeline yesterday. it sent smoke and flames that could be seen for miles away. the entire town was evacuated. but there were no reports of injuries. crews are letting the fire burn itself out. it could be tomorrow before some
of those people get to go home. also happening right now, a brush fire is burning out of control north of new york city. the wind-driven flames spreading through the rough terrain in rockland county. there are no homes believed to be in danger. firefighters pulled back for the night. they plan to resume at daybreak. nearly four years ago, a southern california family simply vanished. the mcstays, mom, dad and two kids, left in a hurry, with eggs still on the kitchen counter and their beloved dog in the backyard. it's a case that's long frustrated investigators. now, they say the four bodies found earlier this week in the mojave desert may be that of the missing family. we'll find out more later today, at a sheriff's news conference. and now, to canada. the toronto mayor is apologizing yet again for his behavior. during a live tv interview yesterday, rob ford let fly an obscenity when he denied telling a staffer that he wanted to have oral sex. with his wife by his side, ford later said he was sorry. >> the revelations yesterday of cocaine, escorts, prostitution, has pushed me over the line. and i used unforgivable language.
and again, i apologize. >> ford has adamantly said that he will not resign. but the city council is now introducing a motion today to strip some of his powers. and the city has canceled school trips to city hall. mayor ford and his brother, by the way, have accepted a deal for their own tv show. all right. in california, the new labor agreement that ended a strike by bay area transit workers may now be in jeopardy. that's because b.a.r.t. management, claiming a provision that it never agreed to somehow wound up in the final deal. b.a.r.t.'s board of directors is meeting today to discuss their options. among them is a rejection of the new contract. notorious boston gangster james "whitey" bulger will spend the rest of his life in prison. a judge told bulger that his crimes were almost unfathomable, as she sentenced him yesterday to two consecutive life sentences. the 84-year-old former mob boss also got an earful from victims' relatives. his racketeering conviction including murder, extortion, drug trafficking and money laundering.
the woman who had claimed she had a fling with alec baldwin has been found guilty of stalking him. a new york judge sentenced genevieve sabourin to six months in jail. that's on top of the 30 days she got for outbursts in court this week. the judge said she waged a relentless campaign to harass baldwin and his wife. she insists she was seeking closure. moving on to the weather now across the nation. there will be in the gulf coast and into florida. rain in the pacific northwest, and snow in the mountains. it will be a dry day for denver and minneapolis. windy, though, in the rockies and into arizona and new mexico. >> it is a pleasant friday in the northeast. highs in the 40s and 50s. warm in the southern california area, through new mexico. seattle and portland, all in the mid-40s. all right. coming up, guinness has an entire list of brand-new records. we're going to show you the most bizarre and amazing feats. growing disaster. people scrambling to safety after a giant sinkhole starts to swallow up homes. might not be over yet. and close call. a woman's car starts to sink to the bottom of a pond. we have new video to show you this morning of her dramatic rescue.
welcome back. asian stock markets saw powerful rallieses overnight as wall street's record roll keeps on rolling on. the dow, 37th record close of the year. that was posted yesterday. the s&p 500 also hitting an all-time high. stocks climbing after fed chairman nominee janet yellen signaled her support for continuing the fed's economic stimulus program. wall street's rally. great news for your 401(k). fidelity says retirement plans are at record highs. workers who have contributed over the last decade now seeing
a 20% dpan. the average balance in those plans is over 223,000 bucks. today's the day gamers have been waiting for for a long time. sony started selling its new playstation 4 at midnight. stores like game stop and best buy had gamers lining up late last night. sony says it had more than 1 million preorders for the ps-4 which is said to be a more internet connected device. the falling prices at the bump may have bottomed out. experts say gats is not expected to get cheaper. the national average isn't likely to dip below $3 a gallon. we have just two weeks to go until thanksgiving. and we have good news to feast on. the average cost of thanksgiving dinner will cost a little less this year. $49.04. that's 44 cents cheaper than last year. the price of turkey rolls and green beans going down. you can go to one of the most romantic places in the
world without having to leave your house. google street view lets you take a gondola ride through the canals of venice italy. >> that's neat. >> that would be really cool. i still want to experience the real thing. >> i did that once. it's totally amazing. when we come back mid-air mystery. did a man plummet 2,000 feet from his plane? was this an accident? or was it something else? and canine competition. dogs showing off their high-flying acrobatics. you have time to shop for car insurance today? yeah. i heard about progressive's "name your price" tool? i guess you can tell them how much you want to pay and it gives you a range of options to choose from. huh? i'm looking at it right now. oh, yeah? yeah. what's the... guest room situation? the "name your price" tool making the world a little more progressive.
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conditions. could be wet along i-10 from new orleans through the florida panhandle. rainy on roads in the seattle area. windy in phoenix. >> and in case you're getting a head start on thanksgiving travel, this is a great day to fly. there are no major airport delays to speak of. families in st. petersburg florida, are being delayed from getting into their homes. that's because of a sinkhole, that swallowed houses yesterday morning. >> 70 feet wide. 50 feet deep. when the hole started opening, no one in the area knew what was going on. >> i thought maybe it was a screen door not closing right. or someone was trying to break in. but i didn't expect this. >> will they even go t sleep at night? will they walk inside and go to bed? i don't know. >> one family says they knew the sinkhole was there for a couple years. they had been fighting with their insurance company how to fix it. and contractors had just started work when the ground gave way.
now, to a mystery in the skies just off the coast of miami. a pilot reported that a passenger had fallen out of the door of the aircraft as it flew above 2,000 feet. this was the emergency call to the faa. mayday. mayday. i have a door ajar. i'm heading towards tamiami. >> you have a door open? >> i have a door ajar. and a passenger that fell down. >> but a massive search turned up no sign of the passenger. they have not confirmed whether or not that emergency call was legitimate. a little boy in chicago has healing to do a few weeks after being attacked by a coyote. the 3-year-old suffered a facial wound in the attack which took place in an alley. the boy thought the coyote was a dog. four coyotes were found in the area soon after. they have been put down. the youngster has tested negative for reebbyes.
cynthia was on the phone with 911 after driving her car into a pond. before police could even arrive, some good samaritans showed up with a flat bed truck. garza said she was relieved she was the only one in that car. >> i dropped my kids off home actually, because i wanted to take the car to the shop. and if i hadn't dropped them off, they would have been in the car with me. >> her rescuers arrived just in the nick of time. the car sank only moments after this video. >> wow. three-time indy 500 winner dario frankiechitti said he is done with car racing. you may recall this crash he was involved in last month. >> his doctors have told him that it's just too risky for him to get behind the wheel again. his wife ashley judd confirmed news on twitter. saying franchitti's next phase will be just as impressive. time, now, for the rest of the world in sports.
and putting on quite a show in the second half of thursday night football. >> here's neil and stan at espn. >> good morning, america. welcome to the "sportscenter" set in los angeles. he's stan verrett. i'm neil everett. we're doing this without shock sheets. full of video. you go. >> colts and titans on thursday night football. coming off the loss to the rams at home. in the second half, just put this one away. they were trailing 14-0, in the first half. luck, keeping it himself, running in for the touchdown. and then, donald brown with the first two-touchdown game of his nfl career. colts beat all three vision opponents on the road. up by three games, they take it 30-27. 14 oh, man. what a game. up in oakland. the thunder have yet to beat a team that made the playoffs last season. golden state got way behind. russell westbrook says let's bring this back. takes the lead with 2.3 seconds
left. that's how we do it. andre iguodala says this is how you do it. a little defensive miscue by the thunder. and it's oklahoma city, struck down. getting iguodala with it. warriors, undefeated at home. what an exciting one-point win. >> western conference pretty exciting. >> yeah. >> on a nightly basis in the nba. >> i'm wearing sweat pants. >> he really is. back to you. >> i wish i was wearing pants. dogs doing their best michael jordan impression makes this our "play of the day." happening in dubuque, iowa. >> that's where the dock dogs world championships are taking place. they call themselves the world premiere canine aquatic competition. >> there's qualifying rounds today. the finals, tomorrow and sunday. >> and they're just cute. >> outstanding, as well. >> it's true. coming up next the martial
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he will help capture the riddler. thousands of volunteers lining up to help pull off the caper. >> by the way, san francisco, the city sent out a message to all of its residents, asking for them to become volunteers and to stand out there and be in awe of this little boy. be the audience. and i'm sure it's going to be quite a surprise. >> very cool. now, world records to show you, all achieved yesterday on guinness world records day. >> who knew this day existed. we're going to start in germany, where joe alexander walked across the most upright bottles. >> scott wiener of new york owning the largest collection of pizza boxes. okay. he has nearly 600 of them. >> congratulations, i guess. >> then there's cory love the harlem globetrotter. he hit the longest basketball shot. he threw it in the hoop from
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live from the kgo-tv broadcast center this is abc7 news. >> it is 4:28 on friday the 15th. >> lucky friday! >> mike has the weather. >> are you trying to scare us? the visibility shows a lack of fog on live doppler 7 hd. napa is three miles visibility and half moon bay at five miles the air is dryer than this time yesterday. looking at san francisco this is the back drop to talk about sun with temperatures close to average. it will be breezy along the
coast so it could be difficult for the crabbers. low-to-mid 60's around the bay and mid-to-upper 50's at the coast. leyla gulen has the traffic. >> so far it is quiet. we have construction with plenty of green. happy friday everyone. into san jose we have a connection that will be shut down until 6:00 this morning eastbound 237 to northbound highway 85. 101 northbound and southbound is clear. 580 from tracy to dublin is 23 minutes and from antioch to concord is 15 minutes and 101 from san rafael to san francisco there is no fog. the bay bridge toll plaza is where it is clear and wide open and a few cars from emeryville. >> breaking news in the south bay the santa clara county sheriff is investigating a fail
shooting that happened on wood haven drive in san jose. deputies found a man suffering from one gunshot wound last night at 11:30. he died at the scene. we are waiting for an update. >> bart commuters hope there will not be another strike after discovery that threatens to blow up new union contract. bart directors will hold an emergency meeting today over the stunning news reported by abc7 on twitter and at 5:00. matt is at fremont station. >> the big question: if the bart board does not approve this contract could there be another strike? this snag involves a provision in the contract signed by both sides back in july included in the final deal approved by the unions allowing since weeks of paid family medical live but they have to use up their vacation and sick t