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on this tuesday night from the nation's capital, the new terror threat from isis. the video, two hostages and their new demands. the world's most wanted man is back vowing to kill again. just as americans in another country are being urged to leave immediately. brian ross and martha raddatz standing by. also breaking tonight, the american hospital the suspect walking in authorities say shooting a cardiac surgeon. the deadly collapse. the overpass giving way. new questions tonight about america's highways. the mansion fire mystery growing tonight. the home burning to the ground and what we've now learned about the missing family. and we're here in washington for the state of the union. and tonight, what the president plans to say to america.
and good evening from washington tonight, where we just learned some of what the president will say to the nation tonight in his state of the union. and we'll have more on that in a moment right here. but we begin with that new terror threat a chilling new video from isis. and the most wanted man in the world, jihadi john as he's called threatening two hostages from japan. tonight, a race to save their lives and a race to locate that brutal killer. we have seen him before. we heard his voice, that british accent. videos in broad daylight so why can't the world find him? martha raddatz standing by on the hunt but first, abc's brian ross tonight on the demand for money and whether it will be met. >> reporter: he is the personification of terror, back tonight as brutal and evil as ever in what appears to be his sixth such video. dubbed jihadi john because of his british accent, the masked isis spokesman now threatens to behead these two japanese citizens if the terror group doesn't receive a
$200 million ransom by thursday. >> you now have 72 hours to pressure your government in making a wise decision. >> reporter: one of the japanese hostages, described only as an adventurer, was captured by isis last august, in this dramatic video, where he was accused of being a cia spy. the other hostage is a veteran japanese television reporter. japan's prime minister shinzo abe said today no ransom would be paid. >> we've seen in the past that isis has carried through on their threats like this to execute hostages, so the outlook is obviously quite grim. >> reporter: tonight, u.s. analysts are looking for any clues the new isis propaganda video may reveal, studying the background setting, the shadows for time of day, the knife, the eyes. and to the dismay of u.s. officials, the video comes despite months of air strikes meant to cripple the terror group. >> it's made them seem more heroic.
they're expanding their influence and in some ways they are expanding their territory. >> reporter: and tonight in europe, police in at least six countries remain on high alert, searching for other isis followers connected to the paris attacks and conceding they may not be able to stop the next one. well armed, loaded with cash and masters of internet recruiting isis has in the last few months emerged as the world's most wanted group of terrorists. david, just a year ago, in his last state of the union address, the president did not even refer to them by name. >> incredible to think about. brian ross, thank you. abc's martha raddatz is right here tonight. and i wanted to take our viewers at home back to that image of jihadi john. the brazen videos we mentioned. so many of them taped in broad daylight. people at home are going to be asking why can't we get this guy? >> reporter: it's incredible david. we have so much equipment over there. we just don't have people on the ground.
and that's what it takes, intelligence on the ground to figure this out. plus jihadi john as he is called he knows not to communicate on cell phones and other things the u.s. would be able to pick up. but the president tonight is going to say, "we will defeat and degrade these terrorists in isis." >> we'll hear that a short time from now. meanwhile, yemen. you've been there several times. the presidential palace surrounded for a time. what's the latest on that and what's the status of the u.s. embassy there? >> reporter: the presidential pal lals over there, still surround d. the president of yemen is not inside that. he's inside his house, but he's also surrounded there. the embassy, they believe, is safe at this time. they are not planning on evacuating it. but there are two u.s. ships in the red sea ready to do that if they have to. >> all right, martha raddatz, thank you. and from yemen to libya this evening, and yet another developing headline. and a new warning at this hour from americans. the state department urging all u.s. citizens to leave the country immediately. the fighting escalating between
militants and government troops. the u.s. embassy already suspended all operations in july. and as you heard martha mention there, president obama expected to talk about the glow gal terror threat what we saw in paris, tonight in his state of the union. also front and center the american economy. a new abc news poll showing the president's job approval rating now at 50%. it was just last october, just 40%, up ten points. so let's get right to abc's jonathan karl across town at the white house. jon, the economy, gas prices driving this job approval. and you've learned what americans will hear tonight. >> reporter: that's right. and david, the president's top advisers tell me that he is going into this speech with a bounce in his step because we are seeing the strongest economy of his presidency. so the three big economic themes that he will hit tonight is first, vindication. he will take credit for that recovering economy, in excepts just released, he says quote, the verdict is in his policies worked. second help for the middle
class. he's proposing new spending on things like free community college, even cheaper, faster internet access. and then three, tax the rich. that's how he is proposing paying for all of this. but david, as you can imagine, that call for more spending higher taxes, puts him on a collision course with the republicans in that chamber tonight. >> a tough sell for them indeed. jon, thank you. let's get right to george stephanopoulos in our washington bureau tonight. and george this is the president's sixth statele of the union. his next to last. i wanted to show the before and after. this is the president in 2009 the president in his first state of the union. and this is the president just last week. job of the president always takes a toll. those before and afters so telling. george what's the bottom line tonight, two years left. >> reporter: two years left. he has to do a lot. like reagan was going into the seventh year of his presidency. he was able to convince the country that his economic program worked. as jon karl just said right there, that's what president 0
obama has to do tonight. convince people this is sustainable. it can be broadened out, that everyone can share. now, it's because of the work that he did. over the last six years. now, ronald reagan was able to make that sell. he came into this speech with a 50% approval rating as well. he was able to lock in gains for republicans for a generation bill convincing them that his program worked. that's president obama's job tonight. >> all right, perhaps revisiting an old play book. george stephanopoulos thank you. george will be leading the way tonight, our entire political team. the president's state of the union address begins at 9:00 p.m. eastern, right here our kovrm on abc. we move on now to one of the nation's most prestigious hospitals in lockdown for a time. brigham and women's hospital in boston. the chaos from above, inside a gunman opening fire targeting a surgeon. tonight, officials warning it could have been much worse, saying that hospital though medical workers, had trained for this. here's abc's david wright.
>> reporter: 11:07 this morning. boston police receive the 911 call. a doctor shot and injured at one the city's most prestigious hospitals. >> they were telling everybody to get down and get down and get to the elevator and it just caused a mass panic, so everyone just started screaming and running. it was pretty scary. not going to lie. republican police say the suspect asked for the doctor by name when he entered the hospital. a cardiac surgeon, shot twice. the injuries said to be life-threatening. >> there's something in this past that upset this guy to come in looking for this doctor. >> reporter: the brigham and women's does not have metal detectors. but they do regular active shooter drills like this one at a new jersey hospital. violence at places of healing is unfortunately one of the hidden dangers for health care workers. in minnesota, just two months ago, a patient armed with a metal bar went on a rampage. the incident caught on camera. here in boston the suspect, identified at 55-year-old stephen pass carry, was found
dead in an examining room. his wounds apparently self-inflicted. he was not a patient at this hospital but our boston affiliate reports that his mother died two months ago and that she had been a patient of this doctor. david? >> david wright reporting in tonight. david, thank you. and now to colorado this evening, and it's been more than two years now since that massacre in a movie theater in aurora. and tonight, jury selection in the trial of accused gunman james holmes now getting under way. you'll remember his fiery hair, that dazed look in the courtroom. but tonight, inside that court, holmes virtually unrecognizable. as his parents now plead for their son's life. here's abc's clayton sandell. >> reporter: today in court, james holmes looked more like the college student he used to be. clean, cut, wearing glasses, even laughing with his attorneys. a starkly different look than this shortly after the aurora movie theater rampage. >> i've got seven down in theater nine! seven down! >> reporter: 12 people were killed. 70 injured.
the now 27-year-old is one of the few mass shooters ever to face trial. the first of 7,000 potential jurors began reporting today. >> oh my god. >> reporter: holmes admits he was the gunman but his attorneys say he was insane. prosecutors, along with many families and survivors, believe justice comes only with a death penalty. but not all. >> my niece will never walk again. that's 26 years old. >> reporter: mary ellen hansen's niece, ashley moser, is now paralyzed. ashley's 6-year-old daughter was killed. for hansen, a long death penalty trial will bring fresh pain and appeals that could drag on for years. >> i would like to see that he is locked up with no possibility of parole ever. he did monstrous things. therefore he is a monster. >> reporter: the gunman's parents hope their son will be spared writing an open letter last month. "he is not a monster. he is a human being gripped by a severe mental illness."
but david, picking 12 jurors and 12 alternates will take months. opening statements are not expected until may at the earliest. david? >> clayton sandell in colorado. clayton, thank you. we move onto that deadly bridge collapse in ohio. a construction worker killed a truck driver injured when the overpass in ohio crumbled onto the highway below. concrete plunging in an instant. a bbc's alex perez on the investigation and the questions about america's aging highways tonight. >> reporter: tense moments overnight along i-75 in cincinnati. >> report of an overpass at hopple street collapsing. >> reporter: tons of concrete and machinery plummeting onto the highway after this overpass collapsed. >> looks like we have a dismantled overpass collapsed down onto a semitractor trailer here. >> reporter: it was just after 10:30 monday night. the overpass was being demolished as part of a highway widening project when it somehow
gave way, pancaking onto the highway below. a semitruck driving under the overpass crashing into the scrumabling concrete. that driver miraculously surviving, just minor injuries. but a construction worker 35-year-old brandon carl, was killed. carl a father of four, was engaged. authorities now working to figure out how an ordinary demolition turned deadly. >> it's a routine operation. for the most part. we've done it on other projects. so it was a simple demolition. >> reporter: federal records show the overpass was in "decent shape," and was rated an 86 out4 out of 100 after its last inspection in 2011. but a 2013 report found more than 66,000 deficient bridges across the country. traffic along this section of i-75 now halted, as crews work to clean up the scene. and at this point it's unclear when exactly this stretch of i-75 may reopen. authorities say they are very lucky this did not happen during the rush hour when more people could have been hurt.
david? >> thank you, alex. now, to that fast-moving and powerful storm, an alberta clipper on the move tonight. snow ice, freezing rain. more of that black ice on the way for much of the country, from fargo to philadelphia. let's get straight to abc's ginger zee at the weather wall tonight. ginger? >> reporter: david, let's talk timing of the storm. let's start in chicago. overnight into early wednesday. then it moves fast. that's why it's called a clipper. just like the boat. 80 95 starts to get hit wednesday evening. overnight, it ends up out to sea. boston could see a little slick commute going into early thursday morning. again, this is one to two inches overall two-plus or even four in central pennsylvania areas. but again, fast-moving. we put our headline on another storm out in the southwest. winter storm watch. southeast colorado. some of the high country could get eight feet of snow. four feel in the valleys. all rain lots of it, houston to
new orleans. david? >> ginger thank you. now to a major new clue in the mystery of that doomed air asia flight. the plane climbed even higher and unusually fast. 6,000 feet per minute then stalling. saying that no passenger jet, not even a fighter jet, would attempt to climb that quickly. now, a warning about a problem spread ag cross america's streets. weevil seen the pictures before. bikers taking over the roads in new york philadelphia los angeles. well tonight, it's miami. abc's gio benitez and the newest case that stopped traffic and caused chaos on the highway. >> reporter: tonight, call them modern outlaws wreaking havoc right in the middle of the rush hour commute. helicopter videos showing hundreds of people on dirt bikes and atvs in miami speeding on some of the most popular highways swerving through traffic, popping wheelies waving at the camera. even swarming a gas station to fuel up and keep going, all the while, everyday drivers trying to navigate those same roads.
>> we were caught offguard. >> reporter: police saying these swarms are difficult to stop. >> puts the officer at risk and puts the person being pursued at risk. >> reporter: that twitter hash tag, bikelife spreading word about these biking extravaganzas. abc news riding along with a south carolina biker asking what they're thinking when they take to the road in packs. >> it's almost like when a guy conquers mt. everest, and he puts his little country flag up there and takes a picture. that really shows that you kind of beat the system, you beat the cops at their game. >> reporter: a dangerous game you can almost bet will continue to be played on our nations highways and our social networks. gio benitez, abc news, new york. >> gio, thanks. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this tuesday. the mansion fire mystery and what we've learned about the missing family. the multimillion dollar home burned to the ground. the grandparents and grandchildren. were they inside? we have new details. new developments tonight in
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finally tonight here we know throwing birthday parties for children is expensive for any family. bull how far is too far in trying to recoup some of that money, when children don't show up? here's nick watt. >> reporter: after 5-year-old alex bailed on his buddy's ski birthday party in england, his dad found a brown envelope in alex's school bag. >> it was an invoice for a child no-show for the party. >> reporter: from the mom who'd thrown the party. asking for nearly 16 pounds. that's around $25. >> and it was a proper invoice, with full official details. >> reporter: cue fevered, global online debate. "i think she needs to sit in the time-out chair," posted one parent about invoice mom. "extremely rude not to show up," said another about alex's parents. >> by rsvping and not showing, that they have said that you're not worth that phone call. and that's a rude thing to do. and that's why that was rude to do in the first place. >> reporter: so the invoice is justified? >> no, the invoice is absurd. >> reporter: birthday parties are stressful.
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