tv AB Cs World News Saturday ABC August 8, 2009 6:30pm-7:00pm EDT
i'm david muir. on this "world news" saturday -- a midair crash, a plane and helicopterollide not far from where that miracle on the hudson occurred. living history. sonia sotomayor sworn in today, as the first hispanic on the supreme court. fear factor, doctors reaching out this weekend to the estimated million children battling on obsessive compulsive disorder and our rare access to
the therapy room. why can't this daughter hug her own mother? and the lobster wars, gun shots and sabotage along maine's coast. tonight a surf and turf war, where it's every lobsterman for tonight a surf and turf war, where it's every lobsterman for himself. captions paid for by abc, inc. good evening. when we got word in the newsroom today, there had been another crash on the hudson river here in new york. we thought, not again. but there was. today, a tour helicopter collided with a small plane, and this time, there were no survivors. just down the river from where us airways 1549 safely landed. in today's crash, all nine people aboard the two aircraft were killed. we begin with abc's stephanie sy. stephanie, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, david. the mayor of new york is calling this tragedy on the hudson, not a single survivor. we have learned now there's a
temporary flight restriction over this stretch of the hudson as salvage crews doing the very difficult work of looking for wreckage and bodies. against a clear blue sky, the mangled helicopter plunged into the hudson river, astounding on job onlookers. >> something hit the blades and the planes went down. >> reporter: the helicopter carrying five italian tourists and a pilot had just taken off for manhattan on a sightseeing tour. when it collided with a small plane. the piper aircraft was carrying three people, including a child. witnesses describe seeing the helicopter blindsided from the rear and one of the plane's wing sheered off by the helicopter's rotor blades. >> it happened so fast. >> reporter: within minutes, boats and rescue diefrs rushed to the scene.
>> if anybody had survived we would have been there. sadly, it appears to us at this point, that this was probably not survivable. >> reporter: the helicopter and the plane were under water in moments. debris was found scattered across a large stretch of the new jersey shoreline. but with just two feet of visibility in the hudson, divers have the work cut out for them. the collision occurred in a popular sightseeing route. it's the pilot's responsibility to see and avoid obstacles. the rule under 1100 feet for this aircraft over this stretch of the hudson river is see and be seen. the irony of today, it was a beautiful, clear flying day in new york. >> stephanie, thank you. we turn now to the latest on the investigation and lisa stark. who covers aviation for us. lisa, you and i were talking
earlier rather protymixi to manhattan, these aircraft were flying relatively unmonito pred >> reporter: once again it raises the issue of planes and helicopters flying in area. the aircraft may not have no equipment on board to tell them where other aircraft were. that equipment is not mandated. as stephanie said, they have to watch out for each other. just like in cars, planes have blind spots. areas that aren't visible to the pilots. it can lead to the kind of tragedy we saw today. the ntsb investigators have launched a team from washington, d.c., they're on their way to new york to try to figure out what went so wrong. and to try to come up with recommendations to prevent it from happening again. >> lisa, in this day and age, back to that blind spot notion, there would be technology to help aircraft get around there. >> reporter: there's sophisticated equipment. it uses gps satellites to locate an aircraft in the sky.
help aircraft stay apart from each other. now, the faa has mandated this equipment for planes including general aviaon. but its implementation is more than a decade away. >> all right, lisa stark in washington. lisa, thank you. this was meanwhile a historic day in the district capital. sonia sotomayor became the first hispanic and the third woman to serve on the supreme court. our "college gameday" legal correspondent was there. >> reporter: the momt was historic. i, sonia sotomayor, do solemnly swear -- >> reporter: with her mother holding the family bible, chief justice john roberts swore in the supreme court's first hispanic. >> that i will administer justice without respect to persons. >> reporter: surrounded by family and friends, she became justice sotomayor. >> so help me god. >> congratulations, and welcome to the supreme court. >> reporter: but her path to history began some 50 years ago in a new york city housing project, where she was raised by
her mother and won scholarships to elite schools. princeton and yale law. and it was a republican president, george h.w. bush, who nominated her to be a district court judge. after president obama tapped her for the high court, she endured three days of grueling confirmation hearings. >> did you fail to show the courage? >> sir, no. i didn't show a lack of courage. >> reporter: but with a solid majority of democrats in the senate, her confirmation was never in doubt. >> unless you have a complete meltdown, you are going to get confirmed. >> reporter: the unprecedented weekend swearing in the court, means societomayoran hit the ground running. the court returns early next month to hear arguments in a major campaign finance case. it also will take up cases on religious expression, congressional power, and whether juveniles can get life in prison for their crimes. now, the hard work begins. but justice sotomayor is not expected to change the balance of the court, she's replacing
liberal justice david souter. >> jan, you have carried the court, a little window into the culture the junior justice now faces. >> david, they talk about how the work is overwhelming at first. it starts to don on them, cases are complex and they'll have the importance to the u.s. this is place were very much bound by seniority. it's just the nine of them sitting around the table. if someone knocks on the door, to give a message, it's the junior justice who gets up to answer. >> the rookie of the court. now to the battle over president obama's plan to overhaul the health care plan. it's growing more heated tonight. former vice presidential candidate sah palin is weighing in, calling obama's plan, downright evil. what's the president now saying?
here's rachel martin. >> reporter: the debate over health care gettitingouder both sides. >> i don't want them telling what kind of care i'm going to receive down the road. >> it's a fear echoed at town halls and stoked by conservative pundits. now sarah palin has entered the fray. on a facebook said she's afraid of what she calls an obama death panel. >> let me start by dispelling the outlandish rumors that reform will promote euthanasia. or cut medicaid or bring about a government takeover of health care. that's simply not true. >> reporter: many democratic lawmakers say these protests have been winged up by right-wing parties and talking points. >> when the left does this it's celebrated as the best of democracy, community organizers. when conservative free market
activists show up, they're called mobs. >> reporter: still the debate has provoked violence. some democrats have gotten death threats. >> how can one have a civil discourse if people are making death threats? >> reporter: he and other members of congress are holding telephone town halls, instead. >> to intentionally shut people down, is not acceptable on either side left or right. >> reporter: he says there are real concerns a out there about the pace and scope of the reform bill. n'he ar the s y satheyy cann'ta elcharn,ti n ashingt.> in, abc non. an>>whme he,ilfiofcials om colado wyand wyoming are reporting at least 28 people have illnesses linked to recalled ground meat. that may be tainted with salmonella. we turn overseas tonight and a violent power struggle has
erupted within a taliban. it comes after a cia missile strike killed their leader tonight. two possible successors reportedly have been killed in infighting. our nick schiffrin is in pakistan. >> reporter: the taliban in pakistan is in disarray. three days after the cia decapitated the group by killing its leader, baitullah mehsud, they now appear to have decapitated themselves. two possible successors, including this man, hakimullah, reportedly killed each other during a meeting to choose the new chief. without a leader, the taliban is more vulnerable than it's been in years. >> there will be a clash within the different taliban groups. because of this clash, the whole movement will weaken. >> reporter: with a weakened militancy, the question is how to keep the pressure on the taliban. ed to, they say they're reassessing the whole situation.
the u.s. has used unmanned cia drone strikes to target the taliban. those strikes have been much more effective in the last year thanks to new technology and increased u.s./pakistan intelligence sharing. and though pakistan still officially objects to the drone strikes, today, the country seems thankful. >> it's unfortunate if it happened because of a drone attack, but as i said, with this particular case, at the end of the day, the end justifies the means. >> reporter: now that mehsud is dead, the u.s. will pressure pakistan to confront other militant commanders, seizing the opportunity to take advantage of a taliban without a leader. pakistan seems to agree. >> this is the time to strike. we in whatever way necessary. >> reporr: whatever way necessary to confront a taliban before it can strike back. nick schifrin, abc news, islamabad. we have learned tonight those three american hikers
seized last week have been moved to tehran. they were arrested after wandering into iran from northern iraq. . hillary clinton helping to beautify housing projects. but mrs. clinton wasn't all business. she flashed for more dance moves. moving along a choir as they sang a tribute to her. second time mrs. clinton engaged in what you call a diplomatic dance. after a horrific crash, experts ask, why it was possible that a wife and mother hid her alcohol abuse from her own family. then, children paralyzed by fear. could these mri hold the answers? lobster trails. sabotage and sunken boats off the coast of maine. tonight, the fishermen outtrap t one anotheher. hi, may i help you?
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>> reporter: it was a husband's emotional character reference. authorities said diane schuler was stoned and had twice the legal limit of alcohol in her system when she killed eight people driving the wrong way on a new york freeway. recovered from schuler's van a broken bottle of vodka. >> i never saw her drunk since the day i met her. >> reporter: schuler believes a medical condition may have caused the accident. >> any good addict over time becomes better and better in hiding. and sneaking their use. >> reporter: for so many years, diana, a successful insurance agent with a thriving social life, hid her alcoholism from those she loved the most. >> if no one knows you have this problem, you don't have to give it up. >> reporter: no one in her family knew until she got help from an addiction expert. >> is it shameful for you to
consider yourself an alcoholic? yes, i think it is. >> reporter: statistics reveal that women are increasingly driving turned influence. according to an fbi report, the number of women arrested for du was 27% higher. while the number of men arrested was 7% lower. for those loved one killed in that accident, there are still a lot of painful questions. >> i go to bed every night know in my heart, she wasn't an alcoholic. >> reporter: for many alcoholics hiding is what they do. diana says, no more hiding. >> how does it feel? >> it's hope that i'm going to take the steps. it's one big step. and then maybe tiny steps. and i'm going to be healthy again and that's what i want. and the first victims of that health care club shooting near pittsburgh were laid to rest. heidi overmier liz bath gannon were the random victims of george sodini.
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we're going to take a "closer look" tonight at obsessive compulsive disorder in children. as many as 5 million americans battle ocd, about 1 million of them are children. this week at a conference in minneapolis, exploring new tools, including an mri that could hold clues. this suburban office building. a small yellow room, where a battle's about to play out right in front of our camera. this 15-year-old looks like your typical teenager on the outside, but inside, she's wrestling to break free from an unimaginable fear. on this day, her progress is measured in inches. the woman at the other end of the sofa is about to move from
her chair to the couch. >> tell me what's going on inside. >> she got so close. she's never been this close before. >> reporter: that woman who has her so terrified is her own mother. bridget has been diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder. her particular obsession, an irrational fear that her own family is somehow contaminated and because of that contamination, she can't be near there. long before those worries she was a beautiful little girl, growing up her brothers. her ocd started with the need to be perfect. it morphed into something worse. this doctor is convinced that brimt abridget and the other 1 million children battling ocd can conquer it. his team at the children's hospital in michigan is now looking closely at the mris of children who have ocd. >> it's chemical. it's fizz logical. >> they know the brain chemical is involved in ocd. the doctor says it acts like the
brain's light switch. in children who have ocd that light switch is broken. >> they never get the all-clear signal. the brain's arousal center is just giving it the message, you have to keep checking over and over. >> reporter: with these mris, doctors believe the right kind of medication can reset that part of the brain along with the exposure therapy we're allowed to witness. bridget is about to reach a majomilestone. this is the first time that bridget has touched her mother in four months. >> there it is. >> just the beginning of our year-long journey with those chirp. so many weighed in on our primetime hour of ocd. you is hear much more from the doctors on abcnews.com. in the meantime, when we lobster broiling this evening, the fisherman out to get each other.
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>> reporter: the picture postcard of maine is all about lighthouses and lobsters. but beneath those bobbing buoys, there's a fight for survival. >> well, this is where it all took place. they went down through a deck plate over there -- >> reporter: dickie mcmahon showed us how a rival lobsterman cut a hole in his boat tuesday night trying to sink it. >> they were certainly hoping to put us out of business. but they didn't succeed. >> reporter: mcmahon has been a lobsterman since he was 10, like his father before him. and it's good business. fishermen here pull about 19 million lobsters a year out of these waters more than any place else on earth. by law the lobsters on the ocean floors is fair game for lobsterman with a license. lobstermen learned there's unwritten rules about where they can and can't set traps. during the recession the price has dropped as fewer consumers
indulge. this summer, the turf wars have been vicious. on a nearby island, an old timer re wcentlyho sd t unanwoded a newcomer. this week, someone sank three lobster boats and sabotaged hundreds of traps. >> this was very unusual. i have been doing research for the lobster industry 35-ps years, and i have never seen anything like this, ever. >> reporter: the community is so closely knit, everybody claims to know who sank the lobster boats. but knowing it and proving it are two different things. the lobstermen here, carry on, despite the turf wars as they have for generations. david wright, abc news, maine. >> a bruising business. make you appreciate that lobster even more. that's the broadcast for