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i'm david muir. on this "world news" saturday -- a midair crash, a plane and helicopter collide not too far from where that miracle on the hudson occurred. living history. sonia sotomayor sworn in day, as first hispanic on the supreme court. fear factor, doctors reaching out this weekend to the estimated 1 million children battling on somebody eszive compulsive disorder 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.
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good evening. when we get word in the newsroom today, there had been another you 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, this time, there were no survivors. 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, dave. the mayor of new york is calling this tragedy on the hudson, not a single survivor. we have learned the's a temporary flight restriction over this stretch of the hudson as salvage crews doing the very work of looking for wreckage and bodies. against a clear blue sky, the mangled helicopter plunged into the hudson river, astounding
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onlooker zmrs something hit the blades and the playeds weren't flying. >> the helicopter carrying five italian tourists and a pilot had just taken off for manhattan on a sightseeing tour. 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 r row or the blade. >> reporter: within minutes, boats and rescue divers went to look for survivors. >> if anybody had survived we would have been there. sadly, it apoors 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
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across a large stretch of the new jersey shoreline. with two feet of visibility in the hudson, divers had the work cut out for them. it occurred in a popular sightseeing route. 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 sky. >> stephanie, thank you. we turn now to the latest on the investigation and lisa stark. lisa, you and i were talking earlier rather proximity to manhattan, these aircraft were flying relatively unmonitored. >> reporter: once again it raises the questions of planes and helicopters flying in area.
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it may not have equipment on board. the equipment is not mdated. they have to watch out for each other. just like in cars, planes have blind spots. areas that aren't visible to the pilots. 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. >> lisa, in this dayened age, there would be technology to help aircraft get around there. >> reporter: there's sophisticated equipment. it uses gps satellites to locate aircraft in the sky. now, the faa has mandated this equipment for planes including general aviation. but its implementation is more than a decade away this was meanwhile a historic day in the district
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capital. sonia sotomayor became the first hispanic and third woman to be on the supreme court. >> reporter: the moment 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 bronx housing project, where she was raised by her mother, and went on 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 nominated her for the high court, she
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endured three days of gruelling confirmation hearings. >> did you fail to show the courage? >> no, sir. 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: sotomayor will 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 david soute. >> january, you have carried the court, a little window into the culture the junior justice now faces. >> the work is overwhelming at first. it starts to don on them, cases
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are complex and they'll have the last word on issues important 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, it's the junior justice who gets up to answer. the battle over president obama's plan to overhaul the health care plan. now, former vice presidential candidate sarah palin is weighing in, calling obama's plan, down right evil. what's the president now saying? here's rachel martin. >> reporter: the debate is getting louder on both sides. it's a fear echoed at town halls and stoked by conservative
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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. that's simply not true. >> reporter: many democratic lawmakers say these protests have been winged up by republicans. >> 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 mob. >> reporter: arrests, violence, some democrats have gotten death thre threats. >> how can one have a civil
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discourse if people are making death threats? >> reporter: they're holding telephone town halls, instead. he says there are real concerns a out there about the pace and scope of the reform bill. but lawmakers say they can't get answers if they can't hear the questions. rachel martin, abc news, washington. meantime tonight, health officials in california, colorado and wyoming are reporting at least 28 people have illnesses linked to recalled ground meat. we turn overseas tonight and a violent power struggle has erupted after a cia missile killed their leader this week. two possible successors reportedly have been killed in infighting. nick schiff ryn is in pakistan. >> reporter: the taliban in pakistan is in disarray.
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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 fragile than 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 now how to keep pressure up. months ago, pakistan promised a ground invasion in the but a senior military official here says that they are now "reassessing the whole situation." the u.s. has used 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
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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. because while the taliban is in flux looking for new leadership, we need to get in there in whatever way necessary. >> reporter: whatever way necessary to confront a taliban before it can strike back. nick schifrin, abc news, islamabad. we have learned now those three american hikers seized last week have been moved to tie ran. they were arrested after wandering into iran after in iraq. hillary clinton helping to
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beautify housing projects. but mrs. clinton wasn't all business. for second time this week, she's now flashed her dance moves. moving along a choir as they sang a tribute to her. after a horrific crash, experts ask, why it was possible that a wife and mother hid her alcohol abuse. children paralyzed by fears. could mri hold the answers? lobster trails. sabotage and sunken boats off the coast of maine. hi, may i help you? we're shopping for car insurance, and our friends said we should start here. good friends -- we compare our progressive direct rates, apples to apples, against other top companies, to help you get the best price. how do you do that? with a touch of this button. can i try that?
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recovered from schuler's van a brok broken bottle of vodka. schuler believes a medical condition may have caused the accident. >> any good addict over time becomes better and better in hiding. >> reporter: for so many years, diane a successful insurance agent with a thriving social life, held her alcoholism from those she loved the most. no one in her family knew until she got help from an addiction expert. >> is it shameful for yourself to consider yourself an alcohol zblig yes, i think it is. >> reporter: statistics reveal that women are increasingly driving turned influence. while the number of men arrested was 7% lower. for those loved one killed in
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that accident, there are still painful questions. >> i go to bed, know she didn't drink. >> 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. the random victims of george sodini whose online diary showed that he hated all women. when we come back -- rare access to the therapy room where children battle obsessive compulsive disorder.
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children. as many 5 million americans battle it, about 1 million of them are children. this week, exploring new tools including mri inside this suburban office building a small yellow room, where a battle's about to play out right in front of our camera. 15-year-old looks like your typical teenager on the outside, inside, she's wrestling to break free from unimaginable fear. the woman at the end of the other end of the sofa is about to move from her chair to the couch. >> tell me what's going on inside. >> reporter: that woman who has her so terrified is her own mother. bridget has been diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder.
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an irrational fear that her own family is contaminated and because of that contamination, she can't be near there. her ocd started with the need to be perfect. it morphed into something worse. this doctor is convinced that brimt 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. >> they know the brain chemical is involved in ocd. the doctor says it acts like the brain's light switch. >> they never get the all-clear signal. the brain's arousal center is giving the message, you have to keep checking over and over. >> reporter: the right kind of medication can reset that part of the brain along with the
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exposure therapy we're allowed to witness. bridget is about to reach a major milestone. this is the first time that brimt has touched her mother in four months. >> there it is. >> just the beginning of our journey with those children. so many weighed in on our primetime hour of ocd. in the meantime, when we come back tonight -- not the lob sister broiling this evening, the fisherman out to get each other.
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finally tonight here, it's never been easy being a lobsterman in maine the weather unpredictable and the price of lobster can fluctuate wildly. david wright on the lobster wars in maine. >> 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
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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 ten, like his father before him. fishermen here pull about 19 million lobsters a year out of these waters more than any place else on earth. maip lobstermen learned there's unwritten rules about where they can and can't set traps. during the recession the price has dropped as fewer customers indulge. this summer, the turf wars have been vicious. on a nearby island, an old timer recently shot and wounded a newcomer. this week, someone sank three lobster boats and sabotaged hundreds of traps. >> there was very unusual. i have been doing researched for
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35-plus 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. knowing it and proving it are two different things. lobstermen here, carry on, despite the lobster turf wars as they have for generations. david wright, abc news, maine. >> make you appreciate that lobster even more. that's the broadcast for this saturday night. tomorrow night on "good morning america" -- the latest on that midair collision over the hudson river i'm david muir. for all of us here at abc news, thank you for watching. i hope to see you back here tomorrow. ♪
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