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tonight, several breaking stories as we come on the air. a deadly winter storm dumping blinding snow, strong winds and drenching rains. more than 100 million people in the path of the storm. a plane skidding off the runway in chicago. nearly 2,000 flights already canceled. sam champion standing by. also breaking tonight, the new offer. the president announcing a new plan to end the government shutdown, offering temporary relief to daca recipients for billions of dollars for his wall. democrats calling it a nonstarter. plus, mueller's rare move. the special counsel's unusual public statement, saying parts of a "buzzfeed" story claiming the president directed michael cohen to lie to congress are not accurate. the deadly pipeline explosion. the massive fireball killing at least 66 people, injuring many others.
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residents still missing. >> let me see your hands. excessive force? the dramatic moment caught on a police body cam. a 14-year-old burglary suspect running from police, allegedly holding an airsoft gun. that teen shot and killed. tonight, questions about the encounter. plus, lost and found. the twist and turns involving this '72 oldsmobile and a lost wedding ring. the incredible story of love and hope. and good evening. thank you for joining us on this saturday. i'm tom llamas. and we begin tonight with that monster storm hitting the midwest and the northeast this weekend. a rough night ahead for those in the path, including for the big rig drivers there in minnesota. and a car landing in a ditch outside of kansas city, missouri, you see it right there. plus, the united flight from phoenix slipping right off a slick runway in chicago. thousands of flights canceled and/or delayed. wet roads expected to turn to
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sheets of black ice as temperatures continue to plunge. and the storm kicking off a bitter arctic blast with wind chills below zero for millions of americans. sam champion standing by for us tonight with the forecast, but first, abc's stephanie ramos in the center of that storm in albany, new york. >> reporter: a ferocious winter storm blasting the midwest, putting 100 million people at the mercy of mother nature, with winter weather alerts from arkansas to maine. it's coming down in indianapolis. roads covered in snow there. the wintry blast also causing multiple wrecks in nebraska. this truck flipped over onto its roof. and in southern minnesota, where it took a truck and chains to pull this vehicle out of the snow drifts. this jackknifed semi stuck in its tracks in iowa. emergency lights flashing through the snow. and in kansas, wrecks like this one all over interstate 70. one person killed there.
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and now, this powerful storm catapulting east, with some parts of new england bracing for up to two feet of snow. in boston, they have mountains of salt ready to go, while residents in pittsburgh and buffalo are stock-piling supplies. >> stephanie ramos joins us now live from albany. and albany expected to get more than a foot of snow and the governor there not taking any chances? >> reporter: he's not, tom. governor cuomo has activated 450 members from the national guard to assist in this storm. he's also banned tractor trailers and buses from most interstates in advance of the storm. that's not just expected to bring this snow, but also ice, rain and dangerous sub-zero wind chills behind it here and through much of the northeast. tom? >> stephanie ramos, where some of that freezing rain is coming down there in albany. stephanie, thank you. and that terrible weather making travel even more of a nightmare for those already slowed down by the government shutdown. taking its toll on those tsa lines, as well.
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abc's kenneth moton is in chicago for us tonight. >> reporter: tonight, that major winter storm marching east wreaking havoc on air travel. this united airlines jet sliding off the runway at chicago o'hare international airport. 129 passengers onboard the flight from phoenix. no one injured. icy conditions in omaha causing the same problem for this southwest plane. >> one of the landers that we had touch down, he rolled off the end of the departure end. he just got stuck in the snow down there. so the entire airport is shut down. >> reporter: the storm canceling nearly 2,000 flights, delaying more than 2,100. here in chicago, this was the scene for much of the morning, pounds and high waves on lake michigan. visibility, poor. winds gusting at more than 30 miles per hour. the severe weather compounding the strain at the airports caused by the partial government shutdown. air traffic controllers and the tsa officers are working for free. kicking off the holiday weekend, 7% of the tsa workforce calling
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out. how you dealing with all this severe weather and travel? >> depressed. extremely depressed. i want to go home. >> reporter: tom, the storm has already caused 1,000 flight cancellations tomorrow. at airports, operations and the tsa are working to keep up. tom? >> kenneth moton tracking those flights tonight. let's go right to sam champion, standing by in central park. sam, take us through what is expected for the rest of the weekend. >> reporter: all right, will do, tom. and if there's ever a reason to keep your eye on this storm, because it's now covering the eastern third of the country. we just started getting the first flakes here in new york. let's get right to the maps. you'll see this long band of snow that goes from arkansas all the way into albany. we just recently got some snow reports in western areas of philadelphia, as well. the severe storm component of this, reported tornado just north of montgomery, alabama, and those storms will fire up all night long. now, all of this is moving into the northeast tonight, as that storm gets even stronger. take a look. new york and boston are now headline on the wetter side of the storm. so, yes, we'll all start as snow, but we'll go quickly to a freezing mix and then to rain.
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the big snowfall totals will stay inland areas of northern new england. you've got to get away from the atlantic. the atlantic is going to cause some warm air to mix in and change all this over to rain. the arctic blowout that comes in behind this storm is subzero wind chills, all the way to washington, d.c. with black ice on monday morning. tom? >> sam champion for us tonight. sam, thank you. next, to the breaking political headline on this, the 29th day of the long government standoff. president trump proposing a new offer to democrats. involving temporary considerations for daca consideration in exchange for billions for his border wall. democrats taking no time to strike back with house speaker nancy pelosi calling the proposal a nonstarter, renewing calls for the president to open up the government first. abc's david wright is at the white house. >> reporter: tonight, nearly one month into the shutdown, the president finally changed his bargaining position. >> straight-forward, fair, reasonable and common sense with lots of compromise. >> reporter: from the diplomatic room at the white house, he
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offered democrats some things they want, in exchange for the $5.7 billion he wants to build his border wall. >> this is not a 2,000-mile concrete structure from sea to sea. these are steel barriers in high priority locations. a steel barrier will help us stop illegal immigration while safely directing commerce to our lawful ports of entry. >> reporter: in exchange, president trump agreed to extend work authorizations and other protections for three years for so-called dreamers, undocumented immigrants brought into the u.s. as children. >> this extension will give them access to work permits, social security numbers and protection from deportation most importantly. >> reporter: the president also proposed extending temporary protected status for some 300,000 others, but offered no pathway to citizenship beyond that.
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speaker nancy pelosi called it a nonstarter, having said in the past that the dreamers and the border wall should not be linked. >> well, because they're two different subjects. >> reporter: the democrats are reportedly ready to sweeten their offer, including a billion dollars for border-related measures and no money for trump's wall, which pelosi has called immoral. >> walls are not immoral. in fact, they are the opposite of immoral because they will save many lives. >> reporter: the president said today that senate republicans will put his proposal to a vote first thing next week, but it's not clear that mitch mcconnell even has enough votes to start debate. the democrats, meanwhile, are digging in their heels. their message to the president is that the only way to move forward is to reopen the government. tom? >> no end in sight, at least for tonight. david, thank you. next, to that buzzfeed news report sparking a firestorm. special counsel robert mueller's office taking the unusual step of publicly pushing back on the story that claims president
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trump directed michael cohen to lie to congress. here's abc's chief justice correspondent pierre thomas. >> reporter: tonight, president trump doing something rare, praising the special counsel's office for their rare decision to publicly challenge core aspects of that "buzzfeed" news report that claimed the president directed michael cohen to lie to congress. >> it was a total phony story. and i appreciate the special counsel coming out with a statement last night. i think it was very appropriate that they did so. i very much appreciate that. >> reporter: the "buzzfeed" article, which abc news was not able to confirm, claims two law enforcement sources said the president directed his long-time lawyer cohen to lie to congress about plans to build a trump tower in moscow. cohen pleaded guilty to lying to lawmakers when he testified the moscow project was abandoned in january 2016. in fact, negotiations to build the tower continued until that june, deep into the campaign. according to "buzzfeed," their
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sources say the special counsel has "interviews with multiple witnesses from the trump organization, internal company e-mails, text messages and a cache of other documents." but now, the special counsel taking the extraordinary step to refute key points in the story. "'buzzfeed's' description of specific statements to the special counsel's office and characterization of documents and testimony obtained by this office regarding michael cohen's congressional testimony are not accurate." "buzzfeed" is standing by their story tonight, saying they reconfirmed their reporting and found "no indication that any specific aspect is inaccurate." the president firing back. >> i think that the "buzzfeed" piece was a disgrace to our country. it was a disgrace to journalism. >> and pierre thomas joins us now from washington. pierre, both the president and his legal team have been pushing back on this story ever since it was published. but even with the special counsel's statement, there are some members of congress who still have questions? >> reporter: that's right, tom. congressional democrats have said they find the allegations
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disturbing and they're vowing to get to the bottom of it. they'll get a chance to question michael cohen directly when he appears before congress next month. tom? >> pierre thomas for us tonight. pierre, thank you. and this programming note. be sure to tune into "this week" tomorrow morning for all the latest on this and the president's new offer to end the government shutdown. now, to the four americans killed in that suicide bomb attack in syria. president trump at dover air force base in delaware today paying respects. that bombing, the deadliest assault on u.s. troops in syria since 2015. isis claiming responsibility. the violence coming about a month after the president said the terror group had been defeated there. abc's senior foreign correspondent ian pannell now with the latest. >> reporter: a somber homecoming at dover air force base, as the bodies of four americans killed in a suicide blast in syria this week return home one last time. the president meeting the families, saluting as the remains of former navy s.e.a.l. scott wirtz are transferred to a military van.
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wirtz was killed along with army green beret jonathan farmer, navy interpreter shannon kent and ghadir taher, a civilian contracted interpreter. isis saying it carried out the attack just one month after trump announced the war against isis was won. >> they're all coming back and they're coming back now. we won. >> reporter: the day after, defense secretary jim mattis resigned in protest. friday, a pentagon spokesman appearing to contradict the president, saying "isis remains a threat." last year, i met a former isis child soldier in prison in iraq. do you think isis is gone forever? unrepentant, he said isis wasn't beaten and would fight until judgment day. tom, despite the american withdrawal, we're hearing it could take months to defeat isis in their last remaining strongholds in syria, and even then, it doesn't guarantee an end to the threat from the extremists. for example, here in iraq, a
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year and a half after they were defeated in mosul, isis remains a potent threat. and the american-led coalition continues to bomb them. tom? >> ian pannell with the new developments out of syria and iraq tonight. thank you. next to mexico, and the massive fireball. a leaky fuel pipeline exploding north of mexico city. flames shooting high into the air. at least 66 people killed and many are still missing tonight. officials say thieves, fuel thieves, may be to blame. here's abc's marci gonzalez. >> reporter: tonight, the death toll from this massive explosion in mexico rising. at least 66 people dead, another 76 injured, after authorities say criminals ruptured a fuel line which then ignited, sending flames shooting dozens of feet into the air. a crowd of people from a neighboring village seen here just before collecting gasoline among the victims. this man saying they were young people who didn't realize the risks. the fire in a small town about 60 miles north of mexico city
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burning for hours. ambulances and fire trucks rushing to the scene. families now desperately waiting for word on their loved ones. this woman says her brother was there looking for gasoline when the explosion happened, but no one knows if he made it out. fuel theft, a major issue in mexico. the country's new president promising to increase his crackdown on the illegal $3 billion a year industry, and tonight sending his condolences to grieving families. many of the injured remain in critical condition, and we've learned a 12-year-old boy is among those being treated tonight. tom? >> just a sad situation. marci, thank you. back here in the states in washington, demonstrators taking to the streets for the third women's march. that crowd protesting the trump administration's policies. thinner than in preview years, a split over accusations of anti-semitism after an organizer
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>> reporter: ray schmucker last saw his ring in the 1970s. >> i treasured it. >> reporter: nearly 45 years later, that treasure turned up, thanks to the sale of the family car. >> i had a lot of good times, a lot of bad times in the old car. >> reporter: so much history. the year he bought that 1972 oldsmobile, his wife was diagnosed with cancer. after she passed, so many memories. family vacations, his kids learning to drive. now, it was time to let the car go. it was just what will frye, restoring his '69 oldsmobile, was looking for. >> the motor died on me the end of last summer. >> reporter: will bought the car and while looking around, found something inside that motor. >> a little shine through it and i picked it up just to see what it was, and here, i guess -- i'm chipping through it, it was a ring. i called ray's daughter to see if they knew anybody that lost a wedding band.
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>> i said that my father had lost a wedding ring, but it had diamonds in it. and he said, this one does. >> reporter: how it ended up in the motor, they may never know. >> i felt great that, you know, something real good came out of it. >> reporter: but the timing couldn't be better. >> i just found out that i had breast cancer, and i lost my mom to breast cancer, and my sister told me that it was a sign that everything was going to be okay. >> reporter: a sign and hope that anything can be restored. adrienne bankert, abc news. >> an amazing sign, indeed. we thank adrienne for that story. thank you for watching. i'm tom llamas in new york. "gma" and "this week" in the morning and i'll see you right back here tomorrow night. have a great evening. good night.
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thank you for joining us. i'm eric thomas. >> i'm dion lim. we begin with marches held along the country, a look at the largest rallies held in washington, d.c., new york city, los angeles, right here in the bay area. >> at least six women's marches were held locally. cornell barnard takes us to a few of them live tonight in san francisco. cornell? >> reporter: the rally here at civic center wrapped up a short time ago, thousands of people making their voices heard. >> whose street? >> our street! >> reporter: many got loud, others got political. thousands made their way down market street for the women's march. we spotted the mayor. >> let us not be satisfied until women are finally making the same amount of money and even more than men. >> reporter: a large crowd


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