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enjoy what's left of this beautiful day. >> take care and see you at tonight, breaking news. inside trump tower. the controversy over members of the president-elect's family and national security clearance. mr. trump's team requesting clearance for trump's son-in-law, jared kushner. ivanka trump's husband now emerging as a top adviser. also tonight, why is the trump name coming off several buildings here in new york city? also, the breaking headline. the deadly police shooting. the horror playing out on facebook. and tonight, that officer charged with manslaughter. what prosecutors are now saying. the horrific moment on the train tracks. the family inside their truck. the split-second decision that saved them. the murder at an american airport. travelers told to shelter in place. tonight, the possible motive revealed. and the victim, the father of an nfl player. and the breaking images coming in now. the massive and deadly
explosion, the home leveled. plus, the wildfire alerts, and now word of the first blizzard of the season. ginger zee is standing by. good evening. and it's great to have you with us here on a wednesday night. and we begin with major developments from inside the trump transition. the next white house. and tonight, the president-elect, donald trump, does want national security clearance for his son-in-law, 35-year-old jared kushner. the transition team making that request. kushner is married to mr. trump's daughter, ivanka, and has now emerged as a major adviser to the incoming president. but it comes amid questions over how much the trump family should have access to, as their father now moves to the white house. meantime tonight, that other image today, the trump name coming down here in new york city. and mr. trump himself responding to reports of turmoil inside the transition. abc's tom llamas, leading us off.
>> reporter: tonight, all eyes on this man, jared kushner, president-elect donald trump's son-in-law. abc news confirming trump's transition team has requested national security clearance for kushner. >> it's appropriate for whoever's going to get the presidential daily briefing to have a security clearance. it's not just appropriate, necessary. >> reporter: kushner, who is married to ivanka trump, is 35, a real estate developer with no governing experience. he became a close adviser during the campaign, and is now a key member of the transition team. seen here touring the white house on thursday. the revelation comes as the president-elect and his team are shooting down reports the transition process is in turmoil. among those who are out, governor chris christie. a one-time trump adviser who sources say fell out of favor with the president-elect. though christie and kushner worked together for months, their history is more complicated. christie prosecuted kushner's father, sending him to federal prison. trump trying to sound optimistic. in a tweet that sounded like a reality show promo, the
president-elect posting -- "very organized process taking place as i decide on cabinet and many other positions. i am the only one who knows who the finalists are." but former house member mike rogers, connected to christie, who worked on the transition team before being ousted, describes a much different reality. >> i think there is some confusion going on about a chain of command coming out of new york. hopefully they'll get that settled pretty soon. i think they're going to need to do it, because as this clock ticks, all of these decisions become more important. >> reporter: and eliot cohen, who worked for condolezza rice at the state department, and says he had contact with trump's transition team. originally a never trumper, he came around to possibly working with the team, but that changed quickly, writing about the experience in "the washington post." "a bad boss can be endured. a gaggle of them will poison all decision-making." even trump allies admit it's not going as smoothly as trump describes. >> the beginning of any transition like this has turmoil, because it's just the
nature of the process, and i think that trump is very decisive. >> reporter: and the trump transition team still dealing with controversy surrounding the hiring of stephen bannon as chief strategist. the former head of breitbart news, which published headlines like -- "hoist it high and proud: the confederate flag proclaims a glorious heritage." >> are you comfortable with him having such a high level position in the trump administration? >> it's great to see you guys today. >> so, no defense of bannon, then? >> all right, thank you. thank you. >> all right, guys, let's go. >> reporter: and today, a sight trump would likely not approve. his name coming down from three residential buildings on the west side of manhattan. the owners, who licensed the trump name, deciding to remove the name after residents protested. >> and tom llamas with us live tonight from trump tower. and tom, we're hearing a new name emerge tonight as a possible contender for secretary of state? >> reporter: david, a south
carolina newspaper is quoting the lieutenant governor of that state, who says both he and governor nikki haley are being considered for positions in the trump administration, and that governor haley is being considered for several posts, including secretary of state. david? >> tom llamas leading us off tonight here in new york. tom, thank you. and just a short time from now, hillary clinton making her first public appearance since her concession. it had been planned before the election, and tonight, keeping a commitment to speak at the children's defense fund. and her first public moment comes just as her win over mr. trump in the popular vote has now surpassed the 1 million mark. fueling some of those protesters, and questions about the electoral college. here's abc's david wright. >> reporter: tonight, as she appears in public for the first time since that crushing defeat, hillary clinton's lead in the popular vote is actually growing. already more than a million votes ahead of trump. by the time all the votes are counted, she may well end up with more raw votes than all but one of the men ever elected to
the presidency. the lone exception? barack obama. the fact that she lost anyway is partly what's fueling outrage. on a call with congressional democrats, clinton said "no one is sorrier" than she is. >> remember, hillary got more votes than donald trump. do you understand what that means? more -- yes. >> reporter: senator barbara boxer is now introducing legislation to get rid of the electoral college, even though that won't change the results of this election. this online petition goes further, urging the electors to ignore their states' votes and cast their ballots for clinton. more than 4 million signatures, but very unlikely. trump himself once called the electoral college "a disaster for democracy." these days, he calls it "genius," but also insists, if the election were based on the popular vote, he could have easily won, campaigning more in new york, florida and california.
>> and david wright with us live tonight, as well. and david, any clues on what hillary clinton will say tonight, and despite that popular vote tally, is she now done in politics? >> reporter: people will be listening very closely to that speech that she'll be giving at the children's defense fund tonight. it's a commitment she made long before election day, as you said. probably hoping to give a different sort of speech. david? >> david wright with us, as well. david, thank you. we do move onto other news this wednesday night, and to that deadly police shooting, the horror seen by millions on facebook. the police officer involved now charged with manslaughter. the moments after the shooting, livestreamed on facebook by the driver's girlfriend. on the video, she can be heard begging her boyfriend not to die. philando castile did not survive, and tonight, that officer learning of the charges. here's abc's steve osunsami. >> reporter: let's first say this tonight, that police officers across the country risk their lives every day for the public good. >> i told him not to reach for it. i told him to get his hand off it.
>> reporter: but in this police shooting, that set the streets on fire near st. paul, minnesota, prosecutors say it's the officer who is the criminal. >> no reasonable officer would have used deadly force under these circumstances. >> reporter: on top of manslaughter for killing philando castile, officer jeronimo yanez is facing two felony firearm charges for endangering the safety of both diamond reynolds, who recorded the live video, and her 4-year-old daughter, who was crying in the backseat. >> you shot four bullets into him, sir. he was just getting his license and registration. >> reporter: reynolds and her boyfriend both told the officer that castile had a legally-owned gun in his pocket. today, police announced that he never had a chance to remove that gun before he was killed. they found it at the bottom of that pocket. in police radio traffic that night, you hear the moment the family is pulled over.
>> i have reason to pull it over. the two occupants just look like a -- people that were involved in a robbery. >> reporter: and you hear what many feel is the sound of racism. >> the driver looks more like one of our suspects just because of the wide-set nose. >> reporter: tonight, police say the family had nothing to do with the robbery. diamond reynolds says that manslaughter isn't nearly enough. >> i feel as though that murder to the highest extent of the law is what would be appropriate here. at the end of the day, none of that is going to bring my boyfriend back. >> reporter: the officer is expected to enter a plea of not guilty at a court appearance on friday. his lawyer argues that the issue wasn't race, that it was the gun. david? >> steve osunsami with us tonight. steve, thank you. next tonight, the fires, and now word this evening of the first blizzard of the season on the way. first, the air quality alerts in three states at this hour, as 33 large wildfires burn from georgia to west virginia. take a look at the skyline of charlotte tonight. thick smoke from those fires, triggering a code red alert there in columbia, south carolina, and in atlanta, as well, tonight. let's go live to meteorologist
ginger zee, live along the west side highway here in manhattan. she's got more on that blizzard, but first, the fires tonight, ginger. >> reporter: that's right, david. atlanta, georgia, is one of those cities, now 30 days straight without measurable rain. that is having a huge impact. the drought on those wildfires. let's take it straight to the maps where you can see, 33 large wildfires now burning in parts of kentucky, tennessee, west virginia, all the states there highlighted on the map. people are going to the hospital because of air quality. schools are closing. some of the air quality index numbers are nearing places like hong kong and shanghai, china. so, we're going to be talking about this for awhile, because that is not changing. but we've got to get to that blizzard watch. there are places that could get up to 12 inches of snow, david, with 45-mile-per-hour wind gusts going through the next 24 hours. >> all right, you'll have more on "gma" in the morning. ginger, thank you. in the meantime, next tonight, to new details in that deadly shooting that triggered a lockdown at an american airport. tonight, the victim, the father of an nfl player. and now word on a possible motive. here's abc's phillip mena in oklahoma city.
>> reporter: tonight, chilling new details inside a deadly plot to kill. a gunman shutting down the oklahoma city airport for five hours yesterday, as tactical teams searched for the man police say shot and killed 52-year-old michael winchester, a southwest airlines employee. >> it is believed the crime was premeditated. >> reporter: 45-year-old lloyd buie suspected of setting up a sniper's nest. police say armed with a rifle, he laid in wait on the fourth floor of a garage, opening fire from 50 yards away. later taking his own life. buie worked for the airline as a ramp agent, but last year, was suspected of working under the influence of alcohol, quitting after refusing to be tested. >> it is possible that the suspect acted in retaliation against the circumstances leading up to his resignation. >> reporter: winchester, whose son, james, plays for the kansas city chiefs, today honored with this photo on facebook. david, southwest says that winchester was a supervisor here, but wasn't buie's boss. and they declined to say whether
the two ever had any interaction at work. david? >> thank you, phillip. we turn next tonight here to a harrowing moment at a railway crossing, this time in georgia. take a look. a truck stuck on the tracks. the train barrelling through. a husband and wife, they were inside, but their split-second decision that saved them, and how often this happens in america. here's abc's david kerley. >> reporter: a road and rail line littered with the remains of the tractor trailer and its cargo. the driver and his wife, jumping just seconds before this. they survived, but the household goods they were moving, ripped apart. that's a bicycle wheel rolling down the street. the driver said his gps put him on the road northeast of atlanta, and says by the time he saw the no truck signs, he couldn't turn around and ended up getting stuck on the crossing. >> all of a sudden, we hear the train coming. so, my wife jumps out of the truck, she's screaming at me, get out of the truck, get out of the truck. maybe four seconds later, the impact, train with the trailer. >> reporter: weevery week, at
least four people die in rail crossing crashes. part of the reason, there are so many incidents. more than five on average, every day. david? >> david kerley with us tonight. thanks, david. next, to your money this evening, and to the bitter disappointment some new homeowners discover after the biggest purchase of their lives. abc's chief investigative correspondent brian ross tonight, teaming up with our abc stations around the country with this your money investigation. >> reporter: the building boom in new homes has also left a trail of heartbreak. >> the water would start here and then travel along the ceiling. >> reporter: as the owners of brand new houses tell our stations across the country, they are the victims of low quality, shoddy construction. >> you continue living in something that no one can give you answers for, no one will fix it. >> reporter: problems big and small. >> look at that. >> reporter: like black mold. bouncy floors that had to be ripped up. cracks and holes in the foundation, with snakes moving in. >> settlement cracks, nail pops, paint issues. issues with the flooring. >> reporter: the building industry says its homes are of
the highest quality ever, and that unhappy homeowners are in the minority. >> the american consumer expects a perfect home. there is no such thing as a perfect home. >> reporter: in fact, our investigation found the biggest building company, d.r. horton, set aside more than $400 million this year alone to deal with construction defect claims. point out all the houses here where there are issues. but residents at this d.r. horton subdivision outside washington, d.c. say the company has been slow to fix what they say has gone wrong. >> i had 23 appointments and they missed 17 of those. >> reporter: in other cases, repair crews and bulldozers showed up only after abc news or our stations began to investigate the homeowners' claims. >> the crews showing up after only after you started looking into this. >> reporter: that's right. >> so, you'll stay on this, along with all of our abc stations. >> reporter: absolutely. >> meanwhile, this can cost new homeowners tens of thousands of dollars, but you have simple tips on how to protect yourself. >> reporter: absolutely. the best advice, first, spend the money to hire an independent
home inspector to look for flaws and defects. and then, make sure to get a good lawyer to look over the contract with the builders so that your dream house doesn't turn into a nightmare. david? >> all right, our thanks to you, brian, and to all of our stations tonight. thanks. there is much more ahead on "world news tonight" this wednesday. the deadly house explosion. the images coming in late this afternoon. the powerful blast. the home leveled. and emergency crews on the scene at this hour. also tonight, the murder mystery. the missing man last seen here in new york city. police taking away clues. and now, the new discovery tonight. and breaking developments this evening involving tom hanks, robert de niro, ellen degeneres, and the boss, bruce springsteen. what they suddenly all have in common, and one dramatic phone call that says it all. you'll hear it, coming up.
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finally tonight, 21 names about to receive the country's highest civilian honor, and tonight, some of those names, and a phone call that left one of them speechless. tonight, president obama naming the recipients of the presidential medal of freedom. our nation's highest civilian honor. ♪ i was born in the usa >> the honor presented to individuals who have made contributions to the u.s., to world peace or to our culture. the boss among those to be honored. actor robert de niro. >> you talking to me? >> yes, he is. the president also honoring robert redford. ellen degeneres honored, too, the president saying for her trademark humility, humor and optimism. the white house not mentioning her dance moves, but we will. tom hanks honored, too. >> my momma always said, life was like a box of chocolates. >> also on the list, vin scully.
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>>. a baffling murder in oakland leaves three people dead in oakland. >> tonight, what brought an fbi raid to an up scale home in a bay area neighborhood. a new kind of contraption that can lighten heavy lifting. see what it can do. we have to understand that sometimes, god works in mysterious ways. >> the brother of a murder victim killed with his mother and her partner at their oakland home. good evening, and thanks for joining us. i'm ama daetz. >> i'm dan ashley. three members of one family, murdered. >> the suspect is this woman. dana rivers, a former teacher and well known transgender rights activist. today, she appeared in supreme court to face charges. >> melanie woodrow is live now.
did rivers say anything? >> reporter: well, she did. she thanked a judge when her hearing was put until december. this is a tragic story all around. a young man whose brother and mother were killed told me he didn't want to say in what context. outside of the home where three people were killed friday, there is a growing memorial. framed pictures of 19-year-old benny wright with his framed college essay. he wanted to be a doctor or hair dresser, someone helping other people feel good. >> he was a very gentleman guy. loving, caring. >> cory lost his brother and mother, along with her partner, charlotte reid on the same day. dana rivers war taken into custody by police at the