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is up next. i'm kristen sze. >> tonight, travel nightmares. a rocky start to the thanksgiving getaway. two powerful storms delivering a one-two punch from the rockies to the midwest. a record number of americans on the move, jamming highways. long lines at airports across the country. slow going for millions on one of the busiest travel days of the year. donald trump's next move. the president-elect nominating the first two women to his cabinet. two names who opposed him during the election. trump appearing to soften his stand against some of his critics. breaking news. new developments in that deadly school bus crash. police revealing the bus driver's toxicology report. and what we've just learned about the route he was driving. should he have been on it? parade threat. police increasing security and new steps to protect against a lone wolf attack. and black friday. bigger discounts waiting for you this year.
stores and online. the huge deals. and the warning signs before you buy. good evening. thank you for joining us. i'm byron pitts, in for david tonight. and we begin with the frantic thanksgiving getaway. this year, one of the busiest travel holidays on record. millions already battling traffic, long lines and dangerous weather. tonight, two storms are sweeping across the country. this heavy snow in minnesota, stretching towards the northeast. at d.c.'s reagan airport, long lines stretching across the terminal. and take a look at l.a.'s famous 405 freeway. travel at a standstill in both directions 24 hours ago. the weather set to cause even more trouble on the return home. the forecast in a moment. but we begin with abc's alex perez at chicago's o'hare airport. >> reporter: tonight, the thanksgiving holiday starting with an extra helping of long lines.
powerful storms halting many flights into airports in houston and chicago this morning. terminals already bustling at the crack of dawn. >> we had to wake up at, like, 3:00 this morning, because we knew the traffic was going to be pretty rough. >> i mean, you can get here two hours before, two and a half hours before, and you could still end up being late for your flight. >> reporter: in minneapolis, crews racing to de-ice planes and clear snow. at d.c.'s reagan national airport, lines as far as the eye can see. >> ma'am, over here. >> reporter: police directing traffic outside boston's logan airport. >> like, this is crazy. i've never seen it like this. >> reporter: air travel demand so high, airlines adding 74,000 seats a day, just to keep up. amtrak trains packed with holiday passengers, too. philadelphia's station seeing its busiest day yet this year. but the most popular mode of transportation to get to that turkey? the roads. an expected 43.5 million of us will drive more than 50 miles. drivers on the lookout for more icy and wet conditions, already blamed for spinouts across colorado and kansas.
so many motorists getting on the road at once, complete gridlock seen from the sky in l.a. and with the busiest travel day, sunday, still yet to come. and byron, here at o'hare, and at airports across the country, the tsa has added 1,400 agents and made many part-time agents full-time in hopes of keeping the lines moving and alleviating congestion. byron? >> alex, thank you. let's go right now to meteorologist rob marciano along the west side highway tonight, tracking the storms. rob? >> reporter: hey, byron. traffic is heavy here, but it's dry across the east coast. not going to last, though. we've got a large system that stretches from canada all the way to mexico. look at the radar. some wet snow falling across the northern great lakes. heavy rain from detroit back to chicago, south to i-70. and some thunderstorms this morning across texas have weakened, thankfully, along interstate 10. tomorrow, that front moves off towards the east, but it kind of weakens. we'll get some winter precip in
western pennsylvania, along i-80 and north of that into western new york. and also, a strong storm coming into the pacific northwest. safe travels to everyone on this holiday. byron? >> rob, thank you so much. next, president-elect donald trump and his family have already made their holiday getaway. arriving last night at the airport in palm beach, florida. they're spending thanksgiving at their mar-a-lago resort. but for mr. trump, it's also a working holiday. and tonight, he's set to named the third new member of his cabinet, wilber ross as commerce secretary. abc's mary bruce is in palm beach tonight. >> reporter: tonight, donald trump's luxury mar-a-lago resort now a secure florida fortress. the president-elect releasing a thanksgiving video message. >> it's my prayer that on this thanksgiving we begin to heal our divisions and move forward as one country, strengthened by shared purpose and very, very common resolve. >> reporter: after announcing five white men as his first round of hires, today, a jolt of diversity. trump nominating two women to join his cabinet.
south carolina governor nikki haley to be his ambassador to the united nations. and republican mega-donor and school choice activist betsy devoss for secretary of education. both women deeply critical of trump during the campaign. >> donald trump is everything we hear and teach our kids not to do in kindergarten. >> reporter: but haley ultimately came around. >> while i won't pretend to have always been the president-elect's biggest cheerleader, i did vote for him. and i was absolutely thrilled to see him win. >> reporter: at 44 years old, she's the youngest governor in the country. the daughter of indian immigrants, she led the charge to remove the confederate flag from the south carolina capitol. still, haley has virtually no foreign policy experience. and trump has been openly hostile towards the u.n. >> the united nations is not a friend of democracy. it's not a friend to freedom. it's not a friend even to the united states of america. >> reporter: today, trump praised haley's track record of bringing people together.
if she's confirmed, she would be replaced by south carolina's lieutenant governor, henry mcmaster, one of trump's first prominent supporters. the new picks come with trump softening on a host of campaign promises, including his pledges to repeal obamacare. prosecute hillary clinton. pull out of the paris climate change deal. and reinstate torture. he's also hedging on his vow to separate himself from his business empire. >> nothing is written. in other words, in theory, i can be president of the united states and run my business 100%, sign checks on my business. i could run my business perfectly and then run the country perfectly. >> reporter: trump still insists he'll focus on the presidency, while his children run the family business. >> mary bruce joins now from florida. and mary, we're hearing tonight, there may also be a role for dr. ben carson in the administration. >> reporter: that's right. ben carson, the former neurosurgeon and trump's former rival, says he's been offered
multiple positions, including the secretary of housing and urban development. now, last week carson said taking a role in government would make him a fish out of water. but today, he tweeted that an announcement is forthcoming. byron? >> mary, thank you. of course, president-elect trump has yet to name a secretary of state. the most prominent member of the cabinet. abc's jon karl joins us now. and jon, there's a real split in the trump team about who should get this job. >> reporter: there sure is, byron. i'm told, it has come down to two prominent republicans. mitt romney and rudy giuliani. you really couldn't have more of a stark choice. on the one hand, mitt romney was one of trump's harshest critics during the campaign. but some transition aides are arguing that he would be a bridge to republicans and others who did not support trump. i am told that trump is warming to that idea. on the other hand, nobody was more loyal than rudy giuliani, and some transition aides are arguing that his brash style make him exactly the kind of deal-maker that trump says that he wants. i'm told that trump is genuinely torn on which way to go.
>> jon, thank you. meanwhile, the presidential ballots are still being counted, and hillary clinton's lead in the popular vote continues to grow. she's now more than 2 million ahead of donald trump. that's prompting new calls for an audit of voting machines in some of the battleground states. next tonight, new details just coming in about that devastating school bus accident in chattanooga. a team from the ntsb is on the scene, looking for clues in the mangled wreckage. but tonight, the results of the driver's toxicology test have been released, as we are also learning that bus should not have been on that road in the first place. here's abc's david kerley. >> reporter: federal investigators tonight revealing the 24-year-old driver of this crushed bus was on a road that was not part of his route. johnthony walker had no trace of alcohol or drugs in his system. he's charged with five counts of vehicular manslaughter. police say the bus was traveling well over the 30-mile-an-hour speed limit, when it swerved
twice and flipped onto its side, sliding into a tree, killing those five children between 6 and 10 years old. as the memorials grow and funerals are scheduled, investigators say they are looking not just at the driver, but the company he worked for, as well. durham school services operates more than 13,000 buses and vans, having about 350 accidents in the past two years. >> our issue is not so much how many accidents that they have, our issue is, what is the rate of accidents, in terms of how many accidents per bus and per driver. >> reporter: last year, the company was given a satisfactory rating, meaning it was in compliance. this tennessee community, still struggling with the nearly unbearable loss. david kerley, abc news, chattanooga. next, the surge in violence against police officers rising again tonight. a michigan officer losing his life after being shot point-blank while on duty. a suspect is in custody, but this officer is the fifth to be shot around the country since sunday. a year that's seen a sharp spike in police killings. here's abc's eva pilgrim. >> reporter: tonight, a detroit
area police officer shot in the line of duty dying late today. his family and fiance by his side. >> this is a tragedy of immense proportions. >> reporter: 29-year-old collin rose, a k-9 unit officer at wayne state university, was investigating a rash of car break-ins offcampus last night when he stopped to question a man on a bike. when back-up arrived, rose was found lying on the ground, shot in the head. >> i need all units that are possible. >> reporter: police arresting a suspect, 31-year-old deangelo davis, on outstanding warrants, a few blocks away. he has a prior conviction for assaulting an officer. rose, the fifth police officer shot in the line of duty in the last five days. so far this year, 61 officers across the country have been fatally shot in the line of duty. more than any year since 2011. the suspect has not yet been charged. police are still looking for the gun used in this shooting. byron? >> eva, thank you. and from charleston, west virginia, an altercation on the
street that ended in the death of a teenager. tonight, the shooting is being investigated as a possible hate crime. abc's linsey davis has the story. >> reporter: 15-year-old james means killed on a west virginia street. tonight, federal authorities are investigating his shooting death as a possible hate crime. >> i'm going to leave everything up to the court to take care of this man and to whatever they have to do. >> reporter: on monday night, police say 15-year-old james means had an exchange with 62-year-old william pulliam, as pulliam was walking home. pulliam admits to shooting means twice in the stomach, calling it self-defense. >> i just shot him. i mean, i felt my life was in danger. >> reporter: pulliam told police means was with two other boys who were mocking him and says means approached him and flashed a gun. the police report made no mention of means having a gun, but police are still investigating. according to the criminal complaint, pulliam expressed no remorse, saying, "the way i look at it, that's another piece of trash off the street."
he later denied saying that. >> believe me, i didn't want to kill anybody, but you know, they're not going to kill me. >> reporter: pulliam now faces first-degree murder charges. if found guilty, it could mean life behind bars. byron? >> linsey, thank you. and here in new york city tonight, preparations for the thanksgiving day parade are kicking into high gear. and while the balloons are being inflated, the security is rolling in. abc's gio benitez is along the parade route tonight. >> happy thanksgiving! >> reporter: it's the big apple's moment to shine. and tonight, authorities aren't taking any chances. blocking traffic through the parade's two and a half mile route. new york city now adding dozens of these sanitation trucks, filled with sand, to help prevent an attack like the one in nice, france. that driver of a speeding truck killing 86 in july. just days ago, police in new york arresting this man, who prosecutors say talked of attacking times square. police even visiting 135 truck rental locations, reminding employees to report anything suspicious.
>> if you see something that doesn't look right to you, the away truck's parked, somebody's just acting odd, tell someone. >> reporter: also standing ready, a battalion-sized contingent of 3,000 officers, many with heavy weapons, to protect the millions along the route. and despite the increased security, so many people are still looking forward to this thanksgiving tradition. in fact, you can see all of these families already lining up to watch these balloons take shape. byron? >> gio, thank you. there's still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this wednesday. dramatic video. the store owner fighting off an armed robber. the struggle spilling out the door. and what happened next. millions of americans gearing up for the black friday rush. many retailers offering bigger discounts. and the one item you're better off waiting to buy. and the annual thanksgiving turkey pardon at the white house. but something was a little different this time. why were president obama's daughters a no-show? tonight, he says, the joke's on them.
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