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"world news tonight" is next. >> for all of us we appreciate your time and see you at 6:00. tonight, breaking news. the white house ready to retaliate against russia for interfering in the election. president obama firing back after those russian hacks. and tonight, the kremlin already promising to respond. bringing back jobs? president-elect trump announcing 5,000 jobs are coming back to the u.s. how it might happen. this, as he sends a mixed message about president obama. first, accusing him of setting up transition roadblocks, then, telling the cameras a different story. and the american ally caught in the middle. also breaking tonight, hollywood legend debbie reynolds rushed to the hospital with a medical emergency, just one day after daughter carrie fisher passed away. witness to murder? the hot new gadget in so many homes, now at the center of a criminal court case.
does this device hold the key to a mysterious death? cliff crash. a base jumper slams right into a mountain. the drama caught on camera, and the eyewitness who rushed in to help. >> announcer: this is abc world news tonight, with david muir. and good evening. i'm tom llamas, in for david. and tonight, we start with breaking news. the obama administration expected to announce it's ready to retaliate against russia over those hacks that interfered with the presidential election. both the dnc and clinton campaign officials victims of alleged russian cyber attacks. and the kremlin taking no time to fire back. abc's david kerley with the late-breaking details. >> reporter: the sanctions come after weeks of debate inside the white house on how to retaliate for cyber attacks ahead of the u.s. presidential election, which authorities say came from the russian government. sources telling abc news that tough new economic sanctions and diplomatic censures will be
announced as early as tomorrow, along with more information explaining why u.s. authorities are so convinced that russian-backed groups were behind the hack. that breach resulted in e-mail leaks that embarrassed democratic party leaders, including presidential candidate hillary clinton. u.s. intelligence officials now say the cyber attacks were launched in an effort to help republican donald trump. trump himself has continued to question the intelligence community's unanimous conclusion that russia was responsible. >> they have no idea if it's russia or china, or somebody -- it could be somebody sitting in a bed some place. >> reporter: martha raddatz asked president obama about the evidence of russian involvement. >> just to be clear, do you believe vladimir putin himself authorized the hack? >> what i can tell you is that the intelligence that i've seen gives me great confidence in their assessment that the russians carried out this hack. >> reporter: what won't be announced tomorrow are possible covert cyber operations, or other actions against the
russians. but president obama has indicated those will be coming at a time and place of america's choosing. >> and david kerley joining us live now. david, president-elect trump says it's unclear if the russians were behind the hacks. the intel community says it was russia. will the obama administration connect the dots back to moscow and make that public to put the case to rest? >> reporter: our sources are telling us, tom, that federal authorities tomorrow will lay out further detail about why they are so convinced it was the russians. and i can tell you, the russians are already responding. their spokeswoman says, if washington actually does take new hostile steps, then it will get a response. tom? >> david kerley for us tonight. david, thank you. now, to a new announcement from president-elect trump tonight, claiming thousands of jobs are coming back to america. but how and when still unclear. trump speaking briefly before cameras for the first time in days, and sending a mixed message when it comes to his transition, and the role president obama is playing.
this, as both leaders deal with an escalating problem involving israel. abc's mary bruce reports from washington tonight. >> reporter: late today, donald trump emerging from his florida estate. the president-elect announcing that sprint is bringing jobs back to the u.s. >> so, we just had some very good news, because of what's happening and the spirit and the hope, i was just called by the head people at sprint, and they're going to be bringing 5,000 jobs back to the united states. >> reporter: trump also announcing another company, one web, will hire 3,000. tonight sprint says they are excited to work with president-elect trump. the details are unclear, 23 days before the inauguration, tonight, trump has mixed messages about the transition. he spoke with president obama today. >> he phoned me. we had a very nice conversation. >> reporter: and earlier, he had high praise for the handoff. >> it is going smoothly?
>> oh, i think very, very smoothly. looks very good. you don't think so? i think it's going good. >> reporter: but this morning, behind these closed doors, trump blasted president obama on twitter, accusing him of getting in the way, saying, "doing my best to disregard the many inflammatory president obama statements and road blocks. thought it was going to be a smooth transition -- not!" for weeks, they've tried to put on a good public face. >> very, very good man. very good man. >> reporter: but tonight, they're facing off over one of america's top allies -- israel. trump tweeting, "we cannot continue to let israel be treated with such total disdain and disrespect." the president-elect has been slamming the obama administration for allowing the u.n. to condemn israel for building settlements, breaking a long-standing u.s. tradition. trump's now promising things will be different, saying israel "used to have a great friend in the u.s., but not anymore. stay strong, israel, january 20th is fast approaching."
today, secretary of state john kerry passionately defended the decision, saying those settlements jeopardize the possibility of peace. >> we cannot properly defend and protect israel if we allow a viable two-state solution to be destroyed before our own eyes. >> reporter: infuriated israeli prime minister netanyahu welcomed a change of course. >> israel looks forward to working with president-elect trump. >> mary bruce joins us live now from the white house. mary, any reaction from president-elect trump tonight to secretary kerry's comments over israel? >> reporter: tom, late today, trump said he believes kerry's remarks speak for themselves. later, adding that he thinks the u.n. has tremendous potential, but isn't living up to it. tom? >> mary bruce for us at the white house. mary, thank you. now, to the developing headline about another hollywood legend. debbie reynolds rushed to the hospital tonight, in an apparent medical emergency, just one day after her daughter, carrie fisher, passed away. mourners creating a makeshift memorial on the hollywood walk of fame. abc's matt gutman on the
stunning new development. >> reporter: tonight, more heartache for the family of carrie fisher. abc news has learned her mother, 84-year-old hollywood icon debbie reynolds, has been transported to the hospital in fair to serious condition. reynolds became america's sweetheart in the '50s with "singin' in the rain." ♪ good morning ♪ good morning to you >> reporter: she'd reportedly been huddling with family in the wake of the sudden death of her daughter, carrie fisher, on tuesday, who suffered cardiac arrest on a flight from london to los angeles last week. fisher's brother, todd, telling abc news -- >> well, we're a very tight family, as small as we are, and my mother is very strong right now. >> manic depressive. >> yes, she was born that way. >> reporter: in this exclusive abc video from 2000, the two danced and cracked jokes backstage about their family foibles. reynolds and fisher were close emotionally and physically. they lived next door to each other in beverly hills.
♪ words wouldn't come in an easy way ♪ >> i wanted to be like my mother. i worship my mother. >> reporter: the news comes as fans and friends have been mourning fisher. >> what are you doing? >> somebody has to save our skins. >> reporter: legions of moms tonight spinning their daughters' hair into those famous "star wars" buns, in homage to the immortal princess leia. we learned when debbie reynolds was transferred to the hospital this afternoon, debbie reynolds' condition was listed as fair to serious. her son telling us tonight that she is not okay. and carrie fisher's half sister, jolie, tweeting out a picture of her and debbie reynolds in better times with the caption, "god speed, momma." tom? >> a stunning development. all right, matt, thank you. let's turn now to weather, and the major winter storm bearing down on the northeast, right before the holiday weekend. the same system of heavy snow and ice sending this lexus into a ditch south of seattle. our senior meteorologist rob marciano joining us now.
with a new caution as we slide into 2017. >> reporter: this system moving pretty quickly. that will help it get out fast, as well. look at the alerts for a good chunk of the northeast. storms now firing across kentucky and tennessee, with this front will move east to the coast tomorrow. mostly a rain event, d.c., philly, new york. a coastal low, though, intensifies throughout the day. very strong winds and very heavy rain for boston. but just outside of that, we're looking for very heavy snow, likely over a foot of snow for parts of vermont, new hampshire and maine. heavy wet snow with winds, likely some power outages along the coast, as well, tom. >> but times square, no snow for new year's eve? >> looks good right now. >> all right, rob, thank you. let's turn to that huge sinkhole swallowing a huge section of a quiet residential street. families evacuated from their homes. officials scrambling to figure out what caused it. and a newspaper delivery person, the one who is sounding the alarm. the latest now from abc's linzie janis from bethlehem, pennsylvania. >> reporter: tonight, authorities scrambling to find out what caused this 12-foot wide sinkhole in bethlehem, pennsylvania.
>> the street is cracked, and there is a hissing sound, a natural gas odor also. >> reporter: at 3:30 this morning, a 911 call reporting a possible gas leak. >> give me a full dispatch to this location. i have a crater starting. >> reporter: dozens of people evacuated in the middle of the night. a gas worker who fell into the hole sent to the hospital for minor injuries. so, the street literally opened up beneath him? >> it opened up beneath him. and he kept himself from falling completely in the hole but was injured in the process of falling in the hole. >> reporter: in michigan, crews are working around the clock to repair this sinkhole, and save homes. the sinkhole -- 250 feet long and 100 feet wide -- opened up saturday after a sewer pipe collapsed. authorities say it could be weeks before residents can return home. here in pennsylvania, all but three families have been allowed back into their homes. and gas workers are still here, trying to fix that pipe. tom? >> linzie, thank you. there are new developments tonight in the trial of the man
who killed nine black parishioners in a south carolina church. 22-year-old dylann roof telling a judge he will not call any witnesses in the penalty phase. roof is representing himself, as he faces the death penalty. he's trying to keep a jailhouse statement out of the trial that could embarrass his mother and family, though it's not clear what he's referring to. one of the holiday season's hottest gifts now at the center of a murder case. police want amazon to turn over data from a popular electronic gadget, the amazon echo, which is raising new questions about user's privacy. abc's mara schiavocampo with the clues they're looking for. >> alexa, alarm off. >> reporter: from the moment you wake up -- >> alexa, what's on the calendar today? >> reporter: -- until you go to bed -- >> lights off. >> reporter: -- the amazon echo delivers music, news, weather and more. but police in bentonville, arkansas, say it could help prove their case against this man, james bates, accused of killing his coworker, victor collins, found dead in bates'
hot tub after a night of partying. when owners talk to alexa -- >> ask domino's to send me mill last order. >> okay. order placed. >> reporter: -- it records the conversation. the question is, was it recording that night? the case brings new legal questions about high tech devices that are always on. >> as much as we love the convenience, i think customers are legitimately concerned about their privacy rights. >> reporter: bates has pleaded not guilty, and his lawyers say mining his echo's data is an invasion of privacy. amazon saying they will not release data without a legal demand, and, quote, "objects to overbroad or otherwise inappropriate demands." so far, amazon has turned over some account information to authorities, but not electronic data from the echo. the case is set to go to trial next year. tom? >> mara schiavocampo for us tonight. mara, thank you. now, to the growing outrage tonight over the murder of a yoga teacher and actress. she was heading to a friend's for dinner on christmas day when she disappeared.
what we're learning tonight about that suspect, and the tracking monitor authorities say he should have been wearing. here's abc's ron claiborne. >> reporter: tonight, the suspect, adrian duane johnson, being held without bail, accused of brutally assaulting and strangling tricia mccauley over christmas. mccauley was reported missing sunday. police issuing an alert with her description, that of her car and the suspect. a man calling 911 to report a car matching that description, and the suspect. >> seemed just really, you know, kind of off or aggressive or out of it. >> reporter: the 46-year-old victim was a popular yoga teacher and sometime actress. shown here as a stand-in in the 2006 film "step up." >> and it's a great blow. >> reporter: johnson was arrested earlier this month on a theft charge and released. but he was supposed to have been required to wear a gps tracking device. police say he was not wearing a monitoring device when he was arrested. tonight, it is not clear why johnson was not wearing that gps monitoring device. and at his arraignment today,
tom, he made the claim that mccauley killed herself. tom? >> ron, thank you. now, to the disastrous ending for a base jumper, taking on this mountain in arizona. take a look. the parachute opening, but what happened next is still unclear. the panicked moments playing out on camera. abc's clayton sandell picks up the story from there. >> reporter: this guy way up there is about to jump off a 300-foot cliff. on purpose. >> this is unpleasant to watch. >> there he goes. >> reporter: he's got a parachute. and it opens. but he's in trouble. >> oh, no. >> oh, god. >> oh, no. oh, no. >> reporter: slamming into this rocky canyon near phoenix. offduty firefighter david baumgartner was hiking with his family when it happened. >> we, from a direct location below, witnessed him make contact with that wall, about 200 feet down from his jump. >> reporter: the 39-year old man and his companions were b.a.s.e. jumping, the extreme sport done from buildings, antennas and spans or bridges.
the "e" in b.a.s.e. stands for earth, in this case, a cliff. but compared to skydivers, b.a.s.e jumpers are much closer to the ground, with far less time to react, if something goes wrong. firefighters say this jumper needed surgery after fracturing his pelvis and shattering his heels. clayton sandell, abc news, denver. >> it's amazing he survived. all right, there's still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this wednesday. the murder of jonbenet ramsey, and a new multimillion dollar lawsuit. why her brother is going after a major tv network. and, the disturbing string of mall fights. the new incidents, and why police are on alert tonight. and later, why the hottest christmas toy out there is causing some kids to cry. the hatchimal drama, and why some parents want their money back. stay with us. stay with us. oon as i left the l after a dvt blood clot, i sure had a lot to think about. what about the people i care about? ...including this little girl. and what if this happened again?
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finally tonigh finally tonight, a mailman who turned into a firefighter. tonight, he's america strong. here's abc's phillip mena. >> reporter: it's not often you get the chance to meet your hero. >> oh, my goodness. >> reporter: jeff jones is a mailman in mckinney, texas, near dallas. just days before christmas, on the last stop of the day, jeff noticed the outside of a home on fire. >> i saw the fire, the smoke, so, i knocked on the door. bang, bang, bang. >> reporter: cheryl richard's three young girls and their grandmother were inside, unaware of the danger. cheryl was out christmas shopping and told the girls not to answer the door while she was gone. surveillance video showing jeff on the phone with 911.
>> there's some kids. i think they're not allowed to answer the door or something, because i happened to look inside. >> reporter: with the help of an officer, jeff managed to get the girls and grandma out of the house safely. >> he's special. he's special. and i hope he knows that. >> reporter: the girls thankful too, making this sign for the mailman who helped save their home, and their christmas. >> our thanks to phillip for that story. for david and all of us here, thank you for watching. "gma" first thing in the morning. i'm tom llamas. i'll see you right back here tomorrow night. have a great evening. good night. >>. breaking news just one day after her daughter's death, the
mother of carrie fisher also passed away. >> sunny, mild today but do not get used to it. much colder air is ahead. a fire that forced a ski resort to shut down today. >> one day after her famous daughter died, debbie reynolds died. she was taken to the hospital with breathing problems. >> she died of a massive stroke. reynolds has been nominated for every major award. >> she was married to singer eddie fisher n2008, her daughter talked with abc7 news about how famous her parents were. >> for those of you that were younger and can't relate to this, try to think of
>> reynolds son, todd, told "variety" she wanted to be with carrie and was distraught about her passing. debbie reynolds was 84 years old. new video of a violent confrontation involving a former 49ers player. >> you may find the video disturbing. >> it appears to capture a confrontation between ray mcdonald and the mother of his child. >> alisa harrington is walk us through this video. >> they want it to be used in family court as part of