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tonight, u.s. intelligence fighting back. leaders of the intelligence community heading to capitol hill. tonight, responding to president-elect donald trump's comments. his tweets about them. how they now respond. also breaking, president obama a short time ago, briefed on the russian hacking. the final report, and new reporting from our team about the level of confidence. and word tonight there was, in fact, a very specific motive. breaking news from chicago. late today, hate crime charges after this video live on facebook. police say four young african-americans targeting a young disabled white man. you will hear what they say in the video. the monster storm bearing down tonight. 40 states, dangerous driving from the west all the way to the northeast.
a second storm coming. and two sisters on the way to see their dying father, kicked off their flight. how did this happen? good evening, and it's great to have you with us here on a thursday night, and the war of words erupting on capitol hill. president-elect donald trump has taken aim at the u.s. intelligence community after their unanimous finding that the russians were behind the hacking during the election. tonight, the intelligence community which has been silent, silent no longer. marching up to capitol hill today calling the criticism from donald trump disparagement. it was a few days ago when asked about the russian hacking, the president-elect said, i know things other people don't know, and promise to reveal it. nothing yet from mr. trump on that, but tonight, we are now hearing from the intelligence community. abc's mary bruce is on the hill tonight. >> reporter: under fire from donald trump, the director of national intelligence came to capitol hill today to make his case. >> sir, what's your response when you see donald trump still questioning u.s. intelligence? >> reporter: no answer.
trump has repeatedly attacked america's intelligence agencies for concluding russia hacked democrats in an attempt to influence the election. >> they have no idea if it's russia, china or somebody, it could be somebody sitting in a bed someplace. >> reporter: doubling down on new year's eve. >> i also know things that other people don't know, and so they cannot be sure of the situation. >> reporter: but today, intelligence director james clapper says he's now more sure than ever. it was russia. >> who actually is the benefactor of someone who is about to become commander in chief trashing the intelligence community? >> i think there is an important distinction here between healthy skepticism, which policymakers, to include policymaker number one, should always have for intelligence. but i think there is a difference between skepticism and disparagement.
>> reporter: as trump questions american intelligence, he praises russia's vladimir putin. and he's seized on comments from julian assange, the head of wikileaks, who made public the hacked e-mails. trump tweeting, "julian assange said a 14-year-old could have been behind the hack. also said russians did not give him the info!" clapper asked today about assange. >> do you think there is any credibility we should attach to this individual? >> not in my view. >> reporter: from some senators, outrage. >> when it comes down to a choice between your people or intelligence agencies and julian assange, we're on your team every time. >> reporter: today, perhaps sensing the political fallout, trump changing his tune. tweeting, "the dishonest media likes saying that i'm in agreement with assange. wrong. i simply state what he states. it is for the people to make up their own minds as to the truth" adding he's a quote, "big fan" of intelligence. any doubt in your mind that russia is behind this hacking?
>> zero. no doubt? >> reporter: republican senator, lindsey graham, says the president-elect has to face the facts. do you hope he is watching this? >> he watches tv, and i hope he is. the main thing is i hope he'll listen. >> reporter: even trump supporters are having a hard time defending him. why do you think donald trump continues to question the u.s. intelligence? >> i can't answer that. you have to ask donald trump. >> reporter: do you believe russia was behind the hacking? >> yes. >> are you concerned donald trump doesn't agree with you? >> i'm not going to speak for the president-elect. >> thank you, sir. >> mary bruce with us live from capitol hill tonight with another breaking development on this front. word coming in now of a major defection from the trump transition team, involving a well known member of the intelligence community? >> reporter: the former cia director, james woolsey is leaving the trump transition
team. he was a key adviser during the campaign, is his spokesman now saying in a statement, that effective immediately, woolsey will no longer be a senior adviser to the president-elect. but that he wishes trump and his administration great success in office, david. >> mary bruce live on capitol hill leading us off. mary, thank you. there is another breaking headline coming in tonight. we have learned late today that the u.s. intelligence community briefed president obama at the white house. their final report on the russian hacking. our chief white house correspondent, jonathan karl with us right here in new york tonight. and jon, you have new reporting from inside that briefing. >> david, in an indication of just how serious the white house puts this, the president summ summoned the top intelligence leaders and the director of the fbi to the oval office for the briefing on the hacking. it lasted an hour. i'm told the report puts the blame squarely on the russians, and specifically says why they did this. and what the intelligence community is calling a high confidence assessment. what that means, david, it's
based on what they call all source intelligence. not just tracking computer code or ip addresses. >> that means spies? >> old-fashioned espionage. in the meantime, to another meeting much different. this was at trump tower involving the president-elect. he was being deposed in a lawsuit against a celebrity chef who has refused to open up a restaurant in one of his hotels after a comment made about mexican-americans? >> the incredible thing about this, is that this deposition that took up an hour of the president-elect's time two weeks before being sworn in as president, is because of a lawsuit he brought. he could have dropped the suit. i'm told the reason he didn't is quite simply, he thinks he is going to win. >> he thinks he can win this. all right, jon karl. great to have you with us as always. in the meantime, there are breaking developments coming in as well from chicago. outrage growing at this hour after a very difficult and disturbing video was carried live on facebook. and this afternoon, hate crime charges leveled against four young african-americans after police say they targeted a young disabled white man. you will hear what they said on that facebook video. authorities saying tonight he
was targeted because of his disability and his race. abc's alex perez in chicago. >> reporter: tonight, police are using this word, reprehensible. to describe this 30-minute video that was carried live on facebook. in the video, we are blurring the victim's face, authorities say an 18-year-old, mentally challenged, white man is targeted. he can be seen cowering in a corner as he is s assaulted by four young black adults. >> look out. tied up. >> reporter: bound and gagged, you can hear the victim being taunted and beaten. his scalp cut, police say, and the suspects using social media to show what they were doing as they were doing it. >> smack his [ bleep ]. smack his [ bleep ]. >> reporter: late today, the four suspects were charged with hate crimes. >> the actions in that video are reprehensible. that along with racism have absolutely no place in the city
of chicago or anywhere else for that matter against anyone. >> it's the ashtray. >> reporter: the group yelling racial slurs at the victim and making a reference to the president-elect. >> say [ bleep ] donald trump. >> [ bleep ] donald trump. >> reporter: investigators say one of the alleged attackers went to school with the victim. and they began hanging out. police say after the attack, the victim escaped his captors, officers spotting him on a cold chicago street, wearing just shorts and a tank top. traumatized and bloody. >> he was discombobulated. he was injured. he was confused. >> reporter: tonight, prosecutors in chicago charging the suspects, two men and two sisters, with kidnapping, battery and hate crimes. tonight, the victim's family speaking out. >> he is doing well as well as he could be at this time. >> reporter: in an interview with our abc station in chicago, wls, president obama calling it terrible. and pointing to the dangers posed by technology, too. >> what technology allows us to
see now is the terrible toll that racism and discrimination and hate takes on families and communities. >> reporter: facebook says it has removed the video. when asked about people live streaming while committing crimes, facebook telling abc news, they have a team on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, dedicated to responding to these reports immediately. but the images were already shared by so many on facebook, and it's now become critical evidence for prosecutors. >> it's sickening. it's sickening. it makes you wonder what would make individuals treat somebody like that? >> as you point out, alex, facebook also facing questions about anyone being able to carry anything live. in the meantime, i know you were at chicago police headquarters tonight. do we have any word on how the young man who was targeted in that video is doing? >> reporter: well, david. we know that young man was hospitalized for his injuries. he has been treated and released, and we understand he is now back with his family.
those four suspects could face up to 50 years in prison, david. >> disturbing story. alex perez, thank you. we move on tonight. a one-two punch of winter storms alerts now in 40 states at this hour. and now alabama and georgia already declaring states of emergency. planes de-iced at the denver airport. hundreds of flights grounded. in lexington, kentucky, this pickup truck spinning out on i-75, and in watertown, new york, look at it. trouble coast to coast with this storm, and there's word of a second storm right after it. abc's neal karlinsky is here with that. >> reporter: winter 2017 is off to a slippery and frozen start, with two-thirds of the country under some kind of cold or winter advisory tonight. in watertown, new york, i-81 is like a graveyard of stranded vehicles. in the west, rescue teams fought freezing temperatures to reach two 15-year-old boys who fell
into a lake north of seattle. >> he was very hypothermic, he was not able to extract himself from the ice. >> reporter: in boulder, colorado, the temperature plummeted to near zero. we found this delivery truck stuck in place, pinched up alongside that acura. >> yeah slid into his acura. >> reporter: de-icing trucks were going non-stop at denver's airport, but more than 130 flights were canceled anyway. and in the south, it's all hands on deck. georgia transportation crews, preparing to pre-treat roads tonight for the new system moving in. here in boulder, all this snow has closed city offices and left cars buried. they'll still be digging out even as the southeast is getting hit, david. >> from colorado, neal, thank you. let's get to meteorologist rob marciano. he is with us live tonight. he has got the timing tracking both of these storms. hey, rob. >> reporter: hi, david. we're cold enough for snow just about everywhere in the country. the atmosphere is packed with a lot of action. look at the advisories. so many of them across to country. the first pulse we want to deal
with is one to three inches of snow across the ohio valley. that will come into new york, philly and d.c. tomorrow morning. it will be out of the way quickly, but accumulating snow. our colorado snow dives toward the gulf coast, and that comes to problems up through charlotte and raleigh. could see 2 to 12 inches of snow in these areas that do not handle snow well. they will be debilitated across parts of the south, david. >> rob marciano with us again. thanks as always. we turn overseas tonight and turkey suffering yet another attack. a deadly car bomb outside a courthouse. more than 250 miles from istanbul. the blast caught on surveillance cameras, killing a police officer and a court worker. two suspects killed by police afterwards. the militant kurdish group, the p.k.k. is suspected. this attack coming just days after that deadly new year's nightclub attack in istanbul claimed by isis. authorities there say they are closing in on that gunman.
back here at home tonight, and to your money. some of the country's most familiar stores closing hundreds of locations and cutting thousands of jobs tonight. take a look at the map. sears shutting down 150 of their sears and k-marts stores from coast to coast, anywhere there is a logo, and macy's is shutting down dozens of their department stores. tonight, abc's eva pilgrim is here with the reasons why. ♪ >> reporter: tonight, massive cutbacks for two of america's iconic department stores. sears part of the american fabric for decades. >> sears, where america shops. >> reporter: those holiday wish books, a family favorite. tonight, sears closing 150 stores, 108 of them k-marts. there will be layoffs, but the company not releasing those numbers. sears also selling their craftsman tool business for $900 million to help pay off mounting debt. macy's getting hit too, shutting 68 stores, 6,200 jobs gone. >> we're definitely going to see more stores close. this is really just the beginning. >> reporter: sears reporting
holiday sales down 12% this year. while overall internet sales are booming. $91 billion in profits this season, up 11%. david, both sears and macy's reps say the savings from the upcoming cuts will go to help boost online sales. macy's is also planning to add an additional 50 discount stores. david. >> eva pilgrim, thanks. we turn next here to the health of your children. an eye-opening new advice about preventing those potentially life-threatening peanut allergies. there are new guidelines from the national institutes of health suggesting parents should actually expose their children to small doses as early as four months. small doses of peanuts, and it would seem to be a complete 180 from earlier advice. let's get to dr. richard besser. himself a pediatrician. great to have you, rich, and a lot of people heard this and said, what? >> yeah. this is an incredible turnaround. we used to say these high risk
kids should avoid peanuts for the first one to two years of life. now high risk babies, with eczema or egg allergies are tested, and then given peanut paste in an allergist's office. that's because a bold study found that approach could reduce the chances of peanut allergy by 86%. it's not going to change anything for kids who have peanut allergy, but starting today, future babies will be at a much lower risk. >> but exposing small doses early on could make the difference? >> that's right, and for kids who are not at a high risk, can have it at home. peanut paste. >> with allergy, that's key. thanks, rich. and an emotional good-bye tonight the a fallen state trooper in pennsylvania. landon weaver just 23 years old was shot point-blank by a suspect he was questioning. hundreds of officers attending his funeral, and lining the streets as his coffin passed by. when we come back here, "world news tonight" continues, the airline outrage as i mentioned, two sisters kicked off their flight. they were on the way to see
their dying father. they did not get there in time. you will hear from them tonight. the unconscious skier hanging from the chair lift. another cut him free, and it comes after other scares and ski lodge accidents. and apparently, if you are this little girl who asked for one big gift, her popular voice activated device heard her, and the gift showed up at the house. we'll be right become. a. c. k.
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you may see nothing on live doppler 7 now. but it's been working off the screen that's causing concern tonight. >> all our streams and rivers are going to be out of their banks. the bay area prepares for a storm unlike any other we've seen. a takeover style bank robbery has police asking for your help tonight. go inside motor trend's car of the year. it has the range of a tesla, but it's half the price. i'm asking for prayer. >> an east bay family is praying their little girl will be okay, after she was shot sitting in a car with her mother. that girl survived the shooting, but is in the hospital right now. >> this shooting happened at
66th and outlook in east oakland near mills college. laura anthony is there live and begins our team coverage on this. laura? >> police do not think this little girl was the intended target. but that someone with her may have been. they're looking into whether this shooting today may have been related to a murder yesterday. >> it's horrible. it's awful. it's the most kind of awful you could imagine. >> the mother of a young son claire stanley says the sounds were unmistakable. and way too close to her mills mont neighborhood home in east oakland. >> there was a pause and probably another four. right after the last gunshot i heard a car peeling away. >> another neighbor heard it too, but didn't want us to show her face. >> i heard five or six gunshots and they sounded very close, right outside my window, almost. >> often times we hear gunshots around here, we don't see a