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>> world news tonight is coming up next. i'm kristen sze. >> i'm dan ashley. we appreciate your time. see you again at 6:00. tonight, the state of emergency. the deadly ice storm hitting right now. treacherous driving across several states. authorities warning families to stay off the roads. also breaking, the president-elect, and his pick for national security adviser. tonight, word that retired general michael flynn was on the phone with the russians, the same day president obama sanctioned them for the hacking. tonight, the explanation for that call. jon karl standing by. and breaking now, congressman john lewis, saying mr. trump is not a legitimate president. found alive. the baby stolen 18 years ago. tonight, the young woman discovered. the blistering federal report on the chicago police department tonight. the feds now reporting excessive force and racial bias.
a hidden america. what it's really like for families in this country, simply trying to make ends meet. diane sawyer is back tonight. and, "america strong." the famous sisters tonight, and their heartfelt letter. after all, they lived it. good evening. it's great to have you with us on a friday night. a very busy news night. we begin with the dangerous drive home for tens of millions. what authorities are calling possibly the worst ice storm to hit the heartland in a decade. the monster storm dumping freezing rain over a 1,000-mile stretch. states of emergency in oklahoma and missouri, as the system moves east. a snowplow driver running off the road in utah, the driver badly hurt. the driver of this suv skidding across four lanes of traffic. 16 states from texas to pennsylvania in the storm zone as we go into the night.
adrienne bankert leads us off. >> reporter: tonight, multiple states bracing for an epic ice storm. officials taking every precaution, closing schools and telling people to stay off the roads. >> the bottom line is we see it coming, we see the possible effects. what we've done here is gotten ahead of this event. >> reporter: the heartland is getting glazed tonight in a dangerous coating of ice. watch this black suv fishtail, then do a complete 180 on a st. louis highway, narrowly missing other drivers. tragically, at least one deadly accident already in missouri. residents stocking up on supplies and filling gas tanks, stripping shelves. >> it's the de-icers, it's the ice melts, those going out like crazy. generators, you can't keep in stock right now. >> i'm worried about this one because if the power lines snap, i want to be warm. >> reporter: reports of scattered power outages increasing. an inch of ice can add more than 750 pounds of extra weight to a 300-foot power line. in st. louis, utility teams ready to pounce. all city offices closed.
that thick ice snapping trees. crews racing to clear blocked roads. >> and adrienne joins us live from wichita, kansas. they're taking a new step? >> reporter: yes, the rain starting to come down where we are. we called the kansas department of transportation, they're adding organic beet juice to their brine solution, helps melt the ice and makes the salt stick on the roadway, something crucial on places like this overpass, where spinouts are more likely to happen. david? >> beet juice, we hadn't heard of that before. adrienne, thank you. let's get to rob marciano live in colorado where snow was the story this week, but tonight it's the ice we're watching. hey, rob. >> reporter: this is a multiday event. take a look at the setup. deep area of low pressure across california. tapping gulf of mexico moisture.
cold air in the midwest. ice storm warnings up from texas into illinois. freezing rain all the way to virginia. then, oklahoma, kansas, missouri, it will be the worst. by sunday, 7:00 a.m., still icy in kansas city and st. louis. highest impacts in those areas. we don't expect a thaw until sunday night or monday. david? >> rob, thank you. next to president-elect trump, inauguration day next friday. and tonight, the trump team acknowledging that mr. trump's pick for national security adviser, general michael flynn, did call the russian ambassador on the same day president obama announced the sanctions. tonight they say they have a good explanation for this. here's jonathan karl. >> reporter: it was a so-called black swan exercise that brought incoming trump national security adviser michael flynn to the white house today. that's a doomsday drill designed to prepare the new team for any crisis that may hit. but flynn is already in the hot
seat, facing new questions about his contacts with russia's ambassador to the u.s. it started with text messages on christmas day. according to the trump team, flynn sending holiday greetings. but four days later, as president obama was announcing retaliations against russia for its hack of the democratic party flynn and the russian ambassador speak on the phone. the trump team insists the conversation was simply about the logistics. >> the call centered around the logistics of setting up a call with the president of russia and the president-elect after he was sworn in. and they exchanged logistical information on how to initiate and schedule that call. that was it, plain and simple. >> reporter: but the call happened less than an hour after the retaliation was announced. not just sanctions, but also 35 russian diplomats thrown out of the country.
the top democrat on the house intelligence committee today questioned the appropriateness of the phone call. pointing out that flynn has close ties with the russians, even sitting next to vladimir putin at a dinner sponsored by the russian tv network rt in moscow back in 2015. >> all of that concerns me. there is a lot to be concerned about with how this new administration will approach the russians. >> reporter: no word directly from trump on any of this yet, but the president-elect again blasted those unsubstantiated reports that russia has been gathering compromising personal information to blackmail him. tweeting, "totally made-up facts probably released by 'intelligence,' even knowing there is no proof and never will be." meanwhile, democratic congressman john lewis today said he plans to boycott the inauguration, in part because he believes the russians helped get trump elected. >> i don't see this president-elect as a legitimate president. >> and jon karl joins us live at the white house.
you're reporting that the trump team acknowledges general flynn talked to the russians on the same day, but they're saying it was about something else. >> reporter: the trump team insists they did talk about the sanctions. i'm told that flynn and the russian ambassador did talk about something else, the ambassador extended an invitation to flynn to attend peace talks hosted by russia on syria. this is a big deal, because these are peace talks that the obama administration has been frozen out of. >> jon, thanks. next to the growing firestorm swirling around fbi director james comey. the department of justice will now investigate him going public about the hillary clinton e-mails, then on election eve saying there was nothing there. new outrage from some lawmakers after a series of meetings with
comey on capitol hill. here's pierre thomas. >> reporter: tonight, 24 hours after the department of justice revealed an investigation into fbi director james comey and his decisions, growing anger. it involves hillary clinton and her e-mails. one of them going public 11 days before the election, then revealing there was nothing there. now, new anger. today, many democrats on capitol hill emerging furious after a closed session on russian hacking with director comey. just this week on the hill comey was asked is he investigating donald trump, and any possible contact with the russians and trump's team during the campaign. >> we do not confirm a pending investigation. >> the irony of you making that statement, i can't avoid. >> reporter: now lawmakers have met privately with comey and learned more. >> all i can tell you is the fbi director has no credibility, that's it. >> reporter: comey now taking heat from all sides. today, the conservative "wall street journal" editorial board calling on him to resign. and if he won't, quote, "donald trump can and should fire him."
and even republicans tonight welcoming the investigation that will look into comey's decisions to talk publicly about hillary clinton and her e-mail. instead of allowing the investigation to take its course. >> they should get in there, and figure out what happened. >> reporter: at issue, did comey break justice department policy by publicly commenting on investigations? and for doing it so close to an election. tonight, donald trump weighing in on the new review of comey's actions. "what are hillary clinton's people complaining about with respect to the fbi." adding, they campaigned in the wrong states. but the clinton team are adamant comey affected clinton's chances at the presidency. and they believe trump knows that. >> i think he's really bothered by the increased number of questions that have been raised about the legitimacy of his own election. >> reporter: as for hillary clinton, she's kept a low profile, taking selfies with supporters. and appearing only twice in washington. but in a few days, she'll be back in the spotlight, agreeing to attend donald trump's inauguration. >> she will be there. and pierre with us live.
you've been on this all week. hillary clinton, as you point out, has not weighed in on this? >> reporter: we have not heard from hillary clinton, but her campaign is still acknowledging trump won the election, even as they welcome this new investigation of comey's actions. david? >> pierre, thanks. the department of justice making news after an investigation into the chicago police department. tonight, a new and scathing federal report, launched after this video was released, a officer shooting a black teenager 16 times. loretta lynch saying this shows excessive force. >> these are serious problems, and they bear serious consequences. >> that particular shooting sparking months of protests. chicago's police commissioner calling the report a black eye on the city. and promising changes.
we turn next to a stunning discovery. a baby girl stolen 18 years ago. and tonight, a young woman discovered alive several states away. here's steve osunsami. >> reporter: police aren't sharing the young woman's name tonight, but the name she was born with is kamiyah mobley, and she's learning this evening that she was the missing baby on billboards and in police reports in 1998. last seen in baby diapers, wrapped in a pink and blue blanket and only eight hours old. >> i just want to know where my baby is at, i just want my baby back. >> reporter: the case made headlines. she was snatched from a florida hospital, taken from the arms of her mother by a mysterious woman who pretended to be a nurse to her family. florida investigators finally found her after a tip over the holidays sent them to walterboro, south carolina. >> a further investigation found that fraudulent documents had been used to establish the young woman's identity. >> reporter: late this evening, 51-year-old gloria williams had her first court appearance, and will soon be headed back to florida to face charges. police say she had pretended all
these years that she was the young woman's mother. it was still an emotional good-bye. tonight, her real mother and father are on their way to south carolina. >> been 18 years, i can't wait no longer. >> reporter: police say the young woman suspected that williams wasn't her mother, and needed a dna test to prove it. david? >> steve, thanks. a new president will be inaugurated one week from tonight. so many americans who voted said their paychecks drove their decision. that their families are barely getting by. for more than a year, diane sawyer has been traveling the country, meeting so many people. families just one sickness or auto repair away from being wiped out. the firefighters who work three jobs. >> reporter: we head to maryland, to meet an incredibly spunky woman named tracey coleman. she's shaving big bars of soap to make her own laundry detergent because it saves her
$10 a month. her curious son colton, just 7 years old. he already reads at a sixth-grade level. he and his best friend caleb ask about the budget. >> how much money do you get? >> what i'm gonna bring home is gonna be $470, about. >> what? what? >> but listen to this. our house costs $800 a month. so i've got to work two weeks at least just to pay off the mortgage. gas and electric's another $200 a month. so that's another half a week. i have to pay for our car, that's $200. so now i have to buy food. i have to buy clothes, if we have clothes. we have to buy soap, shampoo. >> soda. >> toothpaste. so we're left with maybe $50 extra. well, guess what? what if we want to go to mcdonald's once? >> that's like zero dollars. >> yeah, that's like zero dollars that we can save. so how are we supposed to save?
>> by -- i don't know. >> reporter: and as we talked to low wage workers across america, there's a changing face. 60% of those who make less than $10 an hour are now women. and because so many of these women have families of their own to support, we found a new growth industry in america. >> mama! mama! >> reporter: overnight daycare. >> we have like about 50 children sometimes at night. most of our parents work at walmart, they work at fast foods, they work at the warehouses, they work at hospitals, they also work cleaning buildings at night. >> and diane is right here with us tonight. always love when you're back. but overnight daycare, this was something that a lot of folks don't realize, it's a real struggle. >> and there is demand. there is a waiting list. >> a waiting list. you spent more than a year following these families. one gentleman who drives four hours each way to work. >> he bikes, he takes the train,
he buses four hours to work, four hours back to keep the job that gives his family a shot at the american dream and we have great news. >> great news on him. all of these families deserve this voice and you're promising now to stick with them for another year? >> that's right. we're going to be here. we have a new president as we know who has promised that he will bring them new jobs and better wages. >> diane sawyer with us here tonight. thanks. it's a powerful look at what american families are facing every single day. her "20/20" special, tonight right here at 10:00 p.m. eastern. in the meantime, there's still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this friday. the billion-dollar penalty over faulty air bags. and how many american cars still have them tonight? and the midair mystery. flight attendants sickened. what is now believed to have made them sick. the officer shot on the side of the road. the perfect stranger who jumps in with his own gun to shoot the suspect. and as the ice storm hits tonight, a car stuck on snowy train tracks. the four men who jump in and try
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finally tonight here, "america strong." after a year of bitter political fights in this country, tonight, a welcome break from it all. proof that there are common bonds. the heartfelt letter from two sisters who've been there, to the first daughters. now leaving the white house. the former first daughters, the bush twins, jenna and barbara, tonight with a letter to the same sisters they wrote to eight years ago. "malia and sasha, eight years ago on a cold november day, we greeted you on the steps of the white house. we saw both the light and wariness in your eyes as you gazed at your new home." they write that they remember showing the obama girls the lincoln bedroom, "and the bedrooms that were once ours. when you slid down the banister of the solarium, just as we had done as 8-year-olds, your joy and laughter were contagious. you stood at the gates of the cell where south africa's nelson mandela was imprisoned, your arms around your father. you traveled to liberia and morocco with your mom to talk with girls about the importance
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