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making news in america this morning, signs of change coming to washington as president-elect donald trump faces off with democrats. more lawmakers are now saying they're not attending friday's inauguration and that fight is going on as the obamas start moving into their new home. new information about an american victim of a shooting rampage in mexico. her heartbroken brother speaking out and trying to hold back his tears. a storm on the move bringing ice into the northeast. treacherous conditions for this morning's return to work as well. your forecast ahead. look at that amazing alligator just out for a walk with witnesses close by. we'll hear from some of them coming up.
and good tuesday morning to you. i'm diane macedo. >> and i'm gio benitez in for kendis gibson. we begin with president-elect donald trump's cabinet picks back in the spotlight. >> confirmation hearings get under way for betsy devos, his pick for education secretary and congressman ryan zinke. >> meanwhile, the inauguration boycott is picking up steam led by john lewis. at least 35 lawmakers are planning to sit out and lana zak has the latest. >> reporter: in just three days donald trump will become the 45th president of the united states. and as the nation's capital prepares for the inauguration and the 400,000 expected protesters, a new protest is growing among democratic lawmakers. >> i will not be going. people have not forgotten that he attacked a mexican-american judge, that he attacked a gold star family and now a civil rights icon. i cannot pretend that this is a normal transition of power.
>> reporter: abc news has identified more than three dozen members of congress who say they will be boycotting mr. trump's inauguration. >> nothing has changed since the campaign. you know, i don't think that's something i need to do in terms of celebrating. >> reporter: in movement by democratic lawmakers is being led by congressman john lewis, a civil rights icon who mr. trump dismissed as all talk, talk, talk no action or results after lewis questioned mr. trump's legitimacy. speaking at a martin luther king event yesterday lewis seemed to allude to his fight with the president-elect. >> when you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you have a moral obligation to do something to say something and not be quiet. >> reporter: republicans though are crying foul. >> i think it's irresponsible for people like himself to question the legitimacy of the next united states president. >> reporter: but most democrats including hillary clinton still plan on attending the inauguration. >> i want to be there visible in the audience.
i want to be there at every turn because i want to see i'm going to be an agent for change. >> reporter: the country tips to be divided about this new trump administration according to a brand-new "the washington post"/abc news poll. it finds that 44% of americans do not believe that mr. trump and his associates are abiding by federal ethics law while 43% believe that tez. gio, diane. >> three days away, lana zak in washington, thank you. donald trump is about to become the first president in decades who has refused to release his tax returns. trump continues to say the public doesn't care about his taxes but our new poll shows nearly 75% of americans say he should release his tax returns. >> trump's health care plan calling for insurance for everybody appears to have taken some fellow republicans by surprise but house speaker paul ryan insists he is on the same page as the president-elect. looking to get everyone access to affordable insurance trump says he won't cut medicare and plans to negotiate with drug
companies to lower prices. but, he hasn't offered specifics on how to pay for the replacement. european leaders are responding after trump again called nato obsolete. he complained that allies are not paying their fair share and predicted more countries would leave the european union. french president francois hollande says it doesn't need outside advice to to it what to do. angela merkel says we europeans have our own fate in our own needs. signs the obamas are getting ready for their new home and movers took some of their belongings into the home they'll rent in d.c. contractors could also be heard inside and there's also a secret service presence there. but the obamas won't actually be staying there on inauguration night. they'll be flying to southern california right after the sear upon for a warm weather vacation. a reminder abc news provides nonstop coverage of his inauguration all day friday starting at 7:00 a.m. eastern.
breaking this morning a major milestone in the mystery of malaysia airlines flight 370. officials in australia say the plane search has been called off after a search of a desolate stretch of the indian ocean found no trace of the plane. the boeing 777 disappeared three years ago with 239 people on board. electrical failure and a fire in the cockpit are among the stheerryes about what caused that crash. also breaking right now authorities in turkey say the suspect in a deadly attack on an istanbul nightclub has confessed. the alleged gunman was captured during a raid yesterday. two weeks after the new year's attack that killed 39 people. the suspect has been identified as a native of uzbekistan who trained with isis. he's believed to have entered turkey in january of last year. according to one official, his fingerprints match those left behind by the attacker. we're learning more about the young american woman who was killed during a nightclub shooting in playa del carmen.
the 18-year-old what's college student from denver who worked to help support her family. her brother described her sister as an artistic and loving person as he recalled their last conversation. >> we were talking about how she was going to come back. she was going to tell me -- she was -- he was going to tell me all about her trip. i didn't know that was going to be the last day. >> investigators say the gunfire erupted when security tried to stop a man from entering the club with a gun. five people were killed. police have ruled out terrorism as a motive. >> heartbreaking for that brother. the winter storm that's made travel a misery in the midwest is moving overnight into the northeast. winter weather alerts in parts of 16 states from colorado to maine. for some it's snow and other areas it's freezing rain. and icy, icy dangerous roadways. >> this is what it could look
like in ohio and western new york as well as pennsylvania. on the west coast, california's mammoth mountain is having its second snowiest january in history and the month is only half over. nearly 25 feet of snow has fallen so far this winter. accuweather's paul williams says driving this morning could be difficult on either northern coastlines. good morning, paul. >> good morning, diane, gio. while we're concerned with at least a patch of icy conditions throughout western portions of new york and around the buffalo area, everywhere else wet roads in the mid-atlantic and throughout the southern new england states. another wave of significant wet weather, heavy snow throughout portions of california but not just that, you have to remember by midmid to latter part another widespread set of rain and ice throughout the west. gio, diane. >> be careful driving. coming up is your password among the most common?
you're looking at the wreckage after a private jet skid off a manager runway in freezing rain and burst into flames. the pilot was the only person on board but guess what, he was saved by this town's mayor. the mayor saw the accident on his way to a rotary meeting and helped get the pilot out of the wreckage. the man had only minor injuries. incredible. >> quick thinking by the mayor. three workers had less fortunate occurrence in the florida keys. three workers are dead and a
firefighter in critical condition after an accident. >> the victims entered a 15-foot hole to repair a roadway when they were overcome by toxic fumes. the volunteer firefighter went down the hole to rescue the men leaving behind his air pack because it was too big. offs say he was just overcome within seconds. >> no signs of any pre-venting going and in going into a contained environment where there are gases can be deadly. >> federal safety officials will investigate this accident. this morning general motors is expected to announce a major investment in its u.s. auto plants. published reports say the automaker will spend $1 billion and create or keep more than 1,000 jobs. president-elect trump has been pressuring u.s. automakers to produce their vehicles in the united states but gm officials have previously said the company's plans were made well before that. a study finds there is a reason why so many have hacked
diane's accounts. we're making it easy. >> don't encourage them. apparently a lot are making it easy. keeper says despite all the warnings the third most popular computer password is number two through 9. >> and you guessed it, the most popular password is shorter it's just 1 through 6. that's the password for one in six computers users. >> couldn't even make it all the way to the 9. >> not even mix up the order. when we come back, some advice on how to behave with your doctor. it could be good for your health. and was last night an nba finals preview? one set of fans certainly hopes it wasn't. we have the highlights ahead. on your medicare part d prescriptions. at walgreens we make it easy for you to seize the day by helping you get more out of life and medicare part d.
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car. well, this guy may have taken it to a new level at a utah ski resort. and there was another unusual sight of the season as well. balls of ice forming on lake michigan right on the shore there west of grand rapids. the waves roll the ice into those little balls. how cool is that? >> by the way, that truck looked more hike a ski lift. roads will be icy across to new england. drivers will encounter wet roads from the mid-atlantic states all the way across to texas and also in the pacific northwest. but roads in the western mountains will have snow. if you're flying expect some airport delays in new york, philadelphia, and houston. all right, the widow of the orlando nightclub shooter is expected to make her first court appearance later in california. she was arrested there yesterday on suspicion of aiding and abetting terrorism. among other charges related to last year's massacre that killed 49 people. here's abc's linzie janis. >> reporter: noor salmon
preparing to appear before a judge accused of helping her husband carry out his massacre. she's seen here now charged with aiding and abetting and obstruction of justice. the fbi arresting her near san francisco. neighbors stunned to learn she was living there with her young son. the fbi focusing on her almost immediately afterwards confronting her with video of her and her husband shopping for ammunition. salman's lawyers say she was abused by her husband and had no idea what omar mateen would do that tragic night. linzie janis, abc news, new york. researchers in florida found displaying bad manners toward your doctor could affect crucial factors including the accuracy of their diagnosis. they estimate 40% of medical errors are caused by rudeness.
concerns that thousands of los angeles families may have had their health information breached. l.a.'s children's hospital says a laptop stolen from a doctor's car last fall may have held information for as many as 3600 patients. families are now being notified about the situation. officials believe that data may have been erased. diane, the last person to walk on the moon has died. gene cernan was a member of the gemini program and apollo astronaut and longtime consultant for abc news and made three space trips and he made one of the first space walks and he wrote his daughter's initials in the moondust before he left in 1972. cernan also once slid down a banister at the white house. the former navy test pilot was 82. >> veriage aisle. we're seeing incredible images this morning of firefighters in washington, d.c. saving the life of man's best friend. here's a video of the dog named caesar beast carried from a
house fire and firefighters gave him oxygen then rushed the 3-year-old italian greyhound to the hospital. finally from his owners here is a picture of caesar last night, all cleaned up, we're told he is recovering quite well. >> so fluffy. >> he looks pretty relaxed. now sports here. >> some old rivals faced off on the court last night and let's get the highlights and lowlights from our guys at espn. >> good morning, america. look who is here to help me with this. finally. >> let's get started with the cavaliers and warriors. marquee match-up on the king holiday. draymond green brought his lunch and then ate lebron james' lunch. took him down. green issued a klay thompson had 26, warriors hit 15 threes in this one.
37-11. their advantage on assists. outrebounded them. did it all. warriors, 126-91. this pittsburgh/washington game was crazy. capitals won nine in a row and scored like 900 goals in the second period alone. we're in the third. >> you're exaggerating. >> i tend to did that. lars eller was big. that was eller to tie it. it went to overtime. connor sherry with help from a guy named crosby who scored his lead leaguing 27. the capitals hasn't given up this many goals since i think it was '06 when they gave up 8 to the pensiguins and gave up 8 he. pens win, 8-7. >> you missed me. >> i did. i'm like 5'7" after carrying the show. >> we missed you too. welcome back. up next in "the pulse," that massistic alligator, there were onlookers there. were they a little too close for
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it is 4:28 on tuesday, january 17. good morning, i'm reggie aqui. >> we are back to work today. it's going to be okay, probably. i'm natasha zouves. maybe. we've jessica castro here. welcome back, alexis. good to see you. and nicco, is this our last for a while? >> yeah, it is, actually. and this time tomorrow, we'll start watching some rain. we're on storm watch. let's talk about what's going on right now. it's the fog. quarter mile visibility in nee and santa rosa. it's also spare the air day. no wood burning, all 24 hours. 32 to 43 to dress warmly this morning. increasing clouds, low to mid 50s throughout the day, not quite as chilly this evening.
>> we've got some really lig volumes out there this morning, i have live doppler 7 and some areas of the central valley and north bay, zooming into the posy, we've got cleaning scheduled until 5:00 this morning so you'll have to take the longer way around if you're leaving alameda. we'll take a look at some closures from last week coming up next. this morning, a large oak tree came crashing down into a busy street. half of the tree fell into the street and the other half fell into a home on livorna road. a loan county worker showed up and started chopping up the tree around 3:20 this morning. we should learn more today about why the fbi arrested the bay area wife of the orlando nightclub shooter. appear in oakland federal court this morning. abc7 news reporter amy hollyfield is live in dub lynn.
>> reporter: she's here in the dublin jail but will be taken to oakland today for the court appearance. this is for the attack that happened last june at a gay nightclub in orlando where her husband killed 49 people. there are two accounts of noor salman. the fbi believes she knew of her husband's plans to carry out a violent attack and that she obstructed the investigation. she has said she was abused by her husband and did not know anything of what he planned to do. authorities arrested her yesterday mortgage at her parents' home in rodeo in the east bay. once the charges are unsealed, we will know more about how serious the accusations are against her. >> if it's aiding and abetting after the fact, the maximum sentence she could receive is up to 15 years. if it's aiding and abetting in giving aid, material aid to the commission of the offense, it could be up to life