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tonight, breaking news here. president trump hits back. after a major defeat in court, that decision not to reinstate his immigration ban. tonight, new reporting from our team, what is the white house planning next? what president trump just revealed. also tonight, the high drama. the controversial education secretary and the protesters blocking her today. as town halls erupt in anger across this country. >> all: do your job! >> many voters asking, can you promise we will not lose our health insurance? the monster winter storm. thousands of flights cancelled and delayed. and, look. passengers trapped in traffic jams. some walking along highways to make their flights. and tonight, the next major system now hitting this weekend. america's tallest dam.
this evening, the massive crater, growing in size. authorities considering drastic steps to prevent a public emergency. and the pipeline explosion. the fiery blast. one worker missing, a community evacuated. good evening. it's great to have you with us on a friday night. we begin with several major developments as president trump welcomed the prime minister of japan today. the three judges deciding unanimously not to reinstate the president's travel ban. late today, we heard from the president himself, suggesting a possible brand new executive hor order as early as monday. here's cecilia vega. >> reporter: the president today alongside one of america's strongest allies, extending a big welcome to japan's prime minister. >> on behalf of the american
people, i welcome you to the very famous white house. >> reporter: but at their joint press conference, the big question for president trump. what's next after that ruling the three-judge panel refusing to reinstate his controversial travel ban. the president promising to continue fighting in the courts. >> and ultimately i have no doubt that we'll win that particular case. >> reporter: but he is also making it clear he's not waiting on the courts. >> we'll be doing something very rapidly, having to do with additional security for our country. you'll be seeing that sometime next week. >> reporter: later on air force one, the president telling reporters -- >> we have a lot of other options, including just filing a brand new order. >> reporter: a white house source tells abc news, that's exactly what the administration is working on right now. an order related to terror that addresses some of the concerns raised by the court. the white house also keenly aware that the president's own past statements could be used against him in the court battle over the travel ban.
comments like these. >> donald j. trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of muslims entering the united states until our country's representatives can figure out what the hell is going on. >> reporter: the president today, striking a different tone. >> we will allow lots of people into our country that will love our people and do good for our country. it's always going to be that way, at least during my administration. i can tell you that. >> reporter: diplomatic words on a day when the president's international outreach was on full display. in the oval office, a very long handshake with the japanese prime minister, who will spend the weekend with the trumps at their winter white house, mar-a-lago. >> cecilia, there are breaking developments tonight from the appellate court that had ruled
against the president. >> reporter: a big surprise tonight. a judge has requested that the full court, not just the three that weighed in yesterday, but the full court weigh in on whether that ruling should be considered. this means the ruling may not be final. >> all right, thank you. and as they plan their next move, the white house dealing with new questions about contact between president trump's national security the russian bambassador. at first, general flynn deniied reports he had any discussions, but tonight, a change in the
story. here's jonathan karl. >> reporter: under fire tonight, the president's national security advisor michael flynn, now accused of misleading the public and even the vice president about his conversations with the russian ambassador to the united states. the story, first reported by the "washington post" and confirmed by abc news, on the very day in december that president obama imposed sanctions on russia for meddling in the election, flynn told the russian ambassador the incoming trump administration would review those sanctions. that directly contradicts what vice president pence said last month. >> what i can confirm, having spoken to him about it, is that those conversations that happened to occur around the time that the united states took action to expel diplomats had nothing whatsoever to do with those sanctions. >> reporter: and not just the vp. press secretary sean spicer portrayed flynn's call with the ambassador as about nothing more than setting up a later call between vladimir putin and donald trump.
>> 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. that was it, plain and simple. >> reporter: a spokesperson for flynn, who famously dined with vladimir putin in moscow two years ago and has been criticized for his close ties to the russian government, now says the national security advisor simply cannot remember whether he discussed sanctions. a switch from his earlier denials. these developments come on a day president trump emphasized diplomacy, touting a phone call he had yesterday with the president of china. >> i had a very, very good conversation, as most of you know, yesterday with the president of china. it was a very, very warm conversation. i think we are on the process of getting along very well. >> reporter: throughout the campaign, trump portrayed china as one of america's biggest economic rivals. after the election, he angered
china by accepting a phone call with the president of taiwan. he even suggested doing away with the longstanding one-china policy, which considers taiwan part of china. >> i fully understand the one-china policy. but i don't know why we have to be bound by a one-china policy unless we make a deal with china. >> reporter: but in his phone call with the chinese president, trump offered a big concession, saying he will honor the one-china policy. >> jon, late tonight, president trump was asked about general flynn's calls with the russian ambassador. what did we learn? >> reporter: the president told reporters that he had not seen the reports about flynn's conversations, but that he would look into it. this is a potentially very serious matter. the fbi is investigating whether or not whether these contacts with the russian ambassador
violated the law. >> thank you. president trump's education secretary making her first official visit to a public school. there was anger boiling over at town halls across the country. here's mary bruce. ï ¿>> reporter: a rough start for new education secretary betsy devos. protesters physically blocking her way as she tries to enter a d.c. public school. devos is one of president trump's most controversial cabinet picks confirmed by the senate only after the vice president cast a historic tie-breaking vote. she's been criticized for never attending public school or teaching at one.
but she's not the only one feeling heat. frustration with washington spilling out in town halls across the country. republican congress members facing the backlash. >> all: do your job! do your job! do your job! >> reporter: in utah, republican congressman jason chaffetz met with boos. chaffetz led some of those investigations into hillary clinton posting this picture shaking hands with her on inauguration day, with the caption, "so pleased she is not the president." now confronting 1,000 fed-up voters angry with the new administration. >> given the choice before us, i say by far donald trump was the better choice. >> reporter: similar scenes playing out from tennessee. [ booing ] >> reporter: to illinois. and georgia. >> all: shame! shame! shame! >> reporter: in california.
congressman tom mcclintock coming out, but with police protection. >> you want to take away my coverage and have nothing to replace it with. >> reporter: we asked the house speaker. are you concerned that you need to not just present a plan, but sell it to the american people quickly? >> we cherish the first amendment, and people who are concerned and anxious, we want them to know that we want to listen to their concerns. we're going to be going out and talking about what our plan is. >> some real uncomfortable moments across the country. mary, devos did finally make it into the school. >> reporter: yes, meeting with school administrators. obama's education secretary, saying let's all agree she really needs to be in public schools. please let her in.
>> thank you. president trump's homeland security chief, touring an underground tunnel reportedly used by drug smugglers. our jim avila, there with secretary kelly, asking about another deportation. a mother of two children brought to the country when she was 14. >> reporter: the the right people being deported. >> they were picked up, subject to removal. there are court orders about removing some of these people. some have fought removal for years and years. when their luck ran out, and an immigration judge said, this person, male or female, needs to be removed, the argument that they've been here for so many
years is not a strong argument. in the meantime, another major storm set to hit this weekend. millions of people already digging out from the major storm overnight. in new hampshire, this suv slamming into a home. and today, the travel nightmare continues after thousands of cancelled flights. traffic so bad in laguardia airport, passengers walking along the highway, trying to make their flights. adrienne bankert from boston tonight. >> reporter: tonight, after those whiteout conditions and dumped up to 19 inches of snow across the northeast, a travel nightmare. thousands of flights were cancelled. a traffic jam as far the eye can see today around new york's laguardia airport. passengers, seen getting out of cabs and jumping concrete barriers to make their flights. travel snarled in the wake of that nor'easter. icy roads and bitter cold, and
more snow on the way. security cameras in new hampshire capturing this suv careen into a house. the driver survived. crews in massachusetts working through the night in sub-zero wind chills. so, 25 minutes of shoveling. now you claim this spot? >> it's mine. >> reporter: so when you come back tonight, nobody should be taking that spot? >> no. >> reporter: amtrak passengers finally making it here today after their train lost power and heat overnight in new york. stranded for hours. >> i was trying to wrap myself in all my clothes that were in my luggage. >> reporter: driving, dangerous. >> things are slippery this morning, and you can see we've got a big accident as a result. >> reporter: and it wasn't just slick roads. high winds have been treacherous, too. in wyoming this week, gusts up to 70 miles per hour sent a semi crashing into an empty patrol car, crushing it. here in boston, crews have made progress ahead of more snow this
weekend. >> let's get right to rob marciano, with us this evening. another major storm set to hit in this very region? >> reporter: exactly. kind of a one-two punch, setting up with a second storm being a right hook. winter storm watches in northern new york and new england. and a clipper system coming through, it's going to lay down one to three inches, and be out of here quite quickly. then the next one, a little bit warmer. sunday afternoon, along i-95, mostly rain, but then turning to snow sunday into monday. and this could potentially be another blizzard to northern new england. >> thank you. and to a major financial fraud settlemensettlement.
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the friday. sky 7 over this accident. this is at the to interstate 280 connector. six cars rear ended each other in a chain reaction crash just before 3:00 p.m. for a time, two lanes of the freeway were closed. all those cars have been towed away. no major injuries to report. but the backup is still there. extending all the way back to south san francisco. you know it's going to be slow because it's friday. good afternoon. >> this week's continuous rain has led to road closures causing other traffic problems in the bay area. >> a slide along highway 17 in the santa cruz mountains, in danger of getting going again for the third time. they are so worried they closed 17 in both directions. >> we are live with the latest on that situation. david? >> reporter: you know tha reali
17. they are concerned that slide right there could keep moving. so, therefore, it has shut down along with chp this stretch of highway 17 for fear the rocks and boulders might come crashing down on vehicles without notice as it has done twice before. this is a setback. the hill is showing signs it could slide again. it's a setback for contractors because they have stopped work on clearing this week's slide after one worker was killed and another injured on job yesterday by a dump truck backing up. it's a setback for drivers who use highway 17. they shut down this stretch of road forcing vehicles to take long detours. they deemed the area just too dangerous. >> we don't want to take chances. that engineer, he is looking at that and he is saying, just has a potential of