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thanks for joining us. we'll see you then. welcome to "world news tonight." we're tracking a massive winter storm taking aim right now. heavy snow and battering winds. blizzard conditions, up to two feet of snow. already flights cancelled. plus, the dangerous monday morning commute. rob marciano with where this storm will strike. immigration raids. the high alert as i.c.e. agents move in. the president taking credit for what he calls a crackdown. protesters sounding off in the streets. testing trump. north korea launching a ballistic missile. the show of force as the president dined with the japanese prime minister. risky rescues. the flash flood fear in the west. one driver, clinging to a branch, trapped in six feet of rushing water. and the father and daughter fighting for their lives. plus, sweetheart scam.
a man posing as a soldier preying on a woman in search of love. beware this valentine's day when "can you be mine?" goes too far. good evening. thanks for joining us on this sunday. i'm tom llamas. we begin with a dangerous storm taking aim at the northeast right now with millions in its path. this is the scene in boston, as the system intensifies with weather alerts as we come on the air from virginia to maine. heavy snow already causing dangerous driving. up to two feet of snow could fall in some spots. overnight, blizzard conditions with wind gusts topping 60 miles per hour. the storm setting up a nasty monday morning commute, with school already cancelled in boston. rob marciano is in massachusetts tonight. >> reporter: tonight, that new winter blast slamming the
northeast. 50 million in the path of the growing storm. some in new england bracing for more blizzard conditions. plows working overtime. snow-covered streets making travel treacherous. already, school cancelled in boston tomorrow. and the mayor there telling residents to prep for up to a foot of snow, pleading with drivers to stay off the roads. >> there's more snow coming, so we want you to take this one serious. >> reporter: airports snarled, too. more than 1,400 flights delayed. and 800 more cancelled. waiting on the tarmac now for about two hours to get de-iced. you can see the sleet and freezing rain accumulating here and in new hampshire, the frantic search for a 15-year-old boy. missing after ice on lake winnipesaukee gave way as he was snowmobiling with his father. who is now hospitalized with hypothermia. >> the
>> reporter: heavy know snow still coming down on people. >> i was ready two weeks ago to never see another snowflake again. >> and rob joins us now live just outside of boston. where will the system strike? >> it's just getting going, and it's looking to intensify over the next 12 hours quite rapidly. look at the radar, what a mess it is. the advisories from maine all the way through washington, d.c. be with high wind warnings there. and the precip will come to an end, by tomorrow morning. that's when the winds start to crank up. blowing snow and wind gusts. philly, d.c., over 40 miles an hour. and the snow could be two feet through maine and other spots. this is a heavy, wet snow. with the winds, you can bet there will be power outages across new england. tom? >> rob, thank you. next tonight to politics.
a critical week at the white house jump started by north korea firing off a ballistic missile off into the sea of japan. confirmed as the president was hosting japan's prime minister in mar-a-lago. the leads responding with a sift joint statement, calling the test launch intolerable. the president assuring that the u.s. has japan's back, 100%. here's david wright. >> reporter: shoulder to shoulder, the president and the prime minister. the bond between them sealed by a north korean ballistic missile. >> i just want everybody to understand and fully know that the united states of america stands behind japan, its great ally, 100%. >> reporter: it's pyongyang's first missile test since president trump took office, launched into the sea of japan just as trump sat down to dinner with his japanese counterpart.
the midrange missile posed no threat to the u.s. but it was a crucial test of trump's commitment to the u.s./japan security alliance, a post-world war ii treaty trump railed against on the campaign trail. >> and, you know, you have the maniac in north korea. you know, they maybe have to do something. right now, if he acts badly toward japan, we end up in a world war. >> reporter: back then, candidate trump accused japan of taking advantage of u.s. protection while stealing american jobs. >> and they are not even paying us. how stupid are we, folks? how stupid, how stupid are we? how stupid are we? >> reporter: not anymore. not after last night. here at home, the administration is now turning its attention back to the targeted travel ban, intent on rescuing the policy one way or another. even if that means writing a new, more limited order. >> we will perhaps do that. we'll see. monday or tuesday. >> reporter: the administration doesn't want the courts to have the last word.
>> we can pursue further executive actions. all options are on the table. we have equal branches of government in this country. the judiciary is not supreme. >> reporter: stephen miller, the senior aide most responsible for the initial policy, made the rounds on the sunday shows, and made no secret of his impatience with the judges who have blocked the executive order. >> this is a judicial usurpation of power. it is a violation of judges' proper role in litigating disputes. >> reporter: on twitter, the president praised miller's performance. "congratulations on representing me," he tweeted. "great job!" >> he is asking for broad, unchecked power. will he get it? these are the defendants. they're three judges from the ninth circuit court who heard the case for trump's travel ban, and said, not in our house. >> reporter: "saturday night live" had fun imagining trump taking the ninth circuit to "the people's court." >> first of all, mr. trump, you understand this is a tv court, right? >> that's okay. i am a tv president.
>> reporter: melissa mccarthy was back as press secretary sean spicer. this time, hawking ivanka trump's products from the briefing room podium. >> at $39.99, it's unbelievably affordable. >> david, president trump is less than a month into his presidency, and he's already trying to knock out potential 2020 rivals? >> reporter: this is a tweet he isn't out early this morning. trump tweets, i know mark cuban well, he backed me big-time, but i didn't want to take all his calls. he's not smart enough to run for president. of course, cuban hasn't said whether or not he will run. >> david, thank you. meantime, the president saying the recent crackdown of
illegal immigrants by i.c.e. is keeping a campaign promise. rounding up hundreds in deportation raids across the country. raising questions about who is being targeted, and whether these enforcement actions are really tied to the president. here's ron claiborne. >> reporter: in new york city, protesters marching through the cold and ice. demonstrating against that surge in immigration raids. are you worried about the raids? >> i'm worried about them, yes. >> reporter: agents rounding up hundreds in the past few days, the administration saying they're concentrating on violent criminals. the president saying gang members, drug dealers and others are being removed. also swept up in the latest raids, people with no criminal records. >> that action will probably end up saving american lives. or saving the well-being and physical safety of american residents. >> reporter: late today, i.c.e.
tweeting, "i.c.e. targets convicted criminals and others who are illegally present in the united states." in 2014, president obama announced that they would concentrate on criminals. >> felons, not families. criminals, not children. >> reporter: but 41% not accused of committing any crime. it remains to be seen if the new surge in raids will mean more deportations of those illegal immigrants. inside immigrant communities, some already feel under siege. people are worried about the deportations? >> yes. also, people are feeling sad. >> reporter: immigration officials say these raids were planned before trump took office. but it seems they're using them to send a message of a new, harsher attitude toward illegal immigrants. tom? >> ron, thank you. the white house also
fielding new questions tonight after stephen miller doubled down on claims of voter fraud in new hampshire in that interview with george stephanopoulos on "this week." >> reporter: tonight, the trump team doubling down on more claims of voter fraud. >> voter fraud is a serious problem in this country. >> reporter: president trump's senior white house policy adviser, stephen miller, saying that trump nearly lost in new hampshire due to illegal voters. >> i can tell you, this issue of busing voters into new hampshire is widely known, very real, and very serious. >> hold on a second. you just claimed that there was illegal voting in new hampshire. people bused in from massachusetts. do you have any evidence to back that up? >> go to new hampshire, talk to anybody that has worked in politics for a long time. everybody is aware of the problem in new hampshire. >> reporter: miller offered no evidence. >> do you have any evidence?
>> if this interests you, we can talk about it more in the future. >> reporter: after that exchange, a veteran gop operative firing back on twitter. john weaver tweeting, i know new hampshire as well as anyone. no voter fraud. buses easy to track. force them to prove it. they can't. and from a former chairman of the new hampshire republican party, miller makes false claim. there are no bused-in voters. in fact, members of president trump's team and family were registered in two states. that includes steve bannon and daughter tiffany. tom? >> gloria, thank you. next to chicago, where two little girls are in critical condition after two shooting incidents. one just 11 years old, the other, 12. here's alex perez.
>> shots fired. >> reporter: tonight, police on the hunt after the two innocent children were shot saturday evening. >> we have a person shot. we need ems. >> reporter: a 12-year-old girl was on a playground near her school when people say she was shot in her head. >> people hearing the shots, kid shot in a purple van. >> reporter: minutes later, and just a few miles away, an 11-year-old, sitting in the backseat of a minivan when investigators say shots rang out. she, too, hit in the head. the chicago sun-times reporting she was in the backseat with her brother, and didn't have time to duck. her grandmother, pleading with the offenders to turn themselves in. >> my grandbaby did not deserve this. that is my only grandchild. she's fighting for her life at 11 years old. that shouldn't be. >> reporter: in 2016, chicago had more than 3,500 shootings, and 762 murders. the most murders in chicago in
20 years. and in 2017, at least 385 shootings in the city. chicago police are investigating both shootings. at this point, no arrests have been made. tom? >> alex, thank you. next to california, where powerful flash floods are forcing first responders into action. this was the frightening scene, a car swept away in a matter of moments. triggering an urgent response. marci gonzalez with more. >> reporter: terrifying moments for the father and child trapped inside this car. >> vehicle trapped in water. with the driver inside. >> reporter: the two, driving down a southern california street saturday, swept away by flash flooding. >> there's going to be a male and a small child trapped inside the vehicle. >> reporter: the powerful rushing water pushing the car into a wall, then pulling it downstream. >> he rolled the window, we could hear him scream, "help me, help me!" >> reporter: the car, finally coming to a stop. and with muddy water rising
around them, the driver and child make their way to the roof. you see emergency responders hand them life vests before leading them across a ladder to safety. >> they looked very traumatized. >> reporter: a harrowing experience, too, for 81-year-old roger mcmurtry, swept away in six-feet-deep fast-moving floodwater near sacramento. desperately hanging on to a branch until the california national guard rushes in. this rescuer lowered into the surging water. mcmurtry, struggling to keep his head above the surface as the rescuer secures him. then gives the signal. the two holding on tight as they're lifted into the helicopter above. >> if we weren't there, within a matter of minutes, the worst could have happened. >> reporter: marci gonzalez, abc news, los angeles. >> marci, thank you. and still ahead on "world news tonight" this sunday, a man stranded after tumbling 130 feet down the face of a cliff. how rescuers were able to hoist him to safety. and, you may remember this '80s classic.
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called an honorable discharge fee of $3,400. that was schumaker's red flag. her sweetheart was a scammer. foreign criminals use images of real soldiers serving overseas and create a false identity, with fake social media accounts. >> for these men that would fight for our country, and use them like this, i think it's a horrible act. >> reporter: the fbi says scams like this cost victims an average of $15,000 to $20,000. experts say, pay attention to e-mail addresses. military members have addresses ending in ".mil". and be suspicious if they say they can't write or receive mail, or ask you to send letters to a third party. and never respond to requests for money. judy figured it out before it was too late. but last year, criminals cheated victims out of $203 million in sweetheart scams like these. tom? >> adrienne, thank you. coming up next, the
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finally tonight, a 911 call that started with an emergency, and ended up transforming a family. john donvan on the firefighter and the special delivery. >> reporter: the long and the short of how a 5-year-old girl named gracie came to belong to a family named hadden. gracie has the short version. >> where were you born? do you remember? >> in an ambulance. >> and who delivered you? >> daddy. >> reporter: the longer version, it's been on the haddens' facebook page for almost five years. but in the last few weeks, the story is suddenly going viral. the story of a firefighter named marc. one day racing a woman in labor to the hospital. >> once we got into the ambulance, we learned that we were going to be probably delivering a baby. >> reporter: and when the baby girl came, it was marc she was
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tonight on abc 7 news at 6:00, what emergency officials expect from the floodwater. just as we dry out, the rain returns. when it will hit where you live this week. new video shows flames erupting from an east bay home where people were reportedly trapped inside. >> announcer: live breaking news. new problems emerging tonight, triggering evacuation orders near the oroville dam in butte county. water began flowing along that backup path yesterday due to eros in the dam's main spillway. earlier today problems were not expected. however, the emergency channel, which has not been used since it was created in 1968 has eroded,
and engineers expect it to fail at any moment. you can see where all this is happening on this map. the oroville dam is the tallest in the u.s. and stores water that flowing down the feather river from the sierra. the evacuation order they have told to head north towards chico. this is the evacuation order. at the bottom it repeated, this is not a drill, three times, showing just how serious this is. if you download it and enible push aletters, you get update on the mobile device. good evening, i'm eric thomas. recent storms had a devastating impact on the santa cruz mountains. today a california lawmakers joined local leaders in assessing is the damages. lillian kim is live from la honda with more. >> reporter: congresswoman anna