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tonight, several breaking stories. president trump's new pick after firing general flynn. tonight, his new choice for national security adviser. general h.r. mcmaster. what we know about him already. our team standing by. also breaking, several tornadoes. four confirmed. more than 100 homes hit. a train blown right off the tracks. we're there tonight. two officers suddenly facing fire. responding to an accident, when a man pulls out a gun. one officer dead tonight. the major new headline at this hour after two girls are discovered dead in the woods. their final snapchats, and tonight, the new development involving this man. and the airport security breach. tonight, the new surveillance right here. 11 people passing through the security checkpoint in new york city. why was there no tsa officer right there watching them walk
through before they then boarded flights? good evening, and it's great to have you with us here on a monday night, and we begin with the major new headline from the white house tonight. president trump naming his new national security adviser, sitting on a couch there at the president's mar-a-lago club. h.r. mcmaster, calling him a man of tremendous talent and tremendous experience. this comes after general mike flynn was fired by the president after a call with russia. the president saying it was not the call. it was an issue of trust. late last week, the president offering the job to someone else, but turning down the post. citing personal reasons. to sie so tonight, who is this lieutenant general who has said yes? abc's cecilia vega leading us off from the white house. >> reporter: the president making the surprise announcement today, from a couch in his ornate mar-a-lago clubhouse. seated right there next to him, his new national security
adviser, general h.r. mcmaster. >> he's a man of tremendous talent and tremendous experience. i've watched and read a lot over the last few days. he is highly respected by everybody in the military, and we're very honored to have him. >> reporter: known as one of the army's leading thinkers, mcmaster served in the first gulf war, afghanistan and iraq. he is also a west point graduate, with a ph.d in military history. >> i'd just like to say what a privilege it is to be able to continue serving our nation. >> reporter: he replaces the controversial michael flynn, fired by the president after lying about his conversations with the russians. flynn's ouster seen as a sign of a white house in turmoil. though the president insisted otherwise. >> this administration is running like a fine-tuned machine. >> reporter: in that same news conference, the president also insisted he had a flynn replacement ready to go. >> and i have somebody that i
think will be outstanding for the position. >> reporter: but that somebody, retired admiral robert harward, turned down the job. publically citing "family reasons." now, with a new national security adviser in place, the white house is preparing to roll out a new version of the controversial extreme vetting travel ban. senior white house officials tell abc news, in the new draft, people from the same seven majority-muslim countries targeted in the original order, would still be banned. but this new draft does not have reject refugees from syria. it also clarifies that green card holders and dual citizens of the u.s. and those seven countries are exempt. >> and cecilia vega with us live from the white house tonight, and general flynn was a controversial figure from the start really, but lieutenant general mcmaster has a different reputation. >> reporter: he is receiving praise from democrats and republicans alike. in fact, republican senator john mccain who said that the trump
administration was in disarray tonight, is calling the mcmaster pick outstanding, david. >> cecilia vega leading us off as we start another week here. thank you. we turn to breaking developments involving bomb threats against jewish community centers. 11 threats just today. tonight, the fbi is now investigating, and president trump has been asked about the growing number of cases of anti-siptism in this country, and tonight, abc's senior justice correspondent, pierre thomas on the bomb threats. >> reporter: at least 11 jewish community centers were targeted with bomb threats today, as part of a disturbing campaign of harassment since the beginning of the year. 54 jewish community centers, receiving menacing phone calls in four waves, apparently a coordinated effort intended to spark fear. the ugly campaign, national in scope. on january 18th alone, at least 30 jewish centers received threatening calls. no bombs have been found, but fbi officials tell us tonight it
is investigating these incidents as possible civil rights violations, potential hate crimes. just last week, president trump was pressed again on reports of increasing acts of anti-semitism around the country. >> what we are concerned about and haven't being heard addressed is how the government is planning to take care of it. >> he said he was going to ask a very simple, easy question, and it's not. it's not a simple question and it's not a fair question. okay. sit down. i understand the rest of your question. so here's the story, folks. number withione, i am the least anti-semitic person that you have seen in your entire life. >> we're hearing from the white house tonight? >> reporter: the president believes these threats are unspend, and sean spicer is hearing the statements that any violence has no place in this
country, daftd. >> thank you. on this president's day, thousands of americans took part in what they called, not my president day. there were a number of rallies from new york to washington, d.c. to chicago to los angeles. tonight, in the uk, nearly 2 million people have now signed a petition to take away the invitation for a state visit that has been extended to president trump. there was a major debate about this today, and from sweden tonight, the prime minister with a new message for president trump after the president talked about an incident in sweden. they are asking, what incident? here's abc's chief foreign correspondent, terry moran. >> reporter: in parliament square tonight, a throng of people protesting president trump. inside, a fierce parliamentary debate, triggered by a petition signed by nearly 2 million britons seeking to downgrade president trump's upcoming state visit here hosted by the queen to just an ordinary visit without any royal welcome. >> we should not be inviting him to preach hatred and to spread his bigotry his misogyny and his
division. >> order! >> 63 million people voted for president trump, and that is their democratic decision! >> reporter: across europe, president trump is the great disruptor. a focus of controversy and concern. the latest flap coming this weekend, when riffing on terror in europe he alluded to some kind of incident in sweden. >> you look at what's happening last night in sweden. sweden. who would believe this? sweden, they took in large numbers and they are having problems like they never thought possible. >> reporter: the problem? there was no incident in sweden. later president trump taking to twitter explaining his statement was in reference to a story on fox news concerning immigrants in speweden. but that drew a pointed response today from sweden's current prime minister. >> i think also we must all take responsibility for using facts
correctly, and for verifying any information that we spread. >> reporter: all this while vice president mike pence is in europe to soothe rattled allies. secretary of defense mattis trying to defuse the outrage from this statement from president trump about the cia. >> i always said, in addition to that, keep -- okay. maybe you'll have another chance. >> reporter: my colleague, david muir, asking him to clarify. >> what got my attention was when you said, maybe we'll have another chance. >> don't let it get your attention too much, because we'll see what happens. we're going to see what happens. >> reporter: today, secretary mattis made clear where he stands. >> we're not in iraq to seize anybody's oil. >> let's get back to terry moran in london. in the uk, where does this state visit stand?
terry moran there in london, and we'll try to get that audio fixed as we move on with the rest of the news tonight. to a devastating scene in texas. at least four tornadoes confirmed. winds up to 110 miles an hour, and there were straight line winds. shattered homes in san antonio, and powerful winds twisting this transmission tower, bending it in half. there are many without power tonight, and abc's phillip mena is in san antonio. >> reporter: lightning electrifying the sky as powerful storms blow through, bringing high winds and heavy rain. snapping trees from texas to the southern plains. near san antonio, the storms spawning at least four confirmed tornadoes. one of them, tearing a path 4 1/2 miles long. >> it sounded like a sonic boom. >> reporter: adrian venegas and his family of four racing to a neighbor's for shelter. >> by the time i realized it was a toerrnado, the roof vanished.
>> reporter: more than a hundred homes and businesses hit hard. dozens of vehicles flattened under this carport. this transmission tower, mangled, knocking out power to thousands. and near austin, straight line winds toppled all 12 car of this train. alexis steven grateful to be alive. >> my window shot in, and everything fell apart in a matter of, like, two or three seconds. >> reporter: she spent the night alone huddled in a bathtub. david, the tornado that crumbled these walls and ripped off roofs, hit with so many people were inside their homes. it's miraculous that nobody here was injured ors or. >> phillip mena with us tonight. thank you. there is also another major storm hitting right now, and after days of flooding and mud slides, already killed at least five. another system slamming the west at this hour. all of this as authorities continue the watch america's tallest dam. abc's neal karlinsky is in
sacramento tonight. >> reporter: tonight, california can't catch a break, from drought to drenching, including water rescues on swollen creeks. the fire hose of rain taking aim at northern california with a vengeance. late today, police recommending evacuations where flood waters are rising. blocked roads as soaked hillsides give way. more than 100 flights canceled. in wine country, near nappa, letting water out of the full lake, and at least five people killed in southern california. the storm dumping up to 10 inches in some areas. the sinkhole swallowing one. then watch. >> there it goes. >> reporter: two cars. this fire truck falling off the edge of a crumbling freeway like a child's toy. fortunately, no one was inside. to the oroville dam, the site of a near emergency a week ago, new pictures show how damaged that
spillway is. the problem here isn't just this storm. it's the consistent rain they have been getting in northern california. they won't get a break yet. more heavy rain and high winds on the way tonight. david? >> neal, thank you. let's get to our meteorologist, ginger zee tracking it for us tonight in new york. ginger? >> reporter: david, the flash flood and wind threat is ongoing in california. especially northern california. let me take you through the timing. you can see the low in the pacific ocean as it hits the coast tomorrow morning. you see along the california and oregon state line. heavy snow on the order of 80 plus inches by the time this is done, and gusts could reach 50 to 60 miles per hour, and it's not just in the mountain passes. san francisco, will definitely see damage potential there. feeling like spring east of the rockies and it will feel that way for some through the week. >> thanks as always. from l.a. county tonight, a police officer is dead. his partner wounded after they
rushed to help the victim of a traffic accident. authorities say that victim then opened fire with a semiautomatic weapon. abc's matt gutman from california tonight. >> reporter: today, a gunfight in los angeles. two police officers responding to a traffic accident when they notice the man they begin to question -- >> has tattoos all over his face, and over his neck, and gang attire. >> reporter: they had no idea the car was stolen or he had been paroled two weeks earlier. >> they are looking for weapons and he pulled the gun, and that's when the gun fight started. >> reporter: the suspect firing multiple shots. at least one of the officers returning fire, wounding him. you see that suspect being loaded, handcuffed the into an ambulance as both the officers hit were rushed to a nearby hospital. one of them later pronounced dead. tonight, a procession is winding through los angeles, and officers embracing.
the crepe scene is behind me, and the officer was wearing a bullet proof vest, but it was not enough to save his life. he was a 30-year veteran and close to retirement. >> matt, thanks. right here in new york city this evening, we have learned today that russia's ambassador to the united nations has died. there are reports it was an apparent heart attack. he died suddenly after falling ill at his office here in new york. he was asosigned in twa2006, an was a master of diplomacy. he would have turned 65 tomorrow. much more ahead on "world news tonight" this monday. the security breach at jfk in new york. 11 people passing through the security checkpoint, and this question tonight. why was there no tsa officer watching them walk through before they then boarded flights? then two girls are discovered dead in the woods. their final snapchats, and this evening, the new development
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rivers of water are rushing down mountain sides causing more concern for mudslides in the santa cruz mountains. and water rescues are on the rise along with the water in bay area rivers and creeks. and this is a live look outside from our mt. tam camera where you can see it is wet and gray out there. and this is a live look at san francisco, where the clouds are expected to stick around for some time. good evening and thank you for joining us. i'm ama daetz. >> and i'm dan ashley. larry beil has the day off. we have team coverage of the storm hitting the bay area right now. >> laura anthony is in stanislaus county where voluntary evacuations are under way and david louie is monitoring the rising river. >> we begin with spencer christian. >> let's look at what's happening right now on live doppler 7. this is going to be what lies ahead as well. we have rain falling all over the bay area. as you can see by those pockets of yellow there, much of it is moderate to heavy rain. in fact the east bay is just
getting a drenching from antioch to lafayette, livermore to fremont, san francisco, the peninsula and down into the south bay and the santa cruz mountains as well. because of all this rain, a flash flood warning is in effect on alameda creek until 4:30 this afternoon. a bit farther south, a flood warning is in effect along a long expanse of coyote creek until 6:40 this evening. also a flood warning in effect until 9:15 in upper coyote creek and mark west creek. a flood warning in effect until 8:15 tomorrow morning. this storm is a strong storm ranking 3 on the storm impact scale and will continue producing scattered downpours, flash flood warnings and flood warnings in effect. winds will increase 40 to 60 miles per hour during the evening hours. here's a forecast animation over the next couple of hours. we'll see rain continue to be rather steady and heavy over most of the bay area but break up later tonight into pockets of rain and showers. that pattern continues into early tomorrow morning.