tv ABC World News With David Muir ABC March 13, 2017 5:30pm-6:01pm PDT
tonight, a massive blizzard bearing down. the states of emergency at this hour. two systems set to converge, forming a major nor'easter hitting tonight, up to two feet of snow in some places. blizzard warnings up right now, whiteout conditions and accidents in the midwest, and thousands of flights canceled coast to coast already. also breaking tonight, the new numbers just released. how many americans will be uninsured under the new plan to replace obamacare? 14 million more uninsured in the first year. new reaction to the report from the white house. the new and controversial video released from ferguson late today raising new questions about the police shooting of michael brown. the deadly encounter. the father of six, police using a hose to blast him out of the vehicle. how this ends. and the consumer warning tonight. we have reported on hoverboards,
and fires. tonight, authorities believing the first child to die, a 3-year-old, the family home up in flames. good evening, and we begin tonight with a major nor'easter bearing down on much of the east. two powerful systems combining, and it's going to bring dangerous conditions. more than two feet of snow in some places, and damaging winds. one of those systems combining forces already moving across the midwest tonight. the whole thing will barrel up the coast. blinding conditions on highways already. accidents stopping traffic already there on i-41 in wisconsin. some air travel grinding to a halt. de-icing this plane in minneapolis. thousands of flights coast to to coast canceled at this hour. schools closed in philly, new york, boston, among others tomorrow. ginger zee tracking hour by hour, but first, abc's alex perez from chicago. >> reporter: tonight, the time to prepare is running out. the midwest getting the first taste of the soon-to-be massive, late winter storm that will bury millions in the northeast.
outside milwaukee, up to a foot of snow brought car crashes, shutting down parts of both interstate 41 and interstate 43. this chain-reaction wreck involving three semis and a dozen other vehicles. a blast of snow, chicago's first since december, snarling the morning commute. that storm, set to combine with another one in the gulf and move up the east coast as a powerful nor'easter that even the national weather service calls "life threatening." new york city schools and other large districts in the storm zone closed tomorrow. >> this should be a very serious blizzard. one that everyone should take seriously. >> reporter: as residents stock up on food and fuel all along the northeast corridor. >> i bought lunch meat, so i'm going to make plenty of sandwiches. >> i'm low on gas so i decided to fill up before. >> reporter: some 400 vehicles will be treating philadelphia-area roads. our rob marciano is there. >> reporter: the salt and plow trucks are backing up and loading up.
this is part of a 50,000-ton stockpile of salt here in philadelphia that they'll use to try to beat back this storm. >> reporter: amid fears of widespread power outages, brigades of utility trucks getting into position. in belmar, new jersey, heavy equipment building massive sand barriers to keep back the ocean. >> our two biggest concerns are the high tides, the one in the morning on tuesday and the one in the evening. >> reporter: some 60 million now in the storm's path. >> and alex perez is live tonight in chicago, and alex, more snow on the way there tonight? >> reporter: that's right, david. round two tonight of just six inches. half a foot of lake effect snow expected across the chicago area. all of this is the first significant snow we have had here in chicago since december, but it's nothing compared to what's headed your way and the rest of the northeast. david? >> alex perez leading us off. thank you. let's get to chief meteorologist, ginger zee tracking this tonight and into tomorrow morning. when this begins to slam the east, and ginger, you heard the new york city mayor there,
saying take this very seriously tonight, and you were telling us the models say the same thing. >> as well we should. so right into the models we go, david. i want to bring you here because the crucial time starts in the section couple of hours. those two lows that you see. snow flying in indiana and ohio at this hour. they are going to combine, and that lull gets absorbed. i want to stop it at 7:00 a.m. this is a big time if people are going to try to drive. look at new york city. that's some of the heaviest banding there. philadelphia on that rain-snow line. by 7:00 a.m., washington, d.c. goes to a mix. i think coastal totals will be cut significantly because of that rain-snow mix. see boston at 7:00 p.m. new york city is done with it. philadelphia just a couple of wraparound showers. all of us done with it by wednesday. here's the map you want to see. here's the snow totals. i encourage you to go to your abc local meteorologist, but check out some of the numbers. very low, especially virginia to the south along the coast, high in the hudson valley in northeast pennsylvania, and don't want forget we have a blizzard because of the wind.
you will see wind 35 plus up to 60. >> no matter how much snow falls, it will be dangerous indeed. you'll be tracking it on "gma." already a travel nightmare tonight, and thousands of flights canceled. this is being felt coast to coast. abc's david kerley at reagan airport in washington. >> reporter: the race to beat the storm is on. tonight, from their seats, in chicago, passengers watching their planes de-iced. >> i'm counting my lucky stars, right now. looks like i'm gonna make it. >> reporter: but not everyone. joe flynn, a new jersey first responder has to be at work wednesday, now thinking of driving home from chicago. >> so, you know, i have to get home whether i drive or get another flight. it doesn't matter. >> reporter: 1,500 flights canceled today. hardest hit, chicago. helping spread the misery across the country. the red in flight awares map new york cancellations contributing to the ripple effect, too. and that's just the beginning. with that storm moving into the
east coast tonight, united, american and southwest, canceling all flights to new york airports. boston, philly, baltimore, d.c., with few, if any flights tuesday. at least 6,000 flights already canceled. so bad, the president postponing his meeting with the german chancellor until later in the week. >> david kerley with us live tonight, and they tried to position planes out of the storm's path as you have pointed out so they can get it up and running more quickly. how long do we expect with this thing bearing down quickly? >> reporter: the strategy to start flooding the planes in as soon as it's over. it's going to take a good part of wednesday. if not, longer to get the system back up and running. >> big dose of patience out there. david, thank you. we turn now to the other breaking headline at this hour. late today, the new analysis of the republican health care plan to replace obamacare. the nonpartisan congressional budget office releasing new numbers tonight, and take a look. it finds that under the replacement plan, there would be
14 million more uninsured people next year than under obamacare, and 24 million uninsured a decade from now. as you can imagine, reactions swift on capitol hill. democrats are pouncing, and the white house firing back with millions of americans insured under obamacare watching all of this very closely. abc's mary bruce on the hill. >> reporter: tonight, those numbers sending shockwaves through capitol hill. >> trumpcare would be a nightmare for the american people. >> reporter: according to the non-partisan congressional budget office, under the house republican plan, embraced by president trump, 14 million fewer americans will have insurance coverage next year compared to under obamacare. within a decade, the number of uninsured americans will increase by 24 million. emerging from the white house late today, the secretary of health and human services says he isn't buying it. >> we disagree strenuously with the report that was put out. >> reporter: today's news, a blow to the president who promised to provide "insurance for everybody." a top adviser repeating that pledge this morning.
>> you said back in january right here on "gma" that those who are relying on coverage will not lose it. that promise stands? >> yes, it does. >> reporter: but republicans have been bracing for this. >> so of course, the cbo is going to say, if you are not going to force people to buy something they don't want to buy, they won't buy it. >> reporter: tonight, a growing number of republicans are putting their foot down. saying this plan will not fly. >> do not walk the plank and vote for a bill that cannot pass the senate and then have to face the consequences of that vote. >> reporter: at town halls across the country, republicans are getting a taste of the backlash. near san diego, congressman darryl issa pelted with questions. >> i have a yes or no question for you. when the congressional budget office comes with its score on the bill that's before you now, the ahca, if they say millions of people will have higher costs and get kicked out of health care, will you vote against it?
>> reporter: tonight, issa went on tv and gave the bill a thumbs down. >> are you going to vote for the bill as it stands right now? >> you know, i'm not prepared to vote for it is right now, and i think that's not because of a specific, you know, this is unacceptable, but because i think we can do better. >> reporter: the businessman president suggests the house plan is just an opening offer. >> we're negotiating with everybody. it's a big, fat, beautiful negotiation. >> mary bruce live with us from capitol hill again tonight, and mary, house speaker paul ryan saying he is encouraged by the cbo report tonight? >> reporter: republicans are welcoming some of these numbers. including the price tag. this report finds the gop plan will save the government $337 billion over ten years. that's due mostly to cuts in medicaid and insurance subsidies. it also finds that premiums for some will go down over time, david. >> mary bruce tonight. mary, thank you. the other major story involving the white house tonight. where is the proof?
a powerful congressional committee still waiting for proof on the president's claim that president obama wiretapped his phone to trump tower before the election. asking the justice department to deliver evidence one way or the other by today. tonight, no proof. even as word comes in from the justice department just a short time ago. let's go live to abc's senior white house correspondent, cecilia vega tonight. what are you learning? what is the justice department department now saying? >> reporter: david, that deadline was today, but the justice department now in this late statement is asking for more time to determine what if any evidence exists of wiretapping. nine days after president trump accused president obama of wiretapping him, there is still not one credible shred of evidence to back up that claim. the president himself, asked three times today. >> any comments on the wiretapping? >> reporter: no comment. but aides like kellyanne conway, are talking. the counselor to the president first suggesting the alleged surveillance on her boss may have gone beyond wiretapping. >> do you know whether
trump tower was wiretapped? >> what i can say is there are many ways to surveil each other now, unfortunately. >> do you believe -- >> there was an article this week that talked about how you can surveil someone through their phones, through their -- certainly through their television sets, any number of different ways and microwaves that turn into cameras, et cetera. so we know that that is just a fact of modern life. >> sure. >> reporter: but again, where's the proof? >> just to be clear, you say you have no evidence for these allegations. >> no, of course i don't have any evidence for these allegations and that answer has nothing to do with what the president said last week. >> reporter: in today's white house briefing, press secretary sean spicer trying to walk back the wiretapping accusation altogether. >> the president used the word wiretap in quotes to mean broadly surveillance and other activities. he literally had it in quotes. he said they were in quotes. it was referring to surveillance overall. >> reporter: true. two tweets from the president put quotes around wiretap, but in others, nope, no quotes. and the president was clear,
"how low has president obama gone to tap my phones during the very sacred election process." in another tweet, the president cites, "the fact that president obama was tapping my phones." >> this is a tweet from the president. doesn't the president have an obligation to prove, to make the evidence clear? >> we have made it very clear that we expect the house and the senate intelligence committees to do their job. >> reporter: it's not the first time the president has made an unfounded accusation, and then ordered an investigation after the fact. remember his claim that millions voted illegally in the election? >> you say you're gonna launch an investigation? >> sure, it's done. >> reporter: the white house says a task force has been formed, but no formal investigation yet. >> all right. so let's get back to cecilia live with us, and that breaking headline you mentioned moments ago. the bottom line, you say the justice department says they need more time to determine whether there is any proof at all? >> reporter: that is exactly what they are saying late today, david, and that means this unwelcome distraction will go on. republicans like speaker paul
ryan say they can't control what the president tweets and they want to be focused on health care, david. >> cecilia vega with late developments from the white house. cecilia, thank you. there is new unrest to report in ferguson, missouri after the release of new surveillance video showing michael brown the day he was fatally shot by officer darren wilson back in 2014. that video shown in a new documentary film raising questions about whether he robbed a convenience store, and that convenience store claims the video was edited, and late today, the st. louis prosecutor releasing the full unedited version. abc's steve osunsami in ferguson. >> reporter: different people are seeing different things tonight in this newly released video from this ferguson convenience store. keep your eye on the box of cigarillos. that's michael brown jr. the night before he was killed in 2014 by a city police officer. a filmmaker and brown's family says what he's doing here is trading the carton of smokes for marijuana. and they believe that he leaves the carton in the store, hoping
to come get it later. >> that's not stealing the store. >> reporter: that interpretation matters because of this video that authorities released days after the shooting. the next morning, brown is back at the store in what police have always described as a strong arm robbery, his one hand grabbing the cigars, his other on the storekeeper's neck. >> the picture they painted of my nephew was not right. >> reporter: tonight the store is adamant they don't do layaway, and they have released the full video they say shows there was no exchange for drugs. >> he is going to start arguing with the clerk because the clerk is going to tell him no. i'm not taking marijuana. get out of my store. >> reporter: the prosecutor who refused to charge ferguson police officer darren wilson agrees with the store. >> the suggestion he is coming back to pick up what he bartered for is just stupid. >> reporter: something that must be said, no matter what happened at the store behind me, it doesn't shed any new light on the confrontation that took place up the road between
michael brown and officer darren wilson. legally, this changes nothing, david. >> steve osunsami in ferguson. thank you, steve. there is much more ahead on "world news tonight." the deadly encounter, the police takedown. you will see it unfold here. the father of six. the violent confrontation in this minivan. authorities using a hose to force him out of the vehicle. why police moved in, and how this ends coming up. also the consumer warning tonight. we have reported here on hoverboards and fires. tonight, authorities say the first child killed. a 3-year-old. the family home up in flames. and later tonight, america strong. the flight attendant in need of a life-saving donation, and she finds her match in the cockpit. an incredible story right at the end here. end here. ♪ that's life. you diet. you exercise. and if you still need help lowering your blood sugar... ...this is jardiance.
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finally, america strong. the people we work with often become our second family. especially in moments of need. tonight, the captain, her gift and the news coming in now. >> hey guys. it's jenny. >> reporter: jenny stansel has been battling chronic kidney disease for 15 years. it was about a year ago she had to go on dialysis. >> so first, i don my mask.
>> reporter: she documented her routine every night. >> i'm hooked to this baby 10 1/2 hours a night, and it's basically keeping me alive. >> reporter: it's a far cry from her life as a flight attendant for alaska airlines. the 38-year-old mom of three says she was able to power through most days until last march. >> i actually had to take a passenger's seat on my lost flight because i was so ill. >> reporter: that's when she learned she'd need a kidney transplant. the search began, but it turned out she didn't have to look much further than the cockpit. captain jodi harskamp met jenny when tragedy struck the captain's family. a few years ago, days before christmas, the captain's home caught fire. that flight attendant was right there. >> jenny was one of the first people to show up. she made a lasagna from scratch and she showed up and said, you don't know me, but here's some love. >> reporter: a friendship was born. and four years later, it was captain jodi with a gift for her. >> a lot of people say, "kidney for lasagna, that's a huge trade." >> it was made with love. it was really good lasagna. >> it was! [ laughter ]
>> reporter: and tonight, looks look at this photo posted moments before surgery today. and this evening, their doctors are happy to report it was a success. both recovering at the swedish organ transplant center in seattle. >> if i can provide just a little happiness and a little -- >> life. >> life. well, yeah. i give a kidney. she gets to live. pretty fair trade, right? >> we're pulling for jenny and that captain tonight. don't forget "gma" with the latest on the blizzard as it hits tomorrow. i'm david muir. i'll see you tomorrow night. good night. hits tomorrow. i'm david muir. i'll see you tomorrow night. good night. new at 6:00, the district lockdown for seven hours and the
woman behind it all can't remember a thing. why the says evacuations were all an overreaction. i was just trying to make it to the airport. >> he says he's lucky to be alive and this video proves his point. tonight we're talking to the victim whose attack was caught on tape. there's no delivery. why it's become do it yourself to get mail in the east bay. i put on a movie, i just laid down and watched a movie. and that was the last thing i remember from the daytime. >> new details and new questions being raised by the suspect in a police standoff that crippled a popular san francisco shopping district for seven hours. good evening. >> we now know the standoff that forced part of the mission district was all over a fake gun. >> today police confirmed samantha helstrom brandished a
replica firearm. people were evacuated out of concern for public safety saying there was an armed suspect barricaded inside a hotel. the standoff lasted over seven hours and had a major impact on businesses in that area. >> it sure did. new at 6:00, abc 7 reporter, melanie, she says she doesn't remember a thing. >> reporter: samantha helstrom said she was sorry for scaring anyone with a replica gun. property and time can be recouped. police released her mug shot today but she asked us not to show her face. inside the county jail, samantha helstrom described what happened on valencia street. >>