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tonight several developing stories as we come on the air. major new questions about puerto rico and your money. the small montana company that handed the $300 million contract with two employees at the time. we asked the white house can you definitively say the company did not land the contract because if connections or donations to the trump campaign. the snowstorm turning deadly and the other system moving up the east coast. a possible nor'easter. our team on the ground tonight in niger. new reporting on what happened to the special ons soldiers. the memo from jay edgar hoover saying at the time the u.s. must believe oswald acted alone. the women lost at sea for
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five months. surrounded at times with sharjs. the 10-year-old charged with a felony tonight. the iphone x. how to save hundreds on that hefty price. good evening. it is great to have you with us on a very busy friday night and we have new questions about your money tonight. the $300 million contract given to a small company in montana to get the power back on in puerto rico. that company had two full time employees when it landed the deal. whitefish energy deploying crews across the island but two audits of that contract on under way and members of congress are asking for an investigation. how did they really land that deal? jonathan karl leading us off. >> reporter: the white house today firmly denied the federal government had anything to do with the controversial $300 million contract to restore puerto rico's electricity grid, a contract that went to a montana company with just two
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employees, but clear political ties to the trump administration. >> and can you say definitively that the fact that the primary, that one of the primary investors in this company was a major donor to the trump campaign had nothing to do with the fact that this contract was awarded? >> right. the federal government, as i said, has nothing to do with this contract or the process. this was something solely determined by the puerto rican government. >> reporter: the company, whitefish energy, is just two years old. before this, it's largest previous federal contract just over $1 million, about 1/300th the size of the puerto rico deal. >> we're going to light up puerto rico. >> reporter: questions were first raised about the connections between whitefish, and interior secretary ryan zinke who is also from whitefish, montana, population 7,200, and knows one of the company's owners. zinke today denied he had any knowledge whatsoever of the contract, but whitefish also has ties to energy secretary rick perry. >> we will continue to support the work to restore power in the
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virgin islands, and puerto rico. the company's main financial backer, dallas based hbc investments, was founded by joe colonnetta. colonnetta, and his wife donated more than $75,000 to support perry's campaigns between 2008 and 2012. in 2013, perry appointed spokesperson says political connections had no influence whatsoever on awarding the contract. >> the contract speaks for itself. the ail built to get the work done. >> but the governor of puerto rico has asked for a full rev w review. >> if there is wrong doing in this process or any process there will be hell to pay. >> let's get to jon karl. you just received a response from energy secretary rick perry tonight? consider david the response
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comes from perry's spokesperson who says the department quote was not involved in the selection of whitefish for this contract but the questions are piling up. in fact, i count at least eight different congressional committees asking questions about this contract. david. >> jon karl leading us off on a friday night. thank you. to the weather this evening and two systems. a powerful nor'easter caming for the east coast this weekend and the other storm bringing snow across the midwest at this hour. eight inches in parts of minnesota and a deadly accident in duluth. let's get to rob marciano tracking it for us. hey, rob. >> reporter: hey, david, we're not done with the snowstorm yet. let's show you where it's coming down. still in minnesota and parts of wisconsin, the up of michigan as well. the southern storm, the tropical low in the western caribbean, the hurricanes alert putting out advisories.
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wind and rain and gets scooped up by the northern system for a nor'easter. to increase on sunday and then on monday look for big winds. look at the rain. over a half a foot of rain. 50 mile an hour wind gusts from philly to new york to boston during the day on monday that could bring down power lines. a strong storm coming. david. >> rob, we'll be watching this weekend. thank you. next tonight inside the jfk files finally released and many to come. in the documents, new intrigue and new questions. among them an unconfirmed tip to a british newspaper minutes before the shooting and after lee harvey oswald was killed the memo from j. edgar hoover and his concern writing that the u.s. must believe oswald acted alone. abc's tom llamas was at the archives when the files were released. >> reporter: tonight, president trump getting caught up in his own jfk conspiracy over not releasing all the documents
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tied to the assassination. iowa senator chuck grassley, a republican, calling it ridiculous, tweeting, cia wants further cover up potus stop. the president's decision coming after an appeal from the c ia and fbi that releasing them could put the lives of some of our spies in danger. an unconfirmed tip, the cambridge news received a mysterious call instructing a reporter to call the american embassy in london for big news coming 25 minutes before kennedy was shot. two days later assassin lee harvey oswald killed on live television. >> there is lee oswald. he's been shot! >> reporter: in an fbi memo hoover calling that shooting inexcusable, fearing it will feed conspiracy theories, saying
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he wants something issued so that we can convince the public that oswald is the real assassin, and other documents show how investigators dismissed potential collaborators. a house committee draft memo dismiss dismisses castro saying the risk would not have been worth it. but the documents do show how the cia was trying to kill castro with methods crazier than a james bond film from using a ball point pen with a poison needle to a tuberculosis con ta -- contaminated wet suit and a booby trapped sea shell set to blow apart when it was lifted from the ocean floor. >> it turns out that sea shell plan was abandoned because they couldn't find a shell big enough. we did you not. along with the files, the questions for the trump administration about why the
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president promised repeatedly and tweets all the documents will be released. they had 25 years to plan for the due date in washington. not just the trump administration but they're the ones who said it's all coming. why the delay? >> reporter: white house deciding national security concerns. they did release 2,800 documents overnight. and we know that at least 18,000 records from the cia are still being guarded. some documents will be released over the next six months and president trump tweeting just this morning it's his hope to get about almost everything out to the public. david. >> still more to come. thank you. next, our team on the ground in niger with new reporting on what happened to american special ops soldiers. the vehicle losing contact and is there a military offensive now in the works? ian pannell from niger tonight. >> reporter: tonight, new details emerging about the timeline that saw four american soldiers ruthlessly gunned down here in niger. late today a senior intelligence
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official tells us a convoy of three trucks were fleeing the ambush. two made it out of the kill zone. the third was cut off from the other vehicles, unable to communicate with the group, staff sergeants black, johnson, and wright in this vehicle. soldiers then turned back to rescue them. sergeant la david johnson laying down gun fire in the desperate rescue. an official says the stranded vehicle was hit with mortar and gunfire, killing the 3 soldiers. two hours into the battle, french jets arrived, flying low, scattering the attackers, preventing more fatalities, survivors then evacuating on helicopters. back at the white house president trump, speaking about the mission for the first time this week, was asked if he authorized it. >> i didn't. not specifically. i give them authority to do what's right so we win. >> reporter: but tonight many questions remain, including how and why was sergeant la david johnson was left behind, his body recovered two days later.
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you're hearing a major military offensive could be in the works to hunt down those responsible? >> we're hearing from the general who will lead this operation combining five separate countries in this region and they're going to try to find those responsible and those responsible for other terrorist attacks in the neighborhood. perhaps they have got leads on who was responsible for ordering that attack. david. back here at home a new fallout amid the discussion over sexual harassment. california congresswoman jackie spear saying there should be a hashtag added to the list, describing her personal experience with sexual assault and urging other women on the hill to share their own stories. >> i know what it's like years later to remember that rush of hue mill yax and anger. many of us in congress know what
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it's like because congress has been a breeding ground for hostile work environment for far too long. >> the congresswoman says the protocols in congress when it comes to sexual harassment are a joke and introducing legislation because sexual harassment training is not mandatory and congress has its own law dictating how to handle complaints. we move on and we are watching the scene unfolding in spain at this hour in the region of catalonia. voting to create an independent state, thousands taking to the streets to celebrate. spanish lawmakers giving the central government extraordinary powers to stop the succession. late today the prime minister ordered new elections for this december. we'll be watching this weekend. next to an unfolding crisis and the race to get help to even the youngest of victims. it comes amid a new report today from u.n. investigators about a people considered one of the
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most persecuted minorities on earth. the ro hin ga escaping their homes. 6,000 have fled the horror. and bob woodruff on what he's discovered on the border. >> reporter: chaos, fear, and desperation here, we witnessed the dire need unfolding before our eyes. this man, keeping the crowds at bay with a stick. aid groups here on the border are racing with food. >> people would be in a difficult situation. >> reporter: 8,000 people lining up just today at this save the children food distribution center, sitting, waiting in these long lines. given pink slips of papers, letting workers know how much rice, oil, salt, to give to each family. >> so he's come here with a family of six, right? he has four children, he tells us. he's been here for a month. we have seen firsthand this crisis for three years now and now the rohingya are running for
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their lives. reports of villages surrounded. homes burnt to the ground. tortu torture. executions and rape. over 600,000 ro are already here. there are 1 million living in these camps. of those new arrivals 360 are children. the solemn faces tell their story. carrying supplies bigger than they are. their new home and new hope. there are bright spots after two harrowing months apart this mother was reunited with her two daughters who got lost as they fled. i asked her what it felt like when she found her kids. i just couldn't stop hugging them she said. >> bob woodruff is not far from the border. i know you and human rights investigators finished your
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first mission from bangladesh reporting the same thing, a quote, consistent method cal pattern of killings, torture rape and arson taking place. >> reporter: those findings today found. investigators said they are deeply disturbed and hearing these kinds of stories for a long time. david. >> bob on this story again for us. thank you. we should note if you would like to help these families save the children is among the groups on the ground there. they say $15 can help provide a family with a kitchen kit helping parents to once again feed their children. we have much more on the "world news tonight" facebook page. much more ahead on "world news tonight" this friday. the high speed chase on an american highway. the 10-year-old driver speeds up to 100 miles per hour. the 10-year-old charged with a felony tonight. also, your money, the iphone
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not believe we would survive another 24 hrs in the current situation. one night a group of seven sharks, 20 to 30 feet long. they had a year's worth of food on board just in case, oatmeal, pasta, and rice, but they never thought they would need it. >> when we saw that great big grey ship it was just relief! >> reporter: that big grey ship, the uss ashland. >> when we saw you on the horizon it was just like yes! you're here! >> reporter: the women climbing to safety, special care for those dogs, getting a drink , and a way out. all of them grateful to those sailors, those crew members onboard the uss ashland. after 5 months at sea. and so we choose those crew members. i'm david muir. thank you for watching. have a good evening. good night.
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investigators from the sheriff's office have arrested the person we believe to have intentionally started the bear fire. >> today's arrest comes only a day after the 391 acre fire in the santa cruz mountains was fully contained. thank you for joining us. the sheriff's deputies arrested 54-year-old marlon coy this morning. he is the man witnesses singled out when the arson investigation began. >> abc7 news joins us live in boulder creek where the 54-year-old man lived. >> reporter: people who live in the hills and canyons here in boulder creek have been complaining to the sheriff's office for some time about suspicious activity. the theft of valuable goods. now they're learning a man who lived with them in the hills has been accused of setting the fire. as you can see from this video,
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it left over 330 acres scarred and destroyed two homes, five rvs and 17 vehicles. this is suspect they believe set the fire. based on interviews with three people who say they saw it happen. >> they witnessed him lighting this fire. a fire which spread and then became bigger and caused what we are now calling the bear fire. >> detectives say he was in a relationship with a woman where the fire originated but there had been some sort of a dispute. the name was not disclosed. he was arrested after the fire on charges of looting a house near fire zone. he had jewelry in the backpack when he was arrested. >> if not for the heroic efforts,

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