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tonight, several breaking stories. 12 days after the story broke, president trump now breaking his silence on roy moore. defending the alabama senate candidate. and what the president says about the eight women who have come forward. what he said today when asked, what is his message to them? also tonight, charlie rose, fired by cbs news and by pbs. what he said when asked for comment about the alleged wrongdoing. and what his co-anchors said when they opened their show this morning. the urgent nationwide manhunt at this hour. the prisoner who has escaped a second time. wanted for multiple home invasions and now kidnapping. dangerous driving, with millions traveling today and tomorrow for thanksgiving. tonight, the two systems we're now watching on both coasts. rain, snow, high winds. ginger zee is standing by. and made in america is back tonight. the three things that could be
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on your thanksgiving table. not the turkey. that would be too easy. good evening. and it's great to have you with us here on a tuesday night. and tonight, as the national conversation about sexual harassment grows louder, president trump breaking 12 days of silence on alabama senate candidate roy moore. on the white house lawn, answering questions for the first time, depending the candidate who is accused of sexual misconduct with teenagers. the president saying moore denies it all. and tonight, it comes as veteran tv journalist charlie rose is fired. his cohosts speaking out. we begin with abc's senior white house correspondent cecilia vega. >> reporter: on his way to mar-a-lago for thanksgiving vacation, today, president trump broke his silence, finally answering questions about roy moore. >> mr. president, is an accused child molester better than a democrat? is an accused child molester better than -- >> well, he denies it. look, he denies it. if you look at what's really
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going on, and you look at all the things that have happened over the last 48 hours, he totally denies it. he says it didn't happen. and, you know, you have to listen to him, also. you're talking about, he said 40 years ago this did not happen. so, you know. >> reporter: the president coming to moore's defense, as the former alabama judge faces accusations of sexual misconduct by eight women, some of whom were teenagers at the time. what is your message to women, sir, during this pivotal moment in this country when we're talking about sexual misconduct, you've had your own allegations against you what do you say to women? >> let me just tell you. roy moore denies it. that's all i can say. he denies it. and, by the way, he totally denies it. >> reporter: and that message to women? >> women are very special. i think it's a very spebl time, because a lot of things are coming out. and i think that's good for our society. and i think it's very, very good for women. and i'm very happy that a lot of
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these thing are coming out. and i'm very happy -- i'm very happy it's being exposed. >> reporter: the president faces his own accusations of sexual misconduct. more than a dozen women came forward during the campaign, alleging everything from sexual assault to harassment and inappropriate behavior. he called all of them liars and promised to sue, but he never did. today, the president sending a clear message -- electing an accused child molester would be better than electing a democrat. >> what do you think about his candidacy? >> i can tell you one thing for sure. we don't need a liberal person in there, a democrat, jones, i've looked at his record, it's terrible on crime. it's terrible on the border. it's terrible in the military. i can tell you, for a fact, we do not need somebody that's going to be bad on crime, bad on borders, bad with the military, bad for the second amendment. >> cecilia vega among the reporters asking questions there today. he's with us live from the white house. and cecilia, president trump was also asked if he'll go to
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alabama to campaign for roy moore, and he didn't rule it out. >> reporter: he certainly left that door open, david. he said he would get back to us next week. but the roy moore campaign certainly views the president's comments today as a boost to their campaign. and it did not take long. they have already taken his words about doug jones, the democrat in this race, and turned it into a political hit on their opponent. david? >> scecilia vega live at the white house tonight. cecilia, thank you. we turn next here to charlie rose. tonight, fired by both pbs and bcbs news. rose responding to a question about his alleged wrongdoing, an you'll hear it. and his cohosts did not hold back on their program, "cbs this morning" without their cohost by their side this morning. making it clear the alleged behavior will not be tolerated. here's abc's linsey davis. >> reporter: he's out at cbs and out at pbs. he's apologized to his female accusers, but in this new video from tmz, charlie rose doesn't characterize his actions as
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wrong. >> do you want to say anything to those accusers? the people accusing you of wrongdoings? >> it's not wrongdoings. >> reporter: nearly a dozen women would likely beg to differ. and today, rose's cbs cohosts took their side. >> it takes a lot of courage for these women to come forward. >> reporter: in interviews with "the washington post," former employees of "the charlie rose show" detail unwanted advances, made by, they say, the veteran broadcaster dating back to the early '90s. one describes a job interview at rose's country home, telling the post he "reached down her pants and she pushed his hands away. as she wept, she said, rose asked her, baby, oh baby, why are you crying?" she says did not get the job. kyle godfrey-ryan, the anchorman's former assistant, says "rose would repeatedly walk in front of her naked." >> she reported this to the show's executive producer, yvette vega, and she was told, that's just charlie being charlie. >> reporter: vega now says, "i
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failed. it is crushing. i deeply regret not helping them." today, cbs news fired rose and released a statement saying their decision "followed the revelation yesterday of extremely disturbing and intolerable behavior said to have revolved around his pbs program." >> this is a moment that demands a frank and honest assessment about where we stand and more generally, the saf women. let me be very clear. there is no excuse for this alleged behavior. >> reporter: and from rose's other cohost, gayle king -- >> i have to say, norah, i really am still reeling. i got an hour and 42 minutes of sleep last night. both my son and my daughter called me, oprah called me and said, are you okay? i am not okay. what do you say when someone that you deeply care about has done something that is so horrible? how do you wrap your brain around that? i'm really grappling with that. >> reporter: but king says rose must be held accountable. >> he doesn't get a pass because i can't stop thinking about the anguish of these women, what happened to their dignity, what
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happened to their bodies, what happened, maybe to even their careers. i can't stop thinking about that and the pain that they're going through. >> reporter: rose has apologized to the women, while disputing some of their accounts, adding, "i always felt that i was pursuing shared feelings, even though i now realize i was mistaken." >> and linsey davis is with us now. another name in media tonight, this time, at our parent company disney, now apologizing this evening? >> reporter: that's right. a new day, new allegations. the head of disney animation and the cofounder of pixar, john lasseter wrote in a note to his colleagues, i'm sorry i let you down, revealing he'll take a six-month leave of absence, cite what he calls missteps. he wrote, "i recently had a number of difficult conversations that have been very painful for me. it's been brought to my attention that i have made some of you feel disrupted or uncomfortable. that was never my intent. i especially want to apologize to anyone who has ever been on the receiving end of an unwanted hug or any other gesture they felt crossed the line in any
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way, shape or form." he said no matter how benign my intent, everyone has the right to set their own boundaries and have them respected. he added that he will take some time away to reflect on how to move forward from here, saying "i look forward to working together again in the new year." and tonight, this statement from disney, "we appreciate john's candor and sincere apology and fully support his sabbatical." david? >> linsey, thank you. and michigan democrat john con yerps facing an ethics committee investigation. he is reported to have paid $27,000 to a woman who claims he fired her for refusing his sexual advances. conyers acknowledging the settlement, but denies her claim. that payment out of his office budget, which is taxpayer money. and tonight, word of a second accusation from an employee, filing a complaint of a hostile working environment. that complaint later dropped. the news, of course, coming just one week after jackie speier said this, with the country listening.
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>> in fact, there are two members of congress, republican and democrat, right now, who serve, who have been subject to review or not have been subject to review, but have engaged in sexual harassment. >> today, her office would not say if she was referring to conyers there, but she did say it raises questions about how much taxpayers are actually paying for settlements like the one in this report. we do move on tonight, and to the holiday rush. already under way across this country. more than 50 million americans expected to take to the roads and the skies for thanksgiving this year. that's the most in 12 years, and some travelers on both coasts coping with two storm systems. ginger with the track in a moment, first, david kerley on the airports tonight, already packed. >> reporter: two days to that thanksgiving dinner. and tonight, airports are jammed. and your biggest challenge over the next couple of days? >> it's just handling the sheer volume of people going through. >> reporter: airlines expecting 3% more flyers.
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that's more than 28 million passengers. what you don't see behind the scenes is the mad dash to get you on your aircraft. in charlotte today, we watched cleaners, maintenance workers, scrambling. preparing a jet that just arrived to leave. >> and everything has to be done in 120 minutes, otherwise we don't make our time. >> reporter: while weather may not be an issue this year, that doesn't mean there aren't problems. >> we fly with you all the time and today has been the worst day yet. >> reporter: we went behind the scenes in dallas at southwest airlines where a team of 40 watches social media, fixing problems. that passenger was worried about making a connection. let's see what he says. >> he says, "oh, good, we were really worried about it." >> david kerley joins us live along the tarmac in charlotte, where planes are being moved into position for takeoff. tomorrow likely going to be busier tomorrow, but the biggest headache is sunday, where everybody comes back at once? >> reporter: yeah, they pack it all. as you see the workers continue to turn this aircraft, an air craft passing us.
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everybody gets out of town is spread over friday through wednesday, busy day tomorrow, but you're right, david, sunday, everybody wants to come home. it's going to be a very busy day. >> all right, safe traveling and glad you have the vest on there, you can get off the tarmac now. david kerley, thank you. and now, to the systems we're watching on both coasts tonight. lake effect snow in upstate new york. a slow start for some people who headed out early. the northwest tonight, stormy through thanksgiving day. rain here in the northeast. tomorrow morning. let's get to chief meteorologist ginger zee, tracking it off. >> reporter: we don't have much, but it didn't take much, with the volume of people. it will create rain. it's i-95 corridor. a lot of people are trying to leave tomorrow morning. you're going to run into rain and storms from washington, d.c. to philadelphia. the good news is it clears right out, quickly. so, even boston will clear by the afternoon. holiday travel-wise, on wednesday, a couple of areas to watch. a stationary front in florida. showers up to five inches in the pacific northwest and record heat in los angeles to phoenix,
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all before it really feels like thanksgiving right here with wind chills, sub freezing to durham, north carolina. >> bundle up. ginger, thank you. overseas, and from russia tonight, syria's president bashir al assad meeting with vladimir putin. tonight comes word the white house reporting that putin then spoke with president trump on the phone for more than an hour today. syria, they say, was a key topic of their conversation. back here at home, the fbi now revealing new details tonight in that investigation into an incident involving two border patrol agents in south texas. one of those agents has died. the other in critical condition. abc's marcus moore in el paso. >> reporter: new details emerging tonight in the mysterious death of border protection agent rogelio martinez. sources now confirming to abc news that martinez and his partner were found at the bottom of a 14-foot ravine, 30 miles
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from the mexican partner. and that his partner, who survived, doesn't remember what happened. the fbi says both men had traumatic head injuries, but still unable to say if it was an attack or an accident. hours after the news broke, president trump tweeting, "border patrol officer killed. we will and must build the wall." >> the president has been among those who have said that the -- he described it as a brutal attack. is he correct? >> i have not briefed the president. >> reporter: david, the area where martinez and his partner were found is still a crime scene tonight, as investigators search the rugged hills of the u.s./mexico border for answers. david? >> marcus, thank you. from overseas tonight, the end of a very long era in zimbabwe. robert mugabe has resigned after 37 years in power. celebrations erupting in the streets. the 93-year-old has ruled zimbabwe since independence, but with an increasingly ruthless hand. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight"
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finally tonight, it's hard to believe the holidays are already here. we're serving up a little made in america for your thanksgiving table. here comes your turkey. but what else is made in america? we head behind the counter at la brea bakery. thanksgiving just two days away, and it's their busiest time of the year. this is all made in america bred? >> oh, absolutely. >> reporter: not just baked here. the wheat harvested here. taking us inside the kitchen. it's on the rise. >> sourdough bread. made using our fortuna wheat from big sky country montana. >> reporter: the montana wheat fields. the farmers checking in with us tonight. >> hi david, dean folkvord here. when you talk about montana, it's a special place because of this fresh air and all these
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wide open spaces. the ideal climate for the fortuna wheat. it's the best tasting bread in the world. happy thanksgiving! >> reporter: you, too, dean. and that wheat? 2,000 workers making up more than 20 million pounds of bread this holiday season. you pride yourself on ingredients right here in america. >> for us, we want to support the american farmer. >> reporter: then, to morton, illinois, tonight, and this number. 80% of the canned pumpkins americans use to make those piles this thanksgiving will come from one small town, three hours outside chicago. >> we're all very proud of the fact that we're from the pumpkin capital of the world. >> reporter: brian tanner, his family farming for four generations. >> no matter where i go in this country and meet people all over, they can always relate back to eating pumpkin pie at thanksgiving. >> reporter: brian's pumpkins harvested and sent across town to libby's canning. still going strong. >> it's very fulfilling, knowing the growers, the farmers, the process. and i very much enjoy baking the pie for thanksgiving. >> reporter: and that age-old debate, who will carve the turkey this year? and how? >> hi, david.
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>> reporter: rachel hutchins from utah. >> i'll be using my cutco knives. >> hi, david. >> michelle and erin, pressuring dessert. all using those cutco knives, and celebrating the 500 workers in new york. and tonight, their hiring at cutco. >> made in america! >> reporter: back in that kitchen -- should we try it? looks good. >> nice steam coming out. >> reporter: should i try it? >> yeah. >> reporter: okay. delicious. >> yeah? glad to hear it. >> reporter: the farmers in montana, i hope they can see this. from the farmers to the factory workers, three words this thanksgiving. >> made in america! woo! >> we love made in america. and we celebrate those workers tonight. thanks for watching here on a tuesday night. i'm david muir. we hope to see you right back here tomorrow. until then, good night.
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this behavior is wrong. period. >> cbs morning news anchor, charlie rose, the latest to be fired as more people come forward with allegations of sxamt misconduct. thanks for joining us. >> it began in early october with allegations against movie producer harvey weinstein. and just today, the chief creative officer of pixar and walt disney studios announced he is taking a leave of absence. john lasseter apologized in a memo to employees citing unspecified missteps. he said it has been brought to my fangs i've made some of you feel disrespected or uncomfortable. that was never my intent. >> he received a lifetime achievement award. he describes his leave as a six-month sabbatical. he was well known for grabbing,
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kissing and making comments about physical attributes. >> disney released a statement. we are committed to maintaining an environment in which all employees rmd and empowered to do their best work. >> now, new refraction colleagues and friends of veterans and friends. at least eight women have come forward accusing news anchors of assault or harassment. >> as a result of those new accusations, we learned that both pbs and bloomberg say they are dropping charlie rhodes show. the cbs news president said he is disappointed and angry that people were victimized and charlie rose is fired. amid sexual harassment

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