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welcome to "world news tonight." the battle over the russia probe escalating. president trump now claiming total vindication after declassifying that gop document. even as members of his own party signal this investigation is far from over. the new arrest in the las vegas massacre. the fbi charging the man they say illegally manufactured armor-piercing bullets. how authorities tied him to america's worst mass shooting. the deadly encounter. a dangerous place chase. a violent crash. all caught on camera what happened when police tried to take down the driver? uma thurman breaking her silence. from her major roles in harvey weinstein films to describing the moment she says the mogul forced himself on her. and, the flight path fears. a drone appearing to fly directly above a passenger
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plane. now, the faa is investigating. good evening, thanks for joining us on this saturday. i'm tom llamas. and we begin tonight with president trump claiming total vindication. the president traveling with the first lady to mar-a-lago, capping a whirlwind friday in which he declassified that controversial gop memo. despite a wide range of reaction, even within his own party, trump wasted no time declaring victory, tweeting his takeaway, no collusion, no obstruction. but special counsel robert mueller is not finished yet, and several in trump's inner circle remain under scrutiny. there is also outstanding questions about the substance of the memo and the potential damage done to the intelligence community. abc's david wright gets us started in florida. >> reporter: today in florida, president trump celebrated his quote/unquote, "vindication." tweeting, "this memo totally vindicating trump in probe. but the russian witch hunt goes
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on and on. this is an american disgrace." >> a lot of people should be ashamed of themselves and much worse than that. >> reporter: the author of the newly released memo claims the document is proof that the russia investigation is a partisan witch hunt. >> they got a warrant on someone in the trump campaign using opposition research paid for by the democratic party and the hillary clinton campaign. that's what this is about. and it's wrong. and it should never be done. but some members of the president's own party see it differently. >> this is a completely separate matter from bob mueller's investigation, and his investigation should be allowed to take its course. >> let's release the memo. >> oh, yeah, don't worry. 100%. >> reporter: at the state of the union this week, trump was already intent on releasing the memo. and there was this line in the speech. >> so, tonight, i call on congress to 'em power every cabinet secretary with the authority to reward good workers and to remove federal employees
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who undermine the public trust or fail the american people. >> reporter: asking for carte blanche to remove federal employees who undermine the public trust or fail the american people. fast forward to friday and trump's cryptic answer to questions about deputy attorney general rod rosenstein, whom according to the gop memo, mishandled that early warrant for a wiretap in the russia investigation. >> does it make you more likely to fire rosenstein? do you still have confidence in him after reading the memo? >> you figure that one out. >> reporter: it was rosenstein who appointed special counsel bob mueller and he is the only public official empowered to fire mueller. >> and david is in florida with the president. david, abc news has obtained the democrat's response to the nunes memo, and saying the president should not remove rosenstein. >> reporter: that's right, tom. this is it. a six-page memo written by congressman jerry nadler, the ranking member of the judiciary
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committee, circulated today to house democrats. we should make clear, this is not the classified democratic memo you've been hearing about, but it is the most detailed response yet to the nunes memo. what this document says is that there is no credible basis to remove rod rosenstein, and it accuses the republicans of being part and parcel of the president's effort to obstruct justice. tom? >> david wright for us tonight. david, thank you. and george stephanopoulos will have much more on the memo released tomorrow on "this week" with representatives adam schiff and will hurd. next tonight, a new arrest tied to the las vegas massacre. douglas hague, the man on the left, facing charges involved armor-piercing ammunition he allegedly manufactured and sold to stephen paddock. hague had already admitted to selling more than 700 rounds of legal tracer rounds in the weeks before pad todock killed 54 peo. abc's adrienne bankert on how police tied him to paddock, and what he says about the shooter.
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>> i'm the guy that sold ammunition to stephen paddock. >> i wish i could have seen something in paddock that showed me that he was going to do something horrible. >> reporter: haig charged with conspiracy to manufacture and sell armor-piercing bull lets without a license. those bullets heavily regulated because they cut right through kevlar vests. >> none of the ammunition that doug sold to mr. paddock was used at all in the tragedy that occurred in las vegas. >> reporter: in september, just 12 days before the tragic vegas shooting, haig says pad dom bought 720 rounds of high caliber tracer ammunition from haig at his arizona home. federal authorities say this transaction was legal. >> he pulled up, very well-dressed, very well-groomed, very polite. at no time did i see anything suspicious. >> reporter: but authorities say
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what wasn't legal was selling paddock that armor-piercing ammo they say was found in a box in paddock's hotel room, with haig's name on it. also his fingerprints on two unused cartridges. paddock would slaughter 58 people at that las vegas music festival. many still rell covering. >> our new normal is starting to form, four months later. and, so, we're trying. >> reporter: this week, they received news of the arrest, just before attending their first live concert since the massacre. now, one more note from those federal documents. when paddock bought that ammo, he put on gloves before handling the box. both haig and his attorney insisting on his innocence. tom? >>adrienne, thank you. moving on now, and a deadly encounter between a police officer and a car chase suspect. the pursuit ending in a dramatic crash, and that's when things took an even more dangerous turn.
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here's abc's zachary kiesch. >> this one's going 1080 on me. >> reporter: what started with an officer trying to pull over this car for speeding quickly escalating into a high speed chase. >> we're going down rickman right now. >> reporter: watch as the suspect loses control and rolls his car on this country road in georgia -- >> we're at the nursing home. >> reporter: but he's not giving up. >> he's trying to break the glass and get out, i don't know if he has anything. i can't see him. >> reporter: 28-year-old brett bush crawling out of the back window -- >> stop, get down, now! >> reporter: then lunges at the officer, trying to stab him with a knife. >> stop or i'll shoot you. >> i don't give a -- >> shots fired, shots fired. >> reporter: moments later, after defending himself, the officer, seen here, vigorously performing cpr. >> come on. come on. >> reporter: after numerous attempts to revive him, the
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suspect died at the scene. as for the officer, he's been placed on administrative leave. tom? >> intense moments caught there on that dash cam. all right, zachary, thank you. moving on now, to that fired emergency employee who pushed the button that sent hawaii into a panic. now, speaking out for the first time, saying he 100% believed a missile was inbound and that death tlepts have followed his mistake. here's abc's stephanie ramos. >> reporter: the worker fired for causing hundreds of thousands of people in hawaii to panic, in fear a ballistic missile was incoming, now explains his side of the story. >> i was 100% sure it was real. >> reporter: that former emergency management employee, who does not want to be identified on camera, says he didn't know it was a drill. >> i didn't hear exercise from the message or my coworkers. >> reporter: but investigators finding the mals missile alert was sent during a drill that included the words "exercise, exercise, exercise." investigators also claim five other workers listening on
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speakerphone heard those words. >> u.s. pacific command has detected a missile threat to hawaii. >> reporter: yet, he still sent that dreadful message of an incoming missile attack, sending hawaiians running for cover. forcing this father to send his daughter down a manhole for protection. >> if you are outdoors -- >> reporter: the widespread alarm lasted for 38 minutes. >> i felt terrible. >> reporter: several employees have been disciplined or are sketching down, including the now former held of hawaii's emergency management agency. according to an fcc report on the incident, there was no requirement to double check with a colleague or supervisor before the warning was sent state-wide, but that has been changed. tom? >> stephanie, thank you. next tonight, the new faa investigation after drone footage surfaced, the device appearing to hover directly above the flight path of a passenger mren. no collision this time, but as abc's marci gonzalez reports,
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concerns are mounting. >> reporter: tonight, the faa investigating after this now viral video shows a drone flying dangerously close to this commercial jet. the frontier airlines plane heading in for landing in las vegas, seen flying toward the drone, then, just feet below it. >> this video would suggest that this drone operator intentionally was trying to intercept airplanes. >> reporter: last fall, a drone slam into a plane as it was about to land in quebec. no one was injured, but close calls like this -- >> we almost got hit by a drone. >> reporter: -- are getting more regular, with the faa getting more than 100 calls a month with drones getting too close to planes and helicopters. and it is illegal. the faa warning drone pilot that they have to be flown at least five miles of an airport or higher than 400 feet. according to a recent faa study because of their parts, drones that collide with planes could cause even more damage than birds of the same size. >> they have metal pieces, they have lithium ion hard batteries that can chew up an engine and potentially bring about airplane done. >> reporter: investigators are
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still looking for the person who flew that drone near a plane in vegas. the faa says anyone caught breaking those laws could face fines and jail time. tom? >> marci gonzalez with that close call. thank you. and overseas now, to reports that a russian fighter jet has been shot down over northern syria. you can see the smoke rising from that fiery wreckage. rebels there celebrating that crash. the pilot also seen on video. you can see him there, escaping by parachute. russian officials saying tonight he was killed by militants on the ground. back here at home, to the economy, and the market's worst week in two years. friday's dow nose diving, reflecting a variety of jitters, even as it remains close to historic highs. abc's rebecca jarvis with more. >> reporter: tonight, fear that the market freefall will continue. stocks plunging 666 points friday, the worst day for the dow since june 2016. but even with those declines, the major averages still up 28% over the last year.
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behind the numbers, a tale of two economies. >> i see the tradesman busy here in tucson and i know our business back in michigan, it's as easy as it's ever been in 25 years. >> reporter: some arizona voters sitting down with tom llamas describing a booming economy, but others say they're not feeling it. >> i see a lot of poverty. >> reporter: since the financial crisis, stock ownership has dropped from 62% to just 54%. and while dozens of corporations have handed out raises and bonuses after the tax cuts and wages are now growing at their highest pace in eight years, many employees have yet to see the benefit. >> it's all about wages, wages, wages. it does look like we finally hit a turning point and are sort of breaking on through the other side, to paraphrase the doors. >> reporter: and tom, while the markets could very well continue this volatility in the coming days, analysts say your best belt is to remain in it for the long-term, to put money into
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that 401(k) on a regular basis. if you do, if you had put, for example, $1,000 in five years ago, that money, today, would have almost doubled. tom? >> rebecca jarvis for us. we'll be watching what happens next week. rebecca, thank you. next, to the bitter cold. that snow starting to fall in minneapolis, as they gear up for the big game tomorrow. take a look at this. a driver losing control on a slick highway there. the developing winter storm expected to slam millions. that arctic blast making its way east. and just north of that spinout, at least five people seriously hurt after this pileup involving about 20 vehicles. more than 200 crashes and count ing there in minnesota today. rob marciano standing by in the cold out here in the east. hey, rob. >> reporter: good evening, tom. this midwest ea midwestern stor together. chicago and detroit, getting two to four inches. the southern part of this storm is going to begin to increase as far as rain goes.
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maybe some icing northwest of i-85, across the carolinas. more snow, pittsburgh, up through buffalo, upstate new york. i-95, all rain. going to be a mess. if you have to go more to watch the game, give yourself some extra time. two to four inches, chicago in through detroit, maybe pittsburgh, too. look at these wind chills tomorrow during the afternoon. look at that, 11 degrees below zero in minneapolis. tom? >> all right, rob, thank you so much. still ahead on "world news tonight" this saturday. take a look at this. an officer run over in the line of duty. his amazing heroism, caught on tape. what happened? also tonight, the actress who rose to fame in harvey weinste weinstein-backed films. what uma thurman says the disgraced man did to her. pink set to perform at the super bowl, but says she has the flu. what she's telling her fans tonight. stay with us.
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back now with a major star breaking her silence back now with a major star breaking her silence. uma thurman, the well-known actress who worked so closely with hollywood mogul harvey weinstein, on pivotal popular films, now adding her list to the growing list of actresses accusing him of sexual assault. here's abc's erielle reshef. >> reporter: tonight, hollywood >> reporter: tonight hollywood star uma thurman says she is finally ready to speak out against disgraced movie mogul harvey weinstein. >> you and i have unfinished business. >> reporter: for months, thurman hinting she would join the chorus accusing weinstein of sexual harassment and assault. >> when i'm ready, i'll say what i have to say. >> reporter: the actress and producer first working together in their 1994 hit "pulp fiction." "new york times" columnist maureen dowd reporting that thurman tells her, when the two were in paris, weinstein held a meeting in his bathrobe and tried to lure her into a steam room. shortly after in london dowd reports that thurman claims, "he pushed me down.
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he tried to shove himself on me. he tried to expose himself." and that thurman says she told weinstein the next day, "if you do what you did to me to other people, you will lose your career, your reputation and your family." in a statement, weinstein, who is now in rehab in arizona, calls the incident "an awkward pass" that he immediately apologized for, but says thurman's "claims about being physically assaulted are untrue." thurman continued to work with weinstein on some of her biggest hits including "kill bill." >> i roared and i rampaged and i got bloody satisfaction. >> reporter: but she tells dowd she tolerated him only in supervised environments. they areman says her biggest regret was staying silent for so long. weinstein continues to deny allegations of nonconsensual sex. tom snl. >> erielle, thank you so much. up next, when we come back, firefighters in new jersey battling flames and freezing temperatures. what sparked this fast-moving fire? and tonight, the international olympic committee
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finally tonight, for patriots fans winning is nothing new. finally tonight, for patriots fans, winning is nothing new, but for eagles fans, after decades of defeat, this is a once in a lifetime chance. here's eva pilgrim. >> reporter: for eagles fans, it's a moment they've been waiting a lifetime to see. >> i think most of the country is on our side. >> yes. >> that's just the way i feel. i mean, new england. how many do they want to win? >> reporter: the birds have never won the super bowl. the notorious fans, starved, desperate to call themselves champions. and anyone who can get to the bold north, making it happen. this video, two sons surprising their dad with tickets going viral. >> i'm going! i'm going! oh, man. >> reporter: jim is 75 years old. he's cheered for the eagles his whole life. >> i just went bananas, and i have not done that in a very, very long time. >> reporter: so, when their beloved team made it, his sons knew they had to get their dad there.
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>> i just gave him a hug, there was a lot of excitement and laughter and it's been a long time coming for the eagles. >> reporter: this love for the birds, passed down from generation to generation. wearing green, a beige of honor. so, you have forced it on your children, as well. >> good parenting. >> reporter: but the road to the championship has one huge obstacle. beating football royalty. the patriots, led s going for t sixth ring. but being the underdog is something eagles fans are comfortable with. even relish. >> e-a-g-l-e-s! eagles! >> reporter: eva pilgrim, abc news, minneapolis, minnesota. >> those fans are fired up. thanks so much for watching. i'm tom llamas in new york. "gma" and "this week" in the morning. i'll see you right back here tomorrow night. have a great evening. good night. have a great evening. night.
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taking a live look out over the bay, you can see there tons of sailboats are people are out enjoying this unseasonably warm weather. >> also a fight to save one east bay emergency room. >> a hollywood star breaking her silenced to. what she's accusing harvey weinstein of doing. live were you live. this is abc7 news. boy, believe it or not, no, this is not south beach, miami, in the summer time. yes, this is san francisco and yes, it is february. cities across the bay area this afternoon experiencing record high heat. good evening and thanks for joining us. i'm zeeion limb. >> i'm eric thomas. a live look at the golden gate bridge and a crowded beach in santa cruz. yeah, it is probably warmer than usual where you live right now. not your imagination. let's check in with middle east gist drew tuma. >> 20 degrees above normal for
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this time of year. records having been brovg. spots in the 80s. hayward is toasty at 830 degrees right now. we're at 78 in san jose. 72 in san francisco. oakland checking with in a current temperature of 70 degrees. a live look from our cam. tons of boats on the water. record warmth across numerous cities from san jose to san francisco to sfo. records in the mid to upper 70s today, oakland, santa rosa, temperatures in the upper 70s. besting the old records. some set way back in the 1960s. tomorrow we can do it all again. we'll talk houb how long this warmth can last coming up in the accuweather forecast. >> thanks, drew. cornell before noord spent the day with folks enjoying the warm weather. >> he is a professional journalist. that's why he's standing right there at


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