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tonight, breaking news. the deadly lion attack. the animal escaping an enclosure at a conservation center in north carolina. rushing towards its keepers, taking one of their lives. we have the late breaking details. blame game. with the government shutdown in its second week, the president is making an alarming new charge against the democrats. while the democrats are defiant, as the president stands firm. and the surprising interview from the outgoing chief of staff. security from above. new vigilance this new year's eve. killer on the loose. the hunt for the gunman who fired on a family in a car, killing a 7-year-old girl, wounding her mother, and then taking off in a truck with no
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plates. jetway collapse. the emergency at the airport, paramedics helping a sick passenger off a plane when the jetway suddenly gave out. and, your money. why this could be the best time of the year to buy a new car. what you should know before going to the dealership. good evening. thank you for joining us this sunday. i'm jonathan karl, in for tom llamas. we begin with the breaking news from north carolina, a deadly attack by a lion. the tragedy at a conservation center dedicated to the care of wild animals. one of them somehow escaped and attacked one of its keepers, who did not survive. authorities revealing the worker was a young intern, just a few weeks on the job. zachary kiesch with the details just now coming in. >> reporter: tonight, a north carolina conservation
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center is devastated after a 22-year-old employee was attacked and killed by a lion that was in the center's care. these images from the center showing the resident lions. police say, in a desperate attempt to retrieve the worker, the lion was shot and killed. the victim, alexandra black, was a recent college grad and intern who had been on the job for only two weeks. according to officials there, a professionally trained animal keeper was doing routine cleaning when the lion somehow left a locked area and quickly attacked black. the company website says the center is home to more than 80 animals and welcomes thousands of visitors every year for educational tours. in 2004, the center accepted 14 lions and tigers that were living in unacceptable conditions. jon, this lion is described as being typically shy and nervous. but there's an open investigation to determine what happened. and the center will remain
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closed until further notice. >> zachary, thank you. we move on to the government shutdown, now in its second week. president trump blaming democrats for the deaths of two migrant children in u.s. custody. the two sides still not sitting down together since the oval office meeting more than two weeks ago. both refusing to compromise, and caught in the middle, hundreds of thousands of federal workers. here's tara palmeri. >> reporter: tonight, the president blaming the democrats for a tragedy at the southern border, claiming without proof that it's their fault that two migrant children died in u.s. custody this month. in his first statement on their deaths, the president tweeting, "any deaths of children or others at the border are strictly the fault of the democrats." while the president claims the two children wouldn't have died if he was granted money for his main campaign promise of a wall along the u.s./mexico border, his senior adviser kellyanne conway, accusing the democrats of politicizing the
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crisis. >> i don't like some of the democrats using these deaths as political pawns. >> but isn't that exactly what the president just did? >> no, the president is not doing that. the president does not want these children to come on the perilous journey to begin with. >> reporter: meanwhile, u.s. customs and border commissioner telling abc's martha raddatz they did everything they could to save the children. >> just absolutely devastating for us on every level. our agents did everything they could as soon as these children manifested symptoms of illness to save their lives. >> reporter: with the government shutdown into its second week, trump's allies saying don't expect the president to back down from his demand for a border wall. >> president trump is not going to walk away from this fight without border security funding. money for the wall, for lack of a better way of saying it. the bottom line is, they want trump to lose more than they want the country to win. >> reporter: trump and senate minority leader chuck schumer, and incoming house speaker nancy pelosi, haven't spoken to each other in 19 days. since the day president trump said this in the oval office. >> i am proud to shut down the
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government for border security. >> reporter: in the meantime, hundreds of thousands of federal workers hanging in the balance, some working without pay, and others furloughed over the holidays. >> we all need to get paid. we have families. we're all middle class workers and taxpayers. >> tara, you reported the president hasn't even spoken to schumer and pelosi in more than two weeks. is there any indication when they will meet and start negotiating? >> reporter: at this point, there is no meeting on the books. my sources tell me the president has been on the phone with his conservative allies. reassuring them he won't back down. he thinks the shutdown will deflect from the incoming house investigations. >> tara, thank you. and in the middle of the government shutdown, the white house is losing its chief of staff. john kelly leaves on wednesday after 18 months in one of the toughest jobs in washington.
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tonight, he has a surprising new interview about the border wall, and how he believes his success in the job should be measured. here's kenneth moton. >> reporter: tonight, john kelly's stunning parting words as chief of staff, telling the "l.a. times" the white house has given up on president promise at the southern border, saying, "to be honest, it's not a wall. the president still says wall. often times frankly he'll say barrier, or fencing. now he's tended toward steel slats." >> we're going to have tremendous border security, that will include the wall. >> reporter: kelly did say the president was right to make border security a top priority. "we do have an immigration problem. if we don't fix the laws, then they will keep coming," he said. "they have known, and they do know, that if they can get here, they can, generally speaking, stay." general kelly described his 18-month tenure as a "bone crushing hard job." once saying this in jest -- >> i did something wrong and god punished me, i guess. >> reporter: kelly recalled that trump would press advisers on
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the limits of presidential authority under the law. but added trump never ordered him to do anything illegal, "because we wouldn't have," kelly said. that check on the president, something fired secretary of state rex tillerson recently spoke about. >> i'd have to say to him, well, mr. president, i understand what you want to do but you can't do it that way. it violates the law. >> reporter: kelly saying his time at the white house "is best measured by what the president did not do," claiming last year he talked the president out of withdrawing troops from afghanistan. >> john kelly will be leaving at the end of the year. >> reporter: shortly after trump confirmed kelly's departure he announced half the 14,000 soldiers in afghanistan, and all of those in syria, would be leaving the battlefield. >> they're all coming back, and they're coming back now. >> reporter: kelly said he decided to leave this white house after the midterm election. asked why he stayed a year and half during some very tumultuous months, kelly simply said, duty. jon? >> kenneth, thank you. meantime, with the clock ticking down to the new year,
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security is kicking into high gear. in times square, drones will be watchi fm e ie inasegas here's erielle reshef. >> reporter: tonight, times square, a ring of steel. authorities on high alert ahead of one of the biggest new year's eve parties on the planet. >> this is going to be one of the most well-policed, best-protected events at one of the safest venues in the entire world. >> reporter: for the first time ever, an nypd drone will keep watch from above. >> that's going to give us a visual aid, and the flexibility of being able to move a camera to a certain spot with great rapidity through a tremendous crowd. >> reporter: hawklike security scanning the crowd of more than 2 million. thousands of undercover and uniformed officers with more than 50 k9 units swarming the scene. 0 kemer. ncr teaw year's festivities, but isis propaganda on the internet
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prompting heightened vigilance across the country. for boston's storied first night -- >> it's gonna be a very coordinated effort. >> reporter: in l.a., law enforcement surrounding the iconic hollywood sign. and in las vegas, police stationing snipers on rooftops, and strike teams at hotels around the strip. >> this is an all hands on deck approach. >> erielle, you mentioned the snipers being deployed in las vegas on hotel rooftops. are we seeing new security measures at hotels here in new york? >> reporter: we are. police have embedded teams in hotels to get to know the staff, and trying to get them io a befoemross ty ysubc plays a ronh hope everyone will be extra vigilant. >> erielle, thank you. and new year's revellers may have more than just security to deal with. two storms are moving across the country, and jeff smith is
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tracking them. what are we in for? >> mother nature has impeccable timing. check out the two storms. one over the north, one over the gulf states. they will be combining forces tomorrow. first of all, places like denver, colorado, plunging temperatures, and accumulating snow by tomorrow morning. as they consolidate, we're talking about the possibility of severe thunderstorms in the tennessee valley. and rain in the ohio valley, moving into the northeast and down the appalachians. 61 at midnight in atlanta. 58 and rain in washington, d.c., but rainfall going strong in new york city. temperatures around 49. it will be the warmest new year's eve in 14 years. last year, it was 9 degrees with a windchill of minus-4. >> all right, thank you, jeff. we move on to the manhunt under way in houston. police on the lookout for a man who opened fire on a family inside a car as they were
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leaving a walmart parking lot. a 7-year-old child was killed in that attack. here's marci gonzalez. >> reporter: tonight, police near houston searching for the gunman who opened fire at a family inside a car, killing a 7-year-old girl. >> we're going to use all resources available to bring this killer to justice. >> reporter: investigators say a woman and her four daughters were driving out of this walmart parking lot around 7:15 this morning when a red pickup truck pulled up next to them and the driver started shooting. the mother, shot in the arm, now recovering. the 7-year-old, pronounced dead at the scene. shattered glass injuring one other child. >> they're shaken, they're devastated. they lost a sister. especially during this holiday season, that's tough. >> reporter: the harris county sheriff sharing a vague description of the driver, saying he's white, in his 40s, has a beard, and was wearing a red hoodie. they're now interviewing witnesses and going over surveillance, trying to learn what led to the shooting.
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>> marci, thank you. next to the medical precaution out of nebraska tonight. an american medical worker just back from the democratic republic of congo, being monitored for possible exposure to the ebola virus. efficient officials emphasize it's just a precaution. so far, the person has shown no signs of the illness. from overseas, a brewing confrontation in paris. thousands have been taking to the streets to protest the government. and tomorrow night, the champs elysees will have holiday celebrations as well as protests. here's jennifer eccleston.eport disorder in paris. protesters taking over the streets once again. but it was in other french cities this time that the yellow
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vest protests took a violent turn. in toulouse, police firing tear gas. trying to disperse the crowds. in nantes, the clashes getting physical. this person, wheeled away in a stretcher. these social media driven protests were originally over new proposed gas taxes. but french president macron conceded, after protesters vandalized iconic landmarks. fires and tear gas, clouding the champs elysees. turnout at saturday's latest march was a fraction of the hundreds of thousands in paris in past weeks. in france.rotesters still upsetg still vowing not to rest until macron steps down. and police are gearing up trying to secure paris landmarks, as protesters promise more rallies for tomorrow's new year's eve celebration. jon? >> jennifer, thank you.
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back here at home, major newspapers are back in business after a cyber attack that came from outside the u.s. tribune publishing says a computer virus disrupted the production system of the newspapers that they all share. saturday's printing of the newspapers were among those affected. but the company says customer information was not compromised. and there's much more ahead on "world news tonight" this sunday. the fiery spinout wreck caught on dash cam video, in the middle of an american highway. and the driver that is now facing manslaughter charges. plus, a jetway collapse at a busy airport. at least seven people were hurt. and, in the market for a new set of wheels? the deep discounts. and why now may just be the best time to buy. ♪
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>> back now with the new year, new car deals. why some are saying this could be the best time to buy a car and save big. here's eva pilgrim with your money. >> reporter: in the market for a new set of wheels? >> how can i help? >> reporter: now through january 2nd may be the best time to save money and get the car you want. >> great availability, great pricing discounts, and the opportunity to choose between 2018 and 2019. >> reporter: experts say this year's december deals are deeper than ever. >> we're seeing discounts of $7,000, $8,000. >> reporter: want the most bang for your buck? illac xts plinan. >> ford, built for the holidays. >> reporter: have your heart set on an suv? save an average of $5,800 on a 2018 ford explorer.
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for those who want to lease, we spotted five cars for less than $200 a month. to make sure you're getting the best deal, experts say use the word total. >> if you're looking to purchase a car, you have to ask what is my total out the door purchase price. that way there's no confusion. if you're looking for a lease, what is my total out of pocket expense? >> reporter: experts say before going to a dealership, try and get a pre-approved loan from your bank that you can use as leverage. dealers might even be willing to beat that rate. and when you walk in, know regional competitor dealership prices, and don't hesitate to ask for a price match. jon? >> eva, thank you. and when we come back, if that goalie looks like he's not really trying all that hard, consider that vladimir putin is the one taking the shot. t in ta? (danny) of course you don't because you didn't! your job isn't understanding tax code... it's understanding why that...
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the goalie seems to be trying to get out of the way of the puck. it may not surprise you to hear that mr. putin was on the winning side of that holiday exhibition match, and that he reportedly scored five goals. and the championship college football faceoff that has a familiar ring. the top-ranked crimson tide bested oklahoma this weekend, and will now take on number two clemson tigers. who just beat notre dame. alabama and clemson's first two championship meetings are considered among the greatest college football games ever played. that latest showdown will air january 7th on espn. and when we come back, the miracle in a hot pot. showdown will air want to miss. january 7th on espn. and when we come back, the miracle in a hot pot. a story you won't want to miss. and a beverage distribution supervisor. now i'm a director at a security software firm. wow, you've been at it a long time. thing is, i like working. what if my retirement plan is i don't want to retire?
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finally tonight, the ring and the instant pot. a story of miracles, and a new friendship, "america strong." >> that's it! >> reporter: there's quite a story behind this squeal of pure joy. this hug of two strangers, the story begins at a walmart store. joanne johnson looked at an instant pot, opened it up, but didn't buy it. then she noticed something was gone. >> i said, i lost my wedding ring. >> reporter: that was back in october. just days before her 20th anniversary. she searched high and low, returning week after week to look through the store for her lost ring. fast forward to christmas morning. a woman opened the instant pot. >> there was a ring right in the center of the box.
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>> reporter: she posted it on a neighborhood facebook page. joanne sees the post. >> there are big yellow symbols and a picture of an instant pot. i start reading it. little electric shocks are going through my body. this is just too coincidental. >> reporter: and that is what brought this moment of joy on christmas night, no less. >> i just can't believe this. oh! i'm sorry. >> reporter: joanne says getting back her ring is a miracle. and she knows miracles. just days before christmas four years ago, she was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer, and given no more than 18 months to live. >> here i am, four years later, still getting up. every day is a miracle. >> reporter: and now, another miracle, the lost ring that has brought her a new friend. and i don't think she'll lose that ring again. thank you for watching. i'm jonathan karl in new york. have a great evening and a happy new year. good night.
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are the raiders going across the pond? we break down a new report saying the team may spend next season in london. abc 7 news at 6:00 starts now. nou >> announcer: live where you liver, this is abc 7 news. right away, taking a live look at capitol hill tonight as the government shutdown is now in the ninth of president trumpe not expecting him to back down for his demand for a border wall but democrats may also be not willing to budge. good ervening:thanks for joinin us. democratic leader nancy pelosi promised to pass
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legislation to reopen the government when congress is back in session january 3rd. but she also says democrats will not go for a wall, it's unclear when or how a deal would happen. she trump and senate minority leader chuck schumer haven't spoken to each other in 19 days. >> while all of this plays out, hundreds overthousandsverthousas employees are restricted and federal funding is cut off. >> cornell bernard joins us with more on this story, cornell? >> reporter: deon and eric e for now now. it's hitting a national treasure hard. >> disappointing. >> reporter: this family was ready for an adventure until they started reading the posted signs, impacts from the partial go

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