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tonight, the president's new threat. nationwide relief as the government grinds back into gear after president trump's border wall setback. but is the president stoking new uncertainty about another shutdown with time ticking on the current three-week fix? catastrophic dam collapse. the deadly sea of mud. hundreds feared missing. more than 30 people killed. that death toll expected to spike. also tonight, the fatal collision between a school bus and a moving train. the middle school student killed. another child airlifted to the hospital. how did this happen? police russian roulette? investigators say a dangerous game between police officers in the middle of the nightued a killed. and ice rescue. a teenager screaming for help. officers trying to rescue him
when suddenly the ice cracks. an officer falling in and then another. how they all got out. and good evening. thanks for joining us on this saturday. i'm tom llamas. and we begin tonight with the federal government slowly coming back to life. amid new concerns that the president who just ended the longest government shutdown in history may soon shut the government down again. the president signalling clashes ahead in a series of tweets after signing that three-week reprieve without receiving any money for his border wall. some 800,000 workers and families whose income had ground to a stand still head back to work, but this may be short lived as new anxiety over what will happen next. abc's white house correspondent tara palmeri starts us off. >> reporter: tonight, with the government open for less than 24 hours, the president already warning it could close again. after signing a spending bill to fund the government for just
three weeks, trump tweeting, 21 days goes very quickly. negotiations with democrats will start immediately. will not be easy to make a deal, both parties very dug in. we will build the wall. a threat echoed at the end of his rose garden remarks. >> if we don't get a fair deal from congress, the government will either shutdown on february 15th again, or i will use the powers afforded to me under the laws and the constitution of the united states to address this emergency. >> reporter: president trump stating he could declare a national emergency, bypassing congress to build his border wall. something speaker of house nancy pelosi is insisting democrats won't budge on. >> have i not been clear on the wall? okay. no, i have been very clear on the wall. >> reporter: pelosi scoring a political victory over trump, who reopened the government without getting any of his $5.7 billion for the wall.
he's now facing backlash from conservatives for failing to deliver on a key campaign promise. >> we're building that wall. we will build the wall. the wall is going to be built, 100%. >> he promised something for 18 months, and he lied about it. >> reporter: 800,000 federal employees will return to work after struggling for over a month, missing two paychecks, now worried they will be in the same position in a few weeks. >> they want to try to do in three weeks what they couldn't do in five weeks. so anyone of us that ask what do you think's going to happen? they're going to shut down the government again. that's what we all think. they're going to do it again. and all because what? a vanity wall. >> all right, tara palmeri at the white house. tara, the clock is ticking. that last worker we just heard from in your report, doesn't seem confident they're going to figure this out for the long term. what are republican and democratic leaders pledging to do right now? >> reporter: a bipartisan group of lawmakers will hold a
conference committee to try to find some sort of compromise on border security. in the meantime, the white house will continue to promote a border wall and try to pick off rank and file democrats. sources tell me while the president can let the government shut down again in a few weeks it's more likely he'll call a national emergency. they have a draftable plan ready to go. >> another major development. the clock is ticking as we said. tara, thank you. another big story we're following in brazil, the catastrophic dam collapse. workers on a lunch break when that dam gave way, unleashing a deadly sea of mud. hundreds still missing. the death toll expected to soar. abc's erielle reshef with the latest. >> reporter: harrowing images of helicopters swooping in. rescue crews pulling sludge-soaked victims to safety. tonight, the desperate search for nearly 300 people feared whatted away after the catastrophic dam burst in brazil. at least 40 confirmed dead, this
number expected to sharply climb. the mining ceo calling it a human tragedy. we are likely talking about a large quantify of victims. we don't know how many there, he says. the vale dam rupturing friday in the mining-heavy state of minas gerais friday sending rushing red water tearing through the company's mine offices and a busy cafeteria during lunchtime. the ceo saying more than 250 employees are unaccounted for. the same area still recovering from a large dam collapse in 2015 that killed 19, the worst environmental disaster in brazil's history. and tonight, that river of mining waste is raising widespread fears of contamination. tom, those daring rescues you just saw there have led in part to rescuing 40 people and those operations are continuing tonight. >> all right, but hundreds still missing. thank you. back here at home, the brutal cold. you can feel it on lake superior tonight in minnesota where a
clipper system is getting ready to drop more snow. those chunks of ice already building up in ohio, west of cleveland. potentially record-breaking windchills in places all over the country. let's go to rob marciano right now in central park with the forecast. rob, it's getting cold out there. >> reporter: it is, tom. we're looking more and more like an historic cold snap. plus the snow you mentioned to boot. let's get right to the maps. winter storm warnings posted for parts of wisconsin, iowa and minnesota. as this clipper comes in, monday morning we're going to see a snowy rush for chicago and detroit. it moves through the evening rush on tuesday, new york. i-95, rain and snow mix there. we'll see some snow out of this. mostly 6 to 12 inches. most north of i-90 in minnesota, through milwaukee. minneapolis as well. that is dangerous cold, look at these numbers as we head toward wednesday morning. 50 to 60 degrees below zero. chicago and the upper midwest. s that dangerous. keep the kids and pets inside. cover up. tom? >> all right, rob, thanks so
much. we now go to texas, the tragic moment of impact between a moving train and a school bus. take a look at that right there. the bus driver was taking children home at the time. one student was pronounced dead at the scene. here's abc's adrienne bankert. >> reporter: tonight, a community in shock following the death of a middle school student. when a train crashed into his school bus. >> athens fire department is requesting assistance on a train accident involving a bus. >> reporter: on friday, 70 miles outside of dallas, police say the bus drove over a portion of track with no way of alerting drivers of an oncoming locomotive. >> there were no alarms, no bells. >> reporter: the impact pushing the bus a quarter of a mile. first responders arrived within three minutes to find the dead 13-year-old boy and an injured 78-year-old driver outside the bus. the only other student on bo a 9-year-old girl, was critically injured and trapped
inside. >> required a certain amount of force the extricate her from the area of entrapment. >> reporter: a community mourns. >> right now, we're all hurting. >> reporter: in a statement just released by police, we're told that driver did stop but then continued into the path of the westbound union pacific bus. a witness reports hearing the train's horn sound as it approached that intersection. tom we are toll this bus driver had a clean driving record. >> still so many questions. all right, adrienne, thank you. next to roger stone fighting back tonight. the president's longtime friend and associate on the offense this weekend after yesterday's special counsel indictment. seen giving a thumbs up to photographers outside his home there in south florida. slamming that indictment and going after the special counsel moments ago, robert mueller. more now from abc's lana zak. >> reporter: tonight, roger stone out on bail and fighting back. >> i guess it's an effort to intimidate me, but i am not intimidated. the allegation that two campaign
officials instructed me or inquired of me about wikileaks is false. >> reporter: stone, a longtime political adviser and friend of president trump who bragged about a history of dirty tricks, was indicted on five counts of false statements, one count of obstruction, and one count of witness tampering. >> wikileaks. i love wikileaks. >> reporter: investigators allege stone was an intermediary between the trump campaign and wikileaks, which published democratic e-mails that had been stolen by russia. stone denies being involved. >> i never received any of the wikileaks disclosures. i never discussed this with donald trump. >> reporter: the court documents also allege that stone attempted to intimidate another witness threatening with a reference from "the godfather." and investigators allege that stone went so far as to call that witness a rat, threatening the witness's dog, even writing in an e-mail, i'm so ready, prepare to get it on.
prepare to die. expletive. stone is no stranger to a special counsel investigation. >> i was the youngest person to go to the watergate grand jury. my parents called me on the phone. they were mortified. i thought it was pretty cool. >> reporter: and this time around, stone relishing the limelight that surrounded him outside of court yesterday. saying this when asked directly if he'll cooperate with the special counsel. >> will you cooperate with the special counsel office? >> since i was not contacted prior to the charges today, my lawyers have not talked to the special prosecutors. i don't want the address that question. but i have made it clear, i will not testify against the president. >> we'll have to wait and see if he ever cooperates. lana joins us from washington. roger stone on social media tonight, attacking among others, the special counsel? >> reporter: that's right. he seems to be poking fun at the entire investigation. on instagram, he is selling t-shirts. he's saying that the special counsel investigation has nothing on him. even posting a photoshopped
image of head of the investigation, robert mueller. >> lana zak, thank you. and this programming note, roger stone facing new questions tomorrow on "this week" in a very big interview with george stephanopoulos. be sure to tune in. now to the case in st. louis raising many questions tonight. a police officer charged in the shooting death of a fellow officer, accused of playing a deadly game of russian roulette. abc's zachary kiesch picks up the story. >> reporter: tonight, one officer is dead and another has been charged with her death in what authorities are calling a game gone wrong. police say 24-year-old katlyn alix was off duty and hanging out with two fellow officers when she was shot and killed early thursday morning. two of them were allegedly playing with their service weapons at the apartment of 29-year-old officer nathaniel hendren, seen here at his 2017 graduation ceremony. according to prosecutors, hendren produced a revolver and initiated a game in which the gun's cylinder is emptied, then a bullet is put back in the gun. in what sounds like a game of russian roulette, the two
colleagues allegedly exchanged turns pointing the gun at each other and pulling the trigger when hendren allegedly fired the fatal shot. police say hendren and another male officer were on the clock when the shooting happened. >> as much as it saddens me and my staff to file these charges, katlyn and her family deserve accountability and justice. >> reporter: tonight, hendren is on administrative leave as he faces these charges. the most serious, involuntary manslaughter. there are two separate investigations going on. one is happening internally, and the other one in collaboration with the missouri state highway patrol. tom? >> zachary, thank you. now to the miracle in the north woods. 3-year-old casey hathaway recovering tonight. police say he somehow survived heavy rains and freezing temperatures alone in the woods for days. now back in his mother's arms. here's abc's marcus moore. >> reporter: tonight, the family of 3-year-old casey hathaway
revealing he is healthy and smiling after spending more than two nights alone in the woods, temperatures, at times, below freezing. >> he's good. he's talking. he's already asking to watch netflix. >> reporter: and the neighbor who alerted police, now describing a miracle in the making. >> i just heard a small cry. it was really faint. >> reporter: ems captain shane grier following those cries into the woods, wading through waist-high water, finding casey tangled in vines, unable to move. what did he look like? >> he was verbal to us. i mean, he was really cold. as we warmed him up, he became more responsive. >> reporter: casey found just a quarter-mile from his great-grandmother's house in rural north carolina where he was last seen tuesday afternoon. >> it's been at least 45 minutes, 'cause we've been looking all in the woods for him. >> reporter: police calling day casey a little trouper, telling us about a new friend the boy says he made in the woods. >> his mother did come out and say, he told us for the past two days one of his friends was a bear.
i can only hope some bear was there with him. mama bear was with him there protecting him. >> reporter: his family tonight, grateful for the searchers who refused to give up, saying even casey recognizes their dedication. >> casey saw his picture and said, aunt brea, that's me. and i said, casey, all these people were looking for you. helped tieing to find you, and he goes, yay. reporter: and tom, a relative say tonight that casey is out of the hospital and is doing well. this community that rallied around his family are thankful for that. >> incredible he's back with his family tonight. all right, marcus, thank you. and there's much more ahead on "world news tonight" this saturday -- armed and dangerous and on the run. the deadly shooting spree. the young man police believe went after his own family members. the urgent manhunt at this hour. plus, the possible dangerer on wheels and our sidewalks and streets. mounting injuries from these popular scooters. what a new medical report shows tonight. and icy rescue. the dramatic moments caught on bodycam, police plunging into frigid waters even as they try the safe a young boy.
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going 15 miles an hour should definitely wear a helmet to protect their brain. >> reporter: kelly mitchum on her first electric scooter ride in dallas, sent flying over the handle wars and landing face first. >> when you hit the cement at 17 mph, it hurts. >> reporter: pat brogan riding a scooter downhill in san diego when she says the brakes wouldn't work. her crash leaving her cut and bruised, sending her to the hospital for surgery on her broken hand. >> i thought i was going to die. >> reporter: multiple cities across the country now banning electric scooters, some just temporarily as they study whether regulation is needed. and some people frustrated by them littering the streets and causing hazards for pedestrians, sending a message, setting them on fire and burying them in sand. one company bird telling us, injuries are only reported in a fraction of a percent of all rides. experts say you should read the corporate agreement you sign acknowledging the risks. tom?
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finally tonight, one man's amazing grace. finally tonight, one man's amazing grace. spending years in darkness, now at last what he calls the miracle. lately, you'll find charleston, west virginia, resident philip dunn flipping through old photos. he'll tell you he's living in the past, and it's completely fine by him. >> the last clear vision i had of my daughter was her high school graduation. >> reporter: when he was 45 years old, dunn was diagnosed with cataracts and, even worse, macular degeneration. >> the doctor said, you know, it's not that bad. it probably won't give you trouble for years. >> reporter: but dunn says within months he started seeing black dots in the center of his vision that eventually turned into blindness. that was 14 years ago. >> i was really upset. i was thinking about all the things i had lost. and the lord just reminded that i still had a wife. i still had two kids. i still had a home. >> reporter: dunn never gave up hope. something, even what he calls a
miracle, could happen to him. >> this past august, i started having real severe headache in my left eye. >> reporter: dunn says a cataract ruptured. he needed surgery, and doctors thought when they removed it, eventually he would only be able to see some light. but as he was recovering, dunn says what he hoped and prayed for happened right before his eyes. >> i pulled the patch off, and my eye was swollen shut. and so i just kind of pried it open, and i could see light. i was excited about that. i just popped it open all the way, and i could see. it was surreal because i haven't seen for so long. that's when i went into the kitchen, and i saw my wife. she was the first face i'd seen in 14 years clearly. >> reporter: he had never seen his grandchildren. and though he danced with his daughter at her wedding, he never saw what it looked like. >> the dance we practiced for years. i couldn't really tell what she was doing, and then to be able to see me do it with her was just the dream come true. >> what a moment. we thank the dunn family for sharing that story. we thank you for watching. i'm tom llamas in new york.
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on abc 7 news, a look at the impact of the temporary deal to get the government fully running again. ♪ >> with music and prayers, anti-abortion activists take to the streets of san francisco. their message and reaction from abortion rights supporters. coming into the nationals, of course i'm coming here to win. >> history on ice. a girl from the bay area lands in the record books when she becomes national champion. abc 7 news starts now. >> announcer: live where you live, this is abc 7 news. the government is back open. but all of the national parks. >> we get answers the day after a temporary end to the partial government shutdown. hello, i'm eric thomas. >> and i'm dion lim. we begin with a lo