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captioned by los angeles distribution and broadcasting, inc. tonight, americans evacuated on buses, then planes, only to learn some of those on the buses had thecoronavirus. authorities deciding to keep going with the evacuation. two flights carrying those american evacuees from the quarantined cruise ship touch g ing down in the u.s. tonight, authorities reveal how many of them have the virus and if others are at risk. all of them under quarantine here. the storm moving in tomorrow in the northeast, all the way south. what it means for millions tomorrow and their commute. and the state of emergency already. historic flooding, homes swept away. rob marciano times it out. the race for 2020. and the new battle forming. bernie sanders now saying mayor bloomberg with all of his money will not be enough, as the other
candidates take aim at bloomberg, too, saying he can't hide behind the ads, the airwaves, amid new scrutiny, will he be on that debate stage this week? the alleged baby kidnapping plot and the chilling allegations tonight. a former mayoral candidate accused of posing as a baby photographer, allegedly drugging a parent. tonight, she's charged with attempted kidnapping. the mother who brought her son to the emergency room, she said her son was having a mental health crisis and says security guards pushed her son to the ground and tackled 4i78. her son charged. >> the fiery pasblast. residents told to shelter in place for a time. the growing outrage involving attorney general william barr. tonight, more than 2,000 former justice department officials now saying barr should resign, after intervening in the roger stone case. and your money tonight. the presidents' day deals still good until midnight tonight. rebecca jarvis standing by to go down the list.
good evening and it's great to have you with us here on this presidents' day. a very busy monday night, tracking that new storm, and the new turn in the race for 2020. but we begin with the coronavirus evacuations, more than 300 americans taken from quarantine onboard that cruise ship in japan, on buses, then put on planes. but it was learned along the way some tested positive for the virus. the passengers initially considered healthy to fly. u.s. officials then getting that alarming report while on the way to the airport. they decided to keep going. 14 of those americans testing positive for the virus, confined to special containment areas during their charter flights back to the u.s. two planes touching down in california and texas, all passengers now under new quarantine right here at home. in fact, some have now been transferred to omaha. abc's clayton sandell leading us off tonight. >> reporter: tonight, more than a dozen americans back on u.s. soil, now believed to be infected with novel cree that virus, landing in omaha,
nebraska, today. escorted from the plane one-by-one by medical teams, rushed off by motorcade to this special isolation unit. >> they've had a very long journey and we've not going to make any assumptions about anything that's passed along so we're going to go ahead and just test everybody. >> reporter: 338 americans were evacuated from the diamond princess cruise ship in japan, flown to bases in texas and california, arriving overnight. 14 are suspected of having a coronavirus infection. four now in isolation and hospitalized near travis air force base near sacramento. ten in omaha. >> the bus will take you to the airplane, airplane takes you to the united states. >> reporter: hundreds of passengers checked before leaving the ship were deemed healthy to fly. but after the evacuation had already begun, a complication. new test results revealed those 14 people were positive for the cry us have, exposing others on a 40-minute bus ride to the airport. officials making a critical decision, saying the safest
option was to push forward with the evacuation, putting infected patients in the back of the planes in these special isolation chambers. >> they took temperatures, if you had a high temperature, you went into that isolation booth. >> reporter: mark had to leave his wife behind in a japanese hospital after she tested positive for the virus. so far, 454 cruise passengers have been infected. we met john and melanie haering when john got sick on with fevers on the ship and had to be hospitalized. is he now has pneumonia. they made the tough decision for melanie to catch that flight home. she's now back in the u.s., telling us she, too, now has a fever. >> all right, so, let's get to collate on the sandell, live from omaha tonight. and clayton, the rest of the roughly 300 passengers, the americans who showed no sign of the virus, we know they spent time on those buses with these passengers, the americans, the 14 who its believed might be infected with coronavirus. of course more testing here at home, but i gather the rest of the passengers in close contact
will be watched closely now for the days to come? >> reporter: they will be watched very closely, david. they'll be in quarantine for two weeks and it's important to note that those 14 others who tested positive in japan will be tested again here in the states and while that happens, they will be kept in quarantine, in isolat n isolation, away from everyone else. david? >> clayton sandell, leading us off tonight. the latest headlines on the cree that virus. clayton, thank you. the other major headline this monday night, the storm heading in tomorrow. it will effect millions during the come pollute frmute from th to the south. major flood threatening homes and businesses along mississippi's pearl river. now this system that's on the way in, effecting again millions all the way into the northeast. we have the track of that storm, and abc's alex perez, first, from mississippi. >> reporter: tonight, across parts of the south, flood waters
inundating hundreds of homes, after relentless rounds of heavy rain. in mississippi's capital, jackson, the pearl river cresting at just under 37 feet, a level now seen in nearly 40 years. look in the distance there. you can see a car completely submerged, and of course the homes on the other side of the street. officials say as many as 1,000 homes across the area have been damaged. flooding not the only danger. in tennessee, this video from east of memphis capturing a home sliding down the rain-saturated banks of the tennessee river. one of two homes destroyed there over the weekend. this as mississippi first responders went door-to-door as the waters rose here. using airboats to bring families to safety. >> you got water in places where normally water doesn't get to. >> reporter: today, we rode along, as authorities searched one more time. >> that's just something we urge the public strongly, keep your
loved ones out of this. >> reporter: animal rescue groups helping save the pets left behind. >> you can't go up that tree, baby, we're here to help you. >> reporter: shelters also taking in animals from families until they are able to return home. david, you can see those water-logged streets behind me here. some of it is receding, but there is more rain on the way and it won't take much to create more problems, so, they are not in the clear here just yet. david? >> so hard to cease though pelts trapped in the floods. alex, thank you. let's get to rob marciano with this next system now moving in, it will effect the south all the way up into the northeast, rob. >> reporter: that it will, david. and that significant rain. for the flooded areas that got a flash flood watch. there you see it. it stretches the rain up into chicago and detroit. we could see one to two inches across that flood zone right through thursday. a little bit of snow across the northern great lakes, northern new england, northern new york. but new york to boston could be wet and messy at times. and then once this front pushes
offshore, the next batch of cold comes in. minus 13 wednesday morning, look for the wind chill in minneapolis. the core of that cold gets into the northeast on friday. 6 above in boston. will feel like 9 degrees friday morning in new york city, as winter continues. david? >> all right, rob marciano with us tonight. thank you. now, to the race for 2020, and the new battle forming. bernie sanders now saying mayor bloomberg, with all of his money, will not be enough to beat president trump, as the other candidates take aim at bloomberg, too, saying he can't hind behind the ads, the airwaves. and amid new scrutiny tonight, some of those candidates say he must start answering questions. and will the former new york city mayor be on that debate stage this week? abc's eva pilgrim from nevada. >> reporter: in california today, the line to see bernie sanders snaked for blocks. >> i hear the establishment saying, oh, bernie can't win the election. take a look at this crowd today and tell me we can't win the election.
>> reporter: sanders well aware he's now facing a new kind of challenge. former new york city mayor michael bloomberg, spending $380 million and counting to blanket the airwaves with ads. >> major bloomberg, with all his money, will not create the kind of excitement and energy we need to have the voter turnout we must have to defeat donald trump. >> reporter: bloomberg firing back that the sanders campaign brings a different, negative kind of energy, releasing a video highlighting the jonline anger of so-called bernie bros. bloomberg tweeting that when it comes to beating trump, this type of "energy" is not going to get us there. the billionaire's democratic rivals say now it's high time he come out from behind his campaign ads. >> he has to answer questions and, of course, i think he should be on that debate stage, which eventually he will be, because i can't beat him on the airwaves, but i can beat him on the debate stage.
>> reporter: as bloomberg's poll numbers rise, his path drawing new scrutiny, including his treatment of women in the workplace and allegations of sexist and crude comments reported by multiple outlets, including abc news. "a washington post" investigation making waves this weekend, prompting bloomberg to tweet, i would not be where i am today without the talented women around me. bloomberg says he's championed women, do you think he still needs to answer for these allegations? >> yes, he needs to answer. you're not championing women when you have nondisclosure agreements so they can't tell their side of the story. i want to hear from mike bloomberg that he is going to let these women talk. unmuzzle them and let's find out what's really happening. >> eva pilgrim with senator warren there. and eva is with us from nevada tonight. we know the caucus is not even until saturday. and eva, we know michael bloomberg is not there on the ballot, but we'll find out soon if he'll be on the debate stage?
>> reporter: that's right. more than 26,000 people have already voted here, many more will be watching that debate in las vegas on wednesday. mike bloomberg still needs one more poll to qualify. he has until tomorrow night to get it. he's been off the trail for the last few days and we are hearing that he is preparing just in case. david? >> all right, eva pilgrim, thank you. next tonight, the growing firestorm surround, attorney general william barr. more than 2,000 former justice department prosecutors and officials now publicly calling for his resignation. the a.g. facing heavy criticism for intervening in the sentencing of president trump's long-time friend, roger stone. that sentencing now set for thursday. kyra phillips tonight from the white house. >> reporter: tonight, more than 2,000 former justice department prosecutors and officials are calling on attorney general william barr to resign, signing a letter saying they "strongly condemn" barr and president trump for "interference in the fair administration of justice."
they call barr's decision to overrule his own prosecutors to recommend a lighter sentence for the president's friend, roger stone, "unheard of" and "outrageous." >> did you talk to the president at all about your decision regarding the recommendations? >> the recommendations on this case? never. >> reporter: but barr has taken an unusual interest in cases involved people close to the president. including ordering a review of the prosecution of trump's first national security adviser, michael flynn. in their letter, those 2,000 former doj employees were blunt. "a person should not be given special treatment in a criminal prosecution because they are a close political ally of the president." >> so, let's get right to kyra phillips, live at the white house tonight. and the white house standing behind the attorney general. >> reporter: that's right, david. a senior adviser to the president telling me tonight that president trump still has confidence in barr and still considers him the best man for the job. david? >> kyra phillips tonight.
thank you. now to the alleged baby kidnapping plot in washington state. police arresting a one-time mayoral candidate, a mother, and her teenage daughter, accusing them as posing as professional photographers and drugging a new mother in order to steal her baby girl, according to authorities. here's abc's kayna whitworth. >> reporter: tonight, this woman stands accused of posing as a newborn photographer, then drugging a mother to try and steal her baby. now authorites say as many as ten other women are claiming they, too, could have been victims. >> i was completely appalled. i was like, that could have been me. >> reporter: the women say they saw juliette parker's ad on facebook offering a free newborn pho photoshoot. just last year, the 38-year-old ran for mayor in colorado springs, seen here in this campaign video. >> juliette parker, candidate for mayor here. >> reporter: one woman agreed and parker came to her home for three different shoots. on the third, she brought her own teenage daughter and a treat, a cupcake for the new mom. >> we believe that she was drugged by a tainted cupcake. >> reporter: the woman says she
immediately got sick and called 911, saying parker was taking selfies with her baby and wiping down her fingerprints. >> we believe she was attempting to find a small female infant and was going to kidnap the baby. >> reporter: amanda appling responded to that same post, but says she was turned down because she had a boy. >> she informed me that she wasn't looking for a boy at the time. >> reporter: david, parker is set to be alined tomorrow. she's facing kidnapping and assault charges and has yet to enter a plea. david? >> kayna, thank you. we're going to move on now to a violent takedown outside a hospital in north carolina. security guards tackling a 16-year-old to the ground. his mother had just brought him to the hospital, she says her son was having a mental elt episode and needed help. tonight, her son is now charged. and here's abc's gio benitez. >> reporter: tonight, the dramatic video showing a security guard slamming a 16-year-old to the ground. >> he was treated like a criminal. nobody ever treated him like a patient. >> reporter: watch as jessica long and her 16-year-old
son, hayden, arrive at the hospital. she says he ws having a mental health crisis. hayden shoves her. that's when the security guard pushes the teen to the ground twice, drawing his stun gun. as the teen walks back, another security guard tackles him. >> i was still thinking, these men will help. their goal will be to help me help my son and they didn't do that. >> reporter: it spirals even four further, when lincoln county deputies arrived. they say the teen spit blood in their face. the video shows one deputy punching the handcuffed teen in the head and another tackles him. hospital management saying they feel badly that the teen was injured in the december incident, but are defending their security guards, saying at first the teen claimed to have a gun, threatening to shoot people. and david, the 16-year-old is now facing four charges, including felony malicious conduct. meanwhile, one of the deputies is no longer employed. david? >> gio, thank you. there is still much more
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