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this morning on "world news now," president trump's first major firing. >> the acting attorney general given the pink slip by the president after refusing to implement his immigration. the shake-up happening in a matter of hours. what this means for the administration going forward. while president trump is following through on his promise to tighten the borders, we're learning how this impacts the process for refugees. hear what david muir found out following families escaping violence in the middle east. bad weather to blame for a massive pile-up involved in pennsylvania. and it's one of the biggest ticks in the country. we are not, however, talking about the super bowl. nope, we're talking about the other party. you know, the one over at gobbler's knob? groundhog day.
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find out why the preparations in punxsutawney are just as crazy as the big game everyone seems to care about. wait till you hear how much low tell rooms are going for. stay with us on this tuesday, jan 31st. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >> think super bowl or groundhog day? >> i'm going to take the super bowl. better book your hotel room. >> didn't you see how much fun bill murray had. >> it's great living that day over and over again. press trump firing the acting attorney general after she refused to go along with his immigration ban. >> sally yates directed the justice department's attorneys not to defend the president's executive order saying she wasn't convinced it was lawful. president trump accused her of trying to obstruct his agenda for political reasons. another career justice department official was immediately sborn in to replace yatess till a new attorney general is confirmed. a vote
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senator jeff sessions is expected today. officials in the state department are circulating a dissent ept memo saying the new rules might deepen the terror threat. but the white house is pushing back. >> i think they should either get with the program or they can go. >> the attorney general of washington says he'll sue the administration becoming the first state to announce legal action over the ban. and last night, congressional democrats held a rally on the steps of the supreme court saying the president's order targetsing several muslim majority countries is unconstitutional, reckless an un-american. abc's jonathan karl has more on the on going ballot. >> reporter: the white house today is firing back, insisting its new extreme vetting travel ban is working just fine. >> i think this has been blown way out of proportion and exaggerated. >> the president himself declared his policy which temporarily bans people from seven majority muslim countries off to a good start. >> we actually had a very good day yesterday in terms of
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homeland security. and someday, we had to make the move, and we decided to make the move. >> reporter: the administration is pushing back against stories of chaos and confusion. families detained in airports. customs and border protection officials unclear on how to enforce the new policy. terminals turned into makeshift legal aid clinics, with lawyers offering their services to travelers impacted by the ban. in dallas, the mayor personally apologized to one family that had been detained offering them roses. and sounding off on it all, protestors across the country from new york and boston -- [ chanting ] >> reporter: to portland and seattle. the plan was rushed through so quickly on friday top officials on the president's national security team were left in the dark. >> protection of the nation from foreign terrorists' entry into the united states. big stuff. >> reporter: and secretary mattis was there when the president signed it, and even applauded. but he had no input whatsoever,
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contents. and homeland security secretary john kelly whose department is charged with implementing the policy was getting his first full briefing on the executive order right as the president was signing it. the order also caught top republicans in congress by surprise. >> it was not properly vetted. so you have an extreme vetting proposal that didn't get the vetting it should have had, and as a result, and implementation, we have seen problems. >> reporter: republican senators, marco rubio and tim scott said the rush to implement the policy created confusion, anxiety and uncertainty. it the white house press secretary downplayed the disruption. >> we made sure that the people coming in weren't coming in to do us harm. the system actually worked really well. >> the president brushed off criticism of the surprise announcement tweeting, if the ban were announced with a one-week notice, the bad would rush into the country during that week. a lot of bad dudes out there. there's been confusion about whether or not the ban won apply to permanent u.s.
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people with green cards who come from the seven countries included in the ban. at first the administration said that the ban would apply to them but now the secretary of the department of homeland security has said that those people with green cards would be granted waivers. jonathan carl, abc news, the prowhite house. barack obama is speaking out on the ban just a week and a half after leaving office. through his spokesman he said "citizens exercising their constitutional right to the assemble, organize and have their voices heard by elected officials is exactly what we expect to see when american values are at stake." he disagrees with the notion of discriminating against individuals because of their faith or religion. the outrage over that ban extends to britain, as well where the prime minister is defending the decision to give president trump a state visit. a million and a half people assigned a petition to stop that trip from happen. but theresa may
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a growing number of american veterans who served in iraq and afghanistan are expressing outrage at the ban. it blocks visas for interpreters who helped american forces on battlefield. they had feel betrayed by the executive order because they promised to help the interpreters and their families get to the u.s. priz trump signed another executive order yesterday as small business leaders gathered at the white house aimed at dramatically limiting regulations. it's being called the one in, two out plan because it requires government agencies requesting a new regulation to identify two others they will cut from their own department. and this morning, we're learning that iran has conducted its first missile test since president trump took office. press secretary sean spicer did not give an indication how the u.s. will deal with this show of force by iran. the u.n. security council has scheduled an urgent meeting later today. and the navy seal killed in battle against al qaeda this weekend has now been identified.
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was 36-year-old rhinowens from eorria, illinois. friends from high school say owens had always wand to be a seal. the eiffel tower in paris has gone dark to honor the six victims of a shooting at a mosque in quebec. thousands gathered across canada to mourn those lost. the man suspected is a 27-year-old known for his far right nationalist vunz prime minister justin trudeau says there's no place for that in his country. >> this was a group of innocents targeted for practicing their faith. make no mistake, this was a terrorist attack the people who commit these acts mean to test our resolve and weaken our values. they aim to divide us. to sow discord and plant hatred. we will not close our
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we will open our hearts. >> the victims were attending prayer services when they were shot in the back. the iraqi war vet accuses of opening fire in fort lauderdale airport has pled not guilty. five people died and six others were injured in the attack earlier this month. esteban santiago surrendered to police after emptying his gun. in pennsylvania, interstate 83 is now open following a fatal 50-vehicle crash. a tractor-trailer driver was killed and at least nine others transported to hospitals. the crash happened monday afternoon during a sudden snow fall which create poor visibility and slick roads. 83 south was closed for hours. state police are now investigating. former president george h.w. bush is back home this morning after being released from a houston hospital. the 92-year-old was treat ford pneumonia. the nfl has now reported asked him to be the official coin flipper at the super bowl which takes place on sunday
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houston. >> that is great. i'm glad he's back home healthy. in missouri, a unique project is in the works. in the city of jasper where a man is using old tires, you see right there to build a new house. >> his name is jimmy carter. no, it's not the former president. just a coincidence. he has gathered now about 1000 free tires from tire shops and he's been working on the house since july. so far, he's got the foundation in place as you can see. but luckily jimmy has another house. >> he says he's going to take another four years or so to finish the house. okay. this is what he hopes it's going to look like. when it's done. i'd like to see that. 3200 square feet and completely covered in rocks. >> covered in rocks be. >> yeah. looks like a little bit i've bump a ride for a house. >> sun deck on the top. >> what are you packing in there dirt in i don't get it. >> we're going to have to get to the bottom of
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how he's building the tire house. >> when jimmy builds the house, give us a call, il come to that house and stay overnight. >> "world news now" sleepover. good luck, jimmy. four years into all we got to wait. coming up checking out mysterious lights in the sky. >> the unidentified on thes seen floating right near a volcano. could it be a sig fal from beyond or probably something a lot less exciting? >> aliens, yes. finally. later behind the scenes of the refugee crisis. look at how the president's executive order might affect their chance to escape the violence plaguing their homes. you're watching "world news now." yeah, that stuff only lasts a few hours. or, take mucinex. one pill fights congestion for hours. no thank you very much, she's gonna stick with the short-term stuff. 12 hours? guess i won't be seeing you for a while.
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check out this sighting near mexico's pacific coast. a camera captured some sort of strange lights floating through the sky right near a volcano. they appeared about 20 minutes apart from each other. don't get freaked out. witnesses say they were likely homemade lanterns floating away. isn't it more fun to think it's something a little more creepy? >> diane's going to keep looking into that. >> ufos. a high profile murder mystery spanning four decades has finally been solved. >> the victim was a divorcee from a celebrity marriage. dna evidence has revealed her killer. t
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police more than 30 years ago. here's abc's aglek stone. >> kenneth troyer was identified as the person hon effectually assault and murdered karen klas. >> in 1976, karen klass was the ex-wife of bill medley. the 32-year-old was sexually assaulted and strangled in her california home. police got a helping hand from 21st century science. >> familial dna search is the only reason troyer was identified in this horrific crime. >> the sheriff's department says it tracked down the killer using dna searching when a partial match from dna collected at a scene is used to find likely relatives of a suspect. it's been used to solve other
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the grim reaper. critics argue it casts too wide a net. >> family members of potential suspects are now subject to questioning that certainly is not fair. >> karen klaas's family was at this news conference 41 years to the after she was attacked. >> on behalf of my family,'s been a long road. and we're just thered that we can close the book. >> reporter: alex stone, abc news, los angeles. coming up, a look at president trump's temporary suspension of america's refugee program and indefinite ban of all refugees. >> why critics are saying the existing vetting process was more than enough. you're watching "world news now." so i mowed the lawn, put up all the decorations. i thought i got everything. almost everything! you know, 1 in 10 houses could get hit by a septic disaster,
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♪ president trump says he's following through on his promise during the campaign to use excessive vetting to try to protect our borders and he is indefinitely banning all syrian refugees, as well. >> but you know, the vetting process can already be quite vigorous as david muir find out following refugee families along their journey
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jordan, up "up all nightline" with david david muir. >> reporter: in 2016, mo are than 12,000 syrian refugees were admitted to the u.s. before the election we traveled to jordan to see just what the vetting entailed. through this doorway, we immediately cover discover a crush of humanity. refugee families already screened by the u.n. now waiting to be interviewed by the u.s. >> i'd say that the interviewers are highly trained. they're trained to look at t documentation but also for the credibility behind the applicant's story. >> when you say documentation, this is syria. they've been at war for years now. >> yes. >> what kind of documentation do they have if any. >> surprisingly, 97% of all adult applicants in our pipeline have sal lid syrian documentation. >> from here, they are screened through the terrorist watch list. the intelligence databases back in the u.s. and homeland security makes the final decision. the u.s. state department told us of
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refugees admitted to the u.s. since 9/11, a quote tiny fraction of 1% have been arrested because of terrorism concerns. critics say that's still too many. these refugees the fbi caught in 2011 attempting to buy an anti-aircraft miff they thought would be used against american forces in iraq. they were known insurgents who had fought against u.s. soldiers but still slipped through the cracks. after that incident, president obama drastically curtailing the number of iraqi refugees coming into the country for six months, the vetting procedures overalled. >> last week i asked president trump about the critics who say his ban will only inflame tensions in this country and overseas. >> are you at all concerned it's going to cause more anger around muslims in the world? >> there's plenty of anger right now. how can you have more. >> davi
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you're a sophisticated guy. the world is a mess. the world is as angry as it gets. >> it was during our trip we found another family in iman who had been waiting nearly two years for an answer, their home bombed in syria. since our trip we have followed their story. they arrived here in the u.s. in september to a warm welcome from their new community. [ speaking foreign language ] and since then, mustafa has landed a full time job at a local auto parts factory. the kids are thriving in school but he knows he may not be able to share this promise of a better life with relative who have yet to arrive. an uncertainty now shared by thousands of refugees who had pinned their hopes on a new beginning in the united states. for "nightline," i'm david muir in new york. >> david, thank you. coming up, why it of coulds pore to stay in a hotel in
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time now for the mix. i got something for you. super bowl's coming up. everybody's excited. you think you got to go to the super bowl. ticks will be thousands of dollars. hotel roonls will be crazy expensive. get this groundhog day is coming up. everybody descends on punxsutawney, pennsylvania, the hotel rooms, there's phil, by the way. the hotel rooms in punxsutawney for groundhog day $450 a night. hotel rooms in houston average for the super bowl, $340 a night. it costs more to go see punxsutawney phil see or not see his own shadow than to watch tom brady throw ten touchdowns and win another super bowl. even after phil crimes climbs out, 300 bucks a
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that's another story. >> don't interrupt a good story with supply and demand. we don't want to hear that. >> which one would you go to. >> punxsutawney flil more popular than tom brady. >> and rob groundkowski and matt ryan? come on. you only see phil once and you see brady like 16 times or 12 times if he's messing with the football. joking, just kidding. just kidding. not funny. we're going to move on to something that's going to make everybody's heart melt. when you're a patriots or falcons fan or none of the above. rain johnstone is a widowyer from south australia looking for a new fishing buddy. he's looking for a fishing mate. my previous fishing mate is now deceased. so he puts this add out there hoping someone will respond. >> that's a nice add. >> maybe because of this
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selfie it went viral. he got over 23,000 views. thousands of responses. and he says, i think maybe bachelor stishlgs i like to imagine he did this bachelor style. he picked one. he got all the different responses and he says he found a "mate," who was nearby. local and they're going to go fishing together. >> it was done bachelor style so guys came out and did a whole contest? he would go on ingle fishing trips with them. >> yes. that's the way i imagine it. will you accept this fishing hadding. > or this fishing rod or worm in let's show this. let's just show this because that transition was so unsmooth. look, it's a girl dancing. ♪ >> you really pulled it together. >> this is mioka carmichael, 1.5 million views, 2.8 on her facebook page
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this morning on "world news now," the acting attorney general is being replaced after refusing to defend president trump's executive order on immigration. meanwhile, president obama is breaking protocol and speaking out on the ban. we have the details ahead. >> overnight an outpouring of support in quebec city for the victims of the deadly mosque attack there as we learn the identity of the suspect who gunned down six muslim worshipers. we'll have those new details. a cyclist is clinging for his life. >> the terrible crash that turned terrifying for a rider sent airborne during a pile-up, then hanging over the side of a bridge. the high drama on the bachelor last night. the two the women who hate each other ended up on a two-on-one date with nick. who


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