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breaking news. we're on the scene tonight. divers in a lake after the terror in california. the fbi searching the lake for possible clues and tonight, investigators on what brought them there. also breaking, the city now on alert this ooechk after a u.s. warning. authorities now trying to prevent a specific terror event, telling american citizens there to be on the lookout. the runaway commuter train. passengers trapped inside with no conductor. pounding on the door for help. two major storm systems we're watching tonight. the state of emergency. drivers trapped there on a highway. and the reported tornado. >> wow! >> storms turning deadly already.
citadel. under fire after this image of cadets singing christmas carols. the outrage tonight. good evening. it's great to have you with us here on a thursday night. and we begin tonight with the scene unfolding in southern california late today. the fbi and a team of divers just a couple of miles from the scene of the terror in san bernardino. those divers heading into a lake. dive team. dredging the bottom of the lake. it's believed the killers, that husband and wife, might have been at that lake or in the area after the shooting. divers going into the water, searching for any evidence. it's believed they are post by looking for any digital divisons. our team on the scene of that gutman, leading us off. >> reporter: tonight, divers dredging the bottom of this pond
to the terrorist couple, sigh yad syed farook and tashfeen malik. >> we did have a lead that the subjects came into this area. >> reporter: those divers seem to be focused on an area between those rocks and about a stone's throw into the water near where those buoys are. crisscrossing back and forth for hours. hoping to salvage perhaps a device with digital data on it. all of this happening just miles away from the site of that rampage. while much of the couple's story remains murky, the portrait of the man who authorities say bought the rifles in that rampage is becoming clearer. tonight, abc news has learned enrique marquez interviewed may have lived a double life. his family members telling abc news they never knew the former punk rocker converted to islam or that he had married a woman named maria chernykh. his wife is one of two russian sisters who married american men. the other sister is married to
federal authorities now saying farook and marquez planned an abandoned terror plot in 2012. >> they abandoned that because there were arrests right in their area in southern california, probably by the counterterrorism people that really caused them to rethink it. >> reporter: those arrests, four men from riverside, california. the same town farook and marquez lived in. marquez's family saying it is shocked. that is enrique marquez's mother. she just spoke for the first time, saying how upset she is by all of this. she hasn't heard from her son. that's because he's still being questioned by the fbi at an undisclosed location, though authorities tell us he is not under arrest. >> and matt gutman with us now live. that friend not under arrest, but still being questioned. what more have you learned about the timeline about this possible sighting of the couple near that lake? >> reporter: david, for the first time, the fbi telling us that that terrorist couple
that shooting rampage, but before that chase and shootout, which killed them. maybe even leaving evidence in david? >> which is why they're on the scene there behind you tonight. thank you. meantime tonight, to a warning from american authorities and now the urgent effort to stop a terror incident from unfolding in geneva. warned. there is a manhunt under way. authorities searching for at least four terror suspects now, were planning to strike that city. abc's alex marquardt is in gee geneva. >> reporter: swiss police on the streets of geneva today, their numbers visibly beefed up to prevent what they called a terrorist event. they're looking for at least four men considered dangerous their photo tweeted by belgian media, whom officials say were planning a specific attack in geneva. sources told abc news the tip came from the cia, both swiss and international authorities
the alert level here has been raised, and tonight, the american embassy in switzerland has warned u.s. citizens to be vigilant. a meeting with u.s. and russian officials on syria had been planned for friday and will likely go ahead but in a different place and with counterterror measures in place. the entire european continent still on edge after the deadly attacks in paris and raids in brussels. tonight, a top geneva official said that switzerland, which is normally quiet and peaceful, is no more secure than any other country. david? >> alex marquardt in geneva for alex, thank you. and there is news from the pentagon tonight. three top isis leaders killed in iraq. the three taken down in separate coalition air strikes late last month, including one of the more senior members of their financial network. and here at home, a terror suspect arrested in minnesota. accused of supporting isis in syria and iraq. he allegedly tried to help nine terror group. authorities saying he helped pay
we turn now to an abc news investigation tonight. a troubling new development, just one month after the terror attacks in paris. you'll remember this image, authorities say, one of the alleged suicide bombers using this fake passport to slip into europe among the syrian refugees. tonight, a chilling new warning. isis now has its hands on at least one official passport printing machine. abc's chief investigative correspondent brian ross on the concern those fake paz ssports could be used here. >> reporter: with the u.s. and other countries on high alert tonight for isis attacks, american authorities are warning the terror group may have infiltrated followers into this country with authentic-looking passports it has printed itself, almost impossible to detect. >> if isis has been able to acquire legitimate passports or machines that create legitimate passports, this would represent a major security risk in the united states.
isis swept through major syrian cities last year, it was able to seize government passport printing machines. a homestand security investigations bulletin sent to law enforcement in the last weekbtained by abc news, showed examples of suspect passports and said isis may have boxes of blank passports. the bulletin warned that "individuals from syria with passports issued in these isis controlled cities or had passport blanks, may have traveled to the u.s. " the director of the fbi first revealed the problem publicly on wednesday. >> the intelligence community is concerned that they have the ability -- the capability -- to manufacture fraudulent passports, which is a concern in any setting. >> reporter: several of the fraudulent passports have already been discovered in europe. most note ably notably, in the paris attacks, when authorities said one of the suicide bombers used
come into europe as a refugee. >> and brian with us now. this is very concerning, a printing machine and what about the concern, they could use the fake passports to come here? >> reporter: that is a very serious concern here. someone would still need to get a u.s. visa to come here. but u.s. officials are going through immigration officials to see if anyone made it into this country with one of them. >> brian ross on the trail again tonight. brian, thank you. to other news this evening and now to boston. the runaway train with passengers on board. operator. passing station after station. passengers pounding on the door for help. no one inside. abc's linzie jab nis from boston tonight. >> reporter: tonight, boston police are investigating how a packed commuter train was able to take off, traveling without its operator for more than five terrifying miles. >> we knock on the door of the driver and nobody was there. >> reporter: shortly before the train's scheduled departure, the operator exited to check a signal.
just after 6:00 a.m., the train started moving, grazing the operator as it left. the train then passing through four stations, as authorities scrambled to turn off the third rail powering the train. it continues to coast before coming to a stop just party the north quincy station. >> the whole strain train started going slow. everything just stopped. >> reporter: workers then boarded and moved the train to the next stop to let passengers off. passengers on board that train say they started to panic, realizing there was no one inside the operator's booth. some tried to get inside. others attempting to pry open the exit doors. tonight, authorities say they are focusing on driver error. >> the procedures that are supposed to be followed and the second later of protection is ensuring that our personnel follow those procedures. >> reporter: david, the train on rain or the had been placed on administrative leave as
david? thank you. we turn now to the race for 2016, and donald trump's new surge tonight. a new national poll, part of it taken in the days after trump's controversial call for a ban on muslims coming to america. trump up 13 points since october now, to 35%. ted cruz, a distant second there with 16%, ben carson falling to third with 13%. and in one of those early voting states, south carolina, trump now 20 points ahead of his closest rival. abc's tom llamas, again, on the campaign tonight. >> reporter: tonight, donald trump may be taking heat, but with republican primary voters, he's on the rise. that new national poll shows him leading his closest rival by nearly 20 points, and some of that polling done after his controversial proposed ban of muslims coming into the u.s. israeli prime minister benjamin net ya hue criticizing the muslim ban, and today, trump tweeting he's now postponing his
"after i become president of the u.s. ". >> i didn't want to put him under pressure, number one. i also did it because i'm in the midst of a very powerful campaign that's going very well. >> reporter: but trump could be taking a business hit. his proposed ban leading a developer in dubai to take down a trump billboard advertising a golf course that trump is working on. >> if i lose some businesses overseas, it doesn't have any impact on me whatsoever. what i'm doing right now, bill, is far more important than any single business that i own. >> reporter: and david, tonight, there is a new poll out on trump's plan to ban muslims from coming into the u.s. that poll shows that more republicans support the trump plan than oppose it. david? >> abc's tom llamas with us tonight. tom, thank you. now, to connecticut, pushing a new gun control law. the governor there planning to sign an executive order, becoming the first state to close a loophole banning gun sales to anyone on the federal no fly list. gun permits already issued to those on the list will be revoked now. we turn this evening to the
deadly storms in the northwest. nine states now on alert for high winds tonight. winter storms. a state of emergency in washington state. and the reported tornado touching down. and look at this tonight. a commuter nightmare after a landslide in woodland, washington, bringing traffic there to a halt on interstate 5. abc's neal karlinsky in washington. >> reporter: late today, a dramatic scene caught on video in battleground, washington. >> wow! >> reporter: a possible small tornado or microburst, ripping up trees and shredding them. no reported injuries, and only isolated damage, but it is the latest punch from a wild week of weather here. nearby, just north of portland, one side of i-5 was shut down overnight and into the morning rush when a landslide, even huge boulders, came down on the highway. >> i don't think anybody thought it was going to be this bad. >> reporter: from portland to seattle, roads are buckling under the strain of too much water.
the storm killed at least two. a woman trapped under a falling tree, and another who drowned driving through floodwaters. while the water has now begun to recede, falling trees are a concern. this is what they're so worried about here. the ground is just so saturated. you can see the way this tree absolutely peeled back in the wind and rain. this one actually landed on top of a car that's parked over there, david. >> incredible force of the storms there, neal, thank you. let's get right to rob marciano, still tracking this again tonight. and more in store. >> reporter: more rounds of rain and wind coming to the northwest. you see the swirl, that's the low. cold air coming in and we've got winter storm warnings posted for the sierras. one to two feet of snow expected. time it out. several waves coming through. the next big storm saturday for the northwest. and the storm tonight gets into the plains then, where big-time warm air awaits. temps in the 60s and 70s. a severe weather threat, especially for eastern parts of texas. strong winds and tornadoes are possible. so, there's a price to pay with all the warm air we have.
now, to south carolina tonight, and to the scandal erupting at one of america's top military colleges. at least eight cadets at the citadel suspended tonight after this image. they say they were singing christmas carols. abc's senior national correspondent jim avila with the outrage and the school's response tonight. >> reporter: tonight, the citadel, under scrutiny for these images, showing cadets dressed in white with pillowcases over their heads, in a scene some say resembles the ku klux klan. posted on facebook by a woman who saw a video of the scene and was disturbed by it. the south carolina state military school, founded by the civil war, to defend slavery, and still flying the con federal flag on campus. today, those eight cadets suspended and removed from campus after they were seen dressed all in white. the students told school administrators they were portraying ghosts of christmas past. but the school president, in a
"offensive and disturbing." minority students, who make up less than 8% of the student body, said the cadets in sheets reminded them of the klan. >> it's stupid if these college students did not find the optics of that to be disturbing. >> reporter: the school has launched an investigation and further punishment is possible. jim avila, abc news, washington. >> jim, thank you. from washington tonight, the president today replacing no child left behind, signing a rare bipartisan law, preventing the government now from mandating common core. giving states more power over education standards, requiring them to improve low performing schools, but students will still be required to take federal math and reading exams. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this thursday. for the first time, bowe bergdahl in his own words. why he left his fellow american troops on that base in afghanistan and what he's now saying that's making headlines tonight. also ahead here, breaking news involved the tv star married to that nfl quarterback. new developments this evening in
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basically leadership failure to the point that the lives of the guys standing next to me were >> reporter: fellow soldiers call him a desserter. and they likely won't be implessed with bergdahl's other reason for leaving. to prove he could be more like the movie action hero jason bourn. >> so, i had this fantastic idea that i was going to prove to the real thing. >> reporter: tonight, the army still deciding if he should face a court-martial or if five years in the hands of the taliban was punishment enough. ryan owens, abc news, dallas. >> ryan, thank you. when we come back here tonight, the major airlines making headlines this evening, banning one of the most popular christmas gifts of the year. the tv star and her husband searching for her missing brother. the new and troubling development tonight. and take a look at this. do you recognize this face right here? the instagram photo that had so many talking today. the prediction she made way back
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