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breaking news. investigators still searching tonight, after terror threats are called in, in two major cities. more than 1,000 schools shut down in california. the bomb threat in new york city, too. brian ross, standing by. also tonight, the showdown on the strip. donald trump, center stage, but with a different opponent right next to him. it comes after protesters inside the trump event, and the nazi salute. the winter storm hitting nearly a dozen states. dangerous driving. and the airport chaos, just days before the holiday rush. the american plumber, suing tonight, after selling his pickup truck to a texas dealer. only to have that truck and his
of isis. and, the great made in america christmas is back tonight. we're across this country. the first big idea revealed. shall we say, a tip of the hat? good evening. and it's great to have you with us here on a tuesday night. and we begin with the fear that began early today on both sides of this country. for millions of school children and their parents. amid this climate of concern over terror. two threats, including bombs, assault weapons, grenades. one in los angeles. of course, san bernardino not far away. authorities there taking no chances, closing more than 1,000 schools. some children were already on their way, turned away at the doors. the other threat, right here in new york city. a bomb threat, also targeting schools, but authorities leaving schools open here. tonight, the very tough call made by authorities in both cities. how do you decide when to close, when to stay open? abc's matt gutman leading us off
>> reporter: the threat leaving a sea of school buses silent. shuttering nearly 1,100 schools. classes canceled for at least 650,000. some parents turned away. >> oh, my goodness. >> i as superintendent am not going to take the chance with the life of a student. >> reporter: l.a. superintendent ramon cortines saying this city still rattled in the wake the san bernardino terrorist attack two weeks ago. e one of the attackers there, syed farook, had pictures of a high school on his phone. the first alert at 5:00 a.m. that threat emailed to a school board commissioner. by 7:00 a.m., the decision had been made. the district issuing these robocalls.
invoked allah and threatened attacks with bombers, automatic weapons and grenades in schools. new york city, got an almost identical note. >> we do not see that as a credible terrorist threat and we are investigating it as a hoax. >> reporter: making the opposite decision, choosing not to cancel classes. in los angeles this afternoon the lapd and sheriff's office combing every single school for suspicious objects. >> they have to take into consideration for the children of los angeles. i think it's irresponsible, to base on facts that have yet to be determined, to criticize that decision at this point. >> reporter: the cancellations wreaking havoc. parents taking the threat seriously. so, you made the decision to pull him from school? >> his day care is not necessarily closed, but i decided to just keep him out. >> so worrisome for the parents. matt gutman with us live. and they are still searching the schools at this hour? >> reporter: that's right, david. even though investigators are telling me they are leaning towards this being a hoax, they are searching and clearing all the schools. they say they should be done by this evening and schools should be reopened tomorrow. david? >> let's hope so. matt, thank you.
studying the two threats for clues. and as you heard matt just report, they're leaning towards a hoax in los angeles. and the one here in new york city had clues early on leading them to believe this was not the real thing. abc's chief investigative correspondent brian ross tonight with what was said in the threat and what led authorities to leave schools here open instead. >> reporter: the first tip-off for new york police today was that the alleged threat, involved a secret jihadist terror cell, nerve gas agents, high. powered weapons and mass casualties, seemed remarkably similar to the plot line of the >> the instigator of the threat basically watching "homeland" episodes that it mirrors a lot of recent episode on "homeland." >> reporter: police said the message sent to new york read in part, kwl "something big is going down. there are nerve gas agents set to go off at a specific time. during launch hour."
knew immediately it was a hoax, and a bad one. >> it was so generic, so outlandish and posed to numerous school systems time simultaneously. >> reporter: the message continued, with a glaring typo. me, and my 138 comrades will die tomorrow in the name of allah, with a lower-case "a," at least in the new york version. >> it would be incredible to think that njie had any jihadist would not spell allah with a capital "a." >> reporter: los angeles got a similar message, with the sender saying he would personally lead the attacks. >> one person can't lead an attack in both cities. so they realized right then and there that it didn't have credibility. >> reporter: cut-and-paste job? >> definitely. >> reporter: but with the pain of the san bernardino attacks still fresh in california, there was broad support for the decision made by los angeles schools to play it safe today. >> and brian ross is with us. this is so tricky, because what do you do? close down every school now and if you leave it open, you have the other concern for parents.
>> reporter: that's right, david. while police here called the hoax, e-mails comically inept, for the people involved, there was nothing funny about the threat. under federal law, a conviction for the two bomb threats, if hoaxes, could mean up to 20 years in prison, david. >> brian ross with us tonight. brian, thank you. now, to the race for 2016. it's fight night for the republicans. all eyes on donald trump, of course, walking onto that debate stage with his poll numbers now reaching a new high. the new abc news/"washington post" poll showing trump with 38% nagts tionwide. the polls taken after his proposed ban on muslims coming to america. next to him tonight, ted cruz. abc's cecilia vega in las vegas. >> reporter: just how heated is the republican race? just watch donald trump's las vegas rally. >> black lives matter. muslims matter. >> reporter: trump repeatedly interrupted by protesters.
yes, i do. bye, bye. >> reporter: things taking an ugly turn as security removes them. one man in the crowd shouting a nazi salute. another saying someone should burn. >> light the [ bleep ] on fire! >> reporter: this dump trump sign torn to bits and thrown in the air. today, with the debate stage set, trump on the vegas strip, at his own hotel, tweeting, "hope i get treated fairly." this is the first debate since he proposed that controversial ban on muslims entering the u.s. >> until our country's representatives can figure out what the hell is going on. >> reporter: tonight, will his rivals pounce? another big question that ted cruz/donald trump match, with the texas senator gaining on the billionaire, will the two friends intensify their attacks on one another? >> we may see a few thoughts
suppose, in a sense, that's a backhanded come pliment compliment. >> reporter: on conservative talk radio, rush limbaugh, already choosing sides. >> a genuine conservative, even in the republican field, would not go after cruz this way. so, that's -- that just raised a red flag for me. >> reporter: but cruz and trump, not the only show in town. marco rubio today, surveying the debate stage, hoping he can emerge as an establishment alternative. >> and cecilia vega with us live from inside the hall. and cecilia, as we know, donald trump was dominating the headlines with his proposed ban on muslims coming to america. but today, ben carson and something he said. >> reporter: that's right, he released his plan to defeat isis. in it, he calls a prominent muslim civil rights group, the council on american/islamic relations a supporter of terror. carson left the spin room moments ago, he's still standing by those comments. >> seal see ya, thank you. let's get right to abc's chief white house correspondent jonathan karl with us here tonight.
where everyone will be standing tonight on that stage. someone new standing next to donald trump. ted cruz, right there, neck and neck in iowa. you told me earlier, jon, they all face the same challenge when it comes to this proposed ban on muslims and many americans supporting trump on this. >> reporter: every single one of the kmds on stage besides trump said it's a bad idea. that can't change. but don't look for ted cruz to criticize donald trump on this. he knolls that the majority of republican voters support the idea and certainly a majority of trump voters support the idea and the whole game is to get trump's support. >> all right, the delicate dance tonight. jon karl watching right here with you. meantime, on the democratic side, their big debate, right here on abc, just days away now. tonight, hillary clinton laying out her new plan to beat isis, saying the u.s. needs to, quote, step up our game, just as porn foreign policy, the number one issue for americans.
on isis, as well. abc's tom llamas with the democrats tonight. >> reporter: tonight, with terror on the minds of voters, hillary clinton, out to prove she'll take on isis and protect the homeland. >> it is not enough to contain isis. we must defeat isis, break its momentum and then its back. >> reporter: the former secretary of state is pledging to target isis' efforts to recruit online, but also, slamming republicans for fear mongering. >> bluster and bigotry are not credentials for becoming commander in chief. >> reporter: clinton heads into saturday's new hampshire debate dominating national polls. but it's senator bernie sanders, who is the one ahead in the granite state. and, he's toughening his stance on isis, while telling his loil supporters who pack those massive rallies, there are other issues, as well. >> obviously isis and terrorism are a huge issue we have to address, but so is poverty.
education, so is health care, so is the need to protect working families. >> reporter: and david, next month, sanders will have another clinton to worry about. tonight, we've learned that chelsea clinton will play a bigger role in the campaign, headlining two fund-raisers and states. david? tom, thank you. and we hope you'll join martha raddatz and me as we moderate the new hampshire democratic debate this saturday night, central. we turn now to the breaking headline out of baltimore tonight. the jury deadlocked in the freddie gray case. gray's death making national headlines. his spine nearly five ly ly severed after an alleged rough ride in the back of a police van. william porter is the first of six officers charged in gray's death. tonight, the judge telling those deadlocked jurors to get back to work, to keep deliberating. we are also following, tonight, the extreme weather. a winter blast out west. ten states now under winter alerts from colorado to minnesota.
crippling the denver airport tonight. hundreds of flights canceled. snow on the runway there. and on the highways, a treacherous come mute home on i-76 in denver. abc's clayton sandell from colorado. >> reporter: in denver, planes are touching down on icy runways in whiteout conditions. more than half a foot of snow putting the chill on travelers, forcing airlines to cancel more than 400 flights, delays running four hours. >> it's a bit of a heather. >> reporter: the weather is also entertainments a inter interstates across the west. in utah, knocking out power and snarling traffic. on the slopes of this new york ski resort, the grass is growing, but business is dead. high temperatures are also clothing. in just the first two weeks of december, retailers have already lost $158 million compared to last year.
different story. skiing is a nearly $5 billion industry here and lately, they've been seeing a lot of dollar signs in every snowflake. david? >> a tale of two countries tonight. clayton, thank you. let's get right to chief meteorologist ginger zee, because this storm is still causing problems. >> reporter: and that same storm that dropped more than half foot of snow in denver is now on the move tonight, david. from wyoming up to the arrowhead of minnesota, we've got winter weather advisories and warnings. we time it out for you. places like interstate 94, that's going to be a wreck tomorrow morning. visibility low. some four to eight inches overall. when that gets out of here, that storm, i want to turn your attention to the turning colder. by thursday morning, a reality check. rapid city, 7. minneapolis, 15. look at chicago, 24. that's a slap in the face after what we've had. it's all relative, but back to average. d.c., sub-freezing by saturday morning. >> 34 instead of 65? >> reporter: we have to deal. >> it was coming. meantime, that storm you talked about in the middle of
comes just a week before the massive rush on the roads across this country. just how many people will be on the road this holiday? more than ever before. and abc's chief business correspondent rebecca jarvis tonight. rebecca? >> reporter: david, nearly 1 in 3 americans, that's more than 100 million of us, expected to travel this holiday season. and when we do, gas prices will be below $2 a gallon for most of the country. the national average for a gallon of gas this christmas expected to drop to $1.98. that is the lowest level since 2008. 87% of flights are coming in on time. and that is the third best rate in more than 20 years. david? >> we'll take it. rebecca, thank you. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this tuesday. the lawsuit making headlines tonight. the american plumber who sold his pickup truck to a texas dealer. the company name and the phone number right there on the door. so, how did his truck end up in the hands of isis? he is now suing tonight.
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buffalo bill, will rogers, annie oakley, get your stetson. james dean, roy rogers, president reagan. indiana jones, too. and in the shadow of the empire state building back in new york, the name right out front. hey, shawn. >> nice to meet you. >> yeah. >> the logo stamped inside. and the old ad. it's a stetson. merry christmas. is this your first hat? >> this is not my first. >> how many now? >> 30? >> maybe 35. >> his 35th and my first. molded right before my eyes, shaping it with steam. >> and it turns an open crowd hat into a fedora. >> he sizes me up and puts on the stetson. we hope it's a good made in america holiday for you. >> we hope so, too. >> merry christmas. >> merry christmas. >> made in america! >> and keep sending us your ideas. thanks for watching on a tuesday. i'm david muir.