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tonight, a special edition of "world news tonight." making history in cuba. president obama just touching down here. the first time in nearly 90 years an american president has set foot in havana. but the visit not without controversy. will there be new opportunity for american business here? how soon will american tourists be allowed in? the famous hotel chain announcing new plans tonight. as we take you into havana. the young families. the vintage american cars. as we get set for our exclusive interview with the president. also breaking this sunday night, the eruption of protests against donald trump from new york to arizona. a trump supporter arrested for assaulting a protester. trump's campaign manager caught on camera. and tonight, trump fires back. images coming in from the scene tonight. a police officer shot and killed. a young father, less than three years on the job. a second officer wounded under
fire while serving a warrant. and as spring arrives, the winter storm warnings for millions as we come on the air tonight. up to eight inches of snow in some places. good evening tonight from havana, cuba, where history has jusy been made. president obama touching down, landing in havana, the first president to visit cuba since calvin coolidge in 1928. while we're here, we will have an exclusive interview with president obama, and he will meet privately with the cuban president, and speak directly to the cuban people first. in a televised speech. the first family is here. the cuban people are welcoming them with open arms. as many ask back home, how far
will be president go with what he says, about a communist government and human rights? and about the freedoms of ordinary cubans? president obama landing here in cuba late today making history. just 90 miles from the u.s. he is the first president to visit cuba in 88 years. it comes a little more than a year after the president announced the u.s. would begin normalizing relations with cuba, a thaw decades after the cold war ended. when we sat down with the president the first time we asked him if this day was coming. will you visit cuba in your final two years as president? >> you know, i don't have any current plans to visit cuba. >> reporter: not ruling it out? >> well, let's see how things evolve. >> reporter: after that first interview, we brought you to cuba. driving to find the former u.s. embassy here, stripped of its title and shut down after fidel castro took power. at the time, cubans, aware of the growing tensions, lining up before the embassy could close to apply for american visas, the wait list months long. but outside the old embassy this past year, we witnessed the first signs of the thaw. you can see the heavy security
behind me, the officers on the corner here. we were here as members of the u.s. delegation arrived a short time ago, because there is great hope that this will soon become the u.s. embassy again. and tonight, the embassy is now open again, and on his first night here, it will be among president obama's first stops. 11 million people live here in cuba, on average making just $20 a month. by some estimates, just 5% have internet access in their homes. and tonight, the people here are waiting for the american president. here in the heart of old havana, you talk to the young families here, and hear the same thing over and over. it's time. i ask yvette, 24, what she thinks of the president's visit. [ speaking foreign language ] she tells us we don't know exactly what will happen but i hope there is something good and families can be reunited. and this young father, andy, telling us it's good that cuba and the u.s. can now get along.
and reveals he has family he would love to visit in louisiana. the president will make an historic speech televised to the cuban people. and inside this merceria, a tiny store, i ask, will they be watching? and what if president obama offers tough words about what change must come. [ speaking foreign language ] of course, she says. she'll be listening. and we're prepared for anything the president has to say. on the streets here, scenes frozen in time. the american cars from the 1950s. >> the road to havana paved with glory for fidel castro. >> reporter: when fidel castro took power in 1959, he shut down imports of american cars. 60,000 vintage cars still driven here. the cars, a symbol of an economy in slow motion for decades, still controlled by a communist government. and there are still arrests. dissidents who speak out about their own government. president obama, aware of criticism from some back home, that the embargo should not be
lifted. and we will ask him about that while here. but already, more americans are now visiting cuba. for cultural exchanges, simply coming for tourism is not yet allowed. flights from america will soon resume. there is a bidding war among airlines already. and tonight, starwood hotels and resorts just announcing they will renovate and operate three hotels here. >> the monte carlo of the americas. >> reporter: more than half a century ago, cuba was a tourist mecca for americans. the nightclubs, the gambling. but now it's president obama's gamble. will restoring relations, and pushing for a more open economy, actually give cubans a new voice? as many americans back home wait to visit as tourists again, to see the culture frozen in time, and those american cars. we asked, with no american parts allowed in for decades, who fixes them and how? mechanics who improvise. a '53 plymouth. in that car, now a mercedes engine. and we wondered how much of the
car is original. [ speaking foreign language ] he answers with a smile, just the body and the transmission. rebuilding it all on their own. as an american president now arrives, many ask what will change here. and how far will he go in private with president castro and in public, before the cuban people. the president has already acknowledged that the embargo will likely not be lifted in cuba until the next president. and we'll ask about some of the criticism back home, that it shouldn't be lifted at all. our exclusive interview with the president tomorrow night. our first moments with the president first thing in the morning on "good morning america." and abc news coverage of this historic visit gets under way. we'll be back from cuba a little bit later, with a letter arriving from the president before he arrived, and a message he sent about a cup of cuban coffee. but first, let's go back to new york and tom llamas. tom, good evening.
>> david, thank you, and good evening to you. back here at home and the race for president. donald trump defending his campaign workers and supporters. after more violence erupts inside one of his rallies. a protester punched and kicked by a trump supporter as they were being escorted out on saturday night. trump's campaign manager again accused of a physical confrontation. this time, with another protester. here's mary bruce. >> reporter: it's the most violent confrontation yet. a protester at this trump rally in tucson escorted out when a trump supporter sucker-punches him, pulls him to the ground, and repeatedly kicks him. the supporter, arrested. but tonight, donald trump seeming to blame the man who was hit. >> these people are very disruptive people, george. these are not innocent lambs. >> but does that excuse punching and kicking a protester? >> well, you know, he or his partner was wearing a ku klux
klan outfit. this happened to be an african-american man who was very, very incensed to the fact that somebody, a protester, would be wearing a ku klux klan outfit. >> reporter: fact is, the man who was punched was wearing a stars and stripes shirt. still, trump on "this week" says protesters share responsibility for the unrest. >> at what point do people blame the protesters? these are people that are professional agitators. >> so, you're blaming the protesters, not the person who actually punched and kicked the protester? >> no, i'm saying this, these are professional agitators and they should be blamed there, too. >> reporter: trump also defending his campaign manager, corey lewandowski, after grabbing a protester by the collar. watch again. lewandowski in the grey suit. >> i give him credit for having spirit. he wanted them to take down those horrible profanity-laced signs. >> reporter: this is the second time lewandowski has been accused of getting physical at a rally. he also allegedly grabbed a female reporter. but trump standing by his campaign manager, bringing lewandowski onstage at his last victory celebration. now, trump was pressed today about his prediction that his
supporters will riot if he doesn't win the nomination. trump says he'll tell them not to, but suggests it could happen anyway, saying they're, "fervent." tom? >> mary, thank you. now to the spring storm and the winter blast. snow and ice covering roads in illinois on this first day of spring. to the east, winter weather alerts from new jersey to maine. snow arriving overnight, making a mess for the morning commute. here's rob marciano. tracking it all from boston tonight. rob? >> reporter: a mild winter, but now spring brings a snowstorm. definitely cold enough for it here. but with rain mixing with wet snow across the south, it will change over into new york, new jersey, connecticut. by midnight, it will be heaviest. heaviest by 7:00 a.m. in boston, 5 to 8 inches of heavy, wet snow expected.
we'll probably see power outa s outages, definitely a difficult commute. a significant storm. tom? >> rob, thank you. now to breaking news about a shootout in indiana that left a police officer dead. the 27-year-old deputy killed. that officer, a new father, less than three years on the force. a second deputy shot and wounded. gio benitez with the new details tonight. >> we got two officers down. we need somebody. >> reporter: you're listening to the moment two indiana deputies serving a warrant ended up in a gun battle. >> fired, county! >> we got shots fired. >> i've been hit. >> reporter: early this morning, around 12:30 a.m. 27-year-old deputy carl koontz and 35-year-old sergeant jordan buckley, coming face to face with a gunman when they went into a house. the deputies returning gunfire, but it was too late. koontz, less than three years on the force, dying from those wounds. buckley is still recovering.
>> they got inside the residence and they were met with gunfire. we plan for it, but you're never fully prepared for it, if it is truly unknown to us. >> reporter: the alleged suspect is dead tonight. his identity has not been released. and tom, tonight, we don't know exactly what the warrant was for. but we're told it has something to do with drugs. and one officer has lost his life because of it. tom? >> gio, thank you. now overseas to a stunning revelation about the capture of the terrorist authorities say was responsible for the paris attacks. authorities say salah abdeslam was planning to launch another isis-inspired attack like the one in november. according to police, he was not acting alone. alex marquardt in brussels tonight. >> reporter: tonight the lone surviving terrorist of the paris attacks is allegedly divulging disturbing details to interrogators. admitting, according to
belgium's foreign minister, that he was planning more attacks. the claim backed up by the large weapons cache found in a raid on tuesday. the minister also saying abdeslam clearly had a strong support network helping him hide. but his lawyer told a belgian newspaper that after the arrest, abdeslam is "frightened and weak." european officials have warned that the threat of more attacks is as high, or higher, than before paris. the question now, what more can abdeslam reveal? >> this gives the belgian and the french authorities the opportunity to interrogate him, find out more about who else he may have been working with. find out more about how he carried out these attacks and the connections back to the islamic state. >> reporter: abdeslam is now fighting extradition to france, his lawyer said today they will be taking legal action against the paris prosecutor for revealing details about the interrogations. abdeslam is due to make his first court appearance here on wednesday.
tom? >> thank you. next tonight, the investigation into the plane crash in russia, killing all 62 onboard. the plane, trying to land in heavy winds when it crashed on to the runway. the debris field revealing just how difficult this investigation may be. here's david kerley. >> reporter: investigators are tonight analyzing the two black boxes recovered from flight 981. the devices are badly battered but tonight the russians report they have started to uncover data that may reveal why it plunged to the ground. and tonight, unconfirmed recordings posted on the internet purporting to be the tower talking to the pilot. asking air traffic control about weather conditions, circling the area for two hours. >> okay, thank you, and when you look out windows there, it looks better than before. >> 9er-8-1, moderately. >> it almost looks like the pilot was visually trying to
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air force one landing here in havana. a much different entrance last time. president calvin coolidge, sailing into havana on a battleship. the only other sitting u.s. president to visit here. it was 1928. his wife, grace, arm in arm with the cuban president. the cheering crowds, leaning from balconies, welcoming president coolidge. a reporter, writing for "the new york times" back then saying, "his face was full of smiles." the streets, then and now, with cuban and american flags. and tonight, president obama, seen smiling too. the president sent a letter to cuba this past week, one of the first direct letters to arrive here in decades. the president writing to a cuban woman. ileana yarza, who has written the president before, sharing her happiness at the president "taking this much needed step." and inviting him for coffee. opening the manila envelope in her havana home. the u.s./cuba direct stamp in the corner. the president writing back, "hopefully, i will have time to enjoy a cup of cuban coffee."
the hope of this visit on so many faces today. even on a playground, aware of the history. we have not forgotten the children here. the soccer game beyond the fence. robin, telling me, it will be great. we are going to have a better economic situation. and i asked them if diplomatic ties with the u.s. is a good idea. [ speaking foreign language ] >> si. >> si. >> reporter: the children, raising their hands to the future. and that's "world news tonight" from cuba. thank you for watching. much more of our coverage of this historic visit tomorrow morning on "good morning america" and right here on "world news tonight." our exclusive interview with the president, tomorrow night. for tom llamas back in new york i'm david muir here in havana, cuba. i hope to see you right back here tomorrow night. good night.