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tonight, this country celebrates an american hero. we learned late today, astro gnat and senator john glenn has died. >> godspeed, john glenn. >> the first american astronaut tonight, in his own words. also breaking tonight, the winter storms. the driving has turned deadly. the pileups across several states. the images coming in. up to 70 cars involved in just one chain reaction crash. as we come on, new reporting tonight after two police officers are targeted, both of second officer has died. was it excessive force? the student with the knife and the officer who then fired the shot. tonight, some asking, did he have another option? and holiday shoppers, beware tonight. the on. several major department stores
now accused of making you believe you're getting a better we have the list. good evening. and it's great to have you with us here on a thursday night. and we begin with the passing of a true american hero. former astronaut, war hero and u.s. senator from ohio, john gl. the first american to orbit the earth. he was the last surviving member of the original mercury 7 astronauts. a symbol of the american spirit. his nearly five-hour flight solidifying america's place in the space race with the soviet d victory at the time. once asked how he'd like to be remembered, glenn said he'll, quote, leave that to the other people. and so, we begin with abc's david wright. >> ten, nine -- >> reporter: he was a pioneer and a patriot. launched into history with this iconic sendoff from mission control. >> godspeed, john glenn. >> reporter: later, john glenn
confessed he actually didn't hear the phrase as "friendship 7" lifted off. >> zero g, and i feel fine. capsule is turning around. oh, that view is tremendous. >> reporter: at the height of the space race, john glenn was the first american to orbit the earth. >> this is "friendship 7," reading you loud and clear. >> reporter: glenn was easily the most famous of those seven original astronauts. that's him, second in from the right. a decorated marine corps pilot in two wars. his wingman in korea was baseball legend ted williams. >> say again your instructions, please, over. >> reporter: the world held its breath for his mission. when he splashed down after three orbits, he was an american hero. >> welcome to washington. welcome become to this planet. >> reporter: colonel glenn quit the space race for a career in issues in particular. he was still a sitting senator when, at age 77, he returned to space aboard the spate shce shu
"discovery." >> liftoff of the space shuttle "discovery." >> reporter: his mission, to study weightlessness on the elderly. john glenn, now the oldest astronaut ever to orbit. around the world. >> one thing i promised annie the day we were married, in addition to our wedding vows, of course, was that i would do everything i could to keep life from being boring. >> reporter: boring his life was not. in his later years, john glenn liked to joke that science has yet to come up with a cure for the common birthday. he had 95 of them. godspeed. david wright, abc news, new york. >> an incredible american life. and later tonight, john glenn in his own words. the moment something went wrong as he was orbiting the earth. and what we all saw as americans when he emerged from that capsule. that's later. in the meantime, we move on tonight, the deadly storms hitting at this hour. two separate systems.
pileups across several states. at least three people killed on i-96 in michigan. up to 40 vehicles involved in that chain reaction crash in whiteout conditions there. heavy snow falling in buffalo, new york, up to three feet of snow expected. the map tonight showing the arctic blast, from the rockies all the way to the east. some wind chills plunging to 20 degrees below zero. abc's phillip mena is in michigan. >> reporter: tonight, along the great wrecking havoc for drivers. a mangled mess of up to 70 tractor trailers and cars, just west of erie, pennsylvania. >> watched the guy climb out of this seat. >> reporter: towing company owner paul pardo shooting the scene, as first responders race to pull victims wreckage. wrecks all along the great lakes, from ohio to western new york, where snowfall over two inches an hour made it hard to even walk. >> this is a skating more go in.
>> reporter: on interstate 96, east of lancing, michigan, at least three people were killed in this 40-vehicle, chain reaction crash that left some of the injured trapped in their cars. the storms, fueled by that arctic blast, moving over the great lakes. >> look at it spin. >> guys, that's reaching. >> reporter: powerful enough to lake e rie. and david, i'm right by that michigan highway. part of the road has reopened, but officials are still asking drivers to stay off of these icy roads. it is going to freeze again tonight. david? >> all right, good advice, phil, thank you. marciano. he's in springville, new york, with more on this system. rob? >> reporter: david, the snow, as you can see, is blowing sideways. already a foot on the ground. which means in parking lots li you. all the great lakes, all very warm, all open for business with lake effect. and will continue to be.
to the west we go. portland, winter storm warning, as storm moves into the arctic air. look at the numbers. going to feel like minus 25 in bismarck. 20 in birmingham. that lake effect snow warnings here, david, until saturday. >> still saturday. rob marciano, perhaps until april. in the meantime, we move next tonight, to the dramatic prison break in south carolina. the new images coming in this evening. michael womensilliamson serving in prison, caught on walmart. he's accused of stabbing a ryin an elementary school later. and you'll see the new images of that, right here tonight. ends. >> reporter: tonight, that massive 14-hour dk when authors discover michael allen williamson is missing from the south carolina maximumhere he w
life sentence. possibly escaping in a food truck. the dangerous criminaled of armed robbery and assault with intent to kill, traveled 80 miles to a walmart, where he is seen in this surveillance image, and is allegedly caught shoplifting. that's when shorts say he stabs a 26-year-old female officer in the arm and shoulder. >> officer stabbed at 1326 bush river road. location is walmart. >> reporter: then, this morning, this exclusive surveillance video shows williamson trying to get into an elementary school, but the school is locked, and moments later, officers arebl to capture him. and david, that officer who was stabbed at walmart is recovering well and she has been released from the hospital. david? >> that's encouraging. linzie janis with us. linzie, thank you. also tonight, new developments shooting in america's georgia. the second officer shot has nll. the intense manhunt for the suspect, coming to an end this
morning, the s.w.a.t. team swarming a barricaded inside. police say he took his own life. the two officers were killed, responding to a domestic dispute. we turn next here to the heated debate over the shooting of a high school student in nevada. he had a knife. students were terrified all around him. the 14-year-old boy is seen on camera swinging that large knife, threatening classmates, critically wounded by a school officer. abc's matt gutman reports tonight, there are growing questions, did the officer have any other options? >> reporter: tonight, as reno police investigate a school resource officer's shooting of this knife-wielding teen -- >> bro, he just shot the kid. >> reporter: the 14-year-old's family is saying, what you see here -- >> back up! >> reporter: bunt a thwarted loan wolf attack, but a case of self-defense gone wrong. >> this should have been a situation controlled by non lethal means. >> reporter: the family saying the 14-year-old was a troubled
boy with special needs. >> you had a very mentally unhinged student attempting to keep people ail way from him by swinging knives in the air. >> reporter: his father posting on facebook that his son was merely defending himself against bullies. as the boy slashes at the air, lunging at students, you can hear voices seconds later, that officer fires. today, school superintendant commending the response. >> both of those plans workedss. >> reporter: that boy's lawyer saying he could lose a lung and suffer brain damage. all day, we've been asking the reno police department if that officer had nonlethal means at hisyou. next tonight, president-elect donald trump visiting survivors and first state university. mr. trump also making headlines tonight, after launching a new war of words against the union mr. trump just visited to announce more than 1,000 jobs had been saved.
that union leader had said the victory wasn't quite what it seemed. here's abc's tom llamas. tate university, meeting with victims of last week's harrowing campus kected terrori. >> these were really brave people. >> reporter: it comes amid a new battle over another high profile trip. trump's visit to the carrier plant. and his announcement he'd convinced the company not to send indiana factory jobs to mexico. >> and now they're 1,100 people, which is so great. which is so great. >> reporter: turns out, it's really 00 jobs, slated for mexico, that were saved, not 1,100. factory are still going across the border. chuck jones, the union leader representing those workers says trump, quote, lied his expletive off. >> if you are dealing with people's livelihoods, you sure in the world ought to know what the numbers are. >> reporter: less than the
president-elect firing off these tweets -- "chuck jones has done a terrible job representing workers. no wonder companies flee!" "spend more time working, less reduce dues." >> he overreacted, presidt- jones says he's now getting death threats. it's the second time this week trump has used twitter to lash out at a critic. one hour after the ceo of boeing was quoted questioning the president-elect's approach to china. trump tweeting -- "boeing is building a brand new 747 air force one for future presidents, but costs are out of control. cancel order!" the president-elect's battle with the carrier union leader comes as he picks fast food executive andrew puzder for secretary of labor. >> grass fed beef. >> reporter: puzde epuzder's c owns hardees and carl'shese rac.
he's also a vocal opponent of raising the minimum wage to $10.10 and of expanding overtime pay eligibility to 4 million americans. puzder himself is a millionaire. one of nine millionares and billionaires named to the trump cabinet so far. >> and tom llamas with us live tonight in iowa. and tom, millions of americans knew donald trump long before ro his time with "the apprentice." and you have news tonight, he's going to stay connected to that tv show, even as president? >> reporter: david, mgm, which holds a majority stake in the show, telling us tonight that the president-elect will remain an executive producer of "celebrity apprentice" while he's in the white house. and a spokeswoman for trump telling us that we're going to learn additional deilt a news conference next thursday. david? >> tom aitonight. hillary clinton, meanwhile, is back in the news tonight, in washington but not as she hoped. seet first time since losing the election, speaking at a tribute to retiring senator harry reid. it was a rare appearance in public for mrs. clinton since
the election, and even she used humor to address all of those selfies with supporters she bumped into along the >> this is not exactly the speech at the capitol i hoped to be giving after a few weeks of to come out and i am very grateful -- >> mrs. clinton also taking on the serious subject of fake news after the election, saying it can have, quote,ri.t, and inside aleppo with our team.evastated center of syria's cil war. our team, in fact, in the middle of a fierce fire fight. appear on the verge of seizing total contr territory. abc's alex marquardt shows us the carved out tunls>>eporter:
holding out in aleppo, this is . we saw the battle unfold in the historic old city. the government forces have ter that the rebels control in and hear, the fight for this city is very much taking place right in its heart. from the magnificent, but battered citadel, assad regime forces poured heavy fire down onto rebel positions. the rebels firing right back. the fight intensifying. so, we backed off the front, through the mazeways and across a square. we because now, the rebels are lobbing mortars. this world heritage site, once a jewel of this country, now a ravaged these tums have bennels have ben knocked through the walls so
that we don't have to walk in the street and avoid snipers. and here, we find the last t hi days, soldiers. he tells us, there are only five civilian families left in the old city. a victory for the assad regime here would be their greatest in years. but after their crippling siege and the merciless bombardment, it would come at an extraordinary cost. alex marquardt, abc news, aleppo. >> our thanks to alex and the team in syria tonight. and there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this thursday. two pow eerful earthquakes s th also tonight, holiday shoppers beware. what major retails accused of doing to shoppers. we'll get to the bottom of it all. the surprise finding by researchers tonight, involving life expectancy for americans. and the young woman in the fight of her life. the dream she accomplished, standing right there with alex standing right there with alex show host tonight. if you have moderate to severe plaque psoriasis,
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but then, a dangerous crisis. the automatic steering system jammed. flaming fireballs came flying past his window. >> my condition is good, but that was a real fireball, boy. >> but the unflappable glenn t acted swiftly, taking over the spaceship's controls, manually . >> right here. the shoot looks very good. over. >> and from that capsule in the water emerged an american hero. >> today, john glenn and the "mercury" team challenged space. and they won. >> a victory celebrated by millions of americans who are still proud to this day. godspeed, john glenn. thank you for watching. i'm david muir. good night. where things come from?
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this is "jeopardy!" let's meet today's contestants -- a residential manager from bronx, new york... a program manager from silver spring, maryland... and our returning champion, an editor from vermilion, ohio... and now, here is the host of "jeopardy!" -- alex trebek! [ cheers and applause ] thank you, johnny. thank you, ladies and gentlemen. i think one word that would be a good one to use to describe our current champion, tim, is solid. yesterday, managed to turn his game into a runaway.