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tonight, breaking news. president trump's extreme vetting causes panic and chaos. that sweeping executive order slamming u.s. borders shut, temporarily barring refugees. families stranded. >> i don't know what to do. tomorrow i'm going back to iraq. >> at airports here at home and around the world, mass confusion. tonight, the growing protests. >> no hate, no fear. refugees are welcome here. >> and the question, why some countries and not others? inside the oval office. the president on the phone with the kremlin, what he said to russia's vladimir putin. on the streets of chicago, a deadly shootout. the police bodycam footage just released. a new warning tonight from the cdc about a fast-spreading flu epidemic, is your state at risk?
and serena makes history. so, what comes after 23 grand slams? the score still 0-0 between these hard-playing sisters. >> thank you, venus, for inspiring me. good evening. thank you for joining us on this saturday. i'm cecilia vega. we begin tonight with breaking news, that sweeping fallout from president trump's executive order on refugees and immigration. tonight, there's chaos, confusion and fear. in the oval office, today, the president saying this is not a muslim ban, so what does this order do? it temporarily bans all refugees from entry into the u.s. it suspends u.s. visas all centered around predominantly seven muslim countries. the impact, immediate. hundreds of people at airports overseas and in at u.s. borders denied entry.
some passengers on the way to new lives here. the protests swift. this is the scene right now at new york's jfk airport, where a nearly dozen stranded travelers are being detained tonight. abc's eva pilgrim is there. she starts us off. >> reporter: tonight, growing anger at the airport known as the gateway to america. >> no hate. no fear. refugees are welcome here. >> reporter: lawmakers racing to jfk in new york this morning as word emerges multiple passengers flying in from overseas were detained after that new executive order. >> they both had valid visas. they got on board a plane before the executive order was issued and when they got off the plane here, they were detained. >> reporter: the number of detained growing to at least a dozen, including haider alshawi, an iraqi national on his way to join his wife and son already living in texas. the family granted refugee status because of its association with the u.s. military, according to court filings. tonight, his attorney tells us his wife is in shock.
>> it's obviously devastating to have your father, your husband en route and think that he's on his way to a safe place to rejoin you in the united states. >> reporter: others detained at airports throughout the u.s. at least nine in dallas, at least one person in chicago, and in philadelphia, the mayor tells abc news two families with visas and green cards arrived and were turned away. the ripple effect felt around the world. after two years of waiting, fuad sharif and his family, from iraq, planned to make their move to the u.s. today. but were pulled off their flight. tonight, they are stuck in cairo. >> and i'm ruined now. i don't know what to do. because i sold my house. i quit my job. my wife quit her job. and kids left school. all these, and i paid $5000 for the ticket. >> reporter: his family given the visa because he risked his life working with the u.s. government, given no warning they couldn't go. >> i don't know what to do.
and tomorrow i am going back to iraq. really, really, really i am in terrible situation. >> reporter: stanford and other universities recommending students to not travel. google saying in a statement, "we're concerned about the impact of this order and any proposals that could impose restrictions on googlers and their families." >> what do we want? >> all: justice. >> reporter: this afternoon, a glimmer of hope at jfk. >> this is the humanity, this is the soul of the american. this is what pushed me to move, leave my country and come here. >> reporter: hameed darweesh, an iraqi national, detained at jfk, released after 19 hours. thankful, the husband and father of three was awarded a special immigrant visa because of his work with the u.s. military. >> america is the greatest nation, the greatest people in the world. >> eva joins us now from jfk. tonight there's still so much confusion and a huge protest behind you.
eva, how are the airlines dealing with this tonight? >> reporter: cecilia, each >> reporter: cecilia, each of the airlines has their own policy for how they're handling this. some aren't allowing from that banned country list to make that trip to the u.s. others are allowing some passengers with specific visas and green cards to make the trip. most are giving refunds to passengers who are not able to travel. cecilia. >> okay, you'll be following this story for us all night tonight. at the white house tonight, a flurry of activity. president trump on the phone with world leaders including russia's vladimir putin. it's that fallout from that controversial immigrant ban and all the questions that come with it that's taking center stage. abc's david wright has more on this part of the story. >> reporter: tonight, president trump insisted his new executive order is working out exactly the way he wanted it to. >> you see it at the airports, you see it all over, it's working out very nicely. >> reporter: trump brushing off
the shock waves from the policies that he set in motion. from the pentagon yesterday. >> this is the protection of the nation from foreign terrorists entry into the united states. we all know what that means. >> reporter: the new order follows through on trump's controversial plan. >> -- of muslims entering the united states until our country's representatives can figure out what the hell is going on. >> reporter: citing the need to protect against threats like 9/11, the new order suspends visas for seven predominantly muslim countries. they may not be able to return. but saudi arabia where 15 of the 9/11 hijackers were from aren't the list, neither is egypt and turkey. the new order also suspends the
admission of all refugees for four months. blocking most syrian refugees indefinitely. although trump told cbn news he would make an exception for christians fleeing persecution. >> you know, if you were a christian in syria, it was impossible -- at least very, very tough to get into the united states. we are going to help them. >> reporter: during the campaign many republicans were quick to reject the idea of a religious test on immigration, but today, ryan applauded the president, saying it's time to re-evaluate and strengthen the visa vetting process. democrats see it differently. senate minority leader schumer tweeted, there are tears running down the cheeks of the statue of liberty. today, we sought khizr khan. who spoke at the democratic national convention. >> you have sacrificed nothing! >> tonight, outside the white house, he accused trump of appeasing the bigots.
>> he's appeasing his bigots. not realizing that by doing so he's writing a dark chapter in the history of the united states. >> david wright joins us now from the white house. that much anticipated phone call between president trump and vladimir putin. >> it was an hour-long call. called it positive. the russians were a bit forthcoming said the topic of restoring economic and trade ties did come up. >> david, thank you. much more on all of this tomorrow on "this week." martha raddatz goes one-on-one with white house press secretary sean spicer. the police chase and shootout unfolding on the streets of chicago. a city struggling with high
crime this just-released bodycam. what sparked this latest round of violence. abc's marci gonzalez has the details. >> reporter: tonight, new body cam video showing -- an intense gun battle. >> multiple shots fired, multiple! >> reporter: chicago police officers. rushing towards a building, scaling fences, some taking cover. the suspect shooting at police officers returning fire, more than two dozen shots exchanged. >> he went to the front of the building, bro! >> reporter: after investigators say grimes shot his pregnant girlfriend in the abdomen killing their unborn baby. >> he's down. he's down! >> reporter: grimes killed in the november shootout. at least two officers injured. the video of the massive response part of the chicago police department's new commitment to transparency, after a justice department investigation found a pattern of excessive force. following the city's most violent year in two decades.
already this year nearly 270 people have been shot, 42 victims, killed. president trump this week tweeting, "if chicago doesn't fix the horrible 'carnage' going on, i will send in the feds!" and the city is working to curb crime, in part by adding cameras in some neighborhoods. as for that november shootout it is still under review, cecilia? >> okay, thank you. in the texas tonight, investigators are looking into a intense fire that destroyed a mosque overnight. next to the medical headline causing concern tonight. the cdc declaring there's a growing flu epidemic and we're not even in peak season yet. here's abc's jim avila. >> reporter: americans are suffering from the flu tonight in epidemic numbers across 37 states. mid-january saw three children die from influenza. ten states from alabama
to georgia in the south, to new jersey and new york in the east, reporting high level flu activity. doctors advising a flu shot as soon as possible and before illness hits your family. the vaccine takes up to two weeks to become fully effective. it protects against 95% of flu strains this year. this year a shot is recommended. hospitals in washington state report they're running short of beds as the flu rapidly spreads during the height of influenza season. now through march. making this advice important -- once the flu takes hold, bedrest and home confinement are advised. >> if you're sick, stay home. don't go out and affect other people. >> reporter: so far this season, 19 deaths have been attributed to the flu nationwide. it's most dangerous to the very young and the very old. cecilia. >> okay, jim, thank you. another health warning, this over an expanding mumps outbreak.
widespread cases of mumps, 14 cases this month alone compared to 17 all of last year. there were more than 5,000 cases of mumps in the u.s. in 2016, just 1,000 the year before that. the cdc is looking into the cause of the spike. we move on now to an abduction sending shock waves through a popular college campus. surveillance allegedly showing him trying to cash in on the student's credit cards. tonight, the urgent hunt to find him. here's abc's gloria riviera. >> reporter: tonight, authorities in washington, d.c., are searching for this man, accused of kidnapping a college student. police say that surveillance video shows the suspect, in a black suit, attempting to use the victim's credit cards at a store. bit about your safety on campus, or near campus for that matter. >> reporter: it happened in
broad daylight thursday, mere steps from the georgetown university campus and upscale neighborhood. the police report claims the suspect asked the student for money and then he grabbed him by the arm and pulled him into the car. police say he tried to force the student to take out money from several atms before entering those stores. the suspect seen being helped, fidgeting, then leaving after his transactions are denied. when you hear that someone was kidnapped as the police say, in this neighborhood, how does it make you feel? >> it's unnerving. i walk here by myself all the time. >> reporter: police say the victim was released unharmed after two hours. georgetown university students and residents here are being cautioned to stay alert and call in with any information they might have. cecilia? >> gloria, thank you. we want to turn now to the sister act playing out down under. serena williams dominating that family court rivalry. so now that she's got a historic 23 grand slams under her belt, what's next? abc's paula faris tells us. >> reporter: tonight, serena cementing her place in history.
after dominating her big sister venus in the australian open finals, falling to the floor ground overcome with emotion. the two embracing at center court, the win giving serena the most grand slams in the modern open era. >> 23-time grand slam champion, serena williams. >> reporter: the williams sisters considered tennis royalty, having both battled and supported each other since they were teenagers, facing off 28 times. >> the highlight of all of this is to be in that moment. >> i really enjoy seeing the name "williams" on the trophy, so this is a beautiful thing. >> reporter: venus carving out her own piece of history today, at age 36, becoming the oldest finalist ever at the australian open. >> i just felt like, it didn't matter who won or who lost i felt like we both were able to win today by just making it this far. >> reporter: and tonight, serena regaining her number one ranking, and while many now consider her to be the greatest
tennis player ever -- she says she's looking forward to a little time off to begin planning for a different kind of match. her wedding with reddit co-founder, alexis ohanian, her biggest fan and fiancé. paula faris, abc news. >> a well-deserved congratulations all around. there's still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this saturday. a truck bursts into flames. the driver stuck inside. what happened next is caught on camera. and a woman's home taken over and trashed. what she had to do to get it back. and is this the cutest baby in america? at least one iconic brand certainly thinks so. why you might be seeing a lot of this cute, little guy. coming up.
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finally tonight, a runner collapses during a half-marathon, strangers jumping in to save his life and now he's in a different kind of race to find them. here's abc's john donvan. >> three, two, one -- >> reporter: when bill amirlaut started running the key west half marathon the other day -- he was just around the bend from the coincidence of his life, although he didn't know that yet. only feet away, a guy named robbie was there cheering on his wife and friends. a woman named lisa also running the race. also running, a woman named amy. when suddenly, yards from the finish line, bill went down. >> i blacked out. i don't remember anything until waking up and being lifted into the ambulance. >> reporter: including the three strangers who kept his heart beating.
because that was the issue -- bill has a heart condition. desperate to find them and say thank you, bill posted this on facebook. >> i am hoping you can help me find the person or people that saved my life this past weekend. >> reporter: within 24 hours, they all heard the word. amy smythe, who happens to be a cardiac nurse. >> i could not believe how good he looked. >> reporter: lisa, another nurse. and then, there's robbie. a nurse anesthetist. just this afternoon, he and bill connected. an encouraging coincidence, in all ways, since we never know what, or who, is just around the bend. john donvan, abc news. >> good luck and some good timing there. thank you for watching. i'm cecilia vega. we'll see you right back here tomorrow night. have a great saturday evening. tomorrow evening. have a great saturday evening.
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