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tonight, breaking news. the holiday travel hazards. rain, ice and snow creating slick and dangerous driving in the northeast as millions are on the move. winter weather alerts across multiple states and who is in line for a white christmas. christmas terror scare? the shooting spree apparently targeting police. investigators looking for a possible terror link, and what we're learning now about that alleged christmas day bomb plot targeting a tourist site. fire in the sky. the strange glow coming from that object racing across space. what was it? tonight, the mystery revealed. explosive comments? did the president make derogatory remarks inside the oval office about immigrants from who countries. what the white house is saying tonight. and last-minute rush. with time running out before christmas, the stores offering
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50% to 75% off everything right now. plus the two big ticket items so many want that experts say will be even cheaper right after the holiday. >> how do you do? and good evening. thanks for joining us on this saturday. i'm tom llamas, and we begin tonight with that breaking news. the winter storm impacting more than a dozen states. rain, snow and ice making for some treacherous travel. that car right there flipping on a new hampshire highway. plus, the snow emergency in ohio. and these live images coming in from drivers in chicago. that traffic backed up. part of the system hit states like tennessee. a car ending up in a creek, and winds in nashville knocking over the city's official christmas tree. take a look at that. fedex now reporting planes flying into their memphis super-hub, experiencing severe wind sheer, and causing disruptions and delays. abc's senior meteorologist, rob
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marciano, starts us off. >> reporter: the cold fist of winter gripping the eastern half of the country tonight, snarling holiday travel for millions this weekend. >> i'm trying to beat it, but i don't think i planned well enough. >> reporter: winter weather alerts from texas to maine. experts warning it could take flee time three times longer for you to reach your holiday destination. >> my wife was kinda worried about it. ended up taking off a day early. >> reporter: icy conditions across new england. >> it looks like there's ice on my window, but in fact. it's just icy. >> reporter: nearly 30 crashes reported in massachusetts, shutting down parts of i-95 for over an hour. and in vermont, drivers warned to avoid an icy 30-mile stretch of interstate. whiteout conditions in missouri. this jackknifed semi spinning off the road. >> the ice, that's what makes me nervous. >> reporter: the snow still coming down in buffalo. and this picture looks like new york, but it's actually oklahoma. >> this is a walmart parking lot. >> reporter: flash flooding in
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arkansas and tennessee, and strong winds toppling the official nashville christmas tree overnight. >> quite the site. all right. rob marciano joins us live now, and rob, another quick-moving system on its way with a blast of possible christmas day snow? >> reporter: we cold air moving in. once this rain and winter mix moves to the east, check out the radar. it's an icy mix, and that will persist for the next couple of hours. you see on the radar, it will end probably 1:00, 3:00, 3:00 in the morning. it looks dry i a cross the eaves, but cold in the east, and a short wave will bring snow the places like st. louis, chicago, and not a lot, but enough to lighten up the roadways and make it slick. cleveland, and pittsburgh. and inland could see several inches of snow, enough to make it difficult to drive. for those with a white christmas fan domestic, you will get it.
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it will be minus 18 in minneapolis, so that's cold too. >> definitely an arctic blast. thanks so much. now to the shooting spree targeting police officers in harrisburg, pennsylvania overnight. investigators asking the public for help as they determine whether this suspect killed by police had ties to terror groups. all this following an incident in california. a man there accused of planning a christmas day attack. here's abc's eva pilgrim with more. >> reporter: tonight, authorities in two states investigating two potential terror plots. in harrisburg, pennsylvania police trying to determine if a string of shootings targeting law enforcement was an act of terror. police say 51-year-old ahmed aminamin el-mofty attacked police in three places first opening fire at an officer in this police car. later, shooting and hitting a state trooper before sparking a shootout with police that ended when he died. >> this individual showed that he was not afraid to fire at different law enforcement officers.
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>> reporter: relatives say the father of two was a u.s. citizen with egyptian ties. abc news learning el-mofty just returned from a trip in the middle east mid-october. tonight, investigators are looking at what he has been doing since he returned to central p.a. this, as authorities arrest a suspected isis sympathizer in california. investigators say 26-year-old everitt aaron jameson, a tow truck driver and former marine recruit, who was trained as a sharpshooter, was planning a christmas day attack. his plan to target crowds using a vehicle, guns and possible homemade explosives at one of san francisco's most popular spots, fisherman's wharf. >> he denied the allegations. >> reporter: in october, two fbi undercover agents contacted jameson after noticing support for isis on his facebook account. the fbi then forced to act quickly searching jameson's home in modesto, california. they say they found firearms and a handwritten note. his father is in shock. >> that's not how he was raised. >> and eva pilgrim joins us now live from times square.
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with isis recently encouraging its supporters to commit acts during the holiday season, police are now stepping up security? >> reporter: that's right, tom. with isis encouraging its sympathizers to target u.s. citizens, security is ramped up across the country of popular holiday destinations like here in times square. officers are patrolling with their guns on display, tom. >> eva pilgrim tonight from times square. thank you so much. let's turn now to politics and the explosive new report as the president spends christmas at his florida resort this weekend. "the new york times" is out with a story quoting the president allegedly using derogatory remarks about immigrants. tonight, the white house is responding. here's abc's kenneth moton. >> reporter: tonight, the startling claims about derogatory comments allegedly made by president trump about immigrants in the oval office. >> the most sacred duty of government is to protect the lives of its citizens, and that includes securing our borders and enforcing our immigration laws.
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>> reporter: "the new york times" reports the meeting happened in june. the tough on immigration president reportedly stormed into the oval enraged when he learned how many foreigners had been given visas to enter the u.s. according to one source in the room and another who was briefed later, trump complained the 15,000 from haiti, "all have aids" according to "the times" report. during the campaign trump had pledged to support haitian-americans. >> i really want to be your greatest champion, and i will be your champion whether you vote for me or not. >> reporter: in the tense meeting, trump reportedly adding that once the 40,000 from nigeria had seen the united states, they would never "go back to their huts" in africa. trump has made remarks widely perceived as insensitive towards immigrants in the past. >> we are going to get the bad ones out. we are throwing them out of the country or we're putting them the hell fast in jail. >> reporter: "the times" reports that tempers flared in the meeting. in the room, secretary of state, rex tillerson. then homeland security chief
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john kelly and adviser, stephen miller. several participants in the meeting told the times they did not recall the president using those words and did not think he had. today white house press secretary sarah sanders strongly denies trump made the remarks, telling abc news in a statement, "it's both sad and telling the 'new york times' would print the lies of their anonymous 'sources.'" tonight, trump is silent on the report, but launching a twitter attack on andrew mccabe on new reports that he is retiring in march. the president tweeting that mccabe is racing the clock to retire with full benefits. fbi insiders thought mccabe would leave soon after the firing of fbi director james comey. mccabe has been the target of the president alleging bias and obstruction of justice. >> turning back to that report about trump's remarks about immigrants, the white house not only blasting "the times," but also several officials in the room deny it ever happened? >> reporter: that's right.
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sarah sanders says a number of officials were in that room, including general john kelly, rex tillerson, and h.r. mcmaster. she says they and all other senior staff, quote, deny these outrageous claims. tom? >> thank you. next on the raging fires. the thomas fire west of los angeles officially the largest blaze recorded in the state. burning for close to three weeks now. 65% contained and at least two people killed. 700 homes lost. 427 square miles scorched. that's bigger than the area of new york city, san francisco and washington, d.c. combined. turning to the mystery in the sky for many in the west who looked up last night, and saw, well, what was it exactly? abc's marci gonzalez with the answers. >> oh, my god. >> reporter: that baffling view in the night sky over southern california. >> guys, this is the end. >> reporter: sparking frantic calls to 911. >> we were very, like, scared actually. >> reporter: and alarming, out of this world theories.
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>> we are experiencing the alien invasion. >> we didn't know what it was. we were just all tripping out and freaking out. >> reporter: celebrities, among the mystified. >> what the [ bleep ] is that? >> reporter: actor orlando bloom posting on instagram, "this just flew over my house. elon musk, is this spacex or a ufo?" musk playing into the mass confusion, tweeting a video of the glowing orb with the caption, "nuclear alien ufo from north korea." in reality, it was a spacex rocket, launched from vandenberg air force base propelling ten satellites into orbit. the timing making the spectacle in the sky especially dramatic. >> that launch vapor trail had picked up the light of the low sun and just made a spectacular and dramatic vision. >> reporter: a vision that, for some was more festive, than frightening. >> for a second we thought it was santa claus. we were just joking around. >> reporter: and for all,
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was unforgettable. >> but it was a really cool sighting, and i want to see it again. >> reporter: and we wont have to wait long for that, spacex's next launch is scheduled for next month. it's unclear if it will be quite as jaw-dropping, tom. tom? >> we'll wait and see. mar marci, thank you. moving onto an alleged prank taking a tragic turn. charges will be filed against four teens accused of dumping a sandbag off of an overpass. a man was injured and has now died. this is not the only time accusations have occurred of this mischief. here's abc's adrienne bankert. >> reporter: a tragedy right before christmas, one man is dead, and now four teens may face homicide charges after what could be a childish prank with fatal consequences. >> 911, where's your emergency? >> i just went underneath the bridge, and something hit my car! it hit my friend! and he is not moving! >> reporter: police in toledo, ohio say what hit that car tuesday and ultimately killed 22-year-old marquise byrd was a sandbag allegedly thrown
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off this i-75 overpass by four boys just 13 and 14 years old. detectives believe the falling sandbag was intentionally thrown into traffic, and that other vehicles were also hit by objects. the teens first charged with felonious assault and vandalism. but the prosecutor made this warning if byrd died from what were initially critical injuries. >> the state will be bringing forward some sort of homicide charge on all four of the that were involved. >> reporter: the incident mirrors another baffling case where five michigan boys, aged 15 to 17, allegedly threw nearly two dozen rocks at cars from this overpass in october. one of them allegedly killing kenneth white. all five in court, tried as adults, but have plead not guilty. because the accused in the ohio case are just 13 and 14 years old, the case must remain in juvenile court. though will be back before a judge next week with a trial set for january 4th, tom.
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>> adrienne bankert for us tonight. adrien adrienne, thank you. tonight, the massive shake in the miss america organization. dozens of former pageant winners demanding change, and tonight getting it. the latest now from abc's gloria riviera. >> reporter: tonight, the man at the center of the miss america scandal is out. ceo sam haskell resigning, effective immediately, after leaked e-mails from 2014 exposed alleged crude, sexist and derogatory comments about contestants and winners. 2013 miss america mallory hagan, belittled for her weight and love life. >> having someone bully you, belittle you, demean you, degrade you in any way is not okay. no matter what. >> reporter: hagan is 1 of more than 50 former miss americas calling for haskell and others to go, several describing a toxic environment. >> after giving up my crown i didn't go back to the miss america pageant for five years just because i was so hurt by the way i was treated. >> reporter: haskell telling abc those e-mails were conveniently
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edited. the events are not as described, but admitting "his mistake is a mistake of words." the pageant president, chairman, and another board member, all stepping down too. tonight, former miss america's gretchen carlson says, it's not enough. they want a full house cleaning. they say the women of miss america are determined to take their pageant back, tom. >> a full house cleeng. gloria, thank you. there is much more ahead on "world news tonight" this saturday. a deadly tropical storm triggering landslides and floods. wiping away entire towns. we'll tell you where this devastation happened. plus, urgent safety information for ram pickups. why nearly 2 million of them are being recalled. still haven't done your christmas shopping? there are still deals to be had. tips for finding them. that's coming up. 's coming up. ♪
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just find them. >> reporter: but eleventh hour buyers beware. experts say while gifts like toys and jewelry are great to buy now, you should hold off on tvs and exercise equipment until after christmas. >> and erielle joins us tonight, and we were just talking. there are some super last-minute shoppers and still, if you need shopping to do, there is a way to get it there before christmas? >> reporter: there is p if you are an amazon prime member, you can order up to 9:00 a.m. tomorrow, and get it tomorrow, but only in select cities. >> that's amazing. thank you so much. still ahead, a texas family arrested. why they are now filing a lawsuit against the officer and city officials. stay with us. stay with us. untain like i used. i even accept i have a higher risk of stroke due to afib, a type of irregular heartbeat not caused by a heart valve problem. but whatever trail i take, i go for my best. so if there's something better than warfarin, i'll go for that too. eliquis. eliquis reduced the risk of stroke better than warfarin, plus had less major bleeding
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finally tonight, a teacher in indiana noticing students at his new school were not equipped for the winter. so he took matters into his own hands, outfitting the entire school for the harsh weather. >> reporter: just days before christmas, these anxious students are in store for a surprise. >> i want to show you guys kindness in return. >> reporter: that's special education teacher jeffrey thomas. he's new to lew wallace school 107 in indianapolis. >> the students really welcomed me to the school. they really showed kindness to me, and so i wanted to give that back to the students. >> reporter: many of the students are learning english for the first time. more than 75% qualify for free lunch. in this community, christmas can be tough. >> they don't have the conveniences of going to the store and buying things to keep them warm. >> reporter: so mr. thomas clipped coupons, gathered donations and made more than 600 scarves. one for each student. >> doing the scarf project was really my way of showing you can show kindness in the simplest
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forms, simplest ways. >> reporter: during a school assembly on kindness, these students got a first-hand lesson in just that. >> because right now in my classroom, i have 600 scarves. >> reporter: each kid, picking out their perfect scarf. >> i'm going to wear it every day i come to school. >> reporter: the smiles, and hugs, say it all, wrapped up and ready to play. >> thank you for the scarf. that was very nice of you. >> reporter: all thanks to one teacher, paying back the kindness these kids showed him. >> and tonight, we salute teacher jeffrey thomas and the entire staff at lew wallace school. those scarves look great. thanks so much for watching. i'm tom llamas. "gma" and "this week" in the morning, and i'll see you right back here tomorrow night. have a great evening. good night. od night.
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♪ >> from the birthplace of qvc, west chester, pennsylvania, welcome to the qvc west chester christmas parade, presented by qvc, the greater west chester chamber of commerce, and 6abc. >> featuring qvc's jennifer coffey, qvc's dan hughes, 6abc's adam joseph. >> parade groups from seven states. >> high school and college marching bands. >> large character balloons, inflated holiday costumes. >> dance performances, floats. >> and, of course, the arrival of santa. >> let's get the parade started with actress, singer, and songwriter ashlee keating and our parade cast. >> hello, everyone, and happy holidays. my name is dan hughes. with me this year is jennifer coffey. both of us are from qvc.

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