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kcrg-tv9 news at 5. now we go to new york for abc's world new tonight, breaking news. inside trump tower. the controversy over members of the president-elect's family and national security clearance. mr. trump's team requesting clearance for trump's son-in-law, jared kushner. ivanka trump's husband now emerging as a top adviser. also tonight, why is the trump name buildings in new york city? also tonight, the police shooting. tonight, that officer charged with manslaughter. what prosecutors are now saying. the horrific moment on the train tracks. the family inside their truck. the split-second decision that saved them. the murder at an american airport. travelers told to shelter in place. tonight, the possible motive revealed. and the victim, the father of an nfl player. and the breaking images coming in now. the massive and deadly explo
plus, the wildfire alerts, and now word of the first blizzard of the season. ginger zee is standing by. good evening. and it's great to have you with us here on a wednesday night. and we begin with major developments from inside the trump transition. the next white house. and tonight, the president-elect, donald trump, does want national security clearance for his son-in-law, 35-year-old jared request. kushner is married to mr. trump's daughter, ivanka, and has now emerged as a major adviser. but it comes amid questions about how much the trump family should have access to, as their father moves to the white house. meantime tonight, that other image today, the trump name coming down here in new york city. and mr. tru himself responding to reports of turmoil inside the transition. abc's tom llamas, leading us
on this man, jared kushner, president-elect donald trump's son-in-law. abc news confirming trump's transition team has requested national security clearance for kushner. >> it's appropriate for whoever's going to get the presidential daily briefing to have a security clearance. it's not just appropriate, necessary. >> reporter: kushner, who is married to ivanka trump, is 35, a real estate developer with no governing experience. he became a close adviser during the campaign, and is now a key member of the transition team. seen here touring the white house on thursday. the revelation comes as the president-elect and his team are shooting down reports the transition process is in turmoil. is amanage those who are out, governor chris christie. a one-time trump adviser who sources say fell out of favor with the president-elect. though christie and kushner worked together for months, their history is more complicated. christie prosecuted kushner's father, send him to federal prison. trump trying to sound optimistic. in a tweet that sounded like a reality show promo, the
organized process taking place as i decide on cabinet and many other positions. i am the only one who knows who the finalists are." but former house member mike rogers, connected to christie, who worked on the transition team before being ousted, describes a much different reality. >> i think there is some confusion going on about a chain of command coming out of new york. hopefully they'll get that settled pretty soon. i think they're going to need to do it, because as this clock ticks, all of these decisions become more important. >> reporter: and eot at the state department, and says he has contact with trump's transition team, originally a never trumper, he came around to possibly working with the team, but that changed quickly, writing about the experience in "the washington post." "a bad boss can be endured. a gaggle of them will poison all decision-making. even trump allies admit it's not going as smoothly as trump describes. >> the beginning of any transition like this has turmoil, because it's just the
think that trump is very decisive. >> reporter: and the trump transition team still dealing with controversy surrounding the hiring of stephen bannon also chief strategist. the former head of breitbart news, which published headlines like -- "hoist it high and proud: the confederate flag proclaims a glorious heritage." >> are you comfortable with him having such a high level position in the trump administration? >> it's great to see you guys today. >> so, no defense of bannon, then? >> all right, thank you. thank you. >> all right, guys, let's go. >> reporter: and today, a sight trump would likely not approve. his name coming down from three residential buildings on the westside of manhattan. the owners who licensed the trump name deciding to remove the name after residents protested. >> and tom llamas with us live tonight from trump tower. and tom, we're hearing a new name emerge tonight as a possible contender for secretary of state? >> reporter: david, south
state, who says both me and governor nikki haley are being considered for positions in the trump administration, and that governor haley is being considered for several posts, including secretary of state. david? >> tom llamas leading us off tonight here in new york. tom, thank you. and just a short time from now, hillary clinton making her first public appearance since her concession. it had been planned before the election, and tonight, keeping a commitment to speak at the children's defense fund. and her first p comes just as her win over mr. trump in the popular vote has now surpassed the 1 million mark. fuming some of those protesters, and questions about the electoral college. here's abc's david wright. >> reporter: tonight, as she appears in public for the first time since that crushing defeat, hillary clinton's lead in the popular vote is actually growing. already more than a million votes ahead of trump. by the time all the votes are counted, she may well end up
the presidency. the lone exception? barack obama. the fact that she lost anyway is partly what's fueling outrage. own a call with congressional democrats, clinton said, no one is sorrier than she is. >> remember, hillary got more votes than donald trump. do you understand what that means? yes. >> reporter: senator barbara boxer is now introducing legislation to get rid of the electoral college, even though that won't change the results of this election. this online petition goes further, erjing the electors ignore their states votes and cast their ballots for clinton. more than 4 million signatures, but very unlikely. trump himself once called the electoral college "a disaster for democracy." these days, he calls it "genius," but insists if the election were based on the popular vote, he could have easily won, campaigning more in
tonight, as well. and david, any clues on what hillary clinton will say tonight, and despite that popular vote tally, is she now done in politics? >> reporter: people will be listening very closely to that speech that she'll be giving at the churn's defense fund tonight. it's a commitment she made long before election day, as you said, probably hoping to give a different sort of speech. david? >> david wright with us, as well. david, thank you. we do move onto other news this wednesday night, and to that deadly police shooting, the horror seen by millions on facebook. the police officer involved now charges with manslaughter. the moments after the shooting, livestreamed on facebook by the driver's girlfriend. on the video, she can be heard begging her boyfriend not to die. fill land doe castille did not survive, and tonight, that officer learning of the charges. here's abc's steve osunsami. >> reporter: let's first say this tonight -- that police officers across the country risk their lives every day for the public good. >> i told him not to reach for it, i told him to get his hands up. >> reporter: but in this police
on fire near st. paul, minnesota, prosecutors say it's the officer who is the criminal. >> no reasonable officer would have used deadly force under these circumstances. >> reporter: on top of manslaughter for killing philando castille, officer jeronimo yanez is facing two felony firearm charges for endangering the safety of both diamond reynolds, who recorded the live video, and her 4-year-old daughter who was crying in the backseat. >> you shot four bullets into him, sir. he was just getting his license and registration. >> reporter: reynolds and her boyfriend both told the officer that castille had a legally-owned gun in his pocket. today, police announced that he never had a chance to remove that gun before he was killed. they found it at the bottom of that pocket. in police radio traffic that night, you hear the moment the family is pulled over. >> i have reason to pull it over. the two occupants just look like a -- people that were involved in a robbery. >> reporter: and you hear what many feel is the sound of
one of our suspects just because of the wide-set nose. >> reporter: tonight, police say the family had nothing to do with the robbery. diamond reynolds says that manslaughter isn't nearly enough. >> i feel as though that murder to the highest extent of the law is what would be appropriate here. at the end of the day, none of that is going to bring my boyfriend back. >> reporter: the officer is expected to enter a plea of not guilty at a court appearance on friday. his lawyer argues that the issue wasn't race, that it was the gun. david? >> steve osunsami with us tonight. steve, thank you. next tonight, the fires, and now word this evening of the first blizzard of the season on the way. first, the air quality alerts in three states at this hour, as 33 large wildfires burn from georgia to west virginia. take a look at the skyline of charlotte tonight. thick smoke from those fires, triggering a code red alert there in columbia, south
ginger zee, she's got more on the blizzard, but first, the fires tonight, ginger. >> reporter: that's right, david. atlanta, georgia, is one of those cities now 30 days straight without measurable rain. that is having a huge impact. the drought on those wildfires. let's take it straight to the maps. you can see, 33 large wildfires now burning in parts of kentucky, tennessee, west virginia, all the states there highlighted on the map. people are going to the hospital because of air quality. schools are closing. some of the air quality index numbers are nearing so, we're going to be talking about this for awhile. because that is not changing. but we've got to get to that blizzard watch. places that could get up to 12 inches of snow with 45-mile-per-hour wind gusts in the next 24 hours. >> you'll have more on "gma" in the morning. ginger, thank you. in the meantime, next tonight, to new details in that deadly shooting that triggered a lockdown at an american airport. tonight, the victim, the father of an nfl player. and now word on a possible
oklahoma city. >> reporter: tonight, chilling new details inside a deadly plot to kill. a gunman shutting down the oklahoma city airport for five hours yesterday, as tactical teams searched for the man police say shot and killed 52-year-old michael winchester, a southwest airlines employee. >> it is believed the crime was premedicated. >> reporter: 45-year-old lloyd buie suspected of setting up a sniper's nest. police say armed with a rifle, he laid in wait, on the four from 50 yards away. later taking his own life. he worked for the airline as a ramp agent, but last year was suspected of working under the influence of alcohol, quitting after refusing to be tested. >> it is possible that the suspect acted in retaliation against the circumstances leading up to his resignation. >> reporter: winchester, whose son, james, plays for the kansas city chiefs, today honored with this photo on facebook. david, southwest safes that winchester was a supervisor
and they declined to say whether the two ever had any interaction at work. david? >> thank you, phillip. we turn next tonight here to a harrowing moment at a railway crossing, this time in georgia. take a look. a truck stuck on the tracks. the train barrelling through. a husband and wife, they were inside, but their split-second decision that saved them, and how often this happens in america. here's abc's david kerley. >> reporter: a road and rail line littered with remains of the tractor trailer and its cargo. the driver and his wife, jumping justec this. they survived, but the household goods they were moving, ripped apart. that's a bicycle wheel rolling down the street. the driver said his gps put him on the road northeast of atlanta, and says by the time he saw the no truck signs, he couldn't turn around and ended up getting stuck on the crossing. >> all of a sudden we hear the train coming, so my wife jumps out of the truck, she's skreeng at me, get out of the truck, get out of the truck. maybe like four seconds later,
every week, at least four people die in rail crossing crashes. part of the reason, there are so many incidents. more than five on average, every day. david? >> david kerley with us tonight. thanks, david. next, to your money this evening, and to the bitter disappointment some new homeowners discover after the biggest purchase of their lives. abc's chief investigative correspondent brian ross tonight, teaming up with our abc stations around the country with this your money investigation. >> reporter: the building boom in new homes has also left a >> the water would start here and travel along the ceiling. >> reporter: as the owners of brand new houses tell our stations across the country, they are the victims of low quality, shoddy construction. >> you continue living in something that no one can give you answers for, no one will fix it. >> reporter: problems big and small. >> look at that. >> reporter: like black mold. bouncy floors that had to be ripped up. cracks and homes in the foundation, with snakes moving
paint issues. issues with the flooring. >> reporter: the building industry says its homes are of the highest quality ever, and that on happy homeowners are in the minority. >> the american consumer expects a perfect home. there is no such thing as a perfect home. >> reporter: in fact, our investigation found the biggest building company, d.r. horton, set aside more than $400 million this year alone to deal with construction defect claims. point out all the houses here where there are issues. but residents at this d.c. say the company has been slow to fix what they say has gone wrong. >> i had 23 appointments and they missed 17 of those. >> reporter: in other cases, repair crews and bulldozers showed up only after abc news or our stations began to investigation the homeowners' claims. >> the crews showing up after you started looking into this. so, you'll stay on this. >> reporter: absolutely. >> this can cost new homeowners tens of thousands of dollars,
>> reporter: absolutely. the best advice, first, spend the money to hire a home inspector to look for flaws and defects, and then make sure to get a good lawyer to look over the contract with the builders so your dream house doesn't turn into a nightmare. david? >> our thanks to you, brian and to all of our stations tonight. there is much more more ahead on "world news tonight" this wednesday. the deadly house explosion. the images coming in late this afternoon. the powerful blast. the home leveled. and emergency crews on the scene at this hour. also tonight, the murder mystery. the missing man last seen police taking away clues. and now, the new discovery tonight. and breaking developments this evening involving tom hanks, robert de niro, ellen degeneres, and the boss, bruce springsteen. what they suddenly all have in common, and one dramatic phone call that says it all.
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tom hanks honored, too. >> my momma always said, life was like a box of chocolates. >> also on the list, vin scully. the legendary baseball announcer. and just listen to the call from white house press secretary josh earnest. >> hello? >> hello, mr. scully? >> yes. >> every year, the president gives out something called the presidential med al of freedom, and this year, he's going to give it to you. >> oh, my gosh. no. >> >> ah -- well -- >> i'm just an old baseball announcer. >> well, listen. you've had a remarkable impact on the lives of generations of sports fans in this country. >> vin scully and the rest. we congratulate you all tonight. and we thank you for watching. i'm david muir. i hope to see you right back here tomorrow. good night. source, this is kcrgt 6. two state legislators say iowa
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