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already. >> all of here, we appreciate your time. see you again in a half hour at 6:00. >> bye. tonight, breaking news. will it be a team of rivals? president-elect donald trump, now set to meet with mitt romney after both traded bitter words during the campaign. is romney now being considered for secretary of state? we're at trump tower. also breaking, the deadly snowstorm, bracing for the blizzard. nine states now under a winter alert. and this system moving east. in some places, 80 degrees one day, 20 the next. the two explosions. the deadly gas blast in a town center. investigators on the scene tonight, after another explosion, this home incinerated. and tonight, authorities with a $30 fix. the confrontation on camera. the police officer trying to arrest a woman, then seen punching her in the face. tonight, police defending their officer. and america strong.
we showed you that 9-year-old boy catching his baby brother. that boy, right here tonight. good evening. and it's great to have you with us here on a thursday night. and let's get right to it. the stream of big names showing up at trump tower, many vying for a place in president-elect donald trump's cabinet. even mr. trump saying, "only i know who the finalists are." and tonight, a face that might surprise some, mitt romney, who did not endorse donald trump, and who had very critical words for him during the campaign, now set to meet with him. and he's not the only one. a rising star also invited, governor nikki haley. are they both up for secretary of state? we begin with abc's david wright. >> reporter: tonight, two former enemies trying to mend fences. sources tell abc news the president-elect is now considering former governor mitt romney for secretary of state. romney has, in the past, been less than diplomatic about donald trump.
>> think of donald trump's personal qualities, the bullying, the greed, the showing off, the misogyny, the absurd third grade theatrics. >> reporter: the feeling, clearly mutual. >> mitt romney's made a total fool of himself. did you ever see a guy like this? he had his shot. he had his shot. he didn't like it when i said he choked like a dog. he choked like a dog. >> reporter: but trump aides say he'll meet with romney this weekend, as the transition team races to fill key cabinet posts. among the other candidates f fo secretary of state, the governor of south carolina, nikki haley, who met with trump today at trump tower. "they had a good discussion," her chief of staff said. "and she is very encouraged about the coming administration and the new direction it will bring." but earlier this year, haley called out trump's rhetoric. >> during anxious times, it can be tempting to follow the siren call of the angriest voices.
we must resist that temptation. >> reporter: trump firing back on twitter -- "the people of south carolina are embarrassed by nikki haley." >> reporter: she supported rubio, but eventually came over to trump. at 44, she's the nation's youngest governor and a rising star. the daughter of indian immigrants, who led the charge to take down the confederate flag. but it's not clear what, if any, foreign policy experience she has. former new york mayor rudy giuliani is also lobbying hard for the job. today, he was at trump tower, too. but there are reportedly concerns about his overseas business ties and paid speeches. among the other job applicants in the lobby of trump tower today, lieutenant general mike flynn, a contender for national security adviser. playing a key role in the transition process, trump's own son-in-law, jared kushner. it's against the law for trump to appoint a family member for a
job at the white house, but kushner is exploring whether he could serve as an unpaid adviser. today, the campaign spokeswoman, kellyanne conway, cited the bush family as a precedent for that. >> he wants him to be an adviser to him, which he will continue to be, but he's also his son-in-law, so, he's family, and that's really what we should focus on. i know the bush sons were very involved in their father's administration, one became president of the united states. >> and david wright with us live tonight at trump tower. and with mitt romney and nikki haley both being floated for secretary of state now, or perhaps other roles, the president-elect had his first big meeting with a foreign leader today? >> reporter: he did, david. a 90-minute sitdown with the japanese prime minister, shinzo abe. it was a potentially tricky meeting, because of some of the ideas trump threw out on the campaign trail, including things that would change u.s. policies that have been in place since world war ii. david? >> david wright leading us off tonight. david, thank you. the vice president-elect, mike pence, in washington, meeting with republicans, but with democrats, too, and tonight, could there be signs of common ground?
the issues they might agree on. and hillary clinton, admitting in defeat she has wanted to curl up and not leave the house. instead, keeping her commitment to attend an event for children. and what she revealed about her late mother. here's abc's mary bruce. >> reporter: a triumphant mike pence back on capitol hill today, marking the moment with a selfie. the former congressman, now vp-elect, telling house republicans to "buckle up" for a breakneck pace. tonight, democrats are also trying to find common ground with the new administration. >> and if mr. trump has the guts to stand up to those corporations, he will have an ally with me. >> we can work together on infrastructure, issues that relate to child care and the rest. >> reporter: overnight, hillary clinton made her first public appearance since her concession speech. in a raw, candid moment, describing her late mother's influence. >> i draw hope and sustenance from another person who
influenced my life and still does, every day, my mother. i've talked about her difficult childhood, she was abandoned by her parents. >> reporter: clinton picturing her mother when she was just 8 years old, being put on a train with her little sister, alone and afraid. >> and i dream of going up to her, and sitting next to her, and taking her in my arms and saying, "look. look at me and listen. you will survive, you will have a family of your own, three children. and as hard as it might be to imagine, your daughter will grow up to be a united states senator, represent our country as secretary of state and win more than 62 million votes for president of the united states." >> and mary bruce with us live from washington tonight. senator bernie sanders, who supported hillary clinton, making the rounds now in washington, and responding to criticism that he might have
hurt clinton's chances by not bringing his supporters around sooner? >> reporter: david, sanders denies that, saying that many of his supporters actually supported hillary clinton. and suggesting that maybe he could have defeated trump. but today, he did note that hillary clinton, with her victory in the popular vote, will play an important role in the future of the democratic party. david? >> mary bruce with us live tonight. mary, thank you. and tonight, a departure in washington. the director of national intelligence, james clapper, appearing before a house committee, announcing he's stepping down. clapper also making headlines with what he said about russia, saying that only russia's senior-most officials could have authorized the hacking of election-related e-mails. clapper submitted his resignation to president obama. he will stay on until the end of the administration. this had been expected in washington, even before the election. we do move on now to the other news this thursday night. that first major blizzard set to hit, and the snowstorm already turning deadly. a difficult commute in the roads in wyoming. nine states, in fact, from utah to minnesota, in the storm's
path, as the system moves east. at least one person killed in this pileup on interstate 70 near denver. and it was near denver, temperatures dropped from 80 degrees one day to the 20s and 30s the next. abc's clayton sandell from colorado. >> reporter: tonight, this winter storm is moving fast, but drivers are not. in wyoming, cars spinning, sliding and stalling in dangerously heavy snow that's bringing branches down on power lines. in the mountains west of denver, state troopers are investigating deadly crashes on snowy roads. one major pileup of cars and trucks clogging the interstate. chains are now mandatory. >> it's pretty slippery. and it's pretty dangerous out here. >> reporter: the storm is now shoving aside an unusually warm fall. it was golfing weather yesterday in lincoln, nebraska. yesterday, denver was record hot, 80 degrees. but today, it's only 34 degrees. a 46-degree drop in just 24 hours.
in denver, the snow is arriving about a month later than normal. and david, we're standing in the middle of interstate 70, just west of denver here. we understand there's a 20-car pileup just ahead, but right now, this major interstate is completely shut down. david? >> wow, the pictures bring it back and quickly. clayton, our thanks to you. let's get right to our chief meteorologist ginger zee, live along the west side highway tonight, who is tracking the system. ginger? >> reporter: david, chilly and breezy here, but this is down right tropical compared to what's happening in the rockies and northern plains. let's look at the maps. winter storm warnings and advisories. that blizzard warning in parts of minnesota, south dakota and north dakota, that means not just snow, in the order of six-plus inches, even up to a foot in parts of minnesota, but wind, 40 to 50-mile-per-hour gusts will come along with this. they are asking in that blizzard warning that you do not travel. and the real crunch time is the next 24 hours. so, let's pay attention then to how cold it gets behind. you mentioned so many of the temperature drops. dodge city was 87 yesterday. 20 is what it will feel like by tomorrow morning. david?
>> ginger zee with us tonight, ginger, thank you. and next here, to those deadly explosions. one ripping through a downtown business district, while utility workers were repairing a natural gas leak. the other, shattering a home, killing one person inside. the cause under investigation. and tonight, with cold air moving in and many turning on the heat, officials are reminding us of a simple $30 fix. abc's gio benitez, in illinois tonight. >> reporter: surveillance cameras capturing the moment of the blast, blowing this store's front door open, shattering glass and sending degree flying. >> there used to be a building right there, guys. >> reporter: firefighters race to the scene while rescuers search overnight for survivors. tonight, authorities including the ntsb investigating the cause of that gas explosion. so, you were having dinner? >> yes. >> reporter: and you hear what? this massive blast? >> the loudest kaboom i ever heard in my life. almost thought lightning had hit. >> reporter: it happened wednesday night as utility crews worked to repair a natural gas leak, apparently caused by digging. one worker was killed, 12 others injured.
the power company, ameren illinois, saying the gas was turned off at the time of the blast. this, the second deadly explosion in just the last 24 hours. a similar one splintering a home in spencer, indiana, yesterday. the government now working to prevent future blasts. starting in january, it will require a $30 safety valve on new and replaced gas lines that will shut off gas automatically when a line is ruptured. and david, we now know the utility worker who was killed was a 38-year-old man. two of his colleagues are still in the hospital right now. this, as people here try to pick up the pieces, at least, whatever's left. david? >> gio benitez with us tonight. gio, thanks. next here, the alarming confrontation in flagstaff, arizona. a police officer scuffling with a woman, he's then seen punching her in the face as another officer holds her back. authorities now say the woman was attempting to get away, but tonight, the incident is under investigation. and here's abc's senior justice
correspondent pierre thomas. >> reporter: yet another controversial police encounter caught on tape. >> you cannot arrest me. >> reporter: an officer punching a female suspect in the face during an eviction. slow it down and you can see the force of the punch. >> punched in the face two times, i was choked. i -- was just a brutal attack. >> reporter: but the officer claims the woman resisted arrest, kicking and kneeing him in the groin. flagstaff, arizona, police learned of the encounter after the video was posted on facebook. authorities say the officer has no history of excessive force. >> we immediately became concerned, so, we initiated an internal investigation, and placed the officer on administrative leave. >> i didn't do anything! >> reporter: the case, the latest indicator of how the prevalence of surveillance cameras and smartphones are placing officers under increasing scrutiny. in fact, it's become reflex for citizens to pull out their phones and record interactions with police. like we saw here in alabama last november, when college students
reached for their cameras and later recorded police beating them. back in arizona, the police chief says there is officer body camera video, and that in the interest of transparency, he'll post that video online. david, it's a new social media world for police. >> pierre thomas with us again tonight. pierre, thank you. next, to the mysterious disappearance of a congressman's son. carl conyers is a student at the university of houston. his father, john conyers, from michigan, is the longest serving member of congress. carl was last seen on tuesday when friends checked his room, the next day, they found clothes and other items missing. the fbi and secret service are assisting now in the investigation. a major report from the surgeon general tonight. the first ever to address drug and alcohol addiction. reported that 20 million americans have a substance use disorder. and that 78 americans die every day from an opioid or heroin overdose. that's one every 19 minutes. the surgeon general stressing that addiction is a chronic brain disease, and not a character flaw. we turn now to the holiday
rush about to begin, record thanksgiving travel. and tonight here, three things travelers might consider to keep track of your luggage and to save you money. here's abc's david kerley. >> reporter: tonight, after the springtime debacle -- >> let's see just how long this line is. >> reporter: -- of long lines, tsa says there won't be a repeat. even though an estimated record 22 million americans will travel go through a checkpoint starting tomorrow through thanksgiving. the agency hiring 1,400 new officers. converting 2,000 others to full-time. more canine teams. and out of this command center, close contact with airports and airlines. you're ready now? >> we are. we've changed the way we operate, so, we're running a daily operation now that focuses specifically on screening operations, hour by hour at the top 30 airports. >> reporter: since those long lines, a more than 50% increase in sign-ups for the $85 pre-check program, now with 4 million flyers. airlines are trying to move passengers faster, too.
that new bag tag from delta with the computer chip, which allows flyers to track their bags. and united asking, what would you give up for the lowest fare? no suitcase, only a personal item that fits under the seat? it's called basic economy. even with those changes, the tsa does plan to surge the number of officers during the next week and a half of thanksgiving travel. david? >> all right, good luck to everyone traveling and to you, too, david. thank you. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this thursday. new developments in the mystery murder of a female jogger. police with a possible new lead tonight. they're asking for your help now. also, the frightening road rage attack, lasting almost 30 minutes. the terrified driver's call. you'll find out what happened to her on that road. the close call on the tracks. the train slamming into this car. two people escaping, incredibly. and what we've now learned about that driver, just moments before the crash. and america strong. we showed you this last night. millions of you then watched it on our facebook page. that 9-year-old catching his baby brother in the nick of time. that 9-year-old right here
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helpless. i just needed to stay right there with her. >> oh my god! >> reporter: tsouli calling out to other drivers for help as they dialed 911, as well. >> he's going into both lanes. he's cutting in front of people. >> reporter: the suspect finally stopped after crashing and hitting a patrol car. >> it was 25 minutes of pure torment. i could have died. i could have lost my life. >> reporter: and david, tonight, that driver is facing multiple charges, including reckless driving, aggravated assault and driving under the influence. he has not yet entered a plea. david? >> kayna, thank you. when we come back here, the mystery murder of a female jogger. the new headline tonight, and police are now asking for your help. and then, look at this. the surprise that nearly scared adele right off the stage. we'll be right back. i know you're my financial advisor, but are you gonna bring up that stock again? well you need to think about selling some of it. my dad gave me those shares, you know. he ran that company. i get it.
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>>. shots fired in hayward, we're live on the scene. >> how to save sanctuary. san francisco's plan to protect those in this country illegally. >> new at 6:00 robot that could walk it self to the top of holiday wish lists. good evening, i'm dan ashley. >> that breaking news is in the east bay. a suspect was shot, taken to the hospital and to jail. >> the shooting happened just hours ago in hayward. we are live on scene with the latest details, lyanne? >> reporter: it happened at about 3:15 this afternoon. a 26-year-old man was wanted in the state of louisiana. now we're going to show you sky 7.
quite a bit of activity you'll see there. after the man was struck by a bullet, or glass from a car, now, alameda county sheriff's office said the man was in a vehicle and attempted to flee. one marshal may have felt threatened, and shot in the direction of the car. the fugitive was hurt. now, not sure if he had a weapon on him, it doesn't appear that he did. >> he is wanted in the state of louisiana on weapons and drug-related charges. that is a federal warrant has been issued for him. u.s. marshals encountered him here today on this block. >> reporter: the man has since been released from the hospital. and he is now in custody. now, right now, this street is closed because they are investigating right there. and we want to point out also, that the i