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2007. >> i'm kristen sze. >> and i'm dan ashley. >> for all of us here we appreciate tonight, breaking news. after the deadly storm, the new and major system set to hit tonight. chicago, detroit, several cities in the bullseye. then, moving east, affecting millions traveling this thanksgiving. also breaking, what we have just learned about the driver in that deadly school bus crash. the children who survived revealing to us what happened on that bus moments before the crash. the police officer ambushed. now, the arrest, and the new moment today. what the suspect says when asked, did he kill the officer? you'll hear it. president-elect donald trump's about-face. >> lock her up! lock her up! >> after chants of "lock her up," what he's now saying about hillary clinton tonight. and mr. trump on those nazi salutes. the group celebrating his win. breaking now. pictures coming in of a chemical plant explosion.
several injured. and the new security bulletin just out before the holiday. good evening. and much more on that major new storm affecting millions in a moment here, but first, the other horror on an american road. that deadly school bus crash. and tonight here, as we come on, we have new reporting on the young driver, just 24 years old. the children who survived the crash are now talking to us tonight. what they witnessed, right before the crash. five of their classmates were killed. several in critical condition at this hour. and this evening, we have learned the driver had just been in an accident, and got his license to drive that school bus just months ago. abc's david kerley is in chattanooga tonight. >> reporter: the battered school bus. the wreckage tonight is evidence in this tragic high-speed crash. among the young lives lost, 9-year-old cordayja jones. and zaire mateen. >> when i seen the bus, i instantly got that feeling.
i seen my other two kids crying my name, momma, momma. >> reporter: tonight, the 24-year-old driver remains jailed, charged with vehicular manslaughter. just two months ago, johnthony walker was involved in another accident, hitting a car. ntsb investigators say he only got his commercial license in april. moments after the crash, panic. >> i can see an arm moving, but i don't know if anybody can get to it. >> reporter: one of the boys on the bus says the driver walked away from the scene after the crash, without helping. >> everything just started turning, like, the bus turned twice. >> reporter: police say the bus was traveling faster than the posted 30-mile-an-hour limit on a hilly, winding road. it runs off the road to the right, then swerving to the left. the bus rolls over onto its side, sliding with speed and slamming into a telephone pole, then wrapping around a tree. mother stephanie griffith and others had concerns about the driver. >> he's had multiple complaints
about his driving. >> reporter: driving too fast? >> driving too fast. >> reporter: this tragedy renewing the debate about seat belts in the nearly half million buses in the united states. it could cost between $2,000 to $5,000 to outfit each bus with seat belts. >> major questions about those belts, and now we learn there were questions about that driver beforehand. and david kerley is live outside a memorial for the victims tonight. and david, what's the latest on the children in critical condition still? >> reporter: there are still six children in critical condition, david. six in stable condition. so, a dozen still in the hospital. and david, these kids are so young, one was asked, what was the name of their parents? the child so young, the only name they could come up with was "momma." david? >> all right. david kerley with us tonight. david, thank you. we turn next here this evening to the other trouble brewing for travelers across this country. both on the roads and in the air, just as the thanksgiving rush begins. a new storm set to hit tonight, and it comes right after that other deadly storm. parts of new york state digging out from as much as three to
four feet of snow. we have shown you here the treacherous driving and deadly accidents. this new system hitting chicago, detroit, many airport hubs, and then moving eastward. so, let's get right to chief meteorologist ginger zee, live in new york tonight. she's tracking it all. ginger? >> reporter: and david, the cold and wind making it feel awfully wintry here, but there are actual winter weather advisers that i want to bring you, from minnesota through wisconsin. those are the areas in the next 24 hours you really have to watch out for that snow and wintry mix. along this low pressure system the cold front and the warm front are the issues. in the south, parts of louisiana, up into arkansas, tennessee, that's where the severe storms could occur. then, you see along the warm front, where the snow to rain mix will happen. so, some of the airports you'll watch out for, minneapolis, chicago, detroit, especially on that big day, wednesday, for travel, the roads, i-55, and then out west, i-5. david? >> all right, so, travel safely to everyone out there. ginger, thank you. we turn next tonight to the deadly ambush of a veteran police officer. this evening, the suspect
paraded before the cameras. and when asked, did he kill that officer and why, he did not hold back. abc's kayna whitworth is in san antonio. >> reporter: tonight, 31-year-old otis mckane is in police custody, just 28 hours after police say he brazenly ambushed veteran detective benjamin marconi right outside of police headquarters. >> i'm sorry. >> reporter: mckane, who has a criminal record, claimed he was upset over an ongoing custody battle. >> society not letting me see my son. i lashed out at somebody that didn't deserve it. >> reporter: mckane first seen sunday morning in police headquarters, just hours before the shooting. surveillance video revealing he drove past marconi's squad car multiple times before stopping behind him, getting out and shooting him twice in the head. >> i need ems right now. >> reporter: police tracked him for hours before a s.w.a.t. team arrested him monday afternoon. but just seven hours before his arrest, in a bizarre move,
mckane went to a bexar county courthouse to get married on the run. >> well, the fact that he's been taken into custody, that does not negate the fact that there are people out there who are still targeting police officers. >> reporter: david, the person who installed the unique rims on mckane's car recognized them when police released the photos. he will appear in court december 22nd and face capital murder charges. david? >> kayna, thank you. next tonight, president-elect donald trump, and to what appears to be a major change of heart on hillary clinton. after countless rallies where he stood before supporters chanting "lock her up," tonight, he is now indicating, he is not inclined to pursue further investigation of clinton, saying he doesn't want to hurt the clintons. he was also asked by "the new york times" about those nazi salutes. the group seen celebrating his win. mr. trump saying, if they're energized, he wants to know why. abc's david wright at trump tower tonight. >> reporter: today, donald trump at "the new york times," on the
record, backing away from one of his harshest campaign promises. >> lock her up! lock her up! lock her up! >> reporter: the threat to pursue criminal charges against his opponent, hillary clinton. >> if i win, i am going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation, because there has never been so many lies, so much deception. >> reporter: today, trump acknowledged he's having second thoughts. "my inclination would be for whatever power i have on the matter is to say, let's go forward. this has been looked at for so long, ad nauseam." he didn't entirely rule out prosecuting clinton, but said, "i think it would be very, very divisive for the country." earlier today, trump's senior adviser said he's now the head of the republican party, and she hopes other republicans follow his lead. >> if donald trump can help her heal, then perhaps that's a good thing. i think he's thinking of many different things, as he prepares to become the president of the united states, and things that
sound like the campaign aren't among them. >> reporter: clinton was spotted this weekend at a bookstore in rhode island. the woman who posted this picture to her facebook said, "i told her i voted for her, that she meant and means a lot. i thanked her, apologizing if i was being inappropriate," adding, "she was gracious, warm." today at "the times," trump insisted, "i don't want to hurt the clintons, i really don't. she went through a lot and suffered greatly." >> hail trump! hail our people! hail victory! >> reporter: in his interview with "the times," the president-elect also said he disavows and condemns this group, white nationalists meeting in washington who cheered his victory with nazi salutes and cries of "hail trump." "it's not a group i want to energize," trump told the paper. "and if they are energized, i want to look into it and find out why." the man in the video is richard spencer, widely credited with creating the term "alt-right."
trump's controversial chief strategist, steve bannon, has come under fire for his own association with the alt-right. today, the president-elect defended him, saying, "if i thought he was a racist or alt-right, i wouldn't even think about hiring him." bannon will now have a top role at the white house. trump indicated he'll also rely on his son-in-law, jared kushner, for advice, saying that kushner could help broker peace between israel and the mrun y palestinians. >> and david wright, mr. trump was also asked about torture today by "the new york times," and in our abc news debate, we had asked him about it, and he told me, "i would bring back waterboarding and i would bring back a lot worse." but today, we heard something very different. >> reporter: something very different, david. trump says he's changed his mind about waterboarding, after sitting down with general james mattis, retired general, who is now a candidate for secretary of defense. trump says mattis told him that building trust is a lot more effective than torture, so, trump now says, torture is not going to make the kind of difference that a lot of people are thinking. david? >> david wright tonight. david, thank you.
mr. trump was also asked about his business, and potential conflicts of interest. the president-elect once saying in the campaign, if elected, "i couldn't care less about my company, it's peanuts." here's abc's chief investigative correspondent, brian ross. >> reporter: with growing concerns tonight about how he continues to push his business ventures, donald trump told "the new york times," "the law is on my side. the president can't have a conflict of interest." but throughout the campaign, trump had pledged to leave his business empire behind. >> if i become president, i couldn't care less about my company. >> reporter: yet, in the two weeks since the election, trump has taken the time to meet with the indian developers of two trump towers in their country, who posted this picture and then took it down. he complained to a british politician about eye sore wind turbines near his scottish golf course. and he's boasted his brand is now hotter than ever. his daughter ivanka's jewelry company tried to cash in on her appearance on "60 minutes" to sell her line of $10,000
bracelets. since then, trump has included his daughter in a meeting with the japanese prime minister, as she prepares to take over his company, which already has been seeking deals in asia. trump defended that today, saying, "if it were up to some people, i would never, ever see my daughter ivanka again." trump has investments or deals in at least 18 countries around the world. now, some of his own advisers fear the president-elect is already creating conflicts. >> you're going to have foreign entities, foreign governments offering sweetheart deals in the hope of favorable action from the president of the united states. >> reporter: and today, there are new questions whether trump, as president, would take actions to help a huge german bank, which has loaned him more $300 million. trump used the money to buy the dural golf course in florida and build hotels in chicago and his new one in washington. but deutsche bank is also now the target of two major investigations by the u.s. department of justice, facing a
possible $14 billion settlement, which could imperil the bank and effect trump's loans. senator richard blumenthal, a democrat, is calling for a special prosecutor to make sure the justice department does not back down. >> there's a clear conflict of interest between donald trump's personal business interests and his public duties, in fact, his public trust. >> reporter: not for donald trump, who said today, "in theory, i could run my business perfectly and then run the country perfectly," adding, "there's never been a case like this." >> brian ross is with us tonight. and the president-elect said something more to "the new york times," in fact, he said, "the law is totally on my side here." >> reporter: well, that's right, david. there is no law that specifically requires the president to give up his business or put it in a blind trust. trump says he'd like to do something to address ethics issues, but he also seems to be suggesting that he could continue to be involved with his business in some limited way, and there's nothing legally to prevent him from doing that. david? >> the scrutiny that comes when you are elected president.
brian ross tonight. thank you. next this evening, with millions preparing to mark thanksgiving, the new security warning, just out tonight. the department of homeland security and the fbi now issuing a joint bulletin to local authorities, urging vigilance from now through the holidays, right until the inauguration. it comes as police here in new york city tonight are already going to extreme lengths to protect thousands of people arriving for the thanksgiving day parade. and here's abc's ryan smith. >> reporter: tonight, police in new york stepping up security ahead of thursday's famed thanksgiving day parade. >> i think this year you are going to see a lot more blocker cars and sand trucks on the cross streets. >> reporr: federal authorities issuing a clear message to law enforcement agencies across the country -- be vigilant this holiday season, through the presidential inauguration in january, as celebrations could be targeted by international terrorists or homegrown violent extremists. just yesterday, police in new york arresting this man, who prosecutors say talked of a times square attack, similar to the truck attack in nice, france, last summer.
authorities say people attending large gatherings should remain alert and report suspicious activity to law enforcement. david? >> be on the lookout. all right, ryan, thank you. and wall street is celebrating a new milestone tonight. the dow closing above 19,000 for the first time. it is the sixth record high close since the election two weeks ago. investors are now betting that the new administration will favor investors and business. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this tuesday. the chemical plant explosion in an american city. the images coming in at this hour. the fire burning out of control for hours now. emergency crews on the scene. and the new warning to families nearby tonight. also, dramatic video, the heist caught on surveillance. thieves armed with guns and hammers. police now searching for the suspects at this hour. and the black friday deals already here tonight. long before thanksgiving. how you can save $1,000 on a flat screen. and the items you should wait until much closer to christmas. rebecca jarvis standing by tonight.
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>> passengers forced to delay their holiday travel plans after a passenger made a bomb threat. they were headed to baltimore when investigators say a man claimed a bomb was on the plane and it would explode. the man was taken off the flight. investigators used bomb-sniffing dogs to clear the flight that is
now headed back to baltimore as we speak, good evening, i'm dan ashley. >> i'm ama daetz. let's turn to the travel forecast now. live doppler 7 is tracking the approach of the first of three storms that are due in the next seven days. >> a cool, cloudy he evening, that is about to turn rainy. sandhya patel is live and has the latest. >> we do have moisture approaching ukiah. it's starting to cloud up pretty good now. you'll notice that the rain drops are already falling around fort bragg if you're traveling towards this area, you'll need to be prepared. it's snowing up north, heavy rain around eureka. storm impact scale, rain sliding south. it's a one, moderate rain at times going to be breezy and as far as rainfall,