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the area, closed off some of the surrounding parts of the building a tonight, the one-two punch. a major nor'easter that's brewing next. the first round already sending drivers off the roads. travelers stuck at airports today. temperatures plunging overnight. and the next powerful storm, coming next. also tonight, where's the proof? jon karl, pressing the president. and michael flynn, what we've now learned about him. breaking news from the justice department. more than 40 u.s. attorneys told to hand in their resignations. but is this standard procedure? and the new photo scandal gets worse. images of women in the military in multiple places. and the new plea from the top marine. you'll hear it. and our undercover investigation. and when parents send their gay teens away. controversial gay conversion
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therapy. the man who disciplines with a bible and a belt. brian ross with the confrontation. good evening. it's great to have you with us on a friday night. we begin with the fast-moving winter storm. from the midwest to the northeast. and now, what could be a major nor'easter we're watching next. already today, on the roads and in the air, a mess. this passenger plane taking off from new york's laguardia today, ground stops at major airports in the east. fierce winds, up to seven inches of snow in some places. and a commuter nightmare in spots. this car overturning in long island. tonight, we're tracking the next snowfall. up to a foot or more possible. gio benitez leads us off. >> reporter: tonight, round one
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one-two punch causing problems on the road and in the air. the morning commute brought multiple crashes, on new york's long island, and slide-offs in new jersey. some drivers caught off-guard. >> my back end did swerve a little bit, and there was another car behind me, so i got a little worried. >> reporter: and here's what's interesting, experts say when there's a little bit of snow on the road like this, that's when you have a lot more accidents because people think it's just a lot safer. when there's more snow, people just stay off the roads. overnight in pittsburgh, a three-car pileup shutting down this roadway. high winds knocking down power lines. at laguardia airport, workers rushing to de-ice planes. ground stops at all three of new york's airports led to hundreds of cancellations and delays. and in michigan, utility workers making progress, but still hundreds of thousands without power since wednesday's freak windstorms. including this woman and her 2-year-old son, braving temps that feel like the teens. >> bundling in layers and coats and blankets is how we've gotten through the days. >> reporter: and temperatures will drop into the teens overnight.
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which means snow will freeze, creating dangerous roads. it's so hard to believe, spring is just ten days away. >> and rob marciano is live with us. more on the frigid air and the possible nor'easter, could be a big one first thing next week. >> reporter: could be, this is january-like cold. it certainly sets the stage for more snow into next week. freeze warnings into the midsouth, early blooming plants will be damaged. and windchills, dangerously cold in the morning, at or below zero in some spots. first snow shot, a quick mover. going south, st. louis, nashville, north georgia, north carolina, you could see a couple of inches there. but the bigger concern comes on tuesday. the atmosphere lining up ingredients for potentially heavy snow from virginia into massachusetts. this track at this point uncertain. but we think it has the potential for a powerful winter coastal storm, tuesday and wednesday. >> tracking it through the weekend for us, rob marciano,
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thank you. next, major developments from the white house. our correspondent asking president trump where is the proof? nearly one week after that explosive claim that president obama wiretapped trump tower before the election. and revelations about michael fine -- flynn, who resigned national security advisor. was he receiving money to lobby on behalf of a foreign government even as he was sitting in on intelligence briefs in the u.s.? jonathan karl tonight. >> reporter: the house intelligence committee has given the justice department an ultimatum. turn over all evidence, if any exists, that president obama had trump tower wiretapped. the deadline, monday. president trump made the extraordinary allegation without providing any proof. today we asked him for some. >> thank you, press. >> mr. president, any proof at all on the wiretapping? >> thank you, press. >> thank you. thank you, press. >> are you going to provide any proof? >> reporter: fbi director james comey, who briefed congressional leaders behind
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closed doors, has privately urged the justice department to say the wiretapping didn't happen. it comes as the department is investigating russia's meddling in the election, and any ties to the president's aides. national security adviser michael flynn was fired for misrepresenting the nature of his conversations with the russian ambassador. and now, another controversy. we've learned that at the height of the presidential campaign, a company with ties to turkey hired flynn to promote the interests of the turkish government. it came shortly after flynn's fiery speech at the republican convention. >> all: lock her up! >> lock her up. that's right. lock her up. >> reporter: three weeks later flynn's firm was hired by the turkey-connected company and paid $530,000. he was simultaneously serving as a top adviser to the trump campaign, sitting in on classified intelligence briefings. on election day, flynn published an article declaring, "we need
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to adjust our foreign policy to recognize turkey as a priority. we need to see the world from turkey's perspective." this week, flynn officially filed as a foreign agent for the work he did during the campaign. and that's how the white house says the president learned of his work on turkey's behalf. >> are you saying the president was not aware that lieutenant general michael flynn was acting as a foreign agent when he appointed him to be national security adviser? >> correct. and just remember you wouldn't know that until he filed, he didn't file until two days ago so therefore nobody would have known that because he hadn't filed as a foreign agent until two days ago. >> reporter: still, the white house acknowledges flynn's lawyers told lawyers for the trump transition team that he might need to register as a foreign agent. but they insist flynn never told trump himself. >> and jon, something else. a lot of headlines, jeff sessions asking for the resignation of 46 u.s. attorneys
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who served under president obama. but we were talking, we've seen this before in previous administrations. and there are some reactions tonight? >> reporter: well, senator diane feinstein put out a statement, saying i'm very concerned about the effect of this sudden and unexpected decision on federal law enforcement. but the justice department says there's nothing unexpected about this at all. the bottom line, new administrations typically replace most if not all of the u.s. attorneys. they are, after all, political appointees. >> jon, thank you. tonight, the nude photo scandal is widening. photos of women in the military now discovered in several places. and today, we witnessed something very rare. the top marine with a message to men in uniform about the women serving, too. here's david kerley. >> reporter: the outrage and controversy over shared nude
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photos of female marines is spreading to other branches of the military. tonight, the defense secretary calling the postings "egregious violations" of the department's "fundamental values." the original site, marines united, reportedly had 30,000 members and hundreds of images linked to it. >> there is no honor in denigrating a fellow marine in any way, shape or form. >> reporter: but in apparent defiance of the commandant, other pages are popping up. still sharing images. prompting an angry defense of women in the corps. >> i mean, come on, guys. they just want to do their job. let them do their job. and you do yours. >> reporter: former marine erika butner says an image of her was posted without consent. she complained to pentagon authorities. >> they received threats and backlash in an attempt to quiet them. we will not be silenced. >> and david joins us live. the military now investigating what crimes may have been committed, and lawmakers trying to crack down on this kind of behavior? >> reporter: absolutely.
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some in congress want to make sure, even if there was consent between a couple about an image, if it's shown publicly, it would be a violation of the military code. >> david, thank you. we turn next to a yearlong abc news investigation. we go undercover, take you to places where parents send their gay teens to controversial programs, that promise to make them straight. here's brian ross tonight. >> take a slight left turn on to brewer road. >> reporter: it was down a dirt road in alabama, that we discovered the kind of place that many thought no longer existed. the blessed hope boys' academy for troubled youth. ♪ >> reporter: a place where parents of gay teens from across the country send their children, told that counselors here can stop them from being gay. >> it's going against the word of god.
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it is not biblically right. >> reporter: inside, a man who calls himself brother gary, the executive director. >> this boy here claims to be homosexual. >> reporter: he told our undercover team that for a $21,000 yearly fee, he uses a bible, and sometimes a belt, to deal with teenagers who consider themselves gay and act up. >> i wouldn't do it just because, for one, just because he says he's queer. i'm not going to do that. >> reporter: this is just one of a number of such places discovered by abc news in a yearlong investigation. including the facility behind this barbed wire, run by a so-called christian pastor, william knott, with a track record of cruelty who did not want to talk with abc news. >> i don't want to talk to you. >> reporter: why not? >> because i don't like you. get away from me. >> reporter: is this how you treat the young boys? >> this is how i treat you. get away from me. >> reporter: testimonials for knott's academy described as teens, gay and straight, getting
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help. >> since i've been here, i've come closer to god and my family. >> reporter: but other teens, including lucas greenfield, told abc news it was a place of physical abuse and cruelty. especially for gay teens. >> thrown in isolation, and beaten, and everything else. >> reporter: because? >> they were assumed to be gay. >> reporter: gay was a sin? >> it's a sin, evil, the worst abomination to god, it's horrible. >> reporter: karen bazor, a counselor who quit in disgust, calls knott a sadist. you think so? >> i know so. anybody that has names for their belts to whip children with, with their bare bottom, is a sadist. >> reporter: and we saw for ourselves how this christian pastor reacts to someone he doesn't like. what about the allegations about what you did to those boys? i'm with abc news. what did you do to those boys? >> brian, what happened to that pastor? >> six of the teens from the camp had the courage to testify against him in court, and two weeks ago, he was sentenced to
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20 years in prison. a sentence the judge hopes sends a message across the country. >> this unfolds on "20/20" tonight, and another teen saved by a very famous relative. a special edition of "20/20," tonight at 10:00 p.m. eastern. brian, we'll see you then. in the meantime, we turn to your money, and the white house celebrating the new jobs numbers out this evening. reporting 235,000 new jobs created in february. the unemployment rate unchanged. 4.7%. in the past, president trump has called the government numbers phony and a hoax. tonight, president trump's press secretary saying the numbers may have been phony in the past, but they're very real now. here's rebecca jarvis. >> reporter: tonight, the new jobs numbers. unemployment down to 4.7% and 235,000 new jobs created in february. many in construction, which had
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its strongest month of hiring in nearly a decade. manufacturing and mining jobs also up. the president tweeting his approval of today's report. a report he famously questioned in the past. >> the unemployment numbers, as you know, is total fiction. don't believe those phony numbers. every time it comes out, i hear, 5.3% unemployment, that is the biggest joke there is. >> reporter: but today, a turnaround. >> i talked to the president prior to this and he said to quote him very clearly, "they may have been phony in the past, but it's very real now." >> reporter: february marks the 77th straight month of job creation. momentum dnc chair tom perez was quick to point out. trump inherited an economy from barack obama with the longest streak of private sector job growth in history. since the election, stocks are up 14%. david muir in the oval office the day the dow crossed 20,000. >> and the dow, on top of it, just hit 20,000. first time in history. i'm very proud of that. now, we have to go up, up, up.
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we don't want it to stay there. >> that's the challenge, mr. president. >> that's going to be the challenge. >> the president recognizing the challenge. rebecca with us. and one of the challenges, when the federal reserve reveals whether or not interest rates will change next week. >> and the federal reserve is only going to raise them if they believe the economy is strong enough. this report today all but seals the deal. which means for consumers, the cost of borrowing goes up. >> rebecca, thank you. there is a headline tonight from the vatican. pope francis saying the church should consider ordaining married men. in an interview, he said the lack of priests is an enormous problem for the church. especially in remote areas of the world. but he did add, he still favors a celibate priesthood. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this friday.
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>> reporter: when the driver of this white toyota gets out of his car, the men ditch their bikes to pummel him. when he tries to get up, another biker beats him down. >> apparently the victim that was being assaulted by those motorcycle riders now has a broken leg. >> reporter: tonight he's hospitalized and listed in fair condition. this type of biker road rage gripped new york city in 2013. alexien lien was dragged out of his suv and beaten by a gang of motorcyclists in front of his wife and child in upper manhattan. 11 bikers were convicted in connection with that attack. david, police say they're still investigating what started the altercation. they have no suspects in custody. they say they typically don't pursue these biker gangs, because the high-speed chases can often endanger the public and police. >> matt, thank you. when we come back, allegations of widespread painkiller abuse in the nfl. and the response coming in
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the pair were off the trail in italy when the snow gives way, sweeping them into a wall of white. neither skier was injured. in january, 29 people were killed when an avalanche crashed into an italian hotel. and the stunning archeological discovery in cairo. a massive statue unearthed with a bulldozer in a working class neighborhood that may be ramses ii. the famous pharaoh who ruled egypt more than 3,000 years ago. the antiquity measuring 26 feet tall. part of it, buried under a street market. what a find. when we come back, the children who crashed their father's tv interview. it's hilarious, and has now been seen by millions.
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finally tonight, the father and his starring moment, doing a live tv interview, until his very little co-stars showed up unexpectedly. here's david wright. >> reporter: this morning, on bbc world, breaking news from south korea. professor robert e. kelly, apparently in his home office, unaware that his toddler is now photobombing daddy's interview with the news anchor in london. >> i think one of your children has just walked in. shifting sands in the region -- >> reporter: shifting sands in the kelly house. that's for sure. enter the baby. with mommy in hot pursuit. >> pardon me. >> reporter: and yet trying, ever so hard, to be inconspicuous. >> my apologies.
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>> reporter: mom trying to inch out. finally getting the kids, and the door. >> my apologies. north korea. >> reporter: in less than 24 hours, the video has been viewed more than 9 million times. never before has an interview on korean politics gotten this much attention, for all the wrong reasons. david wright, abc news, new york. >> i love the mom there. if you just duck, you won't be seen. it's a family affair. thanks for watching tonight. i hope to see you right back here on monday. i'm david muir. good night. tonight, live team coverage of breaking news.
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a standoff with an armed suspect sends san francisco' mission district scrambling. >> mom called police to help them. not to kill him. >> new details released from the last 30 minutes by santa clara police about the shooting that left a 24-year-old man dead. >> and do it yourself braces. sounds like a bad idea but some folks trying to save a buck are doing it. michael finney with the evidence of why you should not. >> now from abc7, news sky.7 is live over the mission district where a suspect is barricaded inside a building and forced police to shut down two city blocks. i'm dan ashley into i'm kristen sze. san francisco police have blocked off valencia street between 16th and 18th streets for the past four hours because of the suspect holed up inside the crown hotel. buses are being rerouted around the scene. >> we have live team coverage tonight. we'll begin with reporter sergio anna ta na.
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what's the latest where you are? >> reporter: around 5:00 when we talked to you last, we could see the building where there is all happening. but since then, the police have decided that because that person is now in an evacuated building and could potentially have the run of that building, and it is a tall building that can see a whole lot of the street, this he figure it's probably just safe to move us around the corner so that we would not be in this potential, this person with a guns potential line of sight. now, there are two blocks along valencia evacuated including people who are at strawns and other businesses. we were able to talk this afternoon with one, actually a couple women who were inside one of the restaurants and they were evacuated. >> so we're being evacuated from the building. i've been in kind of tense situations before. so i was the scariest part for me was having to


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