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>> thanks so much for joining us, we'll see you right back here at 6:00. tonight, several developing stories as we come on. the staggering estimate. more than 1,000 missing as authorities scour california's devastation. the death toll still rising. the air quality turning toxic. and what's next for tens of thousands left homeless? finished with mueller? the new interview and the messages president trump is sending to the special counsel. and what he said about the osama bin laden raid that has some outraged. deadly cruise mystery. the fbi now investigating a possible murder on board. a woman falling to her death near aruba. was she pushed? crash course. the teenage race car driver losing control. her car taking flight and slamming through a protective fence. raining fire. a hot air balloon packed with fireworks exploding.
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to help breathe. and while authorities have made progress containing the camp fire, it counts to burn. with wind gusts threatening to breathe new life into the flames. abc's marcus moore is in chico. >> reporter: more than a week after one of the nation's deadliest wildfires ravaged northern california, tonight, the suffering and the number of the missing continues to grow. nearly 1300 still unaccounted for. the search for the missing happening at shelters and tent camps like this, where white boards are filled with the names of the missing. >> i would ask that people make every diligent effort to reach out to friends and families. let them know that they're okay. and also, check with us and let us know that they're okay so we can devote our resources to locating people who haven't yet been accounted for. >> reporter: president trump touring parts of the disaster zones this weekend. with california governor jerry brown and governor elect gavin newsom, promising the full resources of the federal government. >> i would like to feel sorry for myself. when i think of all those people who didn't make it out, i am very thankful to be here. >> reporter: nearly 79 have died
across the state. 76 from the camp fire alone. crews in hazmat suits with the grim task of trying to find incinerated bodies as firefighters continue toe flam the air quality in the region an urgent concern. with smoke from the camp fire likened to smoking 11 cigarettes in a day. >> it's serious. it's gone on for days. i want to guard my family's health. >> reporter: one of the many challenges for the thousands of displaced near paradise. a town burned from the map. a rum ired deadline to force some of those living in a walmart parking lot from their place of refuge came and went. tonight there is growing concern about the sanitary conditions of these makeshift shelters. more than 1,000 people seeking shelters at a dozen locations. at least one affected with norovirus. at one point leaving dozens sick. >> marcus moore joins us from inside one of those tent cities that have popped up outside of paradise. many families seeking new shelters. but some are remaining right where you are? >> reporter: well, tom, that's right. you can see the dozens of tents off in the distance behind me.
the concern now is for wednesday. that's when rain is expected. it will help the firefighters in the battle against the fire. but it will present a danger here. including the potential for flooding. and tom, even more unsanitary conditions. >> the rains could be a blessing and a curse. marcus moore, thank you so much. next tonight to the white house. where president trump says he has completed his answers for special counsel robert mueller and he wrote them himself. trump also defending acting attorney general matthew whitaker, saying he has free rein to limit mueller's investigation. but while the president may think he's finished answering questions, the special counsel has yet to reveal his timeline. here's abc white house correspondent tara palmeri. >> reporter: tonight president trump making it clear he alone is the one answering special counsel robert mueller's questions. >> your team is preparing written answers to questions about -- >> no, no. not my team. i'm preparing written answers. my -- i -- i'm the one that does the answering. >> reporter: those answers are now finished, and he says will be submitted soon. the president also all but ruling out a sitdown interview. >> i think we've wasted enough
time on this witch hunt and the answer is probably, we're finished. >> reporter: when it comes to acting attorney general matthew whitaker, the president saying he has free rein to limit the mueller probe. >> if whitaker decides in any way to limit or curtail the mueller investigation, are you okay with that? >> look, he -- it's going to be up to him. i think he's very well aware politically. i think he's astute politically. he's going to do what's right. i really believe he's going to do what's right. >> reporter: in the past whitaker has been critical of the case and laid out how it could be stifled. >> i could see a scenario where jeff sessions is replaced with a recess appointment. and that attorney general doesn't fire bob mueller, but he just reduces the budget so low that his investigation grinds to almost a halt. >> reporter: today democrat adam schiff claimed whitaker's temporary appointment should require a senate approval, calling it unconstitutional. >> the biggest flaw from my point of view is that he was chosen for the purpose of interfering with the mueller
investigation. he auditioned for the part by going on tv and saying he could hobble the investigation. >> reporter: trump claims he was unaware of whitaker's position and went on twitter to blast schiff by changing the spelling of his name to an expletive. also saying mueller was never confirmed by the senate, even though the special counsel doesn't require it. >> tara joins us from the white house. i want to turn to a different topic. the president also making news for something he said about retired admiral bill mcraven who commanded the operation that killed osama bin laden. the president responded to mcraven's claims that his attacks on the media are the greatest threat to democracy he has seen in his life. here's the president. >> he's a hillary clinton backer. and an obama backer. and, frankly -- >> he's a navy s.e.a.l. >> wouldn't it have been nice if we got osama bin laden sooner than that? wouldn't it have been nice. living -- think of this. living in pakistan. beautifully in pakistan. in what i guess they consider a nice mansion. i don't know.
i have seen nicer. >> and tara, the admiral responding tonight? >> reporter: he denies he ever backed clinton or any other candidate in 2016. and he is standing by his defense of the press. he said in a statement to cnn, quote -- i'm a fan of president obama and president george w. bush. both of whom i worked for. he said he admires presidents who quote uphold the dignity of the office. >> thank you. tara. new developments in the murder of jamal khashoggi. "the washington post" journalist. with the president now acknowledging he's been briefed on an audio recording of the writer's final moments. the tape concerned after the cia concluded saudi arabia's crown prince ordered the killing. tonight, the major question -- will the president take action against the key ally who denies having any role in the death? here's abc's senior foreign correspondent ian pannell.
>> reporter: tonight, the president for the first time admitting the u.s. has a secret recording of the murder of "washington post" writer jamal khashoggi, killed shortly after walking inside the saudi consulate in istanbul. but that he refuses to listen to it. >> we have the tape. i don't want to hear the tape. >> why don't you want to hear it, sir? >> because it's a suffering tape, it's a terrible tape. i've been fully briefed on it. there's no reason for me to hear it. >> reporter: khashoggi was a u.s. resident, but as a saudi citizen, he was one of the most prominent critics of the ruling royal family and the crown prince mohammed bin salman. intelligence sources telling "the washington post" the cia has concluded it was the crown prince who ordered the assassination, but trump calling that premature. >> did mbs lie to you, sir? >> i don't -- i don't know. who can really know? but i can say this, he's got many people now that say he had no knowledge. >> reporter: the saudis have vehemently denied the murder was ordered by bin salman instead calling it a rogue operation. the saudi ambassador to the u.s., who is the crown prince's
brother, in a statement calling the claims in the purported cia assessment false. but members of congress from both parties now speaking out saying they also believe the crown prince was behind the murder plot. >> he's irrational. he's unhinged. and i think he's done a lot of damage to the relationship between the united states and saudi arabia. >> reporter: tom, there's now growing pressure all-round on the trump administration to respond to growing allegations about the crown prince's role, saying there will be a new assessment on tuesday. pressure, too, on turkey to publically release those tapes, but above all on saudi arabia to provide a credible explanation about who really ordered the murder of jamal khashoggi. tom? >> ian pannell for us tonight. ian, thank you. we turn now to florida where the senate race is officially over. after nearly two weeks and a mandatory recount by hand. here's stephanie ramos with the votes now counted. >> reporter: tonight, it took two drama-filled recounts before
republican rick scott was officially declared the winner in florida's contentious senate race. state election officials racing to meet today's noon deadline, >> we made it with one second to spare. >> reporter: after the last recount scott's razor-thin lead just 10,000 votes. it's been 12 days of tension, but three-term senator bill nelson conceding today. >> well, things worked out a little differently than grace and i had hoped. but let me say, i by no measure feel defeated. >> reporter: complicating the recounts even more this weekend? missing ballots. chaos and questions plaguing broward county, florida, when election officials discovered more than 2,000 ballots missing. >> the ballots are in this building. there would be nowhere else for them to be. >> reporter: in the race for governor, tallahassee's democratic mayor andrew gillum conceded the governor's race to republican ron desantis. >> r.j. and i wanted to take a
moment to congratulate mr. desantis. >> reporter: meanwhile president trump, who tweeted his support of scott today, claiming victory in the recently decided georgia governor's race. >> hello, georgia! >> reporter: which had oprah winfrey stumping for the democrat. >> and i won against president obama and oprah winfrey and michelle obama in a great state called georgia for the governor. >> let's get to stephanie now. stephanie, president trump is still boasting about republican success in the midterm. but there was also a significant win for democrats in california. >> reporter: absolutely, tom. california is a blue state. but some of the suburbs of los angeles like in orange county have been traditionally very conservative for decades. over the weekend, gil cisneros won a closely watched house race. turning all four house seats in orange county, one of the most conservative areas in the nation, blue. tom? >> stephanie ramos on capitol hill. thank you. moving on to the deadly
cruise ship mystery. the princess cruise ship returning to ft. lauderdale with investigators, including the fbi waiting, after a 52-year-old woman fell to her death from a 14-story balcony. and with authorities looking into the possibility if she was pushed. here's erielle reshef. >> reporter: tonight, the mystery deepening in the death of a woman on board this princess cruise ship as authorities comb the scene for clues. the 3600-person vessel now docked in florida. passengers like logan tignor speaking out for the first time. >> i would never expect that would happen on a cruise. >> reporter: saying the p.a. system sounded in the middle of the night making an ominous announcement. >> it was a rude awakening at 4:00. they made the announcement right into our rooms. >> reporter: news of the tragedy soon spreading. >> we only found out afterward when we arrived in aruba that an accident had taken place. we couldn't get off the ship until the local authorities gave us permission. >> reporter: the 52-year-old woman plummeting to her death on to a lifeboat.
aruban media reporting it happened after a struggle with a man. the fbi investigating the case as a possible murder. the woman's husband, traveling with her on the trip, not considered a suspect. princess cruises saying -- we are cooperating fully with the investigating authorities and offer our sincere condolences to the family and those affected. tom, the fbi tells abc news it is working with aruban officials to investigate all angles. only saying the woman died of unnatural causes. tom? >> thank you. next tonight, some wintry weather as we're tracking. we begin the thanksgiving week. it was a snow bowl for michigan state and nebraska in their game in lincoln. and tonight, a new storm. the west may finally get the rain it so desperately needs. rob marciano is tracking it all. hey, rob. >> hi, tom. you ,ol' frayed after the storm this week. looks like the bigger cities along i-95 will be okay monday into tuesday. i-90, that could be an issue. dry for most of the country for
the big travel day on wednesday, with the exception of the west coast. here comes the rain we mentioned. we need the rain, tom. but this could bring mud slides into the burn areas. >> rob, thank you so much. the new interview set to air tonight with monica lewinsky. opening up about her affair with president bill clinton and revealing why she shared her secret with linda tripp. here's abc's lana zak. >> okay, great. where do you want to work? >> reporter: tonight in a new interview, monica lewinsky revealing what led her to confide to linda tripp about her affair with president clinton. saying she felt clinton first misled her about a future job and then froze her out when he was re-elected. >> i had this nagging insecurity, maybe he just did all these things this last six months because he was trying to keep me quiet during the election. how stupid am i? those were the conditions along with some other things that led to me confiding in linda tripp. >> reporter: in a new a & e documentary "the clinton affair" lewinsky recalls how tripp -- the co-worker she thought she
could trust -- secretly recorded her. >> let's just say they're going to try to trick you. okay, "did she ever tell you about her affair with that one." >> mm-hmm. >> reporter: even confessing to tripp about her fear of betrayal. >> i have fear about one thing, and that's you saying something. and i am on the precipice of this legal nightmare, and there is one person, who, if she just agrees to do what she said she always would do, which was protect my secret, it would maybe all be okay. >> reporter: tom, during the investigation and the impeachment, lewinsky says she was barred from speaking. now she's sat with filmmakers for more than 20 hours. she says she hopes her voice helps other young women, tom. >> lana zak for us tonight. thank you. much more ahead on "world news tonight" the sunday. the search for a missing 49ers fan and army vet. his mystery disappearance. what authorities have now discovered miles from where he was last seen. plus, your money tonight. holiday shopping deals kicking off. the shopping deals and the scams under way.
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finally tonight, the story of two sisters and one incredible bond. here's abc's john donvan. >> reporter: when a little girl named lulu was officially adopted into the brusnahan family the other day even the judge got choked up. >> this adoption is in the best interest of this child. >> reporter: because she knew the connections being made in this moment. they start not with lulu but with the young woman holding her, katie brusnahan, who was a baby herself nearly two decades ago. when the brusnahans adopted her giving her two brothers, one of whom was also adopted, and two parents. then, not long ago, katie's mom told her about a phone call she'd received. >> and she tells me that nikki, my birth mother, had another
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tonight, the smoke from the campfi fire won't loosen its gr. in butte county, firefighters are making progress but there is a new revelation about the power lines. one day after president trump visits the fire scene, the plan to fights future fires comes under fires. abc 7 news at 6:00 starts now. >> announcer: live where you live, this is abc 7 news. never saw it that smoky like covered up before. >> the bay area remains covered with a blanket of thick smoke it just can't shake. >> for those hoping to get out and explore, left feeling disappointed. good evening. thanks for joining us. i'm eric thomas. >> i'm dion
>> the air is unhealthy and expected to stay that way for a few more days. we have team coverage. cornell bernard is looking how people are dealing with the lousy air. >> first, we start with meteorologist drew tuma who has air quality levels and when we'll see relief, drew? >> that is the big question, guys, when we'll get relief from the bad air quality. no matter where you live, the air is still unhealthy. we'll zoom in to street level from san jose to fremont to the peninsula, san francisco, oakland and inland east bay. you see the red dots, unhealthy air quality. a similar story from santa rosa to napa and san rafaerafael, we dealing with unhealthy air quality. what will bring rain in the forecast. this will arrive on wednesday. on the storm impact scale, this is a level two moderate system we're trki