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tonight, several two dropping stories as we come on. the dangerous winter blast. 25 states under alerts tonight. blizzard conditions shutting down highways. flash flood rescues in the south and a tornado threat, as this powerful system barrels east. the cop killer manhunt. new details tonight about the suspect. police say he's armed and extremely dangerous, that he was allegedly in the country illegally. >> i never thought ever that i would have to be doing this. the wild ride on wall street. the dramatic dip, then last-minute rally, the dow clawing all the way back, as the government shutdown drags on with no end in sight. also tonight, the new audio in the kevin spacey sexual assault case. what it may reveal about the actor's possible defense since
he broke his silence in a cryptic video. the late development killing s cou against the paren his alleged victim. what a judge just ruled about their child's custody. plus, the shocking attack. the police officer taking on several men in the subway. one of the suspects falling onto the tracks. what that cop said today about defending himself. and, dangerous malfunction. drivers with no warning as a train blows right through. and good evening. it's great to have you with us on a thursday night. i'm tom llamas, in for david. and we begin with the severe winter blast, moving cross-country at this hour. blizzard warnings, flood watches and possible tornadoes. near whiteout conditions, look at that, in new mexico and the dakotas. cars and trucks skidding right off highways. powerful storms causing transformer explosions in the new orleans area.
sparks streaking along the wires there. and the system pushing its way tomorrow morning. heavy rain from d.c. to philly, new york all the way to boston. abc's victor oquendo is in atlanta tonight to lead us off. >> reporter: tonight, holiday travel chaos, as that powerful storm races across the country. in the north, blizzard warnings and whiteout conditions. watch this tractor trailer nearly slide off the road in fargo. in kansas, a state of emergency. 150-mile stretch of interstate 70 shut down in both directions. >> these are probably three foot drifts. >> reporter: these truck drivers hunkered down. >> trucks are coming in and parking but none are leaving. >> reporter: whiteout conditions all the way to the texas panhandle. the storm moving east, stretching from canada all the way to the gulf coast. and with it, torrential rain and lightning. in new orleans, transformers exploding.
>> that's crazy! >> reporter: in houston, high winds snapping all six poles holding up this billboard, sending it into this building. in austin, flash flooding. julie butler had to be rescued after her car got pushed a quarter mile off the road by floodwaters, thanking the firefighters who got her to safety. >> all of those firefighters are like angels from heaven. they're not little tiny things that sit on your shoulder, i mean, they're huge with wings. >> reporter: first responders rescuing a sheriffs deputy nearby. >> and victor joins us live from atlanta. and victor, this storm headed right towards you. besides all the travel trouble this is going to cause, there is also a flash flood watch right there? >> reporter: that's right, tom. and it's already raining here in atlanta. a lot more is on the way. already messing up the commute for these folks behind me. that, plus wind gusts of over 30 miles per hour. we should be looking at downed trees and flooding from this storm tonight. tom? >> victor oquendo leading us off tonight. victor, thank you. let's get right to abc senior meteorologist rob marciano. he's along new york's west side
highway. and rob, it is a mess for so many out there right now. >> reporter: it is. and this storm, tom, is really stretching out across the entire country, from north to south. the most dangeus a tornado watch up for southeast louisiana. been ruch in baton rouge. flooding there. new orleans, you are next. and this rain stretches all the way back to the great lakes. the blizzard warnings are still up for the northwestern part of this thing. atlanta, going to be a mess. look at the rain getting into d.c., philly and new york. tomorrow morning will be a mess there, too. some of the rain, one, two, three inches of rainfall. flood watches stretch from the south all the way into new jersey. rivers and streams are running high. tom? >> and we'll track the storms into the weekend. rob, thank you. next tonight, the new developments in the urgent manhunt for a suspected cop killer in northern california. authorities calling him armed an dangerous. the officer and father shot and killed during a traffic stop. his last radio call of shots fired. in an emotional news conference,
the police chief revealing the officer is the first in the department killed in the line of duty. the suspect allegedly in this country illegally. here's abc's will carr. >> you have to understand, this was not supposed to happen here. >> reporter: tonight, heartbreak while authorities hunt for an alleged cop killer, a california community now mourning the loss of one of its own. >> i did not know christmas morning at 4:00 in the morning when i said good-bye to him and sent him off to his family, that it would be the last time that i saw him. >> reporter: corporal and k9 officer ronil singh seen here in the a facebook post. just hours later, authorities say singh pulled the man in this picture over for a suspected dui in a dodge ram. this is a traffic stop that turned into a gun battle. >> it did. a traffic stop gone bad, turned into a gun fight. >> reporter: the suspect's truck later found, ditched next to a mobile home.
your investigation has found out he's in the country illegally? >> he is. >> reporter: in response, president trump tweeting, "time to get tough on border security, build the warm." but in newman, those who knew him best are remembering officer singh for being a proud immigrant from fiji what came to the united states to become a police officer. >> please remember the man, please remember the husband. please remember what he was. what he came to this country to do. >> will carr joins us now live from that police department. still reeling from that killing. and will, i know you were at that emotional news conference. i understand this is a small police force? >> reporter: that's right, tom. they only have around 12 officers who are all mourning, so, they're getting a lot of help from surrounding departments. as for officer singh's last partner, his k9, sam, she's officially being retired. she'll live with the singh family. the chief saying she's not about to take another loved one from that family. tom? >> will carr for us tonight. will, thank you.
next, to the stork market's wild ride. one day after posting its biggest point gain ever, the market staging its biggest comeback in a decade. the dow plunging more than 600 points earlier, then rebounding dramatically in the last hour, ending the day upts osing above 23,000. so, what's behind the massive swings? abc chief business correspondent rebecca jarvis on wall street. rebecca, help us out here. >> reporter: so, tom, around 2:00 today, it looked like that 1,000-point gain from yesterday was something of a distant memory, but in the span of just 90 minutes, stocked clawed their way to the biggest comeback in a decade. so, what's going on here? well, essentially, this is not normal. these wild swings are not average. but there is a tug of war taking place right now, between those who believe the selloff we've seen earlier this year is not meant to be, is not necessary, and those who believe that it is not overblown, that they see next year as being a slowdown.
and the tension in that is reflected in the numbers we received today about consumer confidence. a poll showing that consumers feel good about where things stand today, but when it comes to next year, they're not as certain. tom? >> all right, rebecca jarvis covering this wild ride for us. rebecca, thank you. we do move on now to the government shutdown, now in its sixth day. likely extending into the new year. the senate meeting for just minutes today. president trump returning from his surprise trip to iraq, immediately jumping back into the battle over the border wall. the president and democrats unwilling to budge. the standoff taking its toll on hundreds of thousands of federal workers wondering when their next paycheck will come. abc senior congressional correspondent mary bruce is back on the hill. >> reporter: tonight, capitol hill is a ghost town. day six of the government shutdown, and with no end in sight, 800,000 federal workers are now in limbo. >> who wants to go to work and not know if they're going to get paid or not? >> reporter: with two kids in college, department of justice employee tanya via says the
uncertainty hits hard. >> tuition starts back up at the end of january for two children. >> reporter: anthony bouldin works at the usda and is worried, too. >> for me, it's just total uncertainty in terms of knowing how to budget for the upcoming months. >> reporter: with negotiations at a standstill, both sides are digging in. >> how long do you think the shutdown will last, mr. president? >> whatever it takes. i mean, we're going to have a wall. >> reporter: back from iraq, the president is back to battling with democrats. today tweeting, "have the democrats finally realized that we desperately need border security and a wall on the southern border." adding, without evidence, "do the dems realize that most of the people not getting paid are democrats?" the president is insisting on billions to fund his border wall, blaming the shutdown on, quote, democrat obstruction. >> they all know you need the wall, or whatever you want to call it, but the one who is calling the shots is nancy pelosi. >> reporter: the democratic leader tells "usa today" is president is using scare tactics to build support for his wall,
and she's mocking him, saying, "now he's down to, i think, a beaded curtain or something." pelosi is standing firm, promising to fund the government, but not the wall, when democrats take control of the house next week. >> so, no end in sight, at least for right now. mary bruce joins us live from capitol hill. and mary, it's looking like we won't see any progress towards a deal until at least next year. >> reporter: yeah, tom. it is all quiet here on the hill right now. and there are no more votes scheduled for this week. once democrats take control of the house, they're going to act quickly to try to put the pressure on the president, by passing that legislation to fund the government, but not his wall. but tom, right now, this is a true stalemate and neither side is budging. tom? >> mary bruce. thank you. new developments tonight in a story making national headlines. the fiance charged with murdering a young mother, last seen on surveillance grocery shopping on thanksgiving day. authorities have yet to find her body. but believe she is dead. their toddler now at the center
of a kus by bcustody battle. here's paabc's clayton sandell. >> reporter: patrick frazee appeared in a colorado courtroom this afternoon. the man accused of killing his fiance, kelsey berreth, now in a battle over the couple's daughter. frazee coming face-to-face with berreth's parents. the judge granted them custody of their 14-month-old granddaughter. patrick, why don't you talk to us? >> reporter: kaylie was with her father until he was arrested last friday on a charge of first degree murder. >> you see him? he's in cuffs. >> reporter: frazee also facing a charge of solicitation to commit murder, suggesting police believe he did not act alone. patrick, did you have an accomplish? did somebody help you? >> reporter: today's hearing was scheduled shortly after frazee was arrested for berreth's murder. he'll be back in court on those charges monday. tom? >> clayton, thank you. news tonight in the sex assault case against kevin spacey.
abc news obtaining audio of his lawyer in court, taking aim at spacey's then 18-year-old accuser. spay zeile breaking his silence this week with a bizarre video portraying his character from the tv show "house of cards." a warning, some of the language is graphic in this next story. here's abc's chief national correspondent matt gutman. >> reporter: tonight, we learn that days before kevin spacey ended his year of silence with this cryptic video -- >> and my confidence grows each day that soon enough, you will know the full truth. >> reporter: his attorneys argued in a massachusetts court that there wasn't enough evidence for the former "house of cards" star to be charged with indecent assault on an 18-year-old man. abc news has obtained a recording of that hearing. spacey's attorney, alan jackson, questioning the officer who took the testimony of the accuser, who claims that spacey groped him in a bar in 2016. >> if we were to stand and count off three minutes, you would agree, trooper, that's an incredibly long time to have a strange man's hands in your
pants, correct? >> i would agree with that, yes. >> reporter: the attorney questioning why the accuser didn't walk away and instead was texting and even snapchatted video of the alleged incident. >> what the video shows is a person's hand make contact with a shirt, correct? >> yes. >> okay. not any body part? >> correct, you don't see any body parts. >> reporter: the defense attorney pointing out that the accuser told spacey he was 23 when he said spacey bought him multiple drinks. now, tom, that accuser did not immediately report the alleged incident, but according to that police report, he did tell family and friends right away. now, spacey denies the allegations, but if convicted, he faces up to five years in prison. tom? >> matt gutman with those new developments tonight. thank you. we turn now to the death of a sond child in u.s. custody the mother of 8-year-old fill lee pay alonzo-gomez arjing authorities to return his body
after he died of an apparent illness of christmas eve. facing heavy backlash. homeland security secretary kirstjen nielsen traveler to the border tomorrow. and there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this thursday. the chaotic confrontation. a new york city police officer fending off several attackers inside the subway. one of them falling object the tracks. what that officer said today about ending the standoff. plus, the tragedy at a major tourist destination. authorities investigating after a teen falls 700 feet to her death at a famous overlook. and the dangerous malfunction. take a look at this. drivers with no warning as a train blows through. how did this happen? stay with us. how did this happen? stay with us. ♪ ♪
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the chaos. tonight, telling our gio benitez what was going through his mind. >> stand back! stand back! >> reporter: you're watching an nypd officer doing everything he can not to draw his weapon. nearly 5 million watching this online. >> i don't want to hurt you. >> reporter: officer syed ali says a woman in the subway told him these men were harassing her. when he approached, he says they became aggressive. instead of pulling his gun, officer ali kicks one man as he gets closer. at one point one of the men falls onto the tracks, but survives. >> life is precious and going to that weapon is not necessarily the first thing we should be thinking about. >> reporter: the officer had no idea someone was recording. what was going through your mind? >> just safety -- safety was number one for myself. and then when i saw the guy trip over i was like, "holy cow, let me try to grab him." >> reporter: so you were thinking about their safety. >> i had to right? that's life. >> reporter: and tonight, three of the men have been arrested,
they're facing several charges. but officer ali says he's just glad it ended with nobody getting hurt. tom? >> gio benitez for us tonight. gio, thank you. when we come back, the twin mall brawls the day after police say hundreds of tee involved at two shopping malls in the same state, and now authorities are reviewing the footage as they search for suspects. plus, the dangerous malfunction on the tracks. a train blowing right through, barely missing drivers before the crossing gate comes down. stay with us. ienist said going electric could lead to way cleaner teeth. she said, get the one inspired by dentists, with a round brush head. go pro with oral-b. oral-b's gentle rounded brush head removes more plaque along the gum line. for cleaner teeth and healthier gums. and unlike sonicare, oral-b is the first electric toothbrush brand accepted by the ada for its effectiveness and safety. what an amazing clean! i'll only use an oral-b! oral-b. brush like a pro.
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time now for our index, and authorities investigating a pair of mall brawls in connecticut, the day after christmas. video from inside the buckland hills mall in manchester showing crowds fleeing for safety. at least 200 people allegedly involved in a fight there. four are facing charges. look at this. 15 miles away in millford, officers struggling to break up fights. authorities in both cases are now reviewing surveillance footage. also tonight, a teen's deadly fall from a famous overlook. authorities at horseshoe bend in arizona first spotting and then recovering the body of a 14-year-old girl. the teen was from san jose. she had been reported missing. the body was discovered 700 feet below a cliff. authorities say the death appears to be accidental, but an autopsy is being conducted. a male hiker fell to his death at this same spot earlier this year. and a close call caught on camera for an illinois police officer. dash cam footage showing the
officer approaching a railroad crossing before suddenly swerving to the left, as a train blowing right through. another car, you saw, almost got struck, and the crossing gate not closing until after the train passed. authorities acknowledged a me call call failure. now, to the 6-year-old caught redhanded. >> alexa, what's five minus three? >> five minus three equals two. >> not exactly a tutor there. a mj mj mom sharing the moment she busted her son using an alexa, amazon's virtual assistant, to cheat on his homework. the mom said, she will turn off the device in the future. all right, when we come back, the final present under the tree, and oo lia life-chang moment for one little boy. it's america strong.
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finally tonight, america strong. one more reason to save the best gift for last. 11-year-old carter wyles is about to get the christmas surprise of a lifetime. >> this is from all of us, okay? all of us. >> that's his aunt, leah kiphart, offering him a final gift to unwrap on christmas morning. inside, this family photo of the kipharts, showing carter's aunt, uncle and his cousins, along with a very special letter. >> carter, this is our most recent picture of our family. all of us would love for you to be in the next picture and to be part of our family. carter, would you like to be a kiphart and be our son and brother? we love you.
>> what do you think, buddy? >> yes. >> reporter: his aunt and uncle surprising him with an adoption. >> we're going to adopt you, carter. >> thank you so much. >> reporter: his aunt tells us carter's adoption status was nearing a deadline, about to change so someone outside the family would be able to adopt him. >> this might have been the last time that we were ever going to see carter, and felt that it was really important for us to keep him in the family. a lot of people talk about how lucky he is. and we're just as fortunate to have him join our family. >> reporter: and here's carter, describing that magical moment. >> for me, it was really emotional. it make me feel good that other people can enjoy, like, my happiness and my family's happiness. and we are. and we thank carter and his family for sharing their story and that wonderful moment. we thank you for watching on a thursday night. i'm tom llamas.
little boy, hug his wife, say good night anymore. because a coward took his life. >> emotions running very high over the death of a police officer. the search for his killer enters the second day. i am dan ashley. >> and i am ama daetz. we have learned new details about the suspect and the murdered abc7 news laura anthony is live from stanislaus county. >> reporter: while the flags here in stanislaus county are flying at half mass, this man hunt is still in full force.
the suspect may have had time to get quite aways from here, the sheriff thinks he is still in this county. >> i did not know christmas morning, at 4:00 in the morning when i said goodbye to him, and sent him off to his family, that it would be the last time that i saw him. >> reporter: the chief of the tiny newman police officer asked that corporal be remembered as a husband and father and then as a cop. >> what needs to be known is that he was a human being and an american patriot. >> reporter: he was shot and killed during a dui traffic stop. >> it was a gun fight. >> though he would not provide the suspect's name,