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tonight, several developing stories as we come on the air. president trump at the border, and what he said when asked if he'll declare a national emergency to fund his wall. day 20 of the government shutdown. 800,000 workers will not get paid. and tonight, the government now suggesting to workers how to get by without your paycheck. with advice like, be creative, 40 hold a garage sale, offer to watch children or walk pets. also breaking tonight, president trump's former fixer and personal attorney, michael cohen, agreeing to testify before congress and the country, taking questions about the president. also, the major winter storm brewing tonight. heavy snow already hitting the northeast. and then, what's coming next. the storm hitting the midwest and the east. rob with the new track at this hour. the major outbreak onboard
one of the world's largest cruise ships, turning around, now headed back to the u.s. the new reported allegations tonight against singer r. kelly. and the apology from lady gaga. the bus driver to the rescue to save a toddler who was barefoot in freezing weather, wandering in the cold. the shark attack right off the u.s. coast tonight. the dramatic images. and breaking news tonight involving one of the most famous athletes in the world. why authorities are now asking for his dna. good evening. and it's great to have you with we hav a lot to get to. an e going to begin with theaiy emergency to getis border wall built. the president with border patrol officers in texas,t crisis. it's now day 20 of the government shutdown. tonight, house peopler nancy pelosi saying the president likes this, saying it's because it's a distraction from what else is happening in washington.
this evening, 800,000 american workers will not get paid, and is the president about to bypass congress to get the wall built? matt gutman with what the president said. he's in mission, texas, tonight. >> reporter: tonight, president trump traveling far from washington and those stalled shutdown talks, trying to drum up support for his wall, by warning of a national security crisis at the border. >> if you don't have it, it's going to be nothing but hard work and grueling problems. and by the way, and death. and death. a lot of death. >> reporter: but we got a different story from the local mayor, jim darling. one of the things the president mentioned is that there is a security crisis here. what was the murder rate in mcallen, texas, in 2018? >>er >> reporter: zero murders? >> we're the safest city in the state of texas. >> reporter: the mayor doesn't want a wall here. >> there's places a barricade makes sense. >> reporter: but not necessarily right here. >> not my city, no. >> reporter: but the president is dug in. even before taking off, he was sounding ready to declare a
national emergency so he can go around congress and use the military to build his wall. >> i haven't done it yet. i may do it. if this doesn't work out, probably i will do it, i would almost say definitely. >> reporter: house speaker nancy pelosi pointing out even many republicans dislike that idea. >> i think he's going to have to answer to his own party on usurping that much power. i don't think he really wants a solution. i think he loves the distraction that this is from his other problems, and that's most unfortunate. it's a luxury our country can't afford under any circumstance. >> reporter: the president long promised american taxpayers would not have to pay for the wall. >> who's going to pay for the wall? >> mexico! >> reporter: his campaign website even spelled out a plan to pressure mexico to quote, make a one-time payment of $5 to $10 billion. today, a different story. >> when i said mexico will pay for the wall in front of thousands and thousands of people, obviously, they are not
going to write a check, but they are paying for the wall indirectly. >> reporter: that is not true, either. the president is demanding $5.7 billion from congress for the wall, and says he won't reopen the government until he gets it. reporters today asking if the buck stops with him. >> the buck stops with everybody. they could solve this problem in literally 15 minutes. >> all right, matt gutman with us live tonight from texas. and matt, we heard president trump say there that he would, quote, probably almost definitely declare a national emergency to allow the military to build his wall. and tonight, you're learning that the head of the army corps of engineers was actually on air force one with the president? >> reporter: that's right, david. he came with the president and stayed with him for much of his time here at the border. now, we've just learned that the white house has directed the army corps of engineers to examine its emergency supplemental budget to see if there's enough money in there for the military to build that wall without additional government funding. david? >> matt gutman in mission,
texas, leading us off. matt, thank you. tomorrow, no checks will go out to those furloughed government workers. nearly a million of them. other pay. d look at this tonight. demonstrations in oregon, in chicago, at the irs building in kentucky, and in washington, d.c., across this country. and tonight, the coast guard is out with this memo, advice to its workers who are not getting paid, telling them to be creative without their pay, have a garage sale, offer to watch children, walk pets, housesit, become a mystery shopper. abc's steve osunsami with workers across this country who say this isn't politics, this is their lives. >> is working without pay okay? >> no! >> reporter: government workers across the country are taking their anger with washington to the streets tonight. >> the bills keeps coming, they don't stop. >> reporter: these are people who are missing this week's paycheck and won't get another one for who knows how long. >> i got rent due at the end of this month. i have bills i need to pay in the meantime, and i'm not able
to collect a paycheck. >> reporter: about 420,000 only this still have to show up at work. dan mccabe is an air traffic controller in suburban atlanta who's working for free tonight. >> my worry now is, we're standing in it. >> reporter: how to keep it. >> how to keep it. >> reporter: he and his wife heather, a schoolteacher, worry they could lose their home if the shutdown lasts. the government has suggested they call their lender to make a deal, which they did. >> they said, well, we're really sorry that you're going through this, but you have 30 days to get your payment in full, and after 30 days, we report you to the creditors. >> i mean, we're not driving the bus on this. we're under the bus on this. >> reporter: some of their bosses are giving them advice on how to get through this. in this tip sheet, the coast guard suggests people throw garage sales, babysit children or walk the neighbor's dog for extra cash. >> steve osunsami with us live outside atlanta tonight. and steve, president trump has said that most of these workers not getting paid support what
lkoday, david, answered that question tactfully, saying that their concerns are more immediate than a wall, such as paying for child care, paying the power bill. and they want the president to solve this. david? >> steve osunsami with us tonight, as well. thank you, stooecht. the other major headline involving the president at this hour, we learned today that the president's former lawyer and long-time fixer michael cohen will testify before congress and the american people in just weeks. mary bruce on the hill with what michael cohen is willing to answer. >> reporter: just weeks after being swarmed at his sentencing, tonight, president trump's former attorney and fixer michael cohen is stepping into the spotlight. agreeing to testify under oath and in public on capitol hill to give what he's calling a "full and credible account" of his ten years at trump's side. >> the man doesn't tell the truth, and it's sad that i should take responsibility for his dirty deeds. >> reporter: sentenced to three years in prison, cohen
pleaded guilty to lying to congress about the president's plans to build a trump tower in moscow, plans that extended well into the campaign. and he admitted to facilitating hush money payments in the months before the election to two women who allege they had affairs with trump. payments that for months the president denied knowing anything about. >> did you know about the $130,000 payment to stormy daniels. >> no, no. what else? >> why did michael cohen make it if there was no truth to her allegations? >> you have to ask michael cohen. >> reporter: but cohen says he was acting at the president's direction in order to protect the campaign, and he has now spent more than 70 hours telling all to special counsel robert mueller. he told george stephanopoulos he's done being the fall guy for the president. >> so why should we believe you now? >> because the special council stated emphatically that the information that i gave to them was credible and helpful.
there is a substantial amount of information that they possess that corroborates the fact that i am telling the truth. >> reporter: but tonight, president trump says he's not worried about cohen's upcoming testimony. >> i'm not worried about it at all, no. >> the president reacting to the news late today. mary bruce live up on the hill again tonight. and mary, cohen is scheduled to testify in public on february 7th, and you're hearing tonight that there will be some we, t chairman of the committee tonight is stressing that there will be limitations on the questions asked of cohen, because they do not want to interfere with his ongoing cooperation with the special counsel. david? >> mary bruce with us live again tonight. thank you. we're going to turn now to the winter storm developing and heading east. winter weather alerts already up in the plains, as lake effect snow keeps piling up. whiteout conditions in ohio. this car spinning backwards on a highway on-ramp. fulton, new york, getting more than a foot of snow before it's done. and now this new system moving in, it's already getting very cold ahead of it. senior meteorologist rob
marciano tracking it live for us tonight. hey, rob. >> reporter: hi, david. that cold air is pouring in to the eastern half of the country now as that new storm emerges in the plains. and the heartland. we've got a bunch of advisories, watches and warnings up, which udes slos, looks t oe t be emerging in st. louis, increasing through saturday. i think it's mostly rain south of i-64. it turns to snow in north carolina, some ice, as well, in through virginia. blocking high keeps it out of the northeast, but a big swath of four to eight inches of snow there kansas city and northern virginia. going to be dicey in that area this weekend. david? >> rob marciano, thank you. next here tonight, to the nightmare at sea. a cruise ship struck by a potential outbreak of the norovirus. nearly 300 people falling ill on the royal caribbean oasis of the seas. here's abc's victor oquendo tonight. >> reporter: tonight, one of the world's largest cruise ships
heading back to port early. royal caribbean telling abc news 277 people suffered "an episode of gastrointestinal illness" onboard the oasis of the seas. the cdc now investigating as sick passengers like abby perrin and her mother say it came on suddenly. >> in the middle of the night, we both started feeling like we had food poisoning. so we had fevers and were throwing up. they're recommending everyone who's sick to stay in their room. >> reporter: on sunday, about 9,000 guests and crew departed president canaveral on the seven-day caribbean cruise. by tuesday night, passengers reportedly started feeling symptoms that included nausea, vomiting and diarrhea as the ship approached jamaica. tonight, passengers sharing video of crews trying to sanitize common areas as the ship is urging passengers to wash their hands. david, royal caribbean tells us that rather than have everyone worry about their health, the ship will be returning a day early, and all passengers will be receiving a full refund. david? >> all right, victor oquendo,
thank you. next, there is new fallout after millions have watched the disturbing docuseries after singer r. kelly. tonight, lady gaga the latest to people r speak out. prosecutors tonight say calls are pouring in after they asked people to come forward. here's abc's linsey davis again tonight. >> reporter: overnight, a crowd at this chicago club snapping pictures of a defiant r. kelly. his first public appearance since the firestorm over "surviving r. kelly," the lifetime documentary detailing accusations of sexual and other misconduct toward women and teenage girls. r. kelly has consistently denied the allegations, but fellow artist lady gaga is now apologizing for her poor judgment for collaborating with him on the 2013 song "do what you want with my body." ♪ gaga saying, "i stand behind these women 1,000%, believe them, know they are suffering and in pain, and feel strongly that their voices should be heard and taken seriously."
she's now planning to take the song down from streaming sites. and after an illinois prosecutor urged alleged victims to come forward, two new accusers tell "the chicago sun-times" they reached out to police. so have the parents of jocelyn savage, who believe kelly is holding their daughter against her will, despite this interview she did with tmz last year. >> there's rumors out there, people saying that i'm captive, held hostage, so, obviously, that's not true. i'm out here enjoying life and doing my own thing. >> reporter: the family telling abc affiliate wsb they haven't seen jocelyn in two years. >> my gut feeling is that my daughter in somewhere hiding in a corner, praying that we come and help her. >> reporter: and david, jocelyn's parents contacted police after they say they were threatened by two of r. kelly's associates over their allegations and also because they participated in this documentary. david? >> linsey davis tonight. thank you, linsey. and this evening, to the russia investigation, and as president trump left for texas
today, our jon karl asked him about the accidental revolution that his campaign chairman shared polling data. here's how the president reacted to the news. >> reporter: did you know that paul manafort was sharing polling data from your campaign with the russians? >> no, i didn't know anything about it. nothing about it. >> the president was asked if the special counsel's final report should be made public, he answered, we'll have to see. to the big question tonight involving the oscars. who will host? well, possibly no one. the academy awards is without a host since kevin hart stepped down after he was pressed to apologize over home phonetic comments he made in the past. he did apologize, but is now not interested in the job. tonight, "variety" is reporting that for the first time in 30 years, there may be no host. here's abc's kayna whitworth. >> reporter: it's been one of hollywood's most coveted roles. ♪ wonderful night for oscar >> reporter: billy crystal -- >> this is the night wars and politics are forgotten and we
find out who we really hate. >> reporter: -- bob hope among the many times. but tonight, the 2019 oscars without its star act.ho. "variety magazine" reports the academy has decided to forgo filling the job with one person. >> no a-lister wants to ere's n. >> reporter: it's been 30 years since there wasn't a host. ♪ keep the cameras rolling >> reporter: and it's remembered as one of the biggest debacles in oscars history. >> oh, mr. lowe, i'm such a fan. >> reporter: actor rob lowe opening the show with a musical number with snow white. for this year, the academy had originally booked comedian kevin hart, but he bowed out following backlash from years-old home phonetic tweets. the academy is reportedly instead seeking out celebrities to present individual segments, even considering bringing all the avengers back together for one act. david? >> we'll see. kayna whitworth tonight. thank you.
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and what he witnesses while surfing. the dolphins who begin swimming right beside him. a pod of them. the video has already been seen more than 3 million times on our facebook page. and it turns out the surfer, that firefighter, says not only was it a beautiful moment, it is his late grandmother's birthday. he told one of our meteorologists at kabc it was like his grandmother was talking to him. the surfer and the dolphins and their magic. was incredible. thank you for watching on a thursday night. i'm david muir. i hope you'll finish out the week with us tomorrow. until then, good night. until then, good night.
airport. ays on board a diverted flight after passengers get stuck on the run way for three hours. what happened on board that had two people walking away in handcuffs. >> live look from sky 7 over the plane. you see it now here. it was supposed to land but didn't get there. there's a very confusing situation unfolding. >> live from the airport. to sort all of this out. it's very confusing. what can you tell us? >> the first of the passengers have made their way through customs heading down to baggage claim where we're located. the folks are not happy about the ordeal. it was hot on the plane. they weren't offered water until the end. and that plane only taxied within an hour or so the two men who arrested alameda county says
one of the unruly passengers threatened to open a door on the plane. it would have further complicated the delay to the flight. the flight landed at oakland around 10:30 and diverted from sfo due to weather. it originated in -- passengers were told they could not deplane because of international regulations. the sheriff office says oakland is an international airport it's up to the airline to make the call. passengers again tell us it was hot and uncomfortable. people got upset. told there were 100 passengers on the plane and they became so unsettled the pilot called for law enforcement. >> we had to get special permission from customs to board an international flight.