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>> times up. >> staking out a spot for the super bowl. tonight several developing stories as we come on. the late breaking race controversy involving the governor of virginia. a picture on his yearbook page showing one person dressed in black face. another dressed as a member of the ku klux klan. he admits he is one of them. also the deadly cold, the staggering death toll number. now at least 26 people dead. hundreds of accidents and tonight the flood fears with temperatures about to swing wildly. cosmic crash? a possible meteor hurdling through the sky across the florida keys before crashing to earth. the pictures just coming in. the shocking new video, the moment a dam bursts. releasing a deadly wall of mud. also tonight, president
trump pulling out of a decade old nuclear agreement. plus is he about to declare a national emergency? the race for president. new jersey senator cory booker jumping into the growing democratic field. the apology senator warren made today. and is this fraud? the slip and fall case. prosecutors say are driving up your premiums. good evening on a very busy friday night. i'm tom llamas in for david. we begin with late breaking developments involving virginia's governor ralph northam. an explosive image from his medical yearbook page in 1984. the page shows one man in black face, another dressed as a member of the ku klux klan. it was first posted by a conservative website just a short time ago. the governor admitting one of those men is him. david kerley leads us off.
>> reporter: calls tonight for virginia's governor to resign because of this photo. one person in black face. one in a ku klux klan robe. it's part of democrat ralph northam's 1984 medical school yearbook page. and tonight, the governor is acknowledging he is one of those people although in the disclosing which one. tonight the naacp is calling on northam to resign, saying black face is always racist, no matter the party affiliation. it comes as northam, who is also a doctor, under fire for his comments in support of a virginia bill that would lift restrictions on late term abortions. >> it's done in cases where there may be severe deformities, there may be a fetus that is nonviable. so in this particular example, if a mother is in labor, i can tell you exactly what would happen. the infant would be delivered. the infant would be kept comfortable. the infant would be resuscitated
if that's what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother. >> reporter: conservatives accusing northam of essentially supporting infanticide. >> david kerley joins us tonight. governor northam's office saying his abortion comments we just heard have been taken out of context and that he obviously does not support the killing of an infant. david, i want to focus on tonight. the governor releasing a very different statement about the black face photo. >> about the photo with the black face and the ku klux klan robe. he said, i am deeply sorry for the decision to appear in that photo. he said it is clearly racist and offensive. as far as the calls for him to resign he did not say he would. he said it will take time and serious effort to heal. u.on tonight's other major headline -- the deadly cold
blast from the midwest to the northeast and the major change under way at this hour. we just learned this vicious weather has killed at least 26 people across eight states. drivers stuck on highways near syracuse, new york. more than three feet of snow falling in that area. an out of control suv slamming into a police vehicle, injurying two officers on a highway in cedar rapids, iowa. new flood warnings because with the temps about to rise there are growing concerns about ice jams about to melt. it will feel anywhere from 50 to 100 degrees warmer this weekend. here's abc's linsey davis. >> reporter: tonight, armed with snow blowers and shovels, upstate new yorkers are combatting the results of snowstorms that dumped four inches a hour in some spots. >> this is the worst i've seen it. the heaviest snow, the heaviest winds, extreme cold. >> reporter: our whit johnson is north of syracuse. >> reporter: this lake-effect snow has been relentless. take a look at this park. the trees, everything smothered. it's up to my knees as i try to walk here. some parts of new york state got
more than three feet. >> reporter: outside chicago, slick roads making for a messy morning commute. >> it was a like a sheet of glass. it looked like it was just wet road, but it wasn't. it was ice. >> reporter: in iowa, watch as an out of control vehicle crashes right into a cedar rapids police suv thursday. two officers were injured after responding to an earlier accident. back in chicago temperatures have been below 0 for 52 consecutive hours and now temperatures in the midwest are expected to jump as much as 70 degrees in the coming days. that thaw already causing a seven-mile long ice jam on the kankakee river. water rising several feet above flood stage. >> that is one of the major concerns tonight. linsey davis joins us live from just outside new york city. our weather team is telling us the warm-up is unprecedented and is going cause big problems. >> tom, because that warm-up is happening so fast, one big concern -- you're looking right
at it. melting ice on rivers like this one. the expectation it could cause more ice jams and further flooding. additionally, a higher likelihood that we could see more water main bursts and more of those pesky potholes, tom. >> linsey, thank you. so much going on with the weather all across the country. let's get to chief meteorologist rob marciano with the forecast. he's along new york's west side highway. rob, good evening. >> good evening, tom. this rapid warm-up will cause its own set of problems. let's look at the numbers on sunday. already above average from way below average. most importantly it will be above the freezing mark in chicago and minneapolis. on monday, 60s in st. louis. 50s along the east coast. tuesday looking into the 60s in d.c. buffalo has put out a flash flood watch with the big thaw today. big storm in the west tonight. 60 plus mile per hour winds in the bay area, warnings up there in the mountains for snow. two to five feet at pass level. maybe ten feet at higher elevations. going to be a difficult drive across the west this weekend. tom? >> we'll stay tracking this
weather throughout the weekend. rob, thanks so much. next the loud explosion in cuba blamed on a possible meteorite. the reported meteor spotted streaking over the florida keys this afternoon before crashing to earth. here's victor oquendo. >> reporter: tonight, that startling noise from a possible meteor frightening people across the cuban countryside. residents gathering fragments like these right from their backyards following what sounded like an explosion. cuba's state run newspaper now saying the government is looking into if that trail of white smoke before the blast was from a meteor this afternoon. the national weather service saying they also were receiving reports that a meteor was seen in the sky across the florida keys, before it made impact near the western tip of cuba. in 2013, this meteor exploded above russia injuring more than 1,200 people and damaging more than 4,000 buildings. nasa calling it the biggest meteor to hit earth in more than a century. tom, fortunately so far tonight
no reports of any major damage or injuries. tom? >> victor oquendo for us tonight. thank you. let's turn to politics now. president trump gearing up for the state of the union. taking the case to build the border wall to the american people. the president saying there is a quote, good chance he'll declare a national emergency to fund that wall. also today pulling the u.s. out of a decades' old nuclear agreement. here's terry moran. >> reporter: after backing down on the shut down, president trump today signalled he's ready to take more drastic action to get his wall. >> we will be looking at a national emergency. >> reporter: why? trump says the negotiations in congress on border security are as part of the deal that ended the shutdown are a waste of time. >> because i don't think that anything's going happen. i don't think the democrats want border security. >> reporter: democrats insist they want border security, just not the wall. >> there's not going to be any
wall money in the legislation. >> i think nancy pelosi should be ashamed of herself. >> reporter: trump boasts he's building tremendous amounts of the wall. >> we're building it with funds on hand. we're negotiating very tough prices. >> reporter: that's not true. no new sections of border wall have been built during trump's presidency. some older sections have been renovated. to build the rest he claims he can use emergency powers to redirect funds. that move would certainly be challenged in court. >> terry moran joins us live from the white house. terry, other big news today out of the white house. the president pulling the u.s. out of a major nuclear weapons deal with russia. >> reporter: that's right, tom. it's a cold war era ballistic missile treaty. china never signed. president obama tried to bring russian back in to compliance. couldn't do it. critics fear a new arms race with russia and china. >> terry moran out of washington. thank you. next to the new headline about donald trump jr. and the russia investigation. abc news learning senate
investigators have determined blocked calls from the president's son made around the time of the trump tower meeting in 2016 were not to his father. sources say investigators believe he was talking to two family friends. congressional investigators are trying to learn if candidate trump had advanced knowledge of the meeting with a russian layoff after his son was promised damaging material on hillary clinton or if the president was debriefed afterwards. next to the police officer under fire in detroit. that officer accused of posting a racist video of himself mocking a young black woman after impounding her car after she walked home in the sub zero cold. here's abc's adrienne bankert. >> priceless. >> reporter: tonight, a detroit officer's under fire for posting this on snapchat. he and his partner appear to mock a woman they stopped for driving with expired registration. >> walk of shame. >> in the cold. >> reporter: officers ordered ariel moore's car towed, despite subzero temperatures.
the police chief says she declined a ride home and began walking when officer gary steele posted to snapchat. >> i'm angry because this was a racially insensitive post. >> reporter: the filter on that post reads, celebrating black history month, and, what black girl magic looks like. then one officer says this dismissive phrase. >> bye, felicia. >> reporter: when moore saw the video, she was at a loss. >> i'm kind of shocked. i don't really know how to feel right now. >> what they put on there, that's racist. >> reporter: that officer has been demoted and is on administrative leave. he could not be reached for comment. the second officer is also under investigation. >> adrienne, thank you. >> now to "empire" star jussie smollett breaking his silence for the first time since reporting a brutal attack in chicago. smollett assuring fans he is okay after claiming two men beat him, yelled racial and homophobic slurs, and then put a noose around his neck and doused him with a chemical. he said he's working with
authorities and has been 100% factual. police are searching for two persons of interest seen on this surveillance video right there. we move on to disturbing new headlines involving a catholic church out of texas tonight. nearly 300 priests accused of sexual abuse. the names posted online by all 15 of the state's diocese. allegations dating back to the 1950s. an estimated 7,000 priests across the country have been accused of abuse. news tonight on the 2020 race for president. senator cory booker announcing his presidential bid joining the already crowded democratic field that also includes senate colleagues kirsten gillibrand and kamala harris, plus elizabeth warren. more candidates are waiting in the wings. re's abc k >> reporter: senator cory booker launching his campaign for president from his own front steps in newark, new jersey.
>> i always say i got my b.a. in stanford, but my phd on the streets of newark. >> reporter: booker looking to carve out his place in an already crowded democratic field. >> i'm the only senator who goes home to a low-income, inner city community. the first community that took a chance on me. >> reporter: he's the fourth senator to get into the race and the second african-american to launch his campaign this week as black history month gets under way. >> oh, what's up, oakland? >> reporter: senator kamala harris kicking off her campaign in oakland. to a crowd of 20,000 people. >> kyra phillips joins us from washington. kyra, another senator in the race apologizing tonight. >> reporter: that's right, tom. tonight elizabeth warren apologizing to the cherokee nation for her controversial attempt last year to prove her native american ancestry by releasing a dna test. this is an about face for warren who spent months standing by her actions.
tom? >> kyra with news from the campaign trail. all right, thank you. new developments surrounding the planned foxconn factory in wisconsin. the company said they'll still build the multi-billion dollar plant following a conversation with president trump. a foxconn executive said they were considering making their lcd screens in mexico instead of the u.s. they are going forward with the factory plans in the united states. now to your money. the labor department says u.s. employers added a surprising 304,000 jobs last month during the government shutdown. the unemployment rate rising to 4%. the country adding jobs for 1 00 straight months, the longest period on record. much more ahead this friday. the frightening moment caught on camera. several injured when an escalator malfunctions, speeding up, sending riders into a pile. plus, the slip and fall that prosecutors say was staged.
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premiums. >> reporter: an estimated $80 billion are lost to insurance fraud each year. >> good luck. >> reporter: cathy cashwell famously showed up spinning that wheel on "the price is right" despite claiming three grand a month for a shoulder injury. she pleaded guilty to fraud. as for alexander goldinsky, that slip and fall will land him before a judge next week. tom, goldinsky is charged with insurance fraud and theft by deception. we have not been able to reach him. tom? >> gio benitez for us tonight. thank you. when we come back a serial killer's daughter speaking out. the daughter of the btk killer in an exclusive interview with abc. why she says she still loves her father. the fix to the facetime glitch that allowed users to eavesdrop. why apple is thank this arizona teen. stay with us. users to eaves drop. why apple is thank this arizona teen. stay with us.
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finally tonight we came finally tonight we came across this video and we had to share it. the story behind it as powerful as the moment you're about to see. 50 years after she first said yes, here's the airman who got back down on one knee. >> reporter: for 50 years there was no hiding their love. james gauthier and lynn married in buffalo, new york. at the time, james was in the air force. lynn, a nursery school teacher. they would begin a life together, have children, grandchildren, and renew their vows along the way. and just recently, at a family dinner celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary, james had an idea. now 72, the love still burning. james changed into his air force uniform and got down on one knee. >> will you marry me again?
>> my mother's ring? >> it's our mother's ring. >> reporter: the two love birds right there, their grandchildren officiating. >> please celebrate the renewel vows with a kiss. >> reporter: james taking her back to those special moments and then taking her into his arms. ♪ that song "forever never ends," lynn overcome. her head on james' shoulder. ♪ we can find our way again >> tonight this photo, proof true love stands the test of time. thanks to james and lynn for sharing that story. we thank you for watching this friday night. i'm tom llamas. i hope to see you right back here tomorrow. for david and all of us, good night. w. for david and all of us, good night. night.