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tonight, several breaking stories as we come on the air. president trump immediately grounding all boeing 737 max jets flying in the u.s. the order late today, followed by confusion and alarm, planes stopped in their tracks. at airports across the country. >> we've been directed to return to the gate. >> it comes amid growing pressure after that boeing jet crash in ethiopia, and several other countries grounding the jets first. the uk, france, germany and canada. among them. so why now, from the president. what jon karl has learned tonight. also breaking. authorities warning of life-threatening driving at this hour. across much of the country. a tractor-trailer blown over on the highway. tonight, one airport shut down. blizzard conditions, drivers stranded. the rockies, the midwest, the south, the whole system moving east.chting scandal widens toni.
the actress from "full house," arrested, in court just a short time ago. and the arrests playing out across the country today. >> fbi, fbi! the major headline tonight. a second judge now sentencing the president's former campaign chairman, paul manafort. already sentenced to nearly four years. how much did the judge add today. and then just minutes later, the new bombshell, new charges against manafort. the deadly school collapse overseas tonight. more than 100 children trapped. here at home, the urgent manhunt right now, an escaped prisoner. police arresting him, handcuffed. he then somehow gets in the front of the cruiser and takes off. where they're searching. and the new headline. an important update tonight on alex trebek. evinit great to hav on this wednesday night. several fast-moving stories. first, president trump tonight
and his emergency ordering grounding all boeing 737 max 8s and 9s tonight. president trump announcing the decision from the faa citing new evidence. tonight, what we have now learned. why his decision today and that order taking effect immediately. leading to confusion. tonight, news pilots and some first officers had anonymously shared their own concerns during some domestic flights. abc's david kerley covers aviation and leads us off tonight. >> reporter: this southwest 737 max 8 flight, one of the last, as the u.s. tonight joined the rest of world. >> we're going to be issuing an emergency order of prohibition to ground all flights of the
737 max 8 and the 737 max 9. the safety of the american people and all people is our paramount concern. >> reporter: immediately, three u.s. airlines told to stop flying their 737 maxs. >> we got a call from your company. you need to contact them. >> southwest 410, we've been directed to return to the gate. >> reporter: this max 8 towed from the gate and parked. one of 72 idled. the federal government was under public pressure for days, having watched china, europe and today, canada, ground aircraft. flight maps from last week now showing the max's disappearing as they were parked. the reason, similarities between sunday's crash in ethiopia which killed 157, and the lion air crash in indonesia less than five months earlier. both flights, with the nose moving erratically up and down right after takeoff. a refinement of tracking data from satellites overnight, according to the faa, and evidence from this debris field in ethiopia, convinced the agency there are enough
similarities in these flights that they grounded the fleet. >> does this mean the two crashes are related? >> it does not mean the two crashes are related but they're close enough that it's worth saying stop flying these airplanes until we get the black boxes out. >> reporter: those two black boxes, found two days ago in ethiopia, are damaged. the delay in extracting data was part of the reason for the u.s. grounding. tonight, those boxes will be flown to france. that data should confirm if the crashes are related and whether the fastest selling jetliner ever has a problem. already, boeing is working a software fix for one of the contributing factors in the lion air crash, and while there have been no documented cases of this erratic behavior on a u.s. flight, a pilot and a first officer posted on anonymous message boards that their 737 max nosed down when the auto pilot was engaged. tonight, nearly all 370 of this brand-new jetliner are sitting on the ground. passengers landing today, reacting to the news. >> he said, all flights are
grounded. we'll return to gate. >> all right, david kerley live tonight. david, you reported that boeing is working on that fix you mentioned after what happened in the first crash in indonesia that nose-dive in that crash. then the wall street journal suggesting that fix might have been delayed by the government shutdown but tonight the faa pushing back on that? >> reporter: i asked the faa ed a min stray or the directly whether or not the government shutdown slowed down that software fix and he told me that has not. it will be several weeks before it's ready. david, that's a max 8 that's going nowhere. >> david kerley leading us off. david, thank you. i want to bring in jonathan karl. as we look at those pictures he d areng toonder after france, germany, uk, all grounded the jets, was the u.s. the last to ground the planes.
>> i'm told by a senior white house official the decision was initially made this morning not to ground the planes because there was no information with any fundamental problem with the boeing 737 max. that changed mid-day when they became aware of that new satellite data suggesting a possible link between the ethiopia and that early crash. the faa and the department of transportation made a call to ground them. >> jon karl at the white house. thank you we're also following what authorities are calling potential several states tonight. blizzard conditions. winds up to 80 miles an hour the gusts have been reported. we just learned that colorado state trooper has now been
killed. look at this tonight, powerful winds blowing this there truck off of the highway. and spotting isolated tornadoes tonight. this one spotted in new mexico. grounding all flights out and in of denver tonight. we have the track of this storm as it then moves east. abc's clayton sandell near the denver tonight. >> reporter: tonight, a monster winter storm is on the move. bringing whiteout conditions from colorado into the dakotas. okay, it's about noon. we are just east of denver and the blizzard conditions have definitely kicked in. visibility here is virtually zero. in colorado, parts of interstate 70 and 25 clogged by crashes are shut down. >> there are dozens if not hundreds of motorists stranded here on i-70 and the wind gusts are unbelievable. >> reporter: it's all thanks to a rare winter storm, they call
it a bomb cyclone because the pressure drops so quickly. the lower the pressure, the stronger the storm. here at the airport, we're seeing gusts of 80 miles per hour. all six runways closed at denver's airport. more than 1,300 flights canceled. >> i grew up in new orleans and i have seen a hurricane. this is a snowicane. >> reporter: in parts of texas, winds gusting above 70 miles per hour. >> oh, my god! >> reporter: causing this semi to overturn. >> oh, my goodness! >> reporter: ripping off a warehouse roof. and tossing airplanes like toys. even overturning this home. injuring a person inside. in new mexico, two reported tornadoes thursday. near logan, a rackable sight. >> clayton joins us from a very
windy scene there near the denver airport. so many drivers stranded. the governor declaring a state of emergency at this hour. >> that's right, david, you can see just how bad the conditions are. all the cars on this highway they are going nowhere fast. as you mentioned just a few minutes ago we learned that a colorado state patrol trooper who was responding to one of the he accidents today was hit by a car and was killed. david. >> all right, stay away from that traffic right there, clayton. thanks for your report and let's get right to senior meteorologist rob marciano tracking this storm as it moves across the country. >> david, this is a rare and record-breaking storm for colorado. now center in kansas. the wind is still whipping 's the wind field that's been most remarkable. wichita, kansas city, maybe some flooding with that rain on top
of the melting snow many minnesota and iowa. wind and rain there. this does weakens as it heads off to the east. the wind will be here in the east. this is an epic storm. >> rob, thank you. next tonight here to new fallout from that college admissions cheating scandal tonight. full house actress lori loughlin was arrested today and a short time ago appearing before a judge. felicity huffman was also arr t arrested by the fbi. usc's water polo head coach was arrested at a hotel in hawaii. the question now is, what about the children. abc's kayna whitworth. >> reporter: tonight, lori loughlin set to be released on bond.
her alleged role in that sweeping college bribery scheme. >> you've worked very hard for your success. you should be proud of yourself. i know that i am. >> reporter: the actress who played a role model on "full house," allegedly shelling out $500,000 to consultant rick singer, along with her fashion designer husband to get their daughters into usc. posing them as recruits for the crew team, even though they didn't row. >> fbi, warrant! >> reporter: arrest warrants issued for 46 people around the country including coaches and wealth thy parents like felicity huffman, seen here at the courthouse, after she was arrested by agents, guns drawn and cuffed. tonight, the actress is out of jail on $250,000 bond. >> are you asking for a bribe? >> are you pretending you're above that? >> i'll get my checkbook. >> reporter: the star of "desperate housewives" so desperate to land her daughter
in a top school, prosecutors say, she paid $15,000 to singer to bribe a proctor who would "secretly correct her answers." prosecutors say the scheme's mastermind worked with dozens of parents to game the system. >> for every student admitted through fraud, an honest, genuinely talented student was rejected. >> reporter: today, on usc's campus, students told us they feel cheated. >> i feel for people like us who actually strive hard day and night to just come here and learn. >> reporter: the school firing legendary coach of the number one ranked women's water polo team, seen hiding from the cameras. he's facing charges for taking $250,000 in bribes. also fired, senior women's athletic director donna heinel, accused of taking a whopping $1.3 million to push through fake athletic recruits, complete with photoshopped pictures. >> let's get back to kayna on the story tonight. live outside the federal courthouse in los angeles. prosecutors say that most of
these young people the students were unaware, lot of people are asking, what's going to happen to some of these students? >> reporter: david, usc says they plan to conduct a case by case review of current students and graduates involved with this scheme they'll make the appropriate decisions. they could face disciplinary action including cancellation of admission and david, we have to keep in mind here, prosecutors are not ruling out additional charges. >> kayna, thank you. next here, a one-two pufshlg tonight for paul manafort. this morning, the president's former campaign manager sentenced to additional prison time. this is a second case stemming from the special counsel's investigation. just minutes after his sentencing he was then indicted in new york city on 16 felony counts. state counts. what this could mean for possible presidential pardon.
rter: moments after justice was sentenced, i caught up with his lawyer, kevin downing. you were surprised by the sentence? >> disappointed. >> reporter: president trump's former campaign chairman was wheeled into court today. amy berman jackson, "i am sorry for what i've done. i want to apologize. judge jackson unmoved. "it is hard to overstate the number of lies," she said, "and the amount of money involved." manafort's crimes range from money laundering to tax fraud to obstruction of justice. still his lawyer argued he was in robert mueller's crosshairs for one reason, his work for president trump. >> paul manafort has done an amazing job. here's someplace. where's paul manafort? >> reporter: telling the court, "but for a short stint in a national election, i don't think we would be here today." judge jackson did not buy it. "the defendant is not public enemy number one," she said, "but he's not a victim either."
she sentenced the once high-flying strategist to just three and a half years behind bars on top of the four-year sentence he received last week. moments later, downing went on the attack. >> it was callous, it was hostile, and it was totally unnecessary. >> reporter: manafort's team had told the court prosecutors showed no proof the trump campaign colluded with russia to meddle in the election. but judge jackson pointed out that was never part of the case, saying, the "no collusion refrain is irrelevant to the matter at hand." she suggested manafort's attorney was really putting on a show for someone else, some critics say that's president trump. speaking to reporters, downing twisted the judge's words. >> judge jackson conceded that there was absolutely no evidence of any russian collusion in this case so that makes two courts. two courts have ruled no evidence of any collusion with any russians. >> liar! hashe said! th nhae said >> reporter: and house late today, this
question -- will you pardon paul manafort? >> i have not even given it a thought as of this moment. >> pierre thomas reporting in from washington tonight. pierre, we know president trump was asked that today because he has the power to pardon paul manafort of his federal crimes. we also know the power doesn't extend to state crimes. just after minutes after he was sentenced he was indicted on a series of state charges in new york. >> the manhattan district attorney has charged manafort with 16 crimes most having to deal with mortgage fraud. an insurance policy to try and make sure that manafort does time behind bars even if he's pardoned by president trump. overseas tonight from nigeria, the desperate search at this hour after the collapse of a building, a school inside. they tried to peel away the debris right there. desk covered and dazed children being carried to waiting ambulances. more than 30 people have been
rescued. at least 8 have died. they fear that number would go up. pentagon has announced a new policy for transgender troops. after the president ordered a complete ban. beginning next month, gender assignment surgery will be allowed to join the troops. there's still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this wednesday -- the urgent manhunt right now escaped prisoner. police arresting him, handcuffing him, he somehow gets in front of the cruiser and takes off. the former priest shot and killed in his home, his name recently revealed in the church sex abuse scandal. new headline tonight about alex trebek, the longtime jeopardy host. what we learned today. some good news on this front. little things can be a big deal. that's why there's otezla. .t can be a big deal.
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>> with the help of your prayers also, i plan to beat the low survival rate statistics for this disease. truth told, i have to, because under the terms of my contract, i have to host "jeopardy" for three more years! >> reporter: trebek, who is 78, has been the host of jeopardy for 35 seasons. this was his first night. >> alex trebek! >> reporter: 34 emmys. tonight, what he told "people" magazine just weeks ago. about his wife jean, together 29 years. he said he wishes he met her earlier, asking for even longer life together. those words now even more poignant, with this new battle, and with so many of you at home pulling for him. trebek, tonight, back at work. we're all rooting for alex. i'm david muir. i hope to see you right
greensboro greensboro. sfo where all boeing 737 max 8 aircraft having grounded for safety reasons. >> grounded effective immediately. safety of all people is our paramount concern. >> u.s. grounds the boeing planes involved in the disaster, affecting flights here in the bay area. i'm ama daetz. >> i'm larry beil. comes days after multiple countries grounded the planes. vic is live with passengers. >> reporter: almost everyone here at sfo seemed aware of the late-breaking news. everyone already in the air when president gave his or wondered said they already
decided against playing on the boeing 737 max 8 jetliners before the president's announcement. >> just because i wouldn't want to take a chance. >> reporter: would you fly on one? >> no i wasn't. >> reporter: president's decision comes after the faa for days resisted grounding the planes even after fatal crash in ethiopia and one in october killing passengers and crew. faa said received newly refined satellite data to support the president's decision but nance believes premature. >> there is no justification for saying there's a major systems problem. >> reporter: says u.s. has excellent record