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raiders, not to sell popcorn. >> but make gruden's life more 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. >> southwest 410, 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 right over on the highway. tonight, one airport shut down. blizzard conditions, drivers stranded. the rockies, the midwest, the south, the whole system moving
east. the college admissions cheating scandal widens tonight. 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 . good evening. it's great to have you here with us on this wednesday night. we have several fast-moving stories. first, president trump tonight
and his emergency order, grounding all boeing 737 max 8s and 9s here in the u.s. the move came amid growing pressure. the uk, france, germany and canada had already grounded it. 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. concern. you'll hear air traffic controllers telling pilots of the news, ordered back to the terminal. tonight, news pilots and some first officers had anonymously shared their own concerns, some of them about the new boeing jet, during some domestic flights. abc's david kerley covers aviation and he leads us off tonight. >> reporter: this southwest 737 max 8 flight into d.c., one of the last, as the u.s. tonight joins 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 it 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 read 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. but tonight, those boxes will be flown to france. that data could 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 an anonymous message board that their 737 max nosed down when the autopilot was engaged. tonight, nearly all 370 of this brand-new jetliner are sitting rod. passengers landing today, reacting to the news.
>> the pilot came on and he said, the president just said that all flights are grounded. and we'll be returning to the gate. not much we can do, i'm afraid. >> 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 that fix might have been delayed by the government shutdown but tonight the faa pushing back on that? >> reporter: i asked the faa administrator directly whether or not the government shutdown slowed down that software fix and he told me it 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 do want to bring in our chief white house correspondent jonathan karl. as we look at those pictures from airports across the country tonight. lot of passengers who already alarmed are going to wonder 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 that a decision was initially made this morning not to ground the planes because the official said there was no information to absolutely any fundamental problem with the boeing 737 max. that changed mid-day when the administration became aware of that new satellite data suggesting a possible link between the ethiopia and the earlier crash in indonesia. at that point, the faa and the department of transportation made a call to ground them. the secretary of transportation called the president and the president accepted that recommendation. >> jon karl at the white house. thank you. we're also following what authorities are calling potentially life-threatening situation across several states tonight. dangerous winter storm striking now, blizzard conditions. winds up to 80 miles an hour the
gusts have been reported. we just learned that a colorado state trooper has now been killed. look at this tonight, powerful winds blowing this truck off of a highway in texas right over. and spawning isolated tornadoes tonight, this one spotted in new mexico. blinding conditions in wyoming. grounding all flights out and in of denver tonight. the runways completely shut down. we have the track of this storm as it then moves east. abc's clayton sandell near the denver airport tonight. >> reporter: a winter weather explosion tonight putting a bulls eye on the center of the country. why white out conditions. 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 major interstates 70 and 25 clogged by crashes are shut down. >> there are dozens if not hundreds of cars stranded here on i-70 and the wind gusts are unbelievable. >> reporter: it's all thanks to a rare winter storm, with a
technical term, a bomb cyclone. they call it as 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. that forced denver to shut down all six runways. tloilt do but sleep and play cards. >> i grew up in new orleans and i have seen a hurricane. this is a snowicane. >> reporter: in texas, winds gusting above 70 miles per hour. >> oh, my god! >> reporter: strong enough to flip a semi. >> oh, my goodness! >> reporter: ripping off a roof off a warehouse. and tossing airplanes like toys. even overturning this home, injuring a person inside. in new mexico tuesday, two reported tornadoes. five people injured south of roswell. near logan, powerful winds knocking 26 train cars off the
tru trussle. nobody is injured. >> 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? >> reporter: that's right, david. you can see just how bad the conditions are. all the cars on this highway here they are going nowhere fast. so many crashes. even an ambulance and a snowplow are stopped. and as you mentioned just a few minutes ago we learned that a colorado state patrol trooper who was responding to one of the many 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. hey, rob. >> david, this is a rare and record-breaking storm for colorado. now centered in kansas. take a look. the wind and the snow is still whipping across denver. now it's about to hit st. louis. it's the wind field that's been most remarkable. wichita, kansas city, omaha back through rapid city, maybe some flooding with that rain on top
of the melting snow . wind and rain there. this does weakens as it heads off to the east. the wind will be here in the east on friday. as it stands now, this is an epic storm. david. >> rob, thank you. next here this evening 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 arrested in the last 24 hours by the fbi. with their weapons drawn. is another arrest tonight, the usc's women's water polo coach arrested at a hotel in hawaii. and tonight, what about the children? prosecutors say many did not know. some did. what now happens to them? abc's kayna whitworth. >> reporter: tonight, lori loughlin set to be released on $1 million bond after being arrested today for her alleged role in that sweeping college bribery scheme. >> you've worked very hard for your success.
you should be proud of yourself. >> 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 wealthy 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 associate 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. she's live outside the federal courthouse in los angeles. prosecutors say that most of these young people the students
were unyou a aware but some might have known. a lot of people are asking, what's going to happen to some of these students? >> reporter: well, david, usc says they plan to conduct a case by case review of current students and graduates who may be involved with this scheme they'll make the appropriate decisions. ucla adding that any student involved, they could face disciplinary action including cancellation of admission and david, we have to keep in mind here that prosecutors are not ruling out additional charges. >> kayna, thank you. next here, a one-two punch tonight for paul manafort. this evening, the president's former campaign manager sentenced to additional prison time. lot of eyes on that judge and what she would do. this is the second case stemming from the special counsel's investigation. just minutes after his sentencing, after he learned his fate today, he was then indicted in new york city on 16 felony counts, state counts. what this could mean for possible presidential pardon. here's chief justice correspondent pierre thomas. >> reporter: moments after paul
manafort was sentenced, i caught up with his attorney kevin downing. you were surprised by the sentence? >> disappointed. >> reporter: manafort was wheeled into court today. he read the same prepared statement. but this time telling the judge, i'm sorry for what i've done. i want to apologize. but she was 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 attorney argued he was in robert mueller's crosshairs for one reason, his work for president trump. >> paul manafort has done an amazing job. he's here someplace. where's paul? >> reporter: manafort's attorney 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
over 3 1/2 years behind bars on top of the roughly four-year sentence he received last week. moments later, downing went on the attack. >> 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. 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. critics say that's president trump. speaking to reporters, downing twisted the judge's words. >> judge jackson conceded that there was actually 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! that's not what she said! that's not what she said! >> reporter: and at the white house late today, this question -- will you pardon paul manafort? >> i have not even given it a thought as of this moment.
>> and 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. but we also know the power doesn't extend to state crimes. and just after minutes after he was sentenced today, 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 allegations of mortgage fraud. legal scholars think it could be an insurance policy to try and make sure that manafort does time behind bars even if he's pardoned by president trump. david. >> pierre thomas with us tonight. pierre, thank you. overseas tonight from nigeria, the desperate search at this hour after the collapse of a building with a school inside. rescuers used an excavator to peel away the debris right there. some using shovels, others using their hands. desk covered and dazed children seen being carried to waiting ambulances. more than 30 people have been rescued, at least 8 have died. they fear that number would go
up. tonight, the pentagon has announced a new policy for transgender troops. after the president ordered a complete ban. beginning next month, no one who has hormone therapy or gender reassignment therapy will be allowed to join the military. currently serving troops who already identify as transgender will be grandfathered in. there's still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this wednesday -- the urgent manhunt right now, an escaped prisoner. police arresting him, handcuffing him, he somehow gets in front of the cruiser and takes off. where they're searching tonight. the former priest shot and killed in his home, his name recently revealed in the church sex abuse scandal. where this played out today. and the new headline tonight about alex trebek, the longtime "jeopardy" host. what we learned today. some good news on this front. more news ahead. if you have moderate to severe psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis, little things can be a big deal. that's why there's otezla. otezla is not an injection or a cream. it's a pill that treats differently. for psoriasis, 75% clearer skin is achievable,
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that breaking news is in san leandro. sky 7 is overhead where an alameda county sheriff's deputy was involved in a shooting. it seems very clear that a suspect was killed. >> you can see a large police presence at east 14th street and 162nd avenue in the marking lot. this is behind thrift town. we don't know yet the circumstances of the shooting but we will bring you more details as they come into our newsroom. good evening. thank you for joining us. i'm ama daetz. >> i'm dan ashley. our other top story, governor newsom granting a reprieve for more than 700 inmates on death row in california. >> i did this with a heavy heart, with deep appreciation for the emotions that drives this issue. and i did it with the victims in mind. >> the governor signed an executive order placing a moratorium on the death penalty. >> today the governor's office issued these photos of crews taking apart the death chamber at san quentin. there is both a gas chamber and
a lethal injection facility. an upgrade of the chamber was completed in 2010, but it's never been used. with 737 inmates, california has the largest death row in the united states. in fact, san quentin prison houses 25% of all condemned inmates in the u.s. >> the state hasn't executed anyone since 2006, after a federal judge declared that california's lethal injection protocol was unconstitutional. >> newsom's decision runs counter to a call by state voters. in 2016 voters defeat aid measure that would have banned capital punishment and even approved another measure to speed up the execution process. >> so with all of that as a backdrop, how does the governor justify going against the will of the voters? >> abc 7 news anchor eric thomas sat down with him today for a one-on-one interview. >> reporter: governor newsom told me that he knows his executive order will be polarizing. >> we have the largest death row in the western hemisphere. i think it's time to end the death penalt