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welcome to "world news tonight." we're tracking a fatal freeze. more than a dozen deaths blamed on the snow, ice and cold. this tanker truck exploding on an icy highway. the passenger plane skidding off the runway. and now thousands of flights delayed or cancelled. wedding horror. the 100-foot tree crashing down on a bridal party taking photos. one person killed, five hurt. road rage manhunt. police searching for the driver who opened fire. killing a 3-year-old boy riding with his grandmother. call for proof. both russia and the trump team calling on u.s. intelligence agencies to prove the hacking accusations. >> where's the evidence? and, shipping shortcuts. time running out before christmas.
make sure your packages arrive on time. plus, tonight, meet the one ups worker you don't want handling your deliveries. good evening. thanks for joining us on this sunday. i'm tom llamas. we begin with deadly deep freeze across america. hundreds of highway accidents reported coast to coast this weekend. a tanker truck skidding off the road, flipping on to its side, bursting into flames in baltimore. thousands of flights cancelled or delayed. more than 50 million people facing sub-zero windchills. here's eva pilgrim from minneapolis. >> reporter: tonight, an arctic assault blasting the country. dangerously cold temperatures freezing roads across the u.s., leaving at least 14 dead.
>> check this out. check this out. >> reporter: this tanker crash in baltimore caught on camera, part of a nearly 70-car pileup. >> yo! what is going on? >> reporter: a stranded motorist watched helplessly. >> stop! stop! god. jesus. >> reporter: as truck after truck, unable to stop. >> the whole 95 is on fire. >> reporter: skidding right into the flames. >> this is a disaster. >> reporter: two dead. 20 more injured. at chicago's o'hare airport, a terrifying landing after a plane slid off the runway, landing in the grass. no one was injured. major airports taking a huge hit. the winter weather being blamed for almost 10,000 delays and more than 3,700 cancellations this weekend. >> i'm not spending another night here. >> reporter: a strong cold front pushing east, triggering a
temperature crash. a 50-degree drop in texas catching many off-guard. it's so cold, this waterfall, which was flowing yesterday, almost completely frozen over. today, the coldest december morning here in minneapolis in almost 20 years. the sub-zero wind chills not stopping the nfl. players and fans bundled up in chicago, denver, and kansas city. the coldest game today at 2 degrees at arrowhead stadium. while the roads look clear, with temperatures like this, there is always concern for an invisible threat -- black ice. authorities couraging caution. tom? >> thank you. and let's go to kait parker. the front head ed east? >> yes, it's
rain is moving offshore and leaving frigid air behind it. it's not just bitterly cold in the midwest, it's up and down the i-9 corridor. d.c., new york, in the teens tomorrow morning. the problem is, when you're waking up tomorrow, you'll see any water left over on the road and sidewalks freeze over. that can turn dangerous, fast. >> kait, thank you. and now to the wedding horror outside of los angeles. a tree falling over on a wedding party. here's clayton sandell. >> reporter: what started as a celebration on a happy day, taking a cruel twist. >> i saw a bunch of kids. they were just running for their lives. >> reporter: a group of kids and
adults in a wedding party, gathered at this park in whittier, california, saturday for pictures, when the large tree above them came crashing down. police and firefighters scrambled to rescue them, using cpr on one victim. and chainsaws to cut away heavy branches, as members of the wedding party waited and prayed. >> a lady with a little baby and she was screaming so i hold the baby and put it down, and he had a very big bump on his head. it was bleeding. they were both bleeding. >> reporter: one person was killed. five others injured and taken to hospitals, including a 4-year-old girl in critical condition. officials say they don't know exactly why it fell, but say california's years-long drought followed by heavy rains may have affected the tree's health. >> we've seen this happen throughout southern california, with the drought, that trees are stressed. and we did have a large amount of rain. so there's some reason that that tree failed. >> reporter: you can see what's
there are several more large eucalyptus trees in this park, and officials are shutting it down until they can be inspected. >> thank you. and president-elect donald trump and members of the electoral college, making it official tomorrow. and mr. trump denying claims that russian president vladimir putin was involved in hacking the election. >> reporter: with the electoral college set to vote tomorrow, trump pushing back. >> if there is this conclusive opinion, they should issue a report or stand in front of a camera and make
>> reporter: u.s. intelligence groups agree, russian president vladimir putin was directly involved. but trump continues to question if russia played any role at all. >> they have no idea if it's russia, china, or somebody. it could be somebody sitting in a bed someplace. >> reporter: but the clinton campaign says there's no debate. "saturday night live" joked that putin is like santa delivering trump's christmas gifts. >> this is elf on the shelf. >> reporter: electors had wanted more information. 80 of them asking for a briefing before voting, but intelligence officials declined. trump saying on
many supporters threatened people like many who lost the election are doing, they would be scorned and called names. trump praising the process. >> i never appreciated it until now, how genius it was, what they had in mind. >> and mary joins us from washington. tonight, trump already facing another foreign policy challenge? >> reporter: yes, trump's team is sending mixed messages to china after tensions rise. when china agreed to return a drone, they gave the president-elect credit. but trump tweeted that china should just keep it. tom? >> thank you. and moscow pointing fingers back at washington, telling the u.s. to show the evidence or stop with accusations.
here's terry moran. >> reporter: on the streets of moscow today, sparkling with holiday cheer, few russians seemed to believe the hacking allegations. >> we don't believe this. >> reporter: why not? >> it's stupid. >> reporter: russian media openly mocks the u.s. accusations. >> there you go. that's how you prove it was the russians. >> reporter: and kremlin insiders like andrei klimov, deputy chairman of the russian senate's foreign affairs committee, say clinton, obama and the democrats are just looking for scapegoats with these hacking charges. you reject it? >> absolutely. really, it's american fairy tales, it's american fictions. it's a very convenient explanation. >> reporter: but russians now expect warmer relations with the u.s. under president trump. and they point to his pick of exxonmobil ceo rex tillerson as secretary of state, with his decades of business links to russia and putin, as proof. >> the appointment of rex tillerson as state secretary is regarded in the kremlin like a christmas present.
there's glee over the turmoil in america. but they are also bracing now for some kind of retaliation from president obama. >> that's an issue that i think we have to wrestle with. and we will. >> reporter: the options for president obama range from more economic sanctions, to crippling cyber attacks on russian intelligence agencies. but the worry is, putin has already shown he can play this game -- to win. tom? >> a foreign dispute that's far from over. terry, thank you. now to the deadly terror attack in jordan. at least ten killed, more than two dozen wounded. gunfire erupting at a popular tourist site, and a police station. no one has yet claimed responsibility. to syria, and evacuations are again under way
thousands of people are sleeping in the streets or in bombed-out buildings waiting to get out of the city. back at home, a deadly road rage case and a manhunt in arkansas. police searching for the driver, shooting at a grandmother for not moving fast enough at a stop sign. the gunman missing her, but killing her 3-year-old grandson. here's adrienne bankert. >> reporter: tonight, the frantic search for a shooter in a deadly case of road rage. an innocent child gunned down. >> this is probably one of the most frustrating things you will encounter in your career. when it involves children, kids of this age, very innocent. >> reporter: a grandmother behind the wheel, taking her grandchildren, ages 1 and 3, on a shopping
police reporting the driver behind her honked his horn, angry she was go to slow. investigators say she honked back, and the driver behind her shot into the car. police saying the family is completely innocent, authorities looking for a 2003 black chevrolet impala. >> we're asking that anyone with information please come forward. >> reporter: sadly, this is the second incident where a small child was gunned down inside of a car in little rock. last month, a two-year-old child was killed. and late word coming in at this hour, actress zsa
has died. here's linsey davis. >> zsa zsa gabor, a former miss hunga hungary. >> i see them as i want them to be, not as they really are. >> reporter: and also starred in "queen of outer space." but it was as a professional celebrity that gabor shined. perfectly coiffed, dripping with diamonds. calling everyone darling, on and off the screen. and study she did.
i've never hated a man enough, she once said, to give his diamonds back. she was arrested for slapping a police officer. >> at least i can have some peace and write my book. it will be okay. >> reporter: she was sentenced to serve 72 hours in jail. she later spoofed the cop-slapping incident on screen? her later years, a car accident left her partially paralyzed. and at the age of 89, she had a stroke. but this is the zsa zsa gabor fans will always
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>> it's cold. warm. out here in short sleeves and tonight bundled up and back down to 20. >> the rollercoaster weather continues. the return of chilly temperatures brings with it concerns for a troubled monday morning commute. plus a road rage tragedy. why a 3-year-old was shot during a shopping trip with his grandmother. thrust into the spotlight. electoral college voters meet to make donald trump's presidential winnow figures under the cloud of the russian hacking scandal.