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tonight, the breaking news. the massive and deadly storm. >> oh, my god! >> tornadoes, the blizzard, and now the snow and ice. millions of drivers facing horrendous conditions. one couple trapped in their car for 20 hours. 30 states under warnings and watches tonight. the travel chaos this evening. more than 1,000 flights canceled in chicago alone. the ripple effect coast to coast, as millions now try to get home. the breaking news. the prosecutor just a short time ago in the case of the 12-year-old boy shot and killed while holding a toy gun. there will be no criminal charges. trump's new target. bill clinton. hillary clinton, meanwhile, revealing her husband will start campaigning for her next week. and one of the biggest names in football, peyton manning
tonight, lashing out. >> it's a joke. it's a freaking joke. >> the famous players coming to his defense, and the reporter, standing by their story. good evening. i hope you had a great holiday with your family, getting back home, though, might be a different story. 70 million americans tonight are facing winter storm warnings and alerts. record-setting snow and ice from texas to maine, before it's done. and this is the satellite view of the massive system. first bringing deadly tornadoes over the weekend. then blizzard conditions. now, more than two dozen states tonight are bracing for more storms. tens of thousands without power already. in oklahoma, power lines bending under the weight of the ice. whiteout conditions on highway 18 near mason city, iowa. and the system is moving east. tonight, the lines growing at airports coast to coast. this image from chicago. thousands of flights canceled already. more than 40 people have been killed in the severe weather, and we have team coverage,
beginning with abc's clayton sandell. >> reporter: tonight, the midwest is in a blinding weather bullseye. in iowa, visibility is near zero. drivers in des moines are sliding off icy slick pavement on interstate 80. those managing to stay on the road, and the plows, are fighting heavy snow. sleet and snow, snarling traffic from kalamazoo to kansas. wichita looks like an icy junkyard. >> people off in the ditch, a couple just stuck on the side of the road. >> reporter: in oklahoma, the governor has declared a state of emergency for all 77 counties. there's flooding in the east, and farther west -- an ice storm is causing big rigs to slide, wedging cars on the highway. nearly 200,000 homes are without electricity. power lines everywhere, including these, are dead. there are so many power outages here in oklahoma, because freezing rain came in overnight and deposited these heavy
icicles on all the power lines. you add in the high winds, and these poles were no match for that kind of weather. in amarillo, texas, along interstate 40, snow drifts buried big rigs, and in new mexico, entire houses. near clovis, a 12-foot snow drift trapped betty and jimmy anderson in their car as they delivered newspapers, entombed from 20 hours until rescuers broke the windshield to free them. >> my wife, she was just shivering and shaking, so, i got into the passenger seat, because the driver's seat was full of snow from us trying to dig out, so, we cuddled up together. >> reporter: david, this is interstate 40, just west of oklahoma city, and you can see right behind me here, one of many wrecks. two trucks and two trailers went sliding off this icy highway. they rolled several times. luckily, nobody here was seriously injured.t gives you at how dangerous conditions are out there tonight. david? >> clayton, thank you. the blizzard-like conditions, the snow and ice all coming after that system first
unleashed deadly tornadoes. and the aftermath tonight is simply stunning. in ellis county, texas, neighborhoods decimated. abc's matt gutman is in texas. >> that's it! that's it! that's a tornado! >> reporter: that pack of tornadoes that pummeled texas, tonight swarming florida. >> drive! get on the gas and go! >> reporter: clipping the florida panhandle and spawning terror in arkansas yesterday. >> oh, my god! got to go! >> reporter: they first touched down saturday just south of dallas, carving this 40-mile scar across the landscape. at least 46 have died nationwide since the storms began wednesday. eight people died when this wedge descended in the dark. >> oh my gosh! it's big! >> reporter: the eldest fatality was cecil lowry, 77. his wife, evelyn, injured. >> she just said, i think daddy's gone, you know? buzz she was obviously in a lot
of pain. >> reporter: they'd before married 52 years. we saw the destruction firsthand from the air, with our dallas affiliate, wfaa. >> that tornado down here so thoroughly blew apart these houses that people don't have a home to go back to but in many cases, there's nothing left for them to find in that rubble. from the ground, that destruction laid bare. those winds debt needed the houses behind me, lifted up this half-ton truck, accordioned it and turned wooden planks into missiles. police crediting a warning system for saving lives of people like kim burleson, who got the first text to her phone. >> then the second one, when i went back to the door and heard the sirens going off and by the time i got in, the third one was going off and we got in the closet. >> reporter: david, can you still hear the fire alarming sounding. in this complex, police tell me, not a single fatality. they credit that to the warnings on people's cell phones.
police are also saying they're not going to measure the time for rebuilding here in terms of weeks or months, but in years. david? >> incredible scene. matt gutman in texas for us. matt, thank you. on top of it all, at least ten people were killed in missouri, after massive floods. these images from st. peters, missouri. telephone poles, rooftops barely visible. some of the viz tim victims wer electrocuted. rob marciano has the forecast tonight. you told us, this system will stretch from the south to the northeast before it's done? >> reporter: yeah, david, it is just a huge system and it's really shaking up what's been a stuck weather pattern. the rain heading into colder air, so, snow happening in wisconsin and iowa. an icing situation in chicago. i think it turns mostly to rain, chicago, detroit, by 11:00 tonight. it noses into the northeast, and by tomorrow morning, a slick commute for folks in albany and in boston, some ice there.
mostly rain from new york city south, but turning to rain by midday across parts of central new england. icing, there is the accumulate. 6 to 12 inches of snow across wisconsin in through maine. here in missouri, the rain is mostly over, but residents have sandbags at the ready to shore up the levies. david? >> rob marciano, we appreciate it. and the flight cancellations are being felt coast to coast at this hour. more than 1,000 flights canceled in chicago alone tonight. as millions now try to get home. abc's linzie janis is at laguardia airport here in new york. >> reporter: millions of americans facing chaos at airports across the country today. >> i've been stranded now in the airport for 50 hours. >> reporter: more than 2,000 flights canceled and roughly 4,000 more delayed. vidal mcneal is trying to get back to california after visiting family in chicago. >> i've been on the phone with the airline and they're telling me the soonest they can get me to oakland is thursday morning. >> reporter: others unable to
wait and doing everything they can. >> we're trying to get our son back to school. he's actually marching in the rose bowl parade. so we saw this morning, early at 5:00, that the first leg of his travel is canceled. >> reporter: and tonight, passengers traveling from the south to the midwest facing a double whammy of bad weather. >> of course, we're flying into st. louis, where, like, all the roads are closed due to flooding. so, we're flying from one weather nightmare to another. >> reporter: david, the worst-hit airport? chicago, with over 1,000 flights canceled today. and it isn't over yet. airlines across the country are already canceling flight s due o depart tomorrow. david? >> linzie janis tonight, thank you. we're going to turn now the other headline breaking late today. a grand jury in cleveland deciding not to charge the two officers involved in the death of tamir rice. the 12-year-old holding a pellet gun when a police car pulls up and then seconds later, an officer fires at rice. tonight, the prosecutor calling it a, quote, perfect storm of
human error, but not a crime. here's abc's mara schiavocampo. >> reporter: tonight, prosecutors announcing a cleveland grand jury's decision not to file charges against officers in the shooting death of 12-year-old tamir rice. >> given this perfect storm of human error, mistakes and miscommunications by all involved that day, the evidence did not indicate criminal conduct by police. >> reporter: tamir was fatally shot outside a recreation center in 2014 by rookie police officer timothy lowman. >> he had reason to fear for his life. >> reporter: among the mistakes that prosecutors say led to the shooting, while the 911 caller indicated that tamir was probably a child, that information was never given to officers, and they say, at 5'7" and 170 pounds, they didn't realize he was a child. tamir's family is reacting to the decision, saying they are saddened and disappointed. noting surveillance video shows the boy was shot in less than
one second. accusing the prosecutor of manipulating the grand jury process. the department of justice has also announced they have been monitoring the investigation and will continue with an independent review. david? >> mara, thank you. to another american city on edge tonight, in chicago, the mayor is now returning from his family vacation, amid new outrage, another police shooting, this time, among the dead, a grandmother, accidentally caught in the crossfire. abc's alex perez is in chicago. >> reporter: tonight, chicago on edge after yet another fatal police shooting, this time, 19-year-old quinn tone owe la greer and his neighborhood, betty jones, a mother of five. her family tonight, demanding answers. >> for somebody to get shot for opening their door is just crazy. >> reporter: police were called to this two-story home. la greer reportedly threatening his father with a bat. tonight, our first look at where it all happened. authorities haven't explained how exactly the shooting unfold
d, but loved ones say it happened right here. they say betty jones left her home, right here, went to go open the front door here and got caught in a spray of bullets. chicago police say jones was accidentally killed during that confrontation with la greer. la gear's mother says her son, who was an engineering student, had mental elt shihealth issues insists he was never violent. mayor rahm emanuel calling for a review of how officers are trained. and mayor emanuel cut his holiday vacation short and is due back here at city hall tomorrow to face the fallout and meet with the victim's family members. david? >> alex perez with us tonight. thank you, alex. and now to the race for 2016 tonight, and the iowa caucus is just five weeks now from tonight. donald trump unleashing a new line of attack, taking aim at not just hillary clinton, but at bill clinton, too. and it was not all that long ago, the clintons were photographed smiling while attending donald trump's wedding. could any of them have predicted
this? abc's mary bruce on the campaign tonight. >> reporter: donald trump is taking aim at both of them this week. hillary and bill clinton, seen on a family stroll in new york city this weekend. >> she's playing the woman's card. and it's like, give me a break. >> reporter: they are the same couple trump invited to his wedding in 2005, seen in this image. but now, trump is slamming both clintons, as the former president gets ready to hit the trail to campaign for his wife, tweeting -- "if hillary thinks she can unleash her husband, with his terrible record of women abuse, while playing the women's card on me, she's wrong!" trump, who's been married three times, previously said bill clinton's infidelity was no big deal. >> look at the trouble bill clinton got into with something that was totally unimportant. and they tried to impeach him, which was nonsense. >> reporter: but now, the love is lost. trump recently used a vulgar phrase to describe hillary clinton's loss to barack obama in 2008. >> she was favored to win and she got [ bleep ]. she lost. i mean, she lost.
>> reporter: clinton accused trump of being sexist. >> it's not the first time he's demonstrated a penchant for sexism. and, so, i'm not sure, again, anybody's surprised that he just keeps pushing the envelope. >> reporter: trump responded, tweeting that bill clinton is the one who has demonstrated a penchant for sexism. and the clinton camp responding on twitter, saying hillary clinton won't be bullied or distracted by attacks trump throws at her. david? >> mary bruce live at the white house tonight. mary, thank you. and of course, one of the main issues in the race for president, how to tackle isis. tonight, word of some progress in iraq. iraqi military officials now saying they have reclaimed much of the city of aramadi. driving out the terror group after fierce battles and after help from u.s.-led air strikes. the iraqi flag raised on top of a government compound now. ramadi fell to isis last may. back here at home now, and the new headline late today about one of the most popular
christmas gifts this year. the hoverboard. this time, a fire igniting inside this mall in houston. abc's gio benitez with the growing list of falls captured on video. people landing on their heads in some cases, and tonight, doctors are now sounding the alarm. >> that's electrical. don't put water on it. >> reporter: today's houston fire frightening shoppers. hoverboards igniting. >> it is on fire. >> reporter: homes up in flames. tonight, the consumer product safety commission reveals it's investigating 22 hoverboard fires across the country. telling consumers to be careful about overcharging the batteries. and now, other risks. tripping up holiday fun. the cpsc investigating 70 reports of injuries. what kind of injuries are you seeing? >> wrist fractures, but also traumatic brain injuries, concussions, lacerations or cuts to the head. these are really concerning. >> reporter: twitter blowing up with stories of christmases
ruined. a u.s. congressman showing off his arm sling. >> you have to wear a helmet. you have to wear padding on your elbows, knees and wear wrist guards. >> reporter: it takes great balance and a lot of padding for that thrill ride. gio benitez, abc news, new york. >> gio, thank you. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this monday. one of the biggest names in football, the superstar quart quarterba quarterback, fighting out tonight. peyton manning lashing out. famous players coming to his defense now. and the reporter, standing by the story. also, the new headline tonight about your smartphone, your cell phone bill. your carrier may owe you money. but the deadline for you to act is nearing tonight. and the beatles singing "i want to hold your hand" right here. but with their songs hitting itunes and spotify, can you guess tonight, which hit is suddenly the most popular all over again? guys, it's just the two of you. the setting is just right.
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next tonight, startling allegations against one of the nfl's biggest stars. quarterback peyton manning accused in a new report of using performance enhancing drugs, and tonight, he's fighting back. and now, with some famous help. here's abc's ryan smith. >> reporter: tonight, peyton manning is on the offensive. >> it's completely fabricated. complete trash, garbage. >> reporter: lashing out at the al ja sere rah documentary, showing charles sli, an alleged pharmacist where manning received treatment for a debilitating neck injury in 2011. >> peyton manning, shaken up. >> reporter: talking to an undercover athlete about sending the nfl star human growth hormone. >> and all the time we would be sending ashley manning drugs, like, growth hormone, all the
time, everywhere, florida -- never be under peyton's name. always under her name. >> nothing that's ever been sent to her or my wife has i ever taken. absolutely not. >> reporter: manning's return from that neck injury, t triumpha triumphant. >> it stings me, that i cut corners in order to get healthy. >> reporter: now, sly saying he made it all up to test the reporter and recanting online. >> the statements on any recordings or communications that al jazeera plans to air are absolutely false and incorrect. >> reporter: the geier institute saying sly was nothing more than an unpaid intern. tom brady, supporting his friend. telling radio station weei -- phone mat more respect for peyton than i do and everything he's accomplished." the al jazeera reporting sta standing her story, saying of charles sly, was he lying then or not? david? >> ryan, thank you. coming back on a monday, we look back. remembering that smiling face on
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