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tonight, the images coming in. deadly driving. the snow and ice. hundreds of accidents. and now, the arctic air sweeping in, wind chills 10 to 20 delow zero. president-elect donald trump and the russian hackers. he says he doesn't believe it. taking on the intelligence community he will soon rely on. and on whether he needs the daily intelligence briefings. >> you know, i'm, like, a smart person. i don't have to be told the same thing in the same words every single day. also tonight, the deadly plot. after seeing dylann roof calmly walking into that church, killing nine, tonight, the chilling new moment in court. the list of other potential targets revealed. the dangerous blast. neighbors who called the utility company. hours went by. the home blowing up. and holiday shoppers. the one app tonight that tracks your gift list in these final days, sending you alerts when
prices drop. and made in america christmas is back tonight. where you've sent us now. good evening. and it's great to have you with us here on a monday night. and we begin with the deadly winter storms, and the new arctic blast moving in, and quickly. the driving already treacherous across more than a dozen states. white-knuckle driving on i-75 in michigan. and on countless other highways. this tractor trailer leaking fuel after slipping off i-89 in new hampshire today. and planes struggling to fly in the snow and wind. wind chills will soon be up to 20 degrees below zero. and we begin tonight with abc's alex perez in chicago. >> reporter: tonight, that massive storm making for a treacherous commute from the great lakes, all the way to the northeast. in maine, slick roads turning deadly. at least two dead in separate accidents, including a father who was riding in a jeep, with his wife, as well as three children, when they car collided
with a dump truck. >> slow down. that's the best advice i can give anybody. because once you break traction, there's no bringing it back. >> reporter: a snow emergency in minneapolis sunday. nearly 900 car wrecks in one 24-hour period across minnesota this weekend. this sheriff's dashcam capturing the danger on i-35. a pick-up truck spinning out of control, nearly striking a state trooper. many areas recovering from the weekend blast of snow. parts of new york slammed with more than 36 inches. >> this just happened right in front of me. >> reporter: this 36-vehicle pile up on i-75 near flint, michigan, shutting down the highway for hours. storms snarled air travel, too. this delta flight skidded off the taxiway sunday at detroit metro after landing in snowy conditions. more than 2,000 flights cancelled this weekend, most of them in chicago. cars parked at o'hare covered in snow. and david, here in chicago, it's only beginning. temperatures are expected to plunge, and it will feel well
below zero here this week, which means this slushy mess will freeze, making conditions even more dangerous. david? >> turning right back into ice. alex perez, thank you. let's get right to meteorologist rob marciano, tracking the cold air moving in quickly. hey, rob. >> reporter: hi, david. i'm afraid this next weather event is going to be more painful for more people than the snow we had today. here it comes, the arctic air on the move. first into the midwest, where wind chills on thursday morning will be 22 below in minneapolis. 19 below in chicago. then the core of that cold air gets into the northeast on friday morning, with wind chills minus 5 in new york, minus 14 in boston. this could be the coldest december air we've seen in decades. out west, we're watching a developing pineapple express, which means heavy rain getting into california the next several days. could see flooding rains there and that will likely be our next midwest snowstorm by next weekend. david? >> rob marciano with us again tonight. rob, thank you. in the meantime, we move onto now to president-elect donald trump. a fierce war of words, and mr. trump taking on this country's
intelligence community when it comes to russian hackers. and whether they tried to disrupt america's election. abc's tom llamas in washington. >> reporter: tonight, republican leaders in congress breaking with president-elect trump, announcing they will investigate whether russia used hackers to try and influence the election, something trump doesn't believe happ happened, even though the director of national intelligence said it did. >> they have no idea if it's russia or china or somebody. it could be somebody sitting in a bed some place. >> reporter: today, trump tweeting, "unless you catch hackers in the act, it is very hard to determine who was doing the hacking. why wasn't this brought up before the election?" but it was. in october, 17 american government intelligence agencies, including the cia, released this rare statement, saying, "the u.s. intelligence community is confident that the russian government directed the recent compromises of e-mails." >> when we say we're confident,
you know, i think it speaks for itself. >> reporter: trump still refusing to believe it. >> it could be russia. it -- i don't really think it is, but who knows? >> reporter: the president-elect also disputing reports the cia believes russia's goal was to hurt hillary clinton and help trump get elected. >> i think it's ridiculous. i think it's just another executiexcus excuse. i don't believe it. >> reporter: today, a much different take from the white house on mr. trump. >> he called on russia to hack hillary clinton. so, he certainly had a pretty good sense of whose side this was coming down on. >> russia, if you're listening, i hope you're able to find the 30,000 e-mails that are missing. >> reporter: the new focus on russia comes with trump poised to name exxon ceo rex tillerson secretary of state, whose ties to russian president vladimir putin go back decades. >> i've known him since 1999, and i have a very close relationship with him.
>> reporter: on "gma," trump senior adviser kellyanne conway tried to downplay tillerson's russian connection. >> it's not like he's pounding down vodka with putin in a local bar. >> reporter: maybe not vodka shots, but this video shows a champagne toast. putin personally awarding tillerson russia's order of friendship, an honor the country gives to foreigners. over the weekend, republican senator marco rubio tweeting, "being a 'friend of vladimir' is not an attribute i am hoping for from a secretary of state." >> and tom llamas joins us now from washington. tom, we've heard very little from hillary clinton about this election, but we heard from her campaign team on these new headlines involving russian hackers today. >> reporter: david, there is a small group of electors that is asking about information. and john podesta said, electors have a responsibility under the constitution, and we should support their efforts to have their questions addressed. now, the clinton campaign knows that there's no mechanism to brief these electors, but it is
a very aggressive stance tonight, david. >> tom llamas in washington. tom, thank you. that controversy over russian hacking swirling with the inauguration just 39 days away now. with the president-elect saying he's not convinced by the intelligence gathered by the u.s., including the cia, what will his relationship with them be like? and how many intelligence briefings has mr. trump sat in for so far? with the answer, here's abc's chief investigative correspondent brian ross tonight. >> reporter: it's been an essential white house fixture for decades, but donald trump now says he will not need the cia's daily presidential briefing once in office. and as president-elect, he's only received four of them. >> you know, i'm like, a smart person. i don't have to be told the same thing in the same words every single day for the next eight years. >> reporter: it is one more slap in the face for the 21,000 people who work for the cia. >> i think it would be devastating to hear that the incoming president doesn't value the intelligence that will come
out of the agency. >> reporter: it follows trump's efforts to publicly discredit the cia over what it's saying about russia. >> they're fighting among themselves. they're not sure. >> reporter: tonight, a senior intelligence official tells abc news, "he's dispaurjing and insulting every analyst currently in the intelligence community working hard to protect the united states. forced to choose today between the cia and trump and russia -- >> the russians are not our friend. >> reporter: the top senate republican backed the cia. >> i have the highest confidence in the intelligence community, and especially the central intelligence agency. >> reporter: former officials say if the mistrust gets any worse, cia officers could have a hard time trusting trump and his national security team when it comes to russia. >> they may be afraid that anything they tell the white house will get back to russia. >> so, let's bring in brian ross tonight. we do have another breaking development. this one involved the trump family. we had expected to hear from the president-elect on separating the family business from the presidency. we were going to hear this week?
>> reporter: yes, david. now, tonight, we're hearing that trump had promised a news conference on thursday to explain how he would do that, remove himself from his vast business empire in total. well, tonight, transition officials tell us that's been postponed until january. they say the president-elect has been too busy filling out his cabinet. david? >> brian ross with us again tonight. brian, thank you. there are chilling new details from the trial of dylann roof tonight. he's accusedmurders of nine black worshippers at a bible study. prosecutors now revealing what they found in his car. including a list of other black churches among the targets. abc's steve osunsami is in charleston for us again tonight. >> reporter: there were strange moments in this courthouse today. more than once, we saw dylann roof and one of his lawyers laughing together during breaks, with the grieving families of his alleged victims sitting nearby. there is nothing funny here at all. prosecutors shared words from his racist manifesto, and showed items pulled from his car after the murders at this historic black church in june of 2015.
a confederate flag, the .45 caliber glock in the backseat, under a pillow. and a burned american flag in the trunk. there was also a list of these other black churches. in his fbi confession, roof said he considered other targets. >> i thought about going to, like, a black festival or something like that but they got security and stuff and you got to wait for the day. you can't do it whenever you're ready. >> reporter: he explained to the fbi agents that he's a white nationalist, and couldn't care less about black lives. >> do you have any remorse? >> i think it's too soon. >> reporter: jurors learned today that roof should have never been able to buy the gun. surveillance videos show him going and coming from a gun store in april, a whole two months before the killings. a background check should have denied him the firearm, because of a previous arrest for drug possession. this was a system failure. in court, the gun store owner testified that he didn't hear back from the government until
the end of june, nearly two weeks after the killings. david? >> steve osunsami tonight. thank you, steve. next, from new orleans, overnight, a verdict in the road rage shooting december of former nfl star will smith. the jury convicting car dell hayes of manslaughter and attempted manslaughter in the shooting of smith's wife. hayes claimed he acted in self-defense after a crash in new orleans in april. he faces up to 40 years in prison at his sentencing in february. next tonight, to a fear shared by so many families, especially as we turn on the heat this winter. an early morning blast in upstate new york, completely destroying a home. firefighters fearing two people were inside. and it turns out neighbors had called the utility company when they smelled gas, but no one showed up before the home then blew up. here's abc's gio benitez on the investigation tonight. >> reporter: tonight, a house in ruins, a possible leak in a propane take the likely cause of the explosion. >> the walls were actually -- >> the walls were buckling and
things were falling off the shelf. >> reporter: neighbors smelling gas over the weekend, placing that call to the utility company instead of 911. the house destroyed hours before the utility crew was due to show up. >> a structure collapse with possible entrapment. >> reporter: luckily, no one was home. >> i'm so happy and blessed that i wasn't home. you know, it's a material loss, and i can handle that. >> reporter: as the temperature drops and more heat gets used, these accidents go up. this explosion captured on tape earlier this year in patterson, new jersey. and just over a year ago, another house blew up by exploding gas. and david, tonight here in middletown, new york, just another reminder that any time someone smells something that just isn't right, to call 911 first, not the utility company. david? >> gio benitez with us tonight. gio, pu. overseas this evening, isis recapturing the ancient city of palmyra. isis releasing this new videoing showing its militants with
military tanks and trucks left behind. when isis controlled the city last year, they destroyed many of palmyra's historic treasures. they were able to take the city back now, because syrian forces are focusing on the battle of aleppo, where there are reports they have made significant progress tonight. next, from cairo, the terror attention on egypt's christian church. officials say this is the alleged suicide bomber, and a member of the islamic militant group. seconds later, a powerful explosion. the church crashing down on the worshippers below. at least 25 people were killed. most of them, women and children. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this monday. the new health alert tonight. the common drug that could be used now in the fight against l alzheimer's. the gold heist. suspecting stealing more than $1.5 million in gold. setting cars on fire during their getaway. that manhunt, and details coming in now. growing outrage over a best-selling children's author,
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finally tonight here, our made in america christmas is back this year. so many of you sending in ideas. we thank you. and so tonight, something we often start off life with in school and then use over and over again, some of us make a career using them. the great made in america christmas is back, asking, what's your one thing? and tonight, we take you inside this factory in jersey city, new jersey. oh, the christmas lights. the general pencil company, making all kinds of pencils for students, artists, since 1889. merry christmas. >> welcome! >> i love the christmas tree. in the family for six generations, katie wisenborn is the president. the wood for the pencils, cedar from california. you can even smell it. the charcoal itself? you do the recipe right here in the factory? >> yeah. make it right here? >> and it's a secret recipe?
>> yes, family formula. >> all different shades, all different colors. so, we're looking at history, because you've been doing it this way for more than 100 years? >> yeah. >> separating the woodblocks from this to the pencils on the right. across the floor, we meet mary ann davis, stamping in the company logo. >> 54. >> 54 years. you were just a baby when you started. make you proud? >> yeah, just the history behind the company. >> katie says the secret to their success, making the products here. so, when the calls come in, they can get their pencils there fast. you're getting orders right now from stores across america because of the holiday. >> retail store in america needs something right away, we can turn on a dime. >> and you just got one of the calls? >> we got a call for a store that wasn't able to get something they ordered in from china. they thought, let's call general penc pencil. >> maybe they will call you first next time. >> exactly. >> and katie wanted me to give them a try. i'm from upstate new york. so, there are many barns just like this where i come from.
we can bring this to life. the red barn, the trees, the sky, the grass, now covered in snow. and then, she tells me, just add water. and we add something else. three words this christmas. you can grade me later. not on camera. >> made in america! >> thank you for watching on a monday night. tomorrow night here, one of your made in america ideas, and let's just say, it's a sweet one. i'm david muir. i hope to see you right back here tomorrow. good night.
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