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tonight breaking news and president obama retaliating against russia. the crackdown now under way. the president kicking out 35 russian intelligence operatives living in america. shutting down two russian compounds located right in u.s. neighborhoods. the stiff sanctions payback for those election cyberhacks. and tonight, what president-elect trump has just said and is promising to do. hollywood heartbreak, the world mourning debbie reynolds' death one day after carrie fisher. did reynolds die of a broken heart. new revelations about the medical complications of grief. plus, the major weather alerts cascading across 15 states. from michigan to maine. and that winter tornado in the south. and mall melee.
tempers flaring, fists flying, an epidemic of violent moments all caught on tape. the possible new restrictions coming to your teenagers. and good evening, i'm tom llamas in for david tonight. we start with breaking news. the crackdown on russia, the u.s. expelling nearly three dozen russian diplomats and their families in what's considered the strongest american response ever to cyberhacking aimed at the u.s. president obama saying all americans should be alarmed by russia's actions. these russian hackers already on the fbi's most wanted list. and two russian compounds hiding in plain sight in u.s. neighborhoods ordered closed. plus, new details emerging about the evidence behind the election-related cyberattack. abc's mary bruce at the white house. >> reporter: it's the most forceful american response to a state-sponsored cyber-attack. the white house today striking
back against russia for interfering in the u.s. election. the president taking executive action to expel 35 russian intelligence operatives, giving them and their families just 72 hours to get out of the u.s. and shutting down two russian compounds used for intelligence gathering, one a 45-acre estate in suburban maryland bought by the russians in 1972 and this mansion on long island, a famous beachfront manor owned by an oil executive in the '50s. on russian soil the u.s. is slapping sanctions on moscow's two leading intelligence agencies and four top officials, including the head of the foreign intelligence. also targeted, two notorious cybercriminals wanted by the fbi. one accused of stealing over $100 million dollars. notably absent from the list, the russian president. just to be clear, do you believe vladimir putin himself authorized the hack? >> reporter: even though when pressed by our martha raddatz,
president obama pointed a finger at putin. >> not much happens in russia without vladimir putin. >> reporter: the white house says there is no question russia interfered in the u.s. election, and has been harassing u.s. diplomats abroad, like this incident in july when a russian police guard tackled a u.s. diplomat. and tonight, the obama administration is offering new details into how russia pulled off the cyberassault. a campaign the u.s. is calling "grizzly steppe." according to this report, two russian groups hacked democratic officials and the dnc, stealing tens of thousands internal e-mails. the hackers tricking their victims into handing over their credentials by mimicking their employer's e-mail systems. tonight, there is also retaliation we don't know about but no details on any covert cyberactions the u.s. may take to penetrate russia's systems. >> one thing we can do is let them know, hey, we're here. what that does is sends a strong
message if you mess with us, we have the ability to turn on real actions against your critical infrastructures. >> mary bruce joins us from the white house. the kremlin has a lot to say about this tonight. >> reporter: tom, russia tonight is blasting these measures as aggressive and unpredictable and they are vowing to respond. promising that countermeasures will be announced tomorrow. tom. >> mary bruce for us tonight, mary, thank you. tonight the kremlin is using these new sanctions to build a wall between president obama and president-elect trump. and moments ago trump weighing in and making a promise. he's been more than skeptical that russia was involved in any cyberhacks or the election at all. abc's gloria rivera has more on that. >> reporter: tonight donald trump suggesting that crackdown on russia is misguided saying in a statement, it's time for our country to move on to bigger and better thing, nevertheless, in the interest of our country and its great people i will meet with leaders of the intelligence community next week.
that statement echoing what he said wednesday. >> i think we ought to get on with our lives, the whole, you know, age of computer has made it where nobody knows exactly what's going on. >> reporter: the president-elect has repeatedly refused to accept the conclusion reached by 17 intelligence agencies in october that the creme learn interfered in the election. >> has no idea whether it's russia, china or anybody else. >> i am not -- >> it could be somebody sitting in a bed someplace. >> reporter: trump's team knew the announcement was coming. >> there was notification earlier today to senior member of the president-elect's team, but no consultation in advance. >> reporter: trump under scrutiny for nominating as secretary of state with close ties to russia's president vladimir putin. >> i've known him since 1999 and i have a very close relationship with him. >> reporter: today some gop lawmakers pushing for stronger sanctions. >> gloria joins us live from outside the russian embassy in washington, tonight the kremlin is saying president obama is
actually trying to undermine president-elect trump? >> reporter: that's right. tom, tonight a kremlin spokesman saying president obama is seeking to undermine donald trump and his foreign policy plans with his incoming administration. tom. >> gloria, thank you. we turn to that other big story we're following, the unimaginable heartbreak that has the world reeling tonight, the stunning loss of hollywood's leading lady, debbie reynolds, just one day after the passing of her beloved daughter carrie fisher. the tributes growing at this hour. mourners shaken by the eerie chain of events. this picture saying it awe transfixed by her mother in the spotlight. we're learning tonight the family may be planning a public memorial. here's abc's matt gutman. >> reporter: for the vivacious star of "singin' in the rain," the pain was just too much. debbie reynolds, a hollywood icon, who seemed to radiate sunshine. ♪ good morning, good morning to you ♪ >> reporter: -- passed away late wednesday, barely 24 hours after
the death of her daughter carrie fisher. reynolds was 84. reynolds' son and fisher's brother todd fisher telling abc news said she suffered a massive stroke at home. but it was grief that killed her. >> she loved taking care of my sister more than anything, so she gets to do that. and that's what she wanted to do. >> reporter: as a child, fisher would watch her mother for hours on end. this photo from 1964 showing a mesmerized carrie glued to mom's performance in las vegas. the two were intensely close yet so different. fisher and her pricess leia were plucky rebels. one of her defining moments in that gold bikini strangling jabba the hutt. reynolds' moment in that trench coat in "singin' in the rain" following up with an oscar nomination for "the unsinkable molly brown."
>> i think that we all are possibly sinkable and hard to live through many difficult moments. >> reporter: fisher and reynolds had an antidote to that, physical proximity. they were neighbors. >> mommy, mommy, i'm home. >> reporter: as seen in "bright lights" and a shared love of irreverent humor. >> she's also my mother. actually she has been more than a mother to me. not much, but definitely more. >> matt gutman joins us live. matt, now with both of these high-profile tragedies, any word on memorial plans? >> reporter: no details on where or when yet, tom, but todd fisher tells us to expect a public component, also he said his mother and his sister loved a good party so expect to celebrate their lives. >> matt gutman reporting from
hollywood tonight. thank you. losing a child is, of course, one of life's most stressful heartbreaks but could a broken heart have played a role in debbie reynolds' death? dr. jen ashton joins us now with some of the science on that and dr. jen, is this a real thing. >> it is a real condition called broken heart syndrome but this refers to a sudden stunning of the heart muscle in someone without hardening of their arteries usually in response to a severe emotional stress, those people for the most part recover. this is very different than a stroke, but there are some studies that show a higher death rate in parents who have lost children even adult children and that really points to just how devastating physically and emotionally the loss of a child can be. >> dr. jen, thank you. a very special look at this mother/daughter life and legacy on "20/20" tomorrow night at 10:00 eastern. the major winter storm sweeping across 15 states and the damaging december tornado outside of atlanta. take a look. homeowners there in jefferson county still cleaning up amid
downed trees and power lines after fierce winds took some off guard. heavy snow the story in the northeast. stretcher travel in new england. adrienne bankert in the thick of it. >> reporter: tonight, that major winter storm, sending vehicles off the road across new england. new hampshire officials declaring a snow emergency. in massachusetts, a warning for drivers. don't underestimate the danger and stay out of the way of plows. >> don't pass them please. a lot of these guys do their work. they are in front of you for a reason. >> reporter: in pennsylvania, two tractor trailers colliding, part of interstate 80 shut down. wnep reporter carmella mataloni, right there. >> these drivers have been at a standstill for about two hours right now. >> reporter: the system moving through the southeast overnight. northeast of atlanta, a tornado touching down. >> we never thought we'd wake up to this kind of damage this morning. >> reporter: 15 -- 105-mile-per-hour winds toppling
tree, snapping power lines. it will be a rain/snow mix in northampton and new england all night long but no holiday for road crews. not only will they plow tonight but also in preparation for new year's eve celebrations this weekend. tom. >> making sure those roads are clear. adrienne, thank you. now to the midair meltdown. what sparked the incident causing a delta flight to turn back. and with some 2 million air travelers packing flights every day through the new year holiday many are praying to avoid scenes like this. here's abc's alex perez. >> reporter: tonight, the epic meltdown caught on tape. forcing a delta flight from minnepolis to los angeles to turn around just an hour into the flight. >> you're already going to jail. >> reporter: watch as one of two rowdy passengers is tackled after appearing to hit someone in their seat. >> hey! >> reporter: the officers scramble to take them down. >> stay down! >> reporter: the fight reportedly erupting when christine koosman tried to use the bathroom right after take off and the flight attendant
told her to sit down. >> now. >> reporter: the captain turning the plane around, back to minneapolis. >> 2565 we do have the authorities called. they should be at the gate when you get there. >> reporter: koosmann and her boyfriend adam fleisig led off the plane in handcuffs while other passengers cheered. the couple has been charged with disorderly conduct and could face up to 90 days in jail and a $25,000 fine. tom. >> alex, thank you. moving overseas, a new cease-fire in syria's bloody five-year civil war. both sides, the syrian government and the armed opposition have agreed to a nationwide truce. russian president vladimir putin saying there will be peace talks and that russia and turkey will guarantee the cease-fire however the truce does not include isis and other terror groups. next to the security concerns looming as millions of americans gather across the country at key locations to ring in 2017. the unusual measures being taken
to keep the public safe. tonight we take you inside new york city's so-called ring of steel. here's abc's linzie janis. >> three, two, one. happy new year! >> reporter: tonight, law enforcement announcing the unprecidented security for the year's biggest celebration at times square. 65 sanitation trucks filled with sand like the ones used for the thanksgiving day parade, to be used for the first time at a new year's's celebration. this in response to the berlin and nice truck attacks. the trucks setting up a perimeter from times square to central park in that proverbial ring of steel. 7,000 extra police officers on duty from special ops units to rooftop surveillance teams. inside the command center, teams will monitor 9,000 video feeds and track millions of license plates storing them for five years. >> this is the center. anything happens anywhere in new york city, phone calls coming in here and we'll be able to react to it.
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finally tonight our tribute to the great lives we've lost in 2016. many of them in just the last few days. ♪ ground control to major tom >> when will your country and my country have normal relations? >> translator: and i believe that it also depends on time. ♪ such a shame our friendship had to end ♪ ♪ purple rain purple rain
>> this is friendship 7 reading you loud and clear. ♪ here's the story of a lovely lady who was bringing up three very lovely girls ♪ ♪ these happy days are yours and mine ♪ ♪ happy days >> this is what the war on vietnam is all about. >> there was a realization that the rules have all changed. ♪ there is no life i know to compare with pure imagination living there you'll be free if you truly wish to be ♪
[ singing in spanish ] ♪ >> if you want to break through, if you want to have attention paid, if you want to accomplish your goals and your dreams, you've got to be willing to work hard. what's the point otherwise? ♪ ♪ that leaves only me to blame ♪ freedom ♪ freedom ♪ you got to give what you take ♪ ♪ hallelujah hallelujah >> it's over. muhammad ali with an eighth round knockout. >> i'm young, i'm handsome, i'm fast, i'm pretty and can't possibly be beat.
>> somebody has to save our skins. >> may the force be with you. ♪ good morning good morning it's great to stay up late good morning good morning to you ♪ >> our thoughts and prayers for all those great ones we lost. thank you for watching. i'm tom llamas. i'll see you right back here tomorrow night. have a great opening.
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