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tonight, u.s. intelligence fighting back. leaders of the intelligence community heading to capitol hill. tonight, responding to president-elect donald trump's comments. his tweets about them. how they now respond. also breaking, president obama a short time ago, briefed on the russian hacking. the final report, and new reporting from our team about the level of confidence. and word tonight there was, in fact, a very specific motive. breaking news from chicago. hate crime charges after this video live on facebook police say four young african-americans targeting a disabled white man. monster storm bearing down tonight. driving from the west to the northeast. a second storm coming. and two sisters on the way to see their dying father,
kicked off their flight. how did this happen? good evening, and it's great to have you with us here on a thursday night, and the war of words erupting on capitol hill. president-elect donald trump has taken aim at the u.s. intelligence community after their unanimous finding that the russians were behind the hacking during the election. tonight, the intelligence community which has been silent, silent no longer. marching up to capitol hill today calling the criticism from donald trump disparagement. it was a few days ago when asked about the russian hacking, the president-elect said, i know things other people don't know, and promise to reveal it. nothing yet from mr. trump on that, but tonight, we are now hearing from the intelligence community. abc's mary bruce is on the hill tonight. >> reporter: under fire from donald trump, the director of national intelligence came to capitol hill today to make his case. >> sir, what's your response when you see donald trump still questioning u.s. intelligence?
>> reporter: no answer. trump has repeatedly attacked america's intelligence agencies for concluding russia hacked democrats in an attempt to influence the election. >> they have no idea if it's russia, china or somebody, it could be somebody sitting in a bed someplace. >> reporter: doubling down on new year's eve. >> i also know things that other people don't know, and so they cannot be sure of the situation. >> reporter: but today intelligence director james clapper says he's now more sure that ever. it was russia. >> who actually is the benefactor of someone who is about to become commander in chief trashing the intelligence community? >> i think there is an important distinction here between healthy skepticism, which policymakers, to include policymaker number one, should always have for intelligence. but i think there is a difference between skepticism and disparagement. >> reporter: as trump questions american intelligence, he praises russia's vladimir putin.
and he's seized on comments from julian assange, the head of wikileaks, who made public the hacked e-mails. trump tweeting, "julian assange said a 14-year-old could have been behind the hack. also said russians did not give him the info!" clapper asked today about assan assange. >> do you think there is any credibility we should attach to this individual? >> not in my view. >> reporter: from some senators, outrage. >> when it comes down to a choice between your people or intelligence agencies and julian assan assange, we're on your team every time. >> reporter: today, perhaps sensing the political fallout, trump changing his tune. tweeting, "the dishonest media likes saying that i'm in agreement with assange. wrong. i simply state what he state's, it is for the people to make up their own minds as to the truth" adding he's a quote, "big fan" of intelligence.
>> but he's still not willing to accept russia tried to meddle in the election. clapper today saying it was worse than we thought. >> do you hope the president-elect is watching? >> he watches tv, and i hope he is. i hope he'll listen. >> reporter: even trump supporters are having a hard time defending him. why do you think he continues to not trust the u.s. intelligence? >> i can't answer that. you have to answer donald trump. >> reporter: do you believe russia was behind the hacking? >> yes. >> are you concerned donald trump doesn't agree with you? >> i'm not going to speak for the president-elect. >> mary bruce with us live from capitol hill with another breaking development. word coming in about a major defection about the well-known member of the intelligence community? >> reporter: the former cia director is leaving the trump transition team. he was a key adviser during the campaign and his spokesman now saying in a statement that
effective immediately, woolsy will no longer help the president-elect, but he wishes his administration well in office. >> mary, thank you. there is another breaking headline coming in tonight. we have learned late today that the u.s. intelligence community briefed president obama at the white house. their final report on the russian hacking. our chief white house correspondent, jonathan karl with us. and jon, you have new reporting from inside that briefing. >> in an indication of just how serious the white house puts this, the president summoned the top intelligence leaders and the director of the fbi for this briefing on the hacking. it lasted an hour. i'm told the report puts the blame squarely on the russians, and specifically says why they did this. and what the intelligence community is calling a high confidence assessment. what that means, it's based on all source intelligence. not just tracking computer code
or ip addresses. old fashioned espionage. >> in the meantime, this was at trump tower, involving the president-elect. he was being deposed in a lawsuit against a celebrity chef who has refused to open up a restaurant after a comment made about mexican-americans? >> the incredible thing is this deposition took up an hour of his time because because of a lawsuit he brought. he could have dropped the suit. i'm told the reason he didn't is quite simply, he thinks he is focus win. >> all right, jon karl with us. great to have yous a always. in the meantime, there are breaking developments coming in from chicago. outrage growing at this hour after a very difficult and disturbing video was carried live on facebook. and this afternoon, hate crime charges leveled against four african-americans after police say they targeted a young disabled white man. you will hear what they said on that facebook video. authorities saying he was
targeted because of his disability, and his race. abc's alex perez in chicago. >> reporter: tonight, police are using this word, reprehensible. to describe this 30-minute video that was carried live on facebook. in the video, we are blurring the victim's face, authorities say an 18-year-old, mentally challenged, white man is targeted. he can be seen cowering in a corner as he is assaulted by four young black adults. >> look out. tie him up. >> reporter: bound and gagged, you can hear the victim being taunted and beaten. even cutting his scalp, police say. and the suspects using social media to show what they were doing as they were doing it. >> smack his [ bleep ]. >> reporter: late today, the four suspects were charged with hate crimes. >> the actions in that video are reprehensible. that alone with racism have absolutely no place in the city of chicago or anywhere else for that matter against anyone.
>> it's ashtray. >> reporter: the group yelling racial slurs at the victim and making a reference to the president-elect. >> say [ bleep ] donald trump. >> [ bleep ] donald trump. >> reporter: investigators say one of the alleged attackers went to school with the victim. and they began hanging out. police say after the attack, he escaped his captors. officers spotting him on a cold chicago street, wearing just shorts and a tank top. traumatized and bloody. >> he was discombobulated. he was injured. he was confused. >> reporter: tonight, prosecutors in chicago charging the suspects, two men and two sisters, with kidnapping, battery and hate crimes. in an interview with our abc station in chicago, wls, president obama calling it terrible. and pointing to the dangers posed to technology, too. >> what technology allows us to see now is the terrible toll that racism and discrimination and hate takes on families and
communities. >> reporter: facebook says it has removed the video. when asked about people live streaming while committing crimes, facebook telling abc news, they have a team on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, dedicated to responding to these reports immediately. but the images were already shared by so many on facebook, and it's now become critical evidence for prosecutors. >> it's sickening. it's sickening. it makes you wonder what would make individuals treat somebody like that? >> as you point out, alex, facebook also facing questions about anyone being able to carry anything live. in the meantime, i know you were at chicago police headquarters tonight. any word about how the young man in that video is doing? >> reporter: well, david. we know that young man was hospitalized for his injuries. he has been treated and released, and we understand he is back with his family. those four suspects could face up to 50 years in prison, david. >> disturbing story. alex perez, thank you.
we move on tonight. a one-two punch of winter storms in 40 states at this hour. alabama and georgia already declaring states of emergency. planes deiced, and hundreds of flights grounded. in lexington, kentucky, this on i-75, and in watertown, new york, look at it. trouble coast to coast with this storm, and there's word of a second storm right after it. abc's neal karlinsky is here with that. >> reporter: winter 2017 is off to a slippery and frozen start, with two thirds of the country under some kind of cold or winter advisory tonight and more trouble on the way. in watertown, new york, i-81 is like a graveyard of stranded vehicles. leaving motorists squinting to find a safe path. >> that's bad. >> reporter: in the west, rescue teams fought freezing temperatures to rescue two 15-year-old boys who fell through ice into a lake north of seattle. >> he was very hypothermic, he
was not able to extract himself from the ice. >> reporter: in boulder, colorado the temperature plummeted to near zero. we found this delivery truck stuck in place, pinched up alongside that acura. >> reporter: so you just slid sideways? >> yeah slid into his acura. >> reporter: de-icing trucks were going non-stop at denver's airport, but more than 130 flights were canceled anyway. and in the south, it's all hands on deck. georgia transportation crews, preparing to pre-treat roads tonight for the new system moving in. here in boulder, all this snow has closed city offices and left cars buried. they'll be digging out as the southeast is getting hit next. david? >> from colorado, neal, thank you. let's get to meteorologist rob marciano. he is with us live tonight. he has got the timing tracking both of these storms. hey, rob. >> reporter: hi, david. we're cold enough for snow just about everywhere in the country. the atmosphere is packed with a lot of action. look at the advisorieadvisories.
so many of them across to country. the first pulse we want to deal with is one to three inches of sfl snow across the ohio valley. it will be in d.c. in the morning. accumulating snow. our colorado snow dives toward the gulf coast, and that comes to problems up through charlotte and raleigh. could see 2 to 12 inches of snow in areas that do not handle snow well that will be debilitated across the south. >> thanks as always. we turn overseas tonight and turkey suffering yet another attack. a deadly car bomb outside a courthouse. more than 250 miles from istanbul. the blast caught on surveillance cameras, two suspects killed by police afterwards. the militant kurdish group is suspected. this attack coming just two days after the assault in istanbul claimed by isis. authorities there say they are closing in on that gunman. back here at home tonight,
and to your money. some of the country's most familiar stores closing hundreds of locations and cutting thousands of jobs tonight. take a look at the map. sears shutting down 150 of their stores, and k-mart anywhere where there is a logo, and macy's is shutting dozens of their department stores. tonight, abc's eva pilgrim is the reasons why. ♪ >> reporter: tonight, massive cutbacks for two of america's iconic department stores. sears part of the american fabric for decades. >> sears, where america shops. >> reporter: those holiday wish books, a family favorite. tonight, sears closing 150 stores, 108 of them k-marts. there will be layoffs, but the company's not releasing those numbers. sears also selling their craftsman tool business for $900 million to help pay off mounting debt. macy's getting hit too, shutting 68 stores, 6,200 jobs gone. >> we're definitely going to see
more stores close. this is just the beginning. >> reporter: sears reporting holiday sales down 12% this year. while overall internet sales are booming. $91 billion in profits this season, up 11%. tafd, both sears and macy's reps say the savings will go to help online sales. macy's is planning to add an additional 50 discount stores. david. >> eva, thanks. we turn next here to the health of your children. an eye-opening new invoice about preventing those potentially life-threatening peanut allergies. there are new guidelines from the national institutes of health saying their children should expose their children to small doses as early as four months, and it would seem to be a complete 180 from early advice. let's get to dr. richard besser. great to have you, rich, and a lot of people heard this and said, what? >> yeah. this is an incredible turnaro d turnaround. we used to say kids should avoid
peanuts for the first one to two years of life. now high risk babies, with eczema or egg allergies are given peanuts. a study found that approach could reduce the chances of peanut allergy by 86%. it's not going to change anything for kids who have peanut allergy, but starting today, future babies will be at a much lower risk. >> small doses early on could make the difference? >> kids who are not at a high risk can have it at home. >> with allergy, that's key. there's much more ahead on "world news tonight" this thursday. the airline story. a state trooper in pennsylvania landon weaver, shot point-blank by a suspect he was questioning. hundreds of officers attending the funeral. saluting his coffin and lining the streets as the motor passed by on the way to the funeral. when we come back here, "world news tonight" continues, the airline outrage as i
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>> i softly told her that that dad wasn't expected to live through the night. >> and i just lost it right there. i couldn't breathe. >> reporter: baker says she reached over the aisle and a flight attendant questioned her. >> and i said, "i'm trying to console my sister, we just found out my dad's dying." and she said, "you need to keep your personal problems off this plane." and she said "i'm doing my job," and i said "well maybe you're in the wrong job." >> reporter: that triggered a call to the captain, who returned to the gate. the sisters removed to the disbelief of other passengers. >> it was completely inhumane and deplorable that everybody was in shock at what actually happened. >> reporter: the sisters never made it from orlando to asheville before their father passed. >> i'll never get to say goodbye to my dad. >> reporter: leejt says aleejt in a statement, it is investigating, but expects passengers to be treated "judiciously and consistently, with empathy and good judgment."
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giving. >> alexa? hello. >> reporter: forget writing a list to santa, amazon's voice-activated device, echo dot, makes shopping super easy. maybe too easy. all 6-year-old brooke neitzel had to do, was make this simple request. >> i just asked her if she could order a dollhouse and some cookies. she said do you want this and i said yes. >> i get an amazon notification that says your order has shipped. i thought that's interesting, i've not made an order! >> reporter: alexa delivered. four pounds of sugar cookies and a $160 dollhouse. today, they donated the dollhouse to a local children's hospital. alexa teaching a lesson to kids and parents tonight. linsey davis, abc news new york city. >> thank you for watching tonight. i'm david muir. i hope to see you right back here tomorrow. until then, have a good evening. good night. (sfx: rain and thunder) says it won't let up for a while.
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