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>> we appreciate your time. we will see you at 6:00. tonight, breaking news here. president trump hits back. after a major defeat in court, that decision not to reinstate his immigration ban. tonight, new reporting from our team. what is the white house planning next? what president trump just revealed. also tonight, the high drama. the controversial education secretary and the protesters blocking her today. as town halls now erupt in anger across this country. >> all: do your job! do your job! >> many voters asking, can you promise we will not lose our health insurance? the monster winter storm. thousands of flights cancelled and delayed. and, look. passengers trapped in traffic jams. some walking along highways to make their flights. and tonight, the next major system now hitting this weekend. america's tallest dam. this evening, the massive crater, growing in size. authorities considering drastic
steps to prevent a public emergency. and the pipeline explosion. the fiery blast. one worker missing, a community evacuated. good evening. it's great to have you with us on a friday night. we begin with several major developments as president trump welcomed the prime minister of japan today. his team was working furiously behind the scenes to plot their next move after that major defeat in court. the three judges deciding unanimously not to reinstate the president's temporary travel ban. late today, we heard from the president himself, saying there are several options. even suggesting a possible brand new executive order as early as monday. here's cecilia vega. >> reporter: the president today alongside one of america's strongest allies, extending a big welcome to japan's prime minister. >> prime minister abe, on behalf of the american people, i
welcome you to the very famous white house. >> reporter: but at their joint press conference, the big question for president trump. what's next after that ruling? the three-judge panel refusing to reinstate his controversial travel ban. the president promising to continue fighting in the courts. >> and ultimately i have no doubt that we'll win that particular case. >> reporter: but he is also making it clear he's not waiting on the courts. >> we'll be doing something very rapidly, having to do with additional security for our country. you'll be seeing that sometime next week. >> reporter: later on air force one, the president talking to reporters. >> we also have a lot of other options, including just filing a brand new order on monday. >> reporter: a white house official tells abc news, that's exactly what the administration is working on right now. an order related to terror that addresses some of the concerns raised by the court. the white house also keenly aware that the president's own past statements could be used against him in the court battle over the travel ban. comments like these.
>> donald j. trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of muslims entering the united states until our country's representatives can figure out what the hell is going on. >> reporter: the president today, striking a different tone. >> we will allow lots of people into our country that will love our people and do good for our country. it's always going to be that way, at least during my administration. i can tell you that. >> reporter: diplomatic words on a day when the president's international outreach was on full display. in the oval office, a very long handshake with the japanese prime minister, who will spend the weekend with the trumps at their winter white house, mar-a-lago. >> cecilia, there are breaking developments tonight from the appellate court that had ruled against the president. deciding not to reinstate the ban, but now what are you hearing? >> reporter: a big surprise tonight.
a judge on the ninth circuit court has requested that the full court, not just the three judges who weighed in yesterday, but the full court weigh in on whether that ruling should be considered. this is a complete curveball, and it this means the ruling may not be final. >> all right, cecilia, thank you. and as they plan their next move, the white house dealing with something else tonight. new questions about contact between president trump's national security advisor and russian officials when president obama was still in office, and just as mr. obama was imposing new sanctions on russia. president trump's national security advisor, michael flynn, and vladimir putin as a
celebration for russia today a few years ago. at first, general flynn denied reports he had any discussions, but tonight, a change in the story. here's jonathan karl. >> reporter: under fire tonight, the president's national security advisor michael flynn, now accused of misleading the public and even the vice president about his conversations with the russian ambassador to the united states. the story, first reported by the "washington post" and confirmed to abc news by senior administration officials, on the very day in december that president obama imposed sanctions on russia for meddling in the election, flynn told the russian ambassador the incoming trump administration would review those sanctions. that directly contradicts what vice president pence said last month. >> what i can confirm, having spoken to him about it, is that those conversations that happened to occur around the time that the united states took action to expel diplomats had nothing whatsoever to do with those sanctions. >> reporter: and not just the vp. press secretary sean spicer portrayed flynn's call with the ambassador as about nothing more than setting up a later call between vladimir putin and
donald trump. >> the call centered around the logistics of setting up a call with the president of russia and the president-elect after he was sworn in. that was it, plain and simple. >> reporter: a spokesperson for flynn, who famously dined with vladimir putin in moscow two years ago and has been criticized for his close ties to the russian government, now says the national security advisor simply cannot remember whether he discussed sanctions. a switch from his earlier denials. these developments come on a day president trump emphasized diplomacy, touting a phone call he had yesterday with the president of china. >> i had a very, very good conversation, as most of you know, yesterday with the president of china. it was a very, very warm conversation. i think we are on the process of getting along very well. >> reporter: throughout the campaign, trump portrayed china as one of america's biggest
economic rivals. after the election, he angered china by accepting a phone call with the president of taiwan. he even suggested doing away with the longstanding one-china policy, which considers taiwan part of china. >> i fully understand the one-china policy. but i don't know why we have to be bound by a one-china policy unless we make a deal with china. >> reporter: but in his phone call with the chinese president, trump offered a big concession, saying he will honor the one-china policy. >> jon, late tonight, president trump was asked about general flynn's calls with the russian ambassador. what did we learn? >> reporter: the president told reporters on air force one that he had not seen the reports about flynn's conversations, but that he would look into it. and david, this is a potentially very serious matter. the fbi is investigating whether or not whether these contacts with the russian ambassador violated the law. >> jon, thank you.
there was also high drama today as president trump's education secretary, betsy devos, made her first official visit to a public school. anger boiling over. protesters there to meet her. democrats had been critical of devos, who told congress members that she had never been to public school, nor her children. there was also anger boiling over at town halls across the country. one member of congress even forced to cancel his town hall meeting. here's mary bruce. >> reporter: a rough start for new education secretary betsy devos. protesters physically blocking her way as she tries to enter a d.c. public school. a security agent escorting her back to her car. >> shame! shame! shame! >> reporter: devos is one of president trump's most controversial cabinet picks confirmed by the senate only after the vice president cast a historic tie-breaking vote. she's been criticized for never attending public school or
teaching at one. but she's not the only one feeling heat. frustration with washington spilling out in town halls across the country. republican congress members facing the backlash. >> all: do your job! do your job! do your job! >> reporter: in utah, republican congressman jason chaffetz met with boos. [ booing ] >> reporter: chaffetz led some of those investigations into hillary clinton, posting this picture shaking hands with her on inauguration day, with the caption, "so pleased she is not the president." now confronting 1,000 fed-up voters angry with the new administration. >> given the choice before us, by far donald trump was the better choice. >> reporter: similar scenes playing out from tennessee. [ booing ] >> reporter: to illinois. and georgia. >> all: shame! shame! shame! >> reporter: in california, congressman tom mcclintock coming out, but with police protection.
the common thread, concerned about obama care and what might replace it. >> you want to take away my coverage and have nothing to replace it with. how can i trust you to do anything that's in my interest at all? >> reporter: we asked the house speaker. are you concerned that you need to not just present a plan, but sell it to the american people quickly? >> we cherish the first amendment, and people who are concerned and anxious, we want them to know that we want to listen to their concerns. we're going to be going out and talking about what our plan is. >> some real uncomfortable moments across the country. mary, secretary devos did finally make it into the school. >> reporter: yes, meeting with school administrators. she says she respects peaceful protests, but will not be deterred. obama's education secretary, tweeting, let's all agree she really needs to be in public schools. please let her in. >> mary, thank you.
president trump's homeland security chief, general john kelly, paying a visit to the mexican border. touring an underground tunnel reportedly used by drug smugglers. it comes as immigration authorities arrested about 160 foreign nationals. in the l.a. area this week, most with serious criminal convictions. our jim avila, there with secretary kelly, asking about another deportation. a mother of two american children who was brought to the country when she was 14. that deportation, generating protests. >> reporter: are the right people being deported? >> they were picked up, subject to removal. there are court orders about removing these people. some have fought removal for years and years. so when their luck ran out, so to speak, and an immigration judge said, this person, male or female, whatever, needs to be removed, the argument that they've been here for so many
years i think is not a strong argument. >> the homeland security secretary with jim avila today. in the meantime, another major storm set to hit this weekend. millions of people already digging out from the major storm overnight. some bracing for this round two. in new hampshire, this suv skidding on an icy road. slamming into a home. and today, the travel nightmare continues after thousands of cancelled flights. traffic so bad at laguardia airport, passengers walking along the highway, trying to make their flights. adrienne bankert from boston tonight. >> reporter: tonight, after those whiteout conditions dumped up to 19 inches of snow across the northeast, a travel nightmare. thousands of flights were cancelled. and today, a traffic jam as far the eye can see today around new york's laguardia airport. passengers, seen getting out of cabs and jumping concrete barriers to make their flights. travel snarled in the wake of that nor'easter.
icy roads and bitter cold, and more snow on the way. in south boston, to claim this parking spot. so, 25 minutes of shoveling. now you claim this spot? >> it's mine. >> reporter: so when you come back tonight, nobody should be taking that spot? >> no. >> reporter: amtrak passengers finally making it here today after their train lost power and heat overnight in new york. stranded for hours. >> i was trying to wrap myself in all my clothes that were in my luggage. >> things are slippery this morning, and you can see we've got a big accident as a result. >> reporter: driving, dangerous. security cameras in new hampshire capturing this suv careen into a house. the driver survived. and it wasn't just slick roads. high winds have been treacherous, too. in wyoming this week, gusts up to 70 miles per hour sent a semi crashing into an empty patrol car, crushing it. here in boston, crews have made progress ahead of more snow this weekend.
david? >> adrienne, thank you. let's get right to rob marciano, with us this evening. a little system you're watching tonight. and then another major storm set to hit this very region where they're already digging out tonight. rob? >> reporter: exactly. kind of a one-two punch, setting up with a second storm being a right hook. winter storm watches in northern new york and new england. and first, a clipper system coming through, it's going to lay down one to three inches of snow, and be out of here quite quickly. then the next system coming in, a little bit warmer. sunday afternoon, along i-95, mostly rain, but then turning to snow sunday into monday. cranking up the wind shear. and this could potentially be another blizzard to northern new england. >> rob, thank you. and another headline we're following tonight. a major financial fraud settlement involving a name you might remember. after the financial collapse in
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water spewing out ofof a reservoir. >> blue skies return to the bay area. in days, the rain will return. the people who live in this building, they are the innocent victims. >> he is a celebrity lawyer who worked cases involving o.j. simpson and donald trump. some san francisco home owners are doubtful he can resolve the case of their sinking skyscraper. thousands of gallons of water gushing out of the south bay reservoir, not to reduce flooding but to prevent a different kind of disaster. good evening and thank you for joining us tonight. >> we are finally getting a break from ten straight days of
rain. to say the bay area is waterlogged an under statement. >> a snapshot of the reservoirs now. lake shasta is at 92%. anderson is at 91% full. >> that water district is releasing water, which is hard to understand when the state is officially in a drought. eric thomas explains why this water has to go. >> he wants to jump in. we can't let him. >> reporter: there's no way he could paddle through the turbulent water flooding into coyote creek. people have come down to take a look. >> it's spectacular. >> a lot of water they have to release out of the dam. it's pretty wild. >> reporter: the water district is releasing so much water to protect the 230 foot tall dam built in 1950. it's not