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tonight bracing for dangerous record-breaking cold. across much of this country. windchills well below zero, expected across at least 20 states from north carolina to maine. the dangerous rescues already tonight. the ice and the flooding from the deadly storm. and now the fires. also thousands of flights canceled. and the emergency landing today at jfk airport in new york. the white house tonight, president trump going after the author of that bombshell book. tonight, the author says he spoke to multiple members of the president's inner circle. he says they told him the president is like a child. he does not read, he does not listen. late today the fire the arson investigation at the home of one of roy moore's accusers. she spoke out and tonight authorities are speaking to a person of interest. in that fire. also developing, the pulse nightclub shooting and what the
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wife of the shooter now reveals. the health scare for alex trebek. why he'll be off the air. and if you own an iphone, a mac, a pc, a major security flaw. what authorities say you need to do now. good evening as we come on the air in the west. we begin with the new concern tonight, just as we begin the weekend, the dangerous life-threatening cold moving in in some places record breaking cold. so much of the country reeling from the deadly storm. flooded streets right there along the massachusetts coast. record high waves in boston. cars frozen under several feet of water in revere. fierce winds fueling a fire in new jersey. a tough battle there. a very cold night ahead. authorities are warning take these temperatures seriously. in fact, take a look at the windchills in the morning. it will feel like 16 below in new york city. 26 below in boston. 19 below in minneapolis.
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min fuzz 20 in chicago. those temperatures straight across the country. another concern. the fires being fueled by the winds. abc's eva pilgrim leads us off. >> reporter: tonight millions chiseling out from a breath taking nor'easter as record breaking cold moves in. in scituate, residents assessing the damage, crews racing to clear roads. >> just a few minutes ago this entire street was all ice, kind of like this. >> reporter: in winthrop after storm surge inundated streets, holly and tommy schlichting rushing to get the water out of their basement. >> as you can see there's still lots of water pumping out and hopefully get it all into the drains before tonight's high tide. >> why is that? >> because once the high tide comes in there's no place for the water to go. >> reporter: officials say it was the highest tide ever recorded in boston. >> if anyone wants to question global warming, just see where the flood zones are. those zones didn't flood 30 years ago. >> reporter: dozens of rescues along the massachusetts coast.
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in marshfield, the national guard using high water vehicles to save people. >> there was cars outside almost completely under water. and then there was water coming in the back door. >> reporter: in hull, a front end loader retrieving a woman from this front porch. in new york city kids trudging back to school through the snow. our gio benitez. on long island. >> more than a foot of snow falling here in parts of long island. and take a look here with our drone cam, there's just so much snow. and with these sub-zero wind chills, it's not melting anytime soon. >> reporter: overnight fire and ice in newark, new jersey. driven by high winds. >> that fire quickly spread to the 2 buildings to the left of the original fire building and also across the street. >> reporter: at least two firefighters injured. the storm taking at least eight lives including a 13-year-old girl killed by carbon monoxide poisoning at this apartment building in perth amboy. >> eva from massachusetts.
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we can see all of that ice there behind you from the harbor. the wind howling tonight and now the concern over these plummeting temperatures. >> reporter: david the winds have been howling and the gusts are 40 miles an hour happening all day long. this wind is bringing in the cold. this is the 11th straight day of below freezing temperatures. tonight it will feel like 25 degrees below zero. this is frigid. and in temperatures like this, you can get frostbite in under half an hour, david. >> get back in the car with the crew. eva, thanks. remember, your neighbors as we head into this weekend. temperatures as they plummet turning the hudson river and so many other rivers into ice. shutting down shipping channels where so much of the heating oil gets to where it needs to go. adrienne bankert reporting earlier. >> reporter: david, while out here on the freezing waters of the hudson, temperatures feel about 20 degrees colder than they actually are. the hudson river looks more like
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a jagged ice rink but small powerful vessels like this one can break through up to 3 feet of that ice providing a clear path for other ships like those carrying heating oil. something so many homes here in the northeast desperately need. especially this winter. david? >> adrienne bankert, our thanks to you. next the storm leaving a travel mess. more than 5,000 flights canceled in just the last 24 hours. take a look at new york's jfk. firefighting equipment on the tarmac as an american airlines flight made an emergency landing because of an engine problem. here's linsey davis on that story tonight. >> reporter: tonight after the storm tens of thousands of passengers still stranded from both coasts. >> "we're stuck here another day. >> all the flights before us were canceled. >> reporter: at laguardia, the thurston family has battled cancellations for their flight to aruba since wednesday. >> "now we're booked for tonight's flight, but they had to break us all up, each parent's flying with children individually, but right now
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we don't know how that's going to go. >> reporter: with new york's big three airports shut down for most of the day thursday more than 4,300 flights were canceled and dozens international flights to new york and boston had to divert to other airports. this singapore a-380, had to land at stewart air force base in new york, and 31 flights diverted to washington's dulles airport. >> we didn't have anywhere to go. >> reporter: some passengers trapped on the tarmac for hours as planes tried to find gates. some managed to make it out faced other problems. this american airlines flight from jfk to cancun, forced to make an emergency landing in the cold after takeoff due to an engine related issue. >> linsey back with us tonight. you were telling us some signs of life at laguardia but other airports remain closed? >> reporter: things are starting to get back to normal but more than 200 flights were canceled. let's talk about charleston, south carolina, that airport remains closed.
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they got about 5 inches of snow but not equipped to handle it. the faa says they might not reopen until monday night. david. >> let's get to ginger zee tonight. this cold we can't underscore how dangerous it is. >> places like new york and set ten minutes of exposure and you get frostbite tonight and tomorrow morning. that's how close the windchill warnings are. from south carolina to augusta, maine and freeze warning as far south as daytona beach those are the windchills saturday morning. tomorrow morning what you're feeling like, indianapolis 16 below. new york city 27 below. it feels like in boston. turn it around in the afternoon you say it's got to get better. not that much better. not a day you want to be exposed. here's the last thing, actual air temperatures sunday morning, if philadelphia drops below zero it's the first time since 1994. >> thanks. on to other news this friday
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night. new fallout over the book about the white house. after the president tried to stop its release, the publisher rushed it to bookstores today. in the book steve bannon turning on the president and his family. president trump is tweeting about bannon nicknaming him sloppy steve. the president is going after the author and the author saying he spoke to multiple members of the president's inner circle. he says they told him the president is like a child, does not read or listen. here's cecelia vega tonight. >> reporter: president trump headed to camp david for the weekend. as for questions, he wasn't having it. >> we're making america great again. thank you very much. >> reporter: the new book taking his white house and it seems all of washington by storm. at bookstores, long lines, within hours empty shelves. the president now lashing out at author michael wolff and former chief strategist steve bannon, a key voice quoted disparaging the president and his family.
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the president tweeting the book is full of lies, misrepresentations and sources that don't exist. look at this guy's past and watch what happens to him and sloppy steve. wolff stands by every word and tells nbc news the president's inner circle thinks he is unfit for office. >> they all say he is like a child and what they mean is that he has a need for immediate gratification. it's all about him. they say he's a moron, an idiot. let's remember this man does not read, does not listen. >> reporter: wolff paints a portrait of a mentally unstable man saying the president often repeat the same stories every three minutes and recently at mar-a-lago failed to recognize life-long friends. >> i will quote steve bannon. he's lost it. >> reporter: these incidents not confirmed by abc news.
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but the white house now forced to answer questions about the president's mental stability. >> it's disgraceful and laughable. if he was unfit, he probably wouldn't be sitting there. this is an incredibly strong and good leader. >> reporter: their strategy, to disparage wolff as someone who had limited sources and limited access. the president tweeting today i never spoke to him for book, but wolff says whether or not the president realized it was for the book, they did spend about three hours together during the campaign and in the white house. >> let's get to cecelia vega from the white house. president trump was hoping to start the new year boosted by victory on the tax cuts but this book is dominating the white house's agenda. >> reporter: there is definitely a sense of outrage and frustration about that. but this is a west wing used to dealing with crisis. as one senior white house official told us, quote, people expect us to be running around with our hair on fire but hard
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to do that when it's already been burned off. >> cecilia, thank you. next to new reporting on the russia investigation. several reports claiming that president trump directed his white house counsel to tell attorney general jeff sessions not to recuse himself in the russia investigation and reports claiming robert mueller has received handwritten notes from former chief of staff reince priebus that do shed light on the president's firing of former fbi director james comey. here's abc's pierre thomas tonight. >> reporter: new questions about whether president trump was attempting to obstruct justice by controlling the investigation into russian meddling. "the new york times" reporting the president ordered white house counsel to personally pressure attorney general sessions not to recuse himself from the russia probe but sessions did it anyway. infuriating the president. >> if he was going to recuse himself, he should have told me before he took the job and i would have picked somebody else. >> reporter: administration
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officials do not dispute to abc news that he pressured sessions. "times" also reporting new details of the president's alleged attempt to convince former fbi director james comey to publicly proclaim trump himself was not under scrutiny. >> he asked to get it out that i the president am not personally under investigation. >> reporter: the "times" claims former white house chief of staff reince priebus kept notes of conversations where the president told him he made that request of comey. special counsel bob mueller has these notes. according to the times as the president's frustration with comey mounted, the aide to general sessions approached a capitol hill staffer looking for dirt on the fbi director. tonight the attorney general spokeswoman insists sessions did not ask his aide to do that, telling abc news this did not happen and would not happen. >> pierre thomas live from washington.
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there's also news tonight that the justice department is now renewing its investigation into the clinton foundation and whether or not donations were made in exchange for political favors when hillary clinton was secretary of state. your sources are confirming that? and we're getting reaction from the clintons? >> reporter: that's right david. our sources tell us the investigation began during the obama administration but has recently intensified. the republicans have been calling for it for months and the president had been urging the justice department to investigate hillary clinton and we have a response from hillary clinton's spokesman and it is blistering. he said let's call it what it is, a sham. this is philanthropy that does life changing work which republicans have tried to turn it into a political football. disgraceful and should be concerning to all americans. the goal is to distract the special -- from the special counsel's investigation and accusations from treason from trump's own people. next from alabama, a fire at the home of a woman who accused senate candidate roy moore of sexual assault. and late today authorities
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revealing they are speaking to a person of interest. abc's steve osunsami tonight. >> reporter: fire investigators in alabama tonight believe that this was no accident. that someone purposefully burned down the home that belongs to tina johnson, one of the women accusing republican senate nominee roy moore of sexual assault. but they tell us tonight they don't believe this was any sort of payback for that accusation and not connected to roy moore or any of his followers. johnson claimed moore crossed the line when she was 28 and meeting with moore in his law office. >> he just grabbed me from behind on my buttock and just squeezed it really hard and i remember thinking i'm so ashamed. i felt humiliated in that moment. >> reporter: the house burned down tuesday and neighbors report seeing a drunk man walking around the home before the fire. in a statement tonight, investigators say they're speaking to a person of interest. but say "the ongoing investigation does not lead us to believe that the fire is in any way related to roy moore or allegations made against him."
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no one was home and no one was hurt in the fire. neighbors say they know the man seen around the house and say he has long been a problem. david. steve, thank. the government out with a december jobs report tonight. the u.s. employers adding 148,000 jobs last month. fewer that man economists had expected but it is the 87th straight month of job gains. the unemployment rate remaining at 4.1%. and as for wages, average hourly earnings grew by 9 cents to $26.63 an hour. still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this friday. a new headline about the pulse nightclub terror attack. the gunman's wife and what she has revealed. the health scare for "jeopardy" host alex trebek. why he'll be off the air. and what we have now learned. the cdc next week will tell the public how to survive a nuclear attack. if you own a iphone, mac, pc, there is a major security flaw, what authors say you need to do immediately. a lot more news ahead tonight.
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scare for alex trebek taking a leave of absence as he recovers from brain surgery after a fall. here's matt gutman. >> reporter: tonight, speaking a shade more deliberately than his normally peppy clip on jeopardy -- we learn alex trebek is taking a medical leave from the show. >> during the holiday break, i had a slight medical problem. subdural hematoma. blood clots on the brain caused by a fall i endured about two months ago. >> reporter: trebek suffering complications checked into a hospital in mid december for brain surgery. subdural hematomas are pools of blood on the brain. compressing it. they can be deadly. most insidious is they can go unnoticed. trebek has been hosting "jeopardy" for 33 years. >> the prognosis is excellent and i expect to be back in the studio taping more "jeopardy" programs very, very soon.
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>> he could start taping as early as this month. now the symptoms of a subdural hematoma range from dizziness or a light headache to the severe like seizures. david. >> great to hear from alex trebek. as he said the prognosis is very good. we wish him well. when we come back, the headline from the cdc, they will tell the public early next week how to best survive a nuclear attack. as i mentioned, anyone who has an iphone, smartphone, pc, a major security flaw we have learned about and what authorities say you should do right away. that's after the break.
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with this frigid cold it wasn't difficult choosing our persons of the week. >> reporter: tonight the heroes braving the deadly storm and the frigid cold to help others this week. fireman bobby lehman in nehant, massachusetts battling a fire in nearly zero degrees, his helmet, encased in ice. in marshfield massachusetts the town's police and firefighters and the national guard rescuing residents stranded by rising floodwaters, the doors, covered in ice. six people rescued in just one hour. in boston firemen throughout the city, wading through that freezing water to rescue those who were trapped by the floods that came out of nowhere.
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in boston people giving the city bus a push. they knew it was a job well done. and then there were those who have to work in this. the mail carriers and the motto, neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night. even pizza delivery men. listen to this man impressed looking out his window. >> pizza delivery guy, man, making the run. it's impressive. >> it sure is. in norfolk, virginia after ten inches of snow, greg is back to work tonight delivering dinner. >> we hope somebody gets him dinner too. stay safe out there. good night.
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investigation, romaine carrying e. coli. why local farmers are not under scrutiny. >> i heard screams and everything. >> police arrest a man accused of sexually assaulting a teacher at a san jose middle school. it's not this suspect's only crime. >> spencer christian, still rain falling, a dry weekend. weekend forecast coming up. >> fire and fury is flying off shelves days before it was supposed to on them. i'm jonathan bloom with more on the book about the trump white house on abc 7 news. >> announcer: this is abc 7 news, live where you live. the sign says it all, slippery when we. these are the conditions we're finding across the bay area. doppler 7 shows it's raining where you are right now. and stronger storm on the way. >> i'm kristen sze. dry weather this weekend. >> but, a moderate storm is only a few days away, and it will
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bring heavier rain than we're seeing today. >> abc 7 news weather anchor spencer christian is here, tracking the storm happening right now and those still to come. >> let's take a look where it's wet and where it's not. we'll focus on where it's wet. that's more important. live doppler 7, you can see we have a batch of moderate to heavy rainfall beginning to push onshore right now, right around daly city and down onto the peninsula, raining quite a bit from daly city to san mateo. a closer look shows you it's quite wet along 280, 101, 82, and 35, the local streets like boulevard and airport boulevard, mill berry avenue, quite wet right now. storm impact scale, the storm ranks 1 on the storm impact scale, continue to produce mainly scattered showers tonight, but we'll see periods of moderate and heavy rain like what i just showed you during the evening hours. here's our forecast animation, starting at 7:00