tv ABC World News Tonight With David Muir ABC January 14, 2018 5:30pm-6:00pm PST
you go, girl. >> welcome to "world news tonight."e to "world news the fallout after that epic failure. the man behind the ballistic missile alert that caused chaos across hawaii. no longer behind the controls. the scramble to make sure it never happens again. why did it take 38 minutes to give the all clear when officials knew it was a mistake three minutes after the panic set in? the president's slur, the fight over exactly what he said and tonight the law maker who marched with martin luther king telling abc president trump is a racist. ice flood danger. swollen rivers, car swamped and now the artic blast that could make tomorrow's commute a nightmare for millions. inside the plane that skids off the runway stopping just feet from the sea. passengers say it's a miracle
they survived. the race to save these children from a burning building. fire fighters catching them from the third floor. the officer dragged through times square as the driver hits the gas. >> good evening. thank you for joining us on this sunday. i'm cecilia vega in for tom llamas. we begin with late breaking developments from hawaii. our team inside the control room. the scene of that human error. the employee who triggered that alarm off the job. there are more changes to come. residents outraged about the 38 minutes of terror they endured. new video shows people running for their lives. one father trying to safe his daughter by ordering her into a manhole. others hiding in bunkers built during world war ii. now this revelation.
hawaii officials knew the alarm was false within 3 minutes. why did it take so long to give the all clear? is president trump's administration doing enough to prepare for the real thing? abc's jim avila starts us off in honolulu. >> reporter: tonight the veteran technician that sent hawaii into a panic that a ballistic missile was a mere 12 minutes from impact has been removed from the command center and will not be allowed near the button until after retraining. this after hawaiian officials change the way they send out alerts. trying to prevent a repeat human error. >> the u.s. missile command has detected a threat. >> the terrifying warning took 38 minutes to correct. >> if you're outdoors seek immediate shelter. >> reporter: despite officials conceding they knew there was no incoming missile within 3 minutes. >> this is not a drill. >> reporter: the mistake causing chaos like this father to push his daughter down a manhole to
save her. others calling loved ones for the last good-bye. >> i wanted to call my wife. and tell her i love her. >> reporter: this lucky family had a house with a world war ii bunker. they used it. piling in for this 2018 threat. >> the part of the message that made my panic was this is not a drill. >> reporter: hawaii's governor said it happened because a wrong button was pressed. tonight officials temporarily suspending future drills and changing the rules. >> it will be a two person whenever that goes click, the application is selected and pushed. there will be two people watching. today the congresswoman who first tweeted this was all a first alarm had these harsh words. >> it's an epic failure of leadership. yes, it was unacceptable that it went out in the first place, but the fact that it took so long for them to put out that second message, to calm people to allay their fears that this was a mistake. a false alarm, is something that has to be fixed, corrected with people held accountable. >> reporter: the fcc launching
its own investigation saying the government of hawaii did in the have reasonable safeguards to protect the transmission of a false alert. we went inside the building that monitors threats. >> this thing yesterday was a big mistake on our part. >> reporter: tonight there are question fs ts if the federal government is ready for the real thing. a white house official telling abc the trump administration has yet to test formal response plans in the event of a nuclear missile attack on the united states. >> jim avila joining us from honolulu. the white house pushing back saying they plan to conduct a drill next month. there in hawaii, jim, you're learning more why it took officials more than 38 whole minutes to correct that error. >> that's right cecelia. there were two mistakes made.
the first was the false alarm. the second was the application used to take down that alarm and tell people that it was false and the mistake was not loaded. it took them 38 minutes to get it loaded. now it's in the machine. >> jim avila leading us off. thank you. we want to move to the escalating war over president trump's oval office slur. the president's allies saying he didn't use the profanity at the center of this controversy. a top democrat in congress went on the record calling president trump a racist. now the president in a new fight about his relationship with kim jong-un. abc's david wright is traveling with the president in west palm beach, florida. >> reporter: tonight, a war of words over the presidents words. several republicans who were there in the room for that oval office meeting on immigration reform now dispute that trump ever uttered the vulgar epithet attributed to him. >> i'm telling you, he did not use that word, george. >> i didn't hear it. i was sitting no further away from donald trump than senator durbin was. >> reporter: senator dick durbin was the only democrat present. he tells a different story.
>> he said these hateful things and he said them repeatedly. >> it makes me sad. it makes me cry. >> reporter: today, congressman john lewis made it clear who he believes. >> do you think president trump is a racist? >> i think he is a racist. >> no i'm not a racist. i am the least racist person you have ever interviewed. >> reporter: tonight at his florida golf course trump denied he ever made any offensive remarks at that closed door meetings. >> did you see what various senators said in the room? >> reporter: the vulgar language attributed to him in the oval office isn't the only thing he takes conflict with. there's also this quote. >> i probably have a very good relationship with kim jong-un. i have relationships with people. i think you people are surprised. >> reporter: the white house now accuses the journal of misquoting the president as
saying he has a good relationship with kim jong-un insisting he was speaking hypothetically. today trump called it fake news. listen again. >> i probably have a very good relationship with kim jong-un. i have relationships with people. i think you people are surprised. >> i or i've. that's the debate. david wright joins us live from florida. the president returns to washington tomorrow where first up that possible government shut down and of course the fight over immigration reform. democrats are digging in their heels. >> reporter: that's right. they especially are interested in protecting those 800,000 or so young people brought here as children, the so-called d.r.e.a.m.ers. democrats want the continuation of that program. they're expected to link that to any temporary funding measure that would prevent a government shut down. a big deadline looming friday. >> david, thank you. >> next tonight the artic blast gripping so much of the country.
this is the problem for so many people. ice jams here in new york. the frozen river spilling over its banks. similar scenes across the northeast. these vehicles in meadeville, pennsylvania swamped. cars in maine under water. brace yourself. a new round of snow moving east. tonight rob marciano with that wintry forecast. that's in a moment. we begin with erielle reshef. she's reporting tonight from kent, connecticut. >> reporter: tonight winter's wrath gripping the northeast. from maine to connecticut another round of brutal sub-freezing temperatures. the short-lived thaw followed by heavy rain creating ice jams sending the housatonic river spilling over. these cars stuck and submerged. in kent, the overflow wreaking havoc at this school. the base of that scoreboard encased in at least four feet of frozen floodwaters. this soccer field now an ice rink. in vermont, icy water lurking down the missisquoi river
turning 6.5 miles of route 78 into a sheet of ice. this drone video showing the arctic scene in lowville new york. in pittsburgh jason corbin driving into this treacherous stretch of the parkway. >> i thought i would be able to go through. i was going fine. >> reporter: climbing on to the roof of his sunken truck, documenting his wait to be rescued on facebook. >> guys, when you see a lot of water, do not go through it. >> reporter: we're still seeing plenty of ice jams like this. the flood waters are receding. anywhere there's ice on the roads it's not expected to go anywhere any time soon. >> quite a scene behind you. thank you. let's get to rob marciano also out there in the cold. rob, you're looking at the messy morning commute. >> we are. you saw what a mess it is. that's the flash freeze we were talking about. we're seeing temperatures as cold if not colder tonight. it's not going anywhere yet.
look at these lows in the morning. once again below freezing all the way down to the gulf of mexico. we have another batch coming to the northwest. that's preceded by snow. some of it heavy. milwaukee and chicago two to six inches tomorrow morning. that's a bad commute. one to two to three in detroit. louisville might get a little as well. texas under a winter storm watch. san antonio could see significant icing with late tuesday snow getting back into i-94 corridor including here in new york city. >> stay warm, rob. we want to go overseas to a heart stopping moment. take a look at this drone footage. the packed boeing 3737 dangling off a cliff. after skidding on the runway after landing. the nose of the plane feet from the black sea. passengers say it's a miracle they survived. here's abc's chief foreign correspondent terry moran. >> reporter: there it is. seen today in drone footage you almost can't believe. a boeing 737 passenger jet stuck halfway down a cliff's edge in
turkey, nose down, dangling there a few feet above the sea. the pegasus airlines plane had skidded off the runway, and over that cliff after landing at the airport in trabzon. inside a baby crying. cellphone video showing 168 passengers and crew evacuating quickly, slogging up the muddy slopes to safety. many passengers spoke of panic in the plane during the incident. overnight fire crews pumped water on the plane. a few plumes of smoke could be seen at the site. today crews began the difficult task of lifting the jet back up the slope. this image, that plane just hanging there flashed across the world. investigators now try to determine how and why that plane left the runway. some reports suggesting it might have hit a bird or an animal. passengers are saying it's a miracle they all made it out alive and unharmed. cecelia. >> terry, thank you. back to the jail house interview gaining attention tonight.
the man allegedly behind a fatal swatting incident, a phone call that triggered a deadly police response. he said he didn't mean to hurt anyone. here's abc's eva pilgrim. >> reporter: the california man accused of that prank 911 call leading to the death of a stranger 1,500 miles away breaking his silence. >> i wish i could have rewound somehow and, you know, never done it. >> reporter: 25-year-old tyler barriss is facing charges of involuntary manslaughter, giving a false report, and interfering with law enforcement. police charging him because of this bogus call. >> i've shot him in the head and he's not breathing anymore. >> reporter: police raced to the address given on the call, unaware, 28-year-old andrew finch, opening the front door. >> show your hands. >> reporter: police say, when he lowered his hands, one officer, fearing he had a weapon, opened fire. killing him. investigators later discovering finch unarmed had nothing to do
with that call and no apparent connection to barriss who tonight expresses regret. >> it hasn't just affected my life, it's affected someone's family too. someone lost their life. >> reporter: barris who police think is responsible for 20 other swatting calls saying in that same interview that he has been paid to make some of these calls. he would not say if he was paid to make this one. cecelia. >> eva pilgrim, thank you. we want to turn next to michelle williams breaking her silence about that firestorm over paid equity. the oscar nominee paid just $1,000 while her male co-star made more than one million. tonight her response. abc's marci gonzalez has the details. >> reporter: tonight, michelle williams applauding co-star mark wahlberg for donating his reshoot fee after that major wage gap controversy. wahlberg, earning a million and a half dollars to reshoot scenes of the movie "all the money in the world" that originally included disgraced actor kevin spacey.
>> how much would you pay to release your grandson? >> nothing. >> reporter: while williams did the same for just $80 a day, reportedly unaware of her co-star's earnings. >> i said not only would i, but i'll give you back my salary if that would help. >> reporter: williams now writing in a statement, "the most powerful men in charge, they listened and they acted. if we truly envision an equal world, it takes equal effort and sacrifice." wahlberg, donating his entire reshoot fee to the timesup legal defense fund in michelle williams' name. "saturday night live" calling out wahlberg during a skit. >> it would be so cool if it didn't take a week long public shaming to do the right thing. >> reporter: talent agency wme which represents both actors and brokered their deals, donating another $500,000 to times up. >> i think women are going to start playing a tougher game and expecting more from their agents. >> reporter: williams calls wahlberg and wme's response "an accomplishment," saying she
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a chaotic scene. firefighters grabbing their equipment as fast as they can. coming face to face with angry flames. all while hearing children's frantic screams. watch as fire fighter captain scott stroup makes this incredible catch. he catches a child thrown to safety from the third floor balcony by her parents, who are desperately trying to get out. another firefighter, captain jackie peckrul, catches another one of their children in her arms. a newborn twin, all while standing on a ladder. >> i got about halfway up there and here comes the baby down to my arms. >> reporter: peckrul, a mom of young triplets, leads the team of first responders at the dekalb county fire station near atlanta. their bravery saving countless lives that day. >> we did what we had to do, and the thing was everybody there knew what they had to do. >> reporter: more than 80 people living in that building. amazingly, no one was seriously hurt. cecilia? >> what a scene. stephanie, thank you.
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tonight on abc 7 news, breaking news, a chp chopper lands on highway 101 in a freeway standoff. the serenity of lake tahoe when police shoot a man with an unusual are weapon. >> details of the forecast where you live. abc 7 news where you live starts now. from abc 7, live breaking news. >> one person was detained after a standoff with police on highway 101 in san francisco. >> the a one point, chp landed its chopper on the freeway near the caesar chavez exit. >> he jumped off the freeway. an officer and good samaritan pulled him back up and detained him. >> before the cop grab him, he go to leap over the rail.
like on the movies, the one maniarm on to keep him from killing himself. i helped bring him back over. and he came back over, and he detained him. once that happened, so it's like, you know, this is crazy, man, crazy. >> ah, talk about dramatic. police have not yet said what led to the incident. with that, good >> get ready for another wet week ahead. >> two storms heading for the bay area that should begin and end the workweek with rain, taking a look outside at the roof cam. the first storm you can see has not yet developed. >> our meteorologist joins us with details on when it will reach us, lisa? >> it's a one on the storm impact scale. it's a light system, not going to come in