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i'm kristen sze. >> and i'm dan ashley. for all of us, what a beautiful sunset this is, we'll tonight, several developing stories as we come on the air. those two massive storms about to merge, just as millions of americans prepare to travel for christmas. tonight, heavy snow, rain and wind. dangerous driving and airport delays expected. and just in tonight, the ef-2 tornado now confirmed. president trump's surprise decision. he says we have defeated isis in syria, ordering tonight a rapid withdrawal of american troops. tonight, the uproar. republican senators saying this is a dangerous move. the dramatic scene unfolding. the worker robbed at gunpoint, and tonight, the urgent manhunt right now. the mother and children in their car on the highway when the mother is shot from outside the car. they were 500 miles from home. the investigation unfolding tonight. the facebook privacy scandal. the new lawsuit tonight. and the new report, claiming
facebook gave major companies like netflix and spotify access to your private messages, and that those companies could open your messages, even delete them. nowhere to go. tonight, bob woodruff back with one of the most persecuted groups in the world, the rohingya, forced to flee the horror in myanmar. and tonight, bob's new discovery. are authorities preparing an island to ship some of the rohingya people to? what he found. and the 5-year-old boy forgotten on the school bus. the bus done for the day, the boy trapped inside. and this evening here, "laverne & shirley." tonight, cindy williams on her long-time costar. the stories you likely never heard. good evening. and it's great to have you with us here on this wednesday night. we have a lot to get to. and we begin tonight with those two massive storms set to combine as one, just as millions set out for the holidays. dangerous driving and airport delays expected.
one storm from the west with this tornado, just confirmed a short time ago as an ef-2 tornado. massive damage in this neighborhood outside seattle. the other storm tonight, from the south. already with blinding rain outside dallas. the two will merge and then travel right up the east coast. several major cities in the path. interstates, as well. and then the airports, as i mentioned. authorities say, prepare for major delays and cancellations. we do have the newest track, when this all hits. and abc's victor oquendo leading us off tonight from atlanta. >> oh, my god. >> reporter: tonight, that powerful storm that brought a rare december tornado to washington state, is on the move. >> there's like, debris everywhere. >> reporter: at the same time, a new storm is forming in the south, already flooding streets in new orleans and dumping rain on drivers in west texas. >> we got rain. >> reporter: those two storms set to merge and bring nightmare travel all the way up the east coast, just as 120 million people are heading out for the holidays.
airlines expect 45 million will travel this holiday season. david kerley is at reagan airport in washington, d.c. >> the airlines say they're prepared for the bad weather and tsa has added officers to deal with the two busiest days, tomorrow and friday. >> reporter: meanwhile, back in washington state, officials checking some 450 properties for damage from that tornado. national weather service just announcing it was an ef-2, 300 yards wide with winds up to 130 miles per hour. here in atlanta, we are bracing for rain. so much of the east coast is saturated. that means there is sure to be extensive flooding from this storm. david? >> with a busy commute there in atlanta under way already tonight. victor, thank you. let's get right to abc senior meteorologist rob marciano, tracking it all. he's live with us tonight, as well. hey, rob. >> reporter: hi, david. this storm is really going to grow in size. it's going to have huge impacts for the next three days across much of the east. let's get right to it. already flood watches up for the northeast and florida, which could see severe weather, including tornadoes tomorrow afternoon with that line around
5:00. you see the heavy rain begin to spread across the carolinas, very soggy there. spreading north overnight through d.c., philly, new york. by friday morning, new york to boston's going to be a mess with wind and water and look at the amount of rain. two to three inches across the highways. very soggy there. dangerous travel both on the roads and in the air. david? >> just urging everyone to take their time and get there safely. rob, thank you. in the meantime, we're going to turn next tonight to new fallout coming in late today, after that surprise decision from president trump, ordering the withdrawal of all u.s. troops from syria, saying the war against isis has been won. but tonight, even some key republican senators say this is a very dangerous move. here's abc's chief global affairs correspondent martha raddatz tonight. >> reporter: today, president trump all but declaring mission accomplished with his sudden decision to pull all 2,000 american troops out of syria within the next 30 days. >> we have won against isis, and
now it's time for our troops to come back home. >> reporter: the move flies in the face of what many of his own advisers on syria were saying just days ago. >> if we've learned one thing over the years, enduring defeat of a group like this means you can't just defeat their physical space and then leave. you have to make sure the internal security forces are in place to ensure that those security gains are enduring. >> with regard to stabilization, we still have a long way to go. >> reporter: as a candidate, donald trump said the decision to withdraw all u.s. troops from iraq in 2011 created a vacuum for isis to fill. >> i opposed the reckless way obama, clinton left iraq. >> reporter: now, some of the president's strongest allies say he is making the same mistake himself with syria.f eciois wiawf l ur for in syria less safe. this is an obama-like move. >> colossal, in my mind, mistake. a grave error. isis is not defeated. >> so, let's get to martha raddatz, who has been covering
this for years. and martha, republican leaders were blindsided by the president's announcement. lindsey graham calling it, quote, a big win for isis. >> reporter: that's right, david. isis has lost almost all of its territory, but 2,000 fighters remain, and there are concerns going forward about intelligence. if you don't have troops there, it is harder to get good information. david? >> martha raddatz with us from the washington bureau tonight. martha, thank you. next here, to the terrifying robbery at a pharmacy in georgia. three masked men rushing the lone employee right there, jumping the counter before dragging her down while holding a gun to her head. they forced her to open the safe. all of it captured, as you can see, on security cameras. and here's abc's alex perez on the manhunt. >> reporter: tonight, authorities in georgia on the hunt for these three robbers, after they burst into this pharmacy near atlanta and violently attacked the female clerk inside. >> it's only a matter of time before they become more and more violent. >> reporter: the terrifying ordeal caught on camera,
unfolding december 7th. the men, wearing surgical masks and gloves, jump the counter with gun in hand, and chase the clerk, who unsuccessfully tries to escape through an employee door. the criminals then drag the horrified clerk, with a gun to her head, back to the counter area as they try to open the safe. pinning her down and eventually forcing her to crack the safe open. the robbers throwing dozens of prescription drugs into a green bag before fleeing in a black ford taurus. the clerk, petrified, eventually gets up and calls for help. david, investigators say the tags on that getaway car were fake. authorities now asking anyone who might recognize those suspects to call police. david? >> alex perez tonight. alex, thank you. next, to the hunt for a killer, after a mother was gunned down on a missouri highway. shot from outside her vehicle, with her two children in the car. they were hundreds of miles from home. and here's abc's gio benitez. >> reporter: tonight, mystery in missouri, as police hunt for a killer.
mother of two melissa peskey was found dead in the drivers seat of a car last week in what was first thought to be a traffic accident, but tonight, police are saying the real estate agent from sioux falls, south dakota, was gunned down nearly 500 miles away from her home. she was found in her car on interstate 70 near the interchange, about 40 miles west of columbia, missouri. her husband reportedly telling a local reporter she was heading to south carolina to visit friends. >> it was determined that the victim in this case, melissa peskey, died of a gunshot wound. >> reporter: her two children, 5 and 11 years old, were in the car at the time, but they were not hurt, and tonight, are safe in foster care. peskey's friends saying her children adored her. >> they were so, so, so in love with their mom. every time they got the chance, they would tell her how much they loved her. >> reporter: and david, police have not named any suspects, but investigators want anyone with information to give them a call right away. david? >> gio, thank you. tonight, with the clock
ticking, a possible government shutdown right before christmas, but this evening, has the president given in, at least for now? abc's mary bruce on the hill. >> reporter: he said he'd shut down the government and take all the blame if congress doesn't fund his border wall. >> i am proud to shut down the government for border security, chuck. >> reporter: but just one week later, the white house is retreating. >> there are other ways for him to get that money. >> reporter: conservatives are outraged. rush limbaugh says the president got "less than nothing." "fox and friends" declaring he lost. >> people who voted for him and want the wall and went to the polls to vote for that wall, they want to know how he's going to do this, and they want to know why he seems to be softening his stance this morning. >> the president is not softening his stance. he has a responsibility to keep the government moving forward. >> reporter: tonight, capitol hill is heading for a short-term fix to keep the government open until early february. but by then, democrats will control the house, and the chances of the president getting money for his wall will be even
more unlikely. >> all right, so, let's get to mary, she's live up on the hill again tonight. mary, it looks like congress is headed towards that deal that does not include money for the president's border wall. tonight, the big question, will the president sign it? >> reporter: well, david, the white house says the president is now willing to consider a short-term fix, but he has not yet committed to signing this. and now, here on the hill, some conservative members are launching a last-ditch effort to try and change his mind. david? >> all right, stay tuned. mary, thank you. next tonight, the facebook privacy scandal. "the new york times" is now reporting the company shared user data, including your private messages, allowing companies like netflix and spotify to look at your messages, even delete them. here's abc's chief national correspondent matt gutman now. >> reporter: tonight, facebook facing legal action from the district of columbia over the company's alleged failure to protect user information during the 2016 presidential campaign. this follows a separate "new york times" report that the social media goliath gave up to 150 companies access to its
user's personal data, reportedly exempting them from its usual privacy rules. according to the report, facebook offered microsoft's bing the ability to look at facebook users' friends without their consent. even allegedly offering companies like netflix and spotify the access to read, write and delete users' private messages. seeming to contradict mark zuckerberg's assurances from april. >> every piece of content that you share on facebook, you own and you have complete control over who sees it. >> reporter: tonight, facebook tells us that "none of these partnerships or features gave companies access to information without people's permission." >> it's gross mismanagement. it's taking advantage of not only the consumer, but the fact that there is no regulation. >> reporter: david, facebook says it no longer grants its partner companies that kind of access. and some of the companies like spotify and netflix telling us tonight that they never made use of their access to personal
data. david? >> matt gutman tonight. matt, thank you. we turn next here to an abc news exclusive, and a crisis we've been reporting on here for three years now. one of the most persecuted minority groups in the world, the rohingya, escaping the horror in myanmar. some tortured, others killed. some 750,000 now living in refugee camps in bangladesh, after that ruthless military campaign pushed them out of myanmar. bob woodruff has traveled several times to report on the rohingya and the urgent need to get them help. tonight, the new images. the efforts to send some of the rohingya back to myanmar. it was halted amid questions over whether there is still violence in myanmar, waiting for them. and tonight, if they stay in bangladesh, is that government now preparing to send many of them to an isolated island? we sent bob woodruff to find that island, and he did. >> reporter: we are on our way to the place the bangladeshi government does not want you to see. so, that's it right there, bhashan char. right there. bhashan char literally means
"floating island," but many here call it "prison island." the government's plan is to make it into a camp for 100,000 rohingyan refugees, who are now living in mainland camps hundreds of miles away. they are the families, the children we've reported on before. the plan to move them to a deserted island is controversial because of the danger. it is a low-lying island, and it's isolated, too. it would be very difficult for the world to get there, to know what is happening to the rohingya. here, the docks are guarded by the bangladesh navy. we head toward the beach, where we saw construction workers walking ashore, carrying supplies on their heads. is this the main part? is this where all the rohingya people are ultimately going to live? "yes," he says. let's go ahead and walk with him. that's probably the best way to do it. we leave the boat and head in. so, this has never been done, i have to say that. you see right here, here's where they dump off all the sand and the cement and the bricks. wow.
a lot of ships. wading through the water, the thick mud, we make it to the shore and think we spot a guard. that looks like a military guy off to the right, under that tree? let's go quick. let's walk really fast, boys. back on the mainland, some of the rohingya who might end up on that island. 750,000 fled the horror in myanmar, where many were tortured, some raped, some killed by the myanmar military. u.n. investigators call it genocide. rohingya we spoke to now living in bangladesh already victimized once say they do not want to be moved to that island. where would you like to go? "i would rather stay here," she says. in anger, this man told us he would never, ever be moved to that island, where we discovered they are preparing for the rohingya and quickly. so, now we're on the dry land. this way? we ask these workers which way to go. they point us the way. and through the brush, we start to see construction.
all right, so, i see the tower. the first thing we saw, this wall, a canal. okay, here's where it begins. built to protect this island from easily flooding. all right, now we've gotten deep into the construction area. you can see a lot of these brand new buildings are being built. this is where the rohingya might soon live. the bangladeshi working furiously to prepare for them. look at this. look at this. it's huge. row after row of red roofing, in all directions. sleeping quarters for a persecuted group already. marked with numbers, room 13, room 14. inside, two bunk beds, four rohingya to a room. this is going to supposedly hold 100,000 rohingya people. on the way off the island, we spot this -- a watchtower, which overlooks the living quarters, and a palatial mansion for the prime minister of bangladesh. she had not even visited the island yet. and as we head out, more workers are heading in. even though the rohingya people
are adamant tonight they will not be moved again. >> just incredible reporting. bob woodruff here with us tonight. and bob, we saw some of those efforts to try to get the rohingya people, some of them, back to myanmar in recent days. that's been halted amid questions of whether this was ethical, whether there is still violent still continuing in myanmar. in the meantime, the rohingya people in bangladesh, this island you've taken us to tonight, how soon does the bangladeshi government say that island will be completed? when could some people be sent there? >> reporter: they told us this will be done in less than a year from now, and the people, as you said, they don't want to go. they don't want to go down there. they said, this is an isolated place, it's low-lying, it could be flooded during the monsoon season, and they've fled one place already. they don't want to flee again. >> all right, bob woodruff with us here tonight. bob, thanks so much. bob will have much more tonight on "nightline," we hope you'll watch or set your dvr. and of course, in the meantime, we'll stay on it right here. to your money tonight, the economy, and the federal reserve raising interest rates, defying pressure from president trump to do nothing. that key lending rate going up a quarter point, the fourth hike
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his mom, uneisha bradford, wipes away tears as she watches the video of her son's distress. it happened in chattanooga, tennessee. the video obtained by abc affiliate wtvc shows children exiting the bus to aftercare, but the 5-year-old had fallen asleep. >> our teachers are supposed to walk through. she looked under the seat and said she looked for legs and bookbags and didn't see anything. >> reporter: the driver ends her shift and walks away. the little boy wakes up and realizes he's all alone. more than ten minutes later, he figures out how to open the door and wanders the parking lot until he's helped by a stranger. >> anybody could have got him. >> reporter: that driver has been suspended, and the bus monitors will now undergo additional training to try to prevent this from happening again. david? >> let's hope so. linsey, thank you. when we come back, news on that sheriff's deputy and what he's done to his own family. he announced it on police radio. and then, more on "laverne & shirley" tonight. this evening, shirley, cindy williams, on her friend, her costar, and what we never heard
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finally tonight here, "laverne & shirley." and the women who brought them to life. >> hasenpfeffer incorporated! ♪ we're gonna do it >> reporter: they were the roommates who worked at a milwaukee beer bottling plant. "laverne & shirley." and it became the most watched show in america. >> oh, mr. thompkins. she got a cough drop stuck in her. >> should we tip this guy? >> on the way out. >> you'll get it later. >> reporter: penny marshall, her dry wit, her accent. cindy williams, the proper one. >> there is only one fair way to settle this. >> fine by me. ahh! >> reporter: tonight, cindy williams remembering penny marshall. "what an extraordinary loss. my good friend penny marshall is gone. one in a million. utterly unique, a truly great talent, and oh what fun we had." tonight, a rare joint interview just five years ago on their characters. two working class women from milwaukee shooting to number one. >> america seemed to like it because -- how many -- >> 60 million people.
>> reporter: joking about how "laverne & shirley" wasn't a stretch. cindy williams behind the scenes was shirley. >> there were things in life she'd do, which i'd say, shirley would do that. you'd go through my purse, my real purse. >> i would organize her purse. because i couldn't even understand how she could live like that, look at what's at the bottom, all this change! >> but that's shirley to me. >> the thing that penny and i both have is the common touch. we understand every man, we just understand people. >> i didn't care about lines. i -- she's a better actress than i am, trust me. so, take all the lines, i'll go -- who cares? and it was like we were fearless. >> we'd always say yes, we'd never say no. >> reporter: cindy williams posting this farewell message today. "i love you, partner." cindy williams, and the milwaukee magic with penny marshall. thanks for watching tonight. i'm david muir. i hope to see you tomorrow. good n tonight "abc 7 news" is live at san francisco international airport as a pore rushes to be
with her dying child before it is too late. we're live in san jose with what the experts say is needed to put out electric car fires, like the one we saw yesterday with this tesla. for the first time tonight we are hearing from two local people who say they're victims of a nationwide student loan debt relief scheme. it is a story you will see only on "abc 7 news." art part of os part of our o building a better bay area, we are highlighting affordable housing for seniors that will last generation goes. now from "abc 7 news", live breaking news. that breaking news, a mysterious light in the sky. look. sky 7 was flying above san francisco about 30 minutes ago when we saw this bright light. >> yeah, it is not clear what it is. however, a nasa cruise ship is riding back to earth as we speak. there was a rocket launch planned tonight at vander berg air force base near santa barbara, but the company says that lunch was scrubbed and did
not happen. that's not it. the planned spacex launch was also scrubbed. that didn't happen. people reported seeing the light as far south as santa cruz as well as in the central valley. >> we saw the light earlier from the emeryville tower camera. right now it is clear as you see in the live picture. we are trying to find out what it was in the sky that got so much attention. when we do, we will, of course, let you know immediately. >> definitely a sight. >> yeah, maybe they're here. >> i hope not. thanks for joining us tonight. i'm ama daetz. >> i'm dan ashley. now to tonight's big story, bay area housing ranks among the most expensive in the country as you know, but there are ways to make living here more affordable. >> we've dealt with rising rents for decades. look at how quickly rent rose in san francisco through the '80s and '90s, from less than $500 a month to more than $2,000. >> zillow puts the current median rent for a two-bedroom at more than $4,000. at "abc 7 news" we are committed to building a better bay area, which means we are