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tonight -- chaos in the capitol. the government shutdown hours away. president trump digging in on his demands to fund the bonder wall. can republicans and democrats strike a deal to the holiday. dangerous driving. flood and wind alerts from after storms about to hit the west. also tonight, the abc news exclusive. the major break in the case of that missing mother. our camera there as authorities arrest her fiance. taking him away in handcuffs. plus, the alleged poison plot at a college. the chemistry major accused of slowing trying to kill his roommate. the referee taken to the matt. forcing a high school wrestler to cut his dread lox on forfeit the match. the new cancer scare for
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supreme court justice ruth bader ginsburg. undergoing surgery. and the last-minute christmas blitz. the new deals op games and clothes just coming out now. plus, the stung crash. car going airborne into a tunnel. the driver somehow surviving. and good evening. great to have you was on a very busy friday night. i'm tom llamas in for david. several major stors as we come on tonight. we begin with the chaos in the capitol. the government heading toward a shutdown. president trump demanding $5 billion in tax payer money for the border wall. the house agreeing last night. today, the pressure on the senate. mitch mcconnell huddling at the white house, then back to the capit capitol. so far, the votes are not there. last week, the president said he would gladly take the mannedle of a government shutdown for that wall. tonight, he's blaming democrats the saying it could last a very
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long time. without a deal, parts of the government shutdown down at midnight. mary bruce starts us off. >> reporter: tonight president trump is digging in on a last ditch effort to get his border wall. >> we are totally prepared for a very long shutdown. this is our only chance we'll ever have. >> reporter: he's demanding $5 billion, summoning republican leader mitch mcconnell to the white house. mr. leader, are we heading for a shutdown? >> senator shelby and i, and some others who were invited down to the white house, had some good conversation about the way forward. >> reporter: but democrats are holding firm. >> you are not getting the wall today, next week, or on january 3rd when democrats take control of the house. >> reporter: just two days ago, the president seemed ready to fund the government without insisting on money for his wall. but then, a revolt from the white. >> it look like a lot of people's worst fears may be realized. >> it's becoming clearer and clearer that all we're getting are words, words, words.
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>> reporter: the president was listening and changed course. >> let's face it, i mean we have two talk radio show hosts who basically influenced the president. and we're in a shutdown mode. it's just, i mean, that's tyranny, isn't it? >> reporter: tonight, with hundreds of thousands of workers in limbo. a scramble to come up with plan "b." but the blame game is already on. trump once proudly declared he would own a shutdown. >> i am proud to shut down the government for border security, chuck. i will take the mantle. i will be the one to shut it down. i'm not going to blame you for it. >> reporter: but now. >> it's really up to the democrats, totally up to the democrats as to whether or not we have a shutdown. >> reporter: the president says if there is a shutdown, democrats now own it. >> that's a complete lie. >> you know, shutdown 101 is you blame the other party at all time. and he accepted the blame. i think most people recognize that.
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>> mary bruce joins us from capitol hill. president trump insooised on the campaign trail that he would build a wall. that language seems to be changing. >> reporter: the president just tweeting a design of ourr,te wh effective, but at the same time, beautiful. calling itd a different name or shutting down theo gnmer bring presidti h demanding. > at chaos not the only problem playing out tonight. the bomb shell resignation of defense secretary jim mattis shaking lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. here's global affairs correspondent martha raddatz. >> reporter: jim mattis was back at the white house today in a seemingly deliberate display of solidarity with fellow marine general john kelly, wh thnistration. it's been less than 24 hours since mattis resigned in protest
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of president trump's policies. and the backlash against the president has been profound. >> it's beyond scary. it is evidence of chaos. >> reporter: majority leader mick mcconnell, normally hesitant to criticize trump, saying he was particularly distressed that mattis was resigning due to sharp differences with the president on key aspects of america's global leadership. a key concern of mattis -- abandoning america's partners in the fight against isis. trump's withdrawal of u.s. troops from syria, the last straw. even hosts of trump's favorite program, "fox & friends" blasted the president's judgment on the pullout from syria. >> he just refounded isis. they have 30,000 men there. and they are already striking back with our would-be evacuation. >> reporter: trump himself had nothing to say about mattis today, only a tweet saying, i've
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done more damage to isis than all recent presidents, not even close! but those claims come as the u.s. is about to reduce the number of u.s. troops in afghanistan by at least half, where isis is a continuing threat, a move mattis has also been firmly against. >> martha rad dat joins us live from washington. the president said all u.s. troops would be out of syria in 30 days. you mentioned a drawndown in afghanistan, as well. is there a timeline for that? >> reporter: yeah, there are 14,000 troops there now. the goal is to drop down to 7,000 by tend of spring next year lindsey graham says pulling out troops would be disastrous. it will be tough to changee. umtr >> thank you, martha. the mounting troubles in washington weighing down the markets. the dow falling 414 points. the third straight day of significant sz los for the week. it's down nearly 7%. this was the worst week in ten
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years. we do want to turn storyre tonight. the two storms we have been tracking all week are merging in the east right now, on major holiday travel day. look at this. a flooded underpass. this is jfk airport here in new york. blinding rain forrirs in ma nolike w seeing here tonight, winnd flood alerts stretch from florida to maine. a long night ahead for travelers. gio >> reporter: tonight, torrential rainstorms turning highways into waterways as millions head out for the holidays. waves lapping at the sides of cars in new york city, cars barely making it through this flooded underpass. high winds bringing down trees from the bronx to boston. and at airports from miami, to charlotte, to new york's laguardia, delays piling up on the busiest day of the season. >> i can't believe how long this line is.
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and it's not even close to christmas eve. >> reporter: abc's david kerley at the faa's air traffic control center in virginia. that wind and rain in the northeast already causing problems here for the folks in the national command center trying to keep planes on schedule. >> reporter: temporary ground stops at allhr t airports. >> so many flights canceled today. this problem may spill over into tomorrow? >> reporter: yeah, that's right, tom. more than 6,000 flights delayed across this country. more than 300 canceled. we're already seeing the delays go into tomorrow. that's because this storm is still moving through. tom? >> all right. an update on the storm now. thank you. let's get to senior meteorologist rob marciano. troubling storms on both coasts right now. >> yeah, and the one here in the east is so big. we're really only about halfway through payment tremendous heat flux. temperatures in the 60s in the
3:39 pm e embedded thundheerstor inno pennsylvania. a dry slot from new york to d.c. up thor level part comes through tonight. rain, snow, the wind alerts down into the deep south again. we look for temperatures to turn much cooler once we get through tomorrow. snowfall accumulations. the storms out west. the pacific lighting up for an active pattern. tom? >> rob marciano, thank you. we move on to major development in the case of the missing colorado mother last seen of thanksgiving day. her fiance, the father of her statsea aested him to see h er. clayton sandell was there. he wednesditnessed that arrest. coming face to face with fraze rks and his mother, as they tried to leave. arresting him at gun point.
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frazee, who, a day earlier, resfruzed to speak to us -- why haven't you spoken out about kelsey, patrick? now under arrest for allegedly murdering kelsey berreth, the 29-year-old mother of his child, last seen thanksgiving day. >> sadly, we do not believe kelsey is still alive. >> reporter: police also charging frazee with solicitation, hinting he did not act alone. >> it is a crime to solicit somebody to commit another crime. >> reporter: is it fair to say then that patrick had somebody working with him? >> again, we'll be filing formal charges. >> reporter: investigators believe berreth was killed in her townhome, returning again overnight, carrying out bags of evidence. three days after she vanished her cell phone was detected in idaho, 700 miles away. >> her phone did end up in idaho. and we are looking to try to recover that. >> reporter: frazee was in court this afternoon. he's now being represented by a public defender. as for the couple's 1-year-old daughter, officials say she's safe and with kelsey's family o
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tonight. a referee at a high school new e yeswr told a wrestler he had to cut his dread locks or forfeit the match. with the clock ticking, t wrestler, a teenager, chose to let the team trainer cut his hair. that video is now sparking outrage and questions about that ref's decision. here's linsey davis. >> reporter: disgust tonight over this video now circulating the internet of this moment of humiliation. new jersey high school wrestler andrew johnson is having his dreadlocks cut by a trainer before a match. he was forced to have his hair cut by a referee in order to compete, or forfeit the match. it is standard for wrestlers with long hair have the option to cover their heads, but th referee, alan maloney, would not allow it. >> his hair has always been like that, so for them to now bring it up is out of line. >> reporter: the buena superintendent of schools releasing this statement today. the referee will no longer be permitted to officiate any contests that include any buena regional school district student athletes.
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johnson's win propelling his team to victory, but with a spilt lip, of h walks off the mat looki ining a he'd just been defeated. demands are growing for maloney to be fired or punished. neither maloney or johnson responded to our questions for comments. a lehigh university student is under arrest tonight. the poisoning is not the only charge the suspect is now facing. here's linsey davis. >> reporter: a lehigh university student is behind bars tonight after police say he had been trying to kill his roommate for several months. prosecutors say 22-year-old yukai yang from china faces several charges including attempted homicide and aggravated assault.
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authorities say the chemistry major carried out the attempted murder plot inside his dorm slowly and discreetly. putting a poisonous metal known as thallium and possibly other chemicals in his roommate juwan royal's milk and mouthwash. >> mr. royal experienced extreme pain in his lower extremities. as well as severe burning and numbness. >> reporter: royal who had been roommates with yang for several years and thought they were friends, first reported his symptoms to police back in march, dizziness, shaking and vomiting. that's when his blood tested positive for thallium. back in april yang was arrested and released on bail for damaging royal's television, bed, and desk, and w -- tiri n-word, get out of here in black marker. according to police yang said he bought the chemical and planned to use it on himself if he didn't do well on exams. royal is said to be recovering, but still suffering from side effects. tom? >> alex perez on that disturbing
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case tonight. thank you. a new health scare for supreme court justice ruth bader ginsburg. he she's already a cancer wosuoriv removed from her left lung. she's said to be resting comfortably in the hospital. how serious is it? here's terry moran. >> reporter:tiusin gg ur memorial sloan kettering cancer center in new york city. doctors removing a section of ginsburg's left lung, after finding two nodules that turned out to be malignant. lung cancer. . today, doctors saying they found no evidence of any remaining disease and no evidence of disease elsewhere in the body. no further treatment is planned. it is ginsburg's third bout with cancer. >> the fact that she has survived two cancers. one in the colorectal region and
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one in the pancreas suggests she is as iron-willed as people say. >> reporter: a liberalio l on f. and now for liberals, a against president trump's policies. she's vowed to stay on the court until she's 90. at least. >> as long as i can do the job, we'll see. i'll be here. >> reporter: tonight, court officials tell us she'll stay in the hospital for a few days. recovering from this significant procedure. experts say she was lucky. because she was being treated with the bken ribs, her daughters saw it, and operated on it before it could get worse. much more ahead on major w. homes flooded. the sinkhole swallowingomin out.
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time now for the index. we start with a massive water main break in south los angeles. take a look at this. water flooding several blocks in gnat neighborhood. surrounding homes. a growing sinkhole swallowing vehicles. more than 40 people were forced from their home. overseas, and new chaos at london's gatwick airport. that destructive drone reappearing again. thousands of passengers delayed. many of them on their way to the u.s. military measures are now in place. the drone's operator's identity still amystery. the stunning crash into a tunnel in slow vak yeah. newly released videos a car hitting bare yore and launching into the air. the driver somehow survived. police believe he fell asleep at
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finally tonight, "america strong." the surprise homecoming. a mother are a son in the air force expecting to be alone over the holidays. then getting the one thing she wanted for christmas. getting ready to wrap up the workweek, dallas nurse teresa melton strader wasn't exactly looking forward to christmas. her son matthew just joined the air force. and for the first time they were going to be apart on that special day. >> i had talked to my mom. i had told her how sad i was. >> reporter: the last few years have been rough for teresa. her father passed away in 2015. seven months later cancer would take her husband. and six months after that, a tornado wiped out their home. >> took everything we had, and we've just recovered from that over the last year. >> reporter: but now a surprise that would bring tears of joy. her son matthew was going to
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make it home for christmas, and he decided to go big, getting mom's co-workers at baylor, scott, and white in on the plan to surprise her at the hospital. she had no idea until she heard th >> hey, mom. >> oh, my gosh! oh, my gosh. [ laughter ] oh, my god, are you really here? >> yes. >> y'all, this is my son from the air force. [ laughter ] >> reporter: and after those hugs came the tears, and this lesson. >> you don't know when you're going to get another christmas, you don't know when you're going to have those special times. when you lose people you love, you realize how important the people you do love are. >> so true. we thanks teresa and matthew for thanking their story. we thank you for watching on a friday night. i'm tom llamas. we hope to see you back here
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tomorrow. for david and all of us here, good night. and breaking inwsnes daly city where we have received sports of shots fired near the b.a.r.t. station. who les acros street from the station told abc 7 news he heard what he thought were three gunshots.
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this was about 50 minutes ago. we've heard nothing official from b.a.r.t. police. only the trains were delayed in that area because of what was described as police activity. we'll bring you updated information just as soon as it becomes available. with that, we say good afternoon and thanks for joining us, i'm larry beil. >> and i'm ama daetz. a government shutdown is still looming. we are live in washington, d.c. with the latest. kenneth? >> reporter: a lot of drama unfolding here on capitol hill at this hour. senate gop leaders just told us a shutdown is imminent but there is a deal within reach. they are still working right now. they are negotiating and progress is being made. several trump administration officials have been on the hill including jared kushner, the vice president, and the incoming white house chief of staff as the senators try to work and find a deal that will make president trump happy and keep the government open. >> despite last minute appreciate from president trump, a partial shutdown of the federal government is on the horizon. >> i hope we don't.
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on l this vote the yays are 47,a the naes are 47. >> reporter: working to approve the spending bill that passed last night. >> a motion to reconsider is laid on the table. >> reporter: it would provide $5.7 billion for the trump southern border wall. >> there is no path forward for the house bill. the only path forward is to a bill that has an agreement between the president and both houses of congress. >> reporter: the president summoned senate republicans to the white house demanding mitch mcconnell use the nuclear option, a simple majority, not the 60 votes to get the bill passed but mcc


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