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tonight, several developing stories as we come on. the monster storm. flash flood rescues. a mother and her child trapped inside their vehicle. other vehicles going underwater. from florida straight through new england, the highway wrecks. and the trucker sideswiping a state trooper, then taking off. the major takedown. the suspect accused of fatally shooting a california police officer. authorities saying he was in the country illegally. president trump weighing in. tonight, how they tracked him down. several others arrested. and the emotional moment the officer's brother thanked police. the president's threat, saying he'll close the southern border if democrats don't give him billions to pay for his wall. as questions mount about the treatment of children in border patrol custody. inside the massacre.
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disturbing new timeline details and images from the parkland shooting. and new questions about the response. hotel confrontation. the moment caught on camera. a white hotel security guard calls the police on a black hotel guest who was sitting in the lobby. out of the blue. the electrical show that captivated millions. the night sky glowing above new york city. what exactly happened? and good evening. it's great to have with us on this final friday of the year. i'm tom llamas, in for david. we begin with the storm slamming florida all the way to maine. police responding to roughout new england. and a driver plunging into deep water in hendersonville, north carolina. escaping out of the back of the
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sinking suv. here's gio benitez. >> reporter: tonight, that storm carving a path of destruction across the country taking aim at the east coast. multiple tractor trailers crumpled on icy interstate 89 in new hampshire. shutting down the highway. dozens of accidents near boston, cars flying off embankments, an oil truck on its side in fitchburg. it was hard just to walk around. >> oh, my god. >> reporter: this struck, submerged. more than 18 inches of snow in parts of minnesota. in st. paul, this police cruiser stops to help motorists. it's struck by a semi, which left the scene. in kansas, one person killed in a wreck on interstate 70. debbie huff among so many travelers that were forced off the roads by the blinding snow.
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>> zero visibility. when they said zero visibility, they meant it. >> reporter: you can see how foggy it is at jfk. more than 500 flights cancelled, and the number is growing by the minute. >> we want to go out to rob marciano. wi where is the storm headed? >> reporter: the final push of the storm, with the heaviest rain on the eastern seaboard. in the deep south, including the gulf coast, atlanta, finally through with the rain. four inches in the area. and the rivers still have to drain all the water. meanwhile, a blizzard for new mexico, winds ripping through the canyons there. this storm will mess with the midwest over the weekend and cause rain just in time for new
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tear's ndaj break cop killer in california. police arresting the suspect nearly 200 miles from the scene. authorities say he had been living in the u.s. illegally and had been trying to escape back to mexico. new details revealed in an emotional press conference. here's will carr. >> reporter: tonight, an accused cop killer taken into custody less than 48 hours after shattering the officer's family forever. >> there's a lot of people out there that misses him and a lot of law enforcement people that i don't know who worked days and nights to make this happen. i'd like to thank you from the bottom of my heart. >> reporter: corporal ronil singh's brother breaking down after kern county
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authorities announced the arrest of gustavo perez arriaga, a reported gang member from mexico. and killed corporal singh an hour after christmas after he was pulled over for a suspected dui. >> i can tell you we were never more than a step behind this guy. >> reporter: according to sheriff adam christianson, arriaga was trying to sneak back into mexico. the sheriff today mincing no words, saying corporal singh may still be alive if it wasn't for policies he says allowed the suspect to continue to be free. >> the first time he was arrested for dui, he should have been turned over to i.c.e. for deporting. if he's in the country illegally, committing crimes, it's simple. >> reporter: president trump weighing in, tweeting, "time to get tough on border security. build the wall!" >> i was waiting for this to happen. >> reporter: singh's family, many who traveled from fiji to mourn, thankful that the alleged gunman is now behind bars. >> will, the accused cop killer
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not the only person arrested today. police saying he had help evading capture? >> reporter: that's right, five others behind bars tonight, including the suspect's brother, all accused of trying to help him get away. when the suspect was taken into custody, he was placed into corporal singh's handcuffs. >> thank you. and president trump's new ultimat ultimatum, threatening the close the southern border unless he receives funding for the wall. in a trip kept under wraps, secretary neilsen traveling to the border. here's tara palmeri. >> reporter: tonight, president trump raising the stakes in the battle over the border. tweeting, "we will be forced to close the southern border entirely if the obstructionist democrats do not give us the money to finish the wall."
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incoming acting chief of staff mick mulvaney saying democrats should take the president's threat seriously. >> all options are on the table. listen, it's the only way to get the democrats' attention. there's not a single democrat talking to the president of the united states about this deal. >> reporter: but democratic leader nancy pelosi says democrats won't fund the president's, quote, "immoral, ineffective and expensive wall"" president trump also threatening to cut aid to three central american countries, tweeting, quote, "honduras, guatemala and el salvador are doing nothing" about the surge of migrants. while washington is deadlocked, in border cities like el paso, texas, there is a growing crisis. just this week, a migrant child detained there later died, the second child to die in u.s. custody this month. and now, more than 1,600 migrants have been released from facilities there that officials say are overcrowded. homeland security secretary kirstjen nielsen on the ground in el paso today, touring some of those immigration facilities, visits that were closed to the press.
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>> tara, the president is not backing down. the democrats are not giving in. >> reporter: tom, there is still no deal on the table. in fact, neither side is even speaking to each other at this point. meantime, 42,000 active duty coast guard members will not be paid. museums will close, and hundreds of thousands of federal workers start the new year in limbo. and next to a report on parkland, florida. a safety commission expected to criticize the school for its response. here's kenneth moton. >> reporter: tonight, these chilling images of nikolas cruz just before his deadly assault on stoneman douglas high school.
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a video showing a freshman walking past the 19-year-old as he pulled out an assault rifle. it's all part of a comprehensive report on the deadliest high school shooting in u.s. history, 17 students and staff killed. >> if we can't protect our children in schools then who can we protect? >> reporter: that state commission highlighting security failures including routinely unlocked doors and gates allowing cruz to get inside. >> that door was unlocked and unstaffed and, that, we say, that is a security failure. >> reporter: no p.a. system to warn staff and students seen here that day crammed into a hallway. inadequate outside video cameras, one of them capturing that school resource officer taking cover instead of confronting cruz. a campus security monitor also didn't call a code red after he saw cruz with a rifle bag. that commission will release its recommendations to the florida governor next week. tom? >> thank you. and the scare lighting up new york city's skyline. a blue light filling the sky,
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workers blaming a fault at a substation. the eerie scene had everyone wondering what happened. here's erielle reshef. >> reporter: the supernatural looking glow lighting up the night sky over new york. >> it's not supposed to look like that. >> reporter: that mysterious blue green haze sparking chaos and confusion across the city. >> you looked in the sky and it was bright blue. >> reporter: all of it triggered by this explosion at a power plant in queens. >> that's the power plant. >> you felt it in your chest, these explosions. >> reporter: the fire knocking out power, and temporarily shutting down part of laguardia airport at the height of the holiday rush. >> the lights went out and they were, like, everyone run. >> reporter: air traffic control running on emergency backup, runway lights blown. >> be advised, the approach lights are out of service at this time. >> reporter: more than a dozen flights diverted, another 100 delayed. no one was hurt in the
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explosion. tonight, the thick blue haze replaced by fog. officials calling this a major electrical failure. the root cause still under investigation. tom? >> erielle, thank you. next to the humanitarian crisis we've been covering for more than two years now. the mass exodus from venezuela. families facing severe shortages of food and medicine. nearly 3 million people fleeing. overwhelming neighboring countries. with venezuela so vulnerable, russia is moving in. here's matt gutman. >> reporter: these are the first russian bombers landing in venezuela, capable of carrying nuclear weapons. the russians moving in with venezuela vulnerable, and in economic collapse. those bombers arriving as we at bridge to colombia. many of these people used to be them, at is sttuinss, not
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about thmass exodus from venezuela right now is that they used to have so much. it's all gone now. we were there as the economy spiraled out control two years ago. witnessing a country imploding. crippling shortages of food and medicine. the danger in the streets. that's when we first met a elementary school teacher, vanessa posada and her husband adolfo, barely surviving. the parents would alternate which night they would eat so that their little boy could eat instead. two years later, we find that teacher. she now says the pay is so little, she must join that exodus as well to find work to support the family. she and her husband realize she has better chance to find work.
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she will soon be like so many mothers we saw crossing the bridge to this border town in colombia. at cucuta's general hospital, we meet marly, and she shows us the picture of her little boy smiling, in better times. this is is her little boy now, in a hospital bed, struggling to eat. so many families cannot afford the next meal. and tonight, a startling number. by one estimate, in 2017, the average venezuelan citizen lost around 24 pounds. and what the doctors tell us here is that though he looks malnourished, this is actually a sign of a boy coming back to life. >> it's hard to imagine that when this boy came here he was about 9 pounds, and now he's about 13 pounds. >> reporter: he is slowly getting better. and she knows what comes next. a return to venezuela, where there is no work, and an economy leaving families with no hope.
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she's got to go back. she has her son and her mom. and her family. when he gets better, they're going to go back. with no promise tonight that life back home will be any better. we just heard from that teacher, vanessa, after spending christmas with her family she's now en route to chile, uncertain if she'll find work. tom? >> matt, thank you. there's still much more ahead. the deadly tour bus attack overseas in egypt. the mounting outrage after a white hotel security guard calls the police on a black hotel guest, using his phone in the lobby. you'll see the video. and the manhunt expanding
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and get to the heart of what matters. next tonight, outrage mounting after a white hotel security guard called police on a black man in the lobby. he was a guest, on the phone with his mother. here's clayton sandell. >> reporter: jermaine massey says he was targeted simply for being black. >> he's calling the cops on me because i'm taking a phone call at the hotel. >> reporter: portland doubletree by hilton security guard earl meyers telling massey, who works for amazon, he's loitering even though he's a registered hotel guest. >> portland police will be here in a minute. >> thank you. call them. i'm waiting. >> okay. >> they're coming, why? why are they coming? >> to escort you off the property. >> because why? and i'm staying here. >> not anymore. >> reporter: the hotel tonight says, "we sincerely apologize to mr. massey for his treatment this past weekend," calling it "unacceptable and contrary to
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our values." the incident echoes recent infamous cases of white people reporting black people for things like selling bottled water. >> he has control of the property. so earl runs this place? >> he does right now. >> reporter: tonight, the hotel says the employees involved are all on leave. tom? >> thank you. when we come back, the social worker who amassed a secret fortune, and put it to good use. we'll be right back. even though a higher risk of stroke due to afib not caused by a heart valve problem. so if there's a better treatment than warfarin, i'm up for that. eliquis. eliquis is proven to reduce stroke risk better than warfarin. plus has significantly less major bleeding than warfarin. eliquis is fda-approved and has both. so what's next?
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time now for our "index." and a deadly tour bus bombing in egypt. at least four people killed. several more hurt in the explosion. the bus mostly carrying vietnamese tourists on a road near the famous giza pyramids. police believe the bomb was hidden in a wall, detonating as the bus passed by. there has been no claim of responsibility for the attack. and the manhunt expanding for a california suspect who escaped prison and allegedly carjacked a vehicle. 21-year-old shalom mendoza seen in a home depot parking lot near san quentin state prison shortly after fleeing a work assignment outside the prison walls, demanding a victim's car. >> he said, i have a gun. give me the key. if not, i'm going to kill you. i was scared to death. >> reporter: mendoza was serving a five-year sentence for a previous armed carjacking. and the seattle penny pincher who left a fortune to
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thank you for watching and staying with abc news through a very busy year. we'll see you back here tomorrow. i'm tom llamas. for david and all of us here, have a great evening. good night. .
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>> i'd like to thank you from the bottom of my news. >> the brother of a murdered central valley police officer breaks down after learning the man wanted for killing him is now under arrest after a massive manhunt. good afternoon, thank you for joining us. >> the news broke just around lunchtime that the suspect was taken into custody. >> the killing took place in newman that was about 100 miles from san francisco. he was headed to mexico. he was found 200 miles to the south in lamont. >> he has been identified the sheriff's department confirmed this is a picture of the capture of the suspect. it was posted to facebook by a family friend of corporal singh that got it from a law enforcement source. he has been arrested two other times but for drunk driving. eric thomas is live with the
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latest twist in this developing story. >> the suspect was also said to be a member of the street gang. he was arrested as you mention along with several other people accused of trying to help him escape. >> the younger brother of the n newman police officer was so overcome we motion that he sobbed throughout the entire news conference which was called to announce an arrest has been made. >> he's not coming back, but - - there's a lot of people out ere that misse >> police arrested this man, reportedly a member of the

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