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tonight several developing stories as we come on the air. federal prosecutors are now involved after the bombshell allegation from amazon ceo jeff bezos accusing the publisher of the "national enquirer" of blackmail. he says they threatened him with compromising photos. the company responding tonight. the high school shooting. an armed man walking into the school shooting the hall monitor. what happened next? that school on lockdown. the plane crash and the search and rescue operation off south florida tonight. the fiery showdown on capitol hill. the acting attorney general matt whitaker is grilled. did he talk to the president about robert mueller's investigation? temperatures set to plunge overnight. single digit windchills across much of the country. rob marciano is here. the major new development tonight.
the mother last seen on thanksgiving. wh venezuela tonight. nowrswhho president nicolas maduro trying to hold on to power. blocking humanitarian aid. our team is right there. a chilling confession, the young man accused of killing his childhood friend. she was just a teenager. tonight you'll hear the audio as he describes what he did. we remember an actor tonight. his roles in annie and erin brock vich. good evening. it's a very busy friday night. we begin with the face off between amazon ceo jeff bezos and the "national enquirer." tonight federal prosecutors are looking at this. bezos alleging the owners of the "national enquirer" were trying to blackmail him.
bezos going public with the emails lawyers for the "national enquirer" sent him describing the photos they had. the parent company now responding to those allegations. linsey davis leading us off tonight. >> reporter: tonight, federal prosecutors are now reviewing those bombshell allegations by jeff bezos who claims the "national enquirer" attempted to extort and blackmail him by threatening to release compromising pictures, including nude photos of the billionaire, if he did not back off on his investigation of the tabloid. the tabloid saying they acted lawfully in what they called negotiations with the amazon founder. but after he says he was threatened with those photos, he decided to go public, posting a lengthy blog which allegedly contained emails between him and representatives of the "national enquirer" leaving in embarrassing details, writing -- "of course i don't want personal photos published, but i also won't participate in their well-known practice of blackmail, political favors, political attacks, and corruption." it all started last month when, just days after bezos and his a
were published by "the bezos, who also owns "the washington post", which reports extensively on the trump administration, hired his own investigators he says to determine how the tabloid got pictures of him and if they were politically motivated, referencing ami chairman and ceo david pecker's close relationship with the president -- who has frequently gone after bezos. >> "washington post," i have to tell you -- i respect for jeff bezos, but he bought "the washington post" to have political influence. >> reporter: bezos says he started receiving threatening emails referring to those personal photos that included a "below the belt selfie," and one of bezos naked wearing "nothing but a white towel" and his wedding ring and showing the top of his pubic region. according to the emails, the company would agree "not to publish, distribute, share, or describe unpublished texts and photos." in exchange, bezos would stop his investigation and publically
state that he has "no knowledge" that "the enquirer's" reporting was "politically motivated." tonight one more major turn. prosecutors will be reviewing whether the owners of the "national enquirer" violated an immunity agreement they reached with feds looking into a campaign finance arjsment that involved the "national enquirer" killing stories damaging to the president just before the election. >> if the prosecutors in their discretion believe that a crime has been committed that could wipe out that immunity agreement and lead to additional prosecutions. >> the parent company of the "national enquirer" issued a statement today saying they acted lawfully and at the time of the recent allegations made by mr. bezos it was in good faith negotiations to resolve all matters with him. they say they plan to convene the board to investigation. >> linsey, thank you. to other news and the fiery
showdown on capitol hill. matt whitaker was gilled today about the mueller investigation. he was asked did he talk to president trump and does he think it's a witch hunt. here's abc's pierre thomas. >> reporter: on capitol hill today, house democrats tried to put the nation's top law enforcement official on trial. >> we're all trying to figure out who are you. where did you come from? and how the heck did you become the head of the department of justice? >> well, i mean, congressman -- >> mr. whitaker, that was a statement, not a question. >> reporter: democrats grilling acting attorney general matthew whitaker on the mueller investigation. whitaker pushing back. >> in your capacity as acting attorney general, have you ever been asked to approve any request or action to be taken by the special counsel? >> mr. chairman, i see that yo five minutes is up, so -- we -- i am here voluntary. we have agreed to five-minute
rounds. >> reporter: before president trump picked him for the job, whitaker publicly questioned the mueller investigation. but today he offered these assurances. >> i have not interfered in any way with the special counsel's investigation. i have not talked to the president of the united states about the special counsel's investigation. >> reporter: but whitaker refusing to answer whether the investigation, which he himself supervises, is a witch hunt, as president trump has said. >> are you overseeing the witch hunt? >> congressman, as i've mentioned previously, the special counsel's investigation is an ongoing investigation, and so i think it would be inappropriate for me to -- >> but you wouldn't oversee a witch hunt, would you? you would stop a witch hunt, wouldn't you? >> congressman, it would be inappropriate for me to talk about an ongoing investigation. >> reporter: republicans on the house judiciary committee blasting the hearing as a pointless character assassination. >> bring your popcorn. i'm thinking maybe we just set up a popcorn machine in the back, because that's what this is becoming. it's becoming a show. >> reporter: baltimore police >> pierre thomas with us
tonight. they're also pressing the acting attorney general on his vent statement that the mueller investigation was close to being completed. did he learn that himself? >> they did press him. he refused to offer anymore details. he said bob mueller will finish when he wants to finish. >> pierre, thank you. next to the school shooting at the high school in baltimore tonight. an armed man shooting a hall monitor. right here what happened next as that school went lockdown. stephanie ramos is on the scene tonight. >> reporter: baltimore police got the call of the shooting just before noon. >> medic aid respond, frederick douglass high school, for a shooting. >> reporter: police say a 25-year-old man entered the lobby of frederick douglass high school and shot a hall monitor in the lower torso. the school put on lockdown. students and teachers hiding in classrooms. >> it's crazy man. it's crazy. >> reporter: one teacher tweeting -- "kids are aggravated and seem nervous, but we're okay."
>> we believe that this is an inside the school. >> school police officers were nearby. they were able to engage the suspect, take him into custody without incident. worried parents racing to the campus that is now a crime scene. >> reporter: school sources confirm the shooter was a relative of a student. the mall hon tore is in serious but stable condition. next to the search and rescue operation under way off south florida tonight. a cargo plane crashing into the hospital. tonight that search operation does continue. here's abc ea's david kerleyy. >> reporter: the man scooped from the waters off miami by the coast guard is being treated tonight, while the search continues for the other person on board the cargo plane, which made a mayday call before hitting the water.
>> miami, you got any updates on that airplane? i just want to get any news on that mayday. >> reporter: the man rescued was flown to a local hospital. his head bandaged as he was wheeled to the emergency room. as boats arrived, they found parts of the plane. a wing, other floating debris of the plane, which was on a flight from the bahamas to the miami area. this is the twin engine plane, owned by conquest air cargo, which says on its website that it is the daily air cargo provider for nassau and the bahamas. at this hour, the coast guard says it is continuing to search for the missing person. the man in the hospital is listed in stable condition. david? >> david kerleyy reporting. thank you. next to the brutal winter blast as we start the weekend. windchills in the sij l digits across much of the country tonight. a new pacific storm slamming the west at this hour. let's get to rob marciano. the cold winds have picked up snapping us back to winter reality. look at the windchills in the morning. single digits along thehet.
in the northwest seattle getting slammed with know. then portland. moves out pretty quickly. four to eight inches expected in the emerald city. new snow coming for the northwest later in the weekend. there are more developments tonight about the missing mom from colorado. her fiance already charged with murder. a nurse, what she admitted to today. clayton sandell was in the courtroom. >> reporter: the mystery woman at the center of the kelsey berreth murder case tonight making a deal with prosecutors. krystal lee kenney pleading guilty to helping berreth's fiance patrick frazee get rid of evidence. >> i learned patrick frazee had a committed a homicide on approximately november 22nd, 2018. i moved the victim's cell phone with an intent to impair the phone's availability in the investigation. >> reporter: multiple sources say kenney and frazee were romantically involved. her family says the only reason she helped him because he allegedly threatened her. >> you see him? he's in cuffs.
>> reporter: frazee now charged with murdering berreth, last seen thanksgiving day. her parents say they're grateful to prosecutors for today's plea deal. >> they want every wrong-doer involved with this case to be brought to justice. >> reporter: kenney was free to go today, but she could eventually be sentenced to jail time. and as part of her plea deal, she agrees to testifies against patrick frazee in his murder trial. he's not entered a plea. david? clayton, thank you. next to the political vie sis in virginia. the governor initially the one lieutenant governor na faces a second allegation of sexual assault. tom llamas is just back from virginia. >> reporter: the week began with demands that virginia governor ralph northam resign after admitting he once wore blackface. it ends with calls for virginia's second in command to step down as well. >> what message do you have for virginia residents? >> we'll have our say. i'm confident in the truth. thank you so much. >> reporter: lieutenant governor justin fairfax now facing a new
accusation of sexual assault. meredith watson, one of his classmates at duke, says fairfax raped her in 2000. tonight, the lieutenant governor calling the allegation "demonstrably false," insisting "i have never forced myself on anyone ever." watson is the second woman to come forward this week. dr. vanessa tyson alleges fairfax forced her to perform oral sex in a hotel room at the 2004 democratic national convention. fairfax says their encounter was consensual. >> do you remember dr. tyson ever crying? >> good to see you, man. >> do you remember dr. tyson ever crying? >> reporter: and tonight, the lieutenant governor calling for a full investigation to clear his name. tonight more breaking news. more and more democrats calling on lieutenant governor fairfax otr decrat says he introduce articles of impeachment monday. also the governor said he will not resign. >> tom, we'll be watching. to the growing of trucks fu
and medicine has been stopped at the border tonight. victor oquendo is at the scene. >> reporter: tonight, the border standoff. those shipping containers and a tanker blocking desperately needed humanitarian aid from entering venezuela. all at the request of its embattled president nicolas maduro, who is refusing the american aid, calling it "a humiliation." nine truckloads of humanitarian aid now stacked up inside this warehouse, ready to get to the people of venezuela who desperately need it. they're hoping this shipment is the first of many. thet the requ juan , e whclms v's legal president isacked by thtrp admini fleeing this we she says there is nothing left for her inside her country. many telling us they're hopeful the aid gets in.
>> we know victor, that stream of people has been continuing all day long. they're people leaving venezuela. the president of venezuela and the man who is being recognized by the u.s. as the president, they're both dueling over the aid. >> that's right. maduro said if the u.s. wants to help they should lift the sanctions that hurt so many people. meanwhile the other saying he promises to get that aid inside the country. david? >> victor, thanks to you. a chilling confession. you'll hear the secret recording. the young man accused of killing his childhood friend. she was just a teenager. the major recall involving more than a million cars and their air bags. what you need to do. celebrating an actor tonight, his rolls from an in to
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the search is still on for the suspects. plus, finally tonight our persons of the week. the men and women longest war. we started the week with our reporting from afghanistan. flying over kabul, with the four star general, the top u.s. commander in afghanistan. >> it's a good day to fly in kabul. >> this is a pivotal moment in america's longest war. and we witnessed special forces training the afghans to lead the fight. col. darren blatt -- >> well we certainly want to see the afghans in the lead. you certainly want to see the afghans training, doing all the operations. >> afghans are leading right here. >> afghans are totally leading. >> and while washington debates any possible draw down of u.s. troops, we met many of them. who have sacrificed time with family. who have put their own lives in
danger. lt. col. gil moss from coudersport, pennsylvania. her family back home. she is here. she speaks dari with the afghans.eans a great deal. >> captain carly costello, form georgia. >> i remember -- i remember 9/11. i was in seventh grade when it happened and my brother was in fifth grade and that night that it happened, my brother always wanted to be a marine. honestly he's my inspiration for why i want to be out here. >> is your brother serving out too? >> he is, yes, sir. >> both of you were inspired by that day? >> both of us. >> master sgt. kyle leonard, who enlisted at 17. he thinks of his young family back home and wrigley field, where he through the years, has used his military id to get in. >> my family is something that you really think of, and you have time to think of, when you're on side of the mountain. >> and your military id, what was the cost to get in? >> so it was 20 bucks, that was a couple years ago. but it was $20, you bought a hot dog and a beer and watch a cubs game. >> i hope you get that again soon. >> yes, thank you. >> and we were there, for the
sunday workout with that four star general.nkous t cndhaing th all. majo new york city. he was a major, scher was a cadet at west point on 9/11. >> i hope we're setting the conditions for a political settlement for the future. >> and first lt. natalia calsaquio from puerto rico. she came to afghanistan after the hurricane maria. >> how is everyone doing back home? >> we are struggling, but we are doing okay.heopn't know here, if and when any draw down of u.s. troops could happen. what they do know is they're here for their families, for their country, for as long as they're needed. so we choose all of the men and women who serve their >> announcer: live where you live, this is abc 7 news. and the rain is back in the bay area. this is a look at live doppler 7. you could see green all over the place that means we have a lot
of rain moving through. the rain was pouring down in oakland. people ducking under umbrellas as they were going about the business in the east bay and people likewise on the other side of the bay in san francisco trying to cover up and stay dry. this rain is expected to stick rn for a while. good afternoon. as you could see behind us, dark and gloomy. that is the story. i'm larry beil. >> and i'm ama daetz. let's look outside from mt. tamalpais and you see it all three lens for us. so let's get to spencer christian to find out more. >> i had rain on the lens of my glassest live doppler 7 and as they pointed out, the rain is widespread. most of it is light to moderate. we have had heavy downpours as we close in, you see the patches of yellow and orange indicating where we still have deaownpoursn peninsula and between san bruno and then in the south bay and in
white and pink indicating snow in the higher elevations. this ranks one on the storm impact scale and will continue with scattered showers and brief downpours into tomorrow morning. let's take a look at the forecast animation study. at 5:00 this afternoon, once again the rain will still be widespread and that means the roadways will be wet for the evening commute and could be a lot of slippery spots, even pooling in areas where there are downpours. but by 8:00 we see rain breaking up into more widely scattered showers and the storm is winding down into the overnight and early morning hours. but there is a lot more to come this weekend and i'll have a closer look at the seven-day forecast in a few minutes. >> thank you, spencer. if you want to head up to tahoe this weekend, it is probably already too late. this is a live look from our tahoe heavenly mountain camera. these people enjoying the slopes, got up