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agmatic solutions. bloomberg: i'm mike bloomberg and i approve this message. tonight, breaking news from washington as we come on the air in the west. president trump acquitted. and senator mitt romney breaking ranks, voting to convict. the unexpected drama unfolding on the final day here in washington. mitt romney, the only republican voting guilty. delivering a scathing speech, saying the president is guilty of an appalling abuse of public trust. president trump tonight declaring victory. the other news this wednesday night, the terrifying images coming in now. storms across the u.s. the tornado watches and warnings. the system from new orleans all the way up into the northeast. a dangerous 24 hours ahead, and rob times it out. the deadly scene. the passenger jet skidding off the runway. the plane breaking into pieces. passengers escaping through the fuselage.
the scare at the super bowl parade, right before the start of the kansas city chiefs victory parade. police chasing the driver down the route. the coronavirus. two planes touching down in the u.s. hundreds of americans evacuated from china, now under quarantine. and now the cruise ship at sea, at least ten cases confirmed onboard. the new iowa caucus results just in. major pete buttigieg leading. and tonight, joe biden now on the attack, taking aim at bernie sanders for calling himself a democratic socialist. and questioning pete buttigieg's electability against president trump. a state trooper shot and killed, i-95 shut down in both directions. the two missing children, their mother found in hawaii. tonight, police looking at this newly obtained video, appearing to show her at a storage unit. and remembering legendary actor kirk douglas tonight. what he told us the role he was most proud of.
and good evening tonight from washington, where president trump today has been acquitted on abuse of power and obstruction of congress. the president declaring victory right after, but it did not come without an unexpected moment today. senator mitt romney voting to convict. but the rest of the republican majority, as expected, held for the president, voting to acquit on both charges. every democrat voting to convict. but there was that decision from mitt romney, the speech he delivered on the floor, speaking of his faith and growing emotional about his decision, saying the president is guilty of, quote, an appalling abuse of public trust. the only senator ever to vote to remove a president of his own party. and after an exhausting impeachment trial and a divided country, new signs tonight the battle is not over. abc's mary bruce leads us off. she's up on the hill tonight. >> reporter: after five months of investigating and a deeply divisive trial, it all came down to this. one by one, the senators standing to render their
verdict. >> senators, how say you? is the respondent, donald john trump, guilty or not guilty? >> reporter: every democrat voting to convict. >> mr. manchin? guilty. >> reporter: republicans falling in line behind the president. >> ms. murkowski? not guilty. >> reporter: but not mitt romney. >> mr. romney? >> guilty. >> mr. romney, guilty. >> reporter: the republican from utah emotional as he became the first senator in american history to vote to remove a president of his own party. he called it the most difficult decision he's ever faced. >> i swore an oath before god to exercise impartial justice. i am profoundly religious. my faith is at the heart of who i am. i take an oath before god as enormously consequential. >> reporter: romney declared
that he is convinced beyond any doubt that president trump pressured ukraine to investigate joe and hunter biden for his own political gain. >> there's no question in my mind that were their names not biden, the president would never have done what he did. >> reporter: romney voting to convict on the first count of abuse of power. >> the president is guilty of an appalling abuse of public trust. what he did was not perfect. no, it was a flagrant assault under electoral rights, our national security and our fundamental values. corrupting an election to keep one's self in office is perhaps the most abusive and destructive violation of one's oath of office that i can imagine. >> reporter: he is not the only republican to criticize the president. >> the president's behavior was shameful and wrong. >> reporter: but romney was the
only one who voted to convict. explaining his own vote, senator marco rubio said removing the president "would inflict extraordinary and potentially irreparable damage" on the country. the trial now over, but in its wake, a bitter partisan divide. it was on full display in the house chamber last night. president trump pointedly refusing to shake house speaker nancy pelosi's outstretched hand at the state
of the union. and when trump finished his address, the speaker tore up his speech, ripping it to pieces in full view of the cameras. afterwards, she explained why she did it. >> why did you tear up his speech? >> because it was a manifesto of mistruths. >> reporter: tonight, pelosi responding to the senate impeachment vote, saying their decision to acquit president trump, quote, normalized lawlessness. >> it's been quite a 24 hours. mary bruce joins us live from the capitol tonight. and mary, a number of republican senators have defended president trump's actions, but today, senate majority leader mitch mcconnell was not one of them. >> reporter: well, david, it's a question we have been asking here for months.
but tonight, when pressed repeatedly, the republican leader, mitch mcconnell, still would not say if he thinks the president's actions were appropriate. instead, he said the senate has made its decision and that as far as he's concerned, this is in the rearview mirror, adding what comes next, now up to voters. david? >> all right, mary bruce leading us off from the capitol tonight. mary, thank you. president trump's team claiming victory tonight, declaring the senate's verdict a full vindication and exoneration. and they had some tough words for senator romney, so, let's get right to our chief white house correspondent jonathan karl tonight. and jon, the president was hoping all the republicans would stand by him today, but that didn't happen. >> reporter: the president and his team wanted every single republican to stand with him so that he could portray this as an all democrat and only democrat impeachment effort. i am told, david, that the president is livid. already, we have seen the republican national committee come out with a statement attacking romney, it is chaired by his niece. also, the president's campaign has put out a statement calling him an irrelevant relic.
the white house, in an official statement, called him a failed presidential candidate. and donald trump jr., the president's son, is calling for romney to be expelled from the republican party. as for romney himself, he said today he fully expected there would be enormous consequences for both him and for his family, but david, he said he had no choice but to follow his conscience. >> jon karl and mary bruce with us from the start on all of this. jon, thank you. to the other major news on this wednesday night, the powerful winter storm stretching across 2,000 miles. alerts from texas all the way up into the northeast tonight. and a tornado watch in several states as we're on the air tonight. in new orleans, look at this. a powerful gust of wind shattering the revolving door in this office building. and a suspected tornado downing trees and power lines in martinville, mississippi. the severe weather heading toward the southeast and then up the coast. abc's steve osunsami from atlanta tonight. >> reporter: there's a long night ahead for parts of the south. the strong storm pushing through
is bringing tornado warnings. in martinville, mississippi, a possible tornado knocked down pine trees and power lines and blocked this highway. >> that is hail, big hail. >> reporter: these are pictures just now coming in from new orleans. the hail and high winds are forcing them to take cover in the lobby of this building. a blast of wind broke through the revolving doors. those same high winds brought down this scaffolding, crushed several parked cars. one person was hurt. this is the wet side of a 2,000-mile storm that's also dumping ice and snow to the north, making it dangerous to travel for millions on the highways. in the tulsa area, they had trouble trying to keep on the roads. in oklahoma city, people had to push cars. >> absolute mess here on i-40 eastbound. cars have been here for over an hour now. >> reporter: this tanker truck slid into a creek. the driver had to be hospitalized. in missouri, this crash involving at least two semis and three cars shut down part of interstate 70 west of columbia. at least one person here was
hurt, too. this storm is now headed our way, here in atlanta, where heavy rains are expected this evening. we're already under a flash flood warning and there's the chance of a tornado. david? >> atlanta in the bulls eye, as well. steve, thank you. meteorologist rob marciano, he's live in new york city tonight, as this whole system stretches right up into the northeast. rob? >> reporter: this is a big storm, david, impacting everyone in the eastern half of the country. and that tornado watch is only expanding. a dangerous situation across parts of the southeast. flood watches up, winter weather alerts, as well. this thing will time out over a 48-hour period, with heavy rounds of rain, with that severe across the southeast, the mid-atlantic, up i-95, mostly rain. up north of i-90, it will be mostly snow. ending sometime friday, but then the winds get cranking friday night. david? >> rob marciano, we'll be watching it. thank you. we're going to turn next tonight to the deadly landing of a passenger jet, passengers climbing from the wreckage. all of this playing out at the airport in istanbul, turkey. video capturing the passenger jet coming in for landing in the
rain there, appearing not to slow down before then heading down an embankment. the jet breaking into pieces. 179 people injured, at least three people were killed as passengers then climbed through that ripped fuselage. abc's david kerley covers aviation for us. >> reporter: the question tonight, why couldn't this 737 stop on the rain-covered runway as it rolls right off the end? the turkish jetliner disappearing down an embankment, where it breaks up into three pieces. a small fire breaking out, seen from the highway along the istanbul area airport. as passengers scramble out the break in the fuselage and the exits. emergency workers flood the crash site, carrying away some of the injured, including children. there were 183 onboard. three quarters were injured. at least three people did not survive. just a month ago, at this very same airport, another pegasus jet ran off the runway into the mud. and in 2018, at another turkish airport, a pegasus 737 slid down an embankment, stopping just
above the black sea. the state department tells us it is monitoring the situation in turkey, and if any americans are involved in the incident, it is ready to provide assistance. david? >> david kerley tonight. david, thank you. and back here at home now, and to the scare at the super bowl parade, as thousands were gathering in downtown kansas city to celebrate the chiefs victory, when a car broke through the parade route. police chasing the car right down that route. and here's abc's erielle reshef tonight. >> reporter: tonight, heart-pounding video of that dangerous car chase down the kansas city chiefs parade route. >> no way! >> oh, my god! >> no way! >> reporter: this gray sedan busting through barricades as thousands gathered to celebrate the super bowl champs. >> oh, my god. >> reporter: a swarm of police cars in hot pursuit. the vehicle narrowly missing crowds, blowing by local reporters. officers deploying stop sticks, but the driver keeps on going. this tactical maneuver caught from multiple angles, finally stopping the suspect. authorities surrounding the
smoking car. >> oh, my god, they have guns. >> oh, my god. >> look at all the guns. >> well, of course. >> reporter: cheers erupting as the driver was wrestled to the ground and arrested. police also taking a passenger into custody, but so far, no charges have been filed. david, the kansas city mayor says the driver may have been impaired and this was not an act of terror. the parade went on as planned. david? >> erielle, thank you. tonight, hundreds of americans have landed back on u.s. soil after being evacuated from china amid the coronavirus emergency. those two planes touching down in california, some 350 people onboard. they'll be quarantined now at bases in california. two more evacuation planes are slated to arrive friday, as there is a new confirmed case here. 12 now in the u.s. this one in wisconsin. and abc's will carr at the travis air force base in fairfield, california. >> reporter: tonight, around 350 americans are back home after flying in from wuhan, china, ground zero for the coronavirus. >> we're facing an unprecedented public health threat.
>> reporter: the cdc now says a child on one flight developed a fever. was the child quarantined on the flight? separated from everybody else on the flight? >> it's an airplane, and, so, as much as possible. the child is being evaluated at this point and will be put in isolation and tested. >> reporter: all of the passengers are now split between two military bases, including travis air force base, where daisy roth and her two daughters will be quarantined for two weeks. but in china, the virus is spreading rapidly, killing nearly 500 people so far. in japan, this cruise ship has been quarantined after at least ten people tested positive. gay courter, who has diabetes, is onboard. >> i take insulin. i'm not in a panic yet, but i don't have two weeks worth. >> reporter: tonight, we've learned at least two more flights are coming back from the united states from the hot zone in china later this week. one going to a military base in texas, the other to nebraska. david? >> will carr tonight. will, thank you. and next, to the race for 2020 tonight. new results still coming in from
the iowa caucuses. pete buttigieg at 27%, bernie sanders, 25, elizabeth warren, 18 and joe biden, 16. amy klobuchar there at 12. abc's whit johnson on joe biden tonight, in fourth place, now on the attack. >> reporter: tonight, an admission from a bruised joe biden. >> i am not going to sugarcoat it. we took a gut punch in iowa. >> reporter: the former vice president going on the attack, taking aim at senator bernie sanders for labeling himself a "democratic socialist." >> donald trump is desperate to bend this, to pin the socialist label of socialist, socialist, socialist on our party. we can't let him do that. >> reporter: biden in a disappointing fourth place out of iowa, today also hitting current leader pete buttigieg hard on electability. >> for this party to nominate someone who's never held an office higher than mayor of a town of 100,000 people in indiana. i do believe it's a risk. >> reporter: but the bigger risk, the former south bend mayor says, is to fall back on the familiar.
how do you think you were able to outperform other moderates in the race like joe biden? >> well, i think the key is to focus on the future, and a desire to win. and every time my party has won in the last half century, it's been with a candidate focused on the future and opening the door to a new generation. >> reporter: buttigieg taking a victory lap through new hampshire, but with the caucus confusion fresh in the rearview mirror, bernie sanders arguing, the race is still close in iowa. >> i assume that one of these years that vote count will be completed. we are winning the popular vote. >> reporter: and david, joe biden is asking new hampshire voters to give him a boost in the primary, but his campaign says that they are built for the long game, including super tuesday, when more than 1,300 delegates are up for grabs. david? >> whit johnson in new hampshire. whit, thank you. of course, the candidates will all be together on the same stage friday night. our abc news debate with wmur. the final democratic debate before the new hampshire primary. 8:00 p.m. eastern friday night, right here. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this wednesday. the breaking news coming in. the passing of a hollywood legend tonight. also ahead, a state trooper
shot and killed at a highway rest stop. the trooper stopping to help with a disabled car. a gunman opening fire. i-95 shut down in both directions. those two missing children. their mother found in hawaii. and tonight, police reviewing new video appearing to show her loading belongings into a storage unit. and why bernie madoff is now asking for compassionate release from federal prison. a lot more news ahead here. i'll be right back. if you have postmenopausal osteoporosis and a high risk for fracture, now might not be the best time to ask yourself, 'are my bones strong?'
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>> where are your kids? >> no comment. >> reporter: cameras from "east idaho news" caught up with vallow and her new husband, chad daybell, in hawaii, as police served vallow with an order to tell authorities where the kids are. an order she ignored. adding to the mystery, in the last year, both vallow and daybell's previous spouses, as well as vallow's brother, died under circumstances authorities say are suspicious. family members want answers. >> ever since she's been involved in this doomsday cult, that is not the same lori that we knew for 13 years. >> reporter: family members tell us they are desperate to find the children and say authorities are working to build a strong case against vallow and daybell, but they have not been charged with any crime. david? >> all right, clayton sandell tonight. clayton, thank you. and when we come back here, remembering legendary actor kirk douglas. the news just coming in tonight. like you do sometimes, grandpa? well, when you have copd, it can be hard to breathe.
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finally tonight here, america strong. millions saw him giving fist bumps to his heroes, and years later, it turns out, he's the champion. it was the moment six years ago, seen by millions. liam fitzgerald waiting for his favorite team, the boston bruins. one by one, liam giving them a fist bump. the moment going viral. and just like his beloved bruins, liam is a fighter. he has down syndrome and has battled leukemia for years. our partners at espn's e60 have followed liam's journey. the practices at home. >> nice job. >> documenting liam and his family at the bruins games. >> there he is! >> the fans know him. liam's parents, bill and christine. >> he'd come so far. he'd battled so much. he hadn't lost his joy. >> he was given to us to raise,
but he was given to the world to love and i see that come out and i see the bruins love him and he brings out the best in everyone. >> and tonight, all these years later, a milestone for liam. he's in his first starting lineup for the melican middle school basketball team in northborough, massachusetts, and about that famous fist bump? >> do you do the fist bump before these games with the kids? >> yes, i always do, to pump them up and win every game. >> liam, number 11. liam is a manger on the team and his coach says his hard work and dedication earned him the starting spot. and here he is, scoring the game's first points. nothing but net. the crowd cheering his name. >> liam! liam! liam! >> liam celebrating that basket and his other victory -- now cancer free for seven years. wow. we are rooting for liam. what a fighter. nothing but net. i'm david muir. i'll see you right back here tomorrow. good night.
from abc 7. >> screenings at airports, fever checks, now vigilance at bay area schools. thanks for joining us. >> there are no new cases of coronavirus in the bay area. many are taking action and taking precauctions to make sur it stays that way. >> there are 12 cases in the united states confirmed, the latest in wisconsin. we learned that the death toll in china increakreecreased by 7 past 24 hours. a cruise ship in the port has been quarantined after ten passengs tested positive for the virus. >> reporter: right now the ship
is in crisis mode. this is a once in a lifetime medical emergency. >> a flight headed to las vegas from seoul was diverted to los angeles today over concerns that some of the passengers might have been exposed to coronavirus. lax, one of the airports set up to screen for this virus. korean air says three passengers were allowed back on the flight after showing no symptoms. nearly 200 american citizens evacuated from wuhan china, arrived before dawn at travis air force base for a two week quarantine. one young child on the plane did have a fever and was transported to a local hospital. >> children have fever for a number of different reasons. so the child is being evaluated at this point and will be put in isolation and tested. >> one family