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captioned by los angeles distribution and broadcasting, inc. tonight, the new hampshire democratic presidential debate just a short time from now, the countdown is on. and after the chaos in iowa, the stakes are enormous tonight on the eve of the new hampshire primary. seven democrats on the stage, and no clear front-runner. pete buttigieg and bernie sanders finishing on top in iowa. joe biden coming in fourth. a make or break moment now in new hampshire. and elizabeth warren on home turf tonight. will she make a move? also breaking -- escorted from the white house. tonight, the lieutenant colonel and combat veteran who testified in the impeachment hearings about being on that phone call between president trump and the president of ukraine tonight fired by the president. his brother, too, led out of the white house. jon karl is lye.
breaking news in the kobe bryant crash investigation. authorities now revealing there was no sign of engine trouble. and a new focus tonight on the conditions and the pilot. what they're now saying tncht powerf pow power winter storm. wind gusts that could top 50 miles per hour. tonight a new storm we're tracking tonight. rob marciano times it out. the americans testing positive for coronavirus. hundreds desperate to get off. the school hazmat emergency late today. students and teachers rushed to the hospital. the recording of a ceo inside a uber. the driver asking him to sit in the backseat, and what happened next. and harry and meghan and their first engagement in the u.s. harry reportedly revealing something very personal, and what he said about his mother, princess diana.
and good evening tonight from new hampshire. we have a lot to get to. we begin tonight with the crowd growing in this hall. millions will be watching right here tonight as the democrats face-off on this stage behind me. the final debate before the first in the nation primary right here in new hampshire. local party leaders are calling this the most consequential debate they have had given the mess after the iowa caucus, given the fact there's no real front-runner. every candidate on the stage will try to make move tonight, as they try the make the case they're best suited to take on trump tonight. mayor pete buttigieg after his surprise finish in iowa hoping to hold on to his momentum. senator bernie sanders sharing the top spot with mayor buttigieg, hoping for an edge now he's back in new england. elizabeth warren will lack for an opening as well. former vice president joe biden who admitted to a gut punch in iowa, took himself off the trail yesterday to prepare for the debate a short time from now.
mary bruce right here in manchester, leading us off. >> reporter: bernie sanders and pete buttigieg -- both riding high coming into this debate, both top targets tonight. just hours ago, sanders sharpening his attacks, knocking the former south bend mayor as being bankrolled by billionaires. >> i like pete buttigieg, nice guy. but we are in a moment where billionaires control not only our economy but our political life. >> reporter: buttigieg is on the rise after iowa but not taking it for granted. >> new hampshire is the is not the kind of place to let iowa or anybody else tell you what to do. >> reporter: buttigieg could also come under fire from joe biden who admits his fourth place finish in iowa was a gut punch. >> 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: biden off the campaign trail yesterday, at home in delaware to prepare. today shaking up his campaign
leadership, expanding the role of top adviser anita dunn to include broader campaign strategy. >> i'm not going anywhere. and i'm counting on new hampshire. we're gonna come back. >> reporter: also looking for a much-needed win, massachusetts senator elizabeth warren, hoping she has near-home state advantage. >> this is the moment to dream big, fight hard, and win! >> reporter: watching it all from the white house, president trump, who is relishing the democratic dysfunction. >> they couldn't even take a simple tabulation, and yet they're telling you how to run the country and how to run healthcare. >> a lot at stake tonight, so let's get right down to mary bruce. she's on the stage tonight where the candidates will be a short time from now. mary, a lot of scrutiny. they'll be looking at every word they say, where they're standing too. >> joe biden will be here at center stage. that's because he's still lead in the nationalle tos. tonight will determine if he'll
stay there. right next to him, bernie sanders and pete buttigieg. that is where most of the fire tonight will be directed. on the other side of them, senator elizabeth warren. tonight could be one of her last best chances to break through. >> mary bruce leading us off. thank you. candidates take to the stage here a short time from now, the final democratic debate before the new hampshire primary. i'll be moderating with george stephanopoulos and linsey davis. just a short time from now, right here. don't change the channel. meantime, the other news at the white house. alexander vindman fired and escorted out of the white house. he testified under subpoena about what he says he heard on this phone call between president trump and the president of ukraine. tonight the president has fired had imand his twin brother who also worked at the white house. here's jon karl. >> reporter: lieutenant colonel alexander vindman escorted out of the white house today,
fired from his job on the national security council after testifying, under subpoena during the house impeachment hearing. also shown the door his twin brother, lt. colonel yvgeny vindman who also works at the nsc. the vindmans immigrated to the u.s. from the soviet union as young boys. alexander vindman, an iraq war veteran and purple heart recipient, told congress he urged his father not to worry that he was speaking out against the president. >> and why do you have confidence that you can do that? and tell your dad not to worry? >> congressman, because this is america. this is the country i have served and defended, that all of my brothers have served, and here, right matters. >> reporter: earlier today, kyra phillips asked president trump if he was out to settle scores after his impeachment trial. >> your press secretary said your political opponents should pay. who should pay and how will they pay? >> well, you'll see. we'll see what happens. >> reporter: for lieutenant colonel vindman, the writing was on the wall. >> mr. president, would you like to see alexander vindman out of your white house? >> well, i'm not happy with him.
you think i'm supposed to be happy with him? i'm not. >> reporter: today vindman's lawyer issued a statement saying, quote, the truth has cost him his job, his career, and his privacy. he followed orders, he obeyed his oath, and he served his country. >> jonathan karl also live hear in the debate hall tonight as well. we know lieutenant colonel alexander vindman is still on active duty in the u.s. army. i know the secretary of defense was asked if he'd be protected there. >> reporter: defense secretary esper said, quote, we protect all our service members from retribution or anything like that, but i am told this will not end with the vindmans, that the president wants what one person close a to the him described as a house cleaning of those he believes have been disloyal. >> jon, thank you. also breaking news tonight on the helicopter crash that killed kobe bryant, his daughter, and seven others. authorities say there's no
engine failure, so tonight a focus on the pilot and the conditions. david kerley. >> reporter: tonight, what may be the last picture of the helicopter kobe bryant was aboard, disappearing into the sunday morning fog and clouds in southern california. no signs the rotors or engines failed. they appeared to be operating at the time of the crash. witnesses hearing a normal sounding helicopter, according to the ntsb report. bryant, his daughter, and friends heading to a basketball game along with the pilot. all nine died in the fiery crash. in that bad weather, the pilot decided to follow a highway toward their destination. but as the chopper approached calabas calabasas, the fog was thick. the pilot told controllers he was going to climb above the trouble. the helicopter does climb but starts turning left. then suddenly a quick descent. more than 180 miles an hour, as it continues to left turn, crashing into the hillside. a witness on the hill saw the chopper pop out of the fog and says it was rolling left.
>> was it because the pilot was disoriented? didn't know which way us up, or was there a mechanical function that lost control? >> david kerley covers aviation for us. there were also clues at the crash site the engines and rotors were working? >> reporter: investigators say they found a tree and hit the ground. the rotors slicing through a branch means they were turning. we also learned this is going to take a year to finish the investigation. kobe bryant and the others will be memorialized on the 24th of this month in los angeles. david? >> david kerley on the investigation tonight. thank you. now to the major storm slamming the northeast with dangerous winds into the night. gusts up to 50 miles per hour. whiteout conditions. this is utica new york. tornado warnings in several states. and a state of emergency in
virginia. heavy rains. hundreds force prd the hundre hundreds forced from their homes. abc's erielle reshef. >> reporter: tonight that powerful storm now a developing bomb cyclone bringing whiteout conditions to parts of the northeast. more than 10 inches of snow in utica, new york. roadways littered with wrecked cars. this after tornado warnings across the mid-atlantic. >> seek shelter immediately. don't wait because this is moving very, very quickly. >> reporter: high winds sending trees crashing into homes in delaware. >> you can see the roof caved in, the beams exposed, the siding dangling off the side of the house. >> reporter: ripping off roof after roof in maryland. the burall family's farm among those damaged. >> i just got down on my hands and knees, curled up. it was so quick and it was gone. >> reporter: destruction in this virginia neighborhood, too. the commonwealth declaring a state of emergency. heavy rain and flooding displacing more than 500 people. all part of the same system that
brought tornadoes and damaging winds to 12 states. at least five lives lost in the storm zone. a tree falling on this van killing a tennessee teacher. david, the winds are gusting here in new york city, and temperatures are plummeting. the roads could freeze overnight, leading to icy conditions in the morning. david? >> erielle reshef live in new york. thank you. we know this goes well into the night and we're tracking another storm as well. let's get to rob marciano. >> reporter: this is a beast of a storm that continues to bomb out over new england. 70 miles per hour gusting on the cape. same deal on long island. you see on the radar the white is filling in. that's where the cold air is. continues to pour in. a blustery day tomorrow. a couple of storms in the pipeline. the first one brought two feet of snow to the rockies. winter storm watch for the upper midwest. flooding rains in the south on monday and more rain and snow here in the northeast beginning of next week. david? >> rob marciano with us on a
friday night. rob, thank you. >> we turn now to the americans infected with coronavirus trapped on a cruise ship off the coast of japan. more than 60 have the virus. 11 are americans. >> reporter: tonight desperation is setting in onboard this quarantined princess cruise ship off the coast of japan, where 60 passengers including 11 americans have now been infected with the coronavirus. rebecca frasure is one of them. but her husband tested negative. >> he has to stay on the ship, so i have to go alone to the hospital. i can handle being sick but the separation is definitely the hardest part. >> reporter: one passenger describing the ship as a floating prison. author gay courter and her husband philip are reaching a breaking point. >> we need to get out of here. >> we've been very cheerful, but frankly i can tell you, now that we're becoming quite afraid. >> reporter: off hong kong a second ship with 3,600 passengers is also quarantined. the virus has killed more than 600, and there are over 31,000 confirmed cases in china
but experts fear the numbers could be far higher. here in the u.s., a scare in bayonne, new jersey after the cdc boarded a royal caribbean ship to screen 27 passengers who recently traveled from china a family of four hospitalized. one of them testing positive for the flu. the ship has now been cleared. >> just incredible. gio benitez joins us from new jersey tonight. we're still waiting for those coronavirus test results but i know the cruise line is now taking action? >> that's right, david. royal caribbean telling us it is banning all passengers who have a chinese, hong kong or macaw passport. norwegian tells us it is doing the same thing. >> gio benitez, thank you. there was a hazmat urge playing out here at a massachusetts high school. the school was evacuated. teacher ands students rushed to the high school.
investigators are trying to figure out what it was that sent so many to hospital. here's diane ma sceda. >> we have an unknown odor, unknown chemical with an illness at 260 pembrooke." >> reporter: outside this kingston massachussetts high school, ambulances rushing dozens of students and staffers to hospitals after they reported feeling ill from a mysterious odor. >> they just felt really lightheaded and nauseous. >> reporter: it started just after 10:00 this morning, with one teacher reporting the smell, saying she felt sick. >> room number 1111, inside investigation, suspicious odor. >> reporter: hazmat teams descending on the school, investigating the odor for hours, trying to pinpoint the source. >> i saw a girl in a wheel chair and she was getting wheeled down, and that's when we were like, okay, what's going on? >> the school evacuated. two teachers and 40 students who reported symptoms were brought to emergency rooms. the school is set to undergo a deep cleaning. firefighters investigating what caused the odor.
thankfully everyone affected is expected to be okay. tonight, the longest sentence yet for a parent in the college admissions cheating scandalle a judge in boston sentencing douglas hodge for nine months in prison for paying $850,000 for rick singer to get four of his children into elite universities. lori loughlin and her husband have a status conference scheduled for late they are month. a note on the economy -- employers adding 225,000 jobs in january, better than expected and more workers jumped into the job market. that sent unemployment up, but that's still at a 50-year low. the dow with a four-day winning streak. finning down, partly in concerns for the coronavirus. the ceo and the racist rant
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