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put together. prevagen. healthier brain. better life. tonight, breaking news as we come on the air. three police officers shot in houston. the chaos erupting late today. the images coming in now. surveillance showing the shootout unfolding in the middle of the street. officers seen jumping from their vehicles, the suspect on the run. we do have news on the manhunt tonight. and the conditions of the wounded officers. what we're now learning. pierre thomas with late reporting. president biden and justice stephen breyer making it official. justice breyer will retire, and president biden and what he said today about the person he will nominate to the court. the first black woman to serve on the high court. and what justice breyer said about the deep divides in this country and his optimism about the country's future. in his own words tonight. mary bruce at the white house tonight, rachel scott on the hill.
millions of americans on alert tonight. what could be a major nor'easter. tonight, it all depends on the track just how much snow there will be. virginia already declaring a state of emergency. philadelphia, new york, boston, the cape all preparing. some areas bracing for up to two feet of snow. winds 60 miles per hour. rob marciano with the newest potential tracks. tonight, russia now responding to the u.s. what the u.s. put in writing, making no promise that ukraine would never join nato. but what russia said about that today and ian pannell in ukraine again tonight. news on the pandemic here at home. and scientists here in the u.s. are now studying this new omicron subvariant found in at least 17 states. what they're seeing so far. a school board in tennessee tonight facing nationwide backlash and the new message from that board coming in after they banned a pulitzer prize-winning book about the holocaust from its eighth grade curriculum. and final "jeopardy!" for history-making champ amy
schneider. the clue, and what she's now saying about her remarkable winning streak. and you'll remember our trip to auschwitz 75 years later, with the survivors. americans who had just one hope. so many of you were moved. and tonight, what's happened since. from abc news world headquarters in new york, this is "world news tonight" with david muir. good evening and it's great to have you with us here on a thursday night. we have a lot of news to get to tonight. the historic announcement, the historic choice to come for the supreme court. also, this powerful nor'easter threatening millions in the east. but we do begin tonight with the breaking news out of houston late today. three police officers shot and now hospitalized. the chaos erupting this afternoon. surveillance showing the shootout unfolding in the middle of the street. officers seen jumping from their vehicles, dodging gunfire and firing shots back. the search for the shooter. news on the manhunt coming in now. and the conditions of the wounded officers tonight.
abc's chief justice correspondent pierre thomas leading us off with the news and these images coming in now from houston. >> reporter: tonight, shots fired. three houston police officers hit. the suspect initially on the run. in this surveillance video obtained by abc station ktrk, a vehicle chased by police crashing into a curb. police on its tail, sirens blaring. the door of the fleeing vehicle opens, and immediately, the sound of gunfire. one officer runs for cover. another running into the street firing back. it's a shootout. and at some point, the suspect flees the scene with officers in pursuit. several of the officers sustaining wounds. >> one shot in the arm, one shot in the foot. >> one officer down right here, needs transporter. >> reporter: they were transported to a local hospital. they are in stable condition. as the nation continues to reel from the surge in gun violence,
police increasingly the targets. >> no more excuses, everybody. take an active role and get intentional in doing whatever you can do to fight gun violence in our cities. >> reporter: the houston area was already mourning corporal charles galloway, who was fatally shot early sunday morning. just two days before, two officers shot in new york city, responding to a domestic disturbance call. rookie officer jason rivera dying that night. his partner, officer wilbert mora, dying tuesday. a somber procession today for officer rivera. his body brought to st. patrick's cathedral, where his wake was held. david, again those officers in stable condition tonight in houston. and after such a wild and violent day, everyone hoping for the best. david? >> all right, pierre thomas with the late news out of houston tonight. pierre, thank you. but we do turn now to the
major news out of washington today, and now, of course, this historic choice to come. president biden and justice stephen breyer, the justice making it official today, walking into the roosevelt room at the white house with the nation watching. president biden formally announcing the retirement of supreme court justice stephen breyer and vowing to make an historic choice to replace him, saying he will keep his campaign promise, nominating the first black woman to the high court. he said americans will know his pick by the end of february. the president praising justice breyer as a man who, quote, sought common ground and built consensus. even in a time of great division in this country. justice breyer talking about those deep divisions and speaking of his optimism for the country. and remembering what his mother always told him. we'll play that for you here. he said those words from his mother described what he calls the miracle of america. he brought his own copy of the constitution and said the future generations will decide whether this grand experiment in america will survive, saying he's quite sure it will. and tonight here, the short list already coming into view. the president saying that making
this historic choice and the selection of a black woman to serve on the court is, quote, long overdue. here's our senior white house correspondent mary bruce tonight. >> reporter: president biden today walking into the roosevelt room with retiring supreme court justice stephen breyer for an historic announcement. his first chance to nominate someone to the court. but first, the president celebrating breyer for his nearly 28 years on the bench. >> he has patiently sought common ground and built consensus, seeking to bring the court together. i think he's a model public servant in a time of great division in this country. >> reporter: the liberal-leaning justice, known for his respect for his fellow justices, regardless of their viewpoints. breyer has always maintained the court is not a place for politics. today, sharing wise words from his mother. >> as you well know, this is a complicated country. there are more than 330 million people, and my mother used to say it's every race, it's every religion, and she would emphasize this -- and it's every
point of view possible. and it's a kind of miracle, when you sit there and see all those people in front of you, people that are so different in what they think. and yet they've decided to help solve their major differences under law. >> reporter: the president now promising his nominee will uphold breyer's legacy. and he's vowing to fulfill his campaign pledge to nominate the first black woman to the supreme court. >> the person i will nominate will be someone with extraordinary qualifications, character, experience, and integrity. and that person will be the first black woman ever nominated to the united states supreme court. it's long overdue, in my view. i made that commitment during the campaign for president, and i will keep that commitment. >> reporter: the president announcing he'll make his decision known before the end of february. biden not releasing any names so far, but tonight, the front-runner is believed to be
judge ketanji brown jackson, a graduate of harvard and a former law clerk for breyer. here he is swearing jackson into the district court in 2013. jackson has also already gone through the senate confirmation process, earning the support of three republican senators, when she was appointed to the d.c. circuit court of appeals. >> it is the beauty and the majesty of this country, that someone who comes from a background like mine could find herself in this position. >> reporter: also thought to be on the short list, judge leondra kruger of the california supreme court, a graduate of harvard and yale. she's argued 12 cases before the court. judge leslie abrams gardner from the u.s. district court of georgia, a graduate of brown and yale, and sister to stacey abrams. and judge j. michelle childs of the u.s. district court of south carolina, a graduate of the university of south carolina law. she has the backing of biden's close ally, congressman jim
clyburn. speaking to a divided country that is being tested in so many ways, the justice with a parting message about the future of democracy. >> it's an experiment that's still going on. and i'll tell you something, you know who will see whether that experiment works? it's you, my friend. it's that next generation. and the one after that. my grandchildren, and their children. they'll determine whether the experiment still works. and of course, i am an optimist, and i'm pretty sure it will. >> and so let's bring in mary bruce tonight at the white house. mary, we have a copy of the letter justice breyer sent to the president today, writing, "i enormously appreciate the privilege of serving 28 years as a member of the supreme court. i found the work meaningful," what he said there, he called it a great honor to participate as a judge in the effort to maintain our constitution and the rule of law. he was very optimistic today, remarkably so, given the deep divisions in this country. he also stayed away from what's next for the court, obviously, this decision coming from the president, so, tell us what you've learned tonight, take us through what's expected here.
>> reporter: well, david, the white house says this will be a rigorous process and we're told the president has already started reviewing potential nominees and that he's going to be looking at a broad array of qualified candidates. biden also says the vice president will be playing a critical role here. now, the white house has not put out any short list yet, but the president saying he will announce his pick before the end of next month. david? >> all right, mary bruce on the major and historic day from washington. mary, thank you. one more question on this tonight, before we move on. let's bring in rachel scott, she's live on the hill. and rachel, you always serve as a reality check for us and the folks at home. how many votes does the president need to get his nominee confirmed, and is there any chance he will get some republican support? and can he count on every single democrat? >> reporter: 51 votes, david, a simple majority and democrats do not need any republican support to confirm president biden's supreme court nominees, but they do need to keep their own party united. they need the support of every single democratic senator. now, democrats certainly have
their policy disagreements, but they have managed to stay united on president biden's judicial nominees. the president says he plans to reach out to both democrats and republicans. it's a sign he wants bipartisan support. and tonight, senate minority leader mitch mcconnell says he will give president biden's pick, quote, a fair look. david? >> rachel scott live on the hill again tonight. thanks, as always, rachel. we're going to turn now to this threat of a powerful nor'easter. winter storm watches up tonight from north carolina all the way up through massachusetts at this hour. this will bring snow, cofloodin 65 miles an hour. though it's still not clear just how far inland this will strike. it will also make a big difference on snow amounts. but from philadelphia up through new york, boston, all bracing tonight for all scenarios. senior meteorologist rob marciano live in boston with the latest tracks for us. rob? >> reporter: david, we have a little bit more confidence today there's going to be some big snow amounts, especially here in new england, and this thing is going to rapidly intensify. wind is going to be an issue, too.
winter storm watches and warning from north carolina all the way up through northern new england. right now, the low itself is near florida, but by tomorrow night, it's abreast of the carolinas, the snow starts to fly in d.c., baltimore and philadelphia and spreads into new york city by saturday morning. that's when this thing starts to bomb out, rapidly intensify. winds really start cranking. 50, 60, 70 miles per hour on the coast. four to eight inches, philadelphia, new york. boston could very well be buried by sunday morning. david? >> all right, we'll be watching you and ginger in the days to come on this. rob, thank you very much. now to the tensions with russia over ukraine. president biden speaking with ukrainian president zelensky today. the white house, just before we came on the air tonight, saying the president reaffirmed the readiness, in their words, of the u.s. and its allies. and after the u.s. delivered a written response to russia's demands, the u.s. refusing to promise that ukraine would never join nato, tonight, russia's new response. here's our senior foreign correspondent ian pannell from ukraine again tonight. >> reporter: tonight, russia making a show of its military
might. releasing more videos of drills by its armed forces. these naval light fire exercises being conducted in the baltic sea. and not far from the eastern ukrainian border, army exercises involving tanks and artillery. >> we continue to see the accumulation of combat power. >> reporter: america's written response to moscow's security demands now in the hands of vladimir putin. but the u.s. rejecting putin's demand that ukraine be blocked from joining nato. today, foreign minister sergey lavrov saying there is no positive reaction on the main issue in this document, but said there are grounds on other issues to keep on talking. russia saying president putin's response will be swift, but the kremlin insisting these are just exercises. and it has no plans to cross the border. u.s. diplomats fear they could
attack at any time. if there is a conflict, this is where it could begin. david, president biden speaking to president zelensky of ukraine tonight, reaffirming america's support, willingness to respond decisively if russia invades ukraine. although we do know the two presidents have very different views on how likely that is and i have to say, tonight, after a long few weeks of diplomacy, there's no sign this crisis is easing. david? >> ian pannell again tonight. thank you, ian. back here at home and to the pandemic now. and scientists here in the u.s. now studying this new omicron subvariant called ba.2, found in at least 17 states here in the u.s. ba.2 may be highly contagious, they say, but so far the world health organization does not consider it a variant of concern. so, tonight, what we do know so far, and what they're seeing here in this country. here's steve osunsami. >> reporter: scientists say right now there's no reason to be alarmed, but say they are tracking a subvariant of the omicron variant of the coronavirus. it's called ba.2. identified in 55 countries and
in 17 states here in america. health officials say there's no evidence so far that ba.2 causes more severe disease, but some researchers say it spreads quickly, and that could mean i's easier to catch. dr. walensky at the cdc tells wral-tv that they're still trying to figure out if it's more transmissible. >> some have speculated that it might be, because it has taken off in denmark, although, the flip side is that we've had it here in the united states since the middle of november and it hasn't taken off here. >> reporter: ba.2 infections are currently just under 1% of all covid cases here in the u.s. they started calling it the stealth omicron, because although it is diagnosed as quickly as any infection, it takes longer for scientists to identify which version of covid-19 it is. but health officials underline that if you're sick with ba.2, any of the covid tests we're already using will still work. >> people should not take from stealth that that means we can't detect it. all of our pcr tests that we know of and antigen tests are
just as able to detect ba.2 as they are to detect omicron.nt i aparg sts u. st and territories e seeing the mb of new covid cases drop or level off. but tonight, there are still 17 states reporting an increase in covid hospitalizations. a new study underlines the benefit of a third shot, a booster shot. it shows for the average person, that booster shot increases protections against needing to be hospitalized by about 15%, but for people with compromised immune systems, the increase was 19%. here at the cdc, they're saying that this underlines why they are stressing that people with compromised immune systems should get those three shots. david? >> all right, steve osunsami with us from the cdc in atlanta. steve, thanks. when we come back, the manhunt for five teenage fugitives, one convicted of murder. what authorities are now saying. and the state park visitor in the u.s. falling 700 feet while taking a selfie.
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on this international on this international holocaust remembrance day, the survivors you met here. it was a long and painful journey 75 years later. the children of auschwitz, the survivors, going back. they told us they believed it was their duty to remind the world how perilous unchecked hate can be. we were with them as they boarded the flight. >> enjoy your flight. >> thank you, dear. >> then, the bus in poland. one hour to auschwitz. we were there as they slowly walked through that gate. the survivors who we have documented for years. tova. >> oh, hi. >> we will never forget tova friedman, putting to words why they all went back. >> that we didn't forget them. that i remember the little girl going into the crematorium and
she wouldn't come back, that i played with. >> you remember them. >> we remember. that's what it is -- we remember. >> there was david marks, who had never gone back. >> but now, it's -- i'm getting -- i'm in the fourth quarter of my life. >> with his arm around his longtime partner kathy, he rarely talked about what had happened to him, but at 91, he told me while there, now, it's different. >> they should know what happened. they should know that. never again. >> it was tova who bravely went inside the crematorium. she told us why that day, saying it's important that the generations that follow see this, too. she asked her daughter-in-law sara to go in, as well. >> go inside, go all the way. >> and tonight, two years later, she tells us she heard from so
many of you, moved by that journey. and now, her hope. >> david, i hope that today, january 27th, will be remembered, not only with my generation, but all the generations to come. so we don't forget the atrocities and we honor those who aren't with us and have no name. >> and david marks, who shared his story with us two years ago, after waiting so long to talk about it, we've learned he's now married to the woman who was right there by his side, kathy, who went back with him on that journey. a powerful bond, and a painful chapter they say we must never forget. we'll never forget. good night
dan: another abc 7 i seem update. apology and change in policy after we real thousands of covid tests while people waited weeks for results. >> the closer we can get back to the new normal, i'm all for it. dan: a step in the right direction with the omicron surge winning, some rules are relaxing. >> building a better bay area, moving forward, finding solutions, this is abc 7 news. dion: the abc 7 news i explored the federal government is investigating san mateo's handling of ppe after our dan noyes found millions of dollars of it soaking in the rain. dan: we are learning about the federal government's involvement on the same date that san mateo
county began handing out what has been salvaged to bay area community groups. it's been two weeks since we first show you this video that dan shot. boxes and boxes of valuable ppe sitting out in the rain at the san mateo county event center. dan is back from san mateo and joins us live with the latest. reporter: this is a step, ending the ppe to people who actually use it. county officials of been hesitant to provide information about how they got into this mess. the i team has learned the department of homeland security office of inspector general is investigating san mateo county cycle handling of personal protective equipment after i found thousands of boxes of it soaking in the rain at the event center. they confirmed it was out there for four months. what should viewers know or take away from the fact that the feds are looking into this?
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