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was just 13 months old. i cannot wrap my head around this. she is so impressive. maybe she will be the younges breaking news tonight as we come on the air. the intensifying invasion threat as the u.s. warns russia could attack ukraine "any day now." tonight, the new images. russia holding massive military drills with belarus, just beyond ukraine's northern border. president biden speaking with the ukrainian president today, just 24 hours after that high-stakes call with vladimir putin. this, as more american troops arrive in eastern europe, where some airlines have cancelled or diverted flights. ian pannell on the ground in ukraine tonight. the covid concerns at the super bowl. tens of thousands of fans are packing sofi stadium from all corners of the country. tonight, the stepped-up security and covid protocols in place to stop the potential spread. and the news about pfizer on the delay of shots for children under 5. winter weather whiplash.
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bitter cold temperatures are sweeping east for millions to start the work week. as snow and ice in the great lakes cause treacherous conditions for drivers. we'll time out this latest winter blast. and tonight, the trucker protest crackdown at the u.s. border. canadian police form a line and move in to clear the remaining demonstrators blocking the busiest border crossing in north america. arrests made, and vehicles towed. now truckers and supporters are showing solidarity here in the u.s. just moments ago, an american airlines flight diverted, making an emergency landing over an unruly passenger. the latest details tonight. rudy giuliani in talks to testify before the january 6th committee, according to sources. one of former president trump's closest advisers who pushed false claims about the election. what we're learning tonight. outrage over an alleged attack on a black fedex driver in mississippi as he tried to make a delivery. a white man and his father arrested and charged. accused of chasing him in a pickup truck and shooting at him.
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tonight in beijing, making olympic history. american erin jackson takes gold. becoming the first black woman ever to medal in speed skating. her inspiring story tonight. good evening, everyone. thanks so much for joining us on this busy sunday. i'm linsey davis. we begin tonight with the breaking news on the crisis in ukraine. and the intensifying threat of invasion. one u.s. official says russian action could come at any time. after speaking with the president of ukraine today, president biden said the u.s. would respond swiftly and decisively if russia attacks. an estimated 130,000 russian troops are now on ukraine's border, conducting live exercises with allies in belarus. all this, as additional u.s. troops, members of the 82nd airborne arrived in poland today. and while ukraine's airspace
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does remain open, the country is advising airlines to avoid flying over parts of the black sea region. ian pannell is live on the ground in ukraine, and leads us off tonight. >> reporter: tonight, with russia performing massive military drills near ukraine's borders, aviation officials in ukraine warning airlines not to fly over part of the black sea where the russian navy is conducting war games. while ukrainian commercial airspace remains open, dutch airline klm suspending flights into the country. lufthansa considering the same. president biden today speaking by phone with ukrainian president zelensky, making it clear the u.s. and its allies will respond swiftly and decisively if russia invades. zelensky asking the u.s. for even more military and financial support, even inviting biden to visit the country. that call coming 24 hours after president biden's high-stakes call with vladimir putin, warning a russian attack would
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result in swift and severe costs. but despite the ongoing diplomacy, no apparent progress. >> it's certainly not a sign that things are moving in the right direction. >> reporter: there's been a full-on diplomatic blitz this weekend. french president macron speaking with putin saturday, where he again denied russian forces intend to invade. and german chancellor scholz heading to kyiv tomorrow and then moscow. despite russia's staunch denial that they are planning to attack, u.s. officials sticking to their dire warnings. >> the way they have maneuvered things in place makes it a distinct possibility that there will be major military action very soon. >> reporter: u.s. officials saying in just the last ten days, russia accelerated the buildup of its forces, moving closer to ukraine's border. putin now has an estimated 130,000 troops amassed on three sides of the country. and the west believes it could launch an assault very rapidly. >> it's likely to begin with a significant barrage of missiles and bomb attacks. it would then be followed by an
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onslaught of a ground force moving across the ukraine frontier. >> reporter: the u.s. tonight, again repeating warnings that a fake attack could be used to launch an invasion. >> no one should be surprised if russia instigates an incident in order to justify an action it planned all along. >> reporter: analysts say the u.s. releasing intelligence on putin's possible plans is part of a strategy. >> they're trying to preempt any kind of fabricated excuse that mr. putin would have to invade ukraine. >> reporter: life for most ukrainians looks pretty normal on the streets. families are out. people are going to restaurants and cafes and shopping. there is no sense of panic here but people are certainly planning and preparing in case the worst happens. but despite the feeling on the ground, the state department taking no chances, ordering all u.s. citizens to get out of kyiv while they still can. canada closing its embassy in kyiv. and australia today joining dozens of nations urging citizens to leave. >> the state department
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concerned they may not be able to evacuate americans in the event of military action. ian pannell joins us now from ukraine tonight. ian, what more are you learning about the crucial call between president biden and the president of ukraine? >> reporter: yeah, interesting, i mean, zelensky thanked joe biden for his support, but he also invited him to visit ukraine. saying he's convinced if he arrived in kyiv in the coming days, it would be crucial to help stabilize the situation, send a powerful signal, and also help towards de-escalation. i think it's highly unlikely to happen, but it shows you the mood in the ukrainian presidential palace tonight. >> ian, thanks so much. we move now to super bowl lvi. once again, covid concerns hang over the game this year. the hometown l.a. rams facing off against the cincinnati bengals at sofi stadium. fans are required to wear masks. and there is heavy security presence. including the lapd's entire mounted unit. kayna whitworth is there.
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>> reporter: tight security around sofi stadium tonight as the super bowl kicks off. this is the first of three metal detectors that fans will go through before they enter the stadium. blackhawk helicopters patrolling the skies, while on the ground, bomb-sniffing dogs. and downtown, police on horseback. >> you see the dogs and everything. you feel secure. >> reporter: there are covid precautions too for the estimated 150,000 people traveling in for the festivities. gathering in crowds. before entering the stadium today, fans are required to show proof of vaccination or a recent negative covid test. once inside, they'll need to wear a mask, except when eating or drinking. but officials still cautious. >> i want to emphasize that post surge does not mean the pandemic is over or that transmission is low. >> reporter: officials say the biggest protection against surges is vaccines. and tonight, dr. scott gottlieb
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saying the fda delayed pfizer's vaccine for children under 5 because it lacks a defined efficacy level. >> what you have is a situation where the data set is continuing to evolve because we're still in the middle of this omicron wave of infection. >> reporter: americans receiving their first covid-19 vaccine dose has dropped by nearly 73%, leaving over 80 million eligible and ineligible americans unvaccinated. >> we still have so much virus out there. and this is why it's also important to not lift those mask mandates too soon. >> reporter: walmart, the largest private retailer in the u.s., also announcing that fully vaccinated workers don't have to wear masks unless state or local rules enforce it. and the state of california will join several others in dropping their indoor mask mandate next week. but here in l.a. county, it will remain despite declining numbers in both hospitalizations and new infections. linsey? >> trying to avoid a super bowl surge. kayna, thank you. the heat in the west subsiding tonight, but in the east, it's a case of weather whiplash. the northeast waking up to a coating of snow after spring-like temperatures saturday. these images from new york. the winter blast partially to
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blame for multicar pileups in michigan. let's go right to cheryl scott. she's from our station wls in chicago. cheryl, good evening to you. time this out for us. >> reporter: hi, linsey. winter has returned here and along the east coast. the snow is making it slick in spots. radar reveals the snow lingering across the northeast. that will wrap up tonight. we're even tracking isolated lake effect snow bands across the great lakes. and millions bracing for the bitter cold. single digit wind chills from new york to boston. below zero in the upper midwest. and california is cooling off after days of record-breaking heat. finally returning to seasonal weather. and in the northeast, threats of black ice into the monday morning commute. >> cheryl, thank you. now to the massive trucker protest in canada. police arresting the remaining demonstrators and removing vehicles from the area.
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elwyn lopez is in detroit for us tonight. >> reporter: after days of protests that brought this crucial trade route between the u.s. and canada to a standstill, police today putting an end to the week-long blockade. >> if you have a vehicle that is parked in here, we're asking you to move it. >> reporter: towing cars and pick-up trucks and arresting a handful of protesters. our ashan singh on the border as authorities moved in. >> reporter: law enforcement has made its last push to clear protesters out of the way. they're about a mile from the bridge entrance and there's no protesters left. >> reporter: the mayor of windsor stating the economic crisis at the ambassador bridge came to an end. and experts say the reopening of northamerica's busiest border crossing couldn't come soon enough. >> it's just one more thing that is challenging auto production. i would think the plants would start up early next week. >> reporter: but in buffalo, similar protests converging at
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the peace bridge. overseas, large protests against covid-19 restrictions erupting in the netherlands. and over the weekend in france, tear gas clouding the champs-elysees, as police clashed with protesters. more than 50 arrested. >> and elwyn joins us from detroit. elwyn, when do they plan to reopen the bridge? >> reporter: linsey, the mayor tells me that they're working on opening the bridge back up, and he says that could happen as soon as tonight. linsey? >> elwyn, thank you. sources tell abc news that rudy giuliani is now in talks with the january 6th committee to testify. kenneth moton has the latest from washington. >> reporter: tonight, sources say one of former president trump's fiercest defenders, rudy giuliani, is in talks to testify before the january 6th house select committee. giuliani revving up the crowd at the rally that day.
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>> let's have trial by combat! >> reporter: and at the center of the unsuccessful legal efforts to overturn the 2020 election. the cooperation of the former trump attorney would be a potential major shift among trump's inner circle of allies, accused of stonewalling the house probe into the capitol attack. giuliani was subpoenaed by the committee last month. a committee aide telling abc news his appearance was rescheduled at his request as negotiations continue. but sources say a deal is nowhere near final and the extent of giuliani's cooperation remains to be seen. >> our expectation is he is going to cooperate because that is the law, that is the requirement. same as if someone is subpoenaed to court. we fully expect that in accordance with the law, we'll hear from rudy. >> reporter: the former president continues to rail against anyone who cooperates with what he calls a partisan witch hunt. but he's still very close to giuliani. so close, linsey, that sources say that giuliani plans to spend the evening in florida with trump, watching the super bowl. linsey?
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>> kenneth, thank you. tonight, a black man says he was chased and shot at by two white men when he was making fedex deliveries. he was not physically hurt. but more than one week after the incident, the suspects, a father and son, were arrested. tonight, the fbi says they're aware of the matter, and in touch with local authorities. here's faith abubey. >> reporter: tonight, growing outrage after two white men, allegedly, chased a black fedex delivery driver and fired gunshots at his vehicle. >> no justice. >> no peace. >> reporter: the anger spilling onto the streets of brookhaven, mississippi, this weekend. fedex driver d'monterrio gibson, seen in the small crowd. on january 24th, gibson says he was attempting to deliver a package. he said he was in uniform but was driving a van without fedex markings. he says he was driving around trying to find the right address and then finally figured it out. >> put the package at the front door, hopped back in. as i'm preparing to leave, there's a white pickup truck coming from a house on the same
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plot of land in the background. >> reporter: according to the police incident report, a man later identified as gregory case began to follow him, driving through a ditch, attempting to cut him off. >> i swerve around him and i start hitting the gas to try to get out of the neighborhood. and there's a guy in the middle of the road holding a gun to my window. >> reporter: gibson says it was gregory's son, brandon case, allegedly holding a gun, ordering him to stop. >> i swerve around him as well. as i swerve around him, he starts firing shots at the back of my van. >> reporter: they followed him until the highway, according to the police report. gibson escaped uninjured. photos obtained by abc news show at least five bullet holes piercing the truck and packages. brandon case has been charged with attempting to cause bodily injury with a deadly weapon. and his father gregory case with conspiracy to commit aggravated assault. both have pleaded not guilty and are out on bail. their attorneys did not respond to abc's requests for comment. and tonight, gibson's attorney is calling for federal hate crime charges. >> there's no doubt in my mind this is a copycat crime.
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you have the gregory and brendan case, who seems to have copied off the mcmichaels, who chased ahmaud arbery because he was suspicious in a white neighborhood in georgia. >> reporter: fedex is now paying for gibson's therapy. but the victim says he's still angry, because fedex sent him back to the same neighborhood a day after the shooting and did not offer him paid leave until the incident became public. in a statement, fedex says employee safety is top priority, and they remain focused on gibson's well-being. >> faith, thank you. history made at the olympic games in beijing. speed skater erin jackson taking the gold. she is the first black woman to ever medal in the sport. and her gold in the event is the first for the americans in more than 20 years. and the controversy over the russian skating star, we're standing by for word. marcus moore is in beijing tonight. >> reporter: tonight, glory and gold for erin jackson in the 500 meter speed skating event,
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making her the first black woman to medal in the olympic sport. >> i would say to anyone who's thinking of transferring into speed skating or any other sport, just take that first step to maybe try something new. and then even if it doesn't work out, try again and keep trying. >> reporter: 29-year-old jackson picking up speed skating just five years ago. and quickly becoming the favorite to win the 500 meter. but a stumble at the trials last month taking her out of the running to make team usa. jackson getting a second chance when friend and teammate brittany bowe, who qualified for two other events, offered up her spot. >> i've known brittany bowe since i was 10 years old. we come from the same city back in florida, and we grew up skating on the same team. >> reporter: and as the first snow of these winter games falls on beijing, postponing some events, the world waits to hear from the court of arbitration for sport on whether 15-year old russian phenom kamila valyieva will skate in the singles competition. valiyeva testing positive in december for a banned substance. but those results were not reported until after she
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clinched the gold in the team event on monday. her coach insisting she is "innocent and clean." the world anti-doping agency says it's opening an investigation into her coaches and doctors. it's unclear if the russian olympic committee will be able to hang on to their gold medals. if the answer is no, team usa will elevate from silver. linsey? >> a lot at stake there. marcus, thank you. still ahead, the items costing more this year for super bowl parties. and the fan favorite that may be a bit harder to find. and the midair emergency over an unruly passenger on a u.s. flight. if you have type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure...'re a target for... ...chronic kidney disease. you can already have it and not know it. if you have chronic kidney disease... ...your kidney health... ...could depend on what you do today. ♪far-xi-ga♪ farxiga is a pill that works... the kidneys to help slow the progression
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finally tonight, it has a population of about 77,000 people, but around valentine's day, the mail in loveland, colorado, swells to more than 200,000. many of those lo l i need of a special touch. here in the city of loveland, colorado, love is in the air, and the streets, and the people. >> it's called love. l-o-v-e. >> reporter: i guess you could say it's the kind of place where people wear their hearts on their sleeves, and glasses, and heads. living up to their namesake, for the past 76 years, volunteers in loveland have been stamping and mailing out hundreds of thousands of valentines. >> people send their cards from all over the world right here to be hand-stamped by our volunteers. >> reporter: they typically receive 200,000 requests to remail valentine cards. this year, orders poured in to the sweetheart city from all 50 states and 110 countries.
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fulfilling the requests is a labor of love for some 200 volunteers. adding a special verse and postmark from valentine station to each love letter. so popular, beverly mortimer had to wait almost 15 years to be called off the waiting list. joan and joyce have been volunteering here for nearly three decades. >> i have to take them with a grain of salt and a margarita on the side. >> reporter: this year, the tradition meant even more to joan. >> my husband and i moved up here in loveland. and we loved it up here. and then he passed away and i started doing valentines. and i like volunteering and it's the best therapy that you can ever get. >> happy valentine's day! >> happy valentine's day, everybody. thanks so much for watching. david muir right back here tomorrow. i'm linsey davis. have a good night. ight. i'm linsey davis. have a great evening. good night.
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>> they wake up one day and there are russian tanks crossing the border. >> tonight on the news at 6:00 ukrainians living in the bay , area worry about their homeland and families as the crisis intensifies. drug cartel danger forcing the u.s. to suspend avocado imports. a ransomware attack hits the 49ers. cyber criminals say they stole the team's financial data. the news at 6:00 is next. >> building a better bay area, moving forward, finding solutions. this is abc7news. >> a crisis reaches a critical juncture with a request today by ukraine to provide more military and financial support. good evening and thank you for joining us.
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you are watching the news at 6:00. we begin with developing news on the tensions between russia and ukraine. the situation changing by the hour. we learned ukraine is now seeking talks with russia to discuss the military buildup. earlier today, the president spoke with the leader of ukraine. he promised to respond swiftly and decisively if russia takes further action against ukraine. >> a major military action could begin any day now. that includes this coming week before the end of the olympics. >> the talk comes a day after biden warned putin of swift and severe costs if ukraine is invaded. >> we are prepared with a package of economic consequences that would hit many of the oligarchs and make clear to