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tonight, several developing stories as we come on the air. russia's deadliest single attack on civilians yet since the start of this war. at least 50 people killed. among them, mothers and children, all waiting to flee. kill in the a missile strike at a crowded train station, and tonight the kremlin now acknowledging the toll on its own military, reporting, quote, significant losses in ukraine. but are they acknowledging the real number? and are russian families being told that their loved ones have been killed in putin's war? back here at home at the white house, history made. judge ketanji brown jackson's powerful and emotional speech. what she said as she now becomes the first black woman to serve on the supreme court. mary bruce live at the white house. from los angeles tonight, the breaking headline late
today -- will smith now banned from the oscars for ten years. the actor just responding tonight. the pandemic, and tonight what authorities are now seeing in new york city and washington, d.c. and more leaders now testing positive for covid. and after speaker pelosi and multiple lawmakers test positive, what the white house is now saying about president biden, who was tested again today. the u.s. justice department and a major defeat in michigan in the trial of four men accused of plotting to kidnap michigan governor gretchen whitmer after her covid restrictions. finding two men not guilty, a mistrial for two others. two men in court accuse of impersonating federal agents. prosecutors believed they duped several secret service agents. martha raddatz is here. in new york city, the deadly shooting at a high school. what we're learning tonight. and at the very end, the dad and the very precious cargo pushed across the finish line.
who is our person of the week? this is "world news tonight" with david muir. good evening, and it's great to have you with us as we near the end of another week together. we do begin tonight with russia's war in ukraine. tonight the single deadliest attack on civilians since the war began. at least 50 people killed. more than 100 wounded in a deadly missile attack on a crowded train station. mothers and children trying to flee the war. a warning tonight, the images are graphic and they are disturbing. ukraine says the missile hit the station filled with evacuees trying to flee the eastern region. up to 4,000 men, women, and children there to escape the violence in the east. victim of all ages a child's toy found at the scene. ukraine call it a deliberate attack.
russia denying responsibility. a huge piece of missle found near the station. tonight, the u.s. and allies -- saying this is an evil that has no limits. james longman in kyiv leading us off again tonight. >> reporter: tonight, the deadliest single attack on civilians in this war so far. a russian missile hitting a train station in eastern ukraine, where thousands had gathered trying to flee. at least 50 people killed, including 5 children. more than 100 people wounded. people here had been told to leave the eastern region and had flocked to the train station in the hopes of avoiding russia's impending offensive. nate mook works for world central kitchen. he was there helping those trying to escape when the missile hit. >> the damage was spread out from the platform all the way to the outside of the station. there were cars that had been on fire that had been put out by the fire departments. there were individuals that had burned alive in these cars.
these were innocent women and children and grandmothers trying to evacuate on trains and they were the target of this attack. >> reporter: there were families here. blood-soaked toys a sign that children were among those trying to get away. absolute chaos moments after the explosion shows panicked people running for safety. the station in kramatorsk is the main hub for tens of thousands of civilians who are fleeing the brutal fighting in eastern ukraine. these photos taken just yesterday show huge crowds waiting for trains. ukrainian officials say 4,000 people were believed to have been at the station today when the russian missile struck, and they say russia knew who would die in such an attack. the region's governor saying, the enemy clearly knew that it is a rail station and did it to prevent people from leaving the region. moscow denies it was behind this, but at the pentagon -- >> our assessment is that this was a russian strike and that they used a short-range ballistic missile to conduct it.
>> reporter: ukrainian president zelenskyy posted images of the aftermath, saying, "this is an evil that has no limits." and more russian troops are moving to fight in eastern ukraine after a mass retreat from the areas north of kyiv. we saw the apocalyptic aftermath roankat they left behind in take a look at this -- businesses, homes completely destroyed all the way down this road. you see that apartment building there. look, people's homes just chop ed in half. the fighting here and throughout ukraine is grinding down russian forces. the kremlin's spokesman even acknowledged as much. >> yes, we have significant losses of troops and it's a huge tragedy for us. >> reporter: military experts estimate over 10,000 russian soldiers have been killed as this war enters its seventh week. russian president putin made a rare public appearance today attending the memorial service of a russian politician, but he said nothing about the war. and tonight, an update on journalist benjamin hall of fox
news. he was severely wounded and two colleagues killed when russians opened fire on them north of kyiv last month. he's now recovering in texas and posted a message saying he feels lucky to be alive and thanked the people who helped him. he also paid tribute to his dead, 55-year-old cameraman pierre zakrzewski and producer oleksandra kuvshynova, 24 years old. >> james longman with us live again tonight from kyiv. james, just another horrific day you're reporting on in this war. we heard the kremlin spokesperson today acknowledge for the first time that the russian losses have been, in his words, significant. we know estimates more than 10,000 russian soldiers are dead. there's also reporting that many families inside russia aren't being given that information. those numbers or information about their loved ones who have been killed in the war. >> reporter: that's right, david. russia is making every effort to hide the truth of this war from its own people, and that includes the families of its own soldiers. a senior u.s. administration
official told abc news that moscow is not even informing most of the families of troop who have been killed here. mothers and partners of soldiers are even turning up at military bases to look for answers but they're being turned away. >> james longman, leading us off all week. incredible reporting, james. back here at home, history made. her speech. what she said as she becomes the first black woman the supreme court. she said it took 232 years, 115 appointment a black woman to serve about supreme court of the united states. here's our senior white house correspondent mary bruce. ♪ >> reporter: judge ketanji brown jackson stepping out of the white house today and into history. >> today is indeed a wonderful day. >> reporter: vice president kamala harris, the first black woman to hold her position, describing a letter she wrote to her own goddaughter moments after presiding over jackson's
senate confirmation. >> i told her that i felt such a deep sense of pride and joy. and i will tell you, her braids are just a little longer than yours, but as i wrote to her, i told her what i knew this would mean for her life and all that she has in terms of potential. >> reporter: for president biden, a campaign promise fulfilled. >> this is not only a sunny day. i mean this from the bottom of my heart. this is going to let so much shine -- so much sunshine on so many young women, so many young black women. >> reporter: jackson listening, beaming and wiping away tears. >> you are the very definition of what we irish refer to as dignity. you have enormous dignity, and this communicates to people, it's contagious and it matters. it matters a lot.
>> reporter: then it was her turn. >> it has taken 232 years and 115 prior appointments for a black woman to be elected to serve on the supreme court of the united states. but we've made it. [ applause ] we've made it, all of us. all of us. and our children are telling me that they see now more than ever that here in america, anything is possible. >> reporter: the judge thanking her husband, her two daughters, and her parents, both teachers raised in the jim crow south. >> no one does this on their own.
the path was cleared for me so that i might rise to this occasion. and in the poetic words of dr. maya angelou, i do so now while bringing the gifts my ancestors gave. [ applause ] i -- i am the dream and the hope of the slave. >> reporter: describing this as a moment all americans should be proud of. >> we have come a long way toward perfecting our union. in my family, it took just one generation to go from segregation to the supreme court of the united states. >> really powerful day there on the south lawn. mary bruce, you were right
there. and i know president biden described the moment in his word as historic, consequential. he said in the years to come, the people assembled today at the white house will tell their children and grandchildren that i was there. >> reporter: biden said this was a defining day for the presidency. when he decided to run, he envisioned this very moment, calling it a day of hope, promise, and progress. we witness a lot of history, but rarely have i seen an event so joyful. hundreds gathered to be a part of this. many black women who beamed along with judge jackson and shared in tears as well. judge jackson will have a few more months before she officially ascends to the bench before justice breyer retires. we're going to turn now to the breaking headline, actor will smith banned from the as oscars for then years. here's matt gutman. >> reporter: it took just ten seconds for will smith to walk on stage. >> oh, wow.
>> reporter: but tonight, that slap and the scene afterwards earning him a ten-year ban from the academy. a statement from the academy of motion pictures' board of governors said smith shall not be permitted to attend any academy events or programs, including the academy awards. >> what people need to realize is this doesn't preclude him from winning awards. >> reporter: almost immediately afterwards, smith putting out a statement saying, i accept and respect the academy's decision. last week ahead of the board's meeting, smith resigned from the academy. the academy saluting chris rock with that now-famous recovery. >> that was the greatest night in the history of television. okay. >> reporter: the board saying it was deeply grateful to rock for maintaining his composure under extraordinary circumstances. but the academy also taking itself to task for failing to adequately address the situation
in the room. just minutes after that slap, smith returned to the stage, this time to receive his oscar and address the crowd at the theater and the many millions watching from home. for this, we are sorry, the academy said in a statement. this was an opportunity for us to set an example for our guests, viewers, and our academy family around the world, and we fell short -- unprepared for the unprecedented. david, despite some online chatter from board members that it should get taken away, will smith will get to keep that coveted oscar. >> matt, thank you. tonight, a major defeat for the u.s. justice department in michigan in the trial of four men accused of plotting to kidnap governor gretchen whitmer, finding two men not guilty and a mistrial for two others. michigan's governor responding tonight. and here's alex perez. >> reporter: tonight, a major legal loss for federal prosecutors who accused four men of plotting to kidnap michigan governor gretchen whitmer, kill
her, and incite a civil war. >> obviously, we're disappointed with the outcome. >> reporter: after five days of deliberating, a jury this afternoon failing to convict the defendants, finding daniel harris and brandon caserta not guilty, and deadlocked, unable to reach a decision on charges against adam fox and barry croft. defense attorneys arguing in court that the men were entrapped, lured in by undercover agents, but never intended on following through, calling it, quote, crazy talk. >> i think what the fbi did is unconscionable. >> reporter: federal investigators, who described the defendants as self-styled militia men who were upset over whitmer's stay-at-home order, embedded informants and undercover agents in the group, building their case mostly on wire taps, social media posts, like this one from brandon caserta, endorsing violence against the government. >> i'm an anarchist. i' about to drop a bomb. >> reporter: authorities also pointing to this image of the suspects taking surveillance of whitmer's vacation home as evidence of the plot, and
alleging they plotted to blow up a nearby bridge to slow down any police response. whitmer's office in a statement tonight saying the plot to kidnap and kill a governor may seem like an anomaly, but we must be honest about what it is, the result of violent rhetoric that's all too common across our country. eight others connected to the alleged plot still face state charges. david? >> alex perez tonight. thanks. now to the secret service scandal. two men in court today, accused of impersonating federal agents and duping several member of the secret service. tonight what prosecutors have now revealed, and here's martha raddatz. >> reporter: tonight, government attorneys say the two men charged with impersonating federal agents pose a risk to national security and should stay behind bars, after admittedly lavishing gifts on secret service agents, including one protecting the first family. >> it's extremely urgent to get to the bottom of this. if this involves a plot to harm a protectee, you've got to stop that immediately.
>> reporter: prosecutors today laying out a trove of seized evidence in their case against arian taherzadeh and haider ali, including an arsenal of weapons and ammo, equipment for surveillance, copying hard drives and manufacturing identities -- all the tools of law enforcement and covert tradecraft. the suspects are accused of compromising at least four secret service agents who have since been suspended. >> secret service agents are in a lot of sensitive places with super important people that are doing classified stuff, and these guys might be able or have been able to collect some of that information. >> reporter: investigators say arian taherzadeh -- seen here target shooting, wearing a secret service patch -- has admitted to posing as an officer and giving agents free gifts. he claimed partner haider ali
funded most of their day to day operation, but didn't know the source of the money. >> if there is a foreign nexus to this, and again linked to a security service, that would be deeply, deeply troubling. >> reporter: government lawyers were really grilled by the judge about the funding today. the judge saying he has never seen anything quite like this, but the lawyers had to admit they don't know at this point who may have been behind this, but says these weren't just people dressing up for halloween. this is very serious. david? >> big questions remain. martha, thank you. now to the pandemic and the omicron sub variant fueling a surge in covid cases. health officials reporting new cases doubling in washington, d.c., new york city with a nearly 50% jump in just two weeks. and tonight, following news that house speaker nancy pelosi tested positive after appearing
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the dad and the quintuplets setting the world record. our persons of the week. >> reporter: tonight, in eagle idaho, the kempel family on a mission. dad chad train for marathons all while pushes his quintuplets. all right, here we go. on your way to a world record. lincoln, noelle, grayson, gabriella, preston leading the way. >> reporter: born prematurely they were 2 pounds each. chad and mom amy would send video messages to their newborns. >> happy birthday, quints. >> reporter: eventually they would go home together, grow together. the diapers the bottle, the birthdays. and chad would decide to train for marathons with his five
seater stroller. >> go, daddy, go! >> reporter: for three years now running with his children and setting guinness world records at the end of every race, kissing the children, and the sign, anything is possible. >> anything is possible, guys. >> good job, dad. >> reporter: tonight, chad and his family have now compete in the a half marathon. >> bye-bye! >> reporter: their older girls sara that and avery cheering them on. 2 hours, 19 minutes, 54 seconds, a new world record. >> i'm trying to show them something extraordinary. i did this. they can do. they can do whatever they want to do. that's why i do it. >> anything is possible! >> that's true. the rest of us are slackers. we're cheering you on from here. thanks for watching. tonight a focus on solutions with the help of abc 7 news
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