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[captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] tonight, breaking news as we come on the air. the pentagon just moments ago on what's flying over the u.s. the suspected chinese surveillance balloon the size of three buses, hovering over the northern u.s. the giant balloon unmanned carrying what's believed to be sophisticated spy technology, and we have now learned tonight u.s. officials tracking it for several days, spotted over billings, montana. montana, where there are several sensitive nuclear sites. so, where is it now? military officials also discussing whether to shoot it down, but did not do so, because of the risk to people on the ground. terry moran standing by with late reporting. also tonight, that dangerous arctic blast. 58 million americans, multiple states. wind chill alerts from montana straight across to maine. life-threatening cold already moving into the midwest.
the northeast bracing for wind chills in some places 50 below zero. rob marciano with the late forecast. was a potential mass shooting plot in hollywood foiled by the lapd? tonight, the suspect in custody, and what they found in his 18th floor apartment over sunset boulevard. an arsenal of loaded weapons high powered scopes. matt gutman reporting. the new jersey councilwoman, a rising star, just 30 years old, shot and killed in her car. what community in shock tonight. police now appealing to the 3ub lick for help. on the hill tonight, the vote in the house. the gop majority removing democratic representative ilhan omar from the foreign affairs committee. the congresswoman and her speech today, and what she said this was really about. rachel scott live on the hill. a dramatic day of testimony in the alex murdaugh trial. the defense drilling authorities about what they found or didn't find the day after the murders. and prosecutors on a piece of video from the same day of the
murders. and the question they say it now raises. eva pilgrim reporting. the war in ukraine tonight, and vladimir putin's new nuclear threat. and robin roberts tonight from new zealand. the beauty and the warning about climate, and what's changing already. good evening and it's great to have you with us here on a thursday night. and we begin tonight with the breaking headline late today. the pentagon briefing reporters just before we came on the air, saying they are now tracking a suspected chinese spy balloon hovering over the northern u.s. it was spotted over montana and other northern states, montana, of course, home to several sensitive nuclear sites. now, we are told the suspected chinese surveillance balloon is the size of three buses, with a technology base suspended below. and for a time in montana, air traffic control imposing a groundstop at the illbillings
aport. and look at this, the con trails from f-22s seen in the sky as they circled the balloon. tonight, a senior defense official says that president biden was briefed. so, this evening, what next? and is there any possible threat here? abc's terry moran leading us off from the white house tonight. >> reporter: tonight, a senior defense official says authorities are tracking a giant chinese spy balloon that has been hovering over the northern u.s. for several days. >> the united states government has detected and is tracking a high-altitude surveillance balloon that is over the continental united states right now. >> reporter: sources tell abc news the unmanned high-altitude balloon is the size of three buses with a technology bay underneath. officials say president biden asked for military options, but decided to follow the recommendation of senior military leaders not to shoot it down, due to safety risks for people on the ground. that balloon, spotted over montana, forcing a temporary ground stop wednesday at the airport in billings.
that ground stop covering a 50-mile radius. no flights, including commercial air traffic, allowed to land or takeoff for at least an hour. montana is home to several sensitive nucear weapons sites. the u.s. moved quickly to shield them. >> once the balloon was detected, the u.s. government acted immediately to protect against the collection of sensitive information. >> well, this is really something. let's get to terry moran at the white house tonight. we know the pentagon briefing reporters just before we came on tonight, so, what are they saying about any potential threat here? has the u.s. reached out to china? >> reporter: the pentagon does say that they've been tracking this balloon, that it does not pose a threat to civilians. they also say it's not the first time, that a handful of other times they've seen balloons like this. they say they do not think it poses an intelligence risk, and they have communicated to china that this cannot continue. david? >> still unsettling. terry moran, thank you. we're going to turn next
meanwhile tonight to the dangerous cold moving in, wind chills in the northeast reaching 50 below zero in theomg ilon americans in the path of this brutal and life-threatening cold, they're saying, from montana to maine. already hitting the midwest tonight, moving east, while in the south, look at this. nearly half a million homes and businesses still without power after trees and power lines came down. and this ice storm lasting for days now. snow moving north today in wise, virginia. tonight, boston already declaring an emergency and opening warming centers. senior meteorologist rob marciano on the ■ice tonight an the cold moving in. >> reporter: tonight, the sound of heavy equipment and chainsaws piercing the air north of austin. a race to clean up a tangled mess of ice-covered trees and power lines. limbs snapping after days of ice and sleet. >> we are experiencing one of the most widespread ice storms to hit austin and certainly one of the worst.
>> reporter: hundreds of thousands in the dark across the south. our alex presha south of little rock, arkansas, with crews restoring power and facing multiple challenges. >> the slick roads and the terrain and ice, you know, tree limbs falling out of trees. >> reporter: as the system pushes east, it's pulling down the coldest air of the season so far. boston declaring a cold emergency, closing schools, and opening warming centers. >> by sunset tomorrow, it is down into the single digits, and the wind is going to be howling. >> reporter: that wind will make it feel like more than 50 below in spots. new hampshire's governor warning families need to take this seriously. >> at negative 30 degrees, him therm ya can set in in just ten minutes. and we know it's going to be even colder than that across the entire state. >> the governor there in new hampshire, of course, authorities in boston warning of this, as well. rob with us tonight on this very serious cold moving in. hey, rob. >> reporter: hi, david. this is indeed life threatening cold.
the actual front is pushing across the border. you see it here. it's kind of being dragged along by that wave of rain that brought all that icing to the south. that's finally moving off into the atlantic. a little bit of snow squalls tonight, might see an inch of snow, but blizzard warnings up for maine, blowing snow. the sub-zero stuff going to turn that snow into a fine dust and be blinding at times. saturday morning, widespread cold from albany back through indianapolis back through omaha, but it's saturday morning where the real cold stuff comes in. 60 below, that would be an all-time record in caribou, but looking at minus 49 9 in new yo minus 34 in boston. that will give you frostbite in less than ten minutes. stay inside if you can, or cover up if you have to go out. david? >> yeah, take this seriously for sure. rob, thank you. next tonight here, to a potential plot thwarted. an arsenal in an 18th floor thwarted by los angeles police.-
they were called to this hollywood high rise about a man making serious threats, and inside his apartment, they found multiple weapons, high-powered scopes, and more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition. some of those weapons were loaded and by a window. a suspect is now in custody tonight, an army veteran, and here's our chief national correspondent matt gutman in l.a. >> reporter: tonight, a potential mass shooting plot in the heart of hollywood foiled. the lapd uncovering this arsenal in a high rise, saying the rifles were loaded and by a window. >> i believe that something very tragic here was certainly averted. >> reporter: officers responding to this building on the famed sunset boulevard around 10:00 a.m. tuesday, after police say they got a call about a man threatening residents and security and possibly having a mental health breakdown. authorities identifying the suspect as 24-year-old braxton kyle johnson, who spent officers getting a search antry- warrant and then serving it when johnson was out. what authorities say they found
inside the 18th floor apartment -- chilling. iflehen they f r shotgun laid out on the floor. >> reporter: as if prepared for something. >> as if prepared for something, yes. >> reporter: at least some of the weapons neither registered nor legal in the state of california. also in that arsenal, police say high powered scopes putting in range targets hundreds of yards away, including the street below and a dog park. david, authority, telling me the suspect had just recently moved into that building. they're also saying they're trying to trace his guns. also looking into possible previous arrests in other states. now, they have found no writings indicating -- but just now, in court, his first appearance, the suspect pleading not guilty. david? >> all right, matt gutman tonight. thank you. back in the east this evening, and to the shocking murder of a new jersey councilwoman, an apparent targeted attack. the 30-year-old wife and mother
shot dead while sitting in her car, just feet from her home. tonight, the fbi is now involved, and here's our investigative reporter aaron katersky tonight. > reporter: tonight, a desperate search in new jersey for whoever shot dead a young councilwoman in an apparently targeted burst of gunfire that has horrified the state. >> it's just a shocking, shocking development. >> reporter: 30-year-old eunice dwumford is the first sitting elected offical to be shot and killed in new jersey in recent memory. she was discovered in her suv, shot while sitting behind the wheel. law enforcement sources say she had just dropped someone off from her home and was heading out. >> i heard, boom, boom, boom, boom. and i'm like, oh, shot, that is gun fire. >> reporter: authorities saying more than ten gunshots were fired. she was recently married and had a daughter. her death stunning neighbors.
>> she's really kind. >> reporter: police have made no arrests. the mayor said the community is shocked and saddened, and called dwumford a dedicated member of the borough council committed to public service. she was new to this community, david, but already known as a really nice person, and tonight, police are appealing to her constituents for help solving this. we just spoke to middlesex county prosecutor yolanda is a cone, she told us right now that it appears the councilwoman's politics played no role in her killing. david? >> aaron, thank you. we're going to turn now to capitol hill tonight, where house republicans have ousted democrat ilhan omar from the foreign affairs committee, citing repeated anti-semitic and anti-american remarks. she has apologied for those remarks in the past. she delivered her own remarks today, and what she said this is really about. here's our senioression correst rachel scott on the hi tight. >> reporter: tonight, house republicting to kick congresswoman ilhan omar off
the house foreign affairs commitee for anti-semitic remarks she made several years ago, for which she has apologized. >> is anyone surprised that i am being targeted? there is this idea that you are suspect if you are an immigrant. or if you are from certain parts of the world, or a certain skin tone, or a muslim. >> reporter: but house speaker kevin mccarthy says the congresswoman needs to be held accountable for her words, among them, her suggestion that american supporters of israel were buying political support, tweeting, "it's all about the benjamins, baby." >> we just do not believe when it comes to foreign affairs, especially the responsibility of that position around the world with the comments that you make. she shouldn't serve there. >> reporter: democratic leader hakeem jeffries acknowledges omar has made mistakes, but uncysts today's vote was nothing more than a political stunt. >> it's not about accountability. it's about political revenge. >> reporter: democrats say it's
pure retaliation for their decision to boot two republicans from committees when they controlled congress. marjorie taylor greene for her own history of embracing conspiracy theories, including anti-semitic ones, and paul gosar for posting an animated video in which he kills a democratic colleague. >> it's a double, triple, quadruple and beyond standard >> reporter: tonight, mccarthy insists today's move is quote "not tit for tat." >> so, let's bring in rachel scott, live up on the hill tonight. and rachel, this was a straight party line vote here? >> reporter: yes, david. every single republican but one voted for that resolution. one republic decided to vote present. house speaker kevin mccarthy making it clear that omar can still serve on other committees, just not foreign affairs. david? >> all right, rachel scott who covers congress for us every night. thank you, rachel. the fbi's reportedly preparing to search the home of former vice president mike pence, where classified documents were found. sours tell abc news the department of justice is working with pence's legal team to schedule the potential next
search. it was his legal team that discovered the documents initially, saying they were, quote, inadvertently boxed and brought there, and they intend to comply fully with the doj review. we turn now to that dramatic new testimony in the trial of the once prominent south carolina attorney alex murdaugh. the defense today grilled an investigator of what she did and did not find at the house the day after the murders. and new questions tonight, the prosecution raising about a piece of video from the same day of the murders. here's eva pilgrim. >> reporter: tonight, the defense team for alex murdaugh pressing a state investigator to acknowledge what she didn't find when she searched the murdaugh home, the day after paul and maggie murdaugh were shot to death at their dog kennel on the family property. >> you're telling this jury you saw no evidence of blood, tissue, or anything that would indicate somebody had showered or washed off b remove evidence of a crime from them? is that what you're telling us? >> yes, sir. there was nothing visible to me. >> reporter: investigators had a sech, but didn't execute it.
instead, they were escorted around the property by the family's lawyer and one of murdaugh's brothers. >> multiple family, close friends, were at the house. >> and you didn't want to have to ask all those people to leave? >> some of them were very upset. >> reporter: it comes after this newly released snapchat video shows alex murdaugh planting trees on the property on the same day as the murders, wearing a different outfit than the clean white shirt and shorts he's wearing when police arrived later at the grisly scene. murdaugh telling them he touched the bodies before calling for help. >> and i ran over to maggie and -- actually, i think i tried to turn paul over first. >> did you touch maggie at all? >> i did. i touched them both. >> reporter: tonight, the judge is weighing whether jurors will hear evidence about alex murdaugh's alleged financial crimes as a potential motive. with the jury out of the room, the cfo for his law firm describing how murdaugh allegedly stole millions of dollars from his clients and law partners.
she says she confronted him the day of the murders. >> he turned and looked at me when i came up and said, "what do you need now?" and gave me a very dirty look. i told him that i had reason to believe that he had received the funds himself and that i needed proof that he had not. >> reporter: and that moment jurors didn't see today could be very significant, if the judge allows it to be presented to the jury. prosecutors have said that murdaugh killed his wife and son as a way to gain sympathy and distract from financial crimes that were about to be exposed. david? >> all right, eva, our thanks to you again tonight. when we come back here, vladimir putin's new nuclear threat tonight. what he said. and then later here, the nfl owner who is asking tom brady to come back. is this really possible? and robin roberts takes us to new zealand tonight. ask about vraylar. because you are greater than your bipolar 1, and you can help take control of your symptoms
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are you kidding me? nice office you got here. >> it's a pretty good office. >> oh my gosh. i am on a glacier. >> you are. and it's quite soft, even for this time of the morning. look at that. >> yes. >> just a little bit after 9:00 a.m. and it's warm. >> reporter: why is it important to you that people know what's going on here? >> isappearing quickly. i bring tourists from all around the world to appreciate and look at these beautiful glaciers, but once they're gone, obviously, we won't be able to do that anymore. >> reporter: bright sun, soft ice, and extraordinary views on top of the ice. >> stunning. and really important. robin from new zealand again tomorrow first thing on "gma." i'll see you tomorrow night. good night.
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