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tonight, president biden addressing the nation about the downing of four objects over the u.s. and canada, including the chinese spy balloon shot down off the coast of south carolina. the president under growing pressure from both parties to speak directly to the american people about the incidents. all four objects shot down by u.s. fighter jets, beginning with that spy balloon. then three objects brought down three days in a row over alaska, the yukon, and lake huron. the president on what the u.s. has learned about those objects, and why he says shooting down china's balloon sent a clear message. martha raddatz in washington. also tonight, the georgia special grand jury recommending perjury charges linked to testimony about attempts to overturn the state's 2020
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presidential election results by former president trump and his allies. donald trump did not testify, but the grand jury believes some witnesses who did lied under oath. jonathan karl standing by. the major storm as we come on the air. tornado warnings in the south. 18 states on alert from mississippi to maine. severe storms, heavy snow, and rain. the system moving into the northeast tomorrow. rob marciano tracking it all. late word tonight, a police officer arrested for the deadly shooting of an unarmed man in louisiana. what the officer's body camera video shows after he responded to a domestic disturbance. new reporting tonight about the tragic shooting on the campus of michigan state university. authorities revealing the chilling two-page note written by the alleged gunman and listing other targets. frustrated residents demanding answers about the toxic train derailment in east palestine, ohio. the head of the epa on the
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ground today, trying to calm fears. some people complaining of headaches and nausea. many concerned about water and air quality, despite being told both are safe. pennsylvania senator john fetterman, still suffering effects of a stroke, checking himself into walter reed, receiving treatment now for clinical depression. tesla announcing a recall because of issues with one of its most popular features and the risk of a possible crash. and news coming in tonight about bruce willis. what his family is now saying about his condition. good evening and thank you for joining us on this thursday night. i'm whit johnson, in for david tonight. and we begin with president biden before the cameras for the first time to address the string of unidentified objects shot down by u.s. fighter jets over the u.s. and canada. the president under pressure from all sides to speak to the
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possible threat. the president saying we don't know where the three most recent objects came from that were shot down last weekend, but nothing suggests they were part of china's spy balloon program or engaged in surveillance from any other country. but he stood by his decision to send fighter jets to alaska, canada's yukon territory, and the great lakes to take the objects down, saying he will take action to any perceived threat. the president saying he's not looking for a new cold war with china, but not apologizing for shooting down their balloon and keeping its remains. abc's chief global affairs anchor martha raddatz leading us off in washington. >> good afternoon. >> reporter: tonight, for the first time, president biden acknowledging that the three unidentified flying objects shot down after that chinese spy balloon swept across the country, were neither spying on the u.s. nor sent from another country. >> the intelligence community's current assessment is that these three objects were most likely balloons tied to private companies, recreation or research institutions studying
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weather or conducting other scientific research. >> reporter: the three unidentified flying objects were detected after norad adjusted radars to track smaller, slower craft at high altitude, in height of that chinese incursion. the administration had deemed them a threat to civil aviation and sent fighter jets to shoot them down. >> definitely smaller than a car. >> reporter: one after another, over alaska, canada, and lake huron. from the president today, no regrets. >> if any object presents a threat to the safety and security of the american people, i will take it down. >> reporter: biden makes no apologies for shooting down the chinese spy balloon either, though relations between the u.s. and china now increasingly strained. the president today with this message -- >> we seek competition, not conflict with china. we're not looking for a new cold war. >> martha raddatz joining us from washington now. and martha, there are hundreds
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of balloons above the u.s. every day, we know that. and today, president biden calling for new regulations to help keep track of them all. >> reporter: that's right, whit. the president wants to establish a better system to keep track of these balloons and update rules for launching them, not only in the u.s., but globally. none of that will be easy, and none of that will happen quickly, whit. >> all right, martha raddatz for us, thank you. next tonight, a special grand jury in georgia is recommending perjury charges after their investigation into attempts by former president trump and his allies to overturn the 2020 election. the former president did not testify, but a number of his key supporters did. and without releasing names, the grand jury said there may be evidence that one or more of them lied. here's abc's chief washington correspondent jonathan karl. >> reporter: the georgia special grand jury investigating election interference by former president trump and his allies has heard from 75 witnesses, including top trump advisers rudy giuliani and former white house chief of staff
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mark meadows. today, we learned a majority of the jurors believes one or more of those witnesses may have committed perjury. but we still don't know who. trump ally senator lindsey graham, who testified in georgia, today insisted he told the truth. >> but you're confident you're not one of the people who rjured tmsels? >> i am confident i testified openly and honestly, yes. >> r portionf and jury's final report, saying the full report includes, quote, a roster of who should or should not be indicted, and for what, in relation to the conduct and aftermath of the 2020 general election in georgia. so for now, who may be indicted is a mystery, and so is whether or not the grand jury believes donald trump himself should be charged. it was trump himself who was caught on tape pressuring georgia's republican secretary of state to, quote, find the votes he needed to win georgia. >> i just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more
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than we have, because we won the state. so, what are we going to do here, folks? i only need 11,000 votes. fellas, i need 11,000 votes. give me a break. >> reporter: the jury was in total agreement on one point. quote, we find by unanimous vote that no widespread fraud took place in the georgia 2020 presidential election that could result in overturning that election. the decision on whether or not to pursue criminal charges against trump or any of his his associates is now in the hands of the fulton county georgia district attorney. she hasn't indicated when she'll make that decision, but back in january, she said it would be, quote, imminent. whit? >> jon karl for us tonight, thank you. now, to that major storm and the tornado threat at this hour. 18 states on alert, from mississippi to maine. severe weather to the south and heavy snow to the north. the system heading to the northeast. a tornado on the ground in
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smithville, mississippi, here. severe weather into the night. treacherous driving for the morning commute in omaha. let's get right to abc's senior meteorologist rob marciano in tuscaloosa, alabama. rob, where's the threat headed to next? >> reporter: well, whit, the northern part of this thing is going to go to the northeast. the southern part, it's coming right here. the rains have arrived here, and we are right smack in the middle of this big tornado watch that includes much of alabama. this will slowly push to the east. so, the next several hours will be dicey here. so far, so good. we'll hope that holds. the northern part of this thing, the low, is crossing the great lakes. and that will pull a mix of rain, sleet, and snow from chicago to milwaukee and detroit to the north country of new york and northern new england, where after southern new england saw record highs today, near 70 in some spots. that heat and humidity will be wrung out tomorrow in the form of rain. new york city, i-95 down philly, baltimore, and d.c. in the morning hours. wrapping up in the afternoon before a cold wave sets in for the east. whit? >> a big change is on the way. all right, rob, thank you.
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now, to the arrest of a louisiana police officer charged with negligent homicide in the fatal shooting of an unarmed man earlier this month. investigators looking carefully at the officer's body camera video. abc's chief justice correspondent pierre thomas with those images, and a warning, they are disturbing. >> reporter: tonight, newly released video showing police in shreveport, louisiana, responding to a 911 call on february 3rd. a woman claims her husband is drunk and acting erratically. >> my husband, he's threatening me and my daughter. >> reporter: within minutes, two officers arrive at the complex. >> how are you doing? >> how are you doing? >> reporter: one with its body camera rolling. they find alonzo bagley, but no clear evidence of domestic violence or a weapon. but for some reason, bagley decides to run, jumping off the second floor balcony. police in hot pursuit. they catch him. bagley unarmed, his hands up, is shot. >> oh, lord. oh, god.
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you shot me. >> reporter: police then frantic, literally begging him to live. >> hey, keep breathing. keep breathing. >> reporter: bagley later dying at the hospital. tonight, officer alexander tyler is charged with negligent homicide. prosecutors say he acted unprofessionally and recklessly. whit? >> pierre thomas, thank you. now, to the search for answers after the deadly mass shooting at michigan state university. police say the gunman left a two-page note listing threats against businesses, stores, and schools. and we're now getting a look at this body camera video from 2019, showing his arrest for felony gun possession. tonight, the explanation from authorities about how he was able to legally buy guns again. abc's alex perez in east lansing tonight. >> reporter: tonight, authorities hunting for a motive in that horrific attack at michigan state university. >> run! >> reporter: investigators say anthony mcrae was a man with a history of mental health issues and possibly a grudge. >> in his wallet, he had a
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two-page note, that kind of gave us an idea of what his motive was. >> reporter: that note included threats against a dozen local businesses, including a church, a grocery store warehouse, where mcrae once worked, two schools in new jersey, and michigan state university. >> he was feeling slighted by the community and that might have been a motive. i can't confirm it, but that's kind of where they might be leaning towards. >> reporter: authorities say he killed junior arielle diamond anderson, sophomore brian fraser, and junior alexandria verner, later taking his own life as police closed in. >> you work here? >> reporter: this 2019 body camera video shows officers arresting mcrae for felony gun possession. >> you have anything weapons on you or anything like that? >> yeah. >> you have a weapon on you? >> yeah. >> reporter: those charges later reduced to a misdemeanor, allowing him to legally purchase the two .9 millimeter handguns used in monday's attack. and whit, some encouraging news tonight. one of the five students still hospitalized has been upgraded to stable condition. the others remain in critical condition.
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whit? >> certainly a positive update there. alex, thank you. now, to the crisis of confidence in east palestine, ohio, after that train derailment and toxic spill nearly two weeks ago. the images still causing concern, though officials say the air is now clear, and the cleanup will protect public health. the head of the epa on the ground today, vowing, we will get to the bottom of this, and promising to hold the train company accountable. abc's alex presha in ohio tonight. >> reporter: tonight, after a train carrying toxic chemicals through eastern ohio derailed and officials executed a controlled release, the epa on the ground today, asking the residents of east palestine to trust them. >> if we say that the water is safe and the air is safe, we believe it, because we tested it and the data shows it. >> reporter: but residents say they are skeptical after mixed messaging. earlier this week, they were advised to consider drinking bottled water. now, they're told the tap is safe. epa administrator michael regan telling me he believes the science, but understands the concern.
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>> if you are personally uncomfortable with those results and want to continue to have bottled water, then that's an individual's right. >> reporter: kristina ferguson decided to move from her home to a hotel, only returning to her house sparingly. >> when i go in, i get a tingling. it's not a headache, it's pressure, it's dizziness. but it feels -- it just doesn't feel right. >> reporter: today, governor mike dewine requesting the cdc send medical experts to the area to evaluate and counsel those experiencing symptoms. this afternoon, the white house responding. >> we're deploying teams from hhs and the cdc now. >> reporter: whit, today, norfolk southern, which operated that train, writing an open letter to the town, saying, "we are here and we'll stay here for as long as it takes to ensure your safety and to help east palestine recover and thrive." whit? >> and those residents demanding answers there. alex, thank you. now, to that new health setback for senator john fetterman of pennsylvania,
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checking himself into the hospital for clinical depression. abc's senior congressional correspondent rachel scott joins us now. and rachel, this comes as senator fetterman is still suffering from the effects of a massive stroke last may. >> reporter: yes, whit, in fact, senator john fetterman was just released from the hospital a few days ago, after feeling lightheaded. tonight, we have learned he's checked himself into walter reed medical center, where he's being treated for clinical depression. in a statement, his office says, "while john has experienced depression off and on throughout his life, it only became severe in recent weeks." adding, "john is getting the care he needs and will soon be back to himself." his wife tweeting, "i'm so proud of him for asking for help and getting that care." as of now, it's unclear how long fetterman will remain in the hospital. one source close to the senator says it's expected that he will be there longer than just a few days. around 16 million adults struggle with depression every single year in this country. tonight, senators on both sides of the aisle are commending him for getting the help he needs and are wishing him well. whit? >> rachel scott, our thanks to you.
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also at walter reed today, president biden, who was there for his annual checkup. a matter of high interest, as the president, who is now 80 years old, is expected to run again. abc's stephanie ramos at the white house for us, and stephanie, what are we learning from the president's doctor tonight? >> reporter: well, whit, that five-page detailed health report released right before our show. overall, president biden getting a clean bill of health. today, he spent three hours at walter reed undergoing many tests. in that health report, the president's doctor says biden continues to be treated for four different conditions. a type of irregular heart rhythm, higher concentrations of fats or lipids in the blood, also known as high cholesterol, gastroesophageal reflux, and seasonal allergies. the summary says biden did not experience any long covid following his bout with the virus in july of 2022. his doctor also says that biden is fit to successfully execute the duties of the presidency. whit? >> stephanie ramos with those late results.
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thank you. next tonight, tesla issuing a voluntary recall, because of a potential danger with its popular full self-driving feature. the company sending software updates to more than 362,000 vehicles. here's abc's transportation correspondent gio benitez. >> reporter: tonight, tesla recalling more than 360,000 cars equipped with its full self-driving beta software over concerns the tech can increase the risk of a crash. that recall impacting certain teslas made between 2016 and 2023, including popular model s and model x vehicles. federal road safety regulator nhtsa saying the software "allows a vehicle to exceed speed limits or travel through intersections in an unlawful or unpredictable manner." rather than physically recalling vehicles, tesla will address the issue by pushing software updates to the affected cars. tesla facing scrutiny over its self-driving tech from government officials, including
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investigations from the department of justice and nhtsa. >> look at how dangerous that is. >> reporter: earlier this month, this woman caught on camera, apparently asleep at the wheel of a tesla on a california highway. and whit, ceo elon musk is taking issue with the word recall, saying using that word for an over the air software update is just plain wrong. whit? >> gio benitez, our thanks to you tonight. when we come back here, the news about bruce willis. what his family is now saying about his condition. get help reaching your goals with j.p. morgan wealth plan, a new tool in the chase mobile® app. use it to set and track your goals, big and small... and see how changes you make today... could help put them within reach. from your first big move to retiring poolside and the other goals along the way wealth plan can help get you there. j.p. morgan wealth management. when moderate to severe ulcerative colitis keeps flaring,
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>> building a better bay area, moving forward, finding solutions, this is abc 7 news. >> the dueling issues that are affecting the people who live there. >> thank you for joining us. in oakland there is an ongoing ransomware attack the could mean no paychecks for city workers this week. >> there is the fallout from firing the police chief. >> let's start with that topic yesterday the mayor announced leronne armstrong's termination saying she no longer has confidence in his ability to lead the department. today community advocates and faith leaders rallied in support of armstrong with some calling for the new mayor to be recalled. cornell barnard has the latest. >> chief armstrong has been loyal to the families. he has been loyal to the community. today we are standing to say we are going to be loyal.
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>> oakland community advocates rallied outside of city hall in support of former police chief armstrong who was fired without cause i am a looker confident chief armstrong can do the work needed to achieve the visit. >> the termination comes a month after he was put on administrative leave following dereliction of duty allegations he failed to properly act on the must conduct a left his officers. >> the main thing we want done is to clear his name. nothing and any of those reports said he was a bad person. >> others went armstrong back on the job. >> we are going to demand h reinstated, rehired and back in his rightful place. should public safety be the main concern of oakland '>> advocates are pointing fingers at the mayor that their voice was ignored. >> do we feel that we matter at all? no, we do not. >> when is the citizens voice going to matter to this mayor?
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