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> >> more than 1,500 flights canceled already. this all moves into the northeast tomorrow. also, the deadly plane crash back home tonight, and they're already pointing to weather. and here in warsaw tonight, the abc news exclusive, my interview with president biden. and his speech on the world stage, tonight president biden with us, reacting to vladimir putin's new nuclear threat. putin saying russia will suspend its commitment to e theacl treaty with th well, tonight the president witn his message to putin, telling us, it is a big mistake. in the u.s., that deadly . pl authorities pointing to storms as a possible cause. this as that major system now moves across the country. our teams tonight in salt lake
city, minneapolis. this heads into the northeast tomorrow. several feet of snow in some places. ice, freezing rain, and those dangerous winds. more than 1,500 flights canceled. they expect far more.rob marciae this all out. the emergency landing in the u.s. e flight headed to wasngd.hito,. authorities say a passenger was trying to get into the cockpit.i after the toxic train derailment. tonight, the health clinic that's now been opened is fully booked. and now this is turning political. presidential candidate donald trump is there, and now the white house tonight arguing it's trump who owes the community an apology, they say after rolling back regulations on rail companies that would protect these communities. the news coming in late today. ivanka trump a jared khn counsel, investigating donald trump's attempts to overturn the 2020 election. it comes after former vice
president mike pence was subpoenaed. what does this all signal? jon karl is here. breaking news coming in this hour in the alex murdaugh trial, charged with killing his own wife and son. what we have just learned about alex murdaugh himself. toniw you the tenn gh wt,hs that chinese spy balloon taken by a u.s. air force pilot in a u-2 spy plane well above the u.s. and the family in a car accident. the firefighters who arrived, the family surviving, but it was what the firefighters noticed, what the daughter was wearing, and what they did next. "america strong." and good evening tonight from warsaw. we're tracking several major stories back home in the u.s. that deadly plane crash, a small plane going down in little rock. authorities pointing to weather as a major system moves across nearly the entire country tonight. snow, ice, dangerous winds. already more than 1,500 flights canceled.
rob marciano is standing by. but we are going to begin with my exclusive interview with president biden late today right here in warsaw. the president tonight on vladimir putin, who has just declared russia will suspend its commitment to the key nuclear treaty with the united states. president biden telling me, that's a big mistake. it comes after the speech on the world stage. president biden defending democracy, rallying nato, standing by ukraine. now one year into this war. but today in russia, vladimir putin welcoming china's chief diplomat. putin holding a war-time rally and announcing china's president xi will be visiting russia this spring. tonight, president biden's message for vladimir putin. >> reporter: i know this is a defining moment in this war. we watched your speech here in warsaw. and as you know, just hours before, vladimir putin gave his own speech. and i wanted to ask you about something vladimir putin said. he said that russia is suspending participation, cooperation in the nuclear
treaty with the united states. what's your message to putin on that? >> it's a big mistake to do that. not very responsible. and -- but i don't read into that that he's thinking of using nuclear weapons or anything like that. i think it's -- i'm not sure what else he was able to say in his speech at the moment, but i think it's a mistake, and i'm confident we'll be able to work it out. >> reporter: he is saying he's going to suspend participation in this nuclear treaty. rhetoric is one thing, but we're a year into this war now. does it concern you when he says something like this? and are we less safe? >> well, look, i think we're less safe when we walk away from arms control agreements that are very much in both parties' interests and the world's interest, but i've not seen anything, we've not seen anything where there's a change in his posture, in what they're doing. the idea that somehow this means they're thinking of using nuclear weapons, international, continental ballistic missiles, there's no evidence of that.ld
that this is a just part of our extended interview with pridt deth continues friday in washgt we will press the president on china and the relationship with russia and much more. that's friday night right here on "world news tonight." and one more note before we move on here this evening about the stakes in this moment. vladimir putin in moscow, that massive rally today and celebrating the relationship with china. let's get right to senior white house correspondent mary bruce in warsaw with me tonight, because, mary, it was clearly evident what putin was trying to accomplish today. >> reporter: it certainly was, david. the president making overtures to china just as he held that massive rally. putin putting on this big patriotic display, to try to drum up support for his war. it came just hours after he sat down with china's top diplomat. as the u.s. is growing increasingly concerned that russia may turn to beijing for military help to win this fight. putin saying that relations between the two countries are, quote, reaching new milestones,
and that cooperation between russia and china is, quote, very important for stabilizing the international situation. and putin announcing the chinese president xi jinping plans to visit russia this spring. david. >> mary bruce here in warsaw tonight. mary, thank you. again, we will press the president on china and this relationship with russia and far on this broadcast. but we do move on tonight to the news back home, the deadly plane crash.osble th'reypoin t cause, as this massive storm now moves coast to coast. more than 40 states, 135 million americans on alert tonight for dangerous wind, snow, ice, tornados. our teams in salt lake city, minneapolis, and this is all heading to the northeast next. blizzard conditions and treacherous driving on i-94 near fargo, north dakota. a snow emergency in minneapolis and st. paul. the area bracing for a multiday, potentially historic snow storm. and look at this tonight -- california pummelled by high winds. downed trees causing massive
send storm now on the way there with a rare blizzard warning for l.a. county. but in this system moving across the country tonight, more than 1,500 flights canceled already. and of course what we're learning at this hour about that deadly plane crash, a small plane going down in little rock. no one surviving. they're pointing to weather. abc's trevor ault tonight from minneapolis. >> reporter: tonight, coast-to-coast impacts from a massive winter storm that's just getting started. blizzard conditions building in the upper midwest. the region bracing for up to 2 feet of snow and 50-mile-an-hour wind gusts. minnesota's governor declaring a peacetime emergency and activating the national guard. crews have been working all through the night and all day today trying to get salt and sand down on the roads, but even so, once we'r in the thick of this storm, officials are already warning travel is going to be impossible. newly released video from the wyoming highway patrol showing the dangers first responders face, this close call with a semi caught on dashcam on
i-80 near rawlins. in california, high winds tuesday taking down huge trees in the bay area. this one blocking multiple lanes of the bay bridge. in santa cruz county, a 1-year-old child rushed to the hospital in critical condition after a redwood tree crashed into a home. and in los angeles county, their first blizzard warning since 1989.g out 2 to 5 feet of snow at 4,000 feet within about a 1 to 2-day period. >> reporter: extreme snow totals raising the already high risk of avalanches in the west. mireya villareal outside salt lake city. >> reporter: across the west, major highways are shut down so plows can clear the roadways and crews can do avalanche in utah,he up to 2 feet of snow fell just overnight. >> reporter: the sprawling system's also snarling air travel. more than 1,500 flights canceled across the country today, and hundreds more already canceled for tomorrow.
and in little rock, arkansas, the ntsb investigating if weather was a factor in a small plane crash today that killed all five people on board. and david, here in minnesota, the department of transportation has already started to shut down some highways. they say in whiteout conditions tonight, even their plows are going to have a tough time driving. david? lt, thanks to you trer and to mireya tonight. let's get to senior meteorologist rob marciano with the timing and track as this whole system moves across the country now. hi, rob. >> reporter: hi, david. it's so far-reaching. it's really stunning how many americans are impacted by the system. advisories and warnings are up continuously from coast to coast. there's a blizzard warning mentioned in l.a. county. still ongoing in the upper midwest. winter storm warnings into the northeast. severe storms knocking down trees in missouri today. tornadoes still possible the next couple hours. the snow reaching into the east now, and the dangerous icing around chicago, just north into detroit. that icy mix pushes down along
i-90 to new york and boston for the morning commute. that's when the blizzard really gets cranking in minnesota. 50 miles per hour winds, blinding snow, power outages. and another foot of snow for wisconsin and across the northern tier. while temps are 30 to 40 degrees below normal in the west, they're 30 to 40 above normal in the southeast. tomorrow record highs near 80 degrees while another batch of snow and ice returns here in northern new york. david? all right, rob marciano, our thanks to you as always. very complicated weather picture tonight. we're going to turn in the landing. to that emergen cy a flight from jacksonville, florida to washington, d.c. a passenger pilots making that emergency landing in north carolina and law enforcement waiting when that plane arrived. abc's gio benitez covers aviation. >> reporter: tonight, an american eagle flight traveling from jacksonville to the nation's capital forced to land in raleigh-durham after an urgent message from air traffic control.
a passenger allegedly trying to get into the cockpit. >> subject is currently loose in the cabin, loose in the cabin, and he has tried to breach the cockpit. he's being somewhat restrained by the flight crew and other passengers.the plane and restran this guy. >> reporter: you can hear the drama unfolding. >> i gather the subject is not in flex cuffs, is that correct? >> correct. loose in the cabin. >> reporter: our abc station wtvd reporting crew members were able to restrain the passenger. >> a long gun crew is going to be on the outside, end of the aircraft. they'll be standing by. >> reporter: and, david, if charged with interfering with the flight crew, the passenger could face up to 20 years in prison. the fbi's conducting interviews right now. david. >> all right, gio benitez tonight. gio, thank you. we're going to turn now to the fear and concern in ohio after that toxic train derailment. tonight, the health clinic that has now been opened is fully booked, and this is now all turning political.
presidential candidate donald trump is there on the ground demanding answers, and tonight the white house is now arguing it's trump who owes the community an apology, they say, after rolling back regulations on rail companies that were supposed to protect these very communities. abc's alex presha in ohio for us. >> reporter: tonight, with anxious residents in east palestine, ohio, desperate for help after that toxic train derailment, that newly opened health clinic fully booked. with nearly 70 appointments scheduled through thursday. and transportation secretary pete buttigieg now planning to visit the community tomorrow after he and president biden faced fierce backlash from republicans and former president donald trump. tonight, trump on the ground here nearly three weeks after that fiery derailment leaked hazardous chemicals with this message. >> you are not forgotten. we stand with you, we pray for you, and we will stay with you and your fight to help answer and the accountability that you deserve. >> reporter: and with trump on in ohio, the white house saying it's trump himself that owes residents in east palestine an apology. the white house saying in a statement, congressional
republicans and former trump administration officials owe east palestine an apology for selling them out to rail industry lobbyists when they dismantled obama-biden rail safety protections as well as epa powers to rapidly contain spills. in 2017, trump actually celebrated rolling back regulations that many advocates say might have protected communities. one of those withdrawn regulations calling for specialized systems on trains carrying hazardous materials. trump tweeting, i am continuing to get rid of costly and unnecessary regulations. much work left to do, but effect will be great. tonight, it's not clear if any of those regulations specifically contributed to the accident in east palestine. david, transportation secretary pete buttigieg is pointing to those trump rollbacks into laws pushed by congressional republicans, saying they've constrained his team in some areas of rail regulation. meanwhile, the ntsb is scheduled to release its preliminary report on the accident tomorrow. david? >> alex presha live in ohio tonight. alex, thank you. next here this evening, abc
news has learned ivanka trump and jared kushner have now been subpoenaed by justice department special counsel jack smith. the subpoena specifically related to january 6th and events leading up to it. former vice president mike pence already subpoenaed. so, what does this all signal? here's our chief washington tonight. >> reporter: in yet another sign the federal investigation into donald trump's action on and before january 6th is moving aggressively, special counsel jack smith has subpoenaed the former president's daughter ivanka and son-in-law jared kushner. earlier this month, the special counsel issued a subpoena for vice president pence. sources tell abc news the subpoenas for kushner and ivanka trump are specifically related to the special counsel's investigation of january 6th and the efforts of the former president and his allies to overturn the 2020 election. this comes as the fulton county georgia district attorney considers whether to seek an indictment against donald trump and his allies for tampering
with georgia's 2020 election results. and now in the georgia case, something highly unusual has happened. the forewoman of the 23-person special grand jury that investigated the case is talking publicly about the grand jury's work, revealing they recommended >> not a short list.. >> reporter: she says she decided to speak because serving on a grand jury was, quote, a really cool experience. but she's giving her opinion of the case even though most of the grand jury's work remains under seal. >> i will be sad if nothing happens. like, that's about my only request there is for something to happen. i don't necessarily know what it is. m not the judge.l expert. i'm not the lawyers. >> reporter: the case centers on trump's efforts to overturn his 2020 election loss in georgia, including his infamous call asking the state's republican secretary of state to, quote, find exactly the number of additional votes he needed to win.
>> i just want to find, uh, 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have, because we won the state. so, what are we gonna do here, folks? i only need 11,000 votes. fellas, i need 11,000 votes. give me a break. >> reporter: the decision on whether or not to seek any indictments is entirely in the hands of the fulton county district attorney. some legal experts caution that the jurors' comments could complicate things when the judge in this case disbanded the special grand jury last month, he did not speak them from speaking publicly, but under georgia law, david, they are not permitted to speak about their deliberations. >> jon karl with us again on this story tonight. jon, thank you. when we come back, the major headline in the alex murdaugh murder trial late today involving alex murdaugh himself, charged with murdering his wife and son. and we'll show you the new image tonight from the pentagon of china's spy balloon taken by
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>> we are facing a light level one storm but it is enough to knocknds in the outages. >> patel, a cold winter storm triggering a rare winter storm warning. i have an hour-by-hour look coming up. abc 7 news at 6:00 starts right now. >> building a better bay area, moving forward, finding solutions. this is abc 7 news. >> that is storm. you can see it. it is not justthat is hail ther. hitting santa rosa. thank you for joining us. >> here we go again, hail is one result of this weather.a storm t brings one on the abc 7 scale. that is a little bit of snow
falling in santa rosa. >> we are talking about a lot more snow in the sierra. check out this view, snowplows are already at work, clearing the roads and chains are required. >> we have several reporters out there covering the wind. people are doingat to prepare before it gets any worse. >> it will be an interesting 48 hours ahead. as this winter storm is starting to exert its influence here. first came the child. now on live doppler 7, we are starting to notice those showers moving through the region. they are not very widespread by debt. through tomorrow and the following