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tonight, breaking news involving pts trump and the shutdown. just moments ago, the president signaling he might be willing to reopen the zbosmt for three weeks. what does he want in return. all of it with 800,000 american workers miss another paycheck. faces, families across the country. some forced to ration medicine. the deadly hostage stand off. the man with a bullet proof vest carrying a handgun. the race to find a missing 3-year-old boy. >> why search teams are facing a major hurdle. the earth giving way, and the families getting out.
the police officers, hit in the chest and killed. he describes it as an accidental shooting. and a school superintendent trying to use her own health insurance to help a sick kid. she speaks out here tonight. good evening. it's great to have you with us here on a thursday night. we begin tonight with you new developments. the president signaling he might be willing to reopen the government for three weeks as they continue to debate his border wall. they are trying to broker some sort of a deal. the white house had initially said late today the president would reopen the government for a time if there was a significant down payment on the wall. but a short time later, the president signals that payment was just one idea. so is there moment snont
jonathan karl leading us off. >> reporter: compromise grewing? tonight, he didn't real out spoortding it for the border wall. would you support a temporary spending bill without money for the wall? just to reopen? >> i wouldn't be happy with it. i wouldn't be happy. we have a lot of alternatives. >> even if it has no wall money? does it have to have wall money? >> look, look. i have other alternatives if i have to. i'll use those alternatives if i have to. we want to go through the system. we have to have a wall in this country. >> reporter: this comes less than 24 hours after the president backed down from his showdown with house speaker nancy pelosi over his state of the union address. now the president told us the speaker's demand that the speech be delayed until after the shutdown is, quote, reasonable. >> what she said, i thought, was actually reasonable. we'll have the state of the union when the shutdown is over. >> when do you think that's going to be? >> that, i can't tell you. that, i can't tell you, but we have a lot of alternatives, but we need border security.
>> reporter: the president's comments on day 34 of the shutdown come amid new accusaons rnint anher yc s,ining up at a food connecticua >> reporter: commerce secretary wilbur ross is under fire for these comments earlier today. >> there are reports there are some federal workers who are going to homeless shelters to get food. >> i know they are, and i don't understand why. the 30 days of pay that some people will be out, there's no real reason why they shouldn't be able to get a loan. >> reporter: democrats calling ross, who is a billionaire, a modern day marie antoinette. >> they have wilbur ross saying he doesn't understand why. when he was asked about people going to food lines and
pantries, he said he doesn't understand why they have to do that. is this a let them eat cake kind of attitude, or call your father for money. er. >> of course all of this zwoping as we come on the air tonight. jon karl at the white house. both parties trying to hash out some ort of a deal tonight. and speaker nancy pelosi is holding some of the cards here. and down payment for the border wall to reopen? >> reporter: speaker pelosi continues to insist that money for the border wall should not be mart of any agreement to reopen the government. the same time, you have the president saying the wall must be build one way or another. he said there are alternatives and one of the alternatives still under consideration, trying to bypass congress declaring a national emergency?
>> thank you. we have never seen this in our country before. as the political battles play out, the real pain for families across the country. many of the families sending the messages to "world news tonight." some rationing medicine and pleading with banks for their mortgage. steve osunsami continues his reporting. this isn't politics. this is people's lives. >> reporter: the air traffic controllers union tell us tonight that their members are at a breaking point. that the stress of the job and no paycheck are just too much, and that, "mistakes are being made." >> my worry now is how to keep it. >> reporter: dan mccabe helps keep the skies safe in atlanta. when we first met his family, they were trying get the mortgage company to let a payment slide. tonight he's beyond frustrat.fo. >>orter: the struggle of
these everyday americans grows larger, and the voices grow louder every minute this shutdown drags on. >> i received my last paycheck december 31st. >> tomorrow i will miss my second paycheck. >> i haven't been paid in over 33 days. >> reporter: tonia, in colorado springs, tells us she could lose her home. >> just thinking that this house that we've been making payments on for, 15, 16 years, we could lose it. we could lose everything. >> reporter: mallory at u.s. fish and wildlife in wisconsin, is rationing insulin. >> when the shutdown occurred i only had a few vials of insulin left in my refrigerator. i thought, okay, i can't really afford the $300 co-pay for more so i'll just make this insulin last as long as i can make it last. >> reporter: tim in suburban detroit can't afford to finish his home repairs. >> at what point do i resign from this agency? i can't continue to afford to fund my family on my savings and continue to pay for myself to go to work. i love the work that i do and i
need to have an income to do it. >> reporter: in very personal messages to abc news, they don't ask for sympathy, they ask for washington to solve this. the administration officialsde families will get paid when the government reopens. but they say none of that will undo the damage. david. >> we will stay on this. steve, thank you. we will move on to a deadly rampage in a florida bank tonight. we have learned that all five victims for women. one of them, a mother of seven. what the gunman's former girlfriend has revealed. tom llamas is in sebring, florida, tonight. >> reporter: tonight 21 year old zephan xaver formally charged in court today with five counts of premeditated homicide murder. police say the alleged shooter walked into this suntrust bank with a bulletproof vest and a 9mm handgun. forcing the four employees and
lone customer to the ground, shooting them execution style. all five victims were women. just moments before the shooting 76 year old victor sparks tried entering the bank, but the doors had already been locked by the alleged gunman. >> i was so thankful. the fast response. i would say eight police cars were there. >> reporter: police eventually surrounding the bank, then ramming the entrance when xaver refused to surrender. at that point were you under the assumption the victims may still be alive? >> we'd hoped the victims were alive. >> reporter: but it was too late. and now a young woman who says she's the shooter's ex-girlfriend says she warned people about his alleged desire to kill. >> talking about guns, and wanting guns, and he wants to hurt people physically. tonight police releasing the names of three of the victims. marisol lopez, a teller at the bank.non williams, who had just started working at the bank a few weeks ago, and a mother to 7 children.
>> loving came easy for her. living without her will be hard. >> tom llamas with us from sebring, flortd. no motive. there is one person who did manage to escape? >> david, we just learned that incredible piece of information moments ago. police tell us there was a bank ploy who was in the break room. when they heard the gunshots, they took off running, calling 911 along with the way. investigators do not have a motive yet. but dhi have surveillance video and they will show it's a calculated mass shoot sbk not a bank robly. david? >> thanks to you tonight. we will turn now to a desperate search for a 3-year-old, casey hathaway. and tonight, we hear the call to 911 and the new hurdle that the searchers now face. here is stephanie ramos. >> reporter: the frantic search for 3-year-old casey hathaway hampered by weather.
heavy rain and strong winds pounding the rural eastern no playing in her backyard tuesday. according to his great grandmother. according to his grandmother, playing in her backyard tuesday. and tonight we're hearing the 911 call she placed soon after he disappeared. >> what's going on there? >> we lost my 3-year-old grandson. he walked in the woods back there, and we can't find him. >> reporter: telling the dispatcher he was playing with two relatives, but he never made it back in the house. >> it's been at least 45 minutes 'cause we've been looking all in the woods for him. >> reporter: officials are treating this as a missing persons case, and are hopeful casey is found safely. >> there is no such thing as an insignificant lead for us. our number one priority is getting casey home to his family. >> reporter: david, right now only professional search teams are working to find little casey because of safety concerns. nearby residents have been told to look in sheds and storage vehicles. david?
the storm upul cst toortheast. long delays at the airport, new york and boston. damage from a possible tornado in lake county, florida, tonight. and the one person killed in long island and downed trees and power lines in massachusetts. coming behind it, an arctic blast. rob marciano is tracking it all for us. hey, rob. >> reporter: the swrinds been ripping here and now the cold front is nearly clear of the u.s. coastline. check it out on the radar. new england with the rain. wind gusts, 70 miles per hour, and the great lake, warners for buffalo, new york, and michigan. look at the would air, minus 22 in chicago. and cold as 9 in nashville and it slides to the east saturday morning. teens, new york, philly, boston, below zero and a shot of cold
air the middle of next week. david? >> whiplash next week with the temperatures. thanks to you. 24 hours of michael cohen suddenly revealed he would not testify to the american people because of threats he say from the american president, the subpoena to michael cohen. they have made it clear they want to hear from him. here is kyra phillips. >> reporter: tonight michael cohen served with a subpoena. the president's former attorney and fixer ordered to testify on capitol hill. sources say it will be behind closed doors. it comes just a day after he canceled his public testimony, citing concerns over "ongoing threats against his family" from the president and his lawyer. the president suggestion his cohen's father-in-law who should be investigated.
>> he should give information maybe on his father-in-law, because that's the one that people want to look at. >> reporter: rudy giuliani suggested he might be a criminal -- without any evidence. >> his father-in-law has millions and millions. i'm telling you, he comes from the ukraine. this reason that is important is, he may have ties to something called organized crime. >> reporter: the president denies he's threatened cohen. >> no, i would say he's been threatened by the truth. he's only been threatened by the truth. >> let's get to kyra phillips live from us in washington. will he comply with the subpoena? >> well, michael cohen's lawyer tells us tonight they hope to have reasonable terms, ground rules and a date before march when cohen reports to prison for a three year sentence. david? >> kyra, thank you. just 24 hourser the
trump administration said you it will no longer recognize venezuela's president, retail united nations telling the american diplomats, and telling the diplomats to keep their children close, don't send them to school. let hees go to martha raddatz reporting. martha? >> reporter: the regime does not have the authority to order american diplomats in the u.s. venezuela since the president does not recognize as president. but tonight, the state department is ordering nonemergency employees to leave venezuela, it comes among the escalating chaos and a night of looting and violence. but the u.s. embassy will remain open, david? >> martha, thank you. and tonight, flortdida's
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. finally tonight here, america strong. the police deputy paying her respects and the perfect stranger showing his respect too. that's police deputy tiffany zil from alabama saluting an officer, the procession moving by. the plan behind her, a perfect stranger, saw her in the rain and held his umbrella over her. >> i didn't know he was there. my off. >> they had never het, and deputy wanted to thank him. >> it meant a lot. it ways that you can't really even put into words. >> our station in birmingham,
abc 33 and the viewers trying to find him and they did. >> hi, nice to meet you. come here, give me a hug. >> the procession afeblgting both of them. listen to what he tells the police deputy in the pouring rain. >> it was one of the most powerful and emotional displays i have ever experienced. and it am so impressed that you were out there, and you were paying your respects. >> it can be easy to get jaded in this job. so it's nice to see the good in people. to be reminded of that. >> the good in people. there's a lot of it. i'm david muir. hope to see you right back here tomorrow. good night. good night.
this fire was a tragedy of unimaginable scale. >> we know the cause of the second most destructive wild fire in california history. private equipment and not pg&e is to blame. this news comes a weak after the company announced plans to file for bankruptcy. >> pg&e was found liable for 17 other fires. in 2017. >> the cal fire report and announcement comes as rebuilding is muf moving along slowly. >> good afternoon. thanks for joing us. >> the tubs fire, 22 people died. 5,600 structures lost and 57 square miles burned. >> how it plays out with pg&e plans to file for bankruptcy protection remains unclear. the utility planned to file for bankruptcy next week citing billions of potential damage from other deadly and destruct i
have fires. >> new video shows you exactly where the fire started in 2017. the red in the middle of the screen is the exact location. napa county. >> we have been following this story since 2017 fire. live in studio with the development. >> here it is the cal fire report. 80 pages. it took 15 months. this is good news for pg&e. attorneys for the victims say they are already saying cal fire got it wrong. this fight is far from over. >> the tubs fire started the night of october 8, 2017 and swept across napa county. destroying 5,000 homes. taking 22 lives. the report released today shows hours after the fire started an investigator identified the possible ignition point. a home on a ten acre plot.