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? breaking news tonight. the state of emergency this hour. multiple tornadoes reported already. the devastating damage. we're on the scene. about to power right up the east coast, 45 million in the path. also breaking, the new surveillance images of the alleged uber gunman. where he was in the hours before the rampage. the race for the white house, and tonight, the showdown in nevada. donald trump lashing out at ted cruz. and what trump said when asked why he's not taking on marco rube roe. breaking news on the zika outbreak, right here in the u.s. tonight. authorities now confirming more than a dozen new cases of the disease sexually transmitted. late details coming in now. > and reporter on the field, the "dancing with the stars" favorite, tonight, suing a major hotel.
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stalker to get the room next door to spy on her? good evening. and it's great to have you with us here on a tuesday night. and we begin with the massive and deadly storm system slamming the south, and about to move right up the east coast. several tornadoes striking already. and a state of emergency declared in multiple states, mississippi, alabama. and from louisiana tonight, these images coming in. a triple water spout there, forming in lake pontchartrain. one of those reported tornadoes in prairieville, louisiana, tearing up this shopping district. that storm on the move, heading up the coast. heavy rain, wind and right behind it, sleet and snow. several major cities in the path. a dangerous night ahead. and a travel nightmare tomorrow. we are on it all tonight, and abc's linzie janis leads us off from louisiana tonight. linzie? >> reporter: david, we're here in prairieville, where a reported tornado rippled apart this golds gym. it took off the roof, then knocked out this entire side
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you can see, the metal beam still hanging. this damage from one of multiple reported tornaes across the >> oh look, it's going down! >> reporter: funnel clouds trying to touch down near new new orleans. >> a tornado warning in this area. take shelter now. extreme threat. >> reporter: severe weather spawning this massive water watch as two more form on the sides. the threat growing throughout the day. now, a particularly dangerous situation. officials in four states telling residents to be on extreme alert, for large, long-tracking tornadoes. major damage to downtown businesses in prairieville. incredibly, dozens of people inside this gold's gym, unharmed, as a reported tornado rips through. >> i started screaming, everybody get down, take cover. >> reporter: the entire side of the building sheered off.
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of the night near san antovio, with golf ballized hail. this car getting pummeled. heavy rain bringing accidents. one person injured when this tractor trailer overturned and three cars slammed into it. in houston, this school bus caked with mud. no kids on board. david, these storms are on the move, headed east, and nighttime is the most dangerous time for tornadoes, so, authorities are asking everyone in the region to be on alert. david? >> linzie, thank you. of course, because people then go to bed and you say this is not going to weaken throughout the night. >> reporter: no, the winds top to bottom are such that things may strengthen. that's going to be extremely dangerous. tornadoes warnings just east of hattiesburg. tornado watches posted until 10:00 p.m. large tornadoes possible. this extends into points to the east, as we go through the overnight. look at the low as it tracks up to the north and east.
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this from st. louis to chicago to detroit. so, winter component, as well. >> a mess right through wednesday and thursday. rob, thank you. in the meantime, tonight, we move onto another developing headline. ne surveillance images tonight of the alleged uber gunman, in the hours before the rampage. this apparently is the suspect at a gun shop, earlier in the day. the owner says he bought a tactical vest and appeared upbeat. just hours later, police say he targeted victims at random. three different sites, within 12 miles. actually picking up passengers in between the shootings. abc's alex perez with the surveillance. >> reporter: tonight, those new images believed to show uber driver jason dalton inside a gun shop. the store owner says nothing seemed out of the ordinary, and dalton bought a tactical jacket like this one. >> the person that was in here was friendly, talked to us, was smiling, joking around. >> reporter: less than three hours later, the first shooting. investigators say dalton picked up uber fares in between the
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>> i've described this as intentional, as deliberate, as cold. >> reporter: uber confirms the 45-year-old father of two had passed a background check and had good ratings from customers. tonight, new details about this car dealership where richard smith and his 17-year-old son tyler we gunned down. authorities revealing tyler's girlfriend survived by hiding in the backseat of the family car and called 911. and 14-year-old abigail kopf, among the victims shot at this craig cracker baseball erer barrel restaurant parking lot. four others, including her grandma barb, killed. doctors say thteenager's heart at one point stopped. her family describing that moment they learned she's alive and still fighting. >> actually, she squeezed my hand. it was a miracle on its own. you don't expect it, and all of a sudden, it's there. my daughter is not dead. she is alive and she is fighting for her life. >eporter: and david, the uber driver has been appointed a public defender. meanwhile investigators tonight say they are hunting for more answers and a motive.
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>> alex perez tonight, thank you. next here, t t the race for the white house tonight, and the republican showdown in nevada. don't, voters will have their say. front-runner donald trump trying to seal the deal, doubling down in his attacks on senator ted cruz today. but one of his closest challenge challenger challengers, senator marrowco rubio, wracking up. one republic candidate saying today, i don't know if my purpose is to be president. abc's tom llamas, in las vegas. >> reporter: donald trump tonight sayinin nevada is no one-night stand, promising a long-term relationship, if caucus-goers pick kim over his opponents. >> you'll never see them again, believe me, so that'it. but trump -- i'm going to be with you here all night. all nit. >> reporter: trump hoping a win here will choke any hope from rivals like senator ted cruz. >> this guy ted crcr is the biggessingle liar i've ever dealt with imy life.
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front-runner, relishing his fight with cruz. >> he is like a little baby. soft, weak, little baby by comparison. but for lying, he's the best i've ever seen. he's the best. >> reporter: but today, cruz fighting back. >> wow. it sounds like donald is really geing worried and gettg scared. you know, you alway have a barometer to how concerned donald is, by howuch he's insulting and just how rattled he is. >> reporter: but as he battles cruz, trump refusing to lay a finger on senator marco rubio, who continues to win endorsements from establishment leaders. >> marco rubio is a nice young man. he has not hit me. i'm treating him nicely. when he hits me, oh, is he going to be hit. at some point he may get nasty. in whichase, you know, fine. i hope he does bececse it's more fun, right? >> reporter: rubio has momentum, but he has yet to win a single ate. if you don't win t tight in nevada, what proof do you have, what evidence, what can you show to your supporters that you'll win any state at all? >> you have a hardcore majority of republicans that do not want donald trump as the nominee, and as lg as they are being divided up three or foureople,
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but that's not going to continue. >>eporter: do they neeto drop out then? >> i think voters are going to take care of that, you already sathat. >> reporter: and tonight, one of rubio's rivals, governor john kasic sounding like a manan whose time is ruing out. >> i don't know if my purpose is to be president. my purpose is to be out here doing what i think i need to be doing, and we'll see where it ends up. >> reporter: kasich's upbeat style, a stark contrast to ump, who recently lit into a protester r terrupted his speech. >>he's walking outike big high fives, smiling, laughing, like to punch him in the face, i'll tell you. >> and tom llamas with us live tonight. a big night ahead in nevada, but some candidates have already left, headed to super tuesday states? >> reporter: that's right, david. senar marco rubio and governor john kasich both in oth states campaigning, focused on next week and super tuesday. david? >> all right,t,he results overnight and first thing in the you. now, to major developments on the democratic side. just four days until the south
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hillary clinton drawn back into her e-mailcontroversy. the new question, will top aides now have to testify? the clinton team's response, coming in right now. and the question for senator burr knee sanders tonight, is there still a path? hillary clinton with nearly 30-point lead in south carolina, and abc's cecilia vega is there. >> reporter: tonight, as hillary clinton hopes for a big win in south carolina, a federal judge delivering a stark reminder to voters abo that controversy still hanging over her campaign. the judge ruling clinton's top aides and state department officials should testify under oath about their role in setting up the private e-mail server she used as secretary of state. bernie sanders on the trail today, too, trying for the win he needs to keep his campaign afloat. but when the crowd began to boo at the mention of clinton's name -- >> my opponent, secretary clinton and i have a strong disagreement -- no. no, no, no.
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>> no. i respect secretary clinton, we can have differences. >> reporter: sanders now setting his sights beyond south carolina, to super tuesday, hoping for wins in colorado, minnesota, massachusetts and his home state, vermont. clinton trying to cash in on hr support among minority voter across the south. counting on victories in arkansas, texas, georgia and alabama. >> all right, we'll see. and cecilia live tonight. the clinton team responding to word that clinton aides may now have to testify. >> reporter: david, clinton's campaign manager said right wing atcks are behind this court case. for her part, she is here in this chuh tonight, making her last-minute pitch to south carolina voters. david? >> cecilia, thank you. next, to a major new voice in the battle between apple and the fbi tonight. of course, at issue, whether apple should help the fbi unlock the iphone used by one of the san bernardino attackers. tonight, that tech giant, microsoft founder bill gates now
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about finding a back door into that phone. he says it's an isolated case. again tonight, abc's pierre thomas. >> reporter: tonight, apple supporters rallied outside the fbi and at apple stores across the country. >> hands off our phones! >> reporter: microsoft founder bill gates was weighing in on apple's fight against the court order to open a san bernardino killer's iphone. >> nobody's talking about a back door, so, that's not the right question. this is a specific case, where the government's asking for access to information. they're not asking for some general thing. they're asking for a particular case. >> reporter: in his interview with "the official financial times," gates did not give an opinion on what apple should do, but said this is a debate that needs to be had ad resolved. >> the courts will tell them whether to provide the access or not. it's no different than, you know -- should anybody have ever been able to tell the phone companies to get information. >> reporter: he seems to be at
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tech industry, who have rushed to back apple. a new poll finding 51% of americans believe apple should unlock the phone, and 38% who say the company should not. >> reporter: but david, apple has its supporters. a rally here is just wrapping up, and they were quite vocal. david? >> pierre thomas tonight, thank you. and to the white house night. president obama today vowing to close the guantanamo bay prison, once and for all, revealing his new plan. but tonight here, we ask, where would those prisoners go? some of them to unspecified locations here in the u.s. here's abc's chief white house correspondent jonathan karl. >> reporter: it holds some of the world's most notorious terrorists, including 9/11 mastermind khaleedid sheikh mohammed, and abu zubaydah, once al qaeda's chief of operations. in releasing his plan to close guantanamo -- >> keeping this facility open is contrary to our values. it undermines our standing in the world. >> reporter: the president is trying to keep one of his first
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candidate. >> we will close guantanamo. >> reporter: the white house plan is short on specifics. of the 91 detainees, about 30 would be transferred to other countries. the rest, brought to unspecified locations in the u.s. >> the yays are 91. >> reporter: congress has already voted to forbid bringing detainees to the u.s. but the white house today didn't rule out the president acting on his own. it's a really simple question -- if those barriers remain in place, can you still close that facility, yes or no? >> we are now asking for congress to give it fair consideration. i'm not going to speculate at this point if congress refuses to do that. >> reporter: and david, if the president tries to defy congress and close guantanamo on his own, congressional republicans say they are prepared to fight him in court. in fact, they have already hired lawyers to make the case. >> jon karl live at the white house. jon, thank you. and jon, as you know, another major development today in a different battle playing out in washington. the fight over replacing justice antonin scalia at the supreme
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tonight, senate republicans ruling out taking action on anyone president obama might nominate. mitch mcconnell says presidents have a right to nominate, just as the senate has its constitutional right to provide or withhold consent. in this case, the senate will withhold it. mcconnell said he is not inclined to hold a meeting with the president's nominee. jon karl reporting that the president still plans to pick a nominee in the next two to three weeks. to a troubling new headline tonight involving the zika virus. the cdc is now investigating 14 cases that they say may have been sprea through sexual contact involving member who had visited areas with zika outbreaks, infecting their female partners. two of those women are pregnant. investigators are still working to confirm the links between the vivis and birth defects in babies. there is still much more ahead on "world nene tonight" this tuesday. the famous sports reportete and a favoriri on "dancing with the stars," nowowaking on a hotel
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privacy. erin andrews in court today, her lawyer making her case. did the hotel make it easier for a stalker to get a room right next door to her to spy on her? the small plane crash, right into a parkiki lot. the close call for everyone, right there on the ound. incredible. and, we're leaing new details atthis hour, afterer a ssive home explosion. the home leveled. the couple inside, debris found in trees 30 feet above the ground. and investigators tonight with the possible cause. we'll be right back. symptoms worsen because your heart isn't pumping well. (water filling room) about 50 percent of people die (dog whimpering) within 5 years of getting diagnosed. but there's something you can do. talk to your doctor about heart failure treatment options. because the more you know, the more likely you are... (dog whimpering) to keep it pumping. jay knows how to keep his wheels spinning. nice shorts, dad...
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stalker, in a $75 million courtroom m ttle, claiming the hotel made it e ey for the ststker to videotape her in the nudede >> this isso humiliatiti to her, and it continues. >> reporter: here lawyers telling a nashvillele jury michael david barrett called the marriott with a strange rereest. >> i, michael barrett, want a room next to erin andrews. that's my request. >> reporter: and the hotel did nothing to prevent him from finding her room number and booked him in a room next door, where, according to the lawsuit, he removed an alters the peephole of her room. >> he stands there for 4 1/2 minutes and videos her. >> reporter: barrett later posting the video online in 2010, he pled guilty to stalking and was sentenced to 30 months in prison. but according to andrews, the incident caused her severe and permanent emotional distress. today in court, the hotel's lawyers arguing barbarrett's criminal behavior was his
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>> he deceived, he connived, he stalked. >> reporter: according to the hotel's lawyers, barrett is expected to testify in this trial, and it's expected to last two weeks. david? >> ryan smith, thank you. when we come back, can you guess the healthiest, happiest places to live in america? and new details coming in at the scene of a deadly house explosion. take a look, nothing left. debris 30 feet up in the trees. and, tonight, the possible cause. and look at this. the close call for driverer the small plane crashing into a parking lot. unbelievably, no one was hurt. the index is next. with my moderate to severe ulcerative colitis, the possibility of a flare was almost always on my mind. thinking authat to avoid, where to go... and how to deal with my uc. to me, that was normal. until i talked to my doctor. she told me that humira helps people like me get uc under control and keep it under control when certain medications haven't worked well enough. humira can lower your ability to
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last 14 years is now a grammy winner, too. >> "still rocking my soul," fairfield four. >> reporter: on the grammy stage, he thanked the folks back home at the bus barn. >> would like to send out a shoutout to the transportation department in wilton county, tennessee. >> reporter: thompson sings bass for the fairfield four, a legendary a capela gospel group. his day job pays him $17 an hour, driving little boys and girls with special needs. the children he serves are now sharing their love, which he says feels just a nice as his grammy. steve 0 sun sanmy, abc news, atlanta. >> mr. joe sounds great. we'll see him on the bus. and we hope to see you right back here tomorrow night. i'm david muir. for all of us here, have a good evening. good night. in the 30s and 40s around siouxland. the satellite and radar shows clouds east and clear skies
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partly cloudy skies and 32 at 10 pm, partly cloudy and 29 at 2 am, and mostly cloudy and 26 at 6 am. i'll be back in a few minutes with a look at a big warmup on saturday. it's time for local news that matters! " " jenna: good evening and thank you for joining us tonight im jenna rehnstrom tim and im tim seaman. how young is too young, to fire a gun? that was one of the questions before iowa lawmakers today jenna: several bills were sent to the statehouse floor today... all concerning some aspect of the second ammendment. tim: sabrina ahmed has
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in the statehouse " it's 2nd amendment day at the statehouse so the for 5 bills on the regarding regarding access to firearms to state of emergency, one dealing atvs, another deals with confidentiality, 5th and most contentious involves kids 14 and under able to use guns, created large and long debate on house floor logically- does it make sense for a 1 year old to hold and shoot a handgun yes or no? even people who are experienced with firearms harem themseves accidentally, so the thought that a 1-5 year old even under supervision should be firing a handgun is ludicrous. this is the best bill expanding 2nd amendment rights, puts rights back in hands of parents. any criticism-- parents rights, that's all very well and good if every parent is beaver cleaver- the perfect parent."


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