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i'm kristen sze. >> and i'm dan ashley. for all of us here at abc 7, we appreciate your time. see you again i tonight, breaking news. as we come on, the bombshell $25 million settlement just in, after allegations of fraud against trump university. the president-elect once tweeting he would not settle out of principle. tonight, his team now responding. also breaking, the deadly blizzard hitting right now. moving from the midwest to the northeast. more than 300 crashes already. the school bus horror. the bus flipping. multiple injuries. students crawling through the hatch of the bus. tonight, the officer captured on camera punching a woman he was trying to detain. and now comes word, a major new development. the bear attack. the 63-year-old woman walking down the driveway in an american suburb. a 200-pound bear attacks. she calls 911, saying her arms and legs already broken. and the strike at a major airport, just before the
thanksgiving rush. good evening. we begin tonight with several breaking developments. first, news of the major settlement. the president-elect, donald trump, settling with students who claimed that trump university was fraudulent. the settlement, $25 million. and mr. trump's team responding late today. we begin with rebecca jarvis. >> reporter: tonight, abc news has learned attorneys for president-elect donald trump have settled all three fraud cases against the now defunct trump university for $25 million, and no admission of wrongdoing. new york attorney general eric snyderman called it a fraud from beginning to end, confirmed the settlement. saying it amounted to a stunning reversal, and a major victory.
for the more than 6,000 victims of his, quote, "fraudulent university." >> would you state your full name for the record, please? >> donald john trump. >> reporter: representatives for the trump organization telling abc news, resolution of these matters allows president-elect trump to devote his full attention to the important issues facing our great nation. >> he had strong feelings about the case, but he was willing to put his personal interests and his personal beliefs aside. and focus on the issues that are facing this country. >> reporter: while campaigning, trump vowed to never settle the claims. saying trump university has a 98% approval rating. i could have settled, but won't out of principle. and trump and his attorneys have long defended the program. saying it imparted valuable knowledge, and that a vast majority of former students were happy. the allegations of fraud were set to make headlines, with the trial set to begin later this month before the judge gonzalo curio, whom trump criticized as
biased because he was the son of mexican immigrants. our brian ross has reported students, who paid $35,000, were falsely told mr. trump had personally selected the faculty. >> these are all people that are hand-picked by me. >> reporter: bob guillo was one of those students. >> he took my self-respect, and he embarrassed me. >> reporter: tonight, it appears those claims will not go to trial. >> and rebecca is with us live. trump university had been a major campaign issue. >> reporter: yes, it was. and now it's settled. one of the other major issues, mr. trump's tax returns. president-elect trump, the first president in 40 years to get elected without releasing them. his returns under audit, and now, mr. trump will choose the next head of the irs. david? >> rebecca, thank you. meanwhile, president-elect trump naming his choice for attorney general, and drawing fierce criticism for it almost immediately.
tonight, senator jeff sessions has accepted the offer, but he will now face questions about his record on civil rights. he's had to defend himself before on this. here's pierre thomas. >> he's so highly-respected. has anybody ever heard of senator jeff sessions? >> reporter: donald trump picked a trusted advisor as the next attorney general. someone who stood at his side during the earliest and darkest moments of the campaign. >> i think the republican party needs to listen to what donald trump's been saying. >> reporter: but he is a nominee who has become a lightning rod for some on the left. the chairman of the congressional black caucus calling senator sessions' civil rights record, quote, "appalling." they point to the fact that he was rejected from a potential federal judicial seat 30 years ago when a former black colleague accused sessions of calling him "boy." and told him, "be careful of what you say to white folks." sessions at the time, denying the claims. >> i am not a racist. i am not insensitive to blacks.
i supported civil rights activity in my state. i have done my job with integrity, equality, and fairness for all. >> reporter: his supporters say he's a good man, and point to his record as a former u.s attorney and senator who served nearly 20 years. senator ted cruz saying, quote, "senator jeff sessions' nomination as attorney general is great news for all of us who revere the constitution and the rule of law." on trump's list for secretary of state, a woman who championed bringing down the confederate flag. south carolina governor nikki haley, a rising star. haley today -- >> i was never the president-elect's biggest cheerleader. >> reporter: recalling those barbs she and trump traded during the campaign. >> during anxious times, it can be tempting to follow the siren call of the angriest voices. >> reporter: trump firing back. "the people of south carolina are embarrassed by nikki haley." but now -- >> he ran against both parties, against the political system at
large. a system he argued was fundamentally broken. >> reporter: also in contention for the top diplomatic job, trump's former foe, mitt romney. >> i don't want to see trickle-down racism. i don't want to see a president of the united states saying things which change the character of the generations of americans that are following. >> he was begging for my endorsement. i could have said, mitt, drop to your knees. he would have dropped to his knees. he was begging. true. true. >> reporter: and trump's controversial new top advisor, steve bannon, the former head of breitbart news, which published headlines like "the confederate flag proclaims a glorious heritage." today granting a rare interview to "the hollywood reporter." addressing critics, "i'm not a white nationalist," he said. "i'm a nationalist. i'm an economic nationalist." >> pierre is with us live from washington. i want to get back to jeff sessions, he's been outspoken on hillary clinton and the e-mails.
>> reporter: he's been critical of the fbi's investigation of the e-mails. and has suggested that the clinton validation has not been completely investigated. even though donald trump said on "60 minutes," he does not want to hurt the clintons. david? >> pierre, thank you. we have one more development on this tonight. the president-elect also putting his national security team together. tonight, another one of his picks, lieutenant general michael flynn is getting praise and pushback. here's martha raddatz. >> reporter: tonight, fallout over the president-elect's choice for national security adviser, retired lieutenant general michael flynn. >> this is not someone who is prone to thoughtful consideration of issues. this is someone who often flies off of the handle and makes snap judgments. >> reporter: flynn has been at donald trump's side and in his ear from the beginning. sharing the same harsh view of islam.
tweeting last february, fear of muslims is rational. >> islam is a political ideology. it is a political ideology. it definitely hides behind this notion of it being a religion. >> reporter: and at the republican national convention, the general joining the chorus against hillary clinton. >> yes, that's right. lock her up! >> reporter: he's also under scrutiny for his international consulting and lobbying firm, and its reported ties to turkey. and for this image, at dinner with putin. but the former director of the cia, mike hayden, saying he has been incredibly successful in the fight against terrorism. >> reporter: and martha with us live. one more choice drawing mostly praise tonight. >> yes, that's mike pompeo, a congressman from kansas. he's been chosen to be cia director. the national security team,
coming together. >> martha, thank you. we move on to other news, and the deadly blizzard on the move. more than 300 crashes already. whiteout conditions in minnesota. drivers warned to stay off the roads. and the trucks that had to travel, battling ice and deep snow. that snow, stretching from the midwest all the way to the northeast this weekend. phillip mena is in south dakota. >> reporter: tonight, the first snowstorm of the season is a full-on blizzard in parts of the upper midwest. highways littered with big rigs and cars. officials in several states begging drivers to stay home. melvin gray headed out before dawn in st. cloud, minnesota, and almost immediately regretted it. >> i can see probably 30 feet in front of me and it is just too rough to drive in. >> reporter: here in sioux falls, drivers have been urged to stay off the road. all of this wind has really reduced visibility. and it has been blowing like this since 4:00 in the morning.
the minnesota state patrol responding to more than 340 accidents, at least two of them fatal. wind gusts nearly 60 miles an hour, downing trees and power lines. plows disappearing into whiteout conditions. some taken off the roads. david, they're finally starting to clear this highway. but with all of the snow and ice, and temperatures plummeting into the teens tonight, the roads are going to be treacherous. david? >> phillip, thank you. let's get right to rob marciano with the track of this thing. hey, rob. >> it's a powerful, pattern-busting storm. look at the radar. some severe storms rolling across indiana. and blizzard conditions across minnesota. then it traverses the great lakes. rain turns to wind-driven snow and lake effect snow. warnings up for western new york already. 10 to 20 inches across the great lakes. will feel like the teens in
chicago and pittsburgh, 20s in d.c. and atlanta. into the 30s in florida, even colder in florida on monday. a rude awakening after a mild fall. david? >> rob, thank you. next tonight, chaos on a highway after a school bus driver loses control. the bus then flipping over, skidding to a stop on its side. at least 23 students among the injured tonight. two with critical injuries. this evening, the investigation. was it a mechanical problem, or the driver? here's steve osunsami. >> reporter: this was supposed to be a scholastic achievement trip for dozens of high school students from chester county, tennessee. but instead tonight, 23 of them are recovering from injuries on the highway, after one of their school buses lost control exiting onto this offramp. >> and it flipped back over to the left side and it turned over. >> reporter: first responders outside nashville needed a long line of stretchers. students who weren't hurt stood together, and prayed for those who were. there were three buses total. all headed to the opryland hotel in nashville. police say the 28-year-old
driver in the front bus veered too far to the left, and then overcorrected, striking the guardrail to the right, and that sent the bus flying. students had to get out through exits in back, and through the ceiling. police say two have critical arm injuries. another has a broken collarbone. police say they don't believe the bus driver was impaired in any way, and say the bus has only been in service for about a year. david? >> steve, thank you. next tonight, the u.s. marshals reporting a death of one of their own. patrick carruthers was serving an arrest warrant in georgia when he was shot twice by the suspect. the suspect was killed in a gunfight with other officers. next this evening, new images of the alarming confrontation in arizona. a police officer captured on camera punching a woman in the face. video from the body cam showing the moments before and after the punch, including the woman under arrest.
tonight, what it doesn't show. here's clayton sandell. >> reporter: it's the punch now causing a black eye for flagstaff police. >> you can't arrest me until i know i have a warrant. >> hey! >> hey, you can't hit a girl like that! >> reporter: and tonight, new questions. because just before this, officer jeff bonar's body camera was turned on. >> oh, so they're being evicted? >> reporter: as seen in this new footage just released by flagstaff police, it's also on later, after marissa morris is on her way to jail. >> you had no reason to arrest me or punch me or choke me. >> reporter: but in the moment the officer throws his punch, the camera is turned off. officer bonar says he switched it off a few minutes before, thinking he was about to leave. but then he saw morris, who he believed had a warrant for her arrest. he didn't switch it back on, he wrote, "due to the incident occurring so quickly." the video also shows bonar arrested morris without verifying her identity. >> marissa, what is your last name? >> reporter: or that warrant, which turned out to be old.
morris was later released. morris wants the officer fired. and while he's being investigated, he's been taken off the street. >> clayton, thank you. there's still so much more ahead on "world news tonight" this friday. the strike at the airport. set to hit just before the thanksgiving rush. also, a plane crashing into a home. one person onboard surviving. a rare bear attack tonight. a 63-year-old woman walking down the driveway, attacked by a 200-pound bear. you'll hear her call to 911. her arms and legs were already broken. and then this scene in an american suburb. the foam leaking from an airport nearby. what caused this? a lot more ahead. what's going on here? i'm val, the orange money retirement squirrel from voya. we're putting away acorns. you know, to show the importance of saving for the future. so you're sort of like a spokes person? more of a spokes metaphor.
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a small plane crashed into a home today in northern california. two people were onboard when the cessna went down near the half moon bay airport south of san francisco. one person killed on impact. the second person surviving, but injured. federal investigators now looking at what caused the crash. and that rare bear attack in an american suburb. a 63-year-old woman in the driveway in maryland, badly injured. calling 911 for help as the bear was still right there. >> he's broken my arms and my legs. i can't move. i'm bleeding, and i'm going to die. please hurry. >> the woman surviving, and the bear was tracked down and euthanized. and to that mysterious foam filling the streets in san jose,
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they cheer her on, and those cheers being echoed across the country. so many hospitals do this when a child finishes treatment. [ bell ringing ] >> we want every child to be cured and every time that bell rings, it's like, you know what, somebody else has done it. >> reporter: so many of the doctors and nurses capturing the moments themselves, documenting the bells, the smiles. the triumphs. 5-year-old payton, beaming. >> ring it loud! >> reporter: after 844 days of treatment. >> it's an honor. it's something that you don't take lightly. >> reporter: 4-year-old nolan enduring two years of aggressive chemotherapy. and just look at his victory lap. that bell at texas childrens hospital waiting. and at golisano children's hospital in rochester, new york, zoe, a 14-year-old leukemia patient. and the surprise serenade. ♪ we throw our hands up in the air today saying ay-o no more
chemo ♪ >> reporter: it was her turn to ring that bell. [ cheers and applause ] >> i'm just so happy today to ring that bell. because i know that i finished it and i beat it and i'm a warrior. and i'm a survivor. >> reporter: and tonight, just look at the picture zoe sent us. her smile saying it all. thanks for that picture, zoe. and so we choose all of the young survivors thriving tonight. keep ringing those bells. thanks for watching on a friday. i'm david muir. i hope to see you right back here monday night. david muir. pe to see you right back here monday night. good night.
tonight, reflecting on bad and good changes in our communities. >> we've not seen down pours this month, but that changes tomorrow. details in the accu-weather forecast. tonight, why this foam is covering a block, several feet deep. honestly, i cried this morning. >> racist graffiti in a school bathroom and it's not the first time. >> that graffiti is the fourth incident in the same school in a month. some appeared before the election and continued in the 10 days since donald trump won the presidency. >> we have team coverage tonight
and we begin with laura anthony. >> the meeting was moved up from a later date after this incident of racist graffiti on campus. >> i'm heart broken this is going on at my school. >> students at california high school are reeling after a fourth incident of racist graffiti in as many weeks. it included expletives. >> we have 200 members in our bsu. to have them texting me and scared to come to school today, it freaks me out. >> the zoom is actively investigating the incident. we have