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have lot to choose from. take a peek and w tonight, several developing stories as we come on the air. the dangerous winter slam with millions in the path. the major storm racing up the east coast. heavy snow, spinouts on the roads, and that blast of arctic air. extreme life-threatening cold. who will get hit? rob marciano is standing by. super bowl lv now a superspreader threat. as officials warn parties for the big game could drive a new surge, with the uk variant rapidly spreading throughout the u.s. and still, thousands of american lives lost to the virus every day. plus, the late headline involving covid-19 and getting kids back in the classroom. the investigation tonight after the son of andy reid, the head coach of the kansas city chiefs, is involved in a serious car crash. allegedly admitting to police he had been drinking. now a 5-year-old girl is
fighting for her life after suffering a brain injury. the senate impeachment battle lines, with the trial of former president trump less than two days away. and new video tonight showing a protester leaving the capitol the day of the deadly siege saying, "we won the day." one of at least a dozen rioters charged who say they believed they were following the president's orders to "fight like hell." the deadly avalanche threat. 15 fatalities. the most in one week in more than a century. four skiers killed in utah's back country. survivors frantically digging through the snow. and one lucky snowboarder describes the moment he was swept up. and my conversation with a trailblazing journalist who broke news and barriers right here at this anchor desk. paving the way. good evening, everyone. thanks so much for joining us on
this sunday. i'm linsey davis. we begin with the dangerous winter weather. more than 100 million americans slammed by snow and bone-chilling cold. a fast-moving storm pushing through the i-95 corridor. travel paralyzed in some spots. philadelphia, new york, boston, hit with heavy, wet snow. more than half a foot just outside the big cities. several wrecks reported from virginia into northern new england. this car overturning in charlottesville. and now the life-threatening deep freeze, sub-zero temperatures across the upper midwest. setting up for a nasty monday morning commute. rob marciano is standing by. but we begin with stephanie ramos. >> reporter: tonight, another major snowstorm slamming northe life-thrteold invades the midwest. ngdrincoitns f mi. charlottesville, virginia. in lakewood, new jersey, crews pulling this car out of a ditch after it smashed through a guardrail.
and in new york, a hazmat situation on long island. this truck overturning and leaking oil. this is the second winter storm to hit the east coast in the past week. snow falling up to two inches per hour from virginia, to pennsylvania, to rhode island. heavy, wet snow falling all day in new york city on top of the snow piles like this left over from last week's snowfall. plows working overtime to clear paths. several covid vaccination sites in the region closed for the second time in a week. >> i don't like the snow. i hate it. >> reporter: and tonight, that relentless arctic blast sending the midwest into a deep freeze. the temperature plunging to 22 degrees below zero in wisconsin. this dam in rice lake icing over. windchills in northern minnesota dropping to minus-50. conditions that could lead to frostbite within minutes. >> just some brutal temperatures there. stephanie, it appears the biggest issue right now is cleaning up this storm before
the really frigid temperatures arrive. >> reporter: exactly. cleanup is quickly under way before the temperature drops dramatically and stays locked in. the cold temperatures making travel treacherous as fresh snow turns to ice. linsey? >> lots of concern for the potential of some dangerous, icy conditions. stephanie, thank you. let's get right to rob marciano. what's the latest? >> reporter: it's a potent storm. thankfully, it's moving faster than the last one. it's kept the totals down. the low itself is already off the coast of cape cod. but the wraparound moisture continues to drop snow in new england and massachusetts. that's where you had some of the higher totals. double digit below zero windchills again tomorrow morning. but milder compared to this morning. but this cold will dive deeper to the south the entire week. setting up a pattern for more several chances through friday.
linsey? >> rob marciano, thank you. and now to the coronavirus crisis and the race to get americans vaccinated. today, snowstorms failing to stop the effort at a mass vaccination site at six flags in maryland. despite some positive signs involving the number of new cases and hospitalizations, fatalities remain stubbornly high. with more than 463,000 american lives lost. with the super bowl tonight, concerns that watch parties could fuel yet another surge. here's trevor ault. >> reporter: tonight, super bowl festivities under way across the country. fans lined up outside of bars in tampa. >> it's harder to kind of maintain social distancing when there's so many people out. >> reporter: health experts sounding the alarm about superspreader potential. >> i am worried about today being a superspreader event. we've seen this after a lot of events and holidays. >> reporter: the warning comes as the university of north carolina's chancellor promises an investigation into students flooding the streets late
saturday, celebrating a rivalry win against duke in spite of school officials urging them not to. and in colorado, with the governor dialing back coronavirus restrictions, restaurants there ready to welcome larger crowds. >> we were at 16 1/2 people last night. and today we're allowed 33. with cold weather, it makes a huge difference. >> reporter: officials fear a coming super bowl surge could undo progress the u.s. has finally started to make, with daily cases falling 50% from their january peak. president biden making this plea. >> i hope people -- if you're watching, be careful. >> reporter: this weekend marking one year since the u.s. lost its first life to covid-19. more than 463,000 more americans have died since. the vaccine rollout, slowly picking up the pace. the cdc reporting 9% of americans have received at least one shot. tonight, a new study suggests cases of the uk variant are
potentially doubling every ten days in the u.s. and south africa suspending the use of astrazeneca's vaccine after data showed it gives minimal protection against mild to moderate sickness caused by the south african variant. these virus mutations amplifying the rush to get the public vaccinated. but with millions of americans still enduring lengthy wait times and technical problems trying to book appointments -- >> i thought there must be a better way. >> reporter: -- massachusetts software developer olivia adams built a streamlined website herself. it now gets 400 hits a minute. as grateful seniors send her their thanks. >> it's incredible. i almost cry every time i get one of those emails. >> love to see those smiling eyes. trevor, joining us from the javits center. a mass vaccination site here in new york city. when and how to re-open schools continues to be a major flash point nationally. any movement on that front? >> reporter: there's been many
districts that are at odds with teachers and local governments. in chicago and san francisco, they appear to have reached a tentative agreement. but the virus is still a problem. a school district in san diego county has 100 staff and students in quarantine two days after coming back. linsey? >> trevor, thank you. and now to kansas city, and as the chiefs try to defend their super bowl title in tampa, they'll be without linebacker coach britt reid, the son of head coach andy reid. he's under investigation after a car crash that left a 5-year-old girl fighting for her life. here's will reeve. >> reporter: this 5-year-old girl tonight is fighting for her life after a devastating crash involving kansas city chiefs coach britt reid, son of head coach andy reid. in a search warrant application obtained by espn, police reporting reid's pickup truck struck the back of the suv where little ariel young and a 4-year-old were sitting. >> three vehicles involved. a dark-colored sedan, a silver suv, and a different vehicle. one vehicle is flipped. >> reporter: police say the
suv had parked along an entrance ramp to help a family member who had run out of gas. >> she's responsive, but kind of going in and out of it. >> reporter: a family spokesperson says the little girl has a brain injury, is in critical condition, and hasn't woken since the crash. britt reid now under investigation after an officer on the scene reported they "could smell a moderate odor of alcoholic beverages and his eyes were bloodshot and red." reid admitting he had "two to three drinks" and was on prescription adderall. this is according to a police report. linsey, britt reid was taken to the hospital for his injuries, and is not facing charges at this time. linsey? >> will, thank you. and former president trump's senate impeachment trial less than 48 hours away. a closer look at the battle lines, with some trump supporters facing charges for their participation in the deadly siege on the capitol
saying they were just listening to the president. here's rachel scott. >> we won the [ bleep ] day. we [ bleep ] won. >> reporter: tonight, with just 48 hours until the second impeachment trial of donald trump, new video emerging, showing rioters celebrating in the moments after they stormed the capitol. >> donald trump is still our president. >> reporter: the man in the horns and face paint is jacob chansley. his attorney says he believes he was listening to trump and an abc news investigation has found at least a dozen other rioters charged have said the same. and that's exactly what house impeachment managers plan to argue, saying on january 6th, trump whipped the crowd into a frenzy and aimed them like a loaded cannon down pennsylvania avenue. >> if you don't fight like hell, you're not going to have a country anymore. >> the president was taking steps to make it worse, not better. >> reporter: the former president's lawyers argue he was exercising his first amendment rights and did not incite the riot. and most republicans in the senate have signaled they will vote to acquit trump. >> the outcome is not in doubt. that doesn't mean what happened on january the 6th is okay. it means this impeachment in the eyes of most republicans is an unconstitutional exercise.
>> reporter: the number three republican in the house, liz cheney, urging senators in her party to listen to the evidence before making up their minds. >> i obviously believe and did then that what we already know is enough for his impeachment. this is not something that we can simply look past or pretend didn't happen or try to move on. we've got to make sure this never happens again. >> reporter: both sides agree on one thing. they want this trial to be over with quickly. democrats want to press forward with president joe biden's agenda, including the $1.9 trillion covid relief package. they say they'll pass the covid bill with or without republican support. linsey? >> rachel, thank you. overseas tonight, iran's supreme leader making his first comments on the nation's nuclear program since president biden took office. state television in iran reporting the ayatollah is urging the u.s. to lift sanctions if they expect iran to meet its nuclear commitments.
biden rejecting that notion, indicating iran must stop enriching uranium first. former president trump pulled the u.s. out of the nuclear deal in 2018. next tonight, your money. and millions of americans struggling financially during the pandemic. now one extra cost that consumers may not notice. here's deirdre bolton. >> reporter: american businesses from restaurants, to salons, to dentists, to ambulance companies have been adding so-called "covid-19 fees" to the bill, which in some cases, consumers say they did not see coming. like the bill sent for the ambulance that responded when jennifer koeckhoven's mother called 911. >> i looked at the bill and i said, what was this $60 fine for ppe? i just thought that was a little outrageous. >> reporter: but for some small businesses, maintaining safety during the pandemic is a temporary but real cost, that many are passing on to customers. >> we spell it out pretty clearly, we want full disclosure. >> reporter: robin and steve humble, owners of free range in
basalt, colorado, charging an extra $20 a head for new outdoor >> it was never our intent to try to make any money from this. it was, how can we increase our capacity? >> the golden rule is transparency. if you agree to a certain price, and then at the time that the check comes, all of a sudden there's a 4% or 5% hike that no one agreed to. that's where you're going to see trouble. that's where these consumer protection laws come into play. >> reporter: if you can't work it out then and there with management, your state has a consumer protection bureau for fielding these kinds of complaints. linsey? >> deirdre, thank you. and tonight, president biden opening up about his son hunter's battle with addiction. the president saying i'll bet there's not a family you know that doesn't have somebody with a drug or alcohol problem. >> the honesty with which he stepped forward, and talked about the problem, and it gave
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her, how she carved out her own path, and made the path for others. for 15 years, carole simpson was the face of abc's "weekend world news." >> good evening, everyone. i'm carole simpson. >> reporter: a pioneer in a once male dominated industry. how does a little girl with a flair for drama in elementary school through high school end up climbing her way to the highest heights of tv news? >> sheer determination, desire, ambition. we have interrupted your programs this morning for what we believe is a very newsworthy event. >> reporter: simpson not only broke news, she broke barriers. in 1988 she became the first black woman to anchor any major network newscast, and later, the first woman of color to moderate a presidential debate. >> what are you going to do to get the guns off the street? >> reporter: i'm curious, for someone who is a pioneer like yourself, what your inspiration was? >> it was the negative that everyone told me, no, i couldn't do this. and it was those "nos" that i refuse to accept.
>> reporter: she says she's endured three forms of bias -- race, age, and sex. what would you say has been the most pervasive and most difficult to surmount? >> it was sex discrimination. i always heard things like, you know, women don't like to hear other women. women can't be bosses because men will not take orders from a woman. >> reporter: but she has also described being plagued by what she calls a double whammy, being both a woman and black. >> i had one correspondent speak to me and said, "i know how i could get an anchor job. all i have to do is put on some blackface and wear a skirt." and it bothered me that there were lots of people that thought i only got the job because i was a black woman, not because i might be talented. >> reporter: what would you like your legacy to be? >> i never had anybody that helped me. so i decided i'm going to help other people.
and i wanted more and more african-american women to come behind me. people like you, linsey, i'm so proud of you. so i want my legacy to be that she made a difference. >> she certainly did. after making history decades ago, she's still making a way for others with scholarships and as a mentor. tomorrow night, much more with carole simpson on abc news live prime. david will be right back here tomorrow. from all of us, good night.
tonight on abc7 news at 6:00, a father is sharing his story after his two young children are kidnapped. the van they were in stolen while he was making a food delivery. they have a deal. details on the agreement that will reopen san francisco schools, and there is a lot that needs to happen. and george shultz has died after a storied political career. his life remembered in his own words. abc7 news at 6:00 starts right now. >> building a better bay area for a safe and secure future, this is abc7 news. >> it was going to be my last order for the night before i head home. >> unbelievable. a doordash delivery took quite a turn in san francisco. a father had his van stolen with his two children inside, and now he is sharing his harrowing story. with that, we say good evening and thank you so much for joining us.
i'm dion lim. the father is thanking first responders and the public for helping to find his children. they were reunited about four and a half hours after their dad's van was hijacked. it happened last night in san francisco's pacific heights neighborhood. that's where we find abc7 news news reporter cornell bernard, and this could have taken a much worse turn. cornell? >> yeah, you're right about that, dion. this is really the best news ever for this family. this is the neighborhood where doordash delivery driver jeffrey fang was making a delivery when his minivan was carjacked with the kids inside. luckily the kids are okay, andnf people. >> god, thank god, i just thank god. >> reporter: jeffrey fang was overjoyed to hold his son, 1-year-old shawn who was kidnapped with his sister winifred saturday night. both kids are safe and back home. >> when we heard, it was -- it was