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welcome to "world news tonight." fury and regret. steve bannon now walking back comments criticizing donald trump jr. and a quote treasonous meeting with the russian lawyer. this after the president called him sloppy steve. president trump also defending his own mental fitness. fighting the freeze. passenger misery mounting tonight. inside one of the nation's busiest airports. what's causing new travel delays as firefighters battle frozen conditions. into the storm. a cruise ship carrying 4,000 passengers sailing straight into the bomb cyclone. the ship
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fringdz water pouring in. passengers frightened. the deadly flu outbreak. emergency rooms packed. nearly every state on alert as the powerful virus spreads. tonight what you can do to protect your family. when to call 911. the blackout on the red carpet. the sexual misconduct reckoning. some of the biggest stars set to unite behind a powerful statement at tonight's golden globes. and good evening and thanks for joining us. i'm tom llamas. we begin with the dangerous cold and a new crisis at one of america's busiest airports. a pipe inside new york's jfk airport bursting leaving up to three inches of standing water inside the terminal. this new emergency coming at a critical moment. already passengers stranded as the airlines attempted to catch up in the wake of that
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snowstorm. tonight the situation getting worse. more than 100 new flights canceled. other flights diverted and officials already warning travel tomorrow could face major disruptions. we begin tonight with abc's erielle reshef at jfk. >> reporter: tonight, a meltdown at new york's busiest airport. a water main break in the main international terminal canceling flights and diverting arrivals. international arrivals suspended, the faa saying the situation will last for at least six hours, thousands affected. this after that massive snow storm already crippled air travel. inside the airport, the terminals already packed. a sea of stacked luggage, weary travelers waiting for hours to claim their bags. all of this adding to the misery for passengers like lily, trying to travel to china since thursday. >> it is like "the hunger games" over here. >> reporter: she was first delayed by the bomb cyclone, then her plane collided with another plane on the tarmac late friday. now she's desperately trying to ights being diverted to
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detroit, atlanta and boston where these crews battled negative 20 degree windchills after a dangerous firefight left an entire block frozen and at least 14 people displaced. >> i got three floors of a fire in a three-story wood. >> reporter: in philadelphia a bursting pipe turning this expressway into an ice rink. residents are hoping for a break from the arctic blast. >> a sea of ice and erielle joins us from outside jfk. erielle, more than 100 flights canceled and you've just learned moments ago about what may have caused that water main break. >> reporter: that's right, tom. officials say that this frigid weather caused that frozen pipe to burst leaving inches of water in the international terminal. tonight, tom, passengers still stranded and frustrated. tom. >> so a frozen pipe causing that travel mess tonight. all right, erielle, thank you. that deep freeze affecting tens of millions across the country. i want to turn to abc news senior meteorologist rob marciano. he joins us outside from
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it's 17 degrees, rob. >> reporter: it is. this morning we saw another round of low temperature records blown out of the water, some warming coming but we have a little precip ahead so we'll see freezing. we have freezing rain being reported in parts of missouri and illinois. that's moving into southern parts of chicago, rain below that and snow, a thin layer of it overtop of icy conditions will make travel treacherous in the morning, cleveland, snow, columb columbus, ohio in through northern georgia and atlanta will see freezing rain. some warming for the first time since christmas. some areas getting above the freezing mark. that's reason for celebration but that winter precip we're watching and a significant storm coming into the west. first one of the season. heavy rain right over those wildfire burn areas and that could cause some mudslides and debris flows and two to three inches of rain expected with that system through tuesday. >> we'll keep an eye on that. rob, thank you. next to politics.
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circumstance the fending off damaging allegations in a new book. president trump back at the white house after a camp david retreat with republican leaders. waiting for him, a new statement from former chief strategist steve bannon expressing regret for comments he made about a, quote, treasonous meeting between donald trump jr. and a russian lawyer inside trump tower. bannon's statement comes a day after president trump again called him, quote, sloppy steve while also slamming the michael wolff book as fiction and defending his own mental fitness. several advisers defending the president but so far the white house unable to quiet the conversation about that book. abc's david wright is at the white house. >> reporter: tonight, fallout over "fire and fury." president trump's former chief strategist is trying to justify his use of the words "treasonous" and "unpatriotic" to describe that 2016 meeting at trump tower between don junior and other top campaign officials and a russiala
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dirt on hillary clinton. steve bannon doesn't deny the quote, but claims it's been inaccurately reported. "donald trump jr. is both a patriot and a good man," he said in a statement, insisting his comments were directed at then campaign chair paul manafort, "a seasoned campaign professional with experience and knowledge of how the russians operate." >> the president of the united states is a great man, you know i support him day in and day out. >> reporter: bannon appears to be trying to placate the president, who blames him for giving author michael wolff access to the west wing. >> i guess sloppy steve brought him into the white house quite a bit, and it was one of those things. that's why sloppy steve is now looking for a job. trump takes particular issue with wolff's assertion that bannon and others have discussed trump's mental fitness to serve. wolff claims they even brought up the 25th amendment, the constitutional mechanism to remove a president from office. >> it's not un
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this is 25th amendment kind of stuff. this is -- >> did anybody say that in the west wing to you? >> all the time. >> reporter: the president has pushed back hard at any hint he may be unfit to serve, tweeting, "actually, throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart." >> i went to the best colleges for college. i went to a -- i had a situation where i was a very excellent student. >> reporter: trump went so far as to call himself a genius, quote, "and a very stable genius at that." he isn't the first president to be subject to scrutiny. today trump himself invited a comparison to ronald reagan, about whom there was speculation about early signs of dementia. four years after reagan left office, doctors diagnosed him with alzheimer's. >> the president is a political genius who won against a field of 17 incredibly talented people. >> mm-hmm. >> reporter: today one white house advisor kept trying
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your -- there is one viewer that you care about right now. and you're being obsequious, you're being a factotum in order to please him. >> no, no, because -- you're being -- no. >> okay. and i think you've wasted enough of my viewers' time. >> reporter: cnn's jake tapper finally cut him off. >> a very heated exchange and david joins us from the white house. in bannon's statement today he sought to clarify those treasonous remarks but he didn't seek to change the record on many other negative comments attributed to him in the book about don junior, jared kushner and ivanka trump. >> reporter: that's right, tom. he among other things blamed jared and ivanka for the firing of james comey and suggested that he ivanka trump is dumb as a brick and even predicted that prosecutors would crack don junior like an egg on national tv. tom. >> some strong statements there, david wright for us at the white house. david, thank you. turning overseas and the historic
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between north and south korea. our martha raddatz on the ground near the border between the countries as the enemies re-open communication to discuss the impending winter olympics. but kim jong-un's nuclear saber rattling could also come up as president trump takes credit for the shifting developments. here's abc's martha raddatz. >> reporter: with north and south korean delegations set to engage in the first high-level talks in more than two years, president trump taking a more conciliatory tone. >> if something can happen and something can come out of those talks, that would be a great thing for all of humanity. >> reporter: the meeting will come a week after president trump taunted kim jong-un, tweeting his nuclear button is a much bigger and more powerful one than kim's. but saturday at camp david, president trump signaled he would be open to his own phone talks with kim. >> i always believe in talking. >> reporter: upton ambassador
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nikki haley speaking on "this week" seemed to clarify the president's position. >> what he has basically said is yes, there could be a time where we talk to north korea, but a lot of things have to happen before that actually takes place. they have to stop testing. they have to be willing to talk about banning their nuclear weapons. >> reporter: with north korea close to perfecting a nuclear-tipped missle that could potentially hit the u.s., the fear of war is constant in south korea. as we drove near the border, we saw roadside artillery in plain view, all guns pointing north and barriers ready to come crashing down should soldiers from the north storm southward. while south koreans young and old relaxed at this ice fishing festival, attack helicopters made an uneasy presence. this man telling us he felt less safe with trump in office. still, on the eve of talks, many south koreans like this man are hopeful.
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[ speaking a foreign language ] "we need dialogue," he says. "we need to talk to each other" and while the topic of tuesday's meeting is limited to the north's participation in the upcoming olympic game, many people we talked to hope those talks will eventually expand. tom. >> and the olympics only a month away. already, martha, thanks so much. back here at home and the growing flu danger. now 46 states reporting widespread activity. ers in some places packed to overflowing crowds, even tents set up to handle the sick. here's abc's marci gonzalez with the health concern. >> reporter: tonight, emergency rooms expanding and overcrowded. this flu season spiking early and striking hard. take a look at this, nearly every state in the country reporting widespread flu activity. >> i've been sick for seven days now but it's got worse. >> reporter: here in california the outbreak deadly. 7-year-old cisco galvez died thursday from complications
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>> i never expected it. he was very healthy. >> reporter: according to state health officials 27 people younger than age 65 have died from the virus so far this season, compared to 4 last season. >> this is, i would say, the worst flu season that i've seen. >> reporter: nationwide there are already more than 41,000 cases confirmed, more than twice as many as this time last year. some pharmacies now running out of the antiviral tamiflu. and every day the er here at ucla santa monica treating dozens more flu patients than last year. among them, 13-month-old liam. his mother says she lost a son the same age to complications from the flu in 2015, so she's closely monitoring liam's symptoms. >> if i see any changes, i don't care what someone may think, i take him to the doctor. >> reporter: the head of this er sharing this advice. >> if the fever persists and you're not able to control it, then you probably need to be evaluated. >> reporter: doctors say it is not too late to get the flu
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while health officials sayette only about 30% effective against the most powerful strain, it can help reduce the severe weather of symptoms. tom. >> marci gonzalez for us, marci, thank you. next to hollywood where several stars are promising a blackout on the red carpet at tonight's golden globes after a wave of sexual misconduct allegations rocked the industry. "good morning america's" lara spencer reporting tonight from the red carpet. >> reporter: tonight on the golden globes red carpet all eyes not on who the stars are wearing, but what color they're wearing. nominees and presenters expected to dress all in black as a show of solidarity to fight sexual harassment and inequality. >> i think that there's a power there that can be reached no other way except for when people, you know, fly in formation. >> reporter: more than 300 of entertainment's biggest names signed an open letter saying time's up in response to the string of sexual harassment allegations that have rocked the tri this year ignited by dozens of accusations against film mogu h
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witherspoon, kerry washington and others posting this video on twitter. >> go out with your friends. >> reporter: encouraging women to wear black as well, with the #whywewearblack. the stars of "lady bird" both nominated for their performances speaking out. >> i think it's the right time, the right place, the momentum is building. >> it's a message of solidarity, support, community. >> reporter: and other nominees answering the call. like "mudbound"'s mary j. blige. >> standing with the women that are standing up for other women. >> reporter: and "i, tonya"'s allison janney. >> i will be in a black dress and be proud. >> reporter: eight actresses will be bringing activists with them on the red carpet tonight to further the conversation. emma stone nominated tonight will be accompanied by billably jean king whom she portrays in "battle of the sexes." all eyes will be on what is
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how will seth meyers address the controversy and what will the winners say in their speeches. >> lara spence are for us from the red carpet. much more still ahead on "world news tonight" this sunday. the search is on for a missing college sophomore from a prestigious university last seen with a friend near a wooded area. the cruise ship that sailed into the bomb cyclone. we're taking you along for the rough ride. after the break passengers are demanding answers why their vacation felt like a disaster film. and we're over the volcano erupting for the first time. the tsunami and landslide alerts being sent out tonight. we'll be right back. [ gasps, laughs ] you ever feel like... cliché foil characters scheming against a top insurer for no reason? nah. so, why don't we like flo? she has the name your price tool, and we want it. but why?
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>> reporter: tonight some passengers demanding answers after their vacation nightmare. their cruise ship sailed right into the path of that powerful bomb cyclone as it slammed the east coast with snow and whipping winds. >> why couldn't even imagine how horrible it was. >> reporter: "the norwegian breakaway" left port in the bahamas tuesday with about 4,000 people on board. by wednesday this is what passengers were facing. the wind howling, powerful gusts and huge waves rocking the ship, some water pouring in. >> you never want to be on a cruise ship and the water is coming on the boat. >> reporter: norwegian apologized to guests saying the ship encountered stronger than forecasted weather conditions. but meteorologists were predicting hurricane-force winds when the ship took off from the bahamas on tuesday. >> all the way up the coast, charleston and wilmington included there. it's an ocean storm. >> reporter: inside the ship anything not tied down tossed
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terrible crash. >> the look they had on their face was if you had just saw a puppy get hit by a car right in front of you. >> reporter: he was told he would never walk again. >> she's like i didn't raise someone to give up. >> reporter: he fought back eventually walking out of the hospital with help and a new reason to live. helping others like him. roy starting the high fives foundation in 2009. today it's raised over $2.5 million. funding rehab for people like cody walker. >> probably one of the best things you want to have in your life is people to show up when the chips are down, right? >> reporter: to every patient he helps roy has one message. >> you'll never be the same but it's going to be awesome. >> reporter: gloria riviera, abc news, washington. so tonight we salute roy
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