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tonight, as we come on the air, the desperate search right now. the deadly mudslides. rescue teams trying to get into homes swallowed by the mud. at least two dozen people still missing. searchers breaking through rooftops. the coast guard helicopter rescuing a family of five. miles of highway blocked. oprah winfrey posting video. the damage right outside her window. and these pictures just in tonight. the son that raced into the home to save his parents just as the mud came crashing into their home. president trump tonight, after once telling our correspondent he would "100%" answer questions under oath in the russia invest game, tonight, signaling something much
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46 states. a 21-year-old son, an as piring trainer and a 19-month-old boy both dying. and if you get the flu shot right now, will it make a difference, and how soon? the outrage. the teacher who asked why the school superintendent was getting a raise while teachers were not. she ended up handcuffed, arrested. tonight, you will hear from that teacher right here. and tonight, two actors called back to reshoot their scenes, one doing it for $80 a day. the other reportedly getting $1.5 million. good evening and it's great to have you with us here on a wednesday night. and we begin with the urgent effort unfolding right now, the stunning images coming in. rescuers trying to break through those rooftops to get to people who might be trapped. at least two dozen missing in california after the deadly mudslides and that number could go higher tonight. >> oh, my god. mom. >> and this evening, this video just in. the son who was
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his patients out of the family home, running into the home just as the rain and the mud came crashing in. that powerful torrent of mud and boulders destroying 100 homes. mangled cars and downed power lines. the area now without electricity or water. the coast guard using helicopters because the roads are impanssable. abc's matt gutman lead s us off from california tonight. >> reporter: tonight, with the death toll relentlessly rising, the race to find up to two dozen residents still missing. convoys of search and rescue vehicles rolling in, rescue dogs sniffing for survivors hitching rides on their handlers. >> oh, my god. mom. >> reporter: over 100 homes destroyed. 300 damaged. for many, the only way out was by chopper. the coast guard plucking this family of five from the debris plus their two dogs. from the ground here, you get a sense how deep this mud is an how difficult it is for first responders. that house completely buried. but y
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of this from the air. this debris field goes down hundreds and hundreds of yards. almost every house in its path obliterated. our los angeles station, kabc, capturing the disaster from above. all across this mudscape today, we heard the calls of the desperate. >> josie! >> reporter: family members and friends trudging in, searching for loved ones. josie gower's son, hayden, inconsolable. >> why did she go downstairs? >> reporter: we first met robert riskin tuesday in the dark, weeping in the husk of his family home. his sister and father-in-law survived, but in the fading light, he said his mother, rebecca, a prominent realtor, was still out there. >> you know, it's my mom and i'm fighting with all my heart to find her, but like, didn't focus too much on, she's most likely dead out here, you know? and just push my way through.
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was back. family members forming a search party. the reality crushing. >> we just need the rescue personnel to come down and help us look is what we're hoping. >> reporter: the thomas fire denuded the nearby hills of vegetation that might have absorbed the rain, and when it came, the rain was biblical. >> 0.86 of an inch in 15 minutes is an unprecedented rainfall on any ground surface, much less a fire-burned watershed. >> reporter: all that water surged off the bare hills, funneled into to montecito's dry creek beds. when you see the size of these boulders, it gives you a sense of the power that forces these giant rocks and these giant trees downstream. oprah winfrey, surveying the damage to her property, too. >> so, there used to be a fence right here. that's my neighbor's house, devastated. >> reporter: the death toll now is at least 15
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it including roy rohter, the founder of st. you a gus tee academy, swept away from his home. >> and we're with matt ghaunt right now. there's fear the number of missing gould up. and you were telling us late today about the power outages, the gas outaged and you're hearing it could be months before residents get running water again? >> reporter: that's rishgts david. officials tell me that the water main that supplied water for the entire area has been completely severed and the reason it could take weeks or months to restore is because the series of six or seven landslides here completely reshaped the landscape. what you're looking at here with our second camera looks like just a muddy plain, but really, this was a neighborhood there were eight homes in the area that you can see right now, and that is the reason that officials here say that the number of missing is almost certainly going to rise. david? >> and you were telling us that mud is like wet concrete and we can see it right there from your live shot. matt gutman, thank you.
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continues tonight, the storm that triggered that destruction there is now on the move. there is concern about significant snow coming to the country and ice storms as this marches across the heartland. let's get to rob marciano tracking this part of the story tonight. >> reporter: david, not every storm gets across the rockies from california, but this one is strong enough to do that and it is meeting up with other problems. blizzard warnings across the northern plains. cold air driving south and mostly snow across, north of i-70. not a whole lot. the big herb issue is going to be icing. moisture off the gulf of mexico. st. louis might get some icing, memphis, nashville, louisville. early friday morning. friday afternoon, late, heavy rain over that snow pack across the northeast could see some flooding. north of new york city, balbany boston, could see flooding friday. and then the cold comes back. >> thinking about california tonight. rob, thank you. next, we turn to the russia investigation, and this question. will president trump be interviewed by the special counsel? after telling our correspondent he would, quote,
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to answer questions under oath, today, when asked if he would speak with the special counsel, his answer was much different. here's abc's chief white house correspondent jonathan coral tonight. >> reporter: it's a key pledge president trump has made again and again, that he is willing to be interviewed by special counsel robert mueller. but today at the white house, he seemed to backtrack. >> we'll see what happens. i mean, certainly, i'll see what happens. but when they have no collusion and nobody has found any collusion at any level, it seems unlikely that you'd even have an interview. >> reporter: but abc news has confirmed that mueller has told the president's lawyers he is likely to request an interview with the president. and in june, the president told us he would do it. would you be willing to speak under oath to give your version of those events? >> 100%. >> reporter: so if robert mueller wanted to speak with you about that -- >> i'd be happy glad to tell him exactly what i just told you, jon. >> reporter: just this past weekend he was asked again -- and again said he would. >> if robert mueller asks you to
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committee personally, are you committed still to doing that? do you believe that's appropriate? >> yeah. just so you understand -- just so you understand, there's been no collusion. it's sort of like, when you've done nothing wrong, let's be open and get it over with. >> reporter: but today, asked directly if he was willing to meet with mueller, the president hedged. >> i'll speak to attorneys. i can only say this. there was absolutely no collusion. everybody knows it. >> reporter: even as mueller continues his investigation, several committees in congress are also looking into russian meddling in the campaign. today, the president dismissed it all as, quote, the single greatest witch hunt in american history, adding, "republicans should finally take control." the republican leading one of the senate investigations had this reaction to president calling for republican control. >>i don't intend to have a discussion with the president on that point. and i hope he doesn't call me and tell me the same thing you said he said. >> all right, jon karl with us live at the white house tonight. and jon, as we h
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here, the white house is trying to crack down on internal leaks, by banning staffers from bringing their personal cell phones into the west wing. tonight, you're learning it's not just cell phones? >> reporter: that's right. this comes from a memo from chief of staff john kelly to all of the white house staff sent this afternoon and kelly writes that the ban extends not just to cell phones, but also to laptops, tablets, radios, smartwatches and any other devices with wifi bluetooth radio or cellular capabilities. officially the memo says this is about security in the west wing, but make no mistake about it, this is about cracking down on leaks. >> all right, nothing but pens and pad in the west wing from here on out. jon karl, thank you. we turn next here to the battle over immigration and the dreamers, in particular. the nearly 800,000 undocumented immigrants brought here as children by their parents. overnight, a federal judge preventing president trump from taking action to end protections for them, at least for now. 24 hours ago, the president inviting cameras in, signaling a willingness to work with democrats on the
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anything else. but tonight, the white house with a major clarification on that. here's abc's mary bruce, up on the hill tonight. >> reporter: tonight, congressional negotiators say they're closing in on a deal to protect the nearly 800,000 dreamers, undocumented immigrants brought to the u.s. as children. senator, are you making progress? >> yeah. feeling pretty good we're going to have a proposal. >> reporter: meeting with republicans and democrats, the president was pressed to explain his own positions. >> i think my positions are going to be what the people in this room come up with. if they come to me with things that i'm not in love with, i'm going to do it, because i respect them. >> we just want to do it the right way. >> reporter: democrats want to tackle protections for dreamers first. then move onto other immigration reforms. a position the president seemed to agree with before republicans stepped in. >> what about a clean daca bill now, with a commitment that we go into a comprehensive immigration reform procedure -- >> i have no problem. i think
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we're going to come up with daca, we're going to do daca, and we can start on the phase two, which would be comprehensive. >> mr. president, you need to be clear. what senator feinstein is asking here, when we talk about just daca, we don't want to be back here two years later. you have to have security as the secretary would tell you. >> i think that's what she's saying. >> reporter: but today, a different tone. the president now says he does have one firm condition before he signs any daca deal. >> it's got to include the wall. we need the wall for security. >> reporter: on capitol hill, republicans insist they'll deliver some sort of a wall. >> it depends on how you define a wall. >> reporter: but the president promised his supporters that he was going to build that wall. >> well, that wall doesn't have to be 2,000 miles of solid wall. >> it's a wall system with technology and man power and barriers. >> perhaps a changing definition of the wall. mary bruce with us live on the hill tonight. mary, this all comes as another republican lawmaker announces he will not seek re-election.
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afternoon led the charge against hillary clinton on benghazi and e-mails, now saying he won't run again? >> reporter: david, issa is now one of 33 republican lawmakers who are not seeking re-election. and one of the most prominent to retire is the gop faces a potential democratic wave in those upcoming midterm elections. now, issa barely won his last race and was facing another tough battle. his district is one that clinton won by eight points. david? >> mary bruce, thank you, as always. we're going the turn next here to the deadly flu outbreak across this country. from a 21-year-old son, he was an aspiring trainer, to a 19-month-old boy, both dying from the flu. the earliest and most severe in years. the disease now spreading across 46 states. hospitalizations doubling in just a week. so, why is it so powerful this year, and if you get the flu shot now, how soon before it helps? here's abc's gio benitez. >> reporter: tonight, a dangerous strain of the flu is hitting the nation hard. the cdc says the h3n2 strain is causing one of the worst seasons
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in recent history. >> this virus tends to affect older people, so, over 65, and very young, under a year. >> reporter: 19-month-old th nathaniel downey of toledo, ohio died monday from the flu. the family says he suddenly started coughing and within an hour couldn't breathe. even the seemingly fit can be affected. this 21-year-old aspiring to be a personal trainer died. e flu. any age group can catch >> certainly, it's an awful and scary story. when you look at the overall numbers of people in his age group, this person isn't necessarily at increased risk of adverse outcomes. >> reporter: tonight, the cdc still urging people to get the flu shot, even though it's only estimated tobe 30% effective. >> and gio benitez here in new york city, where doctors say they are seeing a spike in flu
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temperature changes we've seen across this country are hurting our immunity when it comes to fighting the flu? and if you get the flu shot now, how soon before it takes effect? >> reporter: you know, david, in fact, experts are actually trying to figure out if there's any relationship between the flu and those extreme temperature changes, but you know what, regardless, they say, get that flu shot. it's not too late to get it. they say it takes about two weeks to be fully effective, so, the sooner, the better. david? >> gio, we'll stay on this. in the meantime, we turn next tonight to the outrage after a teacher was arrested at a school board meeting for questioning the superintendent's raise while teachers were not getting one. a marshal handcuffing her in the hallway before she was booked at city jail. tonight, that teacher now speaking out for the first time, and here's abc's steve osunsami. >> reporter: what's about to happen to this middle school teacher has people across the world upset and calling in threats to this school board. deyshia hargrave was simply speaking her mind in abbevie,
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giving this man, the superintendent, a nearly $30,000 raise while handing out nothing extra to teachers. >> a superintendent or any person in a position of leadership getting any type of raise, i feel like it's a slap in the face to all the teachers, cafeteria workers. >> reporter: but the board was only trying to hear public comments and not a debate. so they asked her to leave. >> is it against policy to stand? sir, do not! >> reporter: and for some reason, the second she walked out -- >> what are you doing? what are you doing? >> reporter: -- she was on the ground, put in handcuffs and charged with resisting an officer. the school board president blames the teacher. >> you just pushed me to the floor! >> she's the one that made the choices that got her arrested. >> reporter: but late today, hargrave took to facebook to defend herself. >> by silencing my voice, they've also taken away, or tried to take away, my first amendment rights to speak, and i'm appalled at this, and you should be, too.
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>> reporter: a city attorney is refusing to charge her tonight. now, the national education association is behind her and holding a rally tomorrow. david? >> steve, thank you. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this wednesday. the missing college student and now the stunning discovery. that student had vanished. now discovered in a park. they're calling it a homicide. there's also news tonight about harvey weinstein. the confrontation with a customer in a restaurant. you'll see that video coming up. and the story making national headlines. two actors called back to reshoot scenes. one reportedly doing it for $80 a day. the other getting $1.5 million. a lot more news ahead. grwhen i first got on ancestry i was really surprised that i wasn't finding all of these germans in my tree. i decided to have my dna tested through ancestry dna. the big surprise was we're not german at all. 52% of my dna comes from scotland and ireland. so, i traded in my lederhosen for a kilt.
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but business was down dramatically. dad rolling out the dough, and his daughter, jackie, decided to post this video on twitter. she tweeted, my dad has a little restaurant. he's been thinking about closing but i can't let that happen. spread the word. one retweet could bring in a potential customer. she got more than 60,000 retweets. jackie sending us this message today. >> it brings such a warm feeling to me that so many people are willing to show their support. >> reporter: after those retweets, gettinging the word out, hundreds of people lining up. even posting photo of their trips to the family bakery. and jackie's dad revealing tonight, he didn't even know what twitter was. >> i don't even know how to use it. >> reporter: now he does. and he's grateful for those retweets. and so is jackie, who just wanted to help out her dad, along with thousands of others, too. jackie and so many strangers helping her dad. thanks for watching here on a wednesday night. i'm david muir. i hope to see you
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