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welcome to "world news tonight." the trump transition. president-elect donald trump's game of political apprentice. the parade of contenders hoping to hear the words, "you're hired." former rival mitt romney under serious consideration. and the two people who won't be going to washington right away. also tonight, trump's escalating twitter war against the cast of "hamilton." winter blast. the first major snow storm of the season moving east. just as millions of americans are traveling for thanksgiving. what's happening at one of america's busiest airports that could make matters much worse. breaking news. the urgent manhunt. a traffic stop turns deadly. an officer shot and killed, within sight of police headquarters. fiery crash. new clues about what caused this air ambulance to go down. a patient and three crew members killed. and, sticker shock. patients forced to pay huge
hospital bills after going to the e.r. what you need to know about how a health emergency can turn into a financial emergency. good evening. thanks for joining us on a sunday night. i'm dan harris, in for tom llamas. we'll start with the suspense swirling around donald trump as he builds his administration. trump holding a second round of meetings today in new jersey. chris christie, and rudy giuliani were there. also tonight, mitt romney, said to be a serious contender for secretary of state. ever the showman, trump is promising more cabinet picks will come very soon. mary bruce starts us off. >> reporter: like a well-choreographed reality show, tonight the auditions are in full swing. chris christie pausing for an extended photo op outside the president-elect's new jersey estate.
the new jersey governor no longer in charge of the transition, but hoping to stay in trump's inner circle. any announcements today? >> we're going to have a great day. great people coming. you'll see. >> reporter: more than 20 meetings in two days. one of the longest, with general james mattis. now a favored contender for secretary of defense. "mad dog mattis," as he's known, is a retired marine corps general. the former head of u.s. central command. a warrior scholar known for his blunt tough talk and aggressiveness in combat. after their meeting -- >> he's the real deal. >> reporter: but he may not have been trump's first choice. retired four-star general jack keane tells abc news that trump offered him the job, but he declined for personal reasons. transition officials wouldn't confirm an offer, but said trump was very interested. trump has already announced five key positions. as trump solidifies his security
team, new questions for enhanced int interrogation techniques. the president-elect has said he is in favor of it ch >> they said what do you think about waterboarding? i said i like it a lot. i don't think it's tough enough. >> reporter: but senator john mccain, the former p.o.w., out with a fiery warning this weekend. >> i don't give a damn what the president of the united states or anyone else wants to do. we will not waterboard. >> reporter: trump shaking hands with mitt romney, under consideration for secretary of state. >> it went great. >> we had a far-reaching conversation with regards to the various theaters in the world where there are interests of the united states of real significance. >> reporter: a major change in tune since the campaign. >> romney choked like a dog. he choked. he went -- >> his promises are as worthless as a degree from trump university. >> reporter: trump tweeting about the $25 million settlement in that case involving trump university. "the only bad thing about winning the presidency is that i
do not have the time to go through a long but winning trial on trump u. too bad!" trump's business interests, and how he'll separate from them, continue to raise questions. an indian journalist tweeted about this meeting with indian business partners. involved in a trump-branded real estate project near mumbai. >> i can assure the american people that there wouldn't be any wrongdoing, or any sort of undue influence over any decision making. >> and mary joins us live. not everyone moving to the white house in january? >> reporter: that's right, dan. as the meetings continue, the future first lady melania and her son barron expected to stay in new york at least through next spring, they're hesitant to pull him out of school. but will join him very soon.
we're seeing two sides of donald trump this weekend. the president to be putting together his team, and the public figure prone to angry tweets. trump demanding an apology for this message sent from the stage to mike pence. who was in the audience of "hamilton." ron claiborne on what pence himself is saying. >> reporter: tonight, vice president-elect mike pence responding for the first time to the mixed reception at that hamilton performance. some booing as he took his seat. >> you know, when we arrived, we heard a few boos, we heard some cheers. and i nudged my kids and reminded them that's what freedom sounds like. >> reporter: the hit broadway show tells the story of the founding fathers played by a cast of mostly african-american actors. pence says he enjoyed the show and did stay for that tense moment afterwards.
>> we, sir, we are the diverse america who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us. but we truly hope that this show has inspired you to uphold our american values and to work on behalf of all of us. all of us. [ cheers and applause ] >> i can tell you i wasn't offended by what was said. i'll leave to others whether that was the appropriate venue to say it. >> reporter: pence's boss with a different take. in a blizzard of tweets donald trump calling the cast "rude," accusing them of "harassing" pence, and saying they should "immediately apologize." and today outside his new jersey home -- >> are you still upset about "hamilton"? >> they were very inappropriate. >> reporter: the "new york daily news" spoke to the actor who delivered those remarks. >> it was important that we did this. and i'm so glad that he stayed and he listened and i truly appreciate him doing that. >> reporter: the incident satirized on "saturday night live."
>> heard you went to see "hamilton." how was that? >> it was good. i got a free lecture. >> heard they booed you. >> absolutely. >> reporter: trump taking issue with that too, tweeting, "i watched parts of @nbcsnl saturday night live last night. it is a totally one-sided, biased show, nothing funny at all." reviews of what took place, mixed. >> i don't think that anything the cast said was disrespectful. >> we spent a lot of money to come and see "hamilton" and we really don't want to hear political statements. >> reporter: some trump supporters are taking to twitter to calling for a boycott of "hamilton." but the show in new york city is sold out almost to the end of next year, and also in chicago. the show opening in los angeles later next year. dan? >> ron, thank you. a quick note about the current president. barack obama and the russian president vladimir putin came face to face today, possibly for the last time.
the white house says the two men talked for about four minutes in peru, focusing mainly on ukraine and syria. this was their first talk since the election. the u.s. has accused russian hackers of trying to interfere with our presidential race. now to the breaking news out of texas. the manhunt, looking for the man who killed a police officer in cold blood. here's marci gonzalez. >> he's been shot. >> reporter: tonight, a tense manhunt in texas for the killer who ambushed a san antonio police officer, shooting him in the head. >> i've got an officer down in front of headquarters. >> reporter: investigators say officer benjamin marconi was in his squad car just before noon today writing a traffic ticket across from police headquarters, when another driver pulled up behind him, walked up to the passenger side window and shot marconi twice, before driving off in this dark-colored car. >> this is everyone's worst nightmare. >> reporter: investigators are now scanning surveillance video. >> the vehicle drove through headquarters parking lot. >> reporter: trying to identify
the killer and his motive. >> we never want to see anything like this happen, unfortunately like dallas and like baton rouge it's happened here, now. >> reporter: already this year, 58 other officers in this country have been shot to death in the line of duty. a more than 60% increase over last year. and dan, tonight the search for the suspect is on. police in san antonio are being extra cautious. now only making traffic stops in teams until this killer is caught. dan? >> marci, thank you. in chicago tonight, two arrests after the killing of a congressman's 15-year-old grandson. accused of shooting him in an argument over a pair of sneakers. wilson is the grandson of the longtime congressman, danny davis. more than 500 murders have been reported in chicago this year. and weather now, whiteout conditions from michigan to pennsylvania.
in some spots, temperatures plunging more than 30 degrees in fewer than 24 hours. strong winds downing power lines, causing cars to catch fire. eva pilgrim is right in the thick of it. reporter: tonight, winter blasting its way across the country. whiteout conditions from michigan to pennsylvania. plows working to clear roadways, visibility next to zero at times. forcing drivers to slow down. many still no match for the blowing snow and freezing fog sliding off the highways. snow and ice ricocheting off windshields. the roads here in watertown are snow covered but still passable. concerns that will change when the sun goes down. parts of upstate new york expecting up to 20 inches of snow by tuesday morning and temperatures taking a nosedive. plummeting over 30 degrees in just 24 hours. in northern michigan, powerful winds toppling power lines, igniting two cars.
>> and as you can see, it's still coming down. >> reporter: across parts of minnesota, they're digging out from over a foot of snow. and the big house turning into a snow globe. michigan celebrating its win with snow angels. the snow is still falling, but it's the wind that's the real problem. it's blowing the snow, making it hard to see. dan? >> eva, thank you. let's get right out to rob marciano. where is the storm now, and where is it heading next? >> reporter: it's centered in northern new england, but what's remarkable, how much snow has fallen away from the lake effect snow zone. look at the radar. it's still coming down in parts of the hudson valley. accumulating heavily east of albany. with over a foot of snow. more coming in the next 24 hours, 10 to 20 more inches
piling up along i-80. want to show you as what's going on as far as windchills. tomorrow, 23 in cincinnati. 28 in atlanta. so, a cold blast of winter after what's been a pretty mild fall. dan? >> rob, thank you. adding insult to injury for any traveler worried about this, thousands of workers at chicago's o'hare airport are preparing to go on strike this week. airports across the country looking to avoid long lines like we saw last summer. here now, gloria riviera. >> reporter: tonight, fears an already hectic travel season could be even worse. 2,000 employees working at major hub, chicago o'hare, from baggage handlers to cleaning crews, are poised to strike over low wages. in a statement, american airlines said, "we are working to ensure there is no disruption to our operation." this thanksgiving aaa is projecting a million more people will get on planes, trains or hit the road.
nearly 49 million travelers in all. passengers hoping epic lines like last spring aren't in their future. tsa says it's ready. >> we're running a daily operation now that is centered, that focuses specifically on screening operations hour by hour at the top 30 airports. >> reporter: 1,400 new officers have been hired. 2,000 part-timers promoted to full time. >> i always get here early, before i get on the flight so i know i have time to adjust. >> reporter: the tsa says get to the airport two hours before for domestic flights, three hours before international. as for chicago o'hare, the union says monday it will announce which day it will strike. dan? >> gloria, thank you. now to the investigation into the deadly crash of a medical flight in nevada. the plane exploded in flames after crashing in a parking lot. the patient and three crew members were killed. so, why did the plane go down about a minute after takeoff? here's phillip mena.
>> reporter: tonight, the investigation into this fiery crash. a medical plane going down in a crowded parking lot in nevada. >> we have an explosion at the barricks parking lot, possibly involving an airplane. >> reporter: massive fireballs setting off explosions. chaos as firefighters rush to douse the flames. all four people on that plane, killed. including nurse, tiffany urresti. and paramedic, jake shepard. >> big heart, big personality. a huge loss for everyone. >> reporter: also among the dead, the pilot and a patient. the plane destined for a hospital in utah, plummeting moments after take-off. witness reports leading police to believe there was a mechanical flu we've seen accidents like this before. in july, a medical transport plane went down in california, killing four. and last year, a helicopter crashing, killing the pilot. since 2010, there have been more than 20 fatalities.
american medflight, which ow the nevada plane, saying it's devastated and it is cooperating with authorities. the ntsb and faa are now on scene investigating. telling abc news, the pilot likely saved lives by avoiding an apartment building nearby. dan. >> phillip, thank you. why the fda says you should check your fridge for this product. and patients getting slapped with huge, unexpected bills. how to fight back. and the raging fire destroying this home while the family and their pets slept inside. the surprise move that appare apparently made a huge difference here. anything meant to stand needs a stable foundation. a body without proper foot support can mean pain. the dr. scholl's kiosk maps your feet and recommends our custom fit orthotic
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finally here tonight, we're not sure whether the following is a super cool act of thanksgiving generosity, or a great way to incentivize bad driving. here's john donvan. >> reporter: you're the driver. and you know you did something wrong. you can hear it. you can see it. and now when it's time for the ticket. the ticket becomes a turkey. >> will that work for you? >> yes, thank you. >> all right. all right. there you go. happy thanksgiving to you. >> reporter: that's what the police are doing this week in this ft. worth neighborhood. for the minor infractions you get a little talking to.
and then they pop out the turkey. getting reactions like this. >> thank you all. >> you're very welcome. >> reporter: and the point. it's simple. folks can use the food. and the cops, they are building up some goodwill. >> they're surprised, and they're like, "you're not giving me a ticket, you're giving me a turkey?" it's just a great feeling. it really is. >> reporter: and so it went. with turkeys that were donated to the police department by a local church that had some extras. >> well, happy thanksgiving. >> thank you. >> reporter: and this guy in the white pickup spotted not wearing his seatbelt. he's a pastor who's actually been helping to give turkeys to the needy. so some nice irony here. >> that's a blessing. we're giving these away so that works. >> reporter: and there it is. the turkey ticket. a tale of cops and thanksgiving. john donvan, abc news. >> thank you for watching tonight. "gma" first thing in the morning, and david muir right back here tomorrow night. i'm dan harris in new york. good night.
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