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making news in america this morning, the death toll in the california mudslide disaster rises as we get a new view of the devastation. >> i didn't think it would ever turn into something like this. we've never seen anything like this before. >> 100 homes destroyed. this car washed away in a river of debris. water service could be out for several months and this morning the shocking development, why emergency cell phone alerts were never sent. president trump strikes a different tone when it comes to the russia investigation. his new response when asked whether he's willing to answer questions under oath. a young man, the picture of health, falls victim to the flu. this morning his father's tearful warning to everyone about just how dangerous the flu virus is this season. a man attacked by a bear in
florida needs 41 stitches to recover. >> i came outside and he was right there. >> what happened just before the rare attack? plus, eric clapton's new health struggle. we'll see what 23 see of snow looks like. and the woman who just returned her dead christmas tree to costco and got a refund. good thursday morning, everyone. i'm kendis gibson. >> i'm maggie rulli in for diane macedo. the rising death toll in the california mudslide disaster. >> yeah, at least 17 people are dead and dozens believed to be missing. around the town of montecito in santa barbara county hundreds are stranded with roads cut off and no water supply. >> meanwhile, as we see new video of the raging floodwaters, we're learning why they never received emergency alerts. this morning, rescuers going door to door, searching for
survivors in southern california, placing an x when it's all clear. >> i didn't think it would ever turn into something like this. we've never seen anything like this before. >> reporter: powerful mudslides funneling down these hillsides left barren by last month's fires. abc's kayna whitworth flying over the damage. >> if you look out there, you can see all of these homes completely surrounded in mud in all areas. i mean look at this. the rocks and mud have pushed down out of the canyon and collapsed trees and moved cars. yet somehow just to the left was completely spared. >> reporter: new video shows the power and speed. an empty car burbank bobsledding down the street as a muddy mess washing downhill. >> oh, my god, mom. >> reporter: marco and his family scrambling to safety as a wall of mud hits their home. >> close the door. get, get ready to go out. wake dad up.
>> reporter: the family, some of the lucky ones surviving the ordeal. but the death toll is rising. at least 17 people have been killed. including roy rohter, the founder of a catholic school. 12-year-old sawyer corey and her cyst morgan. peter flore and ken liatis who hasn't been heard from since tuesday. the evacuations still ongoing. it could take weeks or possibly months to restore drinking water in montecito. meanwhile, the busy 101 freeway now a mud-caked mess. it's closed until monday. two local whale watching companies are offering emergency ferry service to evacuees. there's word that cell phone alerts didn't go out until after the mudslides began. they were afraid future warnings would be ignored if nothing
happened this time. now to washington, d.c. and president trump's apparent change of position about the russia investigation. seems to be backing away from a possible interview with special counsel robert mueller. also, the president finds himself in the middle of a challenging debate over immigration. lana zak with the details. >> reporter: good morning, kendis and maggie. in washington lawmakers say they're increasingly close to coming to an agreement that would protect the 800,000 d.r.e.a.m.ers in the country. expect the white house will face increasing questions about the president's most recent tweets about the russia investigation. abc news has confirmed that special counsel robert mueller has told the president's lawyers he is likely to request an interview with the president, but asked directly if he was willing to meet with mueller, the president hedged. >> i can only say this, there was absolutely no collusion, everybody knows it. >> reporter: president trump had previously said he was willing to meet with investigators. >> wow be willing to speak under
oath to give your verse? >> 100%. >> reporter: on twitter he dismissed it all as, quote, the sing the greatest witch-hunt in american history, adding republicans should finally take control. he was asked to explain what that means. >> how do you want republicans to take control of the russia investigation? >> thank you very much, everybody. >> do you want them to shut down the russia investigation. >> thank you very much, everybody. >> reporter: the senate republican leading one of the investigations seemed to balk at the president calling for republican control of the russia investigation. >> 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 that you said he said. >> reporter: meanwhile, congressional negotiators say they are closing in on a daca deal to protect undocumented immigrants brought to the united states as children. the president insists that congress must agree to fund his wall but republicans on the hill seem to temper expectations. >> it depends how you define wall. that wall doesn't have to be 2,000 miles of solid wall.
>> reporter: now, republican jeff flake says he believes congress will come to an agreement before the january 19 spending deadline but, kendis and maggie, it is not clear if daca will be part of that bill or a stand-alone. we know senate majority leader mitch mcconnell pledged he hopes to have daca done by the end of this month. >> all right, so time is ticking for them. lana zak in d.c., thank you. the trump administration says an immigration sweep at 7-eleven stores across the country are only the beginning. agents hit up nearly 100 stores in 17 states and d.c. in the predawn raid arresting nearly two dozen people suspected of being in the country illegally. the store owners may also face fines and criminal charges for employing undocumented workers. a legal victory for the trump administration. in a battle over who trees a consumer watchdog. a federal judge has ruled president trump can appoint his budget director mick mulvaney as acting director.
a woman selected by the outgoing director of the agency sued to keep the job. she's expected to appeal the ruling. another high-profile republican is retiring from congress. darrell issa harshly criticized president obama as a house committee chairman, the 30th republican who has announced he will not seek re-election in november. overseas, tapes are finally reaching tourists stranded in the swiss alps. here's what 23 feet of snow look like. it was the biggest storm in a generation. about 13,000 tourists have been trapped because of the risk for avalanches. >> all right. well, nothing like that back here at home. let's check your weather for this thursday. there is however another storm system moving across the central plains bringing snow and ice to northern states and rain and ice farther south. the strong winds could produce blizzard conditions in parts of
minnesota, iowa and wisconsin followed by bitter cold temperatures. the same storm brought heavy snow to the rockies where it was welcome in ski towns like breckenridge which saw about ten inches. perfect conditions for some skiers there. and still ahead, another close call at a major u.s. airport. how a plane nearly landed on the wrong runway. but first a stunning revelation from the governor of missouri. the secret recording prompting him to admit he had an extramarital affair. plus, caught on camera, the dramatic moment a construction crane comes crashing down.
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i'm a businessman but most importantly i'm a very proud husband and father. >> well, that's missouri governor eric greitens billing himself as a family man. well, this morning he's admitted having an extramarital affair. but he's denying some explosive allegations that he blackmailed his mistress to keep her quiet. a local tv station aired a recording in which the unnamed woman reportedly claimed the governor took a photo of her naked and threatened to release the image if she ever went public. overnight the governor's lawyer denied any blackmail calling the accusation about the nude photo false. police in orange county, california, are investigating the death of an ivy league student as a homicide. the body of 19-year-old university of pennsylvania sophomore blaze bernstein was found in the brush around the park where he was last seen. he was home on winter break and had reportedly been picked up by a friend to meet up with another friend in the park. his family just wants answers.
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a person fired shots at police is barricaded inside a home. we're live on this tense scene. breaking overnight, a camden county diner is destroyed by a raging fire. warmer weather is moving in as we look out across sky6 live hd at penns landing. david murphy is tracking heavy rain in your accuweather. karen rogers is keeping on eye on the roads, a lot is ahead on "action news." th a mix of rain the northwest. finally, it may be safe to
say that boston's museum of fine arts has finally gone to the dogs. >> the museum's newest employee is using his keen sense of smell to sniff out some creepy crawlers that could pose a threat to its priceless works of art. our boston station has the story. >> reporter: on the job work badge ready and learning new skills fast. riley just became the newest member of the mfa. >> weimer rhiners have a powerful sense of smell. >> reporter: that great nose hundreded down our camera. perfect for his new job roaming the halls sniffing out bugs and pests that break into the museum. taking after his mom head of museum security. >> riley is only 12 weeks old so doing pretty well just sitting there. especially in a museum really like the fact that he doesn't have a tail. >> reporter: he beat out other politics filling the first puppy position of its kind. >> we're not aware of any program like this in any museum
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had 30:00 a.m., thursday, january 11. we're following several breaking stories in south jersey. >> police come under fire in a barricade situation neighbors are sheltering in place right now. >> firefighters in the garden state battle a blaze that rips through a diner. rescuers head out on a local pond trying to save a dog stuck in the ice. >> along those lines it's nice to start above freezing, david and karen. >> reporter: i was driving in today, i