tv ABC World News Tonight With David Muir ABC January 28, 2022 5:30pm-6:00pm PST
tonight, several breaking tonight, several breaking stories as we come on the air. the major nor'easter bearing down. the massive bridge collapse in pittsburgh. and russia and ukraine, and what president biden just said minutes ago about sending u.s. troops. first, the blizzard warnings in ten states. multiple major cities, philadelphia, new york city, boston, all bracing. 80 million expecting whiteout conditions, heavy snow, wind gusts up to 60 miles per hour, up to two feet of snow expected in boston. new york city to hartford could get up to a foot of snow. those hurricane force winds possible. rob marciano will take us through the timing and potential snow totals. also tonight, that major bridge collapse in pittsburgh. a public bus, five vehicles crossing the bridge when it came down. the human chain working to get
passengers out, able to pull them out. tonight here, the timing. there were school delays because of the weather. typically far more people on that bridge. we have breaking news coming in involving u.s. troops tonight amid the rising tensions with russia and ukraine. what president biden said about sending u.s. troops to the region. he revealed this a short time ago, and ian pannell with late news. the new images tonight showing the navy f-35 seconds before crashing on the deck of the uss carl vincent. the stealth fighter sinking to the bottom of the ocean. the pilot, six crew members injured. the u.s. navy still trying to get to that wreckage before the chinese. news on the pandemic tonight, where omicron has peaked, where it is still raging. and dr. anthony fauci tonight on this new omicron subvariant. what we're seeing in the u.s. so far. a solemn day here in new york city. thousands of police officers from across the country paying their respects to the first of
the officers shot and killed in new york in the line of duty. the emotional moment when we heard from the rookie officer's young wife. the parents charged after taking their children on a ride through a flooded creek. three children died. the surviving children begging the judge to keep their parents out of prison. what the judge has decided. the january 6th committee issuing more than a dozen new subpoenas tonight for people who authorities say falsely claimed they were legitimate electors. what they signed. authorities say, in an effort to change the results to donald trump in seven states. jon karl standing by with that. a big weekend of football ahead. but tonight, what's already happened. who is our person of the week? good evening, and it's great to have you with us as we near the end of another week together here. we have several developing stories this friday night. what president biden just said
tonight about russia, ukraine, and now sending u.s. troops to the region. we'll get to that in just a moment. but we begin tonight with this dangerous nor'easter taking aim at this hour. authorities across several states tonight are now warning of life-threatening conditions. states of emergency declared up and down the east coast tonight. blizzard warnings in ten states, from virginia all the way up to maine. the snow expected to begin late tonight, following straight through tomorrow. boston bracing for up to two feet of snow. in fact, the mayor already declaring a snow emergency tonight. and in the middle of this pandemic, boston and the surrounding communities short on snowplow drivers. in new york city, they're facing up to a foot of snow. road conditions already slippery for the commute home. voluntary evacuations tonight under way along the massachusetts coast. residents warned about dangerous wind, snow, and coastal flooding on cape cod. tonight, more than 3,100 flights already cancelled tomorrow.
thousands of flights at boston's logan airport alone. senior meteorologist rob marciano leading us off tonight. he's right there where the bull's-eye is, boston, to take us through this. hey, rob. >> reporter: hi, david. you know, all week along we have been talking about several ingredients that need to come together for a major storm. well, that's happening. and now we have higher confidence for a historic snowfall and wind event for parts of the northeast. blizzard warnings have been expanding all day, including parts of connecticut and long island. the low is off the coast of the carolinas. it's taking shape, phasing in with some of that colder air. it's going to be all snow. this thing will get by new york city by tomorrow morning. the snow starts the fly, heavy at times by 7:00. atlanta, 50 mile-per-hour winds. i-95 is going to be a mess. don't bother getting on it. i think plows will have difficult times keep up with these snowfall rates. blizzard conditions, hartford, boston. by 5:00 p.m., new england still getting hammered with 60 to 70-mile-per-hour winds.
coastal flooding, power outages, dangerous blizzard conditions for sure. a big swath of 6 to 12 inches of snow from delaware, parts of new jersey. and 12 to 24 inches east of hartford through much of rhode island and all of eastern massachusetts. i think we'll see spots outside boston with 30 or more inches. looks like we'll be digging out all day sunday and then some from this event. david? >> be careful out there. to rob and the team and everyone in the east preparing for this nor'easter. rob, thank you. we're going to turn in the meantime to that major bridge collapse in pittsburgh and the urgent effort to get to the people inside several vehicles and a public bus. that bus and five vehicles we they formed a human chain to get the passengers out. tonight here, what we're learning about the timing. there were school delays because of the weather. typically a far busier bridge. elwyn lopez on the scene in pittsburgh. >> reporter: tonight, a terrifying morning commute in pittsburgh. >> a lot of screaming and static on the phone.
stating the bridge fully gave out. unknown injuries. >> reporter: a bridge suddenly collapsing just before 7:00 a.m. with five cars and this bus plunging with it. >> two very loud booms woke us up, 6:30, 6:45. the house shook a couple of times. >> reporter: first responders racing to the scene, forming a human chain, pulling people off that partially crushed bus. a driver and two passengers on board. daryl luciani was behind the wheel. >> as i was driving across it, in my mind, i knew the bridge was collapsing. i could just feel it. the bus was bouncing and shaking. i was just happy that the bus finally come to a stop and everyone seemed to be okay. >> reporter: amazingly, no one was killed and just ten people suffered minor injuries. officials say it could have been a lot worse. snow delayed schools for two hours, and traffic was light at the time of the collapse. the pennsylvania department of transportation telling us 14,500 vehicles travel over the bridge daily. the overall condition of the
52-year-old structure was listed as poor during its last inspection in september. >> i walked under it all the time and saw the rust and decay, and that's pretty typical in pittsburgh. >> reporter: the collapse came just hours before president biden visited the city to highlight his $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure law. the president, seeing the destruction firsthand, vowing to fix all the bridges, promising gigantic change. >> we got to move. the next time, we don't need headlines saying that someone was killed when the next bridge collapses. >> reporter: david, federal investigators with the ntsb just arrived on the scene to help pinpoint the cause of the collapse. and david, officials have also run heavy equipment to remove the wreckage. that process could take several days. david? >> we're just glad everyone survived this. elwyn lopez in pittsburgh. thank you, elwyn. as we reported at the top, there's news just coming in involving russia, ukraine, these rising tensions, and now president biden late today
saying he will be sending u.s. troops to the region. so where will they go? our senior foreign correspondent ian pannell from ukraine again tonight. >> reporter: tonight, ukraine's army rehearsing for a war they hope they'll never have to fight, firing western made and supplied weapons. and president biden tonight saying he's getting close to moving u.s. troops to the region, though not to ukraine. >> i'll be moving u.s. troops to eastern europe and the nato countries in the near term. not a lot. >> reporter: in a rare joint press conference today, defense secretary austin and joint chiefs chairman general milley warning a russian attack on ukraine would be swift and horrific. >> there's a potential they could launch on very little warning. >> reporter: american forces on high alert to support neighboring countries, but both men stressing there is a way out. >> war is not inevitable. as the secretary said. the right answer here is a diplomatic solution.
>> reporter: the kremlin insisting today it doesn't want war, but it has over 100,000 troops along ukraine's borders, and every day it's releasing more videos of its troops in training. >> reporter: president biden speaking with his ukrainian counterpart to re-affirm u.s. support, but the two have differences on how significant the crisis is and how great the threat of imminent russian military action. today, president zelensky telling abc news he thinks the biden administration is overstating the crisis. where do you think the white house and the pentagon are going wrong in their analysis? he says there are risks in repeatedly talking about the threat of war, and he says, in his opinion, this is a mistake. >> yes, he wants the rhetoric scaled back. we'll see if that actually happens. ian with us in the meantime. i want to get back to this breaking headline, president biden revealing late today that he does intend to send u.s. troops to the region.
what exactly would that mean? where are they expected to go? >> reporter: that's right, david. it's something he said earlier. we don't know the specifics, but most likely you would have to think the baltic states, eastern europe. that's potentially also poland. critically, not here in ukraine, which isn't a member of nato. i think the eastern european states would be glad of that show of support, which is likely to come from the white house. but here in ukraine, president zelensky is likely to be less happy. he's worried by making these kind of moves, by talking repeatedly about war, it just creates panic and discontent here in ukraine. david? >> ian pannell, we're grateful for your reporting all week long from ukraine. thank you. now to the newly released images of the crash of a u.s. navy stealth fighter in the south china sea. the navy tonight confirming that video seen online shows this f-35 just seconds before it crashed on to the deck of the uss carl vincent.
the pilot and six crew members injured. the plane falling into the ocean, sinking to the bottom. the u.s. still trying to recover the $100 million jet with its secret technology. tonight, by the way, china claiming it has no interest in that f-35 jet. we turn now to news on the pandemic. here in the u.s., where omicron has now peaked, where it's still raging, and tonight, dr. anthony fauci on this new omicron subvariant and what we know so far. here's kaylee hartung. >> reporter: tonight, health experts are urging americans to stay the course with vaccinations and masking amid promising signs the country is rounding the omicron peak. > my message would be, just hang in there, because things look like, at least for what's going on now with omicron, that things are turning around. >> reporter: nationally, new covid cases have dropped 25% in the last two weeks, and hospital admissions are down nearly 10%. but in areas like the south and west, many front line teams are still overwhelmed. texas has just 7% of its icu beds open, a record low. doctors at texas children's in houston say their sickest patients are unvaccinated. >> it's hard, because if your
children are under 5, they're just not eligible. so to me, it places even more emphasis on being vaccinated, because if you're protected, your children are less likely to get it. >> reporter: and scientists are now tracking the spread of that omicron subvariant ba.2, now detected in 24 states. >> we're keeping a very close eye on it. it looks a bit more transmissible but not necessarily more severe. >> reporter: on that subvariant, british researchers are finding that vaccines appear to be just as effective against ba.2 as the original ba.1 omicron. they say it's spreading faster but it's too early to know for sure. and right now there's no evidence that it leads to more or less severe illness. david? >> kaylee, thank you. there is news tonight about the three police officers shot and wounded in houston yesterday. the gun battle unfolding on the street. the suspect opening fire following a police chase. two of the wounded officers released from the hospital. the third officer remains in
stable condition tonight. the suspect wounded in the neck, barricading himself inside a house for several hours before being arrested. and a solemn day in new york city. thousands of police officers from all over the country paying their respects to the first of the officers shot and killed in the line of duty in harlem. the pictures today, a mile long sea of blue filling the streets for 22-year-old jason rivera. and the emotional moment when we heard from the rookie officer's young wife. here's phil lipof. >> reporter: shoulder to shoulder they packed st. patrick's cathedral to pay respects to 22-year-old nypd officer jason rivera. >> i would say good morning to you all, but in fact it's the worst morning ever. >> reporter: officer jason rivera's young widow, dominique, posting photos of the couple, saying, this is the heaviest my heart has ever been. they met in elementary school. married for four months. today describing the horror of being called to the hospital.
>> i said to you, wake up, baby, i'm here. the little bit of hope i had that you would come back to life just to say good-bye or say i love you one more time has left. i was lost. i'm still lost. >> reporter: outside, snow falling as a sea of blue lined 5th avenue. >> it just shows that we all love each other and it's truly a brotherhood. >> reporter: rivera and his partner wilbert mora were shot and killed on a domestic violence call. rivera posthumously promoted to detective. his wife with a message for her husband. >> and although you won't be here anymore, i want you to live through me. >> reporter: david, as painful and as sad as this day was, as you just saw for the rivera family, and for the new york city police department as a whole, they will be right back here next week to do this again as they say good-bye to officer mora. david?
>> an extraordinarily moving day. phil lipof, thank you. we turn to the major headline involving the investigation into the attack on the capitol. the january 6th committee now issuing more than a dozen new subpoenas for people who authorities say falsely claimed they were legitimate electors. what they signed, authorities say, in an effort to change the results to donald trump in seven states. here's jonathan karl. >> reporter: today, the january 6th committee subpoenaed 14 people, their names all appearing on phony electoral certificates claiming donald trump won states that were actually won by joe biden. it was an audacious scheme. they pretended to be real electors, hoping to change states from biden to trump. among them, nancy cottle. her signature appears on one of the certificates as the chairperson of the electoral college of arizona. she and her associates were listed as the state's duly elected and qualified electors. they were not. there are nearly identical documents from six other states that donald trump lost, all
phony certificates sent by registered mail to vice president pence and the national archives in december of 2020, all part of a plan to block the certification of biden's victory on january 6th. at the time, trump aides spoke openly about the effort. >> an alternate slate of electors in the contested states is going to vote, and we're going to send those results up to congress. >> reporter: the committee says the documents may be evidence of a crime orchestrated by some of trump's advisers. >> when you falsify a document, in most instances, that's a criminal act. >> reporter: it's not just the january 6th committee that's looking into this. the justice department recently said that it, too, is investigating what the deputy attorney general called fraudulent electors. so, david, a criminal investigation as well as the investigation by the committee. >> jon karl here on a friday night. jon, thank you. a lot more ahead tonight. when we come back, the parents charged after taking their children on a ride through a flooded creek.
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finally tonight, the chiefs beat the bills to get to this weekend, but there was a remarkable gift afterward you likely didn't know about. our persons of the week. this weekend, all eyes on those four teams. the big question -- who will head to the super bowl? of course, it was last weekend, the kansas city chiefs and buffalo bills, those final 13 seconds in overtime. but after the victory, the chiefs fans had an idea -- to start donating to bills quarterback josh allen's charity. the patricia allen fund, named after his grandmother. benefiting the o'shy children's hospital in buffalo. >> hi, david. >> reporter: chiefs fan brett fitzgerald, who runs the "chiefs kingdom memes" fan facebook page, helped come up with the idea. >> what i hope from this is more
friendly rivalries donating to these charitable causes. win or lose, both cities win. would be great to see a lot more of that. >> hi, david. >> good evening, david. >> reporter: the chiefs fans started donating. >> i hope that this is a trend that catches on across all sports. >> this shows that no matter what our differences are or our rivals, we can all come together and support a good cause. how about those chiefs! >> hi, david. >> reporter: even bills fans cheering on the chiefs for this. >> we really appreciate the love that you guys have been sending up from kansas city. thanks and go bills. >> reporter: tonight, this astonishing new number. kansas city fans have now raised more than $413,500. from more than 18,300 donors. 7-year-old grace, a patient, writing, thank you, kansas city chiefs. >> hi, david. >> reporter: 11-year-old jackson marchetta -- >> thank you, kansas city fans, for donating money to the patricia allen fund. it means so much to me and i bet other kids like it too. >> hey, david. >> reporter: the stradley family too. their son, vignesh, a patient.
>> that money is going to really help our community in providing the best treatment and care for our children here in western new york. let's go buffalo! go bills! >> hey, david. >> hey, david. >> hey, david! >> reporter: and tonight, the team at o'shy children's hospital grateful, too. >> thank you, kansas city chiefs fans, for your generosity. >> go bills! >> thank you, kansas city. >> go bills. >> although we were so disappointed in the outcome of the buffalo bills game sunday against the kansas city chiefs, we want to sincerely thank the fans for donating to the patricia allen fund. >> it was certainly one heck of a game, not only because of how close it was but because of the tremendous generosity of the chiefs kingdom. >> thank you so much, kansas city. >> and so we choose all those chiefs fans and their gift for buffalo. we loved it. good night.
dan: new at 6:00, we finally get inside a warehouse they would not let our order see yesterday. and the great migration is under way. all this moving is making the bay area a mega region. >> all is quiet tonight at sofi stadium, but we are inching our way closer and closer to the nfc championship. abc 7 news starts right now. >> will thing a better bay area, moving forward, finding solutions, this is abc 7 news. ama: we talk a lot about making the bay area better. tonight, the focus is on bigger. dan: our commitment to building a better bay area is not changing, but the reality is our area is. dion: the boundaries of the bay
area are expanding as people moved to outlying areas in search of lower cost housing. the result is planters now consider this a mega region. dan: david lui dives into why this means bigger challenges. david: the bay area once thought of itself as five, then nine counties. no longer. we are evolving into a mega region that encompasses fresno and sacramento. an eye-opening new research study says nearly every local city has lost population in the past five years, and this has implications for the transportation network, which is why the metropolitan transportation commission is paying attention. by tracking state tax returns, researchers discovered a correlation between income and where people have moved. >> nearly 35% of movers had household income of