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5:00. we thank you for your time. i'm eric thomas for drew and shu, tonight, states of emergency. a major winter ice storm sweeping across the nation's midsection. the national guard called in. the warnings for 20 million americans in 12 states. now the urgent call to stay off those icy roads before the worst hits tonight. donald trump taking on a civil rights icon. the war of words with congressman john lewis. what the president-elect tweeted that is sparking outrage. reunited. the baby kidnapped 18 years ago now face to face with her biological family. the woman accused of taking her now behind bars. the world's most famous hijacking mystery. stumping the fbi for nearly half a century, but did amateur scientists just discover a major clue? and liftoff. the critical space launch.
why this rocket has so much riding on it. good evening, and thank you for joining us on this busy saturday. i'm cecilia vega. we begin tonight with what is proving to be a deadly winter blast. weather alerts at this hour across a dozen states, and now states of emergency. the roads downright dangerous here in northern missouri. an overturned semi. wave after wave of ice sending drivers skidding. this 20-car pileup in downtown wichita. 20 million across the country under threat. that flag right there frozen stiff north of tulsa, oklahoma. and no easy going for this woman in arnold, missouri, and for so many tonight, the worst is yet to come. adrienne bankert starts us off in wichita. >> reporter: tonight, dangerous freezing weather turning deadly. >> there goes another one right there. he is over. he rolled over. he rolled over. >> reporter: three killed in the treacherous conditions.
big rigs littering interstate 40 near weatherford, oklahoma. icy roads triggering multiple crashes, including this truck. the driver killed when sliding into oncoming traffic. his cab ripped from the trailer. >> just slow down. if you have to park, park somewhere and wait it out. >> reporter: freezing rain and ice in wichita to blame for this chain reaction crash. more than 20 drivers colliding on the highway. >> i can just see every single car that was coming to hit me, and my air bag deployed and my head got whacked on steering wheel, like, five different times. >> reporter: now the midwest preparing for another blast. how many people are on the roads working to make sure we all stay safe? >> we have 60 trucks. we are putting them on the road 24 hours. >> reporter: trucks already rolling right now treating the roads. >> the road can look almost dry sometimes. sometimes it's invisible and you hit it and it's too late. >> reporter: just a glaze of ice
can make driving dangerous. a quarter of an inch can cause serious damage to trees and power lines. more than half an inch can be devastating. nfl officials taking no chances. the start time of the steelers/chiefs game delayed, and tonight, crews at arrowhead stadium preparing for the winter blast. the rain is coming down here in wichita. the community not taking any chances with that forecasted ice. church services have been canceled and a big concert postponed. road crews are standing by. cecilia? >> another rough night ahead. adrienne, thank you. let's bring in kate parker in for rob, and another snowy central park. you are tracking a winter blast right here. >> reporter: we're dealing with snow and ice in the northeast. but our biggest concern are these ice storm warnings. they stretch from texas, the panhandle all the way to illinois. and overnight, we're looking at freezing rain from i-40 to i-70. on sunday, look for heavy snow from new mexico, stretching into colorado.
not to mention possible severe weather in texas. to reiterate, our concern is this overnight freezing rain. it could cripple roads as well as bringing down power lines. be careful on the ice. >> good warning. kate, thank you. we want to turn to politics on this martin luther king weekend. donald trump finds himself in a heated war of words with a civil rights leader. congressman john lewis who nearly lost his life during that historic bloody sunday march calling trump an illegitimate president. the president-elect firing off on twitter, and his words sparking swift backlash. abc's mary bruce has more from the white house. >> reporter: on this martin luther king jr. weekend, donald trump is taking on a civil rights icon, tweeting that congressman john lewis is all talk, talk, talk. no action or results. sad. trump hitting back after lewis said he is not a legitimate president. >> i don't see the president-elect as a legitimate president.
i think the russians participated in helping this man get elected. >> reporter: some are urging lewis to reconsider citing for a peaceful transition of power. president obama saying this after the election. >> the people have spoken. donald trump will be the next president. >> reporter: but tonight, trump's harsh words for lewis sparking an onslaught of outrage. senator cory booker saying, anyone who attacks john lewis loses legitimacy in my eyes. democratic congressman tweeting this photo, saying that's john lewis almost dying for freedom and voting rights. donald trump not worthy of uttering john's name. even republican senator ben sasse saying john lewis and his talk have changed the world. the georgia congressman is a civil rights giant. one of the original freedom riders. seen here linking arms with martin luther king jr. lewis was badly beaten marching to montgomery on that bloody sunday.
late today, lewis responding to trump in a dnc e-mail, writing that i'm all talk and no action. i have been beaten bloody, tear gassed fighting for what's right in america. on twitter, lewis' own constituents coming to his defense after trump said his district is in horrible shape and falling apart, not to mention crime-infested. one saying, horrible? we love our home, our atlanta neighbors and our john lewis. lewis has been challenging the new administration, even testifying against trump's pick for attorney general, alabama senator, jeff sessions. highlighting his concerns about session' views on race. >> we need someone who is going to stand up. speak up and speak out. we need someone as attorney general who will look out for all of us and not just for some of us. >> reporter: why take the unprecedented step of testifying against senator sessions? >> i grew up in alabama.
i know the state. i know the south. >> and mary bruce joins us live from the white house. the president-elect is heading to washington early this week, and you are hearing he will be there on monday to mark the m.l.k. holiday? >> reporter: that's right. the president-elect will be here to mark the life and work of the civil rights legend. and to visit the new museum of african-american history. a museum that was created at the urging of john lewis who is featured in some of the exhibits, cecilia. inauguration day six days away, and donald trump is looking well past his swearing in to what could be major foreign policy shifts. today, his sharp warnings for china and for russia a possible break. abc's gloria riviera is in washington with this part of the story. >> reporter: a foreign policy shakeup from the president-elect before he is even sworn in. donald trump suggesting those sanctions against russia imposed for hacking may be short-lived. >> i don't know that i'm going
to get along with vladimir putin. i hope i do. >> reporter: telling "the wall street journal" he'll keep the sanctions at least for a period of time. but quote, if you get along and if russia is really helping us, why would anybody have sanctions if somebody is doing really great things? laying the groundwork for his future relationship with vladimir putin in his press conference this week. >> if putin likes donald trump, guess what, folks. that's called an asset. not a liability. >> reporter: trump's comments on sanctions come after the republican-led intelligence committee announced friday it would investigate ties associated with political campaigns. and now this in that "wall street journal" interview. trump saying he would consider doing away with a bedrock of u.s.-china relations. the one china policy in which the u.s. engages in formal diplomatic relations solely with beijing and not taiwan. >> china is ripping us off. you know who is getting the oil?
china. what china is doing to us is horrible. >> reporter: after his win, he took a congratulatory call from taiwan's leader raising concern in both the u.s. and china. >> why should some other nation be able to say i can't take a call? >> reporter: tonight the foreign ministry firing back, saying there is but one china in the world and no one can change that. another busy week of senate confirmation hearings is coming up, including that of nikki haley for u.n. ambassador who will face tough questions on both china and russia, cecilia. >> a busy week ahead. thank you. you of course, can watch that inauguration all day right here. coverage with george stephanopoulos and team. politics beginning at 7:00 a.m. eastern on friday. we want to turn to that heartbreaking kidnapping. a baby taken at birth 18 years ago, and now a family reunion. the only mother she has known behind bars. accused of snatching that child from a delivery ward nearly two decades ago.
what we're learning about that case and the face to face meeting many believed would never happen. abc's eva pilgrim has the latest. >> reporter: tonight, baby kamiyah reuniting with her family 18 years after being kidnapped. her father grateful. >> first meeting was beautiful. it was wonderful. >> reporter: their daughter, kamiyah mobley was just eight hours old when a woman posing as a nurse snuck her out of a hospital. >> i want to know where my baby is at. i want my baby back. >> reporter: police launched an all-out search for the infant. it even featured on "america's most wanted". a tip led authorities to gloria williams. she was charged in the kidnapping after dna testing proved kamiyah's identity. >> this is not a hearing of guilt of innocence. >> reporter: in williams' court appearance, kamiyah shows support for williams using the name she gave her. >> i'm alexis. >> reporter: the 18-year-old breaks down, consoled by loved ones.
and then walks over to the only mother she has ever known and says, i love you. >> i love you. >> reporter: those closest to alexis say she is strong, but needs some time. >> she is processing everything. and she is going to probably have to take this day by day. >> reporter: tonight williams is behind bars. here in south carolina, authorities plan on extraditing her back to florida, but that could take up to 20 days. cecilia. >> okay, eva. thank you. and to orlando now and the outpouring of grief for a police officer killed in the line of fire. thousands turning out to pay last respects to master sergeant debra clayton. she had almost two decades on the force, and police say a murder suspect shot the officer in a walmart parking lot. that massive manhunt for 41-year-old markeith lloyd is still under way at this hour. in cleveland, three police officers now face administrative charges in connection with the death of tamir rice. you will remember that case in 2014.
the 12-year-old boy shot dead holding a toy gun at a park. now the officers involved who were never charged face disciplinary actions ranging from 11 days suspension to termination. and next to that catastrophic fire that destroyed a home in baltimore. six of nine children in that family killed. tonight, the investigation into that blaze intensifying, and now this question. was a faulty electric heater to blame? abc's marci gonzalez reports. >> reporter: tonight, the heroic 8-year-old who helped save her brother and sister from this house fire in baltimore released from the hospital. but her two siblings still in critical condition along with their mother. >> she is so overwhelmed, it's impossible. >> reporter: overwhelmed by the loss of her six other children as investigators work to figure out what caused the fire. the mayor saying one possibility is that a space heater was involved. >> i know there was one in the house. >> reporter: electric space heaters are blamed for 1,200
fires each year killing an estimated 70 people. this demonstration showing how materials left too close to a heater can catch on fire within minutes. tonight officials are urging people to take these precautions. keep everything at least three feet away from space heaters. never plug them into extension cords which can get too hot and eventually start a fire, and only use space heaters with an automatic shutoff in case it overheats or gets tipped over. the cause of that fire in baltimore still isn't clear, and tonight that community is coming together already raising over $240,000 to help that family. >> marci, thank you. we want to turn to the spacex mission. that eagerly awaited falcon 9 launch. the mission in the shadow of that recent failure. today, a success. here's abc's ron claiborne. >> three, two, one. >> reporter: with a thrust of rockets, a cloud of smoke and a sigh of relief. spacex lifted off from the
launch pad in southern california. minutes later, the rocket separating, sending ten satellites into space. and right on schedule, returning to a landing pad floating in the pacific ocean. everything going exactly as planned according to elon musk, founder and ceo of spacex, tweeting, mission looks good. all satellites deployed. it was the first launch since september with the rocket and satellite it was carrying were destroyed in a fiery explosion. the mishap blamed on a fuel tank problem. the year before, another accident forcing spacex to ground all of its rockets. that hasn't stopped musk who envisioned sending people to mars. the board of rockets as soon as 2024. >> as soon as we show that this is possible, and this dream is real, the support will snowball over time. >> reporter: today's successful launch puts the program back on track, and that vision of dream
or going to mars years away. next up, they plan to launch satellite-bearing rockets twice a month for years to come, cecilia. >> expensive dream. thanks, ron. there is much more ahead on "world news tonight" this saturday. hundreds of tons of rock shuts down part of the country's most popular national parks. can a bunch of amateurs succeed where decades of fbi agents failed? what they found that could solve one of the most famous hijacking mysteries. and a 4-year-old girl reading circles around all of us. her reward for reaching an incredible milestone. my friends think doing this at my age is scary. i say not if you protect yourself. what is scary? pneumococcal pneumonia. it's a serious disease. my doctor said the risk is greater now that i'm over 50! yeah...ya-ha... just one dose of the prevnar 13®
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>> reporter: tonight, the d.b. cooper cold case is growing warmer. a team of scientists say this jcpenney tie left behind by the hijacker is providing new clues thanks to a powerful electron microscope. >> this is the only piece of evidence that is from d.b. cooper himself. he was careful to take all the notes and everything else he touched with him. >> reporter: the legend of cooper was born 45 years ago when a still unknown man hijacked a boeing-727 and got away with 2 houn -- $200,000 ransom money never to be seen again. they say the infamous tie includes tiny particles of rare earth elements used in a boeing high-tech supersonic jet program back then. the hijacking took place near boeing's backyard of seattle, leaving volunteer detectives to
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200 tons of rocks shutting down a stretch of utah's zion national park. fortunately, no one was hurt. and an incredible find off the waters off of australia. never before have scientists captures footage of ruby sea dragons. two of them there about nine inches long. the rch researchers are using a remotely operated vehicle to spot them 150 feet down. author, j.k. rowling tweeting, i honestly don't know why i bother inventing. you couldn't make this one up. the year was 1917. someone checked this book out of a san francisco library and never brought it back until now. a man found it in a trunk belonging to his great-grandmother. the late fees would have been $3,600. the library thankfully granted him amnesty. and up next, the little girl who would have never waited that long to return a book. she is not even in kindergarten. >> the habit of reading is one
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day. sometimes more throughout my entire pregnancy. >> reporter: once she was reading on her own, she just kept going. >> i finally made it to the library. >> reporter: to the point where she hit the goal of a nation-wide program called 1,000 books before kindergarten, actually reading the thousand books herself. that's when she got invited to be librarian for a day at the world's largest library, the library of congress, shadowing the real librarian, carla hayden. she thinks she might want to be one one day, but she loves reading about dinosaurs. >> triceratops, velociraptor. >> reporter: she may want to be a paleontologist. this we do know for sure, daliyah is just getting started. john donvan, abc news. >> go daliyah. thanks for watching. i'm cecilia vega. have a great saturday night. watching. i'm cecilia vega. have a great saturday night.
tonight at 6:00, the family of a san francisco woman is concerned about the public safety after she was found dead on a muni bus. the boycott grows. a list of lawmaker planning to skip donald trump's inauguration continues to gain steam after he attacked a civil rights icon. and show me the movie. going inside of the california video store with just one film on the shelves. abc 7 news at 6:00 starts now. good evening. im eric thomas. thanks for joining us. today donald trump went on the attack against john lewis who has promised to skip the inauguration with several bay area lawmakers. the president-elect's latest tweet was this evening saying congressman john lewis should finally focus ons burning and crime infested inner cities of the u.s.
i could use all of the help i can get. it prompted a rpoe from michigan republican justin amash who tweeted, dude, just stop. sergio quintana is live in the newsroom with the growing tirade and protest. >> donald trump continues his twitter attack on john lewis. a man who marched with king. there is also a growing number of democratic members who are joining a boycott against the inauguration. president-elect donald trump began the day with two tweets. congressman john lewis should spend more time on fixing and helping his district which is in horrible shape and falling apart, not to mention crime infested rather than falsely complaining about the election results. all talk, talk, talk. no action or results. sad. the president-elect was responding to comments from congressman lewis saying he does not consider trump to be a legitimate president. he told nbc news he's concerned about russia's involvement in the election. georgia congressman john lewis is considered a civil rights