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ptioned by los angeles distribution and broadcasting, inc. facing new backlash. his sudden decision to pull u.s. troops out of a key part of syria, leaving america's kurdish allies alone in their fight against isis. and alone to defend against turkey. the move came after president trump had a phone call with turkey's president. tonight, some senate republicans calling it a betrayal. and it comes just weeks after our reporting here on the ground, the fight against isis right now. and our access to prisons in syria, with house of isis fighters. if the u.s. pulls out, who makes sure those isis fighters aren't freed? martha raddatz standing by. also tonight, president trump facing a second whistle-blower now, a new person coming forward. and the republicans who now claim president trump was simply joking when he also asked china
to investigate joe biden. security breaches tonight at two major airports in america. how was passenger able to board without an i.d. or boarding pass and the other case, a man arrested. eight newborn babies coming down with a deadly bacteria. the hospital unable to save three of them. the major of dallas tonight urging caution after a key witness in the amber guyger murder trial is shot and killed. and tonight what the judge in the case is now saying about this moment when she hugged the convicted officer, too. the american woman, a diplomat, fleeing the u.s. after authorities say she killed a teenager while driving on the wrong side of the road. "jeopardy!" host alex trebek. why he regrets going public with his cancer, and the moment we didn't see. what he's telling his children now. itadus smile. good evening and it's great to have us with us here to start another week. and we begin tonight with the trump and the new backlash this
evening after his sudden decision to withdraw u.s. troops from a key border area ofsyria, abandoning kurdish soldiers and who now hold thousands of isis prisoners. we were on the ground on the front lines in iraq near the syrian border just weeks ago. the fight against isis fighters still raging. and we were given access to icy prisons in syria. with u.s. prisons in syria, who kelp tell helped the kurds keep in prison? abc's martha raddatz leading us off. >> reporter: tonight, the first images of american forces withdrawing from positions in northern syria. this u.s. post now a ghost town after orders from president trump to leave behind the kurdish forces we have long relied on to battle isis. instead, siding with turkey. >> why are you siding with an
authoritarian leader and not our kurdish allies? >> i'm not siding with anybody. syria was supposed to be a short-term hit. just a very short-term hit and we were supposed to be in and out. we want to bring our troops back home. >> reporter: the u.s.-backed syrian kurds have lost tens of thousands of soldiers in that fight. just a year ago, president trump saying he would not forget their sacrifice. >> they fought with us, they died with us, they're great people and we don't forget. i don't forget. >> reporter: but now, the president is abandoning them. essentially giving the green light to turkey to clear the kurds out of northern syria. trump making that decision after a call from turkey's president, who considers the kurds terrorist insurgents. just weeks ago, david was on the front lines with u.s. forces in iraq, not far from the syrian border, where the fight against isis is still very much alive. abc news obtaining images of a strike on isis fighters. >> reporter: this is where they've retreated to? >> we found them because they got up and moved.
they went over to another location to pull some weapons out. when they went back into their bed-down location, then we were able to go ahead and conduct a strike on them. >> reporter: without the kurds, the pentagon fears a resurgence of isis. the refugee camps in syria are also under kurdish control, filled with isis fighters, where some children now celebrate the isis flag. >> isis flags inside that camp? >> that's right. they raised an isis flag, children were dancing around the flag toll. >> it's a legitimate concern that this is becoming a breeding ground. >> absolutely. >> reporter: tonight, the president's move sparking anger on capitol hill, including from some of the president's strongest supporters. senate majority leader, mitch mcconnell, saying "it would increase the risk that isis and other terrorist groups regroup." lindsey graham calling trump's decision "irresponsible." >> if we abandon them, good luck getting anybody to help america in the future with radical
islam, al qaeda and isis. >> reporter: and former u.n. ambassador, nikki haley, saying of the kurds, "leaving them to die is a big mistake." president trump, aware of growing concern, is also warning turkey tonight in a tweet, saying that "if turkey does anything that i, in my great and unmatched wisdom consider to be off-limits, i will totally destroy and obliterate the economy of turkey." >> and so let's get to martha raddatz, with us live tonight. you and i were talking about those prisons. abc news was given access in syria, where they hold thousands of isis fighters. you'll remember one fighter who told us, if he was released, he'd rejoin isis and kill americans. and martha, your military sources telling you what they told me, they're very concerned about those prisoners now guarded by the kurds? >> reporter: they are, david. there is great concern about those isis prisons. a senior official saying that the fear that some of those 11,000 prisoners could escape and flood the surrounding areas
or target the west. there's also concern tonight about withdrawal. one senior official telling me there is initial planning to withdraw all u.s. forces within 30 days, david, but that could change. >> 30 days. all right, martha raatz, thank you. and while the president is taking significant heat from key republicans on this sudden move on syria, many of those same names defending him on the ukraine call. and many saying the president was simply joking when he asked china to investigate joe biden, too. and tonight, new subpoenas now, including the department of defense in the impeachment inquiry. here's abc's cecilia vega now. >> reporter: facing allegations from a second whistle-blower, today, a defiant president trump blasted democrats and their impeachment inquiry. >> the impeachment inquiry is a scam. >> reporter: abc news has learned the attorney who represents the original whistle-blower is now representing a second person, a member of the intelligence community who claims to have first-hand information about the president's efforts to push
ukraine to investigate his political rival, joe biden. the white house has released a summary of the president's phone call with the president of ukraine. president trump saying, "i would like you to do us a favor." later asking for an investigation into biden. >> almost everybody who read it said it was perfect or really very good. but it was a very normal, nice conversation. >> reporter: today, ohio senator rob portman became the latest republic to publicly criticize the president. portman saying, "the president should not have raised the biden issue of that call, period. it's not appropriate for a president to engage a foreign government in an investigation of a political opponent." president trump has also publically called on china to investigate biden. some of his allies insist he was not being serious. >> the president asked china to investigate him. >> we know they're not, george. come on. >> why can't you answer yes or no, do you think it's appropriate? >> because i don't think that's what he did. i don't think that's what he did. >> so -- but it was right there on camera.
>> reporter: still, some republicans unconvinced. >> i doubt if the china comment was serious, to tell you the truth. >> reporter: here's what the president said at the white house just last week. >> china should start an investigation into the bidens because what happened in china is just about as bad as what happened with ukraine. >> have you asked president xi to investigate at all? >> i haven't, but it's certainly something we can start thinking about. >> cecilia vega with us live tonight from the white house. and cecilia, what does the without say about all of this? was the president joking when he asked w eed china to investigat >> reporter: the white house is not commenting. but tonight, on capitol hill, the focus on the first whistle-blower. democrats are planning to take extraordinary steps to protect this person's identity when they meet. they're talking about about securing voice and appearance, postally having congressional aides conduct the interview without members of congress.
democrats say they're worried that republican allies of this president might try to reveal the person's identity. david? >> cecilia vega, thank you. next tonight, to other news, and authorities reporting two security breaches at two different airports in florida. a woman in orlando allegedly getting by tsa and the flight crew to board a plane without i.d. or a boarding pass. and in miami tonight, a passenger bypassing the gate agent has now been detained. abc's david kerley covers aviation. >> reporter: this is the woman authorities say got through security and onto a jet without a ticket. finally escorted off after a 45-minute standoff. >> i know the protocol of flight attendants. >> reporter: the woman, undetected, until jenni clemons boarded the delta flight from orlando to atlanta and found the woman in her seat. >> she just said, i'm not moving. >> reporter: turns out, according to the tsa, she was able to sneak past the tsa officer checking i.d.s and boarding passes. she was screened, but then snuck by the delta gate agent, too. when confronted, she told a
flight attendant she threw away her boarding pass and suggested a selfie on her phone was her i.d. >> i need a government issued i.d. >> okay, well i'm showing the picture i.d. >> ma'am, that's not a government i.d., that's a photo. >> this is just as good. >> reporter: 48 hours later, this morning in miami, authorities say another person blowing past a gate agent. this man taken into custody and hospitalized. it's unclear what the motive was for either person and whether either of them will be charged with a crime. david? >> david kerley with us tonight. thank you. and next, to a hospital mystery this evening. the deadly outbreak of a bacteria at a pennsylvania hospital. eight newborns in the neo-natal intensive care unit infected. they were unable to save three of the babies. and what's now being done tonight. here's abc's linsey davis. >> reporter: a battle tonight inside this pennsylvania hospital to eradicate a deadly infection in its neonatal intensive care unit after it claimed three fragile lives. >> sadly, three infants have died. their deaths may have been a
result of the infection complicating an already vulnerable state. those infants were extremely premature. >> reporter: it is called pseudomonas. a very common bacteria, which is often harmless, and in hospitals, can be spread through tubing or equipment. >> it's really too soon to say exactly where the organism is coming from, but what we have, the information that we have so far suggests that it's some place outside of the neo-natal intensive care unit. >> reporter: a total of eight babies, all born prematurely, contracted the waterborne bacterial infection in the hospital. four have already recovered and one is still being treated with antibiotics. the medical center is temporarily sending mothers who are likely to deliver prematurely and infants bosh at less than 32 weeks to other regional hospitals. they also say they are taking every precaution, including extra cleanings, even though they say they did not find the organism present on any surfaces in the hospital. >> we're thinking about all
those families. linsey, thank you. now to the dallas mayor tonight, urging calm after the mysterious murderer in the key witness in the trial of that former dallas police officer. joshua brown lived in that same apartment building and his emotional testimony actually helped convict amber guyger. so, who killed him and why? abc's marcus moore from dallas tonight. >> reporter: tonight, the mayor of dallas urging the public from refrain from speculating about the mysterious murder of joshua brown. a former officer convicted of murder after she says she entered a neighbor's apartment thinking it was hers and shot him to death. brown, himself, found dead friday night. shot multiple times in the parking lot of his new apartment complex. >> i had heard pow, pow, pow, pop, pop, pop. >> reporter: brown lived across the hall from botham jean and disputed this claim during the trial. >> i yelled at him, like, "let me see your hands, let me see your hands." >> reporter: brown testified he never heard that warning. >> do you recall ever hearing someone saying, "hey, put your
hands up," in a loud tone? >> no. no ma'am. >> or "show me your hands"? >> no ma'am. >> reporter: but brown, no stranger to gun violence. last year wounded, his friend murdered, outside a strip club. his family says he was a reluctant witness in the guyger case and had been concerned about testifying so publicly. >> any time someone is killed under mysterious circumstances, you have to look at their whole life to see who might have something out against them. >> reporter: police so far identifying no suspects. >> marcus moore has been on this case from the beginning. and another headline on this case tonight, we're hearing from the judge in the trial, i know, marcus, she's now defending herself tonight as she hugged the officer, too, in that courtroom? >> reporter: yeah, david. the hug from the judge came after botham jean's brother embraced guyger. the judge says after that moving moment, guyger asked her for a hug, too. she believed that her actions were appropriate as the trial was over and guyger was asking for forgiveness.
david? >> marcus, thank you. next, the stormfront with heavy rain causing flash flooding in the center of the country tonight and now headed east. chief meteorologist ginger zee tracking it all. ginger, good evening. >> reporter: david, the rain has just started here. it will blow through tonight and the attention turns to the big snowstorm, up to 16 inches possible in montana. talking about 45-mile-per-hour wind gusts that will bring blowing snow and visibility to near zero on i-15 or i-94. this front is big, and it slips all the way to, say, north dakota, where grand forks usually gets an inch and a half of snow in the month of oktd, they could quadruple that. it goes to snow all the way down to denver, rapid city, and the cold, david, goes all the way to houston by the weekend. there, it will be welcome. >> ginger, thank you. we turn now to the outrage in the uk tonight over an american diplomat who authorities say killed a teenager on a motorcycle while she was driving on the wrong side of the road. here's abc's senior foreign correspondent ian pannell now. >> reporter: tonight, growing anger in britain over the fatal car crash that killed
19-year-old harry dunn, after the wife of a u.s. diplomat suspected of being involved fled the country. now claiming diplomatic immunity. >> we're just utterly broken inside and out. >> reporter: the woman driving in the wrong direction. police say the 42-year-old suspect initially cooperated, telling police she had no plans to leave the u.k. but when british officers were planning to make an arrest, the woman was gone. british prime minister, boris johnson, saying he will take his case to the white house. going as far as publicly naming the woman. >> i hope that anne sacoolas will come back and will engage properly with the processes of laws that are carried out in this country. >> reporter: the american embassy in london expressing their "deepest sympathies" but saying, cases like this "are considered carefully," insisting
"immunity is rarely waived." >> i don't know how she's living with herself doing this. how can you just be like that? just get on the plane and go. >> how can she be allowed to? >> reporter: tonight, the british foreign secretary calling the u.s. secretary of state, mike pompeo, urging them to reconsider. but so far, the u.s. state department showing no sign of budging. david? >> ian, thank you. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this monday. news tonight from the fbi. they are now confirming the worst serial killer in u.s. history. authorities now verifying he killed 50 women, and the fbi tonight now asking for your help in confirming dozens of more cases. tonight, yet another new vaping related death reported in the u.s. this time, a woman in her 60s. and this evening, two more retailers taking action. and "jeopardy!" host alex trebek. why he regrets going public with his cancer. and what we didn't see. what he's telling his children now, and his answer made us smile. a lot more news ahead here on a monday night. stay tuned. unitedhealthcare mede advantage. (bold music) now, it's like he has his own health entourage.
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his trademark sense of humor. >> it does bother me that i might pass on before i get to have a grandchild, hint,t. >> reporter: alex trebek has hosted "jeopardy!" for 35 years, david. he says the ravages of c chemotherapy make it harder to go into work but he'll keep going just as long as he can. david? >> all right, matt, thank you. he's been an example every step of the way on this. when we come back here tonight, news coming in on that serial killer, considered the worst in american history. at least 50 women, and why they need your help tonight. and news on former president jimmy carter tonight.
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now news to build a better bay area from abc7. >> we certainly understand the impact this has on our customers, and it's not a decision we take lightly. >> with fire danger, a real risk the next couple of days in the bay area. pg&e puts nearly the entire region on notice. potentially millions of people could have their power shut off. good afternoon. thank you for joining us. i'm ama daetz. >> and i'm dan ashley. we have live team coverage. wayne freedman is live in the north bay with a look at today's pg&e warning. >> we begin with spencer christian for a look at the forecast. >> okay, even though temperatures are going to be dropping and it's going to be cooler midweek, we're going to have very strong gusty dry wind. that's increasing concerns for fires. a high weather watch will be in effect from 5:00 a.m. wednesday to 5:00 p.m. thursday for the north bay except for a portion of the coastline, the east bay except for area around the bay shoreline, and a large region of the santa cruz mountains. now this is in effect from early
wednesday until late thursday. because wind will be gusting out of the northeast at 45 to 55 miles per hour with dangerously low relative humidity. and unde these conditions, fires can startnd spread easily. i'll have the complete forecast a little later. dan and ama? >> spencer, thanks very much. pg&e says it may cut off power to a large part of the bay area later this week buzz of that dry windy weather. >> yeah, the utility says power could be shut off in parts of nearly 30 counties. that's a huge impact. seven of the nine bay area counties are included. the warning has prompted a strong statement of c from sonoma county government and also from locals who remember dealing with another possible outage two weeks ago. >> abc7 news reporter wayne freedman joins me live from santa rosa. wayne? >> good evening. first of all, there is a -- on this week, of all weeks, the anniversary of that fire two years ago. but it really can be summarized with two words. they're saying not again. as you said, this could be a