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thanksgiving. tonight, the president's message to america. be on guard. tens of millions of americans on the move tonight. heightened security at airports. train stations, even shopping malls. in a rare appearance, president obama and his national security team speaking out. thanksgiving storm. the winter blast rolling in. dangerous driving. where the extreme weather is headed. outrage. the video and killing sparking protests in a police officer charged with murder, shooting a teenager 16 times in 15 seconds. tonight, we dig into the officer's background. stunning revelation. the late football great frank gifford. tonight, his family revealing the unknown condition he suffered after years of brutal hits on the field. and, lucky escape.
a slapsing smokestack raining down bricks on one man. tonight, how he got out alive. good evening. great to have you with us on this wednesday. i'm tom llamas, in for david tonight. let's get right to that rare thanksgiving message from the president, going before the cameras to calm a nervous nation as nearly 47 million americans head home for the holidays, less than two weeks after those deadly attacks in paris. the president saying, it's understandable to wonder if what happened in paris could happen here. but assuring them, there is no specific or credible intelligence indicating a plot on our homeland, and they are working around the clock to keep the nation safe this holiday. tonight, images of a nation on alert. bomb-sniffing dogs in atlanta. armed guards at union station in washington. at lax in california. and right here in new york, at laguardia airport. david kerley. >> reporter: with tens of
millions americans on the move tonight, the president tried to offer some reassurance. >> we know of no specific and credible intelligence indicating a plot on the homeland. >> reporter: but there are more police in airports, train stations and what are called soft targets, shopping malls and other public places. homeland auhtorities call it a reinforcement of existing security. >> i want the american people to know is that we are taking every possible step to keep our homeland safe. >> reporter: not all travelers were reassured. >> him saying that doesn't really make me feel more at ease. >> reporter: a worldwide travel alert remains in effect tonight for those heading overseas as millions take to the air. heightened concerns about security. are you worried? >> no, it's not something i like to think about, but i trust that they're doing a good job. >> reporter: across the country, security lines long, with tsa expected to handle a 40% increase in fliers.
you let it run your life, then you'll all be in a house somewhere just hiding. >> reporter: in new york, balloons are being filled for the thanksgiving parade with police planning additional presence. after briefing the president, the secretary of homeland security sent his own message to americans to travel. with raincoat and briefcase in hand, he boarded an amtrak train for his trip home for the holiday. the president did say if there is a specific threat, it will be shared with the american public. with that, the president wished the country a happy thanksgiving. tom? >> okay, david, thank you. and those nearly 47 million people traveling for thanksgiving also facing another challenge tonight. the weather. parts of 19 states in the path of a thanksgiving storm. take a look. the map says it all. the west, slammed with snow, high winds, ice. the storm marching east. the vast majority of those americans driving this thanksgiving, and the driving is treacherous. slow-moving traffic, whiteout conditions in parts of
california. abc's clayton sandell with the new images, as the thanksgiving storm hits. >> reporter: tonight, the weather threat is not taking a holiday. snowing on busy california highways, dust storms blinding drivers in salt lake city. thanksgiving storms are bringing big helpings of ice and water. a winter mess of snow and sleet from the great lakes to the plains. california and oregon have more than a foot of snow in some places, along with crashes and spinouts. >> it is so dangerous out here. you really want to get your chains on so you can make the safest drive up there. >> reporter: in washington state, giant waves. ones knocking out power to 50,000. this falling tree nearly killed heather adams. >> i could see the tree coming, two seconds later, i might not be here. >> reporter: in colorado, the chowdhury family is leaving early. >> we just want to be -- not have to be on the roads if we don't have to. >> reporter: to beat the storm on their 12-hour drive from denver to dallas.
and tom, the big concern now is freezing drizzle that forecaster forecasters say could coat the highways in a dangerous layer of black ice from here in colorado, all the way to iowa. tom? >> that black ice so dangerous. okay, clayton, thank you. so, let's track that thanksgiving storm. abc's ginger zee is here with more. what can you tell us? >> let's start at the map. you have to see the winter storm warnings, advisories, watches. and an ice storm warning in the texas panhandle. that's for up to a half inch of ice. that adds up on power lines, not just roadways. timing it out for you. denver, tomorrow, thanksgiving happens. eating dinner at 6:00, that's when you get the three to six inches there. look at the icy mess, from central iowa back into the texas panhandle. it gets very heavy into early friday morning. i think those folks that are traveling i-35 could run into flash flooding. i'll leave you the look at how much ice and snow accumulating. >> okay, ginger, thank you so much. we want to turn now to chicago, a city shaken after
that explosive new dash cam video. 17-year-old laquan mcdonald, an african-american, walking down the middle of the road. you see him there. he was armed with a knife. police moving in, weapons drawn, one officer unloading 16 rounds in 15 seconds. tonight, that officer, you see him there, was still in uniform, despite at least 20 previous complaints. now charged with first degree murder. tensions running high in chicago overnight. protesters staring down police. at least five arrests. and look, images coming in tonight. again. you can see protesters there in the street. abc's alex perez is there. >> reporter: tonight, those new details on chicago police officer jason van dyke's past. accordng to civilian watchdog group invisible institute, at least 20 citizen complaints filed against van dyke since he joined the force in 2001, excessive force and racial slurs. but so far, van dyke has not been disciplined.
about what officials claimed happened the night of the shooting back in october of last year, when they were responding to a call of a man with a knife breaking into cars. >> he wasn't dropping the knife and he was coming at the officer. >> reporter: but investigators now say that dash cam video shows laquan mcdonald never threatened van dyke, and in fact, was walking away when van dyke shot him 16 times in 15 seconds. the video sending shockwaves across chicago. protesters taking to the streets. state's attorney anita alvarez facing criticism for investigating the case nearly a year before charging van dyke with first degree murder and responding to allegations officers deleted surveillance video from a nearby burger king the night of the incident. >> doesn't appear they've been tampered with. and did not reveal, you know, any of that kind of evidence, however, the investigation will always continue. >> reporter: a district manager for the chain telling abc news the investigators did tamper
van dyke's defense argues he feared for his life when he opened fire. >> this is not a murder case, despite what you heard in the courtroom. >> reporter: legal experts say a first degree murder charge for a police officer is rare. why is it so unusual? prove and particularly against a cop, to be convicted of first degree murder, it has to be shown that you intended to do serious bodily harm or death and for it. >> reporter: and tom, tonight, another round of protests here in chicago. this group, making their way through downtown. all of these protests, so far, peaceful. tom? >> and that's what the mcdonald family has called for. alex, thank you. a major development tonight on the paris terror attacks. belgian officials telling abc news this suspect now facing an international arrest warrant, traveled to syria, then returned to belgium. mohammed abrini spotted two days before the paris attacks at this gas station. authorities say the other man in the car, the eighth terrorist, also on the run.
authorities warn abrini is armed and dangerous. and major developments to tell you about now in that deadly shootdown over syria. the russian military plane in flames, shot out of the sky by turkish fighter jets. two russian pilots parachuting to earth. you see them there, while being shot at. one of them killed, the other rescues after a daring 12-hour mission. tonight, that russian pilot speaking out, refuting claims they entered turkish air space and were warned ten times in five minutes. now turkey releasing that radio transmission they say proves the russians were warned. abc's jonathan karl has more. >> reporter: tonight, we are hearing for the first time from one of the russian pilots shot down by turkey, before parachuting under fire into rebel territory just over the border with syria. after a 12-hour mission, russian helicopters scouring the countryside, the pilot was found and brought to a russian air base in syria. there, with his back to the
he spoke to reporters, telling them he didn't go into turkish airspace even for a second, and that his fighter jet was shot down without any warning. turkey insists that for 17 seconds, the plane did cross over this narrow sliver of turkish territory, and it released audio of its warnings to the russian pilots before the shootdown. turkey claims it gave ten warnings in five minutes before firing on the russian plane. and today, turkey claimed that was actually the second russian jet that crossed into turkish air airspace yesterday. with anger growing in moscow, protesters hurling eggs and rocks at the turkish embassy, russia's foreign minister said the downing of the jet was a planned provocation. russia is sending more military might to the region, including a warship and an advanced air defense system.
bombing of rebel-held territory in syria near the turkish border. as high as tensions are right now, leaders in both countries insist this will be resolved peacefully, as the russian foreign minister put it today, russia has no intention of going to war with turkey. tom? >> jonathan karl for us tonight. jonathan, thank you. now, to that bombshell from the pentagon. several u.s. service members suspended after an internal military investigation found that a, quote, avoidable human error caused that deadly air strike on a hospital in kunduz, afghanistan, killing 30 people, patients and members of doctors without borders. a perfect storm of mistakes. the real target? a building a short distance away. abc's chief global affairs correspondent martha raddatz. >> reporter: the 3,000-page report found a cascade of errors, technical, mechanical, procedural and human. the ground controller and crew of the ac-130 that destroyed a
innocent lives. >> this was a tragic, but avoidable accident, caused primarily by human error. >> reporter: the target was supposed to be a taliban-occupied compound. because the crew was too far away, the targeting gear was not working properly, so, they used visual descriptions of the compound, and targeted the closest large building to the which turned out to be the hospital. the normal backups, like real-time video fields streamed back to headquarters, were not working, either. but the ac-130 crew went ahead and relentlessly blasted the building for close to 30 minutes. >> those individuals most closely associated with the incident have been suspended. >> reporter: disciplinary action is also possible. doctors without borders made desperate attempts to get u.s. come mad in kabul to call off the strikes, but it was too late. doctors without borders said
errors outlined in the report illustrate gross negligence on the part of u.s. forces and a violation of the rules of war and the group is reiterating its call for an independent investigation. tom? >> martha, thank you. a stunning revelation tonight about late football great and abc broadcaster frank gifford. his family learning after his death, he suffered from the same severe brain trauma found in dozens of former nfl players. gifford, captured in this iconic image, motionless on the field after a brutal hit. abc's ryan smith with the message from his family tonight. >> reporter: he was a gridiron hall of famer. >> sends frank gifford flying around. >> reporter: and icon in the broadcast booth. >> hello, again, everyone. >> reporter: announcing "monday night football" for 27 years. married nearly 29 years to his wife, kathie lee. but tonight, his family revealed
chronic traumatic encephelophty, cte, caused by repeated hard hits to the head. cte, detectable only after death. a team of pathologists just now diagnosing gifford after he died of natural causes at the age of 84. gifford, no stranger to big hits, suffering one of the era's most famous head injuries in 1960. knocked unconscious in a game, carried out on a stretcher. cte been discovered numerous players like hall of famer junior seau, who took his own life. according to gifford's family, he was dedicated to understanding the connection between repetitive head trauma and its associated con anyive and behavioral symptoms, which he experienced first hand. but they hope their revelation will inspire others suffering from the disease. and gifford's family hoping to turn his diagnose sis into a positive, hoping to be part of the solution to a, quote, urgent problem, concerning anyone in football at any level, tom. >> one of the biggest names associated with this condition. ryan, thank you so much. still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this wednesday night.
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