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tonight, several developing stories. the dow plunging. dropping more than 1,500 points for a time, then closing down 1,100 points. the biggest point-drop ever. what's behind it? also breaking, why the president is calling some democrats treasonous. and late today, the house intelligence committee debating whether to vote to release the democratic rebuttal to that secret memo pushed by the president. and tonight, we ask the president, will you sign off on this memo, too? the deadly flu. tonight, 53 pediatric deaths now blamed on the virus. two cases in new york city. an 8-year-old girl among them. and if you've already had the flu, should you still get a flu shot? the deadly amtrak crash, colliding with a freight train. two killed, more than 100 hurt. how was the switch set in the wrong position? and what we just learned about the engineer. the winter storm. the 50-car pile-up.
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snow and ice moving from chicago to the northeast. the police news conference today. witnesses coming forward with details in the death of actress natalie wood. and fly, eagles, fly. back home in philadelphia tonight. celebrating their hero quarterback. good evening. and it's great to have you with us here to start another week. and a volatile and tense start to the week on wall street. we witnessed the largest one-point drop in history. with a strong economy and improving jobs picture, how do you explain this? just after 3:00 this afternoon, the losses adding up, at one point, plunging more than 1,500 points. then recovering a bit, closing at 24,345, down more than 1,100 points to end the day. the president often cites the dow and the markets as proof that his policies are working. so, what the white house is saying tonight, as everyday investors and baby boomers, retirees, want to know, is this temporary? and what's driving the jitters? abc's chief business
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correspondent rebecca jarvis leading us off. >> reporter: you could see it in their faces. anxious traders on wall street as the dow plummeted more than 1,500 points, before recovering somewhat, still ending the day down 1,175 points. the biggest one-day point drop in history. it came just as the president was praising the strength of the american economy and jobs in ohio. >> give something very big back, and that's tax cuts. >> reporter: while cable news showed the dow's precipitous drop in the corner of the screen. president trump has repeatedly touted the markets gains as proof his policies are working. many economists say the tax cuts and deregulation have helped fuel the dow. >> i told you. the stock market is hitting one all-time record after another. the stock market is shattering one record after another. the stock market is way up again today, and we're setting a
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record, literally, all the time. >> reporter: the dow is up 21% in just the last year. but with such dramatic climbs can come volatility, and while job gains and wage increases are positive news for workers, they're also a signal for the federal reserve to hike interest rates, leading investors to fear a correction. >> when the market pulls back, and particularly as sharp as we've seen in recent days, ththis natural tendency to think, oh, no, what's wrong? there's nothing wrong. what you're seeing is profit taking, because of the fact that interest rates are going up. >> rebecca jarvis with us here on the set tonight. and rebecca, you pointed out there, we know the president pays very close attention to the markets. he often talks about them. but put this in perspective. have we heard from the president yet, from the white house? >> reporter: we have yet to hear from president trump. he's yet to weigh in on the market today. white house press secretary sarah sanders weighed in and said that the economy, in a statement, is exceptionally strong, pointing to the low unemployment figures, rising wages and the tax cuts. >> economists you talked to today said the fundamentals are strong, in fact, and we've seen it on wall street.
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so, how do we put this in perspective for a retiree, a baby boomer at home looking at their 401(k)? >> reporter: when you think about your nest egg, david, if you had put $1,000 into the market one year ago, you would have made, as of today, $200 on top of that, that money would be safe, as of today, even in spite of today's losses. >> all right, we'll see how it goes tomorrow on the markets, obviously. rebecca jarvis here leading us off, thank you. and as the stock market was falling, president trump traveled to cincinnati today to promote the tax cuts and american jobs. he also took aim, calling out democrats as, quote, treasonous, for not standing during the state of the union speech. and after that memo from congressional republicans, a short time ago, the house intelligence committee voting to release the democrats' response. will the president sign off on that? we asked him today. and here's abc's chief white house correspondent jonathan karl. >> reporter: less than a week after calling for national unity in his state of the union, the president today attacked democrats who did not applaud, branding their behavior un-american, and maybe even worse.
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>> they were like death. and un-american. un-american. somebody said treasonous. i mean, yeah, i guess, why not? can we call that treason? why not? >> reporter: in ohio today, and in classic trump form, the president bragged about the economy, he bragged about the tax cut, he even bragged about his big win in ohio. and then, he said he's not one to brag. >> i am non-braggadocios. >> reporter: in a cryptic aside, the president seemed to allude to the republican intelligence committee memo, which claimed to show anti-trump bias in the justice department. >> oh, but did we catch them in the act or what? you know what i'm talking about. oh, did we catch them in the act. they are very embarrassed. they never thought they were going to get caught. we caught them. we're like the great sleuth. >> reporter: over the weekend, he tweeted, "this memo totally vindicates trump" in the russia probe.
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but a top republican on the intelligence committee disagrees. >> i actually don't think it has any impact on the russia probe. >> reporter: the fbi has challenged the memo's accuracy, and the top democrat on the house intelligence committee calls it pure politics. >> the interest was a political hit job on the fbi in the service of the president. >> reporter: today on twitter, the president hit back, tweeting, "little adam schiff is one of the biggest liars and leakers in washington. must be stopped!" schiff responded, "instead of tweeting false smears, the american people would appreciate it if you turned off the tv and helped solve the funding crisis, protected dreamers or -- really anything else." the president wanted to release the republican memo even before reading it. >> let's release the memo. >> oh yeah, don't worry. 100%. >> reporter: but democrats have prepared a rebuttal memo, the committee voting tonight to make it public. do you have any problem with the democratic memo being released, mr. president? no answer. >> no answer there. jon karl with us live tonight from the white house. and jon, we know the house
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intelligence committee just now voting to release the democratic rebuttal to that controversial republican memo. now president trump has to decide whether or not to authorize that release. what are you hearing tonight? >> reporter: david, while the president did not answer my question today, white house officials tell me that he is inclined to authorize the release of the memo. and it's important to point out the committee's vote today was unanimous. every democrat and every republican on that committee voting to make that memo public. >> all right, jon karl live at the white house to start out the week. jon, thank you. next tonight, the deadly flu epidemic. the peak of this season not yet in sight. now some experts say it could last into may. 42 states now reporting high flu activity. the states right there in red. it's most of the country, as you can see. 53 children have died so far this season, and we know of two more right here in new york city in just the last week. and if you've had the flu already, this question tonight. should you still get the flu shot? here's abc's linsey davis. >> reporter: tonight, e.r.s across the country are on
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overload with a record number of patients. nearly 15,000 people hospitalized so far this flu season. at this new jersey hospital -- you have some patients in some of these rooms, but you're doubling up, is that right? >> yes. so, in pediatrics in particular, we had to put two beds in each room, just to be able to handle the sheer volume. >> reporter: already 53 children have died across the country from flu-related illness. now another possible young victim -- 7-year-old savanna jessie of indiana, diagnosed with the flu, strep throat and scarlet fever. >> after they left the hospital, he took her home, put her to bed and then found her friday morning. >> reporter: doctors say the best defense is still a flu shot. >> the vaccine protects against multiple types of flu and many different strains are still circulating. >> reporter: even if you already had the flu this season but didn't get vaccinated, doctors recommend getting a flu shot once you're better. the cdc also recommends that seniors get a pneumococcal vaccine to protect against a deadly complication. >> if you are 65 or older, we
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also recommend getting vaccinated against pneumonia. >> reporter: david, doctors that we're talking to say that it's typical for flu season to go until easter, but the cdc is now saying it could last until may. david? >> linsey davis in patterson, new jersey. linsey, thank you. next, to the deadly amtrak crash, and what we have just learned tonight about the engineer a short time ago. two dead, eight people still hospitalized after that crash in south carolina. a passenger train slamming into a parked freight train in the middle of the night, sending passengers flying. abc's senior transportation correspondent david kerley is on the scene for us tonight. >> reporter: federal investigators say tonight the amtrak engineer apparently realizing a switch was set wrong hit the brakes, but he could not stop this head-on collision. >> it was bodies everywhere. the seats came up off the floor. >> reporter: the rail cars and the amtrak engine are now being removed, but investigators are more interested in the switch on the rail line, just a couple of hundred yards back up the track. rail crews for freight company csx apparently didn't follow
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policy, leaving the switch in the wrong position. late saturday or early sunday, csx turned that switch and moved one of its freight trains from the mainline to a siding. but that switch was not flipped back to the mainline. and when amtrak 91 arrived, heading south to miami, it was diverted onto that same side track, and in less than 700 feet, slammed into the parked freight train at more than 50 miles an hour. that switch should have been flipped back to the mainline, to save this amtrak train. >> well, i'll put it this way. that switch should have been lined, so that that amtrak could have continued southbound as planned. >> yet another awful scene involving an amtrak train. david kerley with us from near the crash scene tonight, and david, we've just learned about another problem that night, that the track's signaling system, essentially its system of traffic lights, was turned off? >> reporter: yes. in a tragic irony, csx actually took the system down to install the mandated positive train control, the safety system that,
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if it had been working, david, would have prevented this crash. >> all right, david kerley on the scene for us. david, thanks, as always. we're also following a storm system tonight moving across the country. and look at these pictures. a fedex truck sliced in half on an icy highway in nebraska. heavy snow in iowa causing a massive pileup over the weekend. that was on i-35. some 50 vehicles involved. half a dozen people critically injured. next, that new storm taking shape, sweeping all the way to the northeast, as it comes across the country. so, let's get right to chief meteorologist ginger zee, tracking it out for us. ginger, hey. >> reporter: hey there, david. the one in iowa here, four to six inches fell. that's a lot for this area. des moines hasn't seen that in more that two years, that type of snow. now it's tracking along interstate 80. i-74 near peoria there in illinois. but that next system that we were mentioning, david, this one going to bring heavy rain, i'm talking two to three inches of rain, to a drought-stricken southeast, but it's that northern part where we see the snow and ice start wednesday through wednesday night, that's when i think i-95 needs to pay attention. and that evening commute,
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because snow, six to ten inches for places like bradford, pennsylvania, through say greenville, maine, and ice on top of it from tulsa to jefferson, new jersey. >> ginger zee with us tonight. ginger, thank you. we turn next here to new questions tonight about your money, hundreds of millions in taxpayer dollars and how the pentagon is keeping track of its spending. an independent audit finding that the pentagon's accounting failed to provide a paper trail for hundreds of millions of your money in construction projects. mary bruce on the hill tonight, tracking your money. >> reporter: tonight, questions about how the pentagon is keeping track of hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars. >> nine supply chains, 2,300 weapons systems and about 5 million items. >> reporter: at issue, expense reports for construction projects. $384 million spent without the proper receipts. another $465 million put in the wrong column, labeled as ongoing projects that had actually been completed. the defense logistics agency admits their failure to track funding, but says none of the money is actually missing or misspent.
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the president today went after democrats over military funding. >> they don't want to give the money to the military, where we need it. you know, without the military, we might not be here. >> so, let's get to mary bruce, she's live up on the hill tonight. and mary, you're getting reaction from your sources from both sides of the aisle tonight? >> reporter: david, a democratic senator today called these revelations completely unacceptable, while a top republican believes, quote, keeping track of people's money may not be in the pentagon's dna. david? >> mary bruce, we know you'll stay on this. thank you. to other news. disgraced gymnastics sports doctor larry nassar sentenced to 40 to 125 years after pleading guilty to sexual abuse charges in another court. and tonight, new questions about whether nassar could have been stopped earlier. "the new york times" saying nassar abused 40 more patients after the fbi was first told about allegations against him in july of 2015. the fbi says it worked with law enforcement partners to bring charges against nassar. overseas tonight, the u.s.-led coalition announcing a
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shift of operations in iraq, changing its combat-enabling mission to one of sustaining the gains achieved against isis. 5,600 u.s. troops now in iraq, expected to remain to advise the iraqi military with policing, border patrol and troop training. back here at home tonight, a super bowl for the history books. what a game last night, a thrilling upset victory. the underdog philadelphia eagles, underdogs no longer, defeating the veteran champs, the new england patriots. abc's gio benitez in philadelphia tonight where the celebrations haven't stopped. >> we did it! >> reporter: tonight, the eagles landing. with fans lining the airport fences, on top of cars, celebrating their team and the improbable story of nick foles, the once-discarded backup quarterback, who briefly considered retiring, now reflecting on his earlier struggles. >> i wouldn't be up here if i hadn't fallen thousands of times. >> reporter: foles thrust into the spotlight against arguably the greatest quarterback to ever but where tom brady faltered -- >> it's brady who can't haul it in. >> reporter: -- foles soared,
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becoming the first quarterback to ever catch and throw a touchdown in the super bowl. >> foles, touchdown! >> reporter: named mvp, celebrating with his wife and 7-month-old daughter. >> i'm grateful and content in this moment -- i'm staying in the moment. >> and time runs out. >> reporter: foles' triumph met with euphoria and some vandalism. tens of thousands of fans taking to the streets. even climbing on this ritz-carlton awning before it came crashing down, causing some injuries, but in the end, only three arrests. and david, the victory parade is now scheduled to be held on thursday. some 2 million fans are expected here. david? >> you're losing your voice, too, cheering on the eagles. gio, thank you. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this monday. the nfl player allegedly killed by a drunk driver. the player and his uber driver struck while standing in the emergency lane. and what authorities have now revealed about the suspect tonight. also, the age-old hollywood mystery. the police news conference just today, and details of what
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>> the version of events that he's portrayed in the media really don't add up to what we've found. >> reporter: dennis davern, the boat captain, telling "48 hours" when woods disappeared, wagner broke out a bottle of scotch, saying, "no, we don't want to call anybody. let's just wait and see if she comes back." allegedly waiting 90 minutes before calling for help. wagner has always denied any wrongdoing. and investigators say with several witnesses dying, time is their biggest challenge as they try and solve this case. david? >> kayna, thank you. when we come back tonight, remembering a famous actor from a popular sitcom. and that nfl player i mentioned killed by an alleged drunk driver. there is news tonight about the suspect behind the wheel. we'll be right back. vo: gopi has built her business with her own two hands. each unique piece comes to life in the same way... a messy, sloppy, splattery way. but now she's found a way to keep her receipts tidy, even when nothing else is. brand vo: snap and sort your expenses with quickbooks
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finally, the super bowl play that made us laugh. it was the play off the field that had fans talking last night and laughing. and tonight, behind the scenes video right here, those nfl players, not in the game. they were laughing, too. laughing because they knew exactly what it was they were about to do. coming up with the dance moves, that ad. >> you want to work on that thing? >> yeah, let's do it. >> let's get it. >> eli manning and odell beckham jr. with their own formation, putting music to the play. ♪ now i had the time of my life ♪ >> and the song immediately gave it away. ♪ they were about to re-enact that famous scene from "dirty dancing." from the daring twirl, to
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patrick swayze's jump -- to that lift. we all remember baby in the movie. ♪ because ♪ i had the time of my life >> and yes, they were about to do it. ♪ i had the time of my life ♪ no i never felt this way before ♪ >> and tonight, we've learned just how it all came together. it was two weeks ago, no body doubles. eli manning only had a few hours of dance rehearsal. and yes, they say, he was holding beckham up. they said there were a couple of invisible wires helping him out, and when it was all finished, beckham jr. never saw the completed ad until last night. posting his reaction during the super bowl after seeing it for the first time. it was a leap of faith that had fans cheering and laughing last night. that's bravery. good night. the feds, the state and the city all have a hand in deciding
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how to police san francisco. tonight at 6:00, see who is leading the way and making the department and the streets safer. 500 people at least going without services. >> suspected arson destroys a mobile health unit and could disrupt health care for hundreds during the peak of the flu season. i am spencer christian with another record day of warmth. a closer look in just a moment. concerns heightened that homeowners in the fire zones could face a nonrenwal of insurance. public safety is as much a team sport than what you have seen on tv. >> a new big brother watching over them. but will it make a difference. >> i am dan ashley.
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>> and i am dion lim. the department of justice. >> that was supposed to be the job of the u.s. department of justice in washington until president trump decided to stop community policing. >> reporter: you know, it was the san francisco police department that told the department of justice in washington you know, if you don't want to help us anymore, we will look to california for guidance. now this is the first agreement of its kind between a police department and a state attorney general. in the past few years, san francisco has seen a series of officer involved shootings. when mario woods was shot more than 20 times by having to make changes to the


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