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breaking news tonight. donald trump about to speak. and the eye-opening new numbers tonight. what americans now think of his proposed ban on muslims in america. and the fire at a mosque, was it arson? and the hunt for one clue after the california terror? could it be at the bottom of the lake? and the former cop, facing 263 years in prison after being convicted. and one of the hottest gifts of the year, and the home that caught fire. what authorities say they forgot to do. and the reason behind the major slowdown in holiday
deliveries. will your gifts get there in time? good evening. it's great to have you with us on a friday night. this whole week began with that announcement from donald trump, the republican front runner, proposing a ban on all muslims coming to america. as he stands firm, a new look at how divided americans are on his idea. and a new national poll shows 6 in 10 americans say they oppose the ban. when narrowed to republican voters, 42% say they support it. 36% do not. and are the republican party wrestling with the idea of trump as their nominee? jonathan karl leading us off. >> reporter: donald trump's got a warning for republican leaders who want to stop the trump juggernaut. >> i say folks, i'm sorry i did this to you, but you got to get used to it. it's one of those little problems in life.
>> reporter: as trump rises in the polls, there are signs of chaos in the republican party. and now a new battle brewing between senator ted cruz and the frontrunner. until now, cruz has avoided attacking trump, but he was caught on a tape obtained by the "new york times" of a closed door meeting questioning whether trump and ben carson have the judgment to be commander in chief. cruz said he's avoided attacking trump and carson because he wants their voters and doesn't want to be attacked by trump. >> my approach, much to the frustration of the media, has been to bear hug both of them and smother them with love. >> reporter: trump responded today, tweeting, "looks like ted cruz is getting ready to attack. i am leading by so much, he must. i hope so. he will fall like the others." cruz tried to walk it back, tweeting, "the establishment's only hope -- trump and me in a cage match. sorry to disappoint. donald trump is terrific. #dealwithit." and the "washington post" reported today that party
leaders met privately, pondering if trump could be stopped at the republican convention. that prompted ben carson to issue a statement, saying, "if this is the beginning of a plan to subvert the will of the voters and replace it with the will of the political elite," he'll leave the party. meanwhile, trump's supporters seem to like his controversial proposal to temporarily ban muslims from coming into the u.s. >> i said, more power to him. we need to observe who is getting into the united states. >> reporter: while hillary clinton tried out her own trump impression back in october. >> donald trump? isn't he the one who is like, oh, you're all losers? >> reporter: she's now signaling a tougher line on the republican frontrunner. >> you know, i have to say, seth, i no longer think he is funny. >> secretary clinton, once cracking jokes, now changing her tone. on the republican side, the
party believes he may not be the clear-cut nominee? >> right, given that the field is so crowded. i can tell you this, republican leaders have been preparing for some time for the possibility there could be an all-out fight for the nomination on the floor of the republican convention. >> jon, thank you. and i hope you'll join martha raddatz and me as we moderate the new hampshire debate, saturday, december 19th, right here. meantime, investigators want to know if a fire ast a mosque was arson. the fbi is on-hand, should they determine the mosque was targeted. this comes as the fbi and divers converge on that lake in
southern california. new images this evening, now expanding their search to hunt for the hard drive, among other things, used by the husband and wife turned killers. sources say they may have visited the park after the attack, but shortly before their gun fight. here's matt gutman. >> reporter: tonight, divers back in this murky lake methodically dredging it for clues. looking for evidence, specifically for the hard drive missing from the home of the terrorist couple syed farook and tashfeen malik. we saw what was left of their home office. the guts of the computer have been taken away by authorities. >> whether they're able to get all of the information that is on these types of devices, that's a question as to what type of damage the water has
done. and/or if they tried to damage the devices. >> reporter: but the search at the lake also provides a new possible timeline. is it possible they were here? >> it's possible they were at this park, yes. >> reporter: specifically at the park and lake between the time of the rampage and that fierce shootout with police. critical for investigators trying to piece together who they may have worked with. that, as abc news has learned that enrique marquez, farook's friend whose assault rifles were used in the rampage, blabbed to others like this man, nick rodriguez, about sleeper cells that were "just waiting" and suggested that "when it happens it's going to be big." confirming what another friend of marquez already told us. >> he said something along the lines of, like, "there's a lot of muslims in our own backyard, just ready to just go haywire and attack," and we didn't think of nothing of it. we just brushed it aside. you know, he was drunk, so i don't know.
>> reporter: with the hard drive missing and cell phones smashed, marquez is the best thing that investigators have going right now. he's been talking for five days, but there's a question about his mental health. david? >> thank you. and from overseas, isis is mounting a new threat in libya. fighters storming into the coastal city, threatening to level landmarks built in the third century. and two temples have been destroyed in palmyra that stood for 2,000 years. and 163 refugees arriving in toronto, the first of 25,000 expected to be taken in by march.
>> and back in this country, to a dramatic scene in oklahoma city. the former police officer convicted of sexually assaulting women in the neighborhood he patrolled. here's ryan owens. >> defendant is guilty of the crime of sexual battery. >> reporter: too late for tears. former oklahoma city police officer daniel holtzclaw sobs as he hears one guilty after another. >> defendant is guilty. guilty of rape in the first degree. punishment is set at 30 years. >> reporter: the onetime college football star, who even tried out for the detroit lions, is tonight a convicted serial rapist. appearing to mouth to the jury "i didn't do this" as he was led away thursday, on his 29th birthday. the jury finding holtzclaw sexually assaulted eight women in the low-income neighborhood he patrolled.
>> i was scared. i didn't know what to do. >> reporter: all the women are black, most with criminal records. victims he thought no one would believe. >> he picked the wrong lady to stop that night. >> yes. >> reporter: this grandmother was the exception. she'd never been convicted of anything, so when officer holtzclaw pulled her over and abused her, she called the police and the media right away. there were protests during the former officer's trial. concerns the all-white, mostly male jury might not deliver justice to these women. the jurors proved those protesters wrong in dramatic fashion. >> defendant is guilty of the crime of sexual battery. >> reporter: the jury recommends quite a sentence -- 263 years. the judge will have the final say next month. david? >> ryan, thank you. as we head into the weekend, 13 million americans at risk for severe weather. deadly storms continuing to pummel the northwest. a tornado touching down in
washington. and in california, up to 40-foot waves slamming into a pier. here's rob marciano. >> the storms getting into the east, look at the temperatures. records will fall across the central u.s. 20 or more degrees above normal. going to trigger some big thunderstorms. and meanwhile, the west is still a mess. more watches and warnings posted for the next storm. the soil unstable and saturated, and big wind coming in as well. now to the deadly crash in california. a medevac going down in foggy weather, as they rushed a patient to the hospital. all four onboard were killed. and the crew, there was a
last-minute change of plans, with a replacement crew onboard. david kerley covers aviation. >> reporter: in these rolling hills, those trying to save lives lost theirs. this medevac helicopter going down, killing the pilot, two medical personnel, and a patient. the chopper crashing north of bakersfield, its destination. it was dark and foggy. difficult conditions, even for those looking for the missing chopper. >> medevac one, negative. we're not going to go out there. we can see the weather from here. it's pretty bad. >> reporter: the medevac, operated by a private company. those killed offered to take the place of another crew. >> there's inherent risk in ems and especially air ambulance. >> reporter: we have seen those risks. last year in new mexico, a medevac taking off from a hospital crashing on the roof. so often, crashes that are deadly. in the past decade, 78 lives lost in medevac accidents. the national transporation safety board is concerned. and among other things, wants those choppers to have night
vision. >> the very people that go out to save lives are unfortunately crashing and claiming lives. >> reporter: the ntsb is on the scene of the crash, hoping what it learns prevents another tragic loss. david kerley, abc news, washington. >> david, thank you. we turn to the economy tonight, and the new headline affecting your christmas packages. after americans spent $4.5 million online after thanksgiving, fedex and ups are struggling to get your packages there on time. here's rebecca jarvis. >> reporter: they're as universal as santa claus and christmas trees at the holidays. ups and fedex trucks, making the rounds. but this year, with online orders soaring 14%, those deliveries are already hitting delays. the on-time delivery rate at both ups and fedex now down from
this time last year. flooded with orders after a surge in online sales over the thanksgiving weekend. ups now delivering some packages in u-haul trucks. >> during the holiday season it is very common for ups to use u-haul trucks to help handle the extra package deliveries that are needed. >> reporter: prompting "ups fail" to become a popular hashtag with consumers crying foul on their computers. of course, if you don't want to worry, there's always the old-fashioned way. >> there are huge benefits of going into the store. discounts that a staff member can offer you, if you just ask. >> reporter: there's also the post office, david. generally the cheapest option, and you still have three days to guarantee it gets there by christmas. >> thank you. >> to wall street, the dow down
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>> reporter: ashli taylor wrote the letter as an assignment in her 9th grade creative writing class. >> you probably have no idea who i am. >> reporter: as an infant, ashli needed a liver transplant to survive. >> i had a congenital cirrhosis of the liver. >> reporter: her mother, a perfect match, donated part of hers. she had never opened up to classmates about her transplant before. and she wanted to thank the doctor. >> you had a great impact on my life. >> reporter: robert goldstein was so touched by her letter, he wanted to do something about it. but a mere letter or phone call wasn't enough. so he drove two hours to surprise her in person at school. >> reporter: a reunion 14 years in the making. >> look at you. come here. oh. she moved me to the point where i wanted to give back. i wanted her to realize that her words had a real lasting impression. >> kids that go through the same thing, they don't always make it. and me, bring able to make it,
it's just really -- i'm just really grateful for those who helped me. >> reporter: now 15 years old, ashli takes all ap courses, is in the school band, sings in the school choir and is a young star in theatre. >> so, i've got my letter. i'm going to keep it. >> i really hope that you get this letter. it really expresses my gratitude towards you. sincerely, ashli taylor. >> and so we choose dr. robert goldstein and ashli taylor. and their hug, 14 years later. thanks for watching here on a friday night. i'm david muir. i hope to see you right back here on monday. until then, good night.
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