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making news in america this morning -- president trump defending himself against accusations that he's race is. >> i am the least racist person you have ever interviewed. >> the president's new response overnight after lawmakers say he used vulgar comments to describe haiti and african countries. false alarm fallout. new details about the missile scare in hawaii. how did the emergency alert get sent out. and why it took more than 40 minutes for a correction. man overboard. a boat crew scrambling after a sailor gets launched into the sea during a race. the dramatic rescue caught on camera. and creative escape. the butcher who credits a frozen sausage with saving his life. miracle in minnesota.
>> caught! diggs, sideline, touchdown! unbelievable! >> the stunning final play sending the vikings closer to the super bowl. what the saints player is saying this morning about the missed tackle. so close to that tackle. >> so close. the who dat nation is hurting this morning. >> but congratulations to the vikings. >> absolutely. a good monday morning. we start off with president trump on the the defensive. declaring overnight i am not a racist. >> the president is under fire over those vulgar, racially charged xhebts attributed to him during a white house meeting on immigration. as two republican senators back up the president, a deal on the d.r.e.a.m.ers and government funding remaining up in the air. elizabeth hur joins us with more. >> reporter: you have heard there are two side to every
story. this story fits that bill as to what was said behind the closed door meeting now depends on who you ask. president trump finally addressing the growing fire storm. >> no, no, i'm not a racist. i'm the least racist person you have ever interviewed. >> reporter: speaking from his florida beach club tshs president denying he made vulgar and offensive comments about haiti and africa in the oval office. >> did you see what various senators in the room said about my comments. they were not made. >> reporter: the president referring to republican senators in the room for the meeting on immigration. both backtracking on their initial statements. now saying president trump is telling the truth. >> i'm telling you, he did not use that word, george. i'm telling you it's a gross misrepresentation. >> i didn't hear it. >> reporter: senator dick durbin was the only democrat in the room at the time and telling a different story. >> he said thiz hate-filled things. and he said them repeatedly.
he said put me down for wanting more europeans to come to this country. why don't we get more people from norway? exactly what the president said. >> reporter: and now the lawmaker who marched with martin luther king is also weighing in. the georgia democrat making it clear who he believes the. >> do you think president trump is racist? >> i think he is a racist. >> reporter: president trump is scheduled to return to washington later today. first, avoid a possible government shutdown on friday. and tackle the ongoing fight over daca and immigration reform. kendis and diane? >> a busy four days ahead. thank you. next, this morning, changes are if place for how hawaii sends emergency alerts. >> that fols this weekend's mistaken missile alert chrks sent people scrambling. plenty of question this is morning about why it took so long for the mistake to be corrected. and now, president trump weighing in. president trump responding to
the false incoming missile alert that sent hawaii into a panic. >> we're going to get involved. they made the mistake. >> reporter: hawaii's governor saying it all happened because a wrong button was pressed. the employee is now off the job. officials temporarily suspending future drills and changing the rules. two people are now required to send out a system-wide alert. >> the u.s. pacific command has detected a missile threat to hawaii. >> reporter: the horrifying alarm sweeping over the state over the weekend. >> a missile may impact on land or sea in minutes. >> reporter: residents heading for bunkers. tourists marching into basements fearing the worst. >> because of what's going on in mort korea, i tended to take it seriously at first. >> reporter: the real fear stoked by kim jong-un's missile program. >> kim jong-un was the happiest guy in the world yesterday because his nuclear program has done what he wanted it to do. that is be able to strike fear in the hearts of the american
people. >> reporter: the threat of an take lasting some 38 minutes on saturday. >> the fact that it took so long for them to put out that second message to calm people, to allay their fears that this was a mistake, a false alarm, is something that has to be fixed. >> reporter: the f.c.c. which helps manage the emergency alert system is launching its own investigation. saying the government of hawaii didn't have reasonable safeguards to prevent the transmission of false alert. during a recent tes, some warning sirens were barely audible. since then, more sirens have been add. others have been repositioned. officials from north and south korea sat down for talks overnight for the second time in a week. the meeting went on, despite a veiled threat by the north to pull out of the game because the south korean president gave president trump credit for getting the two countries to hold talks.
another meeting is set for wednesday. and breaking overnight, more that two dozen people are hurt after the floor of the jakarta stock exchange suddenly collapsed. hundreds of visiting students were among those who had to be evacuated. investigators say the collapse does not appear to have been caused by an act of terror. there is bitter cold in the eastern half of the country. and more snow falling. there is a new danger. the freeze, thaw, freeze cycle of the past few days has caused rifrs to jam and flood. the river here flooded a school here in kent, connecticut, in the west of the state. and cut off access to the school's hockey rink. a local highway will be closed for several days. the frozen river pushed huge chunks of ice up on to the banks. let's take a look at your weather for today. >> temperatures overnight are
below freezing from the central gulf coast all the way north. five to ten degrees below normal. six below in burlington, vermont, right now. an albert that clipper is bringing bitter wind chills. feels like 25 below in sioux falls. that snow is heading east and arriving tomorrow morning. well, vice president mike pence spent part of the martin luther king holiday weekend honoring the president. >> the vice president and his wife laid a wreath at the meme reel to dr. king. vice president pence tweeted reverend king was a leader who changed a nation. he took the words of our founders at heart to forge a more perfect union. a new revelation from queen elizabeth. and the surprising place the crown juls were hidden during
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mudslides in california is up to 20 people. four others are still missing. nearly 300 buildings were damaged or destroyed. it could be weeks before the 101 freeway is reopened. a two-mile stretch of that major roadway was expected to be ready for traffic today. but clearing it has been slow going. >> cameras captured frightened passengers leaping from the burning boat off the coast of florida. 50 people were on board a casino shuttle boat in port richie when it was engulfed in flames. everyone made it off safely. some by jumping into the water. one witness described the panic. >> it happen sod fast. i can only imagine the fear that they all had. there was people, like i said, jumping. because it engulfed it within matter of four minutes. the whole boat was gone. like, in flames. >> more than daunz people were taken to the hospital. they are expected to be okay. becau the cause of the fire is under investigation. the water was cold enough to
cause hypothermia. queen elizabeth has given a rare interview. the 91-year-old monarch was m-- >> it's heavy. it is. it weighs a ton. it's very solid, isn't snit it's impossible to tell which is front and back, i suppose. and you can't look down to read the speech. you have to take the speech up. because if you did, your neck would break. it would fall off. so there are some disadvantages to crowns. but -- >> did you get that? there are some disadvantages to krouns. >> it's hard. i mean, look at that. think of what a hard time she's having. dl during world war ii, the crown juls were buried in a cookie tin near windsor castle so the nazis couldn't find them. when we come back, a sailor saifrd after falling overboard during a race. see the rescue caught on camera.
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that pushed the plane down a cliff and toward the water. there were 168 people on board. everyone got out safely. and there were no injuries. now to an incredible rescue from a fire in ladder. watch as he drops one of the children from a third floor balcony into the arms of a firefighter. moments late, one of the family's newborn twins dropped into the arms of another firefighter. she was a captain and mother of triplets. >> my plan was to get up on the balcony with them so that i could help them get on the ladder and have somebody else assist them down. but, i got about halfway up there. and here comes the baby down to my arms. >> one firefighter at the scene said rescuers where catching babies like footballs. more than 80 people live in the building. amazingly, no one was seriously hurt.
a big congratulations to the firefighters. right place, right time. an australian sailer in the middle of a yacht race. the 4-year-old lost his footing. and was thrown overboard into the pacific ocean. his crew took seven minutes to find him. they were able to pluck him from the water. he admitted he should have been tethered to the boat. >> now stupid and thankful that the boys were on to it. credit to the lads. scary. but, stupid, but, any way. it is what it is. >> he's got a smile on his face after all that. credit to the lads, indeed. the team was on the melbourne to hong kong leg of an around the world ocean race. he say he's lucky it didn't happen at night. time for sports. the nfl is down to the final four. >> oh, but sunday night's game ended in the most exciting way possible. highlights from espn. >> good morning, america. >> good morning, utica. >> i'm john. he's john. exciting football.
>> yeah. >> on sunday. >> really good. conference championship is next weekend. we had to set it up for you on sunday. we now are all set. we have four teams left in the nfl playoffs. >> and superexciting in minnesota. >> really good. >> saints come from 17 down. kick a field goal late, up 24-23. ten seconds to go. vikings down one. and then that just happened. case keenum to stefon diggs. marcus williams, the safety, misses the tackle. and diggs on the final play of the game, runs in. no time left. vikings go to philadelphia. >> they will. who will go the new england? either jacksonville or pittsburgh. that's calais campbell. they crushed the steelers earlier in the year in pittsburgh. they had to feel good. they did. bortles, bohafnon. steelers come back. this is a lateral. to le'veon bell. steelers are down 42-35. and they try to go for the
onside kick. didn't have to. they could have kicked it deep. they had time-outs. they go on the lose. jacksonville goes to new england. >> zero to 20 in nine half hours. utica. zero degrees. sunset, 20 degrees. lit keep getting warmer. >> kevin sumlin is the new coach at arizona. it's nice in the old prvegs ueblo. good morning, america. >> back to the saints vikings game. the saints play who are missed the tackle allowing the winning touchdown, he's had great season so far. his name is marcus williams. >> he spoke emotionally with reporters after the game. >> you can't let it beat you down. i'm going to take it upon myself to do all that i can to never let that happen again. i mean, if it happens again, then i shouldn't be playing. i'm going to take it upon myself to make sure nothing like this happens again. >> poor goo. >> several members of the saints, the coach, as well, also said no individual player was to blame for that loss.
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>> good morning i'm tamala edwards, monday, january 15, here's what's next up on "action news." today many across the delaware valley will turn out to volunteer doing what they can to make the world a better place a day of service, we're live at a look of a day where we expect 150,000 people to come out and participate. it is a bitter cold start to your week. meteorologist david murphy has more on that. he is tracking a bit of snow this week. the eagles know who they will face, their opponents came down to the last minute, we have everything you want to know about the nfc championship. "action news" is next.
award-winning public speaker. fifth grader. here's adrienne bankert. >> like dr. king, i have a dream. >> reporter: if there was after time for the best and bright toast shine,s the at this competition. fifth grader tchinori kone gave a powerful message. >> we must also realize that the problems of racial injustice and economic injustice cannot be solved without a radical redistribution of political and economic power. some people don't have any homes. some of those people can be children. and some of those children don't have anything to eat. i just want everybody to be equal. >> reporter: hundreds of students from over 20 schools competed. tchinori making to it the final round. >> i was very nervous. because there was a lot of people looking at me.
>> reporter: getting past the butterflies, she spoke up for children in poverty. echoing the words of mlk. >> i have a dream that one day, right here in alabama, little black boys and little black girls -- >> -- will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers. >> i believe only if these children who are joining hands are not hungry, have had a good night's sleep, in a decent home, and have received the best education and best health care, then we'll be able to say that dr. king's dream has really come true. >> reporter: her passion enough to win the top prize. >> thank you. >> reporter: adrienne bankert, abc news, new york. >> very much a drop the mike moment for that young lady. >> yes. did you notice, she didn't have notes in her hand. >> that's true. there was no teliprompter. i would not be able to pull that off. the scenes overnight in washington, d.c. if you haven't been to the mlk memorial, sit a beautiful sight.
>> good morning it is 4:30 a.m., monday, january 15. matt o'donnell is off, alicia vitarelli is joining us. >> here's what we're following for you, developing overnight, more than 50 people are injured when a stock exchange mezzanine collapses. >> we pay tribute to martin luther king with a day of service. we're live at philadelphia's biggest event held in his honor. >> and the eagles nfc championship game opponent will be the vikings, after their miracle in minnesota. >> i thought the eagles down to the last minute, we're going to be the big gamend