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LINSEY DAVIS: Residents in Ukraine's capital, Kiev, braving the freezing waters of the Dnieper River today. They're celebrating the Ukrainian orthodox day of Epiphany. The holiday comes amid rising tensions between Ukraine and Russia. Speaking in Kiev today, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Russia could attack at any moment. We'll have more on that story later in the show. Tonight, President Biden marks his first year in office, calling it a year of challenges, a year of progress. Mary Bruce presses the president about if he needs to scale back his aggressive agenda or risk losing control of Congress in this year's midterms. And one part of that agenda on the line tonight-- the Senate showdown over voting rights is about to come to a head. Both parties with stinging speeches, axing the filibuster on the table, but unlikely. Where does the Senate go from here? Rachel Scott is on the Hill for us tonight. The new developments in the investigations into former President Trump and his family-- the Justice Department is expected to hand over White House records to the January 6 committee. And the new claims from New York's attorney general about how the Trump organization engaged in fraudulent or misleading practices. And how cutting-edge bioelectronic medicine may help people make what would have once seemed like impossible recoveries. - I never would have imagined that my life could be as limitless as it is now. LINSEY DAVIS: And we remember fashion icon, Andre Leon Talley, the first Black man to be named Creative Director at Vogue. Let's go to another groundbreaker in the industry, Beverly Johnson, the first Black woman to ever grace the cover of Vogue magazine, about his legacy and importance in the industry. Good evening, everyone. I'm Linsey Davis. Thank you so much for streaming with us. We begin tonight with President Biden playing a bit of defense today on the eve of one year since he took office. For nearly two hours this afternoon, the President talked about his first year in office, calling it a year of challenges, but also a year of enormous progress. He pointed to the progress that's been made on the vaccination front. When he took office, two million Americans were vaccinated. Today, more than 210 million Americans have been vaccinated. A $1.9 trillion COVID relief package and a bipartisan $1 trillion infrastructure package have both been passed. But the reality tonight, which is on full display in the Senate, is that major progressive portions of his agenda are very much on the line, including an effort to pass voting rights by getting rid of the filibuster. That effort is being held up by the same two Democratic senators, Manchin and Sinema, who did not back the progressive Build Back Better proposal. Our Mary Bruce was in the room with the President, and leads us off tonight. MARY BRUCE: On the first anniversary of his inauguration, President Biden defending his accomplishments, even as major parts of his agenda stall. - Can you think of any other president who's done as much in one year? Name one for me. MARY BRUCE: Still, the president acknowledges COVID, inflation, and gridlock in Washington have left Americans frustrated. - Did you overpromise to the American public? - I didn't over promise. But I have probably outperformed what anybody thought would happen. The fact of the matter is that we're in a situation where we have made enormous progress. I did not anticipate that there would be such a stalwart effort to make sure that the most important thing was that President Biden didn't get anything done. Think about this. What are Republicans for? What are they for? Name me one thing they're for. MARY BRUCE: I asked the President how he plans to jump-start his agenda. Your top two legislative priorities-- your social spending package and voting rights legislation-- are stalled, blocked by your own party. Do you need to be more realistic and scale down these priorities in order to get something passed? - No. I don't think so. I'm not asking for castles in the sky. I'm asking for practical things The American people have been asking for for a long time, a long time. And I think we can get it done. - You're not going to scale down any of these priorities, but so far, that strategy isn't working. You haven't been able to get some of these big legislative ticket items done. - Oh, I got two real big ones done, bigger than any president has ever gotten in the first year. MARY BRUCE: But currently, Mr. President, your spending package, voting rights legislation-- they're not going anywhere. So-- - That's true. MARY BRUCE: --is there anything that you are confident you can get signed into law before the midterm elections? - Yes, I'm confident we can get pieces, big chunks of the Build Back Better law signed into law. MARY BRUCE: He later clarified. - It's clear to me that we're going to have to probably break it up. I think it's clear that we would be able to get support for the 400 to 500-plus billion dollars for energy and the environmental issues that are there. I think we can break the package up, get as much as we can now, and come back and fight for the rest later. MARY BRUCE: The president also predicted that Vladimir Putin would invade Ukraine, reporters pressing him on how he would respond. - Russia will be held accountable if it invades. And it depends on what it does. It's one thing if it's a minor incursion, and then we end up having a fight about what to do and not do, et cetera. But if they actually do what they're capable of doing, with the force amassed on the border, it is going to be a disaster for Russia. MARY BRUCE: That answer raising eyebrows. - Are you saying that a minor incursion by Russia into Ukrainian territory would not lead to the sanctions that you have threatened, or are you effectively giving Putin permission to make a small incursion into the country? - I think we will, if there's something that-- where there's Russian forces crossing the border, killing Ukrainian fighters, et cetera, I think that changes everything. But it depends on what he does. - Still so much uncertainty there on the Russia front. Mary Bruce joins us now from the White House. And Mary, we heard you there, pressing the President on whether or not he overpromised. He did lay out his vision for his second year in office. What did he have to say? - Well, the President conceded that they have faced some communication challenges here. So he says, going forward, he's going to be spending a little less time here at the White House and a lot more time out in the country, speaking directly to Americans. And he said when it comes to the midterms, he's going to be deeply involved. He says he's going to be out there, making the case and highlighting what he says are Democrats' accomplishments and Republicans' failures. And Linsey, when it comes to 2024, the President clearing up any confusion. He says, yes, he is running again, and that, yes, Kamala Harris will be his running mate. Linsey. LINSEY DAVIS: All right. So many people have been asking about that. Mary Bruce, our thanks to you. Next, to that voting rights showdown-- tonight, the Senate is discussing that proposal to skirt the filibuster rule to approve sweeping election reform measures. It came after hours of stinging, bitter debate. Let's take a listen to some of it. - Make no mistake. Win, lose, or draw, members of this chamber were elected to debate and to vote, particularly on such an important issue as this. And win, lose, or draw, we are going to vote. We are going to vote. - They will try to smash and grab as much short-term power as they can carry. For both groups of senators, this vote will echo for generations. Before we part ways tonight, all hundreds of us will have marked our legacies in permanent ink. - Talk of legacies and their place in history, both sides making the stakes very clear tonight. Let's bring in congressional correspondent Rachel Scott. Rachel, bring us up to speed right now, as far as where things stand. - Well, Linsey, we are expecting debate on the Senate floor to wrap up soon. Senator Joe Manchin really dug in here. He supports this legislation, but he does not support Democrats changing the Senate rules in order to get it passed without any Republican support. Now, this is very important, because at the current state, Democrats would need the support of at least 10 Republicans in order to move through this legislation. Right now, they do not have any. President Biden tonight says that he is not giving up, that he's eyeing possible executive action on this. He even suggested taking parts of this massive and sweeping voting rights legislation and trying to get that passed. But the bottom line is that anything that he does going forward would need the support of both Democrats and Republicans-- something that has sure proven to be an immense challenge for the President, Linsey. LINSEY DAVIS: Rachel Scott, our thanks to you. And now, let's bring in ABC News contributor and former acting head of the DNC, Donna Brazile, and political director Rick Klein. Thank you both so much for your time. And Rick, it sort of feels like we are in this Groundhog Day all over again here, talking frequently about Senator Manchin and Senator Sinema. They've maintained for months that they are a no to overturn the filibuster. Why even go forward with this vote tonight? - They needed-- I think there was a lot of pressure on them to show that they were pushing every way they could. The fact that President Biden is opening the door to other maybe smaller reforms to elections and how votes are counted on the back end suggests that they may get something out of this. But it's a bitter disappointment, and it is a curious one when the party in power goes forward with something they know is going to lose, but I think in this case, at least highlighting it for the country may be all the victory the Democrats could get. - And Donna, you've called the renewed effort by President Biden to pass voting rights legislation a call to save democracy as we know it. The math, as you know, is just not changing at this point. If you were advising the President tonight, how would you tell him to proceed? - Well, first of all, I would thank the President and members of the United States Senate for allowing the American people to understand that this is a moment that we are calling upon them to stand with our country, stand with the right of every American to participate in our elections. But I would also remind the President that he must use every available tool in his executive toolbox going forward to ensure that no American is denied the right to vote, continue to sue those states and localities that try to put up onerous barriers, and to encourage every citizen in this country, every citizen, to register to vote and to make sure that their votes and their voices are not silent in the next election. LINSEY DAVIS: And Rick, speaking of using every available tool, our own Mary Bruce asked President Biden today why he didn't call Senator Romney, who has said that he would have been willing to work with Democrats on some voting reforms. Did the White House make a mistake by not reaching out to more Republicans here? RICK KLEIN: There is a window there to work on the Electoral Count Act that only has to do with the election of the president. We're talking about one election every four years, as opposed to hundreds of local races and state races that would be covered under the broader legislation. But it does seem to be a tactical error to at least have not have made the outreach, because President Biden has based so much of his appeal and his promise on the idea of unity of reaching out. To not even make the call to someone that that might be part of the engagement, I think, there's a little bit of regret surrounding that, and I think, maybe a corrective course moving forward. - And finally, Donna-- - You know, Linsey-- - Oh, go ahead. Yes. - The call of conscience does not have to come from a president. The call of conscience must come from your own moral core, your own value system. It was Senator Romney's father who led the battle, along with Dr. King and so many others. So that calls should have come because of his own lineage. I want to say to all my Republican friends, the 16 who joined George W. Bush in 2006 and voting for an extension of 25 years, we are calling upon you now. The Civil Rights leaders have already called you. If the president didn't reach you, the Civil Rights leaders have called you, and we're going to keep calling you. So don't worry. Keep your phone on. Keep your phone on, because we're going to call on you, Senator Romney. We're going to call on you, Senator Mitch McConnell. We're not giving up this battle. The battle for voting rights will never be denied as long as we keep fighting for the right of every American to have the freedom to vote. - Is it too late to give Romney a call right now, tonight, do you think? - If I had his number-- you know, I've called every Democratic Senator and everybody, some of my Republican friends. We need your help. The right to vote is not about Democrats. It's not about Republicans and independents. It's about-- it's a key component of our democracy. It is an essential ingredient in participatory democracy. So yes, keep your phone on. We're calling. - And lastly, Donna, a big picture for a moment. We're now one year into the Biden presidency. What does the President have to do now to get his party back on track and hold on to Congress in the midterm elections? DONNA BRAZILE: Tell his story. Do you know that every kid in America will one day be able to drink out of their their pipes without fearing that there's lead and poisoning? Every American will have access to the high-speed internet. Joe Biden is making progress on the things that are really concerning the American people, so keep telling your story. Continue to fight inflation. Protect our borders, and I guarantee you, the American people will look at what the Democrats are doing. And I think the president had it right tonight when he said, what are the Republicans standing for? What do they stand for? I say to everyone, including my good buddy, Rick, don't count out the Democrats. It may look bleak, but Democrats like the fight when it gets really dark. LINSEY DAVIS: And President Biden signaling today that he's going to take a bit of a victory lap and kind of explain to the American people all that he has done. Political director Rick Klein, ABC News contributor Donna Brazile, we thank you both for your insight and your time tonight. If you get through to Senator Romney, let us know. [CHUCKLES] - I respect him. I will try. LINSEY DAVIS: All right, Donna. Thank you so much. Rick, appreciate you. - Thank you. - Thank you, Linsey. - New developments tonight in the investigations of Donald Trump. The Supreme Court late today denied former President Trump's bid to block the release of White House records from his time in office to the January 6 committee. There are also some major developments into the investigation in New York state into Donald Trump's businesses. Jonathan Karl reports. JONATHAN KARL: For as long as he's been a public figure, President Trump has boasted about how wealthy he is. - --is that I'm very rich. I'm really rich. I'll show you that in a sec. JONATHAN KARL: Now, New York's Attorney General Letitia James is poking holes in that claim, accusing Trump of misrepresenting to lenders and tax authorities the value of his real estate portfolio and his own net worth. She says Trump misrepresented the size of his apartment in Trump Tower, saying it was 30,000 square feet in size, when in truth, it was just under 11,000 square feet. According to the filings, Trump Organization's CFO Allen Weisselberg, admitted the value of Mr. Trump's apartment was overstated by, quote, "give or take $200 million." The New York Attorney General also says the investigation found that Trump said he was getting $150,000 per membership at Trump National Golf Club in Westchester, New York, but in fact, that many new members had paid no deposit at all. Now, she wants two Trump family members, Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump, Jr., to testify in her investigation. - Jonathan Karl joins us now. Jon, we're also tracking a major development in the investigations of Donald Trump. The Supreme Court late today denied former President Trump's bid to block the release of White House records from his time in office to the January 6 committee. Certainly, a rebuke for former President Trump tonight. Explain what happened for us, Jon, the significance, and what comes next. - Linsey, see this is a major victory for the January 6 committee. It will give them access to documents that are normally under seal for years-- in some cases, decades. These are White House documents that Donald Trump and his team fought mightily to keep secret. They include things like White House visitor logs, phone logs, communications between top aides. The committee had also requested video and photographic records, so those would be turned over as well. This is a significant victory that will give the committee potentially significant new insight into the actions of Donald Trump and his inner circle on January 6 as well as in the days and weeks leading up to January 6. And then, another important point here is, this is a striking defeat for the former President. The Supreme Court acted in this way, rejecting 8 to 1-- 8 to 1, rejecting his request to keep these records secret. All three of the justices that Donald Trump put on the Supreme Court voted with the majority here, rejecting Trump's request. Really, a striking blow to the former President. LINSEY DAVIS: Stunning, with some significant implications there. Jonathan Karl, our thanks to you. - Sure. - We turn now to the pandemic and the mad dash from the White House to get essentials like tests, and now, masks, into the hands of millions of Americans while test results are still taking days in many cases. Parents may soon get an update on vaccinating children under the age of five. ABC'S Kayna Whitworth brings us those details. - Tonight, the Biden administration gearing up to roll out 400 million N95 masks for Americans to pick up, free of charge, at pharmacies and community centers as early as the end of next week. Each person will be able to get up to three N95s, which the CDC says provides the highest level of protection. - The most important thing for anyone is to wear the highest-quality mask that fits well and that you can tolerate. KAYNA WHITWORTH: And Dr. Fauci says the government will order and send out special N95 masks for kids as well. Just a day after the launch of, about 27 million Americans visiting that online order form for four free at-home COVID tests per household. But for weeks, those rapid tests have been in short supply. - I saw the sign in there. It said, no COVID tests. They're all out. KAYNA WHITWORTH: And PCR testing labs are racing to keep up with the Omicron surge as well, California reporting a million COVID cases in the past week. We got a look inside the state's largest fully-automated lab, processing up to 120,000 tests a day. DAVE SCHEINMAN: Test results that show up two, three, four days later don't have the relevance of a test result that you get in less than 24 hours. KAYNA WHITWORTH: The country's second-largest school district in Los Angeles relying on that fast turnaround to stay open. Twice a day, samples are loaded onto a private plane and flown here to Palo Alto for processing. And tonight, an update for parents waiting for a vaccine to be authorized for their children under five. Dr. Fauci saying, two to four-year-olds may need a third vaccine for full protection. - In a very disappointing way, the dose that was used for children 24 months to four years did not induce a response that was felt to be adequate. - Kayna Whitworth joins us now from that lab. And Kayna, the CDC is out tonight with a new study confirming some information that many have long hoped for. What are they now saying? - Right, Linsey. So this study was done during the Delta wave. And what they found is that being both vaccinated and previously infected offered the best protection against that variant. But they also found that infection alone also offered significant protection, but they don't know how long that lasts. So with an uncertain future like that, this lab says they can actually ramp up. They can adapt. So right now, you're seeing everybody working. This is going 24 hours a day. It's fully automated. Right now, they can run 120,000 tests a day, so that's 5,000 to 6,000 tests every single hour. But Linsey, they assure me that if needed, in a month's time, they could run 200,000 tests every single day. LINSEY DAVIS: Oh, wow. Quite impressive stuff there. Kayna Whitworth, our thanks to you. And when we come back, the grad student stabbed to death in a furniture store. Police say the suspect left from the back door. Tonight, a major update in that disturbing case. The cutting-edge technology that could change how diseases like Parkinson's are treated-- we take a closer look. But up next, the sparring sisters and the high-stakes hearing, the latest on the Spears saga. Next. Welcome back. The war of words that has spilled out on television screens and social media between Britney Spears and her younger sister, Jamie Lynn, could end up in a courtroom. This, as another hearing over the pop star's terminated conservatorship happened today. ABC's Kaylee Hartung is, once again, tracking it all for us tonight. KAYLEE HARTUNG: Britney Spears is taking action against her sister and father, accusing her father, Jamie, of enriching himself throughout the course of her conservatorship. A new court filing claiming the allegations of misconduct against him are specific, credible, and serious, ranging from abuse to conflicts of interests, financial mismanagement, and corruption of the conservatorship, to implicating state and federal criminal law. This, as Britney's attorney sends a scathing cease-and-desist letter to her sister, Jamie Lynn, over her new memoir, Things I Should Have Said, Britney demanding any mention of her be left out of her book tour. "We write with some hesitation, because the last thing Britney wants is to bring more attention to your ill-timed book and its misleading or outrageous claims about her. Although Britney has not read and does not intend to read your book, she and millions of her fans were shocked to see how you have exploited her for monetary gain. She will not tolerate it, nor should she." The letter reminding Jamie Lynn of Britney's 13-year conservatorship that "stripped her of civil rights and fundamental liberties. Britney will no longer be bullied by her father or anyone else." Jamie Lynn spoke about the conservatorship in an interview with ABC's Juju Chang. - So you didn't always agree with the conservatorship. - It wasn't about agreeing with the conservatorship. Everyone has a voice, and it should be heard. So if she wanted to talk to other people, then I did. I set that up. I even spoke to her legal team, who I-- her legal team-- previous legal team, and that did not end well in my favor. So I did take the steps to help, but how many times can I take the steps without-- you know, she has to walk through the door. KAYLEE HARTUNG: The spats between the Spears sisters have been playing out extensively in the public eye, via social media, Britney unfollowing Jamie Lynn on Instagram. Last July, Britney posted that her sister's tribute performance at the 2017 Radio Disney Awards to remixes of her songs hurt her deeply. - Honestly, it was somewhat confusing to me about that. And I actually have spoke to her about that, and I was doing a tribute to honor my sister and all the amazing things that she's done. - But you've cleared that up with her? - I have cleared up with the fact that I don't think she's personally upset with me about that. Truthfully, I don't know why that bothers her. KAYLEE HARTUNG: Now, the feud is escalating, with Britney threatening legal action, and on Twitter, asking Jamie Lynn to stop with these crazy lies. "Michelle Obama famously said, when they go low, we go high. And to Britney's great credit, that is exactly what Britney is going to do, for the time being. You recently reportedly stated that the book was not about her. She takes you at your word, and we therefore demand that you cease and desist from referencing Britney derogatorily during your promotional campaign. If you fail to do so or defame her, Britney will be forced to consider and take all appropriate legal action." Despite their complicated relationship, Jamie Lynn says she still has a deep love for her big sister. And Britney, in a new post, says she loves her, too, unconditionally. - What happened to that love? - Um-- - What has caused this rift between you? - That love is still there, 100%. I love-- I love my sister. I only-- I've only ever loved and supported her, and done what's right by her. And she knows that, so I don't know why we're in this position right now. - Kaylee Hartung joins us now. Kaylee, Britney's team is making that legal threat to Jamie Lynn, but they were also back in court today over Britney's conservatorship. That's already been terminated, so why were they back in court today? - Yeah, so Linsey, even though Britney got the big win she wanted, her freedom, the conservatorship terminated, nobody thought that it would be a quick process to unravel it all. When we first heard Britney find her voice in that infamous court hearing last summer, she said she wanted her father held accountable for his actions when he was in control of her life and finances. So today, that was a part of a very long process. It was a head-to-head showdown between Britney's lawyer and her father's lawyer. In tense and passionate debate, they both say that the public needs to know the truth, but they have very different versions of the truth. Now, you'll remember, The New York Times first made that stunning report of this surveillance program that Jamie Spears had allegedly commissioned while he was in control of the conservatorship. Well, you heard Britney Spears lawyer, Mathew Rosengart, dive into those accusations today. He hired a former FBI agent to look into that report by The New York Times, and he says, they have evidence that a listening device was in Britney's bedroom, that her phone was monitored, and that Jamie Spears even accessed her private therapy notes. He also says that Jamie was particularly interested in her communications, her privileged communications with her previous attorney. Now, Jamie Spears' lawyer says, these accusations are bogus. He says, virtually everything alleged is either demonstrably false or taken out of context. He says Jamie Spears is fighting with both hands tied behind his back. He says they have turned over all of the information they needed to, and these will disprove these allegations. But still, also at issue today-- the money and Britney's estate. It's been reported it's about $60 million. Britney's team has said all along that they believe Jamie Spears mismanaged her funds. There was more discussion about that, but the lawyer today determining they will not hold a reserve fund for Jamie Spears to try to access to get his legal fees paid. Any further request from him will have to go through the court, Linsey. LINSEY DAVIS: A lot to unpack there. Kaylee Hartung, our thanks to you. Still ahead here on Prime, the suspects charged in the death of rapper Young Dolph appear in court. We have the details. The tributes to trailblazer, Andre Leon Talley, the first African-American creative director of Vogue, have been pouring. Tonight, we speak with Beverly Johnson, the first Black model to appear on the magazine cover. How does she remember the man? And Encanto and its catchy songs just keep on soaring. We take a look by the numbers. But first, our tweet of the day, speaking of songs-- did you know "Jolene" and "I Will Always Love You" written on the same day by the one and only Dolly Parton, who happens to be turning 76 years young today? Happy birthday to an icon. Welcome back, everyone. Now, to a music milestone, the breakout song, "We Don't Talk about Bruno," from Disney's Encanto has outperformed the Oscar-winning hit, "Let It Go" from Disney's Frozen. Tonight, we're going to talk about "Bruno" by the numbers. Bruno hit number four on the Billboard Hot 100 chart this week, becoming the highest-charting song from a Disney animated film in more than 26 years. The song was written by Hamilton creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and sung by multiple cast members. According to Billboard, it drew 29 million streams and sold 8,000 downloads this week. And this week, "Bruno" overtook "Let It Go," which, as we remember, played on repeat in the homes and cars across America, and will now no doubt be an earworm stuck in your head for the rest of the day. It peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100. 1995 was the last time, until now, that a Disney song hit number four. It was Vanessa Williams' "Colors of the Wind" from the movie, Pocahontas. The other Disney song to hit number four was Elton John's "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" from The Lion King back in 1994. And the Disney song that topped them all-- "A Whole New World" from Aladdin, which hit number one in 1993. And we do want to mention that Disney is, of course, the parent company of ABC News. And we still have lots to get to here on Prime. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on the ground in Ukraine as Russian demands continue. Who will blink first? And Cardi B's financial gesture that was applauded by the mayor of New York. But first, a look at our top-trending stories on - Nearly one year into his presidency, President Biden says he's doubling down on the fight against COVID, with Omicron racing across the country. - Bottom line on COVID 19 is that we're in a better place than we've been, and have been thus far. Clearly, better than a year ago. - The caseload in New Jersey this past month making up more than 1/4 of all cases in the state since the start of the pandemic. - Put simply, an Omicron tsunami has washed across our state. - The CDC predicting about 32,000 more people could die over the next two weeks. - More legal trouble for the Trump Organization. In a new court filing, the New York Attorney General accusing former President Trump of fraudulent and misleading business practices. - The state attorney general said former President Trump and his namesake family firm repeatedly misrepresented the value of its real estate holdings as part of a pattern to make it seem like Trump was wealthier than he actually was. [INAUDIBLE] fees to a Trump golf club that were never collected, mansions on a private estate never built, and 20,000 extra square feet on his own apartment in Trump Tower that never existed. The disclosures were part of a motion to compel the former President and two of his children to testify in a civil investigation. The Trumps have denounced that investigation. They're fighting the subpoenas, and have denied wrongdoing. - The suspect now in custody for the gruesome murder of UCLA graduate student, Brianna Kupfer, one of three random killings just 72 hours apart. Kupfer's accused killer, Shawn Laval Smith, who was out on bail, has a lengthy arrest record in California and the Carolinas, including vandalism, trespassing, and weapons charges. Smith allegedly stabbing the 24-year-old in the middle of the day at the furniture store where she was working alone, seen in this surveillance video just minutes after the murder. Kupfer's heartbroken father, in shock. - You don't want to hear it. You want to not believe it. - That same day, Los Angeles Police say another homeless man, Kerry Bell, struck 70-year-old nurse, Sandra Shells, in the face at a bus stop, her skull fracturing as she hit the ground. Police found Bell, who's been arrested previously in several states, sleeping a short distance from the scene of the attack. - Newly declassified videos showing that botched US drone strike in Kabul in August that killed 10 Afghan civilians in the wake of that devastating attack on the Kabul airport. The video showing the US military tracking a car suspected of belonging to an ISIS-K terrorist, but it belonged to an aid worker for an NGO instead. The car was parked in a family compound when the missile struck. 10 civilians were killed, including that aid worker and 7 children. - The two suspects in the murder of Memphis rapper, Young Dolph, appeared before a judge for the first time. They face multiple charges, including first-degree murder. 23-year-old Justin Johnson and 32-year-old Cornelius Smith declined public defenders and asked for more time to hire their own attorneys before their next court hearing, scheduled for January 28. Their arraignment comes two months after Dolph was shot and killed while visiting Makeda's Homemade Butter Cookies, a bakery in South Memphis that the rapper was known to frequent. He was 36 years old. Cardi B says she's covering funeral costs for the families of the victims of the Bronx high-rise fire. Mayor Eric Adams announcing the rapper and Bronx native had offered to pay the burial costs for all 17 people killed in that fire. In some cases, that includes repatriation, since many of the victims, having come from West Africa, would be buried in the Gambia. In a statement, Cardi B said, I cannot begin to imagine the pain and anguish that the families of the victims are experiencing, but I hope that not having to worry about the costs associated with burying their loved ones will help as they move forward and heal. This is the city's deadliest fire in three decades. - Now, to the tense standoff between the US and Russia over Ukraine-- Secretary of State Antony Blinken is in Ukraine tonight, ahead of a meeting with Russia's foreign minister on Friday. Russia wants the US and NATO to promise that Ukraine will never be part of NATO, a promise that they simply can't make. ABC Senior Foreign Correspondent Ian Pannell reports from Ukraine. IAN PANNELL: Tonight, with a window to resolve the crisis in Ukraine with diplomacy narrowing, Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with President Zelensky and Ukrainian officials in Kiev. - Russia has ratcheted up its threats and amassed nearly 100,000 forces on Ukraine's border, which it could double on relatively short order. IAN PANNELL: Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister saying, there is no risk of a larger-scale war. - We will not attack, strike, "invade," quote unquote, whatever, Ukraine. IAN PANNELL: But Ukraine and its allies aren't taking any chances. Today, a shipment of anti-tank launchers arriving from Britain, and President Biden saying the US has sent over $600 million worth of defensive equipment since the start of last year. - [RUSSIAN SPEECH] IAN PANNELL: Tonight, the Ukrainian president addressing the nation, saying the country doesn't want war, but must always be prepared for it. - Our thanks to Ian for that. For many people with chronic illnesses, finding just the right treatment can be taxing and not always successful. But trials are now underway in the field of bioelectronic medicine, with new technology that's offering patients some hope. Tonight, we hear from a few of those patients who have had some success with this treatment, and doctors who say that while it's still early, this could be part of the future of medicine. ABC's Will Carr has more. WILL CARR: This is Kelly Owens today, hiking the Koko Head trail, a steep Hawaiian stairmaster. It's a mile and a half incline, made for more than 1,000 steps. But this was Kelly just four years ago, in a wheelchair. - When I was 13, I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease and manifestations of inflammatory arthritis. I tried 22 different biologics and immunosuppressants, and none of them worked, which left me with progressively worse disease every year. WILL CARR: Out of options, Kelly discovered bioelectronic medicine, learning about cutting-edge technology that could help. So she threw a medical Hail Mary, signing up for a clinical trial in Europe in 2017. KELLY OWENS: My husband and I sold everything that we owned and created a fundraiser, and went abroad for six months. I was implanted with the vagus nerve stimulator on June 22 of 2017, and the device was turned on July 6. Within a matter of days, I noticed how much my pain decreased, and within a matter of weeks, the inflammation around my joints noticeably decreased as well. WILL CARR: It wasn't just Kelly. Out of the study of 16 people, eight had meaningful clinical improvement, and four entered into remission. Within just a few years, the technology Kelly's been using has become less invasive. DAVID CHERNOFF: You put this around your neck once a week to charge it, so there's no wires. You can't see it, and you can't feel it. WILL CARR: David Chernoff is the chief medical officer of Set Point, which developed a vagus nerve stimulator. It's the size of a pill inserted into a patient's neck, and delivers a small amount of electricity to the nerve. While the device is still in early trials, he says it's technology that could be used in the future to help patients like Kelly return to a sense of normalcy. DAVID CHERNOFF: There's about 1.5 million people in the US who have rheumatoid arthritis, and they have to take very expensive medications for their entire life to treat this, because there's no cure for it. Our approach is different. There are many examples of bioelectronic medicine which are very successful-- for example, in the context of Parkinson's disease, within movement disorders, tremors, and shaking. WILL CARR: Doug Bland was diagnosed with Parkinson's nine years ago. - Some of the classic symptoms, like smelling-- loss of smell, things like that-- were the key to linking me to having Parkinson's. WILL CARR: So Doug signed up for a Stanford Medical Center trial led by Dr. Peter Tass that asked patients to wear these bioelectronic gloves, which Tass says are designed to help reduce tremors. - The goal is not to intervene in a harsh way, in an aggressive manner, but to do it in a very gentle, hopefully intelligent and sustainable and long-lasting way. WILL CARR: When the glove's turned on, you feel a wave of vibrations going back and forth between the fingers. Patients are initially wearing this for four hours a day, but over time, that drops to just a couple of hours a week. PETER TASS: The advantage here is that the anatomy is super well-defined. So in other words, the electrical signals we are causing by means of our vibrations really reach the desired brain areas, and only those specific brain areas. WILL CARR: Doug was among eight patients enrolled in a pilot study, which found that stimulation from the gloves led to significant improvement in patients' motor performance. Doug says, thanks to the gloves, his strength and level of activity has improved. DOUG BLAND: I did a marathon race within a couple of months after I started the glove therapy, and bystanders that knew me noticed that I was standing up straighter, and I was running with a little bit more of a steady stride. WILL CARR: Christine Williams battles allergies. - I can't breathe, my eyes are watery, and it's just-- it's just a painful-- I've got headaches, and it's just-- it's a tight feeling. WILL CARR: So she started using Clear Up, a device cleared by the FDA to treat allergy symptoms by using electrical stimulation over the sinus area. - I started noticing, I think, really, the difference after, like, a few days. WILL CARR: Clear Up is already on the market, but the vagus nerve stimulator and the gloves, there are still more clinical trials to be done to ensure the devices are safe and effective enough for broader use, putting FDA approval likely a few years away. And doctors have this advice for anyone interested in participating in trials for these types of devices. DORIS WANG: I think, just managing your expectations. You know, obviously, everybody wants the best outcome possible. And just realize any type of at least surgical intervention, there are risks involved. WILL CARR: And even though it's still early, some doctors see real potential benefits. DORIS WANG: I see bioelectronics as the way of the future in medicine. With the technological advances that are present, it gives us an unprecedented opportunity to actually investigate a lot of the biological systems that's harder to access. WILL CARR: For Kelly Owens, she says the new technology has helped her climb a mountain. She feels, from here on, the sky's the limit. KELLY OWENS: I never would have imagined that my life could be as limitless as it is now. WILL CARR: In the Bay Area, Will Carr, ABC News. - Our thanks to Will Carr for that. The influential fashion journalist and the first Black man to be the creative director at Vogue has passed away. Andre Leon Talley was known as a trailblazer and a force in the fashion industry. Oprah Winfrey posting on Instagram, another legend gone, not to be duplicated. ABC's Erielle Reshef has more on the legacy he leaves behind. ERIELLE RESHEF: With his capes and kaftans, gloves and dramatic headpieces, Andre Leon Talley was larger than life. Called a creative genius, this trailblazing legend rose to prominence as Creative Director and Editor-at-Large of Vogue under Anna Wintour, a fashion force unlike any other. He broke barriers as a Black editor at the top of a predominantly white field. He helped dress Michelle Obama when she was First Lady, was an advisor to designer Oscar de La Renta, and mentor to supermodel Naomi Campbell, even a judge on America's Next Top Model. A singular voice that helped define American fashion, Andre Talley died at the age of 73. - And joining us now to discuss the impact and imprint left by Andre Leon Talley's legacy is another legend, Beverly Johnson. Beverly, thank you so much for joining us tonight. - Well, thank you so much for having me. - And of course, you were the first Black woman to grace the cover of Vogue magazine. You helped pave the way for people like Andre. In your memoir, The Face That Changed It All, Andre wrote your foreword, in which he says, "Beverly has journeyed on in her life with grace, gravitas, and gold-rimmed guts." He goes on to describe you as one of the important faces to alter the image of fashion. But based on your own tributes to him, is it fair to say that that's how you would describe him? - Absolutely. Absolutely. Our careers were almost parallel, in the sense that he was the first Black man to have that editor position at Vogue magazine, and I was the first Black woman on the cover of American Vogue. LINSEY DAVIS: And of course, you spent much of your career in front of the lens, but how important was it to have someone like Andre behind the scenes as a creative visionary? - Oh, Andre was absolutely brilliant. I think that there is no one on the planet that knows more about fashion than Andre. He was-- he had so much compassion and passion for the art of fashion, and he knew it inside-out. And everyone wanted to be in his company, and so did I. LINSEY DAVIS: And what was it like to be in his company, in the same room, and share the same space as Andre? BEVERLY JOHNSON: Oh my goodness. I could walk into a room, and within seconds, Andre will tell me exactly who I'm wearing. Now, I'm not really a label kind of girl. He would know those labels that very few people even know of. He was an absolute genius, and funny, irreverent, and just, you know-- just loved being around him. He was just so abundantly full of life in every way. LINSEY DAVIS: Would you ever consult him for some of your fashion choices? BEVERLY JOHNSON: Oh, without a doubt. I, you know, got a really close relationship, I would say, about 15 or so years ago when both of our careers were slowing down, so to speak. And he actually introduced me to Anna Wintour. I had an idea for a project, and of course, I got this wonderful photographer, and I called Andre Leon Talley. He said, I think it's brilliant. And he was the one who put me in contact with Anna Wintour, and they had a wonderful close relationship. And I do understand why he is so loved. LINSEY DAVIS: On Instagram, you posted your own love note to him. You say, "Majesty, a tribute to this cerebral fashion connoisseur, another piece of good taste leaves us. Cover designed for Andre. Thank you for the beauty." How can the fashion world continue keeping Andre's fashion legacy going without him at this point? - I think that, you know, as he was one of a kind, that his space should be captured with a lot of people of color and diversity that reflects our our country. And I think that he would like that very much if his legacy continued to be inclusive of Black fashion designers, editors, models, and particularly the board of directors, industries of the fashion industry. I think that he would like that a lot. I think he really wanted us to not only participate in the artistic part of fashion, but also in the economics of fashion. LINSEY DAVIS: And for those of us who never had the opportunity to meet him, how would you describe him, knowing him personally? So many people call him a force in fashion, a larger-than-life presence. - Yes. He's actually 6 foot 6 inches. So when he comes into a room, you know he's there. He's always impeccably dressed, and and he is a force to be reckoned with. He can be loud, and opinionated, and outspoken, and not afraid to really tell you how it is. You know, the one thing that gives me so much gratitude is that Andre wrote his book, his last book, in 2020. And also, he did his documentary. So he had the last word about his life, and that, I think, is really going to be a big part of his legacy, because he told his story the way he wanted it to be told. LINSEY DAVIS: And so much of this interview, you've talked about him still in the present tense, and so I can tell that he will certainly live on in your heart. I can imagine he was pretty intimidating, you know. For somebody like me, I wear off-the-rack clothes. You know, I don't think that I would want to be in his company and hear him like scowl at-- or see his scowl at what might not be like a top label. But Beverly Johnson, we thank you so much for your time. Really appreciate it as always. - Thank you so much. - Before we go tonight, the image of the day-- take a look at this person just getting a haircut in the middle of a concert hall in Amsterdam. Well, this was a statement of protest, because in that Dutch city, they are allowing gyms and hairdressers to open, but not museums and concert halls, due to COVID restrictions. The struggle with this virus and how to handle it is certainly a global one. And that is our show for this hour. Be sure to stay tuned to ABC News live for more context and analysis of the day's top stories. Thanks so much for streaming with us. Coming up in the next hour, there have been so many shocking acts of deadly violence across the country that are raising new concerns about the mental health resources out there, particularly for the homeless. We take a closer look. And the massive multimillion-dollar settlement with hundreds of people who say that they were sexually assaulted by a former University of Michigan sports doctor. We speak with one of the survivors next. Hi, there. I'm Linsey Davis. Thanks so much for streaming with us. We're monitoring several developments here at ABC News at this hour. We are getting our first images of the devastation on the ground in Tonga after that massive underwater volcano. Despite communications being cut off from the outside world, these images from the government show ash covering everything and rubble in the streets. The government says they have yet to reach some of the residents in Tonga. And the tragedy in the Alps-- popular French actor, Gaspard Ulliel, died after he suffered a head injury following a ski collision. He is known for playing a young Hannibal Lecter and was set to appear in a new Marvel series, Moon Knight. He was 37. And all eyes were on the nation's airports tonight as 5G rolled out across the country. Most planes took off as planned, with the launch delayed near many airports. But some international flights were canceled preemptively. The FAA says it will work to figure out if the FAA signals will affect planes, and how it will be addressed. But we begin this hour with President Biden holding a wide-ranging press conference on the eve of the one-year anniversary of him taking office. As Biden grapples with low poll numbers, he was asked, did he overpromise? Mary Bruce has his answer. MARY BRUCE: On the first anniversary of his inauguration, President Biden defending his accomplishments, even as major parts of his agenda stall. - Can you think of any other president that's done as much in one year? Name one for me. MARY BRUCE: Still, the President acknowledges COVID inflation and gridlock in Washington have left Americans frustrated. - Did you overpromise to the American public? - I didn't over promise. But I have probably outperformed what anybody thought would happen. The fact of the matter is that we're in a situation where we have made enormous progress. I did not anticipate that there'd be such a stalwart effort to make sure that the most important thing was that President Biden didn't get anything done. Think about this. What are Republicans for? What are they for? Name me one thing they're for. MARY BRUCE: I asked the president how he plans to jump-start his agenda. Your top two legislative priorities-- your social spending package and voting rights legislation-- are stalled, blocked by your own party. Do you need to be more realistic and scale down these priorities in order to get something passed? - No. I don't think so. I'm not asking for castles in the sky. I'm asking for practical things the American people have been asking for for a long time, a long time. And I think we can get it done. - You're not going to scale down any of these priorities, but so far, that strategy isn't working. You haven't been able to get some of these big legislative ticket items done. - Oh, I got two real big ones done, bigger than any president has ever gotten in the first year. - But currently, Mr. President, your spending package, voting rights legislation, they're not going anywhere. So-- - That's true. MARY BRUCE: --is there anything that you are confident you can get signed into law before the midterm elections? - Yes. I'm confident we can get pieces, big chunks of the Build Back Better law signed into law. MARY BRUCE: He later clarified. - It's clear to me that we're going to have to probably break it up. I think it's clear that we would be able to get support for the 400 to 500-plus billion dollars for energy and the environmental issues that are there-- I think we can break the package up, get as much as we can now, and come back and fight for the rest later. MARY BRUCE: The President also predicted that Vladimir Putin would invade Ukraine, reporters pressing him on how he would respond. - Russia will be held accountable if it invades, and it depends on what it does. It's one thing if it's a minor incursion, and then we end up having a fight about what to do and not do, et cetera. But if they actually do what they're capable of doing with the force amassed on the border, it is going to be a disaster for Russia. MARY BRUCE: That answer raising eyebrows. - Are you saying that a minor incursion by Russia into Ukrainian territory would not lead to the sanctions that you have threatened, or are you effectively giving Putin permission to make a small incursion into the country? - I think we will if there's something where there's Russian forces crossing the border, killing Ukrainian fighters, et cetera. I think that changes everything. But it depends on what he does. LINSEY DAVIS: Our thanks to Mary Bruce. Next tonight, and the new winter storm set to pound part of the country and the Arctic blast of air right behind it. Our Rob Marciano, tracking it all for us once again. Good evening to you, Rob. - Hi, good evening, Linsey. We've got two storms that are coming down the pipe. The first one, it's not too crazy, but the timing is really, really bad. The second one, already, we have winter storm watches that are posted for the Carolinas. That could be bad as well, as far as the impacts are concerned. And this front, this first front that's coming through-- that has temperatures 20 to 30 degrees below average behind it. That's spawning a severe thunderstorm watch for Louisiana, and a winter weather advisory out for Southeast Louisiana, which includes Baton Rouge, with a little bit of ice there. But here we go, rain overnight tonight, along the I-95 corridor, Baltimore, DC, Philly, New York, all the way up through Boston-- turns to snow sometime around 7:00 AM. So right at the morning rush, and then we'll look for that snow to accumulate. It could come down in a pretty good thump. 1 to 3 inches of snow on the roads and highways there for the morning commute, so that will probably at least some delays in some of the schools. All right, next storm then comes, rides the southern jet dips into the Gulf of Mexico for some moisture, and then throws it up against that Arctic blast. So that's not a good combination for the folks in the Carolinas, especially in the low country of South Carolina and the coastal plane of North Carolina, where icing is going to be an issue there. You could see 2 to 5 inches of snow a little further inland, but both of those states now the governors have declared a state of emergency for Friday afternoon into Saturday morning, potentially a debilitating ice and snow storm. Linsey. LINSEY DAVIS: Old Man Winter throwing a one, two punch there at us. Rob Marciano, our thanks to you as always. - You bet. - Now to the latest spikes in crime. In cities like New York and Los Angeles, the shocking acts of deadly violence have raised alarms about crime, but also questions concerning mental health resources we're providing to those struggling with homelessness. ABC's Chief Justice Correspondent Pierre Thomas has this story. PIERRE THOMAS: The authorities are on the lookout for this man, who police say attacked and murdered Brianna Kupfer. PAUL KORETZ: We are topping over $250,000 for the capture and conviction of the suspects. This is important to bring more attention to this crime and to get more public response. PIERRE THOMAS: The reward coming after a tragic case of stranger violence. The UCLA grad student was working by herself in the middle of the afternoon at this high-end furniture store in Los Angeles. Authorities say the suspect, believed to be homeless, and seen here on surveillance footage, walked in and stabbed her, and then left through a back door. Kupfer's father speaking with us overnight. - It's the worst feeling I've ever had in my life. She was genuine, and she was caring. She was loving, and she wanted things to be better. - This individual responsible for this vicious, senseless, and brutal crime. He walks amongst us. PIERRE THOMAS: That same day, a 70-year-old nurse, Sandra Shells, waiting for a bus in downtown Los Angeles, attacked by a different man who police also believe was homeless. - It's sad. It's saddening to hear, you know. Getting ready to retire, and this is what happens. PIERRE THOMAS: Los Angeles, like many other cities, has been gripped by a surge of violence in the past two years. In LA, homicides in 2021 were up more than 50%, compared to 2019 before the pandemic. And in New York, two days after the attacks in Los Angeles, Michelle Go was pushed onto the tracks of an approaching New York City subway car, allegedly by this man. MAN: Are you the one that pushed the woman on the track? - Yeah! PIERRE THOMAS: Investigators say he is homeless and emotionally disturbed with several prior arrests. A vigil last night held in Go's honor. She was reportedly an advocate for the homeless. - What does make me happy is that I know Michelle lived her life to the fullest. PIERRE THOMAS: But are the homeless any more dangerous than anyone else? According to LAPD open data, about 10% of the city's nearly 400 homicides in 2020 had a homeless suspect. But experts stress there's no national data suggesting that the homeless commit more acts of violence than the general public. And advocates for the homeless say people in that community are often the victims of crime. - What we've seen lately are just some nationally-televised incidents that gathered a lot of national attention, and rightfully so. They're isolated incidents and nothing more than that. I really think it's important that we go back to providing more services for mentally ill individuals, particularly the homeless. And I think that that's part of the reason why we're starting to see individuals who are kind of stepping out of the norm and engaging in these violent crimes. - Our thanks to Pierre Thomas, and we turn now to one of the largest sex abuse settlements agreed to by an American university. The announcement from the University of Michigan comes just days after a major shift in management at the school. Our Trevor Ault has this report. TREVOR AULT: The University of Michigan has reached a $490 million settlement with more than 1,000 victims who say they were sexually assaulted by one of the school's former sports doctors. It comes after a string of lawsuits filed mostly by men, who claim the late Doctor Robert Anderson sexually abused them during routine medical examinations spanning nearly four decades. PARKER STINAR: As far as the legal aspect, the matter was not resolved, and they can continue with their healing journey. TREVOR AULT: Dr. Anderson died in 2008. He worked at the University from the late 1960s into the early 2000s, serving as a physician for multiple teams. One report found the alleged abuse was an open secret among some students, and University staff failed to investigate multiple claims or stop the abuse from continuing. Survivors say the University needs to be held accountable. - What we're talking about here are crimes that university officials knew about and never reported to the police, to the state medical board, or to anyone else in a position to investigate and potentially prosecute. TREVOR AULT: $30 million from the settlement is being set aside for any future claims of abuse, and the agreement comes on the heels of the abrupt firing just this weekend of University President Mark Schlissel, due to an alleged inappropriate relationship with a University employee. The board now appointing former University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman as interim president. - The University needs to do a hard reset on this whole culture, and it needs to be from the top down, and also from the bottom up. - Our thanks to Trevor. And we are now joined by one of the Anderson survivors included in the settlement, two-time Super Bowl champion, Dwight Hicks, and Jamie White, an attorney representing 78 of the survivors. Thank you both for joining us tonight. During this segment, we will be talking about sexual abuse and assault. Some viewers may find parts of the discussion triggering. So just want to give that head's-up. Mr. Hicks, I'd like to start with you. You've spoken before about arriving at the University of Michigan as a hopeful 18-year-old, dreaming of playing some football. How soon did the abuse start, and what impact has it had on your life? - It started early on, my freshman year. It was during a physical. I felt that something was wrong. I asked him what he was doing. And he said it was part of the physical. I asked him if all the players were doing this, and he said, yeah. And if I didn't complete the physical, I wouldn't have been able to play football or go to school. - And Mr. White, you represent dozens of the survivors in this settlement. What are they telling you today? Does this bring any real resolution to their years of pain and suffering? - You know, so these guys are really unique, Linsey, in the sense that, you know, some of the other cases I've worked on, there's been a lot of angst, a lot anger, a lot of hate towards the institutions. These guys started out with the conversation that we're Michigan men, and we do not want to permanently damage this university. We love this university. You know, we just want this university to be held accountable. LINSEY DAVIS: And Mr. Hicks, to that point that Mr. White just made, how are you? How are you coping and handling all of this in the aftermath? DWIGHT HICKS: It affects you psychologically. And you really don't know until this all plays out, and maybe you'll never know how much of an effect it has on you. That's happened to me. I just felt something was wrong, so I think it has affected me quite a bit. I don't know to what extent, but I feel that the healing process can now begin. - And it would make sense. I guess I'm also curious, though, because for decades, you and most of the other survivors had to bear this suffering in private, unsure that there would ever be any kind of accountability. So what does the settlement, and also the University's acknowledgment of their responsibility mean for you? - Well, I think it's a good day for all survivors of sexual abuse. I think that we have to have more legislation, and make these powerful institutions accountable, as far as not taking away from what had happened to us, and that not being the sole remedy for it. You have to hurt people and these institutions in the pocketbook. You have to levy heavy fines and laws to ensure that this doesn't happen. LINSEY DAVIS: Of course you did go on to have an enormously successful career in the NFL, winning Super Bowls with the San Francisco 49ers. Why was it important for you to take such a public role in this case? DWIGHT HICKS: Our society tends to feel that, well, if it's a nobody, why should I care? But if it's somebody, you can bring a voice to it. And I just feel that because I had that notoriety, that I could bring a voice to it. - And Mr. White, what's the next step here? - Linsey, this is going to go down in history as the most prolific act against African-American men in the history of the country. It wasn't only African-American men, but an extreme vast majority of the victims were African-American in this case. The next step is to continue to the legislative process like other states in the country have done, and expand the statute of limitations and create accountability on the part of people that had been reported to. LINSEY DAVIS: And so of course, you see the settlement as having a major impact in future cases of sexual abuse that involve large institutions such as universities and sports leagues. JAMIE WHITE: I guarantee you that other institutions are seeing what happened last night, and they're readdressing their policies and making sure that they're tight, and that's the purpose of this. LINSEY DAVIS: Mr. Hicks, last question to you. Because we've been talking about how, quite often, in the case of a Dr. Nasser or Mr. Anderson, how they're intentionally preying on young, vulnerable people who might experience some shame. Was there ever a time when you and your teammates would talk about it, or was it too uncomfortable? - Oh, you don't talk about things like this. I-- I felt embarrassed. There are so many different emotions that went through my head as far as what I had to do, or what was done to me. And I just wanted to concentrate on school and playing football. And because I had that distraction, it's not until you're by yourself where you start to think about things. What happened? Why did it happen? And furthermore, when we were kids, I thought that it was something that had to be done. I really didn't think it was sexual abuse until I start hearing more about it, and other people talking about it. And I thought to myself, is that what happened to me? And yes, of course, that's what happened to me. But we have triggers and ways to suppress things, to hide the emotion, to be OK with it. And as I said earlier, you know, this is just the beginning of the healing process. LINSEY DAVIS: Well, we so appreciate you speaking up and sharing your story with us. Thank you so much, Dwight Hicks, Jamie white, for your time. - Thank you for having us. - And still to come, the remarkable story that few have heard about-- one ship's battle against the slave trade and the flight with no one on it. Stay with us. Welcome back. We're tracking several international headlines at this hour. Heavy rains in Madagascar have flooded parts of the capital city, killing 10 people and leaving more than 12,000 homeless, with rains continuing, and a possible cyclone now approaching. The Indian Ocean island could face potential landslides. Israeli police demolished a Palestinian home in East Jerusalem earlier today. The property was appropriated by the city for a school, and the family occupying the home was unable to prove ownership. Police raided the home overnight and arrested several family members, ending a standoff in which some family members barricaded themselves on the roof. Some 1,200 police officers were deployed to a working-class neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro earlier today. The operation is part of a permanent effort to increase police presence and improve services in at least two favelas. Last May, the area was the scene of the city's deadliest police raid, with 28 people killed. According to police, dozens of individuals have been arrested, but there were no reports of violent confrontations or shootouts. It is the little ship that did. Author and two-time Jeopardy champion, AE Rooks is here to discuss her new book, The Black Joke: The True Story of One Ship's Battle Against the Slave Trade. It unpacks in fantastic detail the fascinating history of a ship instrumental in closing down the illegal traffic during the Atlantic slave trade, ultimately freeing more than 5,700 slaves. Ms. Rooks, we thank you so much for joining us today. Of course, this small but mighty vessel was said to be the most feared against the Atlantic slave trade. Why hasn't His Majesty's Black Joke, of course, the name of the ship, earned a bigger place in our history books? - I think that's a really interesting question. I think part of it is because the story of the Black Joke does not lend itself to an easy sort of arc of villains and heroes, and good triumphs over evil. It's more of a story of deep and abiding moral relativism, and I think in a lot of ways, how it's been treated by history is a reflection of the fact that it does not make folks look particularly good. So I think that a big part of that is the fact that the Black Joke is an example of how much success could have been had if more political will had been put behind it. And so that's something I go into a lot in the book. LINSEY DAVIS: Right. Slave ships do tend to have a negative connotation, and even though the ship helped liberate the captured Africans from slavers, they were still viewed as less than. How did Britain's anti-slavery sentiments differ from the slavers if those they liberated were never returned home and truly freed? - Well, it seems that a lot of the time, the British seemed to draw a fairly hard line between being chattel, per se, and then sort of being treated as chattel, but not technically owned. So you see in British efforts to, quote unquote, "liberate Africans," you end up with a system that is basically a precursor to, or a large part of, what we think of as modern colonialism, wherein even though they were liberated, they were not free to do what they want or go where they please. The British still controlled that and forced many to either settle in the colony or work sugar plantations in Jamaica. - In the excitement of publishing day, you did not forget to give praise to the many people who helped make your book possible. In part, you tweeted, "Pop history is impossible without the labor of academic historians," and ended it with the hashtag, #CiteBlackWomen. Explain to us the significance of this hashtag. - Well, I mean, as is evident, I have spent a lot of time in grad school. And as a result, I have been able to see a lot of how and which sources get prized, get lifted up, get lots of citations. And I think that the movement that was created behind #CiteBlackWomen is such a really, really strong and powerful idea to, let's think about who produces knowledge and how we value that. And even though I am agender, I present as a Black women. So I tend to ride for all Black marginalized genders anyway. Also, Professor Mustakeem's book is amazing. Slavery at Sea is a really fascinating investigation of what actually happened on board slave ships, which I think is one of the sort of aspects of the trade that is least covered and most horrific. - And you mentioned how the enslaved are barely acknowledged as individuals. And you say, "for all historical intents, just one more body caught up in the morass of profit, motives, and policy decisions, whose personal history we'll never know." In each chapter when a slave ship is captured, you include a few pages of the liberated African register. Why was it important for you to sew this into the narrative? - I think a big part of that is I spent-- there are hundreds of sources in this book. But I spent a lot of time dealing with the histories of British men, the commander of-- the Commodore, rather, of the squadron, the various captains of Black Joke itself. And so I think doing that kind of work made it really clear whose voices I was not hearing. And I wanted to try and do something to make it very clear that we are not dealing with a monolith of unnamed individuals going through a sort of generic suffering. Instead, I really wanted to focus on the idea that these are people. They're people with names and heights, and scarring to indicate their tribal backgrounds. They are people who went through this, not just a group or a memory. - That makes sense, for sure, to give them their individuality there. AE Rooks, author of The Black Joke: The True Story of One Ship's Battle Against the Slave Trade. We thank you so much for your time today. - Thank you so much for having me. I really appreciate it. - Well, we've all been there, had those airplane headaches from crying babies, kids kicking the seat, people taking their shoes off or far worse. But Kai Forsyth was lucky. Not a problem in sight, not even another passenger. ABC News' Will Ganss has this story. WILL GANSS: There's nothing worse than an overcrowded airplane. - Help me. WILL GANSS: So imagine Kai Forsyth's surprise when his plane looked like this. FLIGHT ATTENDANT: Welcome on board to British Airways flight. WILL GANSS: Kai had an idea something might be up while checking into his British Airways flight from London Gatwick to Orlando the night before. - Do you know how you choose seats when you're checking in? There was actually, like, no seats that anybody had taken, so I was very confused. WILL GANSS: And sure enough, the college freshman turning out to be the only passenger on the plane. - I was a bit confused at first, but they did say I could move around, do whatever I like on the plane. It felt like I owned the plane. It was very weird. WILL GANSS: Kai setting up a little bed across three seats. - I was actually going to sleep on the floor. I did ask them if I could sleep on the floor, but they had the trolleys, and they need to, like, bring them back and forth. WILL GANSS: And forget one measly bag of peanuts. Kai on cloud nine, with all the snacks he could handle. KAI FORSYTH: I'd like to actually say thank you to British Airways for providing me with a great experience like that. WILL GANSS: British Airways recently reinstating transatlantic flights late last year after the travel ban was lifted, but thousands of flights have been canceled due to a decrease in travel demand. But that all worked out in Kai's favor, the 19-year-old hanging in the plane's kitchen and watching movies with a flight attendant. - And the flight attendant at the back-- if you just watch this, he knows who is. He was, like, basically my caterer for eight hours. Very surreal, I have to say. WILL GANSS: Kai's TikToks about the nearly nine-hour journey racking up almost a million views. So many TikTokers commenting, they wouldn't upgrade you to first class? Really? - Yeah, I think I would have moved up to first class on my own there. Our thanks to Will for that. And that is our show for tonight. Be sure to stay tuned to ABC News Live for more context and analysis of the day's top stories. I'm Linsey Davis. Thanks so much for streaming with us. Have a great night.

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