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thank you for joining us. join us again at 6:00. this is "world news." tonight, the record heat wave. is there any relief coming? with that giant system locked in place, now turning deadly. will we surpass the all-time record set a century ago? abc meteorologist ginger zee standing by in the southwest tonight, on the brutal heat from washington state all the way south to texas. road rage. tonight, the new case in the manhunt under way after a frantic 911 call to police. a driver concerned about the man driving next to him. that caller later found dead in his car. overseas tonight, and the visit to robben island. president obama, in the room where nelson mandela spent so many of those 27 years in prison. and the shockwave. who could forget about that giant russian meteorite?
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tonight here, what we never knew, the moment we heard this. good evening and it's great to have you with us here on a sunday night and for a good many of you, we hope you are indoors next to a fan or an air conditioner with that massive heat wave across nearly a dozen states, now turning deadly. as far north as washington state, this umpire at a home plate, putting on a hat full of water just to cool off. this worker in arizona, out at daybreak, trying to get some work done before the worst of the heat could hit. this man, checking on air conditioners, takes a break at the truck, splashing water onto his face. and just look at the scope of the system tonight. record-setting temperatures this weekend from boise, idaho, reaching 101. sacramento breaking a record at 107. needles, california, 123. phoenix, 119. all the way south to houston, texas, where it reached 107. tonight, the new warnings with this record heat wave and will there be any relief by the fourth of july? abc meteorologist ginger zee, leading us off tonight.
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>> reporter: the dangerous heat has the west in a vice-like grip. records brokes from pocatello, idaho, to houston, texas. that's about 1,500 miles under that broiling bubble we call a heat dome. at least one person is dead. an elderly man in las vegas who was found in a home without air conditioning. and nearly 140 people hospitalized, including an older man in las vegas who called 911 after driving for hours. his air conditioning, broken. on day three of this unbearable heat, at least a dozen runners passed out during a half marathon in pasadena, where the temperature soared to 90 during the race. and in death valley, as they creep toward 130 degrees, it's just short of the hottest record ever, 134. the heat, enough to cancel 18 us airways flights and put los angeles power crews on alert, monitoring the stress on the grid. at lake mead, park rangers stood
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at the trail's start to urge hikers not to hike at all. while most are going to do whatever it takes to avoid that fiery air, some of us have to go out in it. hi! that's rigby and austin. panting their way through an abbreviated walk with their walker, pam. >> we can handle it for a little bit. they have fur coats on. they definitely can burn their pads. >> we cannot forget the pets in this heat. their paws on the hot pavement. ginger joining us tonight from the nevada desert. don't be fooled by the beauty behind ginger there. it is still unbearably hot, isn't it? >> reporter: it definitely is. and i've got to tell you, you have that cliche of people that put out the egg outside when it gets this hot? well, guess what? a desert fried egg worked. and it happened in death valley. look at this video. you can see, a national park employee actually put out that skillet and then covered it. that's the trick, she says, so that the evaporation doesn't get out. temperatures well into the triple digits, and it worked. it fried. but they say, if you are going to do that, you have to do it in
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a skillet, not outside on a rock, because it's bad for the animals. >> got it. we'll stick to the stove in the kitchen. in the meantime, what are we facing as we start another week? monday, there's not much relief, is there? >> reporter: oh, you know, we've got another two to three days for most people of this extreme heat. look at some of the numbers here. 116 for las vegas on monday. 129, death valley. seattle even close to 90. and phoenix will get to 114. all of that red, excessive heat warnings and advisories. >> and so many people working just a couple of days this week, and then the fourth of july gets here. a little bit of a break. will there be a break in the temperature department? >> reporter: you know, slightly. the low 100s, if you can call that much of a break. look at west. you can see the numbers there. a broad overview. but in the east, the complete opposite. cooler and we've got scattered showers and storms for all of those festivities, david. >> all right, meteorologist ginger zee, our thanks to you and the team out there in this heat. we're going to turn to the other headline also from nevada tonight. the horrific accident in las vegas. the high wire act gone terribly wrong as hundreds of spectators watched.
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a member of the celebrated cirque du soleil troupe has lost her life after a fall. here's abc's gio benitez. >> reporter: the 31-year-old cirque du soleil form performer fell 50 feet during saturday night's performance of "ka" at the mgm grand in las vegas. she has nearly a decade of experience and she's reportedly the mother of two young children. cirque, one of the most revered acrobatic companies in the world, has never had a performer die in its 30-year history. an audience member tweeted that a wire snapped during the final scene of the show. performers were at the highest point on the vertical wall. the tweeter added, other actors were visibly upset and horrified. crew members were calm and one by one, got the other performers off the stage. perhaps the toughest detail? the performer's screams and groans could be heard from below the stage. and the show was canceled after this accident. and tonight, we've learned it all happened just as cirque was celebrating the opening of a new vegas show.
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david, tonight, so many thinking about that experienced performer. >> and they've had such a good record for so many years. gio, thank you. here in new york tonight, meanwhile, a family of tourists from sweden is safe after surviving an emergency landing right in the hudson river. after ward, the chopper floating on the water there. thanks to the skill of the pilot, who averted a disaster. tourists were taking in the manhattan skyline when the helicopter reportedly lost power. the passengers left unhurt. in florida this evening, police have launched a massive search for a gunman who shot and killed a driver. that driver had just called 911 moments earlier, telling dispatchers, he was worried about another driver behind him who had pulled up beside him. tonight, investigators asking, is this yet another case of road rage taken to deadly extremes? here's abc's linzie janis. >> reporter: florida police say they are searching for a man who shot and killed another driver in an apparent case of road rage. moments after it happened, officers seen here carefully approach the victim's car, worried the shooter is still at the scene.
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what they found was an unarmed man, shot to death in his car. dispatchers heard it all unfold, when the victim, 47-year-old fred williams turner jr., seen here in his wedding photo, made a frantic 911 call, saying he was being followed after leaving a nearby store. >> they actually heard the shooting, there were a series of shots. >> reporter: it's a growing threat. according to the latest u.s. department of transportation data, there have been more than 1,000 deaths related to road rage since 2007. >> you don't know whether or not they have weapons in their cars, you don't know what people might be going through in their personal lives. >> reporter: on this north carolina road, a driver is confronting a group of young people who just cut him off. he even fires off a warning shot. and in california, this marine lost it after a 19-year-old driver got too close to his car. tonight, florida police are trying to find out what made this latest case of alleged road rage turn deadly. psychologists we spoke to say if you ever find yourself the
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target of road rage, do not engage. david, they say, lock your doors and definitely don't drive home because you don't want this person knowing where you live. >> that's a horrible case we're now covering. linzie, thank you. we're going to turn overseas now this evening, and to south africa, where president obama today an emotional visit to robben island. that's the prison where nelson mandela spent most of his 27 years behind bars. president obama spending a few moments alone in that tiny prison cell. visiting that site, the president said, humbled him. the people who faced down injustice and refused to yield. abc's chief white house correspondent jonathan karl, traveling with the president. >> reporter: a desolate speck of land five miles off the coast of south africa, robben island is a police with a grim, cruel history. with a former inmate as their guide, the obama family toured the old prison that confined nelson mandela and others that dared to fight against apartheid.
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they viewed the quarry, where the prisoners were forced to labor, endlessly breaking big stones into small ones. silently, the president stepped inside the cell, about the size of a broom closet, where mandela spent 18 years of his life. during those years, a young white guard was assigned to mandela, and the two would become unlikely friends. years later, that former guard talked to abc's david muir, remembering the time mandela's wife, winnie, visited with their new grandbaby. >> she said, please, can i just show mandela from a distance? i said, no, no, just leave the child. >> reporter: no children allowed, not even mandela's precious new grandbaby. what winnie mandela didn't know was that while she waited in a holding area, the jailer had secretly brought the baby to see mandela. >> i saw tears coming out of his eyes. >> and no one ever knew? >> nobody knew. >> reporter: now, with an ongoing vigil outside his hospital, mandela clings to life. obama has spoken of him at every stop. >> nelson mandela showed us that one man's courage can move the
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world. and he calls on us to make choices that reflect not our fears, but our hopes. >> reporter: although president obama did not get to see mandela, he did receive a warm welcome from another aging hero of the anti-apartheid movement -- bishop desmond tutu. >> your success is our success. your failure, whether you like it or not, is our failure. we pray for you to be great success. >> reporter: at the end of his tour of robben island today, the president wrote an inscription in the guest book saying, quote, the world is grateful for the heroes of robben island. who remind us that no shackles or cells can match the strength of the human spirit. david? >> all right, abc's chief white house correspondent jonathan karl there in south africa tonight. jon, thank you. and in egypt this evening, perhaps the most arresting
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images since the arab spring there. giant protests unfolding with several million people on the streets of cairo now, marking the one-year anniversary of their president's inauguration. but now, they're demanding he resign. the resistance building and turning violent. and as we reported last night here, an american college student among those killed. he was a bystander and he was there in egypt to teach english to children. abc's alex marquardt is in tahrir square. >> reporter: wave after wave they came, marching straight towards the palace of mohamed morsi. the size of this march is absolutely staggering. it stretches back as far as the eye can see. these are scenes reminiscent of the revolution 2 1/2 years ago. and now these very same protesters are trying to spark a second revolution. >> he's not even trying. he is doing everything for his muslim brotherhood group. >> reporter: nearby, the muslim brotherhood held a far smaller rally for morsi. supporters arguing he hasn't had enough time to succeed. these supporters of president morsi say they want to keep it peaceful, but it is clear they
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were ready to fight for their president. now the country is afraid that it could fall into civil war. violence in the past three days has already claimed seven victims, including american student andrew pochter. on friday, the 21-year-old was a bystander at a protest when he was stabbed. his family said he loved the middle east and wanted to move here in pursuit of peace. tonight, that peace is illusive and egypt is more divided than ever. alex marquardt, abc news, cairo. >> thank you, alex. meantime, there is outrage elsewhere this evening. european leaders expressing anger after learning the u.s. was bugging some of their offices. part of that sweeping surveillance program revealed. and the man who revealed those secrets, edward snowden, still in a moscow airport tonight. will he escape after all? abc's nick schifrin, reporting in from london. >> reporter: deep inside moscow's airport, the world's most wanted man is still hiding and apparently still spilling secrets. today, edward snowden leaked a document, that according to a german magazine, claims the u.s.
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bugged its european allies offices in washington, d.c. and infiltrated their computer networks. the u.s. is frustrated that snowden's data time bomb is still ticking and they can't get snowden extradited. >> i continue to be concerned about the other documents he may have. that's part of the reason why we'd like to have mr. snowden in custody. >> reporter: snowden has no passport, but he's trying to fly to cuba and then get political asylum in ecuador. here in london, ecuador already provides another famous whistleblower safe haven. wikileaks founder julian assange has been holed up here in the embassy for 377 days. but from here, he's been helping snowden evade u.s. justice. today, assange told george stephanopoulos on "this week" that no matter what, snowden's secrets would get out. >> there is no stopping the publishing process at this stage. great care has been taken to make sure that mr. snowden can't be pressured by any state to
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stop the publication process. >> reporter: ecuador says it can't consider granting snowden asylum unless he gets to ecuador or one of its embassies. but russia won't let him leave the airport. so, snowden may be stuck, but he's free to keep revealing u.s. secrets. nick schifrin, abc news, london. >> our thanks to nick tonight. and there is still much more ahead here on "world news" this sunday night. we reported last night here on the children hit by lightning. this evening, what we've learned. there was no storm close to them, no warning. so, how to deep your family safe, some important lessons on lightning, coming up. and we all remember this -- that meteorite crashing into russia. what we never knew about the moment it hit. what scientists have just discovered, coming up here. every day we're working to be an even better company - and to keep our commitments. and we've made a big commitment to america. bp supports nearly 250,000 jobs here.
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even get dark. >> reporter: three children were hurt and sent to the hospital, where one remains critical tonight. but with no storm to warn them, what happened? >> the sky was blue, but then we had the thunderstorm that the lightning came from, probably about three to five miles away from that storm and that's not entirely unusual. >> reporter: it comes less than a week after nearly two dozen boy scouts were injured by a lightning strike in new hampshire. >> i blacked out for maybe five seconds and when i come to, i'm just, like, shuddering, i'm numb and i can't feel much. >> reporter: thunderstorms can generate lightning that can hit up to 25 miles away. feeling safe just because it's not raining out is a myth. and while the vast majority of strikes happen in open fields like this week's accident, staying low to the ground to stay safe is also a myth. >> certainly, don't want to be outside. don't want to lay flat. that's actually not the greatest option.
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and finally tonight here, throwing a 60th birthday party for an american giant. and if you can't make it, don't worry. we'll take you along for the ride. >> they call her corvette. and she belongs to the highway. >> reporter: it was 60 years ago today, the first corvette rolled off the assembly line in america. >> the men who designed this had fun.
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>> reporter: just listen to one of the first ads for the corvette. >> never going to take the place of the family car. i, for one, am going to have a lot of fun owning it. >> reporter: the first models built in michigan. 300 produced that first year. so few being built, they were assembled by hand. named after a type of small fast-moving navy warship, the idea of the corvette actually dates back to the end of world war ii, when returning gis sang the praises of those little sports cars they'd seen overseas. every car looking the same in the beginning, and here it is. what was called a polar white exterior, those red seats. the dashboard red and white, too. and listen to this, the base price? just under $3,500. and the available options? a heater and an a.m. radio. by the way, gas back then, 21 cents a gallon. >> the open road and the country by-way. >> reporter: there were new designs along the way. >> the corvette stingray. america's only true sports car. >> reporter: and there were
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shows in which the corvette played one of the starring roles. ♪ over the decades, the love affair with the corvette often rekindled. >> four decades ago, a dream car captured america's heart and wouldn't let go. >> reporter: and this weekend, as corvette lovers across the country mark 60 years, the 2014 corvette, newly introduced. since 1953, 1.5 million corvettes coming off the assembly line, hoping to find the perfect buyer. >> for mr. and mrs. america, in a carefree mood. boy, what a car. >> here's to another 60. thanks for taking the ride with us tonight. "good morning america," first thing in the morning. diane right back here tomorrow night. have a good evening. good night.
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>> next at 6:00. we have team coverage on the threat of a bart strike. how close we for a deal and how to get across the bay tomorrow if there's no bart service. why there were some first-time visitors at the pride parade looking for military recruits. another hat day -- hot day in the bay area. abc7 at 6:00 starts now. >> a bart strike is closer to reality tonight. no deal is in place, though there is a push to get a deal done. good evening, i'm in for ama daetz. we have team coverage of the strike. lillian kim is live with a look at how commuters would be affected. first, to the mass row map is -- roman is live from oakland with an update on negotiations.
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reporter: state negotiators wanted to find a neutral spot and both sides are meeting across the street at caltrans headquarters. both bart and the unions want to avoid a strike that could start early tomorrow morning. >> negotiations between bart and its unions began at 3:30 p.m. there are just hours before a potential strike could strand some 400,000 bart passengers. a bart points says bart is prepared to bargain in good faith. >> we are prepared to be here all night. that's what the public expects. we want this to go down to the wire if it has to. we're hoping these conversations can continue through the evening. we don't want to drag the passengers into this. reporter: union negotiator isn't very confident the deal can be reached before the midnight deadline. >> we're very far apart. we're coming to meet because we've never given up. the district gave up on us. we were at

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