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this is "world news." on this hot night an epic drain on the nation's power grid. will your air conditioning be the one to blow the fuse? firefighters carrying 40 pounds of gear in 100 degrees. we'll show you what it takes to do it. bankrupt, detroit becomes the largest city ever in u.s. history to go down. new tape of the struggling tv star, why rehab for a heroin addict could increase the risk of overdose. good evening to all of you, and get ready for a nerve-racking night on the nation's power grid. this unforgiving heat has already created power outages and already some people have been asked not to flip on that extra switch on the air conditioning.
officials warning that on this hot night we're all in it together. abc's weather editor sam champion takes us around the country tonight. >> reporter: it's day five of this heat wave and the effects of this relentless heat are taking their toll. the mercury hit 100 degrees in the new york city area, a record high for the day, and officials are expecting the heaviest strain on power demand in history. >> i've been concerned all week. it's always not what is happening but what could happen. >> reporter: if it's 100 degrees above ground, the temperature blow ground where the power lines are could be more than 120. to reduce stress on the system during peak times, officials are asking businesses to take steps like raising thermostats and shutting down elevators. >> all the lighting, motors, pumps, elevators, computers with all of that air conditioning rolling at the same time. >> reporter: there have been outages today from washington to boston. amtrak putting speed restrictions on trains, worried
the tracks may expand in this heat. the combination of high daytime temperatures and high nighttime temperatures to blame. in washington d.c. it hasn't dropped below 80 degrees for more than 82 hours. in philadelphia construction slowed, workers had to add special chemicals to stop the concrete from drying so fast in this high heat. the heat is a concern for animals, too. at the chicago zoo, animals got a break with frozen snacks. farmers concerned about heat stress on livestock now have an app for that. it measures the temperature and the humidity of their environment and even counts the animal's breaths per minute. daytime dinner temperatures at 93 degrees, heat index at 97 right here. the big question everyone wants to know is, when does the heat break. we've got the answer for you. take a look at the cooler air dropping in with the jet stream right around the great lakes. from the great lakes to the midwest strong thunderstorms
will kick this heat into friday making it better on saturday. look at the eastern seaboard and mid-atlantic. it takes those storms until saturday to get in, cooling it down sunday to monday, maybe a 20-degree difference from where you're sitting on friday. in the deep south, that heat wave rolls. the cold front doesn't reach you from memphis south. diane? >> sam, i know you've been watching the west coast where firefighters are doing something unimaginable tonight. in this crushing heat fighting fire and carrying 40 pounds of gear. how do they endure it? abc's linzie janis is with them. >> reporter: i'm standing outside of what's left of somebody's home. this right here, the garage door. firefighters are calling this time of day the bewitching hours when the heat and winds kick up and their jobs get even harder. the fire is exploding in size, with triple digit temperatures
and swift winds carrying around the land, covered in bone dry shrubs, rocket fuel for the flames. >> we are the national priority right now. >> reporter: 3,000 firefighters and support crews are struggling to outsmart it. those in the front lines up against the toughest of conditions. >> you're sweaty, you've been hydrating prior but you can't seem to drink enough water. temperatures of 100 plus and you have the heat from the fire which can get up to 130 plus. >> reporter: firefighters on the front line carry food, water and fire fighting tools and emergency shelters. add helmets and boots and the total weight can reach up to 45 pounds. this year's record-breaking heat making the challenge even greater. in california, just a one degree increase from the average summer temperature can mean 35% more land is burned. the job is nowhere near done with only 15% of this blaze contained. firefighters told us they're carrying at least a gallon of
water up the mountain with them. they say they simply can't drink enough of it. diane? >> thanks so much. as always, we're in awe of what those firefighters do. we turn next to a big headline tonight out of america's iconic motor city, detroit, waving the white flag, the city filing for bankruptcy. what does this mean for detroit and the country. abc's senior national correspondent jim avila has the latest. >> reporter: once america's fourth largest city, detroit now a stunning $18 billion in debt. clinging to its reputation as the world's motor city, producing detroit iron sold by homegrown stars like eminem. >> this is the motor city and this is what we do. >> reporter: clint eastwood embodying the don't give up, spirit of detroit with his iconic commercial, reminding americans watching the superbowl of the city's latest come back. >> the world is going to hear the roar of our engines. it's halftime, america, and our
second half is about to begin. ♪ whenever i'm with him >> reporter: and the motown glory years of fast cars and soul music are long gone. now the homicide rate at its highest in 40 years. dubbed murder city with 78,000 abandoned buildings, 63% of its population gone. so empty the city of paris could fit inside the vacant space. today the michigan governor announced the unavoidable. bankruptcy. >> detroit is broke. >> reporter: detroit now hoping to start over. >> it's an opportunity for a fresh start. >> reporter: one of the ideas, downsizing. >> we could become the greenest city in the country because of the land that we have. >> reporter: the bitter pill of being the largest american city to ever fold, stiffing creditors, cutting pensions while hoping to offer its citizens some way out. jim avila, abc news, washington. next tonight we want to take you to the middle east where you go inside a growing crises, the
u.s. secretary of state already there on the scene and take a look at it now. we are talking about the sheer reach of the humanity, an endless stretch of people in a refugee camp in jordan. they're syrians. it has become the second largest refugee camp in the world, three square miles, half of them are children, all of them fleeing the war in syria. abc's martha raddatz was there >> reporter: the refugee camp is bigger than kansas city, 140,000 people on the run from the terror of the assad regime. enter secretary john kerry, to show concern. but what he found after the video cameras were escorted out was rage. what are you waiting for, said one refugee. at least impose a no fly zone. kerry acknowledged the horror. >> this is building into one of the great humanitarian crises on the face of the planet. >> reporter: the u.s. has been
sacrificing, at war for over a decade and that america is helping with humanitarian and military aid. but these people are no longer interested in excuses. by the end of this year, officials estimate that more than half of syria's 10 million people will be displaced. one of them telling kerry, if the world doesn't help take down assad, she would return to syria and fight with knives. martha raddatz, abc news, jordan. and now back here at home police are looking into a mysterious death, a witness in a high profile mob trial found dead, the latest twist in the trial of james "whitey" bulger, one of the nation's most notorious crime suspects. abc's ron claiborne has the story. >> reporter: he was a courthouse regular. coming each day to the whitey bulger trial. waiting for the day when he would testify against the reputed longtime head of the boston mob.
>> bullet piercing eyes. there's no heart. he probably sleeps in an ice chest. >> reporter: that was stephen "slippo" rakes just a few days ago. >> he was very much looking forward to testifying. >> reporter: rakes would never get that chance. on tuesday, he was dropped from the witness list. the next day, he wasn't at court. and today, a dead body found on the side of the road in a wealthy boston suburb was identified at rakes's. the man he was so anxious to testify against, bulger, was in court today. listening as his alleged former partner in crime, stephen, "the rifleman," flemmi, took the stand for the prosecution. he was asked, "what was your relationship to bulger?" he replied, "strictly criminal." in some ways today was like old times. whitey bulger on trial, a witness dead, a mystery unsolved. ron claiborne, abc news, boston. now we have new information tonight in the death of cory monteith, the compelling star of the hit show "glee," singing the
sweet songs but battling heroin addiction. he recently tried rehab. abc's neal karlinsky tells us sometimes after rehab, your body can be at even greater risk. >> reporter: on what would turn out to be the last plane trip of his life, "glee" star cory monteith recorded this video for a fan. >> stay out of trouble, and stay in school. >> reporter: co-star jane lynch, on the "tonight show" overnight, offered her own version of what so many have said -- monteith was a humble guy with a big heart. >> he once flew across the country on his own nickel to meet with a sick kid whose last wish was to meet him. you know, that's the kind of guy he was. he was a real giver. ♪ just a small town girl, living in a lonely world ♪ >> reporter: so what went wrong? how could the 31-year-old, who just put himself into rehab in april, overdose with no warning signs?
>> just because somebody has gone through 30 days in rehab, they're not safe. >> reporter: strange as it sounds, dr. mitch rosenthal says the period immediately following rehab is often the most dangerous. >> they are vulnerable from a physiologic point of view because the drug that they took 30 days ago at that dose level can kill them 30 days later. ♪ why should we worry ♪ no one will care, girl >> reporter: for those trying to get clean, the pull of addiction is always there, even if sometimes it's hidden behind a friendly smile. neal karlinsky, abc news, seattle. and now today anti-apartheid fighter, nelson mandela, celebrated his 95th birthday from the hospital bed where he's been battling a lung infection. inside we're told mandela smiled, nodded and is said to be steadily improving.
outside across south africa and the world, a celebration. in paris, the eiffel tower lit up in the colors of south africa. this sign pretty much says it all, "your life remains our inspiration." still ahead right here on "world news," it is "real money" week. watch this, we can save a family $1,000 in just seconds, a great idea in a heat wave. and later, you're on vacation, checking in at home and you see this, catching a thief by remote control in our "instant index." before copd... i took my son fishing every year. we had a great spot, not easy to find, but worth it. but with copd making it hard to breathe, i thought those days might be over. so my doctor prescribed symbicort. it helps significantly improve my lung function starting within five minutes. symbicort doesn't replace a rescue inhaler for sudden symptoms. with symbicort, today i'm breathing better.
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their energy bill by just a few simple switches. moments like these are rare in the bernard household. when the boys aren't zapping julie and peter's energy, they're getting zapped by the energy bills. >> how energy conscious are the two of you? >> at least once a month i'm really energy conscious. >> when you get the bill? >> exactly. >> reporter: that bill is a scorcher, $3,000 this year alone. energy expert ben bixby says they're getting burned. how do you know if your energy bill is high? go to myenergy.com to compare your energy usage with others in your town. see all those other dots? they represent the bernard's neighbors. >> you can see here that in june they spent $252 on electricity. that's a little bit high relative to some of the other people in the neighborhood. >> julie, you're in the red. >> which is bad? >> we want to be green. >> reporter: ben finds nearly
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finally, what do you get when you combine a woman trained in law enforcement with food and with kids who need a future? tonight a recipe for success. they are america strong and here's abc's cecilia vega. >> reporter: teresa goines is the boss of what has become the nicest restaurant in this rough san francisco neighborhood. kids who worked on these streets, now doing it all at old skool cafe. even the entertainment. ♪ theresa traded in her camouflage and her job as a juvenile probation officer spending nearly every penny of her retirement savings to open old skool. >> i started thinking, okay, what would it take so there is some place for them when they get out that's going to actually see these young men for who they really are which is valuable and precious and not some scary, you
know, criminal. >> reporter: young men like jeremiah. >> wait for joggers and have our guns stashed right here. >> reporter: he's been arrested six times since he was 14. >> i'm going to go to school. i already have an idea of what i want to do, like try to give back and when you give back, the more opportunity is going to show for you. >> reporter: daniel used to call himself a hustler, now, he goes by a different title. >> chef daniel bermudez, awesome, old skool cafe. you're a full fledged chef? >> i love cooking. yeah, that's like really my passion. >> reporter: four years ago did you ever use a word like passion? >> no, not really. >> what are you teaching them? >> teaching them to hope and have a vision for your life and your future. >> reporter: with the skills they learn, many move on to full time jobs at restaurants. >> you seem like you're in a special place here. >> yes, this is sort of like walking around in my heart. this is a dream come true.
>> reporter: teresa's dream now? taking old skool's motto nationwide. "come hungry, leave inspired." >> and our thanks to cecilia vega. and we thank you for watching. we're always there for you at abcnews.com. "nightline" will be here later and i'll see you right back here again tomorrow night. good night. tonight the front door murder of an 8-year-old girl. four shot when answering the doorbell and now, talk of retaliation. >> a historic choice to head the university of california system. why some critics risked going to jail to oppose her.
>> high anxiety tonight. we're there live to show a wildfire with no signs of dying out. >> abc 7 news reports from lake tahoe tonight on a remarkable underwater fault-finding mission. >> it's a shocker to me. hit me at the hospital i'm still in denial that she's gone. >> he lost his step daughter in a senseless crime. gunfire erupts after a knock at the front door. good evening. i'm amadaetz. >> there is no way to describe the callous, thoughtless nature of a crime like this for no reason. a beautiful little girl is dead. the 8-year-old killed during a sleepover÷ú by a bullet fired from the froont door. we're live tonight with the story and the search fr a killer that is right.
she was described as bright, funny, very talkative, a little sunshine. now that, light is gone and police, if they have an inkling why aren't saying. soft stuffed animals are piled up at the door. the 8-year-old ran to open the door at her friend's apartment and greeted with a hail of bullets. her two friends, seven and four years old and their 64-year-old grandmother were hit. >> it's sounded like firecrackers or bombs but they said it's gunshots. >> 22-year-old camille is the injured children's uncle. >> they were scared. i was, too. they were crying. i wasn't crying just scared. >> her stepfather says he has no idea who would do this or why. ze not think it's