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this is world news tonight, america warships at the ready. will there be action at the new troubling images from syria tonight. the president huddling with national security team, doctors on the ground treating thousands of patients, revealing the symptoms tonight. abc's martha raddatz standing by in the region.
yosemite on fire. our team inside the park tonight. how close are the flames to sites. a major city, that fire threatening power and water. remember the dream. tonight the march to washington 50 years after the reverend martin luther king made that dream first. how his "i have a dream" speech is being kept alive. and an american voice silenced. ♪ you're no good, baby you're no good ♪ >> singer linda rostadt revealed, the condition that has stolen her voice. good evening, great to have you with us on a saturday night. we begin with that growing urgency over syria. american warships being repositioned, what is coming next? president obama in a rare white house meeting with his national security advisors today. this prompted the meeting. growing proof that chemical weapons might have been used to kill more than 1,000 in syria,
among them so many children. tonight volunteers, doctors without borders, inside syria, treating patients. now revealing the symptoms they are treating. saying more than 3,000 patients were rushed in with what they call neurotoxin symptoms, similar to what you'd see in a chemical attack. more than 300 people they say died. tonight here three urgent questions, is america about to get involved? what are the options? and if so, how soon? abc's cleave global affairs correspondent martha raddatz reports from the region on the cris this syria. marth ra. >> reporter: good evening, david. as we stand here tonight, u.s. warships are being repositioned very nearby in case of a military air strike on syria. tonight, evidence of a chemical attack in syria is mounting. new images showing the horror. the president spent the day huddled behind closed doors with his national security team, weighing the evidence and his
military options. >> we're gathering information about this event. but it's very troublesome. >> reporter: among the options on the table, targeting syrian military or government buildings with missiles, four navy warships are already in the mediterranean loaded with tomahawk missiles. u.s. fighter jets could also attack firing from outside syrian air space, soapy lots would be out of harm's way. >> the administration has been forthcoming in saying that risk must be low. we cannot risk getting servicemen and women hurt. and we don't want to get pulled into another quagmire in the middle east. >> reporter: nothing will happen until the u.s. confirms the chemical attack. today syrian state tv claims the rebels were behind the attack. abandoning the position that no chemical attack occurred. un officials in syria are pushing for access to the site for inspection. the group doctors without
borders said today, that 3600 patients with neurotoxic symptoms were treated the day of the suspected attack. they say 355 of those patients died. david, the president has been very reluctant to intervene in syria. but with these urgent meetings, and his strong language, it suggests he may be changing his mind. david. >> martha raddatz leading off. thank you. one more note on this tonight. the white house revealing the president did speak with british prime minister david cameron today. the subject was syria and possible responses by the international community to the use of chemical weapons. and we should point out tonight martha will anchor ab's chris week from the region first thing tomorrow morning. we move on tonight to the other urgent headline here, the wild fire now spreading in yosemite national park. a state of emergency now for san francisco, their water comes from yosemite. tonight our team inside the park, the fire almost completely out of control.
thousands of families alert, their homes threatened, stunned by the speed of the fire. and look at this tonight. the view from space. the wild fires so big, the smoke clearly visible there. tonight we ask abc's neil karlinsky how close the fire is to some of the most famous sites inside yosemite. >> reporter: good evening. from the edge of this angry fire, here's a flare up from the last ten minutes or so. we're just back from down the road here inside yosemite, where we got an up close look at efforts to protect the park. yosemite is burning, these are the first pictures inside the park of firefighters massing to keep the damage to a minimum at one of america's most pristine treasures. we're in yosemite. this is everyone's worst fears. a fire in yosemite. >> i've been here four days, it's just been going and going and going. it's just nonstop. >> reporter: yosemite with its
waterfalls and peeks is still open. and the concern is real. >> we are here to stop the fire from getting worse than it is right now. if it picks up intensity, we'll knock it down to keep it from moving. >> reporter: california's governor declared a state of emergency for the city of san fran, 150 miles away, because the power lines that feed the city could be cut off by the fire. water is an issue as well. we traveled to the massive reservoir inside yosemite, which provides 85% of san francisco's water. the concern evidence in these pictures, that ash and debris will poleute the water. officials say the size of the fire hasn't actually changed that much. it's the intensity. still there are evacuations underway and one small piece of good news. the fire is now about 5% contained. that's not much. but it's a lot more than the 1% they had just a day ago. david. >> 5%, neil, a long way to go.
ginger zee is with us here at the desk. you've been following this as well. the fire forecast tonight. >> the humidity is low in these places, they are not going to get a lot of help, especially by the cold front that is flipping down from the northwest. david, you see how it comes in. the lightning comes with it. you get thunderstorms. the winds hit the ground. they gust and make the fires even more erratic than they already are. >> what about the moisture to the south of there, there was some thought maybe it would help. >> yeah. it's not going to. this is what it looks like now. evo no threat to land and weakening. this is the path. stays offshore. we're still going to see pieces of moisture, that tropical air really rising into a saturated southwest. and what happens after that, you get isolated thunderstorms, that could drop really heavy rains. we're talking one to two inches per hour. and in places like this, they do not do well. from las vegas, san diego, phoenix, not as well at all with that type of heavy rain. you see where yosemite's fire is, not in the rain zone. >> all the way around it. but not where it's needed.
thank you. to washington tonight, tens of thousands of americans marched on the national mall to the lincoln memorial to remember a dream. it was inspired by this historic march back in 1963. that landmark event in the civil rights movement, some 50 years ago. that led to so many changes. and today, all of these years later, so many still determined to finish that work. today they marched again still inspired by those stirring words from dr. martin luther king. >> i have a dream. my four little children, one day live in a nation, where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. i have a dream. >> the i have a dream speech. 50 years ago this week. tonight here abc has some of the same face who is have returned to the nation's capitol. >> reporter: 50 years after the march, they came to retrace their steps that changed a
country. the movement was borne out of the black churches with a message heralded by a minister. >> i have a dream. >> reporter: today that dream carried on by his son. >> i know daddy is smiling up above. >> reporter: more than 200,000 people gathered on that august day. kathleen johnson was one of them. this photo capturing the moment after she tumbled into the reflecting pool, trying to snap a picture. >> i just wanted to get help to get out. >> reporter: the camera lost, but this image winding up on newspapers the next morning. edith lee payne turned 12 on that day. only five years ago her cousin discovering this photo of her in the back of a calendar. >> i was in disbelief, that my picture would be on a comed with martin luther king. >> reporter: 50 years latary company need by her grandchildren carrying the same banner, and her memories. that little girl's face now recreated on the wall at ben's chili bowl restaurant in
washington d.c. the words on the signs are different today. but the dream lives on. president obama said he's a testament to the enormous strides made since the 1963 march. he would deliver a speech right here at the lincoln memorial on wednesday. david. >> great to see kathleen and edith and so many returning. thank you. from south africa, new word on another human rights champion, nelson mandela, the government saying the former president remaining in critical but stable condition in the hospital, though quote, medical interventions are required from time to time, they say. adding that doctors are still working hard for a turn around. the 95-year-old mandela has been hospitalized since early june. back here at home tonight from california now, a funeral for the mother and brother of hannah anderson, the 16-year-old girl abducted and then rescued from the woods. hannah was among the mourners today, three weeks ago today in fact that christina and ethan anderson died. allegedly killed by james dimaggio who abducted hannah. he was killed as he exchanged
gun fire with rescuers. to a deepening mystery in the southwest of oregon. a missing college student there, 18-year-old jonathan kroom visiting a friend in seattle was expected home in seattle last weekend. police found his suv abandoned in the small town in oregon. unlocked. gas in the tank. money inside. police tonight still searching news about a beloved american singer and her health. linda rostadt saying she has parkins parkinson's and can no longer sing. singer linda rostadt and desperado known for that voice, her extraordinary range. now saying she was diagnosed with parkinson's disease, a neurological disorder eight months ago, revealing her ability to sing has been stolen. at 67 years old, saying i can't sing a note, telling aarp magazine, nobody can sing with parkinson's disease, no matter how hard you try. i couldn't sing. i couldn't figure out why she told the magazine. i knew it was mechanical. i knew it had to do with the
mulc. parkinson's affects the nervous system. thousands go undetectd every year. there are treatments but none reverse the effects. among s among the symptoms are tremors. she uses poles to walk sometimes relying on a wheelchair. she won 11 grammys over the years, famous for so many songs. number one hit early on, hurt so bad. so many more songs skyrocketing on the billboard charts in the years that followed. you're no good. ♪ you're no good >> she started perform agg at 14. later in her career winning a grammy for that duo with aaron neville, don't know much ♪ don't know much, but i know i love you ♪ >> what a gorgeous voice, rostadt has a memoir coming out
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look inside the atlanta nursery where they are keeping watch and even matt himself forced to be extra careful around those precious twins. >> reporter: could it possibly be? panda baby boom. watch as panda gives birth to a tiny cub about the size of a stick of butter friday at the smithsonian national zoo in washington d.c. in six weeks or so, that cub will be squirming and squawking, like these twin fuzz balls. panda cubs are impossibly cute. >> brotherly love. look at that. >> reporter: also dangerously fragile. >> these are the only panda twins to ever survive in the united states. >> ever. >> ever. >> reporter: for the vets here at zoo atlanta, keeping them alive is a full time mission. >> they gained 36.5 grams. about an ounce. >> reporter: requiring staff in a bio secured environment. which requires lots of washing.
>> we'll have you wear scrubs, shower in to wash off germs. >> reporter: i did as i was told. scrubs and hand sanitizer are must. whoo! in the wild, panda twins rarely survive past infancy. so the vets here carefully choreograph cub swaps, so each one gets to feed with mother. >> we are very cautious. we still worry a lot. >> reporter: every day, there's a little more hope and a lot more cuteness. matt guttman, abc news, atlanta. >> that's the cleanest we've seen matt. good morning america coming your way in the morning. great to see the pandas. a reminder, special edition of abc's this week, martha raddatz on the crisis in syria. i hope to see you back here tomorrow night. from all of us, good night.
simply put, when they built bristol they broke the mold. welcome to bristol motor speedway. this place lives up to the hype and every bit of it. it is a saturday night, eastern tennessee. this is nascar's sprint cup series countdown. normal day, bristol only boasts a population of 230,000. this tonight, though, is the third most populated city in the state. normally this is where we welcome you to the