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we appreciate your time. we'll see you again at 6:00. this is "world news." tonight hard sell, a fiery debate about military action against syria. the white house pushes congress to act. >> this debate is about the world's red lines. and tonight americans tell washington what you think should happen next. victory lap, diana nyad tells us about that epic, exhausting, amazing swim from cuba. what's the song that got her through the night? really answers on the fastest growing consumer complaint in this country. traps set by tow truck drivers to get your car and your money. >> excuse me! you have my car! good evening and welcome
back after the holiday weekend. as our september begins with a moment of truth about u.s. military action in syria. all day the president tried to rally support for a u.s. strike, but at the same time a majority of war-weary americans sent word they're cautious. in our new poll, nearly 60 percent oppose a military strike if the u.s. is going it alone. we have the big story tonight of american leadership at a crossroads. abc's chief global affairs correspondent martha raddatz starts us off right now. >> reporter: the president is well aware of how the country feels about involvement in syria, but he is determined to carry out a military strike, and today the hard sell began. >> reporter: the president came roaring out of the gate today. just after 9:00 this morning, the leaders of congress summoned to the white house. at 9:45, even before the meeting starts, the pitch for a strike begins, hitting one of the top
concerns head on. >> it is limited. it does not involve boots on the ground. this is not iraq and this is not afghanistan. >> reporter: it's just 90 minutes later. after hearing from the president about evidence the assad regime used chemical weapons against its own people, leaders in both parties say they are on board, that it is time for america to act. >> i believe my colleagues should support this call for action. >> hundreds of children were killed, and we must respond. >> reporter: 2:30 p.m., the president's national security team moves to capitol hill to make the strongest pitch yet. >> some have tried to suggest that the debate we're having today is about president obama's red line. this debate is about the world's red line. it's about humanity's red line. and it's a red line that anyone with a conscience ought to draw. >> reporter: but not everyone was convinced judging from this
testy exchange with senator rand paul. >> if the united states of america doesn't do this, senator, is it more or less likely that assad does it again? you want to answer that question? >> i don't think it's known. >> more or less likely that he does it again? >> it's unknown whether you have the attack. >> senator, it's not unknown. >> reporter: away from the capitol, as our poll shows, most of the every day americans speaking to our tell washington cameras were skeptical. >> i want to tell washington that we should not go to war with syria, we should mind our own business. >> obama going in alone would not be the best course of action. >> for me i think our troops have been through enough. i think that enough is enough. >> reporter: diane, at the end of the day, the president did make some progress with leadership on the hill, but many members remain skeptical about this action, as does the public.
this is not going to be easy. >> we had another milestone today about the syrian people themselves, a number of them feeing from their homes, from their lives. >> it's true, diane. listen to these numbers. there are 2 million syrian refugees. 1.8 million of them became refugees in the last 12 months alone. every day another 5,000 syrian refugees stream over the boarder into turkey, iraq, jordan, egypt, lebanon. most of them are women and children. i was recently in the massive camp in jordan and if those camps continue to grow and grow, it is simply unsustainable. these countries like jordan cannot absorb these numbers. >> martha raddatz, as we said, on the big story on syria tonight. thank you. we have one more note, president obama is flying off to sweden tonight ahead of the summit in russia this week which means the president will meet with world leaders face to face about this issue, including the chief opponent of u.s. action,
among them, vladimir putin of russia. back here at home our labor day weekend brought some dangerous flooding. abc's linsey davis now on the sheer speed at which people found themselves in trouble. >> reporter: from coast to coast americans have had it up to here or even here with drenching rain and flash flooding. >> it came up so fast like you just had to react and do what you had to do. scary. >> reporter: waist high water in cranston, rhode island forced about 60 people to be rescued from their apartment by boat on labor day. >> everything was just floating. >> reporter: that wasn't the only dramatic water rescue of this weekend washout. the roads particularly treacherous. in nevada raging flood waters trapped this woman in her car. >> all of a sudden this stuff came down really quick. i was like whoa, whoa, whoa! >> reporter: this family was saved as water surged around their car in north carolina. in philadelphia it will go down as the wettest on record. asheville, north carolina is on
track to have more rainfall this year than ever before. atlanta has gotten double the rain of a typical summer. all in all a soggy end to a rainy summer. linsey davis, abc news, new york. everywhere we went today americans are talking about 64-year-old diana nyad, the legendary swimmer and her triumph for the ages. she swam from cuba to key west, the first person to do it with no cage to protect her from sharks. it's the fifth try for a woman who says why not live life big. >> reporter: for 35 years we've watched her dreams and her drive as she tried something new, as she broke records, and as tonight she's a little banged up by the water but who wouldn't be? mid-morning on saturday she started swimming, 24 hours straight, 25 miles. then another 24 hours, more than 80 miles.
every 30 minutes her team would give her some protein gel or peanut butter and honey. she had to take off that special mask to protect against jelly fish. the mask was cutting her face. as she swam and swam, she counted in spanish and german. she sang a neil young song ♪ i love you baby and i want some more ♪ ♪ >> reporter: and at night she would follow the light. so depleted by exhaustion she imagined she was seeing the taj mahal. by her side 35 people including divers who blocked the sharks with electronic devices. finally 110 miles later, the shores of key west and the shores of endless possibility. diana nyad joins me now. let me say for baby boomers everywhere you rocked it. let me say back to all my fellow baby boomers, you can all rock it. >> i saw you getting out of the water in key west.
tell us how tired is that? >> i suffered more than i ever imagined i would coming across and i started to take in a lot of salt water. once that starts happening, you're losing all your strength because you're burning a lot of calories and sweating and then in the salt water you get tremendously dehydrated. we've always talked about the jelly fish and the sharks and the tide but the salt water immersion is a huge issue in these kinds of swims. that was the longest swim i ever did. on sunday night bonnie stoll, my head handler, said, "look over there." i thought it was the sunrise and i said, "oh, the sun is coming up. at least i can take the jelly fish mask off." she said, "that's not the sun rise. that's key west." >> you've always said to me the clock is ticking fast, burn the candle large. >> the clock is ticking fast. 60s is not too late to grasp
onto and even cherish dreams, dig down into that potential. i can't tell you how alive it makes you feel. >> way to go. off to the parade for you. >> that's right. i got to get to the parade. >> thank you. great to talk to you. what a night. >> take care. >> a celebration. and another american icon is back in business tonight, the san francisco-oakland bay bridge after a $6.4 billion makeover. the section took 11 years to complete. the bridge was damaged in an earthquake 24 years ago and this new bridge has state-of-the-art technology to withstand a serious quake. tonight the japanese are still battling the effects of that quake two and a half years ago. they're going to try something never done before on this scale because radiation is leaking into the pacific ocean. abc's cecilia vega on the race against time. >> reporter: it sounds like science fiction, a massive
underground wall of ice so cold and so strong, it stops hundreds of tons of radioactive water seeping out of fukushima power plant tanks and into the pacific. this is no movie. it's a $320 million emergency plan announced today by the japanese government. here's how it would work. an above ground refrigerator chills a coolant to minus 40 degrees fahrenheit. that icy liquid gets pumped into steel pipes dug below the crippled plant. just like a kitchen freezer, everything around those pipes also freezes. a giant wall of ice forms, stretching nearly a mile long and nearly 10 stories below ground, about the height of the lincoln memorial. some scientists say this may just be a short-term fix, but something has to be done soon before there is even greater damage to the environment and japan's economy. >> it might not be as much radioactive activity as chernobyl but for the ocean it's unprecedented as an accidental source. we've never seen that much
radiation coming out of a reactor site directly into the ocean. >> reporter: there has been nothing like the size of scope of the wall to come for fukushima, where radiation levels are a staggering 18 times higher than previously thought, enough to kill a person after just four hours of exposure. so what does this mean for the fish that makes its way to u.s. waters from japan? so far scientists say they have not found any unsafe levels of radiation. but with these continued leaks scientists say will come an increasingly sharper look at the fish we eat and the waters they swim in. cecilia vega, abc news, los angeles. and now to north korea where tonight an unlikely and unofficial ambassador is on the ground again. dennis rodman, a return visit to the secretive nation amid questions about whether he is trying to save a fellow american, a missionary. abc's bob woodruff who has traveled to north korea five times for abc news has the very latest.
>> reporter: the flamboyant basketball star is in north korea, he says, just to visit his friend, the repressive dictator kim jong-un who he calls the marshal. >> i'm here to visit him and see how he's doing and see how the family is doing and just revisit the country. >> reporter: as we saw in february, the hoop star has a special connection with north korea's leader, an avid sports fan. many wonder if rodman is now on a secret mission to win the freedom of kenneth bae, a 45-year-old missionary held prisoner in north korea for more than ten months. in may, rodman took to twitter and asked his new friend kim to "do me a solid and cut kenneth bae loose." north korea is notoriously secretive and tightly controlled. something i've seen firsthand. >> what did i tell you? don't go here and there. >> reporter: but rodman seemed
to have bonded with kim jong-un. >> to show people around the world that we as americans can actually get along with north korea. >> reporter: diplomacy by superstar? in the past americans trapped in north korea have been freed by the likes of bill clinton and jimmy carter. now rodman? he says no. >> my main plan is not to be a diplomat but to be a friend of the marshal and of the country of north korea. >> reporter: still bae's son jonathan tells abc news he still has hope. north korea is a crazy place and anything is possible, he says, even dennis rodman rescuing my father. bob woodruff, abc news, new york. and next right here on "world news," we tackle the fastest growing consumer complaint in america. >> excuse me, you have my car! >> the traps they set to get your money. we have real answers tonight. and the treasure of a lifetime, the family that stumbled onto a huge amount of gold in 15 feet of water.
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first tip, look for hard to see no parking signs. the smaller they are, the bigger the potential trap. >> without the proper signage, it's a trap. >> reporter: tip number two, look at the other cars in the lot. >> those cars that have parking stickers in the window, could be private property. >> reporter: he says private property lots can be risky. look at this welcoming sign in miami. look again, right behind it another sign. if you are unauthorized and park here illegally, your car will be towed at your own expense. the owner has since added more signs to clarify. tip number three, keep an eye out for unmarked tow trucks. >> truck pulls up, it's got no letters on it, no name, no company name, no lights. >> reporter: then he says, be extra careful not to fall into a tow truck trap. gio benitez, abc news, bayonne, new jersey. next right here, why did a bride leave her wedding and end up on stage with some rock legends?
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finally tonight that family in florida that unearthed a lifetime pot of gold. with the story, abc's matt gutman. >> reporter: they are modern day swashbucklers. the schmitts, dad rick, mom -- >> i'm lisa and i am captain rick's pirate wench. >> reporter: -- and their kids, eric and hillary. for years rick owned a pest control business but then he retired and launched a family treasure hunting business called booty salvage. their boat? you guessed it, "arrrr booty." for a decade they've combed the florida coast line. this weekend diving in a spot they had traveled many times before but armed with special maps and metal detectors,
tremendous struck gold, 300,000 bucks of it, in the wreck of a 300-year-old spanish galleon just 1,000 feet off the beach. >> to be able to find that and have a pocketful of 1715 spanish treasure that hasn't been in the hands of a person in almost 300 years, it's a feeling of excitement, joy. >> reporter: hilary's brother hauled the loot back to the boat. >> his pocket was hanging about down to the ground and when he pulled it out it was a handful of gold. he just kept saying there's gold, there's gold everywhere. >> reporter: their message, treasure is out there. forget finding rings or coins. beach combing, the real treasure is right out there. experts estimate up to $60 billion worth of treasure. tonight the schmitt's already back at sea searching. matt gutman, abc news, miami beach. >> and we thank you so much for watching. as september begins, i want to say we love those back to school pictures you've been sending us all day.
sayings of racial profiling what officers are now being instructed to do. >> evening commute is underway on the new bay bridge if you can see from the live picture what people are saying about the drive on day one. >> and look at the new span like you've never seen it before. on bicycles. the grand opening awill youing bikes and pedestrians on the bridge for the first time. >> what was going through my daughter's mind? >> a mother speaks about a daughter lost in an accident in san francisco it's a case sparking friction between bicycle advocates and san francisco police and now the subject of a lawsuit. the family of that woman has now filed a wrongful death lawsuit against a food distribute skbror truck driver.
>> lawyers are criticizing how police handled the case, especially the chief. >> i team reporter dan noyes is here now with an investigation you'll see on abc 7 news. >> the family attorney told me before any charges are filed to allow hear to gather evidence, documents get lost, memories fade this has been a loss for the family. >> jesse shared her 24-year-old daughter with us today. a picture when she graduated from usc. the last note amelie left for her mom and her birthday picture just three days before she died. her mother found out what happened with a call from san francisco general. >> i answered they said your daughter is in critical condition and surgery. >> jesse rushed to the hospital but her daughter was gone. >> and at this point she was still warm. i