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receive their watches and apple plans to receive in-store purchases some time this summer and 17,000 i might wait. breaking news as we come on the air. the baltimore police just coming forward with new video. the suspect with the nearly severed spine, they never put him in a seat belt. in that police van as they raced to another scene. the tornado warning at this hour. the rigs already flipped over. 35 million in the path. the collapse in the news late today. investigators on the high school horror. students performing as the stage gives way. and the volcano. and a state of emergency tonight. bracing for an even bigger eruption. flights turned around. our team, heading toward that volcano. and tonight, right here, bruce jen
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ne rerks. in his own words. >> are you going to be okay? >> the father, the champion. and you'll hear from him. who he's most concerned about. good evening. we begin this friday night with several breaking stories. first from baltimore, the police just moments ago saying for the first time, they did not buckle him in. freddy gray, who was arrested. when it was all over, had a nearly severed spine. he was arrested, put into a police van. they put him in leg irons, and traveled through the city to other police calls. the police commissioner acknowledging not putting a seat belt on him was a violation, and he should have had medical attention much sooner. the mayor of baltimore tonight calling the situation absolutely unacceptable unacceptable. david wright leads us off from baltimore. >> reporter: tonight, baltimore police on the defensive.
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at a loss to explain how freddie gray was in a put wagon walking talking and breathing. and then had serious injuries. he died a week later. what happened is now the focus of a major investigation. tonight police confirming officers did not follow procedures. >> we know he was not buckled in as he should have been. no excuses for that, period. >> reporter: police say the van made several stops. at one point, officers had to pick him up. at no point did he have a seat belt on? >> at no point did he have a seat belt on. >> reporter: tonight police admitted he should have received medical attention sooner. >> this is absolutely unacceptable and i want answers. >> reporter: the incident has touched off a week of protests, including some violent scuffles. protesters claim gray was the
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victim of what's known in baltimore as a "rough ride." police intentionally stopping short and driving erratically with the intention of causing injuries. late today, they have released this image hoping that people can identify. this is the police station that's been the focus of many protests. tonight, cordoned off. on monday, freddy gray will be buried. his community demanding answers. >> david, thank you. also at this hour the tornado watching and warnings in several states. the pictures in the last 24 hours. this new view of an enormous land spout. the storm clouds moving in. all part of the same system, expected to bring damage into the evening. rob marciano is standing by, but first, ryan owens in texas. one of several states bracing tonight. >> reporter: big rigs overturning on a louisiana interstate. in texas, this ominous supercell on the move west of dallas. hail pounding this truck in new
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mexico. there have been already been more than 100 reports of severe weather in just the last three days. >> whoa! >> reporter: this is new video of a land spout that briefly touched down in lorraine, texas, on wednesday. the man whose voice you hear was less than a football field away when he shot it. >> perhaps from ten years in iraq and afghanistan, my danger meter needs to be recalibrated. >> reporter: near san antonio, water rushing past a flood gauge, a guard rail transformed into a waterfall. in denton, north of dallas, enough water to canoe down the street. and look at what's left of this lakeside mansion east of dallas. days of heavy rains have left the soil so soggy around the million-dollar home is collapsing on itself. >> they wanted their dream house or retirement house. now it's literally coming down around their ears. >> reporter: the city of dallas is under a flash flood and tornado watch tonight. but so far, it's mainly cloudy
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and cool. but the threat of severe weather in this area stretches into next week. david? >> rob is tracking it all. >> hi, we already had one tornado touch down. and i expect the storm to expand when it's dark. that's when they become dangerous. several tornado watches up at this hour. including dallas. here's the area, it will push into parts of louisiana, kansas, too. strong winds possibly tornadoes and large hail, and east into atlanta and the carolinas tomorrow. the highest threat from nashville, knoxville. and evanston. and while the spring storms fire, the northeastern third of the country, record lows, and freeze warnings out. hartford and d.c. the home heaters still cranking. >> rob, thanks. and investigators are at an indiana high school after a frightening collapse. during a high school performance. the stage beneath the students suddenly giving way. students sent tumbling. 16 students injured.
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ambulances rushing to the scene. officials saying that only by the grace of god were there so few injuries. abc's alex perez on the scene. >> reporter: within seconds, this high school musical grand finale went from celebration to chaos. the stage collapsing beneath dozens of westfield, indiana, high school students thursday night, sending them plunging into the empty orchestra pit 12 feet below. all, as parents and audience members watched in horror. take a closer look from another angle. all happening so quickly. the lead singer, nicole gruszka, didn't even realize what was happening behind her. telling george on "gma" -- >> and then you just hear a huge crash and you know it's not supposed to happen. and you know something's wrong. >> reporter: first responders quickly arriving on the scene. >> i've got seven ambulances en route right now, approximately 50 to 60 people trapped. underneath the stage. >> reporter: authorities today
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trying to figure out what went wrong. 16 students hospitalized, no life-threatening injuries. most with sprains and bruises. >> i think it's only by the grace of god that there weren't more serious injuries. >> reporter: sophomore desi hoffman says she momentarily blacked out after tumbling into the pit. watching it, it seems frightening. was it? >> it was terrifying. it was a shock to all of us that it fell. >> reporter: and desi was released from the hospital this afternoon. officials say it will be about two weeks before they complete their investigation into what went wrong. david? >> alex, thank you. and we'll turn to the volcano erupting back to live for the first time in more than 40 years. now a state of emergency. as they prepare for an even bigger eruption. a hiker captures this, thousands evacuated. planes being re-routed. dramatic new images tonight.
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and this drone footage. plumes of smoke filling the sky. and look at those homes, simply covered in ash tonight. and just hours ago, our team flying right toward the volcano. abc's matt gutman with the picture. >> reporter: tonight, that moment the calbuco volcano exploded. a hiker, incredibly capturing the eruption that would pump ash nine miles into the air. this just-released drone video also capturing the fire-breathing mountain coming to life for the first time in more than 40 years. so powerful, it's setting off its own lightning swarms. the time lapse shows the plume shooting skyward. so far that, after five hours in the air, a qantas flight today was forced to turn back to sydney. we saw it firsthand, flying into southern chile. from the air, you can see how much ash that volcano is still spewing into the atmosphere. inside the forbidden zone, we had to travel through police checkpoints. this is what the town of enceneda looked like two days ago.
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now, caved-in homes. now, work crews clearing buckling and sagging rooftops. back-breaking labor. this man tells me he's been working for hours. this, in toxic conditions, he said. it's hard to imagine this was once a grassy pasture. but because of that volcano, it's now covered in well over a foot of toxic ash. experts worry that the ash could contaminate water and cause widespread respiratory problems. and with this gravel-like ash still raining down folks are on edge waiting for the next big blast from that monster behind me. david? >> matt, thank you. and one more remarkable image closer to home. 25 miles below yellowstone park. a super volcano with enough magna to fill the grand canyon
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many times over. it hasn't erupted in 640,000 years. and in italy, authorities rounding up suspects with a group that they say contains one of osama bin laden's body guards. among their plans, investigators said a suicide attack on the vatican. that plot obviously never carried out. and an italian hostage killed in a cia drone strike, the father and grandfather and an american family now speaking out. tonight, the story of an american woman, abducted when she was seven months pregnant. still a hostage tonight, long after giving birth. abc's chief investigative correspondent brian ross tonight. >> reporter: during his captivity, american hostage warren weinstein was a man in despair. >> it seems that i have been totally abandoned. >> reporter: yet his family told david muir last year they were working hard behind the scenes to get him free. when he looked into the camera -- >> i wanted to die right there
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on the spot because he has no idea how hard we've tried to get him back. >> reporter: but now, in the wake of his death, weinstein's wife says one of the big obstacles to get him free was what she called in a statement, "inconsistent and disappointing" u.s. government help. today, that criticism seemed to get short shrift at the white house, as if it was to be expected from any grieving widow. >> i think anybody can understand how frustrated they would be about that. >> reporter: now, still one more american family is facing the same ordeal. the family of 30-year-old caity coleman of pennsylvania, who may be the last known u.s. hostage held by a terror group. her parents made public these videos of their daughter last year from her taliban captors, showing her with her canadian husband and revealing she had given birth since being kidnapped in 2012. >> i am a prisoner of the taliban. >> reporter: u.s. officials say they have no new information.
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about k her plight. her parents hoping she knows she has not been forgotten. >> caity, your mom and i love you very much. >> reporter: six american hostages have been killed since august. again and again, the families in these cases have publicly and angrily complained about the treatment they have received at the hands of the white house. a new policy committee under way. with perhaps some changes in order next week. >> brian, thank you. and to the showdown at the united nations. angelina jolie blasting the u.n. security council over syria, saying they made it worse by not acting. saying it's a lack of political will. and the lowest point in the world's inability to protect the innocent. another -- nearly 4 million people have fled syria. 14 million now displaced in the region. back home tonight, and a mystery in colorado, and the worry there could be a serial shooter on the loose. after a terrifying incident on the highway there. a woman shot in the neck, calling 911, not knowing at first she had been hit.
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here's abc's neal karlinsky. >> 911. what's the address of your emergency? >> i'm on the highway right now and somebody just hit me and i'm bleeding from my neck and i'm scared. >> reporter: that calm voice is 20-year-old cori romero, who didn't even realize she was shot at first. seen here in the hospital today. police say she was alone behind the wheel on a highway north of denver wednesday night when she was suddenly hit. >> if you can, get a clean, dry cloth or towel or just anything that you can just place on the wound. okay? just press down firmly and don't lift it up to look, okay? >> i'm trying, but it's on both sides of my neck. i'm just really -- i'm just scared. >> reporter: tonight, her aunt says she's just lucky to be alive. >> she's in a lot of pain and she's sore and really not moving a lot. but her spirits are good. >> reporter: police now say they are investigating reports of three other incidents in the same general area. and while it's unclear those were gunshots, investigators are worried about a possible serial shooter. >> it's sad that somebody is out
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hurting people, innocent people. it could be you next. >> reporter: police say they have no suspects or good descriptions to go on at this point. they're just hoping someone out there saw something and calls in. david? >> neal, thank you. still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this friday. a big scare at the statue of liberty. and the pictures still streaming in on social media tonight. visitors evacuated by boat. the threat phoned in, we'll have much more. and the sad news from the cast of "everybody loves raymond" about the young actor. we watched him grow up on the show. and bruce jenner in his own words. right here tonight. the father, the olympic champion, the record-breaker, breaking new ground with diane sawyer. we'll hear it in his own words, right after the break here. but my symptoms keep returning. my constipation feels like a heavy weight that keeps coming back. vo: linzess can help. once-daily linzess treats adults with ibs with constipation
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young father, and recently, the life we saw as the reality cameras rolled. but tonight, what we didn't see. here's amy robach. >> reporter: this is the man america rooted for. a family man. those early photos of fatherhood. an olympic champion, winning the '76 olympic gold medal in the decathlon. setting a world record. afterwards, the wheaties box, and a lifetime of fame. then came the roles outside the sports arena. there were the starring roles in hollywood. and in recent years, the reality show with his wife kris, and their giant blended family. after all those feats, that gifted athlete, now facing a new chapter in life. a chapter he says he's finally ready for. >> i've got my health. i've got my children. i've got family. i've got seven grandkids now. i'm actually really excited about the future, about what i could do to be able to do some real good in the world. >> reporter: telling diane, exclusively, about a part of his life far from the cameras.
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>> what's the question you would ask you? what is the question -- >> if i were you, what question would you ask me? >> right. >> are you going to be okay? you know? >> are you going to be okay? >> yeah. i hope i'm going to be okay. i feel like i'm going to be okay. 2015 is going to be quite a ride. quite a ride. >> reporter: the man we once rooted for at the olympics now looks to the future. worried most about his children. >> those are the only ones i'm concerned with. i can't let myself hurt them. >> and diane is here now. he says his concern is for his children. that's the remarkable thing here. you talked to so many of the family members. including the children we don't often see in front of the cameras.
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>> i did, and you're going to learn so many fascinating things. but how his children first react, and how they try to be family again. >> through it all. diane sawyer, thanks. and the special is just hours away, 9:00 p.m. eastern on abc. and when we come back here tonight, the big change coming to one of the most popular soft drinks. the question -- will others follow suit? and the threat that shut down the statue of liberty. tourists evacuated, the 911 calls. and the shocking event with dr. mcdreamy. what it what the doctor ordered? what he's saying about it, when we come back. event with dr. mcdreamy. what he's saying about it, when we come back.
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>> oh, i feel much better now. >> reporter: last night's shocker, leaving "grey's anatomy" fans downright mcweepy. i've never cried so much over a tv show, one tweeted. this is the worst day of my life. i'm mcdone. show creator shonda rhimes calling mcdreamy a meaningful example of what young women should demand from modern love. the real mcdreamy, patrick dempsey, saying today, "what an incredible 11 years. love you all." >> i'll be back before you know it. >> reporter: unless, could it all just be one big mcdream? cecilia mcvega, abc news, new york. >> we'll see you for the new at 6:00 a killer who has been unpunished for years has been sentenced. >> brown lives matter the family of a suspect shot by san francisco police tells a different story about how he was
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killed. >> winds are gusty and showers are approaching. i'll have the accu-weather forecast coming up. >> and remarkable steph curry. his dad tells abc son so good. >> a superior court judge granted a convicted killer' request for his release from prison. >> the killer has cancer and less than a month to live but the release is a blow to the family of the man he killed. >> we have the latest on a long running investigation. dan? >> i first investigated this as 1999. and in court today sh i watched
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the rest of the chapter unfold. >> randy weeks has less than a month to live. the judge granted him compassionate release despite tearful testimony from his victim's daughter, only 18 months old when weeks stabbed her father and she and her mom wanted you to know how they feel. >> just say he gets to go home and be with his family in his last few days he didn't give my dad a chance >> the judge said just because weeks didn't show your life partner compassionate there in the street doesn't mean that we, as a society shouldn't show him compassion now. what do you say to that? >> i disagree with that. because very no compassion for him. >> weeks' family members tell me they understand how the other family feels but just want the chance to say goodby

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