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that's going to do it for us. >> that does it for us. we appreciate your time. we'll tonight, multiple tornadoes just touching down. severe storms hitting from texas up to new york and boston. millions in the threat zone at this hour. and look at this. the floods crashing through the front door of this home. and we'll show you what happens in just 20 seconds. the family inside terrified. the breaking news tonight. once one of the most powerful men in washington tonight, indicted. john jon karl standing by with what the former speaker is charged with. the deadly anthrax. the pentagon mistake. and we ask, was it sent through fedex with everyday packages? the urgent testing in several states tonight and the antibiotics now being given. the mystery. the balls of oil washing up on several popular beaches, shutting down miles of america's coastline. and, the imposter. the well-known children's hospital. authorities say a man posing as a doctor in patient's rooms.
good evening. and it's great to have you with us here on a thursday night. and we begin with the deadly storms. several tornadoes touching down. and this one, a short time ago. these pictures coming in from liotta, kansas, tonight. and in canadian, texas, they've now confirmed this tornado was an ef-2 winds up to 135 miles an hour. 33 million americans bracing for storms texas, all the way up to new york and boston. and let's go back to that stunning image. >> oh, no! >> that family in texas, a father watching as the ferocious flood waters burst through the front door. meteorologist rob marciano with the storm track at this hour. but first, abc's matt gutman at that home where those flood waters came rushing in. matt? >> reporter: good evening, david. the scene here still apocalyptic right off the blanco river. but i want you to see something. a four-story wall of water came
bashing right through here, so powerful that it washed that truck, 5,500 pounds, right into that tree. and tonight here in texas, and across the plains, more severe weather ahead. tonight, severe weather stretching from the plains all the way to maine. water rescues north of houston, and off the blanco river, amid all this destruction tonight, a rare glimpse into how one family survived the flood. ernie and sarah perez on vacation with their 3-year-old daughter and another couple when -- >> oh, no! >> reporter: this terrifying deluge bursting through the door. in just ten seconds, a whirlpool in the living room. children's toys, furniture, debris. the river rushing in, pushing more than twice the volume of niagara falls. in just 20 seconds, the electric flickers. >> we're okay, we're okay. >> should we call 911? >> we're okay, 911 is not going to be able to get to us. we're okay. all right? >> you guys keep saying that but
look at this [ bleep ] house. my main concern was getting trapped in that house with my daughter in there, so, that was the hard part for me. >> reporter: the family telling its story to our affiliate, kvue. >> we were trying to figure out how we were going to get out of there. i was -- i tied sheets together to make a lifeline in case we needed to get from the window to the tree. >> reporter: and the water kept rising. you can see the water line right there. so, that family, five of them, had nowhere to go. they're huddled in this room. finally, they call 911 and rescuers come. the only way out of the house was through this window, right here, under the window sill is where that rescue boat met them. here in wembley, the search still on tonight for seven people still missing. the home they were in, washed away. >> we must focus on finding those who are still missing. >> reporter: and david, folks here also focused on how to put the pieces back together in this community. and tonight, the news nobody here wanted to hear. another flood flash watch right here. david? >> all right, matt gutman leading us off tonight.
matt, thank you. they're on the watch in the south and in the northeast. so, let's get right to rob marciano with the new storm track. >> reporter: david, again tonight, we're going to start with the severe weather in the northeast. trees down from maine, right through massachusetts and across the northeast. you see the cells on the radar there, moving to the coastline. these watches will be allowed to expire here in the next few minutes. but the watches in the plans will not end any time soon. huge tornado watch there. dallas under a severe thunderstorm watch. you're going to see strong storms, i think, after sunset. of course, that's going to bring rain. we've already had the wettest month on record for texas. wichita falls and oklahoma city on a similar note there. but the good news, no more severe drought. that's been gone. haven't been able to say that for five years. but there's more rain on the way. maybe two to four inches of additional rain right through the weekend, david. >> all right, rob marciano with us tonight. rob, thank you. breaking at this hour, federal charges against a man once considered one of the most powerful in washington. illinois republican dennis hastert, former house speaker, tonight accused of evading banking laws involving millions
of dollars, accused of lying to the fbi. let's get right to abc's jon karl in our washington bureau with details. jon? what are you hearing? >> reporter: well, david, hastert stands accused of agreeing to pay $3.5 million to, quote, compensate and conceal prior misconduct. he gave this money to an unnamed person who is described as somebody who hastert has known for decades and who is from the town where hastert taught high school before he was elected to congress. hastert is also charged with trying to hide those payments and lying to the fbi about them. >> accused of trying to cover it up, jon? >> reporter: that's right. and the indictment says nothing about what the activity was that he was trying to cover up but it appears, david, to be something he did long before he was speaker of the house, apparently back from his days as a high school teacher and a wrestling coach. >> jon karl with the latest on federal charges against dennis hastert tonight. jon, thank you. we move on to other new developments this evening in the anthrax scare. the pentagon sending out live anthrax by mistake. shipped using fedex from one base in utah to 18 labs in the u.s. one overseas in south korea.
tonight, at least 25 people now taking antibiotics, a precaution. dr. richard besser, who ran the anthrax lab at the cdc, is standing by. but first, abc's senior justice correspondent pierre thomas asking, why were samples sent using fedex, along with everyday packages? >> reporter: today, nearly two dozen u.s. military personnel in south korea are taking antibiotics after possible exposure to deadly anthrax spores. they unwittingly used live and potentially lethal anthrax in a training exercise just last week. so far, no one has shown signs of sickness overseas, or at the 18 affected laboratories in nine states in the u.s. but tonight, three lab workers in texas, delaware and wisconsin are also taking antibiotics to prevent any infection. the review and search must be thorough, because anthrax spores can potentially survive for years out in the open. and there's concern because those samples were transported by fedex, along with everyday
packages. the anthrax scare began last march at the dugway proving ground in utah, when a batch of anthrax known as ag-1 was bombarded with radiation to render it safe by killing any live spores. but some of those spores survived, alive and potentially deadly. for the next year, shipments of the ag-1 batch, thought to be safe, were sent to 18 labs across the country via fedex air. south korea received its shipment in march. then, last week, a lab in maryland detected that the ag-1 it had received contained live anthrax spores. authorities are not sure how many spores survived that initial commercial shipping. but david, tonight, we're told that the original batch contained billions of spores. >> pierre thomas with us tonight. pierre, thank you. and pierre asked the central question so many were asking when they learned it was shipped by fedex, along with packages that are sent every single day, had one of these containers broken open with all of those other packages how long does the anthrax last? >> reporter: the thing that makes anthrax so dangerous, it can survive in the environment for years. decades.
and if you breathe it in, it can survive in your lungs for as long as two months before activating and causing a deadly infection. that's why they're being treated with antibiotics for as long as 60 days and being vaccinated. >> why they're taking those precautions tonight. rich, thank you. we also have new developments in that massive auto recall. defective airbags that can explode right in your front seat. the largest in u.s. history, this recall. 11 major auto manufacturers, 33.8 million vehicles recalled because of takata airbags. millions of drivers frustrated still, though, waiting for a list. tonight, some makes and models now revealed. but are the replacements ready? we told you we'd stay on this, and here again tonight, abc's david kerley. >> reporter: a week after that japanese airbag maker expanded the recall, we're learning that ford, mitsubishi, bmw and chrysler have told the government, and it's been made public, which cars carry potentially defective bag inflators, which can rupture when deployed, sending shrapnel through the bag. five have died in this country. but all the cars affected have
still not been listed. >> for a manufacturer not to know which makes, models and vehicles have a takata inflator in it in the car, is just irresponsible. >> reporter: the government has said it could take days to weeks to collect all those millions of numbers from the carmakers. and the carmakers have admitted, once all the numbers are online, you may have to wait months, if not years, to get a replacement. >> depends on the manufacturer. some like honda will be ready do it almost immediately. some like chrysler will probably take a year. >> and david kerley now with us live from washington. david, how long until we hear from the other seven automakers? >> reporter: could be a week couple more weeks, david. in fact honda said for its customers to check in after june is 15th 15th. and don't forget, what you need is that vehicle identification number. it's right here underneath the windshield. 17 letters and numbers, write it down. that's what you put in the website when you finally get listed. david? >> and finally get answers.
all right, david kerley tonight. david, thank you. to florida this evening, and to the pilot accused of being drunk in the cockpit. take a look. this is his cessna hitting a shed as he prepared for takeoff. authorities heard something in his voice, he also heard the pilot's young son, as well. also on the plane, tipping off authorities. and you're about to hear the air traffic controllers who grew very concerned. here's abc's linsey davis. >> reporter: police now revealing inside this small plane that slammed into this shed before takeoff, they found a half empty bottle of cognac, a bottle of wine and a plastic water bottle filled with liquid that smelled like alcohol. the pilot, 57-year-old christopher hall, now charged with reckless operation of a vessel and child abuse without harm, because also aboard that twin-engine cessna, his 10-year-old son. >> hold your position. >> reporter: moments before the crash, this terse exchange. >> hold your position. i didn't tell you to move. >> reporter: the plane then crosses restricted space and hits the shed. >> turn your engines off, sir. kill your engines. >> reporter: according to the police report, hall, an
engineer, had the smell of alcohol on his breath, was slurring his words and refused a breathalyzer test. it's his son who tells police to check his father's computer bag, where they reportedly find the stash of alcohol. >> it's a pretty serious violation. he's probably done flying. >> reporter: that plane, towed away today. his son released to a family friend. linsey davis, abc news, new york. >> linsey, thank you. and to the race for 2016. last night, former pennsylvania senator rick santorum jumping into the race. tonight, former new york governor george pataki announcing he's in, citing his leadership during 9/11, his three terms as governor. an outspoken critic of obama care, he's considered a social moderate. his views on abortion rights could pose a challenge with conservative voters. tonight, fast-moving developments in that world cup bombshell. the fbi crackdown. nine top officials accused of $150 million in bribes and kickbacks. questions why the u.s. lost its bid to host the world cup. tonight, russian president vladimir putin accusing the u.s. of meddling, trying to hurt the
world cup russia will host in 2018. tonight, u.s. attorney general loretta lynch saying these officials, quote, engaged in bribery to decide who would televise games and where the games would be held. nike now caught up in the scandal. questions about whether bribes helped them get the world cup contract. nike saying they are cooperating with the investigation, and we'll have much more on the crisis tonight in a one-hour special on our sister network, espn, 7:00 p.m. eastern, "outside the lines." meantime now to the mystery in the west this evening. nine miles of california coastline, popular beaches, balls of oil washing ashore. some of those beaches closed for a time. and tonight, officials scrambling to figure out what it is, and if it's safe. abc's nick watt on the scene. >> reporter: tonight, miles of popular beaches closed to the public. mystery toxic tar balls littering the sand down the los angeles county coastline. this is rare. >> in my 30 years, we've never had this. >> reporter: the cleanup here, around the clock. remember, just over a week ago,
an oil pipeline ruptured up the coast near santa barbara, spilling around 100,000 gallons of crude. do we think this is connected to santa barbara? >> we don't know. >> reporter: crews patrolling by land, air and sea to hunt for more oil and keep people out of the water. so, we're about a mile and a half offshore and look. that's oil scraped off the side of our boat. natural seepage from the sea floor and that could be what caused the tar balls that are washing up on those beaches, but lifeguards we speak to say they've never seen natural seepage cause quite so many tar balls. the tar balls that washed up on the beach are right now being analyzed in a lab to find the source. david, officials tell us that if no more tar balls wash up then, they're going to reopen the beaches, 6:00 a.m. tomorrow morning. just in time for the early morning surfers. david? >> nick watt tonight. nick, thank you. to colorado now, and a dramatic day in the movie theater massacre trial. the trial of james holmes. his transformation, first that orange hair, now appearing more subdued.
both sides now arguing over this question -- was he insane, or did he know exactly what he was doing? tonight, jurors shown a key piece of evidence. a videotape showing what holmes told a psychiatrist after the attack. here's abc's clayton sandell. >> reporter: for the first time, jurors are seeing and hearing the theater gunman in his own words, during an exam to determine whether he was insane or not. >> what brings tears to your eyes sometimes? >> uh, just regrets. >> regrets about? >> uh, about the shooting. >> reporter: one psychiatrist who examined holmes says he is mentally ill, but knew what he was doing. >> it is your opinion that the defendant, james egan holmes, met the definition of legal sanity? >> yes. >> reporter: the testimony comes as prosecutors have focused on sections of the gunman's own notebook, they say shows careful planning. here, he considers targeting an airport, ruling it out because
of substantial security. he diagrams several auditoriums, but notes, avoid theater one, too many exits. holmes' attorneys pursuing an insanity defense. >> my mind, period. it is broken. i tried to fix it. >> reporter: nearly eight pages are filled with just one word. "why?" that is the question still haunting families of the 12 people killed and dozens injured. >> it's not something that we can get over. >> reporter: now, during this examination, holmes was interviewed for a total of 22 hours and in coming days, the jury will hear all of it. david? >> clayton sandell in colorado. clayton, thank you. and we have two headlines out of nebraska tonight. in just 24 hours, two landmark moves. first, dropping the death penalty. tonight, removing the ban on driver's licenses for young undocumented immigrants brought here as children the so-called dreamer dreamers going against the governor there. nebraska, the last state in the nation to have such a ban in place. there is still much more
ahead on "world news tonight" this thursday. the accused imposter at a well-known children's hospital. the man posing as a doctor, seen in patient's rooms. and we'll have the latest on this investigation coming up here. we also have a medical headline for you tonight involving coffee. how much is too much? the number of cups a day. and then, the stunning underwater treasure hunt tonight. and what they expect to find in a shipwreck, right there in the great lakes. don't go away. louis, and i quit smoking with chantix. i told myself for so long that i needed to quit smoking. i would quit then i'd go right back to it. chantix absolutely helped me quit smoking. along with support, chantix (varenicline) is proven to help people quit smoking. chantix helped reduce my urge to smoke. some people had changes in behavior, thinking or mood hostility, agitation, depressed mood and suicidal thoughts or actions while taking or after stopping chantix. some people had seizures while taking chantix. if you have any of these stop chantix and call your doctor right away. tell your doctor about any history of mental health problems, which could get worse while taking chantix or history of seizures. don't take chantix if you've had a serious allergic or skin reaction to it. if you develop these stop chantix and see your doctor right away as some can be life-threatening. tell your doctor if you have a history
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it's not the first time we've seen this kind of medical misbehavior. in 2011, 17-year-old matthew scheidt was arrested in florida for impersonating a doctor, even treating patients. >> that's when he said, can you take over cpr? >> reporter: now, the hospital where king was busted says they have put their staff on alert and will "refine our processes and procedures that help ensure the safety of our patients." king is facing charges in that ambulance chase and it may not be the first time he's done something like this. he was reportedly arrested in 2013 after posing as a firefighter. >> all right, mara, thank you. when we come back here tonight, the new medical study about caffeine and how many cups of coffee you should have a day. also, the couple whose car was broken into, the thief taking a pair of sunglasses off the dashboard, but the lottery ticket underneath -- you won't believe how much it was worth. what was left behind. and then, the hunt for a sunken treasure tonight. what might be in this ship in the great lakes? will they find gold? right after the break. life begins with a howl, we scream, shout
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finally tonight here, the husband and wife, fiercely competitive on the golf course. until, they say, the unthinkable happened. so, i come from a family of golfers and they're not going to believe this one. they could hardly believe it themselves. tony and janet blundi of portland, michigan, on the 16th hole, the ledge meadows golf course. when suddenly, other people on the course can hear the screams. toe toniy hits a hole in one. what do you say to janet? >> i said, i finally caught up with you after five years. i finally got my first hole in one. >> reporter: and then janet says, i'm next. you're just joking with him and then you hit the ball. >> absolutely. >> reporter: but don't laugh. his hole in one, 142 yards, then, she tees off. 106 yards, and right in. >> all chaos just broke loose. >> reporter: and you've got witnesses on the course? >> yes. when i had mine, they came over and congratulated me. and when janet hit hers, one lady actually ran all the way to
the hole and looked and said, oh, my gosh, they are both in the hole. >> reporter: tonight, the national hole in one association, and yes, there is one, says the chances of this happening? 26 million to 1. so, what do you get for this? >> well -- >> we got two hats from ledge meadows golf course. >> for hole in one. >> reporter: the husband and wife golfers, normally competing, both smiling this time. two hats for two holes in one. thank you for watching on a thursday night. i'm david muir. and i hope to see you right back here tomorrow night to end the week. >> tonight an online data base that could put careers in jeopardy. one man is on a hit list. >> should police be using equipment designed for the military? >> san francisco has a real
problem with bicycle thefts tonight, a bike messener who lost his and tracked down himself. >> and the warriors put oakland in the national spotlight. but can it outshine the city on the other side of the bay? a controversial website targets people as it describes as campus radicals. good evening thanks for joining us. >> the cradle of the free speech movement is being tested tonight. a website is targeting uc berkeley and other students from expressing their political views one goal is prevent students from getting jobs. who is behind this fight? >> you've heard of canary in the
coal mine, right? if dangerous gas is leaked, the canary would die before the miners. now, this website warned employers and everybody out there who is protesting particularly against israel. having a political position may cost you your next job. that is what those behind the website are telling students with what they call are anti-american and anti-israeli messages. among those targeted is the current uc student regent. the website has a profile on her, including what they call infamous quotes. >> they're trying to bully this individual. trying to get individuals to not say anything or think their jobs will be on the line or no one is going to hire them because they have an opinion. >> the people hin the website don't hide intentions >> they're