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tonight. our next newscast is at 6 p.m. connect 24/7 at abc7news.com. tonight, the boston bomber breaks his silence. what he said to those families, right there in court. saying i'm sorry, apologizing. then, what he confessed next. our team is there. also breaking, another governor in the south, taking action tonight. this time, executive order. saying the confederate flag must come down. just as that beloved pastor is honored. the deadly storms. the power going out for half a million. the amtrak train stranded. and at this hour, the new storms now powering up. and reports coming in from the west tonight, five people struck by lightning. the growing mystery outside one american city tonight. at least four women now dead, the fbi joining the investigation. and caught. the patient who accidentally records what his doctor was really saying while he was under anesthesia.
you will hear it for yourself tonight. good evening. and it's great to have you with us here on a wednesday night. and we begin in boston tonight. bomber dzhokhar tsarnaev in court to be formally sentenced to death. we knew he would have a moment to talk, but were unsure if he would use it. he did, talking to the victims and their families, so many showing up to the federal courthouse, addressing tsarnaev, calling him a coward, despicable. then, tsarnaev himself with a message for his victims and their families. abc's ron claiborne leading us off from boston with what he said. >> reporter: he entered the courtroom smiling, but just moments before he was formally sentenced to death, dzhokhar tsarnaev spoke for the first time, softly and without emotion. "i am sorry for the lives i have taken taken, for the suffering i've caused you, for the damage i've done."
without ever turning to face the dozens of victims gathered, he confessed to his crime. "if there's any lingering doubt, i did do it, along with my brother." that stunning moment, following three hours of gut-wrenching impact statements from victims like bill richard, seen here on that day, standing with his family. tsarnaev just a few feet away. "he chose hate. he chose destruction. he chose death. this is all on him." richard's 8-year-old son martin was killed. his then 7-year-old daughter jane had her leg amputated. rebekah gregory lost her leg, too. "you and your brother have lost. you unified us." in the 800 days since the bombing, tsarnaev has only been seen in that prison cell surveillance video, never taking the witness stand at his trial. but today, he said, he heard the pain of those who testified against him. "i was listening. the suffering that was. and the hardship that still is." >> never apologized for a thing. that's it. that's all i got to say. >> i wanted a sincere sorry.
i wanted to know you know but -- i don't think it really matters. >> he's not sorry. if he was sorry, he would have never did that. >> reporter: tsarnaev will eventually be moved from boston to a prison in terre haute, indiana, which is where federal death row inmates are held. until execution. tonight, his lawyers are saying they will file an appeal of his conviction. david, that could take many years. >> all right, ron claiborne leading us off from boston. ron, thank you. and to the south tonight, and a dramatic new move from another governor when it comes to the confederate flag. and the decision comes just as a community paid its respects to reverend clementa pinckney, the leader of that bible study at mother emanuel church lying in state in the rotunda of the south carolina state capitol building. flying outside, that confederate flag on the state house grounds. meantime, the governor of alabama now, taking executive action. abc's linsey davis in charleston tonight. >> reporter: white, black, young and old standing at attention today, as a horse-drawn caisson bearing the body of the reverend and senator clementa pinckney
arrives at the south carolina state house. why did you decide to come out, 100 degrees, long lines, and you're going to be out here a long time. >> well it doesn't even feel hot out here today to me. i feel like this is my duty to come out here. >> reporter: the hundreds of people here to pay their respects to reverend pinckney lined up in the shadow of this controversial confederate flag. >> take it down! >> reporter: but in just the past 48 hours, across the south, a movement to strip confederate symbols from public spaces. in alabama today, the flag removed from the capitol grounds at the governor's orders. >> it has become a distraction all over the country right now. >> reporter: in mississippi, both republican senators saying the stars and bars don't belong on their flag. in kentucky, officials wanting this statue of confederate president jefferson davis out of the state house. and four states now planning to ban license plates with the confederate emblem. here in south carolina, powerful congressman jim clyburn is lobbying fellow lawmakers.
what would you say, though, to convince those who are still saying, let's keep the flag up? >> you're not celebrating heritage. you're celebrating hate. >> reporter: but at dixie outfitters in south carolina, business is booming, with shoppers like tammy jackway. >> just because one person does something that isn't right that hurts other people, we shouldn't just, you know, say, we're just going to get rid of a flag that represents thousands of people that have died. >> reporter: the flag is still flying here at the state house. but tonight, south carolina's historic military college, the citadel, has voted to move theirs. one of the victims of the shooting was a citadel graduate. david? >> linsey davis, our thanks to you again tonight. we turn now to the deadly storms, and the new threat tonight. at this hour, 30 million bracing for round two. flash flood watches from chicago to des moines. just 24 hours after a massive storm system marched all the way to the east coast. a tree snapping in half in washington township, new jersey.
this car flipped upside down. powerful lightning over hoboken, new jersey. and there is late word coming in at this hour of five people struck by lightning at a construction site in colorado springs. three taken to the hospital. one in serious condition, as those new storms move in. ginger zee with the storm track in a moment, but first, tom llamas on the ground, where they're still recovering from the first round of storms. >> reporter: tonight, in parts of the northeast, homes, cars and fences broken and buried underneath piles of trees. this cell phone video shows the storm slamming washington township, new jersey. that tree trunk, snapping like a twig. >> it was very terrifying. when this tree came down, the whole area shook. >> reporter: 75-mile-per-hour winds slamming into parts of new jersey and pennsylvania. strong enough to flip this car over. a confirmed tornado tearing up wrentham, massachusetts. the storms leaving half a million in the dark and about 50 passengers stuck on this amtrak train for hours.
>> there was no electricity. it was hot. it was really very stuffy. >> reporter: in maryland, the storms are being blamed for a traffic death. a man, driving a pickup truck, hitting a tree that had fallen into the roadway. and new video out tonight that shows the sheer force of that ef-1 tornado that hammered portland, michigan, breaking this tree clean off. back in south jersey -- >> disaster. yes, i never saw anything like it. >> reporter: resident bob ayers thinks a tornado hit his backyard. when the storm rolled through, he says he looked out his window and saw something he'll never forget. >> the tree was falling just at that minute, just -- and it hit the house. i can't believe the power of it. >> reporter: and david, look at that car. absolutely crushed by the massive tree. because of this damage, many here thought a tornado had touched down. but the national weather service says this was not a twister, just powerful straightline winds. david? >> all right, tom, our thanks to you. let's get right to ginger now. because, as i said, this is powering up in much of the same area. >> reporter: yes, and straightline or tornado, whatever you get here tonight,
it's still very powerful and can be deadly. so, let's look at the severe thunderstorm watch in the southeast. we've already seen severe thunderstorm warnings. some 30 reports or more in parts of georgia, alabama, even mississippi. but it's overnight that i'm concerned about, the area here in flash flood watch, from northwest indiana back into eastern iowa. i put on a computer model here. look what time it is. 1:00 a.m. central time. eastern iowa blowing up with strong storms. again, some of the heaviest rainfall rates could top two-plus inches per hour. so, that's tonight. then tomorrow, that elevated risk area includes cincinnati and evansville, but we'll keep that chance all the way to d.c. >> all the way east, all over again. ginger, thank you. and as you know, there are also dramatic images coming in at this hour from southern california. a fast-moving wildfire outside los angeles. you can see how close those homes are. evacuations under way, as aircraft fight the blaze from above. one firefighter now injured. authorities in california tonight now saying they're facing the worst fire conditions on record. we have major new developments in the case of
those convicted killers on the run, now believed to be armed and dangerous. tonight, a new clue from inside that hunting cabin, much like this one in those upstate new york woods. they believe those cabins in the area had guns inside, and now fear those guns are in the hands of the convicts. and stunning new revelations about the woman, the prison worker accused of helping themes them escape. abc's linzie janis is there again. >> reporter: tonight, as police comb these dense woods, a chilling warning about the escaped killers. >> just about every cabin in the north country has one or more shotguns or weapons. they're extremely dangerous. they're cunning. >> reporter: police found their dna on food in a remote hunting cabin. they also found a bloody sock and are hoping one of the men may be injured. >> we don't want them to have a restful, peaceful night, putting their head on any pillow. >> reporter: we're just outside of the search zone here, but you can see what officers are up against. this terrain is steep, it is dense, and you can sometimes only see just a few feet in front of you. joyce mitchell, who worked in the prison tailor shop, already
charged with helping the killers escape. prosecutors say she had a relationship with both richard matt and david sweat, and perhaps other prisoners, too. eric jensen, a former inmate, says he witnessed mitchell and sweat flirting in the tailor shop. >> joyce would bring him things, like food, she'd bring him art supplies, colored pencils, tattoo ink, that you weren't allowed to have in the jail. we used to call her his boo. >> reporter: david, joyce mitchell has pleaded not guilty to helping the men escape. they are still out there somewhere. no confirmed sightings in five days. david? >> linzie, thank you. and now, to another mystery tonight. the fbi is now investigating the mystery in the heartland. a small town outside columbus, ohio, now a crime scene. at least four women dead. abc's alex perez is there tonight with the families now demanding answers. >> reporter: it's a mystery that has the small town of chillicothe, ohio, on edge. is there a killer on the loose, preying on women? >> our girls need justice. we need justice. >> reporter: these women united
in grief, some convinced their loved ones are victims of a single killer. >> it's very tragic. very, very tragic, that all these families are going through this. >> reporter: in the last year, at least six women have disappeared from this town of about 21,000. four of their bodies recovered in creeks or streams. the circumstances all slightly different, but their stories similar. all women who had fallen on hard times. the body of 26-year-old tiffany sayre was discovered on father's day. >> she was a very beautiful girl. strong. friendly. she would help anybody out. >> reporter: the fbi now stepping in, working with local and state investigators, hunting for any clues that might lead to the killer. >> the concern is not knowing, you know, the community wants answers, what's going on with these women. and we want answers. >> reporter: authorities say it's unclear if the cases are connected, but they are not ruling anything out. investigators following up on every lead. already, more than 100 tips called in. david? >> alex perez outside columbus,
ohio, tonight. and now, to that powerful message from president obama to the families of american hostages, including this woman right here, taken by the taliban. giving birth while in captivity. she's just one of 30 american hostages around the world tonight. now, the president's new policy and his blunt message. we let you down, and we will help. abc's chief investigative correspondent brian ross tonight. >> reporter: one after another, six americans, journalists and aid workers, have died in the hands of terrorists in the last year. and the president today admitted his administration had failed them and their families. >> it is true that there have been times where our government, regardless of good intentions, has let them down. >> reporter: the parents of reporter james foley had been the most vocal critics, telling abc news, white house officials threatened them with prosecution if they tried to raise ransom for their son. >> it just made me realize that these folks talking to us had no
idea what it was like to be the family of a kidnapped american. >> that's totally unacceptable. >> reporter: officials today said there are now some 30 americans being held hostage by various groups around the world, including kaitlin coleman, being held by the taliban. under the new policy, if hostage families raise money for ransom, the u.s. might now actually help make it happen. the president was clearly moved by one question hostage parents had bluntly put to him. what if it was your daughter? >> obviously, i would move heaven and earth to get those loved ones back. >> these families have already suffered so much, brian. and even though many can understand why families would want to pay ransom themselves, authorities still have concerns about that money? >> reporter: that's right, david. there's concern that the new policy will make americans even more attractive to hostage-takers, and that's why the president made it clear today that the u.s. government policy is unchanged. the u.s. government itself will not pay ransom or make concessions to terrorists. david? >> all right, brian ross live in washington. brian, thank you.
to the race for 2016 tonight, a new face jumping in. louisiana governor bobby jindal, now the 13th republican candidate, making history as the first indian-american to make a serious bid for the white house. we're going to turn now to that mistrial in the case making national headlines. those two young football players from vanderbilt university, convicted in january of sexually assaulting a woman in a dorm room. tonight, leaving the courtroom, free on bond now, bibles in hand. the judge declaring a mistrial after a revelation from the jury foreman. abc's paula faris on what happens next. >> do you have anything to say, brandon? >> reporter: it was a stunning scene. >> cory, how do you feel? >> reporter: cory batey and brandon vandenburg posting bond and leaving a tennessee jail. they're free for now after that judge's rare decision to declare a mistrial. throwing out their rape convictions from january because one of the jurors failed to reveal he was a victim of sexual assault.
>> if we don't have jurors coming in and being honest with us so we can fairly assess their impartiality, then the right to a fair and impartial jury means nothing. >> reporter: but the prosecution says this ruling does not in any way affect the evidence that exists. evidence including surveillance video showing the suspects carrying the seemingly unconscious alleged victim to vandenburg's room, where police claim she was sexually assaulted. while they brace for a new trial, they'll be wearing gps tracking devices, checking in weekly. and prohibited from leaving the country. and the judge who declared the mistrial said they will accommodate the state, which wants a trial date as soon as possible, so, they are moving forward, david. >> very quickly. paula faris tonight. paula, thank you. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this wednesday. caught on tape. the patient accidentally recording what his doctor was really saying while he was under anesthesia. you will hear what the doctor says and that doctor now in hot water tonight. a lot of people couldn't believe it. there is also news coming in at this hour about whitney houston's daughter. the troubling new move and her family with word on her
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>> reporter: the patient filing a lawsuit anonymously, claiming defamation and medical malpractice, in part because of this false diagnosis. >> i'm going to mark hemorrhoids even though we don't see them and probably won't. i'm just going to take a shot in the dark. >> reporter: the patient winning the lawsuit. dr. ingham forced to pay him more than half a million dollars in damages. she's no longer working at that virginia hospital. in fact, we haven't been able to find her. and her attorney has not returned our calls for comment. but on that tape -- >> i feel bad, i shouldn't be so mean. >> reporter: even dr. ingham recognizing she may have gone too far. gio benitez, abc news, new york. when we come back here tonight, new word coming in now, a fourth shark attack off the coast. we also have new developments concerning whitney houston's daughter. and the popular grocery store, now accused of overcharging customers. rs. tomers. guys with erectile dysfunction get and keep an erection. talk to your doctor about viagra.
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there was never a moment where you said, maybe not with isaac in your arms? >> well, knowing that he was holding isaac, it was more of, oh, my gosh you need to get the ball. >> so, mom was happy. but when the team approached him in the stands? wrigley field can be a tough place, if you get in the way of a play. >> the cubs staff were really, really generous with me, told me what i should and shouldn't be doing in the seats and they just decided to let me stay. >> as for baby isaac, he'll hear a story one day. let him chew on the giraffe. the ball might be worth something some day. >> that's true. >> don't want to ruin that one. >> chew on the giraffe. thank you for watching. tonight, breaking news. a racing wildfire in east bay. the winds and weather conditions that are fueling these flames. a second shooting death on a busy east bay freeway. tonight who's behind it and what's being done to protect innocent drivers. and do you want to be a san jose police officer? that'll be a hundred bucks,
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estates off frederickson drive and we just put out an evacuation order for all the home thoens south side of the regional park which would involve everything from silver creek drive. >> so you have a number of homes that have already been evacuated and some people who are on standby? >> correct. so we're doing an advisory evacuation order just due to the nature of the fire. the wind is starting to kick up a little bit more at this point in time. so it's best to get them out of the danger zone as early as possible. we have an evacuation center set up at mira vista park in the same neighborhood. and we have red cross there for the resident who choose to go down there. i imagine you have a lot of mutual aid right now. >> correct. this area is actually considered