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ks real fine. thanks mom for the drum lessons. >> he said he feels like a baseball player who won the tonight, the confederate flag will come down. the governor and the moment late today, the flag will be removed within 24 hours, lawmakers receiving death threats. and this evening what the governor now says she will give to the nine families in that bible study. also breaking, the twisters and the hail smashing into windshields. severe storms hitting in the next few hours. baltimore, d.c., philly and new york. the northeast is next. the takeoff aborted, the jet engine on fire. passengers seeing the flames. also breaking late today, the new and important warning about advil and several major painkillers. changing the labels. dr. besser with what every family needs to know. and the controversial plan for planes to save room in coach. do they really want us all facing one another?
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good evening and it's great to have you with us here on a thursday night. we begin with that defining moment late this afternoon, the governor's signature that will end a decades-long battle. the confederate flag in charleston will come down in just hours, by tomorrow morning at 10:00. strong reaction coming in now on both sides. there have been death threats for lawmakers after votes in the house and senate. republican governor nikki haley ending the fight with her signature. champions of the flag argue that it's part of their history. critics say it's racist, a symbol of our nation's divided past. the governor revealing what she'll give to those nine families who lost loved ones in that bible study. abc's steve osunsami in south carolina leading us off. >> i will yell as loud as i can. >> reporter: tonight, the end of a bitter fight that's lasted for decades with this signature, south carolina's governor is ordering the removal of the confederate battle flag from the statehouse grounds by tomorrow
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morning. by her side were the families of the nine killed in what police say was an act of hate at the black ame church in charleston. >> i do want to also acknowledge these nine pens are going to each of the nine families of the emanuel nine. >> reporter: lawmakers who are getting death threats tonight on both sides fought and cried with each other over this until the early morning. >> the people of charleston deserve immediate and swift removal of that flag from these grounds. >> reporter: jenny horne is the descendant of jefferson davis, a confederate president, and even she argued the flag should come down. >> i have a great deal of respect for my ancestors, honor, my parents. but my legacy is what i do while i'm here. >> reporter: without any question, this is happening now because of the shock of the church killings, and the pictures of the alleged gunman holding the confederate flag. >> sometimes it takes a horrific
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depiction for us to really grasp the gravity of the situation. >> reporter: the flag's many supporters say they're hurting deeply, saying we can't just erase parts of the past we don't like. >> i grew up with that flag as a heritage. i didn't see issue, and i don't see issue now. >> reporter: david, a reporter's notebook. 15 years ago i stood on these same grounds covering the same fight and it didn't seem then that lawmakers would ever agree to this despite an economic boycott that will now be lifted when the flag comes down at 10:00 a.m. in the morning. david? >> steve osunsami who's been reporting on this for more than a decade, thank you. one more note on this tonight. moments after the governor signed that bill, the first signs of a possible domino effect. word from the ncaa tonight welcoming south carolina back, eligible again to host ncaa basketball events. meantime we are also monitoring severe weather. d.c., baltimore, philly and new york bracing for storms hitting in the next few hours. twisters tonight in missouri and
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oklahoma. here's the radar right now. 40 million americans in the storm zone. those tornados already touching down in the heartland. this super cell in the skies over texas. look at this tonight, channing texas, hail cracking the windshield there. this massive system is moving quickly tonight. abc's gio benitez is in the storm zone with the damage already. >> reporter: tonight after 24 hours of havoc across 12 states, severe storms taking aim at the northeast, threatening millions of commuters. the line of storms sending trees crashing onto power lines in mount vernon, kentucky. those storm chasers in channing, texas, were tracking this very storm. suddenly their car pounded by massive hail. all they can do is watch. cameras rolling. >> whoa! >> reporter: hitting the force of a big league fast ball. cracking through that windshield. >> tornado on the ground! >> reporter: at least two tornados reported south of st. louis, debris spotted in the air, cars under water and a
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state of emergency in muskeegee, oklahoma. these storms bringing half a foot of rain into parts of hart hit texas. in brownwood, evacuations, a man trying to escape his truck here swept away by flood waters. in indianapolis, the water receding, residents survey the damage. >> i lost everything, again. i just -- this is devastating. >> reporter: and, david, tonight here in philly, just take a look at the mad rush behind me. they know that this storm is on the way, david. >> trying to get home ahead of this. live in philly, thanks. let's get right to rob because it's moving quickly and you were telling me these next few hours are crucial. >> yeah, dangerous line of storms developing right now. yeah, the next couple hours are crucial so let's get to it. tornado watch in effect right now as a severe thunderstorm watch. d.c., baltimore, philadelphia. look at that strong line of storms about to hit allentown and baltimore. future radar showing at least by 8:00 philadelphia getting hit hard with these storms and by 9:00 to new york city.
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then off the jersey coastline. the storms linger across new england until after midnight. there will be heavy rain, flood watches for connecticut, st. louis, and back to oklahoma. there are storms beyond that, david. very active weather tonight from coast to coast. >> the midwest can't get a break. rob, thank you. we're learning more tonight after a scare for passengers on board a southwest flight from chicago bound for boston. moments after takeoff, watch this. passengers could see the fire shooting from one of the engines. the pilots forced to abort takeoff. abc's david kerley with the tense moments in chicago. >> reporter: just before getting airborne in chicago, watch this jet's right engine. flames and sparks spitting up over the wing as the southwest pilot quickly aborts the takeoff. another pilot calls the tower. >> a fire on number two. >> roger. we are calling the fire department. >> reporter: as emergency crews respond, the tower reaches out. >> southwest 3299, you need any assistance? >> ah, stand by. >> reporter: the pilot shutting down the engine, the fuel line, leading to the fire burning itself out.
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>> i heard a huge explosion sound, like a boom. the plane veered off the runway and he used the rutter to correct. at that point i knew we were in trouble. >> reporter: all the passengers were evacuated by air stairs taken to the terminal to board another jet for boston. >> the scariest moment of my life. i can't believe that it happened happened. >> reporter: engine fires like this are rare. in flight it's often a broken part that's the cause. >> the fact that it happened right on takeoff suggests that probably something was sucked up off the runway into the engine and damaging it and creating those flames you saw. >> reporter: was it a rock or some other object on the runway that was sucked into the engine, leading to those scary moments for more than 140 passengers? tonight southwest is giving us no indication what caused that engine to erupt into flames. david? >> still questions. david kerley, thank you. meantime a united pilot is in hot water tonight after a flight that took off from houston to munich. the captain accused of violating german gun laws, carrying bullets while piloting the international flight. the airline says he tried to flush the bullets down the toilet when he realized his
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mistake. the incident now under investigation. some pilots are allowed to carry guns on domestic flights here over the u.s. to a developing headline from the fbi tonight. we reported on the concern over possible plots to kill americans on the fourth of july. tonight we have learned there were several arrested, plots foiled. our justice correspondent meeting with the fbi director today who said those arrests disrupted efforts to murder americans. let's get right to pierre thomas live in washington. pierre, what have you learned? >> reporter: fbi director james comey told reporters that about a dozen alleged isis sympathizers were arrested in the weeks leading up to july 4th. he said some had deadly intentions. quote, i do believe our work disrupted efforts to kill people. some of them were focused on the fourth of july. comey declined to identify specific targets. among those arrested before july 4th, this college student from queens accused of casing the george washington bridge. the fbi says that when agents
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searched his apartment, they found plans for a pressure cooker bomb like the ones use in the boston marathon attacks. the fbi says it was and is a dangerous situation, the new normal. >> continuing to be on the watch tonight. pierre thomas, thank you. tonight a major development in a massive security breach affecting millions of federal workers, their families and their private information hacked. this evening much bigger than we knew. the number has now been raised to 21.5 million americans whose private information was stored at the office of personnel management, opm. social security numbers, health records, financial histories and in some cases, even fingerprints were stolen. we turn tonight to an abc news investigation we broke yesterday here about a former president and the $100,000 speaker fee he charged a charity for wounded veterans. abc's chief investigative correspondent brian ross asking why would you charge a veterans charity?
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♪ and i'm proud to be an american ♪ >> reporter: with flags flying and lee greenwood singing, a severely wounded veteran, petty officer jennifer penn injured in afghanistan, gets a specially adapted home, thanks to a texas-based charity called helping a hero. >> thank you guys for everything. >> reporter: every dollar counts for this veterans charity, and lots of people have donated their time and money. but not former president george w. bush who sent many of these veterans to war in the first place. abc news discovered that president bush actually charged the charity $100,000 as a speaking fee to appear at its annual fundraising gala in 2012 plus the private jet travel that cost the charity $20,000. his spokesperson confirms it, and tonight some veterans are outraged. >> you sent me to war. i was doing what you told me to do, gladly. >> reporter: former charity board member eddie wright, a marine who lost both hands in
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iraq, told abc news he was appalled. >> for him to be paid to raise money for veterans that were wounded in combat under his orders, i don't think that's right. >> reporter: the charity's lawyer says bush's appearance helped it raise an extra million dollars. >> if george bush wanted to get paid and we were able to make a million extra dollars, it was a good use of money. >> did anybody ask him if he'd do it for free? >> ask george bush. that's george bush's conscience. >> reporter: president bush's spokesman says helping veterans is one of his highest priorities, and he has hosted other events on their behalf for free. but former first lady laura bush also charged the helping a hero charity to appear $50,000, on a night she accepted the group's patriot award. >> and brian ross with us now. former president george w. bush speaking tonight with former president bill clinton. he's made a lot of money himself at speaking events. >> that's very true, david. a spokesman for former president clinton says he has never received a fee to appear at a
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veterans charity. late tonight, a spokesman said mr. bush has given millions of dollars to charity since leaving office. >> this charity says president bush helped bring money in. >> that's what they said. >> brian ross tonight, thank you. we have a concerning medical headline tonight and a new warning from the fda about the popular pain relievers in millions of home here in america, including advil, raising your risk of heart attacks and strokes by as much as 50%. they're so concerned they're changing the labels on the bottles. here's what they will say from dr. richard besser. >> reporter: tonight, a major change to the bottles in so many american medicine cabinets. advil, motrin, and aleve. we take them for lower back pain, headache, fever, monthly cramps. the fda now saying these drugs can increase your risk of heart attack and stroke by up to 50%. and that risk begins with the very first dose. the more you take, and the longer you take it, the higher the risk will be. the warning label, which now reads "may increase risk" and "possible increased risk", will now drop those words. >> taking out the "may" or "possible" and simply say
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increases the risk. this doesn't mean don't take it, you just have to be aware. >> that's right. for most people the risk remains very small. the problem is that all pain relievers have side affects so you have to weigh those against the relief you're going to get from the drugs. if you have heart disease, the risk is going to be higher and you need to be aware of that. >> which is why the fda changed the label here. rich besser tonight, thanks so much. we're going to turn now to those football players sidelined by fireworks accidents on the weekend, both losing fingers on the fourth of july. a star player's injuries worse than first thought. abc's ryan smith tonight on that player just days away from signing a contract worth almost $15 million. >> reporter: tonight two nfl players putting their hands and livelihoods in jeopardy from using fireworks over the fourth of july weekend. >> this is almost unprecedented. these players who had so much football life in front of them suffered needless injuries. >> reporter: new york giants star jason pierre-paul severely injuring both hands
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lighting this massive display. medical charts showing his right index finger was amputated. he remains hospitalized. his injury putting millions on the line. pierre-paul seen here bragging about fireworks while holding on infant. >> talk about fireworks on the ground -- >> reporter: hasn't yet signed a $14.8 million deal for next season with the giants and has until july 15th to complete a long-term contract, a deal that may be in jeopardy. that same weekend, tampa bay buccaneers corner back c.j. wilson reportedly lost two fingers during a celebration with family and friends. >> at one of his friend's house, a bunch of them got together and just shooting off a bunch of fireworks, had one explode in his hand. >> reporter: now both mishaps could force nfl teams to send a message to players. >> i can guarantee you it will have a ripple effect on july 4th and seasons to come. >> when we heard about that contract today, $15 million, a lot of money on the line. when do these players return? will these players return?
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>> it's unclear. their return dates, they play two different positions. pierre-paul plays defensive end, his need for nimble hands and fingers could be less than that of wilson's a quarterback, whose job it is to intercept footballs and deflect passes. a sobering assessment from the u.n. tonight. more than 4 million refugees have fled syria since the start of the civil war in 2011, the highest number of refugees from a single crises in 25 years, the most in a generation. 7.6 million displaced from their homes and of course perhaps you remember we met some of those families, the young children, when we traveled to syria, the border there last fall. 75% of syria's refugees crossing into turkey, lebanon and it was in lebanon we met those children. to bolivia tonight, pope francis on his tour through south america trying a local delicacy, a tea made with coco leaves. it helps with altitude sickness, they say.
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it's controversial because those leaves also are used to make cocaine. later this image, the pope getting ready for an open air mass. inside, that's right, that's a burger king there, curtains covering the glass so the pope can dress and pray in private. the pope planning a trip to the u.s. this fall. no word if he ordered a whopper. there's still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this thursday. the one man crime spree and looting three homes in two hours, the accused burglar caught on camera, stealing thousands of dollars in jewelry and other items from the home. tonight authorities with the warning, the common mistake so many families make this time of year. news tonight on those three girls missing for days in the wilderness. we have new information on those three sisters. and look at this, the father and the daughter right there out in the water. the father behind her. suddenly they get caught in a rip tide. >> i can't! >> she's holding a selfie stick documenting the whole thing and you'll see what possibly saved her when we come back. [announcer:] what if one stalk of broccoli could protect you from cancer? what if one push up could prevent
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you're about to see video of the man stealing thousands of dollars worth of jewelry according to authorities. abc's kayna whitworth with a warning for any family thinking about taking time away. >> reporter: watch as this man enters a new york city apartment, nonchalantly digging through drawers. he made off with thousands of dollars' worth of jewelry from three different apartments over the long fourth of july holiday weekend. police releasing the video in hopes of identifying the thief. and in seattle, this burglary also caught on surveillance tape while the homeowners were on vacation. but more important than catching a burglary on camera is preventing it. experts say don't post your vacation plans on social media. this family went on vacation to las vegas last year, posting about their trip on facebook, only to realize they had tipped off burglars. >> while we were gone he was here taking us for everything that we have. >> you're telling anybody that has access to your account or has access to social media, you're telling them where you're
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bringing a selfie stick. her mom yelling from the beach. >> put your wrist band on. >> reporter: that wrist band would keep the selfie stick attached to her. that fun and frolicking quickly turned into fear. erin was caught in a rip tide. >> i felt extremely helpless. getting tossed into the waves especially. >> reporter: those dangerous waters sucking her under. but then dad grabs the selfie stick, still attached by that wristband, and like a baton, passes her to mom. >> give me your hand! >> reporter: a group of good samaritans and life guards rescuing her dad, too. paula faris, abc news new york. >> we're just glad erin is >> breaking news tonight. two people trapped on a san francisco cliff. >> developing news tonight on the death of raiders legend. we're gathering local reaction to the passing of the quarterback. >> six pedestrians hit by a car
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on a sidewalk. the driver, arrested. is his car to blame? it's only on abc7 news. >> and making bay area history tonight. the demolition of candle stick park as seen through the eye of a drone. >> that is out of san francisco. sky 7 hd is live at the land's end trail. fire departments are rescuing two siblings. >> the two were hiking near the legion of honor museum, where another boy tumbled and had to be rescued in march. >> what can you tell us about the operation now? we're seeing them walking off with first responders now. >> right.
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these two spent a frightening hour on the edge of the cliff there. they couldn't tell us where they were. our dispatcher kept the reporting party on the line and she listened for our sirens and drafted us toward their location. >> from sky 7 it looks precarious. are there hiking restrictions there? >> i don't know if there are exactly. . it's my understanding that they stepped over a couple ropes so they're -- that may be an issue. i can't confirm that now. >> we're looking


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