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tonight, the extreme heat getting worse. authorities warning it will feel like triple digits. the power line on fire. firefighters rush to the hospital. and the flooding, the major bridge that gave way. the driver teetering. outrage tonight and calls for an apology. do american veterans deserve one after what donald trump said about john mccain? >> he's not a war hero. also tonight, the family demanding release of the other video. what else happened in the moments a woman is pulled over failing to signal changing lanes later found dead in her jail cell. the historic moment 54 years later. the cuban flag flying in the u.s. again. tonight i'll take you inside the cuban embassy. and the man fighting off a shark on live tv. the audience could see the shark before he did. punching the shark, his own
family watching at home. good evening, and it's great to have you with us here on a monday night. and much of this country sweltering this evening, and for many, it is about to get worse. here in the northeast, the blackout inside this major hospital blamed on the heat tonight. the power line in flames elsewhere. the extremes on the other side of the country, in the west, i-10 in california a major bridge giving away after torrential downpours weakened the bridge. a 30-foot section completely gone there, and this car dangling, the driver safe in it all. the forecast, 70 million from oklahoma city to new york city in the 90s, factor in the humidity and the heat index, well over 100. and this is hardly over tonight. abc's gio benitez leading us off. >> reporter: tonight, extreme heat bringing warnings all along the east coast. >> an excessive heat warning. >> extreme heat.
>> the heat wave is ramping up. >> reporter: in new york city transformer cables in flames as temps quickly approach 100 degrees. these hospital hallways dark after a transformer blew there. in mt. vernon, new york, the heat is even too much for firefighters battling a smoky blaze. six hospitalized from heat exhaustion. >> this kind of heat can be dangerous. people have to make smart decisions. >> reporter: in philadelphia the city has activated its emergency heat line. nurses on hand to take calls as the temps get dangerously hot. the heat index is 99 degrees right now. so, what does that mean for someone who's in a car, for example? >> in a car, it's dangerous and also just this is the area where a fan is not going to help you. >> reporter: already this year, ten children have died after being left in hot cars. that's why these good samaritans in kansas busted open this car window to save a child who was accidentally left in the scorching heat. tonight, the child is okay, the parents cited for child endangerment. and at emergency rooms like this
one, doctors are reminding us that kids and the elderly at risk the most. so wear light and loose clothing, take some cool showers and drink lots of water, david. >> gio benitez leading us off from philly. gio, thank you. as we showed you at the top a driver lucky to be alive teetering over that bridge. in fact, we're told tonight 30 miles of bridges throughout the storm zone being inspected tonight possibly weakened by the storms. in moreno, california, streets turned into rivers, incredible pictures, and in wickenburg, arizona, that is a pool right there in the backyard surrounded by the rushing waters. abc's matt gutman takes us to that part of i-10 that simply gave way. >> reporter: torrential rains and flash floods are swamping the drought-ridden southwest. >> the street is flooding. >> reporter: in arizona, battering storms. up to 4 inches of rain near phoenix. >> there goes one trash can. >> reporter: storms bending power lines. los angeles and san diego, breaking their all-time july rainfall records!
in california nearly 7 inches of rain in just a few hours washing away that bridge. the main conduit between los angeles and phoenix wiped away. this pick-up truck careening into the watery chasm. its driver injured was plucked to safety. that water rushed through here with so much force it gouged out the riverbank separating the highway from the bridge. 27,000 cars a day use this road and tonight drivers are forced to detour over a hundred miles. engineers and helicopters like that are surveying every single bridge along a 30-mile span of this highway so the next flash flood doesn't cause a bridge to look like that. now, it could be weeks, maybe even months before this road is operating again. david. >> just an incredible scene behind you. matt gutman, our thanks to you, as well. we are following the situation in the west and, of course, the heat from the midwest all the way to the east and that's where ginger starts. >> right. climatologically this is the hottest time of year, but that doesn't mean it's not dangerous,
david, and that's why we have heat advisories in effect from oklahoma city through montgomery, alabama, all the way up to philadelphia. they've even got an excessive heat warning. florence, carolina, in an excessive heat warning, and you can see why. you add that level of moisture to the heat and it's going to feel like these heat indices, 107, tallahassee. tomorrow little rock, 100. quick look at those remnants of dolores. you just saw matt standing there. the rain not done yet. flash flood watches through tomorrow for parts of nevada through the sierra almost to l.a. >> as matt said, inspecting bridges tonight, ginger, thank you. now to the race for 2016 and growing outrage. do some american veterans deserve an apology? republican donald trump in that war of words after his comments about senator john mccain, the veteran and former prisoner of war. abc's jon karl tonight with video of the moment and this evening, john mccain saying, i don't need an apology, but other veterans do. >> reporter: it all started when trump said this about john mccain. >> he's not a war hero. >> he's a war hero.
>> he is a war hero. >> he's a war hero because he was captured. i like people that weren't captured. >> reporter: the remark struck most as outrageous. after all, mccain spent 5 1/2 years as a p.o.w. in vietnam while trump avoided the draft with multiple deferments and has boasted about leading a parade for veterans in 1995. today mccain is calling on trump to apologize, not to him, but to all vets. >> what i think he should do is apologize to the families and those who have served. >> reporter: top republicans are hammering trump. >> it's offensive. it's ridiculous, and i do think it is a disqualifier as commander in chief. >> reporter: but trump is not backing down. >> what could john mccain have done not to be captured? >> well, i do say this, people that fought hard and weren't captured and went through a lot, they get no credit. nobody even talks about them. they're like forgotten. >> reporter: the firestorm comes as trump is riding high. tonight's abc news/"washington post" poll has donald trump with the biggest lead by far of any republican yet.
the big question is what this controversy will do to trump's standing? most of the poll, david, was taken before those comments by trump about john mccain. >> we'll be watching it closely in the coming days. jon karl live at the white house. jon, thanks. tonight, abc news is learning new details after those marines were shot and killed in tennessee. the suspected gunman once a star athlete well liked by his friends, authorities say, seemingly transformed after seven months in jordan. tonight brian ross has learned what fbi agents have begun to discover on his phone, in his diary. is it a possible motive? after four lives were taken over the weekend, we learned a fifth victim, a sailor, dying from his wounds. abc's chief investigative correspondent brian ross tonight on what they have found in the phone. >> reporter: u.s. officials tonight tell abc news they believe mohammad abdulazeez carried out his attacks in the apparent hope allah would forgive his sins on earth, including drug abuse and financial failure. [ sirens ] it is the first indication that abdulazeez's deadly attacks on
two u.s. military sites last week were motivated by an extremist islamic sense of jihad. officials say an examination of abdulazeez's smartphone turned up no links to isis, but did reveal he searched a number of jihadist websites prior to his deadly rampage hoping to get religious justification to "wipe the slate clean" of his personal failures. and there were many. his family has told the fbi that abdulazeez, seen in these new photos provided to abc news, was mentally ill, abusing drugs, unable to hold a job, facing bankruptcy, and fearful of an upcoming court appearance for drunk driving. in his diary recovered by the fbi, abdulazeez wrote about committing suicide and becoming a martyr after he was fired from a job in 2013. in a phone call two days before the attack, the family says abdulazeez called his sister to tell her of the shame he felt as
a devout muslim over his arrest for drunk driving and his dread of the pending court appearance. tonight the family believes that may well have been the trigger, david, for what happened. >> brian ross tonight, thank you. now to that case making national headlines. the young woman discovered dead in her texas jail cell. authorities say it was suicide. tonight her family ordering a private autopsy. her death coming just three days after being pulled over for a routine traffic stop. the video showing what appears to be some sort of altercation there as tonight there are growing calls for other video from those same moments never before seen in public to be released. and here's abc's ryan smith. >> reporter: this cell phone video sparking outrage. >> you just slammed my head into the ground. do you not even care about that. >> reporter: capturing the only view of sandra bland's arrest until now. tonight bland's family speaking out about that dash cam video also showing the arrest and according to the bland family's lawyer, this dash cam video
indicates an officer said bland would get a warning, yet asked her to get out of the car. >> i've seen the dash cam video. it really calls into question why it is for a routine traffic stop, she was asked to even get out of her car. >> reporter: sandra's arrest, police say, happened after she kicked an officer but in the cell phone video she claims they roughed her up. >> for a traffic signal you slam me into the ground and everything. >> reporter: the 28-year-old bland found hanged to death with a trash bag in her cell three days after that arrest. now the bland family starting their own investigation and conducting an independent autopsy. >> this could have easily been anybody's neighbor, anybody's friend. >> reporter: tonight community leaders expressed outrage over the case suspecting foul play but those private autopsy results are expected in the next 24 to 48 hours along with that new dash cam video's release. >> ryan, thank you. now to that bombshell revelation in the bill cosby case. dramatic new details from a deposition secret until now. the comedian explaining in
chilling detail how he allegedly seduced young women using drugs asking about their personal lives, their families to apparently gain their trust. here tonight abc's linsey davis. >> reporter: tonight, bill cosby's legal team is fighting back against the release of a thousand-page deposition where cosby spoke openly about how he used drugs and fame to seduce women. cosby describes sexual encounters with at least five women even asking one of the alleged victims questions about her father's death from cancer to get close to her. the lawyer asking, "did you ask her those questions because you wanted to have sexual contact with her?" cosby answers, "yes." the deposition was part of a 2005 lawsuit filed by andrea constand who claimed cosby sexually assaulted her. but cosby says the relationship was consensual even describing a romantic dinner by the fireplace complete with cognac. cosby doesn't deny serial philandering. as for the quaaludes, he says some women willingly took them. when asked whether a different
woman from constand was asked in a position to consent to sex after he gave quaaludes to her in 1976, he says, i don't know. never charged with sexual assault, cosby settled the constand case out of court. more than two dozen women have accused cosby of assaulting and/or drugging them, something he's always denied. a source close to cosby says he settled to avoid embarrassment. and noun one of cosby's lawyers telling "the philadelphia inquirer" the release of that deposition was a violation of the confidentiality agreement, something he says they will deal with very vigorously, david. >> linsey davis, thank you. we are just back from washington tonight where history was made today. after more than five decades the cuban flag is flying in our nation's capital again. tonight, i take you inside the cuban embassy where we asked will president raul castro come to the u.s. and will president obama be welcomed in cuba? just inside the gate at the cuban embassy in washington
today, the first thing we notice the empty flagpole. 54 years have gone by, no flag. of course, you have cameras across the street. more than five decades since the u.s. cut off ties with fidel castro's cuba, the era of americans vacationing and gambling. >> the monte carlo of america. >> reporter: just 90 miles off the coast of florida, long ago silenced. ♪ today a new chapter. the cuban flag flying again. the curtain removed from the plaque now reading, the cuban embassy again and the foreign minister who works with president raul castro sitting down with us. did you ever think that this day would come? >> certainly, certainly. >> you did? >> i was always sure that this would happen, but i didn't know when. >> reporter: our trip to cuba just this year, the average family there making under $30 a month. [ speaking a foreign language ] the children hadn't seen an iphone before. they tell me they want to see the united states. while back in washington today at the top of the stairs, we
find the same cuban flag taken down all those years ago. this flag was saved as a premonition that this -- >> more than a premonition. >> reporter: and the day as come. >> certainly. >> reporter: but there are major hurdles ahead. the economic embargo still in place. congress must approve lifting it. already american cruise lines getting ready, airlines ready too and the line outside the american embassy in havana growing, and we ask if fidel castro brother's raul who is now president will make the trip to the u.s. do you think that your current president, president castro, will come visit the united states? >> i'm sure, but i don't know when. >> reporter: and president obama visiting cuba? >> let me say that president obama would be really welcome in havana city. >> cuba's foreign minister sitting down with us today. the cuban embassy re-opened in washington. we move on with other news tonight and that eye-opening new message this evening targeting distracted drivers, a new campaign warning of the dangers
of using your phone while behind the wheel and not just to talk or text. in fact, abc's david kerley tonight with those real-life moments, young drivers caught behind the wheel. >> reporter: in slow motion and backwards, this television commerical powerfully dramatizes what can be the outcome of doing what so many americans have done. use a mobile device while driving. >> everyone loves the picture i posted of you. >> reporter: at&t produced the ad and is using these virtual reality goggles around the country to basically try and scare drivers off their devices while driving. we've seen the reality. watch these teens, just a few seconds changing the music on a device. ♪ or looking at a message and they are out of their lane spinning and crashing. at any moment during daylight hours, more than 600,000 of us are using a cell phone device while driving. that's about one in ten drivers which have led to more than 3,000 deaths attributed to distracted driving.
do these ads, these campaigns make a difference? >> the campaigns do make a difference. there has been a reduction in the number of crashes, because they hit you hard, it makes you think what you are doing. >> reporter: a shocking reminder of what's at stake. david kerley, abc news, washington. >> all right, david, thank you. and there's still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this monday. the new drone scare and the gun being fired from the drone. watch this. tonight, police believe they know who is behind it. this drone here, the gun firing. you can hear it there, but are they breaking the law? that's the question. america's country music sweethearts with a major announcement tonight, the new headline coming in. and then watch this. we were all talking about this today. the man in the water, everyone at home watching live television. they could see the shark before he did. he begins to punch at the shark. how this ends, and his family is standing by tonight.
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