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anymore. >> that does it for us. welcome to "world news tonight." no apologies. donald trump standing firm after his comments, seen as attacks on women. >> you don't think you crossed the line there? >> no, not at all. >> how the republican front-runner plans to bounce back. deadly encounter. the experienced hiker in yellowstone national park, killed by a grizzly bear. tonight, the hunt for the beast on the loose in one of america's most popular destinations. tinder box. searing heat and bone-dry brush, fueling new wildfires. homes destroyed, more than 100 families evacuated. and the erratic wind and lightning on the way. toxic river. a major waterway, now free-flowing yellow sludge stretching more than 100 miles, and heading towards the grand canyon. and, remembering frank gifford. on the giants. in the broadcast booth.
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tonight, a look back at the hall-of-famer's life. good evening. thanks for joining us on this sunday. i'm tom llamas. we begin with donald trump, trying to change the conversation after making remarks that risked alienating women. trump calling into the sunday talk shows, refusing to apologize after personal attacks on megyn kelly. many seeing them as attacks on women. now, a new plan of proposals and plans coming up. trying to stay atop the polls. devin dwyer has more. >> reporter: under fire and firing back. tonight, donald trump standing by insults he hurled at fox debate moderator megyn kelly. >> so, no apologies to megyn kelly? >> no, not at all. i said -- look, she asked me a very nasty question. i have nothing against megyn kelly, but she asked me a very, very nasty question.
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>> reporter: on abc's "this week," trump defending his comments that set off a firestorm. >> blood coming out of her wherever. >> reporter: insisting to george he did not mean to imply anything inappropriate. >> i was referring to nose, ears. they're very common statements. and only a deviant would think of what people said. >> reporter: the republican front-runner, with a recent history of controversial statements about immigrants and american p.o.w.s, now arguing he has no problem with women. >> i've always had a great relationship to the women. women are tremendous. >> reporter: the woman at the center of it all -- >> you've called women you don't like fat pigs, dogs, slobs. >> reporter: tonight for the first time heard defending her treatment of trump. >> he felt attacked. it wasn't an attack. it was a fair question, but i get it. he's in the arena and so am i. >> reporter: megyn kelly moving on as trump's gop rivals, sensing an opening in the race, try to do the same. >> all the air in the balloon is going to donald trump right now. >> i don't really pay any attention to these other things.
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>> reporter: can trump sustain his surge? for the second time in a week, trump's campaign faces a major shakeup. the billionaire businessman says he fired longtime top political adviser roger stone. stone, claiming he "fired trump." despite the turmoil, trump says he's having a great time, and he's full speed ahead. one of his advisers tells me tonight trump plans to roll out specific policy proposals on immigration and jobs in the next few days. tom? >> devin, thank you. yellowstone national park is crowded with tourists this time of year. but they share the park with wildlife. tonight, one hiker, very familiar with the park's trails, is dead. and investigators say it looks like a bear is to blame. here's linzie janis. >> reporter: tonight, visitors at yellowstone national park on high alert after authorities say a man was apparently attacked and killed by a grizzly bear. they say the 63-year-old, whose name isn't being released, was an experienced hiker and worked
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at a medical center inside the park. his body discovered friday afternoon near a popular trail. investigators saying his forearms had defensive wounds and they found partial tracks believed to be from an adult female bear and at least one cub. >> we hope to capture a bear sometime in the very near future. >> reporter: just two months ago at yellowstone -- >> there's a bear on my car! oh, my gosh! >> reporter: pouncing on one family's car and scaring the children inside. and three months ago -- >> go, go! >> reporter: this black bear and her cubs appearing on one of the park's bridges, lined with sightseers. mama bear charging one family as they scrambled to their car. no one was injured in either incident. but on average one person is injured in a grizzly attack every year in yellowstone's backcountry. with black bear attacks in the park more rare -- one every six years. >> we have to respect what we have here. in order to have a safe visit, there is a personal
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responsibility for people as well. >> reporter: tonight, experts remind people, try to hike in groups of three or more. stick to designated trails, and always carry a can of bear spray like this one. tom? >> thank you. and severe weather threatening cities and suburbs in the central plains. a monster storm in arizona. lightning. flooding plaguing the central florida area. >> reporter: the tampa, florida, area hit again. this neighborhood submerged after ten inches of rain in just eight days. pumps brought in to drain the water. homeowners facing major repairs. >> if the county and the state can't get together to come up with a permanent solution, i don't know how i can put more money back into this house. >> shut the door! >> reporter: in south dakota, this family racing to keep golf
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ball-sized hail out of their home. that same system lighting up skies over nebraska. >> tornado! >> reporter: tornadoes reported there and in kansas. out west, more than 40 large fires burning, including this fast-moving blaze in arizona. >> the fire is continuing to grow. this thing is burning and it is roaring. >> reporter: hundreds forced from their homes. more than 10,000 firefighters battling blazes in california where one firefighter lost his life this weekend. ryan owens, abc news, san diego. we head overseas to another big weather story, the deadly tropical storm, once a typhoon, slamming into china. at least 20 dead or missing. homes destroyed, streets flooded. the damage is staggering. the pounding rain triggering mudslides, more than 1 million homes without power. it's killed at least ten people in taiwan. back here in the states, on this day one year ago, a white
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police officer says he was forced to fire, killing an unarmed teenager, michael brown. triggering national unrest and national conversation about the use of police force. this week, another incident under the microscope, this time in texas. kendis gibson reports. >> reporter: surveillance cameras at this dallas area car dealership capturing some of the final minutes of 19-year-old christian taylor's life. taylor, a college football player, exits his dark jeep and hops over this barricade into the parking lot. police receiving a call early friday morning of a possible burglary in progress. >> be advised that the suspect is trying to get into the vehicle through the windshield. >> reporter: watch as taylor jumps repeatedly on the windshield of this grey mustang, peels back the cracked glass. before walking off. he returns to his car, drives it through the barricade and around the parking lot, and through the glass showroom. officers respond. >> they made verbal contact with mr. taylor through the glass wall, instructing him to lie on the ground. mr. taylor was not compliant.
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>> reporter: the surveillance cameras do not show what police call a "confrontation" between taylor, who was unarmed, and two officers, 49-year-old brad miller and his field training officer. >> we've got shots fired. >> reporter: miller firing four rounds, striking taylor multiple times. >> the decision to use deadly force is one of the most difficult and scrutinized actions a police officer will ever make. >> reporter: the fbi now investigating. taylor's death, adding fuel to protests in ferguson marking the anniversary of michael brown's death. >> i miss you, boy. >> reporter: former officer darren wilson cleared of wrongdoing. the town erupting in violence. ferguson further igniting the "black lives matter" movement. a "washington post" analysis shows 24 unarmed black men shot and killed by police this year alone. a statistic not lost on the youngest. >> i think i'll get killed. >> reporter: that's how you feel as an 8-year-old? >> yeah. >> reporter: tense hours ahead
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here in ferguson as protests are expected to return later tonight. tom? >> kendis, thank you. to california, and a brutal murder igniting the firestorm over immigration laws. a suspect is behind bars, but many say he should never have been on the streets in the first place. here's aditi roy. >> reporter: police say 29-year-old undocumented immigrant victor ramirez was one of two men who broke into 64-year-old marilyn pharis' home, sexually assaulting her, attacking her with a hammer. she later died. authorities say ramirez is an had been arrested six times in the last 15 months, and was out on probation facing misdemeanor drug charges. the santa maria police chief is now blaming weak drug laws that allowed ramirez to be released. >> i'm not remiss to say, from washington, d.c., to sacramento, there's a blood trail into the bedroom of marilyn pharis.
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>> reporter: the case follows the high-profile shooting death of kate steinle on the san francisco waterfront. the suspect in this case was an illegal immigrant who had a federal immigration hold. a federal request to be held for pickup or deportation. but was protected by so-called sanctuary laws, which prohibit local authorities from turning him over to immigration officials. but federal officials say there was no such hold on ramirez because he was charged with a misdemeanor. tonight, u.s. immigration and customs enforcement tells abc news it is seeking notification in advance of his release or transfer from local custody. the los angeles, californ timese pled not guilty. tonight, ramirez remains behind bars and is scheduled to appear in court later this week. tom? >> aditi, thank you. we want to turn your attention now to this image. this potentially toxic runoff has already stretched 100 miles. shutting down vacation spots and angering residents.
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the yellow sludge from a colorado gold mine is still creeping south, contaminating rivers. the epa is on the scene, because, get this -- it was one of their crews that caused it in the first place. here's mary bruce. >> reporter: tonight, new fears that this hick yellow muck rushing down the animas river could soon reach a popular vacation destination. and concerns it could reach as far as the grand canyon. one million gallons of toxic wastewater spewing from an abandoned mine in southwest colorado. >> it's scary. i mean, it's dangerous. >> reporter: and the environmental protection agency, tasked with protecting these waters, is to blame. a clean-up crew was digging near the old mine when it accidentally ripped this hole, releasing the mustard-colored sludge. >> we misjudged, and this is something that i'm owning up to. >> reporter: the epa under fire after waiting almost 24 hours to notify state and local officials of the spill.
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the waste water, snaking its way through colorado and new mexico, creeping toward utah. and officials saying it contains materials heavy metals, including lead and arsenic. the acidity in some areas, as strong as black coffee. the epa has warned people to stay out of the river. mary bruce, abc news, new york. >> mary, thank you. also tonight, we're remembering frank gifford. he earned nearly every honor there was to win in football, and was also a sports caster. chris connelly with our look back. >> reporter: from the 1950s onward, frank gifford was charismatic on the field and off. >> hello, everyone. frank gifford with al michaels and dan dierdorf. >> reporter: achieving his greatest moments of celebrity with abc's "monday night football." where he was on the broadcast team for 26 years. his chemistry with don meredith
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and howard cosell made it a pop culture phenomenon. it was football that made gifford a star. beginning in college, and then 12 seasons with the new york giants, where he was made an icon of the era. >> i was out of the ordinary, i was from california, my nose wasn't broken, i had all my teeth. i paid a price for it on the field, until i proved i could hit back as well as i could be hit. >> sends frank gifford flying. >> reporter: with the giants, he won a championship in 1956. he retired in 1964, becoming a broadcaster. through it all, exuding unmistakable star quality. as another former giant, michael strahan, remembers. >> if you're a football fan, a giants fan, you remember him from on the field, and things you may have seen him on tv, that's great, too. i just hope people remember we
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lost a very, very good man, and a good person. >> i called her after that. >> reporter: guest hosting for "good morning america," he met kathie lee johnson. they wed in 1986. she survives him. along with five children and five grandchildren. he died at home this morning, at the age of 84. long to be remembered as an icon of broadcasting, and a hero on the field. chris connelly, abc news, los angeles. >> and our thoughts and prayers with the gifford family tonight. still ahead, another bus driver caught in the act, talking on his cell phone. how passengers, even children, are taking action. when they see those drivers tempting fate. and later, going the distance. why she's braving the cold, shark-infested waters. and why she has bragging rights tonight. those stories, coming up.
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welcome back. tonight, bus drivers flirting with disaster, and another incident of one of them on his phone multitasking behind the wheel of a bus with students on it. so distracted, he didn't notice that one of them was recording him. here's rebecca jarvis. >> reporter: caught in the act. a school bus driver talking on his cell phone. the student filming tells her father it wasn't the first time. >> if it's happened before, it's happened again. to the point where she is taking video of it, then it isn't a mistake anymore. >> reporter: thomas houk says all he could think about was a deadly accident last year in nearby knox county, tennessee. two students and a teacher's aide killed. police now say the driver was sending a text at the time of the accident. >> we know from last year it costs some lives. i don't want my daughter to be one of them. >> reporter: distracted driving kills 3,000 americans every year and texting is considered one of the most dangerous distractions.
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more and more bus riders are sounding the alarm. venus cotta's 14-year-old daughter caught her bus driver with one hand on the wheel and two eyes on her phone. >> not only are they going to kill the driver, they're going to kill those children on that bus. >> reporter: this greyhound driver, using his ipad while taking families to an amusement park. that driver lost his job. and so did that tennessee bus driver in the video. the knox county school district announcing it will now put two cameras on all of its buses, and have police officers regularly board buses to monitor drivers. rebecca jarvis, abc news, new york. coming up, it is not the view beachgoers expected. look at the horizon there. the coast guard rushing in. what they found, when we come back. day sending oxygen to my muscles. again! so i can lift even the most demanding weights. take care of all your most important parts with centrum.
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>> reporter: for better, for worse. in sickness and in health. larry matti figured he'd always have that matching wedding ring on his finger. until it slipped off when he was a patient at the mayo clinic. >> i know when i lost it, i never expected to see it again. >> reporter: that was 27 years ago. his wife linda, who worked there, kept checking lost and found. after years, she gave up. little did they know that a plumber, dale grobe, would eventually find it in a clogged pipe. >> i turned it in to lost and found and after six, seven months, they gave it back to me because they didn't find the owner. >> reporter: dale's wife kathie has worn it ever since. larry and linda moved on, eventually replacing the ring. >> for our 25th wedding anniversary, i gave him a new ring. >> reporter: but the lost ring had an inscription. the bride and groom's first names plus a date. amazingly, the plumber and his wife met larry and linda's son at a wedding just two weeks ago. the conversation turned to the ring and the inscription.
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>> kathy grobe just got pale and teared up. and said "oh, my god, do you happen to know when they were married?" >> reporter: the son called his mom, who told him, 1973. and katie grobe handed over the ring on the spot. >> these are people i've thought of for so long. since i started wearing the ring. i couldn't be more thrilled to have the ring at home. >> reporter: bringing this love story, and the ring, full circle. david wright, abc news. >> what a coincidence. what a plumber. "gma" first thing in the morning, david muir will back here tomorrow night. i'm tom llamas in new york. have a great evening. good night.
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next abc7 news at 6:00. a major league tribute honoring scott lunger and his family. more problems at san francisco's massive outdoor concert in golden gate park. we're live at outside lands. california's historic drought. the bay area river now dried up and how it's hurting wildlife. abc7 news at 6:00 starts right now. >> here honored to call sergeant lunger and his family members of the oakland athletics family. [applause] >> a tribute to a fallen hero. today the oakland a's saluted law enforcement and honored scott lunger. lunger was a huge a's fan. his family, including his father and two daughters, were at today's special ceremony. a jersey honoring sergeant
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lunger hung in the dugout. >> reporter: what a great day. this was law enforcement day at the a's game, and scott lunger's family was truly honored and humbled by at the outpouring of love and support for their fallen hero. >> the biggest honor of father could have, paul lunger, throwing out the first pitch of sunday's a's game to his son scott's favorite player, rickey henderson. [applause] >> a wonderful experience. i was nervous, and i'm sure my son, scott, is jealous of me being up on the mound. i felt scott was in between us when i was hugging him.


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