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for the moment in napa, i'm dan ashley. >> thanks for jo tonight, wall street meltdown. the dow in freefall plunging more than a thousand points. 401(k)s dropped thousands of dollars in just minutes. how safe are your savings? how solid is the economy? rebecca jarvis standing by. american heroes. three boyhood friends receive france's highest honor taking down the terrorist on a train. tonight we're learning about a fourth american, a professor, now being called a hero. ready to run? new clues in that joe biden may take on hillary clinton. his meeting with president obama today. who will obama choose if biden runs? the new warning about ground beef. the report that may have you asking for your burger well done. and tight squeeze. new video inside the escape tunnel carved out by two dangerous inmates from prison cell to the open road in just 20 minutes.
good evening. i'm george stephanopoulos in for david tonight, and we begin with that wild ride on wall street. the worst day in more than four years after the second worst on friday. millions of americans watched a bungee jump of a day. at the opening bell, the dow plunged more than a thousand points rebounding by midday then a late afternoon nosedive closing down over 580 points. it's a chain reaction that started in china. they called it black monday there, and here at home, the average american 401(k) took a big hit, losing thousands. abc's chief business correspondent rebecca jarvis starts us off. [ opening bell ] >> reporter: it started with a plunge. the dow cratering an unprecedented 1,000 points just minutes after the opening bell. >> it gives you little butterflies in your stomach. >> reporter: even veteran traders stunned by the drop. what's one word to describe the feeling on the floor today?
>> anxious. >> reporter: moments later stocks clawing back, reversing some of the losses. >> people were nervous, but there was not that sick feeling in your stomach that sometimes you get at times like this. >> reporter: before plummeting yet again. so what's driving the volatility? triggered by a massive sell-off that started in china last week, the dow now down more than 1600 points in just 5 days. traders fearing the slowdown in china could lead to weakness here. the white house trying to calm those nerves. >> what i would encourage people to evaluate is the ongoing strength and resilience of the u.s. economy. >> reporter: but to many on wall street, with stocks up nearly 60% over the last five years, today's slide was long overdue. there feels like there's this disconnect. the economy's chugging along, but the market has gone up exponentially. >> the market has gotten ahead of where the actual economy is. >> reporter: this day ending with an unusual sigh of relief. the dow down 588 points, but it
could have been so much worse. and the typical 401(k) has now lost about $9,000 in just the last week. what happens next comes down to how chinese stocks fare overnight, and traders will likely be feeling more of those butterflies tomorrow, george, and we'll be following. >> you'll tracking it all night. okay, rebecca, thanks very much. now to those american heroes making headlines around the world. three childhood friends from california awarded france's highest honor today for their quick action and courage. unarmed, unafraid they tackled and hog-tied the terrorist who opened fire on that train headed to france. and now another american hero. the professor who took a bullet when he moved in on the gunman. abc's david wright reports tonight from paris. >> reporter: tonight two of the american heroes arrived in ramstein, germany, for medical treatment at a military hospital. first stop on their journey home after this incredible ordeal. today, we went to see for ourselves how they helped
prevent a massacre. i'm riding the train today retracing the journey that turned three childhood friends into heroes. the three of them were traveling on this high-speed train bound for paris friday evening, half asleep. sitting nearby, that other american, college professor mark moogalian and his wife. the gunman emerged from the bathroom here shirtless and strapped with an ak-47. moogalian was the first to confront him, grabbing the ak-47 which had jammed. he didn't realize that ayoub el khazzani also had a handgun, and as moogalian turned to protect his wife, he was shot in the back. that's when the three american friends pounced. >> alek just hit me on the shoulder and said, let's go and ran down, tackled him. >> reporter: airman first class spencer stone almost lost his thumb in the struggle as the gunman fought back with a box cutter. once they disarmed and subdued el khazzani hog-tying him with
the conductor's red necktie, airman stone gave first aid to moogalian saving his life. >> i just stuck two of my fingers in the hole, found what i thought to be the artery, pushed down and the bleeding stopped. >> reporter: today the french president called their courage an example to the world awarding them the legion of honor. the gunman was known to authorities. france had him on a security watch list since february 2014 after spanish authorities told them he had ties to islamic extremists. tonight moogalian is listed in serious but stable condition. he's expected to make a full recovery, and as soon as he does, he'll get the legion of honor too. george. >> okay, david, thanks very much. there are new moves in the race for the white house. all eyes on vice president biden after that secret meeting with elizabeth warren over the weekend then his private lunch with president obama today. speculation that biden could run now to fever pitch, which could put president obama in an awkward spot. does he endorse hillary or joe? abc's jon karl put that question to the white house.
>> reporter: vice president biden and president obama met today behind closed doors, a race pitting his vp against his former secretary of state would put the president in a tough spot. today the white house said if that happens, the president may take sides by endorsing one of them and even seemed to give the veep a little boost. >> the president has indicated that to add joe biden to the ticket as his running mate was the smartest decision that he had ever made in politics. >> so i assume that means the president would support vice president biden if he were to run, and this is obviously a better decision than the secretary of state he chose, so -- [ laughter ] >> reporter: the man leading the draft biden movement is josh alcorn, a close friend of biden's son beau, who died in may. how did beau look at all of this? >> there's no doubt in my mind, jon, that beau wanted to see his dad as president. >> reporter: hillary clinton is now relaxing in the hamptons, seen here in these exclusive photos by "the daily mail." but taking nothing for granted,
she plans to interrupt her vacation, heading back out on the campaign trail later this week. >> and, jon, what more do we know about the timing of this decision and where biden's head is right now? >> reporter: well, several democrats close to biden have told me that it is more likely than not that he decides to run. he has not made a decision yet, george, but i am told he has already asked aides to put together budgets, to look at what it would cost to launch a campaign. as for the timing of that decision, i am told that biden has told friends that the absolute deadline, the last possible moment that he can make a decision is before the first democratic debate, which is in the middle of october. >> and doing all the due diligence before that. okay, jon, thanks very much. now to that monster wildfire in washington state, the biggest in that state's history. stunning images coming in and evacuations under way tonight. abc's kendis gibson is there. >> reporter: tonight, thousands more washington state residents evacuating their homes with flames just steps from their front doors. >> i didn't think that there was any hope. >> reporter: the okanogan
complex fire's at more than 400 square miles, the largest in state history. >> it's unrelenting so far. >> reporter: battle-weary firefighters getting reinforcements on the front lines tonight from new zealand and australia. 70 major fires burning in the west. this southern california ski resort using snow cannons to stop the fires from spreading. smoke from all these fires now visible on this map as far south as florida. here in washington, officials in several communities warning people to stay indoors. >> oh, my gosh, it's horrible. >> reporter: the air so bad around here health officials encouraging people to wear these sort of heavy-duty respirator masks or at least one with a filter, george. >> thank you, kendis. we are following a developing story here in new york. you can see the grisly crash scene where a casino bus slammed into an apartment building in queens. rescue workers rushing to the scene. the driver of that bus trapped inside. here's abc's mara schiavocampo. >> reporter: tonight, a devastating scene where that bus slammed into a building injuring
at least half a dozen people. the vehicle, run by resorts world casino, badly damaging the structure in this residential new york city neighborhood taking out a large chunk of two stories. >> no cars cut him off, no nothing, and all of a sudden he plows right in, into the building. >> reporter: the driver pinned inside until rescuers could free him. >> he hit the building. he was trapped. the fire department had to extricate him using the jaws of life. he was transported by ems. >> reporter: in the past riding a casino bus has sometimes been a gamble, some involved in terrible accidents. 15 killed in this 2011 new york crash. and earlier this year, 30 hurt near los angeles when this casino-bound bus collided with an 18-wheeler. now, the red cross is on the scene, and in a statement, the casino bus operator says they are cooperating fully with the authorities in the investigation. george? >> a lot of questions out there. thanks, mara. new developments tonight in that deadly air show crash, the horrifying moment caught on tape
when a vintage plane spins out of control right into a crowded highway shooting a fireball into the sky. moments later, the wreckage still in flames. at least 11 people killed and now that death toll expected to go up. abc's terry moran is on the scene. >> reporter: today at the crash site, a crane gently lifted pieces of wreckage from the roadside. they're still looking for human remains here from that almost surreal moment at saturday's air show. the 1950s-era hawker hunter t-7, high in the cloudless sky performing a thrilling loop above the crowd then failing to pull up and exploding onto a highway. >> oh! >> reporter: a terrifying, traumatizing sight. >> oh. >> there's nothing we can do except stay where we are. >> reporter: the huge fireball of impact, the plane, loaded with fuel. this whole scene is now a memorial, people leaving flowers and notes of sympathy and prayer. the inferno of the crash, just a couple hundred yards back there, and given that this is an area of many villages and local
businesses and busy roads, it's a miracle there weren't more victims. alish southall was on that road when the jet came down. >> we just ran, and we just protected ourselves from the debris. >> did you feel the heat of the fire? >> yeah, you felt the heat of the fire, and it was more the noise, as well, the crash. >> reporter: survival and loss in an incomprehensible instant. terry moran, abc news, west sussex, england. >> that is so horrifying. now to syria and ancient artifacts targeted for destruction by isis. the militant group has destroyed one of the most important roman temples in the historic city of palmyra rigging it with explosives. the temple dated back nearly 2,000 years. and back here at home in louisiana, a state trooper has been killed in the line of duty. police say he died today one day after being shot in the head by a stranded driver. he was trying to help the gunman who was tackled by bystanders. flags in louisiana being flown at half staff to honor the fallen officer. and now to that disturbing
case out of new hampshire where a former student is on trial accused of raping a younger classmate raising questions about the culture inside one of the most elite prep schools in america. here's abc's gio benitez. >> reporter: tonight, students and graduates of the elite new hampshire prep school, st. paul's, have taken the stand. testifying that their friend, 19-year-old owen labrie, told them he had sex with a 15-year-old schoolmate last year. >> i had left under the impression that they did have sex in their time, wherever they were. >> and did he tell you not to tell anyone? >> i believe so, yes. >> reporter: in an emotional three days of testimony last week, the alleged victim, now 16, says labrie raped her. but labrie denies ever having sex with the girl. his defense attorney challenges her story. >> well, why were you cloudy? >> i was raped. >> reporter: the detective remembers going back to the scene with the girl.
>> she started crying. she was unable to talk to me or answer any questions beyond pointing out the area that owen had put a blanket down. >> reporter: the defense is trying to establish reasonable doubt by saying labrie's messages about sex were just teenage exaggerations. labrie has pleaded not guilty and he could end up being the defense's only witness to take the stand, george. >> i know you'll be watching. okay, gio, thanks. we have extraordinary new video tonight taking us inside that brazen prison break. the two convicts in upstate new york who broke free earlier this summer. it shows a 20-minute journey squeezing through holes, crawling across catwalks to temporary freedom. abc's linzie janis has the tape. >> reporter: tonight, this new video first obtained by abc news revealing how david sweat and richard matt raced from their prison cells to freedom in just 20 minutes. shot by two investigators, the video shows how the inmates crawled through holes in their cells onto the catwalks behind.
then shimmying down four floors to the prison's underground tunnel system. in nine minutes they've made it the length of two cell blocks and are entering the last one. >> approaching the first significantly tight squeeze. >> reporter: minutes later, they're under the prison yard. >> underneath the asphalt yard. >> reporter: connecting with that now infamous steam pipe. >> i'm gonna get in this pipe. >> reporter: the investigators squeezing through. >> emerging from the steam pipe. >> reporter: and three minutes later, they're free emerging through that manhole onto the street. their brazen escape kicking off a massive manhunt across this dense terrain. police killing matt, capturing sweat alive just a mile and a half from the canadian border. sweat in court just days ago facing new charges. linzie janis, abc news, new york. >> thanks, linzie. much more ahead on "world news tonight" this monday. new developments in the ashley madison hacking scandal. police link it to suicides.
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finally tonight, wonder twins at the national zoo. baby pandas born hours apart and that second cub, a happy surprise. abc's matt gutman brings us that special delivery. >> reporter: zookeepers expected that first squeak, but hours later the second squawk of life threw them. >> this is very exciting news and was a bit of a surprise for us. >> reporter: both cubs about the size of a stick of butter but feisty. >> tried to crawl away from me when doing our exam. >> reporter: pandas are undeniably cute. when mei xiang's other cub bao bao sneezed, the video nearly broke the internet. but they are evolutionarily challenged. only about 1600 remain in the wild, and while panda twins are common, their survival is not. >> these are the only panda twins to ever survive in the united states. >> ever? >> ever. >> reporter: we met those cubs
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been together, they say they've never been asked to leave an establishment. >> we're a group, we're respectful and have been together 17 years, we go to fine dining establishments. which is what some people want to call the napa wine train. >> she says he were about as loud as any other group of 11 people, so they were shocked to be met by police at the st. helena station, and offended to see this facebook page, which has been deleted. it said, if part following verbal and physical abuse towards guests and staff, it was necessary to get police involved. >> that is untrue. we've never touched anyone. >> reporter: pr consultant sam singer says that post was a mistake. he says the police were never called in to make an arrest. >> the police were called to ensure in case there had been liquor consumption that they were okay to drive home.