tv ABC World News With David Muir ABC August 31, 2015 5:30pm-6:01pm PDT
tonight, a special edition of "world news tonight" from the vatican. our exclusive visit with pope francis before his historic trip to america. tonight his message for americans back home before he arrives. and a first for american television, the pope allowing us to connect him to cities across the united states from chicago to los angeles to texas. he took questions and listened to stories of hardship, and what no one was expecting, the pope at times in english. and a surprise question for one american teen. also tonight, the dangerous heat wave brewing from chicago to new york just as millions of school children head back to class, and the massive flooding along the coast tonight. ambushed. new information the suspect charged with killing a sheriff's deputy in cold blood. we now learn he allegedly fired 15 shots. prosecutors with what they're now revealing. the dangerous game, the fan plunging from the upper deck in
front of thousands of people, the doctor who witnessed it all. good evening tonight from the vatican where today we witnessed something truly historic here. we were allowed inside the walls of the vatican to spend time with pope francis on the eve of his historic visit to the united states. we're about to take you inside. the pope greeting us today as he prepares for his trip. he told me he's ready. and he offered a message to americans before he takes the trip. the pope allowing us to visit as we helped connected him with americans across the country today in several different cities, a virtual papal audience. taking questions, listening to stories of struggle, at times breaking into english, a rarity for this pope. millions around the world have watched pope francis from a distance and for a time we were allowed up close, a pope whose warmth and words are already defining him, a pope who today even asked an american teenager to sing for him.
we quietly wait outside this door, inside the closed walls of the vatican. we're not far from the pope's residence, a simple building where he lives with other priests. famous for choosing to forego the grand papal apartment. we're told in a moment the doors will open, the pope will emerge. instead the door opens, they wave me inside. the pope asking for a moment to meet before the cameras. then, our walk to the room where he knows we will connect him with hundreds of americans across the country. a virtual papal audience. a conversation with them. we will tell him that there are many families, many young people in america, who will follow his american trip on television. and as we head into the room, a smile, surprised at the scope of the crew. he knows our cameras are in three cities he won't be able to visit. a school in chicago, in los angeles, and a church in mccallen, texas on the u.s-mexico border. [ speaking foreign language ]
>> reporter: we tell him we are honored to be here, and we begin. >> we are curious if you have a message before your visit to the united states. >> reporter: he tells us a big greeting to the catholic community of the united states, and to everyone, all of the citizens of the u.s. when 19-year-old marcus in los angeles asks the pope why his trip to the u.s. is so important -- >> it's a great honor to meet you. >> reporter: he says for me it is very important to meet with you all, the citizens of the u.s. who have your history, your culture, your virtues, your joys, your sadness, your problems like everyone else. there were many questions. and stories of adversity and survival. valerie, 17 from chicago, who has struggled with a rare skin disorder her whole life. she sought music to survive the bullying. and after the tears in front of the pope, an unexpected request from pope francis. that request in english.
>> i would like to hear you singing. may i ask of you to sing a song for me? >> reporter: we were all unsure if she would sing. >> be courageous. ♪ >> thank you very much. that was very kind of you. [ speaking foreign language ] >> reporter: the pope talking to single mothers, to students, even surprising an american nun. tackling issues. immigration. abortion. education. we have never seen anything
quite like it from a pope, but this pope after all is already breaking the mold. from the moment the world met him on that balcony, wearing white, a simple cassock. even with a limo waiting, he instead chose to ride in a van with some of the very cardinals who had just named him pope. he returned to the hotel to pay the bill himself. he often now rides in a ford focus, telling priests and nuns to drive humble cars. and we saw it right here in rome. the nuns waving to us. pope francis has never used a computer, owned a cell phone, but he is on twitter. tweets are approved by the pope himself. he has 22 million followers. his messages, retweeted more than any other leader in the world. eight times the rate of president obama. the first ever selfies with a pope, spreading worldwide within seconds of being snapped. with millions waiting with their phones in america, one more message before he arrives. >> do you have a message for america before your visit, a parting message?
he said i'm praying for all of you, the people of the united states, and i ask you to pray for me. our time with pope francis here today. and a number we came across here. in his first full year as pope, 5.9 million visitors came here to the vatican. that's nearly triple the number before him. he's about to bring that energy to america. later tonight right here, we'll take you along the route where pope francis will visit when he comes to the u.s. and what the pope has already said about what he misses most after becoming pope. friday night right here, a special edition of "20/20," the pope and our virtual papal audience, with americans in three different cities, their questions for him, their moments with the pope from our time inside the vatican. that's friday night at 10:00, right here. we do continue with the other news this monday night. the extreme weather this monday night, a heat wave about to heat in the east as millions of children head back to school. a developing story in the pacific we're trafficking as well, three hurricanes at this hour and the deluge in the south. this neighborhood underwater in
charleston, south carolina. chief meteorologist ginger zee with the forecast in just a moment but first rob marciano tonight in florida with the dramatic new images coming in at this hour. >> reporter: tonight, torrential rains, swamping streets in charleston, south carolina. rescuers going door to door. mudslides covering roads. remnants of tropical storm erika, bringing flooding to north florida and spawning this waterspout. out west almost three inches of rain bringing flash flooding across the utah desert. this after the west cleans up from a weekend of windstorms. watch this tree flatten a forklift at the storm's height in washington state. and from chicago to new york a late summer heat wave in the works. a sweltering start to the u.s. open in new york city. david, here in the tampa bay area, many of the rivers are still in flood stage and with more rain expected tonight from the remnants of erika, this month could go down as their wettest august on record. david? >> rob marciano in florida for us tonight. rob, thank you.
now let's get to the heat wave so many parents are concerned about as they send their children back to school. meteorologist ginger zee is tracking that tonight for us. ginger? >> reporter: just as we head into meteorological fall it is hot and feeling like summer. from chicago to new york city we'll go for 90s again. a lot of these places are in the midst of a heat wave, especially in those northern latitudes. it's going to last through wednesday or thursday, depending on your location. headlines also include the tropics. we're watching the pacific, three big hurricanes. one of them closer to hawaii, so far north that high surf is the biggest variable. 12 to 20-foot waves, eastern shores of maui and the big island. finally hurricane fred has formed. this deal is one of the few in our history that have affected the cape verde islands. david? >> meteorologist ginger zee with us tonight, ginger, thank you. we're going to turn to that deadly shooting in texas back in the news tonight, the sheriff's deputy killed in cold blood after filling up his patrol car at that gas station. the suspect in court today, allegedly unloading 15 rounds that night.
this evening, a chilling new claim, was the veteran officer a target simply because he was wearing a police uniform. abc's matt gutman in texas. >> reporter: an alleged assassin jangled into court today. shackled hand and foot. >> identify this defendant shannon miles as the shooter. >> reporter: shannon miles accused of brutally murdering sheriff's deputy darren goforth late friday. >> would you call this an assassination? >> yes. >> reporter: prosecutors say the 30-year-old miles stalked goforth right outside his cruiser at this gas station. then he executed him. >> officer down. life flight on route. >> reporter: and they say eye witnesses saw his red pick-up. police using images from these surveillance cameras outside the gas station tracking down the make and model. door knocking every house until they came upon his house. >> they asked him if he had any guns. he said he had two, a nine millimeter pistol that he had recently gotten rid of and a 40 caliber gun. >> reporter: the prosecution is
asserting that miles' gun was the same one used to murder goforth. over the weekend, hundreds mourn the 47-year-old deputy and father. the sheriff suggesting his uniform could have made him a target. >> we've heard black lives matter, all lives matter. well, cops' lives matter, too. >> the responsibility for this murder lies with shannon miles. >> reporter: miles lived less than half a mile from this growing memorial. tonight he's in lockup and his attorney tells us that spite hours of police interrogation, his client hasn't confessed. david. >> matt gutman from texas tonight, thank you. we turn now to alaska this evening. president obama touching down tonight, making history on two fronts. the first sitting u.s. president to visit arctic alaska and announcing a big change for mount mckinley, the tallest peek on u.s. soil named for president mckinley. tonight president obama officially renaming it denali. the original name popular with many residents of alaska. tonight lawmakers from ohio, mckinley's home state, are vowing to fight it.
we turn now to the race for 2016 and some breaking developments on hillary clinton. thousands of new e-mails from that private server being released this evening. nearly 150 of them believed to have contained information that is now considered classified. this evening donald trump taking aim not just at hillary clinton but now at one of her key aides. here's abc's jonathan karl. >> reporter: tonight, the state department releasing 7,000 pages of e-mails from hillary clinton's private server. sources tell abc news about 150 of the messages had to be censored.because they contained classified information. although none of the e-mails were marked classified at the time they were sent, it's more evidence that classified information may have been mishandled. this as donald trump has launched a harsh personal attack on hillary clinton's top aide, huma abedin. >> so huma is getting classified secrets. she's married to anthony weiner who's a perv.
i think it's a very dangerous thing when she is the receiver of so much of this very important information and she's married to a guy who obviously is psychologically disturbed. >> reporter: abedin's husband, anthony weiner, infamously resigned from congress after tweeting inappropriate photos to young women. the clinton campaign called trump's attack disgraceful. while trump continues to ride high in the polls, he's now facing new competition in the critical first voting state of iowa where dr. ben carson is now tied for the lead in the latest poll. he's tied with trump and way ahead of the rest of the republicans. david? >> jon karl at the white house. jon, thank you. we turn overseas tonight and dramatic images out of ukraine this evening, deadly clashes erupting outside parliament and kiev between police and protestors there. a grenade killing one officer, injuring at least 100 others. the unrest quickly escalating amid a controversy vote in parliament giving
russian-backed separatists greater powers. back home in america, a scare for two southwest planes, clipping wings, the tip of that wing gone. abc's david kerley covers aviation for us. >> reporter: two southwest jets, dead in their tracks, after their wings made contact. >> just about 10 seconds from the gate and heard a loud popping noise and basically a jolt. >> reporter: one of the jets was backing away from the gate in oakland. >> we looked out the window and someone said it was a clipped wing. >> reporter: clipped indeed. the top of the winglet missing. >> i think my only concern was, please don't have us take off. i don't want to in this plane. >> reporter: no one was hurt. both jets taken out of service and passengers re-booked. these collisions are rare, but can be frightening. watch this regional jet being spun like a top at jfk a few years ago. the ntsb has called for back-up cameras on jetliners like those that come on most new cars. but the faa has rejected requiring cameras, citing the cost, a lack of
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today. we shared with you his message before his historic visit to the united states. tonight here we take you along part of the route he will take, where he will visit when he arrives in america. >> reporter: our journey to vatican and our visit today with pope francis, but the pope's journey is just beginning. in less than a month now, pope francis will arrive in the u.s. first to our nation's capital meeting president obama at the white house. and doing something no pope has done before. giving an address to a joint meeting of the united states congress. then on to new york city. the mural already going up, "welcome pope francis." evening prayer at st. patrick's cathedral. addressing the united nations general assembly, and a mass at madison square garden. and then to philadelphia for the world meeting of families stopping at independence hall. a chance to meet americans and talk to them face-to-face. as we know, he's already communicating on twitter. 22 million followers. one of his most popular tweets, inequality is the root of social evil, a message these students in rome say he'll bring to america. >> do you think this pope is
preparing a message for america? >> i don't think he's going to hold back. i hope he doesn't hold back. >> income inequality, immigration? >> income inequality, immigration, racial inequality especially. that's a huge issue right now. he's a voice for those issues right now. >> reporter: we met up with american tourists here, couples in st. peter's square, excited about seeing the pope back here in america, so different, they say, from his predecessors. >> what is it about this pope? >> he likes common people. >> he's just so friendly and outgoing. just seems like the people's pope. >> reporter: the people's pope. we heard it from so many americans here. once asked about what he misses most since his papacy began. pope francis said being able to walk tranquilly on the streets and going to a pizzeria. to eat a good pizza. pope francis missing his trips to the pizzeria but preparing for his trip now to america. we thank the pope for inviting us here inside the vatican today and to offer a message before his visit and to connect with
americans in cities he won't be able to visit. i hope you see it all this friday during a special edition of "20/20." until then, i'm david muir. thank you for watching tonight. i'll see you from new york tomorrow. from all of us here at abc news, good night from the vatican. watching tonight. i'll see you from new york tomorrow. from all of us here at abc news, good night from the vatican. >>. new at 6:00, the family of kate steinle takes legal action over her murder on a san francisco pier. an extreme case of road rage. tonight what sparked this angry confrontation between a driver and a bike rider. and showing you around the new valley medical center three
years behind schedule. the county is itching to fire the builder. we'll look into what happened last night at oakland international airport. new at 6:00 abc7 news learned the family of kate steinle is on the vernl of filing a lawsuit in her murder. >> steinle was shot to death last month and among those on the lawsuit will be ross mirkarimi. >> reporter: the lawsuit will be filed tomorrow morning against san francisco sheriff ross mirkarimi, who released the accused killer from his jail. the suit named the u.s. bureau of land management. the gun was stolen from a dlm
agent's car. the family also suing federal immigration, ice. since the shooting death of kate steinle, francisco lopez sanchez has become the face on the national debate on illegal immigration. ross mirkarimi's refusal to enact with ice has fuelled the debate. one thing remains the same. the embattled sheriff has not changed his position with ice one bit. mark nico is a sheriff's office attorney. >> holding someone on ice is unlawful. >> reporter: mirkarimi continues his