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see you again in half an hour at 6:00. tonight, major developments in the race for the white house. what hillary clinton is now saying about her e-mails. will she apologize? and joe biden on whether he'll run. whether he'll challenge clinton for the nomination. breaking news in the hunt for suspects considered dangerous. after a lieutenant is killed, the search outside of a major american city. they're now taking dna swabs. neighbors asking, what's going on? the deadly riptide. a 28-year-old pulled into the water. tonight, another case captured on video. the woman trapped, panicked, asking for help. and our exclusive with pope francis. just hours away from the historic tv event. and right here, the nun that was stunned by the pope.
good evening. it's great to have you with us here on a friday night. a lot of news to get to. first, major headlines in the race for the white house. hillary clinton, joe biden. once on the same team. now the question, will they soon face off for the nomination? for the first time, the vice president talking publicly about a potential run. and hillary clinton, stopping short of apologizing for the private server. but for the first time, apologizing for something else. here's jonathan karl. >> reporter: clinton refused to apologize for her handling of e-mail but offered this. >> i'm sorry that this has been confusing to people and has raised questions. but there are answers to all the questions, and i will continue to provide the answers. >> reporter: while her struggles
continue, her favorability rating at its lowest level in 20 years. and biden, making decisions about whether he would challenge her. he was asked directly if he will run. >> the most relevant factor in my decision is whether my family and i have the emotional energy to run. >> reporter: biden is openly anguished about whether he's ready to run so soon after the death of his son beau. who died in may from brain cancer. >> can my family undertake what is an arduous commitment, that we'd be proud to undertake in ordinary circumstances. i just don't know. i can't look you straight in the eye and say now i know i can do that. >> reporter: and what does hillary think?
>> i think we should give him the space he deserves to make a difficult choice. >> how much time does the vice president have? >> he's made it clear he wants to take as much time as he can. the top advisors say october 13th, the date of the first democratic debate. they believe he has to be on that stage if he's going to run. >> this race certainly heating up. and meanwhile, on the republican side, donald trump, 24 hours after signing the pledge vowing not to run as a third-party candidate. the republican nomination or nothing. and then in an interview, was he stumped on foreign policy? the other republican contenders tonight pouncing. tom llamas on the campaign trail. >> reporter: tonight, his rivals all over trump's foreign policy flub. during a radio interview with hugh hewitt. >> are you familiar with general solemani? >> yes. but go ahead, give me a little.
go ahead, tell me. >> he runs the quds forces. >> yes, okay, right. i think the kurds have been horribly mistreated. >> no, not the kurds. the quds forces, the bad guys. >> reporter: that wasn't all. >> the difference between hezbollah and hamas does not matter right now? >> i will know more, and it won't take me long. >> reporter: today, he's blasting hewitt. calling him a third-rate radio announcer. it's not the first time he's taken aim at hosts asking tough questions. >> you called women you don't like, fat pigs, dogs, slobs. >> reporter: trump going to war with megyn kelly. >> i don't have respect for her. i don't think she's very good. i think she's highly overrated. >> reporter: but today, trump's opponents making it clear, these aren't gotcha questions. >> people can learn about these issues if they take the time to do it. the middle of the campaign is probably not the ideal time to
get caught up. >> reporter: but trump, nothing if not confident. >> i will be so good at the military, your head will spin. >> reporter: even though he was critical of that radio host, he will face him again in two weeks at the republican debate. hewitt is one of the moderators. david? >> tom, thank you. and new developments in the growing search outside chicago. investigators revealing they have new videos, perhaps crucial clues in the murder of a policeman. a father of four, nicknamed "gi joe" on the force. police now going door to door, taking dna samples from up to 50 people. as we start this labor day holiday, the people in that chicago suburb are on edge. gio benitez on the scene again tonight. >> reporter: tonight police say hundreds of leads are taking them back to the crime scene and door to door. so far they've interviewed as many as 50 potential persons of interest. taking dna samples to figure out the identity of the three men believed to have killed beloved
fox lake, illinois, police lieutenant joe gliniewicz. >> individuals that we have been interviewing, we have been gathering dna from them. >> reporter: lieutenant gliniewicz's photo prominently displayed at the chicago bears preseason game last night. and word that investigators have received several new videos, some from traffic cameras, that may show the two white men and one black man suspected of killing gliniewicz. >> there are a mix of videos from residences and businesses. they are different cameras that are putting a storyline together. >> reporter: and on the eve of the holiday weekend, authorities say they'll be on alert for reports from residents who return to find their vacation homes tampered with. >> that's what we're hoping for, that they are still in this area, within our reach. >> reporter: and david, tonight we've learned there is a $50,000 reward for a tip that leads to the arrest of the three men. local companies now chipping in to make that dollar amount grow. david? >> gio, thank you. we're tracking some extreme
weather with the holiday nearly here. extraordinary pictures out of phoenix. a massive dust storm. thousands without power. and tropical storm kevin, not expected to hit land. but it will fuel downpours. in the east, the heat about to make a quick comeback. but rob marciano, he's got the forecast. hey, rob. >> great to have college football back. it's going to be a steamy one here in the dallas/ft. worth area. went from record rains and flood back to severe drought. temperatures five to 15 degrees above average. and the 90s go up into des moines. watching the little system roll across the northern plains. the thunderstorms going to st. louis and chicago for monday. and the northeast, dry, showers across the southeast. another hot, dry day across north texas. gameday, we'll be right there, on that stage, tomorrow morning. >> rob, thanks. from the holiday weather to holiday travel.
35.5 million people traveling. the majority driving, thanks to falling gas prices. and the national average, $2.41. saving americans $1.4 billion compared to last year. linzie janis, some cities with gas below $2. >> reporter: good evening, david. gas prices are at their lowest level in 11 years. as you mentioned, that national average, $2.41 a gallon. that's more than $1 cheaper than this time last year. now, pump prices are still the most expensive in california. but today gas stations in 24 different states, especially along the gulf coast, reporting prices below $2 a gallon. now, going forward, experts say prices are headed even lower, with more of the country expected to get closer to that $2 mark by christmas. david, this particular gas station in new jersey, already there. >> $2 by christmas?
sounds good. thank you. and to kentucky this evening. the showdown over same-sex marriage. the clerk behind bars, a federal judge finding her in contempt court for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. today, some of those couples now granted their licenses. alex perez with what the clerk is now saying from behind bars. why she argues those marriage licenses are still not valid. >> reporter: the moment they'd been waiting for. >> feels like i'm a person. >> reporter: a feeling echoed by the five other same-sex couples who got licenses today. >> i know it's just a piece of paper. but this is a huge deal. >> reporter: a far different scene from what happened here tuesday, when county clerk kim davis refused to issue david moore and david ermold a marriage license. >> under whose authority are you not issuing licenses? >> under god's authority.
>> reporter: the couple, denied three times since the supreme court legalized gay marriage nationwide in june. davis jailed thursday, held in contempt of court for refusing to comply with the law. even arguing from behind bars that today's marriage licenses are invalid. >> they're not worth the paper they're written on. >> reporter: the controversy dividing this small community. >> i support kim davis. i think you're going to see god's people rise up like they never have before. >> reporter: davis, one of 17 county clerks in kentucky, sending letters to the governor in july. saying issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples goes against their deeply held religious beliefs. davis has no plans to resign. but if she chooses not to and doesn't comply, the judge could keep her in custody until she follows the law. >> she will be there until however long it takes. >> reporter: and davis' attorney says she is in good spirits. not giving up. they plan to file an appeal to the judge's order finding her in contempt. david? >> alex, thanks.
we turn overseas, breaking developments in hungary. hundreds of migrant families, on a six-lane highway in an act of defiance after being turned away at the train station. fleeing violence in their homelands, desperate to reach austria. small children making the grueling journey. this evening comes word, authorities are now clashing with the migrants. alex marquardt with the pictures. >> reporter: today, under the blazing sun, a river of humanity. parents pushing their children in shopping carts, carrying them on their shoulders. some in wheelchairs, others on crutches. leaving this morning from hungary's main train station, where they have been stranded for days. authorities preventing trains from leaving, sending some of the refugees off to camps. armed guards in riot gear trying to contain them. so these hundreds of others set off on foot for a 150-mile trek to austria, most hoping they'll be able to pass into germany, which has promised to
take them in. along this entire march, the only food and water that the refugees have been able to count on are donations from local hungarians. and you can see that the scene is so emotional for many of them that they're crying. this march, so grueling. a man here carrying a small baby girl. is she sick? >> yes! sick. >> reporter: every few miles, a break. hundreds sitting by the side of the road. where will you sleep? >> in the woods. >> reporter: even as these people try to leave hungary, today more families coming in. crossing the border. searching for a new life. and david, tonight the hungarian government has announced that it will send up to 100 buses for take these refugees to the border. but the refugees don't trust the government. many here suspecting they may instead be taken to camps. david? >> alex, thank you. and we have an update on the little boy. the image that shocked the world this week. he and his family had been fleeing syria, headed to europe. his death, sparking global outcry.
seen right there with his brother. tonight, that boy, his brother and their mother have been laid to rest in their homeland. meantime, back here at home, to florida. a headline causing concern for any family trying to protect their home from pests. one family says they were told it was safe to go back inside. tonight, fears their 10-year-old may have permanent brain damage. late today, abc news learning that exterminator is now taking action. here's matt gutman. >> reporter: the mystery illness took hold just hours after the family returned home. the mccaughey family thought everybody caught the flu. but 10-year-old peyton kept getting sicker. >> he was having some uncontrollable muscle movements. he couldn't stand up. >> reporter: the family had its house in florida fumigated. told they could return sunday at 4:00 p.m. they said they came home at 7:00 p.m. by morning doctors diagnosed poisoning. >> he spent the next nine days in icu there. >> reporter: once a frisky kid,
peyton suffered paralysis and a traumatic brain injury. his family blames the pesticide used by the fumigation company, terminix. the odorless sulfuryl fluoride. a terminix subcontractor was also blamed in the poisoning of a delaware family vacationing at this luxury resort in the virgin islands. >> it actually damages the lungs such that they bleed internally. >> reporter: tonight terminix, which subcontracted the fumigation, tells abc news, "we were saddened to learn of this and our hearts are with the family. we are carefully reviewing the matter." we've learned tonight that terminix has halted all fumigation of that kind across the country. that, as the department of justice has launched a criminal investigation. david? >> matt, thank you. and next to a scare at the u.s. open tennis tournament. a match under way. then a mysterious object, crash-landing in the stands. it was a drone. no one was hurt.
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in the crowd. our journey to the vatican. we've been invited here for an historic first. walking into st. peter's square. where so many have some to hear pope francis. we are here for something else. to connect the pope to everyday americans back home, who have no idea they're about to ask questions of the pope themselves. soon, inside vatican walls, i'm standing outside this door. they tell me the pope will soon emerge. we asked many around the country, what would they ask? >> how does he give hope to the hopeless? >> i would ask, how can i help those in need when i'm in need? >> i would buy him a beer and ask him, what's the secret to life? >> i would ask him how to be a more impactful youth? >> reporter: tonight, they're about to get that chance. he'll take questions. hear stories of struggle. along with me, the walk to the room where we introduce him to so many.
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and... >> let's fly. i'm not driving this weekend. >> the planned bart closure is set to take effect. and a kite surfing accident on a bay area highway. >> don't think face down, unconscious in the pool of blood and leaving the grocery store in a stretcher is justified. outrage over a security guard's violent treatment of a customer in a east bay grocery store, good evening, i'm dan ashley. >> i'm ama daetz. it happened in whole foods in oakland near lake merit. >> that is where laura anthony is live for us. laura, what is the company saying about what happened? >> reporter: the company is telling us this started last night, when this security guard
interceded after a customer touched an employee. >> reporter: zoey told us she was standing ten feet away from a conversation turned into a violent confrontation inside of this whole foods store. >> then, confronted by the security guard, told to leave the premises, then, thrown against the wall. and we had to go to customer service. he was being -- trying to escape, the guard captured him again. he ended up in a pool of his own blood. >> reporter: the pictures of the young man on the ground bleeding from the head and face. she told us she and others called 911 while store employees appeared to do little except lock the front doors. >> the violence for me