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tonight, who won? after fight night, donald trump set to speak, and who was the real winner on that stage? some now pointing to the only woman running for the republican nomination and that one moment. breaking developments. we are just learning, authorities say a man tried to steal a jet from a texas airport. senior justice correspondent pierre thomas standing by. the deadly earthquake and tsunami advisories triggered for the american coastline. the sirens going off, the grocery store shelves tumbling down. the 8.3 quake, the biggest this year. the major headline for american drivers tonight. one of the largest settlements ever from an american automaker after a deadly defect. and elton john breaking his silence tonight after that radio prank. he thought it was president putin. he's sounding off tonight.
good evening. and it's great to have you with us here on a thursday night. and we begin with the race for 2016. that republican showdown, nearly 23 million viewers watching it all. 11 candidates on that stage, and so much of the talk on this night after surrounding carly fiorina, who was asked about what donald trump told "rolling stone," saying, "look at that face. would anyone vote for that?" well tonight here, her four-second response to that, choosing so few words, but it was heard. here's abc's tom llamas, leading us off. >> reporter: with just one sentence, carly fiorina accomplishing what no candidate has been able to do for months. tame donald trump. >> i think women all over this country heard very clearly what mr. trump said. >> i think she's got a beautiful face and i think she's a beautiful woman. >> reporter: trump, forced to backtrack, after attacking fiorina in "rolling stone." saying, "look at that face. would anyone vote for that?"
was that an apology, what you said to carly? >> you can call it what you want. but you know, i really felt that, and i really feel, that she's a nice woman. >> reporter: fiorina's steely glare going viral. she leaves the reagan library with the most momentum after sharp answers like this one, to the question of which woman should appear on the $10 bill. >> i wouldn't change the $10 bill or the $20 bill. i think honestly, it's a gesture. i don't think it helps to change our history. what i would think is that we ought to recognize that women are not a special interest group. >> reporter: but she wasn't the only candidate scoring points last night. senator marco rubio striking trump on foreign policy. >> you should ask him questions in detail about the foreign policy issues our president will confront. because you better be able to lead our country on the first day. >> reporter: jeb bush swinging, too. >> you got hillary clinton to go to your wedding. >> that's true. >> because you gave her money. maybe that works for hillary clinton. it doesn't work for anybody on this stage. >> i was a businessman. i got along with everybody. that was my job, to get along with people. >> but the simple fact is -- >> excuse me.
one second. >> no. >> i didn't want to -- jeb. okay. more energy tonight, i like that. >> reporter: but the two candidates who have hit each other the hardest found a moment to laugh at themselves. it came when asked what their secret service code names would be. >> everready. it's very high energy, donald. >> mr. trump? >> humble. >> that's a good one. >> reporter: while across the country, hillary clinton smiling, as well. >> you want to win. here's what you got to do. >> reporter: taking some fake advice from a fake donald trump. >> are you writing all this down? >> ah -- hold on. let me -- let me grab my pen, ah -- >> and tom llamas with us now live from inside the reagan library. a lot of attention on carly fiorina last night, but many noticing a lot of the candidates were actually sweating, never ideal in a debate. so, how hot was it in that room?
not a help for those candidates. >> reporter: well, the candidates say it was incredibly hot and here's why, david. look just above air force one. you'll see the stage lights. the candidates say they were incredibly close to them. it got so bad, at one point during a commercial break, senator marco rubio had to share his handkerchiefs with some of the other candidates. david? >> all right, well, they've cooled it down for our tom llamas there tonight. tom, thank you. in the meantime, we turn next to a breaking headline from texas tonight. word coming in of a major security breach at the airport in waco. a man crashing his vehicle through a gate, into a secure area. then authorities say, trying to steal a leer jet. the fbi has been informed and abc's senior justice correspondent pierre thomas live in washington with late details. pierre, what do we know? >> reporter: the incident began shortly after noon when a suspect crashed his vehicle through a gate and gained access to a secure area of the waco regional airport. police said the man, armed with a stick, was trying to steal a leer jet. he attempted to remove the tire barriers from the aircraft and was banging on the doors, trying to get in. an officer saw the suspect and tased him several times, after
the man refused to cooperate. >> yes, we need him out here for this. the guy has been tasered. >> reporter: law enforcement suggested this is not terrorism, because the suspect is known to local police, and has a history of mental illness. and they say they believe he may have been on narcotics. david, while no one got seriously hurt, this case does raise questions about the security of these smaller regional airports. the suspect was able to breech that perimeter and get access to that plane. in the last few years, there have been a number of incidents of intruders getting to secure areas of airports, and that is a concern. >> as you point out, the fbi informed. pierre thomas live in our bureau tonight. pierre, thank you. we have new information tonight in the case we reported on last night here, those three federal air marshals, accused of hiring prostitutes while on assignment. allegedly recording them with government-issued phones. at a congressional hearing today, the head of the federal air marshal service confirming an investigation is under way, saying there is, quote, no tolerance for misconduct. as of tonight, two air marshals now suspended without pay. one has now resigned.
we move on now to chile tonight and to a massive earthquake. dramatic images coming in, capturing the moment that deadly quake hit. shelves in this grocery store shaking. at least 11 people killed. 1 million evacuated. take a look at this massive boat, picked up a tsunami wave and dropped on dry land. those tsunami advisories reaching hawaii, even parts of the west coast. and abc's matt gutman reporting in tonight. >> reporter: the earthquake sirens blared. and the cities shook. the 8.3 quake shattering the chilean night, killing at least 11. and sending a 15-foot tsunami into two coastal cities in the south american nation. this orderly stream of humanity fleeing that surge of water, carrying away cars and boats. a million people evacuated. the quake struck in the pacific ocean, 300 miles north of chile's capital of santiago, only six miles deep. within minutes, buildings collapsed. the lights flickering.
screams echoing as jars fell off supermarket shelves. this reporter on air urging calm. traffic cameras shaking violently. those taillights now a smudge of red. and in neighboring argentina, water sloshing in a pool. chile is on the ring of fire, a line of earthquake zones rimming the pacific, including the u.s. and overnight, tsunami advisories issued for california and hawaii. that quake did trigger small tsunami waves here along california beaches. that advisory now canceled. incredibly, the chileans managed to evacuate as many people that as live in san francisco in just a few hours. >> matt gutman tonight. matt, thank you. we're going to turn now to the severe weather we're following. two major systems, nearly 4 million in the storm zone in the midwest. dramatic lightning over husky stadium in st. cloud, minnesota. and look at this tonight. a funnel cloud outside miami. some powerful storms and rain, slamming the southeast right now. we've got two systems we're tracking. meteorologist rob marciano
starting right in the midwest tonight. >> reporter: yeah, the storms are firing right now. severe thunderstorm warning just northwest of chicago. being fed by a lot of warm temperatures with this system. the threat tonight is going to move back into des moines, iowa, as well. tomorrow, we stretch it south and west. tornado threat possible. kansas city in the heart of that zone. out to the tropics we go. two systems in the atlantic. no threat to land immediately, but the national hurricane center has flagged this system off the coast of florida for possible development over the next several days. right now, just rain, but folks from florida to the carolinas need to be alert over the next several days. >> rob marciano, thank you, as always. now to colorado tonight, the fbi this evening now offering a $50,000 reward to solve a series of shootings there. authorities searching for suspects behind four shootings that killed two people. two new shootings outside denver over the weekend, also under investigation tonight. as a precaution. no one was hurt in those incidents. now to that stunning penalty for general motors tonight, agreeing to pay $900 million to the u.s. government, a total of $2.3 billion in fines and lawsuits. one of the biggest payouts by an american carmaker in history,
for hiding that ignition switch defect linked to at least 124 deaths. difficult moment today for gm's ceo, saying tonight, they let their customers down and put lives at risk. tonight here, the family of one of those victims, the 16-year-old killed in this crash, reacting. abc's david kerley reports. >> reporter: after more than 100 deaths in cars with a defective ignition switch, tonight, gm criminally charged and admitting deceiving consumers. the ceo apologizing. >> we let those customers down in that situation. we didn't do our job. >> reporter: that defective switch meant cars could turn off on their own. and in a collision, some airbags would not deploy. gm knew the switch was bad for years, but did nothing. can you characterize the criminal behavior of general motors? >> they didn't tell the truth in the best way that they should have, to the regulator and to the public, about a serious
safety issue that risked life and limb for americans. >> reporter: for now, gm will not be prosecuted for its crime. it will pay a fine, $900 million, one of the biggest ever. also today, the carmaker agreed to pay $575 million to settle more lawsuits. now more than $2 billion paid out. one of the biggest ever by a carmaker. but at this point, no gm executive will be prosecuted. many families of victims, including the mother of amber rose, killed a decade ago at just 16, is angry. no one is being held accountable, she says, no one going to jail. >> a fine is not real justice. it's gm paying their way out of another thing that they got themselves into, but it doesn't make up for the lives that they took. >> so difficult for so many of these families. and to be clear, you heard from that mother there. no one from gm facing any jail time? >> reporter: and the reason the prosecutor says, david, is that there is no specific law that deals with the safety of a car. but the prosecutor says the investigation is continuing and if they can find a way, and somebody should go to jail or be prosecuted, they will do so. >> all right, david kerley with
us here in new york tonight. david, thank you. we turn next tonight to army sergeant bowe bergdahl tonight. in court today. the idaho native, held by the taliban for five years. you'll remember the dramatic handoff. bergdahl blinking into the sun, special operations forces patting him down. then boarding that helicopter to freedom. tonight, the twist of fate, finally freed, bergdahl now facing the possibility of life behind bars for deserting his fellow soldiers. abc's chief global affairs correspondent martha raddatz tonight. >> reporter: bowe bergdahl, now 29 years old, sat politely today in the courtroom, in uniform. it was 18 months ago, when bergdahl was freed from five brutal years of captivity in that dramatic and controversial exchange for five taliban leaders. weak and disoriented, he wept when u.s. special operations forces said they were taking him home. but now, bergdahl faces charges of desertion and endangering his unit, for walking away from his remote outpost in afghanistan in 2009.
those who served with him, today describing the desperate, dangerous search when bergdahl disappeared. the prosecutor saying, "thousands of soldiers toiled in the heat and misery" searching for him. others testifying search helicopters were shot, soldiers injured by ieds, vehicles destroyed. bergdahl's attorney has said he was not trying to desert, but was trying to report disturbing activities in his unit. he has also given horrifying details about bergdahl's captivity -- >> release me, please. >> reporter: -- including vicious beatings and threats of execution. today, defense attorneys said that bergdahl had been given a waiver when he joined the army, because, they said, he suffered from a severe mental disease. david? >> martha raddatz live in washington tonight. martha, thank you. overseas tonight, to croatia, the front line in the largest humanitarian crisis since world war ii now. tensions boiling over at this train station near the border
with serbia. refugees climbing through windows. stunning images tonight. a double wide stroller, children inside, passed above the crowd. refugees clashing with police, desperately trying to find a new route now that hungary has closed its borders. next here at home, new developments in that high speed race on a quiet street in beverly hills. the cars with foreign plates ignoring stop signs and the pedestrians who were nearby. tonight, the owner of at least one of those cars, a prince from the middle east. and why no one has been charged. here's abc's nick watt. >> reporter: a $1.3 million ferrari racing on a leafy beverly hills street, cops suspect a qatari prince may be at the wheel. a porsche in hot pursuit, blowing through stop signs. the cars parked at this house, where a man lashed out at a local reporter. >> he said that i didn't know who i was messing with, and that he could kill me and get away with it. >> reporter: cops say the sheikh, who owns a drag racing team, is connected with the
yellow ferrari. a man claiming to own the car told officers he has diplomatic immunity. >> our research indicates that it is unlikely that the driver had diplomatic immunity. >> reporter: no answer at the door, no sign of the cars, the blinds are drawn. beverly hills cops say they think the sheikh has left the country. they couldn't question or arrest the sheikh, younger brother of qatar's ruler, because cops didn't witness this, and no one, including whoever caught it on tape, has come forward to make a statement. their investigation continues. nick watt, abc news, beverly hills. >> nick, thank you. and a hero's welcome for some actual heroes tonight. those three americans, two of them in the armed services, who tackled a gunman on a train bound for paris, late last month. right there in the oval office today. president obama saying they represent the very best of america. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this thursday. the real money team is back. families putting their homes up for sale, and tonight, right here, the simple changes that could help boost the value of your home.
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and the volunteers determined to find them. the story starts here with this post on facebook. urgent. two dock dogs missing. setter mix and basset hound. tilly there on the left and phoebe on the right, missing for a week in washington state. volunteers on vashon island, led by amy kerry, herself a proud dog owner, she understood. a whole week had passed. then monday, the first call. a sighting. just one dog. >> called to say that he had a reddish dog that had been coming into his property. maybe once a day, for the past four, five days, briefly. >> reporter: when the man who called tried to approach the dog, not knowing it was tilly, tilly would then run off into the ravine. so, that volunteer, amy, gets the call of a dog discovered. >> i saw tilly and really, my heart sort of stopped and kind of exploded at the same time. >> reporter: all because of where she found tilly. right next to a cement wall, a water reservoir, built into the ground.
>> she was both scared and you could see a little flash of relief in her eyes, as well. >> reporter: relief, because tilly had been there, right next to phoebe, the whole time. >> channeling her inner lassie, trying to let somebody know that they were there and that her friend was in trouble. >> reporter: tonight, with the help of that volunteer and tilly the dog, who didn't give up, both dogs are home again. two best friends, home. i hope to see you right back here tomorrow. until then, good night. >>. last time i talked to him he said he was going to try to hike out if he had to. >> sad news tonight, the body of
that woman's husband found by cadaver dogs. good evening, thanks for joining us, i'm dan ashley. >> i'm ama daetz. let's begin with the latest headlines from the fire in lake county. two more bodies were discovered in the lake fire. >> three men have been arrested as possible looters. burglary tools were found in their car. one had a concealed weapon. a mandatory evacuation order was lifted in one area of the region. >> and 90% of the wineries in the area have been able to resume operations. >> identifies of the victims have yet to be condirmed but the lake county police department is assuming it's 65-year-old bruce
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